Thursday, December 28, 2006

Average Professor/Teacher Wages/Salary

Education is an important subject and is often talked about or groused about, but the conversation needs a bit more depth. I thought I would share some stats and figures that might give some focus to the discussions.

According to the NEA, the average funding nationwide for a public school is $8,618. The Average teacher salary is $47,808. With these amounts there is ever and always whining about a lack of funding and how the teachers are so poor (that is economically poor, tho a case could certainly be made for the other meaning of the word poor.)

According to Money Magazine the average college professor makes $81,491. Per the average tuition and fees at four-year public colleges average $5,836.

Tell me something. What, besides piss poor management, could possibly explain how a college can charge less yet always have enough books and still be able to pay their staff very well when the public schools are on the verge of complete economic collapse unless the public approves yet another mill-levy tax increase.

For comparison purposes, (Per the SSA) the average American makes $35,648 a year, working 12 months a year whereas public school teachers work only 10 months and make 34% more.


I set off a firestorm with the previous post! Apparently it got picked up by both Yahoo and Topix and was placed on peoples homepages. I got up and checked sitemeter at about 6AM and found I already had 120 hits on it. Turned out to be something like 366 for the day

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

New Life Church Scandal

A defense of Pastor Ted Haggard?

Anyone reading this post is sure to already know about the Haggard scandal so I am not going to bother rehashing it here. I intend to point out the simple humanity found in all of us, and to point out the absurdities of those gloating over his downfall.

Today I heard, yet again, a group of people gloating over Haggard being exposed. Typically, they wondered at how a pastor could on one hand decry gay rights, but on the other hand be gay himself. They were upset at his hypocrisy. How dare a gay pastor try to keep gays down. How the church could rally around their pastor and not condemn him at the first accusation. Somewhat unfortunately they all got up at once and left the table as their break was over, as I was about to call them on their beliefs and their moral superiority.

Left out most every discussion on the air, in the papers or around the water cooler is the fact that Pastor Ted Haggard is a human. Just like everyone else. Humans have failings, weaknesses and skeletons in their closets. Every single one of us do. And we all fail to live up to our own beliefs. We all have regretted doing certain things, we all believe in ideals that we personally don't measure up to. That isn't so much hypocrisy as it is humanity.

Those who would hold themselves out to be superior because they don't have their skeletons aired are perhaps some of the biggest hypocrites around. Certainly they hold some absurd beliefs and are demonstrably full of themselves. Absurd because they believe that they don't have any moral failings, because they believe that if their deepest darkest secrets were known that they would come out smelling like roses. Full of themselves because they hold others to a standard where it only takes one mistake, one flaw, to declare that person an "untouchable." But in their arrogance their own personal failings are glossed over and "aren't a big deal."

But are those things a big deal? It may not seem like it now, and in truth they probably aren't a "big deal." But what if that person were to have their laundry aired on national TV? Making even international papers? Would it be a big deal then? You can bet on it. See, the vast majority of people would never get the media coverage for their greatest feat or worst failure that someone like Haggard gets for simply sneezing. And who wants to talk about Joe down the street coming out of the closet? After all, it is only good gossip when all involved know who is being talked about. Just look at all the gossip regarding Brangelina. The fact that such a nonsensical name means anything to you at all just goes to prove the point.

It boils down to this. Haggard was and is human. He isn't the G-d, nor is he a god. He isn't infallible nor has he claimed to be. He has failings just like you and I do. Any reasonable person should be able to see that for it is only unreasonable people who can conclude that all their actions line up with their beliefs. There is a verse in the Bible that invites the person "who is without sin to cast the first stone." As Jesus wrote in the sand it was the older and wiser that left first, as they realized that the sin they were condemning was in their own lives as well. Perhaps this wisdom could serve us as well today as it did some 2000 years ago.

As Christians we know that sin, when it is finished, brings forth death. We know that it isn't just the "big" sins that lead to death. Nor is it just the sins we don't like that lead to death. It is all sins. More precisely it is any ONE sin. One is all it takes to separate us from G-d so there is no theological basis for a hierarchy of sins nor should we attempt (in our ignorance or arrogance) to build one. Christ came that our sins could be wiped clean that we might be in the presence of the Holy G-d. That blood sacrifice covers gossip, it covers envy, it covers murder and it covers gay sex.

The Dangers Of Soy

Turns out that, once again, accepted dietary guidelines/recommendations are incorrect. This time disastrously so. An article posted on WND today outlines numerous dangers of soy intake.

One of the trends that I am sure you have noticed is the early maturation of girls. It is simply WAY to young anymore. How young? According to one study 1% of American girls are growing breasts and/or pubic hair by age 3. Age 3! By age eight it is 14.7 percent among white girls and 48.3% amongst black girls. Almost half. It is being linked to increased soy intake.

Soy contains isoflavones, an estrogen-like compound found in that particular plant. Soy is used in most every processed food known to man and is almost unavoidable in this day. But one place where it is perhaps dangerously used is in baby formula. Babes on soy formula can receive the equivalent of 3-5 birth control pills every day. And this is in a child about a tenth of the size of a grown woman. (Note: As I posted previously, the Mayo Clinic has determined that the Birth Control pill AKA "The Pill" is linked to pre-menopausal breast cancer) This intake was found by one study to result in a blood-estrogen level ranging from 13,000 to 22,000 times the level of estrogen in the body of a milk fed baby.

Also linked to this problem are vegetarian mothers. A British study in 2000 showed that vegetarian mothers are five times more likely to give birth to a boy with hypospadias than mothers who eat a varied diet

What is Hypospadias? It is a birth defect where the urethra exits the wrong place from the penis. From the article hypospadias is far more serious. In worst case scenarios, it can require as many as 10 separate operations. Even then, the boy may not grow up to be an adult male with full sexual function. His penis typically never gets longer than one and a half inches. Now perhaps being a guy I find that particularly disturbing. But I think that any parent should be worried about the health of their child, and sexual health is no different even if we don't really want to think about it.

Is cutting out all soy the end all answer? No, probably not. Like most dietary scares this is probably a bit exaggerated too. But I think it is safe to say that the less processed the food is the better it will be for the child. Whole foods (organic when possible) are what we are made to eat: whole wheats, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables and real unadulterated meats.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Peculiar Aristocratic Title

My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Lord Emunda the Innocent of Westessexchestershire
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Via Birdie

I have to say this one suits me...
My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
His Exalted Highness Duke Erik the Naive of Yetts O'Muckhart
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Friday, December 22, 2006

Pikes Peak

The posted photos are of Pikes Peak with a portion of Garden Of The Gods in the foreground. This particular formation contains the Kissing Camels (top, left) But from this vantage it looks like a camel kissing an animal with Mickey Mouse ears. I shall have to get some from the flip side to post. (Taking a second look it appears more like Vulcan ears or perhaps the clipped ears of a Doberman. Just my take on it (o= I didn't create it, I just took the photos!)

In order to avoid awkwardness on my blog I am going to post sales stuff elsewhere. Feel free to comment on the pics. The good the bad and the ugly. (o= Constructive criticism is always welcome.

Thursday, December 21, 2006


Andrea mentioned the movie Garden State and it got me thinking (again) on the motorcycle featured in that movie. A Ural Patrol. Essentially it is a WWII style motorcycle with sidecar, but it has a huge advantage over other sidecars. Standard on those bikes is engagable 2 wheel drive so the sidecar wheel is powered also.

I have looked at this bike in the past and think it would be loads of fun to take Lil' Bear around in once he gets a little bit older. Dress up in military fatigues and hit the town or head up to the mountains for some fishing or camping.

It's sister the Gear Up comes with a camo paint job already (but no windshield which could be bad for carrying around a tiny tot. I figure if I want a camo paint job I could probably get a better one anyways.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006


I know what part of my problem is. I love too deeply. And I have this foolish belief that if I continue to love (not that I really have much choice there) that she will come around. "Just show her an enduring love and she will come to understand it" HA. Probably not ever going to work

On a not unrelated note, I am out of whiskey. Maybe I will try that Rare Breed that Nate is so fond of.

Monday, December 18, 2006

How To Save Money

Okay, not really. Well, it would save you money but I am just messing around and thinking of super cheap ways of insulating your house. Some, in fact most, may constitute a fire hazard so I dont actually recommend it.

Cardboard Boxes
Packing Peanuts
Bubble Wrap
Plastic Grocery Bags

Insulation is all about creating a barrier to heat exchange. This is usually done by creating air pockets that are more or less closed off to other air pockets and therefore slowing the transfer of heat. Well, my ideas would supplement what you already have. Let me state again, I don't recommend doing this, it is simply for amusement purposes only. Note: crumpled newspaper is excessively flammable. Don't use it

Ideas: Use cardboard boxes, cut open to layer your walls. Preferably two or more layers thick. One could also tack up bubble wrap on the ceiling ow walls. You would lose some of the bubbles in the process but the overall sheet would be okay. For the attic you could use packing peanuts, bubble wrap, plastic grocery bags, or crumpled newspaper. Packing peanuts would need to be in bags or boxes.

For under the house you could tack up the opened cardboard boxes to the bottom of the floor beams and then fill above them with the packing peanuts, bubble wrap, grocery bags or newspaper.

This would create a warmer house, and there really isnt a more beautiful decorating material than cardboard boxes and bubble wrap so you would be beautifying your home as well.

This information was provided with only one thing expected in return: That you dont sue me when your home goes up in flames. Enjoy (o=

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Too Funny!

An ad for a new Philips shaver. Best ad I have seen in a long time!

No babysitter, again

Know what? Fuck this shit. I am sick to death of having to try to find a new babysitter every damn week. Maybe I will go sit my arse down at the welfare office tomorrow since I cant go to work.

Whatever. I am going to see what I can do from home.

Saturday, December 16, 2006


Today has been quite the rollercoaster. I woke up after a very vivid dream of my wife and I was rather upset from that. I got up and around and my boy and I went to a Messianic synagogue and immediately my boy was giving a big smile with the music. After worship they bring all the children in and hold a sort of prayer cloth over the children and we got to go up for that. I appreciate the prayers for him greatly and he enjoyed being up there with the other kids and looking at the cloth above us. Service was good, people were genuinely friendly and made us feel very welcome. They even fed us afterwards and it was very good food!

The service was interesting. The history and traditions are still alive and flesh out the faith. And I don't know if I can express how good it is to see that there are men there. Most churches are gathering places for women and are too effeminate for a guy to feel comfortable. That also gives the impression that a relationship with G-d is girly when that isn't the truth.

Anyways, more of the rollercaoster, I spoke with hmmm Beloved doesnt really work anymore tho I still do love her, but ya know of whom I speak. So anyways that never goes well, cuz even if it does it still causes me to hurt afterwards. Tonight after laying down Lil'Bear I watched some Friends episodes (I bought two DVDs with about 5 shows each at Entertainmart for $5.98) and that of course is funny but it brings up issues and memories so it is kinda bittersweet for me. Part of the reason I am not watching any more tonight.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Econ 103 a.k.a The Inflation Monopoly Game

I touched upon inflation and it really needs more explanation as people dont really understand it or what it does. defines inflation as "a persistent, substantial rise in the general level of prices related to an increase in the volume of money and resulting in the loss of value of currency." And since I cannot improve upon that this lesson is concluded! (haha, you wish!)

So it is a rise in the general level or prices because there is more dollars in circulation, which causes each dollar to be worth less. Essentially you have an actual wealth pool of, say 100 million dollars. Now if there are 100M worth of bills floating around then the price of everything will stay the same (subject to the decreases indicated in Econ 102.) But if you add $1,000 to that 100M then what you get is a dollar that is worth just a little bit less and as a result will buy just a little less than it did before.

Inflation is a process of continually adding that $1,000 to the money supply. Each little bit isn't really noticed but together they add up to steal away the money that you have and that which you have saved. But it isn't just a piddly $1,000 being added here and there. It is usually several BILLION added. Every week. Last week it was $9.7 billion. In one week. ONE FREAKING WEEK!

If you need a mental picture or some sort of hands on activity try this. Pull out the monopoly board game. Actually, pull out two as you will need it. Have everyone start out with the regular amount of money and begin play. But everytime it is your turn, add $100 to your bank (this would grow over the course of the game). Not everyones, just yours, and watch what happens. First off you are going to have complaints, but secondly you are going to notice that as the first person to have that money you are going to benefit from it to the detriment of the other players. This is because you will be better able to buy property or pay fees. But as you start paying those fees or buying properties you are going to find that more and more money are demanded for those fee or for those properties. $400 for boardwalk? Please. Try $10,000. Why? Because you have devalued each and every dollar by adding more to what is in circulation. But what you aren't going to do is change the real cost of each property. This is because their "real cost" hasn't changed, what has changed is the value of the medium you are using for exchange so you see increased prices.

One other thing that should be easy to see in that game of Inflation Monopoly is that the other players have a hard time making ends meet. This is because they are behind the curve of the inflation. This is inevitable. Inflation must end for them to catch up but if you stop inflating then you lose your advantage over the others. An easy choice for the readers of this blog, and I would say an easy choice for power hungry politicians, bankers and behind-the-scenes power brokers. It just wouldn't be the same choice.

Econ: 102

Another Econ lesson. Leave now or you will be forced to either learn something or take a nap.

Things get cheaper over time, in real terms. This is ALWAYS the case. Dont confuse the rising price of something with things actually getting more expensive. Things arent really getting more expensive, your dollar just buys less. That is called inflation. NOT THE SAME THING.

In Econ, "real terms" means you have to adjust the dollar for inflation from one year to the next so that you can compare apples to apples. For instance, the cost of electricity at the local co-op was 5.01 cents per kilowatt hour in 1935. The same per unit price in 2005 was 9.42 cents. But that is misleading. In "real terms" one has to adjust the cost of the two years so that they can be compared properly. If one normalizes the prices to 2005 dollars the cost of electricity in 1935 was 59.09 cents per. Quite the difference, but it is the accurate way to compare the two.So electricity was essentially 6 times higher 70 years ago. In that time the demand for electricity has skyrocketed! Back then it was a single bulb in one or maybe two rooms. Today it is well, everything.

Now you might try to apply another economic principle, that higher demand equals higher price so that it doesn't outstrip supply. Doesn't that conflict with the lower costs we see today?

Not at all. As a technology (or a manufacturing process or product) matures, more ways are found to streamline the process. New technologies are created in an attempt to make more for less. These new processes and technologies build upon each other enabling the manufacturer to make the product more efficiently, with less waste and less labor. This causes the cost of the product to fall as less money is put into the product and allows the manufacturer to sell for less in an attempt to win more market share.

So if I make 100 widgets today at a real cost of $500 today, improved techniques/processes/technologies will most likely allow me to make 100 widgets for only $400 real cost ten years down the road.


I snuck into a room where a training class was taking place during their break so I could check my email and saw a slide on the screen describing the temperatures at which metals melt. The exception was that the temp for steel was the temp at which it begins to lose strength. The temp listed? 2600-2700 degrees. Please note that JetA does not burn near that temp yet despite the insurance industries acknowledgment that it wont lose strength at that temp the official gov story is that 3 steel towers came down for the first and last time due to fire on 9-11.

There is lots of talk about the dollar collapsing. Well of course it is. It is fiat money. One might as well exclaim water is wet. And I am certainly pessimistic about the future of the dollar, but I don't think it will fall just yet. The Gov simply wont allow it to happen under the current President's watch. Look for the interest rate to fall over the next three months, possibly starting in January, in an attempt to awaken the housing market giant again. There isnt much more life left in that giant, his work has been done and his time is over. Look for him to be pressed into service for a while longer.

I would expect another 28-30 months of relative prosperity (as it now seems to be defined) before a serious slump. I base this on a few things I can see. 1, the housing market will carry us thru for a time, and 2, President Rodham will be the preferred one to take the fall. The Repugs will likely do everything in their power to ensure that Bush doesn't usher in the coming recession.

The Colorado Gov is finally starting to get vocal about the problems faced by Colorado's forests. Currently some 640,000 acres are infested by the Pine Beetle, a small little bug that cores into certain pines and over the course of about 3 years kills the tree. We have millions upon millions of dead dry trees that need to be removed and the StateGov is starting to push to get regulations/laws eased on logging these trees and are also encouraging various uses for them such as biomass generators. I, of course, do not approve of the Gov getting involved but I hardily approve of them getting out of the way and removing legal barriers to the free market removing these trees and finding markets for them.

Monday, December 11, 2006


The walls of an igloo, made entirely of natural material - stand
up better to modern artillery than a concrete barricade,
according to tests conducted by a Swedish army. The walls absorb
an artillery blast, are almost invisible from the air, and can't
be spotted by the infrared sensors that guide today's missiles.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

The Question

In response to my writing this "is one justified in doing anything to try to stop the pain as long as it doesn't violate the Rights of others?"

Res Ispa writes this "Not if you're serious about being a Christian."

Res is right. And that is a good question. Am I? My faith is in tatters and has been for quite some time. It isn't that I don't believe. Its that I just don't really care. I know I should care and I know it should bother me that I don't. But I don't and it doesn't. And I don't really know which way to head from here. Or even where I am.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Historical Tidbits

Munitions Ship Explodes

On December 6th, 1917, at 9:05 a.m., in the harbor of Halifax in
the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, the most devastating
man-made explosion in the pre-atomic age occurred when the Mont
Blanc, a French munitions ship, exploded 20 minutes after
colliding with another vessel.

As World War I raged in Europe, the port city of Halifax bustled
with ships carrying troops, relief supplies and munitions across
the Atlantic Ocean. On the morning of December 6, the Norwegian
vessel Imo left its mooring in Halifax harbor for New York City.
At the same time, the French freighter Mont Blanc, its cargo
hold packed with highly explosive munitions--2,300 tons of
picric acid, 200 tons of TNT, 35 tons of high-octane gasoline,
and 10 tons of gun cotton--was forging through the harbor's
narrows to join a military convoy that would escort it across
the Atlantic.

At approximately 8:45 a.m., the two ships collided, setting the
picric acid ablaze. The Mont Blanc was propelled toward the
shore by its collision with the Imo, and the crew rapidly
abandoned the ship, attempting without success to alert the
harbor of the peril. Spectators gathered along the waterfront to
witness the spectacle of the blazing ship, and minutes later it
brushed by a harbor pier, setting it ablaze. The Halifax fire
department responded quickly and was positioning its engine next
to the nearest hydrant when the Mont Blanc exploded at 9:05 a.m.
in a blinding white flash.

The massive explosion killed more than 1,600 people, injured
another 9,000--including blinding 200--and destroyed almost the
entire north end of the city of Halifax, including more than
1,600 homes. The resulting shock wave shattered windows 50 miles
away and the sound of the explosion could be heard for hundreds
of miles.

More can be found on Wikipedia

Looking Ahead

I hear talk all the time of how we should be teaching kids a foreign language at a young age. Usually the language mentioned is Spanish. I agree that it is good to teach them young, and I agree that Spanish would be useful. But I think more useful will be Mandarin. Not the orange. The language spoken by China.

Why Chinese? Because there is currently 1 billion people over there. Because there is currently a middle class that numbers 300 million and is expected to grow to 500 million in the next 10-15 years. Because consumerism is growing rampantly over there. Because there are markets untapped, niches galore. It is so crazy over there that name brands sponsor school age sports teams (think nike, adidas etc.) Because having the latest and greatest is a huge social bonus to the younger generation (basically anyone under35) The Chinese can choose from over 800 different cell phones, compared to Americas maybe 50?, and the Chinese replace their cell phones every 3-6 months because of the social status of having a new phone, not because they are broken.

In 30 years China will be the dominant economic power in the world. There isnt anything, short of nuking them into the stone age, that America can do about it. It is all about the numbers. We can't compete* and soon will be servicing China's need for consumer goods where they now serve us. Knowing this, it would be wise to learn the language as sooner rather than later it will become a hot commodity.

* We actually can compete but only if we are rich beyond anything the world knows today. This would require sound economic principles being practiced by our Gov. Things such as gold backed currency and complete elimination of the national debt are where we need to start. Also necessary is (greatly) easing regulations on new business and lowering/eliminating the taxation on the individual citizens. Without all of these things happening there is no chance to compete and since we all know Gov isnt going to do it.... xue Zhong–wen

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Prepping for work

Some sort of work anyways. I pulled out an old, ancient in fact, tome from the library and am reading thru it to help land me a job should I be back in tech support again. The tome? MCSE Networking Essentials for Dummies, circa 1998. I made it to page 218 in just a couple hours maybe? Partly cuz it is easy info, partly cuz some of it is so outdated as to just skip over.

I can't seem to escape the tech world, but I cant ever rise above the pee-on level either. I wonder if the local library keeps any of the dummies books that are a bit more current? Not that I have the money to take tests but I could win the lotto. It could happen ya know.

Maybe if I get the CCNA, CCNP and an MCSE someone might notice me and make me more than a pee-on, but I doubt it. (the "but I doubt it" was done in my very bestest (or a pathetic attempt at) Eeyore)

According to TCPMag the average salary in 2004 (latest figures I could find) for CCNA was 60K. I checked out MCPMag and their 2006 salary survey showed an MCSA Win2003 worth 95k in Colorado with a whopping 112K in Denver. 112K would buy a little bit of happiness and bring lots of women to my door.

When choosing...

When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before -- Mae West.

When faced with a decision that you will regret either way you decide, is Mae West's philosophy a wise guide? And when your heart is fucking broken and life just hurts does it really matter which one you choose? And is one justified in doing anything to try to stop the pain as long as it doesn't violate the Rights of others?

Monday, December 04, 2006


A new experience for me. I got laid off this morning. Lucky me. The first layoff in the companies 6 years of existence. I have been applying at places since Thursday tho so I am a titch ahead of the game, but not much.

If anyone knows of a decent job, even if it is just a seasonal job please let me know. Prayers are much appreciated.

Sunday, December 03, 2006


Sometimes you get results from these little quizzes that are so far off. This seems to be one of them.

Honestly, if you could bottle my psyche and sell it to depressed people you would be amongst the most cruel and evil of the world. It would likely be highly illegal to do so. I mean, just imagine the lawsuits of selling something so toxic to someone already depressed.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Molon Labe

It has been some time since I have added to the Manly Poetry collection. Part laziness but mostly that it simply doesnt really exist. Or if it does I cannot find it. One of events in history that one would expect would be immortalized in proper verse would be the battle at Thermopylae. King Leonidas led but 300 of his Spartans (his own personal guard) against King Xerxes with an army that may have numbered in the millions.

Thermopylae was some distance from Sparta but it was the ideal spot to hold off the Persians as it was only about 55 feet wide at its narrowest point with the sea on one side and soaring cliffs on the other. Sparta, however, did not want to march so far away from home, nor did they want to leave during a religious holiday. Leonidas was inspired by the message from the Oracle (which also happens to be the only verse worthy of posting) which said that the city would be lost if a King was not sacrificed (Sparta was ruled by two kings.) In the following verse the "He" in the second paragraph refers to Xerxes.
O ye men who dwell in the streets of broad Lacedaemon!
Either your glorious town shall be sacked by the children of Perseus,
Or, in exchange, must all through the whole Laconian country
Mourn for the loss of a king, descendant of great Heracles.

He cannot be withstood by the courage of bulls nor of lions,
Strive as they may; he is mighty as Jove; there is naught that shall stay him,
Till he have got for his prey your king, or your glorious city.
Leonidas led his men knowing that no more reinforcements from Sparta would come to his aid. On the way others joined, for a total of maybe 5200 Greeks arrayed against a Persian army so large that one refered to them as drinking up entire rivers. Xerxes, wanting to prevent bloodshed (or perhaps further bloodshed) and thinking that he was dealing with reasonable men offered to spare their lives if they laid down their weapons. To this offer King Leonidas responded "Molon Labe" which means Come and get them. On the morning of the third day of battle, Xerxes had found a path through the mountains to flank the Spartans. Learning of this Leonidas ordered all of the troops back but his Spartans. However the Thespians, numbering approximately 700, stayed and went to meet the flanking troops. They made their final stand there at the pass of Thermopylae. Ctesias, a Greek historian, estimated 50,000 of Xerxes army were cut down over those 3 days.

The burial stone for these heroes reads (as translated by Michael Dodson)
Friend, tell the Spartans that on this hill
We lie obedient to them still.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Air Support

While this hasnt been in the blogosphere recently a recent conversation with Roci got me to thinking on the foot soldier. Quite frankly, there is no other way to win a war than by use of the "lowly" foot soldier. Unless, of course, one decides to just nuke the entire country. That would probably be a win too. But the foot soldier shouldnt be regarded as lowly. The are how territory is taken. How an enemy is either killed or subdued.

During WWII today's Air Force was part of the Army. And there were two theories as to what their role should be. Simply, tactical or strategic? Quite obviously the proponents of the strategic theory won out and were able to convince Congress to make them a separate entity. The effectiveness of the strategic use of the Air Force is up for debate and is indeed even debated (still) in the AF, but I think it is safe to say that during the Cold War having the AF focus on strategic use was perhaps their best use. But the Cold War is, for the time being, dead. What we have now is a strong need for tactical use of the AF. What we dont have is much tactical capability. Why? Cuz jets, by and large, dont work very well for close in support. Yes our F-18s are incredible, as are our (beloved) A-10s. But with the extremely high cost of our jets as well as their lack of fuel capacity they are of limited use in today's theaters.

I feel that we need some new, simple designs for close in support. Actually, when I say new I mean well, old. It seems that we must have only new things. Shiny things. If it isnt "new" it cant possibly be good is the mentality. But there are well established platforms and technologies that would work quite well. Take for instance the p-51D Mustang. 4 cannons, 127mm rockets and two hardpoints for bombs (or fuel) and the ability to place it where it would be of great use to the ground forces. And with a cost of say 2 Million a piece (being generous here due to expected gov largess which can always be counted upon) it would be a complete bargain compared to the cost of the F-22 which is about 102 million a piece.

Scrapping just two of the proposed 360+ F-22s would yield a fleet of 100 of these small fighters. And I am betting that with the technology available today we could come up with something even better then the Mustang (I know, that is almost sacriligious!) What do you say Roci. Can you swing the Pentagon around? I'll be more than happy to help them with the design and all that as long as I get one!

Burlington Declaration

We, the participants in the First North American Secessionist Convention, though representing many different and diverse groups and constituencies, agree on the following principles as representing the truths of natural law and historical experience:

1. Any political entity has the right to separate itself from a larger body of which it is a part and peaceably to establish its independence as a free and legitimate state in the eyes of the world.

2. Governments are instituted among peoples, deriving their just powers from the consent of their citizens, and whenever any form of government becomes destructive of the legitimate goals of life, liberty, prosperity, and self-determination, it is the right of the people in democratic fashion to alter or abolish it, and to institute
new government in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

3. Any government formed by and dependent upon a constitution to regulate its actions and affairs has certain legitimate powers delegated to it, but any powers not so delegated are reserved to the people of that state and their democratically chosen political bodies.

4. Nations once independent should engage in peace, commerce, good will, and honest friendship with all nations, and observe good faith, justice, and harmony toward all, but establish entangling relationships with none, nor engage in colonial dominance, political or economic, over any.

5. Direct democracy, with one vote for each and every citizen (as the polity shall designate citizenship), has proven to be a desirable form of governance among people, but it can operate with justice and equality only when at a small enough scale that each person may be known to every other person; when representative forms of government are undertaken, they should likewise best be established at a scale
small enough so that each representative can be informed of the opinions and beliefs of the general run of the people in the constituency or community which that person is chosen to represent.

It is within this body of principles that we ask all governments to operate and it is by them that we ourselves, individually and the organizations we represent, intend to be guided.

Burlington, Vermont
November 4, 2006=
I really only take issue with one thing. Universal Suffrage. They would gain their Liberty, only to lose it thru Universal Suffrage. What a waste.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Reason To Homeschool #47

New Math

Apparently the teachers are using new math to grade the students. My niece (unfortunaely this isnt a story of some unknown child...) had a test/quiz this past week. It had 20 questions on it. She missed 5. Now to those of us that know old math, we would say that she then lost 25% and would then get a 'C.' New math dictates otherwise. The actual score was an A. Because each question was worth 2 points.

What does this mean? It means that you could miss every single question and still get a 'D.' When I was in school, oh so long ago... 12 years or so ago, missing every single question would have been a resounding 'F' and big fat ZERO. Not anymore. In fact many schools dont even have an 'F' anymore as it is simply too damaging to the students psyche.

Ridiculous. Homeschool your children people! Even if you are some ignorant socialist/commie, your child will get a better education.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Signs Of Creation: II

There are some creatures that simply defy evolution. They are so unique that there really is no way they could have evolved.

One example is the Orchid. Several types of orchids (mainly in Australia) produce "exactly the same compounds, and in similar relative proportions as those in the sex pheromone of the female bee." This causes the male bees to pollinate the orchid in greater numbers and frequency then otherwise would happen.

The standard theory of Natural Selection isnt satisfactory in this instance. Nor in the other plants that are specific in their scents. An example of this is the Corpse Flower. This flower emits a foul odor akin to a rotting corpse (hence the name.) This scent attracts beetles which are the primary bug used to pollinate the plant. The beetles crawl thoughout the entire plant searching for the decay, then move on to the next with the same behavior.

Signs Of Creation

There are some creatures that simply defy evolution. They are so unique that there really is no way they could have evolved. I noticed the Lancet Fluke mentioned on VoxPop and looked it up. Essentially this organism depends on three specific animals for its life cycle. Snails then ants then cows sheep or goats.
The lancet fluke (Dicrocoelium lanceolatum) belongs to the order Trematoda. Like other flukes, scientifically called trematodes, it as well shows a generation cycle with a change of reproduction as well as a change of hosts. The terminal host are mammals, usually sheep or goats. The distribute the fluke's eggs by their excrements on plants, on which snails feed. Those snails again are the intermediate host.

Those snails, mostly hygromiid snails of the species Helicella or enid snails (Zebrina), take in the flukes eggs together with their food. In the snail's digestive gland the fluke' first larval generation hatches. That generation is called miracidium. A miracidium is a simply built larva with few resemblance to the adult fluke. It is able to swim or at least to float by a ciliar crest. The miracidium makes a metamorphosis inside the snail, resulting in the next larval stage, that more resembles the adult fluke. The so called cercary has got a tail that propels it in the water. The cercaries change themselves in endurance stages called cystes, that the snails surrounds with a mucus layer and excretes them.

Ants eat those mucus balls (obviously the mucus also contains certain pheromones that makes it highly attractive to ants) and then are afflicted by the cercaries. The cercaries grow in the ants' abdomen (terminal body part) and then one of them moves into the head. There they afflict the ant's nervous system and cause a change of behaviour, that makes Bernard Werber call them "zombie ants". The ants now, very untypically, climb up plant stems and attach themselves with their mandibles to exposed positions such as leaves. Grazing mammals, such as sheep or goats, eat the plants together with the ants and then infect themselves with the lesser liver fluke. Inside this terminal host the cercaries change into the fluke's adult stage which reproduces sexually and then lays eggs that are excreted by the mammal - the generation cycle is closed when the next snail eats the eggs.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Pressure Cooker

I finally bought me a pressure cooker. I've been wanting one for years and I found one on sale for only $20 so I went ahead and got it. Reasons for wanting one include, well, I want one just cuz its a cool kitchen gadget and it greatly reduces cooking times on anything you can put in it. Also, due to the reduced cooking times, more nutrients/vitamins in the food are preserved.

Cooking times are even faster than a microwave assuming we arent talking about top ramen. For example a 3lb pot roast would take about 135 minutes in the oven, a minumun of 100 minutes in a microwave (I hope none of you out there actually cook meat in your microwave... ICK!) but only 35 minutes in a pressure cooker. Time is always the key for me. I am not at all good at planning out meals. When I am hungry I eat, if I am not hungry I dont think about food. And if one is buying organic then it makes even more sense. A side benefit is that it uses less energy thean running the oven or microwave for all that time and lower utilities is a great thing.

Life As A Guy

An animated short.

Prevailing Wages

As a trucker (well as anyone really) I am interested in finding out how much I could make should I decide to move. So I have looked up some info on "Prevailing Wages." This is not the market wage, rather the Davis-Bacon wage. Basically, if you are working for the State you must get paid that much. Not just State employees but the contractors working on things for the State (such as roads)

Here in Colorado PW for dump trucks is $20.20 when wage and benefits are combined. In Wyoming it is $14.92 (exept Laramie and Natrona Counties which are lower) In Washington it varies greatly. In Tacoma (Pierce County)you are looking at $22.56 but just up the road in Seattle (King County) it is $37.94, with the same in Everett (Snohomish County) Portland and Bend Oregon come in at $23.57.

Like I said, prevailing wage isnt the market wage (which is lower) but it is a pretty good indicator of the wages in the area. If one were lucky enough to get on a year long project in Seattle you could very easily make $80,000 as an employee. Anyways, thats all for now.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Wants & Needs

I think I have mentioned in the past that I want to buy a dump truck. Well, I found one. A 1988 International S2574. It is a tandem, red cab and cowling: paint is great, black bed: a bit beat up (its a dump truck folks!) frame, wheels, tires, brakes suspension: all good condition. The only thing I am thinking I would want to replace is the driver seat at a cost of approx $500 (it looks original?) Cost of truck: $14,000.

That was the "need" the want is a Nintendo Wii. This looks like a very fun system. The graphics arent anywhere near the PS3 (the Sony graphics look more real than a movie!) but the Wii costs $250 vs. the $600 for a PS3... The neat thing about the Wii is that it is interactive. Have you ever noticed how everyone moves along with the controller even tho doing so has no affect? We all do it, and you do to. Stop lying. It is natural when trying to avoid a blow or to not crash to lean to one side or the other. Well the Wii is sensetive to that motion and indeed it requires that motion. If you are playing a boxing game you have to actually throw the punches and the system responds to you. Swinging a sword? Fishing? Driving? All those things require you to move your hands/arms to make it work. It looks like a very fun system and I am hoping to be able to afford the extra $250 by years end.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

ThanksGiving Recipe Bleg

Alright, ThanksGiving is coming up. A day to reflect upon the blessings that our G-d has bestowed upon us. A day to remember His grace. A day to share in the bounty of what He has provided for us.

And to that end I am asking y'all for your favorite ThanksGiving foods. If you want to include a recipe that'd be awesome.

I'll update this later today or so with some of my favorites.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Dare To Be Stupid

I dont know if anyone has heard this song before but it is one of my favorites from Wierd Al Yancovic.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Princess Leia

Princess Leia belly dancing. What more needs to be said?

You can find her at her website

How Many Of Me
LogoThere are:
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Props to Birdie for this one.

Monday, November 06, 2006

The Collapse Of The Free Press

From an article by Paul K. McMasters of the First Amendment Center:
The latest survey of global press freedoms, released last week by Reporters Without Borders, shows the United States falling another nine places since the previous year to 53rd, tying with Botswana, Croatia and Tonga. Cited as part of the reason for the steady decline in the rankings was the sharp tension between the Bush administration and the press that has developed since 9/11 and the federal courts’ refusal to recognize a reporter’s right to protect confidential sources.
Botswana and Croatia? That doesnt bode well for us. And where is Tonga? I havent even heard of them before.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Pierced: Part 2

Got pierced again today, 'bout an hour ago. Nothing overly crazy, just a nipple. Right now, it hurts (imagine that!) but it seems to have been well done this time as opposed to the last time where it wasn't done well.

For those of you keeping track, I no longer have the other piercing due to it not healing. It wasnt straight anyways so it isn't too big a loss tho I liked it.

The girls at the pizza place informed me that it is going to hurt really bad in the cold. Great! Have I mentioned my new job? I am driving a concrete mixer and I have to get outside in the cold and freeze my butt off. Granted I dont have to do the hard physical labor, indeed I don't do any real physical labor besides washing the truck. But therein lies the problem. When I am outside I am just standing there being cold. Maybe the girls were wrong. I dont care really, they were cute and I was talking to them and that is what mattered there (o=

Friday, November 03, 2006

Roci vs. The Libertarian Party

It seems Roci is Anti-Libertarian Party. This is kinda odd because he leans to the right of the Repugnicans. The following is from the previous post and also from the post prior to that (His comments on that are too long to repost in their entirety and can be found here.)
Good sentiments, but that is not on the ballot.

There is no proposal for getting government out of the marriage approval business. So the next proposition is to get government to do the least harm, followed by possibly using the power of the state to accomplish some good.
Agreed. There isnt currently a proposal to remove the Gov from marriage. And certainly limiting the Govs ability to do harm is a good thing.

The position of the LPCO is duplicitous. Marriage, as it exists today in colorado, is not founded on religion but on a complex web of state and local laws. It reaches into contracts, inheritance, family law, divorce settlements, domestic violence, child wellfare, insurance and labor law.

Until you extricate the state from those places, something the LPCO is not actively proposing to do with any legislative agenda. State and marraige are connected. Deal with it.
Regardless of how much the Gov-Behemoth has grown, religion is quite simply outside government's purview. The gov needs to be removed from it.

The LP isnt tackling that one right now. Why? Because in the end one must choose their battles. The issue of marriage isnt terribly high on their priority list and rightly so. There are far greater needs than who can or cant marry and who controls it. It seems almost (and likely is) daily that the Gov abuses the Americans of their Rights and freedoms. Daily property is taken. Daily people are thrown in jail for small drug possesion (And in response to your other comments, that number in 2005 was 776,000 people arrested that year alone for pot) Etc Etc Etc. I dont even need to go into our loss of Rights as it is plain for all to see. And that is where the LP chooses to focus its limited resources.
Dodging the issue is not taking a position other than hiding under your desk until it goes away.
I am not in any way dodging, nor is the LP. You said earlier "the next proposition is to get government to do the least harm" and this is the LP position here. It isnt duplicitous nor hiding. It is recognizing that some laws only add evil or power to do harm to the necessary evil that is government.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Colorado Ballot Issues

Regarding Amendment 43 the marriage amendment the Libertarian party has this to say

The LPCO Legislative Director, Richard Randall, stated "Due to the complexity of wording in certain issues, there are valid Libertarian arguments both for and against those issues for which we did not take a position."

Explaining the LPCO position regarding Amendment 43 (defining Marriage) and Referendum I (Domestic Partnerships), Randall said "The sacred institution of marriage was established by religion; and the Colorado State Constitution, Article II, Section 4, forever guarantees the free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination. An amendment to the Colorado State Constitution defining any religious term, including marriage, would create a conflict with Article II, Section 4 as it would, by its very nature, constitute an abridgment, regulation or restriction of our right to religious freedom."

I agree with this position. Lets get the Government out of Marriage. It is a religious rite, not a secular one.

Also on the ballot is an innitiative to pass what is effectively gay marriage. I am against this one for the same reason as I am against Amendment 43. It simply isnt an issue the Gov should be meddling with. I will post later on what I believe to be the best way to deal with marriage from a legal standpoint.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Making Our Streets Safer

An excerpt from

7 ways to make your neighborhood safer

September 3, 2006
by Harry Browne

America's crime rate has risen almost continually for the past 35 years. Very little of the great plans to reverse the trend -- whether mandatory sentences or more cops on the beat -- has helped to relieve the worst crime wave in the nation's history. And recent drops in crime rates still leave us far less safe than we were 35 years ago.

Is the situation hopeless?

No. America could be much safer -- quickly and dramatically safer.

Cutting crime

Here are seven ways to bring peace and security to your neighborhood:

1. End the war on drugs -- to release from prison the marijuana smokers and other non-violent drug offenders serving 15-year and 50-year sentences. They fill up the prisons -- allowing the murderers, rapists, and other violent criminals to go free on early release or plea-bargains, free to terrorize your neighborhood.

2. End the war on drugs -- to free up law-enforcement resources to fight violent crime instead of chasing people who may harm themselves but are no threat to us.

3. End the war on drugs -- to end gang warfare. The drug war has taken the drug business away from pharmaceutical companies and turned it over to gangs operating in a huge black market -- providing untold riches for anyone who will flout the law. This money finances criminal gangs who would be powerless without drug money. Legal drug, tobacco or alcohol companies don't conduct gang warfare and drive-by shootings but criminal gangs will do anything to secure a rich monopoly territory.

4. End the war on drugs -- to reduce police corruption. With so much black-market money and confiscated drugs floating around, it's too easy for weak policemen to become rich by breaking the law themselves.

5. End the war on drugs -- to make our schools safer. Brewers and distillers don't recruit children to run drugs or hook other kids on liquor -- nor do they give them guns to take to school. Neither would legal drug companies. Before the war on drugs, the worst schools in Los Angeles were safer than L.A.'s best schools are today.

6. End the war on drugs -- to end muggings and burglaries by addicts. If Prohibition were ended, illegal drugs selling today for $100 might cost as little as $2, because legal competition -- with no need to circumvent the law -- would drive drug prices down. So addicts would no longer need to steal to support their habits.

7. End the war on drugs -- to bring back respect for decent behavior. Because nothing can win the Drug War, it is constantly escalated -- destroying more of your liberties with asset forfeiture laws, drug-testing, snooping in your bank account, monitoring your e-mail, racial profiling, and other invasions of the liberty of all Americans. This has caused too many people to disrespect the law itself -- feeling that any kind of law-breaking, victimless or violent, is justified.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Journalism Is Hard!

Thank you AP for this beautiful item.

"From 1990 to 2005, 31 of the 39 cases of human rabies were linked to rabies, making them the leading rabies threat to humans, according to the Atlanta-based federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

What worries me is that so many cases of rabies have been linked to rabies. But what is also equally worrisome is that ONLY 31 of 39 cases of rabies has been linked to rabies. What is causing the other, umm, 273 cases?

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Laughing Babies

This is an incredibly cute video. Mom is holding her 4 babies and dad is making them laugh. Not the highest quality but still great.
babies laughing

Friday, October 27, 2006

Last Resort

This is my last resort

Cut my life into pieces
I've reached my last resort
Suffocation, no breathing
Don't give a fuck if I cut my arm bleeding
Do you even care if I die bleeding
Would it be wrong
Would it be right
If I took my life tonight
Chances are that I might
Mutilation outta sight
And I'm contemplating suicide

~~Papa Roach

I cant even do that. My heart has been torn out a million different ways. Lord knows I want this pain to end. It just wont end. And there isnt a damned thing I can do to end it. I start to think I am getting better, or that I just dont really care anymore and then my heart gets ripped out again.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Freedom To Fascism

You simply MUST watch this video. Once you have watched it email the link to everyone you know. It is time to stand up for our freedoms while we still have a few left and this is but the first step... letting people know what is going on

Saturday, October 21, 2006


I am not sure what to make of this story... Apparently a little girl told her mother she was being molested by a neighbor. The mother told the father and the father killed the man. Turns out that the child had not been molested, or at least the police are adamant that she wasn't. On the one hand I want to stand up and applaud the father for protecting his family. On the other hand the child apparently made up the incident and so an innocent man is now dead.

As Triton wrote today and the Mogambo has been writing there has been some serious manipulation of the metals markets lately. And we have all noticed the price of gasoline going down tremendously. If you havent noticed that this sort of thing happens around election time, start taking notes. OPEC has declared that it is going to cut production starting on November 1st. This will again get the cost of gasoline up but conveniently the price wont go up much till after the election.

Action Police, a hardline police union in France has stated “We are in a civil war, orchestrated by radical Islamists.” The same news article states that an average of 112 cars have burned daily over the past year. Nicolas Sarkozy, the Interior Minister who is running for president in the may election is taking a hardline approach he "has once again taken the offensive, staging raids on the no-go areas and promising no mercy for the thugs who reign there." Of course the softies there say that it is simply that these muslims dont have jobs. Cuz everyone knows that if you dont have jobs you go burning cars.

Among other things the Devil Weed, Pot, helps with memory, especially in older subjects.

Life is found 2 miles below ground. I posted previously on other organisms living far below ground in the hostile environment found there. These are all refered to as "extremophiles." These particular ones, found in Africa, survive "on sulfate minerals and hydrogen split from water by uranium's radioactivity."

And finally a story by environmentalists about what would happen to the earth if man disappeared tomorrow. It is an interesting read on how long they think it would take for our traces to fade. Some of it I believe to be erroneous but it is entertaining nonetheless.

P.S. My boy managed to change my fonts by randomly pounding on the keyboard. Lovely

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


Sorry about the discussion on holidays. I really lost interest when I came down with the flu. I am feeling somewhat but still not very good and I cant hardly talk. Basically I cant talk. If I was still working at the call center, well, I couldnt be. I am starting a good job with a local cement company. Good pay and will be lots of hours. I spent the day freezing in the upstairs break room which is really nothing more than an unheated garage on the third floor watching videos. I got thru 46 of the 75. 75! sheesh. But that beat being out in the freezing cold weather today. I bought a jumpsuit today so I can survive out there.

And being this sick makes one lonely! I cant call anyone cuz I cant talk. I dont want anyone to be around me cuz I dont want them to get sick. I havent been playing much with my boy cuz I dont want him to get sick and I have been feeling so awful. And I worry what he thinks of that. And as I start to think I must be getting better my fever comes back tonite. UGH!

Okay, I finally went to the Dr. cuz I just keep not getting well and arguably worse. Daignosis: Bronchitis and tonsilitis. So I am finally on an antibiotic and hopefully will be getting better soon. As for the new job I am going to be off till monday so I can get better and not get others sick.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006


In case y'all didnt know, its snowing here. It isnt really on the roads right now but so far there is at least 3 inches on the grass right now.

Quite possibly the best snow picture I have ever seen is one my little brother took some time back. He didnt know it would turn out so cool tho. Just point and click out the front door and it flashed and caught the snow flakes and the car in the driveway. The effect made the car look like it was in space. Pontiac Grand Am. Boldly going where no car has gone before!

Monday, October 16, 2006

Forgive Me Lord

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation

Lord, I have sinned against you and against my family. I have fallen away from You and I have not covered my family as You would have me do. Break me in your presence Lord. Remake me in the image of Your Holy Son. Do not leave me here, do not turn your face from me. Lead me out of this place of desolation, teach me to walk after You and follow Your commands. Teach me obedience Lord! And teach me how to listen to You that I would follow Your word first and not try to find my own way.


Justin Timberlake may be bringing Sexy Back (or is that Sexyback?) but Gray Kid is bringing PaxilBack

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Pagan Holidays

Astro had a post asking if Christians should celebrate Halloween. Quite a few responses and I thought I would put my thoughts over here.

Just what is a holiday? Simply put it comes from two words, holy and day. From its roots then, the term was for religious holy days. Quite obviously the term is broadly applied to include entirely secular days such as the 4th of July and Labor Day, and this might cause some confusion about days like Halloween where many apparently assume it is a secular holiday with some slight religious overtones. I am not going to deal with those holidays that are entirely secular in nature. National holidays like those mentioned above are not religious and therefore irrelevant to the conversation. It is the pagan holidays that I want to address. Three in particular are Halloween, Christmas, and Easter.

From the Druidic celebration Samhain (pronounced sah-ween) we get Halloween. Samhain is the day when the veil between the living and the dead is at its weakest and the dead are able to cross over. Families would put out food for their loved ones and the 'good' spirits, this is where the giving of treats comes from. To ward off the evil spirits the Druids set bonfires and would don scary masks and costumes. Various gourds were hollowed out and candles were placed inside to light the way to the covens (gathering of witches)

A pagan nature celebration of the rebirth of the world. Of life coming to the dark world. Evergreen plants play a prominent role as they are alive all year long and hold the promise of the life to come. Evergreens are often cut down and brought inside and decorated as part of the festivities. Other plants that are important are holly ivy and mistletoe. Mistletoe was thought to increase fertility which is why it is hung upside down so that its powers would flow into the couples who kissed beneath it. There is also the burning of the Yule Log (I dont really know the signifigance of that, yet!)

This is from the celebration of the goddess of fertility, Ishtar. As she was the goddess of fertility the symbols used are things like eggs and rabbits. Eggs because they contain life and rabbits because they are so prolific. It seems to me that there was either not much to this celebration or that not much has survived.

All three holidays are pagan in origin. All three still contain many pagan symbols and rituals. The Church has attempted to co-opt these holidays to varying degrees of success. But can the Church cleanse or sanctify these holy days? Can a celebration to a foreign god be consecrated so as to give it to the Most Holy? We find in the Scriptures no precedent nor justification for doing so. Rather we find a G-d that is jealous, that allows for no worship of other gods. He demands complete and total obedience from His followers. So from the standpoint of the Scriptures I feel it is quite obvious that we Christians are not to dabble with foreign gods nor the celebration of or worship of foreign gods.

Christians and Jews were given numerous Feasts/Holy Days to observe and take part in. All of which point not only to G-d the Father but to the Savior of the world, the Messiah Himself. We should be chasing after His holiness but instead we chase after the things of this world, instead of being set apart for Him we don the cover of this world and "do as the Romans do."

Every year we debate over what to do, and how much to compromise with evil. And every year we come up with the answer that it is okay and it is just a little bit and it really isnt dabbling with demonic spirits. We come to the conclusion that we will somehow be a light to the world while doing no different than the world. What a sad commentary on the state of the Church.

The Prodigal

Rev. W. O. Taylor, 91, was the oldest man attending the Southern Baptist Convention a few years ago. At the annual free breakfast for retirees, Brother Taylor rose and recited his own alliterative version of the parable of the prodigal son, which he entitled "The Final Fixing of the Foolish Fugitive":

"Feeling footloose, fancy-free, and frisky, this feather-brained fellow finagled his fond father into forking over his fortune. Forthwith, he fled for foreign fields and frittered his farthings feasting fabulously with fair-weather friends. Finally, facing famine, and fleeced by his fellows in folly, he found himself a feed flinger in a filthy farmlot. He fain would have filled his frame with foraged food from the fodder fragments.

"'Fooey! My father's flunkies fare far fancier,' the frazzled fugitive fumed feverishly, frankly facing fact.

"Frustrated from failure and filled with forebodings, he fled for his family.

"Falling at his father's feet, he floundered forlornly. 'Father, I have flunked and fruitlessly forfeited further family favors. . .'

"But the faithful father, forestalling further flinching, frantically flagged his flunkies to fetch forth the finest fatling and fix a feast.

"But the fugitive's fault-finding frater, faithfully farming his father's fields for free, frowned at this fickle forgiveness of former falderal. His fury flashed, but fussing was futile.

"His foresighted father figured, 'Such filial fidelity is fine, but what forbids fervent festivities? The fugitive is found! Unfurl the flags! With fanfare flaring, let fun, frolic, and frivolity flow freely, former failures forgotten and folly forsaken. Forgiveness forms a firm foundation for future fortitude.'"


A market researcher called at a house and his knock was answered
by a young woman with three small children running around her.
He asked her if she minded replying to his questions and she

He asked her if she knew his company, Cheeseborough-Ponds. When
she said no, he mentioned that among their many products was
Vaseline and she certainly knew of that product.

When asked if she used it, the answer was "Yes."

Asked how she used it, she said, "To help our sex life."

The interviewer was amazed. He said, "I always ask that question
because everyone uses our product and they always say they use
it for the child's bicycle chain, or the gate hinge; but I know
that most use it that way. Since you've been so frank, could you
tell me exactly how you use it?"

"Yes, we put it on the doorknob to keep the kids out."

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Stealing Clipboard Info

This is from an email sent out by Bob Osgooby. Not entirely sure where I got on the email list but it is perhaps the first newsletter that I have been signed up on that I actually read and enjoy when I do
Have you ever copied information to your clipboard, then later
went online? If the info you copied was of a sensitive nature,
then you’ve really got to pay attention to this.

Did you know that a website can easily snatch the info on your
clipboard with about one line of Javascript? It's true. Not all
browsers are susceptible to this, but Internet Explorer is. Copy
any line of this article and click on the link below:

Just imagine if that info had been a password, credit card
number, or bank account info! Want to know how to disable this
"feature"? Read on.

1. Open Internet Explorer and click on the Tools menu, Internet

2. Click the Security tab, then press the "Custom Level" button.

3. Under the "Scripting" section, hunt for an entry called
"Allow paste operations via script". Set to disable (or at least
prompt). I have mine set to prompt so I know who is trying to
steal my information.

4. Hit OK until you're back to Explorer.

5. That's it. Now try the page above and see what happens. With
any luck, you should find that your clipboard is no longer
BTW Firefox doesnt do this. Just how many more reasons do you need to quit using IE?

Big 3 Solution

Alright Big 3 auto manufacturers, listen up! Everyone knows you are all bleeding and it is just a matter of time till one of you goes down. Ya need to get your act together and bring in some cash and I am gonna help you do it.

Just three words. Limited Edition Models

Thats right, limited edition models. Ya see, you take one car and choose one year and you remake for us a cool muscle car from the 60s or 70s. GTOs, Fastback 'Stangs Camaros, Firebirds, Hemi Cudas. And dont sissify them. Make it look just like the originals with as much of the same feel as the originals as you can (obviously regulations wont allow it to be the exact same what with airbags and all)

Make us a certain amount of one car, one year then dont make it again for ten years or so. So deliver us the 67 Mustang and make say 2000 of them and let the public just eat them up. Remember the talk surrounding the release of the Viper? Remember how everybody wanted one and it brought in huge recognition for Dodge? Do it for yourselves. Excite the car buying populace. Even if the rarity of them precludes many of us from ever having one (just like the Viper) your bringing back the cars that we all love would make us hold you in higher esteem and perhaps we'll think more favorably of your brand when it comes time to buy our next car.

Mopar = 1970 Hemi Cuda
Chevy = 1969 Camaro
Ford = 1967 Mustang

Toyota, Nissan, VW etc, I would strongly suggest you never ever bring back your 60s and 70s era cars. We are all happily past those thank you very much.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Today in History

October 4th

Work began on Mount Rushmore

On this day in 1927, sculpting began on the face of Mount
Rushmore in the Black Hills National Forest of South Dakota. It
would take another 12 years for the impressive granite images of
four of America’s most revered and beloved presidents—George
Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln (beloved? HA!)and Theodore
Roosevelt--to be completed.

The monument was the brainchild of a South Dakota historian
named Doane Robinson, who was looking for a way to attract more
tourists to his state. He hired a sculptor named Gutzon Borglum
to carve the faces into the mountain. According to the National
Park Service, the first face to be chiseled was George
Washington’s; Borglum first sculpted the head as an egg shape,
his features added later. Thomas Jefferson’s image was
originally fashioned in the space to the right of Washington,
but, within two years, the face was badly cracked. Workers had
to blast the sculpture off the mountain using dynamite. Borglum
then started over with Jefferson situated on the left side of

Washington’s face was the first to be completed in 1934.
Jefferson’s was dedicated in 1936--with then-president Franklin
Roosevelt in attendance--and Lincoln’s was completed a year
later. In 1939, Teddy Roosevelt’s face was completed. The
project, which cost $1 million, was funded primarily by the
federal government.

Borglum continued to touch up his work at Mount Rushmore until
he died suddenly in 1941. Borglum had originally hoped to also
carve a series of inscriptions into the mountain, outlining the
history of the United States.

Monday, October 02, 2006


I want to be free but at the same time I hate that I even want that.

I love her tremendously and I hate that I love her so much and I hate that I hate loving her.

I want to reconcile but I know she wont allow it.

I just end the day feeling hollow and lonely if I hadnt started feeling that way much earlier in the day. Just tell me when these hopeless days are over...

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Kelty Baby Carrier

My attempt to poke fun at a blogger that shall remain nameless (as if y'all didnt already know who) was losing its funiness in my own eyes so I am editing this post...

Today Lil Bear and I went to the Flea Market with only one item in mind. A baby carrier. Lo and behold I found one. A Kelty none-the-less, which is the brand I was wanting in the first place. Originally $180, sold to me for only $25. Incredibly adjustable and able to stay standing on its own. It has a smallish pack below and behind baby's legs, triangluar shaped to fit between the legs and still give room for movement, it held everything I decided to carry today. Formula, diapers, wipes and a bottle and still had room for more. Conveniently it has IIRC 4 bottle holder loops which I didnt use today out of a need to clean the pack first. After a 3+ mile hike I only have one complaint and that is the main frame hits my shoulder blades uncomfortably after a mile or so. I tilted Lil Bear slightly and that helped but I think I am going to have to make some adjustments to the pad back there or perhaps even replace it. Keep in mind that this is a used pack so the padding is worn slightly but not bad in any way.

Also found at the flea market was one CD and four hot wheels. Three planes and one monster truck for one of the special-ed kids on my bus who loves cars.

Anyways, here is Lil Bear happily sucking on a strap (perhaps his all time favorite toy!)

Friday, September 29, 2006


I am amazed at how high my blog is on Google sometimes. The video of Steve Holy's "I've Got A Brand New Girlfriend" is #3 when googled. "Pleasant Images" and "Pleasant Thoughts" are #4 & #7 respectively. I also have the honor of claiming at least two top spots. One for "Policital Parties" (yes, that typo is the way I am found) and #1 and #1.5 for "Manly Poetry"

Anyways, just thought that was interesting as this blog is not big by any means so to get top honors on Google means I actually mean something!

(sniff) Brings a tear to my eye.


Some things that I want...
A Telephoto lens for my camera
A Panosaurus tripod
An HK USP in .40S&W
A Taurus Raging Bull in .44Mag
A Gatling gun kit in either .22 or AK 47
An Adventure Child Carrier by Kelty
A bike trailer by Chariot Carriers
Throw a good job and a loving wife on there and all will be great! Until I want more stuff that is. Should I pull a Bane and ask y'all to go out and get it for me?


Nah. Go and have a good day y'all!

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Pikes Peak

This is just a single frame pic of the Peak. I chopped it to half its size but if you it is still a very good sized pic when you click on it.

I just found out that Blogger limits the size of the pic. It should appear several at least an inch longer than it does. Not really a big deal.

Proposed Law: Must Own Firearm

Greenleaf, Idaho -- All Americans have the right to bear arms. Some towns have even gone as far as to require each household to have a gun. Now a small Idaho town is contemplating a similar idea-- it's called the Civil Emergencies Ordinance. And although gun ownership is just one piece of this ordinance, it's the part that's getting the most attention.

If city council member Steve Jett has his way, each head of household that can legally own a gun, will. Along with that they're encouraged to have ammunition and appropriate training.

The proposed ordinance is modeled after a similar plan that went into place in 1982 in Kennesaw, Ga. In that instance there was a dramatic decrease in criminal activity.
Remember that Idaho is one of the three states in the Free West Alliance. The other two being Montana and Wyoming. These are states that have a reasonable chance of achieving the Free State Project's dream of "Liberty in our lifetime."

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Reason To Homeschool

Reason To Homeschool #714
"The House of Representatives has approved a tough new anti-drug and anti-weapon law that would require local districts to develop search policies – including strip searches – with immunity against prosecution for teachers and staff.
Schools would have to develop policies for searching students, or face the loss of some federal funding, under the bill – HR 5295, approved by a voice vote Tuesday.

Pikes Peak

Well, it snowed last night and I went out and risked life, limb and pride to get you some pics. And yes I know that there is no snow down in the Springs but stupid me went too far off the road to get these pics and ended up stuck until some kind gentleman pulled my stupid arse out. (Thank you Sir!)

If anyone knows how to get stitched images to have the same color tone let me know. I know there is more I need to do with the setting on the camera but I have to play with that more before I have it figured out.

Click on the image for full size


With the advent of freezing weather and a touch of snow I am reminded that I really need to get RainX back on my windshield. If you have never used the stuff I highly recommend that you go out and buy some today. It really does make rain slide right off of your windshield, snow too. But even better it makes getting snow and ice off your windows easier and when it is ten below and blowing you dont really want to be out there trying to get ice off. Or freezing fog! Freezing fog is the worst! I hate that stuff but it is a fairly common occurence in the early mornings on my way to work.

There are two ways of puting it on. The actual application of the stuff and the lazy mans way of doing it which is by getting the stuff you put in the washer fluid. The latter is only intended to keep up the application and it really only affect the area that the wipers go over but I say any RainX is better than no RainX and IIRC I still have some.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Bus To Motorhome: Thoughts

Here is an example of a bus that would be about perfect for what I want to do. Opening price is 700 and currently no bids on it. As a simple way of figuring what size bus I am looking at I am wanting one with 8 to 10 windows on the driver side (not counting the driver window of course) 8 would be minimum as it would be just enough room for everything, 10 would be max as anything bigger wouldn't be able to go everywhere I would like to go and it would be more room than I am needing. My plans would make this able to sleep 6 when the table is converted to a bed. Coincidentally it would have seating for 6. Pretty nifty coincidence if you ask me.

I am going to have to rework the bedroom tho. With 30" bunks on one wall that would leave a whopping 45" for a double bed on the other. I dont think that is going to work. I could simply put bunks on both sides but I am thinking I am going to want someone to stay warm with eventually. No wait, I already want that. One day I hope to have someone to do that with. I can think of some options that would close off the back door but I would like to keep that open for toys and gear. The table will collapse into a double bed so there is always that. Another solution would be to simply go bigger and make the last section its own room. But then we are back at the issue of length. Round and round and round and round and no answers as of yet. It'll come. I have quite a bit of time to figure it out.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Eating Organic

Farmer Tom called into question organic foods over at Astro's. Being a firm believer in organics I feel I should explain some of those reasons and Haloscan isnt a good forum for that.

Organic means grown with no man-made fertilizers, pesticides or other chemicals. To qualify for organic the land cannot have had those chemicals used for several years so that the ground is free, or fairly free, of contamination. I say fairly free because it has been proven that some chemicals can be found in the soil decades after their use but the majority will leave with the next couple of years crops.

Why eat organic? Because you are what you eat. What you take in is what your body has to both build with and deal with. All food is a combination of fats, carbs and proteins and all of those are needed. But one can get all three of those from a typical McDonalds meal. What one cannot get is the vitamins and minerals that the body also needs to function. Vitamins are essentially a byproduct of plants, made in the creation of their fruits of leaves and stalks. Man oftentimes adds additional things that get into us when we eat those foods. And so your body has to do something with it. Some get passed, many others get placed into the only holding-pen in the body: fat cells.

Do we know what all stays with us? Not really, and we dont even know exactly which chemicals to look for, and even if we did very few labs are capable of finding them. One study of infant cord blood showed some IIRC 300 checmicals. These are chemicals that made it past the barrier and were then used as building blocks for the developing fetus(tangent: Fetus means "child" in greek. Just why do pro-choicers think that is a better word to use?) It goes without saying that a developing child would be affected far more by pollution than an adult would as we are not developing the various organs and systems necessary to life.

Organic avoids some of the more disgusting practices of modern ranching. As a well fed cow fetches a higher price, conventional ranchers went to a cheap sources of protein. Pig blood and (worse) chicken manure. With the advent of Mad Cow disease the practice of adding back cows blood and organs has thankfully been stopped already. The pig blood has been deemed acceptable because there has yet to be an instance of "mad cow" transfered from pigs to cattle. The other source fixed two problems. The feed for the cattle and the need to dispose of the chicken's manure. So it is gathered up and added to the feed. Need I mention that ALL cattle are herbivores? What in the world are we thinking giving them a type of food that G-d never ever intended? The USDA is banning blood and manure and it may have done so already, I cant remember when those rules were to take affect, but with organic that was never an issue.

The slaughter house is a large penned in area where cattle go to be butchered for our consumption right? Well, not exatly. Those yards are actually kept so that if the ranchers ever get out of hand and start asking a living wage for their product the slaughter houses have enough previously purchased cattle that the simply dont buy, forcing the ranchers to seel at the lower price. Those yards keep cattle close together, in crowded small and dirty pens. (There is a reason those yards smell so bad.) This often leads to unhealthy cattle. Those same cattle which they then place on your grocers shelves. Sometimes these cattle get so sick that they cannot even get to the killing floor by themselves. They have to be dragged, sometimes dead to the killing floor. The killing floor is where the do nasty gruesome stuff to make icky cows into yummy beef. I dont want to ruin the magic of that beloved transformation so I wont discuss it. But those things leading up to the killing floor? You guessed it! Doesnt happen with organic. Now I am not terribly interested in the "happiness" of the cow. I do believe it should be treated decently but I am rather more concerned with the health of the animal we will soon be eating.

Earning a living wage is a real issue with farmers and ranchers. Organic supports them with better rates than conventional buyers. The only way to help them out more (short of giving them money) is to support your local farmers markets and possibly butcher shops. At a farmers market you get fresh local produce at a better than supermarket price in most cases and the farmer benefits as he is making 10 times or more what he would get selling to a co-op. For instance, a potato farmer is doing good to get $13 for a hundred pounds of (conventional)potatoes. If he sells 10lbs to you at $3 then he is making $30 per hundred pounds.

Monday, September 18, 2006


I am irritated. Not at such-and-such or so-and-so. Nope. But nontheless this irritation has been building over the last few days. And there isnt a blessed thing I can do about it. Ya see, it isnt a mental thing, it is physical. A symptom of a thyroid that isnt working properly. "Irritable" is actually one of the symptoms of both hypo- and hyperthyroidism. Other fun things like dry skin, hair loss, being tired, feeling too hot or too cold, depression, memory problems and dificulty concentrating. For women the menstrual cycle can get messed up (irregular and longer than normal)

Since the thyroid controls basically every function of the body, if it isnt functioning nothing else will work quite right either. Weight loss/gain is common, and is an easy excuse for those who are overweight regardless of if they actually have a thyroid problem or not. (I have a diagnosed problem and I am not overweight) Personally I have noticed two things that arent listed in the symptoms. Erratic heartbeat and extremely high triglycerides when not properly medicated. Those triglycerides will go from 700-900 to 400-500 with just the proper medicine.

So I'm irritated. Grr.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Pleasant Thoughts

Piper Perabo and Jennifer Garner

Have I ever mentioned that I always (even from a little kid) wanted to have two wives?


I finally got a paycheck today (its been 6 weeks!) so I went out and got some stuff for Lil Bear. For 11 dollars I got 22 different pieces of clothing, two smaller toys, three bottles and one large toy (way cool!)

Formyself I got Upwords and 4 tableknives cuz I dont really have enough of those (2.25 or so for all.) Oh yeah, I bought a cheap cd player for the livingroom as Beloved has the one that was down here (Do I need to come up with a new name for her? I do still love her dearly...) This one is a 6-disc changer so I can keep some music to sing my babe asleep with while still having more upbeat music for me. Not bad for a single day.

Friday, September 15, 2006


From AstroSmith comes this quote "I have read that there is a Catholic prophecy about the Vatican being destroyed and the Pope killed. Is [Pope]Benedict trying to bring this about by pissing [the Muslims] off?"

My question is this... Can one bring about a prophecy? If a prophecy can be made to pass is it then a self-fulfilling prophecy? And is it then prophecy at all?

If prophecy can be brought to pass it also brings up the idea that one can cause it not to happen. Ninevah is somewhat of an example, but they didnt stop what was prophecied they simply delayed it to another generation. But leaving that aspect aside, whose prophecies should be hastened? And which ones?

Or is it simply that prophecy will happen regardless of what we do, even if it is seemingly impossible for it to happen?

Thursday, September 14, 2006


Whilst on my morning route I came across a dirty but otherwise in good condition walker for my Lil Bear. Not just any walker. Oh no. A Jeep Liberty Renegade walker. Nothing but the best second hand stuff for us! It is currently in the "car wash" and will be ready soon.

***Update*** Cleaning is complete and the little guy is enjoying it right now. Blowing the horn and turning the wheel non-stop. I'd say he is one happy camper!