The Trees of Saint Pierre de Varengeville-Duclair

The trees of which we speak surround Saint Pierre de Varengeville-Duclair forest, in Normandy. This was a US army camp used by troops who were waiting to be sent elsewhere. Adam Sage reported for AP the names “Thomas and Dorothy” were carved in the bark of one trunk. Another said “Bob and Carma”. Other trees were marked with soldiers’ home states – Iowa, Maine or Alabama – and several bore hearts and the names or initials of a wife or girlfriend. This place was used by the US Amry from September 1944 to February 1946. These trees have stood for the last sixty years as a testament to the freedom America and these soldiers gave France and all of Europe. Now most of the trees have been chopped down for paper. Some in France are trying to get the remaining trees listed as a historic monument. Last year more than 150 of these trees were removed. This is just another case of France wanting to bury their heads in the ground a rewrite history. If these trees remain, they will serve that France once let Germany walk into their country and take it over and they needed Allied help to regain the freedom they have today. That same freedom which they use to denounce our involvement in the Middle East, and in Iran over the proliferation of nuclear weapons. It truly is funny how France does not believe in force unless it is used to help their freedom, but they are not willing to use force to gain anybody else’s.

Replacing Tim Russert

Tim Russert must be replaced by NBC News, Russert the host of Meet the Press, was the man, when it came to Sunday morning talk shows, he was also the chief political commentator and the boss of NBC News Washington bureau. His death of a heart attack last Friday is creating quite a vacuum that needs to be filled. The show reportedly earns more than $60 million a year in profits with very low expenses. The NBC show averages 4.17 million views, which is far above second place ABC show with 2.8. So here is a list of possible replacements and our take on the top candidates, Chris Matthews he wants this job so badly he has already started to lobby for it. The problem is he already has a weekend show on NBC syndicate so they would lose one time slot by choosing him. David Gregory already works at NBC and he has hosted the show in the past. The problem he is not liked, or seen as a nice person, so they may not get important guests and lose ratings. Chuck Todd works at NBC and he was hand picked by Russert. He is young enough to build a show around. The problem is this may cause a problem with the other NBC folks that would not have been picked. Andrea Mitchell is a perfect candidate and an NBC employee, her only down fall to her is her age. She is 62, which means picking her would only be a short-term solution. Gwen Ifill, She might be most like Tim Russert of the whole group. She is smart, well liked and lives inside the Washington circles. The only exception with her is she works at PBS, which might cause a problem for NBC people that are not hired. Tom Brokaw works at NBC and everybody knows him. He can be used as an interim person, but is not a long-term solution as he does not have the inner tough person in him to ask the hard questions. Brian Williams another NBC guy that is well liked and has a familiar face. The problem, this is not the nightly news which is just reading  copy, this job is political analysis and asking tough questions of high ranking people it is not for the faint of heart. Then if it was my news division and I had to make a choice, it would be Chuck Todd then Glen Ifill. We cannot wait to see how this one shakes out.

Kanab, Utah – Bikini Ban – Unamerican

Tea512 was a little late on the uptake on this one, but am outraged nonetheless. On June 10th 2008, Mark Haynes of the Salt Lake Tribune reported that in Kanab, Utah the City leaders have publishing a ban on bikinis. The town of only 5400 residents which sits 300+ miles south of Salt Lake City, Utah. The good news is calmer heads prevailed and they are going to modify the rule to permit bikini’s at the city’s public pool later this month. They are still going to ban thongs and string bikinis. The bikini ban was discussed and even mocked. The town self nicknamed “Little Hollywood” because of the films that have been made there. Although, headlines are not new to the city as across the state as well as the nation in 2006, it adopted a “natural-family resolution” for breadwinning husbands and homemaking wives to rear a “full quiver of children.” What is in the water in this place, not bikinis? It is every American girl’s right to get her body in such great golden bronze shape, that she can walk around a pool wearing only the smallest two-piece garment. It is a travesty that every American boys right to see American girls in their golden tanned body fullness. It is as wholesome as apple pie and as American as the 4th of July. Which is the day the pool will open and hopefully the city leaders will not show such distain and embrace the bikini as we here at tea512 always have.

Gas is now $4.00 a gallon

Tea512 this morning June 13th 2008 paid $4.00 a gallon for gasoline. I was not stuck at a highway station; this was the cheapest gas price in town. You can start to think where this is beginning to change people’s habits. We in the northeast just went through a heat wave, how many people rolled their windows down while driving instead using the AC because it kills your gas mileage. You pay extra for a car with AC some people wont even by one that does not have it and now they are not using it. As I drove by a local doughnut shop I wondered how many people are getting out of the car instead of sitting with the car running in the drive thru. I also heard yesterday that when you rent a car so many people are trying to rent the budget compact when you get to the agency, they do not have any. They give you a mid size car for the same price. The only thing that makes this crisis different then the 70’s is the supply and demand aspect. When I did by the $4.00 gas if I wanted 100 gallons they would sell it to me. In the 70’s you could only get gas on certain days and a maximum amount of gallons. If you dig, even deeper January 2006 oil was $66.00 a barrel and gas was $2.33 a gallon. So today a barrel of oil is $138.00 so that is an increase of 209% increase and gas, which is today $4.00, has gone up about 58%, should not these numbers be the same. Maybe there is something to the speculation market driving up costs.

Google Saved The Cookout

There was a day when something went wrong, you had to pick up the phone and ask around. You had to track down somebody who knew something about it, and was willing to give you advice. This advice was free or they would do you the service for a fee. Today we have Google. A family cookout on a hot summer night, we did not want the wife to fire up the stove, so we decided to BBQ. We laid out the steak tips, dogs, burgers, and sausages. Then fired up the girl laid the food on top closed the lid and went to get a beer. When we returned to the grill, the lid was not very hot. When it was lifted, it appeared the flame was low and the food barely cooking. The wife asked what was wrong and I told her we had just replaced the propane tank so it could not be out of fuel. She had a monster George Forman type grill so she fired it up assuming we would need to move the food inside, if we wanted to eat by midnight. I walked over to the laptop and opened Google typed the phrase “Gas Grill flame low”, I did not even need to open a page because it said in the brief description, that this was a common problem, as well as the reason. I opened one of the sites, it said this caused by a leak in the line, and to make sure all the connections are tight. I went outside pulled all the meat of the grill, shut it down, loosened all connections, then tightened them, and fired it up. Worked like a charm, high flame and major heat. The cookout then went on as planned. I did not need to call anyone, take the grill for service, pay anyone to visit, cancel the BBQ, or nothing. Where would we be without Google and it has changed the way we live. This was the day Google saved the coockout.

Lakers Biggest Fans

Full disclosure Tea512 blog are Celtic fans, but I have to say how unimpressed I am with NBA finals at the Staples Center. I am a child of the great Celtic Lakers series of the 80’s. So I thought there would be a problem when the Celtics took their two game lead to play three in LA. The problem is Hollywood loved a hot ticket and all the people that are filing the Staples Center seem to know nothing about basketball. They are cheering at the wrong time, chanting the wrong things and sitting on their hands too much for an NBA finals game. Now it must be great to go to a game and see this list of who’s who like this List mentioned in the AP. The names were Jack Nicholson, Dyan Cannon, David Beckham, Denzel Washington, Dustin Hoffman, Timothy Hutton, Kristin Davis, Hilary Duff, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon Spike Lee, Penny Marshall, Didier Drogba, Darren Bent, Hugh Hefner and his girlfriends, the stars of the reality show “The Girls Next Door.” We will see what happens in Games four and five. We think that diehard fans that go to the games all year have been snubbed out of tickets by the Hollywood elite, which has made the home court advantage have the roar of a pussycat instead of a lion.

Couric reveals true colors

Katie Couric on June 10th was honored by the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum at their annual Alice Award Luncheon Gala. This story was report on June 11th in the mediabistro by Patrick. She was honored for her career in news, as well as her being the first female solo anchor of a weekday network evening broadcast, and other blah..blah blah stuff. During the event, it was reported that she thought “I feel that Sen. Clinton received some of the most unfair, hostile coverage I’ve ever seen.” She was also quoted saying in the article that latent sexism contributed, in part, to Hillary’s defeat. The claim was that men were finding it hard to be objective when it came to Obama. I know Katie Couric a democrat who knew. I know Katie Couric supports Hillary Clinton who would have guessed. The there is no media bias angle is saying that males liked Obama so they sand bagged Hillary is almost admitting that there is a bias but unfortunately for Katie it turned up against her side.

Reality – Survivor – The Reality is you must pay Taxes

Here is a story to file under nobody told me so I cannot be wrong. Ignorance is not defense but stupidity should be punishable. This came out of Providence, Rhode Island, where I came across the story on the AP Wire. The Season One of Survivor (2000) winner his name was Richard Hatch if you forgot. He was famous for walking around the beach completely naked; how that does not get you voted of the island is beyond me. He has appealed his tax evasion conviction all the way to get this- the U.S. Supreme Court. Richard Hatch was convicted of failing to pay taxes on the $1 million prize. Hatch was sentenced to four years in prison. The (his side) story is that he confronted producers of the show about another issue, he was told at that time they promised his taxes would be paid if he won the competition. Nothing in writing so of course CBS has said these claims are false.  So there is the rub to waste Supreme Court time but in a shocking twist he is also writing a book about, his experiences with the legal system. So the moral is win a show that hands you a million dollar prize and expect to pay no taxes because the show said they would talk care of it, would that not make it a 2 million dollar prize. Then how about you must be on the radar of the IRS as you were famous for winning the first season of a hugely popular show that kept talking about a million dollar prize. Ah Reality TV the stories just never stop. By the way Survivor 16 was in 2008 so good for Hatch to keep his 15 minutes going this long.

Sun Newspaper Dating Reporter

Tea512 came across a story written by Laura Stott, on May 19th 2008 she works in Britain for the Sun newspaper. Her byline is called “Sun Woman’s girl on The Hunt” The premise is this 29 year old single girl looks for the best and worst ways to hook up in England. This week story she wrote about looking for love at the singles night in a library. The idea of trying to find a partner in a library makes sense. You have to have a little going for you if you are at a library, compared to a cruiser at the sports bar. So the book worms all get together and try to role play a cheesy romance novel to including the boy-meets-girl story with a happy ending. The writer claimed herself to be a bookworm so she looked forward to the assignment. The one detail about this story, is it possible to chat up a prospective date in the library. She said the participants wore a pink badge of which she could not find many. When she did they were mostly women. There is another big surprise women looking for men at a library and men staying far away. The event sounded so ridiculous to us here we had to let you know. She goes on about how she left then tried her own local libraries around England. She must have been thinking that a handsome book learned guy would be a good catch over a singles bar patron. I guess the only reason that this caught my eye was because this newspaper is sending this girl out into the world to get hit on and tell the readers about it. There is no gossip girl xoxo, or sex in the city anonymity, this girl is just out there looking for love and telling the world her every step.  I know people want to know what works and what does not, but truly is it not what works for one person, probably will not work for another. Then again what do we know?

Metered Internet Access from Cable Company

Time Warner on the slippery slope a report by Peter Svensson on June 2nd for the AP. Time Warner is testing metered Internet Access in one city Beaumont, Texas receive a monthly allowance for data the user uploads and downloads. If you go over the amount, you are charged $1.00 a gigabyte. They are claiming they are using this to balance Internet usage, which they say is uneven. The statistic used for implementation of this program is that only 5% of their subscribers take half of the capacity. The money they raise is of course going to go for infrastructure enhancement. We all knew this day was coming, as it has been common practice over seas. They of course roll it out as a three-tier package system, with a 29.95 package with a 5-gigabyte cap, up to a 54.90 monthly charge with a 40-gigabyte cap. This of course will never be touched by 75% of the users who know that you can open about 3,000 web pages or 15,000 emails (minus attachments) is around a gigabyte of data transfer. There are two problems we can see one downloading of music from iTunes type services as songs are about 3-8 megabytes, as well as downloading updates or software releases. The other is companies like Netflix that now let you watch a DVD online instead of it being sent to your home. A full length DVD could be as much as 4.7 to 9 gigabytes alone. We have come full circle when the web first took hold we used to go to work to download larger programs (Adobe Reader) because it would take forever on dialup. Then when everyone had broadband at home, it became easier to download large files at home (Symantec 600mb downloads) then bring them into work the next day then tie up a work machine for hours. We strongly oppose this as a farce as the Internet is what it is and throttling the bandwidth that comes into a user home with a cap and a fee, seems to be priming the pump for something that is not really an issue. Has anyone seen their home Internet slowing down. The other thing is I could live with a slower Internet and no fees. The cable companies will always find away to make you overpay more for something they are getting cheap. The cable bill is the only bill in my house I have to pay for the service before I get it. I use service as term but I do not feel it is of the highest quality.