Remember Me

Take five minutes and watch this please…

Our troops need all the support they can get.

drinking the Kool-Aid…


I’m voting Democrat because I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.

I’m voting Democrat because freedom of speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it.

I’m voting Democrat because when we pull out of Iraq I trust that the bad guys will stop what they’re doing because they now think we’re good people.

I’m voting Democrat because I believe that people who can’t tell us if it will rain on Friday CAN tell us that the polar ice caps will melt away in ten years if I don’t start driving a Prius.

I’m voting Democrat because I’m not concerned about the slaughter of millions of babies so long as we keep all death row inmates alive.

I’m voting Democrat because I believe that business should not be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as THEY see fit.

I’m voting Democrat because I believe three or four pointy headed elitist liberals need to rewrite the Constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who would NEVER get their agendas past the voters.

I’m voting Democrat because I believe that when the terrorists don’t have to hide from us over there, when they come over here I don’t want to have any guns in the house to fight them off with.

I’m voting Democrat because I love the fact that I can now marry whatever I want. I’ve decided to marry my horse.

I’m voting Democrat because I believe oil companies’ profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn’t.

Makes ya wonder why anyone would EVER vote Republican, now doesn’t it?

OR does it make you wonder about the convoluted logic adopted by segments of the political process to cater to the tofu-eating, hemp wearing LWLs???

Sigh…

Back to your regularly scheduled reality…

On an Olympics note- Judging yet again was suspect on the women’s gymnastics last night, this morning there is a credible report that at least one of the Chinese female gymnasts is only 13… Any bets the Olympics will actually do anything about it?
Didn’t think so…

Betcha didn’t know these facts…

Did you know that 47 countries’ have reestablished their embassies in Iraq?

Did you know that the Iraqi government currently employs 1.2 million Iraqi people?

Did you know that 3100 schools have been renovated, 364 schools are under rehabilitation, 263 new schools are now under construction; and 38 new schools have been completed in Iraq ?

Did you know that Iraq ‘s higher educational structure consists of 20 Universities, 46 Institutes or colleges and 4 research centers, all currently operating?

Did you know that 25 Iraq students departed for the United States in January 2005 for the re-established Fulbright program?

Did you know that the Iraqi Navy is operational? They have 5 – 100-foot patrol craft, 34 smaller vessels and a naval infantry regiment.

Did you know that Iraq ‘ s Air Force consists of three operational squadrons, which includes 9 reconnaissance and 3 US C-130 transport aircraft (under Iraqi operational control) which operate day and night, and will soon add 16 UH-1 helicopters and 4 Bell Jet Rangers?

Did you know that Iraq has a counter-terrorist unit and a Commando Battalion?

Did you know that the Iraqi Police Service has over 55,000 fully trained and equipped police officers?

Did you know that there are 5 Police Academies in Iraq that produce over 3500 new officers every 8 weeks?

Did you know there are more than 1100 building projects going on in Iraq ? They include 364 schools, 67 public clinics, 15 hospitals, 83 railroad stations, 22 oil facilities, 93 water facilities and 69 electrical facilities.

Did you know that 96% of Iraqi children under the age of 5 have received the first 2 series of polio vaccinations?

Did you know that 4.3 million Iraqi children were enrolled in primary school by mid October?

Did you know that there are 1,192,000 cell phone subscribers in Iraq and phone use has gone up 158%?

Did you know that Iraq has an independent media that consists of 75 radio stations, 180 newspapers and 10 television stations?

Did you know that the Baghdad Stock Exchange opened in June of 2004?

Did you know that 2 candidates in the Iraqi presidential election had a televised debate recently?

From http://www.defenselink.mil/

On another note, is anybody else just a hair curious about the scoring for the US gymnasts?

Sure seems funny to me that the US girls seemed to do dang near perfect routines, yet got significantly lower marks that the Chinese girls did…

I guess the “fix” is still in! Of course the scoring now is even more complicated than last time, so I have even less understanding, but something isn’t right.

At least Phelps et al shut the French guys mouths last night in the relay- They can’t take that away from those guys!

Politics and Politicians SUCK…

Kirkpatrick gets out of jail, only to be charged with assault against two detectives serving a subpoena, he’s still awaiting trial with his lover over the perjury count(s) and he still won’t resign…

John Edwards finally admits to a love affair with a staffer a couple of years ago (which was vehemently denied by one and all), but now denies he’s the father of the child…

The democratic spinmeisters are saying these don’t deserve the media attention because these are “not important people”!

SAY WHAT????

The sitting Mayor of Detroit and the former candidate for Vice-President of the US are not important????

The thing that really frosted me though, was riding the Metro back after a meeting and overhearing two female Obama supporters (How did I know? They had their Obama pins on.) discussing the same issue- One finally said to the other, “the only problem is they both got caught”. The second one AGREED!!!!

Now this is just scary! Reminds me of Clinton’s second term when 64% didn’t trust him personally, but voted for him anyway… sigh…

Oh yeah, a question for Mr. Edwards- IF that affair was over a couple of years ago, WHY were you in her hotel room at the Beverly Hills Hilton at 0230 in the morning playing with the baby “that is not yours”???

You trying to do; do a Clinton and revisit the scene of the crime, so to speak, and get a little extra???

I don’t know about anybody else, but this is scaring the hell outta me…
sigh….

It’s the little things…

Why am I in this handbasket, and where are we going???

This is an interesting Rube Goldberg device using humans instead of inanimate objects, but it DOES get the point across…

Remember, you can choose to lead, follow, or get run over by the bus (Of course that is barring small animate objects that just screw up your whole day)!

On a brighter note- Go see Larry Correia at Monster Hunter Nation. He is raffling off a rifle to support breast cancer research. It’s only $5 for a chance at a one of a kind- PINK AR-15… Go check it out and donate please!

H/T Lawdog, Mistressinarms

Random musings…

CG’s message to all hands- From General Mattis to the men and women of the 1st MARDIV

Note the date of the letter…
Now this is leadership- Gen Mattis had a copy of this letter delivered to each person in the 1st MarDiv prior to crossing the Line of Departure.

Now a different perspective…

First, who died and made ‘Citizen’ Obama President????

He’s been running around like he is on a coronation tour, not a campaign tour. He’s meeting with all these heads of state, who are either promising belly rubs or to kiss his ass, because they see a kindred spirit who will willingly go along with selling out the USA. They see him as willing to have the USA become one more member state of the EU, kowtow to the UN, go along with anything they want to do…

I believe they are talking themselves into believing Obama’s press releases, like he has already won the Presidency and is running for President of the world, not the US! He’s talking about raising taxes, banning guns, etc… All of which fit in nicely with the EU logic and ‘world citizen’ view they would like to see. It would also mean the downfall of the US and a loss of many rights we hold dear.

I’m sorry, but I don’t believe in Obama, I think he is probably the worst thing that could happen to the USA right now…

Another point, did anyone catch the visit to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem? Did you notice the campaign ads? They were very conveniently printed in Hebrew! How much gall does this man have, to post friggin campaign posters at one of the holiest sites in the world?

It is documented that he did NOT visit the troops at Landstul Medical Center, because he couldn’t bring his entourage, didn’t have ‘time’, and didn’t feel that was appropriate as a ‘citizen’. Asshole!!! You owe your ability to travel and be who you are BECAUSE of those military people who are lying in that Medical Center!!!!
Now this week he’s down in all the polls, and what does he do? Plays the race card…

Why?

I think it’s to deflect people away from the latest set of flip-flops on the surge, drilling offshore, and the negative reactions. He was booed a couple of days ago by blacks for “not doing enough”.

Then yesterday he comes out with the idea of another ‘incentive’ payment of $1000 to everyone who filed a tax return- How is he going to pay for it? He’s going to TAKE excess profits from the oil companies… Last time I looked, that isn’t legal, but then the democrats ONLY want to use the constitution and selected amendments when it suits them anyway…

Now today, he refuses to meet McCain in any Lincoln-Douglas styled debates (read un-moderated).

My personal comment here- Do you want a celebrity or a real hero who has spent most of his life in service to this country? 143 days of service vs. 30 years of service

Your choice, your life, liberty and your pursuit of your happiness is in your hands now…

I’m a bitter, church going gun owner- and I WILL Vote!

USA facts…

Some historical items on the Declaration of Independence and July 4th

John Adams would have been pleased that we celebrate the holiday the way we do. It’s just he wanted us to do that on July 2, the date of the act of independence. The Declaration which explains the act, was adopted on July 4.

Most people think The Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776. No. On July 6, 1776, the President of the Continental Congress, John Hancock wrote a letter to the delegates that they needed to sign The Declaration of Independence. A resolution was passed on July 19, 1776 requiring the delegates to sign it. Of the 52 delegates to the Continental Congress then, two delegates (from Pennsylvania) refused to sign it. They were replaced.

So The Declaration of Independence was signed on dates in July, August, September and November 1776, and one delegate (Thomas McKean of Delaware) didn’t sign it until 1781. His excuse? He was in the Army!

Two of the signers, John Adams and Samuel Adams, were related to each other. Both were cousins

While the majority of the delegates were lawyers, judges, merchants or farmers, there were also among the signers: a surveyor, a soldier, a publisher (Benjamin Franklin), two physicians, a clergyman, and an ironmaster.

A group of settlers, calling themselves the “Fair Play Men,” gathered under what was called the Tiadaghton Elm in another part of Pennsylvania. Fed up with British rule of North America, they declared their independence of Great Britain on July 4, 1776, completely unaware what the Continental Congress was doing on that date in Philadelphia!

Up until 1945, Vicksburg, MS, REFUSED to celebrate July 4. Why? Because on July 4, 1863, Vicksburg surrendered to the U.S. Army under Grant during the Civil War

In the early 1990’s, the mostly British crew of an exclusive cruise ship wanted to celebrate the day with a sign to greet their mostly American passengers and make a statement that there were no hard feelings after all the problems the two countries had experienced in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, but nothing they came up with seemed right. A number of them adjourned to one of the bars on board the ship, and after a few brews [naturally] came up with a sign they all agreed upon. The next morning, the American passengers were greeted with this sign: “HAPPY BIRTHDAY, USA! LOVE, MUM.”

Gotta love the Brits… Couldn’t live with em, but gotta love em…

I’m back… dammit…

Got back late last night, you know how the race drivers flat spot tires? I think I flat spotted my butt driving for 17 1/2 hours…

Too tired to thimk right now, much less right… 🙂

Two things for y’all- One is a little re-enlistment ceremony, the other are the Laws of Ultimate Reality…

Enjoy!

Bad morale in Iraq? I don’t think so…

1,215 U.S. service members from all over Iraq re-enlisted during a ceremony in the Al Faw Palace rotunda at Camp Victory in Baghdad, July 4, 2008. Multinational Force-Iraq Commander Army Gen. David Petraeus led the ceremony. (Photo by MNF-I Public Affairs)

Remember folks, our ENTIRE military is volunteer now- This is about 1/10th of the entire number of troops in Iraq that are all re-enlisting simultaneously! Methinks there is just a wee bit of a problem with the ‘truthful’ reporting we are supposedly getting from the media…

Anyhoo– Humor, funnies, stuff to laugh at/with…

Law of Mechanical Repair After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you’ll have to pee.

Law of Gravity Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

Law of Probability The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.& Law of Random Numbers If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal and someone always answers.

Law of the Alibi If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the very next morning you will have a flat tire.

Variation Law If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now.& Law of the Bath When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.

Law of Close Encounters The probability of meeting someone you know increases dramatically when you are with someone you don’t want to be seen with.

Law of the Result When you try to prove to someone that a machine won’t work, it will.

Law of Biomechanics The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

Law of the Theater At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle arrive last.

The Starbucks Law As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.

Murphy’s Law of Lockers If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.

Law of Physical Surfaces The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor covering are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet/rug.

Law of Logical Argument Anything is possible if you don’t know what you are talking about.

Brown’s Law of Physical Appearance If the shoe fits, it’s ugly.

Oliver’s Law of Public Speaking A closed mouth gathers no feet.

Wilson’s Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it.

Doctors’ Law If you don’t feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there you’ll feel better. Don’t make an appointment and you’ll stay sick.

And one for all you motor heads out there… I got 15 of 17.

http://www.americantorque.com/game/engine-id/

On the Road again…

At least this one is for fun 🙂 Vacation!!!!

Yeah!!!!

Spent a day and a half driving to Texas, seeing friends and family and playing with toys, what better way to spend a vacation??? The only sad part is that my kids are working so are not getting to enjoy the time with family.

In talking with friends, the web site Gray Eagles was pointed out, it is a very moving video tribute to the Mustang pilots during WWII. Take a minute to at least go view the video and look around the site. As they say, we are losing the last of the WWII vets at a huge rate.

On a side note, I am amazed at how badly people are driving these days! Geez, I think they all got their drivers licenses outta Cracker Jacks! No turn signals, pulling out in front of tractor-trailer rigs, running 40-90 (pick a speed) on the interstate, throwing crap out on the side of the road like it’s their personal trash cans… sigh…

Frankly, I’m surprised there aren’t more incidences of road rage (or road stupidity).

The bright spots though are the things you get to see-

In NW Arkansas, an old Ag Cat dusting a rice crop just off the Interstate, low altitude, high G’s, knowing that pilot was enjoying his flying.

Eating in the local greasy spoon, which burns down about every three or four years; getting good food, interesting conversations and Peach Cobbler for desert!

Driving around the old home town and getting TOTALLY lost… Whereinhell did that road come from and wherethehellamI??? Driving miles out in the country to get old fashioned BBQ and a coke for lunch (and remembering all the back roads to get there)!

Getting together with childhood friends and catching up (damn, are we REALLY that old???), seeing pics of the kids and now grand kids! Finding out a good friend, who is a retired Marine, whose oldest son that I used to bounce on my knee, is now in the Marines and just came back from his second tour in Iraq… Safely thank God!

Shooting high powered rifles in the back yard (on a 200 yard range) and not having to worry about the neighbors calling the cops! More likely coming over wanting to play…
More miles and more family to see in the next few days, and I’m looking forward to it!
Sadly, I have to go back to work next week… I don’t wanna go back… Wahhhh….
sigh…

Bunch of stuff…

Now this is how the National Anthem is done!!!!!!!

Many singers have repeatedly said this is one of the hardest songs to sing. These five sisters (ranging from 6-9 years old) knocked it out of the park! This was earlier in the year at a Texas Tech basketball game.

The video is lousy, but listen not only to the pitch and perfect harmony, but the notes they hit throughout the song!


Get out of jail free card (for real)…

Starting in 1941, an increasing number of British airmen found themselves as the involuntary guests of the Third Reich, and the Crown was casting-about for ways and means to facilitate their escape. Nowobviously, one of the most helpful aids to that end is a useful and accurate map, one showing not only where-stuff-was, but also showing the locations of ‘safe houses’, where a POW on-the- lam could go for food and shelter.


Paper maps had some real drawbacks: They make a lot of noise when you open and fold them, they wear out rapidly, and if they get wet, they turn into mush. Someone in MI-5 (similar to America’s CIA) got the idea of printing escape maps on silk. It’s durable, can be scrunched-up into tiny wads, andunfolded as many times as needed, and makes no noise what- so-ever.At that time, there was only one manufacturer in Great Britain that had perfected the technology of printing on silk, and that was John Waddington, Ltd. When approached by the government, the firm was only too happy to do its bit for the war effort. By pure coincidence, Waddington was also the U.K. licensee for the popular American board game, Monopoly. As it happened, ‘games and pastimes’ was a category of item qualified for insertion into ‘CARE packages’, dispatched by the International Red Cross, to prisoners of war. Under the strictest of secrecy, in a securely guarded and inaccessible old workshop on the grounds of Waddington’s, a group of sworn-to-secrecy employees began mass-producing escape maps, keyed to each region of Germany or Italy where Allied POW camps were located (Red Crosspackages were delivered to prisoners in accordance with that same regional system). When processed, these maps could be folded into such tiny dots that they would actually fit inside a Monopoly playing piece.


As long as they were at it, the clever workmen at Waddington’s also managed to add: A playing token, containing a small magnetic compass, and a two-part metal file that could easily be screwed together. Useful amounts of genuine high-denomination German, Italian, and French currency were hiddenwithin the piles of Monopoly money! British and American air-crews were advised, before taking off on their first mission, how to identify a ‘rigged’ Monopoly set —– by means of a tiny red dot, one cleverlyrigged to look like an ordinary printing glitch, located in the corner of the Free Parking square! Of the estimated 35,000 Allied POWS who successfully escaped, an estimated one-third were aided in their flight by the rigged Monopoly sets.

Everyone who did so was sworn to secrecy indefinitely,sincethe British Government might want to use this highly successful ruse in still another, future war. The story wasn’t declassified until 2007, when the surviving craftsmen from Waddington’s, as well as the firm itself, were finally honored in a public ceremony.

At any rate, it’s always nice when you can play that ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card…

And last but not least, an interesting sign…