Saturday, January 05, 2008


Hey I'm back!

Shortly after my last post yesterday a tree came down a half block away and knocked all the power lines at a junction down taking out about 50 to 100 houses around me.

Let me tell you it was one cold-ass night! PG&E just hooked everything back up and got power back on about a half hour ago. Luckily the refrig kept stuff just cold enough so it did not need to be trashed.

The furnace has been running steady trying to bring the house temp up from the 58 degrees it was this morning.

WOW, 100 COMMENTS!! Well heres a new thread, let 'er rip!



DEN said...

The heat is on! YEEHAWW!

carey said...

We were worried Den. The news was bad.

carey said...

Rain in So. Calif. Nice yet flooded.

DEN said...

Lucky here being in town, but talking to folks from around the area that still have no power, most rurals have wood stoves so they won't freeze.
Glad so-cal made it too, Fernley NV did not fare so well however

She was a ripper alright.

Alan said...

Welcome back Den. Glad your heat is back on. Glad you guys are OK.

ยบ¿carol said...

Right now it's hard to believe 58° is cold in the house. Well, you know, Den. You used to live in MN.

I'm glad you didn't suffer anything more than you did. A blessing.

We're starting a heat wave here. It's supposed to be 57° by Tuesday! Yikes. Oh, my gosh, when all that snow melts...............!

DEN said...

Carol, all the Mineesota is gone, Shiver at 60 and freeze at 50, I'm a weather wimp now.

Weird weather huh? Raining like a SOB now with no wind, more expected too.

Wind upsets the charges in the air, I hate it, something with ions.

Hope you are on high ground.

Thanks Alan, Carey and all too for the good wishes!

David B. Benson said...

Den --- Welcome to a taste of the future!

I encourage thinking about supplimental heating which does not depend upon the grid...

DEN said...

Meanwhile how about a 0 emissions air car

David B. Benson said...

It will be worse come 2012 CE:

400K without power amid Calif. storm

Hey! Oregon and Washington too...

carey said...

Oh gosh, I heard about the levee break earlier. Yikes city. Mountains of snow coming down on that flood too.

Well, shit, David had to go say it. Welcome to the f**ked s^^t we'll be dealing with. Oy.

Wind upsets the charges in the air, I hate it, something with ions.

Santa Anas or just changing weather conditions always cloud my head and sinus up. The changing ions completely affect mood.

micki said...

Welcome back, Den! We missed you....and wondered.

micki said...

changing weather conditions always cloud my head and sinus up.

Time to get a neti pot, if you won't already use one.

micki said...

"Little things to do" for winter preparedness:

1) Clean the debris out of the storm drain in front of your home.

2) Check in on elderly neighbors.

3) Store food that does not need to be heated or refrigerated.

4) Stock up on drinking water

5) Flashlights, candles, matches

David B. Benson said...

What is a neti pot?

Micki --- Add buy winter sleeping bags to your list...

micki said...


micki said...

The New York Times had a piece on NETI POTS just the other day

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- Will wonders never cease?


micki said...

I know LOTS of people who use neti pots, and they swear by them.

I don't get headaches, nor do I have sinus problems, and can count on the fingers of one hand the number of colds I've had in my lifetime (and have one finger uncounted) so I have not tried one. But, I sure would if I needed to.

I'll probably just pop off and die someday for no apparent reason.

David B. Benson said...

Huckabee not sane


micki said...

Shudder is right!

Bill heard a wild-eyed Huckabee supporter the other day say:

"The science-types just can't take the religious competition."

David B. Benson said...

Here's a hope-filled report on events in Minnesota:

Bioenergy, conservation and wildlife protection can boost each other

Gerald said...

There have been times that we were without power for 2 or 3 days. About 20 years back we were without power for 8 days. It was cold.

Can you imagine how the Iraqis have to contend without power for nearly 4 years and some have power for only 4 hours per day? We, Nazi Americans, have caused their misery.

Just think the majority of Nazi Americans want to cause more pain and suffering by bombing Iran. Welcome to the devil incarnate nation, The United States of Evil!!!

Gerald said...

Making a Landfill Beautiful

Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island, New York, consists of four 225 foot high mounds on about 3.5 square miles of land. It’s one of the few manmade things, aside from China’s Great Wall, that can be seen from outer space.

Staten Islanders wanted the landfill closed for many years because of the smell and disease that came with the garbage. Fresh Kills did close in March, 2001, but reopened for debris from the WorldTradeCenter before closing again.

Professor Steven Handel, director of the Center for Urban Restoration Ecology, is working with the soil and believes that in time the landfill will again have meadows, forests, and marshes; the garbage contained under a plastic or heavy clay cap.

Henry David Thoreau wrote, “In wilderness is the preservation of the world.” We can preserve and restore God’s good earth. Recycle. Compost. Live simply.

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom. (Isaiah 35:1)

Compassionate Creator, remind us that we need wilderness here on this amazing planet of Yours – our home.

micki said...

Well, I'm going back to politics for a minute....

Something occurred to me, Obama yakked incessantly about cutting his "organizing" teeth by helping out-of-work steelworkers in his neighborhood, city, and state.

Yet, The Steelworkers' Union endorsed John Edwards.

Obama is the only top-tier Democratic candidate who has not been endorsed by a national union.

I asked my brother, the union guy, for his opinion on this and he said, "Union workers are not interested in pretty language and hot air. Edwards and Clinton understand workers' issues. Obama doesn't."

micki said...

Gerald, you make a very good point about the lack of electricity in Iraq. It gets damned cold there, too, made worse by the cold hearts of our warmongering government.

David B. Benson said...

And in the summer it gets hellishly hot!

(Hades imports its heat from there.)

DEN said...

Speaking of Mineesota, Uncle Jesse is at it again.

DEN said...

Carey, wasn't you saying something about Jay Leno being bad?

David B. Benson said...

In Nineveh, Iraq, it is currently freezing (32 F) with the forecast lows for the next few days being around 25--28 F. Light winds, no precipitation.

DEN said...

No union endorsements?

That says something.

Unions are white dominated.

Gerald said...

Time is running out for Hillary to reinvent herself.

She had all the cards in her hand but she did not play them right.

Hillary comes across as part of the establishment.

If Obama is the nominee, he will not win the election.

Obama needs more substance in his speeches. The right wing Nazi media want Obama to be the nominee because they know he will be beaten in the general election.

Obama to date has been given a free ride on criticism. We need to scrutinize his plan for a better Nazi America.

The bunched up primaries may have Obama as the nominee without much scrutiny. By then it will be too late.

Hillary comes across as another Hitler Bush. She voted for the war and she kept funding the war. Where has her voice been regarding the miserable treatment of American soldiers? What only separates Hitler Bush and Hillary is centered around the observation that Hillary wears panties and a bra and Hitler Bush wears a diaper and Depends. He is known as bunnypants.

Gerald said...

Bush screws the wounded warriors

David B. Benson said...

Edwards for Prez!

Gerald said...

I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.
– Dwight D. Eisenhower

David B. Benson said...

I guess I'll go drink to that...

David B. Benson said...

Oh, and Gerald's post, too!

Gerald said...

A great read!

Gerald said...

Force is always a confession of failure. "Jesus resisted evil with an intensity which revealed the uselessness and irrelevance of violence, and this resistance of love constitutes the Christian revolution." - James W. Douglass. The weakness of violence lies in its impotence to convince the opponent to accept the truth of one's position. "To force the opponent to yield to our own truth is only a confession of its inherent impotence to convince him in mind and heart. Or rather, it is a confession of our failure to employ the force of truth, which force alone can effect the conversion we are in reality seeking through the blind desperation of violence." - James W. Douglass.

Gerald said...

Lacking compelling reasons for those we wish to control to accept our dominance, we use white phosphorous to make our points. In doing this, we violate not only "their" nature, but our own as well: "Non-violence is the law of our species as violence is the law of the brute. The dignity of man requires obedience to a higher law - the strength of the spirit." - Gandhi.

Gerald said...

These considerations lead us to conclude that if we care about life, justice, children, we must, in defiance of whatever we are told by those in authority, pledge ourselves to oppose all wars."

"To take the point a level deeper than the lie of propaganda, one can affirm that it is the truth of man himself which is violated in war, that truth which has the power to achieve justice without violence." - James W. Douglass.

Give me the courage, Lord, to accept non-violence as the foundation of my personal, social, and political commitments. Let the seed of love grow within me until it encompasses the whole world.

For more information go to:
Jonah House:

Gerald said...

Disarmament and the New Creation

Gerald said...

"Peacemaking is not only a central characteristic of the Gospel, peacemaking is the greatest need of the world today. We are the daughters and sons of God,
and that means we are called to be peacemakers."
Phillip Berrigan

micki said...


One of my sisters sent this to me, but didn't say where she got it:

Robert Bruno, a professor at the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations at the University of Illinois at Chicago, said Obama may be a victim of his desire to be a "transformative politician" -- someone who appeals to people in all demographics.

Obama's been trying "to avoid the claim he's just like any other politician, so he doesn't come off as a real advocate," Bruno said. "But I think the labor movement wants an advocate, because you're talking significant resources and investment."

Organized labor put more than $60 million into the 2004 national elections, a figure that likely will be eclipsed by the end of the 2008 elections.

The fact that he's black has nothing to do with Obama's lack of union endorsements, said Richard Hurd, professor of labor studies at Cornell University. Almost 80 percent of union members in the United States are white.

"Forty years ago, a totally different story. Twenty years ago, a mixed bag. Today, I don't think there's any chance it has anything to do with it," Hurd said.

In fact, Hurd thinks race could help Obama. Almost 15 percent of black workers are union members, compared with almost 12 percent of white workers and 10 percent of Hispanic workers.

"Unions actually have more success organizing blacks and Latinos than they do white people," Hurd said. "That would be something that would tempt them into endorsing Obama, because most unions have a very high priority on recruiting new members. So I think if race came into play here, it would be in Obama's favor rather than against him."

micki said...

On Tuesday will Edwards pick a bone with fate?
Will he fix his campaign before it's too late?
Will the upstart Barack,
Totally clean his clock?
Or will saner heads prevail in the Granite State?

micki said...

pick a bone with fate

With thanks to Ogden Nash -- he used those words before I did.

micki said...

I have a bone to pick with Fate,
Come here and tell me, girly,
Do you think my mind is maturing late,
Or simply rotting early?

- Ogden Nash

carey said...

Time to get a neti pot, if you won't already use one.

I don't have one, want one and trying like hell to get Brandon to use one. He's even worse.

carey said...


From the Rolling Stone--Alternet article:

full-blown nuts

Very, very big time loonbin. Those wild eyes have mental imbalance and a gigantic, narcissistic love of himself in them. Huck's loopy, that's clear.

micki said...

...and Huck's also got that hidden meanness that preachers often keep hidden from the public. Then one day it sneaks out big time....sometimes with their wives, maybe their daughters, or even strangers...

carey said...

I just lost a post. What I wanted to say to Micki is your brother's comments echo Winke's comments yesterday about Obama.

Let's see, where did his quote go:

Edwards and Clinton understand workers' issues. Obama doesn't.

Exactly our point. The cotton candy of Obama's fluff. Same holds true about climate crisis issues. Nowhere will you find an Obama utterance of any substance on this. Nothing, no acknowledgement he has even a small understanding of the crisis.

DEN said...

I have studied the neti pot and find that to be used in the manner decribed would fall short of the sinuses located above the flow around the eyes and above the nose.

I believe most "sinus" problems are actually nasal swelling in reaction to a foreign substance. Furnace filters need to be changed once a month and you should use a good one.

Pets, traffic fumes, pollen all contribute to the nasal swelling. Your bodies' way of protecting itself from stuff.

Saline nasal spray is a whole lot easier and it penetrates to the actual sinuses when they become clogged from the above mentioned allergens.

Gargle with peroxide nightly and I can guarantee a cold free life.

carey said...

About Leno and the writer's strike, Leno is stuck between a rock and a hard spot. Here, I just coincidentally read this and it's good and revelant to this.

Leno Writes a Wrong


If anything, this should be read just for the last two sentences, Michaelyn.

...Leno reminded us that writers are as important as ER doctors. After all, being on stage with nothing to say qualifies as an emergency.

DEN said...

I ain't no doctor but i'm still here.

Carey, huck-n-jive bat shit crazy.

carey said...

"I did not have sex with that woman."

Jeeze, I really don't know where that came from.

Micki, you poem is wonderful. Thank you Dr. Den for your thoughtful analysis of the neti pot. My sister and bro-in-law swear by theirs. I don't know.

carey said...

Carey, huck-n-jive bat shit crazy.

Perfect wording. Totally goners.

DEN said...

Her is something to check out.

DEN said...

Too many beers, Here not Her!

carey said...

That boat, wow. Hey, I know it's late but tomorrow anyone can answer this, Den, meaning you, of course. I heard last night that American Airlines announced it would allow placement of anti-missile technology on board some of its planes as part of some forced government "request". It's a test to see if it works. That is all I can report.

What's that about?

Alan said...

I heard last night that American Airlines announced it would allow placement of anti-missile technology on board some of its planes as part of some forced government "request". It's a test to see if it works.

I read that article in the paper earlier today (saturday). They are gonna put it on 3 planes, none of which carry passengers, to test the reliability of the units. They are rated for x-amount of hours of use, but can they last exposed to the elements, the touchdowns, etc... and keep their maintenance schedules. Will they HOLD UP with regular use, in other words.
I beleive they are only good against heat-seeking missles, which rules out some others that are just as deadly. A TOW missle, for example, tho used mostly on tanks 'n stuff, is wire-guided... sending back to the shooter a tv picture that he uses to keep it on target. Get close enough to the airport with one of those, and it would be like shooting VERY BIG skeet (clay pidgeons).