Thursday, September 30, 2004

unfit for command

Rowboat Veterans for truth

Mt St. Helens cam

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Abraham Lincoln

Perusing some Lincoln quotes, I came upon these which seem apropos for our times.
Seems to me that George W. Bush is a proper heir of Mr. Lincoln's party.

"I have not permitted myself, gentlemen, to conclude that I am the best man in
the country; but I am reminded, in this connection, of a story of an old Dutch
farmer who remarked to a companion once that 'it was not best to swap horses
while crossing streams'."

Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a
just God, can not long retain it."

"Property is the fruit of is a positive good in
the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence
is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless
pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for
himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when

Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can.
Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser - in fees,
expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior
opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough."

"What is conservatism? Is it not adherence to the old and tried, against the new
and untried?"

Ronald McDonald was arrested yesterday just outside Toledo .
A phone tip from Mayor McCheese gave the police all they needed to make the arrest.
McDonald will be charged with two counts of criminal possesion of firearms.
The Hamburgler is still at large.
AP- Toledo, Ohio

Ronald nabbed

Friday, September 24, 2004

Question for John Kerry;

The Washington Times reported today that on CNN's "Crossfire" in 1997, you stated the following:
"We know we can't count on the French. We know we can't count on the Russians.
We know that Iraq is a danger to the United States, and we reserve the right to
take pre-emptive action whenever we feel it's in our national interest."
Do you still stand by any portion of that statement?

Thursday, September 23, 2004

My Best friend Mike and his Dad.



Halloween is coming

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Twenty years ago today!


the future?

Ronald Reagans
Statement on the Observance of National Peace Through Strength Week
September 22, 1984
marks the beginning of National Peace Through Strength
Week. All Americans place great value on peace; it is part of our national
character. Activities during Peace Through Strength Week will support a
commonsense, reasonable approach to security, peace, and deterring war. Rallies
in all 50 States on September 29th, organized by a bipartisan coalition of
Americans, will be held under the auspices of the Coalition of Peace Through
Strength and the American Security Council. These citizens will be expressing
support for a strategy of peace based on a strong defense.

If history
teaches us anything, it is that a strong defense is the prerequisite to a
lasting peace, the only credible deterrent against aggression. And a strong
defense will enable us to reach sound arms control agreements. Arms control,
negotiated from strength, can significantly reduce the levels of weapons
threatening mankind and enhance confidence between potential adversaries.

We Americans maintain our military strength with the fervent hope that
it will never be used, and with the conviction that this is, indeed, the best
way to preserve the peace. We maintain our defensive strength in concert with
our allies and friends, whose freedom and independence is vital to our own
security. Our national strength, of course, is not based only on the force of
arms. The ideals of human liberty are themselves powerful weapons in the world
competition between democracy and totalitarianism. Thus, it is fitting that
Americans from all walks of life and many citizens of our fellow democracies are
working to strengthen democratic institutions throughout the world. It is
becoming clearer every day, especially to emerging countries in the Third World,
that democracy is not only the best path to freedom but, also, the most
effective way of achieving economic progress. Democracy is the way to a more
peaceful world. The ultimate goal of Peace Through Strength Week is a world
where the people of each nation are free to determine their own destiny and
where no state threatens its neighbors.

Therefore, I commend the efforts
of my fellow Americans who have organized this special week. Its purpose is
consistent with America's continuing commitment to world peace, justice, and

Greatest Films of 1984

Amadeus (1984), 158 minutes, D: Milos Forman

Beverly Hills Cop (1984), 105 minutes, D: Martin Brest

Blood Simple (1984), 97 minutes, D: Joel Coen

The Bounty (1984), 130 minutes, D: Roger Donaldson

Choose Me (1984), 114 minutes, D: Alan Rudolph

Ghostbusters (1984), 107 minutes, D: Ivan Reitman

The Killing Fields (1984), 141 minutes, D: Roland Joffe

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), 91 minutes, D: Wes Craven

Once Upon a Time in America (1984), 227 minutes, D: Sergio Leone

A Passage to India (1984), 163 minutes, D: David Lean

Places in the Heart (1984), 112 minutes, D: Robert Benton

Romancing the Stone (1984), 105 minutes, D: Robert Zemeckis

A Soldier's Story (1984), 101 minutes, D: Norman Jewison

The Terminator (1984), 108 minutes, D: James Cameron

This is Spinal Tap (1984), 82 minutes, D: Rob Reiner

Just a kid, I had dropped out of college and was living on the third floor of my girlfriends Mothers house in Trenton NJ.
Smoking, drinking and watching late night reruns of M.A.S.H. on T.V.
I was pretty much a lost soul, wasting away and floating aimlessly through life.
Then, the most spectacular miracle occurred! One that I still cannot believe. My girlfriend decided to be my Wife! I was useless, a major pothead drop out who was totally out of it.
Bonnie saw something in me that No one else saw, not even me.
From that day on I have strived to prove her right.
Most people thought that these two young kids had no idea what they were getting into;
They all thought that it would not last.
Many who thought that are divorced now.
I now own my own company,
go to church regularly,
have two kids and am involved in their lives,
And I have been married today for Twenty years!
This Woman who saw something in a kid who was wasting away is the most precious thing in my life. She is my life.
She saved my life.
She is my miracle.

Monday, September 20, 2004


War on Weather

Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day;
teach that person to use the internet and they won't
bother you for months.

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Worst Analogies Ever Written in a High School Essay

The following are actual winning analogies in the "worst
analogies ever written in a high school essay" contest

  1. They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences that resembled Nancy Kerrigan's teeth.

  2. He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.

  3. She caught your eye like one of those pointy hook latches that used to dangle from screen doors and would fly up whenever you banged the door open again.

  4. The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn't.

  5. McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty Bag filled with vegetable soup.

  6. From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you're on vacation in another city and "Jeopardy" comes on at 7pm instead of 7:30.

  7. Her hair glistened in the rain like nose hair after a sneeze.

  8. Her eyes were like two brown circles with big black dots in the center.

  9. Bob was as perplexed as a hacker who means to access T:\\aaakk/ch@ung but gets T:\flw.quidaaak/ch@ng by mistake.

  10. He was as tall as a six-foot three-inch tree.

  11. The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease.

  12. Her date was pleasant enough, but she knew that if her life was a movie this guy would be burried in the credits as something like "Second Tall Man."

  13. Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36pm traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19pm at a speed of 35 mph.

  14. The politician was gone but unnoticed, like the period after the Dr. on a Dr. Pepper can.

  15. John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met.

  16. The thunder was ominous-sounding, much like the sound of a thin sheet of metal being shaken backstage during the storm scene in a play.

  17. His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a drier without "Cling-Free."

  18. The red brick wall was the color of a brick-red crayola crayon.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004


Saturday, September 11, 2004


This morning the sun will come up,
Just like it did a few years ago,
Crisp sunlight becons the day forward into choas,
Memories still have not organized the thoughts and feelings of that September Morning,
I want to cry and scream,
I want to go back to bed and wake up again to find that it did not happen,
The growing uncertainty that the world has changed forever,
You have changed forever,
And quit possibly you do not like what you have changed into.
Hunt them down!
Do not let this happen again,
But it keeps happening,
Again and again,
The Phillipines,
Thoughts of that day haunt me,
Like a ghost just out of my vision,
The sun will come up today,
On a world that is just askew,
Of what I knew it to be.


Friday, September 10, 2004


Thursday, September 09, 2004




Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Garden Gnomes

Burnt toast
The unusual titles of 10 national anthems:

Just One Night (Burkina Faso)

The Song of Rallying (Cameroon)

Where is My Home? (Czech Republic)

There is a Lovely Land (Denmark)

Let's Walk Down the Path of Our Great Happiness (Equitorial Guinea)

Your Flag is a Heavenly Light (Honduras)

Awaken, Romanian (Romania)

Pluck Your Koras, Hit Your Balafons (Senegal)

Ukraine Has Not Died Yet (Ukraine)

We We We (Vanuatu)

In the course of any normal person's life, miracles happen roughly once a month.

The Law of Large Numbers

Miracle on Probability Street
The Law of Large Numbers guarantees that one-in-a-million miracles happen 295 times a day in America.

Because I am often introduced
as a "professional skeptic," people feel compelled to
challenge me with stories about highly improbable events.
The implication is that if I cannot offer a satisfactory
natural explanation for that particular event, the general
principle of supernaturalism is preserved. A common story
is the one about having a dream or thought about the death
of a friend or relative and then receiving a phone call
five minutes later about the unexpected death of that very
I cannot always explain such specific incidents, but a
principle of probability called the Law of Large Numbers
shows that an event with a low probability of occurrence
in a small number of trials has a high probability of
occurrence in a large number of trials. Events with
million-to-one odds happen 295 times a day in America.

By Michael Shermer


Those crazy French!
Lottery tickets to win smokes!

Monday, September 06, 2004

Sunday, September 05, 2004

Beaches are giant blank spaces, washed clean every day, on to which all sorts of hopes are projected. But they do not transcend politics - in fact, they represent a third way between market and state

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the beach

Sunday morning

Saturday, September 04, 2004


Friday, September 03, 2004


Thursday, September 02, 2004

The new Soldier

John Kerry's book lampooning the Iwa Jima memorial.
Note the upside down flag which is a great insult to America.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Not Again!

too funny