Wednesday Morning Open Thread

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Dirt

WHATATTATAT?

We still have the problems with neighbors videotaping our daughters.

See, this is where the redneck in me would come out. Bye-bye video camera.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Well.....we're going through proper channels

attorneys, notified the sheriff and such. They haven't crossed the threshold for stalking yet. The trees will help. They are big enough to block a lot now and within a couple of years should block everything.

I've got plenty of redneck in me. :D Trust me on this.



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Convention on Saturday?

You going to the 9th District convention on Saturday?

"jump in where you can and hang on"
Briscoe Darling to Sheriff Andy

I will be there with bells on

However......if there is too much mess going on and the meeting doesn't move along I won't stay much after 1:00pm. The postcard said we have to pick Obama or Clinton when we walk in. I don't care, but think there will be an easier chance getting selected if I throw my name in the Clinton hat. Union County folks don't have a snowball's chance of getting selected over Mecklenburg folks. You want me to vote for you? Do I need to be an Obama delegate to vote for you to go to Denver? If so, I'll put my name in the Obama hat.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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From what I understand

and I am probably wrong on this, is that when you sign in, you declare for one of the candidates and only people who declare for a certain candidate can vote for the delegates for that candidate. I would appreciate your vote, thanks.

This is a lot different than the Greens, lol. We were more like: who wants to go? ok, you are a delegate.

"jump in where you can and hang on"
Briscoe Darling to Sheriff Andy

Now that is creepy.

You know, if you join the Arbor Day Society, you get trees free, but they're small. They grow pretty fast, though.

As for videotaping your daughters, that sounds like it's time for a serious law enforcement type chat.

Or you could go with Robert's suggestion.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
Pointing at Naked Emperors

We're only paying $20 for 8-10 foot trees

Creepy and unfortunately, not illegal.....



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A humble suggestion

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire

Yes, I have one of those

However as far away as they are it will take something really awful to get them to stop taping. We've thought about buying those bamboo curtains and mounting them above the garage door entrance so we can roll them down when the garage door is up. We could paint friendly messages on them like - "F*%& You"....you know, something nice and neighborly like. :D

Yes, I have some redneck in me. Quite a bit, actually. I guess I'll settle for the trees.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Now that is wicked

.....I was just planning to flash them. They would be blinded for life, but the video camera might not receive any damage.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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I hope you enjoy this as much as I did,

I was just planning to flash them. They would be blinded for life

but as soon as I read this, this phrase popped into my head:

"Damn, girl, get some sun on that thang!"

:)

That's zactly why they'd be blinded

:D

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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slowing the demand on gasoline?..

Yesterday the Senate and the House voted to stop the filling of the strategic Federal Reserve, as long as the price is over $75. Numbnuts(Bush) will probably veto it, or come up with some other devious way to prevent the law from happening. There are enough votes to overcome his veto. He has been feeding us the line that it won't make a difference, but we all remember that Clinton did affect the price in the 90s when he not only stopped filling the reserve, but offered to sell off some at the high price it was then. Pelosi and gang deserve all the credit for enabling these crooks to continue to work against the interests of the American people, and this is just another feather in their cap.

$75

I heard that and I thought, what world are these people living in. With some people predicting the price will move to $200 by the end of this year, the $75 might as well be $1.

Not commenting on the wisdom or not of stockpiling the reserve, just on the lunacy of wishful thinking about pricing. The world is running out of oil. China and other countries are competing for supply. The price is only going to increase. And the US is less prepared than ever to deal with this reality because King George has been doing absolutely nothing productive for eight damn years.

Oddly enough...

I really wish someone at the national level would engage the electorate in a truthful discussion on the price of oil and our energy policy. We started a healthy conversation with the explanations around the Summer Gas Tax Holiday (AKA the economics of the gas tax), but we haven't gone far enough.

The economics aren't too difficult: there is a limited supply and an increasing demand for oil. We can either increase our supply (by drilling for more oil) or we can decrease our demand for oil (by pushing for greater fuel efficiency, by changing our consumption habits, or by shifting to other sources of fuel) or some mix of the two. There are benefits and costs to each approach.

If we expand our options to look at our overall fuel/energy plan, the economics still hold true: we can increase our overall supply (by drilling for more oil, mining for more coal, or through the exploration of alternative fuel sources, etc.) or we can decrease our demand. Again, there are benefits and costs to each approach.

Oddly enough, I miss Ross Perot, his flip-charts, and his infomercials at moments like this.

Yes, what you say is true about needing someone to..

engage the public in discussion on our energy, but who? Very few have any credibility in Washington, which brings up another thought. If anyone has any understanding on the futures markets dealing with commodities, it would leave you with some thoughts. I wonder how many of our Wash. legislators have bought into oil futures, knowing nothing would be done about increasing the supply? I listened to Sen. Dorgan(D, ND) yesterday, and he quoted a couple of CEOs from the biggest oil companies, suggesting that crude should be no higher than $50-55. So, who better to have the inside view on anything to halt this surge in prices than our money hungry lawmakers?

Vehicle efficiency

or we can decrease our demand.

While the economics of pricey hybrids is still a nut that needs to be cracked, the overall reduction in usage projected from even the limited CAFE standards recently introduced is unbelievable.

I'll try to grab a link later.

Lily pad solar collectors

Water lily plan for solar power

Aerial impression of lily discs on river
The lily-shaped discs would be tethered along the River Clyde

Large lily-shaped discs which harness solar power could soon be seen floating on the River Clyde.

The concept, from Glasgow-based ZM Architecture, has been handed to the city council with the hope that a trial project could go-ahead.

The proposal has already won the firm the International Design Awards (IDA) Land and Sea Competition.

Judges were impressed by the idea that energy harnessed on a river could help reduce a city's carbon footprint.

In the IDA project description, ZM Architecture said its project proposed to stimulate river activity and change by using the surface to harness solar power on a large scale.

Rotating discs

The energy created would then be transformed and exported to the national grid.

The firm said the design of the lilypads was "inspired by nature" and they could be tethered to the river bed.

Integrated motors would then rotate the discs to follow the sun for maximum output.

ZM Architecture director, Peter Richardson, said: "We are delighted to be recognised for our commitment to providing alternative energy solutions and are excited about the potential of this idea in a range of contexts."

The company hopes Glasgow City Council will be interested in developing a small pilot project in conjunction with the Science Centre.

BBC News

Progressive Democrats of North Carolina

Very cool

Steve like. :)

Edwards to Endorse Obama Today?

Mark Halperin seems to think so.

Whatever the case, stay tuned for 7 PM.

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There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

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There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

Dirt, Bats and Whatattatat

Another record making day at BlueNC with Betsy (and/or her understudy,BullyDoc)getting the creds to the Big D Convention. W00T again for the Southern Dem and this wonderful community.

Just wanted to add a little more dirt from an old bat, this will make ya really go Whatattatat?

Rumsfeld's liquid lunch...listen to him thank the "Independant" military analysts for carrying the administration's water, hear him admit "that while the USA is involved in asymmetric warfare, we can't lose militarily--but we can't win militarily, either." Listen as Rumsfeld claims that We the People are just too immature to understand the threat of terroism the further we get from 9/11 and that the only cure for this would be...another 9/11!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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