Thought for the day

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who as the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. [Theodore Roosevelt]

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The lion reunion christian full

Another amazing animal video.  Two young Brits bought a lion cub at Harrods and raised.  When it was grown they took it to an animal sanctuary in Africa.  A year later they returned and were told that no way would the lion remember them.  Watch and see what happens.

The Amazing Skidboot

High Altitude

Blogging from 37,000 feet, what a hoot!

Friday, September 17, 2010

A message from the farm

Love on the farm

16 Girls on One Bicycle

The Community Organizer Dines with a Nutjob

Seems the Community Organizer, BHO, will dine with America's leading nutcase, Orly Taitz.  Wonders will never cease!

Birther Queen Invited to Dine with BHO

Interesting Music

Here is a link to the newest CD from Justin Townes Earl.  Great mix of a folk, country, and blues sound.

Michelle Malkin

For those of you who do not read Michelle Malkin, here is a link to yet another great article by her.

The Obamacare Inquisitions

Granddaughter Logan Hembree

Before I started this blog my daughter and her family visited in May.  Logan's favorite song is Big Green Tractor by Jason Aldean.  So Pampa had to take her for a ride on his big green tractor.
   Here is a pic of us riding and her steering.

Of course she had to feed the donkey.  His name is Festus for those old enough to remember where that came from!

Obama's Motivation

Unlike a lot of conservatives, I have not ascribed Obama's motivation to his religion, place of birth, or any of the other wild conspiratorial theories that have abounded.  I have read some of his writings and tried to find a rational reason for the tremendous damage he is doing to this country, our rule of laws, and capitalism in general.  I believe that this article by Dinesh D'Souza may be one of the better crafted explanations for what make him tick.  Click the link below to read this article.
How Obama Thinks

Thursday, September 16, 2010

This is an outrage!

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs failed to inform 6 million soldiers and their families of an agreement enabling Prudential Financial Inc. to withhold lump-sum payments of life insurance benefits for survivors of fallen service members, according to records made public through a Freedom of Information request. 

The above is the first paragraph in an article in Bloomberg that should outrage every American who reads it.  Click on the word Bloomberg above to go to this article.  The persons responsible in the Department of Veterans affairs and Prudential are morally reprehensible and should go to prison for a long, long time.

Old Time Radio Shows

Growing up in the 50's there were still some old radio shows on the radio that I enjoyed, I remember Gunsmoke on Sunday night in particular.  My parents remembered them well and, as we had no TV in the house, they had some of the classics on records that we listened to.  Here is a site that has a lot of them available for free down load.

Free Old Time Radio

Late start this morning

My neighbor and role model H.I. Jones needed help loading some cattle.  H.I. is an 83 year young retired school teacher who still actively farms his 150 acres.  He is a fascinating person to talk to.

Jerry Lee Lewis

At age 75 Jerry Lee Lewis is still performing and recording.  He has just released a another album similar to his last one recording with a variety of performers ranging from Willie Nelson and Keith Richards to Sheryl Crowe and Kid Rock.  Entitled Mean Old Man it is worth a listen for the novelty if nothing else.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Forgotten Man - Jon McNaughton

Interesting CD

Was introduced to this CD this past weekend by a friend, Mitchell Hughey.  I have listened to and like Ray Wylie Hubbard before.  This is a good one.

Going Down Fighting

Here is a link to an obituary in our local paper.  I did not know this man but I would have liked to!

Going Down Fighting

Mare Carmody

Here is an unknown singer with a great sound.  Maybe she will record someday.
Mare Carmody music

Country Family Reunion

In 1997, producer Larry Black and singer / songwriter Bill Anderson realized that a lot of the older legends of country music were still alive and performing but knew that they would be leaving us soon. So they got about 50 older singers, songwriters, and producers together with a great band for three days of reminiscing, story telling, and singing.  29 of the folks on that first show are no longer with us.

Since that time they have filmed several of these reunions with different groups of artists and I have enjoyed them all.  If you like country music at all you should see these.  They are filming a new one this fall in conjunction with Bill Anderson's 50th anniversary in music.

Country Family Reunion website

Library Information Desk made from books

This desk is made from recycled books.


Food Farce

One of my pet subjects is the bill of good that we have been fed concerning our food supply.  We are obese, we don't get the right nutrients, and we are bombarded with reports of contamination and recalls of various so-called foods.  Walk into a grocery store and you find processed foods whose ingredient list reads like an organic chemistry text book.  The "fresh" vegetables are bred for looks and the ability to withstand shipping and contain fractions of the nutrients that would be found in a home garden raised product.

Here is a book that will really open your eyes and make you look at your food in a totally different way.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Cow Discipline

I was just watching my mama cows and their calves.  The cows headed for the watering trough and the three calves stayed down in the pasture playing a kids will do.  About halfway to the trough, one of the mama's turned and bellowed at her calf and the other two joined in.  The calves ignored them, again much as kids will do.  One cow then returned to the calves, separated her calf and began butting it in the direction of the watering trough until it went on its own.  We just think we are different.

Here is that calf about an hour old.

Recent reading (in the past two weeks)

Everything I Want To Do is Illegal by Joel Salatin 

Excellent reading for anyone who is interested in sustainable agriculture, our food supply, and fighting the bureaucracy.

Epitaph For A Peach by David M. Masamoto

A delightful read about one year in the life of a peach farmer as he tries to save an heirloom peach.

Founding Father - The Story of Joseph P. Kennedy by Richard Whalen

 An interesting biography of a complex man.  I learned a lot about him.

Intellectuals and Society by Thomas Sowell

This is an indictment of the intelligentsia in this country and the rest of the Western world.

My old tractor

I m in the middle of rebuilding my 1951 Ford 8N tractor.  I am only the third owner and I know who the other two are.  One day it will go to my friend Renee who asked that I leave it to her.

I will post progress pictures as I go along.

Here is what it looked like when I bought it.
It is now in pieces and I am cleaning, sanding, and getting ready to sandblast and prime.

Being Fortunate

We hear a lot about being fortunate these days.  Some equate being successful in business with being fortunate which is not the case, being successful is the result of hard work and using ones intelligence.  I rather think that being fortunate has to be the result of things that happen to one that are the result of unforeseen circumstances.

I am very fortunate for having a few friends not to be confused with acquaintances. 

I do not consider the successes I have had in business to be fortunate.  I do consider myself fortunate in that I was born in the greatest country on earth.

I am very fortunate in that I once had the experience of being loved by a fantastic person and even though this experience was not a lengthy one, my life will always be the better for it.  Some never have this experience and I never expected it to happen to me.  It hurts when it is over but I would never trade not having it for not hurting.

I am fortunate in that I have two wonderful grand-daughters.