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2012 August 02 — Why Now?
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A Note To Local Candidates

Here’s the deal: I live in a specific voting precinct. That precinct is located in specific districts for county, state, and Federal officials. If someone is running in a different district, I don’t get to vote for them. This is why you have to notify the Supervisor of Elections when you move.

The thing is, if you are trying to convince me that you are going to be really careful with public funds, why are you wasting your campaign funds sending flyers to people who can’t vote for you?

When you get the mailing list from the Supervisor of Elections officer I’m certain that the number of the precinct is included, and it is simple to find out what precincts are in the district of the office for which you are running, so why aren’t you limiting your mailing to those precincts?

I have flyers for candidates from every county commission district except the one that represents me. They are all telling be they are small business owners who know the value of money and will fight ‘wasteful’ spending, as they waste money sending me an expensive four-color, glossy card stock flyer.

August 2, 2012   Comments Off on A Note To Local Candidates

Wiggins Wins Again

UK cyclist Bradley Wiggins followed up his win on the Tour de France by taking Olympic gold in the men’s times trial cycling event.

After months of intensive training for Le Tour and the Olympics, Wiggins chose to celebrate by getting rip-roaring drunk with a group of friends and tweeted his pub crawl. Given his commitments to Team Sky, he won’t be able to do that again any time soon.

He created a another bit of controversy in cycling when he was asked about cyclist helmets following the death of cyclist in a traffic accident near the Olympics venue. Wiggins thinks that people should wear helmets, have lights, and concentrate on traffic without iPods when riding around London. If you had been in as many accidents as Wiggins, with the scars and broken bones to prove it, you would favor helmets too. There are a lot of riders who hate helmets, so the matter isn’t easily resolved.

While cyclists occasionally do stupid things, most accidents involving two-wheeled vehicles [with and without engines] are primarily caused by car and truck drivers not seeing the cycles.

On a lighter note, Boris Johnson, the mayor of London has has once again shown the form that makes him the favorite politician among Britain’s comedy writers. To see what I mean, type ‘boris johnson falls’ into a search engine.

August 2, 2012   6 Comments

Tropical Storm Ernesto – Day 2

Tropical Storm ErnestoPosition: 13.4N 58.3W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [275°] near 22 mph [35 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Wind Gusts: 65mph [105 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 115 miles [185 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1005 mb ↓.

Currently about 80 miles [ 130 km] East of Barbados.

No major adjustments to the forecast or the track other than an increase in speed of movement which will take the system through the Antilles late Thursday, early Friday as a tropical storm.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Barbados, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Dominica, St Lucia, Martinique, and Guadeloupe.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Grenada and its dependencies.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

August 2, 2012   1 Comment