"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

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Grandpa's Journal

Sunday May 11, 1911
To S.S. in A.M. Stayed home all afternoon.

Monday May 12, 1911
Got rock from quarry.

Tuesday May 13, 1911
Started to move Alureter's house. Worked on celler.

Wednesday May 14, 1911
Worked on foundation. Club.

Thursday May 15, 1911
Friday May 16, 1911
Worked on foundation.

Saturday May 16, 1911
Took Tory to bull.

I missed an important anniversery yesterday.

19 years ago the BATF began the siege of the Branch Davidians in Waco, TX..

Monday, February 27, 2012

Nascar rain delay...

"I'm not sick; I'm only dying,"

"I'm not sick; I'm only dying," a friend told Dr. William Lamers Jr. The man had inoperable cancer and wanted to go home to die, but his doctor wouldn't let him out of the hospital.
It was the early 1970s, when most people with incurable illnesses died in a hospital, in a lonely room, attended by doctors and nurses with no specialized knowledge of the dying patient's emotional and physical needs. There was no system for caring for the dying at home.
The experience opened Lamers' eyes to a major failing of the health-care system.

Please go read the whole obituary. I'll be here, when you get back.

Clearing email.

Teacher arrested
Thank Heaven for people like this keeping us safe...

A public school teacher was arrested today at John F. Kennedy International airport as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a compass, a slide-rule, and a calculator.

At a morning press conference, Attorney General Eric Holder said he believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-Gebra movement.

He did not identify the man, who has been charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction.

"Al-Gebra is a problem for us," the Attorney General said. "They derive solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in search of absolute values. They use secret code names like "X" and "Y" and refer to themselves as "unknowns," but we have determined that they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country. As the Greek philosopher Isosceles used to say, 'There are 3 sides to every triangle.'"

When asked to comment on the arrest, President Obama said, "If God had wanted us to have better weapons of math instruction, he would have given us more fingers and toes."

White House aides told reporters they could not recall a more intelligent or profound statement by the President.
It is believed that another Nobel Prize will follow.


 A Mexican (an undocumented Democrat), a Black, a Muslim and a Redneck were walking together on a beach when the Black stumbled over a bottle in the sand.
He picked up the bottle, rubbed the sand off it, and a Genie appeared.

"I can only grant four wishes," the Genie said. "Since there are four of you, you may have one wish apiece.”

Pointing at the Black, he said,
"Since you found the bottle, you may have the first wish."

The Black thought for a moment, then said, "I wish for a fleet of ships so that I can gather all my people and take them back to our homeland, Africa.”   Poof! It was done! Hundreds of ships appeared on the skyline.

The Mexican said, "I weesh for enough Cheby peekups to take all my people back to our homeland, May-he-co!"  Poof! It was done! Row after row of Chevrolet Pickups appeared on the beach.

The Muslim said, "I wish for ten thousand camels to take all of my people away from this horrible country loaded with infidels so we can live in peace in Muslim countries and serve Allah."  Poof! It was done!
Ten thousand camels suddenly appeared on the beach.

Turning to the Redneck, the Genie asked, "And what is your wish?”

The Redneck watched as the loaded pickups began moving toward the border, then looked out to sea and watched the loaded ships sailing out into the sunset, then he looked at all of the Muslims getting on top of the camels and riding off.

The Redneck said, "Just give me a Bud Light. It doesn't get any better than this!"


Today’s Quote:

"Give a man a fish and he eats for a day."
“Give a man a welfare check,a forty ounce malt liquor,a crack pipe and some Air Jordan’s,and he votes Democrat for a lifetime."

  At the end of the tax year, the IRS office sent an inspector to audit the books of a local hospital. While the IRS agent was checking the books, he turned to the CFO of the hospital   and said, "I notice you buy a lot of bandages. What do you do with the end of the roll when there's too little left to be of any use?"

"Good question," noted the CFO. "We save them up and send them back to the bandage company and every once in a while, they send us a free roll."

"Oh," replied the auditor, somewhat disappointed that his unusual question had a practical answer.

But on he went, in his obnoxious way. "What about all these plaster purchases? What do you do with what's left over after setting a cast on a patient?"  "Ah, yes," replied the CFO, realizing that the inspector was trying to trap him with an unanswerable question. "We save it and send it back to the manufacturer and every so often they will send us a free bag of plaster."

"I see," replied the auditor, thinking hard about how he could fluster the know-it-all CFO. "Well," he went on, "What do you do with all the remains from the circumcision surgeries?"

"Here, too, we do not waste," answered the CFO. "What we do is save all the little foreskins and send them to the IRS office, and about once a year they send us a complete prick."
Thanks Miss Brandy!


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Movie review: Star Trek (2009)

On the day of James Kirk's birth, his father dies on his ship in a last stand against a mysterious alien time-traveling vessel looking for Ambassador Spock, who, in this time, is also a child on Vulcan disdained by his neighbors for his half-human heritage. Twenty-five years later, Kirk has grown into a young troublemaker. Challenged by Captain Christopher Pike to realize his potential in Starfleet, he comes to annoy instructors like young Commander Spock. Suddenly, there is an emergency at Vulcan and the newly commissioned USS Enterprise is crewed with promising cadets like Nyota Uhura, Hikaru Sulu, Pavel Chekov and even Kirk himself, thanks to Leonard McCoy's medical trickery. Together, this crew will have an adventure in the final frontier where the old legend is altered forever as a new version of it begins. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

Full info at IMDB.

Disclaimer: I am not a trekkie. But if it had to do with the original cast, I loved it.

I just happened to catch this on AMC the other night. They said it had been nominated for 4 academy awards. I wondered how I had missed this one. When I did some research, I found it was up against Avatar, The Hurt Locker, and Inglorious Bastards. Some heavy competition.

What I like about the movie is that it stayed true to the television cast. They were recognizable immediately. It added a lot of depth to the characters. Pure entertainment. The special effects were incredible. Grab it on Netflix or the $5 bin at Walley world.!

Friday, February 24, 2012

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

Marc Cohn - Walking in Memphis

Put on my blue suede shoes
And I boarded the plane
Touched down in the land of the Delta Blues
In the middle of the pouring rain

W.C. Handy
Won't you look down over me
Yeah, I got a first class ticket
But I'm as blue as a boy can be

Then I'm walking in Memphis
Was walking with my feet, ten feet off of Beale
Walking in Memphis
But do I really feel the way I feel

Saw the ghost of Elvis
On Union Avenue
Followed him up to the gates of Graceland
Then I watched him walk right through

Now security they did not see him
They just hovered 'round his tomb
But there's a pretty little thing, waiting for the king
Down in the Jungle Room

When I was walking in Memphis
I was walking with my feet, ten feet off of Beale
Walking in Memphis
But do I really feel the way I feel

They've got catfish on the table
They've got gospel in the air
And Reverend Green, be glad to see you
When you haven't got a prayer
Boy, you got a prayer in Memphis

Now Muriel, plays piano
Every Friday at the Hollywood
And they brought me down to see her
And they asked me if I would

To do a little number
And I sang with all my might
She said, "Tell me are you a Christian child?"
And I said, "Ma'am, I am tonight"

Walking in Memphis
(Walking in Memphis)
I was walking with my feet, ten feet off of Beale
Walking in Memphis
(Walking in Memphis)
But do I really feel the way I feel

Walking in Memphis
(Walking in Memphis)
I was walking with my feet, ten feet off of Beale
Walking in Memphis
(Walking in Memphis)
But do I really feel the way I feel

Put on my blue suede shoes
And I boarded the plane
Touched down in the land of the Delta Blues
In the middle of the pouring rain
Touched down in the land of the Delta Blues
In the middle of the pouring rain

Just stealing posts.

My insomnia kicked in again. I slept for about an hour and a half last night. So I'm just going to snatch and grab a few things from my reading list.

Is there a possibility that he served in a war zone somewhere? You better bet!
H/T to Pissed

Okay, Judge Napolitano spoke a  truth and lost his job.
H/T to Pissed

 H/T to Pissed  Man I see a trend here.

Guffaw has a great post on 7 legal things we should put on our wish list.

John Wells is making a sad announcement that I hope is not true.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Grandpa's Journal

Sunday June 4, 1911
To S.S. and Church. Children met there to practice. Drove down to Hastings.

Monday June 5, 1911
Worked around home. Drove to river side.hauled big forms in P.M.

Tuesday June 6, 1911
Knute and Ted came to work on cellar.

Thursday and Fridays entries have "Worked on cellar" slashed through them.

Saturday June 10, 1911
To O'Neil in P.M.

Laissez les bons temps rouler


Saturday, February 18, 2012

Mexico President Felipe Calderon's message to US: 'No more weapons!'

The article is here.

Dear President Calderon,
Why don't you grow a pair of cajones and take care of your own country, instead of continuing to suck the teats of a country that has been taking care of you and yours for to long now. You have now continued the tradition of display. You now have one of the largest flags in the world flying just across the river, in our face. And now you erect this piece of shit in addition? Why don't  you spend your peoples money more wisely? Oh yes, you are a socialist/communist.

Sorry I had to walk away for a while.

"Dear friends of the United States, Mexico needs your help to stop this terrible violence that we're suffering," Calderon said in English during the unveiling ceremony.

No...Man up and take care of your own s$%t. This is not our problem, it is yours.

I could go on for a long time, but that would be a waste of energy on a lost cause. Maybe one of these days I will do a post on what the Mexican attitude toward the United States is based on talks I've had with them in my area.

H/T to Pissed(I think ;))

Friday, February 17, 2012

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

It's cold, damp and dark. I'm feeling my Irish roots tonight. Gonna have a few pints with some friends.

Hayley Westenra - She Moves Through the Fair

My young love said to me
My mother won't mind
And my father won't slight you
For your lack of kine *
She stepped away from me
And she moved through the fair
And fondly I watched her
Move here and move there
And then she went onwards
Just one star awake
Like the swan in the evening
Moves over the lake

Last night she came to me
My dead love came in
So softly she came
That her feet made no din
And she laid her hand on me
And this she did say
It will not be long now
And she moved through the fair

* Kine  n. pl.  Cows. "A herd of fifty or sixty kine."

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

New Mexico Sheriffs Threaten To Arrest Obama’s Federal Agents If They Continue To Violate The U.S. Constitution.

There are several more beyond New Mexico that are standing up.

"In the days after Hurricane Katrina, power was out for days. Food and medicine were about to be lost. So Sheriff  Billy McGee of Forrest County, Mississippi — a Democrat — took action when he realized that a federal shipment of six trucks of ice bound for Hattiesburg turned out to be only four. McGee went in search of the other two and found them being guarded by some Army reservists who possessed bureaucratic mindsets."

" McGee took steps to secure the ice, but was told he was not authorized to take the vehicles. When a reservist would not get off one of the trucks, McGee had him handcuffed. The ice was delivered where it was needed in Hattiesburg, explaining why McGee is also known as The Ice Man."

We need more peace officers like these men. Please go read!

No comment

Thanks to Miss Brandy.


Wednesday morning funnies

Monday, February 13, 2012

Grandpa's Journal

Sunday May 28, 1911
S.S. and Church in P.M. and evening. (Lewis & wife)

Monday May 29, !911
Worked on cellar all day.

Tuesday May 30, 1911
Worked on cellar in A.M. Went to Redmond in evening to play.

Wednesday May 30, 1911
Worked on cellar.

Thursday  June 1, 1911
Worked on cellar in A.M. Got hay in P.M. Murder (my emphasis) on road to Redmond.
I sure wish my questions could be answered on this one!

Friday June 2, 1911
Worked around home. Went to Redmond in P.M.

Saturday June 3, 1911
Went fishing. Awesome!-cc

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Whitney Houston

DOA @ 48. She was someone's little girl. Sad.

Friday, February 10, 2012

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

Little River Band-Cool Change

This song is a special one for me. This video is one of the best versions I have ever seen. Man I love the ocean!

I was wade fishing the ferry landing at Port Aransas about 7 or 8 years ago. I was with two good friends. One, a guide out of Riviera,TX,  the other a young novice.

Across the channel a dolphin came about 10' out of the water, did a couple of 360's, and nosed dived back into the blue water. Our young friend asked,"Why do they do that?". With a quiet chuckle my guide friend said,"Because they can." He was right.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Closing tabs.

TSA. That's the way we roll.

I'm hearing good things about these. Might be a great addition to preps.

I have read this over and over for the last two days and I still can't define what disturbs me about it. Maybe it's just the way it's written.

You know the photograph (well, most of them). Now see the photographer.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Wow, I received an award!

Thanks to kx59 at Bells a Ringing, I received this:
The Rules:
1. Copy and paste the award on your blog
2. Link back to the blogger who gave us the award
3. Pick five favorite blogs with less than 200 followers, and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they have received the award
4. Hope that the five blogs chosen will keep spreading the love and pass it on to five more blogs.

 First I need to say I read my blog roll everyday. And each one means much to me. It was hard to pick five but here goes.

1.The Feral Irishman because he's Irish and he's feral. Good combo. I am jealous of the cool stuff he posts. Someday I might learn his secret.

2.Standing Outside Looking In. I enjoy his writing, he likes coffee and cooking. And of course his relationship with Little Bit. Ah, grandchildren! 

3.Down Range Report. He has my kind of sense of humor, there are some great things to be learned from his experience.

4. The Shady 80 Life Off the Grid. Dan and Gypsy Jess moved to Terlingua, TX in 2008. They bought 80 acres and are building their home out of 100% recycled material. They are completely off the grid. And they are young. Plenty of time to perfect their dream. It's where my wife and I wish we were.

Well it's not five but it's what I could come up with that had less than 200 followers or hadn't already received the award. Now I guess I need to go let them know what I did.

This just in: More bacon!

For nosebleeds.

I think he's telling us to eat lots of bacon.

"The new diet I am recommending is actually 60,000-100,000 years old. It is called the Paleolithic, or Caveman diet. Simply, if you can hunt it, fish it, pull it off of a tree or out of the ground, then you can eat it. Simple as that. This is how we ate thousands of years ago and how we have evolved to eat and should be eating now."

" On this diet, if it comes in a package, box, bag or can, or if it is passed to you through a window, it’s off the menu. If it’s a plant, you can eat it; if it’s made in a plant, forget it."

Interesting article and it makes sense.

My next ride.

Well, would they?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Lessons learned

Grandpa's Journal

Sunday May 20, 1911
S.S. as usual. (next word illegible-cc) To Hall's for dinner. To Big bridge in P.M. Hall's horse caught.
This is the big bridge he mentioned-cc

No entries on Tuesday or Wednesday-cc

Thursday May 25, 1911
Started work on cellar. Rehearsal for play in evening.

Friday May 26, 1911
Donner's came to work on cellar. To play in evening. Ginger had colt.

Saturday May 27,1911
Worked on cellar. Wife went to church in eve.

One I didn't see last Sunday.



The kids filed back into class Monday morning. They were very excited. Their weekend assignment was to sell something, then give a talk on productive salesmanship.

Little Sally led off: "I sold girl scout cookies and I made $30," she said proudly, "My sales approach was to appeal to the customer's civil spirit and I credit that approach for my obvious success." "Very good," said the teacher.

Little Mary was next: "I sold magazines," she said, "I made $45 and I explained to everyone that magazines would keep them up on current events." "Very good, Mary" said the teacher

Eventually, it was Little Johnny's turn. The teacher held her breath. Little Johnny walked to the front of the classroom and dumped a box full of cash on the teacher's desk. "$2,467," he said. "$2,467!" cried the teacher, "What in the world were you selling?"

"Toothbrushes," said Little Johnny.

"Toothbrushes!" echoed the teacher, "How could you possibly sell enough tooth brushes to make that much money?"

"I found the busiest corner in town," said Little Johnny. "I set up a Dip & Chip stand and gave everybody who walked by a free sample. " They all said the same thing, "Hey, this tastes like dog crap!" Then I would say, "It is dog crap. Wanna buy a toothbrush?" "I used the Obama approach of giving you some crap for free, and then making you pay to get the taste out of your mouth."

H/T to Miss Brandy

Monday, February 6, 2012

The best SB commercial!

He should have punched his light's out too! Or as The Feral Irishman says: A shillelagh upside the head!

Keller Riverside Store Ad.


Sweet sunrise.

It should look like this every day!

Friday, February 3, 2012

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

Charlie Daniels - Simple Man
'Cause it's the way I'm thinking right now.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

New Commemorative Pistol

Ruger is coming out with a new pistol in honor of members of the United States Senate and the House of Representatives. It will be named the "Congressman".
It doesn't work and you can't fire it.

One hat tip to Miss Brandy

Three Iconic Americans

Tip o' the Hat to Miss Brandy

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Welcome Matt!

Not sure why you decided to follow me, but I am proud. I hope I can keep the dialogue going. Y'all be sure to stop by his blog here: http://troublesometimesarehere.blogspot.com/

You just can't be nice to some people...

Just held the door open for a Japanese guy he said "Sank You" ...so I punched him in the face! Can't believe he brought up Pearl Harbor like that.