Saturday, September 12, 2009

Water Bridge

Even after you see it, it is still hard to believe!
Water Bridge in Germany. What a feat!

Six years, 500 million euros, 918 meters this is engineering!

This is a channel-bridge over the River Elbe and joins the former East and West Germany, as part of the unification project. It is located in the city of Magdeburg, near Berlin. The photo was taken on the day of inauguration.

To those who appreciate engineering projects, here's a puzzle for you armchair engineers and physicists:

Did that bridge have to be designed to withstand the additional weight of ship and barge traffic,or just the weight of the water?


It only needs to be designed to withstand the weight of the water! Why? A ship always displaces an amount of water that weighs the same as the ship, regardless of how heavily a ship may be loaded.

Archimedes' Principle: "any body fully or partially submerged in a fluid is buoyed up by a force equal to the weight of the fluid displaced."


I have to assume that Archimedes' Principle is correct as I am a dunce when it comes to engineering. All I can contribute to such a discussion!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Undetermined according to snopes, but definitely a good read.

I don't believe that treating extremists like they treat us is the way to go. They don't respect our laws or beliefs, so deal with them according to their own laws and customs.

And if one way to do that is as Pershing is supposed to have done, and it works, well, so be it.

Posted By Bobby Eberle On September 3, 2009 at 7:11 am

When Michelle Malkin wrote yesterday of the plans by Barack Obama's White House to address school children across the nation and get them "thinking about" Obama, it really struck a nerve with our readers. He and his team have no limits on what they will do or say in order to inject socialist views into the minds of Americans.

But, it doesn't stop there. They also have absolutely no respect or appreciation for the American way and the sacrifices American's have made in order to stay free and to promote the American way of life across the globe. Just take the latest effort being pitched at Rather than remembering the Americans who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Obama's political team wants you to make phone calls on 9-11 to fight back against "Right-Wing Domestic Terrorists."

Many thanks goes out to The Heritage Foundation for casting light on what Obama is doing at his political web site (which goes by the name "Organizing for America"). After pointing out what Obama and his team were doing, the web page shown below was taken down.

On the page, the Obama political team is advertising a "Health Care Organizing Event." This is how they choose to remember those lost on 9-11???

Supporters are asked to stay home and make two phone calls to their "State Senators." They are referring to U.S. senators, of course, but their lack of knowledge is nothing compared to what they write next. The web page recalls that Friday, September 11 is Patriot Day, which the page notes is "designated in memory of the nearly three thousand who died in the 9/11 attacks."

That statement REALLY gets to me. Why? Because it would be one thing if these people were making a health care push on 9-11 and were just too stupid to realize it was on a national day of remembrance. However, they fully know what day it is, and then they write this:

All 50 States are coordinating in this -- as we fight back against our own Right-Wing Domestic Terrorists who are subverting the American Democratic Process, whipped into a frenzy by their Fox Propaganda Network ceaselessly re-seizing power for their treacherous leaders.

This is absolutely outrageous, and this is exactly what was written on Obama and his team are using all means to get out their message on health care... even resorting to spamming e-mail messages. Yet, when the opposition tries to get its message out, that is labeled as "subverting the American democratic process." This is crazy!

But of course, the major blow is the comparison of conservatives opposed to Obama's health scare plan to members of al Qaeda who flew planes into buildings and killed thousands of Americans. Do Obama and his "friends" have no shame?

Again, this message was coming from, the campaign arm of the Obama White House. Can you imagine if something similar were posted on when Bush was president?

The complete lack of comprehension to what the events of 9-11-2001 did to this country makes me sick. I was there! I saw Flight 77 hit the Pentagon. People died. And this is how Obama and his supporters remember them? Outrageous!

Obama truly does have a new vision for America. And it is so different from the America I grew up in. Hopefully people will "burn up the phone lines" as the web site suggests. But, instead of calling senators, people should call Obama and let him know that what we "hope" for is a "change" in leadership!
FairTax on Twitter

It's FairTax Friday - look at your paystub!

Taxes on savings destroys Americans incentives to save money. FairTax~ No more taxation on retirement accounts!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Let Your Voice Be Heard

If you disagree with the power-grabbing behavior of the leadership, click here to send a postcard to make your voice heard.

Some say that petitions, post cards and the like don't get to the intended recipient. My theory is even if the leadership doesn't see the postcards, they will hear about them. Thousands of postcards sent to the White House or Congressional mail rooms, all saying the same thing, will be noticed.

For some of us, this is the only way we have to say, "we've had enough!"
SML Celebrates Kennedy's Death

Reno Gazette-Journal: "How will U.S. Sen. (Edward) Kennedy's death affect things?"

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: "I think it's going to help us."

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Hurricane Fred

Position 2:00 pm Wednesday 9-9-09

Fred - 5 day cone

Cartoon from 1934

This cartoon was in the Chicago Tribune in 1934. Look carefully at the plan of action in the lower left corner.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Medical Breakthrough

A French doctor says 'Medicine in my country is so advanced that we can take a kidney out of one man, put it in another, and have him looking for work in six weeks.'

A German doctor says 'That is nothing; we can take a lung out of one person, put it in another, and have him looking for work in four weeks.

The Russian doctor says 'In my country, medicine is so advanced that we can take half a heart out of one person, put it in another, and have them both looking for work in two weeks.'

An American doctor, not to be outdone, says 'You guys are way behind. We recently took a man with no brains out of Illinois, put him in the White House, and now half the country is looking for work.

Monday, September 07, 2009


"The number of Americans who trust President Obama to make the right decisions has fallen by roughly 17 percentage points. Obama's job approval is down to about 50 percent. All presidents fall from their honeymoon highs, but in the history of polling, no newly elected American president has fallen this far this fast."

- Columnist David Brooks
Is this A Great Barnyard or What?

An update of a classic. Isn't Change Wonderful?

"Who will help me grow my wheat?" asked the little red hen.

"Not I," said the cow.
"Not I," said the duck.
"Not I," said the pig.
"Not I," said the goose.

"Then I will do it by myself," said the little red hen, and so she did.

She planted her crop, and the wheat grew very tall and ripened into golden grain. "Who will help me reap my wheat?" asked the little red hen.

"Not I," said the duck.
"Out of my classification," said the pig.
"I'd lose my seniority," said the cow.
"I'd lose my unemployment compensation," said the goose.

"Then I will do it by myself," said the little red hen, and so she did.

At last it came time to bake the bread. "Who will help me bake the bread?" asked the little red hen.

"That would be overtime for me," said the cow.
"I'd lose my welfare benefits," said the duck.
"I'm a dropout and never learned how," said the pig.
"If I'm to be the only helper, that's discrimination," said the goose.

"Then I will do it by myself," said the little red hen.

She baked five loaves and held them up for all of her neighbors to see. They wanted some and, in fact, demanded a share. But the little red hen said, "No, I shall eat all five loaves myself."

"Excess profits!" cried the cow. (Nancy Pelosi)
"Capitalist leech!" screamed the duck. (Barbara Boxer)
"I demand equal rights!" yelled the goose. (Jesse Jackson)
The pig just grunted in disdain. (Ted Kennedy)

And they all painted 'Unfair!' picket signs and marched around and around
the little red hen, shouting obscenities.

Then the farmer (Obama) came. He said to the little red hen, "You must not be so greedy."

"But I earned the bread," said the little red hen.

"Exactly," said Barack the farmer. "That is what makes our free enterprise system so wonderful. Anyone in the barnyard can earn as much as he wants. But under our modern government regulations, the productive workers must divide the fruits of their labor with those who are lazy and idle."

And they all lived happily ever after, including the little red hen, who smiled and
clucked, "I am grateful, for now I truly understand."

But her neighbors became quite disappointed in her. She never again baked bread because she joined the 'party' and got her bread free. And all the Democrats
smiled. 'Fairness' had been established.

Individual initiative had died, but nobody noticed; perhaps no one long as there was free bread that 'the rich' were paying for.


Bill Clinton received $12 million for his memoirs.
Hillary received $8 million for hers.
That's $20 million for the memories from two people, who for eight years repeatedly testified, under oath, that they couldn't remember anything.


(There is still a lot of BS in that barnyard!)

Sunday, September 06, 2009


"If you receive an email that says 'Nude photo of Nancy Pelosi' do not open the attachment. It is a nude photo of Nancy Pelosi!"

- Jon Caldara of the Independence Institute