Friday, November 30, 2007
Now all we need to do is convince the lawmakers to go to all mail voting as is practiced in Oregon.
Our day is coming!
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” - Henry Ford
And learning means change...
(Henry Ford was not a role model for anyone...but he was right about this.)
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Nah! I'm sure he was just trying to get rid of those pesky virii. But... wouldn't he have had an anti-virus program on his government owned computer?
And here’s some links that I found. All sounded interesting.
The percentage of overweight adults has stayed the same recently, but it's still at an all-time high. 'You can only get so fat,' one physiologist says.
I’m afraid it will have to stay that way. Weight reduction would cause a dramatic drop in cotton sales worldwide. Farmers would default on their loans. Cotton pickers would have to go on welfare. A million Chinese workers laid off. A tragedy!
The AMA, which says Americans should consume 50% less sodium, has joined consumer groups asking for government intervention.
It’s about time. I’ve seen people putting salt on pizza. What are they thinking? People; we’re our own worst enemy.
And then I was thinking about
And then there are the quotes to look at.
Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well- warmed, and well-fed. - Herman Melville
You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood, place it in the navel of a firefly and still have room enough for three caraway seeds and a producer's heart. - Fred Allen
His lack of education is more than compensated for by his keenly developed moral bankruptcy. - Woody Allen
Fools rush in where fools have been before. - Unknown
Science is facts; just as houses are made of stones, so is science made of facts; but a pile of stones is not a house and a collection of facts is not necessarily science. - Henri Poincare
Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.
- Will Rogers
I don't deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don't deserve that either. - Jack Benny
On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time. - George Orwell
So far it’s pretty much a typical day. Read the mail. Drink the coffee. Check the weather. Read the feeds. Drink the coffee. Open the journal. Go back to the feeds. Read some more. Type.
Somewhere in that litany above I have also looked for the cat; she couldn’t be found? And I haven’t heard a peep from the scanner this morning, so the police can eat their donuts in peace for a little while.
But yesterday the scanner was filled with the story of a car chase from Highway 32 in
And while I was reading the feeds, specifically the Time Goes By blog, I found a neat reference to Boomer 411, a service for the newly aging ‘boomers’. And the blog has a great interview with
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Definitely worth reading. And she's right. Those of us who are older do remember the assaults on our liberty (HUAC) in the past. But no one wants to hear it anymore. In many cultures, age and the wisdom that go along with it are valued...but not in this one.
OK, that’s enough. I’m not pursuing any goals today. It’s far too disappointing when goals aren’t met. I will just do what has to be done and let it go at that. And enjoy!
I don’t know where that previous comment came from. It just sort of spilled out of my fingertips. I must have been feeling guilty about something… but, even so, I like the thought!
The wind is really blowing this morning. And the cat was eager to come in. I can imagine her senses are bombarded with ‘warnings’ in a wind like this. It must be tiring.
Although I have received email, the internet is unavailable to me this morning. I checked my RSS feeds and they were last updated around yesterday. Curse you, Direcway!
So, I’m reading my email and I come across this headline, “U.S. not up to speed on broadband By
Lawmakers want to know where availability is low to help the nation keep up internationally.” And of course I raised my hand. Me! Pick me!
And there was this headline, “Many shows could take weeks to roll after the walkout ends By
If the writers strike ended today,
OK, I’ve rebooted and here comes the feeds. Including the weather, this tells me that it’s windy. Duh!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I’ve just been wandering about this morning. Browsing is the perfect word. And I ran across the Mother Jones magazine website; a locale I haven’t to in a long time. I used to subscribe to the print edition, but the subscription ran out and I simply forgot to renew it. And yes, there really
is was a Mother Jones at one time. A genuine heroine.
I have recipe on my desk here and I guess I better type it out and get it onto my ‘food’ blog. It’s for a sticky bun Bundt cake type breakfast roll. And it’s good! In fact, it could be too good…
Monday, November 26, 2007
A good article but it could lead you to believe that 'phthalates', the chemical in question, is only found in cosmetics... but, in Mr. Shapiro's interview on Fresh Air, he points out that this chemical is found in almost every plastic made in this country. Any plastic or vinyl that needs to be soft, contains phthalates. Your childrens' toys, the dash on your car and even the plastic tubing for IV meds.
Don't worry about the lead in the paint, you have to deliberately ingest that to suffer any harm. But this is something you need to worry about, it's all around you and it's in the air as well.
The people involved in making the chemical deny that there is any safety hazard. As expected.
And then there is this news from Arnie...
(Yes, Shannon...this is the stuff we were talking about that gets all over the inside of your windshield. And once it's all gone...poof! into the air you're breathing, your dash becomes brittle and breaks.)
You know I have to read this book!
What else is new? Well, I will soon be off and walking this morning. Getting in a few more miles of fitness. All very necessary of course. I was just reading a blog that I used to read daily and then stopped reading, maybe a few months ago. And,
My day is complete. Laughter. “Confronting an enormous fund-raising gap with Democrats, Republican Party officials say they are recruiting wealthy candidates who can spend millions of their own money to finance their Congressional races.” And the ‘rich’ are like all of the rest of us, how?
Good example. When Emperor Bush the 1st was running against Clinton, a deciding moment in the electorates minds came when George was confronted by a laser scanner at the supermarket and he thought that was the greatest thing he had ever seen! A miracle! It was obvious at that point that the man had never shopped for anything during his privileged life.
I began the morning in my usual way and read the incoming email and then forwarded one item. A request to create a pdf file and return a document; just the usual morning stuff. And then I stared at the monitor. Got some coffee and stared some more. Going nowhere fast. Cat’s in my lap. That’s going to make it hard to get that second cup. Weather. Boring.
So I moved on and read Time Goes By and the article about Senate Bill S.1959, The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism and Prevention Act of 2007. Now I don’t know about you, but that name, alone, makes me very suspicious of the sponsors’ intentions. And as you read further, you can see that it’s really an assault on our First Amendment rights as American citizens and is cloaked in the usual ‘anti-terrorism’ fabric to make it look good.
Why do we let this happen? How did this bill get this far? Have we all forgotten what it means to be free? Really free? Despite my teachers, I did learn the real meaning of the First Amendment. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” I simply can’t imagine a world without that freedom. But, unfortunately, there are plenty of people in high places that will not be satisfied until we are all thinking alike. ‘The right way’. Dissent of any kind simply disturbs their view of an orderly world.
The majority of people that believe in bills, like HR.1955/S.1959, are not necessarily evil. They are the type of people who cannot imagine a world where people would have any view that differed from theirs. And any differing view must be silenced because, in their view, it’s simply wrong! They usually believe they’re good citizens, when, in fact, they are the exact opposite.
And here's the kicker in this bill...“(3) The Internet has aided in facilitating violent radicalization, ideologically based violence, and the homegrown terrorism process in the United States by providing access to broad and constant streams of terrorist-related propaganda to United States citizens.”
That, alone, makes the bill very dangerous. Can you think of anything else the internet has done? How about providing free speech for everyone? And who should decide what we can read or write? The Decider? Your Senator? Your police? Your neighbor?
Time Goes By has the information needed to contact your representatives...
Sunday, November 25, 2007
As you can see from their website, they are getting ready for their 70th ride, and I began working as a wrangler for them in 1978 and I gave it up in 1988, after their 50th Anniversary ride. And looking at the photos, I was able to spot a couple of faces I knew from those days.
There will be more on my Working blog…
underneath that gray mustache, I believe is Dave Shepherd, our fellow wrangler and farrier.
Amazing! I was just reading an article in the Economist about
For instance; Huckabee can give you hours and hours of 10 second sound bites that will make you think he’s the answer to your Republican dreams. He’s folksy, he’s fit and he even plays rock and roll on his own guitar! He’s a Baptist minister and so he can be as pious as anyone. More! He even sweats ‘family values’. You wish he lived next door to you! I could go on and on, but I won’t. Huckabee is a huckster. He doesn’t have a clue as to how the real world operates and he isn’t interested in learning either.
“…He rouses nativist crowds by fretting that America cannot be secure unless it is self-sufficient in food, energy and military hardware. “I don't want to see our food come from China, our oil come from Saudi Arabia and our manufacturing come from Europe and Asia,” he says. “There is so much foolishness in that one sentence it is hard to unpack,” comments
We couldn’t do any of those things 50 years ago and we certainly can’t do them today. And we need candidates that know that. Please.
Another excellent story...
I do the same thing here on the Planet Orland, but at Christmas time. You can't help but wonder at the stories behind the faces you see in line. And I can't begin to count the number of times I've had to carry out the food boxes and found the men? of the family sitting in the car. What's even sadder... men and boys will be in the car, waiting. Women and girls come inside to get the food. And so it perpetuates through the generations.
Another sad story about health care... but I couldn't help but wonder; why can't Senators push their own elevator buttons? Are elevator operators employed anywhere else in the USA? Anywhere? A perfect illustration of the disconnect between 'them' and 'us'.
Weather is on my mind this morning. And not much else. Weather? How very boring. I can’t get my brain engaged for some reason. Is it because we’re near the end of the year and I’ve used up all of the thoughts allotted to me for the year? (I’m really stretching here.) Or, it could be that I’m out of great books to read and that fact has caused a vacuum to form in my brain. Or not.
I have a suspicion that it’s politics that are causing this ennui. He said and she said. They all said. Will any candidate rise out of the scum filled pond that they are all wading in? (And they just got started!)
And then I just read that
Saturday, November 24, 2007
I have been reading the rail travel adventures on the Day Trippers blog. And it has brought back memories of our trips to downtown
I have traveled all of the way across the country by rail; furlough coach class. An experience I wouldn’t want to repeat. But I did look up the cost of a trip from
The return to normalcy has begun. Our own bed. So comfortable! All of the expected things are in their expected places about the house. And the cat seems to have forgiven us; though she is very clingy this morning. Sitting in my lap and reaching out to grab my wrist when I begin the tap, tap, tap of typing. “Hey! Forget the keyboard. Scratch my head. Rub my belly.”
It’s back to the park for me this morning. I need to get back into marathon training mode. OK, no marathon until next fall, but I do have some 5K’s to walk and possibly the Bidwell ½ marathon. This time of year has always been the most difficult when training. The holidays and the cold weather combine to tempt you to stay inside and snack on tempting desserts.
So it’s off to the park to walk, and then over to the Plant Barn to make sure the heater stayed lit and warmed the Poinsettia House. Then I have to stop at the Chico Library and pick up another load of books for the Friends of the Library here on the Planet Orland. Maybe I can find something to read?
I finished most of my books over the holiday and had hoped to find the Orland library open on Friday, but no such luck. I guess I will get a library card for the Chico Library; after all, I’m over there at least twice a week in my role as book collector for the Friends.
My chore list above reminds me that I should take some photos of the poinsettias for the Plant Barn blog. Poinsettias en masse, are always spectacular and this year, just as the last, some of the grandchildren will be posed among the hundreds of colorful plants as their parents take Christmas card photos.
And more chores. I also have to move 2 cords of dry almond firewood from here to there; a distance of about 40 feet. After that I can contemplate building a fire for us. And for the cat.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Hey! A contract is a contract. And besides, we need to balance a budget here.
I have hopes that someday we will see truly independent voting in this country and political parties will fade away to the obscurity they deserve. Hey! Everyone should dream! Join me and un-join yourself from a political party...
Trash day. It used to be irrigation day but that’s over and done with until next year. And today is also the day that the load of firewood arrives. Two cords of almond wood. Which will be dumped in front and which will have to be transported to the back. One wheel barrow load at a time. And we have the chimney sweep coming soon. I think it sounds like winter is almost here. No, I’m not a fan of wood fires; I hate the mess and the fact that you’re tied to feeding the woodstove on a regular basis. Don’t let it go out! But Laurae and the cat love the fire… what can I do?
Apropos of nothing at all… I was using WipeOut a second ago and wondered if I had ever mentioned this great little utility? I’ve been using it for years and on 3 different computers. It let’s you grab the edge of the current window or windows and drag them away briefly to see your desktop. You can configure it to allow 1, 2, 3 or 4 sides of the screen to be dragged (drug?) and you can choose a highlight color (right click) to make the edge easier to see and grab. I know there’s other ways of doing the same thing, but this was always my favorite. I wonder if it’s still available? Ah, there it is… and still the same version number. By the way, it’s bug free.
Sounds like the 'waiting game' is the game to play.
My perfect reader? The one that gives me my choice of over 100 newspapers and 50 magazines and is delivered by wifi... the LG Philips model looks like a nice one to read the paper on.
If I were a newspaper publisher, I would be pushing for something like this to save my business.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Kindle. Kindle. Kindle. That’s all I see in the news today. And what a great idea! I love it! But… here’s my fear. I buy it and it doesn’t do everything quite as well as it has been hyped. Close. Sure! But, not the whole enchilada. I don’t want to be disappointed, I want to be delighted. And when you see this kind of promotion, and if you buy into it…all the way; there’s a good chance that you will be disappointed. OK, so I’m a cynic. And I will wait for my sister to review it!
Books would be nice to read on Kindle, but I was more excited about reading the newspapers with it. Sitting in the coffee shop (the old railroad car next to the
And yesterday, while I was waiting for Laurae to get her hair cut, I sat down with a cup of coffee and the Sacramento Bee. All was fine until I noticed that I was reading a USED copy! I paid my money and took the second paper down from the top and I still ended up with a USED paper! Maddening… but if I had a Kindle, my electronic paper would be fresh and complete. And it wouldn’t turn my fingers black.
And speaking of books, I was in
I can’t help but notice that one Republican candidate seems to be leading in all of the polls;
This should be interesting. I have a new
Monday, November 19, 2007
And then there is this… “the unpopularity of Congressional Democrats:
“There’s a reason they’ve become unpopular,” said
Who would believe that I think
I couldn’t help but have a moment of déjà vu as I read these headlines.
U.S. Hopes to Arm Pakistani Tribes Against Al Qaeda
By Eric Schmitt, Mark Mazzetti and Carlotta Gall
The new proposal is modeled in part on a similar effort by American forces in Iraq’s Anbar Province that has been hailed as a success in fighting foreign insurgents.
That is exactly what we did in the 1980’s, supplying arms to the Taliban during the Soviet/Afghanistan War. The same weapons that were then used against us. How stupid are we? (Let me count the ways…)
I keep forgetting that we are not for peace, we’re the world’s largest arms dealer and business is what we’re all about. This is one marketplace where the Chinese don’t have a chance! And besides, peace is just plain old bad for business.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
The CN&R has another controversial column by
In that column, he makes this observation, “…my being born in
It’s the same with citizens. Born here? You did nothing at all to make yourself proud about that. But, did you emigrate and then take a citizenship test after many years of waiting? You can be proud!
Yes, when it comes to
I can tell you that I'm proud of the time I spent in the Navy. I did that. I'm proud of the fact that I've never missed voting in an election. I did that.
The United Nations report on global warming is out so it’s important that we all do the right thing. First; do not read it. Second; attack it as some sort of ‘voodoo’ science. Third; go about your life as if you had never heard of this report. I know that there is no logic to my suggestions or to the order of their importance. But; why should logic play any part in this?
Luckily, for ourselves, ‘global warming’ doesn’t occur on the Planet Orland and so we will never have to worry about it.
Life goes on. Yesterday morning I felt like retreating from life, but a walk in the park helped with that attitude. And then I made a platter full of my now World Famous Lemon Bars for the Soup & Sandwich supper at church last night. Thanks to my niece,
OK. I found the book! And I found a new service of Google as well. Well, it’s new to me. You can read some excerpts. Here’s a book that that should be read by every member of every school board in
When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. Now I'm beginning to believe it.
- Clarence Darrow
Speaking of reading; go here and type in the URL of your favorite blog and see how it stacks up for level of reading ability. I made it to Junior High with mine. So I’m fairly plebian in my style of writing… though I will admit that I’m using the word ‘plebian’ in an attempt to raise it to ‘High school’.
What else is new? Well, I'm working on 4 projects at the same time... a sure recipe for failure at one of them. Must. Relax.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Everybody loves a fight! But they don’t care much for debates… or so it appears. The Debate in
And the candidates; is this it? Doesn’t anything of value come from the minds and lips of these people? How mature are they?
I probably would have voted for the candidate who walked off of the stage after the first few minutes; the one that realized it wasn’t a debate at all! But, they all stayed to the bitter end. Did not! Did so!
Friday, November 16, 2007
Oh, it makes the 'sportsman's' heart pound! In just a few hours a new Cabela's Temple of Excess will open in Verdi, Nevada. (For you who might wonder... VUR-DYE is how you pronounce that name)
ps...just 36.7 miles south (as the crow flies) is the town of Genoa. Pronounced JUH-NOAH.
I will admit that we didn’t gather around the little television set last night; the one that has an antenna, and watch the debates… “LIVE! From Fabulous
It’s oddly warm this morning. I even had to turn the thermostat down. Oh, oh! Global Warming! No? OK then, just local warming. And welcome of course.
I was reading the Bee yesterday morning and they had a short story on
Despite his many failures as governor, I remember the fact that
All of which brings back a memory I have of having to fly south on a Friday afternoon and I was in the Southwest boarding area at the
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Experience? Since when does experience matter when it comes to presidential candidates? MONEY. $$$$. It's the only thing that counts. It wasn't always that way, but it certainly is now.
Let's see... bush's former position as the ceremonial governor of Texas? Yes, ceremonial, as the legislators only work part time in Texas. The real political power in Texas is vested in their Speaker. The governor only gets to open new malls and deny clemency to prisoners scheduled for execution.
Oh, yes...part owner of baseball team. Valuable training!
Oil business failure?
So where is the experience? On the job, of course. Maybe, after he leaves office, he can get a job as dictator for some small country bent on on committing national suicide.
Earlier, I wrote about
Let's see now if you don't have a job you probably don't have the money for the fine so that means you will have to go to jail and that means that they will have to build more jails which will provide more jobs but since everyone is in jail they won't be built and and and and ....
It all sounds very educational.
This week’s edition of the Economist has a special article on technology in both
We’re fooling ourselves if we continue to think of these two countries as being backwards.
From the article, “
But at the same time, there is a sector where we (The USA) make a lot of money by importing goods to
Memory: Back in the day, when I was working for PCI, we were told that Intel had plans for a new wafer Fab in
What to write? What, indeed. After reading the two Times (NY and LA) daily email updates, I’m really not interested in the news this morning. How can people be that stupid? (Not the readers, but the people making the headlines) I know it’s only temporary and that I will soon be reading it all again with fervor. But not this morning.
We were in Target the other day and in the $1 bargain section Laurae spotted some
Of course that brings up thoughts of history, both ancient and modern. And it doesn’t take much thought to realize that the ‘good old days’ really weren’t. Sure, there were some bright spots in the past, and despite the gloom of the past 7 years, brought about by this president, life is still better than it was in the 50’s or the 60’s. That’s my story and I’m sticking with it! For today…