Desert Cat's Paradise
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
"Will he be able to live a normal life?"
Someone needs a good thwack across the nose for sending me this...;E
(right-click, saveas, if it doesn't play correctly)
Labels: felicity and jocularity
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Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Are things moving in the right direction in the Middle East? Most Americans, I think, would say no. But perhaps they should ponder a trio of interesting columns. Two weeks ago, the military historian Edward Luttwak wrote a column in the Wall Street Journal arguing that George Bush's policies have created a Middle East much more hospitable to American goals. Here is his summation:
Continue: USNews.com: Opinion: Michael Barone: Barone Blog: Serious Thinking About the Middle East
Veddy interestink! When you cut through the partisan racket from both sides and actually pay attention to what is transpiring over there, you see some interesting developments...
Considering what I said here about the dynamic of thesis-antithesis-synthesis, in light of the above, what has changed recently?
The whole dynamic is shifting from Jew versus Arab, to Sunni moderate versus Shiite extremist, that's what! The hard push is on (as I've been following) to complete the synthesis of the first, while pushing a new tension to the forefront of the Middle East world.
If this is the doing of Bush, it would be brilliant--worthy of a Machiavelli or Sun Tzu.
Of course others would say it is the work of the puppetmasters, and they may very well be right.
Labels: watching the skies
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21 Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, "Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore. 22 The sound of harpists, musicians, flutists, and trumpeters shall not be heard in you anymore. No craftsman of any craft shall be found in you anymore, and the sound of a millstone shall not be heard in you anymore. 23 The light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore, and the voice of bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore. For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived. 24 And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth."
Who is Babylon and who was her founder?
1 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, "I have acquired a man from the LORD." 2 Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 3 And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the LORD. 4 Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering, 5 but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.
"And in her was found all the descendents and heirs of Cain"
13 And Cain said to the LORD, "My punishment is greater than I can bear! 14 Surely You have driven me out this day from the face of the ground; I shall be hidden from Your face; I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth, and it will happen that anyone who finds me will kill me."
A peculiar blessing for the Lord to bestow upon the first murderer and the Father of Babylon!
Which indeed he seems to have been. Did he fade from the earth, or did he prosper thereafter?
16 Then Cain went out from the presence of the LORD and dwelt in the land of Nod on the east of Eden. 17 And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. And he built a city, and called the name of the city after the name of his son--Enoch. 18 To Enoch was born Irad; and Irad begot Mehujael, and Mehujael begot Methushael, and Methushael begot Lamech.
He became the father of those who practiced a wide range of arts and crafts and music. Ah! That should explain Rev 18:22, no? I always took that to be poetic filler. It is in fact a direct reference back to Gen 4:21. And he became the father too, of all those who bore his mark. Lamech took it as his rightful authority to bring vengeance upon his enemies many times over. It doesn't take much of a stretch to see how his descendants and heirs have used this authority to rule in evil.
1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God's minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God's minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience' sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God's ministers attending continually to this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.
At the time this was written, Rome ruled the world--Rome, to whom the mark of Cain had passed from Babylon. Rome--the fourth beast, great and terrible.
What terror is this then, that we have been subjected to by God? It is a hard thing for me, exceedingly so.
It seems right to me that evildoers should be ruled by evildoers, so that there is at least order. But what of those of whom it is said, have been set free from the law of sin and death? Must we too be ruled by the heirs of Cain?
I have many thoughts on this in relation to the American form of government, and the source and nature of authority within our system. But that is for another time.
Within that text above seems to be a partial answer. We are indeed free under the law. We have been purchased at the slave block and freed by our new master to live righteously in freedom under His authority. However we still live in the world ruled by Cain, and Cain's authority is legitimately given of God to rule over evil. Therefore to assure our freedom, we submit to that authority in order that it have no right over us. Cain's right of vengeance only extends to those who unlawfully challenge his authority. If we do what that authority requires of us, we live in peace under Cain, and we live in complete freedom under Christ. And we look forward to the day when we will rule and reign with Him in righteousness.
This is still a hard thing.
18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. 20 Therefore
"As much as depends on you"... My brothers and sisters in Christ died by the scores as martyrs under that same authority, and continue to do so wherever the rulers of evil seek to suppress the gospel of truth.
Still we look forward:
1 After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. 2 And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, "Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! 3 For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury."
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Sunday, January 28, 2007
24 When they had come to Capernaum, those who received the temple tax came to Peter and said, "Does your Teacher not pay the temple tax?"Comments
25 He said, "Yes."
And when he had come into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, "What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from strangers?"
26 Peter said to Him, "From strangers."
Jesus said to him, "Then the sons are free. 27 Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money;[h] take that and give it to them for Me and you."
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Saturday, January 27, 2007
...threatens to turn my understanding of the world on its head.Comments
Tupper Saussy Museum
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Arutz Sheva - Israel National NewsComments
A member of PM Ehud Olmert's Kadima party proposed transferring control of Judea and Samaria to a European task force until the establishment of a Palestinian state.
In time, and on target, detail-wise. The forces of Rome need to be in there, and quickly for the fulfillment.
Once in, and peace is established, if talk turns (as I expect it to) to construction of some sort of "shrine to all religions", modeled perhaps on the pattern of the Jewish temples, to be built on the Temple Mount, well that will be time to begin stocking up on Depends...
Me, I'm rather wishing I were the proud owner of a nice deep cave at the moment.
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Wednesday, January 24, 2007Comments
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'The Pollyanna Mantra'
I have always relied upon the complex interdependencies of society
They have never failed me in the past.
They will, therefore, never fail me in the future.
I do not need to prepare for any problems.
* Meat comes to me in shrink-wrapped packages.
* Vegetables have no dirt on them. They are always crisp and shiny.
* Fish is a food product that has no bones.
* Bread is neatly sliced and packaged. It Builds Strong Bodies Twelve Ways.
* Potatoes are long, rectangular cubes that have salt sprinkled on them. I drive my car past a window to obtain them.
* Light is provided to me 24 hours a day by glass bulbs. It is never dark.
* Power for my appliances lives in the wall. I plug into it whenever I want to.
* I have books. They are used for filling the empty space on my shelves.
* Entertainment comes to me in a large box. It has many channels.
* Sometimes I see wars in far away places on the box. Wars do not affect me personally. Wars are entertainment. Wars are not waged near where I live.
* Heat comes to me as I turn up a thermostat.
* Cool air comes to me as I turn down a thermostat.
* Clothing comes to me pre-sewn, in my size.
* When the county fair comes, I go to see the horses, cows, pigs and sheep. I do not know where they live after the county fair goes away.
* Factories are far away places. They make things for me. I buy them.
* I get to other places in marvelous vehicles that come to me in showrooms. I do not know how to build them, or to fix them.
* My children are educated by people smarter than me. I have forgotten all I learned in school.
* Peace is maintained in my neighborhood by good men in blue uniforms. They have guns. I do not. If I press 3 buttons on my phone, they will come and help me.
* Medical assistance can also be obtained instantly, ..via the same three buttons.
* My s**t does not stink. It goes down a porcelain hole. It goes away.
* If anything goes wrong, I will look in the Yellow Pages and call someone to fix it.
Labels: personal responsibility
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Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Activity Picks Up for Mideast TalksComments
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz have each offered peace plans based on the road map. Livni asked to strengthen Palestinian moderates by painting a clear picture of what a provisional Palestinian state would look like, and Peretz said a final peace deal could be reached within two years.
Yes, yes. Time is running out. We keep hearing that. And indeed it is. You have to have everything in place for the outbreak of peace well before the end of the first three and a half years of the ENPI agreement. The agreement will be reviewed at the halfway point, and your plans would be for naught if this peace weren't fully realized before then.
"Seventy weeks are decreed for Israel..." Still wondering, with "Rome" now heavily invested in the peace process, that this is not the beginning of the seventieth week?
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"This is a matter of free speech," said Julie Enslow, an organizer with Peace Action Wisconsin in Milwaukee. "It is totally irresponsible for radio stations and bloggers to attack a person for his personal political views."
But it wasn't irresponsible for this twit in the shipping department to take a gratuitous potshot at one of our soldiers?
So it's a matter of "free speech" when someone trashes the troops, but it's *not* free speech when someone else criticizes said trashing of the troops?
Someone needs to extract their head from their ass.
Little Julie, and others like you, understand this: free speech is a two-way street. You blather your bullshit, others will respond. If you want them to be silenced, then you will be silenced as well.
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Monday, January 22, 2007Comments
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Remind me again, what state do I live in?Comments
Because I keep my brain in a bucket by the door and forgot to insert it Saturday morning, I also forgot my camera this weekend. Else I could have shared the fairyland beauty of the San Pedro property as the snow began to fall Sunday evening. The new yard light I put up created a scintillating scene of snow heavy on branches and twigs of mesquite trees, and falling flakes backlit by the blue-white light as dusk came on.
However I was not ten miles up the road when I realized I was in the midst of some serious winter storm conditions. Then the driver side wiper sheared off at the pin shortly after I stopped to clear the heavy snow buildup on the sides of the windshield.
At high elevation on a malodorous watercourse, sans implement of manual propulsion.
By the time I crept into San Manuel at 15 mph through blinding snow, there was at least three inches of snow on the ground. I fueled up, commandeered a windshield squeegee, and crept back onto the road. There are two very deep drainages that the road traverses between San Manuel and the main highway. I was praying all the way up and down both of them that my traction would hold. It did, and when I got to the highway I realized that Arizona really *does* own a snowplow. That made the trek up to the pass at Oracle a bit less hazardous.
I still never broke 20 mph though, and by the time I got to Oracle there had to be close to 6 inches on the ground. Yes, it was *really* snowing!
Past Oracle it tapered off, and by the time I got into Oro Valley and then Tucson, I realized very little snow had fallen on this side of the mountains. This morning I heard that a foot of snow had fallen in Oracle!
But the Catalinas are glorious in the morning light, with snow all the way down to the bottom.
Even the Tucson Mountains, which are really no more than low desert hills, sport the majesty of a distant Kilimanjaro.
Update: Cowboy Blob and Billy Budd have more pics.
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Sunday, January 21, 2007
Now appearing in the southern hemisphere sky:Comments
Comet or contrail?
Holy moly, that is incredible!
What (if anything) might this portend?
Update: Another gorgeous view
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Friday, January 19, 2007
"Do not follow me, for I may not lead,Comments
Do not lead me, as I may not follow,
Just go over there somewhere..."
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Thursday, January 18, 2007Comments
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Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Article here: Town's last copper relics to pass into historyComments
Click in the link at the sidebar of that page for a video of the demolition.
I have mixed feelings about this whole mine shutdown. On the one hand there will be no more pollution from the smelters blowing up and down the valley, which means my little sliver is that much more pristine...for now.
On the other hand, the plans for the town are to greatly expand the number of people living there--essentially turning it into yet another retirement community. This means more people infiltrating down the valley into my area, and more traffic on the road out of San Manuel toward Tucson.
It also means that instead of being self-sufficient for copper production, the US is now importing 40% of its copper needs. I read somewhere that the mine and smelter once supplied up to 25% of the domestic consumption.
The mine was purchased by an Australian mining firm, who promptly went about shutting down production almost as soon as the ink on the deal was dry. At the time copper prices were below $0.70/lb. It looked then like nothing more than a blatant effort to limit the market supply in order to support the price they get for copper from their other operations. And indeed, prices soared over $4/lb recently, though they are down to closer to $2/lb now. Anything over about a dollar a pound is profitable.
There is a tremendous amount of copper still in the ground out there. But with the effort by the company to bury the tailings, demolish the smelter, revegetate the land and create new subdivisions, they are ensuring that it will never again become available. Once you have people from elsewhere in the country living there, with no ties to the history of the area, the changed political landscape will never allow the mine to be reopened.
Frankly it sucks.
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Monday, January 15, 2007
Next Solar Cycle May Be Largest Ever RecordedComments
We have reported before that the upcoming 2010-2011 solar cycle is expected to be large. Now, continuing studies of the sun have led solar scientists to predict that it may turn out to be the largest ever recorded.
What a funny coincidence, eh? Just in time for the Fourth Bowl of God's Wrath. And the Mayans coincidentally have the end of the world pegged at December 21, 2012, well into the second half of the "seventieth week"--a full 904 days into "times, time and half a time".
"Nothing to see here, move along now."
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Concrete pad poured, screeded, floated and preliminary finish:
Later I waited and waited and waited for it to set up and the sheen to disappear so I could do the finish troweling, but it was too damn cold, and the chemical reaction was retarded. I troweled it a couple more times as night came on, then covered it with a canvas cloth, then a tarp. So much for the finish. It will have cloth prints in it.
So what is Desert Cat's solution to the problem of how to protect freshly poured concrete from an oncoming freeze of 15 degrees Fahrenheit?
Sonofa-BUCK it was cold last night! I had two electric heaters trying desperately to keep me warm in Doozey last night. They failed to do so. And since I had not the foresight to fill the propane tank (thinking foolishly that the electric heaters should be more than sufficient) I was pretty miserable by morning. The water lines under the camper were frozen, so I ran the engine to blow hot air under the chassis to thaw them out before the water would work again. As the morning sun through the windows began to assist the heaters, and a bit of hot breakfast assisted to warm my bones, I finally was able to get going again.
I got a start on putting the electric sub-panel together, and then the watertank showed up, courtesy of Dad and Mom's Speedy Delivery!
Staking, digging out and leveling the tank pad subgrade:
Hauling in loads of gravel for the base:
Tank in place on it's gravel base!
Labels: San Pedro homestead
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Saturday, January 13, 2007
Daisycat and I are meeting Little Miss Attila for lunch today, at El Charro Cafe--one of those quintessentially Tucson eateries. LMA is up in Phoenix cheering Attila the Hub in the Phoenix Marathon.Comments
I shudder at the thought of going to Phoenix for anything except what I absolutely must do, but she was gracious enough to offer to drive down here instead.
Feenix! Ugh. A brown stain in the desert--it's LA-lite and apparently proud of the fact. Tucson may be quaint and kinda podunky, but at least we make no pretensions.
After that I will be out of town through MLK Monday. Pouring concrete and assembling conduit at the "Ph-r-r-Oject" (as Daiscat calls it).
We were trying to get the El Charro sign between us, and Daisycat kept telling me I was covering part of the sign. Well rats. I was still anyway.
It is always interesting to meet people I have come to know on the blogosphere. You get to know someone well from reading their blog, and it feels like they're a next-door neighbor you've had for years, and...then you meet them for the first time. There's a peculiar cognitive dissonance to that reversal of the usual order.
No surprises, mind you. She's every bit as cerebral and interesting to converse with in person as she is on her blog. In fact with this change of weather, my passages are a bit stuffed and I was feeling a bit like a dullard in comparison. I was not 100% my usual 'brilliant' self.
Ok, now I really am out of here the rest of the weekend.
Update 2: I forgot to caption the photo, that is Little Miss Attila, and yours truly.
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Thursday, January 11, 2007
RFID ink product could track humans - 11/Jan/2007 - ComputerWeekly.com:Comments
A US company has launched a chip-less RFID (radio frequency identification) ink that can be used to track both animals and people.
The closer we get, the more literal the fulfillment seems likely to be.
Pop Quiz: What the sam-hill am I talking about?
10 points plus bonus for an essay.
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JonnyB's private secret diaryComments
Noted for future perusal. Might be a good'un.
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Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Image from here.
Many more here.
And it was rainy at sunset in Tucson today!!
Updated update: Lookity look what the lucky dawgs in northern latitudes can see.
Freakin' winter storm in Tucson. You'd *think* this being Tucson and all...
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I don't know what the Blogger kidz thought they were accomplishing yesterday during their service outage, but what the did accomplish was to create a mess. Blogger itself is ass-dragging, and in the process they appear to have busted Haloscan's ability to work with Blogger.Comments
Thus no comments and ridiculous page load times.
Sorry folks. All I can do is fume with you.
(No, I won't switch to wordpress or movable type or whatever y'all think I should use. I don't want my blogging to be consumed by technical issues with the blog itself. I don't want my blogging time to be consumed with comment spam cleanup. Up to now, Blogger together with Haloscan for commenting performs beautifully. We'll just see how this mess shakes out.)
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Tuesday, January 09, 2007Comments
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Monday, January 08, 2007
You know, it is a measure of how much more I am a libertarian than a Republican-flavored conservative that I read about this John Gilmore and say to myself "right ON, bro!"Comments
Grounded: Millionaire John Gilmore stays close to home while making a point about privacy
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I finally got the permits I need to officially "start" work on the lot. The mobile home has been parked for many weeks (unofficially), and we've done a substantial amount of clearing while the grading permit was pending, but now it can begin in earnest. My main task is getting the water system built. That involves electric to the well location, a tank and booster at the well, and a water line back to the mobile home location.Comments
Last weekend I built the forms and set the unistrut frame for the water booster electrical panel and equipment pad.
I was pulled over coming back from there Sunday night. I have no firm idea why. Oh, he *said* it was because my license plate light was burned out (which it was). But no cop is going to waste time pulling someone over for something so minor as that, unless he thinks he has other reasons to be suspicious of something.
I was carrying at the time, so I had to tell him that. He was unconcerned about it. He asked for my license and registration, grilled me about where I was going, where I was coming from, what I was doing down there, where the property was, did I live there, who I bought it from, etc. etc.
I was too tired to be fazed or upset by all this, just answered his questions. Then he told me why he stopped me, told me to take care of it, and left. No fix-it ticket. Nothing. Didn't even bother with the registration, which I hadn't dug out yet.
The only thing I can figure triggered his suspicion was that I pulled into the gas station parking lot in San Manuel momentarily while I went in back of the van to use the facilities. I left the engine on and the parking lights on. When I pulled back out onto the road, my gun was digging into my belt line and I was fidgeting with it trying to get the spur out of my belly. I might not have looked entirely stable on the road for a moment or two. But that would have prompted a sobriety check, no?
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Sunday, January 07, 2007
My wife is a saint.Comments
No, seriously. Would anyone less than saint-material be willing to tolerate me for over nineteen years?
It is the job of Man to make Woman happy, is it not? And here I am carping and bitching and whining about having to do my job all the time! Look at that sin quiz down there. Sloth! That's right. I'm a lazy bastard, and I admit it.
What woman does not deserve diamonds and gold and silver and platinum and cubic zirconium and sapphires and rubies and emeralds and new kitchen furniture and new living room furniture and a new house in the hills and a new truck with a "Girlz Rule!" sticker on the bumper and an extra special vacation just for her, as tribute and recompense on the anniversary of her dubious decision to marry the slug of a husband she's been stuck with? C'mon ladies, I know you'll agree with me!
But this girl has to put up with her slug making a big stink about his basic responsibilities and casting aspersions on her sainthood Out In Public!!
Let me humbly, grovelingly apologize for my shocking and audacious behavior. The woman is a saint, and more perfect than you'd ever, ever know from reading the ramblings of THIS slug. And I'll never be worthy. And I'll probably never buy the diamonds and gold and silver and platinum and cubic zirconium and sapphires and rubies and emeralds and new kitchen furniture and new living room furniture and a new house in the hills and a new truck with a "Girlz Rule!" sticker on the bumper and an extra special vacation just for her, like I full well ought to every anniversary day, and indeed on every conceivable "special" day in between.
Which, when you think about it is all 365 days of the year, isn't it?
Update: You think I'm being sarcastic? I'm not (much).
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The western sky is wide open from my sliver of paradise in San Pedro. I've been watching Venus in her scintillating brilliance as she sets, the last couple of weekends.Comments
Now there's something else to watch for in the same patch of sky, and it has the potential to outshine Venus by up to 40 times!
Bright New Comet Could Become Brilliant
Update: I watched tonight (1/7) until Venus set, but could never catch sight of anything else bright enough to penetrate the twilight glow. But then I was looking with naked eyes, and there is a ridge (and behind that the Catalina Mountains) that blocks the bottom 3 or 4 degrees above the true horizon.
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Pin Ups for Vets - Benefit Calendar for Veteran HospitalsComments
Gina Elise, the pin-up girl in question, was kind enough to respond to my comments at Little Miss Attila's place regarding her fundraiser for vets. (I suggested that someone needs to paint her likeness on the fuselage of a few military aircraft.)
She asked me if I'd put up a link and I'm happy to. It's for a great cause, and Gina is an absolutely classic pinup gal. Hot, folks!
Go buy a calendar for yourself and one for a vet!
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Saturday, January 06, 2007
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SFGate: World Views : War doesn't work. How about trying peace?:Comments
"'Inventing peace between Palestine and Israel is at the heart of the Alliance of Civilizations project,' Azoulay and Vedrine explain. The effort their U.N. advisory group recommends for achieving such a peace takes as its starting points and insists that both Palestinians and Israelis must also embrace...:"
"Inventing peace"? Wow. Were it only so simple. Hey, does that sound anything like this:
'Peace, peace,' they say, when there is no peace. Jeremiah 6:14b
Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.I Thess 5:1-6,9
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Friday, January 05, 2007
Shotgun-Wielding Man Comes To Neighbor's Rescue - NewsComments
You get re-eal nice while staring down the barrel of a shotgun...
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'A Long road ahead': Congress convenes today without JohnsonComments
"Barb Johnson said she is pleased with the results. 'Tim has had some challenging days since surgery, but step by step, he's been making great progress. We know there is a long road in front of us, but Tim's determination will make all the difference and he'll be back at work as soon as he can be.'
I wonder, can he follow a balloon with his eyes?
I think it's time for everyone involved here to face reality and stop this charade. It's time to unplug the ventilator and remove the feeding tube. It's the only humane thing to do after all, as the Democrats taught us well. What little is left of his awareness will be euphoric as he dies of starvation and dehydration.
We have been positively assured of this fact.
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WHAT is the controversy here? WHO are these people calling this "despicable" and "grotesque"? Who are they? What kind of sick minds see unnecessary suffering as "good"?Comments
I'll tell you what I find despicable, and that's the people giving this couple grief over their eminently sensible decision.
Telegraph | News | Ashley the pillow angel: love or madness?
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Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Have I pointed to this before? I don't recall. In any case here is Hal Lindsey's take on the recent European developments: WorldNetDaily: 'Late Great Planet Earth' revisitedComments
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Cats in Sinks - for all your cat and bathroom needsComments
Hundreds and hundreds of cats in sinks!
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Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Yes, today is the annual Day of Recompense, wherein the wife half demands tribute for the forbearance of tolerating yet another year with her inadequate huzz-bind.Comments
But no ordinary tribute will suffice for *this* wife. Cards and flowers and dinner at a nice restaurant are *not* an acceptable substitute for diamonds and fun fun vacations and new furniture, oh NO!
And did I say "fun" vacations? No! They must be FUN FUN vacations, just what WIFE wants (whatEVER that is), or huzz-bind get's his feelings dragged through the mud the whole time SHE's not having FUN!
No, see taking in a comedy show in another city, staying at a nice hotel, enjoying some shopping, dining and a stroll around a park by a lake just WILL NOT SUFFICE! Nor will the overnight camping trip and hike in the desert that SHE's been demanding all season.
No, she wants blood sacrifice. Atonement. Recompense for another miserable year living less than adequately entertained by her so-called huzz-bind.
This is the last year I tolerate this shit.
This isn't what wedding anniversaries are supposed to be about. There's two people involved here. Two people with thoughts and feelings and wishes and desires. Two people who ought to be able to come together and say "today is the day we gave ourselves to each other. Let's remember and celebrate the gift."
But one of us gets dragged through the mud on an annual basis.
If I'm not what she wants 364 days of the year, I sure as hell am not going to "make it up" on the 365th. And the relentless insinuation that I am not is what galls me and hurts the most. It's a cheap tactic. A dirty trick to extract more.
I bought her a new diamond ring a few years back for our anniversary.
It was inadequate.
She returned it.
Her ridiculous expectations for this day have led to some unpleasant January vacations in the past. The absurd, outsized entitlement mentality spoiled it for both of us.
Sorry. Henceforth the demand that I come up with some fabulous extravaganza to entertain her ass every January 2 will not be given further consideration.
When I was a kid, we didn't do vacations. There was no money, ever. Only rich people could afford to go to Hawaii or Cancun or Tahiti. Now that I'm 'all growed up' and making a modest income, should it not be more than enough that we are able to squeeze out a trip to Maui coming up this June, Glacier Park last summer, Cancun the year before that, Cabo San Lucas before that, Kaua'i before that...
It's not a real question. It is enough.
And on top of all that, this morning she's carping and beefing about paying the annual maintenance fees for the vacation club we joined to make all this entertainment possible.
Yes, THIS is the kind of thing that makes men eye the doghouse with longing and want to outfit it with a minibar, satellite dish and wide-screen TV.
Update: Of course I'm in the sh*tter as a result. What? Did you really think I'm Mister Wonderful? I'm a difficult person married to an impossible person, that's all. It's easy to *appear* saintly in comparison.
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Monday, January 01, 2007
Telegraph | News | EU will consign Romanian traditions to historyComments
The residents of the village of Vidra, 12 miles south of Bucharest, are not happy about the regulation. Neither are they pleased about a raft of others which will revolutionise the lives and traditions of the self-sufficient millions who earn their living from the land.
No word yet on the implications for that favorite Romanian pastime: Mint Rubbing. Will they be forced to rely upon the more mundane manganese rubbing to remain compliant with EU dictates? Is gas burning and cutting leaves to dogs also at risk?
Let freedom reign, and may mint-rubbing never die!
Update: Not to let the opportunity pass to note again that this site was mentioned in the Jan 2005 issue of the Mint Rubbing Journal. So I have a personal stake in the outcome of this new bureaucratic regime being imposed on the brave mint rubbers of Romania.
Do it while you still can! HERE is a link to an advanced online mintrubbing site, although I find looking at THIS page to be the next best thing to rubbing the real thing.
Update 2: Ok, my lazy readers. Some of you are asking me, "what is mint rubbing supposed to mean?" And I find out after questioning you that you have not even bothered to browse the contents of the Romanian Mint Rubbing Association's website.
Here at least is the quote they pulled from my site back a couple of years ago:
"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.
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Some people are very careful about speaking or writing the name of God or Jesus. Their intentions are good, as to speak the name is to invoke the power and/or presence. And to invoke the name of God "in vain" is commanded against in Deuteronomy 5:10, the fourth commandment.Comments
However the phrase "in vain" is key. My life and my private speech is filled with the name of Jesus, and I call upon the name of God continually. To speak the name is to invoke the presence, and there's nothing I desire more than the Presence of Jesus.
When a shadow of doubt crosses my soul, I whisper "Jesus". When I am anxious, I speak "Jesus". When I bend down and my old frame aches, I say "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus", and it is not in vain. I desire him above all else, and reminders that I am still subject to this fallen world in my flesh, causes my spirit to rise up and draw nearer to him.
What shocks me is how cavalierly too many believers bandy about the name of the Enemy. I do not, and I avoid even the mention of it at all, when it is possible to communicate who I am referring to without doing so. Even the angel Michael refused to curse his name, and said only "the Lord rebuke you".
To speak the name is to invoke the power or presence, and I don't need him or his minions challenging the wards or harrying the guardians.
Hell is a different story. There is no such place as "hell" mentioned in the Bible. It is *not* a place where the enemy and his minion reside. It is *not* a place from which they draw their power. The enemy resides here in our midst and (in addition to his power as a fallen angel) draws power from the hapless souls he sucks dry here on this earth. The closest thing to the classic view of hell that is described in the Bible is the Lake of Fire, wherein the enemy and his minions will be cast at the final triumph of the Lamb. And together with him will go all who followed after him and made war with the Lamb. But they go there together to be tormented. They are not the tormentors, unlike the classic view.
The Bible speaks of "Death" and "The Grave" as powers that have been overcome by the Lamb. And they are also places. But again the word "hell" does not invoke either. So to me, not only does the classic view of hell have no power over me as a believer, the word itself does not refer to a power, and is thus powerless.
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Pray for peace, Jerusalem.Comments
24 Seventy weeks are determinedDaniel 9:24-26
Sixty-nine weeks are past. Your seventieth week may have just begun.
Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week;Daniel 9:27
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