Just a Few Things…

As you have noticed, the blog’s look has changed again.  One difference from the others to this one – I wrote the theme practically from scratch.  The basic framework coding is from Whiteboard, and uses a grid-layout from 960.cs.

If you don’t understand any of the above, don’t worry.  It’s bit-head talk.  But I can’t help but be a little bit proud of the handiwork.

And now on to the rest of the post…


Iran’s presidential elections only show the political turmoil that is associated with that country.  If Ahmadinejad had been defeated by the more moderate Mousavi, I think that this country would sit back and ignore Iran’s nuclear ambitions.  Instead, the public is beginning to see the political power of Iran not only rests with an elected president, but with a non-elected council of imams.


North Korea is moving toward another missile test firing that will be aimed toward the vicinity of the Hawaiian Islands.  With North Korea possessing a nuclear warhead and a missile that could potentially reach a US state, can anyone think that this is anything else but “not good.”  What I see happening is another round of “send us food or we’ll land a nuke somewhere.”


ABC transmitting from the White House on June 24 is, quite frankly, a coup for ABC.  While ABC is in serious need of ratings, the subject matter of Health Care Reform via Obama without an opposing viewpoint smacks of being more of an infomercial than news.  While ABC is stating that it will control (!) the content of the program as well as the questions, I really wonder if ABC and the White House think that the American public is that stupid to believe that all sides of the subject will be explored by an adoring media.  For instance:

Why is it newsworthy that Obama killed a fly during an interview?  When the people in attendance (including the reporters) hoot, holler, and cheer President Obama for the action, one wonders what else they would (or would not) report on if they are that much in love with Obama’s actions.

And it isn’t too much of a stretch that they wouldn’t report anything bad or not complementary of their “chosen one.”  After all, when Obama points out, in public, the one network that constantly questions his actions and policies, then the realization has to set in that honest, factual journalism and scrutiny are not on the agenda of the main networks and news organizations.


Cap and Trade for Reducing Carbon Emissions legislation for Global Warming Climate Change are passing through Congressional committees.  While the intent of this legislation is noble, the science inspiring these bills is far from convincing.  What the ultimate outcome will be is that the American citizen will incur higher energy costs – after all, companies and corporations do not pay taxes and penalties because they pass these costs on to the consumer of their products.  And in this economy, that will be devastating.


Immigration policy changes are on the agenda for next week.  While there are real humans out there, it must be remembered that these people are here in violation of the laws, and the companies hiring them are also in violation.  What part of “illegal” is not understood by our lawmakers and the aliens?


The unemployment rate for Michigan is over 14%.  The state is almost shovel-ready – to be buried in a deep hole.  Many other states aren’t in any better shape – 10% and up, with the national average rising from 8.9% to 9.4%.  And I thought that the huge Stimulus Porkulus Bill with all of its billions was to prevent this.  Kindly excuse the cynic in me, but “HAH!!”


About Tom Roland

EE for 25 Years, Two Patents - now a certified PMP. Married twice, burned once. One son with Asperger's Syndrome. Two cats. Conservative leaning to the Right. NRA Life Member.
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13 Responses to Just a Few Things…

  1. Ron says:

    I have to wonder if Mousavi is really the “moderate” he’s being characterized as in the press. I’ve read there were 400 candidates rejected by the Mullahs. It would be interesting to find out the vetting process the Mullahs used to find their moderate candidate. It looks more like they’re fighting over who is going to be the spokesman for the Mullahs.

  2. Teresa says:

    Don’t you just feel like right now there is so much bad going on you don’t even want to watch TV? While I know it is un-American and wrong; right now I just want to operate on the blissfully ignorant channel. Seriously.

  3. New format does give you more room for photos. I need to do a complete overhaul on my page but am too lazy to do more than tinker around the edges.

    As for Iran, it’s true that if Mousavi had won we might be deluding ourselves about containing Iran’s nuclear program. And now, with talk on the streets of Iran turning to a complete revolution, we may yet wind up with a government not so eager to threaten the rest of the world with nuclear weapons.

  4. Angel says:

    great overview..the site is looking good ! 🙂

  5. wordsmith says:

    If you don’t understand any of the above, don’t worry. It’s bit-head talk. But I can’t help but be a little bit proud of the handiwork.

    I didn’t understand any of that, but congratulations! The furnishing does look nifty.

  6. Tom says:

    Ron – Right now, Ahmadinejad is the bad-boy poster child for the Iranian Council mullahs. As long as he draws attention, it will be less attention on them.

    AOW – Saw the rant, and agree with you. The United States does not have a strong leader.

    Teresa – I know exactly what you are talking about. Some days we all want to exit reality. But eventually, we will have to face it.

    Mike – I would not discount the mullahs for not pushing Iran’s nuclear program. As I understand it, it is the mullahs that have the real power.

    Angel – Thank you!

    Wordsmith – That’s OK, the information was there for those whose “inquiring minds wanted to know.” I did a lot with my Blogger templates when I had my blog there, but wanted to move off to an independent server so I had more control.

  7. Debbie says:

    I like the look. I’m not technical at all, and don’t have many choices with TypePad’s cheap version, ha.

    I’m so fed up with Obama I could scream.

    Debbie Hamilton
    Right Truth

  8. Z says:

    Your site looks super, Tom. Thanks for telling us we didn’t need to understand the techie stuff, I was beginning to want to crawl into a computer hole!!

    As for the rest of your post..I’m with Debbie…SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAM!!

  9. Kris says:

    Nice new look, good job.

    There are a lot of crazy things going on right now in politics and the media is just ignoring it. From the science refuting climate change, to the destruction that health care and Cap and Trade will cause. It’s disgusting.

  10. Tom says:

    Debbie & Z – Go ahead and let out some primal screams. Just don’t scare the animals…or the family…

    Debbie – Haven’t done anything with Typepad, so I don’t know what limitations there are.

    Z – A computer hole? Is that anything like a black hole or a DED (Dark Emitting Diode)?

    Dang!! – did it again with the tech talk. I’ll be compared to a Britney Spears video next (shiver!)

    Kris – The whole mess is a mess, and it’s going to take a bunch of work to sort it all out (and that’s providing that people work together, which isn’t going to happen)>

  11. Indigo Red says:

    Nice look, Tom. It’s easy to see and read. And it’s kinda soothing.

    My niece, a newly minted Army missile battery tech, is shipping out the S. Korea next week. The rest of her orders are secret.

  12. Tom says:

    Thanks, Indigo. That was the effect I was hoping for.

    I will keep your niece in my thoughts & prayers.

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