Sunday, December 31, 2006

The AP Needs Midol

LGF has noticed that the AP seems to be suffering from PMS.
It’s the same poll, but the AP’s two stories couldn’t be more different. On December 30: AP poll: Americans optimistic for 2007.

And on December 31, after the editors apparently decided their first take was too positive: Poll: Americans see gloom, doom in 2007.

Lord, don't you just hate those mood swings!

Fayetteville, Graffiti Blues

Fayetteville has been seeing an increase in graffiti. The city and the police are trying to get rid of it.
Fayetteville police and other city officials are looking at how best to amend a city ordinance to make it more effective regarding graffiti and graffiti cleanup.

I don't particularly like the way they intend to clean up graffiti.
Police already have a way to charge the painter. A new ordinance would be about requiring the property owner to remove the graffiti.

I understand the need to quickly remove the graffiti as soon as possible. The longer it is present the more likely that more graffiti will show up. However, I don't think the property owners need to victimized twice.
City staff met this month and discussed using a Springdale anti-graffiti ordinance as the model for a Fayetteville ordinance. It includes a definition and a declaration process for determining the graffiti as unsightly and a nuisance, and it talks about removal and the city's right to action if the graffiti is not removed.

Our neighborhood association has been hit twice with graffiti. It had been report to the police. While they were sympathetic with us they didn't offer any solutions on getting rid of it. I asked them about the best products to use, or if any business were doing graffiti removal. The police didn't know a darn thing. I called several businesses myself and they either wouldn't do it or said they would and didn't show up. I had to remove it myself, experimenting with different products to get rid of it.
Gabbard said the police department is also looking to partner with individuals or businesses to supply graffiti-removal products the department would provide to property owners.

This is the best solution. It would have been nice if the police had given me a list of products that worked or a list of businesses that would remove it. I would think that businesses have insurance to take care of paying for it or just include it their expenses. I see a problem if a household owner gets graffiti. They may not have the ability to pay for the removal. In that event, the police could have a list of volunteers who would do the job. One avenue of help is the Fayetteville Council of Neighborhoods. I'm sure the police would get plenty of people to help. Actually, since graffiti is a community problem it would be nice to see a partnership between business owners and neighborhoods to get rid of graffiti. I like to see the city go through these avenues first before trying to enforce a nuisance ordinance. There really is no need to violate a victim twice.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

The Death of Saddam Hussein

The era of Saddam Hussein has ended. A big milestone for the Iraqi people. They have once again shown that they are a legitimate country with a fair judicial system. I hope the realization that Saddam will never rule Iraq again encourages the Iraqis to create a united and stable Iraq. Saddam's death is a win for justice. A brutal dictator was put to death because of the horrible crimes he committed against his own countrymen.
When will the other brutal dictators of the world be brought to justice? How long will the people of the world allow such evil men to rule? How many millions of people must die horrible deaths before the world stands up and take these evil men down?

Friday, December 29, 2006

Casey, All Mine!

Casey and Trixie got a really big bone for Christmas. I sawed it in half and gave them each a piece. Somehow, Casey ended up with both halves and he appears to be guarding them closely. Not to worry, once his back is turned Trixie will grab one.

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Thursday, December 28, 2006

President Ford, Democrat's Hero

It use to be that President Ford was hated by the Democrats. After all, he pardoned President Nixon and spoiled their fun. Now that Bob Woodward writes that Ford disagreed with Bush about Iraq, the Democrats thinks he's a great president. Woodward seems to deliberately use President Ford's remarks to make President Bush look as bad as possible. Woodward reports that Ford told him he doesn't think he would have gone to war. However, another report by Thomas M. DeFrank has President Ford supporting the war.
"Saddam Hussein was an evil person and there was justification to get rid of him," he observed, "but we shouldn't have put the basis on weapons of mass destruction. That was a bad mistake. Where does [Bush] get his advice?"

President Ford just had a problem with using WMD's as the reason to go into Iraq. Of course, the Dinosaur Media will be going with Woodward's report because the objective is to have another President criticize Bush.
As for President Ford's question, I wonder if President Bush thought the only way he'd get the international community's approval to go into Iraq was Saddam Hussein's WMDs. The only possible justification for toppling Hussein was that he was in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

Passports, Protecting Your Privacy

Starting in January the U.S. State Department will be using radio frequency identification chip. The idea is to make it easy for officials to access your personal stats. Which of course makes it just as easy for less than ethical people to get them too.
Wired recommends using a hammer.
4) The best approach? Hammer time. Hitting the chip with a blunt, hard object should disable it. A nonworking RFID doesn’t invalidate the passport, so you can still use it

The hammer might be the easiest but there are plenty of interesting ways a passport can accidently be smashed. It got dropped in the driveway and it got run over with the truck. I dropped a brick on it. Just make the accident plausible. Tampering with a passport is punishable by 25 years in prison.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone is having a blessed day with their families. Christmas has been cold, windy and damp here. Perfect weather to stay indoors with the fire burning. Eli has staked out the rug in front of the fire. Yes, Santa has been very good to me today. Lots of books and CD's. The cats really appreciated the solar powered, lighted bird feeder. So much easier to catch snacks when you can see them better. (Just kidding, sis!)
Also, best hopes and wishes to our wonderful troops away from home. May God bless those that are keeping us safe.

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Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas Eve

Brrrr! I'm a bit disappointed. I keep hoping for a white Christmas. Fortunately there was a hard freeze and the frost appears almost white. It feels like Christmas. I let the cats out as soon as it was light. The little buggers wanted in after only a few minutes outside.
All the Christmas shopping is done, I got all the cards out in time and all the Christmas goodies I baked are out of the house. I get to relax and enjoy myself.
I pick this up from Rita and decided to join the fun.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Both. Wrapping paper for family or it's going to unwrapped at Christmas. Bags, if it's opened as soon as I give it. Mostly used at work.

2. Real or artificial tree? Artificial, real is too messy and I hate cleaning.

3. When do you decorate? Thanksgiving weekend.

4. When do you take decorations down? New Years Day.

5. Do you like eggnog? Absolutely! Especially with a dash of rum.

6. Favorite gift you received as a child? Mmmm. We didn't have much money growing up so presents so few. I mostly remember the stockings. They were fill with nuts, oranges and chocolate candy. Treats we rarely got.

7. Do you have a nativity scene? Yup, it's one of the first things I unpack.

8. Hardest person to buy for? My mother. It seems like she has everything she needs or wants.

9. Easiest person to buy for? My co-workers. Food always works.

10. Mail or email Christmas Cards? Mail. It's like sending a Christmas present. They get the pleasure of opening it.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Well, I have received some that I've not been able to use.

12. Favorite Christmas movie? Mmmm. The ones I probable watch every year is "Scrooge" and "It's a Wonderful Life"

13. When do you start shopping? I start picking up gifts and decorations at the craft fairs in October.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yes. If it's a gift that I'm not going to be using I'll pass it on to some one who will.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Walnut Puffs and Hot & Spicy Pecans.

16. Clear or colored light? Definitely clear!

17. Favorite Christmas Song? "O Holy Night" and "Carol of the Bells"

18. Travel at Christmas? No, stay home, play carols, eat and build a fire.

19. Can you name all of Santa's Reindeers? I have a hard time trying to remember people I've just met.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? A star.

21. Open presents on Christmas Eve or Morning? Christmas morning with music and a good cup of coffee.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? People trying to eliminate the meaning and symbols of Christmas.

23. Do you have Jesus in your heart this Christmas? I am always grateful for the gift of Jesus in my life.

24. What would you like for Christmas? A travel trailer.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Eli, Santa Kitty

Merry Christmas to my purr-fect feline friends! Give me lots of catnip or I'll leave coal in your litter boxes.

All of Santa's good boys and girls visit Friday Ark and Carnival of the Cats

Dogs, Christmas Shopping

Oh boy! We're shopping for our Christmas presents! We meet a bunch of people who like to pet us. Which is only natural because we are so sweet and cute.

How about one of these tasty looking gerbals. Mmmmm. I bet they're fun to chase!
Ok, nix on the gerbals. How about a big juicy bone? They smell terrific. Here, I'll just go ahead and choose one. Aaah, man! Mom picked out collars. How come we always get clothes for Christmas?

Merry Christmas to all of our doggy friends. Santa's good boys and girls visit More dogs at Friday Ark and Carnival of the Dogs

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Robots Have Rights Too?

I'm glad some one is thinking ahead. As robots get more sophisticated, acquire artificial intelligence and develop personalities, we should afford them the same rights that humans enjoy.
"There will be people who can’t distinguish that so we need to have ethical rules to make sure we as humans interact with robots in an ethical manner so we do not move our boundaries of what is acceptable."
"If granted full rights, states will be obligated to provide full social benefits to them including income support, housing and possibly robo-healthcare to fix the machines over time,"

But at what point in time will a robot be classified as a "person" instead of an object? Who will be the one to decide when a robot reaches "personhood"? The biggest question I have is, why are they ready to grant robots rights which they denied to our unborn children? We are truly a really sick society.

Jobs Americans Will Work

Well, it's good to know that the Swift plants are not going to be suffering a worker shortage because ICE rounded up their illegal workers.

- The line of applicants hoping to fill jobs vacated by undocumented workers taken away by immigration agents at the Swift & Co. meat-processing plant earlier this week was out the door Thursday.

There must be something wrong. I thought these were the types of jobs only illegals would work. How about that! It seems that Americans don't mind working as a slaughterer. I guess President Bush is wrong.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

God Bless Laura Bush

Unlike the Washington press corps who have been whining about not being notified about Laura's skin cancer, I wish her a speedy and full recovery. I swear, the press get more obnoxious every day. You know, I didn't hear them asking why they haven't been properly informed about Nancy Peolsi's face lifts or John Kerry's Botox shots.

Global Warming Denier

This from the group who named "macaca" (what the hell does it mean?) the most politically incorrect word

In second place on this year's list was "Global Warming Denier," for someone who believes that climate change has moved from scientific theory to dogma.
"There are now proposals that 'global warming deniers' be treated the same as 'Holocaust deniers: professional ostracism, belittlement, ridicule and, even, jail," Payack said.

I really don't like my questioning of global warming being equated with holocaust or genocide deniers. The Jewish Holocaust is an established historical fact. The mass murders of millions of human beings is well documented. The scientific evidence for global warming however is in flux. There are scientists on both sides with competing studies and computer models. I am well versed on how to read and analyze scientific papers. Right now, I am skeptical about the highly speculative data on global warming. There is just no way you can compare my thoughtful analysis of global warming theorys with some one who is delusional or contemptible enough to question the Jewish Holocaust.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Target on My Back

I swear I must have a target on my back. The "Powers That Be" must be out to get me. Friday, I was driving out of Sam's Club parking lot when a lady ran a stop sign and ran into me. The damage was minor and she had insurance, but I'm irritated because I've got to go through the process of getting it repaired. Arrrh! I did feel kinda of sorry for the lady. She was a bit shaken. I had to repeatedly tell her it was going to be alright. She must have been zoned out or distracted when she ran the sign. Now, I a bit worried about my trip to Little Rock today. My boss is driving and I've already been in a accident with him. I'm definitely going to be praying for traveling mercies.

Friday, December 15, 2006

The Tub is Ready

Casey and Trixie are getting a bath. Eli scopes out the "torture chamber". Actually, the dogs like their bath. They'll climb into the tub by themselves. Eli jumped out of the tub as soon as I turned on the water. No like water!

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Bath Time

Both dogs got a bath last night. Casey looks like it pooped him out.

Poor Trixie. Her hair is longer and thicker. It takes longer to dry.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

De-Annexing Paron

Bryant:"You take it!" State: "No! You Take it!" How about a game of hot potato? I guess the Bryant School District isn't so enamored with the Paron district after all. It wants a divorce.
The state Education Board has temporarily rejected the Bryant School District's effort to de-annex the former Paron district, saying it would prefer an alternative that didn't involve a state takeover.
De-annexation would move control of the ex-Paron district to the state. The Education Board voted today to table the proposal for 60 days. It also directed the Education Department and Bryant to develop an alternative.

Well, I suppose the State could decide to take Paron. Wouldn't that mean that the Bryant School District would have to return the consolidation money they received? I would assume that the Paron parents would then be suing the State instead of Bryant to get their school back. (Thanks Mark )

Women's Sports on Islam

(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Gateway Pundit had this great photo of what women's sports would be like under Islam. To all you vast left wing feminists who sympathize with terrorists, it this how you wish to live?

Ukraine, Killing Babies for Stem Cells

Ukraine has become the self-styled stem cell capital of the world.
There is a trade in stem cells from aborted fetuses, amid unproven claims they can help fight many diseases.

It was only a matter of time. We now have the killing of babies solely for the purpose of harvesting stem cells. What's even more incredible is that the practice is so lucrative that mothers must now be afraid for their own babies.
In its report, the Council describes a general culture of trafficking of children snatched at birth, and a wall of silence from hospital staff upwards over their fate.

We started by justifying the destruction of embryos for stem cells. It has now turned into kidnapping and murdering babies. You give in to just a small evil and it turns into a tidal wave.

Day by Day, Too Sexy?

Captain Ed is asking whether Day by Day is too sexy for his blog.
Conservatives have a reputation for stultifying puritanism, and Chris wants to make conservatism provocative and help it to compete by breaking down stereotypes.

I enjoy DBD because it is a little more edgy then other cartoons. His characters are thought provoking and intelligent. Chris is right on top of most current issues. I go to his site every morning. Sometimes I think Chris's use of lack of clothing is a bit gratuitous. But really, I'm reading him for the ideas and the points he's making.
Occasionally, the lack of clothing contributes to the point he's making. The most recent being Sam's modeling for guns. I do think that a lot of newspapers will not carry him because of the scant clothing.
As for me unless he really goes overboard with full nudity I'll keep reading him. Although, now that I think about it, I have yet to see the guys in a thong. How about some equal time for us women?

Monday, December 11, 2006

Every Day Has Been Monday

Remember Garfield's catch phrase "I hate Mondays", usually because something bad always happened on Monday. Well, I've been having Mondays for the past week.

To start, I still don't have heat. The part that was suppose to be in on Thurs. didn't show up until today. Once the part was installed the repair guy says that my gas pressure was still too low and I'd have to call the gas company. So, call the gas company and hope they'll able to fix it tomorrow, then call the repair man back to finish the repair. Arrrrgh!

Thursday I had an appointment at the orthopedic clinic to see why the thumb I sprain in August was still hurting. The doctor told me I had tendonitis in the thumb. He called it a "trigger finger". He gave me a shot of cortisone, which really, really hurt. Yeah, I did scream. Well, it hurt! He told me if it didn't heal in a month he'd have to do surgery. Ahhh, Crap!

Saturday I finally got to replacing the wiperblades on my truck. I had taken off the old blade and was getting ready to put on the new one when the arm slipped from my hand. Yup! It hit the windshield. Made a nice crack in it too. I so wanted to sit down in my driveway and cry.

Now, I keep waiting for something else bad to happen. I'm starting to get frustrated at even the smallest little thing going wrong. Uggggh! I hate it when too many things go wrong at once.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Tigger's Pillow

Hmmmm, a nice warm jacket to lay on. I don't care if Mom complains about all the cat hair on the jacket. That's what you get when you let it lie around.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Gov. Huckabee, White Guilt

What the heck is Gov Huckabee talking about?
"One of the great challenges facing us is that we do not commit the same mistakes with our growing Hispanic population that we did with African Americans 150 years ago and beyond. We're still paying the price for the pathetic manner in which this country handled that," Huckabee said

Ahh, Mike, you might want to brush up on your history. African American's came over as slaves. The majority of Hispanics have come to the U.S. voluntarily and illegally. I don't see how giving illegals a free pass will some how make up for slavery and bigotry of blacks? Totally insane!
Hey, I tell you what. I promise not to buy an Hispanics for my plantation if you go read this.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Fayetteville, Light of the Ozarks

Have you see the new look of the Light of the Ozarks on the Fayetteville Square? Oh my God! It's hideous! Some one decided that the lights in the trees needed to red and green. It looks awful! Put red and green lights in some of the smaller shrubs but leave the trees white. I'm doing some complaining. Hopefully, next year it will be back the way it should.

The Heater is Broken

Bad news! Yesterday I came home and noticed that the heater wasn't working. I managed to get some one to come out today and look at it. Unfortunately, I need a gas value which I have to wait until Thursday to get. I'm not without heat. I have a couple of heaters which I've been using in the bedroom and office. I have a good fire going in the fireplace. It's heating up the living room really well. The cats have taken over the recliner which sits beside the fire. The house is actually quite comfortable.

Sam's Club Broke Ground

Finally, Sam's Club has broken ground in their new location in Fayetteville. I can't wait. It's on my way home from work so it'll be easy to stop by. It will definitely be more convenient than Springdale. It will probably cause some traffic problems on I-540 and 112. I hope it won't be too bad.

Arkansas, Go Hogs!

There are just some people that shouldn't be standing together.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Fayetteville, Dave Brubeck Quartet

What a fantastic night! Dave Brubeck is one of my favorite jazz artists. It was so great to see him perform. Yes, he did play "Take Five". Bobby Militello , alto sax, was hot! When he played you could feel it vibrate deep within. He was so good he brought tears to my eyes. His sax solos were so hot the crowd burst into applause every time. I only wish they could have played longer.
The Ramsey Lewis Trio played after the break. I've not heard about Ramsey. He is a great pianist. His style was more relax and laid back, more reflective of a classical pianist. This is the type of jazz I usually put on when I want to fall asleep.
One thing I hate. People who leave their phones on. During one of Ramsey's solos a man's phone rang, he answered and started a conversation. It didn't last long. His neighbors made sure of that.
I sat next to a woman (Julie) who had driven down from Iowa City with her husband just to see Dave. He teaches jazz and is a musician in his own right. Dan Knight I mentioned that I have gone to Iowa City a couple of time for pathology lectures. Julie said that one of the pathologists, who I know, was actually taking lessons from Dan. Small world!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Mike Beebe's Tax Cover Story

Mike Beebe is building a story to cover himself when he doesn't get the grocery tax phased out. He's going to blame it on "others" who are opposed to it.
Attorney General Mike Beebe, the governor-elect, said Thursday that he expects a fight in his bid to phase out the state sales tax on groceries

Beebe was never in favor of cutting the tax and only come out for it when it became an issue in the election. Now he's looking for ways to renege on his promise to phase out the tax. Beebe and his pals are already pawing through the budget surplus and they don't want to share it with Arkansas taxpayers. Beebe is counting on the tax surplus to court a lot of new friends and power.

It's Snow!

Casey really likes playing in the snow. We didn't get that much, but he enjoyed what we had.

Forget Talking, Fight!

Boy, I can dream that the Bush administration would take Andrew C. McCarthy's advice. I never could see the logic of trying to talk to people who make no bones about hating you and wishing that you were destroyed.
For our own sake, we need to respect the enemy. That means grasping that he's implacable, that he means us only harm, and that he must be subdued, not appeased. Negotiating with such evil is always a mistake, for any accommodation with evil is, by definition, evil.

History is littered with people who try to get along with evil. It never works. Overcoming evil can only be done by destroying it.

Those Flying Imams, Its a Stunt

From Pajamas Media
Now new information is emerging that suggests it was all a stunt designed to weaken security

Yeah, but the Dinosaur Media has been treating them as victims. Poor, innocent Muslins who were just quietly praying. Victims of Islamaphobia from those evil Americans. One of the passenger's account showed why is was so frightening.
Pauline's account

Quite frankly, if I saw this happening on a plane I'd walk off the plane.
I can only determine two possible scenarios:
Either they were planning to use the seat belt extenders to subdue hostages
and take over the plane and were caught by their suspicious activities
Or, it was done intentionally to induce suspicion and make a big public fuss to
intimidate security at the airports.

I wonder if the airlines are going to be intimidated so that they are not likely to confront passengers who do act suspiciously. I also wonder if the Imams can be charge with making terrorist threats? Naaah, I'm sure they will sue the airline and the airline will settle out of court.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Dust Baths

I was cleaning up the garden this weekend. Time to put it to bed for the winter. The weather was perfect. Bows decided it was a good time to take a dust bath.

After rolling around a bit, she decided to rub a bit of it off on me and deposit the rest of it in the house.

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Supervising the Break

I'm taking a break from cleaning up the garden. Bows is in front of me taking her dust bath. Casey was just watching us.

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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Fayetteville, First Winter Storm

O Lord, is it cold! I just let the dogs out for their last pee break before bed. There's about an inch of snow on the ground. Getting to work tomorrow morning is going to be so much fun. I left work early, just after it started sleeting. I'm glad I did. By the time I got home everything was starting to ice up.
I can't believe it! Some people are still driving around. I'm watching a car slide around down the street. Man, this is a night to stay home!
Hey! The snow plow just went by. It's still snowing so it'll probably have to plow again before morning. I wonder what I-540 looks like?

Iraq, Stay and Help

Finally, I can stop worrying. At least for a little while. I've been very concerned about what President Bush was going to do about Iraq. With the Iraqi Study Group's anticipated recommendations being leaked left and right, I thought that President Bush might actually follow their recommendations. I honestly don't know what exactly should be done with Iraq, but one that we must not do is give up on Iraq and retreat.
PRESIDENT BUSH: Our objective is to help the Maliki government succeed. And today we discussed how to further the success of this government. This is a government that is dedicated to pluralism and rule of law. It's a government elected by the Iraqi people under a constitution approved by the Iraqi people, which, in itself, is an unusual event in the Middle East, by the way.

We talked today about accelerating authority to the Prime Minister so he can do what the Iraqi people expect him to do, and that is bring security to parts of his country that require firm action. It's going to -- the presence of the United States will be in Iraq so long as the government asks us to be in Iraq. This is a sovereign government. I believe that there is more training to be done. I think the Prime Minister agrees with me. I know that we're providing a useful addition to Iraq by chasing down al Qaeda and by securing -- by helping this country protect itself from al Qaeda.

I like what Pres Bush said, we are going to stay and help Iraq. Helping Iraq today with provide us with security in the future. I do know what the consequences will be if we decide to leave before Iraq is secure. The violence and death that will occur will far outstripped what's happening today.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Chicago Rejects Christ

The battle for Christmas continues
A public Christmas festival is no place for the Christmas story, the city says. Officials have asked organizers of a downtown Christmas festival, the German Christkindlmarket, to reconsider using a movie studio as a sponsor because it is worried ads for its film "The Nativity Story" might offend non-Christians.
"The last time I checked, the first six letters of Christmas still spell out Christ," said Paul Braoudakis, spokesman for the Barrington, Ill.-based Willow Creek Association, a group of more than 11,000 churches of various denominations.

It's interesting that at this Christmas festival other religious symbols are welcomed. Blogger Amy Welborn pulled out an old photo showing the Islam crescent at the 2003 festival.
I can't figure out why people are offended by the symbols of Christmas. Why is it that Christians have to be careful about offending other people? Celebrating Christmas not only means that you have presents, Christmas trees, decorations, card and parties, but you also have to respect what Christmas is about.

Don't Use the "N" Word

I didn't really pay that much attention to Michael Richard's racial rant. I'd figured that being a Hollywood Liberal he'd be easily forgiven and embraced. I do like James Taranto's remarks about the use of the "N" word.
"Black leaders challenged the entertainment industry, including rap artists, actors and major studios, to stop the use of the racial slur that triggered the scandal involving 'Seinfeld' comic actor Michael Richards," the Associated Press reports from Los Angeles:

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, a civil rights leader, and others said Monday they will meet with TV networks, film companies and musicians to discuss banning the racial slur that is a derogatory term for blacks. They also sought an effort by the public to stop using the term.

Just one problem: The AP never tells us what word we're supposed to stop using. There is a reference to the "n-word," which we guess narrows it down a bit. After consulting the Racial Slur Database, we've decided never again to use the word "Nordski," in case there are any black Scandinavians.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Thanksgiving Weekend

Ahhh, rats! Back to work tomorrow. It's been a nice long weekend. The weather was just perfect. I finally got the garden all cleaned up. It's ready for the winter. No more garden work until spring.
I spent Thanksgiving with a couple of friends. Afterward, they decided to go see the new James Bond movie. I'm a bit burned out on all the James Bond movies. I haven't even seen the last few ones. Just not interested anymore.
I didn't go shopping on Black Friday. I wasn't the only one. al-Reuters is reporting that customer traffic was down from last year. I'll be making Christmas a little simpler this year. My medical expenses and the gas hikes made a dent in my budget. Actually it's a bit of a good thing. I've kinda stepped back and really considered what Christmas means and why the heck do I have to buy a ton of stuff.
I pulled out the Christmas Cookie recipe book I got last year. I tried out a bunch of new cookies. Several recipes were really good. An orange ball recipe was toss out. I found a pastry dough that was absolutely delicious and I'll be experimenting with. It's nice to have a day to do stuff like that. Sighh, back to real world tomorrow.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Playing Around

I've taken today off. It's nice to go out in the morning and play with Casey. With the time change its been too dark in the morning and evening during the week. That's one thing about winter I don't like, the days are too short.

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Over the Fence

What a beautiful morning! It is uncharacteristically warm. It will be a great day to work in the garden. I caught Tigger going over the fence to the front yard. Probably going to check to make sure That Cat across the street stays there.

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Monday, November 20, 2006

Nancy Pelosi, I am Woman

If women ruled the world it would be a nicer place. Hmmm, now we know that is just one piece of crap. Nancy Pelosi, the first woman Speaker of the House, isn't going to be one of those women to make the world better. I'd would have thought there would be a lot of celebrating. A woman, Speaker of the House! Instead, Nancy Pelosi, having campaigned against what she called the GOP's "culture of corruption" for much of the last year is fighting to put corrupt congressman in as committee chairs.
Her fellow House Democrats rejected her ethically challenged candidate, John Murtha, for Majority Leader. Now she is attempting to select Florida Democrat Alcee Hastings to become the new chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Hastings, was impeached as a federal judge in Florida for conspiring to take a $150,000 bribe from a defendant in a case before him. The current ranking Democrat is Rep. Jane Harman of California, a respected moderate who has clashed with Pelosi in the past. Meow! Pelosi is giving Harman payback.
Democrats may even be having buyer's remorse. Slate
I'll admit my timing could be better, since the incoming House Democrats, on a unanimous voice vote, just made Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaker of the House. But I think her party should give serious thought to dumping her.

Nah, leave her there. I am having so much fun watching Pelosi implode. If we lost the election, we might as well enjoy the Democrat's ineptitude.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Now It's Bow's Turn

I swear this week has been "its time to kill a cat week" at my house. This time it was Bows. She plays this little game of pushing things off the kithen counter. This morning it was a spice saucer holding my vitamins. The saucer shattered all over the floor. I swear she was laughing while I was vacuuming up the mess. That lil' stinker!

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Fayetteville Jazz, Chiara Civello

I went to Walton Arts Center Jazz performance last night. It was a jazz vocalist, Chiara Civello. She had a nice voice, soft, mellow and charming. I'm not much for vocalists. Most of my jazz collection is instrumental. However, she was enjoyable. The songs were a mixture of Italian, Brazilian and English. The performer that really got my attention was the pianist, Peter Rende. He was very good! I did a search to see if he had any CD's. Nope, but it appears he plays for a number of other performers. I'd like to see more of him.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Brave Lil' Arctic

A LA Times article states that a group of scientists are reporting that the Arctic is showing signs of fighting to maintain its climatic balance.
"This is a region that is fighting back," said lead author Jacqueline A. Richter-Menge, a civil engineer at the Army Corps of Engineers' Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, N.H. "There are things that showed signs of going back to norms, trying to right themselves under very dire circumstances."

Whoa! That Arctic is one feisty dude! I didn't know it even realized what was happening to it. It's nice to see that the Arctic is aware and paying attention. I give it kudos for having the will to fight back.
I like an answer to a question. What is the norm? Why do they take the situation 30 or 40 years ago as the NORMAL earthly climate? The climate is always changing, and it's completely arbitrary to set the situation 30 or 40 years ago as the baseline for a "normal" climate. The climate has seen extremes of heat and cold throughout its history. Who, then, can say what is normal? I think this idea of "normal" is one of the stupidest beliefs of the global warming fanatics.

Fayetteville, Biker Festival Blues

I think Bill Underwood, of Underwood's Fine Jewelers has raised some fine points about some of the negative impacts the BB&B festival has on some of the local businesses. I'm glad that Mayor Coody is receptive to the complaints and is willing to help try to work something out. It's too bad that Greg Mack of Taylor Mack Advertising has decided to attack Bill instead of trying to work out the problems.
Mack described Underwood's survey as sneaky and questions the validity of his claims.
" To me it's just like he's greedy - what have to close down for one, two days," Mack said.

I don't like this attitude that other people are making money and the city is receiving tax revenue and if some businesses and employees lose money, screw them.
Bill Underwood, of Underwood's Fine Jewelers, said that the label disgruntled was indeed accurate, but notes that he is not alone and is not trying to kill the festival. He said that on the one side you have people like Mack who have a financial interest in seeing the festival grow, but on the other you have business owners that lose money during the event because their customers can't get to them.

Underwood said that he anticipated becoming a " lighting rod, " for criticism because of his stance, but said he feels strongly that someone needs to protect the rights of those business owners who " feel our property is being taken away."

I don't see why the festival can't be evaluated and some changes be made to accommodate the local businesses. Especially that the part where bikers are urinating over people's property. That is just plain disgusting and the city and police need to stop that.

Bows, the Boss of Me

Get away from the computer! You are suppose to be paying attention to me! I am going to sit here until I get the attention I deserve.

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Sleeping on the Couch

Ahhh! Sacked out on the couch. Doesn't Casey look comfy? Yeah, he's really spoiled.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Fayetteville, Special Addition Newsletter

The city of Fayetteville has just release a special addition of City of Fayetteville Newsletter. The subject of this edition is the Transportation Improvements and Trail Programs. If you live or travel in Fayetteville, this is a must read.

Gov. Huckabee to Reporters, For Shame!

Yeah! You tell'em Governor.
Gov. Mike Huckabee on Tuesday ripped news reporters for writing about gift registries in his and his wife's names for a housewarming party for their recently purchased half million-dollar home in North Little Rock.
The governor accused news media of being "tools" for Arkansas Times Editor Max Brantley, who runs a blog that discussed the registries and who has been a longtime critic of Huckabee.

It was none of their damn business to go poking into the personal life of the Huckabees. Especially since they were only interested in creating a scandal.
Huckabee said disclosure of the registry has "done a real disservice to the people of this state because what you've done is create the impression that my wife has gone out and solicited gifts, which is absolutely untrue."

How dare the Huckabee's have friends that care about them. How dare they have friends that might want to give them a congratulary gift. Good Lord, do they have friends?
"My wife has friends," Huckabee told reporters. "I know you may find that very difficult to believe, but she actually has lifelong friends, some from high school, quite a few from church. They wanted to do something for her. It has nothing to do with who she is other than she is their friend."

Well, you big ole macho newspapers just ruined a lovely, thoughtful custom for the Huckabees. This is a very proud day for journalists.
Janet Huckabee, in a brief telephone interview with the Democrat-Gazette later Tuesday, said news articles about the registries have done "permanent damage." She said the housewarming was a "private matter. Down South they give housewarming parties like this."
Asked why the Huckabees couldn't buy items themselves, the first lady said, "I can buy any towel I want. That's not the purpose. It's like having a birthday. It's a congratulations. Conversation over."

Janet, you and the girls go ahead and have that party. Don't let those morons at the papers get away with ruining it. Tell them to shove it where the sun don't shine.
"You have a great day," Huckabee said. "You tell [your wives ] how much you appreciate all they do for you. Feel good about what you do for a living."

Max Brantley's gift "scandal" made it to Power Line, who, of course, doesn't know the complete story.
I checked out Target's and Dillards' web gift registries. Gov. Huckabee was right. They only have wedding and baby gift registries.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Tony Blair's "New Partnership"

Tony Blair has finally lost his marbles.
Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain said Monday night that the "nature of the battle" had changed and that Western strategy in the Middle East must "evolve," possibly to include a "new partnership" with Iran.

Ah, yes! Partnership with a country that is determined to wipe Isreal off the map. The country that has threatened to destroy the White House. The country that has declared the U.S. the "Great Satan". The country that is declaring its nuclear program is nearly complete. Why would you ever think that Iran would even consider cooperating with America to build peace in the Middle East? Iran is not interested in peace, it is preparing for war. It is bound and determined to have the Middle East under the control of radical Islam.
I guess I'm really worried that America is going to pull out of Iraq. Democrats are more than willing to pull out. Why is it that they can't see the consequences of such an action? Then I see President Bush seriously listening to the Baker "Iraq Study Group". I wonder, is he going to start pulling the troops out? I know that we are in a really tough place right now in Iraq, it's tough not hopless. People who achieve success are those that keep pushing until they get it. Is Osama bin Laden right? Is America really that weak? Is America no longer will to fight for our freedoms?

Monday, November 13, 2006

Missing Eli

I have never wanted to kill a cat so much! I couldn't find Eli while I was cleaning up around the house this evening. I looked all over the house for him. I figured that he somehow slipped out in the garage and outside while I was taking out the trash. So, I've been spending most of the evening looking for him outside. I gave up and hoped that he'd eventually show up if he didn't get killed. While I sitting on the toilet he pops out of the closet. He was sleeping inside one of the boxes! Good thing I wasn't able to get up from the toilet then, because I could have throttled him.

It hasn't been particularly good day for me. While I was cleaning up the yard yesterday I pulled a back muscle. By this morning the rest of the back muscles were hurting because I was compensating for the one I pulled. I spent all day at my desk with a heating pad.

Right now I'm hurting, tired and irritated. I think I'll just go take a shower and go to bed. No, I won't throttle Eli. I'm so happy that he's all right that I've been giving him hugs.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Eli and Tigger

Have you ever seen a finer set of bookends?

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Casey, White Rock Mnt.

I took a whole series of pictures of Casey at White Rock. I think this is the one I'm going to enlarge and put in my office. What do you think?

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Thursday, November 09, 2006

The GOP, Assessing the Election

Majority Leader Roy Blunt delivered a speech at the Heritage Foundation entitled “The New Way Forward: Refocusing the Conservative Agenda.”
“An honest assessment of the last few years of Republican governance in Washington reveals three distinct shortcomings. First, as the party in charge for most of the last six years, we have often become the defenders rather than the challengers of business as usual. Second, we have failed to create a culture of less but better government and too often have given in to the culture of spending so pervasive in Washington. Finally, we have allowed our efforts to defend traditional values to be defined as little more than a politically driven effort to appease ‘family groups.’ These disappointments, combined with a seemingly constant stream of ethics issues afflicting a few Members of Congress, caused some in our movement to lose faith.

Well, the GOP leadership has finally woken up from their slumber. That big, old whomp on the head finally shook them up. Now, that we have their attention are they going to correct their mistakes?
2007 and 2008 are opportunities once again for us to let the American people know what we stand for.
“We say we want to cut spending, and we will.
“We say we want to reform the welfare state by empowering citizens to make their own decisions, and we will.
“We say we want to defend traditional American values, and we will.
“We say we want to confront and defeat totalitarians who threaten our freedom, and we will.
“Our job is not to defend business as usual, not to defend everything the government does, but to challenge it and see that it is done better.
“Our job is to insist on less and better government.
“Demanding that the federal government do its job (not everyone else’s) and do it as well as it can possibly be done.
“Our job is to put our values above political expediency.
“If we do these things – we will quickly see those ideas embraced by an overwhelming majority of Americans; my party will be the majority party, and our country will see another century become the American Century.”

It's a good start. Maybe, by the 2008 elections, the GOP will have gotten itself back together to start winning elections.

Wal-Mart Defeated in Tues Elections

Press Release from
Paul Blank, campaign director of
Last night’s election results also prove that the American people are hungry for change and that companies like Wal-Mart will be held accountable for their policies which have hurt hard-working families and threaten the future of America. Now, we look forward to working with lawmakers to change Wal-Mart, protect American jobs, raise wages and create affordable health care for all.

We can only hope that Wal-Mart will hear the calls for change and will sit down with us, work together, and begin a new chapter that will change Wal-Mart and America for the better.”

Wow! I must have gotten the wrong ballot. The one I had didn't have Wal-Mart on it. Did any of you get to vote for or against Wal-Mart?
You know, I hope the Democrats go after Wal-Mart. If they meet with any success they won't be hurting the executives at Wal-Mart. They'll be hurting the families who depend on Wal-Mart's low prices. People may remember that come the next election.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Dental Visit

Today I had my old filling replace with a new one. The old one had cracked my tooth and my dentist said that there was quite a bit of decay. She said at some point in time I will probably have a root canal done, anywhere from 1 to 10 years from now. I am so not looking forward to that. Now, where is the information book on my dental plan?

The Nation, After the Election

The Republicans got the beating that was predicted. Quite frankly, I think that they probably deserved to lose. The Party leadership was warned long ago that members were not happy with how they running Congress. They should have listened.
Why did the Republicans lose? Opinions were varied but most pundits mentioned spending, immigration, judges and the Iraq war.
The Iraq war was mostly criticized for it's handling, not the fact we were at war. Hey, if you're going to war, go big or stay home. Cut out that stupid PC crap, winning "hearts and minds". If you want to win you have to destroy the enemies first, rebuild later. On immigration, President Bush didn't get his way, so he dropped the whole thing. Congress let him get away with it. They didn't work very hard at getting border security up and no efforts at all in making legal immigration easier or dealing with the illegals currently in the US. In regards to spending, the Republicans spent as if they were Democrats. Republicans should have stood by their promise of fiscal responsibility. When it came to getting judges confirmed, the Senate Republicans just rolled over. It was infuriating to see judges languish because the Republicans didn't have the guts to stand up to the Democrats.
It all comes down to the lack of Republican leadership in the House and Senate. Now that the leadership got a slap upside its head, I hope they'll start looking for real leaders who will defend the principals of the Republican party and stand up to Democrats instead of morphing into them.

Arkansas, After the Elections

Well, the election results were not what I wanted. Given what the political pundits and polls were saying I expected things not to go well for Republicans, but still one hopes. Republicans are rarely elected in Arkansas, but we worked really hard to get our people in office. While I'm disappointed that we did not win I had a good time working for the Party. I've met some truly wonderful people trying to do the best for Arkansas. I particular enjoyed meeting Jim Lagrone. He is a wonderful guy and I appreciated his tireless efforts to change the way the elections are run in Arkansas. I would support him again in any election.
For now, nothing changes for Arkansas. It is still ruled by one party. A party which continues to keep Arkansas one of the poorest states. The Democrat leadership will continue to spend money on themselves and their "friends" while continuing to tax Arkansans into poverty.

Monday, November 06, 2006

President Bush, NW Arkansas Rally

The Republican Rally with President Bush was a blast! It was lots of music, yelling, flag and sign waving. I volunteered to help so I spent most of my time in the back. No much opportunity to get pictures. I really just tried to enjoy the atmosphere.

I was amazed at the size of Air Force One. That plane is huge! The UA Pine Bluff Drums greeted President Bush when he got off the plane.

There were a lot of people! Many were kids. A lot of children weren't in school today. Most everyone either had a digital, phone or video camera.

I told you I was in the back. I've had my opportunity to shake Bush's hand so I didn't mind. Especially, while helping to clean up in the front I heard a very young girl excitingly tell her mother she had shook President Bush's hand.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Another Chapter in Missiouri's Amendment 2

Remember what I said about Missiouri's Amendment 2 being about money into researcher's pockets. That these researchers won't have to really produce anything, they can call their research a failure and still receive money.
From Gateway Pundit
An investigation is looking into the reliability of life science research conducted by a team led by the University of Missouri- Columbia's recognized expert in reproductive biology, the Columbia Tribune reported. The team was led by R. Michael Roberts.

R. Michael Roberts is one of the big advocates for Amendment 2. Yep, he was looking to get some of the taxpayer's money and he wouldn't mind faking research. Hopefully enough publicity has been generated from the Michael Fox brouhaha that Missouri voters will defeat it.

Punch Foley for Negron

This has got to be the best political ad this election year!

NYT, Iraq had a Secret Nuclear Weapons Program!

I'm sorry, did the New York Times put on the front page that Iraq had a nuclear weapons program and was plotting to build an atomic bomb? But, but... You told us that President Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. You told us that Saddam Hussein didn't have any nuclear weapons program and that President Bush made a mistake in going to Iraq. Your big hero ,Joe Wilson, told us that Saddam wasn't trying to procure yellow cake. You can't do this to us! This means that BUSH WAS RIGHT! NOOOOOOOOOO!
But in recent weeks, the site has posted some documents that weapons experts say are a danger themselves: detailed accounts of Iraq's secret nuclear research before the 1991 Persian Gulf war. The documents, the experts say, constitute a basic guide to building an atom bomb.

You know, what's really funny, is the NYT is bashing the Bush administration for making these documents available. Why, other nations (Iran) might be able to use them. Yeah, since when has the NYT been so put out by the release of sensitive documents? I thought it was a standard policy of the NYT to release our national secrets.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Charlie Daniels, Decade of Corruption

In the same press conference Jim Lagrone announced that an ethics complaint against Charlie Daniels has been filed. Old Charlie has apparently buying his media with funds out of the Secretary of State office.
Also check out Arkansas Watch

Mike Beebe, Decade of Corruption

Asa Hutchinson held a press conference today in Fayetteville. He went through a "Decade of Corruption" in regards to Mike Beebe's legislative career. He also questioned one of Beebe's financial items. His campaign donated $230,000 to the Democrat Party, which is, according to the Ethics Commission, not legal.

The Dogs at White Rock Mnt., Arkansas

I managed to get some great photos of Trixie and Casey on White Rock Mnt. There is a grand sweeping view of the Ozark hills. In the fall, it's the best place to really see the foliage.

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Playing with Eli

Wahooo! An exposed tummy! Attaaaack!

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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Soldier's Response to John Kerry

From LGF

Oh My God! I love our servicemen! God bless you ladies and gents and a huge hug to you all! I just love being an American!

Power Line has identified the troops.

You just have to check out some of these comments.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

John Kerry, Insulting the Military Again

"You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq."
This is the real John Kerry, everything anyone needs to know about the man. No, John Kerry is representing the face of the real Democrat Party. This is what the Democrat Party really thinks of the troops. They really, truly believe that the troops are stupid and underprivileged.
John Kerry's comment is truly despicable and offensive, a big fat slap in the faces of all the people in the military. Of course, since he's so much more intelligent than the average person you'd figure he'd realize he screwed up and do the right thing and apologize. Heck no! He didn't apologize! He just ranted on about it's all Bush's and the Republican's fault.
"I'm sick and tired of these despicable Republican attacks".

Kerry really needs to get his head out of Vietnam and stop hanging on to the "poor, dumb soldier" stereotype of the American military.
I never stop thanking God that John Kerry will never be president of the United States.

Whew! Mike Beebe is a Liar!

This Sunday, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette came out and supported Mike Beebe for governor. Yeah, like that was a really big surprise, NOT! What's really hilarious is why they liked Beebe.
Mike Beebe has promised to "eliminate" the grocery tax, too. During our interview with him, he told us so in the most emphatic tones, just before explaining with equal emphasis why it couldn't be done: The state doesn't actually have a projected $ 720-million surplus but only a $ 360-million-a-year surplus. Much of that money is going to have to go to improve school buildings per court order, and there are lots of ways to spend the rest, too. General Beebe would eliminate the tax only in phases that we suspect would never come.

There it is. Mike Beebe is lying about "eliminating" the grocery tax. What a relief! It would be unthinkable for a Democrat to actually cut taxes to help the poor.
So Mike Beebe looks straight at the camera and promises there will be no more consolidation on his watch ! Happily, we find it hard to believe him. Because he's always been open to reason and progress where education is concerned. There comes a time when you just have to trust a politician's insincerity. So let's call Mike Beebe's little deviation on this issue campaign rhetoric and discount it.

I bet they got really worried when Beebe so emphatically stated that he would not consolidate schools. But not to worry, Beebe has no intention of keeping his promise. Whew! He'll make sure more students suffer and more school administrators pockets get plumper.
For all these reasons, and with a hope and a prayer, our choice for governor of Arkansas is Mike Beebe.

My fervent prayer would be that the one man who is honest, sincere, and really concerned for Arkansan's welfare instead of their own wealth and power would be elected governor. Ahhh, that wouldn't be Mike Beebe.

Mike Beebe, Violating the First Amendment

In an effort to hide his role in the Nick Wilson scandal, Mike Beebe has violated the 1st Amendment rights of American citizens and has threaten a TV station with legal action if they ran the ad. AP
Jonesboro television station KAIT decided Tuesday to pull an ad by the Coalition for Arkansas' Future that tried to tie Beebe, who served 20 years in the state senate, to disgraced state Sen. Nick Wilson.
Ted Fortenberry, the station's vice president and general manager, said the decision was made after Beebe's campaign attorney sent a letter asking the station to pull the spot, calling the 30-second spot inaccurate and unfair.

Fortenberry would not comment on the reasons why the station decided to stop airing the spot.

Wright said he was pleased the station decided to pull the ad. The campaign on Monday asked stations to pull the ad.

Now really, is this the kind of governor we want. One that suppresses the rights of citizens and tries to intimidate the press. The tactics that Beebe is pulling occurs in countries with dictators, not in America.
The Nick Wilson ad is one of a series of spots run by the coalition criticizing Beebe. Kathryn Cherry, the group's executive director, defended the ad.

"Public debate is essential to important issues facing our state," Cherry said. "It is unfortunate that Mike Beebe is trying to exert legal pressure to stop an ad that is 100 percent accurate

That is why Beebe is trying to stop the ads. They show the truth. However, just because a TV station bends to Beebe's pressure doesn't mean others will. Here is the video. God Bless a Free America!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Fall Foliage, White Rock, Arkansas

Sunday I went to White Rock. Wow! What a drive! All the roads to White Rock are made of dirt and are narrow so it makes for an exciting ride. Especially meeting another car coming the opposite direction. It does keep the visitor numbers down.

The whole drive was gorgeous. Beautiful views of the hills and valleys. These pictures are taken from White Rock. This one is looking out towards Fayetteville.

Arkansas, Higher Education Bond

I finally got a chance to look at the Higher Education Tech & Facility Improvement Act. Do people really run their business like this? I don't handle my own finances this poorly. This bond issue doesn't make fiscal sense. I have a feeling that somebody is trying to get their mitts on some of Arkansas' money.
First, $100 Million is going to be used to restructure the current debt ($150 Million). Restructure with paying more interest and administrative fees? Why not pay off the debt? Is this stupid or what? Arkansas' current budget surplus is expected to be $720 million by the end of year. Why not use that to pay all or most of the debt off? If we did that, Arkansas would save approximately $24 million annually which the current debt is costing us. That savings could be used for the $150 million of facility improvements they want. Within 7-8 years they would have all the money for improvements without plunging Arkansas further into debt. The current retirement of the bond is scheduled for 2017. That would be 10 years of paying $24 million annually. This is a really stupid way to do business.
I noticed that they are wanting $10 million for an E-corridor. Wait a minute! Even though it was defeated last year, Gov. Huckabee gave them some of the money.
Arkansas News Bureau, 12/05
After the vote, Huckabee said there was a possibility that the Fayetteville campus would still be able to connect to the network known as e-Corridor.
The governor said he set aside about $6.4 million in the general improvement budget that could be used to help the university connect to the research network.

With the $6.4 million from the governor, the university could build the statewide network and lease the fiber optic cable from a private company.

The funding could cover the cost of building the statewide network and the university's connection, he said.

This just isn't right. It look like the universities are trying to pull a fast one. I'm definitely not going to let those university administrators in my pocket. I'm not voting for this.

Another review of the bond issue.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Fall foliage, NW Arkansas

I'm spending the weekend seeing the fall foliage. I think this has been the best I've ever seen. The colors are absolutely amazing. I drove old HWY 71 down to Alma and came back up on I-540. There were a lot of people doing the same thing. At any turnoff on HWY 71 that had a view, people were there.

On I-540, people would be stopped on the side of the road and on any of the overpasses people were on the bridges. The overpass HWY 74 to Devil's Den and Winslow seemed to be the favorite stopping place. It looks like this week the colors will have peaked. Next weekend might be the last chance to see the colors this good.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Casey Has a New Toy

I gave Casey a new toy. A stuffed cat that meows and purrs when you press it. He's been walking around the house with it in his mouth. So far he does seem inclined to chew it up.

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Making Up the Bed

Oh Boy! Mommy is making up the bed!

I'll just help out a little here.

Hmmm, she put on the down comforter. Winter must be coming.

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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Dental Woes

Arrrg! The past is catching up to me! I went to the dentist today. The good news is that I have no new cavities. The bad news is that an old filling has cracked my tooth and it's starting to decay. It will have to be replaced. I've had to have an old filling replaced last year. All the brushing and flossing I do to make sure I don't get any cavities and it's the old ones that need to be taken care of. Sigh!

Missouri's Deceptive Amendment 2

Rush Limbaugh did us all a favor. His questioning of the Michael Fox ad has made everyone aware of the fraud that is being pushed on Missourians. Amendment 2 appears to state that it would make human cloning illegal. If you read the fine print however, it gives biotech firms the constitutional right to conduct somatic cell nuclear transfer. You remember Dolly the sheep? Rebecca Hagelin
Consider the part of Amendment 2 that says "no person may clone or attempt to clone a human being." In Section 6.2 of the initiative, we read:
"Clone or attempt to clone a human being" means to implant in a uterus or attempt to implant in a uterus anything other than the product of fertilization of an egg of a human female by a sperm of a human male for the purpose of initiating a pregnancy that could result in the creation of a human fetus, or the birth of a human being.

In short, the initiative would ban only the placement of a cloned embryo in a uterus, not cloning per se. This splicing of words was carefully crafted to trick voters into a false sense of security. The fact is, the language is specifically designed to allow, not ban, the cloning, experimentation on, and destruction of human embryos at will.

Amendment 2 will also guarantee that no future Missouri law can limit the amount of public money poured into human-cloning research. Roundtable Summary
All Missouri laws, statues, and regulations must be construed in favor of cloning and cannot discourage cloning or create disincentives to cloning in any way; They have a constitutional entitlement to taxpayer funding, which can never
decrease and must always increase because any decrease will be considered an unconstitutional disincentive to clone; Private institutions with endowments measured in billions of dollars will force Missouri taxpayers to pay for the cloning and destruction of human embryos;

What a sweet deal these companies and universities are pushing for themselves. These guys will milk the state for millions of dollars and they will not have to produce any results.
The reason why these guys are targeting taxpayers is because they cannot get any private funds. Why can't they get private investors? The truth is that embryonic stem cell research is proving to be a bust, a big fat zero. Up to now, no human being has ever been cured of a disease using embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells, on the other hand, have already cured thousands. Disease List
So, thank you Rush Limbaugh, for becoming the target of the Dinosaur Media and the Democrats. You've done a great service in making people look harder at Amendment 2 and at embryonic stem cell research.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The Sudoku Problem

I hadn't realized that Sudoku was causing such problems
I want to know when Dr. Phil plans to do a show on the real problem brewing in America's bedrooms today. Will he be brave enough to take the first real swat at the evil temptress that threatens to undermine the healthy sex lives of every couple I know?
This cheap little tart, flimsy and soulless as paper, is wrecking relationships from coast to coast. Who am I talking about? Well, she answers to "Sudoku," which is Japanese for "You're not getting any tonight, or possibly ever, because this wacky little grid of numbers will see to that."

Hiking in NW Arkansas

Hawksbill Crag

This time of the year is my favorite time to hike. The weather is cool and it's comfortable to hike.

Highway 74 and Highway 540

The hills look gorgeous with the leaves changing.

Devil's Den, Standing on Yellow Rock looking down at Lee Creek.

This weekend and the next will be peak time for the leaves. You need to get out and do some hiking.

Devil's Den Trail

It had rain the previous day.
The trails were damp and
the air smelt crisp and clean.
I just love that smell.

Devil's Den Falls

It had rained enough so that the little falls was flowing.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Mike Beebe's Past, Nick Wilson

Responding to Mike Beebe's criticism of his leadership abilities, Asa Hutchinson has brought up Beebe's own leadership past.
In a Little Rock news conference, Hutchinson criticized Beebe for his failure to take a leading role in fighting Wilson as he defrauded the state of millions in taxpayer dollars. Despite Beebe's repeated claims to have challenged Senator Nick Wilson, Hutchinson said, the record shows that Beebe actually opposed efforts to discipline Wilson and others in his clique.

I've read comments from other bloggers about Mike Beebe and Nick Wilson. Mike Beebe is said to be part of this "good old boy" network that did back-room-style deals and doled out taxpayers dollars to their buddies. Many thought that Mike Beebe should have been convicted along with Nick Wilson.
Specifically, Hutchinson pointed out that:

1) As a Senator, Beebe is on the record voting to override Governor Mike Huckabee's veto of the legislation creating the scam defrauding the children's fund.

2) Beebe is on the record opposing public calls to censure Sen. Wilson, Sen. Mike Todd, and other colleagues who were members of the group involved in the scandal.

3) Beebe is on the record opposing public calls to evict his colleagues from the Senate even after they were convicted of felonies.

I wonder if people are going to really care what Beebe has done? Most die-hard Democrats will vote for him even if he was the devil himself. Democrats have no problems with electing their corrupt politicians to office. I suppose it might matter to those who aren't decided yet. In a close race like this, it could swing enough undecided voters away from Beebe. The next two weeks are really going to get interesting.

Asa Hutchinson's New Ad

I didn't watch much TV over the weekend so I didn't see it. However, people were talking about it at work. That perked up my ears because people usually don't talk much about political ads. It must be quite an ad to get people talking. I couldn't wait to see it.
Ho Boy! What a doozy! No wonder people were talking about it. Of course Mike Beebe isn't happy about it.

In case you haven't seen it, enjoy!

Arkansas, Voting Problems

On Thursday, it was reported that Benton County was having problems with their ballots. They hadn't received any of 80,000 ballots ordered for the upcoming general election. The ballots come in this afternoon, but they started early voting today without them. Voters coming in to vote could only do so on the voting machines. Benton County still has to send out absentee ballots which were supposed to be in the outgoing mail beginning Oct. 13. There are concerns that some absentee ballots might not get returned in time to be counted. Greene County is said not to have gotten their paper ballots today.
What is it, 14 days before the election? We're just starting early and absentee balloting and there are already problems? Do you get the feeling that voting on Nov. 7th may be a disaster? Can you guess which elected official selected the company(ES&S) to provide the voting materials against the advice of his own committee. Yep, Charlie Daniels!
For God's Sake, People! Are You Going To Let This Incompetent Twit In Office Again!

Back From Vacation

Ok, I'm back from vacation. Sigh! I wish it could have been longer. I've done quite a bit of hiking, spent several days shopping at the craft fairs, did a bit of yard work, took Bows and Casey for their annual shots, had the chimney cleaned, annual termite inspection, the air conditioner fixed, and finally fixed the drawers on my dresser. Whew! I think I need another vacation to recover from this one.

Friday, October 20, 2006

On Vacation with the Dogs

I'm on vacation this week. At this time of the year the greatest thing to do is hike. Casey and Trixie are sitting outside the Devils Den cave. This is short trail so I could take Trixie.

Casey is sitting on top of Yellow Rock. This is another trail in Devils Den. Yellow Rock has an absolutely georgeous view of the valley.

Casey sitting on Hawksbill Crag. This also has a fantastic view.

More dogs at Friday Ark and Carnival of the Dogs