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:

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Going Green

Hybrid Cars
As I continue my search for the perfect hybrid car, I came across Porsche’s entry into the array. OMG! Have you ever seen a more beautiful car? Oof!

Alas, a Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid won’t be sitting in my driveway any time soon – only in my wildest dreams. Porsche is taking the concept car to production at a price of $630,000 – not quite in my price range.

The mid-engined roadster features a 500-horsepower V8 based upon the 3.4-liter engine found in the Porsche RS Spyder race cars. There’s also an electric motor at the front axle and another at the rear; together they put down 218 horsepower.

Porsche says the 918 will do zero to 62mph in less than 3.2 seconds and hit a top speed of 198 mph. It’s supposedly gets 78.4 mpg, but it isn’t clear how Porsche arrived at those figures, which are surely experienced only when using the lightest touch on the accelerator and maximum assist from electricity.

Almost as sexy, a little driving music from Tina Turner –  In Your Wildest Dreams: