Sunday, May 31, 2009

Whats Annoying.

Sometimes opening websites are annoying. Just a few minutes ago I went to CNN News and guess what happened. Superimposed over the top of the page another page opened up like a bulls eye.

The Sun Day

The Sun is shinning in my eyes. I do not remember how long ago it was but the power went out here in town. We were sitting outside when our air conditioner started making terrible shrieking and growling sounds. I ran in the house to turn it off and noticed some things on and somethings off. I turned on a light switch and there before me was a bulb half illuminated - a brown out. Current traveling the wrong way - that is why the air conditioner was making the terrible noise - it stopped in mid spin and tried to turn the opposite way -eh? I turned the power off.
The power came back on at 1130.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

David, Gladys, Sandy, Ron and Jerry
0730 It is very sunny out this morning. The birds are singing and the cats are napping. Today I will cut the concrete from the base of my TV tower which is down in sections. Someone is coming today to take the tower for $100.00. So at 0900 I ready myself for that chore, once done I'll mow our lawn.
I talked to Sandy and David yesterday morning (7am there - 9am here) they were getting ready to go out to breakfast with Gladys, Diane, Jerry and families. She called to solve a discussion about what we ate for dinner at Shady Oaks in 1954 (California mountain camp-ground). We were poor and ate boiled potatoes cooked over a campfire (maybe hot dogs).
Jerry said, " Had a great visit with Sandy, Jimmy, Ron and Jo. Ron and Jimmy left Wednesday afternoon so Ron could make a doctor appointment Thursday morning. Sandy and Jo stayed the night at Dave's. Diane got here Thursday and we all went to lunch at the Casino, than back to Dave's. Friday morning we all had breakfast at I-Hop. Jo & Sandy left after breakfast & Diane will head home Sat. morning. It was real good to see all !!"
Jerry posted a bunch of photos up on Facebook to view; it is nice to see their smiling faces.

Jerry, Diane, Sandy and David

Back Row: Dennis, Uncle Derwent, Diane, Uncle Jack, Sandy
Front Row: Jerry, David and Ron
Some stories of those old times.

I cut the concrete from my tower and my eyes are watering from hay fever; I'll have to wear goggles to mow. I did not wear my goggles and the 40 foot TV tower sold for $100.00.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Why is the USDA interested in Broadband and WIFI.

Why is the USDA interested in Broadband and WIFI?
It simply the fast access to up to date information via the Internet to help make decisions on the farms in rural areas. In the photo this tractor is equipped with auto guide steering to eliminate overlapping and driver fatigue.
The stimulus package is working to improve the areas of coverage throughout the nation. One of the benefits of this is very fast home computing in rural areas of our country.
I spent the good portion of the day yesterday in the pool. The day was partly cloudy so that the heater worked part of the time.
I awoke this morning exhausted from the cleaning and the exercises I did in the pool.
Overcast and a chance of rain in on the menu; it is 69 degrees at 7am.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I spent the morning cleaning the pool and doing a little exorcise in the pool.
Motherkitty got new tires on her van. She has been driving my truck to work. My truck has no air-conditioning it went out last summer.
When Motherkitty came home from work we both jumped into the pool. She started the grill and heated it it for hamburgers. We came in to change out of our swimsuits and it started raining so hard that it put out the grill.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

May 26, 2009

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

Recent Congressional Votes -

  • Senate: Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights Act of 2009
  • Senate: Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009
  • House: FAA Reauthorization Act

Editor's Note: The Senate is in recess until Monday, June 1. The House is in recess until Tuesday, June 2.

Recent Senate Votes
Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights Act of 2009 - Vote Passed (90-5, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate passed this bill that would impose restrictions on credit card issuers, including their ability to raise interest rates and charge late fees.

Sen. Mitch McConnell voted YES......send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Jim Bunning voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009 - Vote Passed (86-3, 10 Not Voting)

The Senate passed this $91.3 billion bill providing funds for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The bill now goes to a conference committee with the House.

Sen. Mitch McConnell voted YES......send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Jim Bunning voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

Recent House Votes
FAA Reauthorization Act - Vote Passed (277-136, 20 Not Voting)

This bill authorizes $70 billion in Federal Aviation Administration funding through September 2012.

Rep. Ed Whitfield voted NO......send e-mail or see bio
Today is Tuesday the 26th day of May in the year 2009. The sun is poking its warmth through the clouds in our morning sky in Western Kentucky.
Motherkitty will soon arise and ready for work. Kitten Yarn and the children will get ready to travel home to Murray Kentucky.
It rained the whole weekend so we all stayed out of the pool. As the sun shines I will dip into the pool and clean it. That is one exorcise my ankles will tolerate.
Little Brother, Kitten Yarn and I are listening to Boswell Bear.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Homes for Our Troops

Memorial Day

The annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Blackford Walking Trail and Veterans Memorial has been cancelled this year, but several opportunties remain for people to pay their respects to America’s servicemen and women.
Brent Witherspoon, organizer of the Blackford services, said spring rains, coupled with delays in preparation due to prolonged clean-up from January’s ice storm, have made a mess of the area where the service is held, particularly the parking lot.
“I hate to do it, because I love doing this,” Witherspoon said Friday. “I'd rather not get people over there and get them in a mess.”
The Memorial Day service was initially planned for Saturday at the Walk of Honor, an area dedicated to local veterans of all wars. Witherspoon said the spring rains that have already fallen just made it too risky to ensure adequate parking.
Instead, Witherspoon is encouraging usual visitors to the ceremony to attend a barbecue dinner Saturday scheduled as a benefit for injured Iraq War veteran Chase Matthews of Dycusburg. The organizer of the Blackford services, who himself was injured in the Vietnam War, plans to attend the fund-raiser in Marion.
Funds raised from the benefit dinner for Matthews will go toward building the injured Iraq War veteran a home designed around his disabilities.
A former sergeant in the Kentucky Army National Guard, Mathews lost both legs and significant use of his left arm in a 2007 roadside bomb attack on the military transport he was driving in Iraq. Homes for Our Troops (HFOT), a national organization, has undertaken an effort to build Matthews and his family a new home in Eddyville designed specifically for his limitations.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

For (and) the things you do endear you to me
Oh, you know I will

I am up at 5am listening to, " I will" by McCarthy and "Operator" by Jim Croce. I am thinking about my mother. I do this every Memorial Day. All the violent emotions my mother went through with my father come to an emotional head and I pick this day to remember all those who fought for freedom and lost their lives doing it. Happy Mothers Day Mom.

Wish list.
Say Hello to old friends.

Go watch the Puppets play.

Go watch mom and dad at the park.

Sidewalks and paths for people on foot and on bicycles for all of America.

I think Mr.Williams is on the right Path, help him out.
What do you do?
I did work.
Now I paint pictures with a computer.
Why? I remember writing love letters to people when I was younger.
I drew hearts, clubs, diamonds, spades, flowers with petals in pastel tones,
I wrote the word LOVE and colored it in pastel.
I wrote WE ARE and did the same.
What was I doing?
I was putting you in a place and time, which hopefully is the present.
Hopefully a pleasant place.
Maybe a place to see a flower or smell a biscuit.
Do you remember walking the HAIGHT and just staring at the posters?
I guess that is why LAUREL keeps me around.
We put each other in our place, which is usually home.

I will remember Memorial Day as the day of the mother/soldier. My mother fighting off my father to defend her children from the great war in our family only to disappear beyond the thoughts of this nation/man.
I will remember all mothers who fight off the drunken rebel and the tyranny of their broken lives.
I will remember all the women and men who fought and died in the struggle to stay sane in our world gone mad.
I will remember Memorial Day as the nation of men and women who died fighting off the tyranny to make our country free from the evils of mankind.
Our Gererations of Love comes streaming through the Valley to our Hearts.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Support organic living and gardening

People are saying that we should not be so dependent on cloud computing as to having software on your computer or hard drive.
The whole idea of being dependent on an electrical grid attached to your home is also using a cloud - one nice big power outage will make a believer out of you ( We were without electricity for nine days and some folks near us were out for 20 days during our Feb. Ice Storm.).
So what is the difference between google having applications online and you having electricity?
The only good data storage system so far is hieroglyphics on walls everything else is whimsical as far as I can see.

Cloud Computing

From Open Entree - Google Sites

"The latest and most exciting development in technology is "cloud computing", providing "software as a service" via large and efficient data centers, as opposed to locally running software (see The Economist Magazine report and NewsWeek & InformationWeek articles on Cloud Computing).

is leading the way by offering a growing number of free, multilingual tools on its cloud, including the following:
  1. Gmail - basic Google account for e-mail, chat, and access to other services
  2. Sites - makes it easy for users to create their own free web sites
  3. Docs - enables users to maintain and share spreadsheets (also works off-line with Excel spreadsheets)
  4. Picasa - manages and stores digital images on-line
  5. YouTube - allows users to publish videos to the Internet
  6. Checkout - can receive credit card payments (just like PayPal)
  7. AdSense - another free revenue stream for OpenEntry vendors
  8. Translate - performs rough translations of into major languages. While they are not perfect, they make OpenEntry accessible to SMEs worldwide.
  9. AppsEngine - (in Google's own words) "makes it easy to build scalable applications that grow from one user to millions of users without infrastructure headaches"
  10. G1 phone - (optional) integrated with Gmail and has a built-in digital camera
  11. Blogger -Blogger is a free blog publishing tool from Google for easily sharing your thoughts with the world. Blogger makes it simple to post text, photos and video ...
From these powerful tools on the Google cloud, OpenEntry has created an e-commerce platform that makes it easy for any SME to create/update an individual web catalog and for a SME Network to aggregate many individual member catalogs into a branded network market generating the visibility and credibility that the SMEs cannot achieve on their own, one-by-one.

Moreover, since these tools operate on the cloud, they facilitate OpenEntry User Support staff collaborating on-line in real time with SME users anywhere in the world, for example by simultaneously accessing the same spreadsheet (see Live User Support)."

Cool NASA Slide Show

I am up early to watch the space shuttle land. At the moment they are closing the shuttle doors and planning to get ready to deorbit the planet earth.

Friday, May 22, 2009

I jumped into the pool today and gave it a proper cleaning. I got out and gave the pool a good shock to cleanse the pool and make the water crystal clear. Tomorrow it will be ready for swimming, which I plan to do.
I potted 2 more tomato plants making my total 9 potted plants on the deck. I will place them near the pool and our brick wall.

Health Care

Crittenden County Coalition for a Drug-Free Community


A crucial piece of the prevention infrastructure will be eliminated if you do not contact Congress today.

The proposed fiscal year 2010 federal budget would ELIMINATE the portion of the Safe and Drug Free Schools program that supports prevention in almost all of the nation’s school districts.

What can you do?

  • Follow this link to tell Congress you support the program. Be sure to scroll down to enter your name and address.

  • Forward this email to everyone you know.

Why should you care?

Even if you do not work in a school system, the proposed action represents a WEAKENING OF PREVENTION at a critical time in our nation – in fact a 10% DECREASE in the federal prevention budget.

The proposed action lends credit to the misconception that PREVENTION DOES NOT WORK.

The Safe and Drug Free Schools program provides a nationwide infrastructure that other components of prevention depend on – Drug Free Communities, Weed and Seed, SAMHSA block grant, SPF SIG, CSAP, NIDA, etc.

Please take action today!!!

An explosion of power.

The Republican philosophy was always to divide and conquer. When Obama came into view he enveloped the whole nations and everyone understood that the old policy of division was history.
I awoke this morning with Chaney dividing the country.
How sad as to how we forgot how our nation was divided for 8 years. It did not take much but Cheney saw the crack and he has taken advantage to spilt our nation in two. The great union has dissolved.
Well it was great for 100 days. We stood proud waving our flag of unity.
Does Obama see what has happened? He will tomorrow but this morning the flash of being blindsided still stings his eyes.

Science and Politics

From BCC
Science and Politics

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Motherkitty is fixing shrimp tonight. I hope it is as wonderful as the batch she created the other day. It tasted better than the best shrimp you have ever tasted. God himself would give up his abode just for another taste.
She took this photo a minute ago. This woodpecker is a regular customer.

Kentucky Possum Wranglers

I have just created a new website for a friend in town.
His link is above.

If you would like to have a nice website then go here for some details as to the pricing.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Cucoo's adventures going west on a motorcycle

A moderate sized woodpecker has been coming to our feeder a least twice a day. We have had a few finches, quite a lot of sparrows, a dove (they are always in pairs) and mocking birds.
My sister Sandy has a nice story about Cucoo's adventures going west on a motorcycle.

NARFE: Crittenden County Local Chapter 1373

NARFE’s mission has remained the same since 1921: To preserve and enhance the retirement benefits of federal retirees, employees and their families. Our current legislative agenda focuses on:
Protecting existing retirement and health benefits while Congress attempts to deal with high federal budget deficits.

That is the state of NAFE throughout the country.
The difference between AARP and NARFE is that AARP wants to sell you auto and health insurance and NARFE wants to protect the health benefits you have for serving your country.

From National Geographic

"MISSING LINK" PHOTOS: New Fossil Links Humans, Lemurs?

Data from the Hubble dates the Universes age and the word was god.

Happy Birthday Roy

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Spacecraft Navigation

On the planet earth we have reference points as to where we are. Where in space does NASA use as a reference point as to where the space shuttle is at a given moment?
I asked the question first and then when I found the answer I placed the link above called, "Spacecraft Navigation" as being the answer.

GPS (Global Positioning System) has greatly enhanced our ability to survey the planet.

Hubble Space Telescope Released
Tue, 19 May 2009 08:05:28 AM CDT

"Using Atlantis' robotic arm, Mission Specialist Megan McArthur released NASA's Hubble Space Telescope at 8:57 a.m. EDT. With soft separation burn, Atlantis now is slowly backing away from the telescope. A jet firing will be performed in about a half-hour to increase Atlantis’ separation rate from the telescope, as the seven crew members bid farewell to Hubble for the final time."

Astronaut Handymen Make Hubble Repairs

We take this work for granted. The amount of technology used to place a man in this situation and then make it just another job is absolutely remarkable. There are historical text books on how to achieve this kind of success. I am sure all these texts books can be found online. Do I really comprehend what has happened? I try but .......
Have ants or bees in their social behaviour achieved such success? Has the mighty tiger with her physical strength done so well? We human beings as a group have done this, what else can we do.
Are we capable of turning our minds into something similar as to what we have achieved with our bodies? Our election did draw a wide mark across the sky - a dust pan can clean up whats left of that sludge. There is now a safe and clean mentality to work with.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Sometimes near a rest stop you see unusual place to take a photo.

Sandy and Jimmy cruising down the highway on their way west.
Jimmy and Sandy taking a break at a rest stop.

My sister is headed west and she is on a schedule. Normally when she travels she stays on the small double lane roads to see the country and rides leisurely with plenty of stops and side trips. On this trip she wants to get there then relax. She also has to be back in time to go river rafting with her family. She sent us some photos so I will post them. I think Sharon will post some on Facebook.
May 18, 2009

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

Recent Congressional Votes -

  • Senate: Cloture Motion; Nomination of David Hayes to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior
  • House: 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act
  • House: Supplemental Appropriations, FY 2009

Upcoming Congressional Bills -

  • Senate: Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights Act of 2009
  • House: Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009
  • House: Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act of 2009

Recent Senate Votes
Cloture Motion; Nomination of David Hayes to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior - Vote Rejected (57-39, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate failed to get the sixty votes required to bring the nomination of David Hayes to a full vote, making him the first Obama appointee whose nomination has been stopped on the Senate floor. The nomination will likely be brought up again later in the year.

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
21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act - Vote Passed (275-155, 3 Not Voting)

The House passed this bill that intends to modernize, renovate, and repair public school facilities.

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

Supplemental Appropriations, FY 2009 - Vote Passed (368-60, 5 Not Voting)

The House approved this bill to provide funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, security improvements in Pakistan and the national pandemic flu response.

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

Upcoming Votes
Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights Act of 2009 - H.R.627

The Senate will continue working on this bill that intends to place new restrictions on credit card companies.

Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009 - S.896

The House is scheduled to work on this bill intended to prevent foreclosures and improve mortgage credit availability.

Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act of 2009 - H.R.2352

The House is likely to vote on this small business bill, which would create entrepreneurial programs for veterans and Native Americans.

A Map of the Milky Way

In recent years astronomers have come to realize that the Universe is somewhere between 12 and 18 billion years old.
Jesus is a believer.
I have two friends that have beautiful speaking voices. The 1st I met on a commune in Washington State and her name is Joan. The 2nd person I met with a beautiful speaking voice was Motherkitty. Both voices are delightful to hear when they are telling a story.
I am a mumbler who slurs his words in shy rebellion. Motherkitty always corrects my launguage and spelling.
Joan sent me two tapes of children's stories for my grandchildren to hear last week. It may be a week or two before they hear them.
When Motherkitty and I first were married and living in Lexington in Sandy's attic apartment (above the truck) we taped music and Motherkitty told stories on her old Wollensak tape recorder.

El Paso - Marty Robbins

Dion & Belmonts- I Wonder Why

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Washington Rally

It is cool outside this morning; cloudy with not much wind.
Motherkitty is off today and I'll spend some time cleaning the pool. All the pool cleaning I do at present is just to maintain order. The pool is not clean or safe; bacteria is roaming freely and will be killed after I get a solution from the pool folk tomorrow. Money is the problem this year. People with maintenance problems with their pools is on the lowest rungs of our stimulus package.
I just heard five different people tell me that educating our young is important and do not give me any excuses as to why Billy is not graduating or his school is not funded; there is no excuse for not having a 100% graduation rate. Let us have equal education for all children with no but ifs....

Honey Bees

Churchill in northern Manitoba, Canada
(The polar bear capital of the world.)

By Coral Hull

Environmentalists Attack House Global Warming Deal

From Time
Congress moves to the right and make an awful lot of concessions.