Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife have been charged with dozens of counts of accepting gifts and loans. Of course, he says he’s innocent. In my mind, this is a big deal. Bob McDonnell was on the fast track to the White House. He was young and energetic and extremely conservative. He had the whole package. Cracks in his exterior began to surface early. He was given a wonderful platform, rebuttal to the president’s State of the Union address, in which he failed to capitalize. I don’t think that anyone thought that his performance was stellar. Anyway, one of the back stories to this whole ordeal is the fact that former Governor McDonnell was having financial troubles when he moved into the governor’s mansion.
A huge Arctic blast is hitting the Northeast. From North Carolina all the way to Connecticut we’ve seen large snowfall and Arctic temperatures. Everyone, please be careful. Please drive safely. Please be smart.
Once again, California is in the middle of an awful, desperate drought. Governor Jerry Brown has announced water restrictions. Water restrictions are a temporary solution for a long-term problem. It is like placing a Band-Aid on an ulcer which is really cancer. The Band-Aid is a temporary solution. Simply put, California needs more water. I don’t think it’s reasonable for us to transport water from other parts of the country to California. We’ve tried that and, again, it was a temporary solution. We need a more permanent solution. Since we don’t know how to control the weather, the only solution that seems reasonable is desalination, removing salt from seawater. With California’s huge agricultural industry, this is a national problem and not only a problem for California. We need to sit down with smart people and figure out the quickest and safest way to begin desalination. (more…)