Friday, July 13, 2007

Attack of the Venomous Puss..

..Caterpillar that is.

My little part of the world spent the entire month of June and the first week of July under clouds, gloom and rain, lots and lots of rain. As a result, my yard is in terrible shape. The garden is ruined, the herb garden drowned, and the grass is either eaten up with fungus ( in some spots), or needing a baler (in other spots).

Bottom line; I didn't get out into the yard much in the last 6 weeks or so.

As I was inspecting the damage this week, I noticed that my loquat tree was being eaten by something. Loquat leaves are pretty dense, I couldn't imagine what might be eating it. Well, I wasn't expecting what I found.


That dear friends is the dreaded Puss Caterpillar. In Texas, it is more commonly called an asp. It is highly venomous and it's sting is generally considered about as bad as it gets. My only childhood trip to a hospital was because of one of these.

I saw those two right away. I cut off the leaf they were on, wrapped them in a plastic bag, and stomped them.

Then I saw another one.

So far, I have found 9 of them on the tree. That is a lot. One is too many. These are nasty, nasty little creatures.

Anyone else ever come across these?

Thursday, July 12, 2007

McCain's Florida Chair Busted!

John McCain's Florida Co--chair, Rep. Bob Allen was arrested yesterday.

For Solicitation of prostitution.

That is, he offered to give an undercover cop a blow job for 20 bucks. (which, BTW seems like a bargain compared to the 300 Vitter had to pay in New Orleans)

Wouldn't both campaigns be in better shape if Allen had just blew (blown ?) Vitter?

I'm just sayin......

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

I'm Still Here

Well, barely.

It comes in waves. I will never understand how it is that I am intelligent enough to see it (depression) for what it is, yet I am powerless to just will it away.

The kids are back, or it would be worse. I have to cook the food and clean the clothes and do the dishes. It forces me to move. My tendency would be to come home from work and curl up in the fetal position until the next day.

At least the sun came out yesterday.

I will give you more detail soon.

oh, and BTW - Attention all foodies. You must go see Ratatouille.


Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Happy Independence Day - UPDATED !!**

I hope the weather is perfect, the grill is hot, and the beverages are cold wherever you are today.

I wish our country truly represented the beliefs laid forth in the Declaration of Independence, but we can still dream of a time for our children that it may become so.

Happy Independence day.

(Emphasis mine, ....duh!)

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

**— John Hancock

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

If Konagod Had a Sailboat

This would be her name.

If you can't read it click the picture.

Where I've Been

Sorry about the lack of post lately. Usually, when I haven’t posted in a while it’s because I’m depressed.

This time, that’s only partially true.

The anniversary of our first real vacation together just passed. The last couple of days have been a little rough. I still miss her, I still want her.

Mostly though, I have just been really busy. I spent most of last weekend out of town and away from any internet connection. Monday, I had to go out of town for work, and it turned out to be a 16 hour day. What would normally be a 3 hour drive home from my meeting, turned into a 4 ½ hour quest to find a road that wasn’t closed due to flooding.

Yesterday, I came down with a chest cold.

Work sucks.

The kids are still at their mother’s.

The last day it didn’t rain was about 20 days ago by my count. My yard is flooded, My grass is long enough to bail, and the cat and dog are stuck in the house and driving me crazy.