>A Couple of Things

>It’s mostly cloudy today, and cool. If it rained, I missed it, but…..a while ago I was on the phone when I glanced out the window and saw a rainbow. Against a cloud. It was only the center arc, but it had broad bands of color and was beautiful. It faded in just a few seconds, but I saw a rainbow. Yes, I’ve seen rainbows before, even double and once a triple one, but I still got excited. Woo Hoo.

The second thing from here:


Four questions for Republicans…and four answers for undecided voters

by Jed Lewison
Fri Oct 29, 2010 at 10:40:03 AM PDT


1. What was the average monthly private sector job growth in 2008, the final year of the Bush presidency, and what has it been so far in 2010?

2. What was the Federal deficit for the last fiscal year of the Bush presidency, and what was it for the first full fiscal year of the Obama presidency?

3. What was the stock market at on the last day of the Bush presidency? What is it at today?

4. Which party’s candidate for speaker will campaign this weekend with a Nazi reenactor who dressed up in a SS uniform?


1. In 2008, we lost an average of 317,250 private sector jobs per month. In 2010, we have gained an average of 95,888 private sector jobs per month. (Source) That’s a difference of nearly five million jobs between Bush’s last year in office and President Obama’s second year.

2. In FY2009, which began on September 1, 2008 and represents the Bush Administration’s final budget, the budget deficit was $1.416 trillion. In FY2010, the first budget of the Obama Administration, the budget deficit was $1.291 trillion, a decline of $125 billion. (Source) Yes, that means President Obama has cut the deficit — there’s a long way to go, but we’re in better shape now than we were under Bush and the GOP.

3. On Bush’s final day in office, the Dow, NASDAQ, and S&P 500 closed at 7,949, 1,440, and 805, respectively. Today, as of 10:15AM Pacific, they are at 11,108, 2,512, and 1,183. That means since President Obama took office, the Dow, NASDAQ, and S&P 500 have increased 40%, 74%, and 47%, respectively.

4. The Republican Party, whose candidate for speaker, John Boehner, will campaign with Nazi re-enactor Rich Iott this weekend. If you need an explanation why this is offensive, you are a lost cause.

The moral of the story is this: if you vote Republican, I hope you enjoy Election Day — because you’re not going to like what comes next.

>A Change in the Weather

Got out of bed today…chilly
Got out of shower…..freezing
Closed windows.
That nice summery weather is gone again. Nice while it lasted, though.

Here’s a little something I came across today:

Fictive Rest: The inability of many people to fall asleep until after reading even the tiniest amount of fiction.

I have that. Found it here:


Here’s a quote I like:

“Most people assume the fights are going to be the left versus the right, but it always is the reasonable versus the jerks.” Jimmy Wales

I so hope I’m among the reasonable, rather than the jerks.

Took an Asperger’s test I found on a friend’s blog. The result:

Your Aspie score: 140 of 200
Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 65 of 200
You are very likely an Aspie

Not sure what it means. Going to retake the test and see what I get today. I’ll let you all know, dear readers.