Published on January 28 2009

"Never let a serious crisis go to waste. What I mean by that is it's an opportunity to do things you couldn't do before." So said White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in November, and Democrats in Congress are certainly taking his advice to heart. The 647-page, $825 billion House legislation is being sold as an economic "stimulus," but now that Democrats have finally released the details we understand Rahm's point much better. This is a political wonder that manages to spend money on just about every pent-up Democratic proposal of the last 40 years.
via A 40-Year Wish List - WSJ.com. candy Pass the Hersheys. It may be a long four years. And a lot longer repaying this "stimulus" --I'm looking at you, my great-grandchildren.

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Published on January 25 2009

Investigators looking into the reasons for the engine failure and subsequent splash-landing of US Airways Flight 1549 last week in New York are increasingly leaning towards a bird strike as the cause. geeshadi Al-Geeshadi had no comment. (h/t Chris)

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Published on January 20 2009

The Flub Watch
The oath is specified in the U.S. Constitution, so you'd think it would be flub-proof -- especially when delivered by skilled lawyers in front of 2 million people on the Mall and trillions on television. It states: "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States." It didn't go exactly that way. Here's a transcript of the Roberts-Obama verbal tango (complete with stepped-on-feet): ROBERTS: Are you prepared to take the oath, Senator? OBAMA: I am. ROBERTS: I, Barack Hussein Obama... OBAMA: I, Barack... ROBERTS: ... do solemnly swear... OBAMA: I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear... ROBERTS: ... that I will l execute the office of president to the United States faithfully... OBAMA: ... that I will execute... ROBERTS: ... faithfully the office of president of the United States... OBAMA: ... the office of president of the United States faithfully... ROBERTS: ... and will to the best of my ability... OBAMA: ... and will to the best of my ability... ROBERTS: ... preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. OBAMA: ... preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. ROBERTS: So help you God? OBAMA: So help me God. ROBERTS: Congratulations, Mr. President.

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Published on January 19 2009

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Yes there really *is* still a blog here, although you'd never know it for all of the posting going on... I plead busy. So what have I been doing? Well, this last weekend involved a little trip to Minneapolis to see some members of the Bobcat Nation. dsc_2515-1 Seven of us, along with various spouses and friends, made the trip to have Guinness and Fish&Chips at Brit's Pub in the downtown. A most excellent gathering of most EX-cellent people!! Since it was to be a leisurely trip home the next morning, I decided to make a stop at what had always looked to be an interesting shopping stop. dsc_2519 Yeah. IKEA. You will notice, of course, that the enormous parking lot is completely empty. That's because apparently everybody in Minnesota sleeps in on Sunday mornings. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, opens until 10 am. When I was finally able to go in, after waiting for a patient lady who would not open the rope barrier until 10:00:01, I found home shopping nirvana. I think "overwhelming" is the appropriate word. I made a few small purchases, and grabbed a stack of catalogs before heading towards the sale bins near checkout. In one of these bins I found this duvet and pillowcase set, on sale for half-price: murder-scene Uh-huh. Just what I want on my bed-- a murder scene complete with heart monitor graphics. I think maybe 90% off would have been a better price. Sigh.

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Published on January 15 2009

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST WISCONSIN. Overnight: Mostly clear, with a low of -27. Wind chill values between -35 and -45. West wind around 8 mph. Friday: Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 6. Wind chill values between -35 and -45. West southwest wind between 7 and 9 mph. DAY ONE...TONIGHT DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS OF 35 TO 45 BELOW ZERO ARE EXPECTED TONIGHT. THESE CONDITIONS CAN CAUSE FROSTBITE IN 10 TO 20 MINUTES IF YOU ARE NOT DRESSED PROPERLY.
Sometimes I wish I lived in Florida. Sigh. BTW, it's already -28. So much for the predicted low.

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Published on January 5 2009

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I wrote something yesterday about my resolution to be a bit more organized in my classes? Good thing I am SO good at keeping my resolutions--this latest one includes THREE research papers. Not the ONE or TWO I usually manage to obsess over.... naw, we're going for THREE... See y'all in March, lol.

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