Thursday, March 31, 2005

A Blog to visit....again & again

On my March 15th note I reminded you it was a month until tax day. Well you should see what Kim du Toit is doing between tomorrow (April 1) and Tax Day (AKA April 15th).

Another random thought...

Terri Shiavo died this morning. Or was murdered, depending on who you listen to. Not having all the facts, and all the truth on the story, I really don't know how I feel. I do know we should all learn a lesson from this. We ALL need to have advance directives worked out so that we don't put our loved ones through an ordeal like this.

WorldNetDaily article on Terri Shiavo.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Eat beans...America needs the gas

An old bumper sticker. It will probably get new life on bumpers all over the country this summer. I seem to recall last summer hearing that rising costs were due to refinery capacity being down as many refineries were down for maintenance. Aren't they back on line yet? Shell recently announced they were going to close a refinery because the cost to modernize it was too much. Let's see, I paid $2.37-9/10 on Sunday (3/27) for regular unleaded and saw it was $2.41-9/10 today. I consider myself a lucky one, too. I can (and often do) walk to the office. There is a major grocery store and a large drug store, along with many smaller shops and restaurants all within a short walk from my home. I feel for those who are commuting 30+ miles daily. I can choose to drive or not, and if I decide to take off for the weekend I don't have the concern that the fuel I use for that is going to cut into my commute budget. Many don't have that choice. But the biggest thing is....why? Why are prices so high. I believe in the free market, but when drilling offshore in CA, and in the artic, is cut off by environmental restrictions there is no free market. When you cannot "brew" your own gasohol, then we are not free. My CT friends (conspiracy theorists) will tell you there really is no shortage of crude, it is just the government tightening the supply to force people into things like mass transit and to curtail trips in order to better keep an eye on everyone. I don't buy that, but I do think that the increased taxes based upon the higher prices is causing smiles in Washington & in state capitols all across our land.

What can we do? Short of not driving, to reduce demand, there's not a whole lot that can be done. Keep your car maintained for maximum fuel efficiency. Buy a more economical car if you want. Build a still & brew your own (at your own risk). That is about all I can think of that we, as individuals, can do. And that sucks.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

15 March 2005

I have no profound thoughts today. I guess it's a pretty normal day. LOL So I guess I'll pass on a joke sent to me by my friend Julie, who lives in that booming metropolis of Bakersfield, CA.

Thirty-four years ago, Everett Davis, a Tennessee Mountain man was drafted by the Army. On his first day of boot camp, the Army issued him a toothbrush. That afternoon, an Army dentist yanked several of his teeth.On his second day, the Army issued him a comb. That afternoon, an Army barber sheared his head.On his third day, he was issued a jock strap. The Army is still looking for him.

I hope you liked it. Maybe I'll have something profound tomorrow.

BTW, only 30 more days till tax day!

Monday, March 14, 2005

14 March 2005

It's a funny thing, but I never would have put up my own blog if not for the recent uproar over the McCain-Fiengold Campain Finance Reform Law. What got me going was an article on C-Net that got my blood boiling. As I followed a few other links sent by friends I decided to put up my own blog as a first act of defiance. In the future you'll find more links here, most likely links to campain sites or any other site I can come up with that will tweak the folks at the FEC, maybe even a few to tweak the SOBs at the IRS and possibly even a tweak or two for the FBI. And any other alphabit soup agency I can tweak.