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Today is President's Day where we've relegated Washington and Lincoln to a forgotten Monday so no one will remember them. When I'm President we're going to give these guys back their own days.
I trust everyone had a nice weekend? The weather service is once again promising snow from tonight through tomorrow evening. Three to six inches is forecast. Maybe. They're not sure.
The storm is currently making its way north and east through the Appalachians and should be here by around 6PM this evening making the evening and tomorrow morning's rush hours difficult. Stay tuned to your local TV weather stations so you can watch the hysteria.
What I don't understand is why people rush to the supermarkets on the first promise of snow buying out "basics" as if there will be no tomorrow and the world as we know it will end under a soft blanket of white.I, along with ten thousand others went to the Chuang Yen monastery yesterday to celebrate the Year of the Tiger. There's a photo page from that visit at which you might want to take a look.
We lost power for several hours out here in the Free State of Western Kent early Saturday morning apparently for no reason other than it seemed an appropriate time. At times like this one of my pet joys is to stand outside and listen to the silence as that all-persistent 60 cycle hum is now absent. It's a sound you don't even notice, it's become such a part of our lives, until it's not there and then you revel, awash in its calm absence. But this small joy is no longer to be for everyone now sports generators that turn on automatically when the main lines go dark. Rather than quietude when the lights go out the world is now filled with a growling roar.
Do what's done at festivals like Burning Man: surround your generator with a hay-bale structure and roof it off with insulated panels. Please.
Collected from the 'net:
lots42:Collected from a chopstick wrapper: [verbatim]
Welcome to Chinese Restaurant
Texas Congressman Ron Paul is upset that the national Republican party is using the Tea Party movement as a cover for their own agenda. He'd prefer Tea Baggers focus on issues rather than personalities and party politics and complains, quite properly, that too many tea partiers are using the movement to elect Republicans and that too many of those are using the language to curry voters - falsely. Moreover, he suggests that when Republicans get elected on the promise of fiscal conservatism that they end up spending more than Democrats. And, when Democrats get elected on stopping wars they start new ones or expand old ones.
Remember when tens of millions of Americans took to the streets to protest the Bush Administration's policies, mostly the wars? Remember also how pundits at FOXNews called them traitors and expressed outrage that anyone would question the president during a time of 'war'? Well, thousands of Americans have taken to the streets to protest the Obama administration in the last 8 months or so and the same pundits at FOX call them patriots. What's with that?
The Hamas led government of Gaza arrested a British journalist the other day. They didn't say why, exactly. But the journalist had shown up at court to support a defendant charged with 'giving information to Israel'. Under Hamas' laws, that charge can come down for nothing more sinister than making a cell-phone call into Israel. In fact, Hamas has charged - and executed - hundreds of people with the same "crime" in show trials run by tribunals similar to what is being proposed for our guests at Guantanamo. Maybe we should just send them to Gaza?
And now, the News:
How Many Stars Can You See?Down Peekskill Hollow Road at the intersection with Bryant Pond Road, Putnam Sports operates a soccer camp with 2 fields on 13.5 acres. They now have application before the Putnam Valley Planning Board (02/22/10) to build a third, regulation sized field, and to put up stadium lights for night games.
As many of you know I'm mixed mind about stadium lights in Putnam County. The darkest skies in the region run in a band from Adams' Corner northeastwards to Route 52 at the Kent, East Fishkill line. With long-held plans to put stadium lights at Farmer's Mills Park in Kent and now this plan for Peekskill Hollow Road, we'd be slowing squeezing that band into a smaller and smaller space. Many nights here at The Asylum we have what I call "milky way nights" for you can clearly see the band of our celestial arm in the galaxy - and for the NY Metro area we are very lucky.
Quick Poll Results: Reducing Municipal Budgets:The quick poll we've been running since the middle of last week has been pretty interesting. Keep in mind that it is completely unscientific and has a margin of error of 139% but that's good enough for FOXNews so it might as well be good enough for us. Here are the raw tallies:
Boil! Boil! Toil and Trouble!Each year when Jews sit down at the Seder table on Passover, one of the many rituals is the recitation of the ten plagues that the Hebrew god brought upon the ancient Egyptians.
Dom. Tz'fardeah, kinim, arov, dever, sh'chin, barad, arbeh, chosech and makas b'choros.
With the uttering of each they dip a finger into a glass of wine and place a drop on their plates. The ritual is designed to remind adherents of both the power of their god as well as to sympathize (shed tears) with the common Egyptian who had to suffer for the hubris of his King.
One of the plagues was "boils" and for the life of me, and for most young children who are forced to endure this year after year, we have no idea what that means. Having frogs jumping all over the place sounds like fun, 'pestilence' does sound like something bad and rivers turning to blood we can understand. But boils, like 'shingles' and 'chilblains' are words that just aren't used any more - until you get one. Or two. The chilblains I've been dealing with every winter since I can remember. But it was the singular growth on my upper back that brought it all home:
How the Gazebo Got There:A couple of weeks back I posted a hike to the gazebo atop Candlewood Hill in Putnam Valley and someone wrote to say that it had been burned by vandals last summer. But does anyone know how the gazebo got up there in the first place? Putnam Valley resident, Peter Rossi, who now resides in Kent, tells his story [edited] below.
The original intent in building the gazebo was related to the plan for a subdivision of that area. We were aware that an environmental impact statement had to be made in its consideration. One of the criteria, as we understood it, was to respect community use of an area being considered. We felt that the existing trail constituted a long established community use. Building a gazebo on the trail was to underscore that fact long before the designs of any developer. As I understand, there was a common use trail area proposed in the final development plans.
DEC Releases Draft Hudson River Estuary Action PlanPublic Comments Encouraged on 5-Year Blueprint for Hudson River Policies
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Pete Grannis today announced the release of the draft "Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda 2010-2014" for public comment.
DEC Tree And Shrub Seedling Sale Underway
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Saratoga Tree Nursery has begun taking orders for its annual sale of tree and shrub seedlings. Ordering will continue until mid-May through DEC’s Saratoga Nursery.
Free Riparian/Streamside Buffer Restoration Seedlings Available
Riparian restoration seedlings from DEC's Saratoga Nursery will be available again by mid April this year to watershed groups and allies to replant streamside buffer zones at risk of erosion from turbulent stream flow in your towns and communities. Preferably for public lands, but will consider moderate requests for private streamsides in the watershed. Planting bar may be available on loan, otherwise, a sturdy, narrow planting spade works as well. (7 to ~12+ day window to get planted; keep cool, dark, moist meanwhile). Supplied bare root in bags. Wildlife friendly as well. Bushy growth form. For moist sites, full to part sun, depending on species. Species: Red Osier and Silky Dogwoods, Wetland Rose, Sandbar Willow.
Highlands Conservation Funding Gets Big Boost in President’s Budget
$ 5 Million requested for Highlands Conservation Act projects in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania
And that's the News That Matters for today.
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