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Thu, Nov 15th - 7:34AM

Goodbye to All That

109 recordings of 18 types. 44% clear.

A crisis for Quebec women.



Ralph Peters is NOT happy with the generals

Michael Yon
Important Message from Marine Field Grade Officer

This officer served in Afghanistan. I publish his email with permission, but withhold his name for obvious reasons. PLEASE FORWARD THIS ONE:


...the election has put a damper on my motivation to contribute. What I would really like to write about is the loss of faith and confidence in our administration and. I found myself seriously considering resigning my commission last week and I haven't spoken to a single one of my peers that doesn't feel similarly.

I am very concerned that we're reaching a point where many people like me are seriously questioning why they would risk everything in defense of a country that they no longer recognize and in service to an administration that will sacrifice American lives and careers for politics without batting an eye. But of course I can't really write about that until I retire next year.

Maybe I'm being overly dramatic, but the debacle in [Afghanistan], 10 years of General and Flag officers failing to lead us, sequestration, the discussions about significantly scaling back retirement benefits for military members and the significant decrease in funding available for training, leads me to believe that we are facing a perfect storm that will decimate morale and will cause a massive exodus of the good people from military service.

I think there are a lot of us who feel betrayed by a clueless, selfish nation that thinks that because they say "thank you" to a veteran from time to time, we will continue to do the heavy lifting and they can keep maxing out the credit card at the mall. That scares the hell out of me.

Anyway, sorry for the rant. As always, your thoughts on any of this are of great interest to me...

Aaron Faticone This officer is dead on. Let these liberals defend their own socialist beliefs. We made an oath to the constitution and since the current administration has no respect whatsoever for those documents there is only one logical corse of action. Revolt against the political masters who are destroying America.

0bamacare affects all restaurants.

Reading: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (vol 1), Edward Gibbon, The Bible (1 Machabees), A Healing Year, Alaric Lewis, The Introduction to the Devout Life, St. Francis de Sales, Blue Highways, William Least Heat Moon, Herman Melville's Galapagos Sketches, Death, the Final Surrender, Fr. Cedric Pisegna.

See you in December!

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Wed, Nov 14th - 7:33PM

Last Day at Home

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p.126
202.5 miles
2 bike miles
sunny, cool

111 recordings of 22 types. 43% clear.

I am antsy. I'm sure I didn't think of something. 

In order to distract myself, I went down to the concert with Ron.  They had a wind quartet, with each of the five(! one guy plays oboe and English Horn) having a solo and then they played together at the beginning and the end. I had no idea a bassoon could do all that stuff, but who invented it, anyway?

We ate at the Thai place. Ron has discovered their veggies in peanut sauce. Oh my goodness. Again they didn't give us separate checks, so we split the bill.

Oh, yes, yesterday I also filled the tank, $3.51/gallon.  First time I've been under $40 for awhile.

And home.

Sunday I was able to verbalize something I've been thinking for some time, first to Ron as a practice to a conversation with a new woman. (I was going to say it at the break, but another woman got to her first, told me she'd make it quick, then was still talking 15 minutes later.)

I've always been somebody's daughter, somebody's wife, somebody's mother. I think I want to accept this challenge of living alone and finding myself. I miss Rich dreadfully, but am sort of enjoying the chance to live my own life. It is a challenge, but I welcome it. Let's see who I'll be when I grow up.

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Wed, Nov 14th - 7:22PM

The "I Need a Vacation" Compilation

Congratulations Democrats and Young People!

YOU now own it.

The next terrorist attack, You own it.
Can't get a job after graduation, You own it.
Sky rocketing energy prices due to Obama's EPA shutting down the energy producing states, You own it.
A nuclear Iran, You own it.
Bowing to the Soviet Union, You own it.
Another severe recession, You own it.
A volatile border with Mexico, You own it.
Trouble getting good health care, You own it.
Higher health insurance costs and health care costs, You own it.
No budget, You own it.
Our allies mistrust, You own it.
Another trillion of debt, You own it.
More Benghazi situations, You own it.
No one willing to join the military, You own it.
Trouble getting a loan to buy a home, You own it.
More dependency on food stamps, You own it.
Trouble finding good employment, You own it.
Several part time jobs instead of a good job, You own it.
A World Government, You own it.
The UN governing the United States instead of ourselves, You own it.
A Senate that will not bring any legislation to the table even if it is "Dead on Arrival", You own it.
China controlling our world trade trampling all over us, You own it.
Loss of our freedoms as we have known it in the past, You own it.
A dictatorship instead of a democracy that follows the Constitution, You own it.
Less take home pay and higher living costs, You own it.
Driving a car that looks like a toy, You own it.
More government corruption and lies, You own it.
More toleration of extreme and fanatical Islamists, You own it.
Terrorist attacks called work place incidents, You own it.
Your revenge instead of love of country, You own it.

President George Bush is free now, and there is not another good man for you to vilify and lie about. In a way I am relieved that another good man will not be blamed when it was impossible to clean up this mess you voted for. Hope You are pleased with what you have passed to our once Great Nation and have a good day. God Bless the United States and Texas! God is Our Only Hope !

"Victory at all cost. Victory in spite of all terror. Victory no matter how long and how hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival"---Winston Churchill

Give the People what they voted for

Victoria Knox A better idea is for conservatives to tamp down their natural inclination to donate money and volunteer help to Sandra victims in NY and NJ, since they thought Obama and FEMA did such a great job they voted for him. Conservatives can direct their humanitarian impulses to people in need who live in red states and let the blue states depend on government since that's what they want.

Lissa K Hailey I give to a charity that funds drug rehab treatment for young people. It's run by the sister of a friend who lost her son to drug overdose. They are staunch, dyed in the wool liberals and have been crowing their delight at Four More Years!! I am sorely, sorely tempted to take those contribution and apply them elsewhere, and tell them to ask the government for funding of their charity. I won't ... but I am tempted. My attitude is piss poor these days ... go figure.

Maggie Poinski Today I have officially gone "Galt". Since I have no business or a paying job to quit, I can only cut-off what I do have control over, and that is my charity donations. Today I had the opportunity to do just that. While checking out at Kmart I was asked if I wanted to contribute a $1 to the March of Dimes. I looked the girl in the eye and said, "No thank you. Obama has been re-elected and he assured us only he and the government can take proper care of autistic and Down Syndrome children." She didn't know what to say except, "Okay" and finished the transaction. The people behind me in line just blinked. Then upon getting home the house phone rang and it was somebody asking for a donation to a breast cancer charity. I said, "No, Obama has been re-elected and he assured us only he and the government care about 'lady parts', so you can just wait for money from his stash." and I hung up. When the local FOP calls for the annual donation I will repeat the same, fully knowing they as a union supported Obama in the election. I cannot wait to say the same to the Salvation Army with their red kettles and bells outside all those stores I frequent this holiday season. Oh, and all you little public school kiddies that go door to door with your $1 candy bars and whatnots ... yeah, you too. See what your union teacher says about that.

It felt ... oddly liberating.

Mary Schlesinger Wilson I was an Eddie Willer the first time I read Atlas, the second time around I got it, finally. I have no desire to keep it going. Think of it this way, if we keep fighting for what we know is right, it will take 20 or 30 years to completely lose. And then the people will never have known real freedom, they won't understand why they should fight for it. If the country sinks faster than the Titanic, people will know what they've lost and they will rise up for real leaders of freedom

Victoria Knox I don't want to see the nation fall to pieces but I want to see liberals die by the sword they have wielded. Since they expect free stuff from the government and our taxes will be paying for it, as far as I am concerned that's my charitable contribution right there. Instead of giving to organizations that will use my gift to promote things I disagree with, I can instead practice direct charity -- help a family I know with tuitiion to a religious school or music lessons, dontate to someone's medical emergency fund or to a rent party, etc. If you look around you, there are friends, family and neighbors in need and if they share your values you should help them out. There are websites that help you set up such person-to-person charities.

Elizabeth McKeighen: Stock market dropped like a rock the day after the election, now we are seeing mass layoffs. This is not the #Forward you were looking for.

0bama Heads to Asia While Congress Handles the Fiscal Cliff

It seems to me that we have a State Department and a Secretary of State to attend summits like the one in Cambodia, especially with pressing deadlines on fiscal crises at home.  Obama won his election bid.  Now it’s time to act like a leader at home rather than take victory laps abroad.

Now THIS is real f**king leadership, America, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart and my dark soul for giving us 4 more years of negligence, dismissal, and teenage amateurism so you could feel good about keeping a Mormon out of office and a black dude in. --Bishop on November 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM

The unvarnished truth from Mark Levin

 We will not abandon our child to a dark and bleak future. We will not accept a fate that is alien to the legacy we inherited from every single future generation in this country. We will not accept social engineering by politicians and bureaucrats who treat us like lab rats, rather than self-sufficient human beings. There are those in this country who choose tyranny over liberty. They do not speak for us, 57 million of us who voted against this yesterday, and they do not get to dictate to us under our Constitution.

We are the alternative. We will resist. We're not going to surrender to this. We will not be passive, we will not be compliant in our demise. We're not good losers, you better believe we're sore losers! A good loser is a loser forever. Now I hear we're called 'purists.' Conservatives are called purists. The very people who keep nominating moderates, now call us purists the way the left calls us purists. Yeah, things like liberty, and property rights, individual sovereignty, and the Constitution, and capitalism. We're purists now. And we have to hear this crap from conservatives, or pseudo-conservatives, Republicans.

The Not So Silent Majority By
Heard an Obama voter walking by complaining on the phone to her friend that her "stupid" job changed her to an hourly worker because of Obamacare. She said that it doesn't matter because she will make more money with the overtime. I see 30 hrs or less per week in her working future. ELECTIONS MATTER!

Here's those layoffs you voted for. No, it's not unAmerican business owners.

Elections have consequences.

This is what fear of the state looks like.

Hurrican Sandy Victims want Answers. Bush isn't Talking.

Don Surber: Liberals officially are saying 2nd term Obama inherited all his problems from 1st term Obama:

Chris L Garcia: John Steele....the 2012 election is over... yes we are all going to suffer anyway.....The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.

The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their president.

David Shimm.: As Glenn Reynolds says: "Next time, if you’re a GOP inspector and they throw you out, pull the fire alarm on your way so that they have to shut down everything."

Color me astounded. (Video.) Florida. Again.

November 10th, 2012

Hundreds of Thousands are without Power

For 11 Days people are hungry and freezing

113 fatalities
$50 Billion in Damage

And Obama Plays his 105th Round of Golf

New Yorkers Still in the Dark as 0bama Hits the Links

Victoria Knox: They voted for Obama so I care about this just as much as he does.

Jim Treacher: Don't worry, victims of Hurricane Sandy. Obama feels your pain, and he's doing something about it. Two words: algae cars.

Victoria Knox.
Homeless Sandy victims in NJ's "Bruce Springsteen country" who - let us not forget, thought FEMA and Obama did such a great job after the storm that they voted to re-elect him - found that the shelters FEMA put them in were as freezing cold as the homes without power that they left.

Cindy Zavala: Really? That's a shame. They voted for Ovomit and Christie and Bloomburg. They get what they deserve. Ovomit won't be around anymore. No need for any more photo ops. Now you are seeing the kind of jerk he really is. Have fun digging through the trash for food.

Jay Ó Tuathail Now everyone gets to live outdoors like Occupy Wall Street.

32,357 jobs lost because of 0bamacare in 3 days.

Now the End Begins

    Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh Thursday, November 8, 2012

    Our Constitutional Republic died a peaceful death on November 6, 2012. Having reached the point of no return in a comatose state after years of progressive and illegal immigration assaults, the fabric of conservative society is now completely unraveled and Uncle Sam’s America is no more.

    The United States of America is now relegated to the dust bin of history as a “has been” empire. The Shining City on the Hill, the hope of so many millions since July 4, 1776, no longer exists. What rises from the ashes is a country that few of us will recognize, like, or learn to accept submissively.

    After 236 years of existence, a new country emerges today, run by secular progressives who rejected our Constitution, what we stand for, and who we are as a nation. The Supreme Court will be forever altered after its last conservative members will be replaced by the liberal academics who call themselves “progressives.” The rule of law will be implemented by Executive Orders, making Congress irrelevant.

    The communist motto “Forward” that resonated with so many ignorant Americans will plunge us into many years of darkness

    The communist motto “Forward” that resonated with so many ignorant Americans will plunge us into many years of darkness from which we will never be able to recover. We have proven our Founding Fathers right, they did give us a Constitutional Republic and we were unable to maintain it.

    The forces of the failed communist fundamental transformation that were driven underground in many places around the world, resurfaced with a vengeance in the United States and have now taken over.

    How long we will still have freedom of speech, movement, assembly, and control of our private property remains to be seen. Faith and churches will be driven underground; allowing secularism to prosper and take deep roots among the progressives whose God is Mother Earth.

    The welfare dependent Americans, unions, and illegal aliens have chosen for the rest of us the dark path of serfdom to big government and to socialist utopia.

    Who would have guessed that the very people who were complaining that the government is not extricating them from disaster or giving them the help they needed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, would vote for the very politicians who turned their backs on needy Americans after the lights went dark when the political photo opportunities ended?

    Who would have guessed that Americans were as ignorant and irresponsible as to choose fiscal destruction over fiscal sanity for their children and grandchildren, secularism and communism over faith, dependence over personal responsibility and self-reliance?

    Americans have been protesting for the last four years the dismal state of the economy and the direction of our country, the corruption of our politicians, and the loss of personal and economic freedom.

    Rallies in support of conservatism overwhelmed venues for Mitt Romney while rallies for our bumbling President became scarcer and scarcer. Yet, miraculously, at the ballot box, our President won all over the country.

    We lost seats in the Senate. Americans chose liars and cheats to be their Senators and Representatives, rejecting those who protected the Constitution. The candidate from Massachusetts who claimed direct American Indian lineage to Pocahontas is now a Senator, having defeated Scott Brown. Representative Allen West lost his seat by a narrow margin to the infamous Wasserman Schultz from Florida.

    Americans chose high unemployment, reduction of our military, communist indoctrination of their children, and loss of personal freedoms unlike we have never seen before in this country.

    I am saddened by the loss of millions and millions of American soldiers who have died to preserve freedom yet we lost it on November 6, 2012. Those buried in cemeteries around the world and at Arlington must be rolling in their graves today. We shamelessly allowed their sacrifice of blood and treasure to go in vain. We have no honor because we let down all the soldiers who fought in recent times and returned home limbless with lives shattered from physical and mental wounds of war.

    I mourn today the loss of my adopted country. I have fought hard over the last four years to prevent its overt and accelerated destruction but the darker forces stronger than many of us have overcome concerted efforts by millions of Americans to maintain the Republic. Mediocrity, sloth, godlessness, dependence, cowardice, using the law selectively or ignoring it, and hopeless corruption will define the new country. Only God can save us now with his mercy and grace.

Mark Steyn.

Why Mitt Romney Lost
The White House, a Senate majority, and strengthened control in the House of Representatives was not simply within reach for the Party of Lincoln this election cycle. It was gift-wrapped and adorned with pretty little bows. President Barack Obama presided over the worst economy in memory—a situation greatly exacerbated by the very policies he implemented to restart the economy; U.S. foreign policy is a shambles and our standing even (especially?) in the countries we “liberated” recently from autocracy is plummeting; and a record number of voters had disaffiliated from the Democratic Party since 2008. The president was pulling bad numbers right up to the eve of the election.

And yet Obama won re-election easily and the Democrats gained a net two seats in the Senate (including wins in Missouri and Indiana that should have been easy Republican victories). That’s because the GOP, despite its endlessly repeated mantra of limited government, is wildly out of touch with the majority of Americans who consistently say they want the government to do less, spend less, and not enforce a single set of values.

100% of the vote. 

108% voter registration.

I can't believe President Obama's luck. First, he received over 99% of the vote in districts where GOP inspectors were illegally removed. Next, he won 100% of the vote in 21 districts in Cleveland. Well, he's gotten another lucky break!

Mr. Obama won Wood County in Ohio this year. That's right, Mr. Obama won the majority of Wood County's 108% of registered voters. That's not a typo.

In 2012, 106,258 people in Wood County are registered to vote out of an eligible 98,213. But it certainly must all be a coincidence, right?

A Statistical Miracle.

Did 0bama Rig the Voting Machines?

Why I despair

Allen West Wins

The Real Reason Petraeus Resigned

Doctors without Borders

Adrienne A. Price So, they and the Israelis got in before FEMA? Let's just fire the whole government and subcontract. At least we will be able to review the cost structure and maybe get competitive bids.

I still love the Georgia power guys who restored my neighborhood. Never saw ConEd.

Crooked Politics: Obama Lost in Every State With Photo ID Law.

Bill Maher. What a Dork.

Victoria Knox: So let me get this straight: 93 percent of blacks voted for Obama vs. 59 percent of whites voting for Romney and according to this math challenged a$$hole, WE"RE THE RACIST ONES. This just proves Bill Maher's intellect is as low functioning as his face is homely (someone should tell him that if he has an extra $1 million he could put it to better use getting a nose job and do something about his weirdly mismatched lips -- oh, I guess I just did).

Victoria Knox: NY and NJ gave FEMA a vote of confidence by voting to re-elect Obama because they thought the federal government under Obama's leadership was doing a terrific job. WV voted for Romney 2:1 so conservatives who want to donate money or help victims directly through volunteer efforts to WV and allow the citizens of NY and NJ to get whatever help will come from the federal government, which is what they prefer.

Comment from Youtube. "Funny how the first time we see this narcissist cry it's while talking about himself."

Applebees Mulls Hiring Freeze, is Threatened with a Boycott. Oh, that'll help.

Kate Berry I'm in Yorkshire, sometime around the Battle of the Somme. Which is to say... I've made a "Will Not Support" list of celebrities in film/fashion/TV/music/news/innerweb that I will not patronize. I will not watch movies or shows they're in. I will not buy their CDs, iTunes or magazines. I will not read their websites. I will not watch their networks or read their sites. So... I'm down to Fox for my news and BBC America for television. For music, I'm listening to classical, Gregorian chants or old-timey (1909-1939) music. I read my site and two others. And I don't freaking care if it makes me seem 'out of touch' with America anymore. America is out of touch with me. In fact, if America wants to get in touch with me... it can kiss my fluffy ass.

Bruno Leombruno Obamacare is like a drowning person tieing an anchore around their neck.

How we Can Win

Mark Paquette Good luck - is that how you de-program the brain-washed? I'm all for going Galt now ... let them be crushed under the weight of their own decisions. I've been paying for crimes I never commited for a lifetime, to people who've never been victims.

Mark Paquette As far as I'm concerned, what I thought were poor unfortunate democrats are now my enemies. They might've been blind in 2008, but they were wide awake in 2012. Not my cup of tea, and I'm cutting off the personal aid I've shown those fools - let their messiah, big gummint, save them.

Jim Treacher: Come on, you guys, it's time for Republicans to start working with the Democrats. Just like the Democrats did in 2000. And 2004. And 2010.

Bram Clark I try to work with them all the time. I send them news articles, books to read, free audio courses in basic Logic, suggestions for dressing like an adult, tips for being able to satisfy all seems like it goes nowhere though.

Taxing Big Blue

"So if Boehner and his team are going to put some tax increases on the table, perhaps by eliminating deductions more than raising rates, they should learn from past mistakes a drive a truly hard bargain. Make the spending cuts immediate, not a load of cold porridge about $X of cuts happening over ten years, eight of which will never come. The opening bid should be small revenue increases for big fiscal restraint, something on the scale of giving Obama his silly “Buffett Rule” millionaire surtax in exchange for a balanced budget.

And let’s hope the Speaker and the rest of the Republican negotiators are smart enough to propose revenue increases that will hurt liberals the most. Start by taxing the ever-loving crap out of Hollywood. I’ve suggested this before, and the esteemed Instapundit, Glenn Reynolds, was on the same wavelength last August when he suggested bringing back the 20 percent excise tax on motion picture gross revenue from the 1950s.

David Shimm "This year, the Democratic president was re-elected with a smaller majority, while House Republicans have won or are leading in 235 districts, the most they held between 1994 and 2006. Based on the latest count, they lost only seven seats, even though Democratic redistricting plans cost them 11 seats in California, Illinois and Maryland.

This despite the fact that almost every House Republican supported Paul Ryan's Medicare reforms, which were supposed to cost Republicans votes -- but didn't when they had a chance to explain that people over 55 aren't affected and that Obamacare cut $716 billion from Medicare.

So Obama owes most of his victory margin to negative personal campaigning, while Republicans held the House despite -- or because of -- their opposition to big-government policies.

The president claims a mandate because, as he said in 2009, "I won." But Speaker John Boehner has some basis for claiming a mandate, too, as the fiscal cliff negotiations begin."

Let's hop Boehner doesn't go squishy on us.

Jim Treacher: Well, now we know Big Bird is safe. Elmo's friends, maybe not so much.

Fred Thompson
The Pentagon has revealed that two Iranian fighter jets fired on an unarmed US Predator drone in the Persian Gulf.

Just waiting for President Obama to claim it was because someone posted a bootleg copy of "Top Gun" on YouTube.

Cavuto: Romney is not a Loser

A man attacked for getting rich after putting thousands to work, risking "his" money...but the president's not, for "losing" jobs, after spending billions on stimulus and bailouts with "our" money.

Andrew Malcolm
Leno: Hillary Clinton denies she'll run for president in 2016. Says all she wants to do is sleep. So, she should probably be vice president.

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Wed, Nov 14th - 4:22PM

November 13: Done Packing

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p.126
201.5 miles
2 bike miles
sunny, cool

107 recordings of 22 types. 45% clear.

Today I was doing finishing touches. I went to breakfast with the ladies, and left early so I could make my doctor's appointment. She would like to tinker further with my blood pressure, but it would be fine-tuning and she's OK with where it is. "I can live with this," she says, and I say "as long as *I* can."

Then I bought 100 Christmas stamps, which I'll use when I get back. Last year I didn't send out any cards (except thank-yous) and this year I have a lot of people to appraise of how I'm doing.

On out to the Wildlife Care to drop off a lot of newspapers. I have plenty for the next month and people keep giving me more.  It works out fine.

I stopped by a cache location to check out where I can replace it, and made a plan.

And so home to finish packing.  I charged up the Nook and the camera battery and cleared the few pictures off my new disc. I think I'm ready.  I hope.

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Wed, Nov 14th - 9:35AM

November 12: Apple Hill

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p.126
201.5 miles
2 bike miles
sunny, cool

108 recordings of 23 types. 45% clear.

I'm going to let Bernadette write most of this entry.

Took the kids to Apple Hill today with Mom.

First stop: Kids Inc. Didn't know where the trail was, ended up going on the steep walkway around the small vineyard, which was very wet clay soil. You know what they call wet clay? Slip. Foresight wins because I brought spare clothes for the kids. And yeah, I shouldn't have been laughing, but Joanna wailing "Sticky mud! Sticky mud!" was too cute. We did find the real trail and that was nice. They don't have anything savory at the bakery like they did last year so I just got a giant slice of pie and parceled it out to the kids with a few bites for myself.

Second stop: Larsen Apple Barn. Nice little museum. Got some apples at $1 or less a pound. Got something lunchlike for me & the kids (sorry, at $8 a pop I'm not going to get more than one generic turkey avocado sandwich.) Went across the street to the marvelous "picnic area" that they have. Think five acres of lawn, stream, waterfall, and water wheel, all with just enough slope to be interesting and not so much that you dread going back to your car. Highly recommended.

Third stop: High Hill Farm/Fudge Factory. OMG. Everybody and their dog was there, and I think that the original purpose of Apple Hill has been obscured by the mercantile there. Craft vendors, lines out the door for just about everything. Saving grace was the play areas; High Hill has a fishing pond and right next to it is an area with a U-slope in between trees with marvelous roots where the kids can run down and up, down and up, downandup. Fudge Factory had a tiny little play area with sandbox, tilt-plane, and wooden train. Seriously, though, I'd avoid it AND the nearest freeway exit. Too much traffic, not enough apple orchard experience.

I think Joanna was most upset that her shoes were getting dirty.  Gareth was fine except he kept pulling down on my arm.  He really didn't want to go to the last stop and it was a waste of time because I was going back to the miniature place to buy a clock, but it's gone. I guess he sold out. Lesson learned. Not that I have room for it on my walls anyway.  Then Gareth was OK at the playground, and cried when we left.

He knows I'm going to South America, and he might have some idea where that is.  He wants to go with me. But Grandma is coming next week, so that will be all right.

{wail}     DSC02415

The day started well, too, with Joanna thrilled to see me: "Nana's here!!"  And then, when I was walking with her (after we were out of the sticky MUUUUUUUUD!) I showed her the leaves on the ground and told her about "Fall."  And we showed both of them the apples under the trees.  Although Gareth was being dense at that point. "What's under the trees?" "leaves." "What else?" "grass."  "What are those things?" "let's go home."


Apples used to be simpler. I remember when there were Jonathans, Granny Smith's, and Delicious.  Now my favorites are Galas and Fujis.  I tried Arkansas Blacks, and Winesaps. I really liked the latter. 

Nice time.

 Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)

Friendship after Love

AFTER the fierce midsummer all ablaze
Has burned itself to ashes, and expires
In the intensity of its own fires,
There come the mellow, mild, St. Martin days
Crowned with the calm of peace, but sad with haze.
So after Love has led us, till he tires
Of his own throes, and torments, and desires,
Comes large-eyed friendship: with a restful gaze,
He beckons us to follow, and across
Cool verdant vales we wander free from care.
Is it a touch of frost lies in the air?
Why are we haunted with a sense of loss?
We do not wish the pain back, or the heat;
And yet, and yet, these days are incomplete.

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Tue, Nov 13th - 7:49PM

November 11: Veteran's Day

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p.126
201.5 miles
2 bike miles

105 recordings of 20 types. 46% clear.

I'm 1.8 pounds down for the night, borderline high BP.

I slept in today.  I've decided, what with the cheating and the 108% of voters, etc., that this President's second term should have an asterisk... and every time after Jan 20 he makes a bad move (probably daily, if this term is any indication), we should all say "You're NOT my President."

Finally, I got away from Facebook and out the door with the dog. In 2.5 hours, I made a deposit (a whopping $5.51 in a settlement, written to Rich. If they don't accept my endorsement, big deal.) I  bought breakfast, maintained two caches, found three*, had two DNFs, skipped two because where in heck do you park, walked .2 miles, made the dog happy even though mostly he stayed in the car, drove about 20 miles, got some cash, and so home.

*more than all last month. 236 found since Rich died. Pathetic.

Then I wore the USS Franklin hat, and my flag shirt, to the WPAC meeting.  It was huge today, 38 people, and interesting. The topic was "why are you here?" and there were lots of good stories.

From there to dinner, and so home. The flag was still out and it was dark, but since tomorrow is Veteran's Day observed, I'm just going to leave it.

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Tue, Nov 13th - 5:59AM

November 10: Looking for One Thing, Finding Another.

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p.126
201.5 miles
2 bike miles
cloudy, cold.

106 recordings of 22 types. 45% clear.

Bernadette Durbin
In the car:
"Gareth, what did we do today?"
"We went to Sacramento Children's Museum."
"And then?"
"Taco Bell!"
(Okay.) "And then?"
"The fish!" (Nimbus Fish Hatchery.) "And..."
"And it's NOT ENOUGH!"

"You take the trouble to construct a a society , based on the principles of...of endeavor to make communicable sense out of natural order, morality out of the unnatural disorder of man's make government and art, and realize that they are, must be, both the bring things to the saddest point of the point where there is something to lose...then all at once, through all the music, through all the sensible sounds of men building, attempting comes the Dies Irae. And what is it? What does the trumpet sound? Up yours." --Edward Albee

My 6128 Favorite Books

I continue to get ready for my trip. I gathered my courage and went through two of Rich's drawers, though I haven't yet cleaned them out. I was looking for his little travel alarm that was hanging on the headboard for a long time. I found a sewing kit and lots more insect repellent, but can't find the alarm clock. I went out later and bought an 8G picture disc and a plastic magnifying glass. The suitcase weighs 39#, measured two ways (weighs?), so I'm safe.

I walked the dog and got further away than I realized, close to Roni's old high school friend.

I was looking for a little Thanksgiving door thing Bernadette made some years ago, and instead found two boxes of Sharing God's Bounty t-shirts that our friend the judge and eulogist has been looking for. I loaded them up in the car, using the hand truck, which was interesting till I figured out how to keep them on it for the first tilt.  Then I realized I wasn't going to Mass tomorrow morning anyway.

I did go to Mass tonight so I could go to the Portuguese dinner. I ended up sitting across from the mother of a woman who died right after Rich did. She told me her 11-year-dead husband had appeared to her daughter and to her just before Maria died. It was her first husband dream. Hmmm. Maybe I shouldn't yearn for a Rich-dream so much.

I will be SO glad to get away from voter fraud, Benghazi, Petraeus, Sandy while 0bama golfs, regulations, 0bamacare, the fiscal cliff, and on and on and on. I really need this vacation. These people are driving me crazy.

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Mon, Nov 12th - 6:14PM

Post-Election Rants, November 6-8.

Clinton asks the Crowd "who wants a President who will knowingly tell you something he knows isn't true?" Is he actually the best messenger for this?

Obama Suppressing the Military Vote.

"The Obama administration by way of the Pentagon blamed a lack of funds for their failure to comply with the law. That’s right, the same administration that has spent more money in less time than any other in American history is pleading poverty when it comes to ensuring that our military can vote in this year’s presidential election.
The same Obama administration that funded Solyndra, Obamacare and Cash for Clunkers couldn’t spare any change to help ensure that our nation’s heroes can exercise the right to vote.
We can afford to send $2 billion to the Egyptian government, run by the radical Muslim Brotherhood — whose president has recently called for the destruction of Israel — but we can’t fund efforts allowing our own soldiers to vote?"

Jim Treacher: Maybe the press would care about Benghazi if we told them that's the brand name of Sarah Palin's tanning bed.

Clinton's Paradox

40 Reasons Not to Re-elect Barack Obama

Victoria Knox
If Obama wins, conservatives will look upon this as the night that America died. Obama will pack the court with people who will interpret our Constitution according to foreign laws -- including Sharia; the makers will be sucked dry paying taxes to provide a better standard of living to the takers -- including illegals -- than they will have with the earnings or profits Obama allows them to keep; and we can kiss our First and Second Amendment rights goodbye. Even if Repubs one day get control of all 50 state houses and majorities in both houses of Congress, the Supreme Court will void the laws we pass, and any common-sense ballot measures that they don't like. It is over for us, and for our country. Know that tears are streaming down my face as I type these words.

Jim Treacher: Breathe a sign of relief, ladies. Now Mitt Romney can't give you cancer because he hates vaginas and hates you because you have vaginas.

Leslie Feffer but at least we can sleep well at night, knowing that sandra fluke will get free birth control

Dawn Brimhall And Big Bird is still alive, and gays.....still can't marry in at least 32 states, but Obama says he supports them.

Bill Groeller The achievers should call a general strike.

A friend posted this earlier and it really describes taxes and wealth re-distribution so succinctly.

"Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this…

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing
The fifth would pay $1
The sixth would pay $3
The seventh would pay $7
The eighth would pay $12
The ninth would pay $18
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59
So, that’s what they decided to do.

The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve ball.

“Since you are all such good customers,” he said, “I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20?. Drinks for the ten men would now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes. So the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men ? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his fair share?

The bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by a higher percentage the poorer he was, to follow the principle of the tax system they had been using, and he proceeded to work out the amounts he suggested that each should now pay.

And so the fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% saving).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% saving).
The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28% saving).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% saving).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% saving).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% saving).
Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But, once outside the bar, the men began to compare their savings.

“I only got a dollar out of the $20 saving,” declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man,”but he got $10!”

“Yeah, that’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man. “I only saved a dollar too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more benefit than me!”

“That’s true!” shouted the seventh man. “Why should he get $10 back, when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!”

“Wait a minute,” yelled the first four men in unison, “we didn’t get anything at all. This new tax system exploits the poor!”

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks so the nine sat down and had their beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and government ministers, is how our tax system works. The people who already pay the highest taxes will naturally get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas, where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier."

Scott Southside Nickles: I agree. Stupid.. it's like a dumb housewife going back to her husband after he beats her and screws another chick right in front of her. So many idiots just wanting free shit

Brian Renken: It's like the Titanic backing up and hitting the iceberg again.

Jim Treacher: You know who this helps? The estate of Ayn Rand.

Sarah Mann Wolf And they [latinos] all vote Liberal as do most immigrants, because they come to this great country with no knowledge of what made it great. Phillip, this imposter is probably going to get to appoint up to three Supreme Court justices. I predict our Constitution will be unrecognizable in 4 years, and even that this imposter will attempt to get elected for a THIRD term. Luckily, I also predict that Hillary will want her turn and this party will finally be torn apart. I will never "come together" for the Nanny state. Look at Greece and most of Europe. Look at Russia. That's what we just elected.

Kremlin Cheers Obama Victory.

Jim Treacher: Gee, I don't know why I'm skeptical that Obama's going to bring the country together now. Oh wait, I remember: THE LAST FOUR YEARS.

Elizabeth Campbell: Looks like Prop 30 is passing and Prop 32 is losing, and three strikes has been reformed! We did not get rid of the death penalty but it is still a very good day in California.

[Down the Tubes]

Mj Larkins The leftist thugs now have 4 more years to turn America into a turd world sh*t hole. Have fun with your rolling brownouts, your tiny deathtrap cars, your solar energy scams, and your medical decisions made by unknown bureaucrats determined to keep costs down, at the cost of your life. May your Pyrrhic victory comfort you when you can't come up with the money to buy toilet paper.

Roxanna Trinka: Beating breast cancer was easier than the last four years.

Jim Treacher: Ask not what your country can do for you... ask how you can get revenge on your country.

Ric Manhard: Give me liberty or. Who'm I kidding? Just step away from the free shit and no body gets hurt

Dennis Frisby: If I believed in the Mayan calendar I would say we have nothing to fear because the end is near. Unfortunately, those who live through the next four years are probably going to wish the Mayan calendar had been accurate.

Steve Oroszi: Not making any sense. Romney had crowd’s on the campaign trail the size of which McCain could only have in a wet dream. Yet McCain had 60 million votes compared to 57 million for Romney. Something is amiss & very disturbing with these numbers

Victoria Knox
I live in NYC and was impacted by Sandra (and am in the bullseye for the nor'easter that's coming today), though not as badly as other NYC and NY state residents have been. But you know what, I don't feel sorry that these folks fear looters.

They voted for Bloomberg who has made it impossible for law-abiding citizens to have guns. They voted for the liberal and Dem pols who kept raising their homeowner's taxes to pay for all sorts of goodies and are now wondering why some of that money isn't coming back to them when they need it (hint: it was spent as soon as the check came in). And they voted for Obama yesterday, b/c NY and NJ went blue yet again even though the people there know the truth of how inept the disaster relief response has been.

You sow what you reap, and while no one deserves what Sandy did to them, they deserve what the politicians they voted in do to them.

Victoria Knox
The first half of this article gloats over Obama's win before getting around to the question at hand. So the upshot is: Advertising revenue will be down b/c of new taxes and online restrictions.

The article doesn't connect the dots as to what this will mean, so I will: Less advertising means fewer jobs in the advertising industry; fewer newspaper, magazine and TV jobs; and some publications going out of business. Cable companies may also go out of business b/c of the combo of less advertising and struggling families cutting the cord.

The very people who voted for Obama and the Dems last night will be impacted the most. As I noted in my post about NYers who voted for Bloomie now fearing looters, you reap what you sow.

Victoria Knox Jeffrey: I said if Romney won there would be rioters (looting of TVs, liquor and such is a natural byproduct of rioting). The Sandy looters may or may not be the same people who would have rioted if Romney won, but I suspect they are. And please note that I am not attaching any racial component to this. The Occupy rioters and looters were mostly white. What looters/rioters all have in common is a sense of entitlement to take what they haven't earned, either by sticking their hands out and letting the government give it to them or by taking it by force. Either way what's yours is theirs.

Jim Treacher: If there's anyone angrier than a liberal who's just lost, it's a liberal who's just won.

Robert Frisch I need some comfort after Allen West and Mia Love lost but Jessie Jackson Jr won from a mental clinic. Is this real life?

Jim Treacher: Right now, the Obama administration is getting back to the vitally important work of finding scapegoats for all his problems.

Stephanie A. Richer: Once again, President Obama inherits a mess from the man who held the office for the past four years.

Kirk Walker DJIA down 350.....but, hey....vagina!!

Benghazi lurks

Yeah, I'm sure the people in NYC and NJ agree. Chris Matthews is unbelievable.

Jim Treacher: America is so racist, we only elected a black guy twice.

Dave Price
The problem for the GOP is that racebaiting minorities with claims that "the white GOP is out to get them" is perfectly acceptable, but similarly racebaiting whites is of course EVIL and must be denounced. And that's why whites don't vote as heavily along racial lines -- the GOP holds to principled equality of opportunity, just as it did back when Democrats were racebaiting whites into voting D with the same kinds of favors they do minorities now (and losing elections to Dems because blacks were violently suppressed from voting).

It's hard being on the side of good, evil has all the advantages. I think I'm taking a long break from politics. Wake me only if there are impeachments hearings.

Barack Obama and the Death of Normal.

Cynthia Beaudin: Let's put things in perspective. An award-winning film was made of W's assassination and columns were written asking, Where's John Hinckley when we need him? Obama had a finger wagged in his face by a governor whose state he's suing. Perspective, people!

James Lee Johnson Well, it's as Thomas Jefferson once said: The tree of socialism must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of rich people and white men. Or something like that.

Victoria Knox
I disagree with this statement from Erick Erickson: The nation did not drift left. It was just unpersuaded Mitt Romney would actually take us right and sure as hell did not know what it would get even if it went with Romney.

I agree with this statement: The Democrats will finally realize the new Democratic coalition is only a Barack Obama coalition

However it is irrelevant once Obama gets his pick of judges at every level of the judiciary, including the Supreme Court, ensconced over the next four years. It's like we are armed with AK-47s and he is armed with nukes. He's going to win in the end, and his policies and laws will be tightly woven into the fabric of government and the social compact.


Fred Thompson

On his campaign website, President Obama listed "welfare programs" as one of his accomplishments.

Remember when politicians used to brag about getting people OFF welfare?


On Twitter, Michelle Obama said, "imagine what Barack can do in 4 more years".

If that had been Romney's campaign slogan, Mitt would've swept the electoral college.

Irony alert: The party of women and minorities elected a while male who ran against a black woman [Mia Love]. They talk the talk but they don't walk the walk and nobody calls them on it - not the MSM (no surprise there) or the voters. Sigh ...

Red White Blue
I was WRONG!

I was wrong about the polls.
I was wrong that voters would see through the media.
I was wrong that our country wouldn’t wish economic suicide.
I was wrong that most Americans cared about our children’s future.
I was wrong that women thought of themselves as more than “lady parts.”
I was wrong that America is more than a composite of hyphenated interest groups.
I was wrong that atrocities like Fast & Furious and Benghazi would disgust the majority.
And I was especially wrong about the wisdom of the electorate.

Should have known better after decades of liberalism pervading our schools & pop culture.

One thing I’m not wrong about.
I’m not wrong about getting on my knees to pray for our nation.

Victoria Knox
This is what is meant by "the victors write the history books" -- Obama's was the most negative, divisive campaign in history but the NYT has cast Romney's that way. Also, Obama never said what he would do as president the first time he ran, and never said what he'd do if re-elected, but to the NYT "It is impossible to say how harshly the opaque Mr. Romney would have governed." Those of us who witnessed these events will eventually pass from this earth and this will the the "official" version of the campaign.

No More Israel, Kill those MFers
David Shimm: Now that he won't be running for re-election, he'll have a freer hand to do what he wants.

Any Jewish person who supported Obama in 2012 is no different from a Kapo in the 1940's.

Public Catholic
. From what I’ve seen, these fallen shepherds will always kiss Caesar’s ring when Caesar demands it. They back up, sit down and go along, even when the political leaders they have sold their birthrights as Christians to demand that they turn their backs on everything … including the one or two issues they claimed were why they backed the politicians in the first place.

Never forget: Our Lord was crucified at the hands of a cowardly politician, a group of corrupt religious leaders out to protect their own power and the crowd that followed them.

The election Tuesday was not the end of Christianity in America. But it may have been the end of what Dietrich Bonhoeffer called cheap grace, at least for true Christians. Over seventy percent of Americans call themselves Christian. But many of them are wide-gate, easy-way Christians who consistently choose the world over following Christ.

Megan McArdle
But I am highly skeptical that last night means they've gone into some sort of permanent decline.  It was a close election in which Obama lost states that he carried in 2012.  The Democratic bench is very weak--the current leading candidates to succeed Obama, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, will be 69 and 74 in 2016.  And Obama is going to have to preside over some very, very tough choices.  We can't borrow a trillion dollars a year for another four years.  Nor can we get all the money from Republican constituencies; they just don't have enough of the stuff.  Whoever's ox Obama chooses to gore will probably be a considerably less enthusiastic coalition member come 2016.

Elizabeth Scalia: I looked at Harry Reid's face on Drudge today and realized I have to go to confession. I dislike him so much it's bad for my soul.

Jim Treacher: Iran fires on one of our drones, days before the election, and the Obama administration covers it up. Oh well.

Iranian jet fires on US Drone
Kelly Brennen ...but, but, but FREE BIRTH CONTROL! Who cares if the world is going to hell?

Jim Treacher: When disaster strikes, when Americans are in danger, I'm glad we have a president who always knows who to scapegoat.

Obama Lost in Every State with Photo ID.  Duh.

Digital Socialism, Atomic Capitalism

"If someone invented the ability to copy food, or copy oil, there would be riots in the streets if everyone couldn’t have all the food and oil they wanted.

And today, with MASSIVE political upside to conservatives:

We can promise the have-nots ALL the movies for FREE.
We can promise them ALL the video games for FREE.
We can promise them a copy of EVERY song for FREE.
We can promise them a copy of EVERY single college course taught at an Ivy League school for FREE
Conservatives should & ought to do this.

We should do this because the Entertainment and Academic industries are not on our side, and we have no reason to support them.

We ought to do this because property rights do not and cannot extend to the digital. And we look foolish going along with it."

I like it!


Fred Thompson

A Russian nuclear-powered attack submarine was spotted cruising within 200 miles of America's East Coast.

Probably just stopping by to return Hillary's "Reset" button.

Patrick Dorinson.
First Katrina and now Sandy. FEMA is a bipartisan mess. The only difference is that the media blamed Bush and their Messiah Obama gets off scot-free. He wears a suit of Teflon woven by the MSM.

Fred Thompson
Rudy Giuliani said that FEMA's response to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy was "abysmal".

FEMA was pleased, saying that's the closest they've ever gotten to getting an "A".

Patrick Dorinson.
The "youth" vote that propelled Obama. Uneducated, uninformed and unemployed. Laugh now kiddies. You just voted yourselves a life of servitude to the state as YOU will be the ones paying all these debts that are being rung up. And by that time there will be no rich folks to tax!

Ha.  He doesn't care what they think now, he Won.

Denise Higgins No, Commander in Chief Bunnypants and the Mrs. will vacation their little arses off for the next 4+ years, so under the bus all of you ! Dang, we're going to need a bigger bus :D

The plagues 0bamacare will bring us come January 1.

Amazing Astronomical Vote.  as Jim Treacher says, it's easy when you throw out the poll watchers.

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Mon, Nov 12th - 5:40PM

November 9: Spending $ Without Leaving the House

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p.126
198.6 miles
2 bike miles
clear, cold.

176 recordings of 31 types. 21% clear.

On the 7th, at Mass, Father gave a good sermon about hope, fear, and trust in the Lord. It was what I needed after the election.  Then yesterday, at the Retreat House, I took a little detour through the woods before I went in. I got a chance to talk to a Korean War veteran, which was nice.  Then the pianist, who used to be at St. Philomene's, gave me a hug.  One friend from St. Phil's asked me to join her Red Hat group. After I get back, yes. On the whole, a nice enough day.

On the Nook,  420 items with 18% available.

I put out a little of the weed cloth. Not enough, but I'll get it when I get back.

I called the travel agent and for $84 got a ticket back to Machu Picchu. I can leave on the 5:30 bus (as long as I'm checked out) and see the sunrise at the ruins, but I MUST be back at noon. OK, then.  This will be when I try to get the geocaches. One, an earthcache, is a terrain 3. I must check on the other two and see if they've been re-enabled.

I also went through Rich's funeral guest book, added some photos and notes and made a legacy book. That took so long it got dark and I didn't walk the dog. And I didn't go to the Crocker. Oh, well.

Petraeus resigns because of an affair.  I read speculation that 0bama was holding this over his head as blackmail and he had now defused that so he can tell the truth about Benghazi.  I guess we'll see. How I wish these guys could just keep it in their pants!!

Jim Treacher: Since when do members of Democrat administrations resign over affairs?

Elizabeth Scalia
As someone said on twitter, if this was a movie, with an important character resigning a few days before he's scheduled to testify, I'd be walking out...

Petraeus Roundup.

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Mon, Nov 12th - 8:01AM

November 8: Errands

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p.126
198.6 miles
2 bike miles

174 recordings of 32 types. 23% clear.

I went out to the Retreat House this morning. A lady who'd escaped Communism had a lot to say about how worried she was with this election.

Afterwards, I stopped at Petco and got a covered litter box. Thence to the commissary.  At home I put everything away and then put the car back under the carport. I finished planting the tulips (alongside the driveway after all since the lot in front was too hard to dig after all.) Then the rains came!

I didn't remember to let the cat out of the bedroom till later.

Bernadette isn't going to Apple Hill tomorrow after all. So I could go to the opening of the Norman Rockwell exhibit.

Glass Beach in Ft. Bragg is running out of glass. I'm glad we were there when it was special.

I dozed off during "Justified."  My back still hurts a little and my ankle rash is back. Argh.

I see RoadScholar has another trip like mine in reverse, first Machu Picchu then the Galapagos. That would probably make more sense.  We'll see.

Reading: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (vol 1), Edward Gibbon, The Bible (1 Machabees), A Healing Year, Alaric Lewis, The Introduction to the Devout Life, St. Francis de Sales, Blue Highways, William Least Heat Moon, Galapagos: in Darwin's Footsteps,  Mark Newman, Death, the Final Surrender, Fr. Cedric Pisegna.

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Sun, Nov 11th - 8:33PM

November 7: Emotional Hangover

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p.126
198.6 miles
2 bike miles
sunny and crisp

175 recordings of 32 types. 22% clear.

California is doing no better.  I'm really depressed.  But, since there's nothing I can do about it, I should probably try to stop worrying. 

Sandy apparently made a difference.  Brian Kilmeade says: "the shallowest nation in the history of mankind.  Walks over a 2 x 4, one photo op., and suddenly he's handling the storm which, by the way, hasn't been handled well." 

Obviously this is God's will.  WHAT WAS HE THINKING?

I thought I was digging up grass in the driveway lot, but it turned out to be some more daffs I missed. Oops.

I met Ron in the parking lot at the light rail and we went down to the concert.  As I suspected, he voted for 0bama: "he needed to learn the job, now we'll see what he can do."  Right.  If the Titanic hits the iceburg again, it might fix it right up. But the concert was nice, the walk to Joe's Crab Shack was nice, and he's good company.  He also asked Darlene to go look at leaves, though she couldn't this week.

The owl is back! And when I got home from the concert, my tulips were here!  I planted most of them.

My uncle Jim called. He sounds a lot like Ron and I almost said something about the tulips, which would have confused him. That was nice, and then Vince called. So apart from the election emotional hangover, a nice day.

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Sun, Nov 11th - 8:32PM

November 6: Election Day

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p.126
196.6 miles
2 bike miles

174 recordings of 34 types. 22% clear.

A Tie in Dixville Notch. I thought that might be a sign. There were a lot fewer 0bama voters there than there had been.

Jim Treacher: Woke up early, and libs are already seething with impotent rage. I'd say it's a good sign, but that just means it's a Tuesday.

I used to be an elections worker. I did it a couple of times in the 80s, then when everyone was older I did it every election. Eventually I became the inspector. I got Rich involved once he retired. And one of the elections  before that, a primary, was the first one Bernadette could vote, and I had the voting booths here so set one up in the living room and she did her first absentee ballot right here. This was back in the days of chads. She helped me that year, and was very effective.

Then Rich came along for the November 98 election and liked helping enough that he continued, and soon enough became an inspector himself. We took turns, more or less, but then came the 2004 Presidential election.  They wanted us both to have a precinct but it was in the same place, with different rooms.
We got a double set of booths (which barely fit into the back of the Protege), and set up the night before. 

It turned out I had the busier bigger precinct.  Rich was in a small room with three workers, including Bernadette, and I was in the multi-purpose room.  I began to get a line early, and by noon it wound around the room and out the door.  When the nice Russian gentleman with the marked list, the minimal English skills, and the visual impairment came, I borrowed Bernadette to come help him, in the booth. She worked out so well, I sent her back to borrow another voting booth.  Eventually the poll supervisor came by and gave me another voting booth, so I had 8 and Rich had 5. This sped things up somewhat.

Partway during the afternoon, someone hit our car in the parking lot. It dented the side (she did own up so insurance was no problem).  

Finally, the last person had voted and we were able to close. Rob came by to pick Bernadette up, and we sent everyone off (each precinct needs another person to go with the inspector and the ballots, so we were each other's other person.) We got in the car and started off to take in the ballots, but only made it a couple of blocks.  The added weight of the voting booths with the dent on the side meant the car was riding on the tires.

We pulled into a fast food parking lot and used the election cell phone to call for help. Someone eventually came to take the ballots, and also relieved us of the supplies like the voting booths, so we were able to get home.

What a day.  And we got home to find that Bush had beat Kerry. I'm really glad I wasn't listening to the radio during the day when they were sure Kerry had won.

I called Tom Sullivan on the radio the next day to say how fulfilling and important this job is.

So today, I went to breakfast with the ladies. I'd taken the obituary so Mary could read it. Then I was the third person in line for a blood test, and somehow that meant I had to wait 45 minutes. I took the big Christmas tree and a couple of pairs of shoes to St. Vincent de Paul.

My neighbor brought a chocolate cross by to say she remembered Rich.  They'd celebrated (6 weeks early) their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday and she'd brought me a fantastic piece of cake. I have nice neighbors!

Then nailbiting time.  I gave up for awhile and went to pay bills. It was even worse when I got back. The Adolescent Narcissist and the Blithering Idiot get 4 more years. Dammit.  I've been disappointed in elections before but this is the absolute worst. I wonder if we'll ever recover. My poor grandchildren.

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Sat, Nov 10th - 11:00AM

November 5: Turn Around

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p.126
196.6 miles
2 bike miles

175 recordings of 35 types. 22% clear.

Yesterday, at the WPAC meeting, they asked the people who'd been widowed longer than a year when did they turn around.  I sat there thinking I probably hadn't, that I got better, and a little worse, then better again, moving in a positive direction overall but definitely in waves back and forth.

Then today, I realized there was actually a specific point when it became apparent things had changed. Back in the spring or summer, whenever it was that my microwave door broke, I went to the BX to buy a new one.  The exact model wasn't there, and there were two others, one the same brand but smaller, another the same size but a different brand. They were pretty close in price. I looked at the boxes and read the information. And again. I would think one was the right one, then the other. I stood there in the aisle and dithered for easily 20 minutes, this one, that one, no this one, no that one, what will I do, what would Rich do, why isn't he here to make this decision, what will I do? Finally I picked one, but I wasn't sure in the checkout line, I wasn't sure when I brought it home and set it up, and it took a little while to be satisfied with my decision.

Last week I went to buy 4 tires. I went in, they looked at the car, gave me a choice of three styles, I picked one and they put the tires on the car. And I'm happy with it, and at no time did I wonder what Rich would do nor did I dither.  OK, I guess I have turned around.

Ron picked me up (in his very posh gold Lexus!) and we went up to Grass Valley and Nevada City. I took my videocam in order to practice taking still pictures with it. It will be my main camera on the trip, since the little Cybershot, while a very nice camera, only zooms to 4 times, which isn't very satisfactory with wildlife.  It's good I did this, since the buttons to push are different and I needed the practice.  I don't want to repeat my early experience with the videocam, when I spied a bald eagle and thought I was recording it till I "turned it off" and actually turned it on.

Ron's not much of one for nature. I saw a number of hawks and he didn't notice. His interest is in leaves, and he prefers non-native trees, planted in the towns.  Completely different. He also isn't familiar with the trails, like the Independence Trail near Nevada City.  We looked at a lot of his childhood places in Auburn.  When we returned down Auburn-Folsom road, I pointed out a park with Indian Grinding Rocks in it that he didn't know about. He bought me lunch, pricy but good. It was a nice day and did the intended job of cheering me up.

And he got me home about a minute before the cleaners came. I had left a note that the neighbors had the key, but didn't need it.  They won't be back till next month.

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Catch-up Rant: November 1 - 5: Pre-Election

Jim Treacher: When disaster strikes, Mike Bloomberg is working hard to endorse the Democrat for president, hold a marathon, and take away your soda.

Clinton: I may be the only person in America, but I'm more excited about Obama this time. (video.)

Biden: "There's Never Been A Day In The Last Four Years I've Been Proud To Be His Vice President" Colleen Mary Snodgrass They told me if I voted for McCain I'd get an idiot for VP... and they were right! (I think that was Treach's line to begin with, and I've shamelessly stolen it.)

Terry Fenwick I get up in the morning and say, "What does GOD want?" and I keep seeing those babies with red skin and ripped in pieces and think of Tina and all those people who are killing themselves to save a baby at a time - and I know this - HE DOES NOT WANT OBAMA or any of the group. Life is what GOD is about - He also does not want us to have same sex marriage, sex change, etc., but all that is the sin of man - Murder is a different Sin and stops the clock - THE BEAT OF THE HEART - and He has already given the free will to all - so they can do what they want - sin or not - go to hell or not - but we all cannot lead them to sin easily and pick up the tab to make it work. We cannot vote to make it legal - we cannot - I know that is TRUE - we become accessories to the murder. I don't know why we don't see that.
Pay attention, now, because this is important:A plant closes that Romney is somehow connected to: EVIL.

Obama wastes billions of taxpayer dollars on “green energy” boondoggles and learns nothing from it: OH, WELL.

David Shimm:
JAY LENO: ‘Hurricane Sandy Has Already Created More Jobs Than Obama Has.’When you've lost Jay Leno ...

From Craigslist:
FIFTY YEAR OLD MANURE SPREADER - $1 (WASHINGTON, DC )Fifty-year old manure spreader.
Not sure of brand.
Said to have been produced in Kenya.
Used for a few years in Indonesia
before being smuggled into the US via Hawaii.
Of questionable pedigree.
Does not appear to have ever been worked hard.
Apparently,it was pampered by various owners over the years
. It doesn't work very often, but when it does it can sling manure
for amazing distances.
I am hoping to retire the manure spreader this November.
I really don't want it hanging around getting in the way.
I would prefer a foreign buyer to relocate
the manure spreader out of the country.I would be willing to trade it for a nicely framed copy of the United States Constitution.

Meteorologist Joe Bastardi criticized Al Gore for saying that global warming has caused bigger and more frequent hurricanes over the past few years. Bastardi pointed out that since Hurricane Katrina, tropical activity has dropped to “record low levels,” and disputed the idea that just because New York has been hit twice in two years by a big hurricane means that global warming has anything to do with it.  

Jim Treacher: Barack Obama only made three mistakes in Benghazi: before, during, and after.
A Chicago paper endorses Romney!How much of this should be laid at the feet of Barack Obama is difficult to say. The challenges to the country and to his leadership have been formidable, perhaps to an unprecedented level. The incessant hyperbolic-politics-as-entertainment drumbeat exacts a price in polarization that few presidents could overcome. The historic intransigence of a sizable bloc of Republicans in Congress has contributed mightily to the partisanship. Likewise, the debt has not been imposed by Obama alone. Republicans helped build it, and the failure of both sides to foster a constructive, bipartisan response has helped maintain and grow it. Both sides have embraced ideologies that don’t fit today’s overwhelming challenges, which must be met through moderation, consensus and collaboration. Yet, in all these areas, Obama cannot escape the burden of his share of culpability.At a time when the economy was wracked, he chose instead to focus on health care reform. In doing so, his administration chose early on to fight with Congress rather than to work with it. He chose to force his landmark health care bill through Congress without a single Republican vote, significantly contributing to the bitter atmosphere of division in Washington. His economic initiatives have been heavily bent toward the public sector, a big spending approach that has been aptly derided by Romney as “trickle-down government.” And however well intended his belief that the Bush tax cuts should be ended for upper-income brackets, his $250,000 benchmark has been remarkably low, as many two-income families and small business owners and others in the suburbs can attest. More pointedly, we are disappointed in the tone of Obama’s relentless insinuations that wealthy Americans refuse to pay their fair share. That tone is divisive and damaging for the nation and for our economy. It creates villains and victims, and unfairly so. Prompt and strong action from the White House on Sept. 11 might have saved American lives, as well as America's reputation as a nation not to be messed with. Weakness and dithering and flying to Las Vegas the next day for celebrity fund-raising parties are somehow better?...To return to office a narcissistic amateur who seeks to ride this nation's economy and international esteem to oblivion, like Slim Pickens riding the nuclear bomb to its target at the end of the movie "Dr. Strangelove," would be disastrous. Candidate Obama said if he couldn't fix the economy in four years, his would be a one-term presidency.    Mitt Romney is moral, capable and responsible man. Just this once, it's time to hold Barack Obama to his word. Maybe we can all do something about that, come Tuesday.
Hey. It's bigger than her Nevada rally.!/on-air/as-seen-on/Sandy-Starved-New-Yorkers-Dumpster-Dive/176839571
Obama left them behind: hungry New Yorkers dumpster dive for food.

 Kirk Walker when the masses start wondering what kind of food is served on Air Force One, things may change.

Fred Thompson: How ironic. First Hillary nails Obama for his inability to handle the "3:00 AM call." Now her job is to help him cover it up.

Jean Spik In 2008 in Moon Township (18 miles west of Pgh.), there was an Obama headquarters, signs everywhere, a 45-minute wait to vote in my precinct (unheard of...I ended up working eight hours just to help with all the people), and an Obama landslide. This year, no Obama signs or headquarters, but Romney signs, "Fire Obama," "16 Trillion," and "Stop the War on Coal" signs all over the place. There is definitely a change!

David Shimm
"She adds that "it is harder work to find common ground, identify acceptable compromises, and actually take action, than it is to complain about the 'other side' that is making things so difficult. Of course, it is the job of whoever is elected to include and engage the minority, but it is also incumbent on those whose candidate won to be gracious, and to reach out an olive branch."" Pretty hard to do when on the one side, you have a president who shuts down debate by sayins "I won," and a Senate leader who announces that he has no intention of compromising. On the other side, you have a man who worked with a legislature controlled by the other party to accomplish legislative progress. It seems like in the US, only conservatives have to compromise.

If you vote for Mitt Romeny Black People Know Who You Are and Will Come For You

David Shimm imagine if a white TV personality had told black Obama voters that if they voted for theZero, white people know who they are and would come after them. That TV personality wouldn't just be fired, he'd be pulled off the air RIGHT THEN. F*ck the left wing media and their double standards.

Trevor Thomas It's odd how often the left wing threatens violence and civil war against us quite forgetting one of the reasons they hate us so much is that we're armed to the gills.

Mike Huckabee
If comparing voting for Obama to losing your virginity and having a children’s chorus sing about the apocalyptic wasteland they’ll suffer if Romney wins weren’t offensive enough for you, has teamed up with Michael Moore to try to make their campaign message even more repellant. Moore wrote and shot a campaign video at a nursing home. It features very elderly residents accusing Republicans of voter suppression and threatening that if Obama loses, they’ll burn the country down and physically assault Mitt Romney. Only they express those sentiments in language so filthy, I can’t even hint at what they actually say. So to recap: To score political points, the left has now exploited cancer victims, children, virgins and the elderly. That gives them less than a week to the election to teach the only innocents left -- kittens and puppies -- how to curse and threaten Republicans.

Why Was There No October Surprise? Because Every Freakin’ Day for the Last Four Years Has Been an October Surprise.

[Aint it the truth.]

 The reason there was no October Surprise for Obama is that we’re all scandaled out. Anyone’s who been paying attention since 2008 has literally been in paralytic shock every single day. We spent October 2012 exactly as we’ve spent every month of the last four years: Our jaws on the floor, aghast, stupefied, unable to breathe. Almost every single thing Obama has done since he’s been in the national spotlight could have been and should have been a career-ending October Surprise. But the mainstream media, as we all know, has devoted itself to protecting him.


Barb Beasn He was speaking out his loins. And we all know what kind of trouble loins can cause. Maybe he should wear a condom on his head.

Jim Treacher: "Fox News has been kicking our ass on the Benghazi story, but we don't much appreciate their tone."

Papers Blast 0bama Over Benghazi

Glenn Reynolds
Electing our first black president isn't a big deal this time around; we've already done it. And it's not as though Obama has lived up to his promises. Guantanamo Bay is still open, we're at war across the Middle East (waging it less competently, perhaps, but still at war, and in new places), the promised economic recovery has never materialized, and, heck, Obama's even cracking down on marijuana users. Where's the hope and change in that? For the anti-Obama vote, on the other hand, there's no disappointment. Getting rid of Obama, as the quote at the beginning of this column illustrates, is goal enough. Even for those who weren't big Romney supporters in the primaries, a vote for Romney is a vote to get rid of Obama, and that's sufficient. Those who thought that staying home in 2008 would teach the GOP a lesson have mostly either reconsidered, or decided that the lesson was learned, or that further lessons would be too costly for America.

Sam Lamont Obama supporters sign their checks on the back..Romney supporters sign their checks on the front..

Salena Zito:Never once have Main Street Americans heard Washington elites ponder, “What did we Democrats do to lose the confidence of so many voters?”

Isaiah 59:3
Obama Dithered,
Americans Died,
And Then Obama Lied and Lied

Newsday Editorial: Elect Mitt Romney president of the United States "Had Barack Obama done the job of president with the same passion and vision he displayed in seeking it, he would likely deserve another term. He did not. Against this we must weigh Mitt Romney, an imperfect candidate but one who has a special track record too. From his creation of a vast personal fortune to his successful stewardship of the threatened Salt Lake City Olympics to his governing of Massachusetts, Romney's life is a tale of success after success, many of them achieved in difficult circumstances. "President Clinton"

Jay Jacobs I know it is anecdotal, but I am having a difficult time correlating crowds for 30,000 for Romney/Ryan (for example in Cincinnati, Friday night) and then a crowd of 200 (!!!!) for Zero inCleveland when he also has headline draws like Stevie Wonder. Is it that I am the only one left that likes Stevie?! And the polls are tied?!??!?!?!!?

Trevor Thomas First Obama tries to sucker Hispanics into voting for him by calling us "the enemy." Now he tells his supporters to vote for him as an act of revenge.Sondheim once amusingly described one of his characters in a lyric as "an imitation Hitler but with littler charm." Fits Obama to a T, only this isn't amusing. It's despicable.

Mike Huckabee
Happy Monday America! The name “Barack Obama” sounds sort of like a “Star Wars” character… and now, he’s had a major impact on the “Star Wars” legacy. George Lucas just agreed to sell his company, including the “Star Wars” franchise, to Disney for over $4 billion. But why now, and not some time far, far away? Tax experts say it’s intelligent estate planning: he’s cashing out before next year’s looming tax increases, including a 3.8 percent hike from Obamacare, plus whatever the income tax ends up being. In fact, a lot of company founders are looking to sell before January. If you want to buy a business, it’s a great time. Just make sure you get a great deal, because you may have to cover a Death Star-sized tax bill. It does make you wonder, though, how many wealthy people like Lucas who promoted Obama to the rest of us are planning to get out while the gettin’s good before the tax bill arrives.

He's 14.Voting Really Is the Best Revenge
What I liked most about the Obama administration was the way he brought people together.Mitt Romney is taking the high road, saying you shouldn’t vote for revenge, but for love of country. I understand what he’s saying, but… are the two things mutually exclusive? Can’t I do both?

Don Surber:
From Politico: "A defeat for Barack Obama on Tuesday would be no ordinary loss for Democrats. It would be a traumatic experience: the death of the dream of liberal realignment embodied in Obama’s insurgent 2008 campaign. And it would be all the more distressing to Democrats because so many of them fervently believe they will win tomorrow."On teh other hand, it will bring a smile to the faces of conservatives that will take a month to erase.

Peggy Noonan
An excellent review of the Oz electoral system, along with an interesting fact about why the US elections are on Tuesdays: "It's because, back in 1845 when this decision was made, the US was an agrarian society in which voters needed a full day to travel to town by horse and buggy to do their democratic duty. Weekends were out, because they were reserved for worship. And Wednesday was market day. So Tuesday it was. And Tuesday it remains, despite the fact that Tuesday is convenient for pretty much nobody."

Michelle Malkin: The man formerly known as “No Drama Obama” pulled out all the stops  – and unleashed some tear drops — in Iowa tonight. We didn’t see them fall when our murdered diplomatic staff came home from Benghazi in coffins. We didn’t see them during Obama’s tour of areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy. And we didn’t see them over the last four years of dismal jobs report releases. But with his pride and the election hanging in the balance, the formerly diffident president has turned on the spigot.

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Fri, Nov 9th - 3:22PM

November 4: One Year

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p.126
195.6 miles
2 bike miles

172 recordings of 32 types. 24% clear.

Vince Yarnot
A year ago today I sat with my family as we watched my dad pass away from this Earth. I'd say I am thinking more about it more today, but I think about it every day. I miss you dad.

Monica Richards
Family now dressed in "Yarnot" shirts in memory of my dad, one year ago today.

Roni Yarnot-Krajeski
It's been one year. I miss my dad.

One year. I had this Mass said for Rich. Father asked, in church, why, and I said it was a year.  I got a lot of hugs.  Then Bernadette and I walked around the block with the dog, which was nice.  Following that, I went to the WPAC meeting with the obituary, which my friends were interested in, and then to Woody's for dinner. 

Back at home, Ron had called to invite me on a ride in the country tomorrow. He thinks maybe looking at leaves will cheer me up. "I'm not hitting on you!"  Good. Means we're on the same page.

Some people say the second year is harder. I hope not.

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Fri, Nov 9th - 3:10PM

November 3: Geocaches

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p.126
195.6 miles
2 bike miles

181 recordings of 38 types. 20% clear.

I remembered to move the car before the gardeners came (nobody can get through the carport if the car's in it.  Which is nice to discourage any more breakins!)

While walking the dog, I put in the Watt Avenue cache. Before I could write it up, I had some maintenance to do on other caches, so I mostly said they were fine and called Vince to ask him to put that one in.  I then wrote up both caches.  That makes 73 we/I have put out.

Then I planted out the daffodils, and not before time, they were beginning to sprout.

I'm still sad about last year. Rich's last conscious words to me: sitting up because it was the only way he could catch his breath... he looked over at me and focused and said "oh, hi."

I called the in-laws and had a nice long chat.  My brother-in-law is doing well on the occasional chemo and radiation.  More surgery is off the table, but apparently this is keeping it at bay. And Carol is adjusting to her new job. While I was on the phone, just about to hang up, I saw a strange man drive up, so I watched him. It was flowers!  So I had the phone to my ear, was pushing the dog back into the house, and holding the flowers, and I was incredibly glad the guy didn't want me to sign anything with my 4th hand. The bouquet, so pretty, was from Roni and Monica to make me feel a little better about tomorrow.


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Fri, Nov 9th - 3:07PM

November 2: Two Weeks!

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p.126
192.1 miles
2 bike miles

181 recordings of 40 types. 20%.

Rasmussen: R48 O48 50/49 -11. I'm terrified he's going to win.

The heater guy came. He checked out the HVAC really thoroughly, and did the filters, and fixed the connector.  And while I was outside working on the garden during his job, my sister-in-law from South Carolina called. I'm sad I missed it. 

In two weeks I'll be in Ecuador!! And I just realized I don't have to dither over my choice of shirts, but can just pack my Bay to Breakers tees and not worry about color or message.  All right then!

I cut up another section of carpet and got it out to the trash on time.  I also loaded the trip caches into the GPS (about 5000 miles away!) I printed up a log sheet and a Geocaching notice for the Howe Park cache. Of course, once I finished with the Howe Park cache, I found the original camo tape.  And Rich's hiking boots, which I will take to St. Vincent de Paul.

I called about my property tax and sat through the whole message to talk to a human bean, but it turns out they haven't sent the corrected bill.  They darn well better, since the first half is due December 10.  I told the lady that I'd be really annoyed if I got back and it wasn't here.

Vince called tonight since Wednesday was Hallowe'en and yesterday I was gone to the play. It's so nice to hear from him every week!!

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Thu, Nov 8th - 8:57PM

November 1: All Saints

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p.126
192.1 miles
2 bike miles

177 recordings of 38 types. 21% clear.

I'm .6 pounds up this month, with high borderline blood pressure.

UNFAIR!  I don't get a Rich dream, but I do get one with someone else's dead husband.  I am certain I'm not going to tell her.

I went to the Retreat House. The novice with the nice voice started to sing the Litany of the Saints and I knew eventually he'd get to Rich and I started to cry.  He did "Richard Yarnot" (Pray for us) quite well but really massacred "Jane Hawes."  Poignant.

I finished digging out the front bed for the tulips and moved a rock to discourage the mailman. That was probably stupid, it was really heavy.  If I'd dropped it I'd have been crippled up for a long time.

Chad came.  No rats in the traps and no visible way they could get in, so maybe they've died. He won't be back till next month, unless I call.

Steve's friend Bill came by (he was here last year) and talked for awhile. That was nice.

Then this evening I took Laurie to the Jesuit play, which was "Theophilus North". As usual, they did a super job, but I'm tired, not enough sleep and the two glasses of wine I had didn't help. I kept going into mini-dozes, and one was so deep I nearly fell off my chair. THAT would have caused a stir! There's a lot of talking in this one, and the star has a quiet monotonal voice, which didn't help either.  Good play, though, and we all (Bernadette met us, of course) enjoyed it.  Last year, the night before Rich died, she went by herself and ducked everyone she knew.

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Wed, Nov 7th - 8:54PM

October 31: Hallowe'en

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p.120
192.1 miles
2 bike miles
cloudy, rain at night

178 recordings of 38 types. 20% clear.

Rasmussen: R49 O47 49/50 -13%

I thought maybe I'd go to the concert today, but when I called Ron he wasn't going, so I decided not to. One thing I did have to do was go to the Commissary, and I had to do it today, since coupons were expiring. I even went through the checkout instead of self-serve and had the baggers do it.

Back at home, the cat and dog both on point in the family room with the flat roof...and I heard squeaks, yes. So I called Chad and he'll be coming out tomorrow. I also called the heating company. One of the drainpipes is undone on the roof and it's almost time they checked the system anyway.

Then Hallowe'en. One lady wanted her daughter to use my bathroom. Uh, no.  I gave out chips and stickers and it seemed to be a popular choice.

Sat out in the rain (which started after trick or treat) a little, missing Rich. I had a hard time about halfway through the T-or-Ters. Rich loved Hallowe'en so.

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Tue, Nov 6th - 8:13PM

October 30: Doctor and Tires

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p.120
192.1 miles
2 bike miles
clear, cool

181 recordings of 39 types. 19% clear.

I took the Hallowe'en picture to Mass this morning and then to breakfast this morning with the ladies.

The doctor (I *do* like her!) is going to try a new medication which is a little stronger than the HCTZ I've been taking. This may have a side effect of a dry cough (and may mess up my electrolytes, so I have a blood test scheduled next week.) No reason not to take the trip, she says. Whew!  Also, she prescribed a medication that's supposed to keep me from getting altitude sickness.  When I stopped at the pharmacy, the pharmacist wanted to know "where are you going?" and when I told her, she said "oooh! I'm jealous!"
The doctor also gave me my flu shot.

On the way to the doctor, my low-tire light went on again.  OK, then. I had the Nook with me, so I stopped at Les Scwab after the doctor and bought 4 new tires.  They're supposed to be good for 60,000 miles.

My neighbor's going to vote for Obama.  Surprises me, since they were Romney voters last time.  F. has bought the "no way he could fix that in only 4 years" story.  Besides, he doesn't understand $16 trillion. (His words, not mine.)

I put the glowing eyes out and I'll have two electric pumpkins tomorrow as well.  Not as good a display as usual, but certainly better than last year.

I stayed up past midnight... just One More Piece to the jigsaw puzzle. I found one piece in the back room, but I think I'm missing more. [yes, two.]

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Tue, Nov 6th - 7:56PM

October 29: Still too high

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p.120
192.1 miles
2 bike miles
clear, cool

186 recordings of 44 types. 17% clear.

I have jello molds along the soffit* in my kitchen. Saturday, Joanna noticed them and started to name them: "sun star circle Nemo..." Bernadette says she's only seen the movie once. I imagine there's something on their iPad.

*apparently not the right word, but whatever that part of the wall is over the cabinets and under the ceiling.

Last year, this was the last time Roni and family saw Rich. Also, this is the day Father came by to anoint him.

My blood pressure is still way too high. I sure hope the doctor will let me take this trip. I got an appointment for tomorrow.

Gas is at $3.77/gallon, 60 cents below what it was the last time I filled up. I suspect Sandy the hurricane will push prices up again. I'm getting 22.2222.... miles/gallon.

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Tue, Nov 6th - 6:50AM

Catch-up Rant, October 29-31 (Sandy and Benghazi)

Why I'm Voting for Romney

He failed as president because he is incompetent, dishonest and not interested in the actual work of governing. His statist policies helped consign millions of Americans to a lower standard of living and his odious class warfare further divided the nation. He had no intention of uniting the country — it was his Big Lie.

Michael Goodwin

Would Obama Incite Civil Unrest to Win?
You bet he would. In fact, he is.

If Romney wins, and you are not an "abled" white male, America will no longer "include" you, according to Obama.  In less than two weeks, you are going to be reduced to second-class citizenship, your fortunes cast back to the bad old days of 1962, before radical feminism, the Nation of Islam, gay rights, the Black Panthers, free love, flag-burning, the "drug culture" -- and of course, before the days of America's first "gay," black, America-hating, drug-damaged, contraceptive-dispensing, progressive feminist Islamic-Christian president.

Broken Promises
 Last week, in the course of an interview about her new book on art history, “Glittering Images,” I talked about this with Camille Paglia, a big Obama supporter in 2008. Now, she says, she’s voting for Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

Why? Because, basically, all of the promises listed above didn’t come true.

Though she supports some kind of health-care reform, Paglia calls the ObamaCare bill “a Stalinist intrusion into American culture.”

And it gets worse: “I was very excited about him. I thought he was a moderate. I thought that his election would promote racial healing in the country; it would be a tremendous transformation of attitudes. And instead . . . now I consider him one of the most racially divisive and polarizing figures ever. I think it will take years to undo the damage he has done.”

Also, she says, “I am just sick and tired of endless war . . . as well as this Libyan incursion. . . . I don’t understand how anyone who is a fellow veteran of the 1960s could fail to see that Obama is a statist. It’s exactly what Bob Dylan was warning about in ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues.’ You don’t want government agencies being empowered to intrude into people’s lives like this.”

Don Surber commented on New York Post. He took the best parts of Nixon, Carter and Bush -- threw them away and used their bad parts.

Fred Thompson
On MSNBC's Morning Joe, the crowd booed a 9-year-old girl for saying she preferred Mitt Romney.

Shocking. MSNBC had a crowd?

Catholic Reflections on the Endgame

The vice president of the United States, for example, is not just a man whose natural exuberance makes him prone to gaffes. He is a national embarrassment, and from the point of view of his fellow Catholics he is an ecclesial embarrassment.

Obama Picks Another Winner (the Detroit Tigers
Obama didn’t like it during the first presidential debate when Romney said, “You don’t pick winners and losers; you pick losers.” Obama didn’t like it because it’s true. At least this time it was just the World Series in the balance, and not billions of taxpayer dollars.

Fred Thompson
A school district in Pennsylvania has banned Halloween celebrations, opting for a "fall festival" instead.

Wait... wouldn't that be offensive to clumsy people?

David Shimm: Dead ambassadors, dead Navy SEALS, delayed jobs reports - nothing should be allowed to stand in the way of the Zero's re-election.

Jim Treacher
Washington DC has shut down. And yet somehow, all across the country, people can still feed themselves and make decisions about their own lives.


You know you're doing a good job as president when you hope people will be distracted from your foreign and domestic policy by a HUGE HURRICANE.

Rino Watch: How ironic that the man who promised he would have the oceans begin to recede as he started his Presidency would face a perfect storm hurricane as he faces re-election.

Taking Responsibility (yeah, right)

Trust matters.

More on Fast and Furious

BOB OWENS: Questions for White House Over Benghazi Just Beginning. “We’ve learned about the incredible heroism of a CIA force that repeatedly called for help for as it was being attacked. Disturbingly, we learned that this force had been told to “stand down” twice by their chain of command, and that they violated direct orders to conduct this rescue mission. Our consulate staff was left to die. Let me say that again: our consulate staff was to be abandoned and left to die.“

Photo Op

Jim Treacher
"Hey, I know. Let's use this terrifying natural disaster to push for even more government!" -- Every liberal, everywhere, throughout history.

There is a Sandy Clause

Victor Davis Hanson

Note that Barack Obama is running not on his liberal record, but as a challenger against incumbent Mitt Romney who has done all sorts of terrible things like causing the 2008 meltdown and outsourcing jobs to China.
Did California’s redistributive elite really believe that they could all but shut down new gas and oil production, strangle the timber industry, idle irrigated farmland, divert water to the delta smelt, have 37 million people use a highway system designed for 15 million, allow millions of illegal aliens to enter the state without audit, extend free medical programs to 8 million of the most recent 11 million added to the population, up taxes to among the highest in the nation, and host one-third of the nation’s welfare recipients — and not have the present chaos?
In short, twenty-first century elite liberalism has become a psychological condition, not a serious blueprint on how to solve real problems. The president knows that — and so without ideas has been reduced to name-calling and sermons on Big Bird.

Obama's Taqqiya Unravels

Jim Treacher: Osama Bin Laden is dead, and the Obama campaign's donation fraud scandal is alive.


Jim Treacher:
Are you better off than you were four years ago?

Well, he is, so shut up.

So he oversaw a gun-running operation to Mexico that cost the lives of at least 2 US LE personnel, >200 Mexicans including many LE personnel, that violated US law, Mexican law, and international treaties, with the intent of causing a "Reichstag fire" to justify more restrictive US gun laws, and then lied to Congress. Why? It's all Whitey's fault.

This turd needs to be frog marched out of the Justice Department in handcuffs.

Goldberg: Benghazi -- no mere 'October surprise'

Mike Huckabee
Remember “the new civility?” Me, neither. Instead of having the UN monitor our elections, maybe some of our political activists need to be monitored by babysitters. That might have prevented the beating of the Wisconsin man who tried to stop two men from stealing his Romney yard sign. Or the truck covered with Obama stickers from dumping nails into the parking lot at a Tea Party rally in Racine. Or the burning of American flags and Romney signs in the yard of a veteran in Florida. But maybe the least help to Obama’s cause came from the vandal who keyed the word “Obama” into the paint of two cars outside a house with a Romney sign in Alta Loma, California. One of the cars belonged to a couple who actually supported Obama. They were just staying with their Romney-supporting in-laws because… they’re both currently unemployed. No word on whether they still support Obama.

Fred Thompson
After over 100 rounds of golf as President, Obama now hasn't played for nearly 3 months.

Yup, now "checking his lies" has a whole different meaning.

Mitt's Royal Slam.

 Much as he did during the primaries, Romney let Obama take center stage, well aware that he wouldn't accomplish anything with the time and opportunity he was being given, because he couldn't.

Obama capered.  He took the messiah routine to the point of burlesque.  He turned himself into a caricature of Mr. Hope and Change, not grasping the facts that it was no longer 2008 and that no one was looking for a savior anymore.  His campaign, the national left, and the kept media carried out relentless attacks on Romney, none of which ever stuck because Romney never did anything to draw attention to them.

By the time the debates rolled around, Obama had used up all his ammo and had become one of those pop items nobody wants to see any more of -- last year's hit sitcom, a burnt-out singer, an actress on her fifth or sixth breakdown.  So it goes with messiahs who hang on too long. 

Why Clinton's Attack on Romney re:Sandy Was Such a Failure

Jim Treacher: If Obama displays even a base level of competence on Hurricane Sandy, it totally negates his ineptitude and dishonesty on Benghazi.

James Lee Johnson: It might be part of that learning on the job I kept hearing people warn about. So, here's the thinking there I assume: "OK, 100% of the people died in Benghazi. 40 people out of 80 million? That's 0.0000005%! Now that's what I call an improvement! Let's hear someone talk about Benghazi again!"

MSNBC Trashes Romney for Collecting Relief Supplies

Much more unseemly than jetting off to Vegas to hang out with Beyonce or Jay-Z or whatever celebretard the Zero was rocking with the day our ambassador and three other Americans were murdered by Al-Quaeda.

Mike Huckabee: A political ad war has broken out over where Chrysler plans to make Jeeps. A Romney ad in Ohio quoted a newspaper story that said Chrysler, now owned by Fiat, was thinking of moving its Jeep production to China. The Obama campaign rushed out an ad denying that. They say Chrysler isn’t planning to move all Jeep production to China, just to make Jeeps there to sell to China. The Romney people fired back that the point is, why aren’t we building all the Jeeps in America, and exporting them to China? Especially considering how much saving Chrysler cost American taxpayers. You can tell how confusing this is because it’s actually forced Obama to attack Mitt Romney for opposing outsourcing. And now, Bloomberg News claims Fiat is thinking of moving all Chrysler production to Italy for tax purposes, and exporting their vehicles back to America. That’s the problem with cars: too portable.

Jim Treacher: I don't blame Obama for thinking he can do whatever he wants and the "media" will let him get away with it. I blame them for proving him right.

Bill Hobbs Compared to '08, Obama will get a lower share of the Catholic vote, the Jewish vote, the Black vote, the youth vote, the women vote and the white male vote. He will hold on to the Hispanic vote because of the ham-handed way the GOP messages immigration. (The message re the Mexican border, for example, should be a security message, not an anti-immigration message - but that's a subject for a long treatise, not a FB comment.) Also, Romney's Ryan pick was SUPPOSED to hurt Romney in Florida, according to the lib media and the Obama campaign (but I repeat myself), but in fact it HELPED Romney because, it made the media mention how Obamacare slashed $716b from Medicare and, 2, seniors saw through Obama's mediscare tactics and realize that only Romney/Ryan is committed to preventing the bankruptcy of the program. So, Romney will win Florida - and will do just fine with seniors nationally. Meanwhile, the Left's "war on women" theme was all about keeping Obama's base, but they vastly overplayed it and made themselves look silly and unserious. A landslide is a distinct possibility.

Biden Does it Again
Bill Clinton is trying to ruin it for Obama on purpose. Joe Biden just can’t help it. Obama’s stuck with both of them.

 Ace, who asks:

    Does anyone in the media worry that the currently-serving Vice President isn’t mentally all there? We had a National Panic about this when Sarah Palin was running for the post. Not a week goes by that Joe Biden doesn’t have a senior moment, but apparently it’s now okay that the Vice President might be ever so slightly mentally checked out.

Senators Again Have Questions about Benghazi

Lin Wicklund Obama has no idea of the concept of 'truth'. He's a clinical narcissist - whatever he said last is 'the truth', even if it contradicts the second to the last thing he said -- which was also 'the truth' until it was superseded.

Jim Treacher Obama says whatever he needs to say to get through the next 5 minutes. It has nothing to do with anything else he's ever said or ever will.

Another Reason to Vote for Romney
Caveat: The following is a promise from the Obama campaign, so there’s very little chance it’ll be kept. But it deserves to be documented.

Jim Treacher
Out: "America's too racist to elect a black man."
In: "America's too racist to REelect a black man!"

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Mon, Nov 5th - 8:54PM

October 28: Out of my Comfort Zone

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p.120
192.1 miles
2 bike miles
clear, cool

178 recordings of 29 types. 20% clear.

R50 O47 47/52 -12

I'm 2.2 pounds up with high BP. I am NOT happy!!

On the NOOK: 413 books, still 18% clear.

Gareth woke up early... and DRY!  Then he got to play with the US map again. He was taking the states out in alphabetical order.

We dressed him up, even to a bow tie. At church, he was pretty well behaved.  Still, the little hand goes up for Communion.

Afterwards, I checked out the location for a new cache.  It included walking past a dead skunk.  THAT was interesting to the little boy. 

Back at home, besides the puzzle, I had him put Hallowe'en stickers onto a black paper.  This time he was OK posing with it (unlike the last two years of Christmas ones.

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In the afternoon, after Bernadette came and took him home, I went to a memorial for someone in the WPAC that I'd liked. It was in the Unitarian Universalist church, and I was immediately out of my comfort zone. I am not used to "We Shall Overcome" being a hymn.  And then part of it turned into the Wellstone Memorial "We HAVE to win this election!"  and the clapping and cheering.  Fortunately, I was sitting with a few WPAC members of my political persuasion. Jane leaned over and said "you're a Republican, aren't you?"  "Worse. I'm a Libertarian."  Heh.  I left when I could and went to the dinner with the group at Woody's.

There were lots of people at the service.  He was very well respected.  But his personal life was sad... three marriages, and his sons were estranged from him for most of their lives.  One son turned up and his memories of his dad were from his childhood. It made me appreciate my family even more.

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Mon, Nov 5th - 8:29AM

October 27: Neighborhood Hallowe'en Party

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p.120
192.1 miles
2 bike miles
clear, cool

181 recordings of 42 types. 19% clear.

Rasmussen: R58 O46; 47/52 -10

Bernadette took the kids trick-or-treating in Old Sacramento with a friend, then came by here to drop Gareth off.

He zeroed in on the USA puzzle and worked on it for the next two hours. He didn't want to leave it to go to the Hallowe'en party across the street, but I finally got him going.

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Mindy had a picture from 2010, the last time we came to this party. I was thrilled.  Rich looks so happy.


Gareth didn't want to eat anything but chips.  He played a little outside, including writing his name on the wall, then discovered the playroom which had a world map ("there's the United States of 'merica!")
He spent a lot of time there, alternating with a lot of time running around the back yard, just like 2 years ago. He did try the donut eating (no hands) and when I told him he could use his hands after the game had been won, he wouldn't.  He'd learned the rule and wasn't about to accept a change. 

The neighbor little girl wanted to meet Gareth. When I finally corralled him, he wouldn't look at her and say "hi."  Next year, Joanna may come too, and then I'm sure Macey will get along fine with her.

He was inside when all the glow sticks were thrown into the air, so I came out and all the kids had them. I saw a kid with a lot trying to give one to a little girl, who wouldn't take it, and I asked if I could have one. This was magic.  It was time for us to go home, and the line for the haunted house was far too long, so we just left.  He took the glow stick (slightly leaking) to bed and after prayers ("God bless Djadja, who's in Heaven." "He's in Pennsylvania."  "No, he's in Heaven." "He's in Pennsylvania.") and a book ("I lost my Bear!" by Jules Pfeiffer) he waved it around for about 10 minutes till... he... drifted... off still clutching it.)

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Sun, Nov 4th - 8:03PM

October 27: Worst Student Ever!

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p.120
190.0 miles
2 bike miles

176 recordings of 40 types. 21% clear.

Rasmussen: R50/O47 48/51 -12.  My brother thinks Obama will win the electoral college. I sure hope not!

I was getting some winter clothes out, and discovered the duffle bags that I was looking for in July!  I'd put them away with the winter clothes, which got them out from underfoot. I just wish I'd *remember* this stuff. I thought maybe I'd thrown them away, without remembering it.

It was Scrabble day, and what fun I had!  I thought I was doing pretty well, but I was actually third of the four of us.  At one point I thought I could put "PAVE" on an "e" to get a triple word. But "RUNE" was played. So I was going to put "RAVE" down till one player said to put the "P" in front of "RUNE."  But "Rave" would be worth more!  Merle then grabbed me and shook me "worst student ever!" and said to play "PAVE" down. Oh, argh.  (Later I realized I could have done "PAVER."  Oh, well.) So funny!

I packed up the Hallowe'en puzzle because Gareth is coming tomorrow. And, of course, as I was putting the boards down, I spilled some pieces.  Red and black pieces on the red and black carpet. Of course. I hope I got them all.

I suddenly realized I could actually take ibuprofen for the sore shoulder. Of course, it didn't bother me all day but the minute I took the pill and went to bed, I was in major pain.

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Sun, Nov 4th - 7:56AM

Catch Up Rant (Oct 26-28)

(If you don't like it, you don't have to read it. I do have to write it, especially with the Benghazi stuff.)
This video is by an acquaintance of Bernadette's.

Dan Parker: I actually heard a radio snippet that some physicians were opining that Biden might have a form of turrets [Touret's] that comes from multiple and frequent ministrokes. They had a name for it, but I can't recall the name at this time. I only heard it the once, but I don't think dementia of some sort is out of the question.

Jim Treacher: As Napoleon said, "Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." Or, in the case of Lena Dunham, she.
[This in relation to the "First time" ad]

David Burge: The stupidest thing to come out of a Dunham since Barack Obama.

Jim Treacher

Voting for Obama is just like losing your virginity.

In prison.

 On the "first time" video: "Don't lose your job because of an unwanted presidency."

Kevin Tomblin The first time a president lets your son die, it shouldn't be just anybody. You want to do it with a great guy. It should be with a guy with beautiful … somebody who really cares about and understands women.

Bill Barnsley My stomach turns, knowing that they knew, and watched, and not only did nothing, but blamed a video rather than admitting this was a terrorist attack. Politics aside, no man who does this deserves the honor and responsibility of Commander in Chief.

Mike Huckabee
Oh well, at least we can rest easy knowing that our elections will be eyeballed by the same people who insure fair elections around the world, in places like Iran and Venezuela. Maybe they can even get some help from members of the UN Human Rights Council, like Nigeria, Cuba, Saudi Arabia and China. You know what, come to think of it, I don’t think we really need the UN monitoring American elections. But I do think America needs to start monitoring the money we spend on the U.N.

David Shimm: Is this election a "choice" election or a "referendum" election?
It's a restraining order.

Peggy Noonan

Obama's Destiny: Lame Duck Revenge or Four-Year Revolution

"Win or lose, after the election, President Obama will leave a bigger scar on our nation than we thought. If Obama loses, an unseen reservoir of ruinous proclamations, executive orders, and regulations will burst forth in his outgoing days. If Obama wins, our nation faces four uncontrollable years of lacerating presidential whips and chains."

The Plan, the Man, and the Believers
“Where do they come from, these thousands of True Believers who show up for Obama rallies and applaud such nonsense? What precise combination of resentment and credulity is necessary to believe that Obama now has The Plan that can accomplish in the next four years what he has so spectacularly failed to do in the past four years?”—Robert Stacy McCain

David Limbaugh
“But what you [Obama] did do is harshly criticize America, not just to Americans on our soil but to other nations and their leaders on their soil. From the time you became a liberal activist, you've exhibited a grudge against America as originally founded, and since becoming president, you've made clear on numerous occasions that you still harbor that sentiment.”

You picked a fine time to lead us, Barack. (video)

Scott Ott

Jim Treacher: Remember, wingnuts: Brave American soldiers who fall in combat are only martyrs when the President of the United States is a Republican.

Jim Treacher
Of course Brian Williams isn't going to hold Obama's feet to the fire. He'd burn his own lips!

Klein said Clinton has documentary evidence that she previously asked for more security in Benghazi but that she won’t release it because it would torpedo Obama’s reelection bid and infuriate Democrats she might want to call upon should she run for president herself in 2016.

[It's my belief that Benghazi should torpedo any chance of her ever becoming President.]

It's like the Last Resort TV show.
"So Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods fought all night against overwhelming odds, and died on a rooftop in a benighted jihadist hell hole while Obama retired early to rest up before his big Vegas campaign stop. "Within minutes of the first bullet being fired, the White House knew these heroes would be slaughtered if immediate air support was denied," said Ty Woods' father, Charles. "In less than an hour, the perimeters could have been secured, and American lives could have been saved. After seven hours fighting numerically superior forces, my son's life was sacrificed because of the White House's decision."

Why would Obama and Biden do such a thing? Because to launch a military operation against an al-Qaida affiliate on the anniversary of 9/11 would have exposed the hollowness of their boast through convention week and the days thereafter – that Osama was dead, and al-Qaida was finished. And so Ty Woods, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith and Chris Stevens were left to die, and a decision taken to blame an entirely irrelevant video and, as Secretary Clinton threatened, "have that person arrested." And, in the weeks that followed, the government of the United States lied to its own citizens as thoroughly and energetically as any totalitarian state, complete with the midnight knock-on-the-door from not-so-secret policemen sent to haul the designated fall guy into custody."
 when the president and other prominent officials stand by as four Americans die and then abuse their sacrifice as contemptuously as this administration did, decency requires that they be voted out of office as an act of urgent political hygiene.

Why 0bama Didn't Answer the Libya Question.

It just gets worse and worse.

Obama Knew and Ignored Three Requests

Two Polls Have Chicago Terrified "A campaign with a robust, revved-up base does not sharpen attacks on core base issues like abortion, focus interviews on the Daily Show and MTV, and hold rallies almost exclusively on college campuses."

George Herbert Walker Obama

White House tries to throw Military Under the Bus.

Chris O'Brien:
Dear Andrew Sullivan:

Saw you on This Week this morning. As someone who actually used to hit your Tip Jar in 2001, can I just say that your criticism that Romney "changed his core" is an argument a lot of people can make, but its pretty damned funny coming from you.

Jim Treacher: Washington, DC is bracing for a lot of wind and mindless destruction tomorrow night. Obama's coming back.
George Potts If I'm heading a major paper and you cut me off for endorsing the other guy then thanks for validating my decision and you've just made me your worst enemy in a battleground state in the closing hours. Only 9 days left to run out the clock, wait until after the election.

Madonna Gets Booed

Dear Hollywood,
Now that he has those millions you raised for him in your effort to see the gay marriage issue furthered, Obama's throwing you under the bus. Just as he has pretty much every political ally he's had throughout his career. "Asked if he would use his second term as a platform to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, the president demurred, saying he viewed it as an issue for the states to decide."
We told you thusly.
Smooch my ass,

JAY LENO: One of President Obama's winning points last night was about how sanctions against Iran are crippling their economy. And believe me, if anyone knows how to cripple an economy it's President Obama.

White House Dinner Costs Soar

Jim Treacher: Let's just get one thing out of the way right now: I blame George Bush. #HurricaneSandy

More Taxpayer Money in Crony Payouts

Mark Steyn: "Just about the only formal responsibility a vice president has is to attend funerals without embarrassing his country. And this preening buffoon of pseudo-blue-collar faux-machismo couldn't even manage that."

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Sat, Nov 3rd - 7:07PM

October 25: Not Much

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p.120
190.0 miles
2 bike miles

192 recordings of 39 types. 14% free.

Rasmussen: R50/O47 49/50: -12

I didn't do much but finish digging the back flower garden, where I plan to put daffodils. I'm still tiring very easily and my blood pressure is too high.

I found out that Cuzco is a lot higher than Machu Picchu.  Hmmm. Also, I looked at Kilauea's eruption. There's lava in Halema'uma'u.  This would be the time to be at Volcano House, which is closed, unfortunately.  We were down peering into the Halema'uma'u crater... THAT's not happening now!

Chad's coming to check the traps tomorrow but I must be gone to play Scrabble. My neighbor said he'd probably be able to keep an eye on him. I'll leave the side door open and then have him close it when he's done.

I'm not too happy with my physical condition, or for that matter with my spiritual condition. Gotta get cracking!  I also haven't done much with the house the last few months. 

I hit myself on the cedar chest for the second time in two days. Moved it slightly. I suppose when I found Rich's Swiss Army Knife I got it a little out of position. Ow.  And my shoulder hurts, especially when I sleep.

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Sat, Nov 3rd - 6:52PM

October 24: Fog Willow Pumpkin Farm

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p.120
190.0 miles
2 bike miles
rain, cloudy, cool

188 recordings of 36 types. 15% clear.
Rasmussen: R50/O46: 49/49 -12.

It was raining when I woke up and I decided if it hadn't stopped by the time I was supposed to get to Bernadette's, I would cancel.  It did stop, so off I went, and on the freeway ran into a pretty hard squall. I worried about how much was getting into the car door. At B's I shut a plastic bag into the door to try to protect it.

And off we went. Due to the weather, I was a little late and she was worried she'd have to leave without me. But it was all good.  She drove off to Fog Willow Farm, in Wilton. 

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Gareth was with his pre-school. He had some trouble staying in line and paying attention.  This was great value for the school. They got to see alpaca and pet a bunny and learn about bees and make hay bales and comb a ram (named Dodge). They had a hayride. They got a free pumpkin.

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Afterwards the kids got to play around.  There's a great playground there.  Bernadette had packed a lunch.  About this time I just got Very Tired. I'm concerned about this trip: will I have the stamina to do it?  Joanna did NOT want to go home when it was time. 

Tantrum     Growth Chart
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Fri, Nov 2nd - 9:06PM

October 23: The Rat Guy Cometh

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p.120
188.8 miles
2 bike miles
partly cloudy to rain

186 recordings of 34 types. 16% clear.

I went to breakfast with the WPAC ladies. Then when I got home I called Clark and said I was not satisfied.  They got a supervisor who said Chad would be out to finish the job this afternoon.  I wondered how mad he'd be, but he was perfectly calm and polite and finally finished the job. He thinks maybe the rats are gone.

It wasn't raining when he was here, but started up again in the evening.

I found little notebooks that I bought a long time ago in the car.  Good, I need them.

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Fri, Nov 2nd - 7:36AM

Catch-up Rants (First of Many: this is Oct 23-25)

Jim Treacher: Tonight, I hope Obama explains why the next four 9/11 terrorist attacks won't be his fault either.

Should Barack 0bama Resign Tonight?

Roger Simon, screenwriter and conservative contributor at Pajamas Media is really wishing that Barack Obama would "resign" tonight at the debate over his total mishandling and lying about the Benghazi attack. Barring that, he reminds us that Romeny will be debating the liberal media as well as the President tonight.

"How that will play out in Monday night’s debate, I have no idea (beyond my wish
that he would resign and spare us any more of this). But Mitt Romney would be well advised to remember his opponent is a man who has not fully grown up. He doesn’t know how to take responsibility in an adult manner, so the chances that he will lash out are strong. He also may be aided and abetted in that enterprise by Bob Schieffer who, of the three debate moderators, is the longest card-carrying member of legacy media. In fact, he is one of the most long-standing around. You can count on his bias to shine through, overtly and covertly, because this could be the last hurrah of that clique (and they know it). Given public response to the debates and the moderators, it’s hard to be believe we will see the same dumb show in 2016. If we do, shame on us."


The attack went on for hours. Why didn't/couldn't our military go in? Was it for the same reason that no military was there to protect them in the first place, that the Obama administration did not want the appearance of a military presence? Were they watching, thinking the attack should quickly succeed, allowing them to say it all happened so fast... and then it wasn't fast?
Even as the administration continues to vow that the perpetrators will be brought to justice, the man identified by witnesses as a ringleader in the attack continues to walk the streets of Libya without fear of arrest. Ahmad Abu Khattala has admitted being at the consulate during the horrific attack but has yet to be questioned by any Libyan authorities.

Abu Khattala spoke to a New York Times reporter Thursday from a hotel patio as he sipped a strawberry frappe and mocked the US and Libyan governments. “These reports say that no one knows where I am and that I am hiding,” he boasted. “But here I am in the open, sitting in a hotel with you. I’m even going to pick up my sister’s kids from school soon.”

Fingers crossed.

I live in a state of idiots, which is why I don't try too hard.

David Shimm What I still don't understand is how anybody could be in favor of a health plan where the ONLY medical decision you are allowed to make without interference from the .gov is the decision to have an abortion, while all other medical decisions - from life and death on down - are made by unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats.

Gave more guns to Mexican Drug Cartels than he did to the Benghazi Consulate staff. Watergate didn't have a Body Count.  Guns don't kill people. Drug Cartels armed by the Obama administration kill people.

Jim Treacher: Obama let our ambassador get killed, lied about it after it happened, and then used the man's corpse to try to shame Romney into silence. The more I think about it, the more disgusted I get. [Me too]

James Lee Johnson To be fair, you have to pick your strengths.
When you're an unmitigated failure of epic proportions by anyone's standard, all ya got are binders and big bird.

GM is Alive in Defiance Ohio but 0bama's Hopes Here May Not Be.

Like a Chicken with its Head Cut Off

Jim Treacher: Hey, did you guys hear we have AIRCRAFT CARRIERS now??

Mary Miller Our president is 12. We're in the very best of hands.

Sarah Tattersall Eaton
Shame on you, Mr. President, for getting nasty and personal. Horses and bayonettes and "these things called air craft carriers and nuclear submarines." I have watched every minute of every debate for the last 4 elections and have never witnessed such behavior from a sitting President. Any respect I had for him has been lost. Bravo, Romney, for remaining calm, moral and ethical.

About Those Horses and Ships.

 In one fell swoop, he portrayed the Republican as ignorant about defense issues and established himself as the competent commander-in-chief. Except for the fact that he was dead wrong and did himself far more political damage than good.

anadessma: Barack Obama's commitment to ignorance IS impressive.

Fred Thompson
The FBI foiled a bomb plot targeting a Home Depot on Long Island last week.

Obama is officially blaming the incident on a bad Bob Vila YouTube video.


The FEC reports that Obama's campaign took out a $15 million loan from bailout recipient Bank of America.

Wow... BoA just can't stop making bad investments, can they?

Obama Done Did It

Trevor Thomas Except that it hasn't. White guilt is thoroughly institutionalized, and in such a way that only extreme political wrangling can dislodge it and with hugely polarizing collateral damage to race relasions as a result. Until the last of the Boomers are dead and buried, their legacy of calcified 60s liberalism buried with them can white guilt as a reactionary political force be rooted out and exterminated.

White House told of militant claim two hours after Libya attack: emails.

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Thu, Nov 1st - 11:38AM

October Summary

Last month's summary: 24.6 miles in October, 0 bike miles, .6 pounds up (grumble), 13 pages read.

I read 3 books (though I have been working on The Voyage of the Beagle), went to 0 movies and 0 plays, and 11 Masses.

I found only 4 caches last month (sad: two in Solvang, two on a trail in Placer County), and I'm at 8035. I'm at 319th in the world (somebody's not logging!),  and am still at 20th locally.

In proofing, I'm in 1118th (out of 40876 proofers) place in the first proofing round, with 873 pages proofed, 19th (out of 4985) in P2 with 23523 pages, 603rd (of 979) in P3 with 469 pages and formatting 750th place (3902) with 1020 pages. I really really really have to get back to this.

In Flickr I have 43935 pictures, with 97942 views, and 231 sets to work on. I'm determined to start working on these things this month, though that's exactly what I said last month. (And the months before.)

Netflix, one Homicide disk.

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