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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Evil Rich Doctors - GREEDY CAPITALISTS!

The hospital administrator sent me this article about the Physician Payment Sunshine Act. This has been around since 2009 so it is nothing new. In summary it is a federal requirement that those evil drug and medical device companies report payments to doctors for research and consultation or as the article insinuates "gifts".

I have a few questions:

Are drug companies not PRIVATE industries?

If they want to pay doctors for research and consultation, what business is it of the federal gubment's?

Indeed, if the company wants to give someone a "gift" what business is it of the federal gubment's?

If qualified physicians are doing work for drug companies are they not entitled to compensation? What business is this of the federal gubment's? As long as the doctors pay their income taxes, it should be none of their business!

This whole thing reminds me and demonstrates the attack on capitalism by both the left and the right. Mitt Romney has been vilified by the looney left as well as Republicans running against him. All Romney has ever done is engage in capitalism, I'm not aware he has violated any laws.

This Sunshine Act thing is especially juicy for the naysayers. They have an opportunity not only to vilify capitalism but the health care profession as well. Those evil, money grubbing, rich doctors! How dare they accept money from those evil, money grubbing, rich drug companies for doing legitimate work?

No, we should just go back to the days of leeches, bleeding patients, and poultices. We could cut our life expectancy in half. The Social Security and Medicare insolvency issues would be solved.

I have one last question:

If these doctors were consulting for some gubment agency or perhaps a solar energy company, do you reckon we would hear anything at all about it?

Thankful for a Safe Trip

Last Sunday night we had left Key West on the way home. It is a LONG drive from one end of Florida to the other. By the time we passed Ocala on I-75 it was dark and I was planning on making Lake City before calling it a night.

Near Gainesville traffic on the northbound side began to slow almost to a halt and up ahead we could see numerous flashing lights. It was obvious there was a big wreck but it appeared the mayhem was on the other (southbound) side. As we crept along, we could see the remains of trailer trucks scattered all over the place and the really spooky thing was that the southbound side of the freeway was closed all the way back to the north, well beyond the horizon. Indeed, what should normally be a sea of approaching headlights was completely dark.

When we finally got past Gainesville, we could see where the traffic was being detoured onto local highways and behind that, traffic was piled up for miles. It was only later after we got to a hotel in Lake City that we heard of the massive chain reaction pileup on the interstate. We heard that 10 people had lost their lives. For a brief minute I thought that this could have just as easily happened on the northbound side and we could have been involved. We also experienced some of the smoke and fog that allegedly cause the accident.

We had one of the greatest vacations ever and I am thankful we made it safe and sound. I am very sorry for those folks involved in that terrible crash.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Back from Margaritaville

We made it back from Key West, FL tonight. It was tough to leave Margaritaville (80 degrees and clear every day) but it is good to be home. The best thing was that the prettiest girl I ever saw was in Key West with me. I'll put up a few pictures in a little while if y'all care to look at them.
We had a GREAT time! I think Wifey had an even better time than I. 

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Restaurant Critic

I'm usually pretty easy to please at a restaurant as long as the food is good and the server makes a decent attempt to wait on us. The worst experience I remember was at a Perkins restaurant in Memphis. Wifey and I went there ONCE. I got fish. It was raw. I sent it back. They sent it back burned. Wifey got pancakes. They were also raw. Back in the back, we noticed the kitchen workers shucking and jiving and moonwalking.

A few years later some of my ham radio friends and I visited a Perkins restaurant somewhere in Kentucky. The food sucked and the service sucked. So that did it for me. No more Perkins EVER!

Back in 2010 Wifey and I were shocked when the waitress at Red Robin completely forgot about us. I've already blogged about this. She was too busy shucking and jiving with her friends. We have been back to Red Robin and no further problems have occurred.

These are the exceptions. Most of the time things are OK. I want to discuss those little things that I frequently find at restaurants that are annoying:

ARTIFICIAL SWEETENER

There are 3 basic types of sweetener: Sweet-N-Low, NutraSweet, and Splenda. For those of us that don't use sugar, THERE ARE DIFFERENCES. Why are some restaurants so cheap that they only put Sweet-N-Low on the table and won't give you any other choices? Wifey hates Sweet-N-Low.

SILVERWARE

Believe it or not I have been in places where you had to ASK for silverware. There used to be a place locally (they are no longer there) that NEVER put silverware on the table, NEVER, we always had to ask for it. At a Shoney's in Nashville once, my friends and I went to the breakfast bar, but they never would bring us utensils and no amount of hell raising and hand waving did any good. I finally went up front and reached behind the counter and got some silverware myself. I was immediately chastised by one of the help. I quickly threw it right back at her and let her know that if she and her friends had not been shucking and jiving, I would not have had to take matters into my own hands. I have visited other places that would not bring silverware as well. To me, this seems like one of the basics.

KETCHUP

What is it with Denny's and ketchup? Seems like everytime I go in a Denny's, all the ketchup bottles on the table are empty. Once I tried stealing a couple from other tables. They were empty too. It also seems like the server disappears when you have a big plate of fries and no ketchup.

SALAD DRESSING

I am one of those folks that likes a little salad with my dressing. Why do some places bring a miniscule portion of dressing? You need a microscope to find it. And then they look at you with disdain if you ask for more. Also, what is it about Thousand Island Dressing? A lot of places don't have it. Wifey and I took a trip up through Ohio and Michigan a while back and no restaurant had Thousand Island. It really can't be that difficult to find, can it?

NAPKINS

Why can't restaurants put a stack of napkins on the table? Why do they want you to use just the one included with your silverware (if you're lucky enough to get silverware)? If they bring you something really messy, it's guaranteed you'll have it on you from head to toe before it's over. I have been in a few places that will put a roll of paper towels on the table.....GREAT IDEA!

COFFEE CUPS

Who ever invented Munchkin sized coffee cups should have their ass kicked into the middle of next week. I believe coffee should be served in Paul Bunyan sized mugs. This means fewer visits from the server as well.

LIGHTING

I believe in a romantic atmosphere but when the lights are so dim, you can't read the menu, it can be a problem.

SCREAMING KIDS

Don't put me close to them. I have blogged about this as well. The screeching and screaming is not conducive to good digestion.

Well that's enough for now. I bet the rest of you can think of some of those little things that annoy you in restaurants as well.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Watcher’s Council Nominations: State Of Obama 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, Liberty’s Spirit, The Independent Sentinel, Ask Marion and Capitalist Preservation took advantage of my generous offer of link whorage and earned honorable mention status.
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Monday, January 23, 2012

Super Bowl 2012

Well it's the Giants and the Patriots in the Super Bowl. I was 2 for 2 in my picks of the championship games. I was a bit surprised the Ravens played it so close with the Patriots only to lose in the last seconds with a missed field goal. I figured Brady would get his team ahead by a couple of touchdowns and it would stay that way until the end.

I called it exactly right in the NFC game, a 3 point victory for the Giants possibly in overtime and that is EXACTLY what happened. How sweet it is.

I'm picking the Giants in the Super Bowl. The Patriots were only able to beat the Ravens anemic offense by 3 points. Manning and the Giants are much better on offense than the Ravens and their defense is good enough to keep Brady from running up the score. I'm going to say it will be the Giants by a touchdown.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Unintended Consequences

Wifey was having problems trying to turn off this light during a recent stay we had in a hotel room.
She fiddled and fiddled and finally lifted the shade off the bulb only to find this:
Ahh yes, a glorious compact fluorescent bulb. The only problem was this:
The original shade would not fit on the CFL. Instead the hotel folks just sat the bare metal frame onto the glass of the bulb. Now what if someone else starts jiggling the shade around and ruptures the glass on the bulb? HAZMAT  time! Thank you federal gubment! Bring back our incandescent bulbs!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Watcher’s Council Nominations – Float Like A Butterfly, Sting Like A Bee Edition


Seventy years young yesterday…rumble young man, rumble!
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, The Independent Sentinel, Crazy Bald Guy 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.
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Sunday, January 15, 2012

3 out of 4 in the Divisional Round

And now there are only 4 teams remaining. I did pretty well having successfully chosen winners in 3 of the 4 games. My losing pick was the New Orleans Saints who lost 36 to 32 to the San Francisco 49ers in the very last minute of the game. The Saints were handicapped by an uncharacteristic 5 turnovers in the game. Were it not for this I figure the Saints would have won handily by a couple of touchdowns, but we can't just blame the Saints, we must credit the defense of the 49ers. They pressured Drew Brees all day long causing him to hurry his throws and make mistakes. The Saints ball carriers looked like wishbones with the 49ers defenders pulling at their extremities and the ball flying away. The Saints took the lead with a couple of minutes remaining, but the 49ers would not be denied as QB Alex Smith mustered enough offense to score the deciding touchdown in the final minute.

Tim Tebow's Denver Broncos fell in a humiliating defeat to the high powered Patriots, 45-10. I predicted a New England win but I thought it would have been a much more spirited game. I did not see it. I had it recorded but decided not to watch when I heard the score. Congrats Tom Brady. Better luck next year, Tim Tebow.

Good defense was more than the Houston Texans could stand as the Baltimore Ravens battled them to a 20-13 victory. It was hard fought and it wasn't pretty but the Ravens prevailed in the end and advance to the AFC Championship Game at New England.

It seemed as if the Green Bay Packers were at one point unstoppable.  Not so as Eli Manning and the New York Giants marched into Green Bay and went away with a convincing 37-20 win. I predicted this victory. The Giants defense has stepped up recently and certainly gave Aaron Rogers' offense all he wanted forcing 4 Packer turnovers. Eli Manning did not have much trouble against the Packers mediocre defense. The Giants win was no shock to me. The Giants are not the same team they were a month or two ago. They are peaking at just the right time.

So now for next weeks' predictions:

AFC Championship Game, Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots
Tom Brady and company won't enjoy a walk in the park as they did against the Broncos. The Ravens defense is tough, tough, tough. Nevertheless, the Patriot offense is extremely dangerous. Brady will hit enough big plays to give the Patriots a 10 point victory.

NFC Championship Game, New York Giants at San Francisco 49er 

The 49ers have a much better defense than the Packers. Eli Manning will be under a lot of pressure. On the flip side the Giants defense will give the 49ers much more trouble than did the Saints. I have a feeling it will be a war and a low to moderate scoring game with no team scoring more than 20 points. Alex Smith looks impressive but he doesn't quite have the experience and savvy of Eli Manning. I am going to predict a 3 point Giant victory and it may well happen in overtime.

So there you have it. Anyone want to argue?

Friday, January 13, 2012

The Sheer Nightgown

A husband walks into Victoria's Secret to purchase a sheer negligee for his wife. He is shown several possibilities that range from $250 to $500 in price -- the more sheer, the higher the price.

He opts for the sheerest item, pays the $500, and takes it home.

He presents it to his wife and asks her to go upstairs, put it on, and model it for him.

Upstairs, the wife thinks (she's no dummy), "I have an idea ... it's so sheer that it might as well be nothing. I won't put it on, I'll do the modeling naked, return it tomorrow, and keep the $500 refund for myself."

She appears naked on the balcony and strikes a pose.

The husband says, "Good Grief! You'd think for $500, they'd at least iron it!"

He never heard the shot.

Funeral is on Thursday at Noon.

The coffin will be closed.

Hat Tip - Neal Boortz

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

HORRORS! Marines Urinate on the Taliban!

Oh there horror! There is supposedly a video out there that depicts U.S. Marines urinating on Taliban corpses! I don't think the story has yet been confirmed.
Hmmm.....evidently people are upset about this. Why? Whats the big deal? They are Muslims! Piss on them! Semper Fi, Marines!

Watcher’s Council Nominations – The Watcher’s Birthday Bash 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.
Think of us as your private window of some of the very best of the blogosphere.
Council News:
This week, The Independent Sentinel, The Grouch, Liberty’s Spirit and Capitalist Preservation took advantage of my generous offer of link whorage and earned honorable mention status.
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Sunday, January 8, 2012

I'm 2 and 2, and Now the Divisional Round

Well I'm 2 and 2 in my predictions for wildcard weekend. This proves one thing and one thing only. When you GUESS between 2 choices, you have a 50 percent chance of being right. At least I think I'm as good as the ex-jocks on ESPN.

I picked the Bengals over the Texans. The Bengals lost miserably. I also picked the Steelers over the Broncos. The Broncos won 29 to 23 on the first play in overtime. Way to go Tim Tebow. Tebow hit some mighty impressive looking long passes down the field during the game.

I was correct picking the Saints over the Lions. It was pretty close until the 4th quarter and then Drew Brees and company lowered the boom. It took Eli Manning and the Giants a little while to get in gear but they had no trouble shaming the Atlanta Falcons as I predicted.

So now on to the divisional round. Here are my picks:

New Orleans Saints at San Francisco 49ers. Well the Saints have the number 1 passing attack in the NFL. The 49ers are 16th against the pass. The 49ers are also 1st against the run but it won't matter. The Saints have looked really sharp and I give them the victory by a touchdown.

Denver Broncos at New England Patriots. This is kinda tough. The Patriots have the number 2 passing attack but their defense is problematic. They have been able to put up enough points to win without having to worry much about defense. The Broncos have the number 1 running attack. Their defense is also mediocre. The Broncos went to overtime today against a mediocre Steelers offense. Will they make it to overtime against a GOOD offense? I'm going to have to give it to New England by a touchdown, but if the Broncos can get their wide receivers covered one on one and Tebow can deliver some more astonishing passes, it might really be close.

Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens. OK, I'm convinced that the Texans are real after watching them dispatch the Bengals. Actually statistic wise the Ravens and Texans are fairly equal. It bothers me that the Texans lost 3 in a row at the end of the regular season. I'm going to give the win to the Ravens by 3 points. I think it will be a squeaker.

New York Giants at Green Bay Packers. Big time passing attacks and mediocre defense describes these two teams. The Giants defense has looked better to me lately though. On the downside for the Giants it seems Eli has a bit of trouble getting started and comes on strong later in the game. If Eli has a slow start and the Packers get a couple of touchdowns ahead quickly it's curtains for the Giants. I'm going to stick my neck way out and pick the Giants by a touchdown.......whew! OK, it's your turn!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Time for Personal Attacks and Character Assassination

Rick Santorum is a decent guy, a Christian, a conservative, a guy I would trust as president. He battled RINO Mitt Romney to a virtual TIE in the Iowa Caucus last night. I think there were 5 votes separating the two. Did you see how many of the news outlets GLEEFULLY declared Romney the WINNER? Yes, they want to pick our RINO candidate for us so badly they can just taste it.

I don't know if Santorum can endure but you can bet that the Alan Colmes types will be out in droves launching personal attacks and demonizing Santorum as best they can. Of course they will be aided by the Republican establishment and the pundits on Fox News. I hate to watch it, but you know it's coming.

Hang in there Rick. I'll vote for you if I get the chance.

The Dustbin of History is a Little Fuller Today

Michele Bachmann has retired from the presidential race. This was no surprise. She had poor poll numbers, no money left, and only captured 5 percent of the voters in the Iowa Caucus last night.

Too bad, but there have to be losers in any contest in spite of what the liberals might want you to believe. I think Bachmann is basically a good and decent woman with good conservative ideas. I think she would have made a good president, perhaps a great president. We may never know the answer to this. On the other hand, one day we might.

As Sarah Palin said, "....it is just not her time......", but who knows if her time will one day come?

Romney? Electable? Hoax?

I have heard it until I'm sick of it. We need to choose Mitt Romney because he's the "most electable". You hear it from the lame stream media. You hear it from the Republican establishment. You hear it from the talking heads on Fox News.

Flash back to 2008. We need to choose John McCain because he's the "most electable". He's the one that will appeal to those precious independent voters. You heard it from the lame stream media. You heard it from the Republican establishment. You heard it from the talking heads on Fox News. We even heard it from Colin Powell who later voted for Obama.

And we ended up with John McCain, a wishy-washy, global warming believing (a hoax), cap and trade supporting (a hoax), who publicly brow beat his supporters for criticizing Hussein Obama. McCain was the candidate who wouldn't fight against the man who wanted to "fundamentally change the United States" into a mediocre European socialist state. No, they might call us RACIST! I guess y'all remember how that worked out.

I have already heard this year the same warnings from the Republican establishment types. We had better play nice and not criticize Obama or those precious independents will go running away in droves.

It's a HOAX folks! A big, fat, smelly, fuming, green fly attracting HOAX! We're sitting back fat, dumb, and happy and letting them pick our losing RINO candidate once again! In the general election it will begin with Romneycare and Mitt and the United States will go down in a flaming wreck! Mark my words!

Oh by the way, John McCain just endorsed Mitt Romney.

Watcher’s Council Nominations – Post Hawkeye Head To Head 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.
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The TRAGEDY That is Ron Paul

We are drowning in debt. The federal gubment is expanding in huge chunks, TRILLIONS of dollars at a time. There is only ONE candidate who by his campaign rhetoric seems serious about really cutting spending. By cutting I mean really cutting, not simply reducing the rate of growth. The champion cutter is none other than Ron Paul.

Did you know that Ron Paul has stated he would ELIMINATE the following:
1. Federal Aviation Administration
2. Low Income Home Energy Assistance
3. Office of Justice Programs
4. Justice Assistance Programs
5. Juvenile Justice Programs
6. Community Oriented Policing Services
7. Food for Peace Grants
8. Research and Education Activities of the Department of Agriculture.
9. Foreign Agriculture Service
10. Women, Infants, and Childern (WIC)
11. Transportation Security Administration
12. International organizations (Dept of State)
13. International Commissions
14. International Drug Programs
15. Iraq Reconstruction Fund
16. International Assistance Programs
17. The ENTIRE Department of Energy
18. The ENTIRE Department of Housing and Urban Development
19. The ENTIRE Department of Commerce
20. The ENTIRE Department of the Interior
21. The ENTIRE Department of Education

In addition he has recommended big cuts in:
1. Defense
2. Transportation
3. Health and Human Services
4. Justice
5. Agriculture
6. Homeland Security
7. State Department
8. EPA
9. Executive Office of the President
10. Children's Health Insurance Programs
11. Food Stamps
12. Family Support Programs
13. Child Nutrition Programs

With the exception of Defense I agree with all of this and there is no doubt that a lot of waste in defense could be eliminated as well. We hear none of this from any of the other candidates. Instead they choose to dance around the issue and chip away here and there at the overblown debt. The TRAGEDY is that Ron Paul refuses to identify the enemies of the United States (Islam), blames the United States for the 9-11 attacks, thinks it's OK for Iran to have a nuclear bomb, and would refuse to defend the nation against attacks foreign and domestic. His foreign policy is just CRAZY, otherwise he'd have my vote without question. How great would it be if Rick Santorum or Rick Perry adopted Paul's cutting strategy? If a Republican defeats Obama in 2012 (I certainly am not sure of this) I don't see any meaningful reduction of the debt in our future. Greece and Europe, here we come!

Go HERE to read an excellent article on the candidates' views on cutting spending and a very interesting graph.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Kathy Griffin Strips on CNN! Who Cares?

Here's the first great "who gives a sh*t" story of 2012. Alleged comedienne, Kathy Griffin, stripped to her underwear on CNN, despite the objections of host, Anderson Cooper. Evidently, this was during the New Year celebrations on the seldom watched news network.

I've blogged about Griffin before. She's loud, obnoxious, ugly, and NOT FUNNY. I guess the only way she can get attention is by being loud and outrageous! Or maybe she was just drunk or stoned.

Fortunately, she was on CNN and maybe only a dozen or so people saw her.

This woman is definitely a waste of skin......ugh!

Alan Colmes is a Godless Heathen

Yes he is. Colmes is a liberal lunatic who believe it or not has his own radio show and is a semi-regular on Fox News.

Today he was on TV criticizing Rick Santorum, not over conservative issues, not because he's at the top of the polls in Iowa, no, none of the above.

Back in 1996, Santorum's newborn child died in the hospital. He brought the deceased baby home for a PRIVATE moment with his family. Santorum said, "It was so important ... for the family to recognize the life of that child and for the children to know they had a brother."

Colmes said, "Once they get a hold of the crazy things he's said and done like taking his two-hour old baby who died right after childbirth home and played with it for a couple of hours so his other children would know that the child was real......"

Of course to a godless liberal who believes in the wanton murder of the unborn I guess this comment is no surprise. I would not have made Santorum's choice either, but really, Alan, it's NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS, and has nothing to do with anything! Why even bring it up? Just to torture and ridicule a Godly and decent man I guess!

Colmes has since apologized to Santorum and Santorum has accepted.

Thanks Alan, you've given me one more reason to vote for Rick Santorum.

A Caucus? A Primary? A Mess?

Sweet Wifey (she is so very sweet) has been lamenting the Iowa Caucus and the primary system in general. Indeed it seems that by the time the vote rolls around to us Tennessee folks, our candidate has already fallen by the wayside or has already been chosen for us by the political establishment and/or the news media. She has advocated a single big nationwide primary where everyone votes for their primary candidate at the same time. But what if this were the case? What of there were say 10 different primary contenders? The victor might come away with perhaps 15 percent of the vote. 85 percent of the people would be mad.

How would the candidates campaign for such a giant primary? Under the present system the candidate has to actually go to that particular state. They have to spend time and money there. They have to put boots on the ground. They have to meet and talk to many many people. In the process they get an awful lot of press coverage. With Iowa or New Hampshire, even us "outsiders" who choose to pay attention, are able to learn a lot about each individual person. With a giant nationwide primary I'm afraid the candidates would not go to all this trouble and we might all come away in a cloud of ignorance.

We must realize that nobody's primary vote decides much of anything. Instead the winner of the primary is ultimately decided by the party convention and the votes cast by the delegates. Can you imagine the bartering, bickering, bribery, and cajoling that must occur at those affairs? We might all be shocked and appalled……on the other hand, maybe not.

I thought it might be pretty cool to conduct the primaries on a "rotational basis". The states that go first in 2012 would go last in 2016 and so forth. Ho hum, can you imagine the screaming and fighting that would occur if one of the political parties tried to implement this? It would be a downright sideshow.
There is no doubt that we are all hamstrung by our two party system. Never in American history have more than two parties been dominant. When one party (the Federalists) has disintegrated, another (the Whigs) springs up to take its place, and the two parties continue on as before. We all have seen that third parties and independents never seem to go very far. So we all end up having to play by the party rules whether we like them or not.

In the end, let us all remember that the vote of the PEOPLE does not elect the president. Rather it is the vote of the STATES in the form of the electoral college that makes the decision. This of course comes under fire all the time from all directions. The Democrats still have not gotten over the election of 2000 when Bush lost the popular vote but gained enough electoral votes to prevail. If the situation had been reversed, I am sure Republicans would still be bitching. However, the 2000 result was completely constitutional and the founders intended it to be this way. The electoral college gives just a bit more clout to the voters of the small states over those of the big ones.

Have you noticed that each state no matter how big or small has exactly two votes in the senate? In the senate each STATE has equal power. Again this was the intent of the founders. They believed strongly in the rights and sovereignty of each state. I'm sure many of them are rolling over in their graves when they see how our all powerful and all intrusive central government had perverted the constitution they risked their very lives to create. Indeed states rights have been trampled time and again.

I guess our primary system is certainly not perfect and leaves a lot to be desired but when I look at places like Syria or North Korea where one murderous thug dies off only to be replaced by another, I can't really complain too much.

Wildcard Sunday - GROUCH's Predictions

Well, the Titans were eliminated yesterday as Cincinnati managed to secure the 6th seed position in the AFC playoffs. Since I have no dog in the fight once again, I'll adopt a team as I did last year. This year it will be the Denver Broncos. I'm simply a Tim Tebow fan, but they looked miserable yesterday in a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and they host the Steelers in the wild card round of the playoffs......ugh. Anyway, perhaps God will reward Tebow with a miracle. He'll need one. Here are my picks for next weekend:

AFC wild card round

Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans
I still haven't figured out how Houston won the division with 3rd string QB's and all. I think their luck runs out. I'm giving it to the Bengals by a touchdown.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos
The AFC north is probably the strongest division in football. The AFC west is probably the weakest. The Steelers have lots of playoff experience. The Steelers will rout the Broncos in Denver. Sorry Tim.

NFC wild card round

Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants
The Giants have looked shaky but so have the Falcons. Eli Manning is a magician. The Giants defense is going to have an awesome game and Manning is going to be on fire. I'm predicting a 2 touchdown win for the Giants. If the Giants look as good as they did last night against the Cowboys, they may be the surprise NFC team in the Super Bowl.

Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints
I think the Lions will be tough but unless Drew Brees has a complete meltdown I'm predicting a Saints victory by 10.

So boys and girls, you have my predictions. If you think I'm all wet, lets hear about it.

FINALLY! Somebody Said It!


Finally! Somebody said it! It is about time and well overdue.

This has been kicked around since way back in the Bush administration. The powers that be keep saying we will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons. All the while, in spite of toothless sanctions, they keep moving slowly but surely toward their nuclear bomb.

This just gives me one more reason to vote for Santorum. He has the conservative credentials. Liberals hate him. GOOD! He's surging in the polls one day before the Iowa caucus. Will he maintain his momentum? Who knows, but I sure won't be pulling the switch for Romney, Gingrich, or Paul, now or ever.

Now, Rick, back to that bombing thing:
1. If it comes to that, bomb the hell out of them.
2. No rules of engagement.
3. Don't worry about collateral damage. They are Muslims. They all hate us and would kill us if they could.
4. It's all about oil, Rick. Let's drill for our own. Tell the Arabs and the Persians to eat sand.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

There's No Place Like Home

Last night sweet Wifey and I rang in the new year as the MORBID STRANGERS performed until after midnight. It was not the best of times for me as I've had one of the worst colds and episodes of post viral bronchitis I can remember. I had to dope up on cough meds during the gig just so I could breathe. Singing was a chore. It was hot on stage and the smoke in the room did not help.

I slept restlessly on the couch last night so as not to disturb my sweet ones.

When I finally woke up, my symptoms had calmed down and I was breathing easy and felt restful. Sweet Wifey fixed me a nice breakfast and I kicked back on the couch for a little football and some sweet puppy love. All is quiet and all is relaxed and even the Titans won by a single point.

I guess this might sound pretty dull but nothing beats relaxing in my QUIET little home on the hill with my sweeties. I can't think of a better way to start the new year.

No Job? There May Be a Reason

I never have been a big fan of Bill O'Reilly. I think his primary mission in life is to listen to himself BLOVIATE! And yes, he's made tons of money at it. More power to him. And if he's just "looking out for the folks" I can't say I feel much better.

However, on the topic of jobs, or the lack of them, O'Reilly and I are on the same page. In a recent article, his summary of the job climate is RIGHT ON:

The most important thing for a worker to understand is that you have to make yourself indispensable. You have to make your employer money or his life easier. Preferably both. Also, you have to learn as much as you can about your chosen endeavor. Again, if you can fix things, you will earn good money. If you can sell things, you will prosper. If you're primarily interested in tattoos, you will suffer economically unless you're a member of Green Day.

In prosperous years, the marginal workers get by. In tough times, they get the shaft. Let's all hope 2012 finally brings relief on the economic front. But don't count on it. Make your own way and a happy new year will be far more likely to occur.

So true. Think about it. If you were a filthy rich, white, conservative job creator, would you hire the likes of most of these maggot infested people you see in these occupy protests? Probably not. Go HERE to read all of O'Reilly's article.

RINO REMINDER - HAPPY NEW YEAR!


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.

It is with sadness that I have added my congresswoman, Marsha Blackburn to the RINO Reminder list. She voted for the BOEHNER bill and has voted to raise the debt ceiling, thereby COMPROMISING and selling us out to the Dimocrats and the establishment Republicans. I have let congresswoman Blackburn know that I am looking forward to voting for a primary challenger against her in 2012. I hope there is one.