Monday, May 25, 2015

Nothing honors our fallen soldiers like taking pictures of Obama...

during the wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington Cemetery.

I'm watching the ceremony live and all the audience really wanted to do was whip out their phones and snap pics of Obama.

Don't we already have enough pics of him?

Where is the respect?

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Let's Celebrate Memorial Day the Cleveland Way by Rioting and Pepper Spraying Restaurant Patrons...

no, really.  They did that.

What the hell is wrong with these people??

I know.  Silly question. 

From Gateway Pundit

A total of 71 individuals were arrested in Cleveland Saturday night including 39 men, 16 women and some juveniles.

The protesters took to the street after Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo was cleared of manslaughter charges in the shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Alan Keyes: On my reading list...

for later today.

The garden calls.  Yesterday I didn't get outside until noon.  Big mistake.  I about died from heat stroke after only planting 6 tomatoes.  

Alan Keyes offers free 80-page booklet on God-ordained marriage
April 2, 2015
RenewAmerica staff

Liberty Tree Alliance, a nonprofit educational organization of Dr. Alan Keyes, has released a new e-booklet, How the Claim to 'Homosexual Rights' Destroys the Logic of Liberty, in an effort to challenge the growing myth that same-sex marriage poses no substantial threat to the existence of God-ordained natural marriage.

The 84-page downloadable booklet, available for free by clicking HERE, contains 24 essays by Dr. Keyes on the deceptions that surround same-sex marriage, and the assault upon America's unalienable rights and essential liberties these deceptions represent.

According to RenewAmerica president Stephen Stone, the booklet's editor, How the Claim to 'Homosexual Rights' Destroys the Logic of Liberty "is highly recommended to all patriotic Americans who wish to understand, and uphold, our nation's heritage of one-man/one-woman 'traditional' marriage."

Stone added, "The arguments and facts Dr. Keyes shares herein are worth every effort to study and discern – for they are carefully reasoned and powerfully written. As a contribution to contemporary conservative thought, the insights presented are exceptional."

The booklet is the third in a series of profound essays by Dr. Keyes on the most important moral and political challenges that currently confront America.

Monday, May 18, 2015

A Simple Kitchen Gadget Becomes The Tongs of Death...

your helpful garden tip for the week.

Quack grass
Who doesn't have the problem of different types of grass invading their flower garden?  If the grass gets entangled in the flower plants, there is no way to get it out.

The worst ones are those that grow by way of underground runners, i.e., couch grass or quack grass. Sometimes, manually pulling it can make it worse.  Obviously, you can't spray it with glyphosate (RoundUp) without killing the good plant.

Before we go any further, allow me to clear up some things about herbicides.  The world is at war with Monsanto, the creators of RoundUp, and I completely understand why.  Designing RoundUp ready crops and spewing glyphosate hither and yon over them is nuts.   I would never use any herbicide around where food is planted.  Nor would I apply it where there could be danger of runoff or drift.  I also don't approve of Weed and Feed type lawn fertilizers, preferring to spot treat with 2,4-D. But glyphosate, or any herbicide, if used properly, can cut hours from your gardening chores.

Couch grass

Glyphosate is a non-selective herbicide, meaning it will kill just about anything it touches. I use it in the spring to edge around my flower beds (never food beds), and in my gravel driveway.  I am careful to always apply it to the offending plant leaves with almost no contact with the ground.

So back to the grass growing in the flower beds.  Only a non-selective herbicide will kill it.  So, how do we get it on the leaves?

Enter the lowly Dollar Store kitchen tongs with some old kitchen sponge glued on the ends.  I flatten the tips slightly so that the sponges completely meet when you squeeze the tongs together, and any excess can be squeezed off.   I used Super glue because it holds up well when wet.

Grab a wide mouth pint canning jar and mix up a little glyphosate, and add some commercial surfactant to keep the solution from running. (Don't forget to suit up in latex gloves.)  Take your newly acquired "Tongs of Death", dip it in the solution, squeeze together to remove excess, and grab the grass sliding it up the length of the blade.  At this point, you may want to laugh hysterically, do a happy dance, and scream, "You're dead, dead, dead!"

Here's an area that I painstakingly hand pulled just weeks ago. Fat lot of good that did.  This quack grass has completely invaded my ground cover.

 I took these pictures about an hour after applying the Tongs of Death.  Notice the blades are already tipping over.  The shine you see is from the surfactant.  Notice also, that little dead patch of ground cover.  That's what happens when you try to spray herbicide on the grass with a hand held squirt bottle.  Not my best idea. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Did Pope Francis call Mohammad Abbas an Angel of Peace?...

apparently not.  

From DaTechGuy:
 Pope Francis & the MSM : Steven Kruiser gets it
Almost since the day he was elected I’ve been telling people that the MSM is spinning Pope Francis’ actual words, but my warnings have been to no avail.
So you can’t imagine how great it is to see Steven Kruiser get it
What has befuddled me and several of my conservative friends who are also devout Roman Catholics is the willingness of our conservative friends to take news about this pope at face value from MSM outlets that aren’t trusted for anything else.
He’s referring to this AP story that claims the Pope called Mohammad Abbas the head of the Palestinian authority an “Angel of peace”.

It’s  a lie:

Read the Rest 

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Real O'Neals: Is this what ABC thinks is funny?...

or more importantly, does the public think this is funny?

The Real O'Neals, an anti-Catholic sitcom, is neither funny nor does it display the tiniest bit of truth.  There is nothing "real" about this silly show.  A statue of the Virgin Mary, mother of God, on the back of a toilet?  Hilarious.  Not.

From ABC:
A contemporary take on a seemingly perfect Catholic family, whose lives take an unexpected turn when surprising truths are revealed. Instead of ruining their family, the honesty triggers a new, messier chapter where everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being real.
And what are these truths of this "typical" Irish-Catholic family?
  • A closeted gay son
  • A kleptomaniac sister
  • The older son a jock with anorexia
  • Parents who are going through a secret divorce
Supposedly, it's based on the early life of Dan Savage, a vile gay activist who relies on crude shock speech to reign in people.

What I will state is that nothing about this show makes me want to kill people.

Hey ABC, you hypocritical pack of hyenas, how about a show making fun of Muslims?

Allow me to make one thing very, very clear.  I'm not lambasting this show because I'm Catholic.  I would be just as appalled at a show demeaning Evangelicals or Mormons.  What I am lambasting is the fact that our culture is so degraded that anyone would find any of this funny. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Did Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian have a seizure?...

it's a very real possibility.

Even considering the time it takes a train to slow down (considerable), for that train to enter a curve rated for 50mph at 106mph means that he would have had to start slowing the train many miles before the curve. Since he was traveling so fast, that distance would be covered in the space of time it takes to have a seizure.

There is no indication in his past that he would suddenly turn into some rogue engineer and drive that train so far over the speed limit. 

I'm not willing to throw him under the bus (train?) quite yet.  I think we need to wait for all the results of the investigation to come in because it's the right thing to do. 

And to criticize him for having an attorney and initially refusing to speak to the authorities is nuts.  Any prudent person would do the same thing.

His attorney has stated:
“Among other things, they indicated that they wanted to get a search warrant for his blood, which we consented to,” Goggin added. “He said, ‘You don't need a search warrant, happy to give it to you.’ It had already been drawn at Einstein Hospital. They asked for his cell phone, which they had. [We] said, ‘Have it. Take all the information you want. You don't need a search warrant for that either. We'll give it to you.’ I'm assuming [authorities asked for the phone] because they want to see whether he was on the telephone at the time of the accident. So he's cooperated, and not only that, he's indicated that he would make himself available to the police if they need any more information.”  more
As for being a ghey activist?  So what?  He has a right. 

The real abomination of this incident is the Demon-crats using this to blame Republicans for not approving an additional several billion to shore up a rail service which benefits the elites of DC.  Amtrak needs to be privately owned.  Period.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

How much stuff do you own?...

and do you really need it all?

Let's move away from riots, illegal immigrants, free speech, the Obama administration lying (no big surprise there), and talk about the stuff that weighs us down.

You know the stuff I'm talking about.  The stuff we have to clean and organize, stuff which usually involves buying a bunch of storage boxes, bins, and baskets, and just makes our lives way more complicated than necessary.

I was always fascinated when reading historical fiction when some lady would pull out her one brooch to wear to a ball.  One brooch?  Look in most ladies jewel boxes today and you'll find 50 or 60 pieces of junk jewelry, most of which is never worn after one season.  And don't even get me started on shoes.

When I started my decluttering, which I now like to call "editing", it was because I was sick and tired of caring for all that stuff.  My soul craved open and clear spaces, and less to clean and rearrange.

I've been at it for about three years, and still marvel at all we still have, while at the same time admiring the spaces opening up in the barn and the house.  Do I really need 5 kitchen whisks?  Nope.  A few hit the trash can yesterday. 

This morning, over at Becoming Minimalist, I read 21 Surprising Statistics That Reveal How Much Stuff We Actually Own, and it spurred some deeper thinking about our possessions.

The very first statistic is there are 300,000 items in the average American home (LA Times).  Well, sure; I guess that could be true if you count every safety pin, pencil, paper clip as separate items.  However, it does make you stop and ask, "How many paper clips does a household really need?"  I have enough push pins to build a house, and I never met a notebook or pen I didn't crave with a lust that should be reserved for more important things.  And don't even ask me about garden tools or craft supplies. 

Here's a few more that caught my attention:
8. The average American woman owns 30 outfits—one for every day of the month. In 1930, that figure was nine (Forbes).
9. The average American family spends $1,700 on clothes annually (Forbes).
Whoa.  $1700.00 dollars for clothes?  My annual budget for the two of us is about $150.00, including underwear and shoes, most of which is purchased online. 
Number 21 on the list:  The $8 billion home organization industry has more than doubled in size since the early 2000’s—growing at a staggering rate of 10% each year (Uppercase).
Been there, done that.  Do you realize that there are whole stores filled with containers and "organizing" systems?

Every new plastic box that made its way into my house to "organize" just made it worse.  Now I gloat every time an empty plastic storage box hits the storage box pile in the barn.

Our homes have become the equivalent of storage facilities.
5. The United States has upward of 50,000 storage facilities, more than five times the number of Starbucks. Currently, there is 7.3 square feet of self-storage space for every man, woman and child in the nation. Thus, it is physically possible that every American could stand—all at the same time—under the total canopy of self-storage roofing (SSA).
I know people who have off-site storage they've had for 10 or more years. 

Is this really necessary?
If you read any decorating blog, you'll find the new hot thing is to have a coffee station set up somewhere in your home.  Really?  Now we're turning our homes into fast food restaurants and using prime space for overpriced coffee pods.
I'm not advocating against having some pretty things or that living out of a back pack is superior.  Everyone has to live how they choose. 

Is your stuff keeping you from fulfilling dreams?  Think about it.

From: 21 Surprising Statistics That Reveal How Much Stuff We Actually Own
The numbers paint a jarring picture of excessive consumption and unnecessary accumulation. Fortunately, the solution is not difficult. The invitation to own less is an invitation to freedom, intentionality, and passion. And it can be discovered at your nearest drop-off center.
My gardening work is on hold due to rain today and tomorrow.  It's time to fill more boxes for the thrift store, starting with the 5 or 6 hair appliances I never use anymore.  I may even get rid of some paper clips, too.  Buh, bye. 


Another view of minimalism that has merit.  In particular his closing paragraph puts it all in perspective:

The Art of Manliness:  The Problem With Minimalism

Monday, May 11, 2015

It's Monday...

and I have absolutely nothing to say.


The internet is becoming a toxic stew of crapola that doesn't improve one's life in any way, shape, or form.

You read something and then you have to spend 2 hours trying to verify whatever it was you just read.  And trust me (said the spider to the fly), conservatives can be just as guilty of rash posts and silly statements as libtards.

Every year I tell myself that I will be completely caught up with my gardening by June 1st so I can spend the rest of the summer pretending to be a rich plantation owner, while sitting around eating bonbons and slurping mint juleps. An occasional game of croquet would be welcome, too. 

We've been on the acreage for 18 years and it hasn't happened yet. Sigh.

This year will be the year of  massive tree trimming of dead limbs.  On the upside, we will have lots of free firewood. 

Have a productive day, peeps.  I'll see you later.


Liberty's Torch:  It’s Time For Action

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Friday, May 8, 2015

Bill Whittle: I Support Free Speech, But...

this is a very important presentation.


The “Offended” People, Facebook, and Narcissists...

Why is this crapola going on in public schools?...

this is nothing more than social engineering of the very worst kind.

How about they spend more time teaching the kids to read, write, and do math.

A week long project run by a Gay-Straight Alliance highlighting the problem of bullying caused, wait for it, bullying. 

It simply amazes me that parents put their kids in these public schools while complaining about Common Core and all the other crap they're taught.

If they really felt that way they'd take them out and home school.  Instant solution. 

And before you tell me how all these families need to have both mom and dad working, that is simply not true.  These are the same parents who consented to having a daycare raise their little ones and now use the public school system as a babysitter. 

A least this school did the right thing.

Suspensions Handed Out After Students Wear Chick-fil-A Attire on LGBT Day — but It’s Not What You Think

via The Blaze:
It had been a week of awareness-raising at a Pennsylvania high school — teen suicide, disabilities and other issues were marked by students wearing specifically colored T-shirts each day in recognition of each issue.

On the final day last Friday, Bangor Area High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance — which organized the week long project — encouraged students to wear rainbow-colored T-shirts to draw attention to LGBT issues.

But during televised morning announcements at the school, two of the students seen onscreen wore Chick-fil-A shirts instead, senior Erin Snyder told the Morning Call.
And then the backlash began.

Although the pair of boys didn’t say anything during the broadcast about the rainbow T-shirt day or LGBT issues, seeing them in attire from Chick-fil-A — the fast-food chain that came under fire in 2012 after its CEO publicly supported traditional marriage — angered some fellow students.

During school hours a group of them took to Twitter and called out the offending students. The online posts against them continued through the weekend, the Morning Call said.

Then on Monday students got the dreaded call to the principal’s office — but not the boys who wore the Chick-fil-A shirts.  read the rest

Prayers for Mad Jack needed...

via The Blog of Monte Cristo:

Conservative blogger and Vietnam veteran Mad Jack has been a solid figure and strong voice on many conservative websites since the Age of O’Bozo began back in roughly 2009. He was one of the very first regulars on Diogenes Middle Finger, and he’s kept the comments flowing on and for just about as long. Somewhere during that time he also showed up at Adrienne’s Place and Proof’s and Odie’s and the Earl’s and Curmudgeon’s and Dianny’s and many more, including this one.

Well, Jack’s not going anywhere, but you may have noticed that he’s not as prolific as he has been in the past, and there’s a reason for the recent slow-down. Jack’s health has been suffering lately, and he’s been diagnosed with cancer. In fact, he goes into the doctor later today to find out how advanced the condition is.  Read the Rest

Sgt. Greg Moore returns home to Coeur d'Alene...

a tremendously sad time for our community.

Please take a moment today to say a prayer for Sgt. Moore and his family. 

The Idaho police join the miles long procession from Spokane at Pleasant View Ave just east of State Line, Idaho to welcome back home Sgt Greg Moore of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, killed in the line of duty this past Tuesday.

Thursday morning, dozens of police officers and firefighters from throughout Spokane and Kootenai counties escorted the officer’s body back from Spokane, where an autopsy was performed Wednesday.

A motorcade of police vehicles on I-90 passes under the Idaho Street overpass in Post Falls Thursday escorting the body of Coeur d’Alene police Sgt. Greg Moore. Moore’s body was being returned to Idaho for Saturday’s funeral following an autopsy.

Service Saturday
A large crowd is expected for Saturday’s funeral for Coeur d’Alene police Sgt. Greg Moore. The service will begin at 10 a.m. at Lake City High School, 6101 N. Ramsey Road, in Coeur d’Alene.
• SWX/Spokane will air the funeral coverage live from 10 a.m. to noon.
• At North Idaho College, several screens televising the service will be made available in the student union building, which will open at 9:30 a.m.

*                 *                 *

Jonathan Daniel Renfro will be tried for murder in the shooting death of Coeur d’Alene police Sgt. Greg Moore.

Kootenai County Public Defender John Adams, who is representing Renfro, confirmed that charges have been updated to include first-degree murder. Prosecuting attorney Barry McHugh filed an amended complaint in the case Wednesday but wouldn’t comment on the new charge, and court officials would not release the documents Thursday.

Renfro, 26, was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly shot Moore, stole the officer’s patrol car and led police on a chase through Post Falls. Moore died later that day.

Anyone convicted of murdering a police officer in Idaho is eligible for the death penalty. McHugh has yet to say if he intends to seek the death penalty in the case.

The maggot who shot Sgt. Moore

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Jade Helm and the U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Group at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia...

are there churches in Syria that look like this?

Maybe Afghanistan?

How about Somalia?

I didn't think so.

This morning I watched the following video over at Info Wars.  Yeah, I know, home of the crazy Alex Jones.  Rest assured, I would never subject you to the rasping sounds of Mr. Jones.

This video features two of his "newscasters" or whatever they're called on his site.

They report on a show that was on C-Span in which Colonel John Petkosek, commander of the U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Group at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia, is interviewed.  Included is a tour of  the 300 acre facility which opened in 2014.

The Infowar guys are pretty focused on the people who called into the  C-Span show, and will play clips of the calls during their report.  These callers are all fairly alarmed, and bring up things they find weird about a training center that looks amazingly like small town America.  One caller asked about the confiscation of guns after Katrina, and worried that could happen again.  Another caller asked about Jade Helm and astoundingly, the commander said he really didn't know anything about that operation (that could be true since the armed forces operates in separate little bubbles.)

Infowars is spinning this as the great public awakening to the possibility of subversive activities going on right under our noses. 

They're wrong.  Dead wrong!

At breakfast, while explaining the highlights to hubby, my brain suddenly had an explosion of activity on the cellular level (always an exciting occurrence.)  Anytime something lights up over a plate of bacon and eggs, it is to be taken very seriously.

When listening to these calls, something kept nagging at me. My spidey sense was on overdrive.  Why would C-Span allow such inflammatory calls? Surely the calls are screened. And why did each of these calls focus on different events that have different groups of citizens concerned?  That's when I knew the answer.

These calls were all planned and scripted.

It gave Colonel Petkosek an opportunity to tut-tut over concerns citizens may have over some things that are going on in this country.  The reality, at least for me, was that many of the things he said made absolutely no sense.  You know that feeling you get after someone talks and talks, and when they finish you sit back and say, "What the hell did he just say?"

What better way to calm the sheeple back into their complacency than to have a nice reassuring authority figure like the good Colonel explain away all their concerns.  And it must be on the level because it's on C-Span, after all.  And, look how transparent they are in allowing all those alarmist type calls.

Here's the link to the complete C-Span interview
with Colonel Petkosek

Moving on to Alex Jones and Michael Savage on the possibility of a full fledged race war.  Okay, I  lied about subjecting you to Alex and his rasp, but he sounds pretty decent in this short clip.  Listen to what Savage says and see what you think.  While listening, keep two things in mind: Fast and Furious and these words spoken by Obama in 2008 in Colorado:
“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we set. We’ve got have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”

It's human nature to engage normalcy bias.  We find it hard to believe as we head off to Starbuck's, that there may be things going on about which we know nothing.  Fifty percent of the time I'm tut-tutting myself, and the other fifty percent of the time I'm saying, "What the hell?"  It's at that point I remember Auschwitz and the Jews being complacently led off to their slaughter.   The full article: Savage: Obama may arm U.S. gangs for race war


Brandon Smith: When The Elites Wage War On America, This Is How They Will Do It

Mac Slavo:   This Is Why They Are Militarizing: ‘The World Will Become Baltimore When People Realize They Cannot Acquire Basic Resources’

Michael Snyder:  Baltimore’s Civil Unrest Is Only Just The Start Of Something MUCH Bigger

Zero Hedge:   There Will Be No 25-Year Depression

May 7th - 100th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Lusitania 1915...

was it a planned attack?

Read Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania.

You won't be sorry.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Michelle Obama can't even speak at the opening of museum without bringing up race...

and in the process, insult every museum official there.

From Bizpac:

First lady Michelle Obama used a speech Monday that was supposed to be celebrating the opening of a new museum to instead dig deeper the racial divide that’s been growing ever wider during her husband’s presidency.

“Museums and concert halls,” she said, just don’t welcome non-white visitors – especially children – the way they welcome whites.

Speaking at the new Whitney museum in New York City’s meat packing district last week, Obama said she grew up thinking that museums were not places “for someone who looks like me.”
“You see, there are so many kids in this country who look at places like museums and concert halls and other cultural centers and they think to themselves, well, that’s not a place for me, for someone who looks like me, for someone who comes from my neighborhood. In fact, I guarantee you that right now, there are kids living less than a mile from here who would never in a million years dream that they would be welcome in this museum.
“And growing up on the South Side of Chicago, I was one of those kids myself. So I know that feeling of not belonging in a place like this. And today, as first lady, I know how that feeling limits the horizons of far too many of our young people.
First off, she just told a whole bunch of museum workers that they were racist bastards who didn't want any one of color in the museum.

Why didn't you let me go to a museum??
Secondly, she's claiming that little black kiddos sit around wondering why they're not welcome in a museum.  Is that what's driving the riots?  Lack of access to a museum?

Thirdly, there are not any little black kids within a mile of that museum giving it one damn thought. They probably don't even know what a museum is.  Did I go to museums when I was a kid.  You betcha, 'cause my mom and dad took me to them.

And finally she's claiming she was one of those poor oppressed blacks who wondered why she was not welcome in a museum. Give me a break.  She grew up in a middle class family with a father and mother who had gainful employment and she's claiming she didn't feel welcome at a museum?   Ask your bitter undignified mother why she didn't take you to a museum and quit blaming whitey.

And further more, ask yourself why your form of "culture" is inundating your own kids with the likes of a nearly nude Beyonce writhing in the White House and calling her a "role model."

Who can forget this display of class and dignity: