Sunday, August 31, 2008

Why not here?

She made three other promises: to end corruption in state government,
cut spending, and provide accountability. She's now redeeming those
Fightin' Bob would approve.

Is there anyone within the borders of our state who will take on this agenda?

Gov. Palin takes on Global Warming

How to cool the planet.

1. Make sulfur dioxide
A million tons of sulfur dioxide would be needed to begin the cooling process. Luckily SO2, a byproduct of coal-burning power plants, is a common industrial chemical.

2. Inject it into the stratosphere
Load the sulfur dioxide into aircraft — converted 747s, military fighters, or even large balloons — and carry it up to the stratosphere. This will cost about $1 billion a year.

3. Wait for the chemical reaction
In a series of reactions, sulfur dioxide combines with other molecules in the atmosphere, ultimately forming sulfuric acid. This H2SO4 binds to water to form aerosol droplets that absorb and reflect back into space 1 to 3 percent of the sun’s rays. (The particles also contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer, but scientists are researching alternate chemicals.)

4. Let the planet cool
Results will be quick, especially over the Arctic.

Al Gore just talks, Sarah Palin makes things happen.
The August 7-8 eruption of Kasatochi volcano (Aleutian Islands) produced a very large stratospheric SO2 cloud - possibly the largest since the August 1991 eruption of Hudson (Chile). Preliminary SO2 mass calculations using Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) data suggest a total SO2 burden of ~1.5 Tg. This figure will be revised in the coming weeks but is more likely to go up than down. The SO2 cloud has drifted over a large area of North America and is now (August 14) reaching Europe.

Is there anything Sarah Palin cannot do?

Friday, August 29, 2008


Leader? Check.

Moral courage? Check.

Sound judgment? Check.

Strong work ethic? Check.

Good choice Senator McCain. Gov. Palin meets my criteria for the Presidency.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

I knew they'd be there

Yes, those are fasces along the top of the fake Roman structure.

Il Duce would be proud.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

When will he be ready?

The answer is "Never!"

The question presumes that Obama only lacks experience and will be ready someday. I disagree. It takes special characteristics to be President, and Obama does not have them. Very few people do.

Obama is not a leader. If he was, he would have demonstrated it at some prior point in his 47 years of life. Furthermore, he has never demonstrated moral courage, sound judgment, or a strong work ethic at any point in his vaunted resume.

The only qualification he has for being President is being hand-picked by George Soros.

A Parting Shot. Obama-Biden, isn't the Democratic equivalent of Quayle-Bush.

Why even bother?

UPDATE: Mistakes won't disqualify voters

Madison - The Government Accountability Board this afternoon couldn't agree on what to do about voters whose information doesn't match other records, and so decided not to require voters to show ID at the polls if they don't correct that information.

The board voted 5-1 to continue to match voter information to driver's license records, but said mismatches won't disqualify people from voting.

The vote came just after a 3-3 vote on a proposal that would have required voters to show ID at the polls if they hadn't corrected any mismatched information.
Why do we waste time and money with voter registration? With or without registration, the cheaters will continue to cheat and honest folks will vote only once.

Just open the polls and let people vote. There will be no difference in the result of the vote.

On election day, I am going to tell this to the poll worker. "You don't need my name, just cross anyone off the list." It will all work out the same in the end.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Obama-Rezko Estate

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Take the quiz.

Where does the Obama's property end, and Rezko's begin?

Previously posted here.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Interesting theory

From the NYTimes.

As a supporter of the nuclear revival, I certainly regret the Three Mile Island accident and the way it ended nuclear construction in this country. Yet I would also argue that, as a work of art, The China Syndrome was eerily prescient in anticipating the events at T.M.I. and played a positive role in making nuclear power a safer technology.

In the movie, a key moment occurs when the control room supervisor (Jack Lemmon) realizes a spring gauge is stuck, indicating the cooling water is too high when it is actually too low. The operators are trying to drain the coolant when the reactor is actually overheating. Only Lemmon’s alertness lets them avoid disaster.


After Three Mile Island, the industry founded I.N.P.O. — the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations — to upgrade operator training and pursue safety research. In the 1990’s a group of Navy veterans began asking why reactors couldn’t operate as efficiently on land as they do on submarines. After upgrading their operations, the utilities soon had their fleet of 104 reactors running at 90 percent of capacity — as opposed to the historical 60 percent.

Natural gas now constitutes 39 percent of our electrical capacity but delivers only 19 percent of our electricity because it’s so expensive. Meanwhile, nuclear — with 11 percent of capacity — generates 20 percent of our electricity because reactors are running so smoothly. Reactors generally close down only once every 18 months for refueling.

No, The China Syndrome didn’t kill nuclear power. Instead, it set off a series of innovations that have transformed the industry. As a result, nuclear power is ready today to shoulder a much larger portion of our electrical burden.

Sounds familiar. Where did I read this before?

H/T - NEI Nuclear Notes

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Not a good likeness

Why is Henry Winkler standing by a statue of Chairman Bob?

Friday, August 15, 2008

What are they lying about now?

The entire mainstream press admitted this week that they were sitting on the John Edwards girlfriend story for over six months. Call it the VLWC (Vast Left Wing Cover-up).

Hmmmmm, what other stories is the VLWC ignoring?

Someone does spend more time away from Michelle than is necessary.

WARNING!!! MAN BOOB ALERT (not much definition for all those hours at the "gym").

Deny it all you want, Obama is an adulterer (no evidence yet whether he likes boys or girls).

The Edward's cover-up is all the proof I need.

I'll wait for the National Enquirer to print their scoop.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Oddly enough ...

After several months of gross speculation on Obama's citizenship, religion, and even his name; suddenly a telltale document is found on the Internet. Hillary operative, TexasDarlin, has been publishing some astonishingly baseless reports starting with Obama's birth certificate and concluding last week with a quasi-legal analysis by a pseudonymous layperson concluding that Obama's name is really Barry Soetoro (where the hell did that come from?).

Curiously, just today they found this image of Obama/Soetoro's Indonesian school registration that has been lurking unseen on the Internet for 18 months.

Something does not smell right with this.

Perhaps TexasDarlin's anonymous document "experts" should examine this image for authenticity. Probably not needed, since the source of the document is well known to the blog's authors.

A nice layer of plausible deniability for HRC and her campaign.

Hillary is making her case for the convention.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Brown Street at King Drive at 3:00 A.M.

This might not be the best place to be in the very early morning of August 30th.

The organizers of the Brew City's Best BBQ Competition have put a lot of thought into security, but another RiverSplash-like event will not surprise me.

I stand corrected. It is not really that unsafe, after all. There were only 3 murders within 4 blocks of this location in 2007.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Tire pressure

Before lecturing 300 millions Americans on proper tire maintenance, would it be too much to ask Obama to bend over and check his own tire pressure?

Yeah, its only a bike, but low tire pressure on a bicycle is definitely more noticeable than on an automobile. If he is unaware of this, I can only conclude that he is unaware of the condition of the tires on the gas-guzzlers in his garage.

P.S. Please tell me I don't look this dorky on my bike.

What a nice young man - UPDATED

John Edwards admitted to ABC News in an interview with Bob Woodruff Friday that he repeatedly lied about an extramarital affair with a 42-year old campaign employee, but strenuously denied being involved in paying the woman hush money or fathering her newborn child. The former Democratic U.S. senator from North Carolina said he would be willing to take a paternity test and divulge the results publicly.
Interesting parsing by Mr. Edwards. He is either:

A. Telling the truth and admitting to an affair with a total slut, or;

B. Lying and accusing his lover (and the mother of his child) of being a total slut.

Edwards had better be sure that it is A.

If it is B., any chance of any chance of a quiet and civil negotiation of child support is gone.

UPDATE, 8/9/08, 10:15 A.M.:

That didn't take long.
The family of John Edwards' former mistress, Rielle Hunter, is challenging the former senator to take a DNA paternity test after his claim that he did not father Hunter's six-month old child.

In the first reaction from Hunter's family, her younger sister Melissa told ABC News that Edwards should immediately follow through on his pledge to take a paternity test.

"I would challenge him to do so," the sister said. "Somebody must stand up and defend my sister," she said. "I wish that those involved would refrain from bad-mouthing my sister."

I'll put my money on Option B.

Friday, August 08, 2008

A Salute to the Big Zero

I can't blame this one on the Big Zero, as it is apparently a self promotion by some L.A. guy.

Too late L.A. Dude, you are already subject to complete ridicule by all inhabitants of this planet for your lame idea. The Big Zero Salute is not even original, having appeared in Star Trek some forty years ago (back when McCain was in a cage in Hanoi).

McCain needs to play catch up on this salute thing.

Since Star Trek has already been tapped for ideas, I think the obvious choice for McCain is the Vulcan Salute. After all, live long and prosper pretty much describes McCain's life.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Good luck Brett

We want that No. 2 pick, but will settle for No. 1.

A shrewd move by Ted Thompson. He ends up with at least another fourth round draft choice in 2009, when just over a month ago he was getting nothing for Favre leaving the Packers.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Maple Cured Bacon

This is a different type of pork than we are used to discussing.

This folks, is a pork belly. About 15 pounds of Berkshire hog side meat. It is too big for me to process whole, so I cut it into three pieces.

For piece number one I followed the Maple Cured Bacon recipe from Charcuterie by Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn. The recipe calls for curing the pork in a mixture of kosher salt, maple syrup, maple sugar, and pink salt. Pink salt isn't that fancy Hawaiian stuff that a certain no-no food critic has protested. This pink salt is 93.75% salt and 6.25% nitrate, and is used for curing and preserving meat. The "pink" comes from dye that is added to avoid it's accidental use as a table salt. This stuff can be harmful in large quantities.

The Charcuterie Maple Cured Bacon in shown on the lower level of the next picture. Above it is another "Maple" Cured Bacon I made using a commercial mix. The bacon was smoked over maple wood to a temperature of 150 degrees.

After smoking the bacon was cooled then sliced. Vacuum sealed and frozen, it will be long gone before it goes bad.

Upon pan frying there was no comparison between the two Maple Cured Bacons. The scratch made, real-maple, Maple Cured Bacon was worth the extra cost and effort. It may be the best bacon I have ever eaten. Even better than my previous attempt at makin' bacon.

Coming soon, piece number three of that Berkshire belly.

The backdrop bonanza

Dan Bice at JSOnline reported earlier this week.
Randy Tylke, a former captain in the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department, received a lump-sum payment of $641,157 when he retired earlier this year, according to documents obtained recently. That amount comes on top of his annual pension of $59,007.

“I did what I had to do,” said Tylke, who retired after 34 years with the county.

His lump-sum payment appears to be the third-largest single payout by the county since the backdrop provision went into effect more than seven years ago. A former assistant administrator at the Mental Health Complex collected $684,000 when he exited, and veteran county prosecutor Bob Donohoo received a little more than $650,000 in 2006.

Out of curiosity, I calculated how much money someone would have to invest each year for 34 years to amass a retirement portfolio of $641,000. Based on differing rates of return, the annual investments are approximately as follows.

Percent Return Annual Investment
6% $6,100
8% $4,000
10% $2,600

These annual amounts are unrealistic for several reasons.

  1. Taxes are not considered and IRA's & 401(k)'s were not around in 1974.
  2. Payments in early years would have been substantially lower (we made less money then) and higher payments would be needed later on to make up for it. That's the reason the IRS has "catch-up" rules for older taxpayers.
  3. It is hard to invest successfully. Too many people take too little risk or too much risk. We are inconsistent in our investment strategies and often in the wrong investments at the wrong times. Sales loads and other fees also eat up returns.
  4. The first 6 years of Mr. Tylke's work life were during the Ford and Carter administrations. The stock market was stagnant during that period meaning he would have had an even slower start.

So $2600 to $6100 is the magnitude of the amount of money that people outside of government would of had to invest for 34 years in order to begin to think about retiring. But if you put your time in (work was obviously optional) on the payroll of Milwaukee County, you get this lump sum as well as a fully funded pension and benefits.

In fact, Mr. Tylke's $59,000 pension would require the current amount shown below to be invested for various constant rates of return assuming Mr. Tylke lives for 25 years of retirement.

Percent Return Present Value
4% $923,000
6% $754,000
8% $630,000

These current values do not include any provision for cost of living adjustments, so the actual amount required to fund Mr. Tylke is substantially more.

The entire idea behind the backdrop scheme was that the Milwaukee County Pension System was "over-funded" in the late 1990's due to the runaway stock market. The prudent thing to do was to leave this money in the pension fund for future periods of slower market returns. Instead, the "excess" funds were disbursed to county workers who made no investment in the system and took no risk. The people taking the risk, Milwaukee County taxpayers, have been forced to make up for the excess payments made to Mr. Tylke and other county employees.

We all know how difficult investing for our retirements can be in these turbulent markets. In Milwaukee County, the pot of gold is just handed to employees. Twice.

Elsewhere, also from Bice.
What’s more, Tylke joked that he deserved his pension dollars after his time working for Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr.
Applying the standard of The One, Tylke is clearly a racist and a hater. He is eager to take the money from poor black taxpayers of Milwaukee County, he just isn't willing to work for a black man.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Killing the healthy part of my portfolio

Barack Obama has proposed confiscating the profits from one of the few recent positive areas of my diversified retirement portfolio.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama called Friday for a windfall profits tax to fund $1,000 emergency rebate checks for consumers besieged by high energy costs, a counter to Republican rival John McCain's call for more offshore drilling in coastal states like Florida.

The pitch for putting some of the economic burden of $4-per-gallon gasoline on the oil industry served a dual purpose for Obama: It allowed him to talk up an economic issue, seen by many as a strength for Democrats and a weakness for Republicans, and at the same time respond to criticism from McCain that Obama's opposition to offshore drilling leads to higher prices at the pump.

Unlike Obama's government pensions, my retirement will not be paid with money confiscated from taxpayers under the threat of imprisonment. I have to fund it myself and choose investments to weather downturns in the broader market as we have seen this year.

In a period of obscene gasoline prices, it is not coincidental that the one area of my portfolio that is showing positively obscene returns is oil production and exploration. If Obama seizes my profits, my portfolio will see an even bigger loss for the year.

Frankly, what Obama is proposing to do is to break one of the tenants of Modern Portfolio Theory. That returns can be maximized and other benefits obtained through diversification, "chief among them, a reduction in the riskiness of the portfolio. MPT quantifies the benefits of diversification, also known as not putting all of your eggs in one basket."
Consider a portfolio that holds two risky stocks: one that pays off when it rains and another that pays off when it doesn't rain. A portfolio that contains both assets will always pay off, regardless of whether it rains or shines. Adding one risky asset to another can reduce the overall risk of an all-weather portfolio.

In other words, Markowitz showed that investment is not just about picking stocks, but about choosing the right combination of stocks among which to distribute one's nest eggs.
Obama is proposing to smash the one basket of eggs I own that is still intact.

All things considered, Obama's position is not too far from this.
We demand a division of profits of all heavy industries.
Do not elect this Socialist.

Friday, August 01, 2008

EXCLUSIVE: Yost offered $20 million to not manage Brewers

While Headless Blogger cannot independently confirm this, a source close to a group of broadcasters, sportswriters and fans says that the group is preparing to present Ned Yost with an offer of $2 million annually for 10 years if he agrees to not manage the Milwaukee Brewers.

Headless Blogger has also learned that unlike the $20 million deal being offered by the Green Bay Packers to estranged quarterback Brett Favre, the Yost deal will encourage him to manage another MLB team. The deal provides incentives for Yost to manage other NL Central teams, with a premium of up to double the base deal if Yost manages the rival Chicago Cubs.

In response to an inquiry on the matter, Brewers radio voice Bob Uecker (not my anonymous source) said "I was at Miller Park today and had a nice visit with Ned Yost. We discussed a number of topics not related to baseball, including Ned's long-term relationship with the Brewers. I consider our conversation to be confidential and am going to be respectful of Neddy and keep the details private." (I repeat, Uke is not my source.)

Yost apparently didn't think much of the offer, as his agent told reporters that his client wished to remain with the Brewers.

"Right now he's interested in staying in the Brewers' dugout," his agent said.

It was later reported that Yost provided comments to ESPN with a text messsage.

"There isn't a perfect solution to this, but these fans are at least trying," Yost told ESPN's Ed Werder via text message on Thursday night. "We know what they want and where I stand. This solution, although awkward and unsettling for most, may be the best in the end.''

Brewers owner Mark Attanasio and GM Doug Melvin were not available for comment.

Elsewhere, despite a summer of no 90 degree temperatures in Milwaukee, meteorologists explained that this is another sign of manmade global warming.

Meteorologists at the weather service say several factors could be keeping the temperature down, but part of it may be the ground's fault. So much rain fell in June that the soil is saturated, the forecasters say. When the temperature hits the 80s, that moisture evaporates relatively quickly and keeps the air from heating more.

Also, thunderstorms developed several times last month and cooled the air when the temperature threatened to break out of the upper 80s.

The heavy rains and thunderstorms were previously blamed as attributable to global warming. Hence, global warming causes local cooling.

Seriously, that I could not make up. Everything after the "Elsewhere" is from our local online mainstream meda source.

Elsewhere, hat tip to Andy Borowitz for my inspiration.