Desert Cat's Paradise
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Friday, December 31, 2004
Ooh! I missed this before Christmas! Still I have to link to it. Maybe it'll still be there next year. Check it out--a holiday variation on the badger song:Comments
Santa Santa Santa Badger Style - Flash Animation
another dead mousie to SondraK
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And now for a much needed break from the previous story:Comments
FOXNews.com - Views - Straight Talk - 2004: The Good News
dead mousie to SondraK
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Thursday, December 30, 2004
Ok, I know I'm a little slow to follow the news, but a Reuters photograph from Banda Aceh in Indonesia on the front page of the AZ Daily Star today caught my attention. I was stunned.Comments
It shows dozens, maybe hundreds of bodies in this one photo, drifted up against the shore like so much more of the flotsam they're mixed in with.
I was frankly surprised, as the MSM has a history of keeping these kind of photos from us. So I went in search on the internet, and discovered plenty more to bring me to tears. One photo at Ace of Spades is wrenching. It was snapped a fraction of a second before a fifteen foot wall of brown water crashed over a large group of fleeing people. Ya just can't look at that before...it hits you what you're seeing.
The Washingon Post has a series of before/after satellite photos of the Aceh region of Sumatra. It's astounding in that the tsunami literally ripped away the land itself in some places, not just the people and buildings and stuff on the land.
And the videos are something else again. Some of those shot from tourist areas are bad enough, but there is one that was shot from the second story of a building in Banda Aceh--10-15 feet of water rushing at high speed across the city. That one is the stuff of the childhood nightmares of floods that I used to have. Horrific!
Lord have mercy!
UPDATE Correction: That photo at Ace's place I linked to above, turns out to have been taken of a different tsunami, that hit China two years ago.
Update 2: Here is the longer version of the video from Banda Aceh I mentioned above.
Update 3: HERE is that photo I saw in the paper last week.
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Wednesday, December 29, 2004
This guy thinks he has a photo of me. He's quite confused actually.Comments
Clearly what he has a photo of is not me, most obviously since the photo is of a member of the species Felis concolor, not Felis desertus. Plus this fellow is not wearing sunglasses.
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Ya gotta be careful about it. Some people are deeply suspicious of others who appear to have an unwarranted smile on their face. I have learned to suck in my cheeks to control the expression when it could be hazardous, lest someone assume I got a prescription to Levitra or something...Comments
I've also been perfecting the art of the sudden coughing fit to cover unwarranted laughter.
Update: Esther Wilberforce-Packard has more on the topic.
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Sorry, I've been busy rubbing mint.Comments
The Romanian Mint Rubbing Association: We Have Answers
Mint rubbing is more than an idle pastime. It is an art form and a way of life. In the hustle and bustle of our achievement driven culture, it is important to realize that in the final analysis, our achievements will not mean as much as the time we took to stop and rub the mint.
Thanks to SondraK's WTF, I was introduced to the Romanian Mint Rubbing Association (RMRA). Though the culture is different, I was pleased to note how many similarities there are between RMRA's philosophy and mine. I also noted that, though they list the many forms of mint rubbing that they are currently researching, they have not added blogging to that list. Perhaps they will do so in the near future, unless bloggers continue to take themselves too seriously. In that case, blogging can no longer be considered a form of mintrubbing.
I will most certainly be planting a sprig of mint in my little corner of Paradise here.
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Monday, December 27, 2004
Back where so many of us start, and some of us still remain, on blogspot. Whatever it takes, it's good news!Comments
Allah Is In The Poor House
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TBIFOC - Carnival of the Cats #40Comments
Check it out. My "Christmas is for Cats" post is part of the roundup, plus many other Christmas cat posts.
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Friday, December 24, 2004
In recent years past, we have put up only a small tree on a high shelf, because Daisycat was afraid the cats would pull down the ornaments and break them. It was not an uncommon experience with the regular tree, even before we had as many cats as we do now, to wake up and find a couple of broken ornaments on the floor. This year she declared that she wasn't going to put up the tree at all.Comments
Well phooey on that humbug! I thought, "If the cats love the Christmas tree so much, then why not put up a tree just for them?" That's just what I did!
From the time the boxes came out, the cats were very attentive to the process.
Roscoe wasted no time getting into the tree, even before it was all assembled!
Jasmine checks out the new interesting smells.
The secret is a solid foundation. Here the tree stand is firmly duct-taped to a full bucket of joint compound,
which is hidden behind a skirt.
With the lights on and a string of beads in place, it's time for...the DECORATIONS!
Mousies galore, crinkle balls, jingle balls--all hang on the tree as ornaments. Roscoe goes straight to work on them.
Wow Dad! This tree is INFESTED with mices!
Meanwhile Poochie has found the catnip container, and is getting a little silly.
The tree gets a generous garnish of catnip, just to make it extra appealing. Bob thinks he found something in the carpet.
Yep, its catnip!
Sam, our resident catnip lush, is flying high!
"Whoa dude! That's some premium quality green there!"
The fun's not over yet. Our newest game -- "laser bug" -- provides us with hours of entertainment.
To my readers
Whether frequent or rare
May God richly bless you
And keep you in his care.
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Thursday, December 23, 2004
Not a chance!Comments
Click, groan, return: Ice Scraping
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Elena, of "A Ride Through Chernobyl" fame, has produced another photo essay. This time she explores some of the historic battle sites around Kiev and the Ukranian countryside. Go click and enjoy:Comments
Serpent's Wall Home Page
dead mousie to The Commissar
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Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Sondra K is looking for photographs of her readers on Santa's lap when they were children.Comments
I was never photographed with Santa. I was excruciatingly shy as a child, and it would have been a very traumatic experience. But if you have some old pics, click the link and add them to her collection.
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Tuesday, December 21, 2004
I'm a pretty lonely voice in my quest to push the celebration of the spirit of Santa's gift-giving to the Feast of St. Nicholas (Dec. 6). It looks like the critters at Over The Hedge are a little confused about it too.Comments
dead mousie to Dadcat
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Ok, I know this has been up for a while, but I was lazy and didn't go take a look. Please don't be like me. Go click, laugh, return!
Best scene: Karl Rove, "Hey! Who put all these blue ornaments on the tree? We need red!"
dead mousie to Daisycat
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Monday, December 20, 2004
I knew something STANK, when I first heard this story--even beyond the smell caused by the reporter-planted question.Comments
Now it turns out that the unit the soldier was from, had nearly completed it's up-armoring of the vehicles in the unit at the time he asked that question/made that accusation!
Power Line: About Those Un-Armored Humvees
Now the howling has commenced over something of even less consequence.
I smell bull!
As Jack, over at SondraK's place put it in the comments:
Secratary Rumsfeld, while running two major ground fronts in the war on terror, plus defense operations everywhere else, is involved in reshaping the military to better meet the challenges required of the armed forces in a different era. A man of lesser intellect or ability would have failed. Right man, Right job, Right place, Right time. Everything does not run 100% smoothly in any war. There is no one that can tell me this man does not care for the troops.
Couldn't have said it better!
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Saturday, December 18, 2004
Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Iraq fears put pressure on Rumsfeld to quitComments
There's nothing wrong with the job he's doing, and no valid complaints that can't also be laid at the feet of the very people calling for his resignation.
I say piss on 'em! Rumsfeld stays.
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dead mousie to Desert Tusk
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Wednesday, December 15, 2004Comments
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Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Blue-Eyed Infidel: Most Important News Of All TimeComments
Rachel's back, more impudent than ever. And I'm glad to find I'm not the only one obsessed with Goldstein's humor.
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What is it about 3:00 PM that feels so good to me?Comments
I'm sitting at my desk in my cubicle, about to proceed with the next task ahead of me, and I feel just marvelous, like a surge of liquid energy from head to toe.
This is nothing new. Years ago I worked at a photo lab in a small town in Minnesota and every afternoon around 3:00 PM I'd feel the same way. I would think how great it was that I got to go home an hour and a half later, and would be able to use all that energy. But inevitably by the time I could go home, the energy had mysteriously disappeared and I was exhausted. It was very frustrating.
I've noticed since then when I am outdoors on a sunny day, there is a certain slant of light that begins about 3:00 PM that casts the world into a particular mood that I feel a strong affinity for. There is a special glow to the world in the late afternoon hours, a suffused golden light that I have come to associate with my inner experience of paradise. And in this world it lasts for but one or two hours, fading as the sun sets.
But in the Summer of 1000 Years I think my world will be illuminated by that light always. And if there is morning and evening, that liquid golden light and the energy it brings will not be diminished, but will be a part of the eternal song.
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Monday, December 13, 2004
Piper provides the inspiration for a new music "video": TBIFOC - Boot to the headComments
One of those funnybone things -- if it hits you right, it hits you good. :D
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dead mousie to Dadcat.
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This week's Carnival of the Cats is hosted by CathColl.net. Take a peek. Charmay made this week's collection.Comments
CathColl.net--Carnival of the Cats #38
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Saturday, December 11, 2004Comments
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Friday, December 10, 2004
Neat site here with pics of various big (and some small) cats. They have a "Desert Cat" species listed, but it's really just a variation on Felis sylvestris. I'm not listed (Felis desertus), probably because, like Tigger, I'm the only one! :DComments
Marlos's Picture Emporium
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Seen this morning:Comments
ANNOY A LIBERAL
WORK HARD. PROSPER. BE HAPPY.
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Thursday, December 09, 2004
Ok, I have to admit I've been drifting a bit here post election. Lots of excuses, but the real reason is that I have lost a nice target that set itself up for target practice on an almost daily basis--that being the Kerry campaign, and Democrats in general. Gosh that was fun!Comments
Now I still hear their yammering and hooty-hollerin', but my feeling is just "yeah whatever, see you again in four years..." I've lost most interest in politics for now.
Besides, what does all that make me? Just one more fish in the school that is the vast right wing conspiracy. I'm triply cursed for also being white, male and Christian. Ho hum. What? AnOTHer white male conservative with a blog talking politics? STOP THE PRESSES MABEL!!!
In the mean time, maybe a few vignettes that give y'all a taste of life in Desert Cat Paradise.
My easel. So it's been there a few years. I did that charcoal when Daisycat and I took a drawing class together a while ago. Truthfully, I still have it out where I can see it, because I was astounded at what I had created there. I still look at it and scratch my head. I had no idea I could do that.
I haven't since, either, because I haven't taken the time. And prior to that, I did an acrylic scene of a cabin in the aspens way back in 1992, that is still hanging on my wall. Again, it was that long ago because I didn't take the time.
I find that to do painting or art of any kind, I need a certain amount of "psychic space". That is, unconstrained time within which I can let go the bands of duty and responsibility enough for a certain part of me to be free (reference that "Moonshadow" post from a short while ago). Once I have that freedom, that permission to do nothing but what I want for a time, then I can create things like this. If I don't have it, then it is a fruitless and frustrating endeavor--one enough to make me shudder at the sight of my chalks, until I get over it.
I'm looking forward to making a little bit of that space once I've got that dratted house rented out.
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Wednesday, December 08, 2004
One of the half-dozen or so strays that I feed at the back door. Some are tame, some are semi-feral. She is tame, and quite a sweetheart. I often call her "Charmay-who-has-much-to-say", because she is not shy about vocalizing her desire for a snuggle or a treat.
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Wondering why all the lightweight blogging lately? THIS is why, and it is still not ready and rented out.Comments
More cat pics to come.
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For some reason, THIS just frosts me! Must be my "independent to a fault" cat nature.Comments
I'm not going to change my style of posting and/or choice of topics just to stay on someone's blogroll. To heck with that crap!
Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the link--it sends a decent amount of traffic my way. But I didn't ask for, beg, wheedle or whine for the link, and I'm not going to be beholden to some absurd set of "rules" for the sake of a few clicks a day. Shame on you Rob for even suggesting it--you who suffered ceremonious delinking due to your "controversial" content.
It's Desert CAT, and I have seven of them plus more strays at the back door. Cat pictures go up whenever I damn well feel like posting them! And I'm not likely to start writing Bill Whittle-weight essays anytime soon. Lower your own damn standards.
"Ooh! I cahn't handle looking at cute fuzzy cats!" Pussy...
Real enough for ya?
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Another mousie for your holiday enjoyment! Click, laugh, return: BK HolidayComments
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Tuesday, December 07, 2004
Go spank her!Comments
Knowledge Is Power
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Did you remember? I almost forgot.Comments
But not quite. It was yesterday, December 6, and I bought a present for my beloved. My lights in the front yard are turned on as of the day before. And of course the fruit bread was baked and ready to eat over a week ago. :)
I'm still getting into the swing of remembering this holiday though.
Here is what I wrote about it last year (there's also a link there to an informative site about St. Nick's Day): Feast of St. Nicholas
Bottom line is that I don't like having all of the expectations of the season wrapped up into one single day. There's far too much vulnerability to a post-holiday let-down that way.
Plus if you have kids, how great would it be for them to get a couple of their presents 2-1/2 weeks early! So why not give ol' Santa his day back, and celebrate Christmas for what it really means:
"For those who live in darkness have seen a great light..."
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Saturday, December 04, 2004
I don't know where SondraK finds these animal videos, but this is astounding! Video of a skateboarding bulldog!Comments
Now I have seen EVERYthing...
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Friday, December 03, 2004
NAACP: News Release November 19, 2004Comments
Kweisi Mfume, President & CEO, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), today denounced critics of Secretary of State nominee Condoleezza Rice who have resorted to the use of racial slurs and ethnic stereotypes.
dead mousie to Baldilocks
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Found it again, thanks to Brad at IhatemycubicleComments
The best tinfoil hat construction site on the web:
Stop Alien Abductions
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Bill goes undercover again to interact with and get close up footage of that most dangerous and unpredictable species--the American Moonbat!Comments
INDC Journal: INDC Presents: Dances with Moonbats - Moonbat Xtreme
You know the routine--click, laugh, return. :)
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Thursday, December 02, 2004
Go click, laugh, return! :D
dead mousie to SondraK
Update: More cat video hilarity HERE!
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Wednesday, December 01, 2004
Scooby and the gang discover the secret behind CBS' haunting!Comments
Sean Gleeson - Jinkies, it's Murrow's Ghost!
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...the harsh reality of war. This story from the fighting in Fallujah is poignant and "real".Comments
KR Washington Bureau | 11/24/2004 | The battle of Fallujah
dead mousie to SondraK
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