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calendar   Saturday - July 04, 2015

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Death From Above



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An immature bald eagle, or possibly a red tailed hawk, has a bunny for lunch. Nailed him right on the spot. In my mom’s backyard in the middle of the day.  Just 30 miles away from the Empire State Building in New York City.

Forget this “oooh, the bad people, encroaching on the poor wild animal’s natural habitats” bit of silly.  Those poor little wild animals (and those not so small; I heard this bird was the size of a turkey or a smaller medium dog) have not only adapted, they are thriving.

Not sure if you can completely identify what kind of raptor this is. BIG one. White chest, white shoulders, white V across the back. Nobody saw the tail, the feet, or under the wings. Hard to tell the beak color in this pics. But that was not a baby rabbit. Bald eagles are regularly seen around town, and are thriving along the Hudson River a couple towns to the northeast. 

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/04/2015 at 10:19 PM   
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calendar   Friday - July 03, 2015

Oh Great

I’ve got jury duty.

State Grand Jury.

“to serve as a State Grand Juror for a term of 1 day for 20 weeks” whatever that means. Is it for one day, or is it for 20 weeks, or does time move so slowly in the courthouse that one day seems like 20 weeks?

I did federal jury duty way back in the early 80s. One case lasted a day. One case lasted 3 weeks. It was an adventure, but not one I’d want to repeat.

Maybe I should show up with my Rebel Flag Neo-Nazi Tea Party shirt and a bunch of pretend facial piercings. I’ve got to get out of this somehow.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/03/2015 at 04:28 PM   
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Everybody Get In Line

So we harvested the 21 day radishes that we’ve given an extra 12 days, just to be sure.

And it was a total failure.

Oh they grew. They grew stupendously. We had massive leaves coming up, great big stalky things.

And what came out of the ground was a couple hundred stupendous red pencil roots. No radish balls.

“They need thinning” I had said. “But I want lots of them” she said. “We can plant crop after crop, they only take a month from planting to harvest.” I’d said.

Whatever.

So now we’ve learned.

And this time we made seed tape.  It’s so stupidly simple. Why plant seeds you don’t need, that you’re only going to rip out while thinning?  May as well just sow what you want to harvest, especially with active seeds that have an almost 100% germination rate.

Take a tiny saucepan and heat a teaspoon of corn starch and a couple tablespoons of water with a couple drops of food coloring. Stir it good, and when the water gets hot the starch will thicken up quite a bit. Set that aside to cool.

Lay out a length of one ply toilet paper. Read the seed packet. Were it says “thin to 2” or whatever, this is the spacing you want. Take a teaspoon and dip the tip in the room temperature cornstarch sauce, then apply a little drip to the TP at the proper spacing, running lengthwise down the middle. I used the measuring tape the first couple times to be exact. Now come by and drop a single good seed into each starch drip. Then fold the bottom up and the top down, and pat it together. Wrap the strip up loosely around a can or a straight bottle, and the moisture and starchy glue gets spread around. Let them dry, and you can just lay them on the ground in the garden, and then cover them with loose soil. The toilet paper will decompose in short order, and the growing vitality of the seeds will pop them loose from their weak starchy confinements.

You could probably go all Gee Whiz and dampen the paper with a fertilizer solution, to give things a little leg up, but I’d call that a waste of time.

5 days to emerge. 21 days to grow ... by the 30th at the latest we should have a nice crop of about 100 radishes to pick.

This could be a fun project to do with little kids. If so, I’d recommend using green or blue food coloring. The red looks a tad gory, like machine gun bullet holes.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/03/2015 at 02:17 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - July 02, 2015

fortunately, unfortunately

extending the previous post a bit ...



Now You See It
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Now You Don’t
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Using whatever today’s most flattering definition of unemployment is, the administration is giving themselves a great big pat on the back for getting it down to a piddly 5.3%. Huzzah!!

Unfortunately, those are only good numbers if you use the current labor participation market, which is the same size as the one in 1977. FORTY YEARS AGO.

The unemployment rate, which is derived from a separate Labor Department survey of households, was the lowest since April 2008, falling from 5.5 percent in May. The labor force shrank by 432,000 people last month, accounting for the bulk of the drop in joblessness.

The participation rate, which indicates the share of the working-age population in the labor force, decreased to 62.6 percent, the lowest since October 1977, from 62.9 percent. Labor force participation slumped among teens, with a more moderate decrease among men 20 years and older.

There were positive developments among those who had been struggling. The share of people out of work for 27 weeks or longer—the so-called long-term unemployed—dropped to 25.8 percent, the lowest since March 2009. The 2.8 point drop from May’s 28.6 percent was the biggest one-month decrease since records began in 1948.

Isn’t that also wonderful?? The long term unemployment rate is down to MERELY MORE THAN ONE IN FOUR, probably because that same 2.8 percent also said to hell with it and has stopped looking.

So yeah. Flatlined. Death spiral. Bullshit festival, Round 128. And we aren’t even going to mention all the jobs going to illegals, because the new slave class is another protected species, and guys like Trump who mention it must be subject to the Daily Two Minutes of Hate until they shrivel up and die.

Meanwhile, moderate level government employees bring down 6 figure incomes, television personalities earn hundreds of thousands per week, and the stock market is on an elevator ride to the stars. And you, you middle aged schlub, can go hang. You’ve “earned enough already” for a business “you didn’t build”, so it’s time to give way to utterly inexperienced diversity youth, who deserve a “comfortable living wage” for just showing up most of the time. Because. White privilege. You cisgender racist. Or something.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/02/2015 at 08:11 PM   
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economic flatline

Gadzooks.

The highest interest rates you can get on your savings accounts or money markets is barely 1%. Almost all of them are under that, most of them way under that.  This is nothing new; it’s been like this for years now.

Your money has no earning power. Which figures, because it has no spending power either. Flatlined. How unexpected.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/02/2015 at 05:47 PM   
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Liberal Lie Smears Christians

Liberals really have no moral compass.  If they believe in something, they’ll lie to make it true.

Since anyone who takes their guidance on sexual mores from the Bible has a problem with homosexual acts, Christians in general have been targeted by various Liberal groups for smears and vilification.

In this case, a lesbian mother of 4 has made about $43,000 by smearing her Christian neighbor.  Long ago, I decided that Liberals were really violent haters who try to justify their hatred and violence by claiming it’s for the good of society.  Sorta reminds me of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

Oh yeah, she can’t produce the hateful letter that she claims to have gotten.

From The Daily Mail:

A Baltimore mom who raised over $43,000 after claiming her Christian neighbors threatened her over her ‘relentlessly gay’ front yard has now been accused of contriving the plot as part of a GoFundMe scam.

Several discrepancies have surfaced in the story of Julie Baker, a widowed mother-of-four who lives on the outskirts of the city and identifies as bisexual.

Baker said she received a note signed by ‘A Concerned Home Owner’ that attacked her colorful yard - which used lamps to spell out ‘love’ and ‘ohana’, a Hawaiian word for ‘family’ - for ‘becoming Relenetlessly Gay!’

She then launched a campaign to make the yard ‘even more relentlessly gay’ and received $43,396 in online donations in just 14 days. However inconsistencies and suspicions have since been raised.

Baker then abruptly closed the account, saying she had raised ‘more than plenty’ of money.

Original Daily Mail article here:

Mom who raised $43,000 claiming her homophobic neighbor was intimidating her over her ‘relentlessly gay yard’ is accused of FAKING threats herself

The lady is quite a looker.  I cannot imagine voluntarily kissing her.

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Posted by Dr. Jeff   United States  on 07/02/2015 at 12:44 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - July 01, 2015

potty humor

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/01/2015 at 07:27 PM   
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A Statesman, June 1960

Poking around old TV shows on YouTube, I found this piece from June, 1960 of John Kennedy when he was campaigning for President.  He was a statesman who spoke to the people. 

I’ll concede whatever criticisms you have of his policies and actions as President.  I also know what the actual mystique of Camelot was about.  I was there.  Kennedy actually only had one message that he repeated in many forms.  The message is:  We are a great people, we will do great things and we will live in a great world.  If you lived under the flag of the United States of America, that was his personal message to you.  It was an incredible call for unity for all Americans.

Follow him on this old video clip from the Jack Paar show, the message is still a great challenge as well.  We haven’t seen a statesman of his caliber in a very long time.


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Posted by Dr. Jeff   United States  on 07/01/2015 at 08:08 AM   
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