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My Absence January 16, 2009

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I’m back after a long, wearying absence. My mother had been hospitalized after an injury for which she is undergoing rehabilitation.

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Hurricane Season 2008 Early September Update September 3, 2008

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It is peak of the season time. The ‘F’ storm, Fay, passed near me and left behind a big batch of tornadoes and some flooding. Just what the doctor ordered to help ease the multi-year drought around here. The ‘G’ storm, passed through Louisiana as a Cat-2 at landfall, after peaking as a Cat-4 after wreaking death and destruction on Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and western Cuba. Gustav’s damage totals are yet to be finalized.

Out in the Atlantc, we have the H, I, and J storms. Hannah, could pass east of me this weekend. Ike is a long way of north of the Greater Antilles. Josephine, is a Cape Verde storm that will take more than a week to reach the US should it make it this far west. After this burst of activity, I expect things to shift to the Eastern Pacific and quiet down in the Atlantic for a couple of weeks.

Hurricane Season 2008 August Update August 8, 2008

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After a burst of activity in mid July, tropical cyclone activity declined to a low level for nearly a week. Since that lull, tropical systems developed in the Gulf of Mexico, the Eastern Pacific Ocean, the Central Pacific Ocean, and the Western Pacific Ocean. There are two systems being monitored today. With the peak of the Atlantic season approaching (mid August to mid October), forecasts of an active season will soon be tested by the real atmosphere ;).

Hurricane Season 2008 July Update July 21, 2008

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We are now eight weeks into the Atlantic hurricane season and ten weeks into the Eastern Pacific hurricane season. The Atlantic basin has had 4 named storms so far, and the Eastern Pacific basin has had 6 named storms. Hurricane Bertha, which remained out to sea, brushed Bermuda with tropical storm force winds. Bertha briefly hit Cat-3 status and apparently been the longest lived July storm (fairly complete records are only some 50 years in length). With the busiest part of the season beginning in about 4 weeks, how active this season will be remains to be determined. Remember that wind shear is more important than sea surface temperature once the threshold of 25C has been reached for tropical storm development.

Barack’s Birth Certificate Blogswarm July 5, 2008

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Barack Hussein Obama’s birth certificate flap, and his “fight the smears” website, continue to cause a stir.  A number of sites have examined and discussed the examination of a graphic posted on the Daily Kos and the Obama campaign’s Fight the Smears site. No one has yet made a big todo over the most important aspect of the graphic to me. If you want to ‘fight the smears’, as it were, you need to post a certified copy with the certificate number unredacted. Redacting the certificate number makes people more suspicious of the posting, precisely because it precluded checking to see if the number matches the information disclosed in the graphic.

Let me repeat the importance of this. That the graphic has been processed through Photoshop means a whole lot less if the certificate number matches the certified original’s certificate number and the rest of the information also matches. Likewise, the most damaging aspect to this apparent forgery is if the redacted certificate number does not match the certified original Certificate of Live Birth for Barack Hussein Obama II.

–“It never ceases to amaze me that people,especially leftist politicians, think that you can wave a magic wand and repeal  the laws of physics, chemistry, and economics.”

Life Milestones II July 2, 2008

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My baby’s birthday! Happy Birthday, April!

United States of America b. 7/4/1776 d. 6/12/2008 June 18, 2008

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Where did she go wrong? She went wrong when she substituted post-modernism for wisdom.

I have held this post for several days because the Supreme Court ruling had so angered me that I couldn’t think straight. Everything that needed to be said for it has been said by many, from high and low. Then, the Supreme Court tacked on another asinine ruling a couple of days after the ‘habeus corpus’ ruling.

In a ‘Bread and Circuses’ note, my Celtics won their 17th NBA Championship and Tiger Woods won the US Open.

Hurricane Season 2008 June 1, 2008

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The hurricane season for 2008 has begun for the Atlantic Basin. The season for the Eastern Pacific began two weeks ago. The first named storms have formed for both basins. A La-Nina year reduces the numbers for the Eastern Pacific basin and, since the two basins are complementary, increases the Atlantic’s numbers. Once you reach the threshold sea surface temperature of 25C, the most important factors for tropical system development are the wind field patterns. Tropical systems form easiest with light winds and no shear aloft. Last year’s wind profiles were unfavorable. We’ll see what this year’s will bring.

Civics Quiz May 27, 2008

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Hat tip: Ace of Spades HQ 🙂

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute has sponsored a civics quiz that has been taken by students at 50 American colleges and Universities, of which several were chosen randomly. The quiz and the results have been posted at americancivicliteracy.org, where any person with a web connection can take the test. My score was 57/60 (95%). Not bad for an old man :D.

Life Milestones May 23, 2008

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I have crossed one of life’s significant milestones. My oldest natural child has birthed my first natural grandchild (I have stepchildren who are older and have quite a few grandchildren through that part of the family). My youngest son graduated with honors from Homewood High School last pm. My youngest daughter will be graduating from college this summer. Why has all of that time passed by so quickly? I can look forward to being blessed to see the grandchildren graduate from high school and college. And, G-d willing, see the great grands. Oh, and I shouldn’t forget the upcoming weddings.

Life’s good, all good 😀