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March 31, 2009

Heading to Moab

Got a few shots of a Bald Eagle hunting above the Colorado River today. The eagles have a protected nesting area in the Glenwood Canyon. We swam around in the hot springs in Glenwood Springs and then crashed for the night. We're on to Moab tomorrow with two four wheelers in tow.

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 31, 2009 at 7:19 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

March 30, 2009

Al Gore Kept His Lights on for Earth Hour

http://politics.nashvillepost.com/2009/03/29/al-gore-will-leave-the-lights-on-for-ya/

" I pulled up to Al's house, located in the posh Belle Meade section of Nashville, at 8:48pm - right in the middle of Earth Hour. I found that the main spotlights that usually illuminate his 9,000 square foot mansion were dark, but several of the lights inside the house were on.

In fact, most of the windows were lit by the familiar blue-ish hue indicating that floor lamps and ceiling fixtures were off, but TV screens and computer monitors were hard at work. (In other words, his house looked the way most houses look about 1:45am when their inhabitants are distractedly watching "Cheaters" or "Chelsea Lately" reruns.)

The kicker, though, were the dozen or so floodlights grandly highlighting several trees and illuminating the driveway entrance of Gore's mansion.

I [kid] you not, my friends, the savior of the environment couldn't be bothered to turn off the gaudy lights that show off his goofy trees."

And it isn't like this is an isolated incident. Al Gore is an energy hog.

"Last August alone, Gore burned through 22,619 kWh--guzzling more than twice the electricity in one month than an average American family uses in an entire year. As a result of his energy consumption, Gore's average monthly electric bill topped $1,359."

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 30, 2009 at 9:59 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

iPod Fiasco

I've got three dead ipods, if you can believe it. None of them work and I want to put them in a vice, one at a time and reduce them to post-modern art. The iPods are as follows:
1) 1st generation White 512 Meg iPod Shuffle
2) 2nd generation Silver 2 Gig iPod Shuffle
3) 2nd generation Pink 4 Gig iPod Mini (Model A1051)

The iPod Mini was hosed up pretty good so I reset the iPod by holding down the Menu and Select (center) button. This made the Apple logo show up, which was promising. But then it just froze with the Apple logo on the screen.

Now, I will try this: Restoring iPod to factory settings. The problem is that when I connect it to my computer with iTunes running, the PC does not recognize the iPod has been connected and the Apple logo is just frozen on the screen.

I tried several times to get the Mini to go into Disk Mode, but have not been successful.

When I plugged it back in, I saw a battery logo on the iPod Mini screen. I'm beginning to suspect the ipod's battery is dead. Maybe I should try replacing the iPod Mini's battery.

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 30, 2009 at 8:58 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

South Park Bailout

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 30, 2009 at 12:53 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

March 29, 2009

The Very Best Of Hands

http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/index/?cid=222036

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 29, 2009 at 5:49 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Tree-hugger Logic

Shame on the hunters.

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 29, 2009 at 11:55 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Can I pull out my cat's whiskers?

Can I pull out my cat's whiskers?

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 29, 2009 at 10:07 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Conceptual Art

http://www.sparth.com/selected-artworks.htm

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 29, 2009 at 10:03 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Extreme Shepherding

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 29, 2009 at 9:59 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

March 28, 2009

YouTube star summoned to White House

http://worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=92999

The man who created two phenomenally successful "We The People" YouTube videos urging Americans to stand up against Congress and reclaim their republic now - or perhaps lose it forever - reportedly has been summoned to the White House by President Obama to discuss the subject matter of the short films.

Bob Basso, who posts videos under the name funbobbasso on YouTube, has created videos in which he portrays Thomas Paine, author of the "Common Sense" pamphlet that made the case for independence during the American Revolution.

Basso, whose website offers his services as a motivational speaker, uses the YouTube presentations to condemn "non-representing representatives" and warns, "Only when they feel the almighty wrath of 'We The People' marching in the streets from California to New York shouting 'We're mad as hell and we want our country back' will they get the message they work for you."

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 28, 2009 at 10:21 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Leave the lights on: Celebrate Human Achievement Hour

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/28/leave-the-lights-on-celebrate-human-achievement-hour/

All of the tree-huggers are celebrating "Earth Hour" today by turning off their lights from 8:30 to 9:30. I invite you instead to turn on all your lights and celebrate the counter-movement - the Human Achievement Hour. Leave the lights on between 8:30pm and 9:30pm and watch this video with your friends and family.

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 28, 2009 at 8:15 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Those Wacky Tree-huggers

People in Spokane, Washington have resorted to smuggling in dishwasher detergent from out-of-state because those wacky tree-huggers have banned all dishwasher detergent that works in favor of some green eco-friendly brand. These loons actually want to legalize marijuana but ban dishwashing detergent.

"The quest for squeaky-clean dishes has turned some law-abiding people in Spokane into dishwater-detergent smugglers. They are bringing Cascade or Electrasol in from out of state because the eco-friendly varieties required under Washington state law don't work as well. Spokane County became the launch pad last July for the nation's strictest ban on dishwasher detergent made with phosphates, a measure aimed at reducing water pollution. The ban will be expanded statewide in July 2010, the same time similar laws take effect in several other states."

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 28, 2009 at 5:31 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

The Global Warming Heretic

http://news.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/03/28/1558225:

"In The Civil Heretic, the NYT Magazine takes a look at how world-renowned scientist Freeman Dyson wound up opposing those who care most about global warming. Since coming out of the closet on global warming, Dyson has found himself described as 'a pompous twit,' 'a blowhard,' and 'a mad scientist.' He argues that climate change has become an obsession for 'a worldwide secular religion' known as environmentalism. Dyson has been particularly dismissive of Al Gore, calling him climate change's chief propagandist and accusing him of relying too heavily on computer-generated climate models and promoting 'lousy science' that's distracting attention from more serious and more immediate dangers to the planet."

Dyson himself wrote about the need for heretics in science not long ago."

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 28, 2009 at 5:14 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Fort Jennifer

Jennifer spent some time building a snow fort today. Not much of a fort, IMHO. More like a bath tub really. But what do I know?

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 28, 2009 at 5:09 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Network Problems Resolved

Well, I managed to get my network cobbled back together this morning. The problem is that my house is just too dry this time of year and I lose a lot of equipment to static electricity. Plus, with the snow storms, the power is up and down and there are spikes in the power. I think I need to build a separate computer room in the house at some point with a UPS and controlled environment. But it's not something I can do today.

The most recent problem was caused when my D-Link DGS-2205 Gigabit switch died on me during the snowstorm. I replaced the switch with a 4-port Belkin "My Essentials" ME1004-R wireless 802.11(g) router I found lying around.

Of course, it took me a few tries to get it working properly, because although it is technically a wireless router, I didn't want it to act like anything but a switch, so I had to get into it and reconfigure it. I turned off the wireless functionality and disabled the DHCP server and the NAT translation, etc. Eventually, I saw a feature called "Use as Access Point", which I enabled and then assigned it a static IP address.

After that, the only trick is getting the cables plugged in correctly which always confuses me. The trick is to plug a cable from the Modem port of the Belkin router into one of the numbered ports in the Linksys router. And, of course, plugging anything into the Uplink port on the Linksys router brings the network to a screeching halt. But for now, all is well with my little network.

Now I have to replace the bad video card in my server...

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 28, 2009 at 10:16 AM : Comments (1) | Permalink

March 27, 2009

Biker vs. Police

Scott sent this today. Gotta watch till the end.

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 27, 2009 at 9:53 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Peenie Wallie Outage

Peenie Wallie was down much of the morning. I blew a switch in my network and it took me a while to diagnose the problem. Site is now up and running, obviously. But I have to cobble my network back together this afternoon from some parts in the basement.

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 27, 2009 at 12:07 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

March 26, 2009

Snow Day(s)!

Today is the first snow day at Jennifer's school in 3 years. It's snowing really hard right now and we're supposed to get dumped on. Woohoo! Global Warming my @ss! Photos to follow...

Update: These are images Wendy shot of me towing the kids on sleds through a few feet of snow behind the four wheeler. The images are compiled into an 17 Meg (3:30) Adobe Flash slideshow(blizzard.swf) that you should be able to open and view with any browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc.). To view the slideshow, just click on the photo above.

These images were all captured with a Canon EOS 40D with a Canon BG-E2 battery grip. The short lens is an image stabilized, ultra-sonic telescopic zoom lens (EF-S 17-85mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM). The long lens is a Canon L-series ultra-sonic telescopic zoom lens (EF 100-400mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM) with an ET-83C hood.

If you want to view the slideshow as a Windows executable, you can play this version (blizzard.exe), and it allows you to play, pause, skip forward, backwards, etc.

Image post-processing was done in Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended. The slideshow was created using Imagematics Stillmotion Pro.

The soundtrack is Her Morning Elegance by Oren Lavie.

Lyrics in the extended entry.

Click here to view the other slideshows.

Update 2: Jennifer got Friday off also. Two snow days in a row. :)

Continue reading "Snow Day(s)!"

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 26, 2009 at 8:14 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

March 25, 2009

Wednesday 2009

Well, I finally sat down to do my taxes and while I was digging through my mail I found a big fat check and within 3 hours, I'd bought a 2002 Honda Rancher 4x4 with a plow. :)

2002 Honda Rancher 350 4x4 electric shift w/snow plow 2000 miles Runs Great - $2,000

Call Mark 303-XXX-XXXX


White Trash with Money. It's not pretty.

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 25, 2009 at 8:05 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Bush Deficit vs. Obama Deficit in Pictures

http://blog.heritage.org/2009/03/24/bush-deficit-vs-obama-deficit-in-pictures/

"President Barack Obama has repeatedly claimed that his budget would cut the deficit by half by the end of his term. But as Heritage analyst Brian Riedl has pointed out, given that Obama has already helped quadruple the deficit with his stimulus package, pledging to halve it by 2013 is hardly ambitious. The Washington Post has a great graphic which helps put President Obama's budget deficits in context of President Bush's."

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 25, 2009 at 12:07 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Cool Ice Cube Trays

http://www.toxel.com/tech/2009/03/24/20-unusual-and-creative-ice-cube-trays/

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 25, 2009 at 11:30 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

My New Doormat

My new doormat.

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 25, 2009 at 11:22 AM : Comments (2) | Permalink

China fights gerbil plague with 'the pill'

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090325/od_afp/chinaanimalsgerbilsoffbeat_20090325123041

"Authorities in northwestern China have resorted to using a contraception-abortion pill to rein in a plague of gerbils which is threatening the local desert ecosystem, state media said Wednesday.

Forestry officials in the city of Changji in the vast Xinjiang region began distributing the pellets last May to curb the exploding gerbil population, Xinhua news agency said.

The gerbils' large burrow systems in the Gurbantunggut Desert had begun to damage the root systems of the few plants that can survive in the area, while also damaging local agriculture, it said."

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 25, 2009 at 10:40 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Perito Moreno Glacier

Perito Moreno Glacier in southern Argentina.

The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of several Patagonian glaciers that is not retreating. Periodically the glacier advances over the L-shaped "Lago Artgentino" ("Argentine Lake") forming a natural dam which separates the two halves of the lake when it reaches the opposite shore. With no escape route, the water-level on the Brazo Rico side of the lake can rise by up to 30 meters above the level of the main lake. The enormous pressure produced by this mass of waters finally breaks the ice barrier holding it back, in a spectacular rupture event. This dam/rupture cycle is not regular and it naturally recurs at any frequency between once a year to less than once a decade.

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 25, 2009 at 10:29 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

March 24, 2009

Strip Searching 13 Year Old Children

The Supreme Court is set to hear a 4th Amendment case where school officials strip searched a 13 year old girl looking for Ibuprofen:

An assistant principal, enforcing the school's antidrug policies, suspected her of having brought prescription-strength ibuprofen pills to school. One of the pills is as strong as two Advils.

The search by two female school employees was methodical and humiliating, Ms. Redding said. After she had stripped to her underwear, "they asked me to pull out my bra and move it from side to side," she said. "They made me open my legs and pull out my underwear."

Ms. Redding, an honors student, had no pills. But she had a furious mother and a lawyer, and now her case has reached the Supreme Court, which will hear arguments on April 21.

"It does not require a constitutional scholar to conclude that a nude search of a 13-year-old child is an invasion of constitutional rights."

I have told Jennifer very clearly on this issue that no one has the right to search her. Not school officials. Not police. Not anyone. Not ever. This is a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment. Tell them "Get a search warrant. I want to speak to my father. I have the right to an attorney. I want to speak to my attorney." And if they continue to physically attempt to search her, she should fight back like a coon in a corner, biting and clawing at the first one to lay a hand on her, screaming "Rape!" the whole time.

But the bigger, and less obvious problem is that the government should not be educating our children. We need to get rid of the Department of Education, and abolish the public school system.

I'm reasonably sure that if an employee of a private school had searched this student, instead of a public servant drone, this would be looked at entirely differently.

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 24, 2009 at 9:35 PM : Comments (1) | Permalink

March 23, 2009

Photos From March

Somehow, I've managed to shoot over 4,000 pictures in March. Not sure what to blame for this. Maybe it's because it's been unseasonably warm or because her cousins were here or possibly it's because I tend to squeeze off a lot of shots at Jennifer's soccer games. Be that as it may...

These images are compiled into an 18 Meg (4:22) Adobe Flash slideshow(run.swf) that you should be able to open and view with any browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc.). To view the slideshow, just click on the photo above.

These images were all captured with a Canon EOS 40D with a Canon BG-E2 battery grip. The short lens is an image stabilized, ultra-sonic telescopic zoom lens (EF-S 17-85mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM). The long lens is a Canon L-series ultra-sonic telescopic zoom lens (EF 100-400mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM) with an ET-83C hood.

If you want to view the slideshow as a Windows executable, you can play this version (run.exe), and it allows you to play, pause, skip forward, backwards, etc.

Image post-processing was done in Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended. The slideshow was created using Imagematics Stillmotion Pro.

The soundtrack is Run by Snow Patrol off of the album Final Straw.

Lyrics in the extended entry.

Click here to view the other slideshows.

Continue reading "Photos From March"

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 23, 2009 at 4:33 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

How the new stimulus plan will work

Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House. One is from Chicago , another is from Tennessee , and the third is from Minnesota .

All three go with a White House official to examine the fence. The Minnesota contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil. "Well," he says, "I figure the job will run about $900: $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me."

The Tennessee contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, "I can do this job for $700: $300 for materials, $300 for my crew and $100 profit for me."

The Chicago contractor doesn't measure or figure, but leans over to the White House official and whispers, "$2,700."

The official, incredulous, says, "You didn't even measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?"

The Chicago contractor whispers back, "$1000 for me, $1000 for you, and we hire the guy from Tennessee to fix the fence."

"Done!" replies the government official.

And that, my friends, is how the new stimulus plan will work.

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 23, 2009 at 4:30 PM : Comments (1) | Permalink

Do You Remember These?

Burma Shave with the Statler Brothers

You may need to watch it twice - once to watch the Burma shave signs change and once to catch all the pictures plus listening to the music of the Statler Brothers.

Lyrics in the extended entry.

Continue reading "Do You Remember These?"

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 23, 2009 at 9:53 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

March 22, 2009

Jen and Piper at Bear Creek in Morrison

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 22, 2009 at 4:24 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Alderfer Three Sisters Park

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 22, 2009 at 12:39 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

March 20, 2009

Don Jenkins Tries to Meet 14 Year Old Boy For Sex

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/18978949/detail.html?taf=den#

"The chief information officer for Jefferson County Schools was arrested following an Internet sting, accused of trying to meet a 14-year-old boy for sex.

Donald Jenkins, 49, was taken into custody for attempted sexual assault on a child, Internet luring of a child and enticement.

Jenkins was arrested Thursday night at East 2nd Avenue and South Sable Boulevard, where he had arranged to meet with a 14-year-old boy, Aurora police said.

The 14-year-old was actually an uncover detective who had been exchanging explicit e-mails with Jenkins over the past several days, Aurora police Detective Shannon Lucy said."

Hahahahaha. I can't tell you how much I hate this pathetic miserable little worm named Don Jenkins. You think - "uh...who's Don Jenkins?" Well, he's the CIO of the largest school district in Colorado (Jefferson County).

Now, the whole world can see what a prick he is because he was arrested for trying to meet a 14 year old boy for sex. What a sick perverted loser this guy is. I always knew he was a weak, wormy, low-down loser, but even I didn't suspect he was a gay pedophile. Jesus Christ there are some sick people out there. Here's to you, Don Jenkins. Hope you get a long, stiff sentence you freak of nature. ;)

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 20, 2009 at 11:51 PM : Comments (4) | Permalink

The Emperor's New Clothes

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 20, 2009 at 11:19 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Launch of Discovery Space Shuttle

Launch of Discovery Space Shuttle on Sunday March 15th 7:43 p.m. EDT. This was taken by Wendy's cousin Carl in Coco Beach.

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 20, 2009 at 10:14 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

March 19, 2009

Soccer Practice

Jennifer has her first soccer game Saturday morning. Here, Anna prepares to kick the ball into play at practice this afternoon.

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 19, 2009 at 11:44 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

The Cousins

Here's a shot of Molly's girls in Breckenridge. Jennifer was so glad to see her cousins.

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 19, 2009 at 11:38 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

International Space Station

The ISS was visible tonight for a few minutes. Looked really cool moving low across the Northwest sky. I took this photo of it, which is not as sharp as I wanted, but I didn't have much time to set it up and it was moving pretty fast. I put the camera on a tripod, opened the shutter for 5 seconds, and used a remote shutter release for this exposure.

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 19, 2009 at 10:11 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

March 17, 2009

Obama Administration policy to force ammo prices through the roof

This came to me today as an email from Rocky Mountain Gun Owners:

Defense Dept. to stop sale of once-fired brass

March 17, 2009 - We have verified through multiple sources that the Department of Defense is suspending the sale of all once-fired brass cartridge cases.

This will drastically reduce the availability of inexpensive ammunition, and is bound to drive up the already rising cost of ammunition.

From Georgia Arms:

"Effective immediately DOD Surplus, LLC, will be implementing new requirements for mutilation of fired shell casings. The new DRMS requirement calls for DOD Surplus personnel to witness the mutilation of the property and sign the Certificate of Destruction. Mutilation of the property can be done at the DRMO, if permitted by the Government, or it may be mutilated at a site chosen by the buyer. Mutilation means that the property will be destroyed to the extent prevents its reuse or reconstruction. DOD Surplus personnel will determine when property has been sufficiently mutilated to meet the requirements of the Government. "

What's at stake?
The price of target ammunition is not the only issue at stake. By mutilating once-fired brass cartridge cases, the government will lose 80% of the value of the cartridge cases as a commodity.

According to Denver Bullet, a company that reloads once-fired military brass, a pound of once-fired government brass runs around $2.00, while that same pound of scrap brass sells for $0.35. With international commodity prices falling, the price of scrap brass could fall even lower. In addition to the loss of value of brass cartridge cases as a commodity, the government will pay to ship and melt the mutilated once-fired brass to smelting furnaces in places like Alabama.

This massive mismanagement of taxpayer funds is clearly a policy decision driven by the Obama Administration's war on gun owners, rather than sound fiscal policy.

What you can do?
Contact your member of congress and members of the Armed Services Committee.

Congressional Democrats are very conscious of their position with gun owners. This makes them even more conscious of the demands and desires of their constituents. Many attribute the 1994 Republican take over of Congress to gun owners outrage over the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban.

From the New York Times:

But there is one issue that retains the power to leave Democrats quivering: gun rights. Gun issues still persistently tie the party in knots and have been used by Republicans to stall two major bills this year, with more likely to come.

"It is a hot-button issue," said Representative Allen Boyd, Democrat of Florida, a longtime hunter and one of the moderates who typically split from the more liberal wing of the party to support the rights of gun owners. "Some people around here know they can use it as a wedge issue, and they try to do that."

It is a particularly hot-button topic with veteran Congressional Democrats who believe the party's strong support for a 1994 assault weapons ban was the real reason they lost control of the House that year -- not the House bank scandal, the failed health care initiative, the Contract with America or Newt Gingrich.

When you contact your member of Congress, tell them that taxpayers and gun owners deserve more than platitudes and policy driven grudges from the Obama Administration.

Continue reading "Obama Administration policy to force ammo prices through the roof"

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 17, 2009 at 11:41 AM : Comments (2) | Permalink

March 16, 2009

Say Hello To My Little Friend

Robber breaks into house. Gets his @ss handed to him by homeowner.

http://www.14wfie.com/global/story.asp?s=10010918

"Evansville police said it all started at 5:00 Sunday morning when 26-year-old Derek Shaun Clark kicked in the door of Derrick Murray's home on East Riverside Drive.

Police said the suspect entered the home and told the victim he was police.

Murray said he could tell from the tone of his voice something wasn't right.

"They were talking in street slang, so I ran to my bedroom to get my rifle and as he came in with his hand-gun drawn I, I just fired at him," Murray said.

Police said Clark stumbled out of the house leaving a trail of blood behind him.

He attempted to get in his get-away car, but neighbors said he never made it inside.

"The white car was parked in front of my house and they backed up and ran over him..."

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 16, 2009 at 11:55 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Dems Introduce Gun-Ban List

http://pagenine.typepad.com/page_nine/2009/01/gun-ban-list-proposed.html

"The Democrats current gun-ban-list proposal (final list will be worse):

Rifles (or copies or duplicates):

M1 Carbine, Sturm Ruger Mini-14, AR-15, Bushmaster XM15, Armalite M15, AR-10, Thompson 1927, Thompson M1;

AK, AKM, AKS, AK-47, AK-74, ARM, MAK90, NHM 90, NHM 91, SA 85, SA 93, VEPR;

Olympic Arms PCR; AR70, Calico Liberty, Dragunov SVD Sniper Rifle or Dragunov SVU, Fabrique National FN/FAL, FN/LAR, or FNC, Hi-Point Carbine, HK-91, HK-93, HK-94, HK-PSG-1, Thompson 1927 Commando, Kel-Tec Sub Rifle;

Saiga, SAR-8, SAR-4800, SKS with detachable magazine, SLG 95, SLR 95 or 96, Steyr AU, Tavor, Uzi, Galil and Uzi Sporter, Galil Sporter, or Galil Sniper Rifle (Galatz). "

The list goes on and on for pages, of course. And Obama said gun owners had nothing to fear. Har har. Suck it, libs. I've got mine and the only way I'll give mine back is bullets first.

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 16, 2009 at 11:32 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

March 15, 2009

Obama's New Tack: Blaming Bush

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/13/AR2009031303486.html

In his inaugural address, President Obama proclaimed "an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics."

It hasn't taken long for the recriminations to return -- or for the Obama administration to begin talking about the unwelcome "inheritance" of its predecessor.

Over the past month, Obama has reminded the public at every turn that he is facing problems "inherited" from the Bush administration, using increasingly bracing language to describe the challenges his administration is up against. The "deepening economic crisis" that the president described six days after taking office became "a big mess" in remarks this month to graduating police cadets in Columbus, Ohio.

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 15, 2009 at 5:48 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

South Turkey Creek House Fire

Here are some shots from Friday's South Turkey Creek Fire. A house up on Stone Gate Drive burned down, but the Inter-Canyon firemen did a great job of keeping the fire contained in the tinder-dry forest. Fortunately, there was no wind this time. Jennifer and I saw the house fully engulfed as I drove her into school Friday morning at about 8:45 a.m.

These images are compiled into an 11 Meg (2:07) Adobe Flash slideshow(goodbye.swf) that you should be able to open and view with any browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc.). To view the slideshow, just click on the photo above.

These images were all captured with a Canon EOS 40D with a Canon BG-E2 battery grip. The short lens is an image stabilized, ultra-sonic telescopic zoom lens (EF-S 17-85mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM). The long lens is a Canon L-series ultra-sonic telescopic zoom lens (EF 100-400mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM) with an ET-83C hood.

If you want to view the slideshow as a Windows executable, you can play this version (goodbye.exe), and it allows you to play, pause, skip forward, backwards, etc.

Image post-processing was done in Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended. The slideshow was created using Imagematics Stillmotion Pro.

The soundtrack is "Goodbye Blue Sky" by Pink Floyd off of the album The Wall.

Lyrics in the extended entry.

Click here to view the other slideshows.

Continue reading "South Turkey Creek House Fire"

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 15, 2009 at 8:45 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

March 14, 2009

Fishing on Bear Creek

Jennifer and Sydney managed to catch some trout today out of Bear Creek, fishing in the spots where the ice had melted.

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 14, 2009 at 9:20 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

March 13, 2009

Why Does My Camera Not Know What Time It Is?

This drives me nuts. Some idiot in DC decided we need to change our clocks twice a year and everything goes to h3ll just as often. I have to change the clocks on the ovens, on the microwave, in my truck, and heaven forbid I forget to change them in my cameras.

So now, I'm out shooting a house fire today with two cameras. One is on Daylight Savings Time and one isn't. Great. So now, I can't get the files to sort into the correct order without updating the EXIF data and what I really don't get is this - why does my camera not know what time it is? My cell phone knows. Jennifer even has a watch that synchronizes through the air somehow with the NIST time signal. I kid you not. So why doesn't my camera know what time it is? Why can't I hold the two cameras together and push a button to sync their time signals? Canon----Are you listening?

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 13, 2009 at 11:17 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

March 12, 2009

Another One Bites the Dust

I've burned out another video card in one of my computers. I think this is the third one, if I'm not mistaken. This is getting old. I just bought this video card in September. Maybe I can dig up the old one around here somewhere. Hopefully I didn't throw it away.

Server crashes:
February 17, 2007 - XP O/S Crashed in a big way
February 16, 2008 - Video card died
May 4, 2008 - Video card died
Thursday March 12, 2009 - Video card died

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 12, 2009 at 10:43 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Mother of All Funk Chords

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 12, 2009 at 10:40 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

41% of Americans Realize Global Warming is a Hoax

http://www.gallup.com/poll/116590/Increased-Number-Think-Global-Warming-Exaggerated.aspx

"Although a majority of Americans believe the seriousness of global warming is either correctly portrayed in the news or underestimated, a record-high 41% now say it is exaggerated. This represents the highest level of public skepticism about mainstream reporting on global warming seen in more than a decade of Gallup polling on the subject."

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 12, 2009 at 10:03 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Pluto Is A Planet Again

http://news.nationalgeographic.co.uk/news/2009/03/090311-pluto-planet-illinois.html

The Illinois resolution comes more than two years after the International Astronomical Union (IAU) "demoted" Pluto, reclassifying it as a dwarf planet and reducing the solar system's official planetary count to eight.

The organization's main role is to name objects and features in space. It was the struggle over who got to name Eris--the committee in charge of asteroids or the one that names planets--that led to reassessment of Pluto's status.

In August 2006 the IAU announced that from then on a body can only be called a planet if it orbits the sun, is large enough to have become round due to the force of its own gravity, and has swept its orbital neighborhood clean of large objects.

Pluto was demoted because it violates the last criterion: Charon, one of its moons, is about half the size of Pluto.

According to Stern, the ruling was unrepresentative because only a handful of IAU members were present to vote. What's more, he said, the IAU's scientific purview is mostly astrophysics, not planetary science.

"It's as if a bunch of thoracic [chest cavity] surgeons declared brain cancer not a cancer--it's not their field of expertise," he said.

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 12, 2009 at 9:50 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

March 11, 2009

The Debt Star

http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=720794&page=14

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 11, 2009 at 9:48 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Nancy Pelosi's Air Rage

http://www.nypost.com/seven/03112009/news/politics/revealed__pelosis_air_rage_159063.htm

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has gone from frequent flier to jet-aircraft connoisseur, with aides berating military officials to get the best planes, e-mails revealed yesterday.

Pelosi, who clashed with the military to get nonstop service when she flies home to California with police protection on government planes, revealed a particular fondness for Gulfstream's sleek G-5 - a plane glamorized in Hollywood films and rap videos.

"It is my understanding there are no G-5s available for the House during the Memorial Day recess. This is totally unacceptable . . . The speaker will want to know where the planes are," a Pelosi aide wrote in an angry e-mail to the military.

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 11, 2009 at 9:37 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

35 Counties Account for 50% of Foreclosures

http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2009/03/35-counties-account-50-foreclosures

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 11, 2009 at 9:20 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

There is Nobody There

http://blogs.dailymail.com/donsurber/2009/03/11/thereisnobodythere/

"Barack Obama is too busy posing for magazine covers to actually do the job to which he was elected.

There is a price to be paid when a president throws a party every other night, weekends in Chicago or Camp David and poses for magazine cover after magazine cover.

After 51 days in office, Barack Obama has appointed only 73 people to 1,200 jobs that require Senate confirmation.

If they require Senate approval, they are important jobs.

But Obama is too busy to properly vet the people and appoint them to fill the jobs to get the work done.

That is his job.

And he shirks it.

And now we pay the price.

The London Independent reported: "Last week, it was all smiles and handshakes as Gordon Brown and President Barack Obama put on a show of unity in Washington.

"But yesterday, Sir Gus O'Donnell, Britain's most senior civil servant, exposed transatlantic tension when he protested that Downing Street was finding it 'unbelievably difficult' to plan for next month's G20 summit in London because of problems tracking down senior figures in the US administration. 'There is nobody there. ...'"

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 11, 2009 at 9:08 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Let AIG Go Bankrupt - Not America

http://www.cnbc.com/id/29476319

"Suppose AIG goes bankrupt, it is better that AIG goes bankrupt and we have a horrible two or three years than that the whole US goes bankrupt," Rogers said. "AIG has trillions of dollars of obligations, let them fail, let the courts sort it out and start over. Otherwise we'll never start over."

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 11, 2009 at 7:31 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Keeping Up With The Joneses

I dunno why I like this so much but I find it hilarious.

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 11, 2009 at 1:17 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Liar's Poker


The Huffington Post has this story today claiming Jim Cramer manipulates markets. And I despise the liberal tree-huggers at the Huffington Post. Don't get me wrong. But I do find this interview enlightening. It makes me want to go read Liar's Poker. I think I'll go and pick up a copy today.

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 11, 2009 at 11:30 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Detroit's Beautiful Horrible Decline

When I left Detroit in December of 1995, I swore I would never return to the city. I would never even fly through it again. And I never have been back. The city is a desperate sucking hole of despair. An abandoned city too depressing to imagine.

Here are some photos that show what remains from that decaying city.

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 11, 2009 at 6:17 AM : Comments (1) | Permalink

March 10, 2009

5 Human Heads Found in Coolers in Mexico

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/americas/03/10/mexico.heads/index.html?1

Five human heads were found in ice chests on Tuesday under a ficus tree in the central Mexican state of Jalisco, police said.

Police in Jalisco, Mexico, discovered five heads beside a road to Guadalajara on Tuesday morning.

The grisly find appeared to be the latest indication of drug cartels fighting for supremacy in battles that have left thousands dead.

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 10, 2009 at 11:04 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Economists Say Copyright and Patent Laws Are Killing Innovation; Hurting Economy

http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/549822/?sc=dwhn

"Patent and copyright law are stifling innovation and threatening the global economy according to two economists at Washington University in St. Louis in a new book, Against Intellectual Monopoly. Professors Michele Boldrin and David K. Levine call for abolishing the current patent and copyright system in order to unleash innovations necessary to reverse the current recession and rescue the economy. The professors discuss their stand against intellectual property protections in a video and news release linked here."

This is something that I've believed for some time. Patents don't help anyone but "patent trolls". Basically, some idiot applies for and receive a patent for "sending emails through the air". They don't have to do anything else then, but sit back and wait for someone to actually produce a technology that does that and then sue them. This is how patents work. You shouldn't be awarded a patent unless you're actually producing a product that is available on the market. I actually think that, even in this case, the argument for a patent is still somewhat dubious.

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 10, 2009 at 10:47 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Give President Obama a grade

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29493093/

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 10, 2009 at 10:28 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Cramer on Daily Show Thursday

http://ccinsider.comedycentral.com/2009/03/10/breaking-jim-cramer-on-the-daily-show-thursday/

"After weeks of back-and-forth and even some intervening from Stephen Colbert, CNBC's Jim Cramer and Jon Stewart will finally face off when the Mad Money host appears on The Daily Show this Thursday at 11pm/10c."

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 10, 2009 at 7:01 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Sunday At The Lake

On Sunday, we went to the lake to see if the ice is starting to melt. Not only is the lake is starting to open up, but the trout are spawning, apparently.

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 10, 2009 at 5:23 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Wikipedia Whitewashes Obama's Past

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=91114

Wikipedia, the online "free encyclopedia" mega-site written and edited entirely by its users, has been deleting within minutes any mention of eligibility issues surrounding Barack Obama's presidency, with administrators kicking off anyone who writes about the subject, WND has learned.

A perusal through Obama's current Wikipedia entry finds a heavily guarded, mostly glowing biography about the U.S. president. Some of Obama's most controversial past affiliations, including with Rev. Jeremiah Wright and former Weathermen terrorist Bill Ayers, are not once mentioned, even though those associations received much news media attention and served as dominant themes during the presidential elections last year.

Also completely lacking is any mention of the well-publicized concerns surrounding Obama's eligibility to serve as commander-in-chief.

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 10, 2009 at 4:12 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Cramer Responds to Jon Stewart

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 10, 2009 at 3:37 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

The Mystery of the Bronze Age Star Disc

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6722953.stm

Archaeologists have revived the debate over whether a spectacular Bronze Age disc from Germany is one of the earliest known calendars.

The Nebra disc is emblazoned with symbols of the Sun, Moon and stars and said by some to be 3,600 years old.

Writing in the journal Antiquity, a team casts doubt on the idea the disc was used by ancient astronomers as a precision tool for observing the sky.

They instead argue that the disc was used for shamanistic rituals.

But other archaeologists who have studied the Himmelsscheibe von Nebra (Nebra sky disc) point to features which, they say, helped Bronze Age people to track four key dates during the year.

The Nebra disc is considered one of the most sensational - and controversial - discoveries in archaeology in the past 10 years.

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 10, 2009 at 3:29 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Mexico Declares Martial Law

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 10, 2009 at 1:34 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

FBI's secret Magic Lantern software?

A pretty cool story is breaking right now. Apparently, there is a mysterious program called PIFTS.exe that has surfaced. The program is reportedly trying to communicate back with some IP addresses in Africa or at Symantec out in California. Symantec's Norton Anti-virus doesn't identify the program as malicious, but Zone Alarm identified it right away. All posts regarding this mysterious program PIFTS.exe have been deleted from Norton's forum. There is speculation that this is part of the FBI's secret Magic Lantern software.

This is wild. Not only is Symantec deleting all posts on their forums related to the mysterious program PIFTS.EXE, but Digg is even burying the story. Whatever it is, this is really big.

The Register: Norton PIFTS Mystery
Above Top Secret
Reddit
4Chan
Tech-Linkblog.com: Conspiracy theories run rampent due to PIFTS.EXE
The Washington Post: Users Complain of Mysterious 'PIFTS' Warning
The Inquirer: African executable raises Symantec hackles
Slashdot: Norton Users Worried By PIFTS.exe, Stonewalling By Symantec

Update: Norton finally releases an official response to the PIFTS.exe mystery, but now I'm not sure who to believe.

Bottom line is this...Don't Use Symantec's Norton Anti-Virus. Don't ever use Symantec's products. Period. If you do, you're a n00b, a rube, or worse.

Update 2: I think that PIFTS.exe is probably essentially what Norton claims it is - a miserable little rootkit that they attempted to roll out for their own nefarious puproses. I doubt that it's truly anything related to Magic Lantern, for the reasons explained in this post on Slashdot:

"Why would a third party "security" product require a secret law-enforcement backdoor? The FBI, CIA, NSA, etc. would simply have Microsoft provide a backdoor into ALL of Windows. They wouldn't waste time with a commercial product that only some Windows users install. Why go that route when going the MS route would ensure a backdoor into all systems and not just a very small subset of systems?

CIPAV is not something added willy-nilly into commercial applications. It's basically an extremely well designed rootkit that the FBI, etc. targets against specific users & computers by tricking users into installing it. (social engineering, etc.)"

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 10, 2009 at 12:31 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Huge Dead Snake

Jeanelle sent me this video of a huge dead snake today.

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 10, 2009 at 10:10 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

March 9, 2009

Urban Graffiti

These flyers posted by Craig are pretty funny.

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 9, 2009 at 8:54 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

The Missing Fogbank Recipe

http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/03/09/1428240

"The US and the UK are trying to refurbish the aging W76 warheads that tip Trident missiles to prolong their life and ensure they are safe and reliable but plans have been put on hold because US scientists have forgotten how to manufacture a mysterious but very hazardous component of the warhead codenamed Fogbank. 'NNSA had lost knowledge of how to manufacture the material because it had kept few records of the process when the material was made in the 1980s, and almost all staff with expertise on production had retired or left the agency,' says the report by a US congressional committee. Fogbank is thought by some weapons experts to be a foam used between the fission and fusion stages of the thermonuclear bomb on the Trident Missile and US officials say that manufacturing Fogbank requires a solvent cleaning agent which is 'extremely flammable' and 'explosive,' and that the process involves dealing with 'toxic materials' hazardous to workers. 'This is like James Bond destroying his instructions as soon as he has read them,' says John Ainslie, the co-ordinator of the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, adding that 'perhaps the plans for making Fogbank were so secret that no copies were kept.'

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 9, 2009 at 9:32 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

March 8, 2009

Insanity


"On an August morning in 1978, French filmmaker Claude Lelouch mounted a gyro-stabilized camera to the bumper of a Ferrari 275 GTB and had a friend, a professional Formula 1 racer, drive at breakneck speed through the heart of Paris.

No streets were closed, for Lelouch was unable to obtain a permit."

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 8, 2009 at 9:56 PM : Comments (1) | Permalink

March 7, 2009

Are Violent Video Games Adequately Preparing Children For The Apocalypse?


Are Violent Video Games Adequately Preparing Children For The Apocalypse?

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 7, 2009 at 8:30 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

March 5, 2009

Sister Golden Hair

Here are some shots from today's rehearsal for The Emperor's New Clothes and soccer practice. Also some shots from the Open Space down in Ken Caryl.

These images are compiled into an 10 Meg (3:16) Adobe Flash slideshow(golden_hair.swf) that you should be able to open and view with any browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.). To view the slideshow, just click on the photo above.

These images were all captured with a Canon EOS 40D with a Canon BG-E2 battery grip. The short lens is an image stabilized, ultra-sonic telescopic zoom lens (EF-S 17-85mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM). The long lens is a Canon L-series ultra-sonic telescopic zoom lens (EF 100-400mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM) with an ET-83C hood.

If you want to view the slideshow as a Windows executable, you can play this version (golden_hair.exe), and it allows you to play, pause, skip forward, backwards, etc.

Image post-processing was done in Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended. The slideshow was created using Imagematics Stillmotion Pro.

The soundtrack is Sister Golden Hair written by Gerry Beckley and recorded by the band America for their fifth album Hearts (1975).

Lyrics in the extended entry.

Click here to view the other slideshows.

Continue reading "Sister Golden Hair"

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 5, 2009 at 11:46 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Paint Louis

I was driving around the St. Louis riverfront in October of last year and I stumbled onto this crazy long graffiti wall. Apparently, back in 2000, the mayor sponsored some time of graffiti party where people came from all over the country to try to create the largest graffiti mural in the world or something crazy like that. It was originally titled the "Art of the Flood Wall" project, but later came to be known as "Paint Louis". I drove the length of the wall shooting photos, and measured it to be approximately 2.25 miles long.

For whatever reason, I never got around to posting these shots, but I liked them so much I use one of them as my desktop on my laptop. Wendy asked me about it today and only then did I realize that I'd never shared the photos of these stunning murals painted on the flood wall by the Mississippi River.

These images were captured with a Canon EOS 40D with an image stabilized, ultra-sonic telescopic zoom lens (EF-S 17-85mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM).

I've posted some of the shots as a 7 Meg (3:36) Adobe Flash slideshow(paint_louis.swf) that you should be able to open and view with any browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.). To view the slideshow, just click on the photo above.

If you want to view the slideshow as a Windows executable, you can play this version (paint_louis.exe), and it allows you to play, pause, skip forward, etc.

Image post-processing was done in Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended. The slideshow was created using Imagematics Stillmotion Pro.

The soundtrack is Honest Mistake by The Bravery.

Lyrics in extended entry.

Click here to view the other slideshows.

Continue reading "Paint Louis"

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 5, 2009 at 9:52 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

CNBC Gives Financial Advice

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 5, 2009 at 10:02 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

March 4, 2009

Prank War

These are pretty funny pranks. I believe they are real.

Prank War 7
Prank War 6

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 4, 2009 at 3:25 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

March 3, 2009

Holocaust Awareness Week


While I was taking pictures of a display promoting the appearance of Ward Churchill, Bill Ayers, and Derrick Jensen, there was a girl at a podium behind me steadily reading the names of Holocaust victims.

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Continue reading "Holocaust Awareness Week"

Posted by Robert Racansky on March 3, 2009 at 8:24 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Academic Freedom and the New McCarthyism


Some pictures taken on February 25, 2009 at the University Memorial Center.

Bill Ayers, Derrick Jensen, and Ward Churchill will be appearing later this week.

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Continue reading "Academic Freedom and the New McCarthyism"

Posted by Robert Racansky on March 3, 2009 at 7:43 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

March 2, 2009

Extremely Rare Bird Sold for 20ยข and Eaten

http://ecoworldly.com/2009/02/26/extremely-rare-bird-photographed-for-first-time-then-eaten/

A species of bird so rare it was thought perhaps to be extinct was captured on video and still images in the Phillipines province of Nueva Vizcaya... right before it was cooked and eaten.

The Worcester's buttonquail (Turnix worcesteri) lives only in the Phillipines, but had not been seen in many years, and was previously only known through illustration based on dead specimens collected centuries ago. One wild live buttonquail was inadvertently filmed in a mountainous area during the making of a documentary on the traditional methods of bird-trapping in northern Luzon. But neither the local crew nor the bird-trappers at the time of the filming understood how rare the bird was, so it was sold at a poultry market, then cooked and eaten.

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 2, 2009 at 12:33 PM : Comments (1) | Permalink

Always Innovating - Touch Book

The Touch Book from Always Innovating looks very interesting. It's like a netbook PC, but with a detachable LCD display that operates as a touch-screen computer with no keyboard. Why do I want this? Because I want an LCD display I can take into the field so I can see my digital images better. So, for landscape photography, when you're shooting on a tripod, this would be perfect. A large, inexpensive, light, bright LCD display that I could mount on the tripod and connect via a USB cable would be a godsend. A 9" x 7" LCD display weighing under 2 pounds for $400 may fit the bill.

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 2, 2009 at 11:58 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

March 1, 2009

Why I Voted Democrat

Why I voted democrat........

I voted Democrat because I love the fact that I can now marry whatever I want. I've decided to marry my horse.

I voted Democrat because I believe oil companies' profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn't.

I voted Democrat because I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.

I voted Democrat because freedom of speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it.

I voted Democrat because when we pull out of Iraq I trust that the bad guys will stop what they're doing because they now think we're good people.

I voted Democrat because I'm way too irresponsible to own a gun, and I know that my local police are all I need to protect me from murderers and thieves.

I voted Democrat because I believe that people who can't tell us if it will rain on Friday can tell us that the polar ice caps will melt away in ten years if I don't start driving a Prius.

I voted Democrat because I'm not concerned about the slaughter of millions of babies so long as we keep all death row inmates alive.

I voted Democrat because I believe that business should not be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as THEY see fit.

I voted Democrat because I believe liberal judges need to rewrite The Constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who would never get their agendas past the voters.

I voted Democrat because my head is so firmly planted in the sand that it is unlikely that I'll ever see another point of view.

"A Liberal is a person who will give away everything they don't own."

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 1, 2009 at 4:28 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Experts aim to decipher ancient script

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29445240/

"When archaeologists on a dig in southern Portugal last year flipped over a heavy chunk of slate and saw writing not used for more than 2,500 years, they were elated.

The enigmatic pattern of inscribed symbols curled symmetrically around the upper part of the rough-edged, yellowish stone tablet and coiled into the middle in a decorative style typical of an extinct Iberian language called Southwest Script.

For more than two centuries, scientists have tried to decipher Southwest Script, believed to be the peninsula's oldest written tongue..."

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 1, 2009 at 8:43 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Cat Adopts Baby Rabbit

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 1, 2009 at 12:32 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

13 Things That Don't Make Sense

http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/article5797028.ece

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 1, 2009 at 12:29 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink