Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

Happy Yule, yawl.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

AP Global Warming Cult Propaganda Debunked

James O’Brien, an emeritus professor at Florida State University who studies climate
variability and the oceans, said that global climate change is very important for the
country and that Americans need to make sure they have the right answers for policy
decisions. But he said he worries that scientists and policymakers are rushing to make
changes based on bad science.

“Global climate change is occurring in many places in the world,” O’Brien said. “But
everything that’s attributed to global warming, almost none of it is global warming.”

He took issue with the AP article’s assertion that melting Arctic ice will cause global
sea levels to rise.

“When the Arctic Ocean ice melts, it never raises sea level because floating ice is
floating ice, because it’s displacing water,” O’Brien said. “When the ice melts, sea level
actually goes down. I call it a fourth grade science experiment. Take a glass, put some
ice in it. Put water in it. Mark level where water is. Let it [melt]. After the ice melts,
the sea level didn’t go up in your glass of water. It’s called the Archimedes Principle.”

If you're interested, read more here.

Monday, December 8, 2008


As in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.

Actually, it's Christian's RC car. Chris entertained the kids by driving it around the back yard.

It spent a lot of time in the air.

Chris blogs about his RC car at Busted Rustler. Check it out.

Birthday Party

Our grandson Dutch turns one year old later this week, but yesterday was his birthday party.

Here he learns to operate his new ATV.

Skylar taught him how to pop a wheelie.

Opening another present.

Happy Birthday to Dutch!

Happy boy.

Jacob pulls Hattie and Dutch up the hill in Dutch's new Radio Flyer, with some assistance from Uncle Jared.

Jacob checks out the back yard slide, with Hattie coming up behind.

Hattie liked it too.

Here's the birthday boy in his new red wagon.

Aunt Jodi with little baby Anson.

Here's crafty Auntie Susan who's busy working on a little brother for Hattie.

Here are the kids on the neighbors' backyard merry-go-round.

Hattie really liked the merry-go-round.

She rode it for several minutes. When she got off, she was dizzy and didn't realize it. She staggered like a little drunk and fell down several times. It was hilarious. Too bad I didn't have video.

Hattie enjoyed the big wheel, too.

Farmington Funeral

On Saturday Laura and I drove up to Farmington and attended the burial service of Laura's Aunt Melita, who passed away recently at the age of 96.

We were able to find the grave marker of Laura's grandparents, George and Mamie Baird, who passed away before Laura was born.

It was good that we were there, because we had to represent Laura's mom, who wasn't able to attend. The thing about funerals is that it brings family and friends together who haven't seen each other for many years.

Here are Laura and her cousin Chris Coombs, viewing a CD memorializing his mother.

This is another cousin, Dennis Coombs.

And here are Carly and her daughter Julia, with Shelby. Carly and Shelby are Laura's nieces. We get to see them a little more often than the other extended family members.


I know it's kind of late to post about Thanksgiving, but we celebrated quietly at our home. And we had visitors. This little girl was one of them. Her name is Hattie.

She came with her mom and dad to share our Thanksgiving meal.

First she had to wake up from her nap.

And once she had a little juice, she was back to normal.