See you….

“See you in the funny papers” was once a light-hearted expression people used to say when they parted.  Having recognized myself in the funny papers, aka “comics,” in the newspaper, I look forward to them every morning and dread the day when, along with newspapers, they’ll disappear. Guess they’ll show up online, but it won’t be the same.

Even it I’m in a rush I don’t skip Pickles, Peanuts, Shoe, Family Circus, and several others.  In addition to occasionally using “see you in the funny papers,” I recently had a call from a friend who pointed out that I’m one of the last people he knows who says “so long” instead of goodbye. Got that from my mother. She never said goodbye, just “so long for a while.”

Got an even better farewell saying from my Grandmom  (“Mom”) Murphy/Mcdavitt: “See you in church if they keep the windows clean,” which always both tickles and puzzles.  Tickles when I think of her outside the church looking in at me through the clean windows, and puzzles because she was a regular attendee at Mass and therefore always on the inside.

See you….


Solar Energy – Taxpayer Boondoggle?

This morning I was treated to front-page newspaper story of how 10 major U.S. corporations have apparently convinced our state legislature that it might be a good idea to allow competition, in the form of solar power, with electric utilities.  Most of the article deals with the “Energy Freedom Act,” a bill in the NC legislature that would allow companies to compete against the big utilities to provide electricity.

But, now hear this: in a front-page article titled “GOP bill pushes for solar expansion,” by John Murawski, Raleigh News & Observer, April 8, 2015, the author writes:

“Republicans have traditionally been wary of renewable energy, with many calling it a taxpayer-subsidized boondoggle.  But in recent years solar costs have plummeted and solar expansion exceeded expectations that would have seemed naïve just a few years ago.  (my underlining)

Well it did seem naïve a few years ago, mostly to people who didn’t like the fact that President Obama was behind a massive effort to increase the use of solar power and other renewable energy sources.

The N&O article goes on:
“…the Rocky Mountain Institute issued a report predicting that by 2030 the traditional power grid could supply as little as 25 percent of the nation’s electricity as solar panels and storage systems take up the slack.”

Taxpayer boondoggle indeed.

“Even More Impervious to Western Intervention”

The premise of the article referenced below is that the (maybe) deal with Iran regarding that country’s nuclear program will be perceived as U.S. weakness.

For me, the author sums up  the Mideast in one phrase: “…impervious to Western intervention.”  Unfortunately, the phrase is used to conclude that “…the area’s vast array of challenges would be even more impervious to Western intervention….” as a result of the proposed agreement with Iran.

Should we continue to intervene?  Spend more American lives and money trying to change centuries of tribalism, war lords, suicide bombers, and extremists who murder innocent people to show the world how they would rule?

I’d support helping reasonable Mideast governments go after the extremists, but I say enough to fighting all their battles for them.  Air strikes and surgical strikes by Navy Seals and other elite U.S. ground forces in support of Mideast operations?  Probably yes, but only after we are certain that we are needed and respected and only as a separate force within an international coalition.

Raleigh News & Observer, “Nuke pact could project weakness that could embolden states and extremists alike,” by Dan Perry, AP, April 6, 2015.

POTUS (President of the United States) Eligibility

The subject has come up regarding the candidacy of Senator Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada.  Here is a short and informative article:

Note especially the last few paragraphs.  I’m no lawyer, but it seems clear that the answer for eligibility for Senator Cruz is probably yes, and it will be “probably yes” until the U.S. Supreme Court accepts a case on the question.  Have to wonder what the Supremes would decide.  My guess is they would affirm “natural citizenship” for persons who have at least one natural U.S. citizen as a parent no matter where they were born.