Daily Archives: November 2, 2012

Joe Biden: the most honest man in Washington

I’m so ashamed

First came his admission that ‘bama had buried the middle class, today he fessed up to how sorry he is to have ever gotten involved with the man. “There’s never been a day in the past four years I’ve been proud to be his Vice President”.

I could begin to like this guy.


“You need to take a vacation!” the host told the vice president of the United States.

“Well, I’m going to take a vacation about three days after this election is over,” Biden revealed. “That’s what they told me.”

Yeltsin and Obama have a nice Siberian dacha already picked out.


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What good, political considerations aside, could this possibly do?

Obama orders millions of gallons of fuel to be distributed in northeast.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is ordering the purchase of up to 12 million gallons of unleaded fuel and up to 10 million gallons of diesel fuel for distribution in areas impacted by Superstorm Sandy to supplement private sector efforts.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday that President Barack Obama has directed the Defense Logistics Agency to handle the purchase of the fuel. It will be transported by tanker trucks and distributed throughout New York, New Jersey and other communities impacted by the storm.

The current gasoline shortage afflicting our area is caused by lack of electricity to pump it and not because of a shortage of fuel itself. When the power comes back on, the “crisis” will end. Nothing Obama or any other politician may order will hasten that day. There’s no indication whatsoever that the distribution system devised by non-governmental entities has failed or isn’t working; in fact, we need less governmental interference, not more of it, as evidenced by the EPA being forced to suspend its “winter gas” requirements for the duration so that gasoline could get to regions that need it.

So why is Obama intruding now? Four more days.


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Four more years?

Hopelessness and change, the Obama way


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Since most people die in bed, why not just sleep on your couch?

Eschewing such a simple solution, gazillionaires are building 40,000 sq.ft. bunkers, according to the Wall Street Journal, safe from nuclear attack, hurricanes and halitosis.  Whereupon they’ll get into their private jet and fly it into a mountain.

Oh well.


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Well by definition ….


And I’ll drive the short bus!

Feeble minded encouraged to vote for Obama


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Canadians save our bacon

One of the Super Mario Bros. was just (2:20) getting off I-95 and espied this truck near the Greenwich train station. Hooray!

Live, from Quebec!


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Ask for me tomorrow and you shall find me a grave man

Should we bury our power lines?

Popular Mechanics has a good article on the subject here. Pros and cons (the cons being mostly the expense) but you’ll get a good understanding  of the issues involved, I believe.

It can be somewhat affordable to use underground power cables when you’re starting from scratch; developers building new housing tracts can install buried power cables alongside fiberoptics lines and water systems.

But retrofitting is much pricier. “If you’re talking about a built environment where the lines are already up and you’d have to dig through peoples’ lawns and driveways, it becomes prohibitively expensive,” Garvin says.

For example, in a new suburban neighborhood, installing ordinary overhead power lines costs about $194,000 per mile on average. Installing underground power lines would cost $571,000 per mile. And to retrofit an older suburban neighborhood with underground lines, the costs climb up to an average of $724,000 per mile.

For high-voltage transmission lines—the thick cables typically slung between towers that carry electricity across long distances—new underground installations can cost as much as $23 million per mile. Those costs get deflected to the consumer.

Buried lines are no protection against floods, so Old Greenwich would have gone dark regardless, but the rest of the town would be sitting pretty today if our system were immune from falling trees. While I don’t see how we could afford to do this, the PM article closes with a quote from a Swiss source who points out that his country put its lines underground decades ago and wonders why on (in?) earth we don’t do the same. Probably because there’s nothing sexy about a politician standing in front of a ditch digger, but there you have it.


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