Saturday, June 30, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
Flags of our Fathers is the American perspective of virtually the same story but highlights the history and fate of the Marines that raised the second flag on Mount Suribachi, the pinnacle of Iwo Jima, and appeared in the world's most duplicated photo ever.
This: Fred is very popular with Women?
President Fred Thompson
Almost three quarters of British citizens surveyed think Global Warming occurs naturally.
The online study which polled nearly 4000 votes found that a staggering 71 percent of people think that the rise in air temperature happens naturally. And 65 percent think that scientists' catastrophic predictions if pollution isn't curbed are 'far fetched'.
Emma Hardcastle, publisher at Pocket Issue which carried out the research, said: "If 71% of people feel that Man has nothing to do with the recent change in our climate then those same people are not going to buy into any movement to reduce their carbon footprint.
They will if you can prove the MMGW theory (which seems to be losing momentum) or at least disprove the alternative theories (which seem to be gaining momentum).
...the poll highlights the need for government and influential bodies to concentrate on getting the public to understand the facts about global warming and ‘why’ rather than ‘how’ they should reduce their carbon footprint."The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which represents most scientists...
Not true. In fact more and more scientists are speaking out against the findings of the IPCC, a politically-motivated body.
...stated earlier that the increase in global temperatures is 'very likely due to the observed increase of man-made greenhouse gas concentrations'. They define very likely as 'more than 90 percent certain'.
This poll reflects in my opinion the increased skepticism among scientists and the general public regarding man's role in effecting climate change. Meanwhile, MMGW enthusiasts are now hedging by shifting from the use of the word "warming" to the word "change" as there are now emerging theories that the earth may soon actually start cooling, further complicating the climate issue let alone man's role in whatever climate changes may be ahead of us.
HT Fred B.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
HT Nate K.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Mailbag: Drivers are still seeing red over police lights
...watch this one too.
Some of these lighted squad cars are SO BRIGHT that I can not see the lanes in broad daylight even though I had my eyes checked recently and spent $600 on new glasses.
No pun intended but if you are complaining that squad car lights are too bright, you probably aren't the brightest bulb on the tree.
Do you know what the leading cause of law-enforcement deaths is? That's right - traffic stops.
[that's Lorrie Morgan by the way, one of Fred's formers...you are welcome]
Friday, June 22, 2007
Eighth Annual Lightning Run July 27 & 28, 2007 Party, motorcycle rally, food, music, silent auction, raffle for a new Harley, and more! Parade through St. Paul to the Holman Air Field in St. Paul. Post parade party at Myth Nightclub. All proceeds benefit the Diabetes Institute for Immunology and Transplantation.
Friday, March 2nd, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
In the four years since the twins were found to have diabetes, Ann estimated that she has given 5,500 insulin shots and 23,360 finger pricks. She took a leave from her job as a schoolteacher to tend to her twins full time, suffering financial hardships.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation hosted its ninth annual Children's Congress in Washington this week. The Strader family became super heroes in the juvenile diabetes community and were chosen to share their story with the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
I've posted this before, and I know many have seen this story, but it is the best expression of fatherhood I have ever seen.
We try to be the best fathers we can, and give our children as many advantages as we can and hope that they will have more opportunities than we did but Rick Hoyt's father dedicated his life to seeing that Rick could just live a life and make the most of what God gave him.
Recently Dick and Rick Hoyt appeared on Oprah (I think it was an encore) and it was noted that they used to compete in sixty events and recently have backed off to "just" forty.
[From Sports Illustrated, By Rick Reilly]
I try to be a good father. Give my kids mulligans. Work nights to pay For their text messaging. Take them to swimsuit shoots.
But compared with Dick Hoyt, I suck.
Eighty-five times he's pushed his disabled son, Rick, 26.2 miles in Marathons. Eight times he's not only pushed him 26.2 miles in a Wheelchair but also towed him 2.4 miles in a dinghy while swimming and Pedaled him 112 miles in a seat on the handlebars--all in the same day.
Dick's also pulled him cross-country skiing, taken him on his back Mountain climbing and once hauled him across the U.S. On a bike. Makes Taking your son bowling look a little lame, right?
And what has Rick done for his father? Not much--except save his life.
This love story began in Winchester , Mass. , 43 years ago, when Rick Was strangled by the umbilical cord during birth, leaving him Brain-damaged and unable to control his limbs.
"He'll be a vegetable the rest of his life;'' Dick says doctors told him And his wife, Judy, when Rick was nine months old. ``Put him in an Institution.''
But the Hoyts weren't buying it. They noticed the way Rick's eyes Followed them around the room. When Rick was 11 they took him to the Engineering department at Tufts University and asked if there was Anything to help the boy communicate. ``No way,'' Dick says he was told. ``There's nothing going on in his brain.''
"Tell him a joke,'' Dick countered. They did. Rick laughed. Turns out a Lot was going on in his brain. Rigged up with a computer that allowed Him to control the cursor by touching a switch with the side of his Head, Rick was finally able to communicate. First words? ``Go Bruins!'' And after a high school classmate was paralyzed in an accident and the School organized a charity run for him, Rick pecked out, ``Dad, I want To do that.''
Yeah, right. How was Dick, a self-described ``porker'' who never ran More than a mile at a time, going to push his son five miles? Still, he Tried. ``Then it was me who was handicapped,'' Dick says. ``I was sore For two weeks.''
That day changed Rick's life. ``Dad,'' he typed, ``when we were running, It felt like I wasn't disabled anymore!''
And that sentence changed Dick's life. He became obsessed with giving Rick that feeling as often as he could. He got into such hard-belly Shape that he and Rick were ready to try the 1979 Boston Marathon.
``No way,'' Dick was told by a race official. The Hoyts weren't quite a Single runner, and they weren't quite a wheelchair competitor. For a few Years Dick and Rick just joined the massive field and ran anyway, then They found a way to get into the race Officially: In 1983 they ran another marathon so fast they made the Qualifying time for Boston the following year.
Then somebody said, ``Hey, Dick, why not a triathlon?''
How's a guy who never learned to swim and hadn't ridden a bike since he Was six going to haul his 110-pound kid through a triathlon? Still, Dick Tried.
Now they've done 212 triathlons, including four grueling 15-hour Ironmans in Hawaii . It must be a buzzkill to be a 25-year-old stud Getting passed by an old guy towing a grown man in a dinghy, don't you Think?
Hey, Dick, why not see how you'd do on your own? ``No way,'' he says. Dick does it purely for ``the awesome feeling'' he gets seeing Rick with A cantaloupe smile as they run, swim and ride together.
This year, at ages 65 and 43, Dick and Rick finished their 24th Boston Marathon, in 5,083rd place out of more than 20,000 starters. Their best Time? Two hours, 40 minutes in 1992--only 35 minutes off the world Record, which, in case you don't keep track of these things, happens to Be held by a guy who was not pushing another man in a wheelchair at the Time.
``No question about it,'' Rick types. ``My dad is the Father of the Century.''
And Dick got something else out of all this too. Two years ago he had a Mild heart attack during a race. Doctors found that one of his arteries Was 95% clogged. ``If you hadn't been in such great shape,'' One doctor told him, ``you probably would've died 15 years ago.'' So, in a way, Dick and Rick saved each other's life.
Rick, who has his own apartment (he gets home care) and works in Boston, and Dick, retired from the military and living in Holland, Mass. , always find ways to be together. They give speeches around the country and compete in some backbreaking race every weekend, including this Father's Day.
That night, Rick will buy his dad dinner, but the thing he really wants to give him is a gift he can never buy.
``The thing I'd most like,'' Rick types, ``is that my dad sit in the chair and I push him once.''
Team Hoyt Web Site
Happy Fathers Day!
"America deserves more fuel efficient cars," said Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington.
Market and social forces have been incenting automakers to increase fuel efficiency since the fuel crisis of the 70's. In fact the primary reason the Japanese were able to make inroads into our market was the fuel efficiency of their cars. Then we noticed their quality and durability. Honda came out with the Civic, America responded with the Chevette (I know, I know, stop laughing, its the best we could do). The American automakers have been playing catch up ever since. Government had nothing to do with it.
But a group of senators close to the auto industry — both Democrats and Republicans — argue that car makers can't meet that steep of an increase, especially for SUVS and small trucks. They will try to get approval this week for a more modest boost in the federal requirement to 36 mpg for cars and 30 mpg for SUVs and pickups by 2025.
So yes, Americans do deserve more fuel efficient cars, but our government has and will have nothing to do with providing them. Americans already have access to increasingly more fuel efficient cars and as long as the economic and political costs associated with fossil fuels remains high, which is to say for the foreseeable future, there will continue to be an increasing incentive for automakers worldwide to provide them.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
The movie has a twist at the end, but you won't be too surprised.
Friday, June 15, 2007
The medical company offered one-year interest-free financing for the 20% of the cost that we had to cover, but I've been making extra payments, so we're done.
It made me think of the issues we've had with the device and in all fairness to Medtronic I wanted to express my appreciation for this technology and even more importantly, their product support. I was impressed at how knowledgeable their customer service reps were as it related not only to their devices but also to the daily care and treatment of Diabetes.
There is a lot of debate over medical device company profits and whether they are excessive. I don't want to get into that other than to say that I am grateful that there is an economic incentive for a company to develop and support a life-saving device like an insulin pump.
...because it keeps my baby alive every day.
It wasn't that long ago that a child diagnosed with Type-1 Diabetes would die soon thereafter.
As for the issues we've had with the pump, it turns out that there was a human element involved in the insulin-dumping that was occurring. The pump was not defective.
Nonetheless, Medtronic was awesome. They sent us a total of three $9,000 insulin pumps at their own expense. No questions asked. No red tape. Not even paperwork to fill out.
I am proud that they are a Minnesota company and I give a personal HT for each and every employee at Medtronic.
Remember. They're watching you!
Thursday, June 14, 2007
...and BikeBubba beat me to it.
That works great for Smithers because he rides all over town. I have the same route every time I go out. But I was curious as to the distance I am riding.
A friend emailed me the link to the Gmaps Pedometer where you can map any route and it will calculate the distance for you. For all I know this service has been out for years but I just found out about it today.
I was a little disappointed though. I thought my route was closer to 24 miles and the map shows 20.
Check it out here.
The St. Paul City Council discussed Wednesday a $40 million initiative to renovate Midway Stadium and build a new 332,000-square-foot open-air soccer stadium to host the Minnesota Thunder.
The proposal asks the state Legislature to contribute $25 million in bonding money next year, said St. Paul City Council Member Jay Benanav. "Most who come to Midway Stadium are not from St. Paul. We think this is a statewide issue."
You think wrong. Have you ever been to a Saints game? We went last summer. I am sorry, but just like a Vikings/Green Bay game, there is no way I would ever bring my family there again. Keep my taxes out of this. The City of St. Paul, which owns the stadium, should pay for it.
The Minnesota Thunder now plays at Central High School's James Griffin Stadium, and has been looking for a permanent home since it moved from Blaine to St. Paul in 2004, said Manny Lagos, director of soccer operations for the professional soccer team.
Who is the Minnesota Thunder? We have a professional soccer team? Seriously? Statewide issue? We should not be spending money on stadiums. I do not believe anyone has ever demonstrated a positive ROI on Sports Stadiums for taxpayers anywhere in America.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
HT Lynn S.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Thompson is in a statistical tie with Giuliani according to these recent polls despite not officially being a candidate and having not participated in two Republican debates. I can't imagine debates not helping Fred Thompson as his stage presence and speaking skills are definite assets. As conservatives put the face and the name together, I predict Thompson will pass Giuliani in the polls and be the leading candidate for the nomination.
LA Times.com: WASHINGTON — Republicans antsy for a conservative standard-bearer in the presidential race have begun to rally behind Fred Thompson, propelling the former Tennessee senator to within hailing distance of the lead for the party's nomination, a new Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll has found.
Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani holds first place in the survey, with support from 27% of the Republicans and independents who said they plan to vote in the party's 2008 primaries.But Thompson, an actor who played a prosecutor on NBC's "Law & Order," runs just behind, with 21%. Indications are he will join the race within the next month.
2008 Republican Presidential Primary
National Poll: Giuliani 24% Thompson 24%
It is not unusual for a candidate to gain ground in the polls when they first announce their intentions. However, Thompson’s rise has been meteoric.
Monday, June 11, 2007
I have always enjoyed the irony when someone shares their excitement for last night's episode of The Sopranos or American Idle (intentional misspelling) or whatever the latest prime time fad happens to be and in the same breath asks how anyone can have time to bike, read, work out or blog for that matter.
I don't subscribe to HBO or any other premium cable channels so I've never sampled even one episode of The Sopranos.
It's not that I feel I'm above it all, quite the opposite actually. I know myself well enough to know the last thing I have time to make time for is a show designed to draw you into it's serial plot line.
I would probably have enjoyed The Sopranos and furthermore would likely have invested in an HBO subscription, a DVR, and countless hours of viewing. Again, knowing myself and in the interest of leveraging my DVR investment, I would have felt compelled to check out West Wing, 24, CSI, Grey's Anatomy, Law and Order and on and on.
As it stands, I'm satisfied with a couple syndicated episodes of Raymond each week and SpongeBob on the weekends with the kids.
I love SpongeBob.
Thankfully, all the episodes are interchangeable so you can watch them in any order you wish.
When I was younger I watched Star Trek, The Next Generation. The last episode of that show was a true grand finale and I still enjoy contemplating the reality-bending concept of that last installment.
As such, I can appreciate the seemingly widespread disdain for the producers of The Sopranos choice of a non-ending, which is being described as the new worst ending since Seinfeld. Others complain that they thought their cable went dead. Like a bystander to a fatal car accident, I am thankful to have not invested the time.
At least now there is this new controversy to displace Paris Hilton on the front page.
Free speech and all that...okay, that's your right.
...but just because someone made a bumper sticker doesn't mean the phrase Pro-Child and Pro-Choice have anything to do with each other.
But what was so sickening is that there was a six-year-old little boy bouncing around in the back seat, hanging out a lowered window. No belt. No booster. Mom driving: no brains.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
In early March, only a handful of Fred Thompson's good friends knew that he was even thinking about a bid for president. Three months later, according to several polls, Thompson is in second place nationally, trailing front runner Rudy Giuliani.
Ask people closest to Thompson how this happened...The former senator was simply minding his business when out of nowhere there arose a powerful Draft Fred movement, the likes of which have rarely been seen in American politics. "The groundswell for Fred is the closest thing to a real, genuine draft that I've seen in my 40 years of politics," Senator Lamar Alexander said recently in Chattanooga.
...when Thompson acknowledged on Fox News Sunday that he was seriously considering a presidential run, support for a potential bid exploded. Thompson and his friends were flooded with phone calls from would-be supporters eager to start raising money. Public officials began to endorse Thompson without any promise that he would become a candidate--a risk in the trade-and-barter world of politics.
Read more at The Weekly Standard and even more at Let Freedom Ring.
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Job crunch ahead as boomers retire
I have been sharing with clients for years that due to shifting demographics and the retirement of our baby boomers, younger individuals may find their services in high demand much later in life than the previous generation.
So the "bad" news is, you are going to live much longer than you think, so you have that many more years to fund some level of lifestyle and health care.
I'm not talking about being the greeter at Wal-Mart. Rather, starting a new business, pursuing a new degree or credential, or even moving to another part of the country where your current skills are in higher economic demand.
Conservatives were clearly enraged by the immigration bill due to it's amnesty provision and were relieved that it died.
...and yet he persists.
Is he looking desperately for a last-minute legacy of his Presidency? Has he become (more of) a liberal?
I don't get it.
Bush hopes to revive immigration bill
Parents upset over 'censored' message in yearbook
The (yearbook) committee sent a letter to parents asking them to pay $5 to publish a message to congratulate their students. The letter stated the message will include "all of your wonderful words."
Altman and her husband submitted this message: "So proud of you Remy for achieving fantastic grades, participating in so many wonderful after school activities and surviving so many of the Belleview teachers' liberal teachings. You are what you believe you can be. Aim high, always. Love, Mom & Dad."
"What was taken out was surviving the liberal teachings," Altman said. She wanted her daughter, years from now, to appreciate how well she did in school even though Altman felt teachers were biased. "Despite all the liberal teachings and so forth, she's come out with a good education," said Altman. Yearbook committee member Blair Mellon says they took out the "liberal teachings" part because it was a political statement and not appropriate for the yearbook.
School leaders agreed. "It is a keepsake for children," said Tustin Amole, Cherry Creek Schools spokesperson. "It's something that they are going to be looking at years and years from now and just not an appropriate forum for political statements."
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
What is also encouraging is that Fred and his people are well on their way to leveraging the Internet as well - a strategy the Republicans have not been known for.
Net-savvy Fred Thompson ready to stir race
With a campaign built on new technology and a flair for the dramatic, former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson appears ready to stir up the race for the Republican presidential nomination, generating 500 responses from potential contributors and volunteers immediately after news leaked of his determination to run.
"Can't keep up with the incoming. … Drinking from the fire hose," said Thompson's inundated potential campaign manager, Mark Corallo, in an e-mail to The Politico.
Thompson, 64, ...told USA Today he plans to use the people's press, the Internet, as a significant means of garnering support.
A search on the popular college-oriented social networking site Facebook turns up 85 groups in support of Thompson and just three against him, sporting names such as "Draft Fred Thompson 2008" and "Run, Fred, Run!"
Thompson's focus on the Internet as a campaign tool is mirrored by the top Democratic contenders, Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, who already have mined the Web's ability to collect demographic and voting information. College-aged Americans are plugging in to the race through the Internet, and Thompson is the first Republican to have "one of the most profound personality cults we've seen in politics for a long time," according to National Review Online's Jonah Goldberg.
Fred Thompson jokes are even circulating online, presenting wild claims that "every night before he goes to sleep, Osama bin Laden checks under his bed for Fred Thompson," and "Superman is only vulnerable to two things: Kryptonite and Fred Thompson."
Others say "Fred Thompson glared at the Mexican border and stopped illegal immigration for a month."
Recently, Rasmussen polls indicated Thompson, still not yet officially a candidate, has pushed ahead of Romney to take second place...Thompson is ahead of Romney by two points
Some bloggers say it's difficult not to think of Ronald Reagan when describing Thompson, as both are former actors, well-spoken, well-liked and on the older side.
...his use of Internet media shows a sense of undeniably 21st-century street smarts that could catapult him to the White House
D-Day commemorates that period, that day depicted in the movie, one of my all-time favorites.
Matt Damon's character (played by Harrison Young as the elder Ryan) is essentially asking his wife if he had led a life worthy of the sacrifice of so many others'.
Even after watching that movie, I can't begin to imagine actually being there and having my life on the line. The stories of courage and sacrifice exhibited that day are incredible.
But they are true and so we commemorate them today in the hope that we will never forget the sacrifices made that day to preserve our way of life.
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Last month the Democrats who run the Legislature in St. Paul pushed through a big tax and spending increase in their $35 billion state budget. Last week Mr. Pawlenty responded by vetoing all six of the spending and tax bills the Democrats sent him. The usual media and interest group suspects are upset...
HT Fraters Libertas
Monday, June 4, 2007
The Air Car, developed by ex-Formula One engineer Guy Nègre for Luxembourg-based MDI, uses compressed air, as opposed to the gas-and-oxygen explosions of internal-combustion models, to push its engine’s pistons.
Some 6000 zero-emissions Air Cars are scheduled to hit Indian streets in August of 2008. Barring any last-minute design changes on the way to production, the Air Car should be surprisingly practical. The $12,700 CityCAT, one of a handful of planned Air Car models, can hit 68 mph and has a range of 125 miles. It will take only a few minutes for the CityCAT to refuel at gas stations equipped with custom air compressor units; MDI says it should cost around $2 to fill the car’s carbon-fiber tanks with 340 liters of air at 4350 psi.
Drivers also will be able to plug into the electrical grid and use the car’s built-in compressor to refill the tanks in about 4 hours. Of course, the Air Car will likely never hit American shores, especially considering its all-glue construction.
Yah, but it's ugly.
Popular Mechanics June 2007