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‘The LORD will strike you with madness and blindness and confusion of mind…’  ~ Deuteronomy 28:28  


Funny search engine terms used to find my blog:


  • damon dinosaurs Harvard [Is dinosaurs the verb in this sentence?]

  • chuck ackerman obama [Hey, it’s better than Hussein.]

  • democrat and republican witches [It gives a whole new meaning to ‘Voo-doo Economics’.]

  • barack obama praying [I think they meant to write ‘preying’.]


Although we have yet to gain the Midas Touch when it comes to sustainable small-scale farming, the wife and I have had a few recent successes.  The latest (in addition to our thriving chicken flock) is our potato crop.  A friend at work related a unique method for growing spuds in a small space yet in large amounts: old tires. 

The trick is to fill a tire with dirt and plant the seed potatoes (which are simply taters that you cut into pieces, each having at least one eye.)  Once the shoots reach 8 inches, simply stack another tire and fill it with dirt.  When the shoots grow through the dirt in the second tire and reach 8 inches, simply repeat the process.  Once you get the desired (and sustainable) number of tires in the stack, simply let the shoots grow as they will.  Once they die back, wait two weeks and then start harvesting potatoes!  (We’ll keep you posted on the harvest, so stand by.)

(Photo:  The seed potatoes were planted in the bottom tire; the shoots now stand proudly nearly two feet above their origin.  Somewhere in between lie dozens of little spuds.  Tubor-licious!)



The new chicks are doing fine, as well.  I constructed a roost using several yaupons I had from clearing brush over the past year or so to give them that ‘natural’ feel as they slept.  Their feather patterns are beginning to be clearly delineated and they are quite beautiful.  They are Silver- and Golden-laced Wyandottes.



Here is one of the more beautiful Golden-laced.  Her patterns are emerging sooner than most of the others to great effect, in my opinion.  (It took quite a while to get her to pose and this was the best picture I could capture.  I’ll try again in the coming days.)




A few of the new chicks peck and scratch their way inside the new coop.  I hope to introduce the old flock to them within the next couple of weeks.  That should be fun as they establish the new pecking order.





  • Sean Hannity is the worst sort of demagogue. He portrays himself as a conservative, yet the truth is that he is among the most partisan of neo-conservatives in his statism/ nationalism and militarism. His worship of the state is such that he has deified the military and declared it sacrosanct—above any criticism. In his shrill and indiscriminate defence of the troops he is not above lying…repeatedly. In recent days he has repeatedly castigated Barack Obama (who has his own brand of dishonesty and demagoguery) for charging the U.S. military with bombing Afghan villages and killing civilians. The problem is—it’s true. And I am sure Hannity knows it’s true.



‘[Robert E. Lee] was the very greatest of all the great captains that the English-speaking peoples have brought forth.’ ~ Theodore Roosevelt






Our wisdom, in so far as it ought to be deemed true and solid Wisdom, consists almost entirely of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves. ~ John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion


 See if you can make sense of this:

‘That’s what I say that I like every American I am speaking with we’re ill about this position that we been put in where it is taxpayers looking to bailout, but ultimately what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the healthcare reform that is needed to help shore up our economy, um, helping the, oh, it’s got to be all about job creation, too, shoring up our economy and, and, putting it back on the right track; so health care reform and reducing taxes and reigning in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans and trade… we have we got to see trade as an opportunity not as, a competitive, um, scary thing, but one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today, we we’ve got to look at that as more opportunity, all of those things under the umbrella of job creation, this bailout is part of that…’ ~ Sarah Palin



Written by ninepoundhammer

October 13, 2008 at 12:52 pm

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  1. Hey man – Trying to track you down. I have some career questions for you. email me.

    Matthew Crawley

    October 15, 2008 at 7:12 pm

  2. […] results (if they can be called such) are in and, not altogether unexpectedly, the GTE–the Great Tater Experiment for the great unwashed–is a complete failure.  Actually, ‘complete’ is a bit […]

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