"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




Saturday, July 30, 2011

On this day in history.

July 30, 1956 A Joint resolution of the U.S. Congress is signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, authorizing "In God We Trust" as the U.S. national motto.

Happy Birthday.

1947 - Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austria, body builder. Oh, and world famous Guvenator and womanator.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Please keep your children away from this post!

This is what this young man looked like before the Fullerton, California police department sent him to the hospital with unrecoverable head wounds. It took six officers to kill this human being. They had to tase him five times! The popo's claimed that two officers received broken bones. They recanted later saying that the two received "soft tissue damage".

A Soft tissue injury (STI) is the damage of muscles, ligaments and tendons throughout the body. Common soft tissue injuries usually occur from a sprain, strain, a one off blow resulting in a contusion or overuse of a particular part of the body. In Texas we interpret that as fat fucker. Soft tissue injuries can result in pain, swelling, bruising and loss of function.

I'm pretty sure Kelly Thomas felt some overuse of parts of his body.

What I hate most is that his Dad (a retired sheriff deputy) and especially his mother had to go to the hospital and try to identify him.


WTG Fullerton California! Please release the names of the popo's so we can do what we need to do legally!

You DO know what that concept is?

 I bet mom and dad had a hard time doing an ID.

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

America-Ventura Highway
video

Adios Dan Peek.
November 1, 1950 – July 24, 2011
video

Happy Birthday.

1905 - Stanley Kunitz, American poet

On this day in history.

1921 Adolf Hitler becomes leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Happy Birthday.

1907 - Earl S Tupper, inventor (Tupperware)

On this day in history.

1920 Pancho Villa, bandito and revolutionary, surrenders to the Mexican government.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Someone, please!

Let those assholes in DC know that we want our money back. And that the states have no use for them anymore. There! Problem solved!

On this day in history.

Nothing interesting happened today in history

Happy Birthday.

No one interesting was born on this day.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Food pron.

Top - Steady 250 degrees. Bottom left - Rib rack with secret dry rub. Bottom right - Pecan chunks soaking in water.

Happy Birthday.

1940 - Mary Jo Kopechne

On this day in history.

July 26, 1878 In California, the poet and American West outlaw calling himself "Black Bart" makes his last clean getaway when he steals a safe box from a Wells Fargo stagecoach. The empty box will be found later with a taunting poem inside.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Happy Birthday.

1840 - Flora Adams Darling, founded Daughters of American Revolution

On this day in history.

July 25, 1898 During the Spanish-American War, U.S. forces launched their invasion of Puerto Rico, a 108-mile long, forty-mile-wide island that was one of Spain's two principle possessions in the Caribbean.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Hey Rick! What? What's new on your IPOD?

video
Are you kidding me? OK, let me check.You betcha! Kinda feel this way today.

Lets see if the other guy did it better, I'm thinking yes.



Product review. Norton Knife and Scissor Sharpener.

In my never ending quest for more tools, I am always happy when work requires that I go spend money at one of the two BBH/HS's (big box home/hardware stores). It gives me an opportunity to add a few more dollars worth of 'look what I got!' to my cart. Yesterday was no exception. Among the items I picked up was a Norton #85720 Knife and scissor sharpener.

And I put it to the test. I sharpend every pocket and kitchen knife I could find. From stainless to carbon steel, the carbide heads put an impressive working edge on everything. I will say you won't shave with this edge, but since I don't anyway, it wasn't a concern. The scissor sharpener was a floating ceramic rod and very awkward for me to use. You insert the scissors in the slots, close down on the handles and draw them out, maintaining the same pressure on the rod.

For the price I was happy with it. $4.97 at Home Depot.

Happy Birthday.

1935 - Les Reed, songwriter

On this day in history.

July 24, 1901 O. Henry is released from prison in Austin, Texas after serving three years for embezzlement from a bank.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A must see.

Trying comply with the law could get you "executed for being stupid"? NSFW or children under 18 because of a loose cannon with some authority sprinkled like fairy dust upon his close cropped head and carefully toned body. No doubt toned in front of a full sized mirror.

A must read.

Of justice, liberty, and the noble lie.

Friday, July 22, 2011

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

Van Morrison - Tupelo Honey
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You can take all the tea in China
Put it in a big brown bag for me
Sail right around the seven oceans
Drop it straight into the deep blue sea
She's as sweet as tupelo honey
She's an angel of the first degree
She's as sweet as tupelo honey
Just like honey from the bee
You can't stop us on the road to freedom
You can't keep us 'cause our eyes can see
Men with insight, men in granite
Knights in armor bent on chivalry
She's as sweet as tupelo honey
She's an angel of the first degree
She's as sweet as tupelo honey
Just like honey from the bee

You can't stop us on the road to freedom
You can't stop us 'cause our eyes can see
Men with insight, men in granite
Knights in armor intent on chivalry
She's as sweet as tupelo honey
She's an angel of the first degree
She's as sweet as tupelo honey
Just like honey from the bee

You know she's alright
You know she's alright with me
She's alright, she's alright (she's an angel)

You can take all the tea in China
Put it in a big brown bag for me
Sail it right around the seven oceans
Drop it smack dab in the middle of the deep blue sea
Because she's as sweet as tupelo honey
She's an angel of the first degree
She's as sweet as tupelo honey
Just like honey from the bee

She's as sweet as tupelo honey
She's an angel of the first degree
She's as sweet as tupelo honey
Just like the honey, baby, from the bee
She's my baby, you know she's alright.....

Slow posting.

Working in south Houston again. 2 hour commute each way. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Wow it's hot!

Three central ac units have gone bang in our area this week. Including mine. Sunday afternoon I was at my desk when I heard a boom and saw smoke out the window just as the ac kicked on. I ran and turned the thermostat off then went outside to hear the sound of freon adding to my carbon foot print. The compressor was toast. Fortunately I have hurricane back up window units.

This was the second compressor on a 20 year old unit. We think we have a solution to our dillema. Right now the house is tolerable and we are cool. Yes that was a pun!

I will let y'all know which way we went and how we are faring in a few  days.

Happy Birthday.

1947 - Carlos Santana, Mexico, rock guitarist

On this day in history.

1954 At Geneva, Switzerland, an armistice is signed that ends fighting in Vietnam and divides the country along the 17th parallel.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Overheard just before lights out.

Mrs. CC "Neal Patrick Harris is on Leno tonight."
Me   "Really?"
Mrs. CC  "He and his boy/girl just adopted twins."
Me   "Really? Who's doing the breast feeding?"

Happy Birthday.

1860 - Lizzie Borden

On this day in history.

1969 - Mary Jo Kopechne, in Ted Kennedy's car, drowns at 28

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The cost of Liberty.

Great article on what it takes to achieve liberty. The ten essential rules.


That's some 'in your face stuff' right there.

On this day in history.

1938 Douglas (Wrong Way) Corrigan leaves NY for LA, wound up in Ireland

Happy Birthday.

1889 - Erle Stanley Gardner, US detective writer (Perry Mason)

The last Harry Potter movie.

It has been released. I knew something was up when I drove by the local megaplex and there was not a parking space to be had.

I've never seen any of the movies. I guess I outgrew magic and wizardry a few years ago. Although The Lord of the Rings is awesome and I'm looking forward to The Hobbit. But then that's Tolkien. I read those books at least eight times over when I was a young man.

That said I really thought this little video was cool. Seven Potter films in six minutes.

The first seven films condensed and highlighted. Go ahead, watch it!

h/t to Claire at Living Freedom.

Yes, this does make me furious.

With all the lies being accepted, and the denials of knowledge, I'm afraid that this will just go away. If that happens the police state will be that much bolder. And that should frighten every citizen in this country.


http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.9938/pub_detail.asp

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Happy Birthday.

1704 - John Kay, England, machinist, invented flying shuttle

On this day in history.

1918 Nicholas II Russian tsar, and family are executed

Friday, July 15, 2011

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I'm glad I'm not the only one...

feeling the hum of the Carrier.

Tam mentioned it first.

Then Borepatch expanded on it.

I've been feeling it for about a month or so. I do the daily history and birthday to make myself post. I've been doing this for a year and a half now. I get 15 to 20 visitors a day, but no comments or feed back. I definitely need some of that. I have some good ideas for posts. I thought I had made some good ones that might generate comment.

Among them was this.

Back in the meat business.

This. On rabbits as food and kids.

Then there is the survival/teaching stuff.

I know that most of what I have to say has probably been said 12 times over. But hit me up with comments and suggestions. First 15 get a some what cheap but very useful gear item.At least the U.S.Army thought so! Sorry, U.S Shipment only.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Happy Birthday.

1817 - Henry David Thoreau, Concord Massachusetts, naturalist/pacifist (Walden Pond)

On this day in history.

1909, the resolution proposing the Sixteenth Amendment was passed by the Sixty-first Congress and submitted to the state legislatures. (power to tax incomes)

Well here we go...

I just never could figure out who was responsible for the deficit, government overspending, and our overall economic crisis. I'm not an economist and I probably know less than most. Thank God the people in D.C. know where to put the blame.

Blame here.

Monday, July 11, 2011

On this day in history.

1804 Alexander Hamilton killed by VP Aaron Burr in pistol duel near Weehawken

Happy Birthday.

1767 John Quincy Adams Braintree, Mass, 6th Pres (D) (1825-1829)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

On this day in history.

1922 Johnny Weissmuller swims the 100 meters freestyle in 58.6 seconds breaking a world swimming record and the 'minute barrier'.

And for some reason I enjoyed this bit of trivia:

When Weissmuller was introduced to the first Cheetah in his Tarzan films in 1931 (he worked with 8 chimpanzees altogether), the chimp's trainer told him to show no fear or the animal would attack him. As Weissmuller, dressed in his Tarzan loincloth and hunting knife, walked up to the animal, it bared its teeth, growled at him and lunged as if to attack him. Weissmuller took the knife out of the sheath and held it in front of the chimp's nose, to make sure he saw and smelled it. He then slammed the animal on the side of the head with the knife handle. He put the knife back in its sheath and held out his hand to the chimp. It glared at him, bared his teeth again, then changed its mind, grinned at Weissmuller and jumped up and hugged him. Weissmuller never had any further problems with the chimp--although other cast and crew members did--and it followed him around like a puppy dog during all the pictures they worked together.

Happy Birthday.

1819 Elias Howe Spencer Mass, invented sewing machine

Friday, July 8, 2011

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

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Blackberry Smoke - Good One Coming On
 
2 6-packs of Shiner
99 cent butane lighter
Lucky Strikes and a fifth of PatrĂ³n
Ice down that Igloo cooler
Tank of gas, that outta do her
I can feel a good one coming on

Throw on Ray Wiley Hubbard
Sing along to "Redneck Mother"
Any blues I had before are gone
Another working week is over
No chance of staying sober
I can feel a good one coming on

Yeah, we gonna roll all night
We gonna get the feeling right
We gonna keep this party rocking til the break of dawn
Yeah, I can feel a good one coming on

3 blondes in a ragtop Mustang
Followed us down to the lake
And didn't have to think about that too long
Skinnydipping in the bright moonlight
Situation couldn't be more right
I can feel a good one coming on

Yeah, we gonna roll all night
We gonna get the feeling right
We gonna keep this party rocking til the break of dawn
Yeah, I can feel a good one
Feels like a good one
I can feel a good one coming on

Woo

Yeah, we gonna roll all night
We gonna get the feeling right
We gonna keep this party rocking til the break of dawn
We gonna roll all night
We gonna get the feeling right
We gonna keep this party rocking til the break of dawn, yeah
I can feel a good one
Yeah, feels like a good one
I can feel a good one coming on

Yeah, ah
Yeah, it's a good one, oh yeah

Happy birthday!

1839 - John D Rockefeller, US capitalist/founder (Standard Oil)
1908 - Nelson A Rockefeller, (Gov-R-NY) 41st VP (1974-77)

On this day in history.

July 8th, 2011 I have discovered that my source is not as reliable as I wish. Therefore I am suspending OTDIH until I can procur a source I trust. Back to print versus the Interwebs.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sweet potatoes and deer fence experimental garden.

The sweet potato slips are in the ground about 3 weeks late, but we should still get a decent crop.

I am trying an experimental deer fence.
I can't remember where I got this idea, but it makes sense. Place a perimeter of 50# fishing line at 12" and 30" around the garden. The idea is the deer can feel the line but they can't see it.So it spooks them. Time will tell as we average 5 or six deer in the yard every night. I' ll be planting the second crop of beens next week to fill the rows. And the deer around here love bean leaves.

Happy birthday!

1907 - Robert A[nson] Heinlein, US, sci-fi author. Go and grok it all!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The key to disaster survival.

You knew this already, right? Interesting to read what happens when everyone in a fishing village gets a boat.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Happy birthday!

1810 - Phineas Taylor Barnum, Bethel Conn, circus promoter (Barnum & Bailey)

On this day in history.

1946 Louis Reard's bikini swimsuit design debuts at Paris fashion show

Monday, July 4, 2011

Pardon me.

While I get through my twilight zone marathon. I did manage a mean brisket with the family supplying the fixins'. Turned a couple of grand children onto the world of film noir via 5 year old. "Grandpa, why is there no color?" "There is. Black and white." "Whaaaat????"

I am proud to be an American!

A follow up...

To this story.

The po po's seeking retribution. So many cars, only one ruler.

On this day in history.

Independence Day for Accountants

Happy birthday!

None today... Could have been my grandson, but he missed it by one minute!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Saturday, July 2, 2011

My Great Grandfather and I.

My Great Grandfather was a Pioneer. He moved from Iowa to Oregon in 1899. In a wagon with his bride and his 2 sons. He staked a homestead claim of 160 acres in the middle of the state.And began to prove it. My grandmother was the only person in the state of Oregon, ever born in a town called Hillman. A year later they changed the name to Terrebonne.

A couple of  years ago in my genealogy search I found this gem:
He named it the Rainbow Ranch. I have many photos and memories of him and the ranch. My greatgandmother passed away when I  was five. She was not that old, maybe in her 80's. She passed away from what was to later be known as Alzheimer's. The same disease that would take her daughter, born in Hillman, Oregon, many years later after a 25 year battle.
 My Grandma and her big brother in 1912.
When I was in the third grade my great grandfather lived across the street from my school in an extended living home. About 3 times a week I would let my mom know that I was going to see Grandpa Davidson and I would be home before dark.

I would go to the house and spend time with him writing mission stuff, he was a Quaker, and talking about his life. He loved to walk across the street to the high school to watch basketball games.

The last time I was with him, we were watching the moon landing and he said something that stays close to me to this day.

"I have traveled the country with all our possessions in a wagon, I have ridden a velocipede, I have flown on a jet plane, and I have seen a man walk on the moon. All in my lifetime."

There are so many more things to say about him. The day I learned what Memorial Day really  means when he walked by every grave with a flag on it. And spent  at least 5 minutes in prayer for each of our heroes.

He was a heroe,to me, and a man to respect!

Mission STS-134 (ENDEAVOUR) - May 2011

Incredible ground based photos and vids!

http://legault.perso.sfr.fr/STS-134.html

One more to go and then its over. (Sigh)

On this day in history.

July 02, 1937 Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappear over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first equatorial round-the-world flight.

Happy birthday!

1877 - Hermann Hesse, Switzerland, novelist/poet (Steppenwolf, Nobel 1946)

Friday, July 1, 2011

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

                         David Allen Coe - The Ride                                    video

On this day in history.


1898 Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders charge up San Jaun Hill.

Happy birthday!

1955 - Keith Whitley, Sandy Hook Ky, country singer.
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I'm no stranger to the rain
I'm a friend of thunder
Friend, is it any wonder lightning strikes me
I've fought with the devil
Got down on his level
But I never gave in, so he gave up on me

I'm no stranger to the rain
I can spot bad weather
And I'm good at finding shelter in a downpour
I've been sacrificed by brothers
Crucified by lovers
But through it all I withstood the pain
I'm no stranger to the rain

But when I get that foggy feeling
When I'm feeling down
If I don't keep my head up, I may drown
But it's hard to keep believing
I'll even come out even
While the rain beats your hope in the ground
And tonight it's really coming down

I'm no stranger to the rain
But there'll always be tomorrow
And I'll beg, steal, or borrow a little sunshine
And I'll put this cloud behind me
That's how the Man designed me
To ride the wind and dance in a hurricane
I'm no stranger to the rain

Oh, no, I'm no stranger to the rain

I'm no stranger to the rain
I'm a friend of thunder
Friend, is it any wonder lightning strikes me
But I'll put this cloud behind me
That's how the Man designed me
To ride the wind and dance in a hurricane
I'm no stranger to the rain

Oh, no, I'm no stranger to the rain