As a conservative, government intrusion into the private sector is something I have difficulty in supporting. Unfortunately in the United States we’ve at least partially embraced the idea that government will regulate crucial areas of our economy in order to keep prices affordable for the masses. Utilities and food items come to mind and the latter has been in place since 1949 as the “farm bill.” Without going into a political rant about our adding health care to the list of “crucial areas” we expect government to control and keep affordable – cough, cough — we’re now facing a deadline in order to renew or a change the existing decades long farm bill … last renewed in 2008.
What this means to consumers is that food prices could skyrocket if the existing support expires … and in my opinion would impact most citizens. According to business reporting, milk prices could “soar to $8 a gallon” causing a significant price rise for grocery shoppers.
Experts are expecting an outcome less obvious than just sticker shock as to the “real” price of milk and dairy for consumers … instead they suggest that consumers will reduce their purchase of dairy and that the glut of higher price milk to pinch farmers who will no long have a market for their product (farmers won’t receive the subsidies from the federal government or be able to sell higher priced milk — ouch!) Instead, they will see a loss of income and be required to slaughter their milk cows — “domestic demand for dairy products would fall by an estimated 9 percent, and exports, which have seen much growth over the past decade, would likely disappear as the cost of U.S. dairy products would become prohibitively expensive.”
So what’s the answer? Most likely another round of kicking the can down the road and according to Chris Galen, senior vice president for the National Milk Producers, it is “likely that Congress will pass either a short-term extension of the bill until early 2014 when they’ll hammer out a new bill or another 12-month extension or possibly even 24 months.” We’ll see?
Have you ever purchase items from overseas that you thought were a great deal? Well, buyer beware since there can be glitches when it comes to jumping online and “importing or exporting” (the key words) to and from the U.S. when it come to customs… besides the inherent risk involved in exchanging money.
I have made a few purchases and a sale to an overseas buyer this year which had me researching these kinds of transactions. Besides selling some experimental airplane “parts” and some place setting and decor items for a wedding reception, I recently made a couple of electronics purchases from the far east. The little things like replacement batteries for phones and LED light bulbs didn’t bother me all that much, but purchasing an ICOM AT-140 antenna tuner on auction does have me concerned, so I’ve been reading a bit on the CBP.gov website about importing, tariffs and “duty” – which reminded me of this Seinfeld exchange between George and Kramer.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana
Photograph from a Japanese plane of Battleship Row at the beginning of the attack. The explosion in the center is a torpedo strike on the USS Oklahoma. Two attacking Japanese planes can be seen: one over the USS Neosho and one over the Naval Yard.
Timeline of events leading up to and during the attack.
December 6, 1941 Washington D.C. – The president at the time, Franklin D. Roosevelt, makes one more request for peace to the Japanese. The United States gets no reply. Later on this day the code-breaking service for the U.S. begins to intercept a fourteen part message that was sent by the Japanese. The service deciphers the first thirteen parts and gives them to the President and Secretary of State. After decoding these parts the U.S. believes that a Japanese attack will occur. It is determined that it will probably be in Southeast Asia.
December 7, 1941 Washington D.C. – The last part to be decoded arrives at Washington. At about 9:00 a.m. it is decoded. This states that all diplomatic relations with the United States are to be removed. After about another hour yet another Japanese message is intercepted. This message states that the attack is to begin at 1:00 p.m. (more…)
Tried posting a photo to the blog on my way home from Cleveland on Thursday night, but the WordPress Postie plug-in failed to cooperate. The thursday night rain (left) gave way to ice and now snow (below the break).
Forecast: A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 1 am EST Saturday for SW Ohio. Total snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches; 1-2 tenths of an inch of ice in eastern locations. The snow will become heavy at times this afternoon into early evening. Heavy snow will be between 2 pm and 8 pm.
I purchased a new 12 watt LED bulb for reading(larger bulb in left of photo) that promised to offer a few more “soft but bright” lumens from my chair side lamp. I “was” using two Cree LED bulbs(smaller bulb in left photo), but the light output still wasn’t comparable to a good three-way incandescent bulb. There have been improvements in LED bulbs in the last few years and I’m committed to using them going forward … but the choice has pretty much been taken away … thanks to our “big brother” government. Of course dictating light bulbs, CO2 emissions and car efficiency numbers all pale in comparison to Obama dictating our health care … but I digress. Back to light bulbs. What I like about the new brighter and larger evenly lit LED “reading” light bulb is that it would put off an excellent light IF used in a desk lamp. Unfortunately it still doesn’t produce enough bright light from a table lamp without keeping one of the Cree bulb in the twin socket (TIP: if you are trying to switch to LEDs and CFLs, try a twin socket adapter for better light).
Speaking of lights, I’m not sure where the night light (photo on right) is sold, but thought it was pretty creative.
We are anxiously waiting to find out where Drew and Katelyn will be living next year, but more importantly … I suppose [grin] … which Hematology fellowship program my son-in-law will be in. After talking with him about each of the interviews, there are pluses for each medical program (of course he’s a positive guy). Personally I’d like to see them stay within a 4 hour drive from home, but Katelyn thinks a move out of their comfort zone would be an exciting adventure … I understand that and am actually a little envious.
On a comical note, my nephew Justin (a Gastroenterologist) in Minneapolis has been pulling for his University of Minnesota program and he threatened to sabotage Drew’s other options with anonymous phone calls. We all had a great laugh. (EDIT: update below)
Hematology focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders affecting the blood, bone marrow, immunologic, and hemostatic/vascular systems. Additional information can be found through the American Society of Hematology at www.hematology.org.
Applicants must have completed a residency in Internal Medicine
While messaging my friend Scott last night, I realized just how painful relationships amongst humans can be … be they casual friendships (caring for one another) or intimate bonds between family members (parents, spouses, children).
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. — Romans 8:26-27
The Christians I know all believe in the power of prayer, and Brenda and I are no exception. We pray regularly for Michelle, Scott and their family and that the Lord’s healing and mercy would be upon them. Scott disclosed that his wife’s physical condition has taken a turn for the worse and that she is now under hospice care. Unfortunately when dealing with cancer, it is something our society become all to accustom to despite all our medical advancements. The prognosis was never in Michelle’s favor, but we remained optimistic believing the tumors could be slowed, reduced or even eliminated with the variety of protocol treatments and experimental drugs. I also loved their optimism and in my mind concluded Michelle was strong and physically as capable as any to take on this fight. I thought maybe the outcome in her case would be different and prayed for God’s healing.
Today my heart aches knowing how hard she fought and in hearing that her physical body can no longer continue. It does not seem fair for her to have to suffered so much only to succumb in the end. If there is any comfort, it is that her eternity is sealed by her faith in Christ and that her suffering is near an end … but I pain for her family. Five kids without a mom, a husband without the love of his life – please add the Bilik family to your prayers. God comfort them.
Charles Krauthammer is one political analyst I always enjoy listening to, be he a regular panelist commenting on the nightly news (Special Report with Bret Baier), or as a guest on many Fox News programs. His columns at The Weekly Standard are always excellent and his intellectual prowess is even respected by those who politically disagree with him.
His book Thing That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics is currently number one in the country and offers and interesting look inside Dr. Krauthammer. His early life as a promising Harvard medical student took a turn after a diving accident left him paralyzed, but even a setback like that did not detour him from continuing on with his medical training. Eventually his passion turned him to politics … with a position “a little left of center” … a shock to most who read his current column or listen to his current political analysis. The book talks of his conversion as well as a the many passions he pursues.
Of the many interviews with him regarding his book tour, the one this weekend with Mike Huckabee was pretty succinct.
Charles Krauthammer with Mike Huckabee on November 30, 2013
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Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee
lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.