Friday, September 30, 2016

Catching the wire

Skills, he has them

Wise words which bear consideration while we citizens prepare to vote for a president.

The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions.
An Address Delivered By Abraham Lincoln Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Ill. January 27, 1837
Note, a speech delivered well before the civil war.

[Emphasis Added] In the great journal of things happening under the sun, we, the American people, find our account running under date of the nineteenth century of the Christian era. We find ourselves in the peaceful possession of the fairest portion of the earth as regards extent of territory, fertility of soil, and salubrity of climate. 
We find ourselves under the government of a system of political institutions conducing more essentially to the ends of civil and religious liberty than any of which the history of former times tells us. 
We, when mounting the stage of existence, found ourselves the legal inheritors of these fundamental blessings. We toiled not in the acquirement or establishment of them; they are a legacy bequeathed us by a once hardy, brave, and patriotic, but now lamented and departed, race of ancestors. Theirs was the task (and nobly they performed it) to possess themselves, and through themselves us, of this goodly land, and to uprear upon its hills and its valleys a political edifice of liberty and equal rights; 'tis ours only to transmit these—the former unprofaned by the foot of an invader, the latter undecayed by the lapse of time and untorn by usurpation—to the latest generation that fate shall permit the world to know. This task gratitude to our fathers, justice to ourselves, duty to posterity, and love for our species in general, all imperatively require us faithfully to perform.
How then shall we perform it? At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant to step the ocean and crush us at a blow? Never! 
All the armies of Europe, Asia, and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest, with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force take a drink from the Ohio or make a track on the Blue Ridge in a trial of a thousand years.
At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer. If it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us; it cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen we must live through all time or die by suicide.
....I know the American people are much attached to their government; I know they would suffer much for its sake; I know they would endure evils long and patiently before they would ever think of exchanging it for another,—yet, notwithstanding all this, if the laws be continually despised and disregarded, if their rights to be secure in their persons and property are held by no better tenure than the caprice of a mob, the alienation of their affections from the government is the natural consequence; and to that, sooner or later, it must come.
.... There are now, and will hereafter be, many causes, dangerous in their tendency, which have not existed heretofore, and which are not too insignificant to merit attention. That our government should have been maintained in its original form, from its establishment until now, is not much to be wondered at. 
It had many props to support it through that period, which now are decayed and crumbled away. .... 
But those histories are gone. They can be read no more forever. They were a fortress of strength; but what invading foeman could never do, the silent artillery of time has done—the leveling of its walls..... They were pillars of the temple of liberty; and now that they have crumbled away that temple must fall unless we, their descendants, supply their places with other pillars, hewn from the solid quarry of sober reason. 
Passion has helped us, but can do so no more. It will in future be our enemy. Reason—cold, calculating, unimpassioned reason—must furnish all the materials for our future support and defense. Let those materials be molded into general intelligence, sound morality, and, in particular, a reverence for the Constitution and laws; and that we improved to the last, that we remained free to the last, that we revered his name to the last, that during his long sleep we permitted no hostile foot to pass over or desecrate his resting place, shall be that which to learn the last trump shall awaken our Washington.

Upon these let the proud fabric of freedom rest, as the rock of its basis; and as truly as has been said of the only greater institution, "the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."  -- Abraham Lincoln -- The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions 1837

Excellent shot from Mars

Now, just need a McDonald's or Wendy's 

Friday Open Road

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Mine would be "Your Glittering Magnificence."

A new policy at the University of Michigan allows students to choose their preferred pronouns — including the gender-neutral “they” and “ze” — to appear on class rosters.
With that in mind, one conservative student, Grant Strobl, who is also chairman of the Young Americans for Freedom board of governors, decided to troll the university administration by officially requesting his pronoun to be changed to “His Majesty.”  He was successful.

                                                  The institution of higher foolishness  

Psst, Hillary, psst!

Thanks, but I'll stick with Sriracha or Yucateco Sauce.

In the ancient Roman world a salty, oily condiment made from fermented fish guts took the Roman Empire by storm.  Called garum, it became an important commodity all over the empire, providing fats, protein, salts, vitamins, minerals, and most importantly flavor to places in the empire were little could be found.  Originally a Greek creation, the Roman obsession with garum would propel the fish sauce to become the most popular condiment in the Roman Empire.

When the fishmongers gutted the daily catch, the guts, scales, and other inedible parts were not merely thrown away, rather they were gathered by the garum maker.  The guts were coated with salt, layered in large urns, and left out to heat in the sun for one to three months.  During this time the ingredients would liquefy and ferment, forming a thick paste.  When ready, a clear amber colored fluid would separate for the thicker material.  This clear fluid was pure garum, and was skimmed, bolted, and sold for a hefty price.  The skimming of more fluid would lead to cloudier and less pure forms of garum, which were much cheaper.  The remaining paste was called “allum”, and was sold as a budget “poor mans garum sauce”.  All grades of garum were flavored with different herbs and spices, depending on local tastes.

 The garum makers were relegated to the outskirts of a city, as the process of garum making tended to create an enormous stench.  Garum itself became one of the most important commodities of the Roman world, being shipped all over Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.  It was issued regularly as rations for Roman soldiers and was even accepted as money.  Garum was also valued for its medicinal value; used to treat dog bites, (or cause, one would think) diarrhea, ulcers, dysentery, to remove unwanted hair, and to remove freckles (NOOO!).

Alas the fall of the Roman Empire would lead to the fall of garum, especially as Germanic peoples who turned their noses at fermented fish sauce settled Europe and carved out kingdoms from the former Roman Empire.  Today garum still can be found, though only produced by small business who cater to specialty gourmet foods.  At around the same time the Romans were making garum, peoples in Southeast Asia were making a remarkably similar fish sauce called  nước mắm, which today is still widely popular in Vietnamese, Thai, and Cambodian cuisine.

Typical. Dog swallows Monopoly dog


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Mud test. AR15 vs. AK 47 Fun.

2700 year old bag of weed found in China. Shockingly, it's still ready to smoke, or bake into brownies. Did they find any brownies in the tomb, and if so, did they eat them?

Researchers found all 789 grams of dried cannabis buried beside, what they believe, to be a shaman of the Gushi culture. It was found in Turpan in northwest China.
Dry conditions and the alkaline soil preserved the stash, which enabled scientists to study it. Sure, it was the dry, alkaline soil.  Yeah.
Well, hey, the reason that weed is so fresh is the wise Chinese stored it away in a zip lock baggie!  Now, those scientists just have to separate a little, when no one is watching, and smoke it.  While watching a Cheech and Chong movie.  While devouring munchies.

Well, well, well. Imagine that, voter fraud.

Federal sources confirm to KING 5 that Cetin was not a U.S. citizen, meaning legally he cannot vote. However, state records show Cetin registered to vote in 2014 and participated in three election cycles, including the May presidential primary.
It turns out that the lack of a legal requirement for identification is at fault.
"While voters must attest to citizenship upon registering online or registering to vote at the Department of Licensing Office, Washington state doesn't require proof of citizenship. Therefore elections officials say the state's elections system operates, more or less, under an honor system."
"We don’t have a provision in state law that allows us either county elections officials or the Secretary of State's office to verify someone’s citizenship," explained Secretary of State Kim Wyman. "So, we’re in this place where we want to make sure we’re maintaining people’s confidence in the elections and the integrity of the process, but also that we’re giving this individual, like we would any voter, his due process."
How about our rights as citizens not to have our rightful voiced cancelled by this kind of fraud, Mrs. Wyman?  Until the Democrats are expelled from political power, this will simply continue, as they benefit from it. Disgraceful.

Only in Iceland

Reykjavik City Council has announced its decision to switch off street lights in selected parts of the Icelandic capital to enable those in the city to enjoy the fantastic Northern Lights display forecast for tonight.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Direct hit

Typhoon Megi is the most recent in a string of storms that have battered Taiwan this year. The category 4 storm left more than 2.9 million Taiwanese without power to their homes and businesses, the Associated Press reported. In Taiwan, several deaths and more than 250 injuries have been reported so far. The Focus Taiwan News Channel posted a photo of a steeply leaning telephone pole and windblown wreckage against a dark sky.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this natural-color image right before Megi made landfall in Taiwan around 5:25am Universal Time on September 27, 2016 (1:25am of the 28th, local time). By 2:00am, the storm had passed the island and was moving in on mainland China with maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers (80 miles) per hour, according to the Hong Kong Observatory.

U.S. owes black people reparations for a history of ‘racial terrorism,’ says U.N. panel

Time to leave the UN.  It's now just another globalist center of power that wants to redistribute money to groups it favors.

We Americans pay a huge chunk of their budget, and all the pajama boys and girls there would faint straight away if all that sweet money went away.

Besides, if you pay reparations to the Blacks for slavery, wouldn't you also have to pay the Slavs, who gave their name to this practice in English?

A stocking stuffer for Christmas

And it's not expensive.  Crazy fun, but you'll annoy the neighbors.

A lot of energy going to that one spot

Cabin, or maybe garden, Porn

Something you used to see, but not anymore.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Mondays, they're like that.

Big Fox - Arapaho 1898

If Trump wins Colorado and Ohio, he likely wins the election.

In Colorado, a swing state with 9 electoral votes, Trump leads Democratic nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton by 4 points—outside the survey’s 3.5 percent margin of error. Trump, at 41 percent, leads Clinton—who has just 37 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson takes 6 percent and Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party takes 6 percent, and 10 percent of the voters polled are undecided. The poll, conducted from Sept. 22 to Sept. 23, surveyed 799 registered voters in Colorado.

In Ohio, Trump, at 43 percent, leads Clinton’s 42 percent—while Johnson pulls 6 percent and Stein pulls 1 percent with 8 percent undecided. That poll, also conducted Sept. 22 to Sept. 23, surveyed 850 registered voters in the Buckeye State—and has a margin of error of 3.4 percent.
“Ohio is the backbone of Republican presidential campaigns,” Kaplan said. “Romney in 2012 received fewer votes than McCain did in 2008, but gauging the intensity on the GOP side in 2016, we are going to see Trump top both of them. Trump has great support there in pockets that he is expanding. He might have won the primary if he was not playing in many states, while Governor Kasich was focused on his own.”

The launch was good - at first....

Tank Hit by ATGM Results in Epic Cook Off

One guy, at least, got out alive.

Canadian Fishermen Catches Fabled 650-Pound, Century-Old Sturgeon out of Canada's Fraser River.

Nick McCabe is a tour guide with River Monster Adventures, a company based out of Lillooet, B.C. that specializes in taking fishermen on trips up and down the Fraser River searching for sturgeon. It’s been decades since the last time Pig Nose was sighted, but earlier this week, McCabe and a tour group nabbed the enormous fish. After two hours of struggling, they finally wrangled Pig Nose out of the deep waters. The legendary fish is more than 10 feet long and weighs 650 pounds.

Luckily for Pig Nose, all of River Monster Adventures’ sturgeon-fishing trips are catch-and-release. After posing for a few photos and having its measurements taken, the giant sturgeon was sent back into Fraser River to grow even bigger.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Your good news of the day: For the first time ever, neuroscientists have treated a total quadriplegic with stem cells, and he has substantially recovered the functions of his upper body only two months into the process.

The Keck Medical Center of USC announced that a team of doctors became the first in California to inject an experimental treatment made from stem cells, AST-OPC1, into the damaged cervical spine of a recently paralyzed 21-year-old man as part of a multi-center clinical trial.
On March 6, just shy of his 21st birthday, Kristopher (Kris) Boesen of Bakersfield suffered a traumatic injury to his cervical spine when his car fishtailed on a wet road, hit a tree, and slammed into a telephone pole.  He was paralyzed from the neck down.
In an experimental procedure, doctors injected an experimental dose of 10 million AST-OPC1 cells directly into Kris’ cervical spinal cord in early April.
“As of 90 days post-treatment, Kris has gained significant improvement in his motor function, up to two spinal cord levels,” said Dr. Liu. “In Kris’ case, two spinal cord levels means the difference between using your hands to brush your teeth, operate a computer or do other things you wouldn’t otherwise be able to do, so having this level of functional independence cannot be overstated.”

Wow. Shove this in the face of anyone who supports BLM. Very powerful.

The original Articles of Confederation of the United States included a provision to admit Canada, if it asked nicely.

Article 11: If "Canada" (as the British-held Province of Quebec was also known) accedes to this confederation, it will be admitted.

The Articles of Confederation was superseded by the Constitution we know today in 1789, but no such provision followed into the new document.  I wonder why?  I wonder what efforts were made to induce Canada to join?

This is bad ass! Custom trucks transport giant wind turbine blades up winding mountain roads.

Hat Tip: Tai Wiki Widbee

A trip down memory lane

                         From years past, some aspen action as it should be experienced.

Man, in this picture I can nearly smell the wet earth and the sage.  I can hear the leaves chattering together in that dry fall air.  Just very evocative.

Beginning the process of Shepherd's bread making tomorrow.

This fall weather has gotten us thinking about bread making.  We took Doug the Wild Sourdough Starter out of hibernation in the fridge and fed him, so he should be bubbling and ready by tomorrow morning.

Doug likes that.

Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza

The yeast doing it's work.

No fancy pants bread making machine here, we just knead by hand and let 'er rise.

Mason Cash Terracotta Bread Baking Set, Includes a Mixing Bowl (11.5-Inch Diameter x 5.5-Inch Height) with Proving Lid/Baking Stone

From a previous bake, a beautiful rise.   I admit, to get this, I add a little store bought yeast to Doug. Then, it's into the camp oven to bake.

The final product, a huge round of bread.  Carb overload.  Very good while still hot and with melted butter and honey.