Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Delay's Question

Delay Steps down as House Republican leader and denies allegations. Now the questions begin about a replacement and his chances of reelection.

IPass is pretty sweet

I-Pass is really starting to pull its weight around the country:

The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority's I-PASS electronic toll transponders now work on roads that accept E-ZPass.Tolls will be automatically deducted from the windshield-mounted devices, with no need to stop to pay tolls by hand, from the Dulles Toll Road outside Washington, D.C. to the Maine Turnpike, and including highways in the Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York and Boston metropolitan areas.

Is the state of Illinois now selling the demographics of the state to the east coast? I-Pass requires the drivers register their car and a major credit card which means the state is really getting info about the make up of the drivers in the Northern Part of the state. Now it looks like they are swapping our information with the east coast. Privacy comes to mind.

China going UP, America going down

China wants a McDonalds, now they want to go to the moon:

China's second manned space mission - and its first to carry two astronauts - is due to launch on Oct. 13, weather permitting, and return five days later, a state media report said.
The launch of Shenzhou VI is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Base, in the Gobi desert in northern China, with the mission lasting 119 hours if all goes according to plan, the state-run China News Service reported on Sunday.

So, now the the senate wants to cut spending great idea:

The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee approved a $440.2 billion defense spending bill, fully funding most of the Bush administration's requests for weapons spending.

Stupid, stupid, stupid. Space pays off in the long run. Think about how many inventions and applications came from space exploration. I'm not a military expert, but if we can put objects in space instead of pilots in harm way then the money is well spent.

Chop on the block

The Dems finally held the meetings about Social Security:

State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia of Aurora and representatives from Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's Chicago office explained to the nearly 100 audience members how the current Social Security program works.....

So, Linda, Do you know anything about the pension system you voted for? Do you think that has anything to do with Social Security? Oh wait a minute, the pension system is a state matter and i guess your title is Rep. (But isn't that State Rep?) I think somebody should check the Constitution. It seems the ILLINOIS House Dems are wasting state time on something that seems more like Federal issue. But thats just me. Talk about efficient Government!

"I think we've got serious issues at the state level that need to be addressed by the legislature, and instead the Democrats are having hearings on a federal issue that has absolutely nothing to do with the state legislature," said David Dring, spokesman for House Republican Leader Tom Cross of Oswego.

Edgar the Guv?

As I have stated before, The Author of This Blog (George) is not endorsing any candidate for Gov. yet. While there is alot of speculation about Jim Edger running/not running we need to look at the positives its had for the party:

1. First of all it divirts much attention away from the George Ryan Trial, which just happens to start so close to a gubinatorial election, it also puts some hope into the party. Jake P. (Chris Rhodes) is making some serious head waves but there is still much to be done.

2. The good old honest Guv is making news again. During Edgar's time in office, sure there were scandles, but none as big as Liscense for Bribe or anyone named Tony Resko. The party took a punch in the eye and still has not fully recovered.

Who ever ends up running will be good for the party. The "front runners" seem to be good honest people, hopefully that stays true.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Got Smart

Today's sad news comes from hollywood where a star fell:

Don Adams, the Emmy Award-winning comic-actor who played bumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart on the hit 1960s spy-spoof series "Get Smart," has died. He was 82.Adams, who honed his comedy skills as a post-World War II stand-up comic and impressionist, died of a lung infection Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his agent, Bruce Tufeld, said Monday. He said the actor had been in ill health since breaking a hip more than a year ago.

I never got to watch this show when it originally aired (I'm only 21 here folks) but thanks to Nick at Night and then TV Land this show was introduced to me. I think its sad to see where TV has gone to now (Laguna Beach) and where it once was.

Monday, September 26, 2005

First Win Post

This is a good way to celebrate the first victory of a season:

Two starting offensive linemen on the Minnesota Vikings were arrested shortly after 3 a.m. today when they refused to leave a 24-hour service station where a crowd had gathered, according to Minneapolis police.
Bryant McKinnie, 26, and Marcus Johnson, 23, were charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction of justice, which are misdemeanors, and were released from the Hennepin County jail early today after they each posted $50 bail.

I wonder if they both played at FSU? but seriously now, this is why people don't like professional athletes, they think they run the world. The sad part is that most of the time the players do not get arrested.

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