Desert Cat's Paradise
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Thursday, October 30, 2003
Frank J of IMAO has got to be one of the funniest political satirists in the blogosphere! I love his Rumsfeld character to no end. :)Comments
Click for the rest of the piece: IMAO: In My World: Die, Leakers, Die: "'According to this leaked memo,' the anchorwoman announced, 'Rumsfeld is about to purchase a quart of milk, bananas, and a gallon of whiskey.'
'That's my shopping list!' Rumsfeld screamed as he picked up the T.V. and smashed it on the ground. Chomps, the world's angriest dog, then eagerly attacked the broken pieces. 'Who is leaking my memos?'
Rumsfeld thought for a moment. 'I have two options to end the leaks: find the leaker, or murder all reporters.'
'Grrrrah!' Chomps growled, snapping at the air angrily.
'No,' Rumsfeld answered, 'Killing all reporters will take too long. We'll need to find that leaker and kill anyone who stands in our way. To the Buick!'
* * * *
Senator Daschle went flying out the front door of the Capitol building with Chomps running to fetch him. Rumsfeld then emerged holding up Senator Leahy by the neck.
'I don't know anything! I swear!" Leahy cried, "I'm a member of Congress, for Christ's sake; I couldn't find my ass with two hands and a flashlight!""
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Tucson was under a pall of haze today.Comments
California burning, heavy in our skies.
If I didn't know the fire was in the next state, I would have guessed that it was in the next valley--that's how thick it was.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2003
Well I am relieved to find that The Gender Genie believes that I am male, based on a sample of my blogging.Comments
UPDATE: Laurence at Amish Tech Support ran this test on the Gender Genie with hilarious results!
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Nanofactory Design--A How-To Guide for the Compleat GeekComments
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HOO HOO! This one got forwarded to wifey just as fast as I could hit the "send page to mail recipient" button! :D :DComments
CNN.com - Study: New study shows that fellatio may reduce the risk of breast cancer - Oct. 2, 2003: "Study: Fellatio may significantly decrease the risk of breast cancer in women"
EDIT: link removed, because the story was removed. Dang. Oh well, it was quite funny while it was up. It was a spoof, not really an AP story...
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Tuesday, October 28, 2003
IMAO: Bite-Sized WisdomComments
* So, if a suicide bomber is rushing in on a truck, what would Jesus do? I think he'd jump on the hood while firing through the windshield with his .44 magnum.
* Sorry, that was 'What would Dirty Harry do?'. Jesus would probably have some solution where no one gets killed, but everyone has his or her own style.
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Weekly World News: JUST ONE MONTH after their gay marriage rocked the world, ecstatic newlyweds Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein have adopted a shaved-ape baby to make their family complete.Comments
And while the news is sure to set terrorists' hearts aflutter, the animal-rights group that delivered the chimp to a go-between who promised that the 9-month-old was going to a "good home" say they were lied to -- and they want the little critter back.
But it seems unlikely that will happen anytime soon, because nobody -- not even the CIA with its Al Qaeda moles -- has any idea where Osama, Saddam and Robert, their new "son," might be.
Given the best intelligence available, the trio are on the move "somewhere in the Middle East."
Click for the rest.
I would say this is a very funny parody, but unfortunately some people take allegations published in this kind of paper dead seriously...
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Monday, October 27, 2003
Congress OK's $3 Billion for Fighting WildfiresComments
Just to get a perspective on that $87B the president requested for Iraq, of which $20B is for Iraqi infrastructure improvements, this article notes that next year, the US will spend at least $20B managing national parks, forests, and other public lands in this country, and $3 billion just to fight wildfires!
Somehow in that context, $20 billion doesn't seem like quite that much, considering how comparatively important seeing a positive outcome in Iraq is, to the fight against terrorism.
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I tracked the Aspen Fire in Tucson back in June on this weblog, but the fires raging around San Diego are making the Aspen Fire look like peanuts in comparison!
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The Ballad of Bilbo BagginsComments
For Hobbit fans: this one leaves me bewildered and shaking my head every time I see it. WTF!? in a big way. :D
Link courtesy of Primal Purge
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The Cheese Stands Alone: Lost in the Wilderness: How to Be a Better Blogger: by The Lord High Master of Cheesy Monkey PunditryComments
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Sunday, October 26, 2003
More tasteless (and very funny) humor. DO NOT CLICK!Comments
Who Let The Dogs Out?!
Link courtesy of Primal Purge
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What in th' tarnation is that Cat cussin' up a storm fer, Mabel?Comments
"A Naked Soul in Cyberspace". Yep, that means exactly what it sounds like it means. If I think it, and want to say it, I say it. The whole point of this space is that I have more to say than the people around me care to listen to. I need more victims to unload my drivel on. Lucky you. And sometimes the stuff I think may be a bit "rich" in idiomatic expression. (NO! Can't be?! Christians never cuss, even in their own craniums, do they?!)
So I lied. I'm not quite naked most of the time. I do try to keep a bathrobe on in here. But sometimes it slips and I show off my hairy hiney for a second. Especially when I get on a rant. Oops, sorry to offend. But hey, that's the price of admission to my cranium.
And yes, it is true. Cat chortles at earthy humor, and even occasionally finds a well-written humor piece of the potty-variety to be particularly mirthsome. Sorry if that's a disappointment. I guess I'd better turn in my Sanctified Bretheren membership card now...
Gol durn if I don't also sometimes lust in my heart, curse other drivers on the road, slack off at work, even steal pens and notepads sometimes (though I usually bring the pens back--I'd bring back the notepad too, 'cept I wrote on it). Worst of all, I'm a selfish bastard who generally doesn't give a rat's-ass about the vast bulk of humanity on the face of this planet.
But that's just me, no reflection on Him. And if it is, then I'm sorry to find I have been placed on such a pedestal. If there's a decent shred in me, it's His. If there is a kind word or loving deed or charitable act that comes through me, it's His, not mine. Yes, it is true! I'm just as much a despicable schmuck as the rest of you all, and "working out my salvation with fear and trembling".
"I yam whats I yam and thats all I yam!" -Popeye
Here's hoping the additional clarification in the subtitle takes care of any future problems.
I'll just shut up now...
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Saturday, October 25, 2003
www [dot] margilowry [dot] com: It's all her faultComments
Not tonight, dear, I have a modem.
>snrk!!< HOOT! :D
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Friday, October 24, 2003
dong resin's joint >> dong resin vs. the very modern toilet >> October 19, 2003Comments
This is a very very funny piece. Make sure you are somewhere that you can safely laugh out loud before you read it!
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Well I had to ask. Apparently more than you want to know...Comments
You are Proverbs.
Which book of the Bible are you?
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I suppose I could go to quizilla myself. But I just browse on over to Ith's site to see which ones she has put up.
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Now after the previous rant, we return to our usual trivial programming:Comments
Congratulations! You're a Long Island Iced Tea!
What Drink Are You?
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How many more of these "what kind of ___ are you?" quizzes are out there??
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I need to warn you my faithful readers (all 5 or 6 of you), rant ahead! If Cat does not get this off his chest, he is going to have an aneurysm:Comments
Life is too damn short to waste any time being an uptight [rich idiomatic expression deleted]! It is really short! Your life and my life here on God's Green Earth is so painfully short in the great scheme of things, that it is almost enough to break my heart thinking about it. We have NO TIME for triviality, for TV, interpersonal [rich idiomatic expression deleted], for spending any but the briefest moments angry at anyone we love, for "projects" or other diversions that aren't going to mean a hill of beans in ten, twenty, or fifty years time. Ask yourself this question: "When I am 85 years old, lying flat on my back in a nursing home, unable to get up to [rich idiomatic expression deleted] by myself anymore, is what I am doing or saying now, or how I am spending my time right now going to make a difference to me then?"
You see, debility and death are inevitable. What will matter then, once it is too late to do anything more, is whatever you did up until then that was worthwhile and was something you would do again if you could. You will never say to yourself, "[rich idiomatic expression deleted], I sure wish I had watched a few more reruns on tv...", or "[rich idiomatic expression deleted], I wish I would have held that grudge against my sister a few more years", or "I sure missed out on working later at the office all those years. I should have worked more weekends too."
Another thing, there is no Shangri La on this earth. There is nothing anywhere like paradise. Nowhere is perfect, no one is perfect to live with. There are places better than others, people better than others, but it is a waste to focus your life on trying to find better than good enough. Life is so short, you will lose it all in the end anyway if you are not living your life looking beyond the portal on the other side of the "long valley", and into eternity.
But there are slices and slivers of the perfect all around you. Bits and pieces that are easy to miss and hard to capture if you are striving hard and trying to find it whole. The closest you and I will come to finding paradise on this earth, is if we fill our lives with seeking, chasing after, and capturing, if only for a fleeting moment, these "butterflies of paradise", these little moments of wonder and mystery and beauty and awe.
Once you come to the end, flat on your back, with no one to help you get up anymore, you can close your eyes and remember, remember the "summer of 100 years" that you experienced one fleeting moment at a time over the course of your 85 or 90 years. And it will flow like a river, like it was all there ever was. And then it will have been worth it, and it will be enough. And it will be okay then, to get up and step through that portal.
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BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Jesus actor struck by lightningComments
I'm beginning to wonder if maybe The Big Guy is not as happy about this film as I would have expected. Or maybe on the contrary, since the actor was not seriously injured either time, it is...A SIGN!!! :-O
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Tuesday, October 21, 2003
Sd'EA: Textos/ Tradicional Entheogenic and Intoxicating Substances in the Mediterranean Area"Speech of Dr. Josep Maria Fericgla in the International Conference on Entheogenic substances in San Francisco, USA, in 1996."Comments
This is an interesting, if somewhat long, transcript. However some of the information he presents leads me to an interesting conclusion, that the Inquisition hasn't really ended. It's just taken on new language and new forms. I have been trying to understand the reasons for the persecution of entheogens and other psychoactives, and this conclusion makes more sense than anything I have come across so far.
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Monday, October 20, 2003Comments
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Sunday, October 19, 2003
According to this quiz, I am equally a spatial thinker and a naturalist thinker. Lesse--I'm an engineer who loves to garden and go hiking on the weekends, yep! That's me!Comments
Just call me Leonardo da Cat, Renaissance Feline!
"You are a Spatial Thinker
* Tend to think in pictures, and can develop good mental models of the physical world.
* Think well in three dimensions
* Have a flair for working with objects
Like other spatial thinkers, Leonardo had a talent for designing buildings and machinery. He also invented a new style of map making.
Other Spatial Thinkers include Pablo Picasso, Michelangelo, Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Careers which suit Spatial Thinkers include
Mechanic, Photographer, Artist, Architect, Engineer, Builder, Set designer
You are a Naturalist Thinker
* Like to understand the natural world, and the living beings that inhabit it
* have an aptitude for communicating with animals
* You try to understand patterns of life and natural forces
Like other Naturalist thinkers, Leonardo longed to spend time in the countryside. He spent hours watching birds to understand how they flew.
Other Naturalist thinkers include Charles Darwin, Jane Goodall, Johnny Morris, David Attenborough
Careers which suit Naturalist thinkers include
Biologist, Meteorologist, Forester, Farmer, Astronomer, Alternative therapist"
Thanks to Ith for the link.
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Saturday, October 18, 2003
For reference--I might have to add this one to the weBlogs of note too.
UPDATE: Ok, I'm sold! This is too funny!
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Friday, October 17, 2003
Roger L. Simon: Could It Be More Depressing? Interesting discussion here about the recent spike in anti-semitism.Comments
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This woman writes very well and very funny--possible candidate for the weBlogs of note. Go take a look!
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Thursday, October 16, 2003
Mi Esposa says my weblog is boring.Comments
I'll go burn my computer on a pyre now, to spare the world the pain...
Or maybe I'll just trade 'er in for a new model... the computer I mean! Er...yeah.
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Nothing marks you as a "slow coach" like driving an old pickup truck with an ugly topper...Comments
Is it just that none of them are capable of exceeding 35 mph?
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Wednesday, October 15, 2003
Which Mythological Form Are You?Comments
You are Form 1, Goddess: The Creator.
"And The Goddess planted the acorn of life.
She cried a single tear and shed a single drop
of blood upon the earth where she buried it.
From her blood and tear, the acorn grew into
Some examples of the Goddess Form are Gaia (Greek),
Jehova (Christian), and Brahma (Indian).
The Goddess is associated with the concept of
creation, the number 1, and the element of
Her sign is the dawn sun.
As a member of Form 1, you are a charismatic
individual and people are drawn to you.
Although sometimes you may seem emotionally
distant, you are deeply in tune with other
people's feelings and have tremendous empathy.
Sometimes you have a tendency to neglect your
own self. Goddesses are the best friends to
have because they're always willing to help.
Which Mythological Form Are You?
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Heh, now this is kinda funny, kinda embarassing. I'm not going to argue with the analysis tho...
Ok if I just accept the affinity to Jehovah God and the Gaia spirit, and dispense with the title "Goddess"?
Thanks to The Patriette for the link!
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Monday, October 13, 2003
I have a confession to make.Comments
"...I am neither.
I am a Dancing Moon Creature
Trapped in a dungeon..."
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Which Art Movement Are You?Comments
Well this was an interesting quiz. I guess I already knew this...
which art movement are you?
this quiz was made by Caitlin
"You should know something about this, it's the Renaissance! As for style, "...artists studied the natural world, perfecting their understanding of such subjects as anatomy and perspective." (artcyclopedia.com.) They loved science-y things and labored for perfection and harmonious beauty, a goal with which you sympathize. You're probably pretty smart, too. Anal-retentive much?
Famous Renaissancers (lots!): Michaelangelo, Da Vinci, Raphael, and You."
Thanks to Ith for the link.
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Sunday, October 12, 2003
Monkeys Control Robotic Arm With Brain Implants (washingtonpost.com): "John P. Donoghue, a neuroscientist at Brown University developing a similar system, said paralyzed patients would be the first to benefit by gaining an ability to type and communicate on the Web, but the list of potential applications is endless, he said."Comments
OMG! Do you realize the implications of this technology for bloggers?! Get a brain implant and blog as fast as you can think! :D
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Has anyone got the name "Mental Floss" yet for a weblog?Comments
"Picking bits from the teeth of the 'filter'..."
Nah. Too obvious. Someone must have thought of that one...
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Tucson Meet YourselfComments
I went to the "Tucson Meet Yourself" festival this afternoon. This is an annual gathering held downtown in Presidio Park, a chance to get a sample of the diverse cultures that are part of Tucson. In practical terms, that means ethnic food booths (!!!), plus music and dance on the several stages around the park. The festival has rightly earned the nickname "Tucson Eat Yourself", because it is an opportunity to munch down on a wonderful variety of different food styles! That's why I go anyway. :)
After sampling food from five or six different booths, I split an Indian Fry Bread with mi esposa. Fry Bread is a decadently delicious dough cake, fried up 'til it's light and puffy and crispy-chewy, and then sprinkled with powdered sugar or honey or cinnamon sugar. It can also be spread with chili or other ingredients and eaten like a taco. But I got us the powdered sugar version. MMMhhh!!! I shoulda gotten us two!
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Thomas Sowell's Analysis of the California RecallComments
click for the whole story
Thomas Sowell: Is California crazy?:
"The California recall election and its surrounding hoopla may have confirmed the suspicions of some people in other parts of the country that Californians are crazy. But not all Californians are crazy -- just the most affluent and highly educated ones.
Many of these people are over-educated, in the sense that they have spent many years in institutions which have propagandized them with the politically correct vision of the world -- even if they have not taught them much history, economics, or other mundane things.
Someone has said that people are not born stupid, but are made that way by education. Certainly that is true of what too often passes for education these days. You don't have to be crazy to want to keep Governor Gray Davis in office, but it helps."
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Saturday, October 11, 2003
Reuters News Article: "The straight-talking Hollywood action star's election win in California has had an electrifying impact on Germany, leading to calls Friday for top politicians to voice clear ideas in simple language or be swept away at the polls."Comments
This is good. :D
Whatever the people of America think of Arnold's ascension to the California governorship, the people of Germany are clearly impressed with his style and pine for their own Schwarzenegger.
"But Germany urgently needs something Schwarzenegger-like: a can-do spirit, unconventional thinking, courage, strength and vision. We're facing the worst crisis since the war," he wrote.
Manfred Guellner, managing director of the Forsa polling institute, said there is widespread discontent with politicians.
"The dissatisfaction is growing every day," he told Reuters. "Germany and Europe are ripe for the same sort of phenomenon. People feel they're being messed with. They want simple language and simple remedies."
There you have it, ladies and gentlemen. After serving his terms in the fifth largest economy of the world, perhaps he will turn his attention to what it takes to run for chancellor of Deutschland!
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www.AndrewSullivan.com - Daily Dish: "WHAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED: Here's a more prosaic account of the extraordinary work that the U.S. armed services have been doing in Iraq. It's from the CPA's new official website. Yesterday, Paul Bremer gave a brief overview. (And, believe it or not, even the anti-war New York Times covered it.) My highlights:Comments
Six months ago there were no police on duty in Iraq.
* Today there are over 40,000 police on duty, nearly 7,000 here in Baghdad alone.
* Last night Coalition Forces and Iraqi police conducted 1,731 joint patrols.
* Today nearly all of Iraq's 400 courts are functioning.
* Today, for the first time in over a generation, the Iraqi judiciary is fully independent.
* On Monday, October 6 power generation hit 4,518 megawatts--exceeding the pre-war average.
* Today all 22 universities and 43 technical institutes and colleges are open, as are nearly all primary and secondary schools.
* Many of you know that we announced our plan to rehabilitate one thousand schools by the time school started--well, by October 1 we had actually rehabbed over 1,500.
Six months ago teachers were paid as little as $5.33 per month.
* Today teachers earn from 12 to 25 times their former salaries.
* Today we have increased public health spending to over 26 times what it was under Saddam.
* Today all 240 hospitals and more than 1200 clinics are open.
* Today doctors' salaries are at least eight times what they were under Saddam.
* Pharmaceutical distribution has gone from essentially nothing to 700 tons in May to a current total of 12,000 tons.
* Since liberation we have administered over 22 million vaccination doses to Iraq’s many children.
This is what some in this country want to stop. This is what would never have happened if we'd let Saddam Hussein stay in power. It's simply beyond me how anyone can describe this war as about "oil" or about "imperialism" or about "greed" or "militarism." It remains one of the most humanitarian acts in modern history. And, if successful, it could turn an entire region around - a region that has been the main source of real danger to itself and to the West in my lifetime. I'm banging on about this not simply because it's by far the most important issue in our politics right now, but because a wilful and petty disinformation campaign is being waged to distort this achievement, undermine it, and reverse it. We mustn't let that happen. We cannot let these people - and ourselves - down again."
This falls into the category of "stuff that needs to be widely disseminated since the media has been failing us". I need not add more to that, except that I'm glad to see that the truth is trickling out past "the filter". Also glad to see the NYT is responding to the spanking the media has been taking on this topic.
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Friday, October 10, 2003
Absinthe & Cookies (a little bit bitter, a little bit sweet)Comments
I have not a good explanation for why I am adding this blog to the weBlogs of note, except maybe a) The name is intriguing (much like Amish Tech Support) b) She seems like a cat-person from her writing. c) That red velvet background.
That's pathetic, isn't it? Still I like what I read there, and I can't explain why...
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Thursday, October 09, 2003
Steve Wynn Gives Exclusive InterviewComments
Bimbo With Big Hair Prompts Tiger Attack!
Well *that's* certainly a different twist on the story! :-o
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Forbes.com: Is Sex Necessary?: "Having regular and enthusiastic sex...confers a host of measurable physiological advantages, be you male or female."Comments
Hey! It's not only fun, exhilirating and satisfying, but it's actually GOOD FOR YOU! W00t! Oh wifey...?
Great article, btw! Read the rest.
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Excite News: "Hoping to win back alienated customers, personal software maker Intuit Inc. (INTU) is formally apologizing to users of its popular TurboTax program who rebelled against an anti-piracy feature the company introduced last year.Comments
ntuit hoped to boost TurboTax sales with an activation code that chained the program to a single computer. The company instead faced an angry backlash from customers who abhorred the restrictions and feared product activation might allow Intuit to spy on their computer hard drives.
Although Intuit insisted many of the complaints were either misguided or unfounded, the chastened company decided in May to dump the effort."
Wake up and smell the coffee! D'Ya think RIAA will ever get the same clue?
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Tuesday, October 07, 2003
This one might be a candidate for my weBlogs of Note...
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Monday, October 06, 2003
Ok, time for a non-political blog entry.Comments
This last weekend my wife and I spent up in the Chiricahua Mountains in southeastern Arizona. The weather in the valleys was in the 90's, which made the weather at 8000 feet 70 degrees and beautiful! We drove up to the Barfoot Park area and stayed at the old Camp Victorio site--an undeveloped dispersed camping area.
The last twenty miles of the road in was twisting, turning, dusty washboard gravel roads. But the ol' DesertCatMobile made the trip with no problems. We arrived Saturday morning and had our choice of campsites. Besides dayhikers and birders passing through, there were no other campers within eyesight or earshot. That's a funny thing about Arizonans. They don't seem to like autumn camping in the mountains.
Saturday afternoon we hiked up to Barfoot Lookout, an old forest service fire lookout atop a ridge above the campsite. The views were fantabulous, of course. We could see most of the Chiricahua range, and beyond the desert valleys many other mountain ranges on the horizon. Staring at the far horizon, the sky looked like a great blue bowl holding the puffy cumulus clouds. Melinda and I lazed about the peak for a half hour or so, watching the buzzards lazily circling the valley below. Gazing down into the forest in the valley, I became intrigued by what secrets lay within its embrace. We hiked down a different way and passed through a magical pine forest, lit by the rays of the late afternoon sun. At the bottom there lies a meadow fed by a spring, and on the other side was our campsite. I wanted to go back to the meadow after dark to dance, but the moon was not yet full, and it didn't seem right. We lit our campfire and roasted our hotdogs while the twilight came on. Soon the stars came out and Melinda went in for the evening, leaving me to gaze lovingly at the moon as she rose.
Sunday we threw on our daypacks again, and headed back up the ridge toward Rustler Park. There had been a fire in the area maybe ten or fifteen years ago. My map showed a trail from near our campsite heading straight over the ridge to Rustler Park, but I had not seen it on the way down the previous day. But this morning, we located it--a faint track leading off the main trail. So we took it, with me leading the way and "trail dogging" the 1 mile or so up to the ridge.
"Trail dogs" was the nickname for the trail maintenance crews who worked on the trail system in Glacier National Park, where I spent two summers back in the mid-eighties. So "trail-dogging" refers to trail maintenance. I removed fallen logs and boulders on the trail, which appeared to have not been maintained since shortly after the fire. Which is too bad, because it was a gorgeous trail that few appear to have taken recently. It led first through the deep pine forest to a grassy saddle between a knoll and the ridge, and then it turned sharply left and headed up the ridge to another saddle. After cresting the ridge at the saddle, we stopped for lunch, as I had begun to get shaky by that point from the exertion.
It was hard to wrap my mind around just how beautiful a day it was. There were the white puffy clouds and a gentle breeze whistling through the pines. The views led down from the saddle, across pine-topped ridges, to rose-tinted cliffs and beyond to the desert below. The recent rains had made a green carpet of grasses and ferns below the trees, and here and there, late summer wildflowers poked through and added a dash of color. We sat on a fallen log and munched our crackers and cheese, and listened to the jays calling in the pine trees.
From there a well-travelled trail led to Rustler Park and beyond. I found another poorly maintained trail that promised to lead back to our lunchtime saddle by another route. But this one petered out, so I decided to take us over the ridge, instead of around. That was a good choice. From the top of the ridge, we were treated to the same fantabulous views we had enjoyed the previous day from the lookout. At a peak on the ridge was a metal post that bore graffiti dating back thirty years or more. To the well-worn paint, I added my own love note to "mi amore, mi esposa"! Just beyond the peak, the gentle wind whistled about us in a meadow full of flowers and butterflies.
After that, we descended to the saddle, and from the saddle, down the trail I had re-opened, back to our camp. We spotted three whitetail deer on the trail about halfway down. Then we packed up and drove off into the sunset through the ruddy countryside of southeast Arizona, back to our Tucson home.
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Thanks to Annika for the link and mention! I appreciate any traffic that comes the way of my humble little blog.Comments
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As long as we're still on the topic of hypocrisy...Comments
Let me first clarify--the reason I am so glib about the Schwarzenegger groping story is that, more than anything, it illustrates Democrat hypocrisy. I certainly don' t condone his alleged behavior, and I think the women who find that attractive, and would vote for him as a result, are silly noodleheads. But that aside, it is a real gas to find the same crowd who shouted from the housetops about Bill Clinton: "LET"S MOVE ON!!", jumping on Arnold for his alleged indiscretions.
So which is it? Does this kind of thing matter in a politician or not? We were supposed to ignore Juanita Broaddrick's rape allegation, but are supposed to take Schwarzenegger's alleged groping into account? We were supposed to overlook Clinton's serial perjury, because it was sex he was lying about under oath, but we simply cannot overlook the fact that some women were allegedly offended by Arnold some years or decades ago?
Which is it? "I never had sex with that woman!" takes care of it, even though it was a lie. But, "Yes it is true, I behaved badly and I am sorry", just doesn't cut it?
Does the fact that some Republicans are willing to overlook these allegations against Schwarzenegger make they hypocrites, since they wanted to hold Clinton accountable for perjury? Careful Demos, where you point that finger! Because with your recent history on this topic, for every finger you point, there are three more fingers on your hand pointing back at you. If hypocrisy is the only "true sin", then you have a lot to answer for.
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Sunday, October 05, 2003
HOOT! Did I not call this one? ROFL! :DComments
I said, "Wow! This ought to get him a HUGE surge in the polls amongst the "arousal gappers"!"
Arnold's Female Fans Reject Groping Tales (washingtonpost.com): "'Maria Shriver is no pushover,' she said. 'Arnold's wife is not the kind of woman who would just sit back and let her husband behave that way.' Shriver, part of the nation's most famous family of Democrats, joined Schwarzenegger during his bus rally from San Diego to Sacramento, attracting her own share of adoring fans and requests for autographs along the way. In Modesto on Saturday afternoon, three young women admired Shriver's prominent cheekbones and declared afterward that they needed to diet. 'Then maybe I'll get someone like Arnold,' said Tiffany Lopez, 21, who 'definitely, definitely' planned to vote for Schwarzenegger -- her first vote, ever. The women issue? 'Not an issue at all,' she said. 'I'd let him grope me any time!'
Other women said much the same. Or they said that they were sure the women who accused Schwarzenegger of molesting them had instigated the incidents. Osborn, the computer engineer, said that she had seen Schwarzenegger on two occasions in Orange County many years ago, when he was Mr. Universe and her ex-husband, a body builder, had taken her to competitions. 'The women were all over him,' she said. 'He didn't care about them; they wanted him.'"
Robin Tamas, 35, a registered nurse in Pleasanton, where she attended a Saturday afternoon rally for Schwarzenegger, said that her experience with women has taught her that they often flirt with men and then accuse them of misbehaving. "The allegations don't sway me at all," said Tamas, a registered Republican. "I'm very pro-woman. But unfortunately, because I work with women, I know how silly they can act."
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Friday, October 03, 2003
BuzzMachine... by Jeff Jarvis: "Second, I do abhor hypocrisy. The reason I so gleefully go after Limbaugh (or Bennett before him or various televangelists before them) is precisely because they do set themselves up as moral beacons and when they fall, they deserve every nya-nya they hear. Limbaugh went after Clinton; now he's fully fair game. Hypocrisy is his sin."Comments
It used to be said that "hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue". Now it seems with some people that the only true sin is hypocrisy itself.
Personally I see nothing wrong with hypocrisy, as long as you are willing to admit you are being hypocritical if it is pointed out. It means you are human, but you have standards nevertheless that you may not always live up to.
Some people would say "then lower your standards to match your behavior". I would ask why? Standards are there for a reason as something to aspire to.
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Today we mourn the passing of an old friend, Common Sense.Comments
Common Sense lived a long life, but died in the United States from heart failure early in the new millennium. No one really knows how old he was, since his birth records were lost long ago in bureaucratic red tape. He selflessly devoted his life to service in schools, hospitals, homes, and factories, helping folks get jobs done without fanfare and foolishness.
For decades, petty rules, silly laws, and frivolous lawsuits held no power over Common Sense. He was credited with cultivating such valued lessons as to know when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm and that life isn't always fair.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn), reliable parenting strategies (the adults are in charge, not the kids), and it's okay to come in second.
A veteran of the Industrial Revolution, the Great Depression, and the Technological Revolution, Common Sense survived cultural and educational trends including body piercing, whole language, and "new math." But his health declined when he became infected with the "If-it-only-helps-one-person-it's-worth-it" virus.
In recent decades his waning strength proved no match for the ravages of well intentioned but overbearing regulations. He watched in pain as good people became ruled by self-seeking lawyers. His health rapidly deteriorated when schools endlessly implemented zero tolerance policies. Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate, a teen suspended for taking a swig of mouthwash after lunch, and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student only worsened his condition.
It declined even further when schools had to get parental consent to administer aspirin to a student but could not inform the parent when a female student was pregnant or wanted an abortion.
Common Sense lost his will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, churches became businesses, criminals received better treatment than victims, and federal judges stuck their noses in everything from the Boy Scouts to professional sports.
When an individual, too stupid to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot, was awarded a huge settlement, Common Sense threw in the towel.
As the end neared, Common Sense drifted in and out of logic but was kept informed of developments regarding questionable regulations such as those for low flow toilets, rocking chairs, stepladders and auto emissions.
Common Sense finally succumbed when, while the United States was fighting a war on terrorism, a federal judge declared the Pledge of Allegiance to be unconstitutional.
Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason.
He is survived by two stepsiblings: My Rights, and Ima Whiner.
Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.
Thanks to Peace4me for sharing this one!
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Thursday, October 02, 2003
USATODAY.com - Schwarzenegger apologizes for past bad behavior with womenComments
"Yes it is true, I behaved badly sometimes."
This ought to get him a HUGE surge in the polls amongst the "arousal gappers"! If it worked for the pudgy lip-biter, it ought to work wonders for Arnold. Not counting the feminists, there is a huge swath of femaledom that LIKE it when men "behave badly", especially when they act contrite about it. It sure doesn't hurt to have Arnold's looks, either. :D
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