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Friday, July 6. 2007
Some musicians are in touch with reality. Cramer
What about Moslem doctors in the US? Jules
Genocide or disease? Disease wiped out vast numbers of American Indians, although that does not fit "the narrative." (h/t, Assistant Village Idiot) Squanto was alone because, when he returned from his European travels, all of his kin had died either from influenza or from the common cold virus. He must have had a tough immune system.
Who knew that running and jogging were right-wing activities? Ya can't make this stuff up.
No blog has better folksy old-timey photos.
Fake massacres widely reported. Real massacres not reported. Powerline. Our press has no shame in their anti-American crusade.
Quoted at Cafe Hayek:
Offshoring of jobs: Has it peaked? Dresner
Al Gore: Ignorant or Dishonest? Reisman. We need to add George Reisman to our blogroll.
Taxes and the Dems: From a piece at Kudlow:
Quote of a quote at Rhymes with Right:
Excellent case study of the contradictions, hidden subsidies, and insane economics when a state (MA in this case) tries to control insurance pricing. Squaring the Boston Globe
Photo: 1959 tugboat for sale. Nice. You can live on her, but she ain't the Mirabella V.
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Check out the Theo Spark Islamic Nursery Rhyme contest at
Sorry to plug it but the entries are brilliant.
Love Sippican. Hey Sip, I think you should buy that antique toy truck. I sometimes regret the things I do not do more than the ones I do...do. Also I have a request for Sip to do some posts about cast iron in architecture.
I like all the boat pics. Mirabella V is so beautiful. The tug....well.... remember the Sea Hag on Popeye?
Warning! Major creep factor ahead. Fort McMurray, Alberta is used to caterpillars, the machines that is, but it is slippery with tent caterpillars now. It is gross but interesting. Here is a pic and the news story.
Aww geez folks. Don't start. I woke up this morning with that too stunned feeling I get after having been forced to spend an evening with the extreme liberal literati of the NW. I was advised with absolute authority last night that there had been millions of Indians here in the lower 48. We first devastated them with disease and then slaughtered or imprisoned the rest. Of course, the idea that maybe--just maybe some of them were carrying arrows, spears, big stones, knives etc. to attack us--well, that was our fault also!
Now here is a really scary bit from last night's "event". A really nice Jewish guy, who is very very influential in all matters pertaining to Information Technology, and in particular focusing upon the "agreed upon " future ethics of information exchange between the US and the rest of the world(his specialty area is China). I asked him had he ever given thought to what would ignite a Civil War here in the states? His immediate response: "well of course it would begin in one of the "Red" states, because they have all the guns. We here in the "Blue" states are better educated and don't carry guns. The people in the "Red" states don't think well--they are not articulate and can't speak for a peaceful resolution--the way we here in the "Blue " States do!" There you have it folks from one of the guys who will determine how you will receive information, and most importantlye which information you will be allowed to have!
Have a nice day!
Woops! I forgot to mention the very nice Swedish guy. I asked him what his thoughts were about the Muslim situation in Sweden. His reponse: "it is too painful to talk about".
Ok, so we are not allowed to have the facts, either about the past warrior, today's warriors, or tomorrow's warriors--who the hell IS gonna know how to shoot that dang thing, when we are in harm's way?
Cheer up. North of Mukilteo and east of Lake Sammamish and south of Olympia, our Evergreen State turns - for the most part - red.
And. And. Tugs are nice, but you might want an Alaska Ranger Boat. Check out WoodenBoat issue 160 for a great article on the MV Chugach, the last Forest Service boat in the Tongass, plus some of the yacht conversions. And I believe the Canadians had a fleet too, for work in coastal BC.
Speaking of Indians, I'm now on Volume 8 of the Journals of Lewis and Clark. They are on the way back, headed over the Rockies, with Lewis headed north to the Marias River and then east on the Missouri, while Clark heads down the Yellowstone and then on to the Missouri where they will join up. War, war, war, among all the Indians they meet. While in the Rockies they encounter bands who can only undertake furtive expeditions down to the Plains to hunt buffalo, lest they be slaughtered by Indians claiming those lands as their own. Good to see this stuff with fresh eyes.
I got a kick out of the gay Mandans they encountered, who came down to the river to sell them baskets they had made. Amazing.
I just bought some old Currier & Ives calendar prints published by The Travelers of Hartford Connecticut. They are a dime a dozen (or less) but I do like the old graphics.
This one is called "Regatta of the New York Yacht Club, "Rounding S.W. Spit". It does not say the year of the race but it says the lead boats are the Ray, 33 tons, and the Una, 58 tons. It also lists Alpha, Irene, Ceres, L'Esperance, Sibyl, Haze and Maria.
And for the West here is one of a train racing a prairie fire.
AP, LOL--who IS gonna know how to shoot that dang thing?
Ok, so White Man took Indian lands. Let's give it all back, and get back on the ships. Then when we get back to Europe, we can give THAT back to the Neanderthals. but then they have to give it back to the Saber-Toothed Tigers, who must in turn relinquish it to the Diplodocuses and Ankylosauruses, who then have to surrender it to the Amphibians of the Devonian Era.
Can Oscar See Down My Pants Pocket? That is how an old geology professor taught us to remember.
Less' see if we can still do this now:
Then, as an add-on:
Whew. OK, let me grab my pith helmet and hammer. Can't forget my Brunton compass for those strike and dip measurements. Lets go look fer awl, Buddy.
LOL--i regret to recall, I used "Cause Of Sex, Dat Man Pees Painfully". of course, i'd had a memorable (high penicillin repairs) rampage in boy's town in Matamoros just before that semester.
Patina's caterpillar pic looks like a 70s disaster movie. George Kennedy and Shelly Winters must be just off-camera--
I loved them. They'd be perfect. Such a horrible scenario too. I'd call for some help, that is for sure. I have no idea what anyone could do though except wait them out. They say the bugs in the North are a real force to be reckoned with this time of year.