Tuesday, December 31, 2013

I think even I can call this one....

Watching the morning roundup of propaganda and what the Obama media has decided is news and saw the section about the raising of the minimum wage to $15/hour in a part of Seattle.  The talking heads and their chosen pundits were discussing the possible effects of this ad nauseum.  Let me go out on a limb and call it now:

Within 3 months there will be fewer employees per business.  Those employees will be working the maximum they can before they run up against the Obamacare mandates.

Within 6 months, there will be fewer businesses in that area as those businesses who can, will move their services elsewhere.  There will be no new businesses moving into the area or any development or upgrading of existing concerns.

Within a year, there will be a 70% drop in employment and a corresponding increase in former workers on welfare due to business lost by movement or businesses closing their doors due to the increase in costs.

I am not an economist nor a business owner, nor even the Amazing Kreskin, but this is really a no-brainer.  The only thing that might be mutable is the timeline, which may be faster.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

I don't know about you, but I thought this was funny as hell....  Via Firehand (glad you're feeling better dude).


IMO, This needs to go up on every blogpage

Via Gateway Pundit:

Read Wooten’s entire letter here:
FB Friends,
I’m still mulling this Paul Ryan budget deal that stole money from every military retiree (past, present and future). This morning, upon opening my email, I noticed I had a letter from Congressman Paul Ryan…and it was begging me for an “emergency end of the year donation.” It only proves what we already know. The folks in Washington are indeed clueless. Instead of hitting the delete button, I decided to call Congressman Ryan out on his audacity and lack of self-awareness. I sent the following to him. I’m also posting it on the FB USAF Chiefs page as an open letter to the Congressman. If you’re a retiree, I will tell you we may have lost the battle, but not the war. If you’re inclined and find it worthy, let’s flood social media with this letter and see if we can get some traction. Thanks.
To Congressman Paul Ryan
Today at 8:19 AM
Congressman Ryan,
Please note that this request by you for a cash donation from me is extremely unfortunate and very ill-timed. You see sir, I am one of the military retirees your “bipartisan” budget just impacted. You and every Republican (both in the House and Senate that voted to pass this travesty betrayed and broke trust with me and everyone like me. You may not know us by name, but we’re the people, Congressman, who answered our Nation’s call, some of us at a very early age to willingly serve YOU and others LIKE YOU so you could safely attend college and pursue your personal ambitions without fear of harm.
You might also want to note that for at least 20 years, my brothers-in-arms answered that call of duty EVERY SINGLE DAY, without fail, without complaint, without enough money to sustain our loved ones we had to leave behind while we DID OUR JOB in every corner of the Earth. And for that service, we were given absolute assurance our so-called retirement benefits would be protected by law. The very law you shattered in your zeal to impress your Democratic cohorts in your back room deal–with the enemy. Yes, I said it. The liberal Democrats are an enemy to the American people and our Nation. Your lack of judgement and eagerness to compromise on the backs of us who protected you is sickening. Congressman, you and every Republican that voted for injuring military retirees have engaged in a complicit, sordid affair with the Democrats who’s objective has always been to dismantle the military. By climbing into their bed on this issue, you have confirmed you are absolutely no better than they and have proven it with your vote.
Congressman Ryan, the audacity which you display is noteworthy, but to unceremoniously snatch earned money from a small group that has added so much more value than the paltry $6B you looked to “save” (which is all smoke and mirrors and you know it), is reprehensible and insulting.
We have, despite the hardships, meager salaries and harsh conditions, have performed with honor and excellence…in silence, which is something most members of Congress have no idea about doing. Our job approval was, is and always be better than yours. We knew our mission and we got it done, then handed it off to a new generation in better shape than we found it.
Your ability to look us in the eye, take money from us (apparently there was ZERO, other source of waste within the federal government that you could have recovered this money from…right, got it), while simultaneously holding your hand out to beg (with passion) for our cash is stunning. Your actions have proven you do not have the tremendous intellect you’ve sold the American people on. I say, with all seriousness, Congressman, what you lack in intellect and spinal rigidity, you make up for in cajones.
I hope you and your cowardly, Republican “colleagues” hear a message from me loud and clear. You will NEVER receive another cent of financial support from me. Further, if you happen to be at a Capitol Hill dinner or at a K Street cocktail party with RNC Chair Reince Priebus, Rep. Ron Barber, Sen. Jeff Flake or Sen. John McCain, I would be honored if you communicate with them that I am launching an effort to ensure NONE of you traitorous “representatives of the people” ever receive another vote from a military retiree. Remove me from your contact lists.
Chuck Wooten,
Chief Master Sergeant, USAF (Ret)

Dinner with the Most Intriguing Man in the World

Not this guyThis Guy.

Had a chance to meet up with Old NFO a few weeks ago--a short train ride and a few phone calls to connect (you mean there's a bank on that corner--go figure?) was all it took.  A true Southern gentleman who can speak with knowledge on pretty much anything.  It would have been a bit much to go to his favorite sushi bar (in Okinawa) for dinner, but the food was excellent and made so much better by the conversation and company.

I'm really glad we were able to connect but wish my comic timing had been just a smidge better--I think getting a spit shot out of the Most Intriguing Man in the world would have been a badge of honor, even if my sweater would have born the brunt of the coffee. 

Hoping to do the museum tour next time......  :-)

Not too far off.....

Via Roberta quiz link here:

It actually wasn't too far off.  I spent some formative years outside of Jackson, MS, and spent quite a bit of time in the St. Louis area.  I've only been through Springfield, MO but I'm guessing my Midwestern stint shows clearly.  I have lived all over the place but luckily some local colloquialisms didn't stick.




Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas to All and a Blessed and Prosperous New Year

Yesterday I traveled to say 'hi' to family, but got back in time for Mr B's family's Christmas Eve tradition, which has also become mine.  Fellowship and family and some wit from an unexpected source personified by Mr B's niece's young man.  I lobbed it up and he spiked it in.  Glorious!

One thing I learned on my travels is that on Christmas Eve day, Santa rides the interstate system in a Buick LeSabre.

I also remembered, in discussing college coursework with Mr B's Oldest Niece, that the word 'postmodern' still makes my brain hurt.


But one thing to remember in our times of fellowship is those who stand watch and keep us safe and cannot share this time with their families.

Thanks to our military!

Via Chas--Thea Gilmore's Sol Invictus

Monday, December 23, 2013

Bullies and bullying

I have been pondering the Robertson kerfuffle for the past few days.  I find it interesting that GLAAD has doubled down on stupid by insisting that Mr. Robertson sit down with gay Louisianans so he'll then presumably understand the error of his ways and denounce his religion as intolerant (monkeys will fly out of my butt first).

What GLAAD and the rest of the liberal media who are backing GLAAD's play don't understand, especially about the rest of us who are supporting Mr. Robertson's First Amendment right to say whatever the hell he wants, is that we are tired of being called names.  It's no different than being taunted in a schoolyard.  And at some point it's going to be the same as the below--the rest of us are going to be pushed beyond our tolerance level.



The implication being put forth in articles in Business Weekly and other venues that the rest of us are uneducated, intolerant, or provincial because we support a man's right to speak his mind without having to go through GLAAD's re-education thought process or change his convictions is getting very old.  It's the same as being called racist, islamophobic, or any other pejorative term that they can come up with in order to create a silence that they equate with acquiescence.

Ironically enough, the media and other name-callers don't realize that by their actions, they are actually the intolerant ones.  They don't understand that hating the sin and loving the sinner is actually practiced because they can't differentiate.  They don't understand actual to-the-bone convictions and standing by beliefs.  They think that enough name-calling will create change when all it does is create resentment.

So I've just got one thing to say to them:  "I'm rubber and you are glue--your words bounce off me and stick to you."  N'yah, n'yah, n'yah.  

 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Pack, not a herd....


In Seattle no less.  Don't think dude was expecting that particular reaction.


Monday, December 16, 2013

Your program will now be pre-empted by....

On what planet is 'An Ice Age Christmas' considered to be an acceptable substitute for Sleepy Hollow?  I don't really watch a lot of TV, but there are a couple of shows I really enjoy and my back-to-back Almost Human and Sleepy Hollow double feature equals a great Monday night.  I enjoy Christmas shows too, just not in place of my creepy, demon laden prime time viewing.

Sheesh.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

RIP Peter O'Toole

Although he's known for more pithy and thought-provoking roles, I liked him very much in the below movie. 


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Obscene phone call etiquette

So seriously, on my cell, an obscene phone call at 9:00 am on a snowy Saturday morning.  I can definitely say that I don't particularly want to join his and club and the fact that he actually gave me his name as well as an unblocked number cracked me up.  Of course I'm either adult enough or jaded enough that his use of verbiage didn't phase me in the least (I use them often enough myself, having the mouth of a sailor and all).  

A friend of mine suggested that I should have said I was going to call his mommy on him.  I had several scenarios that I thought about that would have probably escalated the situation and I wasn't sure I wanted to do that.  A couple more ideas ran through my head but I didn't want to emasculate him either--he's going after what he wants after all and he did state it clearly and wasn't pushy, just inquiring.

I chose to hang up.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Res ipsa loquitur

So the talking heads of the MSM, who, of course, are talking the Obama administration's line about Obamacare being passed, signed, etc. so it therefore, res ipsa loquitur, should be funded are totally missing the point. 

While they are also shouting to the skies that Obama got re-elected because people wanted Obamacare (they conveniently forget that the issue-du-jour of the last election was immigration), they miss the point that most of the mid-term Representatives who were elected were tasked primarily to fight Obamacare (which is the poster child of government overreach and waste) and other excessive government spending.

I saw Rand Paul today and he makes a lot of sense.  Appropriations should be done on a program basis, not as a whole--that's how it used to be.  The methodology change was a Nixon-era trick in order to hide government over-spending, graft, and waste and has been perpetuated since then. The Representatives hold the power of the purse, because they are closer to the actual will of the people, whatever that is at the time. 

In essence, the Senate Dems are shutting down government over the appropriations for ONE program out of the thousands of programs on the books.   It's the same kind of petulant overreach that the Obama administration is using to shut down the access to people-owned national lands (and they're also trying to shut down access to the ocean too...).

How many programs--signed, sealed, and delivered, are still on the books but are no longer funded??    That would be an interesting factoid to trot out as a response, I think......

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

To the nice lady at Joe Donnely's South Bend office

Y'know, I don't know you from anyone so I would hesitate to call you an inveterate liar, but I really don't think that the both voice mails at the Senator's Washington DC office were full due to people calling in support of Obamacare.  Nor do I believe you when you say that calls to your office have been running 50-50 in favor. 

What I do believe (and no, I did not read this in any poll) is that the Senator is not representing the people of the state of Indiana but is, as you said, trying to protect them from themselves (presumably because they are too stupid to understand the intricacies of this situation).  I believe that the Senator is representing the Democrat party and not his constituency.

 Instead of talking about the oodles of money that are presumably raked in by the insurance companies (but have somehow never been quantified anywhere), why don't you think instead about the costs to everyone for every level of bureaucracy that's added to an organization?  And that those added costs across the board are caused by poorly written, badly executed, and pervasive legislation.  Taking those levels out instead of adding them would bring costs down for everyone.

And while you may be all rah-rah over the supposed benefits that are hurting the working class instead of helping them, and that adding 14,000 + pages of regulations over several federal agencies,  over 5,000 agents to the IRS, and having absolutely no background checks for the new level of bureaucrats who will be handling citizens' most private information, one wonders if you'll be signing up for Obamacare since, as a congressional aid, you are exempt.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Yeah, that's what I was when I played D&D in high school too....

  Via link from Mr B.

 

You Are A:


Chaotic Neutral Elf Fighter (7th Level)



Ability Scores:
Strength- 12
Dexterity- 11
Constitution- 14
Intelligence- 17
Wisdom- 14
Charisma- 11

Alignment:
Chaotic Neutral- A chaotic neutral character follows his whims. He is an individualist first and last. He values his own liberty but doesn't strive to protect others' freedom. He avoids authority, resents restrictions, and challenges traditions. A chaotic neutral character does not intentionally disrupt organizations as part of a campaign of anarchy. To do so, he would have to be motivated either by good (and a desire to liberate others) or evil (and a desire to make those different from himself suffer). A chaotic neutral character may be unpredictable, but his behavior is not totally random. He is not as likely to jump off a bridge as to cross it. Chaotic neutral is the best alignment you can be because it represents true freedom from both society's restrictions and a do-gooder's zeal. However, chaotic neutral can be a dangerous alignment when it seeks to eliminate all authority, harmony, and order in society.

Race:
Elves are known for their poetry, song, and magical arts, but when danger threatens they show great skill with weapons and strategy. Elves can live to be over 700 years old and, by human standards, are slow to make friends and enemies, and even slower to forget them. Elves are slim and stand 4.5 to 5.5 feet tall. They have no facial or body hair, prefer comfortable clothes, and possess unearthly grace. Many others races find them hauntingly beautiful.

Class:
Fighters- Fighters can be many things, from soldiers to criminal enforcers. Some see adventure as a way to get rich, while others use their skills to protect the innocent. Fighters have the best all-around fighting capabilities of the PC classes, and they are trained to use all standard weapons and armor. A fighter's rigorous martial training grants him many bonus feats as he progresses, and high-level fighters have access to special melee maneuvers and exotic weapons not available to any other character.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Tidal Wave--Ploesti, August 1, 1943

Seventy years ago today, a low-level raid by B-24  bombers from the 389th-the Sky Scorpions, 98th-the Pyramidiers, 44th--the Flying 8 Balls, 376th-the Liberandos, and 93rd-Ted's Traveling Circus Bomb groups was made.  It was an ambitious plan to destroy the oil refineries at Ploesti Romania.  Instead of flying at the high altitudes which were standard for the B-24's, it was decided to send them low to ensure a crippling blow to the operation.  The refinery installations were surrounded by schools and other civilian buildings and the Allied Forces wished to avoid civilian casualties as much possible.



Gathering in Benghazi, Libya, the groups practiced their low-level flying necessary to the plan and carried out missions from that base. 

The groups were separated into different waves organized by target:  White, Blue, Red.  The 93rd made up White III and II, the 376th White I, the 98th-White IV, and the 44th-White V.  Bombers in the 44th also were chosen for the Blue Target five miles south of Ploesti.  Pic found here...



The 389th, flying the newer B-24Ds out of Hethel, England, were chosen to target Campina--Red Target, due to the extra distance capacity of the D.  My grandfather is in the picture below, BTW.



One-hundred seventy eight planes took off from Benghazi, 125 returned.  It destroyed enough of the refining capacity for the German air forces that they had to husband their resources rather than venture far from their borders, as they had been doing in the past.

I had the opportunity to touch history and fly in the only fully operational B-24 this week--the Collings Foundation has their Wings of Freedom tour every year.  We flew low and we flew slow and no-one was trying to shoot us down.  Regardless, it gave me a connection of sorts to those men and let me have a small, safe look into their world.  It gave me an insight and an appreciation for what my grandfather did and what he experienced.

The 70th Reunion is going on now in Ohio.  Since the 60th, 15 of these brave men have 'Folded Wings'.  Take a second to remember the price paid for what we have.  Remember the ideals and ideas for which these men fought.  And if you get a chance, take a ride in a B-24, it'll change you forever.


Saturday, July 13, 2013

It's a frickin' joke name for goodness' sake.....

The MSM, having had the proverbial egg on their face from this (ht Mr. B):



is now pitching a hissy fit over the 'racist' aspect of the joke.  Oh please--suck it up and get a life.  I glanced at it and knew it was a joke.   They are also trying to blame whoever it was that answered the NTSB phone that day, but it seems to me that when a station says that they were 'verifying' data, they they gave the names to the phone-answerer/intern at NTSB who probably thought it was a joke, agreed with them, and hung up the phone.

Just because a bunch of talking heads with absolutely no sense of humor (and apparently no common sense) got played (and but good) by one of their own is no reason to be throwing around the 'r' word.  It does show how maxed out that particular card is though....

Joke names have apparently been around for a while so this schtick is nothing new....


Sunday, June 9, 2013

Some weeks....

are like this...




Thanks to those around me for not doing this....  The rest of the video has funny clips.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

A Different Breed of Blade

Anyone who knows me, knows I love knives.  From Benchmade and Boker to SOG and Cold Steel to small artisans like Shull, Haley, and Miller.  I have medieval style knives, small knives, and kukris.  I have ceramic knives, plastic CIA letter openers, and knives made of a metal so tough that it took a plasma cutter to shape them.

But then, during a short stay with Brigid, I discovered Kim Breed knives.  "Oh look", she says, "a friend got this for me as a surprise".   And she pulled out a small neck knife that fit my hand so perfectly, it was like it was made for me.  And the temper line running down the metal perfectly complemented the shape of the blade.  I had to have one.  Unfortunately she couldn't remember the address so I set out to find him on my own.

Finding Mr. Breed was like searching for a Yeti in the mountains of Tibet--finding a mention here, a picture there, a possible email hidden in the comments section of a posting by Oleg Volk.  But I persevered.  I took a shot and emailed.  Yes, it was the right email address.  Yes, he would be happy to speak to me and discuss blades.  Yes, he's a super nice guy and is very serious about his craft.   I had a couple of ideas and he refined them.  We discussed the trials and tribulations of women's clothing and trying to even carry a small knife.  He mentioned a small blade that he created that he calls a Finger Flicker (aka a 'Get the #$%& Off of Me' knife).  A short time later, I got a package containing the below (like nesting dolls, but pointy):



The sheaths are custom-made by Kim as well.  The large knife is just over nine inches long, the next one, just over six inches, and the small blade, just under four inches.  All three are balanced, comfortable, and beautiful.  Works of usable art and tools made to last.  The small one is perfect, even with light summer clothes.   Quality and a good price.

Email me and I'll pass on the not-so-secret email address.

ETA:  Kim will be at the Blade Show at the end of May in Atlanta if anyone is in or from the area.

ETA2:  The not-so-secret email is sfbreed@yahoo.com.  Do tell him that Midwest Chick sent you.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

A look at culture wars....

Chas, as he is wont to do, brings teh Smart.  A resident of Colorado, he doesn't fit into what the mainstream media's mold of a gun-owner and 2nd Amendment supporter.   Chas has an understanding of culture wars and the futility of banning items to cause change in human behavior.  An excerpt:

The "wish to ban" is an odd psychological phenomenon. Some people do think that if we removed a certain class of inanimate objects from the world, all would be fine, the lion would lie down with the lamb, and no one would hurt each other. (See also Prohibition, War on [Some] Drugs.)

Or we might have again the high murder rates of the Middle Ages and such gun-free zones as the Hundred Years War, the genocidal conquests of Genghiz Khan and Tamerlane, and the Crusades. Want to try the experiment?

As Glenn Reynolds would say, read the whole thing.

Weird Science IRL

I found myself staring a someone last night, trying to figure out where I might have seen them before. Then it hit me:



This person looked exactly like Chet from Weird Science, only female.  Had a personality to match as well (pre-Chet-makeover).  It didn't really hit me until she smiled, which might be the scariest part of all.


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The A-Team meets Star Trek

Because my sister thinks it's 'scary' that I can name the A-Team members, (not forgetting the A-Team chick Amy, of course).....  Mixing Star Trek with the A-Team should be over the top.  :-)  I was tempted to post a Howlin' Mad Murdock homage, but this will have to do.




Wednesday, March 27, 2013

So what makes gay marriage so different?

Liberals  tend to tout the not-in-the-Constitution but much halliballoed separation of church and state for pretty much everything.  So what makes gay marriage different?  This should be a clear case of the government getting out of marriage, putting the license on a personal unit-establishing contract, and leaving sanctification to the churches to perform according to the tenants of that faith.

It would not matter as to the gender, sex, or number of the parties involved in the "family-contract" unit and as long s the proper paperwork was done, it shouldn't be an issue with insurance  or other legalities.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Feinsteins gun bill- a possible answer

Borepatch was wondering about why Reid decided not to bring la Feinstein's bill to the Senate floor.  I think I might have the answer...

The UN Arms Treaty   Dollar to dime the Dems are banking on this since it would make anything else moot-- per NRA civilian weapons would not be excluded.


Time to make those calls again - don't ratify that treaty, Senators.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Pot/Kettle

So la Feinstein says that she felt 'patronized' by Cruz' questions yesterday and that he was being 'arrogant'.  But after watching the video again, she was the one being patronizing and arrogant--I think that's the reasoning behind 'I've been here blahblahblah so many years' commentary.  It's akin to 'Look youngster, shut your mouth and mind your elders'. 

It's annoying to me when any female, when clearly bested on an intellectual level, falls back on feelings and emotions rather than being able to go toe-to-toe with someone in a real debate involving facts.  But of course I'm talking about a California Dem who really has no argument other than emotional charades.

Suck it up toots--if you want to be in the ring, best bring your intelligence and cogent arguments, if you have any, and leave your propensity to get the vapors at the door.  Name calling should have ended in sixth grade.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Seems like she would be happier if the Bill of Rights disappeared altogether

After Sen. Cruz's well thought out question, the only answer that Feinstein had was the usual emotional rhetoric, timed served in the public sphere, and 'well, we're leaving those bitter-clingers with SOME of their guns' (paraphrased loosely, of course).  And Sen Leahy deliberately tried to re-work the point that Sen Cruz was trying to make to cover for her.  She did basically say finally that Congress makes laws and it really doesn't matter if those laws meet any Constitutional litmus.

She has no interest in defending the Constitution, as she swore an oath to and so has clearly shown herself to be unfit for office.  I find it interesting that, for some reason, people seem to think that the amount of time that one's ass has sat in a specific chair or role is some approbation of service or sign of actual ability or knowledge rather than as a sign of entropy. 

Please watch Sen Cruz take la Feinstein to the verbal cleaners.



Still not sure what she meant by imploding bullets.....

Monday, March 11, 2013

Why the Answer to the Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything....

.... will always be 42.  Because it's a perfectly reasonable answer to an extraordinarily difficult question.

Rest in Peace Douglas Adams on what would have been your 61st birthday.  I will always strive to have my towel with me at all times.


Friday, February 15, 2013

Fundraiser over at Wallsof the City

Linoge is good people and he's doing great work.  Follow the links below.
 
Linoge writes:
 
Starting today and running through 31MAR13, I am running a fundraiser for Honored American Veterans Afield ( http://www.honoredveterans.org/ ).  Full specifics are available here http://www.wallsofthecity.net/2013/02/honored-american-veterans-afield-fundraiser-and-giveaway.html , but the basic story is that, as we are wont to do, I am running a giveaway in conjunction with the fundraiser, with prizes ranging from a Dragon Leatherworks holster to Otis Elite cleaning kits to copies of Munchkin to Ranger Up t-shirts.  

If you could spare a post and point people at the fundraiser, I would greatly appreciate it - last year, we all helped raise over $2300 for Soldiers' Angels, and with your help I hope to beat that this year.   

Likewise, feel free to forward this email as necessary - I only hit up 30-odd of you all, and I am sure I missed someone somewhere.  

And, finally, if you know any companies / individuals who might be interested in donating something to sweet the pot, feel free to let me know :).  

Thanks for whatever help you can provide! 

And THEY say they are the intelligent ones....

The only reason I am bothering with this post is because the Obama-complicit media seems to think  that four years of journalism school and paying enormous dollars for a closet in Manhattan makes them somehow smarter than us poor unwashed masses in middle America.

We were watching the news this morning about the meteor that hit Russia.  On CBS, this meteor strike was described as an "attack".  Now when the big branch fell on the barn, it was not the tree deciding to, with intent, throw a branch onto the barn.  Neither is one isolated event an onslaught.  And, oh by the way, 10,000 pounds does not equal 10 tons--there are 2,000 pounds in a ton.

As long as the media keeps insisting on making news rather than reporting it and pushing government agendas by skewing their coverage, we should point out the fact that the Fourth Estate is made up of talking heads with no understanding of the words placed before them.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day Surprises--Beef Wellingtonettes and Purple Dogs

Valentines Day has never been one  of my favs on the holiday scale.  Mr B taught me what Valentines Day can be today though.  On my way out the door, he asked me, as he often does, what I'd like for dinner.  I laughed and said Beef Wellington.

By this good green earth, I got Beef Wellingtonettes for dinner.  Little Beef Wellingtons with asparagus tips.  There was also a heart shaped box of chocolate Turtles on my chair and a purple dog with hearts waiting for me in the shower.


I'm thinking I need to rethink my holiday scale.

ETA:  Purple dog with hearts is not a euphemism.  Mr. B sent me to take a hot shower while he was cooking dinner and had put a stuffed animal in the shower for me to find.    Sorry KX--didn't mean to cause a disconnect.  And the Wellingtonettes were MOST tasty.  As was the asparagus (forgot to add that there was a rich cheddar cheese sauce over the top of those......

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Patience and bittersweet times

Borepatch has posted about his experiences with his Mom.  His words have been a touchstone for me and, like him, the word Sparrow now has special meaning.  I'm trying very hard to learn from him and emulate him in my own journey towards, perhaps, a bit more wisdom and patience.  Trying to understand the Great Questions and perhaps find answers that make sense to me, if to no one else.

Currahee, BP.  And thanks.

Some quick thoughts about last night's political speech

We made the mistake of watching the State of the Union political speech last night on CBS.  I can't say how irritating I find Bob Schieffer and whoever that bobble-headed twink was with him (doesn't know the difference between a catch-phrase and a moniker and THEY are supposed to be the intelligencia).   Schieffer seems to think that because he's old, he's the heir to Walter Cronkite or something.  He is the one who called last's night speech by Obama a political speech though.  I agree since I couldn't find much about the actual state of the union in anything that was said.

I thought it  interesting that Obama is still touting global warming (last twelve years were the hottest in the last century, my ass).  He spouted about fires, floods, and drought--I figured they are signs of the Apocalypse that are the result of him getting re-elected.

Blaming the Sequestration issue on Congress was kind of funny. He wants it to go away so badly, he can taste it since it's a HUGE item that he can't lay on Bush's door.  Even Durbin said that it was a political ploy that wasn't ever supposed to happen.  I think the Republicans should stand their ground and make him OWN IT.

There were a couple of times were Mr B and I thought he was going to launch his gun-control bid.  When he finally did, he really said nothing.  I don't think that calling for a vote and then chiming the litany of the dead counts for anything except for the fact that he's willing to dance on the bodies of slain children for his agenda.

Final thought.  The complicit press and the dems keep saying that Americans are for universal background checks, even for private sales (where both parties would have to go to an FFL and do a NICS check).  I think that this would definitely come under a 10th Amendment violation.  As each state has its own gun laws regarding carry and purchase, any attempt by the federal government to step into this process would violate those states' rights.  Because we're now talking about an INTRA-state private transaction.  The feds have no authority over what goes on within the boundaries of a state or between private parties.  Even the NICS checks in place are contrary to the 10th Amendment.

And that's what I'm going to tell my Senators and Representative today.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Reporting bias and being totally outclassed

As Roberta X, Og, Mr B and others have pointed out, the reporting bias on the Christopher Dorner situation in LA is almost laughably biased.  I say almost, because modern 'reporting' isn't reporting, it's slant, spin, and dirty laundry (as the song goes).  I'm surprised that they even mentioned that the LAPD is so trigger-happy that they've plugged more people than Dorner has at this point (although not fatally).

In any case, the story I heard yesterday was that they found Dorner's truck in the mountains with two "long-range rifles with suppressors and a Glock".  But I was wondering why those two long-range rifles with suppressors weren't described as ZOMG silenced assault rifles with the ability to silently kill from 25 miles away and a handgun with seventy-eleven round 'clips'.  Interestingly enough, weapons aren't mentioned in the ABC report here, and there's no 'details' in the report that actually mentions weapons here.  In the Lanza case they had the model almost down to the serial number within hours.

And of course, as Roberta et al said, there is no mention of his admiration for Hillary Clinton, Obama, gun control or anything else identifying him as a liberal or democrat in any of the articles out there or if there is, it's merely a fine print notation.

The only part of this that amusing is watching the fully ninja'd out LA police slogging through the snow since they have no clue what they are doing.  Schadenfreude on my part, no doubt.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Universal background checks leading to universal registration

I was listening to WLS this evening and Roe Conn had Michael Steele, former RNC chair on the Celebrity Hotline.  Mr. Steele said something that I think showed the hand of the Beltway Insiders.  While talking about universal background checks and that people seem to be in favor of them (no one I know, but then their sample must be looking at gun-control folks only), Mr Steele instead said that people are in favor of universal gun registration--a far different thing.  But it shows how this issue is being pressed incrementally and that it is right to hold the line here because the slippery slope is being wetted even as I type this.


Sunday, January 27, 2013

Gosh darn I love my life....

Had a day yesterday like no-one else's in the world.  Attended the local gun show/fun show, got some furry slippers, new gloves, and two new knives--one a handmade blade from a local vender and one Benchmade folder.  Got to help a couple of friends at their respective booths for a while and then off to lunch at a local breakfast/sandwich shop.

B went to help some folks with some plumbing and construction while I did some work around the house and then off to town.

On the way back, stopped to help a guy with a flat tire whose lug nuts were snapping off like twigs--remember to rotate your tires more than every three years.  He'd contacted his wife, but after dropping off groceries, we went back to make sure he and his daughter had a ride home, paying forward the times in the past when others have stopped for us.

Then a 9:00 call from a friend from out of town so we all met at the local Taco Bell for cultural exchanges and reminiscences.  Met his niece and nephew-in-law (niece had just flown in from a month in India and was craving the Bell). Discussed the various merits of bhut jolokia peppers vs habaneros and my difficulties in getting folks at Thai, Mexican, or Indian restaurants to ignore my Caucasian complexion and make food HOT (niece laughingly suggested shoe polish and dying my hair a darker hue).  Also talked about  the way that Hindu Indians combined with other vegetarian constituencies have affected the fast food industry via the free market and voting with your feet.  A very pleasant evening indeed with humor and sitting with folks who, like us, don't really give a care about the melanin content of skin but just care to make a connection with others.

Life is good.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Illogical logic meets satire.

A brilliant satire of gun grabbers' "logic" by the Locavore Hunter.  Via Chas at Southern Rockies Nature Blog.  Perfectly shows how silly the present memes regarding gun control are.....

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

I called this weeks ago

Biden says that Obama is contemplating an Executive Order or Executive Action regarding gun control.  I think if he does that it's a perfect chance to impeach him for breaking his Oath of Office wherein he swears to uphold the Constitution.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Constitutional Republic, Not Democracy....

Via Old NFO, a post by Dean Garrison regarding gun control and our responsibility as citizens of this Constitutional Republic (the US is NOT a democracy, regardless of what modern education would have you believe).  Read the whole thing.  Made me think.  Although Mr. B had already said most of it here.

I have said before that we are citizens of a Republic, not a democracy.  We have elected officials, not rulers, we have a president, not a hereditary monarchy.  And the Founding Fathers set it up that way on purpose.  I've had arguments thrown at me about the Constitution as a whole because the Third Amendment doesn't seem relevant (maybe it never became an issue because it was there).  Seriously.  And I've seen the inevitable 'throw out the Constitution' in the liberal media.  Do they realize that then the whole government would have to go as well since they were all elected under that system??  And if they chose not to go, they would be removed because there would then be no rule of law?

I was watching Face the Nation this morning when another representative (from Minnesota, I think) tossed out that 'we're elected to govern' line again.  Do they get that in their training packet??  I saw a guy say that an assault weapons ban was absolutely constitutional.  Only if your reading comprehension is that of my cat (or if you're a product of the modern educational system and graduated from an Ivy League University) is any ban on firearms constitutional.  What do these folks not understand about "shall not be infringed"? 

It's pretty clear, there are no limits regarding ammunition, types of firearm, or anything else in the Second Amendment.  If the Founding Fathers had wanted some variance  to that, they would not have been so clear and bold in their verbiage (they were NOT the result of an Ivy League education and so said what they meant, with no equivocation).   Please note that in the thesaurus.com definition of infringe there is a note:  " to infringe  is to encroach on a right or privilege or to violate."  Therefore any type of limitation on firearms ownership is, by the Constitutional litmus, unconstitutional and therefore invalid since it encroaches on that right of firearms ownership.

As Dean Garrison and Mr B both state, it is our Constitutional duty to preserve our rights.  I will go further in that if our government is made up of oathbreakers who no longer use the Constitution as their litmus, then it is our Constitutional duty to oust them from their seats of perceived power.  If they keep pressing this issue, that is what will happen.  The American people have had their rights and their freedoms suppressed enough.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

No one is irreplaceable....

Holy crap.  After a nice Christmas break, get back to the office and one of my coworkers comes in with a full-blown case of the flu.  After she called in the second day subsequent, I couldn't resist pointing out that all actions have consequences.  I might have obliquely accused her of trying to take the entire office down at one of our busiest times.  The utter ego of some folks thinking that the sun won't rise without them getting up and sharing their frickin' germs with the rest of us.  If I get sick AGAIN since I was down before New Years, I'm going to have to punch her in the head.

One thing I have learned over the years is that no one is irreplaceable.  Depending on the amount of procedures they've been allowed to grab over the course of years, it's more difficult to winkle out exactly what they do, but with time, everything will be running as smoothly, or more smoothly than when they were there.  Now that THAT'S out of my system....   

I do my job, I do it to the best of my ability, but my ego, being, and raison d'etre are definitely not my job.  It's what I do, not who I am.  And some folks just don't get that.

The folks in Washington don't get it.  Even when they leave their position for whatever reason, they are still referred to by their previous title.  I'm not sure when this evolved or why.  I think it's pretty disingenuous, especially if they were voted out.  The title of Representative or Senator or Governor should be dropped once that person is no longer doing that job.  But this "Honorific for Life" I think is symptomatic of the rest of the hubris and keeps the idea of a lordship, rather than a temporary elected official alive.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Academic mindset--working for the one-offs

Living so close to Chicago, I've heard the phrase "if it would just save one ______" (enter your cause du jour here).  Focusing on the one-offs is endemic in academia as well as the government.  This makes sense due to the homogenous makeup of both Congress, the Supreme Court, and the Executive Office with most of them being educated at Harvard, Yale, or occasionally one of the other Ivy League universities.

In a way, this thought-pattern is the tyranny of the one vs the needs of the many.  Pandering to the one-offs has been used to institute many of the violations of the public's freedoms.  Because a few morons decide to use Sudafed to make meth, my purchases of it are limited and I all but have to give a DNA sample to buy a legal, over-the-counter medication.  Because some idiot decides to drive too fast in a school zone, the government uses it as a reason to put up cameras to both monitor my movements and fine me.  Because a very few people break laws and commit murder in gun-free zones, the ruling class is trying to use their actions as a way to further limit my 2nd Amendment rights as a gun-owner.

These are issues within themselves contained within a mindset that is doomed to fail.  You cannot plan for the one-offs.  You should not limit the freedoms of the many because of the deranged actions of the few.  Reactionary rules and regs (one dude tries to light a bomb in his shoes and now everyone that flies must take off their shoes) are worse than useless and perpetuate the one-off tyranny.  Laws that cannot or do not apply to everyone should never pass--it would sure make the legislators work a lot harder if that was their litmus and would put an end to a lot of pork in legislation.

Many of the laws passed and the rules and regs that fall out of them are perfect examples of trying to work for the one-offs.  Smoking is banned EXCEPT in casinos.  Laws must be passed to encourage employers to hire veterans because of all the other laws that were passed specifically for other groups (essentially the new laws are to level the playing field thrown off by the one-offs).  The one-off mindset is the root of many reactionary laws.

I guess the point that I'm trying to make is that we can no longer be ruled by the one-offs.  Instead of looking at what works for 98% of the population, the fixes for the 2% cost inordinate amounts of time, money, and ultimately freedom.


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Governing vs Serving

Last week on WLS, the  morning show had a guest host- a federal representative from Illinois.  I can' t remember which one but he said something that I thought was quite interesting.  While he seemed like a nice guy and was truly interested in what was being said about the fiscal cliff, he also said "because we are elected to govern" and he wanted to do things right.

Problem being, they are not elected to govern, they are elected to represent their constituencies.  This is where they have lost the plot.  This is the disconnect.  They seek to rule, rather than to serve.  In the Senate especially they have created their own hereditary lordships, with the Kennedys as a prime example.

Obama apparently does not understand this difference either, using "Executive Privilege" to circumvent the Congress-- without hue and cry or without being challenged.

The legislative branch is so busy governing that they are not leading.  The executive branch is creating an impenetrable web of regulations that has turned all citizens into unwitting criminals able to be subjectively arrested at the leisure and will of the new ruling class' whim.  And the judicial branch, instead of using the litmus of the Constitution to guide them, relies on precedent and social values  rather than judging against the baseline of our Founding document.


The entire system of checks and balances is out of whack and needs to be recalibrated.  Unfortunately the only way to do so is to take everything back to zero and start over.  When our government is so broken that all citizens are not seen as equal under the law, there is very little else that can be done.