Desert Cat's Paradise
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
This is a current (Saturday evening) forecast of the expected storm surge from Hurricane Gustav:
Notice the bright green area on the gulf coast near New Orleans?
Zoom out a couple steps on this map of New Orleans, and compare it to the forecast map above.
That 15 to 18 foot surge forecast falls smack dab on top of New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain.
How high are those levees again?
Methinks God's not done making his point quite yet...
(Yes yes, I know. *Some* of you think it's Karl Rove playing with his Weather Machine again. But come *on*! Karl's not that good.)
Update: To clarify on the human aspect--I wish no ill on the residents of that city. However I strongly question the wisdom (and indeed the compassion) of leaders who would encourage people live in such a manifestly dangerous location. New Orleans and the Mississippi delta will continue to sink into the sea--the dynamics of its original creation and the flood control efforts that have changed that dynamic will guarantee it. Certainly it is possible to spend billions of Federal dollars to build ever higher levees as the city sinks ever deeper below the ocean and becomes ultimately an offshore island.
But is it wise to do so? Whatever the emotional appeal the city has to its residents? I don't believe so.
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Let me move this to the top, lest it get overlooked--Comments
Quoting Mark Steyn:
"Sarah Palin and Barack Obama are more or less the same age, but Governor Palin has run a state and a town and a commercial fishing operation, whereas (to reprise a famous line on the Rev Jackson) Senator Obama ain't run nothin' but his mouth."
And lest we overlook this also: Obama is at the *top* of his ticket.
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...bears a striking resemblance in this photo to my high school crush Jeannie Blum (ca. 1981):Comments
These days the VPILF looks enough like Daisycat that they could be sisters (or at least cousins).
Labels: art appreciation
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Friday, August 29, 2008
...how I feel at the moment: mccain/PALIN!!'08Comments
Oh, and Chris Matthews? You may have felt a tingle up your leg listening to Obama (which, let's face it, is kinda queer), but the tingle in my leg has been a raging boner* all afternoon. Top that!
*(no, not just because she's a hottie. The more I read about her, the more I realize she is my kind of politician.)
Update: And for those of you so inclined, donations to mccain/PALIN!!'08 can be accepted only through the nomination process. So Donate Soon! I have. Just enough to say "great VP choice, schmuck! Good luck anyway."
Rats. Here I was kinda looking forward to being a political curmudgeon and pissing on all parties concerned. Palin changes that.
More: Sarah Palin had the nickname "Sarah Barracuda" back in her basketball championship days. Some have suggested this song as the new theme song of mccain/PALIN!!'08--
Via Little Miss Attila
Update again--For those of you fretting about her alleged 'lack of experience', Mark Steyn: "Sarah Palin and Barack Obama are more or less the same age, but Governor Palin has run a state and a town and a commercial fishing operation, whereas (to reprise a famous line on the Rev Jackson) Senator Obama ain't run nothin' but his mouth."
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Oh. My. Gawhd! He did it!!Comments
McCain picks Palin as surprise No. 2 | Reuters
Hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo-oooooo!!!
Morons for MILFS, yeah!!
Here's a chunk of background on the next Vice President of the United States:
In 1984, after winning the Miss Wasilla contest earlier that year, Palin finished second in the Miss Alaska beauty pageant which won her a scholarship to help pay her way through college. In the Wasilla pageant, she played the flute and also won Miss Congeniality.
Update: Sarah Palin photo gallery
And of course someone had to do it: www.vpilf.com
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Thursday, August 28, 2008
Here you go. I think this pretty much puts this Obama rumor to rest: FactCheck.org: Born in the U.S.A.Comments
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008
A year ago I would never have thought it possible that I would feel more comfortable with the former First Lady as President of the US than the current Democrat nominee. Never never would the Hildebeest have commanded more respect from me than virtually anyone else. I have to say today, that if a Democrat had to win the Whitehouse in 2008 I would have far preferred Hillary.Comments
And then there is the Republican nominee. John McCain is the last man in the Republican Party I would ever wish to support for President of the US. And yet, such is my discomfort with both the politics and the inexperience of the Democrat nominee, that I may be forced into a position, and indeed *am* forced into the position of having to support this excreable man for President.
It is not just Obamas far left politics and lack of executive experience. There is this persistent religious undertone to both his campaign and his supporters that is very very uncomfortable. I may joke about it, but this radical utopianism that seems to have gripped his groupies is frightening. This is the stuff pogroms and purges are made of. This is the stuff of revolutions and slaughterhouses. There is no Brave New World on the other side of this kind of fanaticism, only destruction.
Perhaps my hunker-down instincts of the past few years are beginning to see their justification.
Update: As I was saying...
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Another notable milestone about to be passed:Comments
AFP: US forces to transfer control of Anbar to Iraqis
US forces will hand over control of Anbar province to Iraqi troops in the coming days, military officials said Wednesday, touting improved security in the region.
Anbar Province, people! Home of Fallujah and Ramadi.
And remember who it was bleating about a shameful retreat in defeat, only months ago. Remember also who pushed for the "surge" long before it happened.
I have always said that, at worst we need to stabilize the country before leaving, that we cannot pull out prematurely, leaving the task we undertook undone. I am more than pleased to see that task rapidly coming to a conclusion and the prospect of troop reductions on the near horizon.
Whatever November 4 brings us, at least this effort will not have been abandoned too soon.
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Obama speech stage resembles ancient Greek temple | Politics | ReutersComments
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's big speech on Thursday night will be delivered from an elaborate columned stage resembling a miniature Greek temple.
Photo of it under construction:
Seriously people...this is your messiah, huh?
Update: Via HotAir, another view of the Temple of the One:
I captured a series of panorama shots from this same vid, but I can't stitch them together into one image until later this evening.
Update again--Worship time at the Church of the One:
Flabbergasting... (no, that is *not* a parody! They're doing that fur-real!)
Update yet again--A commenter at Ace's place has suggested a new name for the Democrat nominee in light of his Greek/Roman-themed accession: Barrius Gaius Flatulus Obamicus
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Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Adam Grosser and his sustainable fridge | Video on TED.comComments
I nearly came.
IwantIwant!! Where can I buy a prototype? Hello-o? Drop it in the focal point of a solar parabolic dish for an hour instead of a campfire, and bingo! Solar refrigeration!
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300 lb blowhard vs. petite Asian girl:Comments
The Michelle Malkin Tape--Ace of Spades HQ
Classy, lefty nuts. Classy. Yes, *this* is your party.
Update: Ok, reading up on this guy, I can't exactly place him ideologically. He appears to be in bed with the lefty truthers, but he's also purportedly anti-communist and anti-socialist. Either way, his behavior with Malkin was reprehensible. He is trying to spin his way out of it, but all you need to do is click on that link, watch the video of the incident yourself, and you can see exactly what he and his cronies did.
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Michael J. Totten: The Truth About Russia in GeorgiaComments
Reporting from Georgia: It was not Georgia that started this war, but the South Ossetian militia backed by Russian troops.
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Protest Fun and Wackiness--Alice H--Ace of Spades HQComments
Who needs the MSM when Ace has his own embedded reporters in the protest crowds at the Democrat National Convention?
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Friday, August 22, 2008
Whenever PMS time comes around the Cat household, I suddenly become an asshole. There's a peculiar transference going on here. It has to be some kind of inductive resonance, where as Red Letter Day approaches, it sets up a vibration in my psyche that makes me say rude, cruel and thoughtless things--stuff I would never think of as being particularly rude, cruel or thoughtless any other time of the month, but is abruptly this week laden with So Much More Potential For HURT!Comments
(Oh, and lest anyone forget: "I'm an asshole, and I'm proud of it!)
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Thursday, August 21, 2008
Noted for further reading, this appears to be a great article including not just "what" and "how-to", but "why" to include certain things in your preparedness efforts.Comments
All Kitted Out, by Neil Andrews - Outdoors-Magazine.com
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Best of the Web Today - WSJ.comComments
One of the most appealing features of the Barack Obama candidacy is the idea that Obama is "postracial"--that he is a candidate who is black and does not practice the adversarial politics of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. This is why his 20-year association with the racist anti-American crackpot Jeremiah Wright was potentially so damaging to him, and why Jesse Jackson's lurid fantasies of sexually mutilating Obama were such a great stroke of luck for the candidate.continue...
Source: Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Yes, Barack Hussein "Post-Racial" Obama appears to be in favor of the highly divisive notion of cash reparations for slavery--slavery that ended well over one hundred years ago. Support for reparations puts anyone at the extreme far fringe of identity group politics today.
Yes, *that* Barry, the Uniter, the Racial Healer.
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Curmudgeonly & SkepticalComments
LAKE LYNN, Pa. -- An 85-year-old great-grandmother from Lake Lynn, Fayette County kept an alleged burglar at bay using a .22-caliber pistol.
Labels: armed citizen
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Monday, August 18, 2008
...would they use it?Comments
more cat pictures
My cats are notorious for not using stuff made for them. Cat bed? Fugheddaboudit! Putting a cat bed where the cats like to sleep is the best way I know of getting them to sleep elsewhere.
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...is the bunnies are so daygum cute!Comments
Then again, with a proper level of detachment at "harvesting" time, the cute when they're younger may be just a bonus. Chickies are cute too. But chickens fall to the axe just fine when it is time.
My cat Moonbeam never had any trouble with harvesting the bunnies one at a time. She always left me a little present--sometimes an ear or two, sometimes the front teeth or an eyeball.
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The same brutal beasts they were twenty years ago:Comments
Trapped at Airport Terminal: "'Two years without open air and sunlight. On begged food, because the Russian immigration office doesn't give food to Africans."
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McCain: Cone of silence or no cone of silence? | csmonitor.comComments
For those of you whining about McCain's supposed, inferred pre-knowledge of the questions in the Saddleback Church forum, I have a couple of thoughts:
1)McCain is not only a highly experienced politician and campaigner who has thought through the answers to just about any question that can be fired at him, but he is also widely known in press circles with being very comfortable with a "chat session" format such as this. It is why he has in past years become such a media darling--he loves to sit and "talk shop" with the press. This format is his ideal venue. Are you surprised then at the result, that he anticipated the questions as they were being asked and launched immediately into his answers, which had already been well thought out?
2)Russia is "cheating" right now in Georgia. Do you want a president who will go on the world stage and *whi-i-ine* about those rascally Russkies and their *UN-Fa-a-a-air* lying and cheating? Or do you want someone who will be effective from Day One? I'll say it again, we do *not* want an inexperienced "community organizer" to be our leader facing off against the former head of the Russian KGB.
Whatever McCain's flaws (and they are legion--believe me I know this), McCain is so far beyond Obama in the foreign policy area that the comparison is laughable.
The bottom line is that Obama did awfully in this forum. There's no erasing that fact, no matter how loudly you **WHI-I-I-INE!!**
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Sunday, August 17, 2008
If McCain is elected President, will he keep Condoleeza Rice as Secretary of State?Comments
AFP: Rice to visit Poland to sign missile shield deal
That could win my vote.
A resurgent Russian bear changes the landscape some. Yes, yes it does. And Condi is just the woman to give them the what for.
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Labels: felicity and jocularity
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Friday, August 15, 2008
You don't need to search Google for my site every time. There is this neat feature that all browsers have called "bookmarks" that makes it so much easier to find me the next time...Comments
But hey, whatever floats your boat.
Labels: blogospheric navel-gazing
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Thursday, August 14, 2008
Environmental Activists, Not Oil Companies, Blocking Domestic DrillingComments
Suh-praiz suh-praiz suh-praiz. Yes, it's true. Shocking (not), but true.
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Ok, in response to my continual drumming on this issue, some of you have complained that it is not possible for you on your limited income (starving artist, etc.) to do a doggone thing toward preparation for difficult times ahead.Comments
I have been meaning for some time to write an article demonstrating just how much you can do on so little, and how to go about it. Now I'm glad I did not, because I just came across this article already written:
Start your food storage on $10 a week by Alan T. Hagan Issue #59
Go. Read. Do. That's the cost of a couple fancy coffee drinks from Starbucks. You have no further excuse.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Remember that blackout five years ago? Nothing's changed in the mean time:Comments
5 Years After Blackout, Power Grid Still in "Dire Straits"
Oh, and for those of you pushing electric cars and solar as an alternative? That's all fine and dandy as a pipe dream, but right now the grid cannot handle much in the way of new loads (whether new supply or new demand), and any improvements are decades (and gobs of money) away. Making a sudden switch to plug-in electric cars would result in the kind of "unforeseen consequences" that pushing ethanol production has had on the world food market.
We're much better drilling for oil in the near term, because the infrastructure is already in place. And no, it won't be ten years or more after lifting the offshore moratorium before new supplies come online. I understand that on the Pacific coast there are numerous wells already drilled and capped off that can be brought online within a year.
Call Pelosi and Reid and tell them to lift the ban!
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Hot Air has the clip of the quote by Virginia governor Tim Kaine (D):Comments
It was a bad crisis for the world. It required tough words but also a smart approach to call on the international community to step in. And I'm very, very happy that the Senator's request for a ceasefire has been complied with by President Medvedev.
Oh...REALLY, Governor? The mighty Russian bear was brought to heel with the commanding words of the Obamessiah, The One, The Chosen, spoken from his undisclosed location on a beach in Hawaii?
Yes, yes, and the rooster was very happy that the sun complied with his crowing request for it to rise, too.
I'm sure this comes as big news to French President Nicholas Sarkozy who was the one to actually fly in to Moscow to talk to the Russians.
The thing is, the Obama camp is made up of thousands and thousands of people like Governor Kaine, who have drunk deep of the Kool-Aid of the Cult Of The One. You people scare the hell out of me.
Yeah, I can see the *real* meeting between Obama and Putin: A 'community organizer' facing the former head of the KGB.
I see a run on white flags and vaseline.
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It won't be clean. And for those of you who bury your heads and say "I hope I die quickly," well, it may not be so. At least not as quick as you might like. I'm posting this in toto, because it is important enough for the non 'click-through' to read also.Comments
Remember, all this takes is a collapse of the power grid. This is *not* an unthinkable situation. In fact it is probably the most likely scenario that could play out as a result of any number of causes.
The Golden Horde and the Thin Veneer
Because of the urbanization of the U.S. population, if the entire eastern or western power grid goes down for more than a week, the cities will rapidly become unlivable. I foresee that there will be an almost unstoppable chain of events: Power -> water -> food distribution -> law and order -> arson fires -> full scale looting
Which means being prepared to meet ruthless force with ruthless force. It also means banding together with like-minded neighbors for mutual defense. It also helps tremendously to have one or several people in your group with tactical combat training. This is an area I feel ill-prepared. By JWR's rule of thumb standards I'm still too close to the city. We have a mountain range in the way, but some will surely come over it. And we're relatively isolated by city standards, but not so far out when the pressure is on. And it is difficult to talk about such a scenario with people until it actually begins to unfold. In most cases you're a loonie for bringing it up. Fortunately I do know that many of my neighbors are armed.
I'm starting to put together a tenuous plan for tactical retreat--across the river and into the hills until the Horde passes. And while they run rampant I have the bulk of my "deep storage" supplies buried--hidden in caches and too difficult to locate for a band of marauders who are looking to loot and move on. We return and rebuild from what is left to us. That would be better than losing our lives in a vain attempt to defend against a superior (and more ruthless) force.
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Monday, August 11, 2008
...for Autodesk University 2008.Comments
I just registered today and am all set up for the first week of December. Unfortunately and much to my anticipated sad loneliness, my Daisycat has opted not to accompany me this year. Vegas has bored her already after one visit (last year).
Well. I have an incredible suite all to myself at the fabulous Venetian Hotel all week. Which is too bad. Though I'm away at classes all day, my impression is that most people would figure it worth a week away from the usual day-to-day just to enjoy such a change of scenery.
Oh well. I'll try to cope.
So, I don't know if any of you, my readers, are from the Vegas area, but there are a couple of evenings when there's nothing going on at the convention that I have a slot open for dinner. Or if you happen to be in town that week and are up for some conversation over drinks somewhere, drop me a line.
Pszt. Yes, I'm trying to get you to change your mind...
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Sunday, August 10, 2008
...and a wee bit sore.Comments
I haven't had much for progress pics or reports lately (been a little occupied, y'know?), but progress has been made at the farm nonetheless. I dug the trenches as I noted in the last update, and this weekend I had to go back and dig them deeper in many areas to meet the code requirements. That meant hand digging work, and not the easy stuff with a shovel, no. See, the trencher I rented dug a narrow trench, about 5 inches wide. That is too narrow for a regular shovel, and also too narrow for the "drainage shovel" I bought for the purpose. So I was reduced to scraping the high spots in the trenches together in a pile with a narrow weeding hoe, and then getting down on hands and knees, then flat on my belly, in order to scoop out the loose powdery soil with a narrow metal scoop.
All 185 feet of it.
Someone hammered me with a baseball bat, I just know it. I had to dip into my stash of prescription painkillers (saved from my hospital visit and rationed a quarter tab at a time) to make it through today. Uff da! But done now, and ready for the installers to finish their work starting tomorrow.
Mom is doing well, I'm doing fine. After Dad's ashes came home Wednesday, I think his soul is at rest now. And his emphatic message from beyond the grave is "don't worry, be happy! Everything is quite all right."
I can do that.
And thank you, dear. On his behalf.
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Friday, August 08, 2008
'If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition everyComments
portion of the Word of God except precisely that little point which
the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not
confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Him. Where
the battle rages there the loyalty of the soldier is proved and to be
steady on all the battle front besides, is mere flight and disgrace
if he flinches at that point.' - Martin Luther
"If you don't plan to live the Christian life totally committed to
knowing your God and to walking in obedience to Him, then don't
begin; for this is what Christianity is all about. It is a change of
citizenship, a change of governments, a change of allegience. If
you have no intention of letting Christ rule your life, then forget
Christianity; it's not for you." - K. Arthur
"Preach abroad! It is the cooping yourselves up in rooms that has
dampened the work of God, which never was and never will be
carried out to any purpose without going into the highways and
hedges and compelling men and women to come in." - Jonathan Edwards.
"No sort of defense is needed for preaching outdoors, but it would
take a very strong argument to prove that a man who has never
preached beyond the walls of his meetinghouse has done his duty.
A defense is required for services within buildings rather than for
worship outside of them." - William Booth
"The true man of God is heartsick, grieved at the worldliness of
the Church...grieved at the toleration of sin in the Church, grieved
at the prayerlessness in the Church. He is disturbed that the
corporate prayer of the Church no longer pulls down the strongholds
of the devil." - Leonard Ravenhill
"We have the truth and we need not be afraid to say so."
- J.C. Ryle
"Finney preached, and sometimes the whole congregation would
get up and leave! That's good preaching." - Leonard Ravenhill
Poor baby. And you think *I'm* rude for defending evangelism.
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Thursday, August 07, 2008
Commenter Jeremiah in this post at AOSHQ sums it up pretty well--Comments
To expand on this (which has been the perfectly obvious outcome of this struggle for at least the last year) no one in either the MSM or even the blogosphere has yet realized that W is about to run the table on the way out the door. On his watch: he's achieved and sustained tax cuts that have driven our economy through even $4/gal gasoline and the impacts of 9/11; he's established credibility and a sustainable military presence throughout most of the Middle East; he's taken advantage of the opportunity presented by the second most secular Muslim population in that area and freed them from a dictatorship and supported the establishment of a government that will very probably soon look more like Turkey's than Iran's; he's taken on Afghanistan and the Taliban and found the way to do what Russia couldn't in 10 years; he established "The Bush Doctrine" for dealing with States that sponsor or condone terrorist groups; he will leave office without a scandal of any proportion in his administration; he's given every foreign leader and point of view respect but not dominion; he's named Alito and Roberts to the USSC, and he's remained remarkably steadfast and true to his own agenda in the face of daunting media and political pressure to cave.
Now it's worth noting that some of those low points are abysmal, including a share of responsibility for the upcoming bumpy ride. But as the MSM simply will not acknowledge the manifest victory in Iraq, it falls to a chorus of small voices to proclaim it.
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Tuesday, August 05, 2008
(Specifically because "some people" have issues with catblogging. I need to do more of this.)
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...well, you know my position. I don't think I need to elaborate.Comments
Rachel Lucas--A story full of fail.
Even though it was just dogs ;p
Damnable 'drug war'.
UPDATE: More. Completely unjustified. Completely unnecessary. Raging idiocy in the "war on (some) drugs".
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There are lots of shoutcast stations out there, but only a few make it through the firewall at my place of employ. Here is one for today's mood: 70's HitsComments
Update: Goosebumps--"Crocodile Rock"!
Ah yes. I am a child of the 70's, I am.
Labels: art appreciation
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Ok, I was mostly out of the loop on this and just realized what's going on. Great fun! And a great way to make a very valid point. We have an energy cost crisis and Speaker Nancy "Hanky" Pelosi thinks it's more important to go on tour to promote her latest book. Shame.Comments
Michelle Malkin -- Rock the House: What should Republicans do now? It's on...Culberson: Every day on the House floor this week
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Monday, August 04, 2008
For those to whom an image is worth a thousand words, here is a graph depicting total borrowing of depository institutions from the federal reserve:Comments
The Fed is called the lender of last resort. Anyone get the idea from this graph that we would already be in TEOTWAWKI were it not for this massive unprecedented infusion of "funny money" by the Fed? A few months ago I linked to a page that showed total bank reserves heading for negative territory. The only reason that only a handful of banks have folded is that the Fed created new money out of thin air to prop the remainder of the system up--"funny money", not supported by actual economic growth conditions, and highly inflationary in it's effect. This is a titanic effort and it is doomed to fail.
And you can be sure that it is not the average consumer whose interests are being served here, but the bankers and investors in the Federal banking system.
When I run a water distribution system simulation on my computer at work, the graph looks very similar to this when the well or reservoir suddenly hits "empty". The financial system is "empty" and sucking a vacuum. It's just a matter of time before the pipes collapse or the motor burns out.
Update: Via the Mogambo Guru the actual inflation rate for June (using the standard pre-Clinton methodology) is 12.6%. We are *so far* into 1970's style Stagflation it is stunning. And yet creative number fiddling is hiding the truth from most people.
UPDATE 2: More Analysis Here from Mike Morgan.
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Friday, August 01, 2008
Dad passed away this morning at 7:00 AM. Mom was there at the time he passed into eternity.Comments
Rest In Peace, Dad.
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