Welfare rancher and Hatriot leader Cliven Bundy, who spent decades giving the finger to the Federal Government, for having the gall to request a public defender to represent him. Luckily, he cannot be represented at taxpayer expense if he has assets to hire an attorney.
Looks like its time to sell some cattle and take out a mortgage on the ranch.
The hatriot takeover of bird sanctuary is OVER! Got to hand it to the FBI, they really handled this well. I was pissed early on when the authorities didn't move immediatly on the seditionists, but they played it brilliantly. The "militia movement" was exposed for the bunch of dead-end idiot losers that they are, and all but one was taken into custody. Sadly, Tarpman decided to reach for a weapon, and is no longer with us. He did not choose well.
I was worried at the end that David Fry was going to choose suicide, but he finally saw the light and surrendered without incident. That young man needs some serious mental health treatment, IMHO. I'm sure when all is said and done, more indictments and more charges will follow. Wouldn't be at all suprised if some RICO charges are laid down as well.
Today is a good day the rule of law. The seditionists are safely locked away, hopefully for a very, very long time.
There's a reason I'm not on the bomb squad: I'm incredibly clumsy. Two weeks ago, I went out to the garden to cut some rosemary for the roast potatos I was making for dinner. It was dark, and I considered taking a flashlight, but decided against it. After all, I was only going up to my well traveled garden. Who needs a flashlight?
Three quarters of the way there, I realized, at age 53, that my night vision isn't what it was a few years back. I could make out the bulk of the hot tub, and angled towards it, as I knew my rosemary was in the front right corner of the left rear garden box, just beyond the hot tub.
And then it happened. I tripped over a planter, and landed on a large plastic flower pot with my right leg. My right shin scraped down the pot from my ankle to midway towards my knee.
The pain was sharp, but not intense. After cursing a blue streak (what is a blue streak, btw?), I retrieved the rosemary and hobbled back to the kitchen.
I didn't think I was hurt too badly. My leg could support my weight, I was bruised and limping, but not in much pain. The following day, my leg was swollen and bruised, but again, not much pain. I figured I had a bad bruise, and thought nothing more, by day two, my limp was gone.
But there was something more going on. I'd feel fine in the morning, but as the day progressed, I'd get an achy pain in my shin. When I drove, I had a sensation of something floating in my lower leg when I depressed my foot to work the gas and brake pedals. My leg would look fine in the morning, but was bruised, swollen, tender, and sore by evening.
My doctor had x-rays done, but couldn't see anything unusual, but I still had pain and swelling. So I'm off to the orthopedic doctor tomorrow by my PCP's directive to try and see whats wrong. In the meantime, I was prescribed an anti-inflammatory to deal with the pain and swelling.
What's prescribed is the generic, emphasis on generic, form of Celebrex, celecoxib. Thirty pills are $250.00. Thankfully, I have insurance, so my out of pocket cost is just five dollars, but 8 bucks a pill for a drug that's been around since the early 90's and was developed in conjunction with a university research program?
I've long known there is something seriously wrong with the way we develop, market, and dispense medicines, but this experience really brings it home. If I did not have good insurance, I wouldn't be able to afford it.
So far, I think the government is taking the right action in not forcing a confrontation with the idjits occupying a wildlife sanctuary in Oregon, but I do think they're being a bit TOO hands off. Seal off the area, cut the power, and do not allow anyone in. Starve or freeze them out, and take them into custody to faces charges. Charge anyone trying to bring in supplies with aiding and conspiracy.
Worst thing to do is engage in a confrontation resulting in deaths. We don't need another Waco.
We've been doing the Meatless Monday thing for a few years now, and today, with it being cold and drizzly, I thought a nice lentil soup would hit the spot!
Super easy, all I did was saute a diced onion with some sliced carrots and celery until the onion was translucent, poured in 8 cups of vegetable stock, then followed with two cups of dry brown lentils, a drained and rinsed can of great northern beans, some tyme, salt and pepper, along with some reconstituted dried porcini mushrooms along with their strained soaking liquid, added a bay leaf, and simmered for 40 minutes until the lentils were cooked through. Added a splash of lemon juice at the end, and we enjoyed it with bread and cheese!
We have a lot of locks and dams in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The one pictured above is on the Allegheny River, not far from where I used to live in Fox Chapel. These dams are for navigation and flood control. I always wondered why no one ever thought to take advantage of the water spilling over the top to generate electricity? Well, it now seems that might happen! From the P-G:
This summer, Illinois-based Hydro Green Energy received a 50-year license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a new 5.25 megawatt hydroelectric project at the Braddock Locks and Dam on the Monongahela River.
FFP New Hydro has a more sweeping vision — FERC has granted the Boston-based developer preliminary licenses to build hydropower plants on eight dams on the three rivers. The company, which is majority owned by renewable energy investment firm U.S. Renewables Group, is also in the early stages of exploring putting plants at four more of the rivers’ dams.
If each dam has a power plant generating 5.25 MW, and all 13 projects are completed, that would mean over 68 MW of clean power from already existing impoundments. I've seen seat of the pants calculations that equate 1 megawatt with powering 1,000 homes, which seems a good enough figure for an amateur like myself, so that's roughly 68,000 homes that could be powered by hydro on our three rivers. That's certainly not enough power for the entire region, but its clean, and will help ease the burden on fossil fuel plants and help with a transition to more solar, wind, and nuclear power. Also, while the sun may not always shine or the wind always blow, in my over 40 years of living here, the water always flows over those dams, even in the winter.
Whatever your faith tradition, have a safe and happy holiday season! We're having smoked goose for Christmas eve, and yesetrday's Festivus dinner was spaghetti and meat sauce, in the Pastafarian tradition.
With kids tearing into presents tomorrow, we're just gooing to make do with leftovers, and maybe some bratwurst. Best to take it easy after the hurley-burley of the runup.
So I got a big envelope in the mail today from the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. This is not unusual, since I donate what I can towards battlefield preservation, and have donated a considerable amount of funds to the SVBF. However, the envelope on the reverse was constructed of a transparent glassine material, and staring at me from the mailbox was an 8x10 suitable for framing of visage of the muderous traitor, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson.
Pro tip: That's not the way to get money from a Yankee. Maybe you should consider replacing the photo of a traitor with one of say, Phil Sheridan? (Not that he doesn't have his warts either, ask a Native American).