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Microsoft Security Essentials

Did you get your notice that Microsoft Secruity Essentials is now free? Back on Sept 29, 2009 Microsoft released their upgrade to the OneCare virus protection program that you paid a subscription fee to use. The new program boasting the label Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is Free and you can download it from

The amazing thing I have noticed in discussions in chat rooms and forums is that it seems no one was aware of this and it has now been over a year and a quarter since its release.

Well fear not, just use the link I provided above. Its as good as any other free virus protection coupled with windows defenders firewall service, but there still is no substitute for a fully paid for virus and internet security program such as that of Trend Micro’s Internet Security Suite.

If you are the type of person that believes in using the same brand name for your stereo components or audio/video center matched to the same brand for speakers, then it wouldn’t hurt to install MSE on your windows machine. Sorry it’s only for XP and above, but it has a 32bit and 64bit version.

Now for a fair warning for all those people that have a pirated copy of windows on their machines, “Your PC must run genuine Windows to install Microsoft Security Essentials.”

Happy 2011!!

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 19,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.


In 2010, there were 11 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 91 posts. There were 19 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 554kb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was October 1st with 141 views. The most popular post that day was Donna Jean Summers, Rewarded Criminal at Large..

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for welfare, 8002357105, 800-235-7105, totally free porn, and evony game.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Donna Jean Summers, Rewarded Criminal at Large. October 2007
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Welfare Addiction February 2008


Soul Mate Scam May 2007


Evony: Age I – Browser Based Portable Plundering August 2009


Communication – 60% body language, 30% tone of voice. September 2007

We Were Soldiers … and Young.

Nov. 14th, 1965 – 450 soldiers of the American Army entered Ia Drang Valley in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam led by Lt. Col. Hal Moore. Col. Moore was the first soldier to put a boot on the ground, and the last boot to leave the ground at LZ (landing zone) X-ray. All 450 soldiers of the 7th Cavalry left Ia Drang Valley after 3 days of fighting…80 no longer living. In those 3 days, 1800 enemy soldiers  died at the hands of the 7th Cavalry. Col. Moore spent another 293 days in Vietnam before coming home.

This is a tremendous story of bravery and selfless sacrifice. It is a story of the endurance and emotional strength that wives of these soldiers had to have and the movie can be found here

The names of the 80 soldiers of the 7th Cavalry who died those 3 days in Ia Drang Valley are listed on panel 3 east of the Vietnam War Memorial. To their left and right are the names of 58,068 of their fallen brothers-in-arms.

If you can not go see the memorial in person, there is a beautiful replication of it in Second Life ( ). Links directly to the Second Life location are as follows:

If you already have a Second life account you can simply teleport to that location. If you don’t have a Second Life account you can easily create a free one using the link provided on the map bubble that appears.

Though there are many fall festivities in November, happy holidays and activities, celebrations and fun, as well as the leaf raking duties, it turns out that Thanksgiving is in November as well as Veterans Day on the 11th which commemorates the end of WWI.

For those of you who are not active duty or veterans of the military service, I ask only two things that would make my day and any veteran’s day…tell us that you know our sacrifice, and remember that We Were Soldiers…and young.

Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You…

While many people are concerning themselves with the constant ramblings, rhetoric and spew from our congress and president about our economy, health care, etc., the rest of us are reminding ourselves why things are the way they are.

Even with all our shortcomings, our failures, our sad ugly mistakes, we are still citizens of a great nation and we stand for freedom, honor, truth and justice. It is these among many others we stand for that give us the power, courage, and strength to do.

I’m taking the time to repost what I feel is extremely close to the heart of all Americans. To do right.

This article was written by an unknown female author who has the understanding and insight of why we, as Americans, are set apart from all others. Our pride, compassion and patriotism are all very well defined in this fictitious story…the story

Letter to my Son, Lt. Nathan M. Wolf

To: Lt Nathan M. Wolf, USN

Dear Nathan,

The last time I saw you in person, you were 11 years old. I remember it well because I never felt the pain of a breaking heart like I did on the trip taking you back home to your mother. Listening to you plead with me not to take you back home after your 3 week visit and hearing you cry, tore at me in an indescribable way, but we have laws and rules for a reason. I was obligated to take you home. I am sorry for how that made you feel, Nathan, I wish it could have been different.

You are 22 years old now, and a young man, an officer in the Navy. Happy Birthday Nathan, and congratulations on your enlistment as an officer in the Navy. I have been trying to keep up with you and your life in spite of efforts by others to keep us separated. You have made me so proud Nathan, that it’s hard to put it all in words. I have been proud of you every day of my life and a few of the most memorable are when you graduated High School, when I found out you started college, found out you got married to a wonderful woman, Nicole K., when I found you entered the service, and the announcement of your promotion to Lieutenant, and most importantly the day you were born.

Unfortunately everything I know about you I have learned from private investigators or with the help of your Aunt Krista. No matter what has happened or what you have been told, the thing I want you to know the most, more than anything else is that you have an entire family on my side that loves you and misses you very much and are very proud of you. The entire time you lived with your mother, everyone in our family has sent you gifts, cards, letters and hugs across the miles.We don’t know if you got anything in the last 11 years, but we do have indication that a great many things were signed for as received. We all have been trying to contact you for many years. Your Aunt Krista and Uncle Doug have done tremendous things in trying to make contact with you and their efforts are just amazing to me. Grandma and Grandpa Wolf send their love and hugs, Uncle Ron and Aunt Tina do as well and miss you a lot.

On a sad note, Your Great Grandfather Morris died August 24th, 5 days after his 88th birthday. He was a tough proud Marine and he got a full service funeral with the Marine Honor Guard at his side. Great Grandma Morris is doing as well as can be expected and is in good spirits. I know you don’t remember them because you were only 5 the last time you saw them but they have always sent their love and hopes to see you again soon. Your Great Grandfather was beaming with overwhelming pride when he found out you were an officer in the Navy.

Your cousin Mandy (Amanda), Uncle Ron and Aunt Tina’s oldest daughter, has been to Iraq 3 times in the Air Force, and is now married and living near Pensacola, Fla. Uncle Ron became a grandfather when your cousin Jenny gave birth to Peyton Emerson earlier this year, which in turn made your great grandma Morris a Great Great Grandma. Your cousin Erin, Aunt Krista and Uncle Doug’s oldest, graduated High School and College at the same time this last May. They all ask about you very often and are eager for any tidbit of news I can bring to them or Aunt Krista can find out for them.

I know there are many miles that separate you from all of us, but please know in your heart, you are always in our hearts and minds every single day and there is no less love for you from all of us than there are stars in the universe. Nathan, in the Wolf/Morris family, you are the star that shines brighter than any other star.

I miss you Nathan, I love you like no other father has loved a son before. I want you to know that, and also I want you to find your own truths in life, to find your own answers. I am here, we are all here, any time you need us for whatever reason you need us. I/we will always support whatever decisions you make and wish you the happiest marriage, life and career you can possibly have.

You are my only child, my only son and I could not be more proud of the man you have become. I am sure Nicole is the happiest woman alive because of the husband she chose, because of the man you are, but more importantly, because of who you are going to be and the love you two share.

All my blessings and all my love,


This is yet one more way I am trying to reach my son. If you would like to help me reach my son, pass this along to as many people as you can. It is my hopes that one day this letter will reach my son and we will eventually get to have the relationship we have been denied for so many years.

381 years old and counting

Some things look better with age. This Bonsai, just over 2 feet tall is 381 years old.


Housed at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum in the United States National Arboretum, Washington D.C. (see map)

Photo courtesy of the USNA.

Catlin Elm Grove

Photo courtesy of the USNA.

Pledge of Allegiance

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America,

and to the Republic for which is stands, one Nation,

under God, indivisible, for liberty and justice for all.

According to custom, civilians reciting the pledge of allegiance should stand at attention or with their right hand over their heart. Men should remove their hats. Armed services personnel in uniform face the flag and give the military salute.


The idea for the pledge came from Francis Bellamy, a former Baptist minister and one of the editors of The Youth’s Companion, a popular children’s magazine. (Bellamy was the cousin of American novelist Edward Bellamy.) In 1892 Francis Bellamy proposed a patriotic ceremony for American schoolchildren to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in North America. As part of this ceremony, children would salute the flag while reciting a new pledge in unison. Bellamy successfully lobbied President Benjamin Harrison to issue a proclamation in support of Columbus Day celebrations in the nation’s public schools.

The original pledge, written by Bellamy, was first published on September 8, 1892, in The Youth’s Companion. Its wording was as follows:

I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands: one Nation indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

Schoolchildren across the country recited the pledge for the first time on October 21, 1892, as part of official Columbus Day observances. (Smaller ceremonies that included the pledge took place on October 12, 1892, the date when some cities observed Columbus Day.) In 1923 and 1924 the National Flag Conference, organized by the American Legion and the Daughters of the American Revolution, substituted the words “the flag of the United States of America” for the phrase “my Flag.” The revision was prompted by concerns that immigrants might pledge loyalty to their country of birth rather than to the United States. In 1942 Congress passed a Flag Code that set out customs to follow while reciting the pledge, including placing the hand over the heart. This gesture replaced the “stiff-arm” salute to

the flag, which many Americans felt too closely resembled the salute performed by German Nazis.

In 1954, near the height of the Cold War, Congress and President Dwight Eisenhower added the words “under God” to the pledge. They sought to distinguish the United States from the Soviet Union, which many Americans identified with “godless communism.”

“Pledge of Allegiance,” Microsoft® Encarta® Online Encyclopedia 2007 © 1997-2007 Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Why do we say the pledge of allegiance? – I suppose we all have a different reason for reciting the pledge, however, I feel that the reason can’t be more self-explanatory. We, as citizens of America, are pledging our allegiance to a country we believe in, and everything it stands for as outlined in the Constitution of the United States of America, it’s articles and amendments.

Who says the pledge? – Everyone pledging their allegiance to America can freely recite the pledge, usually at the beginning of the day, beginning of school, and before some public events, such as city council meetings and school board meetings. The United States Senate and the House of Representatives both open their daily sessions with the pledge.

My opinion on reciting the pledge:

I believe the pledge of allegiance is a sworn oath of loyalty to protect and defend something we carry strong conviction and belief in and for. There are rare instances of such actions, that carry a more profound meaning. Pledging to give one’s life as a show of loyalty is at the very heart of true patriotism. Of all the ideas that became the United States, there is one line in the Declaration of Independence that is at the heart of all the others:

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

There is no shame in pledging one’s allegiance, to a way of life that ensures liberty, justice and the pursuit of happiness. However, why come to live in a country that provides you the freedom to do so, without persecution or prejudice, without becoming a citizen of that country and pledging your allegiance to that same belief and conviction?

Forcing the “Gasoline” Issue

In conjunction with our rage over gas prices, we all have to do our part to force the price of gasoline down. The true solution to lower gas prices is to force the issue, by literally changing the supply and demand ratio. Less demand for a product forces the price down.

Since Congress (being the opposite of progress) offers no solutions, no help and are completely worthless in doing the bidding of the people, then it’s up to us, “We The People” to take matters into our own hands. Doing so will result in a healthier Earth and a healthier (pun intended)”US”/U.S.

Among our many choices of alternative fuels, non-fuel energy and alternative sources of energy is good old human power. We can choose to purchase all electric cars or hybrid cars, we can choose solar water heaters or tankless water heaters, we can choose…

…Reel Mowers – the old-fashioned push mowers of your grandparents’ day. Many people cringe at the thought of reel mowers, sure it will make lawn mowing harder than it has to be. The truth is, mowing with a reel mower is much easier than mowing with a heavy, gas powered mower. Modern reel mowers are lighter than their ancestors (usually around 17 to 20 pounds). They are also much gentler on the grass than powered lawn mowers. Reel mowers are the best choice for the environment and the budget conscious, with the only possible exception being a goat.

Reel mowers require minimal maintenance. When new, the blades often stay sharp for the first year or two (some as long as 10 years) and then can be sharpened once a year after that. Reel mowers are also the quietest way to mow and provide a nice, easy aerobic work out in the process. When was the last time you could talk on your cell phone and mow your grass at the same time? If you had a steep slant to your yard, would you be riding a lawnmower on it or trying to use a gas powered push mower on it? Did it feel dangerous? Hard to manage? You would be amazed how nicely a reel mower will cut some of the steepest yards with ease.

A drawback to reel lawn mowers is that they do not mow tall weeds. If you keep on top of your lawn mowing and can get to it each week, before tall grass and weeds shoot up, this won’t be a problem. But, if you are an infrequent mower, then a reel mower is probably not for you.

If you are considering a reel lawn mower, consider Scotts Classic reel lawn mower. Scott's Classic Reel MowerThis mower comes with its own sharpening kit and a grass catcher. Also the price range of this mower will fit just about any budget. I found the prices for this one 20″ reel mower to be anywhere from $120.00 with tax and shipping included to $156.92 shipping included, but tax not included.  Click here ( sells the lowest) for the  price comparisons.

If you would like a little beefier priced reel mower with a sturdierBrill Luxus 38 look and feel, take a look at the Clean Air Gardening center’s choice, the Brill Luxus 38, where you will find a lot of great “healthy Earth” products and ideas as well.

What a great fun way to a healthier Earth and a healthier US!


The Big Picture on Gasoline Prices

What is the big picture on gas prices? They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Below is the big pciture, but remember, there are plenty of details and circumstances that ultimately affect the meaning of the picture.

The first column shows the actual national average price per gallon for that year. The most important factor you have to take into account is the cost of living or the status of the economy in any particular year. The column on the right shows the price you would pay for that gallon of gas today, with todays dollar.

Also keep in mind when looking at the fluctuation between a span of years or in any given year, the events of that day such as the great oil crisis, or the Korean War, or natural disasters, etc.

One of the first things that caught my eye was that, in 1998 gas was $1.06 per gallon and if gasoline was priced today with 1998 oil prices, we would be paying $1.27 today for a gallon of gas. The second thing that caught my eye was that between 1920 and 1973 (53 years) the price of gas only increased 9 cents a gallon making a 23.1% increase (overall, taking into consideration it had both ups and downs), and in the next 25 years (1973 to 1998) it rose $0.67 per gallon making a 63.25% increase (again, overall).

Hang on to your knickers, because here is where my stomach starts to churn for a decent hurl. In the last 9 years (1998 to 2007) gas has gone from $1.06 a gallon to a national average of $2.97 a gallon (April 24th, 2007 national average) which is an increase of $1.91 a gallon or a 64.3% increase. IN 9 YEARS! not 25 years, and not 53 years. Does anyone see the danger of this kind of trend? If I just roughly estimate another 64% increase, it would happen in another 3 to 4 years (53 years in half to 25 years, 25 years roughly in half to 9 years (actual 12.5) and 9 years (roughly in half) to 3-4 years) making gas costing us $4.65 a gallon in 2010-2011.

One thing that will give the Oil Companies the perfect excuse to justify raising the oil prices equal to $4.65 a gallon for gasoline? The Democrats having their way and increasing minimum wages so the oil companies can say “the American household budget can easily “handle” it. Aside from that, when does the trend stop or change? With Mrs Slick Willy as president? LOL
FreedomCAR and Vehicle Technologies Program: Fact #426: May 29, 2006

The Year Retail Gasoline Price
(current dollars/gallon)
Retail Gasoline Price
(constant 2005 dollars/gallon)
1920 0.30 2.91
1921 0.26 2.87
1922 0.25 2.93
1923 0.22 2.51
1924 0.21 2.39
1925 0.22 2.48
1926 0.23 2.58
1927 0.21 2.37
1928 0.21 2.39
1929 0.21 2.45
1930 0.20 2.33
1931 0.17 2.18
1932 0.18 2.56
1933 0.18 2.68
1934 0.19 2.75
1935 0.19 2.69
1936 0.19 2.73
1937 0.20 2.71
1938 0.20 2.70
1939 0.19 2.63
1940 0.18 2.57
1941 0.19 2.55
1942 0.20 2.45
1943 0.21 2.32
1944 0.21 2.28
1945 0.21 2.22
1946 0.21 2.08
1947 0.23 2.02
1948 0.26 2.10
1949 0.27 2.20
1950 0.27 2.17
1951 0.27 2.04
1952 0.28 2.03
1953 0.29 2.10
1954 0.29 2.11
1955 0.29 2.12
1956 0.30 2.15
1957 0.31 2.15
1958 0.30 2.05
1959 0.31 2.05
1960 0.31 2.05
1961 0.31 2.01
1962 0.31 1.98
1963 0.30 1.94
1964 0.30 1.91
1965 0.31 1.93
1966 0.32 1.93
1967 0.33 1.94
1968 0.34 1.89
1969 0.35 1.85
1970 0.36 1.80
1971 0.36 1.76
1972 0.36 1.69
1973 0.39 1.70
1974 0.52 2.08
1975 0.57 2.06
1976 0.61 2.11
1977 0.66 2.11
1978 0.67 2.01
1979 0.90 2.43
1980 1.25 2.95
1981 1.38 2.96
1982 1.30 2.62
1983 1.24 2.43
1984 1.21 2.28
1985 1.20 2.18
1986 0.93 1.65
1987 0.95 1.63
1988 0.95 1.56
1989 1.02 1.61
1990 1.16 1.74
1991 1.14 1.63
1992 1.13 1.57
1993 1.11 1.50
1994 1.11 1.47
1995 1.15 1.47
1996 1.23 1.53
1997 1.23 1.50
1998 1.06 1.27
1999 1.17 1.37
2000 1.51 1.71
2001 1.46 1.61
2002 1.36 1.47
2003 1.59 1.69
2004 1.88 1.94
2005 2.30 2.30
2006* 2.40 2.35
* March 2006 only.
Source: Energy Information Administration, Monthly Energy Review, April 2006, Table 9.4. Historical data from 1920-1975 are from other EIA sources.
Consumer Price Index from the Bureau of Labor Statistics was used to calculate constant dollars.


United States Property for Sale – $18 for 160 acres

Would you like to “own” 160 acres of land in the United States for just $18.00? Not per acre, not per day, not per month, not per year. Just $18.00 total sale price for 160 acres.

what’s the catch? Well, there was no catch, at the time. The Time? If you had filed for your land between 1862 and 1974, you could be the proud owner of 160 acres of land that is YOURS. Not the banks, not a real estate company, not anyone else but you…HAD you known about it.

Unfortunately, I am bringing you this news too late. My apologies. However, why didn’t anyone else mention this to you? Like the United States Government? To be honest, they did tell us in the Homestead Act of 1862, and that was it.

You could file for your 160 acres in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, California and Alaska until 1974 with the exception of Alaska which was extended to 1986.

How did it work? The following is a brief summary of all you had to do to be a land owner:

The Filing Process

People interested in Homesteading first had to file their intentions at the nearest Land Office. A brief check for previous ownership claims was made for the plot of land in question, usually described by its survey coordinates. The prospective homesteader paid a filing fee of $10 to claim the land temporarily, as well as a $2 commission to the land agent.

With application and receipt in hand, the homesteader then returned to the land to begin the process of building a home and farming the land, both requirements for “proving” up at the end of five years. When all requirements had been completed and the homesteader was ready the take legal possession, the homesteader found two neighbors or friends willing to vouch for the truth of his or her statements about the land’s improvements and sign the “proof” document.

After successful completion of this final form and payment of a $6 fee, the homesteader received the patent for the land, signed with the name of the current President of the United States. This paper was often proudly displayed on a cabin wall and represented the culmination of hard work and determination.

Homestead Act of 1862 is recognized as one of the most revolutionary concepts for distributing public land in American history. Repercussions of this monumental piece of legislation can be detected throughout America today, decades after the cry of “Free Land!” has faded away.

Homestead Act of 1862 in its entirety.


It’s not new…

Well, it was time to take a step back to basics. One of my earlier blogs at is just too much for the senses. So today I am breaking new ground in the past of clean and basic.

I am not sure yet whether this will be a continuation of, or separate from the original Daily Rocket. We will just have to see how and where this goes.

It’s amazing all the different chat programs and chat environments that are out these days. I’m a veteran geek from days of old when CyberBabble, Powwow, Freetell, iPhone, and yes, ICQ were in their infancy and among the only few ways to chat outside of telnetting into a BBS, and now I enjoy the chats in a 3D virtual world. and just to name a few of todays chat technology.

MSN chat, yahoo chat…and many others of the 2d level of text chat has become a thing of the past.

If you would like to link back to some previous topics (including gaming and chat) topics at the other site, just visit The Daily Rocket at the address I gave at the beginning of this post.

I may revisit a few of them here in the near future as well.