Merry Christmas to All

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Peace on Earth

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day; their old familiar carols play, and wild and sweet the word repeat of peace on earth, good-will to men!”
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Enjoy Casting Crowns – I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day:

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Winter Weather

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Baby It’s Cold Outside
For the past few months we’ve had some pretty extreme weather all over the planet. Europe has been getting slammed with wind, rain and snow, India is getting hit with one cyclone after another, the U.S. has had its share of freezing weather and Brazil is preparing for more mudslides.

NASA recently released studies explaining the sun as the driving force of climates on the earth and the other planets in our solar system. The current solar cycle, with few sunspots and a reduced magnetic field, is the weakest in 100 years. Low solar activity has a profound effect on the Earth’s atmosphere.

NASA scientists have also discovered large breaches in the earth’s magnetosphere that have allowed solar wind particles to enter the earth’s atmosphere so we should expect more dramatic swings in our weather patterns.

According to Dr. Neil Hutton, director of Friends of Science:
“The geomagnetic activity of earth and that of the sun are interrelated and their interplay also affects climate. Theoretically, a weaker solar magnetic field could allow the penetration of more cosmic rays which directly affect cloud cover and climate. This has been demonstrated by the recently completed CLOUD experiment at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.”

In other words, we are going into a “little ice age.”

The Little Ice Age from about 1500 to 1850, was also preceded by low sunspot activity. During that time, cooler temperatures, more clouds and more rain caused massive crop failures all across Europe, which led to famines and wars.

Anyway, winters are getting colder and summers are getting warmer. The earth’s climate is always changing and it makes more sense for us to adjust to the changes rather than listen to the global warming wackos in tin foil hats that want to change the universe to accommodate Earth. I’m sure the alarmists can figure out ways to make money from a new ice age.

In the meantime enjoy Lady Gaga and Joseph Gordon-Levitt with their interesting version of – Baby It’s Cold Outside:

Road Trip

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Driving Through Flyover Country
Watching the weather reports of the cold front moving down from Canada into Texas brings thoughts of the great weather we had on our road trip to Austin a couple of months ago.

It’s always nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of the coast and head into the wide open spaces of the southwestern desert. Some places are exactly as they were 20 years ago and some places belie what travel will be like in the future. In California and Arizona we have security check points now. Cars and truck funnel through a gauntlet of cameras aimed at every angle possible to scan the front, back and side of each vehicle and the passengers inside. It might be fun to wear one of those fake noses with a mustache just to mess with the facial recognition cameras.

The only problem we had on the road was getting a flat tire just outside of Lordsburg, New Mexico. A nice fellow on a motorcycle on his way to Waco stopped to help Floyd change the tire. Other than that, we had a great time at the lake, the Tommy Bahama outlet store, Cabela’s sporting goods store and the new barbecue joint we found. Life is good.

Time to start planning our next road trip.

Enjoy some southern rock by JJ Grey & Mofro – Brighter Days:

The beautiful photo of Guadalupe River State Park is by Laura Vu.

The New Economy

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No Dollar Left Behind
We all know that Janet Yellen will be the next Chairperson of the Fed. Larry Summers was Obama’s original pick for the position but he brings too much baggage to the table. Maybe because he would fall asleep in the President’s cabinet meetings (above photo) or maybe, as President of Harvard, he stated that the underrepresentation of female scientists at top universities may be in part due to natural differences between men and women. Who knows. Anyway, Yellen will be promoting “Sleepy” Summers ideas.

Last week at the IMF meeting in Washington, Summers said the Federal Reserve, by keeping interest rates at zero, simply isn’t doing enough to stimulate the economy, so the next step should be to apply “negative interest rates” on all savings accounts. Larry’s talking 2 to 3 percent adjusted for inflation.

In other words, everyone with a savings account, pension fund or IRA will pay interest to the banks for the privilege of allowing them use our money! But wait, it gets better. To make sure we don’t simply take our money out of the banks and hide it under the mattress, Summers wants to eliminate physical money and create a cashless society. That way the Fed will be able to skim take their cut off the top before you have a chance to see it. No saving allowed.

Saving is now considered hoarding and the only way to stimulate the economy is for everyone to spend everything they earn. Savers have to share the wealth. Welcome to Marxism. More at The Daily Reckoning.

In the meantime enjoy a blast from the past.
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising:

Politics: The 51st State

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If at First You Don’t Secede
Colorado is one of the most beautiful places on earth. From the Rocky Mountains to the wide open Great Plains. From the beginning, people moved there to enjoy nature and be left alone, which is easy to do since the entire state has fewer people than the City of Los Angeles.

So why do the folks in the northern part of the state want to secede? Simple. A millionairess named Pat Stryker who bought herself some slimy politicians to do her bidding with the current administration. If you want a shot at lucrative government contracts and loans, you apply plenty of grease to the palms of strategically placed politicians. Stryker made contributions to her politicians of choice through a tax exempt 527 organization which has no limit on funds used for campaigns. See: How the Dems won Colorado.

In one election Colorado went from a conservative state to a big government, lefty state. When you only have a little more than 5 million people, and the majority live in Denver and the hippie-haven of Boulder, it doesn’t take a lot of money. Unions can always be bought off. Always. Hippies will always vote as far left as possible because the farther left the politician, the more free stuff they get courtesy of the taxpayers. The ranchers in the north have no need for union employees or hippies.

Anyway, the spending scheme paid off big time for Pat. She got $400 million for her now failed “green energy” firm, Abound Solar, that cost the taxpayers $70 million. Funny how so many solar companies that got millions from the Federal government are now defunct.

The folks up north, who just want to be left alone, don’t like being forced to pay for hippies, illegals, failed solar energy companies, or any other corrupt schemes. The only way they can do it at this time is to secede. Will they be able to do it? Dunno. They’ll need a few more folks to balance the next vote.

The only problem I see is if we do get a 51st state, where do we put the extra star on the flag?

Enjoy the one and only Tina Turner – River Deep Mountain High:

Travel

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The Boeing 747
The iconic plane that made it’s debut at the Paris Air Show in 1969 is still the favorite of intercontinental travelers. The unique-looking jumbo jet revolutionized air travel as the first airliner to carry more than 500 passengers – almost double the capacity of the DC-8 and 707. Even with the increased number of travelers, flying was still glamorous and fun on the jumbo jets.

The new 747 is reminiscent of those days when you stepped on board and it felt like you were walking onto a small cruise ship. To the left was first class, to the right was economy and in the middle was the curved staircase leading up to a first class seating area. That was the best! Oh dear, I’m dating myself.

Although it still looks almost the same with its famous 1st class hump, the plane is lighter, more fuel-efficient and has all the electronic bells and whistles on the interior that we all expect.

Lufthansa, is already flying 6 of the planes out of Frankfurt to several U.S cities as well as the lucrative Frankfurt/Hong Kong route.

In fact, the White House is considering replacing the current Air Force 1 with a new 747-8. The only problem I see with the current Apple-loving administration is that the software used on the plane is Microsoft. Maybe there will be an iPlane in the future. Ya’ never know.

In the meantime enjoy Sugar Ray – Fly: