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Below are the 12 most recent journal entries recorded in Frogmouth Bacon's LiveJournal:

Friday, December 22nd, 2006
10:04 pm
Friday, September 22nd, 2006
8:49 am
You scored 64% Personal Liberty and 74% Economic Liberty!
A libertarian believes in little to moderate government intervention on both personal and economic matters. They generally believe in a government that is small and limited to the extent of protecting people's liberty. They tend to be opposed to war, police powers, victimless crimes, foreign intervention and what they consider to be a welfare state. They support both property rights and self-ownership. More moderate libertarians may use a more utilitarian or gradualist approach, while the more minarchist libertarians allow less room for compromise in a direction that they consider to be away from liberty. Libertarians generally support capitalism as an economic system. Libertarian thought tends to be individualist in nature.

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Thursday, March 9th, 2006
7:17 pm
New Kid on the Block!

I'm a grand dad!

Lil Trent Eli arrived on Monday, March 6th, 2006, by way of c-section. Mother and child are well and back home. I intend to inculcate a proper reverance for his ol' Pop by repeating "I am your favorite" every time I get a chance. The indoctrination will probably be more effective once he learns a bit of English. I'm usually not much taken with newborns but as he came out the zip lock pouch instead of the slip 'n slide, he's not all squished up. I think he looks pretty good. I especially like the smurf hat they gave him.

Current Mood: happy
Friday, February 10th, 2006
12:42 pm
I hate hospitals. They're really no fun.

Current Mood: discontent
Friday, January 13th, 2006
3:26 pm
Where anything goes
Highly recommended :

Current Mood: recumbent
Monday, January 2nd, 2006
12:55 pm
Out with the Old in with the New!
  Had a great Christmas this year! My kids came over and shared the day with me - we opened a few presents, stuffed ourselves with turkey, mashed taters, creamed onions and such - and watched movies. Andy loaned me his collection of Firefly (the series) DVDs and the movie Serenity. I had seen the movie with the kiddoes at the theater but hadn't heard of the series. Got hooked on it and now I hope it makes a re-appearance. It's kind of a reprise of Nick Adams' The Rebel (Johnny Yuma) but funny.
  New Year's Day the kids came over for some ribs, sent by my brother in Austin, and black eye peas. Gots to have the b-eyed peas for New years; it's a law or sumthin. Mighty tasty eats. Karen wasn't able to make it; feeling under the weather (a common side effect of being with child) but she sent along her daughter Sahvanna; a delightful young girl who didn't quite know what to make of the obsession with black eye peas :)
  All in all, it was a wonderful way to close out the old year and begin the new. And one more bonus - discovered an excellent coffee sold locally (no, not Starbucks - I refuse to have anything to do with them after 9/11) that brews up a very palatable home cuppa. Hope everyone has a wunerful 2006!
Monday, September 12th, 2005
11:43 am
Interesting opinion
I'm sure the Right will waste no time glomming onto this viewpoint but it's still an interesting perspective.


Jack Kelly: No shame
The federal response to Katrina was not as portrayed
Sunday, September 11, 2005
It is settled wisdom among journalists that the federal response to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina was unconscionably slow.
"Mr. Bush's performance last week will rank as one of the worst ever during a dire national emergency," wrote New York Times columnist Bob Herbert in a somewhat more strident expression of the conventional wisdom.
But the conventional wisdom is the opposite of the truth.
Jason van Steenwyk is a Florida Army National Guardsman who has been mobilized six times for hurricane relief. He notes that:
"The federal government pretty much met its standard time lines, but the volume of support provided during the 72-96 hour was unprecedented. The federal response here was faster than Hugo, faster than Andrew, faster than Iniki, faster than Francine and Jeanne."
For instance, it took five days for National Guard troops to arrive in strength on the scene in Homestead, Fla. after Hurricane Andrew hit in 2002. But after Katrina, there was a significant National Guard presence in the afflicted region in three.
Journalists who are long on opinions and short on knowledge have no idea what is involved in moving hundreds of tons of relief supplies into an area the size of England in which power lines are down, telecommunications are out, no gasoline is available, bridges are damaged, roads and airports are covered with debris, and apparently have little interest in finding out.
So they libel as a "national disgrace" the most monumental and successful disaster relief operation in world history.
I write this column a week and a day after the main levee protecting New Orleans breached. In the course of that week:
More than 32,000 people have been rescued, many plucked from rooftops by Coast Guard helicopters.
The Army Corps of Engineers has all but repaired the breaches and begun pumping water out of New Orleans.
Shelter, food and medical care have been provided to more than 180,000 refugees.
Journalists complain that it took a whole week to do this. A former Air Force logistics officer had some words of advice for us in the Fourth Estate on his blog, Moltenthought:
"We do not yet have teleporter or replicator technology like you saw on 'Star Trek' in college between hookah hits and waiting to pick up your worthless communications degree while the grown-ups actually engaged in the recovery effort were studying engineering.
"The United States military can wipe out the Taliban and the Iraqi Republican Guard far more swiftly than they can bring 3 million Swanson dinners to an underwater city through an area the size of Great Britain which has no power, no working ports or airports, and a devastated and impassable road network.
"You cannot speed recovery and relief efforts up by prepositioning assets (in the affected areas) since the assets are endangered by the very storm which destroyed the region.
"No amount of yelling, crying and mustering of moral indignation will change any of the facts above."
"You cannot just snap your fingers and make the military appear somewhere," van Steenwyk said.
Guardsmen need to receive mobilization orders; report to their armories; draw equipment; receive orders and convoy to the disaster area. Guardsmen driving down from Pennsylvania or Navy ships sailing from Norfolk can't be on the scene immediately.
Relief efforts must be planned. Other than prepositioning supplies near the area likely to be afflicted (which was done quite efficiently), this cannot be done until the hurricane has struck and a damage assessment can be made. There must be a route reconnaissance to determine if roads are open, and bridges along the way can bear the weight of heavily laden trucks.
And federal troops and Guardsmen from other states cannot be sent to a disaster area until their presence has been requested by the governors of the afflicted states.
Exhibit A on the bill of indictment of federal sluggishness is that it took four days before most people were evacuated from the Louisiana Superdome.
The levee broke Tuesday morning. Buses had to be rounded up and driven from Houston to New Orleans across debris-strewn roads. The first ones arrived Wednesday evening. That seems pretty fast to me.
A better question -- which few journalists ask -- is why weren't the roughly 2,000 municipal and school buses in New Orleans utilized to take people out of the city before Katrina struck?

Jack Kelly is national security writer for the Post-Gazette and The Blade of Toledo, Ohio (jkelly@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1476).

Saturday, January 29th, 2005
9:13 am
Thursday, December 16th, 2004
9:51 pm
Wasting away

  No good deed ever goes unpunished and I've been paying for my good deeds the last couple o' days. I helped baby sit the neighbor's grandkids and now I remember all the joys of kid-borne stomach bugs. Managed to get to school Monday long enough to take care of one final but I've been pretty much standing on my back since then, except when one end or the other was erupting. Beginning to feel as though I might want to survive now, though, so I suspect the worst is past. As an intellectual exercise I figured out how many 2-ply tissues I've used (at 425 per roll) over the last two days and came to the realization that with a few more days I could deforest the Amazon region all by myself.
  The school quarter is over and I'm tired. I enjoyed the digital photo class but taking morning and night classes with work squeezed into the middle is grinding for an old guy whose primary function in the universe is to demonstrate ergonometric restraint. I had to post some shots on a web site for the class. The assignment of the first one was to tell a story, a pictorial essay, as it were; engaging the interest with a beginning, a middle and an end. It could encompass love, war, adventure, the human condition or even mankind's search for eternal truth - here's my effort centered around the age old ritual I call Dinner Story
The second topic was culture. I tried to illustrate the vagaries of the local black community [although some take on a more cafe au lait complexion, or even affect a fruity disposition] The last is a hodgepodge collection of some of my favorite photos.
Anyway, the class seemed to like them and the teacher gave me good marks so they gotta be art, right?

Got to go - the rain forest is calling....

Current Mood: but getting better
Friday, November 5th, 2004
9:07 am
Halloween AND a presidential election - momentous events in our times
The new president looks remarkably like the old one. Now on to Fallujah. The nice thing about voting for third party candidates is I don't have to stay up watching the returns to see if my guy wins. Mr. Kerry showed a lot more class than the previous Demo candidate - he didn't pull an Al Gore over the provisional votes in Ohio. His butt-monkey buddy, J. Edwards, squawked but the senator did the right and decent thing. Who woulda guessed?
Carved myself on a pun'kin this year. Goofed it up on the first cut and had to try and salvage it by reversing the style - didn't quite work but what the heck - it's only a squash. Gave it the usual formal retirement rites after Halloween; a small firecracker that sent it straight to Allah in teeny weeny pieces. Some of the chunks flew over thirty yards. An eco-friendly disposal - the little critters can snack on the toasted bits.

Current Mood: accomplished
Thursday, July 29th, 2004
10:42 am
It could be true.....
Having a birthday sometime this weekend and I plan to visit my gf in Victoria. We may head over to Vancouver and see the sights of the big city. Wonder if Yan's restaurant is still open? Maybe I can get his autograph for The Reject. Got the complete set of Monty Python on DVD for an early bday present from the kiddies. 24.5 hours of Python - it's great to be alive!


Some Southerners are pretty skeptical of horoscopes and the people that read

them. If we are to ever fully understand all the star signs and the people

they represent, we need symbols that all true Southerners understand: See

the list below...

OKRA (Dec 22 - Jan 20) Are tough on the outside but tender on the inside.

Okras have tremendous influence. An older Okra can look back over his life

and see the seeds of his influence everywhere. You can do something good

each day if you try.

CHITLIN (Jan 21 - Feb 19) Chitlins come from humble backgrounds. A Chitlin,

however, will make something of himself if he is motivated and has lots of

seasoning. In dealing with Chitlins, be careful they may surprise you. They

can erupt like Vesuvius. Chitlins are best with Catfish and Okra.

BOLL WEEVIL (Feb 20 - March 20) You have an overwhelming curiosity. You're

unsatisfied with the surface of things, and you feel the need to bore deep

into the interior of everything. Needless to say, you are very intense and

driven as if you had some inner hunger. You love to stay busy and tend to

work too much. Nobody in their right mind is going to marry you, so don't

worry about it.

MOON PIE (March 21 - April 20) You're the type that spends a lot of time on

the front porch. A cinch to recognize the physical appearance of Moon Pies.

Big and round are the key words here. You should marry anybody who you can

get remotely interested in the idea. It's not going to be easy. You always

have a big smile and are happy. This might be the year to think about

aerobics. Maybe not.

POSSUM (April 21 - May 21) When confronted with life's difficulties, possums

have a marked tendency to withdraw and develop a don't-bother-me-about-it

attitude. Sometimes you become so withdrawn, people actually think you're

dead. This strategy is probably not psychologically healthy but seems to

work for you. You are a rare breed. Most folks love to watch you work and

play. You are a night person and mind your own business.

CRAWFISH (May 22 - June 21) Crawfish is a water sign. If you work in an

office, you're hanging around the water cooler. Crawfish prefer the beach to

the mountains, the pool to the golf course, and the bathtub to the living

room. You tend not to be particularly attractive physically, but you have

very, very good heads.

COLLARDS (June 22 - July 23) Collards have a genius for communication. They

love to get in the melting pot of life and share their essence with the

essence of those around them. Collards make good social workers,

psychologists, and baseball managers. As far as your personal life goes, if

you are Collards, stay away from Crawfish. It just won't work. Save yourself

a lot of heartache.

CATFISH (July 24 - Aug 23) Catfish are traditionalists in matters of the

heart, although one's whiskers may cause problems for loved ones. You

Catfish are never easy people to understand. You run fast. You work and play

hard. Even though you prefer the muddy bottoms to the clear surface of life,

you are liked by most. Above all else, Catfish should stay away from Moon


GRITS (Aug 24 - Sept 23) Your highest aim is to be with others like

yourself. You like to huddle together with a big crowd of other Grits. You

love to travel though, so maybe you should think about joining a club. Where

do you like to go? Anywhere they have cheese, gravy, bacon, butter, or eggs

and a good time. If you can go somewhere where they have all these things,

that serves you well. You are pure in heart.

BOILED PEANUTS (Sept 24 - Oct 23) You have a passionate desire to help your

fellow man. Unfortunately, those who know you best, your friends and loved

ones, may find that your personality is much too salty, and their criticism

will affect you deeply because you are really much softer than you appear.

You should go right ahead and marry anybody you want to because in a certain

way, yours is a charmed life. On the road of life, you can be sure that

people will always pull over and stop for you.

BUTTER BEAN (Oct 24 - Nov 22) Always invite a Butter Bean to a party because

Butter Beans get along well with everybody. You, as a Butter Bean, should be

proud. You've grown on the vine of life, and you feel at home no matter what

the setting. You can sit next to anybody. However, you, too, shouldn't have

anything to do with Moon Pies.

ARMADILLO (Nov 23 - Dec 21) You have a tendency to develop a tough exterior,

but you are actually quite gentle and kind inside. A good evening for you?

Old friends, a fire, some roots, fruit, worms, and insects. You are a

throwback. You're not concerned with today's fashions and trends. You're not

concerned with anything about today. You're almost prehistoric in your

interests and behavior patterns. You probably want to marry another

Armadillo, but a Possum is another somewhat kinky mating possibility.

Current Mood: okay
Tuesday, June 29th, 2004
9:05 am
The Sun is Shining
Had a somewhat mixed trip to Victoria this weekend. Went to Folkfest and listened to multicultural music, ate ethnic foods and was left high and dry by my girlfriend. I have to get busy and make a few poppers for the Fourth but I'm out of end pieces for the tubes. Will have to make up a mold for 'em and crank out a few dozen.

Current Mood: frustrated
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