Saturday, February 27, 2010

Pacific Tsunami


A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN GENERATED THAT COULD CAUSE DAMAGE ALONG COASTLINES OF ALL ISLANDS IN THE STATE OF HAWAII.

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URGENT ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN TO PROTECT LIVES AND PROPERTY. A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF LONG OCEAN WAVES. EACH INDIVIDUAL WAVE CREST CAN LAST 5 TO 15 MINUTES OR MORE AND EXTENSIVELY FLOOD COASTAL AREAS. THE DANGER CAN CONTINUE FOR MANY HOURS AFTER THE INITIAL WAVE AS SUBSEQUENT WAVES ARRIVE. TSUNAMI WAVE HEIGHTS CANNOT BE PREDICTED AND THE FIRST WAVE MAY NOT BE THE LARGEST. TSUNAMI WAVES EFFICIENTLY WRAP AROUND ISLANDS. ALL SHORES ARE AT RISK NO MATTER WHICH DIRECTION THEY FACE. THE TROUGH OF A TSUNAMI WAVE MAY TEMPORARILY EXPOSE THE SEAFLOOR BUT THE AREA WILL QUICKLY FLOOD AGAIN. EXTREMELY STRONG AND UNUSUAL NEARSHORE CURRENTS CAN ACCOMPANY A TSUNAMI. DEBRIS PICKED UP AND CARRIED BY A TSUNAMI AMPLIFIES ITS DESTRUCTIVE POWER. SIMULTANEOUS HIGH TIDES OR HIGH SURF CAN SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE THE TSUNAMI HAZARD. THE ESTIMATED ARRIVAL TIME IN HAWAII OF THE FIRST TSUNAMI WAVE IS : 1119 AM HST SAT 27 FEB 2010.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Scott Calls Rush


















Brother Scott talked to Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday, 23 Feb 2010, during the final hour of the show (the image of Rush above is from the call with Scott). Below are a few comments from Scotty, followed by the complete transcript and a video of the final 28 seconds of the call...

Today I was able to do something I've wanted to do for many years -- talk to Rush. After thousands of busy signals when I've called in the past, I finally got through and I was on hold for over two hours. The call lasted about six minutes. I said "let me be clear" because Rush has talked about that phrase being Obama's favorite. I said "clean and articulate" because that's how Biden described Obama when they were both running for President. I used the word "legendary" because I believe it about Drew Wrigley, and it's also the official slogan for North Dakota. Thank you, SMiles :)

RUSH: We're back. Rush Limbaugh behind the golden EIB microphone. To Maui, this is Scott. Great to have you on the program, sir. Hello.

SCOTT: Aloha, Rush! You've often said your parents would not believe your life.

RUSH: That's true.

SCOTT: And if my parents were alive, they would not believe that I'm talking to you. And just to put this in perspective, let me be clear. My brother Jim told me about you in 1991, and I've been EIB positive ever since. My Mom died from cancer in 1994, and in the last two weeks of her life she couldn't get out of bed, and she asked us to bring the radio into her bedroom so she could still listen to you. Long ago we made you an honorary member of the Miles Brothers Corp, and my brother John gives me Rush 24/7 each year for Christmas, which is the ultimate gift. My best friend and wife, Brenna, and I have a son named Reagan James, who is named after my Dad and President Reagan...and Reagan James has been listening to you since he was three days old. So I'm very proud to say Reagan is a Rush Baby.

RUSH: Well, thank you, sir, very, very much.

SCOTT: On behalf of all those people, I just want to say that we love you and thank you, Rush.

RUSH: Thank you, sir, very much. I can't tell you how much I appreciate that.

SCOTT: Well, thanks. And I just very quickly want to give you a heads-up on a clean and articulate conservative, Drew Wrigley, who served as a US Attorney along with Chris Christie...and I believe Drew Wrigley will be a legendary Governor of North Dakota in the future.


But getting back to all that anger on the left that you mentioned earlier, since the libs have been so angry about man-made global warming for so long, I'm curious about the link between global warming and Iran. It seems like a nuclear weapon is the ultimate example of man-made global warming. So why aren't President Obama and all the other Nobel Peace Prize winners who believe in man-made global warming, why aren't they stopping Iran from getting nuclear weapons to help save the environment?

RUSH: Well, let me ask you if you can answer the question yourself. I generally find if people can come up with the question that they almost, if not all the time, can get close to the answer. What do you think is the reason why there's no concern about Iran getting a nuke, but global warming is horrible, it's going to kill us.

SCOTT: Well, in my 19 years of training from you at the EIB Institute, I should probably be able to figure out the answer. But the best I can come up with is, like on most issues, they're hypocritical and they're irrational. But beyond that I guess I don't really get it.

RUSH: Okay, well then try this. Whether it's man-made global warming or any other ill that the world faces, the people that you are describing blame the United States for it all. They blame terrorism on the United States. If we didn't support Israel or if we hadn't put our military people in Saudi Arabia, if we weren't stealing all of the oil from the people who really own it, and if we weren't building ourselves up into a rich superpower while keeping the rest of the world poor, then they wouldn't hate us and they wouldn't blow us up and our buildings and so forth. So these people believe that we deserve it, that we're responsible, we've got to understand their rage. By the same token, they understand, hey, we've got a nuke, who are we to say Iran shouldn't have a nuke? Who are we to say? Maybe Iran should have a nuke and we shouldn't 'cause we're the bad guys.

When it comes to global warming, who are the number one perpetrators of the destruction of the planet? Guess who? Americans. So these people you're asking about look at life through a prism of genuine hatred for this country, if not hatred, then suspicion. And so when you have the mullahs in Iran nuking up, these people say, "Well, yeah, who can blame them, really. I mean they've gotta protect themselves against us, people like Bush and Cheney. I mean if we can have one, why can't they? If the Russians can have one, why can't the Iranians? If the Israelis can have one..." These people get caught up in all this fairness that's predicated on the fact that we are ultimately unfair as Americans, and therefore we are to blame for all this, and there's your answer and it's no more complicated than that.

SCOTT: Well, thank you, Rush. And just as a bonus thank you, I just can't say how much it means to me how you've defended President Reagan through the years against all those same angry libs. And recently you've been talking about -- instead of all of us worrying about who's the smartest and all that stuff, we just need to advance the conservative agenda. And when President Reagan passed on that title to you as the leading voice of conservatism, it reminded me of a famous Reagan quote...it's the way you've lived your life. And I just have to say, too, you feel like a third big brother to me, so I can't believe I'm talking to you. Even though we've never talked before, you've had such a huge impact, so thanks again. But the Reagan quote is that there's no limit to what you can do if you don't care who gets the credit.

RUSH: Exactly. Exactly right. Scott, you have made my day! Thank you very much. I can't tell you
how much I appreciate that. Seriously.

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Good job, Scotty!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Panic Button


Don't you just love when something comes with an emergency stop? It's comforting to know that if there are any major problems, you can just hit the panic button. Of course, there is the issue of when you should and shouldn't go into panic mode. There are also consequences to requesting an emergency stop. The bottom line is: when in doubt, don't panic. If you do, don't hesitate to hit the panic button.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Year Of The Tiger


For the Chinese New Year of the Tiger, I've compiled a random list of some of my favorite Chinese proverbs:

Let one who tied the bell on the tiger take it off. Every advantage has its disadvantages. A lifetime of cleverness can be ruined by a moment of stupidity. A single slip may cause lasting sorrow. One careless move and the whole game is lost. You can reach the same destination by different roads. Don't fish in troubled waters. Every single step leaves its print. To say you don't know is the beginning of knowing. A small leak will sink a great ship. Don't drain the pond to get all the fish. If you don't want others to know about it, then don't do it. Control your emotion, or it will control you. If you run after two hares, you will catch neither. You never know how hard a task is until you have done it yourself. The highest tower begins from the ground. Well begun is half done. The greatest joy in one's life is the fruit of one's own labor. No one is wise at all times. A wise man is always a good listener. Rumors stop at the wise person. Be mindful of possible danger in times of peace. Out of debt, out of danger. You are not beaten until you give up. There are bad ones among the good people; and good ones among the bad people. Rather go without than have something of poor quality. Sometimes the best gain is to lose. Take the whole into consideration, but do the job bit by bit. Correct the mistake if you have made any, and guard against it if you have not. What cannot be cured must be endured. Learn from others' strength to offset one's weaknesses. You cannot stand on two boats and sail. Learning is like rowing upstream, not to advance is to drop back. Here today, gone tomorrow. A man who makes a promise easily is apt to forget it. A good neighbor is better than a relative afar. An eye for an eye, and we will all go blind. A loss may turn out to be a gain. Nothing comes of nothing. One hour today is worth two hours tomorrow. The water that bears the boat can also swallow it up. A happy wife is the key to a happy family and home life. At birth we bring nothing with us, at death we take nothing away.

Friday, February 12, 2010

World News Summary

Welcome to World News Summary: Your summary of news and weather from around the entire world.

After gathering all the news from around the world, we can sum it all up like this: The Bad News is there is no Good News. But the Good News is that there is currently no Bad News! And now onto our World Weather Wrap. Here is the current weather for your neighborhood, for Friday, February 12, 2010:

Good Day, Good Luck, and Good Riddance. :o)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Dear Prudence

Earlier this week, President Obama town-halled some budgeting advice for tough times. He said that when times are tough, you tighten your belts.You don't go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage.You don't blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you're trying to save for college.

President Obama also sent Congress his proposed 2011 budget which begins October 1st. The total amount of spending is about $3,830,000,000,000.The budget deficit amount will be around $1,560,000,000,000.

The Treasury Department's spending budget would increase 40% to about $560,900,000,000. Most of the mandatory spending amount of $546,900,000,000 is just to pay interest on the public debt. Estimated interest payments on the debt is $499,000,000,000. The budget projects the gross federal debt at $15,100,000,000,000.

During tough times, tighten your belt.
Don't spend it now if you need some later.
Deficit: The amount we're $pending more than we're making.
Debt: The total amount of money we owe.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Do Not Ramble About

This is an old sign from a former hospital in Jamestown, ND. I believe it was called Trinity Hospital in the SE part of town. Sometimes I would tag along with Dad when he went to make his doctor rounds. As I remember, there were numerous nuns running this hospital. When the hospital closed down, Dad somehow ended up with this sign from the reception area.

My favorite part is: Do Not Ramble About. For some reason, that always makes me think of Led Zeppelin. We now have this sign hanging in our garage living room. Anytime anyone starts getting rambunctious, I simply point out this sign.