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Gloomy Day

The thunderstorms held off until this afternoon, so there was no repeat of the 5 inches of rain we got yesterday, but we had dense fog this morning, followed by solid overcast. I pity those kids on their spring break.

About the only story I saw of any interest was out of Georgia and reported by the BBC: Woman wounded in US armadillo shooting

Authorities in the US state of Georgia say a woman was accidentally shot by her son-in-law as he was trying to kill an armadillo with a handgun.

Police say the bullet ricocheted off the animal’s hard armour, entered the woman’s mobile home, and hit her in the back as she sat in a reclining chair.

The 74-year-old woman was taken to the hospital where she is expected to recover, local police told US media.

The response from the local police – he should have used a shotgun for armadillo and other varmints.

I don’t understand doing anything about the animal, as they eat termites and ants. The borrows can be annoying, but their food preference is a definite plus.

April 14, 2015   16 Comments

Marco Rubio & Other Messes

So, Marco finally admitted he was running for President, which is good because it means he can’t run for re-election to the Senate. You can only appear on a ballot once in Florida, so if he puts his name on the ballot in the Presidential primary, he can’t have it on for the Senate primary challenge by the Tea Party if no one else.

I have seen people who are actually treating him as a viable candidate, which is absurd. He isn’t crazy enough to win the wingnut vote, and he lacks the fund-raising capability to make it through the early round without those voters. Further, if Jeb Bush takes the nomination, Marco isn’t viable for the VP slot because of the requirement that Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates be from different states.

In local news the weather forecast is for thunderstorms for the next week. We have already had more than twice the normal rainfall for the entire month, and it is just going to get soggier as a cold front has stalled north of us.

It isn’t of Biblical proportions, but it is at least one book’s worth. Mobile had over 7 inches of rain yesterday.

April 13, 2015   5 Comments

They’re Kidding, Right?

I have the BBC app on my iPad and it has a very distinctive alert sound. When it went off this morning I checked the site on my computer and couldn’t figure out what the alert was about. I didn’t see any breaking news.

So, I checked the CBC site to see if they had anything, and they actually had the announcement that Hillary Clinton formally confirmed that she was running for President in a Breaking News box.

I opened up the iPad to see if that was, in fact, what the BBC was alerting, and sure enough it was.

Excuse me, but this ‘news’ has been breaking for two years, and the fact that she was going to do it today was announced last Friday.

I can see reporting it, but ‘Breaking News’ – I don’t think so…

April 12, 2015   2 Comments

More Local Weirdness

Okaloosa wasn’t the only county with an odd violent incident this week. In the county just West of us things got really strange: Santa Rosa deputy attacked by man with Samurai sword.

The guy sliced the first deputy on the scene pretty badly. but the second deputy who arrived started shooting as soon as the guy headed for him, killing him.

The wounded deputy is now listed in good condition at a local hospital. No one has figured out the reason behind the attack.

The moon wasn’t full and the weather was pleasant. No report yet on possible ‘chemical’ involvement.

April 11, 2015   No Comments

Friday Cat Blogging

Dissatisfied Customer

Friday Cat Blogging

No more drama!

[Editor: CC apparently thinks I was responsible for what happened.]

The Friday Ark for lots of animal pictures.

April 10, 2015   7 Comments


While confined to bed in the hospital I finally turned on the TV to stop people from asking if I wanted help to get it working. Other than the weather channel, the only thing I found interesting were some of the commercials.

One commercial in particular, this video, by my insurance company, resonated with the recent passing of one of my favorite comedians, Stan Freberg.

Among his many accomplishments, he convinced TV advertisers to make funny commercials – essentially creating the genre. The insurance commercial was typical of a Freberg ad: most the run-time was spent on the humor with the sponsor showing up at the end, there was always music, and they tend to be rather absurd.

I grew up with my Dad’s Freberg records playing in the many places where we lived that lacked TV, and often even radio. Early exposure to “St George and the Dragonet” (mix of the traditional story told as if it were an episode of the old Dragnet show) really perverted the way I read fairy tales to my niece and younger cousins. In my version of Goldilocks, she was arrested for burglary, criminal mischief, and theft at the end.

April 9, 2015   No Comments

Adventures In Apartment Management

I am sitting here with armed police officers on both sides of my house looking for a suspect who is considered ‘armed and dangerous’ in the apartments.

He is drunk, very drunk, and has at least one knife. He was loud, and making threats which resulted in the call to the police. There was a single shot, but I don’t know who fired it, and now they can’t find him.

The tenants have been forced out of their apartments, with no idea when they will be allowed back in. I did not go towards the sound of the shot, because I don’t want to show up on YouTube shooting someone, and don’t get paid to do that sort of thing anymore.

This has not been a very good week.

April 8, 2015   16 Comments

Florida Governors

So, current governor, Rick “the fraudster” Scott, mistakenly said that he was in favor of the Medicaid expansion when he was running for re-election, but has ‘corrected the record’ to show that he always against it, even when he said he was for it.

Then you have former governor, John Ellis “JEB” Bush, who says that he isn’t a Latino, even though he checked the box on his voter registration form saying he was, and signed the form under penalty of perjury.

There are a lot of Republican officials in this state who haven’t mastered the concept of checking boxes.

April 8, 2015   No Comments

News In Brief

The “big story” was Rand Paul announces 2016 White House bid

Senator Rand Paul has announced he is launching a 2016 presidential election campaign on the Republican ticket.

“Today begins the journey to take America back,” he said in a campaign event in Kentucky.

He didn’t say how far back, but the 18th century is probably a safe choice.

The latest in an on-going series: Russian nuclear submarine fire ‘put out’ in Arctic dock. They are saying there were no weapons or nuclear fuel on-board as the vessel was in dry dock for maintenance.

In nostalgia news, American Pie lyrics sell for $1.2m. Don McLean auctioned off the original, hand-written lyrics to the song, and said they would explain as much as can be explained about the lyrics. The BBC has an companion piece on the lyrics.

April 7, 2015   7 Comments

Happy Easter

Easter Eggs

This is what happens when you have small children – you dye your kitchen.

Yes, the festival of Easter, goddess of the Spring, is celebrated this time of year with the traditional symbols of fertility, the egg and the rabbit, by the people who settled around the Baltic Sea – the Teutons, Slavs, Finns, Prussians, Letts, et al. It is a festival of plenty after the hardships of winter, with the promise of new growth.

Of course, later groups took the celebration and turned it to other purposes, but I doubt Easter minds.

April 5, 2015   No Comments

In Memoriam

Froggy & Tadpole

Froggy as kitten


Froggy & Tadpole


[Editor: Tadpole passed shy of his first birthday from a viral upper respiratory infection while I was in the hospital, and Froggy passed this morning, at 7 years for no specific reason. They both knew they were ill apparently and hid rather than seeking help.]

The Friday Ark for lots of animal pictures.

April 4, 2015   8 Comments

A Quick Note

Things are going to be slow here for a bit as I spent the last three days in the hospital and I’m dealing with multiple real life issues as a result.

I will leave a note when regular blogging will continue.

April 2, 2015   18 Comments

Oldie But Goodie

Great news if it can be duplicated: 1,000-year-old onion and garlic eye remedy kills MRSA

Scientists recreated a 9th Century Anglo-Saxon remedy using onion, garlic and part of a cow’s stomach.

They were “astonished” to find it almost completely wiped out methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, otherwise known as MRSA.

Their findings will be presented at a national microbiology conference.

These were laboratory findings, which is great, but can it be used internally with the same efficacy?

It makes sense that not having seen this treatment for centuries, the bacteria wouldn’t be selecting for resistance, as they probably did a millennium ago when it was used for eye infections.

March 30, 2015   No Comments

Darwin Award Winner

The BBC reports on two aspirants – NSA shooting: One dead after car rams security gate.

These two fools disguised themselves as women and attempted to enter the NSA compound. The civilian NSA Police opened fire when they refused to follow orders to leave. One died at the scene, and the second went to the hospital. If they had gotten through the gate and managed to get to the building with the tires on their car shredded by the spikes, the internal force would have probably blown them to kingdom come. The force that guards NSA didn’t include an ‘Officer Friendly’ when I was there in 1960s, and it is unlikely they have gotten any nicer after 9/11.

March 30, 2015   3 Comments