May 31, 2008

Democrats: Hopelessly Divided

Recreate '68 or Disintegrate in '08
The Democrat Party invites Americans to help them in their efforts to join their fractured party. Their twisted moral sensibilities just can't help them choose between a lying, America-bashing Marxist black man and a lying, America-bashing Marxist white woman. What a dilemma; I almost feel sorry for them. Maybe I'll be able to manage a bit of sympathy after the big dust-up in Denver, but I doubt it.

They are hopelessly divided in two. Sing it!
Cop a laugh: Young Hillary Clinton.
Video Update: Disillusioned Democrat vows to vote for John McCain. Mad as a wet hen, this brassy babe tells it like it is. Watch this fine rant right here.

I got news for all of you:
John McCain will be the next President of the United States!

Guess What

Guess what this is
Then click the picture to see if you guessed correctly.
Note: the link isn't dirty, just mildly unpleasant.

May 27, 2008

Minnesota 13

I've got moonshine on a cloudy day*
When visiting relatives over the Memorial Day weekend, my Dad's wonderful wife loaned the old feeder her copy of Minnesota 13, Stearns County's 'Wet' Wild Prohibition Days by Elaine Davis. I knew my new 'Mom' was from Albany, Minnesota, but not that she was raised in a whole county of Prohibition outlaws.

While the area's predominantly German immigrants didn't think alcohol ought to be illegal, the main reason for the enterprise was economic. It wasn't just prohibition, but the coincidence of hard times on the farm that drove the local enterprise. Evidently, between 1920 and 1933 almost every family in Stearns County, Minnesota was involved in the manufacture and distribution of an internationally famous 'brand' of moonshine known as Minnesota 13.

The whiskey got its name from the seed variety used to grow the corn for the mash. Stearns County had plenty of old-country brewing and distilling talent, and their conscientious attention to detail produced a pure, lead-free 'shine. The stuff was actually aged in charred oak barrels, and could be ordered by name in speakeasies everywhere.
* Apologies to Sam Milby and the Temptations. Also to the Huntington Beach, California band, and to those who clicked in thinking Minnesota 13 was a Midwestern latino gang.
Get your own copper whiskey still!

May 26, 2008

Memorial Day

Grave Decoration - NAS Kaneohe Bay, 1941
A Kaneohe Naval Air Station remembrance by James Evans - GnySgt, (Ret)
I enlisted in the Marine Corps in June 1940, when I was sixteen and certainly never expected to see anything like the devastation of that day.

On December 7, 1941, I was stationed at the NAS Kaneohe Bay. At the time of the attack, I was a Private First Class, waiting in the barracks for the guard truck to take me to the main gate, where I was to stand the 8:00 to 12:00 watch.

We heard what sounded low flying planes and explosions, but as the air station was still under construction, didn't really pay attention to it, though someone commented on the fact they were working on Sunday. Suddenly someone came running into the barracks yelling, "we're being attacked by the Japs." Panic prevailed as we scrambled for our rifles, ammunition was another story. The storeroom was locked, and it took a few minutes to find the supply sergeant and get him to issue ammo without the proper authority.

A couple of us took a water cooled machine gun up to the second deck of the barracks, we planned to mount the gun on the roof as we would have an excellent field of fire on the planes banking around the barracks. One of them boosted me up to the ladder leading to the roof, when I opened the hatch and stuck my head through, here comes a Jap plane so close that I could see the pilot's teeth as he grinned at me. I'll never forget that. We made eye contact.

When I realized there was nothing but training ammunition for the machine gun, I loaded my rifle and braced myself on the ladder, with my elbows on the roof, and got off five rounds. From my perch on the roof I had a great view of the action down by the hangars and the seaplane ramp, Jap Zero's strafing the PBY's moored in the bay and on the ramps. I could see the tracer bullets from the planes and from the ground, as the sailors were returning the fire by now. Everything down there seemed to be burning.

I left my perch on the ladder as I soon realized that I wasn't going to hit a plane going a couple hundred miles an hour with an .03 rifle. I went down to the second deck and joined the rest of the Marines firing at the planes through the windows, we had a good field of fire as the planes banked past the row of barracks after strafing the seaplane ramp and hangar area.

After the first attack was over, I was assigned to a detail that went down into the dependents housing area to evacuate the women and children. During the second attack the Japs strafed our trucks a couple of time but no casualties. We took the dependents to a large storage bunker located at the base of Hawaiilon Hill in the center of the station.

I finally got to my post on the main gate about 11:00 and lived in the guardhouse for almost a week. It seemed like I was either on watch, or I was out with a detail at night investigating reports of parachutist, saboteurs or what have you. It was very scary in the first days after the attack, rumors flying concerning the Japs coming back with a landing force, the blackout, trigger happy sentries all over the island, etc.

The NAS Kaneohe Bay was the first military installation to come under attack. We had 18 men killed in action, we lost 33 PBY's and both of the hangars. We shot down at least three enemy planes, and Chief Ordnanceman John Finn, USN, received the Medal of Honor for his actions that morning.
John 15:13
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
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May 24, 2008

Wind Power Efficiency Update

Enormous crane in an Iowa farm field
This post is an update to Wind power: not just stupid, but dangerous, in which I noted the inefficiency of wind power generation plants. The post featured a shattered wind generator I saw in NW Iowa. The cats that maintain these evil eyesores must read the Plains Feeder, because as I drove past the same wind farm again this weekend, repairs were started on the broken monstrosity. I stopped and snapped these pictures.

Repairing a small portion of the generating plant
At least two semi trucks were required to haul this giant crane into the unfortunate cornfield. When part of a hydrocarbon or nuclear power plant needs repair, an economically compact physical plant makes these costly, polluting machinations unnecessary.

All this travel and expense to restore only a tiny fraction of the wind farm's generating capacity. If that isn't stupid, I don't know what is. What a sorry situation for electric rate-payers and yet another nasty trick on farmers.

From the very same intersection where the photos above were taken, I saw yet another broken wind turbine just over the rise. One of the generators next to it was feathered. Probably a bad gearbox or something else that would be quick and easy to fix if it wasn't up on a tower in the middle of a cornfield.

Broken (left) and out of service (right)
If you still don't think these grotesque affronts to the wind spirits are dangerous, watch this frightening video at Small Dead Animals. It shows a turbine as it flies apart. Some of the Iowa pinwheels are located so close to occupied farmsteads that I'm sure they can hear the eerie "whup whup whup" of the blades as they lie awake in bed worrying if the contraption is going to break apart and kill them.

Where is the "green"? In the pockets of the hucksters selling and servicing these pieces of junk.
Addendum: Click to watch eco-nuts actually enjoying their wind farm. How smart can you get?
After Some Reflection: One of the comments to the linked post at Small Dead Animals makes exceptional sense.
Until we can build giant batteries or capacitors to store the power, wind power will be nothing more than a curiosity feeding into a power grid. Maybe it could be used to supply electricity to crack water to make hydrogen gas? (Posted by: holdfast)
Face it, giant capacitors and batteries would be even worse than the windmills. I see dangerous voltages and poisonous chemicals. The hydrogen generation idea has merit. As long as the wind blows, hydrogen and oxygen will be produced. All we need to do is locate them on windy but otherwise worthless land currently owned and occupied by poor Americans with no political clout. The wind farms in Iowa were foisted off on gullible farm land owners. The problem with this approach is that suckers can come to their senses; farmers get ornery when you trick 'em. They have a bit of clout in Washington and some of them are rich.

Why not infest the the native reservations with these nasty machines? Red Indians are mostly poor and cloutless. Besides, it is traditional. If hydrogen-produced energy, either from 'fuel cells' or conventional combustion, lives up to the hype, American's Red Indians would again have something worth taking.

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton should take note. When the Red Chinese buy up all the world's oil with our Wal-Mart sneaker money, and Americans stop buying gasoline, the US "Big Oil" industry won't be worth nationalizing. Colorful beads, blankets, and beer sound like "just compensation" to me.
Seriously, the government needs to get out of the energy business; leave it alone. But nobody sells plain vanilla Constitutional government any more.

May 23, 2008

Next big thing?

1994 Geo Metro
Not exactly a safe little tin can, it's slow and not much to look at but apparently a lot of prospective car buyers want one or something like it. The possibility of squeezing close to 50 mpg out of it is the motive. This eBay auction foto from North Carolina makes me wonder if sellers are dragging them out of bone yards.

Read a few reviews. People who drive older Geo Metros couldn't be much happier if they had a Lexus. America's best kept used car secret? If so, now's probably the time to find one.

May 22, 2008

Canada gets one right: kicks out US deserter

Corey Glass - US Military Deserter
The Canadians finally get something right. From Hot Air:
During the Vietnam War, Canada gave refuge to as many as 90,000 draft dodgers and thousands of deserters from the United States, treating them as immigrants and refusing extradition requests from the US government. When the Iraq War began, scores of deserters traveled across the border, expecting a similar reception. Yesterday, the Canadian government gave them a rude awakening:
They are going to kick at least one, perhaps more, of the numerous shameful US military deserters out of the country, presumably to face desertion in time of war charges back in the homeland they betrayed. Read the smirking coward's 'explanation' for his treachery:
I went to Iraq because I was ordered to, like I did what they told me to do, but I started feeling way too wrong about it," Glass told 12 News' Investigative Reporter Colleen Henry. "I could talk to certain people, but I couldn't dig too deep to find out some things, like changes from like civilians being like, killed, to like, so now they're insurgents. How does that change?"

Glass now sits chain-smoking in a Toronto, Canada apartment with other American servicemen who've walked away from war, their way of life and their world.

"I tried to tell them I couldn't do it anymore. I didn't think it was right," Glass said. "They weren't taking any of it. They were just thinking I was getting stressed out. They said, 'You're getting stressed out,' and send me home. (I was) on leave for like two weeks. I told them I wasn't coming back. I never showed back up.
I hope the miserable rat winds up in front of a military firing squad, but what are the chances of that happening is today's wussified, wah-wah PC world? Instead, he'll probably end up sitting in the token whitey chair next to President Obama's hateful wife at Barack's first State of the Union address. After he gets a welcome home hero parade from the anti-war left.

May 21, 2008

A day of solidarity with the Cuban people

Office of the Press Secretary
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Freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and freedom of worship are among the liberties that Americans cherish. Our Nation fully supports the brave people who work to secure these liberties in the countries where they are denied. And on this Day of Solidarity with the Cuban People, we focus our attention on the men and women working to secure freedom, democracy, and human rights for the citizens of Cuba.

For half a century, the Cuban people have suffered under oppressive dictatorship. Under the rule of Fidel and Raul Castro, Cubans have seen their political freedoms denied, their economy reduced to shambles, and their families torn apart. The Cuban people deserve better ‑‑ and the American people stand with them as they work to achieve it.

The United States is rallying the free world to the cause of Cuban liberty. We continue to shine a bright light on the Castro regime's abuses ‑‑ and America calls on the Government of Cuba to immediately and unconditionally release all prisoners of conscience.

We keep these prisoners, their families, and all Cubans in our prayers. Especially on this Day of Solidarity, we ask the Almighty to comfort and strengthen those who suffer under the Castro dictatorship -- and to hasten the day when Cuba's suffering comes to an end.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 21, 2008, as A Day of Solidarity with the Cuban People to recognize those who are suffering in Cuba, especially Cuba's prisoners of conscience. I call upon the citizens of the United States to mark this observance with appropriate ceremonies and activities that demonstrate America's resolute support for those living under the Castro regime.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-second.

(from Babalu Blog)
Check out the President's speech on Cuban Solidarity Day. He is expected to deliver it this morning. Get the details from Babalu Blog. Several Babalu contributors have traveled to Washington D.C. to attend the speech.

If you can't get the White House live telecast to work, I'm sure the cats at Babalu will have plenty to help you reflect on the reasons we shouldn't forget our Cuban friends who suffer under the double whammy of Castro and Communism.

Be sure to visit some of the fine anti-communist blogs on the Babalu blogroll. These bloggers know the evils of Marxist thought first hand.
Remember these two great chums?

May 20, 2008

Another Amnesty Amendment - Say No!

Express your disappointment that the sneaking weasels of our:
Senate Appropriations Committee chose to include in the War Supplemental more than 100 pages of immigration language that would grant legal status to more than one million illegal alien agricultural workers and their families.
You may do so by signing Senator Jim Inhofe's No Amnesty letter. I fail to see what granting amnesty to criminal immigrants has to do with appropriations to help win the war in Iraq.

You'd think our Senators never heard of the internets; they still think they can sneak one past us. Sign the Inhofe letter and consider logging in at NumbersUSA. Send a message that will help lower Harry Reid's expectations.
h/t: MM.

May 18, 2008

Schwarzenegger Brand GOP

"Ve got to sell dis pahty like it vas a moofie"
From San Francisco: Arnold Schwarzenegger calls for 'rebranding' GOP. How about Brand X? Democrat Party Lite? Aren't we all glad this big fruit was born in Austria and can't ever run for President?
Michelle Malkin calls it "Schwarze-fication" and likens the idea to New Coke. Any way you look at it, real Republicans lose.

May 17, 2008

Donate to the National Republican Congressional Committee

Plains Feeder suggests that our Republican readers start out by giving them their 2¢ worth. Here is where you can give it to them: in the comments at this NRCC blog post titled Republican Solutions and a Positive Agenda.

Hat tip to Michelle Malkin - The spanking they deserve: NRCC gets an earful.
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Steamboat Gardens Calendar - 1977

Click Calendar to "Lift Here"
Steamboat Gardens has been a fixture in Waterloo, Iowa since 1933. The original building actually was built to resemble a steam tugboat. Waterloo has been an industrial and railroad town for as long as the Gardens has been serving burgers, and the restaurant is a gathering place for workers from John Deere and other local factories.

The hamburgers were excellent the last time I ate one there, but that was in 1977, when I picked up this nifty peek-a-boo pinup calendar. I see from their online menu that you can still get the frog legs.

The building may have changed, but one thing sure hasn't. It wouldn't be a good idea to wear your "Stamp Out CommUNIONism" shirt to Steamboat Gardens. Waterloo is a union town.

May 14, 2008

Racist Democrats? Who would have thought?

No Worries?
Hillary Clinton wins big in West Virginia. A state where most of the voters still believe the Democrat Party stands for racial segregation. A state that has kept an Exalted Cyclops of the KKK in the Congress since 1952. Where folks believe Obama is a Mohammedan and his wife is an atheist.

Barack Obama didn't stand a chance: 95% of the Democrat voters in West Virginia are white. Really white. Barack isn't worried, though, he has plenty of white friends.

May 13, 2008

They have sharp knives

Bloody Work - click for more
Federal Immigration cops have raided a Kosher meat processing plant in Postville, Iowa, arresting hundreds of illegal immigrant workers. I don't mean illegal Jewish immigrants. Those arrested are cats here illegally from Mexico and Guatemala and such.

Iowa Governor Chet Culver thinks they ought to be prosecuted, but... Perhaps the "but" has something to do with campaign contributions made by the Rubashkin family, who own the Postville plant to politicians of every stripe.

The old feeder notes that the Rubashkins have also started a similar Kosher kill operation in Gordon, Nebraska. Ostensibly, the idea was to employ Red Indians from the Pine Ridge Reservation. I'm guessing the Native Americans didn't work out as cheap labor** and that the plant in Gordon is operated by unpapered cats from South of the border. Just a guess.
** If Red Indians had been amenable to slavery, why would the New World have had to import slaves from Africa?

May 10, 2008

Militant Hindoos?

Sacred Beef Steaks - Holy Hamburger
From the Drudge Report: BRITISH AIRWAYS takes beef off menu to avoid offending Hindus...

I always thought Hindus weren't as thin-skinned as Mohammedans. British Airways won't serve beef in flight in spite of the fact that Hindus are generally quite tolerant of others. Its a case of Dhimmitude gone wild; its obsequious proponents extending the appeasement to them as might possibly be offended. As one Daily Mail commenter wrote, British Airways will next offer "no food for fear of offending anorexics and bulimics."

I think they ought to keep Mohammedans off the planes. They are offensive to everyone and, who knows, might be plotting a terror attack.
Many American and European cats associate Hinduism with pacifist non-violence. This is a big mistake, probably resulting from a failure to discriminate between Hindus and Buddhists. Hindus make great soldiers and India, 80% Hindu, has atomic bombs.

The Hindu religion has an entire varna (it is politically incorrect to refer to a caste) given over to the martial way of life, the Kshatriya. The 'plot' of the Bhagavad Gita, a text most of us think we know as a sort of Hindu Testament, revolves around a man's decision to go to war.

When Hindus become militant, the first cats they attack are usually the Mohammedans. Familiarity breeds contempt, I guess, but militant Hindus have been known to go after Christians as well. In today's 'blame everyone but yourself' world anyone can be your oppressor.
Reminds me of the only time I ever heard of Hindus causing trouble in the UK. Again, the matter was beef, in the form of Shambo the Sacred Cow. Seems Shambo tested positive for TB and the law required it to be destroyed. Out of the woodwork came the militant British Hindoos.

May 09, 2008

Stuff Muslims Don’t Like

Man's best friend
Michelle Malkin as introduced a new feature to her excellent blog: Stuff Muslims Don't Like. The first installment features the Mohammedan distaste for two-piece bathing suits. Today's SMDL post points up the unhappiness of Moslems in America with having to afford their wives due process in divorce proceedings. Some of our Dhimmi courts aren't going to allow these pushy creeps to say "I divorce thee." three times to cheat their wives out of a fair property settlement, and the Moslem men don't like it.

Its easy for me to list things I don't like about Mohammedans besides their sympathy for the al-Qaeda. For example, their filthy habit of washing their feet in public washbasins. Of course its difficult for many Americans to comprehend Mohammed's dietary rules, but it doesn't bother me in the least that they won't eat delicious bacon burgers. As long as they don't try to stop the rest of us from enjoying swine flesh, Moslems can refuse to eat anything with pig in it if they want. In fact, they could stop eating altogether, for all I care.

Unclean bacon burger
Can you think of something Mohammedans don't like? My best try is illustrated at the top of this post: Muslims don't like dogs. I can't imagine a more wretched existence than that of a stray dog in Mecca.
Where there is an unhappy Mohammedan, can Dhimmitude be far behind?

May 07, 2008

Hillary Clinton doesn't pump her own gas

You should be taxing the rich, memsahib, not the gas.
Hillary Rodham Clinton hasn't driven a car or pumped gas in many years because of Secret Service restrictions. When she is in St. Louis, Mahatma Gandhi pumps her gas.

Gas tax holiday? I see it as a double-edged sword that will only cut in my favor. Call me selfish. You'd be right.

Dog Starving: not in Nebraska

From Omaha, Nebraska's Kathy Sarantos Niver at Action 3 News comes this story about an Omaha man facing felony charges for leaving his dog outside to starve and freeze to death. Sure, Keion Shelton is a jerk, but should he be made a felon? Here's an excerpt of Kathy's story:
Police say Keion Shelton left town for a week in February and left his dog chained up outdoors to a utility pole. Shelton lived at 7027 North 33rd Street. The dog died.

A spokesperson for the Nebraska Humane Society tells Action 3 News the pitbull died of starvation and hypothermia. He reportedly was unable to reach his food and water, which had frozen, and "was exposed to consistent overnight temperatures below ten degrees, without adequate shelter."

A law passed by the legislature in 2007 makes it a class 4 felony to abandon an animal resulting in serious injury, illness or death. This is the first prosecution in Douglas County based on this new law.
As long as they don't break any other rules, pet owners in Nebraska are free to kill their animals by any means that isn't cruel. Folks usually shoot them with a firearm of sufficient caliber to cause near instant death. Its usually done to end suffering, but the pet being in extremis isn't a requirement. Perhaps the mutt is just useless. You can legally shoot your dog just for the hell of it, if you want. I've had to shoot a few dogs and cats, ones that were sick or injured or had turned bad. Cats are easier. Dogs have a way of looking at you...

For them as are squeamish about dropping the hammer on Rover or Fluffy, or that live in some wussy neighborhood that frowns upon shooting, there is always the Veterinarian. Its all pretty clinical; you don't have to watch if you don't want. The pet needn't be suffering or even sick, the owner makes the decision, not the vet. As with shooting, you can do it to punish the pet or on a whim; motive doesn't count. In the end, Rufus and Fido wind up dead in a barrel like the victims of an internet serial killer. You pay the vet and you are home free. No foul play. No crime.

It isn't done much here, besides with livestock that have been made into 'pets', but Nebraskans may kill and eat their pets if they like. As long as the slaughter isn't cruel, Fido-san can become a delicious meal. Nebraskans of Korean heritage can indulge in their rich home-made dog meat stews without running afoul of the law. (Just so they don't steal the neighbor's dog.)

The Law: is it a ass?
I agree that animal cruelty is wrong. I disagree that it ought to be a crime at all, let alone a felony. This is the kind of offense to the common decency that calls for a home remedy. Where were this shameful Omaha dog-starver's neighbors?

This jerk's neighbors should have taken the dog away from him. In fact, it would have been more humane if one of them had shot it, to end its suffering. If the barbaric butt-head didn't like it, the bigger of his neighbors should have 'straightened him out'. No government involvement required.

Why didn't the neighbors prevent the dog's awful death? I'll bet dollars to doughnuts they were afraid of getting jammed up with the law or sued. Now we will have a local jerk converted into a felon. Where is he going to get a job? I guess there will be a giver-mint program for him.

Revolting development
Since the old feeder believes animals to be private property, the enjoyment of which should be minimally constrained by the law, the concept of Vegetable Rights seems truly far fetched. I saw a link to this Weekly Standard story, The Silent Scream of the Asparagus, at Hot Air. An excerpt:
At the request of the Swiss government, an ethics panel has weighed in on the “dignity” of plants and opined that the arbitrary killing of flora is morally wrong. This is no hoax. The concept of what could be called “plant rights” is being seriously debated.
Read the whole thing (2 pages) if you have the stomach for it. I gagged at the part where a farmer wrongfully "decapitates" some wildflowers. I can see lawyers lining up to be court-appointed guardian ad flora so they can file suits for plant plaintiffs. Green prosecutors will fill the news with chlorophyll drenched murder scenes. Farmers in handcuffs.

As Abe at Don't Let Me Stop You says, "you can't make this stuff up."

I'm sure someone, somewhere is trying to figure out a way to give vegetables the right to vote. They outnumber us. Even if all species of animals could vote, the plants would still have a huge majority. We will all be forced into ethical fruitarianism.
In a totally unrelated matter, the old feeder has heard a rumor that CBS evening news anchor Katie Couric is going to be replaced by Charo. Cuchi-cuchi.

May 06, 2008

Damned with faint praise

From Tony Harnden, Washington correspondent at Telegraph Blogs:
Standing in his cowboy boots on the back of a 1941 Ford pick-up truck in tiny Zebulon (population: 4,329), Bill Clinton bestowed on his wife Hillary what he perhaps considers the ultimate accolade. She would, he stated gallantly, be an even better president than he was.
Thats not saying much, is it?

May 05, 2008

Wind power: not just stupid, but dangerous

Bucolic Rural Iowa
Last week the old feeder drove through NW Iowa. My route used to offer pleasant scenery most of the way from the feedlot to my destination. I get off of I-29 at Onawa and take the county blacktops to Arnolds Park. For the last 10 years, a growing part of the drive has been through a wind farm. Its like driving through a hellish, whirling machine.

Almost everyone agrees that these monstrosities are hideous eyesores. Nobody with any sense of the rural aesthetic wants them anywhere near where they live. Even a citified eco-nut like Ted Kennedy won't have 'em. Now the scenic Iowa roads between Galva and Peterson are studded with the ugly contraptions as far as the eye can see. Perhaps portending worse to come.

Whenever I drive through this grotesque mistake, I note that a significant number of the windmills sit idle, their 'props' feathered. Parts and technical skills to repair wind generators are scarce. Unlike an ordinary hydrocarbon or nuclear power generation plant, the workplace is spread out over many square miles. How efficient! The plant workers have to drive all over several counties, hauling their tools and huge parts, just to get from one end of the 'power plant' to the other.

Average sized generator blade
Think of the fleets of pickup trucks spewing exhaust on the crops, the livestock and the farm families as they zoom up and down the special access roads in the fields to perform regular maintenance. These towers and roads take many acres of prime Iowa cropland out of production. Add the corn ethanol boondoggle and its no wonder food is getting pricey.

Did I mention that wind power isn't dependable? This means that a non-alternative power generation facility must be up and running at all times with enough output to take over from the wind instantly. Otherwise, serious outages will result, like this one in Texas. Where's the green advantage? In Al Gore's dreams, thats where.

Blade on the road - three trips per pinwheel
Wind generators have also been called the "Cuisinarts of the air" for the number of birds they kill. DadGum once opined that the blades turned too slowly to cause much damage to birds. Not so. The ends of the blades must travel a distance equal to pi times twice the length of one blade per revolution. Windmills like this can turn from 30 to 60 rpm. Do the math; a wind generator could cut you in half!
Now and then, I see a windmill with its blades broken. Last Saturday morning, I stopped and took a few pictures of one of them. The blades are gone and the main shaft is severely compromised. These breakups can be dangerous.

Blades missing
Where do you suppose the pieces ended up when this whirligig flew apart? Those are some mighty big slivers. The parts for wind generators are hard to get, difficult to transport, and require cranes to install. The repairs are impossible in bad weather. Many of these generators with less obvious problems like bad gear boxes or electrical trouble sit idle for months before they can be put back to work.

How long before this gets back on line?
If your fear of decapitation, your distaste for bird whacking and the nasty environmental hypocrisy of it's inefficiency aren't enough to put you off wind energy, consider this horror. Still want to see more of our rural beauty pocked with ugly giant pinwheels?
I forgot to mention that these generators can be sabotaged with a deer rifle.
Drill the ANWR. The caribou want us to do it.
Other Plains Feeder posts about this Iowa wind farm:
Wind Power Efficiency Update
Wind Power: not just stupid, but a "Boone-doggle"

May 04, 2008

Mannie Leibovitz and the Naughty Nymphette

Miley Cyrus as "Art"
When an adult male queer gets young men to expose themselves sexually under color of "art photography", I'd be inclined to call it child molestation. When the boy's parents not only agree to the lewdness, but prosper therefrom, I'd call it child abuse. Why should it be any different if the child is female and the photographer is an aging bull dyke? Isn't the result kiddie porn of one degree or another?

Mannie the Molester
"Take off your top, Miley..."
So much for the old feeder's thoughts on the Miley Cyrus - Annie Leibovitz flap. Since Miley's parents agreed to her being debauched by horrible old Manny, (they were present at the photo shoot) I figure its a lost cause. Nobody is going to get in trouble for this nonsense; nobody really cares. One more little girl's chances for a normal life shot to hell. Perhaps its just the price of liberty. Or a sign of the times.
Mythical nymphets as art.
Afterthought: The high-school old feeder, posing as an ordinary teen-age shutterbug, used to volunteer to help the school photographer take the yearbook portraits. Our school had the ladies draped for a consistent visual theme. I got to adjust the girls' drapes before the shoot. In those days, I had to take my thrills where I could find them.