Monthly Archives: June 2006
“Executive Order: Protecting the Property Rights of the American People
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and to strengthen the rights of the American people against the taking of their private property, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of the United States to protect the rights of Americans to their private property, including by limiting the taking of private property by the Federal Government to situations in which the taking is for public use, with just compensation, and for the purpose of benefiting the general public and not merely for the purpose of advancing the economic interest of private parties to be given ownership or use of the property taken.”
>People were complaining about the picture, so I hid it here.
It’s Safe For Work but not around timid teenagers.
Funny stuff by my Canadian Brother from a different Mother:
Although Helen’s face now looks like a pinata that was beaten mercilessly by crack addicted Mexicans, she still has a certain sex appeal. Even though when Helen smiles, angels and orphans cry, Helen still exudes sexuality. Even though Helen has a busted face and a body that even coroners wouldn’t perform an autopsy on for fear of getting her on their fingers, she still has a certain charm.
>Mark Steyn defends Ann Coulter in an excellent column:
“Ann Coulter’s new book Godless: The Church of Liberalism is a rollicking read very tightly reasoned and hard to argue with. After all, the progressive mind regards it as backward and primitive to let religion determine every aspect of your life, but takes it as advanced and enlightened to have the state determine every aspect of your life. Lest you doubt the left’s pieties are now a religion, try this experiment: go up to an environmental activist and say ‘Hey, how about that ozone hole closing up?’ or ‘Wow! The global warming peaked in 1998 and it’s been getting cooler for almost a decade. Isn’t that great?’ and then look at the faces. As with all millenarian doomsday cults, good news is a bummer…”
>James Lileks is on Fire:
“The Democrats have many mantras and slogans: ‘grim milestone,’ ‘hopeless quagmire,’ ‘culture of corruption’ and ‘Karl Rove’s dingo ate my baby.’ But for a while they’ve had one big overall slogan, dripping with gusto: ‘Together, America Can Do Better.’
Not will, or should, or must, but ‘can.’ It’s like saying, ‘Together, Frenchmen can win a hot-dog speed eating contest.’ Doesn’t mean it’s going to happen, or that you’d want to watch. But it’s typical of modern politics — vague and patriotic, but not so patriotic it would unnerve a Dixie Chick. Together, America Should Be Greater! Together, America Might Go Further! Together, Democrats Can Win Elections! Providing the Republicans stay home…”
H/T to my buddy Hay Zeus.
Some of you are wondering why I wrote Hay Stack instead of Haystack.
Well, this is an adventure in Stacking Hay.
We’re going to order a big stack of Grass Hay to feed our
eating machines Horses, so Mrs. Geezer went over to watch them deliver to our neighbor. She wanted to see how much room we needed and how big the stack was going to be.
They pick it up with a truck and lay it down on it’s back to transport it.
The stack is 2 bales wide by 5 bales deep by Nine Bales High. We’re talking Ninety Bales
When they deliver it, they tip it back up and set it on the ground.
My neighbor had put down some pallets to keep the hay off the ground (for moisture).
The Hay Guy warned us that the pallets would be crushed by the big forks of the machine.
The first stack was leaning a little bit, because of the broken pallets. They braced it with a panel and some 2×4’s.
When the second stack was put in place, it pushed the first stack enough to make it tip over.
My back hurts just thinking about all the work to be done, re-stacking all those bales.
I think it’s about 3.5 tons.
Yep, that’s about 7000 pounds.
“This is a my street-legal jet car on full afterburner. The car has two engines: the production gasoline engine in the front driving the front wheels and the jet engine in the back. The idea is that you drive around legally on the gasoline engine and when you want to have some fun, you spin up the jet and get on the burner (you can start the jet while driving along on the gasoline engine). The car was built because I wanted the wildest street-legal ride possible…”
H/T Kelso, the Skydiving Realtor.
“Is this a picture of a sunset from Earth’s North Pole? Regardless of urban legends circulating the Internet, the answer is no. The above scene was drawn to be an imaginary celestial place that would be calm and peaceful, and therefore titled Hideaway…”
Oh Sure… Calm and Peaceful until the first Blizzard.
APOD: 2006 June 20 – Hideaway
“Why do you have to be a patriot?
This land is our land?
Ask not what your country can do for you…
Ask why in the hell should you have to do anything for your country.
>”Sir, you’re going to have to Quit Doing That.”
>”Boise, Idaho – The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants thousands of wishes a year, but never one like this.
Aubrey Matthews has optic glioma, a life-threatening brain tumor behind her eye, for which she is receiving treatment.
And on Friday, thanks to Boise Police officers and dozens of volunteers, her wish of becoming a superhero for a day became a reality…”
Great story, read it all
H/T Digital Brownshirt.
My least favorite is Cheat Grass.
Those little pointy, pokey seedpods get stuck in my socks and drive me nuts.
The worst thing is they get in the animals fur and start burrowing in.
If you don’t catch them, they will make terrible sores and cost you money at the Vet.
Here’s a picture of some weeds in our backyard.
Let’s see how many we can identify, shall we class?
Cheat Grass is the light-colored pointy seeds, all over the place in this photo.
Foxtails (which also hurt the animals by burrowing into their skin) are the, well, Foxtail looking things.
White Top is the white flowering weed in the upper right hand corner. It has one redeeming quality, it smells pretty good.
I forgot what the Lettuce looking weeds are.
The weeds with the round leaves are Buttonweed. They have really deep roots, you can’t pull them out by hand.
Unavailable for this photo shoot (because they were busy invading my front yard), were: Bindweed, called Morning Glory,
Goatheads and Sticker Burrs
Blue Mustard – has darning needle shaped seed pods that will puncture tires.
and a cast of hundreds.
If you look very closely, you can see a Baby Bunny in the picture.
Click the photos to enlarge.
If the area where you live is deprived of such varied and interesting weeds, drop me a line.
I’ll be glad to send you some seeds.
>Dave at Garfield Ridge proves he’s still on the cutting edge of all things INTERNET.
Apparently those clever kids have designed a Ringtone that their parents and teachers can’t hear. Now they can hear if they get a text message during class, or church, or other adult supervised activity:
Mrs. Geezer and I can only hear the ringtone if the speakers are up Real Loud.
“Thankfully, I can still hear the ringtone, so I guess that at 31 I’m still not *that* old. Nevertheless, it’s definitely one of the most annoying sounds in the world, right up there with nails on a chalkboard, or the sound of Bill Maher’s voice.”
Tim Sloane of Ijamsville, MD asks: Al, which of these purchasing methods should I use in order to make sure the most profit gets to you: Buying one of your albums on CD, or buying one of your albums on iTunes?
“I am extremely grateful for your support, no matter which format you choose to legally obtain my music in, so you should do whatever makes the most sense for you personally. But since you ASKED… I actually do get significantly more money from CD sales, as opposed to downloads. This is the one thing about my renegotiated record contract that never made much sense to me. It costs the label NOTHING for somebody to download an album (no manufacturing costs, shipping, or really any overhead of any kind) and yet the artist (me) winds up making less from it. Go figure.”
>Scientists respond to Gore’s warnings of climate catastrophe:
“…Carter does not pull his punches about Gore’s activism, ‘The man is an embarrassment to US science and its many fine practitioners, a lot of whom know (but feel unable to state publicly) that his propaganda crusade is mostly based on junk science.’
>Ever notice how people from different parts of the country, call things by different names?
I’m going to run a little quiz.
I would prefer that you email the answers to me, so we don’t influence the results, but you can put your answers in the comments if you must.
- What do you call the big knob that some people put on the steering wheel of their car or tractor?
- In Idaho, there is sometimes a solid white line on the right side of the road. What do you call it in your state?
- If you go out in a dirt area and spin your car around and around in a circle, you would be doing what?
- What do you call the area between the Eastbound and Westbound lanes of the freeway?
- I’ve noticed some vehicles have “In Memory of ___” signs painted on their rear windows. Do people do that where you’re from?
- What do you call the Orange Marker Lights that people put on the roof of their pickup trucks?
Please email me with your answers and tell me what part of the country you’re from.
Tell me what unusual names people have for things in your town.
UPDATE: I changed my mind.
It’s Carbon all the way.