Picture Day

It is high time I got off my butt and posted something. I have been meaning to post some pics, I’m always looking up because their is often cool stuff to see up there, I like nature too and get pics of critters when I can. Or if I just see something that interests me I try to get a pic of it. Let’s go.

First some interesting religion themed pics. The first one had some message they were trying to convey, but if you caught it at just the right time you got (“Hate Within”, cameras really do not like these digital signs):


This next one I just love. It is a church steeple, in a scrap yard!


Next up, one day after a strong storm moved through, this was the view of the clouds:


Spot the Buzzards!


This next one is a con trail that has decayed in a spiral fashion, I thought it was cool and got a pic.


Moon over a bean field.


This next one, the boys and I were fishing when this flock of birds flew in the bay. They were making quite an audible fuss, splashing about and carrying on, kinda hard to see them, a lot of these pics were taken on an iphone.


The next two are similar cloud formations, the second one was atop a pretty nasty storm.



Spot the squirrel!


This next one is strange, look for the dark streak moving vertically from close to the taller tower. I’m still not sure what this was, but I think it has something to do with a decayed con trail that left a dark streak in the sky.


Spot the dead deer with an atypical rack! This was shot through the windshield of the car (obviously).


I was about to go into a Lowes when I looked up and saw this.


Spot the rattlesnake! This little guy may have been 18″ long or so, small but deadly.


This one was just an interesting cloud shot.


Finally a rainbow from the front porch. Oddly enough we didn’t even get any rain…


That’s it till next time. I hope this post finds you all well. :)

Cancer Is A Bitch

I have a neighbor, and friend, a friend who has helped me find the bottom of a few bottles of bourbon. Just last week he was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Not a little either. The tumor is 6cm x 10cm x 10cm. The MRI showed it has spread to a local blood vessel, and liver. My attempts to find out how bad is bad, have been well not good. I haven’t heard a complete diagnosis, but it looks to be stage 4. Stage 4 isn’t bad, it is the worst possible.

He went in yesterday for surgery to remove the tumor, I suppose graft in a new blood vessel, and probably shave off the growth on the liver. I don’t know yet. Havent heard the results or the prognosis.

I fear the worst. Cancer is a bitch.


UPDATE: I just got the call from my strangely upbeat neighbor. They could not operate, it would have killed him. It is stage 4. It is also in both lungs. No cure. They can give him medicine to slow its progress, but it’s just a matter of time.

The doctors could not believe that with the level of cancer he has, that he is still bright eyed, bushy tailed, and full of vigor. Most people with this level of cancer are in wheelchairs and a lot of pain. I suppose if there is a silver lining that is it.

He intends to live what life he has left to the fullest. He has the unique circumstance none of us really want, that is he knows it is coming, and knows how it will go. He said he might come over later for a snort, when he gets some bush hogging done. I know I could use one.

I Want To Be E.O. Wilson When I Grow Up

I caught a PBS presentation last night by the name of “Of Ants and Men” It is a documentary on E.O. Wilson and covers his life as a scientist and his personal history. All I can say is I am blown away by the accomplishments of this man, and the show was spectacular. I highly urge anyone who hasn’t seen it to do so at your earliest opportunity.

It is so good, I was watching a baseball game last night with playoff possibilities, and thought I’d go back and forth between commercials and keep up with the game. I still have no idea who won the game and don’t even care. It is that good.

Mr. Wilson is the father of sociobiology and popularized the term biodiversity. He took a lot of heat for sociobiology as it ran counter to popular thinking of the day, but I believe over time his sociobiology has been vindicated. It appears to me to have been almost as profound and as important as the work of Darwin himself.

Sociobiology is the assumption that our social aspects evolved as we did, which to me isn’t that far off base. The heat he took was from other scientists who believe that our social aspects are genetic in nature. I fail to see the problem here, as I feel that in the bigger picture, both are correct. Social behavior had to evolve with us, or we would not be what we are today. Genetics are of course a grounded standard for the way we may be wired. Finally culture or environment, and our life experiences, polish up the who and what we may have become. I see it all as one large system incorporating all of these conditions. Hell I am no scientist, I am not university trained in any particualr field, I am just a guy who has been paying attention through life, watching, learning, and trying in my own way to make sense of my surroundings. It all made good sense to me.

They also covered group selection, kin selection, tribal groups, among other things, and every single point to me was spot on.

Now Mr. Wilson, it could be said from a few things I have read, may be a little soft on religion, but I think I can forgive him that considering his massive achievements. Anyone who has a ken to understand evolution, social evolution, see a lot of fantastic science, and finally, sort of,  get to know a guy anyone would desire as a friend, has got to see this show.

“Of Ants and Men.” Look for it.

Kentucky, Home Of Creationist Nonsense, And Confederate Flags

Yep, everyone knows by now about the Lisa Davis fiasco.

And everyone knows about the ongoing Ken Ham fiasco.

I have pretty much let the Lisa Davis thing slide, except for maybe saying in the privacy of my own home a few choice words on her actions. Then I was driving home yesterday and it all changed. There is a motel in town that routinely posts ignorant x-ian nonsense on its sign out front, I had just picked up some pizza and was on the way back home when I saw the sign.

“Pray For Lisa Davis”

“In Jail”

“For Christ”

I darn near blew a gasket. To what lengths will x-ians go to to spread their damn lies? Lisa Davis is in jail for being a goddamned dumbass who directly violated a new law laid down by the Supreme Court, and by a local judge who found her in contempt. She is in jail for being an idiot, not for being a x-ian. How people can confuse the circumstances and turn the facts into some martydom complex to suit their purposes is beyond me. But we see that kind of crap a lot. I should be to the point now where I might expect to see this kind of thing. But it sure caught me off guard yesterday.

Nuttin much to say on Ken Ham lately, but he is pretty reliable as a source of disgust/entertainment. I am sure he won’t keep us waiting for long.

While I am at the keyboard I may as well report on a phenomenon I have been witness to. Ever since the shooting in Charleston, and the subsequent confederate flag freak show, there have been a great deal of good ole southern rednecks flying confederate flags all over the place. I mean running up and down the roads with two large confederate flags flying in the back of their pickup trucks. Confederate flags in the windows, serving as curtains. Confederate flags hung from trees in the yard. You get the idea. It seems to me the only tangible result of all this is someone is making a killing selling flags.

I have never seen the confederate flag as a symbol of hate. I suppose there are many who would use it as such. But I have only really seen it as a historical reference, and a good identifyer of a true “good ole southern redneck.” As far as it being symbloic of hate, I understand the history, but that doesn’t quite add up as a symbol of hate to me. Until someone actually uses it as one. Then it becomes symbolic of hate as demonstrated by the act. We can say the same thing for many flags. Do we ban them all?

I’d be interested in your take on the subject. Pick one, two, or go for broke.

Pope To Use Lincolns Lecturn

At first I was like whut?

The lecturn that Abe Lincoln used when he gave his Gettysburg Address speech, is going to be used by the Pope when he visits Philadelphia. I’m just a little creeped out by that.

The Gettysburg Address was one of the most influential and moving speeches of all time. I was raised up in Illinois, Lincolns birthplace, so as an Illinois-ian, us schoolkids got a lot of Lincoln history. The class even took a trip to Springfield to visit a Lincoln museum. Any American who reads (and understands, let’s face it we are a nation of idjits) that speech, who doesn’t immediately feel a sense of patriotism and pride, well they be idjits. Lest you be unfamiliar with the speech, or have long since checked the box on the grade school test, and have eaten and slept a few times since, I present one of the versions (there are a few) of the Gettysburg Address:

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

I know it’s really an insignificant gesture, letting the Pope use the lecturn, but it just rubs me the wrong way. Lincoln who dedicated his presidency to the freeing of slaves, who endured a vicious civil war, managed to prevail, and in the end sacrificed his own life as a result… A truly great man of history, now lends some of his mojo to a Pope whos magic book condones, indeed endorses, everything Lincoln was against?

I’m not sure I like that at all.


Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

Not long after SCOTUS decided that marriage was an equal opportunity right for all, I saw a church sign. It got me to thinking and this post is the result. I meant to get a picture of it, but it was changed out by the time I got back with a camera. But the message was simple and I’m sure you have seen it before.

“Pray For Our Nation”

Seems innocuos enough at first glance, but when you examine this statement a little more closely you understand its true meaning, and it is twofold. First “pray for our nation” automatically excludes a great many countries of this world. A great many people of all color and belief. I find that obtusive, shallow and insulting to everyone that inhabits this planet.

Secondly with its timing this simple statement implies that our nation is somehow less than it used to be, because it no longer excludes the LGBT community from marriage. All I can say to that is “fuck you, and the donkey you rode in on.” I might add a schadenfreudial ha! ha! ha! to that as well.

Another one most of us have encountered is the “I’ll pray for you.” We all know what that really means! lol. For anyone that might be scratching their heads right now wondering my meaning, “I’ll pray for you” is a lowball sideswipe insult. Its true meaning is more along the lines of “screw you, you nasty heathen.” Oh the mighty goodness just oozes through doesn’t it?

Choose Life! Sounds like it is some obvious logical conclusion, right? Wrong. “Choose life” really means, “We think abortion is icky, and unbiblical, therefore we have decided that you have no rights over your own body, and we have made that decision for you.” And they (fundies, republicans, republican fundies) have gone to great lengths across the country pushing legislation that agrees with these sentiments. Nevermind that a great deal of women who get abortions are x-ians. Nevermind that unwanted babies born into this world are a taxpayer burden to feed, clothe, and raise to adulthood. Nevermind that many often go unloved and are caught in the state welfare system merry-go-round, in and out of adoptive homes and back to the group home. No, to have the Orwellian audacity to decide what is or is not right for a womans own body just takes the cake. “Choose life” comes from those who think they know better than we do about our own best interests. Those are the kind of people that bear watching.

I’m going to repeat a saying I made up all by myself, and am fond of using. “There ain’t nuttin that scares me more than a bunch of good (insert religion here.)”

So next time you are out there in the world, or cruising the internet, and you see a sign or a saying that seems innocent at first glance, don’t merely take it at face value. There might be more to it than you think.

I Guess That’s Not Such A Huge Surprise

A slew of major corporations are donating a total of 140 billion dollars to help fight the global warming issue. Oil companies have yet to show up. Doubtful they will. Short vid with a skippable commercial after 4-5 seconds. I hope this works, never tried to post a video, and the link was un-copypasteable (yes that’s a word I looked it up!) EDIT: Nevermind, the link will take you to the sciencedaily page, which I suppose is good enough. Go see the vid. While you are there check out some of the other articles on the page.


When I think about this problem it really ticks me off. Oil corporations are so greedy they would destroy the very planet that sustains us, for a profit. Not only that, they DO fund climate denying Tea Party types. Greed is the sin that will eventually get around to killing us all. I suppose it always has been…

Excuse me, I have a huge pile of tires I need to set on fire… (sarcasm folks, sarcasm)