Saturday, January 10, 2015

Brrrrr!!!

***14 states colder than Mars. Indiana certainly feels like one of them.

Time to stop remarking about how unearthly cold it is outside because on Thursday, Mars was actually warmer than many parts of the U.S. 
The daytime high in the red planet's Gale Crater, as recorded by NASA's curiosity Rover, was 17.6 degrees F - a whopping 11 degrees warmer than the 6-degree high in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 
Temperatures in fourteen states from Washington to Maine reported temperatures colder than Mars, as a brutal blast of Arctic air sweeps the country.
Mars just recently passed its closest orbit to the sun, which partially explains why the temperature was relatively balmy. The Gale Crater is also located in one of the warmest parts of the planet, near the equator.
We had -2 this morning. I'd much rather have snow! Didn't stop Mom & I from going to the Amish store and Meijer, though. :-) She's a trooper; if you give her a chance to go, she'll go!


That loud flapping noise residents of Cambridge, Mass. are now experiencing is the sound of the chickens coming home to roost in Harvard Yard. For years, know it all faculty members from Harvard have journeyed to Washington, D.C. to tell the rest of us how to live.

Most of the time their income and prestige insulated them from the deleterious effects of their leftist policies — which the rest of us had to endure. That was before the advent of Obamacare.

Harvard faculty helped alumnus Obama craft the Affordable Care Act. They advised. They wrote. They cheered. Now that they are experiencing Obamacare they’ve decided goose sauce doesn’t suit professor Gander after all.
The New York Times reports the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences has “voted overwhelmingly to oppose changes that would require them and thousands of other Harvard employees to pay more for health care.”
 Oh you poor things. We tried to tell you, but no. You thought you would be exempt. Well, give enough money to Obama and you just might be.

***You gotta be kidding me...
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It's bad enough to see people walking along with their dogs carrying plastic bags full of poop, but this? I like animals as much as the next guy, but look at just about anybody's Facebook wall and you'll see borderline animal worship. I mean, come on. Pictures of a big, nasty, hairy dog lying next to a baby? I don't think so. And sleeping with a dog in your bed? Ew. One of the most irritating posts that you see over and over this time of year is, "If it's too cold for you, it's too cold for them. Bring your pets inside." Really? You don't think a German Shepherd can take a little more cold than you can? 

Okay, rant over. :-)


PHOTO: Arizona Department of Transportation posted this photo of a street Facebook, Jan. 1, 2015, with the caption: "We might have spotted a family of sasquatches on SR 260 near Heber this afternoon."
 
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***
And ask ye why these sad tears stream?
by Lord Alfred Tennyson
‘Te somnia nostra reducunt.’
  OVID.

And ask ye why these sad tears stream?
  Why these wan eyes are dim with weeping?
I had a dream–a lovely dream,
  Of her that in the grave is sleeping.
I saw her as ’twas yesterday,
  The bloom upon her cheek still glowing;
And round her play’d a golden ray,
  And on her brows were gay flowers blowing.
With angel-hand she swept a lyre,
  A garland red with roses bound it;
Its strings were wreath’d with lambent fire
  And amaranth was woven round it.
I saw her mid the realms of light,
  In everlasting radiance gleaming;
Co-equal with the seraphs bright,
  Mid thousand thousand angels beaming.
I strove to reach her, when, behold,
  Those fairy forms of bliss Elysian,
And all that rich scene wrapt in gold,
  Faded in air–a lovely vision!
And I awoke, but oh! to me
  That waking hour was doubly weary;
And yet I could not envy thee,
  Although so blest, and I so dreary.


***
Touch my new squeaky toy and I'll bite your head off.



***Well done is better than well said. ~~ Benjamin Franklin

***Have a great day!

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