There Is No “Ground Zero Mosque”

As im sure you all know and are aware. There is currently a controversy started by some very uneducated conservatives about wither Muslims should be allowed to build a community center near the location of the World Trade Center.

What I feel is important to remember is that we are Americans. We are members of a country that was founded not as a Christian country, or a Jewish one, but instead as a place for all to come and be free. Free of this sort of persecution.

Threw out our own history, we have started walking down this path before. The path of forgetting who we are and why we are all here. We destroyed the Native Americans, we enslaved the African people, we even went to war with the Mormons. All in the name of what, Freedom.

What is Freedom when we are not all free. Why should freedom be reserved for some, but not all?

In the famous words of Martin Niemöller[ref]öller[/ref]:

When [they] came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

I feel Keith Olbermann sums it up very nicely, tho I don’t agree with every thing he says. His main point needs to be heard.

So what are WE going to do about it?

Owls at the cabin!

This last weekend my parents made some new Owl friends.

This Memorial weekend we were at the cabin and saw 2 beautiful Barred Owls.  The first evening there was a huge one and a smaller one.  The second evening around 4:30 we saw one of them again. He/she sat in a tree while we took lots of pictures and just stared at us.

Read my Mother’s post on their site.

Letter’s, a phone number does not make

So the girl and I were going to order from Buca‘s today, but were unable to since their paper menu only has the phone number 651-SPA-GETT.  If you look at your BlackBerry, THERE ARE NO LETTERS ON THE NUMBERS!!! (Well there are, but they don’t correspond to the correct numbers) So since I (or work rather) didn’t want to pay 411 for the call, Buca lost out of the sale, and we just ordered from the Green Mill, who dose allow modern phones to call them.

Maybe Buca should move to the modern age and update their menu’s.

Video’s of Odin

Here are a few video’s of my parents dog Odin.

Odin playing in the snow

Odin playing in the snow, part 2

Odin in the sun room

Odin playing in the snow, taken on a BlackBerry Tour

Odin going snowshoeing, part 1

Odin going snowshoeing, part 2

One day of Snow, Destroyed my Road

Alone with most of the upper Midwest, Christmas this year in Saint Paul, Minnesota was very snowy.  It was a nice white Christmas, assuming you got to where you needed to go.  Thankfully everyone I know and care about made it through the day without any major problems even with the 10″ to 12″ of snow.

I live on a sort of larger road named Ford Parkway.  The road gets its name from the Ford Plant down the road.  This is all fine and good since I live in a nice, quite neighbourhood, but they do drive a far number of semi trucks directly past my place.

Well on Christmas day, the plows were out, but were not out in the number the amount of snow and the rate of snow fall required.  Christmas day was also just warm enough that the salt they dumped on the road melted the snow, but it was still cold enough that slush re-froze once the cars, and semi trucks drove over it.  This ice then stayed on the road for about a week before the City of Saint Paul decided to finely plowed them off.  The problem was the ice was patchy in its placement on the road.

So now my road has hundreds of dents in it, not pot-holes, but dents!  It’s like driving down a really bad dirt road.

What just pisses me off about the whole thing isn’t the harm it’s doing to my car every time I go home, but that now they will need to redo the entire road just to make it drivable again.  As time goes on, the road will only get worse, until it is un-drivable.

Beef Stroganoff


  • 1 (8 ounce) package egg noodles
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare the egg noodles according to package directions and set aside.
  2. In a separate large skillet over medium heat, saute the ground beef over medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until browned. Drain the fat and add the soup and garlic powder. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat and combine the meat mixture with the egg noodles. Add the sour cream, stirring well, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

The Joy of Owning an iPhone

Last night I installed the update to iTunes (9.0.1).  Everything seemed to go fine.  After the install iTunes asked me to reboot my computer.  I was way to lazy to actually do that, so I just told it would reboot it later, and opened iTunes.  Ya that was a mistake.

When I opened iTunes, it informed me there was a problem with the database and it would rebuild it for me. After about 2 hours of working on it, iTunes  finished.  But it had lost all my music history, all my music was there, but it lost all my play lists and what not.  Not that big a deal I can always recreate those. 

So I spent the next few minuets recreating a few play lists from what my iPhone had on it, when it dawned on me. “I should just sync my phone and it would copy everything back” right?  But that is not what happened.

I synced my phone, and it took nearly no time at all (maybe a full minute). When I looked at my phone after the sync, ya everything was gone.

So today I start the lovely task of rebuilding my phone.

Thank you Apple!!!

The FDA should run the banks

OK so maybe not the FDA but they should be run by someone like them.  Just think about it, the FDA owns labs to test drugs before they are sold to us the customers. The drug industry would love to sell us everything they think up of, but they can’t.  Since we have a check to make sure the drug will not kill us or make our skin turn blue.  Currently there are no tests be made before a financial product is being sold to us.  So here we are as a country relaying on our banks to sell us products that are good for us, but clearly they are only selling us products that are good for them.  With an outside entity running check on our banks and what they do, by testing a product with models to see how it performs over a year or 5 years or even 25 years would give confidence to all of us who are use these products.  If we have confidence in the banks again, we will all do better.

I think the Smurfs moved in last night

So this morning I woke up and there were 3 large mushrooms growing next to my car outside my parents house (I’m dog sitting since their out of town).  Just look at these big guys, I think the Smurfs may have moved in.