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Cool. Cool. Cool-cool-cool!

ceiling fanTexas is famous for being a two-season state. We endure winter for a few weeks then it's back to warmer weather again. Even though this spring has been remarkably mild by local standards I couldn't help but notice that the neighbor's A/C units began kicking on in mid-March.

Not at my house, though. I LOVE being able to open all the windows and air out the house as deep into the summer as possible. I only resort to hermetically sealing the joint and cranking up the A/C when the temps hit the mid-90s and the humidity goes off the charts.

But there are days, like today, when the temps nudge 90 and the house gets stuffy late in the afternoon, aided in no small part by a massive Mac Pro Tower that puts out so much heat it effectively warms my office in winter. This stuffiness is an inconvenience I've always have to endure. Or used to, that is.

After twenty-five plus years in this house I finally had the bright idea of installing a small fan in the attic-access panel in the main hallway. Even on a low speed setting the difference has been startling as any hot air lingering against the ceiling is now gone, replaced by cooler air drifting in through the windows.

Where I used to fight the heat with a series of fans to aid evaporation now I'm simply getting rid of the heat itself. The number of times I've asked myself "Why didn't I think of this before?" would be depressing if I wasn't smiling so much.

And my electric bill last month? $40. I can live with that.



Notes, Notes, and More Notes.

Liar Alert: Ten pithy comments that Romney's opponents said about him on the campaign trail.

: Michigan "Democrat" Roy Schmidt pulls the ultimate dick move by changing parties ten minutes before the registration deadline. Oh, and it gets worse than that.

Slaughter: Israeli squatters shoot innocent Palestinians and steal their land as Israeli army stands watch.

The Movies: Adjusted for inflation the #3 all-time movie in terms of domestic gross is... The Sound of Music. #11 is a Disney animation... 101 Dalmations. Color me surprised.

Heresy: There are diners who actually give these in lieu of real tips. Fuck those people with fire.

Humor: "I always thought the brain was the most important organ. But then I asked myself 'Who's telling me this?'" - Emo


And now our Chart of the Day: Annualized Growth in Federal spending

net change in government spending chart

Big honkin' editorialized version here.


Republican Job Creation Update

republican job creation5-23-2012: Say it with me now: "The House is in recess this week. Must be nice to have so many vacations. Oh, how I hate those indolent GOP swine."

For the full 2001-2012 list of Republican sloth please visit republicanjobcreation.com.


Fox News Lies. Dump Fox News

Fox News Lies! Fox News' Lou Dobbs suggested that the New Black Panther Party is president Obama's "base".  This is what happens when you don't lock the door at the mental facilities. Fox News gives them their own programs.

Click here to help Drop Fox from your cable system.

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Punchbowl Economics

2007: George Bush craps in the punch bowl. "Heh-heh. That's a heckuva brownie job."

2008: John McCain says: "The fundamentals of the punch bowl is strong."

2009-2011: The GOP says: "Bush tax cuts? What Bush tax cuts?"

2012: Karl Rove Mitt Romney says "This fellow pooped in the punch bowl!"

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