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October 15, 2023

End of Summer

I guess Summer is finally over.
Last week when I went to the store almost everyone was wearing shorts.
Today almost no one was.
I like warm weather but I won't miss this last summer from hell.

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September 04, 2011

Anime Fest 2011

Spending the weekend at Animefest 2011 in Dallas. Nice con.
Will post the pictures on my facebook page,it is just easier than doing it here.
Michael Starhawk

I do not accept friend requests from people I don't know but the pictures will be available to everyone, no later than Thursday.

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September 30, 2008

Happy New Year

Happy 5769

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September 21, 2008

Defensive Driving

Spent from 8:30 to 3:30 at a defensive driving course so I could get the ticket I got last month for speeding dismissed.

Hate to spend Sunday like that but I guess it was worth it.

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September 19, 2008

Talk Like a pirate day

Once again it is Sept. 19 which is Talk like a pirate day!

Avast, me hearties!

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July 09, 2006

A house for a paper clip

This is a cute story about a guy who traded a red paper clip and through a series of trades ended up with a house.

I love the internet.

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November 25, 2005

The Day after Turkey

We had Turkey early yesterday giving me the chance to read some good writers online.

One of my favorites for several years now had been Christopher Hitchens, this piece on Thanksgiving from the point of view of an immigrant is wonderful and compared to the vile thing put out by a certain professor in Austin several days ago, who I will not link to, makes me yearn to be able to trade some US citizens for some bright non-citizens who understand what they have in the US and can appreciate it.

Speaking us trading I see where Boston picked up Josh Beckett from the Marlins. That does not help the Yankees at all who more than anything could use some good young pitchers.

George Will has a nice piece on Willaim F. Buckley who turns 80 years young and proves it in his own column.

I am off to see if I can find an open barber shop, have a nice day recovering , I will.

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October 21, 2005

Oni-con 2005

I have let myself be talked into taking the kid to the second annual Houston Anime convention, Oni-con, tomorrow.

I let myself be talked into going to the first one last year and if you seach the site I am sure you will find the post and pictures. I am too lazy and tired to look right now.

I forgot to post about my trip to the Dentist last Monday. A week ago today one of my crowns popped out. He was too busy to see me then so he directed me to go to any drugstore, but temporary cement and stick it in myself. While not thrilled about this I did as instructed and it worked pretty well until Monday when Kelly, my favorite dental asst. easily took it out. I complained about some soreness in my gums while he was preping me to put the crown back so he took a look and decided to take an Zray. The long and short of it is I have to go back this Monday for a root canal, he gave me some antibiotic but I woke up this morning and my jaw felt swollen. I now have a stronger antibiotic. I have pain pills too but I won't be able to use them because this convention is near where I used to work by the Astrodome and I don't want to be groggy on the long drive back.

So if you happen to be at Oni-con and see a bemused older guy,maybe in pain, maybe with a laptop say hi.

The kid wanted to know why I was bringing the laptop. She is meeting some friends so I thought while they were running around I could sit and watch some anime or something.

"Dad, no one watches anime at an anime convention!"

Who knew.

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December 23, 2004

No More Paris

Lloyd Grove of The Daily News devotes an entire column to why he will not be writting about Paris Hilton anymore.

Yes he admits at the end, he has been one of her chief enablers, but he has had enough and aside from the fact that he is devoteing an entire column to this pretty worthless person he has some good points.

Over the past five years - without any discernible talent, education, scruples, manners, modesty or underpants - the pretty blond great-granddaughter of hotel magnate Conrad Hilton has waged a terrifying campaign for world domination.

The arc of Paris' "career" - from rich, witless party girl to rich, witless party girl with a hit television show - is an insult to the American sense of fairness: the idea that you get ahead by working hard, playing by the rules and acquiring a skill of some sort.

Paris has bothered with none of the above, and yet society continues to reward her with money and fame.

We will see how long he lasts with this New Years resolution. Probably until he needs material again but I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt for having good intentions. For now.

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November 21, 2004

Locusts invade Israel

It is funny how you find out interesting facts about things you didn't know.
Locusts facts are here.

In this story we find out that locusts are not only edible but are considered a delicacy by some.

There are even web sites listing the proper care and preparation, here and here to link to just a few.

A Web Site in Eilat listed recipes for locusts including locust shish-kebab, locust chips (French fries) and stir-fried locusts. The recipes said it was essential to cook the insects while alive "as otherwise they become bitter."

Even odder is this fact that I never knew.

The locust is the only type of insect that is kosher and permissible for religious Jews to eat under Jewish law.

Locusts are Kosher, amazing.

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October 01, 2004

Great American Beer Festival

I don't usually go to festivals any more.
This one however might be worth the trip to Denver.

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September 03, 2004

Extreme Shopping

I have heard about shopping frenzy but this at a new Ikea in Saudi Arabia is crazy.

Link Via : The Emperor

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August 29, 2003

Microsoft Day

I could write a large post about all the neat things I learned from Microsoft yesterday but frankly a lot of it was boring. I am a geeky, technical kind of guy and the two day sessions I went to were really for Microsoft partners. If I was more into selling or had a partner who was Microsoft offers some really nice tools and support to people who sell Microsoft stuff.
I learned that I could now set up new machines in less than an hour when it used to take 4 hours. I know where I can get to Microsoft private newsgroups but most of all I was wrong in saying they don't give away decent things anymore. It seems I will be getting a free copy of Windows 2003 small business server when it is released. In case you don't know it will retail for over $1,000, which is not bad for a days work.

The user group was more to my liking intellectually but since I am an officer of the group I spent most of my time doing things other than listening to the presenters (sigh).

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August 20, 2003

Tampa Scrapes Spy Cams

It appears they spy cam system found almost no one, except a few drug dealers.
I guess they don't count enough.
I never liked this idea anyway.

Listening to: Crown Of Creation - Jefferson Airplane

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August 15, 2003


I have nothing more to say about the blackout at this time.
More coverage can be found at command post, at Michele's and at Susanna's.
Be warned if you go to Michele's, she is having a Fair and Balanced day.

Listening to: 09 words - Neil Young

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August 14, 2003

Was a windows virus responsible?

Bigwig thinks that the blaster virus hitting a microsoft based machine might have been responsible for the outage.

Listening to: She's Got A Way - Billy Joel

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Good and Bad on the Blackout

In 1965 when I was living in NYC and again in 1977 when I was still living in Chicago the people of New York suffered. The whole northeast suffered.
We were told both times that measures were being taken that would prevent this from happening again.
Well here we are 26 years later and again a massive, region wide blackout.
It is ridiculous that these companies who collect billions of dollars cannot get their act together to prevent the whole system from caving like it is now.
This is exactly the sort of thing that the systems that we were told were being put in place should have prevented.
The good news is that it is not a terror attack and maybe now there will be changes put into effect that will really prevent a massive region wide power outage as is currently going on.
I hope so for next time it might be something more serious.

Listening to: Wasted Time - Eagles

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Power out in NYC and other cities

A major power outage has hit NYC and other cities. Command Post has complete coverage.
I was living in NYC during the first blackout in 1965.
It is scary when that happens. It was at night then, I hope they are able to get power back on while it is still light out.
I have been trying to phone my mother but she doesn't seem to be at home and her cell is either busy or more likely the entire cell system is down.

Listening to: Miracles - Jefferson Starship

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August 12, 2003

Teenage Dating

Rachael has a couple of posts on teenage dating.
She is only a year ahead of my daughter.
I really need to get that shotgun.

Listening to: The only living boy in New York - Simon and Garfunkel

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August 09, 2003

More testing

It seems the side bar wraps around on the bottom , perhaps I just don't have enought entries yet.
I am going to put some more
dummy entires and see if that is the case

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Well it looks like I am getting a little closer on getting this looking better

Continue reading "Testing"
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August 08, 2003


Stay with me while posting gets light.
I am going to have to make an effort to get the MT site looking at least as bad as this one so there might not be much here for the next few days. I will try to at least post something but we will see. Sometimes I can work miracles when I focus on something but it is not something I do all that often.

Listening To: say it with Love - Moody Blues

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Arnold's Strategery

Time to stick my neck out a little and not get it chopped off.
I think Arnold is holding back.
He didn't want to wait until Saturday to file but because he declared on Wednesday it gives the Dems a chance to find someone to run against him.
Now he wants to appear weak until the filing date is past. He doesn't want the Dems to go ballistic and make Feinstein run against him.
His TV appearances today were window dressing. He is trying to make the powers that be overconfident. To what extent it is working it is hard to tell. Most of them flipped out when he declared. There are signs that it is working with some pundits. Let's see where he is and what he is saying by this time next week.
Arnold didn't get where he is by being dumb. I would no more underestimate him than GWB. The Dems do so at their peril.
It should be an interesting few days.
An interesting and probably dirty election.

Listening To: The Load Out and Stay - Jackson Browne

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August 06, 2003

Quote of the Day

Howard Beale: I want you to go to the window, open it, stick your head out and yell: "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!"

Network - 1976

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August 04, 2003

Goood News - Bad News

The bad news is that I didn't get that job in Dallas I had been working on the last week or two.
The good news is I managed while waiting for word to make all my donations to the blogs I sponsored during Blogathon.

Listening To: Light up or Leave Me Alone - Traffic

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August 02, 2003

Thinking of Life and Death

I just was flipping through the channels and happened across Field of Dreams and ended up watching the last 90 minutes or so.
What a great movie.
I actually cried during the last scene where Ray gets to play catch with his long dead father.
I am not sure why. I got to play catch with my father many times when he was alive.
How many?
Not enough, not nearly enough.
Enjoy life and the people you love while you can because you never know if this time that you see them or speak to them might be the last.

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Starting out

Well lets see how this works .

Continue reading "Starting out"
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Moving Day Soon

Thanks to Dean I now have an MT setup to play with. I will probably mess with it this week and move over next week when I am sure it is working ok and I am comfortable working with it.

Listening To: Suzanne - Leonard Cohen

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August 01, 2003

Thanks, Lair, I Think

I decided today to check my FTP site which as you know has not been working at all.
All of a sudden today it was working fine.
It might have something to do with the fact they are now employing the fine blogger Laurence of Amish Tech support.
It might not but thanks anyway Lair.
Listening To: House of Four Doors - Moody Blues

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July 31, 2003

Only in California I read

Only in California
I read that there were already 123 people who took out papers to run for Governor in the recall election.
What the hell is the damn ballot going to look like?
Page 1 - Should Gray out be recalled?
Page 2,3,4 - who do you want to replace him in alphabetical order?
If my name was Aacme I would stand a good chance of winning.
Heck with 123 people in the race anyone with a known name could win.
Mickey Mouse could win.
Come to think of it he would probably be a big improvement.

Listening To: Shine on you Crazy Diamond (Parts 6-9) - Pink Floyd

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And you thought Iraq was

And you thought Iraq was dangerous
When I saw this article on Drudge about Marines attacked by gang members I was thinking "Iraq?"
No, it turns out is was San Diego.

Listening To: Determination - Todd Rundgren

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My worst fear

My worst fear
This article could, might be one of my worst fears becoming reality.
Hopefully not but if this mystery disease is something man-made we could be in for real trouble.
Link via Drudge

Listening To: God Bless the Child - Billie Holliday

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July 30, 2003

Moving I am about to

I am about to take up the offers of all the nice fellow bloggers who offered to help me move to MT.
Keep on eye on this space and as soon as I get settled and moved and tested I will let you all know.

That of course is going to totally ruin my standing in the ecosystem where for some reason I suddenly jumped to the ranks of Slithering Reptiles, opps never mind it looks like that was short lived and I am back with the Crawly Amphibians.
Still, after moving I will likely be with the Insignificant Microbes

Listening To: Happy - Bruce Springsteen

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Drinking I had some email

I had some email about my recent posts on drinking. I don't do as much drinking as I used to. If I did I would never have time to write about it.
It seems a lot of people don't drink as much as they used to especially when they are away from home.
If I am drinking JD I never drink more than five shots. I don't know for sure but I would be willing to guess that would put me over 0.8 on the breath scale.
I should find out how many beers you can have, does anyone know?
This is certainly something that was easier to do when I lived in NYC. No matter how many I had I could always get a cab home for under 10 bucks.
Where I live now if I get crocked in downtown Houston or the west side it would cost me 50 or 60 for a cab home.
At that price it makes sense to rent a room for the night.
The only trouble is finding and getting to a decently priced motel.

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July 29, 2003

Doing without France I stopped

Doing without France
I stopped in my local liquor store and talked with the manager a while. I wanted to know the difference between two Merlots from the same vineyard in Australia, one was $15+ while the other was under $6. We chatted awhile and I asked him what he would recommend that was under $10 and not French, which got a grin from him.
He walked me over a few aisles and grabbed a bottle of Santa Alicia reserve a Chilean Merlot. Not bad stuff and at under $6 per bottle quite a bargain.

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July 28, 2003

Thanks for the Memories Bob

Thanks for the Memories
Bob Hope died today at the age of 100. He mastered every entertainment medium he went into. He spent decades giving up his Christmas vacation to entertain troops overseas often in dangerous spots that a lot of today's prima donnas wouldn't dream of going near.
His 1966 Christmas show from Vietnam was watched by 65 million people, the largest audience of his career.
He was one of the best hosts the Oscars ever had.
He was a master ad libber.
He was a gentleman.
Since I still can't get to my ftp site I can't post this mp3 but I will try to make it available somewhere.

Listening To: Thanks for the Memory - Bob Hope & Shirley Ross
More coverage and videos at Fox

Two Hope Mp3's I have

More tributes from Susanna and LT Smash

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July 24, 2003

As if I don't have

As if I don't have enough problems
I woke up this morning and noticed that the computer in the den that I share with the kid wasn't on. No problem just turn it off and back on. Nothing. This is not what I want to deal with at 6am. Sent some email to a friend more knowledgeable that I and we have agreed that it is either the motherboard or the power supply. I hope it is the power supply.

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July 23, 2003

Guerilla War A had a

Guerilla War
A had a discussion with my FiL the other day when he suggested that Iraq was becoming just like Vietnam.
"It is nothing like Vietnam. It is more like Germany after WW2, do you remember that?"
(I wasn't around then but he was)
"I don't remember anything like this after WW2"
My guess is either that they didn't put much in the press about it then. John has a post on a group called the werewolves who killed allies and German collaborators in the aftermath of WW2.
It is good to remember this because it shows that this type of thing that we are encountering in Iraq is not all that uncommon.

Listening To: For Crying out Loud - Meat Loaf

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July 22, 2003

Beer Last weekend there was

Last weekend there was a party at Dean's place. In the discussion and postings about the party Dean extolled a friend of his who couldn't attend but arranged to pay for a case of his favorite beer Anchor Steam. I was intrigued and vowed to try this brew that I had never tasted. I went to the Kroger yesterday and was not surprised that they did not have anything like that. Luckily a local liquor discounter named Spec's had opened a store near me and they did indeed have products of the Anchor brewing company.
They also managed to sell me a product of a local Houston brewer named Saint Arnold. I am drinking that now, the brew is named Lawnmower and while I was not mowing the lawn today( not yet anyway), I have just returned from doing some yard work and it is quite refreshing as I dry off.
Update later on the Anchor Steam, which is a fairly expensive brew.
Update: This Anchor Steam is pretty good stuff, even the wife liked it.

Listening To: The Man who Sold the World - David Bowie

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July 21, 2003

Happy Birthday Central Park There

Happy Birthday Central Park
There are many things I would change about the city I grew up in but Central Park has never been one of them. The creation of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux is 150 years old today. It is a treasure not only to New Yorkers but to the entire country. I say this in spite of the fact that I almost lost my life there on at least two occasions, but that is another story.
I have hiked most of its trails, biked around the drive on numerous occasions, boated on the lakes, sailed model boats at another lake, played softball, (totally pulling my leg during one game), played chess, rode the carousel, climbed rocks, visited the old zoo, the new zoo and the children's zoo, played Frisbee, jogged around the reservoir and seen so many concerts big and small that I couldn't begin to count them all.
Once I even skated in the Wollman rink which I thought was just for concerts at some point.
I even took a hansom cab through the park years ago.
You used to be able to hear Shakespeare for free, I hope they still do that.
It sounds like I spent a lot of time at the Park and I did even though I didn't live or work near it till I was in my late twenties.
On the west side is the Museum of Natural History and the Hayden Planetarium (which I was very found of). By walking directly across the park you get to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Macy's day Thanksgiving day Parade starts at the Museum of Natural History and goes down Central Park West alongside of the Park.
The NY Marathon ends in Central Park.
There is so much more and times in Central Park I could talk about but I hate long posts and I am sure you get the idea.
The city had a celebration on Saturday but as with the birthdays of Presidents I prefer to celebrate on the actual day rather the days that the pols find convenient.
Happy Birthday Central Park

Current Song: I'm just a Singer in a Rock and Roll Band - Moody Blues

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Liberal Bias in the Media

Liberal Bias in the Media
If there ever was a case to demonstrate liberal bias in the media this story would certainly stand out as a prime example. The article details the non-story of Americans who have decided to move to Canada. Why is this a non-story you might ask? The article is 25 paragraphs long but the real story emerges only in part of paragraph 17.

But every year since 1977, more Canadians have emigrated to the United States than vice versa -- the 2001 figures were 5,894 Americans moving north, 30,203 Canadians moving south.

We have an entire article devoted to people leaving the US for Canada when not only has this been happening for years but the number of people moving to the US from Canada is over five times as many.
Don't expect to see the liberal media do a story on the vastly larger number of Canadians moving south because it doesn't fit into their template.
These media zombies are so anti-american it just makes me sick.

Current Song: Legend of a Mind - Moody Blues

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July 19, 2003

Three Shirt Day There are

Three Shirt Day
There are few things I like less than working in the yard when in is in the 90's but feels like it is over 100. there were things to get done however and it will probably be just as hot until September. I first had some spraying to do. Mealy bugs are the current problem du jour (can't let those pesky French words into our lexicon now can we. (detour to this article about how the French are trying the ban the word email from general usage in their country. If this is not a sign of a dying culture I don't know what is. I can not understand why they don't get it but I guess we just have to shake our heads and say "That's the French")
Now where was I.
Oh yes Mealy bugs. I still can't post pictures but just follow the link which really makes them look a lot worse than they are. I sprayed a couple of their target plants then went on to clearing some brush and trees. Carted all those to a pile for later burning and returned to the house for drying out and shirt number 2.
Next job was the gas trimmer. About twenty minutes of that was enough to go for a third shirt. I did make the garden look a nicer. I wish I could show you a picture but when the 2 garden gals from Wal Mart delivers my mower a few weeks ago they both loved it.

Current Song: Bridge over Troubled Water - Paul Simon & Paul McCartney

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July 18, 2003

WTC Memorial

WTC Memorial
Another positive sign in the creeping progress of rebuilding the WTC is the submission of 5200 proposals for memorial. The proposals will be reviewed by a 13 (stupid number) member panel and narrowed down to 5 finalists who will be given money to further develop their ideas.
Let's do a little math here. How long does it take to evaluate a proposal Let's say an hour for arguments sake. At that rate they will have the five finalists in something like two and a half years providing they don't take any vacations.
I did say this was a positive sign didn't I?
At least the process is moving along.
As a sign of the times I like this quote at the end of the article.

Applicants had to mail their designs to a warehouse where they were checked for anthrax, chemical agents and explosives before being shipped to a second, undisclosed location where the jury will review them.

Current Song: Walk On By/Say a Little Prayer/San Jose medley - Dionne Warwick & Burt Bacharach

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July 17, 2003

Blair to Congress The transcript

Blair to Congress
The transcript of Tony Blair's speech today can be found here

Current Song: Roxanne - The Police

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Not fun I get up

Not fun
I get up in the morning and check email. Then I check the job boards. Make calls to all my headhunter leaches friends.
The cell phone rings. Aha someone calling me back.
"I think you have a wrong number, what number did you dial?"
"Right number wrong person."
"No sorry, this is not a Dentist office"
The regular phones rings. I run to the other room to get it.
"No I don't want to change my phone service"
Some days are like that.

Current Song: Hey Paula - Paul and Paula

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July 16, 2003

That didn't last long It

That didn't last long
It seems that even though I have all the skills for the job some of them are 10 years old and they want someone with more recent skills. Which is a good lead in for the quote of the day.

Current Song: The Other Side of Life - Moody Blues

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The Real Lies about Iraq

The Real Lies about Iraq
Here are the real lies we were told about Iraq. I know we all have short memories but it is good to remember what the know-it-alls were saying before we went in.
Remember also what these fools were saying before we toppled the Taliban, how it was a graveyard for the Russians and it would be for us too. Didn't happen did it.
By the way I think we might have just today lost as many men as we did during the entire Desert Storm campaign

Current Song: I've got to get a Message to you - The Bee Gees

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Possibilities After spending much of

After spending much of the day emailing and searching out job opportunities as far away as Virginia I got a call about a possible job in Houston, out of the blue, from an old contact of mine. The bad part is I will have to wear a pager for the first time in my twenty year career which is something I have always avoided but it is better than being unemployed. Keeping my fingers crossed. Maybe the song that just popped up is a good sign.

Current Song: Back on the Chain Gang - The Pretenders

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July 15, 2003

There is some good news

There is some good news tonight
Just so I don't end the evening on a totally down note, there is this item from Pakistan where it looks like they are starting to make nice for a change.

Oh and the really important stuff, the AL comes from behind to win 7-6.

Current Song: Moondance - Van Morrison

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A.N.S.W.E.R. Lives In case you

A.N.S.W.E.R. Lives
In case you thought you have heard the last from our friendly left wing friends, here is their listing of future events.

1) July 27: Mobilize for Peace in Korea
2) August 1-3: Speakout at STRATCOM - No new weapons of
mass destruction
3) August 23: 40th anniversary of the 1963 March on
4) September 13: Worldwide Day of Action Against Corporate
Globalization and War
5) September 13: Millions for Reparations

Other upcoming actions initiated by the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition:

1) September 25-28: International Days of Protest Against
Occupation and Empire
2) October 25: International March on the White House and

3) Summer 2004: Mass Actions at the Democratic National
Convention (July, Boston) and the Republican National
Convention (August/September, New York)

So what they want basically is for us:
Roll over for the dictator/murderer in North Korea
Stop making weapons to defend ourselves
Cripple corporate america
Give away billions of dollars in reparations

Sure that makes sense to me - NOT!
In case you do not know what the letters stand for:
Act Now to Stop War and End Racism

Current Song: ABC - Jackson Five

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Support F.I.R.E. In line with

Support F.I.R.E.
In line with the previous post I encourage everyone to link to and support F.I.R.E. This is the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and if I were a lawyer I would beg to help them because I think they are on a mission that is of vital importance to the survival of the country and our college system.
They have gotten involved at Cal Poly as well as at other campuses.
Current Song: Nashville Cats - Lovin' Spoonful

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The Real Danger to Free

The Real Danger to Free Speech
One of the recurring themes in this journal has been the dangerous assault on free speech at our nation's universities. These are the places where students should be exposed to all opinions instead brain dead administrators are killing free speech in favor of political correctness.
Here is an article on the Cal Poly affair by Stewart Taylor.
The Emperor Misha chimes in here.
Also at the Emperors is this link of contacts at Cal Poly which I encourage everyone to use.

Current Song: Volunteers - Jefferson Airplane

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Dodged the bullet

Dodged the bullet
It has stopped raining here. All we got was a severe rainstorm. Galveston however got pretty shaken up but now Claudette seems to be weakening
Current Song: Nostradamus Parts 1 & 2 - Al Stewart
Note: It is a long song

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Ballou replies and gets fisked

Ballou replies and gets fisked
Emily gives a good fisking of Michael Ballou. He is the one you might recall who instructed his students to write kill the president. I never did understand his reasoning but it turns out he does indeed have agenda, which is, no surprise, left wing. Rather than me go through everything just go to Emily's site and read it all.
Current Song: Nostradamus Parts 1 & 2 - Al Stewart

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It's raining less One of

It's raining less
One of the benefits of getting our house north of Houston rather than closer to town. There is still a lot of thunder outside so I expect it will get wetter before it gets dryer.
My daughter came to me all concerned yesterday, wanting me to put on the Weather Channel because someone online from school had told her a tornado was coming this way. I checked on the link above and turned the TV to the channel before I assured her that her friend was mistaken.
By the way I have had satellite reception all morning except for a few very brief lapses. Rain and clouds don't hurt the signal that much. Storms with a lot of lightning will mess it up but if the power goes out it will be a moot point.
Update: The lights in here just blinked. Love that UPS.

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It's raining Welcome Claudette.

It's raining
Welcome Claudette.

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July 14, 2003

Roadblock to peace The brits

Roadblock to peace
The brits have informed Sharon that they will continue to deal with Arafat. In this story Straw says they will continue to deal with the elected leader of the Palestinian people as will the EU.
The brits were so good on Iraq why don't they get that Arafat is part of the problem not part of the solution.
Current Song: My Music - Loggins & Messina

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Freedom of Speech There is

Freedom of Speech
There is a story in Drudge about the movie Buffalo Soldiers. The director is quoted :

"Here in the UK no one gets upset, but over there, where the President is fighting these military campaigns in the name of democracy, the first casualty seems to be freedom of speech, the cornerstone of any democracy." - BUFFALO SOLDIERS Director Gregor Jordan

This jerk knows nothing of free speech no matter how good a director he may be. Let's get this clear, the first amendment prohibits the government from restricting free speech. It does not mean that if you say something that pisses people off they cannot make their ire known, that is their free speech rights and idiots like Tim Robbins and the Dixie Chicks should realize that while they are free to say anything they want it may have consequences.
Current Song: Puff the Magic Dragon - Peter Paul & Mary

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July 13, 2003

On a more hopeful note

On a more hopeful note
We now have reports of demonstrations continuing in Hong Kong. Read the stories here, here and here.
Some people on TV said that this could be the start of something like what happened to the USSR. I doubt it but we can always hope.
Current Song: Lost in a Lost World - Moody Blues

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July 11, 2003

Looking back Michele looks back

Looking back
Michele looks back at her posting prior to and after 9/11. She makes a very good observation that some of the politicians in this country have not gotten even yet. She has been changed by that event, changed in a permanent way. I agree I have changed also. My view of the world has changed and my feeling of security has been altered probably for the rest of my life, well at least for years to come.

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July 10, 2003

Iran Lots going on but

Lots going on but we have not heard half of it. There may be as many as 4,000 Iranians under arrest who may live or not. Students called off the protests and then three of their leaders were arrested, beaten and hauled off by armed thugs. Next time the students will know be and be armed themselves.
Also on the Iran front, troops have crossed over the border with Iraq and are at least 20 miles inside Iraq. I have never seen a better opportunity to carpet bomb the whole lot of them. It probably won't happen but I can hope.
Also a Quebec woman has been arrested, beaten and is reportedly in a coma after taking pictures outside a prison. I have no idea who this brave soul is but we should all pray for her.
There is a lot of scary stuff going on in the world right now. I think we should all pray for ourselves too. I think the president is doing the right thing. We must fight because if we don't surely we will die. I know if they ever come for me I won't go quietly.
Current Song: Don't Let the Sun catch you Crying - Gerry and the Pacemakers

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July 09, 2003

A good Dentist visit I

A good Dentist visit
I called up my dentist yesterday to get a cleaning which I was supposed to have last week but cancelled because I thought I would be working but that job was put on hold. My stars must have been in alignment because the woman said she could take me at 2pm or I would have to wait until august, I took the available slot only to have them call me up and ask me to come a little later since they were running late (that was nice of them). I got there at 2:30, they took me right away, the dentist looked at me and said I looked ok which was the first time in 3 years I have had a dentist say that to me.
Current Song: Houses of the Holy - Led Zeppelin

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Boy I wish I was

Boy I wish I was working instead of...
I went to Lowes and got some cinder blocks. Luckily I got as many as I could fit into the car because after putting a bunch out Star still managed to get under the well house and would not come out. Finally I resorted to opening a can of dog food to lure him out, which thankfully worked. I bought 11 full size and 7 half size cinder blocks and used everyone except one.
I think I finally have them right now but the dogs are out testing it at the moment. They seem to find spots when I am not looking so I have to go out and check again.
Well that seemed to work, no spots to squeeze through. Now I have to run the big dogs and hope they can't move or undermine any of my hard,sweaty work.
Current Song: Nights in White Satin - The Moody Blues

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Mystery and problems When we

Mystery and problems
When we moved into this house we got water from a well in the back yard when had a broken down well house built falling down around it. We tore it down and built a bigger one around it that my wife was going to use for potting and other garden related things, cost $1500+. The pressure was very poor and we were told that to drill another well would cost 3 or $4,000. About that time we found out that we could get city water and paid about $1600 to run a pipe from the street to the well house and hook up to the house line (No wonder I am broke).
The well house is now using mostly for storage and is surrounded by cinder blocks so the dogs can't get under it. Yesterday I saw an orange tabby under the well house and tried to get it out but after sticking its head out once I have not seen it again. The dogs however have much better senses than I do and last night one of the big dogs managed to get under the well house in search of something and then couldn't get out. This morning my smallest dog took the plunge under there and couldn't get out. Today I have to get some more cinder blocks. I have no idea if the cat is still under there but there might be snakes or rats ( I hate both) under it so I am not going to look very hard.
Something raided my roses last night and I can't figure out what since some of the blooms that got taken off were covered with deer netting.

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July 08, 2003

Iran As you may recall

As you may recall I have been saying that there are things going on in Iran. Tomorrow we will find how much is really going on and how the Mullahs react.
Read Sheila's take on Iran and follow the link to an Iranian Girl.
There are already a lot of young people in jail, some have already died, more will die before the mullahs surrender power. If Iran becomes free it could prove to be the tipping point in creating an entire new mid east dynamic.
Current Song: Strange Brew - Cream

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July 06, 2003

I Want my Meet the Press

I Want my Meet the Press
The worst thing to happen today was no Meet the Press. All for a Tennis final, sheesh, its not like the World Series or maybe it is if you are into tennis. Actually I like tennis and wish I had someone to play with if for no other reason then I need some kind of exercise. So instead I spent another few hours with my new mower trying to figure how the dang grass can grow so fast. It looks like deer or something big ran into the deer netting around the main rose bed and knocked down half of it. Luckily I have it set up so that if falls in and over the roses so that can't get at them. I still have not figured out how to get my ftp working but I will, someday.

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July 05, 2003

Harry Potter

Harry Potter
I finished the book about 2 days ago around 2:20am.It is ok but not earth shattering. Don't get me wrong I did like it especially since my other reading materials these days are things like C# Essentials.
It does not seem to grab me like some other books I have read in the same genre. One thing I did notice that there are remarkable similarities between it and the Belgariad series by David Eddings which I like a lot more and generally regard as a much better series.
In both series the heroes are orphans where their parents were killed by the ultimate bad guy or his agent. Both are involved in a prophecy where they are destined to battle the ultimate bad guy to the death.
Both are teenagers who are pretty self absorbed with themselves (like all teens) and are constantly complaining about why they should be thrust into their predicaments.
Maybe Eddings is just a better writer than Rowlings. I have read the Belgariad series several times but doubt I will re-read Harry Potter anytime soon.
Current Song: Fun, Fun , Fun - The Beach Boys

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Barbarism Bigwig has a series

Bigwig has a series of posts on one of the first camps liberated towards the end of World War 2. It is strong stuff that everyone should read but be prepared. Even Patton according to the post was sickened by what he saw there.

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July 04, 2003

Michele also has a good

Michele also has a good July 4th post.

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This is copied from Mrs.

This is copied from Mrs. du Toit but it is also available on the sidebar.

The Declaration of Independence
IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

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July 03, 2003

Better Blogger Note just in

Better Blogger
Note just in passing that Blogger now has enough smarts to know when I mess up my HTML and prompts me to fix it, which it did on the last post. I guess something good has come out of the Google purchase.

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9/11 Sites The 12th Man

9/11 Sites
The 12th Man has a list of 9/11 sites which you should check out just incase you have forgotten that we are at war and why.
Link via Meryl who is once again looking for sponsors for her Blogathon effort. Go and sign up, I did.

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July 02, 2003

She's Back Dawn Olsen

She's Back
Dawn Olsen is back with a newly designed page, check her out.

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Majority of Women now Pro-Life

Majority of Women now Pro-Life
This is going to rile a lot of pro-choice groups. The great thing is that this study was done by one them. No longer can they claim that the majority of women are on their side. Look for major denial from the usual suspects. This is really no surprise since this has been the trend during recent years which has caused the abortion groups to get more shrill and desperate which has wonderfully has caused them to lose more support.

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June 30, 2003

Light Blogging Alert Since my

Light Blogging Alert
Since my daughter has already finished it and my wife is several hundred pages ahead of me I am taking the opportunity of her being online to read some of the latest Harry Potter book.

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June 29, 2003

He just won't go away

He just won't go away
Once again we have to read what our former president Bill Clinton thinks about something. Chances are like the song that is playing we will have to put up with this until the day he dies.
Current Song: Bad Company - Bad Company

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June 28, 2003

Another New Toy

Another New Toy
I spent most of the afternoon using my new mower to cut the grass down to size. I did about half the yard.
Before that I took my other new toy back to Microcenter because it wouldn't work on my USB port. It did work on their's so I guess I am stuck with it. I will have to try in on another computer.
Current Song: Oh Well - Fleetwood Mac

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June 27, 2003

New Toy

New Toy
I bought a new toy yesterday when I was in Microcenter loading up on their bargain books. It is called a jumpdrive. It is a USB flash drive made by Lexar but with a twist. It doesn't have any memory itself but I can insert the memory sticks I use in my camera (or two other types of memory) and read them as if it was another hard drive. It was only $20 and seemed like a good deal. I will let you know if it doesn't work.
Current Song: King of Pain - The Police

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SBC and Pictures I was

SBC and Pictures
I was just checking on my SBC web space that came with my DSL account as an alternative to store pictures until I can figure out why my ftp is not working. I talked, well chatted really with their online service where I found out that it can't do what I want it to do. What it does is create an album that I can link to, what a waste. So just so I would be using the thing I created an album for all my pictures from my trip to NYC in May, about 124 of them taking up 100mb. Right now I am looking at it and it seems to have crashed after only 20mb. I hope there is an alternative to SBC when my contract runs out in January.
Current Song: Songs from the Wood - Jethro Tull

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Guns and things I had

Guns and things
I had one of my monthly computer user group meetings today so I didn't get back home till quite late.
Prior to that I stopped at the head hunter who asked me to come down and fill out some forms only to find out that the final decision on this position would not be made until Friday.
I had some time to kill (pun intended) between the two so I exited the parking lot we refer to as the Katy freeway and stopped by a gun shop for about 45 minutes. So much to see and such a hard choice to make. I think I know what I want to get for a carry gun but they didn't have it in black which is what I want. I know they make them in black because my local pawn shop had a black one. I have not been getting used things (like cars) for a while but guns seem bit different so I might reconsider.

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June 25, 2003

Hot Stuff The temp. with

Hot Stuff
The temp. with the heat index has been around 105 the last few days. Love that Houston weather. I live about 30 miles north of Houston and usually it is a few degrees hotter in my back yard. Thankfully due to the generosity of Microsoft and other software and hardware vendors I have an almost inexhaustible supply of T-shirts of which I have been using between two and three every day.

Current Song: She Came in Through the Bathroom Window - The Beatles

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Moving right along I might

Moving right along
I might find out if I have a new job tomorrow, I am keeping my fingers crossed.
What I have not been able to do still is upload any pictures to my ftp site even though I broke down and called tech support. Unluckily I called late, got right through but the person I was talking to was not real sharp.
I also might be offered a job in Dallas for a few months so throwing caution to the wind I blew out one of my last remaining credit cards and bought a new riding mower for $1050. When you almost step on a dog you really need to get the lawn mowed.

Current Song: Candy's Room (Live) - The Boss

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Happy Hannukah! For a happy

Happy Hannukah!
For a happy holiday smile check out Adam Sandler's Hannukah Song.
Link from the Israeli Guy

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June 24, 2003

At some point this will

At some point this will have a picture but my ftp site is not being cooperative for a change.
Gratuitous Garden Pic
This is a picture I took this morning of the Eutin in my main rose bed in the backyard. We bought this last year from Chamblee's which has given us some great roses mail order in the last few years. It doesn't have any fragrance but sure looks good at times like this and is a repeat bloomer. We had some trouble with this entire bed last year but over the winter the wife had a great idea about covering the entire bed in deer netting. So far it is working pretty well. The plant is supposed to get only 3 feet high which means it is now about a big as it will get. It was introduced in 1940 by Kordes, a well known German rose hybridizer.

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Scary story John at the

Scary story
John at the Right Wing News relates a true story about a conversation he had. It is so scary yet so real. If you ever wonder how people can believe the BS that the Dems shovel out read this. An uneducated citizen is our country's greatest danger.

Current Song: Little Richard Medley - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends

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Future Blogger Go give a

Future Blogger
Go give a big congrats to Ellen for delivering the newest addition to the blogosphere.

Current Song: Le Deserteur - Peter, Paul and Mary

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June 23, 2003

Starhawk breaks boycott Yes it

Starhawk breaks boycott
Yes it is true. I was in my favorite adult beverage store and saw a bottle of good Remy Martin that was so cheap that I bought it before I remembered it is a product of France. I am going to open in right now and enjoy it. Heck as cheap as they were selling it the boycott must be having some effect.

Current Song: In My Room - The Beach Boys

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Should have been a Superstar

Should have been a Superstar
One of the biggest losses the music business has had was Jim Croce who died from non self inflicted injuries at the height of his career. I don't think he had anywhere to go but up and could have been a superstar of the first degree.

Current Song: Big, Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce

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Watering I watered some the

I watered some the roses today because they were the ones we planted recently and they had been nibbled by something. Having done that it is of course now raining.

Job Hunting
I had to drive into Houston today, not downtown but in the city limits, and I got calls from two headhunters as I was driving. One about a job in Dallas the other wanted to know about how good I was with Crystal Reports, as I was trying to not hit the car in front of me. I drew a blank until I got to a red light. I really hate working with Crystal in a big way and I have in the past so I know what I am talking about but in these days a job is a job.

Current Song: Radar Love - Golden Earring

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June 22, 2003

Blogshares One of these days

One of these days I will figure out this Blogshares games, but not today. I was over reading Laurence's site where he was offering to give away shares in Amish so I decided to spend some time figuring it out.I have been interested in the market since I was a kid but this still makes little sense to me. Eventually since there were no shares available in Freedom Lives I issued 2,000 more at the current price of $39 to see what would happen. What happened was someone bought the shares very shortly after I issued them and now the price is over $100. Not bad since I bought mine at 0.40 but I can't figure out how it is supposed to work.
In a real market when you increase your outstanding shares by 40% the price should go down not triple. I wish my IRA's would do that.

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June 21, 2003

Name Change As I have

Name Change
As I have said before I am planning to move to my own domain at some point in the future, probably as soon as I start working again. I am working on a redesign and possibly a name change. Anyone wanting to makes suggestions feel free to e-mail or IM me.

Current Song: Pulling Mussels from a Shell - Squeeze

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Harry Potter The mailwoman brought

Harry Potter
The mailwoman brought our copy of Harry Potter today direct from Amazon.
The kid is busy on Furcadia so she is reading it while she plays, nothing like multi-tasking. I remember when the first to books were going great guns she didn't want to read it because everyone else at school was. I bought it anyway and read her the first one. I got as far as the part where all the letter to Harry were coming into the house through every opening they could find and she was hooked, so was I actually. By the time the third one came out she grabbed it before I could open it, same thing with the last one.

I really have no idea how this game is supposed to work but the value of this blog is going up like I wish my real stocks would. There are no shares available at the present time and those which I bought at $0.40 are now worth $39.35. I guess I will figure it out someday.

Current Song: After the Love - Culture Club

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Only Bad choices I went

Only Bad choices
I went out back and noticed that the grass was getting pretty high, except for the little bit I managed to trim with the push mower before I almost passed out from the heat.
I have to choose this week between fixing my old mower cheaply ($600), fixing it the right way ($800) or buying a new one (at least $1100),
There are no good choices since I can't afford any of them.

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June 20, 2003

Are Conservatives Stupid I have

Are Conservatives Stupid
I have often wondered about this. Not if they are but why liberals think they are. I noticed this usually after talking to my sister who is as liberal as they come after living in NYC her whole life and going to college in Boston. Post on this topic at the Weekend Pundit from a link at Rebel Yell which I found on the Acidman

Current Song: Just Like this Train - Joni Mitchell

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Useless Web Service I just

Useless Web Service
I just walked outside to enjoy the night air and sit for a while only to find it raining. Retreating into the house I sat down at the computer to check the Weather channel which showed clear skies in the Houston area.

Current Song: Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple

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EU and Aids The old

EU and Aids
The old saying is "Put your money where your mouth is". That is exactly what GWB did with his AIDS pledge. He shifted the attention to the EU where Bono and Geldof think the EU should match our 1 billion pledge. It seems that the EU can't hack it because of "budget problems". We all have budget problems.
I love this quote:

Lucy Matthew, director of Data Europe, said: "Europe's leaders don't want America to dictate the world's agenda, but they're unwilling to pay the price of leadership themselves on this. They can't accept the sheer gravity of the Aids emergency because collectively they don't want to pay the bill.

Bush has showed them up for what they are, all talk and no action.
Current Song: One - U2 (No I didn't plan it that way, just lucky I guess)

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June 19, 2003

Music I case you are

I case you are wondering I don't pick the songs that are playing. I let Winamp pick them from the 3700+ mp3's and my entire CD collection which I fed into the computer. Got to do something with all those gigabytes.
Current Song: You Cried Wolf - Todd Rundgren

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Deadly Force I was driving

Deadly Force
I was driving to the post office early today and I heard on the radio that in Texas you may use deadly force to protect property.
I didn't remember that from my CHG course so I emailed my instructor even though I am sure it is in my book somewhere but i was lazy and didn't want to go look for it.
She emailed me back that yes you can do that in Texas but it is not advisable since it is getting harder and harder to defend in court and you will be in court if you kill someone for stealing your stuff.
I got to get down to the range soon, it has been a while and I am getting rusty. I am certain that Rachel and especially Kim would not approve if they knew how long it has been since I last went through a few boxes of shells.
Current Song: Within you without you - The Beatles

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Fire It seems like there

It seems like there are more Iranian protesters setting themselves on fire. I never understood it when they were doing it in Nam during the 60's and I undertand it less now. If they like to play with fire so much they should be setting Mullahs on fire.

Still no ftp
It looks like I won't be posting any pictures tonight. I am not going to worry about it and I am certainly not going to call tech support and stay on hold for 10-30 minutes(if I am lucky). I am going to do something else and hope it gets better by itself.
I think I will just turn the music up and enjoy it.
Current Song: The Voice - The Moody Blues

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Nice Day I had a

Nice Day
I had a nice relaxing day with the kid and wife. We drove around to a few places, looked at some things we might be able to afford some day when I start working again had lunch out and enjoyed a typically warm Texas afternoon.
Then I came home and tried to start my mower. It started ok but it seems to have forgotten how to self propell itself. There is nothing fun about trying to mow an acre with a push mower in 90 degree weather,
Current Song: Layla

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Back I have been having

I have been having various computer problems both on my end and while trying to load pictures to my ftp site. I fixed my end and I will try the ftp soon.
Its not like I don't have enough other problems that are turning my head to mush, I needed a few more.
Current Song: Gypsy - Fleetwood Mac

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June 18, 2003

More on Iran In the

More on Iran
In the National Post and in the New York Post

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June 16, 2003

More Misc. I started a

More Misc.
I started a garden journal to track what I do. I almost started a blog to keep track of it but decided to hold off on that until I see if I can keep up with the journal, heck it is hard enough just to keep up with the blog.

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Odds and Ends I called

Odds and Ends
I called my mother and told her to buy a mega-millions ticket. If that is not getting desperate what is.
My daughter agreed to feed the cats of a friend of hers who lives in the subdivision. They have lots of cats both indoors and out. I took her over there to get a run down on what she had to do, at which point we found out that not only did they have cats but a bird, a couple of fish, 5 chickens, 2 pigs and a turkey. I thought our 4 dogs and 2 cats was bad, it only shows how wrong you can be,
I have this product called liquid fence that I bought in order to deter the deer and other varmints from munching on the roses. I sprayed it on everything so of course it rained. I sprayed the next day and it rained again. The weather report says we will actually have rain for the next few days so I stopped spraying. The rain should be good for the roses as long as they don't get eaten.
I went shopping at Lowes today and didn't buy anything. I found out I could replace my entire garage door for $340 installed. I was quoted over $200 to fix the old one. Another $200 will buy me a new opener also installed. For a nifty $1100 I can buy a new ridding mower which certainly seems to make more sense than fixing the old John Deere for $800. I wish I was working because this all would make more sense in that context.
I called an electrical contractor about replacing a outlet that is shorting and was quoted $100. The local paper gave me the number of a handy man who will be here day after tomorrow to fix it for $35.
The kid stayed up last night or so she told me. She said she gave up trying to get to sleep at 4:30. She is so much like me sometimes it is scary.

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June 15, 2003

Iran Things are happening in

Things are happening in Iran pretty much the way I predicted many months ago (no I don't have a link to it, trust me). Leaders in Iran are blaming the US for stirring up the protests. I have no doubt that we do have covert operations ongoing in Iran, if we don't the CIA is even more useless that many think. If the mullahs and their regime was liked however nothing we or anyone else could say or do would make any difference.
As I predicted the mullahs and their followers have started to beat protesters, which will not work. At some point very soon there is going to be a blowup and a few (hopefully) or many Iranians will end up dead. This will trigger bigger and more violent protests that could lead to bringing the government down. Someone over there understands this because some of the radicals that had invaded the college dorms have been arrested. If they are able to keep the violence level down and let the protesters let off some steam things might blow over for a while. If people start getting killed we are going to start hearing calls for the US to intervene, ok not the US but the UN certainly.
In the end Iran's terror regime will fall, two down one to go.

Posted by Starhawk at 06:32 PM | Misc. | Comments (0)

Iran Things are happening in

Things are happening in Iran pretty much the way I predicted many months ago (no I don't have a link to it, trust me). Leaders in Iran are blaming the US for stirring up the protests. I have no doubt that we do have covert operations ongoing in Iran, if we don't the CIA is even more useless that many think. If the mullahs and their regime was liked however nothing we or anyone else could say or do would make any difference.
As I predicted the mullahs and their followers have started to beat protesters, which will not work. At some point very soon there is going to be a blowup and a few (hopefully) or many Iranians will end up dead. This will trigger bigger and more violent protests that could lead to bringing the government down. Someone over there understands this because some of the radicals that had invaded the college dorms have been arrested. If they are able to keep the violence level down and let the protesters let off some steam things might blow over for a while. If people start getting killed we are going to start hearing calls for the US to intervene, ok not the US but the UN certainly.
In the end Iran's terror regime will fall, two down one to go.

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June 14, 2003

Hillary Book Sales

It seems to me we have heard a lot about the books' first days sales but nothing about the second and third day, is it possible that sales have fallen off a cliff?

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Hillary Book Sales

It seems to me we have heard a lot about the books' first days sales but nothing about the second and third day, is it possible that sales have fallen off a cliff?

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June 12, 2003

A True Loss During the

A True Loss
During the Sixies when I was growing up in NYC we watched the evening news every night, we watched channel 4, we watched Huntley and Brinkley.
I grew up with David Brinkley and he has always been the TV person I have most respected. I never spent much time watching Sunday morning shows until he started This Week.
He was at his best during the numerous Conventions and Elections that he covered better than anyone since.
I love this quote.

One favorite topic was an announcement by the IRS on how they planned to collect taxes in the wake of a nuclear war.

"It says in areas of the country hardest hit, delinquent taxpayers will be given a little extra time. Otherwise, taxes will be collected as usual," he said.

RIP David Brinkley

Current Song: Reeling in the Years

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A True Loss During the

A True Loss
During the Sixies when I was growing up in NYC we watched the evening news every night, we watched channel 4, we watched Huntley and Brinkley.
I grew up with David Brinkley and he has always been the TV person I have most respected. I never spent much time watching Sunday morning shows until he started This Week.
He was at his best during the numerous Conventions and Elections that he covered better than anyone since.
I love this quote.

One favorite topic was an announcement by the IRS on how they planned to collect taxes in the wake of a nuclear war.

"It says in areas of the country hardest hit, delinquent taxpayers will be given a little extra time. Otherwise, taxes will be collected as usual," he said.

RIP David Brinkley

Current Song: Reeling in the Years

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