Friday, January 10, 2014

filling in gaps

i'll write throughout the day when gaps allow ...

one and only mention:  my mom's circling the drain.  

over on the WSJ's Marketplace site, some guy named Darrell Delamaide wrote this sentence:  Far from being a bold agent of change or the transformational president he has consulted with presidential historians about being, Obama has as a result presided over a rudderless, ineffectual economic policy that falls far short of progressive priorities of reducing unemployment and improving the lot of the working class.  he's my literary hero.  inside a sentence stating his opinion, he tucked a dependent clause that cut like shears through silk.  outstanding work.  here's the link.

global warming update:  The Coast Guard said it was the earliest the ice had frozen here [the Great Lakes] since the 1930s.  hunh.  i bought and stacked another cord of wood last night.

report reads that about 4 in 10 american households have at least one gun.  let's see ... assume that 1 in 10 households are criminals.  that leaves a 2 out of 3 chance that an armed burglary will be met with "please don't hurt me" rather than the sweet smell of gunpowder.  no wonder crime continues.  my house?  trained shooters and weapons from three directions.  best of luck.

ouch:  More terrible economic news hit the struggling American people today when the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that only 74,000 jobs were created in December, the fewest number in five years. The unemployment rate dropped from 7% to 6.7%, but that is due only to the disheartening fact that 525,000 of the unemployed stopped looking for work. As a result, the labor force participation rate dropped to its lowest point since 1978. comparing obama to jimmy carter is highly insulting to mr. carter.

use gmail?  go to settings (the gear looking thing close to the top on the right).  read through the first page. see this? "Email via Google+:"  change the drop-down box to read "No one" then go to the bottom of the page to save the change.  fricking idiot google.  leaving this wondrous new feature at the default will allow just about anyone to type only your name and be able to send you an email even if you never communicated with them, never wanted to, and never gave them your e-address.

"polar vortex" sounds so cool as the reason for the northern cold snap.  people can't stop using the phrase.  the problem, i understand, is that the polar vortex has nothing to do with it.  the jet stream has slowed for a bit thus allowing the cold air to drop south. gotta love catchy phrases, though.

need to git!

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