Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Do You Beleive in Love at First Sight? Part II


Wouldn't this look awesome in my garage next to my new Audi S5 Coupe? 337cc, 11 HP, Hydrostatic Drive, Electric Start, Track Drive, Two-Stage....MSRP $2,900

(Yikes!)

...just dreaming as I look outside and the snow is coming down so hard it looks like a volcano erupted...and it's a flip of the coin if my 50-year old snowcone-maker is going to work in the morning...

America's Unions lost their relevence long ago...now their minds...










"The union representing Northwest Airlines Corp. pilots sued the air carrier last week over perks programs it said were in violation of collective-bargaining rules. "

"The perks include gift cards for pilots with a "can do attitude," bonuses for union members who work the week between Christmas and New Year's and a "success-sharing" program that raises pay."

"The union also complained about the move to create "employee involvement teams," where working conditions can be discussed without union representatives."

"We are not against any kind of incentive program or rewarding pilots for a job well done," Wade Blaufuss, a union spokesman and Northwest pilot told the Associated Press. "We are fighting for the sovereignty of our union."

So, let's get this straight, the union is suing because Northwest Airlines wants to incent employees' exemplary performance with perks and more pay...so it's time to sue? Why not Strike?

The placards would say: "Now that Northwest is profitable they want to reward and involve valuable employees...and WE WON'T STAND FOR IT!"

The Union is not fighting for its sovereignty, it is fighting a losing battle for its life.

The union really helped out the mechanics...

PS I'd hate to be on a plane flown by a Pilot that has a "Can't Do" attitude

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Connect the Right Dots


The sky is not falling...at least not yet.


Media coverage is hyping today's market correction...


...which looks pretty severe when you compare today's close with yesterday's.

However, consider connecting the price history even just since the first day of the year and it doesn't look so bad...


S&P 500 is down 18 points or about 1.2% (1417 to 1399)

Dow is down 259 points or about 2% (12475 to 12216)

NASDAQ is down 15 points or about 0.6% (2423 to 2408)

Granted, it's just one day, and the market could continue to go down, but the farther back you look the less impact short-term events like this seem to have.




(it's Chicken Little by the way)

Another from the "Who's Asking You?" Department


from the Star Tribune Today:

Duluth council votes for Iraq pullout


(sound of crickets chirping)

I'm not a huge fan of the continued war in Iraq at this point either...I wish we could just pull out and let them solve their own problems, but we can't now.

But...I don't know who's dumb or dumber...The Duluth City Council for spending time actually voting on this or the Star Tribune for actually printing it.

Well, now that Duluth, Minnesota, the 321st largest city in America (2000), has weighed in we can finally have an enlightened debate!

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Oscar Night: The Truth is Inconvenient After All

First he invented the Internet, now Global Warming...


Excerpts from: "Inconvenient Truths, Novel science fiction on global warming." By Patrick J. Michaels

The National Review Online, February 23, 2007

“The main point of (An Inconvenient Truth) is that, unless we do something very serious, very soon about carbon dioxide emissions, much of Greenland’s 630,000 cubic miles of ice is going to fall into the ocean, raising sea levels over twenty feet by the year 2100.”

“Under the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s medium-range emission scenario for greenhouse gases, a rise in sea level of between 8 and 17 inches is predicted by 2100. Gore’s film exaggerates the rise by about 2,000 percent.”

“According to satellite data published in Science in November 2005, Greenland was losing about 25 cubic miles of ice per year. Dividing that by 630,000 yields the annual percentage of ice loss, which, when multiplied by 100, shows that Greenland was shedding ice at 0.4 percent per century.”

“…Science published another paper showing that the recent acceleration of Greenland’s ice loss from its huge glaciers has suddenly reversed.”

“Nowhere in the traditionally refereed scientific literature do we find any support for Gore’s hypothesis.”

“The Kyoto Protocol, if fulfilled by every signatory, would reduce global warming by 0.07 degrees Celsius per half-century. That’s too small to measure, because the earth’s temperature varies by more than that from year to year.”

“President Bush proposes that we replace 20 percent of our current gasoline consumption with ethanol over the next decade. But it’s well-known that even if we turned every kernel of American corn into ethanol, it would displace only 12 percent of our annual gasoline consumption. The effect on global warming, like Kyoto, would be too small to measure, though the U.S. would become the first nation in history to burn up its food supply to please a political mob.”

“When it comes to global warming, apparently the truth is inconvenient. And it’s not just Gore’s movie that’s fiction. It’s the rhetoric of the Congress and the chief executive, too.”

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Do You Believe in Love at First Sight?

Just released yesterday... Audi S5 Coupe...sure would look nice next to my snow thrower, huh?

Autoblog

Friday, February 23, 2007

From the "Who's Asking You?" Department


She's never had a client either...and yet she spits out financial planning drivel as if...


'NYT' SUNDAY PREVIEW: Suze Orman Reveals She is the '55-year-old Virgin' By E&P Staff

Published: February 23, 2007 2:20 PM ET

NEW YORK In an interview for The New York Times Magazine this coming Sunday, financial guru and TV host Suze Orman gets on Deborah Solomon's case for not looking out for her own money, partly because "you are a woman."

This inspires Solomon to ask Orman if she is married. Orman says she "has a relationship with life," so Solomon presses her, and Suze then reveals that her "life partner" is Kathy Travis and, "We're going on seven years. I have never been with a man in my whole life. I'm still a 55-year-old virgin." Orman says they'd like to get married, and both "have millions of dollars in our name.
It's killing me that upon my death, K.T. is going to lose 50 percent of everything I have to estate taxes. Or vice versa." Pressed again, she says that estimates that she is worth $25 million are "pretty close." She says she has about a million dollars in the stock exchange, because if she loses it all "I don't personally care."

There's some sound financial advice...

McCoffee


According to the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal, Consumer Reports recently reported that its tasters found McDonald’s newly upgraded coffee to be better than a cup of joe at Dunkin’ Donuts and even Starbucks. I am a coffee nut and comparing McDonald's coffee to Starbucks via taste test survey misses the point.

That's like comparing Toyota to Lexus. We know its essentially the same car.

If I'm going to stand in line like a lamb, at least I'm going to stand in line with the beautiful people and overpay fashionably with my credit card for the same stuff I could get at McDonald's with the bourgeoisie.

I'm not sure how much wisdom there is in paying three times for Starbucks over McCoffee but like Target (pronounced tar ZHAY) vs. Walmart, its cooler to be seen in a Starbucks than a McDonalds...that's worth a couple extra bucks, isn't it?

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The Roof The Roof The Roof is on Fire!




oops, sorry, no roof...




Sid Hartman in the Star & Sickle 2/17: "It's amazing to me that, according to some of the Hennepin County commissioners, Mayor R.T. Rybak, the city council and nobody else of any authority in Minneapolis has stepped in to try to solve the problem of the price of the land for the site of the future Twins ballpark."

Just exactly what more do you think our politicians should do Sid?

Levy a new county tax without a referendum as is required by law? Done.

Start collecting this illegal tax without even having a purchase agreement on the land? Done.

Condemn the property, usurping our free enterprise system? Tried.

Approve a roofless stadium in the very state that declared a roofless stadium impractical less than thirty years ago? (global warming may solve this by the way...see previous post)

The land you speak of is apparently not "the future site"...it's a "possible site" that has been considered but may not be available at a price within the stadium's budget because the rightful owners have stated their price.

Hey Sid, ever heard of a free market? You own/have owned investment real estate so I'm pretty sure you know how it works:

1. Buy some real estate that you think will be worth more than you paid for it in the future.

2. Sell your real estate for more than you paid for it, usually when someone comes along willing to pay more because it now has a new "higher and best use" (say for the construction of a roofless stadium paid for with ill-gotten funds).

3. Retire (not generally, I mean you Sid - please retire - your new higher and best use).

The last thing we need is for government to get more involved.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

You think being a father is tough? Check THIS out.

"I try to be a good father...But compared with Dick Hoyt, I suck."

Don't miss the video at the bottom....

World's Greatest Father

Beware of Global Warming...er...I mean Global Cooling


"The central fact is that after three quarters of a century of extraordinarily mild conditions, the earth's climate seems to be cooling down."

"...the present decline has taken the planet about a sixth of the way toward the Ice Age average."

"...some of the more spectaclular solutions proposed...melting the arctic ice cap by covering it with black soot..."

Newsweek: April 28, 1975 "The Cooling World"

It's working again.



Loose cable...
I'm raising my review to three stars.

Only in Minnesota...



My other car is a snow thrower

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Not Funny




Al Franken says he will run for senator against Minnesota Republican Norm Coleman in 2008.

Like most Democrats we will soon know what he is against, but I would like to know what is he "for".

Snow Thrower Review!





The Craftsman Model 536882600 26 Inch 7 HP Snowblower receives a One-Star Rating for working quite nicely last night and then not working tonight...

I would give it zero stars if it weren't older than I am.

The Illusionist


Thumbs Up. Mystery; Ed Norton is good.

a lot like Love


Thumbs Up. Great date night movie.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

WHAT SENATOR JOHN GLENN SAID

This is going around the email circuit but it resonated with me...

Things that make you think a little: There were 39 combat related killings in Iraq in January.

In the fair city of Detroit here were 35 murders in the Month of January. That’s just one American city, about as deadly as the entire war-torncountry of Iraq.

When some claim that President Bush shouldn't Have started this war, state the following:

A. FDR led us into World War II.

B. Germany never attacked us; Japan did.From 1941-1945, 450,000 lives were lost…an average of 112,500 per year.

C. Truman finished that war and started one in Korea. North Korea never attacked us.
From 1950-1953, 55,000 lives were lost ...An average of 18,334 per year.

D. John F. Kennedy started the Vietnam conflict in1962. Vietnam never attacked us.

E. Johnson turned Vietnam into a quagmire. From 1965-1975, 58,000 lives were lost .. An average of 5,800 per year!

F. Clinton went to war in Bosnia without UN or French consent. Bosnia never attacked us. He was offered Osama bin Laden's head on a platter three times by Sudan and did nothing. Osama has attacked us on multiple occasions.

G. In the years since terrorists attacked us, President Bush has liberated two countries, crushed the Taliban, crippled Al-Qaeda, put nuclear inspectors in Libya, Iran, and North Korea without firing a shot,and captured a terrorist who Slaughtered 300,000 of his own people.

The Democrats are complaining about how long the waris taking: But it took less time to take Iraq than it took Janet Reno to take the Branch Davidian compound. That was a51-day operation. We've been looking for evidence for chemical weaponsin Iraq for less time than it took Hillary Clinton to find The Rose Law Firm billing records. It took less time for the 3rd Infantry Division and the Marines to destroy the Medina Republican Guard than it took Ted Kennedy to call the police after his Oldsmobile sank at Chappaquiddick It took less time to take Iraq than it took to count the votes in Florida!!!! Our Commander-In- Chief is doing a HARD JOB! The Military morale is high! The biased media hopes we are too ignorant to realize the facts.

But Wait there's more!

JOHN GLENN (ON THE SENATE FLOOR) Mon, 26 Jan 2004 11:13

Some people still don't understand why military personnel do what they do for a living. This exchange between Senators John Glenn and Senator Howard Metzenbaum is worth reading. Not only is it a pretty impressive impromptu speech, but it's also a good example of one man's explanation of why men and women in the armed services do what they do for a living!

This IS a typical, though sad, example of what some who have never served think of the military.

Senator Metzenbaum (speaking to Senator Glenn):"How can you run for Senate when you've never held areal job?" Senator Glenn (D-Ohio):"I served 23 years in the United States Marine Corps. I served through two wars. I flew 149 missions. My plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire on 12 different occasions. I was in the space program. It wasn't my checkbook, Howard; it was my life on the line.

It was not a nine-to-five job, where I took time off to take the daily cash receipts to the bank."

"I ask you to go with me...as I went the other day...to a veteran's hospital and look those men...with their mangled bodies in the eye, and tell THEM they didn't hold a job!

You go with me to the Space Program at NASA and go, as I have gone, to the widows and orphans of Ed White, Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee...and you look those kids in the eye and tell them that their DADS didn't hold a job. You go with me on Memorial Day and you stand in Arlington National Cemetery, where I have more friends buried than I'd like to remember, and you watch those waving flags you stand there, and you think about this nation, and you tell ME that those people didn't have a job? What about you?"

For those who don't remember during WW.II, Howard Metzenbaum was an attorney representing the Communist Party in the USA. Now he's a Senator!

If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.

Throw another blog on the fire


Tonight I came home and blew some snow off our lake as the sun set....ice skating this weekend if it's not forty below.