"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

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

On this day in history.

1836 The city of Houston is founded by Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen 

Happy birthday!

1930 - Warren Buffett, American entrepreneur

Monday, August 29, 2011

Food preps.

Always look for your local small town grocery flier. Around here they often run stock up ads. These have awesome deals and no one looks at you funny. 'Cause everyone is toting 2 or 5 carts!

Got this from a message board I frequent.

Not sure how much of the story is factual, but the pics are impressive. Whatcha think?

Question #1 Is my grandson OK?

Question #2 Where is he. I think I’m going to strangle him.

The kid came out without a scratch but he wasn’t so sure that’d be the situation after his granddad sees this ...................

Footnote: Although the paramedics discovered no one was injured when they arrived on the scene, they did have to caution people that got near the tractor motor laying on the ground as it was still running.

"Nothing runs like a Deere"

On this day in history.

1831 Michael Faraday discovers electromagnetic induction.

Happy birthday!

1809 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Cambridge MA, physician/author

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Time and temperature, please.

This is at 7:45 pm. Note the high.

From the "Stll Scratching My Head" department.

Am I or am I not committing felonies?

Please take a look at this article over at the Silicone Greybeard. Here is a link to a summary of the Lacey act.

I have been a cabinet maker for over 30 years. Near as I can tell I need to slap a label with the genus and species of wood on each piece I build. Or do I? I know that a lot of the material that is shipped to me doesn't have any labels at all.

The only thing that's not confusing about it is that it's confusing. But that's bcause it's a federal act.

On this day in history.

1859 - 1st successful oil well drilled, near Titusville, Pa. by Edwin Drake

Happy birthday!

1803 - Edward Beecher, American theologian

Friday, August 26, 2011

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

Live - Lightning Crashes

On this day in history.

1883 The Indonesian island of Krakatoa explodes, spewing volcanic ash and debris 50 miles into the air and killing 36,000 people many from tidal waves over 100 feet high.

Happy Birthday.

1898 - Peggy Guggenheim, art patron & collector

Thursday, August 25, 2011

On this day in history.

1867 Scientist Michael Faraday dies.

I don't normally do obits here, but say  his last name and add cage.

Happy Birthday.

1796 - James Lick, American land owner, carpenter, piano builder, and patron of the sciences.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

My turn with "THE LIST"

The NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy novels with the ones I have read in bold:
1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
3. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert
5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin
6. 1984, by George Orwell
7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan
13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson
15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore
16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein
18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss
19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
22. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King
24. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
25. The Stand, by Stephen King
26. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
27. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury
28. Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
29. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman
30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams
33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey
34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein 35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller
36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells
37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne
38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys

39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells 40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny
41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings
42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson
44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven
45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin
46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien
47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White

48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
49. Childhood’s End, by Arthur C. Clarke
50. Contact, by Carl Sagan
51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons
52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson
54. World War Z, by Max Brooks
55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle
56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson
59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold
60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
61. The Mote In God’s Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
62. The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind
63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson
66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist
67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks
68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard
69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb
70. The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson
72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne 73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore
74. Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi
75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson
76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke
77. The Kushiel’s Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey
78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin
79. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
80. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire
81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson
82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks
84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart
85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson
86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher
87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe
88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn
89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan
90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock
91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury 92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
93. A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge
94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov
95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson
96. Lucifer’s Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis
98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville
99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony
100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis

Wow only 23. I know I read more sci-fi than that! Must have been junk sci-fi.

On this day in history.

1992 Hurricane Andrew hits South Florida as a Category 5 Hurricane.

Happy Birthday.

1955 - Mike Huckabee, American politician, Governor/Presidential candidate

Newsbreaking ironica...

For all you Nascar fans. 

Judge suspends Kyle Busch's license for 45 days.

I know a few people that wish this extended to the track. Sorry.

Judge Thomas Church also sentenced Busch to one year of unsupervised probation, 30 hours of community service and fined him $1,000. Church gave Busch a 30-day suspended jail sentence, meaning that should Busch breach the law in the next year, he could face that jail time.

Hmmm, Nascar originated from the whiskey runners/moonshiners. These boys think they are bad outlaws. Their grandpappy's and greatgrandpappy's are rolling in their graves.They wouldn't know how to run one of those cars down a dirt back road if pappy was sitting next to them. Kyle Busch is an idiot.

Please turn the volume up and apologize to no one!


23 days

With triple digit temperatures. Along with that comes bluebird skies.Haven't seen a cloud of interest in a while. This is getting old, quickly.

Because I care.

Live to be 100.

Right now I'm at 77. I'm srsly working on that!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

OK this is awkward.

My gmail malfunctioned through Thunderbird. I have two readers that won the giveaway about posting comments. That got deleted.  I promised a giveaway and you guys stepped up. So our winners are..........

Spikessib. Your Shih Tzu is much prettier than ours. However, palace princesses are what the are!

Matt, thanks for reading.

You have both won.....tadadada...dada. US issue P51 can openers! 

If both of you could send me a mailing address they are yours! Hang them from your key change!

Send your snailmail to rforester54 at g mail dot com. Congratulations

1:00 p.m.-in the shade-no comment

On this day in history.

1305 William Wallace, Scottish patriot, is executed at the Elms at Smithfield, London for high treason by Edward I of England.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Thanks to many good friends for prayers.

My little brother just came out of ten hours of bypass surgery. They repaired six arteries and only had to farm veins from one leg. Not out of the woods yet, but he'll be able to see the sunrise from where he is.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

On this day in history.

8-14-1848 Oregon Territory organized by Act of U.S. Congress.
8-15-1620 Mayflower sets sail from Southampton with 102 Pilgrims.
8-16-1960 Joseph Kittinger parachutes from a balloon over New Mexico at 102,800 feet (31,330 m), setting three records that still stand today: High-altitude jump, free-fall, and fastest speed by a human without an aircraft.
8-17-1859 Circus acrobat Blondin crosses Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
8-18-1587 Virginia Dare, granddaughter of Gov. John White of the Colony of Roanoke, becomes the first English child born in the Americas.
8-19-1944 World War II: Liberation of Paris - Paris rises against German occupation with the help of Allied troops. 
8-20-1968 650,000 Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia
8-21-1959 Hawaii becomes the 50th state of the United States

Many thanks to my roving reporters and researchers RLO and ZEW!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Wow, OTDIH may have to wait...

For my crack team of reporters to show up later today. Birthdays took me 3 hours to do this morning. It didn't help that AMC runs The Rifleman from 5 AM to 8 AM.

If you don't know the TV program you should. It was the most positive and morally uplifting of all the westerns of its day. Well written and well acted. They don't spend that kind of money on TV, anymore.

Happy birthday (8-14 through 8-20-2011)

8-14 John Henry "Doc" Holliday
8-15 Kathryn Jean Whitmire
8-16 Fess Parker
8-17 Mir Mahboob Ali Khan
8-18 Rafer Johnson
8-19 Seth Thomas
8-20 Benjamin Harrison

Friday, August 19, 2011

Sorry about the lack of post this week.

168 mile round trip commute per day from north of Houston to south of Houston and working in 100+ degree weather took it's toll. I'll make up for it tomorrow. Lots of happy birthdays and OTDIH's. Stand back from your Google readers!

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

Not tonight. A double hat tip to Borepatch here and here!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

30 years ago today...

My best friend and I began a life journey together. I love you Babe!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

On this day in history.

1918 Women enlist in the United States Marine Corps for the first time. Opha Mae Johnson is the first woman to enlist.

Happy Birthday.

1860 - Annie Oakley, Drake Ohio, frontierswoman.

Please hail " Little Sure Shot"!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Sssshhh it's a secret!

For the last 3 or 4 months I have been working on the south side of Houston. A distance of 50 to 90 miles. Which isn't that bad if you can catch the right time for traffic flow. And the right freeway. The road system in Space City was laid out by a drunk engineer. It consists of loops and tangents and don't go theres.
Sometimes really wierd things happen on the freeways during rush hour, like I45 yesterday:
Shut the road north to home from downtown Houston until very early this morning. I can only guess at how many people go this way home after working all day, but...200,000?

My experience has been the beltway is the way to go. It's all tollway. If you buy an EZ tag it is non stop all the way. I45 is the pits. Although very scenic because it takes you just west of downtown, were everyone is getting off. The beltway is further out but the folks that work out there seem gentler and kinder although still cut throat and wannabe nascar drivers.
The last part of the beltway, the east side just opened. That's the secret. Nobody uses it. These pics are at 4 pm yesterday:
There are 5 vehicles including me on the road right now.
Clean white concrete.
This pic really doesn't show the amount of traffic. This is between 59N and 45N. It takes about 10 minutes to pass through. Day before yesterday it took 45 minutes because of a wreck on the feeder road. The rubbernecks on the mainlains caused the jam.

So that's the secret, but please don't tell anyone until this job is done. It cuts 30 minutes off my commute.

If you have 4 wheel drive...

and you see a hill...
in Texas you just go for it. It's the way we roll.

I know this is late.

But I have been on a remote job again. Today, because of lack of materials, I had the day off. Had grand chillens spend the night, went swimming in the 100 degree weather(instead of working in it), and caught up on my reading. Tomorrow back to the grind.

One of my favorite reads is Tam at View Fom The Porch. I read because she is the Queen of Snark, scarry good at it. Something I want to learn to do better. I believe she punch a hole in the snark ceiling and raised the bar so high with this.

Go read, please. Savor each phrase, each word. Each...........snark!

So well said!

Found Snatched this at Borepatch's abode.
Lead by example, you elitest bastards. When it's my money paying for your MoFo ass to live like an effing prince or princess, and I'm trying to make the last wrap of baling wire to hold the worn out tire on my paid for too many years ago truck, you piss me off! You just keep on pushing you fuckers! Just keep pushing!

Just don't be surprised when we the people start pushing back.

On this day in history.

1833 Chicago incorporates as a village of about 200

Happy Birthday.

1889 - Charles Darrow, Inventor (d. 1967) Go to jail, Do not pass go, Do not collect $200.00

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

On this day in history.

1945 - US drops 2nd atomic bomb "Fat Man" on Japan destroys part of Nagasaki 

Happy Birthday.

1758 - Bruno Dalberg/Anonymus Belga, [Petrus the Wacker van Zon], writer.

I couldn't find any info on this person, but at least when I see Anonymus post in a comments section anywhere, I have a last name! ;)

Something you won't see on the nightly news.

Public Health Officials today descended once again on a buying club, that specializes in raw foods.

All this, in a state where raw milk is perfectly legal to sell, and even available through retail stores.

It is beyond time for the people to push back!

Monday, August 8, 2011

And our prayers...

 To the families and the friends of our heroes that were killed in the Chinook attack in Wardak province,Afghanistan.

Most of the news is reporting this as a helicopter crash. Bullshit! It was a deliberate attack on U.S. troops by engaged enemy troops. Not only does this enemy want these soldiers dead, but they want you and your children to meet the same fate.

God rest and well done to our fallen heroes.

On this day in history.

1918 - 6 US soldiers are surrounded by Germans in France, Alvin York is given command & shoots 20 Germans & captures 132 more.

Happy Birthday.

1932 - Mel Tillis, Pahokee Fl, country singer

Saturday, August 6, 2011

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

Lynyrd Skynyrd-Simple Man
Ronnie Van Zant put the heart in the band, but his brother Johnny put the grit in. This is a very good live version of a killer Skynyrd song. Turn the volume up.

And read the history here.

Friday, August 5, 2011

On this day in history.

1861 US levies its first Income Tax (3% of incomes over $800)
From wikipedia

In order to help pay for its war effort in the American Civil War, the United States government imposed its first personal income tax, on August 5, 1861, as part of the Revenue Act of 1861 (3% of all incomes over US $800) ($19,490 in 2010 dollars).[9][verification needed] This tax was repealed and replaced by another income tax in 1862.[10][verification needed]
In 1894, Democrats in Congress passed the Wilson-Gorman tariff, which imposed the first peacetime income tax. The rate was 2% on income over $4000 ($101,200 in 2010 dollars), which meant fewer than 10% of households would pay any. The purpose of the income tax was to make up for revenue that would be lost by tariff reductions.[11] Also, the Panic of 1893 is said to have something to do with the passage of Wilson-Gorman.
In 1895 the United States Supreme Court, in its ruling in Pollock v. Farmers' Loan & Trust Co., held a tax based on receipts from the use of property to be unconstitutional. The Court held that taxes on rents from real estate, on interest income from personal property and other income from personal property (which includes dividend income) were treated as direct taxes on property, and therefore had to be apportioned. Since apportionment of income taxes is impractical, this had the effect of prohibiting a federal tax on income from property. However, the Court affirmed that the Constitution did not deny Congress the power to impose a tax on real and personal property, and it affirmed that such would be a direct tax.[12] Due to the political difficulties of taxing individual wages without taxing income from property, a federal income tax was impractical from the time of the Pollock decision until the time of ratification of the 16th Amendment in 1913.
In 1913, the Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution made the income tax a permanent fixture in the U.S. tax system. The United States Supreme Court in its ruling Stanton v. Baltic Mining Co. stated that the amendment conferred no new power of taxation but simply prevented the courts from taking the power of income taxation possessed by Congress from the beginning out of the category of indirect taxation to which it inherently belongs. In fiscal year 1918, annual internal revenue collections for the first time passed the billion-dollar mark, rising to $5.4 billion by 1920. With the advent of World War II, employment increased, as did tax collections—to $7.3 billion. The withholding tax on wages was introduced in 1943 and was instrumental in increasing the number of taxpayers to 60 million and tax collections to $43 billion by 1945

Happy Birthday.

1930 - Neil Armstrong, on his grandparents’ farm near Wakoponeta,Ohio, X-15 pilot, 1st man on the moon (Gemini 8, Apollo 11)
Flight certificate at 15 (before his drivers license).
Eagle Scout (honored with Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and Silver Buffalo Award.)
Truly, The Right Stuff!

“60 Minutes” interviewer Ed Bradley spoke to a 75-year-old Neil Armstrong in July 2006, just prior to the publication of James Hansen’s authorized biography of Armstrong, “First Man.”

Bradley noted that following the moon landing, Armstrong had become “famously private”; he asked the legendary astronaut, “You said once to a reporter, ‘How long must it take before I cease to be known as the space man?’ Why did you make that comment?” Armstrong answered, “I guess we all like to be recognized not for one piece of fireworks, but for the ledger of our daily work.” (1)

Really, really the right stuff!

(1)  http://www.findingdulcinea.com/features/profiles/a/neil-armstrong.html

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Got this from a friend.

The year is 1947
Some of you will recall that on July 8, 1947, a little over 60 years
ago, witnesses
claim that an unidentified flying object (UFO) with five aliens aboard
crashed onto
a sheep and mule ranch just outside Roswell ,
New Mexico . This is a well known incident that many say has long
been covered up by the U.S. Air Force and other federal agencies and

However, what you may NOT know is that in the month of April 1948, nine months
after that historic day, the following people were born:

Albert A. Gore, Jr..
Hillary Rodham
John F. Kerry
William J. Clinton
Howard Dean
Nancy Pelosi
Dianne Feinstein
Charles E. Schumer
Barbara Boxer

See what happens when aliens breed with sheep and jackasses?
I certainly hope this bit of information clears up a lot of things
for you. It did for me.

No wonder they support the bill to help illegal aliens!

Well ain't this special!

It may be early in the campaign season, but the Communist Party USA already has seen fit to endorse Barack Obama for the 2012 election.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

If it's good for the damned goose...

it sure as hell ought to apply to the fucked up V.P. gander!

On the one hand we have this. And then we have this.

We are all equal under the law, right? PFFFT!

Monday, August 1, 2011

This needs to be shared with everyone!

Visualize our debt. Now I wish there was a way to visualize the deception and corruption inside the loop on the hill where the cherry blossoms bloom.