Saturday, May 2, 2009

An Assortment of Pictures

This post has an assortment of pictures ranging from animals to scenic views, please enjoy.........


This one is my favorite, a dandelion in seed with morning dew on it.
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This one is interesting, they are clouds over a volcano...

April 2009 Statistics

This is our 1509th blog! Someone took the 1500 blog. Unintentionally, it was me with the joke blog. Where were you guys? Are times that tough that no one had any jokes to tell? Have we all gone super-serious with the sucky economy and the potential pandemic?

We've also hit another milestone. We've long surpassed the 125,000 page load. Dogaddicts has readily admitted to being a refresh junkie, but we can't pin all these hits on her, or can we? And when are we going to finally meet this mystery lady? hmmm...

In reality, the page loads don't matter, the blog count doesn't matter. We have formed quite a group, quite a cohesive conglomeration... Our last get together proved it. As orbs so eloquently put it, "the long lasting afterglow of our party" provided smiles for days.

Once again, our statistics are mind blowing...

We are averaging about 450 page loads per day. We are up to about 100 regular returning visitors every day. Our returning visits have increased, our visit length has increased. We are teetering around 13,500 visitors each month! We are growing exponentially in every area. Huh? What? Why? Who knows...

You want some graphs for old times sake? I'll dig up a few....

Visit Lengths Returning Visits
40% spend at least 20 minutes reading............ And more than 30% of visitors return

This one was kind of cool to see.... Our page visits since July of last year. Really shows the growth.




Pat yourselves on the back. We have a "thing" going on here and it just keeps getting better.

Friday, May 1, 2009

BWAA HA HA News room Asshats

The spin doctors are seriously out in force. "Face masks do little good." "Computer simulations show 'only' 1,400 cases of Swine flu."

Let's look at the last one first. If a reader understands math, they understand exponential growth. I realize math gives folks the heebie jeebies so I'll give a short story of exponential growth for you. A king once promised a reward of a gold coin that was doubled for each square of a checker board. The king died a poor penniless old man for that. In the first eight days it started small.

1 coin for the first day, 2 coins for the second. Four for the third day, and eight for the fourth. On the eight day, the king paid 64. The next row things got a little out of hand. On day sixteen, the king paid, 16,384. He had paid in total by the sixteenth day over 32,000 gold coins. With six rows left to go, the numbers get huge. Now lets look at this "only 1,400" amount they are placating you with.

If we look at the words exponential growth and that "looking further out, things are very different." There are still six more rows to go folks. It isn't over in four weeks, it's just starting. The numbers that get sick are going to be huge because we have no defense You might want to be an early bird and get it over with now. Getting any kind of service in a couple of months is going to be interesting.

Not to panic though, this isn't Bird Flu and the death rate will be manageable. Yes people are going to die. Not hordes of them. The media will try to make it seem like hordes, but not so. If it were Bird Flu (H5N1) I'd have bought a gun last week. Not for me, but society will have some issues with Bird Flu. Anyhow, they are spreading disinformation to lull you into not taking action until too late.

Might was well buy some cough syrup and cold meds now while they are on store shelves. Stock up on toilet paper too. Trust me when you are sick and everyone in the house is bowl blasting, you do not want to have to run to the store and see empty TP shelves. TP is near worth it's weight in gold sometimes. As for other things, you know the drill. Racine actually has a disaster preparedness website. The Journal times actually ran a series of what to buy each month to outfit a well stocked disaster kit. I don't think you will need a full kit, but a good look over the list will help you see what you and your family need for that rough period.

Oh yeah, the face masks. You aren't going to find them, you're going to pay premium when you do, and they do work better than you've been lead to believe. If you make a run on them, then those out on the Front Lines won't be able to find them. This is the real reason the news story went out that they don't work that well. If you have an N95 rated mask, and use it correctly, you are much safer out in public. *NOTE I said "N5" in an earlier post. the correct number is "N95"

http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20090501/sc_livescience/worstcasescenarioforfluestimated

Astronomy Day May 2nd

I just wanted to give you a heads up that Astronomy Day is May 2nd. The Racine Astronomical Society is having events at their observatory all day Saturday. Solar observing (with appropriate solar filters of course) takes place Saturday from 2 to 5pm and night observing is from 8 to 11pm at the Modine-Bensted Observatory. All events are free (although donations are accepted...no pressure. You might even miss the donation bin unless you are looking for it!)

They really have a great facility out there. The large dome houses a 16inch reflector and the smaller dome a 14 inch reflector (both of different optical designs, but I won't bore you with technical details!) Several telescopes will be set up oustide the domes as well.

The Moon will be a day past first quarter which is an excellent time to observe the Moon. Craters along the terminator (the day-night dividing line) have long shadows providing high contrast and excellent views. Saturn is still well positioned for viewing early in the evening. It's rings are nearly edge on. This happens once every 15 years giving the planet a distinct appearance. I can't give a list of other objects they will feature (although I know what I would show you!) but they will feature other star clusters, double stars and galaxies throughout the night.

History Exam

Abby sent this in an email to me. Fun to see how you do. I am not officially older than dirt..... yet. But I'm getting close!

History Exam....Everyone over 40 should have a pretty easy time at this exam. If you are under 40 you can claim a handicap.This is a History Exam for those who don't mind seeing how much they really remember about what went on in their life.*** Get paper & pencil & number from 1 to 20.****Write the letter of each answer & score at the end.

1. In the 1940s where were automobile headlight dimmer switches located?
a. On the floor shift knob b. On the floor board to the left of the clutch c. Next to the horn.

2. The bottle top of a Royal Crown Cola bottle had holes in it. For what was it used?
a. Capture lightning bugs b. To sprinkle clothes before ironing c. Large salt shaker.

3. Why was having milk delivered a problem in northern winters?
a. Cows got cold and wouldn't produce milk. b. Ice on highways forced delivery by dog sled. c. Milkmen left deliveries outside of front doors and milk would freeze expanding and pushing up the cardboard bottle top.

4. What was the popular chewing gum named for a game of chance?
a. Blackjack b. Gin c. Craps

5. What method did women use to look as if they were wearing stockings when none were available due to rationing during WW II.
a. Suntan b. Leg painting c. Wearing slacks

6. What postwar car turned automotive design on its ear when you couldn't tell whether it was coming or going?a. Studebaker b. Nash Metro c. Tucker

7. Which was a popular candy when you were a kid?
a . Strips of dried peanut butter b. Chocolate licorice bars c. Wax coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside.

8. How was Butch wax used?
a. To stiffen a flat-top haircut so it stood up b. To make floors shiny and prevent scuffing c. On the wheels of roller skates to prevent rust.

9. Before inline skates how did you keep your roller skates attached to your shoes?
a. With clamps tightened by a skate key b. Woven straps that crossed the foot c. Long pieces of twine.1

0. As a kid what was considered the best way to reach a decision?
a. Consider all the facts. b. Ask Mom c. Eeny-meeny-miney-mo.

11. What was the most dreaded disease in the 1940s and 1950s?
a. Smallpox b. AIDS c. Polio

12. "I'll be down to get you in a ________, Honey"
a. SUV b. Taxi c. Streetcar

13. What was the name of Caroline Kennedy's pony?
a. Old Blue b Paint c. Macaroni

14. What was a Duck-and-Cover Drill?
a . Part of the game of hide and seek b. What you did when your Mom called you in to do chores c. Hiding under your desk and covering your head with your arms in an A-bomb drill.

15. What was the name of the Indian Princess on the Howdy Doody show?
a. Princess Summerfallwinterspring b. Princess Sacajawea c. Princess Moonshadow

16. What did all the really savvy students do when mimeographed tests were handed out in school?
a. Immediately sniffed the purple ink as this was believed to get you high b. Made paper airplanes to see who could sail theirs out the window c. Wrote another pupil's name on the top to avoid their failure.

17. Why did your Mom shop in stores that gave Green Stamps with purchases?
a. To keep you out of mischief by licking the backs which tasted like bubble gum b. They could be put in special books and redeemed for various household items c. They were given to the kids to be used as stick-on tattoos.

18. Praise the Lord & pass the _________?
a. Meatballs b. Dames c. Ammunition

19. What was the name of the singing group that made the song "Cabdriver" a hit?
a. The Ink Spots b. The Supremes c. The Esquires

20. Who left his heart in San Francisco ?
a. Tony Bennett b. Xavier Cugat c. George Gershwin

(Answers in the comment section)

"Head-banging parrot proves birds can dance"




http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/science/05/01/dancing.parrots/

Snowball dances better than me.

More State Child Care Funds Looted - Racine DA Twiddles Thumbs

"A Kenosha County child-care provider whose fraudulent activity was detailed in a Journal Sentinel series this year is back in business - billing the state for more than $1,400 in recent weeks.

"Angela Hale never officially shut down her day care operation but stopped billing after the newspaper detailed how she charged the state when she wasn't actually taking care of children.

"The Racine County district attorney's office has been investigating the circumstances surrounding Hale and the Racine mother who allegedly took her kids to Hale's home-based day care.

"No criminal charges have been filed against either. Nor have Kenosha County regulators yanked Hale's child-care certification.

"Adelene Greene, head of the Kenosha County Division of Workforce Development, said Kenosha County couldn't take action against Hale because the children she was allegedly caring for were from Racine. And Hale's work hours were submitted to Racine County regulators for approval.

"'We cannot handle a Racine situation,' Greene said."

http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/watchdogreports/44103702.html


Eh, it's only Racine, it's only children, it's only public funds, right, Nieskes?

Party on!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Rock and Roll Revival

Hello everyone! Welcome back to the Rock and Roll Revival! I grew up listening to music before the days of MTV and videos. Like everybody else, I listened to music over the radio. I became intriged by song from Kiss, Calling Dr. Love So, I went to the store and bought my first album ever, Love Gun. I had no idea what the band looked like or what. Come to find out, it was them on the cover! The bizarre costumes and make-up! Cool, I thought. I was only twelve years old and became obcessed with Kiss.

My interest in Kiss waned over the years as I picked upon more talented artists like Led Zeppelin. I grew away from the gimmicks that filled rock music. I became more focused on the music itself. Personally, I don't care what they look like anymore, as long as the music is good.

We live in an image conscience world. Where first impression "matters." You can't judge a book by it's cover. The same applies to music. So my question is-should a band an image, gimmick, or controversy to sell themselves or just let the music do the talking?

BTW-I still think Kiss rocks!!!

Patti Smith Group - Free Money




Party on, Racine!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Joke Time

Tired of layoffs, swine flu, bad news?

Share a funny joke.

It's been awhile. I'll start us off....

Swine flu heeby jeebies

Okay, the news reels are screaming PANDEMIC! should we care? I think we should care a little but not dire dread. Lets look at the facts. This isn't bird Flu (H5N1) or SARS. This is a new Swine Flu (H1N1) and isn't nearly as bad with high morbidity (death) rates. H5N1 has a morbidity of over 64%., and SARS was a bit over 18%. This Swine flu has a morbidity of under .5%. It is also susceptible to anti-virals like Tamiflu. H5N1 has started laughing at the antivirals.

What does this mean to us? It means we should take precautions, but not lose undue amounts of sleep. it means that people will see that the PANDEMIC! worries are overblown and let their guards down for the real pandemic influenzas.

Wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough, use common sense.

Mom Arrested Update

http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=7447211

I took a beating on my last post about this. However, I am not alone in thinking this story is bizarre, other parents think maybe her arrest was a bit much too.

The woman claims, and so does the grandmother who was with them, that they drove around the block and came back and attempted to pick both of the children back up. They were successful with the 12 year old. A passerby bought the younger girl (10 years old) ice cream and called the police.


How long did the mother leave the child alone? Was it appropriate for the other adult to whisk this kid into a store and buy them ice cream? This child was 10 years old, not a 3 or 4 year old lost, helpless child. If her story is true, the mother was absent for less than maybe 5-10 minutes? I still say this whole thing is fishy....

Granted, the situation was heated, but many, many parents leave their children unattended for much longer than that. Many parents go to much worse extremes and make far more damaging mistakes in disciplining their children

I agree that what she did was not appropriate, that we can't condone this action. I'm sticking with my original gut feeling. Jail and child endangerment charges, imo, seem outrageous
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Converter boxes.........

I don't do cable ( we all know why,moneys tight).......so I got the converter box and I was so happy ..AT FIRST, when the picture does come in it's VERY clear.

Well the down falls are as follows:
  1. When neighbor is on cell TV losses signal. (he's always on the dam thing)
  2. Some channels work upstairs, some down stairs.
  3. Plane flys over it goes out.(I'm near the airport)
  4. Daughter turns on radio in room above TV signal goes out.
  5. Dish washer is on signal goes in and out.
  6. Many, many more.

I was just wondering if anyone else has the converter and is considering breaking down and getting cable?

To watch Dancing with the stars last night I had to have both kids positioned just right on the couches (holding tin foil....J/K) and all of the appliances turned off.............no one was allowed to move until the commercials! HEEHEE.....it'll be the same Thursday when Bones and Hell's kitchen are on!

Dear Madame Zoltar

Hello, my friends! How are you?

I’m ashamed to say that I forgot about this week’s blog until just now. And that’s about all that I have to say. There were no email questions or comments this week, and I don’t have any pressing issues to prognosticate on.

A quick glance at the news this morning reveals the usual economic horrors and criminal brutalities facing the fair residents of our city. However, even though the first U.S. death from Mexico’s swine flu has been confirmed and President Obama has declared, “This is obviously a serious situation, serious enough to take the utmost precautions,” a Journal Times editorial pooh-poohs all of that flu-poo nonsense and encourages us to party on. Thank God that the crack team of medical experts and epidemiologists at the Journal Times are keeping a keen eye on this so-called pandemic for us; otherwise, I might worry.

There also appears to be some concern locally that state senator John Lehman is actually listening to his constituents and not the special interest groups that he is paid to represent. Don’t worry, though, for I predict that he will come around. Once the genius of government of the government, by the government, and for the government is demonstrated to him, he will realize the foolishness of listening to taxpayers. There is no arguing with what the government has done for our economy and in global affairs. Even our local government has shone through with its visionary treatment of children as fodder for the pleasures of perverts and sadists. Can you say “coal train,” kiddies? I feel so much more secure knowing that we bury our little secrets in Racine.

Well, I’m off to tend to the enflamed genitalia of a local captain of industry who buggered a boy that had the insolence to purchase and use one of my hex potions in revenge. Tsk, tsk. Won’t you Racine NAMBLA members ever learn?

Don’t forget to send you questions and comments to me at: madamezoltar@jtirregulars.com.

I’ll see you next week, dears. Be sure to vote in next Tuesday’s mayoral election and write in “Madame Zoltar.” Ta-ta!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

News from Florida

Nah, there is no news...just sunny and warm...nice ocean breezes...no rain in the forecast for several days. SER put down that finger, NOW!!!!!!

To all of you, I want to say 'thank you' for making my trip up there so enjoyable. And while my house may have looked like a bombsite for a little bit, we had it whipped back into shape in no time.

I enjoyed seeing DA separately from you since she was concerned about Minnie's behavior...how could her behavior been any worse than Fungi on the pole????

This group has proven to me once again that they are just plain nice, caring people who like to have fun...You made this trip worth every penny!

See you in the summer, guys. Thanks for being (a) friend!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Should We Rise to the Occasion?

It happened in Liz's blog about the party. It started like this, folks....

Anonymous said...
Does one need an identity to attend, or can I come as Anonymous 8:42?
April 25, 2009 8:41 PM

Then,
Anonymous said...
Or 8:41.
April 25, 2009 8:42 PM

Then I opened my trap:
Anon, you have to get a name or we will have to keep checking our watch when we talk to you...
April 25, 2009 9:47 PM

This just posted:
I guess I'll find something else to do on 6/27. Anon 8:42 (aka Anon 8:41) :(
April 27, 2009 7:38 PM


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Don't be sad anon 8:41, 8:42, 7:38, et al... :(

I have an idea! We could have a naming contest for you?

We might need some hints or a little more information... hmmm.. anyone up to the challenge?

ROAD TRIP!!!



ALL ABOARD!!!!

After the party, it may be a good idea
to leave town for awhile,
hurry up, get in!!!!

***UPDATED***
OK Abby, we only have to take the
'old' bus to the west coast where the monster bus
is waiting for us.
I know we're moving but I can't see who's driving...

Another Cool Picture

It was beautiful. Thought you all would like to see it.

Can you imagine the woman's face as she was told what to write on the cake? :D

Thanks again for your hospitality, beejay!

Tisa Hawes pleads no contest to failing to act to prevent harm to a child

http://journaltimesonline.com/newsrightnow/?idvar=2077

Tisa is the "mother" who stood by while her live-in boyfriend tortured her son and tied him into bed at night, eventually suffocating him. She faces up to six years in prison for letting her child be murdered, but the state is making no recommendation on the length of her sentence.

I believe "the state" here means District Attorney Mike Nieskes' office, the same guys who are bungling (or putting in the fix for?) the Becker case.

Screw you, Nieskes. You are a disgrace to your office and to the people of Racine.

Whack-A-Becker

The sky is falling

Mom mentioned the news was saying flooding in southeast Wisconsin. I looked up the news on the Net, and got channel 58. The short clip showed a 16" road culvert rushing water 3/4 deep, and a puddle in a ditch. Must be a slow news day

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Irregular Spring Party 2009


Yep, it rained, it hailed, but it didn't stop the volleyball game.



Jose made it to the party. Can't keep that guy away. Party animal.

Beejay, I was reviewing the film from the basement camera we had hooked up. I think I've picked a winner that no one would contest. You don't even want to know some of what went on down there!!!

Who would have guessed our friend had THIS talent?




Looks like we have 2 months to recoup until the next shindig.... It may take me that long! So great to see everyone again! What an irregular family we are.....

"Don't you mess with grandpa, sonny"



http://www.komonews.com/news/local/43601852.html

This man stopped to help a couple of guys on the street and they tried to hijack his car. They punched him in the eye. He returned the favor by kicking one in the nuts and the other in the gut.

Go, grandpa!