DOG AND CAT DIARIES

 EXCERPTS FROM A DOG’S DIARY:

 Day number 180

8:00 am – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!

9:30 am – OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!

9:40 am – OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVORITE!

10:30 am – OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!

11:30 am – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!

12:00 noon – OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!

1:00 pm OH BOY! THE YARD! MY FAVORITE!

4:00 pm – OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!

5:00 PM – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!

5:30 PM – OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE! 

Day number 181

8:00 am – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!

9:30 am – OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!

9:40 am – OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVORITE!

10:30 am – OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!

11:30 am – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!

12:00 noon – OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!

1:00 pm OH BOY! THE YARD! MY FAVORITE!

4:00 pm – OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!

5:00 PM – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!

5:30 PM – OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE!

 Day number 182

8:00 am – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!

9:30 am – OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!

9:40 am – OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVORITE!

10:30 am – OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!

11:30 am – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!

12:00 noon – OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!

1:00 pm OH BOY! THE YARD! MY FAVORITE!

1:30 pm – oooooooh. bath. bummer. Sigh……

4:00 pm – OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!

5:00 PM – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!

5:30 PM – OH BOY! CHASE THE CAT! MY FAVORITE!

 

 

 

EXCERPTS FROM A CAT’S DIARY:

 DAY 752 – My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while I am forced to eat dry cereal. They put a delectable-looking bird out for me to see, but keep it from me, locked away in a small metal cage! What kind of sadistic monsters are these?? The only thing that keeps me going is the hope of escape, and the mild satisfaction I get from ruining the occasional piece of furniture. Tomorrow I may eat another houseplant.

 DAY 761 – Today my attempt to kill my captors by weaving around their feet while they were walking almost succeeded, must try this at the top of the stairs. In an attempt to disgust and repulse these vile oppressors, I once again induced myself to vomit on their favorite chair… must try this on their bed.

DAY 765 – Decapitated a mouse and brought them the headless body, in attempt to make them aware of what I am capable of, and to strike fear into their hearts… They only cooed and condescended about what a “good little cat I was“…Hmmm. Not working according to plan.

DAY 768 – I am finally aware of how sadistic they are. For no good reason I was chosen for the water torture. This time however it included a burning foamy chemical called “shampoo.” What sick minds could invent such a liquid?  My only consolation is the piece of thumb still stuck between my teeth.

DAY 771 – There was some sort of gathering of their accomplices. I was placed in solitary throughout the event. However, I could hear the noise and smell the foul odor of the glass tubes they call “beer..” More importantly I overheard that my confinement was due to MY power of “allergies.” Must learn what this is and how to use it to my advantage.

DAY 774 – I am convinced the other captives are flunkies and maybe snitches. The dog is routinely released and seems more than happy to return. He is obviously a half-wit. The bird on the other hand has got to be an informant, and speaks with them regularly. I am certain he reports my every move. Due to his current placement in that cage his safety is assured. But I can wait, it is only a matter of time…

cat in a bird cage with bird on top

Leftist Ideas Make for Worse Human Beings

In the past, I’ve opined on the violent history of the Left; and postulated that the root lies in its core beliefs.

Andrew Klavan has elucidated this point brilliantly in the following essay, found over at PJ Media:

The true test of a philosophy is not what it promises to make of the world but what it makes, in fact, of its adherents…

Leftism is bad for people. It makes them awful. The unwashed, ill-mannered, anti-Semitic, entitled, and now violent mobs littering various parts of the nation under the banner “Occupy” believe their ideas will lead to a better society — but they actually are the society their ideas lead to. Their behavior when compared to the polite, law-abiding, non-racist demonstrations of so-called tea partiers tells you everything you need to know about the end results of statism on the one hand and constitutional liberty on the other.

This is not, of course, to say that every left-winger is a miscreant but rather that the natural, indeed inevitable, result of statism is to produce nations of miscreants.

Read full essay here.

NASTY AS IT GETS?

Presidential politics has always been a contact sport; and this election cycle promises to be a rough one. In fact, we often hear politicians and pundits predicting the “nastiest” Presidential campaign in American history.

Well, those who claim that don’t know American history!

Watch this video, depicting the Presidential campaign of 1800, between two of our Founders, using the words that they actually wrote or said about each other; but done as we would see it today on television.

WAR!

When the Romans declared war on another people, the first act was to open the doors of the Temple of Bellona, ancient god of war. These bronze portals were kept closed in time of peace, and opened during periods of war.

Over at the Temple of Mut, the Goddess has opened those hoary bronze portals. She has cried “HAVOC!”  and let loose the dogs of WAR!

The liberal mainstream media is going kooky at the prospect that the most left-leaning President in history may be a one-term President. They will stop at nothing to weight the election in his favor. They will not hesitate to ridicule, smear, and slander not just the Republican nominee and his running-mate; that is a given. They will run roughshod over any who stand in their way.  

Its time for this President’s opponents to “go to the mattresses”, and prepare for the coming war that will be this election.

What is at stake is nothing less than the future of this, the “last best hope for mankind”.

Will America continue to be a beacon of individualism, self-reliance, personal freedom, and national exceptionalism? Or slip ever further into the economic and political morass that is the European socialist model the President and his party envision America becoming: A nation no prouder, no wealthier, no more free, no more exceptional than any other. Not the greatest nation on earth; not even primum inter pares (“first among equals”). But just one more politically corrupt and economically stagnant voting member of that morally bankrupt institution that is the United Nation’s. A nation where our secretary of defense has to ask permission from the “world community” before acting militarily to protect Americans; and where the American President bows to foreign kings.

Its time to go to WAR!

YOU KNOW YOU LIVE IN (FILL IN THE BLANK) WHEN….

You know you live in California when . . .  

1.You make over $250,000 and you still can’t afford to buy a house.  

2.The high school quarterback calls a time-out to answer his cell phone.  

3.The fastest part of your commute is going down your driveway.  

4.You know how to eat an artichoke.  

5.You drive to your neighborhood block party.  

6.When someone asks you how far something is, you tell them how long it will take to get there rather than how many miles away it is.    

 

You live in New York when . . .  

1.You say “The City” and expect everyone to know you mean Manhattan.  

2.You have never been to the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building.    

3.You can get into a four-hour argument about how to get from Columbus Circle to Battery Park, but can’t find Wisconsin on a map.  

4.You think Central Park is “nature.”  

5.You believe that being able to swear at people in their own language makes you multi-lingual.  

6.You’ve worn out a car horn.  

7.You think eye contact is an act of aggression.    

 

You live in Alaska when . . .  

1.You only have four spices: salt, pepper, ketchup and Tabasco.  

2. Halloween costumes fit over parkas.  

3.You have more than one recipe for moose.  

4. Sexy lingerie is anything flannel with less than eight buttons.  

5.The four seasons are: winter, still winter, almost winter, and construction.    

 

You live in the Deep South when . . .  

1.You can get a movie and bait in the same store.  

2.”Ya’ll” is singular and “all ya’ll” is plural.  

3.After five years you still hear, “You ain’t from ’round here, are ya?”  

4.”He needed killin’ ” is a valid defense.  

5.Everyone has 2 first names: Billy Bob, Jimmy Bob, Mary Sue, Betty Jean, etc.    

 

You live in Colorado when . . .  

1.You carry your $3,000 mountain bike atop your $500 car.  

2.You tell your husband to pick up Granola on his way home and he stops at the day care center.  

3. A pass does not involve a football or dating.  

4.The top of your head is bald, but you still have a ponytail.    

 

You live in the Midwest when . . .  

1.You’ve never met any celebrities, but the mayor knows your name.  

2.Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor.  

3.You have had to switch from “heat” to “A/C” on the same day.  

4.You end sentences with a preposition: “Where’s my coat at?”  

5.When asked how your trip was to any exotic place, you say, “It was different!”    

 

You live in Florida when…  

1.You eat dinner at 3:15 in the afternoon.  

2. All purchases include a coupon of some kind; even houses and cars.  

3. Everyone can recommend an excellent dermatologist.  

4. Road construction never ends anywhere in the state.  

5. Cars in front of you are often driven by seemingly headless people.

NOT READY FOR PRIMETIME: THE OBAMA GREEN ENERGY INITIATIVES

Government cannot make the slow run fast; they can only force the fast to run slower. That’s how government creates equality, how it levels the playing field.

 

Ready to pay $50 for a single, rather dim 60 watt light bulb?

Well, get ready. The government has just awarded appliance-maker Philips $10 million for devising an “affordable” alternative to today’s standard 60-watt incandescent bulb.

Take a look at the much-touted Chevy Volt, President Obama’s choice electrical car: it looks great on paper. It does have a one small problem, however: its batteries catch on fire!

Pop start Justin Bieber just got a new $100,000-plus Fisker Karma, the “green” luxury car of choice for the well-healed, latte-and-limousine liberal. Bad news: This week, ater only 180 miles of a 2000 mile test run by Consumer Reports, the Karma died; for reasons that are still unknown. The Fisker  didn’t even make it through 10% of the test drive!

The tow truck that dragged the Fisker back to the yard used “old technology” that has the virtue of actually working: a combustion engine, using “yesterday’s fuel”, gasoline.

Milton Friedman, father of modern supply-side economics, once wrote: “I think the government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem and very often makes the problem worse”. As the stories of failed or failing  government “green” projects grows larger every day; so does my esteem for Milton Friedman. Whatever government does tend to be inept, unimaginative, expensive, and often creates larger problems than it solves.

To make “green” energy and products competitive, the government barrows money from China and pumps billions into green enterprises. The problem is, environmentalist pipe-dreams aside, most of these technologies are just not ready for primetime!

These technologies are too expensive, even when they do work. To make them seem affordable, to make them competitive, the government works to drive up the costs of all other, more mundane, alternatives.

Government cannot make the slow run fast; they can only force the fast to run slower. That’s how government creates equality, how it levels the playing field.

That is the driving motive behind cap-and-trade: to make current sources of energy production so unnecessarily expensive that wind and solar, gold-standard sources for green energy, can compete.

That is why coal-powered electrical plants are being shut down by the EPA at record levels. That is why oil sources are put off limits, new pipelines are blocked, and no refinery has been built in the United States since  Marathon Ashland’s Garyville, La., plant in 1976! Between 1999 and 2002 refining capacity in the United States rose only 3 percent, while demand has risen by 300%; driving up the costs for all petroleum products. Now, yes, that’s not all or even most on Obama’s watch. But it is because of actions by “green” activists; particularly the onerous regulatory burden at the EPA and Fish and Wildlife, and the blizzard of lawsuits brought by environmental activists to slow or block all but green energy development. And Obama, a close ally of the “greens”, has certainly done nothing to improve the situation.

That is the reason they are taking standard incandescent light bulbs off the market; so that consumers have no choice but to purchase more expensive (and less illumination producing) LED bulbs. Only the U.S. Government could view a $50 bulb as “affordable”. I have eight lamps in my two-bedroom apartment. To replace just those eight bulbs with the Philips green alternative would cost me about $500! Can you imagine a world in which you go to the store and pay $500 just for light bulbs??

Stories of new green boondoggles just keep coming in.

Ener1, the parent company of a electric car battery maker that received a $118 million grant from the administration, and was visited Vice President Joe Biden last year, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January. It is the third company, after Solyndra and Beacon Power, to file for bankruptcy after getting a grant, a loan, or a loan guarantee from the tax payers as part of the stimulus package. Solyndra alone received half a billion in Obama Administration approved tax-payer loans. Defenders of green energy alternatives will argue that the new technology, once the “kinks” are worked out, will be more efficient than current choices.

Take the Philips product: this is no ordinary bulb!  It uses only one-sixth the energy of an incandescent. And it lasts about 30 times as long (provided you don’t drop it, or your kids don’t knock over the lamp). 

But it costs 50 times as much, and doesn’t last 50 times longer than the average bulb, which it would have to just to break even…

I’m all for green energy, and we already have two of the least polluting sources of green energy already up and working: hydroelectric and nuclear.

Yet the “green lobby” doesn’t approve of these mundane sources of clean energy. Rather than build more of each, the Obama Administration is busy destroying hydroelectric dams in the Western States, to make new salmon runs.

Really, I kid you not! Salmon runs!

 You can’t make this stuff up.

The last time a nuclear power reactor was built in the United States, aaccording to the US Dept of Energy, was for the “River Bend” plant in Louisiana, in March of 1977!  The “Watts Bar” plant in Tennessee, which began in 1973, may be completed this year, nearly 40 years later!

Does it take 40 years to build and bring online a new nuclear power plant? Only in America.

Say you’re the President of an energy company.  Being a patriot, and wanting to help this country’s energy shortage, you attempt to build a new nuclear power plant. Once one navigates the years of study and approval by various Federal and State agencies (many of which have an ingrained, institutional  hostility to nuclear power); and then fight through the decades of lawsuits brought by various green activist groups: most of your life has passed you by and your grandchildren are planning their weddings by the time your plant comes online (if ever)!

Instead, the Obama administration pushes wind power, setting a goal to develop enough wind power to provide 20 percent of America’s energy by 2030. Sounds like a laudable goal, right? Who can argue that wind power is renewable and clean?

The problem is wind farms are the most destructive source of energy to the ecosystem of the area they are constructed in. A standard wind farm has an enormous footprint, consisting of several hundred individual wind turbines, and covering an extended area of hundreds of square miles. The construction of

 such wind farm means going into often environmentally fragile eco-systems (such as California’s Mohave Desert) with large construction crews and machinery.  These are areas that are often off-limits to off-road recreation vehicles, which do minimal damage compared to the multi-ton construction vehicles needed for wind farm construction.

The earth is dug up to lay the deep concrete foundations necessary to uphold these wind mill behemoths. Plant are destroyed, animals are driven off or killed.

Talk about killing animals: Windmills kill nearly half a million birds a year, according to a Fish and Wildlife estimate. The American Bird Conservancy projected that the number could more than double in 20 years if the administration realizes its goal for wind power. And that’s just birds.

All throughout the country, wind farms are under increasing scrutiny due to thousands of bat deaths.  A Government Accountability Office (GAO) study on wind farms’ impact on wildlife, said that 2,000 bats were killed during a seven-month study at a 44-turbine site in West Virginia. In that state, a Federal Judge has halted construction on a wind farm after the Animal Welfare Institute, a Washington-based nonprofit group, sued to stop construction. An initial assessment of the project had estimated that it would annually kill 6,746 bats of all kinds: at a single site!

One of the nation’s oldest and best-known experiments in green energy is the massive wind farm atop the slope overlooking the Altamont Pass; on I-580 east of San Francisco Bay. Today, half of the wind mills are stopped, in response to threats from environmental groups. Why have environmentalists turned against this much heralded source of green energy? Catastrophic numbers of raptor deaths; particularly the endangered Golden Eagle.

A white tailed eagle killed by a Norwegian wind turbine

Even if all of the green initiatives being pushed by this Administration were to eventually bear fruit, the cost is more than our sputtering economy can bear.  And in the meantime, many appear to be embarrassing failures and an incredible waste of money.

We should reflect upon the wisdom of Milton Friedman, and get government out of the business of interfering with business; of picking winners and losers, and attempting a “command economy” directed by bureaucrats in cubicles in Washington.  Instead, we need to let the free market and consumers direct the direction innovation and technology go.

Unlike the government, they usually get it right.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2089746/Bankrupt-Solyndra-caught-destroying-parts-worth-millions–despite-owing-taxpayer-half-billion-dollars.html#ixzz1ofooNPDU

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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2856695/posts

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http://www.investorplace.com/investorpolitics/another-obama-backed-green-energy-company-goes-bankrupt/

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