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What are they thinking?

September 30, 2009 1 comment

Empire State Building turns red-yellow for China’s 60th

Why would we celebrate a communist revolution?

The only reason I can think of is that China is paying someone a lot of money to do this. OR do you think New Yorkers really love the ChiComs?

Categories: Politics, Weird

Breathtaking APOD

September 29, 2009 Comments off

Today’s Astronomy Picture of the Day is one of the all-time best.

Orion in Gas, Dust and Stars
Click to Enlarge

Direct link to the APOD post.

Categories: Space

An Atheist Christmas

September 29, 2009 1 comment

Atheists examine Christmas from angel-free angle


Can they really call it a Christmas book?

She denies the book is anti-Christmas: “I wanted to make it clear that it’s a friendly, quite a happy book. I’ve sent it to some of my religious friends. The book is not just about being atheist – there’s a chapter on how to get on with relatives and ideas for party games.”

She denies the book is anti-Christmas, yet look at the title, “There Probably Is No God: The Atheist’s Guide To Christmas”. Nope, no agenda there. You can all celebrate Festivus, and I’ll remember how the Lord was born of a virgin, in a manger, and how the angels rejoiced at the work of God.

Categories: Religion

Its always good to have a plan

September 27, 2009 Comments off

Back in August, we bought 5 acres adjacent to our original 7 acre plot. Its currently planted in soybeans so I can’t do anything until those are picked, but I’ve written down what I want to do with the land.

    What to do with the land

  1. plant pasture grasses (white clover, tall fescue, maybe some chickory)
  2. put up a fence (roughly 1000 feet $$)
  3. build a chicken coop
  4. get some chickens (6-8)
  5. build shelter for cattle
  6. build feed trough, buy a water tank
  7. build storage for feed
  8. put up some gates and fence around trough (way to get cows in/out)
  9. transport for large cows, like an enclosed tailer (borrow)
  10. buy some cows
  11. sell cows for $$ and food

I would also like to plant a small stand of native prairie grasses, but that may have to wait.

We used to raise cows when I was growing up. It was a good source of chores and some extra money for me. Hope I can work it out the same way for my boys.

This plan may take 2 or 3 years depending on the state of my bank account.

Categories: Homesteading

No Health Insurance – GO TO JAIL

September 26, 2009 Comments off

Want to know the penalty for not having health insurance under the democrat plans?

Politico has a scanned copy of a hand-written note from Joint Committee on Taxation Chief of Staff Tom Barthold to Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) stating that if the $1900 fine for not having health coverage is not paid, then the taxpayer

…could be charged with a misdemeanor and could face up to a year in jail or a $25,000 penalty…

As some of the commentators on Politico have pointed out, “Cool… Jail = FREE MEDICAL”.
Man I cannot wait until 2010 and 2012.

Categories: Politics

Spanking makes your kids dumb

September 26, 2009 1 comment

According to “research” anyway.

A good spanking may leave a mark on a child that’s worse than the red handprint. Spanking and other corporal punishments stunt children’s intelligence, new research shows.

“The practical side of this is that paediatricians and child psychologists need to start doing what none of them do now, and say, ‘Never spank under any circumstances,'” says Murray Straus, a sociologist…

I don’t like to spank my kids, but sometimes there is no alternative. I think I can see a real difference in my own kids between the ones we spanked more often and those we did not. The non-spanked are exceedingly good whiners and will whine incessantly until they get their way. The spanked know their place. I don’t say that to sound like a tyrant, but for goodness sake, they are the child and you are supposed to be the parent. Loving parents are supposed to know what is best for their child – not the other way around. Would you prefer your child become an unruly, spoiled, and lazy adult with a 5 point higher IQ, or an adult that can actually be a productive member of society?

I think we have way too many adults in this country who’s parents never spanked them.

He who spares the rod hates his son,
but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.
Proverbs 13:24

Categories: Family

LRAD used on crowd in Pittsburgh

September 25, 2009 Comments off

A few days ago I posted about LRADs being deployed at a San Diego tea party protest, but now the police have gone a step further.

Police have used an LRAD on a crowd of protesters at the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh, PA. That’s in the USA people! This device should NEVER be used on US citizens. Scary stuff.

The marchers did not have a permit and, after a few blocks, police declared it an unlawful assembly. They played a recorded announcement over a loudspeaker ordering people to leave, as well as ear-piercing sirens, then police in riot gear moved in to break it up.

(emphasis mine)

I do not agree with the protesters or their methods and I do not condone destruction of property. But this is unprecedented and unwarranted. Here are some other choice quotes:

“We’ll continue to make sure our neighborhoods are safe.” – Pittsburgh Mayor.

“That was ridiculous,” said T.J. Amick, 22, of Pittsburgh. “People were being grabbed if they just got too close to the cops. It didn’t matter what they were doing, what they were saying. They were just asking what was going on, and they were being taken off the streets to God knows where.”

From Western Rifle Shooters Association:

“By order of the City of Pittsburgh Chief of Police, I hereby declare this to be an unlawful assembly…no matter what your purpose is.”

Is it just me, or are things quickly spiraling into chaos?

Categories: Politics