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Inflexible (in-flek-suh-buhl)

The dictionary defines Inflexible as:

  1. not flexible; incapable of or resistant to being bent; rigid: an inflexible steel rod.
  2. of a rigid or unyielding temper, purpose, will, etc.; immovable: an inflexible determination.
  3. not permitting change or variation; unalterable

Synonyms: unbendable, stiff, rigorous, stern, unrelenting, unremitting, stubborn, obstinate, intractable, obdurate, unbending, adamant,Inflexible,relentless, implacable, inexorable

AP – Dems = Good, GOP = Bad

There are far too many examples of lame-stream media outlets subtle and more often overt characterization of GOP as greedy corporate shills while Democrats are looking to save the world.

Part 1: The latest example is regarding Michelle Obama’s foray into the business of public school lunch programs. I am not sure where in the Constitution that the federal government has the authority to tell some local school district what to do about school lunches, but according to the way the Associated Press tells it,

“House Republicans are pushing back against Obama administration efforts to promote healthier lunches…Republicans say the rules are too costly.”

Parse-imony – Sin Tax

In “Parse-imony” I break down current news stories with my pithy, running commentary…

First the headline: 

Racing, alcohol tax on tap for General Assembly’s final day

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland lawmakers will debate today an increase in the sales tax on alcoholic beverages and how to subsidize troubled horse racing tracks as the General Assembly pushes toward midnight adjournment. [It is extremely interesting that the Maryland elected officials are looking to tax citizen who prefer to imbibe while at the same time give money to (although “subsidize” sounds much better) folks who run another “sin tax” operation leaving little doubt who has better lobbyists.]

News Briefs – Volume XXI

News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…

Brief 1:  Let’s call this one “Corn For Clunkers.”  Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency(:EPA”)  is looking out for you or so they claim, but they are not as in tune with what’s good for your car.  EPA has approved the sale of an ethanol/gasoline mix containing up to 15% of the corn-based ethanol.  The only problem is that this mix would be very harmful to engines manufactured before 2007 (that’s two out of three vehicles in our household).  Will someone explain what law gives the EPA the authority to approve/push consumer products?  A group of auto manufacturers and engine makers has filed suit against EPA

Raised Catholic

If you are like me and you shop the bargain bins at book stores, flea markets, and book trains you sometimes come across an older book that catches your eye.  Raised Catholic was such a book for me.  I have read a few of these “catholic” books over the years and have found them to be funny, but felt that they dwelt too long some of the corporal issues relating to how discipline was handled in our schools.  I expected pretty much the same from author Ed Stivender, pictured here on the book cover with a yard stick, a popular “tool” used to deliver the aforementioned punishment.

News Briefs – Volume IX (It’s All Good)

News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…

These are all GOOD!

Brief 1:  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie  is fast becoming my favorite state leader.  From tackling the state budget to  standing up to teacher’s unions he is showing a spine not often present in politicians.    The latest Christie-ism is his response to a reporter who had the gall to question his tone:

Brief 2:  Congressional Candidate Lieutenant Colonel Allen West is a plain-speaking politician who has strong, fundamental, conservative views.  You have to love this guy.  This YouTube video has over 2 million hits.  Any bets that is because of his message?

News Briefs – Volume VIII

News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…

Brief 1:  Big New York Brother wants to use the occasion of the failed truck bomb to “flood Manhattan” to stop future attacks.  Someone needs to explain how an inanimate object like a video camera will stop attacks.  Will they be fitted with propulsion systems to they can hurl themselves at would be attackers?  It would be more economical to use drones to fly over the city like on the television series “24.”  My prediction is that they’ll buy cameras made in China.

Update – Mad Hatter

A local middle and high school had to be evacuated yesterday.  Nearly 2,000 students, faculty and officials were forced out of the school and sent to the local football field and they were later sent home.  Two students and three custodians had to be decontaminated and hazardous materials responders had to be brought in.

If you read the original post you probably guessed that mercury was somehow involved and it obviously was leaked.  I seems that a student broke…drum roll please…a thermometer.  I bet you thought that the student broke a CFL bulb.