Friday, November 21, 2014

You Heard it Here First

I have not heard this uttered in the media yet, so I am going to say it here and now. Look for the grand jury verdict in the Michael Brown, Ferguson, Missouri case to be announced Wednesday afternoon -- can't blame the authorities for timing it that way to enhance the prospects of keeping the peace.

If You Want to Know Why Gasoline Prices are Down -- Way Down

U.S. oil production has risen by two-thirds since its 2006 low.


Dear President had warned that we can't drill our way to lower gas prices, and castigated those who said so (which would include me) as bullshitters and liars. 



Thank you Barack Obama for your reserve, level headedness and respect.

Good luck to all and have a great day!



Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ice Cover on the Great Lakes

On January 5th of this year, when the Great Lakes ice cover stood at just over 22.7 percent, we made an early call. "Epic freeze coming for the Great Lakes," we said, continuing, "Lake Erie, with its shallow waters, is virtually certain to freeze over this winter. Lake Michigan may be headed for 90 percent plus ice coverage."

We pretty much nailed it. For the winter season, the Great Lakes peaked at 92.2 percent ice coverage in early March, setting a record for that month and achieving the second highest coverage recorded for any date in the modern era of satellite observation. Lake Michigan's ice coverage peaked at 93.3 percent. Lake Erie got up to 96.4 percent. Gale force winds that broke up, pushed and stacked ice floes one on top of the other, were the only thing that stood between Great Lakes waters and record ice coverage in each of the lakes.

Around Buffalo, people are
opening garages to this!
We frequently small talk about the weather, because it is a relevant and (at least formerly) a noncontroversial topic. So we engaged in discussion at the swim center earlier this week with a gentleman originally from Buffalo, New York, about the six, seven and eight feet of lake effect snow the locals in various locations around the eastern city are being buried by this week. Later on in the winter, the ice coverage on Lake Erie will moderate the lake effect, which is why snowfall in Buffalo usually peaks early in the season. 

This got me thinking about this year's Great Lakes ice coverage

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Since Democrats Hate Energy

And don't dispute it ...

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Democrats want America to be energy independent. As long as it doesn't involve the pipeline. Or fracking. Or any new dam, coal plant, nuclear plant or oil refinery. But wind is good, as long as it isn't near any beach used by a Kennedy. And solar is good, even if it does set birds on fire.

    Let's put it to a test this winter. Create a national regulatory system that requires Democrats to heat their homes with wind, solar and burning corn cobs this winter, period. What is good for the goose, is good for the goose.

    Monday, November 17, 2014

    Five Guys Has Opened

    The lines have been long -- very long. We commented on Facebook.

    From the police reports: A 20-year-old Bozeman man was arrested for assault after he punched the manager at Five Guys Burgers and Fries.
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