Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Obama Tax Plan simplified

Simplified version of the Obama Tax Plan.
Tax Small business, Corporations and the wealthy. Here's what you get

Click Image to see full size version

As always I encourage your comments and feel free to pass this along to a friend!


Friday, September 26, 2008

Hey don't complain...

A cheap airline in China made the passengers  chip in and help. The plane apparently landed safely but quit before it could taxi to the gate. As reported, the staff, could not push the plane off the runway and asked the passengers to help.

Well I'm not sure what a cheap ticket in China costs (2 chickens?) but you get what you pay for people! Hell they probably went into the terminal and got on their water buffalo and drove home. jussssst kiddding... for all my China friends.

Anyway, I think pushing wouldn't really bother considering the plane a AT LEAST quit running while on the ground. It might be a bit tough to push when in the air.

Some of the original article is below...

A budget Chinese airline took flying pains to a new level Thursday after it made passengers get out and help push their broken plane to the gate, the Daily Mail reported.

The CRJ7 plane, with 69 passengers and seven crew members on board, had just flown from Guilin in the south of China, to Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province. The plane landed safely but then died before it could taxi to the arrivals terminal.

The staff could not push the airplane on its own, so the passengers were asked to pitch in. Even with the added muscle power, it took the group nearly two hours to get the plane off the runway.

“Thank God it was only a 20-ton medium-sized airplane,” one of the airport workers told the Daily Mail. “If it were a big plane, it would have knocked us out.”


Rocket Wings Hah! I had a Flexy-Racer people

Yves Rossy, a Swiss daredevil, used a pair of homemade rocket wings to propel himself across the English Channel.

The "Rocket Man" jumped out of a perfectly good plane with rockets strapped to his back.
He then ignited the rockets and blasted his way to England. Once over the white cliffs of Dover he popped his parachute and floated to the ground.  

I do admire the guy for his courage BUT did his mom give him a flexy-racer when he was a kid?  

Yes, I was the proud owner of a flexy-racer, a sled with wheels or "wheeled coaster". In doing some research to see if there was such a thing, I began to wonder if my mom just took our old classic snow sled (not really used since we lived in Alabama), and stuck some wheels on it. I did, however, find it was an actual product.

Here's how the flexy-racer worked. You pretty much found a big hill, laid down, and off you went. To brake you had to turn the 'steering device' downward where a piece of metal rubbed the wheels. Speaking of steering... can you really imagine barrelling down a hill and trying to turn this thing? These were the days when helmets were "only" for motorcycles. I do have the scars that remind me of the flexy-racer days.

So...Rocket Man, nice try. When you really want to impress me, grab a flexy-racer and head to the nearest hill.

For ALL you parents who want to give your kids the gift of a lifetime, which may be cut short, I've included the original invention diagram.


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Uhh McFly...hello - Obama humors me

So here's a quote from Obama a few weeks ago -

"Well, my understanding is that Governor Palin’s town of Wasilla has, I think, 50 employees. We’ve got 2,500 in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe $12 million a year. You know, we have a budget of about three times that just for the month. So I think that our ability to manage large systems and to execute I think has been made clear over the last couple of years..."

Barack Obama was comparing his executive experience to that of Gov. Sarah Palin.

So let's analyze what he says.

First and I do commend Obama on this, he addresses Sarah Palin as Gov Palin. But there's a bit of a hint there to some much much bigger. She's now a governor and they make executive decisions! By the way Alaska has over 24,000 employees and somewhere around a $10 billion budget.

Now correct me if I'm wrong but isn't Obama running against John McCain? Shouldn't you compare your resume with the person you are running against? Isn't John McCain running a campaign too? Actually I think he's run quite a few. Man that should give him a lot of Obama "executive experience".

The last part of the quote refers to managing large systems over the past few years. What the hell. How long has he been running for president?

Hello McFly...


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Sidewalk Chalk Art - like you've never seen!

This is somewhat a diversion form my normal post but I came across this guy who creates amazing art using sidewalk chalk.

Julian Beever has been creating these great illusions on sidewalks for many years. Of course, because they are chalk they fade away with foot traffic and weather but for a moment in time his illusions amaze people.

Check out the pavement drawings below!

Check out more of his work at


Friday, September 19, 2008

Can poor people be patriotic?

On an ABC news interview Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden said it was time for the rich to be patriotic. 

This came after a question asking Biden if people making over $250,000 would pay more taxes. Biden's responded, "You got it, it's time to be patriotic". He continues, "[It's] Time to jump in, time to be part of the deal, time to help America out of the rut".

So let me get this straight. It's up to the rich to bail out the US by paying more taxes. In turn this makes the rich patriotic. So by increasing taxes, the Obama administration is making rich people more patriotic. Sheer genius!

But wait, where does this leave the middle class and poor people? Do they have any means of becoming patriotic or are they left to be dug "out of the rut"? This also leaves us to believe the Obama administration assumes the middle class and poor feel that taking money from the rich is their only way out. I would think the Obama-Biden campaign would give the American people a little more credit than that, but hey, I've never been a community organizer so who am I to say.

Thanks once again Joe!


Thursday, September 18, 2008

FYI - How Gov. Palin's email was hacked

From my previous post you may think I do not believe Gov. Palin's email was hacked. This is not the case. The point I was making was that people, mostly lefties, were not so concerned about the email getting hacked as the content of the emails, obviously looking for a silver bullet to put her down.

I agree that politician's should probably keep business email in house but do not think you should get thrown in the slammer because you use yahoo or gmail to email a college.

I wonder what would happen if Obama's yahoo account was hacked? We would probably get a different story, but you already knew that.

Yahoo might reconsider how they have password recovery for their accounts if the following is true. Attached is a link to PC magazines version of how Gov. Palin's email was hacked using 4Chan's random /b/ board.


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Gov. Palin's email hacked OR were the images Faked?

So I heard today Gov. Palin's yahoo email account was hacked or was it?

Let's say someone was so bold as to crack her yahoo email account. Some of the left interviews I've heard so far do not seem to have a problem with it, their main concern is, "what is in those emails?"

It's OK to break the law and hack into someone's private email account, but you can't wiretap a terrorist? See where I'm coming from people.

I just listened to an interview with an attorney who was hardly concerned about the hacking and more concerned about the contents of the email. Did Gov Sarah Palin use a yahoo account for government business? Did she use it to hide something? In my opinion you can't even go that far because the material in question was gathered illegally!

Now heres the kicker.

Are the Images real or Fakes?
How do you know the images are real screenshots? Maybe Gawker, WikiLeaks, or the Anonymous faked the images or part of the images. I can easily take a screenshot of a yahoo account and throw it into Photoshop and do what I like. Haven't thought of that have you?

Gawker.com was so eager to get the story online they didn't even address Gov. Palin properly or capitalize the word Internet.

Unfortunately I think all the hype or "hope" for the Democrats will be short lived. On reason the information was obtained illegally and the Secret Service / FBI are involved. Just like you can't hide "secrets" in your email, it's pretty tough to hide your identity online when you are hacking accounts.

btw - I do have some knowledge on this subject as I once owned an ISP.

Oh please feel free to comment!


120 million year-old ant - I can sleep now!

Wow - I can finally sleep. Since 2003 I have been up at nights worrying about the
"accident in the lab" with an unidentified ant "drying up".

Scientists discover 120 million year-old ant U.S. Reuters


Friday, September 12, 2008

Road to Whitehouse


Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Google Chrome Search and Spell

Ok - it's been about a week and I've had some time to use Google's Chrome browser and still find it a nice browser. I'll touch on two nice features real quick I've come across thet have been helpful for my needs.

The first, and this is great for me, is an auto spell check or sort of. I haven't quiet figured this one out because some sites will spell check and others will not. I assume it's a bug that will get resolved. But when it does work it was great. If I misspell a word it automatically underlines the word and I can right click for spell suggestions. This seems to be pretty much the same as Google's spellchecker for the "other" browser. I like it because, when it works it takes care of spell checking as you type. By the was the spell check is not working now so I'll blame Google for any misspellings.

The second feature I came upon by trial and error. Sometimes I'll search a web document itself using the "find" feature which is usually the ctrl+f shortcut. Given the fact Chrome is pretty scaled down there is no toolbar for the "find" feature therefore leading me to try the ctrl+f and voila, a small drop down box pops down at the top right of the browser. No big deal right? Well this is what I expected so I typed in my search and all instances on the page were highlighted. The other nice feature was that on the scroll bar all areas where the word occurred were also highlighted, nice. Since I was looking at a lengthy database web document the scroll highlights allowed me to scroll quickly to each instance of my search. It's hard to explain so just try it!

Chrome still has some issues but it's still only a few days old. I will keep plugging away and what doesn't work in Chrome I will simply pull up my old IE clunker and go back to the good ole days!


Thursday, September 04, 2008

Google Chrome hits the streets or uh Web

Google has entered a new battle - the browser wars. While Microsoft currently dominates the market with Firefax and Safari hanging second and third, Google has subtly created a "new view" of the web. On the surface it may look similar to other browsers but under the hood it's running on a new engine.

Having some programming skills I can appreciate this new approach. Ever since I opened Mozilla way back when, sometime in the early 90s, each new browser or version of a browser has built upon previous versions. This has led to some "in the box" thinking and one way thinking of how a browser should work. It has also led to some hefty browsers.

Users over the years though have changed their browsing habits. In the early days having one browser open was normal, but now having several browser windows open and ultimately the "tabs" feature is common. Email, blogs and blog editing, social websites like facebook, are all open at one time. This is great. The problem with browsers like Internet Explorer is they all occupy the same memory space, or home and when one goes bad everything goes bad - crashes.
Google has taken a new approach in that each tab uses a new memory space or different home. When one tab or site causes a problem it doesn't effect the other tabs - or neighbors. This is really nice so your email or blog post doesn't crash because another site sitting in another tab goes haywire.

Another nice feature is the one address bar. It acts like a URL bar as well as your search box. It also fills in sites below the box for faster typing. For example if I type in weather, weather.com shows up below the box so I can click directly on the url rather than go through the Google search process.

I am giving all this praise after one day of use. So I'll put it through the rounds and do a follow up in a week or so. In the meantime drop by Google and download Chrome and give it a spin. Another nice feature is it's very light in that it's a small download and installs quickly.