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  • Need a Lawn Mower Recommendation (Vanity)

    07/19/2011 3:00:36 PM PDT · by StonyMan451 · 112 replies
    StonyMan451 | 7/19/2011 | StonyMan451
    I've just been informed that my second Toro gas powered push lawn mower isn't worth fixing. I know very little about engines and such, so I'm taking the mechanic's word for it. The engine has thrown a rod (I can hear it) and the transmission's shot (that's why I took it to be repaired). Now I have to plead a little a lot guilty. I did not take proper care of the thing. I should have changed the oil, etc., etc. However, before I invest in another lawn mower (which I PROMISE I will take good care of) I thought...
  • Congress Says “No” to EPA in Your Backyard

    07/19/2011 8:04:17 AM PDT · by 92nina · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Property Rights Alliance ^ | 2011-07-15 | Grant Morgan
    ...A letter signed by 40 House members explained the basis for their opposition: “When an agency acts to change the rights of an individual, we believe that the agency must go through the formal rulemaking process. We respectfully request you abandon any further action on this guidance document.” The Property Rights Alliance has long opposed these expansions of EPA power, arguing to the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee in 2010 that the changes “Will not ensure the cleanliness of these waters, but merely serve as another bureaucratic barrier for citizens who wish to use land for development.” Organizations such as...
  • The Continuing Malicious Prosecution of Julie Bass, from veggie gardening to dog owning

    07/15/2011 8:59:04 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 54 replies
    Food Freedom ^ | July 15, 2011 | none stated
    Contrary to recent media reports, the malicious prosecution of Julie Bass of Oak Park, Michigan has not ended. Authorities have also charged her with having unlicensed dogs, though they never escaped or threatened anyone. Here’s the unedited scoop straight from her own blog, Oak Park Hates Veggies: Home-grown: Julie Bass has fallen foul of local authorities by growing vegetables in her front yardHome-grown: Julie Bass has fallen foul of local authorities by growing vegetables in her front yard 1- the charges against us were not actually “dropped”. they were dismissed by some judge we have never heard of or seen....
  • Flying American Flag at Fourth of July (vanity)

    06/26/2011 12:13:49 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 54 replies
    Having just bought a new home, I m bound and determined to fly the American this July 4th. I have checked Home Depot and Lowe's and am not satisfied with the options. I want a looking metal or black wall mounted hanger. And a high quality flag ... Preferably cotton and USA made. Any suggestions for online purchases?
  • (vanity) Would some FReeper please help identify this $%^&^ing weed?

    06/18/2011 1:12:06 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 76 replies
    Marty's backyard | 6/18/11 | ol' marty
    Would some garden-savvy FReeper please help identify this kind of weed: Its kind overtake my backyard every Spring. If left to grow long enough they can get pretty large/bushy.
  • Potatoes and Chickens

    05/29/2011 8:40:17 PM PDT · by Bean Counter · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Some folks think that you dig potatoes our of gravy, and that chicken is something you buy at the grocery store, ready to cook....
  • Movie Rev-"RIO"; Book Rev-"The Murder Room"; Gardens...From Sparse to Overgrown

    05/23/2011 2:36:24 PM PDT · by Fishtalk · 2 replies
    The Fish Blogs ^ | 5/23/11 | Pat Fish
    Catching up on the gardens this week we've lots of pics of the plants this spring of 2011. It's good but there's some horticultural editing needed. Here's a movie review of RIO, an animated film as pretty to watch as too the joyful plot. With an amusing story of a "Blue" bird that visited my own modest backyard. We’ve got a book review of a book that’s nebulous as to weather it’s fiction or non-fiction. It’s True Crime, the story of a cabal of murder investigators of the highest merit. They solve the unsolved crimes of the era and they’re...
  • I just Got Back From The Grocery Store($4 For A Gallon of Milk)

    05/15/2011 5:13:18 PM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 308 replies
    The meats were like a bad joke gone bad. $7-10 for a small package of chicken breasts. I got enough food for a week and it was $107. The cashier lady told me some woman (when she noticed) milk at $4 a gallon asked if there was s milk shortage. Are people this stupid? I am truly afraid for this country in so many ways and as the cashier lady said she told the ditz lady it will get far worse before it gets better. And the cashier was in her 20's and she figured this out- so there is...

    05/10/2011 11:20:39 AM PDT · by SMARTY · 53 replies
    May 10, 2011 | Me
    I want to plant a grape arbor. What is the best grape tu plant?
  • Rising Food Costs Mean there’s Gold in your Garden

    05/08/2011 2:22:00 PM PDT · by orsonwb · 88 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | May 5, 2011 | Rick Bickling
    Unless you haven’t eaten in the past several months, or you already grow all of your own produce, you’ve probably noticed that food prices have been rising dramatically. According to the USDA, the average cost to the U.S. consumer of Lettuce is up 4.5%, and fresh Tomatoes are up 4.7% from the same time last year. The recently released U.S. Labor Department consumer price index survey reports that the price of grains such as corn, wheat and soybeans has roughly doubled since last summer...
  • The Root of the Problem

    05/01/2011 1:06:37 PM PDT · by Ken in Eastman · 9 replies
    My View of the World ^ | May 1, 2011 | James Willis
    You can learn a lot about life through manual labor. A few years ago my wife and I bought a lake house. The lawn was beautifully landscaped, but during the time the home was vacant things had been neglected. As I worked to clean out some flower beds for my wife, I began to clear out some of the weeds that had grown up. The worst of the weeds were the wild blackberries that were choking out the other, more desirable plants. My first plan was to grab them and pull them up, but it didn’t take long to figure...
  • 4th Amendment Erosion

    04/22/2011 5:24:57 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 3 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-22-11 | CJ
    Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. -Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759 A couple of days ago, I read an article about how police in Michigan (go figure) were forcing motorists to surrender their cell phones upon being detention for traffic violations. They are using the common tactic that most liberals and anti-constitutionalist morons use that "if you have nothing to hide, you'll do what I ask." This, of course, is false logic. "If I've done nothing wrong, there is no reason to ask" is the proper...
  • Reform Bills Clear Pa. Senate Committees

    04/07/2011 7:05:12 AM PDT · by Tribune7 · 2 replies
    Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-9) tweeted, 4 p.m., April 6, that four pieces of legislation that he supports have received committee approval. The bills are: SB 101 that hikes the penalty for violations of the state Sunshine Act from $100 to $1,000 for the first offense and $2,000 for subsequent offenses, and prohibits the offender from being reimbursed with tax money. SB 104 that mandates that all state-owned vehicles have an office use license plate and that all users of such vehicles be listed on state websites.
  • The Ready Store has provided another discount code for FREEPERS!

    03/29/2011 8:06:04 AM PDT · by surfer · 29 replies · 1+ views
    The Ready Store ^ | 3/29/2011 | surfer
    A year ago The Ready Store was kind enough to provide a discount code for FREEPERS that are preparing. Matt over at The Ready Store has come through again and provide a 10% discount code good until April 30th 2011. Of course if they are overwhelmed they may adjust the promotion code. No one connected with Free Republic makes anything of this promotion. This is a discount program for FREEPERS provided by The Ready Store. I highly recommend the site. The products are well thought out and their customer service is outstanding. The coupon code (applied at checkout) is: FR041110....
  • Springtime in an English garden – “To cultivate a garden is to walk with God”

    03/23/2011 7:51:24 AM PDT · by sussex · 11 replies
    The Aged ^ | the Aged P
    It is remarkable that since Nymans Garden was created in 1890 it has seen only three Head Gardeners: James Comber from 1895-1953; Cecil Nice, who began working at Nymans in 1924 and succeeded James Comber as Head Gardener in 1953; and currently David Masters, who took over when Cecil retired in 1980. Who cannot envy those three men for as we walked around those beautiful grounds we felt certain that Christian Bovee was right when he said “to cultivate a garden is to walk with God”
  • Hummingbird Feeder

    03/14/2011 8:33:06 AM PDT · by SMARTY · 62 replies
    March 14, 2011 | Me
    I bought a hummingbird feeder. I wonder if anyone knows what I ought to put in the feeder.
  • Does A Medical Marijuana Card Prevent The Issuance Of A Concealed Handgun Permit For Self Defense?

    03/04/2011 10:00:47 AM PST · by Sasparilla · 22 replies
    That's the question in Oregon this week. The Supreme Court of Oregon is deciding whether having a medical marijuana card that allows medicinal use of marijuana bars that card holder from obtaining a concealed handgun permit. Although some states issue cards making it legal to possess and use medical marijuana in those states, Federal law has stiff penalties for possession. However, the Feds generally seem to be leaving individual medical marijuana users alone and they have been targeting dispensaries in states such as Michigan as traffickers. A recent administrative opinion by Federal agents who administer the National Instant Criminal Background...
  • Thrifty Gardening

    02/18/2011 7:45:57 PM PST · by kimmie7 · 140 replies
    Kimmie7's blog ^ | various | kimmie7
    We've all seen 'em. You know the ones. The folks who walk into the local big-box garden center looking to fulfill their dreams of growing 4 pound tomatoes or blue ribbon-worthy pumpkins. Whatever their motivation - from a yearning for simplicity, a desire to eat more organically, or frugality - they've now decided to put in a garden. And could there be anything more inviting to a salesperson than the sight of the new gardener staring at the mountains of plants and supplies? Whether they grew up on a farm or could rival Billy Crystal for the lead role in...
  • Royal Roughage

    02/18/2011 8:58:01 AM PST · by daletoons · 5 replies
    Out of Order Blog ^ | 2-18-11 | Dale
    Michelle Antoinette, the queen of deified fiber, cares about you. After all, the them she's talking about is you. Too slack-jawed to feed yourselves properly, much less your kids, the First Lady is sacrificing herself by doing battle with Big Chow on our behalf. Unfortunately, Americans having freedom, will probably not eat from the list of State sponsored foods until the food you love is made too expensive to buy. Look what we're making them do! Let them eat taxes.
  • Been to the supermarket lately?

    02/14/2011 9:06:08 AM PST · by patriotgal1787 · 63 replies
    The Radio Patriot ^ | Feb. 14, 2011 | Andrea Shea King
    . . . . . Last night I sent out an email to all on my list about the rising price of food in our supermarkets.  It included a post by Director Blue. This morning, as I was hearing Glenn Beck -- in a lead in to a commercial spot for a food storage company -- give out some facts and figures about how much food prices have risen, I was reading the responses to my email.  (I've  included them at the end of this post). Friends, I went shopping for groceries last Friday -- green peppers were $1.24 each...
  • Gay CPAC attendee GOProud belittles Pawlenty over DADT stance

    02/09/2011 1:40:36 AM PST · by pissant · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Ameriblog ^ | 2/8/11 | staff
    Chris Barron, chairman of the board at GOProud, sent over a statement laying into Pawlenty calls for defunding the repeal of DADT. GOProud is a conservative gay group that's under fire from anti-gay social conservatives because of their sponsorship of CPAC, the conservative conference being held in Washington, DC. Both GOProud and Tim Pawlenty will be at CPAC this weekend. I understand that Pawlenty is trying hard to get people to pay attention to his campaign. Its certainly a challenge for someone with such little stature in the conservative movement to compete with high profile conservative leaders like Sarah Palin,...
  • A White House Brewery? White House Honey Ale

    02/07/2011 3:28:12 PM PST · by ColdOne · 43 replies ^ | February 07, 2011 | Sunlen Miller
    The First Lady’s office confirms that the White House chefs made one batch of beer using about a pound of honey from the First Lady’s honey hive, on the South Lawn of the White House. The chefs used the traditional methods to brew the beer, and the First Lady’s office confirms that the Obamas paid for the equipment. The batch was made so that the nearly 200 Super Bowl guests – from members of Congress to celebrities like J-Lo -- could sample the new beer.
  • Time to attack Russia

    01/26/2011 10:15:41 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 35 replies
    01/27/2011 | WesternCulture
    The only chance of establishing order in Russia is by using military force. Russia of today is far too weak to bring about such a development of society by its own means. Like a certain Russian farmer put it in a TV documentary: "- Let's invite the Vikings again." What would "inviting the Vikings" actually mean to Russians? Simply put; Connecting with the 21st century. This would benefit Russia as well as Western Europe. I can easily see why Russians don't trust us Western Europeans. But Russians also ought to understand Swedes are very different from the likes of the...
  • VIDEO: Raw Foods Raid - The Fight For the Right To Eat What You Want

    01/04/2011 1:21:24 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    CapCon ^ | 1/4/2011 | Reason TV
    This summer armed government agents raided Rawesome Foods, a Venice, California health food co-op. What were the agents after? Unpasteurized milk.
  • What are the odds of avoiding Armageddon?

    01/03/2011 5:56:54 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 39 replies
    04/01/2011 | WesternCulture
    Like said, we Westerners don't particurlarly need Russia, China and Iran. Nice, moderate, Muslims we feel sorry for. Sometimes in life though, re-arrangements of personal strategy in life is called for. The devolopment of Humanity is complicated stuff. On all accounts, don't ask the sons of RAF veterans who've dropped bombs right through living rooms in Dresden and other parts of Germany for mercy. No need for more words.
  • Rima Fakih, Lebanese-American first Muslim Miss USA

    12/31/2010 7:50:04 PM PST · by TheDailyChange · 31 replies
    She is on Fox ushering in the New Year with Bill and Meghan right now. Amazing how these Lebanese Armenian, or Lebanese Muslim chicks are becoming bigtime. Granted, they are nice to look at, other than that, they really must subscribe to ANYTHING is better than dating a Muslim man or they would still be in Muslim countries where they were born living the Muslim Dream, NO?
  • when obamanation regime attacks computer sites (FP), what can I do to keep in touch?

    12/27/2010 8:28:08 PM PST · by bareford101 · 48 replies · 2+ views
    12/27/10 | self
    Anyone have any suggestions? Would a CB radio be good? What else would work in case of a crack-down on right-minded people?
  • The 2010 Caffeinated Conservative Nominees

    12/26/2010 6:18:26 PM PST · by iowaguy1972 · 8 replies · 5+ views
    Caffeinated Thoughts is presenting its 3rd Annual Caffeinated Conservative Award.  The contributors there offer nominations and then our readers get the opportunity to vote.  Our nominees this year (in no particular order) are: Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal South Carolina Governor-Elect Nikki Haley Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) Senator-Elect Rand Paul (R-KY) Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin Senator-Elect Marco Rubio (R-FL) Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) You can read our rationale and vote here – voting is open until 11:00p on 12/30/10.
  • Is There An Ulterior Motive Behind The Pink Parachutes (DADT)

    12/21/2010 10:29:59 AM PST · by Starman417 · 10 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-21-10 | Skookum
    The Sick Perverted Tradition Of Bacha Bazi [VIDEO AT SITE] or HEREIn Aghanistan the selling of young boys for sexual purposes is a sign of prestige among Afghan men; however, the practice is so disgusting to American troops that some are refusing to work with Police and military officials who engage in the practice. A Wikileaks Document Confirms The Ugly Truth A document released by WikiLeaks described efforts by high-ranking Afghan officials to quash reports of police officers and other Afghans arrested for "purchasing a service from a child." The leaked diplomatic cable quoted former Minister of the Interior Hanif...
  • I have a Green Dream?

    12/21/2010 8:32:39 AM PST · by Alaphiah123 · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 12/21/10 | Alaphiah
    “Dr. Martin Luther King, who really was in some ways the father of our nation’s environmental justice movement, may have put it best when he declared, and this is a phrase that we all know, that ‘injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,”—AG Eric Holder In strict classic Liberal revisionist history, AG Eric Holder names Dr. MLK Jr. as the father of America’s environmental justice movement. (see 1:39min video)
  • Mark Levin – Republicans Have Nothing To Be Giddy About; Don’t Allow Democrats To Shape The Message

    12/14/2010 7:55:26 AM PST · by Starman417 · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-12-10 | Curt
    Mark Levin has a point here: [AUDIO AT SITE] You know I'm a little concerned, I see all these Republican operatives on tv and radio, they're very giddy. Republican columnists, Republican websites, they're all excited. Think they have Obama on the run. Think the Democrats are imploding. All giddy. Well count me out. I'm worried. They have nothing to be giddy about. I'm worried, very worried, and let me tell you why. You've got Obama being attacked for not being radical enough...and he's a radical! And so the big media and Obama's staff are positioning him as a centrist or...
  • Bi-partisan Disagreement Over Ethanol

    12/06/2010 9:17:38 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/6/2010 | Jarrett Skorup
    In the waning days of the lame-duck Congress, a bipartisan fight is brewing over federal handouts to encourage production of corn ethanol, with competing letters urging the continuation or end of these subsidies. ... Milton Friedman once said that nothing is as permanent as a temporary government program. But if our newly elected Congress is serious about cutting spending and removing unnecessary government programs and subsidies, one can hardly think of a better place to start than corn ethanol subsidies.
  • How to Buck Up the Science Ladies (Self-Esteem Psycho-nerdiness?)

    12/03/2010 4:57:42 AM PST · by flowerplough · 27 replies
    Slate ^ | 29 Nov | Schaffer
    Last week, researchers at the University of Colorado published a psych experiment that seems almost too good to be true. They showed that two 15-minute writing exercises, administered to an intro physics class early in the semester, could substantially boost the scores of female students. Even more curious: the exercises had nothing to do with physics. Instead, students were asked to write about things that mattered to them, like creativity or relationships with family and friends. How could a few paragraphs on personal values translate into enduring better mastery of pulleys and frictionless planes? When it comes to math and...
  • Sen Richard Burr...Please call his office and ask him, “what the hell is he thinking???”

    11/18/2010 10:46:30 PM PST · by RandysRight · 8 replies
    randy ^ | American Thinker
    and tell him he needs to vote NO on the final bill. This bill gives the fed gov’t control over all aspects of the food supply including . This is the ObamaCare of our food production and supply!!
  • What Republicans need to remember NOT to do now that they've recaptured the House...

    11/15/2010 8:08:03 AM PST · by brycemax · 4 replies
    The title says it all. Forward this cartoon to your representative if you see fit...
  • Miss Dairy Goodness VT is retiring her account @ FR

    11/05/2010 11:44:24 PM PDT · by MissDairyGoodnessVT · 41 replies
    today | self
    As of today i've 5,007 opinions that i've posted and i think for the past 2 or so years that's enough outta' Miss Dairy Goodness VT i'll be back sooner than you think just don't give me a hard time w/my new screen name i love you all
  • Delaware Channel 28 Executive Producer Tim Qualls Sounded Like a Chris Coons Supporter in August

    11/01/2010 6:01:16 PM PDT · by Askwhy5times · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Bluegrass Pundit ^ | Monday, November 1, 2010 | Bluegrass Pundit
    Christine O'Donnell tweeted about Delaware Channel 28 forgetting two times to air her 24 minute mega ad. She claimed she was told the station "forgot." Channel 28 executive producer Tim Qualls claims they didn't receive the tape in time to air the ad. Tim Qualls also said he was a Republican who planned to vote for O'Donnell until the ad controversy. He said he is a Republican and had planned to vote for O'Donnell, but the tape situation changed his mind. "She's lost my vote," Qualls said. Qualls does his own show on Channel 28 called 'The Tim Qualls Show.'...
  • TV Reviews, Politics, True Crime...the Chandra Levy Trial

    10/27/2010 2:58:21 PM PDT · by Fishtalk · 3 replies
    The Kaitlyn Mae Book Blog ^ | 10/27/10 | Pat Fish
    We’ve got politics, true crime, three TV reviews and some miscellaney. “Dancing With the Stars”, “Not Your Ordinary Family”, and “The Defenders” get a look-see and a review. The dancers are into it and we have some thoughts on who’s great, who’s hot, who’s not; two guys defend the bad guys in Vegas and they are, of course, always innocent; and a family with all members having super powers and they’re not on Oprah? What’s wrong with this picture? Lots of Medicare/Social Security thoughts, as well as a thorough review of the Coons/O’Donnell debate of the “Separation of Church and...
  • Full Report: Jan Schakowsky To Explain Constitutional Basis of ObamaCare

    10/13/2010 5:30:14 AM PDT · by ChrisBoundsTX · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Liberty Juice ^ | 10/13/2010 | Chris Bounds
    This is the full report of the video clip I posted yesterday. It includes Schakowsky's dodging of the question about the Democratic Socialists of America, who seem to be quite fond of Schakowsky.
  • Maxine, Barney, Banks,Scandal, Haiti, and the Dictator

    10/12/2010 11:29:12 AM PDT · by RandysRight · 6 replies
    JoAnneMor blog ^ | Today | JoAnneMor
    PART 1: For the last three months we have been compiling information on Congresswoman, Maxine Waters. Initially, we began with the One United Bank debacle, that included not only Ms Waters, but Barney Frank, Hank Paulson and Maxine Waters’ husband, Sydney Williams. Those people in turn led us to Aristide, a host of other players and corruption. Everything from kickbacks to Telecom contracts, embezzlement, bank fraud, conflict of interest, offshore accounts and election fraud/manipulation in Haiti, has come to light. Let’s start with the OneUnited Bank scandal. There is a lot going on there. OneUnited started with a bid on...
  • Obama, what Africa needs is more hunger, not less!

    10/02/2010 12:25:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The East African ^ | September 27, 2010 | Charles Onyango-Obbo, executive editor
    US President Barack Obama said many things at the just-ended UN Millennium Development Goals Summit in New York. The ones that stuck were his comments that food aid is not development. It’s “dependence,” he said, adding that America’s new approach will be to empower communities to meet their own food needs, rather than receiving handouts for their lunch and dinner. As the late founding president of Tanzania Julius Nyerere said after the North-South Cancun Summit in Mexico in 1981, it takes someone who has no worries about his next meal — like Obama — to talk sensibly about food. A...
  • Stephen Colbert draws attention to self, then farmworkers during Hill appearance

    09/24/2010 11:17:49 AM PDT · by jackspyder · 14 replies
    The Upshot ^ | Sept. 24, 2010 | Rachel Rose Hartman
    Stephen Colbert brought a dose of his trademark "truthiness" in testimony before a House subcommittee hearing Friday on the conditions faced by the nation's farmworkers. The encounter produced some awkward moments and pointed asides -- beginning nearly at the outset, when House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers requested that Colbert refrain from testifying and submit only written comments ...
  • County Sues Man for Growing Veggies?

    09/23/2010 10:04:01 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 24 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 09/23/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Where's Michelle "the Green Witch" Obama when you need her? She might have been able to save a man in Dekalb County, Georgia from being sued by his own county for growing too many vegetables in his garden. That's right, you heard me: sued by the government for growing too many veggies. Steve Miller plants two acres of crops each year and sells some at farmer's markets and gives the rest away free to local residents. How do county officials justify this harassment? Officials claim that Miller is in violation of zoning laws and has "unpermitted employees" on his property....
  • The Stealth Third Party

    09/20/2010 1:35:05 PM PDT · by aic4ever · 3 replies
    Organized Exploitation ^ | 09-20-10 | Paul Kroenke
    Six months to a year ago, as the Tea Parties were still burgeoning and beginning to establish themselves as a political force across the nation, there was some amount of debate around the subject of third parties. Much of the talk of third parties ultimately, and perhaps unfortunately, has fizzled away as an interesting combination of events has taken place. The largely libertarian minded Tea Parties made something of a conscious decision to back preferred candidates in the Republican primaries, while at the same time, the Republican Party, quite against what it would truthfully prefer to do, has, as Dana...
  • Everything Old Is New Again

    09/07/2010 6:04:07 AM PDT · by Stoutcat · 20 replies
    The Thrifty Yankee ^ | 09-06-10 | Roby Eliza
    There’s an old poem that celebrates Yankee thrift which goes something like this: Use it up, wear it out, Make it do, or do without. These days, we might add another verse to that: Once worn out, don’t turn it loose, Put it to another use. (Burma Shave) I will now give you a perfect example of re-purposing a large object to a completely different use. Late last summer, our old grill was pretty much on its last legs; we had replaced the innards several times, but it was clearly time for a new grill. Once the new grill was...
  • An Advanced Look at Winter 2010-2011

    08/31/2010 2:56:07 PM PDT · by dopplerdale · 3 replies
    Doppler Dale's Weather Posts ^ | 8/31/10 | Dale Bader
    As is customary for me, I try to provide an initial winter weather outlook around the first of September, just as we begin to think Fall. Why? It comes from my work experience in the private weather industry where critical planning for the upcoming winter takes place during September and October and that is when the winter outlook is so important. This includes the utility industry with regards to their planning on the amount of natural gas and heating oil will be required to heat our homes to local municipalities, state departments of transportation and the local snow plow operator...
  • VIDEO: Clamp Down On Pot Shops

    08/27/2010 4:56:46 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Friends of Ours ^ | 08/27/10 | Friends of Ours
    The Oakland County, MI Sheriff's Narcotics Enforcement team raided three medical marijuana dispensaries and arrested fifteen individuals for allegedly not complying with requirements for the sale of the miracle drug under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act as reported by the Detroit Free Press. Sheriff Mike Bouchard likened the dispensaries and their suppliers to "organized crime" as reported by Jonathan Oosting for MLive. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, CA, officials announced that an overwhelming majority of the pot shops in the city do not meet the legal requirements to dispense the herbal cure-all, and are moving to shut them down as reported...
  • Fall 2010 Outlook

    08/25/2010 7:10:52 PM PDT · by dopplerdale · 4 replies
    Doppler Dale's Weather Posts ^ | 8-25-10 | Dale Bader
    Last year at this time when I was putting together the fall and preliminary winter outlooks I was seeing an El Nino amidst a cold PDO (Pacific Decadal Oscillation) facing me. That helped to lead to a very chilly winter for much of the eastern U.S. and especially the Southeast. This year the pendulum is swinging in the opposite direction and that means a La Nina amidst a cold PDO. So can we expect opposite conditions for this fall/winter?
  • Low-Carbon Fuel Standard a Gift to Ethanol Lobby

    08/20/2010 7:57:20 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/20/2010 | Russ Harding
    A low-carbon fuel standard is being pushed by some in Congress, including Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, as a way to lower greenhouse gas emissions. A low-carbon fuel standard will do little to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but it is a gift to the ethanol lobby. A low carbon fuel standard sets a limit on greenhouse gas emissions from both the production and consumption of transportation fuel. Low-carbon fuel standards require a life cycle analysis of petroleum-based fuels and the creation of a standard for reducing greenhouse gas emissions per unit of energy from the production and use of those fuels....
  • Shocker: "Gay" Federal Judge Rules California Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

    08/04/2010 5:34:28 PM PDT · by Askwhy5times · 19 replies
    Bluegrass Pundit ^ | Wednesday, August 4, 2010 | Bluegrass Pundit
    U. S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker has ruled California's Prop 8 banning gay marriage is unconstitutional. Walker is one of only two known gay federal judges. Ironically, his appointment by former President George H. W. Bush was opposed by some Democrats on the grounds he was anti-gay. The Constitution has been in effect for over 200 years and the Fourteenth Amendment, cited by Judge Walker, has been in effect for over 140 years. Some things, such as new technology, may not have been envisioned by our founding fathers and could need interpretation by the courts. Gay marriage isn't...