Monday, May 08, 2006

Random Thoughts and Mondays...

Rumor travels faster, but it don't stay put as long as truth.
--Will Rogers

What did you pay for gasoline this morning? The Lundberg Servey reports the average price of self-serve regular gasoline rose less than 4 cents over the past two weeks, to $2.95. When's the last time anyone bought "full-service" gasoline? For that matter, would you know where to get it? Interestingly, fuel prices dropped slightly or significantly in 26 cities around the country as we the people tapered off on usage. I love supply and demand.

Enforce Immigration Laws or write new ones?

The Center for Immigration Studies conducted a poll on this last week. They avoiding using words like “amnesty” and “illegal alien” when they asked their suite of questions. The CIS says Americans prefer the House enforcement only bill over the Senate’s proposals to legalize illegal immigrants by a 2 to 1 margin.

I find a little solace in that...what impact do you expect it'll have on Capitol Hill, though?
Yeah, that's what I thought.

Barry Bonds hit his 713th career home run last night in Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Ballpark. It was a park record, at 450 feet, and places Bonds one-hit behind Babe Ruth's record.
Somehow I can't imagine buying a candy bar called a Barry Bond. Fruit juice cocktail mix, perhaps.

How important is this milestone, really. Certainly, it's not going to affect the price of eggs in China, but does anybody really care? With all the steroid issues we’ve heard the last few years…does this even matter?

I read a story last week about Babe Ruth, who had allowed his fast living to get the best of him. He was fat, out of shape, tired…did not look or feel like a professional ball player. Cerftainly not like a winner. And he turned his career around by simply going into training during the off season. Did it without drugs… just ate right, slept right, and worked out a lot.

There's a lesson there.

In the grand scheme of things, labels do have meanings.
The press loves to label the protagonists in stories... Terrorist Leader Al Zarkawi... confessed conspirator Moussaoui...Polygamist church leader Warren Jeffs.

Polygamous church leader. An interesting combination of nouns and pronouns. Jeffs has landed on the FBI's list of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives in hopes that the additional exposure and $10,000 reward money will lead to his arrest. C'mon, how dangerous can a guy with multiple wives be? You'd think he'd be begging for protective custody.

I don’t know how many women Warren Jeffs is married to, but might the Federales have an easier time getting a lead on this guy from at least one of those wives, who might be on the outs with him?

The FBI has published two photographs of this latter day St. Lothario, which beings up a second question about this guy: I am wondering, looking at his picture, how? How does a guy like that score with multiple wives?

He is not going to be confused with Fabio…

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