Site Headlines

Please scroll down for posts on main page...

WARNING: THIS SITE FEATURES ORIGINAL THINKING...Jim Croce once sang Don't tug on Superman's cape..., which seems like reasonable advice should we not wish to anger the supreme powers. We do have this duality in our culture: the Superman that is the state collective, the leftist call to a politics of meaning managed by the state, the deification of "we're from the government and we'll take care of you" - versus the Superman that celebrates individual freedom, private property, freedom of conscience, free enterprise, and limited government. We humbly take on the latter's mantle and, eschewing the feeble tug, we dare to PULL, in hope of seeing freedom's rescue from the encroaching nanny state. We invite you, dear reader, to come and pull as well... Additionally, if you assume that means that we are unflinching, unquestioning GOP zombies, that would be incorrect. We reject statism in any form and call on individuals in our country to return to the original, classical liberalism of our founders. (We're also passionate about art, photography, cooking, technology, Judeo/Christian values, and satire as unique, individual pursuits of happiness to celebrate.)

Most popular posts Recommended reading
Meet another hero - but he's not allowed to vote WA Governor's Race Saga
The Heroes of India Company United Nations - Oil For Food - Oil For Fraud
WA Governor's Race: EXTRA EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT! Wisconsin Vote Fraud
One day in Fallujah Bioethics
Diktat summons Simplicio 'Science'? What's that?
Harsh Conditions Japan


WWW Pull On Superman's Cape
Superman's product of the century (so far):

September 30, 2005
It's been trains on steroids today...
Filed in: Current Affairs, Japan

A mad rush all the way from Kyoto to Narita airport for return to home sweet home Seattle today.

Road the Shinkansen to/from Kyoto - amazing - like flying a turboprop at ground level - will have more and with photos on the pump-you-up train.

Kyoto was amazing! Many temples visited - have some fantastic photos to share. Wish I could give a sample, but I'm on an internet terminal with no way to transfer a pic. (Does that qualify as a tease?)

Also just got news from James that he's returning to Iraq for another tour - I'll put up a post if he doesn't get one in before he ships out.

Gotta go catch the jet - see everyone soon!

Pulled by Emcee on September 30, 2005 at 10:29 PM
People Pulling (2) | TrackPulls (0) | Permalink

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

September 29, 2005
Koishikawa Botanical Garden: Sun magic
Filed in: Current Affairs, Japan, Photography

For photographers, there are at least two times in a day when we think there is a chance to take a good picture. Sometimes I think we while away most of the rest of the day (a photography day) between the early light of dawn and, especially, the evening gloaming - when the sun is fading in the west.

If you've looked at some of the photographs on this site, you know that I'm particularly fond of the light of the setting sun. There is an intense pressure during the dawn of the day and the dusk - because there are only 10 or 15 minutes in either case to capture the light at its finest moment. I love the sense of working in those few moments and hoping that somehow I can capture the magic when it happens.

It's very difficuly to define when that 15 minutes is going to be - especially in the evening. It depends on the locale - it depends on the weather, it depends on where the horizon is. But, you can always sense it when it's about to happen - everything suddenly begins to glow and it seems that every living thing has heightened senses.

I have learned, when this begins to happen - wherever I am - to chase the rays of the sun...

...Continue reading "Koishikawa Botanical Garden: Sun magic"

Pulled by Emcee on September 29, 2005 at 07:08 AM
People Pulling (2) | TrackPulls (0) | Permalink

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

September 28, 2005
Koishikawa Botanical Garden: 1923 Tokyo Earthquake
Filed in: Current Affairs, Japan, Photography

(In the US right now we are mindful of the terrible Katrina hurricane natural disaster that has taken many lives.)

There was a devastating earthquake in Tokyo in 1923.


100,000 people are esitmated to have been killed immediately by the 8.3 Richter Scale 'quake. Another 40,000 people were missing.


And then there were the fires. Tokyo was built mostly of wood and paper and went up like a tinderbox.


The fires raged for days.


At least 33,000 people were trapped by the fires and burned to death. These are their ashes.

(Photos so far, courtesy J. B. Macelwane Archives, Saint Louis University)...

...Continue reading "Koishikawa Botanical Garden: 1923 Tokyo Earthquake"

Pulled by Emcee on September 28, 2005 at 04:18 PM
People Pulling (1) | TrackPulls (0) | Permalink

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Koishikawa Botanical Garden: Not your Dad's arboretum
Filed in: Current Affairs, Japan, Photography

I've mentioned in some of the previous posts about this fascinating park that there are areas that seem very like the kinds of arboretums associated with University campuses in the States.

There's at least one place here that assures you, that it is NOT.

Soon after coming down the hill to the lower part of the park - I saw this on the hillside:


It looked interesting so I approached it...

...Continue reading "Koishikawa Botanical Garden: Not your Dad's arboretum"

Pulled by Emcee on September 28, 2005 at 07:50 AM
People Pulling (1) | TrackPulls (0) | Permalink

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

September 27, 2005
Koishikawa Botanical Garden: The Ancient Garden
Filed in: Current Affairs, Japan, Photography

Prerequisite 1. Prerequisite 2.

In the Edo period, most likely a much larger garden than this entire area existed. Through the ages, as the Shogunates' power waned, and resources became more scarce, the families were unable to maintain the vast garden properties. Eventually, most of the gardens have been given over to private interests, the government, or, in this case, a University for safe keeping.

This, then, is a glimpse at the original glory of this garden.


Coming down the hill, large ponds and groomed plants come into greater view...


I look back up the hill to the place I started from and I can see an architecture - a transition - between this section of garden that is cared for incessantly by man and the hill above where nature runs its course...

(Whoa! 24 pictures in the extended post...)

...Continue reading "Koishikawa Botanical Garden: The Ancient Garden"

Pulled by Emcee on September 27, 2005 at 07:26 AM
People Pulling (3) | TrackPulls (1) | Permalink

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

September 26, 2005
Koishikawa Botanical Garden: The Trees on the Hill...
Filed in: Current Affairs, Japan, Photography


The upper portion of the park (both in elevation and orientation on the map) is devoted largely to tree species. I left off the last post at the beginning of the area in which cherry trees and other flowering fruit trees are in prominent display.


These cherry (Sakura) trees are not the huge ancient trees that I've seen in other parts of Japan, but they have a great deal of character and are beautifully spread...

(Warning: 18 beautiful pictures follow...)

...Continue reading "Koishikawa Botanical Garden: The Trees on the Hill..."

Pulled by Emcee on September 26, 2005 at 07:41 AM
People Pulling (2) | TrackPulls (0) | Permalink

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

September 25, 2005
What is Gaza? The Hamburger Hill of Israel?
Filed in: Current Affairs, Politics, War on Terror

I pretty much decried the recent Israeli withdrawal from Gaza by myself. Most everyone, it seems, thought that perhaps appeasement would work in the Holy Land, perhaps because it's just a special place.

Special place it is. Immune from the hard fought truth of history? No.


GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli aircraft blasted suspected Palestinian weapons facilities in Gaza on Sunday and authorities arrested hundreds of militants in the West Bank, launching an offensive against the Islamic group Hamas after it bombarded Israeli towns with rockets.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon warned Sunday “all means” would be used to end attacks on Israel. Security officials said the military was preparing for possible artillery attacks and a ground invasion unless the Palestinian Authority or Hamas itself halts the rocket attacks.

Oh, I suppose the trolls will trot out "Well, those shifty eyed Jews knew this was going to happen all along - they just wanted to get those Hamas guys all in one place so they could arrest them."

Yeah, sure - that's why Sharon is going to lose to Netanyahu - he planned it that way.

Pulled by Emcee on September 25, 2005 at 08:40 AM
People Pulling (1) | TrackPulls (0) | Permalink

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Koishikawa Botanical Garden: Introduction
Filed in: Current Affairs, Japan, Photography

After being socked in by the weather yesterday, I ventured out today (Sunday) to find a place to take some pictures.

I was completely on my own today - so I pulled out my English Tokyo map and looked around on it for gardens - I picked the Koishikawa Botanical Garden - because it looked like it was a pretty good size and I thought it might have some indoor greenhouses in case the weather turned ugly.

I rode the train from the western suburbs of Kichijoji to Sugamo and took a cab to the gardens.


The cab dropped me off here - and the cabby explained that I could buy a ticket across the street - which I did. About $3...

...Continue reading "Koishikawa Botanical Garden: Introduction"

Pulled by Emcee on September 25, 2005 at 08:23 AM
People Pulling (1) | TrackPulls (0) | Permalink

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Noguchi Wins!
Filed in: Current Affairs, Japan, Sports

Noguchi_mizuki Live National excitement here in Japan on Sunday evening.

Japan's Olympic marathon champion Mizuki Noguchi just won the Berlin marathon - her first marathon competition since winning Olympic gold in Athens.

She also lowered the Asian women's record by 27 seconds by running in two hours, nineteen minutes and twelve seconds. She was never challenged by another woman in the race.

For most of the race she was flanked by a cordon of men of different nationalities - they all passed water bottles around and worked at keeping each other cool on what looked like a very hot day. Japan television broadcast her entire effort live.

The Japanese people are ecstatic - and they should be. This lady might have a world record in her yet ...

Pulled by Emcee on September 25, 2005 at 06:54 AM
People Pulling (1) | TrackPulls (0) | Permalink

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Japan's Divine Wind deflects again...
Filed in: Current Affairs, Japan, Science

The Divine Wind didn't work in World War II - but it still must be protecting Japan from things like typhoons.

Tropical Cyclone Saola pretty much took the right angle turn predicted by the Japanese forecasters, has reduced to a Category 1, and is heading NE back into the Pacific.


After pretty miserable weather yesterday, I ventured out today - caught a few 50 mph gusts in the eastern part of Tokyo, but no precip.

From looking at the news, it appears that though Rita slammed hard into the Texas coast, everyone is thankful that it wasn't worse.

I still think it would be a good idea to hire Japanese forecasters at the US National Weather Service.

Pulled by Emcee on September 25, 2005 at 06:42 AM
People Pulling (0) | TrackPulls (0) | Permalink

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

My Photo
Patriot 'Dillo!

Pajamas Media BlogRoll Member

Ron L - Wisconsin election watchdog and hilariously fun grandpa.

James Pell - Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class - American hero with stories to tell about Iraq, Kosovo, and Bosnia.

Emcee - "Don't encourage him!" Jeff Goldstein

November 2010
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30        

Recent Posts
Rossi, Murray, Oh my...
At the same trough...
Thomas More Law Center goes after DHS...
Issaquah, Washington Tea Party!
If you can't send a real tea bag...
What does it mean when every world event is a "distraction"?
Everything Old is New Again...
So you've heard of Chinese censorship of blogs right?
Concerned about Republican Leadership?
New currency anyone?
So it has come to this...
Oh, my...
Rossi Concedes...
The Market Greets its Savior...

November 2010
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
December 2006
October 2006
September 2006
July 2006
June 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004
September 2004
January 2004

Alberto Gonzales
Art, ok maybe that's too strong a word
Biblical Studies
Book Reviews
Civil War
Current Affairs
Domestic Terror
Election Night 2004 - Eye on C-BS
Good eats
It feels so wrong so it's gotta be Wright
Kerry Satire
Poems Offered
Super Bowl XL
Tax Policy
Tech Stuff
The Armadillo Conceptual Series
The Revelation of Jesus Christ
Transitional Forum
Tsunami Tragedy
UN Oil For Food - Oil For Fraud
WA Governor's Race
War on Terror
Washington Politics
Wisconsin Vote Fraud

Add me to your TypePad People list

Subscribe to this blog's feed

Site Info
Powered by TypePad

Blog design by:

Header art by: Coby Cyr

Ann Coulter
The most brilliant journalist of our age - does heavy lifting

Black Five
Want to know what is really going on in our armed services? Matt does tell. He's a man of honor and gives tribute to men and women who serve all of us around the world.

Blogs For Terri
Terri Schindler Schiavo - We will NEVER forget!

Master photographer Jan shows off spectacular photos around the Pacific Northwest.

Commissioner Hugh Hewitt
The man! Inspirer of blogs, flogger of the currently most important.

Common Sense and Wonder
Great group blog - full of common sense penned by very talented people. I wonder...

Cream of the Crock
Diana once killed me in a place of wisdom. We've made up. One of my favorite experts.

Day by Day
Chris Muir provides the best first place for you to spew your coffee every morning

Digital Brown Pajamas
Sleepy Stormtroopers of the Religious Right. Plus Jeff is just a great guy. And Steve! Don't forget Steve! Oh no, where'd you guys go?

Evangelical Outpost
What can I say? I like Joe.

File it under...
These guys are animals. I mean it, they are animals.

Hamilton's Pamphlets
The Federalist Papers are still alive - and so is Alexander ...

Huffington's Toast
Hilarious answer to Arianna Huffington's psuedo-blog

In DC Journal
Bill is positively InDC, occasionally InDCent, always Bill

Jihad Watch
Lead by Robert Spencer - dedicated to bringing public attention to the role that jihad theology and ideology plays in the modern world.

Laura Ingraham
Find her on the radio and listen - does heavy lifting

Matt Rosenberg
Culture and current affairs from Seattle journalist and musician - and contributor to Sound Politics and Redstate - all in one very productive guy.

Michelle Malkin
Conservative goddess - does heavy lifting

MY Vast Right Wing Conspiracy
Beth has a terrific blog AND she's my favorite Bama fan. (Which for an AU guy is like we've overcome class warfare, you know?)

Nerf Coated World
Friend Matt's wisdom tech and politech

Ninme, tenme, elevenme, just don't two-time me

Pillage Idiot
Replacing the creator of worlds - do you miss Allah? Go see Attila.

Pixie Lair
I'm a Pixie. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it. (It's Shell - Look what God made!) - Found her again!

The triumvirate. I'm not worthy! I'm not worthy!

Protein Wisdom
Jeff's menagerie of extreme thoughts, well said.

Scribal Terror
Gail can write! And make you do your English homework!

Sissy Willis
'Wiley' Willis cats and thoughts.

Sondra K
Like Special K - only better

Sound Politics
Shark and friends dig out the unsound

Tapscott's Copy Desk
Mark Tapscott, Director of The Heritage Foundation's Center for Media and Public Policy. Solid good read all the time. Moved to Examiner now...

The incomparable Ace of Spades HQ
The truth in spades!

The Jawa Report
Dr. Rusty and pals. Find original fisking and research here.

The Mighty Beldar
Crusty trial lawyer, bemused observer of politics & internet dilettante from Houston, Texas

the pragmatic chef™
Scott is a connoisseur of food and life! He really knows what seared means...

The Radio Equalizer -Brian Maloney
Could Brian be the next conservative heavy lifter? My money's on him.

The Truth Laid Bear
TTLB Ecosystem host and esteemed pundit.

Timothy Goddard
Brilliant analysis - plus Red State WA!

Great conservative commentary and about some kind of Weblog awards or something like that

Fellow traveler McGehee's musings