Archive for November 2012

CMB Music: Cliff Richard – “Devil Woman”   2 comments

*thinks about the song title for a moment* There’s a couple that come to mind….there’s a few from Ohio, a quartet of Swiss Misses, a certain sci-fi heroine, Lita, etc.,etc.,etc.,…

Posted November 30, 2012 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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For what it’s worth, I say let’s go off the fiscal cliff…here’s what would happen:

  1. A return to the Clinton-era tax rates(including a top tax rate of 39% for the wealthy)
  2. Reversion of the alternative minimum tax(AMT) back to its’ 2000 level
  3. Sequestration cuts to most federal programs, including Defense
  4. Expiration of the 2% Social Security payroll tax reduction set back in 2010
  5. Expiration of 99-week UEI(Unemployment Insurance) benefits and a return to 26-week state limits

Now, while #3 & #5 would not be good things to have happen, it’s downright funny to see the GOP whip themselves into a frenzy over losing the Bush43-era tax cuts; even though I was a conservative back in the 90’s, I seem to remember the American economy was doing quite well back them, back when the top tax rate was….39%. It’s also going to be interesting to see Republicans try and spin this fiscal cliff into something acceptable to their wingnut base…

CNN Political Ticker

(CNN) – While there is currently no plan for Congressional leaders to meet with the president, according to an official familiar with the situation, Democratic Sen. Max Baucus said the two sides should get to work on the fiscal cliff negotiations-and soon, before the U.S. enters “uncharted waters.”

“I think that they should start negotiating right now,” Baucus said Friday on CNN’s “The Situation Room.”

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Posted November 30, 2012 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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The End Of Another Hurricane Season…   Leave a comment

Well, you can go ahead and burn the hurricane flags for 2012 as we’ve arrived at the end of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, which saw:

  • 19 tropical cyclones & tropical storms
  • 10 hurricanes
  • 1 major (Cat 3 or higher) hurricane

Although it wasn’t the most memorable on record, this year’s season saw a few records broken…

  • T.S. Beryl became the stronger tropical storm to strike the U.S. coastline
  • T.S. Debby, when it was so named on June 23rd, marked the earliest that a season’s 4th-named tropical cyclone had been formed
  • Hurricane Nadine was the 5th-longest running cyclone in recorded meteorological history

Even though Hurricane Sandy was the most notable hurricane to strike the U.S. this year, it wasn’t the strongest on record this year; that honor went to Hurricane Michael, which eventually became a Category 3 hurricane.

For what it’s worth, maybe now can we begin discussing how climate change affects tropical cyclones and what can be done to mitigate its’ effects….anyone? Anyone?? Bueller?!?

Posted November 30, 2012 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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Pledge? What Pledge?   Leave a comment

Looks like there are more chinks in Grover Norquist’s “no tax increase” pledge, according to the Omaha World Herald

The no-higher-taxes-ever pledge long promoted by activist Grover Norquist has proven popular among Nebraska and Iowa Republicans. Every member of Nebraska’s congressional delegation, including soon-to-be Sen. Deb Fischer, has signed. So have both men who represent western Iowa in the U.S. House.

But unlike Norquist, most of them told The World-Herald this week that they could support a broad budget agreement that addresses entitlement spending and avoids the so-called “fiscal cliff,” even if the deal ends up including higher tax revenues.

Case in point, Sen. Mike Johanns….

Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., said Norquist himself undermined the pledge when he said previously that lawmakers could support abolishing tax credits for ethanol without violating the pledge — so long as they supported offsetting tax cuts in a bill that never received a vote. “He blew a massive hole through his pledge,” Johanns said.

While Johanns opposes higher tax rates on principle, he said there are many ways to raise tax revenues without violating the pledge. “Depending upon how willing they are to reform what’s driving the spending, which is entitlements, I’ll be willing to talk about slimming down (tax) deductions, closing loopholes,” Johanns said.

To this day, I’ve never understood why any elected official would sign a pledge or follow anything other than their own oath of office…oh, well. It will be fun watching another instance of the Republican circular firing squad at work during the “fiscal cliff” debate.

Posted November 29, 2012 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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CMB Music: Gary Numan – “Cars”   Leave a comment

There’s an interesting backstory behind this song and how it came to be…quoting Youtube: According to Gary Numan, the song’s lyrics were inspired by an incident of road rage.,.. “I was in traffic in London once and had a problem with some people in front. They tried to beat me up and get me out of the car. I locked the doors and eventually drove up on the pavement and got away from them. It’s kind of to do with that. It explains how you can feel safe inside a car in the modern world… When you’re in it, your whole mentality is different… It’s like your own little personal empire with four wheels on it”.

Posted November 29, 2012 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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Diesel-Powered Mazda6 GX Rolex Series Entry Revealed   Leave a comment

If and when this makes it to the racetrack, this could be huge…quoting Speed Channel:

Mazda chose the Los Angeles Auto Show as the venue to reveal the first rendering of its new-for-2013 diesel Rolex Series platform, the SKYACTIV-D-powered Mazda6, which replaces the RX-8 as its flagship entry in the GRAND-AM sports car series beginning at January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The production-based 2.2-liter, four-cylinder, dual-stage turbocharged engine is expected to power a pair of factory entries in the new, semi-experimental GX class, and to have a presence in at least one P2 car at the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The SpeedSource-run diesel GX program will be the first of its kind for the Rolex Series. “We have been eager to announce this car for months, but had to wait until the production car was revealed,” said Mazda North American Operations motorsports director John Doonan.

“The SpeedSource engineering team, working with the Mazda engineers, have been flat out for months on engine development. We’re happy to report that the engine is meeting the performance targets for both power and endurance. That means 400+ hp for over 50 hours, with an engine that includes a very long list of production Mazda parts. This is not a pure race engine; it is a production block SKYACTIV-D. We’re excited about having our newest engine powering our newest car.”

Why could this be huge? Diesel technology is already the basic gold standard in sports-car racing; just look at Audi Sport’s success at LeMans over the past decade or so with its’ various diesel technologies at the prototype level. Building a production-based grand-touring racing engine that combines both power and speed….now that would be a winning combination within the GT ranks.

Posted November 29, 2012 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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Fox News, The Media Wing Of The Republican Party   Leave a comment

Why doesn’t Fixed News Faux News Fox News just come out and admit that they’re a bought-and-paid for wing of the Republican Party? That way, they wouldn’t have to worry about having to keep up any pretense of being “fair and balanced”; they could just continue spewing out various right-wing talking points without a care in the world….

Posted November 29, 2012 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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