Desert Cat's Paradise
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
A feral cat has been living on the farm since shortly after we started working on the place. She dropped a litter of kittens about six months ago and recently another batch, this time under the mobile home. But about the time their eyes were open, Dadcat and Momcat started moving in and spending full time at the place. This fresh activity apparently prompted the feral momma cat to move her litter--all except for one piteous kitten who spent the next couple of days mewing in fear and hunger. Feral momma cat was nowhere around--she had abandoned this last kitten. Finally Momcat took pity on her and crawled under the house to rescue her.Comments
This is little Adelade, who has now become the newest member of the household. And a darling kitten she is!
First task of the day is Desert Cat climbing:
Perpetual motion kitten:
All that running around means time for more dinn dinn!
"Ain't I teh cutest thang evaRR!!"
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Tomorrow through Friday. I haven't decided whether to take my laptop. If not, posting will be light.Comments
Seeing as how my traffic has dropped to almost nothing lately, I'm sure I won't be missed. Post at you later...
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Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I recently purchased a replacement part for my blender at TotalVac.com. They had the best price on the internet with seemingly the most reasonable shipping cost.Comments
However I paid for expedited (Fedex) shipping, which promised delivery in 4 to 6 days and cost $7.95 rather than $3.95 for standard shipping. I placed the order on November 9, and just received the order today November 21, twelve(12) days later. They finally got around to acknowledging and filling my order on November 14, a full five days after I placed it. Some expedited service...
For an internet based company this is definitely subpar performance. I'm sorry I cannot recommend them on this basis. If you do purchase from them, don't spring for the extra cost shipping, and don't expect to receive your purchase in a timely manner.
Labels: internet retailer review
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Botched Drug Raid Shooting Prompts SuitComments
ATLANTA — The family of a 92-year-old woman fatally shot during a botched drug raid has filed a lawsuit against the city and police on the first anniversary of the killing.
This makes me furious! This kind of rotten-to-the-core tactic is common in the "war on drugs". F#ck up, cover up, and justice be DAMNED!
You think if you have nothing to hide you shouldn't be concerned? You *really* buy that line of bull? It doesn't matter. They will plant something that "you" were hiding if they can't find any.
No, the real answer if you are doing nothing wrong is that the police therefore have no reason to hassle you or search *anything* that belongs to you.
"Hey if you have nothing to hide, why not let us take a look?"
"Since I am doing nothing wrong, you have no reason to look. I'm sorry sir, but you will need a warrant. I don't give you permission."
Heaven help you if they have a "no knock"...
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Tuesday, November 20, 2007
CNN.com - CNN Political Ticker Thompson skids while Romney, Paul climb in N.H. pollComments
Here's the results in a nutshell:
Yes folks it's true. That allegedly fringe, allegedly "unelectable" candidate is running solidly in the middle of the pack.
"Run Fred Run! Run Fred Run! Run Fred...where's Fred? Anyone seen Fred?"
I think Fred ducked into a bar back there somewhere for a couple martinis...
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I just saw four coyotes sauntering through the desert outside the fenced area at my place of employ, not fifty feet from me.Comments
Cat owners take heed: Fluffy is not safe outdoors here.
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Friday, November 16, 2007
Airport Taser Death "Shocking, Disgusting"Comments
The first thing officers did when they got to a man in the Vancouver, Canada airport last month was taser him, even though we wasn't resisting them, according to a fellow traveler who videotaped the incident. Shortly after being zapped, Robert Dziekanski, 40, died.
Go clicka, read the rest.
Yes we need forceful decisiveness like that in this country too. Our Dear Leader needs to be someone like Rudy "Tuff Guy" Giuliani proven capable to lead us against the "primary challenge we face today".
He probably deserved it, right? Stupid polack, how dare he bang on our glass doors?
Statist (any statist) for President, 2008
Update: NY Firefighters against Giuliani
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I'm having a conversation with Little Miss Attila here, but her spam filter is having trouble accepting my recent response, so I'm going to carry it over to this site.Comments
In the midst of a review of an article by Camille Paglia, LMA made the following statement: "I probably don't read Paglia enough, because 1) her blindness about the War on Terror is irritating, given that this is the primary challenge we face today..."
You really believe that?
1) Okay: War on Islamo-fascists. Better? Or do you need for me to list specific state sponsors?
2) One other little point: the events of 9/11 did not help the U.S. economy. Not even a little.
3) And I have seen higher energy prices--I was around in the 1970s.
4) Sell me on the "credit crisis." It seems to me that fewer people will become homeowners in the most popular areas of the country, and more people will be paying cash for a lot of their purchases--which might not be a bad thing.
I mean, your point is taken about the potential reach of the "camel-humpers," on a certain level. But some of 'em have computers, now, and they are constantly finding new ways to reach out and decapitate someone . . . so, yeah. I think the economy can sort itself out if we keep taxes low--but bright, creative guys with Saudi dollars, twisted morals, a death wish, and plenty of time on their hands make me nervous.
My reply (which got filtered):
1) Not really, at least not that label. I've never thought "Islamo-fascism" really fits if you look at what the original Fascists believed and wanted to implement. The Fascists were another flavor of Socialism and were actually quite anti-religion, although they used religious institutions to push their agenda. Jihadi extremists? Islamic totalitarians or Islamic theocrats? Or just plain Islamic extremists. We're so driven by PC in this country we can't even name our enemy? Nutcases driven by a twisted version of Islam. Or some people may argue that it is not so twisted--that the roots of the extremists we're fighting are well bedded in mainstream Islam.
As you may have noticed, I have largely been staying away from political blogging lately. I've had very little desire to wade in since just after the 2004 elections. However I'm beginning to get my dander up over what I perceive as the neoconservative wing of the Republican Party attempting to make the case that their particular brand of Authoritarianism represents traditional mainstream conservatism.
There are three main schools of thought that get lumped into the right. There is the classical liberal view, also called conservative libertarianism, which is the source of the "getting government off your back" part of the movement. There are the social conservatives, from which comes the "family values" part of the movement. And then there are the corporatists, sometimes called the "country club Republicans", the elitists on the right. Generally speaking I lump any Republican authoritarians (including most who strongly identify as neoconservative) in with this branch, whether they realize they're serving the interests of this branch or not.
Ronald Reagan rode a landslide into office on his appeal to conservative libertarians and social conservatives. Fast forward to 2007 and I see the corporatists firmly in charge, and anyone raising their hand in favor of the conservative libertarian perspective being shouted down as an extremist fringe nutcase. And social conservatives are wandering in the wilderness not knowing quite who to support.
"9/11 changed everything!" Did it? In retrospect, did it, and did it need to? Ronald Reagan was elected in 1981 in the midst of the Cold War and Carter's national malaise. Were the threats to our existence greater or less then? I'd say they were at least as great. And the solution was not to discard our liberties in a vain grasp after security. Instead Reagan unleashed Americans to realize their own greatness, and the country continued to prosper for a decade or more after his presidency. Is there any real enduring need for conservatism to be coopted by authoritarianism today?
I do not believe so, and I have not for some time now.
A little more on item #2 above, remember that Billy Bub's tech bubble burst in March 2000--his last year in office--and the effects were rippling down through the economy in the quarters that follwed. Bush inherited an economy in freefall when he was inagurated in January 2001. Here is a chart showing GDP for the period 2000 to 2007. Notice how September 11 coincided almost precisely with the *end* of the freefall? Yes there was economic pain. But it wasn't caused by 9/11. By the first quarter of 2002, the recovery was well underway.
Remember, a recession is defined as quarters of *negative* growth. That never happened even in the last quarter of 2001. Sorry, but I don't buy the contention that 9/11 had a measurable economic impact.
Economic growth has remained strong and steady in the years that followed, up until the last year or so when things have begun to falter a bit.
And just for fun here's a couple more economic indicators--Unemployment and "Core" inflaton:
Hmm, it looks to me like unemployment was rising throughout 2001, coinciding with the freefalling economy previously mentioned. After 9/11 it looks like it stabilized for a couple of years and then began a gradual descent--until recently.
And it looks like 9/11 was a great friend to the inflation rate! Look how low it dove in the two years that followed!
Y'know if I didn't know better I'd say that major terrorist attacks have the power to halt a recession in it's tracks and get an economy back on sound footing!
Update 2: Here is data in support of my contention re: #3.
Update 3: And just as if it were perfectly timed to provide me with a nice big fat whopping exclamation point, THIS ARTICLE from Dick Armey just appeared in my inbox: Why I Think Hillary Will Win.
(BTW, please click the comments for more)
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Thursday, November 15, 2007Comments
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Santa Claus is coming to town!Comments
I'm beginning to feel the early stirrings of the Christmas season. I felt it yesterday, but dismissed it as being too early. But it's unmistakable. I can almost taste the sea of chocolate and sweets we're soon to be bathed in here at my workplace. Contractors, consultants and suppliers love to give gifts of chocolate to us Important Persons this time of year. And I've been getting Google hits on my Holiday Fruit Bread recipe, so I know I'm not alone.
Mmm! Fruit bread! A month of decadence to look forward to.
My parents are officially moved as of this last weekend. They're not done moving everything, but I helped move the beds Monday and got their furnace running, so they're staying out there now and coming in to town to finish their moving.
Just in time for Thanksgiving!
We had Thanksgiving dinner out there last year too, but it was on plastic tables in a screen house. The mobile home had only recently been brought to the property and I hadn't yet begun the utility work. It's hard to believe that was a year ago already! But I do have the long string of blogposts documenting the work. Thankfully that burden is off my shoulders. Now I am working on two projects--putting together a cottage of sorts that I can stay in when I am out there (Doozey is too cold in winter and too hot in summer), and various projects at home to get this house ready to sell (if the housing market will allow).
I feel a long winter's nap coming on...
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Monday, November 12, 2007
The surprising truth about Rage Boy, America's hated poster-boy of Islamic radicalism | the Daily Mail
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Sunday, November 11, 2007
I did have fun on a couple of stages before my fumble put me out of the game.Comments
This was a combination long range and short range rifle stage. I think just about everyone loved the mixup of two different types of shooting on one stage.
"Dude...Dude...you'll never clear your gun if you put the safety on *first*."
Daisycat on the "911 Porch" stage. The voice shouting "There's more out back!!" is part of the stage--it's supposed to be the neighbors you just rescued from the hostage takers (more here).
Hint: 1) Count your targets and the number of bullets in your mag *before* you start the stage. Or better yet 2)be *aware* of when you've just shot to slide-lock. How embarrassing...
More from Cowboy Blob here and here.
Update: Some great training video HERE
Labels: tactical shooting
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Saturday, November 10, 2007
Notice the "extra" shot after I started moving from the first barrel? That one wasn't intentional. DQ. Disqualified from the match.Comments
I was loading another magazine at the time. Apparently I fumbled at the trigger.
UPDATE: For the MI folks wandering through here, if your comments aren't legitimately constructive criticism, please refrain from the niggling needling in the forums. Some of the criticisms aren't even based on a careful viewing/listening to the clips. And the clips don't always show everything that transpired.
For example 1) the digital camera in use has automatic gain control for the audio. Immediately after a shot is fired, the audio level is turned way down for a second or so. Therefore what was not recorded is what the RSO *initially* said to me to cause me to stop advancing toward the next barrel (yes, 3.5 seconds later he repeated the "official" command to stop and then DQ'ed me, but I was standing still looking at him by then). For example 2) the angle of the camera at that moment only showed the backside of the RSO and did not show the fact that I did indeed stop within a step or two after the ND.
I do not post these videos and link them to your forum as a way of declaring OPEN SEASON on myself, my fellow shooters, the RSO's, the stage designers or the match director. I post them as a way of giving you an insight to our day and a way to vicariously be present during some of the "fun". However, unless you folks make your own video available for our intense and niggling scrutiny and agree to take the same in good-natured stride, I don't expect such from you. I am deliberately harsh with myself because I use these clips as a motivation to do better. I am not extending that permission to anyone else however.
It is likely that most future video under my control will be withheld for our own review and use only.
crap crap crap
*euphemism for being disqualified.
Daisycat--Mitey Hostage Slayer
"Hey, at least *I* didn't DQ!"
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Friday, November 09, 2007
So it's Friday already? How did that happen? Man what I'd have given to have time move this fast when I was a kid in school. And being older now, how much I wish for days to last as long as they did when I was young. How much more could I get done if the weeks didn't speed by so fast! Anything I can take to re-dilate time?Comments
I put some new radio stations up on my right sidebar. The internet filter at my place of employ has blocked my "Live 365" radio service, but these stations still come through just fine. There is also a longer list of stations at the "more channels" link, all from Sky.FM
Hey, before I forget again and the week is gone and it's too late to be relevant, here's a couple of boring pics of last weekend's dirt work with Li'l Kitty. (Yes Jan, I was playing with my toy again.) There was a drainage problem in my driveway at the gate--water had been diverted across the access lane at my driveway, causing a washout hole just downstream of my drive. The previous owner apparently was of the deluded opinion that this would be better than letting the water drain down either side of the access lane. And the gap at the bottom of my gate was too wide. A determined dog could squeeze under the gate. So I spent a good part of the weekend re-establising a channel for water, and at the same time filling in the gap under the gate.
Remember back when I was trenching I mentioned how much easier this soil is to dig when damp? Well the same is true with Li'l Kitty. She's a small cat, and needs all the help she can get to move dirt. I wasn't making any progress with the hard ground on Saturday, so I soaked the area overnight and Sunday the digging went much better.
Now with all the damage to the access lane from this summer's storms I could spend all winter fixing things and re-establishing proper drainage. But I have other things to do and I keep hoping my big-talking neighbor will get his butt out here and come through on his promises to regrade the lane from end to end.
I may be waiting quite a long time tho...
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Thursday, November 08, 2007
Elegant even. I'm proud of you all.Comments
And here I thought it was because I had developed leprosy, sprouted a huge red horn between my eyebrows, or grown a few spare limbs overnight.
Labels: blogospheric navel-gazing
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...opened his mouth and made the world cry.Comments
Bush speaks to Musharraf, urges elections "'You can't be the president and the head of the military at the same time,' Bush told a news conference."
No? Really? Mister "Commander-in-Chief of the US Military"?
Break out the clown nose and the dunce hat Mabel! He gone dunnit agin!
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Click and watchComments
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Monday, November 05, 2007
Well...that oughta get most blogger's attention.Comments
I looked into this some time ago, and the particulars of the strategy in question do in fact work. However at the time I had way too many irons in the fire and the logistics of getting it all set up to work correctly was more than I could carve out time for.
Now however someone has taken the idea and developed it further, automated major portions of the work, and is offering the system free (for a cut of the profits, of course). And from the appearance of things, this system ought to work a bit better than the original strategy even.
Sign me up!
Now I should add that it is not the average dashed off blogpost about your weekend activities that is required here. However most of us do the kind of posts that can be submitted as articles from time to time, and all of you on my blogroll (and many many more of you besides) are quite capable of quickly composing the kind informative or instructional articles that will draw in the dollars to this system. Listen, I wouldn't read you if you weren't capable of writing articulately! And if you can write clearly and articulately, you are miles ahead of the average stiff and have all it takes to convert that writing to a revenue stream.
The internet is full of people and sites crying for unique content. "Unique Content" is what the search engine spiders are always looking for, ranking for "authority" according to their particular algorithms, and displaying it for their users. And unique content is what every blogger produces every time they sit down at the computer and begin to type. The trick to turning this into dollars is to get the two to interface in such a manner that advertising revenue is generated as a byproduct.
And that can be quite a "trick" if you don't know what you're doing. Steve H bloviates endlessly about how blogging for profit is a dead end. In fact he creates enough information dense unique content that he ought to be rolling in the dough. (Because he's such a turd, I'm tempted to sift his site for content, rewrite it as articles to my own specifications, and generate my own revenue stream out of it.) But if you don't have the knowledge of how to get your content out there and hitting the first couple of pages of relevant Google or Yahoo searches, you're missing out, no matter how good your writing.
That's where this system comes in. The concept has actually proven itself many times over in the ranks of a closed (and very expensive) forum I was once a member of. I had to ditch my membership because I simply did not have the time to devote to the wealth of information I was paying for. But this new system has cut out the majority of the headaches and technical expertise required, and left us with generating unique content and telling others about this system as almost the only required efforts.
Now I hate to leave you all hanging after something like this, but as I noted, one of the secondary revenue streams involves bringing other writers on-board to the system. I will be posting a link here soon in an update, as soon as I have it. And if this pans out, I will also be offering tips and leads for articles and how to use this system here from time to time as well.
Update: Ok, that was easy. Click Here, and near the top of the screen you will see a link that says "Make Money By Submitting Articles? Click here now." Thats'a tha one!
Update 2: You know, I'm thinking that the first set of articles I may want to write is a tutorial for using this system. The administrator, "Pete in Oz", has done a fantastic job of creating the system and compiling a vast array of resources to help promote one's articles. But I'm beginning to get the distinct feeling that unless one has the background knowledge that I already have, the whole thing is likely to be quite overwhelming. I'm getting that "antsy-in-the-pantsy" feeling I always get when I'm trying to wrap my brain around something big that's less than ideally articulated. Maybe the forum format that he uses is not the best way to convey this kind of information. That was part of my problem with the closed membership pay forum--too much intersecting information and *way* too many tangents to get off onto.
I'm thinking a series of blog posts, starting with "The Big Picture", proceeding to the whole concept of Article Marketing and how to make it work, then finally getting into a series of step-by-step articles, perhaps linking directly to the setup steps at Pete's "Article Sense" forum, with clarifying instructions where necessary.
Don't let this stop you, by any means! You all are a sharp lot, and perhaps you can breeze through it and explain it to me. :)
Update 3: Those of you who are actually following through with me on this (hi PL!), here is my Step 5 blog for future reference: Article Marketing and Revenue Sharing. Very very barebones at the moment, but I plan to rewrite this post as the first full post there shortly.
Update 4: The more I read and understand the info in the forum, the more I am taken aback at the volume of outstanding marketing information contained therein. I know just enough to know I'm sitting on a gold mine. And I a flabbergasted that all this content is being offered free, gratis, without cost save for the time and braincells necessary to absorb it and put it into practice. Yes folks, I was paying *good money* for this kind of information a few months ago, back when I just couldn't carve out the time to use it! In a way I feel a tad jealous of this, like somehow if it gets too widely disseminated it's effect will be diluted. But then I've read that a mere 5% to 10% of people who actually obtain and comprehend this kind of info actually put it into practice. So general apathy is likely to go a long way to keeping its value up.
Labels: blogospheric navel-gazing
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Friday, November 02, 2007
Federal marijuana policy is irrational. It is decades overdue for a change. 'The Price Is Right’ Host Drew Carey AgreesComments
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