Wednesday, February 21, 2018

When Weather Fronts Meet (Part 2)

February 21, 2018

Earlier this month I posted that in 1943 Spearfish, SD went from -4 degrees to 45 degrees in 2 minutes.

On February 13, 2018 (last week, in fact), the temperature in Belknap, Montana went from 37 degrees below zero to 45 above.

That's a temperature change of 82 degrees in one day!

What's next?

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Constitution Test

February  19, 2018

Dear Elected Officials:

See if you can correctly answer the following question regarding the U. S. Constitution.

True or False: Boycotts are protected as Free Speech

Bonus Question:

True or False:

Trying to make it a felony to support a boycott—against companies doing business in Israel, or businesses that promote skimpy clothing for young girls, or businesses that print T-shirts widely regarded as insensitive –is a violation of the First Amendment.

If you answered “True” to both questions, you’d better start educating your colleagues right smartly. Apparently many of them couldn’t pass a basic test on the U. S. Constitution.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

February 16, 2018

From Yahoo! Finance:

Sallie Krawcheck, the CEO of Ellevest, says that women should not be afraid to ask for raises.

A recent study by the Ellevate Network found that 75% of respondents received a pay bump when they requested it.

“Now, exactly how many of those women do you think got a salary decrease? Zero. That’s right zero. Seventy-five percent got a raise and zero got a decrease. So the lesson here is ask,” says Krawcheck.

Makes sense to me.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Gunning for Criticism

February 18, 2018

From the “Really Bad Timing on Top of a Really Bad Idea” Department:

Bad Idea: Third-graders selling raffle tickets for an AR-15.

Bad Timing: Any time; but right after mass killings at a school?

Bad Coincidence: An AR-15 was the weapon used in the Florida school massacre.

Bad Luck: For anyone who thinks it’s a terrible idea. The raffle for the Neosho (MO) traveling baseball team will continue.

The coach initially referred to critics of the idea as a “hate group” but then retracted that characterization, and said that they were concerned citizens who had every right to stand up for what they believed in.

That was awfully open-minded of him.

I should probably point out that I’m being a little inconsistent here, because I don’t mind when adult groups raffle off hunting rifles. But an AR-15 is not a hunting rifle; and to have kids selling raffle tickets for one just increases the “ick” factor for me.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Making Up The Shortfall

February 15, 2018

A fellow Missourian speculates that the reason Missouri state tax forms are so complicated is so that the state can fine you for filling them out incorrectly. (It happened to her last year.)

I guess that’s one way to make up the budget shortfall.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Move Over, Groundhog

February 3, 2018

Every time I write the date 2/2, I think of Mrs. Howell on “Gilligan’s Island” saying something was “utterly too-too.”

So I think that February 2nd should also be known as “Mrs. Howell Day.”

Monday, February 12, 2018

Do They Sleep With One Eye Open?

February 9, 2018

There was an author whose series I used to enjoy, until her villains got so disturbed and disturbing that I couldn’t take it anymore. (I also wondered how one heroine could endure so many horrific things without ending up in an asylum; but I digress.)

Anyway, in the Acknowledgements section of one book the author thanked her husband for his support. And I started wondering: What must it be like to be married to someone who could think up these horrific scenarios?

Do the spouses of certain authors sleep with one eye open?

(Note to any author I’m acquainted with: It’s not you!)