I haven't had much to say lately. Not much happening here that anybody would care about. Just trying to keep financially solvent without having to get a job at WalMart.
Ms Wingguy and I did our annual 230 bike ride across Missouri again this year. Before that we rode about 400 miles in training. Airplane is flying fine, although I am due for a biennial check ride soon.
Ever notice that every time the President opens his mouth the stock market slips further? The Dow is down 20% since election day. It's down 8% just since he took office. And small wonder we haven't hit bottom. He asserts that bankers took bailout money and spent it on bonuses and jet airplanes (applause). He implies that bankers aren't lending because they blew the bailout money (applause). "Those days are over!" (more applause). This kind of talk, I'll be charitable and call it disingenuous, will please his idolizing fans at the cost of eroding confidence among investors. It would be less objectionable if he were stupid. But this man is purposely playing to people's prejudices. Classic demagoguery.
We had gone 2 1/2 years without a fatality on a commercial airline. The last fatality was the crash at Lexington, KY.
I know I shouldn't speculate but it does sound like ice on the tail.
Richardson, Geithner, Daschle, Killefer. OOPSIE.
None of those awful lobbyists in this administration. No sir. Well, except the ones we agree with of course.
We're above partisanship in this White House. Well OK, we are a little embarrassed by that skunk that Nancy Pelosi laid on our doorstep, but after this, no more partisanship. For sure.
It's kind of like a world famous figure skater who steps on the ice and falls flat on his butt. Oh, he will get up and he'll do much better. But what a lesson in humility!
I don't believe I'd take lessons in wildlife management from Ashley Judd. But that's just me.
Anybody with a pulse has got to be moved by what is happening in the Capital today. It's not about who you voted for. It's about the new President taking office while conferring and cooperating with his predecessor, honoring his opponent, accepting congratulations from people of all political stripes. No soldiers involved in this transition, just the Presidential families having coffee together while accepting congratulations from people of all political persuasions.
And then there's this whole other historical dimension to this inauguration. I'm old enough to remember the sight of fire hoses and police dogs in Birmingham. Emmit Till. Schwerner, Cheney, and Goodman. Viola Liuzo. I remember too when Army reservists under my command couldn't find a restaurant that would accept them on their way to summer camp. Those events turned me into the family liberal. Now I'm a conservative who is enormously proud of this country.
One reason that air travel is so safe is that the NTSB determines the cause of every accident and takes action to prevent a recurrence. I foresee bad news for geese.
From the "Stop Rick Warren" website:
"Not only is the invocation itself an unconstitutional violation of the separation of church and state, but Rick Warren himself supports a disturbing array of extremist right wing policies, ........"
Looks like we've gone and elected a man to the Presidency who believes in (choke, gasp) God. I thought there was no place in American politics for this kind of thing. How soon can we start the impeachment proceedings?
I didn't vote for the man, but I have to say that he is off to an impressive start.
I just heard Obama tell George Stephanopoulos that he misses being part of a faith community. He said he does have people praying for him, but it's not the same as being in church. He and Michelle will be looking for a new church in DC, he tells us. I'm pretty sure this time they won't choose a church led by a hatre spewing racist pastor.
Some of Obama's most devout worshipers will be conflicted by his apparent belief in God. Bill Mahr says he hopes Obama is lying about that, but that resolution seems to introduce some problems of its own. Could Obama be a good man with just that one flaw?
This is hilarious. Before you watch this, understand two things:
1. Nobody got hurt.
2. This was NOT ME.
Incidentally, that BEEP BEEP BEEP sound is telling the pilot that the gear is not down.