Afternoon snow pictures

At least no one called it “snowmageddon.”

I snoveled the show around 1:00 PM

The girls made a deal with me: they’d make pumpkin chocolate chip cookies if I’d go get the chips. So, around 4:00 PM, I walked down to Jim Thorpe Market. And I just saw two Borough snowplows go by, clearing my street, as I uploaded these pictures; my congratulations to Mayor Mike Sofranko and the public works department for doing a good job.

Several more pictures below the fold; click any picture to enlarge. Continue reading ‘Afternoon snow pictures’ »

A dedicated campaigner

Steven Armbruster, the Republican nominee for Carbon County Sheriff, knocked on my door a few minutes ago. He’s out campaigning and dropping of Republican campaign literature on this snowy morning, wearing an ACU-pattern Army ballcap, with snow on the brim. (I should have grabbed my camera and gotten a picture.)

Carbon County Republican candidates:

Superior Court Judge: Vic Stabile
Commonwealth Court Judge: Anne Covey
President Judge, Court of Common Pleas: Roger N Nanovic (Vote to Retain)
Judge, Court of Common Pleas: Joe Matika
County Commissioners: Wayne Nothstein and Tom Gerhard
Controller: Howard Boehringer
Recorder of Deeds: Todd Koller
Coroner: Renny Shoop
Sheriff: Steven Armbruster
Jim Thorpe District Magistrate 56-3-01: Edward M Lewis
Palmerton District Magistrate 56-3-02: Bill Kissner

At what point do we stop bailing out businesses and people?

From the Delaware Liberal:

Zombie Casino Alert!

October 27th, 2011 • 

By cassandra_m

It’s not quite the Zombie Apocalpyse (Casino Edition), but Delaware’s casinos have formally asked for the state to make them healthy.  Or, at least, healthier.  According to this NJ article, Delaware’s casinos will be asking for givebacks to the tune of $10M on licence fees as well as for the state to reduce the taxes on the games and slots.  And look why they want to reduce their contribution to the state coffers:

Sutor said the tax and licensing fee breaks are necessary to bolster Delaware’s gambling industry, which has taken a serious hit because of aggressive competition in a regional market that now features casinos in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and West Virginia.

We knew this was coming.  Just not this fast.  But casinos asking for the state to make them profitable is the best reason ever for the state to not be in this business.  This is a volatile industry that the government is counting on some stable revenues from, AND these captains of industry have decided that they can be profitable at the expense of taxpayers.  These are the same captains of industry who are counting on the state to restrict additional competition in the form of new venues at the beach and/or in Wilmington.  This is a textbook example in how governments get captured by an industry — and how an industry relies on the government for its survival, rather than on outcompeting your competitors in a free market.

More at the link.

First it was the banks, then it was the automobile manufacturers, then it was students who took on too much in student loans, then it was people who bought more house than they could afford, and now we even see a total luxury industry thinking that they, too, deserve a government bailout.

And why not? When the government bailed out General Motors and Chrysler, it wasn’t because we’d not have any new cars built if those corporations failed — Ford and the imports would still have been available — bu8t because we couldn’t stand to see all those hard-working employees lose their jobs. Well, by that logic, why aren’t we just as concerned with all of the hard-working people at the casinos?

Fortunately, it seems as though, although Governor Markell is willing to work with the casinos, he’s very leery about a large-scale bailout.

Global warming my . . .

Once again, I blame Al Gort!

Forecast at a Glance


Mostly Sunny
Hi 50 °F

Chance Rain/Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 30%
Lo 31 °F

Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 100%

Hi 36 °F


Chance Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 30%
Lo 29 °F


Hi 47 °F


Mostly Cloudy
Lo 30 °F

Mostly Cloudy
Hi 47 °F

Mostly Cloudy
Lo 35 °F

Partly Sunny
Hi 51 °F


Detailed text forecast
Hazardous weather condition(s):

Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. North wind around 8 mph.

Tonight: A slight chance of rain and snow before 1am, then a chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. East wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Saturday: Snow, mainly after 7am. High near 36. North wind between 8 and 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.

Saturday Night: A chance of snow, mainly before 11pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 29. Northwest wind between 6 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Uhhh, it’s not even Hallowe’en yet, and we’re supposed to get 4 to 8 inches of snow?  What’s up with that?
Saturday morning update: It was just raining when my darling bride went to work, but has since changed over to snow. These pictures were taken around 10:30 AM:

View out a second-story back window. Note that some of the trees are still green!

It's starting to stick to the grass, but not the paved surfaces.

The view down the street; note all of the leaves on the red maples.

Click on any picture to enlarge. The snow is falling pretty heavily now, and my main concern is that it’ll bring down power lines. If you don’t see anything from me later, you can figure that I’ve lost either electricity or the internet, or both.

The fleabaggers have an ally in President Obama

Remember the pictures I posted in the post A few pictures from the Denver Flea Party? Two of the “demands” of the fleabaggers are “Free college education” (Demand #4) and “Immediate across the board debt forgiveness for all. Debt forgiveness of sovereign debt, commercial loans, home mortgages, home equity loans, credit card debt, student loans and personal loans now!” (Demand #11)

Looking at the fine gentleman from this picture makes me wonder: in just what did he get his degrees, and why would he go $50,000 in debt for two degrees which apparently bore no resemblance to the economic realities of entering a profession upon graduation?

Well, it seems that the fleabaggers have an ally in the President of the United States. In March of 2010, he signed a bill which has the federal Department of Education as the originator for 100% of all guaranteed student loans. And now Mr Obama is pushing a measure to provide some student loan relief.

One of Obama’s proposals would advance the start date for a special loan repayment program based on income that aims to help struggling graduates.

The way the Income-Based Repayment Plan works now is that graduates who enroll get charged 15% of their monthly discretionary income to pay off loans, with debt forgiven after 25 years.

Congress passed a law set to go into effect in 2014 that would drop the monthly payment for loans originated that year to 10% of discretionary income and would forgive all debt after 20 years.

The administration would improve on the law by fast-forwarding the new terms to take effect in 2012 on loans originated that year, White House domestic policy adviser Melody Barnes noted Tuesday.

So far, about 450,000 students are enrolled in the income-based repayment plan, but hundreds of thousands more are eligible.

OK, so who is going to have to pay for all of this? Yup, you guessed it: it will be paid for by those former college students, now working people, who did pay off their student loans, and those former college students, now working people, who worked their way through school without taking student loans, and working people who never went to college, and working people who would like to see their kids attend college but know that they can’t, and working people who are simply not college material or who chose trades which don’t require college. President Obama would burden the working class of America to help students who generally come from somewhat better off families.

Kind of looks different when you look at it that way, huh? One of my electronic friends wrote, in an e-mail on the subject:

I worked three jobs while in college and was fortunate enough to graduate without indebtedness. Although my own son was able to attend school on a full-ride scholarship, he earned the money for other expenses via a paid internship (not related to the school) throughout three of his four years at SMU. The firm where he worked after graduation paid his grad school tuition — via a contract that he would continue to work for the firm for a certain number of years — but he also worked 20 hours a week as a consultant to pay his living expenses. In both our situations, the work enhanced, rather than detracted, from the school experience.

I am sick of the sight and the sound of the protesting students as they complain about their loans, but admit that they “don’t have time to work” while in school. Spoiled rotten lazy students = unproductive workers. Those students owe the taxpayers the money they have borrowed. Obama needs to tell them to buck up and repay their loans instead of joining in their whinefest.

Donald Douglas wrote about this three weeks ago:

Wall Street’s 99 Percent Took Out Too Much Student Loan Debt

Ezra Klein gives it the old college try, but I’m not buying it. See: “Who are the 99 percent?” (via Memeorandum):

College debt shows up a lot in these stories, actually. It’s more insistently present than housing debt, or even unemployment. That might speak to the fact that the protests tilt towards the young. But it also speaks, I think, to the fact that college debt represents a special sort of betrayal. We told you that the way to get ahead in America was to get educated. You did it. And now you find yourself in the same place, but buried under debt. You were lied to.

I don’t think so. Scroll down at the website, “WE ARE THE 99 PERCENT.” I honestly don’t know what people expect? What are they thinking? They attend college, perhaps for a Bachelor’s degree, and graduate with $100 thousand in student loans? That’s gotta be the definition of insanity. I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Political Science at the age of 30 with no debt. None. Zero. Nothing. My first year of graduate school I continued working part time on Saturdays for extra income. That allowed me to borrow less that I could have in federal student loans. Then by the second year of the program I won a four-year fellowship that paid for tuition along with a stipend and teaching employment (guaranteed two TA assignments per year). I quit my part time job to attend my studies. I graduated with my Ph.D. with about $60 thousand in loans. I’ve been paying them down ever since. It was a good investment. But I would’ve never taken out that kind of money for a Bachelor’s. These young people haven’t been betrayed by the poor economy. They’ve been lied to and ripped off by all the people who told them they could borrow their way through undergraduate college rather than pay their own way.

It was a good investment for Dr Douglas because he’s now a college professor of political science, though some of Dr Douglas’ friends on the left are trying to get him fired for speaking his mind.

There are plenty of good colleges out there that are not that expensive, and there’s not one thing wrong with someone starting his collegiate education at a community college. It seems pretty simple to me: if you can’t afford a college with a $40,000 a year tuition, perhaps the wiser course of action would be to attend a less expensive school rather than load yourself up with huge debts. For some majors, where there is a significant demand and high pay — engineering, computer science, and pharmacy would be examples — and it can be reasonably foreseen, rather than wishfully or hopefully, that such debt can be paid off, taking on such debt might be a wise investment.

But some of the investments made have been poor ones, as the gentleman in the photograph can seemingly attest. It’s got to be hard on him to be saddled with $50,000 of student loan debt, but why, I have to ask, should the taxpayers take care of it for him?

What Were They Expecting????

Muslims at Catholic University complain that the school is too Catholic

Posted on October 26, 2011 at 2:37pm by Meredith Jessup

As JihadWatch notes, crucifixes hung in a classroom at the Catholic University — a private university in Washington, D.C. — are apparently now considered a violation of Muslim students’ human rights.

The school’s newspaper details the new legal complaint:

The official allegations claim that CUA, “does not provide space – as other universities do – for the many daily prayers Muslim students must make, forcing them instead to find temporarily empty classrooms where they are often surrounded by Catholic symbols which are incongruous to their religion,” according to a press release on

This formal complaint also maintains that the new same-sex residence halls are particularly discriminating against female students, which is a new position on the same-sex lawsuit that began last month.

more here:

Returned 1040

Subject: My 1040 was rejected again

They sent my Tax Return back! AGAIN!!! In response to the question: “List all dependents?”
I replied –
“12 million illegal immigrants;
“3 million crack heads;
“42 million unemployable people on food stamps,
“2 million people in over 243 prisons;
“Half of Mexico ; and
“535 fools in the U.S. House and Senate.”

Apparently, this was NOT an acceptable answer
H/T Johannes Magnus