Thursday, June 17, 2010

What have they done to the old home place?

This is not Missouri music, but we Missourians love it. This is a truly tasty tune.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Talking about the weather again

Saturday afternoon I was finishing up mowing when the sky got dark and the wind started blowing. I thought we were going to have a heckuva storm.

Well, we got a lot of rain.

Sunday afternoon I emptied the rain gauge after recording .50 inch. I don't remember if that was just Saturday's rain or if it included some from earlier.

Tuesday after work, I emptied it again; there was another .50 inch.

We've been getting some precipitation.

On the way home from church tonight, I saw a huge bank of dark clouds coming at us from the east. I thought we were in for it, but it only sputtered a little bit. I don't know if we've got more coming or not.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I'm not a part of the New Age of the New Media

The president was on tonight, but I don't like watching that crap no matter who the president is. I prefer to wait until it's over and read about it in the paper.

This is the new age, though, so I thought I'd log onto a website and try to see what the reporters had to say online. I typed in FOXNEWS.COM, and it took forever to load. When it did, I got a popup that took up the entire screen. I finally got it closed, and then there was another smaller popup window that obscured the news; the popup window said "Welcome to your new Fox News homepage." I tried to close that baloney, but it locked up my computer.

I will have to go buy a paper made from trees. That kind of news medium is better that this digital malarkey. I don't know why I bothered.

Monday, June 14, 2010

We don't need a separate system for Moslems

I'm usually a believer in the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" philosophy when it comes to making laws, but I think Oklahoma lawmakers are onto something with their desire to ban the use of Moslem Sharia law in their state.

The Edmond, Okla., newspaper has a story titled Sharia law, courts likely on 2010 ballot, and here are some excerpts:

State lawmakers say it’s a pre-emptive strike against Sharia law, needed to prevent here what has happened in the United Kingdom.

An Islamic leader says it’s another example of a rising tide of anti-Islamic bigotry in America.

State Question 755, which likely will be on the ballot in November, would make in-state courts rely on federal and state laws when deciding cases and forbid courts from using international law or Sharia law when making rulings.

The proposal, which has an Edmond connection, would amend Article 7, Section 1 of the Oklahoma Constitution, and stems from House Joint Resolution 1056, dubbed the “Save Our State” amendment, passed during the just-finished legislative session.

State Sen. Anthony Sykes, R-Moore, a co-author of HJR 1056, said American courts are being more frequently challenged that international law should trump U.S. law.

“Sharia law coming to the U.S. is a scary concept,” Sykes said. “Hopefully the passage of this constitutional amendment will prevent it in Oklahoma.”

Council on American-Islamic Relations spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said he has been working on Muslim civil rights issues for several decades and anti-Islam rhetoric is approaching “Nazi-like” levels.

“This is just the flip side of the anti-Semitic coin,” Hooper said.

The wording in SQ 755 is being altered. In a letter dated June 2, addressed to the secretary of state and legislative leaders, the Attorney General’s Office concluded the present wording does not comply with applicable laws because it does no adequately define either Sharia law or international law.

The legislation behind SQ 755 was inspired by the realization, through media observation, that Islam is spreading into America at an alarming rate, and that activist judges are beginning to give credence to “international law,” Duncan said.

Duncan said reaction to the proposal has been entirely positive, and he believes as Oklahomans become aware of the measure they will support it overwhelmingly.

Islam is one of the fastest-growing religions in the United States and in the world, according to CAIR. About seven million Muslims residing in America attend about 2,000 mosques, Islamic schools and Islamic centers.

Of course, the liberals are already calling this a racist proposal. A Portland, Ore., liberal has written an essay that says Oklahoma's "Save Our State" amendment to ban sharia law is abominable.

Here's an excerpt from his diatribe:

The Christian fascists who call Oklahoma home are proposing a constitutional amendment to "Save Our State" from what has been deemed the "coming onslaught" of Sharia law on the good white Christians of Oklahoma.

"Sharia law coming to the U.S. is a scary concept," state Sen. Anthony Sykes, a Republican who co-authored one proposal, dubbed the "Save Our State" amendment, told The Edmond Sun. "Hopefully the passage of this constitutional amendment will prevent it in Oklahoma."

"It is a cancer upon the survivability of the UK," state Rep. Rex Duncan, primary author of State Question 755, the ballot initiative, told The Sun. "SQ 755 will constitute a pre-emptive strike against Sharia law coming to Oklahoma."

He was referring, of course, to the right wing fundamentalist myth that Europe is set to become an Islamic state ruled by Sharia. In the UK two parties can agree to a hearing under Sharia law, as long as it doesn't conflict with standing law. It's no different from going in front of The People's Court or Judge Judy. It cannot override any law.

Other lawmakers spoke of a coming "onslaught" of Sharia cases, and suggested other states would follow Oklahoma's first-in-the-nation example.

I'm one Missourian who wouldn't oppose following that example. I did a little bit of reading about Sharia law and found that it doesn't sound like something we need in the United States. Here from an Asian online publication are some excerpts from an essay titled Wife beating, sharia and Western law

Nonetheless, some Western legal authorities, including the president of Britain's Supreme Court, Lord Phillips, promote the use of sharia courts to adjudicate family disputes in Western nations. Dr Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, drew a storm of criticism in 2008 when he proposed that sharia courts could hear domestic cases among Muslims in the United Kingdom.

Several months later, Lord Phillips said at a London mosque, "Those who are in dispute are free to subject it to mediation or to agree that it shall be resolved by a chosen arbitrator. There is no reason why principles of sharia law or any other religious code should not be the basis for mediation or other forms of dispute resolution."

Punishments, he added, should be "drawn from the laws of England and Wales". Stoning, whipping and amputating hands were "out of the question". He did not mention spanking, a telling omission, for Islamic authorities explicitly allow husbands to inflict limited corporal punishment on their wives. A number of putatively pro-family legal scholars in the United States argue that sharia should be applied to American family law. That is monstrous. Not since German jurists endorsed Adolf Hitler's race laws during the 1930s have legal theorists in the West betrayed their principles so egregiously.

I can find no record of a recognized Muslim authority repudiating wife-beating. Tariq Ramadan, the Swiss Muslim scholar who purports to offer a Westernized version of Islam, notoriously defended wife-beating in a 2003 televised debate with then-French interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy.

We have a Constitution and a whole boxcar trainload of laws (too many of them) that are supposed to fall in line with that document. We have a judicial system that is supposed to make decisions based on laws that apply to all of us equally. The United States does not need a separate system for Moslems. They should conform to our laws and legal system or get out.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Who are you?

It's about 7:30 p.m. Sunday and so far today The Ozarks Almanac has been checked by people from
Tulsa, Okla.;
Garden Grove, Calif.;
Fresno, Calif.;
New York, N.Y.;
Bloomington, Calif.;
Lee's Summit,
Maryland Heights,
Independence,
Lincoln,
Kingsville,
Houston,
Columbia,
St. Robert,
Kansas City,
St. Louis and
Rolla.
I'd like to know who you are (generally speaking, not your name) and what you're interested in that brought you to this hillbilly website. If you'd leave a comment or a send an e-mail, I'd appreciate it.
Thanks.

Evangelical leaders want immigration reform now

Baptist Press had an article titled Evangelical leaders: Immigration reform bill needed this year this past week.

Southern Baptist ethicist Richard Land had an interesting proposal to solve the problem:

Land reiterated his call for reform that first secures the country's borders.

A part of securing the borders "is a biometric, tamper-proof Social Security card," Land said June 9. He is not recommending a national identity card, Land said. "[T]hat's a smell too much like Big Brother. ... If you had a biometric, tamper-proof Social Security card that every legal worker had to have, citizen or not, then if people managed to get across the border illegally, they wouldn't be able to work," because employers would face stiff penalties for hiring illegal immigrants.

After specific standards are met in securing the borders, "we move forward with a period of grace, where people can come forward and register and begin a pathway" to "earned, legal status" for guest workers and citizenship for those who desire it and qualify for it, Land said.

A reporter asked if the panelists would say those who are in the United States illegally had committed a crime.

"[M]ost of the people in my constituency would say, 'Yes, they've broken the law, and there need to be penalties for that," Land said. "The question is: What are the penalties? And we would argue that there needs to be an earned pathway to legal status that would include paying a fine, agreeing to come forward and register and undergo a background check, and to start taking English classes -- I think every church in America ought to start English classes -- and to take a civics class."
It's really surprising to hear a conservative Christian leader calling for a "biometric Social Security card," given all the decades of teaching about the End Times, the Antichrist, the number everyone must have on the hand or forehead (which sounds biometric to me).

Maybe conservative Christian leaders don't believe the Left Behind scenario any more than liberal Christian leaders do.

Sunday sermon in song

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Eating healthier

My wife has decided we're going to eat a lot healthier foods, so for the last month or so we have been eating more fresh vegetables, chicken or fish, fruits for dessert.

Tonight for supper, she fixed salmon patties made with oatmeal instead of crackers, kale and corn on the cob. For dessert: watermelon. It was mighty tasty.

I had never eaten kale that I know of; I'm of the impression that it a sort of a dang Yankee green. We eat a lot of turnip, mustard and collard greens around this household; these are fine Southern greens, honorable and down-to-earth.

That's why I hate to admit that I liked that dang Yankee green, kale. It had a fine flavor with no bitterness at all; it also had a great texture. It is an all-around fine green. I hope I am wrong that it is a dadburn Northerner.

Sure, we've got theater/theatre around here

Ozark Actors Theatre in Rolla will perform Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" this month. For information about tickets and times, see OAT's website: ozarkactorstheatre.org.

Also, don't forget the Lyric Live Theater in Newburg has a full summer schedule of plays and musical performances. Check out their website at lyriclivetheater.com.

Solar cars to stop here June 23

The teams (and their cars, of course) in a Midwestern solar car race will stop overnight in Rolla this month, and if you get a chance to see them, do.

Called The American Solar Challenge, it's a 1,200-mile solar car race through the Midwest. Here's a portion of the news release (you can read the whole thing here and also see a picture):

The American Solar Challenge starts June 20 in Broken Arrow, Okla., and ends June 26 in Naperville, Ill. Teams will be required to stop for the night in Topeka, Kan., on June 21, and in Rolla, Mo., on June 23. Otherwise, the cars go as far as they can until the racing day is over at 6 p.m. The students then hunker down until the next morning.

Other cities along the route include Neosho, Mo.; Jefferson City, Mo.; Alton, Ill.; and Normal, Ill.

Missouri S&T has won two championships in solar car racing, in 1999 and 2003. The 2010 vehicle, Solar Miner VII, is equipped with a $150,000 array of solar cells. The team was able to purchase the advanced cells after receiving an unexpected gift from the Alan and Patricia Goodding Family Trust. The family designated $845,000 specifically to help support the Missouri S&T Solar Car Team for years to come.

Team member Andrew Sourk, who designed the frame and body of Solar Miner VII, says the vehicle weighs less than 350 pounds without a driver. The graduate student in mechanical and aerospace engineering has checked out the competition and is confident S&T will do well in the upcoming race.

The following students are members of Missouri S&T's 2010 Solar Car Team:

-- Jeremy Clemens, a senior in electrical engineering from Branson, Mo.
-- Justin Dobrynski, a sophomore in computer engineering from St. Louis
-- Clinton Guenther, a senior in computer engineering from Marthasville, Mo.
-- Christina Jung, a senior in engineering management from Rolla
-- Adam Lewis, a senior in computer engineering from Higginsville, Mo.
-- Cody Massar, a senior in engineering management from St. Louis
-- David Mast, a senior in mechanical engineering from Rolla
-- Merlin Nagel, an exchange student from FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences in Germany
-- Emily Otto, a senior in mechanical engineering from Lee's Summit, Mo.
-- Justin Reynolds, a sophomore in mechanical engineering from St. Peters, Mo.
-- Mocara Rice, a sophomore in mechanical engineering from Ashland, Mo.
-- Andrew Sourk, a graduate student in aerospace engineering from St. Joseph, Mo.
-- Tommy Tran, a senior in mechanical engineering from Branson, Mo.

Lonesome in the Ozarks

The Hillbenders, from Springfield, MO:

Friday, June 11, 2010

Government will even go after your college grades!

I've posted here about how the government will kill you if you protest too much, the government will kill you if you want to be left alone and the government will kill you if you have an oddball religion.

Now the government will go after you--it will kill you, at least not yet--if you question it too deeply. Journalism students have for years been looking into the cases of death row inmates and have found 11 of them wrongly convicted.

According to the New York Times, Prosecutors Turn Tables on Student Journalists, and have subpoenaed the students' grades.

Lawyers in the Cook County state’s attorney’s office say that in their quest for justice in the old case, they need every pertinent piece of information about the students’ three-year investigation into Anthony McKinney, who was convicted of fatally shooting a security guard in 1978. Mr. McKinney’s conviction is being reviewed by a judge.

Among the issues the prosecutors need to understand better, a spokeswoman said, is whether students believed they would receive better grades if witnesses they interviewed provided evidence to exonerate Mr. McKinney.

Northwestern University and David Protess, the professor who leads the students and directs the Medill Innocence Project, say the demands are ridiculously overreaching, irrelevant to Mr. McKinney’s case, in violation of the state’s protections for journalists and a breach of federal privacy statutes — not to mention insulting.
The government is worried that if students investigate the investigators--a way to make them accountable to the taxpayers--and find witnesses who will testify the investigators are wrong, the students will receive higher grades.

Next: The government will investigate professional journalists to find out if they earn bonuses when they uncover wrongdoing by government agents.

The government is busy, busy, busy.

The government kills people who distrust the government

Here's further proof that federal agents are willing to kill U.S. citizens.

The Weavers were bothering no one. But they were different from others. They were survivalists and separatists, trying to live free of the government.

Now if they had been illegal immigrants or Muslims, they'd have been left alone. Or they'd have been inundated with government money, grants, etc.

The governme.nt takes a different view of its own citizens, though, a dim view.

Those of you in the Tea Party movement who are distrustful of the government need to be aware of what COULD be your fate. Just watch this video to find out.



Here's Peter Rowan singing a song about it:

In the Summertime--Mungo Jerry

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Fireworks at Missouri S and T this month

Missouri S & T news office informs us:

Fireworks displays on three Fridays this month:

Fireworks will be visible near the campus of Missouri S&T on three consecutive Fridays in June.

The fireworks will go off on campus at 8:50 p.m. on June 11, June 18 and June 25 in Parking Lot M, located west of the Engineering Research Laboratory (ERL), off of St. Patrick's Lane. The displays are part of S&T's Explosives Camp for high school juniors and seniors. Dr. Paul Worsey, mining engineering professor and explosives expert, will supervise the displays.

For more information about traffic, lot closures and best viewing, click on the link above.

Ain't No Cure for the Summer Time Blues

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

More rain; lots of it

I poured 1.5 inches from my rain gauge yesterday afternoon after I got home from work, and another 1.2 inches today.

That's a total of 2.7 inches in two days.

Out in the Yard--Part VIII

By R.D. Hohenfeldt
Managing Editor

Here's one of our many irises. My wife loves irises; I'm not quite so fond of them.

She once got several sacks of irises from a woman in a plant swap group. I did not have time to plant them all, so she gave most of them away to her sister.

Nevertheless, we've got a bunch of them in the yard, and a few in pots that she got at the farmer's market. Again, I need to rework the beds. If it doesn't rain, maybe I'll get to it this weekend.

Irises are beautiful when they're blooming, but they're ugly (in my opinion) otherwise.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Out in the Yard--Page VII

By R.D. Hohenfeldt
Managing Editor

These are daisies, and boy howdy, they are prolific.

I planted a few of them in one of the flower beds a couple of years ago, and now they've spread into areas of the flower bed I didn't intend them to go.

They're one of the reasons I need to rework that flower bed. The main reason, of course, is the weeds that I've let overrun.

My wife says a weed is just a plant growing where you don't want it to grow. In that case, these daisies might be classified as weeds instead of wildflowers.

They're beautiful while blooming, though, so I'm not going to pull them.

Speaking of beautiful wildflowers; I noticed last week that purple coneflowers are blooming on the roadsides. I'll have to try to get some pictures. Purple conflowers are my favorite wildflowers.

In the Summertime--Roger Miller

Monday, June 7, 2010

Out in the Yard--Part VI

By R.D. Hohenfeldt
Managing Editor

Here's Clematis, a vine that we have growing on the chain link fence.

Delaine got this from somewhere, I forget where, and told me to plant it next to the fence. Now, it's safe with me, because I don't do a good job of mowing or trimming, but I'm a bit fearful that the fellow the neighbor hires for mowing will cut it down. He's very diligent. So far, though, so good; it's growing and blooming.

Clematis is so important that it has its own website called House of Clematis.

This is a very interesting website and after you read it, you're going to want to go out and get you a Clematis. I'm pretty pleased with ours. The blooms look kind of ratty in this picture, but from a distance, they are big and beautiful.

Your government could kill you if you want to be left alone

In an earlier post, I said "Your government could kill you if you make too much noise."

Well, your government could kill you if you want to be left alone, too.

For instance, in 1993 federal law enforcement agents proved their willingness to massacre citizens of the United States. The Branch Davidians were a cult in Texas, claiming to be Christian, and there were reports that the leader was allegedly buying illegal weapons and molesting children.



The Davidians had broken no laws when the feds went with warrant in hand to the cult compound to conduct a search. The feds thought cult leader David Koresh and his cult MIGHT be breaking the law. Cult members had purchased semi-automatic weapons that the federal agents claimed could easily be converted to automatic. There was no evidence that they had done so. The agents just wanted to get on the private property, fish around and find out.

Koresh knew the agents were coming, so armed cultists were waiting for the agents. Koresh met them outside unarmed. Shots were fired. It is impossible to write that sentence with an active verb because no one knows who fired the first shots. The cultists believe the feds shot at Koresh first and he high-tailed it back inside and there was much deadly gunplay afterwards. On the other hand, the feds claim the cultists fired first. Let's agree that emotions were ramped up on both sides and that there is no way of knowing who fired the first shots.

The 50-day siege apparently pissed off the feds and they chose to go on the offensive. They covered up the fact that they fired canisters of inflammable (meaning it could inflame or burn) gas into the compound. Although Sen. Danforth's investigation exonerated the agents, there are still plenty of questions about the cause of the fire.

Most Americans are upset when someone like me suggests the government will kill innocents. That's why we Americans look to place the blame on the victims. I remember lots of folks in my small town (and I suspect it was true across the country) who blamed the Kent State students for their own deaths. "They attacked the National Guardsmen," they said. "They made a bad choice."

So what were the wrong choices of the Davidians? They bought guns; that's legal. They lived separately; that's legal. They practiced an unorthodox religion; that's legal and is supposed to be embraced in a society that claims it wants diversity.

It's just as reasonable to believe they fired in defense of their home as it is to believe they fired offensively at the feds.

It's just as reasonable to believe the feds, either on purpose or accidentally with the canisters, started the fire that killed the children.

Think about it: The federal solution was to conduct a siege from Feb. 28 until April 19, followed by an attack that caused the burning of the buildings that housed the cult. The children that were allegedly molested burned alive. That's how the government protects U.S. citizens.

We want to think our government is good, moral and just. It's frightening to think it could possibly, at times, act otherwise. It feels better to blame the Davidians (or the anti-war protesters), because they were weirdos. They were, but people have a right to be left alone to be weirdos.

One of these days, Christians who believe Jesus shed his blood on the cross to save them from sin and rose again to eternal life will be thought of as weirdos and will be persecuted.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Out in the yard--Part V


By R.D. Hohenfeldt
Managing Editor

Here's another flower in the flower bed that I need to rework badly.

This is called Veronica Crater Lake.

It attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

Like every flower we grow, it is low maintenance. I don't spend a great deal of time working on it, and maybe it would look better if I did.

If you've been reading these installments about the flowers in our yard, I'd be interested in hearing what you're growing.

Just post a comment on one of these posts, or send an e-mail to ozarksalmanac@yahoo.com.

D-Day

Many have sacrificed so I could sit here and post and you could sit there and read. I thank them and pray for them. I hope you do, too.

Get ready for a storm 20 times worse than Katrina--from the sun

Here's something else that is going to require more government intervention, regulation and oversight, as well as additional money--lots of additional money: According to NASA, the sun is waking up and is going to kick some butt on earth.

Here's an excerpt from As the sun Awakens, NASA keeps a wary eye on space weather:

Richard Fisher, head of NASA's Heliophysics Division, explains what it's all about:

"The sun is waking up from a deep slumber, and in the next few years we expect to see much higher levels of solar activity. At the same time, our technological society has developed an unprecedented sensitivity to solar storms. The intersection of these two issues is what we're getting together to discuss."

The National Academy of Sciences framed the problem two years ago in a landmark report entitled "Severe Space Weather Events—Societal and Economic Impacts." It noted how people of the 21st-century rely on high-tech systems for the basics of daily life. Smart power grids, GPS navigation, air travel, financial services and emergency radio communications can all be knocked out by intense solar activity. A century-class solar storm, the Academy warned, could cause twenty times more economic damage than Hurricane Katrina.

Someone needs to be blamed for this so the Democrats can raise taxes on businesses and rich people. Anyone got any ideas?

Sunday sermon in song

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Has the "old, old story of Jesus" been replaced?

Back in the old days when I was a very young Ozarks Boy, my Southern Baptist church taught that all of us are sinners worthy of hell.

God is gracious, though, they taught us, and the Father made a way to heaven for us by sending his Son to live a perfect life to fulfill the Law and then die for us to pay the penalty for sin. He rose on the third day, victorious over sin and death. Only by repenting of our sins and accepting Jesus Christ as our personal savior--that is, believing that He took our sins on Himself when He died on the cross--do we become worthy of heaven. It was taught and preached repeatedly that we are worthy of heaven only through His worthiness, if we by faith accept Him as Lord and Savior. When the Father looks at us, He sees the Son and accepts us. That's grace, unmerited favor, my Sunday School teachers and preachers taught me.

Has this become an old school teaching for most Christians? I think it has; I've been reading a blog called Jesus Creed, and salvation from sin is unimportant to the Jesus presented on that blog. In fact, I'd say that the Jesus presented on that blog and the Jesus presented in my church and in places like this one, Sinners--In Desperate Need of Salvation, aren't the same.

I'm a much, much older Ozarks Boy now, but I still attend a Southern Baptist church and the gospel presented in my church is the same as that presented in my boyhood church.

But maybe there has been a new revelation! Is there a new truth? If so, I need to get pointed to some new study materials, and I need to find a new church that presents the new truth.

No, I think I'll just stick with the old, old story of Jesus Christ. I trust Him, not new revelation.

Gasoline is 25 cents per gallon higher in Rolla

The gasoline stations in Rolla must be making a killing off us.

I filled up early this morning and paid $2.699 per gallon for regular.

My wife and I went to California, Mo., to see my parents. On the way up we noticed that gasoline in Vienna was $2.559.

In California it was $2.449.

Look at that carefully. It is 25 cents per gallon less in California than Rolla.

The gasoline dealers in Rolla can charge that because Rolla is prosperous, full of University employees, health-care professionals, lawyers and teachers. They don't complain about the price of fuel. They complain about the lack of a mall, the lack of high-end shopping, the lack of expensive restaurants, you know, important issues.

It's hot; summer must be here

She isn't a Missourian, so this isn't Missouri music, but it's pretty darn good anyway.

Out in the Yard--Part IV

By R.D. Hohenfeldt
Managing Editor

We've got four kinds of roses in the yard; three of them are pictured here.

Shown at right on the top is one of our two Pink Knockout Rose bushes in our backyard.

Next down in the photos is the Pink F.J. Grootendorst, a double flowered cultivar of the Rosa Rugosa. The Grootendorst is in the front yard, one end of a flower bed that needs a lot of work done to it.

On the other end of that flower bed is an heirloom rose, the Rosa Rugosa Pink. See how different they look? Yet, the Grootendorst, some years ago was cultivated out of a Rosa Rugosa. I don't understand how that works, and don't need to.

All I need to know, and thus all I can tell you, is that these roses are doggone easy to take care of. I haven't put any plant food on them for years. I water them when it gets hot. I pinch off the blooms when they die.

We also have a miniature rose in a wooden half-barrel. It is called Red Cascade. I'll post a picture of it later, because it is still on the camera.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Out in the yard--Part III


By R.D. Hohenfeldt
Managing Editor

This plant is called Weigela. It's been growing in the front yard for 7-8 years; in fact, it's been around here longer than I have. Although I planted it for Delaine, she got this when it was little, back before we got married.

I like the looks of it a lot. I also like to say the name of it, although I'm certain I pronounce it wrong. I say, "wy-JEE-la" with a heavy emphasis on the second syllable. I also hold onto that second syllable, so it comes out more like "wy-JEEEEEEE-la." Say it out loud. Doesn't that feel good?

This particular plant is called Wine and Roses Weigela. There are several other varieties with different colors.

It is planted right next to our Anthony Waterer Spiraea out in the full son, next to the street. I think they look good together.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Just a little bit of rain

Last night we got some thunder and lightning, along with a little bit of rain.

It wasn't much.

I checked the rain gauge today and it only had 0.10 inch. Presumably, we got a little more than that, but it evaporated during the day.

I'm going to have to water the flowers and vegetables tomorrow.

Out in the yard--Part II

By R.D. Hohenfeldt
Managing Editor

This poor little guy has had a heckuva time.

He's a Red Buckeye, and my wife bought this plant at Missouri Wildflowers Nursery way back in 2005.

I planted it that summer and then didn't take very good care of it, and I thought it had burned up in the heat wave that late summer, but then it came back in the spring of 2006.

That summer, I forgot about it, and mowed it down.

It came back in 2007, but I again failed to take care of it, and it burned up.

Nevertheless, it came back in 2008. In the middle of the summer, my mower quite working, so Delaine hired a neighbor boy to mow the yard. "Don't mow down the buckeye," she said, and pointed it out to him. I went out later and checked his work and when I came back in, I said, "He mowed down your buckeye."

It made it through 2009 unscathed, and this spring it looks better than ever. I missed photographing the blooms, and they're mostly gone in this photo.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Conservation Commission action

We received the following today from the Missouri Department of Conservation:


Missouri Conservation Commission

Conservation Action: May 2010

The Missouri Conservation Commission met May 27 at Prairie Star Farm in Bland and May 28 at Conservation Department Headquarters in Jefferson City. Commissioners present were:

William F. “Chip” McGeehan, Marshfield,

Becky L. Plattner, Grand Pass,

Don R. Johnson, Festus,

REGULATIONS

The Commission:

· Approved the following 2010 early migratory bird hunting seasons and limits.

o Sora and Virginia rails: Sept. 1 through Nov. 9 (70 days) with limits of 25* daily and in possession (*combined total for both species). Shooting hours remain one-half-hour before sunrise to sunset.

o Wilson’s (common) snipe: Sept. 1 through Dec. 16 (107 days) with limits of 8 daily and 16 in possession. Shooting hours remain one-half-hour before sunrise to sunset.

o American woodcock: Oct. 15 through Nov. 28 (45 days) with limits of 3 daily and 6 in possession. Shooting hours remain one-half-hour before sunrise to sunset.

o Mourning doves, Eurasian collared-doves, and white-winged doves: Sept. 1 through Nov. 9 (70 days) with limits of 15* daily and 30* in possession (*combined total for all three species). Shooting hours remain one-half-hour before sunrise to sunset.

o Blue-winged, green-winged, and cinnamon teal: The population status of the blue-winged teal, the primary species harvested in Missouri’s September teal season, will not be known until August. Therefore:

§ If the blue-winged teal (BWT) breeding population index is below 3.3 million birds, the season will be closed.

§ If the BWT breeding population index is at least 3.3 million but less than 4.7 million, a 9-day season is recommended of Sept. 11 through 19 with limits of 4 daily and 8 in possession and shooting hours of sunrise to sunset.

§ If the BWT breeding population index is 4.7 million or greater, a 16-day season is recommended of Sept. 11 through 26 with limits of 4 daily and 8 in possession and shooting hours of sunrise to sunset.

ADMINISTRATIVE

The Commission:

· Received presentations from:

o Forestry District Supervisor/FRAS Project Leader Gus Raeker regarding Missouri’s Forest Resource Assessment and Strategy (FRAS).

o Resource Science Division Survey Coordinator Ron Reitz regarding Integrating Human Dimensions into Conservation Policy.

o Hunter Education/Shooting Range Coordinator Tony Legg regarding Missouri’s Range Program.

· Received a report on the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation from MCHF Vice President Dave Murphy.

· Authorized entering into a contract with Verslues Construction Company, Inc., Jefferson City, for the construction of the Central Regional Office Project in Boone County at a total estimated cost of $6,175,100.

· Authorized entering into a contract with Wisch & Vaughn Construction, Jefferson City, for the construction of the workshop and storage buildings at the Charles W. Green Conservation Area located in Boone County at a total estimated cost of $591,960.

· Approved the Fiscal Year 2011 Internal Expenditure Plan.

· Approved the advertising and sale of an estimated 1.32 million board feet of timber located on 647 acres of Compartment 21, Sunklands Conservation Area in Shannon County, and an estimated 1.053-million board feet of timber located on 501 acres of Compartment 10, Angeline Conservation Area in Shannon County.

· Approved the acceptance from the estate of Thomas Francis McGee, Jr. the bequest of approximately 996 acres in Clinton County as a new conservation area to be named the McGee Family Conservation Area.

· Approved the acceptance from the estate of David D. Lewis the bequest of approximately 362 acres in Taney County as a new conservation area to be named the Lewis Family, Dean, Anna Mae, and David D. Lewis Memorial Conservation Area.

· Approved the purchase of approximately 2.3 acres in Pettis County as an addition to Bryson’s Hope Conservation Area.

· Approved the sale of approximately 7.3 acres of the Otter Slough Conservation Area in Stoddard County.

· Approved proposed responses to certain Resolutions adopted by the Conservation Federation of Missouri at its annual meeting Feb. 26-28, 2010.

· Approved suspension or revocation of hunting, fishing and/or trapping privileges of 28 Missouri residents for Wildlife Code violations, and affirmed actions taken by Missouri courts suspending or revoking privileges of four Missouri residents. Those whose privileges were suspended or revoked are:

o Jeffrey S. Blazer, Forest City, hunting, 1 year

o Thomas J. Bridgewater, Rich Hill, hunting, 6 months

o Richard A. Bryant, Platte City, hunting, 6 months

o Nathaniel L. Burk, Galena, all sport, 2.5 years

o Larry W. Cloud, Crane, hunting, 1 year

o Jacob D. Downey, Urbana, hunting, 1.5 years

o Garrett Green, Bethany, hunting, until 3/3/2012

o Tony R. Green, Moberly, all sport, 1 year

o Edgar T. Hall, Cole Camp, all sport, 1 year

o Harold T. Hancock, Tipton, all sport, 1 year

o Douglas L. Handley, Falcon, all sport, 3 years

o Christopher M. Harris, Doniphan, all sport, 1 year

o Randy A. Hargis, Pacific, hunting and fishing, until 1/20/2012

o Kile D. Kluck, Boonville, hunting and fishing, until 3/23/2012

o Calen B. Lamb, Smithville, all sport, 1 year

o Travis R. Lewis, Kirksville, all sport, 1 year

o Randall T. Miller, Springfield, all sport, 3 years

o Jacob N. Murrell, Bragg City, all sport, 1 year

o Brandon T. Neal, Caulfield, hunting, 1 year

o Jonathan D. Nunn, Fredericktown, all sport, 3 years

o Cullen G. Oldham, Sullivan, all sport, 1 year

o Jerry N. Powell, Puxico, hunting, 1 year

o Thomas J. Ryan, Sullivan, all sport, 1 year

o William A. Shelton, Stockton, all sport, 1 year

o Jason J. Simmons, Spokane, all sport, 1 year

o Kurtis J. Walker, Alton, all sport, 1 year

o Travis R. Warlen, Chilhowee, hunting and trapping, 2 years

o Patrick W. Wilburn, Dexter, all sport, 1 year

o Sheirif A. Williams, Mansfield, all sport, 1 year

o Eric L. Wilson, Crane, hunting, 1 year

o Dustin R. Winder, Springfield, all sport, 2 years

o Juvenile, New London, all sport, until 2/22/2011

· Approved the suspension or revocation of all hunting and fishing privileges of 186 people who are not in compliance with applicable child support laws.

· Suspended the hunting, fishing and/or trapping privileges of one Missouri resident and 162 nonresidents under the provisions of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.

· Set its next regular meeting for July 15-16 in Cape Girardeau.

Out in the yard--Part I

By R.D. Hohenfeldt
Managing Editor

I took some photos of some of our flowers this spring and I'll be sharing them here over the next few days.

Today: Snowball Bush.

We planted our Snowball Bush about three years ago, and it thrives where it is in the backyard under the shade of an old oak tree.

Here are a couple of pictures from late April or early May--I can't remember. It's through blooming now.

Those are some big white blooms, and they're odd-looking flowers, to my way of thinking.

I recommend this bush for your yard. It's mighty fine looking, and it is easy to take care of. In fact, I have done absolutely nothing to ours, and it still looks beautiful.

One website I read recently says to prune it regularly. I never do. I guess I will if it doesn't bloom one year, but so far, it's done well, and my philosophy is leave it alone if it grows and looks good.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Join or sponsor the Rolla Town Band

Missouri S and T news office informs us:

Town Band practice starts June 8

Rehearsals for the Rolla Town Band begin on Tuesday, June 8. Both performers and sponsors are needed by the group.

"We plan to offer audiences a broad range of music this year," says conductor Dr. Robert J. Cesario, director of bands and orchestras at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Rehearsals will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in June, beginning June 8, and every Tuesday in July, in Room 138 Castleman Hall, 10th and Main streets in Rolla.

The band is open to musicians age 14 and older. All ability levels are welcome, including those who haven't played in 20 years. If you need an instrument, contact Cesario at 573-341-4185 or cesarior@mst.edu, or come to the first rehearsal. "We'll see what we can do," says Cesario.

The Rolla Town Band will perform several concerts in July. The concerts will be held either on the Castleman Hall Green, located at 10th and State streets, or at the downtown band shell in Rolla. Dates and times will be announced later this month.

Current sponsors for the Rolla Town Band include the Missouri S&T arts, languages and philosophy department; the World's Finest Rolla German Band; and the City of Rolla department of parks and recreation. Additional sponsors are needed.

Organizations and individuals interested in helping sponsor the Rolla Town Band this summer, as well as those interested in performing in the ensemble, are encouraged to contact Cesario.

Obama wants to get my money and give it to someone else

At the St. Robert home improvement store where I work, we did so well in both sales and service in the first quarter of the year that we full-timers each won some hefty bonuses. The sales specialists got more than we did. The department managers got more than the sales specialists. The senior managers got more than the department managers.

Our store has more than 100 employees, so that's a lot of bonus money being handed out by the company. I think it's pretty generous. I don't remember anything like that happening when I worked at the Rolla Daily News for 20 years.

Now, here's the great thing: We've got a chance to do that again in the second quarter of the year, and the third, and the fourth. We full-timers could earn several hundred dollars extra just for doing what we do.

I really like working there.

Now, I just hope and pray Obama doesn't get in the middle of this. He doesn't like corporations to give out bonuses. He doesn't like for some people to get more than others, as he indicated in his conversation with Joe the Plumber.

Obama likes everything to be even. He thinks that's fair. I can foresee Obama coming into our store and demanding that everyone--managers, sales specialists, full-timers and part-timers--all get the same bonus. Obama would want to take the bonus pot, take three-quarters of it for the government, and pass the rest out to the 100-plus employees.

Wait a minute, though. He wants everything to be even. That means more than likely, he'd demand that we share our bonuses with the Rolla store, which didn't win a doggone thing.

That's the Obama redistribution of wealth plan. Some people think it's a great deal.