Archive for October, 2009

Good Bye, Daylight Saving Time

October 30, 2009

daylight saving

Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend.  It’s the end of Daylight Saving and the beginning of the circadian dysrhythmia.

I get up at 5:00 AM, often without the alarm, and leave for work between 5:30 and 5:45.  I don’t mind driving to work in the dark.  In fact, I enjoy it.  And I particularly enjoy the daylight at the end of the day.   Beginning Monday, that’s gone.  By the time I get home, there won’t be much light left.

The other problem will be 5:00 AM.  5:00 is early enough.  But Monday morning, I’ll probably be awake at 4 o’clock.  And that way too early to have your eyes open.

Some Understand, Some Don’t

October 23, 2009

Former Vice President Dick Cheney spoke Wednesday to the Center for Security Policy.  Once again, he proves that he understands the threats against America and how to deal with them.  The text of this speech is here.

I’m afraid that President Obama is losing resolve in the national security arena.  He made the correct decisions regarding Afghanistan, only now to back away for them–or at least stall.

How Never to Be Wrong

October 16, 2009

It’s simple.  Just believe in Global Warming.  When it doesn’t make a lot of sense, call it Climate Change.

Then, if it’s warm, it’s global warming/climate change.  If it’s cold, it’s global warming/climate change.  If there is a big hurricane, it’s global warming/climate change.  If there is a drought, it’s global warming/climate change.  2009 is turning out to be to one of the coldest years in decades.  It’s still a case of global warming.

No matter what the climate issue, you can blame it on the false science of global warming/climate change.   Because you are a true believer, all things are possible.

Then, under the banner of climate change, you start making major public policy decisions.  Major impacts to the world economies.  But it doesn’t matter, we will be saving the planet from something that is only a figment of a computer-generated model that happens to be the darling of the left/liberal politicians.

Another Case of Fools Who Run Schools

October 13, 2009

Matthew Whalen, a senior at Lansingburgh Senior High School in Troy, New York, was suspended for having a 2-inch pocket knife in an emergency kit in his car.  The principal suspended him for 5 days, the maximum, and then the superintendent suspended him an additional 15 days.  Just another case of zero-tolerance/zero-wisdom from school officials.

Read the story here.

This comes on the heels of a 6-year-old being suspended from the Christina School District in Newark, Delaware.  He has to attend a reform school for the crime of bringing a combination knife/fork/spoon to school.  A school official stated that “rules are rules” and “At this time, the  Student Code of Conduct does not take into consideration a child’s age in a Level three offense. This is the first incident this year involving a student under the age of seven in possession of a dangerous instrument. Christina School District staff and the Christina Board of Education are constantly examining ways to improve policies regarding student discipline.”  The six-year-old’s story is here.

I think what is dangerous are school officials that don’t possess the skills  of good judgment.

A Busy Day

October 11, 2009
Geocache Find #5000

Geocache Find #5000

Apheresis

Apheresis

I had a busy day yesterday.   I started the day with a 4-mile hike up the Chumash Trail in the Santa Susana Mountains. The trailhead is just a couple of miles from my house. The purpose of the hike was to find my 5000th geocache. The third find of the day was the milestone find. We continued up the hill and found a total of 9 geocaches along the trail before we had the turn back and call it a day. I’ve posted the story of the hike here.

After the hike, it was home for a 30-second shower and quick change of clothes and then off to the American Red Cross in Woodland Hills to donate platelets.  If you are wondering about the headphones, they are to block out the screams when they stick the donors with the big needles.  🙂  Truthfully now, since donating platelets takes more than 2 hours, we are able to watch a movie while donating.  It helps pass the time.  Yesterday, I was on one of the newer machines that only employs one needle.  In the past, there was a needle in both arms.  Blood leaves my right arm, get processed by the machine and everything but the platelets and some plasma in returned to the left arm.  I must prefer the one-needle approach.

After the Red Cross, I came home, logged my geocaching finds, and then made a quick dash to Brittany Asplund’s wedding reception with Wendy.  We were only able to make the last few minutes because Wendy was gone all day at a sewing/embroidery class.

After the quick reception visit, it was on to a church luau in the backyard of the host.  October 10th is a little late for a backyard, outdoor luau.  It was pretty cold.

A busy day.  And next week’s Saturday will be even busier.

A Few More Thoughts on the Peace Prize

October 9, 2009

Awards should be for achievement.  Awards are earned.  Awards derive their meaning from the effort required to achieve them.

A gift is something received without it being earned.

Hopes and aspirations aren’t achievements.  They are only thoughts that haven’t produced results.

Alfred Nobel was the inventor of dynamite.  He used his fortune to create the Nobel prizes.  His will said that the Peace Prize should be awarded “to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”

Clearly, President Obama hasn’t accomplished anything yet to earn this award.  It was a gift from the Peace Prize Committee.  I think President Obama understands.  He said, “I am both surprised and deeply humbled by the decision of the Nobel Committee.  Let me be clear:  I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments, but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations.  To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who’ve been honored by this prize — men and women who’ve inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.”

I don’t fault President Obama for being selected for the Peace Prize.  I think he was as surprised as any of us.  I do criticize the Committee for their choice.  It’s a selection without merit.  Another step toward showing that the Peace Prize has little to do with peace and more and more a way to promote a leftist political point of view.

The Ultimate in Grade Inflation?

October 9, 2009

This morning, the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize Committee announced that the 2009 prize has been awarded to President Barack Obama.

When I first read the headline, I thought it was a spoof from The Onion.  But, no, on further checking, the headline was true.

The Peace Prize hasn’t made much sense for a while.  It is awarded by a committee selected by the Norwegian Parliament.  The committee is known for making political statements with its selections.

But Barack Obama?  Is this the ultimate case of grade inflation?  President Obama served a partial term in the United States Senate and didn’t accomplish anything other than a successful campaign for the Presidency.  He has been president for 9 months.  He really hasn’t accomplished anything yet as president.  Even Saturday Night Live spoofed him last week on his non-accomplishments.  The president’s foreign affairs efforts have been confined to delivering some flowery speeches that haven’t done much other than sound good.  And, on careful review, the speeches usually don’t make much sense.

We now have 3 sitting presidents who have been awarded the Peace Prize:  Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Barback Obama.  And let’s not forget Jimmy Carter, who was awarded it in 2002.  Or Al Gore–who the Committee probably thought really was elected president before George Bush stole it from him.

President Obama’s 2008 campaign was centered around Hope and Change.  We can always hope that he will actually accomplish something that will change the world and will make it a more peaceful place.  Unfortunately, considering his track record, I don’t think there is really much chance that will happen.

Random . . . . Thought

October 8, 2009

My thoughts are way too random today to make much sense.  Most probably the collective result of too many nights with too little sleep.

“Life is something that happens when you can’t get to sleep.” Fran Lebowitz

Success

October 1, 2009

From The Art of Manliness

Morally Bankrupt, Part II

October 1, 2009

As a follow-up to my entry yesterday, please read Susan Estrich’s commentary, “Roman, the Rapist.”  It’s here.

It’s nice to see at least one liberal commentator has got this right.