"And these are folks who pay a lot to stay warm in the winter and keep the lights on in summer. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, New Englanders paid $14.52 per thousand cubic feet of gas in 2014, compared to $10.94 for the rest of the nation. ISO-New England, which operates the region's power grid, said in its 2015 Regional Electricity Outlook that natural gas availability is 'one of the most serious challenges' the region faces as more coal and oil units go offline."
"If I can’t drink my bowl of coffee three times daily, then in my torment I will shrivel up like a piece of roasted goat! — Johann Sebastian Bach and Christian Friedrich Henrici, Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht, aka the Coffee Cantata (c. 1734)"
"Even though military spending has gone down a bit in recent years, it still takes up more than half of the discretionary spending in the federal budget. By contrast, the much maligned food stamp program gets just a sliver of the 1% of discretionary spending that goes for agriculture and food programs."
"NPA members help improve Nebraska’s quality of life by keeping electricity prices as low as possible. We budget conservatively and manage our expenses carefully. Because Nebraska’s publicly owned utilities don’t include a profit margin in their electricity prices, their prices are lower than utilities that are not publicly owned. That helps families and businesses stretch their dollars. All Nebraskans benefit from Nebraska being a public power state! …
"Nebraska’s utilities also contribute to the good life in our state by paying in-lieu-of taxes and other fees exceeding $30 million per year. These funds support Nebraska’s schools, roads, parks and community needs."
"A Nashville television station recently reported that teens are rubbing Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm on their eyelids. The lip balm contains peppermint oil, which reportedly causes tingling and burning that ‘creates a sensation of being drunk or high,’ the report stated. This new ‘trend,’ for those in the know, is called beezin’ (minus the obviously lame g)."
"American taxpayers will spend $4 billion on Afghanistan’s soldiers in 2015. It’s likely that Kabul will need that level of funding for years to come. Corrupt and incompetent, the Afghan government can’t afford to pay its security forces."
"Representatives from Citigroup, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America, have met to discuss ways to urge Democrats, including Warren and Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, to soften their party's tone toward Wall Street, sources familiar with the discussions said this week."
"'Seriously, how does anyone understand anything that's written with only letters?' Blitt asked. 'I feel sorry for the alphabet. I'm waiting for the first original novel to be composed solely with emoticons. Oh, and Hillary Clinton.'"
…and this week’s totally cracks me up.
"With Ted Cruz announcing and Rand Paul and Marco Rubio soon to follow, it’s time to start handicapping the horses and making enemies."
"Ravi Kapur loves Spam. Obviously. Who doesn't? But the Hawaiian-born chef of the Liholiho Yacht Club in San Francisco has brought his admiration for the iconic, imperishable canned delicacy to a higher plane. "
"Pence said signing the bill into law makes sure that 'religious liberty' is completely protected in the state."
"John Bolton, the former U.N. ambassador and informal foreign policy advisor to presidential candidate Ted Cruz, is advocating for the bombing of Iran."
"The two senators, both likely contenders for the 2016 presidential race were voting against an amendment offered up by Vermont independent Bernie Sanders. Democrats have repeatedly offered up such amendments—which in the current Senate have no chance of passing—in order to highlight Republicans' positions on climate change, betting it will repel swing voters."
"Lawsuits over negative reviews have risen in recent years with the popularity of sites such as Yelp, Angie’s List and TripAdvisor that allow users to rate and provide feedback on businesses."
(I don’t know what the First Amendment has to say about Yelp, which is one of the many good reason’s I’m not a judge.)
"If you were to look around any city and try to identify a problem in need of lucrative new solutions that emerging technology might provide, the dreaded commute is an obvious one."
"There are a few inconsistencies in the video as well. For one, the purported UFO isn’t concealed by any tarps or covering. Second, take a look at the gas prices. One appears to show $4.15 per gallon and another $4.25."
"He also said that ‘outside of New York City adults generally write polite, cheerful emails to one another, even when asking for corrections.’"
"The panel wants to avoid the appearance that it is attacking Clinton by any means possible."
"Since launching Turning Point, Kirk has written op-eds for The Washington Times and Breitbart, appeared frequently on Fox News and CNBC, built a network of thousands of student activists around the country, and been entrusted with, he says, at least $1 million by donors enthralled by his conservative promise. His backers swear he's the future of conservative politics—and he's only just old enough to drink."
If you learn too much you might get, you know, confused.
This scale I have, the kind where you stand on it and it tells you how much you weigh, the longer I stand on it the higher it goes. WTF? I’m not gaining weight just standing there, am I? I don’t think so. It’s broken or something. I don’t know.
Get on it and then get right back off. Fast.
"Several months ago, youngest son (age 6) was accosted by an officer for riding his bicycle on the sidewalk in front of our house (our block is three houses wide — he was riding from one end of the block to the other). The officer told my husband, who was home at the time, that our son wasn’t allowed to play on the sidewalk ‘without supervision.’ He had apparently received a call from a ‘concerned citizen’ who had seen him riding."
"Cruz didn’t specify what he didn’t like about how rock responded to the attacks, which the founder of the university where he launched his campaign blamed on ’the pagans and the abortionists and the feminists and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way — all of them who have tried to secularize America.’"
"‘There’s no such thing that Israel spies on the Americans,’ Yaalon said."
It seems we woke up in some strange alternate universe this morning.
I don't know what the squirrel's story is.
Sand is everywhere. It's blowing around in the streets and the sidewalks. It's on the driveways, on the steps, the kitchen floor. It's public sand.
The Department of Public Works spreads it on the streets all winter and keeps a big pile handy for anybody who wants some for their sidewalks or driveways or just to carry around in their cars or trucks. All you need is a bucket to haul some home for yourself.
Pretty soon, now that winter's over, they'll come around with a big machine to sweep it up again.
Where other people have "infrastructure," we have public works. Public works is something people do together—build it, take care of it, share it, and keep it. Infrastructure is something you lease to Taiwan.
Public works is better. Not just the sand, but all of it belongs to us.
"Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails show her concern about the fallout from the 2012 U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya, but the emails Congress has do not suggest that she told American forces responding to the attack to stand down or that she participated in a cover-up about the Obama administration's response, the New York Times reports."
"PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. (AP) — Spring came crashing down on winter weary residents in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa with more than a foot of new snow in some areas."
Bacon hotdogs. No kidding.
I woke up this morning dreaming of a cheeseburger. I don’t even remember the last time I had one. So when I went to the grocery store I had that on my mind, but it’s Monday morning and the meat guys alway start slow. They were still setting things out, and no ground beef to be seen.
So I wandered on down to the end of the bin, or cooler, or whatever you call that place where they put the meat, and that’s when I saw…bacon hotdogs.
Guess what’s for lunch.
"A winter weather advisory is in effect until noon for the entire Chicago area, according to the National Weather Service. The snow is expected to continue falling until about 11 a.m. leave between 2 and 5 inches on the ground."
That’s Chicago. Here it may not snow, but we’re not likely to break 30, thermometerwise. March is not far behind.
*Pop quiz: Who’s he?
"'I am running for president and I hope to earn your support,' the tea party favorite said in a Twitter message posted just after midnight on Monday."
On the other hand, maybe next year the pols could have their debates on Twitter: That might actually be an improvement.