Sunday, March 31, 2013

Marshmallow farming

Thanks to Chris Chambliss for post at 11th Armored Cavalry Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia.

Also for your viewing enjoyment:

Spaghetti farming

I’m a Special Forces colonel and … and I got 2 stars on my CIB and medals …

Click on the thumbnails, especially the medals and ribbons.

Link from which a few days ago had a nice picture of an SFC who was so proud of his CIB he wore it on the right side of his Class A’s because there wasn’t room for it on the left side.

I don’t get mad at these guys, except every one has the same grin. Every one.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Provo, Utah, area ‘most religious’ in USA

Holland-Grand Haven, Mich., and Ogden-Clearfield, Utah, areas only others not in the South.

Little Rock-North LR-Conway area is No. 10. The Utah towns you would figure are mostly LDS, while Central Arkansas has just about every Christian denomination, as well as Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and probably Pagans.

Least religious are in the Northeast and Northwest.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Armed citizens take over town in Mexico

“Thousands of armed vigilantes have taken over a town in Mexico and arrested police officers after their 'commander' was killed and dumped in the street.

“The self described 'community police' and arrested 12 officers and the town's former director of public security, who they accuse of taking part in the killing of Guadalupe Quinones Carbajal, 28, on behalf of a local organised crime group.

“The 1,500-strong force has also set up improvised checkpoints on the major road running through Tierra Colorado, which connects the capital Mexico City to Acapulco, a coastal city popular with tourists less than 40 miles away.”

Link from gatesofvienna.

Swedish man grabs woman’s bottom, she slaps him hard enough to break his nose. Guess which one was convicted of assault.

“The 27-year-old who made the unwanted move escaped charges for the incident after a preliminary criminal investigation was dropped.

"’This goes to show that it's okay for guys to grab girls any way they want,’ the 23-year-old woman told the Metro newspaper.

“The woman reacted when the 27-year-old man put his hand on her buttocks at Glorias nightclub in Lund last summer.

“She instinctively turned to confront the man who grabbed her and hit him in the face so hard she broke the 27-year-old's nose.

“In its ruling the Lund District Court agreed that the woman was subject to a ‘serious provocation’, but ultimately ruled her actions couldn't be considered as acting in self-defence.

“The court convicted the 23-year-old woman of assault, slapping her with a suspended sentence and a 2,500 kronor ($380) fine, the Sydsvenskan newspaper reported.

“She must also pay 1,860 kronor in damages to the man, who had originally demanded 25,000 kronor as compensation for the injuries he suffered during the incident."

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Stevie Ray Vaughan would applaud

That is one big stringed instrument.

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Move along. These are not the rounds you are looking for.

Complicated plot.

“DHS to Buy 360,000 More Rounds of Hollow Point Ammunition”

(March 25, 2103.)

“Feds Buy 2 Billion Rounds of Ammunition”

(Feb. 18, 2013.)

“The Department of Homeland Security is set to purchase a further 21.6 million rounds of ammunition to add to the 1.6 billion bullets it has already obtained over the course of the last 10 months …”

(Feb. 13, 2013.)

What caliber is DHS buying?

“A solicitation on the Federal Business Opportunities website details the DHS’ plan to purchase 360,000 rounds of ‘Commercial leaded training ammo (CLTA) Pistol .40 caliber 165 grain, jacketed hollow point.’”

(infowars link)

Which companies make .40-caliber pistols?

S&W, Glock, HK, Sig, Browning/FN, Beretta, Walther … Maybe those companies weren’t selling enough pistols, so the feds stepped in. You buy 1 billion rounds or 2 billion, plus 360,000 more, plus 21.6 million more, you have to have something to put them down range.

(OK, infowars is Alex Jones

Thursday, March 28, 2013

A letter I am sending in postage-paid envelopes to the thieving bastards who want my mother-in-law's Social Security





If it sounds too bad to be true, it usually isn’t

California bureaucrat raking in $423,664 a year for life.

Every year for the rest of her life. $423,664. Taxpayer money.

“Alameda County supervisors have really taken to heart the adage that government should run like a business — rewarding County Administrator Susan Muranishi with the Wall Street-like wage of $423,664 a year.”

But wait! There’s more!

Muranishi ‘s 63. When she retires, her “annual pension will be equal to the dollar total of her entire yearly package — $413,000. She also has a separate executive private pension plan, for which the county chips in $46,500 a year.”

Link from maggiesfarm.

The girl in jail

In August 1955, Momma went to the hospital to have Patty. Carolyn, Frances, Bill and I went to stay with Mom and Grandpa. Carolyn was 11, I was 9, Frances was 6 and Bill was 5.

Mom and Grandpa lived in a big unpainted house on the north side of the square in Boston, Texas, just across the street from the courthouse. The courthouse was three stories, brick, painted white. It had a steep roof.

The county jail was behind the courthouse. The jail was two stories, painted brick, like the courthouse. Sheriff’s Department offices were on the bottom floow. The second storey was higher than the first and held all the prisoners. All the windows had bars, the lower normal size windows and the second floor windows, more than twice the height of the lower ones.

Mom and Grandpa had been married about 40 years. Mom was 55, Grandpa was 63. They had eight children. That year, three of their kids – Ruby, Betty and David -- and two grandchildren – Bobbie and Jim -- lived with them.

Jim was 16 that summer, and David was 15. They were the coolest boys ever, especially David. They had reputations. Not the serious kind, not yet. David’s reputation would become more serious later on, while Jim would go into the Army for more than 20 years. He went to Vietnam in 1961, and probably later, too.

For a week that summer, the future was a thing unthought. It was August, and a time to play in the big sandy yard, in the shade of three huge oak trees.

It was a time for bicycle riding, too. Jim and David each had a bicycle, but they were so taken with the girl in jail that I got to ride the bicycles as often as I wanted. I rode around the square and around, a short way west and north on Highway 98, and around the square.

One afternoon in the kitchen I asked Mom, “Where are David and Jim?”

She said, “They’re talking to that girl over at the jail.” She waved a wooden spoon as she talked, and from her tone I knew she did not approve of the girl in jail, nor of David and Jim talking to the girl. But from what Momma and Daddy said, David and Jim got by with a lot of things Mom didn’t approve.

I walked across the street and around the courthouse and to the jail. The doors and windows were open, so I went inside and then up the stairs to where the cells were. The floors were white tiles, square and maybe an inch across, like the ones in banks in those days. There were eight cells, each with bars across the front and each separated from the adjoining cell by a brick wall. The cells were at the south end, and there was a wide place north and then the north wall and four high and wide barred windows.

I sat on the tile floor. It was cool. David and Jim leaned against the bars on the front of the third cell. They smoked cigarettes.

A pair of hands rested on a cross piece of the front bars, a girl’s hands, with a cigarette between her right index finger and middle finger. Now and then the hand went inside the cell and then back to rest and white exhaled smoke went through the bars.

David and Jim and the girl talked in low voices. I couldn’t hear what they said. I think David and Jim knew the girl. Probably from school and other places.

After a while I got bored. I left the jail and walked around the courthouse and across the street and got a bicycle and rode around for a while.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Virgin Antlantic insults Royal Navy petty officer

I’ve never flown Virgin Atlantic, but I have seen pictures of the a$$hole who owns the thing, and I think he is an a$$hole.

Some of the a$$hole’s employees have taken his a$$holeness to heart.

15-year Royal Navy veteran told to cover up uniform lest it offend other passengers.

Nicky Howse told by Virgin Atlantic staff to “remove her uniform because it was ‘offensive’.”

“They warned the 32-year-old helicopter technician she would not be allowed to fly unless she took off her combat fatigues and wore a sleep suit instead.”

From the Kremlin:

“Negotiations on cooperation with the largest international Internet social platform as part of maintaining the register of information whose dissemination is banned in Russia had been held since the moment the first entries appeared in the register with references to those tweets. The administration of Twitter had had no practice of interaction with foreign governmental bodies on the removal or restriction of illegal content, and this made the negotiations difficult. The constructive position of the administration of the resource made it possible to formulate a mutually acceptable interaction algorithm that makes it possible to have information from the register processed within periods acceptable to the Russian side.”

Or: For the first time, a government told Twitter what to do, and Twitter responded “Yes Sir, yes Sir, three bags full.”

Is that a problem, if most Russians believe government should control access to information?

‘Most Russians support censorship online’

“’Young people and those with a high level of education and living standards are likely to be more sensitive about having their freedoms limited,’ said Grazhdankin. Yet, overall responses were fairly uniform: even amongst those who use the Internet as their main source of political news, 61 percent of respondents came out in favor of censorship, with just 29 percent voicing opinions against it.”

If most Russians don’t care that Twitter and the Putin government censor free speech, should we?

Link at maggiesfarm.

Monday, March 25, 2013

What do you get from 2,800 hp in a Camaro on a 1.5-mile airstrip?

Eight rollovers and a good-size fire this time around. Two years ago, the Camaro reached 244 mph and then slid a ways.

Things are bigger in Texas.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

What does the Department of Education do?

Wikianswers: “The Department of Education regulates exactly what, when and how children are being educated within the public school system. It is immensly important so to secure the integrity and promising future for the next generation who will become leaders, buisnessmen and influential people. It sets course outlines, draws the fine line between evolution and creation and sets those miserable SATs everyone hates to take.”

Degree Directory: “The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is responsible for maintaining policies related to education. This government entity provides financial aid to students and helps them find other resources for financial aid. ED also studies trends, ideas and techniques in education to determine what works. The U.S. Department of Education works to improve the education system and to provide educators with information that can make them better teachers. Schools offering Education degreescan also be found in these popularchoices.”

What it may not do: “In creating the Department of Education, Congress specified that:

“No provision of a program administered by the Secretary or by any other officer of the Department shall be construed to authorize the Secretary or any such officer to exercise any direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum, program of instruction, administration, or personnel of any educational institution, school, or school system, over any accrediting agency or association, or over the selection or content of library resources, textbooks, or other instructional materials by any educational institution or school system, except to the extent authorized by law. (Section 103[b], Public Law 96-88)”

From Wise Geek: “The United States Department of Education is a cabinet-level organization in that country's government, which is responsible for creating educational policy on a federal level. It does this by collecting information from the nation’s schools to distinguish what areas of need. Once these are identified, it is the job of the department to bring national attention to them. In addition to this, the department of education is also responsible for disbursing federal funds that are allotted for education, and enforcing federal education laws.

“Compiling data and carrying out research in schools all over the country is one of the most important duties of the United States Department of Education. This is because, before policy is created and funds are disbursed, clearly defined goals must exist, and the creation of these goals is dependent upon areas of need.

“Once data has been collected the United States Department of Education must then find the areas where federal help is needed. Once these are identified, it is the job of the organization to bring national attention to them. This awareness is important because, in a democracy, public interest is required to create laws. The department typically draws attention to the issues through the media. Articles are written, speeches given, and national conferences are held to attract public interest.”

(The above is from one Google page. There are hundreds of pages, of course. The answers do not in any way justify the department. Congress should do away with the DoE.)

I hope millions of people watch this movie. I can’t.


“There was also the very touching scene when Michael was awarded the Medal of Honor, posthumously in October 2007. His parents went to the ceremony and presented to President George W. Bush Michael's dog tags. Dan relayed the story in greater detail to American Thinker: ‘The president took us into the Oval Office, took off his jacket and tie, and unbuttoned his shirt. He put the dog tags on under his T-shirt and then got redressed. During the presentation of the Medal of Honor, the president kept putting his hand to his chest. At the outside ceremony, he broke protocol and told Michael's mom, Maureen, and I that with the dog tags he had Michael right next to his heart. These dog tags are now in the presidential library. I consider him a soldier's commander-in-chief, especially after he explained to us that 'the loss of one of my men always affects me.' As a veteran, that struck a chord with me, because he understood that those being sent into harm's way was his responsibility. He even received a biography of every soldier lost to remind him the cost of the decisions he made.’"

Sequestration doesn’t apply when it’s money for our friends the Muslim Brotherhood and the Palestinian Authority

“I seem to remember hearing somewhere that the government was broke, and had to cut back spending as a result. I think that was supposed to be the reason for something called “sequestration”.

“But I must have heard wrong. Seems that the current Administration has just approved the release of nearly $500 million in funds to our firm allies the Palestinian Authority. And they’ve asked Congress for another $200 million for the Palestinian Authority for this year, too.

“This is on top of the $250 million in 'economic assistance' we just sent to our firm friends, the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government of Egypt. And the $37 million in additional education aid we gave that steadfast US 'friend' Pakistan about a week ago. And I’m sure there are a few other such giveaways out there that have happened during the last few weeks.

“By my math, that all totals close to a billion dollars. I’m guessing it’s more than $1 billion when it’s all added up.

“And it’s all going to regimes that are often less-than-friendly to the US.

“Sequestration? Yeah, that sequestration is really helping us cut back on nonessential Federal spending, isn’t it?"

Saturday, March 23, 2013

When will it end? Soon, please, soon!

“Of course: ‘March mad’ Pelosi doesn’t want any losers, ‘rooting for everybody’”

(It’s all advertising, folks! NCAA basketball is like Valentine’s Day and Halloween pumped up at Walmart and K-Mart and every other Mart and store. TV pumped, and 90 percent of the public followed.

(It's lazy journalism, too. 'Congressperson! Who's your pick in the NCAA finals?' 'Congressperson! How do you feel about the massive auto accident that killed 150?')

Dumber than Harry Reid?

“We’re talking about millions of kids dying — being shot down by assault weapons.” – Rep. Charlie Rangel on MSNBC.

(“The FBI’s 2011 data says only 323 people were killed by rifles, compared to 728 people who were killed by hands, fists, feet etc. Handguns are much more likely to be used in a homicide with 6,220 killed nationwide in 2011.” I don’t like that ‘only 323.' Kin and friends of the 323 do not consider, “Well, he/she was only one of 323.”)

Cold, dead fingers, folks

In England, “It started with the Pistols Act of 1903.”

Link from maggiesfarm.

Sen. Rand Paul wants my 87-year-old mother-in-law's Social Security

The Honorable Senator Rand Paul

Senator Paul:

Would you please explain why you sent a letter to my 87-year-old mother-in-law asking her to contribute $25 to $1,000 to the National Association for Gun Rights? She receives a monthly Social Security check of less than $1,500. Does your political philosophy include badgering widows for part of their Social Security? I find your letter most distasteful. Worse, your attempt to get money from an almost 90-year-old woman indicates the state of the modern Republican Party.

Robert Merriman

Still waiting for an answer from Glenn Beck

Mr. Beck:

I am still waiting for your explanation of why you attempted to take money from my 87-year-old mother-in-law.

Robert Merriman

(Below sent 22 March 2013)

Mr. Beck:

Several days ago I wrote concerning your attempt at convincing my 87-year-old mother-in-law to send money to FreedomWorks. I have not received a reply. I also posted on my blog and at my Vienam veterans group site a column regarding your thievery, entitled "Glenn Beck wants my 87-year-old mother-in-law's Social Security."

Still waiting,

Bob Merriman

Thursday, March 21, 2013

California woman did it her way

She just wanted to go to jail

“Graciela Guadalupe Ayala, wanted on a felony warrant out of Kings County, told officers she decided to have ‘one last beer’ before surrendering at the Kings County Jail.”

So she did. With a friend, a six-pack and driving a pink 1994 Crown Victoria, followed by local police, CHP and a helicopter.

At the end of the ride, “a CHP officer pulled up alongside of the Crown Victoria and nudged its rear, attempting to spin the pink car around and immobilize it. Ayala recovered, righted her car and continued heading east to Mall Drive, where she turned into the Government Center parking lot, hung a left and followed the road around to the Kings County Jail, where she surrendered without further incident.”

Health foodists demand recount

Bacon, ice cream, cheese healthy.

“Besides being high in protein for energy, muscle and brain function, studies have shown that bacon actually lowers blood sugar levels and blood pressure. Chock full of vitamins, bacon contains choline, a whole slew of vitamin Bs, and important minerals for mood.

"’As long as your bacon is nitrate free and organic, it can be a powerful food for optimum health,’ says Salerno, adding bacon has been shown to alleviate the effects of diabetes, heart disease and strokes.”

(Thoughts: Everything is good/bad. Questionable statement farther in story: “Be sure to buy organic.” Used to be, everything was organic – grass-fed or grain-fed or grown with “organic” fertilizers, as in cow manure or horse manure. Now free-range wheat is not altogether good unless it is whole wheat, same as with all free-range grains and cereals. When I was a kid, everything was free-range – cows, chickens, pigs, goats, llamas. One more thing: The dude quoted is a “celebrity dietitian.”)

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I am in good company

Comment at

“I can't believe I actually looked at that micro aggression website. It's like stopping to gawk at the dead bodies strewn by a train wreck. I think I'd rather find out what this honeybooboo shit is all about than see microaggressions again.

“I think they need some macro aggression against their persons so they can get some shit into perspective. White women are the most privileged group ever but all they do is gripe about the most minute crap. And now that poison of self-important victim hood is spreading like a virus to other colors and even to men. Men who put up with this deserve castration so they will not poison the human gene pool with pussygenes.”

(Right on, Brother Rage. Or, Brother Common Sense. Or, Brother Man. Right on.)

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Just when you thought Harry Reid couldn’t get more stupid …

‘Reid links Marine deaths to sequestration’

“But one of the things in sequester is we cut back in training and maintenance. … It’s just not appropriate, Mr. President, that our military can’t train and do the maintenance necessary. These men and women, our Marines were training there in Hawthorne. And with this sequester, it’s going to cut back this stuff.”

USMC response: ‘Pure political posturing on backs of dead Marines.’

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Hollywood without guns

From Ace of Spades HQ.

We the People to government: Bite me

“Obedience to arbitrary authority is counter to everything that America stands for. We didn’t reluctantly cede a tiny bit of our personal sovereignty to the government so a bunch of know-it-all twerps could tell us what to eat, what to smoke, what to do and how to live. We did it to allow them the ability to keep order, which they have manifestly failed to do, and to perform a few basic governmental functions, which they have likewise failed to do.”

And: “You have putative Republicans conceding that ‘Well, I guess sugar is really bad…’, as if it matters whether high fructose corn syrup is the devil’s brew or an elixir from the Fountain of Youth. They should never reach the question of whether sugar is good, bad or indifferent; the mere posing of the question is antithetical to everything a real conservative believes. It’s none of their damn business.”

And:” We need to understand that the freedom sometimes means people make choices we don’t like and, where appropriate, compromise. I’m certainly ready to accept a few stoners bogarting doobs and some gay dudes exchanging vows if it means a smaller government so constrained and neutered that it wouldn’t dare try to tell me how to live out my faith or how many bullets I can keep in my M4, much less how many ounces of Mountain Dew I can pour into my Styrofoam cup.”

(One can say only amen.” Unless that has been banned. No, especially if it has been banned.)

Mugabe might consider taking his own advice

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe says reporters should “go to church, lead a morally-guided life, avoid heavy drinking and write well without putting in ‘a twist like all journalists do for propaganda …’" – The Associated Press.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Arizona is OK

First time in the state. I could live here.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Here’s an idea – Carry a f’n gun yourself and take care of the problem

‘Scary false alarm puts Primrose School of Barker Cypress in lockdown’

CYPRESS, Texas — A mother got quite the scare after she saw a suspicious man in her children’s school parking lot.

“There’s no words to describe it,” said Sarah Atchison. “It’s the biggest nightmare of my life.”

Atchison said it started when she dropped her 2- and 4-year-olds off at Primrose School of Barker Cypress in the 16500 block of Dundee Road.

“When I parked my car, I saw him just wringing his hands pacing looking very, very anxious,” recalled Atchison. “I didn’t know what to think of him.”

She rushed her children in and told the office staff. They ended up calling 911, pulled the children off the playground and went into lockdown.

Atchison remembered the moment when her son realized what was going on.

“My son asked me is that a bad man mommy? Is he gonna go to jail?” she said. “I didn’t know what to say to him.”

So she looked out the window, noticed the man was now digging in his pockets and decided to call 911, too.

“There was a point where I was begging for the police to get there because they said, ‘Do you see any weapons?’ I said, ‘No. I don’t. I don’t know what he has on him,’” Atchison said.

From the time the initial 911 call was made, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said it took a deputy 16 minutes to arrive at the school. A spokesperson explained that because no weapons were seen and it was not a life or death situation, the call was listed as a low priority.

“The safety of the children is a major priority compared to having a vehicle stolen or a house broken into,” said mother Krystal Turbeville.

Luckily, it turned out to be a false alarm. The man was from the new cleaning crew and didn’t have an appointment.

Atchison questioned the deputy.

“I said I’ve been on the phone with you for 13 minutes and you’re just now getting here? He said ‘we’ve been kind of busy pulling a body out of a lake.’ I left. I couldn’t handle it anymore.” Atchison said.

No one likes to talk about the “what if,” but Atchison believes she got a glimpse and it scares her even more.

(“Scary false alarm”? Jebusez homolies. Ok, the reporter’s name is Tiffany, and you know, you f’n know, Tiffany has never – ne-ver – had jack shiate to do with any kind of firearmgun. I tell you, we are being pussified all over the place. And this was in Houston, for gnarly sake. Houston. Texas.)

Also at fark. Yeah, we’re getting farked a lot.

School daze

He’s 16 and a student at a school for boys who have emotional and behavioral problems. She’s 33 and a counselor at the school. She says he needs additional counseling. What possibly could happen that his mum would lodge a complaint?

Mum’s not exactly one you’d want living next door. She “has five other children and lives with her partner in a two-bedroom council maisonette …”

Also fark.

I’m not saying anything

Headline: ‘Activists shed clothes, don green paint to protest meat.’

Three women, not all their clothes.

But they are green.

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Just had a nuclear stress test?

Viper is on the way, whether you want it or not. And you don’t.

‘Feds Swarm Metra Train After Detecting Nuclear Risk’

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Examples of those who prey on fear

From letters to my 87-year-old mother-in-law.

The National Center for Public Policy Research

February 22, 2013

Dear Mrs. -----

I can’t thank you enough for your very generous donation of $250.00 in support of our Health Care Reform Task Force. We received it on 12/26/12.

With warm personal wishes,

Amy Ridenour, Director

The National Center for Public Policy Research

February 22, 2013

Dear Mrs. -----

I can’t thank you enough for your very generous donation of $200.00 in support of our American Criminal Justice Center. We received it on 12/26/12.

With warm personal wishes,

Amy Ridenour, Director

Amy Ridenour also wants money for the National Retirement Security Task Force in order to save Social Security. David Ridenour is president of The National Center for Public Policy Research.

Edwin Meese III wants $25 -$1,000 so the Southeastern Legal Foundation can join Michele Bachman, Paul Broun, Lynn Westmoreland, Steve King, Martha Blackburn and others to “hold President Barrack Obama and his Administration accountable to the rule of law.”

The Seniors Coalition wants $20 membership and additional money in order to represent older Americans.

Also using fear are: the U.S. Taxpayer Alliance; Frontiers of Freedom; National Tax Limitation Committee; Task Force to Impeach Obama; Joint Committee for Investigation and Impeachment; Emergency Committee to Save Medicare; National Campaign to Impeach Obama; National Campaign to Guarantee Social Security; and from one of those bastions of conservatism, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY): “Please sign the enclosed Emergency Second Amendment Protection Directive and rush it back to the National Association for Gun Rights along with your most generous contribution of $500, $250, $100, $50 or $25 IMMEDIATELY.”

(I have sent a letter to Glenn Beck. Sen. Paul will get one as well.)

Don’t you just get tired of it?

“Two former Navy SEALs who were killed responding to the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya last September could be honored with a Congressional medal for their bravery, if a group of Republican lawmakers gets its way.

““(Tyrone) Woods and (Glenn) Doherty, who served nearly three decades in the Navy between them before their discharge (sic), were working as independent contractors with the CIA in Libya when they were killed together on the rooftop of a CIA annex in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012.”

Ace of Spades HQ -- -- says: “Something tells me that the White House and democrats will squash the Congressional Medal Proposed For Ex-SEALs Killed In Benghazi.”

(This has nothing to do with politics, oh, no, no, no, not at all, we simply want to honor two brave Americans and etc. and etc.

(I am not in the category of Woods and Doherty, but what would have been good 46 years ago: Thank you. Here’s a grant for 50 acres, free of charge, no property taxes ever, you find a place on government land, let us know where, we’ll take care of the survey.)

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Glenn Beck wants my 87-year-old mother-in-law's Social Security

16 March 2013
Glenn Beck
Mercury Radio Arts
1133 Avenue of the Americas
34th Floor
New York, NY 10036

Mr. Beck:

Recently my mother-in-law received from you a letter stating your desire that she renew her membership in FreedomWorks.

You speak to her as “Dear Patriot.” You say she should complete the “enclosed 2013 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL FORM and rush it back with your most generous renewal gift in the FIRST-CLASS STAMPED REPLY ENVELOPE we’ve provided.”

You end your letter with: “FreedomWorks will be letting me know as soon as you’ve renewed your support, so please respond as quickly as possible.”

Well, Mr. Beck, let me let you know a few things about my mother-in-law. She is 87 years old. She is a widow of a World War II soldier. She is a retired Registered Nurse. She has a 58-year-old son, whose mental age is around 5. She survived the Great Depression in rural Arkansas.

Each month my mother-in-law receives a Social Security check. Last year she sent $50 from her Social Security to FreedomWorks. I know that because a letter from Matt Kibbe (FreedomWorks president and CEO) states, “Your 2013 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL FORM indicates your largest gift from last year -- $50.” Mr. Kibbe then asks for more money, “$75, $100 or maybe even more …” I assure you, Mr. Beck, that had my wife and I known of your interest in taking my mother-in-law’s Social Security, you would not have received one penny.

Finally, Mr. Beck, let me let you know my mother-in-law will not be renewing her FreedomWorks membership, not in 2013 or in any other year. You and other thieves who prey on the fears of elderly people will not receive any money.

I ask a simple question, Mr. Beck: Have you no shame?

Benedict canonized 800 Christians slaughtered by Muslims

“(O)ne of Benedict’s last papal acts was to canonize eight hundred people who were slaughtered by the Ottoman Turks for refusing to convert to Islam.”

“Antonio Primaldo and his companions, 800 Christians, were murdered for hatred of their faith by Muslims during the Turkish siege of the town of Otranto, in South-East Italy, on August 13, 1480.

“As the Qur'an commands, these infidels were offered the choice to convert to Islam or be killed. When they refused to convert, the martyrs of Otranto were massacred.

“The Qur'an is obeyed and applied in the same way now as it was in 1480. The only difference between now and then is in the power and military force Muslim armies had then but now now. Let's make sure that it remains this way in the West.

“In other parts of the world, Christians are still massacred by Muslims for their faith. Nothing has changed in Islamic doctrine, only the relationship of strength can be a defence for whomever Muslims consider their enemies.

“An observation about the different use of the word ‘martyr’: in Christianity, unlike in Islam, martyrs do not kill.”

American reporters vs. Catholic Church, 2

‘Leftist Prayers for a Red Pope Dashed’

By Cliff Kincaid
March 15, 2013

“Tuesday night’s NBC News story, “America’s Hopes for a New Pope,” was typical of how the liberal media tried to force the Roman Catholic Church further to the left. The tone of the coverage was that the Catholic Church, in picking a new pope, had to make peace with ‘diversity’—liberals, feminists and homosexuals demanding state recognition of ‘gay marriage’ in the United States.

“With the selection of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, the liberals have lost out. He opposes abortion, euthanasia, and homosexuality. A Catholic insider tells me, ‘Looks like we might have ourselves a relatively conservative new pope. He appears to be opposed to liberation theology and doesn’t approach “social justice” from the political end.’ The latter means that while he is an advocate of helping the poor, he doesn’t believe this should be done through state socialist schemes.

“Liberal and ‘progressive’ websites are already attacking the first Latin American pope as someone who may have a ‘dark past’ and be linked to the Argentine military during the ‘dirty war’ against the communists. The accusations, which have now been picked up by the Associated Press, show the bitterness of the left, as their hopes were dashed of a ‘Red Pope.’”

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American reporters vs. the Catholic Church

A couple of days ago a reporter from a major network said appointment of an American pope could lead to (all caps on the screen) REFORM.

American reporters who talk about REFORM in the Catholic Church always mean the church must have women priests, married priests, homosexual priests; even, one must suppose, married male homosexual priests, married lesbian priests, transgender priests, bisexual priests, confused gender priests, and whatever kind of sexual preference a candidate for priesthood might have.

In a thesaurus check of “reform,” the first synonym is “improvement.” To American reporters’ minds, then, appointment and approval of the above sex-driven priests would be “improving the church.”

By the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, “reform” carries the same meaning.

1. a: to put or change into an improved form or condition; b: to amend or improve by change of form or removal of faults or abuses

2. a: to put an end to (an evil) by enforcing or introducing a better method or course of action; b: to induce or cause to abandon evil ways (reform a drunkard).

So, the Catholic Church has been “evil” in its refusal to use sexuality when appointing priests. In American reporters’ minds, which sexual partners a person uses is of primary importance in appointment to a position of moral authority. And, in American reporters’ minds, a male homosexual priest or lesbian priest or transgender priest carries greater moral authority than does a man who has sworn chastity and who lives by biblical morals.

My mind hurts.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Don’t let Feinstein see this

She’ll go ape-bonkers.

From Gabby Gifford’s Facebook page, the Arizona Democrat with an M4 or similar AR15-type rifle. And this:

“I grew up with guns, and I like owning them. So does my husband Mark. It’s an interest we’ve shared ever since we met. It’s part of my heritage as an Arizonan and it’s my right as an American.”

Gabby and her gun

Democratic Party logic

“Democratic members of a legislative subcommittee charged with reviewing gun laws recently recommended exempting Connecticut gun manufacturers from a proposed law expanding the definition of an assault weapon. Even though the weapons could not be purchased in the state, they could still be manufactured here.”

You can make them here, but you can’t sell them here. That’s really standing behind a set of beliefs.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Billed as best bartender joke ever

A Lawyer, an Illegal Alien, a Pathological Liar, a Muslim, a Communist and a Black Guy walk into a BAR.

Bartender asks....

"What'll it be, Mr. President?"

10 things to expect from US military forces

10. We don't like collateral damage, but it helps to stay the @#$% out of our way.

9. Total destruction in 30 minutes or the next one is free.

8. Often mistaken for the Wrath of God.

7. We kill foreigners so you don't have to.

6. If everything is exploding around you, that's probably us.

5. Dictator got you down? Ask about our new "regime change" policy!

4. Just point at what you want dead.

3. Trying to win hearts and minds, but willing to splatter them if necessary.

2. When it absolutely positively has to be destroyed overnight.

1. We're from the Government, and we're here to kill you.

And an additional one reportedly by U.S. Marine Corps General James N. Mattis -- "I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you ---- with me, I’ll kill you all."


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Truth in humor

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal at the Gridiron dinner.

I’m honored to be here tonight, and to have this opportunity to represent my people.

As you know, my people are one of our nation’s most accomplished minority groups – doctors…lawyers…business owners…and of course, I’m referring to the Republican Party.

They say this is a place where you can come and tell jokes about the President…poke fun at yourself … set political ambition aside and just generally say anything you want. Kind of like the Romney campaign.

I spoke to Mitt the other day…told him that I was doing the Gridiron dinner…he said that 47 percent of you can’t take a joke.

This of course is the night for the Washington press corps and the President to kick back, share a few laughs, not take things seriously and just generally enjoy each other’s company. Kind of like the President’s interview on 60 Minutes.

The Gridiron Dinner used to be known as the night the media and the administration set aside their differences — back in the days when they had some.

I was on the treadmill the other day and I caught something about the supreme and infallible leader ordained from on high stepping down, and I got all excited, but then I realized it was just the Pope not the President.


But…what a difference a day makes … now some people have asked me if I intend to run for President in 2016?

And the answer is that I have no plans to run. I’ve made that clear, over and over again…in Iowa…in New Hampshire…and in South Carolina.


The truth is – I am too skinny to run. At least that’s what my friend Chris Christie keeps telling me. Chris pointed out that my biceps are half the size of Obama’s guns. Not the president’s, Michelle’s.


I was one of Rick Perry’s strongest supporters. I supported Rick because he’s a loyal friend, a great governor, and…oops…I forget the third reason.


You’ll have to excuse me for a second. I’m drying up. I need a drink of water.

I was hoping to finally meet Mayor Bloomberg here tonight………that’s a lie

I was also hoping to see Harry Reid…..that’s another lie
The Menendez scandal is disturbing. Soliciting prostitution is completely unacceptable. We would never put up with that in Louisiana.

Great to see the new Senator from Massachusetts – Elizabeth Warren. My staff tells me we’ve got a lot in common. Well from one Indian politician to another, I want to wish you all the best in your new job.

I ran into Joe Biden earlier today. I don’t think he recognized me though. He asked me to go get him a Slurpee.


I see Eric Holder is with us tonight. I actually heard a rumor that due to sequestration, the attorney general can only afford to ship a couple hundred illegal guns across the border this year.

I saw a bumper sticker on the way over here that said, “Honk if you’ve been released by Janet Napolitano.”

I understand that to save money – the President’s Secret Service detail is being replaced by Joe Biden with a shotgun.

Mr. President, I see a lot of famous people here tonight. Some of our top journalists. I don’t see Bob Woodward, though. He sends his…regrets.


You know, a lot of people warned me that if I voted for Mitt Romney, a Wall Street robber baron who hid his money in secretive Grand Cayman bank accounts would end up running the U.S. Treasury. I see Jack Lew is here tonight. Good thing that job went to you instead, Jack.


This may surprise you, but I’m looking forward to President Obama’s second term. It will be refreshing to hear him stop blaming all the country’s problems on the last four years.

People say that the President and I both have trouble laughing at ourselves.

We can’t laugh at ourselves. That would be racist.

‘The Germans, they’re all holding Pop Tarts!’

“You’re doomed, America. You’re done for. No society can survive this level of stupidity. The school counselor is available to meet with any students who are traumatized by hearing reports of some guy four grades below them who nibbles a Pop Tart into a gun-like shape. I’ve never subscribed to this whole greatest generation thing, you know. But you look at those guys, they weren’t much older than the kids from the school. A lot of them were like 17, 18 years old. And they’re storming out of these transport ships in the churning waters of the English Channel and the North Sea, and they’re landing on the beaches of Normandy. And their getting out of these, and they are storming up the beaches and they’re taking German gunfire and all the rest.

“Do you think if you raised people so that you make a school counselor available to them in case they’ve been traumatized by someone who was nibbled a Pop Tart into the shape of a gun — do you think if they’re ever called upon to get out those ships and the storm the beaches of Normandy, do you think they’re going to be up to that? ‘Oh no look, the Germans, they’re all holding Pop Tarts! AAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!’ No society can survive this level of stupidity. These small things are not small. They tell you a lot about the institutionalized stupidity of our institutions.” – Mark Steyn

(My father often mentioned what he said was from Marx, that “Germany would arm itself out of existence, Britain would expand itself out of existence and the U.S. would spend itself out of existence.” The source does not matter, but there should be an addition: “The U.S. will spend itself out of existence at the same time it is pu$$ifying itself.”)
Link at maggiesfarm.

VA won’t follow NY gun law

“ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The federal Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday its mental health professionals won't comply with a new gun law in New York that requires reporting the names of patients they believe likely to hurt themselves or others.

“That provision is set to take effect Saturday. Several veterans and their advocates warned it would deter many from seeking counseling and medications to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder or other psychological issues. Veterans fear their rights would be taken away.

“Under the law pushed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the information would be used by state officials to determine whether someone should give up a gun license or weapon.

“VA Spokesman Mark Ballesteros said Monday that federal protections of veterans' treatment records take precedence. The agency's lawyers had been studying the New York statute, which passed in January.

"’Federal laws safeguarding the confidentiality of veterans' treatment records do not authorize VA mental-health professionals to comply with this New York State law,’ Ballesteros said in a prepared statement. ‘Under the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution, federal laws take precedence over conflicting state and local laws.’"

Monday, March 11, 2013

What I said about John Kerry and Egyptian strawberrries

“Our decades-long bungling in the Middle East is a good example of this (professional deformation) phenomenon. For years our foreign-policy establishment has looked on disorder and conflict in this region through a Western paradigm that has downplayed or ignored other motives and beliefs, and failed to imagine worldviews radically alien from our own. Thus this paradigm is based on questionable assumptions, such as economic development, anti-colonialism, and nationalist self-determination as the prime movers of social and political unrest. Western colonial empires and then post-colonial interference, so the story goes, had brutally suppressed nationalist aspirations for autonomy and freedom. Economic development had likewise been thwarted to serve the colonizers’ own interests, leading to poverty and lack of opportunity that feed despair and drive the oppressed to violence. Get the neo-imperialists out, create democratic institutions, aid economic development, and all will be well. Peace, prosperity, international cooperation, and global order will follow.”

(Giving the Muslim Brotherhood $190 million and opening the strawberry market will not buy off the Brotherhood or any other Islamist or mainline Muslim organization. People running the State Department are breathing old air and will keep on doing so until removing their heads from collective cranial inversion.)

Hooahs for the police

An Islamist tried to kill Lars Hedegaard, opponent of Islamic terrorism and criminal immigrants. Hedegaard decided to move to another town. Two Danish journalists decided the public had a right to know where Hedegaard was moving. Danish police had another idea – You will not follow this man.

Hey, East Coast Democrat! MYOB!

“Your letter is typical of those from national Democrats who fail to understand the needs of Americans who live in the West, especially in some of the most remote and extreme parts of our nation such as Alaska. Life is especially challenging in these communities where the nearest hospital is an expensive airplane, boat or snow machine ride away. Yet these Americans deserve the same opportunities for basic health care and public safety as those who live in Boston or elsewhere in our country. While the habitat values of the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge are indisputable, the residents of King Cove have taken good care of this area for generations.” – Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) to Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) after Markey asked the Interior Department to reject a proposal to build a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

Half of what I read is mean-ing-less


The other half, it’s OK.

The president’s Julia, cradle-to-grave grabber of government generosity, is not as rewarded as her creators say.

With colorful charts and such.

Hey, I laughed when watching the original Julia cartoon … uh, animated political propaganda. I wondered, “Who in the wide, wide world of sports would believe this?” Silly me.

Veterans are 'great and wonderful'; maybe a little crazy too

Feinstein says Iraq/Afghan veterans come back with this new post-something and should be banned from buying evil assault rifles. On buying million-round magazines, Colorado Sen. Hoge says, “Yes, these are all great and wonderful people, but some of them come back with significant mental health problems and I think we need to check through that first.”

“Great and wonderful.” Wasn’t that the description of the Oz? (Emerald City Oz, not the one married to Sharon.) My mistake. Oz was “the great and powerful.” But don’t you see the snarky in “Yes, these are great and wonderful people”? “and my cat is nice, too.”

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Why not just call it An Act of God?

Oh. California doesn’t recognize God.

A tree fell in the river. The landowner wanted to remove the tree and fill in the hole.

In California.

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Sunday, March 10, 2013


Priscilla, K and I went to the rage early Saturday afternoon. We took Michael’s Sig Trailside .22 Long Rifle and his 9mm Israel Military Industries 941FB.

I had planned on taking his Czech 9mm CZ85, but decided not to after K picked up the 941 and said, “This is the one. I can feel it.”

We went with 30 9mm rounds and 100 .22 Long Rifle rounds. I hoped the range people had 9mm, but there was none. Two weeks ago I got five boxes of 9mm for Kathleen, but four of those are in her house. We fired the other box.

My brag time. With the Sig .22 at 10 meters, one magazine of 10 rounds, all 10 in the center mass marking, about three inches across. At 15 meters, 10 in the head-shot target. At 25 meters, not so good. Five rounds fired at the head target, one barely clipped the edge, four about a half inch left.

With the 941, I fired one magazine of five and put all in the center mass target.

Priscilla put five 9mm just left of the inside line on the silhouette and got close to the center mass with the .22.

K fired a good five-round echelon string in center mass with the 941 and decent groups with 15 other rounds. She hit near center mass with 10 rounds of .22

All in all, the Sig is a good shooter at short range. K shot better with Kathleen’s Glock two weeks ago.

When weather warms, we will all go to the Game and Fish Commission’s outdoor range at Mayflower. That range has pistol and rifle. I want to see how Michael’s CETME shoots.


The Drax power station in Yorkshire produces 7 percent of England’s electricity. To make electricity, Drax burns 36,000 tons of coal every day, with 140 coal trains unloading at the plant every week.

But, coal is dirty. Coal is bad. Biomass is better, greener, friendlier to the climate.

New European Union and British laws favor friendly green and disdain dirty coal, so much so that users of friendly green biomass receive hundreds of millions of euros and pounds subsidy.

Drax owners discovered they, too, could receive hundreds of millions of pounds if the plant burned wood chips instead of coal.

“As from next month, Drax will embark on a £700 million switch away from burning coal for which it was designed, in order to convert its six colossal boilers to burn millions of tons a year of wood chips instead.

“Most of these chips will come from trees felled in forests covering a staggering 4,600 square miles in the USA, from where they will be shipped 3,000 miles across the Atlantic to Britain.”

The story is interesting and a good example of how governments force companies into life or death choices through taxation of one product – carbon-producing materials -- and dependence on another – eco-friendly biomass. And those 4,600 square miles of tree loss in the United States … What kind of environmental harm will arise from cutting those trees?


Saturday, March 9, 2013

Army cuts tuition assistance; This Ain’t Hell has a reply

“The cheap target here is Obama. After all, he chose to prioritize golfing with Tiger Woods and sending $250,000,000 to the Muslim Brotherhood, and flying on Air Force one for date nights with Michelle to New York City and million dollar vacays to Hawaii over putting the money into defense. And he has failed to submit a budget on time for 4 of the last 5 years. And the unserious budgets he has submitted were voted down unanimously by the Senate in each of the last two.”

Now for what he really thinks:

“But the real target for blame here is, I think, the Army leadership, specifically those field grade and general officers who, perhaps because so few of them have enlisted military experience, prioritize members of their caste by ----ing over enlisted soldiers in favor of, say, ----ing over ROTC or West Point cadets.

"Now I know what you’re going to say if you’re one of these officers. You’re going to say something to the effect that: Education isn’t as important for enlisted soldiers as it is for officers.' Or maybe you’re going to say to the private, “Hey Private, you signed on the dotted line and you agreed to everything in your contract including the part which specifically says in subsection b part 4 Section IX that nothing the recruiter promised which is not in the contract is guaranteed so shut the fuck up and do pushups.' Or even better you’re going to blame the victim and say 'Oh booh hoo, the recruiter lied to you.' And then you’re going to elbow one of your officer buddies, or perhaps one of your sychophantic senior NCO’s and say “I bet Private Snuffy thinks he’s the first soldier a recruiter ever lied to ha-ha-ha!'

“To which I feel obligated to respond on Private Snuffy’s behalf: ---- you in your fat, bleached -------. “

‘PTSD … is a new phenomenon as a product of the Iraq War’

At 2:50, Diane (D-CA) gets really, really stupid.

Scroll to Feinstein: "Vets aren’t competent with weapons"

Friday, March 8, 2013

‘… to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic …’

We’re defending these?

“If you’ve never been to an old-school AA meeting, imagine Vince Lombardi’s locker room if he’d been coaching Pilgrims with Tourette’s: a spartan, Quaker-meeting setup, all bootstrapping, no bullshit. A newcomer dumb enough to whine about their ‘feelings’ gets ordered to scrub out the coffee urn by a gruff ‘old timer.’”

Those are all right. I question these.

Now you get low self-esteem, transgender alien abductees, survivors of ritualistic Satanic abuse, recovered memory victims and starseeds.

Kathy Shaidle: “It took me a decade to notice that none of the 12 Steps is ‘Go to meetings.’ So I stopped. I couldn’t take the crazies. In retrospect, I was the crazy one for thinking I was rid of them.”

Link from maggiesfarm.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Speaking of stupid

“’Today the people of the United States lost a friend it never knew it had,’ declared Sean Penn, Hollywood’s most dictator-loving actor, in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter (THR). Of course, the reason the American people were unaware Chavez was our friend is that he had always made it perfectly clear that he hated us.”

And everybody’s favorite Vietnam veteran (that’s a joke), Oliver Stone: “’I mourn a great hero to the majority of his people and those who struggle throughout the world for a place,’ he wrote in his statement to THR. ‘Hated by the entrenched classes, Hugo Chavez will live forever in history,’ says Stone, a member of the entrenched class of Hollywood’s socialism-promoting multi-millionaires …”

If you’re not concerned with this sort of thing …

freedom of speech and of religion combined, than maybe you would agree with the ruling by Australia’s high court saying “a controversial church” may not engage in “public preaching without a permit,” and that the “ruling does not constitute as infringement of freedom of speech.”

(Adelaide Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood hauled out his copy of politician what? Speak with: "We need to take a good look at the High Court outcome and actually speak to the administration and make sure that we've got our head around this and that we're going to do the right thing going forward." Then, to explain that he had no idea what he had just said, Yarwood offered, "We certainly would like to work with the preachers to minimize the impacts on all city users, but also not curtail freedom of speech."

(Or, The middle of the highway is quite fine, thank you, and I do not intend to stray to one side or another, lest the public mistake movement for decision and/or opinion.)

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'I believe in the American creed (and the Soviet Union)'

“White belonged to a generation of Russophile writers and public officials who had come of age intellectually between the two world wars, a period marked by political upheaval, the Great Depression, and the collapse of the international trade and monetary systems. The whole world order seemed to be in flux. To many observers, radical social, economic, and political change were inevitable. To some, the upheaval was also a call to action -- inside and outside the traditional confines of national politics.” – Benn Steil, “Red White: Why a Founding Father of Postwar Capitalism Spied for the Soviets.”

(Vietnam shadows much of American foreign policy, but the Great Depression has even more influence on both foreign and internal plans. Capitalism, socialism, communism, death-bed imperialism – Each is a large-scale product of the great global game, each is a figure on the board, at times in struggle, at other times in cooperation with figures occupying adjacent or nearby squares. Just as the world had never before faced wartime slaughter as produced by the World War, so in the economic collapse of 1929 the world’s peoples faced starvation and a dark future. Each ism seemingly offered a way to security, but that security lay in beating a bloody path through someone else’s economic, political and geographical residence. We whose parents came of age during the Great Depression were told stories of want and of fear, and remembrances of those stories affect political decisions today. The world will be much better off when people place those tales on shelves, along with stories of barbarians used to keep children mindful of parental discipline.)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

History of the world … Or something

“In the beginning, there was Bush, and Bush was bad. There was war, and it was bad; the war created the deficits, and so did Bush’s tax cuts for the rich. Because all the money went to tax cuts and wars, the government didn’t make necessary ‘investments’ in ‘roads and bridges’ and ‘green energy.’ People couldn’t get health care. The oceans were rising.

"Then we elected Obama, and it started getting better immediately! Okay, not everywhere, and maybe the progress and improvement was really hard to measure, but Obama inherited the worst crises of any president ever. Nobody could have generated better results than he did. The arc of history bent more toward justice, and better days are ahead, just you wait and see…” link to

Today’s ‘feel good story’

“So I just pulled my gun out of my pocket and said I’m calling the sheriff’s office,” Johnson explains. “They’re going to come pick you up. I’m not going to let this happen to an old, retired lady who lives alone.”

Are Americans ‘incredibly stupid of just terribly naïve’?

“I’m having a hard time making up my mind whether so many Americans are actually incredibly stupid or just terribly naïve.

“It is a well known fact that 66 million residents, not necessarily all legal citizens, of a once good solid 80 percent Christian-believing country turned their backs on their Christian roots and religion and voted for a Communist trained and raised Socialist who pretended he was of the Christian faith who was theologically mentored by a false practitioner who proudly proclaimed, “God Damn America” to his followers and to the world in general, leaving no doubts that both the false minister and the pretend Christian, Rev. Wright and Barack Obama were and are deep-souled socialist-communists ready and willing to take all of your worldly goods and treasures and pass them on to whom they call “the needy” and to others as “the greedy” who refuse to make do for themselves; meanwhile adding to their own prodigious fortunes in the process.”

(For the most part, short-sighted, rather than stupid or naïve, more than a little “What’s in it for me?” combined with dependence on slanted 24-hour TV entertainment masked as news. And somewhat stupid. And believing the things politicians say. I guess that is naïve.)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

‘Let the Lions Run Free Day’ at Chinese zoo turns out to be not as popular with patrons as expected’

Or: Who let the lions out?

Zoo on lockdown, but animals cannot read Chinese.


Plague of locusts descends on Egypt

It’s not exactly the first time.

From gatesofvienna.

Do not buy these

U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Anne W. Patterson announced Thursday (Feb. 28) that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted market access for Egyptian fresh strawberry exports to the United States.

"We are committed to continuing to work with the Egyptian authorities to increase market opportunities for Egyptian exports," said Ambassador Patterson. "Increasing trade between our two countries is a key component of boosting employment and economic growth in Egypt."

Egypt's new access to the market will stimulate production and exports for its already robust strawberry sector. The additional export market possibilities will encourage strawberry farmers to increase their plantings and hire more workers.

The United States is one of the top consumers and importers of strawberries in the world. Opening the American market to Egypt is a testament to the high quality of Egyptian strawberry exports. Egypt is the fourth largest strawberry producer in the world, with production valued at nearly US $330 million annually.

(A country that can produce all its needed food should not import one bushel or peck or pound.)

From gatesofvienna.

That’s not a gun. This is a gun.

Robber with fake gun tries to rob bank; bank employee with real gun says, “Don’t think so.” Robber with .357 hole in a jaw later captured, bleeding somewhat.

“Armed with a realistic plastic replica handgun, a 34-year-old man on Friday attempted to rob a bank in Trimble, Mo., according to police. Unfortunately for the robber, one of the bank’s employees was able to retrieve a very real Smith and Wesson .357 revolver and shoot the suspect in the face, effectively ending the robbery attempt.”

Can you say AR 670-1?

Go to

And scroll down to the sergeant major who is, by G--, the second coming of Sgt. Alvin Murphy … Where do those people get that stuff? And where do the get the cajones to go out in public and lie, lie, lie?

Yahoo headline: ‘FBI Releases Whitney Houston Records’

Does the bureau get a percentage on the sales? Where is the FBI recording studio?

(For the “What?” crowd: “Records” are those round, usually black, vinyl things musicians and singers recorded on before 8 track and 4 track and CD and digital downloads. Vinyl records were better conveyors of sound than are those other things.)

Is nothing safe? Probably not

Somewhere down the line of postings I mentioned that my daughter, Kathleen, gave me a reinforced glove so I wouldn’t slice off pieces of fingers when using a cutting board and a really, really, really sharp butcher knife. The glove worked well, and no more parts of a finger or blood wound up on the cutting board.

And then late one afternoon I used the glove while trimming pork chops, holding down the chops with my gloved hand and slicing fat from meat.

I got lots of pork chop stuff on the glove, and after finishing the cutting job, draped the glove over the kitchen sink divider.

A while later, going from computer to kitchen to check on the cooking status of supper, I found the glove on the floor, with all of the fingers missing from the middle down.

My big white poodle, he of 92 pounds, will eat anything that has meat on it.

Judging from the news coverage

you would think cardinals had never before elected a new pope.

There’s our boy, John, exercising his right to be stupid

“CAIRO – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry promised Sunday to give Egypt $190 million to help the government pay its bills …”

"’The United States can and wants to do more,’ Kerry said.”

“Kerry also announced that the United States would give $60 million for ‘direct support of key engines of democratic change.’ Those groups would include liberal and secular groups that have opposed Morsi's government and what they call the monopolization of power by the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist society through which Morsi rose to prominence.”

(Wait a minute, wait a minute. Wait. A. Minute. We, the US of A, will give $60 million ($60,000,000) to groups that oppose the dude we just promised to give $190 million ($190,000,000)? Is there a logic there I don’t see?)

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Winning hearts and … other organs

“’Give every Afghan man a Macintosh computer and unlimited Wi-Fi bandwidth, and they’d be too busy watching porn to even think about becoming insurgents,’ one witty ex intel agent told me. And the numbers work. Instead of spending $12 billion a year training the Afghan police and army—about the annual budget of the Israel Defense Forces, including their air force and submarines—we could have bought a thousand-dollar computer for every adult Afghan (about twelve million people).”

Obama Justice: Children do not need mothers

(Except initially.)

Arguing against California’s Proposition 8, Obama’s Department of Justice argues: “children need neither a father nor a mother and that having two fathers or two mothers is just as good as having one of each.”

Link from maggiesfarm.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Connecticut considers 'hoarder tax' on saved money

In a conservation years ago, an Army lieutenant said he had his great-grand father’s helmet from World War I.

“He was a sergeant in the Prussian cavalry,” the lieutenant said. He then mentioned his grandparents as having “grown up in the Hitler years.” He said, “They didn’t agree with what Hitler did to the Jews.”

From his tone of voice, I waited for the “however.” Some things you know there is a “however.”

“But they saw the Jews with all the money, and the Jews weren’t sharing their money.”

Enter Michael Moore, economist and historian:

"’They're sitting on the money, they're using it for their own -- they're putting it someplace else with no interest in helping you with your life, with that money. We've allowed them to take that. That's not theirs, that's a national resource, that's ours. We all have this -- we all benefit from this or we all suffer as a result of not having it,’ Michael Moore told Laura Flanders of GRITtv.”

Link from!-Saving-Bad

on story of Conn. General assembly considers “imposing a ‘hoarders’ tax’ on money that the state’s corporations are retaining rather than spending and then using the proceeds for job-creation programs.”

Yale law professor Stephen L. Carter “notes that while the Connecticut General Assembly's target is corporations, the real ‘hoarders’ are, in fact, individuals and nonprofits,” who will be targeted by the elected assembly.

(A Harvard-educated Ph.D. in a graduate history course on colonial America said a major reason Americans revolted against the English government was the idea “The things they are doing to us now, who knows what they will do later?” In these days, we have a better idea of what the government will do … Not necessarily later.)

Sunday, March 3, 2013

‘Liberals: Force immigrant women to work’

“The Liberal Social Affairs Spokesman Eyvind Vesselbo says enough is enough after a survey has shown that almost 6,000 immigrant women have been on social security for more than 10 years out of the past 15.

“’It’s probably more an unwillingness to do something about it because a large part of the government sees these women as weak, as people who cannot speak Danish and who don’t have the requirements. I don’t agree. They have been in Denmark for more than 10 years, so it can’t be right that they don’t speak Danish,’ says Vesselbo, adding that these women should be forced to work.

”’The idea has never been that people should remain on social security year after year and that parents should let their children grow up in families where their permanent income is social security,’ Frederiksen tells Jyllands-Posten.”

Gates of Vienna.

Cyprus doesn’t have enough bird sanctuaries, could face court, EU says

"(ANSAmed) — BRUSSELS, FEBRUARY 21 — The European Commission is asking Cyprus to extend its sites for Natura 2000, Europe’s network of protected natural areas. Under the Birds Directive, Member States need to designate the most suitable sites as special protection areas (SPAs) for the conservation of bird species. Cyprus originally designated only 7 SPAs, significantly below the 16 required under the Important Bird Areas (IBA) inventory used by the Commission to assess whether Member States are complying with their obligation to classify SPAs. The Commission opened infringement proceedings in 2007, and although more SPAs are now in place, the Commission is not convinced that the coverage of the areas protected is sufficient to provide adequate protection for a number of important species. The Commission is therefore sending a complementary reasoned opinion (the second stage of the infringement procedure), giving Cyprus two months to reply. In the absence of a satisfactory response, the Commission may refer the Member State to the EU Court of Justice."

Gates of Vienna.

Granny's having a smoke and her grandbaby comes flying out a window

Associated PressFri Mar 1, 2013 3:41 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. — A toddler who jumped on a bed and bounced out a second-story window was saved Friday by his mother, who leaped behind him, caught his foot and lowered him safely to his grandmother who was having a smoke on the porch below, police said.

The mother was just getting out of the shower when she saw the 14-month-old boy, who had been jumping on the bed, trip on a pillow and fly out the half-open window, Police Communications Director Monique Cotton said.

The mother smashed through the window and caught him by a foot as his head bounced on a small roof overhanging the front porch.

The momentum took them both out the window to the porch overhang. The mother was able to lower the baby to the grandmother just as his shoe came off in her hand, police said.

The grandmother heard the breaking glass and was in the right place at the right time to catch the baby before the mother fell into some bushes. She was taken to a hospital for treatment of cuts and a shoulder injury, Cotton said.

"The baby actually did fall," Cotton said. "Grandma caught him and mom fell in the bushes nearby. She's pretty scraped up."

The baby also was taken to the hospital with grandma to be checked out.

"The baby is going to be fine," Cotton said

OK, so I'm casting a stone

This is a police chief?

Town cruisers carry motto “To protect and … Who’s turn to buy.”

Maybe the town is a trailer park.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Got nothing to do for the next few days?

Search "mitch hedberg jokes" and spend a week reading as well as watching videos. The funniest comedian ever.

Two of his best:

People associate long hair with drug use. I wish long hair was associated with something other than drug use... like an extreme longing for cake. And then strangers would see a long haired guy and say, "That guy eats cake. He is on bunt cake." Mothers saying to their daughters, "Don't bring the cake-eater over here anymore. He smells like flour. Did you see how excited he got when he found out your birthday was fast approaching?"

I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammable and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.

VA, DOD can’t agree on which information system to use on veteran records transfer

“The Stars & Stripes reports that the VA and the pentagon can’t come to an agreement on the information system that would allow them to seamlessly transfer veterans’ records – like the big immature babies that those agencies have become. DoD is shopping for a big wasteful POS system that doesn’t exist yet and the VA doesn’t want to lose theirs, so veterans are left holding the bag.”

'Earlier this month, secretaries from both departments announced they would provide shared medical records starting this year, but not a shared, identical system among agency health officials. Lawmakers and veterans advocates blasted that as reneging on the president’s promise of seamless, lifelong medical records for veterans.

'Department officials insist that isn’t so.

'“We are not moving away from a single, joint electronic health record,” VA assistant secretary for information Roger Baker told the committee. “What has changed is the strategy we will use to accomplish the goal.”'

(Changing strategy to accomplish the goal sounds like we changed direction and now we ain’t got the slightest idea what we are doing.)

Or as thisainthell says: “So, what they need is an administrator that will kick both agencies in the ass until they resolve their little selfish bullshit tantrums. But I don’t see Shinseki or Hagel being that guy. This is what happens when you put politicians in the position of an administrator. If I’m not mistaken, this was supposed to happen last year, and with a year grace period, they still haven’t taken the first step.”

He could have done worse for career choices

Texas Jack Vermillion

Occupation: Soldier, lawman, outlaw, Methodist preacher.

“The origin of Texas Jack, Vermillion's nickname, is unknown, but he is first listed by this moniker on a wanted poster, for shooting a man during an argument at cards. When asked about why he was called Texas Jack, he replied ‘Because I'm from Virginia.’"

See also:

(You can believe two things about people in the American West: They were born and they died. Everything in between is maybe truth, partly made up, lies, or simply wild tales.)

Put them away forever, no chance of parole

Two Little Rock men, 18 years old and 20 years old, were arrested Friday morning after killing Christian Hayes, 25, at the Sbarro Restaurant in a mall Thursday night. The two also shot Jashonta Thomas, 18, several times.

Deonte Edison and Tristan Bryant are accused of killing Hayes and wounding Thomas while robbing the restaurant. Police said Edison once worked at the restaurant.

Edison once worked at the restaurant. That is why he or Bryant killed Hayes and tried to kill Thomas. Hayes and Thomas knew Edison. They would have identified him. “Deonte Edison robbed us,” Hayes and Thomas would have told police. And Edison and Bryant would have gone to jail for armed robbery.

When these two are found guilty for capital murder, jurors should not assign them for execution. Jurors should say, “Life, with no earthly chance, ever, for parole.”

Let Edison and Bryant live out their lives behind the walls of a state prison.

Forever can be a long, long time.

Part of the Progressive conspiracy

Bullying is “not a cause for wrongheaded public policy. Hard cases make bad law, and hard cases hijacked by social engineers, backed by state bureaucracies and bankrolled by dimwit boardroom patsies make bad law on a catastrophic scale.”

“’Advisors Say GSA Also For Straight Students,’ as the headline to a poignant story in yesterday’s edition of the Pembroke Academy newspaper in New Hampshire puts it. The school-approved GSA began five years ago with an ambitious platform of exciting gay activities. ‘They had plans for group events, like bake sales and car washes, but they never came to pass,’ explained Ms Yackanin, the social studies teacher who served as the GSA’s first advisor.

“From a lack of gay bake sales and gay car washes, the GSA has now advanced to a lack of gays. ‘The students just stopped coming,’ said Mrs McCrum, the new Spanish teacher who took over the GSA at the start of this school year. This is the homophobic reality of our education system: a school gay group that has everything it needs except gays. Mrs Yackanin is reported by the Pembroke Academy paper as ‘saying to heterosexuals that the GSA is a resource for the entire school community.’ C’mon, you guys, what’s wrong with you? No penetrative sex with other boys is required, or even heavy petting. It’s all about getting together in the old school spirit and organizing a gay car wash.” – Mark Steyn

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(Anti-bullying/pro-GLBT propaganda is all part of the demasculanizing of Western society. Men have been in charge since … well, since forever, and men started all the wars and stuff, so if we make the world … not more feminine, because that’s too gender-specific, but, maybe less masculine? We need more women in charge of governments. Perhaps in the US of A we can find an Eva Peron or an Indira Gandhi. Or maybe a Margaret Thatcher or Golda Mier? Yeah, that would unmasculanize society. Those women would end wars and stuff.)