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Thursday, June 7. 2007
I am filling in for the News Junkie while he is taking an undeserved boating vacation. I'll do my best.
The NY Sun defends Justice Thomas against NYT smears. The piece is highly revealing of the NYT's mind-set, which has nothing to do with the Constitution. From the standpoint of the Left, the Constitution has been replaced by the sentiment of the hour - which is exactly why you need a Constitution.
Lifson on the neglected truths of the immigration debate. American Thinker. Excellent. If this bill dies in the Senate, everyone wins, more or less, and Bush did his best to sacrifice national sovereignty on the altar of the Mexican vote.
Did you see Crisis on Omaha Beach at Powerline? Very mild.
The Prof's revolutionary new cure for ADHD in the classroom.
How is your albedo? A simple way to make the earth colder. But do we really want to? We are having the coldest June in 7,043 years here in Hartford. You can look it up.
Al Gore's hell on earth. At RCP. The man is definitely over the edge. A quote, with Al Gore quotes:
Holy Mackerel, Al! Where's my spare straitjacket? Get the nurse. This is a severe case of psychotic hyperreligiosity.
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42 degrees last night. Maybe my roses, broccoli, lettuce and snap peas will last longer? But not good for my squash, basil, peppers, tomatoes, and eggplant!
Sounds like Gore needs to attend a tent revival or nine to get the patter and lingo down. Plain, simple words delivered in short sentences with strong congruent emotion work, not the overly complex twaddle he gives.
No wonder the unions can't deliver votes reliably.
He certainly fits the parameters BD.
While I futilely wait for the muse to give me something interesting to say:
Why is it that as the Glenlivet matures, the print and verbiage on the label becomes smaller and lesser, respectively? Or is that me maturing?
The American Thinker piece is wonderful. If it doesn't prove Occams Razor is the path to the border wall then I haven't been happily married for three out of the 28 I've been married.
When the Congress wants to act quickly it can. Usually for it's oun political gain but this is tell..
Take a look at these freeway noise barriers and see that there is more than a passing resemblance to various wall designs for the border barrier. Of course a border fence would have to be more robust, and it would not have the advantage of a nice highway to bring workers and material to the worksite. But it is not be that many orders of magnitude bigger a project than the highway noise barrier system.
Has the building of freeway noise barriers involved any national sacrifice? Have you ever fretted about how much money it has cost? Through the end of 2004, forty-five State DOTs and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico have constructed over 2,205 linear miles of barriers at a cost of over $2.7 billion ($3.4 billion in 2004 dollars), more than the length of the US-Mexico Border (1,951 miles).
The entire article is a tour de force on the immigration debate.
retriever: I'm a bit late on my tomatoes. Have to get them in tomorrow afternoon. Hopefully a week with nighttime lows of 48-49 won't get them off to a bad start.
Skook.I put mine in over a month ago [a gambler only gardening] and they are 2.5 ft high and flowering so I am invested in them and offering libations to the deity that they survive! Diluted kelp spray is a good general tonic and growth promoter for everything but impatiens [wh it stains]. My main challenge as an organic gardener is growing summer squash, pumpkins and acorn squash with huge pops of squash vine borers, squash bugs, cucumber beetles and mildew. Butternut squash resists almost everything as does that great heirloom cubing prolific zucchetta rampicante [3 foot baseball bats that are fun for kids to play with, but still tender and tadty and resistant to bugs and disease; but searching for something safe to commit borer genocide with. Beneficial nematodes and diatomaceous earth did no good. I love squash, any kind.
skook...I took a look at some used Ariel Atoms ..I think I mentioned the figure 40k ..WRONG ..the used ones are going for 70-75K....
For that kinda money I'll just let my wife drive the car and stick my head out the window like good old doogies do.
Also, I'm not a lawyer but how can the sheriff let Paris Hilton out of jail over the judges objection?
Yeah I'm sick of hearing about her too but I didn't know I Sheriff trumped a judge
How many Americans know that the word “democracy” is found neither in the Constitution nor the Declaration of Independence, our very founding documents?
Interesting isn't it?
My kid in special ed looked disgustedly at an article on Paris and said earnestly to me "Mom, I think she needs to be kept in jail until she has 90 days sober and her roots are two inches long. And she REALLY needs to be on meds! Maybe if she had a good church to go to, like ours, she might get her act together...." Just a kid's point of view...
retriever, habu: Instead of an Ariel Atom, I could buy a Zucchetta Rampicante, but only directly from the factory in Modena - and they go for $250,000.
retriever: And I would like to get some squash in the ground. Last year the bugs went crazy on the butternuts, no matter what I did. I'm at a loss. I also don't think they got quite enough sun.
Then you can pick up that Super Cub STOL you've always wanted....good thinking...
Don't get me started - what I really want is a floatplane license. I hear them flying overhead on their way to BC and the Alaska Panhandle everyday. I express this desire to my wife about once every six months and she blandly says "mmm" or I might get the occasional eye roll. Kind of like when I read the Harley Davidson catalog...
Though I could spray the butternut squashes from a Super Cub. Never thought of that.
BREAKING: Paris Hilton released due to needing medication that the Seriff Dep't employees were "unable to administer"! BREAKING...
Plus, they accidentally stuck her in a font designer's office, the one next to the Sans Seriff Dep't.
What medication could that be, Buddy? The kind of meds she might need are not the kind that anyone abuses. They don't get you high, just modulate your response... Unless she has conned some hack into prescribing her stuff to get high on, and the jail MDs doggedly refuse to enable? Just hypothesizing, trying to understand, not libelling anyone, just curious....
Not to make you jealous, but my next door neighbor has a brand new Harley that my teens eye longingly...He bought it about a week after they brought their firstborn home from the hospital...There were some extreme words exchanged about it at first (houses very close). He is a nice looking kid, and kind to the little girl but fidgets sitting still and clearly feels the weight of his new responsibilities. Looks a lot happier polishing his Harley when wife and kid are away for the weekend visiting her relatives. I do feel sorry for many new daddies who, like him, work 14 hour days to get the family the house in the safe neighborhood, but don't have a lot of fun, and are still too young to have got frivolity and self-indulgence out of their system. He is lucky, tho, as the wife seems to give him a long leash and the kid is the world's easiest and most genial baby.
Yup, the squash bugs are vile. May check out the latest Extension Service optimistic prattle...Have always been an organic gardener, with the lone exception of roundup for poison ivy (1 tiny spray bottle lasts years if I remember to keep it corked) and yellow jacket spray. I try to endure the yellow jackets as they keep my cabbages caterpillar free (when little, my kids wept for the "poor baby caterpillars being carried away for yellow jacket's dinner") but am really scared of them by late August when they attack us on the deck...Squash sorely test my "no chemicals on edibles" philosophy...
I don't know how farmers make a living. The small family ones, and the organic ones especially. The latter always used to be my dream for an escape from the current necessary job. I have half a dozen semi dwarf fruit trees on my suburban lot that blossom beautifully and produce gorgeous fruit that is always completely devoured by squirrels the night it ripens. Intelligent squirrels who rip open nets, are not repelled by pepper spray, etc. I was only half shocked when the neighborhood's handsomest teenaged sociopath laughingly shot 40 squirrels in a neighbor's yard and left the corpses for neighbor to clean up. Half wished he had aimed his BB gun at my squirrels....
I'm not sure but I might've heard them say something about "pschoactive" or "psychotropic" or somesuch. But it may've been a reporter asking, rather than an authority answering. I was only half paying attention, was on Fox. I isn't that good a reporter, I realizes.
"half a dozen semi dwarf fruit trees... that blossom beautifully and produce gorgeous fruit that is always completely devoured by squirrels..."
Yup. We have Gravensteins and plums at the bottom of our hill, next to the greenbelt fence. We're running a cafeteria for the moles.
Let me help you with BL's request. Two to choose from
1. It was a dark and stormy night
2. It was the best of times it was the worst of times..
all yours..all ya gotta do is fill in a bit here and there an wow...
Habu, it was the kid "laughingly" shooting the squirrels. Why was he laughing? Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of man? The Shadow do.
Buddy and Habu, Something to ponder...but at least when somebody here thinks me a jackass they don't know my name...and I would hate to embarass my kids by writing about what I know best: them, my eccentric and outright crazy relatives, friends and neighbors. I have already had the experience, as a college journalist, of writing a little too cruelly, joking at the expense of people in my dorm (wearing unbecoming clothes in a school show). I was shunned for weeks in the dining hall, and have been wary of becoming a pariah because of my careless verbiage again!
I would write if I thought I had a story worth telling and had a good editor to keep me in line, and help me figure out how to write without embarassing my offspring or getting sued for libel!
That squirrel shooter could be a whole story, for example, as I have watched him grow up. But his mother is an acquaintance, and that muzzles me.
I haven't figured out how to disguise people without destroying the very things that make them so interesting...
I was in awe of a local professional I admire no end who told me that he had written a book, a novel, in his spare time. Someone who is a credit to his profession, devoted to his family, and has a whole slew of interesting hobbies and interests. But we discussed how even when one can find the discipline to write, who is going to publish and read it?
You all are kind--perhaps when my kids are past adolescence and no longer so easily mortified by unconventional or eccentric parents I might be bolder..
Have to get up at 5 tomorrow to drive a ways to see my most accomplished child in a ceremony somewhere famous. Heart bursting with maternal pride, but must respect her need for privacy. The mother's dilemma: during these years, our own dreams and ambitions have to take a back seat to the care and education and training of the puppies....
The longest journey begins with the first step, and it is usually the most difficult one.
I believe it took Margaret Mitchell eight years to write "Gone With The Wind", but it seemed to turn out just dandy.
And if you have had experience then you know rewrites are as common as pollen in springtime. Make that first step...
Best regards and go girl...