Monday, March 30, 2009

This global warming stuff is getting me down...

Sunday was interesting, for part of the day it was snowing sideways. I caught these pictures when it had died down a bit. For those who have never spent much time in Salt Lake, this sort of weather is normal. We are out in the desert, but we are at around 4200 ft above sea level, and we also have the Great Frakkin' Salt Lake right next door to cause some goofy weather effects.

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This is a shot to the east from my driveway.

This is to the west. Notice you cannot see the mountains just west of me.

Most of the snow has melted today where the sun is hitting; all of the shadowed areas still have snow. We have had quite a few robins in the neighborhood lately. I counted ten on the way to my mailbox after it quit snowing; they were looking a bit bewildered. I caught this picture of one of them this morning, sunning himself in the front yard next to the street.


It looks like the White House has decided to start telling corporations how to run their internal affairs . Personally, I see this as a bad precedent. Once the POTUS starts telling business who to put in charge, you have the first step to nationalization of businesses in this country. I realize there are some people in this country who idolize idiots like Karl Marx, and think socialism/communism is great, but I am not one of them. Governments that glorify the collective put a chill up my spine. Every one of them that has gone the way of putting the group before the individual has ended up as a totalitarian government to one degree or another.

"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have."
-Gerald Ford

"Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd."
-Bertrand Russell

I notice the federal government is on another one of its anti-firearm campaigns; now they are blaming the violence in the drug war on American gun dealers. I keep reading articles and seeing photographs of RPG's, machine guns, "assault " rifles, and grenades. Of course the fourth estate never bothers to mention that none of those items can be purchased at gun stores or shows. They are available only to the military in this country. What would be refreshing would be to see a journalist who actually researches their subject, and doesn't doesn't automatically go to the Brady Campaign for talking points. Anyone who tries to argue that gun shows are supplying the drug wars is either an idiot or a bald-faced liar. When it comes to the ATF and the Brady Campaign, they have both been proven to be liars for anyone who actually researches the BS they put out.
But enough of that rant.

"Stress is when you wake up screaming... ...and realize you haven't gone to sleep yet."

"I Want You to Rock Me" by Vixen
"Love Street" by The Doors
"Two out of Three Ain't Bad" by Meat Loaf
"Ticket to Ride" by The Beatles
"Midnight Rider" by The Allman Brothers Band
"Baby I Need Your Loving" by Johnny Rivers
"Hey Joe" by Jimi Hendrix
"Teacher" by Jethro Tull
"Orinoco Flow" by Enya
"That'll Be the Day" by Buddy Holly

A couple of them for you to hear; Vixen was one of the better all-girl bands of the Eighties (gotta love the big hair and leather), and this one by Meatloaf has always been one of my favorites.


Hammer said...

Next thing you know GM will be selling electric mopeds and we will be forced to drive them.

Anonymous said...

Oh,that will be a hoot.

Which just proves my point, enviromentalism is equal to anti-capitilism and progress for humanity.

terri said...

We had some snow this morning. The flakes were huge! I'm talking flakes the size of Wonder Bread floating down from the sky!

James Higham said...

Our beautiful snow is disappearing - I'd be depressed too.

Anonymous said...

Just to let you know, the quote you have listed as Jefferson is actually from Gerald Ford's August 12th, 1974 address to Congress.

The Executive is controlling business while the government tries to erode gun rights. If only the country would turn off 24-hour news and study history, they'd understand how often these two events happen, and what normally happens next.

I'm going to get a pale of water before the Reichstag starts burning.

BobG said...

Hammer: that will be for the government people; the rest of us will have bicycles.

Conservative Scalawag: I have no problem with environmentalism, but too many self-styled "evironmentalists" that I've seen don't really know what they're talking about.

We got snow and bad winds Tuesday night, not deep but chilly.

James Higham: I'm getting a bit tired of winter around here and I am looking forward to a bit of spring.

Pathogen: corroborated, noted, and changed.
The federal government is doing well in fooling the public; they have a lot of the media shilling for them.

"If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed."
-Mark Twain

H2o said...

I wouldn't be able to function with all that snow. I hate cold weather!!!!!