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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Out of My Past

I came across this photo of me from a while back:

A valuable lesson I learned about physics: When an object in motion - a motorcycle - meets an object at rest - the side of a brick house - the object in motion tends to cease its forward motion.  Abruptly.

Three broken ribs and collar bone later ...

And that's all I'm sayin' about that.

Words Well Writ

Mark Steyn on the Democrats and the holes they dig for themselves:
For their next exploding cigar, the Democrats chose polygamy. Brian Schweitzer, the Democrat governor of Montana, remarked that Romney was unlikely to appeal to women because his father was "born on a polygamy commune." Eighty-six percent of women, noted Gov. Schweitzer with a keenly forensic demographic eye, are "not great fans of polygamy." You can understand the 86 percent's ickiness at the whole freaky-weirdy idea of a president descended from someone who had multiple wives. Eww.

Just for the record, Romney's father was not a polygamist; Romney's grandfather was not a polygamist; his great-grandfather was a polygamist. Miles Park Romney died in 1904, so one can see why this would weigh heavy on 86 percent of female voters 108 years later. Meanwhile, back in the female-friendly party, Obama's father was a polygamist; his grandfather was a polygamist; and his great-grandfather was a polygamist who had one more wife (five in total) than Romney's great-grandfather. It seems President Obama is the first male in his line not to be a polygamist. So, given the "gender gap," maybe those 86 percent of American women are way cooler with polygamy than Gov. Schweitzer thinks. Maybe these liberal chicks really dig it.
Here's my take: Maybe 86% of women find this whole subject to be irrelevant to their daily lives and would rather Obama's people talk about JOBS.

The point, though, is the Democrats thought they had something on Romney.  Somehow.

Well, so much for that.

Someone Break The News To Obama

Or, better yet, tell his replacement:

Economy's Biggest Drag Right Now Is Government

An ever bigger drag, unfortunately.

'Here Lies a Big, Big Man'

When baseball was truly "America's pastime" ...

When the New York Yankees ruled the world ...

... first base was owned by Moose.

Ah, those were the days ...
Bill ‘Moose’ Skowron, hero of the Yankees’ 1958 World Series team, dead at 81 from congestive heart failure
By Bill Madden, New York Daily News

Bill (Moose) Skowron, the hulking and popular Yankee first baseman of the 1950s and ’60s and the hero of their come-from-behind 1958 World Series triumph over the Milwaukee Braves, died of congestive heart failure early Friday morning at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Ill. Skowron had also battled lung cancer for several years. He was 81.

Skowron, a five-time All-Star, was the Yankees’ regular first baseman from 1955-62, averaging 18 homers and 75 RBI as a Bomber. He finished his career with a .282 average, 211 homers and 888 RBI. He was especially lethal in the World Series, hitting .293 with eight HRs and 29 RBI in 39 games over eight Fall Classics.

In the 1956 World Series, Skowron had been held hitless by the Dodgers until the seventh game when he came to bat with the bases loaded in the seventh. He hit a grand slam into the left field stands to break the game open. Two years later, Skowron spurred the Yankees to rally from three games to one against the Braves by singling in what proved to be the winning run in the 10th inning of their Game 6 4-3 victory. He then hit a decisive three-run eighth-inning homer off Yankee killer Lew Burdette for the 6-2 Game 7 win. [link]
The obituary is accompanied by the most memorable photo to ever come out of major league baseball:

That's Yankee greats Roger Maris, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, and the Moose.

How kids in the day longed to be every one of them.

Moose, you done good.  You allowed us to dream.

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The post header - "Here Lies a Big, Big Man" - comes from a hit song from that time. "Big Bad John."

M. Obama: 'We Made History!'

Well, she thinks so anyway:

First Lady Michelle Obama boasted at a campaign event in Omaha, Neb. on Tuesday that "we made history" when the president's health care proposal was enacted and the administration issued a regulation mandating that insurance companies provide women with free contraceptives.

Actually, the communists in China have been doing it for decades.

They also provide free abortions, for what it's worth.

You can bet Obama's wife would love to bring that "first" to the People's Republic of America as well.

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The Chinese are known to execute anyone who opposes their government too.

Please don't tell Michelle.

Anti-Bullying Crusader Bullies High School Students

This from a gay guy who goes around the country making anti-bullying speeches:

After many students walked out of the speech, one of whom appeared to be crying, [Dan] Savage said, “It’s funny, as someone who’s on the receiving end of beatings that are justified by the bible, how pansy-assed some people react when you push back.”

As it turns out he's not opposed to bullying at all.

Typical.  So typical.

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You might find this quote from Mr. Savage enlightening too:

"The Bible Is a Radically Pro-Slavery Document."

Kinda gives this twerp perspective, doesn't it.

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Headline of the day:

Anti-Bullying Speaker Curses Christian Teens

Real nice.

For Those Who Believe In Gov't

Ask yourself: Do you honestly think any of America's corporations could - in the worst happenstance - pull a boneheaded stunt like this?
Hundreds of 5-year-old municipal vehicles found in Miami that were never used
By Chris Tutor, Autoblog

Have you ever bought a brand new cars [sic] only to forget where you put it? How about 300 of them? Probably not – unless you're Miami-Dade County, which was recently reunited with 298 vehicles it bought brand new between 2006 and 2007.

The county "discovered" this fleet of no-mileage vehicles after reading about them in a Spanish-language newspaper there (see the source for more images). Most of the misplaced motorcade is made up of Toyota Prius hybrids whose warranties either expired with very few miles on the odo or will very soon.

Looking to save some face, the county has rushed at least 123 of the hybrids into service. The Toyota warranty covered the hybrid bits for eight years or 100,000 miles, but we're not sure if that covers cars parked for five of those eight. We're also not sure what that much time in Miami heat and humidity does to an unused hybrid powertrain, but it can't be good.

The county, as you probably guessed, is looking into how it lost so many cars. [link]
In my world - the corporate world - if an employee lost a car - one - he'd be fired.

This being government, however, the "loss" of three hundred vehicles will be little more than chatter at lunchtime.

And the mayor will soon be pleading poverty.

My God. My God.

There You Have It

The planet's temperature - as best anyone can guess - has increased 0.2° C. since the '60's.  That's one-fifth of one percent.  So miniscule as to be nearly nonexistent.  And yet there are those who have found ominous signs that that 0.2° increase is wreaking havoc on our way of life.  Just ask an expert - former St. Louis Cardinals catcher - and climatologist - Tim McCarver:

Baseball's Tim McCarver: Global Warming Increasing the Number of Home Runs

For the love of God.