"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

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

Translations of Common Euphemisms

Arsenal of Weapons
Gun Collection
Delicate Wetlands
Undocumented Worker
Illegal Alien
Cruelty-Free Materials
Synthetic Fiber
Assault and Battery
Attitude Adjustment
Heavily Armed
Taxes or Your Fair Share
Coerced Theft
Commonsense Gun Control
Gun Confiscation Plot
Illegal Hazardous Explosives
Fireworks or Stump Removal
Non-viable Tissue Mass
Unborn Baby
Equal Access to Opportunity
Multicultural Community
High Crime Area
Fairness or Social Progress
Upper Class or "The Rich "
Progressive, Change
Big Government Scheme
Homeless or Disadvantaged
Bums or Welfare Leeches
Sniper Rifle
Deer Rifle with scope
Investment For the Future
Higher Taxes
Healthcare Reform
Socialized Medicine
Extremist, Judgmental, or Hater
Victim or Oppressed
Criminal or Lazy Good-For-Nothing
High Capacity Magazine
Standard Capacity Magazine
Religious Zealot
Attends Church
Fair Trade Coffee
Overpriced Yuppie Coffee
Exploiters or "The Rich "
Employed or Land Owner
The Gun Lobby
NRA Members
Assault Weapon
Semi-Automatic handgun
Fiscal Stimulus
New Taxes and Higher Taxes
Same Sex Marriage
Legalized Perversion
Mandated Eco-Friendly Lighting
Chinese Mercury-Laden Light Bulbs
Accepted Fact
Horse shit

Friday, March 23, 2012

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

My grandson Ian requested this song tonight. Because he is spending the night and he likes it.'Nuff said.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Stranger

A few years after I was born, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our small town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around from then on.

As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my family. In my young mind, he had a special niche. My parents were complementary instructors: Mom taught me good from evil, and Dad taught me to obey. But the stranger... He was our storyteller. He would keep us spellbound for hours on end with adventures, mysteries and comedies.

If I wanted to know anything about politics, history or science, he always knew the answers about the past, understood the present and even seemed able to predict the future! He took my family to the first major league ball game. He made me laugh, and he made me cry. The stranger never stopped talking, but Dad didn't seem to mind.

Sometimes, Mom would get up quietly while the rest of us were shushing each other to listen to what he had to say, and she would go to the kitchen for peace and quiet.
(I wonder now if she ever prayed for the stranger to leave.)

Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions, but the stranger never felt obligated to honor them. Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our home - not from us, our friends or any visitors. After our long time visitor stayed longer he became more daring however, and even got away with four-letter words that burned my ears and made my dad squirm and my mother blush. My Dad didn't permit the liberal use of alcohol but the stranger encouraged us to try it on a regular basis. He made cigarettes look cool, cigars manly, and pipes distinguished. He talked freely (much too freely!) about sex. His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing..

I now know that my early concepts about relationships were influenced strongly by the stranger. Time after time, he opposed the values of my parents, yet he was seldom rebuked... And NEVER asked to leave.

More than fifty years have passed since the stranger moved in with our family. He has blended right in and is not nearly as fascinating as he was at first.Still, if you could walk into my parents' den today, you would still find him sitting over in his corner, waiting for someone to listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures.

His name?....
We just call him 'TV.'

He has a wife now....we call her 'Computer.'

Their first child is "Cell Phone".

Second child "I Pod "

H/T to Miss Brandy

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Grandpa's Journal

Sunday June 25,1911
To S.S. in A.M. And spent day at home. Chickens

Monday June 26, 1911
Went to Redmond. K and Ted sold. Daisy brought Balentian(sic) horses home.

Tuesday June 27,1911
Made chicken coops. Worked around home. Took wife to practice.

Wednesday June 28, 1911
Family to Redmond and self went to S. Hanks place. H.B.B.

Thursday June 29, 1911
No entry

Friday June 30,1911
Went to Prineville to attend B. O. D. L.

Saturday July 1, 1911
Started house before banquet. Got there 11:45

Oh no you did NOT just sign this!

Friday 16 March 2012 The president made his move. He is close to checkmate. Please read this one. Carefully!

So basically they can take anything I have without process.

H/T to Pissed.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Sunset pics from last night.

 The demon creating the poodle.
 The poodle sucking the breath from the rabbit.
 The rabbit fainting.
 The demon sniffing the rabbit.
The demon about to devour the rabbit.

This is why I tell people that they really don't want to know my dreams or knock on the doors in my head. Really. You don't want to.

Big fluffy non threatening clouds scudding across the sky. It was about 74 degrees, low humidity, with a 7-10 mph breeze. Spring in Texas, it lasts about 5 days, and not necessarily back to back.

Friday, March 16, 2012

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

Robert Earl Keen - Gringo Honeymoon

We were standin' on a mountain top
Where the cactus flowers grow
I was wishin' that the world would stop
When you said we'd better go

We took a rowboat 'cross the Rio Grande
Captain Pablo was our giude
For two dollars in a weathered hand
He rowed us to the other side

And we were dreamin' like the end was not in sight
And we dreamed all afternoon
We asked the world to wait so we could celebrate
A gringo honeymoon

We stepped out onto the golden sand
The sun was high and burning down
Rented donkeys from an old blind man
Saddled up and rode to town

Tied our donkeys to an ironwood tree
By the street where the children play
We walked in the first place we could see
Servin' cold beer in the shade

We were drinkin' like the end was not in sight
And we drank all afternoon
We asked the world to wait so we could celebrate
A gringo honeymoon

Met a cowboy who said that he
Was running from the DEA
He left a home, a wife, a family
When he made his getaway

We followed him on down a street of dust
To his one room run-down shack
He blew a smoke ring and he smiled at us
I ain't never goin' back

We were flyin' like the end was not in sight
And we soared all afternoon
We asked the world to wait so we could celebrate
A gringo honeymoon

He said there's one last place that you should go
He took us to the town's best bar
He knew a crusty caballero
Who played an old gut string guitar

And he sang like Marty Robbins could
Played like no one I've known
For a while we knew that life was good
It was ours to take back home

We were singin' like the end was not in sight
And we sang all afternoon
We asked the world to wait so we could celebrate
A gringo honeymoon

We were standin' on a mountain top
Where the cactus flowers grow
I was wishin' that the world would stop
When you said we'd better go

My apologies for the lack of posts.

Had a good size job come in. Material lists, job site scoping, and general lining things up. It's all good.

Monday, March 12, 2012

God speed, CVN-65 USS Enterprise

USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea (NNS) -- The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) departed Norfolk Naval Station March 11 on the ship's 22nd and final deployment.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

True confessions on the interwebs

So I started cooking breakfast this morning when 'Staying Alive' by the BeeGees comes on the radio. Yes I did my best John Travolta impersonation and danced all around the kitchen while the bacon sizzled. The cat opened one eye then rolled over back to sleep. Yeah I was that good.

Too bad I'm the only one home today. Talent not seen is talent wasted.

Friday, March 9, 2012

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

It's raining a cold rain tonight, so I'm gonna grab a couple of beers and listen to me some Keith Whitley. His  voice was awesome.


I'm no stranger to the rain
I'm a friend of thunder
Friend, is it any wonder lightning strikes me
I've fought with the devil
Got down on his level
But I never gave in, so he gave up on me

I'm no stranger to the rain
I can spot bad weather
And I'm good at finding shelter in a downpour
I've been sacrificed by brothers
Crucified by lovers
But through it all I withstood the pain
I'm no stranger to the rain

But when I get that foggy feeling
When I'm feeling down
If I don't keep my head up, I may drown
But it's hard to keep believing
I'll even come out even
While the rain beats your hope in the ground
And tonight it's really coming down

I'm no stranger to the rain
But there'll always be tomorrow
And I'll beg, steal, or borrow a little sunshine
And I'll put this cloud behind me
That's how the Man designed me
To ride the wind and dance in a hurricane
I'm no stranger to the rain

Oh, no, I'm no stranger to the rain

I'm no stranger to the rain
I'm a friend of thunder
Friend, is it any wonder lightning strikes me
But I'll put this cloud behind me
That's how the Man designed me
To ride the wind and dance in a hurricane
I'm no stranger to the rain

Oh, no, I'm no stranger to the rain

I thought only my wife understood this concept.

Mary Jo Rapini gets it!

Mine is 600 square feet. And I do share it with her washer and dryer. And a lot of times I do the laundry just cause it's in the cave, but yeah, my bride gets the concept. She'd rather I was in the cave being productive rather than under foot in the house. Underfoot. Making nasty man sounds. Scratching things that only baseball players and homies scratch. Spilling bread crumbs on the kitchen floor. In the man cave they mix well with the sawdust.

Yep! They both get it.

Blinker fluid reservoir.

On a fishing board I frequent there was a major heated discussion on how to find the blinker fluid reservoir on a vehicle. I told them the only experience I had was with a '68 VW.  I told them it was on the left side of the radiator. Otherwise I let my mechanic try to find the dang thing.
Hey! After all it is a fishing board!


I can't shout any louder. I feel I've almost lost my voice. I don't know how to rally people other than offer free BBQ and Beer.

Needless to say, the political establishment, whether a dictator like Chavez or the ruling kleptocracy up north, doesn’t give a damn about protecting people. They care about protecting themselves, their interests, and the status quo.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Thursday art appreciation.

The Unique Wood-Chip Sculptures of Sergei Bobkov


Go enjoy.


Somebody, please stop and think!

Pink slime for school lunches.

It's not even meat!

Officially termed "Lean Beef Trimmings," the product is a ground-up combination of beef scraps, cow connective tissues and other beef trimmings that are treated with ammonium hydroxide to kill pathogens like salmonella and E. coli. It's then blended into traditional meat products like ground beef and hamburger patties.

 "We originally called it soylent pink," microbiologist Carl Custer, who worked at the Food Safety Inspection Service for 35 years, told The Daily. "We looked at the product and we objected to it because it used connective tissues instead of muscle. It was simply not nutritionally equivalent [to ground beef]. My main objection was that it was not meat."

Mama's don't let your babies grow up to be human time bombs.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Get your FBI file.

 Claire Wolfe has a cool link and a question for her readers.

I posted this comment and then got curious:

"In my time I’ve met a few of the “suits”. One pair were even wearing trench coats.
I know what I’ve done.  I don’t care what they think I’ve done."

My conscience is clear. I want to know what my readers thoughts are. Are you curious? Do you care? What brand of tinfoil do you use? Feel free to comment.

Heaven and hell.

While walking down the street one day a Corrupt Senator(that may be redundant) was tragically hit by a car and died.
His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.
"Welcome to heaven," says St.. Peter. "Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you."

"No problem, just let me in," says the Senator.
"Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from the higher ups. What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity."
"Really?, I've made up my mind. I want to be in heaven," says the Senator.
"I'm sorry, but we have our rules."

And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.
The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course.
In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.
Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people.

They played a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and the finest champagne.
Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly guy who is having a good time dancing and telling jokes.
They are all having such a good time that before the Senator realizes it, it is time to go.
Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises.

The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens in heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him, "Now it's time to visit heaven...
So, 24 hours passed with the Senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.
"Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity."

The Senator reflects for a minute, then he answers: "Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell."
So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell...

Now the doors of the elevator open and he's in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage.
He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls to the ground.
The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulders.
"I don't understand," stammers the Senator. "Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there's just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?"

The devil smiles at him and says,
"Yesterday we were campaigning,

Today, you voted.."

Vote wisely on November 2, 2012

Grandpa's journal

Sunday June 18, 1911
S.S. Fox preached

Monday June 19, 1911
Worked on foundation. School meeting at 2 P.M. B.P. at Theopolis's. (sic)

Tuesday June 20,1911
Got water and sand. Went to Redmond signed up for BHA of water.

Wednesday June21, 1911
Moved Wade and Almeter house. Fixed fence on S. ground.

Thursday June 22, 1911
Went to Redmond to see last. Got team shod.

Friday June 23, 1911
Went down on S. place fixed fence. Rained

Saturday June 24, 1911
Frost. Took Tory to school grounds.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

March 6, 1836 and 1954

Two important things happened on this day.

First I was born.

Most important was in the dark hours just before sunrise on this day in 1836, these men died.

1.     Abamillo, Juan - TX
2.     Allen, Robert - VA
3.     Andross, Miles DeForrest - VT
4.     Autry, Micajah - NC
5.     Badillo, Juan A. - TX
6.     Bailey, Peter James III - KY
7.     Baker, Isaac G. - AR
8.     Baker, William Charles M. - MO
9.     Ballentine, John J. - PA
10.     Ballantine, Richard W. - Scotland
11.     Baugh, John J. - VA
12.     Bayliss, Joseph - TN
13.     Blair, John - TN
14.     Blair, Samuel - TN
15.     Blazeby, William - England
16.     Bonham, James Butler - SC
17.     Bourne, Daniel - England
18.     Bowie, James - KY
19.     Bowman, Jesse B. - TN
20.     Brown, George - England
21.     Brown, James - PA
22.     Brown, Robert - unknown
23.     Buchanan, James - AL
24.     Burns, Samuel E. - Ireland
25.     Butler, George, D. - MO
26.     Cain, John - PA
27.     Campbell, Robert - TN
28.     Carey, William R. - VA
29.     Clark, Charles Henry - MO
30.     Clark, M.B. - MS
31.     Cloud, Daniel William - KY
32.     Cochran, Robert E. - NH
33.     Cottle, George Washington - MO
34.     Courtman, Henry - Germany
35.     Crawford, Lemuel - SC
36.     Crockett, David - TN
37.     Crossman, Robert - PA
38.     Cummings, David P. - PA
39.     Cunningham, Robert - NY
40.     Darst, Jacob C. - KY
41.     Davis, John - KY
42.     Day, Freeman H.K. - unknown
43.     Day, Jerry C. - MO
44.     Daymon, Squire - TN
45.     Dearduff, William - TN
46.     Dennison, Stephen - England or Ireland
47.     Despallier, Charles - LA
48.     Dewall, Lewis - NY
49.     Dickinson, Almeron - TN
50.     Dillard, John Henry - TN
51.     Dimpkins, James R. - England
52.     Duvalt, Andrew - Ireland
53.     Espalier, Carlos - TX
54.     Esparza, Gregorio - TX
55.     Evans, Robert - Ireland
56.     Evans, Samuel B. - NY
57.     Ewing, James L. - TN
58.     Faunterloy, William Keener - KY
59.     Fishbaugh, William - unknown
60.     Flanders, John - MA
61.     Floyd, Dolphin Ward - NC
62.     Forsyth, John Hubbard - NY
63.     Fuentes, Antonio - TX
64.     Fuqua, Galba - AL
65.     Garnett, William - VA
66.     Garrand, James W. - LA
67.     Garrett, James Girard - TN
68.     Garvin, John E. - unknown
69.     Gaston, John E. - KY
70.     George, James - unknown
71.     Goodrich, John C. - VA
72.     Grimes, Albert Calvin - GA
73.     Guerrero, José María - TX
74.     Gwynne, James C. - England
75.     Hannum, James - PA
76.     Harris, John - KY
77.     Harrison, Andrew Jackson - TN
78.     Harrison, William B - OH
79.     Hawkins, Joseph M. - Ireland
80.     Hays, John M. - TN
81.     Heiskell, Charles M. - TN
82.     Herndon, Patrick Henry - VA
83.     Hersee, William Daniel - England
84.     Holland, Tapley - OH
85.     Holloway, Samuel - PA
86.     Howell, William D. - MA
87.     Jackson, Thomas - Ireland
88.     Jackson, William Daniel - KY
89.     Jameson, Green B. - KY
90.     Jennings, Gordon C. - CT
91.     Jimenes (Ximenes), Damacio - TX
92.     John - unknown
93.     Johnson, Lewis - Wales
94.     Johnson, William - PA
95.     Jones, John - NY
96.     Kellog, John Benjamin - KY
97.     Kenney, James - VA
98.     Kent, Andrew - KY
99.     Kerr, Joseph - LA
100.     Kimbell, George C. - PA
101.     King, William Philip - TX
102.     Lewis, William Irvine - VA
103.     Lightfoot, William J. - VA
104.     Lindley, Jonathan L. - IL
105.     Linn, William - MA
106.     Losoya, Toribio - TX
107.     Main, George Washington -
108.     Malone, William T. - GA
109.     Marshall, William - TN
110.     Martin, Albert - RI
111.     McCafferty, Edward - unknown
112.     McCoy, Jesse - TN
113.     McDowell, William - PA
114.     McGee, James - Ireland
115.     McGregor, John - Scotland
116.     McKinney, Robert - TN
117.     Melton, Eliel - GA
118.     Miller, Thomas R. - TN
119.     Mills, William - TN
120.     Millsaps, Isaac - MS
121.     Mitchell, Edwin T. - unknown
122.     Mitchell, Napoleon B. - unknown
123.     Mitchusson, Edward F. - VA
124.     Moore, Robert B. - VA
125.     Moore, Willis A. - MS
126.     Musselman, Robert - OH
127.     Nava, Andrés - TX
128.     Neggan, George - SC
129.     Nelson, Andrew M. - TN
130.     Nelson, Edward - SC
131.     Nelson, George - SC
132.     Northcross, James - VA
133.     Nowlan, James - England
134.     Pagan, George - unknown
135.     Parker, Christopher Adam - unknown
136.     Parks, William - NC
137.     Perry, Richardson - TX
138.     Pollard, Amos - MA
139.     Reynolds, John Purdy - PA
140.     Roberts, Thomas H. - unknown
141.     Robertson, James Waters - TN
142.     Robinson, Isaac - Scotland
143.     Rose, James M. - OH
144.     Rusk, Jackson J. - Ireland
145.     Rutherford, Joseph - KY
146.     Ryan, Isaac - LA
147.     Scurlock, Mial - NC
148.     Sewell, Marcus L. - England
149.     Shied, Manson - GA
150.     Simmons, Cleveland Kinlock - SC
151.     Smith, Andrew H. -
152.     Smith, Charles S. - MD
153.     Smith, Joshua G. - NC
154.     Smith, William H. - unknown
155.     Starr, Richard - England
156.     Stewart, James E. - England
157.     Stockton, Richard L. - NJ
158.     Summerlin, A. Spain - TN
159.     Summers, William E. - TN
160.     Sutherland, William DePriest - unknown
161.     Taylor, Edward - TN
162.     Taylor, George - TN
163.     Taylor, James - TN
164.     Taylor, William - TN
165.     Thomas, B. Archer M. - KY
166.     Thomas, Henry - Germany
167.     Thompson, Jesse G. - AR
168.     Thomson, John W. - NC
169.     Thruston, John, M. - PA
170.     Trammel, Burke - Ireland
171.     Travis, William Barret - SC
172.     Tumlinson, George W. - MO
173.     Tylee, James - NY
174.     Walker, Asa - TN
175.     Walker, Jacob - TN
176.     Ward, William B. - Ireland
177.     Warnell, Henry - unknown
178.     Washington, Joseph G. - KY
179.     Waters, Thomas - England
180.     Wells, William - GA
181.     White, Isaac - AL or KY
182.     White, Robert - unknown
183.     Williamson, Hiram James - PA
184.     Wills, William - unknown
185.     Wilson, David L. - Scotland
186.     Wilson, John - PA
187.     Wolf, Anthony - unknown
188.     Wright, Claiborne - NC
189.     Zanco, Charles - Denmark

For 13 days these 189 men had faced overwhelming odds against 5000+ Mexican soldiers under the command of  President General Antonio López de Santa Anna. They fought and died for freedom and independence 176 years ago this morning. It was over before daylight..

Here is an interactive list of the dead with a bio on the links.

This is hallowed ground in Texas.

Monday, March 5, 2012

What a day it was yesterday.

70 degrees and 20% humidity with full blue skies and a gentle breeze. I'd like to say that in Texas we have one of these each week. Truth is that we may have five or six of these days each year. That's it, no more. And that's why they are special.

I had to break out the mower for the first time this year. I needed to soften up the yard for the beginning of the season. The smell of fresh cut grass and wild onions filled the day.

The rest of the day was replete with grandchildren working on paint and wood projects in the shop, the smell of oak and pecan on the BBQ pit, the occasional sound of laughter from the revolving conversation that rolled through the adult section. And slowed down so comfortably. To the point that you really could savor each moment. But as the sunset there was a palpable moment that you could almost feel the collapse of time as it sped up again. Most like the Enterprise moving into warp speed.

Five or six days a year. That's it. That's all. Grab every one.

Saturday, March 3, 2012


A Republican, in a wheelchair, entered a restaurant one afternoon and asked the waitress for a cup of coffee. The Republican looked across the restaurant and asked, "Is that Jesus sitting over there?"
The waitress
nodded "yes," so the Republican requested that she give Jesus a cup of coffee, on him.

The next patron to come in was a Libertarian, with a hunched back. He shuffled over to a booth, painfully sat down, and asked the waitress for a cup of hot tea. He also glanced across the restaurant and asked, "Is that Jesus, over there?"

The waitress nodded, so the Libertarian asked her to give Jesus a cup of hot tea, "My treat."

The third patron to come into the restaurant was a Democrat on crutches. He hobbled over to a booth, sat down and hollered, "Hey there honey! How's about getting me a cold glass of wine?" He too looked across the restaurant and asked, "Isn't that God's boy over there?

The waitress nodded, so the Democrat directed her to give Jesus a cold glass of wine. "On my bill," he said loudly.

As Jesus got up to leave, he passed by the Republican, touched him and said, "For your kindness, you are healed." The Republican felt the strength come back into his legs, got up, and danced a jig out the door.

Jesus passed by the Libertarian, touched him and said, "For your kindness, you are healed." The Libertarian felt his back straightening up and he raised his hands, praised the Lord, and did a series of back flips out the door.

Then, Jesus walked towards the Democrat, just smiling.

The Democrat jumped up and yelled, "Don't touch me ... I'm collecting disability."

A 'toon.

No I really did not just post this!

A husband and wife are shopping when the husband picks up a case of beer and puts it in their cart.
'What do you think you're doing?' asks the wife.
'They're on sale, only $30 for 24 cans he replies.
'Put them back, we can't afford them demands the wife, and so they carry on shopping.

A few aisles further on along the woman picks up a $60 jar of face cream and puts it in the basket.
What do you think you're doing?' asks the husband.
It's my face cream. It makes me look beautiful,' replies the wife.
Her husband retorts: 'So does 24 cans of beer and it's half the price.'
He never knew what hit him.

Friday, March 2, 2012

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

Jerry Jeff Walker- Redneck Mother

Because it's Rodeo Houston Time