"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

Thursday, June 30, 2011

I'm a little calmer,now.

After reading these two gems, I needed some time to be able to compose myself. One of the reason I don't embrace full Libertarianism is because of stories like these two.

Charges upgraded for abandoned boy's dad
A father accused of abandoning his 4-year-old son along a rural West Texas highway in the middle of the night was charged Thursday with attempted capital murder

Please understand that this was in the middle of the night and rural in Texas means at least 100 miles to the next town! You bastard! Thank God he had a cousin with some snap. I have 2 four year old grandchildren and I am boiling!

Toyrianna Smith 'killed her baby then took body shopping' 

Drunk and unable to nurture a child she was given as a gift. Instead she solved her problem by silencing her child and was thus able to go shopping!

This is why I am a Constitutional Libertarian. I believe everyone deserves their personal freedom. 'Smoke dope, drink wine. ooley ooley all the time' But never, never drag a defenseless child into your self destruction.

I don't know if daddy was doing crack, meth, coke, etc. Some , uhh, mind warp caused him to believe his son was a disposible irritant.

Her honor TOYrianna was drunk. Been there, done that. Might do it again, But I won't suffocate my child , because it is interfering with my shopping time! But keep it close to yer heart, cause it might regenerate!

Maybe? Ya think?

So I have found mself here.


On this day in history.

1908 Giant fireball impacts in Central Siberia (Tunguska Event)

Happy birthday!

1934 - Harry Blackstone Jr, magician

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I received this in an email this morning.

I have a question …
Nagasaki 1945, after the Atomic Bomb

Nagasaki 2011, following earthquake and tsunami

What the F**k is that arch made of!?

On this day in history.

1776 Charleston, SC repulses British sea attack

Happy birthday!

1491 Henry VIII 

I can't help myself.

Herman's Hermits!

Wow! First time we had a birthday song! All things can be rediculous.

Monday, June 27, 2011

House Wrens.

House Wrens are amazing birds. They will make a nest more often than not in something that you need to use within the next couple of days. Which, in my book, means they get to use my stuff as long as they need. This year they made the nest in Mama's Mother's Day Hanging basket.

She's doing her best to keep the plant alive without drowning the chicks. Bless her, as concerned as she is about her plants, she is doing minimal watering around the nest.

I think she will be able to douse the hanging basket next week.
Whatchou lookin at, Willis?

On this day in history.

1950 President Truman orders Air Force & Navy into Korean conflict

Happy birthday!

1880 - Helen Keller, Ala, blind-deaf author/lecturer

Our latest project is done!

 For sometime I have been mulling over how to make my garden beds without having to spend a lot of money. I came to the conclusion that I needed an old fashioned cultivator like my great grandfather had.

The more I thought about it I came to the realization that what I really wanted was a pull behind for my garden tractor. I had this idea in my mind for a couple of months when I was visiting with my neighbor.

W is 85 years old and a Jack of all Trades, but his living was sheet metal worker. He put most of the gutters on Houston's high rise buildings for about 30 years. He has 10 acres out here that the American Pickers really need to explore.

Anyway I asked him if he had an old cultivator like my grandfathers. This is what he showed me! The project became very real in a heartbeat.
 I paid $10 for the cultivator and everything else was stuff my son in law and I had laying around.

This is what we started with.
Don't forget this fellow. He plays a very important part at the end!
And this is the end result.
Remember the smooth looking young man in the orange shirt. Well I wish I had his attitude about freshly plowed dirt. He made dirt angels intead of snow angels. It's how we roll because it's Texas.
The nice thing about this cultivator is the height adjustment is in the wheel struts and it has a 3 point  attachment to the tongue. Pull 3 pins and add the next attachment which will be either a rake or a middle buster plow.

I'll be happy to answer any questions about what we did on this project. It all came together very well. But we have a lot of talent in the hood.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

On this day in history.

1876 Indian Chief Crazy Horse won the Battle of Little Bighorn, Montana, wiping out the army of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer. Custer, who led the battle against the Sioux Indian encampment, was among the 200+ casualties.

Happy birthday!

1903 - George Orwell, [Eric A Blair], British writer

Friday, June 24, 2011

I apoligize upfront.

I have a friend that likes to send me senior jokes via email.They are mostly entertaining. :)

Two young businessmen in Florida were sitting down for a break in their
soon-to-be new store in the shopping mall.
As yet, the store wasn't ready, with only a few  shelves  and display racks set up.
One said to the other, "I'll bet that any minute now some senior is going to walk by,
put his face to the window, and ask what we're selling."

Sure enough, just a moment later, a curious senior gentleman walked up to the window,
looked around intensely and rapped on the glass, then in a loud voice asked,
"What are you selling here?"
One of the men replied sarcastically,
"We're selling ass-holes."

"You must be doing well,  “Only two left."

Seniors -- don't mess with them, They didn't get old by being stupid!

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

Bob Seger-Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser

Greetings earthlings!

I am posting this message using the Fedora Linux OS running on a cd! It is pretty zippy.  I know if I installed directly on the pc it would be smoking. I'm going to play with if for a while and see how it goes.

I'm getty a warm fuzzy feeling knowing I may be able to put a boot up Bill Gates ass in the near future. Wish me luck!

On this day in history.

1949 "Hopalong Cassidy" becomes first US network western (NBC)

Happy birthday!

1893 - Roy O. Disney, a founder of the Walt Disney Company

Thursday, June 23, 2011

On this day in history.

1611 The mutinous crew of Henry Hudson's fourth voyage sets Henry, his son and seven loyal crew members adrift in an open boat in what is now Hudson Bay; they are never heard from again.

Happy birthday!

1929 - June Carter Cash, Maces Spring Va, country singer


Despite being told that it wasn't rocket science, I think it might be. I have the installation cd, I see the files, but it boots to an error screen.
Not enough time to mess with it right now.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I am sick of Bill Gates.

His operating system has caused every pc I have ever owned to grow a cancer within 3 years of it's birth. His engineers have never learned anything from their stupid and malicious failings. This time tomorrow I hope to be running a linux system. Wish me luck.

We got 1 1/4" of rain today.

We've been under a burn ban for a long time. A fireworks ban(sale and use) since last week.
First serious rain in 9 months. We are about 21" behind in our annual rainfall.
It was a nice long soaking rain.
We have a serious wildfire about 15 miles north of us that has burned over 4000 acres and 24 homes since Sunday.
When I got home I turned on the scanner to see if the rain had help knock down the fire. It did help some.
Then someone turned on the STUPID SWITCH!
In the last hour and a half, in the tri-county area, there have been more than two dozen illegal burn calls to the various fire departments.
Citations issued at a thousand dollars a pop.

Stupid costs money. And our firemen and Marshall's are not tolerant of stupid right now. Sometimes they are. I have heard them give warnings before. But they are very tired and I flat don't blame them!

Photos courtesy of KTRK Houston viewers.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I found this over at the TEOTWAWKI blog.

The post is here.

Boy, oh boy! I know most of you know about the IMDB(Internet Movie Bata Base). But how about the IMFDB(Internet Movie Firearms Data Base).

What was that shotgun that the T 800 took away from the bar owner in Terminator2: Judgement Day? What was Chuck packing in Delta Force? What was 'the golden gun' in The Man with the Golden Gun?

Go ahead take a look. Amaze your friends with your movie gun knowledge. Don't blame me for your lost time. You know you want to look!

Go on, then!


On this day in history.

June 21, 1834 Cyrus Hall McCormick patents reaping machine

Happy birthday!

1732 - Martha Washington, 1st, 1st lady (1789-97)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Fathers Day.

So it's our day and Mamma is at work until 3. It's going to be 102 degrees. I have a bunch of movies I want to catch up on. So...I'm gonna hang this sign on the door. Adios!

Happy birthday!

1623 - Blaise Pascal, mathematician/physicist/religious writer

On this day in history.

1865 Over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves in Galveston, Texas, United States, are finally informed of their freedom. The anniversary is still officially celebrated in Texas and 13 other contiguous states as Juneteenth.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Oh yeah!

At 8:01 this morning I heard the last pop of a sealed lid on nine 1/2 pints of spicey goodness!

We have bounty of tomatoes!

Today is make salsa day! Should get about a dozen half pints. Yum!

On this day in history.

1812 War of 1812: The U.S. Congress declares war on the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

Happy birthday!

1942 - Paul McCartney, Liverpool, England

Thank you for sharing your gift!

Friday, June 17, 2011

More TSA BS!

I thought these people went through a screening process. 

TSA Security Officer Accused Of Theft 
Karla R. Morgan Worked At George Bush Intercontinental Airport

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

Toby Keith - I Wanna Talk About Me

More TSA news.

Majority of Texas lawmakers want freedom from TSA

Campaign under way to have groping addressed in special session

Texans may have blinked once, but they're not out of the fight over the intrusive physical pat-downs being used by the federal Transportation Security Administration yet.
Lawmakers in Texas had dropped a proposal to protect airline passengers from having their sex organs groped by TSA officials without probable cause when the federal government threatened to make the state a "no-fly" zone if it became law.
But lawmakers are regrouping, and there has been a number of requests from the legislature now for Gov. Rick Perry to add that issue to the agenda of a special legislative session that is meeting now.

A couple of interesting notes:

112 of 150 state legislaters have co-authored this bill.

Our governor is considering running for President and I'm sure that will have no influence on his consideration of this issue.

Happy birthday!

1837 - Strong Vincent,Union colonel,civil war.

On this day in history.

1631 Mumtaz Mahal died during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, then spent more than 20 years to build her tomb, the Taj Mahal.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

On this day in history.

1858 Abraham Lincoln accepts the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Illinois.

Happy birthday!

1829 - Geronimo, Apache leader

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sorry about no bday or otdih this morning.

I had to make that 73 mile run to the NASA area one more time for punchout, so I left way early to miss the traffic and ride in the dark. It paid off.

This is the  temperature as I write this.
Trust me when I say that 80 degrees in an air conditioned house is more than enough when you are used working in houses with none. 78 makes me start thinking about putting on a jacket. Drink lots of fluid!

Our drought is like nothing I have ever been through. I read an article this morning that we may not receive significant rain until next October. Our last significant was last October!

We average about 45" of rainfall a year. So far we have had less than 2". Strange weather all over the U.S..

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Before and after.

While doing some PC housecleaning...

I came across this gem. What I think is one of the best arguments, not only for the 2nd ammendment, but for freedom! Nugent rocks!

Happy birthday!

1811 - Harriet Beecher Stowe, author (Uncle Tom's Cabin)

On this day in history.

1777 Stars and Stripes adopted by Congress as the Flag of the United States.
Evidently, according to what I have observed this morning, it won't be mentioned on the media that today is flag day!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Close the border or leave them open?

Someone make a decision before WE THE PEOPLE do! This is BS.

'nuff said!

Garden goodies!

Despite the bad drought (no rain since October 2010) the garden is doing fair. We are thankful for what we have.

Thank you for insomnia!

Seems to be a strange statement, but last night and this morning it was a good thing. Thumbing through the channels I came across the Encore Westerns channel doing a 24 hour James Arness tribute. Saw 2 movies I hadn't seen and a bunch of the Gunsmoke shows. Just as good as running into a Twilight Zone marathon.

As Festus was fond of saying,"I feel like a barntop rooster on a prime hoot!".

See? Sometimes insomnia can be your friend, but not often.

And no matter how often Matt got in a bind and all his friends worried, he always managed to make it back to Dodge! I have a friend that is a retired U.S. Marshall. I have no doubt of the mettle of Marshall Dillion.

Happy birthday!

1929 - Anne Frank, Holland, Nazi victim/diarist

On this day in history.

1859 The Comstock Lode is discovered near Virginia City, Nevada.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

On this day in history.

1955 Eighty-three are killed and at least 100 are injured after an Austin-Healey and a Mercedes-Benz collide at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Happy birthday!

1910 - Jacques-Yves Cousteau, France, oceanic explorer

Friday, June 10, 2011

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

Marc Cohn-Walking in Memphis


On this day in history.

1692 Salem witch trials: Bridget Bishop is hanged at Gallows Hill near Salem, Massachusetts, for "certaine Detestable Arts called Witchcraft & Sorceries".

Happy birthday!

1929 - James McDivitt, Chicago, Brig Gen USAF/astronaut (Gemini 4, Apollo 9)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The job from hell is over!

Two and a half hours to go 71 miles through downtown Houston. No more for me! I have soooo many stories on that train, but right now I want to watch the traffic reports on the local news and smile as my next commute is to the shop. Should take me all of 30 seconds if I don't stop to smell the roses.

Almost feels like I'm on vacation. Weird.

On this day in history.

1973 Secretariat becomes the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years by winning the Belmont Stakes

.The most magnificent horse I have ever seen.

Happy birthday!

1915 - Les Paul, Waukesha Wi, guitarist/inventor

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Goodby Marshall Dillion.

One of my heroes as a child.


An absolute must read.

And mind fodder: I know I'm feeling this way, anyone else?

On this day in history.

Blogger won't let me cut and paste a report of the SS St. Louis on this day in 1939. So I'll hen peck it out.

She was carrying 900+ Jewish refugees and was denied permission to land in Florida, United States, after having been turned away by Cuba. Forced to return to Europe, most of her passengers later died in Nazi concentration camps.

So there blogger...

Happy birthday!

1738 - George III, English King during American Revolution


I have a day off! I thought I might sleep in, but that won't happen. Rolling out everyday at 4:30 AM and driving 75 miles one way (through downtown Houston means two and a half hours) is taking its toll on this country boy.

So I'll catch up on the blogs and work on the garden. And play with the grandkids!

It's all good!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Okay, one more!

It's hot(100 degrees) it's dry(No substantial rain since October) meaning a soaker. 2" or more would be a frog strangler. Has nothing to do with this song. Except the song is cool. We need all the cool we can get right now!

The Cult - The Heart of Soul
Down and out in london
Los angeles and paris, too, uh-huh
I drank a river in my time
To get on through, yeah

Well, the night, it rise above you, rise above me
And the blues, they swirl around me

To the heart of soul
You got to bleed a little while you sing
Lest the words don’t mean nothing, no
Get to the heart of soul
Gotta get to the heart of soul, yeah

Get to the hip, now baby
’fore the hip get to you, lil’ woman
Try to bend me out of shape
Can’t tell me, can’t tell me what to do, little honey

Well, the night, it rise above me, rise above me, yeah
And those blues, they swirl around me, ooh, ooh

To the heart of soul
You gotta bleed a little while you sing
Lest the words don’t mean nothing, no
Ow, get to the heart of soul, yeah
Gotta get to the heart of soul

You gotta bleed a little while your singing, yeah, yeah, yeah
Lest the words don’t mean nothing, no
Get to the heart of soul, yeah
Baby, heart of soul, ow

From the delta
Down on the river
We need some heart of soul
In the world today now
A little bit of heart of soul now
In the world today
A little bit of soul now
A little heart of so-so-so-so, soul

You gotta bleed a little while your singing, yeah, yeah, yeah
Lest the words don’t mean nothing, no they don’t, no
Get to the heart of soul, yeah
Ow, baby, heart of soul

What I want
Is a heart of soul
What I want
What I need
Is a heart of soul now
What I want
Heart of soul yeah
What I want baby is a heart of soul

You got the heart, you got the soul
You got the heart of soul

You got the power, you got the heart
You got the soul

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

Creed - One Last Breath
Please come now I think I’m falling
I’m holding on to all I think is safe
It seems I found the road to nowhere
And I’m trying to escape
I yelled back when I heard thunder
But I’m down to one last breath
And with it let me say
Let me say

Hold me now
I’m six feet from the edge and I’m thinking
That maybe six feet
Ain’t so far down

I’m looking down now that it’s over
Reflecting on all of my mistakes
I thought I found the road to somewhere
Somewhere in His grace
I cried out heaven save me
But I’m down to one last breath
And with it let me say
Let me say

Hold me now
I’m six feet from the edge and I’m thinking
That maybe six feet
Ain’t so far down

Sad eyes follow me
But I still believe there’s something left for me
So please come stay with me
‘Cause I still believe there’s something left for you and me
For you and me
For you and me

Hold me now
I’m six feet from the edge and I’m thinking 
Hold me now
I’m six feet from the edge and I’m thinking
That maybe six feet
Ain’t so far down
Hold me now
I’m six feet from the edge and I’m thinking
That maybe six feet
Ain’t so far down

Hold me now
I’m six feet from the edge and I’m thinking
That maybe six feet
Ain’t so far down

Please come now I think I’m falling
I’m holding on to all I think is safe

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Some more "Pie in the sky"


Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D.-Fla.), chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, denounced Republicans last week for believing illegal immigration “should in fact be a crime.”


On this day in history.

1835 P. T. Barnum and his circus begins their first tour of the United States.

Happy birthday!

1904 - Johnny Weissmuller, actor (Tarzan)/100m swimmer

Wednesday, June 1, 2011