Thursday, July 02, 2015


"Donald Trump surges in polls"

They must be polling Democrats





Tuesday, June 30, 2015

pledge drive

Pledge Drive

We are all familiar with the " pledge drives" staged 2 or 3 times a year by our public radio and TV stations. These are annoying but highly necessary to fund their operations.  But I picture this scenario:

During the  June drive, I call the station to pledge to donate $500 in October . I'm asked for my credit card. I explain that, as requested, I'm making a pledge. Told that the credit card is needed and respond that this is a "pledge drive", I'm complying and won't want my credit card charged until October. I'm told that the system doesn't work that way. The conversation goes round and round until I give up and "donate" my usual $50.

Monday, June 29, 2015


The U.S. Supreme Court plunked a setback into the lap of the Environmental Protection Agency Monday by trashing the agency's regulation of emissions of mercury and other air toxins (MATS) from electricity-generating plants. The court overturned a lower-court decision in the case of Michigan v. EPA stating that the agency had acted reasonably when it chose not to consider compliance costs first in its effort to control those emissions.

Seems to me that when an environmental agency decides that it is dangerous to emit poisonous toxins into the air, it is up to us and our industries to figure out how not to do it.