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Tuesday, May 20. 2008
Jail time for not mowing your lawn? Sheesh. What if you want a natural meadow? Are laws like this constitutional? What about the attractive busted fridge on my front porch? I was thinking of making it into a smoker one of these years.
I heard that Ed Koch, that smart, interesting fellow with whom I often disagree, says he'll likely vote for McCain. Heard it on Bob Grant on the radio. Oh, I found a link.
Pete Stark. You always know what he thinks before he opens his mouth.
If you are blind, I am sorry. But does everybody have to acommodate everybody's problems? I have a problem: I am a nicotine addict. Nobody accommodates me.
More reasons to hate and fear public employee unions. Coyote
How did I miss this great investment opportunity? These are the get-rich-quick bozos the Dems are shedding tears over.
Few people write unless they need the money. Anita Burgh on Rebecca.
Against tax havens. Jungleman. I am agin' em. Sorry, Soros, Kennedy, et al., but it just ain't fair. Rich Dems are the experts in tax havens. And, re Kennedy, tough diagnosis. I'd wish that mess on no man.
21 things you can't say about Al Barack Hussein Obama. Vanderleun
Understanding the Massachusetts Mentality.
Here's the lens you really need.
The Prince of Wales wants to save us. Good grief.
Warnings of "small unit combat" on Mexican border.
Google medical records? Are you kidding me? Never.
Canada's Gun Registry: Useless (video). He makes good points about multi-billion dollar cosmetic legislation.
Rebuilding the Repub brand. Good points by Joyner. Corrupted by power - the age-old story. Newt wasn't there anymore to call out the warnings.
Why Harvard harasses our military. WSJ. Simple, really. Naive eddicated fools who never contended with reality. Unlike Einstein, who renounced his pacifism when he saw evil enter his world.
Photo: A nice refrigerator-turned-smoker. Somebody put a lot of time into doing that right.
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I scythe my acre. I like to let it grow high enough so that I feel I'm doing something, but that's not awfully high.
I think it looks cool when it's done, with the 10 foot wide pattern. Takes about a week, a little a day. Then you pause a couple days and start over.
But there are moments of tall grass.
The link to your "small unit combat" blurb isn't about illegal immigrants, slick.
"Recent Mexican army and police force conflicts with heavily-armed narcotics cartels have escalated to levels equivalent to military small-unit combat and have included use of machine guns and fragmentation grenades," said the State Department alert.
War on terror includes the drug war.
What between Opie's failure to research the facts and yourn, MF is brim full of false reporting.
Re the Massachusetts piece:
"Step 1: Vote for any and all candidates with a (D) after their names.
Step 2: Feeeeeeeel good for being so "progressive".
Step 6: Watch the cost of doing business in the private sector skyrocket, while the hacks feeding at the public trough keep on double-dipping into the taxpayer-subsidized pension system.
Step 8: Watch your cost of living go up, while your quality of life goes down.
Step 11: Blame ________ (insert Republican of your choice).
Step 12: Repeat, ad nauseum."
You can pretty much say the same about New Jersey. (And probably a number of other states, but I live in Jersey.)
Then there's this:
"Step 9: Pick up the Boston Globe and read yet another news story about the Commonwealth losing population."
And see, here's a key difference: The local newspapers are too cowed by our criminal government to print something like that. A few Jersey papers WILL do so, but here in Hudson County people generally read the Jersey Journal, Hudson Reporter, and the New York Times/Wall Street Journal. Papers like The Bergen Record that would run those stats rarely are picked up - you can tell just looking around the PATH commuter trains to see what people are reading.
Oh - we ARE losing population, though.
Then there's this:
"Step 5: Watch drug dealers peddling their wares in the open, while your Attorney General is busy issuing press releases vowing to prosecute small business owners who dare to sell cranberry sauce to their neighbors on Thanksgiving morning."
Again, it's a little different here. Between the government mob and the Sopranos types, drug dealers tend to be frowned upon. We have a problem, like anyone else, but it's not as bad as Mass (where I have also lived). We're more the human-trafficking types. It's just as true here, though, that we major in the minors. Big crimes not only go unpunished, they don't even get reported. In Hudson County, the County Prosecutor will not punish the politically connected. If the Feds (Chris Christie) don't prosecute, it goes by the boards. So, same principle. Billions of dollars were lost in a schools construction scandal a few years ago, almost no one went to jail. The Governor has sprung into action, though - he has launched a major marketing campaign to deal with Jersey's 'image' of corruption.
I photographed a graduation ceremony recently between 42mm and 300mm. Both of the zooms I shot were 1:2.8 aperture and wide open I was just holding on to the light @ 1/40th of a second. With good technique and vibration reduction on the long lens if I timed the shots I got nice results for small prints (4x6) even though I dragged the shutter and I was shooting handheld. So I guess my question is, what am I going to do with a 5,200mm lens? Okay, maybe it has sweet bokeh and you can photograph good looking ladies on the beaches of St. John while you're enjoying a Pain Killer on your patio on St. Thomas... Never mind... I answered my own damned question.
Now you can get a lotto ticket on the newest game "Ted is Dead"
You pick dates just like numbers on a regular lotto ..
Next week there's a scratch off coming out, "Teddy's DOD"
or Day of Death.
Personally I think it's really cheesy of the Commonwealth to promote his death in such a cheap manner but they need the revenue to construct the sidewalk European style urinals promoting a cleaner Earth. I just hope they don't use an alto-relievo to highlight his image.
And I truly believe the talk of a memorial "Parietal Lobe Park" is over the top. This has got to all be stopped. I am outraged. Boycott the lotto and the parks and recreation department.
A nice tasteful Betty Ford type facility might be a fitting tribute though.
Are laws like this constitutional?
Apparently you believe we're still governed by a constitution? That's quaint.
About that "tall grass" law. What if you are Swiss, and renting a home? Can you plead as a conscientious objector to the idea of (horrors!) hurting the grass?
It actually depends on which party is in power.
The Democrats believe in the 'Gumby Constitution" which allows anything and promotes some causes like GLADD and NAMBLA.
The Republicans believe in the, well they believe in , what I mean is that they, well it's complicated because just now before the most important Presidential election of our time they're not sure just where they stand. For some it's ramrod strict and for others it's chocolate éclair spine time. It's really back to:
Don't think of it in terms of "hurting" the grass. Think of it in terms of your future meals after Obama is elected.
There will be competition however and you'll have to be careful where you step...that's you step , not Yousef who shows up later to "bug bomb" us. The competition.
Obamas , Land, Sea, and Air defense.
Defense, the Obama way.
Habu, Just think when Teddy croaks there won't be a Kennedy in public office. First time in all of my 52 years here on this good earth. Hooray for that! Mr. Snitch made some insiteful comments on Massachusetts. My former state is known as The People's Republic. Teddy Boy had a big hand in making it that way!
Hotlinking, which is linking to a photo stored on someone else's server for your page is sometimes blocked, so you may have the proper code and the correct link and still not see the photo on your page. The preview button is your friend!
Well, preview is still your friend. (I'm going to block hotlinking on my sight now so I don't look like a monkey).
There! Try hotlinking to my photos Mr/s (make me look like a monkey showboating web guru hotshot) You're Welcome. Fffffpt!
Ha - no fair. I see how. Cool.
Pages here are loading real slow this morning.
Hotlinking is bad form.
Be merciful to Ted. He's a fellow human, however flawed.
I only repaired the busted links. Just playing around after that BD. No more.
No prob. The manners issue with hotlinking is that it sucks other folks' bandwidth.
Umm, read yall's links before yall step out with rhetoric.
Do what yall like, so long as, ya like what ya do.
After looking at the NAFTA problems and Mexico I am of firm belief that the next major COIN deployment for the US will not be Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Philippines, Kenya or Colombia. It will be Mexico.
I am sorry we have three candidates who want to do nothing on the border problem...
AJ, your site (or blogger) appears to be down.
You may be correct re COIN deployment... between NAFTA and drug cartels... things could get messy in a hurry.