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.


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.