Tuesday, May 31, 2005

I've always said that when we get into a war with the ChiComs

that I hope their military machinery is as cr@ppy as the stuff they sell in Wally-world.

I guess it is!

A Chinese Navy submarine stalled apparently after a fire broke out aboard the vessel while it was submerged in the South China Sea, sources close to the Japanese and U.S. defense authorities said Monday.

As of Monday afternoon, the submarine was being towed above the water in the direction of Hainan Island. The Japanese and U.S. governments have been monitoring the vessel, and it is unknown whether there were any casualties, the sources said.

Snip. . .

In 2003, all 70 crew members of a Ming-class submarine were killed in an accident caused by a mechanical malfunction.

The accident is believed to have been caused by a rapid decline in the amount of oxygen inside the submarine. China never disclosed the cause.

Via Fark
Are there really sensitive men out there?

A woman meets a gorgeous man in a bar. They talk, they
connect, they End up leaving together. They get back to his apartment
and she notices that his bedroom is completely packed with sweet cuddly teddy
There where Hundreds of cute small bears on a shelf all the way along the
floor, cuddly medium-sized ones on a shelf a little higher, and huge enormous bears on the top shelf along the wall.
The woman is surprised that this guy would have a collection
of teddy bears, especially one that's so extensive, but she decides
not to mention this to him, and actually is quite impressed by his
sensitive side.

She turns to him ... they kiss...and then they rip each other's clothes off and make hot steamy love. After an intense night of passion with this sensitive guy, they are
lying there together in the afterglow, the woman rolls over and
asks, smiling, "Well, how was it?"
The guy says:





"H elp yourself to any prize from the bottom shelf "

Monday, May 30, 2005

I was just surfing when I came upon this article in the American Thinker

It talks about Kosovo (remember that?), and how badly that is going under the UNable abilities of the UN and it's EU forces, and how the MSM refuses to talk badly about it.

If they want to carp about how badly the US (and our unilateral allies)"quagmire" is doing in Iraq, then the Balkins would be called, , , what? a Black Hole?

The Deutsche Welle yesterday relayed a report from the Brussels-based International Crises Group (ICG) that says that the UN Administration (UNMIK) in Kosovo “lacked credibility and was scrambling for an ‘escape strategy’". Six years after Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic cried “uncle” after a NATO bombing campaign, the situation in Kosovo is deteriorating rapidly. The ICG report said,

Funny how no one demanded a withdrawal strategy two years, hell six months after the first "invading" boot stepped foot on that soil.
We celebrate this Memorial Day because of This

and This.

And we have this day to remember those that died so that you could enjoy the freedom to read and say whatever you want without the Government throwing you in prison for doing so.

Thank You
What an "interesting" weekend

I took stand-by for one of my kids. We've had some good ol' south Texas thunderboomers going on.

I just got in from a call at the airport - no power. It was our supplier again. When you have hundreds and hundereds of miles of high wire, lightning will do that.
In the last two nights; I've gotten 9.75 hours of overtime. All but one of them has been after midnight callouts; and that's clock-time, not doorstep to doorstep.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

El Capitan has a Superhero post up

That reminded me of this Comic Book critique.

Kinda like a SuperHeros' "What not to wear". This includes the full 'Grizzly Adams' beard, and flowing white sleeves.
Down here in Texas, we'd call it a cloud of feathers

It seems that in California, they give tickets to CHICKENS! Yep, if a chicken is a traffic hazard they get a ticket.

And if they have a good lawer, it gets tossed.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Even our Democrats wouldn't try to openly overturn an election (yet)

But Chirac and his Socialists wouldn't think twice about disregarding the popular "NON" vote against the EU PC bible Constitution that's expected.

A "no" vote would leave M Chirac seriously weakened. His rival Nicolas Sarkozy, the UMP leader who aspires to become president in 2007, was blaming the Chirac Government's policies for fuelling the voter rebellion. M Chirac is expected to react to a French "non" by promising to listen to the people before making a second attempt at ratification.

He and other "yes" campaigners have said repeatedly during the campaign that there is no “Plan B” if the treaty is rejected and that there would not be a second referendum.

But one option being discussed in senior diplomatic circles is for candidates in the French presidential election in 2007 to promise to ratify the treaty in parliament rather than by referendum.

Then again, don't our Socialists Liberals Democrats have that idea too?
That we, the great unwashed are too stupid to do what's best for us.

It seems like the best thing that could happen over there is for that piece of paper to just go away. Don't try to be a "United" europe. Europe is Europe, it will never be America. Our histories are too different. Our mindsets are too different.

I don't want to say that European reliance on big government is ingrained, and self reliance is a unique American trait; but it is a byproduct of our differing histories.

Europe has had some kind of centralized government since at least the Romans were in charge, and they're used to looking to Government for all their needs. Americas' feeble Federal Government was almost forgotten beyond the foothills of the Appalachian Mts for the majority of our history, and citizens and (legal) immigrants were forced to be self reliant..

The United States are CITIZENS who (originally) gave our Federal Gov't the ability to use our strength of numbers for our common good on a limited basis. The European Union seems to be a group of seperate NATIONS who only have #1's best interest at heart, and a (seemingly unenforcable) business contract to hold everyone accountable.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Mix one part lighter fluid, one home tracking device and a moron

And you have this months entry for the Darwin Awards.

The idjit tried to BURN the thing off.
Yesterday I linked to a satieristic posting

It was about a moron who decided to kill himself by wrecking his car.

This, however is true.

What's big- and red- with flashing lights - and has a SIREN?
Well, this guy hit it anyway.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

I Don't know where to start with this

Diggers realm has a post on Indian Reparations.

I also don't know where to go with this, or how to end. I know what I think, and that's to call BULLSH*T on the thing. Sen. Sam Brownback (R. Kan) wants the Federal Gov't to offer a formal apology to American Indians. John McCain's involved, too.

Tex Hall (nice Native American name) has this to say:
"Tribal leaders have cautioned that the apology will be meaningless if it is not accompanied by actions that begin to correct the wrongs of the past and the present," Hall said.

THAT sounds alot like somekind of reparation talk.

Ok, we did what everyone in America has done to their predisesors since man walked upright. the whiteman did it more efficiently. Who, besides Liberal appologists think that Indians were nature-loving-peace freaks? Who lived in harmony with their neighbors, and never starved during winter, or tortured their prisoners to death?

OK, they have problems on the Res., but that is fixed by something to live for, NOT the Gov't dole.
If the News media and cops told the truth

You'd see alot more stories like this one:

WHEATLEY, AR—Although reckless driving and minor driver impairment were cited as additional factors, police investigators ruled pure, unadulterated stupidity as the primary cause in the death of an unlicensed motorist involved in a single-car accident Sunday.

"We're fairly positive the deceased was operating under the influence of being an unbelievable dumbass," forensic investigator Evan Lawrence told reporters at the scene, a stretch of road littered with SUV parts, beer cans, food containers, fishing equipment, and pornography. "I mean, we're not saying alcohol, fatigue, poor vehicle maintenance, and driver error didn't play their parts—but mainly, that driver was a goddamn dipshit."

The violent and inane mishap occurred at approximately 4 p.m., just north of town, where Highway 63 passes beneath the railroad bridge.

Just look at some of the drivers around you every day, and don't you wonder "Why aren't they wrapped around a tree already?"

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

NEWSFLASH - PBS has no Liberal political slant!

WASHINGTON -- Public broadcasting must -- and will -- remain free of political influence, PBS prexyprexy Pat Mitchell declared Tuesday.

"PBS is not the property of any single political party or activist group or foundation or funder with an agenda of any kind," Mitchell said in a speech at the National Press Club.

"Our editorial standards ensure it, and public opinion polls verify it," she continued. "PBS does not belong to a red or blue or purple constituency, and it does not shrink in the face of political threats.

"PBS has built and maintained a steadfast resolve to never give in to pressures to reflect a political agenda. That resolve is as rock solid today as it has ever been," she asserted.

She goes on to say that polls say that most PBS viewers concider that agency to be unbiased. Yeh, that's because most regular viewers are Liberals who think Clinton was a moderate.

Mitchell also has an ace up her sleeve:

Mitchell also highlighted initiatives meant to help keep PBS bankrolled and competitive. The org has started a foundation to solicit major donations; it secured its first gift recently from the Ford Foundation, which ponied up $10 million.

Ok, now rest assured that our Gov't sponsered broadcasting company is as unbiased as the BEEB.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Have you seen the commercial for the Tyco-Scott airpacks?

It's not an in-your-face commercial. It just kinda torques me that they're using firemen to get their name out there, for what? The SCBA isn't the firedogs choice, it's his employer, weather it's city, county or an evil big corporation.

His employer could have easily chosen from MSA, Draeger, SurvivAir (which I've used with great effect), or any other resperatory protection.

If I were going to buy any kind of personal protective equipment, that commercial would tell me that I didn't want a Tyco-Scott Airpac. If it leaks so bad that my face was covered in that much soot, I'd know my breathing would be adversly affected, too.
The senate came to a compromise on the so-called Fillibuster


There are times when you just have to stand up and tell someone to "Shut the f*ck up", or your precieved weakness will be proved to be real.

The R.I.N.O.s have showed that they aren't even a paper TIGER, maybe a paper kitten.
They've been the majority for what? 5- 7 years now? And have let the Dems run roughshode over them ever since- in the "Spirtit of 'bi-partasinship'."

The only time in the last 60 years that the Democrats (and their LLL MSM apologists) cared about the minority party being heard has been since they've BEEN the minority.

I'm looking for a real, viable conservative party to replace the R.I.N.O. party.

There is a column of bones in your back, it's called a spine.
Bill Frist- see if you can grow one! - or borrow one, anyway.

Monday, May 23, 2005

AlrigggGGgggght, I won the Lottery!!!!

It was the Austrailian "Ocean Blue" lotto. I'm now worth MILLION$$$$!!!!!!!

Too bad I never entered it. How can I win something I never entered- or paid for?
There has got to be alot of gullible fishies out there, or else there wouldn't be so many terribly set up scams.
Time for the new boss, not like the old boss

Ok, I was warned when I took the job, that I'd be having problems with one or two of my people. I'd been having problems with one all week- we had a big "do" going on for the first time. The set-ups weren't new to all but me. The problem child is a favorite of the boss, and he decided that it was his time to try to see how far he could push.

I'd tried to be a mellow boss and get a consensus going, but that was taken for weakness by some people. That guy walked out the door Sat, just before I sent someone home. I've been trying to keep my "inner @sshole" under control, but it seems that some people only respect an @sshole.

The new boss is going to have a talk with my kids and let them know THAT cow ain't eating the Cabbage no more. Some people are going to need to be thinking long and hard about their future.

"My way or the highway"-Inner Asshole

Saturday, May 21, 2005

I'm going to have to start making up news stories

And I don't mean something physically impossible, like say- flushing a hardback, fullsize book down a toilet.

I mean like the 42 midgets who got maimed by a lion. I believe it originated at Fark.com (reg. required). I got like 25 hits in the last two days off that.

But in real life, I just got done with a 12 hour O.T. shift, so I just want to read what has happened on my blogroll.
I'm adding another blog to my blogroll

I'm glad to say that this one will be of great service to all historians of the reality biased community.

They may as well use this one as their "unnamed souces" for all the checks and balances they use, anyway.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Just got back from an 8th grade graduation

First, when did they decide to "Graduate" kids into High School? When I was there, it was " have a good summer, you new school is over there --->"

Two points I noticed.
1 LOTS of hot moms, and
2 Some of the other moms should have a show called "How NOT to apply make-up" - seriously. I saw some moms from the "other side" of the tracks, they could be a horror movie clown- scary.

Anyway, Wife is on the way back from Houston picking up her oldest and her fiancee. That's gotta be a long sit- from U.K. to Houston to the other side of Castroville. Must be something like 11 hours on your butt.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Texas Best Grok is now posting again

and he's back on the blogroll. I understand the problems of posting while doing the real estate thing.
Just to let any Texas bloggers know,

Well, any blogger who wants to come to the Toobs,tunes, boobs and beer blogfest over in Brew Braunfels from June 24 to the 26.

Ok, it's called something else, but that would be a good blogfest to go to.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Did a lion REALLY kill or mutilate 42 midgets?

My Unnamed source tells me that:

Apparently in the city of Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia, a league of fighting midgets has lost a fight with a real live lion.

Tickets had been sold out three weeks before the much anticipated fight.

The fight was slated when an angry fan claimed that one lion could defeat the entire league of 42 fighting midgets. The president had recently advertised that his midgets would "...take on anything; man, beast, or machine."

I KNOW that unnamed sources are unquestionably truthful, so it couldn't be a posting from say The Onion or Satire Wire or another humor blog, would it?
Strike three for SBC: another no-show

They were supposed to show up today between 8 and 12 AM, nice window, huh? It looks like they'll be missing that 4 hour timeframe, and I'm out 4 1/2 hours pay.

I don't know what I can do, go to small claims court for $100? I'll keep the 4680 number active, maybe next year sometime they'll do an audit and see they've got a circuit tied-up with no revenue. But they're a big company with an uncaring Union work force, so probably nothing WILL be done anyway.

I guess when you're a huge monopoly you can treat your paying customers however you want.

(Update , , , story should now read "SBC lied, nobody died" 4:45PM May 18, 2005)

After leaving home in disgust at noon, I left the dogs out. I came home and called the SBC service center- because I'd cooled down enough not to be cursing every other word.
The call-taker got ahold of the Hondo office, and through them- the tech. , , ,

Before I get to what was told, here's a history of the last week:

Thurs May 12- after a badly cracking line, I called in for no dial tone.
Friday I was told they didn't stop, or look at it because I had dogs- they needed access to the house. Made a NEW appt for Mon between 3PM and 7PM (that's what the trouble desk said)

Monday They didn't even show up- after I'd missed 90 min. of work to get the dogs in. I called in complaining and was told that they don't do routine calls at that time. *CR@P*- ok, when?

Wednesday (today) I lost 4 1/2 hours waitng for SBC to show up between 8AM and 12AM-no show. I left, and left the dogs outside. I cooled down enough after work, and called the trouble desk again, and was told that the tech. WAS WORKINGON THE PROBLEM. OK, why did I have to wait almost a week, if they didn't have to get into my yard?

Somebody's LYING- not that you'd expect any pro-comunist Democratic political machine to have any qualms about twisting the truth any way they want.
Well, the new StarWars movie opens today

Not that I'm interested in it that much, since I know what a vagina looks like and I can grow a beard.

No- the reason I know it's opening is that I can't get away from the hype.
Any channel that can work it in is mentioning it, some how. Fox and Friends is running its StarWars program interrupted by periodic news updates. If I watched the Weather Channel, I'd probably be treated to the weather highlights inside the DeathStar.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Just FYI, as of this writing the Kyoto experiment

Has cost about $37,315,869,389 with a POSSIBLE temprature savings of 0.00039º C. by 2050.

- - - Just thought you might want to know.

Now if we could only convince ol' Sol to cool his jets, we'd be able to win the Global War on Temperature.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Via Dave from Garfield ridge

Can you imagine waking up to THIS every morning? A shiver of ewwww runs down my spine>.




Run Forrest, RUN!
Strike TWO for SBC today

WTF is with SBC? They're service techs are afraid to go into yards with dogs in them-- guess what the required adornment is down here in south Texas ranches, farms and residences? Some are working dogs, most are pets.

Now, today, I was supposed to be home to control the ferocious Bodus, and the Meglet between 3PM and 7PM. I just got done calling the trouble desk--- again. Their highly trained service tech showed up at 10AM, yep 5 f*cking hours before he was supposed to.

Now I'll have to miss ANOTHER hour and a half of work.

I now work for a small utility company now, and have before. When we have an appointment and we couldn't complete it for some reason, we'd put a door hanger where our customer could find it---NOT just say "lo f'ing siento" and walk away. I have also read meters and done leak surveys. In both of these jobs, I went itno yards with all kinds of dogs and had very little trouble because generally, you can tell if you'll get into trouble by the dogs attitude.
But then again, I wasn't an overpaid UNION lackey either.

We actually VALUE out customers.

Even when we have a monopoly on our service. Hear that SBC? Ma sure didn't raise you right.
Newsweek lied- people died

Newsweek, a weekly mag with REAL editors and fact checkers vetted their Koran desicration story not even as well as I factcheck my last post.

Just wondering, when will the Libs start to demand resignations?

I won't be holding my breath.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

I know we payed too much for our house

But it wasn't in this league at all.
Four years ago this week, President Bush nominated Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen to the federal bench.

Four years later, she and six other appeals court nominees remain unconfirmed and unvoted upon because of Democratic filibusters.

-Just thought I'd mention that.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

I'd heard about this Nickelodeon "My Backyard" Alamo thing on WOAI on the radio
And I thought it was lost untill I saw Grim talking about it in his blog.

In case you don't know the history of the Alamo, here's a quick thumbnail, the way I remember it ( it's not completely accurate, but I'm not a nationally syndicated kids show-with access to history experts)
  • Tejas was an unexplored, and pretty much ungovernable province of Mexico.
  • Mexico invited Anglos(Americans) in to help passify the province(some were slave owners).
  • Mexico changed governments (again) and Santa Anna decided to crack down on immigration (boy, things sure change in 170 years) and tossed out their Constitution.
  • Mexico repudiated it's agreements with most of its colonists.
  • These new laws grated on whites AND Hispanic colonists (who weren't peons)
  • There was agitation for independance from white AND brown
  • In the run-up to the big blowup the ummmm,,,'rebels'- lets call them 'Texians'were pushing back against the frontier troops.
  • One of these skirmishes was at a place called The mission at San Antonio de Vallero - the Alamo.
  • The Mexican scouts were pushed out and the Texians took control of the Alamo.
  • Col. Travis decided to stay untill Sam Houston could decide what to do.
  • Santa Anna wanted to crush the revolution in a show of force, and marched on San Antonio and Goliad.
  • The men of the Alamo were surrounded and determined to fight to the death. There were around 186 (no one's sure), more than 50% were hispanic, and I believe two were slaves.
  • Santa Annas' army of more than 2,000 men surrounded the Alamo, playing the "Dugello"(?) which ment 'no quarter'.
  • The Mexican army began the final assault before daybreak on March 6 1836.
  • When the sun came up, all the defenders of the Alamo were dead, and 600 dead plus wounded from the Mexican army. The survivers were one white woman-and kids and two spanish women-and kids and two black slaves (if I remember right).
  • Santa Anna then Marched on Goliad, but there's been enough slaughter on this blog tonight.
Contrast my recollections to Nickelodeons "My Backyard" Liberal cant:

The fifty second long piece on Nickelodeon, which is part of an ongoing series of features about the U.S. called 'My Back Yard," shows a San Antonio teenager telling the largely pre-teen audience that 'in the early 1800's, most of the people living in San Antonio were white farmers who brought their slaves with them.' It goes on to claim that conflict over slavery between slaveholding settlers and a Mexican government which had abolished slavery 'led up' to the Battle of the Alamo.

Ok, I forgot that part of the Mexican law- which was observed more in the written law than the occasional non-enforcement of it. There weren't *per capita* that many black slaves. Slavery wasn't the issue- Independence was.

WOAI has some of the background on this hit-peice:

E-mails obtained by WOAI radio show Alamo historian Dr. R. Bruce Winders, one of the country's leading experts on pre Civil War southwestern history, told Nickelodeon producers that the slavery claim was 'simplistic and inaccurate,' but the piece was aired anyway.

Mark Lyons, a senior producer for Nick News at Lucky Duck Productions in New York City, a contractor to Nickelodeon, which is a unit of Viacom, Inc. says the piece, called an 'interstitial,' was not meant to convey the full story of the Alamo.

"We recognize that there were several key issues in the Battle of the Alamo and one of them was slavery," Lyons said. "We want to tell our viewers something they may not have known, like the fact that at the time Texas was a part of Mexico."

Winders remains critical of the way the piece was presented.

"I think this is an extreme interpretation that was very one-sided as well as inaccurate," he said Monday. They replied that they wanted to get a Hispanic opinion of the battle. I pointed out that many people would not be able to tell that the piece was opinion and not fact, but they ran the story as it was."

Ok, if they wanted a Hispanic opinion, why bring up slavery? They weren't slaves, and generally didn't own them. For them the Texian cause was Independence from Mexico.
John McCain (R.I.N.O.-AZ) why don't you just get it over and declare yourself a Liberal Democrat?

I know it's a rhetorical question, because if you did that, you'd NEVER get re-elected.
Your constituents see a big ol' 'R' behind your name and don't realize that you're behind something like this illegal amnesty plan with your good buddy Chappaquiddick Ted (who, by the way Borked John Bolton for his past behavior).

Anyone with any kind of intelligence knows that the gov't- from Bush down- doesn't want to control our borders. I know that MSM isn't giving much- if any air to this story about this WashTimes expose on the orders the Border Patrol got from D.C.

U.S. Border Patrol agents have been ordered not to arrest illegal aliens along the section of the Arizona border where protesters patrolled last month because an increase in apprehensions there would prove the effectiveness of Minuteman volunteers, The Washington Times has learned.
More than a dozen agents, all of whom asked not to be identified for fear of retribution, said orders relayed by Border Patrol supervisors at the Naco, Ariz., station made it clear that arrests were "not to go up" along the 23-mile section of border that the volunteers monitored to protest illegal immigration.

And yes, I know the B.S. about "they only take the jobs Americans won't do" - that's because the illegals have sunk the wages so low that Americans can't. afford. to. do. the. job!

As far as the "labor intensive agriculture" goes, harvesting can be done just as effectivly by machines. We have the ability and capability to produce any kind of machinery needed. What "Big Ag"(riculture) doesn't want is to put the money into purchasing the equipment when they can get illegals for just a little more than operating costs- with NO startup expenses.

Illegal alians are needed here- give me a frigging break. Yeh, they're needed by POLITITIANS on both sides of the border, and wanted by bean counters in business and Liberal activists.

Friday, May 13, 2005

And here I though SBC was interested in their customers

I gues they are as long as it's convienient for them, and someone takes the whole day off to babysit two friendly mid-size dogs. God knows they won't call a cell phone for someone to let them in- or even leave a tag to let the homeowner know they'd been there.

My 2nd line is out- the back-up line if the computer's online. It's been popping and cracling for two days, now I have no dial tone. They told me that I need to be there between 3PM and 7PM Monday.
GREAT! Now I'm without a second phone for the busyest time of the week. did I mention I have 2 teen age daughters?

SBC, those two morons you have as spokesflacks here on San Antonio radio are dorks; and I guess they represent the company, too.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

And y'all thought watching a "Blue Norther" on the Texas plains was something

You need to see these pics of a sandstorm over at Diggers Realm.
How come it's always "over reacting" when Libs gets their just rewards?

Has anyone been staioned in Spain (or lived their), that doesn't know just how much of a bunch of bad@sses the La Guardia Civil are?

Well 5 men from the illustrious Rainbow Warrier found out the hard way when they trespassed in a joint US/Spanish naval port in Rota. They face between 9 months and 3 years -in a Spanish jail.

"Our resistance is always totally peaceful. We never use violence because we are against it on principle," Luis Pérez, a spokesman for Greenpeace in Madrid, said yesterday.

Greenpeace accused Spain of overreacting to the protest, which saw the Rainbow Warrior sail into the mouth of Rota's port.

"Greenpeace activists in other countries such as the UK, the Netherlands, Chile and France were also arrested during anti-war protests but none received such severe charges and violent treatment as those in Spain," a statement said.
Of course not, exept for the UK, they were probably hailed as heros.

Greenpeace accused Spanish police of using unnecessary force against the Rainbow Warrior crew. "One of the crew was elbowed in the nose and put in a headlock, another punched in the stomach and put in a headlock," a crew member wrote in an online diary.

Well I guess this guy must have slipped, then:

Two Spaniards, an American, a New Zealander and an Argentinian face prison sentences of between nine months and three years in connection with the Rainbow Warrior's "symbolic blockade" of the joint US-Spanish naval base at Rota. All the accused yesterday denied the charges, which included resisting arrest, disobedience and, in one case, causing injury to the civil guard who boarded the vessel in March 2003.

And since they were violating Spaines sovgrenity and security, ya get two choices:

Prosecutors yesterday demanded a three-year prison term for the Rainbow Warrior's Argentinian captain, Daniel Rizzotti, and a New Zealand crew member, Philip Lloyd.

Spaniard Carlos Bravo faced two years' jail while Martin Lawrence, an American, and Spaniard María Teresa Ambrós faced nine month terms.

"We still think they should be absolved," the Greenpeace campaign coordinator, Eva Suárez, said after the trial. Judgment is expected within days.

I was stationed in Rota, Spain. I know exactly where this happened. I could have watched it from our power plant.
The "Million Muslim March"?

I saw this letter over at Deans World about Muslims against terror. They say they aren't being backed by the big dogs who claim to be against terror.

I'm running late- go look.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

How's your history? Who made these statements?

"Democracy means that if the doorbell rings in the early hours, it is likely to be the milkman."

Correspondence between George Bernard Shaw and X:

"Dear X, Here are two tickets to my new play. Bring a friend, if you have one."
"Dear GBS, Sorry, but I can't make it to the opening night of your new play. However I
would appreciate tickets to the second night performance - if you have one."

Conversation between Lady Astor & X:

"Sir, if I were married to you, I would serve you posion in your wine."
"Madam, if I were married to you, I would drink it."

"So they go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute,
adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent."

Here's a
: He was known worldwide, and his main clame to fame began 65 years ago today.

Monday, May 09, 2005

I was going to post this last Friday, but got busy with something else.

That was the 200th anniversary of our FIRST unilateral invasion of the Mid-East (Algiers, actually).

And the history behind the fist verse of the Marine Corps Hymn:
'From the Halls of Montizuma to the shores of Tripoli'

The article gives this reminder of why we were there, then:
One of the unpleasant realities that the young and still untested United States had to face at the turn of the 19th century was the threat of piracy against its merchant shipping in the Mediterranean. The leading European powers had long dealt with the threat by paying tribute - we would now say protection money - to the rulers of the Barbary States of North Africa: Tripoli, Algiers, Tunis, and Morocco. At first the United States followed suit, but in May 1801 the Pasha of Tripoli was overthrown by a usurper who brazenly demanded more and, when it was refused, declared war on the United States.

President Thomas Jefferson decided to fight, despite the fact that the Navy had been nearly dismantled after the Revolution. In August a blockade of Tripoli was established by Commodore Richard Dale, who had fought with John Paul Jones. The blockade, small and ineffective at first, continued for nearly four years and gradually, with reinforcements from home and some borrowed vessels from the King of the Two Sicilies, took command of the waters of the Barbary Coast. The naval war is best remembered for the daring raid into Tripoli harbor led by Lieutenant Stephen Decatur in February 1804 to burn the captured U.S. frigate Philadelphia.

A couple of parallels jump out at me. The EUropeans were paying off bloodthirsty dictators then, too. Also Tripoli signed a treaty of peace on June 4, and other Barbary states quickly followed. State-sponsored terrorism piracy in the Mediterranean was ended, kinda like what's fixin' to happen in Iraq.
Everyone has their favorite, but which is safer?

Wood baseball bats or metal? This question was brought by the American Legion after an American Legion pitcher was hit by a line drive and died- in 2003.

When I first glanced at this, I thought they ment the breaking, bending, or throwing of them. The safety here is the line drive question, which is a safer hit- I guess.

The answer is ummm,


they're the same.

“We were concerned then and we are concerned now for the safety of the game and the safety of the young athletes who participate in it,” said Larry Price, Chairman of the subcommittee. “With deference to the family of the young man we have given the matter our fullest attention over the last nine months. We have collected, compiled and distributed for the committee’s study a great deal of technical information, scientific analysis and expert opinion. We have heard from both camps – wood and non-wood – and we have found no clear evidence of unreasonable risk of injury or death with the use of non-wood bats in the game of baseball.”

That being said, Baseball is one of the safest sports around.

In a twenty-year study by the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research (1982-2002), 7 deaths of high school aged baseball players were recorded. In that same period, there were 6 deaths in soccer, 20 deaths in track, and 92 deaths associated with football. Price
offered that the game of baseball is one of the safest sports played today in high school and at the college level, noting that, “Injuries and, tragically, deaths occur in nearly every sport. By comparison, death on a baseball diamond is extremely rare.”

Sunday, May 08, 2005

What a surprise, Libs are race baiting- again

Via the American Thinker comes this review of the British election.

Most of us want to think well of the British. We feel a fondness for them, a kind of family tie. Britain seems more like America than the rest of Europe. Historically the United States grew as a sturdy branch from the British oak. We think of the people there as utterly decent, as most of them genuinely are. It comes as a nasty shock, therefore, to realize how slimy the Labour Party has been in the campaign culminating in today's election.

Consider these puzzles. Why did Labour put posters all over London showing two Jewish Conservative Members of Parliament as flying pigs? Why did they picture Tory Leader Michael Howard as the hated Dickensian stereotype of Fagin, the evil Jew? And why did the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, go out of his way to insult a Jewish reporter as "a war criminal" and "a Nazi concentration camp guard"? All that just weeks before the election was called.

Was it because they really FELT (since feeling is what Libs are known for)that way?
Well, no actually.

Tony Blair's political manager let the answer slip out that those three gambits led to media coverage worth million pounds of free publicity. It didn't just happen by chance.

But which voters is the Labour Party riling up with its free publicity? The purpose is not just to insult Jews. There are not enough of them to elect Labour. As Rod Liddell pointed out in The Spectator,

“There is no ‘Jewish’ vote in Great Britain any more. …Certainly, right now, Labour seems to be going out of its way to antagonise the Jews. … Right now, there is nothing Labour won’t do to protect its Muslim vote — and the reason for that is very, very simple.”

So why the flying pigs?
Good question.

Many Muslims in Europe watch Al Jazeera on satellite TV and hear a daily flood of Jihadist hate speech on the web. Pakistani and Bangladeshi Muslims are even more numerous in the UK, and many of them are awash in Saudi-funded propaganda.

It's for their new core base!! We've got all these illegal aliens who both parties want a vote from (right "W"?) and they have the hordes of moslems funneled through France that they want a vote from.

I like Tony Blair. I don't know anything about Howard, exept that he was a Tory. I was put off when he had Slick Willy campagning for him, but he overcame that in his support of regiem change in Iraq.

To me Blair is in pretty much a no-win situation. He's got to try to mollify his Libs, keep the EU at arms length, and try to keep Britan as an asset to the world as a whole- not easy when he's got socialists nipping at him fron every corner.

I like Brits, they're not anything special(I live with 3- 2 of them teens, so I know how average they are), they just sound smarter because of their accent. I assume from my limited conversations that they are pretty conservative. Their preceptions are filtered through their (almost) completely leftist media.

Not only do we share a common history, we need to share a common vision. I hope we can.
Due to the enormous success of the "State" Quarters, the U.S. Mint is going to do another coin

WASHINGTON, DC—Following the success of its 50 State Quarters program—deemed one of the most popular commemorative-coin programs in American history—the U.S. Mint announced its next ambitious project: releasing a unique penny for every county in the nation.

"Located in the first state in the union, Delaware's Kent County will be the first county honored in this grand celebration of America," U.S. Mint Director Henrietta Holsman Fore said Monday. "But over the coming years, citizens all across the nation will see the best aspects of their own counties celebrated on the obverse side of a penny. Collecting all 3,143 county pennies will be a fun activity your family will enjoy for generations."

Starting in 2006, the U.S. Mint will release five new pennies per year for the next 629 years. While the process will be a long one, residents of the nation's 3,143 counties and county equivalents have already begun debating how their regions should be depicted.

"I hope they get the old stone water tower just right," Ypsilanti, MI resident Gina Dalton said. "It's the most well-known landmark in Washtenaw County, so it's definitely what they should use."

While Fore agreed that Ypsilanti's historic water tower—completed in 1890, boasting an 85-foot-tall base made of Joliet limestone, and standing at the important intersection of Route 17 and West Cross Street—is a good suggestion, she cautioned Washtenaw County residents that their penny is scheduled for release in 2315.

"We're encouraging counties, especially those beyond the first 50 or so, to think creatively to find a truly unique representative icon for their penny," Fore said. "Water towers—along with mountains, covered bridges, and lighthouses—will be among the first images to get snapped up. We'll need to see some shoe factories and cell-phone towers, too.

But, as usual, there is controversy too:

Citizens of Alaska and Louisiana have expressed worries that they may not be represented at all.

"I have spoken to numerous concerned Alaska and Louisiana citizens, and I tell them all the same thing: Settle down," Fore said. "Although they are technically called the county pennies, the coins will certainly include Alaska's census areas, Louisiana's parishes, and independent cities like St. Louis and the District of Columbia."

Here's the rest of this exiting numismatic article.

Saturday, May 07, 2005

And now, , , something to p!ss off most of the "English" speaking world

In a posting from the Dogsnot Diaries,is this gem about the Angloshpere.

It takes a swip at Brits, "Yanks*", Aussies, and Canuks.

* To those not from the US -an American: but 'here' --> A Yankee- anyone north of the Mason-Dixon Line, ^or^ north of the M-D Line and on the East Coast, ^or^ Anyone on the N.E. coast(Mass, R.I., Conn. etc.)
Remenber the guy who REALLY found a finger in his custard?

I hope the jury hears this part of the story when the d!ckhead sues for emotinal distress.

After he losses that suit, I hope the LAW goes after him, and the employee who lost the fingertip wins whatever he can get.

f*cking @sshole.
Common sense in the UK

I was just surfing and came upon the EnviroSpin Watch. A blog as well written as you'd expect a well educated Brit to write. To me, he has much the same style as Aelfheld in the enjoyment of the written word. It is now a fixture in my blogroll (and a crutch for future posts).
Did you ever think that a publication with the name of Science Magazine would be biased?

Not biased against unproven scare tactics, but biased against a letter refuting those scare tactics?

Here is a sample of the correspondence:
On December 3rd, only days before the start of the 10th Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-10), Science Magazine published the results of a study by Naomi Oreskes (1): For the first time, empirical evidence was presented that appeared to show an unanimous, scientific consensus on the anthropogenic causes of recent global warming.

These objections were put to Oreskes by science writer David Appell. On 15 December 2004, she admitted that there was indeed a serious mistake in her Science essay. According to Oreskes, her study was not based on the keywords "climate change," but on "global climate change" (3).

Her use of three keywords instead of two reduced the list of peer reviewed publications by one order of magnitude (on the UK's ISI databank the keyword search "global climate change" comes up with 1247 documents). Since the results looked questionable, I decided to replicate the Oreskes study.


They said it was too long, so he shortened it. . .

Oreskes (1,2) presents empirical evidence that appears to show a unanimous, scientific consensus on the anthropogenic causes of recent global warming. Oreskes also claims that this universal agreement had not been questioned even once in the peer-reviewed literature since 1993. Her assertion has been extensively reported ever since.

I replicated her study in order to assess the accuracy of its results. All abstracts listed on the ISI databank for 1993 to 2003 using the same keywords ("global climate change") were assessed (3). The results of my analysis contradict Oreskes' findings and essentially falsify her study: Of all 1117 abstracts, only 13 (1%) explicitly endorse the 'consensus view'. However, 34 abstracts reject or question the view that human activities are the main driving force of "the observed warming over the last 50 years" (4).


"The earth's climate is constantly changing owing to natural variability in earth processes. Natural climate variability over recent geological time is greater than reasonable estimates of potential human-induced greenhouse gas changes. Because no tool is available to test the supposition of human-induced climate change and the range of natural variability is so great, there is no discernible human influence on global climate at this time" (8).

Despite this manifest scepticism, I do not wish to deny that a majority of publications goes along with the notion of anthropogenic global warming by applying models based on its basic assumptions. It is beyond doubt, however, that an unbiased analysis of the full ISI databank, which comprises almost 12,000 abstracts, will find hundreds of papers (many of which written by the world's leading experts in the field) that have raised serious reservations and outright rejection of the concept of a "scientific consensus on climate change". The truth is, there is no such thing!

They basicly wrote back and said they wouldn't print it because that view is widly disbursed over the internet.

Yeh, so are the BushHitler-Halburton consiracy theories.

Friday, May 06, 2005

I missed it yesterday, but El Capitan has a must read post

Not that it's so profound,but that it's so, , ,




I missed ZiPpos get together in New Braunfels tonight

I called back letting him know I was doing family things(dropping the 14 yr-old off for a sleepover, and going out to eat with the rest), and hopefully we can get together up there tomorrow.

ZiPpo, if you read this, check your voicemail.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Here's a pretty concise version of the Crusades

And as far as I remember it's fairly accurate- considering it's from the Beeb .

It also doesn't make our side look all that great. The moslems beat us then, so why should they think they can't beat us now?
The gift that keeps on giving

I made the mistake of thinking I might get reasonable customer service from Dish pronto. As a matter of fact I had a Post or two about my adventures with them.

If you ever make the mistake of giving them a legitimate e-mail address, I gARontee you'll be getting mailboxes of spam for months to come.

On the brighter side of e-mail, it looks like I'll be meeting ZiPpo up in New Braunfels, maybe at Greune Hall sinceI just thought that I'd gratuitously mention that my Yahoo! mail has hardly any spam in it. We might meet Dash Riprock too.
Probably the last post on Pfc England

I'm going to wright, I don't have much to say about the mouthbreathing c*nt, but the frigging JUDGE!
Cr@p, I didn't think those Libs had infiltrated the J.A.G. corps, too.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

I've mentioned my views on teachers salaries before

More in passing than a full blown post. It was the fact that we were moving the week after spring break (which used to be called Easter Vacation) and the ONLY workers at the new school were the custodians- the next week the kids AND staff were off for Easter. The administration couldn't be bothered to even activate their answering machine during the week off, just in case something came up- like someone wanted info on transferring some kids.

This got me to thinking -and commenting about just how well I thought the Public Education scam system payed for the work attendance.

Over at Coyote Blog he's got statistics to prove just how well Public Educators are payed.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Rob has a post at his blog about titty bars

And a link to a pair of losers who want to get their money back for paying for lap dances with a credit card. A frigging CREDIT CARD- they couldn't afford a handfull of dollar bills fer Crissake?
Several points here:
I SURE hope if they're married that their wives find out about that! I hope that every quasi-hooker that finds out who works at one that they are in- - kicks their wimpy *sses out the door.
Didn't they ever hear of the Man Code?
And finally, why go in there just to , , , look?
I don't, and haven't made a habit of wasting my money in strip joints- it's like going to a resuraunt just to look at the menue. You can't touch (or should be afraid to, anyway) what's there, why pay that kind of money for a show and drink overpriced p*sswater?
Interested in an overseas job?

These jobs aren't in Iraq, but that doesn't mean they're not in a dangerous place.

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I'm not really interested- they're in a big city.
The Ventriloquist

A young ventriloquist is touring the clubs and one night he's doing a show in a small town in California. With his dummy on his knee, he's going through his usual dumb blonde jokes.

Suddenly, a blonde woman in the 4th row stands on her chair and starts shouting: "I've heard enough of your stupid blonde jokes. What makes you think you can stereotype women that way? What does the color of a person's hair have to do with her worth as a human being?

It's guys like you who keep women like me from being respected at work and in the
community and from reaching their full potential as a person, because you and your kind continue to perpetuate discrimination against, not only blondes, but women in general and all in the name of humor!"

The embarrassed ventriloquist begins to apologize, when the blonde yells, "You stay out of this, mister! I'm talking to that little bastard on your knee!"

Monday, May 02, 2005

Girls and phones, , ,

I've been waiting for a teen to wait for a friend (she's white trash- actually) to call her. It's becoming bothersome, so this anonymous caller will soon be blocked.

I also had a page about a pole down, and was waiting for more info- the cell phone doesn't work here :-D Nice.
I was just finding something interesting to comment on, but forgot where it was, and what it was.
If I don't find something interesting to post, I'll lose my vast following to a cut-rate blog like the Puppy Blender.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Sorry, no posts tonight

-Ok, quiet down and hold the cheering to a low roar.

Either Blogger, or my dial-up is running real-l-l-y s - l - o - w tonight, so I'm not going to try anything long. Guess that's what you get when your server's over 10 miles away, in a small town.