Thursday, August 30, 2007

How not to treat kids.

Electric shocks. Withholding food. Social isolation. Why are we paying for autistic, mentally retarded, and emotionally troubled kids to be treated like enemy combatants?

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Wired Magazine writes about the Berkely Pit

Berkeley Pit Lake is about a mile long and half again as wide, rimmed by naked rock walls that gleam white under the sun of big-sky country. The water is oxblood red at the surface, stained by manganese and iron; deeper down, heavy copper compounds turn it the color of limeade. It will burn your eyes, stain your clothes, and desiccate your skin. If you drink it, it will corrode your gullet before it poisons you. A dozen years ago, 342 snow geese made the mistake of overnighting at the lake. They were dead the next morning.

Want It!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Kangaroo Injured In Low-Speed Chase Through Alps

Remember little Johnny?

Remember reading all the jokes about "Little Johnny"? You know, the kid that the teachers are afraid to call on for answers in the class, for fear of what he might say... Well, finally a photo of "Little Johnny" has surfaced. See if you can find him in the picture!

The theme of this picture was, "Make a funny face"!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

A new unit of measurement: Mickey

Mickey = ratio of computer mouse movement to onscreen cursor movement.

Brilliant? Or Stupid?

Pocket Shot is a brand new way to enjoy your favorite hard liquor. No longer will you need to carry full size bottles. Gone are the breakable glass mini bottles. Now you can have it one shot at a time, any place, anywhere.

Each Pocket Shot is sealed in a near unbreakable, flexible, squishable, pocket stuffable pouch making them perfect for active activities, outdoor adventures, and glass restricting venues.

Pocket Shot is currently available in 5 flavors:


Big Hole Cow Pasture Open 2007

(Click the title above or the link below for more pictures.)

Just in time for winter - Cruggs!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Want It!

It's good the 70's are over.

Letter from Boy Scout camp

Dear Mom,

Our scout master told us all write to our parents in case you saw the flood on TV and worried. We are OK. Only 1 of our tents and 2 sleeping bags got washed away. Luckily, none of us got drowned because we were all up on the mountain looking for Chad when it happened. Oh yes, please call Chad's mother and tell her he is OK. He can't write because of the cast. I got to ride in one of the search & rescue jeeps. It was neat. We never would have found him in the dark if it hadn't been for the lightning.

Scoutmaster Webb got mad at Chad for going on a hike alone without telling anyone. Chad said he did tell him, but it was during the fire so he probably didn't hear him. Did you know that if you put gas on a fire, the gas can will blow up? The wet wood still didn't burn, but one of our tents did. Also some of our clothes. John is going to look weird until his hair grows back.

We will be home on Saturday if Scoutmaster Webb gets the car fixed. It wasn't his fault about the wreck. The brakes worked OK when we left. Scoutmaster Webb said that a car that old you have to expect something to break down; that's probably why he can't get insurance on it. We think it's a neat car. He doesn't care if we get it dirty, and if it's hot, sometimes he lets us ride on the tailgate. It gets pretty hot with 10 people in a car. He let us take turns riding in the trailer until the highway patrolman stopped and talked to us.

Scoutmaster Webb is a neat guy. Don't worry, he is a good driver. In fact, he is teaching Terry how to drive. But he only lets him drive on the mountain roads where there isn't any traffic. All we ever see up there are logging trucks.

This morning all of the guys were diving off the rocks and swimming out in the lake. Scoutmaster Webb wouldn't let me because I can't swim and Chad was afraid he would sink because of his cast, so he let us take the canoe across the lake. It was great. You can still see some of the trees under the water from the flood. Scoutmaster Webb isn't crabby like some scoutmasters. He didn't even get mad about the life jackets.

He has to spend a lot of time working on the car so we are trying not to cause him any trouble. Guess what? We have all passed our first aid merit badges. When Dave dove in the lake and cut his arm, we got to see how a tourniquet works. Also Wade and I threw up. Scoutmaster Webb said it probably was just food poisoning from the leftover chicken, he said they got sick that way with the food they ate in prison. I'm so glad he got out and become our scoutmaster. He said he sure figured out how to get things done better while he was doing his time.

I have to go now. We are going into town to mail our letters and buy bullets. Don't worry about anything. We are fine.

Love, Doug

A joke

There were five churches in a small town:

The Presbyterian Church, the Baptist Church, the Methodist Church, the Catholic Church and the Jewish Synagogue. Each church and synagogue was overrun with pesky squirrels.

One day, the Presbyterian Church called a meeting to decide what to do about the squirrels. After much prayer and consideration they determined that the squirrels were predestined to be there and they shouldn't interfere with God's divine will.

In the Baptist church the squirrels had taken up habitation in the baptistery. The deacons met and decided to put a cover on the baptistery and drown the squirrels in it. The squirrels escaped somehow and there were twice as many there the next week

The Methodist Church got together and decided that they were not in a position to harm any of God's creation. So, they humanely trapped the Squirrels and set them free a few miles outside of town. Three days later, the squirrels were back.

The Catholic Church baptized the squirrels and registered them as members of the church. Now they only see them on Christmas and Easter

The Jewish Synagogue had the best solution - they took one squirrel and had a short service with him called circumcision.

They haven't seen a squirrel on the property since.

The Best Last Place

Read Closely

Tired of traveling

Video - fire in fire camp

The North Fork Fire began to spot across containment lines, establishing itself on the east side of the South Fork Salmon River. The fire then began a major run toward the Incident Command Post (ICP). The IMT [Incident Management Team] immediately implemented its Camp Safety Plan for such an event. Fire suppression forces were recalled from other locations on the fires and implemented defensive actions. Approximately 350 people stayed in place as the North Fork Fire burned by camp on the west, east, and south flanks.

Monday, August 20, 2007

I found a new place to work today

1. Scroll down
2. NSFW = semi-nude drawings
3. It would probably make more sense if I spoke languages other than English and Dude.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Homeowner photos from the Black Cat fire

Buck Fush

A couple arrested at a rally after refusing to cover T-shirts that bore anti-President Bush slogans settled their lawsuit against the federal government for $80,000, the American Civil Liberties Union announced Thursday.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

A Chinese brown goose bites Kaleb Mackin, 8, on the nose while competing in the Northwest Montana Fair junior fowl showmanship event at Flathead County Fairgrounds in Kalispell on Tuesday afternoon. The junior show featured first-time competitors. Mackin said next year he won’t show a goose because “they are really hard to control.” Garrett Cheen photos/Daily Inter Lake

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Here's the next hot springs to visit

Want It!

Every Little Bit Helps... Right?

Conscientious greens fix their sights on plastic water bottles:

In the last few months, bottled water — generally considered a benign, even beneficial, product — has been increasingly portrayed as an environmental villain by city leaders, activist groups and the media. The argument centers not on water, but oil. It takes 1.5 million barrels a year just to make the plastic water bottles Americans use, according to the Earth Policy Institute in Washington, plus countless barrels to transport it from as far as Fiji and refrigerate it. ...

Dave Byers, 65, from Silver Spring, Md., discussed the issue with his wife, Pat, on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on a 90-degree Saturday. “I think it should be banned, actually,” he said of bottled water.

The US currently uses 20 million barrels of oil per day. First we’re going to ban plastic bags, slicing away a giant 0.16% of that consumption. Now, bring on the plastic bottle ban, slashing a full 0.02% from the oil guzzling. Take that, global warming!

Another use for duct tape

Saturday, August 11, 2007

What the hell are these?

My thought is that they are tourist cabins from when you could have 10 "cabins" and two outhouses and call it a resort.

Did the Clampetts ever have a tourist trap?

(Seen south of Ennis lake.)

This one goes out to my friends who hate cats . . .

and my friends who hate bad grammar.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

What are your chances of surviving a zombie apocalypse?


Young Children Prefer The Taste Of Branded Fast Foods

A new US study suggests that preschool children prefer the taste of fast food and drinks from McDonald's branded packages to the same food and drinks from unbranded packages.

The results showed that:
On average, the children preferred the taste of the food and drink in the McDonald's packaging over the identical products in unmarked packaging.
The result for hamburgers was 48.3 per cent vs. 36.7 per cent.
For chicken nuggets the result was 59 per cent vs. 18 per cent.
For baby carrots the result was 54.1 per cent vs. 23 per cent.
For french fries the result was 76.7 per cent vs. 13.3 per cent.
For milk or apple juice the result was 61.3 per cent vs. 21 per cent.
Futher analysis showed that 4 out of 5 times, children preferred the taste of food and drink that they thought was from McDonald's.
Preschool children who had more TV sets in their homes, and children who ate McDonald's foods more frequently were also more likely to prefer McDonald's branded food and drink to the identical unbranded items.

Who to vote for - the quiz.

Here's how it works, if you want to know. If you agree with a candidate, he gets point(s). If you disagree, take point(s) away. Unkown/other results in no points. The number of points given or taken depends on the weight you set. "Meh" is worth 1 point, "important" 2, and "key" is worth 5. The items you disagree about will be listed directly underneath each candidate (if they score greater than zero).

DOUG - I have no idea who, "Gravel" is.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Friday, August 03, 2007

Want It!

Do you honestly believe it is humanly possible to describe in words the ecstasy your tongue will discover upon tasting the sweet fusion of juicy raspberries, premium peanut butter and German white chocolate?

Won't someone please knit me a sweater?

Mom said, "Don't run around with sharp objects!" Here's why.