Wednesday, August 31, 2005

I am buying a Toyota Matrix this weekend.

I have been waiting to replace my 1998 Chevy 4x4 truck for some time. It has 137,000 miles on the odometer, but it runs good. I've been wanting a new Dodge four door 4x4 with a Cummins Diesel engine. I have driven all three 2006 full size trucks and decided on the Dodge.

Until now.
With diesel prices just shy of 3.50 a gallon and poised to go higher, I have decided to keep my truck and purchase a Toyota Matrix. The Matrix is based on the Corolla frame, my wife drives an 03' corolla and loves it. The Corolla gets 38 mph highway and the Matrix gets 36 mph. My Chevy truck achieves a whopping 12 mph. I drive approximately 300 miles per week. It looks like gasoline will be 3 to 4 dollars a gallon for a while. Buy ing the Matrix will save about 150-200 dollars a month in fuel costs.

I just hope they get the refining capacity back on line soon.

Living in Northern California, what real disasters do we face?

Other than an earthquake, a good shaker hit Vacaville and Winters around the turn of the century, what should we be preparing for here in the Sacramento Area?

A flood is the most likely disaster to occur in our area I would guess. With no Auburn Dam to protect Sacramento, we are tempting fate every winter and spring. Sacramento is surrounded by levees, if they fail, a few hundred thousand people will be sitting on their rooftops. Maybe the video of what a city surrounded by levees looks like when those levees fail will make people think.

The though of some rattlesnakes and birds having to move out of the Auburn Ravine isn't such a big sacrifice to make when looking at the cost in human lives and property that the Auburn Dam could save. Just remember, when helicopters are picking folks off rooftops in mid-town Sacramento, the rest of America will be watching on the news wondering why those people didn't build the Auburn dam, it would have saved them.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

There is no 'other America' to come to America's aid.

As I was listening to Hugh on the drive home today one of his guests, I am sorry I didn't get the name, made a very profound statement. Remember, there is no other America to come to America's aid. That is so true. When the Indonesian tsunami struck, Americans opened their hearts and their wallets to help out. Private donations alone from Americans surpassed 1 billion dollars. That is almost 20% of all relief given by all governments and private citizens. That is what we do, that is who we are.

One of the largest support efforts made by America was the US military. The resources set in motion to help find stranded and isolated victims was a Herculean effort. All the helicopters, hovercraft, and amphibious craft sent into the region cost untold millions, if not a billion dollars.

As some unfortunate people in Mississippi and Louisiana sit on their rooftops for a second night waiting to be rescued, I wonder how many helicopters from Mexico or Canada are flying tonight to help the rescue effort? I couldn't find any stories on the web as of this post.

I would like to thank the Academy for this honor,, oops wrong speech.

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to join the soon to be Juggernaut of the left coast, the Western Alliance of Bloggers.

If you choose to accept this mission you will receive nothing, no cool hats, no lapel pins or any other monetary compensation, however you will receive the opportunity to post next to some of the best bloggers in the West. This post will self-destruct in five seconds.

Well, as they say at the no-limit table, I'm all in.

Now, how do you defuse a post?

Monday, August 29, 2005

Dear Travis, thank you for your service.

Travis is a shining example of how duty and honor can overcome a liberal upbringing.
Laurie Loving gave birth to her son Travis under a maple tree 21 years ago. He grew up participating in peace and justice rallies but liked to play with toy guns and plastic soldiers.

He was known around Davis as a polite young man, but one who didn't like to be told what to do.

That's why Laurie felt shocked when her son talked about joining the military after he met a recruiter at King High School.

Years passed. But by the time Travis deployed to Iraq 12 days ago, her dismay had only deepened.

"As a peace and justice activist, I was stunned," she said. "As a mother, I'm terrified."

The reporter Claire St. John's anti war bias is more than evident in her distortion of the Sheehan situation.
Reports of soldiers dying and President Bush's refusal to meet with Cindy Sheehan - a Vacaville mother camped in front of Bush's Texas ranch, demanding to know what her son died for - have made many drop their support for the war.

President Bush has already met the Sheehans last year, in her own words- "I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis," Cindy said after their meeting. "I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith."

What a hack job by a reporter with an agenda.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

The liberals in England don't get it.

I am always amazed by the stupidity of people who are willing to embrace those who wish to destroy them.

Britain's culture of tolerating radicalism is in the national interest and should not be swept away by the urge to get tough.
But the "covenant of security" and the British approach to tolerating radicalism is not just an expression of political correctness. It serves some hard-headed national purposes. It recognises that there is not one but several Muslim communities among the 1.5 million Muslims in Britain, all with their own national norms and attitudes to culture and assimilation. Self-policing and a better relationship with the police, working with the grain of different national and religious minorities, is fundamental to preventing our gentleman-amateur suicide bombers from becoming figureheads for a national revolt among Muslim youth.

Do the national norms and cultural assimilation include the bombing and murder of innocent British citizens? Good Grief!

Labradors, not just a fashion accessory.

You can have all those little 'feeder' dogs, I will take the lumbering Labrador for my companion dog.
When Archie, a black labrador, lost his owner on a lonely Scottish station, he jumped on the first train home.

Not only did the dog catch the right train, he got off at the right station, Agence France-Presse reports.

Closed-circuit television footage shows the dog waiting for his master at the station before watching the Aberdeen to Inverness train pull in.

Unable to find his owner, the labrador decided to avoid a long walk home by nipping aboard the 20.38 train.

He got out at the right stop, Insch, 12 minutes along the line.

I just wish I had a smarter specimen than 'Jake the wonder dog'.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

The return of The Nut Tree

Vacaville is a small but growing town between Sacramento and San Francisco where I-80 and 505 converge. At that crossroads once stood a little slice of heaven.
It grew into one of California's favorite roadside stops with a renowned restaurant that hosted not only children and farmers, but world leaders and celebrities
The Nut Tree was a cross between a mico-Disneyland, a fruit stand and a restaurant. As a kid, I loved when my family would stop there. I would ride the small gauge train and the big wooden rocking horses in front of the gift shop. I must have been 10 years old when my father bought me a huge print of a Curtis P-40 Warhawk that adorned the wall of my room until high school, or until I could convince my mom to let me put up the Farah Fawcett poster. I was able to take my son for a visit before they demolished it, the train had stopped running for a few years, but he did love the rocking horses. Now it looks as though The Nut Tree is going to be rebuilt, almost.
If all goes according to plan, next summer will see completion of the first phase of a new Nut Tree, with a family amusement park, specialty retail, a court for bocce, and several eateries.
I am sure that my mother and father thought it was just a tourist trap, but seen through my 10 year old eyes, it was the coolest place.

Friday, August 26, 2005

We support the troops- that is a load of Bravo. Sierra.

I would love to arrange a meeting between 'Luke' and Matthew Heidt from Froggy Ruminations, as long as I get the pay-per-view rights to the meeting.

How utterly and shamefully disingenuous and repugnant can a 'man' be? The only closely analogous situation to this that I can come with would be to evict a woman from her home the week she had twins, tow her car, and call child protective services to report her for putting her babies out on the street ..while laughing at her. That is the kind of sinister motivation at work here. Luke hates the troops more than anything in this world besides George Bush. His cowardice is assaulted and magnified every day when he wakes up to realize that he doesn't have the courage to fight for a dryer at the Laundromat let alone to defend his family and friends from those that would harm them (that is if his patchouli stinkin' a$$ ever does laundry


Gathering forces will soon meet in Crawford Texas, combining to make the perfect political storm. For the media that is.

As much as I support the ideals behind Move America Forward, I must say that I don't see the benefit in the protest, counter protest strategy. The national media will portray Deborah Johns as a ultra conservative-hick-patriot, while Cindy will be made to look like a well spoken, thoughtful person of conscious, wanting to speak to a President with whom she has a grievance.

I would wager that we will see video of the pushing and shouting on the news every night this weekend. The only winners in this protest battle will be the media. They are bored to death waiting in this little hick town in Texas for the President to do something worth reporting, it is hot and they are not in a good mood. They will film for hours and interview dozens of people from both sides, only to find the best looking, semi-rational anti war protesters and the angriest war supporters. That is the story the want to tell and they will tell it.

These will be the faces of The Protestapalooza Tour, coming to Washington DC in September and to your city soon. Now if they can only find a sponsor for the tour, well, Camp Cindy already has her corporate supporters.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

What a story.

Just in case you missed it. Americans doing a very tough job in a very tough place.
Kurilla was running when he was shot, but he didn't seem to miss a stride; he did a crazy judo roll and came up shooting.

BamBamBamBam! Bullets were hitting all around Kurilla. The young 2nd lieutenant and specialist were the only two soldiers near. Neither had real combat experience. AH had no weapon. I had a camera.

PS -Gates of Fire is a great book, Tides of War is on par with it.

I knew Craig Deluz back when...

Craig Deluz goes kinda, sorta, national. Well, at least regional!
Craig is sitting in for Eric Hogue this morning on KTKZ.
He s doing a fine job.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Here is a story you will not read in the NYT this week.

Where is the World Wildlife Fund on this ? Why isn't this a story?
Because its good news coming out of Iraq. Can't have that.
Iraq's ancient marshlands drained by Saddam Hussein are nearly half-restored, giving hope of saving traditional habitats for both people and animals.

Can you say Hissy Fit?

Can you imagine all the lawsuits, filed at the speed of light, this approach would have in America?
On top of trying to promote Australian values in Islamic schools, Prime Minister John Howard said the Government would monitor what was said in certain schools and mosques to ensure they did not foster terrorism.

Mr Howard was blunt when asked whether he was prepared to "get inside" mosques and schools to ensure there was no support for terrorism.

"Yes, to the extent necessary," he said on Southern Cross radio.

John Howard gets an A+ today.

Who Would Jesus Assassinate?

When ever I see the name Pat Roberts in the headlines, I know he has said or done something stupid. This is his most recent example.

You know, I don't know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it. It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war, and I don’t think any oil shipments will stop.

Leaving the question open as to the effectiveness of assassinating a foreign leader who has not called for attacks or Jihad on America, what purpose does Roberts serve in sending that message for the world to see? This story will be on the top of hour news on AlJazeera and every other outlet in the Arab world. Followed by the analysis that the Christian cabal that runs the United States has just told the rest of the world that unless you surrender your nation to the Christian warlords, you will be assassinated.

Nice work Pat.

I have never been a fan of televangalists. They rub me the wrong way. Most of them plead weekly that unless they hear from you this week, they will have cut programming in your area. Maybe the Lord doesn't want you on 80 channels. Maybe the lord wants you to go out and serve peanut butter sandwiches to the homeless in you town. Pat Robertson has every right to call himself a Christian, I just wish he were handing out BPJs down on main street instead of spouting off his personal views on television.

Michael Moore check himself into the fat farm.

Good for Mike, I say that in all honesty. Me being a pot, and Mike being a kettle. I hope he looses 100 pounds and retrains himself to eat healthier and exercise more.

Being overweight is terribly unhealthy, I should know. The last video footage of Moore I remember he was hardly able to walk around without looking as though he would pass out.

Good luck Michael, now pass the peas and cauliflower.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Communist robber barons?

It seems as though the Communist leadership is getting quite fat and happy while the peasants in rural China wonder why they don't see any of this 'new wealth'.

The leaders are clearly worried by a rash of large-scale protests and rioting over localised issues involving land seizures, evictions, poor working conditions, corruption and environmental damage, with the Ministry of Public Security (police) reporting some 74,000 separate protests last year.

The President and party general secretary, Hu Jintao, is expected to try to dump allies of his predecessor, Jiang Zemin, from key positions, among them those dominating the key economic centre of Shanghai, symbolised by its space-age skyscrapers and showrooms for luxury items such as Rolls-Royce and Ferrari cars.

Comrade, where is my Ferrari?
And what is a Ferrari?

Oh, I would hunt you down and do mid-evil things to you.

HT to Captain's Quarters.

A family that breeds guinea pigs for medical research announced yesterday that it was to close its farm in a final attempt to get back the remains of a relative whose body was dug up by animal rights extremists.
How many soccer thugs could you hire for 20,000 pounds? A few pubs worth I bet.
I would think that holding a corpse for ransom would not gain you much sympathy among the football hooligans in England. I would offer a bounty, a rather large one, the family looks like it has the money, and wait for a call one night that would sound like this;

"Hello, you the man whats missin his dead mum?
"Yes I am"
"I got a coffin here wif some bones and a nice dress in it, is at yours?"
"Yes, it sounds like mother to me"
"What you want I should do wif da three dirty hippy types that was wif her?"
"Lets just say that I won't be speaking to the police about how I found Mother, feel free to inflict what ever punishment you deem nessesary"
"Whats' that you say?"
"Do whatever you would do to them if they took your mother"
"Right O, I'll be by in the morning to drop off you mum and pick up my money"

Monday, August 22, 2005

Help! I can't control my right foot!

From my wife's uncle, Robert.

1. While sitting at your desk, lift your right foot off the floor and
make clockwise circles with it.

2. Now, while doing this, draw the number "6" in the air with your right hand. Your foot will change direction!!!

I told you so... And there is nothing you can do about it.

I hate things like this, like trying to keep your eyes open when you sneeze.

The Great Raid - a great lesson

I know that Hugh has been all over this, but I want to throw in my two pennies.
As a film, I give it an overall B-. The back story of the love interests slows down the pace at times and the film never fully develops the characters of the raiders.

As a story that needs to be told, I give it a A.

Here is the perfect example of the Japanese culture at the time. A culture that embraced violence to achieve it's goal of regional domination. The Japanese were extremely brutal to those they captured or defeated. The death rate of POWs held by the Japanese is close to 30%. That is staggering when you consider that the death rate for Americans under German capture is 4%. My point is that if you looked at the culture of the Japanese in 1942, you could easily surmise that they will never change and America could never turn this nation into a democracy. You would be wrong

The reason that Japan is a democracy today, and the reason they avoid military confrontation at all costs is the four generations that have instructed their children that war is a terrible thing.

I want every terrorist's mother in the middle east to teach their children that if you attack America, you will bring death and ruin to your homeland. You can't do that with half measures in a 'sensitive' war. You can't do that by cutting and running home. You must destroy them.

I would also like the next generation of Iraqis to teach their children about the how the US gave them back their country.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Is it time to hold Pakistan's feet closer to the fire?

I think its past time. I know that Pervez Musharraf has a slippery grasp on power in Pakistan, but if he cannot lead, maybe it's time put our money on another horse.

It should have been a slam dunk. In Afghanistan's eastern border region, US troops say they photographed Taliban fighters firing a rocket-launcher at them from the safety of the Pakistani side - within sight of a Pakistani military observation post.

But a frustrated US military official in Kabul explains: "We thought we had them.

"But when we showed the pictures in Islamabad they said, 'We saw nothing.' It's the same when we call on our direct communications lines to say we're chasing the Taliban over the border - they see us coming and they refuse to pick up the phone," he said, speaking anonymously.
This is a disturbing story.

And I though my interview panel was bad...

Here is a job interview that will weed out the slackers.

One of the country's top internet apparel retailers wants to make sure new employees have what it takes to scale the heights of business by interviewing them at the summit of the 3778 metre Mount Fuji.
I'm thinking they don't have the a 'Japanese with Disabilities Act'.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

The roadmap to victory, Hillary in 2008

The Democrats have what I consider to be a George McClellan moment here.
While the Union army was marching over an abandoned Confederate campsite, a private found three cigars made by a Confederate staff officer. On the paper surrounding the cigars was written the special orders 191 written by Lee explaining to all of the Confederate generals what his moves were going to be before the battle. Apparently, accidentally two copies of the order were given to one of the Confederate generals. That general's staff officer, for unknown reasons got hold of the extra copy, thought it was just ordinary paper and used it as a cigar wrapper.

McClellan had in his hands the instrument with which to defeat Robert E Lee if he chose to act quickly and decisively. He did neither. While the battle of Antietam was considered a victory for the Union, the opportunity to destroy the Army of Northern Virginia was lost.

Most liberal pundits at this point think of the Rove situation or Cindy Sheehan, but they would be wrong. The plan to put Hillary in the White House in 2008 was drawn up by the Democratic Leadership Council.
We believe that the Sept. 11 attacks changed America forever, and defeating terrorism is the supreme military and moral mission of our time. To win the war on terror, America needs more troops and more friends. We believe that running the country deep into debt is economically dangerous and morally wrong. Economic and military might go hand in hand, and victory can only be assured when all Americans, including our political leaders, not just soldiers and taxpayers, sacrifice.

We believe that dependence on foreign oil is the greatest threat to America's national and economic security -- and the most avoidable.

We believe American ingenuity, entrepreneurialism, and hard work can beat any competitor, but only if we make sure that hard work is rewarded, and that Americans are given the tools to rise to the challenge.

We believe the promise of American life is opportunity -- the chance for all to achieve their potential. America should offer every citizen the basic bargain that built the nation: Do right by your country and your family, and you can rise as far as your dreams and hard work can take you.

We believe that governments and corporations don't raise children -- parents do. A nation that puts rights ahead of responsibilities, and profits ahead of values, will soon lose them all.

We believe the purpose of politics is to solve people's problems, not to serve special interests. America is a nation of progress, not stalemate; pragmatism, not party; answers, not ideology. We can't afford a political system that protects privilege and the status quo and ignores the needs of ordinary people.

We believe that ideas and results matter, and that no political party deserves to win unless it lays out a plan for how America can win.

Above all, We believe in summoning Americans to a cause that is greater than any party -- to unite our nation in an unstoppable quest to defeat terror, save the American dream, and put Washington to work solving people's problems.

By acting on these beliefs, America can meet the four central challenges of the next decade:

That is a message that could win back every Reagan Democrat and put States like Ohio and Florida back in the blue column. To implement this agenda, a radical change would have to take place in the Democratic party. The Michaell Moore, Cindy Sheehan, Maureen Dowd, Dick Durbin wing of the Democratic party will have to be denounced for the extremist they are. The DNC will have to boot Howard Dean and tell George Soros and the big money socialists to either get on board, or spend your money propping up Air America. Heck, even Zell Miller would come out of retirement to speak at the Democratic convention this time.

A Clinton /Liebermann or Biden ticket with this agenda as its platform is a huge winner for the Democrats. Democrats 53% Republicans 47% would be my point spread for this. I don't have a clue as to the opponent from the Red States, but even a strong ticket like George Allen and Rick Santorum would be in for the fight of their lives.

Will they do it? Not likely, especially if Republicans show any weakness in the 06' election from war fatigue or the Rove scandal. The hard left will see any gains in Congress as a justification oftheirr strategy. They will win the battle and loose the war.

Way back, way back, it's a home run!

VDH keeps his eye on the ball and strokes one out of the park.

In the age of utopianism we demand impossible standards of perfection. Then when they cannot be met, we conclude that we are not good at all, but the equivalent of a Pol Pot, Hitler, or Saddam himself — an elected American president who is a worse terrorist than Osama bin Laden.

And in a war with enemies like few other in our recent history, the contrast between rhetoric and reality is only accentuated: panties over the head of an Iraqi inmate, no head at all on an American prisoner; Korans given to the enemy terrorists in jail, Bibles outlawed for visitors to our friends the Saudis; our elected president becomes a member of the "Bush crime family" as we worry about proper barristers for Saddam Hussein's genuinely criminal family. As we fear that we have fallen short of the postmodern therapeutic age, Islamic fascists brag they are avatars of the Dark Ages.

A ham sandwich in every can.

Health beer, isn't that like a diet fried-twinkee?

An Indian firm has launched a vitamin-rich beer which it says protects the body from the harmful effects of alcohol, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

And more good news.

China and Russia in joint war games.
Submarines, bombers armed with cruise missiles and 10,000 members of Russia's and China's armed forces threw down a gauntlet to the United States yesterday when the two former enemies launched their first major joint war games.

I hope the games involved how to oust Kim Jun Il without starting world war 3.

Yea, but do they come in camo?

From the folks that brought you the Long Bow, the Brown Bess, and the Spitfire comes the latest in combat underware.

"These will make 'going commando' a thing of the past," said Col Silas Suchanek, the head of defence clothing for the Ministry of Defence, holding up the black trunk-style pants, but sensibly refusing to model them.

He said: "In the past, underwear has been treated as a personal item, but our experience in Iraq has been that if men didn't bring enough pairs with them and they wore out, they went commando.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

An interesting comment on the Charlie Rose show.

I couldn't sleep the other night and was flipping channels and found Noah Feldman talking Middle East politics on The Charlie Rose show. He gave his view on the problems with Iraq, some of them I agree with, even though he is a leftie.

The two things I took away from show was his view on the winner of the war in Iraq and the Gaza pull out. He says that Iran will win the Iraq war. He could be right in the short term. The other point he made was the pull out from Gaza may have more to do with demographics than peace. He says the birthrate of Jews in Israel and the birthrate among the Palestinian citizens in Israel is lopsided and if Israel doesn't consolidate it's population, it will soon be a voting minority in it's own country.

I'm doing a little googling on that today.

If I could borrow a brain for a day, it might be Lileks

What he said..

The hard left in America needs to realize a bald, cruel fact: Anyone who sees no moral distinction between Israel and the mullahs of Iran, or sees the U.S. attempt to set up a constitutional republic in Iraq as equivalent to the Syrian occupation of Lebanon, suffers from incurable moral cretinism. The more the fervent anti-war base embraces these ideas, the more they ensure that no one will trust the left with national security. Ever.

Will they learn the lesson? Even money says Sheehan will be sitting in the Michael Moore seat next to Jimmy Carter at the '08 Democratic convention.

That last part sounds familiar.

Well, at least I know how I am going to go.

I am not sure why I need to know a computer model's prediction for my method of demise, but I took the test anyway.

Natural Causes
























Cut Throat


How Will You Die??
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If I had to guess, I would say
#1 A head-on collision with a Casino player.
#2 Some sort of gruesome livestock accident.
#3 A heart attack induced by the site of a pimple faced boy kissing my daughter. (in a few years)
#4 A double charge of gunpowder in one of my reloads.

Something is terribly wrong.

It is opening day at the Yolo County Fair and the temperature has not reached 100 degrees. Call it climate change, call it magic from those little elves that make cookies in that tree, whatever it is, I like it. One our friends in FFA is showing a hog at the County Fair and a ram at the State Fair. He is a busy camper.

One of things I like most about the fair is the interaction with people and livestock, besides the corn dogs. I enjoy the quizzical looks from the urban dwellers at they gaze upon the cloven hoofed critters that make up their dinner. This is closer than most will get to what made up the cellophane package of hamburger they ate last night.

Is that a sheep? What is those 'thingies' hanging down there, Ewww! it's peeing!

I guess that's what I act like on the number 4 train to the Bronx for a Yankees game.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Kevorkian diplomacy

I posted on the radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir receiving 30 months for his role in provoking the Bali bombings last week. Well I have good news, I didn't save a bunch of money on my car insurance, but Bashir is getting an early release from prison!
The father of a UK Bali bombing victim says the early release of jailed militant cleric Abu Bakar Bashir will allow him to continue to spread poison.

Bashir, the alleged spiritual head of the al-Qaida-linked terrorist group Jemaah Islamiah, is one of some 53,000 inmates receiving sentence reductions to mark Indonesia's independence day on August the 17th.

He was convicted in March of conspiracy in the Bali bombings that killed 202 people, including 88 Australians and 28 Britons, and sentenced to serve 30 months.

The Supreme Court rejected his appeal earlier this year.

The father of 28-year-old Daniel Braden, from Brighton, East Sussex, was one of the victims of the attack.

He says relatives of victims will feel quite bad about the reduction, and that Bashir should remain incarcerated and not be given the oxygen of publicity to spread his poison.
Here is a thought, if you want to celebrate you nations independence day, don't release those who want to kill you.

Will Hillary Clinton meet with Cindy Sheehan?

I hope that Cindy Sheehan will become the face of the Democratic party.
I'm gonna tell them, "You get that evil maniac [the president] out here, cuz a Gold Star Mother, somebody who's blood is on his hands, has some questions for him."

And I'm gonna say, "OK, listen here, George. #1, you quit, and I demand, every time you get out there and say you're going to continue the killing in Iraq to honor the fallen heroes by continuing the mission; you say, except Casey Sheehan.' "

"And you say except for all the members of Goldstar Families for Peace' cuz we think not one drop of blood should be spilled in our families' names. You quit doing that. You don't have my permission."

And I'm gonna say, "And you tell me, what the noble cause is that my son died for." And if he even starts to say freedom and democracy' I'm gonna say, bullshit.

You tell me the truth. You tell me that my son died for oil. You tell me that my son died to make your friends rich. You tell me my son died to spread the cancer of Pax Americana, imperialism in the Middle East. You tell me that, you don't tell me my son died for freedom and democracy.

Cuz, we're not freer. You're taking away our freedoms. The Iraqi people aren't freer, they're much worse off than before you meddled in their country.

You get America out of Iraq, you get Israel out of Palestine

(massive round of applause)

And if you think I won't say bullshit to the President, I say move on, cuz I'll say what's on my mind.

Cindy can sit right next to Michael Moore at the 2008 Democratic convention. That should bring some of those red states into the democratic column. The one person in America who wants Cindy Sheehan to go back to Vacaville more than the President, is Senator Clinton.

While Hillary wants to pull the party to the center, she knows she has the left vote sewn up, she is meeting with groups like The Democratic Leadership Council. She is trying to duplicate her husband's strategy of looking center while giving a wink to the kook left. Her message to the Moveon, Code Pink kooks, don't mention my name in your attacks, but you know I've got your back.

I want to see Cindy Sheehan on Meet the Press without her handlers from Code Pink, Fenton Communications or Joe Trippi. Any fair questioning of Mrs. Sheehan would prove her undoing, she has been filled with the talking points from the kook left. Tim Russert would hand her head to her, if he chose to. I am sure she will be on Larry King this week, with her handlers. Maybe perky Katie will do a softball interview with her.

Will Cindy Sheehan become the anchor around Hillary neck? I don't think the Senator would touch her with an eleven foot pole. Hillary is too smart to for that.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

This just in, Bigfoot hair is a hoax, 'chemical weapons' found in Iraq.

How will the legacy media spin this story?
U.S. troops raided a suspected insurgent chemical weapons factory in northern Iraq, finding about 1,500 gallons of dangerous substances, the U.S. military said Saturday.
I wonder if the anti-war folks will send in Sandy Burger to stuff the chemicals down his underware to hide the truth.

Oh, and the "Bigfoot" hair is from a dead bison.
A tuft of hair found near a purported sasquatch sighting in the Yukon actually came from a bison, says the Alberta scientist who tested the sample.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Slow news periods make me nervous.

I remember back to early September, 2001 and recall the stories the legacy media was reporting during a very slow news cycle.
Chandra Leavy and Gary Condit.

On 9/11 America was shaken awake by the real world, where real people want to kill us really bad.

As I look at the attention the NARAL add has caused, the media frenzy over the Code Pink Mom down in Texas, I conclude that Americans as a people have the attention span of a three year old child. The war against the wahabist, who would like nothing better than to saw your mother's head off with a rusty knife, that's old news. We want more back to back, live coverage of Natalie Holloway and the run-away bride doing her community service.

Right now, as you browse the internet in you underwear, soldiers are patrolling the streets of Iraq and Afghanistan. They are living day to day, minute by minute, serving our nation in harm's way.

Let's keep our eye on the ball. If I wake up in the morning and watch as New York or L.A. is under a terrorist attack, Cindy Sheehan will not receive another column inch of newsprint. The reporters covering Natalie Holloway, sucking down rum and Cokes on expense accounts in Aruba will be on the next plane home.

We should think about that when we stop by Starbucks tomorrow morning to get a venti latte' and a maple oat scone.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

From the 'Journal of What we told you was true, isn't'

As scientist look deeper into the human genome, the discover how much they don't know. They also have to constantly revise their theories, like let's say evolution.
The classical thought was that because you and I are more complex than a jelly fish, we had evolved more genes," he said.

"That looks like it isn't the case."

He says despite the coral polyp's outwardly simple structure, its genome suggests it is biochemically very complex.

Monday, August 08, 2005

A very funny take on Hollywood celebs.

Greg Gutfeld strikes again.
Since the war on terror began, thousands of intensely patriotic celebrities have been desperately trying to join the armed services to defend the US.
BECAUSE THEY ARE TOO IMPORTANT TO BE PUT AT RISK, nearly all of them are sent home.

Mothers milk Inc.

Ok, all you marketing wannabees out there, how about a name and a slogan for the company?
A Los Angeles firm, Prolacta Bioscience, wants to turn mothers' milk into a business, the BBC reports.

The company wants to buy donated breast milk from independent milk banks and hospitals across the US, pasteurise it and sell it back to hospitals to treat low-birth-weight babies.

What about 'StepMams' or 'Real California milk comes from humans"
Just a thought.

Yet another European attack on the 2nd Amendment

This time it a movie!
I can wait for the elite in Manhattan and Hollywood to applaud the 'cutting edge' work of these two 'brilliant' film makers as they show why us hillbillies can't be trusted with guns.
The film will undoubtedly win a prize at Sundance and Cannes.
Now two Danes, director Thomas Vinterberg and screenwriter Lars von Trier, co-founders of the aesthetically puritanical Dogme 95 group, have made their own assault on the Second Amendment to the Constitution, Dear Wendy. It is co-financed by Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, France and Britain, and Charlton Heston and Donald Rumsfeld must feel that old Europe is ganging up on them.
Just what I need, two Danes backed with Euros to tell me why America shouldn't allow it's citizens the right to keep and bear arms. These two geniuses should ask their parents about their experience with Americans carrying firearms, they may have a different opinion of the matter.

Maybe we should have left Holland to the Nazis, I get my chocolate from Hershey Pennsylvania.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Sounds like a bunch of tree-huggin' hippie crap to me.

Take the test. HT Annika

I am 17% Hippie.
So Not a Hippie.
What? Am I a Republican? Why did I even bother taken this test?! I guess I’ll back to my George W. Bush fan club and tell them I just wasted 10 minutes of my life. At least I don’t stink, man.

I am 18% Idiot.
Friggin Genius
I am not annoying at all. In fact most people come to me for advice. Of course they annoy the hell out of me. But what can I do? I am smarter than most people.

I am 6% Promiscuous.
Complete And Total Prude!
There is a good chance I am still a virgin. I am not certain because I haven't even bothered to figure out what sexual intercourse actually is. But whatever it is I want nothing to do with it. There

I am 13% White Trash.
Not at all White Trashy!
I, my friend, have class. I am so not white trash. . I am more than likely Democrat, and my place is neat, and there is a good chance I may never drink wine from a box.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Radical cleric get 30 months for instigating Bali bombing?

Here are two stories of criminal acts committed in Indonesia, you pick which criminal should spend 20 years in jail and which one should get 30 months.

Criminal #1 received a 20 year sentence.
Leaving Kerobokan prison in the morning Schapelle Corby wore the smile of a woman hoping freedom was close. But four hours later she was wrenched from her mother's arms, tears streaming down, after the hearing into her 20-year drug smuggling conviction closed without taking new evidence suggesting she was an innocent pawn.

Criminal #2 received a 30 month sentence.
In March a Jakarta court sentenced Abu Bakar for his involvement in a criminal conspiracy that led to the October 2002 Bali bombings, in which 202 people were killed, but cleared him of more serious charges of planning terrorist attacks.
Justice anyone?

Friday, August 05, 2005

Alcohol U , I think I did my undergrad work there.

All first-time freshmen at Chico State will be required this fall to complete an online alcohol abuse prevention course.
I visited Chico State as a senior in High School during 'Pioneer Days' back in the 80s, back before I knew better. I thought it would be a great place to go to college. Wow, it was like Animal House ran by Caligula. I remember watching drunken students carry couches from the frat houses and pile them in the street for a bon fire. I guess Chico State is trying to clean up it's image as a party school. Good for them, anything to prevent another drinking induced tragedy. Kids will drink and over drink, I don't know if education is the answer, but it can't hurt.
Of the 392 students who took AlcoholEdu for Sanctions last year, 17 percent said they were well educated about alcohol and its effects prior to taking the course. After completing the course, 40 percent said they were

Positive peer pressure would be better, but unrealistic.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Robert Novak's Happy Gilmore moment.

If I had to listen to James Carville for more than 30 minutes, it would take all my effort and will power not to go 'Happy" on Mr. Matlin.

Carville and Novak were both trying to speak while they were handicapping the GOP candidacy of Katherine Harris. Novak said the opposition of the Republican establishment in Florida might not be fatal for her.

"Let me just finish, James, please," Novak continued. "I know you hate to hear me, but you have to."

Carville, addressing the camera, said: "He's got to show these right wingers that he's got a backbone, you know. It's why the Wall Street Journal editorial page is watching you. Show 'em that you're tough."

"Well, I think that's bull---- and I hate that," Novak replied. "Just let it go."

As moderator Henry stepped in to ask Carville a question, Novak walked off the set

While I applaud Novak for his honesty, I think he has been in the beltway so long he is no longer relevant as a conservative voice.

5 Million fake votes, voter suppression and intimidation?

Bush stole the election in 2004, naw, just kiddin.

That should be the headline in the New York Times and CBS News, but you won't hear a peep about this story.
While Democrats routinely accuse Republicans of voter intimidation and suppression, neither party has a clean record on the issue. Instead, the evidence shows that Democrats waged aggressive intimidation and suppression campaigns against Republican voters and volunteers in 2004.

When will Michael Moore release his movie about the underhanded Democrat's tricks? I will set up my lawn chair in front of the theater tomorrow to be first in line. I better bring a snack and sleeping bag, I may be there a while.

Ah, the smell of free air, or at least free exhaust.

I know that many people love movies and actually think that some of the stunts they showcase could be performed by people in the real world.
Errrrrt! Wrong answer, Bob tell him what he has won.
An inmate trying to escape from the downtown Sacramento County Main Jail was fatally injured Wednesday afternoon after falling from the undercarriage and being run over by a bus full of inmates leaving the facility, authorities said.

A free, all expense paid trip to the Sacramento County Morgue! That right, for being stupid enough to try to escape from jail by holding on to the underside of a corrections bus, and getting run over for your troubles, you get a free toe tag.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

What a day.

After finishing my day at my real job, my wife called and said that one of our cows had prolapsed her uterus. If you have trouble imagining such a thing, just think of having your internal plumbing hanging outside. Not a pretty site and lethal to the cow if it cannot be fixed. As I drove to the ranch, I stopped at the local Longs Drugs and bought a needle lit that contained a large curved carpet needle and bought a package of dental floss for a suture. When I arrived I hooked up my trailer and loaded a few panels to make an alley to get her in the trailer so I could take her down to the chute for surgery. I will spare you the details, but the process included your truly, turf surfing behind said cow a few yards because I didn't have my saddle and thought I could rope her on foot. After an hour of me playing both cowboy and rope horse, we shut her in the trailer.

When she made into the chute the fun part began, my wife pushed the prolapsed uterus back in and tried to disinfect as much as possible. I took the carpet needle and floss and sowed up 'naughty bits' to keep the uterus in, leaving a large enough opening for her to urinate. She seems fine and we will keep an eye her for a week or two before we remove the suture.

I just came out of the shower and I am proud to report, I smell almost human again.
I will sleep well tonight. Just another fun filled day in the life of a part-time cattle rancher. Sometimes, I think a fish tank is all the livestock I can handle.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Starting my new job.

Oh, by the way we are getting ready to pour 150 yards of concrete and it will be 107 degrees on Friday. From the frying to the fire, they say, and it could be taken literally this week. I started my new job on Monday and I believe I am going to like it.

My first two days working among the livestock and the University facilities, I feel like I have been here for 5 years. The people that I work with are pretty cool, my supervisor takes his lab to work and he is the shop mascot. All in all, pretty cool, except the temperature which is anything but cool.