Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Dennis & David , La Puente, California in maybe 1961.
Click the names for a fun story about David and I.
And one with Sandy as a barber.
Notice that all the plants behind us are tall and straight. That is because my dad learned to garden from his father Pablo.
Pablo's Work

Automobile

United States products were made from foundry to assembly when I grew up in the 1950's. Cheap labor moved the foundry's into other countries in the last 60 years.
We have all had to wait for a car part from some country where the standards are not as high as ours.
I think President Obama is tired of those poor standards and wants us (the United States Citizen) to manufacture our cars of the future.
When they built Lock and Dam #50 (finished 1929) on the Ohio River the foundry ( for the parts of the lock and Dam ) was in Crittenden County (at Lock and Dam #50).
When I was in the Navy aboard the USS Frontier AD-25 the ship had a foundry onboard to make parts for other ships.
Children can create a foundry with jello and a mold or jello and fine wet sand out side.
Do our children understand the craftsmanship of the 20th century?
As I see it most young folks work at Big Bank, Burger Biggie and Pay Little.
It will take a leader who will grab our hands and lead us toward a well-crafted automobile.

March 30, 2009

In this MegaVote for Kentucky's 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes -

  • Senate: The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act
  • House: Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009

Upcoming Congressional Bills -

  • Senate: Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for FY 2010
  • House: To amend the executive compensation provisions of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008
  • House: Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for FY 2010

Recent Senate Votes
The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act - Vote Passed (79-19, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate passed this national service bill which would increase the number of AmeriCorps volunteers from 75,000 to 250,000 and designate September 11 as a national day of service and remembrance.

Sen. Mitch McConnell voted NO......send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Jim Bunning voted NO......send e-mail or see bio


Recent House Votes
Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 - Vote Passed (285-140, 6 Not Voting)

The House agreed to the Senate amendments to H.R. 146, sending this package of public lands, national parks and water development legislation to the president.

Rep. Ed Whitfield voted YES......send e-mail or see bio


Upcoming Votes
Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for FY 2010 - S.Con.Res.13

This week, the Senate will work on the FY 2010 budget.



To amend the executive compensation provisions of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 - H.R.1664

The House will vote on this bill intended to curb bonuses of executives at financial institutions that receive Troubled Asset Relief Program money.



Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for FY 2010 - H.Con.Res.__

The House is scheduled to vote on their FY 2010 budget.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Earth Day

Ever since we had our ice storm in February I have been keeping everything off except for the heat, two computers (I leave Motherkitty's computer alone), refrigerator, freezer and one light bulb (fluorescent). I do use the dishwasher and the clothes washer. But they are off until needed. When I walk into a room I leave the lights off unless I am going to need light for a project or it is too dark to see.
Just about every light we have is fluorescent.
We were in bed asleep when the time arrived to turn off everything.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Nuclear Power

I woke up listening about the Messerschmitt Bf 109 then something about the environment and nuclear power (Michael Goo Legislative Director of the Climate Center at the Natural Resources Defense Council).
Nuclear may work elsewhere but here in Western Kentucky we have real damage to people, land and water because we to tried to clean up nuclear rods and ended up with an environmental disaster.
From a reliable source! is what is happening around me as I speak. Is our local water safe to drink? I have not a clue? Is the problem in the Ohio River fixed I do not think so; it is one of those problem that we hear, "We will deal with that in a while." And our leaders will move on like the Madd Hatter whispering to hiss... self like Gollum, "Gotta run! gotta run?!"
It is still dark out and our clock is ticking in the quiet morning of this abode. Alleycat is resting on the arm of this chair and Peaches is taking a bath on Motherkitty's Chair. I rock and Alleycat does not mind; her claws are in a prevent sleeping mode (she is there but she does not know it mode). She turned her head because a sense in her realized I was thinking about her. Time for a cup of coffee.
MAP OF AREA

Nuclear Power

The Ohio River runs south between Metropolis Il. and Paducah Ky. The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant is located in western Kentucky, 10 miles west of the City of Paducah. The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, operated by the United States Enrichment Corporation, a subsidiary of USEC Inc., is the only operating uranium enrichment facility in the United States. The soil around the plant is not healthy and has been known to invade underground water sources.
Across the river at Joppa Il. is a concrete Mfg. and loading facility. If you have ever held powdered concrete in your hand you know that it generates a heat and can burn you severely.
Down river above Olmsted Il. is Lock and Dam # 53. A friend who worked for USACE told me that in a study to build Olmsted Dam they put a stainless steal plate at the bottom of the river with a cable tied to the bank for retrieval. When they came back the following year they lifted the cable and realized that their cable had chemically disappeared. The river is so chemically volatile there that Olmsted Dam is not complete because steel below the water will not last.
They have tested a wicket type dam across the river from Smithland Lock and Dam. The wickets tested were made of composite materials. As of 2002 they were still in place at the Smithland facility.

MAP of AREA

A few years ago I bought at the sporting goods store some "SpiderWire" fishing line. Well I did not like it as fishing line because my knife or teeth would not cut it. Fingernail clippers seem to be the only thing that works.

Any way I love the line because it is indestructible and very useful around the house. At the moment I am watching a program about composite airplanes. Are they good or bad? At Smithland lock we have composite wickets on the far side of the dam. They were put there to test there usefulness against rust and corrosion. Fishing rods are made of composite materials and so are windshields on NASCAR racing cars (Lexan). Yesterday swiftly moving across the Internet I found this website which says that they have developed a thin material stronger that steel. We can imagine an airplane with this covering inside and out to give it flexibility and strength in a storm or crash.

From: Kentucky Environmental Matters

US DOE’s Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant

The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP) is located approximately 10 miles west of Paducah, Kentucky, and 3 miles south of the Ohio River. PGDP is owned and operated by the Department of Energy (DOE.) It was constructed from 1951 to 1954. DOE enriched uranium at the plant from 1952 to 1993. At that time, Congress transferred production of enriched uranium from DOE to the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC). DOE assumed the role of landlord with an environmental cleanup mission. Bechtel Jacobs Company LLC is currently DOE’s management and integration contractor, with responsibility for environmental remediation, waste management, and management of depleted uranium hexafluoride.

From fiscal year 1988 through 2003, DOE spent $823 million (in 2002 dollars) at the Paducah site. Of this total, DOE spent about $372 million (45 percent) for a host of operations activities, including general maintenance and security; $298 million (36 percent) for actions to clean up contamination and waste; and $153 million (19 percent) for studies to assess the extent of contamination and determine what cleanup actions were needed. DOE currently projects that the cleanup will take until 2019 and cost almost $1.6 billion to complete - 9 years and about $300 million more than DOE’s earlier projection.
The $1.6 billion, however, does not include the cost of other DOE activities required at the site after the plant ceases operations, including final decontamination and decommissioning of the plant and long-term environmental monitoring. DOE estimates these activities will cost almost $5 billion and bring DOE’s total costs at the site, including the $823 million already spent, to over $7 billion through 2070 (in 2002 dollars). [...]” See United States General Accounting Office: Nuclear Waste Cleanup: DOE Has Made Some Progress in Cleaning Up the Paducah Site, but Challenges Remain, Report to Congressional Committees, GAO-04-457, April 1, 2004. Download full report (927k PDF). U.S. EPA’s second five-year review of the CERCLA cleanup of the PGDP will begin in 2008.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Another Katrina - Flooding This Year

Since Ronald Reagan was president we have cut back the size of the Federal Government. One of the maintenance programs that has been cut badly is the dredging of the rivers and lakes in the United States. Because of this 20 year lack of funds the Army Corps of Engineers has to run their business on shoestring budgets and cut back on badly needed maintenance. This may be the first time in over 20 years that they have enough to pay for some of this maintenance.

It is a little to late for the folks that have communities under water this morning.
I just chatted with Kitten Yarn on facebook. That was a surprise. She saw me online and said,"Hi Dad"

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Little Sister at Motherkitty's

Here is something that Little Sister did on her own while she was here for her birthday party. She was busy doing this while everyone else was busy elsewhere. The link above shows us more photos of Little Sister at Motherkitty's blog. It took a lot of patience to create this alphabet and numbered drawing.
Good Job Little Sister. Give her a hug mom.

I am cleaning the carpets. A male cat came in Tuesday-Wednesday night and left his scent in our home.
I closed the cat door and all the cats are outside except for Alleycat and Ice D. I have a big project here to clean this mess up. So much for the freedom to come and go as you please.

Volcano's and Oil Tanks

Another link below.
http://news.google.com/news?pz=1&ned=us&hl=en&q=volcano

Flooding

Lakes maintain water elevations for drinking water and flood control.
The Ohio River where I worked for 30 years maintained 9' water elevations to move cargo from upper end of the river to the lower end of the river. River depth is maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers who in turn hire dredges to remove silt and sand away from the river channels. When I first started working on the Ohio River the dredges moved the silt and sand to the bank where farmers moved the soil to an appropriate area; by removing the silt and sand in this way the rivers were wide and deep. In today's environment the dredged silt and sand is not allowed to leave the river and small islands are created making the river smaller and shallower. The volume of water stored in the Ohio river is at least half of what it was 30 years ago because the sand and silt is only moved to other areas by natural water erosion and silting methods; the earths gravity is always wanting to flatten the earth so it moves silt and sand to low points and banks.
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By removing the silt from all area lakes in the south, more water can be stored in reservoirs and lakes. Ingram Materials in Paducah Kentucky removes sand and gravel from the river locally. By removing the silt from all area lakes in the south, more water can be stored in reservoirs and lakes. Local county and city lakes can buy or hire dredges to dig their lakes deeper. Environmental law will have to be changed to accommodate the idea of moving the silt and sand to the lake banks. Local area grant money in todays environment is used to bring families to rural areas not to dig their lakes deeper.

What you can do is send your congressman this post about dredging our lakes and rivers. If those lakes and rivers hold more water then the Corps can control the floods better - give it a thought.
Dredging reservoirs (In Kentucky (removing silt to dry land)) makes them deeper creating more water for drinking and flood control; it could make you look smart.

Kentucky At Work

Why I am for the stimulus package.

Why I am for the stimulus package.

George Bush opened the doors of cheap labor ignoring all the labor laws about immigration. He even wanted to build a highway from Mexico to Canada so that laborers could travel into the heart of the United States quickly. He helped all those farms, chicken processors and building contractors take good work away from our building trades in the United States.
Have you seen HGTV (home and Garden Television). Who do you see in the background working in the dirt and stone?
When I was in Las Vegas during the building boom (2000) more than half of the labor force bent over on the roofs of those building were from out of country.
I understand that this country was built on the backs of slave labor but how far do we go when we take the trades away from our youth. Computers, carpenters, plumbers, home building, steel workers, etc.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Open for Questions

The White House Blog

It is a gray morning in Kentucky. In the quiet of morning the Mockingbird is singing his or her song. I hear a hum in my ear, it is either electricity in this home or a ringing in my ear. I have no clue? It could be the sound of thought traveling the circuits in my brain. Other than that it is quiet.
My sister Sandy is sick this morning and I do hope she feels better by this afternoon. I sent here these jokes.

Q: How do you tell if there is an elephant in your refrigerator?
A: Look for his footprints in the cheesecake.

Q: Why were the early days of history called the dark ages?
A: Because there were so many knights!

Q: What's red and white on the outside but gray and white on the inside?
A: Campbell's Cream of Elephant Soup!

Q: Why is England the wettest country?
A: Because the queen has reigned there for years!

Q: How do you tell if there are two elephants in your refrigerator?
A: Look for two sets of footprints side by side.

Q: How did the Vikings send secret messages?
A: By norse code!

Q: Who invented fractions?
A: Henry the 1/4th!

Q: How do you tell if there are three elephants in your refrigerator?
A: The door won't close.

Q: How do you make instant elephant?
A: Open the package, add water, and run!

Q: What kind of lighting did Noah use for the ark?
A: Floodlights!

Q: How many giraffes will fit in the refrigerator?
A: None: there are already too many elephants in there.

Q: What did they do at the Boston Tea Party?
A: "I don't know, I wasn't invited!"

Q: Why do elephants paint their toenails red?
A: So they can hide in a strawberry patch.

Q: What's purple and 5000 miles long?
A: The grape wall of China.

Q: How do you get an elephant into a Volkswagon Beetle?
A: Open the door, insert elephant, close door.

Q: What did Mason say to Dixon?
A: We've got to draw the line here!

Q: Who made King Arthur's round table?
A: Sir-Cumference

Q: How do you get 4 elephants in a Volkswagon?
A: Two in the front and two in the back

Q: Who is the most famous male singing elephant?
A: Harry Elephante he is in the back seat of the Volkswagon.

Q: Who built the ark?
A: I have Noah idea!

Q: What does Tarzan say when he sees a herd of elephants in the distance?
A: "Look, a herd of elephants in the distance"

Q: What does Tarzan say when he sees a herd of elephants with sunglasses
A: Nothing. He doesn't recognize them.

Q: Why aren't you doing well in history?
A: Because the teacher keeps on asking about things that happened
before I was born!

Q: How do you know if an elephant is visiting your house?
A: There is a Volkswagon parked outside with 3 elephants in it and Harry Elephante singing in your yard.

Q: What did Ceasar say to Cleopatra?
A: Toga-ether we can rule the world!

Q: How do you get an elephant into the fridge?

1. Open door.
2. Insert elephant.
3. Close door.

Q: How do you get a giraffe into the fridge?

1. Open door.
2. Remove elephant.
3. Insert giraffe.
4. Close door.

Q: Abraham Lincoln had a very hard childhood. He had to walk 8 miles
to school every day!
A: "Well, he should have gotten up earlier and caught the schoolbus
like everyone else!"

Q: Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?
A: At the bottom!

Q: What do Alexander the Great and Kermit the Frog have in common?
A: The same middle name!

Q: What is the fruitiest subject at school?
A: "History, because it's full of dates!"

Q: Why did the pioneers cross the country in covered wagons?
A: Because they didn't want to wait 40 years for a train!

Q. The lion, the king of the jungle, decided to have a party. He
invited all the animals in the jungle, and they all came except five.
Which ones?
A. The giraffe, because he was still in the fridge and the elephants which are at your home.

Q: "When a knight was killed in battle, what sign did they put on his grave?"
A: Rust in peace!

Q: How was the Roman Empire cut in half?
A: With a pair of Caesars!

Q: How do you get an elephant into a VW?
A: Open the car door, put the elephant inside, close the door.

Q: How do you put an elephant into a fridge?
A: Open the VW door, take the elephant out, close the VW door, open
the fridge, put the elephant inside, close the fridge.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Bank Ransom

The banks remind me of the character at left. If you do not pay them, then they will not work and if you pay them they still won't work....so there! Or you pissed me off and I won't move any money.
The banks are holding up our country like Jesse James held up those stage coaches.
Another word we can use is ransom; or I will take my bank and go home until you come up with the more money.
I think the Feds will have to hire honest GI Joe to start a Federal Bank in your home town.
I think the old banks in town are renting you that old house they wont fix up or building on to their existing structure.

Do not touch the bag of money; you may get sucked into a fourth dimension.


March 23, 2009

In this MegaVote for Kentucky's 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes -

  • Senate: Confirmation of Ronald Kirk to be U.S. Trade Representative
  • Senate: Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009
  • House: Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) Act
  • House: To impose an additional tax on bonuses received from certain TARP recipients

Upcoming Congressional Bills -

  • Senate: Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) Act
  • House: Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009
  • House: Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement Act

Recent Senate Votes
Confirmation of Ronald Kirk to be U.S. Trade Representative - Vote Confirmed (92-5, 2 Not Voting)

On Wednesday, Ron Kirk was confirmed as U.S. Trade Representative.

Sen. Mitch McConnell voted YES......send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Jim Bunning voted NO......send e-mail or see bio


Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 - Vote Passed (77-20, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate passed this package of legislation related to public lands, national parks and water development.

Sen. Mitch McConnell voted NO......send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Jim Bunning voted NO......send e-mail or see bio


Recent House Votes
Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) Act - Vote Passed (321-105, 6 Not Voting)

The House passed this bill to reauthorize and reform national service programs.

Rep. Ed Whitfield voted NO......send e-mail or see bio


To impose an additional tax on bonuses received from certain TARP recipients - Vote Passed (328-93, 10 Not Voting)

The House passed this bill that would enact an additional income tax on bonuses given to employees or former employees of companies that received Troubled Assets Relief Program money.

Rep. Ed Whitfield voted YES......send e-mail or see bio


Upcoming Votes
Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) Act - H.R.1388

This week the Senate will work on this national service bill.



Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 - H.R.146

The House will vote on this public lands, national parks and water development legislation.



Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement Act - H.R.1404

The House is scheduled to vote on this bill intended to improve funding and management of fighting wildfires.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Bold Endeavors: How Our Government Built America, and Why It Must Rebuild Now

A book by Felix Rohatyn
Things that I know about.
Lewis and Clark Expedition
The Erie Canal and the Lock and Dam Projects
Water Reservoirs
Federal Highway and Interstates
The Panama Canal
The Railroads
Federal Grants for Research
The Federal Park System
The Louisiana Purchase
Seward's Folly
Work Projects Administration
Fair Labor Standards Act
Fair Labor Standards Act Repealed by Ronald Reagan and Walmart

PolitFact

PolitiFact is a project of the St. Petersburg Times to help you find the truth in politics.
There is also Truth-O-Meter or Flip-O-Meter for all political statements by anyone.

Where is Superman?

Where is Superman when all the wall street tycoons walk away with Uncle Sams money.
It makes you wonder where the money going to Iraq went in the last 4 years?......... 10 billion a month for the last 48 months?
What is our population in the United States? 300,000,000
Lets give each one of us a million dollars. 300,000,000 X $1,000,000.
I do not know what that is $300,000,000, 000,000.
I forgot some folks get $6,000,000.
Did you ever wonder how Santa got all those presents out of one bag?
Just think how wall street works now.
They do not call their big bag, "Santa's Bag"?

Do not touch the bag of money; you may get sucked into a fourth dimension.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Internet Explorer 8

I have been using Internet Explorer for the last two days and it a slow browser. They said they were going to speed it up (Microsoft may have) but it very slow on my Vista computer. It could be when I loaded it it also loaded some back taxes from Microsoft (lumbering software).
I may have to remove Vista and reload it; I did it once last year.
Every time these programs keep updating they add more security which bog the program down.

The Sun Day

A time for reflection and relaxation. But Motherkitty has to work on the sun day.
In Kentucky we have the Blue Laws which are ignored and now are left up to the cities in each county.
Blue Laws seem a little extreme but we have to remember that people in power centuries ago worked slaves seven days a week.
The Bible asks you to rest on your day of prayer which is ignored and now are left up to the people.
I personally believe that each moment on this planet should be a spiritual quest of wonder and learning.

King and Queen of the United States

The United States was formed by people that did not want a king as their leader. They wanted every citizen to rule the country.
We did not want a king or religious party picking people up off the streets putting them in jail on trumped up charges and torturing them.
Bush and Chaney were pretty close to being "King and Queen of the United States".
They used 9/11 to invade Iraq, then formed Guantanamo Bay detention camp to torture people that the Taliban told us were terrorists.
It is true that some of the prisoners our soldiers picked up were terrorists.
But:
What ever happened to international law?
What ever happened to habeas corpus?

Saturday, March 21, 2009

It has taken me awhile to see this morning; I am not blind.
The world around me is pleasant and cool; somewhere about 40 degrees.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Where is Grandma

Hieroglyphics for Children and Parents

Write Like an Egyptian

Write your name in hieroglyphs,
the way an Egyptian scribe might have written it.

Click Here Link
Little Brother, Dancer Girl, Kitten Yarn and Little Sister

Surprise Party

Photo of Dancer Girl, Little Sister in their new Spring Outfits and
Little Brother
in his Mouse T-Shirt.
It is Friday and Motherkitty has a doctors appointment this morning.
Kitten Yarn and the children are asleep. We had a birthday party for Little Sister last night and we were very happy that everyone was well.

Little Sister Blowing Out the Candles.
This was a lucky shot she blew the candles out two times before Motherkitty could capture this photo.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Surprise

Fleetwood Mac - Dreams

Fleetwood Mac - You make loving fun 1977

Fleetwood Mac - Sara - Live in 1979

At 2:00pm my daughter Kitten Yarn called and wanted to know what time we would be in Murray tomorrow. At 2:20 my Medicare Survey lady arrived to do my survey. When the survey was done at 3:30pm I was wondering where Motherkitty was? I sat in my chair and picked up my cell phone and called Motherkitty to see where she was at; as I did I looked out as she answered and I saw her van coming down the street with another green van behind. Motherkitty said, This is me on the street". The Green Van was Kitten Yarn and the kids.
When Kitten Yarn called she was one mile from Motherkitty at Walmart in Princeton Ky. The kids surprised Motherkitty at her register. Surprise!!

Jane Fonda

Natasha Richardson died in skiing accident in Canada and while reading the news I saw this posted, "I first met her on the set of “Julia.” She was a little girl but already beautiful and graceful." and it was from Jane Fonda's Blog. I thought Jane has a blog? Lets check it out and I did with a Google search. I was surprised of how nicely she writes and not afraid to post what she thinks (with some taste). The way she writes it is best to start at the beginning.
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It is now close to 9:00am. I have to clean the living room rug. It is Spring and the birds are singing.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

AIG Offices patrolled by Armed Guards

From Mina:
"A tidal wave of public outrage over bonus payments swamped American International Group yesterday. Hired guards stood watch outside the suburban Connecticut offices of AIG Financial Products, the division whose exotic derivatives brought the insurance giant to the brink of collapse last year. Inside, death threats and angry letters flooded e-mail inboxes. Irate callers lit up the phone lines. Senior managers submitted their resignations. Some employees didn't show up at all."
The night was warm and comfortable. I have a TV tower (It is down on the ground in four sections.) and I thought of putting a wind turbine up there. The problem is that the torque would rip that side of the house down. My problem is the soft earth around our home because of the water table below us. I would have to build a foundation for the tower to stand alone.
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The kitten is sinew and muscle steel and a holy terror to all the other cats. He met his match when he met the tom outside; he knows when to come in if things get out of hand. He mock fights George the big fat neutered male. Polly-I and the white females are hunters and have nothing to do the young kitten. They are stronger than George. I awoke with the birds singing this morning but we have no birds at the feeders. The kitten was learning to hunt at the feeders yesterday. He plays hard and just falls- falls asleep. He is sitting on the rocker like a lion. Allycat is at my side listening to the birds (she is blind).
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It is quiet now all activity has come to a halt. The kitten has come to my side and listens to the outside noises. A tractor, air brakes, bird chirps and a cycling sound from the kitchen (the dishwasher). We have easter grass growing but it is not tall enough to hide a easter bunny.