May 31, 2004
Quote of the Day
Memorial Day Post
I read this post over at Kim's and then started reading the comments.
It happens not infrequently in blogs that something I read touches me and I was reminded how rare it is for something that I read in the major media to affect me this way. Maybe they just don't have the skill, maybe they think they would be thought less well of, maybe their editors don't want something too emotional to reach print but for what ever reason it just doesn't happen.
My father served in WW2 mostly on a ground crew for the air corps but after the Battle of the Bulge as he put it "They took everyone who could carry a gun and sent them to the front". He finished the war in Germany served under Gen. Patton. He probably was witness to some of the death camps they liberated but he never liked to talk about it. I wish I had pressed him and asked him more about it when he was alive.
I wish he was here today to see the new monument but he might have been very matter of fact about it. His was a generation that went a did what had to be done. Performed acts they never imagined they would. Witnessed things they never wanted to witness. Looked at evil that no man should ever have to look at. When it was done they came back to their girlfriends and wives and raised families. They built in the aftermath of a devestating conflict a nation greater than any has ever been. They were a great generation and I hope we can live up to the greatness they left us.
Media on Memorial Day
Notes on watching TV from Arlington:
After Myers, Rummy spoke and got a huge ovation. I think he was got off guard and was a bit choked up by the support.
Bush's speech was fine except the camera seems to keep bouncing around while he was speaking. What was going on here? It was the same on all three news networks, probably a pool camera.
May 30, 2004
As Rachel pointed out not too long ago the Star or Confederate Jasmine is not a jasmine at all. It is wonderfully fragrant and quite an aggressive plant in warm climes where it is also evergreen.
They usually go into bloom around mid-april which they did but oddly enough they still have some blooms though not as many as 4 weeks ago.
This is what they look like close up.
May 28, 2004
Rose of Sharon
You know it is funny but when we lived in New York I heard my wife say that there was one plant she had always wanted, that was a Gardenia.
Now we have a big yard and 4 or 5 sizable Gardenia bushes growing on the property (more on those in a few days) but every time we go to a nursery now there seems to be another plant she sees that she has always wanted one of.
I wrote a few days ago about my daughter losing one of her cats (the oldest).
May 26, 2004
Be on the Lookout
These are the people that the FBI is looking for is you see any of them contact the feds.
Code for this can be found here
May 24, 2004
A Sad Passing
My daughter's cat Mystie passed away this morning. He wasn't in any pain and quietly left during the night. My daughter didn't want to sleep so I ended up watching slayers anime with her until 1:30am when I was able to convince her to go to bed.
May 23, 2004
My daughter is in the den with her cat watching it die.
There is nothing we can do. We went to the Vet a few weeks ago, came back with meds and he just got worse.
It is hard on her. Her previous cat died when she was 5. He was already old by then having been passed down from my step son. We took her to the North Shore Animal Shelter on Long Island a few weeks later and got this one which she named after the first. That was 10 years ago.
I just went in there. She has him wrapped up in a towel and is crying. I am crying too.
Based on personal experience over the last few weeks I would say there is an inflation problem starting to develop.
Has there been a price spike in chicken that I have not heard about?
May 22, 2004
Another new blog address
Tony Rosen is the winner of the name that snake contest.
Bill has turned out another great essay, here are just a few of the money quotes.
Honor and shame trump everything in that world. A pithy sentence, eh? So instead, think about what it would take for you to kill your own daughter with a knife, with your bare hands, because she was seen in the company of a man not her husband or a relative? Think about that. Think long and hard. What kind of hatred and shame could drive a human being to do such a thing? What kind of pressures does that society bring to bear on an individual to make him capable of that? How different is their view of women, of family, of honor and shame? What would it take for you to murder your daughter with a knife, or a knotted cord – with your own two hands and against her pleading, her protestations, and her begging for her life? If your response wasn’t “there is nothing that could make me do that,” then stop reading right here and get the hell off my property.
Nick Berg was nothing more than an animal sacrifice to them. That is Radical Islam.
If you can compare Abu Ghraib to a Nazi death camp with a straight face then you have never been to either Abu Ghraib, or a Nazi death camp, or either – that is patently obvious, and it would be comically so if the stakes were not so monumentally high. Having never been exposed to genuine evil, you have literally no conception whatsoever of what it looks and smells and tastes like
More where that came from. Read the whole thing.
If you have to drive over something in your driveway this is a pretty good thing to flatten.
The first commenter who can id this beauty gets 25 starhawk bonus points.
The wife, by the way, knew what is was right away.
Update: That didn't take long. Tony gets the bonus points. I am guessing he has seen a copperhead before. I took the kid and showed her so she would know exactly what she should stay away from.
I had a busy day filled with used car salesmen, computer salesman, automobile service people and snakes.
This may take a while.
May 21, 2004
Quote of the Day
Rudy Giuliani, May 19, 2004
Methley Plum - Fruit
I got home today and thought to check my plum tree since I had to chase away some deer this morning. Sure enough they had raided it last night and stripped some 20 or 30 plums from the lower limbs.
This is the first time in three years that we were able to get some fruit from the tree before it was fully stripped by the vermin.
These went pretty fast and while they were not very big they were very very good.
May 20, 2004
Quote of the Day
via Karol who got it from Ken
May 18, 2004
End of an Era
The famous local hero Laurence Simon of Amish Tech Support is shutting down ATS.
May 16, 2004
Win but don't wave the flag
This latest PC outrage comes to us from the USOC, full story at Michele's.
American athletes have been warned not to wave the U.S. flag during their medal celebrations at this summer's Olympic Games in Athens, for fear of provoking crowd hostility and harming the country's already-battered public image.
We need to organize an email campaign to tell the USOC what we think. I know that my readership is not enough but if someone with big numbers(hint Glenn) got behind it we could let them know what real americans think about this BS.
Update: This is the email for USOC Media and Public Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org ,
I was cleaning out my pictures and I came across this one I took in March, probably after walking my daughter to the bus stop.
May 15, 2004
Been real busy with meetings and such.
The latest storm to hit blogland seems to be the change in pricing that will come with MT 3.0. I am still trying to figure it out but you can read more at Kevin's.
Check the blogroll for other reading matter.
May 13, 2004
This is the first effort by the wife to take a picture with my digital camera. Not bad for the first try but the P50 is a pretty easy camera once you figure out a few things.
This Mr. Lincoln is an older Hydrid Tea. It is one of the classic roses that still wins or places high in a lot of shows. Very fragrant too.
Another thing about this one is that it is one of the 10 roses we picked up from Wal Mart last fall for $5 a piece. I wasn't sure any of them would make it but at least eight of them are in the ground now and doing ok.
The reason she was moved to take this was one, it was our anniversary today and two, I have been coming home so late I have not been able to get a whole lot of decent pictures.
This morning she saw me trying to take a picture of this one with a flash before I left. All things considered it didn't come out badly.
May 10, 2004
I was sitting outside yesterday near my Firecraker Plant when a Hummingbird popped by.
May 09, 2004
I was catching up on my blog reading when I came across this on Merde in France
I fear for jews in Europe. This kind of thing is just beyond the pale. I wonder what would happen if a muslim graveyard had been desecrated instead of a jewish one.
May 08, 2004
Quote of the Day
Jaws - 1975
Rachel Lucas is back.
May 07, 2004
I am running a little behind since these are already in the ground but they are going to be my purchases for this year.
They are from Chamblee's in Tyler Texas.
May 05, 2004
I should be in bed
I should be in bed but I had to catch the end of the Yankees game. A come from behind 10-8 win with A-Rod hitting his 350th homer, the youngest player in the history of the majors to reach that milestone.
May 04, 2004
I had plans to do some posts tonight since I don't have class but I got home and had to do one thing after another and just sat down.
As I was doing that the guy who cut down my trees came to pick up the old camper we had given him in trade for that work.
Then the network was down.
I need to take a shower and I might not make another post tonight.
May 02, 2004
New Spam - Help
I have noticed that one of my entries had the word job in it and somehow a link had been inserted there.
Has anyone else noticed this?
Sometime either today or Monday I will roll by the 50,000 visitors mark.
That means that in under two years I have had as many visits as Glenn gets in about 12 hours so I am not crowing about the numbers but I do want to thank all of you who have stopped by and who keep coming by.
May 01, 2004
Blogging and Cleavage
I have been so buzy the last weeks and especially this last one that I entirely missed out on this dust up until today.
Since this is turning into a pretty common occurance I have added a new category to keep track of them.
If you missed out like I did you can come up to speed by reading Kevin's blog and don't miss all the comments which is where all the real action is.