Friday Markup

Lee Judge

Does history repeat itself:  Guns … Guns … Guns.  How quickly we forget.  It is not always guns … guns are not the problem.  Andrew Kehoe blew up a school bus in Beth Township, Michigan.  Kehoe also killed his wife and firebombed his own farm, all of this happening just as the charges he had placed under a local school went off.  

Which ended up killing 37 elementary school children and two teachers.  Then he drove to the school, in a car loaded up with shrapnel and detonated that, killing three adults, a schoolboy and himself.

 All of this happened in 1922.  

Three days later, Charles Lindbergh landed in Paris and completed his trans-Atlantic flight, the nation and the world quickly forgot about the worst diabolical act of home grown terrorism and worst massacres in U.S. History. 

Barn Burner:  Yesterday’s post, Stumped In Oklahoma went over 1,700 views in one day period, that is kind of amazing.  You keep on chopping, day after day, and the chips keep flying, and then every now and then, you hit one out of the park.  Who would have thunk thet?

“Handpicked highlights brought to you from the wordpress editors”  …  Our friends over at Fresh Pressed have put up a real head-banger, 3,700 words on a Gay porn star who has committed suicide and the possible reasons for this.  Uh huh … sure.  Fully believing that people will believe the truth when they hear it, here is the bottom line.  People who commit suicide are selfish, and they are only thinking of themselves, not the people they left behind to mourn. 

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Gasoline The New Gold Standard: The price of gasoline has increased .50 cents this month, today is the 36th day it has increased in price, and I fully expect it to continue to spiral out of sight (Who is going to stop the carnage?).  At the current rate, if it is to continue at this accelerated pace, a gallon of gas should be somewhere around $8.40 a gallon by Christmas.  

 If you want to read more on it, here is a link.

Sitting on the dock of the bay:  I keep thinking about these two old boys, sitting on a boat dock in Alabama, and hurtling thru space is a chunk of rock, big as a bus, moving at 33,000 miles per hour.  What do you think the expression is going to be on their face when that monster rock plows into the pond they are fishing in?  I am sorry …. but it just makes me smile.  Here is something else I found amusing this week.

Sweet Dreams:  You ever lie in your bed, that special early time in the morning, where you are not exactly asleep, but you still have your eyes closed?  I have just had another nice dream, one of those sweet dreams, where you just don’t want to open your eyes, and lose the image in your brain that has brought you release from the trials of life.  

In my younger days, my mom would call them Happy Dreams, and we will leave it that.  Anyway, she was there, Penny from the Big Bang Theory and she shared some time with me last night and I just don’t want to get up, I don’t want to open my eyes.

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 Which is a lot, lot better than those other dreams.  

Y’know, the one’s where you are naked and walking backwards in the dark, and you brush up against a warm buttered doorknob, don’tcha just hate those kind of dreams?

Have a great weekend.  We are headed into round three of winter weather and most likely will be shut in, napping our day away and of course ….. dreaming.  (heh-heh)

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Cartoon courtesy of American Progress Online
 

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Truck Month – Stumped In Oklahoma  
House Battery Workover  
50 Plates For My Brother (audio)

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Often in life, it just doesn’t add up.  In my case it NEVER adds up.  Been a slow day here at the goat farm, need some sunshine, I am so far in the dark now, they will have to pump it into me when they do find some.  Okay, here is today’s trivia lesson, odds and ends for the cocktail circuit, take them … share them …. be the life of the party!

A full 25% of all Americans believe Sherlock Holmes is a real person, he is not.  Ernest Wrights 1939 novella Gadsby does not contain the letter “e.”  In how many Agatha Christie novels did the butler do it?  None.  Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in only six weeks.  The average grizzly bear will eat up to ten full grown salmon before being satisfied, that is the equivalent of 40 hamburgers.

Don’t you just hate reading a sign three hours into your scenic hike enjoying the wonders of the outdoors that reads:  “In the unlikely even that a Grizzly Bear attacks, use everything available — including your bare hands — to fight back.  Do not play dead.”

I like that last one … now that is a hoot …. You have this monstrous bear having YOU for lunch and they expect you to be calm?   I-don’t-think-so-dot.com

George Washington did not have wooden teeth.  The German crowd witnessing John F. Kennedy‘s speech in Berlin in 1963 did not mistake Ich bin ein Berliner to mean “I am a jelly doughnut.”  Al Gore never said he invented the Internet, though he did state that “During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet”.

Entrapment law in the United States does not forbid police officers from going undercover, or from denying that they are police. It is a common misconception among persons engaged in low-level crime that if an undercover police officer is asked, “Are you a cop?” that they must reveal themselves to avoid entrapment.

You do not have the “right” to a telephone call.   Sorry.  If you get arrested, you’re entitled to make one phone call.  There is no law however, anywhere, that guarantees this.  It is just a courtesy or privilege offered, not a legal right.  Some places, if you are not surly or rude, will actually give you a second call.

Before approving benefits, the Oregon Department of Human Services requires all welfare applicants to take an informational workshop on saving money.  As part of the program, attendees in 2001 received a list of 17 suggested money-saving techniques, one of which was to scavenge for usable items in “residential or business dumpsters.”

When a meteor lands on Earth (after which it is termed a meteorite), it is not usually hot.  In fact, many are found with frost on them. Seasons are not caused by Earth being closer to the sun in summer than in winter. Rather, they are caused by Earth’s tilted axis.  Hair and fingernails do not continue to grow after a person dies.  Rather, the skin dries and shrinks away from the bases of hairs and nails, giving the appearance of growth.

An earthworm does not become two worms when cut in half. An earthworm can survive being bisected, but only the front half of the worm (where the mouth is located) can survive, while the other half dries out or starves to death.  The common cold is not caused by being cold or wet. It is caused by a virus of the rhinovirus family. Being cold or wet may weaken your immune system, making it easier to succumb to the virus.

Not wearing a hat on a cold day will lead to a cold because of heat loss, false, any area of the body that is uncovered will lead to heat loss.  But take it from me … It is better to grab the ballcap.

Name this well known object described in this poetic riddle:

  • My love when I gaze upon thy beautiful face,
  • Careering along, yet always in place
  • The thought has often come into my mind
  • If I ever shall see thy glorious behind.

The Moon

(What were you thinking?)

And finally … The Mathematical formula doesn’t always add up. E=MC2 — A nice looking error if you ask me. (Quick!  Hit the screen saver I think the boss is coming.)

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Change in the air

Stepping outside you can almost feel the change in the air, fall is just around the corner.  There seems to be an “air about it” if you will pardon the pun.  My old bones are starting to creak in the wind, they do that every fall season, nothing much you can do about it.  Still have not seen the southerly parade of Dragon Flies and the Cicada’s have not started singing in the trees, but there definitely is change in the air.

The cool down is nice, even if it is a bit premature and is at best, hurricane residue from Ike, our latest storm.

Now I don’t want to sound callous, cruel or un-carrying about this, but I find hurricane victims kind of hard to understand.  (1)  A hurricane is coming, they are warned in advance to evacuate, get out, while you have time.  (2)  They stay, against all sane advice and warnings, they virtually ignore all up-to-date information, choose to stay put and weather out the storm.  (3)  They do not leave and after wards when they are in terrible shape, call out for public assistance.

This morning there are some 2,000 people in Galveston, Texas that are crying for water and relief from the Red Cross and other similar relief providers.  It seems to me, that if they had heeded the advice like all the others, they would not be in this dire predicament.  What is it about the human psyche that demands that “the government take care of you” after you do something decidedly stupid, like refuse to evacuate?

As soon as the wind dies down, up from the rubble and chaos, they pop up like misplaced prairie dogs and call for water!  Ice!  Help us .. Help us!  If they had left with all the other sane people, they could be sitting down to breakfast at The International House Of Pancakes like everyone else in Texarkana, Texas, safe and sound.

Sorry but I don’t get it.

An open apology to CrackerBoy … On September 4th, I wrote a post on WordPress.com Global Dashboard Fastest Rising Blogs and what a crock of …  Well  …. you spread it on your flowers and it makes them grow better … a crock of that.

Cracker Bill at that time suggested in the comments section that it is a “Strange combination of circumstances. It’s all done by the system. No human hands.” And I summarily dismissed that.  It appears that I now know differently (You can teach an old dawg new tricks!) and that Bill is right.  Over the weekend they again posted another bogus fastest growing blog, because:

(A)  They are stupid.

(B)  They don’t know better

(C)  It was generated by a machine.

Proudly displayed in spot #6 this weekend as a “fastest growing blog” was a site who has posted “7” posts in …… get this … you will love this.  They had posted 7 times in 11 months. From October 2007 to date the entire site consisted of seven posts.  How fast growing and noteworthy is this?  Not very.

I owe you an apology Bill ….. You my friend were right.

Watching the television and they are running this commercial for one of the sagging and slowly dying American car companies.  In this commercial they are showing the latest new wrinkle a television screen built into the dash.  Now do we really need this?  Haven’t we enough problems with cell phones, pagers, DVD players, text messaging, and now a TV in the dash?

Man what a trip that would be, humming down the old boulevard watching a salute to Rock N Roll hosted by Michael Jackson and Dick Clark, doing about 75 mph in the fast lane.  Which I suppose would be like a preview of people on the first boat load headed for hell.  Thank heavens for the mute button!  As I am not all that interested in becoming a rap singer, and my driving skills are not what they used to be, I am going to pass.

B’sides, I don’t own a lot of jewelry and I am extremely uncomfortable grabbing my crotch in public.

If my memory serves me correctly (here lately it is a 50/50 deal) Jerry Lewis had a movie out about 40 years ago, where a guy believed everything that his television told him.  He dashed out to shop every time a commercial told him exactly what to buy.  Then he would sit in front of the set, dying his hair and smoking cigars, awaiting further instructions.  Which is mainly what it was that I did this past weekend, sat in front of the set and awaited my instructions but they never came.  Has anyone heard from the Mother Ship?

I think my link is down.

Sunday’s paper had an article in it where it said that a meteorite roughly the size of France missed the earth by about half the distance to the moon (in space terms that would be close, almost a near miss according to the Bush administration).  So I am reading this and I am thinking to myself, “Is this some kind of twisted math exam?”  Sure glad it missed, isn’t NORAD or someone supposed to be tracking stuff like this, so Morgan Freeman can make a statement to the American people about it?

We ought to rename this piece … Earth … Wind … Fire.

Next it will be sunspots, have not heard anything on them for awhile, there has definitely been a sunspot deficit going on here lately.  Sunspots often cause weird side effects.  For example:  In the movie “Frequency” a New York cop operating a ham radio during an aurora borealis in 1999 is mysteriously able to communicate with actor Dennis Quaid in 1969.

Bear with me … I am almost done.

Normally, this would be dangerous, since tampering with the past can disrupt the present (Doc, in Back To The Future II 1986).  But in the movie, everything ends happily.  The cop saves Quaid’s life, helps him find a serial killer and in a major break through persuades him not to make Jaws 3 in 3-D! in the early eighties.

Along the way, there are thrilling plot twists.

In one scene, the cop’s ham radio inadvertently contacts RANDY QUAID in his 1989 role as Cousin Eddie in National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.  Apparently the metal plate in Cousin Eddie’s head picks up radio messages?  This causes everyone else in the movie to incorrectly assume that Chevy Chase is the murderer.

Now it is time for me to get back to my book that is so utterly fascinating, I could hardly put it down.  Definitely one for the coffee table set, (I wonder if Oprah has heard about it?).  I found it in the specialty aisle of Barnes & Nobles this past weekend, in the Society of Toxicology section.

Compelling, interesting, spell binding reading.  Comparison of Pulmonary and Pleural responses of rats and hamsters to inhaled refractory ceramic fibers.

I suppose if you are not much of a reader, you will just have to wait for the movie to come out.

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