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2008-07-31 - 7:24 p.m.

Well, a late post today. Nothing's wrong - I had a day shift, and I had to get there at 9am.

The reason for the Thursday shift is this: there's going to be another family reunion this Saturday. I didn't find out until Monday, and didn't get the day off until Monday night. I WAS going to blog about it, but I was interrupted.


Also going on this last week:

Our lasertag computer died Saturday evening (after I'd left work already). I spent the better part of Sunday trying to make it work - and I couldn't do it.

I ordered a new computer, which arrived yesterday. I spent most of last night's shift installing and testing it. Thankfully it worked...

...until today.

I did a couple tweaks, and it was working again. But it seems another part has soured, and a new one of those is on its way. I may wind up spending some of my Friday off at work.

Well, that's what overtime is for.


Nancy Pelosi strikes again:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today in response to remarks by President Bush on energy this morning at the White House:

"The President knows, as his own Administration has stated, that the impact of any new drilling will be insignificant - promising savings of only pennies per gallon many years down the road. Americans know that thanks to the two oilmen in the White House, consumers are now paying $4 a gallon for gas. But what Americans should realize is that what the President is calling for is drilling as close as three miles off of America's pristine beaches and in other protected areas.

"The President has failed in his economic policy, and now he wants to say, 'but for drilling in protected areas offshore, our economy would be thriving and the price of gas would be lower.' That hoax is unworthy of the serious debate we must have to relieve the pain of consumers at the pump and to promote energy independence.

"Today, the New Direction Congress will vote on legislation to bring down gas prices by taking crucial steps to curb excessive speculation in the energy futures market. The President himself could lower prices by drawing down a small portion of our government oil stockpile, the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The New Direction Congress will continue to bring forth responsible proposals to increase supply, reduce prices, protect consumers, and transition America to a clean, renewable energy independent future."

"Hoax" again. It's her favorite word these days.

Two things, though. One, it's Congress that decides the policy. The $4/gallon is NOT entirely Bush's fault - remember, how much has the per-barrel price of oil gone up since Pelosi and Co. were voted in back in 2006? And what happened to the Democrats' "common-sense plan" to lower gas prices? Why haven't they enacted that?

Second, the price of oil did take a small drop when Bush lifted the federal ban on off-shore drilling. If we bring in more oil, the price will go down because supply is increased.

Could it be that Pelosi wants the price of oil to stay high so that folks will stay mad at the "two oilmen"?


Don't forget - in government health care, the government decides who is entitled to what.

Even, apparently, after you're dead.


The Angels beat the Yankees tonight, winning 12-6. They swept the Red Sox twice, and took this first game.

Life is good...except for the trade of Casey Kotchman for Mark Teixeira. At least, so far - Teixeira is one of the best out there, but he's off to a slow start. I liked Casey. I wish him well.

I also wish for his return.


Laundry to be done today, along with much relaxing.

I think I've earned that.

Be seeing you.


2 comments so far

Brin - 2008-08-01 02:42:15 -
Sigh. I'm going to miss Kotch.


Jeff - 2008-08-01 13:43:02 -
Yeah. After embarrassing my Sox TWICE, it's the least you can do to whoop up on the Evil Empire now. Go Angels!!! I'm not so keen on Tex being an Angel, either, because now he's playing against the Rangers. Plus he will be a free agent at the end of this season. I don't know why teams keep trading after mid-season for Scot Boras clients. Boras won't let him stay with the same team, and I don't think he's got the numbers to get what he wants, money-wise.


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