Yeah! What she says!

Yeah! What she says!

Saturday, March 31, 2007

From The Onion News

The following is from The Onion. If you are not familiar with The Onion, you need to be. It is often times hilarious, and completely fictitious. It always promises a good laugh. What is scary about this one, yet also very amusing, is that I could see this happening.

Bush Announces Iraq Exit Strategy: 'We'll Go Through Iran'

"I'm pleased to announce that the Department of Defense and I have formulated a plan for a speedy withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq," Bush announced Monday morning. "We'll just go through Iran."

Read the whole thing.

Saturday's Super Site

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This weeks Saturday's Super Site is:

Sgt Dub

I have been a fan of Sgt Dub for a very long time. He is an National Guardsman currently station in Afghanistan. His site is one of many that I visit daily. He always posts very interesting stories of all sorts. My personal favorite involves a clothesline. I am very glad that he survived that encounter so that he could continue to write and give us the real story from Afghanistan. Sgt. Dub, thank you for all that you do for this country and all of your great work in your blog.

You can learn about how to nominate a site by clicking on the graphic above.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Do Overs

I know that the non-biding resolution in congress is old news, but this has been something I have been thinking about a great deal. It has bothered me from the beginning, and not simply because it does anything but support the troops and their mission.

The non-binding resolution is, in my opinion, congresses attempt at a do over. Members of congress were all asked to vote for something and now at least half of them have changed their minds, so they want a do over. Do the rest of us get do overs? I know that I don't. When I make a mistake I have to live with the consequences. My eight year old is learning the same thing. It is a concept that I have been having to drill into his head. Make sure you think about what you are going to do before you do it, because there aren't do overs in life. There just aren't. Once in a while you get to say "I am sorry, I was wrong", but you still have to suffer through the consequences.

I don't think that the war is a mistake. Mistakes have been made, and are hopefully being corrected as best as possible, but over all, this will prove to have a positive impact in the long run, if we stick it out and finish what we started. That is my decision, and I thought long and hard about it before I made up my mind because there are no do overs.

So, if the rest of us don't get do overs when we want to save face, what makes congress think they are so special? What does it say about them to hear that they are going to demand a do over for themselves? Do you really want politicians who will make life-altering judgments and then cry about it and want to change their minds?

Personally, I want someone who thinks first, then acts, and then stands by their decision. This country has enough problems without wishy-washy politicians creating more of them by sending the wrong message to the terrorists, and Iran, and demoralizing the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. With countrymen like that, who needs terrorists?

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

[PPP] Free Antivirus Software

Everyone needs antivirus software on his or her personal computer. Our computers have become our lifeline to the outside world. We use them to keep in touch with family and friends around the world, we store our personal data on them, keep our banking records, and in my case a very extensive family tree that took the last 15 years to compile. If a virus were to hit my computer I would be devastated.

I learned of a free Antivirus program that is available for download through Google. What is even more exciting is the program is Norton Security Scan. Norton has been around for many years, and has always been a trusted name. The same can be said about Google. It is wonderful to see a name you can trust in antivirus software being offered by a name you can trust for downloads and other amazing free programs.

Some of the other programs offered in the same google pack that are among my personal favorites are:

Google Picasa
Google Earth
Mozilla Firefox

You kind find out what others are saying as well, as there are some helpful reviews posted as well. You will also find some helpful screenshots as well.

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What scares me most about this video? These people vote!

[PPP] Are You Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places?

I am now a very happily married woman, but before I was there was some dabbling in online dating sites. In fact, there were a few different on-line dating sites I used. All of the ones that I tried said they were free, and they were until you wanted to send a message to someone who looked interesting. This isn’t the case with Just Say Hi is entirely free. It is the first one I have found like it thus far, and I would recommend you check it out. Especially if you are using other sties already that are costing you money. If you are using a pay service then, in my opinion, you are looking for love in all the wrong places.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Is Jeff Talking About The View?

With the constant stupidity that escapes over the airwaves from the the panel of The View, I can't help but wonder if Jeff Foxworthy was talking about the view in one of his stand up routines. In his routine, Jeff Foxworthy notes that we can't seem to keep the least intelligent amongst us off the TV. He then goes into a wonderful, side-splitting bit about the witnesses of a tornado and how it always the woman in the mumu with pink sponge rollers in her hair.

"It was pandelirium! I thought we was gonna be killed, or even worse, and all I could think was Caroline still has my casserole dish"

I don't find that what leaves the mouths of most of the women on The View as being any more intelligent than the above quote. I am hopeful that they are not giving women a bad name. It has crossed my mind recently that fear of exactly this level of unintelligent blather may very well have been why it took women so long to earn our suffrage.

As a side note, although I feel sorry for anyone who suffers depression, it is small wonder that Rosie has been afflicted. If I spent that much time dwelling on the latest conspiracy theory, or even making up my own I would probably be severely depressed too.


I read a very interesting letter from a soldier regarding the taking of 15 British marines and navy personnel on Hot Air today. I urge you all to check it out. Click here.

Wednesday's Hero

This Weeks Post Was Suggested By Kathi

Billy Hodges
Billy Hodges, in the blue shirt, with a wounded soldier on a fishing tournament in Palacios, Texas

Billy Hodges, who served in the U.S. Army and Texas National Guard between 1971-1979, is not only being profiled for his service, but also for what he's done since then. Mr. Hodges runs an organization based in El Campo, Tx called Hunts For Heroes. They also have chapter in South Carolina , Arkansas , Mississippi , and California and what they do is take soldiers who've been wounded in battle on hunting and fishing trips and other outdoor related activities. All free of charge.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. If you would like to participate in honoring the brave men and women who serve this great country, you can find out how by going here.

Monday, March 26, 2007

[PPP] Have You Been Wondering How Things Have Been Going For Me At Pay Per Post?

Many of you know that I have just started my travels with Pay Per Post. I have been very surprised at how easily the program actually works. There are lots of opportunities available, lots of variety in services and products you can post about, and many different ways available for you to post. Some opportunities require a picture or two, some require multiple links, and some require a video blog. Some just simply require some text and a link only. The text required can vary from 50 words on upwards. As you can see there really is something at Pay Per Post for everyone.

Many of you have noticed, that I have only posted five Pay Per Post blogs. This will be my sixth post. Of the opportunities that I chose a few turned out much longer in length than the advertiser was requesting. I really have had to put very little time into my Pay Per Post blogs. Maybe twenty to thirty minutes a post. That equals about 100 to 150 minutes. For that amount of time, I have made $45.20. That is almost $50.00 about two hours worth of work. I haven’t even been taking the blog opportunities that have the larger pay amounts available.

I think it is obvious that I am very pleased with the program. Now I am going to have to decide what exactly I am going to do with the extra cash. I will probably concentrate on paying some debt first, but maybe if I can keep this up I will be able to take the family on a vacation. I would love for my son to see England, which is where his step-father is from, and I have always wanted to see Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. I could use a new car too, but the one I want is going to require me to post a lot more often than I have been able to bring myself to thus far.

If things keep moving in the direction they have been, than maybe some of the things I listed previously, that we always wanted to do would be possible. If not, at least it is a little extra spending cash for an emergency.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Ask Captain Dramatic

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I am thinking that I might make this a weekly thing I am going to call Ask Captain Dramatic. I am going to try it anyway...

Below you are going to see some photos. Below the photos will be the persons name and what my eight year old said based on the picture alone. We lovingly call him Captain Dramatic. I just thought this would be amusing.

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George W. Bush
"Nice Man. He is the president right?"

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Nancy Pelosi
"Too much mascara"

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Barbara Boxer
"I like her pearls"

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Harry Reid
"I like his tie"

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Hillary Clinton
"What color IS her hair?"

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John McCain
"Nice shiny head"

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
"Is he wearing a pink shirt"

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Tony Blair
"Blue shirt, red tie, black jacket...those match...kinda"

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Rudy Giuliani
"Just a little bit of hair left"

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Barack Obama
"Cool guy...the building behind him makes him look tall"

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Osama Bin Laden
"Old Egyptian guy"

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Cindy Sheehan
"That's a HER?"

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John Howard
"He has no hair, only sideburns"

Well, as you can see, children rarely see past the obvious.

This is my son, Captain Dramatic.

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Have you ever noticed that some protesters often hide their faces? Especially the recent anti-war crowd (although I have seen it on both sides of the fence)? Could this be because they know that what they are doing is wrong in some sense? Some would say that they are afraid (Does that Explain why they chose yellow for the signs they carried in the ANSWER march in the nation's capitol recently?). Afraid of what? What I find even scarier is that these same scared or "knowingly wrong" crowd vote. If you have something to say and you can't say it an show your face, for whatever reason, then maybe you shouldn't say it. Just some food for thought.

UK saliors taken HOSTAGE by Iran

I have spent the last few days watching the events regarding the UK sailors taken hostage by Iran. Today my anger at this situation and how it is being handled reached an all time high. I am furious with the way this incident is playing out. The way the Iranian government has been acting has always been the worst possible behavior, and this time is not any different. It is a government run by terrorists who are power hungry. The world is playing into their hands in the name of diplomacy and has been for years.

I think the time for diplomacy is long past over. I think the idle threats of US war ships and battle groups in the gulf should no longer remain an idle threat. I think that UN sanctions have proved themselves useless time and time again, and will prove no more useful this time around. Unfortunately, force is going to be needed in my opinion. I say this because I can see a bad situation unfolding before my eyes, and while Europe and the US sit and twiddle their thumbs Iran is upping the stakes daily. Besides, diplomacy doesn't work when the party you are trying to be diplomatic with refuses to do the same.

Tony Blair is quoted as have said that the seizure of UK troops by Iran is very serious. While I fully agree with that statement, why are we standing around talking about how serious the matter is? Why don't we take some serious action? Why are any of us allowing Iran to take the upper hand time and time again? Why are we letting the Iranian government have so much control over what happens in that region, and even at times, what happens in Europe and the US?

One of the other question I have, is where were all those US battle groups that I know are always sitting over there watching everything? I understand that these were not American sailors who were captured, but if they are there then how did this happen right under their noses? I seriously doubt that they were sent there to simply look pretty.

Not only that, but Iran wants to be allowed to have nuclear weapons/power? A country that is just begging for a war over a portion of gulf waters that probably amounts to very little in the whole scheme of things? I hope to God we aren't going to stand by and watch that happen much longer. Taking another nations soldiers over a bit of water (a bit of water that only the Iranian government believes is theirs; the rest of the world doesn't see it tat way) without warning is a bit infantile not to mention an act of war. The US would take people into custody too if they entered US water space or air space, but there would plenty of warnings and the like, and a chance to turn back. From everything I am hearing there was nothing of the sort extended to the British sailors. We will have to wait and see as more details are released as I am sure they will be.

Iran is stretching the political and military muscles, and I don't think we should bother watching the show. I think we should turn the program off. I know there is a very good reason I do not hold a political office. If I held one, Iran would probably have already become the lost city of Atlantis.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

More Heros

Is there a rule against me posting two videos in one day? I hope not, because I am going to do it anyway. Here is another wonderful video about our men and women serving over seas. This one made me cry too. There is a shocker, right? It is set to the perfect song, by the way. One if have heard many times, but now has a very different meaning.

That Isn't American Idol....THIS is American Idol.

The following came from Sgt. Hook. With this, and it's title, he makes an amazing point. I urge you to please visit his site. You can do so by clicking above.

I warn you, this made me cry, as there were not words to express the pride I felt for the men and women of our country as I watched it. Enjoy!

American Idols on Vimeo

Saturday's Super Site

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So for my first victim....

Two Angry Brits

Two Angry Brits is a blog that I have been reading almost since it's inception. Sometime it amuses me, sometimes it leads to a rant in their comment section. It has always been full of interesting information no matter which of the previously mentioned reactions it prompts me to.

Two Angry Brits is authored by J and E. Two men living in the UK who are tired of governmental stupidity, or in some cases, just stupidity. I urge all of you to please stop in and give them a read. It has never left me disappointed.

You can learn about how to nominate a site by clicking on the graphic above.

Thank You Fernley Volunteer Fire Department and EMTs

Today started out bright and early with me rushing a husband and a eight year old out the door for breakfast before a den meeting. For those of you who don't know, I was suckered into being a den leader with our local cub scout pack. My son is a member of cub scouts, and they were desperate for leaders. So I took on my son's den. I say suckered, because at the time, that is how it felt. I have a different outlook on it now. This is one of the many lessons that children teach adults. They teach us, that they are worth the hard work and the effort. They prove it to me every time I am with them. All of my eight years olds are smart, fun loving, and eager. It is my job to make sure that they stay that way. It is a job that I have come to love.

Today's weather was perfect for an out door den meeting. My assistant leader had taken care of contacting the local volunteer fire department in hopes that they would allow us to use their flag pole for an out door flag ceremony. This is one of the many things that the boys have to accomplish to earn their next badge. I was afraid that because it was a volunteer firs department that they may not be able to do it, but the readily agreed to assist a cub scout pack.

At 8:30 AM a volunteer EMT named Jackie met us, and quickly gathered a few of the volunteer fire men to help us learn all that we needed to know about the flag and how to raise it. Our two firemen helpers were ex armed forces or current reservists (can't remember the branches, sorry), and knew everything all of us should know about our flag and how to treat it. They taught the boys to fold it properly, and all the nuances of how to raise it. It was really a beautiful thing to be honest. I was grateful, and I know my boys were too.

Thank you to the wonderful men and women of the Fernley Volunteer Fire department and EMT service. You protect our lives and our homes everyday, and have shown that you care very much for the children in your community by being so wiling to share your day and your knowledge. The world needs more people like you, but I am glad that we have even the few we have, in you.

Saturday's Super Site

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In my travels through numerous blogs I have come upon a number that I have throughly enjoyed for one reason or another. I have enjoyed them so much that I wanted to start a way to recognize them, and share them with others. That is why I am going to start a weekly post I will call Saturday's Super Site. To go with this, I have also started a blog roll that I will ask the recipients to include on their blog. I will also be accepting nominations for sites that my readers love as well. To submit a site please follow the directions below:

Email me at with the following information:

Your Name
Your URL
Your Email Address
Site Name
Site URL
Email address for site owner
Reason(s) you like/love the nominated blog

I hope you will all participate by visiting blogs who have been tagged as Saturday Super Site!

Friday, March 23, 2007

A Movie Quote

The following is a quote from the movie, "A Few Good Men". Although the character in the movie who was saying this, was considered evil because he was using these words to defend an obvious wrong that had occurred, I can't help but quote these words now. I quote these words only in regard to what I am seeing occur amongst Americans who oppose the war.

"Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Whose gonna do it? You? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep, and you curse. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. Those deaths, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to."

I am not one to say they can not protest, but I am one who will use my blog to counter protest. Mainly because there has not been an anti-war protest near here that has drawn any numbers what-so-ever, and therefore no reason for me to say this in person to any of the anti-war protesters.

I do not agree with the reasons that the anti-war protesters state for opposing the war, and even if I did, I would have to point out to them how ironic it was to use a freedom won for them by means of war, to protest against the troops and their mission of securing freedom. I would also have to point out that even if our troops are in Iraq and Afghanistan fighting for freedom and against terrorism, they are still protecting American freedoms by doing so. I say this because lack of freedom and democracy in other nations has proven to be a direct threat to our freedom and democracy. Islamofacists are trying so hard to institute Sharia law around the world and conducting terror campaigns to do so. That affects us directly in the form of terror attacks, which in turn has the potential to limit our freedoms as our government attempts to try and protect us. Some would argue that some of our freedoms and rights have already been limited.

These aren't the only reasons I support our troops and their mission. They are the biggest arguments that I can base on relative fact however. My other reason is one I have mentioned before. These troops are our family members, and our country men. We hold the same basic values to heart. They are like the rest of us. They are compassionate, intelligent, and above all Americans, and I refuse to believe that a group of wonderful American men and women would do anything but good over all.

Some people say that I am a dreamer when I say that you can't put that many Americans in one place and not have good come of it. Maybe I am a dreamer, but it will be a dream that I will fight to see come true. I urge all of you to remember the quote listed above. No matter how anti-war you are and how unlikely you are to admit it, you are all glad we have a strong military and men and women who are proud and willing to serve. Think about where you would be without them, and where we could all be if we left Iraq and Afghanistan now. It is not a pretty picture.

WORLD WIDE SHARIA LAW **shiver** And that would be just for starters. We need to be very careful what we wish for, and caution all others to do the same.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

[PPP] Home Security

Home security is important to most everyone I know. Our homes are our sanctuaries, and the one place that we should always be safe. In this day and age, this isn't always the actuality. I know I have thought about home security on a number of occasions. Especially since I live in an apartment, and until recently was raising my son alone. Living in an apartment meant an alarm system was out of the question as the land lady wouldn't go for it. That is, until now.

The day has come that there are now reliable, portable, security systems. The one I like is LaserShield. It is easy to use, doesn't cost an arm and a leg, and comes with great features as well as monitoring 24/7. LaserShield plugs into a standard phone jack for the all day and all night monitoring, and a standard wall outlet with a low voltage transformer. It has a 24 hour panic button that works whether the system is engaged or not, and a keychain remote that also includes a panic feature. The system is fully expandable and portable, and has a battery back-up feature (rechargeable batteries) as well that warns you when the batteries in your keychain remotes need replacing. There are many other features as well, but my absolute favorite was the pet friendly feature.

LaserShield not only works in rental homes, apartments, and townhouses, but would also do the trick in dorm rooms, small retail stores, and offices. I wish I had one of these when I lived in the dorms. If I had I may not have had my cell phone stolen out of a locked dorm room, by someone on staff with a master key.

I strongly suggest you check LaserShield out for yourself. It is easy to do. You can visit them on-line or find them at stores such as The Home Depot, Comp USA, Kmart, Montgomery Wards, or Sears.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Did My Father Miss His Calling In Life? Was NASA In His Stars? Probably not...

Um....I am not going to say that there isn't a human cause to global warming, but I do think that still remains to be proven with hard evidence. All that has been proven to my way of thinking thus far is that that we are in a warming trend, and that we pollute everything. Regardless of whether global warming exists as a human caused problem or not, the pollution is a problem. They may not be linked as strongly as Al Gore says. Notice I say MAY. I am still trying to review evidence as I can on the matter, and that is hard as I am not scientific in anything I do.

With all of that said I would like to draw your attention to an article I came across. I have posted it in its entirety below. You can click here and go to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory website for yourself if you like.

NASA Finds Sun-Climate Connection in Old Nile Records
March 19, 2007

Long-term climate records are a key to understanding how Earth's climate changed in the past and how it may change in the future. Direct measurements of light energy emitted by the sun, taken by satellites and other modern scientific techniques, suggest variations in the sun's activity influence Earth's long-term climate. However, there were no measured climate records of this type until the relatively recent scientific past.

Scientists have traditionally relied upon indirect data gathering methods to study climate in the Earth's past, such as drilling ice cores in Greenland and Antarctica. Such samples of accumulated snow and ice drilled from deep within ice sheets or glaciers contain trapped air bubbles whose composition can provide a picture of past climate conditions. Now, however, a group of NASA and university scientists has found a convincing link between long-term solar and climate variability in a unique and unexpected source: directly measured ancient water level records of the Nile, Earth's longest river.

Alexander Ruzmaikin and Joan Feynman of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., together with Dr. Yuk Yung of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif., have analyzed Egyptian records of annual Nile water levels collected between 622 and 1470 A.D. at Rawdah Island in Cairo. These records were then compared to another well-documented human record from the same time period: observations of the number of auroras reported per decade in the Northern Hemisphere. Auroras are bright glows in the night sky that happen when mass is rapidly ejected from the sun's corona, or following solar flares. They are an excellent means of tracking variations in the sun's activity.

Feynman said that while ancient Nile and auroral records are generally "spotty," that was not the case for the particular 850-year period they studied.

"Since the time of the pharaohs, the water levels of the Nile were accurately measured, since they were critically important for agriculture and the preservation of temples in Egypt," she said. "These records are highly accurate and were obtained directly, making them a rare and unique resource for climatologists to peer back in time."

A similarly accurate record exists for auroral activity during the same time period in northern Europe and the Far East. People there routinely and carefully observed and recorded auroral activity, because auroras were believed to portend future disasters, such as droughts and the deaths of kings.

"A great deal of modern scientific effort has gone into collecting these ancient auroral records, inter-comparing them and evaluating their accuracy," Ruzmaikin said. "They have been successfully used by aurora experts around the world to study longer time scale variations."

The researchers found some clear links between the sun's activity and climate variations. The Nile water levels and aurora records had two somewhat regularly occurring variations in common - one with a period of about 88 years and the second with a period of about 200 years.

The researchers said the findings have climate implications that extend far beyond the Nile River basin.

"Our results characterize not just a small region of the upper Nile, but a much more extended part of Africa," said Ruzmaikin. "The Nile River provides drainage for approximately 10 percent of the African continent. Its two main sources - Lake Tana in Ethiopia and Lake Victoria in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya - are in equatorial Africa. Since Africa's climate is interrelated to climate variability in the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, these findings help us better understand climate change on a global basis."

So what causes these cyclical links between solar variability and the Nile? The authors suggest that variations in the sun's ultraviolet energy cause adjustments in a climate pattern called the Northern Annular Mode, which affects climate in the atmosphere of the Northern Hemisphere during the winter. At sea level, this mode becomes the North Atlantic Oscillation, a large-scale seesaw in atmospheric mass that affects how air circulates over the Atlantic Ocean. During periods of high solar activity, the North Atlantic Oscillation's influence extends to the Indian Ocean. These adjustments may affect the distribution of air temperatures, which subsequently influence air circulation and rainfall at the Nile River's sources in eastern equatorial Africa. When solar activity is high, conditions are drier, and when it is low, conditions are wetter.

Study findings were recently published in the Journal of Geophysical Research.

What is funny is that some at NASA are stating this now when my father has said too many times to count "We have had global warming since the last ice age". He always makes me laugh with that little comment. I laugh because it is true. It may be a simplistic view, and perhaps human way of life is speeding it up, but you certainly can't discount those words.

What is your theme song?

I thought this was too cute to pass up. Let me know what your theme song was.

Your 1996 Theme Song Is: 1979 by The Smashing Pumpkins

Shakedown 1979
Cool kids never have the time
On a live wire right up off the street
You and I should meet

The Cowboy Code

The Cowboy Code

1. A cowboy always tells the truth and keeps his word.

2. A cowboy is a Patriot and stands for Truth, Justice and the American way.

3. A cowboy never betrays a trust or takes advantage.

4. A cowboy is brave, but never careless.

5. A cowboy defends the weak and helps them.

6. A cowboy is kind to children, old folks, and to animals.

7. A cowboy is free from racial and religious prejudice.

8. A cowboy is clean about his person and in thought, word, and deed.

9. A cowboy is loyal, hard working and maintains a high ethic.

10. A cowboy is thankful for what God has given him.

If you wish to join the Cowboy Code Blog Roll, please click here.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Wednesday's Hero

This Weeks Soldier Was Suggested By Jenn

Capt. Alan B. Rowe
Capt. Alan B. Rowe
35 years old from Hagerman, Idaho
1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center
September 3, 2004

The Perfect Marine. That's how many describe Capt. Alan B. Rowe. Respected and dedicated to the Corps and still able to be a husband and father.

Rowe, who was on his fourth deployment since joining the Corps in 1985, died with two other Marines, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Wilt, 23, of Tampa, Florida, and 1st Lt. Ronald Winchester, 25, of Rockville Center, N.Y., when a remote-controlled explosive device detonated as they returned to their vehicle after inspecting a bridge in Anbar province, near the Syrian border.

"He was a quiet, humble person and extremely polite," his widow, Dawn, recalled from their early days of dating. "He was a traditional type of gentleman. My mom was surprised to meet such a ... perfect-picture Marine." "He did a great job balancing a pretty intense Marine Corps career with also being a great husband and father. He worked extremely hard to balance it." "He was so dedicated to the Marine Corps. He was really driven and believed in what he did. He was a MarineĆ¢€™s Marine. Tall, blond and fit. Kind of the mental image you think of when you think of the Marine Corps."

A week after his death, Capt. Rowe was posthumously promoted to major. He leaves behind his wife and two children.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. If you would like to participate in honoring the brave men and women who serve this great country, you can find out how by going here.