After I got hacked, I said to Sarah that maybe my time as a blogger was over. I actually have a month or so to go on my year’s present,but perhaps the hack was a cosmic sign that it’s time to quit. She vehemently said no. A person’s blog is supposed to have legs, as they say. So I guess I’ll keep on thinking up things to write about. Sometimes it’s difficult to come up with a topic but, in my opinion, given the current life and times of the U.S., sometimes it’s amazingly easy.

Before was violated, I had a few things on my mind. One was an adventure that John and I took on Sunday. It was just a short way from the house here, but amazingly beautiful. We took a dirt road and climbed a hill and, voila, an amazing vista of pink, red and white rock. What a picnic site! Then we discovered Cedar Pocket which is akin to a small Grand Canyon. Here’s a few pictures. It’s impossible to really capture the scale.

Second, I see that the United States Postal Service is raising the first-class rate to $0.39 in January. They are just not making enough money. Of course, the higher they raise the rate, the more people will email and the more they email, the less money USPS will make and so they will have to raise the rate. Maybe they need to figure out where they can cut costs instead.

Third, I see Target’s financial prospects just took a hit. After many successive quarters of doing well, they are seeing a slowing of revenue. Could this be because in October, pro-choice women were notified about Target’s refusal to fill an emergency day after birth control pill? It was suggested that we send letters of protest and boycott Target. Maybe it had an effect.

Finally, in the let’s stick it to the taxpayer realm, a politically connected Alaskan-owned business received a $40 million no-bid contract for portable classrooms for Hurricane Katrina damaged areas of Mississippi. The classrooms cost FEMA nearly $90,000 each, including transportation, according to contracting documents. That’s double the wholesale price and nearly 60 percent higher than the price offered by two small Mississippi businesses dropped from the deal.

So I guess I still have things to write about.

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