Monday, August 31, 2009
Yes, a treasonous, religious leader, has published a sermon on his website "Why I Hate Barack Obama" - and how he is praying for his death. In the sermon, he is stating how he wants the President to be killed (like a slug with salt), and "aborted". The US Secret Service has had a talk with this nice man too. What harm does a public figure asking for such things do? Well, it inspires an individual in his parish to take his loaded automatic weapon into the center of a major metropolitan area. A reactionary Pastor with a history of confronting authority (Border Patrol & Department of Public Safety officials) violently, inspires his flock. Yeah, it's all about 2nd Amendment rights and "freedom". If you believe that, I've got some land outside of Florence Arizona in which you might be interested.
This full bodied beer is named after the village of Warka Poland where they've been brewing beer there for over 500 years. It is where US Revolutionary War General & Hero Kazimierz Pulaski was born, and his name and semblance are on every bottle. Good stuff. $2 a bottle. Zachwycający!
Paused to light the grill, recycle consumed beer, obtain more cold beer, grill wings, eat said wings, were an extra 30 or 40 minutes all-together, max. I could really get used to this. As Stephen Colbert says "it's like having a DVD player, a time machine, and friends, all in one!"
On a regional note, cry-baby Cutler did not do too badly. Finally da Bears have a QB who can do more than hand off to the running back! Hester did a nice 40 yard punt run back to help change momentum. It was a nice Sunday Night pre-season opener. It looks like it won't be a losing season for da Bears. =)
Friday, August 28, 2009
Additionally, the US Postal Service recommends writing to these perpetrators of deforestation & mass marketing of your financial information:
MAIL PREFERENCE SERVICE
DIRECTOR MARKETING ASSOCIATION
POST OFFICE BOX 643
CARMEL NY 10512-0643
NAME REMOVAL DEPARTMENT
POST OFFICE BOX 740241
ATLANTA GA 30374-0241
ATTN CONSUMER SERVICE DEPT
901 WEST BOND STREET
LINCOLN NE 68521-3694
TRANS UNION LLC
NAME REMOVAL OPTION
POST OFFICE BOX 97328
JACKSON MS 39288-7328
Time will tell if the actual influx of useless, unwanted, personal information sensitive mail begins to abate, at all. Il faut voir.
Giant Tortoises do live longer than humans. They build up those 1.5 billion heart beats a little bit slower than we do... except perhaps, during Youtube video sessions. =)
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Some sculptors like to work in metals or other materials (links here, and here), but I prefer working with the real, organic, growing, living thing, and persuade it into the form I desire, regardless the 37mm spines with points sharp enough to make Mel Gibson giddy as he practices Aramaic, covering every arm. Ocotillo Sculpture, is one of my hobbies. The hummingbirds love to perch within the heavily guarded confines as well, as it is adjacent to the nectar feeders. Ocotillos in the wild can sprawl quite alot.
Compare and contrast 2008 to 2009, above. It's a constant evolution, and I enjoy bending hardy desert organisms to my somewhat clumsy, determined, bi-pedal, stubborn Eastern European will.
At my local Fresh & Easy I picked up a Château de Calage Coteaux du Languedoc for all of $6 last week. Coteaux du Languedoc's are a blend of Syrah, Grenache with a touch of Mourvèdre, though the earlier vintages (1991 and 2007) from Calage apparently had no Mourvèdre content. $6 for a applellation Coteaux du Languedoc made me pause and think, what was wrong with this wine? So I picked up only 1 bottle, imagining poor storage, heat affected, or some other calamity.
Earlier this week for lunch I paired it with Amy's Cheese Enchiladas on Tuesday, Thai food Wednesday, and finished it off with fresh sliced cucumbers & celery with hummus today, and damn was it tasty! Smooth, but not lacking tannins. Dark and rich without being bitter or significantly oaky. Raspberries & cherry notes without being overly fruity. I'll be buying this in quantity going forward. Merveilleux.
Yeah, and once again, that dern guv-mint regulation and control 'raises it's ugly head', guiding French wine producers to make Consistently Delicious vintages available to global consumers.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Ooh doe he you ee guh doe dee he ah chaw la gee gah woe knee he sss dee, wah doe.
[Please use the Cherokee language, thank you.]
Abaachii miizaa - [The Apache language]
Ha annsi? - How are you?
Doo ansi. - I am fine.
Iheedn - Thank you
Magaanii - White Man
Do you speak Cheyenne?
Nets hesen stsehe?
He speaks English.
Reminds me of a T-shirt I saw in Sedona last weekend:
In my perspective, airlines that suck and treat their customers poorly, like US Scare, United, AA, and Quantas Should go out of business, or get bought out by competitors. There's way too much capacity in the US airline market currently (just look at the massive numbers of planes in storage), and when there's companies like SW who have (for the most part) happy repeat customers, and Delta & NW who understand how to treat their frequent fliers well, why should incompetent, surly, inefficient, and un-friendly airlines continue to operate? [surly, as defined by having peanuts angrily thrown at me on a US Air regional flight by a flight attendant who was so pissed off to have to be flying at 6am, after I dared to ask her if I could have any peanuts after she passed me by twice, giving me none, while slapping down peanuts and paper towels on other surprised passenger's tray tables over rural Western Pennsylvania, for example]
If the Federal Government tries to "bail out" these failing airlines, I might just join the fringe libertarian protesters in downtown Tempe picketing against such a plan.
So perhaps my predecessor here in west Phoenix had concocted some brew of plant steroids, tweaked Just Right. This weekend, I'll have to remove several new buds before they turn into Large Arms that make some of the main stalks lean even more precariously than they are leaning now.
I don't understand why people express a disdain for bird watching, especially if it is passive ("hey, look, there's a cool bird") sort of watching. I can understand having an antipathy perhaps for donning binoculars, field guide, mosquito repellent or sun block and actively hunting for them in a forest or under-brush maybe, if that's not your cup of tea. Ornithophobia has never been my thing.
It's nice to have "someone" to eat lunch with from time to time, when you work at home everyday. =)
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
[From Dr. Zaius a few days ago]
I AM AN AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE SH*THEEL
this morning I was awoken by my alarm clock powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the US department of energy. I then took a shower in the clean water provided by the municipal water utility. After that, I turned on the TV to one of the FCC regulated channels to see what the national weather service of the national oceanographic and atmospheric administration determined the weather was going to be like using satellites designed, built, and launched by the national aeronautics and space administration. I watched this while eating my breakfast of US department of agriculture inspected food and taking the drugs which have been determined as safe by the food and drug administration.
At the appropriate time as regulated by the US congress and kept accurate by the national institute of standards and technology and the US naval observatory, I get into my national highway traffic safety administration approved automobile and set out to work on the roads build by the local, state, and federal departments of transportation, possibly stopping to purchase additional fuel of a quality level determined by the environmental protection agency, using legal tender issed by the federal reserve bank. On the way out the door I deposit any mail I have to be sent out via the US postal service and drop the kids off at the public school.
After spending another day not being maimed or killed at work thanks to the workplace regulations imposed by the department of labor and the occupational safety and health administration, enjoying another two meals which again do not kill me because of the USDA, I drive my NHTSA car back home on the DOT roads, to my house which has not burned down in my absence because of the state and local building codes and fire marshal's inspection, and which has not been plundered of all it's valuables thanks to the local police department.
I then log on to the internet which was developed by the defense advanced research projects administration and post on freerepublic.com and fox news forums about how SOCIALISM in medicine is BAD because the government can't do anything right.
[Very Well Put!] [origin links here]
Friday, August 21, 2009
Sadly, Diane broke her hip while tripping over her dress yesterday... another argument for higher dress hems! I hope she does not go the route of Frau Barritz, from my sophomore year in High School - an octogenarian HS German teacher who tripped over her grand child, broke her pelvis, and never recovered. We DID get some interesting substitutes that year though!
If al-Megrahi really WAS NOT guilty, then who in Libya was offering up leads to, investigations of, support for, finding who the "real culprits" were? What over-whelming exculpatory evidence was shown pre- or during trial? Oh wait, there wasn't any.
I've flown over Scotland in 747s, 777s, 757s, 767s, AB-321s, AB-330s, and I've found it really hard to put out of my mind, that in the cargo hold, there might be some plastique planted into a jam box, or suit case, or shampoo bottle by a mis-guided jihadist that'll kill me and everyone around me. That makes it quite hard to feel bad for a Libyan dieing of prostate cancer who was convicted in a western court of mass murder.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Meanwhile, here in America, it's "Drill Baby Drill" by our domestic energy corporations.
Foxnews, who so quickly loves to quote Rasmussen, DOES NOT COVER THIS. No mention of it whatsoever. Does not fit their pre-determined message. Rupert, yes, you're SO Fair & Balanced.
But don't let the FACTS get in the way of what you want to believe.
The next day, I get an email from my buddy Matt about Mackey's public statements and previous machinations and then I hear of the fall out from Whole Food's loyal customers, a large percentage of whom are very disillusioned with such anti-progressive, self-serving, CEO comments. Mackey's statements are par for the course, as he tries to prop up his sagging stock, sells off a million dollars of it, and then pisses off his activist customer base. It'll be interesting to see if the activist boycott degrades Whole Foods sales revenue in August & September, or if it's alot of noise without any substance. My money is on Costco and Trader Joe's - where employees are happy and the merchandise is desirable and healthy - and Farmer's Markets. Sprouts is also a good buy, but it's a 8 mile drive for us to get there =\.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
But when the democratically elected, legal President of the United States comes to your state, and visits it's capital, and the Secret Service imposes a 5 mile "no fly zone", deploys roof top snipers, flies in (2) C-130s worth of armoured limousines and decoy vehicles, what inspires a citizen, or 15 citizens, to walk up to the downtown convention center where the President is speaking to the VFW annual meeting with an AR15 over your shoulder? Heck, the Secret Service chased down, detained, and interrogated a pilot who flew from Mesa to Chandler, NOT near Downtown, but within the no fly zone's edge - and KJZZ the radio this morning said that seven pilots were questioned for violating the no fly zone in and around the nation's 5th busiest airport during the President's visit.
So a zealot carrying an AR15 (with a 20 or 30 round standard magazine), into a public area that is under Secret Service surveillance, is like poking a badger with a stick, or trying to lick a spinning fan blade, or shooting a hornets' nest with a paint ball gun, or walking into Peshawar in drag trying to hand out Bibles. These provokers are not a "patriots" as right wing blogs and commentators try to make them out to be. They're just the kind of inhabitants of this country who have too much time on their hands, who try to pick fights in bars (and who I stand up next to, and then they back down and cower for the last 20 years) and who are immersed in their own agendas so deeply that they do not understand view points that are different from their own. If they are truly "patriots" then, Mohamed Atta was a "patriot" too, he "fought passionately for" what he believed in, as was Benedict Arnold, Joseph Goebbels, Timothy McVeigh, and many others. A "patriot" doesn't have to twist their logic into such extreme gymnastics to justify their actions and their ideology.
Monday, August 17, 2009
When a little girl's hemorrhoid operation goes awry. Link here.
Maybe it's time for the state of California and the US Department of the Interior to consider renaming this area, no? I've never been there, and I have no desire to go there, being happily married.
Friday, August 14, 2009
So the next time you're thinking about beating your head against a brick wall, head butting an opponent in hand-to-hand combat, running into a dolphin, or signing that permission slip for your little kid to play Pop Warner football, think about the tertiary effects once they reach their 40s and beyond. Sure, some with thicker skulls and unusually robust constitutions will over-come it, but I am not going assume I am in that 3rd standard deviation of the general population.
Carolin-er (both north and south)
I'm not quite sure where all of those "-er" regions really are, but the English invented the language, so I really should find out.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
You can't make this stuff up. What a bunch of lying, two face, flip flopping, fear mongering hypocrites.
"And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake."
...and Matthew 10:41-42, Proverbs 22:22, Deuteronomy 26:13, Proverbs 31:6-9, Matthew 25: 35-40, and on and on, in both the New and Old Testaments (which 1/2 of all Americans don't know which one was written first).
Yeah, you MIGHT think that, but you know, when Jesus Christ comes again, it'll be the Rapture[TM], and no one will care if you've got Health Care or Not. I actually heard a "Republican Strategist" use this logic (that the Rapture[TM] is coming) arguing it at the end of the The Ed Show on MSNBC today. "You think Christ will take time out, during the Rapture[TM], to see if there's a public health care plan passed?" she shouted.
Selfish, narrow minded, CINO moron.
One theme I kept noticing at Heard, as well as in Washington DC at the "National Museum of the American Indian" about 4 years ago fro my friend Rick R's wedding, is that the indigenous peoples DO NOT call themselves "Native Americans" or "Original Americans" or "Indigenous Tribes" or other PC names. Nope. They refer to themselves as "Indians". Therefore, going forward, I will refer to them as "Indians" as well. It's not derogatory, or demeaning. It's what Indians in America call themselves, in Arizona and in DC (at least). I have no need for contrived labels that white people come up with to try and make themselves feel better. Many other Indians agree with me here, here, here, and here. So many worried non-Indians seem to get that wrong - heck I did for 40 years, before I realized "Native American" is seen as demeaning.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Inglis, who is rather moderate Republican - though he still only wants to protect un-born Americans and thinks once you're out of the womb, you don't need no protectin' - is not a bad guy. I never voted for him when I was living there out of principle that I do not vote for someone running unopposed, as I don't support totalitarian regimes that I am not personally the head of (ask my son sometime about the Benevolent Totalitarian Dictatorship he grew up in). I doubt Inglis will run unopposed again.
The ignorant, fearful, lemming like, mis-informed SC Upstate Right Wing Rednecks, who I used to work with, lived near, tolerated peacefully in the SC upstate, go nuts on Bob. Further promoting the Republicans as a purely regional party of the upcoming white minority.
The 'anybodybutbob' video is an amazing showcase of total ignorance. When swine flu or any epidemic hits SC in the future, DO NOT send vaccines! Let SC get their energy from angry anti-American Islamic regimes since the federal guvernmint should not use energy efficient light bulbs! "Listens to NPR too much"? LMFAO! Ignorant, mis-informed fools. No, watch Fox instead. Dee-de-dee!
What a bunch of ignorant, confused, sore loser lemmings, who are so EASILY mislead by Right Wing mis-information. Euthanasia has traction, yeah, key on that! "Guv-mint bureaucrat between me and my doctor!" - regardless that there's already a profit minded private insurance bureaucrat denying you care between you and you doctor - yeah, key on that!
Stupid Birthers. Stupid medicare recipients protesting against Government provided health care. Stupid unemployed (and without insurance) protesters believing their talk radio Masters and faking injuries. How long will it be before a mirror-image "B" is scrawled into another fool?
Wow, Bill Maher was so very right in his New Rules commentary last Friday.
"...At a recent town hall meeting in South Carolina a man stood up and told the Congressman to "keep your government hands off my Medicare!". Which is kind of like driving cross country to protest highways. This country is like a college chick after two Long Island iced teas. We can be talked into anything, like wars. And we can be talked out of anything, like health care."
Tip of the hat to my buddy Matt for these gems.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Robot Chicken has a catchy theme song.. buck buck buck..... as the credits roll too! =)
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
A good laugh before bedtime! LOL!
Comedy writers could not make this kind of stuff up!
Because Scientists do. This is an extract from an recent issue of Science, one of the premier, peer reviewed journals of the reputable, real science community. The AAAS ran a member poll, where thousands of scientists replied.
"...SURVEYORS AND CLANDESTINE DRUG LABORATORY SITE REMEDIATION FIRMS"
Really? I knew Arizona had a problem with meth labs, but I had no idea there was a separate Board of Technical Registration classification that includes 7 firms to date. Yikes.
MoveOn has 5 million supporters. Freedumbworks does not publicize how many supporters they do or do not have, but the very angry, very vocal, disenfranchised far right is less than 5% of the US population (at least for those who oppose health care reform), whereas independents are a solid 1/3rd and supporters of Health Care reform are the vast majority of Americans.
Why stop at Health Care? Why not make Everything in the U.S. subject to the free market, let Capitalism drive perfection into every aspect of our lives. After all, only Socialist Countries fund and regulate things like:
- Sewage Treatment
- Municipal Water Supplies (you know, Cholera & E.Coli free, that sort of thing)
- National Defense
- Disaster Relief (response to earth quakes, hurricanes, floods, etc)
- Election Regulation & Monitoring
- Police Forces
- Fire Departments (and yet somehow, Ambulance Services are still for profit?)
- Securities & Exchange Enforcement & Regulation (who needs that, anyway?)
- Murder Investigations
- Bridge Maintenance
- Dam Maintenance
- Fire Code Enforcement
- Elevator Inspection & Code Enforcement (think about that next time you press the button to select your floor)
- Product Safety Regulation (for the profit driven companies who don't care if they sicken or kill a few consumers from time to time)
- Food Safety Enforcement (like E.Coli on lettuce, or tomatoes, or... )
- Air Traffic Control (so that one for-profit company's radar network doesn't have to hand off to another company's for-profit radar network, when the lives of 1000s of people are at stake)
- Road Maintenance, especially on Federal Highways (ever drive on I-40 across New Mexico? yikes! pathetic)
- Charity Health Care (Doctors without Borders, The Red Cross, Red Crescent, etc... you know, the places that the Angry Right Wing Believers insist that the poor should get their Health Care)
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Through his detailed accounts of the region's history, the main power brokers, and current events, Mr. Rashid subtly expresses a sadness for his native Pakistan as it implodes and staggers drunkenly down the road to disaster paved with corruption & drug money while driven with a fear of India and a proclivity for extreme fundamentalism. I'm looking forward to driving through this 500 page tome.
If you're looking for light hearted entertainment, this aint the book for you. If all the somewhere-a-bads, and vague-i-stans intrigue you, the differences between a Mujaheddin and a Taliban fighter elude you, and clueless Western myopic parachute reporting aggravates you, then give Rashid's works a try.
It nicely summarizes the haves and have-nots. My favorites are my former state of SC, and current residence in AZ. They're just facts, showing the existing landscape.
Nobody (80% of America) wants to give up a damn thing, as long as they stay healthy. First time they're struck with a serious illness, and their private (not employer provided) personal health insurance plans drops them, or wriggles a way of declaring the illness a pre-existing condition (you took an anti-inflammatory once, 10 years ago!), or they want to change jobs and can't afford COBRA (or try this COBRA instead) =P ...then hopefully they'll have some good bootstraps.
Right Wing Fear Mongering and Dis-information (they want to kill old people! the government wants to ration health care! soylent green is people!) has mobilized the polarized, lemming-like, very-selfish-I-got-mine-screw-you disenfranchised masses to vociferously attack any form of change, no matter how small or non-existent the sacrifice is to Joe-Six-Pack. I suspect America will remain the medically dysfunctional, hyper-selfish, polarized boot strap colony of CINOs that it's evolved into over the last 60 or so years. Il faut voir
Affordable Care Act: Obamacare & Health Reform Facts
Understanding the Impact of Obamacare on Medicare http://blog.ehealthmedicare.
What does Marketplace health insurance cover?
Affordable Care Act: State-by-State Impact
The Lifestyle Revolutionaries Guide to Addiction Intervention
"3 American Hikers on Iraqi Border are seized by Iran"
"Licking Frozen Flagpole Makes Tongue Stick"
"Boy Pokes Grizzly Bear In the Eye with Stick And Is Mauled"
These are not news stories. These are people making very bad decisions. They have to suffer the consequences of their actions. Don't ask for a diplomatic mission to free you. Don't plead to have Bill Clinton come to negotiate for you. You get what you deserve.
Unless you are in an SNL skit like "Bad Idea Jeans", don't do stupid things with the expectation that nothing bad will befall you.
Monday, August 3, 2009
I've been to this city almost a dozen times... I Should Know this... but... I THINK it is Dawn looking North, since there's no large spire that is next to Place de 18 Juin to the SE of the Tour Eiffel, like there should be if it is looking South.
What do you think?