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Obama names 15 recess appointments – where was Senator Jim Webb?

Posted by Ed C on Monday, March 29, 2010

Saturday, President Obama appointed 15 nominees using recess appointments.

From The Hill:

Nevertheless, Obama attributed the need for recess appointments on the “unprecedented level of obstruction” in the U.S. Senate, led primarily by the chamber’s Republicans.

Unprecedented level of obstruction – really?  Anyone remember 2007?  (From opencongress.org)

Unprecedented – You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

(h/t the corner)

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What he said – Merry Christmas.

Posted by Ed C on Friday, December 25, 2009

From Tigerhawk.

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Where are the snowplows in Howard County.

Posted by Ed C on Sunday, December 20, 2009

If you are sitting at your kitchen window and wondering if you are ever going to get out, you can track the progress of the snowplows in Howard County using the Snowplow Tracker.

You can also access speed sensor and traffic cameras for major roads like I95 from the Maryland Department of Transportation site, Chart on the web.

It does not look like we are going anywhere soon.

However, some don’t seem to mind.

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If we live forever, what does that do to Social Security spending?

Posted by Ed C on Monday, November 23, 2009

Skeptical is not a strong enough word for my feelings towards the promises made by the proponents of health care reform, but Saturday, Senator Harry Reid said:

Today we vote whether to even discuss one of the greatest issues of our generation – indeed, one of the greatest issues this body has ever face: whether this nation will finally guarantee its people the right to live free from the fear of illness and death, which can be prevented by decent heath care for all.

Pretty sure we are all going to die someday regardless if this bill passes or not.  Otherwise congress better start raising the retirement age and reducing benefits real soon.

Of course, I could be misreading Sen. Reid here, maybe he means that instead of fearing illness and death, with a government run heath care system we should just be resigned to it.

(h/t Kathryn Jean Lopez @ NRO Corner)

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After Thanksgiving sales start Monday – 4 days early?

Posted by Ed C on Monday, November 23, 2009

The Christmas decorations seem to come out earlier each year.   What use to be an after Thanksgiving tradition is now barely safe for Halloween.   Now, the after Thanksgiving sales start before Thanksgiving.

The Walmart ad for “black Friday” was leaked leaked last week and is available here.   For those of us that do not treat shopping, checkout lines, fighting for a good parking space or the crowds  as part of a competitive sport or anything close to enjoyable, let alone at 5:00 AM and would rather just sleep off the turkey, Amazon has a special web page that starts today.

(and who knew that there was a web site devoted just to black Friday ads.)

(h/t Megan McArdle)

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Rainfall through 11/13/2009 at BWI – 44.63 inches.

Posted by Ed C on Saturday, November 14, 2009

Back in May, we were just catching up to normal with 8.42 inches of rain for the month.  That was the second wettest May, going back to 1871.

With 46 days still to go, we have already received 44.63 inches, 7.86 inches more than normal to this date.  For an entire year, the average rainfall at BWI is 41.94 inches so we will certainly finish the year wetter than average.

In 2003, we finished the year with over 62 inches, so that record is probably safe.

By the way, so far this year  Seattle WA has received 27.92 inches.

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What Google knows about you

Posted by Ed C on Friday, November 6, 2009

If you have a gmail account, Google has released a dashboard that shows the information that google has associated with that account.

Details provided in this post, or can be accessed directly here.

(h/t computerworld)

 

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The road to hell…

Posted by Ed C on Sunday, September 13, 2009

A sign from the 9/12 protest “The road to hell is a shovel ready project” (from Jordan Gehrke, via the corner)

And from Mollie Hemingway, National Care is like a hospital gown… You think your covered but you’re not. (picture here)

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Symphony Woods Walk Through – Thur 8/20/09 @ 6:30

Posted by Ed C on Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Columbia Association Board of Directors’ Planning and Strategy Committee is having a work session at Symphony Woods Thursday at 6:30 to examine deteriorating and hazardous trees are planned to be removed.

Press release here.

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Heathcare debate – deja vu all over again?

Posted by Ed C on Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Over at the Corner at National Review they have been carrying on a discussion about the term “death panel” Palinism, and other elements of the heath care debate.

This passage caught my interest:

What drives me crazy about liberal complaints about conservative tactics these days is how selective they are. Obama, Barney Frank, Jacob Hacker, and others have said that they want these reforms — specifically the public option — to lead to single payer. But when conservatives take them at their word, suddenly it’s outrageous misinformation and “fishy” stuff. When the wind is at their backs, liberals look way off to the horizon, like Obama at a podium, dreaming of a future of European-style statism. But when conservatives use this to their advantage, suddenly it is outrageous to even consider the possibility of a road to hell being paved with good intentions. Suddenly liberals bleat that it is scare-mongering to look beyond what they are proposing in this exact moment, outrageous to ask “Where will this lead?” I agree entirely with Andy that conservatives are under no obligation to unilaterally agree to liberal terms or definitions but rather, as he puts it, “Our function is to call the opposition on such hair-splitting nonsense, not to make the fog harder to pierce.”

As the debate continues this summer it may help us to look back and consider the way that our seat beat laws were enacted.   Remember when it was just going to be a “secondary” offense, something that you would not be pulled over for to the situation today.  Now it is a primary offense and we have the national “click it or ticket” campaigns.   Wearing a seat belt is common sense and a “good thing”, I just bristle at the tactics and the way the legislation was incrementally  turned into the very thing that proponents originally said was beyond the pale and was just a “scare tactic” for anyone to suggest otherwise.  Seems like deja vu all over again.

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