Texas Spiny Lizard

I was looking at my thermometer and it was reading 105.6. I did a quick check online and DFW Airport, which is only about 10 miles away, was only recording 100.2. I thought perhaps my outside sensor was having some kind of problem, so I went outside to check on it. It’s mounted on the north side of my house so it’s always in the shade. This is what greeted me, although it skittered about 10 feet before I could run inside to grab my phone and take a picture:

Texas Spiny Lizard

What’s interesting is that these lizards only started showing up last summer. They are indigenous to the area, but development pushed them out until last year. They’re skittish as hell and will run for cover if you get too close. I found the following video on YouTube to show you a little bit more about the species.

Needless to say, I haven’t caught one yet!

Gene’s Nickle: Sovereignty II

4 February, 2013
Like every coin worth having, individual sovereignty has a second side.
John Locke taught that:

The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but to have only the law of Nature for his rule.”

Reason and logic show, if natural liberty means being free from a ruler or government, then liberty requires a fundamental responsibility of the individual to secure and provide for himself. I would go this far, the less responsibility one takes for his life and its direction and the more one relies on government for personal safety, success, and happiness, the less liberty that man actually has. Continue reading

UPDATE: 1st Interview with the Heaths About ‘Our Sarah – Made in Alaska’?

Apparently, Hannity has decided to postpone his interview with Chuck Sr. and Jr. until later in the week, due to unfolding events in the Middle East.

Join me tonight for what just might be the first interview with the Heaths on their new book! We taped the interview last Saturday and I agreed to honor the publisher’s embargo until 10pm ET tonight.

The show page is here:

The Roderic Deane Show, September 24, 2012, 10:00pm ET

Don’t Miss Tomorrow Night!

Hannity may have scooped me, but my conversation with Chuck Heath Sr. and Jr. will run immediately afterwards. I talked to them for about 35 minutes and it was a wonderful conversation! How many minutes do you think they’ll get on Hannity? I hope it’s a lot, because they deserve to be able to set the record straight.

Join me tomorrow night at 10:00pm ET HERE. It will be a featured show on BlogTalkRadio and hard to miss. In fact, I teased Chuck Jr. about being a partier in college. He sent me an email after the interview and I’ll share that with you during the show.

Be there or be square!

In the Doghouse!

Whoops, I screwed up. I’ve been on the Medifast diet for the last 4 months and have lost 18 lbs. I’m now transitioning off the Medifast diet to regular food. That’s a good thing.

Unfortunately, I threw away the Medifast cookbook last weekend, thinking that I would not need to have it dictate my food choices in transition.


My wife LOVED the cookbook and was looking forward to using it tonight.

Unfortunately, it’s gone.

I screwed up! Please don’t crucify me!

I promise, I’ll buy a new one!

The Perils of Grilling…

If you’re at all like me, you love to grill out. Being that I’m in Texas, the “grilling season” extends throughout the entire year! Our downside is summer time, of all things. Sometimes it’s just too darn hot to stand over an outdoor grill. You make exceptions for parties and such, but when it’s just you and the family, you tend to go “Chinese”.

Last night, I experienced something new. My wife had prepared some chicken breasts and they had been marinating for almost a day. I had to cook them, despite the fact that she had begun working the night shift as a labor and delivery nurse. Our plan was to have grilled chicken in the fridge, available for future eating.

I went about my normal routine, lighting the grill, heating it up and cleaning it with a wire brush. After completing that, I closed the lid to let it heat up to temp. I had already taken the chicken breasts out of the fridge and transferred them from the zip-lock bag to a bowl, to make it easier to put them on the grill with tongs.

As I sat on the back patio, waiting for the grill to get up to heat, I noticed something I’d never seen before. There were flames emanating from beneath the grill in the housing for the propane tank. I got up from the patio and opened the doors beneath the grill to see a bouncing flame hovering directly above the propane tank.
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I’m not a Preacher, but…

I’m not a Preacher, but I must admit that I’m driven to preach, in light of the Colorado shootings.

Perhaps I’m preaching to the choir, or perhaps I’m trying to convince myself of what I say. What I do know is this: My heart breaks for the families of the victims in this tragedy. It is truly horrific and I can’t even imagine the grief those families must be feeling right now.

While I wrestle with an understanding of the why, I come up empty. That feeling alone makes me look upwards toward God, with the prayer that He has a plan for us. For that, I have no doubt, but I still wonder why.

The evil that exists within mankind is legend. It is no different now that it was 2,500 years ago and it will forever be with us. It informs our resolve to strive for something better, while recognizing that we can never be perfect.
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A tragedy, yes, but a political opportunity?

Last night’s horrific events in Aurora, Colorado should give us all pause. We need to reaffirm our love of family and cherish those we hold dear. Our lives can change in an instant, through no fault of our own. It could be due to a careless drunk driver, a sinister combatant in Afghanistan, or a willful, homicidal maniac in our very own neighborhood!

Life is full of joy, as God intended, and yet so full of sorrow. The sorrow is a consequence to the gift of joy, but God also made us a promise that we would be forever reunited with our loved ones in Paradise.

As we wrestle with the consequence of mortality, we must be mindful of God’s eternity. Through the horrible acts of deranged man, we should be reminded of the futility in attempting to create a perfect world. The perfect world is beyond our human capabilities and only manifested in the eternal joy of Paradise.
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