Desert Cat's Paradise
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Monday, October 31, 2005
FOXNews.com - Politics - Alito Nomination May Bring Long-Anticipated Judiciary Fight:Comments
Democrats remain outnumbered in Congress, and may have to accept that Alito's confirmation is one of the spoils of Bush's two election victories.
Ya got that damright! Filling Supreme Court vacancies with men and women who respect and uphold the Constitution is the singular most important reason that conservatives have stuck with this administration and a Republican Party hellbent on moving leftward. Miers was an ill-conceived attempt at a sop to the religious right and to those who insisted that a woman be nominated to replace O'Connor. Alito appears to be the kind of real-meat originalist that conservatives of all stripes can support with little reservation.
Update: Does that mean that I'm implying Harriet Miers was a tofu burger? Heh, yeah well, you remember "mystery meat" from high school? Looks like meat, smells sort of like meat, tastes like...something else. Who knows what it's really made of?
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Ten Reasons Why a Handgun Is Better Than a Woman
dead mousie to - Katey's Kafe-
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Saturday, October 29, 2005
El Universal Online - Miami Herald.Comments
On Isla Mujeres, popular for its reef and laid-back style, angry surf dragged the public beach's sand across much of the island, blocking streets and filling homes and businesses with the snowy white grains.
Quite an unhappy story, but not unexpected.
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Whatever that means...
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Friday, October 28, 2005
...on his Unified Cat Field Theory:Comments
More on this startling admission HERE.
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Peggy Noonan appears to be beset with the same sense of things that I have been struggling with for months now. I was glad to be away for a week in paradise, to forget about it all for a while. But it was all here, still waiting for me when I returned.Comments
It is not so hard and can be a pleasure to tell people what you see. It's harder to speak of what you think you see, what you think is going on and can't prove or defend with data or numbers. That can get tricky. It involves hunches. But here goes.
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El Garrafon Park on Isla Mujeres--I thought I'd found a little sliver of paradise here. Hammocks by the seaside...
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...and a tropical soundtrack coming from the bar--Latin Jazz, Bossa Nova, Reggae...
That's Daisycat flirting with the bartender.
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The guidebooks don't promote this place nearly as much as it deserves. For $44 per person you have the use of the facilities in this place all day--lockers, towels, snorkel gear, sea kayaks, hammocks, lounge chairs. Included in the price is all you care to eat at three restaurants ranging from fair to quite good (the Mexican food buffet), and all the soda, beer, and mixed drinks you care to imbibe. We spent a good part of the day stunned at all we got for the price. We came originally just for the snorkeling, which was okay (they limit you to a certain area in order to protect the coral reef, and require you to use lifejackets--whatever). But we were most impressed with the overall value. Apparently it is *quite* popular with the spring break crowd. I am not surprised.
But after Wilma, what is left?
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View from the veranda of our room at Hotel Maria Del Mar on Isla Mujeres. We stayed here one night. Isla Mujeres is a very different place than Cancun. Whereas Cancun is every bit the mega-resort, a short ferry ride across to Isla Mujeres takes you to a true Caribbean island.
I loved the "vacation within a vacation" we did, and would highly recommend a day or two on Isla Mujeres to anyone traveling to Cancun.
If Maria Del Mar survived the storm, it was a nice place to stay. Mid-range prices for the island because it is right on the north beach, but away from the ferry docks. It was quiet and pleasant for our stay.
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Thursday, October 27, 2005
Reading Vox's take on This Story reminded me of my own experience with a woodchuck many years ago, which I posted in his comments:Comments
Speaking of whacking the critter...
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No one thinks much about nuclear war anymore. "Aren't we safe now that the Soviet Union is no longer a threat?"Comments
I'm not banking on it. The weapons depicted in this video clip still exist. And in a day when it is easier than ever for terrorists to get their hands on fissible materials, we're not so far out of the woods that this couldn't happen to an American city.
Nuclear Test Video
The real question is, what are you doing to prepare for the possibility?
dead mousie to Velociman
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Another blogger off to war.Comments
The Fourth Rail: A Journey to Anbar Province
Chickenhawk? I think not!
He will be an imbed, similar to Michael Yon, provided he is able to pull together the funding and get the press creds he needs.
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Well I don't know what's become of RedSugar Muse, but I was poking around the rest of Tanya's domain and came across this classic:Comments
redsugar's favorite quotes:
'You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat.'
Ha! What ol' Al failed to realize is that the key to his Unified Field Theory is cats. Everything from gravity to static cling can be explained in terms of cats. No wonder he never figured it out before he died!
UPDATE: Looks like he at least got himself pointed in the right direction.
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I know I am getting a lot of "drive-by" traffic lately. Seems that Google is sending hordes my way in search of whatever images I have posted in the past. But my comments certainly don't reflect my traffic.Comments
I realize that unlike most blogs, my comment link is not obvious. So here's a primer: "Fresh Litter" is irresistable to nearly ever cat I've ever seen. Whether they need to leave a dropping or not, they can't help but go scratch in it some. "Fresh Litter" is where you leave your comments. When there are comments, they will show up in the same place as a number of "Droppings". If you do trackback, well the obvious link is right next to it. And "The Sandbox" is where you go for the permalink page. If you don't know what a permalink is, you're not a blogger, so nevermind. However The Sandbox is also where the "below the fold" portion of a post may be found, on those rare occasions that I truncate my post on the main page.
What about those dead mousies I give out? Most people tip their hat to acknowledge a source. I go a step further. A hunting cat shows it's appreciation of you by bringing home a kill to your front step and announcing it. The bigger and jucier the mousie, the more they appreciate you. Besides which, my moniker doesn't wear a hat.
Yeah whatever, mousie...
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FOXNews.com - Technology - New 'Social' Web Browser Based on FirefoxComments
In short, Flock (this beta version is called the "Flock 0.5pre Developer Snapshot") aggregates a number of services usually delivered through a variety of separate Web sites and presents them in ways that are intuitive for users.
Something to keep an eye on.
dead mousie to Ith.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2005
I can only dream of writing like this. I mean, given the subject matter, what can an average writer actually come up with? Dry, mundane prose, utterly unworthy of public exposure (in more than one sense) is what I'd come up with. But Bad News Hughes manages to make his symptoms and the cure thereof a bit more than funny. Caution, PG-13.Comments
Via Ellison who found it via Bane
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Sunday, October 23, 2005
Reuters AlertNet - Hurricane Wilma guts Cancun hotels, shops: "One of the world's top beach destinations lay gutted on Sunday after Hurricane Wilma blew out hundreds of hotel windows, tore through boutiques and left the Caribbean resort of Cancun under water.Comments
The lobbies of hotels along Cancun's famed sandy strip were littered with glass, chunks of plaster and other debris floating in floodwaters. Swimming pools were full of sand and ceilings were a mess of fallen tiles and tangled wires.
Where pristine beaches had been, jagged rocks poked out of gray water after Wilma tore away entire banks of white sand."
"I lived through Hurricane Gilbert and this is far worse. It's truly terrible," said shop owner Carlos Martin del Campo as he loaded computers into his car to save them from looters.
With no firm news about when Cancun's airport would reopen or when roads out would be cleared for buses, tourists filled the streets trying to arrange rides out of the city.
The situation was even bleaker in villages away from the tourist area, with countless wooden-shack homes destroyed.
In the poor Ejido neighborhood of Playa del Carmen, almost every residence was damaged and people wandered barefoot in its muddy streets trying to salvage what they could.
"It was a very ugly sound. All you could hear was the wind," said Maxina Llanos as she guarded her trashed home from looters. "We can't leave the house. There are lots of thieves around here."
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Saturday, October 22, 2005
This is heartbreaking. How can I post my photos now, knowing it's not there anymore?Comments
Wilma Is Unwanted Tourist in Resort Area
After arriving the mainland Friday morning as a Category 5 storm, Wilma essentially parked itself over the peninsula for nearly two days.
Sixty-four inches of rain?! I loved that island! I cannot imagine the devastation that caused together with 24 hours of hurricane force winds...
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Friday, October 21, 2005
Bane has a post here that is excruciating in its poignancy. Go read. Have a kleenex handy, just in case.Comments
I'm gradually coming to a peculiar conclusion. Bane is like me, only ten or twenty times more so. He is of my tribe, but his experience of life, both good and ugly has been of an intensity that so far exceeds mine as to make me dizzy to contemplate.
I have loved and lost, and it took me years to recover. Bane loved with a strident passion, and it was wrenched from him in a tragic instant.
And he is still healing.
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Update: This link is to the continuously updating NOAA image (previously live-linked in this post)Comments
Update 2: This monster is barely creeping forward. I canNOT imagine being on Cozumel today, seeing the eyewall on all sides of me ALL day, knowing that the other side of the storm was slowly creeping forward toward the island to wreack it's havoc overnight. Nor can I imagine being in Cancun today while the east wind raged and raged--while the worst side of the storm had all but stalled over me.
Gosh Cancun...it was nice to know ya...
Image from NOAA about midday today.
Here's a photo courtesy of Reuters, of Playa Del Carmen on the Riviera Maya, just opposite Cozumel.
Ironically, they were still repairing the roads in this vicinity from when Hurricane Emily hit earlier in the season. They were hauling in loads of fill to place on the shoulders of the main highway to replace the washed out material. Now I can well imagine these piles of fill material have been washed all over the place and away again. When we visited the ruins at Tulum, there were portions of the ruins (including the main pyramid) that were still closed off due to storm damage. Crews were laboring in the hot sun filling in gulleys and shoring up damaged areas.
Now they will have to start all over again.
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Thursday, October 20, 2005
Ow ow ow ow ow...I feel for Cancun, Cozumel and Isla Mujeres.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2005
When Steve H gets going in a post that covers a half dozen topics all at once, some of the most amazing things come out:Comments
Hog On Ice: "Liberals blame hurricanes on global warming caused by industry, whereas conservatives take the much more reasonable view that they are caused by gay sex. "
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Tuesday, October 18, 2005
The Gun Guy has posted the contents of his "bug-out" bin here.Comments
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Gosh I like nitrous oxide!Comments
My dentist is a funny--the dental assistant comes in and asks me if I'm feeling the nitrous yet. He says, "Oh he is. Now don't disturb his high!"
A few moments on Cloud 9--it's all part of the compensation for having new holes drilled in my head.
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Another blog worth watching: Atlas ShrugsComments
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Monday, October 17, 2005
A good summary of what we actually know to date (as opposed to the media spin): The White House, the CIA, and the WilsonsComments
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Jeff G on my favorite rant topic: Pot and Kettle (chips)Comments
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Great stuff! All the left's favorite stereotypes about Southern Conservatives wrapped up in one hilarious blog.Comments
Update: Best of the batch so far--Cleetus' Internashonal Report
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"Hey-a, Wilma's goin' ta Cancun widdout 'cha."
Tropical Storm WILMA
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Sunday, October 16, 2005Comments
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Saturday, October 15, 2005
Looks like the world continued going to hell in a handbasket while I was away, eh? Having eyes and ears firmly shut for a week of paradise was a much needed break from the end of the world.Comments
A Flu Hope, Or Horror?
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...but now I need a vacation. More later, provided I don't get too sidetracked by "the real world".Comments
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Saturday, October 08, 2005Comments
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The world's largest palapa!
I've never seen a palapa with a steel frame before. This thing has to be fifty feet high! This is the entrance and lobby area of the hotel we're at. This place features oversized everything. From the giant palapa to the giant fountain in the lobby, to the humongous (yes humongous--the size of a small mattress!) pillows in the rooms, to the ex-NFL linebackers at the front desk (just kidding about that one!).
Getting used to valet parking and bellhops is an interesting challenge. We don't typically stay at places of a higher caliber, but this vacation club we joined last year pretty much has this level of service at all of their major accommodations. For "just reg'lar folk", it's an interesting experience.
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Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun -- no hurricanes today! Woo!
Ok, so the Reservations Department of the Cat Household was the apparent victim of miscommunication. There is no free wireless access here. So this may well be my only series of posts this week. I can't afford $5.50/hr access very often. So besides the additional photos above, I will probably be incommunicado until next weekend.
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Thursday, October 06, 2005
"Holy Man on an Implement of Vertical Oscillation"Comments
Either y'all get it, or you dare not ask...
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There's a swirl of dry, clear air drifting across Cancun from the west right now. Here's hoping that means at least a few days of sunny weather before the next hurricane hits!Comments
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Wednesday, October 05, 2005
My Way News: President George W. Bush asked Congress on Tuesday to consider giving him powers to use the military to enforce quarantines in case of an avian influenza epidemic.Comments
Lord help me if I'm too late in starting my preparations!
How does that sound? Boxed into a city with a highly fatal disease running rampant through the population--if you try to escape, they shoot you at the perimeter! If you thought NOLA after Katrina was bad, even the rumours of what happened there will be nothing compared to this reality!
This president is going down *fast*! Something is seriously not right here...
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Monday, October 03, 2005
Otis weakens on path over Baja CaliforniaComments
SAN CARLOS, Mexico - Otis weakened to tropical-storm status Sunday as it moved north on a track that could brush an unpopulated stretch of the Baja California peninsula...
The storm track is pointed right in my direction. However nothing dissipates a tropical storm faster than passing over a bone-dry desert. The most we'll see here will be a few clouds and possibly a bit windier conditions than the usual for this time of year.
Hurricanes! Hurricanes! Dang if I'm not tired of them already! And due to an unfortunate bit of timing in the Reservations Department of the Cat Household (*ahem*), I am heading straight into hurricane alley at the end of the week. Rain ponchos will be mandatory, inflatable life rafts might not be a bad idea.
Mrmbl mrfl growf...
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