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  1. A few shots I took at the Tweedy solo show at Newport last week... http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8EgMTO7V3Tg/U9vf1m2X1WI/AAAAAAAAnUc/kUeEtfBUXG0/s400/518b.jpg http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rK8jmYx-SIA/U9vgAXURuKI/AAAAAAAAnUk/woRpnFEXQKw/s400/519b.jpg http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lGQhtzxoMvk/U9vgYUXWLmI/AAAAAAAAnU0/xIUsiZ69h5I/s400/523a.jpg http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ekHxr5hIxxo/U9vgi9lUHoI/AAAAAAAAnU8/q92X1RW0tVM/s400/529b.jpg http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-886ALZib1K4/U9vgsdH9ugI/AAAAAAAAnVE/50mFaMGlBFI/s400/536b.jpg http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3BuijxU6_ho/U9vhDEkozZI/AAAAAAAAnVU/8aF6B9KSDfw/s400/540b.jpg http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DZClrN-EXSM/U9voYz-1HdI/AAAAAAAAnV4/Rw1vPyoUZ3c/s400/533b.jpg
  2. Just got power back at 4:30 this afternoon. Outside of a few minutes of computer time at school, which was closed but had power, no internet, phone or TV since Monday evening. Luckily, I could get all the ice I needed from the ice machine in the school cafe. Parts of town were devastated near the coast here in Milford, CT. Went out Monday night to watch the high tide roll in down on Melba Street which is a low lying area along the beach which always gets destroyed in these storms. The water reached the bottom of the street signs and washed the beach side walls of many homes away. One of my friends who is still rebuilding from Irene, was lucky this time. His new house is being built on five foot high concrete stilts reinforced by steel girders. The water rushed under his home and did no damage to the structure itself. There must have been over 100 people standing on the hill overlooking the area while wind gusts of about 60 mph blew the waves into the low lying neighborhood. The tide started to recede around midnight. The next day was some sight. We walked the concrete patios that link most the houses on the beach side. Some homes were destroyed and some had only minor damage. The waves hit at angles this time sparing some homes from complete destruction. During Irene the waves crashed head on and did more damage to the homes in this section of town. On the west side of town the people weren't so lucky. The beach juts out into the sound more and the waves hit at more of a direct angle. Several homes crashed into the ocean. One person actually jumped off a pier to go swimming Monday afternoon and drowned. He was the son of a guy I went to high school with. Most of the city was without power until early this morning due to falling trees ripping down power lines. Managed to survive the loss of civilization for a few days. Going to bed when it gets dark and waking up when it gets light has its' advantages but the novelty was wearing off. Tough to read with a flashlight balancing on your shoulder. It was starting to get colder last night and this afternoon so it is nice to get the heat back on.
  3. Here's a few shots of where I walk every day taken about 1 PM...
  4. Went out for my walk around 6:30 this morning. Wind was a steady 20 mph in your face when you walked directly East. The waves were pretty regular for a normal high tide but it should have been low tide at that time. Some white caps but not anything dangerous. Walked along the sea-wall and didn't get splashed. I had to journey out on I-95 about an hour ago. Some gusts that moved the car a bit but nothing different than one usually encounters on a blustery day.The winds have picked up a bit in the last half-hour. My son who travels all day in his car is still out on the road. I checked in with him a few minutes ago and said things aren't bad yet. I'm going to journey out to see the waves in a few minutes. I'll check back in later.
  5. High tide is at 11:30 tomorrow morning here on Long Island Sound in Southern CT. I'll probably go for my daily walk down to the beach if it's not raining too hard yet to watch the waves crash on to the beach. If it's too rainy a drive in the car is always an adventure during these storms. Last year for Irene most of the locals who didn't actually have a house right on the water strolled around on the roads leading to the beach to see the raging surf. Pretty awesome actually. Unfortunately several friends of mine have just rebuilt their homes from that last storm and are preparing for the worst again. I'm about a mile from the coast. Just have to worry about trees falling down once the winds pick up which is supposed to happen after 3PM. Tomorrow night will be something if what they say is going to happen actually happens. We'll see. School already been cancelled for the next two days. Once the power lines go down I could be off from work for a week. I know it's a tough job but someone has to do it. Stay safe out there.
  6. I thought it was pretty funny. Must not appeal to that Mid-West sense of humor. Things looked pretty slow here so I figured this one might get the juices flowing. Oh, well...back to preparing for the storm of the century. Lou, you'll like these... Mitt's storm tips http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2012/10/mitts-storm-tips.html
  7. Here's a few more mentions... http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/05/21/reinstating-an-old-rule-is-not-a-cure-for-crisis/ http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/research/files/papers/2012/9/13%20glass%20steagal%20wallach/13%20glass%20steagall%20wallach.pdf http://www.tomwoods.com/blog/repeal-of-glass-steagall-had-nothing-to-do-with-the-crisis/ http://reason.com/blog/2012/05/22/ny-times-columnist-glass-steagall-wouldn
  8. Man, I'm flattered by all the attention my views get from you guys. You sure waste a lot of your time replying to my posts. My thoughts get more analysis here than anything Romney or Obama have to say. I would have stopped back on page two or three of this thread if I were you. It's pretty funny actually. I kind of enjoy reading what you all come up with next. What snide remarks can we make today about the guy who doesn't agree with the leaders and policies that have gotten us into this mess. At least I put some ideas on the table so you could bat them around. Someone else would have given up along time ago or been kicked off the forum for responding to your slings and arrows in a less deferential manner. Lou, I'm sorry I haven't gotten around to your NAFTA question. Been busy with all that unimportant Federal Reserve crazy batshit stuff. I know you are anxiously awaiting my opinion on the matter. But you always seem to know what I am going to say next so maybe I don't need to. Like I said in an earlier post, if you don't like what I have to say, don't respond, you only encourage the bastard. You've broken your pledge to stop responding to me more times than Clinton gets blowjobs. Fortunately, in two more weeks you guys will get your new savior or old one for that matter and the bitching will begin anew about how he isn't living up to his promises or how he has let the left or the right down. The economy will continue to get worse, there will be more bailouts and new countries to bomb and invade. More folks will go on food stamps, prices will continue to go up, more jobs will be shipped overseas, medical and college costs will continue to rise, yada yada yada, and in four years we will get to argue all these same issues again hoping that if we just tweak the the same failed policies it will get better. Enjoy the illusion of having a choice when voting. But remember, it only encourages the bastards.
  9. You can beleive what you wish. I find liberals an interesting group. They like to act as if there is no such thing as a Constitution that establishes a Federal System that places limits on the powers of the federal government and grants the rest to the states. So be it. Your Great Depression story is just that, a story. Much more complicated than that. But I'm not going to argue with you about it. If that's what you believe, fine. What exactly do you all believe? You sure have a fine time diagnosing my philosophy. Let's hear your solutions if you have any.
  10. Those are issues that are not the business of the federal government. Marriage laws are the left up to the states according to the Constitution as are murder laws. It is a waste of time to discuss them every presidential election cycle. As a libertarian and a constitutionalist I believe people should be free to do what they want in their personal life as long as you don't harm or threaten another person's life or destroy their property. You could interpret that to mean decriminalizing victimless crimes as well. 10th Amendment: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
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