Tuesday, March 23, 2010

OMG - We're DOOMED....wait, maybe not.

One of the most common components of political punditry is the prediction. It usually goes along the line of the "if this goes on..." structure, and forecasts either doom or utopia depending on the pundit and the topic. I suppose this tendency towards hyperbole is just the nature of the beast. You don't get a lot of readers nodding their heads if you just predict "more or less the same".

So, there have been hordes of predictions from panels of pundits about the evils that will befall the country because of the health care bill just passed. Frankly, I find it freaking hilarious. We're doomed. We're on an inexorable course towards socialism/communism/decay. We will spend so much on entitlements that our military will suffer and our ever-alert enemies will use this opportunity to humiliate our once-great nation. One-third of our doctors will quit. Granny will be denied her arthritis medicine, but here's a handy morphine overdose. Rush Limbaugh will move to Costa Rica. Glenn Beck will cry his eyes out.

Now if I suffered from a lack of couth, I might respond to these Cassandras with a growl of "HORSE EXCREMENT", but I'm a soft-spoken guy, and I say that in all likelihood, there's just not going to be that much havoc.

Oh, I'm not saying there's not going to upset, or problems, or even re-workings of the mechanisms. But I think it's going to be your basic, “oh, crap, what do we do now” problems that we get all the damn time! And we find a way to deal.

Before Dennis Miller turned into a Conservadroid, he used to say, "But that's just my opinion, I could be wrong." I could be wrong, but my prediction is that I'm not.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Songs of my youth - Reflections of my Life

There's no way of knowing what piece of popular music will latch onto your mind and never let go. Here's one from nearly 40 years ago. Reflections of my Life, by Marmalade.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Astronomy Day 2009

For my non-Facebook friends, here's some video I shot at the Astronomy Day shindig this past Saturday.



It was a marvelous time, as usual. The weather was perfect, and I and dozens of other volunteers helped the public get their astronomy on with views of Jupiter, the Moon, and celestial wonders near and far.

I also took a bunch of pics, which you can find here:

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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

New toy

Linda and I got iPhones this past weekend, and I've been having a lot of fun playing with it. I'm impressed with its camera. It's not going to replace my Canon DSLR, but for casual photos, it's surprisingly good.

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Monday, August 31, 2009

An actual moment of quasi-coolness


It's been so long since the weather has been anything but hot and humid that is was like a barely remembered dream to walk outside this morning and feel a breath of cool.

It's not Autumn yet, not by a long shot, but the most brutally steamy days are behind us, and I'm looking forward to the first real cool front that whisks in and sweeps away the crud.

If I had the means, Linda and I would have a summer home somewhere in the mountains. As it is, I'll have to be content with making the annual trek to visit Linda's folks in Illinois on Thursday. The weather in Sterling has been 50's in the morning, and 70's in the afternoon. I'm going to love it.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Thursday, August 06, 2009

A nearby fairyland

I've driven by this Indian temple any number of times, and I was fascinated by its ethereal beauty. It's like something out of a fantasy. It's hard to believe something like this is just a few miles from our house.