Monday, March 31, 2008

Truckers Strike

The independent trucker are talking about a strike tomorrow as a protest for the high fuel prices. I can't blame them. With the cost of thier fuel at over $4 a gallon (that's a $600 fillup) it costs them $1.10 per mile while they make $1.50 a mile on average. Short haulers must be really feeling the pinch. And this doesn't include repairs. One break down and you're working for nothing.

Truckers strike

They have my support. Now if they'd just park their rigs on Pennsylvania Ave. They just might get some attention.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Another one bites the dust

Head of HUD may be resigning soon as he refused dealings in Philly if the city council did not give contracts to his friends. This sounds like more of bush's slimey friends. Hope he gets convicted.


How many of shrubs friends have resigned and/or been convicted to date? I'm loosing count.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Plastic's dirty little secret

I had known for some time now that certain plastics were toxic. PVCs or polyvinyl clorides are very toxic when burned or in liquid state. You know this material used in plumbing pipe and window frames. What I hadn't known was that plastics can degrade to the microscopic level and become a magnet for other toxins. I like everyone else had assumed that plastic materials remained in their complete state until some considerate soul came by and picked them up for disposal whether on the beach or by the side of the road. I was aware of the physical hazards plastics posed to wildlife. One day at work we tried to catch a bird with a plastic net stuck to its' beak. We weren't successful but the bird managed to survive.
A lot of the hazardous materials I deal with are listed as such because they don't breakdown in the environment. I've dealt with PCB's, DDT and many other chemicals but it hadn't occurred to me what the effects from these nastys would be since they are already in the food chain on a microscopic level. And then to add the thought of plastics acting like little toxic magnets concentrating what is already out there. You need to remember since the start of the industrial revolution companies and people have just been dumping their toxic wastes anywhere. Just take it out back and dump it on the ground was a common practice up until the 60's.
Not to add more depressing news to this article but most of our landfills have plastic liners to prevent leakage into the groundwater. Great, putting plastics into a plastic container that will eventually leak. The other method of disposal is by burning. That doesn't seem to be a better solution either. Recycling is great but now I see recyclers don't take all plastics even some with the #1 mark. It would be great to buy and use alternative products but when products come wrapped in large amounts of plastic and are made of plastics.. well you get the picture. Maybe we need some new laws about packaging because we have no control over how things are packaged.
And no I'm not some environmental fanatic. It's just that I realize that we need to get ourselves moving in the right direction. I believe firmly that given half a chance mother nature will take care of herself, but you have to give her the chance.

Toxic Plastic

One last thing - I think I'll be turning out my lights this evening for an hour for the Lights Out around the world. Not that it will make much of a difference but our local power company is going to raise rates.

The Friday usual

Friday, March 28, 2008

If they think the economy slowed in February...

Wait until they look at


Strange but I was just going over my bank statements and noticed that I only wrote six checks for the month of March. If that doesn't say something about what's going on...

Pennsylvania Primary


Barrack Obama is making inroads into the election process in the keystone state. For those of you over there in Pa. stop to remember some of the things that Ronald Reagan did back in the 80's. Breaking the air traffic controllers union and weakening others. The republicans made it easy for companys to send your jobs over seas. Hillary Clinton stood behind NAFTA that was to promote free trade. What the nation really needed at the time was legislation that promoted fair trade. Then there's the issue of health care. If Hillary has her way your wages will be garnished if you can't afford to pay the premiums for her plan. Imagine you're right at that middle ground where you don't qualify for subsidized health care from the state but can barely make it on your salary only to have what you do make garnished and I'll bet the program won't even cover everything leaving you with a bill you can't pay. We're seeing how well this is working in Mass. with Mitt's program. And you wonder why the population of Pa. has been in decline for the last 20 plus years. Hey I think we still have a sign left over from the late 70's you can borrow. You may recall.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Oh boy here we go again

Somebody shooting at cars from an overpass in Virginia.

Not a good sign of the times

I have no objection to guns but ya think we could add a few years to the sentences of people who use guns in a crime?

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

We all know which one's smarter

via AP

Hope this doesn't start happening

If we land up like the recession of the 70's things could get quite ugly. I had forgotten that one because I was just starting out and did not know how bad a resession could be at the time. And why is it that republicans always seem to be in office when the economy takes a dump? Could it be that they only have the interests of rich people in mind?

Bad times ahead

Hillary the liar not to be confused with Jacob

You've heard of 'Jacob the Liar'? Well now we have Hillary the liar only Hillary's lies were not to give hope to people under a difficult situation. Her staffers are quoted as saying Hillary 'mispoke'. No staffers Hillary outright lied about what happened. Here's her exact words:
Senator Clinton had last week told of coming under sniper fire when she arrived at Bosnia's Tuzla airbase in March 1996.

"I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base," Senator Clinton had recounted.

Then the nightly news showed what really happened. There she was in long black coat and scarf (no helmet or flack jacket) walking about 50 feet to an eight year old girl who handed her a piece of paper. Hillary was traveling with Sinbad the comedian.

This is the second time she's told this lie. Once during the Iowa primary and once last week. I'm glad the newsmedia caught this one. If there's one thing I hate it's a liar.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

A happy easter

I just love these kinds of eggs.

Friday, March 21, 2008

What would friday be without

This by the (and no I don't get kickbacks from this)

Hanford clean up?

Washington state doesn't seem to pleased about the progress of the remediation at Hanford the nations largest radioactive waste site.


A little background on this. I started in Haz Mat about the time this all began. Back then there was actually no real plan for 'clean up'. Billions of dollars were spent just on attorneys and planners and the mass of red tape over a period of over six years. The problems: nobody knew the extent of the contamination or even how to even contain the water leaking from the holding tanks and shafts. It wasn't until mid to late 90's that ground vitrification that was still in the developmental stage was considered.
This is not really my area of expertise but I have spoken to some co workers who have worked over there. They say it's insanely slow work because of the paperwork and the safety issues. In any given day they might spend 3/4 of a work shift on safety orientation and preperation for the job. For the state to threaten to sue for the slow progress seems like a no win situation. What would the state gain by suing?

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Is this getting out while the gettings good?

Or maybe I should have entitled this 'another one bites the dust', but I usually save that title for convicted rethuglicans. At any rate one Tom Reynolds R-NY is retiring and not too soon considering I'm sure he'll be called to testify in the case of one Christopher Ward the treasurer of the RNCC charged with embezling funds from the rupublican organization. Is there no honour among theives?

Let's see how this plays out

The bubbles are popping

Just looking across various markets in our wonderful economy as well as housing it strikes me that it's all over priced. If you factor in inflation none of this 'stuff' should cost what it does. Gas should not be headed to $4 a gallon. Gold should not have gone over $1000 an oz. And housing was getting close to what it was in Tokyo back in the 80's. I have seen and actually worked on a condo conversion some time back that I would consider obscene. A two bedroom one bath 600 sq ft place going for (takes a hard swallow) 1/2 million dollars and that was over ten years ago! Now they are going for something like 1.2 million althought the prices are dropping somewhat here but not like the rest of the country.
So it makes me wonder are we headed for massive inflation or deflation in the months ahead? On the one hand the government is throwing buckets of money at the problem and that causes inflation. On the other hand when prices get too high people stop buying and that causes deflation. Add to that the losses to equity and it's anyone's guess as to where we'll end up. So we either end up with stagflation or deflation neither of which is pretty on the pocketbook.

Libby finally gets justice

I Lewis "Scooter" Libby gets disbarred. You know with a nickname like scooter he'd have never made it in prison. But if you ask me lawmakers should get double the sentence of ordinary citizens with no commutations allowed. It sure would keep them honest.

Scooter gets his due

Monday, March 17, 2008

Iraq Blogstorm

I've been thinking about what I could add to the disent of the current occupation of the White House by one George W. Bush. A president (in name only) who has taken this nation in a direction that goes against every principle that every day Americans hold dear. Where to even start. From his stealing of the elections in 2000 and 2004 to his current approval of waterboarding never has there been such an assult and disreguard on the constitution of this country. And not only has this administration preverted the electorial process it has gone one step further by eating it's own if you recall Katherine Harris.

September 11 occurs and after routing the talaban to the edges of Afganistan and realizing that there were no more good targets, our wonderful administration even after finding no evidence of links to Al Quida or WMDs goes after Saddam Hussaen a dictator supported by Reagan and Rumsfeld. And we know that there was evidence that attacks (911) were planned against this country by a presidential briefing presented to George W. in August. Then there was the Downing Street Memos that gave an indication that Boy George was going to go after Sadam even if there wasn't evidence. So we have "Mission Accomplished" but somehow three years later and a few thousand American lives later the mission isn't accomplished. In fact if you ask any of the military there what their mission is at the present they'd be hard pressed for an answer. My guess is that the mission now is to stay alive and try to make it through the numberous stop losses and hope you'll come out of this mess with half your sanity and all of your limbs intact. The book Catch 22 keeps comming back to mind when I hear troops having to go back for yet another tour.

So what has America gained by going after the wrong criminal? Has there been some magical change to democracy in the countries in that part of the world? Obviously not. Did Americans get lower gas prices having secured a country with large oil fields? No. Did America really make conditions better for Iraqis? Only in a few limited areas of the country. And you must remember that over one million Iraqis left the country because they could see no bright future as George had predicted. And then there's the death toll. Reaching nearly 4000 U.S. soldiers killed since the start of this war. And now are we even told of who these brave people were? No. There are no images of flag drapped coffins. Only a name or two might make the local news. The ultimate sacrifice has been reduced to numbers. Isn't that a wonderful way to honor the troops. You've been reduced to mere numbers. And don't try and shoot me for saying all of these things I'm only giving you the truth. The hypocrites in the White House yes your commander in chief and his minions have talked a great game of "Support the Troops" while at the same time stabbed you in the back. Ask your injured commrads how they are being treated when you get back to the states. Ask them if they got the full disability they deserved for having their lives permenantly changed. Are they getting the treatment they need or are they having to fight for it. Nothing says Support your Troops like having a soldier fight two wars back to back. The first in combat and the second in beurocracy stateside. At least in ground fighting you have your buddies to watch your back. Then there was the promises of education and other benefits when you got out. Sorry it was just that, a promise. This administration would rather spend a half a million dollars on an outhouse in some godforsaken place half the way around the world than give even the scrapes to our troops. And again don't blame me I'm as pissed about all this as you who may be reading this.
Collateral damage- ah yes we are totally shielded from any truth here. It's usually a quick blurb at the very end of the nightly national news. X number of Iraqis killed by a car bomb in a market on whatever day. Sometimes they'll mention that they were civilians. Sometimes you don't know if any soldiers were killed or injured until days later. And the casualty figures of Iraqis. Estimates have it somewhere between 600,000 and 1,000,000. It's not broken down by any stats of male female child.
So what will be gained by staying in Iraq. Not much that I can see. Would you want a permenant occupyer in this country? Will the next leader of Iraq be any better than some of the past tinhorn dictators that we've supported? And the real tragedy in all of this is not just the lives lost and the injuries suffered but the monetary cost to the U.S. With the amount of money spent (wasted) we could have easily rebuilt Americas' infrastructure, provided healthcare to every American, and increased benefits to military families and our troops in the field. Soldiers comming home could look forward to having a job rather than the unemployment line and homelessness.

So to whomever takes over the White House next January... It's time to get out of Iraq. The men and women of the U.S. armed forces have done their job and then some. Let's bring them home now.

(Note: sorry for the typos and spelling I'm not going to proof read this just post it)

Sunday, March 16, 2008

The New York Crane accident

It was a sad day in construction when this crane gave way killing four workers. I've worked on thousands of construction sites over the years and I must say I don't think I would have stayed on this one very long. They had 13 violations in 27 months. That's one every other month. I've always been a bit leary of cranes and always make sure I know where the boom is before moving ahead. Always look for an escape route or good cover when working around these guys. This somewhat surprises me in that most cranes and scaffolding have multiple ancor points with back up safety features. I can't speak that much about cranes but I know with scaffolds I'll take some time to check connections and the general stability of the structure and if anything's wrong I get out the ratchet set and tighten connections.
Just a few redundant ancors in this situation and four guys might be alive. Maybe the crane company will learn from this mistake maybe not I sure hope they do.

Crane in NY

Friday, March 14, 2008

Friday night with the boys

Maybe we could start a new political party. The Beaver American Labor Liberty Social party - B.A.L.L.S. for short.

At least these guys look like they have it together.

Such a wonderful economy (The roof the roof the roof is on fire)

People are so desperate financially they're torching their own homes.

Burnin down the house

Note to people considering this. It won't work. Not only would you have to pay the deductable on the insurance, you'll still have to pay for a rebuild assuming you got away with it (unlikely). When you get caught and the insurance company doesn't pay you're stuck with no house, maybe jail time, legal fees and a mortgage you still have to pay. And I'd guess the mortgage co would call the loan.

Bring your gun to class day?

I don't think I like the idea Oklahoma has come up with to try and solve campus violence. Not that I'm against guns but if you look at the statistics on this matter you find more trouble with accidental shootings involving friends and relatives than any benefit that could be gained by permitting weapons on school campus. And I would really not want a vet with PTSD fully armed in a large class. So it seems to me that the lawmakers are trying to treat the symptoms rather than the problem. The real problem is a shortfall in the area of mental health. But I guess that the powers that be feel it's cheaper to let nearly everyone be armed than deal with the problem head on.

More at the link:


Thursday, March 13, 2008

Thieves and liars

Is there anyone left in the republican party to trust? Somebody got caught with their hand in the cookie jar. Wouldn't be the treasurer at the top of the republican party would it?

Criminals Inc.

Christopher J. Ward
(Side note: I wanted to post a picture of Mr. Ward but alas I can find none)

More reasons why John McCain can not be president

Found this via yahoo/Huffington Post. It's from the AFLCIO

Sen. John McCain has a habit of voting away good U.S. jobs--not to mention overtime pay, Social Security, Medicare, our freedom to form unions and bargain and more. When the AFL-CIO started doing research to uncover John McCain's record on working family issues, it was like peeling an onion--layer after layer of hostile, Bush-esque actions and positions wrapped in McCain's camouflage as a straight-talking maverick.

The latest to come to light: McCain was a "key figure" in the deal that awarded a multi-billion-dollar air tanker deal to a join venture that includes the European company EADS rather than to Boeing. McCain pushed the Pentagon to change the bidding process in a way that disadvantaged Boeing, Time magazine says. And some of his top advisers have out and out lobbied for the award to EADS/Airbus--one of them while serving as McCain's national finance chairman. [Time magazine, 3/11/08]

Facing recession, America lost 63,000 jobs last month alone. Had Boeing been awarded the air tanker deal, it would have supported at least 44,000 new and existing jobs here in the United States, many of them good union jobs.

For McCain, this is business as usual. And we want people to know that.

So the AFL-CIO has launched a McCain Revealed website to introduce the presidential candidate to the public and a multi-layered campaign to reach more than 13 million union household voters in 23 battleground states. Everywhere John McCain goes, union activists are there to confront him on economic issues and demand that he speak to working families' concerns. From worksite leafleting and door-to-door canvassing to microtargeting direct mail and phone calls, we'll make sure John McCain's real record is on the public record.

Here's just a taste:

John McCain: More George W. Bush. McCain supported President Bush's positions 95 percent of the time in 2007 and 89 percent of the time over Bush's two terms in office. (Congressional Quarterly Voting Study, 110th Congress)

McCain's Health Plan: Tax Benefits, Increase Costs. His plan would make employer-provided health benefits part of taxable income, essentially creating a new tax for working families. It undermines existing employer-based health care and pushes workers into the private market to fight big insurance companies on their own. It would reduce benefits, increase costs and leave many with no health care at all. (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 4/5/06; Forum, 10/31/07; Los Angeles Times, 11/20/07; The Commonwealth Fund, 6/20/05)

His Trade Policy: Support Every Unfair Trade Deal Available. McCain, a self-proclaimed "free-trader," voted for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) and to allow China to enter the World Trade Organization (WTO), although the United States has lost more than 1 million jobs because of NAFTA and 1.8 million jobs since China entered the WTO. He voted to allow overseas outsourcing of government contracts and to weaken Buy American laws. (H.R. 3450, Vote #395, 11/20/93; S. 1307, Vote #170, 6/30/05; H.R. 4444, Vote #251, 9/19/00; Economy Policy Institute, 10/9/07; S. 1637, Vote #32, 3/4/04; S. 2400, Vote #135, 6/22/04; S. 1050, Vote #191, 5/21/03)

McCain on Rights: Oppose Freedom to Form Unions and Bargain. McCain voted to block the Employee Free Choice Act, which would level the playing field for workers trying to form unions and bargain with their employers for better pay and conditions. But he voted for a national "right to work" for less law that would cripple workers' unions. (H.R. 800, Vote #227, 6/26/07; S. 1788, Vote #188, 7/10/96)

McCain on Retirement Security: Privatize Social Security, Cut Medicare. McCain supports privatizing Social Security, putting our retirement at risk, and raising the Medicare eligibility age. (SCR 83, Vote #68, 3/16/06; SCR 18, Vote #49, 3/15/05; S. Amdt. 144 to SCR 18, Vote #47, 3/15/05; SCR 86, Vote #56, 4/1/98; SCR 86, Vote #77, 4/1/98; S. 947, Vote #112, 6/24/97; S. Amdt. 445, Vote #115, 6/25/97)

Get to know the real John McCain and spread the word. Visit McCain Revealed for more information, to find out how you can make sure America knows who McCain really is and to join in demanding that he renounce the failed Bush economic agenda.

Care to read more?

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

If Spitzer goes...

Vitter needs to go as well
Along with Craig.
If our elected officials don't seem to want to follow the laws then they need to find another occupation. They're lawmakers after all.


Ferraro: 'They're attacking me because I'm white'

No Geraldine they're attacking you because you're stupid.

UPDATE: Bye Bye Geraldine

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

While wall street feasts on a fix of cash

It's a temporary high from an infusion of cash from the fed but just around the corner is something worse than the streets drying up from liquidity losses. A $516 trillion problem by current estimates. And like a fart at a gala nobody seems to be wanting to talk about it. Smile nod your head and move to the other side of the room.

An odoriferous problem

Sunday, March 9, 2008

McCain on 60 minutes

McCain stated that he doesn't care what the american people think about Iraq he's going to do what he sees fit there. Gee John I thought elected officials were done so "by and for the people".

Here's another politician you shouldn't vote for. Don't they make a nice couple?

Killer Chicken

Just when you thought it was safe to eat chicken:

Killing feeds

I had been looking for info on this for some time now having learned about it from a Haz Mat class a while back. So how can you tell if a chicken has been fed arsenic? Rule of thumb : Take a pack of free range chemical free chicken (skinless breasts are best) and compare the color of the fat. You may notice that the factory chicken (the cheap stuff) has a yellower color in the fat. The only two reasons are that it is either very old or has been fed arsenic.

Food safety now drinking water

Mad cow

Just when you thought it was safe to eat somebody has to mention what's in our water. It's been known for some time out here that our water contained a fair amount of caffeine and there was the mention of pharma products but what is a concern here is that scientists are now starting to show concern for these trace chemicals.


I guess I won't bother to tell you what your breathing in on a daily basis.

Another one bites the dust

The seat held by Dennis Hasert is now held by a Democrat. This is a real surprise considering the district was solidly republican for so many years. Congrats to:

Bill Foster

Saturday, March 8, 2008

The real Hillary

Lying on your Resume

This is why I could never run for political office. I just couldn't bring myself to stretch the truth that far.

Time to turn your clocks ahead

Always hated loosing an hour of sleep and from what I've read it's of little benefit in terms of energy savings.

Friday, March 7, 2008

First Florida then Ohio now Texas

There seems to be some anomalies with the voting machines in Texas. Some counties had no democratic votes while others had no republican votes. Now you know why I keep saying Paper! Paper! Paper ballots!

Texas voting machines

And from what I can see the caucuses are still not tallyed how many days later?

Don't believe me check out:

It's Friday night

I like this guy he reminds me of the gopher in Caddy Shack only in beaver form. Think I'll use him in future posts. Anybody care to put a caption with him I'll post the best on the front side.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Bush is a whore

I could believe my ears when I heard this yesterday. This is typical of the Bush additude:

"If he (McCain) wants me to show up, I will. If he wants me to say `You know, I'm not for him,' I will," Bush said. "Whatever he wants me to do. I want him to win. ... If he wants my pretty face standing by his side at one of these rallies, I'll be glad to show up." Quote George W. Bush

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Say Hi to:


An intelligent and poignant blogger with a good perspective on the democratic primary. Here's a brief sampling:

Obama has got to take control of this thing. Hillary Clinton has been allowed to make the unacceptable acceptable. That’s what happens when you’re allowed to keep moving the goal posts. She’s spun it so that the standard for Obama is perfection (11 straight wins) and that any loss (even a loss in a state where she lead by 20%) is somehow a sign of “buyer’s remorse.”

We’ve allowed her to move the posts so much that we’ve lost all sense of the Democratic process for picking a nominee. We pick our nominee based on delegates. Hillary cannot give you a mathematically plausible scenario in which she overtakes Obama in pledged delegates. Her only hope is to seat MI and FL (change the rules) and use the super delegates to overrule the choice of the people. This is undemocratic - there’s NO WAY around that. And Obama better do his job and make it clear just how undemocratic it actually is.

Now we’re supposed to give her the nomination because she won the “right” states??? States that are important because she says so??? Last time I checked, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Colorado were swing states. And you’ll have a hard time convincing me that Obama can’t win Democratic strongholds like New York, California and Massachusetts.

Her arguments are not based in fact. They are based in spin. And the only reason they hold water is because we have 24-hour news networks filled with pundits who have nothing better to do than pontificate on political hypotheticals. HER ARGUMENTS FOR THE NOMINATION DON’T MAKE SENSE. Hold her feet to the fire!

Another thing. Hillary Clinton has been successful in getting the public to mistake familiarity for “experience.” People don’t necessarily think she’s more experienced - it’s just that we’ve seen her face and heard her name for the past two decades. We’re familiar with her, but that does not mean that she’s more experienced. Obama needs to get the media to call her on her ish.

Take away her last name . . . take away her husband . . . where is her experience? What jobs did she create? What crisis did she manage? The questions are endless so long as you don’t buy her BS about “35 years of experience.” She’s been calling Obama an empty suit. Well, it’s time we see just how “empty” Hillary actually is.

Seriously, the next time your arguing with a Clinton supporter, turn the tables. Spring it on them and ask, “Name me 2 or 3 things she’s done as a senator” . . . “name me a crisis she’s handled.” You’ll get the same blank look that they accuse Obama supporters of having when asked the same question.

And don’t let them weasel out of it. Focus on Hillary specifically. Don’t let them tell you what her husband did.

Where's the big win?

1365 Delegates for Clinton

1451 Delegates for Obama

Vermonters are my kind of people

Two Vermont towns have passed a resolution to have Bush and Cheney arrested should they set foot in their towns.
Think we could muster up some funds?

Two tickets to Vermont please

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Texas primary

I thought Washington state's primary was complicated until I read this:

Fuzzy Texas math

I won't try and give a brief summary of this. It's just too complicated.

A thank you to China Post for the above story (the other links wouldn't work)

Oregon lottery. Win this one or die.

Oregon has a lottery for the few positions open in its' state backed health care plan. Having just gone through a complicated situation with a relative and they had medicare and medicade I could imagine the amount of stress this would present.

Sad state of health care

Another one bites the dust although late

Another republican (this time an aide to the former governor of Alaska) pleaded guilty to bribery charges.

More republican crooks

I guess this answers my questions about those in office being convicted after they leave office. Did you hear that George?

Anybody have a list of the indited and convicted republicans? I've lost count.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Hard times ahead

The air tanker deal Boeing was expecting is not going to happen. Many are shocked that the deal went to Air bus. I wasn't totally surprised given the background of the whole process. When the request for new tankers first came out it was to be a lease agreement until someone realized that it would be cheaper to buy the aircraft. Then a Boeing exec got into a bit of trouble for some unethical practices with the Air Force procurement office. I don't remember whether that was during the lease phase or just prior to its' change to a sales agreeement. That must have given EAD enough time to get its' act together.
It's always nice to have a large company in your backyard and have them get a fat government contract, but the loss of this one may be a real blow to our area here as well as Kansas and Texas and several other areas around the country. The 737's that are built here were dropped from the line and the 767's ( the base ariframe for the tankers) will be shut down in 4 years. The end result:


There used to be a sign here back in the late 70's that read: " Will the last person leaving Seattle please turn out the lights."

Only problem now is where would anyone go? Manufacturing has been beaten to death in this country. Service jobs have moved to India. Banks are on shakey ground. Health care is being insourced. What does that leave us with?

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Ricin found in Vegas hotel

This is some nasty stuff these guys are dealing with. There is no real antidote for ricin poisoning. I've only seen it on three occasions in the last twenty years. There was an agent in Britain who was killed with ricin placed inside a tiny steel ball and administered with an umbrella projectile device. It will be interesting to see what this is all about if the truth comes out in the next few weeks.

Sorry my comments on the photo didn't come out large enough (I'm working on it) Decontamination shower on the right. The yellow around their heads and front is duct tape. And notice in the center their boots and gloves are not taped a no no.

First bad beef then produce now more fishy problems

Gordon fish fillets were recalled in 10 states on the east coast because a consumer found pills in them.

Did Rush loose his stash in the fish batter?