Archive for November, 2009

Four Police Officers Murdered at Coffee Shop in Tacoma

Details at Fox News or your favorite news sites. So who has declared war on the police in Washington state? Two male perps reportedly at large, one black, one white.

Update: The shooter is reportedly a black male in his 20s or 30s, scruffy facial hair, (hmmmmmm), 5’8 to 5’9, black coat and blue jeans, and used a handgun.

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Time for a Christmas Song

If this doesn’t drive you to drink, then nothing will.

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Apparently the MSM Doesn’t Know How Big Climategate is….

Perhaps the MSM needs a little help from the little folks out here about how big a deal Climategate is, since they have decided to ignore it or carry on as though it never happened. So, how big a deal is it?

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Did You Go Shopping Black Friday?

Didn’t figure it was much use, here. The only items that I would have wanted, cheap electronics, were snagged by the people that spent Thanksgiving Day camped in lines, something that I didn’t want them badly enough to do.

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What the Hell is Wrong With Government, Part 9872?

Son-in-law is very depressed now. As y’all know, at the beginning of this whole meltdown thing, the company where he worked merged with another company. He was the manager and the new company already had their own managers. He found another job at a lesser salary but then last month, that company let half its work force go.

Son in law received another job offer surprisingly quickly but, before he had a chance to start, budget cuts eliminated the position. He can’t catch a break.

When I read that women’s groups protested the “stimulus package” that was supposed to generate jobs in manufacturing, construction, and infrastructure building and the inept president obligingly changed the package, it pisses me off. From the Weekly Standard:

Last November, President-elect Obama addressed the devastation in the construction and manufacturing industries by proposing an ambitious New Deal-like program to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. He called for a two-year “shovel ready” stimulus program to modernize roads, bridges, schools, electrical grids, public transportation, and dams and made reinvigorating the hardest-hit sectors of the economy the goal of the legislation that would become the recovery act.

Men are bearing the brunt of the current economic crisis because they predominate in manufacturing and construction, the hardest-hit sectors, which have lost more than 3 million jobs since December 2007. Women, by contrast, are a majority in recession-resistant fields such as education and health care, which gained 588,000 jobs during the same period. Rescuing hundreds of thousands of unemployed crane operators, welders, production line managers, and machine setters was never going to be easy. But the concerted opposition of several powerful women’s groups has made it all but impossible. Consider what just happened with the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Women’s groups were appalled. Grids? Dams? Opinion pieces immediately appeared in major newspapers with titles like “Where are the New Jobs for Women?” and “The Macho Stimulus Plan.” A group of “notable feminist economists” circulated a petition that quickly garnered more than 600 signatures, calling on the president-elect to add projects in health, child care, education, and social services and to “institute apprenticeships” to train women for “at least one third” of the infrastructure jobs. At the same time, more than 1,000 feminist historians signed an open letter urging Obama not to favor a “heavily male-dominated field” like construction: “We need to rebuild not only concrete and steel bridges but also human bridges.” As soon as these groups became aware of each other, they formed an anti-stimulus plan action group called WEAVE– Women’s Equality Adds Value to the Economy.

The National Organization for Women (NOW), the Feminist Majority, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, and the National Women’s Law Center soon joined the battle against the supposedly sexist bailout of men’s jobs. At the suggestion of a staffer to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, NOW president Kim Gandy canvassed for a female equivalent of the “testosterone-laden ‘shovel-ready’ ” terminology. (“Apron-ready” was broached but rejected.) Christina Romer, the highly regarded economist President Obama chose to chair his Council of Economic Advisers, would later say of her entrance on the political stage, “The very first email I got . . . was from a women’s group saying ‘We don’t want this stimulus package to just create jobs for burly men.’ ”

No matter that those burly men were the ones who had lost most of the jobs. The president-elect’s original plan was designed to stop the hemorrhaging in construction and manufacturing while investing in physical infrastructure that is indispensable for long-term economic growth. It was not a grab bag of gender-correct programs, nor was it a macho plan–the whole idea of economic stimulus is to use government spending to put idle factors of production back to work.

This is major craziness and an indication of just how out of touch government is that it would pander to special interest groups and refuse aid to the sector most needing it. Guess what? Those higher salaries in sectors that men gravitate to pay house payments, child support, buy clothing, appliances, and vehicles. When men are unemployed, it is not good for the economy. Keeping men unemployed is not good for women. Keeping men unemployed is not good for children. Keeping men unemployed is not good for bankers. Keeping men unemployed is not good for the states. What the hell is the matter with our government?


I know I’ve asked that question (WHT is wrong with government) about 10,000 times, but this is just lunacy. I’m beginning to believe that these (Congress, Senate, and President) individuals should be Baker acted for a mandatory mental health evaluation (by Doctors!) because they are definitely a danger to others.

A simple test question to evaluate their sanity would be “Do you believe that government run health care will save taxpayers more money and provide superior care to that provided by the private system?” Anybody that answers “yes!” should be involuntarily committed to a mental ward.

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Comatose Swine Flu Victim Loses Baby

From News4Jax:

WELLINGTON, Fla. — A 22-year-old is in a coma at a local hospital with swine flu and her prematurely born baby is dead.

Claudia Hernandez was eight months pregnant and diagnosed with swine flu last week. She was admitted to a Palm Beach County hospital last Wednesday and that’s when doctors delivered the infant prematurely.

The baby lived five days. Hernandez doesn’t know her baby died because she is in a coma; family members said doctors have told them that the woman’s life is also in danger.

This disease is deadly in pregnant women and to their infants. Get your vaccination if you are pregnant.

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Tiger Woods Injured in Car Crash

Just heard it over the radio. Here’s the story so far:

From FirstCoastNews:

WINDERMERE, Fla. — Golfer Tiger Woods was seriously injured when he hit a fire hydrant and then a tree outside of his Isleworth home early on Friday morning, officials said.

The Florida Highway Patrol said Woods was seriously injured and taken to Health Central Hospital. The Orange County Fire Department confirmed that a patient was taken to Health Central, but would not confirm that the patient was Woods.

Woods was driving a 2009 black Escalade, FHP said. He hit a fire hydrant outside of his home and a tree outside his neighbor’s home.

FHP said the crash is still under investigation.

From Orlando Sentinel:

Professional golfer Tiger Woods was seriously injured in a car accident early this morning, the Florida Highway Patrol just reported.

Woods, 33, pulled out of his driveway in the Isleworth community about 2:25 a.m. when he struck a fire hydrant, and then drove into a tree at his neighbor’s property, FHP reported.

Woods was transported to Health Central Hospital in Ocoee in serious condition, FHP said. No other information about his condition has been released.

A Health Central hospital employee said at 2:30 p.m. that Woods was not a patient. A hospital operator would not say if Woods had been treated and released.

FHP said the airbags in Woods’ Cadillac Escalade did not deploy, which means the vehicle was traveling under 33 mph.

Orange County Fire Rescue received the call for aid at 2:28 a.m. Woods was transported from his Windermere-area neighborhood by the hospital’s own ambulance.

FHP did not report the accident until just after 2 p.m. today. The agency said the crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.

According to his official website,, he is in the middle of a two-week break in tournament play. Woods next tournament is Dec. 3-6 at the Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Hunh? I wonder what the deal is. FHP said no alcohol was involved.

Update: His publicist said that he was treated and released and not seriously injured which is good news to all golf fans.

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I Was Supposed To Be The Feast

After getting home @ dark, I fed all the livestock, petted everybody that needed petting, took a call from the farrier when I came inside, and sat down to relax at the computer while the dinner that was not turkey was baking in the oven. My arm started aching, a not uncommon malady for somebody that has had a 50th birthday and routinely schlepps heavy objects on a daily basis. It nagged just under my conscious appraisal until finely the pain became so sharp that I took off my jacket and rolled up my sleeve to try to determine what was. It was on the side/underside of my arm down near the elbow, a place that I was having a bit of trouble peering at closely, but it looked to me like there were legs wriggling. Dang, I hate it when that happens! I tried to remove it, but I couldn’t grasp the little bastard firmly enough, so had to request the assistance of SwampMan.

“I’ve got a tick. Can you pull it out?”

“You can’t have a tick, it’s almost December. Lemme see.”

After peering closely and trying to dislodge said critter, he was finally able to yank that little sucker free. Yikes. Just what I needed, a week to ten days’ worth of wondering if I’ve contracted a rickettsial disease although I don’t think it was implanted the requisite 24 hours. Still, I’m left with a painful pink raised nickel-sized wheal with a dark purple blotch in the center. Did y’all know that Florida, particularly the north and central portions, has 70% of the Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever cases in the country and with early treatment, 3 to 5% of the cases are fatal? Yeah, me either. So, if you have stomach pain, joint pain, diarrhea, and a mild febrile illness 2 to 14 days after being bitten, contact your physician and let them know your symptoms and that you were the all you can eat buffet for a tick.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope that you and yours have a Happy Thanksgiving Day! SwampMan and I will have a quiet Thanksgiving, as all of our family members will be otherwise occupied for the first time ever. (sniff sniff) PARTY TIME! (grin) The stove probably won’t even get turned on today! The Urge To Cook Multiple Things may reach out and strike me without warning, so I must resist. Maybe just two pumpkin pies. Wait. I can’t have pumpkin pies and no pecan pies. (Now STOP THAT! Just think what those pies are going to look like stuffed into a pair of blue jeans!) Rolls…rolls made from scratch. I have the time today…. Helllooooo. Remember SwampMan’s glucose tolerance test? Not pretty! There’s still time to go to the grocery store. I could deep fry a turkey. A little one. And make some yummy dreeeeeeessing…. STOP! Just STOP!

I would be remiss in not mentioning how very grateful I am for my wonderful husband, children, family, friends, and dear readers. I love you all.

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New Kitty?

As I’ve been going about my feeding chores in the evening, I’ve noticed a pair of eyes from the periphery of the pasture reflecting the light from my LED headlamp. The night before last, the eyes were reflecting from underneath weeds in the ram pasture. When I moved nearer, the mystery eyes fled. Very strange behavior for a small mammal like a possum, I decided.

Yesterday when SwampMan and I got home, the horse was nosing a small something around in the dirt that was almost invisible due to the natural fur camouflage. We couldn’t tell WHAT it might be. I went out for further investigation, and it was a young cat. It (cat) hissed at me in warning, and bounded away, but just to the cover of the fence line. I called “kittykittykittykitty” and young, frightened cat turned and looked toward me. AHA! Not a feral cat but a lost cat. The sun was going down, so I went to do my feeding chores.

As I was feeding, I noticed eyes surveying me as I was working. While I was feeding ducks, eyes were against the fence at the back yard. I fed my cantankerous old cats that would kick stray kitty back into the wilderness, and grabbed a can of tuna, approached glaring eyes cautiously, and dumped the can of tuna in front of cat. Cat turned and fled, hissing, to the side of the utility building then stopped, waiting. I picked up smelly tuna in my hands and carried it to kitty. Kitty walked away. I followed kitty, calling, who stopped. I reached out a cautious finger and stroked side of head. Kitty looked at me, and then brought the side of its head closer to my fingers. I sat down and started cautiously petting kitty, who then climbed into my lap, purring loudly. I tried to feed kitty, but all kitty wanted was somebody to pet it, hold it, and tell it what a good and pretty kitty it was.

Soooo, now for Thanksgiving Day, my face is all broken out in an itchy red rash from kitty contact, and my eyes are swollen. Kitty is gone (or hidden) this morning. Will it be back? I dunno. I suspect that as I go about my feeding chores tonight, a pair of eyes will be surveying me from the fence line.

It may never become a part of our household. A feral cat has been living in one of the barns for the last couple of years, having displaced elderly Barn Kitty, who no longer had the vitality and vigor to fight off interlopers, to Porch Kitty. All we see of it is an occasional glimpse of its tail as it climbs into its second story hideaway.

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