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Mon, Jan 31st - 9:55PM

January 27: The Oncologist

The Age of Napoleon, p. 197
21.5 miles
morning fog

99 recordings of 41 types.

Rasmussen: -11: 47/51. Great SOTU, Barry.

At the Retreat House this morning I found out Father Half-priest got leg ulcers (his diabetes flared up) and he had an "ambulation." Such a shame. He was so happy to finally get his own parish.  (This is the priest who had the kidney transplant.)

They were saying goodbye to the secretary, the one who always frustrated me, who is retiring after 42 years there. The chapel was full, Mass was long, and because I had to race the car back to Rich so he could go to the dentist, I had to miss the reception afterwards.

The dentist asked Rich "How's it going?" and Rich said "I have lung cancer."  Now THAT's a conversation-killer!  The dentist says that chemo and/or radiation makes the mouth dry, and cavities and gum absesses follow, so he took impressions of Rich's mouth and is making a couple of molds to hold a moisture mixture. (Kinda like my bleach trays, I guess.) This is all a free thing which he'll do for anyone.  That's just nice.

This afternoon we went to meet the oncologist. He's very low-key, and spent 90 minutes with us. Much of that was slow-typing Rich's history, but I liked the fact that he was so thorough. He discovered that Rich had had Grave's Disease, for instance. I thought by the end of the time he had a pretty good idea of who Rich is.

The news wasn't good. It's stage 4 squamous cell cancer, inoperable. While the word "incurable" didn't pass his lips, he said "radiation isn't curative" and then, discussing  chemo, basically said it isn't curative either.  His plan is to give Rich the slightly less obnoxious drug weekly for 6-8 weeks then evaluate how it's working.  We'll be going out to the clinic across the street from the pulmonologist. 

Dr. B. didn't believe the dentist about dry mouth, but in this case I'll believe the dentist. 

There are pretty discouraging statistics about this cancer.  BUT *someone* is in the survival percentage, why not Rich? Lots of prayers!!

Then we went out to a geocaching pizza party to sort of dilute the emotions. Our friends are sympathetic. 

Palin says "WTF" was a perfect theme for the state of the union.


It is too bad that the POTUS blew any chance of inspiring confidence with his lousy, flat, uninspiring SOTU address. Wasted opportunity, wasted presiduncy and two more years of misery. Not sure how much more we can handle.
Key West Reader on January 27, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Stupid jokes.

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Mon, Jan 31st - 5:50PM

January 26: One More Day

The Age of Napoleon, p. 197
21.4 miles
morning fog

99 recordings of 43 types.

Rasmussen: -6: 50/48

This waiting thing is wearing us out.  Today I suggested we go to see "The King's Speech." Rich was reluctant, but in the end I think he enjoyed it. I really liked it.

Afterwards we went to Toys R Us for presents for the "Japanese granddaughters."  Before I found them, though, a Very Hungry Caterpillar game leaped out and ambushed me. Then I got some typical American toys: Raggedy Ann (made in Mexico) and a Fisher-Price shape sorting toy (made in China.)

From there we went to get Rich some new shoes.  He got two pairs (for 1.5 times the price of 1 pair.)  I didn't see anything I liked for myself. I've never had good luck with PayLess shoes.

Our neighbor stopped by to tell about his brother-in-law, who has had cancer in both lungs and his liver, and it's clearing up.

Mark Levin: President Obama's foot remains where it has been since the day he entered the Oval Office, on the gas pedal.  He's not braking for anyone or anything.

Armstrong Getty
Has the State of the Union Address jumped the shark?

Jose Galvan in lieu of "jumping the shark" I will now use the term "the sputnik moment"

Oh, that was last year. There's no news about this year's march.

Alan Grayson's Shady Lawsuit.

It's not IF, it's WHEN, and the sooner the better.



How serious is 0bama, anyway?

Bernadette Durbin: Too quiet. Go in to find that Gareth has acquired a red onion, has peeled it and taken a number of bites out of it, saying, "Onions are good."

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Sun, Jan 30th - 10:29PM

January 25: One Big Rock

The Age of Napoleon, p. 190
21.4 miles
morning fog

90 recordings of 43 types.

Rasmussen: -5: 52/48.

This morning, someone had put Rich in as a special intention for the Mass, so I knew I should go over. I was in the chapel, which was fairly dark, and then found out Mass was in the church proper today, with a visiting priest.  There were a couple of grades from the school there.  Father's homily fell flat. However, he did mention Rich and I thanked the lady who'd asked for the Mass.

My initial plan for the day was to stay home and do some catching up. Ha. Long ago (in Florida, in fact, 44 years ago) I stopped going to the Commissary, since grocery buying really bores me. Rich still goes every other week or so, which saves us a lot on food.  Well, if he'll be too ill to go, I should, so I went with him today for my annual (if I'm unlucky) trip to check the place out and see what's there.  First we stopped at the BX to look for toys for Makoto's daughters. No luck.  We did pick up some birdseed.  Then the Commissary for about an hour.  There are lots of interesting products there. With me along to bag, we could go through the self-check, and did. OK, now I know.

Then tonight Rich wanted to go to the History Society meeting to check out the big nugget that will be going on auction next month.  The people who compile the Golden History books were there. (They say they don't write them, dead guys write them, they just put them together.) Bernadette has one of them and they're fascinating. The nugget looks too big to be real. It's almost 100 troy ounces.

Big Gold Nugget

On our way to that meeting, Rich was talking about his softball collecting.  Maybe, he says, he should quit.  But on the other hand, it's good exercise. So I pointed out that he won't feel lousy forever. He'll get better.

And oh, shucks, I missed the State of the Union address.

Islam and the State of the Union.

3 Justices didn't go.
Justice Samuel Alito knew the difference, which is why he shook his head and mouthed the words “not true,” which so offended Obama that the White House continued its ignorant attack on the Supreme Court for another few days rather than picking up the decision and reading it.

Ed Morrissey
Pretty sure I'll be skipping #sotu tonight in favor of having a life and spending 5 minutes reading the transcript.


When you’re the One, you don’t really need outreach, do you?  Rarely have we seen such arrogance — a natural trait for anyone who runs for and wins the Presidency — combined with so little justification for it.

More on the arrogance.


What Crisis?

We have an opportunity in the next few years to avoid a truly disastrous entitlement and debt crisis and foster the conditions for vibrant growth again. We still have a chance to implement reforms that could do this without crushing austerity or terrible disruptions for seniors and other vulnerable Americans. That chance won’t last long, however, and it is profoundly irresponsible to just pretend we needn’t worry about it and can go back to the petty distractions of 1996, or (on the domestic front) 2006.

Lindsey Burke
Nothing could better symbolize the liberal education philosophy than taking scholarships away from needy children to put money back into the failing government education monopoly.

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Fri, Jan 28th - 8:29PM

January 24: Two Phone Calls

The Age of Napoleon, p. 190
21.1 miles
morning fog

84 recordings of 39 types.

It's Rob's birthday. His Facebook status has some old pictures.  Whatever happened to that cute little boy?

Rasmussen: -4: 52/47.

We had another day with Gareth today. Or, actually, I did. I wouldn't have gone down as early as I did if I'd realized how  Rich went bowling and then dilly-dallied so long that all we could do when he finally got home was to take the boy back.

Gareth singing "Dr. Seuss' ABC Book."  The sing-song is all mine.

The Sesame Street ABC Books make a picture, but only when the child understands that there's more than one row. Heh.  I found an ABC floor puzzle that's the same way, and he doesn't like the "start" and "stop" pieces or putting the pieces in more than one row. New things to learn.

Joanna says "nana." It's entirely by accident, but it's certainly nice.

I was antsing for Rich to finally get home, because I'd had two important phone calls.  The first was from the Oncology center, from the first referral three weeks ago. And here I was aware that we were waiting for the pulmonologist, who might make a different referral.  I talked to the woman, and eventually set up a Thursday appointment at 4 (because 3 would have been too close to the pulmonologist's appointment which was probably not going to happen.) I did say maybe I'd have to cancel. However, the next possible appointment was Feb. 14. No way.

Then, about 20 minutes later, the pulmonologist called. He had the results: indeed it is lung cancer.  He said he'd refer us to an oncologist and I said we had an appointment, and told him the oncologist's name.  He said he liked this doctor.  I asked if we'd see him again, and apparently yes, after a few weeks of chemo.  Pity, I'll miss this doctor.
He finished by saying "I'm so sorry" which is rather scary.  I said it was hardly a surprise.

So I really needed to tell Rich all this, and he just didn't come and didn't come. Finally he did and we talked, then took Gareth home.

0bama's recovery.

What, I'm paying for Bob Beckel's health care?  Like he couldn't afford his own? ARGH!

Widow, 78?  Never mind that she's calling for the violent overthrow of the government.

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Fri, Jan 28th - 2:39PM

January 23: Football Playoffs

The Age of Napoleon, p. 190
21.1 miles

78 recordings of 39 types

Rasmussen: -8: 50/49.

In Mass, Father was really on a roll today. He got very impassioned about loving Jesus and loving life. Afterwards, I had thought we would stop at the nearby taco place for a cache, but Rich forgot to bring the GPSr.  Oh, well, maybe next week.

We waited at home to see if Bernadette would visit, but she didn't make it, so we went to get a cache along Roseville Road.  The hider put it in after we had done the last of the whole series.

I went for a walk with the dog while Rich watched football, but I was back (in the kitchen watching my Netflix video) for the Steelers game.  It got pretty scary there at the end.

"The Medium" ended. I rather liked the last show. I think the writing on this one has been fantastic.

Scott Ott
Now that the cost of developing new drugs had become virtually prohibitive, the federal government is stepping in to develop drugs...especially to address mental health. Any guesses as to why its so pricey for private industry? Any qualms about your government spending billions to find ways to control your mental state? Nothing to see here. Move along now.

What was the 0bamateurism of the Week?

Pie in the Face


No, maybe not.

Oh, well, too bad.

Repeal is crucial.

Suppose someone - say, the president of United States - proposed the following: We are drowning in debt. More than $14 trillion right now. I've got a great idea for deficit reduction. It will yield a savings of $230 billion over the next 10 years: We increase spending by $540 billion while we increase taxes by $770 billion.


Think small.

sounds like a pre-cursor to his SOTU…
empty calories, all sweet and airy but nothing of substance
cmsinaz on January 21, 2011 at 8:14 AM

This should be called “Deceit of the Day” After two years, he’s no longer an amateur, he is a liar. He started out that way, actually.
pugwriter on January 21, 2011 at 8:18 AM

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Wed, Jan 26th - 6:37AM

January 22: Campus Caches

My rights as a woman are not predicated on a legal ability to kill my own children. To suggest otherwise does not empower women. To the contrary; it degrades and demeans women and all of society. Our hands are stained with the blood of the 50 million lives lost and we must put an end to the lie that it is a Women’s Rights issue. The pro-abortionist Left has odiously, yet effectively, made that the issue. It’s not. The issue is that we are sanctioning infanticide and it must end.---Lori Ziganto.

The Age of Napoleon, p. 190
18.6 miles

85 recordings of 42 types.

Rasmussen:-6: 50/48. 

I'm .3 pounds up, with high borderline blood pressure.

I went over to Mass this morning, to send the buses off to San Francisco for the March for Life.  Father had it in the chapel, which was really crowded. I really like having a priest who is reliably pro-life. There were 40,000 marchers from all over, another successful event.

Today we went caching on the campus of CSUS.  We parked on this side of the river and walked across the bridge.  Saturday, especially before school is back in session, is a great time to do this.  The first one is on the patio of the Student Union right outside the cafe. Even in the off-season, there were people around, but with the hint ("itsy bitsy") I was able to grab it quickly. (In a waterspout, of course.)

Next, one on the parking garage. Rich stayed at the bottom, I walked up the six flights.
With him showing me where to look, I picked it up quickly.  Then we walked over to the levee and started looking for one that had eluded us a couple of years ago.  Rich was the one to spot that.  Then a bit of a walk farther and another one.  Then we walked back to the car and drove around to the front of campus.

There's one in the Arboretum (that used to be the Goethe Arboretum, grrrr.) We talked to a gardener and found out that parking passes are enforced 24/7, so we needed to get out of there quickly.  When we got to the gate where it is, there was a student clearing weeds: we did the tag-team distraction to get, sign, and replace the cache. One more that we could drive right to, and we had an amazing 6 of 6.

This is the priest we had in Alamogordo. He's started a monastery in Wyoming!

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Tue, Jan 25th - 6:13PM

January 21: A Visit with Roni

The Age of Napoleon, p. 190
15.6 miles

81 recordings of 41 types.

Rasmussen: -6 (!): best since last February.  49/49

OMG, look at Barstow.  Not only the 800 caches on the rt 66 power trail but two other trails: wow.

We've been clearing out the attic, and we had a LOT of stuff that belongs to Roni, so we didn't think it would fit in her car next time she comes. So we thought it might be a good idea to take it to her, with the added benefit of seeing the grandchildren.


First we stopped along highway 37 and did some caching. One was up on an overpass but idiotically we went across and then were trying to find it on the other side.  Sort of a "go play in traffic" move. It's not like we haven't found this kind before.  Oh, well.
With that, we got 3 caches. I also took a bunch of pictures for an earth cache, but honestly it looks too complicated. I don't have the mental energy to do these complex things at the moment.

We arrived and were able to get all the boxes out of the car (plus one of our own, with tools and water, which we put back!) before Roni had a meeting (online).  She went to her office for that and I sat out on the deck watching the chickadees and juncos.  Rich went down into the woods and did see some deer. I didn't see them. I did have some fun playing with the videocam.  Here are a chickadee and a junco.

Then Roni and I walked down to the school to fetch the kids.  Lexi was having an Issue as we came up, but didn't want Nana to see. As I hadn't recognized her anyway, it wasn't a problem.

R.J. came home while we were out, then Roni took Lexi to Basketball practice, and Rich and Teddy went along, so R.J. and I had a chance to talk: about Rich and about his teaching job. He also made me a really potent margarita.  Then he cooked some terrific fried chicken.

DSC02387     DSC02405

And so home. This was a nice day, sure beats sitting in the house waiting for the test results to finish.

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Sun, Jan 23rd - 7:14AM

January 20: Biopsy

The Age of Napoleon, p. 190
12.1 miles
still gray

79 recordings of 44 types.

Rasmussen: -7: 49/50

State Dinner:

Even the normally mild-mannered Jake Tapper can’t resist sneering: “forget the Falun Gong, Tibet and Liu Xiaobo….WE GOTZ PANDAS FOR 5 MORE YEARZ ZOMG.”

“The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner holds a State Dinner for a man who has the 2010 winner under House Arrest.” Trump slams Obama for state dinner to China: "You don't give dinners to our enemy."

Halfway through.

Today was the biopsy. Up at 4, and left the house before 5:15.  For some reason the pulmonologist's secretary told us to park in the parking structure which is miles from the surgery floor.  But we eventually made our way there. I had a cup of coffee with me, and the signs all said please no food or drink because patients have been fasting.  I sort of hid the cup behind my bag and snuck sips when no one was looking.

They have wi-fi, which Rich discovered and then I started using, getting on Facebook.  When they called him back, I was surprised to be invited along as well. We were in the cubicle getting him dressed and hooked up and introduced to the guys for about an hour, then back I went to the lobby while he was wheeled off for the bronchoscopy.

I wrote a letter, read, and mostly played around on Facebook, which was a great distraction. One of our geocaching friends came through the lobby (he works there) and stopped to talk to me for a few minutes.  Finally, the doctor came out and told me Rich had fought the sedative and they had to keep giving him more, so the whole procedure took longer than they'd thought it would.

More waiting, and the doctor stopped by again to tell me Rich was in the recovery room and the chest X-ray they took was fine. Finally they called me back in there. His eyes were open, but he wasn't really there. I've told him all this this stuff at least three times, and I think now he knows what went on.  We were in recovery for nearly an hour, then they let him get dressed and I went down, with help, to the parking garage and brought the car around.

Rich slept for at least three hours. Now it's wait and wait and wait.  I hope the "grouchy" pathologist (his personality doesn't concern me, just his expertise) gets to this right away so that we'll have some answers early in the week.

St. Francis de Sales


Fifty Years Ago
Personally, I find the "ask what you can do" line a bit dated. In the age of Obamacare, internet censorship, large public unions (thanks in part to you, JFK!), and sky-high taxes, I think it is more relevant to ask what my country is doing to me. I will gladly celebrate a president who asks that!

Go for it!


Democrats do their best Borg impression.

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Fri, Jan 21st - 9:59AM

January 18: Caching to Yuba City

The Age of Napoleon, p. 190
11.8 miles
still gray, WINDY!

76 recordings of 44 types.

Rasmussen: -9: (highest since June 28) 48/51.

Gitmo, again and forever.

Look who's on TV, and did he just throw Tibet under the bus? (I believe he did, though no one else apparently heard it.)

Today's distraction, caching our way to Yuba City.  Rich's ambition is to get to 10,000 caches and we're well off track.  For awhile we were getting a thousand caches a year but we began to fall behind in 2009 and last year was way low.  We started today at 7433.

We left at 10:45.  We'd just had an argument as to whether this week's pick up was green or recycling: he'd looked it up last night and it was green, but he didn't remember that this morning. I showed him the schedule he printed out, so we put the lumpy pumpkins from Hallowe'en into the bin. (He says he still has seeds, good.)  We went to the new Tower Gas station which has been 6 cents a gallon cheaper, and they're now only 2 cents cheaper, not worth the extra trip. Oh, well.

Next argument, whether the first caches were along highway 70 or 99. Rich even prints up the maps, but never actually looks at them.

We found a travel bug at the very first one.  One along the Garden Highway had human waste there. Ick. Then we didn't find one, but then had 5 successes, and so into Yuba City for lunch.  This was at Carl's Jr. about 1 o'clock, with a pizza party at 5, so I had a salad.

The next cache was in a park which we reached through a walkway, getting all the neighborhood dogs in a swivet.  One cocker brought his owner along, and the man wondered what we were doing.  We never answered, and Rich talked to him and distracted him enough for me to return the cache to its hide and cover it. Then we left, and I'm sure Mr. Neighborhood Watch thinks he chased us off.

The next one was a "letterbox" cache.  These are similar to actual letterboxes, and this hider leaves them with car instructions. (They're actually more fun when you're following clues on foot, but nevermind.) We tooled all around southwest Yuba City, missed one turn ("hump" meaning Humphrey Road, not the levee) so had to go back, and finally found it with two travel bugs in it! We saw a beautiful heron.

We found two and half more, but irritatingly enough didn't come up with the second stage of one we've been trying for a number of times.  Then, armed with a clue from someone else, we found one that eluded us last fall, went on another letterbox chase, (right past the previous find), and then got a couple close to the party.

The party was nice and I won a raffle prize of a Hot Wheels batmobile. Teddy should like that. So we finished the day with 7449 caches.  Tomorrow, up way before dawn.

Baby Doc Going to the Dock.

Was this one of those scams that the police use to lure people with outstanding warrants to one place so they can arrest them? Did they tell him he has won Super Bowl tickets or something?
Cindy Munford on January 19, 2011 at 9:01 AM

Iowahawk, CSI Tucson.

Some crosshairs are more equal than others.

We just witnessed media's test run for 2012.
The Democrats and their mainstream media supporters were put back on their heels in 2010, and are regrouping. And if regrouping requires falsely accusing a major Republican figure of complicity in mass murder, and then amplifying that false accusation for several days in the face of contrary evidence until a substantial portion of the population believes it, they will do it.
...Having created a false narrative of Palin's responsibility for the shooting, the mainstream media tried to deprive Palin of the ability to defend herself against the charges.  And unfortunately, some who supposedly are on our side have jumped on that bandwagon.

And all the while, Barack Obama stood back for days and let his supporters in the media rip Palin apart, much as he left it to his supporters to go after the Clintons during the primary, only then to proclaim that we don't really know why Jared Loughner did what he did.  And the media narrative was how wonderful Obama was, how he helped heal the nation.
...In the vile attempt to tie Palin to the Tucson shooting we have witnessed the test run for how the left-wing blogosphere will target Republican candidates and propel false narratives into the mainstream media, and how the mainstream media will take those narratives and run with them.

If Palin is taken down politically over the Tucson shooting, there is not a single Republican candidate who can survive the coming onslaught.

Update:  John Hinderaker at Powerline writes that it's all over for Palin, and the "time has come to put any thoughts of Sarah Palin running for President to rest."  The basis for this analysis is a CNN poll showing Palin with all-time high negatives in the wake of the accusations that she was connected to the Tucson shooting.

If this is the standard by which we choose candidates, then the time has come to put thoughts of Republicans winning in 2012 to rest.

Operation Demoralize is working.

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Fri, Jan 21st - 9:15AM

January 18: True Grit

The Age of Napoleon, p. 190
10.0 miles
clearing, a little warmer

71 recordings of 41 types.

0bamateurism: Debt Limit
Tapper asked the White House to explain this little hypocrisy.  Gibbs said that Barack Obama just wanted to “make a point about needing to get serious about fiscal discipline.”  Good to know that he takes it a lot less seriously these days as President, as his budgets have already proven.

This hanging around waiting for tests or followups is wearing on us.  Today I suggested we go see "True Grit."  Rich wasn't that interested but came along, and we enjoyed the movie. I have seen the old one but don't remember much about it.  I really liked this one, and will put the old one onto my Netflix queue.

Nick Gillespie
That is to say, the rush to judgment that Tea Party/Sarah Palin/redneck rage was the root cause of it all regardless of any evidence in support of that thesis will stand. Because we should never forget that all the violence that was predicted by everybody with a brain back during the summer of 2009 (read: supporters of health-care reform) that never came to pass was really just the tinder for the current moment, when political violence remains thankfully shockingly rare and not even politically motivated when it does come to pass. Which isn't any reason not to marginalize anybody who disagrees with you on political issues.

John Sexton. Three Things the MSM Continues to Overlook.

One of my FB friends, who has had a long battle with cancer herself:
Good Morning Jan, I'm relieved you got such uplifting news about Rich, Some might not see it that way, but as Cancer goes that's really promising. My prayers are with you and Ritchard. If theres anything I can do to help please let me know

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Thu, Jan 20th - 7:04PM

January 17: Bad News, Good News

The Age of Napoleon, p. 190
10.1 miles

88 recordings of 46 types.

Rasmussen: -11: 46/53

We went out to the followup appointment today. I asked Rich how he felt and he said he was numb.  Actually, he was worried, as was I.  In all reality, though, for bad news it wasn't too awful.  The tumors are way "hot", but limited to one lung and not in his brain or his groin or anywhere else.  Rich had been worried the doctor would say "there's nothing I can do, put your affairs in order" and I was worried the cancer would be in his brain or his pancreas or somewhere else.  Next step, a biopsy on Thursday and then the followup next week.


Niki Shinneman Yarnot
Took the kids ice skating for the first time. Upside: Eric is a natural! Downside: Gabe was VERY angry that he was unable to perform a triple toe loop after having stood on skates for a full five seconds.

I guess getting shot in the head is no big deal.

Michael Yon William, agreed. When it was the bad ole US government under scrutiny (which so far has turned very tame, actually), lots of people were for it. Let's see what happens when some of the liberal charities' records get WikiLeaked, or some of the environmental groups. Eventually I would like to write about space and the environment, and already on prelim research I smell rats and bats among some conservationist organizations.

Scott Ott: "Similarly, in his message vetoing the college land grant bill, President Buchana...n took it as a given that the funds raised by Congress from taxation were “confined to the execution of the enumerated powers delegated to Congress.” The idea that the resources of the federal government — either taxes or the public lands — could be diverted to carry into effect any measure of state domestic policy that Congress saw fit to support “would be to confer upon Congress a vast and irresponsible authority, utterly at war with the well-known jealousy of federal power which prevailed at the formation of the Constitution."– The Heritage Guide to the Constitution, p. 95

Duvalier saw that Jerry Brown got elected again after a 30 year hiatus and said “hey this planet is nuts; anything is possible.”
And we wonder why birds fall dead from the sky and fish float belly up in our waters.
Geochelone on January 17, 2011 at 9:55 AM

Gee, ya think?

"This is America, where a white Catholic male Republican judge was murdered on his way to greet a Democratic Jewish woman member of Congress, who was his friend. Her life was saved initially by a 20-year old Mexican-American gay college student, and eventually by a Korean-American combat surgeon, all eulogized by our African American President." Mark Shields, PBS.

Sultan Knish.
In 2008 the theme was, "We won. and the other party can sit in the back." But now it's 2011 and after a punishing election which the majority party lost badly, the new theme is, Bipartisanship.

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Wed, Jan 19th - 9:19AM

January 16: Final Cache

The Age of Napoleon, p. 190
10.0 miles

74 recordings of 45 types. (5 weeks, but the Tudor marathon is going to do me in here)

Rasmussen: -14: 44/55

Here we go again.

Rich called Pittsburgh after the Steelers game. Carol hasn't found a new job and says she'll come live with us, but only after Rich is cured.  She doesn't want to be taking care of him. Heh.

Father was all discombobulated at Mass.  It was the first event for new catechumens, and he's apparently never done this before. He needed the congregation to help him.

Bernadette came to visit before work and pick up the things we'd found.  She liked the epaulettes and hat (maybe they DID belong to my grandfather!  But there's no one in that family for them) and the tiny Mary Jane shoes. I pointed out the nice crib toys, if they ever get a bed for Gareth so Joanna can move to the crib.  It was a nice visit. She likes the Easter outfit.  The boy's things, not so much.

GeocacheAfter she left, we went to get that geocache.  First we stopped at the Habit.  Good burgers, yes, but I like Fuddrucker's better. Following directions given us by the people I wrote, we walked in to the cache area.  What I want to know is why is this pile of rocks just THERE?  It's nowhere near other boulders, and in a sort of circle (not a stone circle, though), but there's no construction or other ruins.  Odd.The cache is very well camo'd.

We found a couple of others, then our mojo went away. So we came home and Rich watched football and I finished off my Netflix disc of "Waiting for God."

P.J. O'Roarke

But liberalism, as personified by  the New York Times, became a dotty old aunt sometime during the Johnson administration. She’s provincial, eccentric, and holds dull, peculiar views about the world. Still, she has our fond regard, and we visit her regularly in her nursing home otherwise known as Arts and Leisure and the Book Review. Or we did until Sunday, January 9, when she began spouting obscenities and exposing herself.

EU takes Christian holidays from calendars, but Islamic ones.

I do NOT want civil discourse!

Chris Christie Takes a Swipe at Obama: “I’m Not Arrogant Enough” to Believe That After One Year As Governor I Am Ready to Be President”

Bittersweet good-news story.

The rest of the passengers got mad and sued Palin.
SirGawain on January 16, 2011 at 5:34 PM

I heard this guy’s wife on the radio a few days ago. She said when he told a TSA agent about his situation to see if he could get to the front the agent said something like “Dying grandson. Haven’t heard that one yet. That’s a new one.”
Mark1971 on January 16, 2011 at 5:41 PM


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Tue, Jan 18th - 9:54PM

January 15: Caching

The Age of Napoleon, p. 190
9.1 miles

76 recordings of 45 types.

Rasmussen: -12: 46/53.

I'm a pound down, and Blood Pressure where it's supposed to be.

I woke up having had a number of dreams involving caching and Rich.  We had at least two parking tickets.  Then, as Rich woke up, he yawned "HI pokka pssh-hit" and I asked what on earth he'd said.... I finally decided it must be his native Turisticalian (the planet he informed me he was from when we first dated.) A good laugh, something we needed.

We went caching to find the clue caches for a "Welcome 2011" puzzle cache. I'll just copy the cache instructions, so you'll know why I'm proud of myself for solving it. We had found one piece last Saturday and it took me quite awhile to solve that, but the other three pieces got easier and easier.


This is the final cache in my “Welcome 2011” series. It is especially dedicated to those who have made a goal of finding 100% of my caches. I think I’ve been a little too easy on you, so hopefully this one will provide a little extra challenge. ;-) In order to solve this puzzle, you will first have to find the four other caches in the series, and get some information from each container. I’ll wait while you do that… [insert annoying hold music here]

Ah, you’re back! And I assume you are ready to move on to the next part of your challenge. You should now have four different sequences of numbers from the four caches. Pay no attention to the arranging of the number sequences into more than one row. That was just done to fit them onto paper slips more easily. Treat each as one sequence of digits, from left to right, and top to bottom. Each sequence of numbers can be converted into letters forming a simple three-word sentence, using basic number-letter substitution. Fyx, wmqmpev xs lsa M irgshih xlmw wirxirgi, csy ampp wlmjx xli eptlefix fc 4, ws jsv ibeqtpi I=1, J=2, erh H=26. And it's up to you to figure out how to properly divide each number sequence up into one-digit and two-digit numbers, and then to split the letters you come up with into the three-word sentence. Also, the name and location of each of the four “clue” caches have a relationship to its solution sentence. So, give that a shot, and then check back in. [dum-de-dum… la, la, la.. ho-hum…]

Okay! So now you have four little sentences, consisting of twelve words. You will need to find a way to use those words to help you come up with a familiar pattern of numbers, representing coordinates. No, this isn’t your final location, but will get you close. See you soon.

Gee, that was quick! (Or maybe it wasn't?) Next, if you go to the location for the coords you have, you will find that they put you in the yard of a private residence. The cache is NOT located there! And I did NOT obtain the homeowner’s permission for anything! So don’t get TOO nosy! But make a note of those coords, and make adjustments as described next.

You will find that the nearest street intersection to the location you have involves three street names, all related to a certain type of activity that has to do with the acquisition of a certain type of item. Take the name of that item and convert the letters to numbers, this time using the standard substitution: A=1, …, Z=26. Multiply together the numbers for the first and the last letters of the word, and add the number for the second letter. Divide the result by 1000, and subtract that result from both the North and West coords of your puzzle solution to find the final location.

The final challenge is to find the right approach route to get to the cache.

And that’s all there is to it!!

And if a level 5 diff puzzle cache isn't enough incentive for you... PRIZE FOR FTF: Not 1, not 2, not 5 or 10, but a roll of 25 $1 GOLD COINS!! Original contents also include several little kiddy toys, of undisclosed origin.

The last one I solved in the parking lot where the cache was. I tinkered with the sentences and then the light dawned and I had coordinates.  Rich plugged them into the GPSr and read me the nearby street names, and I knew that answer with the first two, confirmed it with the third.  A little math and we went off to see if we could locate it. Unfortunately, we couldn't figure out where the access point was. Back at home I wrote the owner to confirm the coordinates and one of the finders for help with the access point.

We went to REI so Rich could exchange his juice pack which doesn't work.  The new one is a delight, and he keeps clicking it on and off.

Back here, he brought down a whole bunch more of boxes from the attic, since I'm looking for the Valentine's outfit I made for Bernadette. No luck, though I found some more.  There are a gazillion boxes for the girls: a few for Monica and a lot for Roni, including horses and stables and horse books and a lot of papers. (She's taking after me, apparently.)


I washed the outfits and took some pictures to prove how crafty I had been back 30 years ago. I got a lot of the stuff together for Bernadette tomorrow.

One box had been full of stuffed animals, and the rats had been at it, tearing the stuffing out. Poor Butchie, my teddy bear. I must have been about 2 when I spied him in the store and grabbed him, saying "Butchie!" That was my brother's nickname and I decided the bear looked like his picture. Butchie and Precious, my dog, were the longest lived stuffed toys I kept.  I still have Precious, but Butchie was foully murdered. RIP.

Also in the box, my stuffed tiger Tamannanny, Vince's Tigger, and something else. I'm glad Rug and Precious were downstairs.

Wow, on "Chopped": goat brains, fish heads, and durian.  Who's going to make a decent meal out of THOSE ingredients??

Who's violent now?

Who are the Constitutional Illiterates?

The quintessential comment:
Randal Crabtree If you dint allready know this your stuped

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Mon, Jan 17th - 8:26PM

January 14: Baby Therapy

The Age of Napoleon, p. 190
9.0 miles

74 recordings of 41 types.

Rasmussen: -13: (odd, I'd have expected a bigger bounce from that speech) 47/51.

First thing this morning, there was a spider in the bathtub.  Where the heck are these guys coming from? I've smashed them and drowned them... however, today I'm feeling quite protective of life (though I still eat meat) so I trapped it in a glass with a card over it and took it out (in the dark and cold.) Later in the day, there was another one.  Where are these guys coming from? I took it out, too. I tried to show it to Gareth, but I don't think he saw it.

I went to the kid's Mass, and it was fun. The 4th graders were focusing on light. So they chose Genesis as the first reading, turned off the lights in the church, and then when God said "let there be light!" they were in the aisles with flashlights. It was cute!

Today was "baby therapy."  Seeing the grandchildren makes us happy. Gareth doesn't need as much babyproofing, so we brought him back here for the day, after cuddling Joanna for about an hour.  Win-win-win.... Bernadette got a bit of a rest, time to do projects, Gareth got to come play at our house, and I got time with him.

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We didn't do anything special with Gareth, but he had a lot of things to do and check up on. I gave him the little Thomas I got a couple of months ago.  He played with the train puzzle and the dump truck and the Legos. He had a really good time. And so did I.

This evening Rich went up to the attic and brought down a granny box. I thought we'd had them all down.  There are a lot of the clothes I made for Vince and Bernadette. There are also baby clothes that are outgrown. Oh, well.

Niki Shinneman Yarnot
E: Gabe, stop talking! G: I not talkin to you, I'm talking to myself! E: then talk it in your brain and not in my ears!!..... Ah the early morning brotherly love...

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Sat, Jan 15th - 10:22AM


I wonder how effective contacting Robert Sheldon, the president of U of A would be?

Looking over the video, Sheldon seemed to have really helped to set the tone for the evening’s planned solemn memorial service, looked like he was having a good time…and as university president he surely should have stepped in to get his students under control…but chose not to.
coldwarrior on January 14, 2011 at 1:26 AM

The Huck Finn edit.

Do as I say, not as I do.

The only reason this idea [sitting randomly, not by party] has arisen right now is so that when the cameras pan the House during Obama’s State of the Union Show, the fact that his side has been so clearly decimated will be less apparent to the viewing audience with the remaining Democrats scattered amongst the majority Republicans in the House. This is so blatantly obvious to me and I really am at a loss to understand why the Republicans are so accommodating on this. Wake up Boehner, your getting played, big time!
leapsandbounds on January 14, 2011 at 7:42 PM

I want a vote on this! I want the names of the idiots we eliminate next. If we can’t win when we win then I want to know who to get rid of and the Senile Senator from AZ might just as well go sit on that side anyway as he has done not a damn thing to defend his runnig mate or conservatives. AZ REPUGNANTENS ya rewarded the Senile old fool with your votes and he spits in yer eye.
Thanks AZ
dhunter on January 14, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Ace on "cheap grace."

This is not the first time Democrats have tried to atone for their ugly behavior on the cheap, but that doesn't make Udall's suggestion any less cowardly. Senator Udall, members of your party and your base have accused me and those who share my ideology of murder. If you want to show me that you're serious about unity, you have to be willing to offer more than empty symbolism.

You want unity? Prove it. Now's the time for your Sister Souljah moment. Name names.

...Last weekend, a member of Congress was seriously injured and six people who went to meet her died. Instead of acknowledging the tragedy and taking the time to mourn, the left shamelessly used the dead as weapons in their war against their political opponents. What should shame you the most, Senator Udall, is that they were able to assume the freedom to do so because their allies did not speak out against them when it mattered most.

It will take more than a seating chart to attain true unity, Senator Udall. Unity, like grace, is not cheap. Nor should it be.

Epic Fail.

T-shirts at memorial were 0bama team's.

as Insty says, there's a reason they'd rather talk about Palin.

Dianna on Jan 14, 5:57 PM said:
@Jeff, dude Democrats have controlled congress (that is who writes the checks, and writes the bedgets for the Nation) since 2006. Bush CONTROLLED congress with his Veto, and was able to contain and prevent the worst that Nancy and Dingbat Harry along with Barry Soetoro wanted to do to us.

Well in 2008 that check on their insanity was lifted (thanks to all the morons voting for hope and change who only got us a whole container ship of debt and I might add, MORE OF THE SAME from 2006 onward...), and they went effing NUTS and then klobbered us more debt than ALL the congresses and presidents in our history COMBINED. DEMOCRATS HAVE DONE THIS.

This insanity of Debt is something that is OWNED by Democrats, and I fully plan on holding all of them, and those who vote for them, responsible. So if you voted Demcorat - FU, thanks a lot you hypocrite.

The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-front for the urge to rule it.”    –H. L. Mencken

Texas, California, and the Tale of the Coyote

Bill Maher says the Founding Fathers would hate the Tea Party. You know, I don't think so.

The more obvious question he unwittingly raises is what the Founding Fathers might think of Bill Maher.
Personally, I ain’t no Founding Father but I think of him as little as possible.
Drained Brain on January 15, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Doesn’t Mawhore remember that the Founding Father’s were Tea Partiers themselves?
Epic fail for an epochal fool.
profitsbeard on January 15, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Geeze.  Your tax dollars at work.

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night will stop the USPS from wasting your money.
Electrongod on January 15, 2011 at 11:35 AM

What does it take to end a political career?

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Fri, Jan 14th - 5:56AM

January 13: Fat Dog

The Age of Napoleon, p. 190
9.0 miles

74 recordings of 43 types.

Rasmussen: -11: 49/50

"A lot of medicine is outside our control, and we're wise to acknowledge miracles," ---Dr. Michael Lemole.

After Mass this morning I stopped at the store for ingredients for dinner.  I did make a few impulse buys, though.  In the cart of clearance bargains, there was a cookie tin I really liked for $1.50. I can use it next year if I make gingerbread again.  Such a good price, and with cookies inside, too. Then a pound of frozen corn was $1.80; two pounds $2.70; three pounds $3.40. We'll use it eventually. And I found some soft soap that looked nice.  Get me out of here before I buy the place out!

Pharaoh had his checkup. He's fine, but getting chunky. We're going to change his food, and also I'm cutting down on the amount he gets.  He's 56# and should be just under 50#.

My sister called.  She says she knows people who get many extra years. Rich is now on her lapsed Unitarian prayer line!

Rich and I went to REI and exchanged his juice pack, which has never worked satisfactorily, for a new one, and he's quite happy to have it really work. It was a good idea for a Christmas present, but dangit why didn't it work?

He was off at the commissary and I vacuumed. I had finished, unplugged the vacuum and was winding the cord when we had a 10 second power outage. Not my fault! The freezer had trouble starting again. Click-click. Click-click. Click-click. Finally it got going again. Hey, I just defrosted you, you need to work!  (It's at least 25 years old, so may be on its last legs...)

We passed this place on the way home from the vet. Looks good!

More fun information from Woot!

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Shirt.woot - Check the size chart, check the size chart, check the size chart. It's at the bottom of the product description for each sale. If you order the wrong size, we won't take it back - your only option is to gain or lose weight so it fits, possibly including painful, costly cosmetic surgery.

Presidentism of the Day. Yes, much as it pains me to say it, Obama did well. After 2 years, it's about time!

This memorial was as bizarre as the Wellstone funeral. It was like an entertainment event not a remembering of the loss and tragedy. The applause and whooping during the speeches was mind boggling. The speech by Obama was acceptable overall but his allowing tshirts to be put in the hall for political purposes denigrated the event. I have never been to a funeral or memorial where there was such applause given for the speakers and can remember none where the event concerned a mass murder. Unseemly.
eaglewingz08 on January 13, 2011 at 9:03 AM

Well, I snubbed the pep rally too. Disgraceful display on the part of the organizers. Do none of these people understand what a memorial service is?
I am appalled and disgusted by the widespread disregard of the families of the victims.
What ever happened to common decency? Whatever happened to keeping your silence and your place, at least until the bereaved can bury their dead?
I am sick to death of the callow and the callous.
novaculus on January 13, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Wellstone II?


Well, that's how it should be, right?  And so rarely is.


Urban Dictionary their is a new Urban Dictionary Word check out Michelle Malkin’s blog.

New definition for Dupnik

Don’t be a Dup’nik, dupenik\noun\dup\also dy up\ nik a person who takes advantage of a tragedy to further political agenda.

Current definition of Dupnik
(n.) a buffoon, simpleton, uninformed individual that runs his/her mouth without rhyme or reason and has no idea of what they are talking about. Usually a self professed expert, short on knowledge, but is full of crap.
dude A: That tech at the apple store had no idea of what she was talking about!

dude B: Yeah, what a dupnik!

How unfortunate Clarance was born a Dupnik ;)

Use it in a sentence:

Whoever is trying to spin that Boehner snubbed the Arizona Memorial is a real Dupnik!

Dr Evil on January 13, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Boy, the rhetoric from the left is really really ugly: and yet Dr. Zero's "This is war!" is what draws the ire.

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Thu, Jan 13th - 5:55AM

Rhetoric Linkage

Yesterday I ordered a present for Rich from Woot! It was easy, it turns out.  I enjoyed this little paragraph:

Hey, here's a fun game: try to get the longest list of purchased woots of anyone! Better get started though, some people have a pretty good start on you. If you win, we'll be really happy for you.

Democrats denounced the rhetoric, Republicans denounced the violence.

Krauthammer. "The origins of Loughner's delusions are clear: mental illness. What are the origins of Krugman's?"

Mark Levin Responds to Chris Matthews

It's not the Rhetoric, it's the Passion.

3. Vanguard of the Commentariat

It [the speech] is not going to be the Gettysburg Address, that’s for sure. I am so ready for a President who loves this country as much as I do.

I saw some of the speech, which was good, but the rest of the memorial sounds a bit like the Wellstone memorial.

Lisa Foster Adams To give Obama credit, I think he was also taken aback by the applause and somewhat pep rally atmosphere. Fox said it was due to the large student presence; if so they behaved like middle school rather than college students

Dan Cleary In a vacuum, the words of the speech were mostly good. The crowd was unbelievably inappropriate (applauding, whistling, hooting, etc) Of course there was the obligatory non-sequitur about vitriol and discourse towards the end. But he didn't dwell on it as much as he could have. Obama's delivery, as usual, was mostly cold and robotic.

Mike Lief Made my skin crawl: Cheering, whistling, calls of "We love you, Obama!", standing ovations and applause. Not even close to a somber remembrance of those murdered by a madman, and of the survivors beginning the long recovery process.

Pres. Obama gave the best speech of his presidency. Sadly, the crowd behaved like it was a political rally, not a memorial service. The service organizers could have handled this better. All that was missing was bouncing beach balls and Jimmy Buffett music playing in the background.

simkeith on January 12, 2011 at 9:51 PM

a positive take from Charlie Martin (“This one time, Obama managed to sound like he thought he was President, not of his constituency, but of everyone.”)

plus a nice roundup, plus "[Palin]’s living in their heads, rent-free, 24-7."

The Anchoress.
On twitter, I watched a number of journalists (Andrea Mitchell, Dave Weigel and others) immediately begin either talking about or snarking about Palin, and I couldn’t help thinking, “the president–your president whom you love–just gave the speech of his presidency and not five minutes later you’re on Palin again? Conservatives are here praising the president, and instead of joining in, you’re obsessing on Sarah Palin? Does that seem like normal, rational, healthy behavior or sick obsession? 

Congresscritter says earmark moratorium is temporary. So, as Ed says, are majorities.

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Wed, Jan 12th - 9:49PM

PET Scan

The Age of Napoleon, p. 190
9.0 miles
clear and cold

77 recordings of 44 types.

Rasmussen: -13: 48/51.

Today was Rich's PET scan. I packed up a book (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and a letter pad and went along.  It's a little over two hours, most of which time he was apparently sleeping while the radioactive fluoride went through his system. I got a letter written to Mr. Midlife Crisis, who was our sponsor in England.  After I finished that, I stepped outside to eat a couple of cookies, since I was HUNGRY!  And lo, along came our former pastor, three priests ago, Father Hannan.  He needed me to remind him who I was, but then he had questions and has said he will pray for Rich.

I was beginning to get antsy by the time Rich finally returned.  Then we went to Target (to two Targets, in fact) to get him another pair of sweatpants and me a pair. I got a medium (men's) and it fits beautifully and is so comfortable. Mine are charcoal gray.

Back at home, and he asks if we want Kentucky Fried Chicken for dinner. OH yes!!  Yum.

We won't know how it's going until Monday. It'll be a LONG weekend.

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Wed, Jan 12th - 11:56AM

January 11: A Visitor

The Age of Napoleon, p. 185
9.0 miles
clear and cold

75 recordings of 41 types. (That'll sure be different tomorrow, even though I cut out some recordings).

Rasmussen: -12: 49/51.

Above his pay grade
he returned his singular focus back to posing, which is not coincidentally the only task at which Obama has excelled in his presidency.

I went to Mass and shared the news that Rich was sicker than we'd thought. I got a lot of hugs and promises of prayers.  The woman to whom I'm giving my free retreat said to "give him a hug" and I said "come give it to him yourself."  So  this afternoon she came over and we had a nice chat. Rich showed her around, including his garden, and we made plans for the spring.  It makes a nice change from sitting around fretting. She says she'll pray for him at the retreat: I said that's why I bribed her!


Three media stooges.
Moulitsas spreads disinformation knowing it is a lie, Olbermann doesn't care, and Krugman is too sanctimonious and self-righteous to recognize it.

The Anchoress.
Nine year-old Christina Taylor Greene was born on September 11, 2001. Some pundits have described her life as “bookended by tragedy,” but for her parents, Christina’s too-brief years must seem like the fast fanning-through of a treasured book, one they had anticipated reading at a leisurely and pleasant pace, only to have it cruelly snapped shut before their eyes.
...And let us pray that neither Ms. Giffords, or her family, or the brother of Christina Taylor Greene, or the mother of Gabriel Zimmerman ever have to read that their pain, their grief, their loss has been reduced to something as cynical and craven and ultimately banal as “[Democrats] need to deftly pin this on the tea partiers . . .Just like the Clinton White House deftly pinned the Oklahoma City bombing on the militia and anti-government people.”

Sheriff Dupnik should do his job.

Reader William Girardot writes: “Given that Jared Loughner registered as an independent, isn’t it time to condemn the vitriol of the middle? We have borne the milquetoast rhetoric of the moderates for too long!”

And: The biggest worry after the November elections was that a lot of people on the right would declare victory and go home. The shameless attempt to politicize the Tucson shootings and scapegoat people on the right has generated a huge amount of anger. Tea Party folks being who they are, I suspect this will mostly manifest itself as grunt-level political work in preparation for 2012 — precisely the opposite of what the scapegoaters were hoping for: Don’t get mad, get even, by making 2012 an even bigger shellacking than 2010.

amoylan amoylan
I'd like to see legislation banning Congress from coming within 1,000 feet of my paycheck.

Ann Althouse

Wyoming Loves its Politicians. Pennsylvania voters develop a taste for the Tea Party.

Reading: The Age of Napoleon, Will and Ariel Durant, The Bible (Zachariah), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling, Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert, 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. Chaunce

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Tue, Jan 11th - 9:07PM

January 9: Pulmonologist

To shorten winter, borrow some money due in spring.--W.J. Vogel

The Age of Napoleon, p. 179
9.0 miles

73 recordings of 40 types.

Rasmussen: -13: 48/51.

Last week I was busy happy making plans for the road trip of 2011. Boy, talk about being knocked off one's pins!

I went along for the pulmonology consult today. The Dr. is very nice, young, of course, but seems knowledgable and upbeat. Rich has stuff all through his right lung and lymph nodes on both sides are involved, so the doctor believes surgery is out.  Apparently this has been developing for quite some time.  The doctor personalizes cancers... some are slow and sneaky, able to hide for a long time, others are quick and don't realize this makes it easy to discover them.

The next step is a PET scan to see if this has gone anywhere else. That will be Wednesday.  Then a followup appointment on Monday and he'll schedule a biopsy.  He told us there were three kinds of biopsy but the bronchoscopy he does sounds like the best approach.  And sometime in there we talk to the oncologist. 

And this afternoon Rich had a breathing test.  He's doing it.  Actually, he's doing pretty well.  He was sad he had to miss bowling, but the next opportunity to take this test was the 24th.  Priorities!  One of his teammates called to see how he was doing.

After that we went for a couple of caches and stopped at Target for some sweat pants for Rich. (Thinking it was a good thing for the PET scan and maybe other procedures, and also  to stay warm here.) I hemmed one of the pairs up about 3 inches. They may still be too long but they probably won't trip him. I'm thinking about maybe getting a pair (of men's... the women's are hip huggers and I don't want that) for myself, too.

With great timing, just as we came in the door, my brother called. He and his wife have been travelling across the country to bring my nephew's worldly goods to him.  They were at a KOA campground in West Sacramento.  We went out and spent about 90 minutes with them. I haven't seen him since the dedication of the Franklin Room on the Hornet in March of, uh, 2006(?). This was nice. 

Then we stopped at La Rosa Blanca for dinner. We haven't had their food since the bridal shower. I was ready! Yum.  Also, I saw Patty and we hugged. (She doesn't remember who I am, but still.) Now, tomorrow, before the PET scan, he has to have protein and green veggies, and no carbs.  Does that sound like pepper steak, or what?

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Mon, Jan 10th - 11:15PM

"Allahu Palin" to quote Tim Blair

Jane Lovelace Redmond
The choice of the ultimate act was the shooters, however, the words of a President influence the thought processes of its citizens. Calling out citizens "enemies" that disagree with him does not promote civil discourse. Those on the left promoting violence or revolution also influence behaviors of those who embrace them. Those political figures who place blame on groups of people hightlight them and can incite retribution "ideas". Seeds can be planted by words and can grow into action by choices of indiviuals. Our political figures should set a high standard in solving differing views in our country. People are watching and listening. Our mainstream media today in its biased reporting and "discord dialogue" also come into play. Words do matter in formulating ideas, influencing emotion, and sometimes culminating in the violent behaviors of those who hear them.

Powerline: To be clear, if you're using this event to criticize the "rhetoric" of Mrs. Palin or others with whom you disagree, then you're either: (a) asserting a connection between the "rhetoric" and the shooting, which based on evidence to date would be what we call a vicious lie; or (b) you're not, in which case you're just seizing on a tragedy to try to score unrelated political points, which is contemptible. Which is it?

Jack Shafer
Only the tiniest handful of people—most of whom are already behind bars, in psychiatric institutions, or on psycho-meds—can be driven to kill by political whispers or shouts. Asking us to forever hold our tongues lest we awake their deeper demons infantilizes and neuters us and makes politicians no safer.

CNN’s coverage could be fairly described as “hate speech,” couldn’t it? Because that’s what blood libel is.

Compare to Ft. Hood

Don't just Do Something, Stand There.

Instapundit has a roundup.
Give it up guys. Your efforts to politicize this tragedy have been pathetic.

The shame and Hypocrisy of the New York Times. No surprise.

Allahu Palin!

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Mon, Jan 10th - 11:08PM

January 9: Spreading the News

The Age of Napoleon, p. 179
8.9 miles
gray, then blue skies, cold

75 recordings of 42 types. That's in 4 weeks!

Rasmussen: -12: 48/50.  Looks like 2011 will be as hard as 2010. Two more years of this!

Oops. I seem to have forgotten to post the 26th: so I added it onto the entry for the 27th, which I posted on the 30th. (Confused yet?)

On our way into church, our deacon and his wife asked "how are you?" and Rich said "that's kind of a loaded question" and I said "don't ask!"  So after church I went by and told him.  Nick's family came in and he told them (people are surprised to see him, as he was supposed to have surgery on Thursday.)  They sat behind me and commiserated.  We told just about everyone we know and asked for prayers.

Discussing the cancer with the leader of Sharing God's Bounty and the deacon, and it was almost funny. Jim said Rich would use just ANY excuse to get out of helping with SGB. He also, when Rich said he'd probably lose his right lung, ask if that was the music lung or the thinking lung.

Everyone promises prayers. And I wrote our goddaughter-the-nun who has the whole Salvatorian community now praying for Rich.

My hope is that he recovers from this (a year of misery for 20 more healthy ones) and then has the prostate surgery with no trouble, and then, maybe 10 years along if he wants a new knee he can have it. I wonder if he'd gone for a knee sooner, if they'd have X-Rayed and found this sooner.

I walked a few miles with the dog.

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Sun, Jan 9th - 9:24PM

January 8: Geocache Event

The Age of Napoleon, p. 179
5.5 miles
fog, gray

79 recordings of 44 types. There's football this weekend, so I'll drop behind.

Rasmussen: -11: 48/50.

I'm .7 pounds down, but still too high*.  My BP is borderline.

I went over to Mass at Presentation.  I chose the street with the light so I could make a left onto Whitney (which isn't all that busy on Saturday morning anyway.) But in the fog, the detector didn't see me, and the light was stuck on red. I finally turned right and went through a bunch of back streets to get back going the right way. When I got back to the intersection, I saw another car waiting where I was, and kept an eye out the rearview mirror to see if he ever got to go. Finally, way down the road, the light changed.

At Mass, Father was talking about having confidence in prayer. My prayer is to give the doctors and nurses skill, and Rich strength, for healing. (well, first a miracle, but assuming we have to go the slower path.) It's taken three days to get this verbalized... Thursday I was too stunned to manage a prayer, and yesterday it was "oh please oh please oh please..."

This afternoon we braved the cold and cached our way to a geocaching pizza party. One cache was a birdhouse with a lock, where we met some other cachers and traded travel bugs.  Nice. We had 5 finds and one not, and then the party, which was a crammed but fun event. This was not the place to be sad. And we definitely needed a break.

*The last thing I needed was pizza, of course.

Krugman, wrong yet again.
Texas starts from scratch: Every year is basically Year Zero when it comes to the state budget — there is no assumption that next year’s funding will match or exceed this year’s, and the state’s constitution explicitly forbids any legislature to tie the hands of a subsequent legislature, financially or otherwise.

[California could learn from this.]

(Texas writes one budget every two years, and has a legislature that meets every two years.)
...Analysts predict that Medicaid expenses could outstrip all state revenue within a few decades — meaning that Texas could not pay its Medicaid expenses, even if it dedicated 100 percent of its tax revenue to them. That is going to have to change, and I’m going to bet that Texas has better ideas for fixing that problem than Paul  Krugman does.

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Sun, Jan 9th - 6:30AM

The Arizona Shooting

What a terrible thing...Gabrielle Giffords shot. They're talking about the tone of optimism she reflected Friday. (I've been feeling more optimistic about Congress, too. Argh.) Of course, the liberals all blame the Tea Party and Sarah Palin: I'd like to point out that "hate" goes the other way quite ably as well.  The judge had had death threats.

Gateway Pundit
 9 Year-Old Christina Taylor Green Was Born on 9-11 – She Was Murdered Today in Tucson

The Contemptible Krugman.

Today the rumor is the motive was anti-Semitism.  In any case, maybe they should blame grammar teachers, not the Tea Party.

Two Sicknesses on Display in Arizona.  He links to a previous map similar to Palin's.

Geraldo's "acted stupidly" moment.

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Sat, Jan 8th - 10:06PM

January 8: No Sleep

The Age of Napoleon, p. 166
4.3 miles
fog, gray

86 recordings of 45 types.

Rasmussen: -11: 48/50.

I didn't get to sleep last night till 4 AM. I can say "no point in fretting... let it go for the night..." but I couldn't do it. Vince, who called last night, says he thinks he just sat, stunned, in front of the computer for an hour.

We had a nice phone call from a friend who wondered how the prostate op. had gone.  So I apprised him of the actual state of affairs.

Unfortunately, the oncologist didn't call. Rich went down to the Home Show but it wasn't very exciting.

Awwww.  Waxman says "it isn't fair." Cry me a river.

Sperling to Replace Summers.
It proved difficult, I imagine, to find a CEO with economic credentials who supports Obama’s rapid expansion of the regulatory regime as somehow being a “singular focus” on job creation.

Popcorn! More popcorn!

The White House and Capitol Hill really ought to be roped off as a crime zone.

Hahaha!  A picture is worth K words!

Rich Lowry.
If only Mark Twain were alive to skewer the censorious protectors of modern sensitivities who have taken to banning Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from the classroom and now to excising its offensive words.’s critics of the book miss that it condemns racism, brilliantly and movingly, although much too subtly for the witless commissars of offensiveness.

Reading: The Age of Napoleon, Will and Ariel Durant, The Bible (Zachariah), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling, Uncharted Territory, Connie Willis, 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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Fri, Jan 7th - 10:11PM

January 6: A Shock

The Age of Napoleon, p. 166
4.3 miles
fog, gray

84 recordings of 42 types.

Rasmussen: -16: 46/53

Bren Pratt Being that the Health Care bill is 2,000+ pages, and NO ONE read it, what's the big deal over them reading our Constitution?! At least they're ALL reading something now, right?!

Ed says "What has it cost us to ignore it?"

Bookwormroom comments. More.

The NYTimes Explains the Constitution.

So I watched... and took these three notes:

Oh, come on, the question was answered: ("we have not been able to review the language"? That caused a laugh! He's just trying to get to the "3/5 of a person."

"We the People" (goosebumps.)

Twit birthers!!!

Rich's doctor (substitute for his real one who is on maternity leave. As a third-year resident she'll be gone next year anyway) called, wanting to see him today.  I made the appointment and then we went on down. More waiting, another book nearly finished.  And it was Very Bad News. There's a 7x3.5 cm mass in his lung.

We're both pretty much in shock.  The doctor said she'd set up an oncology consult. We stopped by a Goodwill where I got a Boynton book and "How do Dinosaurs clean their rooms?" and a dinosaur floor puzzle for next year.  There was also a Thomas the Tank Engine floor puzzle but unfortunately some pieces were missing.

Boy, I was dreading today for the prostate operation, but I really wish that was how it played out instead!

Public Unions.

It's NOT the vaccinations!  That won't convince the True Believers, though.

Buckle up!


Iowahawk's Year in Review.

Julie Borowski:
Over a century ago, Judge Gideon Tucker first said “no man’s life, liberty or property is safe when the legislature is in session.”

Good news! Egypt Muslims to act as "human shields" at Coptic Christmas Eve mass.

Colleges Nationwide Recruit Homeschool Grads.

Our 2012 agenda will be making Pelosi Speaker again.

Best. Campagin Slogan. Evah.
steebo77 on January 6, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Pelosi still in denial.

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Fri, Jan 7th - 11:04AM

January 5: Reading

The Age of Napoleon, p. 166
4.3 miles
fog, then sun

82 recordings of 42 types.

Rasmussen: -16: 46/54.

Well, waiting in waiting rooms has given me a chance to read more, as well as philosophize about female language.  In my late reading, Michael Chabon's MYSTERIES OF PITTSBURGH (which I seem to have Freudianly mistyped as PISSBURGH).  Ayelet Waldman gave me to understand that her husband was a sunny optimist. It doesn't really show in this book, though it isn't actually gloom-and-doom.  It's a coming of age story, much more "literary" than my taste.  Furthermore, I really really don't care about sexual identity angst. Really.

Then yesterday I finished the READ-ALOUD HANDBOOK.  Trelease didn't mention the Just-So Stories or any Mark Twain. These are books I read to older kids, and my husband... with the Just-so, it was because I was reading a story to Bernadette and discovered all the adults and nearly adults in the family were listening.  Twain was because we were going to Hannibal so I read Tom Sawyer in the car on our way from Arkansas. 

Rich's TB test was negative. The nurse let slip that they didn't see anything on the Xray, but then why did they add the CAT scan and have the pulmonary appointment next week? I suspect the nurse is wrong. This year just sucks.

Do as I say.

Obama doesn’t want to be anywhere near Washington, D.C. when the peasants start to peaceably assemble to submit to congress a list of grievances.
Skandia Recluse on January 5, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Scott Ott: Robert Gibbs said to be leaving as White House press secretary in February. Administration seeks another gracious, thoughtful, even-handed gentlemen to be the public face of hope and change. Big shoes. [Heh. I can hardly wait.]

How the 112th Congress will Open.


Pelosi's Partisan Parting Shot

Boehner's 2007 speech, coming after Republicans were trounced at the polls in November 2006, was self-effacing, gracious, and non-partisan.  Pelosi's 2011 speech, coming after Democrats were trounced at the polls in November 2010, was self-serving, sharp, and partisan.
(And too long, don't forget that. I thought she'd never shut up.)
... Quite a difference from Wednesday's ceremony.

(Yeah, Boehner has class.  Pelosi... doesn't.)

Oregon Attorneys Sued for Settlement in Sex-Abuse Case.
Yeah, I suspect the attorneys are making all the money and scaring these cases up.  Besides losing Father Pastor on a dicy, I-don't-believe-it, case, another respected priest in the diocese was recently defrocked.  Again, only one alleged incident in 50+ years? I don't believe it either.


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Wed, Jan 5th - 9:26PM

January 4: The Handbasket Tour Continues

The Age of Napoleon, p. 166
3.3 miles
fog, then sun

63 recordings of 36 types. (today, however, is a bear. 29 scheduled.)

Rasmussen: -15: 47/53.

I took the dog out for a walk this morning and went about 3 miles around the neighborhood.  Then we went down to the lab for Rich's CAT scan. This waiting room time is doing great things for my book-reading numbers!

Back at home, talking to various clerks in various offices.  Finally the call came from the surgeon, nope, not going to do it.  Argh. Pulmonary wants to see Rich next week, and he's now scheduled for Monday. Who knows when the surgery will be now.

Reasons to be cheerful.
"hench-plagues of the Grim Reaper." Love it.

Go away.

Filibuster Reform
Why, that’s exactly what voters had in mind during this past midterm election!  They turned out in droves to vote for even more chicanery and posterior-protecting absurdities, like insisting that a day can last for weeks.



Got a problem with the Constitution?

Not soon enough.

Delusional Pelosi.
They spent the better part of a year chasing their health-care dreams while the public screamed for economic relief, and now, before Boehner’s even sworn in, she’s lecturing the GOP on priorities. Again: This is the perfect ending.

Boehner hangs tough.

Reading: The Age of Napoleon, Will and Ariel Durant, The Bible (Zachariah), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling, A Calf for Venus by Norah Lofts, 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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Wed, Jan 5th - 8:27AM

January 3: in a Handbasket

The Age of Napoleon, p. 166
0.2 miles

65 recordings of 35 types.

Rasmussen: -13: 47/52.

Well, this week sure went to Hell in a hurry.  Rich informed me that he's coughing up blood.  So down to the doctor we went, and spent about 2 hours in the office.  His regular doctor is on maternity leave, so he had a new one.

He got a TB test, to be read on Wednesday, and went to another building for a chest X-Ray.

There were two black people who came into the waiting room, quite loud.  Kevin, the bigger one, dominated the conversation.  I just caught a glance at his companion and thought at first it was maybe the teenage son.  Cell phone conversations (hardly private) told me this person was going to miss surgery at Kaiser because there was no driver. I guess Kevin wouldn't do it.  Anyway, when Kevin went in the other person started making lots of phone calls, and while I tried not to listen, it was hard to miss.  The light began to dawn that this person was a woman.  It still was iffy looking at her, but the conversation sounded different than that of a teenage boy.  It dawns on me that while Japan formally has different words and tone for woman-speech and man-speech, that we, too, have a gender difference. Later, she went back to her husband, as Kevin turns out to be. Peace in the waiting room at last.

Some quotes: "axing" "witchyoo" "the POlice came" talk about CPS (argh) "Trinamama bet not open her mouf."

Back at home, there was a phone call.  They want Rich to take a CAT scan.  This is not encouraging.

0bama's appointment for economic advisor.
Obama had a hundred days to make this decision before Summers hit the road, and he’s had 60 days since the midterm elections made it obvious that voters had tired of Obama’s focus being everywhere else but the economy.

If this is “singular focus,” then Obama is in serious trouble in the second half of his term.  And so are we.

Smart power.  So much better than that cowboy. ARGH.

It’s like standing between the rails and acting surprised that you were hit by a train.
And it should go without saying that you could grab 10 people at random off the street in New York City and they’d do a better job than Obama, et al.
A President Palin and Secretary of State Bolton would not find themselves in this situation, I guarantee you.
turfmann on January 3, 2011 at 10:19 AM

DOG BITES MAN: Another Losing Republican Scolds the Nation For Firing Him. “Outgoing Republican Representative from South Carolina Bob Inglis is not going off into forced retirement quietly. No, Ol’ Bobby wants us all to know that the nation has failed him.” I’m pretty sure he’s got that backwards.

Also Instapundit
IS OBAMA INTENTIONALLY DAMAGING OUR ECONOMY? I don’t think so, but I’m scratching my head trying to figure out what he’d do differently if he were. . . .

Reading: The Age of Napoleon, Will and Ariel Durant, The Bible (Zachariah), Forever in Blue, Ann Brashares, 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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Mon, Jan 3rd - 6:06PM

January 2: Down with the Decorations!

The Age of Napoleon, p. 166
0.1 miles

65 recordings of 37 types.

In church, one woman (93) stood up and protested the bulletin advertising Christo Rey High School as for "low-income" families.  She thought this put a stigma on the kids. However, that's what Christo Rey is for.  They have a work-study curriculum. Oh, well. Father let her have her say.

We took down the tree and all the trimmings. A lot earlier than usual, but with the operation later this week, it was time.

I copied over the files and pictures from November and December. And discovered I only have January of 2006 up in the journal files. I'll have to check the other computer, and maybe even the Gateway computer.  Geeze.

Sarah Mann Wolf
So Obama believes in second chances? So why didn't he get a rescue dog?

The Baby Boom reaches 65.  (Frankly, I'm dead tired of these guys. I've had to put up with them all my life.) ONE daughter?  two dozen grandchildren? Oh, it's the stepkids, I see.

Dave Barry's 2010 Year in Review.

Hahaha!  More popcorn!

Lifeofthemind [Moderator] 11 hours ago
I remember when she [Carol Moseley Brown] was considered a minor league hack from around the University. When I asked someone who she was I was told that she was from the Law School but she belonged south of the Midway because she did not meet the intellectual standards of even the Sociology Department, so maybe people at Social Service Administration would talk to her.

Later she proved to be a major embarrassment and public lunatic as well as by getting embroiled in a sex and bribery scandal with 3rd World thug connections. Clinton sent her to literally the other side of the planet as Ambassador to New Zealand. Which might explain any hostility we face from that nation.

0bama spends nearly half his Presidency outside Washington, plans to be gone more.

On "Meet the Press" December 26, top White House adviser Valerie Jarrett said President Obama's "biggest regret" is that the severity of the economic crisis forced him to "spend almost every waking hour in Washington focusing very hard on solving that crisis" and thus kept him from traveling the country to connect with the American people.  According to Jarrett, Obama recently told aides, "I really want to figure out a way where I can spend more time outside of Washington listening and learning and engaging the American people."  Jarrett says that in 2011 the president's schedule will "reflect that priority" -- that is, include more time outside the nation's capital.

But it turns out Obama has already spent nearly half his presidency outside Washington.  As of January 2, Obama has been president for 712 days. According to figures compiled by CBS News reporter Mark Knoller, who serves as a sort of unofficial White House record-keeper, Obama has spent 339 of those days -- nearly 48 percent -- outside Washington.
Of Obama's 712 days in office, just 45 days have passed without a presidential public appearance or statement of some sort, according to Knoller.

But even as he has appeared on America's television screens nearly non-stop, Obama's job approval rating has steadily inched downward.

[Yet Bush went to his ranch and the media screeching was terrible.]

The House will take up repeal of 0bamacare Before the State of the Union speech.

Good for Kirsten Powers. She admits to being wrong.

And so it begins. This is going to be a LOOOOOONG year.

Victor Davis Hanson.

Bill Quick's Predictions for 2011


1. Hillary will leave the Obama administration.

2. Attorney General Eric Holder will leave the Obama administration.

3. Germany will pull out of the Euro.

4. The Yen will collapse.

5. Sarah Palin will begin her run for the White House.

6. Mitt Romney will not.

7. Nor will Mike Huckabee.

8. The housing market will collapse again, and take several major financial institutions down with it this time.

9. California will experience what would be called “sovereign default” if it were an independent nation.

10. There will be an effort to recall Jerry Brown - from the left!

11. Major rioting will hit Los Angeles as the city, county, and state drastically scale back welfare programs at every level.

12. Mike Bloomberg will begin a run for the White House. Within three months he will end it.

13. The Supreme Court will strike down the individual mandate requirement of Obamacare after taking up the case on an expedited review basis, at the request of all sides.

14. The City and County of San Francisco will file for bankruptcy.

15. Gold will break $2000 an ounce.

16. There will be a successful “Black Swan” (who could possibly have imagined?) terrorist attack on the American heartland. The Obama administration will attempt to impose draconian new security measures. These will be rejected by Congress.

17. Obama’s personal popularity will sink below 40%. His job approval ratings will sink below 30%.

18. At some point, the House of Representatives’ approval ratings will be higher than President Obama’s.

19. Iran’s President Ahmajihadi will be assassinated.

20. North Korea’s current iteration of Dumb Leader will be replaced, not by his son, but by a military junta. Tensions in that part of the world will cool.

21. Militant Islamic terrorists will set off a nuke - in Russia.

Have a Happy New Year!
Submit to Stumbled Upon!
-Bill Quick

Mwalimu Daudi
January 1st, 2011 | #12

11 for 2011:

1. Lisa Murkowski, at the urging of the MSM, will run as an “independent” for the office of President. This will guarantee the re-election of Barack Obama in 2012.

2. There will be a Federal bailout of California - and a number of “moderate” Republicans in Congress will make it happen.

3. Having secured a Federal bailout, Jerry Brown will publicly hint at another try for President. He won’t end up running, though.

4. Sarah Palin will not run for President. Unfortunately.

5. Huckabee - the GOP’s version of Jimmy Carter - will run for President. Unfortunately.

6. Mitt Romney will also run for President - on a platform to “improve” ObamaCare by making it more like RomneyCare. Unfortunately.

7. Dennis Kucinich will not be beamed back aboard the Borg mothership that he came from. Unfortunate for us, but a wise move by the Borg.

8. Gas will hit $5 a gallon, and we will also see gas shortages. The MSM will say this is a good thing.

9. Unemployment will stay above 9%, and likely go above 10%. Again, the MSM will hail that as a good thing (”Funemployment!”).

10. Schwarzenegger will get a sinecure with the Obama Administration. Whatever the job title says, his real job will be to denounce the “radical” Tea Party Republicans.

11. The MSM will go on licking Obama’s boots (OK - that is a no-brainer).

MTP: Lindsey Graham: Romney's the likely nominee since he's most electable.  Didn't they make that mistake in 2008?

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Mon, Jan 3rd - 5:54PM


The Age of Napoleon, p. 166
0 miles
gray, rain.

69 recordings of 41 types. (This because at the last minute I decided to get the three "Back to the Future" films.  Before I trim the ones I don't want, I see I have 36(!) recordings scheduled for Tuesday. Ouch.)

Gallup: 0bama Bounce Fizzles.

I'm going back to praying the Daily Office.

The living areas of the house were cleaned and I'm doing my best to keep it that way. I'm not sure if the limited success is because of or in spite of the kids. I would like to hire a maid service and would rather have that than a big TV.  Another hope for the new year is a big road trip to Illinois for Becca's graduation, and I'd like to hire a house-sitter: this means I have to dig out a bedroom for her.

I've begun going through the paper boxes. But there are a LOT of paper boxes.

And pictures!  Digital and real pictures. OMG.

I saw someone on TV: "Throw out 50 things every month"  I think I've been doing that. Close, anyway. There's just a LOT of stuff.

We went down to visit Bernadette, and saw two accidents along the way.  The one that looked more serious had one cop, the three or four cars in the median ditch (right way up) had six.

Gareth was, again, really interested in the camera. I also read a few books to him. Joanna was being really cute.

We broke a mercury light bulb, and yet, didn't call HazMat.  I used to play with Mercury. It's fun to watch a bead move.

The Strangers Knocking at My Door, by Gerard Vanderleun, whom Bernadette informs me grew up in this neighborhood. This is a well-reasoned anti-abortion piece.

The amazing news of the day.

The Year that Should Humble the DC Establishment.

Good Riddance to 2010, What will Happen in 2011.

Come Together...

Now I've heard two times, today, about Hoppin' John. One of my FB friends was making it, and then I saw Two Fat Ladies make it. Ha.

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Sat, Jan 1st - 9:36PM

December 31: Goodbye to 2010

The Age of Napoleon, p. 164
271.5 miles

74 recordings of 42 types.

+1.8 pounds this week, +2.2 month (WTF?) -1.7 year after being down 4 or more pounds.  Very very annoying ballooning up like this.

Yesterday the readings were about Anna the prophetess seeing the Baby and predicting great things for Him.  Afterwards we saw an Anna's hummingbird.

Rasmussen: -12: 48/51. The FUBARtastic Four.

This is actually an easier choice than I thought it would be.
For me, easily, it’s leaving a press conference…leaving Bill Clinton in charge to be the temporary President… to go to a party.
Nothing encapsulates President Dilettante quite so perfectly as that visual.
powerpro on December 31, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Very, very tough choice. But I chose # 4:

–cluelessness re: how this would look to both Americans and leaders of other countries
–arrogance re: press sycophancy (he knew there wouldn’t be a lot of press blowback)
–obvious fear of his wife’s anger (confirmed off-the-cuff by Clinton)
–lack of seriousness re: his job

What’s next, cutting the SOTU short because Malia needs to be tucked into bed?
inviolet on December 31, 2010 at 8:11 AM

I had problems with the Hatchlings. I was supposed to be watching my cousin's, but apparently she got on long enough to add some new ones that I didn't know about, so most of them have run away. I paid the pet catcher to get two of them back.  Then I bought a super egg and fed the lot of them.  THEN, like an idiot, I bought another super egg for myself, which I don't need to do any more since Roni showed me a little trick. Argh.  So I went from 70 eggs to 35. Grumble.

I stopped by the library to return a library book and then ran a few errands. At the grocery store I was trying to get in the back window but it didn't open, so I opened the whole hatch, got my shopping bag, and slammed the door down.  It took a long-unseen acquaintance (I got the wrong Asian woman first guess, but not so bad that she knew) calling my name to show me the window popped open then. Oops.

Rich lit off the remaining Duraflame log.  They're obviously for looks only, they don't give off any heat.

I have 5 Criminal Minds episodes still to see to have seen the entire series, and 13 Law and Orders left. I'm going to start working on L&O: SVUs now.

NRO's 2011 Predictions.

Then there are these from Legal Insurrection.  These aren't serious predictions, but it'd be interesting.

"California will boycott itself, and spare us the trouble."

funny. Watch it all. Don't click anything.

Rich's stats last month:



























 6 baseballs, rubber bracelet, plastic egg, plastic toy teacup, hair band, plastic frog, 12" chain, toy metal finger ring, Bison pill carrier, squashed penny, marble, digital device belt clip, pair of dice, plastic flower barrette, 4 magnets, plastic wobbler, socket extender, pair of pliers.

 For me, 21.3 miles in December (271.5 total, and to my surprise, more than last year),
2.3 pounds up for December but 1.7 down for the year, 27 pages in December, 486 total.

In December I read 4 books (44 year, up from last year. At this rate it should only take me 40 more years to read all the books in the house I want to read), 2 movies (11), 1 plays (24), 9 Masses for 93 in the year. (Way down from last year.)

We found 36 caches last month, for 868 in the year (more than last year, again, a surprise) and we were at 7419 at the end of 2010. We're 196th in the world, and 14th locally. (Down overall 23 places, down 2 ranks locally.)

I did no proofing at all last month. Again. I'm in 981st (out of 33393 proofers) place in the first proofing round, with 872 pages proofed (11 for the year OUCH), 14th (out of 3881) in P2 with 23508 pages, (13 this year.  Disgraceful!), 519th (of 854) in P3 with 469 (2 this year) pages and formatting 569th place (3082) with 1020 pages, (20 this year).

In Flickr I have 38387 pictures, with 84089 views, and 164 sets to work on. Not to mention getting the Kodak/Ofoto pictures captured, which I still need to do.

In Netflix, I watched Captains Courageous, Stephen Fry in America (2 discs), and the Blind Side, plus two parts of Colour of Magic on instant view.

It's been quite a year, with 0bamacare and the November elections, the Tea Party and the Lame Duck.  We took trips to Los Angeles and Washington state (for GeoWoodstock VIII).  We also had an overnight in Oroville and did a number of caching runs around on various country roads.  Going around Sutter Buttes was nice. I took Gareth to the San Francisco Zoo to see Yo Gabba Gabba.

We went to see the King Tut exhibit, but skipped the Impressionists.  We also saw the Pixar exhibit in Oakland. We saw Weird Al at the State Fair.

Rich's cancer is the biggest health issue, but he also has an arthritic knee that bothers him a lot. My jaw is still wired wrong: I might well have preferred it to be numb.  My blood pressure keeps going too high at times, and I have various aches and pains that sometimes worry me.  Meanwhile, Glenna's cancer seems to be gone, though she still has the anemia.  Mark is having surgery for a hernia next month.

Lexi made her First Communion.  We also went to one wedding reception for a friend's kid, and gave a bridal shower for Nick's wife.  We went to our neighbor's not-quite-wedding. And Joanna was born! We met some geocachers and got to see my classmate again after 28 years. Rich surprised me with an anniversary party.

We got new carpet* and blinds, and I have two new cameras and a new computer. The curio shelves that Bernadette gave us look great!

*and I found out how to retrain Abby. She's looking great and seems to feel much better, too.

Cloward-Piven Strategy for Today?


Some of Hot Air's Top Posts of the Year.

David Burge
Q: Why do they call it a "Klein Bottle"? A: Because, like Ezra, it can't help talking out of its own ass.

Byron York.
The country is still learning the full extent of the damage. A new analysis by the Washington Post shows that a provision of Obamacare dealing with high-risk patients is attracting far fewer participants than expected but still costs vastly more than projected -- a bad omen for the law's other programs. And that is on top of earlier reports showing that Obamacare will actually bend the cost curve upward, not downward; that many companies are curtailing or planning to curtail coverage offered to employees and retirees; and that its core provision, the individual mandate, might well be unconstitutional.

It's a mess.
As the battle goes on, it will be good to remember the circumstances and lessons of the bill's passage. Given a brief window of opportunity, a determined group of lawmakers can do damage that might take years to undo.


The US is the major consumer of Venezuelan oil, the only real source of income Chavez has.  We can find our own oil — if Obama lets us — but Chavez may find it more difficult to unload his highly sulfuric crude elsewhere.  The US has the best ability to refine it, and his new allies in Iran and Russia are net oil exporters, not importers.  If Chavez manages to entirely kill the oil industry, which is the long-term direction he’s taking anyway, the shortages and poverty it will cause will eventually find him fleeing Venezuela for asylum in Tehran or Moscow, or perhaps on the wrong end of a military coup.

Obama's Hawaiian vacation cost taxpayers millions.

Dave Canale perish the thought! he is using the us govt as his personal travel agent. i believe this is 9 vacas this year. where is the outrage? imagine if it were bush. he went to his own ranch that he paid for and people screamed. its amazing what this guy can get away with. the average person cant put food on the table yet this jerk is on yet another tax funded vacation.

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