Monday, September 26, 2005

FS: Registered American Nubian GoatsA

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We have several registered American Nubian goats we're trying to sell. These are primarily milking goats, with very good dairy bloodlines. Nubian goat milk is high in butterfat content and tastes as good or better than cows milk.

The first is Aurora, a 2 year old first-freshener. She is putting out a little over 1/2 gallon a day 5 1/2 months into her lactation cycle. She is on test and is expected to earn her star in the next month or two on butterfat quantity.

The other two, Lucky and Rosemary, are doelings born this spring. They have very good dairy bloodlines and can be expected to be good, strong milk producers.

Please go to for more details, including prices. We are located in Central MA and can transport within a reasonable distance for a small fee to cover gas. Contact me at if you are interested or want more information.

You may now resume your regularly scheduled programming.

UPDATE: [Bump]

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Way to Go Charlie!

I'm not usually one to put sports figures up as role models, but this case certain warrants it. Coaches who are successful at the highest levels of their sport and who have a heart tend to be rather rare. Charlie Weis was one of the big reasons that the Patriots won 3 out of the last 4 Super Bowls, and this I think is the kind of reason why.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

RIP: Du Toit's

The Du Toit's have left the blogsphere. I'm very sorry to see them go, particularly without much explaination. Here is what little information that is available. Good luck Kim and Connie and hope you both resurface soon.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

What's Next for the SCOTUS

Captain Ed has posted a very insightful analysis of the John Roberts nomination end-game and what it might mean for the next SCOTUS nomination. Given that the rabid BHLs in the Senate have decided to pick up their marbles and go home I really hope that President Bush picks a Scalia/Thomas soul-mate to replace Justice O'Conner. He has no reason to do otherwise.

Who might that be? Captain Ed suggests one name. I think there are a few others that might be good also, as long as their name doesn't start with A.G. and end in Gonzales. One of the women or ethnic minority candidates would be nice, but not required, particularly if it is as a sop to the left. George Bush owes them NOTHING.

We shall see.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Katrina Anthology

This is mostly a list of news sources and blogs with information regarding the mishandling of Katrina relief efforts. There's not much to say, the facts mostly speak for themselves.
I'll update this as more comes to light.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

A Quicker Way to Have Sealed the Levee

Saw these two posts[1, 2] over at Two-Four about helicopters dropping 3,000 lb sandbags one at a time to seal the break in a levee. Got me thinking there might have been quicker way:

~23 3,000lb bombs sandbags in one pass

~16 3,000lb bombs sandbags in one pass

A couple of passes from one of these bad boys would have had the levee closed up in no time, right?

Monday, September 05, 2005

Black = Mayhem NOT

I was clued into this report from Kim du Toit's blog. As Kim points out if Mr. Levy were writing this:
"I am beginning to believe that black people, no matter where in the world they are, are cursed with a genetic predisposition to steal, murder, and create mayhem."
in America instead of Jamaica he'd be strung up by now. He has some interesting observations but he doesn't really ask why. The "genetic predisposition" line is just a lazy cop-out: "It's not my fault, I'm just black".

I really think it has nothing to do with ones race. The fundamental reason is that people who have grown up in an culture of despair, without respect for authority, without hope for something better are going to react badly in times of crisis.

Too many black people here and elsewhere have been abandoned spiritually and politically. They get a "social gospel" from ministers charlatans like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton that blames others for their personal condition rather than pointing them to the real cure.

Then the BHLs [spit] feed them the affirmative action line causing them to expect something for nothing. Add that to a government welfare and aid system that makes it easier to stay on the dole than not, and you get people who are lazy, demanding and personally irresponsible. Then take away the structure that's been giving to them and you get lawlessness. It has nothing to do really with being black. Put anyone in this situation over time and you will get the same behavior.

Quit blaming your race, or your minister, or your mother, or your neighbor. Get right with The Man, then get to work.

Update: I wrote this then went off to check my usually list of suspects bloggers. Lo and behold here are others that have written on this subject far more eloquently than I. If this post whet your appetite then try these:
From a woman's perspective.
In depth sociological analysis.
Detailed Katrina response timeline. In case you need some facts.

Promotion to Chief

Chief Justice Rehnquist has passed on, God rest his soul. Thank you sir for your service to this nation.

I was going to post some bloviations about who our President might pick to replace Justice Rehnquist and how he might go about it, but he beat me to it. It is nice to see Mr. Bush knows when to take his time and when to move quickly. I think it was a good move, tactically. John Roberts is likely to be confirmed fairly quickly.

I am a bit nervous about putting someone in the Chief seat without a track record on the Court. Nothing I've seen or heard in the weeks since his nomination calls into question his basic judicial conservatism; however, there's this little voice in the back of my head that keeps chanting "Da-vid, Da-vid, Da-vid". I hope it is wrong, but the hand has been dealt so we'll have to see how it plays out.

Stay tuned.

Update: Again, others in the blogsphere wax eloquent:
Captain's Quarters analysis.
New Sisyphus Requium for Rehnquist.