Desert Cat's Paradise
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
What exactly it means, is the real question.Comments
Money figures show there's trouble ahead - Telegraph
Deflation? Inflation? The correct reaction to one is exactly the same as throwing gasoline on the fire of the other. If you are a monetary authority, you simply MUST BE CORRECT, else dire consequences ensue. That's part of the problem with having a "monetary authority". If money were market based instead of consisting of fiat scrip, then the market itself would tell us what is what.
This article by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard comes down on the side of expecting a deflationary spiral to begin as "stimulus" efforts begin to fade or are withdrawn, noting that M3 and M2 continue to decline at remarkable paces. In this climate, monetizing the debt is not the worst thing you could do. For the US, we're in a damned either way situation though, as continued debt monetization will likely lead to further declines in the dollar against other currencies, gold, oil and commodities, which could push up consumer price inflation at the same time as monetary deflation continues roaring along.
At some point the overleveraged will simply have to make a decision between debt payment and paying for life essentials. "Let 'em try to get blood out of a turnip--we have food to buy, and milk is over ten dollars a gallon this week!" What are banks going to do if faced with mass default? They can't possibly expect to collect during an economic death spiral. Even today people in foreclosure are still in their houses months after foreclosure proceedings have initiated.
If you're out of work and out of options, you do *not* move to the homeless camp as soon as the bank files foreclosure. Hang tight. You could have months to years before you need to be elsewhere. And for goodness sake, *stop* trying to stay current on your credit card payments! What? Can you *eat* a credit rating? Wasn't it your "good credit" that got you into this pickle in the first place? Take care of your family first. If you're collecting unemployment or have some other source of limited income, buy extra food staples for the future with those debt payment dollars. You may find yourself in worse straits tomorrow and will need what you can store up today. Debt collectors can holler and bloviate, but they cannot touch your right to basic necessities *first*, before a penny goes to their coffers.
If you're still in your house, pay your utilities first. Without utilities your house becomes unlivable. Then shop for food, put gas in your car to go job hunting or to make new life arrangements, and buy extra food and supplies for the future. Keep your vehicle running well--you may need it to "get out of dodge" in a crisis.
Paying property taxes also becomes optional in this scenario, as in most jurisdictions you have up to three years of liens being placed on the property before someone can foreclose for back taxes. By then the bank will likely have foreclosed first and the point becomes moot.
In short, what I am saying is, if you're out of work and "out of options", it is likely that it is time to stop thinking about how to get your life back "on track", and start thinking about ways to transition to a world where "back on track" is not going to be possible for years maybe, or ever. For many people, "the end of the world as we know it" (TEOTWAWKI) is now reality, and "what next" is the question that must be answered with both eyes wide open to the future.
Update: More here about why banks are dragging their feet through the foreclosure process.
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...for James Wesley, Rawles new how-to manual:Comments
How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times
If you were planning to buy this book, or if you think you might want to buy this book, click on over and place your order today. Orders made today help boost the ranking of this book in the Amazon sales ranking, which increases it's exposure.
If it is anything like his blog, survivalblog.com, then it will be packed from cover to cover with practical, focused steps to take to increase you and your family's safety and preparation for hard times ahead.
My order has been placed. Go. Do.
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Changes in gun laws to take effect Wednesday | gun, armed, bring - News - YumaSunComments
1) CCW holders may now carry in establishments that serve liquor as long as 1) they do not drink and 2) the owner has not explicitly prohibited concealed carry in their establishment by posting a standardized placard at the entrance. Daisycat should be relieved at this validation. We'll see if any of our favored establishments post the explicit prohibition.
2) CCW holders may not be prohibited from bringing their firearms onto private property parking areas as long as they 1) leave them locked in the vehicle and 2) keep them out of sight within the locked vehicle, and 3) the facility is not gated and every vehicle routinely searched, in which case readily accessible firearms storage shall be made available. This includes employers, which is critical to me, as this now endorses a practice that I felt was necessary regardless of the prohibition in place.
3) Finally it is now permissible to display a weapon if you feel threatened, without risk of being charged with intimidation. To me this is totally commonsense. Why should a situation be allowed to escalate to the use of deadly force before the weapon can be made visible? Simply making it know that you are armed can go miles toward defusing a potential hostile situation, if someone has been breathing threats your way.
Here's a book on topic that caught my attention:
Traveler's Guide to the Firearm Laws of the 50 States, 2009
I've got to get this book before I do *any* traveling outside the state. I get used to the sensible gun law climate of Arizona, and it would be far too easy to fall afoul of absurd laws in other states. Up to now, I have left my firearms home when I travel. But there should be no reason to, if I can brief myself in advance on the laws of the states I may be traveling to or through.
More info on the new laws here.
Labels: armed citizen
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...but my traffic just fell off a cliff yesterday. Which means those searching for those elusive Hannah Giles bikini photographs are now more likely to be looking in the "wrong" places.Comments
Little Miss Attila has more on the Great Hannah Giles String Bikini Controversy:
Now You’re Messin’ with a Son of a Bitch . . . | Little Miss Attila
"Stacy McCain, the trained journalist, stumbles into libel by accident, while discussing the fact that he does possess at least one image of Hannah Giles in a bikini. (I, of course, do not have pictures of Hannah Giles in a bikini. Coincidentally, I do not have real, undoctored sex videotapes of Hannah Giles. Nor do I have pictures of Hannah Giles nude, or Hannah Giles in hot lingerie, or Hannah Giles topless. As a matter of fact, my hard drive contains no sexy Hannah Giles pictures at all. And I’m pretty sure that if it did, I still wouldn’t post those hot, erotic pictures of Hannah Giles in the altogether that I simply don’t have and have no interest in acquiring or even looking at, despite being bisexual and the most broken example of humanity in the history of the Christian church.)
And of course she then drops in a link to the journalist turned blogger, Robert Stacy McCain, who does indeed have an image of Hannah Giles in a bikini on his site:
Does Dana Loesch really want me to post those lovely Hannah Giles bikini pics?
And there's something else I should mention. If a freak is hooked on Internet porn to the point that he feels a compulsive need to Google for "Hannah Giles nude" or "Hannah Giles sex video" just because he sees a pretty girl on TV, doesn't he need help?
Dana Loesch's article is here. Also very worthy of note is that there is now a Hannah Giles Legal Defense Fund to assist in her defense against the ludicrous lawsuit that ACORN has filed against James O'Keefe and her. It's worth noting that there is a lovely photo of her at the link, but not in a bikini, sadly.
But don't forget that this site is the home of the original Hannah Giles, a string bikini, and a hot red leotard photo collection!
Labels: Hannah Giles bikini
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Thank gawd for Levitra--the little Suzy Quatros of today and tomorrow don't need to concern themselves with the 48 crash! Little boy blue's motor will keep on purring for decades.
"I got a big wide happy ear-to-ear Levitra Smi-i-ile!"
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Volcker Unleashes Another Volley on the Wizards in Wall Street and WashingtonComments
We are in the process of closing accounts at JP Morgan Chase. In short, if Chase and the other "too big to fail" banks want to run backroom casinos rather than lend to Main Street businesses and consumers, then they will have to do so without benefit of my checking account business.
I highly recommend everyone examine the activities of the bank they have accounts with, and switch to a credit union rather than continue to support these hedge funds disguised as banks. They are failing to serve the American people and the broader economy and instead are plowing the capital that has been HANDED TO THEM OUT OF THE US TREASURY into activities that do nothing to foster future economic recovery and growth.
Labels: financial ponderings
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Here is a good guide to basic butchering at Backwoods Home Magazine's website. I subscribe to this magazine, but this article came to my attention via survivalblog.comComments
Slaughtering and Butchering by Dynah Geissal Issue #23
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Here is a great reference checklist for basic preparedness. Print it out and check things off as you get them covered. Add to, or subtract from the list if it doesn't cover your situation:Comments
Checklist for Hard Times by Terence Gillespie
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Sunday, September 27, 2009
Friday was a lost day to me, as I took the seasonal flu shot Thursday and was down in energy most of the day. I did some cooking for myself near the end of the day and that was it.Comments
But progress was made nonetheless. I set the last railroad timber and poured concrete around the drain pipes to secure them against being washed out in a deluge.
I also poured a scupper at the pipe entrance...
Backfilling commenced by Sunday afternoon, and this is as far as it got.
Daisycat was here, and she helped by hauling some brush away to the brush pile and moving a couple wheelbarrows of dirt for the backfilling.
Don't take my picture!
The feline cats don't seem to mind my photography. Bob (background), Rumsfeld (black), Roscoe (gray and white foreground):
In other news, Max seems to be doing okay on his medication regimen. He limps a little bit in the morning when it has been 24 hours since his last prednisolone dose, and is a little wiped out after he gets it, but otherwise seems to be doing fine. He seems reasonably active, has a reasonable appetite for the special canned food he is getting with his meds, has an interest in spending time outdoors and with us. Time will tell if the antifungal can get the fungal infection under control. The thing is, Valley Fever is never cured in cats. For whatever reason their immune system cannot deal with it effectively enough to ever be free of it once they have it. The best prognosis is that the meds keep it under control for the rest of his life.
Update: replaced the cat pix--the original ones I uploaded didn't look that dark on my home computer...
Labels: San Pedro homestead
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Thursday, September 24, 2009Comments
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Ace linked this story, and it's a blowout.Comments
Brad O'Leary: New poll: Health care issues loom large for 2010 elections | Washington Examiner
The poll was taken in states with Senate races that will be competitive in 2010, and in Congressional districts that will be competitive in 2010--"competitive" meaning, where the balance of Democrat versus Republican voters suggests the race could go either way. (If your goal is to determine how this issue may affect the 2010 races, there is clearly less value in polling districts that are solid Democrat or solid Republican.)
Here is the breakdown:
A government-run single-payer healthcare system?
Opposed by 58% of voters in states with competitive Senate races, and 55% of voters in districts with competitive House races.
Mandatory "fines" (otherwise known as taxes) for those who do not purchase health insurance?
Opposed by 68% of voters in states with competitive Senate races, and 70% of voters in districts with competitive House races.
"Employer mandate" requiring all businesses to provide health insurance to their employees or face fines?
Opposed by 59% of voters in states with competitive Senate races, and 60% of voters in districts with competitive House races.
The "Independent Medicare Advisory Council," (otherwise known as the "death panel" to us right wing nutcases)?
Opposed by 59% of voters in states with competitive Senate races, and 60% of voters in districts with competitive House races.
New taxes on employer-provided healthcare benefits?
Opposed by a honking 77% of voters in states with competitive Senate races, and 80% of voters in districts with competitive House races.
Raising taxes to cover those who could afford insurance but choose not to buy it, and also to cover illegal immigrants?
Opposed by 77% of voters in states with competitive Senate races, and 76% of voters in districts with competitive House races.
So, what *do* those polled actually favor then, when overall polls indicate Americans want "healthcare reform"?
Here's what they want:
Tort reform to help lower the cost of medical malpractice insurance?
Favored by an astounding 80% of voters in states with competitive Senate races, and 78% of voters in districts with competitive House races.
Removing regulatory barriers to allow people to purchase health insurance outside their home state, thus increasing competition and driving down costs?
Favored by an amazing 82% of voters in states with competitive Senate races, and 84% of voters in districts with competitive House races.
Of course those two items will *never* make it into any Democrat-sponsored "healthcare reform" bill.
"What you people say you want in a healthcare bill is not what we, the Democrat Party intend to give you in a healthcare bill. Now sit down and shut up, or we'll sic SEIU thugs on you!"
Keep it up Dems. You're headed for a 2010 blowout of epic proportions!
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Imagine, if you will, that you and your family have been spending more than you earn for the last couple of decades--maybe five percent or so. The difference has been going on various credit cards and home equity lines of credit. For years it has not seemed to be a problem--you could make the payments and always told yourself you'd pay it all off sometime in the future.Comments
Now let's say you hit a couple of rough patches and in the last five years, and your debt load has doubled, such that you now owe (total, including credit cards, mortgages, auto loans and student loans) about three and a half times as much as you make in a year. The minimum payments on your credit cards have become a major headache to meet each month, and your cards are all maxed out. You know there's trouble ahead because the interest rate on your mortgage is set to double early next year.
Now what? Can you declare bankruptcy? No, the laws were changed a few years ago and you're locked in. Can you refinance and get more equity out of your house? No, the market has declined and your equity is actually in the red. Can you cut expenses? Your wife and kids would riot if you tried, and even if you did, the fixed monthly obligations are so high, that trimming severely around the edges would still require you to borrow a little bit every month just to make ends meet! In short, you on the brink of losing everything.
This is the state we are currently in AS AN ENTIRE NATION! We are teetering on the brink of financial collapse, and very few people are even aware of this fact, let alone concerned about it. We are like the kids in their room playing Ninetendo in heated and air-conditioned comfort with snacks and soda in the fridge, oblivious to the fact that next month or the month after they may be huddled in a women's shelter with Mom, while Dad is sleeping in a culvert by the freeway.
Read, please, and educate yourself on the predicament we are in:
WARNING: Deflationary Collapse Dead Ahead - The Market Ticker
You *have* to think about this! You *have* to formulate some plan, any plan to weather a storm of this epic proportion, else you will simply be swept along by it. *Some* contingency planning is always better than none, as it gives you at least some control over the outcome. Those of you who live in hurricane country or earthquake country at least have some foundation and background for this kind of thinking and planning. The rest of this nation needs to wake up, and soon, if they want to have any hope of not being washed away.
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Monday, September 21, 2009
...I wondered idly in the comments at Leslie's Omnibus.Comments
Well I see no real evidence of it in current fashion, but I detect in the ether the faint hint of what may come. Mark my words--you read it here first!
In the mean time I found some reasonable advice here for the use of a casual suit jacket: Casual Suit Jackets - iCiNG - galadarling.com
Update: Ok, tell me that this does not have a distinctly 1970's vibe about it? And this? Velour...
Earbug back atcha:
Here's a better (studio recorded) version with just audio :Love Rollercoaster
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Off-the-Grid Living – Self Reliance Through Home Solar and Wind Power and Farming - Popular Mechanics
Well just call me "cutting-edge" then. Seems Popular Mechanics has been sniffing around, taking interest in the things that interest me.Comments
Off-the-Grid Living – Self Reliance Through Home Solar and Wind Power and Farming - Popular Mechanics
It is really just a new wave of a cyclical phenomenon.
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It is tempting to get buoyed by reports from the Fed, former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, and the likes of Warren Buffet, all telling us the worst is likely behind us. In fact, we've been hearing this drumbeat for six to nine months now, all while things continue to get worse. (Oh, but they're getting worse at a *slower* rate than we guessed. How wonderful!)Comments
I have to continually remind myself that these people all have an agenda and a motivation behind saying these things, and that there are a lot of equally (more?) credible voices saying the world of hurt we're in is likely to last a decade at least.
One of these voices belongs to Nassim Nicholas Taleb. I have seen his name mentioned twice now in the last couple of days, so here is an interview of him:
‘We still have the same disease' - The Globe and Mail
More voices here, here, here, and here.
Update: Vox readers will find no surprises here, especially those who went through the recent Voxiversity featuring Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism, but most of the nation might find much of this to be startling: Gerald Celente--The US is Fascist & We need a Revolution.
Update 2: Vox notes that there appears to be no elected governance in charge at the moment: Fed to Treasury: F---Off!
Do you doubt, people? Do you doubt the kind of things Gerald Celente intrudes upon our bliss with, when you see stories that highlight again just who is running this country and for whom it is being run?
There is a creeping darkness approaching, and its shadows can no longer be hidden by that which is casting them.
Update: One last thing I want to add to this post for the record--Gerald Celente mentions in that video that he thinks a future political party may be called the Progressive Libertarian party: Mister Celente, it is hard for me to imagine that a man such as yourself, who is so well versed in current trends and the way that they lead to future events, should appear to be so ignorant of the fact that the Progressivism of the early 20'th century in America (e.g. Woodrow Wilson, et. al.) was the trend, the roots from which the Fascism of Europe sprung twenty years later. Granted, this is not taught in most college history courses, given that this same Fascism morphed after WWII into the liberalism that reigned through the middle part of the twentieth century, albeit in a more benign-faced form. However my point is that you simply must recognize that "Progressive Libertarianism" is an oxymoron, as progressivism and libertarianism are nearly diametrical opposites. Progressivism is a statist philosophy. Libertarianism, both (L) and (l), is the antithesis of statism. Progressivism leads to Fascism, not liberty.
Unless of course you believe "Arbeit macht frei."
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Sunday, September 20, 2009
Ha! Clever attempt to slip past this issue. And dare I say it? One more thrown under the bus!Comments
Obama Says ACORN Should Be Investigated.
No word on whether he believes an investigation needs to be launched into the whereabouts of the Hannah Giles bikini photographs.
Elsewhere on this story, Stacy McCain links an article by Doug Giles--Hannah Giles father, who (at least so far) has not threatened to dismember McCain (or any of the rest of us for that matter), for this exercise in Google silliness. He does, however, put to rest a number of leftist lies and distortions about his daughter's escapade. Check it out.
Update: Patterico has more.
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Saturday, September 19, 2009
And Desert Cat said:Comments
Let There Be Light
And behold, there was light! And Desert Cat saw the light and said "it is good". And it was morning, and it was evening the second day.
Every weekday when I come home after dark, I berate myself for not taking time on the weekend to put up the motion detecting lights. And every weekend I forget all about lights as I have much more important things to be doing.
Well I finally put a stop to that circle this weekend.
On the walkway to the back door and in the Meditation Garden, I strung up white miniature lights to light the way.
This is one of two that I am aware of, large spiders that patrol my ceilings looking for the moths and little gnats and other flying vermin that make their way into my house. They look formidable--that's a Sacajawea dollar coin there for size comparison--but to the best of my knowledge they are not especially poisonous to humans. They are not any species of recluse spider, and they are far from being reclusive--having a habit more akin to wolf spiders. The only identifications I've seen for them calls them Desert Brown Spider.
Oh. Sounds like a description more than a name,
The only thing I have to watch for is that sometimes they get into the bath towel, so you have to shake it out before using it (as Daisycat unfortunately discovered one time--the scream was nearly enough to freeze my blood in it's arteries.) I've also had to rescue them from the shower a few times, as they get in there looking for water and can't get back out.
They are welcome here because they perform a valuable service and don't make messy disgusting webs like most other spiders do. They just take a bit of getting used to until you realize they really don't want to bother you. They just want to eat the bugs off the ceilings.
I thought it kind of funny that the first photo I took with the flash sent him scurrying. Their eyes are different from most insect eyes and more like human eyes in that they are not compound but see a single image each. Apparently the flash had the same effect on him as it does on humans. It's also a little bit uncanny to watch them watching you. Unlike insects with compound eyes, there is the distinct feeling of being looked at when a spider is looking at you.
Especially one this big.
There will probably be a Part II to this post, since it is only Saturday evening.
Ok, Part II it is:
I got further on my landscape timber project. This is taking much longer than I anticipated. Darn hard work and it still gets hot in the afternoons, even though we're into late September now.
But I am almost ready to start hauling in fill dirt from elsewhere. I intend to pour some concrete around the entrance and exit of the culvert, and have one more railroad tie timber to install. Then I am done for now. The interface with the future deck will come later. Right now my intent is to get the area under the patio cover leveled so I can use it as a workshop.
Another project that threatens to sidetrack me from the solar cooling tower project is the need to get started on fencing in a larger area against javelinas.
I laid out the extents of the new fence last night. I was originally planning to fence in the entire five point four acres against javelinas (and dogs), but the cost in terms of fencing materials and my labor is more than I want to address right now. This new fenceline will encompass roughly an acre, which will take us a long time to fully utilize for garden/orchard/pasture/grain field purposes. Indeed I calculated once that an acre would fully utilize the output of the well at it's current capacity for irrigation. That's assuming intensive cultivation, and for now the plan for the fenced area is widely spaced cultivation and/experimental plots. So somewhere down the road I may still end up fencing the whole enchilada.
This evening I realized that I had pretty much all of the ingredients necessary for a long island iced tea. Now I am halfway through tha sucka, and I'm going to be toast by the time I'm done. So before this post begins to ramble incoherently, I'm stopping here while I'm still ahead...
Labels: San Pedro homestead
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Friday, September 18, 2009
Hey, I was wondering why the traffic had picked up again today. Turns out Patterico linked me. Welcome Patterico readers (or should I say bikini pervs?)Comments
Here is the post you're looking for: Hannah Giles, a string bikini, and a hot red leotard!
Patterico has another image of Hannah Giles back at his site: The Jury Talks Back � Hannah Giles in a Bikini, or a Sex Video, or Nude?
Has anyone found what these poor wandering Google Searchers are after--genuine photos images or pictures of Hannah Giles *in* a string bikini? If so, please let me know where to send them.
Also, Stacy McCain explains why all this is actually a high-minded pursuit. "Angels unaware".
Don't forget to check out Little Miss Attila, who owns this search: Hannah Giles in a Bikini
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Thursday, September 17, 2009
I predicted this privately months ago and should have blogged about my prognostication. The race card wears out when overused. And that sucka has been beaten to death lately.Comments
People don't buy it anymore. Which in a way is too bad, because it is beginning to foster an atmosphere where true racists may flourish. But that is the price to pay for crying "wolf" (racist!) every goddam time someone disagrees with the president about something. People recognize bullshit when they see it. Eventually. When it gets deep enough.
12% Say Most Opponents of Obama Health Care Plan Are Racist - Rasmussen Reports™
Twelve percent! Read it and weep, race hustlers!
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I keep seeing Dr. Helen quoted and linked around the 'sphere, and I am always impressed by what I read. Which makes it a mystery why she has not made it onto my blogroll sooner.Comments
I tend not to link the "supah-stahz" just because they're superstars, but only when I find myself wanting to go there on a regular basis. I use Ace as my first conservative news filter, because if there is *anything* going on in the world of politics that is of interest to a mainstream true conservative, he or one of his co-bloggers will have something on it. Protein Wisdom also makes the cut, not for the news filter that his co-bloggers provide, but because I still hold out hope of seeing essays from Jeff occasionally on whatever his rant-o-the-day is. The man can be touchy and high-strung, but I do enjoy his ability to rake leftist academics over the coals using their own style of argumentation. I mean he is *good*.
You'll notice there is no link to Instapundit, or Malkin/Hot Air, nor any of the other big names. I figure if they have something to say, someone else will have linked to them and then I can go see. I'm not going to be a slave to the echo chamber. I tend more toward linking bloggers to whom I have some personal connection, or those whose wit, wisdom and panache tickle my fancy in some way.
So I'm not sure how big Dr. Helen's star is, but she's finally jiggled my "link this blog" buttons enough that the task is accomplished. And as a reminder to myself, here is something I meant to look at a few days ago and never got around to.
Labels: blogospheric navel-gazing
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Okay. I’ll Grant That These are Hot Women in Skimpy Clothing, on Trampolines. | Little Miss AttilaComments
Look: if you are all so desperate to see Hannah Giles in skimpy clothing, her underwear, or a bikini, watch the videos that count. Surely one cannot dispute that her hooker outfit is sensuous. It should be enough for you horny bastards (and bitches). Watch the ACORN videos. They really show everything you need to see. Once you watch them all the way through, you’ll see that you don’t really need to observe Hannah Giles wearing a bikini, or Hannah Giles in sexy lingerie, or Hannah Giles wearing only Saran Wrap, or Hannah Giles covered in whipped cream, or Hannah Giles wielding a riding crop. Or Hannah Giles preparing to tie you up. Or Hannah Giles skinny-dipping.
Granted, the ACORN sting videos that feature Ms. Giles are more than sufficient to establish that she is indeed worth looking upon. But "need", my dear, is about things like water and food and oxygen. "Want" is the operative term here. Sure they don't "need" any more images or photographs, let alone pics or pictures of Hannah Giles in all those enticing poses, but I can assure you that as a man of the male persuasion I understand they most certainly "want" all of those things (and more).
Whether they get any of them is quite another question however. I quote Mick Jagger:
Now for those of you who can't help yourself, here is that trampoline video LMA is referring to.
Wait! Before you go, check these out:
Bikini Bootcamp: Two Weeks to Your Ultimate Beach Body
The Bikini Diaries
The Bikini Book
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Vox Popoli: Even the fake journalists are blushingComments
Ha! Sometimes Stewart can be pretty funny, and he scores here. He does show a clip of a portion of the sting video, featuring Hannah Giles in a tube top, but not with a bikini or hot red leotard.
Here again are the longer versions of the ACORN sting videos.
ACORN: Crack the nut!
Update: Ok, confession time--I watched the vids at the link above for the first time just now. Oh. My. Gaahd! ACORN is SO burned! No lie, no exaggeration, these ACORN employees were honestly trying to help set up this couple in an underage prostitution ring! They were dead serious and level about it, like this kind of thing comes into their office every *freaking* day!
Plus, what are you Google freaks doing searching for elusive Hannah Giles bikini pics for? She rocks way harder in her callgirl getup that you can see in those vids.
To my regular readers: I'm sorry, I really am. Watching the site meter spin is kind of addictive. I'll get over it soon and back to my usual pontificating.
Re-Update!!! Ace has a pic of Hannah Giles in hot pants!, and another video featuring Hannah Giles and James O'Keefe, this time hitting the San Bernadino ACORN office with their sting operation. Nice gams!
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No, this has nothing whatsoever to do with Hannah Giles, and everything to do with actual wild animals.Comments
The javelina troop was back this morning. Since they already wiped out the squash patch, they were looking for food elsewhere. They dug under the chicken pasture fence and were rooting around for scraps when Momcat startled them early this morning. In their mad dash to high-tail it out of there, they knocked over some of the fencing.
I keep telling her she needs her own gun. Today would have afforded an excellent opportunity to dispatch several of the Squash Patch Raiders.
Meanwhile I caught another raccoon in my live trap (finally!) I've been reading Gene Logsdon's new edition of his book Small-Scale Grain Raising. In it he discussed his struggles with excessively abundant wildlife and his attempts to grow grain despite them. He notes that he keeps a live trap set up at all times, and when he catches a raccoon he kills it. The original four 'coons I caught were transported about ten miles away from my farm before I released them. But then I read up on the range of a raccoon and I realized that ten miles was well within their ability to get back to my farm within a matter of a few weeks, especially if they harbored visions of succulent, tasty foods dancing in their heads. So today's little Ricky didn't get the same treatment as his formerly captured buddies.
Update: Ok, I may have been wrong about the edibility of javelina. This site notes that properly field-dressed and prepared javelina is a good meat. Elsewhere I read that they are considered "big game", and may not be killed or injured, even if they are causing damage to property or livestock. I should be looking into getting a hunting license and a tag for javelina then!
And more fencing.
Re-update: just to make sure I was within my rights to dispatch Ricky Raccoon, I checked the statutes: ARS 17-239. Yup. Raccoons are categorized as "fur-bearing animals", not "game animals". But not javelinas, which are a game species. Unless I request special permission re: section D, which has plenty of conditions that must be met. So fencing it is. And a hunting tag.
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My sitemeter is still spinning madly, but I tire of the game. These are all drive-bys and none of them contributes to any of my current blogging goals. I have pushed all the images and pics and information about Hannah Giles down the page a little ways. Yes, this is still the home of the original Hannah Giles, A String Bikini, and a Hot Red Leotard post, but I will be back to my usual officious pedantry shortly. I'll leave it to Stacy McCain and the dread Little Miss Attila to pursue the dregs of the internet pervs searching for sexy photos of young Ms. Giles.Comments
Update: I should note that, while Little Miss Attila is still trolling for Hannah Giles bikini
Shameless, I know...
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Monday, September 14, 2009
A very good summary of what you *don't* get when you buy one of those "disaster-garden-in-a-can" dealies you see at places like Wild Nut Daily and elsewhere:Comments
The Disaster Garden--What's Not in the Can--SurvivalBlog.com
To summarize the article: What is missing is all the essential knowledge and wisdom that one gains only by trying and failing and trying again until success is hard-won. No one can give you an adequate rundown of what problems you will inevitably face when you try gardening, except perhaps a nearby neighbor who is a successful gardener.
(Also for Bear, note the problem he describes in using a tiller to break up a brand new plot. Rocks. Yes I have them, lots of them, welded into the brick-hard surface. I've considered renting a tiller, but hate the idea of possibly returning it with a couple of busted tines. The mattock finds them and breaks up some of them, but I already chipped off the corner of the mattock blade on one rock.)
You *have* to learn by doing with gardening. Every location is different, and what works well in one county may not work well in another county, let alone another state! I am indebted to Momcat for all the experimentation that she is undertaking with gardening. We've found out already how well certain varieties grow and how poorly others do. We're learning what supplementation the soil needs for good production. We've learned the hard way (just this weekend, again) how critical fencing and other protective measures are to a successful harvest. (Javelinas destroyed a very pleasing bumper crop of butternut squash in one night of Piggy Bacchanalia. And raccoons have made their presence known in several ways including stealing cat food and eating chickens.)
This is why preppers have to make the sacrifices necessary to live at their retreat location in advance of the *need* to be there. It is not just gardening, but a whole host of similar issues that only reveal themselves as you try things out and work out the kinks. I have a daily three-hour commute now, in order to make it all work. The tradeoff is that I am closer to a major city than I would like to be. So be it. I will be miles ahead of the folks who plan to bug out to their remote acreage three hundred miles into the boonies in a couple of pickup trucks full of supplies and a travel trailer. (Good luck getting help when the best laid plans and systems fail, as they all do.)
Plus I will have the benefit (if things *don't* go south in the mean time) of a peaceful country lifestyle with most of the hard work already accomplished, come retirement age.
That's the end I am praying for anyway.
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There is something strangely satisfying about these images: English Russia -- Dead Towns of KolaComments
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Irish Support for Lisbon Treaty 62%, Business Post Poll Shows - Bloomberg.comComments
The Irish go to polls a second time on October 2 to vote on the "Lisbon Treaty"--establishing the Revived Roman Empire.
Seems all they needed to have a change of heart was to be beaten down in a severe recession by The Powers That Be.
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Sunday, September 13, 2009
I made progress on two fronts this weekend--the landscape timber project around the patio cover, and turning over a garden bed with the mattock. Both of these projects I mentioned starting last week.Comments
I am fastening the railroad ties together with lengths of rebar. First I drill a 1/2" hole through the ties.
I taper the end of the rebar just a bit, so that it doesn't hang up inside the tie somewhere.
That piece of rail belonged to my grandfather, who salvaged it after World War II to support himself doing blacksmith work. The blacksmith hammer was his too, although the handle is newer.
Then I drive the rebar in with a sledgehammer.
Here is as far as I got this weekend before bone-fatigue set in.
The area being boxed in will be filled with dirt and topped with gravel eventually. It will be a bridge over a wash that runs alongside the patio. There are two 6 inch ABS pipes under the timbers that will carry the water when it rains. This bridge will be part of the main (front) entrance to the house. The front door is behind and to the left from this view.
Update: I should note that I am cutting the ties with an electric chainsaw.
Between working on the landscape timbers, I continued turning over a garden bed with a mattock. As I noted previously, this soil is still heavily compacted from the construction equipment last year. But a season's growth of grass has done wonders for the soil nonetheless.
This is what I started with (over in the corner away from the irrigation):
Click Here for a blast from the past--photos from last July with the septic installation ongoing. Note that the first manhole in one of those photos is at the very end of the bed I turned over this weekend.
And here is a close up of the turned over soil, showing the root mass of the grass, and the telltale stain of organic humic acids beginning to seep into the soil.
Today the morning and the lion's share of my energy for the day went into finishing this bed.
Update: It occurs to me that I should explain what all this planting and shredding and digging under is about. This is a technique to build soil fertility called green manuring. The link is to a wikipedia page.
The cowpeas are finally beginning to bloom and set seed. I hope to be able to gather enough dry seed before frost to plant most of the beds next summer, without having to buy more seed.
Clyde was hanging around as I was taking photos, but got shy as soon as the camera pointed his way.
Another snake dispatched this weekend. See "read the rest" for more (or not, for those of you with 'sensitive dispositions'.)
Fun fact about snakes: with careful aim, it is possible to blow off both their head and their asshole with a single shot!
Now you know...
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Saturday, September 12, 2009
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Friday, September 11, 2009
Ha! Bingo! Chalk up another win: Census Bureau Drops Acorn From 2010 Effort - NYTimes.comComments
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Yes, this blog right here! The first one to post this particular set of images, pics or photos, including Hannah Giles and a string bikini. And a hot red leotard!Comments
DaTechguy asks: How much traffic can you actually get from Hannah Giles Bikini photos? Well all I know is that my sitemeter has been spinning madly since I first started writing on this topic. Everyone wants those images of Hannah Giles and a string bikini! And don't forget the hot red leotard.
Stacy McCain has a headline story this morning: Senate condemns ACORN; House expected to approve Hannah Giles bikini photos
Now, you're probably wondering what any of this has to do with Hannah Giles bikini photos. Well, if it weren't for Hannah Giles portraying the role of "Kenya" the prostitute, the Senate wouldn't have condemned ACORN. After the ACORN video made news, I started getting random Google hits from people searching for her photo -- which I had posted in July's coverage of the annual YAF conference.Now I probably shouldn't say this, because everyone will immediately jump over to that link, but McCain actually has the goods this time! Scroll down the post and indeed! There is an image of young Hannah Giles. But whatever you do, DO NOT CLICK ON THE IMAGE ITSELF!! He is lying about what you see next. Don't do it! It is not an image or a photo of Hannah Giles. No indeed, no photos or pictures of Ms. Giles there. In fact it is shocking that he would do such a thing.
Where is the decorum Stacy? Where is the MODESTY?!
Oh, and Little Miss Attila? Sorry. This is too fun. If I knock you off your pedestal again, I hope you will be able to forgive me. Or not. It doesn't matter. But I don't think I will. Your 'photos of cute sexy young Hannah Giles' mojo is stronger than mine, and copying my copy of your copy seems to have given Google the fits and awarded the whole plastic enchilada (deep fried chimichanga, actually) to you. Even though there is not a single photograph of Ms. Giles to be found on your site. Not even a scrap of a picture of Hannah.
Although you do have links to images of Freakazoid in a hot red leotard.
Ed Morrisey has more here about the background story that started this whole mad frenzied internet search for photos of Hannah Giles in a bikini: The ACORN Pimp Shielding Network
Hannah Giles, a string bikini, and a hot red leotard, below the fold!
The string bikini she *should* be wearing!
bikini image via: devorahsperber.com
And (Freakazoid) in a hot red naughty leotard!
What? Oh, you wanted photos or images of Hannah Giles *in* that string bikini! Ah. Sorry. Some assembly required. Here's what you do. Print out the photos, hold them side by side and then cross your eyes a little bit. Voila! Hannah Giles in a string bikini!
The Freakazoid photo in the hot red leotard? I have no idea how that got in there...
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Stacy Has Bikini Pictures of Hannah Giles. | Little Miss AttilaComments
I quote in full (remainder at "read the rest"):
He has not, however, decided whether or not he wants to post the bikini pictures of Hannah Giles. He did post a more-modest picture of Hannah Giles, pointing out that she is not a whore in real life.
Now I was just about to hit "send" on a snarky comment to her site as follows:
"Sorry, I did a google search for 'bikini pictures of Hannah Giles', and your blog still doesn't come up."
My internal "fact checker" went off, so I went ahead and did the actual search I was snarking about:
bikini pictures of Hannah Giles
Well, I'll be a deep-fried chimichanga with guacamole! Repeating the line ad-nauseum about how Stacey McCain has bikini pictures of Hannah Giles, did indeed propel her to the top of the heap for those people searching for actual bikini pics or images of Hannah Giles that may or may not exist.
Indeed, Mr. McCain now claims to have located said images of Hannah Giles in a bikini and has also done a phone interview with her father Doug Giles. I haven't read that interview yet, but I am guessing it may have covered what might become of someone who actually found and posted those pics or images of Hanna Giles wearing her bikini.
Well in the interests of furthering this extended foray into the marvelous "search and rescue" capabilities of Google and their tireless efforts to actually catalogue and locate the images and pics of Hannah Giles in a bikini, lingerie, camisole, cute little lacy red things or other sexy naughties, I have placed a couple of images below the fold right here: Hannah Giles and a bikini. Also a hot red leotard!
At last! Here are the photos and pics you have been looking for! Hannah Giles!
...and a string bikini! At least this is the string bikini I would like to imagine she would be wearing in a photograph, if I actually had a pic, image or photograph of Hannah Giles in a string bikini.
bikini image via: devorahsperber.com
And a hot red naughty leotard!
Wait...that's not a pic of Hannah Giles in a hot red leotard! That's Freakazoid in a hot red leotard. Dang! Dang! Dang!
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Thursday, September 10, 2009
Keep your eyes on the news. If you live in one of the big targets, maybe some out of town business should be the order of the day?Comments
Deseret News | Is another 9/11 set to unfold?
He didn't want to talk about the past. He wanted to talk about the future.
Just a suggestion...
Labels: watching the skies
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Wednesday, September 09, 2009
This is *way too true*!!Comments
People of Walmart - american humor
I swear, I cannot bear to go into the Walmart that is nearest my house. These people *infest* that store. I went to the newer store up in the northwest side of town, near the upscale Foothills Mall.
Well...nice, sparkly new store...
...where the upscale foothills white trash go to shop!!
STG, I spent twenty minutes doing my shopping, and another thirty minutes in line behind some tightwad OCD bimbo with FIFTY FREAKING COUPONS, a third of which weren't even valid for the products she was trying to buy!
The sad tale is, Walmart is the only place in town to find a lot of the stuff I needed that day--stuff that had been on my list for weeks as I searched in vain for it elsewhere. They also have the best prices on ammo, *if* they have any in stock.
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The Cubans have learned a hard lesson that the rest of the world may face needing to learn soon:Comments
BBC NEWS | Americas | The vegetable gardeners of Havana
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She claims that she can tell the difference between rainwater and water from a faucet, just by looking at puddles on the pavement.Comments
In fact, it was rainwater and not overflow from the irrigation system.
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...in the New York Times:Comments
Op-Ed Columnist - Our One-Party Democracy - NYTimes.com
One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages. That one party can just impose the politically difficult but critically important policies needed to move a society forward in the 21st century.
His article is basically saying that if half the country is shouting a resounding "No!" to the direction that the other half wants to take the country, then they should be pushed aside, so that "progress" can be made.
Where have we heard this before, hmm? Why isn't this man strung up on the nearest lamp pole? Any further doubts about what time it is?
To arms, if it comes to this.
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Tuesday, September 08, 2009
I stayed home today, mostly because I had an expensive little corpse to give a proper burial, but also because I needed space to process.Comments
I didn't mope the entire day though. I trimmed back a tree that had overgrown my garden pathway, and hauled the branch waste away.
Later in the day I mowed one walkway and one bed and started turning over the sod in the bed. This is heavy work. A shovel won't penetrate the ground (compacted by heavy equipment during the septic system installation), so I've been using a mattock to break it up. I seem to be good for no more than about six feet of a 4 foot wide bed before I have to give it a rest.
This bed of cowpeas is doing the best of any that were planted this spring. I will probably wait until frost before mowing/shredding the bed to be turned under for a winter cover crop to be planted.
Now that the weather has cooled a bit, the flowers have burst back into a fresh round of bloom. I don't think I'll have the heart to turn these under before the frost gets them either.
In this bed I was experimenting to see if a straw mulch could help loosen the underlying compacted soil. A watermelon self seeded and I will let it grow to see what it does.
Because the grocery store I normally shop at does not carry it, I bought a case of my favorite chili pepper powder direct from the supplier. It arrived today. That is enough there for about a year of my daily chili.
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