1. Let’s allocate and spend more money ($80K a year to fund staff and a database — no estimates on how much to enforce and inspect people for compliance with it) to create a new class of substance known as “medical marijuana”. I mean if it is medical we can treat it like any other drug, right? Nope,
2. Let’s reduce tax on cigarettes so young people can more easily afford to start smoking. Not like we need the money if we have plenty to burn on weed.
3. Let’s keep don’t have a reasonable gas tax. No need to reduce our dependance on oil or be more efficient in our cars or habits. The roads don’t need repair and the bridges probably won’t fall down for a few more years.
4. How about bring back a casino? Two thirds of the people are for it. Free money, right? Nope, Live Free but don’t gamble.
- styptic pencil
- fruit stones
- “Phensics” & “Eno’s” - Phensic tablets contain two active ingredients, aspirin and caffeine - http://thequackdoctor.com/index.php/enos-fruit-salt/
- Invecctor (p 65)
In 2008 I voted for Obama. I didn’t really believe the “Hope and Change” (aka Unicorns and Rainbows) but it was nice to hope for a change anyway. And at the time the alternative included Sarah Palin so there wasn’t much of a choice.
Now in 2012 I find that I am disappointed in Obama as president. He doesn’t seem to stand for anything since Obamacare. Here are a few examples.
Every candidate promises things that they don’t follow through once elected. Some are minor, some are not. The ones that stick with me are closing Gitmo and ending the wars. But you say he ended the Iraq war! Not really. It was over before he took office and they pretty much followed the schedule they had under Bush. And yes, the troops mostly left but they were replaced by about 15,000 mercenaries (“security contractors” like Blackwater).
If you don’t know about this let the ACLU summarize:
On December 31, 2011, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), codifying indefinite military detention without charge or trial into law for the first time in American history. The NDAA’s dangerous detention provisions would authorize the president — and all future presidents — to order the military to pick up and indefinitely imprison people captured anywhere in the world, far from any battlefield.
To me a president will stand up for what he believes and hopefully look out for the American people. Obama didn’t do either. Here is what Obama said at the time:
The fact that I support this bill as a whole does not mean I agree with everything in it. In particular, I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspected terrorists.
The idea is to build some big pipeline bring oil from Canada to refineries in Louisiana. Republicans tend to favor it (jobs, cheap gas, drill baby drill!) while democrats are concerned about the environmental impact. The State Department has to approve it since it crosses national boundaries. Very simple: approve or deny, right? What does Obama do? Delay the decision for six months. When the time for a decision comes, yup, let’s put off the decision for another year (after the elections).
There are a lot of conspiracy theories about how it was set up and Obama was watching live video while it happened. I don’t really buy into it (they had live audio but the video was only recovered later apparently). When it it happened Obama and the State Department was very vocal in denying it was terrorism on the anniversary of 9/11. He was very clearly linking it to a youtube video with some saying he was apologizing for the first amendment in the US. His response or lack of a response just looks weak to the world and Middle East in particular.
And what is with Hilary standing up and taking the heat for it? Obama should have stood up and taken responsibility himself. Letting Hilary do it makes him look even weaker.
No, not a soccer match up. I just wanted to compare my experiences. We spent about ten days in Barcelona and loved it. We reduced the Madrid portion from three to two days to drop Segovia off he itinerary. Segovia was supposed to be a bus or tourist bus from Madrid to visit the aqueduct and city but after we saw the aqueduct in Tarragona we decided that was good enough.
So back to the question at hand, did we shortchange Madrid? Is Madrid worth visiting? For me one of the primary goals of the trip was to visit the Prado which we did today. So we had to visit Madrid. I also enjoyed seeing the Palace and Plaza Mayor.
Here are some of the differences:
- Madrid is larger and more urban.
- Barcelona has the sea.
- More police in Madrid.
- Madrid has the Prado and other major art museums
- Barcelona is more art (Gaudi house, etc)
- It is harder to find agua con gas (hostal owner told me this)
- Barcelona has Spanish and Catalan making language a little more confusing at times.
I think all in all you would not miss too much if you visited Barcelona and not Madrid. The overall experience of the shops and sights is similar.
So a guy takes his dead cat and builds it into a remote control quadrotor helicopter.
A little funny and a lot creepy. Perfect for a meme!
Inspired this on (umm, I can’t find it — will update when I can) picture I saw on FB I created this one:
So now it’s your turn! I did the work for you, just download the image below of Orville with the background already ‘shopped out. Go ahead and use it for your own pics. If you need some image editing software then bring out the GIMP!
I want to have some connectivity and make some calls while traveling so I was looking at getting a prepaid phone SIM card. My Motorola Photon is a “world” phone and has the GSM radios for Europe and a slot for a SIM card. With holidayphone.com I got 2GB of data and 5 euro of calling time. Incoming calls are free! They also will forward calls from the US for free (for a few hours anyway).
I got the card this week I am excited to see how it works!
My normal data usage is about 3GB a month so 2 for 2 weeks should be pretty good for uploading pictures.
This isn’t an itinerary, it is more of a list of goals or ideas.
Here is the link to the atrix dock:
A simple modification and it works with the Photon and other newer batwing phones. If I have a case on it I can use extender cables. Interesting to note that the new “universal” dock only has cables. This makes it more useful and less exposed to damage. It looks neat but I don’t think the dock-behind-the-screen approach is as practical. Too bad the new dock is thicker, smaller screen and looks cheaper.
General Awesome Site:
Bars and Tapas in Barcelona
Xampanyet C. Montcada 22 (Cava)
Quarte Gats Pl. Montsio 3
Jamboree Pl Reial
Casa Almirall C. Joaquim Costa 33 (Absiente)
Barcelona: Via sepulcral romana
A geocache at a Roman site:
South of Barcelona: Tarragona Amphitheatre
Madrid: The Prado
Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights. Enough said.
Empúries Roman Settlement
Ampurias - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp%C3%BAries
Madrid: Royal Palace
Segovia: Aqueduct and Castle
Amazing Roman aqueduct. Also excellent castle.
Cardona: Salt Mountain and Castle
Magic salt rock (From Salt book introduction)
Here are some good pictures. But how do I get there?