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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Too Old for Bieber Hair?

Jay Leno has a thing on from time to time called, "Too Old for Bieber Hair". I will have to admit that were it not for Leno, I'd probably have no idea who Justin Bieber is. Anyway, I thought the MORBID STRANGERS are probably too old for Bieber hair. Maybe Scotty could get away with it.

Monday, September 27, 2010

We've Improved Our Website for your Convenience!

Today I simply have a burning question. Why is it that when you have a favorite website and you have spent a couple of months finding everything that you like, the webmaster takes it upon himself/herself to change everything around and "improve" the website for "your convenience"?

When you enter the website, you're not even sure anymore that you're in the right place, and then you find that all your familiar "point and clicks" have moved or gone away! Suddenly it dawns on you that you're going to have to spend the next couple of months figuring out where everything is AGAIN!

Also you find that things run slower than they used to because of all the new graphics and links the friendly webmaster has installed.

I always say that if something is working, LEAVE IT ALONE!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Wedding Bells

The Morbid Strangers played for a private wedding party last night and everyone had a big time. Next Saturday we're gearing up for the Toy Run at Fatbaby's in Jackson, Tennessee. Hope everyone will have a chance to come out.
Tony and James are "getting down"!
The whole band is "getting down"!
Chubby Sowell is also "getting down"!
The wedding couple, Jerrylynn Gage and wife Marci.
 There was fun for young and old.
We found this old guy wandering around outside snooping through trash cans.

Check out my FLICKR page for all the band pictures. The latest pictures are at the end of the set.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Turnovers

I have already received a thumbs down from a Cincinnati Bengals fan who was upset that the Titans couldn't do away with the Pittsburgh Steelers today. Alas, the Titans went down in defeat 19-11 at the hands of the black and gold.

When you eat turnovers all day (there were 8 of them) instead of play football it's pretty hard to beat anyone. The Steelers ran back the opening kickoff for a touchdown which didn't help matters either. Vince Young after a flurry of interceptions and fumbles was replaced by Kerry Collins. Collins didn't do much better as he generated his own set of turnovers. Even our favorite running back, Chris Johnson, only gained 34 yards and had his very own fumble.

I think the turning point was when Steeler safety Troy Polamalu, perhaps one of the greatest to play IMO at that position, intercepted Vince Young in the end zone and thwarted what appeared to be a sure touchdown. From there things seemed to spiral downhill.

In spite of all this, the Titans only lost by 8 points and were just a touchdown pass and a few clock ticks short of sending the game into an overtime tie.

So what's going on here? Is the Titans' defense that great or did the Steelers' offense just suck that much? Yeah, I know the Steelers had to play with Charlie Batch at QB, but I am hopeful that the Titans pretty much no-name defense turns out to be better than I expected.

The bottom line is that if the offense had put on even a mediocre performance today, the Titans would have won handily. I'm hoping the offense works out its problems and the defense holds steady.

Apologies to you Bengals fans.

By the way, sweet Wifey would tell you that the Titans lost because of those wimpy white and pale blue uniforms.

Good News and Bad News

Looks like Bermuda is receiving the right upper quadrant of hurricane Igor right about now. That's the bad news. The good news is that Igor has weakened to a cat 1 storm with winds down to 80 mph and he's looking mighty ragged on the satellite view. I think Bermuda will be just fine.

Little Rebel

The Morbid Strangers rocked the Little Rebel last night. We all had a great time and the world famous cheeseburgers were great too. Here's some pictures for your smiling pleasure and as usual check out all our photos on my FLICKR page. The newest photos are at the end of the set.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Poor Kitty

If you're gonna beat someone, pick up a bat or a stick and whack them, or better yet, just leave, but for gosh sake don't pick up their cat and hit them with it.

Whatever your beef, you can bet that the cat had nothing to do with it and was completely innocent of wrongdoing.

Nevertheless, Lasalle Davis, of Hoboken, NJ. did just that. He hit his girlfriend with her cat.

Now I have little use for creeps that beat women. I have NO use for creeps that abuse animals. I don't have much use for the woman who chose to hang out with such a creep to begin with. In fact I don't care much for cats, but I'll take up for this one.

Davis was arrested and charged with simple assault. We're it up to me, I would have put him in a cage with a couple of hungry tigers. After all, the punishment should fit the crime, doncha think?

According to the article, there is no report of the whereabouts or condition of the kitty.

Good Lord, what is wrong with people?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

THE END OF GLOBAL WARMING!

There is NO MORE GLOBAL WARMING! The administration of Hussein Obama, the messiah, the most merciful one, able to control the levels of the sea with his mighty hand has declared that GLOBAL WARMING is no more. Instead, the new term is GLOBAL CLIMATE DISRUPTION!

What? Disruption? Just what the heck does that mean? Someone explain it to me.

So from now on if it's too hot, or too cold, or too wet, or too dry, or too many hurricanes, or not so many hurricanes, or too cloudy, or too clear, tornadoes in Kansas, earthquakes in California, blizzards in Chicago, or your Mama's too thin or your Daddy's too fat, we can blame it all on GLOBAL CLIMATE DISRUPTION!

And rest assured, whatever disruption comes along, IT WILL ALWAYS BE OUR FAULT. This should be no surprise since the earth has been cooling since 1997. I guess they couldn't ignore it any longer so they finally had to start singing a brand new song.

The fact of the matter is that the climate is in a constant state of disruption. The sun heats the surface of the earth unevenly. Some air rises. Some air falls. The wind blows. Such is the nature of weather as it has been from the beginning of time.

Of course with the new name for the same old BS comes the outcry for more gubment regulation, cap and tax, hijacking of personal freedom and liberty........you know the same old worn out mantra. They will stop at nothing to try and get a "climate bill", all based on a hoax, and they will cover it in whatever smoke and mirrors they have to to make it happen.

Just remember, if it looks like sh*t and smells like sh*t, it is sh*t, no matter what you call it.

Bermuda Remembered

I'm sitting here looking around the web and watching as powerful hurricane Igor approaches the tiny island of Bermuda. I wouldn't like to be on a small island in the path of a storm like this but from first hand experience, the people of Bermuda seem to take these things in stride.

A few years ago, sweet Wifey and I visited Bermuda. Bermuda is out in the Atlantic Ocean. The closest major land is North Carolina, about 650 miles away. It is a small place, according to the World Factbook, only about a third the size of Washington DC.

Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory, ruled by Queen Elizabeth through the efforts of a governor. There have been efforts toward independence, but so far folks there have chosen to remain under the crown.

Bermuda is a beautiful place. We were there in August and the weather was warm. They told us that in winter the temps can drop into the 50's but usually no lower. Bermuda is actually not tropical and is at the same latitude as South Carolina.

The people were friendly and kinda laid back which is always up my alley. They conduct bidness in shorts and knee socks, completely appropriate attire.

One neat thing were the houses. Just about every house in Bermuda has a roof designed to catch rainwater. Under each house is a cistern where the water is collected and stored. They do have a desalination plant, but that is used as a backup.

Like most island nations, everything there is very expensive, food especially. In the evening we could not find a place where you could just get a sammich. You had to go out to dinner, and no matter where we went, dinner for the two of us ran about 70 dollars. There was a SINGLE fast food place, a KFC. The story goes that the gubment allowed this KFC to open up as an experiment. We were told that due to littering from the establishment, no more fast food restaurants would be allowed, no McDonalds, no Burger King, none of that stuff. I wondered how much of this was really due to littering or due to collusion by the other restaurant owners.

There are no guns in Bermuda. We were instructed to leave all weapons at home.

Families in Bermuda are allowed to have one automobile only. This was probably not a bad deal since gasoline was 4 dollars per liter. You could have extra Moped's though and many tourists rented these to get around. I was told that Moped accidents were a serious problem there.

Our tour guide/cab driver, Sam was a wealth of information. He told us that there was no such thing as unemployment in Bermuda. Everyone worked! Imagine that! There was no welfare. Sam said that in times of slow tourist trade that he would have to take a job working construction. People who absolutely could not work were taken care of by their families who worked.

Sam also told us that there was a multi-tiered health care system. The gubment would provide BASIC health insurance. You could BUY a deluxe policy that would cover more exotic stuff like operations which were done, guess where, in the UNITED STATES, or you could pay for the extras out of pocket.

Education in Bermuda was also basic and Sam let us know that if anyone was interested in higher education they generally went to Great Britain or the US.

Sam explained that over the years there had been talks of independence. Apparently there was sentiment among the locals that given the choice, they would rather be US citizens than British subjects. I could imagine how things there would change under the US system as unemployment and welfare were introduced.

Coming back from Bermuda was interesting. We first went to Boston Logan, then to St. Louis, and then a commuter flight to Memphis. Of course they lost our luggage which was thankfully delivered the next day.

Bermuda is a nice place. It has its up's and down's. I don't think I'd want to live there but it was a nice visit. As hurricane Igor approaches, I'm really not worried about those folks very much. Sam told us they had been through hurricanes before. They were always prepared and afterward they just cleaned up the mess and got back to their daily lives. No big deal.

Click HERE to see all our Bermuda pictures.

In the Name of Religion and Free Speech

I'm reading here where a girl, Ariana Iacono, in North Carolina was suspended from school over her nose ring. The kicker is that now she is embroiled in a legal battle claiming her first amendment rights have been violated.

Supposedly she and her mother belong to the Church of Body Modification and therefore she has a right to have a nose ring.

Well, I can't say that I have ever heard of the Church of Body Modification. If has always disturbed me how people can claim to do weird stuff in the name of religion. It bothers me too how people can tack "reverend" in front of their name with little or no qualification......like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Suddenly you're a "reverend" and a self appointed expert.

I suppose I could start the "Church of Crack Smoking Lunatics" and it would be my constitutional right to smoke crack on a daily basis without gubment interference.

Or perhaps I could start "The Church of Elephant Intercourse" and have sex with my pet pachyderm each and every day.

Seems like I remember where our friendly Mormons got in a bit of hot water over the multiple wife thing.

Where does it all end?

If it were left up to me, I guess I'd just have to tell Ariana Iacono to lose the nose ring, go to school, sit down, shut up, and try to learn what little bit the gubment school might teach her which admittedly might not be much.

I gotta wonder what Ariana's body modified mother must look like. I bet she's a babe!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sweet Wifey and Me Under Fire

Here's what some of the Washington and media elites think of Sweet Wifey and me:

"irrelevant"
"did not exist at all"
"not really a grass-roots movement"
"Astroturf"
"some of the wealthiest people in America"
"evil-mongers, spreading lies, innuendo, and rumor"
"a one-time occurrence"
"no big deal"
"worth neither our time nor attention"
"incredibly stupid"
"fueled by conservative talk radio and cable television"
 
You can tell by our picture that we are an evil, wretched couple!
 
Sweet Wifey and I are simply average folks who love America, the constitution, pay taxes, have worked for everything we have (no gubment handouts), and are sick and tired of the BS and tyranny that has been foisted upon us by communist president and congress. We're also sick and tired of the spineless, "let's just all get along" Republican establishment that would rather play political games and cross the aisle to work with  Dimocrats than to defend America, freedom, and the Constitution.
 
We ARE the TEA PARTY movement. There are no ID badges, no membership cards, no wall certificates, no Tea Party telemarketers begging for money, no junk mail with "surveys", no, none of that, and yet we are demonized by the left, the media, and the Republican establishment. 

Today, Tea Party candidates scored in GOP primaries in New York, and Delaware. The left is freaking out, the gubment controlled media is freaking out, and worst of all the Republican establishment is freaking out.

Republicans are running around saying Christine O'Donnell "...can't win! She can't win!"

Who says she can't win? Seems like just a short time ago the same thing was being said of Scott Brown of Massachusetts. Yet he won and took away "Ted Kennedy's seat".

What is really at stake here is the draining of the stinky cesspool of RINOdom. The RINO's can see their end in sight. They are freaking out in a panic. GOOD! They need to go. They are as responsible for the mess this country is in as is Hussein Obama and the communist leaders in congress.

Perhaps some of the tea party candidates will lose in November. That is fine with me. I'd rather go down fighting than to relinquish victory to another squishy RINO. There will be other elections farther down the road. Keep the anger and disgust at a boil until then.

Click HERE to read about all the things they said about me and Sweet Wifey.

Life Explained

Here is a funny from my friend, Greg Dunphy:

On the first day God created the dog. God said, "Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. I will give you a life span of twenty years." The dog said, "That's too long to be barking. Give me ten years and I'll give you back the other ten."
So God agreed.

On the second day God created the monkey. God said, "Entertain people, do monkey tricks and make them laugh. I'll give you a twenty-year life span." The monkey said, "Monkey tricks for twenty years? I don't think so. Dog gave you back ten, so that's what I'll do too, okay?"
And God agreed.

On the third day God created the cow. "You must go to the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves, and give milk to support the farmer. I will give you a life span of sixty years."
The cow said, "That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. Let me have twenty and I'll give back the other forty."
And God agreed again.

On the fourth day God created man. God said, "Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. I'll give you twenty years."
Man said, "What? Only twenty years? Tell you what, I'll take my twenty, and the forty the cow gave back, and the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back, that makes eighty, okay?"

Okay," said God, "You've got a deal."

So that is why the first twenty years we eat, sleep, play, and enjoy ourselves; the next forty years we slave in the sun to support our family; the next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren; and the last ten years we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.

Life has now been explained to you.


I think this might also explain why dogs, monkeys, and cows might be smarter than humans.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Amateur Satellite Contacts

If you care, here's a video of the hams working a satellite in a thunderstorm. If you don't care, too bad.

The GROUCH is Back in Town

Well, I made it back from Mt. Nebo in fine fashion after a relaxing weekend of working radio, eating, sleeping, watching football, and enjoying the scenery. The weather was grand and all the hams had a great time. We had a party of nine and I am pleased to report that 9 out of 9 are racists and hate Hussein Obama.

It's nice to have a little time away from the computer, the blog, and the news, and just put the old mind in neutral for a spell.

Here are a few pictures if you care:

NE5BO, the contest station.
View from the front yard.
Plenty of food for all the undernourished hams.
Working AO-27 (amateur satellite) in a thunderstorm. Don't try this at home!
 The truck according to this GPS display is sitting precisely on the 94 degree west meridian. We are on the dividing line between GRID SQUARES EM24 and EM34. GRID SQUARES are a big deal to amateur radio operators. Our satellite station actually counts as 2 separate contacts if we work from 2 different grids.
The thunderstorm!
Another hard working amateur radio operator.

Click HERE to view all the pictures from the Nebo trip.

No Korans were burned during the trip.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Burning the Koran, Drudge Headlines




PASTOR: KORAN WILL BURN...

'Meant to Be a Warning'...

AP WON'T DISTRIBUTE IMAGES, AUDIO...

FOX NEWS WON'T COVER, EITHER..

Church website shut down...

FBI PAYS PASTOR A VISIT...

Obama says call it off...

Then sends 'best wishes' to Muslims worldwide...

Vatican: 'Outrageous'...

NYPD: 'Dangerous'...

Holder: 'Idiotic'...

Clinton: 'Disgraceful'...

Palin: 'Unnecessary provocation'...

FBI: Retaliation 'Likely'...

INTERPOL issues global alert...


GROUCH AT RIGHT TRUTH: 'It won't make a damned bit of difference!

Should the Sheriff Know Your Medical History?

Sheriffs in North Carolina want access to computer records of anyone with prescriptions for powerful painkillers and other controlled drugs. This is an effort by law enforcement to stem prescription drug abuse.

I am not sure how the North Carolina system works, but here in Tennessee, the board of pharmacy has a website where we as physicians can gather this information. If I have a patient's name and date of birth, I can look back at the pharmacy records over the past 2 years and obtain prescriptions for any controlled drugs.

I frequently use this database as doctor shopping and prescription drug abuse is an alarmingly common event. Many drug seekers who show up here are quite surprised when I present them with a printout of their month's supply of narcotics (filled just 2 weeks ago) and they are wanting more. I don't mind telling them "NO" and I tell many of them that doctor shopping is a crime and I won't mind calling the police if I see them again. This usually does the trick.

On the other hand, I am not sure if it is a good idea for sheriffs to have unrestricted access to this information. People take controlled drugs for a variety of LEGITIMATE reasons. My concern is that sheriffs may not always know the difference. I'd feel a lot better about things if the sheriffs worked with doctors and pharmacists to find solutions.

If You Can't Bring the Mountain to the GROUCH, take the GROUCH to the Mountain

Well it's time for the ARRL September VHF contest. This is a ham radio event and every year a bunch of us travel to Mount Nebo state park in Arkansas to set up radios, work the contest, and just generally have a good time. Mount Nebo is a beautiful place. It is a flat mesa that sticks up out of the surrounding terrain and you can see forever. I'll be leaving tomorrow and I'll be taking a brief respite from working, playing music and blogging. I should return some time next Mundee, so I hope yall don't miss me too much.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A Koran in Every Bathroom

I dunno how much difference it will make but General David Petraeus seems to think that the burning of Korans by a small Florida church on 9-11 will somehow further anger Afghan Muslims and put our troops at risk.

Therefore, I will not plan on ordering my personal copy of that pack of lies just to burn next Saredee. However, I am thinking about placing a copy of it next to the toilet so I can wipe my lilly white ass with one of the pages each and every day.

Might be cheaper than toilet paper but probably not nearly as easy on my dainty delicate skin.

I don't guess I'll make a video of me wiping.

I can't really believe that Petraeus really believes that not burning the Koran will be of any benefit. Afghanistan is just a bunch of Muslims that are gonna hate us and want to kill us no matter what we say or do. I am wondering if Obama put him up to saying this? It would not surprise if it came from the Imam in Chief!

I also found it a bit surprising that the title of the article "CONDEMMED" the burning of the book, but nowhere in the reading could I find the use of this language. Of course the church has ever right to burn this worthless book, but maybe in this case they should make their statement in another way.

Whatever happens, it is obvious to me that a lot of people in this country, me included, are furious at Islam and the lies and hatred it spreads. In the case of Afghanistan, I am thinking that "nation elimination" instead of "nation building" should be our policy......but that's just me.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Happy Labor Day

Oh, happy labor day everyone, and thanks to all of you out there that make this country great. I'm nearing retirement. All you young folks out there keep working hard so you can pay for my social security! THANKS!

Afghans Protest Burning the Koran - DEATH TO AMERICA!

Oh the religion of peace! Some Afghans are protesting the burning of the Koran by a U.S. church. They are chanting, "Death to America!"

Hmmmmm, and they wonder why the people in the church want to burn it!

I'm tempted to get my own copy of the pack of lies and burn it, just to do my part! It would make a great video! I may start drawing Mohammed cartoons as well, perhaps one of Mohammed riding a pig to the gay bar?

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Busses Run Over Democrats!

The Dimocrats are in disarray. Apparently there is just so much campaign money to go around. The DIMS are now running around trying to decide which ones among them are in so much trouble they cannot be saved in November. Political triage, they call it. The ones that are too far gone are going to be thrown under the bus and money and support given to those perceived as salvageable in an attempt to hold on to the House by maybe a few seats. This is just too funny. I like the thought, the idea, the image, the sound of a bunch of worthless Dimocrats being squashed by a bus.........THUMP THUMP! with a few interjected screams! Oh the joy!

I feel sorry for none of them. Whatever they get, they deserve. From what I am seeing right now I'm thinking and hoping a lot more of them are going down than they can possibly imagine.

Hussein Obama is to blame for this. When it's over, I hope they all realize it. I also hope Harry Reid is gone and witch Nancy is no longer speaker.

Young Guns Bash Bush

I'm reading that there are some "young guns" in the House of Representatives that are critical of the Bush legacy and say that he betrayed conservative principles.

I could not agree more. Although I like Bush personally, he did a bunch of stuff that I really disliked and in fact still has me scratching my head.

First of all he was a proponent of tax cuts, a good thing, but then he laid the huge prescription drug entitlement on all of us. The media says that the people really like the prescription drug program. Of course they do. Gubment entitlement programs are highly addictive. That's why we can never get rid of them. Where does the Constitution mandate that I should be taxed to pay for someone else's medicine?

I don't blame Bush for getting us into the Iraq war, but I do criticize the way it was prosecuted. That thing should have been finished in no more than 6 months even if it meant killing every Muslim in the country, but that's just me. I'm not big on rules of engagement. I feel the same way about Afghanistan I might add. When it's all said and done, Afghanistan is just a bunch of Muslims that hate us.

Bush really lost me when he proposed amnesty for criminal invaders and I completely turned against him at that point. It is another one of those deals that still makes me scratch my head. If we don't defend our borders we will ultimately not survive. For some reason he along with a bunch of other Republicans just did not get it. Many still don't.

The young guns in congress are right. If the GOP grabs control of the House and hopefully the Senate, we had better see some true, low tax, reduced spending, small gubment, CONSTITUTIONAL conservatism take root. Otherwise, any victory we might enjoy will certainly be short lived. High hopes and conservative enthusiasm will be dashed against Republican mediocrity and the slow slippery slide back into RINOdom and the desire just to "get along" and "do great things" for the American people (ie. pass a bunch of stupid laws that infringe on liberty and freedom).

I am hopeful as I look toward November, but I am very very skeptical.

Double Time Rock-n-Roll

The Morbid Strangers had another big weekend. Fridee night we rocked the FATMAN once again. What a change in the weather! We actually got cold toward the end of the gig.
Even little people like to rock-n-roll!
Last night we rocked the Texas Bottom. A fairly large crowd enjoyed the food and the music. I was prepared with long pants and long sleeves!
Now we take off for a much needed 2 week break. I'm going on a little trip next weekend and the rest of the band has some other things planned. We'll return on September 18, 2010, at the Little Rebel Drive In in Jackson starting at around 5PM give or take, so mark your calendars. As usual, check out the FLICKR page for all the band pictures.