Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Pelosi Saving Planet - No Success today b/c Earthquake hits LA

If these people like Pelosi and all of the left-wing, liberal people who believe we're so smart & so arrogant... couldn't they insist that an earthquake not happen?!?! I think they should be able too - don't you! They can't ... but Pelosi is trying!


Friday, July 25, 2008

Engadget: According to the oracle-like superbrains at J. Gold Associates, Google's Android OS and Nokia's Symbian will "combine to provide a single op


According to the oracle-like superbrains at J. Gold Associates, Google's Android OS and Nokia's Symbian will "combine to provide a single open source OS," sometime in the very near future... say, three to six months. Sure, Android is just about to launch on devices in late 2008, and Nokia just announced in June that it will be moving Symbian towards open source -- and of course the two companies have no formal relationship that would come close to permitting such a collaboration. Still, J. Gold assures us this is happening, stating, "A combination of the Android and Symbian efforts would be good for the industry, good for Google and good for Symbian." In related news, we understand a handful of similar mergers are in the offing: Linksys and Belkin, Red Hat and Ubuntu, Engadget and Gizmodo, and the inevitable one-two punch of Coke and Pepsi.

ET Phones Home

Listen/Watch the video ......... and then look up at the SKY and WAVE! :)


Moon-walker Dr Edgar Mitchell Claims Alien Contact Cover-up

"there has been visitation"
July 24, 2008 12:01am

FORMER NASA astronaut and moon-walker Dr Edgar Mitchell - a veteran of the Apollo 14 mission - has stunningly claimed aliens exist.

And he says extra-terrestrials have visited Earth on several occasions - but the alien contact has been repeatedly covered up by governments for six decades.

Dr Mitchell, 77, said during a radio interview that sources at the space agency who had had contact with aliens described the beings as 'little people who look strange to us.'

He said supposedly real-life ET's were similar to the traditional image of a small frame, large eyes and head.

Chillingly, he claimed our technology is "not nearly as sophisticated" as theirs and "had they been hostile", he warned "we would be been gone by now".

Friday, July 11, 2008

Stewart Haas Gibbs NASCAR

Ok. Tony Stewart is leaving JOE GIBBS and joining HAAS - naming it Stewart
Haas Racing. He will have ownership interest.

At least the reports say The Home Depot are staying with Gibbs!

Good luck to Tony.

NObama !

Well, if you haven't heard, yeah - NASCAR and Obama might go hand in hand
with each other!

Not kidding. BAM Racing (#49) and Barack Hussein Obama might be or are
considering a sponsorship of the #49 for the Pennsylvania race. It's with a
TOYOTA team... That is kind of funny.

I hope not ...

Mark is on the air for Rush!

I have his book but haven't read it yet ... America Alone.

Check him out - he's substituting for Rush L today and the parts I heard, he did a great job ... Mark Steyn !

RIGHT ON - DeMint Says Energy Should Be Top Priority


Senator Jim DeMint ... he is RIGHT ON !!! COMMON SENSE ...

Now, this is telling the truth!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Pastor G Campbell Morgan

a really neat quote ...

G Campbell Morgan
Westminster Chapel, England

"I never begin my work in the morning without thinking that perhaps Jesus may interrupt my work and begin His own. I'm not looking for death, I'm looking for Him."

Are you kidding me! 'Men At Work' signs to disappear in Atlanta

'Men At Work' signs to disappear in Atlanta
Decision follows complaints by magazine editor

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 07/09/08

In the battle of the sexes, women's magazine editor Cynthia Good said this was a skirmish she had to fight.

Across Atlanta they stood, orange signs with black letters that read "Men At Work" or "Men Working Ahead."

Sometimes, the signs stood next to women working alongside the men.

Good demanded Atlanta officials remove the signs and last week, Atlanta Public Works Commissioner Joe Basista agreed.

Score one for gender equality, Good said Wednesday.

"They get it," Good said about the city in a telephone interview.

Public Works officials are replacing 50 "Men Working" with signs that say "Workers Ahead." It will cost $22 to cover over some of the old signs and $144 to buy new signs, said Public Works spokeswoman Valerie Bell-Smith said.

Good, founding editor of Atlanta-based PINK Magazine, a publication that focuses on professional women, said she's not stopping with Atlanta.

"We're calling on the rest of the nation to follow suit and make a statement that we will not accept these subtle forms of discrimination," said Good, 48.

Good pressed the issue after Atlanta police came to her office last month on a complaint that she spray painted "wo" onto a "Men At Work" sign.

Did she do it? Good replied by complaining about the signs.

Good fired off letters complaining about the signs to Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and Gov. Sonny Perdue.

State transportation officials said they will ask contractors to remove signs specifying just men are working at a construction site.

Atlanta union leader Gina Pagnotta said some women employees of Atlanta Public Works complained about these signs years ago.

"It is a little bit bias to say 'Men Working,' " said Pagnotta, president of the Professional Association of City Employees. "Women are working, too."

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Hypermilers driven to maximize gas mileage

Hypermilers driven to maximize gas mileage (see video)
11:38 PM CDT on Tuesday, July 8, 2008

By IAN HAMILTON / The Dallas Morning News

Chuck Thomas regularly putters along on the highway at 50 mph in his Honda Insight, swerves into turns rather than hitting the brakes, and, when nobody is looking, jumps from the car and pushes it into a parking space.

All just to save a little gas.

Mr. Thomas of Lewisville belongs to an emerging subculture born of the ability to track gas mileage via a dashboard gauge. Hypermilers use a variety of techniques to maximize fuel efficiency: airing the tires up to or beyond the recommended pressure, forgoing air conditioning, coasting whenever possible (sometimes with the engine off), timing their arrivals at intersections to hit green lights and traveling around 50 mph on the highway.

Since he began hypermiling, Mr. Thomas has been squeezing 85 to 90 mpg out of his hybrid Insight, a car rated at 53 mpg.

"Fanatic is what the lazy call the dedicated," notes Mr. Thomas at the bottom of his posts at CleanMPG.com, a Web site devoted to the hypermiling community and its fuel-efficient techniques.

Hypermilers cite several reasons for maximizing mileage, including protecting the environment, saving money, having fun while driving, and even decreasing American dependence on foreign oil.

"Hypermiling is a little addictive," said Reid Stewart, an attorney from Irving who started when he bought a BMW with a gas mileage gauge. "It becomes a competition with yourself to see how well you can do."

The mpg gauge is built into virtually every hybrid car and in many newer gas-powered vehicles. Most vehicles without the gauge can have one installed for about $150. It reveals immediately how various conditions, driving habits and even vehicle modifications impact gas mileage.

Depending on the vehicle, optimal speed on the highway is around 47 to 53 mph, according to well-known hypermiler and Illinois resident Wayne Gerdes.

For Mr. Stewart, the revelation came during a business trip. He was not in a rush, so instead of speeding along at 75 or 80 mph, he drove around 60 mph. He boosted gas mileage by 20 percent.

"Then I really started paying attention to the gauge," Mr. Stewart said.

He researched techniques and began to hypermile in the BMW. But he realized he wasn't using the sports car the way it was intended and traded it for a Honda Insight. Now he gets around 100 mpg, double the car's rated fuel economy. He saves substantially on gas and no longer drives aggressively.

"What I notice is that I'm arriving at work a lot more relaxed," he said.

Not everyone agrees that hypermiling is a great idea. Critics suggest it’s rude, dangerous and a hindrance to normal traffic.

Lt. Charles Epperson with the Dallas Police Department’s traffic division said it is potentially hazardous to drive so far under the speed limit.

"I'd rather see a car going down the road at the posted speed limit than going 15 to 20 miles under the limit. It could cause a pretty massive bottleneck," Lt. Epperson said.

Mr. Gerdes said standard hypermiling practices should not aggravate other drivers or impede traffic. In fact, he said, hypermilers can even help regular drivers save gas.

He explained that hypermilers build a large buffer between themselves and the next vehicle that collapses when stop-and-go traffic comes to a standstill. If the timing is right, traffic will be moving again by the time the car coasts through the buffer. This practice sets a constant traffic flow that can improve the fuel economy of the vehicles around them, he said.

And, he said, the same is true about approaching red lights. Hypermilers are practiced in timing light changes so they can coast through green lights rather than stopping and starting at red ones. Other drivers slowed by hypermilers on the way to a red light will benefit, he said.

"If I can hold the whole conga line back to help the entire line save fuel so they catch a green light, I'll do it," Mr. Gerdes said.

Jake Fisher, senior automotive engineer at the Consumer Reports auto test division, said most hypermiling techniques are safe and beneficial, but some drivers may go too far and endanger others.

On a Consumer Reports blog, Mr. Fisher described an episode in which he was following a Honda Insight whose driver was hypermiling. After picking up speed going down a hill, the driver used the momentum to carry the car uphill, slowing with gravity on the way up. The driver maintained a slow speed as the two cars approached an intersection. The Insight missed the green but coasted through the red light anyway.

"You can't be driving for sport, whether it's street racing or trying to get the best gas mileage," Mr. Fisher said in an interview with The Dallas Morning News. "Only a very small minority of them are taking [the techniques] to an extreme.”

Drafting, which is driving behind another vehicle to take advantage of decreased wind resistance, is another way to increase gas mileage.

In 2007, Discovery Channel's Mythbusters TV show demonstrated that driving 50 feet behind a big rig at 55 mph improved gas mileage by about 20 percent. The practice, widely discussed on hypermiler forums, is generally dismissed as overly dangerous. The hosts of the show drew the same conclusion.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Lonny Haschel said vehicles should drive with at least 2 seconds of stopping time between them.

"You're trying to save gas but you're going to maybe end up paying that money back in hospital bills," Trooper Haschel said.

The most dedicated hypermilers are relatively few and mostly hybrid early adopters. Hybrids, with their part-electric and part-gasoline engine, come standard with the mpg gauge and benefit most from hypermiling techniques.

Still, Mr. Gerdes maintains 48.5 mpg in his Honda Accord and 38.5 mpg in his Ford Ranger. Both figures are drastic improvements from the rated economy of the gas-powered vehicles.

Hypermilers do sacrifice travel time for the sake of gas mileage. In a televised event, Mr. Gerdes and a reporter each drove from Chicago to New York in a hybrid Toyota Prius. According to Mr. Gerdes, the reporter made it in 13 hours at 39 mpg. Mr. Gerdes needed 15½ hours, but he did it on one tank of gas at 71 mpg.

"There's a thousand reasons to choose to be a hypermiler," Mr. Gerdes said. "There's only one reason not to, and that's: 'I've got to be there first.'"

Digital mileage gauge: This device hooks into the vehicle's computer and gives instant feedback on fuel consumption, allowing drivers to see what practices burn excess fuel. It costs about $150.

Tires: Filling tires to the recommended or maximum pressure can have a big impact on fuel economy. While there is less friction in a highly pressurized tire, it also can make the ride bumpier.

Speed: Varying speeds can be ideal for gas mileage, but driving more than 60 mph always decreases fuel economy substantially. Every 5 mph over 60 mph reduces fuel economy by the equivalent of 30 cents per gallon.

Weight: Keep the car as light as possible. Every 100 pounds off the vehicle can increase fuel economy by 1 percent to 2 percent.

Gas and brake pedals: Only use the pedals when absolutely necessary, which means keeping an eye on the road ahead and planning your drives accordingly. Don’t accelerate toward a stop sign. Coming to a complete stop nets 0 miles per gallon, so setting a pace in a traffic crunch and timing green lights can go a long way toward helping gas mileage.

Sources: fueleconomy.gov and hypermiling expert Wayne Gerdes

Monday, July 7, 2008

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson went on a camping trip. After a good meal and a bottle of wine, they lay down for the night and went to sleep.

Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend. "Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see."

Watson replied, "I see millions and millions of stars"

"What does that tell you?" enquired Holmes.

Watson pondered for a minute.

"Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets.

Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo.

Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three.

Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful and that we are small and insignificant.

Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful clear day tomorrow. What does it tell YOU?"

Holmes was silent for a minute, then spoke.
"Watson, it tells me that somebody has stolen our tent"

Digital Artist

Amazing work ... check it out
Daniel Conway

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Caring for God's 'older' children

Caring for God's 'older' children
An Oklahoma-based company is providing senior care in the home -- but with a Christian approach.

Christian Companion Senior Care founder Gary Brown says that most senior citizens are concerned about their ability to live at home as their abilities decrease. He hires only Christians.

"It's a bona fide occupational qualification under Title VII of the civil rights act for a caregiver to be a Christian when they work for Christian Companion Senior Care because part of our service offered to seniors is spiritual encouragement in addition to the physical care that we provide," Brown explains.

But are faith matters important to seniors? According to Brown, surveys by Gallup and the Barna Group, claim that "75 percent of seniors over the age of 70 will say that their faith is the most important thing in their life." And apart from physical labor, workers are hired to address spiritual needs such as loneliness, depression, and regrets of their lives, and to do so through scripture and prayer.

"Christian Companion Senior Care was founded because we understand that by the time someone needs someone to come into their home to help them with daily living assistance, they're not just facing physical needs," he continues. "All of the physical care in the world – all the meal preparation, light housekeeping, etc. – can't really touch the spiritual needs people have," Brown contends.

Brown's business has become so popular that he is launching strategy to spread nationwide.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

A new Honda - but it's not on wheels!

June 30, 2008
Honda to Conduct Collaborative Testing of its Walking Assist Device

Japan, June 30, 2008– Honda Motor Co., Ltd. will begin collaborative testing of its experimental walking assist device as from July 1, 2008, with Shinseikai Medical Group, Kasumigaseki-Minami Hospital (Kawagoe, Saitama prefecture). The device was created to support walking by the elderly and other people with weakened leg muscles.*

rest of the article from Honda ...
Honda to Conduct Collaborative Testing of its Walking Assist Device

Zero Pollution

I ran across this a few weeks ago and thought I blogged on it but guess not. It's really interesting and I understand that they TATA is involved too.

Amazing AIR - yes, Compressed AIR - engine design: http://www.engineair.com.au/