Desert Cat's Paradise
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Monday, May 31, 2004Comments
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Thursday, May 27, 2004
MLK On Unjust LawsComments
Martin Luther King - Letter from Birmingham Jail
"One may ask: 'How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?' The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the Brat to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that 'an unjust law is no law at all'
Now, what is the difference between the two? How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law."
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Tuesday, May 25, 2004
Tinfoil Hat Material or Cutting Edge Geology?Comments
WorldNetDaily: Sustainable oil?: "Similarly in the Middle East, where oil exploration and extraction have been underway for at least the last 20 years, known reserves have doubled. Currently there are somewhere in the neighborhood of 680 billion barrels of Middle East reserve oil.
Creating that much oil would take a big pile of dead dinosaurs and fermenting prehistoric plants. Could there be another source for crude oil?
An intriguing theory now permeating oil company research staffs suggests that crude oil may actually be a natural inorganic product, not a stepchild of unfathomable time and organic degradation. The theory suggests there may be huge, yet-to-be-discovered reserves of oil at depths that dwarf current world estimates.
The theory is simple: Crude oil forms as a natural inorganic process which occurs between the mantle and the crust, somewhere between 5 and 20 miles deep. The proposed mechanism is as follows:"
Click to read the rest.
Wouldn't this just FROST the energy crisis alarmists if this turns out to be true? Heh!
Thanks to Dadcat for the link
posted by Desert Cat @ 8:27 AM | permalink
Saturday, May 22, 2004
Turkey Guts to End World Oil Crisis: "The blood, guts, skin, feathers and bones, called turkey offal, are being converted into oil at the plant in Carthage, about 50 miles west of Springfield. Owners of the plant announced this week that they have begun selling between 100 and 200 barrels of the oil per day.Comments
The plant is operated by Renewable Environmental Solutions, based in Downer's Grove, Ill., which is a joint venture of ConAgra Foods Inc. (CAG) and Changing World Technologies, Inc.
A method called Thermal Conversion Process converts the offal from turkeys at a nearby Butterball plant into oil, fatty acids, natural gas, minerals and carbon.
The process can convert any carbon-based form, essentially by speeding up the method the earth uses to break down dead plants and animals into petroleum hydrocarbons. Using specific heat, pressure and water, the feedstock's long molecular chains are broken into gas that is recycled to run the plant, water that is returned to municipal water streams and the other products that are sold."
Enviro-lefties be damned. We'll MAKE our own oil when it comes down to it. Today turkey guts. Tomorrow the "world" of organic waste!
posted by Desert Cat @ 10:59 PM | permalink
Tuesday, May 18, 2004
Absinthe and Cookies?Comments
Or just absinthe, triple sec and orange juice on the rocks?
Sebor Absinth - buy original absinthe from the Martin Sebor distillery
Most wonderful stuff it is. :) :) :)
posted by Desert Cat @ 10:22 PM | permalink
Mister Creosote Goes To CannesComments
Rachel Lucas: Fatass Moore
"They're cheering him in Cannes, oh yes, because they are artists and, as a wise man once said to me, "Art is for assholes."
But I bet someone could make millions (well, maybe thousands) if they took that photo and made it into poster-size shooting targets."
Myself, every time I see this image, I have an urge to blow the image up to poster size, mount his head over my wastebasket, and cut out his mouth to serve as a huge target for trash.
posted by Desert Cat @ 9:52 PM | permalink
Monday, May 17, 2004
Now Why Didn't I Think Of That?Comments
No Watermelons Allowed
1) All political parties seek to enlarge their constituencies.
2) The Democrats are the party of the poor.
3) Ergo, the Democrats want to make more of us poor. John Kerry's wife and Ted Kennedy's family have theirs, Jack, and they need servants like you.
4) The Republicans are the party of the rich
5) Ergo, the Republicans want to make more of us rich. How else can you afford to buy Bush's buddies' baseball tickets and oil?
Now really - what more do you need to know?
So...vote Republican if you'd rather be rich than poor. :D
posted by Desert Cat @ 8:11 PM | permalink
Teh Eval Glenn Fakes a Horse?!Comments
Does anything about that photo just look "wrong"?
First the lighting on the horse. It doesn't match the rest of the photo. Then look at the scale of the horse, versus the fence in the background. The horse looks to be about the size of a large dog!
Now the question is, why on earth would the Instapundit post a fake horse photo? Does he really not have a sister living out in the boonies?
Is his name really "Glenn Reynolds"?
posted by Desert Cat @ 8:47 AM | permalink
Thursday, May 13, 2004
Daisycat passed the riding test for her scooter license. She's excited. I'm happy for her, (plus having a new perma-worry and a few more gray hairs...)
posted by Desert Cat @ 4:25 PM | permalink
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
Rachel Lucas: big moth creatureComments
I hatched one of these when I was a kid. It was a caterpillar when I found it, and spun it's cocoon in the jar I kept it in. Months later, it emerged. It took quite a long time after emerging to get up to strength to fly. The weather was still cool outside, but I couldn't bear to keep it indoors after it was ready to go, so I released it.
I still have a picture of it somewhere.
posted by Desert Cat @ 11:30 PM | permalink
Well Isn't This Just Hilarious?Comments
Dr. Unheimlich's Disease Registry : Desert Catosis
Thanks to Ith for the link.
posted by Desert Cat @ 11:19 PM | permalink
IMAO: In My World: When Stranglers AttackComments
Did. I. Not. Call. This?!
Hoo hoo! Thanks Frank J for coming through!
posted by Desert Cat @ 10:44 PM | permalink
Monday, May 10, 2004
Only Serious Progressives Should Read ThisComments
Good advice here for Principled Progressives for the 2004 election.
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Thursday, May 06, 2004
Opportunity Reaches EnduranceComments
Way cool! Click on the image for the story and larger versions of the panoramic photo.
posted by Desert Cat @ 10:02 PM | permalink
Ok, so her disappearance from the blogosphere predated my appearance, but her reputation is larger than life. And now, as the echoes boom about the 'sphere, "SHE'S BAAAACK!!", I figure I ought to go pay attention.
Aw heck, forget it. Just put her on the blogroll already, ok?
posted by Desert Cat @ 8:36 PM | permalink
Wednesday, May 05, 2004
Amazing Garden Bulb Cures Diseases, Lowers Cholesterol, Fights Cancer, Tastes Great in Many Dishes...and Even Repels Mosquitoes!Comments
I'm talking about garlic, of course!
Recent research into this bulb is simply astounding. If this was some new exotic plant from the Amazon, the health world would be stunned at the recent findings. I'm not going to get into the health aspects. Just do a Google search (Here: Garlic Research)
But what I'm really excited about is the mosquito-repellent properties of the bulb.
See, I'm a native Minnesotan. Other than the severe winters, the state is known for it's population of massive swarms of mosquitoes that infest every backyard, ballfield, woodlot, lakeshore and swamp, once the snow finally melts and the weather warms. Sitting on the deck in the evening in the summer in Minnesota is like flashing a huge neon sign advertising an "All-You-Can-Eat" buffet for the bloodsuckers. Within minutes you'll be retreating to the indoors, or slathering thick layers of repellent spray on every square inch of your body.
So when I moved to Arizona, I fully expected to be living on the doorstep to heaven. Mild winters, dry climate, and no mosquitoes! Much to my dismay, I discovered that, while there may be no mosquitoes out in the desert, there were certainly plenty of havens for mosquitoes to breed and proliferate in town. What with pools, fountains, ponds, dog water dishes, tin cans and other containers left in the corners of yards, plus the shade and shelter provided by irrigated trees and shrubbery, there are plenty of the nasty buggers, especially once the summer monsoon (rainy season) gets underway. Not to mention the diseases they carry! Encephelitis, and now West Nile Virus have recently made their way to our town, riding in the bellies of their mosquito steeds.
I bought one of those fancy-dancy Mosquito Magnets last year. They do work, but because my yard is so small, it was difficult for me to find a location for it that was far enough away from the patio areas. The mosquitoes are drawn to it, but they hang out for a while nearby before finding their way into the machine to be destroyed. And if they smell a nice juicy human body a short distance away, they'll abandon their quest to find their demise with the machine, and come check me out instead!
A few years ago, the local hardware store carried a garlic based spray that was supposed to repel mosquitoes. I tried it, and it actually worked quite well! Not only did it drastically reduce the number of skeeters in the yard, but it completely cleared up a whitefly infestation in my garden. Completely! Not a single whitefly remained on any of my plants by the next morning. So you can imagine that I was dismayed when they stopped carrying the product. I tried creating my own spray using rehydrated dried garlic powder, but to no effect.
What I really need now is a way to chase the mosquitoes from the patio and toward the Mosquito Magnet, where they'll be sucked in and destroyed. I planned on using citronella candles whenever I was outside. But they only have limited effectiveness, and I'd need to light them far enough in advance of my using the patio for them to chase the little buggers away. And then if it rains, it always ruins the candles if I forget to take them in.
So I was really excited today when I found a source for "garlic juice" that is specifically made to repel mosquitoes. Not only does it repel them effectively, but it actually kills any mosquitoes that happen to be in the yard at the time the spray is applied. For virtually all other beneficial insects, plants, pets, birds, etc. it is quite safe and non-toxic. All I do is mix up a spray canister and coat the yard. From my previous experience I know that the faint garlic aroma will fade after a short while, leaving a virtually undetectable garlic residue. Now mosquitoes have a sense of smell that is 10,000 times more sensitive than the human nose. They smell it, and they hate it! That's why there are never any mosquitoes in a garlic field. And it lasts several weeks, which means I'll only have to repeat the treatment 2 or 3 times throughout our long Arizona summer.
Now I can look forward to long, peaceful evenings on my patio, watching the goldfish swirling beneath the trickle of the fountain, or enjoying a leisurely conversation with Daisycat while we enjoy grilled steaks and cervezas at sunset. No more quiet evenings cut short by the prickling sensation of skeeters about the ankles. No more nasty sprays or smelly candles just to be able to work or relax in my garden!
Here is the product I found:
The best part about it is that a quart of the concentrate is only $22.45, which is enough to treat an acre and a quarter. This is less expensive than the stuff I was using years ago, and with my little place, a quart will last me all year!
I just placed my order, and I can't wait for it to arrive, so I can blast those buzzing bastards back to the oblivion they so richly deserve!
posted by Desert Cat @ 10:25 PM | permalink
Tuesday, May 04, 2004
Cats and Warm FuzziesComments
Sorry for the dearth of posts of late. I've temporarily run out of outrage--or perhaps more accurately, I've temporarily exhausted my ability to blog about the outrages that are surely continuing out there. Iraqi terrorists forced to pose nude? BFD. I refuse to join the chorus. Kerry falls down again? Hee haw, what a buffoon. Rumsfeld "under fire"? Yeah, the press is obviously in full election-year mode.
Perhaps I need to take a page from Laurence Simon and blog about my cats, my garden, or the latest household trivia for a while.
posted by Desert Cat @ 5:26 PM | permalink
Monday, May 03, 2004
Nervous As A Cat With KittensComments
Whew! Busy weekend reassembling Daisy Cat's scooter with the new frame. The frame was bent after she crashed. Now she is out trying it out again.
Praying that it (and she) comes back in one piece...
posted by Desert Cat @ 6:30 PM | permalink
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