Saturday, April 23, 2011

Suicide Note for April

"So tired of buttoning and unbuttoning."
--Anonymous Elderly Person


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Quote for the Day

The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them; but the Lord laughs at the wicked for he knows their day is coming.
--King David... Psalm 37: 12,13


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Coal Powered Car

This car runs on electricity.  Most electricity is produced by coal.  President Obama wants to reduce coal production in the United States.  President Obama wants us to buy electric cars.

If everyone gets a Coal Car, I figure my light bill will suddenly require that I get an extra job... or two.

World's Largest Oil Producers

And their % share of world production...

15.  Norway... 2.45 %

14.  Algeria... 2.47 %

13.  Venezuela... 2.80 %

12.  Iraq... 2.81 %

11.  Kuwait... 2.93 %

10.  Nigeria... 2.95 %

9.  Brazil... 3.20 %

8.  United Arab Emirates... 3.30 %

7.  Mexico... 3.39 %

6.  Canada... 4.30 %

5.  Iran... 4.9 %

4.  China... 5.0 %

3.  United States... 10.4 %

2.  Russia... 11.6 %

1.  Saudi Arabia... 12.1 %

It is estimated that the United States uses 25 % of the world's oil production, 60-70 % imported.  The United States and Canada use oil more for transportation than for heat and power, but the opposite is true for most of the rest of the world.

Let the Polling Begin

Obama enjoys just a single-point advantage over Romney in the Marist poll. In the hypothetical matchup, 46 percent of registered voters said they would reelect Obama, while 45 percent would elect Romney. Nine percent were undecided.

Forty-four percent of registered voters in the poll said they would definitely vote against Obama in 2012, compared to 37 percent who definitely intend to vote for Obama's reelection. That margin widens with independents, 47 percent of whom said they would definitely vote against Obama, and 32 percent of whom favor his reelection effort.

Obama would best Palin 56-34 percent and beat Trump 54-38 percent.

I look at these polls and my mouth involuntarily drops open.  Who are these registered voters?  Who are these people who want to re-elect this man... A man who in the minds of many, has eclipsed Jimmy Carter as the worst president in modern history?  I mean, I know there are Leftists and party loyalists... but 46%?  That number surprises me.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Quote of the Week

“What we need is for you to stand up, GOP, and fight.  Maybe I should ask some of the Badger Women's Hockey Team, those champions, maybe I should ask them if we should be suggesting to Gop leaders that they need to learn how to fight like a girl!"
--Sarah Palin,  Tea Party Tax Day rally in Madison, Wisconsin 2011

My Problems with The Donald

If there is an ego in North America that rivals Donald Trump's... I would have to be shown.  Trump has always displayed an undue appetite for fame and celebrity and the latest venue for his hunger is presidential politics.

In the past this penchant has displayed itself in less respectable, and some would say embarrassing ways... Like when he flew on a private jet with Michael Jackson to visit teenage Aids patient Ryan White.

Trump talks a good game when he discusses the economy, but I have never heard him expound on The Constitution and the importance of nominating strict constructionist judges who would interpret the constitution rather than legislate from the bench... And so many of our basic freedoms are contingent upon our next president embracing that basic concept.  The Donald says he can work with Democrats... Where have we heard that before?

Our nominee in 2012 must have full Tea Party support in order to beat an incumbent, and I believe that for the majority of Tea Party participants, social issues and Constitutional adherence are as important as he economy.

The Donald could win the nomination.  I don't believe he could win in November.


Monday, April 18, 2011

Suffering Stupid People

As you know, I have never been one to be critical. It's just not in my nature.

But my job, for the most part, is operating a stat lab for an emergency room, and with winter pretty much played out, the work load should be getting lighter. However, halfway through April the colds, pneumonias, fevers, sore throats, aches and pains of the general population are keeping me worn out and on my feet through my entire shift.

And I know why.

Go out onto the street, go into the malls and restaurants, and you see bare feet in sandals, girls and boys in shorts, and adults with nothing on their heads. It's wet, windy, and the temperature is in the fifties... And people are dressed as if it is a warm sunny day in July.

I would never be critical, unsympathetic, or judgemental... but these people are idiots and richly deserve the virulent fruits of their stupidity.

But who really suffers? I suffer. I suffer stupid people.


Monday, April 11, 2011

The Kennedys

I've been watching the latest Kennedy Family Worshipfest on the Reelz Channel, and it's turned out to be a mixed bag of undue adulation and a smattering of truth telling.

JFK's adulterous affairs were portrayed as just something sophisticated people do, but at least they were acknowledged. Poor Jack, he just can't hep' it. A glimpse of Father Joe Kennedy's antisemitism made it in, along with his miscalculations over America's entering into WWII.

Bobby Kennedy was generally portrayed as a rash cabinet member, and also as a moral saint... Pretty to think he was a saint. J. Edgar Hoover was portrayed as a self-serving vindictive creep, but at least the writers didn't toy with his masculinity.

President Kennedy's back trouble was well documented - and his drug use, from Demerol to amphetamines... the amphetamines administered by a shady non-government physician. Oh! And Jackie received the same uppers from the same doctor.

JFK was of course the Berlin Wall President, it's construction beginning in 1961, but Kennedy's feckless response was portrayed as wise and the lesser of two evils. However, the Bay of Pigs fiasco was -almost- fairly treated as a miscue of Kennedy's administration.

But then, the treatment of the Cuban Missile Crisis miscasts JFK as the hero. I have always argued that if Kennedy had acted strongly in Berlin and at the Bay of Pigs, the Soviets would not have perceived him as weak, and the missile crisis, which nearly started WWIII, would never have occurred. And the worst part of the production for me was when Jackie says to Caroline, "Your Daddy just saved the world." That's a nice thing to tell your daughter, but it was Daddy's indecision and weakness that caused the crisis.

The Kennedys started strong, but like most mini-series, it sort of fell apart at the end as the writers attempted to tie together loose ends. I do recommend it solely because of the one character that steals the show... The father... Joseph P Kennedy. In fact, the mini-series would have been better if they had simply told his life story and used his family as a backdrop.


Thursday, April 07, 2011

Great Architecture for April

Each month the entire staff at Malott's Blog chooses an architectural structure that demonstrates tasteful sophistication and aesthetic beauty. The votes are in for April, and we have chosen Longaberger's Basket Building in Newark, Ohio.

We strongly feel that this structure rivals even the Pfizer Penile Implant Obelisk in Tailhook, Pennsylvania for form and function.

David Longaberer, the visionary responsible for the structure, wanted his employees to feel as if they were ants headed toward a picnic.

Dave... Malott's Blog salutes you.


Sunday, April 03, 2011

Kentucky... Done

Last night Kentucky was beaten by UConn, which means it's time for the 5-Star Freshmen on the Kentucky squad to move on to the NBA... One and done. Oh sure, it will probably mean a cut in pay, but they'll do fine.

And what's to become of the Kentucky Basketball Program? Never fear... There are 5 more 5-Star Freshman coming in next year to take their place... Before leaving the following year for the NBA.

Ah... The student athlete!


Saturday, April 02, 2011

When Reasonable People Express Themselves

KABUL, Afghanistan – Anger over the burning of the Muslim holy book erupted into deadly violence for the second straight day Saturday in Afghanistan, with demonstrators setting cars and shops ablaze in a riot that left at least five civilians dead, officials said.

The desecration of the Koran at a small Florida church has outraged millions of Muslims and others worldwide, fueling anti-American sentiment that only further strains ties between the Afghan government and the West.

These fun guys in Afghanistan have won the distinction of being the biggest jerks in the world... But I figure the people in the Florida Church placed.


Friday, April 01, 2011