Huge Pet Peeve
Thursday, 07/26/07 @ 10:52am
I know most folks that decide to stop here and read are primarily interested in what The Wife and I are up to, what we are doing with the house, the garden, etc. However, I have also begun to expand on my political views, which might turn some off. I'm sorry if that is the case. Just so you know, this post is not a political one, but it does relate to one of our country's founding documents, the Declaration of Independence. Also, please forgive me if my tone begins to turn toward condescending. My intention with this post is to educate, not to patronize.

There are many people who have not read or misread the second paragraph. Thus, they misquote or do not understand a word when talking about the Rights of all people. This is a tremendous pet peeve of mine. Especially, when coming from people who are trying to make an argument with regard to a person's Rights under the laws of this country.

It is not "inaliable" rights.
It is not "inalienable" rights.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

The legal definition of "LIEN" is the legal claim of one person upon the property of another person to secure the payment of a debt or the satisfaction of an obligation.

Therefore, the definition of "LIENABLE" is the ability of one person to make the legal claim upon the property of another person to secure the payment of a debt or the satisfaction of an obligation.

The definition of "ALIENABLE" is capable of being sold or transferred.

Finally we reach what the meaning and intent of the word "UNALIENABLE" when used in the Declaration of Independence.

"UNALIENABLE" means: incapable of being repudiated or transferred to another.

I do hope the next time you have an opportunity to think about our Rights, and perhaps mention these Rights in conversation, discussion, debate, or argument, you use the correct word and understand it's meaning.

Xanex & Vicodin Please
Tuesday, 07/17/07 @ 11:47am
Early morning and ready to head out to the dentist. Not thrilled about what is about to happen, but in need of a before picture, so here it is.

The Xanex sure did help to keep my anxiety level down. I am getting very tired of having my front six teeth worked on. And, this Cuspid in particular has been sore for a month or so. The dentist cut the bridge in half and then it was off to the oral surgeon for the removal.

According to the oral surgeon, the tooth was no longer connected to the root. As a matter of fact, the gum had grown over the root. So, after having the tooth extracted, he had to make an incision into the gum in order to find the root to pull it out.

Unfortunately, the root has kind of melded itself into the bone and the oral surgeon was unable to remove it. He said it was not a big deal, because it just became part of the bone structure.

After the oral surgeon, it was time to go back to the dentist to have the flipper (a cosmetic piece) adjusted. The novocain was wearing off a bit and that process hurt a bit. From the dentist, it was off to the periodontist to have a consult. He said I should come back in two weeks, because he can get a better idea of how well an implant would hold at that time.

Nope not done yet, and yes, novocain is definitely wearing off. Next we stopped at an x-ray lab to have my lower back x-rayed for my chiropractor. They had lots of trouble getting two good oblique pictures, so it took seven attempts to finally get the pictures complete.

On the way home it was time to stop at CVS to pick up some Extra Strength Tylenol and my Vicodin. After that we finally arrived home. I had some water, some cheese that I could shove into the back right side of my mouth, and then I took a nap for a couple of hours. It wasn't hurting too bad, so I refrained from the Vicodin. When I finally went to bed for the night I took some. I was in a lot of pain and had trouble sleeping. I took more Vicodin at 3:30am.

It is now 11:45am and I am still in pain. However, I need to make a few phone calls for work, so I am not going to take the Vicodin again until about 1pm. I am also rinsing with warm salt water per the oral surgeon's instructions. I should be able to eat better in about a day, but the full healing will take about six to eight weeks. At that time I need to decide if I want the implant or just a bridge. Part of this decision will be based on whether I am required to get a bone graft for the implant. That does not sound too pleasing to me.

Anyway, I need to go lay down for about 30 minutes before the pest control company comes by to spray our deck. Yes, we have pests; bird mites. Remember the bird nests I mentioned? There ya go.

More later...

Google Hosts Ron Paul,
Democrats Conspire,
and Toothless Me
Sunday, 07/15/07 @ 11:10am

Google hosted Ron Paul on Friday, July 13th, for a tour of the campus, an interview, and a chat that was broadcast throughout the entire campus via video feed. If you want to see an anomaly, watch and listen to this true statesman that puts remaining politicians to shame. This is a man running for President that speaks honestly and from his heart. (first video below)

Ron Paul is NOT a politician as we think of them today; corrupt, power hungry, influenced by special interests, or simply full of bullshit and double-speak. If you want to see something that shows off the true colors of that type of politician, check out the video of Hillary Clinton and John Edwards conspiring to negate our electoral process by limiting the debates to those THEY feel should be allowed to speak to the American people; not all of the Democratic candidates. (second video below)

Lastly, I should have more pictures to post of the garden tomorrow as long as I am feeling okay. I have a dentist appointment tomorrow. They are cutting one of my bridges in half, so that one of those teeth can be extracted. It is my #11 tooth (my left cuspid). I will take a picture before and after for posting. Yes, I will be missing a tooth for about six to eight weeks at which time we will determine if I am to get an implant of a new bridge. I am not looking forward to this.

Video of Ron Paul at Google

Video of Clinton and Edwards Conspiring

It is obvious that they think they have the right and power to control the electoral process. What makes you think Clinton or Edwards, if elected, would not use the Oval Office in a similar fashion? How can anybody trust Clinton or Edwards to uphold the oath of office as President to support and defend the Constitution?

NOTE - You can also view other candidates at Google by performing a video Google search on keyword: candidates@google.

Sunday, 07/08/07 @ 11:47am
New pictures were posted in a a few of the pages of the Images section. I have also changed the way I post and link to updated Images pages. From this point forward (all of the 2007 pages), the postings now have dates, so you can see when the pictures were actually posted on the site. With regard to linking these pages at the time of the update, I now link to the exact spot of the update. This will eliminate unecessary scrolling to pass through pictures you have already seen. You can see what I mean when you check out these pages that have been updated:

Front Garden 2007
Fruit Trees 2007
Garden 2007
Side Yard 2007, and
Neighborhood Wildlife 2007 (a new page)

Of course, you must use these links to get to the updates. Any other link to one of these pages will only take you to the top of the page.

More to come.

Happy Independence Day
Wednesday, 07/04/07 @ 9:47am

For this Fourth of July, Two Thousand and Seven, I have decided to provide you with the picture above. It is the arsenal that was enjoyed last year. Also, here is a series of quotes that I hope will remind you how diligent we must be to protect our life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness in this Constitutional Republic we call the united States of America. (If you are wondering why I used a lowercase "u" for united, it is because I am speaking of this group of united States, not the federal government; the United States of America.)

"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them."
- Patrick Henry

"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."
- Thomas Jefferson

"Property is the fruit of labor...property is desirable...is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built."
- Abraham Lincoln

"I apprehend no danger to our country from a foreign foe... Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence, I must confess that I do apprehend some danger."
- Daniel Webster

This next quote has been attributed to Winston Churchill for many years, but many believe this not to be true. There are a couple of sites that explain the quote's origination, here and here too.

"If a man is not a socialist by the time he is 20, he has no heart.
If he is not a conservative by the time he is 40, he has no brain."
- Winston Churchill

With the United States government over 225 years old, the population definitely complacent and dependent with regard to the government, I give you this quote from a Scottish history professor at The University of Edinborough in 1787.

"The average age of the worlds greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

From Bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage."
- Alexander Tyler

And, finally...

"They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
- Ben Franklin, 1759