All in the Family featured the curmudgeonly Archie Bunker. Archie was television’s most famous grouch, blunt, blustering, straightforward and untouched by the PC crowd. He was the archetype of the conservative male. Michael desprately tried to reeducate him, but he persisted in his breviloquence.

Looking back at the last 40 years, we realize: ARCHIE WAS RIGHT!


USMC Goes to College

A Marine was attending a college course between missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. The professor, an avowed atheist, shocked the class one day when he walked in, looked toward the ceiling, and said loudly, "God, if you are real, then I want you to knock me off this platform. I'll give you exactly 15 minutes."

The lecture room fell silent and the professor began his lecture. Ten minutes went by and the professor proclaimed, "Here I am God - still waiting."

It got down to the last minute when the Marine stood up, walked toward the professor and threw his best punch knocking him off the platform and out cold. The Marine went back to his seat and sat down.

The other students were shocked and stunned and sat there looking on in silence. The professor came to, noticeably shaken, looked at the Marine and asked, "What the heck is the matter with you? Why did you did that?"

The Marine calmly replied, "God is busy today protecting America's soldiers who are protecting your right to behave like an idiot and say stupid stuff. So He sent me."


Home at Last

We returned home Saturday evening.  I took the family to enjoy a long weekend in Colorado.  It always seems difficult for our family to get together around the holidays.  We've only done it a couple of times in the last 20 years.  The last time we had everyone together at thanksgiving was a couple of years ago.  The trip was long and exhausting and by the time we were done with the driving it was more than I wanted to repeat.

We decided to try meeting up at a different time of the year.  Last year we went camping and that seemed to work out pretty good.  This year we rented a house in Colorado.  The kids got to play with their cousins.  The rain and snow lasted almost the whole time.  When we got a break in the weather we managed to take a short hike in the mountains.

I managed to spot some bighorn sheep, both times while driving.  The traffic thru Denver was only slightly awful.  I should qualify that.  By big city standards it was fine.  I've now lived away from that kind of mess long enough that more than 6 cars on the interstate at a time is too crowed for me.

I had to be back to work on Sunday.  Last night my coworker pointed out that I hadn't taken that much time off (4 whole days) in a few years.  Which is true, I've been doing 6 or more days a week straight for some time now.  It was nice.  I'm going to do my best to take the rest of my time between now and August.

I saw a quote this last week:

"Common sense is now so rare it should be considered a super power".


GFF-New Zealand

I learned something this week.  While I consider myself to have an above average knowledge of world religions, I've never devoted much time to the minor groups found in India.  I had heard of Sikhism before but never learned much about it.  Which may seem odd since it is the 5th largest organized religion in the world.

On of the tenets of this religion is a belief that they must wear a turban.  This belief, while perhaps odd to the western mind, is held in earnest.  The Sikh does not remove his turban in public.

Sikh puts religious rule aside to help boy
Man removes turban and places it under head of injured child hit by car outside primary school.
Harman Singh did not think twice about removing his turban to cradle the bleeding head of a 5-year-old who had just been hit by a vehicle on his way to school.
Mr Singh, 22, was at home when he heard car wheels screeching, and then a commotion, and ran outside to investigate. "I saw a child down on the ground and a lady was holding him. His head was bleeding, so I unveiled my turban and put it under his head."
Members of the Indian community last night praised Mr Singh for his action, considered a hugely significant act of humanity by breaking strict religious protocol to help a stranger.
Mr. Singh, my hat is off to you sir.  Your effort to help a small boy is praise worthy.   Good on you sir.



"Chest Disease" by T. B. Cough
"Lung Cancer" by Iwanna Smoke
"Johnny Appleseed" by Seymour Trees
"Scratchy Sores" by Ivan Awfulitch
"The Cat Burglar" by Jimmy Windows
"Crazy People" by Yurin Idiot
"The Heaviest Load" by Linda Hand
"Conceit" by Ima Snob
"The Dairyman's Dilemma" by John Utterlost
"Irritating People" by Yura Pest
"Archery Lessons" by Amy Arrow
"Fruity Deserts" by Barry Flavor
"History of Plastics" by Polly Ethylene
"How to Make Orange Juice" by Squeeze M. Dry
"The Awful Wreck" by Bob N. Weave
"The Final Decision" by Will E. Provit
"The Great Escape" by Buster Clink
"Cut to Pieces" by Sam A. Rye
"The Trumpet Solo" by Willie Toote
"First Chinese Phone" by Walkie Talkie
"Police Weapons" by Billy Club
"The Great Explosion" by Dinah Mite


Joe Mac

The book from the last post was "Last of the Breed" by Louis L'amour.

Louis "L'amour was a prolific writer of westerns and pulp fiction.  He was a "formula writer".  The stories were mostly along the same line, tough hardworking guy goes on an adventure, meets desirable female, romance or at least inexplicable feelings develop, man finishes the job he set out to do.

The stories weren't complex.  Soul searching was at a minimum.   In L'amour's world the good guys were good, the women were worth having and personal responsibility, honor and commitment were par for the course.  His characters may have been predictable, but that predictability was American manhood at it's finest.

"Last of the Breed" was unique for L'amour in that the story took place in the 1980's.  The protagonist is a 3/4 Sioux Indian who is employed as a major in the United States Air Force as a test pilot.  As a young man Joe Mac was brought up partly as an Indian and partly as a white man.  That ancient Sioux training becomes essential when the Soviets execute an elaborate plan to kidnap him in order to extract American military secrets. 

Joe Mac manages an escape from a top secret military prison in Siberia only to face the hard Russian winter in the wilderness.  The GRU and KGB search relentlessly for him, each eager to find him first.  To complicate his escape effort, a Yakut tracker named Alekhin hunts him with a vengeance.

The final scene in the book is when the man who ordered his abduction, Col Arkady Zamatev, receives a package of a carefully tanned animal skin.  Inside the skin is the scalp of the Yakut native Alekhin and a note:


Louis L'amour never intended a sequel to the book.  The abrupt ending was a literary device to impart the emotional impact of Joe Mack's return to his savage warrior heritage.  None the less, L'amour fans still inquire about the sequel frequently enough that an explanation that there isn't one is included in the FAQ's on the official website.


Literary Cliff Hanger Trivia

I just finished rereading a book tonight.  It was published in 1986.  The book is a work of fiction.  The author is very successful in terms of numbers of books published, and has a dedicated following of fans.  I can't say that the author has ever been particularly original or innovative, but the ending of this book is a true cliff hanger that leaves you looking forward to the sequel.

For blog bragging rights answer the following:

1. Who is the Author?
2. What is the title of the book?
3. Why is this book unique in the authors repertoire?

These are the last three sentences of the book:


No fair Googling.