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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

NO! NO! NO! Hell NO!

Yechh! It's all I can do to look at Elena Kagan. I have seen better looking horses. While I was thinking about my senators this morning I did take the time to send each of them a message encouraging them to vote NO on Kagan for the Supreme Court. I reminded my RINO senator Lamar Alexander that he screwed up the first time when he voted to confirm Sonya Sotomayor (we saw what she thinks of the second amendment) and that I expected him to do better this time. I encouraged them both to filibuster if necessary.

I watched some of the senate bloviation confirmation hearings on Fox News this morning. I made a comment to sweetie pie that they were ripping her a new one but would probably vote for her anyway.....sigh. Give your senators a shout! Do it today!

A Call from the Senator's Office

I got a call this morning from a fellow named John Getz (not sure of spelling). He works for senator Bob Corker and is some kind of assistant on health care. He was responding to the message I sent senator Corker on May 19 regarding Medicare RAC audits. Go HERE and read first or the rest of this won't make much sense to you.

He told me that there had been many complaints from providers over RAC audits (I wasn't surprised to hear that) and that the Gubment Accountability Office, www.gao.gov was taking steps to rectify problems. He directed me to the following page: CLICK HERE

I told him that the main problem with the RAC audits is the fact that the gubment employs head hunters to implement the program and offers to pay them 1/3 of any funds they may recover. I tried to explain to him that there was no way hospitals were going to get a fair shake as long as the bureaucrats were paid like this. He seemed friendly and cordial and kept referring me to the GAO link. I am not sure if he ever understood my point but I made it clear to him that under the present system that hospitals like ours were being ripped to shreds. I had a discussion specifically about our hospital's "appeal" over an $11,000 improper payment because the word "removed" was used instead of the word "excised". He seemed to agree this was ridiculous.

He thanked me for my comments and invited me to call him again if I had anything on my mind. He said he would pass along my further comments to senator Corker.

By the way, I went to the GAO page. The summary seems to have more to do with the gubment's ability recoup improper payments and to make sure improper payments did not happen again. I did not see a lot there about protection of hospitals from head hunters who are trying to rape and kill them. The entire report is 52 pages. I doubt I'm going to sift through that.

I can't say that I felt a lot better after talking to Mr. Getz, but at least someone had the courtesy to call. I can't help but feel our elected officials are more or less disconnected from reality and don't really have a clue as to how the boneheaded laws they pass affect average citizens. Now I'm waiting to hear from Marsha Blackburn and Lamar Alexander.

By the way, I'm waiting to see how Bob and Lamar are going to vote on Elena Kagan. I already have an idea. My RINO gun is locked and loaded.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Field Day 2010

The Decatur County Amateur Radio Club is holding field day at the time of this post. They are located in downtown Parsons, TN. Field Day is an annual event sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). The purpose is an emergency preparedness exercise where ham operators take, tents, radios, generators, and makeshift antennas, and set up and operate in a manner similar to that during a large scale emergency. It is also a social time where ham operators and fambilies and friends get together, eat, and get to know one another better. This is the very first field day by the fledgling Decatur County club. I am optimistic there will be many more.
Serious operators in the serious operating position.
Food and relaxation for all.
There are always plenty of tall tales and war stories to go round.
"Come in, Cairo!"
The main ingredient is FUN!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Death Threats Against the Judge

I just read that Martin Feldman, the federal judge that blocked Hussein Obama's moratorium on oil drilling has received death threats. I did not catch who was making the death threats, but I'd be willing to bet it was not by any of the people that actually work for a living retrieving oil from the gulf coast and Alaska. Seems like people that actually work and have real jobs don't have time for such nonsense. Instead I would have to guess some left wing environmentalist whackos are responsible, but I guess we'll have to wait and see.

The judge said he blocked the moratorium because, "there was no rational connection between the facts found and the choice made."

Glory be! Someone out there is being rational for a change! Of course Hussein's strategy has nothing to do with rationality. He wants to do away with oil drilling pure and simple! The hell with all the lost jobs. To hell with 7 or 8 dollar a gallon gasoline! Run your car on a windmill or a squirrel chasing an acorn from now on!

It was also interesting that all the hoopla about the judge having investments in the oil companies was a buncha crap. He had long sold those interests before he took the case.

Hussein is using this disaster to levy more of his communist agenda on us.

I Don't Get It. Explain it to Me!

The other day, sweet Wifey and I were crusing down I-40 in my pickup truck. I look over in the left lane. The idiot in the car passing me is just texting away. Now, keep in mind that we are scooting along about 70 mph and the highway was crowded.

I just don't get it. Someone please explain to me the allure of texting. Some of the nurses up here at work get texts all the time. Every few minutes I'll hear a little jingle.......another text! Certain ones get 4 or 5 texts per hour or more. What could possibly be so damned important that you have to receive that many texts? Why text at all? Hell if I got something I wanna say to someone, I just callem on the telephone. Why should I waste time punching a buncha stupid buttons when I can just talk?

I will frequently see someone driving like a drunkard and they will have a damned cellphone stuck in their ear. What's up with that? I always enjoyed driving alone cause it was a quiet time for me......no distractions. What could be so damned important that you can't wait until you get home to call? If I do get a cell call while driving, I will usually pull over and not engage in the weaving idiot syndrome.

I'm all for technology but for some reason I often long for the days of winding 2 lane country roads and telephone booths. I guess I'm stuck in a time warp. Someone please explain it to me.

Go to Bed Early, Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Here's a good one from Japan. The gubment there is suggesting that the citizens retire an hour early to reduce their carbon footprint. Supposedly a fambily can reduce its CO2 footprint by 85kg per year by retiring and rising an hour earlier.

"Many Japanese people waste electric power.......... by watching TV until very late"

So now they're gonna tell you no more late night TV? Maybe they wanna watch TV. What about freedom and liberty? I'd like to see the real science behind this.

Just think, all this nonsense, BASED ON A HOAX!

A Groping Algore? Hard to Believe

Once in a while things come along that are just hard for me to believe. This next story reports that former vice president and science fiction writer, Algore, has been accused of groping a woman in a hotel room. He kissed her and made unwanted sexual advances. This is just hard for me to believe. I think maybe Algore is suffering from early Alzheimers disease and got confused. He must have thought the woman was a tree. There just has to be a logical explanation. What is funny is that he was getting a massage from this woman. Picture this for a moment in your mind.

On the other hand, Tipper is leaving his sorry ass for some reason, so you never know. Whatever happens, I wish the worst for the former vice president. It has been apparent to me for a long time that he has been nothing but a charlatan and has made millions spreading his global warming hoax. He should go down and go down hard. Unfortunately, he will still probably have millions when this is all said and done.

Still Smiling

Here's a pitcher taken of Wifey and me at the Kawasaki Dealer Toosdee. I took it for a ride yesterdee and I rode it to work this mawnin. It was a nice cool ride at daybreak. I'm loving it.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A New Toy for the Grouch

Well, I often say to people, "you're too old to be acting like that." So I guess I better take a look in the mirror next time. As of this afternoon, I am the proud owner of a Kawasaki 1700 Vulcan Nomad. I found a place in Dyersburg, Outerlimits Powersports, and they made me a deal I could not refuse. They even took pictures of me and sweet Wifey to put on their website. Nice folks.

Years ago after we first met, we used to ride, but I gave it up when I went to college. I figured I had better spend time studying instead of riding. It was a good decision at the time, but lately I've had the urge again. Sweet Wifey said she'd ride with me if I got another one. I think she was reluctant at first but today she was helmet shopping and picked herself out a couple of pairs of riding glasses so I think she's getting back into it.

This bike is nothing like my bikes of yesteryear. For one thing, IT'S BIG. The biggest bike I had ever had before this was a 750cc. It's like a gooney bird while it's sitting still and I'm gonna need to find a private place where nobody will laugh and do some slow speed practicing. Once I got it out on the road though and I heard the rumble of the V-twin and felt it in my butt, all the love I had felt for motorcycles long ago came rushing back. I cranked it up to between 65 and 70 on the divided highway between Dyersburg and Jackson, set the cruise control (yes, cruise control), and let the good times roll. It is a 100 mile trip from Dyersburg to home so I got a good workout, with plenty of open road, a short stretch of I-40, and some stop and go in Jackson and Lexington. One real trick is trying to figure out how to park it on my hill. I headed uphill and then backed it downhill under the carport next to my music room. It's gonna take some practice. You just can't manhandle an 850 pound motorcycle. Can you tell I'm stoked?

Belated Farter's Day Gift

I got this gift from my grandson, Nicholas, YESTERDAY! It took FedEx 6 days to get it from Nashville to here (about 100 miles). Howzat for fast service?

Monday, June 21, 2010

Illegal Invaders have a Right to be Paid

Uh, they're ILLEGAL. They are invaders. They do not have rights in this country under our constitution. They should go. The Hussein Obama administration should go!

An Enjoyable Farter's Day

I gotta say that my sweet Weefie Wifey and my sweet baby girl Penny treated me to a most enjoyable Farter's Day yesterday. Penny stayed home and watched the house while Wifey took me out to the movies. We saw the A-Team. I really didn't know what to expect, but it turned out to be rather good I thought, funny, entertaining, and mostly unbelievable like bailing out of a C-130 in a tank and rolling a helicopter upside down, stopping the main rotor in mid air and free falling nearly to the ground.....oh well, it was just a movie.

Afterward we had a nice quiet meal at Red Robin. It was much better than last time. The waitress was very attentive and she got a nice tip for her trouble.

It was hot as blue blazes but I had a very enjoyable time. Thanks to my babies!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Roundup of Depressing Headlines

Well I just looked at Drudge, and this is what I found:

Medvedev sees opportunity for a new world order

Obama Goes Golfing

Oil spill "could keep gushing for another 2 to 4 years" if not stopped.......I heard yesterday estimates of 10 to 15 years....who knows?

Obama Ohio trip cost "between 500K and 1 Million" spoke for 10 minutes  

Obama says Republicans making life harder for the jobless ....Oh really? And all the while he thinks of more ways to drive us deeper into debt, Obamacare, cap and trade, stopping oil drilling, shaking down private companies, destroying stock prices and 401K retirement plans.........sigh.

$7 dollar a gallon gasoline?.......Yeah, no more drilling, supply and demand, doncha know?

Greenspan: USA may soon reach borrowing limit.......OMG, no money and no credit! Whatever will we do? How will we ever keep funding all our social programs that don't work? Medicare is broke. Social Security is broke. OMG! OMG!

CRUDE SUCKING BARGES STOPPED BY THE COAST GUARD.... I hear Bobby Jindal was pissed. All it would have taken was a simple order from Hussein Obama, "let the sucking continue!" He's real good at sucking, why stop?

World Sees Obama as Incompetent and Amateur..... They're just now seeing that? I had that figured out early in 2008!

Gulf Leaders skeptical.....Hell, they're not the only ones skeptical. 

Before November 2008, I was one of the ones that said I did not think the country could survive an Obama presidency! What do the rest of you think?

Rocking the Fatbaby

Well the Morbid Strangers rocked Fatbaby's in Jackson last night. The crowd could have been larger, but we had a good time nevertheless. We were outside on a trailer. It was HOT, HOT, HOT, and the skeeters were munching on sweet Wifey!
Guy and Scotty
"Funky" James and Tommy
Tony and Doc (me)

Thanks to all who came out.

The Sound of Silence

Exactly a month ago, I sent a letter to senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander and to my congresswoman, Marsha Blackburn outlining the devastation wrought on small hospitals by the medicare RAC audits. Go here to read my previous post if you missed it or have forgotten.

Well, exactly a month has gone by and so far NOTHING! No reply. No thank you, no kiss my a**, no "oh so sorry".......NOTHING!

I can only assume they just don't care or are more worried about more important things like how to get re-elected again, or how to spend more of our money that we don't have.

The 2 things that piss me off more than anything is liars and people that ignore me. I am about fed up. I'll let you know if I ever do get a reply.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Heroic Harley Rider

A Harley biker is riding by the zoo in Washington , DC when he sees a little girl leaning into the lion's cage. Suddenly, the lion grabs her by the collar of her jacket and tries to pull her inside to slaughter her, under the eyes of her screaming parents.

The biker jumps off his Harley, runs to the cage and hits the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch.

Whimpering from the pain the lion jumps back letting go of the girl, and the biker brings her to her terrified parents, who thank him endlessly. A reporter has watched the whole event.

The reporter addressing the Harley rider says, 'Sir, this was the most gallant and brave thing I've seen a man do in my whole life.'

The Harley rider replies, 'Why, it was nothing, really, the lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in danger and acted as I felt I should.'

The reporter says, 'Well, I'll make sure this won't go unnoticed. I'm a journalist, you know, and tomorrow's paper will have this story on the front page... So, what do you do for a living and what political affiliation do you have?'

The biker replies, 'I'm a U.S. Marine and a Republican.'

The journalist leaves.

The following morning the biker buys the paper to see if it indeed brings news of his actions, and reads, on the front page:


That pretty much sums up the media's approach to the news these days.

Hat Tip Neal Boortz.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Those Deadly Cellphones!

So San Francisco is now going to require that cellphone manufacturers start posting cellphone emission levels. They say this is to help people make "informed choices". I say informed choices about WHAT? I have to ask the following:

1. How many DOCUMENTED SCIENTIFIC CASES are there of any physical ailment being caused by a cellphone?

2. How many DOCUMENTED SCIENTIFIC CASES are there of someone's pacemaker being stopped by a cellphone?

3. How many DOCUMENTED SCIENTIFIC CASES are there of anyone in a hospital ever being injured by a cellphone?

I can't find any!

You know, radio frequency emissions have been around since the beginning of the 20th century. Cellphones put out around 600 milliwatts of power (0.6 watt). Radios as those used by fire and police usually run about 5 watts in a handheld unit and between 25 and 100 watts in a mobile unit. AM radio stations can run up to 50,000 watts, FM stations 100,000 watts, TV stations in the millions of watts. Various types of radar and ranging can run massive amounts of power. You'd think that if there was a connection between radio frequency emission and health problems that we would have seen it by now, but I can't find it!

Of course this whole thing with San Francisco is a head fake. It is just the beginning of cellphone regulation, or better yet, an excuse to put a tax on cellphones. Wanna bet that this idea does not appear in a very short time? And just like all this global warming, cap and trade nonsense, it's based on junk science. It's a hoax! I sure am getting tired of liberals "protecting " me!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

King of Kings, up in Flames

Between Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio there is a church on I-75 called the Solid Rock Church. Out front they have a 6 story statue of Jesus called the "King of Kings" statue. The only reason I mention this is cause we would always see it on our way to the Dayton Hamvention. Heck, you can't miss the thing. It's HUGE!

Well, it is no more. Apparently Jesus was struck by lightning and burned up, leaving only the charred metal frame. Funny, but I never thought about something like a statue catching fire. Anyway, it is gone.

According to the Drudge story the damage to the statue is $300,000. Now I know nothing about Solid Rock Church, but seems to me like $300,000 would go a long wat toward feeding the hungry and healing the sick, you know all those things Jesus thought was important, but I guess that's up to the folks that go there.

Janis Sontany, Another Liberal Windbag!

Sometimes I just can't help myself. Dimocrat state representative Janis Sontanay made the following statement in reference to Republican women, "You have to lift their skirts to find out if they are women.  You sure can't find out by how they vote!"

Sweet Wifey just posted on this. GO READ IT.

Well I went over to Sontany's webpage, and I left her the following:

Just wanted to let you know that I never had to check under my wife's skirt to find out if she was a woman. There's no doubt that she and women like her are more of a woman than you and your ilk will ever be. We are conservatives. When we vote, it is a vote for liberty and freedom and to protect and defend the constitution of the United States, not to invent a bunch of intrusive liberal programs that don't work and spend a bunch of money we don't have. It takes real men and women of conviction to stand up for freedom and the constitution. Evidently most of you Dimocrats, men and women, are having a sexual identity crisis.

I just hate liberals more and more every day!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Violence in U.S. Hospitals

Sweet Wifey posted an article at Right Truth titled, "Violence on the rise in US hospitals, or is it?" Please go HERE to read.

Here's my 2 cents:

Most of the problems we have at our hospital are due to the drug seeking crowd, especially narcotics like hydrocodone and oxycodone. The creeps will come in with all kinds of invented stories but in the end, the goal is to make a big narcotic score. Many times these people will sell any narcotics they are able to acquire.

This type of thing seems to be somewhat worse than it used to be. I think part of this is due to the advent of Tenncare. Scumbags from all over the country came to Tennessee in droves to obtain "free" healthcare. Tennessee is number 1 in the nation for hydrocodone prescriptions and my theory on this is that it is all due to Tenncare. Imagine, move in, sit on your ass, collect welfare, take drugs and sell drugs to make cash for all those important things and live off the taxpayers' dime! Life is good! The rest of you will get to enjoy when Obamacare kicks in!

If they fail to convince us to supply them with narcotics (if I am working, failure is almost a certainty), they will frequently become loud, agitated, and sometimes threatening.

I have been threatened a few times and I make it a point to stare the creep down with my best "take your best shot" stare. A favorite tactic of mine is to take my EMS radio and have the dispatcher summon the police to my location. I do this right in front of the creep and most of the time they will cut a trail out the door.

More frequently the creeps are abusive to the nursing and ancillary staff and not so much the doctors. They tend to pick on the people they perceive as weaker and in a position of lesser authority, although I can tell you there are some nurses you don't wanna mess with.

Most of the nurses know that I concealed carry and a couple have even asked me if I am packing on duty. I just smile and tell them they will never know for sure unless I have to shoot someone. Some of the other employees have inquired about carrying guns too. The hospital has an "official" policy of prohibiting firearms on the premises.......yeah, like that's really gonna stop a drug crazed creep. Again I defer to the second amendment.

I have always thought it would be cool if the glorious federal gubment would make it a federal crime to assault a healthcare worker, similar to the law that protects postal workers. Hell, if Barry has his way, we'll all be gubment employees before long anyway.

A Great Sale in Hard Economic Times!

Mega Bumper Sticker

Sunday, June 13, 2010

New Ways to Act Stupid

We have a problem here in the hills of Lost Creek, golf carts! The carts here are not used for golf but are used for people to ride around in, and there are tons of them. On the weekends, you'll see them trekking up and down the roads with people, mostly weekenders, gawking and spying on the neighbors. Our beagle, Penny, enjoys barking and screeching at them.

Now I have no problem with golf carts in general but understand that they are operating on public roads and this is illegal to begin with. Some of the golf cart operators seem to have little sense when it comes to the fact that they are on public highways. I have in fact almost nailed a couple of them with my truck. I am sure if I had hit one, the operator, if he/she had lived, would try and claim it was MY fault. One geezer darted out from a side street in front of me and missed my front right fender by about 3 feet. He was blasting along, looking in the other direction and never saw me until I slammed on the brakes and laid on the horn. I think I probably scared the sh*t out of him. Good! I hope he had a big stinky pile in his drawers. I seldom travel more than 20 mph on our narrow curvy roads, so that was the only thing that saved his bacon that day. Unfortunately, some people drive their cars and trucks like maniacs on our narrow roads. What's worse is that the drivers of these carts are frequently little kids with not enough sense to come in out of the rain.

Some of these cart operators will get in front of you, putting along about 5 or 10 mph, laughing, waving, and talking, and won't get out of your way for love nor money.

Just when you think you've seen it all, you see something even more stupid. Yesterday as I was heading for band practice, I left Lost Creek and was traveling down the main highway at 55 mph when the car in front of me threw on his brakes and screeched to a near halt. He had topped a hill to find a golf cart immediately in front of him, cruising along at a brisk 10 mph. He managed to get around the cart and as I approached I saw a so called adult driving with a bunch of little kids along for the ride. This was in an area where there are many blind hills and curves. Well the cart nearly got smashed and if that had happened, I am sure there would have been carnage. Hitting a golf cart at 55mph usually does not result in anything very pleasant.

I started to call the cops on this idiot, but he turned off into Beech Bend Park at about the time I picked up the cell phone so I figured he would be unfindable before any cops could respond.

You have to wonder how many brain cells a person like this was born with, or possibly the alcohol content at the time.

Chalk Up Another One for Sheriff Joe

Looks like at least someone in law enforcement is doing his job. Once again, much publicized and much maligned Maricopa County, Arizona sheriff, Joe Arpaio has stepped up to the plate.

Evidently there has been an investigation going on for at least a year concerning two Sizzler restaurants that are suspected of hiring illegal immigrants. The cops are looking for 23 suspects wanted for identity theft. One of these suspects was DEPORTED THREE TIMES and hired back by Sizzler each time he returned.

This is all going on at a time when employment in Arizona is hovering near 10 percent with legal Americans looking for work...............and yet the Sizzler is hiring illegal invaders. If you ask me, the Sizzler managers should be thrown in jail or at least giving a fine similar to the national debt. Perhaps we should BOYCOT SIZZLER?????

Keep in mind that all this is happening BEFORE the much criticized Arizona illegal immigration law goes into effect. I'm sure sheriff Joe has got to be a little frustrated when he watches the miserable job our glorious federal gubment is doing to protect Arizona's borders, yet, he and his deputies apparently keep up the good fight. The citizens of Maricopa County must approve. They keep electing Joe Arpaio.

This is just another shining example of regular Americans just working, doing their jobs, and doing the right thing, in spite of the corruption and ineptitude of the crooks in Warshington. YOU GO, SHERIFF JOE!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Thoughts on the World Cup

Well the big talk on Drudge today is about the World Cup soccer. Now folks, I have to tell you that the World Cup is about the farthest thing from my mind. I mean, c'mon........a buncha guys running around in short pants, kicking a little ball and bouncing it off their heads? If you ax me, it all looks a little gay. Even baseball and golf are more interesting, but not much!

Ahhhh! Preseason football is only a couple of months away! What could be better than a bunch of steenky, foul mouthed jocks, lining up, making fun of each other's mothers, pounding the hell out of each other, delivering broken bones and concussions, and getting paid big bucks to do it?

Ahhh yes! A uniquely American sport! Are you ready for some football? HELL YEAH!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Some Things Make No Sense

I have a question. Who would let a 16 year old girl try and sail around the world by herself? Well, they did and now Abby Sunderland is lost at sea. According to the story, her brother Zac sailed around the world solo at age 17.

No doubt she and Zac are accomplished sailors but for God's sake, they're kids!

I hope she turns up but I really don't have a good feeling she'll ever be found, and what about all the expense of the search and rescue effort that is going on right now? I can only hope her parents will be required to foot the entire bill. Sometimes you just gotta wonder.

The Straight Story About Needlesticks

Sweet Weefie Wifey posted a recent article at Right Truth about those dastardly terrorists lacing their bombs with HIV infected needles. Go HERE first to read her article.

This is a synopsis of the counseling we give to needlestick patients:

1. Being stuck by a large bore needle containing blood constitutes the greatest risk of acquiring HIV infection, but even this worse case scenario is less than 1 percent.

2. Small needles (insulin syringes etc.) and other sharps such as suturing needles and knife blades pose a much lesser risk.

3. Exposure to air and heat reduces risk even further.

4. Prescription of antiviral cocktails and time limited treatment regimens will reduce the already small risk by 10 to 100 fold depending on which study you read.

5. Probably more of a risk than HIV is hepatitis B for which there is a vaccine. If you are at risk, get a vaccination.

So my friends, the actual threat of acquiring HIV from a terrorist needle is infinitesimally small. I suppose the real weapon here is a psychological one. Lots of uninformed people will actually go berserk at the thought of being stuck by an HIV infected sharp, and I am sure that's what the terrorists are counting on. After all, that's why they call it TERROR isn't it?

Your friendly GROUCH has spoken.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

It's a Little Late for I'm Sorry

What if some conservative news person or talk show host said, "All black people should be shipped back to Africa." or "ALL Mexicans should be rounded up and shipped to Mexico" or "All gays should be arrested and sent to some remote island in the Pacific." ? I would betcha there would be a call for a firing of that person followed by a public beheading. I vaguely remember when Don Imus was fired for calling the Rutgers women's basketball team "nappy headed hoes". A crude remark I agree but I'm not sure it warranted his firing.......anyway he was fired for a little while.

Now the hideous racist, Helen Thomas, is oh so sorry that she said that Jews should get out of Palestine and head back to Poland and Germany where 6 million of so of them were slaughtered under Hitler. If they can fire Imus over "nappy headed hoes" they should fire Helen Thomas and excommunicate her to that previously mentioned remote island in the Pacific, never to be seen or heard from again.

I just love it when left wing fruitcakes slip up and let the truth slip out. There is no doubt that Helen Thomas is a Jew hater. It's a shame that Barack Obama and most of his cronies on the left feel the same way.

A Moment of Silence

Just take a moment to remember what happened on this day in 1944, the allied invasion of Normandy. Many men made the ultimate sacrifice on this day long ago. Good bless our troops.
Now that you've had your moment of silence, click on the player and relax with a little music.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Plugging the Oil Leak Once and for All!

Dr. Ashmore strikes again.......

First Rush

Sweet Wifey, she is so sweet, just finished reading the new book, "Rush Limbaugh, an Army of One" by Zev Chafets. She has a very nice post and commentary about the book over at Right Truth. Please go read it.

She has given me the book to read also and I wanted to throw my 2 cents in about Rush.

I remember the first time I ever heard Rush. I was sitting in the airport in Dyersburg, TN. waiting for the shop to fix a radio in my airplane. (I used to fly.) It had to be in the late 1980's.

They had a radio station playing over the intercom. I wasn't paying much attention at first, but as I listened it dawned on me that this guy on the radio thinks the same way I do! How refreshing! It was Rush. Wifey and I watched his TV show in the 90's and I would intermittently catch the radio show after that. Reception is not the greatist in our area. About 3 years ago I subscribed to the podcast and we have not missed a program since. It is a ritual at our house to sit down for supper (dinner for all you yankees) and fire up the podcast.

Many people that I talk to are turned off by Rush, even so called conservatives. Liberals, communists, fascists, leftists, and most Dimocrats hate him because he cuts through the crap and tells the plain truth about what they believe. Yes, the truth hurts. Many Republicans hate him, especially the squishy RINO and blueblood Republicans. This is because Rush does not subscribe to the "big tent" philosophy that most of these RINO's have. Rush does not believe in bipartisanship and just "getting along". To do so, as Rush says, simply means agreeing with Dimocrats and watering down conservative principles. Rush believes the best way to deal with Dimocrats and the left is to defeat them and expose them for the lunatics they really are. Many conservative Republicans will keep quiet when Rush speaks because they lack the spine to speak the truth.

The majority of people I talk to about Rush have a negative opinion of him due to ignorance. When I ask why they don't like him they say it is because of something they heard about him on CNN or MSNBC or network news. When I ask if they have ever bothered to really listen for themselves I am met with silence and blank stares. I challenge them to listen to the program, not just for a few minutes, but the whole thing, and several programs for several days. This is the only way to truly appreciate Rush Limbaugh. I have even offered to give them some of the podcasts for their computers.

One thing you have to understand is that Rush has a huge ego and he likes to hear himself talk. His program, like my blog, is about him and what he thinks. He makes no bones about it. He rarely has guests. He sometimes says some rather outrageous things. He does this to tweak the left wing idiots that are listening, and they fall for it almost every time. It is amazing how many times you will hear the lame stream media misquoting Rush and taking his comments out of context. I know the truth immediately when I hear it because I have listened to the podcast in person. The great unwashed masses that actually believe what they hear from the lame stream media and have not bothered to listen for themselves will fall for the media lies.

So there you have it. If you have never listened for yourself, go do it. Subscribe to the website and get the podcasts. I have read that all proceeds from the website go to charity. Rush, far and away, has the most listened to radio talk show in America. There has to be a reason for this. Find out for yourself.

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Friday, June 4, 2010

12th Century Amphibious Assault

After seeing Robin Hood with my sweetie the other day, there was some discussion about the landing craft placing the French troops on English soil. One commenter said this type of ship was not around in the 12th century. I was not too upset by any of this as the movie was meant to be entertaining rather than any actual depiction of historic events. If you have not seen the movie, the boats are reminiscent of WW2 landing craft, LCVP (landing craft, vehicle, personnel) or famously known as the Higgins boat, pictured above. The Higgins boat is a pretty simple device. It is made entirely of plywood (can you imagine approaching the beaches of Normandy or Tarawa in that?), would travel at about 9 knots, had a very shallow draw so as to get in close, could carry about 36 troops, and had a bow ramp so all the troops could quickly disembark onto the beach.

Over 20000 of these were built for use by our military and many variations on the same theme came along, LST (landing ship tank), LSV (landing ship vehicle), landing vehicle tracked (Amphtrack).

As I was saying the boats in Robin Hood resembled Higgins boats in that they all had bow ramps so that the French troops could unload en-mass onto the shore. These particular boats were oar powered. I don't believe they had diesel engines back in the 12th century.

I poked around a little on the web to try and find out exactly what kind of boats were really around in the 12th century. The first thing I found was a thing called a Knight Landing Craft. When you imagine a knight on a horse in full armor, you would have to think that there would have to be a way to deliver the warrior and the horse intact to dry land. Otherwise, the knight and the horse would sink like a stone and quickly drown. Also called "horse transports" these products used to conduct the Fourth Crusade were described as "had specially designed slings to carry their precious cargo; once the ship drew close to shore, a door below the waterline could be opened to allow a fully armed and mounted knight to charge directly into battle — rather like a modern landing craft disgorging a tank." It is unclear from the above description exactly where this sling was located, bow, side or stern, but the idea was to deliver the knight and horse to the shore in one piece so he could charge immediately into battle.

Here's another description I found: "So the fleet came to land, and when they were landed, forth came the knights out of the transports, all mounted; for the transports were built in such fashion that they had doors, which were easily opened, and a bridge was thrust out whereby the knights could come forth to land all mounted." So again there was some kind of a landing ramp designed to deliver mounted knights.

Here is yet another description: "They were big galleys capable of carrying 12-30 horses. The big thirty horse taride of of Charles I of Sicily shipped 108-110 oars. The doors and ramps were at the stern between two sternposts, so the vessels backed onto the beach to unload and load. They were shallow draft: in Villehardouin's account the knights jumped from the transports into waist-deep water." So this version was a stern loader and the knights had to wade in water hopefully no deeper than the waist. I would have to assume they meant the waist of the horse?????

So maybe the Robin Hood landing craft were not so far fetched after all, but I gotta think that the writers of Robin Hood probably thought of the Higgins boat first when they thought of landing troops on the shore. In any case I find this stuff fascinating and I always wonder what it was really like way back in the 12th century. It probably was not a very good time to be alive.

If you care go HERE and HERE to read more.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

First Runner-up Scumbag of the Week.

Luke Kishpaugh of Salem Oregon has earned the title of runner-up scumbag. This dude commanded his Doberman Pinscher to attack a helpless bunny rabbit in a park. The story says he smirked and laughed as the dog tossed the rabbit in the air and killed it as horrified children cried.

He was charged with aggravated animal abuse and animal abuse. I dunno what the penalty for that is but I'd like to see this guy in the cell with Bubba the rapist along with the cat killer. I betcha he wouldn't be smirking then.

I know, people around here hunt rabbits all the time, but to wantonly destroy one of these creatures just to make children cry?

You gotta wonder what in the hell is wrong with people like this????

Chevy Avalanche

A sixteen year-old boy came home with a new Chevrolet Avalanche and his parents began to yell and scream, 'Where did you get that truck???!!!' He calmly told them, 'I bought it today.'

'With what money?' demanded his parents. They knew what a Chevrolet Avalanche cost.

'Well,' said the boy, 'this one cost me just fifteen dollars.' So the parents began to yell even louder. 'Who would sell a truck like that for fifteen dollars?' they said.

'It was the lady up the street,' said the boy. I don't know her name - they just moved in. She saw me ride past on my bike and asked me if I wanted to buy a Chevrolet Avalanche for fifteen dollars.'

'Oh my Goodness!,' moaned the mother, 'she must be a child abuser. Who knows what she will do next? John, you go right up there and see what's going on.' So the boy's father walked up the street to the house where the lady lived and found her out in the yard calmly planting petunias!

He introduced himself as the father of the boy to whom she had sold a new Chevrolet Avalanche for fifteen dollars and demanded to know why she did it.

'Well,' she said, 'this morning I got a phone call from my husband. (I thought he was on a business trip, but learned from a friend he had run off to Hawaii with his mistress and really doesn't intend to come back).

He claimed he was stranded and needed cash, and asked me to sell his new Chevrolet Avalanche and send him the money.

So I did.'

Hat Tip - Neal Boortz

Texas Bottoms Here we Come

The Morbid Strangers have been invited to the Texas Bottoms for the July 4 weekend. We'll be spending the evening on the banks of the beautiful Buffalo River, south of Hoenwald in Lewis County. There will be plenty of food and of course music. The play time will be from 5PM until 9PM, Saredee, July 3, 2010.

If any of you local folks are interested in attending, let me know and I'll give you some directions. You can come as guests of the band.

Scumbag of the Week

Here's a refreshing story of an upstanding gentleman that threw his girlfriend's cat against the wall, killing it, because the kitty accidentally (or maybe on purpose) unplugged his video game.

Well, sweet Wifey would tell you that he deserves to be flung against the wall in a similar manner. I would tend to agree, although I would be satisfied if he had to share a cell with Bubba the rapist for a few nights.

You Pick the Moron

I couldn't help but laugh this morning when I read that director James Cameron's offer of helping with the gulf oil spill had been "graciously" declined by BP. Cameron was quoted as saying, "Those morons don't know what they are doing." I thought I might present a few of the players for you and you decide for yourself who the moron might be. If you were faced with an oil drilling problem, who would you trust and who would be the moron?

James Cameron, award winning director with experience in FILMING underwater. I am not aware of any oil drilling experience although he does make great movies.

Barack Obama, when faced with an oil drilling crisis, he sets up a commission and has meetings. He invites college professors to solve the problem. He's never held a real job.
Attorney General Eric Holder. He wants to file criminal charges against BP executives right in the middle of the disaster which BP is trying to resolve and agreed to pay for.

Uncle Sam. We could be drilling for oil in the shallow water of the continental shelf or even better yet ON LAND,  where the whole process is simpler and a lot safer. Instead Uncle Sam has chosen to make the oil companies drill in water 5000 feet deep all to please a bunch of environmental whackos. Of course this all results in higher prices for everyone and much greater risk in retrieving the oil.
British Petroleum. Forced to drill in 5000 feet of water. They are in the oil bidness. This is what they do. They bring us oil so we can drive our cars, fly our planes, heat our homes, pave our roads, and have all the products we have as a direct result of the many uses of crude oil.

So, my friends, if you had to solve an oil drilling problem, who would you call to help. Who would you classify as a moron?