Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Fall, 2008

Fall is my favorite season! Here are some photos from around my neighborhood.

107th Street. The city planted a bunch of trees in 2004.

Midas next to a brilliant red tree. It's easy to get Midas to pose!

Midas at the local park.

Neighbor's tree in brilliant fall colors

Friday, October 24, 2008

Beware of the Sarah Palin Carpet!

If you can't read the headline in the upper middle, it says "Goalie hurt by Palin's carpet?"

Beware of Palin's carpet! (Yahoo!, 9/24/2008, 9:10 PDT)

Update: A close up

London, 1904

Powerline had this video, and I had to post it here. I am an old-film fanatic. This is one of the best little clips from so long ago I've ever seen. Check it out.

Very cool!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Iowahawk Is Funny!

Iowahawk Rules!

Snippet of his parody of Slow Joe Biden speaking:

"I'm not going to lie to you - it doesn't take a weatherman to know that hey, Mr. Tambourine Man, a hard rain is gonna fall, all along the watchtower," said the Delaware Senator, strumming on a pantomime guitar. "There will be a point -- maybe one week, maybe two weeks after the inauguration -- when the opinion polls will look bad. Really horribly bad. Despite our best efforts, a couple of mid-size cities will inevitably be vaporized. People will be complaining. 'Why are you nationalizing the Safeway?' 'When is Omaha going to stop glowing?' 'Why do the Chinese soldiers keep asking for my papers?' When this happens, we will need you to keep supporting us because, trust me, you really won't want to be observed not supporting us."

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Wonderful, Google, Keep up the Good Work

I was cruising google maps, and I clicked on the electoral vote estimate map (electoral vote estimate link on the left), thinking it'd be fun to check it out.

Check the photo of McCain they chose.


What's happened to civility in this country?

Stuff like this is the reason why I tend to use Yahoo! for searches about 95% of the time, NOT GOOGLE.

Full disclosure: This blog is on blogspot, a google property : (

The Coveted Moon Endorsement!

I hate to admit it, I'm not so much for John McCain as I am against Barack Obama. There is a huge list of things that concern me about Obama, but I lay out only the major ones here. The following reasons make me question his fitness to be the President of the United States:

1) His record as THE MOST LIBERAL of all US Senators in 2007. As Obama admitted to Joe the Plumber, he wants to "spread the wealth around". I prefer keeping as much of the free will God gave us, and letting individuals "spread the wealth" around as they see fit.

2) His questionable judgement in associating with radicals, racists and crooks, people like
* Frank Marshal- friend,
* William Ayers - former (But unrepentant) domestic terrorist,
* Beradine Dohrn - Ayers' partner in crime and wife ,
* Reverend Wright - Obama's infamous former pastor of TWENTY YEARS,
* Reverend Pfleger - radical Catholic Priest (who gave a pretty interesting sermon at Obama's former church) ,
* Tony Rezko - Convicted felon and major Obama fundraiser,
* Larry Walsh - political ally and friend in the Illinois State Senate,
* Rashid Khalidi - an anti-Israeli friend,
* ACORN - Obama worked as a community organizer and attorney for these guys, now under investigation in several states for voter registration fraud.

The question is not just his judgment, but that he minimizes his relations with these people. He's being deceptive. People deserve a little latitude about their associations, but there is a real and alarming trend here.

3) He reneged on his pledge to use public campaign funds. We want to trust the word of our leaders.

4) His campaign used 3rd world thug tactics in trying to shut down free speech in Missouri and Chicago to stifle dissent. Hey, I thought dissent was patriotic! This is really alarming to me. If elected, what else will he do to squelch dissent?

You may notice I don't list "lack of experience". I don't think that is really an issue, JFK and Bill Clinton weren't real experienced, and they were capable Presidents. It can be argued (but never is in the MSM) that Sarah Palin has MORE exeperince (certainly as an executive) than Obama. In any event, the lack of extensive experience isn't so big a deal to me.

John McCain has served his country his entire life in the Military and Government. He is the leading crusader in the Senate against earmarks (pork barrel spending), and he himself has never sought an earmark for his state of Arizona. He favors fiscal responsibility. Also, John McCain sounded the alarm about Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae in 2006. Whereas, Obama is the 2nd largest recipient in the Senate of FM&FM money, behind just Christopher Dodd, chairman of the FM&FM oversight committee. FM & FM are at the heart of the current financial mess the country finds itself in.

My Endorsement goes to John McCain.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

"Passion For Murder" Now Available!

I'm very excited to announce that NEW, high-quality facsimile copies of my Uncle's 1984 book "Passion for Murder" are now available to the public through our self-publisher and sales agent,! We're selling the copies at $19.95. Copies of the original editions are selling on the internet for up to $200.

Please visit our website, for details.


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

New Biofuel Refinery in Tennessee

Readers of the blog probably can tell I'm not a proponent of the notion of "Man made global warming", HOWEVER, I am very much in favor of alternative energy sources like nuclear, wind, solar, biofuels and all the rest- Just to be on the safe side re: MMGW, and for national security reasons.

So, I think this is good news!

(I found the story at Instapundit)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

"Kids For Obama" Day at Greenlake in Seattle

This is my first stab at "citizen journalism", and, well I left the experience with a lot to be desired... first of all my camera didn't work, and secondly, I didn't talk to anyone. What I'm left with are my low-res camera phone pics, and my impressions. For what it's worth.

I arrived at 2:10 PM and left around 2:30 PM, and I estimated the crowd at about 300 people. I noticed about 5 other folks just drifting around like me photographing the scene. I overheard one of the photographers asking another if he was with The Seattle Times, and he said "No". Folks were trickling in the whole time I was there.

I'd say the overall feeling was one of subdued celebration. No chanting or speeches or any marching when I was there. There were a bunch of red, white and blue balloons (with no slogans) and I'd say about half the kids had Obama T-shirts and/or signs. The signs were fairly innocuous and cliché, sayings things like "Obama for Change", "Obama for the Future" and one kid had a sign that said, "Obama Rocks". There were 2 crafts tables for kids, and the kids were creating
various things, mainly Obama posters.

There was no food available when I was there. The Obama campaign would have done well giving away hot dogs or something similar. It would have created some good will with me as I was hungry ; )

UPDATE 10:55 PM:
A fellow local blogger was there covering the story, too. There was more to the gathering than what I documented, I guess the crowd DID "march" (walk in a procession bearing a lot of Obama signs). He did a much better job than me, he had better pictures and even shot a video!

UPDATE 10/13/08:
Another blogger's coverage. Score for citizen journalism! I haven't found any MSM coverage yet.

There were a lot of "I Love Obama" signs

People mainly seemed to be milling about. The "march" part of the program probably started after I left (If there was one at all).

More love for Obama, as experessed by a young child.

At least this Obama supporter has the good sense to love Golden Retrievers.

I took this one from the north when I arrived.

Lots of balloons- there were no slogans on them as far as I could see.

Just seemed like a lazy day at the lake, with some balloons and Obama propaganda thrown in.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Early October Snow in Boise

Earliest snow in Boise, Idaho's history.

Anecdotal, sure, but I see enough stuff like this to make me question the whole man-made global warming thing. Belief in MMGW seems to have become a sort of secular religion.

Read the Story Here

And, it turns out, some science is showing global cooling in the last year.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Truth From A Congressman?

A brave congressman, taking blame on behalf of congress re: the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac fiasco that is at the heart of the current economic mess.

It rings true to me: