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Fri, Oct 30th - 5:49PM

October 21: Harrisburg

Durant's Rousseau and Revolution, p. 606
238.8 miles
crisp, sunny

Today we went to Harrisburg and did some caching. We also showed the stuffed bear Poppy the State Fair mascot around, including the Pennsylvania Farm Show building. That is one huge huge structure!

At our first cache, I got totally covered in weed seeds.  What with the ladybugs yesterday and the seeds today, I'm definitely adding accessories to my wardrobe!  We spent 15 minutes getting these things off me!

We got pictures with the GPS at the State Capitol (where the fountain is pink this month!) and saw that now they're charging for the State Museum.  That sucks. We've done the museum before, though, and had caches to find today. "Trout Amateur" was at Bass Pro, and we had a nice look around there. They have some lounging PJ's I would like, maybe in the local one.

I was all disappointed at Hardee's, too late for a balogna croissant. Eventually we went back across the river and cached our way back to Dave's house. Pretty places!

Weed Seeds     View from the Pennsylvania Capitol

I looked up which cache we'd found near the State Capitol in 2003 and got ready to enter the data.  However, I found that my challenge caches spreadsheet was compromised. Damn. I hope it's fairly complete at home. [Update: nope. I'll have to redo every one of the states and state capitols. The other missing data are from completed caches, so not quite so serious.] I reinstalled my drivers and things, so at least that's better now (I kept getting a notice I was missing one.) I wonder if the spreadsheet blorf is operator error or system error. I suppose it could be either.

Debbie roasted a chicken yesterday, and today crock-potted the leftovers in a sweet-and-sour thing. Yum.


0bama's daily rating: -13 approval gap, 47/53. That's because he's thin-skinned, partisan, and petty.
Who's next?

Democrats lock Republicans out of the committee room.

National suicide is exciting.

Harry Reid lashes out at Republicans (when it's actually the Democrats.)

Steyn, Three Years Alone.

Global warming and Robert Redford.

0bama goes wobbly on Afghanistan.


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Thu, Oct 29th - 7:11AM

October 20: Four Score and Seven Ladybugs Ago

Durant's Rousseau and Revolution, p. 606
236.3 miles
clear, lovely

Back in 1966, I think, we went to Gettysburg. I didn't know that much about the Civil War (still don't, but I know more) but I found it fascinating. Of course, it was hard to picture the battle with all the monuments getting in the way.  I wanted to go back, so that was our plan for the day.  We decided that the easiest way would be to go on Hwy. 30 from York, so we went through a whole bunch of cute little towns on the way, but then to get to the battlefield we were swooped off on a bypass which hadn't been on my map.

We started at the museum for its bathrooms.  Then we saw that there's a trail to Cemetery Ridge where Pickett's Charge occurred. This goes through the woods so you get a bit of the feel that the young soldiers had. We got up there and took a good look at the battlefield. I remember some of these monuments. This is where the old museum was, and we had stopped there then driven through the battlefield. We walked back to the museum and bought our tickets. First there was a film, then the Cyclorama.

I'm really glad we went to the actual place first before seeing this 360-degree painting/diorama, because it made it much more understandable. They do a sound and light program so you see one section or another at a time. There are details everywhere, and you could probably spend a couple of days studying it.  

I was beginning to get hungry. However, there was still the museum.  Often, when a nice little museum collection of goodies is "improved" to an interpretive center, it's ruined, dumbed down. Not this time. One side of each room is blue, one gray.  There were a gazillion things to see. I'm getting hungrier and hungrier, but there was more. And more. Still more. And omighod, more. I admit to really speeding through the last of it. A lot of places I was on the verge of tears: all those young men dying. We were in there for 90 minutes and could have easily been twice as long.  We could have spent the day there and never seen the actual place. This park is administered by the Gettysburg Foundation, and it is well worth the admission money. (Not to the National Military park part, but the museum and cyclorama.)

Cemetery Ridge     IMG_5570     So Many Dead...

FEED ME! We went into town and found the Dobbin House Tavern, which is in the stone basement of an olde barn.  They sometimes hid escaped slaves here.  We were asked if we wanted a table or a booth, said we didn't care, and got to sit at the bar. The staff are dressed up and very likeable.  We had beef sandwiches and finished with a piece of pecan pye. (spelling intentional.)  This place would never pass ADA standards: I suppose it's grandfathered in. Loved it.
It was 2:30 when we left so if we were going to get a Maryland cache it was probably a good idea to do it now. Off we went, past the battlefield, the few miles.  We stopped at the welcome center and headed off through the fields to an ammo can.  By the time we'd finished logging this it was past 3 and the welcome center had closed. Oh, well.  We spent a little while looking for the Elizabeth Ann Seton shrine for Monica (her Confirmation saint) but couldn't find it. It's marked on the highway but not in town, what's up with that?)

Dobbin House Inn     Maryland Caching     Little Round Top

And back to the battlefield where we drove around the battlefield. At Little Round Top there was a swarm of ladybugs, which landed on us. ALL over us!  You couldn't help but step on them. I said to one lady "I won't remember all this history, I'll just remember the ladybugs!"  They were also at an observation tower on the Confederate side. We got a virtual cache, from the top of the Observation tower (121 steps which I counted on the way back down) but I decided not to do the lengthy earth caches.  I remember some of this from 1966, but I'm so glad we came back!  Next time we're in Harrisburg, it's on to Philadelphia to see Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, and maybe go back to Valley Forge, too.

Ladybugs!!!

There was a neat little cache called Long Johns (from the two street names) just outside the park, so we actually got three today. And back to Dave's house.

. A couple of weeks ago he was trumpeting the success of the stimulus.

Rasmussen has an Approval Index (for 0bama) of -12, and approval/disapproval at 47/52.


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Fri, Oct 23rd - 1:24PM

October 19: Over to Dave's

Durant's Rousseau and Revolution, p. 606
233.8 miles
sunshine


Trying to read my watch upside down is difficult. It looked like half past one, but that couldn't be right, outside it was getting light. I finally realized it was 7!

So we left fairly early for central Pennsylvania, first making a stop at a Diners, Drive-ins and Dives place, KellyO's.  It serves haluski, which is a cabbage dish, kinda weird for breakfast but tasty and I had to try it.  Then on to the Pennsylvania freeway and some beautiful leaves!

IMG_5488     IMG_5491

When we got to the area, we started caching. I dropped off our last two travel bugs and picked up a token that might or might not get us a free geocoin.  Then we went to Rich's brothers and managed to see him before he went off for his night job.  And so to bed.


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Thu, Oct 22nd - 2:16AM

October 18: Sundays are for Church and Steelers Fans

Durant's Rousseau and Revolution, p. 606
233.8 miles
sunshine


Frank was just scrolling through the shows, as is his wont, and stopped at Yard Crashers, which I hadn't seen before.  There was our neighborhood store, Emigh hardware! I didn't recognize any of the people involved, but what a pleasant surprise.

At church, one of the ushers had an LED tie that said "Sundays are for Church and Steelers fans." There were LOTS of people wearing Steelers gear there!

Still a bit annoyed with Rich. Frank isn't endearing himself to me, either. I was singing under my breath and he objected.  Grumble. I don't care if it WAS a Yo Gabba Gabba earworm!

The weather was nice and I took off on a leaf walk.  Rich had no interest in where I went or what I saw.  Really nice.  At least, though, this was a Steelers game, not like yesterday's college games which I bet he doesn't remember at all. Grrr grrr grrr.

Leaf Walk     IMG_5463

And then, I chose rabbit for tonight's meal for Rich. I've never eaten it before, it's like eating a pet.  Let's just say, I'm not ever eating it again, either. It IS better than alligator. Barely.

Welcome to the birthplace of the Magna Carta. 

0bama administration drops gag order.  As well they should.

Cute story.

Yeah, but in my opinion, Nawlins should be back on its feet by now.


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Tue, Oct 20th - 6:12AM

October 17: Grrrrrr!

Durant's Rousseau and Revolution, p. 606
231.8 miles
sunshine


We went caching in the morning, and got 9 caches.  One, though, we could see but there was a guy parked there looking right at it and we couldn't get it. Then it was back to watch football.

Ask me a question (about a travel bug) and don't listen to the answer, to heck with it. If you want to know.

The phone rang, and it was the vet about Abby's gloppy eyes.  The kitty herpes seems to flare up when she's under stress (all the time) and they want to give her an ointment.  $51, plus $3 a day, darn it.

I was still mad when we went to Rich's reunion dinner.  "Are you mad at me?" "Yes."  "Why?" "The usual reason." (This is always a surprise to him. He'll miss me when I'm dead. He'll wish I was around to talk to him then!) However, they had mislabelled his dinner choice, fish instead of the chicken he really ordered, and I talked to the waitress and she talked to the chef, and managed to find him a chicken dinner. Still mad, but helped him out. I talked to some nice people, but I was SO BORED.

St. James HS 50th Reunion

And back to the house.

ZO on "do you hope Barak 0bama succeeds?" 

In San Francisco, of all places.

A Tale of Two Soundbites.


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Tue, Oct 20th - 4:08AM

October 16: Visiting my Bone

Durant's Rousseau and Revolution, p. 606
231.1 miles
rain, drizzle, cold

I was up about 8, and went down and chatted with brother-in-law. Rich joined us much later. It was definitely too rainy to go caching so Rich suggested today we visit the Carnegie Museum. Since we were here last they finished the Cretaceous Hall, and my Christmas present last year was an adopted bone of the holotype tyrannosaur.

You can watch them rebuilding Rex.

This has got to be the best exhibit in the country or maybe the world. I like it better than the Field, and though I haven't seen the American Museum of Natural History for 40 years, I can't imagine it's better either. Again, we spent a lot of time just standing and gawking.  The cafeteria had a really good lunch menu, and I picked the salad which was delicious.

IMG_5356     Tyrannosaurs Square Off     Sponsor!

On the way back, we tried for a cache, but missed our turn, so headed directly to the house, where we changed clothes for the first event of Rich's reunion.  This was out in Wexford, about 10 miles up the road. Some of the people remembered me from the last time. I mostly sat and talked to some other spouses while the classmates (about 20 of them) reminisced.  One guy remembered, when he was sixteen, running numbers for one of the bookies in Elliot (the area Rich grew up in.) What, did I end up in an episode of the Sopranos?

And so, after 10, back to the house.

Drill by Sarah Palin

In effect, American environmentalists are preventing responsible development here at home while supporting irresponsible development overseas.

Comment: Peter Schorn: When the current order of succession in the case Barry gets indicted and impeached is Joe Biden (lying, plagiarizing moron), Nancy Pelosi (lying Botox junkie), Robert Byrd (lying, pork-barreling, 2000-year-old Klansman), and Hillary Clinton (lying, castrating harridan who nagged her husband into a Constitution crisis and is giving away the store to... Read More the Ruskies), for anyone to even try and insinuate that Sarah "Moose-Slayer" Palin isn't qualified for higher office indicates that the problem isn't with Palin, but snobby elitist loser members of the Stupid Party who miss the old days when meek doormats like Bob Dole and Jack Kemp gladly suffered minority status. Do you clowns prefer to be called "Vichy" or "Quislings"?

Ann Coulter:

It's always something with the Muslims. You either have mostly sane people governed by a crazy dictator -- Iraq, Iran and Syria (also California and Michigan) -- or a crazy people governed by relatively sane leaders -- Pakistan and Afghanistan, post-U.S. invasion (also Vermont and Minnesota). There are also insane people ruled by insane leaders (but enough about the House Democratic Caucus).
...Democrats couldn't care less about military strategy -- at least any "strategy" that doesn't involve allowing soldiers to date one another.
...The difficult choice Obama faces in Afghanistan is entirely of his own making, not his generals' and certainly not Bush's. It was Obama's meaningless blather about Afghanistan being a "war of necessity" during the campaign that has moved the central front in the war on terrorism from Iraq -- a good battleground for the U.S. -- to Afghanistan -- a lousy battlefront for the U.S.

Dr. Zero, Trust us.


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Sun, Oct 18th - 2:46PM

October 15: To Pittsburgh!

Durant's Rousseau and Revolution, p. 606
230.5 miles
cold, rainy

45 recordings of 29 types. (I have 56 recordings scheduled while we're gone.)

I forgot to weigh till after my hair was wet, so I'll go with yesterday's: 1 pound up, BP mid-borderline (better)

SCOTT OTT SAYS: Unanimous is what a divided committee is called after a decision, pushed by the chairman, has been made and nothing can be done about it. Unanimous sounds better than "the opponents of giving Obama the prize, who comprised 60 percent of the committee, caved to the will of the chairman for the sake of unity."
Majority of Nobel jurors 'objected to 0bama prize.'

We were ready to go a lot earlier than the 9-o'clock leave time we'd set, so we left at 8:40. For some reason, this trip Rich was totally disorganized. He'd checked our baggage online, but still had to physically take them in, and he didn't have his boarding pass ready, didn't have his ID out, had brought his lighter with him and threw it out before going through security. 

Then he couldn't find water despite all the signs. Eventually we got organized and got onto the Atlanta plane. This took off at 11:58, a bit late. The pilot said that was because of headwinds as they came, which of course translates to tailwinds, so that we'd land on schedule.  And so it was.

It's still a 4-hour trip.  There were TVs in the seatback, so we could watch a number of channels and the flight path. (Which was my favorite. My headphones were stashed with my computer bag up in the overhead compartment, so while I could watch CNN (balloon boy) the other shows weren't interesting.) The map was mostly in English but there was Nuevo Mexico listed. We went over Pueblo at 2:28 (mountain time)

I was reading an olde mystery by Ellery Queen, and noted he put the horses' names in italics. Treating them like ships, not like people, I guess.

Atlanta airport was a mixed bag. It has a geocache, and we went out to get it. We went south, across a street, down a couple of levels in an elevator, and to the left to get to a big penguin statue.  Then Rich wanted to cross the street to the south and charge into the parking lot, when I knew the terminal was to the right, the north.  His interior map was completely messed up because he knew we wanted to cross a street.  When we were back in the terminal following me, while he was dubious, and went up a couple of levels, he was still messed up (didn't look out the door to see the street) and it was only some time later when he finally understood that we'd come back UNDER the street.

Big Silver Bird     Yangchuanosaurus


Atlanta airport leaves a lot to be desired.  They do have a dinosaur which I had forgotten. If we hadn't gone out to see the geocache we wouldn't have seen it, and when I remembered it I'd have been sad.  But the wifi didn't work, the fish-and-chips people apparently had to go catch the fish*, and the pilots for the last flight to Pittsburgh (a little over an hour) were at the wrong concourse when we were on the plane. We ended up sitting on the tarmac for 40 minutes, then taxied forever, and were in the air an hour after we were supposed to be.

*however, I could get a Pepsi there, which was a real surprise in Atlanta, Co-Cola country!

Budget rent-a-car closes at 12:30, so I sauntered in the direction of the baggage, taking pictures with the State Fair golden bear, while Rich ran to get a car. I also called the house to let Frank know we had touched down. Eventually, we got it all together, took the wrong turn we ALWAYS take, and got here to the house about 12:30. Yawn!

Poppy and George Washington     Poppy and Franco Harris     Poppy and the T-Rex

Reading: Rousseau and Revolution, What If? edited by Robert Cowley, the Bible (Zachariah), Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg, The Tragedy of X, Ellery Queen, Common Sense, Glenn Beck, Don Quixote, Miseducation: Preschoolers at Risk, David Elkind, Low-Carb Dieting for Dummies, Katherine B. Chauncey.


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Sat, Oct 17th - 5:29AM

October 15: Getting Ready

Durant's Rousseau and Revolution, p. 606
227.8 miles
some rain, then humid

43 recordings of 30 types.

We did two main things today to get ready for our trip: we took the animals to the kennel.  Abby hasn't seen the vet for 3 years, so she'll get her physical and shots, too. Pharaoh's physical is due next month and we'll wait, because I want to be there.

Abby had been under the bed but when it was time to catch her she was on top.  She saw me coming and started to run, but I made a flying leap (twisting my back) and caught her. The other two were easy, though Spooky did his constant yowling all the way to the vet. He really hates car trips.  We got them stashed, no problem.  The cats are going to cost $60 a day, ouch.  This is the first time we've kenneled them, since usually we have someone to clean the litter boxes and make sure they have water.

The other thing we needed to do was write and sign (with witnesses) a quick codicil to our very old wills which had named one of Rich's brothers guardian of the children, and had my mother as one of the beneficiaries, etc. We really must sit down and write a new one, but no time this week, so we just named Bernadette the executor in case the plane falls out of the sky.  Our neighbors witnessed this and signed it, so she shouldn't have any problem getting to the accounts.

The place is such a disaster, as bad as GoE's since I lost momentum, so she'd have a terrible problem clearing it up. Gotta get my act in gear.

Our neighbors are going to be great-grandparents! And the guy asked me if I'd lost weight, which was pleasant.

Bill Whittle, Fire Congress
I like his idea for the Statue of Liberty!


The 2009 Character Flaw Award... (video)
failure of character
failure of intelligence
dangerous reinforcing of his natural tendencies that will get all of us in trouble.

Heh. Top Ten quotes from the Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Why the White House Hates Fox

Is 0bama a fool?

Steyn, when the lack of sh*t hits the fan.

Prove you didn't say it.

The Anchoress says Obama’s behavior is not presidential.


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Wed, Oct 14th - 11:15PM

October 13: Dark, Light, Dark, Light...

Durant's Rousseau and Revolution, p. 606
227.8 miles
rain, wind

40 recordings of 27 types.

Today Bernadette had a prenatal appointment, so I went down through the wind and the rain (learning how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers). The boy was much more cheerful today. He was getting tired when Bernadette left, so I held him in my lap for Yo Gabba Gabba, which we both enjoyed.

The doctor suggested B. wean him in the second trimester so that he wouldn't be upset by the baby. Bernadette is going to wait for Gareth to make this decision. He still needs and loves the nursing.

I stopped to get my lunch before I came home. It's really blitzing out. Pharoah needed to go out but he wanted better weather. I tried to push him out and he stubbornly sat down, so I reached down to grab him and apparently pinched. He yipped and snapped his teeth fairly close to me, which scared him more than me, and he went out. I watched through the window and let him in the moment he was done. I'm still teaching him "muddy paws" which involves letting me dry all 4 paws.

It was over 3" of rain. I drove on surface streets because I don't trust the other drivers on the freeway. The first rain of the season is always awful.  Meanwhile, our lights went out at least 9 times. I finally gave up resetting the clock on the microwave.  Every time, even if it was for 10 seconds, it took more than 5 minutes for the television, VCR, and wireless to reset. Blech.


vince flynn "you fight fair and people die."

GOE's relative is 20 today.

Democrats curtail First Amendment. I don't think 2010 can come fast enough.

Mark Steyn

 What the Democrats are doing means that for millions of the hardest-working Americans their business expansion and a roomier house and a vacation camp and music lessons for the kid are all on hold. And “on hold” presupposes that one day the retrenchment, the hunkering down, will end. But why would it? In many continental countries, a smaller home and a smaller car are the norm. It’s not just about the money – “DON’T TAX ME, BRO!” -  but about the web of regulations that ensnare you at every turn:
...
 In the wake of the economic meltdown last fall, there were protests from Iceland to Bulgaria, with mobs all demanding the same thing of their rulers: Why didn’t you the government do more for me? This is the only country in the developed world where hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets to tell the state: I can do just fine if you’d only get the hell out of my life – or at least confine yourself to constitutional responsibilities.

Reading: Rousseau and Revolution, What If? edited by Robert Cowley, the Bible (Zachariah), Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg, Dragons Teeth, Ellery Queen, Don Quixote, Miseducation: Preschoolers at Risk, David Elkind, Low-Carb Dieting for Dummies, Katherine B. Chauncey


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Wed, Oct 14th - 6:25PM


Durant's Rousseau and Revolution, p. 606
227.8 miles
partly cloudy

39 recordings of 27 types.

Today was the Baby and Toddler play day at the library.  This time Gareth again liked the blocks and the wagon. I tried to show him how to pull it, but he's not yet interested. At one point he got a Cheerio box out of the trash and dump it. I don't know why she threw it out, there were lots of Cheerios for us to clean up. I think Bernadette has as much fun at this as the baby, maybe more, because she gets to meet and talk with other Moms. 

Gareth at the Library

Afterwards she went to get her oil changed, and I fed Gareth and watched the new  Yo Gabba Gabba. Then he seemed to have a tummy ache. I could hear the gas chugging around inside, and he cried himself to sleep in my lap.  I was thinking of St. Anne who must have sometimes held her grandson, too.

  Happy Columbus Day (Stan Freburg)

This evening, Rich busticated the wooden grasshopper pull toy. He's forgotten how to walk around when there are kids in the area.  My fault, I hadn't gotten around to picking the stuff up. The toy looks fixable.

Dr. Zero:

 our true destiny is the opposite of the one Barack Obama earned a Nobel Peace Prize by promising the world he would create for us… a future very few Americans would have voted for in 2008, if he had been honest with them. Obama sees himself as First Citizen of the World, but America needs a President energetically loyal to her own interests, who speaks proudly and without qualifications of her history and achievements. In truth, America herself is the First Citizen of the World, and while our past is as complex as that of any other nation, our leadership of the global community has been exemplary by any rational standard. We are not doing the world any favors by mumbling an apology that only fools and villains are hungry to hear, and abandoning our leadership to crawl into a sick bed, while telling ourselves how much we deserve to suffer.

Heh. Can the Nobel Prize for Astronomy be far behind?

Motor car of year award.

Heckuva Job, Barak (Ross Douthat)

Powerline

It actually would be very easy to make health insurance cheaper. All we have to do is allow insurance companies to compete nationally instead of state-by-state and eliminate all mandates that limit consumer choice. It has been estimated that these simple reforms--which are not part of any of the Democrats' "reform" bills, for obvious reasons--would reduce health care costs by one-quarter to one-third. Instead of such common-sense reforms, the Dems are proposing Rube Goldberg measures that will make health care more expensive. Instead of eliminating mandates, their measures, including the Baucus bill, increase them--in effect making cheaper health insurance illegal.


Uh-HUH

The Whiner-in-chief.

Don Surber

10. The dollar is down and it might not be able to get back up. This means a great nation will be unable to fund AIDS relief in Africa, help fugees from a tsunami, liberate 50 million people and extend health insurance for children, as well as subsidizing drug costs for the elderly.

You know all the things that Nobel-less George Bush did.

A $1.4 trillion deficit — more than Bush borrowed in his first six years when he had a Republican Congress — is an economic horror show. The Scorekeeper is less worried about the nation (a country boy will survive) than the Scorekeeper is worried about the world, which needs a strong America.

EVIL.

 Heh.



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Wed, Oct 14th - 6:03PM

October 11: Seussical the Musical

Durant's Rousseau and Revolution, p. 606
227.8 miles
sunny, cool

42 recordings of 27 types.

Today I noticed, for the first time, that on the mural, the sky behind Jesus actually has constellations. I recognized Orion and the Pleiedies. We've only gone to this church for 33 years, I suppose it was time I noticed.

We went over to Davis to watch their production of Seussical, the Musical today.
I'd seen it once before, but this version was really cute. The Cat in the Hat even had a Nobel Peace Prize joke. He also acted like Kanye West at one point. I was really struck by the young actresses who were Thing One, Thing Two, and JoJo. They were really accomplished. Horton was delightful. It was a huge cast, the dancing was great, and I really enjoyed it.

0bama White House downplaying risks of retreating in Afghanistan. I've reached the point when I see the President, I hear "you lie!" in my head.  First Want to Win.

An Inconvenient Journalist .

A referendum on 0bama... but the media describes it as he's too popular.

Sigh.

Vodkapundit: "Makes you wonder if this “necessary war” should necessarily be waged by our current commander-in-chief. "

Peggy Noonan on the Nobel speech:

He should deflect the limelight. (Can he?) He should make his subject bigger than himself. (Is there a subject bigger than himself?) He has been accused of traveling through the world on an extended apology tour. That isn't fair, but the tag is there. How about an unapologetic address, a speech, with the world's elites leaning forward and listening, about the meaning of America? A speech that shows a grounded and sophisticated love for his country and its great traditions and history. Not a nationalistic speech, not a prideful one, but a loving one.

Yeah, the pity is he can't do this. And calling it an apology tour is perfectly fair.

Instapundit says "MAYBE MY PRAISE FOR OBAMA’S GAY SPEECH CAME TOO SOON".  Well, duh.

A big collection of cartoons.


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Tue, Oct 13th - 8:30PM

October 10: Pumpkin Patch

Durant's Rousseau and Revolution, p. 606
227.8 miles
sunny, cool


53 recordings of 33 types.

Today's activity was to take Bernadette and Gareth to the pumpkin patch. He was great. He comes along without complaint as you take him here or there. He did protest at trying to walk through the thick grass.  We got a wagon and he rode in it, and he got some chips from us, so he was happy.  He looked at everything.  When it came time to leave, he decided to take me on a walk along the back of the tent. Later I was looking for a scarecrow (they were supposed to have a scarecrow contest, but there was only one) and we discovered the haybale maze. I should have unhooked his tether and let him go.  We went back and forth and back and forth in a couple of places. Finally he was tired of it and demanded I pick him up. All in all, a fun trip.

IMG_5207     IMG_5209     IMG_5222

Afterwards, we stopped at Home Depot for some tulip bulbs and delivered them to a geocaching friend who just learned her cancer had returned. It was a nice three-fer gift: housewarming, birthday, and get well soon. It shows I have hope that she'll get to see them.

Farce repeats itself as history.

0bama pimps for jihad petrodollars.


Much more about the Nobel Prize: 

Pax Dickinson: People should lay off, he totally deserved that prize. He was the 10th caller, fair and square.

This is the biggest participation trophy ever handed out. Obama is a joke.Obama for Heisman!Obama for Top Chef!

Mark Steyn: "Barack Obama will have history's most crowded trophy room, but his presidency is shaping up as a tragedy – for America and the world."

Dr. Zero:

The kind of “peacemaking” favored by the Nobel committee is the kind that usually gets innocent people killed, and frequently ends in the kind of war that comes as an even bigger surprise than Obama’s award.

...The Nobel Price long ago became a joke, and an insult to the people who suffer under terror and tyranny around the world, but I don’t think the committee just threw Obama the award because he’s so wonderfully special, and not even because he won the election to succeed the only man who has truly deserved the award since 2001. Maybe Obama won the Nobel because of his courageous youthful defiance of murderous evil, when he was brutally tortured for months but refused to submit to totalitarian brutes? Oh, no, wait, that was the guy he defeated in the election.

...There are only two responses to tyranny: submission and resistance.

Matt Welch : "further proof that the European intellectual establishment, in laboring so hard to combat perceived American arrogance, reveals itself to be obsessed to the point of stalkerhood with the minutiae of American politics."

 Many more prizes

(I still like the guy who thought he should get the Cy Young award.)

Mark Steyn: "The Nobel prize is like the post-modern version of the Emperor's new clothes: To a fool, His Majesty appears entirely naked. To a wise man, His Majesty is also naked but the wise man is sophisticated enough to admire the potential His Majesty has to be fabulously dressed at some point in the future."

Peter Beinhart: "Barack Obama, who practically orbits the sun already, " (I thought the sun revolved around him!) Christopher Buckley.

 Red State Update

(Not if she keeps dressing so badly.  My EYES!)



Political Tulipomania.


Heh. Thank heavens we didn't endure a B- year!

Another Timesman who doesn't follow the news.

What DeMint heard in Honduras.

BOB KERREY: “No serious leader in Kabul is asking us to leave. Instead we are being asked to withdraw by American leaders who begin their analysis with the presumption that victory is not possible. They seem to want to ensure defeat by leaving at the very moment when our military leader on the ground has laid out a coherent and compelling strategy for victory.”


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Tue, Oct 13th - 6:41AM

October 9: No Mojo

Durant's Rousseau and Revolution, p. 606
226.8 miles
mild

Rich's new watch went off every 5 minutes from 0250 to 0325, at which time I managed to cover it with enough clothing and stuff so that I couldn't hear it any more.  But I was awake. Oh, yes.

I saw Roni and R.J. off and the rest of the morning went fine. I walked Lexi to school, and she'd forgotten her backpack, so when Rich picked me up we went back and I managed to give it to her before school started. She also forgot her lunch, I discovered much later in the day.

We took Teddy over to school and then proceeded to cache at Hamilton. When this was an Air Force base, Rich was stationed here. We've cached here before, but there were lots we hadn't found, so I thought it would be a good place to be. Ha. The day started poorly with a cache somewhere on an old railroad crossing pole. We found two decoys but didn't get the thing at all.

Then we found one, didn't find one, and decided to walk on the levee which has been built between the buildings and the old runways.  The runways are gone and they are returning it to marshland. There are two caches this way including one which is a film canister hanging by fishing line.  We did get both of these.  That didn't make the next no-find any easier.  Then we spent forever looking for another one with no luck.  For our final attempt on Hamilton, we were atop a hill and did actually find the cache.  There were lots of deer here.

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We stopped back at the house about noon.  Rich was sure they'd be back, me not so much. R.J. had told Rich surgery would only be a half hour. Of course, that wasn't the case. 

Then we headed down to South Novato and ate, then picked up where we left off yesterday.  We were muggled out of one search, then couldn't find the next one. The bag of clothing made me uncomfortable in that area, so we left.  Finally Rich found a cache in an old tennis ball.  Then there were two no-finds on a little trail next to the Fireman's Fund campus. One of these has since been archived. Then we went to a back part of Novato I hadn't known was there, and had one more no-find and two finds. One was a lamppost.  We then quit.  Mighod, what a frustrating day.

Back at the house, I wrote up the "what the heck?" Nobel Peace Prize entry, then Roni called.  She was back in town, and R.J.'s mother was bringing him home when he was ready.  She hoped we could pick Teddy up.  Yep, no problem. We did that, and brought him home to his Dad and grandmother, then Roni came, and at last we got to come home.  Roni gave me a pretty orchid for my birthday. 

The traffic between Vacaville and West Sacramento was just awful, and the trip home took about an hour longer than usual. Here at home, I discovered I'd left our toothbrushes. Argh.  Also, there was no mail at all and our neighbors hadn't taken it. Our only thought is maybe they stopped it this Thursday instead of next Thursday. I hope that's the case: there's a Netflix disc in there. Of course, we can't find out till Tuesday.

The courage to say no.

Verna Harvey Morgan Tsvangirai has been imprisoned; he's been tortured; he faces death every day of his life in his fight to bring peace, freedom and stability to the people of Zimbabwe. He's a true hero and a man of courage. Yet that was not enough. Amorphous words of 'hope' are clearly more valued than real, inspirational actions. Shame on the Nobel Committee.


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Mon, Oct 12th - 8:42PM

October 8: To Novato

Durant's Rousseau and Revolution, p. 606
221.8 miles
mild

62 recordings of 33 types. I took it down to 39 of 25 by getting rid of the older Law and Orders.

I'm a tenth of a pound down from last week, and blood pressure still too high.

The cache that we had to archive was a plastic tooth, and the finder took it. He lives in Natomas and we were trying to figure out how he could get it to us: too far to deal with this morning, so we'll get it later.

R.J. has surgery tomorrow morning so Roni wanted us to stay overnight so we could give the kids breakfast and take them to school. So I wanted to go to Mass at the retreat house first, and we started off at 11. Of course, I'd forgotten the camera, so we lost 30 minutes coming back for it.  Then I called Roni to assure her that THIS time I hadn't forgotten, and she suggested we come before 4 so we could see where Teddy goes.

So we went caching. Our first cache was at Miwok Park, and the log ahead of ours was especially enjoyable.

The challenges of geocaching with a toddler:
1. It is very important to stop and explore every bug, hole, body of water, tree, etc. along the way, so don't expect to get very far. This is what they like to do, and this has to be fun for them too or it just isn't fair to drag them around. This cache is about a tenth of a mile from the parking spot and it took us over an hour to get there.
2. By the time you get there, GZ may not be in a suitable place for a toddle. It can't be too difficult to get to (e.g. up or down a steep embankment) and it absolutely has to be a safe place for a toddler to explore around on his own while you do your search. This was the issue with GC1594 in this park.
3. You don't have much time. Toddlers have needs that take precedence over everything, so even if you are 500 feet away from a cache, a hungry toddler comes first, which was the case with GCDE15 and GC16JYF.

So I came to the park today to find 4 caches and only got to this one. The good news is that toddlers love exploring, which is a big part of what the sport is about. I spotted this one from a distance while extracting my son from one of the many detours we made on the way.

So you have to be able to adjust your expectations, which is true of parenting in general. We had a great time goofing around and we'll get the rest some other day. TFTC.

Yes, we found it.  Then we climbed the hill and couldn't find the next one. This tired me out. So I was happy to have a light pole cache next.  We SAW the next one, way up on the side of a pole, but couldn't get anything together long enough to get it out. We then got another light pole and a nice little rock on the edge of Mt. Burdell Open space.  Then it was time to go to Roni's.

We had some Thomas the Tank Engine stuff for Teddy, and brought Alex back her mood ring that she got when we went on safari. We picked up Teddy and stopped at
High-Tech Burritos for take-home dinner.

Roni has made me very very happy by wanting to have everyone for Thanksgiving. When my cousin wasn't coming, I really didn't much want to cook it myself just for us and Bernarob, and since they then go to their friends' in Los Gatos, (where there's a nun who is really really eager to see Gareth) I was trying to figure out how to tell Rich I didn't want to do it. Now I don't have to worry.

We had a nice evening, and so to bed. The guest room is really nice. I didn't get to see any deer today from the deck, maybe tomorrow.

Is Barack 0bama Jesus Christ?

Health care speechwriter loses health care.

0bama focusing on Al-Quada ignoring Taliban .

Look how much candy you have!

Reading: Rousseau and Revolution, What If? edited by Robert Cowley, the Bible (Aggai), Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg, Sons from Afar, Cynthia Voigt, Don Quixote, Miseducation: Preschoolers at Risk, David Elkind, Low-Carb Dieting for Dummies, Katherine B. Chauncey


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Sun, Oct 11th - 10:53PM

October 7: Holy Rosary

Durant's Rousseau and Revolution, p. 606
218.4 miles
81 degrees

58 recordings of 30 types.

It's the Feast of the Holy Rosary. I walked to Mass, gotta start getting the BP down.  There are two SEIU signs in my neighborhood. Father told us about the battle of Lepanto. He seems to have exaggerated the different sizes of the two fleets. He also apparently rang in the kamikaze (divine wind) from the Japanese defeat of Genghis Khan. There's a book on the battle of Lepanto I want to read, someplace.

I can wear my rings again! It's been a couple of years or more since we had to cut off the wedding band.

DHS is clear on who the enemy is. Us.

Chavez, Iran, and Nukes.

Firefighters lose grant to ACORN.

0bamacare a fail from sea to shining sea.

A necklace of tonsils.  Heh.

New Mommy Tax in 0bamacare.

Does 0bama Know who we Are? (The Anchoress.  Read the whole thing.)
The Office of the Presidency can either make a man great, or break him, but it will not allow him to coast and remain undefined.

Robin of Berkeley.

More from The Anchoress. "We are being governed by a man who cannot laugh at himself and will not tolerate others doing so. And the press are become his henchmen."

Heh.

Mother Angelica awarded medal by Pope.

Video... Mr. Faithful-like-a-Trial-Lawyer

I can't stand Beltway Bob Gibbs.

Victor Davis Hanson, the Obsolescense of a Slur

He's Just Not that Into Us

Yeah, I've seen this painting before, but I thought it was a joke.

Instapundit:

A REAL-WORLD DEFINITION OF A ZEPTOSECOND: The interval between passage of a tax increase, and legislators starting to think about the next one . . . .

UPDATE: Reader Jonathan Bailey writes: “Are you sure that isn’t a ‘kleptosecond?’” I stand corrected!


Video
Consider this a sneak preview of what to expect under ObamaCare. Long lines, rationing and a lot of angry people. Naturally this is taking place in a city controlled entirely by Democrats in a state governed by a Democrat. Just extrapolate it out across the nation and you'll get what Democrats love: Chaos.

Carterobama.

Reading: Rousseau and Revolution, What If? edited by Robert Cowley, the Bible (Aggai), Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg, Don Quixote, Miseducation: Preschoolers at Risk, David Elkind, Low-Carb Dieting for Dummies, Katherine B. Chauncey.


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Sun, Oct 11th - 7:58AM

October 6: Embarrassment

Durant's Rousseau and Revolution, p. 596
215.8 miles
77 degrees

59 recordings of 30 types.

Today was a little grim. First was the funeral, which was OK as funerals go. Then we went down to take Bernadette and Gareth to a nearby pumpkin patch.  First we stopped for lunch, which was fun. The baby says "wa" for water quite clearly. It took a Nana to hear it, though.  Then when we got to the pumpkin farm, there were no pumpkins.  The front had been scraped clean, it looked like maybe there would be pumpkins, but nothing was there.  Well, Gareth didn't know what we were doing so he wasn't disappointed, but the rest of us were.

That was dwarfed by the embarrassment when we got home. We had a call from the dentist's office asking us to remove a cache that we had just put in this morning. I thought they knew we were going to do it, but it turned out we didn't have permission. How embarrassing!

Obama to Lobby Academy for Michael Moore Oscar. (Scrappleface).

My friend J:  "I'm going to have a hard time getting to sleep tonight. The next few months are going to suck. Better than dying, though!"
OH, damn.  The cancer is back.

You Can't Say That : At the UN, the Obama administration backs limits on free speech.
by Anne Bayefsky

Sarah Palin on Afghanistan.

Richard Cohen, Does 0bama Have the Backbone?

The 0bamas' Ego Trip to Copenhagen.

Criminalizing everyone.

Aw, shucks. I only saw clips, but he (Tom Delay) was sure a good sport.

Instapundit: "It says a lot about the health care debate when a senior Senator feels he has to sneak around his constituents."

The US is Losing its Sense of Humor:

The Obama administration is destroying many things intrinsic to the United States. Much has been written about them. It has certainly diminished national pride, once substantial and a source of the incredible optimism which propelled the country to greatness.
...
The loss of national pride and national direction are bad enough, but we are also losing our sense of humor. They go hand in glove. It is difficult to laugh when bitterness prevails and the urge to cry is so great, and it is difficult to get out of such a mess without a sense of humor. This is, or should be, a problem for those who still think highly of President Obama, as well as for those who don’t now or never did. I can’t seem to recall any time during the past sixty or so years when bitterness and seriousness were so deeply rooted and laughter so restrained.
...
As one (among many) columnist put it:

Since Obama took office, he has been abandoning one U.S. ally after another while seeking to curry favor with one U.S. adversary after another. At every turn, America’s allies — from Israel to Honduras, to Columbia, South Korea and Japan, to Poland and the Czech Republic — have reacted with disbelief and horror to his treachery. And at every turn, America’s adversaries — from Iran to Venezuela to North Korea and Russia — have responded with derision and contempt to his seemingly obsessive attempts to appease them.

Planning a sellout. Argh.  We're on the wrong side, again.

Bill Whittle:  

...that was my hope: that humiliation on the cheap might persuade The World’s Smartest Politician to show some intelligence and change his mind based upon the evidence, the way his presecessor, The Greatest Moron in the History of The World, did when confronting a failing strategery in Iraq. That hope lasted for all of a few days. Now we see 150 doctors wearing white lab coats assembled to help Barack Obama give another career-saving speech, this time trying to get the 93% of Americans who are fundamanetally happy with their health care to act against their own self interests.
...
 Yet another speech, with props appropriate for a fourth grade show and tell, to sell the rubes on something they seem unwilling to want to buy. And another appeal to oratory in place of substance. And meanwhile, out at the edge of the campfire’s glow, lean and cruel wolves circle red-eyed and hungry, watching and learning.

(which is why we aren't laughing.)


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Fri, Oct 9th - 3:25PM

Is It April Fool's Day Already?

(Not a journal entry, just a WTF collection.)

When I saw the headline that 0bama had won the Nobel Peace Prize I thought AP had read an Onion dispatch or one from Scrappleface and taken it seriously.

0bama wins the Peace Prize?? The Nobel people have officially jumped the shark.

RT @gpollowitz: Break'g News: Prez Obama has been awarded the Nobel in Physics for his 10th grade science fair project.

isfullofcrap The guy freaking refused to talk to the Dalai Lama to appease human-rights violator China over Tibet. What kind of peacemaker is that?

Christa Bella

Now he joins the ranks of the likes of Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Rabin, Yasser Arafat, Lê Ðuc Tho (he at least refused it), Henry Kissinger, Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat.

And though nominated 5 times, Gandhi, never won the nomination (sigh).

Scott Ott Keep in mind, Pres. Obama was nominated for this award sometime before February 27...when he had been in office roughly a month. He beat out, among 177 other individuals, Wei Jingsheng, a Chinese dissident whose book promoting democracy in China was ...compiled from essays he wrote on toilet paper while in a Chinese prison.

Yes, the world has lost its mind.

What an embarrassment to the Nobel Peace Prize legacy. How about waiting until Obama actually did something, then give him the prize?

But then again, we elected Obama before he accomplished anything, so who are we to criticize.

Ann Althouse has a riddle.

Roundup.

Michael Graham:

A prize President Obama earned, the Nobel Committee claims, for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples"

This will no doubt come as great comfort to the democracy protesters in Iran, the oppressed citizens of North Korea, the Afghan women being beaten by the Taliban, and the people of Poland, the Czech Republic, Georgia, etc., feeling the hot breath of the growling Russian bear. They’re all basking in that Obama-inspired “peace.”

Michael Binyan

From Times Online October 9, 2009

Comment: absurd decision on Obama makes a mockery of the Nobel peace prize
The award of this year’s Nobel peace prize to President Obama will be met with widespread incredulity, consternation in many capitals and probably deep embarrassment by the President himself.

[I doubt that]

Meanwhile, Mataconis is on a roll on Facebook: “How can Obama win the Nobel Peace Prize on the same day that he’s becoming the first POTUS to bomb the Moon?”

Re: Up Next: The Cy Young Award   [Andy McCarthy] Nah, Jonah. Here I think we must insist that he first throw a pitch that at least reaches home-plate.

from a friend: "I feel as if the Onion has really overdone it today. And everyone fell for it."

The Nobel for Narcissism

the voting public gave Obama a comfortable victory last year, but only the young and the silly really went in for the whole cult of personality. It has seemed at several telling moments this year, however, as though Obama himself and his circle were among those that believed it all, and remain so: Their enormous faith in the power of Obama as a messenger and presence, the sense that the world would change its attitude about America simply because he was there, the endless stream of first person pronouns. We might have thought the falling poll ratings would check this attitude somewhat, but Obama’s words and deeds—the Olympics fiasco, for instance—suggest otherwise.

Richard Cohen (liberal!)

Jonah Goldberg:

The only thing that really bothers me is that this comes just days after the Obama administration turned a blind eye to the Dalai Lama and told the world that it's at least considering a separate peace with the Taliban....
Surely someone in Iran — or maybe the Iranian protestors generally — could have benefitted more from receiving the prize than a president who, so far, has done virtually nothing concrete for world peace.

A Snub to the Selenites   [Andrew Stuttaford]

Re: Worst Instincts   [Mona Charen]

Exactly, Kathryn. If Obama needs anything now, it is a sense of modesty, a willingness to tack and accept half a loaf, and diminish his grandiosity. (Not that I want him to learn these lessons. I'd rather he overreach, but as a matter of analysis.) His self-worship has created real problems for him and this will only feed into it. His vanity is his Achilles heel. The Nobel committee actually did him no favor.

I cannot say that I'm too worried about the Nobel prize committee's decision which is both a surprise and utterly unsurprising — but I do wonder if it's appropriate to announce it on the day that America is attacking the Moon.

Matt Welch.

Michelle Malkin.

Am I Awake?

Regarding that alleged “new climate in international politics,” which aspects of Obama’s foreign policy thus far are any different from Bush’s? He’s increased troop levels (slightly) in Afghanistan, he’s kept up the drone attacks on Al Qaeda and the Taliban, he’s broken his promise to close Gitmo by January, he’s approved “rendition lite” and indefinite detention without trial for some terrorist suspects, and he’s let himself be jerked around in nuclear negotiations with Iran. There’s a reason why, aside from his handling of Honduras, he’s gotten comparatively little flak from conservatives on international relations.

David Frum  “The Nobel Committee was not rewarding Obama. It was attempting to geld him.”

Politico:

Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele echoed the view: “The real question Americans are asking is, ‘What has President Obama actually accomplished?’ It is unfortunate that the president’s star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working towards peace and human rights. One thing is certain – President Obama won’t be receiving any awards from Americans for job creation, fiscal responsibility, or backing up rhetoric with concrete action.”

Fox News: "So there you have it. The short path to the Nobel Peace Prize: Party, go to meetings, skip church, release federal funding to pay for abortions in foreign countries, party some more."

Oh, I miss him!


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Wed, Oct 7th - 4:56PM

October 5: Hair-Trigger

(Grumble. I just put this up, but it didn't save.)

Durant's Rousseau and Revolution, p. 596
215.8 miles
71 degrees

62 recordings of 35 types.

These are the series I record at the moment.  Though I'll take some of them off before we leave for Pittsburgh.


  • 17 Kids and Counting
  • 18 ditto (two channels)
  • Brothers and Sisters
  • Chopped
  • Cold Case
  • Criminal Minds
  • CSI: all three
  • Dark Blue
  • Desperate Housewives (I did have two, but don't need the old ones)
  • Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (which I'll be cancelling while we're gone)
  • Dollhouse
  • FlashForward
  • Food Detectives
  • Fox News Sunday (the news shows will be cancelled)
  • Fringe
  • Glenn Beck
  • Gordon Ramsay's F Word
  • Great American Road Trip
  • Grey's Anatomy
  • Hank (which I didn't watch last week, so I'm not sure, but I like Kelsey Grammer)
  • Hannity
  • Hell's Kitchen
  • Homicide (three channels, though only one is showing any right now and it may have stopped, too)
  • In Plain Sight
  • Jon&Kate Plus 8
  • Law&Order (cancelling the TNT in the hopes that they'll still be showing them for years to come so I'll eventually see them all)
  • L&O three series. I was also catching up with old CIs, but have stopped now.
  • Leverage
  • Life is Worth Living with Bishop Sheen
  • Lock N' Load
  • Mad Men
  • Masterpiece
  • Medium
  • Mercy
  • Modern Family (funny)
  • NCIS and NCIS:LA
  • Numb3rs
  • Rachel Ray (taking that off while we're gone, too)
  • Survivor
  • The Amazing Race
  • The Biggest Loser
  • The Good Wife
  • The Middle

  • The O'Reilly Factor
  • Third Watch (sulk)
  • Three Rivers
  • Top Chef
  • Trauma
  • Ugly Betty
  • Without a Trace

We went to the vigil for a man who's been with the church longer than we've lived here, tonight.  One of Rich's old Boy Scouts came to sit with us. I'd forgotten he has a hair trigger temper, though I should have remembered after he almost came to blows with GoE one time when I had them to dinner.  That was about Rap music. This time I asked what he did, and he works for the State, and I asked "oh, no, what are you doing to us?"  Maybe if I'd said "for" us?  He and Rich really got into it. Inappropriate time and place.

Every time I see this kid, I remember him at Gonzaga, when Vince was a freshman and having some trouble. B., a sophomore, suggested "maybe you're not cut out for
Gonzaga."  So I got a little thrill when he washed out, came home, and finished at Sac State. And has a dead-end job pushing papers. And isn't married. Very un-Christian of me.

Oh, the vigil was good.  A number of people eulogized Fred.

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Scott Ott EXCERPT: "States are already at a breaking point, and so they should be thankful that this bill is only going to cost them an additional $30 billion," Sen. Charles E. Grassley (Iowa), the ranking Republican on the Finance Committee, told co...lleagues during the panel's two-week-long debate on reform. But Grassley added: "We are deluding ourselves, though, if we think that we are going to do anything in this bill to make Medicaid a better program for the people it serves."
SCOTT OTT SAYS: Can you imagine someone in a private-sector firm saying something like this, and keeping his job? Can you imagine the firm surviving with a bunch of these geniuses running it?

I KNEW I didn't trust Paulson!

0bama throws Tibet under the bus.

Good rant from Cavuto about not paying taxes if they (Congress) don't live up to the promises.

Comment:
Don’t think this is occurring in a vacuum. When other nations look for strategic and trading partners, how many will turn to the USA when they see the way we treat our allies, our military, and our leader doesn’t care about anything other than the approbation of crowds to his teleprompted speeches.

Jennifer Rubin
The Democrats and their cheerleaders in the punditocracy used to scream for President George W. Bush to listen to his generals. Then Bush got better generals, listened to them, and avoided defeat in Iraq. Obama, it seems, is bent on ignoring his generals. If he takes the advice of Joe Biden instead of those expert on counterinsurgency ( and with a track record of getting war strategy right), the results may be disastrous not only on the battlefield but in the court of public opinion.”

Dave Barry  “See, when the Government spends money, it creates jobs; whereas when the money is left in the hands of Taxpayers, God only knows what they do with it. Bake it into pies, probably. Anything to avoid creating jobs.”


Simon's Cat.

Greg Gutfield on the epic fail.

Lordie, I hope he's wrong, but I wouldn't be surprised, after the support they're showing to Zelaya.

Dear Al Qaeda, don't mess with Texas.  Makes me want to move!

Medicare: Largest denier of services.

Surber again: 

4. German Chancellor Angela Merkel cut taxes and kept the German stimulus small. Her economy is rebounding.

President Obama meanwhile…
...
 Another year, another American trio takes the Nobel in medicine.

Spend more — not less– on health care.

Screw Washington. We have the best health system in the world despite the politicians.


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Wed, Oct 7th - 4:39PM

October 4: Sad News

Durant's Rousseau and Revolution, p. 591
215.8 miles
68 degrees

88 recordings of 29 types.

At church, we learned that two of our friends (both named Ellen, in fact) lost their husbands this week. In fact, one of the men died early this morning.

Epic FAIL.

Jennifer Rubin, Flotsam and Jetsam

Sometimes, in a first-class political train wreck, it’s better to keep quiet.

Great chart!

Jim Treacher emails: “Obama just took the gold in the Men’s Political-Capital Toss.”

Mark Steyn points out a sad truth. I *hate* the way NBC does the Olympics!

the Atlanta Olympics: If you watched the TV coverage in Canada, the Netherlands, Sudan (assuming for the sake of argument that Sudan has network television and that the live sports action pre-empted the local version of "Survivor"), you would have seen people of many lands swimming up pools and running round tracks. If you randomly switched on NBC's US coverage, you saw sappy soft-focus features accompanied by elevator muzak about this or that heartwarming Ohio shotputter who'd overcome childhood polio or whatnot. The Olympics as covered by NBC wasn't a contest of sporting excellence but merely another opportunity for the usual wallow in Oprahfied mawkishness.

Steyn on One Year Ago: Point of no Return
some characteristically Beltwaycentric bungling from John McCain, for whom the economic crisis of mid-September provided the perfect opportunity for the peculiar combination of narcissism and self-destruction he appears to favor.

Video, how to get rid of a one-night stand. Rude, crude, funny.

Don Surber :

2. 10 more troops died in Afghanistan while the Obama’s celebrated their 17th anniversary. The Scorekeeper is very well aware that the president needs some time off from his duties as commander in chief. But when will he spend time as commander in chief? Photo ops of leading the UN Security Council, schmoozing for the Olympics and mocking people who dare disagree with his still-undrafted health care plan are secondary to making a decision on whether to send in reinforcements. The White House has said it will be weeks before he gets around to deciding this.

It took him how many hours to arrange a beer summit in August?

Bush was right about those nukes.

Reading: Rousseau and Revolution, What If? edited by Robert Cowley, the Bible (Sophonia), Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg, Don Quixote, Miseducation: Preschoolers at Risk, David Elkind, Low-Carb Dieting for Dummies, Katherine B. Chauncey.


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Wed, Oct 7th - 7:15AM

October 3: A Nice Birthday

Durant's Rousseau and Revolution, p. 591
215.8 miles
brisk, sunny, sudden rain

89 recordings of 30 types. Some of those are single Law and Orders. I stopped old L&Os because there were 43 in the next 2 weeks, and I will have to get rid of some of these anyway.

I'm officially OLD. My weight is 11.5 pounds down from last year.  My blood pressure is still high, just about the same as last year. Not worrying about any of that, I had Rich take me to breakfast for an apple-spice pancake at Jim-Denny's, a little shack downtown owned by some church friends of ours. The wait was unconscionably long, and I don't think I'd do it again, but I will admit the pancake was yummy.

I got lots of good wishes online, and Eric (and Vince) called.  That was nice.

Rich painted the hall.  When he took down my big dinosaur, he broke it, but not seriously.  We'll be able to fix it. The puzzling thing is the knob for the dimmer light has fallen off, which happens regularly, but this time the cats seem to have completely lost it. It's a puzzlement.

Then this evening we went to see Bernadette's theater group do "Trial by Jury" and a few selections from operettas. In it she does the can-can... ack. No bouncing that baby out!

Before that, we stopped at Queen Sheba and learned about Ethiopian food. It's served on a flat spongy piece of bread, one for the whole group. We had a combination dinner with lamb, chicken, and beef and two veggie dishes (lentils and spinach.)  The lentils had a bite. You don't have silverware, you have rolled up bread which you unroll and use as a thing to pick the food up with. You break the hard-boiled egg and crumble it into the rest of the chicken. It's all very good. The waitress and owner are actually from Ethiopia (they sound like they're from Sacramento) and very enthusiastic about the food and the culture. It was interesting, and I'd be happy to go again and take friends. (Pagan, I don't think you'd like it.)

Then, before the play we strolled over to Avid Reader and had a nice browse.

All in all, a nice birthday.
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Most voters (54%) say that major changes are needed in the nation’s health care system. Sixty-one percent (61%) say it’s important for Congress to pass something this year. But, voters overwhelmingly prefer a series of smaller reforms to address specific problems rather than a comprehensive overhaul of the system. Eighty-three percent (83%) say that all legislation should be posted online and available for everyone to read before Congress votes on it. Of those who want the information available, 64% say legislation should be posted in final form at least two weeks before a vote.---Rasmussen

Helen Thomas has more backbone than 0bama. (Dana Milbank)
"the answers ranged from namby to pamby."

Dems chipping away at Patriot Act (with a 9/11 film).  You know if there's another attack and the country survives, the Democrat party won't.

Disgusting.

But I thought the world would LOVE us! It's all about the image.

0bama's French Lesson (Krauthammer):

Do the tally. In return for selling out Poland and the Czech Republic by unilaterally abrogating a missile-defense security arrangement that Russia had demanded be abrogated, we get from Russia . . . what? An oblique hint, of possible support, for unspecified sanctions, grudgingly offered and of dubious authority — and, in any case, leading nowhere because the Chinese have remained resolute against any Security Council sanctions.

[It's all about the image.]

Bismarck is said to have said: “There is a providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children, and the United States of America.” Bismarck never saw Obama at the U.N. Sarkozy did.

Stunned bewilderment. Ha!
 "it provides fodder for critics who are already using it as a metaphor for a president who, in their view, focuses on the wrong priorities and overestimates his capacity to persuade the world to follow his lead."
And  cement an image about Obama that is negative — ...that he is a surprisingly weak figure who is easily rolled by Democrats on Capitol Hill, by adversaries around the world, and, now, by the IOC.

Heh.

Mark Levin has some words about the Olympics fiasco.

Yeah, the IOC said no, so can Congress!

Ed Morrissey: "The White House jumped in front of a situation without understanding it, relying on the word of political cronies to shape their comprehension without checking for themselves.  Only after they failed did they ask themselves about the political environment in which they made their proposal.  Are we talking about ObamaCare, cap-and-trade, or the Olympics?  It’s hard to tell."

(Comment:)

Oh dear…
That’s the problem with an “Obama Fail” high. It’s not so pretty when it fades away. ---chumpThreads on October 3, 2009 at 7:29 PM

I wouldn’t know. The Ozero Administration has been on a continuous FAIL mode since November. The issue you are seeing here is that there are simply oscillations in the magnatude of the fail at any given time. This latest was a major uptick in the fail scale.

Besides - a fail for a marxist loving narcasist is, by definition, a win for those who believe in the principles held by the great founders of this great country.

Just for kicks, let’s list some ozero fails

- Putting a tax cheat in as sectreas
- Naming other tax cheats and withdrawing them (too many to list)
- 57 states
- ‘my muslim faith’
- ‘rev’ jeremiah “God D*MN AMERICA” wright
- AF 1 buzzing new yawk
- Dissing the troops during the campaign to go shopping
- grabbing his little package during the national anthem
- Mocking a veteran’s war injuries
- The “special olympics” gaffe
- “The cops acted stupidly”
- Putting a known commie in as “Green Giant Jobs CZar”
- Putting a pedophile supporter in as “Safe Schools czar”
- Cash for clunkers
that is just the appetizer. I’m sure we could get this list to 100 or more in about a half hour even on a saturday night

Larry Moe Curley and Shemp could have done a better job running the country than obozo.

So dude, there has not been any letdown on the ‘obama high fail’. He keeps mainlining the country with Fail after fail after fail after fail. Wonder if the ghosts of TR, Lincoln, Reagan and others will start to visit him at night…

bullseye on October 3, 2009 at 10:42 PM

Heh.

Victor Davis Hanson is worried.

Comment: Vandenberg:

I think the most flawed character trait of Obama is his vanity. It is not the infantile vanity of a movie star, admired by millions but personally worried by wrinkles, it is much worse. It now has become apparent that Obama is putting his Global persona before National and Global security matters. Look at the incident with Sarkozy, where the ’soft’ Frenchman was baffled that Obama didn’t want to reveal the Quom info at the UN security council session, which for the first time in history was presided by a US president, but in matter fact forced Sarkozy not to mention the discovery in his speech. It wouldn’t fit with the message that Obama had prepared for the UN. This is not coming from Fox news, but from the French media.
If you self declared enemies, like Iran are buiding up their nuclear military capabilities and even the French think that you are a weak appeaser, well o la la, than the US is really on a down hill slope. Oct 2, 2009 - 9:10 pm


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Mon, Oct 5th - 10:40PM

October 2: YES!!!! (SchadenFriday)

Durant's Rousseau and Revolution, p. 591
215.6 miles
brisk

80 recordings of 26 types.

Poor baby! It's all about her. It's all about him.

I got in the car after Mass and heard that not only did Chicago lose, it got the FEWEST votes... and I yelled "YES!" in the car and did a fist pull.

Rodger Howard: Imagine for a moment: Wars and rumors of wars, Earthquakes in divers places, famines the world over- and President George W. Bush hops on Air Force One for Copenhagen to pitch for the Olympic games which would enrich his Texas Oil Pals and Cronies. Just how do we think that would play in the media? I'm not sayin'- I'm just sayin".

AND IT WAS ALL IN VAIN!!!  The fewest number of votes!  Rush says "The Ego has landed!"  He also points out that 0bama has spent the last 9 months saying how much America sucks, why would you want to have the Olympics there?

@Jerry_Wilson excuse Obamas reaction time to tsunami, what with being distraught over Michelles sacrifice and all.

Dawn Rasmussen I was watching ESPN. Regarding Chicago not getting the
Olympics, Jim Lapley said this has noting to do with Obama,
but eveything to do with Bush. Geeeeesh, is there nothing
the left won't blame on Bush????

RT @JTlol First Letterman's humiliation. Now #IOC shot-putted Obama in the nuts. I hereby declare Oct 2 to be SCHADENFRIDAY.

jimgeraghty Hold on, there's still a chance Obama can get the IOC to pass the games to Chicago through reconciliation.

@MajoratWH: Axelrod: IOC politics tougher than Chicago politics. What would daddy Daley say?

Did the IOC recognize a weak horse?  The Anchoress has some worries about that. I'll worry about it tomorrow, today I'm just revelling. (And Hannity wasn't on to say he was wrong. Pity.)

Jack Camarda wrote:
Let's see....hmmmm Chi-cago, Rio. Hmmmm.
Chi-cago.....Rio. Midwestern US city with high crime and where corruption was born. Or Rio. Exotic city. Beautiful beaches, beautiful women. hmmmmmmmm.
It's all George Bush's fault


Rich Lowry's Top 10 Reasons Chicago Didn't get the Olympics.

The Anchoress compares Bush and 0bama. She apparently doesn't understand how important it is that the 0bamas go to Copenhagen and celebrate their anniversary.  Tsunami? Piffle. Afghanistan? It can wait.

Dancing with the Czars.

John Kerry's failed power playMore.

Jonah Goldberg on Polanski: "I am grateful for this controversy. It is a dye marker, “lighting up” a whole archipelago of morally wretched people. With their time, their money, and their craft, these very people routinely lecture America about what is right and wrong. It’s good to know that at the most fundamental level, they have no idea what they’re talking about."

Howard Portnoy, Barack 0bama is a loser (with comments):

 finally, the once-magical words and phrases have lost their mojo. No one quite sees Obama’s most recent European misadventure as a failed opportunity to boost the United States of America. And mainly that’s because Obama hasn’t stopped dissing America abroad since he took office....

I’d actually feel sorry for the guy for being such a wimp on the world’s stage, except his ego hasn’t been beaten down enough yet to realize how embarrassing this is getting.
jon1979 on October 2, 2009 at 5:44 PM

 People are not blowing this out of proportion, this is a huge embarassment for an increasingly inconsequential President. In a time where his “extended hand” diplomacy is laughed at by Russia, Iran, China and even our allies in NATO; he desperately needed some sort of victory. He couldn’t even convince the IOC to give him what he wanted. They voted him out in the first round! Why the heck did he go if it wasn’t already in the bag? As insignificant as the Olympics may be, this is just another trip he comes back empty handed from; Iran and the rest of the world are certainly watching. Daemonocracy on October 2, 2009 at 5:11 PM

"Anyway, in case you thought that the Copenhagen debacle is today’s big international embarrassment, think again. "

Hot Air:

What it was was a Daley bid, which explains why, according to Chuck Todd, Daley worked every crony connection he had in the White House to get the city’s favorite son out there on his behalf. Bear that in mind the next time you see a liberal crying crocodile tears over how “un-American” it is to chuckle at The One’s failure today. He went to Copenhagen to do a favor for his corrupt hometown political machine and he flamed out big time. Boo hoo.

in a week I expect him to say “Let me be clear: I’ve always been consistent in believing Chicago wasn’t the best venue for the Olympics.”

JohnTant on October 2, 2009 at 8:55 PM


From Britain:

 The bigger humiliation, I think, comes from the fact acknowledged by Dana Milbank this morning that the Olympics bid is one of the few political projects lately on which Obama’s gone all-in. He dithers on Afghanistan, he keeps his distance from Congress on ObamaCare, he talks about “constructive beginnings” with Iran — but he sends his own wife and then gets on a plane himself to make the case for Chicago, despite the small upside of winning and embarrassing downside of losing. You sure know how to pick your battles, Barry.

Danes explain why 0bama lost .

 Don Surber:
I wanted Obama to fail for a few very patriotic reasons:

1. The man needs some humility. I am sorry that Grandma failed to teach him that he is not the center of the universe.

2. Chicago can ill afford it. The billion-dollar debt (likely more) would detract money needed to police the Murder Capital of the United States.

3. It was somebody else’s turn. Rio de Janeiro will be the first South American Olympics.

Newsweek says it's good.


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Mon, Oct 5th - 3:19PM

October 1: September Summary

Durant's Rousseau and Revolution, p. 591
215.6 miles
brisk

80 recordings of 25 types.

As it's Thursday, it's time for the weekly weigh-in. I'm -2.1 pounds for the month and -1.2 for the week. My blood pressure is high.

Rich's summary:

Miles

Bike

Cans

Bottles

Lead

Golfballs

Softballs

$

September

43.4

116.8

145

94

20

27

74

26.92

2009

339.0

1022.8

994

618

151

146

708

76.01

And, 3 baseballs, whiffle baseball, Spongebob Squarepants cloth cube, LED stick up light, LED head light band, 2 rubber wrist bands, 2 tokens, toy mug, eye glasses sack, small Mag-Lite, metal dual clip, lighter, digital alarm clock, smashed penny (Discovery Museum), small flashlight, sleeping bag with backpack, sunglasses, Hot Wheels sleeping bag, white face cloth, small glass bottle, metal barrette, pen, cell phone, stuffed reindeer toy, wrist band with whistle, toy car, plastic tiger, 2 tire stem caps, 3 sockets, 1/4" ratchet drive, 11 ball bearings

For me, 3.5 miles in September (Gaaaah!), 2.1 pounds down, high blood pressure, 5 pages (1 day's worth), 3 books, whoop-ti-doo, no movies, 1 play, 7 Masses.

We found 34 caches (total 6407). We're 162nd in the world  and 12th locally.

 I did no proofing at all in September. Facebook (and Farmville) have eaten my brain.) I'm in 876th (out of 26,984 proofers) place in the first proofing round, with 858  pages proofed (This must not stand!) 12th (out of 3127) in P2 with 23495 pages,  449th of 756 in P3 with 469 pages, and formatting 455th place (2512) with 1020 pages.

And in Flickr stats, there are about 73,989 views of my photostream. I'm further behind in Flickr and in proofing and I'm still half a week behind with the journal. In Netflix, I watched Torchwood season 1 #4-7, and the first two discs of season 2.
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Bernadette had an appointment today, so I went to babysit.  Gareth woke up from his nap and we played and watched Yo Gabba Gabba and I fed him and we walked down to the end of the street. He spent a lot of time with this puzzle: he can get some of the pieces in, but the fun thing was standing everything on edge and knocking it down to hear the different sounds. I attempted a couple of pretend things, giving his toys a ride to him, and feeding a stuffed animal, but he's still sorting out the real world, he's not up to "pretend" yet.

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Bernadette and Robert have a dining table and chairs!  And very nice, too.

I got to see pictures of the new one.  The first time I saw an ultrasound, I couldn't make head nor tail of it. This time I actually recognize "baby." *Bounce!*

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How's that "I know about the abortion thing, but 0bama wants to talk to Iran" thing working out for you, Father H.? They're liked spoiled brats and 0bama is like the indulgent parent, oh please behave, please, please. We've been talking to Iran for 30 Years.  

Just heard on Fox that if Iran refuses not to dismantle their “secret” nuclear site, it won’t be a deal breaker in our talks with Iran… Got to have priorities… Iran with nukes, that’s ok. Chicago without the 2016 games, never!!!!  ---tanvec on October 1, 2009 at 8:10 AM

Bev's review of "Late Night Catechism."

I do despise this woman. (Pelosi, that is, not Bev!) I don't think much of Keillor, either. Of course, if the Republicans weren't paying for the Democrats, that wouldn't work for long. More.

RT @MadPatriot: Dear Michelle Obama: Why don't you tell troops dying in Afghanistan foxholes all about your 'sacrifice.'

Dems block Senator DeMint's Trip to Honduras.
Well, they can't have a Real American going over there and embarrassing Obama in the middle of his 2012 campaign.
ar05075 | 10.01.09 - 9:37 pm |
 

0bama's Work Ethic.

It's tough when "completely insane" is the BEST choice!

I don't approve.

Shucky darn!


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Sun, Oct 4th - 6:26PM

September 30: The $30 Principle

Durant's Rousseau and Revolution, p. 591
215.6 miles
85 degrees, cooling

106 recordings of 29 types. (I took off all the Diners, Drive-ins and Dives)

Kohl's has come to California and they sent out $10 coupons, so I went by to see what they had. Since I threw my back out changing the sheets, ever so slightly shrunk, I was mostly looking at bedding. I found two sets of sheets, and a fleece blanket to replace the waffle weave one we've had that's lost its binding, and some slippers, too.

The sale prices were good, and so was the $10, and then the clerk offered me 20% more off if I got a Kohl's card. We never use department store cards, and always pay off at the end of the month, but hey, 20% sounded really good.  So I swiped my credit card and then balked... the next thing was to put in my social security number. No no no. I kinda hoped that maybe there was an alternate, but if so the clerk didn't know it, so I said "no" to the card.

This afternoon we went down to Travis, stopped at the BX which didn't have much we wanted, then went to get me my new ID card.  The guy was learning the system again, and couldn't figure out how to enter the Medicare stuff (I don't know why you're eligible... because I'm OLD!) Finally we got it all signed and sealed and delivered, and now I can continue to go to the clinic on base, hooray.

Video: "doomed to rerun every episode of World History Bloopers and Boners." "towering naivete."

Another video: MIA in Afghanistan, 0bama has no strategy
"Mr President, why do you choose to lead America's decline?"

SCOTT OTT SAYS: First it was the communist Chinese lecturing us on capitalism, now the French giving us lessons on courage. And they're right.

A "republican" problem: "I think he is having trouble keeping his ego within the boundaries of an office that fundamentally reflects the republican quality of this country."

It appears the Glenn Beck boycott has had the unintended consequence of giving him more uninterrupted time to cover more stuff. Heh.

Karl Rove: 0bama can't outsource Afghanistan. [If he actually did make a surprise visit there after Copenhagen, I'd approve, but I doubt he will.]

Glenn Beck was on about this.  Honestly.

Instapundit:
OBAMA VOTER ANN ALTHOUSE: "Why Slam Those Of Us With Great Health Care Benefits? We worked for it. We earned it. And we’re the middle-class people Obama said he wasn’t going to hurt." Otherwise known, I believe, as “suckers.”

The Ambivalent One (Ruben Navarrette)

Can you imagine an American president being afraid to use a word like victory? Does that mean that he is prepared to tolerate defeat?

Well, not in some things.
....President Obama is fully committed to Chicago's Olympic bid. And in Copenhagen, there's only one thing he will settle for. It's called victory.

(He's only tough with Americans.)

I tend to put a lot of these links up on Facebook. One of the Farmville players keeps commenting, lengthy comments. I've been wishing he would just play the game, but when he complained about the links I post, I removed him as a friend. If you don't like them, don't read them. He shouldda stuck to farming.

Eeeek!

James Moore: Let me get this straight. Obama's health care plan will be written by a committee whose head says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn't read it and whose members will be exempt from it, signed by a president who ......smokes, funded by a treasury chief who did not pay his taxes, overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that is broke. What could possibly go wrong?

The Battle Hymn of the Messiah. (video)

Naive and Conceited  ... More.


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Sat, Oct 3rd - 10:42PM

September 29: St. Michael of the Elephants

Durant's Rousseau and Revolution, p. 591
215.4 miles
85 degrees, cooling


120 recordings of 23 types.

I dreamt I backed into a pole with the new car! Talk about a nightmare!

It's Michaelmas, that is the feast day of St. Michael (they've added in Rafael and Gabriel, ignoring poor Uriel. But it's St. Michael throwing the Devil into Hell that I really like.)  This is the day our goddaughter became a Catholic, in 1964.

For some unknown reason, Farmville is now giving us baby elephants!  This just doesn't go with my pumpkin farm. I now have 13 elephants, what will I do?

Oh, blech, are we ready for Governor Moonbeam again?

Steyn (Preventive health care)

Mark Steyn: The media would like the American Right to be represented by the likes of Bob Dole and John McCain, decent old sticks who know how to give dignified concession speeches. Last time round, we went along with their recommendation. If you want to get rave reviews for losing gracefully, that's the way to go. If you want to win, look at whom the Democrats and their media chums are so frantic to destroy: That's the better guide to what they're really worried about.

The Brainy Bunch, Thomas Sowell :
To create a truly monumental disaster, you need people with high IQs.

Dennis C SmithWould it not have been a more powerful statement for him to cancel the trip to Denmark and instead actually go to Chicago, stand where that poor boy was murdered and make a statement there about bringing Chicagoans together, Americans together and if possible the world together in Chicago for the Games? Hmm, I kind of like that will need to post on my blog for one of my questions of the week on Sunday.

Statistics Monica
I have written 108 statuses overall, my daily average is 0.35 and the first status I ever wrote was 308 days ago. My most frequent used word is for and I have used it 27 times
one random status of mine: is Trying to type with a splint on my finger. Spiral fracture--how long will that take to heal do you think?

Statistics Jan
I have written 625 statuses overall, my daily average is 2.58 and the first status I ever wrote was 242 days ago. My most frequent used word is for and I have used it 135 times
one random status of mine: is inchoate. 

Richard Cohen: “Sooner or later it is going to occur to Barack Obama that he is the president of the United States. As of yet, though, he does not act that way, appearing promiscuously on television and granting interviews like the presidential candidate he no longer is. The election has been held, but the campaign goes on and on. The candidate has yet to become commander in chief.”


Jules Crittenden on 0bama and the Olympics. If only he wanted to win the wars this badly.

Socialism collapsing in Western Europe.


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Sat, Oct 3rd - 12:57PM

September 28: A Day With the Baby

Durant's Rousseau and Revolution, p. 591
215.4 miles
85 degrees, cooling

123 (because of Yo Gabba Gabba) recordings of 30 types.

Bernadette wanted to know if we wanted to see her today. I think she really likes some time talking to grownups, so I said "sure" and baby-proofed and vacuumed. It turned out that she had a class at the radio station, and actually needed a babysitter, so my thought of going to the zoo didn't pan out.

It was supposed to be an hour, but there were people who needed complete training, not just an update, so it was closer to 2 hours, and then she had to have some food, so it was about 3 hours.  Gareth and I got along fine.

IMG_5097

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  Sniff!

The Day 0bamacare Died. (I *hope*!)

Death be not Proud.

Just what we need.

I wanted to say something witty about this development, but I’m getting to the point where I just don’t have anything left in the tank. I want to curl up in a ball and wake up on January 20, 2013.

Bru on September 28, 2009 at 1:46 PM

Priorities.  Bru's comment fits here, too.


Cecelia Marinelli seems like this prez has time for everything except making decisions on the afghan theatre and iraq and oh yes, let's not forget that he fails to mention taxes on everyone for healthcare and oh yes, then there's the ever running show biz appearances - what the hell did we elect?????? is the office of the prez now a show biz stop??? i am so ... Read Moredisgusted!!!! if the kids aren't
saluting him with ideology that is unbelievable he is now heading olympics for chicago and extending school over the summer months. who is at the helm???

Brad Lyons So far my tax dollars have paid for highway signs to let us know that our money is paying for signs... sand that keeps eroding, security at the UN to bring in a bunch of loons, giving aid to terrorists, and now thisanything else?

Disney Parks have a blog now.

Instapundit:
OBAMACARE MIGHT GET TO 50% APPROVAL WITH this approach to preventive medicine: “A study by German scientists showed that 10 minutes a day of ogling women’s breasts by men was as good at warding off heart disease, high blood pressure and stress as 30 minutes of aerobic exercise.”

Bill Whittle on ACORN and the Media

Annals of Socialized Medicine

Pretty big assumption.

Heh.

Gee, ya think?

The 2016 Chicago Olympics Opening Ceremony. Glorp.


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Fri, Oct 2nd - 7:03AM

September 27: 44 Years

Durant's Rousseau and Revolution, p. 591
215.4 miles
Hot in the day, cooling at night

118 recordings of 25 types.

William Safire died.

Yesterday I was chatting with the dentist about my extraction and the numbness. He told me any improvement could be 18 months. I'd thought if it were going to get better I would know by now, so I guess there's still hope. It's a minor thing, but annoying.

Father's been coming into the congregation for his homilies, and starts with asking who's visiting and then who's celebrating birthdays or anniversaries. So today Rich came and sat with me (he's usually in the back of the church doing his usher duties.) We put our hands up when he asked and he came and wished us happy Anniversary. He called Rich "Bill" but we set him straight.

Then tonight we had tickets to the new Cosmopolitan Cabaret show, Late Night Catechism: Till Death do us Part (which somehow seemed appropriate for an anniversary.) First we went to dinner at the Cosmo Cafe. It's not the first time I've eaten in this space: it used to be Woolworth's and there was a lunch counter. This was one of those meals that is more expensive the less food there is. We asked the difference between the small and large plates and I settled for a small plate, salmon pastrami. Essentially it was 4 crackers. It was really good, and I'd picked this so I could have a nice dessert.  Rich had a pork and beans.  We finished in time to go over to the play.

We sat with one of the daytime chefs from the cafe who'd been eating at a nearby booth. He and his wife left at intermission: apparently they didn't like the show. The "Sister" leading the class is the woman who wrote it. There's a lot of audience participation, and it's funny, but I'm sure glad she didn't call on me. I'd give it 3 stars.  It was a nice excuse to wear my Hawaiian dress. I felt nicely glamorous.
*********************
Bob Krumm writes:

Regarding the drop in home sales/durable goods in August. One cause I’ve not yet seen presented is Cash for Clunkers. When customers decide to accelerate the purchase of a car that they probably weren’t yet ready to purchase except for the “free” money that the government threw at them, that likely also meant that they delayed another purchase they had originally planned for August. So not only did Cash for Clunkers accelerate auto sales from the future into August, they likely decreased the total purchases of other items.

The lesson of all subsidies is that when government subsidizes one thing it can only do so at the cost of penalizing alternatives.

Police violence at the G20.

7000 people went to see Glenn Beck, 30 protested, so the Seattle Times quotes them, then says "not all were against the media personality."

The omnipresent leader
He’s been stalking the American voter all summer...

O'Keefe's first sting was to get Rutgers to stop carrying Lucky Charms because the leprechaun was insulting to the Irish. They agreed, which stunned him.

0bama thinks babysitters are a civil right.

Oops, the Pope did it again. "One other religion/culture." Gee, what could Crittenden mean?

julescrittenden Nothing says "we're scared of sanctions'' like a missile test.

LATimestotSNL: Texas man allegedly slashed 2 roommates w/his sword. If only there had been some red flags with this guy. Oh yeah, he owned a sword!
[HEY! *We* own a sword!]

The Anchoress' Linkfest.

0bama "not interested in victory?"

Petraeus in 2012?  Oh, wouldn't that be great.


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Thu, Oct 1st - 8:56AM

September 26: Customer Appreciation Day

Durant's Rousseau and Revolution, p. 591
214.8 miles
HOT

123 recordings of 28 types.

Oooh, look who's on TV!

Middle-Earth Nigerian Scam.

You know, I think 0bama has fallen for a Nigerian scam. Or expects us to.

We went to our dentist's "Customer Appreciation Day". He had tents set up in his parking lot, Chik-Fil-A (including the mascot cow, and me without my camera!), ice cream, freebies (toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, toothbrushes, though we skipped those), a drawing. The kids had face-painting. He was showing off his new "minimolar" car which he will use to bring housebound patients to the office.
We had a little chat with the guy who might like to geocache, and with the dentist. It was a pleasant hour in the HOT day.

Mark Steyn:

"It's a good basic axiom that if you take a quart of ice cream and a quart of dog feces and mix 'em together, the result will taste more like the latter than the former. That's the problem with the U.N."
...
if you're on an Indian Ocean island when the next tsunami hits, try calling Libya instead of the United States and see where it gets you.

This isn't a quirk of fate. The global reach that enables America and a handful of others to get to a devastated backwater on the other side of the planet and save lives and restore the water supply isn't a happy accident but something that derives explicitly from our political systems, economic liberty, traditions of scientific and cultural innovation and a general understanding that societies advance when their people are able to fulfill their potential in freedom. In other words, America and Libya are defined by their differences.
...
Although he affects a president-of-the-world manner, I don't think Barack Obama cares much about foreign affairs one way or the other. He has a huge transformative domestic agenda designed to leave this country looking much closer to the average Continental social democracy. His principal interest in the rest of the planet is that he doesn't need some nutjob nuking Cleveland before he's finished reducing it to a moribund socialist swamp.


Barack Obama's amazingly consistent smile from Eric Spiegelman on Vimeo.

Duck and Cover and isn't that the picture of arrogance? Comment:  "The best we can hope for in the present state of “leadership” in D.C. is that once Iran has shot a couple of nukes into Israel, the Chicago Jesus will rebuke them severely for exposing the Palestinians to radiation."

"Present"

Beyond our wildest dreams.

Much better video. If they sing about how they can be the 2048 President, that sounds like a good thing.

RT @ConservativeGal If a conservative is a veggit, they don’t eat meat. If a liberal is a veggit, they want to ban all meat for everyone.

And if the Iranians don’t straighten out, they won’t get invited to the Eid dinner at the White House.

Hillary Flunks Out.

Sandy Eggo ACORN. “Mmm-mmm-mmm, ACORN really sucks, mmm-mmm-mmm they’re stealing all our bucks, mmm-mmm-mmm, Acorn’s committing crime, mmm-mmm-mmm not on our dime,”

President Pantywaist

If the word is out that America is in retreat, it will soon find it has no friends.
...
Ronald Reagan, assisted by Margaret Thatcher, implemented the sensible principle that Russia, from the time of Peter the Great, respects only strength and steely political will. A pushover in the Oval Office is the best news Russian expansionists have heard since the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Barack Obama is selling out America and, by extension, the entire West. This is a catastrophe for America and the wider world.

Learning to Love the French

Instapundit:
“I’M NOT INTERESTED IN VICTORY.” Reader C.J. Burch writes, “Well, I sure hope he isn’t interested in losing. Geez.”

0bama on Nuclear Conflict with Iran

Michael Gerson: "I can recall no other major American speech in which the narcissism of a leader has been quite so pronounced."

Krauthammer

Uh Oh.

The Doctor on Mercy was the guy from Men in Trees. Yum.


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