Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Star Trek - The Original Series Season 1 Episode 1: The Man Trap

Star date 1513.1

They use the transporter right away. The sacrificial red shirt is actually wearing a blue shirt. McCoy's first "He's dead Jim", only I didn't hear the "he's". Uhura flirting with Spock. Pistol style phasers. Salt monster who shape shifts.

Star date 1513.4

Another 2 sacrificial red shirts..only one's wearing a blue shirt and the other a gold shirt We get a "He's dead", no 'Jim" this time. Hmm...why couldn't they tell one of them was an alien when they beamed back up? The first appearances of Yeoman Rand and Sulu. Another dead guy, this one on the ship and wearing some weird uniform.

Star date 1513.8

They're using the communicators like flip phones. Apparently something happens between now and star date 1513 that wipes out the buffalo. First mention of warp speed.

2 "he's dead Jim"s (sort of)

4 dead crewmen


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Richard Nixon

Could someone remind me again why the Democrats hate Nixon so much, and why he was so evil? Hell if he had a "D" after his name instead of an "R", the Democrats would be trying to get his face on Mt. Rushmore.

Nixon normalized relations with Communist China. Surely the Democrats were/are happy about that.

Nixon ended the Vietnam War and the draft. Surely the Democrats were/are happy about that.

Nixon began detente with the Soviet Union, and signed the first strategic arms limitation treaty with them. Surely the Democrats were/are happy about that.

Nixon imposed wage and price controls on the U.S. economy. Surely the Democrats were/are happy about that.

Nixon took us off the gold standard. Surely the Democrats were/are happy about that.

Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency. Surely the Democrats were/are happy about that.




Friday, January 08, 2016

National Debt

Jan 4 1993        $4.167 trillion

The U.S. national debt is $4.167 trillion dollars. There is a Democratic president and a Democratic congress.

Jan 4 1994         $4.514 trillion  (+$347 billion)

The U.S. national debt is $4.514 trillion. The debt increases by $347 billion under Clinton and a Democrat congress. There is a Democratic president and a Democratic congress.

Jan 4 1995         $4.801 trillion (+ $287 billion)

The U.S. national debt is $4.801 trillion. The debt increases by $287 billion under Clinton and a Democrat congress. There is a Democratic president, but the Republicans take control of both houses of congress.

Jan 4 1996         $4.988 trillion  (+ 187 billion)

The U.S. national debt is $4.988 trillion. The debt increases by $187 billion under Clinton and a Republican congress. There is a Democratic president and a Republican congress.

Jan 4 1997         $5.305 trillion   (+$317 billion)

The U.S. national debt is $5.305 trillion. The debt increases by $317 billion under Clinton and a Republican congress. There is a Democratic president and a Republican congress.

Jan 4 1998         $5.502 trillion  (+ $197 billion)

The U.S. national debt is $5.502 trillion. The debt increases by $197 billion under Clinton and a Republican congress. There is a Democratic president and a Republican congress.

Jan 4 1999          $5.606 trillion  (+ $104 billion)

The U.S. national debt is $5.606 trillion. The debt increases by $104 billion under Clinton and a Republican congress.  There is a Democratic president and a Republican congress.

Jan 4, 2000           $5.758 trillion  (+ $152 billion)

The U.S. national debt is $5.758 trillion. The debt increases by $152 billion under Clinton and a Republican congress.  There is a Democratic president and a Republican congress.

Jan 4 2001          $5.719 trillion   (- $39 billion)

The U.S. national debt is $5.719 trillion. The debt decreases by $39 billion under Clinton and a Republican congress.  Bush is elected president, the Republicans control the House, The Senate is  Republican half the year and then Democratic. The War on Terror begins.

Jan 4 2002         $5.921 trillion   (+$207 billion)

The U.S. national debt is $5.921 trillion. The debt increases by $207 billion under Bush and a split congress.  There is a Republican president and a split congress.  The Republicans control the House, the Senate is under Democratic control.

Jan 4 2003       $6.382 trillion  (+$461 billion)

The U.S. national debt is $6.382 trillion. The debt increases by $461 billion under Bush and a split congress.  There is a Republican president and a Republican  congress.  The Republicans take back control of the Senate.

Jan 4 2004        $6.981 trillion   (+599 billion)

The U.S. national debt is $6.981 trillion. The debt increases by $599 billion under Bush and a Republican congress.  There is a Republican president and a Republican  congress.

Jan 4, 2005        $7,601 trillion  (+ $620 billion)

The U.S. national debt is $7.601 trillion. The debt increases by $620 billion under Bush and a Republican congress.  There is a Republican president and a Republican  congress.

Jan 4, 2006           $8.165 trillion   (+$564 billion)

The U.S. national debt is $8.165 trillion. The debt increases by $564 billion under Bush and a Republican congress.  There is a Republican president and a Republican  congress.

Jan 4, 2007             $8.607 trillion   (+ $505 billion)

The U.S. national debt is $8.607 trillion. The debt increases by $505 billion under Bush and a Republican congress.  There is a Republican president and a Democratic  congress. The Democrats take control of both houses of Congress.

Jan 4, 2008         $9.197 trillion   (+ $590 billion)


The U.S. national debt is $9.197 trillion. The debt increases by $590 billion under Bush and a Democratic congress.  There is a Republican president and a Democratic  congress.

Jan 4, 2009        $10.627 trillion       (+1.430 trillion)

The U.S. national debt is $10.627 trillion. The debt increases by $1.430 trillion under Bush and a Democratic congress.  Obama is elected president and the Democrats retain control of congress. there is a Democratic president and a Democratic Congress.

Jan 4, 2010          $12.290 trillion     (+$1.663 trillion)

The U.S. national debt is $12.290 trillion. The debt increases by $1.663 trillion under Obama and a Democratic congress. There is a Democratic president and a Democratic congress.

Jan 4, 20011          $14.014 trillion   (+$1.724 trillion)

The U.S. national debt is $14.014 trillion. The debt increases by $1.724 trillion under Obama and a Democratic congress. There is a Democratic president and a split congress. The Republicans took control of the House.

Jan 4, 2012           $15.236 trillion    (+$ 1.222 trillion)

The U.S. national debt is $15.236 trillion. The debt increases by $1.222 trillion under Obama and a split congress. There is a Democratic president and a split congress.

Jan 4, 2013           $16.432 trillion    (+$1.196 trillion)

The U.S. national debt is $16.432 trillion. The debt increases by $1.196 trillion under Obama and a split congress. There is a Democratic president and a split congress.

Jan 4 2014             $17.308 trillion       (+ $876 billion)

The U.S. national debt is $16.432 trillion. The debt increases by $876 billion under Obama and a split congress. There is a Democratic president and a split congress.

Jan 4, 2015            $18.080 trillion       (+$772 billion)

The U.S. national debt is $18.080 trillion. The debt increases by $772 billion under Obama and a split congress. There is a Democratic president and a split congress.

Jan 4, 2016            $18.900 trillion         (+$820 billion)

The U.S. national debt is $18.900 trillion. The debt increases by $820 billion under Obama and a split congress.


So since 1993:

There have been  7 years with a Democratic president and a Republican congress. The deficit averaged $248 billion during these years. (6 years of Clinton, 1 year of Obama) The only year with no deficit was one of these.

There have been 2 years with a Republican president and a split congress. The deficit averaged $334 billion per year.

There have been 4 years with a Republican president and a Republican congress. The deficit averaged $572 billion a year.

There have been 4 years with a Democratic president and a Democratic congress. The deficit averaged 1.005 trillion a year.

There have been 2 years with a Republican president and a Democratic congress. The deficit averaged 1.010 trillion a year.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

For the record

I've posted the following assertions on Facebook, and they've actually been challenged.

OK..just for the record:
Human History goes back 5,500 years.
Civilization goes back about 6,000 years.
The current interglacial period (or global warming) began somewhere between 10,000 and 15,000 years ago.
So throughout all of human history, all of human civilization, global warming has been occurring.
Modern humans first appeared about 200,000 years ago.
The current ice age (that we are in an interglacial period of) began two and a half million years ago.
So all of human existence has occurred in an ice age.
Which 5,000 year period...hell what fifty year period of human existence would you prefer to live in?
Life has gotten infinitely better for humanity the warmer the earth has gotten.
I will spend a couple of posts providing my argument for each of my assertions.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Superman

I am watching the Superman reboot from a few years back on cable. (There is nothing else on) I still don't like the casting of Superman. I hated Lois at first, but she's better the second time around. The revelation for me this time is Costner's Pa Kent. I can't believe I'm typing this, but he's the definitive Pa Kent on film.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

"We Need Help"

"We Need Help", read the hand lettered sign posted at a village in Nepal after the earthquake. I bet they do. But my first thought was...why is this sign written in English? There are half a dozen languages in Nepal, none of them English..so they weren't asking their government or neighbors for help. They weren't asking for help from their Chinese overlords.

They were asking for help from us, America, just like everyone else does when something bad happens to them, whether it is a volcano or Hitler. 

The sick part of it is, six months later they'll be back to talking shit about us.


Saturday, May 02, 2015

Bruce Jenner

Someone asked Rick Santorum about Bruce Jenner today. Since Santorum has a reputation (unfairly in my view) as being a judgemental, holier-than- thou, rightwing Christian I suspect they were hoping for and expecting some juicy condemnation. Instead, Santorum said: .“If he says he’s a woman, then he’s a woman,"

No, he's not. Jenner may feel like a woman, but he is still a man. If he has re-assignment surgery, he will still be a man, just one who has had some pretty drastic plastic surgery.

By the way, according to his second wife, this is not some ratings ploy. She says he actually began transitioning to a woman thirty years ago.