I previously noted that Kelly Brook's 2015 calendar is quite appealing, but there is another girl I'd like to get my hands on -- I mean, another girl's calendar I'd like to get my hands on.
That stupendous girl is the outrageously charmingly sexually gorgeous British actress Michelle Keegan, who I still have tabbed for eventual world domination in the glamor girl category. I'm not sure where and when the breakthrough to international acclaim will take place, but I'm still pretty confident it will. We'll see. Meanwhile, here's Michelle's 2015 calendar. I couldn't find a site with all the pictures large-size, but on this site you can zoom in and see each month's picture medium-size.
With many cars and trucks getting a lot higher gas mileage than before, and a small but growing number of vehicles not using gas at all, the traditional way of funding roads with a gas tax is gradually becoming obsolete. Furthermore, many big new road projects are being built as toll roads, some without the traditional coin-tossing toll collection booths and machines.
So it makes sense to come up with a way to fund roads based on who drives on them, and how much they drive on them. There is a supposed privacy problem, because you have to use GPS to only record the mileage on your own state's roads. However, I have a feeling that as this becomes the norm, it will become inter-state and every state will charge drivers for the mileage driven on their roads.
That's a way off, but I can see a day when it's the accepted way of doing things. The first step in getting to that place is a trial -- and that's what this article is about, a trial of VMT (Vehicle Miles Traveled). Because of the changes in the way roads are used as I described above, I think that eventually this will be implemented nationwide. That or revenue-collecting interstate highway speed cameras, something I advocated a couple of years ago on this blog. But since that involves collection of fines based on our right to break the law, maybe this VMT idea is better.
Here's another opinion (I posted this one a couple of days ago) that expresses the idea that the Republicans winning the Senate won't be good for them -- in this case, the writer thinks it will be a nightmare for them.
1. "There will be tremendous built-up pressure from conservatives that Sen.
Mitch McConnell (assuming he wins his own race and becomes majority
leader) will have to satisfy. That means votes on things such as
repealing the Affordable Care Act, building border fences, slashing
environmental regulations and cutting corporate taxes, most or all of
which will be unpopular and inevitably filibustered by Senate Democrats."
2. "Though it was called “the nuclear option,” the true nuclear option
would apply to legislation, which under current rules the minority is
still free to filibuster (as the Republicans do). Would McConnell go
fully nuclear and get rid of that, too, so the GOP Congress could send
bills to the president’s desk? ... There wouldn’t be much point,
since Obama would just veto the bills. And McConnell surely knows that
his time as majority leader would come with a two-year expiration date,
since in 2016 there will be only 10 Democrat-held seats up for
election, while Republicans will be defending 24 seats, many in
Democratic states, and they will be doing it in a presidential election
year, when the electorate that comes to the polls is far more friendly
to Democrats." *
3. " Not only that, at various times they will have no choice but to make
deals with Obama. McConnell, John Boehner and the more sober Republicans
know that there’s nothing worse for them politically than forcing
government shutdowns and debt defaults. That means they will have to
agree to continuing resolutions keeping the government open and making
increases in the debt ceiling in order to avoid national and political
disaster. And when they do, the tea party base of the GOP will be
enraged. “What did we elect a Republican Congress for?” it will shout."
* My thought: if they end up doing very little, which is very likely; or looking really obstinate and mean-spirited while opposing President Obama; then there will be even MORE incentive to vote the GOP bums out. So while I don't relish two years of Republican congressional rule (looking on the bright side, Eric Cantor is GONE), the prospect of a heavy overturn two years later is slightly heartening.
I was going to do the Cape Spear Lighthouse in Newfoundland this week, but fell behind, so I decided to wait. Instead, I chose an "ugly duckling" lighthouse that isn't classic in shape, but which still has a nice location, on the tip of San Juan Island in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. While the Cattle Point lighthouse itself may not be picturesque, its setting definitely is.
To think, I felt kinda bad for lucky Ryan Reynolds, who had been married to Scarlett Johannson, which likely meant he had sex with her at least a few times, but their marriage ended, apparently mostly at her behest.
Still, Ryan apparently thought that he and Blake Lively got along reasonably well when filming "Green Lantern", so apparently he got back in touch. And that apparently went pretty well, considering that they became an item, got married, and are now expecting a child together. (Which means they've had sex.)
Gee, moving on from Scarlett Johansson to Blake Lively -- not a bad move. And somewhat not fair to mere mortals who are not in Ryan Reynolds' league (or for that matter, in Scarlett or Blake's league).
But there's another level to this unfairness, and that is seen in the following article. The level of unfairness is what Blake Lively looks like pregnant. Which is to say - she looks pretty much incredible.
I was wondering recently when someone came up with the idea of putting a plane on a boat to attack the enemy. Obviously by World War II this warfaring technology had been developed to be the dominant mode of seaborne attack, but somebody had to come up with the idea in the first place.
It turns out that the first idea was to put a single plane on a boat. And they just recovered the first of these boats from the Thames River near London.