Monday, November 29, 2010

Kansas Great for Viewing Migrating Geese

Pics and Videos of various kinds of geese are common in the Flint Hills, probably due to the Blue River and Tuttle Creek Reservoir.

migrating geese in kansas

two kinds of geese together

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Flying beauty

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Construction on the Moon?

Construction on the moon? a nice rising orange moon for thanksgiving, the radio tower many miles away from the camera was captured as well.  More moons HERE

Kansas moon rising

thanksgiving week moon with radio tower

More moons HERE.

K-State Basketball During the Holiday (Texas Southern)

Poor Souls Without Basketball Tickets can find some while the students are away for thanksgiving break.

Here is the espn RECAP 
and below are some pics and vids from my camera:
the k-state players were dancing to the warm-up music and the camera showed it on the BigTron:

Here are the wildcats warming up- the crowd eventually filled most of Bramlage.
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Here is Pullen after the technical, check out his shoes...

a couple plays

k-state men's basketball

The Classic Coach

The girls act seductive while the boys think and plan...

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Starting the New Year Well

From The Calendar:

If you want a GREAT dog or cat calendar, try this one.

 Yellow Lab in Yellow Grass
 Wild Girl
 Sweetest Terrier
I'll Eat Anything...
kitty and turkey click to enlarge

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

K-State Coach Frank Martin Serves Up Thanksgiving

can't we all just get along?
The entire university seems to be energized by Coach Martin. In these days of Helicopter parents, spoiled-rotten-can't-read or-write juniors, and "don't blame me" attitudes, his (seemingly at times harsh) stern looks and high expectations are precisely what is needed, and many student athletes know it. He speaks to this in a recent article (The Staremaster) in the KC Star: HERE  "Martin, who has strong, friendly relationships with his players off the court, tries to make sure his team understands he acts no differently than a good teacher would. 'Every kid wants discipline,' Martin said. 'Every kid wants structure. They might tell you they don’t, but they realize they don’t understand right and wrong. They are looking for someone to help guide them. Anyone who says differently doesn’t know a thing about education'.”

 for more STARE pics, click HERE: The many faces of Frank Martin

  Frank Martin HERE and HERE and fun HERE
The Stare Master: Frank Martin


Martavious Irving took a seat in front of Frank Martin and prepared for the worst. Kansas State was huddled up during a timeout early in the first half of a game against Loyola Chicago, and the sophomore guard had just been caught out of position on defense. He allowed an easy score.

Gulp. This is not where any K-State player likes to be. In a matter of seconds, Irving would have to deal with harsh words and criticism from his coach, but that’s nothing compared to what came first — the stare.
Of all the unconventional techniques Kansas State basketball coach Frank Martin uses to reprimand and motivate his players, it is by far the most renowned and feared.
Developed early in his life as a bouncer and mastered during his coaching career, it has become a staple of Martin’s sideline demeanor. As recognizable as his signature, it always gets a strong reaction.
When his eyes grow large and bulge out of his head, it can feel like he’s a camera zooming in on you. When his eyebrows reach up toward his hairline, and his mouth opens wide, he is impossible to ignore. When he clenches his mouth shut, the look can be plain frightening.
“You have to treat it a lot like the sun,” said junior forward Jamar Samuels. “Looking at it for more than a few seconds is dangerous to your health.”
The stare comes in many forms, and can carry many messages. But on this day, he leaned back with his arms crossed and shot a glance of disgust at Irving. Seconds went by and not a word was said. Martin looked down to scribble on a dry-erase board and stared at Irving again. Finally he addressed everyone in the huddle.
The timeout came to an end and K-State took the floor. On its first possession, Irving caught the ball beyond the three-point line and swished an outside shot, extending the Wildcats’ lead. He went on to score a season-high 12 points, play tough defense and greatly help his team.
To think, it all started with a stare.
“He didn’t say much to me, really,” Irving said. “I could tell he wanted me to step up and play my role, so basically that’s what I wanted to do — play my role and make some shots.”
The stare can come at any moment and for any reason. In the middle of a play, after a turnover, or up close and personal on the bench, Martin will not hesitate to break it out.
Players list avoiding it as a priority.
“It really gets to some people,” said senior guard Jacob Pullen. “That look of his, with those eyes coming out right at you, it can be scary. I know I’m always trying to find new ways to stay away from it.”
While it may not be the harshest of gestures, it carries the most meaning. Players say they prefer almost all his other antics, because they simply mean he is angry. The stare means much more.
It conveys he’s awfully disappointed.
“I’ll take anything over the stare,” Samuels said. “I’d much rather have him yell or curse at me. When he’s out there just looking at you like that, man, he’s got you. You know you messed up.”
Mistakes are inevitable in basketball, so dealing with the stare is a must for all K-State players. They haven’t learned how to keep Martin’s pupils in check yet, but they have handed down a few secrets through the years from one recruiting class to the next.
Some players ask their high school coaches to imitate Martin in practice so they won’t get rattled by the real thing. Sophomore guard Nick Russell convinced himself that Martin’s stare “is only a look,” and is scarier on TV than in person. Pullen tells prospective players to remember that the stare is simply a coaching method.
a simple way of telling a player that you can’t do that,” Pullen said. “You’ve got to go get better. He’s mad about what you did, but he gets over it quick. As long as you can move on to the next play, you will be fine.”
Martin, who has strong, friendly relationships with his players off the court, tries to make sure his team understands he acts no differently than a good teacher would.
“Every kid wants discipline,” Martin said. “Every kid wants structure. They might tell you they don’t, but they realize they don’t understand right and wrong. They are looking for someone to help guide them. Anyone who says differently doesn’t know a thing about education.”

For the most part, players appreciate the tough love.
Pullen considers it a reminder to always think about making the smart play. Senior forward Curtis Kelly describes it as “good parenting from a father figure.”
“The thing about the stare is that it will always tell you something,” Kelly said. “You never know what that’s going to be, but it’s good to find out. If I don’t know my mistakes, I won’t know how to fix them.”
Still, it can be uncomfortable. The worst, players say, is when Martin lingers. Common courtesy dictates that two people make eye contact when they communicate, but most Wildcats refuse to look into the stare.
Samuels jokes that he uses those occasions to find attractive women in the crowd. Pullen often glances up and to the left at nothing in particular, and if that doesn’t do the trick he will strike up a conversation with an assistant coach or teammate.
Last weekend, Irving focused in on the Powercat on his shorts. But it didn’t matter where he looked.
Martin’s stare said it all. 2010 Kansas City Star.

Here Comes Winter. Say the Squirrels and Birds

Well the students are away. The campus is nicely desolate.The cold wind and snow are coming tomorrow. The pets want to come in more than go out lately. And -- The birds are here! Every winter more and varied kinds come to get sweet water and tasty treats. Here are a couple early arrivals: (as seen through the bathroom window...

 Cardinal in Kansas Poster

Monday, November 22, 2010

T & A Searches Instituted by George W Bush - Oh Wait I mean TSA, Don't Touch My Junk

"ABC News producer reports that a TSA officer put her hands inside her underwear and touched her extensively at Newark Airport on Sunday in an experience the producer called demeaning and inappropriate. 'The woman who checked me reached her hands inside my underwear and felt her way around,' ABC producer Carolyn Durand told ABC. 'It was basically worse than going to the gynecologist. It was embarrassing. It was demeaning. It was inappropriate'."
We Are Now Free to Move About Your Pants...
Whoa Nellie.  Let's please all be honest about concerns over our civil liberties, our privacy rights and our government's intrusion into our lives. The Patriot Act and a variety of measures designed to "keep us safe" were roundly denounced by a large chunk of Americans. I am wondering if it is a different chunk that is now protesting the invasion of privacy at the nation's airports.

tsa checkpoint
When i want to examine an issue without bringing in my own biases, i ask myself turn-about questions. Like, how would i and my friends and family have reacted to President Reagan or George Bush keeping an 18-year-old Pet Intern under the Oval Office Desk? (As compared to the same action by say, a Bill Clinton or a Kennedy??)
How did you react to Roman Polanski's rape charges--and would you have reacted the same to the exact same circumstances if it would have been, say, rush limbaugh?

This is not merely about T & A, er, TSA, the Transportation Security Administration, looking at our naked bodies or doing things we teach our children not to allow and if it happens, "tell someone!"
This is about the country being transformed into a pseudo quasi police state in the name of "security"--step by step. By the time each little chunk of Americans are ticked off, it will be too late.
Some thoughts about the scanners and the pat-downs:
  • The scanner images are not only save-able, but instantly sendable.(Parker's take here)  If you are a well -known (or perhaps well-endowed) person, the risk of your image going viral is probably very high--what if your name is Gloria Alred or Bristol Palin or John Stewart or Pavarotti or Aretha Franklin? (Assuming this happens, is everyone ok with that?)
  • What is the impact on children and teens--             of getting a police-level patdown from an unknown adult?
  •  How will those men, women and children who have been sexually assaulted deal with strangers touching their most private areas? The trauma from this crime is real and widespread. (HERE)
  • The effect on those who spend each day gazing or groping? Just wondering...
  • Oh yeah, who is it we are hiring for these jobs?      Like, are we as effective in this T & A Hiring as we are in say, noticing things like nervous crop plane students?***see sex offenders below
  • We stay two steps behind, reacting after the fact, and ineffectively looking at Things, not People. (Inkjet printer cartridges don't kill people, people pressing the Nokia cell phone detonator to the inkjet cartridge kill people...) When the bombs are in anal cavities, or implants, which apparently has been achieved, tested, and used overseas by "those guys", what will flying check-in be like? Yikes. Behavioral analysis and risk profiling make more fiscal, psychological, and strategic sense. Exactly which sensitivites and perceptions are we most afraid of? How many Would-Be Bombers would make it past a tried and true behavioral analysis and simple intelligent screening techniques?
  • Actually--                      I have not really thought much about it.      As a kid who travelled a lot, we got a lot of shots--i never thought twice about getting painfully pumped full of poisons--it was just what we had to do to travel country to country. And i had a good healthy education (military kid) wherein we always had a rigorous phys ed class and showers following. The locker room was a nice place...but while i am not overwhelmed by fear of my fabulous human body being observed, i am strongly for the right of those more private than i to be respected... but....
    Constitution: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized"
  • Cavity searches, anyone?
  • don't touch my junk
  • Finally--i ponder this--WE ARE FREAKING OUT at the airport! we have allowed some Global Thuggy Punks to suddenly make all americans get treated like criminals! Fu Cryin' Out Loud!? Really!?
**Sex offenders:"Back in March, TSA employee Sean Shanahan, who was responsible for patting down passengers including children, was indicted for multiple child sex crimes. In 2004, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) admitted that TSA put employees into action patting down passengers without even finishing background checks. That same report also stated that DHS did not disqualify applicants unless they had been convicted of felony rape or sexual abuse in the last 10 years -- so if they raped somebody 11 years ago, no problem. Judicial Watch reports that TSA has also hired illegal aliens and given them security badges in the past."  B. Shapiro

 HERE and HERE is how the Democratic underground puts it. I wish Maureen Dowd would put her two cents in.
 Michael Kinsley says, Go Ahead, Touch My Junk...

Thomas Sowell says: 
No country has better airport security than Israel-- and no country needs it more, since Israel is the most hated target of Islamic extremist terrorists. Yet, somehow, Israeli airport security people don't have to strip passengers naked electronically or have strangers feeling their private parts. Does anyone seriously believe that we have better airport security than Israel? Is our security record better than theirs? "Security" may be the excuse being offered for the outrageous things being done to American air travelers, but the heavy-handed arrogance and contempt for ordinary people that is the hallmark of this administration in other areas is all too painfully apparent in these new and invasive airport procedures.
Can you remember a time when a Cabinet member in a free America boasted of having his "foot on the neck" of some business or when the President of the United States threatened on television to put his foot on another part of some citizens' anatomy?
Yet this and more has happened in the current administration, which is not yet two years old. One Cabinet member warned that there would be "zero tolerance" for "misinformation" when an insurance company said the obvious, that the mandates of ObamaCare would raise costs and therefore raise premiums. Zero tolerance for exercising the First Amendment right of free speech?
More than two centuries ago, Edmund Burke warned about the dangers of new people with new power...
...  ...As for the excuse of "security," this is one of the least security-minded administrations we have had. When hundreds of illegal immigrants from terrorist-sponsoring countries were captured crossing the border from Mexico-- and then released on their own recognizance within the United States, that tells you all you need to know about this administration's concern for security.
When captured terrorists who are not covered by either the
Not a lot of people in other countries, or perhaps even in this country, are going to help us stop terrorists if their role is revealed and their families are exposed to revenge by the terrorists' bloodthirsty comrades.
....What do the Israeli airport security people do that American airport security do not do? They profile. They question some individuals for more than half an hour, open up all their luggage and spread the contents on the counter-- and they let others go through with scarcely a word. And it works.
Meanwhile, this administration is so hung up on political correctness that they have turned "profiling" into a bugaboo. They would rather have electronic scanners look under the clothes of nuns than to detain a Jihadist imam for some questioning. 
Will America be undermined from within by an administration obsessed with political correctness and intoxicated with the adolescent thrill of exercising its new-found powers? Stay tuned.

Enduring the bare necessities in airport screening--By Kathleen Parker Sunday, November 21, 2010;
In the accelerating debate about airport pat-downs that feel like a clumsy third date and body scans that border on Peeping Tom shows, it's hard to find a sane place to land.
Is this really for our own good? Or are we trading what's left of our human dignity by participating in a Kafkaesque farce that more closely resembles a college fraternity psychology experiment devised around a keg:
"Okay, here's the plan. Americans are terrified of an airplane bomber, right? So let's see what we can get them to do if we promise them safety."
"Like what?"

"I dunno, like let us touch their genitals and use scanners that show them naked, stuff like that."
"No WAY!"
In the three weeks since the Transportation Security Administration began its new scanner/pat-down procedures, hundreds of people have protested. Some have reported to consumer agencies and the American Civil Liberties Union that they've been touched aggressively in the genital area. Others have reported inappropriate commentary about their physiques.
Fair question: Is all this worth it? What price in dignity and privacy are we willing to pay for the illusion of safety? It's not as though flying is a delightful experience with out the sexual harassment.
This Thanksgiving Eve, some number of unhappy travelers are planning to demonstrate their opposition to the TSA's expanded powers by protesting at security check-in or by boycotting travel altogether. Reassurances from the TSA, meanwhile, are less than edifying.

Even though, yes, the scans essentially reveal your jock and bra size, inspectors are sitting elsewhere and don't know the human identity of the exposed corpus.
Nor, we can guess, do they care. The absence of nudist airports isn't on many lists of society's regrettable oversights. Those who wish not to submit to the body scan, whether out of modesty or concerns about radiation exposure, can submit instead to intimate frisking. Children under 12 are given modified pat-downs, though this isn't much comfort.

Touching a 13-year-old boy or girl, possibly the most sensitive creature on the planet, is supposed to be just hunky-dory? in flying home for Thanksgiving, I will be scanned or handled going and coming. My predisposition at this writing: I'm just not that into turkey.
This isn't merely a matter of modesty, though that is a consideration. I don't like the idea of some stranger - regardless of whether he or she can see my face - examining my concessions to gravity without my permission. Surrendering to rule shouldn't be confused with granting permission. One is submission; the other an invitation to mutual consent.
As to the alternative, no thank you. The idea of a stranger, even one of the same sex, foraging around my private principalities is simply unacceptable. Forget the creepiness factor, which is sufficient; consider the principle - quickly! - before you get used to the notion that government has the right to do Whatever Is Necessary To Protect You.

From what, if not this?
It isn't at all clear, meanwhile, that such searches will ensure greater safety. Theoretically the idea is to protect us from would-be "Christmas bombers." You recall the chap who tried to blow up a plane by igniting explosive material concealed in his undies. So now none of us is entitled to pantaloon protection.
Heaven forbid that the next inept, would-be terrorist conceals his flammables in his nether region.
  •  Shall soon our interior caves and corridors require exploration to ensure that the system works?
    It is further reassuring to recall that the Christmas bomber was foiled in his mission when a fellow passenger tackled him. Whereupon, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that the tackling was evidence that "the system" works. Ah.

    And what happens to these glorious images of dehumanized Americans once their bodies are scanned? How long before we see a montage of the digitally denuded on some Web site?
    Notwithstanding government promises to the contrary, they may be preserved. The U.S. Marshals Service conceded this year that some 35,000 images from a scanner at a Florida courthouse security checkpoint had been saved.
    The TSA insists that though storage is possible, the storing feature isn't activated when devices are installed at airports. Small comfort.
    But more alarming than the apparatuses is our willingness to go lowing into the night. Incrementally, we adapt to the stripping of civil liberties until, with the passage of time and the blinkering of generational memory, we no longer remember when things were otherwise.

  • The Israelis are developing an airport security device that eliminates the privacy concerns that come with full-body scanners at the airports.
    It's a booth you can step into that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have on you. They see this as a win-win for everyone, with none of the concerns about racial profiling. It also would eliminate the costs of a long and expensive trial. Justice would be swift.
    You're in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion. Shortly
    thereafter an announcement comes over the PA system . . ."Attention
    standby passengers - we now have a seat available on flight number
    1234. Shalom!"

Moon Over the Konza Prairie

Photos taken with Canon the week of Thanksgiving. click on pic to enlarge. More MOON pics here.

 Konza Prairie Moons are clear and beautiful.
 Reaching for the moon
Particle Full Moon

moon at the end of the season

 click to enlarge edge of moon

Kansas at night