TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 8/15/2003 08:14:00 PM ----- BODY:

Out of here

I still have not moved all my old posts from here (any of them) but I am confident enough to say, go to my new site for all future posts. starhawk.net. Thanks a lot blogger, it has been a real blast but it is time to move on. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 8/13/2003 08:21:00 AM ----- BODY:

Not quite moving day

I have been posting at the new site starhawk.net but I still have to make a few changes and move the archives over. All new posting will appear there from here on out, I hope. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 8/09/2003 02:03:00 PM ----- BODY:

Beta Testing

There is still a lot of work to do but if anyone wants to go over and bang on the new site at starhawk.net, feel free. Any constructive advice would be wonderful.
My mother used to always clean up the apartment before the cleaning lady would get there. She said it had to be clean enough to let someone else see. I never understood her when I was a kid but the new web site is about to that point, I hope. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 8/08/2003 09:31:00 PM ----- BODY:


Stay with me while posting gets light. I am going to have to make an effort to get the MT site looking at least as bad as this one so there might not be much here for the next few days. I will try to at least post something but we will see. Sometimes I can work miracles when I focus on something but it is not something I do all that often.
Listening To: say it with Love - Moody Blues -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 8/08/2003 07:39:00 PM ----- BODY:

Arnold's Strategery

Time to stick my neck out a little and not get it chopped off. I think Arnold is holding back. He didn't want to wait until Saturday to file but because he declared on Wednesday it gives the Dems a chance to find someone to run against him. Now he wants to appear weak until the filing date is past. He doesn't want the Dems to go ballistic and make Feinstein run against him. His TV appearances today were window dressing. He is trying to make the powers that be overconfident. To what extent it is working it is hard to tell. Most of them flipped out when he declared. There are signs that it is working with some pundits. Let's see where he is and what he is saying by this time next week. Arnold didn't get where he is by being dumb. I would no more underestimate him than GWB. The Dems do so at their peril. It should be an interesting few days. An interesting and probably dirty election.
Listening To: The Load Out and Stay - Jackson Browne -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 8/08/2003 12:54:00 PM ----- BODY:

Renaissance Fair

It seems a little early to be writing about the Ren Fair in the midst of this heat wave but I just got my order of advance tickets for this event that happens every year on October and November weekends. Maybe by posting this I will finally get my photo essay from last years fair done. Anyhow. This is year is something special. Two friends of ours back east are driving down as part of their honeymoon. To celebrate we decided to treat them (and us) to something we have thought about doing for several years but never wanted to shell out the money for. It is called the King's Feast
The King's Feast Package includes admission to the festival, and an all you can eat 6 course Black Angus Beef meal with a world class dessert, premium wine ,... and a limited edition commemorative pewter mug and a 2 hour variety show hosted by the Duchess Spendalot.
If you didn't guess by the Duchess's name the Ren Fair while very low tech is a easy place to spend a lot of money. Actually when you consider what the pewter mugs sell for and admission to the fair, the feast is not a bad deal at all. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 8/07/2003 11:15:00 PM ----- BODY:

Kate Blew it

One of the nice things about blogging is you get the chance to write whatever you want and make an ass of yourself in front of the entire internet. Kate didn't make an ass out of herself but she sure blew a call when she posted Ten Reasons Arnold won't run yesterday. She has been on a roll recently but it just goes to prove, you can't win 'em all.
Listening To: Rocket Man - Elton John -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 8/07/2003 10:44:00 PM ----- BODY:

Texas Politics

Stoney at Rebel Yell is saying some nice things about me. I am certain I don't deserve it but I am encouraged to live up to my billing. I can't imagine how Glenn does it day after day.
Anyhow I was driving home today from a brief job of fixing an application I did a few months ago listening to our locally owned (one of the few) radio station KSEV. The afternoon drive guys had went to Albuquerque to interview our wayward lawmakers. They reported that not only did these spoiled brats not want to be interviewed for the folks back home but they were downright rude about it.
The latest on their goal is apparently to hold out until Sept. 15 when it might be too late to make any changes for the 2004 election.
There is a lawsuit being filed in Harris county that might be able to compel one of them to return but right now that is a long shot. A suit would have to be filed in the district of each one.
The real reason behind all this nonsense is an effort to save the seat of congressman Martin Frost who is a leader in the house. The redistricting plan will affect his chances of holding that seat so the Dems are ignoring the oath of office they took for partisan purposes.
Listening To: Alive and Well and Living In - Jethro Tull -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 8/07/2003 09:27:00 PM ----- BODY:

Hot Stuff

It hit 104 in Houston today, a record. Looks like another record Friday. Europe is roasting too. For some reason we are not hearing much about global warming however, quite odd.
Listening To: Over The Hills and Far Away - Led Zeppelin -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 8/07/2003 09:20:00 PM ----- BODY:

Busy August

Not normally a big news month this August is shaping up as a busy one. Right now the spotlight is on Arnold but Kobe is taking up a lot of news time also. Right on the horizon waiting to blow both of them away is the capture of Saddam. Of course we will be cursed with more terror attacks also.
Listening To: Don't Look Back - Boston -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 8/06/2003 11:57:00 PM ----- BODY:

Quote of the Day

Howard Beale: I want you to go to the window, open it, stick your head out and yell: "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!"
Network - 1976 -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 8/06/2003 11:53:00 PM ----- BODY:

August 6

On this day in 1945 a plane named the Enola Gay flew over the city of Hiroshima. A new age had begun.
Listening To: 409 - The Beach Boys -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 8/06/2003 11:47:00 PM ----- BODY:


I just watched the Tonight show, which is something I rarely do and saw Arnold declare himself as a candidate for Governor. He didn't sound half bad. He made a good move by preemptively listing all the bad things that Gray Davis might say about him. That is always a good move, admit your a womanizer which he didn't do but he did. He said, Davis will say I am a womanizer. He didn't admit it but he brought the issue up so if Davis does all it will get is a big yawn. I predict he will be hard to beat. Tomorrow there will be dems getting into the race. That will be the end for Davis. Jay set up a press room in the back and Arnold is holding forth with every LA journalist not in Eagle Co. Arnold gave two movie quotes during the show. One was from of his movies, the other was from one of my favorites.
Listening To: Your Wildest Dreams - Moody Blues -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 8/06/2003 02:47:00 PM ----- BODY:

Strange Headlines

These are some excerpts from an article headlined Returning Marines critical of Iraq plan.
'Thank you's' the company heard proved to them the war President Bush sold as a quest to destroy weapons of mass destruction was good because it ousted a cruel and ruthless dictator. Masterson recalled getting thanks even from an Iraqi who believed his wife and child had been killed by an American shelling -- so-called ''collateral damage'' in the march to Baghdad. He also heard it from a man who said his daughter had been raped and murdered by men loyal to Saddam Hussein. 'You were sitting there thinking, 'Wow, I am really doing something important. I am part of a grand scheme to do something good,' McGee said.
There were some critical comments too but the body of the article was a lot more balanced then the headline suggests.
Mostly they were just glad to be home and who can blame them for that.
Listening To: Love Her Madly - The Doors -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 8/06/2003 11:05:00 AM ----- BODY:

Paris Wifi

I was on Mike Wendland's site and came across this story. Since Wifi has been a continuing theme here I thought I should report it even if it is about the French. This story on NPR touts the new Wifi system which might be extended throughout Paris's Metro. A more detailed story however indicates that the frogs might blow it after all. It seems that during the first three month's only 1,700 people have used the system which was free. In the second stage they are planning to charge about $11 per hour for access.
Mike's Wifi Truth #1:
Eventually free access points will be in enough places that no one will even consider paying for it.
The French are going to spend a lot of money find out truth number one for themselves. It couldn't happen to a nicer people.
Listening To: Trouble in Paradise - Bruce Springsteen -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 8/05/2003 10:35:00 PM ----- BODY:

Quote of the Day

Davy Crockett: Republic. I like the sound of the word. It means people can live free, talk free, go or come, buy or sell, be drunk or sober, however they choose. Some words give you a feeling. Republic is one of those words that makes me tight in the throat - the same tightness a man gets when his baby takes his first step or his first baby shaves and makes his first sound as a man. Some words can give you a feeling that makes your heart warm. Republic is one of those words.
The Alamo - 1960 -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 8/05/2003 08:44:00 PM ----- BODY:

Texas Politics

Lt. Gov. Dewhurst writes about why the lawmakers still hiding out in New Mexico are hypocrites. He makes the case about why Texas should be redistricted and how the Dems are just crying sour grapes. My feeling is that they are derelict in their jobs and should be replaced.
Listening To: Wild Horses - Rolling Stones -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 8/05/2003 08:29:00 PM ----- BODY:

Decisions, decisions

My new, still in testing blog has comments in it. I have not installed comments here because I didn't want to deal with it. Let me clarify, it is not because I can't deal with it, in fact I can deal with it very well. I dealt with it for nine years when I ran a public BBS system. I also dealt with it on CompuServe where I was a section leader in the Multi-player Games forum for a number of years. I just didn't feel like doing it. I may leave it in as a test this time. Of course then we have a bigger problem. What happens if you throw a party and no one comes? Oh well, nothing ventured, nothing gained. I have never thrown a party where no one came. The closest I came was my going away party from Columbus where a lot of people turned around when they saw the police car in my driveway. The cops didn't stay till the end of the party and left with just a warning to keep it down.
Listening To: Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 8/05/2003 04:04:00 PM ----- BODY:

Learning Movable Type

Which is what I am doing at the moments I can actually log into it. Today I forgot my password so I had MT send me a new one. The only problem with that was that I had entered the address incorrectly. Luckily I did remember my domain's password so I was able to retrieve the mail that had bounced with the new password.
Listening To: Year of the Cat - Al Stewart -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 8/05/2003 03:56:00 PM ----- BODY:

That's some cease fire

If you think that things are ok in Israel since the cease fire go over to Meryl's and educate yourself on what is really going on. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 8/04/2003 10:44:00 PM ----- BODY:

Who I am NOT

I just registered with Blogstreet (see sidebar) and when I clicked on it, at the very bottom were references to books written by Starhawk. I am not THAT Starhawk. SHE can be reached at starhawk.org. Aside from some ancestral similarities we have nothing in common, though I do own one of her books.
Listening To: The Hangman's Knee - The Jeff Beck Group -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 8/04/2003 03:47:00 PM ----- BODY:

Good News - Bad News

The bad news is that I didn't get that job in Dallas I had been working on the last week or two. The good news is I managed while waiting for word to make all my donations to the blogs I sponsored during Blogathon.
Listening To: Light up or Leave Me Alone - Traffic -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 8/03/2003 11:20:00 PM ----- BODY:

More from Diana

I am continuing to follow the changing attitudes of Diana Moon. Diana was one of the first blogs I read and along with Meryl inspired me to start my own. She really has gone into uncharted areas though.
I've spoken with a lot of people recently, all of them supporters of the war. We've all developed tremendous misgivings. Every day, every new American death, every ambush, and I feel those doubts grow. Am I not supposed to blog about that?
From what did she and her friends develop misgivings? Perhaps they all thought that we would march into Baghdad and the people would be cheering in the streets? That would have been nice but that only had a 10 to 20 percent chance and only if we had gotten Saddam during the war. No one likes seeing american boys getting killed but this what happens in war. This is what war is all about and if they supported it, as they say they did, they should have realized that this could happen. These are not the kind of people you would find drinking latte at Starbucks. They are animals. They are vicious, depraved killers. They won't go easily. We are going to have to root them out and put them somewhere where they can't hurt others. My own preference would be six feet under but I suppose we are too civilized for that. It is going to be a messy business but we will get it done. In contrast I am pretty upbeat about Iraq because I think things could be going a lot worse, a whole lot worse. Things may still go a whole lot worse but it looks like we have a handle on the situation and it is improving.
Diana also has some strange ideas about National Defense.
I think that true national defense consists of getting our education system together, because if we had a crack K-12 system we would create our own cognitive elite instead of having to import it from abroad.
Where do I start? I will grant that our K-12 school system, especially in our major cities is a mess. Howard Dean is not going to change that. If Bush could get a voucher program through congress it would go a long way to moving in the right direction. The school system is not national defense however. In some ways it is more important than national defense but it has taken us a long time to let it get as screwed up as it is and it is a problem that we are not going to solve overnight. Fixing the school system, not just K-12 but the colleges also is going to be a major factor in the future direction of this country.
Real national defense is concerned with breaking things and killing people. For this Howard Dean would be a disaster. The world is a messy place, to quote Rush's Undeniable Truth of life #6: Ours is a world governed by the aggressive use of force. This is not something Howard Dean understands. Saddam understands this, so does Bin Laden. Every two bit dictator knows this. The mullahs in Iran and the generals in North Korea understand this. The Chinese understand this, that is why they are continuing to build missiles that can reach Taiwan. When Dean was on Meet the Press last, he didn't have a clue. When Russert asked him about the military he gave some lame answer about his advisors. Who are these advisors? Let's hope that Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is not one of them. I recently watched her on TV and was amazed that a woman from California could think herself an expert of military matters just because she was elected to congress. She is the kind of person, and so is Dean, who would overule generals on tacitcal metters that they have no business being involved in. Bush at least seems to have enough sense to let the generals do their jobs.
The final problem I have with this post of hers is this idea of a "cognitive elite". We have plenty of "cognitive elites" already. What we need is basic citizens who know how to read. Who know enough to be productive members of society. Who know who the Founding Fathers were and what they did. We need people who know what is in the constitution. We need people who know that the purpose of the bill of rights is to limit what government can do. We need people who can work together to build a better America for our children and our children's children. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 8/03/2003 07:09:00 PM ----- BODY:

Another Web Quiz ala Harry Potter

I'm from Gryffindor!
Hogwart's Sorting Hat Quiz
made by The Genki Gang

Link Via: View from the back window of My Pickup Truck -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 8/03/2003 04:20:00 PM ----- BODY:

New Webring

Thanks to a heads up from Lair even though it is one I would probably not be in. You can find it on the right sidebar (only sidebar). It is for unemployed Bloggers. This is one Webring I hope to be able to get off of, the sooner the better. Listening To: Out of The Frying Pan (and into the fire) - Meat Loaf -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 8/03/2003 12:01:00 AM ----- BODY:

Quote of the Day

John Kinsella: Is this heaven? Ray Kinsella: It's Iowa. John Kinsella: Iowa? I could have sworn this was heaven. [John starts to walk away] Ray Kinsella: Is there a heaven? John Kinsella: Oh yeah. It's the place where dreams come true. [Ray looks around, seeing his wife playing with their daughter on the porch.] Ray Kinsella: Maybe this is heaven.
Field of Dreams - 1989 -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 8/02/2003 11:16:00 PM ----- BODY:

Thinking of Life and Death

I just was flipping through the channels and happened across Field of Dreams and ended up watching the last 90 minutes or so. What a great movie. I actually cried during the last scene where Ray gets to play catch with his long dead father. I am not sure why. I got to play catch with my father many times when he was alive. How many? Not enough, not nearly enough. Enjoy life and the people you love while you can because you never know if this time that you see them or speak to them might be the last. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 8/02/2003 03:08:00 PM ----- BODY:

Moving Day soon

Thanks to Dean I now have an MT setup to play with. I will probably mess with it this week and move over next week when I am sure it is working ok and I am comfortable working with it.
Listening To: Suzanne - Leonard Cohen -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 8/01/2003 08:46:00 PM ----- BODY:

UN votes for Peacekeepers in Liberia

The vote was 12-0 with 3 abstentions from guess who? If you guessed France, Germany and Mexico, go to the head of the class.
Listening To: Legend - Poco -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 8/01/2003 03:28:00 PM ----- BODY:

Still Job Hunting 2

According to my headhunter these people have still not decided and they want the person to start Monday. Unbelievable. Also out of work are Vicki and the Roverpundit. Bloggers and technical people in general are being hit hard during this downturn. This could have its root cause in outsourcing. Link via Glenn
Listening To: I've Seen All Good People - Yes -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 8/01/2003 03:02:00 PM ----- BODY:

Thanks Lair, I think

I decided today to check my ftp site which as you know has not been working at all. All of a sudden today it was working fine. It might have something to do with the fact they are now employing the fine blogger Laurence of Amish Tech support. It might not but thanks anyway Lair. Listening To: House of Four Doors - Moody Blues -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 8/01/2003 02:51:00 PM ----- BODY:

Still Job Hunting

I finally had my tech interview over the phone yesterday and I am supposed to find out today. No one has called yet so I am assuming the worst. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 8/01/2003 10:08:00 AM ----- BODY:

Diana, we thought we knew you

Ever since Diana has returned to blogging she has posted things very much at odds with her previous attitudes or so it seems to me. Since she is no longer answering her emails, at least the ones I send, which she used to, I can not say what is up with her or even if it is the same person doing the posting as the postings I read in the old Letter from Gotham. Now she has really gone off the deep end claiming she is going to vote for Dean. I find this very strange because in my previous discussions with her I got the impression that she was concerned with national defense and Dean would be a disaster for defense. Another reason I suspect a ghost blogger has taken over her identity. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/31/2003 11:48:00 PM ----- BODY:

Quote of the Day

Pippo Popolino: Don't be frightened, Francesca. I'm scared enough for all of us.
Casanova' Big Night - 1954 -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/31/2003 11:22:00 PM ----- BODY:

Only in California

I read that there were already 123 people who took out papers to run for Governor in the recall election. What the hell is the damn ballot going to look like? Page 1 - Should Gray out be recalled? Page 2,3,4 - who do you want to replace him in alphabetical order? If my name was Aacme I would stand a good chance of winning. Heck with 123 people in the race anyone with a known name could win. Mickey Mouse could win. Come to think of it he would probably be a big improvement.
Listening To: Shine on you Crazy Diamond (Parts 6-9) - Pink Floyd -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/31/2003 11:00:00 PM ----- BODY:

And you thought Iraq was dangerous

When I saw this article on Drudge about Marines attacked by gang members I was thinking "Iraq?" No, it turns out is was San Diego.
Listening To: Determination - Todd Rundgren -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/31/2003 12:52:00 AM ----- BODY:

My worst fear

This article could, might be one of my worst fears becoming reality. Hopefully not but if this mystery disease is something man-made we could be in for real trouble. Link via Drudge
Listening To: God Bless the Child - Billie Holliday -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/31/2003 12:38:00 AM ----- BODY:

Job Hunting

I had a call Monday from a headhunter about a job I was submitted for in Dallas. Originally they wanted someone to start on the 27th. I was told they were running behind (no kidding), but they wanted to know if I could start on the 4th IF I was selected. I said yes. The client has not said anything since and there are only 2 days left in the week. I hate people who are not professional.
Listening To: Windy - The Association -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/30/2003 10:09:00 PM ----- BODY:

Quote of the Day

In case you hadn't noticed I am doing Bob Hope quotes this week. You have to imagine Hope delivering this line to know how it is really meant.
Potter: Brave men run in my family.
The Paleface - 1948 -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/30/2003 10:07:00 PM ----- BODY:


I am about to take up the offers of all the nice fellow bloggers who offered to help me move to MT. Keep on eye on this space and as soon as I get settled and moved and tested I will let you all know.
That of course is going to totally ruin my standing in the ecosystem where for some reason I suddenly jumped to the ranks of Slithering Reptiles, opps never mind it looks like that was short lived and I am back with the Crawly Amphibians. Still, after moving I will likely be with the Insignificant Microbes
Listening To: Happy - Bruce Springsteen -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/30/2003 09:56:00 PM ----- BODY:


I had some email about my recent posts on drinking. I don't do as much drinking as I used to. If I did I would never have time to write about it. It seems a lot of people don't drink as much as they used to especially when they are away from home. If I am drinking JD I never drink more than five shots. I don't know for sure but I would be willing to guess that would put me over 0.8 on the breath scale. I should find out how many beers you can have, does anyone know? This is certainly something that was easier to do when I lived in NYC. No matter how many I had I could always get a cab home for under 10 bucks. Where I live now if I get crocked in downtown Houston or the west side it would cost me 50 or 60 for a cab home. At that price it makes sense to rent a room for the night. The only trouble is finding and getting to a decently priced motel. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/29/2003 09:32:00 PM ----- BODY:

Quote of the Day

Chester: Am I dead? Duke: I can't tell, you always look that way.
Road To Utopia - 1946 -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/29/2003 05:05:00 PM ----- BODY:

Doing without France

I stopped in my local liquor store and talked with the manager a while. I wanted to know the difference between two Merlots from the same vineyard in Australia, one was $15+ while the other was under $6. We chatted awhile and I asked him what he would recommend that was under $10 and not French, which got a grin from him. He walked me over a few aisles and grabbed a bottle of Santa Alicia reserve a Chilean Merlot. Not bad stuff and at under $6 per bottle quite a bargain. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/28/2003 10:13:00 PM ----- BODY:

Quote of the Day

Turkey Jackson: I hope she didn't hear that. The dead have a way of coming back you know. Jeff: Get out, when they're dead they're dead. Turkey Jackson: Not Aunt Lucy, she was a republican.
Road to Morocco - 1942 -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/28/2003 10:46:00 AM ----- BODY:

Thanks for the Memories

Bob Hope died today at the age of 100. He mastered every entertainment medium he went into. He spent decades giving up his Christmas vacation to entertain troops overseas often in dangerous spots that a lot of today's prima donnas wouldn't dream of going near. His 1966 Christmas show from Vietnam was watched by 65 million people, the largest audience of his career. He was one of the best hosts the Oscars ever had. He was a master ad libber. He was a gentleman. Since I still can't get to my ftp site I can't post this mp3 but I will try to make it available somewhere.
Listening To: Thanks for the Memory - Bob Hope & Shirley Ross Update: More coverage and videos at Fox
Two Hope Mp3's I have
More tributes from Susanna and LT Smash -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/27/2003 10:53:00 PM ----- BODY:

Back to normal

I got three hours sleep this morning which wasn't enough and I had to lay down later after the planting incident.
The planting incident was where the wife and I went out to plant some passion flower vines we bought last week around two oak trees. Things were going pretty well until as I was bring two bags of mulch over my wife suddenly jumped up and moved about twenty feet from where she was working. She looked at me and said "run". I looked around and didn't see anything to run from so I waited till she walked very quickly over to and past me when I joined her. She was brushing her shirt as we walking and finally enlightened me with one word "bees". We walked back to the house and directly to our bathroom where she knew I had a stash of Benadryl in case I am attacked by fire ants. It turns out she was stung about 8 times but everything seems ok. We went back out an hour later and though we can't see the hive we think it is about 30 or 40 feet up a tree behind a dead branch. That finished our planting for the day and the Benadryl made her sleepy. Since she was laying down I lay down also and woke myself an hour or so later not knowing exactly where or when I was. That is my typical reaction when I take mid day naps like this. I tried to impress on her that if she had appended the word "Bees" to the word "Run" I would have reacted faster. For some reason she didn't appreciate this advice.
Listening To: You Keep Me Hanging On - Vanilla Fudge -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/27/2003 12:27:00 PM ----- BODY:


I am kind of burned out after last night even though I could only make it till 5am CDT. I might not post again till much later in the day but I just wanted to say once again congratulations to everyone invloved in Blogathon. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/27/2003 08:51:00 AM ----- BODY:

Blogathon Update Final

To catch up to where and what everyone blogged about. Kevin talks about the First Test tube baby turning 25. Budget cuts hurting Autism services and 10 things we didn't know last week. Lair has posted some of the lost chapters. Meryl is protesting the number of posts and states that their group is just shy if 15k. Great work. The Hulk makes an appearance. Joni finished her story about her Cancer surgery. Michele is glad it was over. I think everyone was glad it is over but once again great job by all involved. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/27/2003 04:48:00 AM ----- BODY:

Blogathon Update 26

Kevin talks about a Kiss concert Lair has posted video called Frisky Kitty. Meryl is damned tired and so am I. Meryl this link is for you. Joni continues about her Cancer surgery. Michele is breaking out the booze. I am going to bed. Good job all
Listening To: In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning - Carly Simon -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/27/2003 04:17:00 AM ----- BODY:

Blogathon Update 25

Kevin is reminding people about the Bonfire of the Vanities. I guess you send him your Worst post. I never heard of that before. It must be getting late for him though, he posted it twice. I IM'ed about so he will fix it before anyone else sees it but it did happen. He replaced the Double post with another about Autism. Lair has posted video number 31. He also has a new picture that needs a caption. Meryl has some news from Israel. Joniis still fighting her laptop and is too tired to go and get coffee. Michele doesn't believe that any of us are still up, I am starting to flag myself and may not make it but then I am surprised I got this far. I just went outside for a bit, maybe the fresh air did me in. It is a very dark night but mild. I could here trains in the distance and dogs.
Listening To: Young Man Blues - The Who -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/27/2003 03:48:00 AM ----- BODY:

Blogathon Update 25

Kevin is reminding people about the Bonfire of the Vanities. I guess you send him your Worst post. I never heard of that before. It must be getting late for him though, he posted it twice. I IM'ed about so he will fix it before anyone else sees it but it did happen. Lair has posted video number 30 Meryl has a list of aches and pains. It must be the Blogathon. Joni continues about her cancer and the doctor she used doesn't sounds like a prize either. Michele talks about an Islanders game and REO. I noticed she turned off her IM so she must be getting tired.
Listening To: In your Wildest Dreams - The Moody Blues. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/27/2003 03:21:00 AM ----- BODY:

Blogathon Update 24

Well the wife finally went to bed. I guess its just me and the dogs. Cancel that the dogs are gone too, traitors. Kevin is posting about WalMart. Lair has posted video number 29. Meryl got a call from LT Smash in Iraq. Joni is getting serious and talking about her cancer. Michele has a guest post about the 60's.
Listening To: Rhapsody in Red - Queen -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/27/2003 02:58:00 AM ----- BODY:

Blogathon Update 23

Kevin has few words about autism, his charity. Lair has posted video number 28. Meryl says that the contributions for their group has topped 14k, an amazing number. Joni is talking dirty about her laptop and dialup connection. Michele is showing men's fashions from a bygone era.
Listening To: You Don't Bring me Flowers - Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond I could have sworn I pulled that off the hard disk a while ago. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/27/2003 02:31:00 AM ----- BODY:

Blogathon Update 22

I surfed around and bloggers are raising money for the darnest things. This one is raising money for rat rescue :sheesh:.
Kevin says the next person who pledges $20 should get to name the challenge winner. Lair is back in the picture on his web cam looking pretty much like a zombie. He lists 10 TV pilots that never made it. Meryl is talking about music and Alice Cooper, not that they are separate things. She also mentions Mountain whose lead guitarist is so big that his guitar looked like a toy when he was playing it, He made good music though. I never saw Mountain though they were around Ohio State a lot when I started there. I did catch him a few years later with West, Bruce and Laing, which was not a bad group either. Joni met her goal for money and set a new one. She is talking about cats again but since she is raising money for a cat shelter that's ok. Michele relates the first CD she bought was Dark Side of the Moon. It was my first CD also. She is also talking about Crystal Ship a group I remember well that used to do live covers of Doors tunes.
Listening To: I know you're out there Somewhere - The Moody Blues -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/27/2003 01:56:00 AM ----- BODY:

Blogathon Update 21

Kevin is taking up Meryl's challenge. Lair is taking up Meryl's challenge. Meryl has a post about American anti-semitism. Joni is getting a little tired I think. Michele is thinking of going to one sentence posts next year, I am smoking the same cigar. Good ones last longer.
Listening To: The End - The Doors -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/27/2003 01:28:00 AM ----- BODY:

Blogathon Update 20

Kevin sounds like he is gathering his second wind. Lair is on Chapter 27 has already moved through his second wind Meryl has posted a challenge to capture Saddam with five items. Joni wants us to wake up another blogger and says she is having trouble staying up late. At least I am not alone. Actually I am doing better than I thought I would. Michele is taking up Meryl's challenge. I am lighting up a decent cigar, no cheap shit this time.
Listening To: 3/5 of a mile in 10 Seconds - Jefferson Airplane -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/27/2003 12:55:00 AM ----- BODY:

Blogathon Update 19

Looking through some other blogs I happened on BlueCalx which has some great pix of waterfalls. It also has some chemical posts for things like Psilocybin and Methamphetamine. I guess they are not wasting time with coffee. Kevin directs us to Cambloggers who he notes do note seem as chipper as earlier. Liar's cam shows nothing at all. Maybe he is blogging from and undisclosed location. Lair is on Chapter 26 moving right along. Meryl has gone to stream-of-consciousness time. I told her that odd things would happen if she posted something I wrote but she wouldn't listen. Joni is posting Mp3's along with lyrics. Michele sounds like she could use a little of whatever blueclax is doing. So could I actually.
Listening To: Going to the Chapel - Dixie Cups -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/27/2003 12:35:00 AM ----- BODY:

Still crazy after all these years

I am sitting here eating celery and smoking cheap cigars wondering why I am still awake.


This story convinces me that we should not send troops to Liberia. They will just get shot up. Bad idea. Let's get shot up where we at least have an idea what we are doing and why we are there.
Listening To: Message in a Bottle - The Police -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/27/2003 12:25:00 AM ----- BODY:

Blogathon Update 17

Kevinhas some more MT code. He also wonders why Lair seems to be missing some chapters. So do I and others. I doubt it has anything to do with Texas education but since I didn't go through it I can't say for sure. Lair is on Chapter 24 and questioning guest posts of his team-mates. I guess he hasn't since my guest post yet. Meryl meanwhile ,er, well she has a guest post by yours truly as promised. She also is still going strong with French insults as is Lair. I will have to keep her up with IM's and email from here on. Joni is talking about different coffees now. I hope she isn't making the Irish ones or she will never make it. Michele has a story about Leo Sayer.
Listening To: Call Me - Blondie -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/26/2003 11:40:00 PM ----- BODY:

Blogathon Update 16

Kevin ended the day with Linux sucks. He starts it by asking for more sponsors. Lair is on Chapter 23 of his pretzel cooking series. I am getting hungry. Meryl has lost the ability to send email though she can still receive. She loves fried potatoes. Joni is talking about Milkshakes. What is this with everyone about food that I can no longer eat? Michele keeps chugging along. Eight hours or so left. The hardest part.
Listening To: Cheeseburger in Paradise - Jimmy Buffett Food again, even Winamp is torturing me. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/26/2003 10:33:00 PM ----- BODY:

Break Time

One of the advantages of not blogging myself in Blogathon is that I can pull myself away and do others things. Right now I have to break away and turn on the cartoon network to watch Samurai Jack and .Hack//Sign with my daugther. They are great shows. I love the fact that though she is a teenager we still can watch cartoons together. It probably won't last much longer so I better enjoy it while I can. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/26/2003 10:16:00 PM ----- BODY:

Blogathon Update 15

Kevin has his take on Gary Condit running for Governor. Yes you heard that right. Lair is on Chapter 21 of his cooking series. Meryl has a post on relationships and needs something caffeinated, Joni posted a picture of a great looking hamburger, which I love, and a place in Houston to get one, no address yet. A nice recipe too for Salmon and Taragon sauce. Michele sounds like it is starting to get to her. Nice picture of a Ouija board. I had one of those once.
Listening To: Redemption Song - U2 -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/26/2003 09:19:00 PM ----- BODY:

Blogathon Update 14

I went and sponsored another blog. Kevin is Blogging for the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. He is currently offering MT Template tricks that I hope to use in the not too far future. Lair is on Chapter 19 of his cooking series. Meryl is posting a Harry Potter takeoff. Joni has a cheese soup recipe and is promising a story on her fight with cancer. Michele has a guest post from Bill Quick. I am rapidly falling behind on keeping up with these 5, I hope I don't lose my sense and sponsor someone else. I still have to do a guest post for Meryl.
Listening To: Nights in White Satin - Moody Blues -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/26/2003 06:53:00 PM ----- BODY:

Blogathon Update 13

Lair is up to chapter 14 of his cooking video. Meryl is talking about ID cards for Saudi women. Joni is still on her Las Vegas story. It is a long one and split into at least 5 parts at this point. I am surprised she didn't save this until later but it is good reading. Michele has a guest post from a soldier in Iraq.
Listening To: The Only Living Boy in New York - Simon and Garfunkel -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/26/2003 06:04:00 PM ----- BODY:

Blogathon Update 12

Lair has descended into what I think is bad taste in his latest caption contest. Meryl is keeping track of the pledges of the group and they have topped 13k, amazing. Joni blogging about a very personal incident between her and her significant other. Michele is onto the top songs of 1967,which I don't agree with. She also talks about MAD magazine. I have not seen MAD in ages.
Listening To: The Joker - Steve Miller -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/26/2003 05:33:00 PM ----- BODY:

Breaking News

Philippine Soldiers sieze Austrailian Ambassador and others. More here. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/26/2003 05:01:00 PM ----- BODY:

Blogathon Update 11

Lair is now up to chapter 12. Talk about missing tapes. Meryl has Jane Finch doing a guest blog so she can get something to eat. Joni is talking about Pumpkin Bread. Michele has some pictures of 8 track tapes and portable players. I can relate to this because I have some 8 tracks and a real Panasonic tape deck somewhere.
Listening To: Wasted Time - Eagles -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/26/2003 04:24:00 PM ----- BODY:

Glad I am not blogging this for money

I took this test to see where I would have come out.
40 %

There's a 40 % chance that I'll survive the 'thon.
Will you survive the Blogathon?

Listening To: Money - Pink Floyd -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/26/2003 04:20:00 PM ----- BODY:

Blogathon Post 10

Lair goes directly to chapter 9 of making pretzels without posting 7 or 8. He took a test that says he has a 100% chance of surviving the Blogathon. Not at this rate. Meryl is going through her referer log.Always good for a laugh. Joni has moved back to cat pix. Michele has a 70% chance to survive the Blogathon which is probably why she hasn't made a 5pm post yet.
Listening To: Cool for Cats - Squeeze -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/26/2003 04:00:00 PM ----- BODY:

Blogathon Post 9

Lair blogging on the Hunting for Bambi fraud. Wow did everyone , Bloggers and big Media get taken in by that one. Meryl has started to run down. Probably the fault of the IM software and my email messages. I am sure she will catch her second wind though. Joni has moved from cat pix to cat poetry. Not hard to guess that she is blogging for a cat shelter. Michele has a quiz on her pop culture theme.
Listening To: Fashion - David Bowie -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/26/2003 03:32:00 PM ----- BODY:

Blogathon Post 8

It started to rain and even though the power has blinked twice more I am still here, as are our Blogathon heroes. Lair is busy greasing his face pans. Meryl has gotten a hold of some instant messaging software (be afraid). Joni is posting Cat pix and Lemon Bar recipes. Michele is deep into music. Deep Purple and Smoke on the Water. Good thing I only sponsored four blogs, any more and I would be going nuts.
Listening To: Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/26/2003 02:56:00 PM ----- BODY:

Blogathon Post 7

I walked outside and was greeted with the sounds of Thunder and the sight of lightning which convinced me that perhaps mowing was not what I should be doing today. Michele has the top songs of 1984. Meryl has a list of rejected Blogathon themes. My UPS just beeped. I might be knocked offline. If my power goes good luck to you all.
Listening To: All You need is Love - The Beatles -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/26/2003 02:37:00 PM ----- BODY:

Blogathon Post 6

Check out Lair's latest video post for his hilarious confrontation with fresh butter. I think I have to go mow now. Listening To: The Spy - The Doors -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/26/2003 02:19:00 PM ----- BODY:

Blogathon Post 5

Well I am back from my WalMart trip. Joni has a pretty good joke about a salesman.
Listening To: There's a Kind of Hush - Herman's Hermits -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/26/2003 12:34:00 PM ----- BODY:

Blogathon Post 4

Michele is giving an 80's quiz, Lair is doing movies on how to make homemade Pretzels and I have to run out to WalMart.
Listening To: Ashes To Ashes - David Bowie -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/26/2003 12:07:00 PM ----- BODY:

Blogathon Post 3

I need to mention that Joni is blogging at this URL .
Listening To: Easter Parade - Al Jolson (yes my collection is a bit eclectic) -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/26/2003 12:02:00 PM ----- BODY:

Quote of the Day

Today's quote comes from Meryl who is trying to fulfill a the desire of a sponsor who offered her, Michele, and Laurence a donation for each French insult they posted during Blogathon. If you have any good ones pass them on.
In certain public indecencies the difference between a dog and a Frenchman is not perceptible.
Mark Twain -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/26/2003 11:39:00 AM ----- BODY:

Blogathon Post 2

I should also mention Kevin who is answering tech questions. Especially since I just asked him one.
Listening To: The Song Remains the Same - Led Zeppelin -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/26/2003 11:35:00 AM ----- BODY:

Blogathon Post 1

I have decided to direct all my posts today on what the blogathoners are doing. I won't be as regular as them since I have to mow the lawn and several other things but I will try to stay up a little later than normal. Michele is talking about her VIC 20. I never had one but I remember it well since my first real job on microcomputers was translating code written for the examples on a PC book so that they would run on everything else that existed. A bunch of us met at my boss's basement. Iwas doing mostly the Atari conversions but I did work with the Vic a little. I don't miss it at all. My first computer was a Compaq with 2 256k floppy drive and 1mb Ram, of which 640k was usable. Later on I added at 10mb Hardcard which made it state of the art. I don't miss that machine much either.
I will be available on AIM, at least during the evening hours, my AIM id is Starhwk.
Listening To: Mood for a Day - Yes -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/25/2003 12:02:00 PM ----- BODY:


Tomorrow is the big day. If you have not already donated(sponsored) someone in the Blogathon, DO IT. I will online part of the time cheering them all on. As of now I am sponsoring the group of Michele, Meryl and Laurence. I am also sponsoring Joni. Check them all out tomorrow and cheer them on. I will be available on AIM, at least during the evening hours, my IM id is Starhwk. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/24/2003 10:22:00 PM ----- BODY:

Quote of the Day

Piggy: We did everything just the way grownups would've. Why didn't it work?
Lord of the Flies - 1990 -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/24/2003 10:06:00 PM ----- BODY:

We also killed a kid

That is a title of Diana's latest post. It is one of the most odd posts I have ever read on her blog. In an ideal world no one would shoot 14 year olds. In an ideal world 14 year olds would not shoot at you. What does she expect our soldiers to do when they have this kid shooting a AK-47 at them, offer him an ice cream cone? Welcome to the real world kiddo, teens with guns can kill. She also seems to think that we could have/should have taken them alive. There are some people how would rather not be taken alive. It is easy to understand why, they probably thought we would turn them over to Iraqis who would treat them the same way they treated so many of their countrymen.
Listening To: Another Day - Paul McCartney -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/24/2003 08:15:00 PM ----- BODY:

From bad to worse

I took the computer back to the place I bought it from. Good News: The power supply is fine Bad News: The mother board is toast Good News: The computer is still under warranty Bad News: That mother board is no longer made Bad News: Because it is no longer made they think they will have to reformat the drive. Bad News: The 512mb memory module is toast too Good News: The memory is still under warranty Bad News: I told them to try putting in another drive and format that. Good News: 40gb drives are cheap Bad News: The kid will be very mad if they re-format "her"drive" Good News: As long as it is in the shop I told them to add more memory and a CD-RW for which they may wave the installation charge. Bad News: I am not sure how I am going to pay for any of this. Good News: I didn't wreak the car driving back in the rain.
I hate days like this. It makes me wish I were a gypsy.
Listening To: Gypsy - Moody Blues -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/24/2003 10:48:00 AM ----- BODY:

As if I don't have enough problems

I woke up this morning and noticed that the computer in the den that I share with the kid wasn't on. No problem just turn it off and back on. Nothing. This is not what I want to deal with at 6am. Sent some email to a friend more knowledgeable that I and we have agreed that it is either the motherboard or the power supply. I hope it is the power supply. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/24/2003 10:44:00 AM ----- BODY:

Local boy makes it big

Blogdom's own Steven den Beste has a post in the Opinion Journal today about why "We won't back down". -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/23/2003 09:55:00 PM ----- BODY:

Guerilla War

A had a discussion with my FiL the other day when he suggested that Iraq was becoming just like Vietnam. "It is nothing like Vietnam. It is more like Germany after WW2, do you remember that?" (I wasn't around then but he was) "I don't remember anything like this after WW2" My guess is either that they didn't put much in the press about it then. John has a post on a group called the werewolves who killed allies and German collaborators in the aftermath of WW2. It is good to remember this because it shows that this type of thing that we are encountering in Iraq is not all that uncommon.
Listening To: For Crying out Loud - Meat Loaf -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/23/2003 08:37:00 PM ----- BODY:

Quote of the Day

Dr. Emil Reingold: Mickey and Mallory know the difference between right and wrong; they just don't give a damn.
Natural Born Killers - 1994 -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/22/2003 04:21:00 PM ----- BODY:


Last weekend there was a party at Dean's place. In the discussion and postings about the party Dean extolled a friend of his who couldn't attend but arranged to pay for a case of his favorite beer Anchor Steam. I was intrigued and vowed to try this brew that I had never tasted. I went to the Kroger yesterday and was not surprised that they did not have anything like that. Luckily a local liquor discounter named Spec's had opened a store near me and they did indeed have products of the Anchor brewing company. They also managed to sell me a product of a local Houston brewer named Saint Arnold. I am drinking that now, the brew is named Lawnmower and while I was not mowing the lawn today( not yet anyway), I have just returned from doing some yard work and it is quite refreshing as I dry off. Update later on the Anchor Steam, which is a fairly expensive brew. Update: This Anchor Steam is pretty good stuff, even the wife liked it.
Listening To: The Man who Sold the World - David Bowie -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/22/2003 12:07:00 PM ----- BODY:


It is almost time for this years Blogathon which starts July 26. This is an amazing event, a great and innovative use of blogging and a way to raise money for organizations that really need it. As I did list year I am sponsoring Meryl and Lair who this year are blogging for the same charity. In addition I am sponsoring Joni who is blogging for a local charity. I urge you if you can to sponsor these or any other bloggers for any amount you can afford. Even if you can't sponsor go to their sites during the Blogathon and support them. That means a lot too, especially when you are staying up all night making a post every 30 minutes.
Listening To: Rush -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/21/2003 11:12:00 PM ----- BODY:

More Wifi

It looks like the big players, at least some of them, want to give users of other services access to each others hot spots. While Cometa is falling behind on their plans to build 20,000 hot spots. You can read about it here and here. As I have said before I think that eventually these pay services are going to be overwhelmed by the free hotspots that are popping up all over the place. To facilitate that process I have added a link on the sidebar to the Free hotspot web site. The interesting thing is that some of the locations where the pay sites would do well are already covered by free hotspots. Where the pay sites have an advantage is big secluded places like airports. Current Song: Conquistador - Procol Harum -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/21/2003 08:20:00 PM ----- BODY:

Happy Birthday Central Park

There are many things I would change about the city I grew up in but Central Park has never been one of them. The creation of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux is 150 years old today. It is a treasure not only to New Yorkers but to the entire country. I say this in spite of the fact that I almost lost my life there on at least two occasions, but that is another story. I have hiked most of its trails, biked around the drive on numerous occasions, boated on the lakes, sailed model boats at another lake, played softball, (totally pulling my leg during one game), played chess, rode the carousel, climbed rocks, visited the old zoo, the new zoo and the children's zoo, played Frisbee, jogged around the reservoir and seen so many concerts big and small that I couldn't begin to count them all. Once I even skated in the Wollman rink which I thought was just for concerts at some point. I even took a hansom cab through the park years ago. You used to be able to hear Shakespeare for free, I hope they still do that. It sounds like I spent a lot of time at the Park and I did even though I didn't live or work near it till I was in my late twenties. On the west side is the Museum of Natural History and the Hayden Planetarium (which I was very found of). By walking directly across the park you get to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Macy's day Thanksgiving day Parade starts at the Museum of Natural History and goes down Central Park West alongside of the Park. The NY Marathon ends in Central Park. There is so much more and times in Central Park I could talk about but I hate long posts and I am sure you get the idea. The city had a celebration on Saturday but as with the birthdays of Presidents I prefer to celebrate on the actual day rather the days that the pols find convenient. Happy Birthday Central Park
Current Song: I'm just a Singer in a Rock and Roll Band - Moody Blues -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/21/2003 04:10:00 PM ----- BODY:

Liberal Bias in the Media

If there ever was a case to demonstrate liberal bias in the media this story would certainly stand out as a prime example. The article details the non-story of Americans who have decided to move to Canada. Why is this a non-story you might ask? The article is 25 paragraphs long but the real story emerges only in part of paragraph 17.
But every year since 1977, more Canadians have emigrated to the United States than vice versa -- the 2001 figures were 5,894 Americans moving north, 30,203 Canadians moving south.
We have an entire article devoted to people leaving the US for Canada when not only has this been happening for years but the number of people moving to the US from Canada is over five times as many. Don't expect to see the liberal media do a story on the vastly larger number of Canadians moving south because it doesn't fit into their template. These media zombies are so anti-american it just makes me sick.
Current Song: Legend of a Mind - Moody Blues -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/20/2003 10:38:00 PM ----- BODY:

Quote of the Day

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
Winston Churchill -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/19/2003 09:59:00 PM ----- BODY:

Three Shirt Day

There are few things I like less than working in the yard when in is in the 90's but feels like it is over 100. there were things to get done however and it will probably be just as hot until September. I first had some spraying to do. Mealy bugs are the current problem du jour (can't let those pesky French words into our lexicon now can we. (detour to this article about how the French are trying the ban the word email from general usage in their country. If this is not a sign of a dying culture I don't know what is. I can not understand why they don't get it but I guess we just have to shake our heads and say "That's the French") Now where was I. Oh yes Mealy bugs. I still can't post pictures but just follow the link which really makes them look a lot worse than they are. I sprayed a couple of their target plants then went on to clearing some brush and trees. Carted all those to a pile for later burning and returned to the house for drying out and shirt number 2. Next job was the gas trimmer. About twenty minutes of that was enough to go for a third shirt. I did make the garden look a nicer. I wish I could show you a picture but when the 2 garden gals from Wal Mart delivers my mower a few weeks ago they both loved it.
Current Song: Bridge over Troubled Water - Paul Simon & Paul McCartney -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/19/2003 09:30:00 PM ----- BODY:

Quote of the Day

The spread of freedom is the best security for the free. It is our last line of defense and our first line of attack. And just as the terrorist seeks to divide humanity in hate, so we have to unify it around an idea. And that idea is liberty.
Tony Blair - July 17,2003 -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/18/2003 09:17:00 PM ----- BODY:

WTC Memorial

Another positive sign in the creeping progress of rebuilding the WTC is the submission of 5200 proposals for memorial. The proposals will be reviewed by a 13 (stupid number) member panel and narrowed down to 5 finalists who will be given money to further develop their ideas. Let's do a little math here. How long does it take to evaluate a proposal Let's say an hour for arguments sake. At that rate they will have the five finalists in something like two and a half years providing they don't take any vacations. I did say this was a positive sign didn't I? At least the process is moving along. As a sign of the times I like this quote at the end of the article.
Applicants had to mail their designs to a warehouse where they were checked for anthrax, chemical agents and explosives before being shipped to a second, undisclosed location where the jury will review them.
Current Song: Walk On By/Say a Little Prayer/San Jose medley - Dionne Warwick & Burt Bacharach -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/18/2003 08:12:00 PM ----- BODY:

Good Day on Wall Street

I left the house to take the family to town and the Dow was up 64. By the time we got back the market had closed up 137. A very good sign. We have been having what is called a trading range however the highs always seem higher in recent weeks. Unemployment was down too this week another good sign. Next week things could breakout even higher. Current Song: Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin (like you didn't know that) -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/17/2003 10:15:00 PM ----- BODY:

Blair to Congress

The transcript of Tony Blair's speech today can be found here
Current Song: Roxanne - The Police -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/17/2003 09:55:00 PM ----- BODY:

Not fun

I get up in the morning and check email. Then I check the job boards. Make calls to all my headhunter leaches friends. The cell phone rings. Aha someone calling me back. "Hello" "I think you have a wrong number, what number did you dial?" "Right number wrong person." "No sorry, this is not a Dentist office" The regular phones rings. I run to the other room to get it. "Hello" "No I don't want to change my phone service" Some days are like that.
Current Song: Hey Paula - Paul and Paula -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/16/2003 10:29:00 PM ----- BODY:

That didn't last long

It seems that even though I have all the skills for the job some of them are 10 years old and they want someone with more recent skills. Which is a good lead in for the quote of the day.
Current Song: The Other Side of Life - Moody Blues -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/16/2003 10:29:00 PM ----- BODY:

Quote of the Day

Scarlett: I can't think about that right now. If I do, I'll go crazy. I'll think about that tommorrow. After all ... tomorrow is another day.
Gone with the Wind - 1939 -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/16/2003 09:09:00 PM ----- BODY:

More men in Iraq?

I keep hearing this refrain from the would be presidents (Joe from Conn. said it today) and others but it seems to me that we would just be suppling more targets. What they really should have is 24/7 predators over all US troop bases and convoys. I wonder why this is not the case.
Current Song: Angel of the morning - Merrilee Rush -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/16/2003 09:04:00 PM ----- BODY:

The Real Lies about Iraq

Here are the real lies we were told about Iraq. I know we all have short memories but it is good to remember what the know-it-alls were saying before we went in. Remember also what these fools were saying before we toppled the Taliban, how it was a graveyard for the Russians and it would be for us too. Didn't happen did it. By the way I think we might have just today lost as many men as we did during the entire Desert Storm campaign
Current Song: I've got to get a Message to you - The Bee Gees -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/16/2003 04:51:00 PM ----- BODY:


After spending much of the day emailing and searching out job opportunities as far away as Virginia I got a call about a possible job in Houston, out of the blue, from an old contact of mine. The bad part is I will have to wear a pager for the first time in my twenty year career which is something I have always avoided but it is better than being unemployed. Keeping my fingers crossed. Maybe the song that just popped up is a good sign.
Current Song: Back on the Chain Gang - The Pretenders -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/15/2003 11:04:00 PM ----- BODY:

There is some good news tonight

Just so I don't end the evening on a totally down note, there is this item from Pakistan where it looks like they are starting to make nice for a change.
Oh and the really important stuff, the AL comes from behind to win 7-6.
Current Song: Moondance - Van Morrison -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/15/2003 10:35:00 PM ----- BODY:

A.N.S.W.E.R. Lives

In case you thought you have heard the last from our friendly left wing friends, here is their listing of future events.
1) July 27: Mobilize for Peace in Korea 2) August 1-3: Speakout at STRATCOM - No new weapons of mass destruction 3) August 23: 40th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington 4) September 13: Worldwide Day of Action Against Corporate Globalization and War 5) September 13: Millions for Reparations Other upcoming actions initiated by the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition: 1) September 25-28: International Days of Protest Against Occupation and Empire 2) October 25: International March on the White House and Pentagon 3) Summer 2004: Mass Actions at the Democratic National Convention (July, Boston) and the Republican National Convention (August/September, New York)
So what they want basically is for us: Roll over for the dictator/murderer in North Korea Stop making weapons to defend ourselves Cripple corporate america Give away billions of dollars in reparations
Sure that makes sense to me - NOT! In case you do not know what the letters stand for: Act Now to Stop War and End Racism
Current Song: ABC - Jackson Five -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/15/2003 09:58:00 PM ----- BODY:

Quote of the Day

Jareth: You remind me of the babe. Goblin: What babe? Jareth: The babe with the power. Different Goblin: What power? Jareth: The power of voodoo. Goblin: Who do? Jareth: You do. Goblin: Do what? Jareth: Remind me of the babe.
Labyrinth - 1986 -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/15/2003 05:57:00 PM ----- BODY:

Support F.I.R.E.

In line with the previous post I encourage everyone to link to and support F.I.R.E. This is the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and if I were a lawyer I would beg to help them because I think they are on a mission that is of vital importance to the survival of the country and our college system. They have gotten involved at Cal Poly as well as at other campuses. Current Song: Nashville Cats - Lovin' Spoonful -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/15/2003 05:44:00 PM ----- BODY:

The Real Danger to Free Speech

One of the recurring themes in this journal has been the dangerous assault on free speech at our nation's universities. These are the places where students should be exposed to all opinions instead brain dead administrators are killing free speech in favor of political correctness. Here is an article on the Cal Poly affair by Stewart Taylor. The Emperor Misha chimes in here. Also at the Emperors is this link of contacts at Cal Poly which I encourage everyone to use. Current Song: Volunteers - Jefferson Airplane -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/15/2003 05:01:00 PM ----- BODY:

Dodged the bullet

It has stopped raining here. All we got was a severe rainstorm. Galveston however got pretty shaken up but now Claudette seems to be weakening Current Song: Nostradamus Parts 1 & 2 - Al Stewart Note: It is a long song -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/15/2003 04:57:00 PM ----- BODY:

Ballou replies and gets fisked

Emily gives a good fisking of Michael Ballou. He is the one you might recall who instructed his students to write kill the president. I never did understand his reasoning but it turns out he does indeed have agenda, which is, no surprise, left wing. Rather than me go through everything just go to Emily's site and read it all. Current Song: Nostradamus Parts 1 & 2 - Al Stewart -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/15/2003 12:16:00 PM ----- BODY:

It's raining less

One of the benefits of getting our house north of Houston rather than closer to town. There is still a lot of thunder outside so I expect it will get wetter before it gets dryer. My daughter came to me all concerned yesterday, wanting me to put on the Weather Channel because someone online from school had told her a tornado was coming this way. I checked on the link above and turned the TV to the channel before I assured her that her friend was mistaken. By the way I have had satellite reception all morning except for a few very brief lapses. Rain and clouds don't hurt the signal that much. Storms with a lot of lightning will mess it up but if the power goes out it will be a moot point. Update: The lights in here just blinked. Love that UPS. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/15/2003 10:47:00 AM ----- BODY:

It's raining

Welcome Claudette. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/14/2003 09:01:00 PM ----- BODY:

Roadblock to peace

The brits have informed Sharon that they will continue to deal with Arafat. In this story Straw says they will continue to deal with the elected leader of the Palestinian people as will the EU. The brits were so good on Iraq why don't they get that Arafat is part of the problem not part of the solution. Current Song: My Music - Loggins & Messina -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/14/2003 08:55:00 PM ----- BODY:

Blogs in the Media

Good Op-ed here about blogging. I don't agree did the final quote though:
In the end, a blog is just a blog, but a newspaper -- cradled caffeinated in a morning lap curled barefoot into the seat of a porch rocker -- is a read.
. I don't read newspapers, the writer who writes for one is certainly biased in that direction. We will find that blogs are a read indeed. Sometimes preferable to newspapers. Current Song: Brass in Pocket - The Pretenders -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/14/2003 12:40:00 AM ----- BODY:

Freedom of Speech

There is a story in Drudge about the movie Buffalo Soldiers. The director is quoted :
"Here in the UK no one gets upset, but over there, where the President is fighting these military campaigns in the name of democracy, the first casualty seems to be freedom of speech, the cornerstone of any democracy." - BUFFALO SOLDIERS Director Gregor Jordan
This jerk knows nothing of free speech no matter how good a director he may be. Let's get this clear, the first amendment prohibits the government from restricting free speech. It does not mean that if you say something that pisses people off they cannot make their ire known, that is their free speech rights and idiots like Tim Robbins and the Dixie Chicks should realize that while they are free to say anything they want it may have consequences. Current Song: Puff the Magic Dragon - Peter Paul & Mary -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/13/2003 11:48:00 PM ----- BODY:

Gratuitous Garden Pic

This is a picture of a ground cover rose named Magic Blanket. It is part of Jackson and Perkins Garden Ease collection which will also be featured tomorrow if I get this picture to post. I believe these are the only own root roses that J&P sells and we have done well with them. This is the first year that the magic Blanket has bloomed for us. As you can see the rose is on the ground and this is how it is supposed to grow. It is very good for covering slopes and banks of which we have neither so currently it is trying to cover our driveway.
Update: Well that doesn't seem to have worked. I guess that there is something at geocities that prevents this from doing what I want, back to the drawing board.
-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/13/2003 11:05:00 PM ----- BODY:

Mookie Riffic

Rachael has written me that she didn't mean to remove me from her sidebar and the fact that she changed commenting facilities is why my comments were lost. She is a high school sophomore in Va. I hope she keeps posting because my own daughter is starting high school this year and I will need to know as much as I can about what goes on there. This is actually my second round with a teenage daughter. I managed to live through my step-daughter's teenage years even though we were not married then and she turned out pretty well. I can only hope that is has better prepared me for the next several years. She is also a Mercedes Lackey fan which is a great thing to be in my book. Current Song: Things I could be - James Gang -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/13/2003 10:35:00 PM ----- BODY:

More Wifi

True Believers say WiFi will endure . Led by Intel no less. Intel recently annoced that it was supporting 802.16 or WiMax which will broadcast the Internet everywhere. Intel is also building wifi into all their new laptop and has come out with a new chip set. This could be a big blow to Cisco which bought Wifi leader Linksys not too long ago. In building on my post of a few says ago there is a this website WiFifreespot.com which is keeping track of where all the free sites are. There will be more of these in the days to come. Free internet is the future. Among the free spots in Houston are listed Holiday Inns, Best Western's and a Dairy Queen. A Diary Queen? Current Song: Sing Sing Sing - Benny Goodman -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/13/2003 01:45:00 PM ----- BODY:

Another New Link

I have been meaning to add Merde in France for a long time and I finally got around to it today. This is a great place to get further reasons why its not a bad idea to not buy French anything. If you have any seconds thoughts about how messed up things are in France read this blog for a few days. Side by side in English and French. Current Song: Within you, Without You - George Harrison -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/13/2003 01:09:00 PM ----- BODY:

On a more hopeful note

We now have reports of demonstrations continuing in Hong Kong. Read the stories here, here and here. Some people on TV said that this could be the start of something like what happened to the USSR. I doubt it but we can always hope. Current Song: Lost in a Lost World - Moody Blues -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/13/2003 01:04:00 PM ----- BODY:

More on Dead reporter in Iran

Now finally after myself and other bloggers have made postings on it (the latest being Liar) the mainstream press is finally getting around to it. MSNBC reports that Khatami is ordering a probe into it. Didn't this guy just offer to resign? Can anyone guess how far this is going to go? Current Song: Isn't Life Strange - Moody Blues -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/13/2003 12:39:00 PM ----- BODY:

You win some you lose some

It seems that Dawn has decided to add me back into her sidebar. Dawn is a great read, soon to me mom again and I urge everyone to check her out,er read her blog I mean but I guess she wouldn't mind you checking her out either. On the other hand Rachael of Mookie Riffic apparently didn't like some comments I made about her statement that "they just help me prove that America isn't as great a place as people think.", based on one book she read that was very critical of all things US and had some stats to support that which seemed very dubious. She not only removed me from her sidebar but my comments are gone also. I will give both ladies credit for not making a big deal out of it and so neither will I. I is a beautiful day out, hot of course, and I intend to enjoy it while I can, before another lady named Claudette arrives here in the next day or so and makes life miserable for everyone in the area. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/12/2003 05:57:00 PM ----- BODY:

Reporter Dead in Iran

I related in this link, how a female Canadian reporter was arrested and beaten for taking pictures outside of an Iranian prison. Now Fox News and Susanna are reported that she has been declared brain dead. It seems she was beaten to death by the Iranians. What I can't understand is where is the outrage from the news media that usually follows the death of a reporter? All the networks should be all over this the way they were with Danny Pearl. If the major media does not pickup this story and run with it they are a disgrace. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/11/2003 09:20:00 PM ----- BODY:

Quote of the Day

Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia.
Charles Schultz -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/11/2003 09:18:00 PM ----- BODY:

Saddam and bin Laden

LGF points to this article about links between the two that others have been saying don't exist. The original link was from Glenn who says:
Read the whole thing. Those who know Judge Merritt -- a lifelong Democrat and a man of unimpeachable integrity -- will know just how significant this is.
Sounds like some people should be apologizing to President Bush but don't hold your breath for that. Current Song: Ballad of Billy the Kid - Billy Joel -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/11/2003 08:49:00 PM ----- BODY:

Crawly Amphibian

I know this is probably a mistake but I have moved up in the Blogosphere Ecosystem to 1274th into the category of Crawly Amphibian. That does not mean I am getting more hits but I was getting tired of being a Flippery Fish. By traffic I came in at 484, not bad. Current Song: Caravan - Todd Rundgren -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/11/2003 08:42:00 PM ----- BODY:


You may not have noticed it but I have been adding names to my blogroll here and there. Today I added Dean Esmay who has done and is doing great work helping people move off of Blogspot. Current Song: Solitary Man - Neil Diamond -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/11/2003 01:32:00 PM ----- BODY:

Looking back

Michele looks back at her posting prior to and after 9/11. She makes a very good observation that some of the politicians in this country have not gotten even yet. She has been changed by that event, changed in a permanent way. I agree I have changed also. My view of the world has changed and my feeling of security has been altered probably for the rest of my life, well at least for years to come. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/10/2003 11:21:00 PM ----- BODY:

Quote of the Day

President Whitmore:We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight!" We're going to live on! We're going to survive!
Independence Day - 1996 -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/10/2003 11:17:00 PM ----- BODY:


Lots going on but we have not heard half of it. There may be as many as 4,000 Iranians under arrest who may live or not. Students called off the protests and then three of their leaders were arrested, beaten and hauled off by armed thugs. Next time the students will know be and be armed themselves. Also on the Iran front, troops have crossed over the border with Iraq and are at least 20 miles inside Iraq. I have never seen a better opportunity to carpet bomb the whole lot of them. It probably won't happen but I can hope. Also a Quebec woman has been arrested, beaten and is reportedly in a coma after taking pictures outside a prison. I have no idea who this brave soul is but we should all pray for her. There is a lot of scary stuff going on in the world right now. I think we should all pray for ourselves too. I think the president is doing the right thing. We must fight because if we don't surely we will die. I know if they ever come for me I won't go quietly. Current Song: Don't Let the Sun catch you Crying - Gerry and the Pacemakers -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/10/2003 07:18:00 PM ----- BODY:

Return of Diana

Letter from Gotham is back at this URL. Check her out, welcome her back and update your blogrolls, I have already updated mine. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/09/2003 10:18:00 PM ----- BODY:

Quote of the Day

Bill Cole: The next time you're going to do anything or say anything or buy anything, think it over very carefully. When you're sure you're right, forget the whole thing.
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House - 1948 -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/09/2003 10:05:00 PM ----- BODY:

A good Dentist visit

I called up my dentist yesterday to get a cleaning which I was supposed to have last week but cancelled because I thought I would be working but that job was put on hold. My stars must have been in alignment because the woman said she could take me at 2pm or I would have to wait until august, I took the available slot only to have them call me up and ask me to come a little later since they were running late (that was nice of them). I got there at 2:30, they took me right away, the dentist looked at me and said I looked ok which was the first time in 3 years I have had a dentist say that to me. Current Song: Houses of the Holy - Led Zeppelin -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/09/2003 04:12:00 PM ----- BODY:

Boy I wish I was working instead of...

I went to Lowes and got some cinder blocks. Luckily I got as many as I could fit into the car because after putting a bunch out Star still managed to get under the well house and would not come out. Finally I resorted to opening a can of dog food to lure him out, which thankfully worked. I bought 11 full size and 7 half size cinder blocks and used everyone except one. I think I finally have them right now but the dogs are out testing it at the moment. They seem to find spots when I am not looking so I have to go out and check again. Well that seemed to work, no spots to squeeze through. Now I have to run the big dogs and hope they can't move or undermine any of my hard,sweaty work. Current Song: Nights in White Satin - The Moody Blues -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/09/2003 08:00:00 AM ----- BODY:

Mystery and problems

When we moved into this house we got water from a well in the back yard when had a broken down well house built falling down around it. We tore it down and built a bigger one around it that my wife was going to use for potting and other garden related things, cost $1500+. The pressure was very poor and we were told that to drill another well would cost 3 or $4,000. About that time we found out that we could get city water and paid about $1600 to run a pipe from the street to the well house and hook up to the house line (No wonder I am broke). The well house is now using mostly for storage and is surrounded by cinder blocks so the dogs can't get under it. Yesterday I saw an orange tabby under the well house and tried to get it out but after sticking its head out once I have not seen it again. The dogs however have much better senses than I do and last night one of the big dogs managed to get under the well house in search of something and then couldn't get out. This morning my smallest dog took the plunge under there and couldn't get out. Today I have to get some more cinder blocks. I have no idea if the cat is still under there but there might be snakes or rats ( I hate both) under it so I am not going to look very hard. Something raided my roses last night and I can't figure out what since some of the blooms that got taken off were covered with deer netting. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/08/2003 11:02:00 PM ----- BODY:


As you may recall I have been saying that there are things going on in Iran. Tomorrow we will find how much is really going on and how the Mullahs react. Read Sheila's take on Iran and follow the link to an Iranian Girl. There are already a lot of young people in jail, some have already died, more will die before the mullahs surrender power. If Iran becomes free it could prove to be the tipping point in creating an entire new mid east dynamic. Current Song: Strange Brew - Cream -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/08/2003 09:31:00 PM ----- BODY:

WiFi Warchalking

If you are interested in Wifi hotspots, as I am, check out the Warchalking website. The idea grew out of signs that hobos used to make so that other hobos would know where they could find places to sleep and eat. They started out several years ago with a group of signs showing hotspots but now I think it is evolving into a database and clearing house for free hotspots. I would draw some in front of my house but I am so far from the road that the signal would be very weak. Also I am sure I would have a rep from the homeowners assn. calling on me real soon. Just looking at what they have so far it is obvious that most metro areas are or will be filled with FREE hotspots. For that reason Mickey D's and any others trying to charge for Internet access are doomed to failure. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/08/2003 09:20:00 PM ----- BODY:

Expanding WiFi hotspots

Interesting story here about Mickey D's offering Wifi at some of their resturants. It says that they plan on charging $4.95 for 2 hours but as an intro will offer it free with the purchase of a value meal. I predict they will never make money at $4.95 but if they continue to offer it with the purchase of a value meal, which I think they will find is the only way to do it, it will be fine. I can see popping open my laptop to check email but to spend 2 hours in the golden arches trying to do actual work, no way. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/08/2003 01:16:00 PM ----- BODY:

Meet the Press tape

I sat through the entire thing and managed to do it on only one shot of JDsb.It was pretty much as I expected. Carl Levin is one of the most partisan people in congress and he didn't miss a chance. Funny I never noticed it before but his eyebrows slant upwards and in. It kind of makes his whole face look like a steeple. Andrea was biased as ever. Tim makes you think he is even handed, Andrea can't pull that off. The funniest moment of the show was during the panel discussion when Bob Novak suggested that the Fed should have dropped the rate 50 bais points. Andrea is married to Alan Greenspan and quickly said "Well I can't make any comment on that." The good thing about watching it on tape was that I was able to fast forward through parts. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/07/2003 01:25:00 PM ----- BODY:

I got my Meet the Press

I managed to tape it it when it was re-broadcast late last might on CNBC. When I found out that Andrea Mitchell was sitting in for Tim and that the vile Carl Levin was one of the guests I knew I would have to get something to get me through the tape. I went down to the local store and bought some cigars and a bottle of JD Single barrel. Did you know that the actual number of the barrel the bottle comes from is imprinted on the neck label? Good stuff but at $35 per bottle a bit pricey for me. I hope it doesn't take much to get me through the program. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/06/2003 09:50:00 PM ----- BODY:

I Want my Meet the Press

The worst thing to happen today was no Meet the Press. All for a Tennis final, sheesh, its not like the World Series or maybe it is if you are into tennis. Actually I like tennis and wish I had someone to play with if for no other reason then I need some kind of exercise. So instead I spent another few hours with my new mower trying to figure how the dang grass can grow so fast. It looks like deer or something big ran into the deer netting around the main rose bed and knocked down half of it. Luckily I have it set up so that if falls in and over the roses so that can't get at them. I still have not figured out how to get my ftp working but I will, someday. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/05/2003 08:27:00 PM ----- BODY:

Harry Potter

I finished the book about 2 days ago around 2:20am.It is ok but not earth shattering. Don't get me wrong I did like it especially since my other reading materials these days are things like C# Essentials. It does not seem to grab me like some other books I have read in the same genre. One thing I did notice that there are remarkable similarities between it and the Belgariad series by David Eddings which I like a lot more and generally regard as a much better series. In both series the heroes are orphans where their parents were killed by the ultimate bad guy or his agent. Both are involved in a prophecy where they are destined to battle the ultimate bad guy to the death. Both are teenagers who are pretty self absorbed with themselves (like all teens) and are constantly complaining about why they should be thrust into their predicaments. Maybe Eddings is just a better writer than Rowlings. I have read the Belgariad series several times but doubt I will re-read Harry Potter anytime soon. Current Song: Fun, Fun , Fun - The Beach Boys -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/05/2003 07:54:00 PM ----- BODY:


According to the ecosystem where I am firmly set into the category of Flippery Fish I have two new blogs linking to me which I thought I should check out.
The first is About Face which must be hiding the link somewhere because I can't find it anywhere.
The other is Mookie Riffic where I found the link even though she neglected to put a 'break' after the URL so I ended up sharing a line with another blog.
Not that I am complaining mind you since I will accept any links that keep me from falling into the ranks of the Slimy Molluscs. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/05/2003 06:10:00 PM ----- BODY:

Quote of the Day

Reiter: I'm a graduate of Civil Engineering from the University of Bonn. Amon Goeth: Ah, an educated Jew... like Karl Marx himself. Unterscharfuehrer! Hujar: Jawohl? Amon Goeth: Shoot her. Reiter: Herr Kommandant! I'm only trying to do my job! Amon Goeth: Ja, I'm doing mine.
Schindler's List - 1993 -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/05/2003 02:56:00 PM ----- BODY:


Bigwig has a series of posts on one of the first camps liberated towards the end of World War 2. It is strong stuff that everyone should read but be prepared. Even Patton according to the post was sickened by what he saw there. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/05/2003 02:30:00 PM ----- BODY:

New Whittle

Bill Whittle has a new post named Trinity. Is it long, of course it is, but I read the whole thing, broken into two parts because he found a limit to what Movable Type could handle in one post. Meryl thinks he needs an editor. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/04/2003 08:06:00 PM ----- BODY:

Quote of the Day

Mary Matthews: Oh, that's silly. No woman could ever run for President. She'd have to admit she's over 35.
-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/04/2003 10:12:00 AM ----- BODY: Michele also has a good July 4th post. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: michael S DATE: 7/04/2003 10:04:00 AM ----- BODY: This is copied from Mrs. du Toit but it is also available on the sidebar.
The Declaration of Independence IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world. He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them. He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only. He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures. He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people. He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within. He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands. He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers. He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries. He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance. He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures. He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power. He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation: For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us: For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States: For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world: For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent: For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury: For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies: For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments: For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever. He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us. He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people. He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation. He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands. He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions. In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people. Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends. We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated: Column 1 Georgia: Button Gwinnett Lyman Hall George Walton Column 2 North Carolina: William Hooper Joseph Hewes John Penn South Carolina: Edward Rutledge Thomas Heyward, Jr. Thomas Lynch, Jr. Arthur Middleton Column 3 Massachusetts: John Hancock Maryland: Samuel Chase William Paca Thomas Stone Charles Carroll of Carrollton Virginia: George Wythe Richard Henry Lee Thomas Jefferson Benjamin Harrison Thomas Nelson, Jr. Francis Lightfoot Lee Carter Braxton Column 4 Pennsylvania: Robert Morris Benjamin Rush Benjamin Franklin John Morton George Clymer James Smith George Taylor James Wilson George Ross Delaware: Caesar Rodney George Read Thomas McKean Column 5 New York: William Floyd Philip Livingston Francis Lewis Lewis Morris New Jersey: Richard Stockton John Witherspoon Francis Hopkinson John Hart Abraham Clark Column 6 New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett William Whipple Massachusetts: Samuel Adams John Adams Robert Treat Paine Elbridge Gerry Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins William Ellery Connecticut: Roger Sherman Samuel Huntington William Williams Oliver Wolcott New Hampshire: Matthew Thornton --------