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A Power Report

Elayne Riggs reports that her power is finally back on but she is putting off trying to get any gas until things calm down a bit.

Riverdaughter at The Confluence is still without power in New Jersey. There are large trees that have to be removed from major supply lines before there is any hope of restoration. The downed trees are also blocking roads. She has a generator, but getting gas for it is not easy. The local stations are not being resupplied yet, and those that have power are running out of fuel.

Decades of ignoring the infrastructure that started in earnest under Reagan are seeing the predicted results. Things are much worse than they need to be because the infrastructure hasn’t been maintained, much less modernized, to withstand a storm like Sandy.

November 5, 2012   6 Comments

Just Vote!

Vote or else

The Republican Party of Florida has used everything they can think of to keep people away from the polls. They have passed laws to restrict early voting, loaded the ballot with amendments to slow down the process, changed the rules for registering to discourage it, created bogus lists to remove eligible voters from the lists, required people to get photo ID cards, etc. ad nauseam. They don’t want you to vote. They don’t believe in elections or the government.

From reading the news I now know that it takes longer to vote in many precincts in Florida that it takes Ayn Rand Paul Ryan to complete a marathon. War and Piece may not be long enough to last the wait in line. You can get gas in NYC in less time than it takes to vote in Miami. This isn’t an attack on the Democrats, this is an attack on democracy.

Voting is not a privilege, it is a RIGHT!

November 5, 2012   2 Comments

Happy Bonfire Night

Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot.

The British are celebrating the anniversary of the thwarting of the Gunpowder Plot.

A group of English Catholic conspirators including an explosives expert, Guy Fawkes, stashed 36 barrels of gunpowder in the basement of the Parliament building with the intent of blowing up the members of Parliament and King James I during the official opening of Parliament on November 5th, 1605.

Bonfire Night is celebrated with bonfires and fireworks. Effigies of Guy Fawkes, and occasionally the Pope, are traditionally thrown on the fires. Effigies of modern politicians have made their appearances at the celebration.

As Robert Cecil was involved, I doubt anyone will ever know the truth about the plot.

[Editor’s Note: at this point in the US I doubt you could put together a jury that would convict anyone for wanting to blow-up Congress. IMHO, if ‘None of the above’ was added to US ballots, more people would vote.]

November 5, 2012   Comments Off on Happy Bonfire Night