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Ron Paul Speaks…

Very few politicians listen.

Tales From The Yellow Bus

Every time Bev & I go to the coast out highway 26, we pass by this ranch house set off in the fir trees. I’ve often wondered about the house and the other day I found out about its history. I was asked to drive a charter from Rieke grade school to the Rice NW Museum of Rocks & Minerals. I received my directions and picked up the kids and headed out. Low and behold, its the house in the woods that we passed.

The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals was founded by Richard L. and Helen M. Rice in 1996 for the express purpose of passing on to present and future generations the opportunity to obtain knowledge and pleasure from these beautiful wonders of nature.

“Alma Rose”

The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals is located in Hillsboro, Oregon, about 20 minutes west of downtown Portland. The Rice NW Museum is home to the “Alma Rose” Rhodochrosite from the Sweet Home Mine in Alma, Colorado. The museum also boasts the largest opal-filled thunderegg in the world, crystalized gold bigger than your hand, dinosaur eggs and fossils, en extensive metorite collection, and hundreds of other attractions. The Rice Museum has become nationally recognized. It is the finest rocks and minerals museum in the Pacific Northwest, and one of the best in the nation.

The museum facility is listed on the National Historic Registry and recognized for its unique architectural style, as well as its use of natural stone on the interior and exterior, and the extraordinary woodwork throughout, all of native Oregon woods.

What a wonderful place to spend hours. They are Open to Visitors 1:00-5:00 P.M. Wed-Sun
Group Tours By Appointment Only

Adult – $7.00
Senior(60+) – $6.00
Student(5-17) – $5.00
Under 5 – Free

Deep Quakes Happen Under Oregon

The 4.1 quake that took place near Grants Pass on February 26th was 24 miles underground and thought to be part of the stuck Juan de Fuca plate that slipped.

For years, scientists doubted that such deep quakes happened under Oregon, said Ian Madin, chief scientist of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries.

“Now it turns out that they do,” he said Friday.

So, is the plate beginning to move and will Oregon get the “Big” one?

Depression Cooking From Clara

I remember pasta with peas! Hat tip to Chris Monty

A Surfers Sentence

I love this sentence found while surfing the net.

Richard Dawkins “was found to have died at his irony board having exploded his mind trying to convince the himself that his genes still fit”

Hat tip to My Apologetics

Tales From The Yellow Bus


On my bus, right up front, I have some anti-bacterial stuff that I squirt on my hands during the day to kill the germs I pick up from all the things the kids touch.  I also have a box of Kleenex for all of us when the need arises.

This morning I’m driving my kids to Rieke, when I hear Ella say, “Mike, Tanry wants to kiss you!”

My heart nearly jumps to my throat.  We are not allowed to touch the kids.  I’m real nervous when kids fly at me for a hug.  Now a seven year old wants to kiss me.  How do I handle that?

I said, “What did you say?”

“Mike, Tanry wants a tissue.

4.1 Oregon Quake

MAP 4.1 2009/02/26 09:52:47 42.544 -123.892 37.8 48 km (30 miles) WNW (284°) from Grants Pass, OR

map 1.9 2009/02/25 08:37:09 45.131N 120.954W 12.7 11 km ( 7 mi) ESE of Maupin, OR

More Tales From The Yellow Bus

“So Mike, does your bus run on Cocaine?” the student asked.

“It’s Propane.  Propane, not cocaine.”

So I broke into song:

Got no house, got no car, got no wife…Propane!

Obama: Goal To Cut Deficit In Half

Obama: “We can’t generate sustained growth without getting our deficits under control.”

The Washington Post has a preview of Obama’s budget plan:

…this year’s deficit was projected by Congressional budget analysts to approach $1.2 trillion,… some analysts say the annual gap between federal spending and income could approach $2 trillion when the fiscal year ends in September.

Obama proposes to dramatically reduce those numbers by the end of his first term, cutting the deficit he inherited in half, … His budget plan would keep the deficit hovering near $1 trillion in 2010 and 2011, but shows it dropping to $533 billion in 2013 …

Let’s see, a deficit of $1.2  to 2.0 Trillion 2009, a deficit of $1.0 in 2010, a deficit of $1.0 Trillion in 2011 and a deficit of $533 Billion in his reelection year of 2012.  Why the interest on the debt of approximately $15 Trillion, by then alone, would be more that $533 Billion.  Who’s he trying to kid?

How does he propose to reach this goal of $533 Billion deficit?  He plans to cut spending and raise taxes…”primarily by raising taxes on business and the wealthy and by slashing spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, administration officials said.”  In other words, he plans to make war on the producers and reward the losers in society.  The $75 billion mortgage protection plan that gives money to unqualified home buyers taken from those who pay their mortgages on time, is a sample of Obama’s proposed programs.

What was it that famous person said?  Oh that’s right,

“From Each According to His Ability, to Each According to His Need”

Karl Marx would be happy!

Tales From The Yellow Bus

Yellow Bus

Thursday as I was driving my Robert Gray kids home, someone asked me if I saw the story about the 13 year old dad in the news.  I said yes and did they see that the mother was 12 years old.  One boy, Ali,  who apparently got caught up in the conversation late, asked what happened to the 12 year old girl.  I wanted to be as discrete as possible and said the mother conceived when she was 12.  Was she blind before that, he asked?  I couldn’t wait to write that down.

On Westwood Ct.  in December, the owner of a house shoveled  his driveway of snow and piled it below his rock wall, maybe four feet from the street.  There was a lot of snow.  We had about 18 inches and Westwood Ct. is at 500 feet or so.   They might have received a little more.  Anyway, in January after the Christmas Break, I noticed the snow was still there.  It hadn’t melted.  I wondered if it would stick around until it snowed again.  Sure enough, it dwindled each day and then we received another couple of inches, he shoveled his driveway, and the pile grew in size again.  I think we’ve had a total of three snow storms this winter so far.  All the snow is gone in yards, except for this pile of shoveled snow.  This morning two months after the first snow storm, the pile is about the size of a pair of Greg Oden’s basketball shoes.  It made me think that this is the way glaciers get started.

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