That’s Not How This is Supposed to Work

Someone needs to retake their civics classes.

Cities challenge St. Charles County’s red light camera ban

St. Peters, O’Fallon, Lake St. Louis, and a councilman from O’Fallon are filing a lawsuit in attempt to block a ban on red light cameras in St. Charles County.

Voters approved the ban November 4, with 73 percent of those who went to polls supporting the measure. However, those suing maintain the county has overstepped its legal bounds.

“Seventy-three percent of the voters pass a ban on red light cameras so what these cities are doing are suing 73 percent of the voters in St. Charles County, within their own cities. They’re suing their own residents,” said St. Charles County Councilman Joe Brazil.

While I believe that counties shouldn’t be able to tell individual municipalities what they can and cannot do in every case, this was the will of the voters of the county. if the intentions of these city councils were honorable, they would ask for a vote in their individual jurisdictions.

But they’re not because they know what the answer will be.

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So, not funny

Back on the 6th of this month I was welding in the overhead position and got a 7018 welding rod stuck pretty damn deep in the weldment. I tried wriggling it out, but that wasn’t working. I tried bending it severely from both the left and right side as well, with no improvement in the situation.

Then, instead of doing the smart thing and grabbing up my Lineman’s pliers to cut the rod off, I grabbed it with an upside down right hand and started yanking rather vigorously from side to side. It finally broke off as I shoved from the left, sending my hand up and into the 3/8″ steel plate table my weldment was attached to.

Yes, this is all a run-up to telling y’all I broke my hand at the base of the right metacarpal about 1/2″ from where it attaches to the right carpal bone.

This is only a small hindrance. It turns out that once you know the motions and how 7018 rod works it takes only a few days to train your other hand to make those motions. I’ve been welding with my left hand since the 9th and am doing well enough that I was going to test out on my vertical (3G) and overhead (4G) certifications this week. Until the new x-rays came through on Friday.

Apparently, the long piece of the carpal bone is popped up and won’t reattach. The Urgent Care folks didn’t bother with attempting to realign the bones, preferring to let the hand specialist I saw on Friday to do that. I’ve been in their splint since the 6th and that just kept it from moving from its current position. So now the specialist wants to realign the bones and then pin or screw them together. This will happen Wednesday afternoon.

As he was telling me about the how and what he stated that I wouldn’t be able to weld for at least six weeks. I chuckled and said that wasn’t going to happen. I explained about the time and money I have invested in this program and how I have exactly six weeks left to complete the program and about how I have been welding all that week with my left hand, using my right hand to grasp things while wearing a splint that immobilized my ring and pinky fingers with no pain. He tilted his head a bit, shook it and left it at that.

I go in on Tuesday for a pre-op physical and then Wednesday afternoon for some outpatient surgery.

This is going to suck. Obviously, I type even more slowly that I did before, so posting might sparse out even more than before. Also, I’ll be losing a day and a half of practice and I had a project going in the Fab Shop that was due to be delivered on Friday that won’t be.

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It is not what they say

It is what they do

As Parents Get More Choice, San Francisco Schools Resegregate

Amazingly, since they cannot protest themselves, no protests will take place.

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I wish I could say

That this would be funny.

But in all honesty, I can’t.

Greece threatens tilt to Russia and China unless Europe yields

Greece’s radical new government has threatened to seek money from Russia and China to avert a financial crisis rather than yield to austerity demands from Europe, risking a dangerous political rift with the leading EU powers and a full-blown NATO crisis.

“We want a deal. But if there is no deal, and if we see that Germany remains rigid and wants to blow Europe apart, then we will have to go to Plan B,” said Panos Kammenos, the defence minister and head of the Independent Greeks party in the ruling coalition.

“We have other ways of finding money. It could be the United States at best, it could be Russia, it could be China or other countries,” he told Greek television. Mr Kammenos said Greece would prefer to leave the euro if membership means submitting to what he calls a “Europe under German domination.”

Athens = Bejing West!

Lots of cool old shit. Not quite as polluted. Yet.

I meant to link to this the other day when I wrote about the Grexit, but Cats was not up at the time.

NickM @ Counting Cats has an idea that is smarter, but just as dangerous as Syriza’s.

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Step Cautiously

Into this link. Only the strong will not lose any IQ points by reading it.

Synopsis: Freelance journalist speaks to Arts majors attending UC Riverside. They complain about how in debt they are because of their undergraduate degrees and how much more their debt will grow if they continue on to graduates studies.

When asked if they know of anyone who attended UC Riverside as an undergrad and is now working and earning an income, they all answer in the affirmative. These now employed former students they knew went through Science degree programs and are making “a lot of money”.

It is later added that those people “all hate their jobs”.

These Arts students then go on to complain some more about how in debt they are and how there are so few job prospects in their fields.

To which I have only this to add: A wise man once said that if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. But mostly because there are no jobs in that field.

Welcome to adulthood, idealists.

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Of course, they’re politicians (Part 1)

It doesn’t matter the language they’re spoken in, campaign promises have an expiration date of the day after the election.

Syriza told some beautiful fables to the Greek voters before the election and promised them the sun and the moon and the stars—reversal of privatizations, pension increases, minimum wage hikes, and fatting up the government bureaucracy again with more lifetime civil service jobs.

The trouble is, Syriza doesn’t have the money to deliver any of this. No problem, said the party chiefs: once we get into office we force all those evil Germans and nasty international institutions to give us the money.

Once elected, Syriza officials have been touring Europe, meeting serially with all the people they denounced as cruel, stupid, and wicked during the campaign, and discovering what an intelligent 10-year-old could have told them: nobody wants to give or lend them any more money because people distrust them and don’t see how the promises they have made to the voters can possibly be reconciled with any of the agreements Greece has made in the past. More, no private lender wants to lend Greece a single euro except at extremely high interest rates.

It’s not clear what happens now. The ECB is cracking down. The Germans are refusing to budge. The Greek banking system is beginning to crack under the strain as more and more Greeks decide to get their money out of this crumbling edifice.

One good side to President Obama’s massive bungling of our nation’s international affairs: No one is looking at us to negotiate on behalf of Greece.

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Of course, they’re politicians (Part 2)

You have to spend money to make money.

Even if you’re the government, apparently.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) this week introduced legislation that would give states federal grants to study the possibility of imposing a controversial new tax — one that would tax people for every mile they drive in their cars.

Blumenauer’s Road Usage Charge Pilot Program Act is the latest effort to move away from a gas tax, which some say is not creating enough revenues for federal and state highway projects, and toward a system of taxing cars based on how far they drive.

First, put all the decent paying jobs in the urban areas where it is expensive to live. Then, put an extra tax on those not willing to in there. Also, tax vacation travel and require people to file with their state tax officials if they travel outside their state.

Don’t forget to smile so the people don’t recognize the fascism.

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Sunday Funnies

Not all cartoons this week!

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Paying for the privilege

To be dependent on your government.

Robin Speronis lives off the grid in Florida, completely independent of the city’s water and electric system. A few weeks ago, officials ruled her off-grid home illegal. Officials cited the International Property Maintenance Code, which mandates that homes be connected to an electricity grid and a running water source.

That’s like saying our dependency on corporations isn’t even a choice. The choice to live without most utilities has been ongoing for Robin, the self-sufficient woman has lived for more than a year and a half using solar energy, a propane camping stove and rain water.

In the end, she was found not guilty of not having a proper sewer or electrical system; but was guilty of not being hooked up to an approved water supply.

Speronis is still being hassled by the municipality of Cape Coral for not having a connection to city water, nor proper sewage. That. regardless of the fact the city capped her sewers themselves.

I was pretty sure this was posted here last year when this story came out, but I looked and couldn’t find it and figured now was as good a time as any.

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Refusing

To let her sister be made a victim twice.

In 2013, 27-year-old Jessie Doyle was shot and killed by her estranged husband, Josh Cavett.

The anti-gun organization Everytown for Gun Safety reached out to Doyle’s sister, Jennie Cochran, assuming that she would support their cause.

Audio of a phone call between Cochran and Ann Wright of Everytown for Gun Safety shows just how wrong that assumption was.

In the call, Wright asked if Cochran would feel comfortable sharing her story so people would understand the need for stronger gun laws.

“I’m very pro-gun, as is Jessie, so I would really hope that you guys don’t use her story for anything,” Cochran responded. “Because the only thing that would have saved her was a gun.”

On “Fox and Friends” this morning, Cochran explained that there’s no way the police would have been able to respond in time to prevent her sister’s murder.

“[Cavett] is a felon. He’s gonna have a gun, and the only thing that would have leveled it out is if she had one too,” she said.

“It was already illegal for him to have a gun. He was a felon … they’re gonna get them. There’s a black market out there and they’re always gonna have them.”

Cochran told Brian Kilmeade that she didn’t want the anti-gun group to take her sister’s story and use it to create more victims.

I have no doubt that this woman knows how to load more than a dishwasher.

And yet the left would be perfectly fine if she didn’t.

I support a woman’s right to choose her method of self-defense.

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