Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The world really has gone to hell in a hand basket

Every generation that has reached the curmudgeon stage has said this, I know. Even being the religious gun clinging staunch Democrats that they were, I'm sure my Grandparents cussed FDR and swore the world was coming to an end. But that was just political Armageddon.
They never experienced the kind of Societal dry rot we are experiencing.
I watched a television commercial just a little while ago this evening, in prime time no less, about the new .XXX domain names that can purchased now.  Nice huh? Although, if all the porn sites could be corralled into the .xxx domains, it would make them much easier to block.
Not ten minutes later I run across this:
Penn State Bought Adult Domain Names to Block Usage Prior to Sex Abuse Scandal

Four domain names to be exact. All with the .XXX extension.  This apparently happened back in September.  Circle the Wagons much?

Blog Rollin

Welcome Coolchange of Tranquility Lost to the blog roll.  He's got a wicked sling bow he made, posted up and his Great Grandfather's journal who apparently pulled a lot of trees for a living and was a man of few words. I hope he keeps deciphering that journal.  I'm like a moth to light where that kind of thing is concerned.

On a related note, YeOldeFurt posted up a link of old historical type stuff that, if you are into antique machines,  it will quickly become a time eater.

And, if you've blogrolled BAR, please drop one of us an email so we can reciprocate. The email addresses are in the sidebar..there...somewhere.


Heathrow has never been more efficient!  Passengers' glee as border agency strike SPEEDS UP passport control.

Stuff like this just makes me shake my head and chuckle.
It'd be very easy to slip into a long tirade about the inefficiency of government in general, but my blood pressure is where should be right now, and I'd like it to stay there.


The Safety Net

The safety net is the new term for welfare and other government programs.  Liberals like to change the terminology of things when it suits them.  When the *cough* science begin showing that the planet wasn't really warming up like they were saying, they changed the 'global warming' terminology to 'climate change' so that it's more palitable.

Now, they're focusing on government welfare programs.  You see, those of us who work for a living are demanding cuts in these programs because the country can't afford them.  Now, instead of calling it 'welfare' or 'social programs', they are calling it a safety net.

Michael Berry correctly pointed this out yesterday on his show and he also pointed out that the problem with a safety net is that it ultimately becomes a hammock.

Let's say that you decide to go to the circus and you watch the trapeze artists do their show.  One of them falls and is caught by the safety net.  The idea is that the performer gets up and climbs back up the ladder to finish the show.  What if that person decided to just stay there in the net?  Perhaps it's too much trouble or work to climb back up to the top.  What he's done is turned that net into a hammock.  So then what happens if another one falls, and then another and another but none get up.  Eventually the show comes to a halt.

So apply that to government 'safety nets'.  If you are allowed to stay on unemployment indefinitely or stay on welfare for as long as you want, without having to give anything back to the community, or without having to learn a job skill, what incentive is there to pull yourself out of it?  That government safety net, which is supposed to be there when people find themselves in unmanageable times, now has become a hammock and eventually, if enough people pile into the hammock and not enough people are in the show...  well the show will come to a halt and then we're all up a creek.

I noticed on my blog this morning that the Houston Chronicle has a headline that reads "Safety nets insure more Texas children", a sign that they are trying to drive our view on government programs by changing the terminology.  They do this because they know that thought for thought, their ideology loses on its face. 

A snake oil salesman will change his tactics and the words that he uses to sell his worthless garbage because he knows that if he tells the truth he would never sell a thing.  Liberals are no different.  They know that we aren't buying their garbage and so now they have to shift gears.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fa La La La Freaking La

The Big Guy makes a post about getting overdosed on Christmas between the carols and the shopping and the decorations.

I have to say that I couldn't agree more.  As the years have past, I have grown to despise the season that's supposed to be full of joy.

Don't get me wrong, I love my kids and grandkids more than I can imagine, but the thought to having to go shopping for gifts just really turns my stomach.  Typically we shop online, but then comes the wrapping and the setting up the Christmas tree and all that jazz.

My general attitude toward The Season stems from all the years that I worked retail.  The holiday season was always the busiest time of year not to mention the most aggravating and the most dangerous.  Tempers seem to flair and while I used to enjoy working retail and I loved working in customer service, talking to people while I tended to their needs.  All of that said, the holidays seemed to bring out the worst in people.  Customers who were normally friendly and happy turned into whiny, grumpy assholes. 

I do enjoy being with family during the holidays, but I just get really toxed by the end of the season.

Just because you can do a thing, does not mean you should

Wow, that didn't take long. It was only a matter of time. Scientists have created a man made flu virus with the potential to wipe out the human race.
Regarding the lead Scientist, the article notes:
Fouchier is so prepared for a media storm that he has hired an advisor to help him work on a communication strategy:
I think the very first communication should be, "I'm sorry. I'll burn all the research, never publish and promise to never do it again."

One thing that gives me pause about genetic research and engineering is the downside potential. Unintended consequences of genetic engineering has been a mainstay of science fiction since the genre began. Intentionally creating something that could wipe out the human race is the pursuit of madmen. When scientists do it as an academic pursuit, I am at a loss for words. What in the world were they thinking?  I mean really,  if you have this subconscious desire to remove the human race to save Gaia, or whatever, how about you lead by example and off yourself first? We'll wait to see how it goes for you and decide if we'd like to follow.
If that genie ever gets out of the bottle, there's no putting it back in.

h/t: The Feral Irishman

A little theory: Why the media is force-feeding us excrement sandwiches

I've been doing some thinking lately and I have a theory about this upcoming Republican Primary.

It seems to me that the main stream media is trying their hardest to pick the nominee rather than allowing the people to do it.  At this point, it's abundantly clear to me that the MSM wants Romney as the nominee because there is so little difference between him and Obama that the conservative base will not bother to show up and vote, which would give Obama another 4 years.  Also, Romney is the closest to Obama regarding ideaology that it makes him more palitable to the media.

That said, I believe that they also think that somehow Romney is entitled to the nomination this time around since he was beaten in the last primary by McCain.  If my memory is correct, Romney was second to McCain for the nomination last time around.

Now, stay with me here because we are going to go back in time to the Primary before that, which would have been 1999.  Remember, McCain lost to Bush by a fairly close margin and McCain, along with the MSM felt cheated out of that nomination.  That feeling, if you recall, is what inspired McCain-Feingold aka Campaign Finance Reform to be passed (I call that bill 'The Sour Grapes Bill').

So, because everyone, including McCain, the MSM and the Republican establishment seemed to think that somehow McCain was owed the last nomination, no other strong, conservative candidate presented themselves up for the nomination (except for Ron Paul).  Mitt Romney was a close second to McCain and the MSM pounded Romney on everything from Romeny Care to his religion.  The MSM managed to convince the public that McCain was owed the nomination and we ended up with a weak candidate, which didn't fire up the base enough to get out and vote and which ultimately ended up as a win for Obama.

So let's fast forward to present times.  Romney lost to McCain in the last primary and now he and the MSM think that the Republican voters owe him the nomination.  No longer is the MSM focusing on what's wrong with Romney.  Now they're focusing their attentions on anyone who challenges Mitt in this race.

They've viciously attacked Michelle Bachman (showing their mysogenistic attitude)  while actively ignoring Ron Paul and Rick Santorum (the two most conservative in the race).  Huntsman has never been an issue, the guy is just way too out of touch.

They've attacked Rick Perry and even took out an add in an Austin newspaper offering to pay money to anyone who might have slept with Rick Perry if they would come forward. When that didn't work, they found a rock on a deer lease (which wasn't even his lease or his land) where Perry may or may not have hunted that had a racial slur which was painted over and the rock turned over so that the marked out word faced the ground.  Granted, Rick Perry turned out to be a disaster because while the man gives good speeches, he's horrible at speaking on the fly during a debate.

Then it was Herman Cain gaining ground on Romney and they've done everything they can to try and destroy this man's life.  I have no idea if Cain is another Bill Clinton when it comes to women but the fact that they are willing to dig into his personal life and destroy him after having excused Clinton, by screaming at the top of their lungs that it's noone's business what goes on between consenting adults and that it has no bering on his ability to hold the office of President, is hypocrisy at its worst.

Now, Newt is the new front runner and I promise you, they are going to be bringing up old infidelities and do their best to find new ones or do their best to dig up some sort of dirt on him that isn't recycled dirt but rather new and fresh dirt.

All of this is being done to ensure that Romney gets that nomination because after all, we owe Romney that nomination because we chose McCain and not him last time around.  Once that happens, and the actual campaigning gets under way, they will do their best to destroy Romney as well.  We will be hearing about his religion, though they can't really attack him on Romneycare since their golden-boy Obama has Obamacare.

The fact of the matter is, Romney does not excite the voters and if the MSM manages to get him nominated then many voters will just stay home because they know that it won't matter who's in office, it will be the same old shit, different establishment.

I simply cannot stand for that and I have news for Romney and the MSM..........   no one owes anyone a damned thing and no one is entitled to be nominated for the most important job, especially in such crucial times as these.

I am so sick of politics as usual and I'm ready for someone who will put America first.  I'm not saying that Gingrich is the one; however, he's a hell of a lot better than Romney.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Really, really easy beef stew recipe

Recipe might be too high fallutin a word for it. It's more of an assembly of parts. And, this is a great assemblage of parts for the single male. not that, this is a "recipe" post not The Feral Irishman.
 I blame Bluesun for this post, he got me thinking (I try not to do that, but I can't help it some times)  So, if you don't like it, it's his fault. He posted up the proper way to deal with copious amounts of left over Ham. Mmmm Haaaaam.
My ever capable mother boiled this down to an easy to make meal. This is one of those you can que up in a crock pot on a timer and slow cook, arriving home as a single feral male to a really good hot meal.
Starts with some stew meat. Belle and I have two different approaches to this. She boils the meat in the stock. I brown the meat to "done" then add the stock.
A small bag of carrots and a small bag of golden potatoes, and pretty much whatever else you've got: Bell Pepper, Onion, Corn, Celery, Okra, yada yada.
Now to the stock for the stew, the most important part.
The Ingredients:
This is the most laborious part of the process. It requires stopping by the grocery store, finding the aisle marked "juices" and grabbing a half gallon bottle of V8 juice. I blame Maura for the "tease". Reading her blog makes me read labels now.
Yes it's just a bottle of V8 Juice! It's good by the time the potatoes and carrots are done and it's even better if slow cooked for half a day, and even better the next day as "left overs".  The longer the stew meat marinates in the V8, the more tender it gets.
Taters and carrots are done. Time to eat.
no pic, fluorescent tubes in the kitchen are burned out. Hey, I was trying to fish all last week.

edit: k, here it is.

The Rats are the first to leave a sinking ship

Bawney Fwank to announce he (she/it) will not seek re-election on 2012.

Well, there's a little bit of good news.


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Home Again

Got back from the creek today and it's good to be home.  Vacation can be so exhausting, especially when you have a little one around.

It was a great weekend though and I was so happy to have Scooter with me, I miss her already.  As for the whole week, it was great to be with my youngest girl, Bootsie.  She's 18 and has grown up into such a beautiful and sweet (most of the time) young lady.  These past few years has been tough because she hasn't been around as much as she lives with her dad way across town (an hour drive one way) and is so busy with her school activities, I just don't get to see her as much.  Spending the whole week with her was wonderful and of course I miss her already, too.

It was a long drive home but I got Bootsie dropped off and then a very tired and sleepy Scooter.

Miss Kitty has immediately shown her pleasure at being back home again.  She likes going with us to the creek house but hates the drive down and back in her cage.  She really missed her backyard as she's gone in and out of the doggie door several times since she got home.  As for Penny, like any loyal and good dog, she's just happy to be wherever I am.

So in short order, I am going to head upstairs and curl up and enjoy sleeping in my own bed tonight.  While the creekhouse has every comfort of home, the mattresses down there suck ass.  My Temperpedic bed is calling my name, I think it missed me.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

A CHL does not make you Starsky, or Hutch

"In an attempted aggravated robbery, the two men entered the restaurant, demanded money and held out their gunsAn armed diner pulled out his gun, and a shootout between them occurred, but no one was injured"
The armed diner is not named in the article, which leads me to believe he was not arrested.   I'm highly surprised nobody was injured.  To top it off, Mr. Vigilante ran outside after the immediate danger was mitigated, the gunmen had fled and fired shots into the retreating getaway car.  How this guy still retains his CHL and is not in jail evades me. 
 Irresponsible Effing Idiot. 

No Fish, No Fish, No Fish!

A second cold front blew in this morning *unexpectedly* and it rained most of the day. We expected it to move through and the weather to clear so we could go fishing one more time before heading back to the Hacienda. Around dinner time, the north wind kicked up to about 25 knots and hasn't let up. Bad weather for the annual Sargent boat parade this evening.  In better years there's been 30 or so boats lit up with christmas lights and sound systems. Between the Obummer economy and the weather there were perhaps eight.  (Belle keeps saying we need to decorate the boat for the parade one of these years..meh)
Dinner was good though - Ranch Burgers. Ranch dressing powder mixed in with 85/15 ground beef. Saute'd onions and Bell Peppers. Cheddar, sliced tomatoes and iceberg lettuce.  I don't recall where Belle got the tip on adding the Ranch dressing to the meat, but man do those burgers come out juicy.
On to the Star of the day, built by..Bootsie. Photo credit - Bootsie

ok, Where the heck is Ralph Nader?!!!

2nd electric car battery fire involving Chevy Volt

Unsafe at any speed?  Ring a bell?
I will never forgive that guy for causing the demise of the Corvair.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Out fished by a 5 year old!

Today we took Scooter fishing and she out fished all of us put together.

She caught her first little fish not even 5 minutes after she threw her line in the water.  It wasn't a keeper but she was thrilled.  Her next was was also too small.  Then she landed a keeper.  A nice trout, barely legal size.  He was fat so he produced a couple nice fillets.

She caught two more little ones after that.  I'm sure that Kx will be posting photos later on.

I'm beat.

[Edit: pic posted, The "talent" refused to hold the fish for the photo shoot]

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Tonight at 8pm Eastern, 7 central is quite possibly the last Thanksgiving night game between the Texas Longhorns and the Texas Aggiges.  I'm an Aggies fan but I will sorely miss the 100 year old rivalry between the two schools.  It quite possibly could be the end of an era and it makes me a little sad.

As I prepare to engage in a cooking frenzy, I wanted to take the time to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

If you are a reader from overseas, today is a day about family and friends and good food.  It's a day that we can all look back on times past and give thanks for the people that have made our lives better in some way.

I know that for me, those people also include those of you who read what I have to say from day to day and for those of you comment on my blog and naturally, to those of you out there that I have met.

Through your comments and your very own blogs out there, I've come to know and respect you and I want you all know that in some way you have touched my life and made it a much more enjoyable experience.  It may sound crazy,  but my life is enriched having shared my thoughts with you all and having read your thoughts as well.

For those of you who are spending Thanksgiving overseas because you are in our military, you are in my thoughts and prayers today and I am thankful for your sacrifice.

To all of you out there, thank you and I hope that your Thanksgiving day is as lovely and bright as mine will surely be.

I have so many blessings in my life and this blogging community is certainly one of them.  Have a great day!

Good Morning

And Happy Thanksgiving!
It's dark-thirty

Alternate pic title: A kludged sunrise photo turns into something interesting

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Caught a fish dog

Er..I  mean a fish and a dog.
Belle and the youngest daughter headed off to the local store after dinner. Dark outside, so I thought I'd wet a line while they were gone. Plan was to fish off the pier tonight. First shrimp in the water I got a strike. A really pretty Speckled Trout.

Belle and daughter return and we are all casting like an old woman trying to kill a bee with a broomstick trying to catch more like that.  We caught several smaller, but no more keepers.
While fishing, Belle and I hear a rather large splash off to the left, look at each other and both say, "what was that?". Immediately, Belle says, "where's Penny?" (current dog).
Penny swims under the pier towards our voices, I grab the landing net as she's swimming away from the pier and call to her. To Penny's credit, two synapses rubbed together and she turned around, at which point I landed her in the net. No idea how she fell in the water. She was off in the dark on the other side of the boat house. I had a misguided notion that animals paid a lot more attention to where they put their feet years ago. That was until I watched previous dog (blue healer) walk along the bulkhead, misstep and take a header into the creek.  He panicked, which was odd because he used to go for a swim frequently to cool off. Most likely the embarrassment and shame of simply stumbling over the side.  Current dog just shook like a leaf in a hurricane once planted on the dock and disentangled from the net.

Good thing it rained this morning

I lit up sparky with some cheap charcoal made from oak.  Might have started a Far! (fire for non-Texans)

I feel like a slug

The wonderful thing about being on vacation at the creek?  Frequent naps and just laying around.

It was way too windy to fish yesterday but the hubby and daughter fished last night.  I turned in early last night but they had some nice father/daughter time and Bootsie hooked in to a couple of nice trout, though not big enough to keep.

So what's on the agenda for today?  Well right now not much because we are getting some much needed rain.  The weatherman; however, informs me that it's supposed to clear off later, so perhaps we will get to do some fishing in our favorite honey-holes in the creek.  The conditions on the bay will most likely not be favorable for fishing today.  Perhaps, if the wind stays as calm as it is now, that will change in a day or two.

Meanwhile, I'm enjoying my cup of coffee and reading blogs while watching TV.   It's a good day.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Vacation time

It's nice to wind down from the long week and to finally take a break from all the hard work that I've been doing on the job.

Last night after class, I went to pick up my beautiful daughter, Bootsie (the 18 year old) and brought her down to the creek.  Kx59 arrived ahead of us with groceries and the animals in tow.

We're down here for some much needed R&R and will be cooking Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday for other family members that will join us that day.

Today, we're just kind of laying around.  Kx and Bootsie are playing Modern Warfare 3 and I'm surfing the web in between snoozes.  I'm getting a little hungry so soon I may start an early dinner.  Looks like it's going to be pasta tonight.

Tomorrow, we'll go fishing.  Right now, I'm debating on whether or not I would like to pour myself a glass of wine I'm leaning towards 'yes'.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Yay Me!

I passed my CHL class.  Now it's just the sit and wait for the license to come.

I'm relieved.

Friday, November 18, 2011

My version of first world problems

oMg! the last functioning fluorescent tube in the kitchen light fixture burned out this morning at, srsly, 5 am this morning! It's DARK and I need Coffee!  And, LIKE, I have a plane to catch that is all the way on the other side of town! And, So, Like I totally can't deal with this right now! And, then, when I get back I'll have to, like, get a chair, or go in the garage and get a step ladder, JUST so I can read the numbers on the tubes...If they are actually turned the right way so I can actually see them! And the thing that really sucks is that, THEN, I'll have to go to the home dee pot!

hmmm, couldn't quite find the 14 year old state of zen. Perhaps a few more "likes", "totallys", or "sryslys"?
I know... I need some OWS dreads and a dirty stocking cap!
No, not working, now my head is just itching.

I didn't read a single blog until 8pm today

 and I didn't touch a computer almost all day long and I survived!  There may be hope yet. I really need to cut back. Of course, now I have gone through a 65 minute blog binge and I haven't even hit The Gun Blog Black List yet.
 I was up in Austin today for a meeting on a new project. It's been a while since I've been in Austin. I'd forgotten how beautiful it is up there. We've been to Lockhart twice in the past 6 months or so, which is not far from Austin at all. To me, it is amazing how much the landscape changes in those few miles. It's going to be nice to earn some money again.
I hope blog withdrawal becomes a problem. It will mean I'm busy again.

Getting that CHL

As my hubby mentioned a few days ago, I'm working on getting my CHL.

Tomorrow is my class and by the looks of the way that I shot on Tuesday (I went through the shooting test and fired the required number of rounds at each required distance) I should have no trouble passing the test.

Here were my results on Tuesday:

3 yards -  20 out of 20 rounds in the very center of the target
7 yards -  19 out of 20 rounds within the required area.
10 yards - 6 out of 10 rounds within the required area.

If I didn't have so much to do after work today, I would go and give it one more practice run.  I'm really hoping for a perfect score.  As it stands I would have scored a 90% on the test which I was told is pretty darn good.  I'm also told that you would be surprised at how many people actually fail the skills test for the CHL.

I'm not very happy with scoring 90% because in my mind, once I begin carrying my pistol, the minute that I draw that gun, I am taking responsibility, not only for my own safety, but for every innocent by-stander's safety and whomever may be in the next room.

So, with all of that said, 90% is not good enough for me.  I want to be at 100%, and not just get lucky and score a 100 on the test, but I want to be at 100%, every time I pick up my weapon.

Training does not end after you take the class and pass the test.  Every CHL holder should continue their training by taking tactical classes and going to the range as often as possible.  If I had an unlimited supply of ammo, I would go every day.  As it is, once a week will have to do for now.

I know that for the most part, I am preaching to the choir, but I cannot stress enough how important it is to keep up your shooting skills if you're going to carry a firearm.  The moment that you draw your weapon, you are taking so many lives into your own hands and if you harm and innocent by-stander, not only are you going to hurt (or kill) that person, but you are going pay dearly for it.

We make the decision to carry and once we start doing that, we become connected to one another, so not only if you act irresponsibly with your weapon, or if you are not a competant shooter and injure an innocent; not only do you pay a price, we all do.  It's that whole 'one bad apple spoils the barrel' thing.

So with all of that said, I hereby make a solomn vow to my fellow CHL holders (assuming that I pass), I promise that I will keep up my shooting skills and visit the range often.  I promise that I will take tactical training classes.  I promise that I will not be an asshat and do something stupid with my gun, causing an accidental discharge.  I promise that if I ever have to draw my weapon, I will know that I can hit what I'm aiming for.  I promise that I will never be reckless with my firearm and will conduct myself in a manner that would not shame my fellow CHL holders and give us all a bad name.

On a side note...   I'm extremely excited and proud that I am willing to take this responsibility.

I'm not a fan......

I'm not a Justin Bieber fan, in fact I find him and the whole craze over him to be ridiculous.

I am; however, well enough rounded in my tastes that I can spot something funny when I see it.  This commercial is really funny and well worth the 30 seconds it takes to view it.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Barnhardt Capital Management ceases operations

This elicited an "oh... shit" reaction when I read the whole of the blog posts. This does not bode well at all.
Yes, this is the Same Anne Barnhardt of Youtube video fame with the pink rifle that denounces and taunts  Islamo-fascists.

Two Excerpts from Ms. Barnhardt's blog posts today: (bolding mine)
"Jon Corzine STOLE the customer cash at MF Global. Knowing Jon Corzine, and knowing the abject lawlessness and contempt for humanity of the Marxist Obama regime and its cronies, this is not really a surprise. What was a surprise was the reaction of the exchanges and regulators. Their reaction has been to take a bad situation and make it orders of magnitude worse. Specifically, they froze customers out of their accounts WHILE THE MARKETS CONTINUED TO TRADE..."
"The futures and options markets are no longer viable. It is my recommendation that ALL customers withdraw from all of the markets as soon as possible so that they have the best chance of protecting themselves and their equity."
The blog post is in two parts, not overly long and not filled with technical trading terminology. (Even I can understand it). 

Found via IOTW


Simply Brilliant........

Bob S. puts up a great post regarding the National Right to Carry legislation that recently passed in the House up in DC.

Go read it.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Irony or Karma?

Things are slow at work right now, so I was going to continue my travels down the blog list at The Gun Blog Blacklist when "Whoopsie Daisy!"...North's tribute to The Feral Irishman's Blogiversary scrolled up on the office 'puter screen complete with umpteen zillion girlie pics.  Abort! Abort!
Fodder for a sexual harassment complaint right there.  Jeez, one little snarky post about Cain's accusers and this happens.
It could be days before that post scrolls down far enough for TGBB to be SFW again. I'm already experiencing withdrawal symptoms.

Herman Cain, (sniff, sniff) touched me inappropriately

Spread the word.


Real Gasoline?

Article found at The American Spectator by Eric Peters with a short history on Ethanol and a link to locations selling Ethanol free gas. (The only benefit of 10% Ethanol in gas goes to "Big Agri-business". It does bupkiss otherwise)
I thought "cool", it'd be nice to get a little more pep out of the '89 Astro Beater Van. So I hit the list. Not one location listed in the Houston area. So I ran down the list in hopes that one of the outlying bergs in the metropolitan area might be listed. Nada. Fourth largest city in the US and no Ethanol free gas? I'm thinking surely that list must be incomplete. Now I'm on a quest.
I did learn that there is a town in Texas named "Uncertain" though. So, it wasn't a total loss.


Fast and Furious Scandal gets "Furiouser"

No commentary. The link has the detail.

Entire Case File on Brian Terry Killing Missing


I might be off but,

Well, I am a little "off", but that's another subject. If I'm not mistaken, today is the blog-iversary over at The Feral Irishman. And, by the looks of it, Pissed is going to hit his goal of 1500 posts in one year.
Happy B-day to The Feral Irishman.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The IRS doing my taxes?

Wait, aren't they the bureaucrats that answer the phones and get most tax questions wrong?
I'm absolutely sure they could configure my tax return so I would pay the least greatest amount of taxes possible. Because of course, they are from the gubmint, and they are here to help. Ah, well then. It was floated by a democrat congressman, so you know he (she, it) was just trying to help the little people. The vunables.
This shit is beyond the pale.
I'm pretty sure I haven't smoked wacky weed today, no I'm positive. The situation is getting absolutely bizarre.  Que Twilight Zone music. didn't have a stroke, I actually read that. The ruling "elite" are the most retarded, inbred, narcissistic fucktards on the face of the planet.  And yet, they keep getting voted into office. Well, of course they are the most evolved and smahtest people in the room.
 We are at the precipice. We are very near the point where more people can vote themselves money than the rest of  us can afford to pay. A few more percentage points and this Grand Republic, this Grand Experiment is done.
Never in history has a Nation, more free, been handed to Mankind.
Consider your Vote very, very carefully. This is not your typical election.  Should it come to this, a third party vote (Ron Pauldroid) is equivilant to sniffing rat poison. It will hand the election to Obama without even a whimper. Get over it. Ron  Paul is never going to be the POTUS.
 Voting Obummer over Romney on principal, is a fool's errand. Obama will continue to issue egregious executive orders that pee on the Constitution like the junkyard dog that he is**.  Forget the Republican controlled legislature that will gridlock Obummer's presidency. This is not 1992.
 Look back over the past 10  years and show me a spine in the Congressional Republican party that would have the will  to impeach his skinny ass for doing so.
 Back in the day, the Democrats were the Racist conservatives. The Republicans were the Liberals. The Demoncrats saw the writing on the wall in the 60's and hopped over the Republicans to become the party of the minorities and the "working man".
The country club Republican establishment's response? Wait..whuut? Oh, everything's ok. We'll just keep doing what we've been doing. The peepul love us! We liberated the slaves. (read some history, LBJ did not free the slaves, nor did Lincoln).
Damnit I'm pissed!

**As a side note, if anyone could find a way to neutralize the influence of Valerie Jarret and  George Soros, Obama would be done. She's pulling his strings. At this point, he is a hollow crust, a puppet. Oh, look, Obama worked so hard for 4 days in a row, he needs some Tee Time and another Vaca in Hawaii.

A snowball's chance in hell,

is my estimation of this bill getting through congress and signed into law, but it will be interesting to see who votes "Yay" and who votes "Nay" and lay the landmines on which they will step as this election cycle heats up.

Sens. Brown, Gillibrand Introduce ‘STOCK Act’ to Ban Insider Trading in Congress

Bellamy Brothers FTW!

Not as sexy as If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me; but it's still full of win!



Well it seems like more and more were being stifled.

All them colorful words I once used are wrong

So before we lose our free speech and our rifles

Allow me to elaborate in this song


Life aint like a bowl of cherries,

There’s too little laughter and too much sorrow.

It’s more like a jar of jalapenos,

Cause what you do and say today, It don’t go away and stay

It‘ll just come back and burn your ass tomorrow.

I’ve heard them politicians empty promises.

All their views just put mine to the test

They put me down for thinkin bout girls and singin bout Jesus

Hey I’m just a heterosexual white boy Methodist


Monday, November 14, 2011


Roasted  Chicken in the magic 6 dollar roasting pan we bought years ago and Corn on the Cob.
I don't know what it is about the cheap roasting pan, but we've cooked beef, pork and yard bird in it and it always comes out good. Belle's side of the family always asks why my Briskets always come out so moist and tender. I'm honest, I cheat. Wait, that's a dichotomy isn't it? I digress. I cook them in the roasting pan in the oven. 30 minutes per pound at 350.
I did the grocery shopping last night and picked up some corn on the cob. Boy that stuff is getting expensive, but I do love it. I bought 4 ears, two for me, two for Belle.  Belle only consumed one tonight, you can intuit where the extra ear went. All of this is to say that my favorite way to eat corn on the cob is with a healthy dusting of black pepper. No butter. The corn is mostly perfect just the way it is.  The pepper gives it a little "bite". Pardon me, I have to sneeze.

Mahmoud has a bad day

Not as bad as the Iranian Missile Chief's though.
Not only has Iran been hit with the industrial computer worm "Son of Stuxnet", a.k.a. Duqu (again), but the Mossad blew up their missile site they had an unfortunate ammunition accident at a Revolutionary Guard missile site. That's the official Iranian story, anyway. Couldn't have happened to a nicer group of guys..really.
 I bet it went something like this:

What's with the hand in front of the face thing?

It's almost a Forest Gump type reaction to having his picture taken, although Forest just couldn't keep his eyes open. BHO can't keep his hand down.
Really strange.

By the way........

A new country has appeared on my stats.  China.

I have no idea what someone from China finds interesting in my blog, but thanks for reading.  Unless of course you're the Chineese Government, then move along please........ :)

Russia is still my top country outside the US, no doubt it has to do with my love for WWII Soviet rifles.

Talk about shameful

Apparently, some professor in Massachusettes thinks that sending care packages to troops sent to kill other human beings is shameful.

I can't believe these idiot liberal professors.  Don't they realize that our troops are the only thing that stand between us and our enemies?  Our liberty and our opression?

I'm ashamed of this guy.  Could someone please ship that idiot to someplace ELSE on this planet, or better yet, send him to Mars?

Yep, he's right

After the blogshoot this past Saturday, we were Occupying a street corner discussing the Occupy Whatever heathens. To paraphrase, I commented that their little experiments in Utopia were rapidly devolving. Borepatch said something to the effect that they had already gone feral.

Yep, pretty much:

"The female slashed the inside of the officer's hand and ran back into the crowd before the officer had time to realize he was cut," police said"

"In a second incident, a protester grabbed an officer's police radio and ran back into the crowd. As the officer attempted to retrieve it, a second protester blocked the officer and tore his uniform and cut his cheek, police said, intimating that a weapon had been used"

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Yesterday's shoot.......

Hubby gave a good summary of the goings on at the shoot yesterday.

YeOldFurt was missed but unfortunately life sometimes gets in the way of our fun but there's always next time.

It was really nice to meet Josh K. and it was great to see Borepatch again.  Much to my delight, BP brought his Enfield, which I immediately began to drool over.

After a sufficient amount of drooling, and having observed things like recoil and so on while everyone else had a go with the Enfield, I decided to go ahead and give it a whirl.

The recoil wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, which was a good thing.  The sights are a bit different than I'm used to shooting, but wow!

There are a couple of things that I thought were really cool.  Shooting with a sling is way more stable and interesting.  It feels weird at first but it's amazing at how much it relieves the pressure on your forearm that supports the rifle.

Second thing that I learned is that I really like shooting a bolt action rifle.  I had never fired one before yesterday and it was fun.

Oh and a third thing that I love....   shooting at annoying cartoon character dolls is much more fun than shooting at paper targets.  When hit with a high powered rifle, Bart Simpson would jump up into the air.

It was a very fun day with wonderful conversation, good food and naturally, plenty of shooty goodness.

Thanks everyone for showing up, it was a lot of fun!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

BAR Blogshoot Dos

What a grand day!  There really is something to the recoil therapy meme. I find I unwind right around the time I just begin to feel it in my right shoulder.   The lovely Belle and I met Borepatch and Josh at Lonestar Gun Range in Lockhart, TX this morning. Ye Old Furt couldn't make this one, squinted at me, and told my I better take lots of pics.  So, I did.
We brought our entire, but meager arsenal. Borepatch  was already punching holes in paper with that awesome Enfield of his when we rolled up. What a fine piece of shooty history that is.  We finally got a new memory card for the better camera, so on to the pics.
On initial deployment, Belle looks on, Josh spots ,  Borepatch sights in the Enfield and let's one rip!
Wait..that didn't sound right at all.

Borepatch tweaks the new sling he got for the Enfield.
Belle looks on. She had that "want one" gleam in her eye all day.

Belle loads up for her first shot with BP's Enfield

Borepatch was comparing the .303 SKS ** round from his Enfield to Belle's 7.62x54R from her Tokarev, so I asked him to hand model them for a pic. Two very serious little cans of whoop-ass right there.
A bit of moisturizer, and BP could have himself a whole nuther side line income stream.

That's some sloppy shootin rat thar!  50 yards.  I claim 4 of those. Ok, five. Alright, at least half are mine. Little bitty holes: Rocky, the .22LR saddle gun. Middlin sized holes via Natasha, Belle's Tokarev. Daddy Bear sized holes courtesy of the 20 ga. slugs. Man those are fun to shoot. (Boris came later)

We moved on to a bigger target, the blueman silhouette.
Today's weather was a far sight better than BAR Blogshoot Uno. Partly cloudy and way cooler. (by a good 30 degrees).  Belle lines up on blue man 50 yards down range with Natasha (her Tokarev).

If we get to a SHTF situation, I'm sticking with Boris.  Just for comparison, smaller holes from the Tokarev.  The nice big bright white holes from Boris, the 12 ga. 3 inch mag with slugs. It's a pump, rather light, and kicks like a mule, but it fires for effect. The other thing I like is, I can see the holes with my nekid eye at 50 yards. Josh manned up and took a crack at Boris. I should have taken a pic, but I was just watching him out of the corner of my eye. Brutal wasn't it Josh?

On to the the Target Of The Day!   Courtesy of Borepatch. I cannot tell you how much more fun it is to shoot Bart than blueman silhouette target.
Bart looks a bit pensive. (he's got a few .22LR holes in him at this point)

Belle was the first to hit Bart with the Enfield, last shot in the mag. (At 100 yards and iron sights, mind you)  The two guys to our left spamming rounds down range with their ARs even cheered. I took a crack at Bart with the Tokarev. High on the first shot. Bart hopped with a major ouchy on the second.
I didn't know I could hit anything that far away!
The dramatic Bart shot of the day goes to Borepatch. Right out of a John Wayne WWII movie. BP pegged Bart with his Enfield. Bart hopped about two feet up the berm and did the quintessential dead man arm flop roll back down laying face down in the dirt.
I wish I had video to post.
The Postmortem Morgue pics.
Notice the shot in the eye socket. Looks like a .22 to me. (I'm Pc challenged, I apologize, I can't help it.)
The shot that makes me cross my legs is further South, right in the winky. Josh is a mean, mean man.

Of course, after Bart had been "hopped" and knocked over he was given no quarter. Somebody got a glancing head shot.  The styrofoam peanut bleedout in the wind was horrific. (K, already told you I can't help it.) Borepatch attempted to administer first aid by re-stuffing Bart's peanut brains with his thumbs, but it was a lost cause.

Exit wounds.

Left side:

Bart is not feeling well at all.
The Pistol Range was a bit crowded, so we all shared the back up blueman target.

Rumor has it that Borepatch's sweet, sweet 1911 whispered sweet nothings to Josh.
End of the shooty goodness and off to Black's Barbecue in Lockhart.
The day wasn't completely consumed with adolescent joy in poking holes through Bart. We strolled down the street and took in some of the local architecture.  The Caldwell County Courthouse.

As we strolled, the conversation never abated. We found ourselves Occupying street corners as I made my ham fisted attempts at photography, and discussing the world. Reflection upon the events in which you have particpated are equally as good as the event, in my opinion. I will continue to think about this for some days to come.

** Corrected per BP's comment

Friday, November 11, 2011


I feel all warm and snuggly and so much safer now that they've figured this out! Ok, work with me here, I'm digging into the deep dark depths of my Snark Pocket to attempt to find the words that appropriately express my Scorn for this incredible cognition.  K, wait there it is. No, that was a roll of quarters...pretty sure. Oh!,... no, some lint.
I got nothing.
I'm just going to pick my jaw up off the floor and post the link.

Authorities Warn Terrorists Increasingly Eyeing Attacks on Buses Over Other Transit Targets

Srsly?  Put in a call to Israel. They can fill you in on all the details. Really.

I can't even think of a category to put this one in. Well, maybe a new category, in my best Eric Cartman voice, "AUTHORITAHS".
I'll be ok. I'm going to shoot  Boris tomorrow. I'm taking Rocky too.

Counter Protest

The link in the Fox News widget says, "Business Owners to Protest Occupy Wall Street".
I laughed out loud when I read that.  The business owners are going to need some pepper spray and large cans of Lysol. And, I hope they just give OWS hell and make their lives as miserable as possible.
This shit has been allowed to go on for far too long.

Two headlines that made me go, "Uh Huh..."

Cain defamation lawyer hired to monitor accusations

Cain Accuser Tables Proposed Joint Press Conference with Other Accusers
“Ms. Kraushaar has decided not to hold a press conference unless and until the other women come forward and wish to participate,” Bennett told the Times."

Sure, ga'head, blame your reticence on the other accusers. It wouldn't be that you are a little "truth impaired" would it?

11-11-11 - Thank you to our Veterans

Today is Veteran's day and while I have thanked our brave men and women for their service and sacrifices they've made to preserve our freedom and liberty numerous times; I really don't believe that there can be a such thing as 'too much thanks'.  So with that said, thank you, your service to our country means so much to not just me, but so many of us here at home.

Murphy's Law over at Lagniappe's Lair has a wonderful video posted that really touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes, go check it out if you haven't been to his blog yet today.

It's going to be a beautiful day today here in H-Town with lots of ceremonies and a parade this morning for our Veterans.  I'm stuck here at the office, but that's okay because I am happy to be gainfully employed and happy that I have the freedom to choose my profession, to speak freely, to worship (or not) in whatever manner (as long as I'm not harming others and that's harming not offending) I choose, and to take up arms and defend myself against tyranny (or goblins or zombies). 

While those rights are inalienable, those rights would not have been recognized and would be squashed, had so many not put their lives on the line, some being injured, some making an unexpected trip home in a casket.

Borepatch makes a point to thank the families of Veterans and I would like to take the opportunity to thank them as well.  The wives and children of someone who is deployed over seas make huge sacrifices as well.  I cannot imagine what it is like to have to say goodbye to a father, a mother or a spouse and wonder if they will make it back unscathed.  So to the families of our Veterans, thank you.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Well this shoots a hole in my theory

that Evil people seem to live forever. Fidel Castro, Ted Kennedy, George Soros come to mind, although Kennedy did finally shuffle off this mortal coil.  I really began to think it would never happen.

I wonder if there is a cumulative sigh of relief in Venezuela, waiting for the other shoe to drop.

"President Hugo Ch├ívez’s cancer is spreading faster than expected and his doctors fear that he may have only a few months left to live..."

If I was a Venezuelan citizen, I don't think I'd be fearing Chavez's demise in and of itself.  Although, the new boss could be worse than the old boss. Big shoes to fill though.

Since 2002, Chavez has ordered the seizure of something in the vicinity of 2000 companies.  Maxine Waters thinks he's just a great guy.
Chavez was "elected" in 1999 and decided he liked it so much, he'd just stay. BillyBob Clinton thinks this is a capital idea. He'd still be in office as well if it weren't for that pesky 22nd Amendment.

Aside from nationalizing (Nationalizing Maxine, that's the word you were looking for) everything in sight, Chavez's rapacious spending has driven GDP down and Inflation up.  Violent crime is up.  Food prices are up and food supplies are increasingly scarce.  Unemployment is officially at 8.2%, but heavily skewed. They count you as employed if you work one hour per month. Obummer gives two thumbs up on Chavez's economic policies and his statistical methodologies in particular.

Gee, this all sounds so familiar.
Like so many of my posts this started as one thing a morphed into another. Blogging can be such a learning experience.  

I've discovered that I'm going to be living in Venezuela and I'm not even going to have to move.

Lie down with dogs

get up with fleas Tuberculosis.

The home base for Occupy Atlanta has tested positive for tuberculosis.

If you had any doubts about the squalid conditions...

Happy Birthday USMC!

Today is the 236th birthday of the United States Marine Corps.

In my life, I've known several Marines and I can't tell you what an honor it is to have known each and every one of them.  It's really hard to come by men who are so focused and so willing to do the right thing, regardless of what it costs them.

On a side note, the USMC's dress uniform is, by far, the best looking uniform out of all of our branches of service.  All the dress uniforms are nice looking, but there's something about the Marine Corps dress blues that are fabulous.  The navy blue jacket, the lighter blue pants with the red stripe down the legs, brass buttons, white cap, white gloves.  It's enough to make a lady smile.

Naturally, there is more to our Marines than their dress uniforms.  In fact, there's nothing that can make an enemy say, "Oh shit!" when he comes face to face with our brave men coming in to fight.  In fact, according to a Marine who served during the first Gulf War, Saddam's 'Republican Guard' surrendered at the sight of them.

According to Wikipedia:
Captain Samuel Nicholas formed two battalions of Continental Marines on 10 November 1775 in Philadelphia as naval infantry.[11] Since then, the mission of the Marine Corps has evolved with changing military doctrine and American foreign policy. The Marine Corps has served in every American armed conflict and attained prominence in the 20th century when its theories and practices of amphibious warfare proved prescient and ultimately formed the cornerstone of the Pacific campaign of World War II.[12] By the mid-20th century, the Marine Corps had become the dominant theorist and practitioner of amphibious warfare.[13][14][15] Its ability to rapidly respond on short notice to expeditionary crises gives it a strong role in the implementation and execution of American foreign policy.[16]
So to the Marines out there, past and present, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the sacrifices that you have made on the behalf of not only my country but my civil liberties.  Happy Birthday to the USMC!

If you know a Marine or any other person who is serving in our military of any branch; or if you happen to run into one, not just today, but any day, please take the time to thank them for their service. I try to do this as often as I can and I always expect them to think that I'm completely out of my mind; however, the response that I get is always warm and welcomed and even thankful.  It's good to let them know that we appreciate them.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Who says we don't need border control

Highly under reported by the US Media, but Mexico is in all out civil war. More people have died in Mexico in the ongoing drug wars than all the soldiers we've lost in both Afghanistan and Iraq in the same time frame.
The Cartels are not small time banana republic thugs. You dis them online, they can find you.


Not to steal her thunder but, the Lovely Southern Belle has started the process to get her CHL. She used her free range pass from Shiloh the other day for some recoil therapy with Alexa.  She put some serious hurt on Orange Man. Just looking at it makes me feel better after the Republican that wrong?

Don't mess with the Zohan Southern Belle.

Postscript: Notice only two, maybe three rounds low and left (still tight, no?). Although not discussed, I suspect the grouping center mass were the first rounds down range. After that, I suspect she started selecting clean areas on the target and playing follow the "dart".

Why am I putting myself through this?

Sitting here, working on a global warming uberpost, I'm watching, sort of, the Republican debate (again).
I got into it late, but saw a post on a site that indicated the moderators got booed when they pig piled on Cain regarding the skanks that are accusing him of random hand gestures sexual harrasment.
Rick Perry's mouth works a whole lot faster than his brain. I mean really Rick, you couldn't take the time in your long political career to join a Toastmaster's Group to learn how to speak publicly off the cuff? He was on a roll and was going to name 3 federal agencies he would do away with and completely blanked on the third agency's name. Even after being asked again by the liberal jackal moderator, with a few seconds to think about it, he still blanked.
Herman Cain needs to expunge the word "Now!" from his speech pattern, and I'm tired of hearing about the 9-9-9 plan, this is not 9 pizzas for 9 dollars in 9 minutes. This is not the answer to every question. And, even with a Republican controlled Senate and House, it would never get off the ground. (my sister and the rest of the CPA's in this country would Occupy DC.)
I'm sick to death of Romney's smirky gaze upon the other Candidates as they respond that projects, "Oh, what a naive political rube you are." It's almost a visual patronizing pat on the head.
The answer to the question, "How do you open Chinese markets to American Businesses" is not "blah, blah, blah, blah".  The correct answer is "you don't, and don't worry about it".  China, is about to implode in a big way. They have been driving their GDP by building high speed train systems to nowhere, and entire cities with no one in them. Oh, and China is holding a ridiculous amount of US debt. (great investment there Chicoms) A recent down tick, ok California sized mudslide, in real estate prices in China is the warning rumble of the earthquake to come.
The moderators seem to think they are doing an interview rather than a debate, as they keep interrupting the candidates responses, with follow up questions. Only Newt isn't playing the game.
One thing I'm seeing that I like is push back from the audience and Gingrich on the patently liberal meme of the questions. The moderators are actually looking quite irritated at times. "How dare they, we are the Main Stream Media, they don't think, we tell them what to think".
One line from the movie "Tora, Tora, Tora" about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that I saw decades ago that really stuck with me was a Japanese General saying, "We have awakened a Dragon".
The Progs became impatient and the genie is out of the bottle, never to go back in. They have awakened a Dragon, the hard working average American Citizen. And that Dragon is sorely pissed.
Jeez, as I'm typing , Perry is talking about Lobbyists in DC, and blanking out again. He's the last person that needs to be waxing lyrical about lobbyists or Crony Capitalism for that matter.  Oy, the acid reflux. After reading through this pablum again, apparently I'm feeling a bit cynical tonight.
Post debate:
Cain gets introduced as "Live Presidential Candidate, Herman Cain". Yep, he  looks like a viable pregnancy to me.  I may have misheard the question, but I could swear the interviewer referred to the former Speaker of the House as "Princess Pelosi"...nah, couldn't be.
And now the nooz is picking it's nose interviewing another journalist nooz person.
Bachman is stumbling through her post debate interview. ewwww, she just gave kudos to the questions CNBC asked in the debate.  Might as well stick your nose up an occupier's ass.
That's all I can stands.

After thought: Why does Romney's spine go fucking rigid every time he responds to a question?

Well I feel better now, don't you?

So today, the federal government did their testing of the national emergency broadcast system.  I was listening to the Rush Limbaugh show when all I heard was the long tone, then a bunch of garbled mess.  It sounded like they were transmitting instructions from the moon or Mars are something.

It's a good thing that it wasn't a real emergency... can you say, "Fail?"

So as usual, our federal government has proven itself incompetant.  Just think, they want to micromanage our healthcare?   Wow.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Taking Responsibility

With freedom comes responsibility.  We have the right to free speech, however, we have to learn that in exercising our free speech, consequences may occur, we may say something to someone that could alienate us from our community or our loved ones.

We have the right to keep and bear arms, however, along with that right, also comes responsibility.  If we choose to keep and bear arms, we have the responsibility to ensure that those around us aren't in danger of our own negligent actions.  Also, if we decide to pursue our license to conceal carry, we MUST ensure that once we have that license that we continue our firearm education and take further tactical classes so that we can be sure that if we are ever faced with a situation to where we have to defend ourselves or others, that we aren't putting the innocent at risk in the process.

When hunting season opens, it is our responsibility to make darn sure that we educate ourselves and know not only the gaming laws of our state, but that we know all the rules and safe practices in handling our guns.  Even those who have grown up around guns can sometimes get careless.  Accidents do happen in the hunting fields even with the most seasoned hunters.

I did a little checking on the Texas Parks and Wildlife site and while the number of accidents are low, I've noticed that there were fewer accidents per year since the State of Texas passed a law requiring hunters to take an education course prior to hunting and more than 50% were self inflicted accidents.

Those born before September 2, 1971 are not required to take the course but even for someone who was born before then, it might be a good idea to take one anyway.

There are plenty of places to take the class but there is an easy way to at least get the classroom portion and then go and do the field portion of the course.

Hunter Safety Course Texas

So all you hunters out there, be sure that if you haven't already taken the class, give it a shot; but remember if you were born after 9/2/71 you must take the class, it's the law.

Monday, November 7, 2011

A random thought

that has repeatedly popped into my head over the past several days, so I'm going to blog it to make it go away.
Canned cat food stinks at both ends of the Cat.


Some place a great deal of significance on them. It's a reason to go out and celebrate and buy extravagant things, a new Rolex, and new BMW, a big fast boat,  or as we refer to them on the crik, a penis boat complete with two blondes in thong bikinis permanently mounted on the bow via suntan lotion.
As for me, going out to dinner last night with Belle and the man-child with one of the gift cards she won, by kicking my ass, in golf was great.  Well wishes from many of our blog buds via Belle's post really made me smile. Heck, I even got an email from my little brother (who turns fifty next  year..heh).
This year, I hit 52. When I turned 50, fortunately things were busier for those around me and I didn't have to go through the "over the hill" birthday party. Stealth has it's merits.  It was a non-event to me. When I turned 40, it was pretty much the same.  The watershed birthday for me was when I turned 30.  It was when I realized I wasn't a teenager with a job and a bank account anymore. (I still think the voting age should be raised to 30)  It was the year my daughter was born. Holy crap Batman! I'm not bullet proof anymore!
I really had a pretty good birthday today. I put myself to bed at a decent hour last night, so I felt fine when I got up this morning.  Finally, I have a new project on the very near horizon in Austin. I spent 10 hours today trouble shooting a network backup problem that proved my suspicions and resolved in a successful backup of a half terabyte of data right before I left for home. My kids are healthy and busting their respective asses in college. My wife is happy.
And, therefore, I am happy.
happy b'day to me.

Blog rollin, rollin, rollin

A short while back I discovered that A Father of Four had blogrolled B.A.R. so I bookmarked AFOF and started checking in.  He makes a mean Chocolate Martini, and has good taste in Wodka, so he's ok in my book.
Welcome to the blogroll, A Father of Four.

Well, If we can't agree on who the Republican Nominee Should be,

Perhaps we can agree on who it shouldn't be, Mitt Romney.

On the menu at Moonbattery with a side dish of snark.

On Herman Cain

I have been silent on the Herman Cain sexual harrassment media frenzy.  I'm a supporter of Herman Cain and from what I can tell, the charges against him were filed with the National Restaurant Association and the NRA decided to give a settlement just to prevent having to spend costly court costs and lawyers fees for Herman Cain's defense.

Now there is a 4th woman who is claiming that she was harrassed by Cain but decided not to file a suit against him.

My only hope is that this is what I suspect.  A political hit against Cain simply because he is the current front runner.  My suspicion is that the press does not want anyone but Romney to get the nomination.  They want to pick our candidate for us.

However, what's blatantly obvious to me is that when women were coming forward with allegations (that turned out to be true) against Bill Clinton the media circled their wagons around Clinton and were trying their hardest to get the story to go away.  Simply put, the media shows their bias.  I'm wondering where the outrage and accusations of racism are.  I'm wondering where the people who said, "This has nothing to do with his ability to serve as President" are now that it's a person on the opposite side of the politcal spectrum.  We hear nothing but crickets chirping.

I am reserving my judgement about this situation until we have more information.  I hope that my suspicions are correct because I think that Cain is the right man for the job.  If it turns out that he's a womanizer, then yes I will have a problem with that.  Until there is proof, then he still has my support.

Happy Birthday KX59

Today is KX59's birthday he turned 52 today.  Happy birthday my beloved husband and I hope that you have many, many more!  Every day with you is more beautiful than before you came into my life.  I can't express enough how much I love and cherish you.

Yesterday was really nice.  The one and only son was home for the weekend and the three of us went out for an early dinner at a seafood restaurant.  The food was good and it was great seeing the son.

I keep hoping that hubby will say that he wants to buy himself something shooty for his birthday but he keeps saying he wants a Kindel Fire that's coming out soon.  Oh well, it's HIS birthday after all.

Heh.... I really am my father's daughter.  If I were getting his present, I would have gone out and bought something shooty for hubby so that I can shoot it too.  That was always a tactic of dad's when it came to gifts for my mother.  One year he got her a real nifty meat slicer, another year, he bought her a radial arm saw.  Though I will say that with the saw, it was a good gift for mom since she worked with dad when dad was doing carpentry.  Mom would cut the wood, dad would nail it up.  Mom was good good with that radial arm saw that she would crank out the wood and dad would have to get her to slow down because she could do it obscenely faster than he could put it up.

Those were the days.

Today is my hubby's day and I hope that it's a good one for him.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

A Deadly Game of Cat and Mouse

Yesterday afternoon, I watched a documentary on the National Geographic channel about the interrogation of Saddam Hussein.  It was an interesting program and the FBI agent who interrogated Saddam told the story of how he was able to get Saddam to trust him, to even like him.

After Saddam was captured, he was placed in solitary confinement in a prison.  For months, the only human contact that Saddam had was the contact with his interrogator.  The interrogator whose name was George ( I think that was it, I honestly don't remember) spent 7 hours a day with Hussein talking about whatever Saddam wanted to talk about.

Saddam wrote poetry and would sometimes read his poetry to George, or he would just simply talk about the weather.  This went on for months.  After a while, Saddam looked forward to spending time with George and George was careful to appear sympathetic to Saddam's capture and imprisonment.

Eventually, George found an opportunity to extract the information that he was after, which was what did Saddam do with his WMD?  What George learned was that Saddam didn't have the stockpile that the whole world thought he had.  The fact of the matter was that Saddam viewed Iran as his greatest threat and he had to appear to have WMD in order to keep Iran at bay.  He played a game of cat and mouse and ended up losing because of it.

Liberals used to chant, "Bush Lied People Died" but the fact of the matter is, that chant should have been, "Saddam lied people died."  Everyone thought he had WMD because he made us believe it.  He perpetuated a risky hoax so that he could fool Iran and it was working.

After this was revealed in the show, it got me thinking.   If only Saddam would have contacted SOMEONE that he could possibly trust.  SOMEONE who could have helped him keep the UN or the US off his back.  The problem is, there wasn't anyone he could trust.  With Bush in the White House, I'm sure that he wouldn't have felt comfortable calling him up and explaining his situation.   Perhaps, oil for food aside, France Germany and Russia had inside knowledge of Saddam's ploy and that's why they refused to allow the UN to go into Iraq.  Perhaps Bush should have gone along with the UN at that time.  I do believe however, that President Bush acted in a manner that he felt was right, of that I have no doubt.

I know that it sounds like I am feeling sorry for Saddam, but nothing could be further from the truth.  The fact of the matter is, he was thorn in the side of many.  He gassed the Kurds and committed other atrocities against his own people.  He was a brutal dictator, however, sometimes it's better to stay with the dictator that you know rather than upset an entire region by removing him from power.

Under Saddam's reign, there was a stable Iraq that would help (out of self defense, not out of the kindness of his heart) keep Iran in check.  Now that Saddam is out of power, and with US troops about to leave the area, who knows what will come down the pike.  I worry for the state of Isreal and I worry about the innocent lives that will be lost to terrorism.

We are sure to see the same thing happen in Lybia, especially since the rebels have stated that they want to impose Sharia law on the people of Lybia.

So was it all worth it?  Should we have gone into Iraq?  At one time, I thought that yes, we most definitely should have but now, I'm not so sure.  The only thing that I do know is that no matter what the mistakes of our government's foreign policy may be, I always support the troops and truly appreciate the job that they do.

As the show came to an end, George spoke of the close of his assignment and when it was time for him to say goodbye to Saddam.  George had been so good at his job, that Saddam told George that he cared for him as much, if not more, than his own sons.  He thanked him for the time they spent together talking and they smoked Cuban cigars.  When they parted, Saddam hugged George and gave him goodbye kisses in the Arab fashion.. right cheek, left cheek then right again.

At the close of the show, George did say that while Saddam did not have stockpiles of WMD, he knew that without a doubt that Saddam was pursuing the possibility of re instituting his WMD program and would have never stopped in that pursuit.

Saddam played a very deadly game of cat and mouse and he lost, but not only did he lose, so did the entire region, especially if Iran fulfills its desire to rid the middle east of Israel.

Sometimes, it's better to deal with the evil that you know, rather than the unknown.