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!

1/31/2014

Portal to Hell

I believe in good and evil.  I believe in God and the devil.  I believe in angles and demons.  I don't claim to have a lot of experience with either.  My belief comes form second hand sources that I find credible.  I believe human interaction with such creature is, key word here, possible.  Having made that disclaimer, I'm not sure that I find the stories I read about modern poltergeist/demon/UFO's/angles etc very convincing.  I'm not saying categorically that it can't be true, just that despite the fact that I believe it possible, I don't believe it is as likely as people make out.

  • Latoya Ammons' home in Gary, Indiana is at the hear of one of the most baffling police cases in state history
  • She was 'possessed' along with her three children after moving into home in 2011
  • MailOnline has obtained exclusive audio and video footage from the exorcisms of AmmonsShe claims children were 'satanic chanting' and saw 'big, black monster'
  • Police audio also features a 'demon' rasping 'hey' in the basement Sons were taken to hospital after one was inexplicably thrown in the house - while there a nurse and a CPS worker saw him 'glide' backwards up a wall
  • Town's veteran police chief, Charles Austin, says basement is 'portal to hell' and he saw objects moving and shadowy people
  • MailOnline also has obtained picture of 'frozen' finger of DCS worker who touched mystery ooze that was dripping in house. She never returned
  • Catholic priest Father Michael Maginot carried out exorcisms on Ammons in English and Latin and talks of his personal battles with named demons
Scary sounding stuff right?  I'd be scared if this was happening in my house.  Heck driving through not to mention living in Gary, IN is scary stuff without manifestations of dark spirits.  Gary is like Detroit or D.C. the devil has it pretty well in hand without a spectacular spook show.  Having said that and assuming that everything in the story is 100% true; if you had a portal to hell in the basement of your house, wouldn't you move out?

I'd loose my first and last months rent and not leave a forwarding address.  If this was me I'd grab the kids and run, out of the house, past the city limits, and not stop till I was several states away.  That's just what I'd do.  Call me crazy if you want.  I've no interest in getting to know the devil or his buddies better.  I'd run.  If for some reason I couldn't get away, I'd make sure the insurance was paid up and see to it the fuel oil tank was plumb full and developed a leak.  Then I'd leave a candle burning and take the kids to grandmas.  End of problem. Which is why I have a problem believing her story.

1/30/2014

Where are you from?

It's not Wednesday but I got this in my email today and decided to post it now instead of putting it in the BJW queue. 

You're from the West Coast when...

--You make over $250,000 and still can't afford to buy your own house.
--The high school quarterback calls a time-out to answer his cell phone.
--The fastest part of your commute is down your driveway.
--You know how to eat an artichoke.
--You drive to your neighborhood block party.

You're from New York when...

--You say "the city" and expect everyone to know you mean Manhattan.
--You have never been to the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building.
--You can get into a four-hour argument about how to get from Columbus Circle to Battery Park, but can't find Wisconsin on a map.
--You think Central Park is "nature."
--You think eye contact is an act of aggression.

You're from Colorado when...

--You carry your $3,000 mountain bike atop your $500 car.
--You tell your husband to pick up granola on his way home and he stops at the day care.
--A pass does not involve a football or dating.
--The top of your head is bald, but you still have a ponytail.
--Your bridal registry is at REI.

1/29/2014

State of the Union

My take on the state of the Union.

1.  Reagan was right.  It's the economy stupid.
2.  You can't buy Obummer care, if you don't have a job.  It wouldn't matter if the website worked.  Which it doesn't.
3.  Americans have not seen a rise in real wages since 1973.  That's over 40 years.  That means an entire generation of the American working and middle class have been screwed over royally.
4.  Inflation in a debt based economy never stops. Never.
5.  My grandfathers, neither of whom had more than an 8th grade education, were better educated and had a better standard of living than a kid graduating from public school today. 
6.  The government could fix America's problem, or at least start on them tomorrow.  Nobody wants to do that because it would endanger their campaign contributions and reelection chances.
7.  Fixing America's problems would mean, shrinking the size of government by 75% to 85%, closing the boarders, kicking out the illegals, slashing government spending and paying down the debt.  That ain't gonna happen. 
8.    Insert your favorite issue(s) here.

In addition to the above one of the most telling social commentaries of our time and the over all state of the union, is this headline from a British Publisher:

Obama's high school pot dealer who he thanked for the 'good times' was beaten to death with a hammer by his gay lover



Obama's 'gay' pot dealer killed for flatulence?
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/01/obamas-gay-pot-dealer-killed-over-flatulence/#Htc6UR5CvAOBfJyo.99
Obama's 'gay' pot dealer killed for flatulence?
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/01/obamas-gay-pot-dealer-killed-over-flatulence/#Htc6UR5CvAOBfJyo.99

Prize

Arguably he is a more deserving recipient than the 2009 winner.

STAVANGER, Norway (AP)
Two Norwegian politicians have jointly nominated former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, saying his disclosures of secret U.S. documents have contributed to making the world more peaceful.
I believe Edward Snowden deserves some kind of award.  He did more to check the uncontrolled US tyranny machine than anyone.  He sacrificed his freedom, and his life if the NSA/CIA ever gets their hands on him, to tell us how badly they are breaking the Constitution and violating our civil rights. 

Does Snowden deserve a prize based on promoting peace?  Probably not in the strictest sense.  Neither did Obummer.  In 2009 the committee decided to award the prize based on media hysteria and liberal feel good Americana sentiment, as opposed to actual accomplishments and/or efforts for peace.  If Snowden wins this time it will have more to do an (well deserved) attitude of anti-American snooping and privacy invasion.   If that happens, Snowden's Peace Prize should be viewed not as a recognition for promoting peace, but rather a backlash against the policy of global tyranny instituted by the 2009 recipient.

It's too bad the peace prize committee can't simply say to Obummer, "you've murdered your own citizens by remote control, destabilized the world, and are actively setting the stage for more wars; we made a mistake in 2009, please send us the medal and money back".

The Choir Top 10

Top Ten Reasons for Being a Tenor:

10) Tenors get high -- without drugs.

9) Name a musical where the bass got the girl.

8) You can show the sopranos how it SHOULD be sung.

7) Did you ever hear of anyone paying $1,000 for a ticket to see The Three Basses?

6) Who needs brains when you've got resonance?

5) Tenors never have to waste time looking through the self-improvement section of the bookstore.

4) You can sing along with John Denver on "Aye Calypso."

3) When you get really good at falsetto, you can make tons of money doing voice-overs for cartoon characters.

2) Gregorian chant was practically invented for tenors.  Nobody invented a genre for basses.

1) You can entertain your friends by impersonating Julia Child.


Top Ten Reasons for Being a Bass:

10) You don't have to tighten your shorts to reach your note.

9) You don't have to worry about a woman stealing your job.

8) Or a pre-adolescent boy.

7) Action heroes are always basses. That is -- if they ever sang, they would sing bass.

6) You get great memorable lyrics like bop, bop, bop, bop (boong ching ... boong chi-ching).

5) If the singing job doesn't work out, there's always broadcasting.

4) You never need to learn to read treble clef.

3) If you get a cold, so what.

2) For fun, you can sing at the bottom of your range and fool people into thinking there's an earthquake.

1) If you belch while you're singing, the audience just thinks it's part of the score.


Top Ten Reasons for Being a Soprano:

10) The rest of the choir exists just to make you look good.

9) You can entertain your friends by breaking their wine glasses.

8) Can you name an opera where an alto got the man?

7) When sopranos sing in the shower, they know the tune.

6) You are never going to sing the alto part by accident.

5) Great costumes -- like the hat with the horns on it.

4) How many world-famous altos can you name?

3) When the fat lady sings, she's usually singing soprano.

2) When you get tired of the tune, you can sing the descant.

1) You can sing along with Michael Jackson.


Top Ten Reasons for Being an Alto

10) You get really good at singing E flat.

9) You get to sing the same note for 12 consecutive measures (tang ... tang ... tang ...).

8) No warm up needed to sing 12 consecutive bars of E flat.

7) If the choir really stinks, it's unlikely the altos will be blamed.

6) You have lots of time to chat during soprano solos.

5) You get to pretend that you are better than the sopranos, because everybody knows that women only sing soprano so they don't have to learn to read music.

4) You can sometimes find part-time work singing tenor.

3) Altos get all the great intervals.

2) When the sopranos are holding some outrageously high note at the end of an anthem, the altos always get the last words.

1) When the altos miss a note, nobody gets hurt.

1/28/2014

Random Game Post

This is Alpha.
Man fights off shark, stitches up own leg, goes to the pub.  New Zealander James Grant stabs predator with a knife to get free, swims ashore, sutures wounds and goes to pub for a beer.
This is not.
IVYBRIDGE, England, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A British woman said she wishes she could reclaim her donated kidney from her allegedly unfaithful husband.
Samantha Lamb, 41, of Ivybridge, England, said she and Andy, 45, married in 2007 and she gave him a kidney a few years later when he became ill and needed a transplant, the Mirror's Sunday People tabloid reported.
Lamb said the marriage broke apart a few years later when she suspected he was having an affair with her friend and the other woman admitted to the infidelity.
This has been a Public Service Announcement.

I wonder if Andy checked out her suitability as a donor before he married the post wall women.

True Love or Tingles?

Because, well, I don't know.  Are women really so dumb that they can't make an intelligent decision about who should get to second base and beyond?

Well, the Japanese have done it again.
Apparently this tech-laden bra made by the lingerie company Ravijour will only unhook for “true love.”
According to the Victoria’s Secret-like company that made the bra, Ravijour, a particular heart rate over time indicates “love.” And what do you know, they even have a graph comparing the effects of jogging, shopping, eating spicy food and watching a horror movie with “flirting” and “surprise gift” on a lady’s heart. What better way to acknowledge being “in love” than having your glittery bra fly open?
That's a good question.  What better way to say "I love you" than having a women's bra fly open?  The  only thing that would top that is panties that shoot off.   If you put the two together and added a chip that played "me so horny" on a loop, I guess you'd just about nail it.  Of course if you didn't nail it, it would be your own fault.

1/27/2014

My First Time

Not literally my first time.  Just my first time in a long time.  Last night I did some thing I hadn't done in 20 years or so. 

Mrs Ipsa is a health nut.  Part of that is her job and part of that is just who she is.  For the last 18 years, which is as long as I've known her, she has worked out.  Me, not so much.  My "working out" has consisted of doing some extra cardio a couple of times during our marriage.  The only reason I did that was to get ready for a hunting trip.  That's not to say I didn't do physical stuff.  I've always liked hunting, training my dogs, hiking in the mountains or other outside stuff.  Exercise for the sake of exercise isn't my thing.

That's not to say its not been my thing.  I used to lift in school.  The girls liked it.  I liked girls.  It seemed like a good fit.  Fast forward a couple of years and I got married.  Apparently married means that a man isn't supposed to let random young, firm and tasty members of the female sex rub sunscreen on his chest, arms, back etc.  No more bikini babes, no more reason for spending time at the Y.

That is until now.  The stages of middle life go from; fit to pot belly, pot belly to fat but still fit, fat but fit to fat, and fat to holy crap Jabba the Hut is closer to six pack abs than I am. 

While I'm not quite at the Jabba level I've been gaining on him.  The worst part of this fitness level isn't all the medical related issues, it's not being able to do the things I love with my kids.  I didn't hike at all last year.  I didn't backpack into a mountain lake and fish.  Which means I didn't take my kids to do it.  That is unacceptable. 

Unacceptable, but with my work schedule there was nothing I could do about it.   Which is what I thought until I was talking to a friend who told me that one gym in town is now open 24 hours.  I can go work out after work.  I got a membership and last night after work I hit the iron.

Maybe "hit the iron" is a little strong.  My 17 year old self would have laughed at the old fat man I saw in the mirror last night.  I didn't hit it heavy.  That was intentional.  I picked moderate weight and I only did 2 sets of 10 reps for each of the exercises in my rotation. 

Last night I did chest and back.  You can laugh if you want but I couldn't put up anywhere near what I did in my 20's.  I couldn't press 280 or even 140.  On the bench press I did 2x10 on the decline, then 2x10 on the incline and then 2x10 on a flat bench.  The last rep on the last set almost didn't go up, but I made it and got the bar into the bracket on my own.  I got in all my cardio and I got in all the exercises on the list except two that needed equipment that was in for repair and one back row that I started but realized that I wasn't going to be able to do properly.   

I'm old, I'm fat, I'm weak but I'm back in the gym.

1/23/2014

Pick a Name

I realize that some bloggers have a no anonymous commenting policy.   I don't really want to go that route.  I don't ever recall deleting anyone's comments, unless they got caught in the spam system. 

I don't care if people agree with me or not.  I'm not going to freak out if you have something contrary to say.  The issue, as I see it, is that anyone can be "anonymous".  When you do that, nobody knows who  is who.  So please sign your "name" or what ever alter ego you want to use, so we know who we're talking to.  Thanks.

True Friend

True friendship is about loyalty and other stuff.

'Friendship is a beautiful thing': First-grader explains why he shaved his head to support best friend with cancer
A first-grade student whose best friend is battling cancer decided that hours of playing and telling jokes was not enough - he wanted to show his buddy just how he understood the tough time he was going through.
When the little boy was asked why he shaved his hair off, he told KSDK: To make Zac feel like he’s not the only one without any hair.' Vincent has also been learning about cancer and raising money for his best friend after learning how expensive his chemotherapy treatments are.
May we all have and be a good of a friend as Vincent.

1/22/2014

Breakfast at the Truck Stop

In my town there are three hole in the wall places that pass for "the local diner".  My favorite is the one closest to my house, but all three are basically the same.  You get a decent breakfast or lunch for a fair price and you get to see the same group of regulars when you go there.  Personally I mostly go for a late breakfast, but I like the hamburgers too. 

Most towns have one or more diners or liars club or truck stop.  In big cities you have the mostly Greek but sometimes Italian owned Coney Islands.  Anyway its the same idea no matter what the place is called or how big of a city you are in.  Most of these restaurants have 8 to 12 items on the breakfast menu and they run specials.  If you are a regular the cook will make you anything you ask for provided he has the items on hand.

My observation over the years, both as a cook and as a loyal customer is that while you can (with in reason) have whatever you want specially made for you, or you can pick from a dozen or so menu items, most guys will either 1. go with the daily special or 2. pick from a rotation of two or three favorites. 

As much as I love biscuits and gravy my guy can't cook them worth a crap.  So I always skip those.  The breakfast burrito, the chicken fried steak, and steak and eggs are my rotation.  Even with that rotation it comes down to either the burrito or a chicken fry about 90% of the time.  Every waitress in the place knows my name, my wife's name, the dog's name etc.  I've walked in and overheard them betting about what I'll order.  So I'm not offended if I walk in and Hope places a steaming hot chicken fry, eggs over easy, wheat toast & grape jelly with extra crispy hash browns in front of me before I have a chance to order. 

Question.  Did I have a choice about what I was going to eat for breakfast?  Of course I did.  Why would the waitress pick my breakfast for me?  First, because she knows after years of brining it to me exactly what I want.  Second, she knew that the special that day was $2 off for one of my favorites.   People make predictable choices about what they like and what they want all the time, but its still a choice.  It may be a habit, but it is a choice.  I could have surprised everyone and asked for oatmeal.

People make choices.  We make them about breakfast and we make them about who we are attracted to sexually.  After awhile our choices become habit.  Like it or not people categorize, remember us, and label us by our habits.  In the diner a man may be known as a trucker special with coffee and sugar.  Is there more to that person than his order?  Of course, but that is how he is going to be known.  The waitress is going to have his coffee poured and give him extra sugar packets right off the bat, and the cook is going to start the pancakes as soon as he sees him. 

Nobody is offended by any of that.

When it comes to homosexuality somehow we are supposed to pretend that things are different.  We are expected to believe a person who is rational and able to make thousands of other decisions based on his own individual standards somehow loses that ability when it comes to sex.  What you find sexually attractive is what you find attractive.  There isn't necessarily a reason for it, it just happens to be what you enjoy.  Fine.  Do what you want to do.  Keep it private and I'll have no reason to know or care what you are doing.

When you decide that not only do you want to do what you want, but you want people who don't do the same thing as you to approve and affirm what you are doing, you cross a very important line.  Gay is not the new black.  Gay is not a legitimate civil rights issue.  Gay's do not have a right to ruin a mans life because he describes himself as "pro-vagina".  You don't have a right to destroy people who don't want to bake you a wedding cake.  I don't care what the judge says.  Is there suddenly a shortage of gays working as wedding planners?  Seriously, I've never met a straight wedding planner, ever.  You can't tell me that one Christian baker is the only ones making wedding cakes. 

The reason Putin is popular with just about everyone who isn't gay or in the media or a democrat, but I repeat myself, is that the rest of us are sick to death about hearing how you get off doing it with members of your own sex.  Keep it private and we don't care that much.  Shove it in our face and expect us to approve and congratulate you and we get resentful.  Try recruiting our children to your lifestyle and we become protective.  Leave us alone and we will leave you alone.

The Seamstress

One day, when a seamstress was sewing while sitting close to a river, her thimble fell into the river. When she cried out, the Lord appeared and asked, "My dear child, why are you crying?"

The seamstress replied that her thimble had fallen into the water and that she needed it to help her husband in making a living for their family.

The Lord dipped His hand into the water and pulled up a golden thimble set with pearls.

"Is this your thimble?" the Lord asked.

The seamstress replied, "No."

The Lord again dipped into the river. He held out a silver thimble ringed with sapphires.

"Is this your thimble?" the Lord asked.

Again, the seamstress replied, "No."

The Lord reached down again and came up with a leather thimble. "Is this your thimble?" the Lord asked.

The seamstress replied, "Yes."

The Lord was pleased with the woman's honesty and gave her all three thimbles to keep, and the seamstress went home happy.

Some years later, the seamstress was walking with her husband along the riverbank, and her husband fell into the river and disappeared under the water.

When she cried out, the Lord again appeared and asked her, "Why are you crying?"

"Oh Lord, my husband has fallen into the river!"

The Lord went down into the water and came up with Tom Selleck.

"Is this your husband?" the Lord asked.

"Yes," cried the seamstress.

The Lord was furious. "You lied! That is an untruth!"

The seamstress replied, "Oh, forgive me, my Lord. It is a misunderstanding. You see, if I had said 'no' to Tom Selleck, you would have come up with Brad Pitt. Then if I said 'no' to him, you would have come up with my husband.

Had I then said 'yes,' you would have given me all three.

Lord, I'm not in the best of health and would not be able to take care of all three husbands, so THAT'S why I said 'yes' to Tom Selleck."

And so the Lord let her keep him.

The moral of this story is: Whenever a woman lies, it's for a good and honorable reason, and in the best interest of others.

That's our story, and we're sticking to it.

 

Signed,

All Us Women

1/21/2014

NWA Again

At least it sounds like a good sound bite.

From the New York Post:
Mayor de Blasio’s spokesman, Phil Walzak, said Sunday, “We won’t sit by while lives are lost and families are torn apart. These latest crashes underscore the urgent need to make our streets safer, which is why we are moving decisively to enact ‘Vision Zero’.”
Sounds good to me.  Make the city safer.  Keep people safe from harm.  Protect families, because as we all know New York is the most family friendly place in the world.  Provided the "family" we're talking about is the blue Mafioso.

The above sound bite is in response to this bit of info from the same news story.
Cops bloodied an 84-year-old man and put him in the hospital Sunday when he jaywalked at an Upper West Side intersection and didn’t appear to understand their orders to stop, witnesses said.
In New York the cops are so concerned about your personal safety they will kick your ass.  Especially if you are 84 years old, unarmed and according to witnesses don't understand English.   New York cops care and will do what ever it takes to keep you safe.  They will even take you to the hospital afterwards.  Despite what you may be thinking this isn't about screwing people out of $250 for jaywalking either.  It's all about safety.

Hey Dr. Dre, what up?

1/20/2014

Of Fred

I've been a reader of Fred Reed for 10 or 11 years now.  At least I've been reading him on line for that long.  I think I may have caught some of his stuff in SOF back in the 80's too.  I really can't remember any of his SOF work, I just know that he used to write for them and I used to read them from time to time. 

For what its worth, Fred reminds me of Mark Twain without any of the pizazz and paparazzi.  Ok so Mark Twain didn't have any of that stuff either.  They both smoke cigars, drink whisky and speak with a southern draw so we know that they are decent human beings.  I could have said that Fred reminds me of Mike Royko but being compared to a Pollock from Chicago might be offensive to a southerner.  Besides Fred is one of the few people still alive that might remember who Royko was.  Both men had a way with humor that makes sense to me.  Humor is after all just a way to look at life and laugh instead of cry.

From a recent Fred on Everything:

A Childhood in Athens

It is common for aging men, worn by the long years of drink and skirt-chasing and strenuous dissolution in the fleshpots of Asia, or any available fleshpots, to remember their youth in roseate hues that never were. But, dammit, we really did go barefoot. And had BB guns. And the dog could go anywhere it damned well pleased, and come back when it chose.
And nobody cared. Oh sweet age of nobody cared.  Child Protective Services didn’t show up, officious passive-aggressive snots, to carry my parents away.  
BB guns, I said. We all had them.
Today children of six years are led from classrooms in handcuffs for merely drawing a rifle (curious in the world's most militarily aggressive country).
Such was America, when it was America.  It was a helluva country, warts and all, and Athens was a helluva childhood. These never will be again, but they were, and for those who knew them, it was enough. 
I hate to disagree with Fred.  It was not enough.  It was nothing like enough.  Prior to moving to the big city my childhood was much like Fred's.  That's the way it should be.  Boys should be boys.  Girls should do whatever girls do.  I have no idea what that is because I was boy and couldn't be bothered with girls until I had a job and drivers license.  It's not "enough" that this is the way it once was.  Part of what' s wrong with America is that this isn't how its been for the last 30 years.

I don't suspect that Fred is a religious man.  "Oh sweet age of nobody cared.", is as woeful a prayer of lament that ever crossed human lips.  I fervently wish we could return to the sweet age of nobody cared.  Today we live in an age of "everyone should care".  The result of which is socially autistic busybodies running around pitching continual tantrums and making everyone as miserable as they are.

1/15/2014

Blonds

Bob walked into a sports bar around 9:58 p.m.

He sat down next to a blonde at the bar and stared up at the TV just as the 10:00 p.m. news was coming on.

The news crew was covering a story about a man preparing to jump off the ledge of a building downtown.

The blonde looked at Bob and said, “Do you think he’ll jump?”

Bob said, “You know, I bet he’ll jump.”

The blonde replied, “Well, I bet he won’t.”

Bob placed a $20 bill on the bar and said, “You’re on!”

Just as the blonde placed her money on the bar, the guy on the ledge did a swan dive off the building, falling to his death.

The blonde was very upset, but willingly handed her $20 to Bob saying, “Fair’s fair. Here’s your money.”

Bob replied, “I can’t take your money. I saw this earlier on the 5 p.m. news so I already knew he would jump.”

The blonde replied, “I saw it too, but I never thought he’d do it again.”

Bob took the money.

1/11/2014

'Aliens Exist'?

'Aliens Exist' Says Canada's Former Defense Minister

There’s nothing quite like a former high-ranking official giving credence to conspiracy theories to kick off a work week.
That's an understatement.

So there you have it, folks. Aliens are real, according to a nonagenarian man who at one point had access to highly classified information during the height of the Cold War.
 Oh.  There's another one.

Are there extraterrestrials?   I don't know.  I'm enough of a fan of sci-fi to wonder.  I note that no terrestrial based religious system, including the bible, claims that there is not.  They also don't tend to address the issue, Ron Hubbard et el excluded of course.  If there are aliens it would pose religious questions but not necessarily be a problem.

The bible does clearly teach that there are extra dimensional beings. This is true of other religions as well.  Are these creatures what they are calling aliens?  This brings up another question: Why would creatures smart enough to travel across the galaxy want to bother with us?  From a religious/biblical perspective we get an answer.  Some inter dimensional creatures are benevolent and some are malevolent.  If this perspective is correct, how do we know which type of aliens the Canadian government is doing business with?

1/10/2014

EPA, At it Again

Apparently the EPA has accomplished it mission and now is out looking for anything to do to justify its continued spot on the tax payer gravy train.

EPA proposes restrictions for new wood stoves

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new standards for wood stoves that would reduce the maximum amount of fine particulate emissions allowed for new stoves sold in 2015 and 2019.
"When these standards are fully implemented, EPA estimates that for every dollar spent to comply with these standards, the American public will see between $118 and $267 in health benefits," it said. "Consumers will also see a monetary benefit from efficiency improvements in the new wood stoves, which use less wood to heat homes. The total health and economic benefits of the proposed standards are estimated to be at $1.8 (billion) to $2.4 billion annually."
Are wood stoves really that big of a problem for America?  Really?  Come on now, really?   Its that big of a problem, that we need to make a federal issue out it?

I won't even get into the mathematical magic they used to come up with an economic BENIFIT of almost two and a half billion dollars EVERY YEAR after implementation of this new rule.  If there was some way to use this same math and apply the economic benefit to my checking account, I could buy an island in the Caribbean and not have to live where it is cold enough to consider heating with a wood stove.

1/09/2014

Fracking

Fracking is more than a good method for oil production, its a great method for fighting the global jihad. 

Saudi Billionaire Prince: Fracking Competitively Threatens ‘Any Oil Producing Country in the World’

Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, a billionaire businessman and nephew of Saudi King Abdullah, said the production of shale oil and natural gas in the United States and other countries, primarily done through fracking, is a real competitive threat to “any oil-producing country in the world,” adding that Saudi Arabia must address the issue because it is a “matter of survival.”
Here's the deal.  The US, Canada, and Mexico have more mapped oil and gas reserves than anybody else.  While its slightly off topic, we also have more than a 20,000 year supply of coal.  Let that sink in.  There is no energy crisis.  There is no green house gas crisis.

Fracking is good for America.  It's also good for the rest of the world.  What are Saudi Arabia's and the rest of the OPEC cartels two biggest exports?  Oil, obviously.  What's number two?  Islamic jihad.  I'm excepting Ecuador and Venezuela obviously.  So what happens if the price of oil goes down at the same time OPEC is losing production capacity?  How is this a bad thing for the rest of the word?  It's not.  When OPEC is no longer giving the world oil, we will only remember their other export.  When that happens those counties other exports will be viewed in a much different light.

1/08/2014

Walmart is Better

We all know that Wal-Mart sucks. Right?  They mistreat their employees as badly as the Chinese sweat shops that make the stuff they sell.  We all know that, don't we?  That's what I've always been told.  The union organizers constantly tell us that.  It must be true.  According to the community agitators on the left the compensation at Wal-Mart is supposed to be on par with what a field slave in 1838 on a southern cotton plantation got.

Surprise! Walmart health plan is cheaper, offers more coverage than Obamacare

For a monthly premium as low as roughly $40, an individual who is a Walmart HRA plan enrollee can obtain full-service coverage through a Blue Cross Blue Shield preferred provider organization. A family can get coverage for about $160 per month.
Unlike Obamacare, there are no income eligibility requirements. Age and gender do not alter premium rates. The company plan is the same for all of Walmart's 1.1 million enrolled employees and their dependents, from its cashiers to its CEO.
I've never been employed by Wal-Mart.  Since we all know that the left NEVER LIES about anything, we must conclude that Obummer is making things worse for modern Americans than what slaves in America had 200 years ago.

Don't Mess With Mama


My son came home from school one day,
with a smirk upon his face.
He'd decided he was smart enough,
to put me in my place.

"Guess what I learned in Civics Two,
That's taught by Mr. Wright?
It's all about the laws today,
The "Children's Bill of Rights."

It says I need not clean my room,
don't have to cut my hair.
No one can tell me what to think,
or speak, or what to wear.

I have freedom from religion,
and regardless what you say,
I don't have to bow my head,
and I sure don't have to pray.

I can wear earrings if I want,
and pierce my tongue & nose.
I can read & watch just what I like,
and get tattoos from head to toes.

And if you ever spank me,
I'll charge you with the crime.
I'll back up all my charges,
with the marks on my behind.

Don't you ever touch me,
my body's only for my use,
not for your hugs and kisses,
that's just more child abuse.

Don't preach about your morals,
like your mama did to you.
That's nothing more than mind control,
And it's illegal too!

Mom, I have these children's rights,
so you can't influence me,
or I'll call Children's Services Division, better known as C.S.D. "

Of course my first instinct was
To toss him out the door
But the chance to teach a lesson
made me think a little more.

I mulled it over carefully,
I couldn't let this go.
A smile crept upon my face,
he's messing with a pro.

The next day I took him shopping
at the local Goodwill Store
I told him, "Pick out all you want,
there's shirts & pants galore.

I've called and checked with C.S.D.,
who said they didn't care
if I bought you K-Mart shoes
instead of those Nike Airs.

And I've canceled that appointment
to take your driver's test.
The C.S.D. is unconcerned
so I'll decide what's best. "
 
I said "No time to stop and eat,
or pick up stuff to munch.
And tomorrow you can start to learn
to make your own sack lunch.

Just save that raging appetite,
and wait 'til dinner time.
We're having liver and onions,
a favorite dish of mine.

He asked "Can I please rent a movie,
To watch on my VCR?"
"Sorry, but I sold your TV,
for new tires on my car.

I also rented out your room,
you'll take the couch instead.
The C.S.D. requires
just a roof above your head.

Your clothing won't be trendy now,
and I'll choose what we eat.
That allowance that you used to get,
will buy me something neat.

I'm selling off your jet ski,
dirt-bike & roller blades.
Check out the "Parent's Bill of Rights", It's in effect today!

Hey hot shot, are you crying,
and why are you on your knees?
Are you asking God to help you out,
instead of C.S.D.?

1/07/2014

We Dodged That One

Back in July I wrote a post: WYO Politics: Liz Cheney and Shameless Self Promotion.  For those of you who don't remember and don't want to take the time to read it, I have no use for Liz Cheney and her representing Wyoming in the US Senate.  Today I learned that the carpet bagger from Virginia has decided to bow out of a race she was losing for reasons of "family health".  Apparently one of her kids is sick.  I'm sorry about her kid and I don't wish sick kids on anyone. 

I can't help but be curious about the timing and the circumstances.  Dizzy Lizzy has spent the last 6 months in a full press primary challenge, with lots of fund raisers, paid ads, and a little mud slinging to boost her profile.  Yet some how despite being born in Wisconsin.  I was going to use this paragraph to bash Liz on how NOT FROM WYOMING she is.  As I was checking Wiki to double check her birth, school and residency data, I discovered that most of the information has been scrubbed.  This is HILARIOUS.  You see all of that data was readily available back in July. 

Dizzy Lizzy has been pretty well raked over the coals here in Wyoming because: 1. She isn't from Wyoming, never has been, 2. Her big claim to fame is she is a DC insider, 3. She can get lots of money from special interest groups.  We have a lot of folks in Wyoming that are very proud of the fact that Dick Cheney is a local boy.  Him and his wife grew up in Casper and graduated from high school in Casper.  They got married here.  Even though his job took him away, he always kept a home and some land here.  They came back for vacations and family gatherings.  In other words Dick Cheney was a native son.  His kids on the other hand, aren't. 

Wyoming residents are basically cowboys, coal miners and oil field trash.  I've been all three.  We get that the rest of the county sees us as some sort of cross between Brokeback Mountain and Deliverance.   We understand your point of view, and we don't give a damn.  What we do care about is the fact that the people who represent us are in some small way LIKE US, at least in basic beliefs.  That's not Liz Perry.  Pretending to be from Wyoming and then running against the most conservative politician we have just because his seat is up for election this year isn't the way to win our hearts and minds. 

Mrs. Perry has only been able to get about 17% support in the polls of likely republican primary voters.  That's less than 1 in 5.  I know every time they call me, I tell them how much I ain't gonna vote for her.  I suspect that the other 83% of the folks they've been calling have said basically the same things I have.  It looks like all her big money inside the beltway friends can do basic math.  I wonder just exactly how successful the fundraising has been.

It will be interesting to see if little mrs pretends to be from Wyoming will take her campaign funds and retire or if she will come back and try to unseat RINO Cynthia (Doom Us) Loomis next election cycle.  I doubt that she will be able to make a successful run at our other Senator John Barraso. 

1/06/2014

That's a Question

Let's say you want to be an organ donor.  You fill out the card they give you with your drivers license.  That's it.  When you die the doctors will make a decision about what can be used and harvest it for the benefit of others.  Basically its one last charitable donation on your part as you head off to the afterlife.

There is a great need for it.  The numbers of people waiting for a replacement organ are much greater than the available organs.  One person dies, and another lives.  The first death is unavoidable, irreversible and regrettable but the gift of life is remarkable.

So what about death row inmates?

Child Killer's Last Request Before Execution Is Surprisingly Sweet

He is going to die.  His last request is to donate his usable organs.  Should they let him?

Wait there is more.  Strictly speaking this isn't legal.  Most states require that the prisoner die by lethal injection, these injections tend to toxify the organs killing the subject. The suitability of the organs for transplant is compromised.  Generally this must happen in the confines of the department of corrections, not a proper hospital facility.    Strictly speaking, this isn't exactly ethical for a doctor to do either.  What is required to make this happen is a different method of execution AND a doctor harvesting tissues and organs form a healthy living individual only to let that person die.

So what do you think?

Are you lethally practical, or do other considerations out weigh the potential benefits?

1/04/2014

Weekend Update

Maybe not a weekend update exactly, more of a weather update. 

I gather from the news that the rescue attempt of the global warming scientists in Antarctica has hit another snag.  It appears that they got another ship stuck in the ice.  Oh well, I'm sure they will get it free eventually.  In case you don't realize it, its summer in the south pole.  I seem to remember that Al climate scare billionaire Gore said that there wasn't going to be any ice left at the south pole come 2013.  These poor eco-scam scientists were down there checking it out and discovered that, no Virginia there isn't any man made global warming. 

Of course there are calls coming from the loony left for America to pitch in more cash for the rescue efforts.  It may surprise you but I agree.  I agree that at least one American should foot the bill for the rescue.  Al Gore, these poor delusional fools believed you and your pontificating about no polar ice.  Why not put your money where your mouth is?

That sound you don't hear is crickets not chirping.  They aren't chirping because they froze to death.

In other weather related news: if you are reading this on Sunday or Monday, the predicted wind chills where I live are ranging from -35 to -55.  That's degrees BELOW zero.  I'm posting this now because I expect to be freezing my tail off and it is entirely possible that my fingers will be too cold to type for a couple of days..

1/02/2014

Back to Work?

So did everyone make it back to work today, or are you able to hold out till Monday morning?

I've especially enjoyed the last two days off.  Even though it was in the middle of the week it was the first two day weekend that I've had all year that didn't involve me using PTO time to get off.  That's right my first back to back two days off for 2013 was the last day of the year and the first day of 2014.  Not sure that it counts as a weekend, but I was glad to get it.

My new years resolutions are basic.  I need to lose weight.  More importantly, and maybe connectedly, I need to get a real job.  It's hard to believe that 5 years have gone by without meaningful employment.  I'm not saying I've not had work, because I have.  I've always been able to scare up something, road construction, burger flipping, coal mining, etc.  It's just been so long since I had a career type job that I'm afraid that meaningful employment is now unlikely. 

On another note:  For those of you who received a book from me for Christmas, they are due back to the Library on Tuesday.

1/01/2014

It's a new Year


True Story

I know this would be a great day for New Years Resolution Jokes, but I'm a little short on those right now.

True Story from Police Academy

This really happen to me when I was in the police academy....

One day the instructor asked us a very simple question......What would you do if you saw your mother run a red light....

A. pull her over and give her a ticket...

B. pull her over and give her a warning....or

C. just let her go, after all she is your mother?

When it came my turn to answer everybody looked my way because I was always cutting up in class...but being very serious I said..."The first thing I would do would be call for back-up"

Another woman in the class said, "it was very apparent that I knew nothing about the law."

To which I answered that it was apparent that she knew NOTHING ABOUT MY MOTHER!!!....


P.S....On the state exam I was the only one who answered the question correctly.