Monday, May 3, 2010

Flood cleanup and illegal aliens

Maybe if we had a moat and filled it with these.

After watching the high winds take down trees and rip off limbs last weekend this weekend only had rain and flash floods.

Last weekend we lost a lot of tree limbs large as my leg. That means a chain saw to cut them into manageable size and lots of bending over exercises picking up the cut up limbs and the smaller stuff The tree we lost was a dead hickory and when it came down it wiped out another oak and severely damaged another.

Sad to admit I been promising myself that I would take down the dead tree. I could have laid it down right where it would caused no damage and then cut up the wood for anyone who wanted it. All you have to do is put a sign and it will be gone.

Woods lot management. Thinning the herd. Call it what you like but our fore fathers understood that dead trees cause problems. I've got three more large ones that I will now take down having been sharply reminded that you cannot cheat nature.

The 14" chain saw works fine for the trim and small stuff but for the big trees you need a 20". Maybe bigger. But if the 20" is too small I bring in some people who know how to not kill themselves. Besides, a 20" is all I can handle comfortably.

So it rained all weekend and thundered and threatened but no wind here. The contour banks I have put around and up front worked perfectly and all the water was kicked around and down through the acres of green belt into the creek. We have neighbors with foundation damage because of rapid water flow, others have lost their gardens and some trees.

The Internet was mostly down over the weekend so it was watching movies and reading for the most part. LeCarre's "The Honourable Schoolboy" fit my need perfectly.

Today was survey and look around. The garden survived well and I am sure the squirrels and rabbits appreciate that. The 20" chain saw hadn't been started in two years, a stupid lack of action on my part so I spent most of the day taking it apart and putting it back together. Long about 6:00 I gave the starter cord a yank and was rewarded with a satisfying put put put which can be translated into, "You don't need to spend a $100 with the repair guy." I shall reward myself with a special glass or two of Cabernet at dinner later this week.

So my blogging was limited today. Did a bit of arguing with some Left Wingers over the AZ immigration law and discovered that outside the fact that the law and everyone in AZ is racist the average Left Winger doesn't know what's in the law and doesn't care.

What I found interesting was that my solution is first close the borders. Then issue green cards to those already here who can pass a simple background check for no criminal activity. And then we can decide who and how many we want into the country.

What a unique solution. How radical. I mean I bet it hasn't been presented more than a million times.

What a racist fascist evil mean person I am.

Yet no one had a solution beyond better enforcement of existing laws. And when I noted that was a de facto open border policy.... wow.

And yeah, I would like to kick out the ones here and start over. But that is not going to happen and politics is the art of the possible.

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Why was Obama so slow to act?

This is criminal.

If U.S. officials had followed up on a 1994 response plan for a major Gulf oil spill, it is possible that the spill could have been kept under control and far from land.

The problem: The federal government did not have a single fire boom on hand.

View full size(AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 1st Class Justin Sawyer)This April 28, 2010 image made from video released by the Deepwater Horizon Response Unified Command, shows an in situ burn in the Gulf of Mexico, in response to the oil spill after the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon. The "In-Situ Burn" plan produced by federal agencies in 1994 calls for responding to a major oil spill in the Gulf with the immediate use of fire booms.

But in order to conduct a successful test burn eight days after the Deepwater Horizon well began releasing massive amounts of oil into the Gulf, officials had to purchase one from a company in Illinois.

When federal officials called, Elastec/American Marine, shipped the only boom it had in stock, Jeff Bohleber, chief financial officer for Elastec, said today.

At federal officials' behest, the company began calling customers in other countries and asking if the U.S. government could borrow their fire booms for a few days, he said.

A single fire boom being towed by two boats can burn up to 1,800 barrels of oil an hour, Bohleber said. That translates to 75,000 gallons an hour, raising the possibility that the spill could have been contained at the accident scene 100 miles from shore.

"They said this was the tool of last resort. No, this is absolutely the asset of first use. Get in there and start burning oil before the spill gets out of hand," Bohleber said. "If they had six or seven of these systems in place when this happened and got out there and started burning, it would have significantly lessened the amount of oil that got loose."

In the days after the rig sank, U.S Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry said the government had all the assets it needed. She did not discuss why officials waited more than a week to conduct a test burn. (Watch video footage of the test burn.)

But instead of sending equipment and engineers, Obama dispatched lawyers.

Look, Mr. President, this aint no renters strike we're dealing with here. Fannie and Freddie won't help you and the CRA doesn't exist out their in the water and oil.

How disgusting. How inept.

And now we can watch his Grace's worshipers scramble to cover for him.

We use to have a media. But now we have lap dogs.

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