Wednesday, December 24, 2014

DirectTV--Can't say their corporate strategy works for me

Here's a slightly edited version of a letter that I am having to send to DirectTV.  This is a hoop that you have to jump through to cancel an account if you're not already on an account as an authorized user.  Which I can see to a point, but they take it to the next level of stupid. 



DirectTV
PO Box 6550
Greenwood Village, CO 80155

To whom this may concern:
Please find enclosed my power of attorney for my father, Midwest Chick's Dad, account number XXXXXXX, address:  parent's address, city, state zip, phone number XXXXXXXXX.

Please add me, Midwest Chick, to this account as an authorized user as soon as possible so that I can cancel this account.  I am told that it can take up to five business days after receipt of this documentation to process.

I am, quite frankly, appalled that I am having to jump through this particular hoop in such a stressful time as my father is having to go into a nursing home, but that it is part of your 'security protocol'.  Because there has to be a plethora of people calling you up with the account number, address, email address, security code, and whatever else you need and are cancelling other people's accounts. 

I find it interesting that the alternative ‘protocol’ would be to have my dad on the phone giving verbal permission for me to handle this account, because yeah, no one would ever just have their husband or a friend stand in for this.  Even if he was on the phone to you, he wouldn’t know the answer to any security questions since he has never handled payments for this bill nor would know anything about it.  Because, nursing home, schmucks.   

Additionally, I find the fact that there is not even an email account or fax number, only a snail mail option, just to make sure that things go as slowly as possible a joke as well.  I do note that it is a PO box as well so I can't send a Fed Ex, only go via USPS.  I hope more people discover your roadblocks to cancellation and start leaving in droves, even if it takes them months to do so.

Please email xxxxxxx, which is the email address already attached to the online account (because I set it up with my dad's permission), when I have been added as an authorized user (although I've been handling it for the last two years) so that I can try to expedite the closure of this account since I am also having to do this long distance.    If you wish to slow down the process further in order to get that one or two more month’s worth of subscriber’s fee, snail mail Midwest Chick, address, city, state, zip.

Bite me,

Midwest Chick

PS.  Please note that this is not to the person who is actually having to do the processing because I'm sure you find it as onerous as I do.  I do hope this makes it up the line a bit.
 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Unworthy thoughts

I am having to deal with a continuation of an issue that is going to cost me all of my vacation and sick time from now until next June.  When I say continuation, I mean pretty much non-stop for the last two-plus years. 

I am at the point where I'd like to be the not-responsible one and say, "Look y'all, I've done my time and have nothing else to give to this clusterfuck of a situation. It has negatively affected my relationship, my health, and my mental well-being.  You figure it out without me."

 Unworthy and human, I know, but man I wish I could be 'that guy' just once.


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

It's hard to name everything for which I'm thankful.  I've got friends, near and far, a warm house, critters who seem to like me above and beyond being their food source.  I'm blessed to know people who are talented, knowledgeable, clever and who enrich my life everyday with their words and thoughts.   I have a partner who is smart, clever, well-read and who makes me think and analyze the incoming barrage of news and events.  Oh, and he makes for great eye-candy too and happens to be a gourmet-level cook.

My heartfelt thanks to all of those who could not be home today because they are standing watch and protecting us and are between us and those who would cause us harm.

Be safe, all!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

When you have lost NPR....

So, I forewent my morning conversation with Mr B to some some exploration of radio reporting on Ferguson.  WLS-all over it.  Much to my surprise, NPR, not so much.  They had a lovely piece on the Gulf oil spill and elusive flycatcher birds.

So I figure this silence means one of two things--either NPR is all butthurt because it is clear that Mike Brown was not the choir boy that he was made out to be or else NPR is carrying water for Obama who only now says that the "rule of law" must prevail (oh the irony of that statement coming out of that particular mouth).

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014

Complicit media

So the former Fourth Estate here in the US has proven once again that they are merely lapdogs of the government, as long as there's a Dem in power.  The seemingly MIA 'Ebola Czar' has apparently not been so much MIA, but has been working behind the scenes with the MSM to persuade them to stop reporting on possible Ebola cases (and probably Enterovirus D68 as well) because that reporting was making the administration look bad (because the truth hurts) and was influencing the election away from the Dems (because the truth hurts).

So gee, honestly reporting what's going on has as much, or more, of an effect on the American people as the histrionics that will surely appear in January when the calls of an obstructionist Congress will surely begin (has already started).

BTW, has anybody heard what's going on with Kaci Hickox??  Her 21 days are up on Monday but aside from some puff articles from four days ago, haven't heard a peep.

Regardless, the MSM has shown that they cannot be trusted if they are willing to put their ideology in the way of truthful reporting.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Got Troll?

An increasing number of folks I know are getting what a friend and I refer to as Basement Trolls--adults who, for whatever reason, are moving home for whatever excuse they can think of.  A friend of mine thought she'd gotten rid of her Basement Troll, but they are kind of like bad pennies and come back when you least expect them.

In studying the behavior of Basement Trolls, I've found that they seem to like semi-subterranean rooms with wall-to-wall carpeting and wi-fi.  Being paid to do things around the house that would be expected as part of living at home, if they were younger than age 18, along with free room and board seem to encourage their nesting instincts and make it harder to root them out of their new lairs. 

While it's possible to prevent Basement Troll infestation through statements regarding the enforcement of rules, curfews, and daily chores, once they have settled in, anything outside of moving to a new home or cutting off their wi-fi connection won't remove them.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Gurkhas of the Bird World

This is going to sound weird maybe, but I think that hummingbirds are the Gurkhas of the bird world.  Was watching them guard and fight over access to the two feeders I have out back and they are totally badass.  Their acrobatics, which Mr B tried to catch on video, was extreme--spinning around each other up into the sky; slamming together and crashing onto the deck and rising again.  I made the mistake of going out to move one of the feeders so there would be some space between the two and my only thought as they dove past my head was that I am glad I'm not their target. Little birds with big knife-like beaks.  Wow!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

US Troops should NOT be sent to West Africa

I called both senators and my US representative to express my dismay and opposition to US troops being sent to West Africa to help contain the ebola outbreak.  Our troops are not trained for this type of thing, it's a misuse of personnel, and even doctors who are trained to handle these things are getting exposed. 

In a tin-foil-hat kind of moment, I wonder if Obama is deliberately trying to expose our people in order to ensure a large-scale outbreak on US soil.  We've already got school-age children ending up in the hospital from being exposed to enterovirus EV-d68 and tuberculosis the growth of incidents, according to what I've read, are coinciding with the influx of illegals....

Regardless, sending our people deliberately into that cesspool is egregiously negligent, ill-advised, and imprudent.  Call your senators--don't know how much good it will do, but something needs to be said.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Tango and Cash to Desperate Housewives...

Tango and Cash, starring Stallone and Russell, was on today.  Aside from it being a horrible movie with continuity issues out the wazoo, it did have a couple of redeeming points, namely bringing the acronym FUBAR to the public lexicon and Kurt Russell in drag.  Teri Hatcher, who was all over the place as a youngster but never took off until Desperate Housewives, was also in it.   Which lead me to this video from Night Court. 

Please to enjoy:


Monday, September 1, 2014

American or Un-American

Today is Labor Day.  Unlike a lot of folks, I have to work.  Got invited to a cookout. Upon being told I had to work, the person commented "That's Communism."  However, considering the history of Labor Day, wouldn't that be just the opposite?

Philosophical construction aside, still sucks to miss some tasty beef on a bun.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Stupidest/most nebulous reporting ever??

In a world of stupid reporting, this pretty much takes the cake.  I was half-listening to the news yesterday morning and heard something about a 'threat' against Obama out of Connecticut, although I think he was in New Hampshire.  The actual reporting verbiage was:

"Authorities are looking for a person driving a car."

I am not kidding.  That's what was said.  By a talking head.  With a straight face.   Now neither Connecticut nor New Hampshire are huge states, but that's quite a few people and I'm sure a large portion of them have cars.



Saturday, August 30, 2014

Mutts

Brigid has an interesting post up regarding some DNA testing and how it didn't quite come out the way she thought it would.  One thing that makes the USA different than every other country is the melting-pot-that-used-to-be.  I was told for a long time that I had Cherokee or Osage blood.  An uncle investigated and it turns out not to be true.  But I do have Scottish blood, and Irish, and French, and English, and some German thrown in there just because.  While there's no Native American, I do have a couple stars in the D.A.R. if I ever decided to pursue that avenue so some of my people have been here a while.  I'm American, not Scottish-American, or Irish-American, or Franco-American (although I love Spagetti-O's).

Bill Murray, I think, said it best....



Sunday, August 24, 2014

Glad working outside day was yesterday

As Mr B said, yesterday was spent helping a friend who had two rather large trees come down in his yard--right onto his septic field.  So with tractor, chainsaws, log tongs, chains, and bucket forks, we set out first thing in the morning.

I ran the tractor while Mr B took to the tree with chainsaw in hand.  There were several other folks that showed up to help as well--kind of like a barn raising, but with a different objective.  Many hands make light work, but a tractor in the mix never hurts either.  With the forks on the front, I was hauling upwards of 1000 pounds a load and I ran for pretty much 7 hours--that's a lot of tree and that was just the branches, most of the time.   I did bend, then lost, the reinforcing turnbuckle and chain that Mr B put on the bucket  but  it was proof of concept so he's now making a new one that's a tad bit stronger.

Took a half hour for lunch provided by the homeowner (definite class/nice folks and much appreciated--they also brought water around every hour or so).

It wasn't all tractor work--I climbed up and down to load up the bucket and I did find one of the holes in the septic field caused by the tree falling--unfortunately by putting my foot up to mid-calf in it.   Fortunately I have one pair of shoes that's only for outdoor work, and I was wearing them.  Not sure if I'll ever go near them again, but they were solid leather and waterproof (two really good things in this instance).  At least it was towards the end of the field so it wasn't as horrible as it could have been.

The team that couldn't be there yesterday is taking over today so we can get some stuff done around our house.  I was able to help one gentleman--he was a solid worker, but I noticed he'd stopped sweating and got him to stop, rest, and hydrate.  Lessons learned from detassling and reinforced by working with Mr B often.

Today it's catch-up around our homestead and maybe a nice nap this afternoon--not used to that kind  of work like I used to be.  But it was a good day.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Breaking a CFL--Hazmat Alert!

This morning I noticed that a compact florescent light bulb had burnt out in the guest room so I got up on a chair to change it out.  Sure as anything, it slid right out my hand and on a pile of clothes.  And broke.  Really, shattered.  And sent shards all over the place.  And if you look on the internet, this type of incident is second only to living near Fukishima or at the Love Canal in the need for hazmat remediation.  ZOMG!  Shut down your air conditioner and open the windows! Hide the pets!  Put on your respirator and coveralls and prepare for decon!

I did vacuum it up and rinsed out the drum afterwards even though the online fearmonging site said to only use duct tape and wet cloths for clean up to avoid the miniscule amount of mercury released from contaminating the whole house.  But "they" even recommend throwing out the clothes that you wore while cleaning it up.  Apparently "they" have a much larger clothing budget than I do.  The clothes upon which this item from hell shattered are going in the wash.  So are the clothes I had on this morning while cleaning up.  Some of the shards landed on my overnight bag that was pretty pricey.  I'm going to live on the edge and just settle with wiping it down with a wet paper towel.

I like the cost savings of using these things, but dang, I'm thinking incandescent bulbs from now on, if I can find any.  Too much stress.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Happy Llamas!

Via Letter from Hardscrabble Creek:

Apparently the ancient Celts held a solar celebration honoring Llamas this weekend, or at least that's how history has been rewritten by the Pueblo Chieftain.

If it's in print, it must be true, so Happy Llamas' Day!  Here's Lloyd the Llama.  He looks pretty happy.  Just doin' my part to spread the word.




Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Book of Barkley

LB's book, The Book of Barkley, is out.  I have my copies ordered on Amazon (presently showing sold-out).  You can order yours using this link.  Her eulogy to a gentle and loving soul who, in this life had four legs and fur, is a tribute to the bond that they shared. 

I was fortunate to be a beta reader for this book and to know Barkley IRL (he never realized that he really wasn't lap-dog sized) or that a couch might have limited space.  Schmoo treated him like her goofy little brother and it was always a joy to have him (and his red-headed person) visit.  Having him visit after her passing was a balm to my battered soul and his visible joy at arriving at his (third) home never ceased to bring a smile.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who has known and loved a friend-in-fur.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

RIP James Garner

One of the great ones.  From Maverick to Rockford to Maverick's dad, and a whole slough slew bunch of parts in between. 




Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Gee,wonder if the bad guy's gun was legal?

So in Chicago last weekend, a guy first confronted and then shot at some people leaving a party.  One of them was a military service member with a legal concealed carry permit.  Two shots and bad guy went to the hospital. 

Two unidentified perps continued to shoot at the people.  Wonder if any of the other firearms used were legally obtained and if the shooters had their permits??  Wonder how bad it would have gotten if the group hadn't had someone who could defend them from the trigger-happy thugs?

Monday, July 7, 2014

So, Facebook?!?

I know a lot of folks on Facebook.  I used to have an account but the reports of privacy issues finally got to be too much for me.  And now they have been experimenting on people using their media without knowledge or permission.  But yet most folks I know still maintain their accounts.  Some of my IRL friends only use Facebook for keeping in touch and yes, I've probably missed quite a bit by not keeping a minimal account.

So, question for everyone still using Facebook:  Why, considering the abuses of the management and the political stance of Zuckerberg regarding 'amnesty' which includes flawed and skewed data to bolster his opinion, do you still have an active account and haven't told them to go pound sand??  Is it that convenient or that useful that these egregious abuses can be overlooked?  Or that you feel that your little account isn't important enough for anyone to look at or use?

I really am trying to understand so any help would be appreciated!

You have GOT to be kidding me....

So now the climate change folks are saying that a sunnier Scotland will cause the dying out of the ginger gene and that in the future there will be no redheads.  Because being ginger is a mutation that won't be necessary.   Maybe there's some pre-ancestor that put the red-heads into gene pool that we don't know about (like the Denisovians and the Tibetans) so maybe ginger isn't a gene mutation at all.

  Every day these idiots keep on proving that they are well.... idiots.  They are no less or more than the guy standing on the street corner with a sign saying 'The End is Near'.  For myself, I'm going to try to blog more since every post adds carbon to the atmosphere.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Because it was on TV and just cracks me up

The Replacements was on this morning.  I think it's the only movie where Keanu Reeves actually looks like he's having a good time.  Plus there's Gene Hackman.  But just for you guys, the Cheerleader Scene.  Possibly NSFW, depending on your level of sensitivity....



Thursday, July 3, 2014

Embodying bravery

Via Irons in the Fire (Elmtree Forge) I present to you Corporal Dipprasad Pun, a 31 year old Gurkha deployed to Afghanistan, who just received the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross from the Queen of England.  

For what was probably either a very long or very short fifteen minute span, he single-handedly held off Taliban fighters he caught trying to blow up the front gate at his outpost.  

Under fire from rocket propelled grenades and AKs, he launched the following at the enemy:  
  • 250 general purpose machine gun rounds; 
  • 180 SA80 rounds; 
  • six phosphorus grenades; 
  • six normal grenades; 
  • five underslung grenade launcher rounds; 
  • one Claymore mine; 
  • one machine gun tripod.

For whatever reason, he did not have his Kukri with him so it was the one weapon or improvised weapon he did not deploy (he even tried to use a sandbag but it wasn't tied properly so the sand fell out).  He also saved the lives of three others at the outpost by his actions. 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

There is an old saying....

 Nicki over at Liberty Zone points out the twittering of females regarding some gun-running murderous thug, who happens to have high cheekbones and blue eyes.  These twatwaffles (a term I'm adding to my lexicon, thanks Nicki!) are oohing and aaahing and are actually, publicly, making statements such as "he could rape me anytime" (if one is willing, is it rape, really--can't rape the willing, as the old saying goes?). 

The term rape has become a watchword of the feminists.  It is used to demonize men on college campuses.  It has become conflated with the definition of an assignation that maybe in the morning you wish you didn't have. 

Rape, real rape, is an ugly thing.  It is not something from an erotic novel where the handsome older man or young rogue ties you down and has his way with you.  Real rape is without consent, without power, without being willing.  There is no gentleness, no softening, no happy ending.  It is the essence of asserting power over someone using violence or trickery.  It is predatory deviance.   It is someone using your body without your permission in the most violent and intimate way imaginable.

These twittering little fluff balls would be the first to cry 'rape' should some stranger, handsome or not, grab their ass, look at them funny, or say something harsh to them.   They would be the first to cry victim.  But yet they probably also think of themselves as feminists or strong women.  They aren't even honest enough with themselves to say 'Hey, I'd bed him, even if he is a gunrunning murderous thug.' No, he'd have to 'rape' them and they are under the illusion that they'd like it because he has good cheekbones.  Wonder what they would tweet if he actually tracked some of them down and made their words a reality?


Saturday, June 28, 2014

I would have just left food

Last night in Chicago an 18 year old male (why are they teens when they do something stupid and men when they do something illegal?) climbed a power tower, got 180 feet up, and then freaked and froze.  Took a bunch of firemen a couple hours to 'rescue' this miscreant whom they ended up trussing up and lowering to the ground. 

Way I figure it, they could have either thrown a bungee cord up to him and let him get down quickly or left a Happy Meal at the bottom of the tower.  Just like a cat, he'll find a way down when he gets hungry enough.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Yeah, most of my weeks are like this.....

...without the greasepaint makeup (okay, one woman really wears that much).  Unfortunately I don't get to beat the crap out of them though.



Saturday, June 21, 2014

Snakes (and not in a plane)

So it seems that every time Old NFO travels Down Under, that it is some sort of deadly snake season and they seem to lurk, awaiting unwary tourists.  Murphy's Law goes hiking out West and what does he find...  a snake.  I seem to recall that some time ago Chas had an unpleasant encounter with a baby rattler and was in the hospital for a couple of days.  I used to want to see Australia and check out some caves and hike in the Southwestern US, but after these revelations, maybe not so much...


Pretty sure Indiana Jones put it best.....



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Trivia--Race Bannon history

Okay, dating myself on this one, but Jonny Quest was a fav cartoon when I was younger.  My understanding is that Brigid has a fondness for all things Race Bannon.  Here's a bit of history I found while surfing youtube....


Monday, June 9, 2014

Nailing it...

Putting up some trim in the kitchen so we need a brad nailer.

Me:  I just want to know who Brad is and who exactly he's been nailing.

Mr B:  I heard that Brad the Nailer is actually Vlad the Impaler's second cousin.....

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Equality under the Law

Without equality under the law, we have tyranny.

When laws have become too convoluted or when they are not administered to all people at all times in the same way, we have tyranny.

When anyone, can be chosen to not be prosecuted where others are, based solely on their 'status' or their connections, we have tyranny.

When the President of the United States, who, by virtue of the position, should be the first person to follow the laws that are signed by either himself or his predecessor, breaks laws willfully and without fear of reprisal, we have tyranny.

Everybody has a right to be a sucker once, but the people of the United States are being played daily/hourly.  How do we make it stop?

Friday, June 6, 2014

D-Day

I've been reading blogposts about the storming of Normandy.  You can read some of them here, here, here.  Some posit that this could not have been done, were it done today.  Unfortunately they might be right.  But not because the will is not there. 

It's because those who are supposed to lead have lost their hearts, their will, their direction.  Form triumphs over function.  Good sense is beaten down and replaced with PC.  True leaders, being threats to those less capable are backbitten and die the death of a thousand papercuts or are paraded through the streets like the ancient Celts in Rome.

But the will of the people is there.  I'm not sure how to bring this country back to where we celebrate greatness, will, success.  But I think the tide is turning.  I hope it is because there are still enough of us who remember, who keep that ember burning. 

Changing attitude...

And how better with being able to help out a friend doing something that I truly enjoy--it'll be a nice break from the usual?... 

I'll also be listening to.....

SHOWTUNES!!:

How can you go wrong with a singing Marlon Brando?





For a movie considered to be kind of family and fun, this song has some of the dirtiest lyrics I've heard..... 



Thursday, June 5, 2014

High school and those who never leave.....

Why the hell can't some people just get the fuck over being in high school and having to start shit where none should exist??  Between a FaceBlog thing last night and stuff going on at work, I'm so done.  I don't get Class Consciousness and I don't get the gleeful mean-ness of people who just want to feel important by carrying vastly inflated tales.  There is enough bad stuff out there so why do some folks feel the need to gratify their own egos by playing games they should have gotten over in junior high?

ARGH!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Impeachable offenses

How many impeachable offenses does a guy have to rack up before he actually gets, you know, impeached? obama has been collecting thses like folks used to collect S&H Green Stamps, but yet nothing has happened in our checks and balances system to check his power trip and create some balance.

He is willing to trade five taliban heavy hitters for one deserter, thus trying to close Guantanamo one deal at a time (blowing decades of policy about not negotiating with terrorists also) but he is willing to leave a Marine in a Mexican jail without a murmer.  How about trading some of the illegals in American jails for our Marine?  Oh wait, Mexico does not want their detritus back, so no joy on that......

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Nice to know that some things are universal

Mr B had a video a while back of a police officer doing a 'firearm safety lecture' complete with accidental discharge.  Tam linked to this article from China that hit the net a few days ago wherein a Chinese police officer did essentially the same thing.  'Professionals' are professional the world over....    I thought it was interesting that they tried to excuse the Chinese AD by saying that Chinese policeman aren't familiar with firearms....  Then why on earth are they carrying them??

Just for kicks and grins because it makes me laugh and cringe all at the same time:





Saturday, May 31, 2014

Now serving spaghetti...

Spaghetti westerns, that is.  Murphy's Law has the opening scene from Once Upon a Time in the West, a Sergio Leone classic.  My contribution is from A Fistful of Dollars....

Aim for the heart Ramon....



Friday, May 30, 2014

How a lot of people are feeling lately...

Talking with a lot of folks, things are troubled.  Not politically (completely), but on a personal level--health issues, personal issues, work, family....  Most folks are feeling like this:




Or like this:



I'm not quite sure just what's causing the disturbance in the Force, but dang, there's something going on.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

In lieu of content, I present to you, cats....

All Bob is lacking in this picture is a beer:






And yes, this one is as cute all of the time as he is here.  I refer to him as Nermal...


Monday, May 26, 2014

Remember

Today is a day that is not about hot dogs and cookouts, but is instead about remembrances.  Today is the day when we remember those who gave their lives and who give their service to this country and to the ideals of freedom. 











Thursday, May 22, 2014

Well that explains a lot....

Chelsea Clinton, the quintessential Senator's daughter, exhorted students in California to use their anger to change the world. 

So where have I heard that before.......



No wonder liberals are the way they are, if Chelsea's speech is any indication.  Think I'll stick with Yoda:


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Weather in all its majesty.....

Okay, this is way cool.  I can't imagine being on the Plains in a wagon or sod hut watching something like this coming my way....


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Excuse me, I speak politician....

Uncle Jay has this quote from Hillary Clinton regarding John Kerry taking over as Secretary of State and policy towards Iran:
“When I left as secretary and passed the baton on to Secretary Kerry, we were positioned to really explore whether we had set the table well enough to see changes that were sufficient to meet our legitimate objections to Iran’s behavior and its future plans,” Clinton said, referring to her successor, John F. Kerry.. 
As near as I can figure it means:
"We're hoping that our policy towards Iran is set in stone as much as it could be to avoid Kerry fucking it up."
I think they seriously underestimated his ability to fuck this up as well as things all over the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and North Korea, however.  But the convoluted verbiage reminded me of this:


Monday, May 19, 2014

Tilting at windmills, in a literal sense

With all of the bird and other animal kills that are caused by these things, in a sane world, we could just take them down, call it a day, and find something that actually works.




Sunday, May 18, 2014

Feared through-out the land....

Murphy's Law went flying.  He takes really great pictures, but all he had to do was say "Right turn Clyde".  Which led me to this video.....


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Knife Pron on Steroids

Via Say Uncle:  An article about knives--big knives, bad knives.  It has some good reasoning regarding the usefulness of fixed blades vs folders.  It doesn't go into how the general populace considers fixed blades of pretty much any size to be ZOMG!  Scary!, but does go into the usefulness of different sizes, blade shape, etc.  The comments have some good information as well so read the whole thing....  I don't agree with him about kydex being the perfect sheath material--I really prefer leather.

Below is my next purchase.   It's a lot larger than most of the knives I buy.  It was one of those that I should have gotten at the NRA convention and didn't.  No harm, no foul on the price, but I have to wait a little bit for it.


Friday, May 16, 2014

Perfect timing....

In my work, I have to deal with quite a few men from the Middle East.  Most are young, most are rich, most are right off the airplane and are fairly used to be kowtowed to, especially by women.  Those of you who have met me might have gotten the idea that kowtowing is not-so-much in my nature.  So, when these young men get rather insistent about having their way, I'm usually called on to put a stop to it. 

Usually after the men in question coming up with 3-5 minutes' worth of permutations on a theme and me just saying no and/or telling them why the answer is no, then they will go away. 

Some of them I think are kind of turned on by being told no since it's unusual for them to be denied something they want--turned on as in "if you did not smell of bacon, infidel, I would make you my third wife" kind of turned on. 

Most are just slightly pissed off that they didn't get their way.  A couple get kind of scarily pissed off.  And I work someplace where I'm not supposed to be even carrying a pocket knife.  Today was scary pissed off guy--dude was not right, like rabid dog not right.

I was holding my ground when he was insisting to see one of my staff members (like I would let that happen), but it was escalating and there wasn't much I could do to bring it back down.  Fortunately another customer, in his Army combat uniform (minus helmet) came in bringing some paperwork.  Scary pissed off guy looked at him sideways, shut his mouth, and slunk out.  As I let out a deep breath, Army guy caught my eye, smiled and said "Guess I came in at the right time."   I just smiled back and agreed.  Nothing more needed to be said.

Timing is sometimes everything in this world.


Happy Birthday to Smokey Bear

Via Chas.  Smokey Bear turns 70 this year. 

Chas comments that he dressed as Smokey back when he was a kid--would love to see a picture of THAT!

Some history:


Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Collings Foundation

In addition to the three WWII-era planes the Collings Foundation takes around the United States, they also have Vietnam-era planes.  Old NFO has a great video and tribute.  Got awfully dusty in the house all of a sudden.  Go over there and watch the video.

Then go to the Collings Foundation website and see when they might be coming to your area.  Get out there and help support what they do.  They keep the memories alive.  A short ride in a B-24 was absolutely life-changing for me.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Pointed sticks, fruit, and firearms

Og attended a presentation regarding attackers who are armed with knives.  Interesting factoid:  10% of gun wounds are fatal, 30% of knife wounds are.  Knives are just a bit more integrated into homo sapiens and more intuitive to use.   He points out that they are like sharp sticks.

Brought the below to mind.... 


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Plus and minus

Well, on the minus side, my balance sucks.  So if I'm standing on a piece of metal that Mr B is trying to put a bolt and nut on, and it shifts, even his Wolverine-like reflexes aren't enough to get his finger all the way out before it hits like a guillotine, with my full weight on it.  Plus side, this time it was merely a flesh wound unlike the wood splitter incident (I will not go into details on that one).

Plus, plus side, it seems I'm a natural at running a drill press with a little expert coaching.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

How to deal with Boko Haram

Larry Correia has a great piece up regarding the Pout-Fest hashtags that liberals seem to think are actual legitimate substitutions for action.  As Insty would say, read the whole thing.

For myself, I take the below as how negotiations should take place with those shit-bags.



Amazing how those girls might still be safe if Hillary Clinton and the State Department had put them on the terrorist list a couple of years ago when it was requested by the CIA, the FBI, and by members of Congress after Boko Haram bombed one of the U.N. Headquarters in Abuja.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Time in a seat does not necessarily equal quality

If, just once more, someone tells me that they've been doing something for 20 years, holding that number up like a Talisman of Quality, when I've been fixing their fuckups for the last loooong while because they hold onto bad processes and refuse to either learn or listen, I am going to punch them in the head. 

Twenty years in the same position just means that you were neither bad enough to get fired nor good enough to promoted and does not give you the wherewithal to pull attitude.

Gah!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Good friends' good news!

Both Brigid and Old NFO posted some good news in the last couple of days. 

Yesterday, Brigid met her new Lab Partner, Abby.  Welcome to the family Miss Abby!  Can't wait for you to visit!



This morning, Old NFO had his 7th Blogoversary!  I'm sure glad he decided to start blogging because otherwise we might never have met!  Just as an idea, everybody who hasn't done so already should buy his book to as a Blogoversary gift!  The Amazon link is here.


Monday, May 5, 2014

Old School May Celebration

Spring celebrations are part of a lot of cultures--most of them revolve around the Vernal Equinox (Norruz or Nowruz in the Persian/Zoroastrian culture; Shunbun no hi or Shunki kōrei-sai during the higan time in Japan; Easter in the Western world.  Something that's particularly Western/British Isles though are the May fertility celebrations.  All political co-option aside, the beginning of May was/is the Spring celebration in Britain.

Andy Letcher posted some pics from the Dartmoor May celebration with some good commentary.  Go and take a look.

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PS:  Happy anniversary to my sister and her husband!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Interesting weekend so far....

Mr. B is having to put in a lot of hours this weekend, so I've been kickin' around and doing little things around the house.  I've got several kinds of bird feeders and yesterday all I was lacking was the Disney soundtrack--orioles, catbirds, several kinds of sparrows, bluejays, three kinds of woodpecker, goldfinches, cardinals--throw in a really large rabbit, a woodchuck down by the woods, some squirrels, and several chipmunks chasing each other around the poles and we were one unicorn away from absolutely perfect.

Our local Jehovah's Witnesses stopped by too, they had a friend's car, but know to make a lot of noise coming up to the house.  They are nice people.  As I've said before, I have no issue with someone who truly walks their talk--it's hypocrisy that chaps my butt. 

They don't preach, just throw something out for discussion--this time it was prayer.  Think I surprised them on this one because I have thought about prayer and connections to the Divine a lot.  I would guarantee I came to my conclusions from a complete different direction than they did, but from what they said, we got to the same place.  Interesting, that. 

Truly, most of the time, we talked about the manual/paddle shift vs automatic on the Subaru and the NRA convention and what I experienced there though.  We all preach it in our own ways......  ;-)

The only bad part of the evening (aside from not being able to spend it with Mr B) was the robo-calls (plural) from one candidate for County Commissioner (primaries are Tuesday).   Between those and the insipid tripe that we received in the mail, he can kiss my ass.

The rest of the evening was spent with the NRA program going to different websites for companies that piqued my interest.  AND I found the knife sheaths that were driving me nuts since I couldn't remember where I'd seen them--turns out they were Hogue sheaths-- they also have bayonet pouches, BTW.

Gotta get some other stuff done today, but NASCAR Sprint Cup is also running at Talladega this afternoon so the TV will be on.  Hoping it will be a good race!  :-)


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Musical interlude

It's been awhile since I've blogged more than one day in a row so I'm going easy today-can't go wrong with an interesting video.....  Push the Pull Door had a Jonathan Coulton song up which led me to this one, which is just wrong on so many levels--listen closely.....  Sorry in advance for the earworm.




Friday, May 2, 2014

Knives, knives, and more knives

The NRA convention had more than just guns, there were also knives.  I've been an avid collector for years--it wasn't Blade Show (or even Blade Forums), but there were enough sharp pointys to make me happy.

Firstly,  TOPS Knives.  The folks that bring you a knife called 'the Devil's Elbow'.  That said, they do make some nice blades and their stock sheaths really rock with a belt clip that allows carry in a bunch of different ways.  I treated myself to a Ranger's Edge, which has a nice commentary by Kim Breed, a fantastic knifemaker (I own three knives made by him as well).

Secondly, Hogue Knives.  Hogue is best known for their grips, but they have been working with Allen Elishewitz on their folder series.  I carry a Hogue EX 04 with an upswept blade--not an Elishewitz custom, but a good and affordable substitute.  Good, smooth, manual action--solid construction.  This is a knife for heavy duty, plus it's got a button lock, which I like.  I stopped by to look at their new fixed blade, the EX-F02 which is going to be a real nice addition to the collection.

Thirdly, Benchmade--I carry a Benchmade pocket knife (yes I generally carry two, but with the speed assist, this one is perfect for off-hand carry).  I have gotten hooked on the Axis Lock and speed assist since they facilitate one-handed closing and a quick open.  I'm not a fan of liner locks since it always seems to me to be counterintuitive to put my digits in front of a blade on purpose--I'm a little too accident prone to make that a happy thing.  Mr B has always been a SOG fan, but found a Benchmade that he liked so I was able to treat him to a late birthday present.

Lastly, but not least, Mr B returned the favor by treating me to a a couple of items that he bought at A.G. Russell on Friday--the Odin's Eye and the Sting3.  We found out on Sunday that they were also treating folks to the Odin's Eye knife and definitely took advantage to pick a couple more up as gifts.   And yeee-rah, that Odin's Eye is wicked sharp.  It is a self-defense push knife, but it also works great to open envelopes or for EDC--I have one on my keychain.  But it'll cut air.  I look forward to both the A.G. Russell catalog and their weekly emails with specials.



The Benchmade guy recognized my Emissary as one that is no longer made.  The TOPS guy I think were a bit taken aback by my smile when I picked up the Ranger's Edge.  Mr B had a chance to talk with Mr Russell himself for a little while--both he and his wife are very interesting and chock full of good stories.  All in all, some very nice blades and it was nice to talk with the folks at each booth. 



Thursday, May 1, 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

It truly is the people that make the difference

I've been reading blog roundups from folks who were at the NRA convention.  One thing that everyone has mentioned was the people.  And that's one thing that has struck me at both blogmeets and even in this larger group.

Bill at Eastern Iowa Firearms Training I think says it best:
But what I really enjoyed most was meeting some of the personalities that I read and comment on in the gunny blog world. Quite honestly, they were – without exception – the most welcoming bunch I’d ever met and virtually all conversations had the touch and feel of long-time family friends.
 Gotta say I feel the same way.  We've got quite the tribe. 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

NRA convention recaps have been interrupted by this meme....

The Shekel started it here.

Here's my contribution with the quote from Ambulance Driver....  More NRA convention stuff tomorrow.



Monday, April 28, 2014

NRA Convention--Day 2--The Meet!

After the Shooter Self Care class and lunch with some friends who live really close to us, but who we only seem to meet when we're either out of town or going out of town, we met up with Karl and Mrs Ushanka for some meandering around Broadripple before the Big BlogMeet that Old NFO put together for Saturday night.  Mr. B had met Mrs Ushanka before, but this was my first time--really nice lady.  It was a nice time with some very interesting conversations and we got to make a stop at the famous Broad Riplle Brew Pub for some home-brewed root beer and the most delicious fried cheese curds I've had.

Then, The Main Event....  The folks in attendence were the Who's Who of The Blog Tribe (partial list below).  Additionally, Don the Avid Reader and Kerry, (formerly known as 'the Lurker', but who shall heretoafter be known as 'the Kilted' were there).  I'd seen Kerry at the Self Care class earlier and was glad he was able to make it to the party.  Hadn't seen Don in a couple of years and, though was sorry to hear about his health issues, was really glad he decided to come out.

Being just a blogger at the kid's table of the cool kids' world, I was, however, able to keep (mostly) from Girly Squees of Joy at meeting some of the people who were there.  I usually sit in a corner and people watch, but tried to change my modus operandi and get out and introduce myself and chat with old friends and now, hopefully, some new ones.  Old NFO was busy running around and making sure that the food and drink kept flowing and the crowd was fairly mobile, going from the room with tables to the room with beer, pop, and pizza.

I was lucky to be able to chat with Larry Weeks from Brownells for a while about the trials and tribulations of buying a firearm while being female (little lady, you don't need that single action SIG P238, you need this snub nosed revolver that's going to rock your world so you'll only want to shoot it once).  Very nice man and really interested in people and their perspectives.

I'm hard pressed as to who to give the prize for Quote of the Night to either Ambulance Driver or Kerry the Kilted.  In a short discussion about our host, I said, screw the Dos Equis guy, Old NFO is the Most Intriguing Man in the World.

Ambulance Driver, in AD style, responded with:  "Before he goes to bed at night, Chuck Norris checks under his bed for OldNFO.".  

In a later discussion regarding kilts and the accoutrements worn underneath, Kerry, with a smile, says "The only thing I wear underneath my kilt is lipstick...  "

Paint me with woad and call me a Scot, I'm truly appreciative of Men in Kilts.  Kerry and Linoge (one of the folks for whom I was barely able to resist the Girly Squee of Joy when meeting) were both rockin' the Utili-Kilt.

I could really go on at length about the conversations I had (I really enjoyed talking with Kerry towards the end of the evening--hadn't had a chance to do that before), but I don't think I could do any of it justice since it was a moving target of subjects and people involved.  Part of the problem is that most everyone has two names--their name and their blog-handle so keeping everyone straight is kind of interesting.

Roberta live-blogged a partial list here (added with links below).  Additionally I saw these folks (and this is not nearly everyone, even with Roberta's list).
Old NFO-the Host with the Most
Murphy's Law
The Shekel
EMS Artifact
Dennis of Dragon LeatherWorks
DaddyBear and Girlie Bear
Kathy Jackson (The Cornered Cat)
The Scribbler of Scribbler Scrawls (and Scribbler the Elder)--Serendipity struck more than once meeting you both!
Slow Facts (ETA to change name and add link)
ETA:  Keads!

ETA: Don, the Avid Reader

ETA:  Kerry (the Kilted)--email me--I didn't get your email addy before we took off!

From Roberta's post (some with my comments):
     Danno of Sandcastle Scrolls
     The Smallest Conservative
     Linoge
     Larry Weeks (!) of Brownells!
     GayCynic
     Tam Keel
     Turk Turon
     The Miller
     Mr. B.
     Midwest Chick--that would be me....
     Erin Palette--glad we got to meet in person!  I'll give Brigid a hug for you when I see her next.
     Ambulance Driver
     Matt G
     Mad Saint Jack
     Don Gwinn--very nice to meet you!
     Eric Wenthe
     The Jack
     New Jovian Thunderbolt--Yes, you were there, yes you had a good time!



NRA Convention 2014--Day 2--Shooter Self Care Class

Day 2 started with Kelly Grayson's Shooter Self Care Class.  He was helped by EMS Artifact a.k.a. Too Old to Work, Too Young to Retire and Murphy's Law--Old NFO also threw in words of wisdom regarding the history and usefulness of some of the items that came up.  The collective knowledge contained in the room was impressive.

I did learn a few new things and I think the triage portion was very important--things that look like they are important may not be and things that look inoccuous might have caused extensive damage.  I'm not sure I will ever get the 'liver picture' out of my head--no, I wasn't the one who hit the floor.

There have been lots of changes in "conventional wisdom" since I took a first aid course twenty years ago for my first professional job (the science is always settled you know).  What was once bad, is now the first resort, and moving blood around and around inside a body is really important.  Annie looks a lot different too....   I also learned that two minutes of chest compressions is a really, really long time.

It was very nice to get some pointers from Bill at e.IA.f.t.  regarding tourniquets and the best way to put one on yourself.  Also, as Kelly said, practice until it's muscle memory, the same as with any firearm drill.

Kelly thanked a few folks and I'd like to add mine to that:  Thanks to Larry Weeks from Brownells (a super guy) for snack foods and other items, Craig Gray from Bound Tree Medical (helped cut down the cost on the great pack that I'm debating on either putting in my range bag or taking to work), and Jon Kavanaugh at Franciscan St. Francis Health Center for providing a great place to hold the course.  If I ever need a hospital and I'm anywhere close to Indy, I know where I want to go for care.

The other participants were also great--one of the INGO guys was there and we got to chat for a bit.  Gotta say, I am lovin' men in kilts--more on that later.  It was four hours, but dang, it flew by.

After providing some items that I always carry with me to help someone regain their equilibrium, Mr B and I took off for downtown to meet some friends for lunch.


Craig Gray from Bound Tree Medical, Larry Weeks from Brownell’s, and Jon Kavanagh from Franciscan St. Francis Health System - See more at: http://www.ambulancedriverfiles.com/2014/04/26/shooter-self-care-class-after-action-report/#disqus_thread



Sunday, April 27, 2014

NRA Convention--Day 1

Hey there!  I'm going to play some catch-up from this fantastic weekend!

Day 1:
Met up for breakfast with Old NFO, Bill from e.IA.f.t., Murphy's Law, and The Shekel.

Then it was off to the show.  Two things quickly became apparent:  1)  Murph and Shekel did not listen closely as I related my experience when learning how to drive a stick shift back in the day; 2) I really, really need to update my nav on my phone.  The whirlwind tour of most of south Indy is chronicled here and here.

Gotta say that Murphy's Law can really drive since I was making some very interesting moves through town as the GPS is screaming for us to U-turn while Mr B is trying to orient his 30 year old memories of the area with how it looks now and get us on the right track.  But they stuck to us like there was a tractor beam on my rear bumper.  And we actually got there!

Quick meetup with the Kool Kids and then it was off to the floor to look at all of the interesting items.  Holsters, firearms, knives, optics, even jewelry.  Oddly enough, one thing that was in short supply at this convention was the ubiquitous booth babe.  There were a few, but while we chatted with people, the women at most booths knew and used their respective products.

As we wandered, we came across Kathy Jackson, author of The Cornered Cat.  Very nice lady and I have recommended her book to a lot of women who either carry or are thinking about buying and carrying.  She really goes into issues that are important to know about before deciding to carry a firearm--the fact that a firearm does not create a magical forcefield that makes bad guys automatically go away.

We also met the Scribblers--father and son bloggers (ETA link) as well as John Richardson from No Lawyers--Only Guns and Money.  Sometimes these chance meetings are the best!

I finally brought Mr. B to the Darkside at the Benchmade booth where I was able to buy him a belated birthday present.  He'd never before found a Benchmade blade that caught his fancy, but found the 9500BK--Mini-Auto Stryker.  They were also doing free laser engraving so he got his name on it as well.

Mr. B got a couple of pendants for me at Wilderness Mint--they are synthetic corundum, meaning they are idential chemically to natural rubies and sapphires but are lab created.  They also have a great supply of Mt. St. Helens set gemstones.

Last but not least, we also found the A.G. Russell booth.  Mr. and Mrs. Russell are truly fantastic folks.  I receive the A.G. Russell catalog and I get to drool over their offerings every couple of weeks.  Mr. B bought me one of their Odin's Eye (it is now residing on my keychain) as well as a surprise that he gave me at dinner--the A.G. Russell Sting3 (Tam told me this morning that it is one of their most famous knives.).

We got a few other items about which I'll blog later, after I get a chance to  look at them a bit closer and maybe take some pictures.

It was a very full day--started great with some wonderful people.  While the items we got were cool, the conversations we had with people both by chance meeting or who were working really made the day special.  But we went to bed early so that we would be ready for Kelly Grayson's Shooters' First Aid class on Saturday morning.

More later!!



Sunday, April 6, 2014

Buh bye Firefox

When the term inclusive actually means exclusive or inclusive only of 'approved thought', then it's time to take whatever action I can.  So I have punted Firefox on the home computer  and will do so at work tomorrow as well.  I went with Pale Moon for now but someone over at Borepatch mentioned Midori so I'll be looking at that.  Pale Moon written on Mozilla Open Source, but it's not a Mozilla product as far as I can tell.

I have a feeling that the Mozilla people are quite surprised at the reaction from their purging of those who do not fall in lock-step with their approved agenda.  Liberals generally feel that lip service and lighting candles are actually actions.  Conservatives and those who actually believe in free speech and freedom of association will be removing all Mozilla products from their computers. 

Because the main difference is that conservatives take action, real action, and back up their words with those actions, we don't just light candles.  And the thought police can bite me.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

For anyone who rides or has ridden.....

Thinking of Borepatch and Uncle Jay particularly.... 

Mr. B used to ride but business kept him from being able to fully GO!




Friday, March 28, 2014

I couldn't be more proud

This morning my nephew, so made by the bonds of tears and time with his mother, graduates from Recruit Training Command--Navy Boot Camp.  While it would be easy and trite to carry on about his childhood, I do not wish to tarnish this day that he truly enters into the service of the Navy and the United States or this decision he made as a man.

He worked for months to get into the proper physical condition, once he enlisted.  Via his mom, he said in one of his letters that 'he'd finally found his place.'

While this is the first step on a long journey, I believe that he is up to any challenge.  More importantly, he KNOWS that he is up to any challenge.

Not the easy path or the expected one, but I am so proud he has found his true path.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

That must be one realistic tattoo

So a guy with a tattoo of gun on his stomach had a bunch of heavily armed gendarmes make a house call because the idjits cutting trees for a local utility couldn't tell the difference between a two dimensional work of body art and a real three dimensional firearm.  Turns out the police were cool, but it could have been interesting for the guy.

They don't show a picture of the tattoo in the article, which is too bad.  They also don't give the name of the guy's tattoo artist, which is a bigger shame.  I know more than a bit about body art, being a somewhat avid collector myself, and if there's an artist out there who can do a piece that realistic, I'd like to peruse his or her portfolio.

ETA:  found a picture here. Not a sterling tattoo--seen a lot better.  Tree guys must have been near-sighted or the sun was in their eyes.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

I now know why I will remain a pink monkey

To be a pink monkey is to stand out from the rest of the crowd of brown monkeys.  I guess I've reached the stage in life where I have figured out that to be a brown monkey that you have to be covered in their shit in order to not stand out.  Not really willing to do that anymore. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Caught the beginning of 'Bite the Bullet'

Did not know that a movie existed with the following cast:  Gene Hackman, James Coburn, Jan Michael Vincent, Dabney Coleman, and Candice Bergin.  Loved this scene where JMV was playing, well, JMV and gets the snot kicked out of him by Hackman.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Old NFOs Book is Available

The Grey Man-Vignettes. Kindle, Nook, and dead tree versions. I've got the Kindle version and have just ordered a paper version as well.  Get to Amazon or Barnes and Noble and order now!

This movie clip has a little bit everything

Kick-Ass Chick Flick:  I present to you... In the Line of Duty 2:   Cynthia Rothrock and Michelle Yeoh, doing martial arts, dialogue overdubbed into Chinese, with 80's hair.


Video was down, should work now.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

So let's make the assessment tool worth nothing.....

The College Board is going to overhaul the SAT test (again).  Last time they added an essay portion in an attempt to keep up with ACT.  Point of fact, studies are showing that neither test is really a good indicator, but rank in class, no matter the school, is a better predictor of college success.  But then you couldn't have a billion dollar industry based on test prep preying on high school students, could you??

In any case, their proposed changes will essentially render what was a mildly useful assessment instrument to be totally useless.  They are once again removing the essay portion, they are dumbing down the vocabulary, and there is going to be no penalty for wrong answers.

No wonder over 20 percent of four year colleges (and growing ) are opting out of requiring the SAT as part of their admissions package.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Benchmade found!

I lost my Benchmade Mini-Barrage pocket knife several months ago.  So long ago that I replaced it with a Benchmade Emissary at least four months ago.

I think that New Cat hooked the pocketknife out from under the couch and batted it to the middle of the floor.  Either that or the House Gremlins finally accepted my offer of bacon for the return of the knife because I have moved the couch and looked under it several times in search of this particular knife.

To hedge my bets, I better make a trip to the bacon store......


Murphy's Law has his Saturday Man Movie...

This won't be every Saturday (or may not be on a Saturday ever again), but I present to you Kick-Ass Chick Flick:

Bridget Fonda in "Point of No Return"





Thursday, March 6, 2014

Argh! Not feeling good again.....



At least with a sore throat, it's taken my voice down an octave and given it that 'whiskey and cigarette' kind of timbre so I could start my phone sex business, if I wanted. 

On normal days, the bluetooth in my car can't pick up my voice since it's so squeaky.

Of course this happens when I was going to take some time anyway--nice to be able to stay close to my Kleenex!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Don't you think she looks tired??

Some interesting allegations about Hillary Clinton, namely that she's the one who authorized the raid on the Koresh compound in 1993, utilizing her influence within the White House, much as it is alleged that Valerie Jarrett is actually making most of Obama's 'decisions'.  Whole bunch of other stuff too.  Check out "Secret #8".

These are via the National Enquirer.  Before you roll your eyes, remember that this is the publication that blew the whistle on John Edwards/Rielle Hunter when none of the 'mainstream' press would touch that particular scandal since the MSM was trying to protect Edwards and the Dems.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Guessing that Doctor Who fans are everywhere--even political 'strategists' must be fans.....

There is an episode of Doctor Who, The Christmas Invasion, where the Doctor, in retaliation for PM Harriet Jones' destruction of a retreating enemy, promises to bring her down with just six words.  Those words to her assistant:  "Don't you think she looks tired?"

Days later, she's forced to resign over rumors of her decline in health and mental state.  Interestingly enough, there are headlines starting regarding Hillary Clinton and her possible health issues that might preclude her from running in 2016.  Wonder if those rumors started on the Dem side or the Republican side?  I can't imagine that Liberals would really appreciate Doctor Who, so I'm guessing it came from the other side.

Watch the below and instead of Harriet Jones' vehement denials of health troubles, put in the words "What difference, at this point, does it make?!" and picture Hillary.