February 14, 2012

TAKING DOWN THE BIRD FEEDER..a metaphor for our times..

(From my good friend and wrokplace confidante, C.G.)

I bought a bird feeder. I hung it on my back porch & lovingly filled it with delicious seeds.

What a beauty of a bird feeder it was.

Within a week we had hundreds of birds taking advantage of the continuous flow of free and easily accessible food.

But then the birds started building nests in the boards of the patio above the table and next to the barbecue.

Then came the poop. It was everywhere: on the patio tile, the chairs, the table..


Then some of the birds turned mean. They would dive bomb me and try to peck me even though I had fed them out of my own good intentions and limited budget.

Other birds became unruly, boisterous and loud. They sat on the feeder and
squawked and screamed at all hours of the day and night and demanded that I fill it when it got low on food.

After a while, I couldn't even sit on my own back porch anymore.

So I took down the bird feeder and in three days the birds were gone. I cleaned up their mess and took down the many nests they had built all over the patio.

Soon, the back yard was like it used to be -- quiet, serene -- and no one demanding their rights to a free meal.

Now let's see.

Our government gives out free food, subsidized housing, free medical care, free education and allows anyone born here to to be an automatic citizen.

Then the illegals came by the millions. Suddenly our taxes went up to pay for all those FREE services. Now we have to wait 6 hours to be seen by an emergency room doctor.

Our child's second grade class has fallen behind other schools because over half the class doesn't speak English.

Corn Flakes now come in a bilingual box. I have to press “one” to hear my bank talk to me in English, and people waving flags other than 'Old Glory' are squawking and screaming in the streets, demanding more rights and more freebies.

Just my opinion, but maybe it's time for the government to take down the bird feeder.

Carl asks that, if you agree, pass it on, if not, then just continue cleaning up the bird crap.


February 11, 2012


Like I said, it shows competence in making money. Using that yardstick, Bush Sr would have been far more competent than Reagan. Just because someone’s made a bunch of money doesn’t mean they’re presidential material. That’s the idiotic ‘bot sell job they turn to in desperation when they’ve run out of polls to push.
ddrintn on February 11, 2012 at 10:42 AM
It depends how they made their money. Mitt didn’t earn his as a corrupt currency manipulator, or, er, as a reality show star. You all have plenty to criticize him over, to refuse to even acknowledge his unparallelled skills as (and commendable work ethic) is just more BCS*. Men like Jack Welch and Thomas Sternberg and Bernie Marcus know w.t.h. they’re talking about when they lavish praise on Romney for his incomporable leadership and business skills. *Bitter Clinger Syndrome.
Soros has a lot more money, why don’t we get him?, oh wait, he’s already running the country.
neuquenguy on February 11, 2012 at 10:58 AM
See above^^^^
Rockefeller Romney supporters have a compulsion to play the class warfare card in self defense of corporatism, just as Obama supporters rely on playing the race card.
maverick muse on February 11, 2012 at 10:29 AM
BLAH BLAH BLAH. Seriously, do you have any idea how annoying it to hear people misuse words like “corporatism”? I’m beyond fed up with candidates whining that they can’t win because they don’t have enough money to fund their campaign (and their whiny supporters). Here’s a clue: Plan ahead, get your ducks in a row, and raise money before you run.
It is patently absurd to imagine that he wouldn’t. He has emphasized his commitment in every speech he gives and the plan he published when he began his campaign. There is no way in the freaking world that he would renege on that, even if he wanted to, and he doesn’t. If President Romney does not do all that a POTUS can do to repeal ObamaCare in full, he would promptly be tarred, feathered and run out of town on a rail. And yes, I’ll bring the feathers.
MJBrutus on February 11, 2012 at 10:36 AM
Exactly. They can’t handle the truth. It’s not coincidental that many of the people who make this preposterous argument are bitter Palinistas who will use any excuse to deride him, no matter how out of touch with reality. They hold a grudge against him because one Nicole Wallace, who worked for McCain, said mean things about Sarah and in their Tin Foil Hat world, that was Romney’s fault.
I am one of those who will not vote for Romney for any office and not feeling guilty because we have no clue how he would govern as he has flip flopped so much. His speech yesterday at CPAC was a lie because ten years ago he ran for MA Governor as a liberal so he has not lived the life of a conservative unless it was for votes.
PhiKapMom on February 11, 2012 at 10:43 AM
I’m going to Breitbart you (and anyone of your ilk) from now until Election Day:
“You want a unity speech; I’ll give you a unity speech. I don’t care who the candidate is and I haven’t since the beginning of this. I haven’t. Ask not what a candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate. And that’s what the Tea Party is. We are there to confront them on behalf of our candidate. I will march behind whoever our candidate is because if we don’t we lose. There are two paths: One is America, and the other one is Occupy. One is America, the other one is Occupy. I don’t care…
…Anyone who’s willing to stand next to me and fight the Progressive Left, I will be in that bunker, and if you’re not in that bunker because you’re not satisfied with this candidate, more than shame on you, you’re on the other side.
Buy Danish on February 11, 2012 at 11:40 AM

February 7, 2012


Drudge had this really great picture of out First Tool up on his site today. I am saving it here so I can write a suitably vicious post about what a clueless dick this guy looks like. But -- really -- I know you think Romney is a lib and a big spender and stuff, but would you really, really like to have four more years of this dork?

..but, just in case, I am leaving some open space for anyone who wants to scribble in their own notes. Knock yourself out.


February 6, 2012

..and a president for jail time..

From 1LT Kevin King, USAFA:

A President for all time..

Not to give short shrift to Washington, Lincoln and the other great men who served this country nobly and capably, but here is a message from AFP reminding us that most of us were fortunate to have lived during the presidency of one of the truly great leaders:

..and, no, it was not hat skinny metrosexual thug from Illinois.

Happy birthday, Gipper. We sure do miss you.


February 4, 2012

John C. Garand and his Rifle..

"Kapow! Kapow! Kapow! Kapow! Kapow! Kapow! Kapow! Kapow! Ka-lingggg!"
..in addition to railing against the boobs we have in Washington and Sacramento (and other places of governance where these idiots assemble) AND in addition to amateur radio, I have yet another diversion that occupies my time and helps me offload the mountains of cash received from my place of employment: I like shooting.

Not only do I like shooting, I like shooting Mr Garand's wonderful contribution to our culture: The 30 caliber M-1.

Am I a Carlos Heathcock or Vasily Zaytsev? Hardly! The term "broad side of a barn" comes to mind. When people speak in hushed tones of my marksmanship prowess and the term "dinner-plate sized groups" comes up, they usually throw in "place setting for the Jolly Green Giant". But, what the hell? I am in my sixth decade on this earth and getting anything on paper and in the aiming black at 100 yards with iron sights is pretty near a miracle for me.

But I persevere.

In addition to that, though, I just welcome the opportunity to share history with a many who lived and fought in past generations -- most notably, WWII, the Korean War, and briefly -- ever so briefly -- the Viet Nam War.

My pride and joy is a Harrington & Richardson made, .30 caliber M-1, a veteran born sometime around 1955 as its 5571### serial number tells me. It's got a decent but darkened stock with a few dings and cartouches (stamps put on it by the various armorers who have refit and revitalized it). It's components are not completely H&R -- there's a couple of Springfield Armory parts indicating that it was issued to one soldier, used, then overhauled, and handed finally back out to another before it was called in and given over to the Civilian Marksmanship Program so that some of us could practice and stand at the ready should the Russians or Cubans invade..

..or whatever your fantasy might be.


Here's some shots of The WP with Old Betsy:

"Cold dead hands and all that, old chum.."

Do we get extra points if we hit the beer bottles?"

In any event, I commend this owning a piece of military history to you.I wrote about this once before here and like to pass this along again.The CMP according to its Wikipedia entry:
The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is a U.S. government-chartered program that promotes firearms safety training and rifle practice for all qualified U.S. citizens with special emphasis on youth. Any U.S. citizen who is not legally prohibited from owning a firearm may purchase a military surplus rifle from the CMP, provided they are a member of a CMP affiliated club. The CMP operates through a network of affiliated shooting clubs and state associations that covers every state in the U.S. The clubs and associations offer firearms safety training and marksmanship courses as well as the opportunity for continued practice and competition.
Basically, they operate out of two locations: Camp Perry near Port Clinton, Ohio (CMP North) and Anniston, Alabama (CMP South). I have purchased two rifles from them, the aforementioned Harrington & Richardson and a repatriated Greek Springfield from approximately the same era. The latter was a weapon we loaned to the Greeks in the late 1950s like we did with other NATO countries like Denmark, etc. These were recently given back to us and sent to the CMP for refurbishing and reselling. In the case of mine, the barrel was shot out and the stock had a peace symbol carved into it. So, off it went to Dean's Gun Restoration in Tennessee where it was rebarrelled and had a nice new stock put on it. Below is a picture I cadged from Dean's Website of the type of work he does:

The upper picture is, of course, the before and the bottom is the after. I just have one caveat to add: my Greek before looked crappier than the one Dean shows and my Springfield after looks far better than what Dean shows on his site. Just sayin' that Dean is far too modest about his workmanship. But the math works out really, really well. The Greek repat was what they called a "rack grade" and cost me about $300. Dean did his magic and charged me somewhere around $600 (his prices, like everything, have gone up in 8 years) so the total piece cost me around $900 out the door.I got it back and benched it -- back when I could shoot -- and got a 4-inch group at 100 yards using Lake City M2 Ball ammunition.

At the time, the Springfield Armory was starting to sell their re-issue or anniversary edition or whatever-the-hell-they-called-it 2004 M-1s for around $1,200. These were roundly disparaged by the Garand crowd as being late-to-the-dance and not worthy of purists' attention. Something like cast receivers as opposed to the original M-1's milled receivers. Frankly, back in 2004, I would have taken the Greek repats and had them refurbished by Dean any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

The Springfield -- while technically mine -- has been "gifted" to my son, the good Lance Corporal, who CAN shoot the testicles off of a gnat at 300 yards. We're headed out the door one weekend coming up to "BZO" (re-zero) these veterans and then we'll see if we can do some serious damage to 12 x 12 pieces of paper afterwards.

Sadly, with the advent of The Pantload ascending to the throne in 2009, ammunition prices have shot (sorry) out of sight. I used to be able to get .30-06 from the CMP for about 25 cents per round. Now they sell their stuff for about $110 -- and that's the cheapest surplus military stuff going with about a 15% wastage factor. Works out to 55 cents a round. To curtail severe wallet cramps, I am starting to reload which should cut down the cost to about 35 cents per round, if I am lucky.

Anyway, I am prattling here.

If you would like to own a piece of history, I commend the CMP to you. If you are a decent, law-aboding citizen, you may join and partake of what they have to offer. See you at the range?



"They bore freedom's sword on silver wings.."

Please watch; please do not feel ashamed if you mist up a tad..



..from my friend, Tom Alexander, the retired Georgia Police Detective:

If you get an email titled "Nude photo of Nancy Pelosi,"

Don't open it... It contains a nude photo of Nancy Pelosi.


January 31, 2012

The old ssssssssoft shoe..

..a little traveling music, Ray.

Here's The Pantload tap dancing his way through a question from a lady whose husband has been out of work as long as this stiff has been in office. (Coincidence? I think not!)

And here's a pretty funny set of comments that address the bravo sierra Sunny Jim is laying down:
Tell your wuss husband to get a blue collar job. I work in construction and there is a severe shortage of non-wuss men. If you can get the job done without causing headaches and whining you'll get hired quick and be burried in work.
Ed from Missouri and 67 more liked this

buddyjoke [Moderator] 18 hours ago in reply to YippitySkippity

There has got to be something out there.

He has created over 22 million jobs in 3 years.
Or is it 3 jobs in 22 years?
Or is it 3 jobs in 22 million years?
Or is it 22 jobs in 3 million years?

What the heck, but it is one of those statements.
My take on this? The stupid bastard still has not fixed those goddam whistling teeth.


January 29, 2012

Theory of Relativity

"Gimme your dough, you miserable proles.."
Ever notice how -- to libs and Dems -- things are relative. Just recently, it was revealed that pile of crap AG of Obama's knew about Fast and Furious five months before he originally said he did:
Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice dumped documents related to Operation Fast and Furious on congressional officials late Friday night. Central to this document dump is a series of emails showing Holder was informed of slain Border Patrol agent Brian Terry’s murder on the day it happened – December 15, 2010.

An email from one official, whose name has been redacted from the document, to now-former Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke reads: “On December 14, 2010, a BORTAC agent working in the Nogales, AZ AOR was shot. The agent was conducting Border Patrol operations 18 miles north of the international boundary when he encountered [redacted word] unidentified subjects. Shots were exchanged resulting in the agent being shot. At this time, the agent is being transported to an area where he can be air lifted to an emergency medical center.”

That email was sent at 2:31 a.m. on the day Terry was shot. One hour later, a follow-up email read: “Our agent has passed away.”

Burke forwarded those two emails to Holder’s then-deputy chief of staff Monty Wilkinson later that morning, adding that the incident was “not good” because it happened “18 miles w/in” the border.

Wilkinson responded to Burke shortly thereafter and said the incident was “tragic.” “I’ve alerted the AG [Holder], the Acting DAG, Lisa, etc.”

..hmmmmmm. Lessseeeee, 4-1/3 x 5 = 21-2/3 weeks. You do the math, but that sure appears like “a few” to them is just like 20,000 jobs is “not many”. Here is Don Wade and Roma-- two WLS Chicago talk show hosts -- in an interview with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) weho tries to justify The Pantload's recent veto of the Keystone Pipeline veto. Listen to this sniveling waste of skin try to tap dance around this as Don and Roma keep bringing up embarrassing facts like the fact that the pipleline was researched for three years, it was signed off by the state department, and that the 20,000 were the direct jobs with an additional 100,000 jobs.

Just in case you don;t remember who this worthless piece of dog vomit is, she's the one who got into it with a talk show host (I do not believe it was Don and Roma -- maybe someone else) back in September last year who maintained that you do NOT deserve to keep your money:

UPDATE: This woman's husband apparently does not believe what his wife preaches. Per a comment on the You Tube page for that video:
I guess her husband doesn't share her views:

Robert B. Creamer, the husband of U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, was indicted today on federal charges of operating three check-kiting schemes that defrauded banks out of at least $2.3 million while he ran an Illinois public interest group.

Creamer, 56, of Evanston, was charged with 16 counts of bank fraud for allegedly swindling nine different financial institutions. He also was charged with 18 counts of tax fraud.
Seems he served time for this as his page on the Federal Bureau of Prisons site states..



January 26, 2012


January 21, 2012

I received this comment on a previous post and wanted to discuss this with the gentleman (or lady?) in a more prominent setting:
Blogger Arctic Patriot said...
An Obama '16 victory will be a net gain for freedom in the long term.

Romney's statism will (and has never) shown any objective, substantial, or measurable difference from Obama's. Problem is, a Romney victory will put the partially aroused American people back to their slumbering.

Four years of "Obama with a mandate" will galvanize the American people for real freedom more than anything. In 2016, we will have a galvanized liberty-craving electorate, and a fractious (not united, as now) democrat party.

The Dead Elephant party is offering no substantial alternative to the party of Obama.

Republican and Democrats are both sides of the same Statist coin.

You can call me all the names you like. I believe one way or the other, it doesn't matter, because Obama will most likely win this year.

Politicians are the symptom, not the problem.


Sorry for the late response; I do not feel compelled to call you anything except a good person with an opinion that differs from my own.

Please recognize that I have a bad case of ODS and feel that if he is given another fours years -- irrespective of who controls Congress -- he will do far more damage to this country and this economy. I laid this out in the post to which you added your comment but I feel it important to reiterate some points -- not to be argumentative, but for you and others to consider.

Firstly, I think you mean re-electing Obama for 2012 - not 2016. I am not a tin-foil hat wearing member of the fraternity that believes he will suspend elections in 2016 and appoint himself Emperor Barack I of the U. S. S. of A. like his hero, the cancer-stricken tub of goo running Venezuela. (But get back to me in, say, 2015 and we'll see.)

That said, however, the prospect of giving Obama another four years is nonetheless frightening. He will not be fettered by re-election worries; his only concern -- because of his monumental ego -- will be to cement his legacy by indelibly imprinting his image on this country.

He will surely veto any bills to cross his desk that don't cleave to his ultra-liberal, socialist bent. How about attempts to repeal ObamaCare? Forget that; not gonna happen. And, once that monstrosity is in place and the benefits have kicked in, then it becomes an entitlement like Social Security and cannot be gouged out of our firmament. The prospect of a non-tax-paying underclass being permanently welded to the Democrat party might well ensure that the Spartan, conservative darling candidate you yearn for in 2016 will fade in the haze as the proles clamor for more and more from a permanent, socialist all-powerful, all-controlling, all-providing government.

Then there's the prospect of his stacking the SCOTUS with two ultra-liberal justices and that is something that will doom us for decades to come. If that happens and we are lucky, we might not see the light of day until this century has played out. (Of course, we shall be dust by then.)

No, Romney is not the reincarnation of Reagan but I do not believe he is nearly as bad as Obama and his crowd. I fully believe -- if he is the nominee --the key lies in whom Romney picks as a running mate. Someone like Rubio will be the heir to Romney's tenure and certainly lead us out into much brighter, sunnier days than the gloom of giving this idiot another four years to compound the damage he has done to this country. But I believe that he may very well turn out to be a lot better -- conservatively -- than people think.

By the way, and for your edification, I am not wed to Romney. I will work equally hard for any candidate winning the GOP nomination. But, as I said in the post you commented on:
But the deal breaker for me are those who stamp their feet, hold their breath, take their ball and go home or otherwise throw a tantrum by threatening to cast a protest vote for some no-chance libertarian or third-party candidate. Or even worse yet: voting for Obama in the hopes that their precious little conservative nirvana will eventuate in 2016.
I hope you are reasonable and see that there is NOBODY worse than Obama this November. Ain't worth another four years of this ass clown.

Anyway, thank you for visiting and commenting. I hope you will drop by again and express your opinion.

UPDATE: Odie thinks this guy is a commie and that I should have flushed him. For benefit of those who do not wish to venture to the comments on this post, I offered this response:
Rare opening here at work, Odie, so I'll respond. Dunno if the guy is a troll or not. I looked at this website and he seemed to be pretty much an ABRer. I took his comments at face value and merely enunciated my opinion of getting The Supreme Pantload out of office *then* go to work on the [considerable] damage he has done.

I still cleave to the electability of Romney by virtue of his appeal to moderates and disaffected Dems. And, in the end, we will have to work with those people in the general election and beyond.

I do believe that the country -- if we get Obama out -- will continue the revolution that started in NOvember 2010.



Saturday again after a busy week. It was to have been a morning at the Chino Hills High School Amateur Radio Swap Meet and today I was to have taken The War Planner III and my grandchildren, Sabrina and The War Planner IV. but, alas, a Pacific storm swept in and I don't feel like trudging around the swap and exposing the two kids to the cold and damp. If they got sick, my bride and my daughter in law would never let me hear the end of it.

Live to fight another day, as they say,

So I have time to jot a few words here before I embark on today's rain-sodden adventures.

I see where the big rage is Newt Gingrich's second comeback-- or is it third (I have lost count) -- as he is poised to trounce Mitt Romney in South Carolina. I don't know about you but I am actually wearying of all of these debates and the endless hype and breathless speculation by the news outlets over our political process.

The old adage is that there are two things best left unseen: the making of sausage and the making of laws (politics). It is as though, in this latter case, the politicians in our ruling class have taken their show ion the road. Their multi-state, mobile abbatoir on the road with the killing axes, flensing knives, offal, entrails, and blood spatters on full view for the great gawking proletariat. If I weren't such a person of sunny optimism, I would say that the MSM and the clods who control our destiny are bent on discouraging us from participation this Fall by dulling our interest now.

It would seem that -- for the moment -- this is working on me. I prefer to chase other things at the moment and let the drama play out or, in keeping with my earlier metaphor, the meat get packed.

Even my beloved Hot Air has descended into this maelstrom with its commenters dividing into several camps: the staunch ABR (Anyone But Romney) crowd, the Mittbots, the terminal Eeyores ("We should give up now, it's all hopeless, Obama will win!"), their brethren, the eternally cynical basement-dwelling cynics who basically take a great deal of delight in rebutting/refuting/pissing on every shred of happiness and hope posted, and the sarcastic, snarky (God, I hate that word) comedians.

While Ed Morrissey's analysis is usually spot on and his ability to dissect the bogus MSM polls to point out the howlers and blatant attempts to manipulate with their questionable statistical methods (oversampling Dems, etc.), the others -- Allahpundit, Jazz Shaw, etc. -- have devolved into spewers of disdain and cynicism. The fresh-faced, lovely Tina Korbe attempts some perkiness but, alas, she is too much of a dewy-eyed ingenue to do serious, hard-bitten commentary. She needs about 500 miles of hard road and a few cases of cheap Scotch to earn her grits, in my opinion.

But, as I said, the once-delightful comments have become a roiling mass of incoherence with very few intellectual bright spots.

That said, I stumbled on this remark that sums up my feelings on this rainy Saturday morning in Southern California. It's on the subject of Gingrich's sudden resurrection and rise in the South Carolina polls:
Well put. I strongly support Romney, and I don’t feel nervous or bad about the fact that Newt might win in South Carolina. This whole business about Newt getting attention for his punchy debate answers is just silly. It’s Newt Gingrich we’re talking about. The man is disliked so much by so many (including conservatives and independents) that it’s completely laughable that anyone would think he could win the nomination (let alone beat Obama, which would never happen).

We all know that this angry, pompous Newt routine is going to wear thin fast. This is not something that is going to sell well in many other states. Newt Gingrich will push his blunt answers too far, he’ll let it all go to his head (as he always does), and people will get a closer look at Newt and sour on him again.

Kind of a shame that things are having to get so ugly (and that an extended primary season might end up helping Obama), but I have no doubt that most voters are sane and will vote to nominate Romney, who is the candidate with the best chance, BY FAR, of beating Obama.

bluegill on January 21, 2012 at 5:58 AM
..sorry about the breach of etiquette in quoting the entirety of this long response. It's just that there's so many things I agree with -- especially the part about Newt winning SC.

One really, really good takeaway from all of this drama is that the common folk (read you, me, the HA crowd, and the real people of this country) have had the scales fall away from their eyes and have seen that a candidate can give some blow back to the anointed liberal moderators of these chicken-sh!t debates. Conversely, it might show those who stage the presidential debates in the Fall that their gotcha questions and hit-job journalism bomb-drops will incite us, the great unwashed, to favor the victim of their set-up.

Hell, they might take this lesson so to heart that they'll probably savage their beloved Pantload in an attempt to revive him in the public's eye.

It's all good, the HA Eeyore crowd notwithstanding.

..Maybe I can hit the swap if there's a break in the clouds.