December 31, 2003
Idiots can be rich too
But not for long.
How can anyone be smart enough to make 2 million yet dumb enough to give it all to any one person to invest?
Now he is flat broke filing for bankruptcy, and has just found out that he has cancer.
I feel sorry for anyone getting cancer but his financial situation is all of his own making.
Greed and stupidity, they will get you every time.
Two heads are better than one
Since we are staying home tonight I made another try at mounting Gandalf's sword. I was not having much luck until the wife came over and helped. I think it came out pretty well.
Mich. over USC and
Other games? What other games.
Happy New Years
I was just watching New Year's in Sidney. Nice fireworks.
Everyone have a happy and safe New Years.
December 30, 2003
Late Bloomers - Antoine Rivoire
I know you were all thinking I was through posting roses this year but I saved this one even though this picture is about a week and half old. I am pretty proud of this rose since it was one of the few we planted this spring that really worked out well.
I might have one more to post since the weather is going to be mild this week and the Graham Thomas has a couple of buds.
Other than that I will go through the pictures and find something I have not posted yet from earlier.
Not much chance of a job this week so I have been goofing around when not doing my studying.
"Wow only $5."
I also bought a Santa tree timer for 75% off at Lowes, only $1.75.
The thing I actually was at Lowes for was a light set for over my bar.
I stopped on the way back to eat at Denny's to make sure I didn't need anything else because two trips to town is a bit much.
No sooner did I get home but I remembered what it was I needed so I took a third trip into town and got it.Continue reading "Puttering Around"
Meryl responds to the furor caused by her and Lair professing their non-support for the victims at Bam. She quotes a lot of people, including me, and unsurprisingly has not changed her position one bit.
I actually have more to say about this but I am having trouble getting it together.
December 29, 2003
Dow closes at 10,450
While I hate to be an I told you so, I will make an exception this time.
In case you are interested in specific stocks my most recent purchases have been inap and siri, which are doing well since I bought them.
Tragedy in Bam
When one sees a tragedy as it what has happened in Bam the first reaction is to help in some way as Michele proposes.
The idea is being a jew should I or any jew lift a finger to help any person living in the anti-semitic county of Iran which will accept help from any country in the world except Israel. If I was biblical I might ask "Are there at least ten people in Bam worth saving?"
Not being biblical I say, "if there is one person worth saving should I save them". Can one person make a difference in this world? The answer is yes, one person can make a difference and if sending money to Bam relief I can save that one person who might make a difference then that money is well spent.
Not sending aid will affect us as well. It is the antithesis of everything that america stands for. As americans we are all about helping those not as fortunate and as jews we share those ideals.
Update: Ilyka chimes in on this issue.
More on Poland
IT looks like I might have been a bit a head of the curve with this post on a Polish Blogger.
Today we see an article in the NY Post online about Our Forgotten Allies.
On the big blog Glenn has a blurb on several Polish posts including one by Tom Friedman of the Times.
December 28, 2003
Returns from the Mists
One of my favorite bloggers Red Sugar Muse has returned from wherever she was and whatever she was doing.
Things are looking up and who could be next?
It you said Rachel of Rachel Lucas fame you might be right.
I got an email from a Polish blogger asking for a link to his site.
One of the major problems I have in trying to grow anything, especially roses, is deer.
Thanks for the info and link Rob.
December 27, 2003
Time is Running Out
If you want to get into the ATS Dead pool time and space is running out.
Back to Normal
It looks like the instalanche has run its course. In case you are not aware of what a link from the big guy can do it looks a lot like this.
Quote of the Day
I saw this on Kim's site and it seemed like a good one to post here. There are really so many good Teddy quotes that I will be posting more in the near future.
President Theodore Roosevelt
Update: Mr. Lion has also posted this quote. We seem to be on the same wavelength about a lot of things recently.
December 25, 2003
Quote of the Day
I came across this in my reading today and I thought it would appeal to people like me and Kim. The book was first published in 1950.
Vengeance is Mine by Mickey Spillane
SBC Gets it
I had to call SBC yesterday to renew my DSL for another year.
More importantly I spoke to two different people on two different calls and both of them were based in the US. When I needed to talk to someone on the Yahoo side of the SBC/Yahoo venture I was handed off to another of those well meaning people for whom english is a second language and probably don't live in the US either. I don't generally mind out sourcing that much but you can't have call centers with people who it is hard to understand.
The SBC folks on the other hand were based at two call centers one in north Texas and the other in Corpis Christi. It was a pleasure dealing with them.
My initial splurge of reading has slowed down as I have had to spend more time on the technical stuff. I did manage to finish the second book in the Mike Hammer three pack I bought.
Female characters in these books seemed to have a short life expectancy once they meet Mike. Aside from Velda, his secretary, and a nympho in the first book there have been 6 other major female characters all of whom have been killed off.
Only one of them did he kill but it was either that or marry her, in which case she would have certainly killed him. Sounds a lot like real life.
The latest edition of the Carnival of the Vanities is at Winds 0f change .NET.
Another attempt on Musharraf
I hope that Musharraf's luck holds because this attempt makes it clear that the bad guys in his country are getting desparate. Pakistan is a critical part of the war on terror and they must be feeling the heat of his efforts to pull their fangs or they wouldn't be trying so hard to take him out. As long as they continue to fail this is all to the good because every attempt will bring the Pro-Musharraf forces down on them all the harder.
December 24, 2003
Another Free Wifi site and this one is big and important.
That I think is a good thing because places like the airports, certain cities, bookstores , restaurants and hotels will just look at it as a cost of doing business and offer it free.
Sir Winston Churchill
Quote of the Day
Sir Winston Churchill
Glenn links to my shopping post below and calls the mood Churchillian.
Thanks for the Christmas present Glenn.
I will now have to find a Churchill Quote of the Day.
I got my car back today and it actually cost less than I expected.
I went to do some last minute shopping.
Actually Hobby Lobby and Wal Mart were not as bad as I expected.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone.
December 23, 2003
Still no car
At least they say they now know what is wrong and I should have it tomarrow. I went to visit it today because I needed to get something out of it.
I kept my mind off it by decorating the Christmas tree today. Having a wife who is a RC gives me an excuse to do something I never did as a kid.
December 22, 2003
Dow Keeps on Trucking
The Dow passed the 10,300 milestone in spite of the orange alert status.
Return of the King was great.
Off to see Return of the King.
December 21, 2003
When the Bush sisters appeared all over the papers the reason given was that they were repeat offenders. It should be interestign to see how many of those same papers publish the latest in a series of exploits by Al Gore's son.
In September 2002, the younger Gore was ticketed for driving under the influence. He was pulled over and ticketed by military police just outside Fort Myer in suburban Virginia, but was not taken into custody.
Now that he has been arrested for a thrid time it should be interesting to see what kind of press he gets or as is more likely the case doesn't get.
Just when I was starting to feel bad about myself along comes the terror alert going to orange to snap me back to reality about what is really important.
December 20, 2003
Gary Stewart dies
I read about Gary Stewart dying today.
He shot himself.
I wasn't much a fan of his music and couldn't even find any of his mp3's online when I looked.
With all my problems I just feel lucky that both my wife and daughter are in good health. you can always make more money (I hope) and buy a new car if need be but if you don't have your health you dont' have anything.
Update: From a post on CMT.com
Some people are survivors.
I had to bring my car in because it had an oil leak. The oil leak should not have been there because when the engine was done two months ago they should have changed the Cam seals (whatever they are), they didn't because they said the seals looked good.
December 19, 2003
Blogs as Coffeehouses
Glenn points us to an article describing 17th century coffhouses and comparing them to the internet.
Freedom Tower design final
The two architects who apparently have been feuding over the design for months have settled on the details of the new tower at the WTC site.
The building when completed in 2008 will be the tallest in the world.
I have been hearing a lot about the humiliation that the Arabs have suffered with the capture of Saddam. The latest being this article but it is not been the first.
Thomas Freidman wrote an Op-Ed about it last month. You can't read the whole thing at that link because it moved into the Times' paid section but Roger, Charles and David all posted about it.
From where I sit there is plenty for the Arabs to be humiliated about. They should be humiliated that they didn't back us in kicking Saddam out of power.
Yes there is a lot of humiliation to go around in the Arab world and most of it is self inflicted.
Yes I am a Trekkie
December 18, 2003
Late Bloomers- Climbing Pinkie
I am starting to run out of things that are still blooming. I took this last week and it does not look at good today.
Trip to France
Roger Simon has returned from his trip to France and brings more confirmation that the once great country is continuing in its death spiral.
I had difficulty deciding what category to put this under but I decided that it belongs as another facet of the War on Terror.
Read Roger's peice as well as the 100+ comments.
Dow Closes above 1200
Can you say 10,248?
December 17, 2003
If you don't recognize the plane below it is Lockheed's SR-71 Blackbird, my all time favorite plane.
This day in History
Legend is that the great inventor Daedalus was imprisoned by King Minos of Crete in a high tower to punish him after the failure of his labyrinth to prevent Theseus from defeating the Minotaur escaping with the Kings' daugther.
Daedalus created a pair of wings to escape his imprisonment and built a smaller set for his son Icarus. Icarus flew to high and the sun melted the wax that his wings were held in place with causing him to crash and die.
Daedalus would have been struck dumb looking at this:
Steyn on Dude Dean
Typically good Mark Steyn peice on Dr. Dean as biker path Dude.
I saw the good doctor on the Chris Mattews show that Mark talks about and couldn't believe his lack of passion on what should happen to Osama or Saddam.
Mark nails him.
December 16, 2003
Connie du Toit has decided to quit blogging.
I think she was one of the more thoughtful writers and I hope that she just needs to recharge her batteries and will be back at some point.
If not I wish her all happiness and good luck.
It looks like Glenn and I think a lot alike (only a zillion hits a day difference), I meant to link to this speech by Michael Crichton some days ago and forgot about it until he posted the link today saying the same thing happened to him.
December 14, 2003
More on Saddam
From this story this quote:
I don't think that the arabs understand that a lot of these leaders who are asking them to blow themselves up are in fact themselves cowards.
The truth leaks out
Richard Holbrook on NBC, talking about the trial of Saddam.
"It shouldn't be in the Hague because that doesn't work"
Welcome aboard Richard. I wonder if he cleared that with Dean, Kerry and others who have been saying that Saddam when captured should be tried by an international tribunal.
First Report from Debka.
Washington Times, Assoc. Press, ABC News.
Update: John Kerry on Fox News Sunday: This is our chance to open up our bidding process where we shut out France ...."
December 13, 2003
This the Season
Taking a break from putting Christmas lights and stuff up. I have not started on the tree yet.
December 12, 2003
This post is not really about the Yankees but it is related to them in a major way.
With these two ex-Yanks in the rotation the Astros would become an instant contender. They already had a shot, barely getting beat at the end of the season by the Cbs but now.....
I better get some tickets before they become a hot item.
ATS 2004 Dead Pool
Time is running out to get your roster in for the 2004 Dead Pool over at Amish Tech Support.
I got mine in for all the good it will do me. Everyone on my 2003 list looks to finish the year in great health with the exception of Bob Hope who I don't even get any points for because I didn't read the rules closely enough.
I decided to take Ted Kennedy off my picks for 2004 just in case my picking him was all that was keeping him alive.
Fun with Wine
I found a new wine at the store today. A Merlot called Covey Run which costs less than $10 per bottle. It is a Washington wine and according to the manager it used the original Merlot root stock and not a grafted root like most California Merlots.
While I was at the store I passed a rack of familar French wines. It is a good thing that I have sworn off French wine because at $236 a bottle for Lafitte-Rothschild I couldn't have afforded it anyway. Someday I want to buy a bottle just to see what a two hundred dollar bottle of wine tastes like but unless I hit all the Lotto numbers it won't be anytime soon.
In case you are wondering it was a 1997 vintage.
Susanna is leaving the Metro NY area for warmer climes.
I am sure they didn't notice when I left but that was in the BB (before Blogs) era.
December 11, 2003
Late Bloomers - Felicia
This is without a doubt the most fragrant rose in the garden. Just taking this picture today I could smell it.
The Dow finished today at 10,008.16.
Of course there is always the job thing which I for one would like to have one of but there are a lot of people working and that means good news in 2004.
It seems that several people will not let us forget that Dr. Dean suggested that the President knew in advance about 9/11. Good for them.
A man who is a serious candidate for president should not be saying things like this unless he has proof.
Hugh Hewett takes him to task here.
It seeems that the comments got hit with a spam to a site for penis pills today.
December 10, 2003
This is a couple of days old and one of those times I wish I had the big zoom lens that sits on my old Pentax but it is a nice shot anyway.
Listening To: Lotta Love - Nicolette Larsen
Rock and Roll Memories
I have a lot of mp3's on my hard disk, over 3000, that I usually let winamp just cycle through. It just came onto the intro track from the Ed Sullivan show for the Beatles first appearance on american TV. The first song was All My Loving followed by Till There Was You and the last song of the set was She Loves You.
I remember that show, I was watching, everyone I knew was watching. Even my parents watched. I remember my mom saying something complimentary when they play Till There Was You. She was surprised. The Beatles were like that, they reached across all ages. Part of it was marketing but part was just them.
Late Bloomers - Lace Cascade
Kat commented below that the latest chill had gotten to almost all of her blooms so I checked outside and was surprised that I still had 5 roses with blooms on them. This one we have had for a while. It is a climber and fragrant.
Dr. Dean participated in an event filled with X-rated language directed at the president and Dr. Rice.
Aides said that Dean didn't authorize the X-rated attacks and that the Democratic front-runner found them so "offensive," he almost refused to come out and speak at the fund-raiser, one of eight New York events that raised close to $2 million yesterday.
The key word in the above quote is "almost". That makes a strong point now doesn't it? If you don't approve of something you don't "almost" do something about it, you state without a doubt that you don't approve of it. Dean is such a wimp.
Link via: Blogs for Bush
December 08, 2003
Meryl has a good post just up further defining what she does not like about Allah.
She has some very good points. I have to agree with her that I don't find him that funny either. I guess having the word Jew thrown around in the way he does it just grates on me.
Ask yourself if he was writting about Blacks instead of Jews and was freely using the N-word would you be offended? I know lots of black and whites who would be. I just has a discussion with myself about using it in print instead of saying the N-word which in this context should not be thought offensive. I decided not to, one because I have never used it in speech and I see no reason to start now and two because I know there those who will be offended just seeing it in print.
It is the same with seeing the word Jew tossed around like a beachball. There are so many people who have died just because they were born Jewish, good people, kind people that I find it offensive and very unfunny the way that Allah uses it.
Go read Meryl she says it better than I do as usual.
Quote of the Day
Sir Winston Churchill - The Gathering Storm
Nothing really blooming right now so I had to check the archives.
This is what is looks like when it isn't thristy.
December 07, 2003
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
Quote of the Day
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (December 8, 1941)