I’ve never used a more quick and capable blogging platform than Tumblr and believe me, I’ve moved a lot of posts between a lot of platforms to find the right one for me. The one problem I have (read: the ONLY problem I have) is this awful dieing post thing. It’s random and it’s ridiculous. Whether I’m saving a draft or trying to post, I have to cross my fingers each and every time. Perhaps someone from the Tumblr support staff can tell me why this is and if there is anything I can do on my end to fix it…
Now crossing my fingers that this post will post…

I’ve never used a more quick and capable blogging platform than Tumblr and believe me, I’ve moved a lot of posts between a lot of platforms to find the right one for me. The one problem I have (read: the ONLY problem I have) is this awful dieing post thing. It’s random and it’s ridiculous. Whether I’m saving a draft or trying to post, I have to cross my fingers each and every time. Perhaps someone from the Tumblr support staff can tell me why this is and if there is anything I can do on my end to fix it…

Now crossing my fingers that this post will post…

Another Unsolicited Opinion About Malaysian Flight MH17 

This we know:

  1. A Boeing 777 was shot down with 298 people aboard on July 17, 2014. 
  2. Of the 298 people who perished, one was a U.S. citizen.
  3. Malaysian Airlines is not based in the U.S. although they do fly to 11 U.S. cities.
  4. The incident occurred near the Ukraine-Russia border where pro-Russian rebels apparently control everything and could be the trigger source for the missile. 

I’m having trouble understanding a few things.

  1. Why is the U.S. entrenched in this incident? I understand this is a horrible tragedy and I understand nations should to band together in times like this. I do not understand how the U.S. can justify accusations and threats regarding the incident. It directly affects one U.S. citizen, after all.  
  2. The U.S. says inspectors cannot access the crash site to begin a full investigation. This confuses me as about every 20 seconds there is a fresh new picture or video posted to social media from the area. U.S. media is onsite creating news segments while standing next to refrigerated boxcars allegedly packed with bodies. Clearly the area can be accessed and has a solid communications system to boot.
  3. imageWhy should the world probe the crash? Sure, a couple of Americans should be a part of it for good measure but a full out U.S. led investigation is out of line. 
  4. imageHey media, stop using this shit to make U.S. citizens hate Russia. We do not need another war right now and in case you have not noticed, things have gotten pretty real on the global warfare front now that we’ve sold a bunch of nice military equipment to other countries and trained their troops for them.

I write this because I’m sick of the news. I’m sick of seeing how the U.S. is dabbling in everyone’s business. These countries have been battling over borders since the beginning of time.
In the Middle East, same deal. Little dark guys in turbines have always treated women like shit and have always practiced law as eye for an eye. It’s the way it is and the way it has always been. We should stop trying to change them. Oh, and let them war with each other. World peace is not necessarily necessary.
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So basically, what I’m saying is - let the world be and let’s focus on ourselves. Sure, there should be humanitarian efforts in as many places as will have us, but not war. As soon as we are unappreciated, we cut the funding, we cut the supply, we cut the protection. Simple as that. 

A couple Simrad shots from our boat while we relaxed over the weekend. I took them to show the  lake temp at 34” below the surface which happened to be 79.3 degrees. This water temp should definitely be at a deeper thermocline this time of year but with unseasonably cool (and record breaking) temps for 4-5 consecutive days, it’s to be expected I guess. Burrrrr
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A couple Simrad shots from our boat while we relaxed over the weekend. I took them to show the  lake temp at 34” below the surface which happened to be 79.3 degrees. This water temp should definitely be at a deeper thermocline this time of year but with unseasonably cool (and record breaking) temps for 4-5 consecutive days, it’s to be expected I guess. Burrrrr
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A couple Simrad shots from our boat while we relaxed over the weekend. I took them to show the lake temp at 34” below the surface which happened to be 79.3 degrees. This water temp should definitely be at a deeper thermocline this time of year but with unseasonably cool (and record breaking) temps for 4-5 consecutive days, it’s to be expected I guess. Burrrrr

Looks like NWSOUN had to tap into their snow forecast graphics to depict the amount of rain we are about to have in OK.
Also, the ECMWF is dumping hard too. An interesting heavy rain event is on our doorstep!
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Looks like NWSOUN had to tap into their snow forecast graphics to depict the amount of rain we are about to have in OK.
Also, the ECMWF is dumping hard too. An interesting heavy rain event is on our doorstep!
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Looks like NWSOUN had to tap into their snow forecast graphics to depict the amount of rain we are about to have in OK.

Also, the ECMWF is dumping hard too. An interesting heavy rain event is on our doorstep!

Here’s a look at 60 hours out, total precip as represented by the NAM, GFS & ECMWF. All three are generous to areas in dire need of water but intensity bullseyes are quite different for each, geographically. ECM really takes off with rainfall totals - and over a large area to boot. I’m anxious to see how this plays out. Bring on the rain! 
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Here’s a look at 60 hours out, total precip as represented by the NAM, GFS & ECMWF. All three are generous to areas in dire need of water but intensity bullseyes are quite different for each, geographically. ECM really takes off with rainfall totals - and over a large area to boot. I’m anxious to see how this plays out. Bring on the rain! 
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Here’s a look at 60 hours out, total precip as represented by the NAM, GFS & ECMWF. All three are generous to areas in dire need of water but intensity bullseyes are quite different for each, geographically. ECM really takes off with rainfall totals - and over a large area to boot. I’m anxious to see how this plays out. Bring on the rain! 
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Here’s a look at 60 hours out, total precip as represented by the NAM, GFS & ECMWF. All three are generous to areas in dire need of water but intensity bullseyes are quite different for each, geographically. ECM really takes off with rainfall totals - and over a large area to boot. I’m anxious to see how this plays out. Bring on the rain! 

Decomposition rates of common marine debris items.
Glass Bottle = 1 million years
Monofilament Fishing Line = 600 years
Plastic Beverage Bottles = 450 years
Disposable Diapers = 450 years
Aluminum Can = 80-200 years
Foamed Plastic Buoy = 80 years
Foamed Plastic Cups = 50 years
Rubber-Boot Sole = 50-80 years
Tin Cans = 50 years
Leather = 50 years
Nylon Fabric = 30-40 years
Plastic Film Container = 20-30 years
Plastic Bag = 10-20 years
Cigarette Butt = 1-5 years
Wool Sock = 1-5 years
Plywood = 1-3 years
Waxed Milk Carton = 3 months
Apple Core = 2 months
Newspaper = 6 weeks
Orange or Banana Peel = 2-5 weeks
Paper Towel = 2-4 weeks

Decomposition rates of common marine debris items.

  • Glass Bottle = 1 million years
  • Monofilament Fishing Line = 600 years
  • Plastic Beverage Bottles = 450 years
  • Disposable Diapers = 450 years
  • Aluminum Can = 80-200 years
  • Foamed Plastic Buoy = 80 years
  • Foamed Plastic Cups = 50 years
  • Rubber-Boot Sole = 50-80 years
  • Tin Cans = 50 years
  • Leather = 50 years
  • Nylon Fabric = 30-40 years
  • Plastic Film Container = 20-30 years
  • Plastic Bag = 10-20 years
  • Cigarette Butt = 1-5 years
  • Wool Sock = 1-5 years
  • Plywood = 1-3 years
  • Waxed Milk Carton = 3 months
  • Apple Core = 2 months
  • Newspaper = 6 weeks
  • Orange or Banana Peel = 2-5 weeks
  • Paper Towel = 2-4 weeks
Things are looking up again in Oklahoma and Texas regarding drought-busting rain thanks to the polar vortex or non-polar vortex, depending on who you ask.

Regardless what words the scientists want to fight about, it’s bringing very unseasonal weather to OK and that makes me very happy. We should be able to break at least 3-5 temp records so for this extreme weather junkie, it’s all good!

So, scientists, you go try to figure out what this silly thing is called and I’ll continue doing my job to market it and we’ll all do okay. Deal?

(I posted an ECMWF map for the public to see. Just send me the bill.)

Things are looking up again in Oklahoma and Texas regarding drought-busting rain thanks to the polar vortex or non-polar vortex, depending on who you ask.

Regardless what words the scientists want to fight about, it’s bringing very unseasonal weather to OK and that makes me very happy. We should be able to break at least 3-5 temp records so for this extreme weather junkie, it’s all good!

So, scientists, you go try to figure out what this silly thing is called and I’ll continue doing my job to market it and we’ll all do okay. Deal?

(I posted an ECMWF map for the public to see. Just send me the bill.)

Happening now in Oklahoma. Nothing severe but certainly is pretty off the back balcony!

Happening now in Oklahoma. Nothing severe but certainly is pretty off the back balcony!

Incredible amount of rain ongoing and about to train across Grand Rapids, MI. Increased dynamics in this area will make it an interesting one to watch over the next several hours.

Incredible amount of rain ongoing and about to train across Grand Rapids, MI. Increased dynamics in this area will make it an interesting one to watch over the next several hours.

OHP Trooper Arrested For DUI After On-Duty Crash

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This droopy-eyed goofball is the latest embarrassment to law enforcement in our state. While on duty he apparently went and pounded some beers, then wrecked a state issued patrol SUV as well as the patrol boat and trailer he was pulling at the time of his single car accident. Here’s the story:

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol confirms one of its troopers has been arrested and booked on a complaint of driving under the influence.

Captain George Brown says Joshua Davies was arrested Thursday in Sequoyah County. Brown says Davies was on duty and was arrested after he was involved in an accident.

Davies was involved in a single-vehicle collision in an OHP vehicle while towing a patrol vessel, Brown said. It happened on Applegate Cove Road south of Sallisaw. That’s just west of Highway 59.

Brown says the incident is being handled just like any other DUI arrest. Davies was arrested by other troopers who administered a breathalyzer test.

Davies, 33, registered over the legal limit, authorities say. He was booked into jail at the Sallisaw Police Department then released by a judge for a mental evaluation, an arrest report states.

"It is an emotionally draining situation when an officer finds himself in a position that he must arrest one of his own," said Chief of Patrol Colonel Ricky Adams in a news release.

"This individual was immediately arrested by state troopers on the scene and charged with DUI in compliance with state statute. This type of behavior will not be tolerated under any circumstance," Adams said.

Davies, a Cameron resident, is on routine administrative leave pending the results of an internal investigation, according to Brown.

He has been with OHP for eight years.

I am not anti-police. In fact, I have never had a poor experience with an officer. I have law enforcement friends and they are generally very solid guys with a true intent to serve and protect. But I worry.

Lately there have been numerous instances regarding police brutality, officers in compromising sexual situations, homicide, etc. These instances continuously result in the complaint(s) being dropped on account of technicality or a higher power being involved. Whether we like it or not, cops are truly above the law and they know it.

Back to the story at hand, the judge who initially presented charges released Davies for mental evaluation. The OHP says he will be on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. Now, I’ve never had a DUI but I do know for a fact that those I know who have, were not seen by a judge quickly and then released so they could seek mental evaluation. In addition, internal investigations are just that… They are internal and they stay that way so when this guy is back in his new patrol car and boat in a few weeks, we’ll never know the true reason he got off.

Respect does not get issued with a badge. It is earned. 

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Steve Miller

Steve Miller