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Trouble Down Under September 29, 2009

Posted by Lipstick in Crime, Terrorist Hemorrhoids, Travel.
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All right folks, sit right back while I tell you a tale.

Back in January on the cruise, we made a stop in Christchurch, New Zealand and took an excursion into the country.  We rode the bus way up into the hills and stopped for lunch at a “station”, what they call a ranch.  Here is a photo of the grounds:

New Zealand Australia Jan, 09 065

They served us a very nice lunch with some local wine (I, as always, snagged my sister’s wine as well.)  Then we went outside and strolled around the lovely property and I smoked cigarette or two.   Ahhh, perfection.

Soon we rode up another hill which had a wonderful view:

New Zealand Australia Jan, 09 069

This was the place where we were met by three 4-wheel drive vehicles that would take us through some very rugged terrain.


Carl Sagan Remix September 28, 2009

Posted by Michael in Music, Science.
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Give this a try — it is oddly affecting.  (Stephen Hawking also appears.)

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If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.

How many people think like that?

It is more religion than science.

I always liked Carl Sagan.  He was naturally appealing to every kid who, like me, was a sci-fi junkie.  His enthusiasm for big scientific subjects was infectious, and his ability to make complex topics accessible was remarkable.

I still remember watching a show where he pointed out that the DNA of people and of trees are almost the same.  The variation of tree DNA that make trees different from us is negligible.

His point being — all living things are literally related.


I’m going to swipe a quote from Dave in the comments — the opening verses of Psalm 19:

The heavens declare the glory of God,
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the end of the world.

Christian theologians refer to this as the Doctrine of Natural Revelation, and Psalm 19 is the proof text.

Plantin Goobers UPDATED IMPORTANT UPDATE September 27, 2009

Posted by daveintexas in Art, Entertainment, Gardening, Humor, Literature, Nature Shit, Personal Experiences, Philosophy, Politics, Sex, Terrorist Hemorrhoids.
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Ok ok OKAY.


So I don’t follow instructions.  See below post for important gardening update.


Laura was nice enough to send me some lily thingys to kill.  So I’m all over that shit.


This time I followed directions, mostly.


Ingredients: dirt. tomato fertilizer, small containers, large container.

Here they are roasting in a bucket of water.



Gettin Back To Fightin Weight *IMPORTANT UPDATE* September 26, 2009

Posted by daveintexas in Food, Literature, Nature Shit, Sports.
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Me and this idiot are dieting.

He’s doing better than me.  Down 8 pounds since last time you saw him.



He’s not loving the regimen though.



WAKE UP!! September 26, 2009

Posted by Edward von Bear in Art, Ducks, Economics, Entertainment, Heroes, Humor, Man Laws, Movies, Nature Shit, News, Science, Sex, Women Ranting.
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Warning: Might be some naughty language.

MSM Notices That People Are Voting With Their Dollars September 25, 2009

Posted by Michael in Politics.
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Liberals are keeping their wallets closed.

WASHINGTON – Democratic political committees have seen a decline in their fundraising fortunes this year, a result of complacency among their rank-and-file donors and a de facto boycott by many of their wealthiest givers, who have been put off by the party’s harsh rhetoric about big business.

The trend is a marked reversal from recent history, in which Democrats have erased the GOP’s long-standing fundraising advantage. In the first six months of 2009, Democratic campaign committees’ receipts have dropped compared with the same period two years earlier.

via Democrats jarred by drop in fundraising.

Meanwhile, the GOP is doing great.

WASHINGTON — Despite being in the minority in Congress, Republican campaign committees outraised Democrats by $1.7 million in August as they have aggressively collected political cash amid the rancorous debate over health care.

Republicans also held an edge over Democrats in the amount of money available, when counting debts, as both parties set the stage for the 2010 elections, in which more than three dozen competitive House and Senate seats are at stake.  The GOP spike is a departure. In each of the past four years, the party in power — whether Democrat or Republican — raised more than the minority’s fundraising committees in August, a USA TODAY review of campaign records shows.

via GOP gets big bump in donors.

This has got to throw a scare into Dems who have to run for reelection next year.  They are going to have to think about distancing themselves from Obama.  It’s one thing to see Obama go down in the polls.  Even worse is contemplating that your opponent will have a financial advantage as the result of an energized base.

Baby Dances To Beyonce September 24, 2009

Posted by Michael in Family.
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The pose at :40 is priceless.

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Carl! September 23, 2009

Posted by TattooedIntellectual in Nature Shit, News.
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Holy moly!

I thought Charlie the Unicorn was hilarious*. This one takes the cake.

My stomach was making the rumblies that only hands would satisfy.


*The reason this one falls under Nature Shit has to do w/ the lesson I planned today that revolved around Liopleurodon. That of course necessitated a search of the Charlie the Unicorn videos, which revealed this little gem.

A Tribute To Our Congressbetters September 23, 2009

Posted by Edward von Bear in Crime, Ducks, Economics, Entertainment, Music, Politics.
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Alzheimer’s Crisis!!! Danger Danger Will Robinson September 22, 2009

Posted by Michael in Politics.
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Will Robinson - We have an Alzheimer's crisis!!!

Will Robinson - We have an Alzheimer's crisis!!!

Jeez, I am sick to death of the crise du jour mentality.

WASHINGTON – More than 35 million people around the world are living with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia, says the most in-depth attempt yet to assess the brain-destroying illness — and it’s an ominous forecast as the population grays.

The new count is about 10 percent higher than what scientists had predicted just a few years ago, because earlier research underestimated Alzheimer’s growing impact in developing countries.

This reminds me of scientists and bureaucrats still hyperventilating (and seeking funding) to combat global warming, never mind that the U.N.-sponsored computer model they all rely on has been discredited (turns out, in real life, the hypothetical tropical water vapor feedback loop, which is essential to the model, doesn’t exist).

Here’s a rule of thumb — anybody predicting a crisis should be ignored if they are bureaucrats in the business of whatever they are blathering about.

Let’s just see who is responsible for this dire warning.

Barring a medical breakthrough, the World Alzheimer Report projects dementia will nearly double every 20 years. By 2050, it will affect a staggering 115.4 million people, the report concludes.

“We are facing an emergency,” said Dr. Daisy Acosta, who heads Alzheimer’s Disease International, which released the report Monday.

The new count is about 10 percent higher than what scientists had predicted just a few years ago, because earlier research underestimated Alzheimer’s growing impact in developing countries.

Yeah, Daisy, and I’ll bet you think the budget of Alzheimer’s Disease International should double right now.

Remember the massive scare about the ADHD epidemic in our children, resulting in massive over-diagnosis of the disorder, that resulted in huge numbers of children being zombified by drugs like Ritalin?

Don’t trust doctors.

Report: 35 million-plus worldwide have dementia on Yahoo! Health

TOTALLY unrelated, don’t miss this Obama family portrait at S. Weasel’s blog.

An Aggie Finally Does Something Right September 22, 2009

Posted by Michael in Heroes.
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Mrs. Peel should be proud.

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What’s that you say?  Maybe the clip was doctored and the Aggies are cheating?


The Perfect Birthday Song September 21, 2009

Posted by daveintexas in Philosophy, Science, Sex, Sitemeter, Sports, Travel.
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Man, this is one bouncy little tune.