Sunday, June 22, 2008

Picture Day


Smoke in the hills

Hill, no smoke

And the bike I rode in on





DEN said...

So far, so Monday, George left the planet yesterday, that sux, smoke everywhere, that sux, peckerhead fellow employees causing grief, that sux.

A Monday for sure.

Hope you all are having a better day.

DEN said...

One small beacon of light:

On September 13-14, 2008, Lawrence Velvel, the dean of the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover, plans to convene a 'convention' at the school's facilities; the attendees of which will plan strategies to prosecute members of the Bush administration for war crimes.

"This is not intended to be a mere discussion of violations of law that have occurred," stated Velvel in a press release. "It is, rather, intended to be a planning conference at which plans will be laid and necessary organizational structures set up, to pursue the guilty as long as necessary and, if need be, to the ends of the Earth.

"We must try to hold Bush administration leaders accountable in courts of justice. And we must insist on appropriate punishments, including, if guilt is found, the hangings visited upon top German and Japanese war-criminals in the 1940's."

The dean specifically criticizes Justice Department officials who wrote legal opinions designed to provide political cover for administration figures to carry out torture. However, Velvel's sharpest words were saved for President Bush, according to a passage from ABA Journal.

"The man ultimately responsible for the torture had a unique preparation and persona for the presidency," wrote Velvel. "He is a former drunk, was a serial failure in business who had to repeatedly be bailed out by daddy's friends and wanna-be-friends, was unable to speak articulately despite the finest education(s) that money and influence can buy, has a dislike of reading, so that 100-page memos have to be boiled down to one page for him, is heedless of facts and evidence, and appears not even to know the meaning of truth."


micki said...

DEN -- I love your last photo caption! (Well...and the photo.)

micki said...

HOME SWEET HOME??????? Krugman

micki said...


I can't tell for certain, but possibly those are potentilla? AKA shrubby cinquefoil

DEN said...

Krugman is way off base and strangely has been for some time now.

Renting is 10 times the risk of owning. You are subject to the whims of a landlord who can raise the rent to a point you have to move.

This is especially noticeable in a bad housing market with prices going through the roof or dropping like rocks. Also run the risk of the landlord and his ARM mortgage defaulting.

Home ownership is the best way to go. Qualification for a loan(mortgage) is critical, you must be able to afford now and ten years from now to make payments on time and in full.

Interest deductions save at tax time for homeowners and prices usually rise making it a wise investment.

One must buy carefully and wisely, pie in the sky dreams don't make payments escalating due to ARMs and other mortgage schemes.

David B. Benson said...

Den --- ... George left the planet yesterday ...


DEN said...

George Carlin, Doc.

DEN said...

Climate change equates to someone dumping a ton of trash in your yard and then telling you it does not stink and will not kill your lawn.

It does stink, it is not naturally occurring, and could kill you.

David B. Benson said...

Two part round:

Don't dump your trash in my back yard,
my back yard. Don't dump your trash in my back yard, my back yard.

Salt 'n pepper, vinegar, vinegar. Salt 'n pepper, vinegar, vinegar.

[Repeat, then]

My back yard's full!

DEN said...

An hour after you pop a Viagra for a little swing with the Mrs. your Aunt Martha from Milwaukee is knocking on the door, you live in LA.

What will you do?

David B. Benson said...

Den --- Duhhh. What would you do?

DEN said...

Duck tape

David B. Benson said...

NASA Scientist: Fix Climate or 'We're Toast'

We're toast!

DEN said...

There is a market for reflective wear and breathing apparatus's there, veritable fortune to be made!

Thermal suits?

Advertising: Even if the rest of the planet is burning up and drowning, you can be safe in your Thermo-Protective suit, it floats!

micki said...

DEN, I think Krugman was challenging the fact that home ownership has become a policy goal of government. I think it's a valid thing to consider.

Home ownership is a great way for families to build personal and community equity in their neighborhoods, regardless of the recent excesses of the market.

Krugman wasn't saying home ownership is a bad thing, he was suggesting that it's not for everyone and they shouldn't be made to feel like 2nd class citizens if they can't participate.

He then proceeds to note some of the potential disadvantages: It's a financial risk, it ties workers to one place, and it spawns more commuting.

Everything in life is about choices.