"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, May 31, 2012

Well thank you Seattle.

All you grungy, Nirvanaesque, wanna be emo's have added so much fuel to the gun debate, it makes me want to vomit more than your music does.


He said his office would be “working with our police to give them the tools they need to focus on violent offenders with access to guns…but it's also going to take a focus on the laws that make it too easy for people to acquire guns. And it's going to also take a full partnership with the community to end a culture of violence where young men believe it's OK to attempt to resolve disputes with violence, including guns."

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

School's out tomorrow.

The good side: Traffic at rush hour will be reduced by 50%
The bad side :  Bored, unsupervised  teenage mutant thugs will be unleashed on unsupervised homes and vehicles.
Lock and load everyone.

Grandpa's Journal

Sunday August 27, 1911
Dinner with Emory's

Monday August 28, 1911
On house

Tuesday August 29,1911
To Sheep Head falls

Wednesday August 30, 1911
School meeting

Thursday August 31,1911
On house

There are no more entries from September 1 to September 8

On the 8th he straddled the 8th and 9nth with:

In the high desert of Oregon that was well worth an entry.  I have to assume they were very busy on the house based on next weeks entry.

Sunday September 10, 1911
To SS in am. Rev. Glen and wife at3 pm

Monday September 11, 1911
To Redmond

Tuesday September 12, 1911
Got hay from Bentley's

No entry for Wednesday or Thursday, but On House was scrawled over Monday and Tuesday.

Friday September15, 1911
Moved into new house
The underlining is his. I'm sure this was a huge deal. This is the house I visited as a child. They called it 'the big house'. I know that even as a kid it wasn't very big. But when you spend a few years in a one room tent, it was probably a mansion. What I remember most it was cool in the summer and squeeky neat as a pin.

Saturday September 16,1911
Pulled trees in PM

Grandpa's Journal

Sunday August 20, 1911
S.S. am  to George's in P.M. with the folks.

Monday August 21, 1911

On house. BP

Tuesday August 22, 1911
 Went to Opal Springs

Wednesday August 23, 1911
On house. H.B.B.

Thursday-Saturday August 26, 1911
On house

Monday, May 28, 2012

Honor the fallen today.


ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Soldiers placed more than 220,000 small U.S. flags at Arlington National Cemetery to mark the start of Memorial Day weekend activities.
The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, also known as The Old Guard, planted  a flag at each grave marker.
They also placed flags at the Tomb of the Unknowns and at the cemetery columbarium.
All the flags will be removed after Memorial Day.
The unit has been carrying out the annual tradition since 1948.

What the article doesn't mention is that the regiment is guarding the flags and the fallen from Thursday until Monday.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Stow high in transit

Manure: In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be transported by ship and it was also before the invention of commercial fertilizers, so large
shipments of manure were quite common.

It was shipped dry, because in dry form it weighed a lot less than when wet, but once water (at sea) hit it, not only did it become heavier, but the process of fermentation began again, of which a byproduct is methane gas of course. As the stuff was stored below decks in bundles you can see what could (and did) happen.

Methane began to build up below decks and the first time someone came below at night with a lantern, BOOOOM!

Several ships were destroyed in this manner before it was determined
just what was happening

After that, the bundles of manure were always stamped with the instruction' Stow high in transit ' on them, which meant for the sailors to stow it high enough off the lower decks so that any water that came into the hold would not touch this volatile cargo and start the production of methane.

Thus evolved the term ' S.H.I.T ' , (Stow High In Transit) which has come down through the centuries and is in use to this very day. You probably did not know the true history of this word.

Neither did I.

I had always thought it was a golf term.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Grandpa's journal.

Sunday August 13, 1911
To S.S. Scafe preached in evening. I took load from H.

Monday August 14, 1911
On house

Tuesday August 15, 1911

Wednesday August 16,1911

Thursday August 17, 1911
Took Scafes to Redmond and C. falls. Home to supper. Took them home in evening.

No entries on Friday or Saturday.


Guns are no more responsible for killing people than a spoon is responsible for making Rosie O‘Donnell fat.
 Jennifer A. Grossman

Sunday, May 20, 2012

If it takes a village...

to raise a child, then we all have a duty to bitch slap these children and their parents. But then I guess #1 has that covered.

h/t to Lissa for pointing to this gem.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Armed Forces day

Thank you for your service and sacrifice.