Muzings

Posted in Drive By, National by muzeuterpe on July 2, 2010

Photo "Arizona! Doing the job the feds won't do."

OMG! I am so freaking excited!

Posted in Drive By by muzeuterpe on June 28, 2010

So, I am gonna skip any mention of the death of Robert Byrd. Mostly because I think he’s been dead for several years. It’s just no one told his body. Kinda like an extended Weekend at Bernies thing.

Anyway – here I am neglecting my poor blog during this most exciting 2010 political year and what the hell happens? I get invited to contribute to a great little entertainment portal called KV Live! Poor things, they must be hurtin. I mean, what the hell do I know about the entrainment life around here? I just rant on things I think are …. well, rant worthy. And even at that I find I have less and less time for a good blast.

Hmmm … I could do a story on how Obama’s ears are contributing to global climate change. What? You don’t believe me. Well let me tell YOU something! If a rabbit’s ears help cool their body temperature so does his.  And all that heat is going somewhere! (BTW – how can the “Democratic National Committee” run barackobama.com and it not be a violation of something?)

Or, I could jump on the train of people who voice their disdain for The Empty Glass. Problem is, when you do that all the tolerant types jump out of the woodwork to demand you be excommunicated. They can’t tolerate criticism constructive or otherwise. Wouldn’t be good for my first swim.

I used to be a groupie of one of the band members in Rockin Horse. They split up a long time ago, but I still keep in touch with him. Mmmmmmm … those were good times. I ran the borders with them. Oh, that’s my phrase for going to gigs out of the county. They played Spencer a bunch, Lincoln County, CJs in St. Albans, Class VI, the 2001 fake Bridge Day event. They played a few Charleston spots as well. Corncobb McCormick (NOT the one I was hot after.) butted heads with Michael Lipton at some point in his career and Michael kept them out of a lot of jobs.

I could talk about how a Charleston businesswoman made a racially prejudiced remark to me. I was talking about an event I was attending in another area of the county and she said “I hope you don’t get shot.” I damn near come unglued on the b*tch. I asked her what the hell would make her say something like that, to which she only replied, “I live her too. I can say these things.” Dumb b*tch.

OR! I could talk about how the self-righteous will shut out their own if they become conservative or think too freely. That’s it! Maybe I will call my column “Perspective of a Free Thinking Woman.” What do you think?

So anyway, I’m not sure when my first “article” will publish, but I’ll be sure to let you know.

Bad Hair

Posted in Drive By, General by muzeuterpe on April 16, 2008

Good grief!  Here I am at a public wi-fi spot, drowning in self-pity.  I’ve had some upsetting news and I’m not sure what to do.  It’s a legal thing, so I can’t go into details, but I have a relative who has been charged with something unjustly and they are being prevented from going to a necessary training program because of it.

Supposedly it is not because of the charge.  It is supposedly because the person could be yanked from the training by the courts for a hearing.  Nevermind a judge [not magistrate] ruled they could go.  Now, on one hand I get it.  But on the other I don’t.  This person is being prevented from getting training necessary, no MANDATORY for keeping the job.  It is specialized so you can’t get it here in WV.  They have been told that they will not be fired from the job, but that they will have to wait. 

So this person has to wait for the grand jury.  I don’t know anything about grand juries.  I know they review cases and decide if they go to trial.  I don’t know when they meet, I don’t know how they decide things … I have a big civics gap in my public education in this area.

This has been going on since last fall, when I was whacked in the eye by the relative.  So I’ve been carrying this and anticipating a little break from the stress.  With the relative gone to school there would be a ‘cooling off’ period for the extended family.  The change of scenario would benefit the one accused. 

This is a mess.  The charge was filed to upset ME, to get even with ME for the fight [which I didn’t start]. It’s way out of hand.  There is no evidence that a crime was committed, just an accusation.  But the accusation is a serious one and, by itself, will cause this to go to trial.  So the relative who climbed out of the vehicle and whacked me in the eye is upsetting an entire family, potentially sending an innocent person to prision, because she has no concept of how to be an adult. 

Jedijawa — How in the world can you [or anyone who works in social services] sit back, understanding many of the underlying reasons people act certain ways, and not just go insane!  What little I have learned about human behavior in my classes shows me what’s going on here.  And there isn’t a d*mn thing I can do.  I know the motivation is anger, jealously and revenge on that person’s part … but I just have to sit here an know.

Well, I can’t sit here.  I have an interview to do shortly and need to shut down and go pee.

I should have known when my hair wouldn’t do what I told it to this morning.

 

Free Wi-Fi for the Peasants Courtesy of King Danny

Posted in Drive By by muzeuterpe on July 13, 2007

Just a quick post and link.

Recently, the City of Charleston decided it would be a great idea to provide free Wi-Fi to the community of the East End.  It was announced with such bravado that you would think it is the ultimate solution for the problems plaging that area.

The blog at Create WV comments on this and provides several links to reports and notes some concerns that other cities have had when implementing free Wi-Fi.  Among other things …

But non-bleeding edge municipalities have been watching the results of the early adopter cities with interest. Many projects, like Toledo’s, have had a great deal of controversy surrounding them. There are “digital divide” benefits to be realized with a free (or low cost) public approach to broadband. But many are questioning the real economic impact of subsidized coverage. It does help brand an area as somewhat more progressive and tech savvy, if that counts for anything.

The blog also cautions …

In the East End of Charleston, it will be critical for the organizers to identify some “hard” uses of Wi-Fi and demonstrate some measurable economic growth or cost savings of some sort before the public at large will likely get on board.

 Some things to think about.

County User Fee Being Considered in Monongahela

Posted in Drive By, State by muzeuterpe on June 16, 2007

Parsons says people who work in the county would pay one to two dollars a week.  The user fee proposal could go before Monongalia County voters this fall.  The presentation on user fees and other road funding options is Thursday evening at six o’clock in WVU’s Erickson Alumni Center.

Acccording to a report by WV Public Broadcasting, Monongahela County is considering a $1-2 user fee on people who work in the county.  This is because of the high cost of road maintenence.  Hmmm

Currently, it is the responsibility of the federal and state highways departments to fund road repairs.  Under a proposal in this report, local governmental bodies would begin contributing.  From the article:

Parsons says there just isn’t enough state and federal money for road construction. That’s way local officials want to here [sic] about other options, like a county wide user fee.   Parsons says this is one topic that will be discussed at Thursday night’s meeting.  

In 2005, the Tax Foundation showed WV as having an effective fuel tax rate of $0.454.

Fuel Tax

 There is an interesting article on fuel taxes at http://www.taxfoundation.org/files/a8810966810d2cce51e0a32f17ad52cf.pdf.

Trendy, huh?

Drive By – Part 2

Posted in Drive By by muzeuterpe on June 15, 2007

Ok, let me take a quick jab at a few stories I’ve read today.

Well, let’s start with Nancy Pelosi.  According to TheHill.com Nancy wants lawmakers to be able to haul their grown children at tax payer expense on trips.  This is the ethics queen, remember.

Now, Ms. Nancy seems to think that when a member of Congress has to travel and their spouse is not able to go along, a grown child should be able to accompany them without reimbursing the Treasury.  UMMMMM   I don’t think so.

 The City of Seattle may ban microwave popcorn. OK, it’s not “the city” it’s city government buildings.  My sons would love to see this here!  Try as I may, I never fail to burn a couple pieces. 

West Virginia – Open for Business!!  Dateline Boston, June 12 — Cabot Corporation announced today that it will close its carbon black manufacturing facility in Waverly, WV.  Now, according to the article:

The decision to close the facility was driven by changes in the tire
manufacturing industry. Over the past 18 months, tire manufacturing has
seen a significant restructuring, with multiple tire capacity reductions in
North America and the expansion of tire manufacturing facilities in China
and other countries in the Asia Pacific and South America regions
.

Mia Moran-Cooper Well, my opinion hasn’t changed.  I believe Ms. Moran-Cooper.  She’s presented evidence.  I haven’t heard a legitimate rebuttle of the evidence.  All I see is a lottery system, and it’s big money supporters and investors, waging a smear campaign in order to shore-up a vote in favor of table games.  Make her look like an angry ex-employee crying sour grapes, keep the focus off the real issue, make it about her.

Television double standard — You know, sometimes things just strike me odd.  I’m sitting here writing this stuff up, watching the tube.  So these commercials come on.  They’re the ones aimed at men.  You know, those little pills that help you out when the lights go off.  Well, anyway, I want to know why these commercials all have small built women and fat men?  I mean, in every one of them, they guy is at least 30 lbs over weight. 

Remember that HPV vaccine that everyone was abuzz about a few months ago.  You know, the one Texas mandated young girls to have.  Even some of our own state representatives tried to force it down our throats.  Well, check this out from Judicial Watch!  Seems that there are a few side effects they didn’t tell us about! 

As of May 11, 2007, the 1,637 adverse vaccination reactions reported to the FDA via the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) included 371 serious reactions.  Of the 42 women who received the vaccine while pregnant, 18 experienced side effects ranging from spontaneous abortion to fetal abnormities. 

Side effects published by Merck & Co. warn the public about potential pain, fever, nausea, dizziness and itching after receiving the vaccine.  Indeed, 77% of the adverse reactions reported are typical side effects to vaccinations.  But other more serious side effects reported include paralysis, Bells Palsy, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, and seizures. 

“The FDA adverse event reports on the HPV vaccine read like a catalog of horrors,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.  “Any state or local government now beset by Merck’s lobbying campaigns to mandate this HPV vaccine for young girls ought to take a look at these adverse health reports.  It looks as if an unproven vaccine with dangerous side effects is being pushed as a miracle drug.”

And people thought I was just awful because I did not support the mandated vaccination of very young girls.

2007 Drought?

Posted in Drive By by muzeuterpe on June 2, 2007

Commissioner of Agriculture, Gus R. Douglass, has announced that he is about 10 days away from declaring a drought emergency in West Virginia.

This is not a good thing. 

Wal-Mart lawsuit

Posted in Drive By by muzeuterpe on June 2, 2007

Well, I’m not a fan of Wal-Mart.  Not because of any management practice, but because they are so crowded and noisy I can’t stand to be there.

Apparently the New Jersey State Supremem Court has ruled that employees of 45 stores can file a class action lawsuit because they were forced to work through breaks and lunch periods or work off the clock.

Wal-Mart has somewhere near 5,700 stores.  About 75% are located in the U.S.

Text of a letter from the President

Posted in Drive By by muzeuterpe on June 2, 2007

June 1, 2007

Dear Mr. Chairman:

This report to the Congress, under section 804(b) of the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act, 21 U.S.C. 1901-1908 (the “Kingpin Act”), transmits my designations of the following five foreign persons and one foreign entity for sanctions under the Kingpin Act and reports my direction of sanctions against them under that Act:

Victor Emilio Cazarez Salazar

Gulf Cartel

Jorge Mario Paredes Cordova

Haj Azizullah Alizai

Shahbaz Khan

Frederik Heinz Barth

Sincerely,

GEORGE W. BUSH

# # #

Eastern Panhandle Development

Posted in Drive By by muzeuterpe on June 2, 2007

I have become more aware (as many WVians have) of the explosion in development in our Eastern Panhandle area.  It is quickly becoming a bedroom community for the DC suburbs.  Many of the orchards and farms have been sold to pay the increasing property taxes.  The properties are then converted to housing developments.

 That’s a shame.

I had the opportunity to visit the area in Jefferson County back in August of 2005.  It really bothered me to see the farms and orchards discarded that way.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting has an interview on a legal battle in Jefferson County regarding a housing development.