Archive for May, 2008

Yeeeeeha! Hurricane Season Begins!

Since it has been unseasonably cool (and wonderfully so), I haven’t really thought about hurricane season beginning and do NOT have any supplies on hand like I usually do, not even extra batteries! Well. I spent today working on furniture, tomorrow will be spent on visiting daughter, and gathering emergency supplies won’t be on the agenda until next weekend.

Unless, of course, a sudden storm forms and heads this way. Then I’ll be foot stomping and eye gouging for flashlight batteries at the stores with the best of them.

Things to have on hand in the event of a hurricane per the state of Florida:

Disaster Supply Kit

Water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days

Food – at least enough for 3 to 7 days

non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
foods for infants or the elderly
snack foods
non-electric can opener
cooking tools / fuel
paper plates / plastic utensils
Blankets / Pillows, etc.

Clothing – seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes

First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs

Special Items – for babies and the elderly

Toiletries – hygiene items

Moisture wipes

Flashlight / Batteries

Radio – Battery operated and NOAA weather radio

Cash – Banks and ATMs may not be open or available for extended periods.

Keys

Toys, Books and Games

Important documents – in a waterproof container

insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
document all valuables with videotape if possible
Tools – keep a set with you during the storm

Vehicle fuel tanks filled

Pet care items

proper identification / immunization records
ample supply of food and water
a carrier or cage
medications
muzzle and leash

*sigh* I think the chain saw has bit the dust, so to speak, and we may have to break down and get another. The generator is still at the parents, so I think we’re gonna have to get another one o’ them, too.

Oddly enough, the handgun and ammo isn’t mentioned.

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Do We REALLY Care About What Europe Thinks?

Per the Telegraph:

America’s actions undoubtedly make the world a more peaceful and stable place. Its support for economic globalisation promotes global prosperity and encourages international co-operation.

And yet, as the results of a poll by Telegraph.co.uk show, its standing in Europe is low. In Britain, France, Germany and Russia, more people thought that the United States was a force for evil than for good.

The wildcard in the poll was Italy, where 49 per cent (compared to 27 per cent) thought that the US was a force for good.

Here is my retort in the form of a song to Europeans that want to criticize the way we do things: What do you think about that?

I’ve never understood why some people seem to believe that their views should influence anybody else. Well, guess what. I don’t give a shit really care what you think. I have an internal locus of control.

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Governor Crist’s New Girlfriend

Read all about her here, if you’re interested.

She’s a philanthropist, patron of the arts, Georgetown honors grad and a Manhattan socialite.

An attractive, photogenic divorcee with a ton of money, two school age children, and did I mention the money? She would appear to be the perfect woman for an unmarried politician with national aspirations.

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House Cats on the Menu for Coyotes

Owners can help protect their pets from facing the same fate with a few precautions, Sillars said. Coyotes are typically more active at dawn and dusk, so pets should be kept inside especially at those times. Dog owners should walk their small canines with a leash and during daylight.

If people see a coyote while with their pets, they should pick up their furry loved ones and walk in the opposite direction, Sillars said. It’s unlikely for coyotes to attack humans because they prefer smaller meals, but humans won’t stop the wildlife from coming after Fido or Fluffy.

With development forcing wildlife to adapt to humans, people will have to adjust to the nature that surrounds them, Sillars said.

People are going to have to learn to change their behaviors,” she said.

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Yes, people are going to have to learn to change their behavior. Coyotes are new arrivals in Florida. Shoot the bastards.

Legal means of coyote control include shooting
and trapping. Both measures may be conducted
throughout the year because of the coyote’s
non-protected status. The use of guns and bows are
allowed during daylight hours and at night with a
special permit from the Florida Game and Freshwater
Fish Commission (FGC).

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In Miami, Spanish is Becoming Primary Language?

In a story by the AP, they note:

In many areas of Miami, Spanish has become the predominant language, replacing English in everyday life. Anyone from Latin America could feel at home on the streets, without having to pronounce a single word in English.

In stores, shopkeepers wait on their clients in Spanish. Universities offer programs for Spanish speakers. And in supermarkets, banks, restaurants — even at the post office and government offices — information is given and assistance is offered in Spanish. In Miami, doctors and nurses speak Spanish with their patients and a large portion of advertising is in Spanish. Daily newspapers and radio and television stations cater to the Hispanic public.

But this situation, so pleasing to Latin American immigrants, makes some English speakers feel marginalized. In the 1950s, it’s estimated that more than 80 percent of Miami-Dade County residents were non-Hispanic whites. But in 2006, the Census Bureau estimates that number was only 18.5 percent, and in 2015 it is forecast to be 14 percent. Hispanics now make up about 60 percent.

Hellloooooo, Associated Press. Where have y’all been? Certainly not in Miami. This has been an ongoing problem and the majority of residents there were not born in this country.

You haven’t been in California, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona….or small farming towns in Georgia, either, apparently.

The tense is clearly wrong in the article. Spanish isn’t becoming the primary language, it IS the primary language.

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Best Shuttle Launch Viewing Sites

Here.

I’m going to have to skip the Saturday launch (working) but hoped that there would be one in the summer but alas, none are scheduled.

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Teen, Mom Arrested After Gunfire at BBQ

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A 19-year-old accused of firing several shots a people gathered for a Memorial Day cookout is charged with aggravated assault, and so is his mother, who police say told her son to fire the shots.

According to the police report, Kabibi Ngombe, 38, got in an argument with people in the 2000 block of Lambert Street on Monday evening, then told them she was going to get her son, who “would get his gun and come up on you all.”

Ngombe returned a few minutes later, with her son, Patient Lukohde. Witnesses told police that Lukohde walked toward them and fired several shots at the group of people.

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*Sigh*

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