Topic: Photographs

It looks like a scene from Mordor in LOTR: Return of The King.

Puyehue Volcano

After the storm

Double rainbow

The symptoms of a tuna coma


Predators, my foot.

Lazy predators

They're too lazy even to chatter or growl at the birds. They're literally snoring.

Any Taliban seeing this ...


... would wet his undies.

Courtesy of Kim Nettles:

More at "Patriots on the Prairie".

Those stripes mean something, dummy


I took this picture on July 28th just outside Fat Head's Saloon (click for full size):

Jackass in a handicapped parking zone

I'm pretty sure that car belongs to one of the owners of the brewery. What a jerk.

Ahhh, Autumn


Y'know, sometimes you've just gotta leave the laptop, go outside, and enjoy the brisk air.

Me out on my patio

Here I am out on my patio enjoying a cigar a few nights ago. My co-blogger and irredeemable commie best friend TooShort took the picture.

John on my patio

This, of course, is the culprit himself.

Southern California wildfire photographs


Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

Taken 10/23/07 by my cousin, who writes: "So far the devastating California wildfires haven't caused us any major problems here in San Clemente. The smoke and ash has been horrible, but the fires have kept their distance. I went on a hike and took a few pictures, which I've attached to this email. All these pictures were taken within a few miles of San Clemente and around the Irvine area. Many of the pictures were taken from the ridgeline that borders our house and Camp Pendleton, the large military base just south of here. Although the winds have stopped gusting at 50-80 miles per hour, the air and brush is very dry."

Lots more photos here.

Just crossed paths with Laura Ingraham


Laura Ingraham's "Power To The People" book tour pulled into Cleveland today. Here I am at the WHK Meet & Greet over on the East Side.


The lady radiates energy. She's on her tenth stop in this book tour, and won't get a break 'til the middle of next month. A three day break. She's gotta be tired but you sure can't tell by looking at her or listening to her. Laura's very friendly, outgoing, and charming ... the kind of person I'd enjoy hanging out with over pizza and beer. I'd love to just sit and hear her talk about the things she's done, the places she's been and the people she's met.

Laura, I hope you get a chance to work out at some point, just to vent some stress from the tour. At least go for a run, girl. You'll go batty by October otherwise. And the next time you roll through town, you and your producers drink on my tab. Never let it be said that this USCGA grad would withhold hospitality from friends of a squid like Joe (tempting though it might be).

Here's more on the author and her work.


Friday catblogging: catnip harvest


Found in my sunroom this afternoon:

Catnip harvest

"Why the surprised look? It's what we do."

Contrails over NE Ohio


Although Mike Trivisonno is going bonkers about fighter jets and dastardly chem trail conspiracies on the air at WTAM, his histrionics did serve a good purpose. I took some lovely photographs of the interlaced contrails overhead this afternoon.

Click the pic to see all seven.



Update: Nice shots by "USAgent" here, and a NewsNet5 story here.

Is that a walrus or a cat?


Can this cat ...

enormous cat

... be real? I honestly don't think that's photoshopped. Geeeez, my two are positively microbial by comparison.

Friday catblogging II

Bo and Taffy
Bo and Taffy, lounging sisters

I had to do this again at some point, you know.

Flags in the rigging


Michelle Malkin put out a call for favorite photos of the American flag, so here's mine.

Fly it high

When I was still in the Coast Guard, I snapped this image looking up into the rigging of USCGC BITTERSWEET at her decomissioning ceremony on August 18, 1997. She's now named the Valvas, and serves in the Estonian Border Guard.

Friday catblogging


I'm going to buy a second Burmese cat in about 3 months to keep my current Burmese female company. Here's a pic I just got from the breeder, who tells me that this litter had 4 champagnes and 2 sables, sex as yet undetermined. They were born on Christmas Eve, and one of 'em will be mine.

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