"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm" - George Orwell

Friday, September 30, 2011

Hey CoolChange, what's on your IPOD, tonight?

Don Williams - Good Ole Boys Like Me. Smooth as silk, good ol' boy from Corpus Christi.

Grandpa's Journal

Friday January13, 1911

Snowed last night. To H-man (Hillman) after mail. To Redmond in PM.

Hillman was the name of the town they settled near. The next year it was changed to Terrebonne. My Grandmother is the only person in the U.S. that has a birth certificate from Hillman, Oregon.

Happy birthday!

1824 - Peter Milne, composer

On this day in history.

1935 The Hoover Dam, astride the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada, is dedicated.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

It's not just the drug cartels!

Massive Shark Kill near South Padre Island.

Sgt. Dunks said. "They get over here in a matter of two minutes and be back in Mexico in a matter of two minutes…The guys we have caught in the past have flat told us that there are no more fish over there and that is why they are coming over here."

They will rape your natural resources and when they are gone, they move on. Actually they sink into abject poverty before they move on. And, if you are still around, you get to clean up th garbage.

"So HIGH...Good munchies"

Three Houston police officers accused of getting high on duty

"If they actually are true, then we're talking about is destruction of evidence. That's a felony. We're talking about official misconduct. We're potentially talking about police offices driving around the city of Houston high on drugs, conducting official police business while high on drugs. It's a pretty big deal," Cahill said.

Parden me while I pick my jaw off the floor.

Grandpa's Journal

Thursday January 12,1911.

Pulled 115 trees for Nielson.

Happy birthday!

1758 - Horatio Nelson, Burnham Thorpe Britain, naval hero (Trafalgar)

On this day in history.

1066 - William the Conqueror invaded England

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Happy birthday!

1934 - Brigitte Bardot, Paris France, sex kitten (And God Created Women)

Yep. It was a toss up between her and these guys:

1909 - Al Capp
1926 - Jerry Clower

Sorry guys. I love your work. But she is sweet eye candy!

On this day in history.

1781 Siege of Yorktown begins, last battle of the Revolutionary War

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Grandpa's Journal

Wednesday January11, 1911

Snowed last night. Went to trail crossing after runaway horse. Wrote letter to sister.

Happy birthday!

1722 - Samuel Adams, Rebel, patriot and politician(Lt Gov-Mass, 1789-94)

On this day in history.

1787 Constitution submitted to the states for ratification

.308 minigun.

You know what my comment is! Another H/T to Borepatch.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Can We Have A Meme, Please? It's For a Good Cause.

"Patrick Leahy Is Eric Holder's Punkass Flunky Boy."

Copy, paste, and post to your own blog. You owe it to Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, ICE Agent Jaime Zapata, and over 200 Mexican Nationals, many of them law enforcement.

edit. H/T to Borepatch, Bob, and the Dutchman.

Grandpa's Journal

Tuesday January 10, 1911

Pulled 95 trees for Neilson.

Happy birthday!

1888 - T S Eliot, St Louis poet/dramatist/critic

On this day in history.

1960 First of 4 TV debates Nixon & Kennedy took place

Friday, September 23, 2011

ohemgee! (OMG) for elder 16 somethings, oh my God for real people!

The sattelite is not going to fall today! It's going to fall tomorrow! Which starts in 1 hour!  Put on your tin hats and save yourselves!

So it's rolling and tumbling (in blues venacular) or pitching and yawing (in the way of the astronaut) either way it's effen gonna land somewhere!(in redneckese). Save yourselves!
Now that is some good Muddy Waters stuff right there!
Let that little satellite roll and tumble all night long! Me and Muddy we ain't skeered!

Hey CoolChange, what's on your IPOD, tonight?

J.J. Cale twofer. If you don't know this man, you need to. We've got the crud down deep in the chest and up high in the sinus area here at the casa, so tonght is slow and quiet on the IPOD.
Cherry, i'd like to love you
Cherry, will you love me too
Someday i will take you away, that's all i want to do
I'll love you forever, cherry
Will you love me too
Sweet as a morning sunrise
Fresh as a mountain dew

Someday i will love you
Cherry, will you love me too
I need you forever, cherry
Will you need me too
I'll love you forever cherry, will you love me too
Cherry, will you love me to
Whippoorwill's singing Soft summer breeze 
Makes me think of my baby I left down in New Orleans  
I left down in New Orleans 
Magnolia, you sweet thing 
You're driving me mad 
Got to get back to you, babe 
You're the best I ever had  
You're the best I ever had   

You whisper "Good morning" 
So gently in my ear 
I'm coming home to you, babe  
I'll soon be there  
I'll soon be there  

Magnolia, you sweet thing  
You're driving me mad  
Got to get back to you, babe  
You're the best I ever had  
You're the best I ever had  
You're the best I ever had  
You're the best I ever had

Happy birthday!

1949 - Bruce Springsteen,  Asbury NJ, rock musician

On this day in history.

1806 Lewis and Clark return to St. Louis, after exploring the Pacific Northwest of the United States.

Grandpa's Journal

Monday January 9, 1911 Put ring and J hook on new cable. Crimped iron. Hauled hay and manure.

Autumnal Equinox

Autumnal Equinox is on Friday, September 23, 2011 at 4:04 AM in Magnolia, TX. Better weather coming, I hope.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Odds and wierds.

Alternative wind surfing sail.
Only the lonely know the way I feel tonight.
Please tell me it's a telephone booth!

Grandpa's Journal

Sunday January 8, 1911 Poor nights rest. Bonnie not sleeping well. H Shank came up, stayed to lunch. Then to SS. and church.

Bonnie was my Grandmother. She was 3 months old at the time.

On this day in history.

1776 American patriot, captain Nathan Hale executed for spying

Happy birthday!

1791 - Michael Faraday, discovered principle of electric motor

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

More justice coming?

Wow, today has been a day!

You might remembering my mention of this on my blog around Friday, July 29, 2011

Please don't let the kids look. There are rough men out there that need rough men to deal with them when they cross the line, then the bad guys will take over

So the wheels are moving forward. Nice to see a couple of society's thugs in their own bracelets. I wish, but I know that they have not been released into the general population. Maybe someday...

Dead Man Walking.

Buh bye.

"Brewer ordered a huge last meal, officials said. He requested a chicken fried steak, a triple-meat hamburger, a cheese omelet, okra, a pound of barbecue, fajitas, a meat pizza and a slab of peanut butter.Brewer has never apologized for the murder. He recently told a reporter that if he was given the choice, he would kill again."

Dead at 6:21 CST.

You decide.

I like Nicolas Cage's acting. But  I have always thought there was something secretey about him. What say y'all? Yes? No?

Read here.

Just stir the pot, please.

Linky H/T to Borepatch

Grandpa's Journal

Saturday January 7, 1911 Fixed cable. Davidson helped me cut wood. Went to town in PM. Stayed to telephone meeting. Home at four.

Happy birthday!

1866 - H.G. Wells, Bromley England, author

On this day in history.

1937 - J R R Tolkien, publishes "Hobbit"

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ear Infection

There's nothing worse than a Doctor's Receptionist who insists you tell her what is wrong with you in a room full of other patients.

I know most of us have experienced this, and I love the way this old guy handled it.

A 65-year-old man walked into a crowded waiting room and approached the desk.

The Receptionist said, 'Yes sir, what are you seeing the Doctor for today?'

'There's something wrong with my dick', he replied.

The receptionist became irritated and said, 'You shouldn't come into a crowded waiting room and say things like that. '

'Why not, you asked me what was wrong and I told you,' he said.

The Receptionist replied; 'Now you've caused some embarrassment in this room full of people. You should have said there is something wrong with your ear or something and discussed the problem further with the Doctor in private.'

The man replied, 'You shouldn't ask people questions in a roomful of strangers, if the answer could embarrass anyone. The man walked out, waited several minutes, and then re-entered.

The Receptionist smiled smugly and asked, 'Yes??'

'There's something wrong with my ear,' he stated.

The Receptionist nodded approvingly and smiled, knowing he had taken her advice.. 'And what is wrong with your ear, Sir?'

'I can't piss out of it,' he replied.

The waiting room erupted in laughter...

Mess with seniors and you're going to lose!!

Pure genious!

I take a tremendous amount of pleasure in forwarding this e-mail !!!!


Grandpa's Journal

Friday January 6, 1911 Pulled trees and broke cable. Pulled 78

On this day in history.

1519 - Ferdinand Magellan starts 1st successful circumnavigation of world

Happy birthday!

1744 - Giacomo Quarenghi, Ital/Russian master builder (Hermitage Theater)

Monday, September 19, 2011

How to shorten your workday.

This kicked me in the stomach like a mule.


This past weekend yielded 1/2" of rain. Plus more this morning. But I haven't checked the gauge on this yet.

Edit: This morning brought another 1/2". 24" to go!

Some Walter Mills for you.

Because I care. And more people should.


By Walter Mills

The Visit of the Great Blue Heron

In the early morning as my wife and I walked along Sinking Creek there was a loud flapping of wings over the water. Between the trees and bushes I could see a large bird rising.

“That must be the Great Blue Heron,” my wife said as the bird flapped its wings a single time and skimmed over the creek and out of sight. She had seen it once on a previous walk in about the same place and then
several of the kids had seen it on Sunday morning down by the church as they played by the creek after the service.

It is a creature that seems to belong on wide expanses of water, on lakes or large rivers and not on our little creek. It is almost as if a member of royalty has dropped by your house unannounced and is sitting in the second best parlor casting a cold eye on your everyday furnishings. This is too majestic a bird for our modest creek, and must have lost its way. At least that is why I assume the heron is here. There could be some less obvious explanation.

In a time that still remains in our distant memory, all types of birds and animals had mystical meanings that have disappeared from our mechanistic world. When I saw the bird floating over the creek I immediately thought of the old Arthurian legend of the Fisher King that was written down around 900 years ago. After the fall of Camelot the knights are sent off on quests to find the Holy Grail, the cup which Jesus Christ drank from at the Last Supper and which was said to have caught the last drops of His blood. The Grail is guarded by the Fisher King who lives in a castle that appears and disappears. The purpose of the knights’ quest is to find the Holy Grail and return the blighted land to life.

It is the castle, appearing and disappearing, that interests me most. The castle is a portal between the normal world and Avalon as the early Celts called their otherworld. Avalon is a spiritual realm, which will flow back into the wasteland and revive it.

It is easy to see the spiritual blight in others and in our society, but it is hard to see it within ourselves. When we are children the world seems filled with spirit, with freshness. The natural world is new, birds and animals sometimes speak, toys come alive. As we grow up we have to learn to discount our imaginations and live in the mundane world where nothing speaks to us and a bird is nothing but a bird.

When I was a college student living in a dorm on a campus set in a south Florida tomato field, I walked out one evening when the grounds were empty and the sky was clear and star filled. I had never used any
psychedelic drugs, but as I stood next to a tree I began to see a swirling of colors and a roaring noise filled my ears. It was like a whirlwind without the wind, and for a few moments I could see the
interior of the tree and the earth, catch glimpses of meaning. The stars seemed nearby, part of a larger pattern I could almost grasp. Far from feeling disoriented, I felt comforted by a sense of belonging, connected
to the physical world by spiritual ties.

From time to time since then I have felt echoes of that experience, but slowly the connections have frayed and the world has become more alien, flatter, less resonant. Everyday activities crowd in to close the
connection to the world that mystics like William Blake and Jakob Boehme have told us about and that the Romantic poets longed for. “There hath passed away a glory from the earth,” Wordsworth wrote. “The things that I have seen I now can see no more.”

And then the Fisher King flies out of the spirit world in the form of a Great Blue Heron and swoops past me as we walk along Sinking Creek. Somewhere a portal to the spirit world has opened, but soon it will
close again. 

Read more of Walt's writing at his blog:

(The above column originally appeared in the Centre Daily Times and is
copyright © 2011 by Walter Mills. All rights reserved worldwide. To
contact Walt, address your emails to    awmills@verizon.net ).

Grandpa's Journal

Friday, January 6, 1911.Pulled trees and broke cable.Pulled 78

On this day in history

1737 Runner Edward Marshall completes his journey in the Walking Purchase forcing the cession of 1.2 million acres (4,860 km²) of Lenape-Delaware tribal land to the Pennsylvania Colony.

Happy birthday

I guess this is a happy birthday.


Do you know what you did to a bunch of girls, you skinny piece of shit?

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Grandpa's Journal

Thursday January 5, 1911 Tree pulling again. 97 trees.

Happy birthday!

1733 - George Read, US judge/signer (Declaration of Independence)

On this day in history.

1947 - USAF (US Air Force) is formed.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Grandpa's Journal

Wednesday, January 4, 1911. Pulled 115 trees. Went to club in the evening.

On this day in history

1787 The United States Constitution is signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Constitution

Happy birthday

1854 - David Dunbar Buick, American automobile pioneer

Friday, September 16, 2011

Hey CoolChange, what's on your IPOD, tonight?

Red Rider-Lunatic Fringe

Once again blogger is screwing up. I can't upload videos as usual. So here's the link.


I want it so bad, bad, bad...

I think I'm going mad, mad, mad.
Kel-Tec KSG

Grandpa's Journal

I missed doing an entry yesterday so today is a 2fer.

Monday Jan.2, 1911. Staightened things out. Got bay from canyon then moved puller to Nelsons. Pulled 26 trees.

The bay he mentioned was either a horse or a mule. He used both in working the ranch.

Tuesday Jan.3, 1911. Pulled 120 trees.

Two observations...

If the Today show spent more time questioning Congress and the president than Charlie Sheen and pet toys, the world would be a better place.All hail Tiger Blood. Yeah right.

On this day in history

1963 "Outer Limits" premiers on TV

If you didn't get spooked at least once from this program you weren't there.

Happy birthday

1925 - B. B. King, American musician

Thursday, September 15, 2011

On this day in history.

1885 Tthe famous circus elephant "Jumbo" is killed by a GTR freight train, hauled by locomotive no. 788 at St. Thomas. It was struck from behind while being lead along the track to be loaded into his car. Jumbo stood 12' 5" high and weighted 7 1/2 tons.

Happy birthday

1789 - James Fenimore Cooper, 1st major US novelist

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Ground Zero-Rudy Giuliani and Paul Simon.

Sunday morning I had the TV tuned to (insert station of choice here) for the ceremonies. It was on mostly for background noise. Two things I did notice were the speach quoting Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 by Rudy Guiliani and a very unappropiate song choice by Paul Simon. There have been some grumblings about him quoting a hippie folk rock song. Just not true.

Here is a link to his speech.Seems appropriate to the day. Written long before The Byrds made it into a hit song.

Now the disturbing part. I saw Paul Simon on stage and my curiosity was piqued. What was his choice of song for the tribute.His choice was one of the most uncomfortable times I have ever spent in front of a home screen. According to NPR's Margot Adler, he was supposed to sing "Bridge Over Troubled Waters", but  because he's special he changed the program.

Let's compare lyrics:

Sounds of  Silence
Hello darkness, my old friend
I've come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
'Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence

"Fools", said I, "You do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you"
But my words, like silent raindrops fell
And echoed
In the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said, "The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls"
And whispered in the sounds of silence
Now the one on the official program.
Bridge Over Troubled Waters

When you're weary
Feeling small
When tears are in your eyes
I will dry them all

I'm on your side

When times get rough
And friends just can't be found
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

When you're down and out
When you're on the street
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you
[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/p/paul_simon/bridge_over_troubled_waters.html ]
I'll take your part
When darkness comes
And pain is all around
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

Sail on Silver Girl,
Sail on by
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way

See how they shine
If you need a friend
I'm sailing right behind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind

I have my opinion. What do you think?

From the "got this in an e-mail" department...

Do you think they thought this through? 

I know this is supposed to be the smartest administration ever,
but I’m sorry; if I were running a campaign with a fairly unpopular incumbent,
the last thing I’d do is have a reelection slogan whose initials were WTF.

Grandpa's Journal

Sunday 1911 – 01 – 01.

After passing the morning as usual I went to Sunday school in PM. Taught Eli's class.

My great grandparents were Quakers. The high desert they settled in consists of basically sagebrush and juniper trees. It is also on the east side of the cascade Mountains and under a very rich volcanic soil are many rocks. By the end of my great-grandfather's farming career his section of land was surrounded by a rock wall probably 4 feet high 4 feet wide. That's my recollection of the wall but I was smaller then.I hope you enjoy this journey into my Great grandfathers life as a farmer/settler in the early 20th century.

I'm going to add a new feature today.

I'm going to call it "Grandpa's Journal". It's my great grandfather's journal from 1911. I think I may have mentioned it somewhere before about how he came West from the east in a Pioneer wagon and homesteaded a section of land in central Oregon in the late 1800s. My grandmother was born there and was the first child born in Hillman later Terrebonne.

Before my mother passed away she gave me a copy of his journal. It starts on January 1, 1911 and they are very short entries, but give a hint as to what it was like to build a working farm from high desert land.

My great grandfather lived until I was 18 years old. I spent a lot of time with him and enjoyed his stories. I sat with him on my grandparents couch in the summer of 1968 and watched a man land on the moon.

On this day in history.

1814 Francis Scott Key inspired to write "The Star-Spangled Banner"

Happy birthday!

1769 - Alexander von Humboldt, German naturalist and explorer (d. 1859)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Been one of those days.

Feel free to print yourself a copy. 'Nuff said.

On this day in history.

1899 Henry Bliss is the first person in the United States to be killed in an automobile accident.

Happy birthday!

1860 - John J (Blackjack) Pershing, US commander (WW I)

Monday, September 12, 2011

On a lighter note. in

From the way back files when Johnny Carson ruled the Tonight Show and all things funny!
Just some patriotic music for your listening pleasure!

In the news

Just listening to the headlines this morning while eating breakfast. Local news tells me that a mouth breather fucked up. He stabbed to death his eight and 10 year old cousins before running outside and shooting himself in the head. He got the order wrong. He should have run outside first.

In even more local news: my grandchildren, after having spent a week off from school because of the wildfire, will now be subjected to grief counselors. Can someone tell me why? Is it because they're going to be scarred for life? Because of a fire that most of them didn't see, didn't smell, didn't do anything more than give them a week off from school? 

The day John F. Kennedy was assassinated I was in the fourth grade. We learned about it during lunch. Our grief counseling consisted of spending the rest of the day in school at the chalk board drawing pictures of monsters that shoot presidents. Our teacher, Mr. Sandwick, sat at the back of the room perhaps in a bit of shock, and allowed us to work out our problems. We seem to have been able to grow up for the most part without being screwed up.

My grandchildren? They mentioned the fire maybe once this past week. The five-year-old that just started kindergarten was just happy that he could play with his trucks all day. That's a sure sign of scarring. Children are resilient and for the most part don't need adult interference. Especially in the form of professionals.

Now for the national news: Al Qaeda seems to be in a state of suspension, confusion, ineffectiveness? Where are the bombs, the killing and maiming of innocents? Where has terrorism run amok in the free world? Why weren't thousands of people killed yesterday? I guess TSA is doing its job keeping the bad guys out of our country. We all know how many terrorists they have found since starting 10 years ago. This brings to mind the question if terrorists are so scary why am I not scared? Should I be? I am more afraid of our government and their intrusion in my children's and my grandchildrens life. That's what's scary!

Okay I just wadded up my notes so in terms of news that must mean page 2. I guess the only other observation I have is that the morning national news, i.e. good morning America, the today show, etc. pretty much is like watching a slick entertainment news show. All fluff and nothing really worth listening to. For example right now on the today show we have Dr. Phil talking about Casey Anthony. Enough said.

On this day in history.

1758 Charles Messier observes the Crab Nebula and begins catalog.

For sky hunters like me.

Happy birthday!

1818 - Richard Jordan Gatling, US, inventor (hand-cranked machine gun)

Thank you, Sir!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Happy Grandparents day.

My nine-year-old granddaughter called me this morning and wished me a happy grandparents day. This while I was trying to blog my feelings about 911 and watching all the crap on TV about it. It made my day and put everything in perspective. I love my grandchildren!

Zero nine /one one/two zero one one


   Here I'm supposed to tell you how I felt then. I made a few notes. Let me look at them now. And I was on my way to work, it was a crisp morning with bluebird skies. I was listening to the local a.m. talkshow when they announced that something was happening in New York. They describe it as a small plane hitting the World Trade Center. When the second plane hit the second tower my first reaction was confusion. Then frustration. I was on the job by myself with no visual way to confirm what was happening. I called my wife who was working at the local regional Hospital and asked her if they had any TV's on. She said no and I told her to go ahead and get one turned on and to see what the hell was going on. I heard her ask somebody to turn it on and then she said oh my God! I asked her to describe what was happening and she said "there's smoke coming out of the World Trade Center!" I told her what I had heard on the radio and that I would stay in touch with her through the rest of the day.

   I had a sinking feeling in my gut, confusion, and a general sense of frustration at being where I was and my obligation to finish the job. I was pretty sure that no one would fault me for leaving the job and finding out what was really going on. But at the same time what could I do. As I'm sure you know the first few hours were filled with confused information. As the day wore on I noticed something a little spooky, all of the normal sounds I was used to were gone. There were no jet sounds. I'm not even sure that there were any birds chirping.Living just outside Houston you almost don't notice the sound of the jets, normally. I went outside and looked up in the air and it was just this cool, deep blue sky that was barren of the normal everyday stuff.

   Finally at the end of the day I was able to roll up the tools and headed to the house. On my way I stopped by Lowe's to purchase something that I had thought about all day. I went inside and found my way to their flag display(such as it was on that day) and bought one of their last two American flags. I went to the checkout and laid the box with the flag in it down. I looked at the cashier and she seemed to be in shock. I felt a little bit of connection and a little bit of sorrow and I told her that she needed to tell her manager that they ought to order a whole bunch more of these.

Basically those are the notes that I made in the last few days of what I remember of that day. I do know that my second grandson was about to turn one. I wrote him what I thought was a very good birthday letter that I thought he might read later on. Unfortunately I wrote it on a word processing program that would soon become obsolete and this was lost.


   How do I feel now. I am very angry that with all we have in this country that this war on an entity is not over. If we compare what happened on 911 to Pearl Harbor our country has taken about 300 steps backwards. We were attacked on December 7, 1941 and in four years we had kicked ass! I find it very hard to believe with the technology that, we have that we can't do that to a bunch of goat herders that still use their fingers to wipe their asses! 

   I don't know what kind of deals are being made in Washington, Britain, France, Afghanistan, or anywhere else in this fucking world. But most normal people find what's going on to be despicable. I'm not sure how someone can sleep at night after making the deals that they make during the day. I know I couldn't. I'm not a military person, I'm without that training. But I do know that you need to identify an enemy, target that enemy, and annihilate that enemy. If I'm wrong somebody tell me. I'm not too old to be corrected or schooled.

   So after 10 years I find myself among a majority. At least in my circle. And in the circle of people I work for, homeowners I deal with, and pretty much everybody I ever meet. So that tells me how out of touch our government is with the people. I find myself, as I find most of my contacts, to be an angry American!

   There are two songs that I chose that I always choose. They were both so well written that they should become anthems.  Maybe they are.The first one, of course is Toby Keith's "Courtesy of the Red White and Blue"
American Girls and American Guys
We'll always stand up and salute
We'll always recognize
When we see Old Glory Flying
There's a lot of men dead
So we can sleep in peace at night
When we lay down our head

My daddy served in the army
Where he lost his right eye
But he flew a flag out in our yard
Until the day that he died
He wanted my mother, my brother, my sister and me
To grow up and live happy
In the land of the free.

Now this nation that I love
Has fallen under attack
A mighty sucker punch came flyin' in
From somewhere in the back
Soon as we could see clearly
Through our big black eye
Man, we lit up your world
Like the 4th of July

Hey Uncle Sam
Put your name at the top of his list
And the Statue of Liberty
Started shakin' her fist
And the eagle will fly
Man, it's gonna be hell
When you hear Mother Freedom
Start ringin' her bell
And it feels like the whole wide world is raining down on you
Brought to you Courtesy of the Red White and Blue

Justice will be served
And the battle will rage
This big dog will fight
When you rattle his cage
And you'll be sorry that you messed with
The U.S. of A.
'Cause we'll put a boot in your ass
It's the American way

Hey Uncle Sam
Put your name at the top of his list
And the Statue of Liberty
Started shakin' her fist
And the eagle will fly
Man, it's gonna be hell
When you hear Mother Freedom
Start ringin' her bell
And it feels like the whole wide world is raining down on you
Brought to you Courtesy of the Red White and Blue
I hear people sayin'. We Don't need this war.
I say there's some things worth fightin' for.
What about our freedom, and this piece of ground?
We didn't get to keep 'em by backin' down.
They say we don't realize the mess we're gettin' in
Before you start preachin' let me ask you this my friend.

Have you forgotten, how it felt that day?
To see your homeland under fire
And her people blown away
Have you forgotten, when those towers fell
We had neighbors still inside goin through a livin hell
And you say we shouldn't worry bout Bin Laden
Have you forgotten?

You took all the footage off my T.V.
Said it's too disturbin for you and me
It'll just breed anger is what the experts say
If it was up to me I'd show it everyday
Some say this country just out lookin' for a fight
Well after 9/11 man I'd have to say right.

Have you forgotten, how it felt that day?
To see your homeland under fire
And her people blown away
Have you forgotten when those towers fell
We had neighbors still inside goin' through a livin' hell
And we vow to get the ones behind Bin Laden
Have you forgotten?

I've been there with the soldiers
Who've gone away to war
you can bet they remember just what they're fightin' for

Have you forgotten
All the people killed
Yes some went down like heroes
In that Pennsylvania field
Have you forgotten
About our Pentagon
All the loved ones that we lost
And those left to carry on
Don't you tell me not to worry 'bout Bin Laden

Have you forgotten?
Have you forgotten?
Have you forgotten?!
Now I'm being told by those that know what's best for me that I need to let go and forget so I can heal.
 I damn sure ain't gonna forget, and I won't heal until everyone of those bastards pays their due!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Bits of news.

In light of the fires here in the area, this article seems very appropriate. Some of the evacuees in our area had less than 5 min. to get out of their homes.

Got this picture in an e-mail:

New approach on the blog.

   So I am testing new software. My wife bought me the Dragon voice recognition program and I think I'm going to like it. I can talk much faster than I can type and I think that this will give me the freedom to blog the way I really want to. It will probably make me a lot more verbose. Some people think that's not a good thing.

   Now if I can get my content up to being worth reading, it will all be good. Later.

On this day in history.

1953 Swanson sells its 1st "TV dinner"

Happy birthday!

1801 - Marie Laveau, American Voodoo practitioner

Friday, September 9, 2011

Hey CoolChange, what's on your IPOD, tonight?

Since we are under smoky glowing skies tonight...

Jimi Hendrix-Fire
OK, after three hours Blogger still won't load the video. Here's a link:

Happy birthday!

1754 - William Bligh,  ship's captain (HMAV Bounty)

On this day in history.

1850 California becomes the 31st state admitted to the US.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fire update

Day 4. It was 85% contained last night. It flared up today and went is down to 60% containment. These firefighters are running on pure guts right now. They are exhausted.

Pics from when I got home about 5 this evening.

We have bluebird skies this week. That's smoke. North part of the fire is about 5 miles away. The wind is blowing away from us. Prayers still needed for the emergency personel and the families that have lost everything.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Happy birthday!

1860 - Grandma "Anna Mary" Moses, NY, primitive painter.

On this day in history.

The beginning of the London Blitzkrieg.

Under fire!

This is a radar image of the smoke from our wildfire. It has burned 7800 acres since Monday. 8000 people have been evacuated from their homes. Approximately 700 homes have burned. This is about 7 miles from us and about 3 miles from my oldest grandchildren. Prayers are very much needed for the firefighters(they are pretty much all volunteer), the displaced families, and the weather. The wind has calmed down and the temperature has cooled, but our normally high humidity is at less than 20 percent. And no rain in sight.

The Bastrop fire has become a killer and has burned over 30,000 acres. Things are dicey around here right now.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


What a difference a week makes.
This morning.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The American's Creed

I believe in the United States of America as a Government of the people by the people, for the people, whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a Republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect Union, one and inseparable; established upon those principls of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.

I therefore believe it is my duty to my Country to love it; to support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag, and to defend it againest all enemies.

Written 1917 ,by William Tyler Page, accepted by the United States House of Representatives on April 3, 1918.

Happy birthday!

1856 - Louis Henri Sullivan, Boston Mass, father of modern US architecture

On this day in history.

1783 Treaty of Paris signed (ending the US Revolutionary War)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Hey CoolChange, what's on your IPOD, tonight?

Randy Travis - He Walked On Water

When reality tv becomes too unreal...

Steven Seagal, Arizona authorities deny puppy was killed in raid
Steven Seagal and Arizona authorities deny that a puppy was killed during a raid of a home that was suspected to have been used to raise roosters for illegal cockfighting.

Even if this is true it is wrong  on so many levels.
Seagal, 59, participated in the operation, which was filmed for his A&E reality show, "Steve Seagal: Lawman."

 So a has been actor gets a realty show, based on being a reserve deputy for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.

Llovera said Seagal distracted his chickens by deploying explosives and then commandeered a sheriff's office tank and crashed through an iron gate on his property. 

Llovera denies that cockfighting occurred on his property and says he raised roosters "for show." He says 100 of them were killed during the raid and that authorities used two armored trucks and a tank to smash through a gate into his yard and that at least 30 SWAT personnel, dressed in riot gear and armed with handguns or rifles, rushed his home. Llovera says he was unarmed.
The cockfighting charges against Llovera were dropped in April.

Thank God no children were harmed in the making of this piece of self serving drivel!

On this day in history.

1945 Formal surrender of Japan is signed.

Happy birthday!

1948 - Terry Bradshaw, NFL QB (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

On this day in history.

1752 The Liberty Bell arrives in Philadelphia.

Happy birthday!

1923 - Rocky Marciano, heavyweight champion boxer

Then I remembered...

I went to the cemetary this morning. My riding brother passed 3 years ago. Miss you more than ever Tom.

I'd like to post something...

but it's 72 degrees outside after 2 months of 90 at this time. 'Scuse me while I go outside for a while.