Sunday, April 13, 2014

Palm Sunday...

I shall be offline today.

Félix Louis Leullier (1811 – 1882)

Palm Sunday.  Zdzislaw Piotr Jasinski 1863-1932

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Bundy Ranch Standoff: We all know it's not about a turtle...w/Update

don't we?

I have to go to work, but this morning's reading has given me more to consider.  One thing I do know is that Harry Reid is into this up to his beady little eyeballs.

It's always about money.

Possible scenarios:
Below is one of the reasons that I like to read comments.

 The following comment is from the above mentioned American Thinker article.
 You may or may not be correct that this is about water rights but that doesn't explain why the BLM chose to take action at this time. I believe there is a much more plausible explanation for the Bundy Ranch episode and why it is happening right now.
Senator Harry Reid is attempting to force the Bundy family off their
ranch in order to sell it, along with surrounding public lands, for the
Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone. His son, Rory Reid, represents a Chinese
corporation which intends to make a $5 Billion dollar investment in it.

On March 14th, 2014 BLM released Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone (SEZ) Mitigation Strategy

Then, on March 19th BLM announced intentions to impound ‪Bundy Ranch‬ cattle

This is the key though:

Combine those two BLM actions along with a DELETED BLM web page specifically stating that the Bundy Ranch was a "CONCERN OF IMPACT FOR SOLAR DEVELOPMENT". http://webcache.googleusercont...

It's clear that BLM (and Harry Reid because of his relationship with
the BLM Director Kornze, his former aide) intention in Bundy Ranch is

Lots of info on Dry Lake SEZ here. Click on .pdf's for maps including Bundy Ranch
Yesterday, Sean Hannity interviewed Cliven Bundy and I was surprised to learn that this is actually state land. 

Now there are reports that cell phone service has been shut down.  There are also reports that cell phone service has not been shut down.

As always:  Trust, but verify.

 I think the sleeping giant is being awakened.  The people of this country - well, okay, the half that is sentient, are fed up.  I pray for the safety of all involved.




Nox and Friends:  BLM Also a Problem for Texans

Freedom's Lighthouse:  Update on Bundy Ranch Standoff in Nevada; Bundy believes Feds Seeking to Put Ranchers Out of Business over Radical Environmental Agenda – Video Report 4/12/14  

Maggie's Notebook:  BLM Anti-Free Speech Zone From the Sky: No Fly Zone Over Bundy Ranch Prevents News Helicopters 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Trifecta: How about some movie reviews for this weekend?...

we'll be working outside.

Time to plant the lettuce, kale, chard, and radishes.

Wild Bill: Cowboys and Snipers...

is it really about the tortoises?

Statement from Clive Bundy's daughter:


I have had people ask me to explain my dad’s stance on this BLM fight. Here it is in as simple of terms as I can explain it. There is so much to it, but here it is in a nut shell.

 My great grandpa bought the rights to the Bunkerville allotment back in 1887 around there. Then he sold them to my grandpa who then turned them over to my dad in 1972. These men bought and paid for their rights to the range and also built waters, fences and roads to assure the survival of their cattle, all with their own money, not with tax dollars. These rights to the land use is called preemptive rights.

  Some where down the line, to keep the cows from over grazing, came the bureau of land management. They were supposed to assist the ranchers in the management of their ranges while the ranchers paid a yearly allotment which was to be use to pay the BLM wages and to help with repairs and improvements of the ranches.

 My dad did pay his grazing fees for years to the BLM until they were no longer using his fees to help him and to improve. Instead they began using these money’s against the ranchers. They bought all the rest of the ranchers in the area out with their own grazing fees. When they offered to buy my dad out for a pittance he said no thanks and then fired them because they weren’t doing their job. He quit paying the BLM, but tried giving his grazing fees to the county, which they turned down. So my dad just went on running his ranch and making his own improvements with his own equipment and his own money, not taxes.

 In essence the BLM was managing my dad out of business. Well when buying him out didn’t work, they used the endangered species card. You’ve already heard about the desert tortoise. Well that didn’t work either, so then began the threats and the court orders, which my dad has proven to be unlawful for all these years.

 Now they’re desperate. It’s come down to buying the brand inspector off and threatening the County Sheriff. Everything they’re doing at this point is illegal and totally against the constitution of the United States of America.

 Now you may be saying,” how sad, but what does this have to do with me?” Well, I’ll tell you. They will get rid of Cliven Bundy, the last man standing on the Bunkerville allotment and then they will close all the roads so no one can ever go on it again.

 Next, it’s Utah’s turn. Mark my words, Utah is next.

 Then there’s the issue of the cattle that are at this moment being stolen. See even if dad hasn’t paid them, those cattle do belong to him. Regardless where they are they are my fathers property. His herd has been part of that range for over a hundred years, long before the BLM even existed. Now the Feds think they can just come in and remove them and sell them without a legal brand inspection or without my dad’s signature on it. They think they can take them over two boarders, which is illegal, ask any trucker. 

Then they plan to take them to the Richfield Auction and sell them. All with our tax money.

  They have paid off the contract cowboys and the auction owner as well as the Nevada brand inspector with our tax dollars.  

See how slick they are?  

Well, this is it in a nut shell. Thanks”    

H/T  American Freedom Fighters

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Trey Gowdy attacks ex-IRS official Lois Lerner...

who, by the way, was held in contempt of court today.

Put her in a cell right next to Elijah Cummings.

How long before the libtard lemmings start bellyaching about the cost of drycleaning...

“We’ll talk about dry cleaners next, right,” Obama said. “Because I know that – I don’t know why it costs more for Michelle’s blouse than my shirt.”

Because, Doofus, a ladies blouse is a bit more complicated than your shirt. 

Spare me the phoney outrage.  

With all the things going on in this world and the president of the United States is talking about dry cleaning?

I own exactly one item that goes to the dry cleaners - my winter dress coat.  Anyone who is sending large batches of clothes to the dry cleaners can obviously pay for it.  Are my tax dollars going to have to subsidize dry cleaning now?

Besides, who wants to wear clothes that have been dipped in all those smelly chemicals?

All my clothes are washed.  In the summer I even hang them outside to dry.  And, yes, I iron, too.  

Granted, I don't work in a situation where I'm wearing lots of expensive suits and such, but I'm quite certain those who do can afford to pay to have them cleaned.   

From:  The Washington Examiner:
The next feminist outrage: Dry-cleaning bills
First there was abortion-on-demand, then there was the supposed wage gap, then birth control without a co-pay, then the word “bossy” and now? Dry-cleaning bills.

Expect the cost of dry cleaning to be the next feminist outrage, President Obama said so in his Equal Pay Day remarks Tuesday.  read the rest

The Daily Caller:   Obama: GOP policies ‘un-American,’ women and Latinos ‘diseased’

Look at all the nice little grinning prop ladies lined up behind him.  I don't see one single item of clothing that requires dry cleaning.  Those ugly polyester suit jackets and dresses can all be washed.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Blizzards, Floods, and Zombie attacks...

are you prepared?

Stuff happens.  Stuff happens more often than you may think. And stuff can happen to you.  Rational people are prepared to the best of their abilities.

Can you go one week without a source of water?  How about two, three, or four weeks without water?

You can survive three or four weeks without food, but only about three or four days without water.  So what happens when the diet soda is gone from the fridge?

If it's winter you could melt snow.  Not very clean and a whole bunch of work.  Live within walking distance to flowing water such as a river?  Not much fun either.

We're not hardcore "preppers."  But we have set aside a small area in our barn for dehydrated food and have acquired long term water storage.

Our choice for water is the H2O Reserve™ Emergency Water Storage System by Shelf Reliance and Seychelle.


20 – 5 gallon H2O Reserve Bladders and Boxes
1 – Pump with Standard Filter (100 gallon capacity)
1 – Replacement Standard Filter (100 gallon capacity)
2 – Filter cap adapters

We chose this system because of our cold winters and having to store the water in the barn.  If it were to freeze, hauling in a 5 gallon box is a lot easier than a 50 gallon barrel which would weigh 417 lbs. 

Just fill with your tap water and with the added addition of 1 tsp of chlorine bleach per 5 gallons for a bit of extra safety it should be stable for 5 years.

 The rule of thumb is to store at least one gallon per person per day.  This simple system supplies our two-person household with about 50 days of water.  We also keep five or six packs of Costco bottled drinking water.  Each pack has 32 bottles with 16.9 oz per bottle so each pack is close to another 5 gallons.  Bottled water can be stored for a year, but we drink the water to keep it rotated.    

The cost on Amazon for the H2O Reserve System is $177.98 plus $22.95 shipping.

Ignore the lone one star review on Amazon, which gave me my laugh for the day. 
Boxes and bags and no water!, September 12, 2013

j caprio - See all my reviews

No water. Just the bags and boxes. I was misled. It should be more clear. It's cheaper at the store cosco.
Seriously?  Yep, it is cheaper at the store "cosco", but there's still no water.  Idiot.  What exactly did he think the shipping on 800 lbs of water would be?

One answer to his review was:
J Caprio; You are a dunce. You should not be allowed to breed. 
I'd say that sums it up pretty well.  

We bought ours online from Costco for $149.99 which included shipping.  That's a difference of $50.94 from Amazon which would pay for your Costco membership.  If you don't have a Costco membership, maybe it's time to get one.  They have developed a very extensive online catalog for those who don't live close to a warehouse.

When I worked at the downtown Spokane store, we had many people who drove hundreds of miles to shop several times per year.  It can be worth your time and money.

What if you live in an apartment or teeny tiny house?

How about going in with a few friends to buy the  H2O Reserve System?  Even in a small apartment, you can use a box of water as an end table, or a couple for a coffee table disguised with a tablecloth.  Stick one in the closet and, voila - you have four to five boxes of water stored.

Don't forget about your bathtub either.  An average bathtub holds between thirty to sixty gallons of water.  But, would you want to drink it?

The waterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage (100 Gallons) is a nifty plastic bladder that fits in your bathtub and fills from the tap.  It has a pump included to access the water.  We plan on adding two of these to our stash.  NB:  This is a one-time use item, but at a cost of $18.90, it's well worth it.

However, a reviewer on Amazon said this about the waterBOB:
This is a must have for anyone worried about losing power and water. I live in Florida and during a hurricane I used mine. We went without power and water for a week. This water bladder really saved our bacon! We did not have to wait in a water line at the fire station like so many others. I keep reading people saying this is a one time use item. I rinsed the inside out with organic apple vinegar and spring water and then used a shop vac to dry the inside of mine. There has been no mildew or foul odors I would use it again with confidence.

 My garden calls...


Preppers are becoming mainstream...

60 Emergency Supplies You Can Buy for a Buck

Gaystapo strikes again. Photographer on the hook for $6,637.94 fine...

homosexual activists are the most vicious and intolerant people on the face of the earth.

No one should have to provide any service to any person for any reason. 

My husband, a master musician, could be forced to play for a same-sex "marriage" ceremony.  Since he doesn't play out anymore it's not likely to happen, but what about all the other musicians who hire out?

One of our local Catholic Churches has an openly and very active homosexual man who leads the band at the 10:00 am Mass.  His "partner" and lover of 14 years is also in the band. 

I wonder what would happen if someone tried to hire him for a anti-gay marriage event? 

Want to make book on whether he would take the job?  I didn't think so.

From USA Today:

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court declined Monday to decide if a New Mexico wedding photographer was within her rights when she refused to work at a same-sex ceremony.

The denial leaves standing a decision by the state's highest court that went against the photo studio -- although the local dispute has been long since rendered moot.

The case would have posed an important constitutional question with potentially sweeping implications: whether merchants whose products are inherently expressive must serve customers even when it conflicts with their beliefs.

That could include marketers, advertisers, publicists, website designers, writers, videographers and photographers -- and perhaps others.

With the gay marriage movement winning legal battles state by state, the case could have been one of the most important of the court's next term.

The case featured Elaine Huguenin and her husband Jonathan, whose Albuquerque photo studio informed Vanessa Willock and Misti Collinsworth in 2006 that it only worked "traditional weddings." read the rest

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Here's what Sasha and Malia Obama are eating at school...

vs what your kids are eating.

The Obama girls attend the elite Sidwell Friends School.  Tuition?  $36,274.00 per student (not including books and other fees.) 

It does, however, include lunch.

Scroll down to see the menus for next week at Sidwell Friends and compare it with what some of the students in average public schools, courtesy of Moochell's "fine" lunch programs, are being fed.

via The Blaze:

Tweeted photos of actual school lunches. (Colorful language alert)

Next Week's Menu at Sidwell Friends

Monday, April 7

Creamy Broccoli Soup
Classic Macaroni Salad
Arugula, Fennel & Parmesan Salad
All Natural Baked Chicken Patty
Blackeyed Pea & Fennel Ragu
Roasted Local Zucchini
Baked Organic French Fries

Tuesday, April 8

Chicken Noodle Soup
South Beach Salad
Creole Caprese Salad
Cheese Stuffed Croissants
Veggie Wraps
Sauteed Local Greens
Corn Chips
Red Pears 

Wednesday, April 9

Local Apple & Carrot Soup
Panzanella Salad
Baja Corn Salad
All Natural Rosemary Chicken
Vegetarian Strata
Steamed Fresh Broccoli
Scallion Rice
Sliced Pineapple

Thursday, April 10

Minestrone Soup
Firecracker Slaw
Citrus Spinach Salad
Italian Sausage
with Peppers & Onions
Tofu "Q"
Sauteed Rainbow Chard
Baked Sweet Potato
French Fries

Friday, April 11

Italian Bean & Kale Soup
PJ's Couscous Salad
Fattoush with Pita Salad
Herb and Parmesan Crusted Tilapia
Roasted Acorn Squash
Pesto Pasta


Friday, April 4, 2014

Use Firefox? No more Truth Revolt for you...

change browsers, or else.

This is ridiculous.

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  • First of all, I'll decide what browser I use.

  • Second of all, isn't Truth Revolt using the same exact tactics as OKCupid?

  • Thirdly, this won't make one tiny blip in the number of Firefox users.

  • And finally, I spend way too much time on the internet anyway, so not visiting Truth Revolt every day will save me some time.

Message to Truth Revolt: 

 What you are doing is really stupid.  Do you not realize there are a gazillion bazillion sources of news on the internet?   People, such as myself, are not going to like your tone in preferring us to cease using Firefox in order to read your blog. 

 I don't have the time or inclination at this point to make any changes.  I don't like messing with my computer and I certainly don't need to read your blog. 

Grow up.  You're just a blip on the planet of cyberspace.  

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Do you spiralize?...

I do.

From time to time I'm going to highlight a product that has proven to be helpful - either for our health (mental and physical), our pocket books, or just plain fun, with additional hints for "prepping."

We're trying to maintain a semblance of a Paleo/Primal diet in our home.  So exactly how does one do spaghetti without eating pasta?


Make zucchini noodles.

Back in August I purchased a Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer

 When purchasing from Amazon, I always carefully peruse the reviews.  The Paderno spirilizer had more positive than negative reviews so I decided to order it.  At that time it cost $23.76 plus $7.24 in shipping costs for a total of $31.00.

Since Paleo/Primal eating is becoming so popular, they are now charging $41.00 plus $11.90 for shipping.  That's quite a hike in price and I think they're making a huge mistake, but that's just me.

Anyhoo, I carefully searched the Amazon site and found another one priced at $25.95, which I am quite certain is the same exact product.

New and Essential Spiralizer Tri-Blade Spiral Vegetable Slicer 

 When I first received my spirilizer I thought, "Did you just buy another useless kitchen gadget?" 

It appears not.  I use this handy little gadget all the time.  Last night we dined on huge plates of zucchini noodles with red sauce and homemade meatballs.  I've come to actually prefer zucchini noodles over wheat noodles, in terms of taste.  We do run them through the microwave for a few minutes to soften them up before adding the sauce and meatballs.

The unit comes with three different cutting blades; One for skinny noodles, one for larger noodles, and one to make wider ribbon like cuts.  Almost nothing is safe from my spirilizer - carrots, apples, cucumbers, zucchini, and sweet potatoes have all found their way through my spirilizer.

A word of caution:  This is a plastic unit and will not tolerate being manhandled.  I think the main problem is people shoving too hard on the handle (although when doing harder veggies like sweet potatoes, I've used quite a bit of pressure and have not experienced any problems.)

Would I pay $41.00 to replace this if it broke?  Probably not.

Would I pay $25.95 to replace it?  You bet!

New and Essential Spiralizer Tri-Blade Spiral Vegetable Slicer 


here's a nifty little blog dedicated exclusively to spirilizing, with tons of how-to's and lots of recipes:


'Stinkburgers and Meanwiches": Allow me to present the President of the United States...

who had to fly to Michigan on the tax-payers dime to call Paul Ryan's budget a "stinkburger" and a "meanwich."

What's next you low-class sock puppet?  Calling Paul Ryan a "poopy-pants?

Notice most of the prop-people in the background are not laughing.  Someone sure didn't prep them properly.

And also notice at the .18 mark his trademark nose grabbing.  Still blowing white stuff up there, Barry Boy?  Didn't your mother ever tell you to keep your hands off your nose in public?

When is this national nightmare going to be over?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

While we've all been celebrating the 7.1 million newly insured in Obamacare (really?), another delay has been enacted...

ICD-10 (International Classifications of Diseases)

If you're not in the medical field, ICD-10 doesn't mean much to you.  However, it's impact on medical practices, hospitals, and medical coders is profound.

Presently your medical records are coded using ICD-9.  Starting on Oct. 1, 2014 all medical coding was to be done using the new ICD-10, at the cost of billions of dollars in training and office updates.

Those codes are how doctors receive insurance payments, and God save their soul if someone screws up a code.  It could amount to millions of dollars of fines.

As part of the "doc fix" bill signed yesterday, the implementation of ICD-10 has been delayed for a year.

I've done a bit of ICD-9 coding, which in no way renders me an expert.

Let's let a real expert, someone who has been down in the trenches with ICD-10, explain what this all means.

My friend McNorman, works exclusively with coding. 

Prolonging The Agony Or Averting Disaster?

It sure isn’t ecstasy.  Yesterday, March 31, 2014 our US Senate passed a bill to delay the ICD-10 implementation  for another year.  It was supposed to go into effect on October 1, 2014.
For most people, ICD-10 is an unfamiliar term, but for many of us in the medical field this is a dark cloud that has been looming over us for years.   This is the new and improved coding system (60 thousand medical diagnosis codes so that WHO amongst others can have its stats on what’s happening).
I’ve been working on this for several months now, and it seems that many are seeing what is on the horizon.   read the rest


ICD-10 delay puts pressure on CMS for answers

Senate Passes 'Doc Fix' Bill With One-Year ICD-10 Deadline Delay

October surprise?