Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Hindu Temple revisited

I was last there in 2004 when it was inaugurated, and it has grown, and continues to change and be updated.

We had an organized tour, and the guide spoke to us outside for an hour. 20 minutes would have sufficed. Pictures were only allowed at a distance, and no longer allowed inside, but I snuck the one on the left of their honored guru.

The guide explained that to have a chance to become a guru you had to give up the three Ws, Wine, Women, and Wealth. Curiously the outside carvings of this very expensive temple and entrance arch are many shapely female forms.

The temple was built as an open air building but some of the marble is turning orange, so they have enclose the inside with large glass panels, and have retrofitted A/C.

While we were there they had a "service" with men and women separated, men in front with the best standing view, and the women at the back, just as in a mosque. The doors opened showing more idols, with orange robed monks dancing before them and prostrating themselves on the floor. Afterwards the men approached the monks and touched their robes and lightly brushed their hands around the monks hands.

Weirdness.

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Forms - Always asking unnecessary questions

A three page questionnaire for Al Qaeda recruits. Translated to English.  Each page has a watermark that reads as follows, “The Security Committee – al-Qa’ida Organization” “O ye people of faith, be vigilant.”



In the name of Allah the compassionate and merciful

Important remarks before you fill in the application:

1.  Please answer the required information accurately and truthfully.

2.  Please write clearly and legibly.

3.  If you do not speak Arabic, please answer in the language you know.

4.  Please refrain from sharing the information you provide on the application with each other because it is a trust to Almighty Allah.

5.  You should know that the review of this application form is limited to the concerned individuals only.

6.  If you would like to discuss any further issue, please tell your direct brother supervisor.


Personal Information:

-  Name:
-  Today’s Date (Hijri):..........Today’s Date (A.D.): ..........
-  Nickname/Alias:  - First Name:   - Father’s Name: 
-  Grandfather’s Name: 
-  Family Name: 
-  Father’s Occupation:  - Number of Family Members: 
-  Age: 
-  Marital status: 
-  Country: 
-  Profession:  
-  Address:........Country:.......City:.........Street:.......... 
- Date of your arrival in the land of Jihad: ....................

-  How long do you plan to stay in the (jihadi) theater?.........

Education Level:
Primary.......Elementary.......Secondary......College...........

When did Almighty Allah bless you with this gift?...............

How much of the holy Qur’an have you memorized? Did you study Shari’a? Who was your instructor?...............................

Which shaykhs do you listen to or read often?...................

Which shaykhs or Muslim dignitaries do you know?................

Have you invented or researched anything in any domain?.........

Any hobbies or pastimes?........................................

What other languages do you speak and at what level?. Language:.......Read:..........Write:...........Speak:..........

What is your fluency in these foreign language(s:)? Poor...............Good.............Excellent...................

List the countries to which you have traveled and the purpose of the trip(s):....................................................

Do you know anyone who travels to Western countries?............

What is your favorite material: science or literature?:....................................................

List the experience or expertise that you have in any area:...........................................................

Do you know any workers or experts in chemistry, communications, or any other field? .............................................

Do any of your family or friends work with the government? If so, would he/she be willing to cooperate with or help us?.............................................................

How many trips have you taken to Pakistan and for what reason(s)?......................................................

Were you previously been affiliated to any group(s)? ................................................................

Are you currently a member in a group?..........................

Have you been ever convicted by any court? When, and who convicted you? What was the offense?............................

Have you ever been in jail or prison?...........................

List your previous occupations:.................................

Have you received military training?............................

Have you ever joined the Afghanistan theater? If so, what year and which group? ................................................

Are any of your relatives or friends in the jihad theater? ................................................................

List the types of passports you possess. Did you use a real or forged passport for your current travel? ........................

Provide details on how you arrived here:........................

Did you encounter any difficulties on the road to this place? ................................................................

Do you wish to execute a suicide operation?.....................

What objectives would you would like to accomplish on your jihad path? ...........................................................

What ideas and views do you, your family, and your other acquaintances have about jihad in Allah’s sake here?............ Family members:..............Other acquaintances:...............

Do you have any chronic or hereditary disease(s)?...............

Who should we contact in case you became a martyr?..............
- Address:...................................................... - Phone numbers:................................................


Praise Allah, Lord of all worlds  

Bee update, one month in and looking good

The panel shows cells storing honey on the outer edges; those that are full are capped by white wax.

In the central area are cells that contain the new brood. Most are closed containing female worker bees, a few are more raised and contain the slightly larger male drones.  The empty cells in this area are where the bees have hatched.

May garden

Despite the incessant rain, which has drowned some plants, the May garden is looking good.

The bees are having a tough time as the rain has washed off the pollen and diluted the nectar.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Fence building in the, almost, rain free weekend

The pretty side
The neighbor next to the Blue House has a string of tacky outbuildings. I finally completed the 2.5 meter fence, to hide the tackiness and enclose the back garden.


The UGLY side

A sorry tale of a stolen TV

My home was broken into in the middle of the day. Someone kicked in the back door, the alarm went off, the security monitoring service was automatically called, and they called the local police.

It appears the robber grabbed the TV and left via the backdoor in a hurry, and the cables were yanked out as he carried off the TV.

The police arrive shortly afterwards. They were very helpful and professional. They searched the house and used black fingerprint powder on the window next to the door. They were onsite for over an hour, and called the next day.

I repaired and strengthened the shattered door frame, and bought a new TV. All I have left to do is touchup the paint.

The robber got away with an 10 year old flatscreen TV, minus the remote. Worth $20 if he is lucky, probably less. I bought a replacement for $220.  There were more than $200 worth of plants in front of the house, accessible without breaking and entering, but much harder to fence.

My life is unchanged, the robbers life is obviously not very good.

Daylily store in the El Nino rain

This is a great place just off Highway 290, a small business that grows daylilies in the ground, not pots.  There are hundreds of daylilies to choose from, and reasonably priced from $6 to $15. The owner digs them up for you on the spot, wraps and labels them.  We bought three and he lets you choose a free daylily from the $6 picture gallery.  

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Nerodia clarkii clarkii

Harmless watersnake from Shangra-La Gardens, Orange, Texas


Snakes have a bad reputation, but in the US, with a population of 320 million there are only 7,000–8,000 people bitten each year by venomous snakes, and only an unlucky 5 people die.

Car accidents kill about 30,000 people a year.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Bees bringing in pollen after one week in a new hive

Look for the four bees entering the hive with yellow pollen on their hind legs.  The movie has lost quality when converted by the blog.





Cardinals looking for their offspring

Female and male Northern Cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis) looking the wrong way


Almost ready to fly, but for now can only hop and chirp

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Buckfast Abbey Bees

What do Buckfast Abbey and I have in common?
  • Practicing strange rituals?
  • Wearing colorful clothes?
  • Hosting Buckfast Bees?
Choose two out of three. Some people would say all three.

The Buckfast Bee is a hybridized bee developed by Brother Adam over 70 years, at Buckfast Abbey in Devon. Brother Adam, was born Karl Kehrle in Germany but was sent to the abbey when he was only 11.

In Navasota Texas you can buy 10,000 Buckfast Bees for about $300, about 3 cents each, plus $30 for the queen.

Thank you Karl.


Monday, May 4, 2015

Hidden Ginger rediscovered

While planting Caladiums I came across a new clump of budding Hidden Ginger in a different flower bed.  I have long suspected it needed more sun, and unaided it found a sunnier spot.