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Monday, May 30, 2011

My Memorial Day Contribution

Here's my humble contribution in remembrance of all those who sacrificed for our freedom.

Basketball Sized Hail?

I am always clowning around talking about basketball sized hail and 500 mph winds, but just look at this hailstone collected in Norman, OK.
Dang! How would you like to have that thing land on your noggin?

CUTE!

There is cute and then there is CUTE!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Jon Huntsman - Another RINO Eliminated

Well since Mitch Daniels dropped out of the presidential race, the state controlled media has suddenly been touting another candidate, Jon Huntsman, as top Republican. I have to admit I really knew nothing about this guy, but I had to find out.

My friend, Rush Limbaugh, was talking about Huntsman on his radio program today. It is apparent that Huntsman is for cap and tax trade and from his comments, believes that man made global warming is real. Yes another HOAX believer, and you can bet the money in your pocket book that he will be searching for new and expensive ways to solve the imaginary problem.

He also believes HEALTHCARE IS A RIGHT! Therefore if someone comes to my door demanding healthcare, I cannot refuse them. As Rand Paul said, I would become their slave.

I have heard enough. No wonder the lamestream media likes this guy. He's just another damned RINO. I have eliminated him from the GROUCH vote along with Romney and Gingrich. Nope! No RINO's for the GROUCH this time. McCain was enough for me.

Bureaucrats and Tornadoes

I guess I've been in the medical bidness way too long and have also dealt with federal gubment nonsense way too long. The other day after the massive tornado devastated Joplin, MO, and destroyed the hospital, I read that Xray films were found some 70 miles away in Springfield.
The first thing that crossed my mind was, "Some bureaucrat is going to accuse that hospital of committing a HIPAA violation." Yes, if you have not heard of HIPAA it is another one of those onerous federal gubment laws designed to protect your confidentiality. In reality it is another burdensome regulation that forces hospitals to spend gozillions of dollars in compliance with threat of massive fines and penalties and/or sanctioning from Medicare. Of course this is just another way the feds drive up the cost of healthcare. It is all for YOUR protection, doncha see?

Well I'm waiting for someone to accuse St. John's Regional Medical Center of not being prepared for an EF5 tornado. Their unpreparedness caused them to release confidential Xrays into the atmosphere for all the world to see. Before long you'll see mandates that hospitals build hardened structures in which they must store their confidential documents. These structures must be able to withstand EF5 tornadoes, Richter scale 10 earthquakes, Cat 5 hurricanes, 100 megaton nuclear weapons, the flood of Noah, and Texas sized asteroid strikes. Of course the hospitals will have to comply with the mandates at their own expense. Doncha just love when the federal gubment mandates all this expensive stuff for hospitals and then wants to cut their reimbursement?

No, we don't give a rat's ass that half the town was flattened and that over 100 people were killed! No, we just can't have any of those precious documents escaping!

Now come on, y'all. If I thought of this, you know there are a bunch of other people out there thinking the same thing. Some of them are no doubt bureaucrats with way too much time on their hands, trying to justify their existence. Only the horror of the Joplin tragedy has kept them quiet so far.

Watcher’s Council Nominations – Supporting Those Pre ’67 Lines Edition


Like Greg over at Rhymes From Right says – we’re all for those pre ’67 lines, as long as we start with the right ones!
Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday.
This week’s contest is dedicated to Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu.
Council News:
This week, Constitutionalists United For Liberty and Capitalist Preservation took advantage of my generous offer of link whorage and earned honorable mention status.
You can, too. Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.
Simply e-mail me a link at rmill2k@msn.com with the subject heading ‘Honorable mention’ no later than Monday 6PM PST to be considered for our honorable mention category, and return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week.
It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members. while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?
So, let’s see what we have this week….


Council Submissions


Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy!

Is Momma Grizzly In?

I am reading that Sarah Palin is headed for New Hampshire. Is she going to announce her candidacy for president? I am not a huge fan of Palin. Although she talks a good conservative game, I have seen a little streak in her that will allow her to compromise with moderates. I guess she'll always be tainted from being McCain's running mate. I will surely support her over the likes of candidates like Romney, Gingrich, and Pawlenty. I don't think I would choose her over Herman Cain. Cain is my guy right now.

The best thing about Sarah is that she drives the looney left and a lot of the old guard Republicans absolutely nuts. It would be worth it just to watch the freak show on TV.

I'll Marry You, but I Don't Love You

That's kinda how I felt when I read about New Jersey governor Chris Christie's stance on Cap and Trade. He has announced that New Jersey is pulling out of the region's "gimmicky" cap and trade program by the end of the year. Christie said the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative was doing nothing to solve the problem.

THIS IS GOOD!

Then he turned around and acknowledged the effects that humans are having on climate change. WHAT? So Christie believes in the hoax of man made global warming? I guess he does. So he's giving the current cap and trade program the ax, but what does this mean for the future? Will he support some other costly and nonsensical program in the future to combat a problem that does not exist? For that matter what kind of program in his way of thinking would work? I'd really like to know! How do you FIX an imaginary problem?

I have viewed Christie as a mixed bag for a very long time now. So far he is not running for president and he says he will not. If I had any notions of supporting this guy they are gone now. I do admire the courageous cost cutting measures he has tackled in New Jersey and he deserves a lot of credit, but I am afraid he is no conservative, at least not away from the fiscal arena.

Joplin - The Power of Mother Nature

Here's a link with some amazing satellite photos of the tornado destruction in Joplin, MO. This shows us just how small and insignificant we all are.

A Profile in Courage

"I will be fine if I lose my House seat because you know what? I will know I did what I thought was right to save this country from fiscal ruin." - Paul Ryan
Wow, don't we need more like that? The Dimocrats and the state controlled media are just sure that Paul Ryan has stepped in it over his proposal to save Medicare. Here's what Paul Ryan thinks:

Paul Ryan wants to reform Medicare as we know it and instead provide seniors with gubment subsidized private insurance options. Of course the Dimocrats and the left are screeching and screaming. I heard one of them the other day say the Republicans would be throwing old folks out of nursing homes into the streets.

The dirty little secret is that Ryan's plan won't affect anyone over 55. Another dirty little secret is that if nothing is done Medicare will become insolvent.

I see nothing at all wrong with gubment subsidized PRIVATE insurance options for seniors. This should give seniors CHOICE. Choice is something the left does not want us to have. A private option would mean LESS GUBMENT CONTROL over your healthcare and your lives. The left wants to have more gubment control over your lives.

As it was with Obamacare, so it is with Medicare reform. It is not about healthcare. It is about limiting your choice and your freedom. YOU GO, PAUL RYAN!

Shrimp on the Treadmill

Yes here we are, 14.3 trillion in debt. The gubment is at the debt ceiling. There are cries of default and financial disaster. In spite of all this the gubment just can't seem to stop wasting YOUR money. Here some of the latest idiocy!

Sometimes you just wanna hang your head and scream!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Cheap Travel

Well, I just got through looking at my online credit card statement. I just calculated that I made my 905 mile round trip to Dayton, OH, for a staggering $82.87.

Sweet Wifey remarked it would have cost that to fill up her Durango one time!

Not too shabby, huh?

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Dayton Aftermath

In about 360 more days, we'll be headed for the Dayton Hamvention. I think we all had a pretty fine time this year and hopefully all will make it back next year. Life is too short not to grab for all the gusto you can. This year we fondly remembered our dearly departed friend, Clarence Fowler. Here's some concluding pitchers:
 
The Hairlip Arena

KK5H
 
WO4V and WB8NNJ
KA8LWR, oil and gold tycoon and ordained minister.
KA8GKT
K9FEH
K4ZET
AB4EJ
WA4NVM
WB4LHD

KN4KP
KA4P
The late WA0TSL, Clarence, gone but not forgotten.

To see the entire set of Dayton Hamvention pitchers, go HERE.
To see pictures of the Dayton Air Museum, go HERE.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Dayton Update 5

The Dayton Hamfest is winding down. We had our finale dinner tonight at the Buckhorn Tavern. Tomorrow will be a travel day back home. I am hoping for good weather and little traffic. Sundee is usually a good travel day. The gang is here in the room telling war stories as I type.
 The hamfest gang at the CLARENCE memorial.
 At rhe Buckhorn Tavern.
 More Buckhorn fun.
 The infamous WB4LHD.
 Our friendly waitress. The folks at the Buckhorn Tavern were glad to see us and glad for us to take their picture......what a change from last night.

SIGNING OFF FROM DAYTON!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Watcher’s Council Nominations – Maxxed Out Edition


Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday.
Council News:
This week, Capitalist Preservation took advantage of my generous offer of link whorage and earned honorable mention status.
You can, too. Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.
Simply e-mail me a link at rmill2k@msn.com with the subject heading ‘Honorable mention’ no later than Monday 6PM PST to be considered for our honorable mention category, and return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week.
It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members. while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?
So, let’s see what we have this week….


Council Submissions


Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy!

Dayton Update 4 - Don't Eat at Frickers

There is a restaurant (sports bar) here in Dayton called FRICKERS. The gang went in and were treated to the scantily clad staff and as we had done the night before at Texas Roadhouse and the night before that at Hooters we began to socialize and take pictures.
As you can see, the girls were nothing special.
As you can see the girls were offended by our pictures and our witty stories and were having a terrible time.
And as our rather plain Jane waitress prepared to take our order, we were approached by a fat and rather hideous woman (the manager) and THE BOUNCER and were told in no uncertain terms that taking pictures in the restaurant would not be tolerated.

Booger, Tim, and Lizzard payed for their drinks and left IMMEDIATELY. My blood sugar was getting low so I decided to stay. Charles and Bill stayed with me. I finished my food, left a MINIMUM tip, and departed. It would seem that in these hard economic times an establishment would go the extra mile to make their customers happy, especially when it comes to having a little honest fun, but in the case of FRICKERS, this was not the case. We will not be back and I would recommend the rest of you avoid the place. The food pretty much sucked too.

Dayton Update 3

Well we had a productive day at the hamfest. The weather was nice and there was a lot of wheeling and dealing to be done. I'll share a few pictures:
The Booger and the Lizzard ready for some serious hamfesting!
People dressed in their Sundee best!
Happy folks!
More well dressed hams!
More happy people!

My feet are tired once again and we'll start all over again and do it tomorrow.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Dayton Update 2

The gang began the day with breakfast at Bob Up and Kiss My Ass Evans. We the spent the better part of the day at the air museum at Wright Patterson AFB.
What a RUSH! My feet are sore and the hamfest has not even started.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Dayton Update 1

The gang has arrived and we had a high level summit meeting.
It's a tough job but somebody has to do it.