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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Not a Worry or a Care

The other day, sweet Wifey and I took a nice motorcycle ride to Reelfoot Lake. At the welcome center there was a museum featuring many artifacts and even some of the wildlife of the area.

In one cage they had a little owl, all by itself, sitting on a perch. As he sat there winking and blinking sweet Wifey commented that he looked kinda sad.

As we walked back to the motorcycle I explained that the owl had no reason to be sad. I was sure the owl had plenty of food and water. He had a cool comfortable place to stay. Indeed all his needs were taken care of and all the comforts were provided.

Of course the little owl was missing one thing and that was freedom. What good is all that other stuff if we are not free? I doubt that the brain of an owl is sophisticated enough to know the difference, but as this country is plunged deeper and deeper into total dependence on gubment I hope there are enough of us left to realize the problem and do something about it before we are all in a cage of gubment control, looking out and longing for the freedom we once had.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Watchers Council Nominations – Order In The Court Edition

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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, Ask Marion, The Pirate’s Cove, and Liberty’s Spirit took advantage of my generous offer of link whorage and earned honorable mention status with some excellent pieces that will reward your attention.
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 head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address ( which won’t be published)anywhere in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then simply return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week.
Could it be any easier?
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! And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

4 Good Reasons to Vote for Barack Obama


1. Obama's black. You're a racist.
2. You want to suckle the gubment teat.
3. You're ignorant.
4. You're purely stupid.
There can be no other explanations.

Ignorance is Barack Obama's Best Friend

This moronic picture was snatched from the Facebook page of my ex-good friend, Doug. Doug, is the looney Facebook liberal who friended me months ago amid warnings that I am a far right wing conservative. Finally Doug starting deleting my comments any time I would argue with him and now he has blocked me entirely. Easy come, easy go.

I would be willing to bet that Doug and most of his little pinhead friends cannot name all four of the people in the picture above. They have just been told they are Republicans (I am not even sure if Trump identifies with the GOP) and therefore they are evil.

I will also betcha that Doug and his little pinhead friends have conveniently forgotten, or maybe they never realized, that for the first 2 years of his term, Obama enjoyed a huge majority in the House and a supermajority in the Senate. And in fact, Obama did get stuff done......Obamacare and 800 billion dollars wasted on a stimulus that didn't stimulate a damned thing except perhaps some of Obama's union buddy thugs. Obama pretty much could have done anything he wanted to do in the first 2 years. The Republicans could not have stopped him. Any speed bumps encountered during the first two years were due to push back from Democrats, not Republicans.

Obama could have provided amnesty for illegal aliens during the first two years. He more or less never talked about it. Now, by executive fiat, he has made it come to pass.

The blithering ignorance of Doug and his friends is astonishing, and it is this ignorance of biblical proportions that Obama is counting on for re-election.

Unintended Consequences - Plumbing

A couple of Christmases ago, sweet Wifey got me a hand held shower massager for my shower stall. What a nice gift. This was one of those high tech, oh so green, devices that had water saver features and was supposed to reduce our water bill (go read about our water bill) and save the planet all at the same time.

Well, for the first year or so, everything was just hunky dunky, but eventually, slowly but surely, the flow seemed to diminish with every refreshing shower until there was only a trickle. Yes indeed, just like a feeble old geezer with a huge prostate gland, that youthful flow was a thing of the past. It took the water forever to get hot and when I got out it seemed as if I had only gotten just a little bit damp.

Finally I had no choice but to disassemble the thing and search for answers. Attached to the pipe coming out of the stall, I found a curious little disk. See the picture at the left. This little disk was full of little slits. I held the disk up to the light but I could see no light shining through. On further inspection with a magnifying glass, it dawned on me that this little disk was the water saver and the holes in it were plugged with gunk which seems to accumulate on all our fixtures due to the very hard water we have here (our water comes from the mighty Tennessee River). I attempted to clean out the holes best as I could with a pick and a small piece of wire. Finally I could see daylight again. So I reinstalled the water saver and put everything back together.

SUCCESS! I had a good flow going again! Unfortunately, my glee did not last very long. Over a period of about 3 or 4 months, the flow diminished rapidly. That prostate had grown back at record speed.

Grumbling heavily, I removed the water saver once again only to find it plugged worse than before. So I just left the damned thing out. Now that shower head will knock you half way across the stall if you don't brace yourself first and I have enough pressure to almost remove the hide. Yes I am wasting water hand over fist, although the water department will never know the difference, and I am destroying the planet at light speed. One thing is for sure though, I'm getting squeaky clean with not a speck of cereal anywhere. Hope the water Nazis from Obama's administration don't come snooping around.

Unintended Consequences - Medicine

Many of you may not know that I suffer from diabetes. In the olden days we called it "sugar diabetes". This is not actually too ridiculous since there is a malady called diabetes insipidous which has nothing to do with the sugar diabetes we know and hate.

Anyway, for many years now I have had to take insulin to control my blood sugar. As Willford Brimley suggests, I check my sugar and check it often, and I make dose adjustments to keep my numbers looking good.

According the Obummer administration, I probably should have declared myself disabled years ago, thrown up my hands in disgust, said "Oh, woe is me!" and immediately started sucking on the gubment teat for the rest of my days......but no, I decided to keep working and paying for my own health care. Diabetes care is expensive. I don't like paying for it, but hey, in life we have to play the hand we are dealt. It is nobody's problem but mine.

Up until a couple of months ago I was taking an insulin called Lantus which is long acting and is designed to keep blood sugar near normal during periods of fasting. A couple of months ago I got a letter from my dreaded health insurance company informing me the Lantus had been demoted to a "third tier" medication. I could keep using it if I wanted but they were letting me know that they would no longer pay for it as part of my pharmacy benefit. Instead I was directed to ask my doctor to put me on Levemir, another long acting insulin.

Well, Lantus and Levemir are not quite the same. From what I have read, Lantus has no "peak". Levemir has a peak of around 6 hours. Also it appears that more people have to take Levemir twice daily rather than once daily to achieve success. I had been taking 35 units of Lantus at bedtime so I tried the same with Levemir. After a couple of days, it was apparent that my overall readings were quite a bit higher than before. I tried dividing the dose morning and night but this seemed to make no difference. I finally bumped the dose up to 50 units at bedtime to achieve similar results to Lantus.

This month I ran out of Levemir early and had to call the doctor's office for a new prescription at 50 units daily instead of 35.

The insurance company mandated that I switch from Lantus to Levemir in an attempt to save themselves some money. However, since I had to increase the dose by 43 percent, I am sure they are losing money now in that they have to pay for the insulin more frequently than before.

It is funny how the laws of unintended consequences frequently take their toll on the shortsighted. In this case, the insurance company should have left well enough alone. Toward the end of the year, they will likely come out with other cost saving mandates, which will usually result in wasted time and trouble for their clients and may not save any money in the long run. If very many things go wrong for patients, they will be calling and visiting their docs more frequently and further increasing the cost.

Watcher’s Council Nominations – All Summer Long 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.
Ahhh, summertime is here! It may be just the California guy in me, but there’s still something special about the summertime. Yeah, things have changed (and boy, do I remember how it was) but there’s still a handful of that summertime Lotus Land dream left if you open up and look for it.
Hey, the weather’s gorgeous, school’s out, and wherever you are, amidst all the turmoil and angst it’s important to take some time to enjoy life and remember that its…well…fun! So don’t let you and your heart get too far apart.



Council News:
This week, Ask Marion, Right Truth, The Pirates Cove and Maggie’s Notebook took advantage of my generous offer of link whorage and earned honorable mention status with some great pieces they submitted to yours truly.
You can, too! Want to make your hit counter happy? Want to have your work featured on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.
Simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address ( which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then just 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, with all that out of the way, let’s see what we have this week….


Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy! And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Watchers Council Nominations – ‘Doing Just Fine’ 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.
‘Nuff said.
In which universe is he living? Or as Mitt Romney said, “Is he really that out of touch?” Maybe what he meant was, ‘The private sector’s doing fine – well, at least Michelle and I are!”
Thia week’s contest in dedicated to the L.A. Kings for finally taking the Stanley Cup. And especially to this guy.
Council News:
This week, Ask Marion, Right Truth, The Pirate’s Cove and Against All Enemies took advantage of my generous offer of link whorage and earned honorable mention status with some great posts.
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 slide on over to Joshuapundit and post the title a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address ( which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order 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?
OK, let’s see what we have this week….


Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy! And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!

Friday, June 8, 2012

The USS Enterprise, Past, Present, and Future

Space Shuttle Enterprise

I did not know until the other day that the first space shuttle Enterprise originally was going to be named the Constitution. A letter writing campaign by none other than Star Trek fans convinced president Gerald Ford to name the ship Enterprise.

Of course the shuttle Enterprise never flew in space but it paved the way for the other space worthy shuttles that followed. Now the Enterprise shuttle has been permanently retired.

USS Enterprise CVN-65
USS Enterprise CV-6
Many of you may not realize that the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN-65), commissioned in 1961 is scheduled to be decommissioned on December 1, 2012, after 51 years of service. She has served with distinction from the Vietnam war all the way to recent service in the Persian Gulf. She succeeded the World War 2 Enterprise (CV-6) which accompanied the Hornet on Doolittle's Raid, was instrumental in the crucial victory at the Battle of Midway, and was at the heart of many, many other battles in the Pacific before the defeat of Japan in 1945. Sadly, CV-6 was thrown aside on the scrap heap.

The post decommissioning fate of the current Enterprise remains in question. There is a movement to make her a museum ship but decommissioning and dismantling of her nuclear reactors will likely prohibit this. It is my understanding that the ship's island may also be removed and made into a memorial. Additionally a petition has also been set up for the next carrier CVN-80 to be named Enterprise, but we have no assurance this will come to pass.

Call me sentimental and nostalgic but there's something about these ships that make them more than just ships. After reading accounts of the officers and crew that have served aboard them they seem to become unique and take on a personality. When the time comes for their service to end, somehow just relegating their remains to the scrap heap just doesn't seem quite right. It's almost like losing a friend and a whole lot of history.

None of us knows what the future may hold, but as for me I hope there will always be an Enterprise.
USS Enterprise NCC 1701A

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Life is all about CHOICES. Choose NOT to Text and Drive

It's one of my pet peeves, texting (or cellphoning) while driving. It's dangerous and distracting. I have become even more aware of it since I started riding motorcycles again. As I approach a busy intersection, I notice the other driver gazing off into space, talking or texting. They are surely not looking out for me. I pass cars on the interstate with the driver just texting away. What could possibly be so important to risk not only their neck but the necks of others?

Here's a study that declares over half of high school seniors have been guilty of texting while driving. Over half! That's a lot. Most of these kids this age can't drive worth a damn anyway and they certainly don't need the added distraction. Sadly, I am afraid many of them don't have very good role models. I know of several adults that are just as guilty. It is not uncommon to watch a thread scroll by on Facebook as someone informs all of us as to their location and the sights along the way.......real important stuff, mind you. One night I watched as a nurse (she should know better) texted while driving down the interstate in the snow.

You know I am not big on gubment laws and controls, but in this case I'm willing to make an exception. I think there should be penalties for texting while driving at least as stiff as those for DUI. One penalty should be loss of all mobile devices for a period of time. Service providers would be required to cut off the offender.

Give me the old days of cool breezes and pay phones!

Home Improvement

Well, yesterday I decided to fix the leaky ball valve in my shower stall. It has been leaking for some time cause I dreaded trying to shut the water supply off to the house. There is no shut off valve at the fixture and the only thing to do is to shut the water off to the whole house at the meter.

The problem is there was at least 8 inches of dirt covering the meter and the shut off valve. I spent a good 20 minutes on my belly digging with a trowel until I could finally find the valve. After that, repair was a snap. I polished the ball valve and added a couple of new washers and springs and all was good to go.

Now every month, the guy from the water department comes by, lifts the lid on the water meter, looks down the hole, replaces the lid, and leaves. Every month we get a bill. It is usually about the same only varying no more than 2 or 3 dollars in either direction.

We just want to know what he has been looking at all this time? 8 inches of dirt? For all he knows, we could have been watering all the neighbors' yards. I left a little dirt on top of the meter when I finished. I didn't want to make life too easy on him. Small town life is a blast.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Watcher’s Council Nomination – On, Wisconsin 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.
This week’s contest is dedicated to Governor Scott Walker and Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, of course. And humbly, to the memory of Torpedo Squadron 8 and the men of Pont Du Hoc, who helped turn the tide.
Council News:
This week, Right Truth, Pirates Cove and Ask Marion took advantage of my generous offer of link whorage and earned honorable mention status with some great pieces.
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 head over to Joshuapundit and post the title a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address ( which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order 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! And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!

Friday, June 1, 2012

New Fashion Rage in Police Mug Shots

These are actual police photos:
Did you ever see anyone arrested wearing a shirt with any other president on it?

Don't forget, take out the trash November, 2012.
Hat tip - Rick Tillman, WA4NVM

The Tomato Garden

An old gentleman lived alone in New Jersey. He wanted to plant his annual tomato garden, but it was very difficult work, as the ground was hard. His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament:

Dear Vincent,
 I am feeling pretty sad because it looks like I won't be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I'm just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. I know if you were here my troubles would be over. I know you would be happy to dig the plot for me, like in the old days.
 Love, Papa

A few days later he received a letter from his son.

Dear Papa,
Don't dig up that garden. That's where the bodies are buried..
 Love, Vinnie

At 4 a.m. the next morning, FBI agents and local police arrived and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologized to the old man and left. That same day the old man received another letter from his son.

Dear Papa,
 Go ahead and plant the tomatoes now. That's the best I could do under the circumstances.
 Love you, Vinnie

Hat tip - Neal Boortz

Service with a Smile

It all makes sense now.......

I became confused when I heard the word "Service" used with these agencies:

Internal Revenue  'Service'
U.S. Postal  'Service'
Telephone 'Service'
Cable TV 'Service' 
Civil  'Service'
State, City, County & Public 'Service' 
Customer 'Service'

This is NOT what I thought 'Service' meant.

But today, I overheard two farmers talking, and one of them said he had hired a bull to 'Service' a few cows.
BAM!!!  It all came into focus.  Now I understand what all those agencies are doing to us.

Hat tip - Neal Boortz

RINO REMINDER


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

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.