48 thoughts on “Eagles Coopted By Monsanto

  1. Good morning Hamsters. No complaints about rain this morning. So far we have about 1.2″ in the gauge and coming down steadily with a thunder background, 58 and likely to stay around that. Thank you, Lord.

  2. Now we have about 2.2″ in the gauge, as best I can see without being right next to it.
    Don’t have my rubber boots on, just the barn shoes, and there’s a big puddle in front of it.

  3. All that dirt I moved last week is getting some good “settling” done, with all this rain coming down. That’s a good thing.

    I was moving more dirt by the porches to reduce the “step off” height, and it was so loose that when I stepped a little off center of the dirt stack, I slid right off and landed in the bush next to it. I’m sure it looked like the bush was eating me, as I was more than half underneath it. Fortunately, I didn’t twist an ankle or anything, but I was certainly more careful after that, and I made sure to stamp it down as much as I could. But I certainly don’t want that happening when I have my family over after Christmas – so I’m glad we’re getting the rain now.

  4. Of the three leaks that prompted getting the roofers out, two are fixed but the third showed up this morning after we were up and able to notice it. Regrettably it’s right over the corner desk in the garden room and drips on the computer monitor. Got the old shower curtain over the monitor and desk and pail in place; it’s a slow drip so not a screaming emergency. Called the roofers and they will be out Monday.

    Against my advice spouse got out the stepladder and looked at the situation outside. Nothing to be seen and no leaves piled up in the gutter. Me holding the ladder with one hand and the umbrella over me with the other, spouse in a slicker and rubber boots on the ladder. Fortunately no disaster happened. Thank you, Lord.

  5. This is interesting, ibuprofen can slow the ageing process.
    http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/547770/Ibuprofen-longer-life-cheap-painkillers-slow-ageing-fight-disease
    another tidbit:

    Earlier this year, researchers at Newcastle University found that the cheap anti-inflammatory drug could also help fight a host of chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, arthritis and dementia.

    They discovered that chronic inflammation may accelerate ageing and trigger disease by stopping the body’s cells regenerating.

    Once a patient suffers inflammation from one disease, it increases the risk of them developing other conditions.

  6. What’s with the fascination with HS rail? By the time you get from wherever you are to the train station, park, check in, wait for the departure, and get to the other end, you could almost be there by car. After all that, you still have to get from the destination station to wherever you need to be (how much business is conducted between downtown Dallas and downtown Houston?). How you gonna do that? Rent a car? Cab? Whatever you wind up with, it’ll be time-consuming and expensive.

    What’s wrong with flying? There’s very similar overhead on both ends, plus SWA has flights every 20-30 minutes. Plus, all the infrastructure is already there.

  7. Trains are good for controlling the traveling public. It’s a lot harder to keep up with them if they are free to drive where ever they want whenever they want – seriously, is that any way to run a country? Those Europeans don’t need to go anywhere anyway, but us Texicans have deer to be hunted, fish to be caught, work to be done, and vacations to exotic spots to visit. Just say no to trains.

  8. Went to the Rockets game last night. Took my daughter, she always wants to go. Not my son, he likes the Texans or Astros. I love hanging out with her. Had 2 drunk yahoos behind us talking about how they wanted to f this chick and f that cheerleader. Some people have no clue. Had to turn around and put the shame on em quietly. If they kept it up I would’ve gotten loud. Having a daughter has given me a whole new perspective on women. What great creatures they are!

    Not sure why, but I have it good. Loving wife. Healthy kids. Thriving business. God has blessed me so much and I am in constant gratitude for all of it.

    Just recently stopped paying insurance and have transferred over to Samaritans Ministries starting next year. Paying $14,000 a year was pissing me off when I hardly ever use it. This is my giving the finger to Ocare. Renewing my relationship with Jesus Christ has paid many dividends!

    Sorry if this is TMI for some of you, but I wanted to share and don’t really trust the Facebook. Hope all is well with each of you and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  9. Just back from the barn to give the girls some hay and fill their water buckets while there was a reasonable break in the rain. Checked the gauge while I had the rubber boots on, and it was 2.6″. Rain has picked up again, and the radar seems to be showing more arriving for a bit longer.

    Predict the hoo-rah over HS or even regular speed passenger rail between the major Texas cities will be ensnared in controversy for a few years longer even if one of the RR companies allows using their right of way to build a passenger rail line.

    There’s been enough back and forth about commuter rail feasibility from Richmond/Rosenberg along highway 90A into Houston just about sharing track when freight traffic has a lull. Currently there isn’t a lull, with trains going both directions sitting on sidings waiting for other trains to pass by so they can move out.

  10. There’s been enough back and forth about commuter rail feasibility from Richmond/Rosenberg along highway 90A into Houston just about sharing track when freight traffic has a lull. Currently there isn’t a lull, with trains going both directions sitting on sidings waiting for other trains to pass by so they can move out.

    Tru dat.

    I live a quarter mile from the track heading up 36 and the only time there’s any kind of lull is when sumpin goes wrong sommers down the line and everybody has to sit still for a while

  11. The PR honcho for the Texas Central Railway high speed rail project owned, operated and built with private funding is someone we all know.

    I actually think it would be pretty cool to ride. The trains are nothing like the old, loud electromotive diesel BNSF ones we are all used to. I lived for years in Austin County close to the main ATSF line from Chicago to Houston. It never particularly bothered me and it was especially fun to board the Texas Super Chief at the Bellville Yards and ride to Temple as a boy to go to summer camp.

  12. The PR honcho for the Texas Central Railway high speed rail project owned, operated and built with private funding is someone we all know.

    I actually think it would be pretty cool to ride. The trains are nothing like the old, loud electromotive diesel BNSF ones we are all used to. I lived for years in Austin County close to the main ATSF line from Chicago to Houston. It never particularly bothered me and it was especially fun to board the Texas Super Chief at the Bellville Yards and ride to Temple as a boy to go to summer camp.

    I took a ride on that train from Austin to Chicago and thence to Wisconsin about twenny years ago. It was the “Texas Eagle”. A coupla years later AMTRAK was talking about shutting the route down. A lady sent a letter to VP Al Gore, who was getting ready to run for prez at the time, to see if he could help save it. She got a nice letter back saying that the Vice President was concerned about all Endangered Species and that, as President, he would endeavor to get it on the Endangered Species list so that it could get the protection it deserved.

    True story.

  13. After all that, you still have to get from the destination station to wherever you need to be (how much business is conducted between downtown Dallas and downtown Houston?). How you gonna do that? Rent a car? Cab? Whatever you wind up with, it’ll be time-consuming and expensive.

    If they tied it in with DART it would probably get a lot of people where they wanted to go. But the last time I looked at all the proposed routes none of them had a terminus near a DART line.

  14. To Hell with the Constitution; Not just tolls: E-Z Pass keeping an eye on speeders.

    Warning to motorists: Don’t speed in the toll lanes. E-Z Pass is watching.

    Several states, including New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania, say they monitor speeds through the fast pass toll lanes and will suspend your E-Z Pass for multiple speeding violations.

    In all, five of the 15 E-Z Pass states have some kind of rules on the books for breaking the speed limit in the convenience lanes.

    “You can lose your E-Z Pass privileges if you speed through E-Z Pass lanes,” says Dan Weiller, director of communications for the New York State Thruway Authority. “You get a couple of warnings. We don’t have the power to give a ticket, but we do have to power to revoke your E-Z Pass, which we will.”

    He and tolling officials in several other states say the issue is the safety of human toll collectors. “At most toll barriers, we have a mix of E-Z Pass lanes and standard toll lanes,” Weiller says.

  15. #28 – SD – nothing new there – the only toll road in Texas (that I know of) that ever reverted back to a FREE highway – aka what is now I-30 between Cowtown & Dallas……….they had time stamps on those tickets – was no challenge at all to determine who was speeding from one end to the other……….

  16. E-Z Pass keeping an eye on speeders.

    All of the freeways in Holland have cameras to catch speeders. The trick is they all have to be marked so everyone knows where they are. People drive 100 mph between cameras then slow down for the short range of the camera.

  17. #12 Whiskerfishman: It ain’t a train per se, it is a tube. Vaguely similar to the tube you can use as the drive through bank. Still, approaching supersonic in a tube held up by pylons in earthquakeville seems a bit risky. To say nothing about high winds or miscreants shooting at the tube. At that speed just a little hiccup is a full blown disaster.

  18. Sorry if this is TMI for some of you, but I wanted to share

    Not at all. Glad to hear life is good. And Merry Christmas to the Smacktle family!

  19. #32 – If the powers that be WANT to track speed – all they have to do is take the time stamp from each camera vs. distance – PRESTO average speed measure that is undeniable (which is exactly what they used do on the Ft Worth Dallas turnpike)

  20. I had 4.2″ in the rain gauge but some of it was from the last time it rained, I just didn’t go out and collect it. 🙁

    The back lawn is super squishy, like it has absorbed every drop it can.

  21. In Jerry’s playhouse in Dallas, Navasota tied Argyle 28-28 with one minute left in regulation. Overtime started at 6:52pm.

  22. We ended the rainy time with an even 3″ in the gauge and lots of puddles in the yard and on the sidewalk and driveway that have gone down quickly. That should give the winter grasses in the pastures a big boost as well as the pansies in the flowerbeds that had gotten a little dry lately. Am sure the yards are squishy.

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