Yay for Nice Deb December 31, 2011Posted by Retired Geezer in Heroes.
She won an Award of some sort:
Best Political Blogging.
Couldn’t happen to a nicer person.
Park Ji Min Rocks! December 31, 2011Posted by Michael in Music.
You won’t believe this. I guarantee that this will go viral. A fifteen year old girl blows away the judges (and me) at a Korean “Idol” type show, doing Adele’s Rolling in the Deep. In English.
Her given name is Ji, by the way. Koreans say the family name first. About half the country is named Park. Phone books in Korea are useless.
Thanks to Doug for the tip.
Sage Advice December 30, 2011Posted by geoff in News.
“‘Don’t eat poop.’ But if you’re going to, make sure it’s cooked.”
Hope For The New Year — Oil, Gas and Coal December 29, 2011Posted by Michael in Economics, News.
Yup, energy resources could be the engine of the next American century.
We just need to drive a stake into the heart of the AGW religion, and kill the green energy myth that is causing energy consumption to rise, starving people in poor countries, and doing enormous environmental damage (google “rare earth minerals” and find out what is happening in China, which owns the market for these essential green energy mineral extracts).
Innovative technologies for unleashing huge oil shale deposits in North Dakota and neighboring Canada combined with natural gas discoveries primarily located in the northeastern United States will be the building blocks for a second American century.
The North Dakota miracle has turned the formerly sleepy state into a booming economy which by the end of 2012 will likely become the second largest oil producing state in the nation passing both California and Alaska.
The oil find in Alberta, Canada is even more stunning, with some oil experts estimating the reserves at eight times the size of the Saudi Arabian fields.
This dramatic increase in North American oil production, if accompanied by a national energy policy that allowed for the development of many known Alaskan and Gulf of Mexico reserves could be the key to a U.S., and worldwide economic recovery.
As I have been advocating for a long time, the U.S. should conquer Canada, which is overdue for some whupass anyway. I believe I have now been vindicated. Those oil reserves in Alberta look mighty good.
Down In The River To Pray December 26, 2011Posted by Michael in Music.
Some great gospel music, sung by Alison Krauss and chorus, a capella.
I actually saw a baptismal ceremony much like this, white robes and full immersion where the pastor leans the penitent backwards and holds the nose, in the Jordan River near where it enters the Lake of Galilee. There’s a kibbutz there that has made a business of hosting baptisms for Christian tour groups. Not a normal sight for a Lutheran. We just sprinkle.
Thanks to Doug for the link.
Dass Da Guy! Da Kine December 23, 2011Posted by Retired Geezer in Art, Religion.
I hope you have had the pleasure of listenin to Hawaiian peopo talkin Pidgin English. It’s fun to listen to.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered Da Hawai’i Pidgin translation of teh Bible.
Mrs. Geezer loves to hear me read it aloud to her.
Give it a try.
1 Da time everyting had start, had one Guy. “Godʼs Talk,” dass who him. Dat Guy an God, dey stay togedda, an da Guy stay God fo real kine. 2 Dass da Guy, da time everyting had start, him an God stay togedda. 3 God wen make everyting, but da way he do um, he tell dis Guy fo do um. No mo notting dis Guy neva make. 4 He da Guy, if you like come alive fo real kine, you come by him, cuz dat kine life come from him. Wen peopo come alive lidat, jalike dey stay inside one place dat get plenny light. Den dey can see an undastan. 5 No matta stay dark, da dark no can pio da light. Everytime get light.
8 John, he not da light. He ony come fo tell da peopo dat da light stay fo real. 9 Dat time wen John stay teaching, jalike da light dass fo real was coming inside da world. Dass da light dat show everybody wass true.
©Wycliffe Bible Translators 2000
This translation was done by the Wycliffe Bible Translators, they have been around since 1942 and have produced over 700 Bible translations.
Consider this a Christmas post.
Everybody Hurts December 21, 2011Posted by Retired Geezer in Crime.
Yeah, you might have seen it before. I guarantee that somebody new needs to see it.
I figure, if the AGW alarmists are going to blame CO2 for the perilous condition of polar bears (which is not actually happening), we energy consumers should take credit for good news.
“This is an exciting finding — certainly a historic one,” said Josh Adams, a seabird ecologist with the USGS Western Ecological Research Center. “The murres appear to have reestablished their former southern range, perhaps benefiting from present ocean conditions.” [COLD FRICKIN' WATER!]
“Conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel have been exceptionally productive during the past decade,” Adams said in a statement. “Although many factors affect population redistribution and recovery, no doubt the murres at Prince Island are benefiting from relatively cool summertime waters, increased ocean productivity, and changes in forage-fish availability.”
Ironman Sez December 19, 2011Posted by geoff in News.
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…[housing prices] would have to fall by roughly another 12-14% before they would be in the same ballpark for affordability that they were in the years from 1987 through 1999.
I suggest you make your plans accordingly. And, of course, RTWT.
The AP Carries Water for Obama’s Coal Closures December 19, 2011Posted by geoff in News.
AP conducted a survey of coal-burning power plants, and is now trying to assure us that everything’s gonna be all right:
More than 32 mostly coal-fired power plants in a dozen states will be forced to shut down and an additional 36 might have to close because of new federal air pollution regulations, according to an Associated Press survey.
Together, those plants — some of the oldest and dirtiest in the country — produce enough electricity for more than 22 million households, the AP survey found. But their demise probably won’t cause homes to go dark.
“Probably” isn’t especially reassuring, but overall it’s good news, yes? But later, waaaayyyy later in the article, they drop this little nugget:
Kentucky Utilities expects its customers to see as much as a 14 percent rate increase to make up for the $800 million it is spending to replace what will be retired, and the $1.1 billion it plans to spend on anti-pollution upgrades. Other power companies have applied to recoup the cost of retrofits or of building new gas-fired power plants. The EPA estimates that industry will spend $11 billion complying with the two rules by 2016.
A 14% increase in electricity rates is a huge hit to both residential customers and businesses. Smart move in a recession. Of course the government will probably decide to give subsidies to customers in those areas: yet another instance where the government ends up spending more to fix a problem that it created.