I was at Sturgis, buzzing around on my bike, and more than a little bit buzzed on carrot juice, when I ran into another biker named James.  He wasn’t much on size, but he was all attitude and I had to respect that.  We got to swapping stories, trying to top each other, and the next thing you knew, we found that we’d become friends.  

When I took off down the road two days later, I promised to stay in touch.  It was going to be nice having a friend in this new land…

It’s been said that corporations are non-partisan in that they give money to both sides in hopes that the side that wins will remember their largesse.  This chart seems to show a slightly different story, however…

In an effort to do an end-run around the negative publicity the problem-laden Keystone pipeline project has generated, Republicans in congress are planning to add the seven billion dollar project to an energy and highway bill, according to Reuters.

"If (Keystone) is not enacted before we take up the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, it will be part of it," Boehner said on ABC’s "This Week" news program.

If that doesn’t work, then the fall-back plan is to attach the funding to the bill extending payroll tax cuts, or perhaps a jobs bill.  Ever greedy, other GOP politicians have talked of adding provisions that will open the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration.  Insiders state that the more things Republicans add to the pipeline project, the less likely it is to pass.  This is one instance where Republican greed may be beneficial to American interests.

I can't write today-the government might not like it...


Congratulate yourself, your complaints have been heard.  The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act (PROTECT IP or just PIPA)  are history – maybe.  They’re (probably) being replaced by The OPEN Act, which is certain to contain a lot of the same writing.  SOPA and PIPA, if passed, would basically shut down Internet sites like this one. If I had to guess, I’d expect The Open Act (TOA) to do the same thing. However, since TOA isn’t finished yet, that’s not easy to know.

Many sites are shutting down on Wednesday, January 18th in protest of government’s attempt to take over the Internet.  Other sites will leave it up to the individual customers.  So, as you tour the Internet on Wednesday, don’t panic if you don’t find your usual stuff.  Hopefully, it’ll be back on Thursday.  Hopefully…