Friday, November 28, 2008

Payback for a Diamond of a concert

It’s Fri 28 Nov, the day after Thanksgiving, which means two things. I didn’t get up at 3:30 a.m. to stand in line for two-and-a-half hours to buy the latest thing-um-a-which only to find out that the store only had three in stock and those were gone ten seconds after opening and the insanely low price advertised in the paper was only to get me to walk through the door to buy something else.

Oh yeah, and it’s big Sis’s birthday. They held a big parade for her yesterday in N.Y. City with a bunch of big balloons. No doubt Birmingham will be rocking tonight. The city will be forced into paying hundreds of thousands of dollars of overtime to police to control the crowds following her to and fro from one Birmingham hot spot to the next.

Actually, It is a sad story. She is probably being forced into working overtime today by her heavy handed boss - the nefarious Mr. Scrooge McBidner. It seems Sis made a rather bad investment with some of Mr. Scrooge McBidner’s money. She drove 10 hours (well 8 ½ for Mz. Leadfoot) - each way – from Birmingham to Columbus, OH with #1 son and grandson to see – get this – Neal Diamond in concert.

So she puts tons of wear and tear on Mr. McBidner’s fine automobile paying in excess of $3 a gallon for gas to see this “concert,” and the tickets weren't cheap either. Well, Mr. Diamond comes out singing “Cracklen’ Rose.” Yeah it’s Neal all right. There's no doubt about it. But why does he sound like Muppet star Oscar the Grouch? Apparently, at some point during the show Mr. Diamond’s voice did improved to the point where he only sounded as bad as Fozy Bear before closing the show - talk about something to be thankful for - with “Coming to America” in the styling of Rosanne Barr.

Mr. Diamond, always the gentleman, refunded the show price – minus handling fees for the tickets, travel expenses, therapy fees for hard-core Diamond fans still trying to explain this thing away and two-and-a-half-hours of people’s lives that they will never be able to get back.

The boss was not happy with dumping good money that could have gone toward a new set headers for the Vette on a bad Neal Diamond concert – or for that matter, hell let’s admit it, a good Neal Diamond concert. So now sadly, on her birthday, Sis has to pay the piper. Drive by late tonight and see if you can catch her through the window balancing the books by the light of a single candle while the scratchy Neal Diamond album (Alas, poor Sis’s i-Pod had to be auctioned on E-bay to off-set some of the “concert” expenses) skips over and over “sweeeet Car-o-line” in the background.

Happy birthday.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Dog killers treated better by Olby than turkey harvest by-standers

Yesterday Lex wondered how MSNBC’s chief nit wit, Keith Olbermann, would react to Corporal Twentykills dispatching 20 Taliban knuckleheads after Olby went postal on SarahCuda for being in the vicinity of a turkey harvesting operation.

Today Michael Vick is back in the news, and it’s nothing good. Vick pled out, at the state level this time, for his cruelty to dogs. In his plea, Vick admitted to killing dogs by hanging, drowning and beating. A bit more disturbing is Vick’s admission that he’d regularly throw house pets into the cage with fighting dogs to enjoy watching happy-go-lucky little Fido get mauled. That’s sick. I cannot bear the thought of my neighbor’s dog Luke being tossed into a cage with an angry pit bull.

So I wondered what the sanctimonious little pest Olbermann had to say about Vick. That’s when I ran across this. I read this twice and can’t quite figure out if Olby is apologizing for, defending, condemning or justifying Vick’s bad behavior by pointing to other bad behavior. I think he’s coming down on Vick’s side. The tell is that Olby's at least a little on Vick's side is that he start’s out with the “those who hate Vick” BS. Yeah Keith, it’s all the Vick haters’ fault for Vick’s own poor judgment and psychotic behavior.

For the record, I don’t hate Vick. But I don’t think he ought to ever take another snap in the NFL. What franchise could survive the PR nightmare of hiring a sadistic bastard like Vick? I see Vick’s future in pro wrestling, bill collection or host of some MSNBC nightly rant-a-thon. But wait, why demean pro wrestlers and bill collectors?

Tomorrow’s a big day for big appetites. For some perspective, here’s Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation:

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor, and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their Joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanks-giving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness"

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th. day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for His kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the greatest degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge and in general for all the great and various favors which He hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executive and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations(especially such as to have shown kindness to us) and to bless them with good government ,peace, and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and Us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Some things never change - thank God

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Corporal Twentykills

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I had a copy of the picture above in my cubical at the Pentagon. Of all the great Marine Corps pictures and art floating around, something about this one spoke to me. First off is the cigarette, the three day beard, the dirty face and clothes, how politically incorrect in this day and age – how utterly perfect a contrast for the class “A” Pentagon crowd. Then the Marine’s eyes, if that’s not concentration and determination those things do not exist. The Marine’s eyes are fixed in distance while his hands nonchalantly perform a task they must have performed thousands of times before – so often the eyes no longer need to guide them in the task. Then the entire weathered face makes me wonder where this Marine has been and what has he seen to etch those lines so deep. There is something coldly competent about this Marine. Something tells me if came down to survival of the fittest, he’d be warm and well fed.

I remembered this picture after reading this - - 20 shots - twenty kills. Wow! Just wow.

Can you imagine the pucker factor of a 30 against 250 firefight – on their home ground?

No doubt Corporal Twentykills is cut from the same cloth as the Marine in the picture.

Now just to laugh your butt off – look at this.

How do think Olbermann would react to Corporal Twentykills or the man in the photo above? If he gets that worked up over a couple of Thanksgiving turkeys being…uh…processed, how do you think he would he react to Corporal Twentykills shooting 20 Taliban losers through the melon?

I await his Special Comment on Corporal Twentykills. We know one thing for certain, whatever Olby might have to say about the corporal, it’s unlikely he’d say it to the Marine’s face.

Monday, November 24, 2008

It's not important but P-E Obama thinks it is so let Lex fix it

Finally, some change we can believe in. While America remains engaged in two wars (really it’s one – the same one - the war on terror – aka radical Islam), while the economy continues to melt down, while Russia re-emerges as a threat and conducts naval exercise in our backyard, P-E Obama has chosen throw his less than considerable weight around on THE crucial issue of the day – how best to settle college football’s national champ.

First, who really cares? College football has morphed from a college campus Saturday afternoon distraction played by student athletes to a multi-million dollar college enterprise played by, for the most part, – hell I’ll say it - professional athletes more interested in football than graduating. College coaches and administrators are more interested in the athlete gaining a 100 yards on Saturday than graduating in Jun.

Used to be the coach would prowl the campus looking for men to join the team. Now the college coach prowls the entire country looking to PAY men to join the team. Hell were it not for Michigan football coaches scabbing Ohio men to travel north to play, Michigan and Michigan State probably wouldn’t be able to field a team. Now the games between Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State basically boil down to Ohio men who prefer red over blue or green.

For the record, I’m old fashion and saw nothing wrong with the mythical national champ determined by the sports writers’ and coaches’ polls at the end of the season. I don’t understand how people get wrapped around the axel on this issue. As noted above there are more serious things to get wrapped around the axle about. Besides, no matter what system you adopt, you are likely not to solve the problem completely.

Since this seems to be a matter of Earth shattering importance, I thought Lex should grab the bull by the horns and settle the argument. Here's what needs to be done:

All schools start their seasons on the Saturday immediately following Labor Day.

All schools end their regular season (this includes conference championship games) on the weekend prior to Thanksgiving with two exceptions first, Texas – Texas A&M will continue to play on Thanksgiving – not Fri but Thanksgiving Day. Second the Army – Navy which will be the only college football game played at noon on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

The 1st Saturday in Dec. begins a three game playoff between the top 8 teams in the country as determined by an average of the UPI AP and BCS polls.

The two remaining teams meet in New Year’s bowl game with National Champ decided before midnight 1 Jan.

2 Jan the whining begins about how this team or that team got screwed - as it will no matter what system is devised. That’s why the mythical national champ as defined by the writers’ and coaches’ polls is fine with me. At least everyone will know it’s a mythical champ rather than pasting some paper thin veneer of legitimacy over some other equally mythical champion.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Turkeys perform hatchet job on Palin

Sarah Palin shows up at a Turkey Farm and the Lamestram Media discovers – for the first time apparently – that turkeys are birds that have to be slaughtered before you can eat them on Thanksgiving. Or does Shuster eat his bird while it’s alive?

What the hell did nancyboys like MSNBC’s David Shuster expect to see at a turkey farm – an egg operation?

When I first saw this yesterday, I thought – as I often do when reading anything MSM – YGBSM! They cannot seriously believe that this is a story. Ahhh, but it’s SarahCuda. So it is a story. And if enough of the MSM join in and call it hideous Obama supports will join in en mass and drone, “It’s hideous.” Remember the mental midgets we’re dealing with here.

I’m beginning to think that these dopes have never seen those famous food chain pictures in science class. Mrs. Lex is an Animal Science major and has actually slaughtered cows, pigs, chickens etc. and butchered them. I visited the slaughterhouse as a member of the FFA. It is a fact of life if you like steak, the feel of leather and the smell of bacon, Elsie and Porky have to give it up.

These stories tell us more about the nitwits like Shuster doing them than they do about Palin – who appears to understand this whole circle of life thing. But why would you expect a woman that shoots and butchers Moose and Caribou and harvests tons of seafood every year in a commercial fishing operation to go squishy – like Shuster – over a couple of Turkeys?

Last point, if you’ve ever sat out in the woods in the cold and rain hunting a turkey and come up empty day after day, you know that those damned birds got exactly what they deserved.

Friday, November 21, 2008

NASA is out of the right stuff

Uh oh, the planet formerly thought to have a fever now has a…wait for it…wait for it…CHILL. Does that mean that the planet has the flu – you know hot then cold hot then cold?

But a CHILL, holy cow that would put us back in the 70s, a time when Time Magazine and gullible high school teachers were telling a much younger Lex to get out the parka and snow pants because we were on the verge of another ice age. As of today, the polar ice is again accumulating faster than normal, record lows are being reported all over the northern hemisphere and damn it snow is already falling in record amounts.

So what’s a global warming lunatic to do? First, deny everything. Next, admit nothing. Last, make up data to support your claim. In a sophomoric attempt at the latter, NASA was caught fudging data to depict October 2008 as the hottest on record. But the only thing NASA ended up proving is that if you use September temperatures and call them October’s it is pretty easy for a real scientist to figure it out.

That’s right Mr. and Mrs. America your tax dollars are hard at work for NASA to prove global warming – no matter what the science says to the contrary. When the warming data for October didn’t fit the NASA warming model, global warming’s Gobbles some dope named Dr. James Hansen who heads up something called NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies just threw in some of September’s numbers until he got the results for October that proved his theory.

The trouble for Dr. Hansen is that there are whole bunches of scientists out there, and some of them are actually interested in science. So when the NASA data was scrutinized by – get this – a couple of Canadians, they discovered that NASA had run September’s temperatures for the Russian plains in October’s data.

Canadians!? YGBSM! How the hell do the Canadians catch NASA cheating? I don’t know what to be more embarrassed about, NASA cheating or NASA getting caught at it by the Canadians. They don’t even have a space program. The Canadian idea of a “space shot” is a seven liquor bar drink topped off with some 151 rum, set on fire and tossed back on cold MontrĂ©al night.

NASA! These are the guys who faked moon shots for crying out loud. That myth has held up since the last “moon landing” in 1972. Now they try to fudge some temperature data and get caught in less than month by – no, HELL NO not the KGB – the Canadians.

I grew up in the day when school was delayed so kids could stay home and watch NASA’s rocket launches. Then there were school assemblies to watch the rocket launches. Then they played the audio of the launches over the school intercom. I read the “The Right Stuff” with awe, watched Apollo 13 with pride and marveled at the space shuttle.

Now NASA - the people who has had the country in the palm of their hand for the last 40 years – gets caught fudging global warming data -- by the GD Canadians. But we should have seen this coming. Ever since NASA was infiltrated by Lib loons who though it was time to do away with the toxic glue that held the heat tiles on the underbelly of the space shuttle a bit too tightly in place for a bit less sticky but environmentally friendly glue – which ended in the spectacular explosion of one shuttle – we should have known this coming.

Yet it continues, just this week NASA lost a $100,000 tool bag during a space walk. When I wander into the woods with my $5 mag pen light, I tie it to my belt with a bit of twine. I don’t know what I’d do with $100,000 worth of tools – probably throw ‘em on log; lay down for nap; wake up and walk off without them.

Urine tests are definitely in order at NASA.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Urine tests for NFL QBs

Makes sense therefore it’ll never happen

I got this from one of those “pass this along to ten friends if you agree” e-mails:

Like a lot of folks in this state, I have a job. I work, they pay me. I pay my taxes and the government distributes my taxes as it sees fit. In order to get that paycheck, I am required to pass a random urine test with which I have no problem.

What I do have a problem with is the distribution of my taxes to people who don't have to pass a urine test. Shouldn't one have to pass a urine test to get a welfare check because I have to pass one to earn it for them? Please understand, I have no problem with helping people get back on their feet. I do, on the other hand, have a problem with helping someone sitting on their ass, doing drugs, while I work. . . . Can you imagine how much money the state would save if people had to pass a urine test to get a public assistance check?

I’d take it a bit further and require anyone working for government to take a urine test – especially the elected ones!

And anyone showing up to their congressional hearing to beg money from the US taxpayer via PRIVATE JET certainly ought to be subject to a urine test. Who is doing PR for these idiots Robin Leach?

As a result of my self imposed news black out (is that racist?) I missed this

Apparently hall of fame in waiting quarterback Donavan McNabb didn’t know that pro-football games could end in a tie. After a 13-13 tie with the 1-8-1 Cincinnati Bengals, McNabb announced his ignorance to the world. I didn’t know there was another team in the NFL so pee poor to be capable of a tie with the one win Bengals either – but that’s not what McNabb said. He said he didn’t know that a game – any game – in the NFL could end in a tie.

So there are 32 NFL football teams. So, of 300 million people in the US, currently there are only 32 with the mental acumen and physical talent to be designated a NFL starting quarterback. Each team keeps at least two backups which brings the number of NFL quality quarterbacks to (oh God please let this answer from a public school grad be right) 96.

Now of all of the NFL quarterbacks, McNabb is considered by many to be among the elite – let’s say top 5-10. So to put this in perspective, McNabb has reached the pinnacle of his profession – the NFL – and is himself an elite player among the most elite players. He is a field general – often pointed to as one of the top 5 field generals - in the NFL, but he doesn’t know the rules of the game that earn him 10s of millions of dollars every year.


That’s’ like a salesman not knowing his commission. That’s like Barry Bonds not knowing that after hitting a home run he still has to touch every base. That’s like elementary kids not knowing that there will be a spelling test on Friday. That's like Lex not knowing where the beer is in his own house.

McNabb definitely should be considered for a urine test.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Mitt agrees with Lex & asking questions

Forget the bailout

If you didn’t believe yesterday’s post about a bailout for the big three automakers being a bad idea – and seriously why would you – read this piece by Mitt Romney. If you don’t have time, let me recap:

Bailing out the big three, without fundamental change, will only lead to their slow and certain demise.

Romney makes the same points as below only a lot better, more artfully, provides more facts to back up his arguments, provides commonsense solutions, has the benefit of growing up in household headed by an auto executive and doesn’t rely on name calling - but other than that, the two pieces are essentially identical.

Worse than we thought

But the bailout is not what has me jazzed this morning. If you want to get that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach that you had when Ohio was called for P-E Obama on 4 Nov watch this.

At first I thought, YGBSM! Can there truly be people this damn dumb? Then I realized that not only are there people that damn dumb, but that they comprise a majority of the voting population. That’s when I jumped on the Internet and began looking for 300 more rolls of concertina wire to throw on top of the 12 foot electrified chain link fence around my compound.

If you don’t believe the video, try your own experiment. Sidle up to an Obama supporter and play along, “Yeah, I voted for Obama but it was tough. While I was in the voting booth, aside from running for president and writing two books about himself, I had a hard time coming up with any substantial accomplishments. What did you come up with?” Then listen for the sound of chirping crickets in between the ummms and uhs.

Do it quickly. About six months into his presidency, the number of people willing to admit they voted for him will begin to shrink. By mid-term of Jimmy Carter’s presidency, you’d have thought that Gerald Ford must have won in landslide because you could not find anyone willing to admit that they voted for Carter.

Now the Obama hope-n-change machine is trying to Joe the plumber the guy asking the questions. Joe the plumber asked a legitimate question that Obama answered honestly and what happens to Joe? He gets slimed in the media investigated by state officials and otherwise run through the mud. The same thing is happening to John Zoby now for the unforgivable crime of asking the questions.

Are we establishing a pattern here? It’s not the people answering the questions or even the answers themselves being scrutinized, it’s the people asking the questions. How scary is that?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

And the next bailout goes to...

Cheer up:

This should clear it up for those of you who don’t understand why Lex likes Karl Rove. Rove dropped this bomb on V-P-E Biden in an upcoming NY Times Magazine article:

NYTM: Do you like Joe Biden?

ROVE: I think he’s an odd combination of longevity and long-windedness that passes for wisdom in Washington.

Bailouts beget bailouts

Nobody likes to hear, “I told you so.” So I won’t say it but I did mention that bailouts beget bailouts. So when the long-serving long-winded class that populates Washington D.C. thought it was a good idea to put up $700 BILLION of tax payer’s dollars to bailout certain banks and other favored financial institutions, who knew others would soon be standing in line for handout? Everyone with a brain knew, that’s who - which ironically excludes the long-serving long-winded class that set up the whole scheme.

So now the “Big 3 auto makers” are standing in the bailout line with their hats in hand. The idea is to offer up $25 BILLION in loans to the Big three. Without fundamental changes in how the companies build and sell cars, the auto bailout is like throwing a glass of water into an Olympic size swimming pool. It’ll make no difference. The new argument is, it’s not a bailout. It’s a loan. It’s a loan that’ll never be paid back. It’s like giving your 11 year old an “advance” on his allowance to be worked off in chores. It never happens.

Besides, it’s not an auto bailout. It’s a UAW bailout. Unless the automakers seriously rework their contracts with UAW, throwing $25 BILLION at the big three will only require another $25 BILLION in six months. But it’s not just the UAW.

Management, in unsound moves to avoid strikes, caved into unreasonable union demands. Management also over expanded dealerships, sacrificed quality control for expediency and was slow to adapt to changing tastes in autos.

Oh yeah, and the long-serving long-winded buffoons on Capitol Hill also contributed to the collapse of the big three. CAFE standards are arbitrary idiocy that stifles creativity and creates artificial barriers for fair competition with other auto makers around the world. Only the long-serving long-winded Washington doofusses could so successfully cripple an American industry then hold hearings on why that industry is failing.

But yeah, it’s mostly the UAW’s fault. One thing we know for certain is that you cannot continue to do the exact same thing and expect a different result. Something has to change.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Change? We don't need no stinkin' change!

This was a change election. That’s why new, new guy P-E Obama picked old, old guy Joe Biden as his running mate. Arriving in the US Senate in Jan 1973, Biden has only been there slightly longer than the grass and a few of the trees around the building. The only things new about Biden are his phony tan, failed hair plugs, botoxed forehead and capped teeth.

Also in keeping with the change mantra, Obama has selected Clinton era re-tread Rham Emmanuel as his Chief of Staff, while V-P-E Biden picked AlGore’s old Chief of Staff to run things over at the V-P’s office. Whoa, slow down with all of the change, I don’t think the country can take much more.

But Obama is forging on. In order to really shake things up Obama is considering other Clinton people to assume their old chairs in the new, new administration. Erick Holder at Justice, Larry Summers at Treasury and the old battle ax her self Shrillda Beast at State.

Yes we as a people are so blessed that Obama is shaking this thing to its roots in Washington D.C. What’s that old Who song that has the line, “meet the new boss, same as the old boss?” Why do I get the feeling that we just got fooled again?

But there will be some real change. Mostly though, change will come in the form of Obama changing his campaign promises. Closing G’itmo looks to be a bit more of a sticky issue in reality than it was just talking about it on the campaign trail. Obama’s Air Force “expert” is now arguing against shutting down missile defense programs. Iraq and the US appear ready to agree upon a situational timetable that would have US troops out by 2011. But now that more people are dying on the Southside of Chicago every month than in Iraq – who really cares?

Other problematic issues for Obama include the Freedom of Choice Act which he promised would be the first thing he tackled as President. It won’t be the first and may not happen at all. Universal healthcare, as we learned from the Clintons, is a minefield of an issue that could lead to another Dem mid-term disaster if not scaled back. Beside where’s the money going to come from? Making nice with America’s enemies will have to be put on hold, especially if Shrillda moves into state.

Oh and that $1,000 tax cut for 95% of us that became the center of Obama’s campaign after Iraq took a turn for the worse for Obama - which means it took a turn for the good for the USA -probably will not happen. If it does, it’ll be off-set by $2,000 worth of tax hikes on everything from arugula to natural gas.

Lex predicts that Obama’s first term will be marked by a decline in American influence around the world and individual liberty at home; an increase in taxes and government spending; and a couple of foreign policy disasters but little else of substance. The press will hail every move and declare him a hero.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Why no gay protests at the Church of What's Happin' Now

The lavender loons in California have their shorts in a knot – or do they always wear them that way?- over prop 8. The prop, which overruled the state Supreme Court, banned gay marriage constitutionally. Now Bruce and Harlan are taking to the street to stomp their feet and show Californians how angry they are. They rallied in LA – where else – immediately after the election results before showing up at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church last Sunday to protest the congregation there.

What’s wrong with that picture? To be sure Christians lobbied strongly for the prop to ban gay marriage. But it wasn’t just white Christians. It seems black and Hispanic Christians are even more homophobic than white Christians.

But there were no gay protesters over at Rev. Moore’s predominately black Baptist Church of What’s Happin’ Now. Why? They’d have gotten their asses kicked, that’s why. Then the news would have had these ugly pics of two minority groups going at each other. We’d see that blacks do not see gay marriage as a civil rights issue. Civil rights is shtick - the light if you will - that gays would like us to see gay marriage under. Black preachers are saying, “Not so fast Larry.”

Also, gays have yet to say a word condemning P-E Obama - who opposed gay marriage during presidential campaign. But hey, maybe the gays saw Obama’s legs crossed behind the podium or caught the little wink when he was making that point. Besides, we all know that politicians lie. The higher the office the more often they lie. So who knows what Obama’s real position is?

Given the Bible passages about man leaving his mother and father to be joined with his wife; go forth and multiply and the fire and brimstone reserved for sodomites, I can understand Christian opposition to gay marriage. But there is a more basic reason to oppose gay marriage that is not in and of itself religious.

Governments make laws dictating how we chose to organize as a society. For the last 5,000 years, history shows marriage between one man and one woman to be the best way to organize humans. When governments go messing around with that, you’re going to have all sorts of unintended consequences.

Just two consequences off the top of my head are tax code implication and workplace compensation. The government and companies will either go broke paying out benefits to any two people who say they are “married” or simply discontinue benefits all together. I vote for the latter. It’s always about the money. In this day and age of shocking demographic changes, we should offer tax breaks to married couples birthing babies and that’s about it – in my opinion. That would pretty much leave Bruce and Harlan out of the picture.

Someone needs to say loud and clear to the courts to keep their grubby little fingers out of this issue or we’ll end up with another Roe v Wade debacle. Let the people and elected officials work through this. Roe v Wade remains a divisive issue today because 9 unelected dopes in robes (wrongly) forced their opinion on the people. Let’s not make the same mistake with gay marriage.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

America moves toward 3rd world status

There are some oddball things going on here in the USA that make us look like a third world country.

With 100% of the precincts reporting, Norm Coleman led unfunny man Al Franken by more than 700 votes. Since the 100% report, Colman’s lead has shrunk to 204 votes. So would that make the news headline, “With 101% of the vote counted Colman clings to narrow lead?” Democrats claim that this is all normal.

Most disturbing are several hundred ballots for Franken from one county. No it’s not odd that Franken’s total might change here and there, but the vote numbers reported only affected the Senate race – as if the voters went to the polls, ignored the presidential race and everything else that might be on the ballot and only cast a vote for Franken. Democrats claim that this is all normal.

Then there’s the report of 32 absentee ballots being turned in two days after the election. Where were the ballots? They were in a in a poll worker’s trunk. Democrats claim that this is all normal.

Every adjustment has mysteriously and against all odds of probability moved Franken closer to stealing...uh…er…winning the election. That’s sort of like trying to pitch 100 cards into a hat and having every one of them land short and to left. It just doesn’t happen that way. There are statistical errors in probability. And while errors certainly occur, if they are truly just random errors they would tend to cancel each other out – particularly in a 50-50 election. But Democrats say, “Move along nothing to see here. This is all normal.”

This thing will end when Franken gets a one vote lead. When that happens, the Democrats will shout, “It’s over. The people have spoken. Now let’s all unite and move on.”

I don’t know, maybe we could get Robert Mugabee, Hugo Chaves and Raul Castro to come in and monitor our elections. Of course they would think that all these shenanigans are normal as well.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

An open letter to Lex's congressman

Dear Congressman Souder:

Congratulations on your recent victory here in Indiana’s 3rd district. I didn’t vote for you, but I’m happy that you won. I e-mailed you during that ridiculous 700 BILLION dollar bailout fiasco that if you voted for it, I wouldn’t vote for you in Nov. I guess we both did what we thought we had to do.

During your campaign you ran an ad justifying your vote by stating in effect that you couldn’t sit by and do nothing while Hoosiers lost their life savings. Well I’ve learned that the first and sometimes best course of action in a crisis is to do exactly that - nothing. When my son gets a headache, I don’t schedule brain surgery just to assure myself that “I’m doing something.”

Besides, few conservatives were advocating a do nothing approach during the financial crisis. We wanted to follow conservative free market principles, cut corporate taxes, suspend capital gains taxes and end Sarbanes/Oxley accounting rules. I know Republicans had no chance of passing this agenda. Had John McCain and other Republicans stood for these conservative principles instead of going along with the 700 BILLION dollar bailout, I think our fortunes on Nov. 4th would have been far better.

Republicans could have laid this 700 BILLION dollar monstrosity right at the feet of BIG GOVERNMENT Democrats. Republicans in general and John McCain in particular would have had the added advantage of distancing themselves from President Bush.

Now we’re as culpable as Democrats for this mess. And how is the bailout going?
- Two trillion dollars going to banks with no accountability or transparency.
- Millions going to AIG to throw lavish parties for the big wigs.
- Auto companies standing in line for their share of the handout.
- Banks using the money to buy banks - but no loans - and to offer generous severance packages to underperforming executive.
- Elevating the unelected Treasury Secretary to THE most powerful position in government.
- Bailouts beget bailouts.

The next time a bailout comes up, please consider doing nothing. If something must be done, start by offering conservative alternatives. When congress proposes the next stimulus package, advocate suspending the income tax for four months. People will be dancing in the streets. Democrats will have to explain why it's better for the government to take the money so that the government can then re-issue the money in the form of a governmnet check.

Try it. Really, how much worse could Republicans do?

Good Luck,

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month

When I drive down the road and see one of those terribly clever “If you can read this, thank a teacher” bumper stickers, I think to myself no if you can read that or any other trite political bumper sticker thank a soldier, sailor, airman and Marine.

And today would be the perfect day to that. Nov 11th is Veterans Day. Check this out. Here is what Gen. Macarthur had to say about the American fighting man to the Corps of cadets at West Point on May 21, 1962:

...And what sort of soldiers are those you are to lead? Are they reliable? Are they brave? Are they capable of victory?

Their story is known to all of you. It is the story of the American man at arms. My estimate of him was formed on the battlefields many, many years ago, and has never changed. I regarded him then, as I regard him now, as one of the world's noblest figures; not only as one of the finest military characters, but also as one of the most stainless.

His name and fame are the birthright of every American citizen. In his youth and strength, his love and loyalty, he gave all that mortality can give. He needs no eulogy from me, or from any other man. He has written his own history and written it in red on his enemy's breast.

But when I think of his patience under adversity, of his courage under fire, and of his modesty in victory, I am filled with an emotion of admiration I cannot put into words. He belongs to history as furnishing one of the greatest examples of successful patriotism. He belongs to posterity as the instructor of future generations in the principles of liberty and freedom. He belongs to the present, to us, by his virtues and by his achievements.

In twenty campaigns, on a hundred battlefields, around a thousand campfires, I have witnessed that enduring fortitude, that patriotic self-abnegation, and that invincible determination which have carved his statue in the hearts of his people.

From one end of the world to the other, he has drained deep the chalice of courage. As I listened to those songs of the glee club, in memory's eye I could see those staggering columns of the First World War, bending under soggy packs on many a weary march, from dripping dusk to drizzling dawn, slogging ankle deep through mire of shell-pocked roads; to form grimly for the attack, blue-lipped, covered with sludge and mud, chilled by the wind and rain, driving home to their objective, and for many, to the judgment seat of God.

I do not know the dignity of their birth, but I do know the glory of their death. They died unquestioning, uncomplaining, with faith in their hearts, and on their lips the hope that we would go on to victory. Always for them: Duty, Honor, Country. Always their blood, and sweat, and tears, as they saw the way and the light.

And twenty years after, on the other side of the globe, against the filth of dirty foxholes, the stench of ghostly trenches, the slime of dripping dugouts, those boiling suns of the relentless heat, those torrential rains of devastating storms, the loneliness and utter desolation of jungle trails, the bitterness of long separation of those they loved and cherished, the deadly pestilence of tropic disease, the horror of stricken areas of war.

Their resolute and determined defense, their swift and sure attack, their indomitable purpose, their complete and decisive victory - always victory, always through the bloody haze of their last reverberating shot, the vision of gaunt, ghastly men, reverently following your password of Duty, Honor, Country.

The code which those words perpetuate embraces the highest moral laws and will stand the test of any ethics or philosophies ever promulgated for the uplift of mankind. Its requirements are for the things that are right, and its restraints are from the things that are wrong. The soldier, above all other men, is required to practice the greatest act of religious training - sacrifice. In battle and in the face of danger and death, he discloses those divine attributes which his Maker gave when he created man in his own image. No physical courage and no brute instinct can take the place of the Divine help which alone can sustain him. However horrible the incidents of war may be, the soldier who is called upon to offer and to give his life for his country, is the noblest development of mankind…

And for P-E Obama Macarthur would offer this advice on Iraq:

…Yours is the profession of arms, the will to win, the sure knowledge that in war there is no substitute for victory, that if you lose, the Nation will be destroyed, that the very obsession of your public service must be Duty, Honor, Country…

Monday, November 10, 2008

Finally, a day worth celebrating

Yes Mr. and Mrs. America a day has finally arrived where we can all join hands and rejoice, come together in perfect union to celebrate! Why? P-E Obama? Naaah, Presidents come and go. World peace? Naaah, never happen. Bengal’s won the Super Bowl? Naaah, there’s a better chance of world peace. Well then what? It’s Nov 10, 2008 the 233rd birthday of the United States Marine Corps!! Happy Birthday Marines!

Surprise a Marine today by wishing a hearty Happy Birthday! Watch the smile and hear the OOOORAH! If you have a couple of hours ask about their boot camp drill sergeant or favorite Marine story.

What follows is Gen. LeJeune’s Birthday message which was first published in 1921 and is republished every year followed by the 2008 birthday message from Gen. Conway our current Commandant.

MARINE CORPS ORDERS No. 47 (Series 1921) HEADQUARTERS U.S. MARINE CORPSWashington, November 1, 1921 759.

The following will be read to the command on the 10th of November, 1921, and hereafter on the 10th of November of every year. Should the order not be received by the 10th of November, 1921, it will be read upon receipt.

(1) On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of Continental Congress. Since that date many thousand men have borne the name "Marine". In memory of them it is fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the birthday of our corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history.

(2) The record of our corps is one which will bear comparison with that of the most famous military organizations in the world's history. During 90 of the 146 years of its existence the Marine Corps has been in action against the Nation's foes. From the Battle of Trenton to the Argonne, Marines have won foremost honors in war, and in the long eras of tranquility at home, generation after generation of Marines have grown gray in war in both hemispheres and in every corner of the seven seas, that our country and its citizens might enjoy peace and security.

(3) In every battle and skirmish since the birth of our corps, Marines have acquitted themselves with the greatest distinction, winning new honors on each occasion until the term "Marine" has come to signify all that is highest in military efficiency and soldierly virtue.

(4) This high name of distinction and soldierly repute we who are Marines today have received from those who preceded us in the corps. With it we have also received from them the eternal spirit which has animated our corps from generation to generation and has been the distinguishing mark of the Marines in every age. So long as that spirit continues to flourish Marines will be found equal to every emergency in the future as they have been in the past, and the men of our Nation will regard us as worthy successors to the long line of illustrious men who have served as "Soldiers of the Sea" since the founding of the Corps.

JOHN A. LEJEUNE, Major General Commandant75705--21


During the summer of 1982, in the wake of a presidential directive, Marines went ashore at Beirut, Lebanon. Fifteen months later, on 23 October 1983, extremists struck the first major blow against American forces - starting this long war on terrorism. On that Sunday morning, a suicide bomber drove an explosive-laden truck into the headquarters of Battalion Landing Team 1/8, destroying the building and killing 241 Marines and corpsmen.

Extremists have attacked our Nation, at home and abroad, numerous times since that fateful day in Beirut. Their aim has always been the same - to kill as many innocent Americans as possible. The attacks of 11 September 2001 changed our Nation forever, and our president has resolved that this Nation will not stand idle while murderous terrorists plan their next strike. Marines will continue to take the fight to the enemy - hitting them on their own turf, crushing them when they show themselves, and finding them where they hide.

Only a few Americans choose the dangerous, but necessary, work of fighting our Nation's enemies. When our chapter of history is written, it will be a saga of a selfless generation of Marines who were willing to stand up and fight for our Nation; to defend those who could not defend themselves; to thrive on the hardship and sacrifice expected of an elite warrior class; to march to the sound of the guns; and to ably shoulder the legacy of those Marines who have gone before.

On our 233rd birthday, first remember those who have served and those "angels" who have fallen - our reputation was built on their sacrifices. Remember our families; they are the unsung heroes whose support and dedication allow us to answer our Nation's call. Finally, to all Marines and Sailors, know that I am proud of you and what you do. Your successes on the battlefield have only added to our illustrious history. Lieutenant General Victor H. "Brute" Krulak said it best when he wrote, "... the United States does not need a Marine Corps ... the United States wants a Marine Corps." Your actions, in Iraq and Afghanistan and across the globe, are at the core of why America loves her Marines.

Happy Birthday, Marines!

Semper Fidelis,James T. ConwayGeneral, U.S. Marine Corps

Friday, November 07, 2008

Friday pickings

The O'Reilly/Cameron Factor

Well, well, well I come to find out that the Palin smears were broken by Fox News’ Carl Cameron on the O’Reilly Factor. Yeah, that O’Reilly. The one shouts “SMEAR MERCHANT!!!!” at anyone - anonymous or not – who uses the word “loofa” during the same week that they might utter the words Billbo, O’Reilly or The factor.

So I fired off the following to Billbo @ :

Hey Bill,
An anonymous source, Olbermann I think, says that you and Carl Cameron are having sex together using loofas. Better get this information out there before the Enquirer picks up on it. One question, who plays the man in your relationship with Carl?

Sorry for sharing that one with you. You’ll probably need several hot showers now and intense therapy to erase that mental image from your mind.


Now if you really want to get pissed off watching your hard earned Yankee tax dollars at work watch this.

Listen to this idiot “teacher” again. She supposedly has a college degree, yet sounds like the dumbest person in the room. Is there any doubt in your mind that she has been an affirmative action fill all her life? This woman should be down at the Jiffy Wash drying cars.

We must support P-E Obama

That’s the new meme from the MSM. I don’t think so Tim. I’ll give him all the support Libs gave GWB. And GWB wasn’t even a conservative. P-E Obama IS the most liberal member of the senate. So when he tries to:
Promote any type of abortion on demand
Grab our guns
Bankrupt coal companies
Cause energy cost to skyrocket
Lose a war
Raise taxes
Spread the wealth around
I ain’t supportin’ him! And if we have any “Maverick” Reps who decide to get on board with P-E Obama’s plans, I ain’t supportin’ them either.

Re-building Conservatism

Doesn’t need re-building. It wasn’t defeated on Nov 4th. Old style go along get along wimp Republicanism was defeated on Nov 4th. The Rep Party is in a shambles. We need to dump all of the Bob Dole, GHWB, GWB and McCain big government bailout, split the baby, Dem lite types from the party.

Party Chair: Newt Gingrich; he’s the best idea man in Politics and one of the smartest. He can articulate ideas in sound bites. If not Newt, then Michael Steel. Steel is to the point and can shred Dems with an affable smile and good joke.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Cartoons, Palin and sports analogies

An odd political cartoon in this morning’s Daily Punctilio (AKA the Journal Gazette) inspired the response below. The cartoon is not up on either the DP or Mr. Heller’s web site, but I think you’ll get the point:

Even though political cartoons are most often meant to evoke serious thought, sometimes they are laugh out loud funny. Joe Heller’s cartoon in this a.m.’s JG was the later. No doubt MLK would approve of Obama’s rise to become President Elect of the United States.

Heller should have stopped at MLK’s thumb’s up from the heavenly clouds. But for some odd reason Heller found it necessary to add the words “Absentee Vote.” That’s when I guffawed with such gusto that coffee shot from my nose.

Given the unbelievably corrupt, illegal and despicable activity of ACORN during this election, does Heller or anyone at the GJ have any doubt that MLK wasn’t registered multiple times in multiple states and that he didn’t vote absentee several times before trying to vote in person at two or three precincts?

Or was THAT Heller’s point? Given his body of work, I doubt it, but that take on it works for me and probably a lot of other people. Keep up the good work Joe. When enough people get up upset about corruption in our election system things will change.

It’s all Palin’s fault

First if it hadn’t been for Palin, McCain’s campaign would never have gotten off the ground. Now there are scurrilous stories being circulated from the McCain camp about how Palin torpedoed McCain. BS!!

There is going to be one huge free for all for control of the Republican Party. The unnamed losers and cowards who are circulating stories about Palin are probably from the Romney camp or the Huckabee camp or some other camp. They have to take Palin down to give “their guy” a shot. That’s all this is about.

Anytime I hear or read “unnamed sources, blah blah blah,” I tune out. Unnamed sources tell me that unnamed sources are full of crap, cowards and weaklings.

P-E Obama’s path paved by black athletes

In an effort to escape political BS, I tuned into Sports Center last night where a couple of jocks were discussing how sports and the rise of the black athletes paved the way for P-E Obama. I wanted to throw up.

If there is a sports analogy for this election, it would be how George Steinbrenner and other big market owners try to buy championships. While it takes most sports franchises several seasons to buy up enough talent to make a run at the championship in any given sport, Obama was able to dump a BILLION dollars into one election cycle and walk away with the prize.

That sports analogy never came up. Hmmmm I wonder why?

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

It's better to win

What a blow out. Americans will soon learn that while McCain/Palin wanted to change Washington, Obama/Biden want to change America. The biggest single issue before the mid-terms – our first chance to fix this mess - is immigration.

Hey Lex, what about the war, abortion, 25% military cut, the 2nd Amendment, the Fairness doctrine, taxes, union card check etc? It won’ make any difference. If the Dems along with John gee how bad did I screw myself with that McCain/Feingold thing McCain’s help pass “a path to citizenship” for all of “God’s children” who want to wander across the border, it won’t make a bit of difference. When that happens, last night will look like a moral victory for Conservatives. When 20 million illegals become citizens with their 40 million family members who will be invited in, there will be no path for a Conservative victory in a national election.

Then the Dems will be able to convince 52% of Americans it’s fine and dandy to “spread the wealth around” that the other 48% earned. This Ponzi scheme can be sustained for a while, but eventually you end up with a 25 hour work week and young people sitting in cafes sipping coffee and smoking cigarettes complaining about their government provided apartment, government TV, government hybrid car, government heating ration and food stamp allocation.

Whose fault is it? Let's blame it on Bush. Everything else is his fault.

What did we learn?

Big government Conservatism is no match for big government Libs.

Campaign finance reform is d-e-a-d. Obama spent a billion dollars, much of it raised illegally, to get to the White House. Is any Rep ever going to sign up for public financing again? No!

We should have gone with Mitt and Fred. Mitt would have been in his element when the economic meltdown occurred and wouldn’t have been saddled with a vote for that ridiculous $700 BILLION bailout. He’d have crushed Obama in debates. We need Washington outsiders. P-A-L-I-N.

The MSM is populated with a menagerie of cartoon figures that makes Looney Tunes look staid and serious. None – right left or in between – can be taken seriously after this election.

It's better to win an election so you can win the war than to lose an election honorably so someone else can lose the war.

The best advice I’ve heard since Ohio went blue last night was on an Internet comment page: Protect your family, move south! We’ll try to re-take your homeland later.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Go vote!

Well the ONE good thing about today is that this election cycle is over…until tomorrow when the 2010 and 2012 cycles start. No doubt the first question asked of anyone from the losing party on the Sun. talkers will be, “Do you want to make some news and announce your candidacy this morning?”

We should know early on if the pollsters missed anything. If they didn’t foul up in spectacular fashion, it’ll be a dismal but early evening. Most of the excitement will come when we learn what inner city neighborhoods are burning in “victory” celebrations.

Now get out there and vote.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Trouble win or lose

This will be a short piece. I need to inventory my ammo and clean a few guns today. Then I’ll need to head down to the military surplus store to pick up a few things.

I’m really not sure how this thing will turn out tomorrow, but either way there is likely to be trouble. James Carville warned of riots if B-HO was denied the presidency through a free and fair election. That seems good enough reason in and of it self to vote against B-HO. Then some Euronut is warning of a second American Civil War if B-HO looses. Actually it’d be the first real Civil War – that thing in the 1860’s is more accurately described as a War Between the States. It’s just good to know where the nut jobs are coming from.

Even if the nut jobs win we’re in trouble. Look what happens to the inner city of places that “win” a major professional sport title. Places of business are burned and looted. Cars are overturned and set on fire. People attack the police. What better way to show your team spirit than going downtown, smashing out a window and grabbing yourself a new TV?

Then there’s this. What the hell is the “Civilian Security Force?” Did any of the lemmings in the MSM clear this up? What comes to mind is a Louis Farrakhan Army of Islam type organization. Inner city punks and thugs who – for a fee, let’s call it reparations - will look after your car while you shop downtown.

If you need a good laugh before what could be a depressing day tomorrow – check this out..

Now does anyone know where I can get a good family sized reverse osmosis water purifier, a 20kw backup generator, a 1,000 gallon in-ground fuel tank and 10,000 rounds of 7.62 ammo cheap? Also, if there’s an old timer out there that still has the plans for his 1950’s style fallout shelter, please leave a comment.

Hat tip the Griffin.