Monday, February 28, 2005

Kofi breaks bad

Secretary-General condemns suicide car bombing in Iraq 'in the strongest possible terms'

The Secretary-General appeals to all Iraqis to refrain from all acts of violence, put aside their differences and work together in a spirit of national reconciliation. Ultimately, the foundations of a new Iraq can only be built through peaceful means, based on dialogue, mutual understanding and compromise. The United Nations will continue to stand by the Iraqi people in this process.

OK, so now we're making progress. Kofi has brought out the strong rhetoric. Just a matter of time before all resistance crumbles then.

Odd News

This is how pandas play. No, it's not news but the most
e-mailed Yahoo news story is about a man arrested for um,
nonstandard interaction with calves. And the most e-mailed news
photo is of an Indian woman breast feeding a monkey. So pandas
it is.
Still waiting for the mother of all snow storms. It's
looking rather wimpy so far. That's ok with me.

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Cabin Fever

100_0726, originally uploaded by lumberjack.

Friday, February 25, 2005

Mr Entertainment

Seen here gluing back on a lip. Thank
heaven for superglue.

Where's Waldo?

100_0723, originally uploaded by lumberjack.

Pretty out today, but darnit, the roads are clear so I have to go work.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

The Jury

From the Daily Record:


Feb 24 2005

THE jury that could put Michael Jackson behind bars for the rest of his life was chosen yesterday.

The panel of eight women and four males was picked after just six days of jury selection.

But there are no black jurors in the line-up.

I don't think a lack of blacks on the jury will hurt Michael. It could
be that the lack of space-aliens will though. "I demand a jury of my peers."

Let's sit here and ponder

snowsuzie1C, originally uploaded by lumberjack.

She can't understand what's happened to her yard.

brrr dog two, er, too

snowspot1C, originally uploaded by lumberjack.

He's pretty sure that he could have me locked up if he could just remember that ASPCA phone number.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

No sun for us.

They're talking about 8 inches, well, one report was for 5.
So no sunny day for us. Still, the forest can be nice in the

Better still:

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

A sunny day in the forest

For those of you who have been going without.


This is a sunny day in the forest.

Ann, the babe, says:

She says:

University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill has written that "unquestionably, America has earned" the attack of 9/11. He calls the attack itself a result of "gallant sacrifices of the combat teams." That the "combat teams" killed only 3,000 Americans, he says, shows they were not "unreasonable or vindictive." He says that in order to even the score with America, Muslim terrorists "would, at a minimum, have to blow up about 300,000 more buildings and kill something on the order of 7.5 million people."

To grasp the current state of higher education in America, consider that if Churchill is at any risk at all of being fired, it is only because he smokes.


Monday, February 21, 2005

Breath of Fresh Air

It's been so refreshing to see that some from the left-of-center have been
honest enough to recognize the Iraqi elections for the step forward that they are.
Jeff Simmermon seems to have done an honest days work in reexamining his position on the liberation of Iraq. He's may still cling to a few of the dishonesties that the left have established as the foundation of their GWB opposition/hatred but he's made a start.

From his blog:

You may think that you have felt dumb before, but let me tell you something: until you have stood in front of a man who knows real pain and told him that you are against your country's alleviation of his country's state-sponsored murderous suffering, you have not felt truly, deeply, like a total moron.

I still am no Bush fan, and I believe that America got lied to. I don't believe we should have gone into Iraq the way we did, and I think Rove is as evil as they come. But through all this deception and lying, through all this dismemberment and pain, America has wrought a beautiful, fantastic side effect: joy, freedom and a hope for peace. Does it take lies and misdirection to do this?? Is this what the other side of justice is? I feel like such a whiner and I don't know what to think anymore. Ultimately, in total defiance of my mother and grandmother's teachings, two wrongs have made a right and my moral compass is tired and busted.

I can't tell the difference between the good guys and the bad guys, and I want a clear cut mandate, some lines to believe along. But there aren't any. There's just right and wrong and following your heart of hearts. And for the first time in my life, I can say that I was wrong to be compulsively critical of the current administration without seeking my own truth.


Oh yeah, it's art.

OK, the jpg got lost so I googled "the gates" to find it.... no luck....

Saturday, February 19, 2005


From The Top 100 Gadgets of All Time:

Japanese entrepreneurs Masaru Ibuka and Akio Morita and were among the first to grasp the true potential of transistor technology, which had been invented at Bell Labs in the late 1940s. Step one: Secure a license from Bell Labs. Step two: Start cranking out cheap transistor radios. The TR-63 was their first big success, turning their company, Sony, into a global audio powerhouse. And why not? Prior to the TR-63, radios were big vacuum-tube-laden affairs. Now you could carry one in a jacket pocket and listen to it all day. Fun fact: The red dots on the dial show where American Civilian Defense broadcasts could be found, in case of a nuclear attack.

Lots of cool gadgets on the list, including many things you wouldn't be caught dead using these days. (no, not the Dustbuster, I mean things like the original Pong game or 300 baud acoustic modems; well, and the Dustbuster too)

Friday, February 18, 2005


A blonde walks into the police department looking for a job. The officer asks her some questions:

Officer: What's 2 + 2?

Blonde: Ummm... 4!

Officer: What's the square root of 100?

Blonde: Ummm... 10!

Officer: Good! Now, who killed Abraham Lincoln?

Blonde: Ummm... I dunno.

Officer: Well, you can go home and think about it. Come back tomorrow.

The blonde goes home and calls up one of her friends, who asks her if she got the job.

The blonde replies excitedly, "Not only did I get the job, I'm already working on a murder case!"

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Greenpeace gets thumped

Fron The Times Online:

WHEN 35 Greenpeace protesters stormed the International Petroleum Exchange (IPE) yesterday they had planned the operation in great detail.

What they were not prepared for was the post-prandial aggression of oil traders who kicked and punched them back on to the pavement.

“We bit off more than we could chew. They were just Cockney barrow boy spivs. Total thugs,” one protester said, rubbing his bruised skull. “I’ve never seen anyone less amenable to listening to our point of view.”

The naivete is stunning. "We came to interfere with operations, and force our views on these people, and darn, they didn't like it. Can you believe it?"

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

e-mailed to me

walksies, originally uploaded by lumberjack.

Daily exercise.

gone for a ride

goneriding, originally uploaded by lumberjack.

Never tell them that you're going to the vet. I always pretend that I've bought a new car, "Wanna go for a ride in the new car? Huh? Come on, let's go." They don't remember what the car looks like.


Somehow I missed the mini-mart commercial.
Pretty funny.

It's a long story

"This evil wedding dress that has never been worn comes with a horrible story so shocking that you may not want to buy it, but it must be told. First, a little bit about myself........ "

He goes on to tell you waaaaay too much about himself. Fun read
if you pretend it's fiction though.


Sorry Chinese guy, it's nothing personal. China's still cool.


Saturday, February 12, 2005

Look at the Guy, Who Cares What He Thinks?

The man was born with a rugged face, maybe one that wouldn't look out of
place out in the woods with a chainsaw; but somehow he's managed to cultivate
a look that says, "Come to me if you need advice on scented candles or peppermint
enemas, otherwise, I haven't a clue as to what this world is about." The pretend
Native-American heritage is just icing on his already too sugary cake.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Melancholy in the wind

Man, the wind here today could blow your lips off. A little chill
too, but at least there was some sun. I had to meet an appraiser at
my mom's house to value things for the estate. What with one thing
and another, I ended spending the day there. Which was ok because
I needed time to go through papers and locate the deed etc.

The melancholy was all my doing. After I'd found the documents I
needed, I looked through the memory boxes. Lots of old pictures,
report cards, plaster hand-prints, the things we save; many many
boxes. And lots of memories came back, of vacations, confirmations,
vaccinations.. lots. I found the tassel from my high school graduation,
and I remembered that fiddling with it is what caused me to walk into
a free standing hand rail on my way backstage. Bam, full speed, right
into it, causing my huevos to end up in my back pockets. Youch it hurt,
but I couldn't acknowledge the pain because there were classmates all
around. So I walked up to get my diploma taking little bitty steps, and
I hoped that the principal didn't think my watery eyes were caused by
sadness at leaving his school.

Ah, the memories.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005


From News of the Weird. I guess if you're going to lie, lie big:

After five years of the New Mexico government always accepting Viola Trevino's child support claims against Steve Barreras (over the vasectomied Barreras' objections), a court in Albuquerque finally ruled in December that the child never existed. The judge concluded that Trevino had lied numerous times and had forged DNA evidence, birth certificates, and other documents and that Barreras had been unjustly forced to pay $20,000 in support, even though Trevino had never publicly produced the child. In December, having run out of excuses, Trevino borrowed a little girl from a stranger on the street and took her into the courtroom to "be" her and Barreras' daughter (but the stranger followed Trevino inside and exposed the ruse). Gov. Bill Richardson ordered an investigation as to how so many state officials had been hoaxed for so long. [The New Mexican-AP, 12-13-04]

The real story will be when this woman appeals and some court reinstates the payments. I wonder what university the "kid" will be attending.

Maybe I Need a Hobby

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Those wacky penguins again

From Ananova:

Zoo tempts gay penguins to go straight

A German zoo has imported four female penguins from Sweden in an effort to tempt its gay penguins to go straight.

Penguins at Bremerhaven Zoo in Bremen /Europics

The four Swedish females were dispatched to the Bremerhaven Zoo in Bremen after it was found that three of the zoo's five penguin pairs were homosexual.

Keepers at the zoo ordered DNA tests to be carried out on the penguins after they had been mating for years without producing any chicks.

It was only then they realised that six of the birds were living in homosexual partnerships.

Director Heike Kueck said that the zoo hoped to see some baby penguins in the coming months.

She said that the birds had been mating for years and one couple even adopted a stone that they protected like an egg.

Kueck said that the project has the support of the European Endangered Species Programme because the penguins, which are native to South America, are an endangered species.

A biologist will be on hand to monitor the experiment.

But introducing the Bremerhaven penguins to their new Swedish friends may not be as successful as hoped after earlier experiments revealed great difficulties in separating homosexual couples.

In case they show no interest, the zoo has also flown in two new male penguins "so that the ladies don't miss out altogether", Kueck added.

BERLIN (Reuters) - A plan by a German zoo to test the sexual appetites of a group of suspected homosexual penguins has sparked outrage among gay and lesbian groups, who fear zookeepers might force them to turn straight.

"All sorts of gay and lesbian associations have been e-mailing and calling in to protest," said a spokesman for the zoo.....

Force the Swedish females on them? Puhleeeeese

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Cat Lick Fever

Want a puddy tat to clean your monitor from the inside?
Save it to My Pictures and use it as a screensaver or background.
But be warned, the soundtrack will have you climbing the walls
after two minutes. Maybe this is a good background to put on
*other* people's computers.

Friday, February 04, 2005

Macaulay Culkin

Remember Glen Campbell's booking picture? Just give Macaulay thirty years.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Terrorists, nothing more

Boy with Down syndrome turned into suicide bomber
Insurgents in Iraq strap explosives on youth with mind of 4-year-old
Posted: February 2, 2005
5:00 p.m. Eastern

© 2005

Iraqi insurgents turned Amar Mohammed, who has Down syndrome, into suicide bomber (courtesy: Sydney Morning Herald)

This week's election in Iraq may have been a time of celebration for most citizens, but it turned into horror for one family whose handicapped son was turned into a suicide bomber by insurgents who strapped explosives to his chest to disrupt the voting process.

The victim was Amar Ahmed Mohammed, 19, who had Down syndrome and was said to have had the mind of a 4-year-old boy.

"He was like a baby," one of Amar's cousins told the Sydney Morning Herald. "He had nothing to do with the resistance and there was nothing in the house for him to make a bomb. He was Shiite – why bomb his own people? He was mindless, but he was mostly happy, laughing and playing with the children in the street. Now, his father is inconsolable; his mother cries all the time."

It goes on if you can stand to read more. Amazing that some people can still think of these horrible creatures as insurgents, or resistance fighters. They're scum.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Hang in there John

1soldier, originally uploaded by lumberjack.

Don't give up hope John Adam.
Help is on the way.