Saturday, April 25, 2009

Hayley Westenra: I Dreamed a Dream


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Foggy Mountain Special by Sierra Hull & Highway 111 featuring Ron Block
Something for KK: Top Gear with David Tennant


BBC - Top Gear - Home
Top Gear Official Site - The World's Greatest Car TV Show - Top Gear
Herrick Kimball (the Deliberate Agrarian) ceases blogging: The Ruminations End and Welcome To The Deliberate Agrarian.

"I'm going to raise chickens."


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Friends tend to be incredulous when I say I'd like to raise chickens full-time somday. The truth is that I don't even know if I'd be able to do it "part-time." But I saw a story on TV last Friday on ABC 7 News (San Francisco) about suburban dwellers (including one former mayor of a small town) who were raising their own chickens (primarily for eggs). That reawakened my interest in raising chickens, both for healthier food and also to save money. Rod Dreher makes this suggestion 0n the Texas Monthly website. Avian flu! I hope not. So who wants to raise chickens with me?

Urban chicken trend on rise in Bay Area - 1/02/09 - San Francisco
Off the farm: Poultry providers say more suburban folks trying their hand at raising chickens
More suburbanites, hobbyists raise chickensABC 7 News.


Links:
2 websites mentioned in the news story--
BackYardChickens.com - Raise Chickens, Build Chicken Coops, Hatch Eggs
(Backyard Chickens - Message Board)
Backyard Poultry Info Centre

Other links:
Urban Chickens
Raising Chickens: Keeping a Backyard Flock
Jane's Backyard Chickens
Raising Backyard Chickens New Hampshire Public Radio
Gardening Examiner: Eight benefits of raising backyard chickens
Backyard Chickens 101: An Introduction DigginFood

Chicken Breeds:
Chicken Breeds - Back Yard Chickens
Breeds of Chicken
Henderson's Chicken Breed Chart
Chicken Breeds, Breeds of Chickens, List of Chicken Breeds
Choosing the Right Chicken Breeds
Chicken Breeds of Interest

Path to Freedom - City Chickens




More youtube videos.

KK, check this out: 12 Bird True Love Roast

Friday, April 24, 2009

Photos: Coptic Easter


An Egyptian Copt monk burns incense prior to the Coptic Easter celebration mass led by Pope Shenouda III, the 117th Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria and Patriarch of the Holy See of St. Mark in Cairo the eve of April 19, 2009. The Church of Alexandria in Egypt has about 58 million members worldwide. (Getty/Daylife)

A member of the Egyptian Orthodox church performs a ritual at the Easter midnight mass in the main cathedral in Cairo April 18, 2009. (Reuters/Daylife)


Pope Shenouda III, 85 years-old, the 117th Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria and Patriarch of the Holy See of St. Mark, participates in the Coptic Easter celebration mass in Cairo the eve of April 19, 2009. The Church of Alexandria in Egypt has about 58 million members worldwide. (Getty/Daylife)

Pope Shenouda III, the Coptic Orthodox Pope of Egypt, attends the Easter midnight mass at the main cathedral in Cairo April 18, 2009. (Reuters/Daylife)


Egyptian Copt women attend the Coptic Easter celebration mass led by Pope Shenouda III, the 117th Pope of The Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria and Patriarch of the Holy See of St. Mark in Cairo 07 April 2007. The Church of Alexandria in Egypt has about 58 million members worldwide. (Getty/Daylife)

Members of the Egyptian Orthodox church attend the Easter midnight mass at the main cathedral in Cairo April 18, 2009.(Reuters/Daylife)

More photos of Orthodox Easter


Despina, an 89 year old Greek Orthodox nun, is seen at the Apostolos Andreas monastery in Dipkarpaz, Riso Karpaso, in the Turkish administered northern part of Cyprus, some 150 km (93 miles) east of Nicosia, April 18, 2009. Dipkarpaz is the home to Northern Cyprus' largest of Greek Cypriot community, millions of Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter on Sunday. (Reuters/Daylife)

Russian priests attend a celebration ceremony of the Orthodox Easter in Moscow, on early April 19, 2009 in Christ the Savior cathedral. (Getty/Daylife)

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill conducts Easter service in Moscow, in the early hours of Sunday, April 19, 2009. Eastern Orthodox churches, which observe the ancient Julian calendar, usually celebrate Easter later than Western churches. (AP/Daylife)

Russian Patriarch Kirill holds candles with the Holy Fire during Easter service in the Christ the Savior Cathedral in in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, April 18, 2009. Eastern Orthodox churches, which observe the ancient Julian calendar, usually celebrate Easter later than Western churches.
(AP/Daylife)

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill conducts Easter service in Moscow, in the early hours of Sunday, April 19, 2009. Eastern Orthodox churches, which observe the ancient Julian calendar, usually celebrate Easter later than Western churches. (AP/Daylife)

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill conducts Easter service in Moscow, Sunday, April 19, 2009. Eastern Orthodox churches, which observe the ancient Julian calendar, usually celebrate Easter later than Western churches. (AP/Daylife)

Russian priests attend a celebration ceremony of the Orthodox Easter in Moscow, on early April 19, 2009 in Christ the Savior cathedral. (Getty/Daylife)

Russian Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill holds an Orthodox Easter service in Moscow on April 19, 2009 at the Christ the Saviour cathedral. (Getty/Daylife)

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill (L) passes by Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (R) and his wife Svetlana during an Orthodox Easter service at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow April 19, 2009. (Reuters/Daylife)

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (C), his wife Svetlana (L) and Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin attend an Orthodox Easter service at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow April 19, 2009. (Reuters/Daylife)

Bulgarian believers attend the Orthodox Easter service in the golden-domed Alexander Nevski cathedral in Sofia on April 19, 2009. (Getty/Daylife)

Worshippers walk candles during an Orthodox Easter service outside the golden-domed Alexander Nevski cathedral in Sofia early April 19, 2009. The majority of Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter a week after the Catholics. (Reuters/Daylife)

Orthodox believers attend an Easter service in a church in Belovodskoe about 30 kilometres outside Bishkek on early April 19, 2009. (Getty/Daylife)

Orthodox believers hold candles as they attend an Easter service in a church in Belovodskoe about 30 kilometres outside Bishkek on early April 19, 2009. (Getty/Daylife)

Russian Orthodox Church believers attend an Easter service in the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, April 19, 2009. Eastern Orthodox churches, which observe the ancient Julian calendar, usually celebrate Easter later than Western churches. (AP/Daylife)

Ethnic Russians light candles during Orthodox Easter celebrations in Sarichioi, eastern Romania, early Sunday, April 19, 2009. The Russian minority that inhabits the regions near the Danube Delta in Romania and consists mostly of fishermen celebrated Easter along with the country's Orthodox majority.

Ethnic Russians prepare to leave the church following Orthodox Easter celebrations in Sarichioi, eastern Romania, early Sunday, April 19, 2009. The Russian minority that inhabits the regions near the Danube Delta in Romania and consists mostly of fishermen celebrated Easter along with the country's Orthodox majority. (AP/Daylife)

Ethnic Russians attend Orthodox Easter celebrations in Sarichioi, eastern Romania, early Sunday, April 19, 2009. The Russian minority that inhabits the regions near the Danube Delta in Romania and consists mostly of fishermen celebrated Easter along with the country's Orthodox majority. (AP/Daylife)

Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko (C) and Prime Minister
Yulia Tymoshenko (L) attend the midnight Orthodox Easter service in Kiev April 19, 2009. (Reuters/Daylife)

A woman places her head on the image of Christ during an Orthodox Easter service before sunrise in Chisinau, Moldova Sunday April 19, 2009. Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter based on the old Julian calendar. (AP/Daylife)

A child dressed in a traditional clothing attends an Orthodox Easter ceremony in an improvised church inside a salt mine on April 19, 2009, in the village of Cacica, in northern Romania. (Getty/Daylife)


Bosnian Orthodox Christians light candles during the Easter Sunday service lead by Head of Bosnian Serb Orthodox Church, Nikolaj Mrdja at the main Orthodox Church in Sarajevo on April, 19 2009. (Getty/Daylife)

The head of Bosnian Serb Orthodox Church, Nikolaj Mrdja (C), leads the Easter Sunday service at the main Orthodox Church in Sarajevo on 19 April, 19 2009. (Getty/Daylife)

Palestinian Greek orthodox clergymen attend a Mass during Easter at their Church in Gaza City, Sunday, April 19, 2009. Orthodox Christians are marking the solemn period of Easter. (AP/Daylife)

Photos: Patriarch Bartholomew I



Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I conducts an Orthodox Easter service in Aya Yorgi (St. George) church at the Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Istanbul April 19, 2009. (Reuters/Daylife)

Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople
Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople
Ecumenical Patriarchate
Bartolomeo I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople's Visit

Rome: Pontifical Oriental Institute Home

Photos: Easter in Riga


Orthodox worshippers light candles from Holy Fire from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem during mass during the second Easter day in Riga April 20, 2009. (Reuters/Daylife)

Orthodox worshippers light candles from Holy Fire from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem during mass at the second Easter day in Riga April 20, 2009. (Reuters/Daylife)

Orthodox priests and worshippers attend mass during the second Easter day in Riga April 20, 2009. (Reuters/Daylife)

Orthodox nuns and worshippers attend mass during the second Easter day in Riga April 20, 2009. (Reuters/Daylife)

Orthodox Metropolitan of Latvia Alexander (C) and priests light candles from Holy Fire from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem during mass at the second Easter day in Riga April 20, 2009. (Reuters/Daylife)

Orthodox Metropolitan of Latvia Alexander attends mass during the second Easter day in Riga April 20, 2009. (Reuters/Daylife)

Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter's holy fire ritual
Church of Latvia
Church of Latvia - OrthodoxWiki
Latvian Orthodox Church

(See also Orthodox Church of Estonia and Historical background of Orthodoxy in Estonia)
Another fine comment from Mr. Robert M. Peters:

Of what value then are paper constitutions and oaths binding officers to their preservation, if there is not intelligence enough in the people to discern the violations and virtue enough to resist the violators? —Jefferson Davis

No medieval king or prince had a monopoly on coercion, and none was able to define the limits of his own power, not because there were not kings and princes so inclined; indeed a few got awfully close. Authority and the commensurate power were divided among various commonwealths: the Kaiser, the Church, the free cities, the competing jurisdictions, the sheer number of principalities and kingdoms.

Though the compact of the Constitution, the thirteen republics which had seceded from the Crown, created a union of constitutionally federated republics which, each according to its tradition and custom, reserved most of the authority and attendant rights which they had enjoyed since their respective inceptions and lent in stewardship, delegated and well enumerated, some rights to the general government which was their mere agent. While within the contract, the general government was established in three branches, each with checks and balances on the other, the overriding responsibility to monitor and enforce the contract lay with the states through the instrumentalities of interposition, nullification and ultimately secession. The principals of all contracts must monitor and enforce contracts. They fail to do so at their peril . In the end, the people within their respective states must be armed if the contest between the agent and the principals or among some of the principals becomes frictious unto violence.

The Hobbesian state defeated the union of constitutionally federated republics in 1865. It is a sad fact that the Hobbesian state hides itself behind the Constitution, a document whose meaning ceased to be when the union of constitutionally federated republics ceased to be. The elites which manipulate both parties trot it out - much like the Queen of England is trotted out to start parliament - and we continue to genuflect to a dead letter while the elites plot and carry out their nefarious schemes behind the crumbling parchment.
Teen girls are swapping sex for ... just about anything which profiles this book, Oral Sex Is The New Goodnight Kiss.

Links:
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TheStar.com News & Features
NLM: Fr. Kirby Weighs in: Hymns vs. Propers

Fr. Kirby's response, In aeternum cantabo, to this post at NLM: Can Hymns Licitly Replace Propers?
It can be rather bizarre, that certain people add you as a friend on Facebook. I know that for the sake of boosting my friend count, I have added classmates from high school (and even elementary school) with whom I would probably not associate much in real life, even if they lived nearby--we just don't have that much in common. Socializing at a class reunion wouldn't be too bad. But other than that...

Perhaps they are just doing the same.

Anyway, someone I've known since 5th grade but haven't seen since 8th grade added me. I don't know why, since we don't have any friends in common (that is, no one from elementary school or junior high), so I have no idea how she came across my name on Facebook, or what spurred her to look me up.

It's not like we got along that well. Actually, during middle school I didn't like her that much ('like' in the 'innocent' way) since she acted a bit snobby (and materialistic), and considered herself part of the popular crowd.

We'll see if she responds to my greeting.
Today, I was subbing in a 4th grade class. One of the students was wearing a shirt (or was it a sweatshirt?) with this logo:

(source)

An obvious riff off Dairy Queen.

It may be funny to adults, but what message are parents sending when they allow their children to wear clothing like this (or pants with letters on their seat, and so on)? I hate Juicy Couture.
Gavin McInnes: a cruder Dr. Laura? (Warning! Profanity in the title of his piece.) He makes many of the same points that she does with regards to how selfish it is for single women to deliberately plan to have a child alone, believing that a father is extraneous.
John Fea, Abraham Lincoln and the Destruction of Place

From Mr. Josh Cooney:

Wendell Berry has an essay “American Imagination and the Civil War,” published in the Fall 2007 issue of the Sewanee Review. It will give you a pretty good idea of what he thinks about the subject. Wendell Berry, in my opinion, is not simply an agrarian, but a Southern agrarian. I wouldn’t go around telling people that, lest Mr. Berry should receive the Mel Bradford treatment. Back to silence…
Welcome to the Sewanee Review
Mike Whitney, A Housing Crash Update and Anthony DiMaggio, Obama and the Housing Crisis
Postmodern Conservative is now affiliated with First Things.

Of Second Things—And First Things
by Joseph Bottum
First Things’ editor discusses the future of the magazine. Interview available
I don't like the music accompanying the video, but I watched it anyways--William Cheung Wing Chun Serbia UZICE seminar


Enough to win me away from JKD and other reality-based fighting systems? I'm not sure. I still have doubts about the footwork...

YouTube - Wing Chun SiFu Koviljac Predrag
The website for his school.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Photos: The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery


LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: Members of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery arrive in Green Park to give a 41 gun royal salute on April 21, 2009 in London. The tradional salute, also marked by a gun salute at Tower Bridge, marks
Queen Elizabeth's 83rd birthday today. (Getty/Daylife)

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: Members of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery prepare to give a 41 gun royal salute in Green Park on April 21, 2009 in London. The tradional salute, also marked by a gun salute at Tower Bridge, marks
Queen Elizabeth's 83rd birthday today. (Getty/Daylife)

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: Members of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery give a 41 gun royal salute in Green Park on April 21, 2009 in London. The tradional salute, also marked by a gun salute at Tower Bridge, marks
Queen Elizabeth's 83rd birthday today. (Getty/Daylife)

A royal salute is fired by the King's Troop of the Royal Horse Artillery to celebrate Britain's Queen Elizabeth II 83rd birthday, in Green Park, London, Tuesday, April 21, 2009. The queen's birthday is celebrated twice a year, once privately, on her actual birthday, and again with an official national celebration in June. (AP/Getty)

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a forty-one gun salute to mark Britain's Queen Eizabeth's 83rd birthday in Green Park, central London April 21, 2009. The ceremony marked the actual birthday of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, who is 83 today, Tuesday. (Reuters/Daylife)

The King's Troop of the Royal Horse Artillery are seen after a gun salute was fired to celebrate Britain's
Queen Elizabeth II 83rd birthday, in Green Park, London, Tuesday, April 21, 2009. The queen's birthday is celebrated twice a year, once privately, on her actual birthday, and again with an official national celebration in June. (AP/Daylife)

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: A police officer watches as members of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery leave Green Park after giving a 41 gun royal salute on April 21, 2009 in London. The tradional salute, also marked by a gun salute at Tower Bridge, marks
Queen Elizabeth's 83rd birthday today. (Getty/Daylife)

The King's Troop RHA - British Army Website (another page)
Forces Gateway
Ministry of Defence Defence News History and Honour



Soldiers fire blank rounds during a gun salute at the Tower of London, on April 21, 2009. Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 83rd birthday Tuesday, which was marked by a 41-gun salute in central London. The monarch was expected to spend the day at Windsor Castle, her favourite residence just west of London, with husband Prince Philip. (Getty/Daylife)

Soldiers pick up spent blank rounds after a gun salute at the Tower of London, on April 21, 2009.
Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 83rd birthday Tuesday, which was marked by a 41-gun salute in central London. The monarch was expected to spend the day at Windsor Castle, her favourite residence just west of London, with husband Prince Philip. (Getty/Daylife)

The smoking shell from a blank round is pictured as soldiers fire blank rounds during a gun salute at the Tower of London, on April 21, 2009.
Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 83rd birthday Tuesday, which was marked by a 41-gun salute in central London. The monarch was expected to spend the day at Windsor Castle, her favourite residence just west of London, with husband Prince Philip. (Getty/Daylife)


The Royal Artillery
Welcome to the Tower of London
The Royal Artillery Museum - Firepower - Homepage