On the Final Launch
The early days of the space program remain in my memory. I faintly remember seeing Sputnik move across the night sky yet, easily recall Uri Gagarin’s first flight. Images of watching the Mercury launches at elementary school remain, and yes, I even watched the shuttle’s first test flight as it was released from a Boeing 747 for its glide test – so of course I watched the its first launch. In other words, the upcoming final launch of the shuttle program saddens me yet; I can only hope that its end will lead to a new beginning.
Here’s a healthy pasta side dish from a restaurant chain: 1230 cal, 46 g saturated fats, 1439 mg sodium. Thank for Cheesecake Factory for your overly healthy Mac n Cheese
As for the Casey Anthony verdict, it’s tough to delivery “guilty” on a case that is built on circumstantial evidence; therefore, no justice for the deceased little girl.
MLB’s method for selecting an All-Star team continues to be as much as a joke as MLB Commissioner Bud Selig’s tenure.
NASCAR makes its first stop in the Cincinnati area this weekend for the inaugural Quaker State 400. Although Cincinnati is in Ohio, the Kentucky race dawns a Pennsylvania sponsorship. Interestingly, the main event sold 120,000 tickets and ticket buyers represent all 50 states. Bottom line is that the impact on the local economy will be huge.
On the way to Detroit last weekend, I spotted the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile going in the opposite direction – but I cannot confirm that Anthony Weiner was driving.
On the trip home, I spotted a Girls Gone Wild bus going in the opposite direction – but I cannot confirm that Anthony Weiner was on the bus.
Columnist Maureen Dowd provides an interesting perspective about a Twilight Zone in this read.
I discovered this week that the banking industry has a record amount of capital available for investment – yet, banks continue to keep the keep on the sidelines. Is this a political decision or a political decision?
A special thanks to the monopolistic price-gauging gasoline industry (who does not collude on prices) for raising pump prices twice last week. The second, a 15-20 cents per gallon increase going into the holiday weekend, was suddenly dropped on July 5th.
Debt ceiling talks in Washington are simply political theater. I ask both sides why they continue to downplay or selectively use the Deficit Commission (Simpson-Bowles) report. Since I am more than tired of the GOP broken record of it’s our-way-or-nothing approach, it’s time to call their bluff.
USA Today provided opposing view columns about the debt limit.
Time watch: 26 weeks into Speaker Boehner’s leadership and still no jobs bill from the one who regularly asked, “Where are the jobs?”
Meanwhile, I appreciate this Bob Schieffer commentary about our politicians. See or read it here.
With baseball’s All-Star Game approaching, enjoy this version of Take Me Out to the Ballgame. Have a safe weekend.