According to GasBuddy the lowest gas price near me right now is $3.74 / gallon.
Gas in October of 2006 was about $2.10 / gallon.
So, for 20 gallons $78 v. $42 only about a 45% increase in 18 or so months. $36 per fill up difference, let's say 1x a week / 4x a month = $144 a month. When you bought your car.. would you have bought it if the monthly payment was $144 more a month?
For an extra kick in the nutz.. I found a posting I made on Feb 29, 2000 complaining about gas at $1.69. one sixty nine?! As compared to today.. that's a 230% difference in 8 years. Do you make 230% more now than you did in 2000? I sure don't.
Exxon Mobil earned more than $1287 of profit for every second of 2007. Current Stock price is $90.70. I'm all for capitalism and all.. but an $11.7 billion profit is obscene.
Ok.. that's enough rambling. It's not going to change anything..
Here’s some positive mental nourishment for you:
The Greatest Things – Are not things at all.
The Greatest Mystery – Death.
The Greatest Gift – Life.
The Greatest Work – What you love doing.
The Greatest Recreation – Based on the point above: Work.
The Greatest Feeling – Happiness.
The Greatest Sorrow – A broken heart.
The Greatest Sight – A sight imagined, but physically unseen.
The Greatest Thought – “I can.”
The Greatest Want – Acceptance.
The Greatest Need – Awareness.
The Greatest Trick – Proving the impossible to be possible.
The Greatest Waste – Hatred.
The Greatest Asset – Your mind.
The Greatest Tool – Your body.
The Greatest Smell – A familiar smell.
The Greatest Sense – Touch.
The Greatest Relationship – Long-term friendship.
The Greatest Criminal – A liar.
The Greatest Bankruptcy – Lack of confidence.
The Greatest Mistake – Quitting.
The Greatest Moment – Now.
The Greatest Bore – Repetition.
The Greatest Manufacturing – Recycling.
The Greatest Companion – One you can trust.
The Greatest Deception – Self-deception.
The Greatest Evil – War.
The Greatest Fool – One who thinks he knows it all.
The Greatest Sound – Silence.
The Greatest Art – Music.
The Greatest Love – Thyself.
The Greatest People – Family and Friends.
The Greatest Conversation – One that inspires action.
The Greatest Hero – A teacher.
The Greatest Laugh – One that hurts.
The Greatest Encounter – A pleasant surprise.
The Greatest Story – A true story.
The Greatest Communication – Eye contact.
The Greatest Wealth – Love.
The Greatest Beauty – Is an opinion.
The Greatest Compliment – An unexpected one.
The Greatest Step – The first step.
The Greatest Accomplishment – Finishing what you started.
The Greatest Resource – Time.
The Greatest Exercise – Sex.
The Greatest Service – Helping someone in need.
The Greatest Force – Momentum.
The Greatest Space – Uncluttered space.
The Greatest Expression – A smile.
The Greatest Comfort – Familiarity.
What They Said: jonathan says another one for your names list on 10/8/2008 Rudolph Hucker
The go to Daily Kos read the REAL Hillary 3 AM phone call.
"It's 3am and you're safe and asleep. But your husband is AWOL. There's a phone in the White House and it's ringing. Something is happening in a motel room in Washington DC. Your vote will decide who answers that call. Whether it's someone who already knows the best lawyers in town, knows the best spin-doctors. Someone tested by her husband's previous dalliances and ready to lead the damage control again in a dangerous world full of right-wing attackers.
It's 3am and you're safe and asleep. Do you know where your husband is?"
What They Said: HECTOR says BULL CRAP on 3/12/2008 I'm the asshole who answers the phone at 3am... usually like this, "Yeah, be there in 30, No don't call the WH situation room, we'll handle it ourselves "
Then those SOB's wake up at 8 eat a full breakfast and read the dam report I wrote over and over again from 4-6 while eating yesterdays donut and drinking yesterdays luke warm coffee.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Jane Hambleton has dubbed herself the "meanest mom on the planet."
After finding alcohol in her son's car, she decided to sell the car and share her 19-year-old's misdeed with everyone -- by placing an ad in the local newspaper.
The ad reads: "OLDS 1999 Intrigue. Totally uncool parents who obviously don't love teenage son, selling his car. Only driven for three weeks before snoopy mom who needs to get a life found booze under front seat. $3,700/offer. Call meanest mom on the planet."
Hambleton has heard from people besides interested buyers since recently placing the ad in The Des Moines Register.
The 48-year-old from Fort Dodge says she has fielded more than 70 telephone calls from emergency room technicians, nurses, school counselors and even a Georgia man who wanted to congratulate her.
"The ad cost a fortune, but you know what? I'm telling people what happened here," Hambleton says. "I'm not just gonna put the car for resale when there's nothing wrong with it, except the driver made a dumb decision.
"It's overwhelming the number of calls I've gotten from people saying 'Thank you, it's nice to see a responsible parent.' So far there are no calls from anyone saying, 'You're really strict. You're real overboard, lady."'
The only critic is her son, who Hambleton says is "very, very unhappy" with the ad and claims the alcohol was left by a passenger.
Hambleton believes her son but has decided mercy isn't the best policy in this case. She says she set two rules when she bought the car at Thanksgiving: No booze, and always keep it locked.
The car has been sold, but Hambleton says she will continue the ad for another week -- just for the feedback.
I'm putting it in bits and bytes.. 2008 is a milestone year in the birthday department, and I am NOT hitting that milestone in my current physical condition.
So it technically started Monday, but actually started today. That's right.. a trip to the Gym. At least 3 times a week would be great.. but I'm a realist.. If I can get there on Tuesday and Thursday I'll be thrilled.
I might post progress, I might not. You'll have to check back.
Hillary Clinton, John McCain Win New Hampshire Primary
NH, I can only hope that when you wake up in the morning you'll have recovered from the obvious blow to your collective heads.
WTF are you folks thinking anyway?! Good lord...
What They Said: the wife says Astounded on 1/9/2008 All the 50+ biddies who still have wet dreams when they hear Gloria Steinham speak about feminism are who saved Hillary's ass. She is Satan in a dress; wake up NH. The uniformed public seem to like her better when she cries; maybe Bubba should publicly screw around on her again to jet her campaign! The thought of that family in the White House again make me want to puke!
'Sometimes incompetence is useful. It helps you keep an open mind.' — Roberto Cavalli
It's the best line of the day and appears in today's Wall Street Journal front page story by Stacy Meichtry and Christina Passariello.
A Cornell University study has shown that most incompetent people do not know that they are incompetent. People who do things badly are usually supremely confident of their abilities -- more confident, in fact, than people who do things well.
One reason that the ignorant also tend to be the blissfully self-assured, the researchers believe, is that the skills required for competence often are the same skills necessary to recognize competence.
Serentiy now I swear..there is a spy inside the 4 virtual walls of this company that I work for.
What They Said: Thomas Jefferson says He Who Knows on 12/21/2007 RantUser says Code Library ERROR on 12/25/2007 Bottom of the screen has the following error. I hope that you fix it becaue I'd like to know if there is more code snipets beyond the error.
...why.. Coca-Cola uses Coke in glass bottles in their advertising (ok.. they use cans too) but you can't actually buy Coke in a bottle? Have you ever had Coke in a bottle? So much better. Yeah.. you can buy those silly little 8oz bottles around this time of year with the big fat red guy on them. And yes.. that is a serving size.. but COME ON! 12 or 16 oz in a GREEN GLASS BOTTLE PLEASE!!
America.. I love it
In 2007 California will spend $3.3 Billion on its state university system and $9.9 Billion on its prison system - LA Times
Ohio State's $109 million athletics budget provided and average of $110,000 for each of its 980 athletes, about triple what the school spends to educate each student. - Wall St Journal
Seems a little upside down to me.. not quite sure why?
· Voted NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. (Mar 2004)
· Voted NO on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
· Apologize for slavery, but concentrate on civil rights now. (Oct 2000)
· Human rights are women’s rights. (Jan 2000)
· Voted YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
· Supports “Three Strikes” and more prison. (Aug 1994)
· Vouchers would take money from public schools. (Oct 2000)
· Opposes merit pay for individual teachers. (Apr 2000)
· Metal detectors at school are not that much of an intrusion. (Jun 1999)
· Fight with Gore for public schools; no voucher “gimmicks”. (Mar 2000)
· Parents can choose, but support public schools. (Feb 1997)
· Voted YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mar 2005)
· Voted NO on Bush Administration Energy Policy. (Jul 2003)
· Leave no child behind; it still takes a village. (Aug 2000)
· Treat kids as “child citizens” not “minors” under the law. (Dec 1999)
· No tea and cookies for her, but no insult intended. (Jul 1992)
· Rated 0% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-family voting record. (Dec 2003)
· Keep guns away from people who shouldn’t have them. (Sep 2000)
· Work toward affordable universal health care. (Jun 1998)
· Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
· Rated 85% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
· House of Representatives has been run like a plantation. (Jan 2006)
· Voted NO on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
· Voted NO on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)
· Never left Bill because they were a team. (Dec 1999)
· Just Say No to GOP tax plan. (Sep 1999)
· Voted NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
· Rated 21% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
· Condemns anti-Muslim bigotry in name of anti-terrorism. (Oct 2001)
· Extend peace treaties to Palestinians, Syrians & Lebanese. (Nov 1999)
My Job involves explaining things to idiots.
Then the idiots make decisions based on misinterpreting what I said.
Then it is my job to try to fix the massive problems caused by the bad decisions.
Eventually, rumors overwhelm facts, and I give up.