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Monday, June 30, 2008



It bore a sticker price of $3,250
In the early 80s, I owned a 1968 Vette.
Here is the history of the Vette, from concept to beyond today.

Here is a gallery of Vette images from 1953 thru 2003.

This idiot is going to have a rough time in jail. Kidnapping and drowning a deputy sheriff's patrol car is a serious offense.

"Let's all be careful out there!"



And its the oldest profession in the world.


Are you subject to drug testing? Many people are, either as an employment requirement or as part of a court ordered mandate. If so, you might want to consider some of the beverages you ingest.

Another LLDE entrant.

And yet another.

This story is right out of the headlines. The headlines from 1930.

Needles CA is where the Devil goes when Hell isn't hot enough. I bought a slushy there once. Walked out to the car and by the time I started the engine, the ice was gone.



There is a story to go with this video. And damn you Lori, I can't get the music out of my head.

"Let's all be careful out there!"


"Let's all be careful out there!"



And Dubya has just 6 months plus 19½ days left to screw things up.

I've forgotten the name of the movie, it starred James Spader, but it was about politics. It had a line in it that I've never forgotten:
"Only two things can kill a politician's career. Being caught in bed with a dead girl or a live boy."
Anwar Ibraham, the leader of Malaysia’s resurgent political opposition, should know this. Shouldn't he?

This is tragic:


I only have one question about this: Who put him up to it?

I said it before about "fearless leader" but its a good axiom for all. Just because you have served in the military does not mean you have "Command Ability". Dubya is living proof. And just because you are a US Senator doesn't mean you know jack shit about foreign affairs.

Firefighters in California have been fighting over 1,000 different blazes. They seem to have brought the battle to a stalemate. Almost all were caused by lightning.

Is the rumor true that Scott Paper is going to start printing US currency? Something about it being so worthless that they plan to put it on a roll that can be used in the bathroom.

I'll be back with more. Thanks much for stopping over and have a great week.

"Let's all be careful out there!"

Sunday, June 29, 2008


In the middle of June, my son and his father-in-law did their annual fishing pilgrimage to Alaska. This year they were in Sitka. Thats Rob on the left and FIL on the right. Rob caught all the fish shown here except the small one (third from left).
After sorting and editing out the bad shots, he had 155 imges to share. So I set him up with a Picasa account so he wouldn't have to upload pictures to everyone via e-mail. He is going to go back in and add captions but if you would like to see his album just go here. Or you can view a slide show here.

Don't feel much like reading the news at the moment. Its a nice lazy Sunday afternoon in my part of the world. Hope yours is the same. See you again tomorrow.

"Let's all be careful out there!"


Then click here and watch what happened in Uniondale NY just a few days ago. This 7-11 is located outside NYC, on Long Island. Not a hell of a lot the clerk(s) on duty could do.

We've found bits of Mars here on Earth. So why haven't we found bits of Earth on the Moon?

I don't think I have ever seen her without her twin sister. They just turned 23 a few weeks ago. I couldn't tell if Mary-Kate was extremely exhausted, as she claimed, or had one too many Long Island Iced Teas while in the "green room".

Good advice, though. Always wear your panties.

The Large Hadron Collider, located astride the French/Swiss border, is scheduled to go on-line in August. I've mentioned this before. Arguments are still being heard in the litigation filed in Hawai'i to prevent its start. "Wacky" Walt Wagner has had prior suits dismissed. But lets just suppose that some micro blackhole is created and the Earth gets sucked somewhere over the rainbow event horizon. It would happen so fast that no one would ever know. And I do hope the start date precedes the national political conventions. If "wacky" Walt is correct, then we will be saved from those long boring speeches we must endure every four years.

"Let's all be careful out there!"


"Let's all be careful out there!"


1981 THRU 2007

The best graphic example I've come across of the shrinking polar icecap. Related story.

The Phoenix Mars Lander has scraped through the surface soil, the subsurface soil and has finally reached the ice layer. They are calling the area where it landed "Wonderland".

Bill Gates has "retired" and new leadership is taking over Microsoft. Bill did more for us web users than anyone else. Whether or not you agree with his business tactics, the products he produced, even with their faults, has provided millions (if not billions) with access to our world in a way never dreamed of. Thank you, sir.

In a report to be issued on Monday, the Army now states that the planning for post-war Iraq was inadequate. Mostly led by the rose-colored glasses view of the Dubya administration that we would be welcomed as liberators. Perpetuated by the military leaders who bought into "Fearless Leader's" flawed view of reality "lock, stock and barrel". George Walker Bush, our 43rd President is going to leave behind a legacy that I hope no future leader ever follows. I wonder how he earned an MBA? He has less brains, and common sense, than any predecessor.

The Federal Reserve is extremely worried about inflation. A recession that could become a depression, rampant price increases on everything imported (and what isn't?) and stunted internal growth are leading everyone to the poor house in lock-step.

Science may have found an effective way to mitigate migraines.

How bad is it back on Mau'i?

I hope every one enjoys the rest of the weekend. Remember this is a short work week. Fourth of July is on Friday and the long mid-summer 3-day weekend. Thank you for coming by. Hope to see you again real soon.

"Let's all be careful out there!"

Saturday, June 28, 2008



Thanks to Lugosi for finding this one:

A good lawyer would probably have a decent case against this judge in Iowa.

Just a little history lesson for Dubya:
On this day in 2001 -
Slobodan Milosevic was taken into custody and was handed over to the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands. The indictment charged Milosevic and four other senior officials, with crimes against humanity and violations of the laws and customs of war in Kosovo.

10 things you didn't know about birds.

Top-10 movie robots

Turns out that the Arctic Ocean seafloor is an active volcanic zone. A very active one.

"Let's all be careful out there!"



On Thursday, the small town of Cozad, Nebraska had a heat burst where the temperature jumped 20 degrees in just a few minutes. This was accompanied by wind gusts in excess of 75 mph. It is a rare event but has been documented before.

China Airlines handled this incident a lot differently than most American air carriers would have. In fact, here the people probably would have been arrested under terrorism charges.

Earlier this year a go! Airline overshot its destination in Hawaii when the pilots fell asleep at the controls. Now the same thing has happened again but this time it was in India.

Continuing with the airline theme, J Lo is being sued for $5 million after her German shepherd guard dog caused an incident onboard a privately chartered jet, which resulted in injuries to a flight attendent.

What is the Greatest Car That Never Was? Take the poll here.

The Chief of Police of Flint, Michigan has instituted a crack down (pun?) on those people who like to wear their pants so low on their hips that too much is displayed of their skin.

"Let's all be careful out there!"


"Let's all be careful out there!"



You may have caught Bev's comment about the fire in the Big Sur area. Here is a video story.

While Iran continues its nuclear program, it appears that North Korea is abandoning theirs. If you remember, North Korea did construct one fission weapon and it was a dud. As far as Iraq's, after 5 years, there still isn't any evidence that it ever existed.

Our Supreme Court is a very unique body of our government. The justices are appointed for life by the President and must be approved by both Houses of Congress. They may be political before their ascent but the vast majority have tended to take a broader perspective on the issues. Neo-cons complain that the Court is too liberal in its decisions and yet the ruling, in the long run, seem very well considered. There are 8 Associate Justices and one Chief Justice. Of those 9 individuals, 7 were appointed by the conservative Republicans. One by Ford. Two by Reagan. Two by GHW Bush. Two by GW Bush. The other two are from Clinton's terms in office. So, why doesn't the court lean further to the right? Because the individuals who achieve this lofty post are smart and not easily swayed by the variances of public opinion. Their primary function is to determine which laws infringe on or violate and to strengthen and protect our most esteemed of documents, the Constitution. The process involved is arduous and often provokes anger but is the one stop gap we have to prevent tyranny by the other two branches of our government. Much to the chagrin of their detractors.

And speaking of courts...
Why is it that a guy who stole body parts from corpses gets 18-54 year sentence but another individual who held two women in slavery gets off with just 3 years. Something basically wrong about that.

I don't know how many tons of tomatoes were destroyed because of the salmonella scare but it now looks like they were not the cause. Which makes me wonder who profited the most from this? Or was there another reason that they were targeted in the global mass hysteria? Sumptin' ain't kosher here.

Next weeks Fourth of July celebration is going to be a quiet one. For me at least. California's laws are very different from Hawai'i's regarding pyrotechnics.

Have a fantastic weekend. We celebrated my daughter-in-law's ??th birthday yesterday. She is in the very early stages of middle-age. My son enters that realm in one month. You know you are up in years when your kids start looking middle-aged.

Thanks for your visit. I'll have more later.

"Let's all be careful out there!"

Friday, June 27, 2008


A meat packing compan, Brown Brothers, in the UK has some rather draconian rules regarding restroom breaks during the work day.

It seems as if the German police should have had a easy time in locating this lady after she fled the scene of a theft. Being naked and covered in manure would tend to attract attention. Wouldn't it?

Starting Tuesday, it will be illegal for California drivers to use a handheld cell phone while operating a motor vehicle. The use of headsets is acceptable. The fine won't be too bad though. $20, plus fee, for the first offense. $50, plus fees, for subsequent violations. A lot of countries, and a few of the States, already have similar laws.

Next month the Church of Sweden will conduct drive-in weddings. Honk once for "I do"?

Allegedly never used, a life jacket from the Titanic was recently sold at action for $68,500. I wonder if it would have drawn more if publicized as being "only used once"?

Money and power breed corruption. Thats a given. Also a given is that "pillow talk" is often the "loose lips that sink ships". The Chinese are learning this the hard way. LOL!

One shining example of the mobility of American society and commerce has come to a sudden halt.

"Let's all be careful out there!"



Weather-wise there wasn't a cloud in the sky yesterday. But the 400+ fires burning in and around the delta region of the central valley have made the air as bad as El Lay on a bad smog day. As you can see in the above pics. I was outside most of the afternoon with the daughter and we were both wheezing and had burning eyes.

There is a better than 50/50 chance that 90°N (the North Pole) could be ice free this summer for a brief moment. That would be a first in the history of man.

Like turning the pages of a mystery novel, Phoenix Mars Lander has found the minerals necessary for life in the Martian soil but no evidence of life (past/present), yet.

She calls it intuition but Laura Day's clients claim she has psychic ability. Who are her clients? Corporations who can afford her $10,000 a month fee. Nice work if you can get it.

Why women need catalogs:

Bob works hard at the office but spends two nights each week bowling, and plays golf every Saturday. His wife thinks he's pushing himself too hard, so for his birthday she takes him to a local strip club.

The doorman at the club greets them and says, "Hey, Bob! How ya doin'?"

His wife is puzzled and asks if he's been to this club before.

"Oh no" says Bob. "He's in my bowling league."

When they are seated, a waitress asks Bob if he'd like his usual and brings over a Budweiser.

His wife is becoming increasingly uncomfortable and says, "How did she know that you drink Budweiser?"
"I recognize her, she's the waitress from the golf club. I always have a Bud at the end of the 1st nine, Honey."

A stripper then comes over to their table, throws her arms around Bob, starts to rub herself all over him and says, "Hi Bobby. Want your usual table dance, big boy?"

Bob's wife, now furious, grabs her purse and storms out of the club.

Bob follows and spots her getting into a cab. Before she can slam the door, he jumps in beside her. Bob tries desperately to explain how the stripper must have mistaken him for someone else, but his wife is having none of it. She is screaming at him at the top of her lungs, calling him every 4 letter word in the book.

The cabbie turns around and says, "Geez Bob, you picked up a real bitch this time."
Bob's funeral will be on Friday

"Let's all be careful out there!"