"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm" - George Orwell




Tuesday, May 31, 2011

On this day in history.

1889 Johnstown Flood: Over 2,200 people die after a dam break sends a 60-foot (18-meter) wall of water over the town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Happy birthday!

1819 - Walt Whitman, West Hills, NY, poet

Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy birthday!

1908 - Mel Blanc, voice (Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd & Porky Pig)

On this day in history.

Memorial Day

So I'm just a little pissed...

Yesterday morning a Houston police officer was killed in the line of duty. But in that duty he also saved the life of a witness he was interviewing by shouting, "Get out of the way!"  Officer Kevin S. Will did not have enough time to do the same.

Lame article here.

Video.

What is most apalling is that this same TV news team is reporting that the drunk motherfucker that killed this father of two was an undocumented citizen.


Sorry, I know that Houston is a sanctuary city , but to call a drunk, irresponsible, hit and run, illegal alien, a citizen is a slam to all of the officers that serve.

I'm looking a my words and they seem so empty. If I inspire one person to feel as angry, sick, fed up, and ready to write some letters, please let me know in the comments.

Today...

For every sacrifice.
God keep our warriors safe.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

OOPS! Hey CoolChange, what's on your IPOD, tonight?

Eight Miles High - The Byrds
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On this day in history.

1937 Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco opens to vehicular traffic

Happy birthday!

1888 - Jim Thorpe, American athlete

Just saying...

Dear President Obama,
I am writing today with a somewhat unusual request.
First and foremost, I will be asking that you return America to its August 20, 1959 borders so that Hawaii is no longer a state and you are no longer a citizen.
Sincerely,
Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel

From WND

Friday, May 27, 2011

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Happy birthday!

1949 - Hank Williams Jr, Shreveport La, country singer

On this day in history.

1917 A powerful F4 tornado rips Mattoon, Illinois apart, killing 101 persons and injuring 689. It was the world's longest-lasting tornado, lasting for over 7 hours and traveling 293 miles, spreading death and destruction along its path.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Interesting and informative links

It doesn't matter that this family has done nothing wrong. The USDA has the muscle and they want to flex it for a hefty sum.

Nice article on the four states of awareness.

Here's a great way to know how your representatives are voting.

6:00PM 5-21-11

The source, here.

On this day in history.

1962 Project Mercury: American astronaut Scott Carpenter orbits the Earth three times in the Aurora 7 space capsule.

And here.

Happy birthday!

1911 - Barbara West, English survivor of the Titanic sinking (d. 2007)

Monday, May 23, 2011

My apologies for slim posts.

I have a huge bunch of things I want to say, but it seems a lot of folks have said it better than I could, so I may just do a banner link post.

In the meantime, here is a sweet, big ass bumper sticker as a token of my apology!

On this day in history.

1576 Tycho Brahe given Hveen Island to build Uraniborg Observatory

Happy birthday!

1848 - Otto Lilienthal, pioneer aviator

Friday, May 20, 2011

Hey CoolChange, what's on your IPOD, tonight?

A twofer! One from the the man that will make you stay at that ice house for one more beer, until that song is  done playing. Maybe, two or three times!

George Jones-Still Doing Time.Guess there won't be any  videos 'cause blogger sucks! Just links:
George Jones-Still Doing Time
Has it been a year since the last time I've seen her
My God I could swear it was ten
And the ocean of liquor I drank to forget her
Is gonna kill me but I'll drink 'til then

I've been living in hell with a bar for a cell
Still paying for my cheating crime
And I've got a long way to go
Still doing time

(Chorus:)
Still doing time
In a honky tonk prison
Still doing time
Where a man forgiven
My poor heart is breaking
But there?s no escaping
Each morning I wake up and I find
Still doing time

Oh when your caught cheating twice
It?s twenty to life in a place
Where the sun never shines
And tomorrow you're gonna find me right here
Still doing time

(Repeat chorus) 
Old school, new school. Well maybe not.
Hey man them ain't high heeled sneakers
And they sure don't look like cowboy boots
And that ain't rock and roll you're playin'
And it sure ain't country or rhythym and blues

You're singin' a song about makin' love to your drummer
Well gay guitar-pickers don't turn me on
And we don't all get into Donna Summer
Do you happen to know any old Hank Williams songs

Cause you see I'm a dinosaur
I should've died a long time before
Have pity on a dinosaur
Hand me my hat
Excuse me man
But where's the door

It used to be I had a lotta fun in this old hangout
We'd get stoned at The Jukebox and stay outta fights
Now and then we'd light a little smoke in the truck out back
Aww then a little old Jim Beam and we'd get right

And you know these flashing lights sure make me dizzy
And this disco's very strange to my ear
It looks like they' ve turned The Longhorn into a spaceship
And I'll be leavin' just as soon as I finish this beer

Cause you see I'm a dinosaur
Should've died a long time before
There's a whole lotta dinosaurs
Give us our hats
Excuse me man
But where's the door

Get us our hats
Excuse me man
Where's the door

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sometimes it is Christmas in May!

Sweet stuff, at a sweet price!


On this day in history.

1980 Mount St. Helens eruption: Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage.

Happy birthday!

1048 - Omar Khayyám, Persian mathematician, poet and philosopher (d. 1131)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Need some help with identity.

I found these tracks among the deer tracks around the feeder this morning. I have been an avid amatuer track ID'er since I was about 8 years old. But I have never seen any like these. The dime is about 1/2" in diameter.

Let me know if you have a clue!

Yes, this is Texas.

The other day we got 3/4 of an inch of rain, after 6 months of nothing. Then the humidity and the temps went up to 90+, respectively. This morning it is a crisp, dry 62. Subject to change in 15 minutes. This is Texas.

Happy birthday!

1905 - Henry Fonda, Grand Is Nebraska, actor (Mr Roberts, On Golden Pond)

On this day in history.

1770 14-year old Marie Antoinette marries 15-year-old Louis-Auguste who later becomes king of France.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

My birthday post from yesterday...

Needs a little more fleshing out. The first time I saw Bobby Darrin I was hooked. It was in 1964 on the Ed Sullivan Show. I was 8 years old, the Beatles were awesome, but Bobby made me stop and look!

The song he sang was a Tim Hardin song, 'If I Were a Carpenter'. The image is still burned in my brain, as fresh as if it was yesterday, instead of 50 years ago. On the Sullivan stage, in black and white, he was leaning against a lampost, that being the only light on stage. I wish I could find the words to describe the look, the feeling it brought as the song began to unfold. The song that would become the absolute favorite in my eclectic song list. And the song that would become the song of my bride and I. And perhaps it had so much influence, that I did, indeed, become a carpenter.

I have never been able to find that particular clip. How I wish I could. But I will give you the next best. I hope it gives you at least a measure of the pleasure it gives us.
video

On this day in history.

1963 Last Project Mercury flight, L Gordon Cooper in Faith 7, launched

Happy birthday!

1902 - Richard J Daley, (Mayor-D-Chicago)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Happy birthday!

1936 - Bobby Darin, [Walden Waldo Cassotto], Bronx, singer (Mack the Knife)

On this day in history.

1607 First permanent English settlement in New World, Jamestown VA

Friday, May 13, 2011

Hey CoolChange, what's on your IPOD, tonight?

Merle Haggard-Are the Good Times Really Over for Good!

video

The long and winding road.

One week of driving through Houston traffic. 74 miles one way to the job pulling a two ton trailer both ways has convinced me that people are stupid! Yeah people are stupid. Last night in the first driving downpour in 3 months, I saw so many NASCAR drivers, that it scared me. Thank you stupid people that can't get our material orders right at least once this week. You delivered material once a day at a cost of $100.00 per delivery .

Maybe I'm in the wrong business. I am sick of stupid people!

So to calm down I'll give you this. The Beatles-The Long and Winding Road. It's what got me home.


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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Update on the peaches.

They are shriveling and falling off the tree. I can't remember the last time we had rain.
We have a chance tomorrow. We had a sprinkle today.  I sat in a patio chair and tried to get rehydrated. It didn't last long enough. I dried out before I got to the house. We need rain.

On this day in history.

1951 Jay Forrester patents computer core memory

Happy birthday!

1904 - Salvador Dali, Figueras Spain, surrealist artist

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

birthday

1838 - John Wilkes Booth, American stage actor and assassin (President Lincoln)

On this day in history.

Lessons not learned.

1837 Panic of 1837: New York City banks fail, and unemployment reaches record levels.

Monday, May 9, 2011

On this day in history.

1980 In Norco, California, five masked gunman hold up a Security Pacific bank, leading to a violent shoot-out and one of the largest pursuits in California history. Two of the gunman and one police officers was killed while thirty-three police and civilian vehicles were destroyed in the chase.

Happy birthday!

1800-John Brown, abolitionist

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy birthday!

1884-Harry S Truman, Lamar Missouri, 33rd US President (D) (1945-1953)

On this day in history.

VE Day.

Blessed Mothers day.

I tried to find a song or a poem that expressed how I feel today. But the internet is lacking. Maybe that's good. It makes me have to say it my way.

Mom let me be who I was. She would tell me "Be home by dark." That was my ticket to explore my world and become the person I am. She loved me unconditionally, even when I hurt her badly. Somewhere along the way I figured out that she thought I was pretty funny and I took great delight in making her laugh.

These words are so lame. Maybe it's because after all these years it still hurts too much that she's gone.

If you can, today, give yours an extra lingering hug. Above all, truly honor her in the way she deserves. Stop and hold the snapshot you see today. Each one is precious.

I miss you so much, Mom. I love you.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

On this day in history.

1840 The Great Natchez Tornado strikes Natchez, Mississippi, killing 317 people. It is the second deadliest tornado in U.S. history.

Here's an interesting read...

Feds Demand Firefox Remove Add-On That Redirects Seized Domains

Evidently Homeland Security hadn't thought it through to "Why?"

Happy birthday!

1833 - Johannes Brahms, Hamburg Germany, composer

Hey CoolChange, what's on your IPOD, tonight?

tonight last night?

Willie and Merle-Poncho and Lefty


video


Friday, May 6, 2011

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Gonna be light on posts.

Headed south on a job for a few days. So posting will be very light.

On this day in history.

1937 Gone with the Wind, a novel by Margaret Mitchell, wins the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Happy birthday!

1859 - Andy Adams, US writer (Log of a Cowboy)


Great read!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Ding dong, the witch is dead...

Which old witch, the wicked witch.

So ol' Sama has met his 72 virgins. And based on what I'm hearing and seeing on tee whee, I'm supposed to think all is right with the world.

So many questions...
Is it time to kick up preps? Time to get rid of any empty baggage? Where is the body? Why was he buried at sea? Time to lock and load, as a friend just expressed?

So...The U.S. killed an icon. Now it's Al Qaeda's move. Check. Checkmate.

Once again it was the U.S. doing the worlds dirty work. Because no one else has the backbone.

Follow the yellow brick road, follow the yellow brick road...

Guess I'm off to see the Wizard.

And as a finale...Where are we going and why am I in this hand basket?

On this day in history.

1964 Vietnam War: An explosion sinks the USS Card while docked at Saigon. Viet Cong forces are suspected of placing a bomb on the ship.

Happy birthday!

1844 Birthday - Elijah McCoy black inventor, held over 50 patents including a lubricator for steam engines ("the Real McCoy")

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Odds and ends.

Ol' Remus had a couple of links about the coming collapse. The short version. And the long version.

More in the 'We know better than you what's good for you' department:

Feds sting Amish farmer selling raw milk locally

Ryan over at Total Survivalist Libertarian Rantfest has a short, well thought out concept of a hard truth 

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On this day in history.

1956 The polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk is made available to the public.

Happy birthday!

1738 - King Kamehameha I, King of Hawaii (d. 1819)