Tuesday, January 31, 2012

shoulder update

The doc says full speed ahead, the therapist has given me a whole new set of exercises to do. Prognosis: in 4 weeks I should be able to stop the twice weekly visits! I can now drive with two hands on the wheel - at 9 and 3. Still cannot do housework - damn shame that.

Monday, January 30, 2012

predictions for 2011

from 1911
ht: small dead animals comment section

Monday, January 23, 2012

Private Family Matters

read it all at PowerLine
The idea that liberal Democrats like Barack Obama regard anything as a “private family matter” is ludicrous. As far as they are concerned, every single thing that you and your family do is a proper subject for government regulation. The doctrine of “choice” ends once your child is born. If you think that there is some other aspect of your life, or your family’s that is so personal and so private that the Democrats couldn’t possibly want to regulate and control it–well, then, you are a fool.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

By Those Who Know Better

Still, that won’t stop people being harangued anyway. A particularly unsavoury example of this appeared in Sunday’s Observer. Illiberal Liberal of the Week contender, columnist Barbara Ellen, declared that the bovine attitude of recent governments towards smokers and drinkers should apply to meat-eaters, too. Now that a precedent has been set - that people should be harangued for doing things that are legal but disapproved of by Those Who Know Better - Ellen is simply following through this logic by attacking those who like sausages, bacon and pies.
Here’s the argument:
people (like smokers and drinkers) who deliberately do things that are bad for them, despite being told time and again that they should not, are now lectured, restricted and even have their basic rights taken away;
eating meat - and particularly ‘processed’ meat - increases your risk of getting cancer and is bad for you;
therefore, people who eat meat should now be lectured, restricted and even have their basic rights taken away.

first they came for the smokers
i predicted when smoking was banned, drinking would be next, and then simply a downfall from there. "our betters" don't seem to realize that many who die of lung cancer never smoked, drunks have an amazing ability to survive themselves (go to any AA meeting and listen to the stories), and sometimes people just die. That is the way we were created. But then they don't believe in a supreme creator, so they wouldn't understand the simple workings of our world.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

a truce has been called

I am at my sisters (the communist) and we have come to a truce - of sorts. Who has the last word, or who is the one who is right. I insist I am right and she can have the last word. She hasn't quite agreed to that - yet
at least we are all laughing

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Comment of the Week

small dead animals
It must be demeaning to be a British water-boy for a US president with inherent Afro-Marxist contempt for the British.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

while the cat's away

Paco has left the lair unattended. Please go over
here to wish mrs paco well and raid the cupboards.

UPDATE: Mrs. Paco is home and recovering

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Original Green Movement

copied this from a friend...
Checking out at the supermarket recently, the young cashier suggested I should bring my own carrier bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment. I apologised and explained, "We didn't have this green thing back in my earlier days." The cashier responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."
She was right about one thing -- our generation didn't have the green thing in “Our” day.
So what did we have back then…? After some reflection and soul-searching on "Our" day here's what I remembered we did have.... Back then, we returned milk bottles, fizzy pop bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilised and refilled, so it could use the same bottles repeatedly. So they really were recycled.
But we didn't have the green thing back in our day. We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator or lift in every store and office building. We walked to the supermarket and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two minutes up the road. But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.
Back then, we washed the baby's nappies because we didn't have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right. We didn't have the green thing back in our day.
Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of England. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used screwed up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn petrol just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she's right. We didn't have the green thing back then.
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn't have the green thing back then.
Back then, people took the bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their mums into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerised gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.
But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?

I used a diaper service when my daughter was a baby - no disposable for me. I still rarely use a dryer for the washing, although I have to use the indoor space for hanging - HOA restrictions. I have a mixer, but usually stir by hand because it is less hassle and washing up. I don't like small appliances. I find them a nuisance to clean, and they take up valuable space. I cut my lawn using a push mower. Takes 15 minutes and I get a work out! I still use old newspapers to cushion packages. I used to use the Sunday funny papers for gift wrapping. I have washable rags for cleaning and use cloth napkins - paper towels are only for absorbing the bacon grease (I could probably use newspaper for that!) I believe in replacing things only when they can no longer be mended. However I do drink a lot of wine, so there are those pesky empty bottles! I am sure there is more I can do but I am not bothered.
Yeah, don't lecture me on abusing the planet.

No quarter (or nickels, dimes, & pennies)

Remember that the Bolsheviks were but a tiny fraction of the Russian populace at the time of the October Revolution, and yet their radical ruthlessness enabled them to seize power. In much the same way as the Bolsheviks claimed to speak for the workers and peasants, feminists nowadays claim to represent the interests of all women.
read it here

Monday, January 9, 2012

time for prettiness

The First President to ....

First President to Preside Over a Cut to the Credit Rating of the United States Government
• First President to Violate the War Powers Act
• First President to Orchestrate the Sale of Murder Weapons to Mexican Drug Cartels
• First President to issue an unlawful "recess-appointment" while the U.S. Senate remained in session (against the advice of his own Justice Department).
• First President to be Held in Contempt of Court for Illegally Obstructing Oil Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico
• First President to Defy a Federal Judge's Court Order to Cease Implementing the 'Health Care Reform' Law
• First President to halt deportations of illegal aliens and grant them work permits, a form of stealth amnesty roughly equivalent to "The DREAM Act", which could not pass Congress
• First President to Require All Americans to Purchase a Product From a Third Party
• First President to Spend a Trillion Dollars on 'Shovel-Ready' Jobs -- and Later Admit There Was No Such Thing as Shovel-Ready Jobs
• First President to sue states for requiring valid IDs to vote, even though the same administration requires valid IDs to travel by air
• First President to Abrogate Bankruptcy Law to Turn Over Control of Companies to His Union Supporters
• First President to sign into law a bill that permits the government to "hold anyone suspected of being associated with terrorism indefinitely, without any form of due process. No indictment. No judge or jury. No evidence. No trial. Just an indefinite jail sentence."
• First President to Bypass Congress and Implement the DREAM Act Through Executive Fiat
• First President to Threaten Insurance Companies After They Publicly Spoke out on How Obamacare Helped Cause their Rate Increases
• First President to Threaten an Auto Company (Ford) After It Publicly Mocked Bailouts of GM and Chrysler
• First President to "Order a Secret Amnesty Program that Stopped the Deportations of Illegal Immigrants Across the U.S., Including Those With Criminal Convictions"
• First President to Demand a Company Hand Over $20 Billion to One of His Political Appointees
• First President to Terminate America's Ability to Put a Man into Space.
• First President to Encourage Racial Discrimination and Intimidation at Polling Places
• First President to Have a Law Signed By an 'Auto-pen' Without Being "Present"
• First President to Arbitrarily Declare an Existing Law Unconstitutional and Refuse to Enforce It
• First President to Tell a Major Manufacturing Company In Which State They Are Allowed to Locate a Factory
• First President to refuse to comply with a House Oversight Committee subpoena.
• First President to File Lawsuits Against the States He Swore an Oath to Protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN, etc.)
• First President to Withdraw an Existing Coal Permit That Had Been Properly Issued Years Ago
• First President to Fire an Inspector General of Americorps for Catching One of His Friends in a Corruption Case
• First President to Propose an Executive Order Demanding Companies Disclose Their Political Contributions to Bid on Government Contracts
• First President to allow Mexican police to conduct law enforcement activities on American soil
• First President to Golf 90 or More Times in His First Three Years in Office

stolen from commenter petroglyph at breitbart
big government

Sunday, January 8, 2012

take care, gavin

the shadowlands
gavin is saying goodbye and i hope it is not permanent. half a world away he encouraged me when i started this little project. more importantly he always gave a good read, whether it provoked thought or laughter.

what to do this summer

piping hot!
it has been years since i have done any highland leaps! i still try. scottish country dancing is more my speed these days, however i always thought it insipid, with few exceptions.
thanks minicapt for the link

Friday, January 6, 2012

a little friday evening fun

Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)
english like what it should be spoke
ht/ theo

Thursday, January 5, 2012

my audience

today i decided to go visit my blog stats and was a bit surprised by the stats for the last week ~
United States 158
Netherlands 15
Brazil 14
United Kingdom 11
Canada 8
Australia 6
Indonesia 6
Russia 6
Germany 5
Turkey 4

who are you?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

absurd news of the day!

launched an investigation?
An investigation has been launched after a plane was hit by a bus shelter which was blown over a fence at Edinburgh Airport, it was reported.
The parked Jet2 737 was said to have been damaged in the incident, during the gale force winds which battered the Capital yesterday.
The Met Office recorded a wind speed of 102mph in Edinburgh during the storm.
Edinburgh Airport said it was now working with Jet2 to avoid a repeat of the incident.
A spokesman for the airport said the bus shelter had been sheered in half before it was blown towards the plane, adding: “We have now launched an investigation.”

i am still laughing at this. spending the money to investigate why 102 mph winds blew a bus shelter into a plane? or any object? and after the investigation - what then? prohibit winds in scotland?
ok i will stop laughing now