Desert Cat's Paradise
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Barry The One stands behind Bush Era Wiretapping Program--Comments
Gov't refuses to release secret documents
The filing said President Barack Obama has authorized access to classified information on a 'need-to-know' basis and argued that the government 'cannot be sanctioned for its determination that plaintiffs do not have a need to know classified information.'
The excreable Ted Rall has had enough:
We expected broken promises. But the gap between the soaring expectations that accompanied Barack Obama’s inauguration and his wretched performance is the broadest such chasm in recent historical memory. This guy makes Bill Clinton look like a paragon of integrity and follow-through.HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!
With as bad as things will continue to get, this may prove to be the one political comfort in the next four years. Now granted, I find myself nodding in agreement with this dirtbag as I continue to read the rest of his article, which is unfortunate. But I laugh uproariously because they really truly beLIEVED!! They wanted to believe so-o badly!
Labels: The Failed Obama Presidency
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Vox is starting a new round of Voxiversity, this time studying Jonah Goldberg's recent book Liberal Fascism, which was published as timely as it could have been with America shortly thereafter electing the best (worst?) example of a liberal fascist seen in presidential politics in decades.Comments
This article has more: American Thinker: Barack Obama, the Quintessential Liberal Fascist
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Blast from the past:Comments
This is my home site exactly one year ago this past weekend. Needless to say, substantial progress has been made. See, THIS is exactly why I do these posts--motivation via a sense of progress over time. I forget too easily--when projects drag along slowly from week to week--just how much has happened over longer periods of time.
This weekend I poured the concrete thresholds for the two front gates:
Daisycat assisted with trucking barrow-loads of aggregate to the site.
After setting up, the concrete is covered with plastic and the surrounding area soaked for the curing period:
Later in the weekend I hung the gate that goes on the pedestrian entrance. In the process I discovered that I need to pour a little more concrete on either side of this location, as the entire concrete beam--posts, reinforcement and all--seems prone to move in the trench, and also because I've got some serious "honeycombing" problems on the lower portion of the beam. A richer, wetter mix will be needed to fill in the holes.
Also this weekend I harvested most of the tangerines from my backyard tree in Tucson. Daisycat refused to process them the usual way with the citrus squeezer, so I was left to try something new. After washing them, I ran them whole through my Squeezo machine. The result was a thick mixture of juice and peeling paste, together with a goodly amount of the peeling "zest". My original intent was to have a drinkable juice, but the amount of zest and the white portion of the peel that came through made it a tad on the thick side and slightly too bitter.
So instead of juice I created tangerine candy, by drying puddles of juice into a fruit leather in my dehydrator:
Very good stuff! Sort of a zingy citrus gummi bear concoction.
Remember those zucchini seedlings from just a few weeks ago?
Kaboom! They grow, they do!
And the corn?
The "volunteer" sunflowers are blazing skyward as the cabbage are being harvested out from below them. Beans are being planted in their place.
Something else to watch--cucumbers. Last year it was cuke salads almost daily for a couple of months. I am looking forward to them again.
Here the last patch of winter fava bean cover crop has been cut down to make way for summer vegetables:
Over in my weed patch, the buckwheat in the first bed is already blooming!
And in the fourth bed, the cowpeas and buckwheat are exploding out of the ground less than a week after being planted:
The third bed will not be planted to a cover crop this year. In this bed the wildflower and grass mixture I planted last summer has really taken off. Since it is doing most of what I would want another cover crop to do, and since it is gorgeous, I can't bear to chop out rows for another cover crop. Instead, the first bed of the next section over will get the last of this spring's planting. Many thanks to Mom for taking time out to get these seeds in the ground!
A cute photo of Jasmine and Roscoe sleeping back to back:
Last weekend one of the last two indoor cats came out to the farm--Dolly, otherwise known as "Poochie". I have no current photo of her, but she is a highly rotund tortoiseshell. I am afraid I will find that she will be eating as much as the other five cats put together, and contributing as much to the litter box as well.
Labels: San Pedro homestead
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Thursday, May 21, 2009
The opportunities for Schadenfreude have been coming fast and furious lately. Here's more on Obama throwing the lefties who elected him under the bus:Comments
Obama's Brilliant, Unprecedented Plan for Terrorists: Lock Them Up Forever Without Trial--Ace of Spades HQ
Hmm. Didn't the last president get raked over the coals for just that very plan?
Not that this is a good thing, when the implications are examined (see the link for much more).
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Oh lordy, I nearly coughed my liver out upon my shoes at this one: Achewood -- May 19, 2009Comments
(...you have to have been following the series up until now...)
Labels: felicity and jocularity
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Waiting for a phone call from the Scourge of the Blogosphere...Comments
So I'm OCD--I called the restaurant to make sure she wasn't there, asked them to take my name and number in case she misplaced it when/if she does arrive.
It's amazing how much pesky paperwork you can finish up when you're waiting for something else that keeps you from diving into the Big Project--stuff that needed doing but was being buried under the weight of The Deadline*.
But I'm faint...I'm weak... fading...
*said deadline having passed at the end of last week with the project finished on time** and out to advertise for bids this week. Whoo...! That was a long year...
**relatively speaking. Our original goal was to be out to bid by January.
Update: Rescheduled. Possibly tomorrow. Or not. Depending.
I had lunch with Little Miss Atilla a couple years ago and I was/am looking forward to seeing her again. Funny thing is, she and I both started blogging about the same time--I helped her with some basic HTML customization of her original template back then. Now she gets Instalanches, covers the CPAC convention, and rubs shoulders with the Big Names in conservative circles. Me? Well I never aspired to be more than a personal blogger with a political rant sideshow. And I have not been disappointed. So she is sort of Big Name from my perspective anyway.
Now for some (capital L) Lunch!
Coworker: Dude, you wuz Stood Up!
Desert Cat: Ah...please. "Under the weather." Have a care for my tender ego, willya?
Labels: blogospheric navel-gazing
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Obama's manifest fascism: Car Crazy--Bankrupt companies making 39 mpg autos. Are we nuts? A Dictators Prerogative -- Curmudgeonly & SkepticalComments
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Vox blogged about this, as it is related to one of his major themes. I just want to note it to keep the reference handy. God Talk, Part 2 - Stanley Fish Blog - NYTimes.comComments
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Monday, May 18, 2009
Last weekend I didn't update. I did get stuff done however. This screen door latch installed on the chain link gate was the main event. I also installed a hydraulic gate closer on this gate and a doorknob on the main gate to the backyard, and I buttoned up the last of the fencing surrounding the garden.Comments
I should mention that I have been working on my Tucson house as well, clearing out a badly termite-infested piece of shoddy construction off the back patio doorway, installing new timbers to support the roof, and this last weekend, installing a brick patio over the area. I'll try to remember to take photos.
What I am doing is hoping to get the house up to salable condition at the price we currently have dropped it to. Maybe it's a hopeless endeavor, but nonetheless I try...
This weekend I took my nearly buttoned up garden and opened it again, albeit temporarily. I need to install a concrete "threshold" below the double gate to make it more secure against critters digging under. This threshold will also hold the drop bar for the double gate. And I had plans to install an easier to access "pedestrian" gate to the front yard/garden area, in line with the future main path through the north end of the garden.
Well a power outage Sunday evening cut off my plans to pour the first of these two thresholds, but I did get the forms set and ready to pour next weekend (after I took this photo).
I outdid myself when I compacted this area prior to setting the house. The five feet of this trench closest to the house was an incredible bugger to dig. Water soaking barely budged it. It took stern persistence with a digger bar to get it open.
This area was less compacted, although the septic installation guys managed to compact it pretty firmly when they did their work. This gate straddles a small wash, so one of the functions of this threshold is to prevent washouts (and subsequent cat escapes) under the gate.
My weed patch has exploded into green since I fenced out the rabbits. As I noted before, this area is getting planted into cover crops this year. I have no time to garden, but Mom and Daisycat got another bed seeded to buckwheat and cowpeas. The grass will just add more organic matter when it is mowed down and tilled in.
Here is buckwheat and cowpeas coming up in the first bed.
Pretty green down here for a desert, hm?
Just add water...
Labels: San Pedro homestead
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Thursday, May 14, 2009
Sorry about the commercial up front--I couldn't find this clip on Youtube...
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Swine Flu May Be Human Error; WHO Investigates Claim - Bloomberg.comComments
"One of the simplest explanations is that it’s a laboratory escape,” Gibbs said in an interview with Bloomberg Television today.
Things that make you go "hmm..."
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I'm not going to rehash--click, read:Comments
Vox Popoli: Bilderberg decides
Just more evidence of the obvious direction we're heading.
Regarding that Wall Street rally and subsequent crash? Short it! Put your trailing stops in place and catch it on the way down. Put no faith in bear market rallies!
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Indefinite Detention Weighed for Gitmo Prisoners - WSJ.comComments
Obama on Warrantless Surveillance: As Bad As Bush? Worse?
Obama Administration Reverses Promise To Release Torture Photos--Decision Betrays Commitment To Transparency And The Rule Of Law
Excitable Andy is ill again:
But I have a sickeningly familiar feeling in my stomach, and the feeling deepens with every interaction with the Obama team on these issues. They want them to go away. They want us to go away.
Poor lefties... "THESE AREN'T SKITTLES!!!!!11!"
I am laughing.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Ace is one of the relatively level-headed voices of reason of the "mainstream right" of the blogosphere. So when he begins to sound like me and the people that I have been highlighting and linking to for the last two or three years, well, reality may be finally sinking in to middle America.Comments
Prophet of Doom: Social Security is Hemorrhaging Red, T-Bills Won't Sell, America's Bond Rating May Be Cut
Obama's "Green Shoots" Not Taking Root
Now of course he blames it on Obama, but the groundwork has been laid for this explosion for a *very* long time--spanning at least the last administration--and planning for it has gone back decades.
I can't imagine what I can possibly say to impress upon the handful that read here any more than I have, the need to be working feverishly on deep preparation for a severe and sustained depression, complete with widespread social chaos, a sharp spike in fascistic and socialistic power grabs by government at all levels, and loss of numerous freedoms including of religion and speech.
The world as we know it has already ended. TEOTWAWKI is no longer future-tense. Severe adjustments are necessary, and the sooner each person makes them, the better off they will be positioned for the future.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Global Financial & Economic Crisis: How Much Time do We Have? :: The Market Oracle :: Financial Markets Analysis & ForecastingComments
Adrian Salbuchi writes: A good doctor is one who will tell his patient what ails him, no matter how bad the news... A good doctor begins by making a correct diagnosis of his patient's condition. A bad doctor, however, either cannot make a proper diagnosis (because he lacks expertise) or, worst still, he hides the truth afrom his patient...Interested? Keep reading...
Unfortunately the article does not answer the question, but through the tinfoil you get a pretty good overview of the possibilities and where we are at in the midst of them.
It does confirm the "trigger" event that Daisycat was given.
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Monday, May 11, 2009
"Capital must protect itself in every possible manner by combination and legislation. Debts must be collected, bonds and mortgages must be foreclosed as rapidly as possible. When, through a process of law, the common people lose their homes they will become more docile and more easily governed through the influence of the strong arm of government, applied by a central power of wealth under control of leading financiers. This truth is well known among our principal men now engaged in forming an imperialism of Capital to govern the world. By dividing the voters through the political party system, we can get them to expend their energies in fighting over questions of no importance. Thus by discreet action we can secure for ourselves what has been so well planned and so successfully accomplished." USA Banker's Magazine, August 25 1924
Well helz belz, I'm eighty five years late to the truth!
THIS is exactly what has been happening, people! We're divided by crap of no real consequence while the financiers push their Agenda.
Wake Up! Throw off your Left--Right blinders and see what is really at stake: Liberty versus Serfdom.
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Sunday, May 10, 2009
"Come and play,
Friendly neighbors there
That's where we'll meet.
Can you tell me how to get
How to get to Sesame Street?"
My newest neighbor (who together with his new wife, just moved back in with his parents in order to be with his young son who was being raised by his grandparents), bought a .22 rifle for his son to "teach him how to shoot".
Well I heard some shooting this afternoon, so I moseyed over to the fenceline to see what kind of setup they had, whether it looked like they had a safe backstop, etc., since they were so close to both their house and our house. They have a dry pond and I expected to see that they were down in the bottom of the pond using the banks as a backstop.
Well, no. What I saw was young son looking on while dad sat in a plastic chair, shooting at "targets" up in the tree above him. Just about the time I'm thinking, "that is not very saf..." **PSHWWWW!** a ricochet bullet nearly parts my hair.
I was up over the fence and halfway across the field before a flicker of thought informed me that I was charging an armed moron, followed a nanosecond later by the thought, "It's a .22. Fukket! If he shoots me it will only piss me off and I will still bludgeon him senseless with the butt of the rifle."
Dayum, I can be crazy-ass impulsive...
I didn't bludgeon him senseless, but I did light into him about safety and shooting at my house and then stalked off.
Some of my current and erstwhile readers know I've got a rather wide streak of "momma cat" in me (and my own momma was getting upset by the close shooting).
Just hoping that doesn't get me in trouble someday...
And I was wrong about Arizona state law. It is not 150 yards, but one mile from an occupied dwelling that you have to be to legally discharge a firearm (unless one of several exceptions apply). My good buddy the gun moron neighbor was committing a Class 6 Felony under Arizona statutes, although I do think a mile is excessive when you're talking a .22 rifle.
UPDATE: I was still wrong. The one mile limitation is only within municipalities. Out in the sticks the limitation for hunting is anything closer than 1/4 mile from an occupied structure (unless you have the permission of the occupants and owners). If you're not hunting you can still be charged with disorderly conduct for reckless firearms discharge (Class 6 Felony). Given the ricochet bullet whistling over my head, that is a reasonable charge.
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Friday, May 08, 2009
NARCISSIST IN CHIEFComments
I see it.
The author of one of my erstwhile blog-haunts who is a big lover of Obama turned out to also be quite the narcissist (much to my huge disappointment--I was blind). Which was ironic, since one of her big ongoing rants was against the narcissism she purported to see in others.
I guess it takes one to know one sometimes.
I'll bet she can't see the narcissism in Bambi though. "No, no it is really true greatness."
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Thursday, May 07, 2009
...doesn't mean they're not watching.Comments
Funny how warnings for invalid certificates for military and government sites that **I am not browsing to** keep popping up from time to time on my computers.
OPSEC guys, OPSEC. You're slipping...
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Maybe not. Read for yourself:Comments
AEI - Everything You Wanted to Know about Credit Default Swaps--but Were Never Told
This would be good. Perhaps that "other shoe" is not really a size 20 combat boot after all.
However not to urge complacency, this is not the only "other shoe" hanging over our heads.
Labels: financial ponderings
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Wednesday, May 06, 2009
College Student Shoots, Kills Home InvaderComments
COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- A group of college students said they are lucky to be alive and they’re thanking the quick-thinking of one of their own. Police said a fellow student shot and killed one of two masked me who burst into an apartment.
Ever notice how these tough bad-guy sorts always seem to bolt like scared rabbits the second they meet armed resistance?
F***ers! Too bad the defender missed the first guy.
Labels: armed citizen
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Evan Thomas: Why Presidents Need Contrarians | Newsweek Politics | Newsweek.comComments
Mindful of his predecessor, Barack Obama seems to be trying harder to make sure he hears all sides. On the night of April 27, for instance, the president invited to the White House some of his administration's sharpest critics on the economy, including New York Times columnist Paul Krugman and Columbia University economist Joseph Stiglitz. Over a roast-beef dinner, Obama listened and questioned while Krugman and Stiglitz, both Nobel Prize winners, pushed for more aggressive government intervention in the banking system.
Krugman is *not* the one most critical of Obama's economic moves. He is the hyper-Keynesian out there. All he is saying is "more! more! faster! faster!" of the same bailout boondoggle crap that is rapidly sinking this country.
If he wants to listen to the "other" side, he should invite Ron Paul and a panel of Austrian economists to explain to him what is really happening and how to recover this country from disaster.
via Vox who has a humorous take on it.
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Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Ace of Spades has a must-read post here regarding the Prez' recent actions in regards to the automakers.Comments
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Looks like Gerald Celente (minus the glasses), but he's not an economist. Peter Schiff works for Dilbert's company?
That there is an industrial strength crystal ball, eh?
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Monday, May 04, 2009
Economy in Meltdown due to Imploding Derivatives Monster and Toxic Debt :: The Market OracleComments
Have you been taken in by the bear market rally in equities? Ever heard of a "dead cat bounce"?
Well Sad Kitty is at his apex about now...
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Barack Obama Revive Guantanamo Military CourtsComments
The Obama administration is moving toward reviving the military commission system for prosecuting Guantánamo detainees, which was a target of critics during the Bush administration, including Mr. Obama himself.
Massive "see-I-told-you-so!!" moment here.
Now, dear liberal readers (if I have any still...) I present to you, YOUR MESSIAH, flip-flopping about like a overheated halibut on the deck of a sun-cruiser. Are you proud? Are you joyous? Has the HOPE and CHANGE been all you ever desired?
Keep it up. Denial is not just a river in Egypt.
Update: Here's the bottom line--it does not matter who gets elected, the Agenda goes on. Your Saint Soros and The Messiah are working for the same powers that Cheney and Rove are.
What? You think it can't be, because they are working at cross purposes? No, they are working at creating cross-currents and turbulence, in order to be able to push The Agenda forward. The "new world order" and the coming "one world government" will come no matter who is in office. And this Crisis du Jour in the financial and economic sphere is designed to bring in the necessary "one world currency". It is on The Agenda and that's what this is all about.
"The line forms to the left. Get your new Visa microchip implant here! Dollars will be officially worthless starting next week. Cash them in now! Get your new Visa World Currency implant before it is too late! Christians, patriots, libertarians on the right. We have transportation arranged to our new facilities set up for those of you who don't wish to participate in the New Order."
Labels: The Failed Obama Presidency
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Tucker says, "I'm not melted, and don't point that flashy thing at my *eye*!"
I don't have the new cooling system installed yet, and I am loath to run the AC during the week for the cats, lest the electric bill soar. It is still cooler indoors than outdoors during the heat of the day, but 90 degrees melts cats. I will be setting up a small AC in the back bedroom for the cats as soon as I get the external thermostat to control it. Or put it on a timer and only run in the afternoons. Because even on a low (warm) setting, the AC fan runs continuously, which is too much electricity.
Picturesque or not, here it be.
High-wire escape act netting installed.
Bottom side of the mobile home buttoned up.
Backyard door frame buttoned up.
Wobbly poles braced up.
Still to button up is the garden gate area. And then I need to install a pedestrian gate to the front yard area.
Mom's solar cooker redux:
We ate a meal of solar stew cooked in this oven, made on a semi-overcast day even! The oven does not get hot enough to bake unless it is clear, but it was hot enough to do a slow-cooker impression.
A gopher was chomping at cabbages and kale plants here. Two cabbages were lost and the kale plant became supper. But I had a new type of gopher trap--a black box with a hoop-type trap inside. *SNIK!* One dead gopher for a Fritzi-cat toy!
This is the corn that was just emerging last week.
Labels: San Pedro homestead
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Drugs in Portugal: Did Decriminalization Work?Comments
The question is, does the new policy work? At the time, critics in the poor, socially conservative and largely Catholic nation said decriminalizing drug possession would open the country to "drug tourists" and exacerbate Portugal's drug problem; the country had some of the highest levels of hard-drug use in Europe. But the recently released results of a report commissioned by the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, suggest otherwise.
Funny how a little common sense can go a long way.
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...that if you believe in Jesus Christ for your salvation, are covered by His blood, and are indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God, you have the full authority of heaven at your command?Comments
No, you don't need a pastor, minister, priest or saint to pray for you or intercede on your behalf. They have as much authority as you do. The only legitimate role of leadership within the Body of Christ on earth is to guide and teach the younger members of the Body how to walk in that authority. (Update: and to *serve* the needs of the body--cf. Christ washing the feet of his disciples. Remember Christ himself calls us "friend", not subject.)
See the problem is this: By Law, all earthly, human authority structures belong to Satan (Lucifer). There is no constitution of hierarchial authority on earth--however well and godly-intentioned--that cannot and will not be co-opted by the Enemy. This is the way it is by God's law until Christ returns to earth to claim His kingdom from the Usurper. In the mean time the Enemy is the duly constituted earthly authority by virtue of the sin and abdication of Adam.
Therefore do not trust any constituted earthly authority structure--including the church (or Church) of your choice--with the care and salvation of your soul. If you are discerning, you will not fail to be disappointed by it.
Yes I am saying what you think I am saying. But it is true of any church group where any one person or group of persons is exalted above the flock.
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