Funny Yet Sad - Jikes! - Fahrenheit 1861
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This is a blog on some of what I find interesting. Local, State (NC) and Nationial politics will be the main focus of this site, with a splash of sports, tech, computers, books, sci-fi, tv, movies and whatever else catches my eye.
|As I turned onto the mill road today, I was greeted by numerous police cars in the BB&T parking lot. All I know right now is that the bank was robbed and aparrently they got away.|
Someone was rushed to the hospital
Someone may have been shot
The robbers burned their get-a-way on Money Hole Rd
I've to see the news and the on-line news read aren't covering it yet.
|Neal discusses how teacher in Nevada has his job threaten because he teaches US history. Why would government not want kids to learn about our Founding Fathers, Neal has an idea.|
Neal also covers the hostages in Iraq, the booming US economy and Hillary Clinton's crusade against violent video games.
Read it all at Nealz Nuze
- Sen. Arlen Specter (news, bio, voting record) accused the National Football League and the Philadelphia Eagles of treating Terrell Owens unfairly and said he might refer the matter to the antitrust subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which he chairs.
You go Senator. You're not afraid to stick your nose where it doesn't belong. Screw taxes, screw Iraq, screw the rise of socialism in the US, because you have football to worry about. I really hope the people of Pennsylvania are happy with your job preformance.
Hurricane-ravaged New Orleans will deploy the nation's first municipally owned wireless Internet system that will be free for all users, part of an effort to jump-start recovery by making living and doing business in the city as attractive as possible.
Nice, the city that couldn't get bus drivers to follow it's evacuation plan has WiFi for all. WiFi isn't free, the tax payers of New Orleans are footing the bill. Wouldn't this money be better spent on such as... I don't know levy upgrades. As much as I love pcs, internet and my wardriving setup, I just think this is an expense not needed in the Big Easy.
|My friend Chris is a state trooper. Monday morning he pulled over a car and was shot by a wanted Virgia man. |
I stated to post this Monday night, but didn't as I whated for more details. Then last night as I was working on it a co-worker deleted my work. So today I'll post the story from the Fayetteville Observer-Times.
Our thoughts and prayers go to Chris and and his family.
|From WWAY TV 3|
Wilmington man sued by record company
Worst hurricane season on record -- and now Epsilon
We should build more jail cells to hold illegal aliens. Good idea. The speeding up of deportations, a crackdown on fraudulent identity papers, and a hardening of the border with more surveillance. So far, so good. Then the nonsense started to flow. The president urged Congress to pass his guest-worker amnesty program and repeated the nonsense that the illegal aliens are here "to fill jobs that Americans will not do."
This is the same stuff I posted on yesterday. Bush just doesn't seem to get it when it comes to illegal aliens.
|From WWAY TV 3|
Wilmington considers plan to shelter homeless
Giving someone a place to live isn't going to solve anything. That just re-enforces their belief that federal, state and local governments should provide for them. Wilmington is a magnet for homeless in this region. Other cities actually buy bus tickets for their homeless to come to Wilmington. If you want to do something for the homeless make them earn it. I heard an idea on the radio the other day that I thought was great. Convert closed military bases into camps for the homeless. There the people would have shelter over their head and food in their belly. But instead of being given shelter and food they will have to work for it. Gardens, fields and animal raising would provide most of the food. While the upkeep of the people would be done by those living there. Also as a condition of living there, they must activily seek imployment, doesn't matter if it's at Micky Ds, Food Lion or Wal Mart. Once they have a job within 6 months they should have enough money saved to get out on their own and provide for their needs. If someone doesn't want to help with the farming or maintenance of the camp or find and maintain a job, then you're out. Period. No coming back. Military bases where used in the example because they have barricks, kitchens and are fenced in. The gate would be open and the residents can come and go as they wish. I know we don't have a closed military base in the area, but with all the old warehouses, schools and shell buildings not being used in the area a suitible site can be found.
BTW the other night one of the Wilmington Council members proposed bussing the homeless out of Wilmington. From what little I heard it didn't go over so well.
|Found at WWAY TV 3|
Local charities call evacuated family scam artists
Like my wife likes to say - "There is a special place in hell for them".
Found at CNN
Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy and tax charges. He admitted taking $2.4 million in bribes in a case that grew from an investigation into the sale of his home to a wide-ranging conspiracy involving payments in cash, vacations and antiques. Appearing close to tears, Cunningham said today: "I cannot undo what I have done but I can atone." U.S. Attorney Carol Lam said: "He did the worst thing an elected official can do -- he enriched himself through his position."
Read it all here.
Two Irish nuns have just arrived in USA by boat and one says to the other, "I hear that the people in this country actually eat dogs." "Odd," her companion replies, "but if we shall live in America, we might as well do as the Americans do." Nodding emphatically, the mother superior points to a hot dog vendor and they both walk towards the cart. "Two dogs, please," says one. The vendor is only too pleased to oblige and he wraps both hot dogs in foil and hands them over the counter. Excited, the nuns hurry over to a bench and begin to unwrap their "dogs."
BitTorrent shakes hands with MPAA
Linux is Doomed, Thanks to Microsoft
Empires have life expectancies. The history of civilization would tell us that a country based on freedom and economic liberty generally last just a bit over 200 years. If you know of such a society that has lasted well beyond the 200-year mark, let me know. I haven't been able to find one. Our Constitution was ratified on December 15th, 1791. In just a few weeks the United States of America will be 214 years old. That, for those of you who went to government schools, is just a bit over 200 years.
Read it all here.
Edited at 4:50 pm: This story also talks about personal responsibility. Something I wrote about eary this morning.
|…Bush took a stance against illegal immigration into the US – story here. |
A senior administration official said that the president, in a speech on immigration, will focus on three areas: border security, enforcement and a temporary worker program.
Basically Bush is calling for tougher border control measures, including new high tech detection units, sending illegals further back into Mexico instead of right over the fence and having detention areas to hold large numbers of illegals. Sounds nice, but if an illegal alien does get through then they can sign up for a temporary worker permit and work in the US for 6 years with the government’s blessing. Can you say, political double speak? Good. That’s like saying it’s illegal to break into the local bank after hours, but if you do and get away, just stop by your local fed’s office sign this slip and keep the cash. Sounds dumb don’t it?
The issue of illegal immigration has been one of Bush’s weakest areas. This is one of the few issues that have caused a disturbance in the Republican Party. As a libertarian, I believe immigration is needed to keep the country infused with new ideas, plus without some form of immigration in the past, I wouldn’t be here right now. But I do not believe in open free flowing borders between the US and it’s neighbors, especially following 9/11. I would like to see anyone that wishes to visit the US or move here to do so, as long as they do it legally and follow our laws once they do. I also support English as our national language and think that those wishing to live here or are living here now should learn it.
|This is one of my biggest beliefs. I believe to be truely free an individual must be his own boss in how he lives his life. Take responsiblity for your actions, don't expect the government to protect you from yourself.|
Here is a story from John Stossel
Some lawyers say fast food is dangerous. It can make you fat. I say some lawyers are dangerous. They can make you poor and take away your choices. But special privileges for favored industries, such as the bill the House recently passed to protect the fast-food industry, are the wrong cure.
You can finish it if you want by clicking on his name at the top.
|I'm going golfing in the morning with my dad, brother-in-law, his brother and someone else. I have to be at my brother-in-law's brother's house by 6:20am. That's after getting home at about 11:15 from work tonight. We're going to Eastport in Little River, SC. It's about a 45 minute drive from his house. So I thought I'ld post some gold info.|
Golf Apparel — The Start Of Good Golf Etiquette
Many of us recall old movie images of golfers in plaid pants, sweater vests, billed caps, and other stereotypical apparel of golfing lore. While clothing on golf courses has changed over the years, proper golf apparel is still expected. And the greater the prestige of the golf club, the greater the expectation you will abide by their dress code.
Most clubs and courses, even the public ones, require that golfers follow a dress code. The most common rule is the collared shirt. Many courses require long pants, not jeans, and golf shoes.
5 Minutes Early Is Late
When it comes to actually starting your game, the primary rule of etiquette is to show up on schedule for your tee time. That means you will have already done everything else in preparation for the start of the golf game. You’ll need time to park your car, warm up, practice, buy balls, change, and pick up a cart. Being early is a matter of consideration for others.
Leave Cell Phones In The Real World
The exclusion of cell phones from golf apparel is another common courtesy on the links. Cell phones should be left in your car or locker. If you do need to bring 1 onto the course for emergencies, keep it turned off.
When you’re on the course, you’ll need to understand how the other golfers in your group want to play. Some let the best score tee off on the next hole, while others let whoever is ready tee off first. You can offend players by not following their rules, even if their rules are, from your perspective, wrong.
Time-Honored Conventions Make Golfing Unique
An obsession with quiet is another characteristic for which golfers are known. Like most traditions, this one is based on necessity. When your object is to hit a small object with a long pole, you need all of your concentration. Even when golfing with friends, respect the fundamental rule of keeping quiet during shots, and standing out of the direct line of vision.
Today’s golfing rules of etiquette can seem archaic — a throwback to days of old. They harken back to a slower paced time when consideration for others was perhaps easier. In the 21st century, golfing provides us a time away from the bustle of everyday living. Though golf is highly competitive, it is, nonetheless, a gentleman’s — and gentlewoman’s — game.
Visit Golf Gear to learn more. Ron King is a full-time researcher, writer, and web developer. Copyright 2005 Ron King. This article may be reprinted if the resource box is left intact.
Thanksgiving day facts: (from the U.S. Census Bureau) What many regard as the nation’s first Thanksgiving took place in December 1621 as the religious separatist Pilgrims held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest. The day did not become a national holiday until 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a national day of thanksgiving. Later, President Franklin Roosevelt clarified that Thanksgiving should always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month to encourage earlier holiday shopping, never on the occasional fifth Thursday.
The preliminary estimate of the number of turkeys raised in the United States in 2005. That’s down 3 percent from 2004. The turkeys produced in 2004 weighed 7.3 billion pounds altogether and were valued at $3.1 billion. (Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service)
The preliminary estimate of the number of turkeys Minnesota expects to raise in 2005. The Gopher State is tops in turkey production. It is followed by North Carolina (36.0 million), Arkansas (29.0 million), Virginia (21.0 million), Missouri (20.5 million) and California (15.1 million). These six states together will probably account for about 65 percent of U. S. turkeys produced in 2005. (Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service)
649 million pounds
The forecast for U.S. cranberry production in 2005, up 5 percent from 2004. Wisconsin is expected to lead all states in the production of cranberries, with 367 million pounds, followed by Massachusetts (170 million). Oregon, New Jersey and Washington are also expected to have substantial production, ranging from 18 million to 52 million pounds. (Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service)
1.6 billion pounds
The total weight of sweet potatoes — another popular Thanksgiving side dish — produced in the United States in 2004. North Carolina (688 million pounds) produced more sweet potatoes than any other state. It was followed by California (339 million pounds). Mississippi and Louisiana also produced large amounts: at least 200 million pounds each. (Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service)
998 million pounds
Total pumpkin production of major pumpkin-producing states in 2004. Illinois, with a production of 457 million pounds, led the country. Pumpkin patches in California, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and New York also produced a lot of pumpkins: each state produced at least 70 million pounds worth. The value of all the pumpkins produced by these states was about $100 million. (Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service)
2.1 billion bushels
The total volume of wheat — the essential ingredient of bread, rolls and pies — produced in the United States in 2005. Kansas and North Dakota — combined — accounted for about 33 percent of the nation’s wheat production. (Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service)
The value of U.S. imports of live turkeys during the first half of 2005 — all from Canada. Our northern neighbors also accounted for all of the cranberries the United States imported ($2.2 million). When it comes to sweet potatoes, however, the Dominican Republic was the source of most ($2.3 million) of total imports ($2.6 million). The United States ran a $1.7 million trade deficit in live turkeys over the period, but surpluses of $3.5 million in cranberries and $10.6 million in sweet potatoes. (Source: US Census)
The quantity of turkey consumed by the typical American in 2003 and, if tradition be true, a hearty helping of it was devoured at Thanksgiving time. On the other hand, per capita sweet potato consumption was 4.7 pounds. (From the upcoming Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2006)
The value of turkeys shipped by the nation’s poultry processors in 2002. Those located in Arkansas led the way with $581.5 million in shipments, followed by processors in Virginia ($544.2 million) and North Carolina ($453.0 million). Businesses that primarily processed turkeys operated out of 35 establishments, employing about 17,000 people. (Source: US Census [PDF])
Cost per pound of a frozen whole turkey in December 2004. (From the upcoming Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2006)
Number of places in the United States named after the holiday’s traditional main course. Turkey, Texas, was the most populous in 2004, with 496 residents; followed by Turkey Creek, La. (357); and Turkey, N.C. (267). There also are 16 townships around the country named “Turkey,” three in Kansas. (Sources: US Census and here)
Number of places and townships in the United States that are named “Cranberry” or some spelling variation of the name we call the red, acidic berry (e.g., Cranbury, N.J.), a popular side dish at Thanksgiving. (Source: US Census)
Number of places in the United States named Plymouth, as in “Plymouth Rock,” legendary location of the first Thanksgiving. Plymouth, Minn., is the most populous, with 69,797 residents in 2004; Plymouth, Mass., had 54,604. Speaking of Plymouth Rock, there is just one township in the United States named “Pilgrim.” Located in Dade County, Mo., its population was 135. (Source: US Census)
Number of occupied housing units across the nation — all potential gathering places for people to celebrate the holiday. (Source: US Census)
|I saw this the other day but didn't know how to write about it. Today while surfing the blogshere I found this.|
|On the way to work today, I had to stop and fill up. The cost of regular was the lowest I've seen in months at $2.139. That was down 2 cents from just two days ago. Yet some of my co-workers have been complaining about how the oil companies are running the price back up for the Thanksgiving holiday and that government should do something about it.|
Here is what WECT had to say about gas prices:
NOVEMBER 24, 2005 -- If you're filling up the car for a road trip for the holidays, it could be worse.
|Took this from Rob at SayAnythingBlog |
By Rob on November 25, 2005 at 11:38 am
|Took this from Rob at SayAnythingBlog |
By Rob on November 25, 2005 at 12:40 pm
I hope you and your family had a good holiday.
Now I'm back to drawing up battle plans with my wife for our Black Friday attack.
NOVEMBER 23, 2005 -- A Pender County teacher has been arrested on a felony charge after deputies found an unloaded revolver in her car on school property.
I don't agree with the law that makes it illegal to have any gun on school property including toy guns. The gun was unloaded and out of sight in her car. I don't blame a woman for wanting to have protection with her. The question that isn't answered here is how did they find out she had the gun in the first place.
Kerry Wins Over Jury. Remaining 295 Million Americans Still Unimpressed.
I'll let you read there.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States threatened on Tuesday to delay the two-year United Nations budget unless reforms are approved by the end of the year, a move that could cause havoc for U.N. operations.
I'm not a fan of the UN. If it was left up to me the US would withdraw from the UN and then kick the UN out of the good ol US of A. The UN is for the most part anti-American. No matter how much the American government or American people give to other countries it is never enough for them. The UN wants to tax all American airline flights to build an account to help Afica. The UN really f'ed up the oil for food program. And I've read a lot of stories about UN employees raping and forcing women and children to have sexual relations for relief. This is a corrupt organization that we do not need to be involve in. But if we are involved in the UN, I'm glad it is John Bolton. He really mixes things up in the UN.
|Monday night - 2005-11-21 - at the county commission chambers the hot topic was changing the way we have voted since 1992 for our commissioners. We currently have a district based voting system that is set up to put at least two minority commissioners on the board. This was put in place in 1992 to ensure minority representation on the board.|
Columbus County Citizens for Better Government (CCCBG) have been pushing for a resolution to go to a modified at-large system. This system would have the 5 non-minority district seats changed to an at-large vote, meaning that you no longer have to be from a certain district to run or vote for each seat. The CCCBG proposed steps to ensure minorities would stay on the board. If the commissioners had passed this resolution, then in November the vote would go to the people of Columbus County. If the voted passed then a federal court would have to lift the order for district voting.
An estimated 4500 residents signed a petition in support of at-large voting. This topic has risin in recent years due to the people of our county not being happy with the way the commissioners are running things. Corruption in county government and mishandled water districts are two of the biggest reasons for this resolution. Many people feel that they aren't represented by all the members of the board because you can only vote for the commisioner in your home district. CCCBG feels that at-large voting will give us a board that is more in tune with all the people of Columbus County.
Commissioner James Prevatte made the motion to accept the resolution but failed to gain a second. He said that it should be up to the people to decide how to vote. It's fair to note that Commissioner Prevatte was supported by the CCCBG in his election to the board.
Sammy Hinson, president of CCCBG has stated in the past that if this resolution failed that the main goal of CCCBG in the next election was to replace all the commissioners that did not support at-large voting. Mr. Hinson is expected to run against Commissioner David Dutton for the district 7 seat (my district).
Of note, the CCCBG is opposed by the Columbus Coalition. The Columbus Coalition is a political group of some of the countie's black leaders. Andy Anderson spoke for the Columbus Coalition at the meeting. He stated that the Columbus Coalition would not talk with CCCBG about at-large voting and would fight it in court if need be. He states that racism is still too common in Columbus County for a minority to gain office in an at-large vote.
In the United States, Thanksgiving began with the Pilgrims who settled around Plymouth in 1621. During the winters of 1621 and 1622 they suffered many privations. Food and supplies were scarce and disease ran rampant in the region.
I found this picture the other day.
What Mr. Nayak and the Senators that added the tax increase into that bill fail realize is that Oil Companies shouldn't have to pay more for an example of simple economics.
Supply and Demand - the market price of a good or service is based on it's demand and supply.
Oil refineries and oil rigs where closed down = drop in supply
People heading out of the region to get away from the storm = rise in demand
People heading into the region to repair damage and provide aid = rise in demand
A negative shift in supply and a neatral to postive shift in demand, means that the price should go up. Therefore price gouging -yes, that is how it is spelled-, did not take place. Without the rise in gas prices in the wake of the Katrina, gas shortages would have been much worse.
In a free market system, there is no price gouging. The producer/seller can and should sell their products for whatever price they wish. It's the buyer that decides on whether or not to pay for the good or service at that price.
So in the aftermath of Katrina should gas prices have spiked like they did? Yes.
In the weeks since then should prices be dropping? Yes.
Supply is back up and demand is normal -till Thanksgiving- so prices are droping from the years high -almost $1 here.
Another economic mechanicism to look at is the difference between profit and profit margin.
profit = total earnings less expenses.
profit margin = A ratio of profitability calculated as gross earnings divided by revenues (or, said another way, gross profits divided by sales). It measures how much out of every dollar of sales a company actually keeps in earnings.
Just because the oil companies have the highest profits ever in the aftermath of Katrina, that doesn't mean that the they made any more money then usual. If their profit margin stayed the same, then they made the same amount of money per gallon as usual. As their costs went up the move the price of gas up. Now if their costs went up fasting then the they raised the price of gas, the profit margin shranked and they made less money per gallon.
Regardless of how much money oil companies made, I don't not feel it is any politician's right to deny them their profits. And if the sentors want to sneak it into a bill hoping to get it passed, then regardless of who that bill may help, I hope it is vetoed.