Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Blow Up A Fertilizer Plant ...linked to what ?

 A little more news:

Why Would Anyone Want To Blow Up A West Texas Fertilizer Plant?

We have read in a few places that this fertilizer company had a lawsuit against Monsanto

Monday, April 29, 2013

First Fishing Trip 2013 ... Steaks in Benkleman

We left Friday afternoon, destine for Sterling Colorado, hoping to catch some non-beef or Chicken  food

Set up camp Friday evening,

Launched the pontoon boat Sat. am.

Trolled around for quite a while (no bites)

On the far end of the lake the flooded timber is loaded with big bird nests, almost all of these nests are of the  Blue Herons , I have never seen such a concentration of these guys in the west.

These buggers can eat a-lot of fish.... as me how I know :)

A little closer shot .. Click on picture to enlarge

After trying for a few more hours we called it and decided we could do other things with our time left in the day,

 Rusty, decided to work his way back to Denver, try, Jackson Reservoir for fishing

I packed up and headed toward Southwest Nebraska, (the pheasant hunting grounds).
 Since I purchased a used outboard motor for Jeff, and needed to deliver it to him.

Sweet Little Evenrude 6 hp Motor

It was then decided that we were getting a little hungry,  we decided to try a Steakhoouse in Benkleman, Ne,  the trip is about 29 miles away to GO EAT...

The small towns in this part of the country struggle to have restaurants, so this is a treat

The Skyline Grill

Our gracious service person at the Skyline

The food was pretty good
(this is cattle country)

This is a led lighted tree in the reception area I really like.

On Sunday afternoon we scrounged around to find enough parts for the fuel system to run the outboard motor.
But, we were successful without needing to go  60 miles round trip to get everything.

Sunday afternoon we were on the water fishing.
Oh, the fishing ...... same as the results from earlier in the week ... no bites...
But, the weather was  nice, about 85 degrees and a breeze ... a breeze in Nebraska is about 20 mph

till next time

Thursday, April 25, 2013

 Canadian RV friends... U.S. wants to impose border-crossing fee for Canadians

Check out this story, I am sure it is a trial balloon,


  Traveler's tax the beginning of a border wall?
 U.S. wants to impose border-crossing fee for Canadians

Erin Anderssen
Globe and Mail
Mon, 22 Apr 2013 23:59 CDT


© Mark Spowart/The Canadian Press
The Ambassador Bridge spans the Detroit River dividing Canada and the U.S.
The United States is exploring how to save money on security by charging a toll to Canadians crossing the border by ground - a possible new traveller's tax that immediately raised fierce opposition from political and business leaders in both countries.

The idea of a "crossing fee" was revealed in a recent budget request by the Department of Homeland Security, which was seeking funds to study the cost of collecting a new toll for people walking and driving into the United States from the north and south.

In addition to the economic cost of reducing trade and cross-border shopping between Canada and the United States, Canadian Chamber of Commerce President Perrin Beatty argued that piling a revenue-raising fee on cross-border shoppers, sports fans, even the peewee hockey team heading south for a tournament would diminish a sense of "North American community."

"Building the walls higher and making the borders stickier and thicker is exactly the wrong way to go," he said, noting that the Chamber of Commerce is arranging discussions on the subject this week with its American counterparts. "Anything that drives up costs discourages traffic."

According to Foreign Affairs, Canadians spend $21-billion each year in the United States. "Any fee on travellers crossing the Canada-US border would be bad for travellers and bad for the economy," said department spokesperson Emma Welford. "Canadian officials will vigorously lobby against this proposal."

While the proposal is only a study at this point, the lobby group against a new "crossing fee" may have a hard case to make - in the face of security concerns, a shrinking budget and seemingly irrepressible Canadian cross-border bargain-hunters.

The United States is desperately trying to find cost-effective ways to relieve a crippling debt. Whether or not an additional fee would reduce risks at the border, it's being linked by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to improving security, an especially significant public issue, in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. In a written statement about the budget, Ms. Napolitano stressed the need to find new revenue to cover increasing costs at a border, which, she said, processes 350 million travellers each year. "As the complexity of our operations continue to expand the gap between fee collections and the operations they support is growing, and the number of workforce hours [that] fees support decreases each year."

Travellers are already used to paying infrastructure tolls for bridges at the border, and Mr. Beatty pointed that other charges, including inspection fees, have also been rising. Since November 2011, for example, Canadians flying into the United States have been subject to a $5.50 "passenger inspection fee," formerly an exemption dating back to 1997 and NAFTA, which was also, incidentally, eliminated with a small-print line in the budget documents for that year. Yet despite these incremental fees and difficult economy, in February, Statistics Canada reported that the number of Canadians heading south for American bargains was up 25 per cent in December compared to the previous year.

Previous attempt to hike fees for incoming travellers have prompted particular objection from politicians in northern states, who argue that levies charged at the Canadian-U.S. border are being used cover the more significant security issues in the south. In a budget hearing, Western New York congressman Brian Higgins expressed his opposition to the study, by stressing the long-term economic consequences. "I was shocked to see a proposal for a new toll at the northern border," he said in a statement. "I will fight to put the brakes on this shortsighted fee."

Robert Wolfe, professor of policy studies at Queen's University, suggests that the Homeland Security study seems particularly geared to determining the cost of putting the fee in place - rather than giving full consideration of the economic consequences down the road. "This isn't a new idea, it's probably been around for a while," he said. "And one can expect that in the context of an agency under tremendous budgetary pressure, someone says, 'Let's dust this one, and do a study and see if we can get some money out of this.'"

Canadian officials, Prof. Wolfe says, need to make sure the larger questions get asked. "We know that any kind of transaction tax has some effect," he said. "How many people wouldn't buy a ticket to a baseball game in Detroit, who wouldn't go shopping in Watertown in upstate New York?"


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Photos .. history in the making .. Loss of Freedom .. Grrrrrrrrrr

Well, I asked the question on rv.net,
Is anyone camping in Boston ?
Apparently this is political speech ... not allowed .. has been deleted.. :(
wow no free non mainstream speech there

So, I will ask it here: Anyone camping in Boston ?


Friday, April 19, 2013

Cops Request “Dunkin Donuts” in Boston Remain Open During .. City Shutdown


This story speaks for itself ?

Will not see this on the nightly news ......................................

The martial law lock down of Boston and surrounding areas has a cost of $333 million per day, 


But Dunkin’ Donuts can still operate, because police have requested that they stay open during the city wide shut down.

simpsoncopBy JG Vibes
April 19, 2013
It was reported by Bloomberg Business that it would cost $333 million dollars per day to shut down the city of Boston.  The loss of business from this shut down could put many struggling businesses under or put them at risk of being short on their rent.

To add insult to injury, the police have once again proven the age old cliche about cops spending their days arresting potheads and eating donuts.

Even though Boston is under a strict lockdown during the manhunt for bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Massachusetts-based Dunkin’ Donuts remains open to serve first responders, BuzzFeed reports.

A Newton store manager told BuzzFeed, ”There was an automated message going around telling businesses to close, but because we’re Dunkin’ Donuts, we called the police department and they said we didn’t have to.”

At the direction of authorities, select Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Boston area are open to take care of needs of law enforcement and first responders,”
Are you kidding me?
 spokeswoman Lindsay Harrington told Boston.com.

“We are encouraging our guests to stay home today and abide by the lockdown, per the Governor’s recommendation.”  
( New England patriots? are they really patriots, or is it only lip service)

The problem with this situation really doesn’t have as much to do with cops and donuts as it does the arbitrary orders that are being passed down by those in authority.
 Only those who can directly serve the kings guards are allowed to operate their businesses,
 or move about freely, everyone else is forced to stay indoors,
 have their houses searched by military agents and be subject to a total police state.

I am having trouble to, not add a caption to these pictures :) Like ?

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Off Grid and BIG dogs

Since we are in a holding pattern for the last 2 weeks due to blizzards, cold weather.. etc

And, Since we are into off grid stuff, and like dogs too, the video below has both from Canada.

 About 1 hour from Vancouver Island. (where we have  friends on Vancouver Is, and spend time with in Yuma, Az during the winter)

Video runs about 15 minutes

Friday, April 12, 2013

Turkey Vulture .. My least favorite bird.. falls from sky

This is the best story this week :)

Turkey vulture freezes, falls from sky, lands on Sioux Falls, South Dakota deck


Frozen Vulture
© Adam Weber
A large turkey vulture dropped out of the sky on the deck of the home of Adam Weber, taking shelter under the table.
On top of the rain, sleet and snow that fell from the sky yesterday, birds are also dropping, as one Sioux Falls resident found out.

A large turkey vulture dropped out of the sky on the deck of the home of Adam Weber, taking shelter under the table.

"My wife was making breakfast, and she suddenly yelled, 'Adam! A large bird just fell out of the sky!'," said Weber, who lives two blocks north of McKennan Park.

"That was the last thing I expected to see when I looked out on the deck yesterday."

Weber, who is a pastor at Embrace Church, said the bird was completely iced over and sat straight upright under the table on the deck. The bird moved around a bit, letting Weber know it was still alive, and allowed him to get close to it to take a photo.

The turkey vulture spent all day under the table, Weber said, and left at some point during the night, as he looked all around the house and didn't see it.

That turkey vulture under the table fared better than a second turkey vulture which fell on the roof of his house. That one, he said, hasn't moved since it fell, so he assumes it's dead.

Weber said he called Animal Control, who told him that they had received several calls about similar incidents in the McKennan Park area. Animal Control officials told him there wasn't much that could be done for the bird.

"I felt bad for the guy, I really did," Weber said. "I hope he's alright."

Sioux Falls Animal Control officer Michael Colwill said wild birds are not able to roost in trees when they are coated with ice, so will stay on the ground until storms pass and they thaw out.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Finding Boondocking spots using the internet

Since the weather has been pretty in-consistent this time of year I have been using the down time to build a data base of boondocking camping spots for future travels and hanging out.

I have been playing with a system that seems to be working pretty good.

First of all, when traveling to areas (that are new to me) I use GPS software from DeLorme, on a netbook laptop computer (with a GPS adaptor from DeLorme ) as the GPS device.
 This works out well because of the larger screen, a mouse to navigate the program, you can zoom in when needed, you can add waypoints, there is no limit, you can use a measuring device for distances, add map notes, make your own icons, and also download compatible files from the folks like the Discovery Owners Association, Inc. as you can see there are many more features you can do with a netbook and software than with a regular GPS dumb box, at least when traveling in a rig.
  Also I use 110 volt inverter power to keep the computer running, without relying on battery power of the computer itself.

 A shelf has been installed below the radio, in the suburban, with Velcro tabs to  hold the computer in place.

#2. I use the internet to look up BLM websites that will list dispersed free camping areas, (almost all are in the western US),  US Forest Service web site for dispersed camping, FreeCampsites.net (have personally met them they are awesome)  I also follow Blogs of full-timing RVers who will let you know where they stay through the year and will rate these places for you with pictures.

#3.  I also use google earth, the cool thing about using google earth is you can zoom in on a spot and use the thumbtack feature to mark the gps coordinates, copy those numbers, to the find feature of the topo program,  save them in the topo map, along with a link to a web page that I save on the hard drive, to be able to pull up the spot information, without internet acess.

So, by using information from a search engine (google) and saving (save page as)  the information to the hard drive and  using a netbook and software with a GPS receiver, you have a very good navigation system without the need for internet access, which can be hard to find in the boonies.

So now, you can have up to date information (paper maps are at least one year old), once you have the equipment it is basically free, and it is fully customizable for your needs.

Thought I would add a boondocking pic

Sunday, April 7, 2013

A real weather report

This is the kind of Weather and Planetary report I find useful,  too bad the main stream Propaganda media can not find it useful to report on, maybe because they report in the 4th grade level of education.

Enjoy :)


Searching out and finding alternative news is a nice change,
Compared  to the mundane stuff they puke out to the masses on cable and satellite TV