Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Blogging Break

I'm taking a break for a while. I've got a lot of work ahead of me, the election is over, and the holidays are coming. I will be back sometime after the first of the year.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Oops, got that wrong.

What a shocking loss. Depressing even. It is going to be interesting to see how this sorts out. I guess the base deserted the party. Or maybe the elected Republicans deserted the base.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Dems will take neither house on tuesday

My Election Predictions are this. The Democrats will make gains on Tuesday, but will fail to gain control in either house. I've read most of the national polls, and looked at a lot of the polls in the local elections. One common thread is that almost
every one of them polled 5-10% heavy on the democrat side. This willskue the polls. The polls have been wrong on every election I can remember of late.

My second prediction is this: If they do fail to take the House and
Senate, get ready for vote challenges and lawsuits everywhere. TheMSM has been proclaiming the dems the victors for weeks, and when they loose, they will naturally think that it was stolen.

I really believe this will be a real ugly one.

Friday, November 03, 2006

The new Blogger Beta

I love this. I've been building a new personal blog (not public yet) with Google's new version of Blogger called Blogger in Beta. I've checked out other services like TypePad, but I like the simplicity and ease of use of blogger. I always wanted some other features like topics, and now Blogger has it. what's really cool though is the page elements tab in the template section. Just clik and drag the widget you want to add and it will add it. Building your side bar is easy also. Choose the widget called "list of links," drag it to the location you want it and voila. You can name it, for example "Conservative Oregon Blogs " and use a wizard to add each link, choose how you want it ordered and you have your blog roll. It's really cool, check it out.

As you may have noticed, my link list isn't up yet. When you migrate your blog, any thing manually coaded in to your blog doesn't migrate, so save a copy of your old template, so you can add page elements containing your links and buttons(Orblogs, sitemeters etc.) later. I will do so tomarrow.

Shame on the owner of the Columbia Village Apartments in Fairview

So I'm watching KOIN 6 news tonight and for the second day in a row they are running a story about the Columbia Village Apartments in Fairview, owned by Brett Lawrance. The roof callapsed and has six low income families living literally with no roof. Water is pooring in through light fixtures (still turned on), standing water on the floors, couches and beds soaking wet. They showed a toddler splashing in the water on the carpet.

Now being involved in construction I fully understand weather related catastrophies, maybe not the roofer's (it looks like there is no framing to put a roof on), but the report says that the owner has not responded to phone calls from the tenants or the news crews. For two days - nothing.

Sunday is the 5th, most landlords consider the rent late by then, I bet he'll swing by wondering were the money is.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

My Thoughts on the Kerry flap

I'm not going to go through the whole series of events, it's been blogged well by HughHewitt, Instapundit, and many others. I just want to make a few observations.

1) John Kerry did infer a lack of education or smarts on the part of our soldiers. No debate, it's a fact. Here's the comment.
"You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and do your homework, and make an effort to be smart, uh, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq."
That was no mangled joke. It was a candid moment. He grew up privileged in an era were the comment was true. Remember that he only joined the Navy after it became clear that he was not going to get another education deference from the draft.

2) It is important. Here's a little background on why it matters. It is a great example of how many people from his party think about the military. Remember Jack Murtha.

3) It shows us that we really did make the correct choice in 2004. In his first explanation, he claimed that he was trying to make a joke about The President. Well if you are going to talk about education, let's be honest. President Bush got better grades at Yale than Senator Kerry. He then went on to get an MBA at Harvard Business School - no easy feat. And probably more telling, He beat you in 2004 didn't he Senator.

4) While we're on the subject of smarts, you would think that someone as smart as Mr. Kerry holds himself out to be, and the most recent Presidential Nominee representing your party, trying to run the table in an election next week, would be smart enough not to give the Republicans anything to remind the voters of the type of people who would be in charge of the House and Senate if they win. The republicans main message is "no matter what the problem, Palossi, Reid, Kerry & Hillary can not be the answer. The recent condescending arrogance from Kerry is a great reminder of this.

The only question I have is "how can somebody with his head so far up his butt get his foot in his mouth so often?"