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Thursday, September 5. 2013
Pic: Farmhand Jeanie lends a hand with the arduous chores. What a trooper!
Well, I suppose you read a few weeks ago how the government finally revealed that it's been secretly harboring alien beings at its famous 'Area 51'. No, wait, I got the story backwards. They haven't been secretly harboring aliens over there. Yeah, like anyone would buy that. Area 51 report won't stop Hollywood and those who want to believe
He think there are 60.
As we've noted a few times recently, Northern Colorado is seeking to become the 51st state.
And now we have...
At this rate, we'll be at 60 in no time!
When it comes to the popular sport of drone hunting, there's a little 'friendly rivalry' developing between a couple of everybody's favorite nation-states:
Let the games begin!
What these Mainers forgot to ask is whether or not we down here in the South even want them moving here. As it turns out, the answer is a resounding NO!, so this looks like a win-win situation for everybody.
According to the article, they have two basic programs. The one with the leg irons and electroshock therapy looks like best choice for the money. Quicker, anyway.
— Do you deny that global warming is man-made?
— Do you deny the earth is warming naturally?
— Do you deny the earth is warming at all?
If so, then you're one of those dreaded Deniers: Time for the BBC to ban the 'D' word?
Well done, Internet.
Speaking of ugly: Postal Service looks to end at-your-door mail
And what makes it ugly is that the Republican leading the charge is the famed Darrell Issa, he of the tough congressional hearings. I even highlighted him with two video clips here.
So, to sum up, once again a large company is unable to trim its ranks due to union restraints and thus has to cut costs another way, one which impacts us both directly and painfully.
Painfully, that is, if you're Mrs. Hutchins, age 88, suffering from terrible arthritis and now has to hobble a quarter-mile to get her mail.
Finally! Like her or not, one thing everyone admits is that it's nice to see a woman in the White House with a little fashion sense. Or, to put it in question form; just how many of Barbara Bush's outfits do you remember? Point proven.
So, imagine how refreshing it is to see our First Lady finally doing something about the building's drab exterior: Michelle Obama To Paint White House Green
Personally, I'd go with the hunter. It'll weather better and go nicer with the surrounding foliage. But I don't claim to be an expert on the subject.
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I actually ran into a real, live Area 51'er just the other day at a friend's house. Someone mentioned the recent revelation and the guy immediately launched into how it was all a "disinformation campaign" by Big Gov. There's just no shaking some beliefs.
That biz about the P.O. is really sick, and it's sad seeing Republicans pushing it. My grandfather is going to be like the aging Mrs. Hutchins. He lives with another old dude and both of them need walkers. It's "cute" when they 'walker' themselves around the house, but it won't be so cute if they have to 'walker' a quarter-mile and back.
As for our upcoming Green House, at least she didn't pick Democratic Blue! (complete with Dem Party logos?) I actually thought the "article" was pretty well written. Gotta love those anonymous sources!
Fun post, Doc, lots of interesting things to check out later. I agree with Dave up above that the whole post office situation is really deplorable. I especially hate the thought of them closing down small stations, since I grew up in a tiny town in Oklahoma and the local P.O. was where everybody met to chat and exchange gossip and news. They're removing a valuable piece of Americana and don't even seem to care.
Also, I hate to bug you on this, but did you ever write that guide for putting together songs and pics? I tried that Movie Maker program but got totally lost. Would be much appreciated!
I totally agree about the P.O. closing down small offices. As a kid, I used to visit my grandparents in little Garden City, KS, for the summer and it was the same thing. The local P.O. was where everybody met and got caught up on the latest.
As for the guide, yep. Look for it around 10. The reason you had probs with the newest Movie Maker is because it's awful compared to the previous version, which is what we'll use.
If my take the liberty of opposing your point of view on postal delivery, I don't think they are going far enough. Let's go to three day a week delivery. That way one carrier can cover two routes and they can cut half the carriers and save half the mileage.
As for little post offices, there is no way places like Edison NE pop 133, Holbrook NE pop 220 or Bartley NE pop 330 need post offices. Close them down and those people still don't have to drive as far to the post office as I do.
How about a compromise? Three days a week and they continue delivering to your door and don't close anybody down in small towns with a population over, say, 500 or 1,000?
The feeblemind litmus test for post offices really is this; if a town doesn't have a grocery store or a doctor, then they don't need a post office. If people are driving to a larger town for those services I don't see why they can't mail a package or buy stamps at the same time.
As for door delivery? OK. For now. :-0
Well, that's a fair point, especially the grocery store. Without one, that means they're going to have to make the trek to the nearest town a few days a week, anyway, so might as well include the mail pick-up.
On the other hand, if a town doesn't even have a grocery store (or Town Hall), then doesn't that make the local P.O. even more important when it comes to a common meeting place? That's the point we were making up above, that pint-sized towns need a place to congregate and swap gossip and farming tips. A humanistic viewpoint, if you will.
Yes. I see you point Doc, but I don't see how it is the job of the Post Office to subsidize meeting places.
Perhaps the USPS could keep the doors open if the town wanted to pick up the tab for running the post office?
So if, say Edison NE pop 133 wanted to pick up the $100k (don't know if that is the number, but it might cover the cost of the postal worker) per year and pass it along in the property tax to the residents, I would have no problem with that...
....And then watch the overwhelming support there would be to close the post office.
How about if the USPS pays the postmaster's salary and the town picks up the lease for the building?
Sorry Doc, not the taxpayers obligation to provide a "meeting place" for communities, regardless of size. The fact that it is done, at least in some places, doesn't make it right.
It's a by-product; a very traditional and appreciated one.
Changing the subject Doc.
If this whole thing wasn't totally staged then it is pretty funny.
New tech TV that is supposedly so clear, people think they are looking out the window. Watch what happens in this 2 minute video when people see a meteor striking on TV, but believing it is right outside.
Well, "cute", but the reactions are fairly understandable, what with modern-day digital realism. So, in answer to their question, just "Realism". For Ultra-Realism, you'd ask the applicant to please wear these special glasses during the interview, then have Godzilla rise up from beneath the ground, smash a few buildings, then reach in through the window. :)
My sister had that "no mail delivery" at a new development she lived in in PA quite a few years back. Only the boxes were at the post office and it was closed all the time. Made getting the mail trying.
It's just adaptation. Society just has to accept that sending something through the mail is not a reliable way to ensure people see it in a timely fashion. We'll pick the mail up once a week or so like we did back in the 19th century.
Mainers aren't so much of a problem down South. It's the gall darn New Yorkers. Worse, still, all they do is go on and on about how great New York is. But you know, I never see them moving back there. My sister has lived in PA for 15 years and is chomping at the bit to come home when her husband retires.
"But you know, I never see them moving back there."
Yeah, funny thing, that. Same as liberal Californians invading Oregon and Nevada, telling everybody how to run things, and in the worse scenarios, gaining local political control and implementing their plans. Down here in Florida, as you said, it's the New Yorkers who do the most damage.
I rewatched "The Hunt for Red October" the other night, where the defecting Russian is amazed that people can travel from state to state "without papers".
Maybe we should rethink that. :)
Doc, well done. You sure have a wry sense of humor, cleverly cloaking your political feelings in subtlety, inference and implication so as to avoid government censure, I suppose, and the disapproval of the viewing public. ala Jaroslav Hasek's Svejk.
Painting the White House green is a fine example of how color-blind our nation has become. We still have a long way to go since, like many folks, I use white milk on my cereal and put brown sugar on top of it. To sweeten it, of course.
Chess and checkers can do with a make-over as well, but ... little steps.
"so as to avoid government censure"
That, of course, is at the top of every blogger's list. "How do I vilify, condemn and totally degrade the present administration while making it all seems like an innocent, harmless joke?"
While I wouldn't claim to be a 'master' of such tactics, well, I'm still here. So far.
I also like your 'color-blind' analogy. I figure they picked 'green' for the obvious environmental parody, but yours works just as well.
As for your cereal comment, a bud sent me a link in email yesterday about the NAACP-KKK meeting. Here's a line I quoted from the article and my response:
"Here is John Abarr, an organizer for the United Klans of America, carrying a brown briefcase..."
"What a racist, implying that brown people are no better than luggage!"
If you look hard enough, that racism stuff is everywhere!
As Gutman proposed in his toast: "Here's to plain speaking and clear understanding". Nothing like seeing things in black and white; calling a spade a spade.
Now that you mention it, our entire color chart needs to be reworked. Perhaps we could refer to the various colors and shades and tones and hues with spectrum wavelength numbers. In that way we could eliminate any pejorative terms referring to color.
Electromagnetic radiation is characterized by its wavelength (or frequency) and its intensity. When the wavelength is within the visible spectrum (the range of wavelengths humans can perceive, approximately from 390 nm to 700 nm), it is known as "visible light".
Uh oh. No numbers for either black or white. Perhaps the more clever of your readers can chime in on this. I was never any good at science.
"calling a spade a spade."
(the crowd gasps in horror at this obvious example of 'veiled racism')
As for not taking the extra step and naming black and white yourself, isn't that a little niggardly of you?
Eh, Doc. Once the crowd gets over their case of the vapours they will realize my indirect reference to the character of Sam Spade in Hammett's The Maltese Falcon, from which the Gutman quote came.
Don't spook them.
We have "cluster" mailboxes here, about a quarter of a mile away, or maybe a half. Strangely, both UPS and FedEx are prepared to bring things right up to the door. I wonder which organizations deserve to survive?
Us who live in the cotton South resent you key dwellers using the phrase, "we down here in the South". After this, please use the term tropics to refer to your abode. If you must use south, at least don't capitalize it.
Picky, picky, picky. Actually, I prefer the term "tropical island paradise", but "South" is easier to spell.
Geographically, though, cotton country is the "Deep South", whereas 'the South' just means anything below the Mason-Dixon line.
And that's the cotton-pickin' truth!
I told my attorney, P. Beauregard Flatulence to pursue this matter with you, but he says he is unable to locate any Dr. Mercury living in the Florida Keys. He says you are probably in some kind of witness protection program, and we should not pursue the matter further as it might blow your cover. So, I guess you can have it your way.
Just released--the "probable costs of health insurance"per month for those of all age groups. Over 60? Read it and weep!
re Northern California County Board Votes For Secession From State
It is interesting to watch these things pop up. I am wondering if Colorado and this California county are isolated incidents or are the beginning of secessionist sentiment in politically frustrated parts of the country? Time will tell.
Area 51? HAH! There are secret underground races of man-like creatures and not-very-womanly-like creatures dwelling below the earth's surface. I KNOW this because there's a door in my basement...
Mainers, eh? Dang story says "Click here for the full poll results." and there's no clickable link, Not in Firefox or Chrome.
I'm not a denier; I'm a distruster.
"and not-very-womanly-like creatures"
Try not to be so earth-centric in future comments. :)
You and what army, Doc! Them Deros is bad bidness!
I know your kind, Doc: slippery, shiny, and hard to grab. Might even be fast.
Fast like quicksilver.
(Doc takes two bonus point out of petty cash for his brilliant response)
Thanks for the opportunity. :)
re Pennsylvania hospital to open country's first inpatient treatment program for Internet addiction
I don't have an addiction problem. I can quit anytime. I just don't want to.
I have the exact same attitude. I'm only on it 15, 16 hours a day -- but I can quit anytime! Honest! I really mean it! Ya gotta believe me, doc! Anytim-, well, not today, cuz I have some very very important blogs to write, but after that -- anytime! Honest! Ya gotta believe me!
Funny Doc. Made my day.
My Significant Other calls my PC area "The Command Module". She marvels how I am drawn to it like a bug to a light, and she accuses me of preferring to spend time online to time with her.
Yes, it's always tough trying to explain to someone how 2nd place isn't so bad. "After all, we could also have a dog and you'd be in 3rd place!" just doesn't do it for some reason. Personally, if I were the 2nd-wealthiest or 2nd-best-looking guy in the world, I'd be pretty damn proud of it! But you can't expect everyone to have the same 'clear reasoning' that I do in these matters.
Tell her that when it comes to wives, she's in 1st place.
Who could argue such an exalted position?!
Area 51 ...
Visitors will want to first examine the famous Black Mailbox (which is painted white) off Nevada State Route 375 aka the Extraterrestrial Highway, located on one of Area 51's access roads. It will be covered in signatures of visitors from around the planet and possibly from Beyond.
Then off to the town of Rachel, NV (pop. 54) and home to the Little A'Le'Inn Bar, Restaurant & Motel and as close as its worth getting to Area 51. The Bar somewhat resembles the Mos Eisley Cantina. You might overhear, as I did, discussions from aviation / radio scanner buffs, flying saucer fans and a group plotting to attach cameras to cattle and drive them onto the base.
Of lesser interest is Area 2, visible from I-15 and across from Nellis AFB.
I loved that scene in "Paul" where the guys pull up to the bar, go inside, and these ZZSTop-looking band is playing the tune from the Mos Eisley Cantina.
As one of the commenters to the Mainer story stated, you have to define what is meant by the South. For many in Maine (and New Hampshire, too) the 'South' starts in Massachusetts and extends all the way through Rhode Island and Connecticut and into southern New York (New York City and Long Island). Without that delineator the survey is meaningless.
As one of the other commenters stated, the traditional line between the North and South is the Mason-Dixon Line. If you disagree, take it up with the history books.
To us folks in the Southwest, anything east of the Mississippi River ain't worth a pincha coon shit. Quit whinin'.
Oh, winners write the history books. So there.
A simple fix for the post office. First go to every other day delivery for non-commercial mail and actually cut the number of postman by half. Then provide everyday delivery for commercial customers and charge the actual cost of delivery. Another suggestion is to pay postmasters based on the size of the postoffice and not pay them the same in podunk and NY City.
It's the "cut the number of postmen in half" that's where the problem lies. Union, remember? That means they can't fire anybody -- all they can do is relocate them. Which doesn't do any good in this case. Same thing with Podunk and NYC. Like the school unions, 'merit' is of little consequence. Teacher has the biggest failure rate in the county? You relocate her to the administrative building.
And same thing with cutting back hours and all the rest. The union fights it every step of the way until the only thing that's left is for Congress to physically cut down the number of buildings and drop-off points. So, we pay the penalty while postal workers retire at 45 with lavish pensions and full health care plans.
In truth, the only effective answer is total rebellion, a takeover of Washington, a new Congress and the immediate outlawing of all unions with heavy prison terms handed out for anyone preaching it.
The historians might refer to it as The Age of Enlightenment.
Expelling it the nature of the fork, however, will ever hurry back.
I think you and Google Translate need to have a little talk. :)
If the president can usurp our constitutional rights with a presidential order then he can usurp the union contract. If they were foolish enough to strike over it then I would follow up with firing them like Reagan did to air traffic controllers. I agree that public employees should not be able to unionize. The problem being that a public employees union negotiates with other public employees who have no skin in the game.