Sunday, November 30, 2008

Long, Looooooong, Road

Take a good look at this picture. Its from 1915. The original caption for the photograph is below.

1915 Indian crop

"Baker and O'Brien, transcontinental motorcyclists, at north of Ellipse below White House. Dick O'Brien and Bud Baker were two Washington high school boys who made a five-month, 10,000-mile round trip to the West Coast to see the California expositions. Said Dick: 'Our experiences will prove mighty interesting when we start to tell them.'"

10000 miles.... on the back of THAT BIKE? They bred guys tougher back in those days, that's for sure. I love the look of the old school bikes and would surely love to have one for cruising around town, but give me my Valkyrie any day of the week when it comes to longer distance riding.

Paladin on the Bike

My hat is definitely off to Mr. Baker and Mr. Obrien. I'll have to do some looking around to see if they ever put their advertures down on paper. I'm sure they had some amazing stories.

Homestead Craft Fair Video

Here's some footage from the Craft Fair in Elm Mott - view in "high quality" if you can:

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Homestead Craft Fair

Had a great time today, at the Homestead Craft Fair in Elm Mott, Texas. For those of you not familiar with Elm Mott, its just north of Waco.

The Craft Fair is held every year by the Center for Essential Education. They showcase a lot of "old timey" skills like horse farming, candle making, weaving, blacksmithing, and the like. There are demonstrations of many of these skill through out the day, and a huge pavillion where you can find pottery, woven goods, stained glass, and many other wares for sale by the local craftmen (and women).

homesteadhorse sepia

There's lots of good food to eat, interesting things to see (and buy), and best of all its free to get in. All you have to do is pay $5 per vehicle to park.

homestead gristmill wheel

The Center also offers classes in many old homesteading skills throughout the year. You can find information on the Craft Fair, and the Center for Essential Education at their website.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Tell Tale?

Am I reading too much into this?... I heard a quick mention on the radio the other day about the 7 page questionnaire that the Obama Administration is sending out to anyone who is applying for a position.

These are for the actual people that they will consider for open positions... not the gullible sheeple who fill out an on-line application at the "" website. That smoke and mirrors exercise is just to make people feel like they are a part of things. Even the insiders of the Obama camp admit that the people who get jobs in the administration will be "connected" - not just random applicants off the street.

But I Digress. The questionnaire for the actual, real, candidates is 7 pages long and asks a lot of personal questions. Most of the questions deal with potential for how you might embarrass the future President - because that's the most important thing to avoid, you know.

From the NY Times Website (emphasis added by me):

"Only the smallest details are excluded; traffic tickets carrying fines of less than $50 need not be reported, the application says. Applicants are asked whether they or anyone in their family owns a gun. They must include any e-mail that might embarrass the president-elect, along with any blog posts and links to their
Facebook pages."


I've not seen the entire list of questions. So far, I've not seen it posted anywhere online. I've only read excerpts on various news sources online. Its supposed to be somewhere around 63 questions, most of which ask about potentially embarrassing or improper associations and histories of the applicant.

So why does this administration, that claims not to have an agenda against our Second Amendment Rights, feel it necessary to lump this question in with all the others? I'm assuming that the reason they are asking these questions is to weed undesireable people out of the hiring pool. If you have embarrassing things in your past, they don't want you - which makes some sense.

But does the fact that you have a family member that is a gun owner weed you out as well? If not, then why ask the question?

Draw your own conclusions.