Archive for April, 2013


republicans finding their spines?

Maybe?  I read this last night about those caring public servants in Washington wanting to exempt themselves from obamacare, and it struck me as another opportunity for a republican not afraid to lose his invitations to the beltway cocktail parties to take a stand that might give the base a little hope and maybe start to unwind the Mr. Monopoly caricature they’ve been saddled with.

Then this morning I find this, and it looks like maybe somebody did take a stand … but reading further into the article, there’s this:

Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson flatly denied a report that the majority leader had sought an exemption for lawmakers and their staffers.

“There are not now, have never been, nor will there ever be any discussions about exempting members of Congress or Congressional staff from Affordable Care Act provisions that apply to any employees of any other public or private employer offering health care,” Jentleson said.

Forgive me if I don’t trust anything coming out of Harry Reid’s team.  So now I’m back to hoping somebody (Senator Cruz?) will turn this into something that garners a little public attention.



two words – pro-rated salary

Just read this on instapundit.  A senator earns $174,000 per year, plus benefits that they will, unlike those of us smothered under the caring blanket of obamacare, actually get to keep, and they don’t even show up for work?!?  I say for every day that the senate “conducts business” without a quorum, all members should be docked an amount equivalent to 1/[days the senate is in session for year] multiplied by $174,000.  The schedule shows the senate being in session 4 out of 5 weeks with a 5 week recess in August/September, so we’ve got … (52-5)*(4/5) = ~38 weeks, or 190 days, so the penalty for skipping would be about $916.  Chump change to these faithful stewards of our nation, but if we can get Professor Reynolds’ revolving door surtax passed, they might start to care, and actually do the job they were elected to do.

Or simply elect a better class of senator – you know, the kind who actually considers himself a public servant and understands what the founding fathers intended.  You don’t need a senate vote for that.


iowahawk’s earth week 2013!

Finally going to try to join the club – my humble submission for the celebration of the miracle of combustible hydrocarbons.

First pic – two ends of the car spectrum (soul-sucking mediocrity on one end, and just dang fun on the other)


Second – more just dang fun.


And yes, it’s a pretend wanna-be, but it’s my pretend wanna-be, and the motor was built, plasti-gaged, and torqued-to-spec by me with the help of a couple of good friends and a surprisingly little loss of knuckle skin, and it’ll burn extra hydrocarbons (in the form of melted rubber) all the way through 2nd gear.

For your consideration, Mr. Burge – best regards.

April 2013
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