Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Shortly after the last group of golfers cleared #5 last night, the deer came out to play. Guess they thought I was no threat since I carried just a camera and not the golfing sticks and balls. Looks impressionistic, doesn't it?
Question of the day: What is the minimum voting age in the United States? Answer here. Came up in a recent conversation where the other party remembered the voting age as having always been the same.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
And Boxman I continue to enjoy - young monks walking in Laos here.
And how about a wedding party picture from Nanjing? here.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
-solar power getting more attention, again, as oil prices soar. wired.com has an update on investment, including Google's backing of eSolar which is
a company whose basic solar power strategy -- using sunlight-reflecting mirrors to generate steam -- was all but abandoned in the 1980s, and has recently recently caught investors' attention again.Go solar...
-hullabaloo - digby offer information on a voter story widget:
The VoterStory web widget is programmed to collect and classify voter complaints in real time across the Internet and will provide a data feed of complaints that can be addressed in real time by Voter Protection groups who partner with VoterStory.Hope it helps. Voting, as much of it as we've done, should be fairly routine, shouldn't it?
-people in PA are voting. Our turn coming up. In the RFK book I'm reading, Hoosiers are about to go to the polls and give Bobby a victory. That would be May 7, 1968. He has a little less than a month to live.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
And another young lady continues to shine and play the best golf of any golfer on the universe. That would be Lorena Ochoa who won for the fourth time in four weeks earlier today. Wowzer.
-Watched some of the women play at the Ginn Open. Lorena leads but only by a bit over a youngster from Taiwan - Yani Tseng. Those two will be joined by Teresa Lu, another young lady from Taiwan, in the final pairing today. Ochoa is always impressive but Tseng was as well yesterday. Expect a good game today - in fact, though five, the Oriental lady has jumped to a one stroke lead over the Mexican lady. Love the international flavor in the LPGA.
-Got a new book going, in fact, two. Ray E. Boomhower's Robert Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana Primary is one which I am reading - how appropriate since once again Indiana is in the political news what with the Hillary-Barack battle for Indiana's delegates. Wasn't living here than (was in Bellevue, WN) but several local golfers remember RFK's visit here in Loogootee. Somebody told me that Joe Allen might have a picture of himself with the candidate - maybe Joe can send me a copy to post - that would be neat. Second book just arrived - from Diane's paperback book swap club: First into Nagasaki, George Weller's long lost account of his censored reporting from that city a month after the dropping of the 2nd atomic bomb there. Each book covers a couple of fairly momentous times 40-60 years ago.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
...is red bud time. The picture was taken as I was leaving the golf course tonight, the tree, and another one as well, growing right there on the bank between the parking lot and the highway. Also known in some parts as the spicewood tree. From the link:
In some parts of southern Appalachia, green twigs from the Eastern redbud were once used as seasoning for wild game such as venison and opossum. Because of this, in these mountain areas the Eastern redbud was, and in a few locales still is, known as the spicewood tree.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
HEALTHCARE FOLLOWUP....So I watched the PBS show "Sick Around the World" and it turned out to be pretty good. Not a ton of wonky detail, just a nice friendly overview of five different countries and the basics of how their healthcare systems work. The Frontline website is here, and you can watch the show online if you missed it on TV.
I liked the ending. This is approximate, but after wondering whether Americans will ever accept any of the healthcare ideas he had just presented, correspondent T.R. Reid closed with this:
These ideas aren't as foreign as they seem. If you're a U.S. veteran, your healthcare is like Britain. If you're a senior citizen on Medicare, you're Taiwan. If you're a worker who gets insurance from your employer, you're Germany.
Quite so. National healthcare really isn't as foreign or as frightening as conservatives make it out to be. "Sick Around the World" does a good job of demystifying it.
And this from Quotes of the Day:
The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
So, any suggestions on how you would like to be amused?
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
-an 'oh no' moment for a male runner
-one of the more evenly matched races
-hurdling girls 1
-hurdling girls 2
-Lucas, the reason we were there.
To see a larger image, click on the image.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
-from firedoglake and looseheadprop, more on torture. The author quotes Scalia, Yoo and Fitzgerald. Guess which two are bending the law to make torture look likes it's legal? Fools. Bully for the guy whose name starts with an F. From the blog:
From the Indictment:
....defendant herein, an Officer of the Chicago Police Department, while acting under color of law, used a dangerous weapon to strike Victim A repeatedly, while Victim A was handcuffed and shackled in a wheelchair in Norwegian American Hospital, resulting in bodily injuries to Victim A, thereby willfully depriving Victim A of a right secured and protected by the Constitution and laws of the United States, that is, the right to be free from the use of unreasonable force by a person acting under color of law;...
From the press release: [pdf]
"Every citizen, regardless of being in police custody, has a Constitutional right to be free from the use of unreasonable force by law enforcement officers." Mr. Fitzgerald said.
Golf course is closed with the inclement weather. Maybe a walk later this afternoon over there is appropriate.
Danielle and the girls got back home. Am sure Phil and the cats are happy again. Quiet around here as you can imagine.
Torture is back in the news - did you notice? Throw the rascals to the wolves, or give them a dose of their own medicine. Would you do that? Didn't thinks so; I wouldn't either though would like to see them brought before the world courts and the US courts. Fools doing dastardly things. 281 days and 14 hours and some minutes left. Long time to put up with nonsense and worse.
Guess I'll go do something constructive for myself - take a walk and enjoy the cool of an April day.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
-Joe Doyle stopped in at the golf course this morning ready to play in a scramble (fowl weather canceled it). He is just up from Florida and shared some of his stories from the Beijing trip and beer drinking on the Great Wall. Next item on his bucket list: Egypt and the Pyramids.
-Watched cbs most of the afternoon. Enjoyed the look back in history, both the heroes' segment and the '80's segment. Think they did a super job on entertaining us with cool stuff while we patiently waited for today's coverage to begin. Also thought the new gadget that allowed them to give us an animated trip down each fairway to the green was super - saw the slant of Augusta for what it really was for the first time - expect if I played there I would never hit a shot other than from an uphill or downhill stance. Also, do you wonder if this is the major where Tiger wins after not leading after 54 holes? Will have to climb quite a hill if he is to do that.
-Netflix movie tonight: Jon Dara - a Thai movie with a dark story and a lot of mixing of the sexes. The description does not do the movie justice or tell it like it is. This is better - from one of the reviews at the Netflix link:
The much-hyped Miss Hong Kong Christy Chung is perfect as Khun Boonlueang, one of the, uh, cool-as-ice mistresses. Though light on the eyes, the story is another matter. It's so intensely dark and disturbing, riddled with one too many taboos, it might actually put off some viewers. Consider yourself warned. The Siamese have done it again: "Jan Dara" is a disturbing, beautiful, sad, and highly erotic film. I'm definitely looking forward to watching Nimibutr's "Nang Nak."Slow moving but in the end I did enjoy it; Diane, on the other hand, thought it wasn't even very good background as she unraveled yarn and continued knitting.