There's so much great news to cover, that I don't know where to start. (sarcasm there people)
Friday night after work, I took my camera over to the home of a friend from church and took about 90 pictures of various iterations of his family members. His mother was in town from New York for a visit, and so all his children and grandchildren descended on he and his wife's home for the gnashing of teeth (supper) and for me to take photos of them.
I learned photography on a completely manual Kodak Pony IV camera that my parents had and had not used in so long that they had put the camera back into it's original box and had completely forgotten how to use it. I had to figure it out by myself because they couldn't help. Then I used my own Canon 35mm camera, and AE-1 for many years.
Then in the summer of 2006, I finally bought my Nikon D70s and joined the digital SLR world.
This camera still amazes me. The only thing wrong with any of the photos that I took the other night, were closed eyes, crying kids, or silly faces of people who weren't ready. The camera takes such good photos I'm still amazed at it's capabilities after a year and a half.
My friend and his family have a whole bunch of good photos to choose from.
About the Academy Awards show last night.
I didn't watch even one second of it. Apparently some folks won some statuettes for their acting, directing, etc., skills over the past year.
I'm interested in politics, and I understand if folks aren't. In fact, I often wonder why the heck I am interested in politics.
But it's interesting to watch Hillary and Barack duke it out in public over stupid things like him trying on traditional Kenyan clothes when he visited Kenya a couple of years ago.
And these are the two who are trying to convince us all that each of them doesn't wallow in "politics as usual" and that when one or the other of them is elected President, that they are going to bring "true change" to Washington.
My only problem with this promise from each of them is that they are each conducting thoroughly normal political campaigns against one another and John McCain. They are snipping and snapping at one another over stupid things, and they are both laying out campaign promises just like all the liberals before them since Woodrow Wilson during World War I, 90 years ago.
Neither of them has anything new to say at all. So their promises to be different, act different, and govern differently are already absurd looking to anyone with their eyes open. They are both playing according to the liberal or "progressive" playbook that was written by Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
In other words, we're gonna tax the crap out of you and give the money away in programs that are as old as the progressive movement itself. Nothing new there.
And as for change, Bush can't run for President again so in reality we're gonna get change no matter who wins the Presidency.
About the weather.
Ours has been quite beautiful. Sunny and highs in the 70s, with breezes and occasionally some rain.
Last night at 10:30pm, our cat wanted outside so I let her out the front door. We have a screened front porch, so I had to step out there to let her out the screen door too.
I was barefooted and in shorts and a t-shirt, and it was the perfect temperature. I could have sat out there for hours and been neither cold nor hot. I went back in and to bed instead.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has come out saying that there is more snow and ice cover on the earth this winter than any winter since 1966.
They also said that the melted ice at both the south and north poles is back to normal, so you can all rest easy about the non-existent polar bear problem. They have lots of ice to scurry around on. In fact, the south pole area has more ice than it has in many years, that the ice sheet has gotten a good bit larger.
This is really bad news for global warming alarmists. Especially those who have set in motion future work for themselves in the combating of global warming. If you have your future wrapped around global warming and yet the earth has gotten cooler over the past ten years; then you might want to rethink your plans, or maybe you could just stop calling global warming global warming and rename it to something like, oh, I don't know, say, Global Climate Change, then that way, no matter if it gets colder or hotter on the earth, you'll always be right in trying to scare people into paying taxes to you to stop Global Climate Change.
What's that? Al Gore and his partners in crime already are using the term Global Climate Change instead of Global Warming?
Huh. Never mind.
About the US Navy.
How about that shot that knocked out the dead spy satellite from it's decaying orbit, to safely disperse the fuel on board the satellite and to also destroy any fancy technology so that Russia or Iran or China couldn't get the satellite after it fell and reverse engineer some nifty technology?
I am not kidding at all when I say I was so proud when I saw the Navy videos of the destruction of this satellite with such precision the other day.
I'd be willing to bet that Michelle Obama, our potential future First Lady wasn't proud though. Word has is that she's pretty hard to impress.
See, Russia, China, and Iran are on record as not wanting America to design and build a missile defense shield against potential nuclear missiles from, oh, I don't know, say, Russia, China, or Iran coming into and destrying American cities.
But this launch and successful destroying of the satellite using EXISTING TECHNOLOGY not only shows we could do a decent job of protecting ourselves right now, they KNOW that if we were to even try to construct a missile defense shield for the US, that we would be successful.
This is a sure sign to me that WE SHOULD build a missile defense shield.
And we should sell a smaller version of that defense shield to Israel as soon as it's possible.
About steroids in professional sports.
I would say something about this, if I could somehow dredge up even a single ounce of feelings about steroids at all. But I can't, so I won't.
Oh well, lunch is over. Back to work.