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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Living to be Offended

You know the type. There are people out there that wake up every day wondering what they can be offended about next. There are plenty of people who get their itty-bitty feelings hurt over the slightest little thing.

I was reading a story on sweet wifey's blog about an African immigrant who was offended by a coworker's American flag. Of course the person was made to take the flag down. I commented that the solution to this problem was easy. The African immigrant should have been told:

"F#ck off! If you don't like it, get your ass back to Africa!"

And of course there are the Muslims. Now if you wanna be a Muslim that's fine with me, just don't insist that I have to make allowances for you and if someone draws a cartoon of Mohammed, don't run around screeching and threatening to cut their head off. There are plenty of insults levied everyday against Christians and Jews. These pass pretty much without notice.

And then there is the old Confederate battle flag. OMG if you display this flag, you must be a hate filled racist! Well, in the first place, I'm sure there are many folks with Confederate flags who indeed are hate filled racists. I betcha there are more without flags who are also hate filled racists. SO WHAT!?!?! I guess if you wanna be a hate filled racist, you have every right to be that way. GET OVER IT!

I'm waiting for Barack Hussein and his buddies in the Democommunistocrat party to try and ban the Confederate flag. As soon as they do, I'll be the first to go out and get one. There's a buncha rednecks around here with flags, pickup trucks, and guns who would not take kindly to such a declaration.

I'm not a racist. I hate everyone equally. The Confederate flag to me represents tradition and state's rights, not hatred. But what if I was a hate filled racist with a flag???? SO WHAT??? GET OVER IT! My having a flag is not going to interfere with your quest for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness one bit.

There is nothing in the Constitution that protects you from getting your feelings hurt!

Frankly, I like easily offended people. I make it a point to say and do things to piss them off. One reason I carry a gun is just to piss off some liberal. I hope someone out there right now is just ringing their hands in disgust after reading this post. If that be the case, then I have done my job!

GROUCH HAS SPOKEN!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Music Room


At long last my music room is complete. The last band I was with had no good place to practice and I was determined that was not going to be a future problem. So I converted part of what I had been using as a boat shed to my music room. Ironically, the band I am in now, Morbid Strangers, has a practice place, but that's okay, I still have a big place to keep my stuff and a place to play music and jam, and I'll always have a place for a whole band to rehearse if necessary.

You wouldn't believe the trials and tribulations I've endured to get this project finished. I actually had to sue a couple of carpenters cause they would not come and finish the job they had started and ended up getting a different carpenter to complete it. Anyway, that's a topic for another post. I've got a place dedicated to rockin' and rollin'!

I still have some work to do. I'm planning on putting sound absorbing panels on the walls. It echos pretty bad right now.

I'll also see if I can lay hands on a few pieces of cheap furniture in case I have musician guests over.

Friday, May 29, 2009

SMILING!

On the other hand, you can see why this libertarian/paleoconservative is always smiling!





Ahhhhhh! Surrounded only by beautiful girls.

Hit with the Ugly Stick

Man oh man! Not only did Barry Obama pick a racist to sit on the Supreme Court, but I'm here to tell ya that Sonya Sotomayor is one UGLY broad!

OMG! WTF!

Whew! I betcha when she was born the doctor slapped her momma instead of her.

I have to say that when she fell out of the ugly tree, she hit every branch on the way down.

Barry could have picked the current Solicitor General of the United States, Elena Kagan. Now there's a real hottie!

YIKES!!!!!

Man! You could hide the Goodyear blimp inside that nose!

Ever heard the old saying, "She was so ugly that her bowels didn't know which way to move!" ??

No wonder liberal men and lesbians are always angry!

GROUCH HAS SPOKEN......

Doncha just love email???

I have had the same conversation may times:

THEM> Oh great! I heard you are on email! What's your email address?

ME> Why do you wanna know it?

THEM> Uhhhhh, I thought I might send you some stuff????

Many times this person is someone with whom you don't communicate on a regular basis and suddenly they want to be your buddy and have your email address!?!?!?

ME> Well, if you want to send me a personal note or something that's fine, but if you wanna put me on your forward list and send me a damned copy of anything and everything you come across on the internet, then you don't need my email address. You probably did not know this but most people don't wanna see that shit!

NOW YOU KNOW WHY THEY CALL ME THE GROUCH!

After this conversation, I find out that they really did not want my email address after all.

I really do like email! REALLY! I prefer email as a way to keep in touch with friends, and even conduct business. Email gives me a chance to collect my thoughts and say what I really want to say. I check my inbox several times a day and I rarely give out my primary email address to anyone. I have several bullshit email addresses that I use when I register with online companies (you just know they're gonna sell your information despite disclaimers).

Indeed in the bullshit inboxes, I find offers for discount Viagra and Hydrocodone (interesting combination), offers to enlarge my penis, methods to become a millionaire working on my computer from home, new warranties for my 12 year old pickup truck...................does anyone believe any of this rot? Maybe Democrats? I dunno, if you'd vote for Obama I guess you'd believe most anything.

I love the ones too that state they are about to close my account and that if I want to keep this from happening, I need email them my social insecurity nummer and my credit card nummer.

Alas, there are indeed those folks with way too much time on their hands. They will get into the multi surf and click mode. They'll look at the latest jokes, political stories, poems, cartoons, sales pitches......etc etc and they just can't help themselves, but that itchy little crooked finger will creep toward the mouse. It will click on the autoforward button and send the page to EVERYONE in their address book.

I am amused by the political forwards I get, reciting a very old story sometimes from several years ago, treating it as if it was the latest news!

Frequently I'll get a forward of some story that is a hoax. In fact, I will usually have seen the hoax several times. I have found that hoax spreading is a disease usually shared by new internet surfers. They don't bother to check stuff out. They just click the forward button.........

I really like the stuff that says, "Forward this to everyone on your mailing list in the next 5 minutes......."

or Jesus won't welcome you into heaven.
and you'll have good luck for the next 10 years.
or your dog will hate you forever.

YOU GET THE IDEA.

Then I love the email titles: "This is hillarious! Forward to your friends!" Well it might have been mildly funny the first time, but after the 9th or 10th time, not so much.

I even had someone forward me a Nigerian scam once with the comment, "WOW! Ain't this great? I'm gonna call right away!"

Friends, just remember a few truths of life:

1. If you just saw it on the internet, there is a 95 percent chance I have already seen it.
2. If you just saw it on the internet, there is a fairly good chance it is not true.
3. If it sounds too good to be true, there is almost a 100 percent chance it is not true.
4. Many people who receive your blanket forwards would rather you did not send them. They're just too polite to say anything. I'm not one of those!
5. If you spread your email address blindly, you will have horse manure spread upon you ten fold!

GROUCH HAS SPOKEN!

My Problem with the NRA

My friend Lizzard was "kind" enough to email me the newsletter of the NRA (National Rifle Association). The thing about Lizzard is that he along with a lot of other people enjoy hitting the "forward" button in their email program, thereby sending everything they think interesting, outrageous, or funny, to everyone down the line. Problem is that 95 percent of the time, I don't want to see it, or have seen it already, or didn't think it was that funny the first time, but alas this is a topic for another post.

I joined the NRA some time early last year. I thought I needed to lend my support. At the time it looked like the communist candidate would either be Hillary or Barack. Either way I figured election of one of those might spell trouble for the second amendment.

So they sent me a package full of stuff I mainly didn't care about and a sticker for my truck and the monthly magazine which I do skim through.

When to my dismay, John McCain was chosen as the Wimplican candidate and only after he picked Sarah Palin as his running mate, I sent John's campaign a hefty contribution, not because I gave a hoot in hell for McCain, but because I hated Hussein Obama and figured the country would go down the tubes with him as president (I have not changed my mind). Shortly after that, I began getting phone calls from the NRA. They missed me the first two or three times they called, but sweet wifey talked to them on my behalf. They really did not want to talk to her but rather said they would try me again later.

They finally did catch me at home. The female voice on the other end after reciting her perfectly rehearsed speech proceeded to ask me how much money I was going to send her on behalf of the McCain campaign. I told her I was not planning on sending her any money. I told her I had already sent McCain a hefty contribution.

Without even taking so much as a single breath, she proceeded to tell me that I needed to "contribute again" stating that the second amendment depended on my support. When I again declined, she in so many words insinuated that I was not doing my patriotic duty.

Doncha just hate people who won't take NO for an answer and then try and berate you when you offer no other reply? In any case, the GROUCH in me finally took over and I told her I was done talking to her and that she needed to take me off the call list and never call me again for any reason. Rest assured, I will flame you mercilessly if you finally piss me off!

After that I got on the computer and went to the NRA website and proceeded to send them a scorching email. I said something to the effect:

1. I don't remember when I joined NRA that one of the conditions was that I'd be put on some damned call list.

2. I don't appreciate being hounded by your staff to contribute money to any cause for any reason.

3. Thanks to you, John McCain will not get another damned penny from me! (I actually had thought about contributing again, mainly cause I like Palin.)

4. Don't ever contact me again for any reason, and don't expect me to renew my membership!

Guess what their reply was:

Nothing, zero, zip, nada......

I never heard a word. Not even an, "oh so sorry," not even a, "kiss our ass," .....NOTHING!

I dunno when my NRA membership expires, but I'm done with them. Boy I sure do hate telecallers. I hate even more being ignored.

RANT OVER!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Time for State's Rights!

....Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government....

This from our Declaration of Independence.

I believe Barack Hussein Obama and the facist Democrat party also with the limp dicked Republican party have finally crossed the line.

Barry has appointed a self admitted reverse racist for confirmation to the Supreme Court. Well, I guess Barry got elected president and can appoint whomever he wants, but where is the Republican outrage??? He's taken over the banks, he's taken over the car companies, he wants to take over your healthcare. When will it stop? Will it stop?

I don't hear any meaningful opposition other than from those on talk radio and a few of my friends.

I was telling sweet wifey this afternoon that I see the formation of a third political party coming. I know historically that third parties have not caught fire, but I think it might be different this time. The Democrats are hurtling headlong down the path to tyranny and socialism and the Republicans are doing nothing other than say we must not hurt anyone's feeling, we must try and find common ground, we must try and get along.

BULLSHIT!

I'm so sick and tired of people telling me I need to try and find common ground with a bunch of communists that I could just scream.

I see the new third party as conservative, extreme, radical, possibly secessionist, and certainly oriented toward the abolition of the federal gubment as we now know it, with the formation of a new federal gubment, bound by the constitution, with the majority of powers returned to the states. Doesn't that sound like music?

I think the tea parties in April were a hint of the beginning. I don't know how long it will take. I don't know if the United States will even survive. I do know that if the US continues it's present course, it will not survive. I'm 57 years old and I dunno if I will live to see it. I dunno if I want to live to see it.

Just remember that the abolition of this federal gubment was sanctioned in our very founding documents.

Be watchful, carry your guns, be ready!

Lizard's Blog

Check out my friend, Lizard, and his new blog.

Lizard

Well, he shore nuff won't win any beauty contests, but he's a nice enough feller.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Never Forget

I hope everyone has a simply fine holiday weekend. Let's not forget the reason we are having this holiday. It is MEMORIAL day. It is the day when we remember our servicemen and women who have fought, sacrificed, and sometimes died so we can enjoy our freedom. If it were not for these people we would likely be having no celebration at all.

I am a fanatical history buff and I enjoy looking back in amazement at events which have shaped this country, particularly when this country had to fight to preserve freedom and sometimes fight for our very existence. I think about the sacrifices made during our revolution, the War of 1812, the Mexican/American War and the great last stand at the Alamo, the horror of our Civil War, and all the horrible conflicts of the 20th century.

There are so many specific things I could write about, but one of my favorite stories in history is that of Doolittle's Raid. I guess maybe it's because I'm a pilot. The period of time between December of 1941 and June 1942 was a particularly dark time in history for this country. The Japanese had decimated our fleet at Pearl Harbor. We lost our bases on Guam and Wake Island. The Philippines came under attack and finally fell in May of 1942. Our Chinese ally had been at war already for years and the Japanese continued expansion there. Burma, the East Indes, the Solomon Islands, Singapore, Bali, Timor, were all invaded. The Japanese had begun air strikes on northern Australia, and were preparing to invade there. Even the west coast of the United States was threatened. These were dark days indeed for us and the Japanese seemed invincible. I remember my mother and father talking about this. There was a feeling among many that all was lost.

The feeling of Japanese invincibility all changed on August 18, 1942 when Colonel James "Jimmy" Doolittle would amass a rag-tag collection of air crews and mount his historic attack on the Japanese homeland. The problem was that Japan was very far away, almost isolated, and pretty much invulnerable to attack. We had no bomber with the range, and no bases close enough from which to mount air strikes.

The plan was to mount a raid with North American B-25 medium bombers. The B-25 certainly could not reach Japan from any airbase. In December 1941, a navy captain named Frances Low actually came up with the idea of launching B-25's from the deck of an aircraft carrier, and the plan was implemented by Colonel Doolittle and his airmen. Training began in February 1942. All the crews were volunteers and they were told they were volunteering for an "extremely hazardous" mission, but no details were given.

The planes and crews were eventually loaded aboard the carrier USS Hornet and on April 2, 1942, the Hornet departed Alameda, CA. in route for Japanese waters. The initial plan was to launch the aircraft when the Hornet was a little less than 500 miles from Japan. The B-25's would complete their bomb runs and make hopefully safe landings at airfields in China. Unfortunately, the task force was spotted by a Japanese picket boat about 650 miles from Japan. The decision was made to launch the planes about 10 hours earlier than expected.

It became immediately clear to Colonel Doolittle and his men that they would not be making a safe landing. The B-25's would all run out of fuel before a safe haven could be found. In spite of this and knowing this could very well be a suicide mission, they launched anyway.

The Japanese were surprised and all of the aircraft except one was able to deliver bombs to target. No aircraft were shot down over Japan.

Without the help of an unexpected tail wind, all of the aircraft would have likely had to ditch in the ocean and the mission could very well have been completely suicidal. As it was, all 16 aircraft were lost but the crews of 14 of those aircraft, mainly due to the help of the Chinese, returned in their entirety to allied control. 11 crewmen were either killed or captured. It is estimated that the Japanese slaughtered at least 250,000 Chinese while looking for Doolottle's Raiders.

The raid caused very little actual damaged, but the Japanese were shaken. Their island was not impregnable as once thought. American morale soared. The Japanese indeed could be beaten. With American action in the Coral Sea in May of 1942 and with the huge American victory at Midway the next month, the tide of the war turned against Japan forever.

NEVER FORGET!

Stupid Invoices

Sitting here, paying bills. Bad enough in itself, but it's three times more difficult when you try and "remove stub at the bottom and send in with your payment".

When you try and tear the invoice along the perforated line, it will almost never tear along the perforated line.

What's worse, is when you have a little extra left over on the stub at the bottom, it won't fit into the anorexic envelope which they gave you to send back your money! What pisses me off even more is when even the proper sized stub won't fit into the envelope!

I really think it would be cool if the people that designed these moronic systems had to undergo some advanced interrogation techniques for a little while. Maybe I could get a lawyer to sue them on my behalf for pain and suffering????

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

More Funnies from your Gub-ment Morons

Last week I went to the driver license testing station to renew my concealed carry permit. As I stated in a previous post, I already have issues with the photo ID requirement. Actually I have issues with the whole concealed carry process. The second amendment of the constitution affirms my right to carry a gun, concealed or otherwise. The state creating this concealed carry nonsense is infringing on my second amendment rights.

Anyway, all that aside, here are some of the questions asked on the renewal form. I can't include all of them, but here are some of the more hilarious of the bunch:

-Are you a fugitive from justice?
-Are you an alien illegally or unlawfully in the United States?
-Are you an unlawful user of or addicted to alcohol or any controlled substance?
-Have you ever been adjudicated as a mental defective ..... ?
-Have you been convicted of the offense of stalking?

I just can't help wonder what the people staffing the drivers license station would actually do if one of the world's dumbest criminals actually answered YES to any of these.

This little exercise in stupidity actually blows the notion of gun control out of the water. Criminals are going to get guns regardless of whatever nonsensical roadblocks the liberals choose to construct. Law abiding citizens have to put up with this bullshit in order to exercise their rights already granted to them by the constitution.

Oh and let's not forget that the state of Tennessee gets to collect 50 dollars from you for letting you exercise those rights.

SIGH! Makes you want to go out and shoot a liberal, doesn't it?

Monday, May 18, 2009

Morbid Strangers Performances

Just wanted to let yall know the present schedule for the Morbid Strangers. More may be added but this is what we have on the board right now. Check in from time to time for updates or modifications:

June 13, Memories, Centerville, TN. 9PM until midnight.
June 27, 412 Grill, Parsons, TN, 9PM - 1:30AM
July 25, 412 Grill, Parsons, TN, 9PM - 1:30AM
August 15, Boondocks Saloon, Camden, TN. 9PM - 1AM
August 29, 412 Grill, Parsons, TN. 9PM - 1:30AM

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Hamvention Pictures Posted

For those of you that care, I posted my pictures of the 2009 Dayton Hamvention on my FLICKR site. Go HERE to look at them.

WARNING! SOME PICTURES CAN BE DISTURBING!


Not responsible for strokes or heart attacks!

Busy Busy Day!

Well yesterday was busy, busy for me. I left the Dayton Hamvention yesterday and took an 8 hour drive, first to join my sweet wifey at Arby's in Dickson, TN. We tried their new roastburgers. Boy I do love their delicious roast beast sammiches! It was good to see sweet wifey's little smiling face.

From there we went to Memories in Centerville, TN, where we rocked and rolled until after midnight with those oh so Morbid Strangers.

We had a good crowd with many dancers and I think everyone had a great time.

We finally got home early this morning and took the time to have a couple of glasses of wine and then off to bed. Boy, I was bushed, but I was smiling all day long.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Memories gig tomorrow

Don't forget that the Morbid Strangers will be performing at Memories in Centerville tomorrow from 9PM until whenever. I'll be driving directly from Dayton to Centerville. Boy, I'm gonna be one tired dog when it's over.......but you just gotta learn to play hurt!

Dayton Hamvention


Well I arrived yesterday and have spent the better part of the day at the Dayton Hamvention in Dayton, OH. The hamvention is the largest collection of amateur radio operators in the world. We get together and talk, gossip, discuss new technology, and mainly just have a big time.

It's a tough job....

but......

somebody's......

gotta.........

do.........

it!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Some Videos

I uploaded some videos of the Morbid Strangers Friday night performance at the 412 Grill. I'll put up a few more as I get them processed. If you don't have a broadband connection, you're probably out of luck.

American Band


Waitin' for the Bus / Jesus Just Left Chicago

Star Trek 2009


Well, yesterday was sweet wifey's birthday, so we went out to see a movie and have a nice quiet dinner. We saw Star Trek 2009 and I'll have to say I was thoroughly entertained. This takes us all the way back to the violent birth of:

Captain James T. Kirk
and his ascendance to that rank as well as his first encounters with the Enterprise crew we have all come to know and love,

Scotty,

Bones,

Spock,

Sulu,

Checkov,
and

Uhura.

Gosh! They all look so young! There was just the right mixture of bad guys, phaser fire, Romulans, and plots to destroy Earth to make it vintage Star Trek. Go to sweet wifey's blog to read more.

And if you're not a Star Trek fan, then you can just kiss my prune shaped ass.

THE GROUCH HAS SPOKEN!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

ROCKIN'!!!


Oh those steenkin Morbid Strangers! They rocked the 412 Grill to the foundation last night. The band and the crowd had a great time. Hopefully we will be back there real soon.

Tony D.

Tony H.

The Grouch.

Guy and his better half, Tina.

The whole gang with James out front.

Scotty with his new look.

Those steenkin Strangers, oh so Morbid....