Thursday, July 26, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Question: What was my response to the UW-Madison student soliciting contributions for the School of Engineering?
From his reaction, I don't think that I was first one to mention Barrett to the student.
Message to UW, don't piss on my leg then come begging for money. I used to be proud to contribute to my alma mater.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
My friend Tom is joining another band. In addition to his solo and bar band performances, he is debuting as the new keyboardist, harmonica player, and backing vocalist for IX Lives. As best as I can tell, IX Lives plays stadium rock from the 1970's and 80's. Tom says
We play higher energy Rock music, with soaring vocals, from bands like Boston, Yes, Journey, Styx, REO, Kansas, Led Zeppelin, Rush, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Queen, Jet, Head East, and other artists, music that many other bands don’t cover, and there are some original rock tunes as well. If I work out in this band, it will be one of my musical dreams fulfilled.IX Lives has played at the Taste of Chicago and Milwaukee's Summerfest. Tom's debut with IX Lives will be at Chicago's Navy Pier and he is feeling the pressure. I know he will do great.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
'REACTOR ISN'T IN GOOD SHAPE': Company Says Radioactive Leak Was Bigger...
But there is nothing in the linked article saying anything at all about the reactor. There were some drums containing low-level solid radwaste that were knocked over, an electrical transformer fire, and a discharge of a small amount of contaminated water from a discharge system; but nothing about damage to the reactor. Another linked article states:
Tokyo Electric said the damage from the earthquake did not threaten the safety of the reactors at the Kashiwazaki plant
Help me out Matt.
NEI Nuclear Notes provides a good, non-alarmist description of the damage to the Japanese nuclear plants from the earthquake.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
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Monday, July 09, 2007
The XM programming that I contracted and paid for was
unavailable on July 7, 2007. I did not pay to be lectured by failed
politicians and listen to bad music performed by unknown
Please extend my XM subscription for one day at no
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Sunday, July 08, 2007
Friday, July 06, 2007
The good news bottom line - the 100 Year Flood Limit near my home is at elevation 851'. The lowest elevation of my home (before backfill) was 852.3'.
I am clearly sitting high and dry.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Former Vice President Al Gore's son is getting treatment after his arrest on suspicion of drug possession, according to a Gore spokesman.Yuck yuck yuck. The loser doesn't fall far from the tree.
Al Gore III, 24, was arrested early Wednesday in Los Angeles after being stopped for speeding, according to a sheriff's department spokesman.
Police found four types of prescription drugs in the car, but Gore did not have a prescription for any of them, according to Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino. He also said a small amount of marijuana was found in the car.
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Republicans are letting Democrats "own" the issue, even if the Democrats favor a socialism plan that would result in $15 billion in payroll taxes. What's the Republicans' own plan? They shouldn't let the Republicans look like they're the only party trying to actively do something about health care.My solution is impossible and unrealistic to implement, but it makes a great starting position for any negotiations.
Republicans shouldn't be a one-trick pony. Being strong on taxes is very important. But what are the Republicans' ideas for other important issues like this one, other than holding the line on taxes?
The Headless Healthcare Plan for Wisconsin
- Every penny of state and local tax money now being paid for healthcare benefits shall be confiscated and congregated into the Wisconsin Universal Healthcare Fund. That means any and all payments of public money for health insurance for state employees, city and county employees, and especially school teachers. Toss in anything that now goes to Badger Care or Medicaid, too.
- Issue a request for proposals to provide a base level of health insurance for each and every one of Wisconsin's 5.5 millions residents. Heck, throw in the illegals too - I am generous and it would be cost effective in the long run.
- Negotiate the best universal health insurance plan possible using the Wisconsin Universal Healthcare Fund to pay for it.
- If you want additional health insurance, you are on your own. Employers may provide supplemental insurance coverage or individuals can supplement the base coverage by purchasing individual policies.