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!



Some people only learn things the hard way. For some reason they can't grasp the facts logically, they need a real life encounter before they are able to connect the dots and figure out the solution to the problem. I found this on the net. Here's an excerpt that I found worth sharing:
"Thank you for saving my life, and to the rest of you thank you for fighting for this man's right to protect me and my child. Tell him for me that I will no longer be part of the group who invades his home, and tries to tell him how to store his guns. Tell him I will never be part of any group who tries to make it impossible for him to buy his tool he used to save me. And tell him I will never again tell him how to raise his children properly, because obviously I was oblivious to the fact that responsible people such as him know how to raise their children better than I do. If not for this man I could very easily have been killed or raped, and my child could've been taken from me, so once more I need to say thanks for saving me, and with all sincerity to the rest of you, forgive me, for I have sinned."
Fortunately this women discovered the truth before it was too late. Had a real life gun nut, not been around she very likely would have been another crime statistic. Remember a gun in the hand is better than a cop hiding in the bushes.


This Week at Work

My work truck has one of those digital thermometers that tells you how cold it is outside. Keep in mind that the wind had gusts of over 30mph. The local radio station said that the temp in town was 3 degrees colder than my truck reading. It's days like this that make me wonder if I would be willing to trade hot muggy summers to avoid cold winters.


Talk Radio

My normal work day involves riding around in the truck taking care of different stuff form 8 to 14 hours each day. I have lots of time to listen to the radio. In Wyoming radio choices are somewhat limited, so I flip the dial a lot. For awhile I listened to a radio station that had Jay Sekulow Live on in the 10:00 slot. I think that the ACLJ does some good work and Jay was OK, although he is very limited intellectually and unable to engage anyone with a slightly different take on his topic du jour. For some unexplained reason Jay let his kid Jordon have the mike one show. His kid was a complete bore, rude to callers and utterly unable to grasp any concept anyone put to him that departed from his talking points. So he did what any Air America type would do, he used the mute button to cut the caller short and engaged in name calling. Jordon was completely out classed by anyone who dared to question his take on the world. Not because they were correct (I'll never know what the complete point was as those callers were cut off) but because Jordon was a jerk. When your greatest accomplishment in life is being the result of Jay Seulow's premature ejaculation and getting into your daddy's law school, you might want to tone it down, or at least be up to the task of engaging the public intelligently.

That episode led me to do something I haven't done in years. I hit the AM button on the radio. After a nearly 15 year break I discovered that Rush is still on. I'm not a ditto head, never was but Rush can be entertaining at times. After Rush, Sean Hannity is on at 1:00pm. I've been listening for the last month or so. Now I realize these guys represent right wing popular thought in America and that they are more right wing than CNN, but if this is the best Conservative America can muster, we might as well throw in the towel now and let the Dems have the election.

It's over folks, there isn't a conservative voice expounding the benefits of constitutional government in the main stream press. Rush is about entertaining those who think they are conservative and Hannity is about echoing a couple of Rush's talking points in a way that carves listener share out of Rush's leftovers. The people are never going to get a return to conservative principles out of our government, because no one with a public pulpit, and media creditability is asking for it.


Tis The Season

For Christmas this year I was able to take a week off. So it was across the prairie, over the Missouri, Mississippi and a few smaller rivers, through the woods to Grandmothers house we went. The only problem was the winter snow storms that we had to drive in. We made it all of a couple of hours from home before 50 mile an hour winds and blowing snow made it impossible to go on. The next day I counted over 50 wrecks in 50 miles including several semis that didn't make it. Traveling was pretty bad and it took a lot longer to make it back east. Farmer Tom, I waved as we went by. I even thought of calling from Perkins Saturday night but I knew I had to press on. Unfortunately coming back home we had more of the same. You know the trip has sucked when navigating Chicago was the easiest part of the drive. After dealing with a fussy boy, bad roads and what has got to be the worst road trip of my life, I made it a point to apologize to my father for every family road trip he ever had to take us on growing up. There is nothing like parenthood to make you appreciate how much you made your own parents suffer.

Christmas news: Santa was good this year. Baby Ipsa has mastered the art of ripping paper off presents and its a blast to watch him tear into stuff. He loses interest as soon as the package is denuded of colorful paper, unless of course there is a cool box for him to play with. He cares nothing for the gift at this point.

I received some really cool reloading stuff. Let this be a lesson to you other guys, write down the exact item number from the RCBS catalog so there is no confusion as to what you want. Then "help" your kid write a letter to Santa explaining how much he wants his daddy to get a good non-tie gift. Sure its shameless self promotion, but hey I got one of these for Christmas this year. Suckers, enjoy your sweaters. Daddy was good to daddy this year too. I'm getting a rebarrel on one gun AND my custom 1000 yard dog gun should be done by May. More on those when they get closer to completion. Mrs Ipsa received some good loot too, including a Canon camera shes been wanting, as well as other stuff.

I'm busting butt at work. Right now I'm filling two full time jobs because we're short handed, that and greedy guy that I am, I like the over time. Hope all is well with you and your's and you had a great holiday.