Today’s home photo experiments

I started another “big” political/philosophical post today.  It’s almost done, yet I have other projects going, also wanted to try some photo experiments to enjoy natures beauty.  The high desert is green and blooming with the monsoon season, but I wanted to age some of the scene and see how it felt.  Here are those experiments.


another. I have not cropped these any.


I’ll stop now.  I’m concerned all my photo’s slow down my site.

but that will not stop me!



For some time, conservatives have controlled the language and conceptual framing over taxes. They have associated tax with irresponsible spending (actually a notorious conservative vice), with examples of tax dollars being waisted. In time, in periods of economic stress, the population might actually favor governmental solutions to problems associated with things such as health care, unemployment and poverty. However, by creating this permanent indoctrination campaign of a negative tag for collective responses (other than violence reaction), the public is lead to believe economic stress is fixed by tax cutting. (Just watch this election.) Seems like a no brainer as they say; money in your pocket, what could be wrong with that?

This is a classic bait and switch operation. The “free” to get what it can market seeks out what the population will bear, if money is made liquid on a mass basis, prices will rise to eat up the “excess”. This is the nature of the profit motive unhinged from responsibilities made possible by government regulation. What the public is not told in the very cult-like anti tax mantra is, that with tax one has a say, presumably, at the ballot box as to what common interest society has. Profit, partly as an individual imposed tax, has no such guidance by you or the nation.

This mind control of perception on the issues of tax and profit is generally unexamined, for the mass media is itself made up of profit making corporations. It has a vested interest in favoring individual tax over general elective tax for reasons of profit. We then have the nation set up for the perennial misleading parade that occurs election by election, where tax is considered bad, and to cut it good. Yet this shell game only means the public money flows into individual domains that see no such responsibility to the commons as elected officials might, other than to those, such as boards and stockholders who profit even more off this shell gaming situation.

If you are seduced by this whole too much tax propaganda that is designed to actually take your money and give you virtually no return, unlike government spending, you are exactly the kind of short sighted shoot oneself in the back individualist this ploy is looking for. To those who are not that way, may we have the sense to put two and two together regarding the “tax and spend” ruse. With the vast collection of wealth in the top one percent of the population, which now pays the lowest tax rate’s in 18 years, your loss will continue to be their gain.

Beware of all these “cut taxes” and drill in restricted area oil* to cut cost ploy’s, meant to seduce. They are part of the problem and not the solutions. For once the collective interest of a nation, represented in theory by government, are “strangled in the bathtub”, what is left of our interest will be next.

{It is estimated that if drilling in protected areas was allowed everywhere tomorrow, it would take up to 12 years to receive the approx 1% benefit to oil supplies. This is basically a false front meant to look important, but is actually very insignificant, except possible long term damage to environments.}

Video of house destroyed by tornado, Parkersburg Iowa Tornado


{I happen to be someone who was one block from an EF5 41 years ago.}


Video shows tornado destroying house – [Cuomo Recipe] Ratings

Thanks to YouTube:

More Raw Tornado VideoParkersburg

Deadly Twisters Caught On

-Here are some other video’s compiled by someone on YouTube. You can see some of the variety of tornadoes for future safety sake. Suggestion: Some might wish to turn the volume down.

YouTube – Tornado Videos

and this one beleow shows an investigative storm chaser on the job

Tornado Samaras Video — National Geographic

and here is a well done all things tornado site:

Tornado Videos, Tornado Stock Footage, Storm Stock Videos

and in case you looked in to see that home in the flood break in two, here that is thanks to AOL;

See houses break in half from floods – AOL Video

After a short commercial, the Weather Channel has a few good tornado video’s, including that fast EF2 throug a parking lot.

Tornadoes caught on camera; watch twisters in action

My tornado story:TORNADO***CHASIE

NOAA Photo Library Image - nssl0107

Mayfield Tornado.

Image ID: nssl0107, NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) Collection
Location: Near Mayfield, Oklahoma
Photo Date: May 16, 1977
Credit: NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; OAR/ERL/National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)

King Henry the 8th and Civil War gold rush.

WELCOME TO GOLD-R-US ——–(this is a pretend commercial folks)

I’m sure you have seen the commercials for striking gold at home. Send the envelopes full of your families gold jewelry, and we will send you back cold hard cash!

Well actually, the cash will be a check, neither cold nor hard.

Here at Gold-R-US, we aim to put your personal gold strike into perspective. What better way, than have testimonials of real flesh and blood GOLD-R-US gold mine winners.

Wet the shovels and dreams of your own personal gold mine, here come a couple of our recent gold strike success stories.

We know that when you see how easy your gold rush can be, you to will hurry into the attics, the closets, under the drawers, even “house sit” at your neighbors for free, after the golden bug bites you.

Here they are:

Guthry O says;

Well, sure I will give you all a testimonial.

Upon seeing your commercials on TV, I realized we, I mean I realized I had some of that gold right here in my own house.

You see, my great, great, great, great, grandpa was in the Civil War. I think he was one of the guys who took care of general Lee’s horses. Did you know about a million horses were killed during the Civil War? Sounds to me like it should be called the Civil and Horse Wars. My father said his father told him his grandpa told him that he was told they even had to care for Oxen at times! Isn’t that wild!


Lee apparently gave my ancestor a solid gold knife holder for his belt that some southern Governor had given him. General Robert E. Lee was obviously grateful to my family for having kept his horses in such good condition.

I grew up with that knife shield thing locked inside a gun case that my grandpa had, and latter gave to my father near his death. I figured I would pass it on to my own son someday, but since I don’t have one and hardy ever even have a date, I figured this was my ancestors way of handing me a gift horse in the mouth.

I’m sure he would have approved of my decision to cash that history in for something useful. No point in being all sentimental over something locked up and out of reach. That seems nuts to me now. I figure my grandpa, and the grandpa that got this gift would be fine with me giving myself one. Keeping it all in the family so to speak.

I cut the knife shield up to fit in the envelope. Gold cut easy with a hack saw, but some of it did kinda melt into the blade teeth, so I picked that out with a pin that I had a poster of Toby Keith pinned up with. Don’t worry. I put the pin back.

Well, I stuck gold you all, just like you said. I got $500 from old gramps, and that was enough for me to get this new grill set. Wait until you see the glare!

It’s what some people call a chick magnet. Maybe now I’ll make my own ancestor and I can pass my grill onto them. If their mouth is the same size, it might even insure ancestors for generations to come!

What do you think?

Here is the photo of my brand spanken shinny new grill. I polish it every Sunday and what not to keep it in good shape. After all, we’re talking about history here.

My photo is below. I put it down there to be a surprise. I bet the chicks will be surprised some day real soon…

I’m going to put these photo’s in the case where the old grandpa’s was with the knife and all.

In homage to him, I’m even going to make one of these look oldish. I’m sure my ancestors would be real proud of what I’ve done.

I’d do it again if I had more dead relatives worth anything, I’m tellen’ ya.

My grandchildren might have to get rid of a few teeth in front like me, but I’m sure that is a sacrifice anyone would be happy to make, just to have this incredible twinkle for each and every word. How could anyone not pay attention to me now that everything I say sparkles like the sun!

Thanks again Gold-R-US. You truly make dreams come true. I encourage everyone to melt down their heirlooms today, but don’t get a grill like mine. I’d rather stay one of a kind.

Gold-R-US Rocks! Like Toby!

Candy K says;

I’m glad to give a testimonial to you guys.

My story came from my mom. You see her grandmother gave her this ring that was from England. Seems that her great grandfather was a great carpenter, when carpenters still cared and stuff, a lot of carving and alI. I don’t know how the England connection came about. That grandfather was commissioned to do this huge carpentry piece for the Queen of England. This was supposed to be a surprise, so most no one knew about it. As the story goes, that grandfather finished this big piece of furniture in Chicago, only to hear that the guy who commissioned it died, and no one knew about the commission.

Well, almost no one. About a year later, after that granddad had tried to sell the piece to the Royal Family, saying it was supposed to be theirs. They thought he was some kind of nut or con man. Nevertheless, a year later, some sort of diplomat or something showed up at that granddads door with a gift. That gift was a ring allegedly had by one of King Henry’s wives or something like that. Unfortunately, the stone was gone, but there was engraving that said to whomever from your King, blah, blah, blah.

I had seen a TV special on PBS about this King Henry the 8 character, and I hated him. I could not believe fate handed me a chance to get back at that creep. Suddenly this commercial comes up; melt down your waisting away gold for some real money at Gold-R-US, we enable dreams to come true, and boy did they ever!

I sent that ring in, not sure that snake of a creepy jerk didn’t give his wives fake jewelry or something. $250.00 in a check! Now who is the fool old King sleaze ball! Guess who got the last laugh over your sorry a*s!

I had been eying one of those really cool foreign door pieces. It seemed only fitting to bring back some wood over this whole thing.

It is a shame that in India, Pakistan or wherever they are taking whole towns apart to fit into the modern world. The people cannot wait to discard their own old history! It is really, really sad. I’m glad to have salvaged this door or window from the import store. At least somebody cares for their history and architecture if they don’t. What is the big hurry to get plastic and steel anyway?

I don’t have anywhere to put this that works yet, so I keeping it in the attic for safe keeping. I could not have gotten this without your help Gold-R-US, you guys are really doing the whole world a favor. We get to save what is worth saving, and getting rid of the bad vibe stuff the creeps have handed down after having their way and all.

Love you Gold-R-US!

Hey Henry! Kiss my but! Loser!

Thanks again. Another happy camper who struck gold.

Candice K

Here is the actual “Queens Table” this story is based on. Since it was never delivered, it sat in a Chicago warehouse for 75 years in boxes. It stood nearly 12 feet tall. My great grandfathers son is the Italian hamming it up of the floor. How about my great uncles Afro at the right?

I am actually in this conglomerate picture of pictures with one surviving sister and one not. Grandfather on floor with Italian face died before I was born. His wife is with us in the photo with me and my sisters in it. This photo should be around the “Roaring twenties”. My grandfather did lay on a drenched battlefield for 6 hrs with one leg machine-gunned during World War 1.

Interesting that some of the flags appear to be American.  Probably more proud to be Americans than to rub it in.  The chains and all were carved from wood.  I wonder if any gold was in the piece?…


Both HGTV and the Food Network are finishing up their next star contest.

The Food Network’s ended yesterday with Aaron Mccargo, Jr. winning.

Personally, I leaned towards Lisa and not towards the tired? Adam. But for the network, Aaron would probably be the best choice. So that’s one good win.

HGTV’s Next Design Star, has ended up with my two favorites in the end; Jennifer Bertrand and Matt Locke. I like both of them equally. I have not voted on these shows, and definitely would not on this HGTV contest, since I see these two as equally good for a new show. I would rather see both of them than a couple other shows out there on the network. No matter the outcome; another good win.

Some aspects of these reality show contest have improved year by year. Seems this national talent search contest is quite a good resource to tap for show host. Both networks created winning host from last years contest as well. Good job everybody.


I am sorry to see the page come up with slanted post.  I am not surprised that those who have not been through the great social movements can be so superficial and naive about politics.

OK.  If they are not naive, they are taking part in the great deception of our times, this comparing of politicians by how they act, and not what they and their parties policies actually do.  One can be any age to play this ad-hominem connection game.  Oh, a candidate did that!  Oooh, did you see what he did not do!?  Blah, blah, blah.  Whether consciously or not, this he said she said politics is all about diverting attention from deep policy patterns that do matter to all of us and the world. Classic bait and switch.

Today’s post on WordPress I am referring to, said Obama did not go to see injured vets in Germany or something to that effect.  While everyone should know that the Dems. have been consistently lobbying for more help for vets, while the right wing talk’s support the troops from one side of its tongue, while it cuts benefits compared to Dems. from the other.

Indeed, it even suggest that someone, let’s say “hot headed” such as McCain, or forgetful as same, would be scary in these modern times of WMD.

Wait.  That one actually made sense.


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