Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mothers Day for my mother

We are all, someone's baby ... whether good or difficult .... We inhabit a place in a line marching through history; our mothers contributed to our stature and worked that miracle for us.

Amahl sings in Amahl & Night Visitors ... 'don't you dare hurt my mother'

It's Mother's Day and I'm contended, sitting on my deck and reading a Kindle version of Chris Stewart's, "Wrath and Righteous-ness." The book is variously a thriller and a story of global intrigue, but beyond, it is a story of good and evil, of the commonality of the human family (regardless of headgear, religion or familial requirements) ... a story of their dreams, their triumphs, their losses.

But this particular afternoon there is the gentlest of breezes blowing. The trees along the property lines have greened out, once again, providing me much sought-after privacy. I hear, distantly, from down the street, the children playing and dogs barking. But I am glad to be alone ... to contemplate quietly and without jarring, an overall package of satisfaction at the ONLY product of my life worth counting -- the lives of my 3 boys.

Not always have they done WHAT I would have done, but they have mostly done it HOW I would have done it, and that is worthy of much satisfaction.  Now with wives and children of their own, and faced with the growing struggle to put food on their tables, it is seldom, anymore, that we come to blows; when we do, however, it is always on principle as opposed to bad humour.  I am glad for that.

They are, all 3, very much integrated into various corners of our now degraded culture and yet each carries into the mix the qualities of a black-robed preacher. God knows where the preacher gene resides in our bloodlines but there is a distinct thread of "the preacher" coursing through our genetics. That my 3 sons and their wives (and now 5, almost 6 grandchildren) all evidence these qualities, is what I am most grateful for.  It is that strain that I hear today, on the digital Mother's Day celebration of flowers, of little voices upside big voices singing out in the long distance ... "Happy Mother's Day."

Thank you my beautiful children.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

On GBTV Geert Wilders Sits down w/ Glenn Beck and Talks Europe, Islam, T...

Geert Wilders  discusses his new book, "Marked for Death," and the loss of cultural liberty as it affects the continent of Europe, currently afflicted with overwhelming Muslim immigration.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Quantitative Easing & Bank Bailouts
I hear "the Ben Ber-nank" has decided to forego a Qe3. For historical detail refer to link above.
and in language us taxpayers can grasp, here's a video on "The Bank Bailouts," with "the Geefner" and "2+2=pink"


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Tower of Babel
A very interesting article and video addressing a sustained attack on nationhood, American values, and religion, that reaches back to the beginning of the 20th century.  Particularly of note is the involvement of the Rockefeller family, and more specifically, the Rockefeller Foundation, in this campaign, clear through to today.

It is well worth your attention.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Industry standards and the value of knowing one's ancestry

A friend sent me the following article on industry standards. The article is someone else's; the picture is mine.

Everyone has their own interpretation of what the article means. My interpretation? -- we are tightly connected to generations that came before us and to those that will follow.

Standards Used in Developing American Technologies

The US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. That's an exceedingly odd number.

Why was that gauge used? Because that's the way they built them in England, and English expatriates built the US railroads.

Why did the English build them like that? Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and that's the gauge they used.

Why did they use that gauge then? Because the people who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they used for building wagons, which used that wheel spacing.

Okay! Why did the wagons have that particular odd wheel spacing? Well, if they tried to use any other spacing, the wagon wheels would break on some of the old, long distance roads in England, because that's the spacing of the wheel ruts.

So who built those old rutted roads? Imperial Rome built the first long distance roads in Europe (and England) for their legions. The roads have been used ever since.

What about the ruts in those roads? Roman war chariots formed the initial ruts, which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying their wagon wheels. Since the chariots were made for Imperial Rome, they were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing. The United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived from the original specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot.

So the next time you are handed a spec and told we have always done it that way, it's because the Imperial Roman war chariots were made just wide enough to accommodate the back ends of two war horses.

Now the twist to the story...

When you see a Space Shuttle sitting on its launch pad, there are two big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank. These are solid rocket boosters (SRB).

Thiokol, at their factory in Utah, makes the SRBs. The engineers who designed the SRBs would have preferred to make them a bit wider, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site. The railroad line from the factory happens to run through a tunnel in the mountains. The SRBs had to fit through that tunnel. The tunnel is slightly wider than the railroad track, and the railroad track, as you now know, is about as wide as two horses' behinds.

So, a major Space Shuttle design feature, of what is arguably the world's most advanced transportation system, was determined over two thousand years ago by the width of a horse's ass!