Category: Random

Vandalize to get what you want

NYC Prohibits Controversial Subway Ads in Wake of Islamist’s Vandalism Just one day after an Islamic activist attempted to cover over private property in spray paint (and a woman who got in her way), the Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York has announced they will amend their rules to prohibit the types of advertisements that […]

Scouts at the Pentagon

Murdoc is a huge supporter of Scouting. The guy in the green uniform is a Venture Scout, a program that not a lot of people are familiar with. It’s a co-ed program run by the Boy Scouts of America open to young men and women ages 14 (or 13 if they’ve completed 8th grade) through […]


Spank No More: Why are fewer parents hitting their kids? The writer of this article appears to come from a different planet than Murdoc. The most recent national data from the National Institutes of Mental Health, obtained by a Gallup telephone poll, was encouraging in some respects. Almost every parent regularly tries to reason with […]

Garmin 405CX

Whoa. Just noticed that today’s Deal of the Day at Amazon is for the Garmin Forerunner 405CX GPS watch with heart rate strap for only $149. Some of you may be aware that Murdoc is a runner, and one of the biggest things he’s done to improve his training is to use a GPS. I […]

Banned from McDonalds

Bacteria Fighting Mom Banned From McDonald’s An Arizona mom who has been banned from eight McDonald’s restaurants because she kept swabbing their play areas in a search for bacteria says she won’t let it keep her from her anti-bacteria campaign. Erin Carr-Jordan, a university professor specializing in adolescent development, received a hand-delivered letter from a […]

Just Say No

to Debit card fees Bank of America will start charging debit-card users $5 a month to pay for purchases. The move comes as the cards increasingly replace cash and as banks look for ways to offset the loss of revenue from a new rule that will limit how much they can collect from merchants. Paying […]

Rewarding Us With Tax Increases

Will higher-MPG vehicles starve highway funding? AutoBlog: It happens every time there’s a proposal on the table for increased fuel efficiency. Someone runs the math, points out that high mileage vehicles use less gasoline, then warns that less gas means less gas taxes for maintaining roads. Reminds Murdoc of a story he pointed out a […]

Flag Day

Murdoc is making an unscheduled drydock stop for repairs but that doesn’t mean it’s not June 14th. It was a cold, windy September morning when the photo used to make this image was taken. I was sipping coffee and trying to keep our little fire going in the wind, warming up after a crazy thunderstorm-filled […]


Murdoc hasn’t been able to keep up with what’s going on over in Japan, but he just heard that another strong quake hit them. Keep them, everyone else in the path of danger, and those who go in to help in your prayers.