A great site to explain the brain and what we know about Alzheimer’s Dementia, for the novice.
Posted at 09:27 am by Johnny B
Really surprised to see this one. From Reuters, a story from Alexandria about blue-dog Democrats:
Also, a story on Mardi Gras, with parade floats labeled, “Mold Lives here.”
Posted at 09:48 pm by Johnny B
|Posted by BP @ 03/05/2006 03:03 PM PST|
|I like the little comment about their finding another Bill Clinton. The only hope the Democrats ever have is a southern governor. If Mark Warner were to somehow take out Hillary, there wouldn’t be a Republican to stand against him. He would win Virginia, and it would be over.
But it’ll never happen, because the man is way too normal.
A very interesting development. In addition to landscaping, housework, and construction, a new industry has decided to start hiring Mexicans. Now, most blue collar folk wouldn’t mind working an $18/hr starting wage, but apparently in eastern Kentucky people are too shiftless, lazy, and drug addled to become coal miners (that’s what Charlie Bearse, the guy at the mining company said). Perhaps Charlie ought to meet a few folks in Estill county and pop open an Ale-8-1 and negotiate with them instead of threatening to bring in Mexicans. I pity the Mexicans that go down the wrong hollow, if you know what I mean.
Bearse does have a point, however. And although Kentucky is the #3 producer of marijuana, and make up 9% of the total US market for pot, this is not a problem endemic to Kentucky alone. There are many able-bodied men in Louisiana, in their 30’s populating bars or trailers all day long. Ask them what they do for a living, and chances are they’ll tell you they got a settlement from an oil company, since their “something hurts”. Now, these aren’t guys like my uncle, who saved his crew from a fire offshore and lost both pinky fingers and was out of commission for a year. No, these guys are perfectly able-bodied, and gaming the system.
I’m not saying working offshore or in a coal mine is for everyone. But when not enough Americans are willing to bust their ass to feed their family, there is a serious problem with our society. I know enough about Kentucky to know the people Bearse is talking about, and I bet there were less and less of those types thirty years ago.
Posted at 06:13 pm by Johnny B
Posted at 10:13 am by Johnny B
Kathleen Blanco recently threatened to disallow drilling unless LA gets more tax revenue from the sale of oil. As usual, she does it in a ham-handed fashion, but does she have a point? On one hand, it is a noble effort on her part to try to get money for her state. On the other hand, isn’t offshore drilling typically take place on federal property? One could ask the same question about the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, and could the federal government technically allow offshore drilling on federal property off the coast of, say, California? If the citizens of that state does not want to build a pipeline to accept the crude oil, then the government could ship it to Alaska, or simply sell it on the world market. If no citizens of that state need a well paying union job, perhaps illegal immigrants can pump oil, which might after all lower the cost of production.
It is doubtful that Blanco will actually follow through on her threat, but she does have a point, why should she beg for Washington to free up cash, rankling tax payers throughout the nation, when a steady source of taxable revenue is available right in her backyard. Of course the legislature of Washington D.C. will have none of it, as they would like to control the purse strings. For those who don’t know already, property value is pretty high in D.C. Why? Because everybody is a millionaire!
Now don’t get me wrong, my people in DC, because I know y’alls got to get your scratch, and for one I can’t blame you. But here in Columbus, we’ve got Wendy’s and Nationwide Insurance company, and the Ohio State University (unfortunately it is also a state capital and growth is generally on the back of taxpayers here too). What is the source of the DC economy? Laws and regulations, and federal taxes paying for everything. I know that companies have to pay lawyers to represent their interests, but this just proves the inherent point that the federal government is too powerful, and one source of that power is taxes or royalties from Louisiana oil. Why should royalty revenue from Louisiana oil pay for the Washington DC school system when the Vermilion parish school system needs to be rebuilt? If Louisiana has too high a royalty rate, the forty thousand or so employees who drill for that oil can let their congressman know they are worried about their jobs. As it is now, we have to beg and plead with DC to get assistance.
Posted at 06:16 pm by Johnny B