Friday, September 28, 2012

Circling the bowl indeed

Poking around in the blogosphere I came across a link over at The MIDDLE of the RIGHT to a story I had missed.  I’ve largely given up on CNN as a news source since so much of what they cover these days seems to my ear more in line with Entertainment Tonight.  I may have to start popping back in at CNN/Money a bit more often, though.

Things may be unraveling more and faster than even I realized.  I wish I could say I found this surprising.  I don’t.  I am a bit taken aback by the swiftness with wich it seems to be coming on.

Hold onto your hats, folks.  I expect this to be a bumpy ride…

Monday, September 24, 2012

And this passes for main-stream reporting?

 In a story updating a tragic accident we find this:

According to a release from the department, Gary A. Garafola, of 3 Ripple Road, was struck and killed while walking his dog just after 5 p.m.

Two “paragraphs” down (actually, after a run-on sentence pretending to be a paragraph) we find this:

Calls to a number listed for Garafola went unanswered Sunday afternoon.

NO SHIT!  He’s kind of busy being dead right at the moment!  You might want to try back after the resurrection.

I mean no disrespect to the deceased’s family and friends in their time of grief.  But I do find this reporter calling his house to be – I’m at a loss for words!  Feel free to insert your own adjective in the comments… <takes a deep breath> – to be beyond insensitive to the point of vulgarity.

EDIT: I have no idea where these empty videos are comming from.  They only seem to show up when I'm using Internet Exploder on other than my usual computer.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Here we go again…

Man allegedly steals $100K coin collection, then spends at face value on pizza and a movie

To quote Bugs: “What a maroon!”

We had a case a while back where some more local ‘maroon’ stole a relative’s collection and dumped it into a CoinStar machine.  That id10t didn’t even get face value because the machine skims 8% off the top as the fee for using the machine.  It blows my mind how dumb some crooks really are!

Not much of an article

But the comments are entertaining.

Dollar and precious metals at a glance

Poking around on YouTube again …

... I stumbled across this.

(Both videos are HD. I suggest you watch them full screen.)

 I was a huge fan of Babylon 5. G’kar came to be one of my favorite characters. His growth and transformation throughout the series was something to behold. Andreas brought G’kar to life far beyond a mere character in a SciFi TV series. This compilation is a worthy reminder.

Another worthy bit is Citizen G’kar’s first speech before the Counsel.

Andreas left us on the 13th of February, 2006. I just came across the tribute this evening and thought I’d share.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

I’m sooo confused!

I’ve had a couple of comments lately that just don’t sound right to my ear.  Blogger has shunted them into the spam folder.  But I’m not sure.  I don’t see any of the embedded links that are normally present in most of the spam I see.  They sound as if they were written by a non-native English speaker or maybe machine translated.  Most are complimentary in general terms – but seem to have nothing to do with the post on which they were made.

Have you, my loyal reader (note the singular), seen anything like this?  What’s your take on it?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

And so it goes.

A while back Blogger came out with a new interface.  The suckage was intense.  I looked and looked and finally found where they had stashed the old interface.  I switched back immediately.  Well, it looks like Blogger has finally caught up with me and taken away the interface I was familiar with.  The one that worked - at least most of the time.  Let's hoe they have actually, you know, fixed this one.  It would be a royal PITA to have to move again...

Update’n the ol’ Blogroll

Not that I don’t already have too much to read…

Run over by a Karma Giha

From the link at SayUncle we find this nugget at Marooned:

Karma is a Bitch...


One thing leads to another

Every time I hear this song on the radio

I think of this
Thanks Weerd!
\\\\’ Hooray! ‘////

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The TRUTH will be heard.

Whether those listening want to hear it or not!

I received this via email from a friend:
Columbine father- 12 years later!!

Guess our national leaders didn't expect this. On Thursday, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton , Colorado , was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee. What he said to our     national leaders during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful.

They were not prepared for what he was to say, nor was it received well. It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician, every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert! These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness. The following is a portion of the     transcript:

" Since the dawn of creation there has been both good &  evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.

"The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used.   Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain's heart.

"In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter.   I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA - because I don't believe that they are responsible for my daughter's death. Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel's murder I would be their strongest opponent.

I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy -- it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves.    I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best.

Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air.
You've stripped away our heritage,
You've outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question "Why?"
You regulate restrictive laws,
Through legislative creed.
And yet you fail to understand,
That God is what we need!

Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush     in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation's history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact. What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine's tragedy occurs -- politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that continue to     erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws. Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts.

"As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I challenge every young person in America , and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools.    Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him. To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA -- I give to you a sincere challenge. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone!  My daughter's death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!"
Darrell Scott
Do what the media did not - - let the nation hear this man's speech. Please send this out to everyone you can.
God Bless
Here is my reply:

Very hard to read because it's so true.  In the gun bloging community there is a term for the reaction of groups like the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Ownership and Illegal Mayors Against Guns. 

We call it "blood dancing." 

It’s as if they were dancing in the blood of the victims.  Sometimes it seems as if they can hardly contain their glee.  It begins almost the moment the first news reports come out any time a significant event such as Columbine occurs.  The various groups are brought in by their friends in the media to offer "expert opinions" on how this "gun crime" can be stopped. 

But it's not "gun crime."  It's crime.  Murder is a crime whether you use a gun or as Darrell Scott pointed out, a club.  A tool is a tool.  It can be used for good or for evil.  How it is used is entirely dependent on the intentions of the person using it. 

So often events like Columbine or Virginia Tech or the Colorado movie massacre happen in places that MAIG and the Brady's insist should be safe.  They call them Gun Free Zones.  We call them Defenseless Victim Zones.  In military terms they are known as Soft Targets.  Places where large numbers of people gather who have been stripped of their ability to defend themselves by laws, rules set out by the owners of the venue or simply by local custom.  Those with evil intent are well aware that they will almost certainly meet no effective resistance.  In the vast majority of cases the killing didn't stop until the killer was ready to stop.

In what can only be called a gross perversion of justice, it's been taken so far in the Brady's paradise of (formerly) Great Britton that defending yourself against a criminal is a crime in and of itself!  One that will get you, the defender, in more trouble with the law than the criminal you were defending against!

Fortunately people are finally starting to wake up to the lies we have been fed buy these groups, by our elected leaders and by so many who have been misled by them.

Life IS worth defending!  It is both our right and our duty to do so.  We can no longer sit idly by and hope that if we give the criminals what they want maybe they won’t kill us.  What if what they want IS to kill us?  In the three mass murder tragedies I’ve mentioned robbery was not a motive.  In all three the killer’s intent was to “go out in a blaze of glory.”  You will note that I have not named any of the killers.  They will not receive their glory or fame (really infamy) from me.  All they will get from me is indifference to their lack of humanity and my outrage at their actions.

And I will heap that same outrage on anyone who would deny another human being the right to defend themselves.  Those who would deny that right are not seeking to make anyone but the criminals they are empowering safe.  In a very real sense they are acting as accessories before the fact.  We should be prosecuting them to the fullest extent of the law – not re-electing them!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Blog Fodder

(Originally written in my notebook yesterday afternoon while waiting for an appointment…)

Sitting in the waiting room at my eye doctor’s I was perusing a copy of Field & Stream.  On page – Iduno - they don’t have page numbers…  They had a section on Non-Tips of the Year.  One was as follows:

Sick People need good outdoor advice too
Don’t throw out your past issues of F&S.  Take them to your next visit to your doctor or dentist.  Some of their magazines can be quite old.”

I checked what issue I was reading:  December 2010/January 2011.


Monday, September 3, 2012

Happy Labor Day!

In honor of Labor Day I nuked a couple of hotdogs.  Sorry, I didn’t photograph them for you.  I chose to eat them while they were still warm instead.  You know how things cool down so fast when nuked.

Enjoy and be safe out there!

Thought for the day:

In 1920 thanks in large part to ever increasing manufacturing efficiencies the base price of a Ford Model T was $260 (according to Wikipedia).
The dollar was backed by Gold at an exchange rate of $22 per Ounce Troy (oz/T).
So the cost of the car was 11.81 ounces Troy if paid for in gold. 

The invoice price of a base 2013 Ford Fusion is $20,235  (according to Edmonds)  The dollar was taken off the Gold Standard in 1971 by Executive Order signed by Richard Nixon.  Today the spot price of one ounce Troy of Gold is $1693.70 (according to Kitco).  So the cost of the car is 11.94 oz/T if paid for in Gold.

And you get more car for your gold…  Of course we’re not really talking about Fords.  We’re talking about fiat…  You see, gold is not over priced - the dollar is circling the bowl.

What’s that whooshing sound I hear?