Politics and Some Important Issues

Posted September 27, 2013 by Chief
Categories: Politics

It has become hard for me to stay interested in all the political machinations these past few months.  I am well aware that the TeaParty and government shut-down are important, but . . .

On 26 May, just four months ago, I collapsed in the backyard while weed whacking.  Great grand-daughter alerted my son-in-law.   I became aware of people at the kitchen table an hour or so later.

Anyway, the third time I lost consciousness, I was in the hospital all wired up to a monitor.  Heart stopped for 20 seconds.   I now have a pacemaker.

But there is more.  I was also having seizures.  I am on Keppra for the seizures and Zoloft for several other items.

And if that wasn’t enough, I am being treated for prostate cancer.  At the age of 72, surgery was out.  So I opted for Hormone therapy, also called ‘testosterone inactivating pharmaceuticals’ or TIP.  My PSA was at 8.7 in March of this year.  After three shots of Lupron 7.5 (each 4 weeks apart) my PSA dropped to 0.2.

The above three health problems have taken my attention and my ‘caring’ about politics to a new low.  I used to watch a whole lot of political shows on MS-NBC.  Now, I just watch Rachel Maddow.  No Chris Matthews or any of the others.



This Is Just My Opinion

Posted September 27, 2013 by Chief
Categories: Birthers, Politics

If the United States had a white Democrat as President, we would not be having the budget and ‘debt-ceiling’ problems that the media is reporting on.

Before 2008 when President Obama was elected, I was under the apparently mistaken impression that the USA was in a post-racial period.

W O W ! !

Was I wrong.  Nobody is using racial slurs, but when ever President Obama suggests or proposes a program that was initially put forth by a Republican, all of a sudden the Prez is a Socialiat-Muslim.

Now this.  Now we have another racist who is calling for a march on the White House on November 19 to force the President to resign.

The march will not happen and the President will not resign.


Posted September 26, 2013 by Chief
Categories: wildlife


Molly is my best buddy.  Molly is a nine year old herding dog cross. Light brown, right ear erect, left ear flopped down, she is sixty pounds of energy.  Here is a picture of Molly.

I have read “Inside of a Dog” by Alexandra Horowitz three times.  I know from Ms. Horowitz’ book that the sense of smell is the dogs number one sense, with eyesight at number two and just in front of hearing.

When I took the Chihuahuas out I noticed a dead mouse, kind of out of the way.  The Chihuahuas never noticed the mouse.

Then I took Molly out.  Molly sniffed and from the direction of the breeze, I felt that she was smelling the mouse.  It took her more than a few seconds to find it with her eyes but her nose is what led her to actually find the mouse.

After reading Ms. Horowitz’ explanation of the nose – eye relationship in dogs, it was real fascinating to see it in action and to understand what was happening.

Background or How You Seed The Audience

Posted August 23, 2013 by Chief
Categories: Politics

So, I watching President Obama speak at Lackawanna College in Scranton, PA today.  As for the President the audience was a mixture of skin tones and they cheered when appropriate.

Two or three days ago I saw Senator Cruz speaking to a crowd in the same type of place but down south, Texas maybe.  Senator Cruz’ father is from Cuba, which to means that he is a latino.  Behind him in the audience were two blacks.  A black lady in the second row off the Senators left elbow and a black man in the third row off of his right shoulder.

The black lady was about as un-enthusiastic as she could be.  Hands in her lap and a neutral expression on her face.  Never a smile.

Snark -just so there is no mistake

Posted August 22, 2013 by Chief
Categories: Domestic Issues

They are making gun nuts younger and younger.  From RawStory

A 5-year-old kindergartener has reportedly been detained at a school in Tennessee after a handgun discharged in the cafeteria.

Shawn Pachucki with Shelby County Schools told WMCT that police were called to Westside Elementary School following a gunshot that happened in the cafeteria at around 7:30 a.m. Pachucki said that the child brought the gun to school in a backpack and it accidentally discharged.

“This morning at Westside Elementary School, a Kindergarten student brought a firearm to school in his backpack,” a statement from Shelby County Schools said. “While waiting for the opening bell in the cafeteria, the firearm discharged accidentally inside the child’s backpack. Nobody was injured, and staff immediately took possession of the backpack.”

Every 5-year-old needs to be armed to protect themselves.

Y – Bridge

Posted July 31, 2013 by Chief
Categories: Politics

In Zanesville, Ohio at the confluence of two rivers.  The picture is looking north with the Muskingum River being bigger today.  The Licking River, on the left, used to be the same size as the Muskingum but has been dammed to provide a recreational lake.

Zanesville is on the east bank.  The current Y-bridge is the fifth bridge erected on this site.  I was familiar with the fourth iteration from about 1959 until the interstate system became a faster way to travel (or 1962, whichever came first).

Y bridge

The small sign with 40 on (center-right of pic) it indicates that it is U.S Route 40, today as it was 54 years ago.  It was, then,  the quickest way to get across Ohio.

As an 18 year old, in ’59, this was a unique and phenomenal piece of engineering.  If you are traveling east-west across Ohio on I-70, I recommend you taking a slight side trip to visit this unique piece of history.

The Lake

Posted July 28, 2013 by Chief
Categories: Birds, wildlife

The ol’ Chief is being adventurous.  I am at the lake and will be blogging on Mrs. Chief’s laptop.

What Lake, you ask?

Grand Lake with the city of Celina, Ohio on the northwest corner of the lake.  In recent years it has been re-named Grand Lake St. Marys which includes the city on the east end of the lake.  But when I first came here in 1959, it was simply – Grand Lake.

After her husband died a year and a half ago, mother-in-law sold the farm, literally, and used some of the proceeds to buy a cottage on a channel just off the main part of the lake.  I enjoy it here.  As long as I have internet access and cable TV, I can enjoy anywhere.

Mrs. Chief loves it here.  The quiet and solitude – peaceful.  Actually, we both miss our place on Lake of Egypt, just south of Marion, IL which we left in 2006 so Mrs. Chief could be closer to her mother.

So, I have been observing a great blue heron (and here) catching her or his lunch.  We had a lot of  great blue herons at Lake of  Egypt, but I never observed them like I have been for the past couple of hours.  The water in the channel is about 18″ below the top of the concrete liner that defines the channel.  The heron will stand on the ground below the concrete and look for fish. And look.  Finally, when a likely candidate for lunch gets close enough, the heron will straighten his neck and almost lose his balance before pulling his beak out of the water with a 3 – 5″ fish firmly clamped in his beak.  He will adjust the fish so it goes head first (least resistance) and a big fish may take several tries.  You can actually see the fish slide down the long throat of the heron.

So far s/he has caught 3 fish over about an hour period.  S/he keeps moving farther away from me and I am about 80 yards from the bird.  I was curious if herons have binocular vision.  Most predators, except ambush predators (crocodiles), like humans, cats, dogs, et cetera have binocular vision.

This picture from the San Pedro News Pilot shows that herons have binocular vision when looking down or below their beak.  Evolution is interesting.