Sunday, April 25, 2010

5 Years Old

Today is five year anniversary of this blog. I'm surprised that I have kept it up after seeing many of the blogs I first followed are now long gone. This will make post number 556 with 26690 hits over the years. I'm not sure how many people have commented but thank you to everyone that has. Especially want to thank you, if you are one of my 17 followers on blogger or just following my RSS feed on Google reader or such. I know I haven't been posting much eye candy lately I have been posting to my tumbler account Sqwhirlly. It just seemed fitting keep those two separate. Blogging for me is a hobby I enjoy writing and this a way I can blow off steam and vent. It may be a bad day or something intriguing I came across during the course of the day. It could be something that I photographed and I deemed it to be interesting enough to share with you all. I hope that you all keep following and commenting for sometime to come. Here are a couple of my photos to help celebrate. Enjoy!!!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Birthday Mother Earth!!!

Today is Earth Day. Happy Birthday Mother Earth, I know it's not politically correct to discuss a women's age but this makes you about 4.54 billion years (4.54 × 109 years ± 1%), give or take. I was going to plant my veggie garden this week but it rained on my day off so it is going to have to wait until this weekend. But I did transplant a couple of trees to new homes in the yard and in the lot next-door to us. It sure beats the alternative to ripping them out like weeds. Well they were growing the garden were to close to the house. So this should shrink my carbon foot print a weee bit.

I know all of the stuff about Global Warning is having some of you think that it's some kind of liberal conspiracy. To you I say believe what you want. But there are somethings that only make good fiscal sense and your family/community might even benefit from them. Hell reducing your consumption is kind of patriotic.

Helpful Hints
  1. I mean think about if you reduce the amount of fuel you use. You are keeping that money away from the countries like Iran, Russia and Venezuela which don't have the best interests of the United States in mind. 
  2. Growing your own veggies and fruits are taste better, healthier and cheaper for yourself. So that's more money you can save, spend or donate. It also is a great activity for the family and it will get the kids outside away from the TV , hell they might learn something. This also will help with issue #1, by reducing the amount of fuel needed to ship produce to you local mega-mart. If you don't have the space for a full size garden buy small pots for your deck or balcony or even mix them in with your existing landscape.
  3. Planting a tree or two will clean the air in your community. It will prevent erosion of topsoil and it's shade will keep your house and yard cooler in the summer. It is also neat way to celebrate the passing of a loved one. If it's a fruit tree in 2 or 3 years it will bear fruit for your family to enjoy. You can get cheap or free trees from the Arbor day foundation.
  4. Car pooling or using public transportation helps support issue #1 by reducing the amount of fuel our country needs to import. 
  5. Installing Compact Florescent bulbs reduce your electrical bills and last longer than Incandescent bulbs, so that will save money over the long haul. This reduces stress on infrastructure, helps clean the air a bit, and reduce the amount of Natural Gas used in power plants, which Russia is the largest exporter.
  6.  When the weather is cooler open a window or use a fan to cool the house, it's cheaper than running your AC units. I know here in the south that is easier said than done. But it can be done in early and late summer.
  7. Don't leave the TV and lights on in rooms that you are not occupying. That is just plan stupid no matter. If you are going away then put the things on a damn timer.
  8. Stop buying bottled water. Seriously many of the bottles you are buying is just re-badged tap water anyway. You have that at home so buy bottle of your own and save a few plastic ones from the landfill. A good bottle such as one by SIGG will last you a lifetime they have all sizes and pretty cool designs, yes it will cost you $25 dollars. But if you drink enough of those bottle it will pay for itself in a month or so.  
  9. Don't leave the water on running when your are not using it. Take quick showers 5-10 minute, not hollywood showers as we used to say in the Navy( if it takes you more than that you need to loose weight). It will save water. I know it seems like we have a lot in the US, but lets be serious. Beside the glaciers, about a 1/3 of the fresh water in the world is located in North America. It's only a matter of time before it becomes a very valuable commodity. So lets save it for ourselves and the fishes.
So those are some ways that you can be Patriotic and help out poor old Mother Earth. It will keep the air and water cleaner maybe even save you some money. I really wish our country would embrace recycling like back during World War II, it was patriotic back then so why isn't it patriotic today?
You can find some more tips here...

Good book on Gardening...Grow Great Grub

Organizations  I  support...
The Nature Conservancy 
The Arbor Day Fondation 
Reduce, Recycle, and Reuse!!!

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Monday, April 19, 2010

You Betcha!

Video is Hillarious! I really can't stand Sarah Palin in case you haven't noticed.

Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, bestows Sarah Palin with Bringing Integrity To Christian Homemakers' prestigious "Worst Mother in America" award to honor Sarah's heroic efforts in self-indulgent, absentee parenting.

Here's the link if the video doesn't play...

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tax Day

So yeah I know we all hate taxes. By now you should have prepared your tax documents and you have until Midnight to file if you haven't already. I used, they are pretty good and I have been using them for a 5 years or so now. But I was wondering when I was preparing my tax, where does all of the money go.

If you have ever wondered where your tax dollars are spent each year? The table below provides a summary of government tax spending in Billions of dollars.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

15 Mind-Blowing Facts About Wealth And Inequality In America

I found this to be very interesting and from my experience it is pretty near the truth.

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Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Plant Sex

The damn plants are sexually active spreading their bodily fluid everywhere. How do I know this? Well my allergies are alive and well. Even after taking my usual meds, my eyes are irritated and itchy and my sinuses are still burning. If you still had any question just look at your car, if it is in Georgia it's probably yellow. Damn plant sex!

One would have figured that the republicans and Christian coalition would be up and arms about all this. They seem to want have their paws involved in everyone else sexual activity. Whether your gay or straight they seem to want to preach abstinence, vice being sexually responsible. Heaven forbid should a young adult have the knowledge to make a responsible sexual decision.

But this does not seem to be the case with foliage. Now don't get me wrong I love flowers and plants. I do have somewhat of a green thumb. I'm definitely not condoning massive defoliation or opening up national parks to mining and other industries. I just want the plants to stop involving me in their Menage a Tios. We just need a good rain to pull the pollen from the air and wash it off my truck.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Pt. 2 MLB Outlook: American League

A little late but none the less here you go. I meant to have it up yesterday but I wasn't feeling in the right mind to sit down and write anything. Sorry about that but I'm sure you have gone through moods like that. Now on to  analysis... Tonight season will start with the Red Sox are opening up against the current champs the New York Yankees. It's a classic rivalry that has developed over the last hundred of years or so.
As we more across the league I don't see it being much different from last year. So lets move from East to West across the league.

 AL East
Things here will be a repeat of last year with one exception, Toronto I think will be lucky if they finish better than .500, with out Roy Halladay they don't have much going for them. At the top it will be The Yankees in the top slot and the Red Sox a close second. The Yankees have a good mix in all aspect of the game. Loosing Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon will not be missed with addition of Curtis Granderson and he has a hell of lot better arm . The return of Javier Vazquez will seal up the middle of the rotation. The only real questions are will this be Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada last year? 
Right now the only thing keeping the Sox out of first is a bat, they have the pitching staff and the defense should be something to see. But Mike Cameron replacing Jason Bay didn't help with scoring and who knows if Big Papi has his groove back. The rest of the league will go as follows Tampa Bay Rays good bats and defense but no pitching, Baltimore Orioles watch stud Matt Weiters to blossom and you know how I feel about Toronto. Moving west...

AL Central
Just like in the East the fight will only be at the top. I see one being Minnesota Twins and two being the Chicago White Sox. Even though the Twins lost their closer Joe Nathan to Tommy John surgery I think that the can pull it off. They move into a new park this year, have a talented youthful staff, and with the sealing Joe Mauer's presence there will be no nagging question where he'll be next year. In Chicago they have the best rotation in the division but like the Red Sox the don't have a big producer. On a side note in response to a comment from the manager Ozzie; "I don't hate your club I just don't respect it." After these two there is Detroit Tigers they have some youth and a pretty good pitching staff. They really need to add some talented offense. They are in the processes of rebuilding and it will come from down on the farm not from bad signings like in the past. Finally you will find the Cleveland Indians and Kansas City, sorry just no excitement there.

AL West
This could be the division to watch Seattle improved the entire club and Texas Rangers are maturing but need to stay healthy to challenge. The Angels will  just have to stay strong and healthy, by doing that maybe they can just watch the other two wear each other out. I think the division will really come down to Seattle and LA, it just depends on which is the healthiest. LA has been to the playoffs the last few years they know what it takes to get there. Last but not least there is  the Oakland A's, Yawn....

Wrapping things up in the AL; the East will be the Yankees, Central will be the Twins and out West you can count on the Angels. The wild card will be the Red Sox. The team to watch is going to be Seattle I really think they are the black sheep that could make things interesting.

There you have it my predictions for the upcoming baseball season. We'll revisit these in July and see how things are shaping up. Once again I hope you don't use these for wagering, you'd be pretty moronic if you were.

Disclaimer, I am a Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves fan.


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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Pt.1 MLB Outlook: The National League

I've decide that I would start with the National League only because I flipped a coin. Overall I don't expect many surprises within it barring some rash of injuries. In the NL there are some rookies that will be fun to watch to bad many of them are on team that I don't expect much else. At the end of September you will see the Phillies with a lock on the east and going up against the AL's best in October. But I'm not ending it there lets see how the rest of the league breaks down in each division.

NL East 
Like above you are going to see the Phillies taking the division early probably around mid September. The Phillies have the rotation, fielding and the hitting they pretty much have it all locked up. Roy Halladay tops the rotation followed up by Hamels, Happ, Blanton and Moyer. There would have been no stopping them if Cliff Lee hadn't been trading, call me nuts but I liked Lee over Halladay.
The but after the Phillies there isn't much else the Atlanta Braves finish second and could make a run at the NL wildcard. It's Bobby Cox's last season so you know the players are going try thier damnest to win. The Braves will be fun to watch with a hot shit of rookie starting in Center Field named Jason Heyward. He beat out Nate Mclouth who had a terrible spring.
The Mets will finish above .500 but I really don't see them  going past 3rd. The Marlins, I see them in 4th above .500 and could easily by pass the Mets. I really don't see anything exciting this year for the Nationals, only reason to even watch them to see pitching prospect Stephen Strasburg start. He'll probably be called up sometime around end of April.

NL Central
At the top of the order at the end of September will once again be the St. Louis Cardinals. They have some pretty good bats and no one can argue that Albert Pujols is not the best in the league. Their pitching staff is good but not as good as the Phillies and that is where I see them finishing just behind the Phillies in October. In second I could see that being a battle between the Reds and maybe the Brewers. Sorry Cubs fans but your rotations isn't anything to speak of and once Derek Lee gotten his at bat there isn't much else. Maybe they will have proven me wrong in July when I revisit the teams. Oh and Astros (new manager) will be in 5th and um the Pirates in last, where else did you expect to find them after they trade away the team last season.

NL West
This could be one of the more exciting divisions. I think you will see the Rockies at the top of the division with the Dodgers follow close behind. The Rockies have a decent squad but their bullpen is in question with Houston Street being out. Overall they can't compete against the Phillies or Cardinals. In the middle of the division will be the Dodgers, Giant and Diamondbacks , it will probably be in that order. This is Joe Torres and Manny's last year of their contracts but that will not be enough to put them over the edge. Manny will probably be looking for work, though Joe will probably be extended. The Giants have Tim Lincecum a monster  of a pitcher anyone would love to have on their staff. They also have a couple studs rookie Madison Baumgarner (P) and Buster Posey (C), Madison will probably start with the club but Buster will probably start in the Minors. The Padres will finish off at the bottom of the pack. It will be interesting to see where Adrian Gonzalez finishes the season. He is the big trade rumor of the year. I hope the Padres will make a commitment and pay him but he'll probably be in the AL in October. 

Wrapping this up;  NL East Phillies (no surprise) going to the World Series. NL Central will be the Cardinals and  they will Battle the Phillies to the rites to October. The NL West you should see the Colorado Rockies, and last but not least the Wildcard I expect to the Atlanta Braves. I think the teams to watch will be the Reds and Giants.

I'm working on the AL but it's to nice not to go outside today. I should post those late tonight or tomorrow.

Just as a disclaimer I'm a Red Sox and Atlanta Braves fan.

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