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Thursday, December 30, 2010
These are the fireworks I'll miss in Amsterdam. I'll also miss the fireworks in Minneapolis. Not because I'm sleeping, but because I'll be somewhere enroute to Amsterdam when each of them happen. So for that reason, I just want to wish my vast readership an early Happy and Blessed New Year and Best Wishes for 2011!!!
How could such a thing happen? Obviously, the weather has something to do with it. It's something that happens this time of year. But another cause that's not being mentioned is the US Government. It's called the Passenger Bill of Rights. Due to the PBOR and irregardless of the weather, airlines are required to limit the amount of time passengers are stuck on a airplane without either taking off or parking at the gate. (There is no time limit for being stuck in the terminal.) These times are monitored by the government and, if not complied with, the airlines are assessed huge fines. So what was the result? With the storm predictions looming and arrival/departure delays sure to happen, the airlines simply pre-cancelled thousands of flights in order to avoid having to pay possible fines (in addition to safety considerations, etc.) And be advised, the airlines warned Congress that a situation just like this would arise if they went through with the PBOR. Of course, Congress knows best.
Let me ask you this. If you had the choice of being stuck at Newark International Airport for days awaiting a flight or being stuck on a airplane for 4 hours awaiting take off, which would YOU take? It's just another example of the Law of Unintended Consequences when it comes to government meddling in private enterprise.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
James Clapper, the United States National Intelligence Director did not know about one of the largest counter-terrorism busts ever that occurred last week in Great Britain. The White House Intelligence advisor (oxymoron?), James Brennan, had to brief Clapper after being asked about the bust during an interview with Diane Sawyer. This guy is THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE ADVISOR!!!! There are only two scenarios I can come up with to explain this: 1. The Obama administration is CLUELESS when it comes to counter-terrorism. 2. The United States is no longer communicating with Great Britain (or fellow administration staffers) on counter-intelligence. Personally, I believe both are true. Obama has a bunch of buffoons advising him on intelligence and the world knows it. That's why the United States National Intelligence Director has to be informed about one of the most significant terrorist busts since 9/11 by a reporter. We will all suffer the consequences of this administration and their 9/10 attitude about the War on Terror. Reprehensible!
Monday, December 20, 2010
I'm thinking this game between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears at the University of Minnesota's outdoor TCF stadium may definitely be worth watching. Why? Because the Twin Cities will be under a winter storm warning. What's that mean? It means 4-7 inches of snow during the game. Should be fun to watch. My prediction? Chicago 56, Minnesota 3.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Around 12:30 a.m., Mark Gaasedelen said his neighbor, Duane Delegard, came over to his house, covered in soot and was frantic.
Gaasedelen said Delegard had crawled out of a second-story window to get out of the burning house. He was not able to get to his wife, Anita.
Firefighters searched through the morning and they were able to find her remains in the basement of the house where the fire started.
Assistant Chief Darrell Todd said the home was engulfed when firefighters arrived and it was too hot for firefighters to enter the house.
We used to live 2 houses away. Mark Gaasedelen was our next door neighbor. Duane and Anita were/are in their late 60s or early 70s. If I recall correctly, Anita was a smoker.
Monday, December 13, 2010
During this snowstorm on Saturday, I was saying to Debbie and Clay I've never seen a snowstorm like this in my 31 years of living in Minnesota. The media was saying afterwards that it was the 5th worst storm in Minnesota history. What they don't highlight is the amount of snow that fell in such a short period of time - 18 inches in 20 hours! That's never happened before - thus the collapse of the dome. I have a feeling we've seen the last game played at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The Vikings have been pushing hard for a new stadium and if they don't get one soon, I think in the near future they'll be called the Los Angeles Vikings. Should be interesting . . .