Desert Cat's Paradise
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
One of the more interesting photos in the Yahoo! News collection is of this container vessel that was lifted way up on high land by the storm surge. The latest I have read is that the storm surge reached 30 feet near Gulf Shores, AL. Yeh. That's enough to lift a ship this big.Comments
I have a coworker whose elderly parents tried to ride out the storm very near there. Praying for their safety and comfort if they are still alive.
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...drive Zarqawi's forces from border region.Comments
U.S. Warplanes Target Alleged Rebel Havens Along Iraq-Syria Border: "BAGHDAD, Aug. 30 -- U.S. warplanes bombed alleged safe houses being used by Abu Musab Zarqawi's insurgent group near the Syrian border Tuesday during what one local leader called an unprecedented push by a Sunni Arab tribe to drive out Zarqawi's foreign-led forces.
The bombings occurred along the Euphrates River in two towns that U.S. officials and Iraqis describe as havens and transit points for insurgents moving weapons, money and recruits into Iraq from Syria. Ali Rawi, an emergency room director in the border city of Qaim, said at least 56 people -- the majority of them apparently followers of Zarqawi -- were killed in Tuesday's airstrikes and ground fighting. Zarqawi's group, al Qaeda in Iraq, said in a statement posted in local mosques that it had lost 17 men."
Yes. That is correct. Sunni tribesmen (not Shiite, not Kurdish, but Sunnis). Backed by US warplanes. Kicking the crap outta Al Qaeda.
Don't tell me we're not winning this.
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While everyone was praying for New Orleans to be spared, places like Biloxi, MS took a horrendous beating.Comments
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BREITBART.COM - Just The NewsComments
Meteorologists say a puff of dry air coming out of the Midwest weakened Katrina just before it reached land, transforming a Category 5 monster into a less-threatening Category 3 storm.
The last-minute gust also pushed Katrina slightly to the east of its Big Easy-bound trajectory, sparing New Orleans a direct hit _ though not horrendous harm.
"It was kind of an amazing sequence of events," said Peter Black, a meteorologist at the Hurricane Research Division of the federal government's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory.
"What a coincidence!", eh? I saw a graphic on a streaming video source yesterday that depicted the storm taking a sudden jog eastward just before it hit New Orleans. I haven't been able to locate a still image with sufficiently fine resolution to show the jog in the path.
The ongoing flooding is catastrophic, but trying to imagine what it would have been like for the levees to fail in the midst of the worst part of the storm is even worse.
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NOLA.com: Times-Picayune Breaking News WeblogA large section of the vital 17th Street Canal levee, where it connects to the brand new 'hurricane proof' Old Hammond Highway bridge, gave way late Monday morning in Bucktown after Katrina's fiercest winds were well north. The breach sent a churning sea of water coursing across Lakeview and into Mid-City, Carrollton, Gentilly, City Park and neighborhoods farther south and east.Comments
As night fell on a devastated region, the water was still rising in the city, and nobody was willing to predict when it would stop.
Bad news, good news. The good news is that it didn't happen until after the worst of the storm had passed, which made it possible for rescuers in boats to get into the affected neighborhoods.
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Monday, August 29, 2005
Which is small comfort, as the west wall of the eye passed over the city earlier this morning, and parts of the city are under more than ten feet of water. Still, the anticipated 28 foot storm surge that could have wiped the city off the map didn't materialize. The latest reports indicated a 15 foot surge would hit the city, which is supposed to be able to withstand a surge of that magnitude.Comments
Still there are reports of a 20 foot storm surge in some areas. This site has ongoing updates.
WDSU Weather "Blog"
Also Instapundit has been closely following this storm event, and has many additional links.
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Friday, August 26, 2005
Thinking back over this post, I was searching for people's experience as summed up by the phrase "my life flashed before my eyes". I found that, but also something much more interesting. This is an account written by a woman who had committed suicide and was clinically dead for a time:Comments
Beyond The Darkness
Angie Fenimore, a wife and mother haunted by abuse in childhood and overwhelmed by despair, was in a desperate state of mind. On January 8, 1991, she committed suicide, hoping to escape her sense of emptiness and suffering. But clinical death didn't draw her to the light seen in so many near-death experiences. Instead, she found herself in a realm of darkness. The hell she experienced was far more horrific and personal than the old fire-and-brimstone metaphors. Her hell was a realm of terrifying visions and profound psychic disconnection. Miraculously, she was restored to life: imprinted forever with a new sense of faith, of being subject to the sacred will, and of being truly a child of God.
(click HERE to read the rest...)
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Steve H over at Hog On Ice is working on a new recipe for crow at the moment.Comments
I wish him the best of luck!
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Thursday, August 25, 2005
Michael Yon has finally posted his account of the firefight where Lt. Col. Kurilla was shot.Comments
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Summer monsoons have been underway in Tucson for about six weeks now. It's always funny to hear someone from elsewhere exclaim, "Monsoons?! It doesn't rain in Tucson?!" They also can't figure out why we spend so much money building bridges over these "obviously" dry river beds. (It's so we have a nice platform from which to fish for sand trout.)Comments
Ha! We had a good heavy overnight rain yesterday that followed on the heels of a fairly wet week. So the soil was already saturated going into the night before last. Therefore the rains overnight mostly were converted to runoff. Some folks from the Pima County Flood Control District tracked the runoff patterns and were able to get ahead of a flash flood to capture it on video:
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Wednesday, August 24, 2005
More man-humor (and endorphins), this time from Steve at HOG ON ICEComments
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You all have heard my rants and opinions on the drug war ad nauseum. So rather than let myself get my blood pressure up and make myself too sick to my stomach to continue with my day, I am going to let Alex at A Frustrated Artist say what I would say if I had it in me to respond to this egregious abuse of police power:Comments
"FILE UNDER: Why We Have A Counterculture
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Just to prove men *are* concerned about olfactory issues besides the scatological, Bane is conducting an unscientifical inquiry into men's preferences, likes and dislikes regarding women's perfume.
(And don't overlook the comments section. :)
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Caution to the faint of heart and easily offended--Rob wades in with his boots on: Gut RumblesComments
We called it "Fart Stew" because after two hours of digesting all those beans we threw in there, it would turn your ass.... into Gabriel's trumpet. You could blow down the walls of Jericho with your wind.
Update: "Easily amused by juvenile humor?" Yes, yes I am, thank you. Anything for an endorphin rush.
UPDATE 2: An even better story HERE.
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Monday, August 22, 2005
...democracy is taking hold! (The "ditch-witch" in Crawford notwithstanding...)Comments
The Fallujah scholars council represented by its head Hamza Al-Eisawi the preacher in Al-Wahda mosque released an announcement that urged Fallujans to take their role in the referendum. The cleric explained that this is one of their duties as clerics to give advice to the people and he added that the fatwa will be read in all of the city's mosques.
Yes, THAT Fallujah! The very same.
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Friday, August 19, 2005
"Gutrumbles is poking sticks at women through the cage bars pretty successfully. The Estrogen Crowd are cackling about in the hen yard like loonies, while Rob struts along the roof of the coop. Funny stuff."
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Ok, I admit to being notoriously bad about sharing my vacation photos. I am now a full year behind, having shared no pics from our trip to Cabo San Lucas.Comments
However Steve at Hog on Ice is showing off some photos of a nice catch of dorado his friend Pat hauled in. He comments that they seem unusually large to him. Compared to the dorado that Daisycat and I caught, those didn't seem that impressive. If they were, then I am realizing what a great day of fishing we had, even if I didn't fully appreciate it at the time. See the only other sportfishing I've done is for triggerfish and seabass in the Sea of Cortez. I don't fish that much, and Daisycat enjoys it just because it's fun.
Anyway, here's a few pics:
Cabo Arch from the Pacific side.
Reel 'em in!
Daisycat with dorado
Did I mention how BLUE the water is in the subtropical Pacific? Yow!
In all, I think we pulled in 6 or 8 dorado between the two of us. Most of them were at least as big as the one Daisycat is holding, and a couple more were as big as the one the guide is holding for me.
Dorado are an incredibly tasty fish! Unfortunately some of our haul got freezer burn before we could finish eating it, and Daisycat recently tossed a good many of the packages. I was quite disappointed...
But we gave away over half the catch before we flew home, so it is some comfort to know that most of it was eaten by someone.
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Thursday, August 18, 2005
'Peace Mom,' Her Mother Ill, Leaves Camp
By ANGELA K. BROWN--Associated Press Writer
Bye! Y'all don't hurry back now, y'hear?
There's the end of that news cycle.
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Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Jeff G. nicely sums up the whole thing with this paragraph:Comments
protein wisdom: And this whole piece of political theater is about nothing more than crass emotional manipulation--a carefully orchestrated, deliberately timed bit of protest that is about nothing more than trying to weaken our resolve to finish the mission in Iraq.
Which is precisely why I have ignored it so far.
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I was just reading Ann Coulter and came across this paragraph:Comments
AnnCoulter.com "Two weeks ago, Gen. Jack Keane, a former deputy chief of staff for the Army, said our forces in Iraq have killed or arrested more than 50,000 insurgents in the past six or seven months. It appears the majority of those were captured and released, but that may be good enough."
Which got me to thinking--do our forces do a retinal scan, DNA sampling, or (more diabolically) insert an RFID chip in any of these terrorist detainees they release? It seems to me that would make it a whole lot easier to determine who they are dealing with if these people are ever recaptured again in another terrorist incident.
I understand "catch and release" when it comes to fishing--you don't want to deplete the stock in a lake to the point where fishing is no longer enjoyable. But deterring terrorism is quite another matter. It's not especially enjoyable, and depleting the stock is exactly the point.
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Time and space don't really stand between us. But proximity and distance are part of the matrix we live in, and without it we could not make sense of our world with our limited minds.Comments
When part of me gets bored I go rummaging around through time and space. But it has also been therapeutic for me, as I have noted elsewhere. Because every moment is eternal, there are eternal moments where hurt still lingers. Since they are in the present of eternity, they naturally are capable of affecting me now. But I am also able to go back to them and apply new levels of knowledge and wisdom, and thereby diffuse the pain. In a certain sense this is going back in time and changing personal history.
But what happened happened. It is not like a recording on magnetic tape that can be replayed, erased or overwritten (at least not by mortal hands). Some people make that mistake. The past is present in eternity. What happened is happening now, and it is accessible. It is the meaning that can change.
Herein lies the power of forgiveness.
Someone somewhere wrote that we travel through time facing backwards. We never seem to perceive the moment we are actually in, but rather the moment that has just passed us, or the moments we lived yesterday or last week, or last year. Oh, we think about the future, but we think about the future in the same way that we think about the past. We might say "It will be nice for X or Y to happen", but if we really examine how we are thinking about the future it is more along the lines of "It will have been nice for X or Y to have happened". Our thinking about the future involves us imagining ourselves remembering what we will have just experienced.
I have noticed something--and I beg your indulgence if I get to sounding just a bit metaphysical here--but I have noticed that when I contemplate what it would be to turn around and face time approaching me head on, I get the very distinct sense that it would be to look straight into the face of God.
And that is nearly unbearable for any mortal man.
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So says Wanniski.comComments
dead mousie to Dadcat
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About a lucky man who made the grade,Comments
A crowd of people stood and cheered,
Well, I just had to laugh and look...
Having read the book.
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Monday, August 15, 2005
Preach it, sister!Comments
Ilyka Damen: Feeeeeeeeelings
"I'm having this problem lately, where someone will write something I want to object to, but they'll write it on a so-called personal blog. where I know if I object to it, I'm just going to get a bunch of their fans whining 'Oh my God, how could you? You are such a troll! Where do you get off criticizing Saint Personal Blogger, I mean do you have any idea what she's been through?'
go, read, return. Especially if you happened to stumble in from here.
Why is Ilyka not on my blogroll? This is certainly not the first time I have gone there from elsewhere, read, and said "Yes! That's how it is!"
Time to remedy that defect.
dead mousie to Atilla
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Does no one read The Belmont Club? I never hear of it from others. And yet whenever I get around to browsing to his site I am always mightily impressed. His essays are the match of anything in the media--always focused and insightful.Comments
I'm not going to pick out a few snippets here and there. Just go, read.
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Friday, August 12, 2005
Every moment is eternal.Comments
Every moment is in eternity. There is no such thing as a passing moment. We see each moment go by like a scene viewed briefly from a passing train. But there is no moment that has gone by that does not now exist whole in the ever-present of eternity, under the Father's watchful eye.
Consider this, and it will change your outlook on the moments that pass you by as you ride along on the train of your life.
UPDATE: I am going to combine two posts, and put this here. A bit of powerful synchronicity via Bane. Click and watch:
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Thursday, August 11, 2005Comments
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Rusty speaks good sense on the question of drug legalization:Comments
The Jawa Report Archives
That is pretty close to my take on it.
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Wednesday, August 10, 2005
If you're not reading Michael Yon yet, you should be. This is *compelling* writing from right in the thick of it in Mosul, Iraq.Comments
Michael Yon : Online Magazine
Also linked on my "Daily Territory" list for future reference.
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Able Danger, the 9/11 Commission & the Strange (But Now Explainable) Actions of Sandy BergerComments
Despite the findings of Able Danger, absolutely no action was pursued to take out the cell during the weeks leading up to the 2000 presidential election, said Weldon. The reason? Mohammed Atta possessed a "green card" at the time. Under the rules of the Clinton Justice Department, lawyers working for Special Operations decided that anyone holding a green card had to be granted essentially the same legal protections as any U.S. citizen. They did not want to recommend that the FBI go after someone holding a green card, Weldon told his House colleagues on June 27, 2005 during a speech, known as a "special order," which he delivered on the House floor. Defense Department lawyers were also said to be reluctant to suggest a bold action by FBI agents after the bureau's disastrous 1993 strike against the Branch Davidian religious cult in Waco, Texas.
Stunning news? For those of us who closely followed the fiasco known as the Clinton Administration, not really. But it flies right back in the face of the moonbats who've been howling about Bush supposedly knowing enough to do something to prevent 9/11. Now it turns out Clinton knew more than enough, and sat on his hands. And this revelation also explains Sandy Berger's bizarre pants-stuffing episode.
Cick the link above for the rest of the story.
UPDATE: This story is gaining legs! Jeff at Protein Wisdom has a roundup.
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Monday, August 08, 2005
Jay J. Ambrose has an interesting piece regarding the Intelligent Design debate that has in part been sparked by Bush's comments on the topic. Here is an excerpt (and as always, I encourage you to click the link for the whole story and context):Comments
JAY AMBROSE: The evolution debate | TheNewsTribune.com | Tacoma, WA:
Having conceded as much, I have more to assert, including the proposition that even some very bright people look silly when they let their anti-theism get the best of them, that evolution is less the issue than whether natural selection is a wholly sufficient explanation for it and that a thoroughgoing materialism is no more defensible in the end than the notion that Genesis is a literally true account of how we human beings came into existence.
I have seen this repeatedly demonstrated, and it is a good part of the reason why I avoided the ID debates that raged across parts of the blogosphere recently. The intellectual arrogance of the disciples of scientism is stunning. Their narrow-mindedness is no less disturbing than the most myopic "young earth" bible-thumper.
"No other way of knowing".
For starters they have cut off and discarded the right half of their brain. Science is by nature a logical, rational process, which is the almost exclusive purview of the left brain. I have no doubt that many discoveries in science may be the result of a flash of insight generated in the right brain. But for it to be "science" it has to be remanded to the left brain for review, dissected, explained, processed and canned to be distributed to the science community. The insights of the right brain are given no validity in their own right.
Secondly, they have cut off all interface to the universe that does not come through the five commonly accepted senses. In addition to right-brain interpolation, all forms of trans-rational thought, direct knowledge, and transcendental experience are discarded as just so much hocus pocus and irrational or "anti-intellectual" tripe. While it is true that spiritual and religious experience exist outside the currently accepted realm of science, this exclusion also serves to illustrate some of the very limitations inherent in the scientific method.
Scientists have created an artificial "constructed universe" that fits within the rigid bounds of materialist scientific theory. For purposes of scientific investigation, this is a highly invaluable tool, and true scientists recognize that this model is in constant flux. However too many, both scientists and layman "disciples of scientism", have become so enamored of their constructed universe that they have raised it to the status of an idol. They tolerate no dissent to their belief that "all that is" fits within it, and there is no other knowledge and no other way of knowing that is worthy of consideration.
"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."
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Friday, August 05, 2005
Laurence is *very silly*!Comments
This Blog Is Full Of Crap: Jewish Exercise Video
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Thursday, August 04, 2005
WorldNetDaily: Nuke terrorists' favorite datesComments
8/6/2005 is the 60th anniversary of Hiroshima, and it also happens to reduce numerologically similar to 7/7/2005, though without the triple seven significance. Tomorrow might be a good day to stock up on a few extra essentials, and maybe take out some extra cash, just in case.
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The Therapist: Nobody Likes A President Without A Zipper In His ChestComments
Ok, you HAVE to read the whole thing to get the context, but this bit just about killed me. This is The Therapist as Bill Clinton:
My point is, people love flawed, weight-contingent diabetic ex-presidents whose wives cause swine to run into bodies of water.
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...as long as you are female?Comments
Some sick people think this is funny. "It's just a joke! Can't you take a joke?"
That is, until you nearly put someone's eye out.
CBS News | No Jail For California 11-Year-Old
I disagree with this "deal". The little terrorist should have been tried, sentenced, and thrown in jail as an example to the rest of the budding man-haters.
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Democrats on Wednesday celebrated a closer-than-expected loss in a special House of Representatives race in OhioComments
Nyah nyah! You didn't beat us as BAD this time!
dead mousie to Sister Toldjah
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Wednesday, August 03, 2005
I don't know. Anyone know much about this guy's prediction methods?Comments
Stan Deyo's Earthquake Warning
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Tuesday, August 02, 2005
For those of you who find this type of thing offensive, I truly apologize. Don't click it.Comments
But for those of you who are affected by it as I am, prepare for a flood of laughter-induced endorphins, as the Master Crapblogger has created another one for our mirth:
Neanderpundit: Crapblogging, grade school style
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Monday, August 01, 2005
Sleeping well lately?Comments
WorldNetDaily: Al-Qaida nukes already in U.S.
As London recovers from the latest deadly al-Qaida attack that killed at least 50, top U.S. government officials are contemplating what they consider to be an inevitable and much bigger assault on America -- one likely to kill millions, destroy the economy and fundamentally alter the course of history, reports Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.
Time to dust off the shovel and start digging that fallout shelter I've been putting off...
What to do if a nuclear disaster is imminent.
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FOXNews.com - Politics - Bush Appoints Bolton to U.N. JobComments
President Bush bypassed Congress Monday and appointed John Bolton to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
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