… another road trip!
Believe it or not, this is an insect, or, rather, insects. It’s called a beech blight aphid. Notice this is not a mantis. A mantis, by Sonicfrog Blog tradition, means I am going to San Diego. Tomorrow I’m going to the California central coast, a small town near Santa Cruz called Aptos. It’s on the beach The bug has noting to do with the beach, since it’s a “beech” blight aphid, and not a “beach” blight aphid. It feeds off the sap of beech trees, and, unless there are beech trees on the beach, I probably won’t see any of these unusual looking little suckers. While composing this post, I was looking for a butterfly or some other bug you might see at the coast, but stumbled on these little guys and decided to use them instead. “Beech” is close to “Beach”, so I ran with it.
Anyway, hope you all have a good Memorial Day week-end. Hope it doesn’t suck…. get it? Aphids. Suck!!!!
PS. The Sonic-Mate was complaining that my last few posts were very Satanic. Hope this post breaks that trend. Of coarse if you’re scared of bugs….
PPS. Ooh! Just found out Apos was the epicenter of the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989. I LOVE seismology, and I’m all a quiver at the oportunity to check out the area. I may just straddle the San Andreas Fault for the second time in my life, the first was in Parkfield in 2004’ish.
PPPS. New Blogtopus link, long overdue – USGS, Science for a Changing World.
…or in this case, made him do it.
This post would be filed in the “Bad Parenting” category, if I had one. The “Him” is 19 year old Joshua Royce Mauldin, the “It” is putting his 2 month old baby someplace where baby’s definitely should not go. Eva Mauldin, Evil Josh’s wife and mother of said baby, says he did it because the devil disapproved of Joshua’s efforts to become a preacher.
“Satan saw my husband as a threat. Satan attacked him because he saw (Joshua) as a threat,” Eva Mauldin exclaimed. “He would never do anything to hurt her. He loves her,” she said. “When she cries he is the one who comforts her. When she is sick, he is the one that takes her to the doctor.”
“He would never do anything to hurt her”.
HE TURNED IT ON!!! I’m sure that probably hurt!!!!
Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “she has a baby in the oven”.
PS. This kind of thing happens more often than I thought. How long do you think it will take before a lawsuit forces microwave manufacturers to slap a warning label on the ovens noting that it is unsafe to put babies in the device.
PPS. Eva Marie says: â€œWhen she cries he is the one who comforts her. When she is sick, he is the one that takes her to the doctor.â€œ First, what’s up with the biblical names? OK, Eva may not be in the bible, but it’s close enough to “Eve” to count. And if the good hubby is the one who comforts her when the baby cries and rushes her off to the doc every time she sneezes, then what the hell is the good Eva doing as a mom? She sounds like she’s pretty much not doing much to raise the kid. But she is on MySpace trying to prove her husband is not demonspawn. But isn’t MySpace a forum for the devil, just like AC/DC is devils music??? So, I wonder, who is really possessed here! Here is the MySpace site she is calling Joshua Is Not A Monster.
Just Kidding. That’s not the site. This is. But it’s not accessible. Hmmmmm. Wonder if the Beelzebub is doing a little site blocking. I mean, really, if he can compel a budding preacher to make some Jiffy Pop Baby, then the master of menace could certainly keep Mrs. Eva from exposing the truth by blocking a simple juvenile web portal.
PPPS. Here is someone with even better “Beattitudes” on this event than ma. Enjoy.
I’m getting dizzy keeping up with all the fantastic, personal favorite rock-band reunions going on. Not only do I get to revel in the Police Tour, but I also may have the chance to see a reformed Squeeze, whose album “Play” is my # 2 on the all time favorites list, and, come hell or high water, I will be seeing Crowded House this August in San Jose. Also, Genesis is back at it. Their 1980 release “Duke” is my # 1 album. If I’m in a coma, you play this album for me and I don’t wake up, then pull the plug… I’m done.
I may need to rob a bank or something to pay for all the concert tickets.
…. are no longer employed in the toy industry.
Yes, it’s real!!!!!
There, that wasn’t so hard…..
… sorry, had to go pray to the porcelain God.
Here is post from Orin Kerr over at Volokh:
James Comey’s Testimony, and His Continuing “Errring on the Side of Neutrality and Independence”: Former Deputy Attorney General James Comey testified before the House Judiciary Committee today, and his recollection of the work of the 8 fired U.S. Attorneys stood in sharp contrast to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’s official line. The gist of Comey’s testimony: Most of the fired U.S. Attorneys were outstanding, and they certainly weren’t fired for what you would traditionally think of as “performance” reasons.
Listening to Comey’s testimony reminds me of this fascinating 2004 Legal Times story (that I blogged about here and here) on why the universally-respected Comey was not likely to be nominated for the Attorney General slot when Ashcroft stepped aside. From the introduction of the 2004 story, with emphasis added:
There are a number of candidates who could be tapped to replace John Ashcroft as attorney general if President George W. Bush wins re-election. But perhaps the most obvious choice, Deputy AG James Comey, almost certainly will not be.
Since his confirmation as the No. 2 Justice Department official in December 2003, sources close to the department say Comey has had a strained relationship with some of the president’s top advisers, who feel that Comey has been insensitive to political concerns.
According to several former administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity, tensions were sparked when Comey appointed a special prosecutor to take over the investigation into whether a White House official leaked a Central Intelligence Agency operative’s name to the media. The special prosecutor, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, has doggedly pursued the probe, and several administration officials, including presidential adviser Karl Rove, have been questioned by prosecutors.
Distrust of Comey deepened after some of his early staff picks were vetoed by the White House for not having strong Republican credentials, sources say.
“The White House always wants to make sure the administration is staffed with people who have the president’s best interests at heart. Anyone who resists that political loyalty check is regarded with some suspicion,” says one former Bush administration official. “The objective in staffing is never to assemble the best possible team. It is to assemble the best possible team that supports the president.”
Earlier this year, after the disclosure of internal administration memos that seemed to condone the torture of suspected terrorists overseas, Comey pushed aggressively for the Justice Department’s memos to be released to the media and for controversial legal analyses regarding the use of torture to be rewritten.
In a deeply partisan administration that places a high premium on political loyalty, sources say Comey â€” a career prosecutor and a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York â€” is not viewed as a team player.
“[Comey] has shown insufficient political savvy,” says the former official. “The perception is that he has erred too much on the side of neutrality and independence.”
Comey still has this “problem,” it seems. Of course, the White House’s eventual pick, Gonzales, does not.
What a disaster this administration has been. I may have to vote for Obama to repent my sins.