**********One thing that BeezleBub did that was exciting this weekend was attend the Zac Brown Band concert at our local venue, Meadowbrook Farm. While he would have liked to take his sorta-girlfriend, Hobbit, she had other family obligations that prevented her from being able to attend. So BeezleBub asked one of his friends at the farm if they'd like to go.
Just a reminder: I will be tweaking the blog templates over the next week or so, so if things look a little screwy now and then it's just me making adjustments.
**********I was a witness to a traffic accident yesterday.
While waiting at one of the traffic lights near our local Lowe's I saw the driver of an SUV heading down the street decided that he/she absolutely needed to pull into the gas station right then and there. Never mind he/she was in the center lane and had to cross two lanes of traffic to make the turn. Never mind that there was another entrance around the corner. Never mind that someone else was already in the lane he/she tried to cross to get into the gas station.
As anyone slightly acquainted with physics knows, no two objects can occupy the same time/space coordinates. The resulting crunch, while not loud, did end up leading to one blocked lane while police and fire-rescue personnel performed their duties. Fortunately no one was injured beyond some frazzled nerves.
(The gender of the offending party has been generalized just because I felt like it)
**********This almost sounds like something out of The Terminator.
First there was plate body armor. Then there was kevlar. Then ceramic body armor (think Dragon Skin). Now there's liquid armor.
**********It's still the spending, Stupid!
**********Believe it or not, someone at the New York Times understands economics and how to tell economically healthy nations from those teetering on the brink of insolvency...and it isn't what you may think.
At the moment I doubt the US government can count on the private sector to pony up the cash needed to help the government to pay its debts, not with ever higher tax and regulatory burdens being placed upon it. It seems every step the Obama Administration has taken to strengthen the economy has had just to opposite effect. (It doesn't help that the private sector has been universally ignored by Obama and his advisors, made up mostly of academics with little or no real world experience.)
Which governments will not be able to pay their bills?
The ones with private sectors that are not doing well enough to bail out the government.
Government finances are important, but in the end it is the private sector that matters most.
**********As if we need yet another reminder that cellphone usage in inappropriate situations can be fatal, a 21-year old New Hampshire woman was killed in a traffic accident in Massachusetts because instead of paying attention to her driving she was allegedly texting on her phone.
She lost control of her car, hit a tractor trailer which in turn crushed her car, ejecting her onto the highway where she was then struck by another tractor trailer.
Is a text message so important that it's worth dying for? Apparently some people think so.
It's no wonder more states are banning texting while driving. As more than a few studies have shown, texting while driving is worse than driving drunk.
**********“Oh, yeah. I have a great idea! Let's make it more difficult for teens to find work by raising the minimum wage and making unpaid internships illegal! That ought to spur the economy!”
Yeah. That ought to work. Yeah. Uh-huh.
**********First, they decide they knew how to spend our money better than we do. Next, they took away our right to choose our own health insurance and care provider. Then they decided that it would be best for everyone if they make it so difficult for local banks to do business and for small businesses to operate at a profit because they know profit and credit is evil. But now they want to tell us we can and cannot eat and what we can and cannot grow in our own vegetable gardens.
This means WAR!
(H/T Maggie's Farm)
**********Cap'n Teach points us to yet another example of how ObamaCare will have major unintended consequences that will end up costing us hundreds of billions of dollars we don't have to provide substandard, severely rationed care.
More than a few ObamaCare supporters have tried to discredit the idea that many small to medium sized businesses will drop health insurance for their employees because the fines are much less expensive than the insurance premiums, forcing the employees to go to the government for their insurance.
But that's exactly what's happening in Massachusetts, where the ObamaCare prototype, MassHealth, is seeing businesses doing just that.
**********I think Basil may be on to something in regards to how it is some people will keep supporting Obama no matter what he does.
He explains it in two words: College Football.
I have to say he may be on to something.
(H/T Pirate's Cove)
**********I came across an interesting series on BBC America over the weekend, something called Being Human.
So far I like what I've seen. But then you have to remember I am something of a geek.