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Friday, October 21, 2011

U.S. Subsidizes 'Green' Car Production...IN FINLAND !!!

When will the Obama Administration--already in hot water over its feckless backing of Solyndra--stop dumb-ass 'green' spending, i.e, expenditures that, in the name of environmentalism, boost foreign business and labor over U.S. business or U.S. labor ? Like, for instance, the subsidy to produce electric cars IN FINLAND !!!

As reported by ABC NEWS...

With the approval of the Obama administration, an electric car company that received a $529 million federal government loan guarantee is assembling its first line of cars in Finland, saying it could not find a facility in the United States capable of doing the work.

Vice President Joseph Biden heralded the Energy Department's $529 million loan to the start-up electric car company called Fisker as a bright new path to thousands of American manufacturing jobs. But two years after the loan was announced, the company's manufacturing jobs are still limited to the assembly of the flashy electric Fisker Karma sports car in Finland.

Hell Freezes Over Again : Sen Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Right To Pillory Corrupt Fed


In SEEKING ALPHA, John Lounsbury relates selected sections from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' scathing indictment of the Fed.

Never thought I'd find myself saying this, but GO BERNIE !


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This week some of the details of the structure and operation of the Fed were summarized in a “brief” 120 page report by the GAO (General Accounting Office) with the very unassuming title: “Federal Reserve Bank Governance: Opportunities Exist to Broaden Director Recruitment Efforts and Increase Transparency.”;
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I, VT) responded to the GAO report with what I have called a scathing indictment of the Fed. Sanders lists 18 former and current members of the Federal Reserve’s board affiliated with banks and companies that received emergency loans from the Fed during the financial crisis. He also summarized findings by the GAO that compares the Fed very unfavorably to other central banks.  

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Dud Sox Deny Sudsing It Up in Dugout

Beckett, Lackey and Lester after a few brews.
The on-going Dud-Sox soap-opera grows ever more tiresome.

Wish the whole bunch --John Henry, Tek, Lester, Francona--would just shut up, and the new brain-trust would get on with preparations for next season.

Of course I have some suggestions.

1. Get Garza and a bag of balls from the Cubs for Theo and Lackey.
2. Tell Tek and Wake it's been real nice, and they're done.
3. Tell Big Papi to take his act--showing up the manager at a press briefing, mouthing off about the starting rotation, wasting critical at-bats, and doing some really dumb base-running--somewhere else for $12 M a year.
4. Tell Jed Lowrie there's no longer a roster-spot for the chronically injured.
6. After you find a manager, find a pitching coach.
7. Tell the guys they'll have to practice baseball fundamentals until they prove it (the practice that is) isn't needed. 

On this rainy afternoon, more than usually perplexed and baffled

Remedies ? Don't think so.
...by the petty annoyances of everyday life -- like websites that seem purposely designed to repel any clearcut query, the better to impel you to choose equally impalatable options, or like customer support reps who seem incapable of answering simple, direct questions in understandable (eighth-grade) English, or like appliance installers who are incapable of any installation calling for more technical know-how than inserting a plug into an electrical outlet -- I sought some musical balm for my modernity-addled brain and instead drifted into an (early)-Procul-Harum-type anomie.

I leave to you, dear reader, to divine the resolution of my dilemma from the accompanying playlist.  

Cream - We're Going Wrong
Dr. John, the Night-Tripper - Right Place, Wrong Time
Foreigner - Urgent
Kool & The Gang - Emergency
Greg Kihn Band - Jeopardy (extended version)
After The Fire - Der Kommissar
Kool & The Gang - Misled
Foreigner - Cold As Ice
Gap Band - You Dropped A Bomb On Me
Thomas Dolby - She Blinded Me With Science
The Motels - Take The L
Journey - Who's Crying Now
'Til Tuesday - Voices Carry
Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime
Daryl Hall and John Oates - I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)
Sade - Smooth Operator
Cars - Who's Gonna Drive You Home Tonight?
Alan Parsons Project - Don't Answer Me
Bryan Adams - Run To You
Mr. Mister - Broken Wings
Foreigner - Waiting For A Girl Like You
Landon Pigg - Love in a Coffee Shop
The Police - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Sting - If I Ever Lose My Faith In You
Real Life - Send Me An Angel
Journey - Don't Stop Believing


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Rangers in Six, Says Nolan Ryan

...according to ESPN.

Can't remember a baseball owner or exec ever calling a World Series his team was playing. 

I'm pulling for the Cards all the way.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Culture Vulture and the Mrs Go to the Fair

Hey ! You talkin' to me ? 
...the famous (in Massachusetts, that is) Topsfield Fair.

Jabba the Gourd poses with unidentified Fair-goer.
Yesterday was a brilliant,  cloudless. summer-warm Saturday, and naturally the traffic into Topsfield and Route 1 was backed up onto I-95.

We heeded signs indicating that all lots at the Fair were full (untrue), and parked at North Shore Comunity College. After a good twenty minutes or so, schoolbuses from Gloucester arrived to shuttle us to the Fair site.  

The grounds were thronged with children of all ages, taking in a wide range of agricultural exhibits,  events, games and rides, ranging from exotic flower arrangements from various Essex County garden clubs to gigantic gourds to racing pigs to a carousel, Ferris wheel, and bumper cars.     

Of all things I was most struck by the endless variety of poultry -- YES, POULTRY !  -- of which the specimen at the top--I believe his name is Travis-- is an excellent example. I will post the rest of my pix on FLICKR. 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Blogger DJ's Aimless Meanderings

...always end up in the same, thematic place.

The Exciters - Tell Him ( I Know Something About Love )
Martha and the Vandellas - Heatwave
The Supremes - Can't Hurry Love
Love - My Little Red Book
Jefferson Airplane - Somebody To Love (Live at Woodstock 1969)
The Doors - Light My Fire
The Doors - The Crystal Ship
Moby Grape - 8:05
Big Brother and the Holding Company - Combination of the Two
Poco - Crazy Love
Buffalo Springfield - Kind Woman
Neil Young - Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Roxy Music - Love Is The Drug
Bryan Ferry - Slave To Love 
George Michael - Kissing A Fool
Wham! - Everything She Wants
Wham! - I'm Your Man 
Elvis Presley - A Little Less Conversation


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tonight's Blogger DJ Song - Beck's Nobody's Fault But My Own

Click here to play song.
Treated you like a rusty blade
A throwaway from an open grave
Cut you loose from a chain gang
And let you go

And on the day you said it's true
Some love holds, some gets used
Tried to tell you I never knew
It could be so sweet

Who could ever be so cruel,
Blame the devil for the things you do

It’s such a selfish way to lose
The way you lose these wasted blues
These wasted blues

Tell me that it's nobody's fault
Nobody's fault
But my own
That it's nobody's fault
Nobody's fault
But my own

When the moon is a counterfeit
Better find the one that fits
Better find the one that lights
The way for you

When the road is full of nails,
Garbage pails and darkened jails
And their tongues
Are full of heartless tales
That drain on you

Who would ever notice you
You fade into a shaded room
It's such a selfish way to lose
The way you lose these wasted blues
These wasted blues

Tell me that it's nobody's fault
Nobody's fault
But my own
Tell me that it's nobody's fault
Nobody's fault
But my own (x3)

Culture-Vulture-ing in Mystic, Connecticut and Mohegan Sun

Last weekend, the C.V. and Mrs. C.V. ventured to Mystic County, Connecticut, to visit with our nephew and his brood.

After checking into our New London motel, we drove to Mystic Seaport, only about 15 min. away. There's lots to see and do even for kiddos, and plenty of places onsite that provide food and drink and someplace to set for a spell. We spent only a couple of hours there, and felt we'd only scratched the surface. Next time, we'll take in more demos and go for a catboat cruise.

From Mystic Seaport, we headed north to Uncasville and Mohegan Sun, hoping to be early and beat the Saturday Night crowds. By the time we arrived (6 PM) only two floors of one of the large garages weren't full. After parking, we wended our way through hordes of gamblers and gawkers like ourselves and found a quiet table at Jasper White's Summer Shack Restaurant.

Beluga Whale charms my great-niece et al.
Next day, we met up with our nephew and the kinder at Mystic Aquarium. It's a great take-in for families, with plenty of indoor and outdoor exhibits. Sadly, we missed most of the demos and shows. We'll make a point of seeing them next time.
         
BTW, if you're planning a trip down to Mystic, be sure to check out the excellent tour info site Mystic.org, and check out the many discounts that are available.