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Wednesday, June 11, 2008



And you all thought "Why is the sky blue?" was hard. I floored him with a 5 minute dissertation on the subject.

That windfall profit tax that Obama mused about has already died. At least for now. Also stymied by Senate Republicans was an effort to remove the tax cuts granted to the petroleum industry by Dubya and his sect of big biz cultists.

I spent the day with my "daughter" and grandsons #3 & #4. Every restaurant we went by had signs in the window advising that tomatoes were no longer part of their condiments. Not on burgers, salsa, salads, etc. Mexican food with no salsa?!! They can run the tomatoes through a hot water bath to eliminate the contamination. The big winners should be the canned vegetable companies. All tomato juice, sauce, paste, soup are precooked above 140 degrees, thus killing the bacteria.

Protests over the price of fuel around the world have become deadly. And some OPEC members are calling for a summit between them and the major oil consumption nations. I agree with their iteration that much of the price run-up is due to speculators playing the market rather than traditional market factors. And a lawyer in Florida is suing OPEC for "price fixing".

And while the motivation is different, violence is also happening here in the States.

How much is gas in your area compared to the rest of the nation? Here is a map for the 48 contiguous States and Hawaii. By clicking on the map, you can narrow the image right down to your local streets and stations. Here is one for Canada.

A bad situation, but a fortunate outcome. And how many years of medical school did it take for the surgeon to learn to use a claw hammer?

Again I restate my belief that DUIs should NOT be released from custody until they are sober. Don't the police departments have any concept of the liability they have opened themselves up to by kicking someone loose when bail is paid?

Some signs for sale at a store yesterday:

Thanks for stopping over. I hope I have entertained and/or educated you. Check back later for more. Later, my friends.

"Let's all be careful out there!"