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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Zzounds, a Day Late and 21 Dollars Short

Well I got an email from the "president" of Zzounds. He was oh so sorry for all the trouble I had while trying to place my last order. He said that if I had ordered the Yamaha recorder that he would credit my credit card in the amount of $21.00 just to make things right. Sadly, I told him I had already ordered another item. I also told him I had instructed sweet Wifey not to order any more gift certificates from them.

I suggested again that he change their website to reflect their TRUE policy of matching the best price. I also told him that I was way too old to waste my valuable time arguing with a bunch of kids over doing the right thing.

Well, I was told by the first pimply faced kid at Zzounds that there was nothing he could do. Then I was told by the "supervisor", also a pimply faced kid that there was nothing he could do. When I axed to speak to his boss, he told me there was nobody higher up I could talk to............then the next day, I get an email from the "president"???? Why didn't the pimply faced supervisor just put the president on the phone in the first place?

I also told the "president" that he needed to tell his employees to never utter the phrase, "There's nothing I can do."

You Always Have Other Options! YAHOO!

LIARS! LIARS all LIARS!

I don't expect I'll hear anything else from Zzounds. I did speak to a blogger friend of sweet Wifey's who is some kind of professional musician/recording engineer. He said Zzounds was the worst out there. Nothing but a bunch of crooks. I believe it.


I had spent thousands of dollars at Zzounds. Hard to believe they would piss all that away over 20 bux.....sigh.......that's what happens when you trust your future to mind numbed pimply faced kids.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Musician's Friend Update

Well I spoke with a fellow today named Paul Christensen. He is the director of Contact Center Operations and Customer Service for Musician's Friend. He sent me a blog message and gave me his PERSONAL 1-800 number and invited me to call. He wanted to know about the problems I had had with Musician's Friend and wanted to see if he could win my business back.

I explained to him my many frustrating escapades with his company over my MacBook Pro computer. You can go HERE to read about my trouble if you didn't see it the first time.

He admitted that my situation had been handled badly. Evidently they have had real problems with credit card fraud and MacBook Pros. According to Paul a majority of credit card orders for this computer are made by people with stolen cards and by identity thieves. I dunno why the MacBook is such a target for this problem but apparently it is. That's no excuse for my treatment, but that's the deal.

I did suggest to him that if customers experience problems like mine, they should be given some sort of case number and referred to a particular person each and every time until the problem is resolved. One of my major frustrations was that every time I called Musician's Friend I got a different person. Some seemed at least partially knowledgeable and helpful while others seemed completely clueless.

And really.....if they knew of these problems, why not just take the computer off the website or at least post some kind of warning before I sent them the credit card number? I could have gotten the computer from Best Buy and saved my gift certificate for something else from Musician's Friend and probably would never have experienced the anger and the hassle. I usually do pretty well if I know what is going on ahead of time. It's unpleasant surprises I don't like.

Anyway, I have Paul's number and he gave me his direct email address. He said that the next time I was ready to make a big purchase to notify him first and he would give me a special price to make up for my previous trouble. I don't need anything right now, but large items sometimes are needed on short notice for the band so I'll let the guys know to let me run interference the next time we have a need.

I appreciated the opportunity to talk to Paul. It was nice that he took the time to listen. I guess I'll let Musician's Friend out of the doghouse. I really do like their website.....you can spend a lot of time there just pointing and clicking and smiling.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Pediatric ER Visit

This one is pretty good too, and true to life.

Patient Faking Seizure in ER

This short movie had to have been written by an ER doctor or nurse.

What is really funny is that I have actually heard all the complaints and explanations made by the female character. This video courtesy of my friend, Diane.

EMERGENCY BULLETIN!

FLASH! AN EMERGENCY BULLETIN FROM THE GROUCH AT RIGHT TRUTH!

THE UNITED KINGDOM IS BANNING WORKS OF FICTION FROM BEING SHOWN IN SCHOOLS IN THE UK!!!!!

uhhhhhhhhh....oh wait........perhaps I overreacted a bit!

Oh, they're just gonna ban Algore's film in UK schools.......whew!

Hey! at least I was right about them banning a work of fiction!


Relax!

Dear Leader is in the Scolding Mode

Well dear leader Barry scolded congressman, Eric Cantor, for bringing a copy of the 2400 page healthcare destruction bill to the summit. Of course it was the Dimocrats that created the monstrosity. The Republicans were left out in the cold, remember?

Barry said, "health care is a very complicated subject".

Actually, dear leader Barry, it is not complicated at all. Nowhere in the constitution of these United States is the federal gubment granted the power to provide or regulate health care for the populace. It's really pretty simple. I'm waiting for one of the wimpy limp wristed Republicans to pop up and point this out. So far I have not heard this.

An Orca is an Orca is an Orca

I been sitting here reading online about the death of a Seaworld trainer who was grabbed, pulled under the water, and drowned by a 12000 pound killer whale. Tragic yes, but shocking, no, at least not to me. After all, they are called KILLER WHALES and in the wild, they are predators. It is their nature to kill. I think with these animals we sometimes get lulled into a false sense of security and come to view tham as lovable and cuddly. These whales however spend their lives in the wild feasting mainly on seals and even other whales. Based on what I have read, there has never been a documented fatal attack on humans by killer whales in the wild (perhaps we don't taste that good to them). The only fatalities have occurred with creatures in captivity. Interesting, but this should raise severe red flags when dealing with these magnificent and intelligent creatures.

Wild animals are just that, wild animals. Reminds me when Roy Horn of Siegfried and Roy was mauled by a tiger. These guys were supposed to be experts. Let's not forget Steve Irwin who was killed by a stingray. Steve was supposed to be an expert too.

You just gotta be careful out there folks.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

LIARS!

Well, sweet Wifey, got me a gift certificate for Valentines Day from Zzounds, an online music store. I found an item I wanted, a portable digital recorder. Their price $199.00.
 
Then I found the same thing at Musician's Friend for $179.00. Hmmmmm, suddenly the link to this product on Musician's Friend is dead.


Anyway, the first thing that jumps out at you at Zzounds is: " We will beat any price. PERIOD!"

Well, Zzounds fooled around and fooled around and hemmed and hawed and finally came back and said that Musician Friend price was a clearance item and the best they could do was $197.00. I then asked to speak to a manager who basically told me the same thing. He directed me to several point and click locations under their FAQ which he said would explain their policy to my satisfaction. I told him, "Look man, do really think someone is going to take the times to click through all those links when the first thing that pops out is "We will beat any price. PERIOD!""

I then asked him if he was willing to have no more of my business, EVER, over this issue and he repeated several times, "There is nothing I can do."

I then explained to him that Zzounds was a bunch of liars and they needed to take their false advertising claim off of their website. I also explained to him that I would get on my blog and trash Zzounds from here to California and that I would encourage ALL my musician friends to never order anything from Zzounds.

He said, "You would do this over $20.00?"

I said, "You're damned right I would! I am a tenacious sonofabitch! You would lose my business FOREVER over $20.00?"

"Uh, there's nothing I can do."

I hung up. No doubt a pimply faced teenager.

Well, to my chagrin, I still have to use up my Zzounds gift certificate.

Well, I have already excommunicated Musician's Friend. Now I have excommunicated Zzounds. I am slowly but surely running out of places from which to order musical stuff.

Boy I hate liars worse than anything!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

We are Known by the Company we Keep

I read today that Mitt Romney threw his support to John McCain in McCain's battle to keep his senate seat in Arizona. Romney said of McCain, "...record of service and sacrifice for America is honored by all."

He went on to say, "It's hard to imagine the senate without John McCain."

Hmmmmmm, Gubner, I can imagine the senate without John McCain as a hell of a lot better place for the American people, especially if there was a strong conservative sitting in his place. Gubner, you keep sticking yourself out there as a conservative choice and then you turn around and endorse a squishy RINO...........makes me think you are one yourself!

You can throw someone under the bus and be nice about it. Why couldn't he have said, "John McCain's record of service and sacrifice for America is honored by all, and I love him dearly, but the time has come to put true conservative leadership in the senate. This country must be defended against the Marxist policies of the current administration and the majority. I am giving my full support to J.D. Hayworth."

Now why could he not have said that? Why?

My hope is quickly waning in the folksy Sarah Palin. She also endorsed McCain. She's not even in Warshington (yet) and already she has been enticed by the need for "civility" and "decorum". My friend, Rush Limbaugh says she had no choice. I disagree. As I said, you can throw someone under the bus nicely. When the fiber of this country is at stake, nothing else should matter. As the VP candidate she had to tow the line, but no more. She needs to be speaking out forcefully and truthfully for America!

I groaned when Massachusetts freshman senator, Scott Brown thanked McCain. Now I hear he has voted for cloture on the Jobs Bill..............sigh.



After some of the fine CPAC speeches I was a bit invigorated. Now I'm sliding back into my usual political funk as I watch so called conservatives slide slowly into the mire of RINOdom.

2012 slowly draws closer. Sweet Wifey sez that Barry O. can still win in 2012. As the list of possible Republican choices grows more squishy, I can see this happening.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Huckabee Blasts CPAC

Well I heard that former Arkansas Gubner, Mike Huckabee, ripped the 2010 CPAC, saying it was, "outdated, nearly corrupt and unrepresentative of the conservative movement."  Good Lord, gubner! What would you consider "representative" of the conservative movement? Oh I know........a squishy, moderate, RINO, willing to cross the aisle, and work with Dimocrats, to solve problems and get things done for the American people!

If he bothered to listen to Glenn Beck's moving speech, and disagreed with anything Glenn said, well, then he needs to have that bass guitar shoved up his..........I'll be nice......

I'm glad he didn't go to CPAC. I am sick and tired of squishy, moderate RINOs.

Sweet Wifey told me she watched his interview with Michelle Obama. I did not watch it although it was on Fox News when I came home from band practice. I watched with the sound off while I sipped a couple of martinis......sweet Wifey and Penny had long gone to bed. Huck and Michelle were just laughing and talking like they were best buds. Sweet Wifey said the thing was sickening..............he was almost in agreement with her most of the time........UGH.

What a sorry excuse for a Republican. I don't think he's much of a musician either.

CPAC Straw Poll Elects Ron Paul

Well, the CPAC straw poll elected Ron Paul as the next presidential favorite. Now I read on Right Truth and heard the pundits say the poll is meaningless. Evidently Ron Paul appeals to many young conservatives and evidently there was an overabundance of them at the CPAC convention.

I'm kinda iffy about Ron Paul. I actually agree with about 95 percent of his positions. He is a conservative libertarian.....that's me! He is a constitutionalist and vows not to vote for legislation unless supported by the Constitution......that's me!  He supports Constitutional rights, the right to keep and bear arms, he's pro life.....all that is me! He hates big gubment and gubment spending......me again!

My problem with him involves the military. I view him as an isolationist. Although isolationism seems like a cozy idea, I don't think we can be that way in today's world. I get the impression from listening to him that he would pull our troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan and bring them all home. Regardless of your position on the wars, the fact of the matter is.....WE ARE THERE......and we need to finish the job, although, the way Barack Obama has chosen to prosecute the wars makes me think we probably should bring the troops home. Unfortunately we have allies in the world that are depending on us to do the right thing.......yeah I know......some of them are pretty sorry excuses for allies. Anyway, loyalty is a virture and we can't abandon our so called friends.

I'm really trying to like Ron Paul. I'm not saying he'll be the next Republican nominee, but hey, anythings possible. Can somebody help me?

P.S. He's also a doctor......me too!

Thoughts on Glenn Beck

Well I watched the first half of Glenn's CPAC speech yesterday and the last half today. I had to go to band practice with the Morbid Strangers you know. Glenn gets a little dramatic at times and the left sure does like to make fun of him, but I found his speech rather inspirational and at the same time it left me with a lump in my throat. The thing I really like about Glenn is that he is completely fair and balanced in that he blasts Republicans and Dimocrats equally and viciously. I had the lump in my throat because he reminded me again what a mess this country is in all because of our self centered, inept politicians in Warshington. I almost cheered when he suggested that they all need to apologize to the American people and admit they are wrong. I'd like to see that followed by mass resignations.

He praised the accomplishments of the individual and reminded us that it is the individual that has made America great, not gubment, not a bunch of stupid politicians........the individual.

The whole thing is on the Common Cents blog. If you didn't see it you ought to take the time and go watch. It's always nice to listen to someone who is right for a change, and not afraid to say it.

And All Along I Thought the Science was Settled????

Just read that the climate scientists have withdrawn journal claims of rising sea levels. Apparently the scientists found "mistakes" that undermine the initial claim. Now wait just a minute! Didn't I hear not too long ago that the science of man made globull warming was settled?

The hoax and scam continues to unravel!

I Like This Guy

I watched a video of congressman Don Young from Alaska. He makes a lot of sense and he calls man made global warming a scam. He apparently has had some problems with charges of ethics violations and other things. I dunno about all that, but I am overjoyed to find someone who is willing to call global warming what it really is. I'll give him a gold star for that one. Go HERE to watch his video. Now what we need is the rest of the Republicans in the House and Senate to stop agreeing with Dimocrats and start using the terms hoax and scam.

Friday, February 19, 2010

It's Already Been a Year? My How Time Flies!

It's hard to believe, but it was one year ago today that I started The Grouch at Right Truth. Thanks to all my readers and visitors. You know me. I like to mince words and beat around the bush. Hope you've had a good time.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Paralyzed Gubment

I just read a chilling article by Pat Buchanan called "November's Consequence: A paralyzed government". Buchanan posits that after November, Republicans will resist tooth and nail the oncoming middle class tax increases (needed according to him to erase the debt) while at the same time the Dimocrats will resist tooth and nail the oncoming cuts in social and entitlement programs(also required to erase the debt). Absolute paralysis! Absolute gridlock! I actually think that such a scenario would be very painful for a long long time but eventually might be for the best. I would just as soon keep congress in recess for perpetuity, but if I can't have that, gridlock is fine. If they are completely locked, they can't be passing more stupid laws that put us into deeper trouble. We can't really start whining and whining, folks. It the fault of the non-term limited nitwits in Warshington and it's our fault that we keep sending them there. Go read Pat's article. The hair on the back of my neck was standing up when I was done.

It's not Hard to JUST SAY NO!

Remember when the Republicans in congress wimped out and said that if the President invited them to go talk about the healthcare bill that they just had to go? Well, NO YOU DON'T! Kudos to Las Vegas mayor, Oscar Goodman. He told dear leader, Barry, NO, when he was asked to meet with the president when he arrives in town. Now see, Republican congress, it really is not that hard to say NO! Just say NO! When a left wing communist/socialist/facist bastard is trying to destroy everything that we hold dear, just say NO! Repeat after me, NO! NO! NO!

You stand your ground, mayor Goodman! Good for you!

The Grouch Waxes Eloquently on the Hoax of the Century

 
We spend money and our industries spend money on "green technology" when in fact industries should be concentrating their efforts on REAL jobs, all because of,

THE HOAX OF GLOBAL WARMING.

Our gubment spends our money (stimulus money) supposedly creating "green jobs", all because of,

THE HOAX OF GLOBAL WARMING.

I read today that the UN climate chief is resigning. We pay money to the UN. We pay for idiots like this, all because of,

THE HOAX OF GLOBAL WARMING.

The gubment is taking our incandescent light bubs away and forcing us to buy more expensive (and dangerous) compact fluorescent bubs, all because of,

THE HOAX OF GLOBAL WARMING.

The gubment has nearly destroyed the US auto companies with stupid CAFÉ standards and ridiculous regulations, all because of,

THE HOAX OF GLOBAL WARMING.

People have died buying puddle jumper green cars partially because of,

THE HOAX OF GLOBAL WARMING.

The gubment has put the security of this country at risk, making us dependent on foreign oil. They won't let us drill for our own, all because of,

THE HOAX OF GLOBAL WARMING.

 
The gubment wants to tax the most abundant fuel this country uses to make electricity (coal for all you people in Rio Linda), doubling or tripling the cost of electricity, all because of,

THE HOAX OF GLOBAL WARMING.

The gubment wants to regulate what I spray under my arms, all because of,

THE HOAX OF GLOBAL WARMING.

The gubment has banned the sale of aerosol canisters containing a variety of medicines used by asthmatics and people with other ailments. Instead, they are now forced to buy medicines with much more expensive delivery systems, all because of,

THE HOAX OF GLOBAL WARMING.

Hungry people in the world have died because corn that could have been used for food was made instead into ethanol.

THE HOAX OF GLOBAL WARMING.

 
Public schools have forced students to watch Algore's science fiction thriller "An Inconvenient Truth" and subsequently brainwashed these kids, all because of,

THE HOAX OF GLOBAL WARMING.

Charlatans like Algore have made millions and been given awards, all because of,

THE HOAX OF GLOBAL WARMING.

I can think of no better reason to send the non-essential gubment workers in Warshington home PERMANENTLY!

I can think of no better reason to put congress on PERMANENT RECESS!

QUICK! BEFORE THEY THINK OF ANYMORE STUPID LAWS AND REGULATIONS!

Morning Prayer

I got this from a friend, so don't hurl your darts at me:

Dear Lord,

In the past year you have taken away my favorite actor (Patrick Swayze), my favorite actress (Farah Fawcett), my favorite musician (Michael Jackson) and my favorite salesperson (Billy Mays). Just wanted to let you know my favorite president is Barrack Obama.

Only problem is that "Plugs" Biden is the VP.

More from the World of Unintended Consequences

Well I was reading that the TSA is going to start swabbing people's hands before boarding planes in order to detect explosives. Well, I gotta wonder what is going to happen to people that test POSITIVE. The articles already admits that certain legal substances like fertilizer and heart medicine will cause false positives. What about other legal things like the firing of weapons, and fireworks and such? I gotta think that a lot of innocent people are going to be more than inconvenienced while terrorists slip on by.

Why don't we just do like the Israelis? Just lookem in the eye and do a little honest to goodness racial profiling? It seems to work for them.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentines Day

 
Well, it's Valentines Day, and my sweetie was nice enough to get me a nice card and also a gift certificate. When I first met her, I knew she was way out of my league, but that didn't keep me from chasing her. I'm a lucky dog!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Tears on Black Leather

Here's another ORIGINAL song by the Morbid Strangers. Click on the player below if you'd like to give it a listen.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Bwaaaaaa Waaaaa! He's Cutting My Pet Project!

How sweet it is! Oh I just love it when Dimocrats get pissed off! Well apparently New Jersey Gubner Chris Christie is pissing them off in a big way. Christie has declared a fiscal emergency in New Jersey and has by executive order put a freeze on spending and will be slicing into school surpluses and transit subsidies among other things.

Dimocrats are furious because he "used his executive powers instead of working with the legislature". HA HA HA HA yeah right, like a buncha liberal Dimocrats in the legislature would make any meaningful cuts. They would rather see the state wallow in bankruptcy and empty promises.

Remember, it was Jon Corzine and the legislature that got them in this mess in the first place.

Well I'm not gonna get real excited until I see if Christie sticks to his guns and is not just a flash in the pan. He could be a shining example to the rest of the country that the unsustainable gravy train gubment handout days are over. Doncha just love the sound of screeching Dimocrats?

"Oh, he's harming the cheeeerldren! We need all that tax money for the cheeeeerldren!"

Bwaa Haa Haa! I do love it so!

Reforming Congress in One Easy Step

Every now and then, I still have flashes of brilliance that I feel compelled to share with each and every one of you. Congress and the President have been up in the air for the last year bellyaching about how we need to reform healthcare.

Well instead of that I think we ought to reform congress. It would be really easy to do.

First of all we need to extend the August recess to say about December 15. In addition to this we need to have a spring break running from say January 15 until perhaps July 15.

I have no problem paying them to stay home. After all we pay farmers NOT to grow food. What's the damned difference?

Now I'm sure some of you more serious minded, perhaps leftist/socialist/communist readers are out there shaking your heads saying, "Well congress would never get anything done!"

EXACTLY! YOU JUST GOT MY POINT!

What happens anytime Republicans and Dimocrats get together, cross the aisle, and work together to solve problems and get things done for the American people?

Well, we end up with some stupid new laws, some stupid new onerous regulations, more and more infringement on our freedoms, more taxes and more spending of money we do not have to fund programs which will not work.

Think about it. When was the last time that congress passed a law that really helped you and made your life better? About the only things I can think of are the Bush tax cuts and the laws that increased my contribution to my IRA's and allowed me to create a self employed 401K. Other than that…………I really can't think of much of anything.

I have always thought that America was better off when congress was either in recess or gridlock………let's take that notion and run with it! What say you?

Monday, February 8, 2010

King, N.C. has some Splainin' to do - FOLLOWUP

A fellow named Cliff Muncy sent me this video. Apparently a lot of the fine folks of King found the infringement of their constitutional rights outrageous as well.

What if the mayor of King had put up a sign stating: "You are not permitted to talk about this state of emergency or report these events to the press."? No doubt there would have been outrage at infringement of FIRST amendment rights. Why is this mayor not at all concerned about SECOND amendment rights? If it were not for the second amendment, we probably would not have the first amendment. When are these stupid politicians gonna get their heads out of their asses and start respecting the Constitution? If I were a citizen of King, I believe I'd kick that mayor to the curb come next election......or even better, have a recall!

Thanks Cliff.

Congrats Saints

 
Well, it was one of the better Super Bowls I remember seeing. I really didn't have a dog in the fight but I was happy to see New Orleans pull it off. It was their moment to shine. They had never won anything before and suddenly they are on top.
Already I am hearing grumbling and criticism over Peyton Manning's interception at the end of the game which sealed the loss for Indy. It was much the same way 2 weeks ago when Brett Favre threw an interception to send the Saints to the Super Bowl. Hey great quarterbacks are from time to time going to have to take chances, and even the best are going to throw interceptions. Life without risk results in mediocrity. 

Let them get together again next week and do it all over again and the result might be different, They are two great teams. Unfortunately there can only be one winner.

By the way, I thought the Who rocked (even though only half of them remain). I was waiting for Pete Townshend to dislocate his right shoulder, ha ha. "Meet the new boss! Same as the old boss! We don't get fooled again!"
 NO! NO!



I'm MELTING!

Here's a cool poll from Marist College stating that dear leader Omaba has fallen to his lowest approval rating yet.....44 percent!. The slide continues. I say keep it up you Stalinist Statist bastard! Keep showing America what liberalism is all about!

First black president, my ass.....

King, N.C. has some Splainin' to do

Okay, I just read that in King, N.C. they had lifted a ban on the purchase of firearms and ammunition as well as a prohibition from carrying a weapon or ammunition off your own premises. They also lifted a curfew and alcohol restrictions. These were evidently instituted due to a state of emergency caused by severe weather.

Well, I guess the idiot politicians in King, N.C. thought that because of the severe weather, that law abiding citizens would just absolutely go nuts, buy up tons of weapons, and go on a shooting rampage. Of course we all know that the criminals in King will abide by the ruling and leave their guns at home as well.

Once again the 2nd amendment is trampled by idiot politicians who are in fact endangering the well being of the general public. As far as I am concerned the politicians of King, N.C. should be held to account and have some splainin' to do!

A Sign of Things to Come

I guess this Super Bowl ad was pretty funny, but if the "green police" had their way it would be reality. Think it can't happen? Think again. The gubment is already making it its bidness to tell you what kind of cars you can drive, and with the advent of Gubment Motors it will only get worse. Incandescent light bubs have already been deep sixed in favor of CFC's. In California, they're already investigating ways of having the utility companies monitor your thermostat settings. It's the slow creep of nanny state liberalism and tyranny.

By the way, I thought the car was ugly as hell.

Friday, February 5, 2010

So Long Clarence

 
It is with sadness that I report the passing of my good friend, Clarence Fowler, WA0TSL. I got to know Clarence through amateur radio, at first by voice, then by pictures on SSTV, and then finally in person. Clarence lived in Crockett, Texas, and often referred to himself as the "Crockett Rocket" and often referred to his home as "paradise in the pines".

To say the least, Clarence was a unique individual. I know that Clarence was married for a period of time in the 70's. I am not exactly sure why he and his wife split up but he led us to believe that one reason was because he would refuse to put the toilet seat down. Knowing Clarence, this was probably true.

When I first got to know Clarence, he was living in Texas and making some kind of living as a TV repairmen. Well, as you know, it has gotten to the point that TV's are no longer worth fixing. It is cheaper to buy a new one than to fix an old one, so eventually Clarence "retired" from the repair bidness. He existed in his final years on Social Security and savings (according to him).
Clarence lived a modest existence in Crockett and from conversations with some of my radio friends, we think he probably survived on as little as 3 to 4 thousand dollars per year. His home was paid for (most of it built by him). He had no bills that I know about. He was a veteran of the army and went to the VA hospital for healthcare, and was frequently thought to mooch free meals from lady friends in the area.

Clarence was the biggest tightwad I had ever known and it was unusual to find him spending money on much of anything, but it seemed like he always had enough for radios. Some of us speculated that he was in fact loaded and had a fortune buried somewhere in his yard. I guess we'll never really know for sure. In the picture immediately below, we all teased Clarence that his cap was really a callsign cap and was supposed to say, WA0TSL, but that he was so cheap that he could only afford the W. We all had a good laugh and I think Clarence probably laughed the loudest.
We got to socialize personally with Clarence at the Dayton Hamvention. He did not always show up (due to lack of funds) but when he did appear, we all had a great time. He was a truly nice fellow, even tempered, always smiling, and I never remember a cross word from the man.

In addition to ham radio, Clarence and I endeavored in exchanging home videos over the internet. It was always fun to exchange movies with Clarence. I sent him the entire series of the old TV show, Highway Patrol starring Broderick Crawford, one episode at a time over the internet. Clarence only had dial-up (too cheap for broadband) so it took him a long long time to get each show, but he told me he truly enjoyed them.
We are all truly blessed for having known Clarence. Whenever he was with us, we all had a great time and he did too. He will truly be missed. So long old buddy. I am honored to have been your "good friend".

Live each day of your life as if it were your last. Cherish each day you have with your family and friends. You won't be sorry.


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Barry the Hypocrit

I just saw the most amusing video on Breitbart. The president again insults Las Vegas and implies it is wrong to go there and spend money you don't have. At the same time, his Dimocrat congress raisies the debt ceiling another 1.8 trillion! The mayor of Las Vegas was not happy.

Man oh man! What a liar and hypocrit we have for an Idiot in Chief!

My Questionaire for the RNC

Well, yesterday I got 2 more pieces of junk mail from the RNC begging for money. This in spite of the fact that I have repeatedly asked them to take me off their mailing list. These things are usually stuffed with a questionnaire and then a plea for money at the end. So I decided it was high time I sent them a questionnaire of my own......I know it's a waste of time, but I had fun anyway.

Feel free to copy, edit, plagiarize, this document, but I hope some of you will start stuffing your junk mail from the RNC with it. If enough did it, it might get their attention. Here it is:

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If you want me to contribute to the RNC, fill out the questionnaire below and follow the instructions at the bottom. You guys are always sending me questionnaires. Here is some change you can believe in. Please circle the appropriate answer:

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My primary allegiance will be to the Constitution. Under no circumstance will I propose any law that will conflict with the Constitution of the United States or violate states rights.

My primary allegiance will be crossing the aisle to get things done. I will cross the aisle and work with Democrats to pass laws that will solve problems for the American people.
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Every American has a right to life, even those not yet born. Abortion is an issue to be decided by the people and by the individual states, not some court. I will only vote for and uphold judges who abide by this principle.

I will cross the aisle and work with Democrats and in the name of civility and decorum will vote to confirm hateful, racist judges who would choose to legislate from the bench and pervert the Constitution as well as murder the unborn.
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In the future, NO NEW TAXES shall be imposed on the American people. The government shall cut and eliminate programs which are wasteful and ineffective. The government shall live within its means and I shall propose a Constitutional Amendment which will prohibit the government from spending more than its receipts.

I will cross the aisle and work with Democrats to levy taxes on the wealthiest and more fortunate Americans to continue to fund programs that will solve problems for the American people.
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I will declare that man made global warming is a hoax and that not one more penny of taxpayer dollars shall be spent on programs geared to reduce manmade global warming.

I will cross that aisle and work with Democrats and show the American people that the Republicans have better ideas on ways to reduce manmade global warming
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To achieve energy independence, I will institute massive programs to drill for our own oil, build new refineries, and new nuclear plants. Alternative methods of energy such as wind, solar, ethanol, biodiesel, etc.may be incorporated into the plan when funded by elements of the private sector only and not by government subsidy.

I will cross the aisle to work with Democrats to institute broad new government subsidized energy programs such as wind, solar, ethanol, biodiesel etc. These programs will create many “green” jobs. I shall cross the aisle and work with Democrats to create many more regulations to set the level of your thermostat and dictate what kind of light bulbs you may use in your house. We will continue to solve problems for the American people.
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Healthcare in the United States should be managed by the private sector with no government intrusion. I will work to institute tort reform, allow free competition and purchasing of insurance across state lines, and removal of mandates to insurance companies which force them to provide unnecessary and unwanted coverages which drive up the cost of premiums.

I will cross the aisle to work with Democrats to pass healthcare reform laws that solve problems for the American people. The government will increasingly regulate doctors, hospitals, insurance companies, and enroll more patients including undocumented immigrants at reduced cost to the American people.
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No bill may be voted on by either house of congress until it has been read by all members and ample time has been provided for it to be read by the American people.

I will cross the aisle and work with Democrats to make sure we quickly drive through legislation that will solve problems for the American people.
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I shall propose legislation that will get the United States out of the United Nations and at the same time get the United Nations out of New York City.

I will cross the aisle and work with Democrats and also encourage the President that we work with the United Nations to solve problem worldwide for the American people.
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I shall hereby declare that the main enemy to the United States is Islamic extremism and take any and all steps to eliminate this threat worldwide.

I shall cross the aisle and work with Democrats to assure we don’t offend anyone or hurt anyone’s feelings, even if that means Americans will die at home and abroad.
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Terrorists captured by the United States shall be treated, housed, and tried as enemy combatants. They shall not be provided lawyers at taxpayer expense nor shall they be afforded rights granted to Americans by the Constitution.

Our appearance before the rest of the world is of primary importance. I will cross the aisle and work with Democrats to ensure that enemy combatants receive full constitutional rights and lawyers, even if this means spending more taxpayer money, and even if a few more American die in the process.
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If the President or a member of congress tells a bald face lie to the American people, I will take a stand and call him/her exactly what he/she is, A LIAR!

I will cross the aisle and work with Democrats to preserve civility and decorum in the legislative and executive branch even if it means sacrificing the freedoms and principles on which this country was founded.
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If you selected any of the questions in blue, do not bother to respond. Just take me off your mailing list. If you selected ALL of the questions in red, please return this questionnaire, notarized, with an official signature by Michael Steele stating that the above qualification shall be applied to all Republican candidates. Only true conservatives need apply. RINO’s need to go be Democrats. I will then consider sending you a donation.


__________________________________________Micheal Steele, RNC chairman

My name and address added below...

Another Convenience Store Tale

While I am waxing eloquently about visits to convenience stores and cashier encounters, I might as well relate this story too.

A while back I was driving down interstate 40, headed home. The old green truck needed a fill so I whipped into a convenience store at the next exit.

To my chagrin, there was not an automatic credit card reader on the pumps. I'd much rather deal with a machine than a human when purchasing gasoline, but that's the way it goes.

I worked up quite a thirst filling the tank on my old green truck so when I went in to pay, I presented my trusty Bass Pro Shop credit card along with a big slam diet Mountain Dew I had gotten out of the fridge. I use my Bass Pro Shop Visa for everything. That way I get my Bass Pro Shop points and I always pay off the card at the end of the month. I never carry a balance. I can't remember when I've ordered something from Bass Pro Shop and actually had to pay cash money for it. I usually have several hundred dollars worth of points stored up.

Anyway I handed the Visa to the cashier, who appeared to be about 20 years old and pregnant way out into the middle of next week. I said, "I want to pay for my gas and this Mountain Dew both on my Visa."

Immediately a blank stare came over the face of the pregnant cashier girl. She just stood there for a few moments, dumbfounded. Finally she summoned over an older woman for sage advice.

I heard the older woman muttering to the young girl, "Dear, you have to ADD the amount of the Mountain Dew to the amount for gas and then swipe the credit card."

I put my card back in my wallet and headed for my old green truck, just shaking my head.

"Boy oh boy, that girl's kid does not have a chance!" I thought.

Anyway, the Mountain Dew was oh so delicious!

Monday, February 1, 2010

I Ain't Your Honey, I Ain't Your Sweetie, and I Ain't Your Darlin'!

Before the winter storm the other day I stopped at yet another convenience store and got some kerosene. As I pulled up to the kerosene pump, some chick comes bopping out of the store and says, "Can I turn on the kerosene pump for ya, Honey?"

"Uh, yeah...." I muttered.

As filled my 2 cans the chick stood out in the freezing cold with me babbling incessantly and giving me the latest weather report and assuring me it was going to be the storm of the century........you know......all that important stuff you wanna hear while you're freezing your butt off pumping kerosene.

Anyway, finished pumping, I went inside and lemme tell ya, she was a doll, flaming red hair with streaks of some other dingy color (nobody has real hair like that) and a variety of metallic lumps and bumps hanging from her lips and nostrils and a few other places. She probably had some really gorgeous large tattoos too but I couldn't tell.

"Is that gonna be all for ya today, Sweetie?" she asked so bouncy and perky.

"Uh, yeah, I guess....." I muttered again (I had just gotten off a 24 hour shift at the hospital). I paid and headed out the door.

"You be careful and have a great day, Darlin'!" she exclaimed.

What is it with this Honey, Sweetie, Darlin', crap? I'm as friendly as the next person but I don't call people Honey, Sweetie, and Darlin', even people that I know well, much less a total stranger. I reserve those terms for sweet Wifey and Penny. I know all of you have seen this. It's really weird when a waitress in a restaurant does it to BOTH me and sweet Wifey...........creepy. Makes me wonder if she's lesbian or bisexual or just strange.Wifey is creeped out by this behavior also.

Seems like please, thank you, and have a great day and come back, would be sufficient for all situations......but that's just me.............

Life's a Bitch

Hey, the steenkin Morbid Strangers just put up a new original tune, Life's a Bitch. Click the player below to listen. Also visit our Facebook page and visit the links to listen to all our songs. Let me know what you think.

Missing His Testicles

I heard my RINO senator, Lamar Alexander, on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. Wallace asked Lamar if he thought Barack Obama was an idealogue. You could just see the tortured look on Lamar's face and the words just stuck in his throat. He just couldn't make himself say the words....................just like he couldn't find the courage to vote against the hateful, racist judge, Sonya Sotomayor.

C'mon Lamar! Grow a pair! You know damned well that Barack is a Marxist/Communist idealogue! He hates America and everything she stands for!

Damn! We need some conservative politicians so badly who will stand up and tell it like it is before it's too late!

RINO REMINDER

Senator Lamar Alexander is the traitorous senator from Tennessee who voted to confirm the racist judge, Sonya Sotomayor. Never again will I vote for Lamar Alexander. He is not up for re-election until 2014, but I intend to post this reminder each and every month until then. I hope he either resigns or they run a true conservative against him in the primary. I challenge my fellow bloggers to do the same if you have RINO's in your state that need to go. I may add my other senator, Bob Corker, to this reminder. I'm waiting for him to cross the aisle again and work with Dimocrats.