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Sat, Apr 30th - 11:06PM

April 26: Grrrr.

The Age of Napoleon, p. 339
66.0 miles

87 recordings of 34 types.

Rasmussen: -18: 46/52.  Forty-three percent (43%) believe that most Members of Congress are corrupt.  Just 27% disagree.

Gaia honored.

That went well.

Today was a Gareth day.  There was nothing especially exciting, we just got reacquainted with the toys and books here. Joanna walked to me in the morning.

 In the evening I started to tell Rich something and he interrupted me reading a cache description out loud. "You're not listening." "No I'm not."

Now, you would think he would say "I'm sorry, what were you saying?" but no, you would be wrong.  Later, when he finally noticed I was mad and asked why, and I said it's the same old thing, you'd think he would know why I was mad. You would be wrong.

How is it possible he doesn't know why I'm mad? It's always the same thing. Interrupting is bad enough, but he never then wants to know what he rolled over. I guess since this is the first time since he got sick (not the first time he's interrupted, of course, but the first time I've gotten mad) maybe he's forgotten.  But Every. Single. Time. he's surprised. Or he says it doesn't matter. ARGH. I went to bed sad.

Oops, he shouldn't have had the baklava for dessert. Honey is a definite no-no.

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Sat, Apr 30th - 7:50AM

April 25: Phone Phollies

The Age of Napoleon, p. 327
66.0 miles
rain, cold

92 recordings of 41 types.

Rasmussen: -18: 46/52

We have another century plant!  Rich noticed it yesterday as we were leaving.


I didn't mention yesterday the trouble I was having with the phone.  About the time we arrived at Novato the cellphone rang and I apparently turned it off when I reached for it. Sure it was Max, I hit the "missed messages" thing and it gave me a message I'd deleted long ago, a political message of all things. I tried to delete it immediately and ended up having to listen to it again.  The "no" button didn't work, the "7" didn't work.  So I listened to it the whole way and finally deleted it, and then got the message. It wasn't from Max at all, it was from my sister-in-law Carol who wanted us to call back "when you can, tomorrow's OK"... but she sure didn't sound like tomorrow was OK.  I had to listen twice to copy down the cellphone numbers.  (Turns out we had Carol's anyway.) Then I handed the phone to Rich.

It turns out that oldest brother Ed has been feeling poorly the last week or two, but when they told him to see the doctor, he didn't.  Easter morning he woke up brother Frank saying to call 911 because he was having chest pains.  There's conflicting reports as to whether he had a heart attack, but he has severe anemia and today they diagnosed a mass in his colon.

Rich was on the phone about 20 minutes when I took it to get Max.  I saw the "missed message" sign on the phone but thought it was the one we'd just dealt with, so I didn't realize Max had his bike and didn't need picking up. I listened to that after I'd called him and he said "didn't you get my message?"  You know, someday I'll learn to use the phone!  It's a good thing it's not a smart phone, because even the dumb one has me buffaloed!

Rich let the dog in and didn't make sure the door was locked, so it blew open sometime last night. I woke up to let the dog out and there he was, standing in the doorway looking at the outside. It was blustering rain, so Spooky was safely in.

Uncharacteristic optimism. Wonkette went way over the line, but this guy thinks they'll learn something. Ha.

We're paying for junk science. My brother quoted Carl Sagan who said that scientists would change their minds when presented with contrary facts, unlike politicians or religious.  Unfortunately, science has been corrupted by politics, and something like anthropomorphic climate change is a religion.

Nancy Pelosi explained.

Legal Insurrection:

"But how in the world did Mrs. Palin, who is supposed to be so thick, manage to figure all this out so far ahead of the New York Times and all the economists it talked to?"

In other news, the most intelligent, nuanced and intellectually adroit President ever -- someone who can parse a sentence with his bare hands -- still is pushing windmills and high speed trains as the key to our economic future.

Texas has always been Republican.

Angering ordinary citizens is safe; angering the extreme fringe of the gay lobby is not.

Jennifer Rubin states the case succinctly: "The left decides who gets lawyers." She cites chapter and verse on the left's support for lawyers who defend unsavory clients, as long as the issues involved are not dear to the hearts of liberals, like gay marriage.

Ben Samuel · Alexandria, Virginia
It's another in a long line of Pyrrhic victories.
The gay marriage movement has had judges repeatedly overturning popular measures, to the point of judges trying to overrule state constitutional amendments, and that judicial activism has created the perception that the movement has no regard for the will of the people. And if they were campaigning for the right to free speech, or the right to bear arms, I'd say more power to them. No one has to ask permission for basic rights.
But, unlike a civil union, marriage is a ceremony in which a union between two people is approved of by society. They're trying to use the law to force society to approve of them, and the more they succeed the more they alienate society.

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Fri, Apr 29th - 7:49AM

April 24: Easter in Novato

The Age of Napoleon, p. 327
66.0 miles
sunny, cold

99 recordings of 41 types.

Rasmussen: -16: 48/52.

We went to Mass last night, so today I fixed a yummy breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage links, and coffee cake. Mmmmm.

Today we went to Roni's for Easter.  I spent much of last night and this morning helping my nephew Max figure out the public transit so he could come to Roni's from San Francisco. I planned to meet him at the bus down the street at 3:30. Therefore, even despite the traffic, we made it to Roni's by about 3.  The kids were down at the playground. After a quick chat, I went down to the bus stop... the bus came quickly, but no Max! Eeek!  I phoned him and it turned out he was on the next bus (it takes almost 2 hours!) and had his bike.

By this time the kids were back, and my cousin and her son arrived at 4 on the dot.  They were all eager to get to the egg hunt... while everyone was gone Rich had put out at least 100 eggs (5 dozen of ours, camouflage).  Roni said they should wait till her Mother-in-Law arrived, but wow were they antsy.  Jimmy took a short while to warm up, but soon enough he was haring through the house with Lexi and Teddy. Max arrived soon after Kathy, and the egg hunt was on!

Lexi got almost $10 (our eggs had money) and they missed at least 8 eggs.  A re-hunt got 5 more, but there are still 3 eggs out in the woods or under the house somewhere.

R.J. makes a really potent margarita. I was being really careful today, at least till I was sure Rich would be driving, but there were still a couple of woozy incidents. First, after the hunt, I was leaning over the bannister to put the eggs down gently.
Then I knocked a candle over at dinner because I was taking Rich's salad away from him. Grumble.

Rich is not supposed to be eating raw food, at least while his white blood count is down, and I reminded him of that and finished his (really good) salad. I don't think Kathy understood.  Therefore, when dessert was served and it was strawberry shortcake, also made by Kathy, I just didn't have the heart to take it away.  Rich was loving it so much and I'm terrified of offending Kathy.

Magnificent prime rib, delicious potatoes and peas: a really delightful meal and good conversation.  R.J.'s teachers' aide and her friend, both from Denmark, also came. Jan (the man) told about his daughter, in her 30s and anorexic, such a worry. I'm so blessed with my children.

The party broke up about 8 and (because I was fairly careful with the wine) I stayed awake all the way home. A great day.

Because, last night, we were behind a guy who had earlobe plugs (which I thought were only in Africa in the past) and so I looked it up.

"Stretching is not an exact science and should not be taken lightly. There is never any guarantee that your ears will shrink back up. If you are going to stretch, please make sure that you will be comfortable at that size as an old wrinkly person, and with having your children and grandchildren ask you why you have huge holes in your ears."

Exactly my thought.
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Tue, Apr 26th - 10:18PM

April 23: Gareth's Egg Hunt

The Age of Napoleon, p. 327
66.0 miles
cloudy, then a little rain, then clear

100 recordings of 44 types.

Rasmussen: -15: 48/51.

A day early.

I'm .7 pounds up and my BP is high borderline.

The big thing of the day was going to Bernadette's and having an Easter egg hunt for Gareth. I spent a little time with a basket and a couple of empty eggs in the house "training" him, showing him what he should do.  This then worked out well when he went outside for the 9 eggs Rich had "hidden."  Bernadette got some cute pictures.  Me, not so much.

Then, in the house, he opened them and discovered colored goldfish.  Joanna pounced.  She methodically ate every single goldfish. Gareth was quite happy taking the eggs apart.

Tonight we went to Holy Saturday vigil, the Light Service. I just love this.  There were a gazillion people getting baptised, confirmed, even 3 couples getting married.  Lotta grace flying around!  We didn't get home till 11, very very tired.  He is risen! Alleluia!


Illinois spreads the misery.

Heh. Seriously, it was a toad-riding fairy.

Reading: The Age of Napoleon, Will and Ariel Durant, The Bible (1 Machabees), Cancer: The Adventure of Your Life!, Teresa Kalvedage Matthews, The True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, St. Louis Marie de Montfort, The Haj, Leon Uris, Sacramento The Hub, Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, Blue Highways, William Least Heat Moon, Don Quixote.

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Mon, Apr 25th - 10:44PM

April 22: Good Friday

The Age of Napoleon, p. 322
66.0 miles

99 recordings of 42 types.

Rasmussen: -15: 47/53.

I went over to Presentation in the morning to go to the Liturgy of the Hours. They had printouts, and do it a little differently than, say, Father H. did, but I found it
strangely peaceful.  Then I went back at noon for the Good Friday service. The church was crowded. I came home really inspired.

Oh, well, that's all right then.

Budget Talks.

What these selfish spending junkies are doing to future generations is immoral. The US Congress is the most selfish, greediest, most financially reckless organization in human history. They’ve spent 14 trillion they don’t have, and it’s still not enough. Disgusting.
forest on April 22, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Never mind, he's made no mistakes.

Easter Sunrise of My New Life.

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Sun, Apr 24th - 12:14PM

April 21: Holy Thursday

The Age of Napoleon, p. 322
66.0 miles
cloudy, rained last night

97 recordings of 44 types.

Rasmussen: -15: 46/53

I woke up this morning with a horrible headache and stomach cramps. Not a good day to be sick, but fortunately it faded away within an hour.

Today was chemo day. It took a long time, especially as I didn't leave for church.

NLRB sticks its nose into Private Business.  Time to defund!

Dr. 0bama.

Rich took a long nap. I figured, if he slept through the Holy Thursday service, fine, we wouldn't go, but if he remembered it I'd go with him.  When he woke up, he said "You're not going tonight, right?" and then interrupted before I could finish explaining, so I figured yeah, fine, I won't go. Grumble.

Reading: The Age of Napoleon, Will and Ariel Durant, The Bible (1 Machabees), Cancer: The Adventure of Your Life!, Teresa Kalvedage Matthews, The True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, St. Louis Marie de Montfort, Sacramento The Hub, Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, Blue Highways, William Least Heat Moon, Don Quixote.

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Sat, Apr 23rd - 5:32PM

April 20: Geocaching Day

The Age of Napoleon, p. 322
66.0 miles
cloudy, a little rain

92 recordings of 43 types.

Rasmussen: -16: 46/53

Today was the monthly Yuba City geocaching get-together and Rich felt well enough to do a full day of caching. We didn't get started as soon as I'd hoped, though, so I missed Mass for nothing.  Then it was a flurry of forgetting stuff, but finally we were out the door and on our way.  We went up back roads, starting in Lincoln to get a puzzle cache. I looked at a rock at ground zero, turned it over, no cache... but then Rich spied it glued to that very rock. Well hidden!  We couldn't find the next one and it was beginning to rain. I'M SICK OF RAIN!!

It stopped, though, for two more caches in Twelve Bridges, and then we drove up to Wheatland... missed our turn which is ridiculous considering how much time we've spent in Wheatland the last 3 years, and drove up to another road and approached the series from the north instead of the south.  Then found another one (#7600!) and it was lunchtime. ARGH.

So we blew off about 10 others and went onto base. I was busy taking a picture of a U-2 while the gate guard wanted my ID, but we finally got on.  We went to get tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium (turns out being old is just as good as the military discount, but oh well.) Then we went to Burger King (it's not Red Robin but at least it was a burger.) And onward out the north, where we found a big cache then worked our way to Yuba City and a lot of challenge caches. (A challenge cache is at the coordinates, but you have to have found other caches that fit some criteria in order to claim it. I have filled out a lot of grids with ones we qualify for.)

We zigzagged a bit because we were early for the party, and eventually we checked out a whole-foods type grocery, which had some interesting Indian food kits, then the party.  I had a snippy order-taker...
I'd like artisan flat bread with garlic and chicken...
with pepperoni?
NO, garlic and chicken! and I swear I wasn't annoyed, but she got defensive.

and wrong. She told me the only flat bread called artisan was the pepperoni, but the menu lists all three as artisan.  So then I WAS annoyed.

After the party we made another try for one that has been bugging us for almost a year, and Rich came up with the final stage!  Yay.  So we had 26 finds and 1 no-find.  (There was another cache that wasn't there, a puzzle, but the hider let us count it since I got the right answer as to its location.) A very good caching day. And we were home before dark!


Passover. I love this video.

I love this, too, beware of identity theft.

TOM FRIEDMAN, 1999: “ is doomed.” Eventually, perhaps, like all the works of man. But most likely much later than The New York Times, whose business and editorial judgment has been inferior to Amazon’s in recent years.

More Instapundit: 

DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT HISTORY: Obama: “Texas has always been a pretty Republican state, for, you know, historic reasons.”

Apparently, when Obama taught Constitutional Law he never got around to teaching the Texas White (Democratic) Primary cases. Or talking about which side was which in the Civil War . . . .

[Apparently history starts with the birth of The One]

tim maguire said...
    In Obama's America, no one can predict the past.
    4/20/11 7:21 AM

AllenS said...
    It isn't hard to imagine that when little obama went through school, high school and then later on college, that an answer like this would have gotten him an A+ from some Liberal teacher.
    4/20/11 7:34 AM

Instapundit again:
PROFESSOR BAINBRIDGE: When it comes to Presidential authority, Obama’s acting like Bush on steroids. But when it comes to criticisms of Obama, Bush’s critics are acting like they’re on Xanax.

James Taranto: Did the Roe effect sink JoAnne Kloppenburg? (as Instapundit says, the future belongs to those who show up.)

Further down the page...
And this is from Bob Ellison:

    I have a son with Down syndrome. He receives amazingly generous support via Medicaid from Pennsylvania: physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech training. All four of my sons are covered by my own health insurance, and I have to pay occasional copayment fees and other things for all but one: the one with Down syndrome. My insurance plan never pays a dime on him; Pennsylvania pays.

    Twice I have investigated hiring therapists on my own nickel for my son: once for continuity, because he had an excellent therapist, and it takes time to to develop a useful relationship between therapist and subject; and once for extra support, because we wanted more help than Medicaid, generous though it was, could provide. I am wealthy and ready to pay for these things, but that does not help, because my son's therapists work for companies that contract exclusively with the state, and I cannot find alternatives, because the laws and regulations that govern such services make those industries beholden to government-paid systems. The government has created a monopoly; there are almost no workers outside the system.

    In a nutshell, then:

    1. I am wealthy, but I receive welfare.

    2. My one son gets free health care from the state; I have to pay for the other three sons.

    3. The government has frozen out other options.

    Everything about this is wrong: I do not need and should not receive welfare, but I have no choice but to take it, because the workers cannot take my own money. My son with Down syndrome should not be treated as more worthy than my other three sons. And businesses should be free to provide goods and services as they see fit.

President Obama's answer, assuming the Ellisons fit his definition of "millionaires and billionaires" (i.e., household income above $250,000 a year), is to tax them far more heavily so that the government can afford to keep butting into their lives.

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Fri, Apr 22nd - 6:37AM

April 19: Someday I'll Laugh.

The Age of Napoleon, p. 322
65.0 miles

94 recordings of 46 types.

Rasmussen: -17: 48/51

The Bush tax cuts saved the 0bamas 100,000. I hope they donated it to the government!

Heh. In San Francisco, of all places.

Obama doesn’t consult. He announces. (SKYFOX on April 19, 2011 at 8:12 AM)

Why is it that liberals always want to get rid of the one thing that they pay for that is in the constitution?
Cindy Munford on April 19, 2011 at 8:14 AM

Liberals and Tolerance

But those same studies showed liberals to be prone to being influenced, wishy-washy and mercurial, while conservatives are more principled, less narcissistic, tougher negotiators (in a broad sense) and – this is important – better at choosing adjectives to describe the results of “political psychologists’ studies”.


...So is Obama “too tolerant”?  Or has he just turned out to be a weak, wishy-washy leader who squandered an epic mandate?
...Liberals, as we saw in Wisconsin over the winter and on campuses every spring, are not “overtolerant”, to be kind.

They are on the political decline.  They lost in 2010; national reapportionment will weaken them more this year, and demographics don’t favor them in ten years either.  Things are touch-and-go for 2012, but there is a decent chance they lose the Senate.

Liberals aren’t weak because they’re “tolerant”; they’re not, but that’s irrelevant.  Liberals are weak because they are selling a bill of goods that fewer people are buying.

One of the tadpoles has already turned into a frog. I got it out to put in the plants on the front porch. It didn't like it and started hopping across the driveway.  I knew it wouldn't make it, so picked it up and took it to the Gummitch garden.  With luck, it'll do well there and stay out of lawn mowers.

We took about 20 to Bernadette. One or two of them have legs.  Gareth doesn't have a clue, but maybe he'll see something there. The wet space Rich got them from has already dried up.

After we played with the babies for about an hour, we started home. I wanted to go to Red Robin, which is all of a half mile away, so off we started and missed it.  Rich, instead of turning around and looking again, decided first off that it was on Elk Grove instead, so drove 3 or 4 miles to the other freeway, down the freeway, and then the 5 or so miles back to 99.  When it wasn't on the east of that freeway he suddenly "remembered" it was on the east close to Bernadette, so up the road we went and across there and of course it wasn't there, by which time I was so screamingly frustrated I said "just go home."  At the freeway entrance there's a stop sign which he was totally ignoring till I yelled "STOP!" and the badly-packed recycling he picked up from Bernadette pelted us with cans and bottles.

I'm sure someday I'll laugh about all this but right now I feel like yelling. He'll know he's better when I stop smiling sweetly when he's being so g-d irritating.

Red Robin is right where I knew it was and we probably would have seen it if he'd just u-turned the way he usually does and come at it from the other direction. As it was, I had cheese and crackers for lunch. Grumble.

Palin can see Russia from Alaska, and so could you if you were in Alaska, but you're not, so shut up about this Palin Russia thing. At least Palin can make fun of herself, unlike, with all do respect, this thin skinned excuse for a President who lied his way into office.

Palin makes a good point about not cutting money for the missile defense system that will be stationed in Alaska. We need it, and that should be obvious to all but the most naïve of us, like our President. Why is Obama leaving us open to attack? Why is he going around the world apologizing for things that don't need apologized for? And then on top of it, he is being played as a dope by tin horn dictators such as Hugo Chavez, and the President of France (not a dictator).

It kind of makes a person long for the days when we thought that a Patriot like Palin was going to make it to the White House, even if she was only going to be Vice President. But we have who we have, and I guess the best that we can hope for is that he doesn't bankrupt our country or do permanent damage to our military.

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Thu, Apr 21st - 10:16PM

April 18: Now I Have My ABCs

The Age of Napoleon, p. 322
65.0 miles

96 recordings of 46 types.

Rasmussen: -17: 47/52.

So, I pulled out the top shelf of the dishwasher.  No, I mean REALLY.  Suddenly there it was, drooping down on one side, with the dishes still in it. So I managed to put the dishes away and dig out the end piece that had come out, and get the bar re-wound through the wheels and the end piece back on. Fixed.  Incipient disaster... averted.

Pagan was in town so we went out to lunch today, to Tex Wasabi.  This is always fun. Then we went to the next-door Goodwill and THERE THEY WERE!!! The 3 alphabet books I was missing!! Now I have the complete set!! We also went to a Goodwill that has stuff scattered out in bins and I got a couple of other nice things. Yay.

Later in the day, Rich and I went to take the newspapers and a basket to the Wildlife Care Association on base. I was given bad information by Mapquest and we drove around and around till we ended up way on the backside.  And there it was, in the "golf ball."  Had they only said it was in the golfball!!

0bama spoke, S&P downgraded.

President Obama is a fool. He has been given everything in life and never had to earn it and so he is ignorant about how the financial world operates — and is blissfully incurious about the subject.

0bama never said he was opposed to signing statements in all cases.

How do we know if a president’s constitutional objection is legitimate or bogus? Presumptive answer: If the president making the objection is named “Barack Obama,” it’s totally solid.
...talking about signing statements at a townhall meeting on the trail in early 2008, five months after he spoke to the Globe. No equivocation in his answer this time; when standing before the Hopenchange faithful, he was resolute that if the president objects to a provision in a bill on his desk, whether for constitutional reasons or otherwise, his only option was to veto it. Had he taken that advice in this case, it would have forced a government shutdown, which would have struck a blow to the one thing he cares about above all others, i.e. his own reelection. So he did what he normally does in a tough situation and ignored a campaign pledge to his base. Why shouldn’t he? They’ll vote for him anyway.

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Tue, Apr 19th - 10:21PM

April 17: Mental Health Day

The Age of Napoleon, p. 322
65.0 miles
warm, cloudy

89 recordings of 43 types.

Rasmussen: -16: 48/51.
As usual, an impossible choice.

OK, I'm sort of breathing again. I needed a mental health day, so today was it. I skipped church, even. I just wasn't up to all those people, waving palms, the singing, the long Gospel. Tsk.

Sarah's great speech.

Fight like a girl.

Union thugs boo 14-year-old.

Grackle said...
    I am glad to live in Texas. Not only do our schools outperform those of Wisconsin at a fraction of the cost, but we have less tolerance for verbal abuse of girls. Oh, it was 76 degrees and sunny here in Galveston, today.
    4/16/11 11:16 PM

Dictating is easy; Leading is hard.

Best of all, nobody could stop them, and they reveled in it. Look, they said, we can pass this yard-thick bill to take over healthcare -- without even reading it! What are you going to do? Think we should pass a budget bill this year? Think again! Worried about the national debt? Then watch this: WHOOSH!

Fun times, fun times. But they're over now.
...The president is especially glum. The American people -- and worse for him, his own party -- expect him to lead, a rather daunting prospect that includes convincing Republicans to follow. Becoming such a leader cuts strongly against his natural inclinations to vote "present" and say Republicans like to starve Grandma.

Obama took his self-pity public after surveying his present situation and comparing it with that of Hu Jintao. The New York Times reported last month that "Mr. Obama has told people that it would be so much easier to be the president of China."

So much easier. Plus he'd hold the wicked awesome title of "Paramount Leader." How cool would that look on ESPN!

Barack Obama: Jerk? (from 2008)

Nevada irritates geocachers.  We were going to do part of the ET highway last October, but events got in the way, as did the weather. Gary&Vicky just got their 13,000th on rte 66.

Seven Ugly Facts about 0bamanomics.

Reading: The Age of Napoleon, Will and Ariel Durant, The Bible (1 Machabees), Cancer: The Adventure of Your Life!, Teresa Kalvedage Matthews, The True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, St. Louis Marie de Montfort, What Happened in Hamelin, Gloria Skurzynski, Sacramento The Hub, Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, Blue Highways, William Least Heat Moon, Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg, Don Quixote, The Life of Man with God, Thomas Verner Moore, Low-Carb Dieting for Dummies, Katherine B. Chauncey.

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Tue, Apr 19th - 6:57PM

April 16: Ease on Down...

The Age of Napoleon, p. 318
65.0 miles

90 recordings of 43 types.

Rasmussen: -18: 46/53.

I went to church yesterday at St. Philomene, and today at Presentation. I slept in this morning, but made it anyway.

Some of our timber bamboo is dying off. We suspect the neighbors of poisoning it... at least up to the property line and then it spread. Sigh. At least Rich's fascination with the stuff (20 years ago he spent a lot of time watching it grow) seems to be over.

We went caching in the Pocket area and picked up the caches that were formerly underwater, and 5 others.  Then I felt like my strings had been cut and Rich was tired, so we came home.  Then tonight we went over to Sac State to watch The Wiz.  This musical involves Richard Bay puppets. He's retiring this year, and I had to see this.  He's one of my favorite professors, and I treasure the comment he put on my scrapbook for Advanced Puppetry: "I wish all my students were like you."

For some reason, I'd thought he was older than I am.  I should have twigged when he was a Girl Scout parent at the same event I was one, but still. Back when we first got here, I would take the kids to library or park puppet shows put on by him and I thought that when they grew up and went to CSUS, they should take his classes. They grew up and went elsewhere, but *I* went to CSUS and thought "hey! Why not?" Great fun!  I have tried through the years to go to his shows: I liked "Midsummer Nights' Dream" and loved "The Thousand Cranes" (done with the Jesuit drama teacher) and hated "the Ring."  Always interesting, though.

We saw him and spoke to him, also the Jesuit guy, and a couple of people from St. Philomene.  I enjoyed the musical. The dancing was fantastic and the students have a lot of singing talent. 

No, I won't fly.

Governor Walker gets the deficit lowest in 15 years.

GM Stock down.  Quelle suprise.

I also include my own analysis on video of the disastrous Obama Volt. Plus there's the Obama Cruze where the steering wheels actually fall off. Reminiscent of those old Soviet car factories that produced all those cars they couldn't sell, or the hilarious Commie-built Yugo. ObamaCare will work something like that. You'll go in to the hospital to get your tonsils removed and come out of surgery missing a leg.

Reading: The Age of Napoleon, Will and Ariel Durant, The Bible (1 Machabees), Cancer: The Adventure of Your Life!, Teresa Kalvedage Matthews, The True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, St. Louis Marie de Montfort, Sacramento The Hub, Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, Blue Highways, William Least Heat Moon, Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg, Don Quixote, The Life of Man with God, Thomas Verner Moore, Low-Carb Dieting for Dummies, Katherine B. Chauncey.

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Sun, Apr 17th - 9:54PM

April 15: Rest Day

The Age of Napoleon, p. 318
65.0 miles

93 recordings of 43 types.

Rasmussen: -15: 48/51.


41% approve. Who ARE these idiots?

New Tone

Laffer: it took Jimmy Carter to give us Ronald Reagan, so just imagine how great a President we'll have after 0bama!

Poor 0bama faces a grueling day today.

“I can't take a walk," whined the most powerful person in the world, who spent $745 million of other people's money to get into that White House detention center.

As a sign of his sincere sadness, Obama will ride his presidential 747 with the bedroom and shower to Chicago today.Obama Button

And there in a desperate bid for privacy Obama will attend and speak at not one, not two, but three political fundraisers for his Democratic National Committee. Including one in the stylish Grand Ballroom out on Navy Pier.
A billion bucks. Think, a president once suggested, what that kind of money could do for the most vulnerable members of our society.

But it's more important right now that sum goes to people like television station owners for the broadcast and cable time to convince Americans over the remaining 572 days that they should disregard Obama's profound desire to return to private life in that faux Hyde Park.


Signing Statement, keeping the czars.

Such is The One’s personal awesomeness that he can order the bombing of Libya without so much as a heads up to the legislature in advance. Surely he wasn’t about to be tripped up by a duly enacted bill that dares to cut off the money he uses for his auxiliary cabinet.

I have to say, of all the Bush policies recycled by Obama, this one’s my favorite just because it’s such a gratuitous offense to his base. You can spin many of the others on expediency grounds — he had to ramp up the drone strikes in Pakistan to crack down on terrorists, he had to keep Gitmo military tribunals going because the Republicans tied his hands — but this one’s pretty much a pure no-apologies betrayal. The bad news: Legally, it’s highly dubious. The good news: It should provoke another classic what-happened-to-the-Barack-I-knew Andrew Sullivan lament.
Remember, one of the big advantages of using “czars” is that they perform cabinet-type functions without being subjected to cabinet-type confirmation hearings. Which means, in this case, not only is he reserving his right to skirt congressional scrutiny of important appointees, he’s reserving his right to force Congress to pay for it by ignoring their own funding strictures. He’s been using signing statements for a long time now, but I’m not sure there’s ever been an example this egregious.

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Sun, Apr 17th - 2:31PM

April 14: Good News!

The Age of Napoleon, p. 318
65.0 miles
cloudy, cool

92 recordings of 43 types.

Rasmussen: -15: 49/50.

Yay, happy dance, whew, smile, HOORAY!!!!!! The chemo (and/or the mother's milk) is working, the tumors are shrinking!!!!

The day started with me having some odd dreams, and I'm sure they were related to the underlying worry about getting the CT scan results today. I dreamt that Joanna's arm and shoulder were somehow loose and we couldn't get her all cuddled properly.  That one was because my arm and shoulder hurt from sleeping wrong.  But the problem I was having with Gareth's ID paperwork?  That had to be worry.

We got a really slow nurse for chemo... I said she was a short-timer and Rich called her a ROADie (retired on active duty.)  In any case, we were there 2.5 hours before we finally saw the doctor.  "I imagine you'd like to know the results of the scan." "You think?" Once he told us the tumors were shrinking, I felt like the weight of the world was off my shoulders.  I feel like I've been holding my breath for two months and like I've forgotten how to breathe.  I have been especially worried with Rich's cough and the laryngitis, worried that the tumors had grown and the cancer had spread.

I called Bernadette right away, took a little longer to notify the others.

In the afternoon I met Bernadette and Gareth at the library for a show by Act!vated Storytellers. I have admired these people for years and have been wanting Bernadette to see them.  Gareth had some books before the show.  He even sat on a mat for a few minutes, then got up to wander.  I took him into my lap and he watched the first story. He laughed and laughed when they were throwing clothes around.  The second show was long and he got bored: "go home byebye car Ford." Still, I think this was a success.

Happy happy joy joy!

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Sat, Apr 16th - 8:14AM

April 13: Birthdays!

The Age of Napoleon, p. 318
65.0 miles
cloudy, cool

92 recordings of 46 types.

Rasmussen: -15: 48/51

Nothing too exciting today.  Bernadette was going to go to Fairy Tale Town in the morning but the weather was just too awful. It even rained a little.

We went over to Bernadette's to take her and Joanna their birthday pressies: Bernadette's a secondhand one since Gerhard never used it... a graduation kit from Miskatonic University.  Joanna got some chicken and birdie toys and books. She was sleepy and finally got put to bed, where she cried herself to sleep.  Gareth was totally charming, not that I'm at all biased. Rich mowed Bernadette's lawn, since she's hoping to work on clearing it out for Gareth's birthday. The first "chain saw day" is Saturday. Joan went out to the store but didn't come back with ice cream, or cupcakes, or anything.  Too bad. So we came home.

Birthday Girls


The 2011 March For Life had close to 400,000 in attendance on a cold winters day in February and the mass media barely even covered it but Planned Parenthood has a estimated 4,000 in attendance on a warm spring day and they make a big deal about it.

They make me sick.

It really is amazing how all the drawbacks and pitfalls that the Founders spoke about and were afraid of, have all come true and are the wrecking balls of the Republic. Party system, foreign entanglements, central bank, professional politicians, an entitlement mentality. But what did all those dead white guys know?????

retiredeagle on April 12, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Scott Ott
Sen. Graham ended 2010 with $2.8 million in his campaign war chest, after spending $5.89 million. Now he's threatening to hijack the senate agend over a $40,000 study for the Port of Charleston. How many phone calls do you think it would take for Graham to privately fund the study?

It's a real shame Lindsay Graham was reelected.

5 Things that will happen to you when America Goes Bankrupt.

Yet, when you leave generalities, get down to specifics, and start looking for programs to cut, then suddenly everyone gets nervous and says, “never mind.” It’s like the old saying, “Everyone wants to go to heaven, but no one wants to die.”
... people have to realize that this country is on pace to go bankrupt — and it could happen relatively soon if we don’t start taking serious steps to control our spending. Mike Pence thinks we could be just ten to fifteen years away. Tom Coburn is less optimistic and thinks it could happen in as little as five years. If that happens, we’re not a tiny country like Greece — we’re the biggest economy in the world. That means there’s no cavalry coming to pay our bills for us because we ARE the cavalry.
... We cannot tax the rich enough to pay off our debt or even enough to keep the government going long-term. Even if we could, the rich have the resources to flee the country for greener pastures if they’re being taxed into oblivion. The middle class? Not so much.

Captain Quixote

In Philadelphia when one man dared to ask about the rising price of gas for his commute, the president suggested he trade-in for a new car. This from the green president who took a 17-vehicle motorcade of limos and SUVs to admire clean cars last month. Not even one symbolic electric job.

THIS illustrates what quite a number of us were saying the day the deal was reached? I am so mad right now!!!

RINOs always think they are the smartest bunch in the room, the great compromisers, the realists,… yet they are ALWAYS played for fools by the Democrats!!! On the other hand, Conservatives/Tea Partiers who have been labeled as rubes and simpletons have been proved right over and over again! But do our elites learn?? No way!

It’s time to throw down a gauntlet! Our leaders must prepare to put their jobs on the line:

1. If a RINO is nominated on the GOP ticket (ala McCain) and goes on to lose, the party should ensure that it fires ALL the current strategists and never run the preferred candidates of the Beltway again!

2. Boehner/McConnell and the current crop of leaders should be prepared to RESIGN if they end up sustaining losses because of depressed GOP turnout in the next election cycle!!

And by the way, who thought it a wise idea to maintain the SAME crop of leaders who managed to lose the White House, the Senate and the House in two election cycles??

TheRightMan on April 12, 2011 at 5:56 PM Pennsylvanians now souring on 0bama.


    The president, as David Plouffe said yesterday, regrets that vote and thinks it was a mistake. He realizes now that raising the debt ceiling is so important to the health of this economy that it is not a vote that even when you are protesting an administration’s policies you can play around with.

Lots of girls and guys did things back in the day that they also consider mistakes. They didn’t want to be punished with the consequences of a baby, so they aborted it. Nowadays, Obamalogic dictates that the flirting around with limiting the debt ceiling then was akin to a one-night stand, and they’re merely trying to abort the consequences of it several years later. It is, as Planned Parenthood says, only ‘healthy’ you know…../

ted c on April 13, 2011 at 8:13 AM

I was reading the messages backwards, and it sounds like my brother is fomenting revolution. This country is in a heck of a mess. Actually, he was talking about going to the Union-backed rally that sounds a lot like a Tea Party one.

Flip Flop
During the Bush years, despite the 2000 Recession, the attacks on 9-11, the stock market scandals, Hurricane Katrina, and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush Administration was able to reduce the budget deficit from 412 billion dollars in 2004 to 162 billion dollars in 2007, a sixty percent drop. In 2004 the federal budget deficit was 412 billion dollars. In 2005 it dropped to 318 billion dollars. In 2006 the deficit dipped to 248 billion dollars. And, in 2007 it fell below 200 billion to 162 billion dollars. During the Bush years the average unemployment rate was 5.2 percent, the economy saw the strongest productivity growth in four decades and there was robust GDP growth. This was due to the Bush tax cuts.

Proof that I have a better grasp of reality than the AP.

All fact-checkers still assigned to Palin case. ...MassVictim on April 13, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Winging it.

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Fri, Apr 15th - 8:42PM

April 12: A Day Out With Bernadette

The Age of Napoleon, p. 318
65.0 miles
cloudy, colder

91 recordings of 40 types. (And I discovered all the Tudors I was holding onto were repeats. Rats. I was looking forward to watching Jane Seymour as Queen.)

Rasmussen: -18: 46/54

Poor Baby!

Bernadette came by and took me out to the SPCA book sale again.  This time I remembered my big cloth bag, which is sort of the limit, too.  I found a few more kids' books, including Harry the Dirty Dog (if I already have it, no worries, it'll get used) and a Thornton W. Burgess, and a couple of Arch books (Bible stories.) I got myself an Anthony Trolloppe which I may already have. Like I have time to read them. I'm still partway through three series: Aubrey/Maturin, a re-read of Harry Potter, and the Diana Gabaldon books. I got an M.F.K. Fisher, and two more Bill Brysons, because I enjoyed his Australia book so much. but mostly I got some mysteries and histories. And since I have been re-reading, after all of a year, an Isabel Dalhousie book by Alexander McCall Smith, I got the third book. I also got a kid's cookbook that looks good for Roni's kids. It's got a play-dough recipe and one for fingerpaints I'll have to copy out first. I actually got out with more books, but for less money than I spent the other day. One woman offered me another bag and I refused.  She also pointed out the dollar-a-bag sale at the end... but, people, who's going to give me the time??

After that, B. and I had lunch in Fair Oaks Village and admired all the chickens running around, and then we went clear out to Madison and Hazel to a county office so she could get the kids' birth certificates. I was stunned at how fast that was: I'd pictured a few weeks' wait for them to come in the mail, but no, they were printed out and in B's hands as soon as she paid. Impressive.

Then it took almost an hour to wend our way home through all the traffic.  Once Bernadette left, Rich and I took off for Fairfield where there was a geocaching party.  We found 4 caches along the way but didn't have time to go for more.  It's been a long time since we've seen these people, since they usually have their parties on Tuesdays, and Rich had Sharing God's Bounty that night.  The food was mediocre and the service sucked, and we didn't get anything wonderful from the raffle, but still, it was fun.

Rob's mother is going to come and babysit during WorldCon so Bernadette and Rob can go to Reno and really enjoy themselves. The initial plan, before Rich got sick, was that we would be going to Reno and helping to take care of the kiddies.  This is much better! Yay!

The budget deal:
Charlie Sheen Republicans.

US Spending Showdown Details

What's Cut and What's Not.

Two Programs and Four Czars eliminated.

The Anchoress has a  nice post. "The polarized factions within our Church are, it seems to me, a little viper-bitten, like our Israelite ancestors."

Will 0bama drink his tea?

In fact, there is no budget.

There is a simply a long list of spending and entitlements all set to service some special interest group, without any regard for the government’s revenue.
For every $3 the taxpayers give President Obama, he spends $5.

The president and his party are like kids in a candy store who want everything and they want it now, now, now.

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Thu, Apr 14th - 7:44PM

April 11: Library Day

The Age of Napoleon, p. 318
65.0 miles

94 recordings of 37 types.

Rasmussen: -20: 44/55.

Rich was out collecting cans and softballs, and it was Library Day, so I walked over, 2.25 miles.  I'm older than I used to be and it took longer than it used to. The kids and parents were already in place: Gareth was running around while Miss Barbera was reading a story.  He didn't settle to play with clay or color today.  He has, I see, finally figured out how to sit on the riding toy and push it. Only a year or so late. I bet Joanna figures it out sooner!

Gareth managed to spill his bowl of puffs, but he ran around with a cookie in each hand, so he was good.

Bernadette asked one lady when she was due... late April, with twins, but they aren't hers, she's a surrogate. That's a gift above and beyond the call of duty!

When it was time to leave Gareth shouted, unprompted, "SANK YOU!" then ran over to say goodbye to Miss Barbera, then ran out the door when someone opened it. I tried to chase him and these idiot other moms wouldn't get out of the way. He was out the library door and halfway up the stairs to the parking lot by the time I caught up with him!

Then we went to lunch at La Rosa Blanca. We were there when they opened.  Gareth had a booster seat. He clouded up and cried a little when told he had to wait, and later when he was told he had to wait for us to finish, but he cheered up quickly with a little attention.  Bernadette didn't get a bite cool enough for Joanna and she really cried and then didn't want to take another bite, but once it was forced in she dug in gladly.  On the whole, the kids were great. 


Then I had B. drop me off at the corner, so that Gareth wouldn't think he was visiting here.  Tired at the end of the day!

Rich had been out on his trike, then bowling, and he wanted to go to the Commissary and I said "nap first."  Let's not overdo like we have been. But on the whole, he seems to feel better.

Tonight I finally got around to bleaching my teeth again. Though I didn't. It's been sitting a long time and I think has gotten stronger, a, and I got too much on and hurt my gums, b.  I only lasted a couple of minutes and I thought at first I'd completely ruined my gums, they were white.  However, a few hours returned the pink color. I'll have to get a new pack, but I want to wait till I'm sure I have time to do it.

GOP's winning streak.

Here’s the unvarnished pitch House Speaker John Boehner would love to make to his conservative critics if he could just let it fly: “You are winning, and winning decisively. So stop your whining.”

And here’s the unvarnished truth about that pitch: Boehner would be spot on.

[Yeah, a lot of conservatives are letting the perfect be the enemy of the good.]

A hybrid van? More from Instapundit

    Putting the political aspects — a foreign-owned wind farm employing 800 people at the same site which used to employ 8,000 with US Steel, the merits of having more than a single designer baby in one’s comfortable middle age, the idea that the President thinks there are a lot of 8mpg vehicles out there — it does make one wonder: Why doesn’t anybody make a hybrid van? Is there any reason that Toyota sells two entirely different Hybrid Synergy Drive systems in their Camry-based SUVs but doesn’t offer one in the Camry-based Sienna? What about Nissan? Hyundai? Could the Escape’s powertrain move a Flex?

    And those are all so-called “mini” vans. Surely the Tahoe Hybrid’s two-mode system could also shove a Chevrolet Express Van down the road to church. Mercedes has been showing a diesel hybrid Sprinter for some time. Why not put hybrid drivetrains in the vehicles where they could do some of the most “good”? In the meantime, families approaching the five-passenger Prius limit may want to consider purchasing the most effective birth control method known to man: a “World Of Warcraft” subscription.


Boehner says there are great differences between him and 0bama.
the new path for engagement doesn’t appear to include Reid or the Senate. As I wrote over the weekend, that is one consequence of not providing a budget, and for abdicating leadership to the White House. In the Beltway power triumvirate, Reid has become the modern Marcus Aemillius Lepidus.


A scary thought experiment.

David Burge Taxes are the price we pay for civilization. And also, unionized government child molesters.

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Tue, Apr 12th - 10:40PM

April 10: SPCA Booksale

The Age of Napoleon, p. 318
62.5 miles

88 recordings of 37 types.

Rasmussen: -18: 45/54.

This 0bamateurism was too easy: his Marie Antoinette moment.

Rich seems to feel better. He went to Mass, and afterwards drove me to the SPCA booksale, then went to buy tomatoes and pepper plants himself. I had fun at the booksale, mostly with the kids' books. I got some Eric Carles for Gareth, and some Junie B.s for Joanna (in the future.) I also got a Toddler Activity book for Bernadette. 

I have poison oak. Again. It's like Monica's severe allergy if she gets within 100 feet of the stuff finally came to me, because while I saw PO last Saturday and stepped on it, I didn't touch the stuff nor did I pick up my shoes. It's on my face, back of the neck, inner thigh, both wrists, one on the back of my right hand and a bit at my waist. I hate this. Well, let's see if this time I can get rid of it before 3 weeks have passed.

I called the lady who gave Rich a year's worth of Masses to thank her.  And my dear uncle called from Wyoming to find out how Rich is doing.  Not too bad, he mowed the lawn front and back!!

Gas was $1.61 a gallon when George Bush left office.

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Mon, Apr 11th - 9:06PM

April 9: Lodi Party

The Age of Napoleon, p. 318
62.5 miles

90 recordings of 39 types.

Rasmussen: -17: 46/53

I'm 1.1 pounds down from last week, with high borderline blood pressure.

So we did go to Lodi, and had a good time seeing people.  Or at least Rich did. I avoided people quite a bit, but had some nice conversations with many of them.  I learned how to read a QR code (not that we actually can) and got the coordinates for one puzzle cache. Rich said at the end that he had a limited shelf life, and I said "I dunno, I think you're spoiled." Heh. We got 9 other caches both before and after, and didn't find one, which is actually gone.  We took some brats home and that was dinner. I definitely overate.

Strangely detached from reality.

If you worry about government cutting too much...

Boehner gets $39B, Reid gets Nothing.

Boehner did have something going for him: a completely incompetent White House. The errors include never having an alternative short-term continuing resolution on the table (letting the GOP’s short-term CR be the only “stop the shutdown” document out there for two days); not stepping in to signal that the troops would be paid in some fashion; issuing an incomprehensible veto threat with no alternative; overestimating Boehner’s need to get the Planned Parenthood rider; and underestimating Boehner’s ability to make this about the most popular issue (cutting the deficit). These major White House errors compounded the error of never getting a 2011 budget done when there were large Democratic majorities in the House and the Senate.

(A lot of people are unhappy, but they probably shouldn't be.)

Fear of a Government Shutdown is Proof that Government is too big.

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Sun, Apr 10th - 10:03PM

April 8: Stressed

The Age of Napoleon, p. 318
62.2 miles
cloudy, cool

90 recordings of 36 types.

Rasmussen: -13: 47/52.

If his lips are moving...

This morning I went to Bernadette's to pick up the Harry and David goodies her mother-in-law brought for us. Wow what a lot of food!  I was happy to see the grandkids, I've missed them. Gareth was clingy but lethargic: in fact Bernadette was carrying him on her back when I drove up.  Joan brought a Very Hungry Caterpillar and a Happy Ladybug for the kids, so cute!

In the afternoon we went caching again, this time down by Cal Expo.  We tried for 6 caches and got 5.  The other one we couldn't go after because of a gardener. Oh, well. One was kind of cute: it's called "gobble gobble state fair" and the text is all about turkeys... the cache is a turkey baster! Not what I was expecting at all!

Rich wants to go to the Lodi event tomorrow. He's still coughing though it seems a bit better, and his voice is still gone. I don't think I'm in a party mood. And I'm definitely stressed, doing a lot but not enough, everything's getting ahead of me, we don't have anything ready for the potluck (we'll take chips), no meat.  When he asked if we were doing anything for it, by which he meant was I looking up caches, I lost it. It didn't help that one of the things I did was collect the plastic bottles for recycling and, according to Rich, didn't do it right. Argh!

I was better after a little nap myself.

It'd sure be nice (well, maybe not) if they'd do their job!

The House passed a full-year budget weeks ago, HR1, which was rejected by the Senate on the same day that a Democratic-leadership-approved budget also failed — by a wider margin than the GOP plan.

Normally, when a House plan fails in the Senate, the Senate passes its own budget plan in response.  The two chambers then form a conference committee to reach a compromise that produces a budget.  However, this process requires that the Senate actually approve a budget on its own.   Since voting down HR1 and the Democratic plan, the Senate hasn’t done anything — which means it has gone more than 18 months without approving a budget of some kind.

Democrats under the bus, and they don't like it.

William Johnston
Lee has a point! The dumocrats had both houses & the Whitehouse & didn't think a budget was worth their time, now they are digging their heels in & blame the Tea Party for the impass, NONSENSE!

It's hard not to gloat.

Say WHAT??
put it another way, why don’t centrist Democrats take back their party from the Pelosi wing that’s rocketing us towards a fiscal apocalypse?
    Planned Parenthood performed 332,278 abortions in the United States in 2009, according to a fact sheet the group published last month.

    That is about as many as the 333,012 people who lived in the city of Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2009, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

    The 332,278 abortions Planned Parenthood performed over the 365 days of 2009 equals an average of 910 lives terminated per day–or about 38 per hour, or one every 95 seconds.

So what HAS Congress been doing?

WIND POWER: Even Worse Than You Thought: “A new analysis of wind energy supplied to the UK National Grid in recent years has shown that wind farms produce significantly less electricity than had been thought, and that they cause more problems for the Grid than had been believed.” Oh, goody. Plus this: “High electricity prices worsen the case for electric transport, electric heating and electric industry, so there are reasons to dislike windfarms even from a carbon-emissions point of view. There would be little point going to partially-wind electricity if the effect is to drive people more and more into using fossil fuels wherever possible. But that’s the way we’re headed.”

Shutdown averted:

Blogger EDH said... Well, am I the only one relieved that they finally agreed how to arrange those deck chairs?

Blogger Lincolntf said...    Great. In exchange for alloowing more African-Americans to be dissolved in the womb, Obama is willing to pay the soldiers he's sending to war. What a swell guy.
    Can't wait for 2012.

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Fri, Apr 8th - 10:55PM

April 7: Caching Again

The Age of Napoleon, p. 315
62.2 miles
partly cloudy, cooler

92 recordings of 38 types.

Rasmussen: -14: (who ARE these 23% strong approvers??!?) 47/52

Let them eat cake.

Obama fills the role of clueless aristocrat by telling a man who explains that he can’t afford to fill his gas tank at current prices that he should instead buy a new car.

Bernadette did the credits for Iolanthe. I'd hoped to embed them, but it didn't work.

I went to Mass at the Retreat House. It's my last time in Lent, and because it wasn't a chemo day I stuck around afterwards, but didn't get to talk to anyone. Pity, I wanted to.

Rich felt well enough to do some caching today.  First off we went to the final for a puzzle I did. This puzzle was all well done: called "Date with Insanity" and the clues all were synonyms for crazy, with the final on Date Street.

Then we headed over to the former air base and found 3, couldn't find one, and couldn't get at the one up a tree. (Maybe when Vince comes.) Rich was tired when we got home, but not flat-out exhausted.

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Fri, Apr 8th - 1:49PM

April 6: Not Doing Anything?

The Age of Napoleon, p. 311
62.2 miles
partly cloudy

93 recordings of 41 types.

Rasmussen: -15: 48/51.

Gareth apparently picked something up on the Museum trip last Wednesday. (The last good day we actually had.) He got sick, then the grownups got sick, and finally, now, Joanna.  This involves fever as well as general yuckiness. Bernadette thought maybe Rich's cough was that, but no, I think it's lung cancer.

Last week was so nice. Gareth was so good and it was so much fun to take him there.

Rich came out this morning and said "we aren't going anywhere."  Fine. I'd thought of a few caches that weren't far away, but if he's not up to it, we don't need to do it. So imagine my surprise when he came in in the afternoon and said "let's go." I really wasn't ready, and we agreed to go out tomorrow instead.  He'd actually meant that he wasn't going on his rounds this morning.

0bama and the budget fight.
one would have to believe that Obama is just itchin’ to get into this budget fight … six months after the bill was due, and four months after his party last had control of the House and Senate combined.  That was certainly the message Obama tried sending yesterday with his curiously belated ire over a Congress that fails to pass a budget.  No one could recall Obama getting this excited when Nancy Pelosi couldn’t be bothered to produce a budget with a 77-seat majority, but some people take longer to engage than others, I suppose....
Apparently, in this all-important fight, it’s more critical for Obama to lend Sharpton some political credibility than to demonstrate personal leadership on a budget his own party should have produced more than six months ago.

Fleebagger in chief.

On April 6th, 2011 at 9:32 am, letget said:
I agree, bho is the worse president we have had, period! The only thing bho is interested in is getting his face on the tube, getting on AF1 as often as possible, golf, vacations, cratering our Republic, and campaigning!

The "neutral" media.

On April 6th, 2011 at 9:50 am, shimauma2 said:
Bravely Bold ser barry set forth from Camelot, he was not afraid of Republicans, oh brave ser barry, he was not at all afraid to be scolded in nasty ways, brave brave brave brave ser barry….oh look, he’s scampered…

Brave ser barry ran away!!

On April 6th, 2011 at 11:15 am, Flyoverman said:
Leadership? Obama could not lead my dog to a pork chop.

On April 6th, 2011 at 12:14 pm, Captain Blasto said:
Don’t blame him for leaving town.
Obama’s approval ratings have gotten so low that the Kenyans are accusing him of being born in America.

On April 6th, 2011 at 12:26 pm, sport02 said:
If the government shuts down can Obama still fly around on AF1 or play golf? Taking those perks of the job away from Obama might make him finally get serious about fixing the budget deficit.

On April 6th, 2011 at 12:43 pm, Mister P said:
Watching Obama yesterday I was happy to see his arrogance. He was pushing the GOP towards the Tea Party by being obnoxious. Obama is like a recruiter for the conservative movement. Then he demands a talk at the White House only to disappear himself. What a dufus.

You guys do it.

Whether it comes to budgets, stimulus packages, his own health-care overhaul objective, or war against Libya, Obama’s really only interested in starting projects, and usually can’t be found when the heavy lifting starts.

Glenn Beck leaving show.
I know I stopped watching him, too scary and depressing.

Professor Jones also suggests that it takes a fair amount of mental energy to unpack Beck’s various conspiracy theories, and some viewers may have tired of that.

SO wrong.

Should Congressmen Fear the Tea Party?

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Fri, Apr 8th - 12:19AM

April 5: sreleetS Blanket

Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he
sacrifices money in order to recuperate his health. And then he is so
anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result
being that he does not live in the present or the future. He lives as if he
is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived. ---
Dalai Lama

The Age of Napoleon, p. 308
62.2 miles

91 recordings of 37 types.

Rasmussen: -16: 47/52.

Rich went out on his softball rounds this morning.  This takes longer than it used to, and last week I went looking for him because I was worried. Today I wasn't, till he got home, totally exhausted and gray looking.  He wore himself out.

He mostly slept the rest of the day, and Nick's parents came by with a Steelers lap blanket that M. had made.  It's made of fleece material tied together, and the funny thing is she turned the Steelers fabric inside out, so it's backwards. Neither of them noticed, which is fortunate. I could redo it, but that sounds far too much like work, and the mistake has its own charm. Heh.

Rasmussen on 0bama's re-election prospects.

Guantanamo and Military Tribunals

A flipperoo that takes the White House of hope and change right back to the anti-terror detention policies of -- OMG, look! -- it's George W. Bush, whose "failed policies" Obama embraced this week. So, does that now make Obama's abandoned policies the new failure?

Would you allow that AG then to blame Congress for reflecting the people's well-polled will that they want no Guantanamo inmates on the mainland?

Since at the time that Congress barred spending on such civilian trials, both houses were overwhelmingly controlled by your own Democratic Party, whose members loyally voted for your unpopular healthcare bill. Which sent dozens to their political doom in Nov. 2's midterm elections?

As a proud Nobel Peace Prize winner, would you officially begin seeking a second four-year term as commander-in-chief within a month of launching a third war of.... for possibly courageous but clearly incompetent rebels of unknown allegiance in Libya and by deferring leadership of the world's most formidable military force there to Europeans including, how you say, the French?

...If you like a federal government looking sometimes as far as 21 days into the future, Obama and Biden are your kinda guys.

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Thu, Apr 7th - 6:02AM

April 4: A Little Better

The Age of Napoleon, p. 308
62.2 miles

93 recordings of 37 types.

Rasmussen: -14: 48/51

Our neighbor brought over some bits and bobs for Rich to eat last night. Nice of her.

Today he felt better and went over to talk to his bowling friends and out for his CTscan. I sure hope this shows shrinkage or at the very least stasis.  But the cough is scary.

After his nap we went out for one cache, which completed the "shape" challenge.  It's the only "cylinder" in the area, though if we'd looked harder in Honolulu 6 years ago we might have found a different one. OK, now all we have to do is go sign the log on that cache.  Yesterday I also located the appropriate cache for the challenge I had to re-do, so now we can count it.

0bama's campaign launch
(Morrissey says it's like an ED ad!)

Pawlenty's response to 0bama.

You know, the first thing I think of every morning and the last thing at night, is what new awfulness will he do next?

Since we have no other use for the money, 0bama wants to buy more federal land.

The only difference between Bush and 0bama is that 0 is a liar.

EXCUSE ME??? More so than exercising poor judgement in the first place Holder should now be FIRED for saying that he allowed "Politics" to influence his judgement. If he doesn't understand that his primary job as US Attorney General is to uphold the "Rule of Law" then he has no business being in the position in the first place!!!

I do think he's about the worst AG ever. 

I was browsing around the Lancaster area, and I discovered a series of caches that spells out "No Clue." I found that interesting, till I discovered the 80+ dinosaur ones! This is near the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve, which isn't that spectacular this year, they say.

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Wed, Apr 6th - 6:10AM

April 3: Uh-oh!

The Age of Napoleon, p. 308
62.2 miles

101 recordings of 37 types.

Rasmussen: -16: 45/53

My VCR still thinks the time changes in April, so I glanced over and it was 6, oh no, my watch stopped, we have to get going (we were going to 7:30 Mass so we could go to Charlotte's birthday party in San Jose), I have to get Rich up, let me check the kitchen clocks... oh, wait, never mind. I go through this every year in April and October!

Then, when Rich did get up, he announced (croaked, actually) that he wasn't going to church. Uh-oh. He has only missed church four or so times all the years we've been married. So I went on my own.  The 7:30 is sparse, and they don't really sing, so I did my best.  I brought home some doughnuts for Rich. I looked at him and said I really didn't think we should go, so we called Monica.  She seems more distraught at her cabin deck falling, because she wants to ski one more time this season.

He slept almost all day and I fretted. By the end of the day, Rich was feeling a little better.

Playing politics?  What a shock!

The winners of the 0bamacare lottery are not the taxpayers.


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Tue, Apr 5th - 3:38PM

April 2: Long Frustrating Day

The Age of Napoleon, p. 308
62.2 miles
60s, windy

103 recordings of 39 types (and only 3 Law&Orders left)

Rasmussen: -16: 47/52

I'm .1 pounds down for this week, with high borderline blood pressure.

Audubon Canyon Ranch, in West Marin County, opened a couple of weeks ago, only on weekends, and we've been wanting to go.  Today the weather looked like it would be a good idea, so off we went.

I'd located an earth cache at Hunter Hill, the rest area, so that was our first stop. Then on through Novato to the Marin French Cheese Company where we tasted stuff and bought cheese.  We got three packs of "quark" (cream cheese) for the price of two, and a couple of wedges of the Marin Gold cheese, and some crackers.  And the cache wasn't there.  So onward to the coast and Highway 1 and the preserve.

Which was nice, but a bit of a disappointment. The egrets have only started to come in, so there are no eggs never mind chicks yet.  The great blue herons have gone elsewhere, too.  We walked (puff, pant), up to the overlook and Rich had a good time talking to the docent while I took movies. Then we walked up the trail a short way, puff, pant, to look at a lightning tree.  Eventually we probably saw it, then came back down.  We left at 1:40.

On into Bolinas and lunch at the Coast Cafe where we've been before. An unusual sign for Bolinas: "Hippies use back door, no exceptions." I had a version of eggs benedict only with tomato and avocado, Rich had over easy eggs and sausage. Some young people near us were discussing Japan. Elsewhere in town is "Calm-o-Dee."

Then we went to Agate Beach.  We didn't find the cache there, sulk, but we did get some agates.  This was the main reason Rich wanted to come here, so we stayed almost 90 minutes, with the wind blowing and blowing.  (Rich has later said this might have been a mistake.) We also got some shells, especially some broken, eroded ones that look a lot like dinosaur skulls, maybe useful for a future collage. (I may have some plans for the granddaughters in July, if they stay.) I managed to trip on the way back to the car and cut my hand.

Then it was time to cache! It was nearly 5, so the caches were on the way home.  Only, we didn't find two, despite a long look, and decided we had to really get going whether we found the next one or not.  We did, finally. It kind of looks like it was a bad hair day for the GPSr, as the final find took a long time to zero in on.  We did finally get it at 5:30.

OK, the plan was to go to Novato and pick one up there, then go home. Only, about a mile outside of Pt. Reyes station, the road was blocked. A guy had been honking at us but we didn't know why: I was taking a picture of the recycled art work but we were out of traffic.  Apparently he was warning us about the accident ahead.  So we turned around and took a long, winding, trafficked 31-mile detour. And straight home, where the dog was delerious with joy to see us. The bypass was really pretty with the water reflecting the sunset. It was a nice-enough day, I guess, but frustrating and exhausting, too.

DSC03008     Plastic Bottles Sunset Reflected in the Yolo Bypass


How many times did the WTF president say "I" in that speech?

Heh. First time I've actually enjoyed Weiner.

Sigh, I was going to clean out the pink bedroom this week, and I didn't even open the door.

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Mon, Apr 4th - 9:20AM

April 1: March Summary

The Age of Napoleon, p. 308
59.1 miles

100 recordings of 40 types.

Rasmussen: -17: 45/55

Rich's stats last month:



























And: Whiffle baseball, Nissan emblem, Toro wheels emblem, 2 tokens, small glass bottle, die, split ring, ball bearing scrunchie, glass beads, magic box, ball bearing, lug nut, 2 sockets, pen, driver bit, 2 safety bolts, steel ball cap.  [Obviously, the bad weather really cut down on things.]

 For me, 10.0 miles in March (ick), .4 pounds up, 86 pages. Last month I read 3 books,
 0 movies, 2 plays, 14 Masses.

We found 28 (boo!) caches last month, and we're at 7557.  We're 209th in the world and 15th locally. Since we went up locally, I can only assume some people haven't been logging.

I did no proofing at all last month. Again. I'm in 1004th (out of 34890 proofers) place in the first proofing round, with 872 pages proofed, 16th (out of 4093) in P2 with 23508 pages, 534th (of 875) in P3 with 469 pages and formatting 600th place (3256) with 1020 pages.

In Flickr I have 39268 pictures, with 86614 views, and 171 sets to work on. Not to mention getting the Kodak/Ofoto pictures captured, which I still need to do.

In Netflix, I watched Waiting for God, season 5, disc 2 (the series ended most satisfactorily) and Support Your Local Gunfighter.

0bama's first ad (an RNC ad. Heh.)

Transparency award.

Here’s a fun clip from the day after his inauguration in 2009. “Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency,” he says, presumably before lighting a copy of the War Powers Act on fire and laughing.

Tonight we went to see Bernadette in Iolanthe.  I'm TIRED and worried about Rich's cough, and couldn't muster much enthusiasm for this play I've never seen before with songs I'm not familiar with. It's sort of amusing seeing these big people being fairies tripping lightly over the stage.  However, I took a number of micronaps and one that was long enough that Rich noticed. So Bernadette asked me how I liked it and I'm ashamed to say I just was bland.  The costumes are great and the queen of the fairies is using one of Gareth's toys in her orb of power. I'm sure I'd love it under different circumstances. As it is, if I was supposed to be watching it for GoE, I fell down on the job.

I did notice an internal contradiction: the Queen says all fairies must marry mortals, then she turns all the mortals to fairies. Oh, well. That probably explains why they are all dead.

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Sat, Apr 2nd - 9:59PM

March 31: Chemo Day

The Age of Napoleon, p. 308
59.1 miles

102 recordings of 40 types.

Rasmussen: -18: 44/55

Some leftover notes from yesterday: gas was $3.83 when we left, $3.85 when we got back. Blech.

"Pang" is an unfortunate name for a dentist!

The rest area outside of Vallejo is really nice.

When we got to Golden Gate Park, we got really lost.  They've changed some of the roads in the park, so the left turn we thought we could make, we couldn't.  Also, it was the way to the Zoo, not the way I went in November at all.  Hmm. We had to do a half-cloverleaf south of the park in order to get into it the way we wanted. Parking wasn't too hard, however.

Rich's blood count was pretty good today before chemo. He does have a nasty rasping cough I don't like at all. He asked again about the CAT scan and this time they scheduled it for next Monday.  Therefore, I could make my mammogram appointment for next Wednesday. Yay!

I got to Mass at the Retreat House. Then the rest of the day was veg-out time.

The instant 0bama finishes his Libya speech, Gaddafi starts kicking ass.

Ben Hart The Obama Doctrine is: Only go to war when it's definitely not in our interest to do so. And be sure to support those who really hate us and want us dead over the guy who doesn't much like us either.

 Like this (Picture describing the 0bama Doctrine)

Heh.  Too bad it's not 0bama!

Liberals object to Immelt.

"How can someone like Immelt be given the responsibility of heading a jobs creation task force when his company has been creating more jobs overseas while reducing its American workforce?" Feingold asked in an email to supporter.

Racist and corrupt.

Another awful day.

Obama is griping about empty slogans while standing in front of a “Winning The Future” backdrop.

Constitution?  What Constitution?

Yeah, this is where 0bamacare is headed.

Gas Prices double under 0bama.

What is amazing to me is the Teleprompter reader in chief doesnt seem to give a rats behind.

He parties, vacations, plays basketball, goes to concerts, ignores emergencies, and eliminates oil leases or fights them off shore and onshore. He stifles energy production at every point and I believe it will be his downfall in 2012. He has killed more jobs with his ignorant energy policies than most people can ever imagine. It is far more than those jobs he created in BIG Government.

The fool really doesnt want to be relected because he is ironically energizing the oposition with his lack of drilling and any semblence of a coherent or common sense energy policy.

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Fri, Apr 1st - 11:41PM

March 30: California Academy of Sciences

The Age of Napoleon, p. 302
59.1 miles
80 degrees!

96 recordings of 37 types.

Rasmussen: -17: 43/56.

The stuttering didn't end in the President's Speech.

Will this nightmare ever end?

Liar liar.

My brother linked to a story about how some people in Switzerland want to arrest Bush for human rights violations.  This just makes me spitting-mad furious. They have no trouble letting the monsters of the world in, all the brutal dictators from the "human rights commission" like Qaddafy and the Myanmar killers and the Kims of South Korea, but they have BDS so bad that HE's the one leader they can't swallow. To Hell with the lot of them, and the fellow-travellers around the world who blame Bush for everything and are still picking on him.  Happy though they were to take the AIDS money, and the other humanitarian things he has done.



Today we took Gareth to San Francisco to the refurbished California Academy of Sciences.  Rich and I haven't seen it since it was rebuilt. We went to the temporary aquarium on Howard Street 6 years ago, when Teddy was a baby, but not since then.  The reason for going today is that I found out that military people, both active and retired, get in free in March, which means that we only had to pay for me, senior rate, $30.  I found out they had penguins so wanted to take Gareth.  He's always happy to go "bye-bye car" with us, though he kept suggesting we were going "nana djadja's house."  He clouded up a little when I said no, but I told him we'd have fun, and he was OK.

He was fine going down, and I changed his diaper and put him in the stroller and we walked the two blocks to the aquarium.  We had 4 hour parking and were fairly sure that would cover it.  Once we got in, we went immediately to a cafe where Rich and Gareth split a macaroni and cheese and chicken meal and I had a vegetarian wrap.  Then we followed Roni's suggestion to go into the rain forest first.

This is a butterfly house, among other things, so you go in in small groups through two doors. The ramp winds up through the Borneo rain forest, then the middle is Madagascar, and the top is Costa Rica.  There are birds (one of which gave Rich a present on his head) and the butterflies and lots of things to look at. Once you get to the top, you get on an elevator and go down to the basement, where the aquarium is.

There we took Gareth out of the stroller for awhile and he walked around.  There's a tunnel through the fish tank. Then the first stop, the tidal pool, where he surprised me by actually touching the starfish and urchins.  I wasn't sure he would do it. 

We showed him jellyfish.  He liked the eels, especially the spotted ones.  There was a lot he just ignored, too.  I was especially impressed with the seahorses that look like Pern dragons to me. (I'm assuming the "no photography" was referring to flash pictures)

Eventually we went back to the first floor where there's a tyrannosaur cast.  We looked at some science exhibits, then came around to the Africa Hall where the penguins are.  He adored the penguins. "Happy!" At this point my camera's battery ran out, to Rich's vast disgust.  Gareth wandered around the Hall of Africa looking at the stuffed animals.

Then we went to the Early Explorers Room (a playroom for the under-5s) which he loved.  We were there about an hour.  Finally I started asking "is it time for us to go?" and after he'd ignored that for awhile I told him he could go over the bridge one more time and we would go.  He was really good about this.  I'd given him plenty of warning. Rich and I had taken turns going to the gift shop, and I got a cute book with moving animals that he started to destroy the next day.

DSC02957     DSC02965

From there we went up on the living roof, checked out the hatchling chicks, and went out for a couple of geocaches.  There was a car impatiently waiting for us to get in and gone, but I had a diaper to change and the boy to put in well. I handed him some goldfish and he had some, then conked out. A full day.  What a beautiful beautiful museum/aquarium!

A Long Day

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