Monthly Archives: March 2012

And Speaking of Children…

In fact, Obama became so frustrated with the C.B.O. that at one point during the health-care debate he banned his aides from using the term “C.B.O.” in his presence. Instead, the President called the C.B.O. “banana.” http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2012/03/the-mandate-memo-how-obama-changed-his-mind.html Really?  The President–the Commander-in-Chief, the man with his finger on the button, the man who wants to control … Continue reading »

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Big Iron

Some kids play with Tonka trucks.  Joey rocks an international 4200 with 10,000lb of compost! As an aside, we stopped for a pizza on the way home.  As we were walking in, a guy in a Ford truck stopped to talk to Joey–not me, but Joey–to tell him that he had the coolest dad in … Continue reading »

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Equipment Inspection

It is with some sadness that we announce the cancellation of our planned backpacking trip.  Mr. Murphy seems to have intervened to prevent our start, let alone our successful completion, of the expedition. All that said, there is good news to report: the gear inspection went according to plan!  The tent pitched properly, the stove … Continue reading »

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Aviation Tire Limitations

An interesting article appears over at http://boeing.com/commercial/aeromagazine/articles/qtr_02_09/article_04_1.html.  Those of us who fly piston GA aircraft probably don’t think about it much, but turbine pilots may get into flight regimes that brush up against tire speed limits.  I never really considered that a late rotation or a quartering crosswind might cause a blowout; we tend to … Continue reading »

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UPS

Union Package Smashers: we’ll destroy it, even if we have to run over it with the airplane!

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Sic Semper Tyrannis!

On this day in history, a head of state was deposed by a group of Senators led by one of his closest friends.  A successful general, he enjoyed popular support among the citizens, but was accused of numerous crimes against the republic; when ordered to stand trial, he responded not by submitting to the lawful … Continue reading »

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Out of Gas

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/cctv-at-petrol-stations-will-automatically-stop-758518 Cameras at petrol stations will automatically stop uninsured or untaxed vehicles from being filled with fuel, under new government plans. Downing Street officials hope the hi-tech system will crack down on the 1.4million motorists who drive without insurance. Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras are already fitted in thousands of petrol station forecourts. Drivers … Continue reading »

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Man Bites *What?*

Dog bites man: not news. Man bites dog: news. Man bites snake: WTF? http://www.fox40.com/news/headlines/ktxl-man-bites-python-arrested-for-animal-cruelty-20110902,0,2154387.story SACRAMENTO— A man is facing animal cruelty charges for biting a two-foot long python, and he says he has no memory of it. Thursday afternoon Sacramento cops were called to a neighborhood in the Del Paso Heights area for a possible … Continue reading »

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Touché

Best description of the Fed we’ve heard in ages: “Benny and the Inkjets.”

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Rights Don’t Need Reasons

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/03/05/federal-judge-rules-maryland-gun-permit-law-unconstitutional Maryland residents do not have to provide a “good and substantial reason” to legally own a handgun, a federal judge ruled Monday, striking down as unconstitutional the state’s requirements for getting a permit. U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg wrote that states are allowed some leeway in deciding the way residents exercise their Second … Continue reading »

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