...does not translate into more blogging, only the blaaahs. Four days of winter storm now....
In other news, my favorite squish, Bill O'Reilly, just got taken to the woodshed, here. O'Reilly is an unabashed Christie-hugger, and has adopted the Christie-squishy Obama bromance as his own. No one knows whether O'Reilly is actually a Republican, so it may not be accurate to call him a RINO, but it's certainly accurate to call him a CYSTO - Conservative Yankee, Self Titled Only. In other words, an ass-loving boil on the posterior.
The music is starting: the drip-sounds of the thaw. Here's the visual prospect:
I'll just listen to the winter sounds of my yesteryears....
I have an attitude because this URI won't go away and I'm probably a silly millimeter away from developing pneumonia. Prevention requires me to stay indoors and not breathe any cold air for long. This sucks, and has for two weeks now.
The attitude causes me to feel sorry for myself and to take a critical approach to the world. Sorry, that second part is the normal me, the attitude is the first part, and I don't usually snivel about myself.
So, I went back to my basic military training in USAF Officer Training School for the answer.
True story follows. Was caused by my problem of reporting to OTS with two left feet...
Scene: 1967. Medina Annex to Lackland AFB, TX, on the drill pad where we learn to march and to LEAD formations in marching movements: I had just screwed up and marched the Flight of 40-some Officer Trainees off the drill pad and into the weeds while trying to have them execute a double flanking movement:
Flight Training Officer: "OT, do you have an attitude?"
Officer Trainee (having been told at the first assembly to always tell the truth): "SIR, I do have an attitude!"
FTO: "OT, you have three seconds to get rid of it. If the Air Force wanted you to have an attitude, you would have been issued one. The entire Flight will now give me fifty pushups because OT Schneider has an unauthorized attitude."
Result: The entire flight will now know to watch OT Schneider very carefully for future development of unauthorized attitudes. Cooperate and graduate.
Sorry about the light blogging of late: I contracted a head cold this week and started taking Coricidin HBP for it. The resulting legarthies combine to keep the muse & I asleep. Now its time to get a grip on myself and lend my son a hand to move his household yet again...(sigh!). Hopefully, I'll be back at the helm of my Zepplin next week...
I just listened to Obama's speech, given at Arlington National Cemetery. In the speech, he said ALL the right things to the assembled Veterans. Trouble is, his words don't match his deeds, AGAIN (see Healthcare Reform Act).
The sad facts for veterans have not changed:
VA medical care is a shambles, a pretense of comprehensive modern medicine;
Veterans are treated, almost universally, as if they are all dangerous crazies, almost forced to "admit" PTSD, leading to their Second Amendment rights being removed without benefit of due process;
The current GI Bill is like a penny in a beggar's cup compared to the post-WW2 benefits;
Above all, Obama LEADS the military of the USA, he leads it in war, and he has forgotten how to win a war, or even why winning is necessary.
As a Veteran, I am terribly disappointed in my Commander-in-Chief.
Yep, had to get out the Fall/Winter Storm Checklist and run it. Now I'm convinced of the early/hard winter scenario that every weather source but NOAA seems to acknowledge.
NOAA, of course, is still stuck in AlGore Glowbull Warmening mode, and all their medium-long range weather models are tainted by their messing with the 30-year data so as to try to make AGW believable. I predicted these storms last weekend, when NOAA's models were calling for warm and sunny weather for this weekend. My prediction tool? I look at the whole Pacific Ocean on a Water Vapor satellite ensemble. It clearly shows the weather circulation patterns, and the dynamics of the atmosphere. When NOAA tickles their super-computers to produce model runs based on their 30-year cycle (the Pacific Decadal Oscillation), the first 15 years of that data in the computers is worthless, because the sea-surface temperatures were "massaged" to show the infamous, and bullshit "hockey stick" warming that supposedly was coming. It didn't come, but NOAA won't flush these data sets, so ALL their prediction products which depend on them suck. For example, have the hurricane forecasts been worth a shit in the past 10-15 years? No...
The forecast details are that the PacNorWest coastal zones get a pair of strong Pacific coastal storms this weekend. The Coast Range hills will get 6-10" of rain, the Cascade Mountains about the same, and the interior valleys 2-4", maybe more. There will also be wind, and the second storm, 980 hPa central pressure, is enhanced by the core remnants of former WestPac Typhoon Pabuk, and will generate Cat1 hurricane-force gusts on the coastal headlands, maybe 50 mph gusts here in the Willamette Valley.
The deciduous (leafy) trees still have all their leaves, and a pre-storm light rain has dampened the soil, so 40-50 mph gusts will take down some trees and their close-by neighborhood power lines. It could be quite the mess around here, come dawn Monday.
I've run the Stihl chain saw recently, just laid in 72 hours of generator gas and topped off the tank in the pickup. All the outside furniture is in Winter configuration, so now it's time to see if the Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers are up to playing rain games against California and Colorado Universities. Both of the local teams have home games today, and both Autzen and Reser Stadiums are open to the elements.
You may report the Schloss Rivrdog as ready for action, aye.
Running report: 1525 PDT. Power down for about 30 seconds, but now have to spend 15 minutes resetting every thin digital in the house.....GRRRRRR
Running Report: 1840 PDT. Squall line passage. Hard to tell whether this is the cold front as well, the "back edge" is still 100 miles W on radar.
Running Report: 2140 PDT. "Back Edge" passed. Rain stopped for a few momments. I can hear the little brook 150 yards away, normally almost dry this time ofyear, roaring along, hopefully in it's banks, but probably just barely so.
This is pretty much the end of Storm Two, # 3 is due tomorrow morning, supposed to be worse. BTW, the Oregon State QB set a school record for TD passes (6) in the rain, and right as the seond half of the Oregon Duck game getsgoing in the typhoon deluge, Oregon is up 48-3. Beavers and Ducks can do it in the water...