Tuesday, April 19, 2005

On a more (or less) heated note

We have this question from Junk Science:
Just where IS the "Global Mean Temperature" taken? At what elevation? How many places is it taken?

And more to the point, what IS the Earths "proper temprature?

You can also see a realtime hourly "Global Mean Temp" for you that are into "Global Temprature Variations"
I was wondering why I made Yahoo search on this question

When I remembered my e-mail address, which is a nickname from my old Sea Bee Battalion

Monday, April 18, 2005

Finally, the Dems are making a move on high gas prices

(2005-04-12) -- With gasoline prices at the pump well over $2 per gallon, Democrats in Congress who have staunchly opposed oil drilling in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), today sought to prove they have a proactive plan for America's energy independence.

At a news conference on the steps of the Capitol, Congressional Democrats unveiled a new 7-point plan for fossil fuel freedom. The $873 billion program would create a new Department of Independence from Petroleum Suppliers to implement the following proactive measures.

* Low-income families will receive a monthly allocation of refined Alaskan caribou milk -- a cheap, plentiful alternative to gasoline.
* America will harness the energy of environmental protestors by paying them to push the cars of government officials.
* American corporations will be required to hire people from neighborhoods within three miles of their facilities to enhance "employee ambulatory commuting."
* Popular vacation spots will be required to relocate to within five miles of population density centers. For example, Disney will open virtual Magic Kingdom kiosks in thousands of convenience stores nationwide.
* All of the nation's remaining undeveloped land, abandoned lots and industrial 'brown field' sites will be designated as national parks to provide local vacation spots within walking distance for most Americans.
* The IRS will offer a Family-Compound Tax Credit to extended families which establish joint residence on the same property, thereby eliminating the need to drive to visit loved ones.
* The federal tax on a gallon of gasoline will be increased to $8.59 in order to reduce consumption and thereby increase the supply which will drive down the price per gallon.

Now, where do you think this came from? Junk Science, The New Editor, or Scrappleface?
Something else I forgot about small town Texas

The mail is delivered by truck to larger processing centers, so there are alot of small towns on the carriers rout. If you want to get mail postmarked the same day, you need to get it into the P.O. building, because the mail is collected from the boxes when the mail truck is near. In Hondo it's 5:45 PM- only- daily or 3:55PM on Saturdays. If you miss that, then you need to find someone going to San Antonio the next morning.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Aelfheld has some good posts about the way those "RINOS" are acting up in DC

He's started a series of articles about "the Base" being snubbed by republicans in DC.

I agree, I'm not a real republican, I'm a Conservative. I want to be able to vote for the person that I think will help run this country the right way. No that's not a typo, Reagan was a Republican, Newt Gingrich is a Republican, there aren't many real Republicans up in DC now. most are Republicans In Name Only.

Go read him, he's got the wonderful gift of language ; I wish I could write half as well as him.
Update on our CATatonic relationship with the dogs

Ok we'd been feeding the cat thru the fence, and he'd been coming through it to get some attention. Yesterday I left the little black dog out (more medium size, really) to see if she'd be nice. She knew the cat was in the yard with us, but didn't know where. As wife was working on the garden, cat was with her and dog found him.

The black dog didn't hesitate before she went for the cat and got a mouthfull of grey fur, and a swat across the face from the cat. Meg was startled, and took a step back as the cat was swiping at air. Cat saw an opportunity, and up the tree he went. It was a tree next to the back porch, and dog didn't know WHERE cat went. She can't climb trees, so I guess it never occored to her to look up.

Anyway the cat stayed in the tree untill wife and I went out to practice with the pellet gun (about 2 hours later), guess cat is a Liberal and doesn't like guns. Down the tree he went, and though the fence.

OK, you'd think the cat would get a clue about dogs. Wrong, he was inside the fence with BOTH dogs runing free. I was spraying them as they got too close, well dogs are dogs, and nature took it's course. It was the same friendly black dog that went after the cat again. He's now hiding under the back shed.
More hints for small towns in west Texas

When doing the weekly shopping, if there is a Super-S in one town and an H.E.B. in another, don't even think about heading all the way into the southside-San Antonio to the *ONLY* H.E.B. within 5 miles. Especially if it's close to an Air Force base(and it's a small H.E.B. to boot).

It will probably be a little more expensive in the small town, but will be ALOT less crowded- and more friendly.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

In case you missed all the MSM hype about the Giuliana Sgrena investigation

"The preliminary report from a joint U.S.-Italian investigation has cleared the American soldiers of any wrongdoing and provides new details into the shooting.

Intelligence agent Calipari had just negotiated Sgrena's release from Iraqi kidnappers on March 4 when the two and a driver headed for the Baghdad airport in a compact rental car.

It was dark when the Italians turned onto a ramp leading to the airport road where the U.S. military had set up a temporary checkpoint.

The investigation found the car was about 130 yards from the checkpoint when the soldiers flashed their lights as a warning to stop. But the car kept coming and, at 90 yards, warning shots were fired. At 65 yards, when the car failed to stop, the soldiers used lethal force — a machine gun burst that killed Calipari and wounded Sgrena and the driver.

The investigation failed, however, to resolve one critical dispute: The Americans claim the car was racing toward the checkpoint at about 50 miles per hour, the Italians say it was traveling at a much slower speed."

Funny how it's failed to mention the Commie Reporter even told about how they were going so fast, they almost lost control more than once.

Oh, and don't bother searching for more information today, the only ones with up-to-date mentions are Right Wing Blogs.
Update on the cell phone

If you move to a small town in the western part of Texas, be aware that there are NO local cell phone numbers. The 830 area code surrounds San Antonio (210) and the closest 830 number I was offered was New Braunfels. I guess I'll keep my 210 prefix, it doesn't really matter, since my T-Mobile cell doesn't work at the house anyway. There is no real need to get it working anyway, because most of my new neighbors don't seem to be illegal MEXICANS.
Oh, by the way, Andrea Dworkin is dead

Now it's safe to use your male marital rights to put your wife back in bed. Or back chained to the stove barefoot and pregnant.

Friday, April 15, 2005

I had forgotten just how expensive it is to move

Not the moving its self- we did that, but the initial service fees. We're paying SBC $157.06 for 3 days of service; and speaking of phones:
if I wanted my service companys primary message to be MEXICAN, I wouldn't have signed up for one whose spokesbabe speaks the Kings English and Welch. Sorry but I have a gripe about an AMERICAN company giving their MEXICAN customers first billing on the hierarchy of auto answering machines.

I've been prompt on the electric, so Bluebonnet Elect. Co-op can send a credit letter to Medina Co. Elect. Co-op, and not have another $250 added to the bill.

As far as a choice between Charter cable and satellite TV, go satellite. When you cull all the Shopping channels, MEXICAN channels, Sports channels, and other assorted BS, there are about 15 choices to flip through. I'll pay the same amount for about 120 usable channels, thank you very much.

Did I mention we inherited a declawed cat? The dogs want to 'play' with it. He (his given name is/was Beudreau) they're slowly getting together. I don't think the black dog would have too much trouble, but the fat white one doesn't want to play nice. He has access to water, but we're putting his food arms reach on the other side of the fence. He had some Tx style pork ribs last night, too.

Everything is settling down, the girls are out playing in the community park, and wife is watching her bad Sci-Fi (yes we have the Sci-Fi Channel).

Thursday, April 14, 2005

New words for 2005

BLAMESTORMING - Sitting around in a group, discussing why a deadline
was missed or a project failed, and who was responsible.

SEAGULL MANAGER - A manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, craps
on everything, and then leaves.

ASSMOSIS - The process by which people seem to absorb success and
advancement by sucking up to the boss rather than working hard.

SALMON DAY - The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream
only to get screwed and die.

CUBE FARM - An office filled with cubicles.

PRAIRIE DOGGING - When someone yells or drops something loudly in a
cube farm, and people's heads pop up over the walls to see that's going
on. (This also applies to applause from a promotion because there may
be cake.)

MOUSE POTATO - The on-line, wired generation's answer to the couch

SITCOMs - Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage. What
yuppies turn into when they have children and one of them stops working
to stay home with the kids or start a "home business".

STRESS PUPPY - A person who seems to thrive on being stressed out and

PERCUSSIVE MAINTENANCE - The fine art of whacking the cr*p out of an
electronic device to get it to work again.

ADMINISPHERE - The rarefied organisational layers beginning just above
the rank and file. Decisions that fall from the "adminisphere" are
often profoundly inappropriate or irrelevant to the problems they were
designed to solve. This is often affiliated with the dreaded
"administrivia" needless paperwork and processes.

404 - Someone who's clueless. From the World Wide Web error message
"404 Not Found," meaning that the requested document could not be

OHNOSECOND - That minuscule fraction of time in which you realise that
you've just made a BIG mistake (e.g. you've hit 'reply all')

BEER COAT - The invisible but warm coat worn when walking home after a
booze cruise at 3 in the morning.

BEER COMPASS - The invisible device that ensures your safe arrival home
after booze cruise, even though you're too drunk to remember where you
live, how you got here, and where you've come from.

JOHNNY-NO-STARS - A young man of substandard intelligence, the typical
adolescent who works in a burger restaurant. The 'no-stars' comes from
the badges displaying stars that staff at fast-food restaurants often wear to show their level of training.

MILLENNIUM DOMES - The contents of a Wonderbra, i.e. extremely
impressive when viewed from the outside, but there's actually nought in
there worth seeing.

MYSTERY BUS - The bus that arrives at the pub on Friday night while
you're in the toilet after your 10th pint, and whisks away all the
unattractive people so the pub is suddenly packed with stunners when
you come back in.

MYSTERY TAXI - The taxi that arrives at your place on Saturday morning
before you wake up, whisks away the stunner you slept with, and leaves
a 10-Pinter in your bed instead.

SALAD DODGER - An excellent phrase for an overweight person.
Sorry about the lack of posts, it's been kinda hectic here

The work computer doesn't didn't have a printer hooked to the computer, so I had to do it at home. I'm redoing report sheets for the Railroad Commission, and quarterly reports, as I try to find things.

Also the unwritten "15 minutes on the phone" that I and the 14 yr-old (and mom generally) were using got thrown out the window last night when the 16 yr-old was gabbling and giggling with ther old friends in Lockhart. I said something about the time she was on the phone and - GUESS WHAT??? I was in trouble for picking on her! Yep, the two year old "15 minute rule" got *forgotten* about as soon as I mentioned it in regards to her "Precious". I can't win for loosing when it comes to her. I can't talk to her. When I open my mouth to say someting, I can hear that HUGE bankvault door slamming shut in her mind, and if I say anything I'd have better luck talking to the wall.

Oh cr*p, it just occured to me, she's a 16 yr-old sophmore, she'll be a 17 yr-old junior, and then a 18 year-old senior - - I CAN'T stop wasting money on her 18th b-day. I have to put up with her untill she's almost 19. OHHHhhhhh, the horror.

Well maybe then she might actually start acting like some kind of responsible adult - hopefuly.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

No posts this morning, had work on the computer last nite- and the kids actually do homework!

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Looks like another slow posting day

Didn't see much that grabbed my attention this morning, again. Wife is getting a touch of some kind of stomach virus, and we both didn't get much sleep after about 3AM. That's life, it happens.

On a different note, I'm 42 away from the magic 1,000. WOW! with my readership it'll be sometime in the near next month. Unless I want to use some cheap PORN gimmics JENNA BUSH NUDE to LESBIAN DOMS bring GAY PORN in BOOBS some ADULT CONTENT extra BRITENY SPEARS BARE BOOBS readers.

Monday, April 11, 2005

This should go under the heading of "Be careful of what you wish for"

The waiter took a Merlot to the woman and said, "This is from the gentleman seated over there," indicating the sender. She regarded the wine coolly for a second, not looking at the man, and decided to send a reply note to the man. The waiter, who was lingering for a response, took the note from her and conveyed it to the gentleman.

The note read: "For me to accept this bottle, you need to have a Mercedes in your garage, a million dollars inthe bank, and 7 inches in your pants."

After reading the note, the man sniffed and composed one of his own in return. He folded the note, handed it to the waiter and instructed him to return this to the woman.

It read: "For your information, I have a Ferrari Maranello, a BMW Z8, a Mercedes CL600 and a Porsche Turbo in my garage. There is over twenty million dollars in my bank account. But, not even for a woman as beautiful as you would I cut three inches off! Just send the bottle back!."

Ok, I didn't find anything worth commenting on today.
I'm glad to know that I'm not alone in my opinion of "wind turbines"

Across the pond, up in Scotland- they have a bit of objection to the ugly things too.

The British government wants to cover the moors with 100 meter (over 300') tall wind turbines. The Scots have a viable tourist industry going, but that'll go out the window if regular tourists have to look at the ugly things. But on the bright side:
Chris Tomlinson, the head of onshore wind for the British Wind Energy Association, the main industry group, argues that the protesters are wrong about tourism and that, if anything, the Whinash scheme will increase the number of visitors.

Visitor centres at two wind farms, at Scroby Sands near Great Yarmouth and Swaffham in Norfolk, have attracted 5,000 visitors a month.

Yep, put a visitors center at each one, and the same 5,000 people will be diluted by that much.
Wind power won't, in the near future come anywhere close to making up in power for the ugly of it's self.

I also predict thsat these same "Green Activists" will have those windmills shut down because of the bird killings that's fixing to happen.

Remember, you heard it here first.
(I almost got done without mentioning the ugly things greeting you when you drive into Cali)

Sunday, April 10, 2005

There's been talk about illegals hurting our Security.

Here's some proof, via Glenn Beck.

The Marines and Army are having problems
using their live-fire ranges because of the illegals running through them.
Since July 2004, the training range has been shut down more than 500 times because of immigrants spotted on the range, causing a loss of more than 1,100 training hours, said Colonel James J. Cooney, the base's commanding officer.

''That's equivalent to almost 46 days of training. We're getting overrun here," he said in an interview. ''Any moment we take away from a Marine's experience base could cost him his life in combat."

Cooney said Marines intercepted more than 1,500 undocumented immigrants on the training range last year and, in the first three months of this year, more than 1,100. Base personnel detain the immigrants and call in Border Patrol agents to pick them up.

So far we haven't hurt or killed any of them yet (that we know) but:

Last summer a Marine pilot dropped a practice bomb on a target and seconds later, a few feet away, a small group of illegal immigrants scrambled from underneath a bush and ran down the range. The near miss was caught on a training tape that Cooney has reviewed.

So far the Marines said there have been no deaths of immigrants in the training exercises.

''My overall concern is that we'd have an unfortunate incident out there where we'd inadvertently harm an illegal entrant that we did not spot or see, and that in turn would cause a moratorium on training until we sorted out what exactly happened," said Cooney.

OK, I know that most of those third world trespassers are products of a corrupt education system (the Mexican one) and are basicly illiterate, but they should be warned using pictographs, maybe. If they still cross, well in the famous words of Daily Koz (which takes you to his main page since it appears he's deleted the article referenced here)

- "Screw them!"
They're twice where they don't belong (in the US and on a live-fire range)

Saturday, April 09, 2005

I was looking at my new edition of Popular Mechanics for April

The print version, the link will have it up next month.
They are giving us their vision of the near future (25 years, or so).

The cars look like cr*p, powered by 'widely available alternative fuels'. They didn't mention Pick-ups, but the way they're going- they'll look like a minivan with the back notched out. If you can even buy one anymore.
I mean, c'm on- when's the last time you saw a pick-up that LOOKED like a pick-up is (was) supposed (used) to look? The front glass is extending farther and farther into the hood, the cabs are getting bigger and the bed's are getting shorter. The next "new" pickup I get will be something like an old Apache, '60-'68 year model C-10, old F-100, Power waggon, or International p/up with a totaly upgraded interior, drive train, ICE F*CKING COLD a/c, C/D player, seats , , , Everything new but the body.

OHhh, back to the mag, soldiers are going to look kinda like storm troopers, with "reactive" uniforms that *harden* when hit and high tech helmets, and caseless ammunition. If those BDUs are as clumsy and hot as they look, I hope they have a lightweight cooling system in them.
The "housing" is as improbable as the rest. I guess if you spend all your time in a HUGE city, you think everyone wants to live in a ricketty box that snaps together.

Thanks P.M., I'll keep my old style country living.
And now for smething completely different

I'm not sure if this doesn't belong in the pathetic catagory, GenX/slacker catagory, or sortta sublminimally sly catagory.

There's this guy up at UW-Whitewater who's in his 11th year at school(college). When I first read it, I thought 'yep, typical lazy kid', then I read farther down.

Disregarding the fact that he's got over $30,000 of student loans, and a 'slacker fee' he's being lauded for "paying his way" by his (liberal sounding) mother who also has this to say about her Johnny:
Shelle Lechner of Pewaukee, a convenience store manager, said she likes that her son has used his college time to pursue his dreams, including a songwriting career. He has self-financed five acoustic-guitar CDs and performs widely. That means he can't sell them, right?

"He's an adult. He's paying for college himself. I don't have a right to tell him to get a job," she said. "He's doing what he wants to do, and he's happy. I couldn't ask for a better kid."

Afeter going throught the entire article, we find the main reason he's still in college:
Sophomore Jenny Zinda, 20, hangs out with Lechner and said she doesn't think of him as old. Zinda was in fourth grade when Lechner was a college freshman.

"Some girls say it's weird that he's still here, but the bottom line is they all want him," Zinda said. "Everyone knows him and there's a certain excitability about being friends with and dating Johnny Lechner." - - - yep, p*ssy!

Friday, April 08, 2005

TEST-TEST, , , Checking - one - two - three

Can you hear me?

Just wondering if Blogger's as f*cked as it has been for the last two days?

Whenever I tried to post; I got an error message telling me that "this item contains no data". Yeh, no chit- I know the blog sucks, but there's no need to editorialize on content. By a site run by Google, no less.


Or maybe the were talking about bloggers committment to service?

Thursday, April 07, 2005

I didn't read what Captains Quarters or Michelle Malkin had to say

But Zippo is rounding up a crew to go up and invade Canada.

Like I said, I didn't read the links, and don't really care abooot Canada. I've been there, and if you remember the America of , , , say - the '60's (infrastructure-wise) you know what Canada's like. I know most (native)Canadians are fairly consrevative, but the rejects we sent up during 'Nam have kinda taken the reigns of leadership, and used them to over run the majority. That and the fact that aboooot a third of Canada would rather look to FRANCE as a role model, rather than the U.K.

OH, by the way, Blogger is half-assed working now- spell check still doesn't.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

And in the "Chickens comming home to Roost" catagory

Bush is going to take his wife, dad, Sec. of State and Bill Clinton to say "good-by" to the Pope.
Don't know why he didn't let Jimmy Carter tag along.
The same Jimmy who's been sniping and backstabbing at anything our current President tries to accomplish. The same Jimmy Carter who vetted (or tried to vet) any fraudulent election that favored dictatorship over democracy.
Well, it looks like they're finally going to do something about our borders

Too bad it's scheduled to start in 2007, for U.S. citizens and other legal entries.
Still nothing being done about Jorge Uveydoublu's favorite constituancy.

I don't have time this morning to Fisk it all, so go take a look at how our borders are being protected.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Thank GOD we live over 180 miles inland and about 760 ft above sea level

According to this article over at the Nice Doggie site, stolen from LGF ,allah is going to swamp America with a tidal wave.

Doesn't that just go to show you what I've believed for quite a while?
Islam is jealous of us (Christians and Jews- the infidel) because we got the good stuff first and keep progressing.
Our religions are older than Islam, more tolerant (the Cusades were a backlash against the moslem invasion of southern Europe)generally.
Both of us(Judeo-Christians) have the Old Testement ( we have a new one, too) They have the k(QU)oran, and it's a cheap knock-off of the bible, with none of the love and humility.
Our religion has been around before the Christ- theirs was cooked up around 800 A.D. (if I remember right).
We have Adam and Eve: them - they treat women as badly as dogs.
We have Moses and Soloman- ummm they hate dogs.
We had Noah and the flood- and the Dove of Peace- They have a Tsunami 3,000 years later.

Yep, I'm sure glad that in 2007 when Allah decides to flood the U.S. by sinking the Canary Islands I'll be sitting in the hill country of Texas, SURF FISHING.

Monday, April 04, 2005

The American Thinker has a good background article on Illegals

The article Mexico on the brink gives a bit of reality in some of the motives of the massive illegal migration. It almost makes me want to ease-up a bit on immigration. BUT, I'm not a "Compassionate Conservative", so I think the laws need to be enforced for our own protection.
We need to as far as a country unified by language, social mores, and , , , well basic
common courtesy. We're falling behind there, folks. Turning the corner to a second world country, and if we can't stop the slide, we WILL be a third world country before alot realize it.
Hmmph, I got a link from Alta vista

But I don't remember posting anything about longhair blonde kiss* gallery, much less in what looks like some kind of scandinavian.

But that's what was in my referral log.
Ok, we're moved- mostly

We got most of our stuff here, and the dogs have been exploring all afternoon.
It took two trailer loads to get the big stuff out here, and my fuel milage went in the tank. I figgured I was getting about 10 MPG or so- there was a strong easterly wind, so I was fighting the wind with the loaded trailer.

My Ev-1 internet dial-up is really slow- out of Hondo, and Charter cable leaves ALOT to be desired(compared to Time-Warner). I went with Charter because the phones weren't supposed to be hooked up untill early this week- good job SBC for being ahead of the curve. I just don't know what I've got as far as expanded local phone service, or what the long distance plan is like. I did it when I had free time at work.

I'll be getting satellite TV soon, but payed for a month of cable, so there's no rush.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Exept for the "Big Guy" in Rome, it looks like a quiet nite

I'm not Catholic, so he didn't mean much to me. On the good side he did his part in the defeat of Communism.

Then were the pediphile preists- which was swept under the rug- untill the rug was too full.
And the way it seemed like he tried to buck America every time we tried to do away with brutal dicators, or tried to improve a third worlds lot in life.

Back at the home front, I'm finally getting caught up to what I should have completed last week-end. We're slowly, but shurely getting moved. First thing tomorrow, the beds are going on the trailer, and packed in- then off 10 miles west of Castroville.
We have Electricity, Water, Trash pick-up, and Tv watching ability. Right now we have Charter cable -only- we're too far out to get broadband. Now I can try to get the best deal on satellite TV.

I'll have to still come back next week-end to finish up what needs doing, not much tho, and hopefully we'll have new tennants here (so I can have electric and water).

All is settling down in casa trainwreck, wife is watching her bad sci-fi, and the girls are in their rooms.
Ok, looks like Blogger is having "issues" again

, , , And I had a prominent mention of ZiPpo and El Capitan, too.