Friday, October 31, 2008

Walk this Way, Dinner for Two -and- Lesson to Be Learned

Walk this Way - Aerosmith’s Joe Perry endorses John McCain
Dinner for Two - Texas man jailed for letting girlfriend eat from his plate
Lesson to Be Learned - Dallas teacher accused of smoking crack while driving

On this day in history: October 31, 1993 - Actor River Phoenix dies of a drug overdose on the sidewalk in front of the Viper Room in West Hollywood.

Born on this day in history: October 31, 1961 - Peter Jackson (1961– ) Born in Wellington, New Zealand, director Peter Jackson first made horror movies. He grabbed headlines in 1998 with the film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien?s beloved "Lord of the Rings" series. Both ambitious and visionary, the three installments were an enormous success, winning several Oscars.

Scripture of the Day: So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. — 1 Corinthians 10:31

Video of the Day: Kitten Loves Puppy: The Beginning - submitted by Cindy

And still more bumper stickers! Click to enlarge.

Harvest Festival Tonight, Harvest Christian Center will host the annual Harvest Festival. The weather forecasts this morning look very favorable for this event! It rained lightly throughout the night. There is no wind, and it is not raining presently. It is forecast to rain on and off during the morning and clear for the afternoon—with a chance of very light rain this afternoon and heavy rain after midnight. If this forecast proves accurate, the Harvest Festival should not be in any peril!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

To Serve and Protect, Overtime -and- Eek!

To Serve and Protect - officer pilfered pastries with his free coffee, police say
Overtime - off-duty worker allegedly punched clock to collect more than $3,700
Eek! - woman finds mouse head in frozen beans

On this day in history: October 30, 1938 - CBS radio announces that glistening, black-eyed Martians have landed at Grover's Mill, New Jersey. Luckily for the extraterrestrials, the news is announced during a Mercury Theatre program and later discounted as a work of fiction. Needless to say, the event causes widespread panic before the government manages to clamp a lid on it.

Born on this day in history: October 30, 1797 - John Adams - Born in Braintree (now Quincy), Massachusetts, second president (1797–1801) John Adams was a Massachusetts delegate to the First (1774) and Second (1775–7) Continental Congresses. He helped edit Jefferson's Declaration of Independence. As president, Adams antagonized supporters and was defeated for re-election by Jefferson (1800).

Scripture of the Day: The righteous will never be uprooted, but the wicked will not remain in the land. — Proverbs 10:30

Video of the Day: Chuck Norris - Will It Blend?

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Harvest Festival Tomorrow evening, Harvest Christian Center will host the annual Harvest Festival. The weather reports indicate the possibility of rain. The event is scheduled to take place regardless of the weather. Rain would, however, considerably reduce my enthusiasm with regard to photographing the event. While my Nikon D3 is "highly weatherproof," I have no desire whatever to personally determine to what extent this feature addresses rain! Yikes! I shall, therefore, pray that it does not rain until the following day.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Weapons of Choice, Don't Print That! - and- Stupid Criminals

Weapons of Choice - Chuck Norris: “Thugs can look down the barrel of my gun!”
Don’t Print That! - Christian Science Monitor goes to Web-only publication
Stupid Criminals - car-thief suspect drives stolen Lexus to court

On this day in history: October 29, 1994 - Armed with a semi-automatic rifle, Colorado upholsterer Francisco Duran fires 27 shots at the White House from the sidewalk on Pennsylvania Ave. Because he opted for Chinese-made SKS rifle, few of Duran's shots come anywhere near the building. Nevertheless, he receives a life sentence for attempting to assassinate President Clinton.

Born on this day in history: October 29, 1971 - Winona Ryder (1971– ) Born in Winona, Michigan, actress Winona Ryder made her film debut in "Lucas" (1986), and went on to starring roles in such films as "Little Women" (1995) and "Girl, Interrupted" (1999).

Scripture of the Day: How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? — Hebrews 10:29

Video of the Day: Chuck Norris: An Outlaw's Worst Nightmare?

More bumper stickers! Click to enlarge.

For dinner last evening, I made chicken enchiladas. I made enchilada sauce by adding Gebhardt's chili powder, ground Chile d'Arbol, ground Cayenne, and granulated garlic to tomato sauce. I shredded two large, grilled chicken breasts. I poured some of the sauce over the shredded chicken in a stainless-steel bowl and tossed to cover. I placed a quantity of chicken in flour tortillas, rolled tightly, and placed in a Pyrex baking dish that I first coated with sauce. I topped the enchiladas with the remaining sauce—smoothing it evenly over, and fully coating, the exposed portions of the enchiladas. I sliced extra-sharp cheddar cheese and covered the enchiladas with the cheese slices. I baked the dish in the microwave oven until the cheese was melted and bubbling. We had salsa which I made Saturday morning for a condiment. It was incredibly delicious. Leftovers shall follow Laura to Chico this morning.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Fighting Back, Armed and Dangerous - and- Following Directions

Fighting Back - Christian college to allow students to carry concealed firearms?
Armed and Dangerous - NJ Cop Puts CBS 2 Cameraman In Chokehold
Following Directions - driver steered his van straight into a lake, after his GPS told him to

On this day in history: October 28, 1965 - Pope Paul VI issues Nostra Aetate in which he absolves the Jews of killing Jesus, thus reversing 760 years of official Vatican policy. Innocent III had declared in 1205 that "the Jews, by their own guilt, are consigned to perpetual servitude because they crucified the Lord."

Born on this day in history: October 28, 1955 - Bill Gates (1955 - ) Born in Seattle, Washington, computer engineer and entrepreneur Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard in 1975 to write computer programming. In 1977, he co-founded Microsoft to develop and produce DOS, a basic operating system for computers. By the late 1990s, he had become the wealthiest man in America. Established in 2000, his charitable foundation works to improve global health and education. Gates received an honorary knighthood in 2004. In June 2008, Gates officially retired after 33 years of running the day-to-day operations of Microsoft and devote his time to the foundation's projects and causes.

Scripture of the Day: The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing. — Proverbs 10:28

Video of the Day: Iguana Eyes - submitted by Cindy

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Cold, dark mornings: With each passing day, the mornings become colder and stay dark longer. Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday morning. The mornings will then remain dark an additional hour. Eek! I dislike darkness and cold. I miss summer.

This Friday, Harvest Christian Center will host the annual Harvest Festival. Hopefully, the weather will remain dry and pleasant for this event. Thousands of young people are expected to attend this free alternative to Halloween. I shall photograph the event and will produce a slide show from the photographs. I shall alert readers when this slide show is available for viewing.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Save the Children, Shafted -and- Spare the Rod

Save the Children - Chuck Norris: "I'm voting for those not yet born"
Shafted - Isaac Hayes' will snubs Scientology
Spare the Rod - Case of Poynette pastor who paddled son headed to trial

On this day in history: October 27, 1964 - In a private ceremony, Sonny and Cher marry each other by exchanging rings in a Tijuana motel bathroom. Five years later, with a baby on the way, they get married for real.

Born on this day in history: October 27, 1858 - Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919) Born into a patrician family in New York City, 26th president (1901–9) Theodore Roosevelt led the Rough Riders, a volunteer cavalry unit that made him a national hero. He was elected governor of New York (1889–1901) and then Vice President to William McKinley, succeeding to the presidency when McKinley was assassinated in 1901. With his motto of "Speak softly and carry a big stick," Roosevelt proved a powerful leader, easily gaining re-election in 1904.

Scripture of the Day: But some troublemakers said, "How can this fellow [Saul] save us?" They despised him and brought him no gifts. But Saul kept silent. — 1 Samuel 10:27

Video of the Day: Ninja Cat - submitted by Cindy

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Saturday night, I dreamed that John McCain and Sarah Palin won the election by a great margin. In addressing the nation following their win, Sarah Palin said that they were requesting submissions for original songs—from which submissions they would choose a song to be designated as their official song.

I told Laura of my dream yesterday, as we drove to Sav-Mor Foods—following the early service at Harvest Christian Center. This, no doubt, encouraged the dream to remain within my subconscious.

Sunday night, I dreamed that I authored a song for John McCain and Sarah Palin and submitted it. John McCain and Sarah Palin won the election easily, and during their acceptance speeches, they both named my song as the winner! The following day, in the ISpy Web cam screen on my Desktop, I saw a black GMC Denali SUV come to a stop in front of my office. The rear passenger door opened, and two men dressed in dark suits and wearing dark glasses emerged. They entered my office, verified my identity, presented me with an envelope, and departed.

I opened the envelope. It was a letter from John McCain and Sarah Palin. It stated that I was to perform my song at their inauguration and provided details concerning the transportation of me, Laura, and my guitar and amplifier to the event. When the day of the inauguration arrived, a black GMC Denali SUV arrived at our house and took me, Laura, and my guitar and amplifier to the airport in Sacramento—where an Air Force jet awaited us and took us to the inauguration party. When I arrived there, I determined—to my great delight—that the stage that awaited my arrival was populated by the musicians who would join me. There, I saw Mike Huckabee, Ted Nugent, Sammy Hagar, Jessica Simpson, Randy Travis, Hank Williams, Jr., Clint Black, Naomi Judd, Michael W. Smith, Belinda Carlisle, Alice Cooper, Sara Evans, and Amy Grant. My song was well received. It was an excellent evening. I awoke smiling.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Fighting Back, Bad Dog!, -and- Reality Check

Fighting Back - man evicted for shooting thief
Bad Dog! - NYC ups dog poop fine to $250
Reality Check - Online divorcee jailed after killing virtual hubby

On this day in history: October 24, 2002 - The Washington Sniper attacks come to an end when John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo are arrested. The pair chose victims at random, then shot at them with a sniper rifle. In three weeks, they killed ten people and critically injured three others before a suspicious trucker noticed the pair napping at a rest stop.

Born on this day in history: October 24, 1936 - Bill Wyman (1936-) Born William George Perks in Lewishman, England, musician Bill Wyman earned a spot in 1962 playing bass guitar with the Rolling Stones, which then included Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Brian Jones. The British band became a worldwide phenomenon. Wyman left the Stones in 1992, and has since performed with the Rhythm Kings, which includes Peter Frampton, Gary Brooker and Albert Lee.

Scripture of the Day: Correct me, LORD, but only with justice--not in your anger, lest you reduce me to nothing. — Jeremiah 10:24

Video of the Day: Komodo Swallows Pig - submitted by Cap'n Jack

McCain Blasts Obama As Out Of Touch In Burma-Shave-Style Billboard Campaign! Click to enlarge.

For some reason, I had not noticed that my HP notebook had an HDMI port. When I noticed this a few days ago, I immediately ordered an HDMI cable so that I could connect the notebook to the 47" Vizio LCD HDTV. The cable arrived yesterday, and I scurried home and connected it. It is really thrilling viewing images from my Nikon D3 DSLR on the Vizio! I watched slide shows of my photographs and watched a bit of "Leave It to Beaver" via Netflix. I can offer no reason why I did not realize the notebook had an HDMI port, yet I am certainly pleased that I determined that it did and have implemented it!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Homeland Insecurity, Slither, -and- Global Cooling

Homeland Insecurity - video shows terror training in Pocono Mountains
Slither - latest massage technique uses snakes
Global Cooling - cyclists brave freezing-cold weather to promote global-warming awareness

On this day in history: October 23, 1995 - The murderer of the popstar singer Selena, and president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar, found guilty in Houston of her slaying.

Born on this day in history: October 23, 1925 - Johnny Carson (1925–2005 )
Born in Corning, Iowa, and raised in Nebraska, comedian and talk show host Johnny Carson first hosted TV quiz show "Who Do You Trust?" (1958?63). As host of the "Tonight Show," 1962?92, Carson leveraged his midwestern innocence and cosmopolitan wit into a 30-year run. Upon retiring, he was regarded as almost a national institution.

Scripture of the Day: "Everything is permissible"--but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible"--but not everything is constructive. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others. — 1 Corinthians 10:23-24

Video of the Day: Komodo Dragons - submitted by Cap'n Jack

Southern Sheriff Pulls Over Obama Campaign Bus For Broken Taillight! Click to enlarge.

Sometimes I talk in my sleep. This morning, at 5:20 AM, I was talking in my sleep so loudly that I awakened myself. I was dreaming; and in my dream, I was recounting the story of an event that took place in my life many years prior. I was telling this story with such excitement and animation that I awakened myself.

Oh, well: It was time to arise!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

To Serve and Protect, Never Too Old, -and- Bright Red Lights Big City

To Serve and Protect - cop tasers teen for fun at party
Never Too Old - 76-year-old NYC pickpocket arrested for 73rd time
Bright Red Lights Big City - San Francisco weighs decriminalizing prostitution

On this day in history: October 22, 1976 - Red dye #4 is banned by the US Food and Drug Administration, because it causes tumors in the bladders of dogs. The dye is still used in Canada.

Born on this day in history: October 22, 1942 - Annette Funicello (1942-) Born in Utica, New York, actress Annette Funicello is best known for her roles in the "Mickey Mouse Club" and 1960s teenage beach movies.

Scripture of the Day: "All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved." — Matthew 10:22

Video of the Day: Johnny Cash - I Am the Nation

Ah, now I understand! Click to enlarge.

I watched "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" on Netflix here at my office yesterday. [Hosted by Ben Stein, this controversial documentary examines how pro-intelligent design scholars and scientists are often chastised, fired or denied tenured positions by those who believe in Darwin's theory of evolution. Nathan Frankowski's film explores how scientists who believe in God are oppressed and how the acceptance of evolution may have played a role in the formation of organizations such as the Nazi regime and Planned Parenthood.] I highly recommend this movie to everyone.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Finders Keepers, No Free Lunch, -and- Smile for the Camera

Finders Keepers - 89-year-old woman arrested for not returning football that landed in her yard
No Free Lunch - woman jailed over $7.45 restaurant bill
Smile for the Camera - senior photos become glamour shots

On this day in history: October 21, 1997 - The Government of Singapore announces in a widely publicized "toilet alert" that the drive for toilet cleanliness is a great success. Five toilets were selected by citizens as toilet role models.

Born on this day in history: October 21, 1917 - Dizzy Gillespie (1917 - 1993)
Jazz trumpeter, composer. Born John Birks Gillespie in Cheraw, South Carolina. He worked in prominent swing bands (1937–44), including those of Benny Carter and Charlie Barnet.

Scripture of the Day: He is your praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes. — Deuteronomy 10:21

Video of the Day: How Camera Lenses Are Made

Vote early; vote often. Click to enlarge.

The weather was beautiful over the weekend. One of my brothers—visiting from Southern Californai—came to dinner Saturday and Sunday. Saturday, I made shrimp Alfredo. I cleaned 65 medium shrimp and simmered them in Classico Alfredo sauce. When the sauce was ready, I sprinkled parsley atop it, and Laura incorporated the sauce into the Barilla thick spaghetti that I had cooked al denté. We also had toasted garlic bread. It was a delicious meal. Leftovers followed Laura to work Monday. Sunday, Laura grilled Tyson boneless, skinless chicken breasts—slathering them as the grilled with Jack Daniels barbecue sauce. I steamed whole kernel corn, peas, and pearl onions in the microwave in a covered casserole dish and toasted garlic bread. It was an excellent dinner.

Last evening for dinner, we had leftover beef that I produced Friday by simmering London broil in spring water, beef bouillon, diced white onion, minced garlic, diced Jalapeño, chopped celery, ground chile de arbo, ground cayenne pepper, ground black pepper, cumin, and Tony Chachere's More Spice. This mixture simmered until the beef shredded and the liquid dissipated. I made fresh salsa to accompany the burritos we made with the beef mixture. It was a wonderful meal.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Pull Over!, Don't Stop! -and- Flying High

Pull Over! - 'hot-rod' golf cart eludes Morgan County Sheriff's deputies
Don’t Stop! - gadget that guarantees every traffic light will be green when you get there
Flying High - United Airlines pilot arrested in cockpit before takeoff on suspicion of being drunk

On this day in history: October 20, 1977 - En route to a gig at Louisiana State University, Lynyrd Skynyrd band members Ronnie Van Zandt and Steve Gaines are killed when their private plane runs out of fuel and crashes into a swamp in Gillsburg, Mississippi.

Born on this day in history: October 20, 1931 - Mickey Mantle (1931 - ) Born in Spavinaw, Oklahoma, baseball player Mickey Mantle had an 18-year career as a Yankee outfielder (1951-68). The switch-hitting slugger hit 536 home runs and was voted American League Most Valuable Player three times (1956-7, 1962). Mantle was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame in 1974.

Scripture of the Day: Fear the LORD your God and serve him. Hold fast to him. — Deuteronomy 10:20

Video of the Day: Challenger: Faster than a Speeding Bullitt - submitted by Darin

McCain throws Joe the Plumber at Obama! Click to enlarge.


A man and his wife watched new neighbors move in next door. The following morning, the wife saw the new neighbors' wash hanging on the line and remarked, "Would you look at those clothes. They're not clean. That woman has no idea how to do laundry."

A few days later, laundry hung on the line, and again the wife remarked on it: "Look at that. That laundry's filthy. When will she learn."

Several days later, the wife remarked similarly regarding the laundry that hung on the line that morning.

Then, one day the wife peered out the window and saw sparkling-white sheets and bright clothing hanging on the neighbors' line. "Well," the wife remarked, "she finally learned how to do laundry."

"No," her husband countered. "I washed your windows."

Friday, October 17, 2008

Bugs, Daddy Dearest, -and- Timeout!

Bugs - record-breaking 22" insect found
Daddy Dearest - baby found alone in unlocked car outside strip club
Timeout! - 9-year-old Florida girl jailed for felony classroom outburst

On this day in history: October 17, 1989 - The Loma Prieta earthquake strikes the San Francisco Bay Area, killing 67 and causing billions in property damage. The 6.9 magnitude temblor manages to collapse a long section of the double-decker I-880 freeway, crushing motorists between the two layers. Part of the Bay Bridge also collapses.

Born on this day in history: October 17, 1972 - Eminem (Marshall Mathers III) (1972-) Born Marshall Bruce Mathers III in Kansas City, Missouri, rapper Eminem was hailed as rap's "great white hope." "The Slim Shady LP" (1999) went triple platinum, earning two Grammys, followed by more record-breaking releases and controversy about his graphic content. His first Hollywood movie, "8 Mile" (2002), attracted raves, and won a surprise Oscar for Best Original Song. Eminem's tempestuous personal life has generated worldwide headlines.

Scripture of the Day: He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray. — Proverbs 10:17

Video of the Day: Kitty Fell Asleep - submitted by Cindy

McCain throws Joe the Plumber at Obama! Click to enlarge.

Warm! Accuweather forecasts 89 degrees for the high today. Yesterday, the high reached 88 degrees. There is a very slight breeze (5 mph), the sky is clear and blue, and the birds are singing. This should be perfect weather for the CUHS Homecoming Parade, which will take place at 3 PM this afternoon.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Fighting Back, Jaws of Death, -and- Stop Thief!

Fighting Back - Passengers overcome hijacker on Turkish Airlines flight
Jaws of Death - fisherman hooked after shark he caught fights back
Stop Thief! - Anti-burglar device banned, safety of burglar cited

On this day in history: October 16, 1996 - 84 are killed and more than 180 injured in Guatemala City when 47,000 soccer fans attempt to squeeze into 36,000 seats at Mateo Flores Stadium.

Born on this day in history: October 16, 1925 - Angela (Brigid) Lansbury (1925– ) Born in London, actress Angela Lansbury became a U.S. citizen in 1951. Her role in "Gaslight" (1944) led to an MGM contract and many more films. After roles in several Broadway musicals, Lansbury appeared as Jessica Fletcher in the TV mystery series "Murder She Wrote" (1984–-95).

Scripture of the Day: Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? — 1 Corinthians 10:16

Video of the Day: Third Presidential Debate - Full Video

Joe The Plumber: Obama Tax Plan 'Infuriates Me'!

Poll for Final Presidential Debate. Click to enlarge.

Clearing a Windows-based computer's memory without restarting the computer.

If you are running Windows-based computer you may find that after several days your system will begin running more slowly than usual.

Of course, you can simply restart the computer to remove any idle processes. But here is a simpler way:

1. Right click on an empty spot on the Desktop and select New - Shortcut.

2. Type %windir%\system32\rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks in the box.

3. Click Next.

4. Name this shortcut "Clear Memory."

5. Click Finish.

Now whenever your computer begins running slowly, simply click this shortcut to clear out your memory and get your computer running at a normal pace again.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Fighting Back, Junk Mail, -and- Is There a Doctor in the House?

Fighting Back - deliveryman chases, shoots at driver in his stolen van - gun fight ensues until victim recovers vehicle
Junk Mail - Feds bust alleged spam network behind billions of Viagra e-mails
Is There a Doctor in the House? - physician serving meth sentence saves inmate’s life

On this day in history: October 15, 1917 - Dutch spy H21, also known as Mata Hari, is executed in Paris by a 12-man firing squad. The dancer, born Margaretha Geertruida Zelle, had slept with a number of high-ranking military officers from around the world and passed secrets along to the German high command.

Born on this day in history: October 15, 1945 - Penny Marshall (1945-) Born into a showbiz family in The Bronx, actress and film director Penny Marshall played Jack Klugman's secretary on her brother Garry's first hit series, "The Odd Couple" (1970-75). She became a TV star in 1976 as Laverne DeFazio on "Laverne & Shirley" (1977-1983), and then one of Hollywood’s most bankable directors after directing "Big" (1988) and "A League Of Their Own" (1991).

Scripture of the Day: But the Israelites said to the LORD, "We have sinned. Do with us whatever you think best, but please rescue us now." — Judges 10:15

Video of the Day: Hank Williams Jr. - "McCain - Palin Tradition"

"McCain - Palin Tradition" By Hank Williams Jr.

The left wing liberal media have

Always been a real close knit family

But, most of the American People

Don't believe em anyway ya see

Stop and think it over

Before you make your decision

If they smell something

They're gonna come down strong

It's a McCain - Palin tradition

Now this old Union's got problems

That is plain to see

The Democrats bankrupted Fannie Mae N Freddie Mac

Just like 1, 2, 3

The bankers didn't want to make all those bad loans,

But Bill Clinton said you got to

Now they want a bail out, what I'm talking about

Is a Democrat liberal who doo


John N Sarah tell ya

Just what they think

And they're not gonna blink

And they're gonna fix this country

Cause they're just like you N ole Hank

Yes John is a maverick

And Sarah fixed Alaska's broken condition

They're gonna go just fine

We're headed for better times

It's a McCain - Palin tradition

I am very proud of America's name

Bu no society is perfect

And we have had our stains

If I'm down at the coffee shop and

Somebody wants to give our flag friction

We say please move on

Cause we're standing strong

That's an old John McCain tradition


John N Sarah tell ya

Just what they think

And they're not gonna blink

And they're gonna fix this country

Cause they're just like you N ole Hank

Yes John is a maverick

And Sarah fixed Alaska's broken condition

They're gonna go just fine

We're headed for better times

It's a McCain - Palin tradition

Some are bound to tell you I'm

Preaching to the choir

And that is very true

And we are going even higher

Like a mama bear in Idaho

She'll protect your family's condition

If you mess with her cubs

She's gonna take of the gloves

It's an American female tradition


John N Sarah tell ya

Just what they think

And they're not gonna blink

And they're gonna fix this country

Cause they're just like you N ole Hank

Yes John is a maverick

And Sarah fixed Alaska's broken condition

They're gonna go just fine

We're headed for better times

It's a McCain - Palin tradition

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Stupid Criminals, Reserve Not Met, -and- GI Jane

Stupid Criminals - man tries to pay McDonald's cashier with marijuana
Reserve Not Met - Bigfoot hoax body for sale on eBay
GI Jane - Obama believes women should register for draft

On this day in history: October 14, 1943 - An estimated 200 inmates of Sobibor escape the Polish extermination camp after killing 11 SS guards in an uprising. 52 of the fugitives manage to survive. The Nazis close the facility shortly thereafter.

Born on this day in history: October 14, 1978 - Usher Raymond (1978-) Born Usher Raymond IV in Chattanooga, Tennessee, singer-songwriter Usher began singing gospel at 6. His 1994 debut album, produced by Sean "Puffy" Combs, was an instant success. Usher is now one of the most recognizable faces in R&B, thanks to sponsorship deals and feature film appearances.

Scripture of the Day: To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. — Deuteronomy 10:14

Video of the Day:
Boston Legal: Dances with Wolves - submitted by Frank

Is "Dreams from My Father" the work of Bill Ayers? Click to enlarge.

The Wind Has Abated! The fierce wind that has plagued us for nearly a week appears to have abated! It is forecast to be in the low-to-mid 80s through the balance of the week. Without the wind, it shall be fine weather indeed. Friday is CUHS Homecoming. The Homecoming parade shall begin at 3 PM and pass by my office. I shall photograph this event and produce a slide show from select images. I shall alert readers when this slide show is available for viewing.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Udder Chaos, Brown Brown Grass of Home, -and- Vote Early

Udder Chaos - British government loses 20,000 cows
Brown Brown Grass of Home - man sent to jail for not watering lawn
Vote Early - ACORN registers 7-year-old girl to vote

On this day in history: October 13, 1972 - Due to poor visibility, a Uruguayan Air Force plane carrying the Montevideo Old Christians Rugby Club crashes high in the Chilean Andes. Of the 45 people aboard the flight, only 27 survive the crash, and just 16 make it to their rescue 72 days later. Their secret? Cannibalism.

Born on this day in history: October 13, 1941 - Paul Simon (1941 - ) Born in Newark, New Jersey, singer, composer and lyricist Paul Simon met Art Garfunkel (1942 ? ) in the sixth grade, and the two cut their first album in 1964. Hits followed, including "Bridge Over Troubled Waters." They split in 1970. Simon continued solo, winning awards for albums such as "Graceland" (1986). Simon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

Scripture of the Day: No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. — 1 Corinthians 10:13

Video of the Day: Revelers throw bottles, start fires in downtown Chico, CA

No caption needed! Click to enlarge.

Wilding in Chico, CA! Wilding began near downtown Chico, CA, after police broke up a party on Cherry Street—between West Sixth and West Seventh streets. Witnesses say this incident began around 11:30 PM Saturday. Hundreds clogged Ivy Street, starting fires, jumping on cars and shouting in the roadway before police intervened around 12:45 a.m. Sunday.

This is particularly disturbing to me, since I attended the California State University at Chico (CSUC) and recall a much "kinder, gentler" environment there. This is indeed a sad commentary on today's youth.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Fighting Back, Run Chicken Little!, -and- Would You Like Fries with That?

Fighting Back - man kills attacking bear with stick
Run Chicken Little! - ice chunk falls from sky, crashes through roof, hits woman in bed
Would You Like Fries with That? - McDonald’s says no longer promoting “gay” agenda, boycott ended

On this day in history: October 10, 1994 - Evel Knievel is arrested in a Sunnyvale, California topless bar for beating 22-year-old girlfriend Krystal Kennedy back at the Comfort Inn motel.

Born on this day in history: October 10, 1917 - Thelonious Monk (1917 - 1982) Born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina on October 10, 1917, Thelonious Monk is an American pianist and one of the most prolific composers in the history of jazz and had great influence on the other musicians who later developed the bebop movement.

Scripture of the Day: But the LORD is the true God; he is the living God, the eternal King. — Jeremiah 10:10

Video of the Day: Ted Nugent - Behind the Scenes, "Guitar Hero"

Some people have too much time on their hands! Click to enlarge.

Excerpts from a Dog's Diary

8:00 am - Dog food! My favourite thing!
9:30 am - A car ride! My favourite thing!
9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favourite thing!
10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favourite thing!
12:00 pm - Lunch! My favourite thing!
1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favourite thing!
3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favourite thing!
5:00 pm - Milk bones! My favourite thing!
6:00 pm - Oooh, Bath. Bummer.
7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favourite thing!
8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favourite thing!
11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favourite thing!

Excerpts from a Cat's Daily Diary

Day 983 of my captivity.

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects.
They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a "good little hunter" I am.

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of "allergies." I must learn what this means and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow -- but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released -- and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded.

The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicating with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now...

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Division of Assets, So Long!, -and- Hello

Division of Assets - married Cambodian couple saw home in half after separation
So Long! - Nebraska law allows parents to abandon teens
Hello - Joe Biden introduced as "John McCain" at Florida event

On this day in history: October 9, 1919 - The Cincinnati Reds win the World Series, but only because key Chicago White Sox ballplayers agreed to throw the series for $100,000 in bribes.

Born on this day in history: October 9, 1890 - Aimée Semple McPherson (1890 - 1944) Born Oct. 9, 1890, near Ingersoll, Ont., Canada; died Sept. 27, 1944, Oakland, California, controversial American Pentecostal evangelist and early radio preacher whose International Church of the Foursquare Gospel brought her wealth, notoriety, and a following numbering in the tens of thousands.

Scripture of the Day: Praise be to the LORD your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the Lord's eternal love for Israel, he has made you king, to maintain justice and righteousness. — 1 Kings 10:9

Video of the Day: Monkey Waiters

Courage! Click to enlarge.

The Howling Wind and Falling Temperature The wind is howling again today—as it did yesterday. I had a photo shoot yesterday morning that was cancelled due to the howling wind. At least it was warm yesterday—albeit cold in the morning (52 degrees), it was warm in the afternoon (low 90s). Today, it is forecast to be a mere 77 degrees at peak temperature, and tomorrow is forecast to be a bone-chilling 70-degree high! Soon, it shall be requisite to don long trousers, socks, and shoes! How I loathe the thought.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Driving Force, Voter Fraud, -and- No Account

Driving Force - 10-year-old flips van filled with drunk, pill-popping adults
Voter Fraud - ACORN Nevada office raided by Nevada Secretary of State and Attorney General
No Account - Democratic lawmaker's son indicted in Palin email hack

On this day in history: October 8, 1871 - Catherine O'Leary's cow starts the Chicago Fire, killing 250 and destroying 17,000 buildings.

Born on this day in history: October 8, 1941 - Paul Hogan (1941 -) Comedian and actor, born in Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, SE Australia. When he appeared on a television talent show as a comedian, his original style proved so popular that he was given his own programme, "The Paul Hogan Show," which ran for nine years. International fame followed with the successful films "Crocodile Dundee" (1986) and "Crocodile Dundee II" (1988). His series of television advertisements for the Australian Tourist Board did much to promote his country, and he has become something of a national folk hero. His 1990 film "Almost an Angel" was less successful, but in 1993 he listed his next film, "Lightning Ridge," on the Australian Stock Exchange to raise funds - a unique and successful venture. Later films include "Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles" (2001).

Scripture of the Day: The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin. — Proverbs 10:8

Video of the Day: Second Presidential Debate - Full Video

Sarah Palin on the campaign trail. Go, Sarah! Click to enlarge.

John McCain at last evening's presidential debate. Go, John!

Poaching Mushrooms: When I intend to use sliced mushrooms in a dish, I generally poach the mushroom slices in boiling water for 20 minutes. This gives the mushrooms a wonderful meatiness, and they remain plump and meaty after subsequent cooking. I highly recommend this!

A Preacher's test for his son

An old country preacher had a teenage son, and it was getting time the boy should give some thought to choosing a profession. Like many young men his age, the boy didn't really know what he wanted to do, and he didn't seem too concerned about it.

One day, while the boy was away at school, his father decided to try an experiment. He went into the boy's room and placed on his study table four objects:

1. A bible.
2. A silver dollar.
3. A bottle of whisky.
4. And a Playboy magazine.

'I'll just hide behind the door,' the old preacher said to himself. 'When he comes home from school today, I'll see which object he picks up. If it's the bible, he's going to be a preacher like me, and what a blessing that would be! If he picks up the dollar, he's going to be a business man, and that would be okay, too. But if he picks up the bottle, he's going to be a no-good drunken bum, and Lord, what a shame that would be. And worst of all if he picks up that magazine he's going to be a skirt-chasing womanizer.'

The old man waited anxiously, and soon heard his son's footsteps as he entered the house whistling and headed for his room.

The boy tossed his books on the bed, and as he turned to leave the room, he spotted the objects on the table. With curiosity in his eye, he walked over to inspect them.

Finally, he picked up the Bible and placed it under his arm.

He picked up the silver dollar and dropped into his pocket.

He uncorked the bottle and took a big drink, while he admired this month's centerfold.

'Lord have mercy,' the old preacher disgustedly whispered. 'He's gonna run for the Senate!'

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

TLC, Got Milk?, -and- I Robot

TLC - criminal past is no bar to nursing in California
Got Milk? - 86 cats rescued from Colorado apartment
I Robot - scientists unveil lifelike, silicon-skinned cyber-girl

On this day in history: October 7, 1985 - Off the coast of Italy, four Palestinian terrorists hijack the cruise ship Achille Lauro, and toss overboard crippled American tourist Leon Klinghoffer.

Born on this day in history: October 7, 1931 - Desmond Tutu (1931 - ) Born in Klerksdorp, South Africa, Anglican clergyman Desmond Tutu became the first black Bishop of Johannesburg (1984). A critic of the apartheid system, he repeatedly risked imprisonment, earning the 1984 Nobel Prize for Peace.

Scripture of the Day: Who should not revere you, O King of the nations? This is your due. Among all the wise men of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is no one like you. — Jeremiah 10:7

Video of the Day: Gus Harper - Grid Painting - submitted by Amber

Jobs are lost due to CGI! Click to enlarge.

I have decided to run for President!

See the press coverage of my campaign here:

David Louis Harter for President!

Monday, October 06, 2008

Flying High, Coming Home, -and- Please Help Me I'm Falling

Flying High - British woman skydiver conquers Everest
Coming Home - community builds house for homeless WWII vet
Please Help Me I'm Falling - toddler dropped from carnival ride caught by crowd

On this day in history: October 6, 1981 - During a commemoration of the Yom Kippur War, armed gunmen leap from a truck and begin shooting into the reviewing stand at Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. Along with Sadat, the assassins kill eight others.

Born on this day in history: October 6, 1905 - Helen Wills Moody (1905–98) Born in Centerville, California, tennis player Helen Wills dominated women's tennis from 1927 ? 1939, winning her first U.S. women's singles title in 1923.

Scripture of the Day: Blessings crown the head of the righteous, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked. — Proverbs 10:6

Video of the Day: Happy Feet - Penguin Dance - submitted by Cindy

Sometimes, one must be prepared for animal cruelty. Click to enlarge.

Cold and dark! It was cold (52 degrees) and dark when I journeyed to my office this morning. It was 6:30 AM. It was cold, and it was dark. It is 7 AM now, and it is still cold and dark! I loathe cold weather. I am wearing long trousers and shoes this morning. I do not enjoy traveling in darkness. I shall begin coming here a bit later in the day until the weather is warmer and the morning light arrives earlier. When you look for the morning's blog entry and do not find it, you will know I am hiding from the darkness and cold!

Friday, October 03, 2008

Take the Money and Run, Baywatch, -and- Don't Feed the Animals

Take the Money and Run - armored-car robber escapes on inner tube
Baywatch - bikini warns women when sun's rays are too strong
Don't Feed the Animals - 7-year-old boy breaks into zoo, goes on killing spree

On this day in history: October 3, 1995 - A jury of his "peers" finds Orenthal James Simpson not guilty. Later, OJ resumes his golfing career while hunting for The Real Killers.

Born on this day in history: October 3, 1941 - Chubby Checker 1941-) Born Ernest Evans in Spring Gulley, South Carolina, son of a tobacco farmer, singer Chubby Checker began performing in churches and on the streets of Philadelphia. His recording of "The Twist" hit No. 1 in 1961, and revolutionized popular culture by letting couples break apart on the dance floor.

Scripture of the Day: Moses then said to Aaron, "This is what the LORD spoke of when he said: 'Among those who approach me I will show myself holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honored.'" Aaron remained silent. — Leviticus 10:3

Video of the Day: Full Palin vs. Biden Vice Presidential Debate

"Say it ain't so, Joe!"

Those of you who read my blog yesterday will recall that I predicted John McCain would choose Sarah Palin for his running mate at a time when most people had never heard of Sarah Palin and long before John McCain announced his choice.

Readers of yesterday’s blog will also recall that I predicted that Sarah Palin would assuage her supporters and astound her detractors and that she would win the debate. Sarah Palin did this easily—virtually romping through the first half of the debate with an energy that made her opponent, Joe Biden, seem positively geriatric. She answered questions directly, in a language that was easily understood by the average viewer. She was graceful, sincere, happy, down-to-earth, energetic, and credible—in direct opposition to her dour opponent, who seemed pained by the process and by the end of the debate was visibly haggard and in dire need of a "good night’s sleep"—something he appeared not to have enjoyed in a good while.

Sarah Palin quickly, adroitly, and very successfully positioned herself as an articulate, honest, caring "average American" whose goal was to effectuate change in the political structure of Washington D.C. and eliminate the gross, wanton spending and lack of restraint that had ushered in the current financial crisis. She positioned herself as diametrically opposed to the entrenched structure of Washington D.C.—typified by Joe Biden and endorsed by Barak Obama.

The most outstanding and memorable sound bite of the evening is undoubtedly when Palin said, "Say it ain't so, Joe, there you go again pointing backward. Now, doggone it, let's look ahead and tell Americans what we have to plan to do for them in the future."

By the mid-point of the debate, it was obvious that Sarah Palin would be victorious. This was certainly apparent to Sarah, since the energy, enthusiasm, and glowing smiles that she had displayed through this point—strong though they all had been—increased dramatically. She veritably pranced, like a thoroughbred, through the second half of the debate, and the effect upon Joe Biden—who had already displayed a nearly total lack of enthusiasm and energy—since he began to slump, speak in a near monotone, and take on a defeated expression.

Joe Biden’s sole opposition to a McCain-Palin administration seemed to be the tired rhetoric that it would be a continuation of the policies of the current administration. Sarah Palin quickly dispatched this concept as completely flawed and without substance early in the debate. Biden, however, returned to it several times, and Palin reminded him (and the audience) each time that he was doing so. She gracefully and very successfully demonstrated that Biden and Obama had little substantive platform—other than the continuance of the tired mantra of "four more years of the same." Palin demonstrated that she and McCain would bring real change to Washington D.C.—something that the average voter enthusiastically demands. She enumerated the changes she had made in the politics of Alaska—often reaching across party lines to effectuate changes that reduced government spending, lowered—and, in many cases, eliminated—taxes, and elevated the voters’ confidence in government.

I predicted that Sarah Palin would assuage her supporters and astound her detractors. She did that very successfully by the mid-point of the debate. She also accomplished something else: She captured the attention of independent and undecided voters and—in many cases, I am certain—won their hearts and minds.

My predictions have, thus far, been correct. I shall now make another prediction: John McCain and Sarah Palin shall be victorious on November 4!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Take a Number, Matters of Life and Death, -and- Making the Grade

Take a Number - man beats teen girl over who was first in line at McDonald's
Matters of Life and Death - California approves nurse-assisted suicide
Making the Grade - kids spread cheating methods on YouTube

On this day in history: October 2, 1871 - Mormon prophet Brigham Young is arrested for cohabitating with a 16-year-old girl.

Born on this day in history: October 2, 1869 - Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948) Born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in Poorbandar, India, and later known as Mahatma or "Great Soul," Indian nationalist leader Gandhi studied law in London, fought discrimination in South Africa, and returned to India in 1914 to advocate nonviolent protest in the movement to achieve independence. Gandhi was assassinated in Delhi.

Scripture of the Day: In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises. — Psalm 10:2

Video of the Day: McCain: Gwen Ifill Will Do a Totally Objective Job

Look out, Sarah! He bites! Click to enlarge.

Tonight's Vice Presidential Debate will be an outstanding opportunity for Sarah Palin to assuage supports and astound critics!

I predicted Sarah Palin would be John McCain's choice for running mate long prior to the announcement. The nearly universal response was, "Who"? I have followed Palin's career for years with great interest, and when I made the prediction, I was certain that it would be greeted with disbelief. I was correct. When McCain announced his choice of Palin, however, many asked, "How in the world did you know?" The simple truth is I did not know! I sensed that McCain would choose her, and I expressed that sense as a prediction.

I will make another prediction: I predict that Sarah Palin will be victorious tonight and do so by a wide margin!

Go, Sarah!

Dirty Tricks! I make my prediction with the full knowledge that there are dark forces working to thwart Sarah Palin's victory. As if it were not sufficient that the moderator be selected—as was the moderator for the McCain-Biden debate—from the murky pond of ultra-liberal Obama enthusiasts at PBS, there is now the issue that the moderator of tonight's debate, Gwen Ifill, is apparently a book to come out the time the next president takes office, and the book is very favorable to Barack Obama!

Simply put, if Obama wins the presidency, Ifill's book will quickly become a best seller. For every 100,000 copies sold, Ifill will receive approximately $350,000! That certainly gives her a vested interest in Obama's election! John McCain was, quite simply, entirely too accepting of this choice of moderator (see today's video), and I believe Ifill should be replaced summarily!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

The Fats of Life, Man's Best Friend, -and- Burp!

The Fats of Life - woman sheds 110 pounds to join Army
Man's Best Friend - man punches shark, saves his dog
Burp! - Utah bans alcoholic malt beverages

On this day in history: October 1, 1993 - Richard Allen Davis kidnaps Polly Klaas during a slumber party in her Petaluma, California home and later murders the 12-year-old. The horrific ordeal transforms her father, Mark Klaas, into a major media figure.

Born on this day in history: October 1, 1903 - Vladimir Horowitz Biography (1903 - 1989) Russian pianist. He attended the Kiev Conservatory and made his debut in 1921. His stunning technique gained him a large international reputation, and he became an inveterate touring performer, giving 100 concerts a year in the U.S. alone. In 1933 he married Arturo Toscanini's daughter, Wanda. Always susceptible to nervous strain, in 1953 he decided to quit public performance; his return to the concert stage in 1965 was attended by great publicity. He favoured the works of Romantics such as Robert Schumann, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, and his friend Sergey Rachmaninoff. He continued to perform into his 80s.

Scripture of the Day: Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless. — Isaiah 10:1-2

Video of the Day: Rats Having Fun - submitted by Darin

Go, Sarah! Click to enlarge.

"Fireproof": Setting box office on fire!

A Christian film has been blazing hot in movie theaters—earning $6.8 million and becoming the fourth best-selling movie in the nation! "Fireproof" had the highest opening weekend box office of the year for films released on 1,000 screens or less. Samuel Goldwyn Films' "Fireproof," starring Kirk Cameron and Erin Bethea, is a faith-based movie with a powerful message to couples: "Never leave your partner behind."

"Fireproof" was produced by Sherwood Pictures—a ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga. Director Alex Kendrick is an associate pastor at the church. He and his brother, Stephen Kendrick, wrote the screenplay.

Laura and I are particularly excited to see "Fireproof" doing so well, since we have been great enthusiasts of the films produced by Sherwood Pictures—"Flywheel" and "Facing the Giants"—and of Kirk Cameron's work in the "Left Behind" series and "The Way of the Master."

For dinner last evening, I made Cajun Rice with Beef: I placed 1 1/2 cups of Calrose rice in a large sauté pan. I added 2 1/4 cups of juice from the a batch of salsa I made last week. I then added thinly sliced top sirloin steak that had been grilled Sunday, a large white onion (sliced), three large Jalapeños (diced), a stalk of celery (thinly sliced), a head of garlic (finely chopped), a small habanero pepper (finely chopped), two large cluster tomatoes (diced), sea salt, Gebhardt's chili powder, and Tony Chachere's More Spice. I brought this to a rolling boil on high and cooked for five minutes. I lowered the burner to one notch above low and cooked, unattended, for 45 minutes. It was wonderful.