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...For those who think I type strangely... I type like I talk... Which is why nobody pays me to do this...


...Favorite Quote Block...

"Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate" ... Jack Sparrow...  ... ... Captain... Jack Sparrow...

 

"I gots to know." Albert Popwell as the wounded bank robber in Dirty Harry... 1971...

 

How apropos... When I type Keith Olbermann or Barack Obama, in my Blackberry... The spell check says, "Empty"... Richard Holt...

 

"They're not going to take any water out of your side of the bucket... just the other side of the bucket!" Fred Thompson...

 

"No one knows what to do!" Senate Majority Leader, democrat fool, harry reid...

 

"After the first month of the Obama administration... I find any democratic reference to the Republican culture of corruption absolutely hilarious!"... Richard Holt

 

"I'm proud to be called a Right Wing Zealot by a member of the ruling party... FYI, I'll never bow to a Saudi King or cover a Christian symbol anywhere!"... Richard Holt

 

"I'm not running for office... so I can say whatever the HHHELLL I want!"  John Rich, Atlanta, Georgia, USA...

 

"Humans aren't born knowing how to share... It' a life-long process of teaching them how to be good little socialists..." ...Richard Holt

 

"Obama's let his Alligator mouth overload his Hummingbird rear end!" Larry Gatlin on Fox & Friends...


September 18, 2011...

I say give President Bounel what he asks for... Is it $450,000,000,000?

 

But first... let's get answers to where the last couple $1,000,000,000,000 went...


September 13, 2011...

So... there are sub-groups of truthers? Why can't they all just get along, come together, and classify themselves under one bedouin tent?


September 12, 2011...

Why do I like Herman Cain? Because he says he'd do, what I think America needs...

 

Oh yes... President Bounel?  I have some budget advice...

 

I say, "Fire the blue ribbon committees... all of moochelle's staff... the beer summit event organizers and the bicycle helmet coordinator."


September 8, 2011...

Thank goodness maxine waters is not my, "so-called" representative! She's a "so-called" representative alright... Just not mine!


September 7, 2011...

I just saw a t-shirt that read..."Welfare was never intended to be a career opportunity"... Somebody please tell that to the proglibocrats!


September 5, 2011...

38 shootings in 48 hrs... NYC mayor bloomers? Your problem is the likes of 17 yr old Oneil DaSilva, whose rapsheet includes 9 attempted murder arrests...

 

SEVENTEEN YEARS OLD AND NINE ATTEMPTED MURDER ARRESTS!!!

 

THAT's your city's problem! Not my self defense weapons!  You're just plain stupid!


September 1, 2011...

When President Bounel reads this phrase from his teleprompter, "...a brighter and more prosperous future." ... have you noticed how he cringes?


August 31, 2011...

Dear President Obama/Bounel/Soetoro, I know it's late, but some would like to know what's the comproglibocrat definition of "transparent"...


August 24, 2011...

I oiled a couple of my Glocks today... ... ... I hope that didn't hurt them...


August 24, 2011...

With mayor bloomers banning so many from the 911 Ceremony... apparently out of fear of offending someone. Who will be left to attend?


August 19, 2011...

Green Jobs is another government scam where we give ship loads of dollars away, and get little change in return.


August 9, 2011...

FYI, in case of riot there is no such thing as innocent bystanders, but there are stupid people labeled as bystanders in the police reports.


August 8, 2011...

GW's, "No Child Left Behind" program... abandoned in favor of Barack's new and improved, "What The Hell, So We Leave Some Behind" policy..


July 28, 2011...

Is SC 4th District Representative, Trey Gowdy good or what? Thank you Representative Gowdy for your Oversight Committee work on Gunwalker...


July 19, 2011...

Quantitative Easing 3... Coming soon... to an acorn office near you...


June 13, 2011...

There's some guy... named John King... apparently he works for cnn... and cnn is hosting a Republican debate...

 

I have to find cnn... as I don't normally watch foolish TV programs... and cnn qualifies for such... anyway...

 

This john king... a terrible, mumbling moderator... made certain I won't remember what channel cnn is on... 


May 6, 2011...

If I had been calling the shots, pun intended... Muslims would be looking for Usama for eternity... and only a few would have known what really happened...


April 18th, 2011...

Facebook is addictive... It makes an old man lazy who should be writing notes for his grandson to read one day...

 

1. I'm a republican by default... Right now I have two realistic choices... And I'm dang sure not a democrat! So, I have to do what I can to support a Tea Party-ish candidate... But our 6 year term senators that have just been elected and nobody can touch them... It makes for lots of bad politics...

 

2. Note to my last democrat friend... I know there's somebody that knows who you are and will get the word to you...  You're wrong when you said, we both have the same goals... We just have different ways of getting to them...

 

3. I've got to go find a polite way of saying, "Kiss my bottom!"

4. I have a question for mr. tax-cheat... When do we cut our losses and reign in our finances? Why is it that you just, "Have" to have more money to spend? If you need an extra $30,000... just cheat on your taxes again... TurboTax is ready when you are...
5. Ol'tax-cheat timmy geitner is making some stern warnings to republicans... Such as they would own the responsibility of putting America and other economies around the globe in peril if they don't vote in fav or of a debt limit increase...  Let's see... Did I call timmy geitner a tax cheat? Yes... I see I did...
6. I thought, once Florida representative alan grayson was fired, the democrats would struggle while looking for a qualified spokesman… Oh! But was I wrong… Massachusetts representative ed markey has stepped up to make alan grayson and all democrats very proud… Guam capsizing, Georgia rep. hank johnson, nor socializing maxine waters were even in the running!
7. What I want to hear a politician say... It's simple... and will work now...  "And if elected, this will be my budget rule... In the next physical year, I will only allow the government to spend 80% of what it takes in this year! The other 20% will whittle down the debt..."
8. We owe $14,264,245,526,311.58 ... That's a half million over fourteen million, two hundred and sixty-four thousand, two hundred and forty-five MILLION dollars!
9. When a city budget is in crisis, the first thing they do is say, "Policemen, firemen and parks will have to be laid off..." in an attempt to get people to say, "No! We'll pay more taxes!" And the ultimate in this form is for the feds to say they won't fund and pay the military! That's inexcusable and unforgettable!

10.My opinion that the leftists are the, "Get-it-while-you-can democrats"... is more profound than I first thought...

11. We don't need to worry about what the Republicans are doing to us right now... We need to keep paying attention to what the communist proglibocrats have already done to us!

12. Joseph Lowery is suing the State of Georgia because there are some cities that he thinks are too white... I looked closely for a person of color in this video of the democrat associated unions in Wisconsin... and thought I had found one... but it was only a poster of a man with a little color in him... But joe, I'll keep looking...

13. As we all know by now, that CA Rep Darrell Issa is asking for papers from Homeland Security concerning the government's "gunrunning" activities to the mexican drug cartels... I'm thinking he should just ask for a key to potUS's secret document vault... Unless it's too full to also hold the gunrunning files...


 

February 4, 2011... Miscellaneous thoughts of the events in Egypt and the middle east...

1. To be perfectly clear... The dreams of my Father and me... are in no way the same as barry soetoro's...
2. When I look up islamic socialism... I find it mirrors the current soetoro administration and apparently is the progressive liberal democrat way...
3. Islamic Caliphate... refers to the first system of government established in Islam... and was the worlds first major welfare state...  It's being re-established now... and according to all notifications, is slated to move on and take out the Western Countries... meaning the opposite of the eastern countries...  Those eastern countries are uprising with revolution...  The kind of revolution we won't like when it comes here...  Their call for social justice and equal shares of the wealth makes me thing of the hope and change movement that ushered in a stranger to the Western Way of Life... Your way of life......
4. I'd like to say that I'm sick of muslim this and muslim that... I'm tired of them talking about democracy and liberty and freedom... thinking they'll get sympathy from people like me... Their democracy, liberty and freedom is much like that of the proglibocrat party... Anti-American...

5. I feel sorry for those that publically declared themselves progressives 3 years ago... only to scramble to rename themselves shortly thereafter... But I'm awfully glad they did... We needed to know who they really are...


February 3, 2011...

One reason Herman Cain is running for President... He doesn't want to have to explain to his grandchildren what The United States used to be like...


February 2, 2011...

Thank you, Chick-fil-A for being a company with principles and standards worth speaking up for...


November 22, 2010... Trust me this will be edited...

 

“Believe nothing you hear on the Internet… and only half of what you see…”

Back to that in a minute or so…

So, I spoke with aides in the offices of 2 of 20 United States Senators that are listed as co-sponsors of S510… Both of them are my Georgia Senators… Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson…

 

Senator Chambliss first…  His aide quickly noted that democrat Senator Harkin had sponsored an amendment to S.510 that would be S.4715… This was a feeble attempt to lay a smoke screen because of fear of having to answer questions that someone other than a high school phone answer would have to answer… I asked if Senator Harkin’s text was available for the public which was when he gave me the substitute bill number…

 

After stating my general opinion of not being in favor of anything that takes any more of my Liberties away… and expressing my thanks for the change of direction, even if for a cloture vote… I proceeded on to Senator Harkin’s website to find that on November 29th, after Thanksgiving…

 

“The Senate will convent at 2:00 p.m. Following any Leader remarks, there will be a period of morning business until 4:00 p.m. with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes.

At 4:00 p.m., the Senate will resume consideration of S. 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, as provided for under the previous order.

At 6:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a cloture vote on the substitute amendment to S. 510. Under the agreement reached, if cloture is invoked, 4 motions to suspend the rules would be in order. Upon disposition of the motions, the Senate will proceed to vote on passage of the bill, as amended. Senator Reid would like to complete action on the Food Safety bill on Monday. As a result, senators should expect a late night of voting.”
 

 

Your guess as to what that means is welcomed at this point… and yes, I know a convent has something to do with friars and nuns… and if morning business starts after convening at 2 p.m., maybe Senators hours are better than bankers hours after all… or morning doesn’t mean morning at all… which is a distinct possibility… since nothing else I’ve read about S.510 has much of anything to do with people not getting sick from tainted peanut butter, lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, jalapenos or eggs!

 

Tainted has also never been defined… I’ll get back to you on that and the meaning of morning business taken into session during the afternoon…

I’m just reporting what’s on Senator Harkin’s website… This may have something to do with not being able to understand the topic legislation…

The aide to whom was speaking on behalf of Senator Chambliss did not mention as to what made him co-sponsor the bill in the first place… nor what exactly the wording was that made him feel he needed to tell his constituents he no longer supported the legislation…

 

Let it be noted that Senator Chambliss has been a Senator for a long time… and that he has co-sponsored 221 bills… of which only 6 made it into law… This may actually be a good thing…

 

Now for Senator Isakson…  Senator Isakson’s aide didn’t offer much other than the wording had changed also and he voted no on cloture and no on the motion to proceed… all of which are as meaningless as Massachusetts electing Senator Brown to stop that darn obamacare bill… We see how fruitful that was now don’t we…

 

There was a little mumbling about Senator Coburn… so after further study, I find there’s an amendment from him as well…

After a brief search and filling out a law school application, I recommend the following two sites for your review…

Note that on searchable documents, I find no match for terms like seed, fertilizer, home, garden or similar…

But find much about adding incredible bureaucratic layers to farming, food handling, food processing and distribution, imports and international treaty conformance…

 

Which brings me back to the title line… Don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you see on the Internet!

Anybody that can write, read or understand the BS in a bill like this is in bad need of a hobby! And if they think it will have anything to do with the ability of a governmental authority to detect, stop and correct a health outbreak such as the egg or peanut butter problems of last year or so is sadly mistaken…

 

http://coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/rightnow?ContentRecord_id=124396b6-6521-406c-9bb1-f9197ef5cf06

http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2010/11/19/food-safety-bill-delayed/

http://www.opencongress.org/vote/2010/s/251

 

I offer this Blog entry with the understanding that it is there for your interpretation…

I don’t care for commentary that includes partial statements such as, “What it essentially says…” or “What that means is…”

Say it in plain English and leave out the bullshit!

 

Please see my October 29, 2008... where if you'll care to read down mid-way or so about the reason the word, "bullshit" has to be used in political discussions...

Ahhh... October 29, 2008... I was on a roll that night! The honorable Senators Harkin, Coburn, Chambliss and Isakson would be best hiring me to write their next legislation... What they say in 1000 pages... I'd say in 10 and we'd all be able to understand it!


October 24, 2010... Comment catch up day...

1. Support politicians for what they won't do to you... Not what they will do for you!

2. Georgia republicans are running nathan deal and the democrats are running roy barnes? It reminds me of the obama/mccain (no) choice!

3. Did anyone ever determine which commissar of the democrat politburo wrote the obamacare law?

4. Proud of my Country... Appalled by my government...

5. For all the history buffs out there that missed it the first time around. It's about to repeat itself. Let's hope we get it right this time.

6. Politicians "fixing" the economy... Is like the landscaping crews blowing the leaves and clippings into the street...

7. I would have never guessed how expensive and destructive the proglibocrat's "hope" was... It sounded so nice and constructive...

8. It's amazing how different politicians are elected in the same state. Good examples are Demint and panty-waist graham, both SC republicans.

9. rahm is leaving the obaministration... It's as if the roaches scatter when someone turned the light on in the garage...

10. barry soetoro can't understand why everybody's not on board his damaged and badly listing ship. Even the rats know when to jump from a ship.

11. To the "have nots" that want to be the "haves"... You won't like paying for those you leave behind...

12. A resignation with pension should not thwart ethics or legal investigations in business, law enforcement, education, congress or any others.

13. How can I explain to my cell phone to stop asking if I want to add words like biden & rahm and so many more to its dictionary.

14. Moving forward to joe biden is moving away from center... Progressively away from center!

15. Pest extermination companies will have a difficult time getting rid of all the bugs in Washington after the obaministration is over...

16. "There is no distinctly native criminal class, except congress." Mark Twain

17. I want the government out of the "jobs" business!

18. I suggest we stop the credit economy, and spend less next year than we took in this year until our debts have been paid...

19. Note to all politicians... If you read proposed legislation that has exemptions or exclusions, do not sign on as a sponsor and vote... NO!

20. I suggest more should do as I do and not listen to one single word, New York mayor michael bloomberg says...

21. Elect more politicians like my Father! Very capable of saying right off the bat, "No! Period!" "We can't afford that!"

22. As bad as politicians are... None are as vile, despicable and devoid of any honor as Florida's U.S. Representative alan grayson...

23. I'm searching ancestor research sites now and fully expect to find out grayson is blood kin to satan...

24. I'm a fan of yours, Karl Rove... But the GOP needs to lean a little more toward the Independents... As more and more of them are ex-GOP'ers...

25. I will not take any religious lessons from barry soetoro. Nor from any church that is organized against any part of the U.S. Constitution!

 


August 28, 2010... Restoring Honor Rally... Washington, D.C. ...

Glenn Beck said, "Build it, and they will come!" And that we did!

 

It was an amazing experience to be with so many great Americans... and as Glenn said from the stage... only God knew how many were there... The subways were still packed over half way through the event...

 

Those in attendance and those viewing on the Internet and TV's across the world, received a very warm but soul stirring message from not only Glenn, but Dr. Alveda King... Many participated and soldiers and their families were honored...

 

Faith, Hope and Charity was the theme... and Spirit was definitely around the Reflecting Pool...

 

I attended by myself, which isn't much fun... but I felt it so important to go... and witness this event... not just to say I was there...

 

In Washington, I have many favorite places... but I didn't fight the crowd to see them all... I was there for a different purpose... This trip was planned out to visit Arlington National Cemetery... and the Rally... and that's what I did... I'll return another day, once there's more honorable politicians working the city...

 

But that'll be at least another election... maybe two...

 

At Arlington, I didn't stop at the famous graves... I passed on by the Kennedy graves... I did however stop by many important gravesites... and read their inscriptions... seeing Medal of Honor recipients right in line with undecorated soldiers...

 

And at the Tomb of the Unknown... I just sat... This was when I was pleased to be attending alone... I sat where I could see and film quietly... I'm not able to view those videos just yet... as I'm having a difficult time typing now looking through blurry eyes, just trying to make these notes...

 

God Bless our Military Patriots and their Families... God Bless Glenn Beck... and God... Please bless America...

 

I needed this event...


Wow! It's August 10th!...

 

I've been busy elsewhere... but I haven't been quiet... Here's some of my roamings since I last posted here...

 

1. Note... when you get beat-up by a dude in a movie, played by Steven Segal... You can say you've received a serious butt-whoopin...

 

2. I have promised myself that I will not go to sleep next Thursday until the Northeast corner of my bedroom is cleaned up... I'm assuming it's ok for me to put up my turkey hunting gear and long handles? I mean... it'll be deer season and cold weather again in a couple of months...

 

3. It matters not what barry obama is, or who he is, or where he's from... it matters that the democrats have championed his socialist/maoist/communist/marxist agenda... and are implementing it as we speak...

 

4. But hillary... The phrase from the koran, "one innocent soul" means a proper muslim... Not infidels...

 

5. On a hot Georgia afternoon... I don't recommend pepper jack cheese to have with your snack crackers...

 

6. Representative weiner isn't a weiner at all but instead, a real butthead!

 

7. Barry soetoro may not proclaim to be a muslim, but he sure is carrying their water! Open immigration and abortion funding to non-muslims...

 

8. Look for a new book to come out in time for New Year's gift giving... The unauthorized story of Lady Ga-Ga... A Pop Trollop Icon...

 

9. Dear politicians, far and wide. Reduce the current level of laws, rules and regulations to an amount that can be funded by cash on hand.

 

10. Muslins rely on immigration and procreation to dominate the world... Also under sharia law commercial insurance is disallowed...

 

11. A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials. So by the end of obaministration I'll be a 58 carat diamond..

 

12. The dreams of barry's father are closer to reality than we think...

 

13. I consider barry's appearance on the view, a protective act for the tens of thousands of Boy Scouts attending the Jamboree...

 

14. It amazes me how those in the democrat party have embraced the abolishment of our Liberties.

 

15. Achmood Armadillojad is an idiot? He should be thankful barry is in charge instead of predicting when the USA will attack...

 

16. I totally agree with the left... If I were you... I'd want to silence Breitbart too...

 

17. Does anyone believe george soros is funding this progressive revolution machine to share his wealth? Or to have us share ours...?

 

18. I heard there is legislation that will impose budget cuts 3 yrs from now so as not to hurt the get-it-while-you-can democrats.

 

19. Who exonerated Ms. Sherrod? The more I hear of her tape in question, the more I realize her context was racist...

 

20. Progressive media outlets are NOT main-stream media outlets... Of course I'll never hear anything good about Conservatives on progressive media outlets... because I'll never tune in to one...

 

21. A sign hanging above the storage room at my local gun shop reads... "Is there life after death? Trespass here and find out."


April 28, 2010... More Randomness...

Note to self…  Research the Arizona Chamber of Commerce to see what businesses I can support…  I’m already contributing to Hayworth…

 

News headline today… San Francisco to boycott Arizona… Heck! Why not...  I’ve been boycotting San Francisco my whole life!

 

Why are people still asking for the whereabouts of cbs, abc, nbc, cnn and the like… They’re right where they’ve been for a very long time… 

 

Isn't Puerto Rico already one of the 57 United States?

 

I've been wondering... Is this a new democrat party or have they always been this social?


April 21, 2010...

God's bless you Eleanor Dean Gamble...


So now it's April 19, 2010... and where've I been?  I've been Facebooking and Tweeting in my absence...

 

And there's been so much going on... Dylan had his first birthday... Duke has lost a few winter pounds... I haven't...

 

I'm also considering taking Duke for sleep therapy... He snores something terrible... I also think he needs therapy in general... He dreams of critter chases and then wakes up and wants to go outside and continue the chase... Dang dog thinks whatever he's chasing in his dream is still outside and in bad need of chasing...

 

If he wakes me up again in the middle of the morning one more time... He'll need physical therapy to go with his sleep therapy!

 

...Recent Random Roamings...

 

1. I really... really... don't care if john mccain is a maverick or not... Seriously... why has it been a question on the news all week?

2. I wonder how many hammers and sickles obama will have the unions make out of the Statue of Liberty after they melt it down?

3. Not only am I missing my Old Uncle Sam... I miss the old Winchester company... the one that made the old kick butt Model 97... and Model 12!

4. Is it ok to call john  lewis a liar over the racial slur debacle, or is he a protected species or covered by diplomatic immunity?

5. I wonder how many American babies are adopted by couples from china or russia?

6. Pollen is very bad in N Georgia. It reminds me of a good air day in china with its green haze blocking about 10% of the sunlight.

7. Is it just me? I know many on the Right that came from the left, but I don't know any at all that were Right but are now leftists.

8. How can anybody speak of david axlerod and not use the words bull and sh*t?...

9. Has anyone gone on the U.S. House floor to dispute the claim of racial comment in the official record the false claim is certainly on record?

10. Government can buy influence, but ted kennedy couldn't get the Pope to intercede on his behalf even after sending a letter hand delivered by obama.

11. "Get-it-while-you-can", perfectly describes all progressive/liberal democrats...

12. As incomes decrease... All taxes must decrease too... Local, State politicians need to get a grip! They can't keep up this spending pace...

13. A democrats definition of bipartisanship is... The act of doing it the progressive way or hit the highway...

14. Friends don't let Friends... vote democrat.

15. How long before marxism/marxist is replaced with obamism/obamist... It's bound to happen, but how soon is the question...

16. Hillary warns of terrorists going nuclear... Richard Holt warn of hillary...

17. If it's made from recycled materials, but it's made in china, they effectively moved their dump half way around the world to America.

18. Republicans are perceived as repairable... and democrats as ready for the scrap heap... I'm done with them...

19. Tell your friends and relatives that you'll be expecting cell phone photo texts from them in the voting booths at the upcoming primaries!

20. I feel my life is like TV... I change the channel to see what else is on and... it's in commercial too...


January 20, 2010...

It was April 11, 2006, when I first made mention of Teddy Kennedy in this Blog... and tonight won't be the last...

 

Yesterday, a wonderful day... Republican Senate Candidate, Scott Brown... was elected the next Senator from Massachusetts... Normally, this would be the last thing I'd write about... but I want to make sure my future readers know what was going through my mind on January 19, 2010...

 

"This is the wakeup call we've hoped for and should being a change to America! If any of obama's 57 states want something... tax their citizens till they bleed and get it! But if you want to rahm your maoist, marxist, communist crap down the American People's throats...We'll push back!"

 

"The democrats had a 20 point lead, 30 days ago... The democrats there outnumber republicans 3 to 1! They brought in their Olympic champion and various medal winning fearless leader! The day she went to Washington to raise lobbyist and big party money while her escort roughed up a reporter trying to ask a question...... She commented that the Republicans were bringing in outside interest money... WTH?"

 

"john kerry... keep trying to get that appointment with achmood armadillojad... And update your resume! You're gonna need a job in a very few years!"

 

"Christmas Eve voting... The Louisiana Hook... The Nebraska Slice!... nancy swas-ta-ka pelosi... harry "Nobody knows what to do!" reid... Democrats??? CAN YOU HEAR US NOW!!!" 


January 17, 2010...

note to barry obama after his silly comments about Massachusetts Senate Candidate, Scott Brown's pickup...

 

I, like Scott Brown, am the proud owner and driver of a pickup truck, and unlike you on so many issues, I can prove it.

 

If you'll look in the bottom drawer of my file cabinet... near the front... you'll find a file labeled, "Truck Title"...

 

It should be right behind the file labeled, "Richard's Birth Certificate" and in front of the file that's labeled, "Richard's U.S. Passport...

 

There's no lock... Nobody hired to hide or seal them...  They are however guarded by the Second Amendment...


January 2, 2010...

To my Conservative Friends... Please go to your new 2010 calendar and flip to November... Write in on November 2nd that you have an appointment to vote! Let nothing else get in your way... To the few liberal friends I have left... never mind...

 

January 1, 2010...

Jowl and neck bone and rice... collards and black-eyed peas... cornbread and sweet tea... Now then... I'm headed back to the woods to take a nap...

 

Late December 2009 Ramblings...

1. "Hey! Why don't'cha kill every last job, tax every last penny, and infringe on every last God given right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness... cause let me tell you... Ain't nobody happy with you!"... A new Ray Steven's song...

 

2. What I reject, barry... is sitting on the sideline and watching your failures... episode after episode.

 

3. Does anyone have barry's teleprompter's email address? I have his next speech already written... "I'm responsible... I will do what it takes to make it right... I'm sorry..."

 

4. If you won't say it, barry... I will.  "you... your homeland so-called security team... your secretary of state... your press secretary... failed us... again... and are only a dog and pony show."

 

5. Please! Will my picks in the Football Pool stop losing? Please! I said, "please..."

 

6. Over the last several administrations, occasionally we'd get word that the U.S. had dealt certain technologies to china. Software, missile and other possibly offensive examples come to mind.  I'm assuming these questionable dealings were interest payments?

 

7. This young male nigerian, muslim terrorist is just that. Whether his bomb went on Christmas Day is only important to the mortality and property damage accountants. However... His act of terrorism worked perfectly! And those that try to suppress or defend him are complicit.

 

 8. God Bless those on the plane who intervened in his terrorist act... You are heroes...

 

9. And God please Bless each of our Navy Seals and continue their strength, skills and determination... and Michigan's 8th District Representative, Mike Rogers for his political support...

 

Christmas 2009...

Duke's worse than a kid... If he's not sleepin'... nobody's sleepin'... Merry Christmas to one and all!

 

Christmas Eve for us, 2009...

I have a Grandson that was born on April 14th of this year. He's my first Grandchild and this is his first Christmas.  Well. It was interesting to shop for him. Would I buy him more yellow, green and red plastic, you know... Imported plastic from China. Or something that I might hope will help make him a Great American someday.

I opted for the latter. He's getting an autographed copy of Liberty and Tyranny by Mark Levin from me (and no plastic).

... ... ...

Christmas Eve for the obamas, 2009... "the first family is set for their winter solstice holiday on mao-ee."

December 23, 2009...

Only because they won't let it go... For those that would like to know the real symbolism of barry standing in front of gold curtains, which often his photo opps are... and now the gold ribbons on his winter solstice holiday tree in America's White House... It's the emperor's gold... for an eternity, nobody could use t...he emperor of china's gold color... only the emperor... Well... barry has it now...

 

Oh... And armadillojad dismisses U.S. deadline for nuclear deal... imagine that.

 

Thanksgiving Day, 2009...

What a nice day at Washblue... Mother and Rebecca kicked it up a notch... and I blew leaves around the yard...

 

Duke chased a big buck out of the yard... that was within bow range of the front door!  I've been out all season and by far the biggest buck I've seen was standing behind the hemlock tree across the bridge at the same time that Duke was going out to pee...  Go figure...

 

Our family has a lot to be thankful for... Kate & Zac, TG, Gina & Gray joined us and we ate good food on the good stuff...

 

This year, special thanks goes to everyone that was involved in Dad's medical care this year...

 

We thank each and every member of our military and to every supplier, contractor or vendor of our military...

 

We're thankful for being Americans...


October 20, 2009...

Since I've typed here... I've made some changes and increased my possessions... (While I still can...)

 

One of  the added possessions... 1. An IPod... I had forever said, "I don't need an IPod..."  I don't have all that many tunes and I listen to them at certain times and on the computer... I also listen to fellow Right-Winged Zealots on the radio while I'm driving...

 

However, I didn't understand the importance of Podcasts... Ok... so I'm slow... amongst other things... As of just a few minutes ago... I'm now synced with 709 podcasts... which should make me an official podcast junkie...   

 

I had no idea how badly I needed an IPod... Why didn't you do a better job of convincing me I'd like it...

 

2. Then to make my Podcasts lots of fun... I've converted some other subscriptions I had (that weren't worth what I was spending on them) to Podcast Premium subscriptions... Wow! I was missing a ton!  Now I'm not missing so much... I've now got something to listen to them in the... (Nora Jones is a major Babe!  Sorry I'm watching Dancing with the Stars while I type...)

 

Ok... you get my point... So I'm more, "With it... " now than I used to be...   plus I'm old... I can't keep my train of thought when Nora is on the TV...


September 5, 2009...

…Richard’s Political Roamings…

 

1. In honor of the commencement of College football... I'd like to gratulate the University of Florida as being the reigning national champion, along with U.S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown and say, "Go Gata!"  YouTube it...

2. I'm not a Catholic... but I'm totally it's not important what the Pope thinks or does... Even if Barry hand carries a letter to him on your behalf...It's only important what God thinks and does... Note to others... I don't think I'd send a letter to any church leader by Barry...

3. Teddy Kennedy pushed to change his state's law to keep a republican governor from appointing someone to a vacant senatorial seat... The law was just fine if the governor happened to be a democrat... just not a republican... Then he forgot to have it changed back once the governor was once again a democrat...   This gives us another opportunity to see the disingenuous democrats at work... The same ones that want to bring the country together... as long as everyone does what they're told...

4. Barry has traveled the countryside at tremendous cost and given speeches on obamacare 111 times... but after he reads the next speech... I'm sure I'll be a believer!

5. Robert Gibbs... Don't you just get sick and tired of having to make up stuff about what your team has said and done? It's day in and day out... I mean how many times can you spin something without getting dizzy?

6. Empathy…  Understanding those who’s big screen TV’s and tattoos are affordable only because they are able to send their kids to the free summer lunch program…

 


September 4, 2009...

Charlie Rangel is a pitiful but powerful politician… of democratic persuasion…

 

He cannot be honest with his own finances… So I call him a crook… not a black crook… just a crook…

 

He expects me to believe him when he says Southern Whites don’t like Barry because he’s a black man…

 

I’m not a racist Charlie… and even if I was a racist… I’d probably at the very least, like the white half of Barry…

 

Since I’m a white Southerner, as you call me… but an honest one… I must admit I don’t like any part of Barry… even the white half…

 

Obviously I’m really tired of democrats not having anything else to say but to call me a racist and hope I sit back stunned…

 

Well that’s not what I do anymore...


August 16, 2009... almost the 17th...


It takes all kinds, we’re told… It makes for an odd community, but a community none the less…

I’m always interested in those that don’t think like me… Maybe it’s that I tend to keep a closer eye on those others much more than those like me…  I’ve always been amused at those most opposite of me, wanting to bring us together… in a bipartisan way…  (Insert Nancy Pelosi’s definition of bipartisanship here… If you agree with Nancy… you are bipartisan…) While I digress here I must note that I’ve had two good friends tell me within the last year something similar to, “Just consider it another group of people trying to reach the same goals!”              

One of those friends doesn’t drink much… and I’m not sure about the other one… When they said this… they didn’t seem drunk… End of this digression, but madam speaker... I reserve the right to do so again in this post…        

I don’t expect to find Utopia… or for our country to be converted to one… especially by deceitful politicians and/or otherwise power-hungry individuals masquerading as leaders that think they know what’s best for me…    

There’s always at least two ways to look at any issue… More than one way to skin a cat per se… sorry Kate… I didn’t make up the saying… it just best explains my point…       

 Let me present this example…          

 Today I heard from a friend that reported an incident where a friend of his had successfully thwarted at least a car-jacking, because he was legally armed.  Period… That was the story… My friend was thankful, as am I, that his friend was safe… and nobody was harmed…    The perfect ending to a not-so-perfect episode…      

But everyone he notified of the successful event didn’t see it that way… The proverbial fly in the ointment responded… explaining how it was foolish and dangerous to put innocent by-standers at risk… all because of a car!  They even showed concern for the criminal thugs by describing them as misguided kids…  Who, by the way, are free and safe to be misguided kids to someone else...       

He suggested the gentleman who successfully thwarted at the very least a car-jacking, stay out of such neighborhoods where these things happen… and he used an example of himself choosing to live in some supposedly safe-as-mama’s-womb hoity-toity community…         

Now is where I get to make my point that some people simply can’t be brought together… Religion, sexuality, weaponry and politics are topics where the Nancy Pelosi’s of the world try for common ground or bipartisanship, as it were, since there are usually polar opposites involved in such debates…         

 I’m a documented 2nd Amendment loving United States Citizen… and that’s not to lessen the importance of any other of my documented causes… This just happens to be the topic right now…           

 I choose not to live in, nor frequent, neighborhoods consumed with criminal thugs or have neighbors like this anti-gun guy that can spot a misguided kid from the 17th green!  I consider them each, undesirable… Yet I honor anyone's right to refuse to arm themselves for any purpose… and to put a sign in your front yard proclaiming the right...

I don’t live in a shell or in Utopia just yet…             

Along my life’s journey, I’m daily in contact with people that I have absolutely no idea what their task for the day is… Rob the store where I’m getting gas?… Rob the bank where I’m using the ATM?… Get their next fix any way possible?… Preach a sermon?... Build a house?... Heal the sick?...

I don't know... but I choose to be prepared… not consumed… very simply prepared…            

When Utopia appears, I won’t worry about any of these and the thousands of other bad events that could happen but hadn’t happened to me… We’ll all be living in harmony… Some will be working and paying for the others…  Oh!… I'm sorry… That’s not Utopia… That’s socialism… and a topic for another day…           

Keep in mind… I don’t worry about anything bad happening to me… I’m actually confident as hell, and enjoy almost every moment of everything I do… but that’s just me… I can only act on what’s going on around me… and unless I chose to keep my entire family in my hoity-toity safe-as-mom’s-womb community, and never send them to Aruba… or the mall… or to a ballgame, or anywhere in the world without a sign-bearer proclaiming, “These fine people are my wonderful wife and children… If you bother them, they will complain to the authorities and talk about you at the Cotillion…” I had better use my head and any reasonable means available to me to protect them and myself!         

 I didn't have the sex conversation with my daughter...  That was reserved for another family member to do… But I damn sure had the firearm conversation… I told her, as she came of appropriate age to be out from under my protective roof, I thought she needed her own gun…  She understood my sentiments, but wanted to make every effort to live peacefully with the inhabitants of all communities… the thugs… the druggies… the anti-everything’s… old hippie holdouts… and even a tree-hugger or two… and did so for a while…          

After a few car break-ins and the burglary of their apartment (which un-be-known to me, was a no-guns allowed apartment complex) gave me a call and said, “I’m ready!” “I’ve had enough!”          

These few words gave me the relief of my lifetime! And trust me I’ve needed relief a time or two…

Having lost so much time, I had to catch up on the what-to-do’s and what-not-to-do’s that come along with the responsibility of self-protection… It wasn’t like she hadn’t seen me live these instructions and even discuss them with her along and along…  plus she’s smart as hell…             

Now let’s see if I can pull all this together and close…          

I would like to announce … to those especially in and around Atlanta… and the hoity-toity communal inhabitants everywhere… It does take all kinds, all the way from me to you… and sometimes it's even possible to meet in the middle of some issues… and then sometimes not...

If you see a sissy-hippie-Prius car sitting next to you at the gas station… the one with the spay and neuter sticker… as well as an NRA sticker… suggest to the criminal thugs that they not bother her, her car or try to skin her cat…

Smile, speak your howdy’s and go about your business… because she has backup for her backup… and possibly even backup to that...


August 9, 2009...

I'm afraid I haven't been put on the White House list of those opposing Barry's healthcare directive... Surely I have though...

 

What if I haven't been sent in?  What if I'm not good enough to make the list?  Can I report myself? I have so many questions...

 

TBC...


August 8, 2009...

I'd like to make this declaration public... I've been thinking about it for a while, but I need to go public with it...

 

I claim copyright to the phrase... "Vote for Change...Change you can bet your sweet butt on!"  I can't use the a word because it's not nice... accurate... but not nice...

 

I'm also working on a logo... and feel it will be rather easy to come up with a round logo and someone's butt other than nancy pelosi...

 

I know when you think butt... nancy is high on the list...

 

She is the #2 reason I won't be able to give democratic candidates consideration...


July 4th, 2009...

I've been phenomenally busy of late... The garden has about kicked my behind!  But it's doing really well...

 

I could use some rain to give me a break from watering, but I'm not complaining...

 

It's Independence Day and what a beautiful day it was... Duke started the day out waking me up early... real early... I put him out and snuck back to bed...  but he found me...

 

We both took a little extra nap which ended for me as he dropped a tennis shoe on the side of my head!  I took the hint and got up for good...

 

We worked the garden and sprayed the food plot at the farm...  and took a little Honda ride up to the gap before returning home to water...

 

Now for a serious moment... I'd like to remember 1st Sergeant, John D. Blair of Calhoun... he was killed in Mado Zayi, Afghanistan, and buried this past week...  He was with the 1st Battalion of the Georgia National Guard's 121st Infantry out of Lawrenceville...

 

We are able to grow gardens, watch fireworks, ride Hondas and wade creeks to cool off afterwards... all because of soldiers... not politicians... but soldiers...

 

Security is achieved through strength...

 

God bless you John Blair...


May 31, 2009...

It's amazing how many times after all the applause has died down about one of Barry's administration members or nominees... after they've been described as, "...brilliant!" "...the most intelligent ever!" "...the best pick ever..." someone has to keep answering over and over for them..., "...what he/she meant to say was..." Or in ole Joe Biden's case..., "...it's just ole Joe... nobody takes him seriously... that's why he's VP..."

 

Unless something happened again last night... the last big one was Supreme Court Justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor's racial comments, "...I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life."

 

Barry finally said,  "I'm sure she would have restated it,"

 

I reckon so Barry, if she thought it'd thought it would keep her from getting on a panel that would set the policy for what's left of us Americans!

 

As for me... I say put the card carrying La Raza member, (look that one up when you have time...) on the Court!  The only thing that could be better is if she also had an Acorn card...

 

Like Barry said, ..."you ain't seen nothing yet..."

 

The left has a way of responding... I love the answer I heard so many times during the campaign... when a "person of color" would be accusing a Caucasian of racism... to which the Caucasian would answer, "I'm not a racist!"  Then the person of color would holler, "But yo' grandaddy was...!" 

 

"The time is right...", "The stars are aligned..." You've got the votes, Barry... You go ahead and change America... China's got the money... You've got the time...


May 17, 2009...

Not only is Nancy Pelosi a liar... she's a vicious liar... which should make the democratic party proud...

 

Nancy, I applaud you... If you're going to go to the trouble... be the very best you can be!

 

Hopefully the news will get off this and on to our new China sponsored health care... or the fact that we're about to pay out the butt to the united auto workers union for GM and Chrysler's mis-management... but California, Massachusetts and New Jersey's inability to take care of their business...

 

There's not even anything in California, Massachusetts and New Jersey I want to visit... much less pay for!

 

But what the hey... As long as China has the money to loan... Barry and hillery'll borrow it and give it to everyone who needs it...

 

All on my behalf...

 

Oh... But Nancy... I think you're going to have to give up your jet...


May 16,2009...

Liar, liar... grandma panties on fire! 

 

Note to Nancy Pelosi... Your children's nanny taught them once they were caught doing something wrong... to be quiet... and take their punishment...

 

She should have taught you the same...

 

Because, the old adage of, "BUSH LIED!" is just that... old and tired...

 

It used to work for you and your minions... but it isn't working for you now...

 

My suggestion is the same as for a 3 year old... Stop talking... and getting yourself into deeper and deeper trouble!

 

... grandma panties on fire!  That right there's funny...


May 9, 2009... no... Actually just now, it's May 10, 2009...

Well... It got started today... ... ... I'm cleaning my bedroom...

 

Not straightening it any... unless you consider the fact that as I move piles from one place to another place... I'm straightening the piles into stacks...

 

Let's do one thing at a time...  So far, Duke isn't pleased with messing with his schedule... But he'll just have to get over it...

 

I looked under the bed, and was startled!  I said, "But I cleaned under there in February!"

 

Duke said, "Yes... I know... but which year?"


May 8, 2009...

Today I read an article in the Los Angeles Times, Internet edition… concerning California’s budget problems…It was a long article… and not one word on what would most easily resolve their concerns…

 

California has very powerful legislators and they just whipped out a bill that resolved the entire nation’s financial mess… so what’s the problem?…

 

Here’s what you do… cancel all those referendums that are scheduled for later this month… which alone will save a ton of money… and simply borrow it from China!  No biggie!  Besides… it doesn’t matter what your citizens think anyway…

 

China’s future generations will need the loan payback money… see… it helps everybody!  If it’s good enough for America… it’s good enough for California… and China…

 

Here’s one point to consider… Stop jailing illegal aliens… that’s ridiculous… and while you’re at it… tear down that wall at Tijuana… People just get hurt climbing on it…

 

I remember seeing the hill, just on the American side of the border… It looked like it was one solid road with Border Patrol trucks all over it…

 

Last weekend, I visited one of the Internet satellite image sites and looked at that hill… It’s the same as it was over 10 years ago when I saw it in person… That Sunday afternoon walk across the border was my first and last experience in Mexico… It’s one of those… “Been there… done that… didn’t bother buying the t-shirt!” experiences…

 

Imagine how much better the immigrants would be if they didn’t have to walk all the way to Los Angeles… With the money saved from un-American law enforcement activities, such as enforcing immigration laws… bus lines could be funded to take travelers directly to the hospitals and government subsidies offices…

 

This change in (broken) policy, would put countless contractors who have been idled by the soured economy back to work by building all of them houses for them to stay…  After all it’s dangerous running the entire family across all those roads… And it’s so tiring on the pregnant girlfriend/wife/mother…

 

If that doesn't work for you… then simply collect another 40% from those dang “rich peoples”… They’ve got plenty… not as much as the Chinese… but none-the-less… plenty… 


May 6, 2009...

On TV the other evening, I heard a young man just out of college commenting on the Stimulus package… or The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009… as it were…

 

He said the Government was wasting too much money! But some people needed to be helped…

 

For instance, he said, “I don’t want to dig a ditch… I want to work in the hotel business! And fell the government should be doing more to help in this area!”

 

What the hell???

 

Maybe he should have studied to be a photographer… and gotten the gig to photograph Barry’s jet over New York… I’m sure the photographer was paid a fair share of that $329,000 expenditure…

 

Or maybe he should be a coordinator for Government protection of Merchant Marine Vessels carrying breakfast pastries and TV dinners to Kenya… 

 

He couldn’t be a Merchant Marine Security agent… because there aren’t any…

 

If it costs $329,000 to take a picture of Barry’s jet over the Statue of Liberty, I wonder what it costs for the United States Navy to keep teenagers in motor boats away from the TV dinner laden ships…

 

I hope the only photographs and video of Barry’s Jet’s publicity outing we get to see, won't just be from the New York citizens that were running in horror in the streets and using their cell phones to capture images of the event! 

 

I mean... please... we paid dearly for these photographs...


 Cinco de Quatro, 2009...

Barry, don't forget what you said to your Mexican guests as you celebrated the victory of as you described them, "...a rag-tag band of soldiers and citizens, badly outnumbered and facing impossible odds... held their ground on a muddy hill to defend their nation from what was at the time the most fearsome fighting force in the world."

 

You may need to read that from your teleprompter again some day...

...

 

It's nice how quiet Dianne Feinstein and John Murtha have been recently... Really nice...

 

Maybe we need to pay their family members more millions of our tax dollars than we already have... That way maybe they'll shut up for good!

...

Maybe Barry will select a tax derelict to the Supreme Court... And one that'll correct legislation and court decisions from the bench...

 

Maybe Barry'll get the Supreme Court relaxed a little so they don't have to read or study their cases before they vote on them...


May 4, 2009...

 

I loved it today when Barry welcomed his Mexican quests to the White House with the greeting

I hate it when I get the urge to Roam... There's no telling what I may say...

 

…Richard’s Roamings… Cinco de Mayo Eve...

 

1. My favorite flower is blooming... Fire Pink...  look it up... Silene virginica...

2. And along with Fire Pink season... comes snake season... I went to the old fireplace, where I'm dismantling the pile of rubble in hopes of restacking them into something of utility and attractive to you and not a copperhead... I moved one rock without episode...

The episode came with the second rock...  Being expectant and paying close attention and being excessively vigilant  with hand and foot placement... it's a rush to lift a 30 pound rock to reveal both your hands were about 6" from a coiled copperhead... Only two rocks were moved today...

3. Why is Robert Gibbs our President's spokesman?  With some 6,777,714,492 people in the world... Was Robert the best spokes-person...  I think not... ... ... I think Robert Gibbs is to Barry what the dorky PC guy is to the ol Apple dude on the Apple computer commercial...  This is sad for Robert Gibbs... and really cool for Barry...

4. See... I told you... There's no telling what I'll say when I'm roaming...

5. Somali pirates need a good PR person... It's sad that Robert Gibbs is taken...

6. Does an adult man, lying on a bed, wearing a diaper, striped socks, pink bunny ears and holding a big white teddy bear give you a good feeling about tipping the scale of the Senate?

7. I really wasn't surprised when one of the big feminist leaders was hammering Miss California for not being all inclusive...  Those who want me to be inclusive, don't want to include me...

8. And while I'm touching the inclusiveness issue... It's funny to me that liberals don't have a problem with them being in control of everything... but whine when they only partly control power...  That's the only time you'll hear them say the word, balanced...

9. I'm through roaming now...


May 3, 2009...

I was pleased to attend the Atlanta Tea Party on April 15th... I attended because I felt the need to see if there were others that are like minded...  I hoped I wasn't the only citizen that failed follow the BS emanating from Washington!

 

I wanted to see if there were fellow Americans that hadn't succumbed to the BS of further spreading our future wealth and not just what we had already acquired...

 

We made four signs to carry... There were only two of us... but we took four in case there was a shortage of signs...

 

I took off half of the day... for two reasons... one to file my taxes... and the other to head to the Tea Party to protest the paying of high taxes! 

 

After signing my tax papers... I headed south toward Atlanta, looking for a Marta station, as I drove... Those that have read my Blog along and along, know I haven't been on Marta since before December 15, 2005, when they arrested a guy named Donald Pirone for being a nice guy...

 

After one train ride, I finally got on the right train and successfully made it to Five Points Station...

 

At this point... I was starting to feel good about the number of those attending the Tea Party...  Even before I got there, I could tell there were plenty just like me...

 

They didn't have to look like me... no Janeane Garafalo... not white... I was speaking of ordinary American citizens not wanting to be silent anymore...  There were plenty who just like me appeared to be publically protesting for the very first time in their lives... 

 

In the interest of full disclosure, there was that time in 1973 when I attended a (attendance compulsory) school assembly that turned out to be about community race relations...  I didn't understand... Our group of kids, got along pretty darn good...

 

However when the lady, which would now be known as an African American, stood in the isle beside me and made her previously unopposed comments towards a group of us school kids...   I stood up and made a few profound statements of my own... and then said, "If you don't mind, I'm going back to class."  And since there was no good come-back to what I said... I left the auditorium...

 

Yes... I know there wasn't a class to go to, since everyone was required to be in the assembly... But nobody stopped me from heading back to an empty classroom either...

 

There are a ton of parallels that pertain to today's politics and what I was exposed to that day in early 1973...  And that is the demand from some and not from the other... That day in 1973 was about race... The Atlanta Tea Party had nothing to do with race, and everything with the degradation of Liberty!

 

I hope there are a few old classmates out there that remember that episode... I certainly do! (I wasn't the only one that walked out.) 

 

Since I don't count this almost-a-protest... I was about to make personal history!

 

As we arrived at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and Washington Street, I realized we were about two hours late but I couldn't have been more pleased!  Washington Street in front of the Capitol building was full of friendly, polite, well-dressed, sign carrying, flag waving citizens anxious for their opportunity to speak their mind! 

 

From the signs and the conversation of those around me...this group of citizens weren't happy with being included in the quotes of politicians where they say, "Americans think so-and-so!" or "The majority of Americans support this! (Insert the bizarre behavior or opinion of the moment here.)

 

FYI Joe Biden... This group doesn't like your definition of Patriotic if all it means to you is we need to give you more money to spend..

 

I appreciated so many taking their time to come and share their opinions... Estimates by the Atlanta Journal Constitution had the crowd at a few thousand...  Hell AJC!  There were a couple thousand people within hollering distance around me!  The real estimates were between 15 and 20,000!  Which was far more accurate... The A in AJC, stands for Atlanta and not accuracy... 

 

I saw a recent AJC edition... They've downsized the print editions to save money... Apparently they're bleeding money in the news (wink-wink again) business...  I now understand why they only said a few thousand attended... They have a tiny paper now... I use dinner napkins that are bigger than the new AJC!  And my napkins have more information on them than the AJC...

 

Please note I didn't buy the edition of the AJC... Someone showed it to me...

 

The Atlanta Tea Party was complete with pledges and The Pledge of Allegiance... With speakers using loud speakers... With screams in agreement with the good guys and intense boos for the bad guys... With celebrities and citizen all with one common theme...

 

To all politicians... Don't forget who you're representing... Don't abuse your power... Don't waste your time and our money... Balance your budget... Spend the money this year that you received last year and stop borrowing from our future!


April 15, 2009...

Congratulations Dylan Gray!  Those who know what's best for you, have presented you with a bill for the Stimulus "wink-wink" packages of $2,700... Now I know you don't have any money right now... but that's ok...

 

Hillery worked hard to have the Chinese people cover for you... and you can pay them back later... Don't forget to include interest...

 

Please note this is just for the so called Stimulus packages that recently ram-rodded through Washington...

 

This doesn't include normal taxes that your generation will be paying back to the Chinese...

 

Yes... thank goodness the Chinese have a lot of money... We used to have it... but due to us being one big happy world they were nice enough to send us a lot of plastic trinkets and flat screen TV's for lots of U.S. Dollars!

 

It's a long story... I'll explain later... 

 

Also, don't worry about being born so close to Tax Day... By the time you start paying taxes... It'll probably be more like August 23rd...


April 14, 2009... Happy Birthday, Dylan Gray!

For those who don't know... Dad has been ill for many weeks... and I've taken a leave of absence from my Blog... but tonight I've got to make a Special entry...

 

The reason I started these Blog entries, as you might recall from a previous comment... was to put my thoughts-of-the-day down in writing... in case a future generation might be interested in what I might have had to say...

 

An entry might answer the question of an inquiring young mind..., "I wonder what Grandpa Richard thought about that..."

 

Well... today, a new generation started in our family... Dylan Gray was born to Gray and Gina at 1:16...

 

And I have a new reason to put my thoughts down... regardless of how slapdash or dawdling they might be...

 

One day I hope Dylan Gray reads my entry of April 14, 2008... and April 14, 2007... I kinda liked both of those...

 

Welcome Dylan Gray... and every chance you get... listen to us old folk...

 

It'll make you a whole lot smarter...


 

March 17, 2009...

God... Please bless all Doctors and Nurses and their staff supporters...

 

Thank you for giving these people the ability to do their work... It's not easy...

 

A special thanks to all at St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta...


February 23, 2009...

I'm glad hillery is in China trying to make sure they keep buying our Treasuries...

 

However... wouldn't it be easier if we didn't send all our money to them in return for little plastic trinkets they ship to us?

 

If we didn't send them all that money... $337,789,800,000 last year alone... (which is $266,332,700,000 more than they sent us...) they might not have all that much for hillery to broker with...

 

You know?  I'm still thinking that we might not want to go back to growing our economy like it was...


February 19, 2009...

I recall seeing a TV interview where BHO, then a Blagojevich re-election chairman of some kind... maybe finance... anyway... He made the statement, "We need to do whatever it takes to get him re-elected!"

 

I'm still impressed he was able to negotiate the maze of corrupt democratic politicians in Chicago and not succumb to mutual corruption...

 

I guess since he didn't see anything wrong with what preacher wright spewed... he also didn't see anything wrong with Chicago politics...

 

But let's move on to the first month of Barry's administration...

 

Where to start?  This could go long... so I'll just mention a few names..

 

Blago... Kennedy... Burris... Daschle... Geithner... Richardson... Lobbyist Lynn... and I'll throw in Murtha and Rangel in for fun...

 

I mean... my goodness... it's only been a month!  At this rate, I'll have to up my website package size and that's only writing a couple of times a month!


February 7, 2009…

GMOT and I have been working on some Genealogy pages this week… I’m trying to get a better handle on where I come from…


Our family has been doing this for most of my life... some of it easy... and some not so...

 

Elsewhere on this website, you can see the site of the Old Rackley place and its monument…

 

I can well remember the many trips our family would hike back in the forest to try and locate the place where Great-Great-Grandmother Martha raised her family…

 

Where to look for the site was described by another old relative… Jason Stanley… He was well in his 80’s and remembered the location from when he was a kid…

 

Log cabins tend to evaporate when uninhabited in that length of time…

 

It was located in the middle of what I’d consider a wilderness… making me wonder what in the world they were thinking when they picked this as location to live and raise a family?…

 

Then fast forward to today… and leave the dusty pages of family records and get on Google Earth and GPS Maps... I look from a Martian's view point and see how good a place in the middle of the mountain wilderness it was... I'd have picked it too, even without the satellite view to assist in vetting it...


February 6, 2009…

I don’t understand…

 

Can’t companies just stop laying off their employees… and people continue to borrow money to keep buying things?

 

It doesn’t matter if you won’t pay it back… The Spendulus Package is nearly complete and has lots of money to help those who aren’t paying back their debt… regardless of if you’re capable of paying it back or not!

 

I saw this week where the WWII Vet that froze to death when, due to lack of payment of about $1,000… the power company cut off his power… left his entire $600,000 estate to a college…

 

How many of you were outraged when you heard the power company had the nerve to cut off his power?  All of you… That’s what I thought…

 

The dude froze to death instead of paying his normal monthly bills…

 

I imagine he was a Methodist, a member of the Lion’s Club and  Rotary but he also happened to be a WWII Vet…Being a Methodist, Lion/Rotarian didn’t pull at your heart strings did it…  But being a Veteran did…

 

That's why we should always get the whole story…

 

And speaking of getting the whole story… Barry’s been president for 17 days… and wow what a tide of change we’ve been riding!

 

He’s broken every promise that I remember him making… He’s surrounded himself with a bunch of improperly-vetted, (I love that word, vetted…) staff… and way too many of them have turned out to be criminals!

 

Please remember how excited we all were when Caroline Kennedy was on the committee to vet the v.p. … and well… you know where that one ended up… Old Joe Biden turned out to be the pick of the litter!

 

And then she spoke!  Another time when the old adage of, “It’s better to remain silent and people think you’re a fool…” should have jumped off the written page…

 

This is getting better by the moment!  And still! hillery hasn’t corkscrewed into anywhere yet!

 

I guess the moral to this is… vet your vetters before they come back to bite you in the butt…


January 31, 2009...

Barry Obama said, "It's the height of irresponsibility..." in reference to Wall Street bonuses...

 

I say to Barry, "It's the height of irresponsibility..." for you to nominate tax fraudulent politicians, to cabinet positions to spend the tax money you plan to take from us...

 

Barry... As far as I'm concerned... that's about as irresponsible as you can get...

 

But it only adds to the list...


January 30, 2009...

Just a short time after the historic election of an American Kenyan as President of the United States... The Republicans elect an African American as their National Chairman... All this is what's reported as first line news events...

 

I find it sad that this is what makes it newsworthy... I know a whole lot more about Michael Steele than about Barry and I hope he was elected on his good merits... and not because he is of African decent...

 

I'll never support an individual on account of his skin shade... and I supported Michael Steele...

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I've been in touch with my elected representatives this week... and so far, they've voted like I hoped they would...  I did call Phil Gingry's office to register my dismay at his comments from earlier in the week...

 

There must be something in the water in Washington... Something that makes you loose your senses...

 

Note to self... the next time I visit Washington, carry water bottled at Washblue...

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I'm still holding my thoughts on the new administration's new staff... and their works...

 

I thought they were supposed to run the mean evil lobbyist out on a rail... and not put on top level staff...

 

I thought we'd not have felonious tax evaders put in charge of collecting my taxes...

 

I thought we'd have transparent accounting of the money taken from us...

 

I thought there was to be no earmarks or pet pork projects in the "wink-wink" stimulus legislation...  At least we know there are no Republican earmarks in it... since nancy changed the rules so as not to include them...

 

I guess I was wrong to believe "the one"  who asked me to, "Trust me...just trust me"


January 25, 2009...

Things are changing already! 

 

Except for one thing... we're giving money away hand over fist!  I think it was terribly well thought out though... There was $700,000,000,000 approved in a panic... remember back when democrat senate leader harry reed was quoted, "No one knows what to do!"

 

Ole G.W. gave away half of it... and put away the other half for the democrats to give away...

 

It's wonderful how the politicians are getting along these days... They're equal opportunity flush money down the toilet politicians...

 

And what a way for old democrat nancy pelosi to show her gratitude... She was quoted Wednesday, "...was like having a 10-ton anvil lifted from my shoulders," while describing her emotions and thoughts of watching Ole G. W. lift off on Marine One to leave Washington...

 

I say, "Will someone please put that anvil back on old nancy's shoulders!  It looked a whole lot better when that cold chunk of steel was sitting up there!" 

 

You may quote me anytime without asking my permission...


January 22, 2009...

Over 130 tons of garbage was removed from the Washington Mall area after the latest inaugural celebration...

 

A normal day yields about 3 tons... and after the largest annual event on the Mall... The Independence Day celebration and fireworks averages 17 tons of garbage...

 

But the inaugural broke all records in a big way!

 

This reminds me of the scenes from New Orleans... Remember when the folks were on the bridge surrounded by water... We saw them for several days on the news reports before they were evacuated...

 

Do you remember the trash?  There was no person on that bridge that said, "Now look here people! We're here and we're going to make the best of things!  We are going to keep this area clean!  We will use that area at the end of the bridge to use as a latrine... We will keep calm!  We will get through this!"

 

And don't give me that crap of, "They need to let a mother take over the rescue and recovery effort! A mother would take care of everything before bedtime!"

 

There were mothers on that bridge and on the National Mall while it was being trashed!

 

When I go for my walks in the National Forests... I carry out every piece of trash I see... Keep in mind there is very little where I go... but there is the occasional drink can that the bear cubs have played with... They get crushed and put in my pack or pocket...

 

The National Mall is a National Park and high on my list of favorite places to visit... I wouldn't have handled it well,  seeing it trashed like that with 130+ tons of garbage...

 

Had I been there and carried anything with me... I would have either consumed it or carried it out with me... But then that's just me...


January 21, 2009...

1. You don't mind if I wait a while to praise our new President do you... I'm sure something good will come out of this administration for me...

 

2. I think it was silly that he restated the Presidential oath today... What he said yesterday was close enough... I'm sure his birth certificate is close enough too...

 

3A. I'm also going on record as having a problem with him being a black man... If he's half Caucasian American and half Native Kenyan... Why are you a black man?  Why not a white man? 

 

3B. Yes those were questions at the end of 3A... If you can explain those two to me, please do...

 

4. Will Barry's new regulatory czar be one of the next bill ayers, preacher wright or tony rezko?  I'm thinking he might be...  He seems terribly intelligent, but he sure has some opinions that differ from mine in a huge way!

 

5. Was I the only one paying attention when it was explained there is a legal reason for having a prison facility like Guantanamo?  A holding facility that's not in The United States, proper...  Where will Barry keep his detainees?  Cause he's going to have some too...

 

6. I agree with turning the Guantanamo detainees loose...  In Chicago actually... They'd blend in quite well...  Just how many murders did they have last year anyway?  They were blowing away the war for most of the year!  Pun intended... 

 

Note... according to Wikipedia... There were 13, 147 murders in Chicago from 1990 through 2008... but I'm sure the Guantanamo detainees won't mind living there... if they're given protection...


January 20, 2009...

Folks... I've been to an Inaugural party before...

 

Today's cost hundreds of millions Chinese Renminbi...

 

But it in no way at all holds a candle to the one party I attended...

 

It was a small gathering... and served pizza and wine... and the dress was appropriately casual...

 

Like I said... wasn't even close...


January 6, 2009…

It’s been difficult not to post politics lately… I’ve let so much go by… without even a sentence… I was hoping to let this Democratic led [sic] government get into the swing of things before waxing poetical politics…

 

But I just can’t… I mean there’s so much! And they haven’t even really taken over yet!  So let’s get right to listing topics which is best done in with the first edition for 2009 of...

…Richard’s Roamings…

 

1. I don’t ever want to hear again any comment from a democrat speaking that in order for a politician to be a good leader, they need to speak well!  There’s a ton of high ranking democrats and democrats wanting to be appointed that are currently making GW sound awful smart!

2. Help me out here… I don’t remember any other incoming president that has had to make more excuses than Barry… and he’s got a few weeks to go before he is an official excuse maker…

3. I think the pay to play media needs to be kinder with their fuzzy pictures of a straight faced Barry behind one of his cabinet candidates as he’s stepping aside to allow a grand jury investigation go forward…  Even though they tried diligently… they couldn’t put much of a positive spin on that one… I mean there was only one Christmas eve to put info such as this out to the press… and that day in 2008 was used to hide info about Barry and his top staff…

4. Doesn’t the fact that Harry and Nancy are in charge of Capitol affairs just scare the living heebeejeebees out of you!  Nancy is most famous for her, “He’s oblivious!” statement about GW… Reminding me of the time I screamed at the TV, “YES! PRECISELY!  HE’S OBLIVIOUS TO YOU!... SMART MAN!” And then there’s ole Harry…and his most convincing statement on the economy, “No one knows what to do.”

5.  Remember now… Caroline Kennedy was on the committee that decided on Ole Joe Biden as VP… I now understand a lot more now…

6. I hope for Teddy’s sake Caroline is appointed senator… That would keep the Chappaquiddick files sealed so as not embarrass the family… If she doesn’t get appointed… watch for his wife to fill his seat… That’d keep the files sealed longer…

7. And the politics of Chicago… making their full force way to Washington again… Isn’t this fun!  Thank goodness for preacher wright last year and Barry’s practice in getting off that slippery slope… He went from one of Blago’s staunch campaign supporters to… “I didn’t have sex with that woma…”  Sorry I got my excuses mixed up there…  to…, “Now everybody just calm down… We got your message…”  no… that  was the after that mid-term election where democrats were being tossed from office right and left… What did he say about Blago?  Oh yes!  Something like… Not us… No!  We didn’t do anything…  Merry Christmas! or something like that...

8. “Oh what a tangled web we weave… When first we practice to deceive…"

9. While I’m quoting… here’s a good one from one of Chicago’s most famous sons…, “You can get much farther with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone.

10. And to think someone said there wasn't anyone from Chicago with an honest opinion... nonsense!


Blog statistics through December 2008...

Word count = 72,424

Characters, no spaces = 332,438

Characters with spaces = 405,810

 

For those that think I ramble a lot...  You're right!... 72,424 words worth and counting!  And I'm like Nancy... I do it with humility and bipartisanship... and humility... and humility...


Christmas Night, 2008...

Christmas Day... My how the year has flown...

 

I spent the day at home... going outside just a couple of times to bring in some firewood... to help Bec unload her car... and to take Duke on a run... (Duke did the running part... I rode the Honda...)

 

It started out after daylight... being awakened by Duke's "concerned" method...  His "concerned" method is to sit as close as possible... with his ears wrinkled up and a slight whiny whistle coming through his nose... and his nose oscillating across my face as he looks at one eye at the time to see if I'm playing possum and catch me peeking at him...

 

This is his, "Everybody else is up!  What's your problem?" method...

 

When he catches me peeking at him... his "concerned" method changes to his "no excuses" method which is jump back and forth across my stomach, which is the sooner I get up the less I'm gonna hurt method...

 

The early morning was spent listening to music on the local access channel... which by the way has a lot of good music...

 

During the morning, we watched a little Food TV... The Outdoor Channel... and Christmas Music Specials such as one of Bill Gaither's Christmas shows at Christ Church in Nashville... 

 

This brought back childhood memories of listening to the LeFevers on TV from Savannah... and from then on...the day was splotched with stories and other good memories...

 

With today's digital methods of documenting history... it's difficult to pass up an opportunity to record little bits of those memories for posterity...

 

Nobody around this house wants to record anything but the good stuff…

 

And to continue that intention... I'll hit the save button and Duke and I'll retire for the evening... so we can start the whole waking up process all over again tomorrow morning...

 

Merry Christmas to all... and to all a good night...


December 11, 2008...

Thank goodness the Democrats are back in power!  This should be fun!

 

It's amazing how Barry was able to come up through Chicago politics unscathed and come out clean as a whistle!

 

And I'm just plain tickled we have Jesse Jackson's legitimate son (assumed) about to prove how above the fray his Illinois politics are... You show'em Jesse!


December 8, 2008...

I know... I know... I've been AWOL... but I've been busy...

 

Since the election, I've spent most of my waking, non-working, non-hunting time on the Internet searches...

 

I'm nowhere finished...

 

But on another topic... so you'll feel better about the "loan" (wink... wink...) to the big 3 automakers... You remember?   The ones in Detroit, Michigan, USA...

 

Here's a couple of links to General Motors websites...

 

http://www.gmchina.com/english/

 

No... Better scratch going to the GM Argentina site... My anti-virus caught it trying to download a trojan horse of some kind...

 

Maybe I'll just copy some of the info from other GM sites... like this from GM Africa...

 

GM East Africa markets and sells Chevrolet, Opel and Isuzu products and assembles Isuzu and Chevrolet vehicles in Nairobi, Kenya. General Motors has a 57.7% majority equity interest and management responsibility in this joint venture company. Itochu Corporation (Japan) has 4.5% equity, and the government of Kenya owns 20.0% through the Industrial & Commercial Development Corporation (ICDC). The remaining 17.8% equity is owned by the Industrial & Commercial Development Company, Investment Company (ICDCIC), a publicly owned company and an affiliate of ICDC.
GM East Africa also exports to neighboring countries in the COMESA region: Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Ethiopia.

 

Hmmm... Maybe we need to pump up GM after all... I mean... China and Africa need our help...

 

I think I'll call my representatives and have them support those good old Michigan boys... We can't let those General Motors United Auto Workers go without their average $73.26 in salary and benefits, now can we?


November 16, 2008...

You know how some people can be demanding... Well... You ain't seen nothin' yet!

 

Take for example... Ipsilateral "Touch-Me-Not" "Doodlebug" M.

 

I'm not using her last name in order to protect the innocent...

 

Ipsilateral is from New Orleans... and we're pretty sure she voted for Cynthia Mckinney for president...  BHO wasn't radical enough for her! 

 

When she was named... Sue, Sally or even Beatrice wasn't in the offing... Some people just don't want traditional names... especially those like Ipsilateral... 

 

She has no savings... She thinks everyone owes her the comforts of life... She won't work... She sleeps most of the day... She doesn't even clean up after herself...

 

I wonder if she'll work in BHO's Civilian National Security Force if she's required to?  You might remember that he said he was going to give out all kind of perks to those who support him... but they'd have to give back...

 

Since she doesn't want to work now... I take it she most likely won't work then... but who knows?... She might want to go to Africa and do her public service there... with other decedents of her ancestors...


November 12, 2008...

Back during the final days of the run-up  the election... Barry presented to the poor people of the nation... that the government of Iraq  had something like $80,000,000,000 and we should be making them spend their own money and stop spending our hard earned dollars!

 

And today I read that Harvard, that donated to Barry Obama's election effort some $4 or $500,000... but has $34,000,000,000 in their endowment fund...

 

Hmmm... Harvard is a tax exempt institution...

 

Maybe we po'peoples... need to expect Harvard to spend their own money and stop giving them tax money in grants and aid...

 

But then maybe they'd not educate so many executives and lawyers to send to the huge corporations that then collapse requiring us po'peoples to have to borrow a trillion or two to help them make their payments on their cottages in Bermuda...

 

This is all starting to make sense to me!


November 10, 2008...

On the very same day I hear Lanny Davis, former Special Counsel to Bill Clinton, say..., "This isn't socialism... You don't see corporations being taken over by the government..."

 

I see we've nearly doubled the amount of money we've already given to AIG... and am told that I, as a "tax payer"... now own stock in that company...

 

It's such a better way to spin it than by saying..., "Give me some more money, Richard... I have huge mean evil corporations I think need your money worse than you do..."

 

Being a "stock owner" alone, won't allow us to go on their resort/business trips to desert retreats for hot stone massages...

 

We just get the hot stones!


November 4, 2008...

Maybe this new communist crap won't be so bad...

Maybe I'll get used to it...

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Maybe not...


November 2, 2008...

"The people will believe a lie... if they want it to be true..." Some Wizard guy in a TV movie I was watching during supper...


November 1, 2008...

After Tuesday... I can move to damage-control... ...Until then... I'll continue to speak of elections...

John McCain wasn't my pick in the primary...   ...Barry Obama... never was even a remote consideration...

There's only one pick for me... and it's not the best of two evils...  ...It's the best choice for me...

One represents some of me... and the other doesn't care anything at all for me...

Barry doesn't like anything about me... I'm not a follower... I'm not needy... I'm not a two-word man... I don't scream and yell and slap my preacher on the back when he yells, "GOD D*M* AMERICA!"...

I can go on and on... if you'd like...

No ladies and gentlemen, apparently I'm not a good little Christian boy... because I'll never forgive preacher wright for that... or Barry for playing in the litter box and trying to cover that one up trying to make us think its ok...

Then we have John, that according to a political candidate match test I recently took... Is only a 15% better match for me than Barry!

I've spoken with many who think I'm a terribly right wing individual... When I mention to them that I'm middle of the road!  They laugh!  Because they think they're middle of the road... 

Earlier in this Blog I've spoken of this... Folks?  Being middle of the democratic road and middle American is two totally different things! 

A moderate democrat is far left of me!  But don't confuse it with being middle America!  Because it's not...

Ok... Ok... I'll let it rest for now... I'll let it settle in that for me, John McCain is only a 15% better match than Barry...

Remember... every time I've taken the Political Compass test... If you place a sewing needle in the very center of the test... and try to balance an M&M on top of the needle... I, like the M&M... fall off to some side of the needle, but still land right next to the needle... just like my test results have...  in the dang middle!  Get over it!  Apparently it's ok to be radical left these days... but not for me...

I'm just a middle American, country-roader... Richard Holt... and I'm taking the 15% I have more in common with John McCain and running with it!

... November 1, 2008... Evening edition...

The murder rate in BHO's home town, Chicago, is the highest in the nation...

There were no deaths in the War in Iraq during October!

But the total death count for Iraq so far, for 2008 is 282...

The murder toll in Chicago so far, for 2008 is 426!

I know why 282 have died in the War... It's a WAR!

But I don't know why a well organized place like Chicago is far more dangerous than a war zone!


Halloween, 2008...

When you get a moment... maybe after the election... and things are all better...

 

Write your Senator... and ask them to send you a detailed list of how many people are still staying in hotel rooms... and eating on a government tab too...  as a result of Hurricane Katrina... remember the bad storm of late August, 2005... ... ...38 months ago...

 

(It really doesn't matter if they get cleaning service every day or not... That's not the point...)

 

Oh... yes... and ask them to give you a dollar total for what has been spent so far on that ongoing Government intervention...

 

This assignment is made, in case this Halloween wasn't scary enough for you this year...


October 29, 2008... This is a very important day in American politics... No! not that Barry is wasting several million dollars worth of TV time tonight... But that I'm announcing I plan to assemble an exploratory committee to try and come up with a reason for me NOT to run for the Presidency of 2012!

Honestly friends!  Why the hell not?  While Duke and I were eating fried chicken for supper a bit ago... Ole' BHO was stammering to his drooling Halloween hoards, "Why-why-why that old McCain is-is-is just trying to pick one person from my past and is trying to scare you with him!  He's not on my paid staff now... he's just somebody I knew when I was 8..."  Or something like that...

 

Barry... This is old Richard talking to you here... The one I tried to get you to listen a long time ago... The one that could have helped you out big time with real down-to-earth advice...

 

It's not that your opposition is trying to pick one little person from your checkered past that bothers me!  It's the half dozen radicals a day that's been coming out of the woodwork for the better part of two years that's got me worried!

 

You also need to get off that tired old stump speech, "I don't look like all the other presidents on the dollar bills and did they tell you I'm only half-black?!!" ... or something like that...

 

After all... your gang has already voted at least once... and by the time they turn in all their ballots, they'll still be voting for you! You don't need to try and keep getting them to vote...

 

This is another reason I'm organizing my committee...  Duke should be able to bring in a ton more new votes than Barry's Acorn group did... And I'm sure Duke wouldn't cheat...

 

Which makes now a good time to be thankful that ACORN didn't respond to my membership application... With this Blog entry, I'm officially withdrawing my application... I don't think we'd have gotten along anyway...

 

I'll be back in a little while to type some more... on the topic of running for President... Duke's barking which means I need to bring in some more heater wood...  The stove's probably getting a little too cool for him...

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Wednesday night on The Outdoor Channel... It's Shooting Gallery night!  It's 8:00 p.m. and they're at the United States Shooting Academy... and talking about one of my rifles... so I'll be paying close attention to what these guys have to show... The Outdoor Channel is a very educational network...

 

My Second Amendment rights are just one of the reasons I'm considering this run... 

 

Barry is running for the people that interest him... I'm still not sure why John is running... but I know I'd try to run for a much larger section of the Americans...

 

Right up front I know I'd be the only candidate that would call bullshit... bullshit!  That is one thing missing from Presidential politics...  Everybody just says, "Let's not stray from the facts..."  I'd just say, "Bullshit!" Then I'd get on here and write about the expression Nancy had on her face when she brought me some bullshit legislation to sign!  Oh yes... I'd also have a YouTube video to go along with it... I think the Americans need to see much more of that shocked face!

 

I realize I couldn't have platform points of earning what you get... or keeping what you earn... Because it appears there are far more that want, but want it now... than those that want but are willing to work toward getting it...

 

I think the hoards now in the Obamasses... are not hearing Barry talk about not getting it right away... and possibly having to "serve" in return...  maybe BHO'll still be able to calm his crowd even after he's elected and is off to complete him mission for those he cares about most...

 

I recently had dinner with a friend... and the question came up, "When did we go wrong?"  referring to what point did the average American go from... "Oh no!... My house burned down! I'll call my insurance company and build another house!" to "Oh no!... Where's that George Bush with my ice and debit card?  And where's the TV camera so I can get on CNN to tell my senator to rush my Airstream while somebody builds me another house?"

 

My answer was the middle or late 1970's... When UPS came up with "Next Day Air"... After much laughter... I explained, "No... really! I think that pretty much explains it all!" 

 

Before that, we had to plan ahead... maybe even work a little more...  At home... if you needed something, you had to anticipate... If you wanted something, you had to wait till you went to town to purchase it... or order it through a mail order catalog...

 

Then along came Next Day Air!  And if you remembered a birthday was tomorrow... you could have a nice broach or vase delivered tomorrow!

 

Companies once had to keep inventory and be organized enough to have necessary goods in stock... then along came NDA!  And heck... now you can have Halloween decorations from China here by tomorrow afternoon!

 

Maybe I'm wrong... no offense to United Parcel Service...  It's just a guess... but it was at least along about the same time...

 

It's 9:15 p.m. and now on The Outdoor Channel... they're explaining the finer points points of shooting long bows... Everyone may need those skills soon...  If you don't get The Outdoor Channel on your local cable or satellite, call and get it...

 

You'll just see down to earth folks... doing down to earth things... You won't see people spending millions and millions of heaven only knows who's dollars, (and a couple of my friends as well...) trying to make themselves into something they're not...  If any of them are gay or Methodist or liberal...you wouldn't know it... Well that wasn't a good example... I doubt any of them are liberal... But you get my point...

 

As for me... If I run for the 2012 Presidency of the United States... You'll know who I am... what I stand for... who I do it with... where I do it... why I do it... and get to hear me call bullshit, when it's necessary!

 

You'll see I'm a middle aged, guiltless, fat, bald-white guy... (of which there's absolutely nothing wrong with) ... and unashamedly red-blooded, by-God American!  And there's absolutely nothing wrong with that either!

 

Now to wind down a bit...

 

Recently, I've advocated considering voting anti-incumbent... when I could stand to...  while also remembering my problem of  not being able to find myself, or have been given a single reason to vote for a single democrat...

 

However, I have totally decided to support Georgia's incumbent Senator, Saxby Chambliss... The lies the democrat groups and Jim Martin have put out about The Fair Tax pushed this "change" crap to a new level for me!

 

My advice to Jim would have been... shut up and just ride BHO's robe tails... Even though you're not one of BHO's favorite types... I'm sure he'll use your democrat vote anyway... 

 

But instead, you just went ahead and paid good money from my democrat friends to lie about The Fair Tax!

 

So, if you get there... just shut up and do what you're told... You won't represent me!

 

See what I mean... There's no other way to describe this stuff other than to be honest and say, "Bullshit!"

 

I think it'll make a catchy political slogan!  It's terribly versatile... I'd mix it up some, by putting the word, "That's..." in front of it... or muffling it, when sitting in at the United Nations... disguising it as a sneeze possibly...


October 27, 2008... edited

I’m declaring the voter registration system in the United States is broken… and thus should be ignored as the democrats suggested with our immigration system…

 

I must have a Social Security number to pay my taxes… I understand I must file a return with my Social Security number in tow, even if I don’t make enough money to pay any tax…

 

I’m not 100% sure of that since that’s never happened… If I remember correctly I even had to pay taxes when I was 16 and just worked a couple of months in the summer…

 

In recent years, we’ve heard about communication problems amongst law enforcement agencies… and hurricane preparedness agencies…Apparently we’ve made strides in these areas… however… the voter registration process is still on the forest floor with the ACORNS...

 

If the government should know who we are… and have our addresses in some database… shouldn’t the citizens already be eligible and registered to vote?

 

It seems to me, the voter could at least be responsible for keeping their addresses updated… But maybe that’s asking too much…I’m sure our next government will provide a community organizer if you don't want to be bothered with that yourself…

 

If individuals change their address for tax purposes, driver’s license renewals and banking… it seems the individual could be responsible for voter address changes as well… But maybe I'm asking too much...

 

Recently, we’re hearing about court rulings about not “disenfranchising” voters…

 

I’ve also wondered why this word is used as only a few of the democrats I know, would know what the word means…  I’ve hoped they could find a simpler word to use… and still get their point across…

 

As a public service, I looked it up and will post three definitions of the word, enfranchise...

 

1. To grant a franchise to; admit to citizenship, esp. to the right of voting.

 

2.  To endow (a city, constituency, etc.) with municipal or parliamentary rights.

 

3. To set free; liberate, as from slavery.

 

The prefix, "dis" means opposite... as in disassemble... Using that in a sentence... The Founding Fathers assembled the Constitution of the United States... and the new government disassembled it!...

 

It always helps to use a word in a sentence...

 

Possibly, the reason the word “disenfranchise” is used is so the change group will continue to think the republicans are wanting to re-enslaved them… This is merely speculation as I don’t think like that... I like to use straight talk and simple words…

 

Years ago, I worked as a poll worker… Yes… I sat there across the table and made sure everyone got the proper democratic ballot or put a check beside names on the list of democrats… As I recall back then, almost nobody in that little county, ran on the republican ticket during the primary… There just weren’t enough of them running to have competition… and most winners of the primary, won the general election by default, since they had no republican opponent…

 

I was quite young, but could still see places where votes could be manipulated…

 

For instance, there must have been an extremely high number of illiterate voters in our precinct… because the same person would go behind the curtain with the voter to assist them… I take it, that person was the community organizer of the day…

 

Another situation that’s wide open for fraud… is absentee ballots…

 

Since the courts keep attempts for clean voting methods at bay… because of the fear of disenfranchising poor and minority voters… it’s easy to continue to get your late grandfather’s absentee ballot, fill it out and mail it back in… or be registered in Detroit because you had to go live with Aunt Abigail that summer when you were 16… that’s reason enough to vote there… after all Aunt Abigail is almost like your mother!... and also be registered in one of the 8 Alabama counties where there are more registered voters than adults, just because you once attended a family reunion there… and then there’s that long lost cousin in New York where you visited back in 1969 when BHO was only 8… You might want to move there someday, so it should be ok to go ahead and get registered there… you know, so you can vote early there too!

 

And nobody ever knows the difference and nobody ever finds out!…

 

If ACORN can register Mickey Mouse and someone’s dead goldfish… yet the court rules these flagged voters can’t be denied the right to cast their ballot… Then what else are we to do other than declare the system broken and ignore it!

 

That’s a popular excuse with politicians that don’t have a clue what to do about the problem!

 

And since we’re all into change these days… I hope this new administration cleans up that old Constitution or ours… and make it something that me and Michelle can both be proud of…


October 26, 2008...

I’m looking forward to the new organization of this nation…

 

With the death of the republican party, of which I had some things in common… comes a new morality I guess I get to adopt!

 

As with BHO’s Education Groups we’ve heard so much about… remember the ones those evil republicans pointed out where he served on boards with william ayers…

 

Only a small percentage of monies doled out by the foundations, where he and bill ayers served as Directors... were to radical, Marxist or Leninist groups…

 

Most were to mainstream and well respected groups…

 

Which makes the planning of my new moral standards easy…

 

As long as I’m pretty good most of the time… It’s ok to be real bad some of the time…

 

See… I’m getting with the swing of things… I’m finally starting to understand rosie o’donnell!  After all william ayers and bernadine dorhn are parents too… and just trying to do what’s best for their family!

 

From now on you must look only at the good parts… and ignore the bad parts!

 

I can see this is going to be fun! And we haven’t even really started yet!


October 22, 2008... World Series Game One Day!...

Baseball... not Barry and John... Thank goodness...

 

I'll just enter a couple of comments on the state of my politics...

 

1. It's time for me to find a political group to belong to... and trust me it isn't the republicans or democrats...  I have a few things in common with the republicans and have found nothing whatsoever in common with the democrats... So it's time to find something new...

 

2. If I can't find it... It's time to start it...

 

3. And the time for me to start looking is now...


October 15, 2008... It's Debate, round 3... Urgent message!

Sorry... I can't type now... I'm suspending my Blog for the remainder of the night as I travel outside to blow leaves around the yard...

 

It's 8:45 p.m. and I have a full gas tank on the blower... a Fiskars rake... a tarp... one of the Honda's to pull the tarp... and tons of poplar leaves...

 

A debate between the top two presidential candidates will be starting about the same time I crank the blower...

 

Please understand this decision to suspend my Blog for the evening... But I'm sure you understand my sentiments to make this evening productive...

 

 


October 9, 2008...

I think it is absolutely hilarious the democrats are calling me a racist! When the main reason I can't vote for BHO is his disdain for me and all other Caucasians...  That's really a hoot!


October 7, 2008... It's Debate, round 2... I'll type as they babble...  edited...

Why is it that  I'm in a group that isn't getting any attention...

 

I'm a good mortgage customer... I can afford my house payment... I have a buffer to afford this mortgage for quite a while, in case of a personal crisis... I have a good loan to worth ratio even though I have lost paper value as everyone has...

 

From what John just said... I'd get some relief under his plan if I was one of the folk that wasn't such a good customer... and what did BHO say... I don't even remember... neither is a good thing...

 

Apparently the Community Reinvestment Act was a wonderful thing... We'll now bail out all those who, to my opinion... shouldn't have ever been given so much in the first place...  But then who the hell am I to say such?

 

Teresa Finch had great expression with her question on why we should trust either one of the candidates with our finances... BHO played a history teacher with his answer... And John... John... The people are standing up and asking their questions... Answer them... and stop thanking them for asking the question...

 

Ole G.W. only asked for $700,000,000,000 for a bailout... and since the legislature knew they were going to pass it somehow... they threw in an extra $150,000,000,000 for fun...

 

I mean... while you're writing record sized checks... why not round it up to a trillion!

 

But John... We don't want affordable insurance... We want FREE health care! 

 

That's the ticket BHO!  If we finally give the line item veto to a president!  I want it to be YOU!  Cause I trust you so much!

 

Where do I get the bumper sticker that says... Don't blame me!  I didn't vote for either of these two guys!

 

BHO... you should realize some of the people are you're talking to reasonably intelligent, and clear thinkers...

 

Where does the Peace Corp serve?  I've never seen one of their busses...

 

Boys... I'm in favor of The Fair Tax!

 

No... We all know the most recent effort to reform Social Security was stopped... I remember the democrats stopped it... I don't have to listen to John and BHO's history lessons...

 

Health insurance was one way a company could give an employee a perk... Now it's talked about as if it's a guarantee of employment and another American right!

 

John... John... every problem should have the smartest people to serve on commissions to resolve the issues... That should be government's plan to work on every governmental responsibility... But remember the government isn't responsible for EVERYTHING!

 

What about green farm tractors... and I'm not talking about John Deere!  Every time energy efficient vehicles are mentioned... the topic turns to electric cars or other alternative fuel source for tiny cars...  But what about the farm... most of which require large machines and heavy trucks to feed us...

 

John's right on that... Politicians that point out that legislation was voted against by another politician... I want to know what was tacked on to the bill... and was that the reason the legislator voted against it... was it the main bill or the riders that fund community organizers pastor's retirement home and line of credit...

 

What does the health care industry and insurance business have in common... If you want health care... purchase it... If you want better insurance... buy it... In this world... you pretty much get what you pay for!  No... wait a minute... it appears you get more if you stop the payments... the government then will step in and make them whole... Everybody wins... Everybody gets a trophy...

 

Maybe BHO's Junior Regiment will be checking family insurance papers while they're picking up the family weapons...  You know I'm good with killing two birds with one stone...

 

Will one of you mention the global economical problems... It's as if we're in this by ourselves... and we're not...

 

I've heard this crap over and over...  BHO... nothing worth having is free... and oh yes... Start close to home... and resolve the moral and humanitarian problems in Haiti... They're black too and in terrible shape... or do you not have any interest there... They're your brothers too... not many are muslims... but they're still brothers... and in terrible need...

 

Whatever happened to the time when there was dignity in the office of the President... Back when we didn't know much about them?

 

Yes... or No... boys... yes or no...

 

I'd not negotiate with anyone... things that aren't negotiable... However, I would send Armadillojad an email telling him to sit down and shut the hell up...

 

BHO... you seem to white to be called a black man... from food stamps to Harvard... from a black community organizer to the White House!  I'm so proud of you!

 

I don't like picking from candidates that have been grooming themselves to be president...

 

Why in the world does John want to be President...  I know why BHO does... I just don't understand John's reasons...


October 5,2008... Duke's fine... Just fine... Thanks for asking...

Today was a laid back day... most of it anyway...

 

Duke and I went to the farm, after lunch to lightly disk the food plot in preparation for planting some wheat...

 

Yesterday, Duke and I had been on the same plot, spraying a second pass of herbicide to kill the grass and weeds, that had been growing all summer... Duke was satisfactorily entertained by chasing and catching field mice... 

 

I disked for over an hour... and as we were finishing up... Duke had been riding the tractor... as he was pretty tired... 

 

From were we were on the Farm, we had to cross two creeks on the way back to the truck... the first creek crossing is a small one, but  Duke likes to get a drink at every opportunity... especially today... as hot and dry it was...

 

Between the two creeks, Duke got ahead of me a bit... and went down a road off to the side, like he always does to smell what there was to smell... I got up to the road and called to him, like I always do, telling him to come on and he should know we don't ever go down that road...

 

As I was talking to him, he reacted to something that I knew had to be a bad snake! 

 

I've been around a lot of bad snakes in my life... Living on the Georgia coast brought most of that experience... and hunting Wheeler County, in middle Georgia, brought some more bad snake experiences... and the most recent was at Amber and Gene's snake condo...

 

But bad snakes aren't nearly as plentiful here in the Georgia mountains... I've lived up here since 1991, and have only seen copperheads... and no rattlesnakes till now...

 

Even though rattlesnakes up here aren't plentiful... I never drop my guard... I'm always looking under my feet and watching Duke and others I'm with...

 

I stopped the tractor quickly and hit the ground running, trying to keep Duke back... Duke was on the other side of the snake and there was no way around the snake... The little road I'm referring to is basically two ruts in dense weeds... with thick briars and brush on both sides...

 

I didn't have... nor could quickly find anything to dispatch the snake with... but none the less I had to know where the snake was... because of Duke!

 

I watched Duke's eyes and as I approached the snake, his rattles started to sing...  Normally, once I've found a snake's location, I'm calm... but this was no calm time... I still had Duke to contend with...

 

Duke's a cool dog... but trained to jump over a snake on command...he's not!

 

Watching Duke was very interesting... He realized this was a situation of high anxiety... by his own senses and by the way I was acting... I didn't want him to think I was taking this lightly...

 

I talked Duke back and got him to stay as I backed my way to the tractor  and looked in the tool box for something to work on the snake...  I only had an old timber spike, we use for a pin on one plow...

 

The feeling I had was that of needing a bulldozer but only having a shovel... but it was all I had...

 

As I quickly got back to the snake... It was time to get Duke on my side of the snake...  The plan I quickly put together, was to get close to the snake and distract him, while I ran Duke by the snake...

 

It worked... I called to Duke to run and get on the tractor!  I had the snake coiled an looking at me... and then started Duke running to the tractor in the other tire rut... Did I say this was a high anxiety moment?  Magnify what you might think by 1000!

 

At the moment I thought right... I broke to run toward the tractor...  I timed it to where in case the snake turned to Duke, I would still be close enough to react...

 

Everything worked as planned... but I'll never forget the look on Duke's face as he ran by the snake!  It wasn't a good look!

 

I kept him running and got him on the tractor... Then went back with my spike and dispatched the snake... 

 

I don't recommend taking on a rattlesnake with a short tool... but if you do... have good aim, because your first attempt is your best shot... If you miss, you might not be able to retrieve your tool...

 

And... of course... I missed... and I'm not going to say how I distracted the snake to get the tool back...  This in an effort to keep my technique from being used by someone else... I had already checked my pockets... I had my wallet, cell phone, truck keys and a red bandana...

 

Let's just say I used one of those, in a real life MacGyver moment!  I'd much rather had my walking stick or at least a Swiss Army knife... but I didn't...

 

But on the second attempt... I hit pay dirt...

 

Using my "MacGyver item" to check his ability to react... I quickly stepped on his head before pulling him out of the grass, with a good grip behind his head...

 

I had things under control at this point... but Duke now thinks I'm crazy!

 

I just say to him... Join the crowd... most everybody else does too...

 

...YouTube Link...

 


October 2, 2008... VP Debate vs. Waiting for critters to cross the creek... spelling and sentence structure edited... thought content, however has been left intact...

Duke and I have a decision to make...  Are we going to sit out in the cool air and sniff for critters crossing, up the creek... or are we going to listen to the VP debate?

 

Duke's an opportunist... He's as good as BHO actually... Duke goes out on the front porch and sniffs the almost continuous breeze coming down the creek... You can tell when something's above the waterfalls, because he takes off into the night with break-neck speed!  It's pretty good sport... for Duke anyway... In a little while... he comes back... and starts the whole process over again...

 

Now for the VP debate... My goodness... Hopefully tonight, they'll break down and let us in on the joke... and we'll all have a good laugh... The joke will be over and Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich...the real presidential candidates... will step out on stage and we'll all applaud wildly...

 

Dennis and Ron don't look all that crazy these days, now do they?

 

I love the little tidbits we're hearing tonight... Like one House member, mentioned that half of the Senate bail-out money will be immediately leaving the country... He called it the "China Two-Step!"

 

Heck people!  We have illegal aliens right here in the States, we need to give houses to...

 

I guess the automakers will have to build their own trucks to pick up  their $25,000,000,000... Cause the fleet delivering the $85,000,000,000 to AIG will be busy for a while...

 

In keeping with this year's main topic... I think it's time to have a "Do you know how big this is?" moment...

 

One U.S. Dollar Bill is 6.14" long... If we hire the entire Chinese population to lay them end to end... The $850,000,000,000 Senate bail-out money would be 5,219,000,000,000 inches long... Divide that by 12 inches to the foot you get 434,919,666,666.67 feet...

 

Now divide that by 5,280 feet in a mile... and you get 82,370,580.8 miles... The mean circumference of the earth is 24,880.62 miles... So the Chinese will be wrapping the earth at the equator with the single file dollar bills... 3,310.63 times...

 

Considering the thickness of a dollar bill is 0.0043" thick, and not taking into consideration that the outer wraps of a roll of toilet paper are longer than the inner wraps... The wraps of dollar bills around the earth, totaling the amount the Senate approved last night will be almost 14 1/4" high...

 

Ok... now it's time to watch the next sissy slap fight/debate... cause Duke's taking a nap...

 

Live from Washblue!  It's another live Blog entry...

 

1. That first question was a slow pitch to Joe... And what the hell is he saying?  It sounds like he's running for Senate!

2. And Sarah should have worn red lipstick...

3. OUT OF TOUCH!!! OUT OF TOUCH!!! Is that what you're going to say?  The Chinese are out there staging people to start wrapping the earth 3,300 times with the bail-out dollars you senators said we HAD to spend!  And you have the nerve to talk about being out of touch???

4. No Sarah... There's no time for personal responsibility!  Not at a time when we have kids standing in line to buy video games!  And those lines are going to get longer since we're commandeering the Chinese to wrap the earth with our tax dollars!

5. It's amazing that one politician says the other one does something... then the accused politician says that's not true... then turns the accusation on the original accuser... saying, "The record stands for itself!"  Somebody's lying...

6. Smoke... Mirrors... Smoke... Mirrors...

7. Here's another No for Sarah... Since we have video games to buy... when will we have time to buy insurance... We expect the senate to provide us with our medical care... We don't need no stinking insurance!...

8. Joe?... If taxes are so bad... Get rid of most of them!

9. Joe?... How am I going to pay insurance premiums through my employer when I don't have an employer?

10. Teddy Kennedy isn't un-patriotic!  His off-shore family wealth is extremely patriotic!  He doesn't like paying the pesky taxes the rest of us have to!

11. Our legislators don't like us knowing what they're doing... Last night two senators spoke of the reason senators have 6 year terms... It allows them to make the tough decisions they have to, without fear of their constituents throwing them them out on their keesters...  or earlier in our history... wanting to call them out for a duel...

12. That's right Joe... it's complicated... because of the likes of you!

13. Nonsensical... What a great word, Sarah... to describe our politician's tactics...

14. Now Sarah... I don't care about climate change... I'm interested in what Supreme Court cases you don't like...

15. Joe... and a Christmas Turkey...

16. I'm sorry... That was disrespectful...  But I've learned from the left it's ok to say such out loud... It helps calm the frustrations of algore losing to G.W. ...

17. What Sarah?  You mean your natural gas pipeline is going to be a bigger project than the Big Dig in Boston? But the question is... Do we need the pipeline as much as we needed that big Boston hole in the ground...

18. Blah... Blah... Blahhh... With all due respect, Joe... You're a blithering idiot!  But nice tie... See how easy that was... I could be a senator... Say anything you want, but follow it up with a nice comment...

19. Joe... Maybe the Iraqi Government has an $80,000,000,000 account... But that's not even enough money for the senate to give to AIG on a September Sunday afternoon like ya'll did recently...  You keep saying it, like the American people think it's a lot of money...  After the debate, Joe read the top of this Blog... Now THAT'S a bunch of money!

20. Joe... shhh... shhh... Don't talk about Muslim schools... That one's a little touchy...

21. Ole Armadillojad... I knew he'd get honorable mention tonight...

22. Got a flea there Joe?  Or is it just a starchy collar... Maybe you can have your wife to do a little better with the laundry...

23. I say talk too... Send me and Duke!  We'd talk... We'd say something like... "Better back up big boy and shut the hell up!"  I'd talk the way us country-roaders talk...

24. Remember I reported earlier that I felt I could get more votes than Joe Biden!  I was right...

25. I don't know... G.W. may not lose this election after all Joe...

26. Accuracy apparently is a matter of which side of the isle you sit on...

27. Joe... More troops = a surge... or what am I missing...

28. I agree Joe... I don't know how John got the nomination either... But with your explanations... I understand why BHO is  Emperor material after all... It seems he's done more than anyone ever in the few weeks he's actually spent in the senate... including accepting the $126,349 from the banking biggies...

29. No Joe... Remember?  We don't need war!  The only way to save all the billions and pay for healthcare, is to eliminate the war and the armed services too...  Scrap the fleet of ships, planes, missiles and tanks!  Then we can all light-up a joint and make love to one another...

30. Joe... Your family compound is way different than the country-roaders and main-streeters  neighborhoods you talk so fondly of...

31. Joe, you couldn't get elected to possum crossing guard in my community...

32. Where's hillery when you need her!?!

33. You're right, Joe... you aren't going to change... and everyone else knows that... except for the 9,000 voter you got to vote for you from the whole country!

34. Mercy!  Have Mercy! 

35. Bipartisanship... spartamanship! 

36. Ladies and Gentlemen... I'm not sure who'll be determined the winner... But... I've certainly determined the loser...

 

Me...

 

Now... Duke and I will retire to the yard to see if we smell anything up the creek... cause politics has certainly stunk up the living room...


 

October 1, 2008...

I was watching the Senate debates on C-Span earlier this evening... I know... I know... I don't know why...

 

...to see if they had purchased new carpet I guess...

 

They spent 40% of their time thanking colleagues... some of which were friends... 20% checking the time left for their "side"... 10% of the time actually saying something, and 30% of their time repeating themselves!

 

I switched to The Outdoor Channel... They're active, instructive, helpful, entertaining, interesting... you get my point...

 

They have fast security lanes in the airports now... Maybe they could, for a premium fee... give us a remote control for Washington...

 

When we don't like what we see... We just click them off...


September 29, 2008... Where's the civility, Nancy? edited...

Madam Speaker?  Madam Speaker?  BHO has refused my offer of advice... Please, let me help you... The next time you want to pass some of G.W's failed policies... and can only muster 60% of your own party... don't... and I repeat... don't get up to a microphone and say stupid stuff... Consider that free advice that's worth a fortune!

 

And definitely... I repeat... definitely don't try to blame the opposition party for failing to do something that you couldn't even convince your like natured minions to vote for... That's actually crazy!

 

Where I come from... a 60% grade is clearly an F!  F is short for Failure, Madam Speaker...

 

Now... For those that don't know the truth... The definition of the word "bipartisanship" is an action created by two entities by agreement, compromise or other cooperation...

 

I've felt for quite some time the democratic definition of bipartisanship is you better agree with them... or you aren't playing fair... and they'll talk about your mama...

 

I remember when the democrats lost control of the congress to the republicans, back in '94 was it?... One of the first things that came out of their big shocked mouths... was, "But... But... You have to work with us!"  Which the republicans did and quickly found they enjoyed spending your money just as much as the democrats did! 

 

Lesson to us Country-Roaders... (There are many of us who aren't Wall-Streeters, or Main-Streeters...) Know what your representatives are doing... and if they aren't doing what you want them to do... vote against them the very next opportunity... Don't forget about it! And pass an email along to let them know of your intentions...

 

Previous entries might note how I feel on Nancy and G.W.'s bill... There's no way I could know if it's really necessary or not... I haven't seen a problem with slowing things down in this global, one-world economy... But since I'm only relatively intelligent... Give me longer than a weekend to assess the situation...

 

I'm a USA first kinda guy... And since I'm a hopeless romantic... I very much like knowing who's screwing me!

 

Plus, I get tickled when our legislators voice their displeasure when the American people get involved and ultimately stop something from being forced through...  I still remember the immigration debacle they've let happen and the remedy last year they tried to shove at us...

 

That didn't work either, Madam Speaker... 

 

We aren't here for your benefit... You're there for ours!

 

Now, ma'am... Go to work and do it right... and by all means let the people you and your colleagues represent, know what you're doing...

 

This advice is free... For any more help, notify my agent, Duke...

 

But promise me one thing, Nancy... If Duke lobbies you to attach earmarks for Purina in this Wall Street Bail-Out plan... Don't fall for it... He's just being greedy by wanting to make sure he has a steady supply of bacon flavored, Beggin Strips...


September 29, 2008... note...

Dang... too late to talk about this one... On Saturday, Congress passed a $25,000,000,000 loan to the automakers... And I bet the money is already being funneled out of the country! 

Coming Soon Enough... "American Taxpayers to bail out worldwide automakers to the tune of more billions!"


September 26, 2008... Inaugural Live Blog Entry typed during the 1st Presidential Debate... but edited the next morning,  cause BHO and I were angry...

1. First of all BHO... I'm one of the people who you describe as Main Street... And I'm not struggling... I struggled during the Clinton years actually...  I'm glad the Internet business boom happened, thanks to Al Gore... But I didn't do so good...

 

2. I'm not as concerned ,with the CEO's and their salaries and bonuses, nearly as much as I am about you being #2 on the list with having received $126,349 from the banking institutions you are trusted to regulate...  I just blew your cigarette out... but re-light so you can blow some more...  You received about $40,000 less than Christopher Dodd who had a big head start... His total went back to 1989... You're took office January 4, 2005... and have been running for president most of that time...

 

3. These two show just how divided this country is...

 

4. Now is when I can quote Fred Thompson again..., "They're not going to take any water out of your side of the bucket... just the other side of the bucket!"

 

5. That's one angry American-Kenyan... and John has a difficult time even wanting to look at him...

 

6. Big oil companies make my life easier... Big companies period, have made my life easier... but I'm able to live without all of them... however there isn't enough people like me to feed the un-organized communities of this country... and those communities are extremely demanding!

 

7. Rhetoric and key words are just a waste of time... and if you stutter... you sound like you actually said a lot... But John's comment of BHO being the most liberal senator... and it being hard to reach across the isle from that position... is a reasonable opinion... BHO? I sit in the isle... as my test score is in near the very center... It's impossible for you to even reach the isle much less across it!

 

8. Government has to get smaller... Government has to cut back... Government has to accept that this "Global Financial Crisis" isn't our priority... OUR financial crisis is our priority!  And when all heals here... then help others fix theirs...

 

9. I like the Google reporting thingy, BHO... Will I be able to see when Fannie Mae sends you another hundred grand?

 

10. A billion dollars sounds like a lot, doesn't it?  I like the fact where the democrats are on board with G.W.'s bail-out plan... while the republicans are working on a hand-up plan much smaller than G.W.'s, Nancy's and old "No one knows what to do, Harry Reid's!

 

11. Isn't it a wonderful country that will bail out those who failed and I get nothing...

 

12. No... actually I was right about the war in Iraq... It was necessary... and the war was over when the planes landed and the statues fell... But the police action/nation building effort sucks and never needs to happen again... unless it's needed here in this country...

 

13. Please don't forget nearly twice the number of people were murdered in Chicago than were killed in Iraq between Memorial Day and Labor Day this year alone! 

 

14. BHO?  You should have Joe Biden speaking in your earpiece, helping you with this debate...  What am I saying?!?   Joe Biden?  You picked Joe Biden???

 

15. People need to listen to BHO... Damn it!  Listen to him!  He'd appreciate it... when he has something to say... you shut up and listen... got it?

 

16. These guys are 2 of 100 senators... supposedly the elite politicians of America... Wow!  Surely they're not the best!

 

17. BHO... even I know the war on terrorism will never be confined to Afghanistan...

 

18. Deal with the poppy trade?  That's the ticket...

 

19. The moderator is being moderated...

 

20. I wonder what Achmood Armadillojad thinks of BHO, now that he's talked about killing fellow muslims... oh yes... and I'm sure Achmood would enjoy hearing he will have to do what BHO wants...  and then Syria is mentioned... the country where their nuclear facilities were recently bombed and they're still not sure who did it... and whoever did, got by Russia's best defense systems without being detected... And you wonder why Russia, Iran and Venezuela are rattling sabers... That's all they have at the moment...

 

21. I hope someone is designing a seal for John... he's behind on that one... I also hope the seal on the tail of BHO's Boeing 757 peels off easily and doesn't harm the American Flags that I hope are still painted there... It doesn't bother me that he replaced the airline's tail paintings... but a tastefully placed American flag would have been nice to go with his royal seal...

 

22. Ah the grand dame, Madeline Albright.... Wasn't she the one who took a signed Michael Jordan basketball to ole Kim Jong in North Korea as a diplomacy tool...  And while she was there, she had a darn good talk with the little guy... We got nothing out of it... but  ole Kim Jong got a basketball worth a couple hundred dollars out of the deal!  That's basketball diplomacy at it's best!  Maybe BHO'll offer to play ole Kim Jong in a little one on one... and whoever loses must de-nuclear-ize...  But be careful what you bet though, BHO... cause remember... half of you can't jump...

 

23. Calm down John... It's just your old buddy BHO...

 

24. I agree with BHO... I hope Russia calms down and we can all get along... What's wrong with that?... We need to work on more important things like giving churches enough money to have senior citizen centers... and have plenty of money to retire pastors to greener pastures...

 

25. Will these alternative energy plans tell me how big the windmill or solar panel will need to be to run my tractor?

 

26. Call him down again BHO... he's old... I'm sure he didn't hear you that time...

 

27. I would like to see our legislators line up like they do in Britain's Parliament... and heckle each other... This is good stuff!

 

28. You th'man, BHO!  You go out there and make us proud!  You restore our standing in the world... and while you're at it... get a few of them to stand on their own... will ya?

 

29. Don't forget Chicago, BHO... especially the south side... Al Qaeda is there too!  They're everywhere!  It's just difficult to tell who they are, when it's not fair to profile...

 

30. From what I can tell... and have seen... Our good standing in the world only has been evident when America was defending or liberating them... or sending them money or food or the implements of defense...  Otherwise... Orlando has more interest to them than our leadership attempts...  Your church doesn't even like us, dude! 

 

31. Let me guess... The democrats will claim a clear victory for BHO... and the republicans will claim a clear victory for John...

 

Deep breath...  Deep... Hold... Hold... now exhale slowly... and repeat... Deeep Breath... and exhale... There I feel better already!


September 25, 2008...

Please don't call me... I need to keep the phone lines clear... I'm expecting my political representatives to call any minute...

 

I sent questions to each of them and asked for direct answers to each... and they're going to get back to me any time now... I'm sure of it...

 

1. Will these hundreds of billions of bank bail-out funds stay in United States? 

2. Since I know of two illegal aliens that are/were multi-homeowners... How has this bad market climate been affected by illegal's benefiting from the community reinvestment act?

3. Two years ago when the warnings were given... Why wasn't it as imperative that we act on it then as now?

4. What's the difference in a government (i.e. you and me) bail-out and the Federal Reserve making loans to these banking institutions directly... The Federal Reserve is pumping billions into foreign banks...  (Which, by the way doesn't make much sense to me... I guess it's we give others money and they loan it back to us...)

5. When will we know if this is working or not?

 

Maybe we need term limits after all... Is there such thing as an anti-incumbent party?...

 

Sorry... I've got to go now... I've got to sit by the phone and wait for my legislators to call...


Mother's 79th Birthday...September 23, 2008... edited... work with me people... I was watching Dancing with the stars and trying to keep a thought line on our politicians all at the same time...

Happy Birthday Billie Gray!  Tonight's episode of Dancing with the Stars is for you!

 

Now... While I watch Misty Mae do the Mambo... I'll type about the banking mess... and politicians...

 

I like to see politicians squirm on camera at these banking bail-out hearings... trying to show they're important and impartial... Especially those that have been in the pocket of these banks in question...

 

Politics is similar to software... You used to hear the hackers say, "Bill Gates... Fix your software!" each time they would write a program that breached Microsoft's security... and most everyone thought something was wrong with Windows...

 

I figure any software code can be written to counter another software code... no matter how complicated is... somebody is around that can jump it...

 

BRB... Brook Burke is dancing...

 

Wow!..                                 Gotta go sit on the porch and cool off for a minute...                               Ok... I'm back...

 

Where was I... Software... That's right...

 

Some politicians are calling for more banking regulatory agencies... more laws... more layers of mess...

 

Just like the tax code... There's already layers upon layers upon layers of banking regulations, and there's also just as many paths around them...

 

Many of the sound-bites from these capitol hill hearings focus on the CEO's... and their wages... Which is only more smoke and mirrors...

 

My take of CEO's is simple... It's their job to guide and grow their industries within the laws, whether moral or legal...

 

Ok! Fat Boy's can dance too!  Warren Sapp has my fat boy vote!

 

It's important, if our lawmakers are going to write more laws and regulations... they do so in the very best way... and stay in top of things... If something is wrong or becomes "broken", as they say... I don't want to hear a senator whining about it!  I want them quickly making appropriate corrections! 

 

Our politicians make handsome salaries... get all kinds of perks... have guaranteed golden parachutes... and are part of this banking problem that's costing us $700,000,000,000!

 

Doesn't that make them OUR mean and evil CEO's?


September 22, 2008... edited... 

Yesterday was Patrick Family Reunion day... It was good to see the Family members again this year... Lots of little ones... and lots of us older ones still still able to meet...

 

I got  was able to report that I hadn't missed a meal... and Duke hadn't caught that heron at the top of the falls either...

 

This is a time when I remember things Patrick... Big Buicks... Sears Roebuck service caps... White-washed tree bases... Saturday pro wrestling matches... Sunday afternoon naps... A big Thermos... biscuits... and holding my shoulders back...


September 20, 2008... edited... 

The jury is still out for me on this bank bail-out thing... I've decided to take one from BHO's playbook and vote, "Present"...

 

Since I've seen our politicians take their oil information from T. Boone's TV commercials... and Harry Reid walk down the hall saying about the banking crisis, "No one knows what to do!"  (Which by the way is a sweet comment from leader Harry.)...  I thought I'd leave the banking problem to the professionals... (joke intended)... and look overseas for a Blog entry...

 

I went to the U. S. Government's Census website... to check the trade deficit numbers with China...

 

Since 1984... and up through the first 6 months of this year... our trade deficit with China is... (insert drum roll here...)

 

$1,745,193,400,000.00   

 

Let's practice writing that on the check line where you have to write it out in words...

 

One trillion, seven hundred and forty-five billion, one hundred and ninety-three million, four hundred thousand dollars... and 00/¢

 

I like the little ¢ symbol... but I don't know if they'll let us use it on the real check we write to China every year...

 

When we talk about transfer of wealth... let's not forget how much we've done for the Chinese...

 

I don't know what they do with all our money... but I'd like to suggest they help our economy some in return...

 

With this much money... They could buy almost 6,000,000 of the new 100' long Tennessee made houseboats like Al Gore owns...

 

Or they could take delivery of 29,000 of the Gulfstream jets on Al Gore's wish list... plus one old used Gulfstream jet like Al Gore uses now...

 

2008

$142,339,700,000.00

2007

$256,206,700,000.00

2006

$232,588,600,000.00

2005

$201,544,800,000.00

2004

$161,938,000,000.00

2003

$124,068,200,000.00

2002

$103,064,900,000.00

2001

$83,096,100,000.00

2000

$83,833,000,000.00

1999

$68,677,100,000.00

1998

$56,927,400,000.00

1997

$49,695,500,000.00

1996

$39,520,200,000.00

1995

$33,789,500,000.00

1994

$29,505,100,000.00

1993

$22,777,000,000.00

1992

$18,309,000,000.00

1991

$12,691,000,000.00

1990

$10,431,000,000.00

1989

$6,234,300,000.00

1988

$3,489,300,000.00

1987

$2,796,300,000.00

1986

$1,664,700,000.00

1985

$6,000,000.00

   

September 16, 2008...

Which came first? The Chicken… the egg… the roost… or the road...?  Think on that one for a minute…

 

It seems President G.W. is a terribly powerful man…

 

His failed policies crashed and closed the Russian Stock Market today…for the first time since Bill Clinton did it in 1998…

 

Who was it that asked for the global economy?  Whose idea was that anyway?

 

I’ve noted I don’t see the downside of a slowing economy…

 

But then I’ve also noted it’s amazing to me how many people live near the seashore, that don’t have but a day’s worth of cigarettes to get them through a storm… I remember one of the storm related deaths last year, I believe it was, in south Florida… where a guy was killed in an auto accident late at night, during the passing of a hurricane, looking for an open store because he was out of smokes…

 

When I first moved to North Georgia, less than 17 years ago… there were three banks in the sleepy little town I live near… and I think one was a credit union…

 

Now there are banks within sight, just about anywhere you are… and more Mexican and Chinese restaurants than banks…

 

Aunt Bessie and Uncle Hughes Easterling, owned and operated Easterling’s Grocery in Eulonia, Georgia… The little store was our family’s “Convenience Store” when I was quite small…

 

There was a shelf where the Sunbeam bread was kept… There was maybe two loaves that didn't sell by the end of the day... and there was maybe a pack or two of hotdog and hamburger buns in stock... A really nice man named Bobby drove the Sunbeam truck… He always had a big smile on his face… and was very nice to us kids… but then everyone was at Aunt Bessie’s… There were also Sunbeam advertisement push-bars on both screen doors in front of the store…

 

Guys that worked in the woods like Mackie Williams and Harold Young would stop by in the mornings and get either BC or Goody’s powders to take with a small bottle of Coke… These were really big men that most of the time... wore well-worn hardhats with the brim all the way around…

 

Uncle Hughes was probably cutting them some bologna and hoop cheese… and wrapping it in brown butcher paper for their lunch while Aunt Bessie added their charges to their account sheets…

 

This is a guess, because I wasn’t paying that much attention… I would have been focused on the colorful candies inside the glass case that sat in the center of the counter… Some were 2 for 1¢ and on up to 10¢... I know... I know... It's been a long time since you've seen the ¢ symbol...

 

It may have been in an old air conditioned red brick elementary school building were you had to stand on steam radiators to open the wavy glass windows that were so big they had cast iron counter-weights built into the casings... The big windows were the air conditioners in the summer and the steam radiators were the air conditioners in the winter...

 

By the way… Many of the same candies are available today at movie theaters for $4 to $6…

 

But I digress…

 

Back to the top… “Which came first?”, I asked… I had fun with the chicken question... But the real question is?

 

Need? or greed?… and who’s responsible?

 

Aunt Bessie and Uncle Hughes are gone, Bless them… and so is the bread shelf, near the bags of flour and rice…

 

Gone are the choice of BC or Goody’s… however I also remember her also having bottles and little tins of Bayer Aspirin for sale…

 

Gone are most of the old woodsmen and their daily menu choices… Along with bologna and cheese, they could choose from Vienna sausages, potted meat or pork & beans which required a P-38, but most sardine cans had a key to get them opened when lunch time came…

 

Gone is the glass candy case and the coke box… I can still feel the cold air spilling out, as I would open the box and stare at the bottom full of Coke bottles, a few Orange Crushes, Dr. Peppers and Mountain Dew’s… And as I would almost be falling in the cold box, Mother would holler to hurry up and shut the lid! 

 

Replacing them are breads of every size and shape… made from ingredients from every corner of the globe… and take up one side of an 80 feet long isle! Many made right in the store!

 

The headache remedies are found in the pharmacy inside the grocery store, 50 yards away from the bread isle, with 300 bottles of varying organic and chemical pills, powders and liquid form headache relievers…

 

If you can't find the pharmacy at first... Look next to the branch bank near the video rental section...

 

After leaving the pharmacy, you can browse the candy department... (which requires many cases of new stock every day and its own inventory clerk)… while on the way to the tiny check-out isle where you knock boxes of bite sized candies onto the floor while maneuvering your cart to the register…

 

At this time, we're not even thinking about discussing the lunch possibilities between the bread isle and the pharmacy… much less the burger and pizza joints and ice cream shops you have to pass, just to get to the grocery store… which is across the street from another set of mega-stores and accompanying fast food enterprises and stand alone drug stores…

 

I’m not sure Harold and Mackie would be impressed… and don't give me this crap about G.W. being responsible...

 

We all are responsible...


September 14, 2008... P.M. ...

Let's see if I can make a point without getting in trouble...

 

After seeing the questions surface on the national media today, as to why the drinking water, food and ice are taking so long to make it to the storm area... I felt the need to add to today's Blog entry...

 

Haven't we heard these questions before?  I know it sounds so easy... An ice truck or two show up... a couple of trucks loaded with pop tarts and grits make it past the big oak tree that blew over into the street... And a couple of pickups full of water bottles make it to the beach for the weary storm duty media members...  Easy as that!

 

What?  It's a bigger task than that?      Oh...

 

Even with all the practice we've had... It'll be interesting to see how well the citizens from the storm affected areas were actually prepared to live in such a storm susceptible area...

 

Remember I've pointed out before... I'm not a survivalist... but at the same time I am... kind of...

 

We have hand tools... that don't require gasoline... We have the ability to cook and heat with wood and plenty of old cast iron wares to cook with... We have a fresh water source... We have seed... We have land to grow our own food... We have apparatus to trap and hunt and to defend all of the of the above with...

 

For quite some time... I've been asking for a mule to pull plows with... but for now, I stand in and push the plows...

 

I don't live where I live, so I'll have a way to take care of myself, friends and family in case I have to... but it's a cool side affect, isn't it...

 

If I didn't have the setup I have now... I'd still be thinking... what if?... Maybe it's a country guy thing...

 

Recently, I saw where Costco offers an Emergency Food Supply... It's a 5 gallon bucket with 275 servings of pre-mixed and pre-seasoned vegetarian and vitamin fortified food... and it carries a 20 year shelf life!... for $75...

 

Out in the barn is a dirty on the outside, clean on the inside white 5-gallon bucket with a sealed lid and screw on cap... Written in black magic marker are the words... "Spring Water"...  I've used it many times when I was camping or when I needed a good water supply from our spring...

 

I even have an old Clorox jug with the label removed and similarly marked with "Spring Water" at the office for drinking water and to make coffee and tea with... 

 

You know... I was thinking... If we didn't have enough canned or otherwise preserved foods around here... I'd at least have a couple of  "Emergency  Food Supply" buckets to tie together to use as a raft so I could float to where the government is handing out ice, food, water and housing vouchers...


September 14, 2008... A.M. ...

When most think of the seashores... They think of warm sea breezes... bright sunshine... long walks, looking for sand dollars and conch shells... and seafood restaurants that don't serve frozen food from China...

 

Possibly writing words in the sands, as I have done many times and in many places... like Tybee... Jekyll... St. Simon's... and Dameisha Beach...

 

Not many think of the negatives...  Most think how wonderful it would be to live on or near the beach... 

 

I consider it a wonderful place to visit... and Savannah, Georgia, remains my favorite city to visit...

 

First and foremost... My sympathies go out to all those that were in the path of hurricane Ike... I'm glad to see the current death toll is low from this storm that hit Galveston...

 

Hurricanes have dealt a heavy emotional and financial hand to coastal residents as well as those inland... Dr. Kate still has some level of anxiety just watching the news broadcasts forecasting the imposing storms, as she remembers the feelings of recently dealing with such storms... even though she hasn't lived in New Orleans in over a year and a half...  To add to her New Orleans hurricane experiences, she well remembers the hurricane threats as they would be passing up the Georgia coast, when she was a child...

 

My Mom and Dad moved to the Georgia coast in June of 1952... Rebecca and I were born in Savannah... After Savannah, we moved to Waycross and then on to the quiet fishing village of Pine Harbor in McIntosh County, for a year or so before moving a short distance to the location of the old Side Camp on the tram line between the lumber town of Warsaw and Belvedere Island...  This is located between South Newport and Eulonia... So I can speak somewhat of hurricanes because I lived on the Georgia coast for over 36 years...

 

After I married, we resided in Brunswick, and then northern  Glynn County, half way between Brunswick and Darien... My family leased our last coastal house when we moved to North Georgia... and then sold it... However, we had to wait till the lease was up to close on the deal...  A deal that was was to close on Friday, before Andrew hit Florida on Monday, August 24, 1992...  When I arrived in Brunswick, wave after wave of tropical rain was coming through... It would be raining cats and dogs one minute... then the sky would break and the sun would steam that last rainfall... then it would cloud up and rain for a few minutes and start the cycle again... over and over and over...

 

At this time, the cone of possibility for the direct hit, centered on the Georgia coast!  The whole time I was preparing to go for a last clean-up of the house and closing... I kept saying to myself, "Surely the closing would be cancelled!"  

 

Would you buy a house with a storm coming?  I wouldn't think so... But I awoke to no phone call... no notification of re-scheduling, so off to the lawyers office I went...

 

By now the storm path had started to drop further down into Florida... but I think we all see by now, these storms have a mind of their own...  Sometimes they not only turn in one direction or another... they'll stop and go back the way they came!

 

I was at the lawyers office the minimum amount of time to get the deal complete and have a check in my hand... Terribly happy to no longer be a coastal house owner... With baggage already loaded and no cell phone by which to reach me with... I headed North to Savannah, then Northwest to my new home in North Georgia!

 

As far as I was concerned, I had dodged a bullet!  Proper insurance can replace property... if one is smart enough to have such... but it doesn't do much for one's emotional well being...

 

Again, my sympathies to all those affected in Texas and Louisiana, and to those in the middle of the country that will be affected by the remnants of the storm...


September 10, 2008...

I've said earlier... that BHO should have hired me as an advisor...  I could have added so much to his campaign... 

 

I'd have picked a much better bikini clad specimen to superimpose Sarah's face on...

 

You can tell it was another one of the democratic cat-fighters that picked the one they used...

 

How do I know?  It's obvious!  A guy would have picked a hottie with an real black rifle... an American made AR-15 or M16...

 

Instead of paying me a simple advisors fee... they gave the project to the girls fresh from the last cat fight...

 

And they picked a pudgy good-old-girl with red, white and blue swim trunks on... that's the main reason I knew it was a girl that worked up the photo...  I can hear her laughing now...

 

The second reason is... after doctoring the photo... they told the press they had a photo of Sarah in a bikini holding an AK-47...

 

I understand why they don't hire me... But I would have thought they would have run this photo by some of the staff on the Chicago south side...  I know those boys know the difference in an AK-47... and the feared black, scoped Crosman BB gun...

 

Come on BHO... hire some real help here... Me and Duke sure could have helped out on this one for sure...


September 9, 2008…edited

Let it go sweetie… It’s no big deal… Why just this weekend, I used the exact same phrase in a text to Katie that BHO used today in his rally, "You can put lipstick on a pig… but you’ve still got a pig…”

 

I was referring to a man, Kate and I were talking about… and BHO was referring to Sarah… but like BHO and I say…, “Sweetie"… let it go…

 

The crowd behind him clinched it for me… It’s like the crowd behind Jeremiah Wright… during his countless speeches from the pulpit…

 

You don’t have to play the video of his, “NO! NO! NO! NOT GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!...” (You remember the rest…) to know what I’m referring to…

 

It’s easy to be a good speaker when the crowd is ready to squeal at your dribble…

 

There was no confusion in what the crowd heard… and squealed about…

...

What’s that you say?  Apologize?  For what?

 

Why hell no I’m not apologizing for saying BHO’s crowd squeals!

 

Squealing is a word I use for a loud, approvingly euphoric noise in response to an event…

 

I wasn’t referring to the crowd listening to BHO being pigs…

 

No… That wasn’t it at all…

 

Sweetie?  Get over it!


September 7, 2008... edited...

I have enough means to keep Duke comfortable... I paid cash for the truck and the 4-wheeler and the last several guns and bows... 

 

I hunt, fish and cook... and don't owe anything on my credit card... I keep the mortgage up on the river house... and work a full time job...

 

But I'm single!  I'm afraid my political point of view is scaring off the girls!

 

Back on April 11th... I reported taking a test that scared me some... I don't like tests...

 

I thought it was time to see if I had recovered... so late last night, I took the test again... 

 

You don't have to read too far down this Blog to see how I like my politics...  It seems I lean to the right...

 

But when I take the test... and answer all those probing questions... I turn out to be so darn close to the crosshair center I figure I need to advertise it more... 

 

Maybe it'll help prospective girls out there to take a second look if they realize that on the last two tests... I actually crossed the line and joined the liberals!

 

I know... I know... It doesn't run in the family... so I didn't inherit it...  I don't know what the cause is...

 

But to see if it helps my social calendar... I'll post my liberal leaning test results...

 

I use the test at  http://www.politicalcompass.org/

 

Last night's test results... -.25 Liberal... and -.72 Libertarian...

On the April 11th test... I was only -.15 Liberal... 


September 6, 2008...

Who's guarding the fort?!

 

Now that BHO's about to become emperor, who's organizing the Chicago south side?!

 

I see in a news article accompanied by a Google map with push pins marking the locations... that during this summer alone... Chicago has had roughly twice the number of murders than soldiers deaths in an actual war in Iraq!

 

Let's say that together... This summer alone... Chicago has had TWICE the number of murders than soldier deaths in a WAR!

 

And we're not even counting the number of deaths by New Orleans refugees while they're scattered across the country escaping another storm!  And definitely not the death count in New Orleans itself, this summer...

 

I'm sure that perky little Katie Couric leads off her broadcast every night with that chin of hers held low... and her young boy voice speaking low... while she reports the number of people that were murdered in Chicago...are TWICE as many as in Iraq this summer alone! 

 

Ok... probably not...

 

Oh yes... one note to those who see the Google map... Zoom way in, cause in order to actually see the map, you'll have to zoom in... otherwise there's so many pins, they block the map... You can still see the lake... but there's so many push pins marking the deaths, the city is just a blur...

 

I've been amazed by the war death count reporting by the well-meaning, honest, accurate, we just report the facts ma'am, media...  I'm fairly certain the war deaths are accurately counted...

 

However if truth were actually reported... The number of crime related deaths on the south side of Chicago that are never even discovered are more than our war death count...

 

So... Who's organizing guarding the community fort I ask?

 

Oh...

 

BHO has been?  In that case!  Good job there sir! 

 

When will your  book on "How I Organized Chicago And Lived To Tell About It" gonna hit the stores?


 September 5, 2008... edited...

I'm guessing the democratic women are too confused to have a strategy other than CAT FIGHT!!!  I'm expecting a YouTube video any day now of wig pulling, spitting and hissing...

 

However... maybe they'll settle down long enough to think things through for themselves and stop listening to those old white haired fat white democratic men running the show...

 

If they were smart... (which has been called into question lately...) They'd help elect John and Sarah...

 

John would serve for four years... and retire... Then Sarah would run against hillery... and guarantee a woman president...

 

But... I'm not sure if they'll figure that out in time...

 

I'll just sit back and watch them elect an American - Kenyan that refers to women as, "Sweetie", and Joe Biden... Bless his heart...

 

Then we'll have another crop of male senators run for office in the next several elections... while they have the female pundits cat fight in front of the TV cameras...

 

Maybe I'm wrong... Maybe it's just not time for a woman to run the show after all...

 

I'm very disappointed...


September 4, 2008... edited...

Thank goodness for SEC football! I think I'm gonna pull for Vandy tonight...

 

I like it when the old ball coach throws his visor...  It reminds me of some of the democratic pundits pitching a hissie...


September 3, 2008…Due to be edited at any time... This will be ongoing!

(In the Illinois state legislature) Barack voted “present”, 132 times… because deciding between yes and no was too tough… To be President of the United States, it’s not good enough to be “present”… Rudy Giuliani…

 

Change is not a strategy just as hope is not a destination! Rudy Giuliani…

 

Gloria Steinem… I’m much different than you and I’m thanking God the only thing Sarah has in common with hillery is one chromosome!

 

I’d like my readers to keep in mind when Sarah starts giving repetitive speeches about corkscrewing into Bosnia and ducking and running from sniper fire… Then I’ll realize she’s also lost it!

 

Why is it whenever I say Barack Obama… I say it like preacher Pfleger says it… BAAARRAAACKKK O…BAMAAAAA!... from his famous hillery is entitled speech?

 

Why is it that only certain people of color are included in the struggle… and only certain women are included in their cause… only if they're lefty-liberal enough… Otherwise… you’re an uncle tom or just like George Bush…

 

And speaking of George Bush… Democrats? Keep trying… I promise it’s possible to beat him this time…

 

The weak female democrat spokesperson’s rebuttal to Sarah’s speech last night was… "...it’s just more of the Republican rhetoric."  "…sounds just like George Bush!"

 

That was weaker than your response last week when Sarah was first introduced last week… when the democratic pundits said that crap about being from a small town…  You would be smarter if you were from a small town instead of dodging bullets on the Chicago south side!

 

I don’t know Barack or Joe personally… I just know them by way of different media outlets… and I don’t like what I know or see… They can’t in any way represent me… and after the lessons I've received from the democrats… It’s ok to say anything I want and snicker the whole time!


September 2, 2008...

The question was asked, "What if they find a girls-gone-wild video of Sarah Palin?"

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, even if they find a GGW video of Sarah Palin, she's still got my vote...

 

I have reasons to vote for her... I've found absolutely no reason to vote for BHO/Biden...

 

None... Zip! Zilch! Nada! Not one iota!

 

But democrats... let me know if you find that GGW video... Maybe you can play it at the same time as the "shoe dropper" video starring Michelle O...

...Richard's Roamings...

1. I see where Congress's approval rating is almost up to 18%... not quite... but almost!  These are our lawmakers people!

2. Why is it I hear almost every day... one of our congress people quote T. Boone Pickens... Do they get their information from TV commercials?

3. When are the battery powered transfer trucks and farm tractors going to hit the market...

4. Let's be kinder to our oil companies... We need them and their oil!  Without them, the Chinese won't have plastics to make all of life's essential gadgets we buy at the big blue box store on the edge of town...

5. I don't know about you, but I'm not buying gold... I'm investing in Planet Jr. garden plows... They'll one day be worth more than gold...

6. Sarah was the mayor of a small town of approximately 9,000 people... and Joe Biden ran for president and got approximately 9,000 votes nation-wide... which factor should I find most credible...

7. Jimmy Carter and Nancy Pelosi have something in common...

8. Jackie Broyles and I have something in common...

9. Be careful who you apologize to...

10. Don't worry... You won't be taxed... just the rich will be... So, as long as you don't have to buy food, clothes, fuel or anything at the big blue box store on the south side of town... you won't feel the tax increases on the rich... Do they really expect me and Fred Thompson to believe that crap?

11. It's important for the company that employs me...to make a lot of money... Very important... I'm still yet to be hired by a poor person...

12. This is not a "best of two evils" presidential choice...

13. Be careful what you ask for...


August 29, 2008... 2...

I'm astonished at the Democratic party's reaction to Sarah Palin!

 

The same group that offered me no option at all... I've not been given one reason to consider voting for even one of their candidates...

 

In my opinion, with all the negatives that BHO brings to the table... I can't understand why they sent their female spokespersons out to try and knock down this candidate...

 

It's sad... I guess they're antipathetic because she isn't like them... She's not a lawyer... She's bright... successful... a mother... a volunteer... a politician... a sportsman in many ways...

 

If I understand their arguments correctly... John should have picked another old, white, long time senator... The democrats apparently would be good with that...

 

They're gonna have to come with more than they did today to sway my opinion...


August 29, 2008...

OMG!

 

For the first time in my adult life… I am proud of John McCain!

 

Hope arrived today in Dayton, Ohio…  Who along with her family… was flown to Dayton aboard a Gulfstream jet that should be named… “The Envy of Al Gore!”

 

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m the founding member of a small group of proud Americans… T.R.I.C.T.A!  As an officer of TRICTA, I'm bound to maintain relative intelligence, think clearly and be a by-God American!

 

I'm not a globalist or a racist!

 

I have stayed independent and refused to be misled…

 

I have however been lied to…

 

I have practiced my advice to others and thought and acted according to my conscience…

 

I’m proud to have previously supported a woman seeking the American Presidency… and am proud to do it again...

 

I did not vote for or support John McCain in the primary… I’m conservative! 

 

However...

 

Today, I was invited to attend a luncheon at a local eatery (with a big screen TV) by a small group of likeminded individuals… some of them might even cling to their guns and bibles… I wouldn’t know… But I’d be pleased if they did…

 

I don't mind my association with such individuals...

 

At this luncheon… by way of the big screen… I was introduced to the Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin… whom I knew just a little about… But with this introduction… my first impressions went off the charts!

 

I understood what she said… I agreed with her… and I can see she was a complete package!

 

It’ll take an amazing amount of dredged up negatives to bring her down to the level of her competition!

 

Just seconds after she ended her speech with, “And God bless America!”  I received a text message from another TRICTA official… that said, “No! No! No! Not God bless America!”

 

I couldn’t have said it better myself! 

 

I certainly hope there are more clear thinkers out there than Kool-Aid drinkers!

 

So... now we have three Senators and a Governor in the race…

 

As I do the math… John and Joe easily cancel each other out… which brings my choice down to BHO and Sarah…

 

And my selection is Sarah!

 

Now! She has the real hope I can believe in!


August 28, 2008... edited...

I’ve been standing in the yard much of the evenings this week… Well Duke has too…

 

The katydids are about cycled out… leaving the frogs and crickets to serenade us…

 

It’s been nice and cool…

 

Thank the Good Lord for the recent rains… Washblue had gotten down to the lowest level seen by anyone we know…

 

But then nobody is living today that saw Washblue during the 1714-1715 drought… and I understand Georgia was having a terrible time along about the time George Washington died… as 1797-1802 was awful dry…

 

Dad was born in 1927… near the end of a bad drought that started in 1925… and he can tell you stories of fighting forest fires on the Georgia Coast in the 1950’s… when it was very dry… most of the fires went out when they had burned everything there was to burn…

 

I’m not really sure what caused these historical droughts… I don’t expect it was pollution like the unprecedented levels we now see in China… or the massive fossil fuel debacle… darn those internal combustion engines...

 

And it wasn’t the cutting of forests to build the massive number of cracker box housing developments, cause those droughts were before all that… and it wouldn’t matter if it was the cause, because we’ve got to keep building so all the immigrants coming here will have their own American dream home!

 

It couldn’t have been the palaces being built in the Middle East… They’re mostly Italian marble… and besides… They’re offsetting their ecological impact by planting grass in the deserts there so their children can play on lush golf courses instead of hot sand…

 

I wonder what it'd be like today if the internal combustion engine had never been invented... I guess all those cracker box houses would have 2 horse stables instead of garages...

 

And there'd be hitching posts at the outer edges of the grocery store parking lot where people would tie up their horses and oxen for sale to the illegal aliens...

 

Gotta stop typing now... There's lightning bugs to watch...


August 23, 2008... edited...

Have mercy! It is Joe Biden...

 

For the last two days as I was hearing it was Joe... I kept saying..., "Surely not!"  

 

And for the last several days, I've listened to the party spin crew speak of how presidential it is that the team is able to keep a secret and play the world like a fiddle!

 

If they'd have been so good at keeping a secret, I wouldn't know who Jeremiah Wright or Tony Rezko are and I'd never had to listen to Bob Beckel explain how he's afraid there's a very big shoe dropping on Michelle Obama...  As for me... I don't care what she said...

 

And if the shoe never drops... It doesn't matter to me... However... If it does... I'm gonna laugh my butt off!


August 16, 2008... edited...

It's still amazing to me... when many politicians are asked a question... they just can't simply answer it!  They speak words and sometimes even make partial sentences... But I can't figure out what they said!

 

Yes... I'm listening to the interview of BHO by Dr. Rick Warren, at the Saddleback Civil Forum...

 

A question I'm hoping Dr. Warren asks is... Why don't we end the Korean War?  If we ended that war, we could bring home those approximately 37,500 battle ready troops that are still there... And then there are the approximately 40,000 troops in Japan...

 

When combined with the 71,000 that are assigned to Germany, England, Turkey and Italy... well you do the math... That's a bunch of Soldiers, Sailors, Flyers and Marines...

 

It appears the state of mind of many Americans is we could do away with most of these military people and spend that money on the welfare of those here who aren't doing such a good job of taking care of themselves...

 

By the way... I wonder if Jeremiah Wright's mansion is complete... We may need more faith based initiative money from the government so these churches can create $20,000,000 retirement packages for their pastors...

 

Blah... Blah... Blah... Spin-Spin-Spin... Blah... Blah... Blahhhhhh...

 

Bullshit!

 

Sorry... That just came out... and as the old saying goes... Four things come not back... the spoken word, the sped arrow, the past life and the neglected opportunity...  So that one has to stay...  I figure if BHO can lie in a church... I can get by with saying BS in my living room...

 

... Now for John...

 

So far, John has showed the massive divide between he and BHO... and John is not your normal right winger... Which makes BHO a far piece from me...

 

I've heard from many of my democratic friends, what a terrible speaker GW is... that he stammers and stutters and how you can't be a good president if you're not a good speaker... 

 

Where BHO stuttered and beat around the bush... pun intended... John's been answering the questions quickly and right on the point... I don't have to wonder what he meant by his answer... for tonight anyway...

 

I like this forum... It's the best debateish event I remember...

 

Reasons for my vote decision discussed so far... Supreme Court Justice nominations... Who will take the interests of the United States first... Who will use our natural resources the wisest, key word her being "use"... Who will spend our tax money with reserve and intelligence...

 

John... You have a problem with your last answer... There is a divide in this nation... It doesn't matter what you do... There won't be a "coming together" if you are elected... or any other time...

 

The Civil Forum is over... One candidate answered each question... the other one answered some of them, but talked a bunch...


August 15, 2008... edited...

At long last... Bigfoot has been found! And in the North Georgia Mountains to boot!

 

No! Really!  I read it on the Internet!

 

I'm filling out the franchise paperwork now to obtain the exclusive rights to Bigfoot Lemonade Stands of North Georgia!

 

I'm so excited!


August 5, 2008

 

I just adjourned the August meeting of TRICTA…

 

BHO wasn’t in attendance… We only have one American Flag, which isn’t nearly enough to provide an adequate backdrop for a photo-op… and since press credentials aren’t handed out like wine and cheese, his entourage would be severely cropped…

 

Between that and the fact that TRICTA holds its meetings in a community of quiet people… who generally mind their own business and even put out scraps from dinner in case Duke comes by…

 

You know… The kind of community that apparently doesn’t need a community organizer…

 

I’m still interested in knowing what a community organizer does…  Who knows… We might need one in the future…

 

Let’s see… what would our community organizer do… If we had one…

 

 1.  Direct a parking plan for the folks who come to pick berries at the Pettit’s blueberry patch… and obtain proper signage from the county or state Department of Transportation…

 

2. Remind everyone when it’s time to clean out the bluebird boxes and obtain more government grants for repairs to the homes of these environmentally sensitive creatures…

 

3. Work with the County Road Department to install a safety underpass on our main road for the local wildlife to safely pass through… This would drastically reduce the amount of road kill...

 

4. Hire local children to scare off the federally regulated crows that will eat all the seed in a freshly planted corn patch in one afternoon, if left unattended…

a.   Fight the eminent domain attempt to provide a set-aside area in the community for the displaced federally regulated crows to stay and eat government supplied corn from automatic feeders… This would also provide a place where our local crows can meet crows from other parts of the world that are passing through on a search for a better corn patch... This would also help them be less antipathetic towards crows from other communities…

b.   Also provide a properly lighted and supervised 4-wheeler off-road course for the scarecrow-kids entertainment during their off hours to keep them out of trouble…

      5. Obtain counselors and other appropriate emotional help for the Mullinax's heifer across the river in the case she can’t handle the loss of another calf… Last year the poor girl bellowed for two days… I’m sure if that’d happened in Nancy Pelosi’s neighborhood she’d appropriate any amount of emergency appropriations, (i.e. your tax dollars) necessary to get the old girl some help! But here in our neighborhood, it’s just a thing… After all, she’s not a whiner but actually a tough old girl… Why just this spring, after a new calf was born… ol’ Duke saw her for the first time and struck out in a cold run straight to her!  While Duke was in that flat out run and listening to me holler, “Boy you better get back here and leave her alone!”… he was also wondering why she had that, “I’m going to eat you and spit out the bones if you don’t turn around and get the hell back on your side of the river!” look in her eye…

6.  6. Engineer a reversible wind generator system on Washblue Branch to provide power for the entire Pike community… Complete with sufficient battery storage… There’s a breeze continuously blowing down the creek that should provide sufficient winds to turn the blades… The need to have a reversible windmill and sufficient battery to power it for a day or so... is for when the neighborhood skunk loses control up the creek and we need to change the direction of the smell till it eases up a bit... Then we can go back to churning up power...

      7. And last but not least… Dad, being a senior citizen… could use some help with Duke… After Duke’s morning nap, the two of them go feed the fish in the hole below the falls… then usually go on a turtle hunt on the back road… Then when Duke gets back to the house, he takes a dip in the creek to cool off and get a cool drink of water… Dad then dries him off with a big pink bath towel so they can go back inside and catch a nap before lunch… Dad can handle him ok in the mornings, but since it takes a village and a community organizer to get things done these days… Dad could use a little help in the afternoons…

Shoot! If we get one of those community organizers... I may apply for that job myself… especially if I get to keep any government grant money I don’t spend on the community and get to play with Duke in the afternoons!


July 26, 2008...

I really need to watch what I say these days... ... ... People are watching... and listening...

 

With that in mind... This evening, there was a news show that discussed honor killings... They discussed a muslim from a north African country that had married a 15 year old girl from the United States... There was reference to him owning land back in his homeland... and he treated her like a queen...

 

He was a convenience store employee... and things didn't turn out so good for the girl...

 

We're told by our school and university admissions offices that diversity is good... And you might have to send your children to another school other than the one you'd like, because they're bringing in a diverse group from the world to help everybody become better citizens...

 

And were told by some politicians, we should be more tolerant of those who don't think like us... and how we should be more accepting and understanding of those who want to bring their beliefs and traditions to our neighborhoods...

 

Currently on the radio, there are commercials sponsored by the insurance company I use...  I'm not entirely sure, but as I read articles on the Internet, I see this insurance company allegedly had to make good on some allegedly unscrupulous business activities... allegedly... So as part of the settlement... They allegedly agreed to sponsor some allegedly "We'll make good citizens out of you yet!" groups...

 

Well... I'm now in insurance shopping mode... I know this is something where every company I do business with could be in the same situation, but hopefully they're not linked up with an organization with a name that describes if you're not totally onboard with them... ... ... let's see... how to say it...  "We're a whole lot better than you!"

 

So... to insure I'm less antipathetic towards others than these people are... I'm shopping for a different insurance company...


July 21,2008...

...Richard's Roamings...

1.  One more thought for Jesse Jackson I forgot to include in last nights Blog entry… Jesse?  Let me advise you to stay away from YouTube… It’ll adversely affect your self esteem once you watch and listen to the throngs of your old followers say bad things about you… But if you do… repeat after me…

 

I AM… SOMEBODY! 

I AM… SOMEBODY!!!

UP WITH HOPE…

DOWN WITH THE DOPES!!!

 

I think that's how it goes... It's been 20 years and I wasn't in the crowd...

 

2.  On Chinese pollution… I certainly hope the big department store in town, knew well in advance China was planning to shut down most industries in 5 provinces so we’d be able to see the pole vaulters at their Olympic games… I hope they bought extra inventory to tie us over till China gets the factories back up and running and the pipeline full of life’s little plastic necessities again…

 

I can envision the event now… an announcer at the west end of the stadium says…, “He’s off and running… let us know when he jumps!” … Then another announcer at the 50 yard line reports…, “He’s jumped… but hasn’t come down yet!” … then reports again…, “He’s just landed on the mat… and the bar didn’t fall!” “The only problem is, I couldn’t see if he went over the bar or under it!”

 

3.  If BHO is 50% Caucasoid descent and 50% Kenyan descent, why does one weigh out over the other when he fills out his census form?  If your answer is, “It’s in his book.” Then never mind, because I’m not reading his books…

 

4.  When reading the Internet's Urban Dictionary... under definitions of Caucasian insults such as whitey, cracker and honkey… I get amused and not upset… This apparently is one of the main problems…

 

5.  I’d like to thank Georgia State Senator Chip Pearson, Georgia State Representative David Ralston, Georgia State Senator Renee Unterman and Georgia State Representative Bobby Reese for their timely and concerned responses to a recent question posed by Dr. Kate and me…  I continue to hope for a less robotic response from United States Senators Chambliss and Isakson and United States Representative Nathan Deal…


July 20, 2008...

Jesse... Jesse... Jesse... If you're not happy with the new rock star in our midst... You shouldn't have given up the title...

 

There's a lesson in this... A great American, Alfred "Hooky" Hooks taught me long ago... and now I'll help you out, brother...

 

Alfred always said, and I say to you..., "If you snooze... You lose..."

 

Jesse... Here's a video of your better times... when screaming students were all gaga over you... You had them repeat slogans after you and sing civil rights songs... It was as if you were a rock star!

 

If you had it to do over... You'd have taken them out to the basketball court and shot hoops... It works for BHO...

 

http://youtube.com/watch?v=0SGkBBPzwow

 

You snoozed... and you lost... BHO's our new rock star... get over it...


July 11, 2008...

There's so much you don't know about me... like... I've never listed my favorite states... With there being no time like the present... Here they are in no particular order...

 

Georgia... Alabama... Florida... Tennessee... North Carolina... Kentucky... Mississippi... Louisiana... Texas... Missouri... Arkansas... Oklahoma... Idaho... Indiana... Arizona... Utah... Montana... Colorado... Wyoming... South Dakota... Pennsylvania... Michigan... New Hampshire... and Alaska...

 

I've never been to Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Idaho, Arizona, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, New Hampshire and Alaska... but that doesn't mean they aren't some of my favorites...

 

Why?

 

Because they are beautiful places and full of antipathetic people just like me...  Well that's what BHO says... anyway...


July 4, 2008...

Thank you to those who envisioned, organized and created this country... and Thank You to all those who've defended this country and served in any capacity to preserve a great land...

 

I  just finished watching the National Independence Day Concert and Illuminations in Washington, D.C. ... What a nice program...

 

Today amidst BBQ sauce, smoke and peach pie that come to think about I never partook of... brb... I have to remedy that...

 

Today started off with a quiet house... while Duke and I started charcoal... and prepped ribs...

 

During coffee breaks later in the morning I stopped to watch some of the Peachtree Road Race on TV... I enjoyed seeing so many people have so much fun... A man was running in a gray business suit, white shirt and tie... A couple due to get married next week ran in wedding attire... The Very Reverend Samuel Chandler blessed thousands with Holy Water, providing a religious memory for those that passed him...

 

I forgot to ask Amber if she and Gene were running this year... But I looked for them in case...

 

I'm not a runner... But I enjoyed watching...

 

After the smoke cleared and lunch was done... We settled on the front porch and listened to Mom and Dad talk about memories with a patriotic twist... I have video for later on...

 

Another good part of the day, was watching families and friends enjoying the festivities of the day, whether it was at the road race or the uniformed soldier in Boston holding his young daughter while watching the fireworks and listening to The Boston Pops concert...

 

It was good to see American Flags being waved in all the crowds and it was especially good to see women in pink outfits being escorted away from those that don't think like them...

 

 Today made me think of Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall , George Walton, The United States Marine Silent Drill Team... The Sentinels  at the Tomb of The Unknown... Sonny, James, Beatrice, Ollie & Kara,

 

Thank you to those who have gone this way before...


June 30, 2008... edited...

...Richard's Roamings...

1. I'm still amazed how many American Flags BHO is standing with these days... It's amazing how his handlers have convinced him he needs those, like me that don't think like him... to get elected...

2. I say again... if he's such a good communicator... why does he have to go to towns with unusual names to try and explain the latest stupid situation away... Today it was a speech in Independence, Missouri... spinning patriotism... He should go to Webb, Oklahoma next... He'd be right at home...

3. I don't care what they do in San Francisco... See, BHO... how easy it is to communicate a thought?  Or as Michelle Obama would say it... I really don't care what they do in San Francisco...

4. I went to court and the jail today... Actually went to the jail twice... once this morning... and again this evening... and I'm very pleased with the experience...

5. I'm very proud of my state... Georgia...

6. Am I wrong or isn't the job of the Supreme Court to review a legal case to ensure it was executed according to the Constitution of the United States?  If you don't like what the Supremes say... Fire the politicians that created the un-Constitutional situation... Their job is not to legislate, but to make sure the legislators do their job Constitutionally...

7. Poll updates... As of today... 18.5% approve of job done by the U. S. Congress... While 14.5% approve of the direction of the nation...  G. W.'s approval rating is still nearly twice that of Congress...

8. Who controls Congress?  At least BHO is a newbie...

9. Why is it ok to declare "the system's broken" and then go home and do nothing about it other than making the pronouncement?

10. Hand out earmarks and hide funding in unrelated legislation... and you can get enough congressional signatures to do pretty much anything you want...


June 25, 2008... edited...

My how time flies... It's been 15 days since I typed an entry here and 35 years since I graduated from a small Coastal Georgia high school...

 

I paid a visit to that not so small county this last weekend... and met with friends, some of which I hadn't seen in a long time...

 

I also rode around the county to certain places that I am very fond of... A long dusty road... A hunting club I wasn't a member of... Stopping to see oak and pine trees planted by Dad as I drove...

 

I photographed the old barn that Doris and two big King snakes lived... which was beside the pen where Smut, Zeke, Hoover, Queen and countless others stayed... plus I took some shots of the once sandy road to Darkest Africa where Chopper and I used to run... is now grassed over, but mowed...

 

I picked up a few pine cones to keep... from beneath the same trees I picked them up (under duress) as a kid...

 

These were just side trips... because I was there to see friends...

 

It was good to hear the voices and laughter... It was good to see these old friends...

 

I lived on the coast during a simpler time...

 

When a months worth of groceries came home from the Bargain Corner in Savannah, in big paper bags...

 

When milk and eggs and smaller various groceries were bought at Aunt Bessie's store... I'll forever remember pumping a tank of gas and running in through the screen doors with the Sunbeam bread signs to tell Aunt Bessie I had pumped less than $5 worth of regular...

 

Then while Mother leaned against the counter talking with Aunt Bessie... I, along with whatever other kids would be there, would go back for a drink of water from the spigot attached to a pipe that passed through the meat cooler... That water would cool off anybody on contact!

 

Back when there were few posted signs... you know?... A simpler time... and that wasn't too long ago...

 

Thanks friends... I hope to see you again soon...


June 10, 2008... edited...

An amazing number of democrats voted in this years elections... About 18,000,000 each for hillery and BHO...

 

During the middle of the day, today...the population of the United States passed a cool number... I like numbers...

 

304,304,304 people... which means almost 6% of the population voted for BHO and less than that for John...

 

Also, during the typing of this Blog entry... Approximately 9 minutes...

 

77 babies were born in America...

41 people died in America... &...

19 immigrants arrived here...

 

Everyone should be understanding by now, just how big every single issue in America is... and how difficult it is to resolve or change any issue...


June 3, 2008... edited...

Well so far tonight... I'd vote in a heartbeat for Governor Bobby Jindal for President... and his beautiful wife Supriya for First Lady!

 

I listened to him speak a couple of weeks ago at Dr. Kate's Graduation on May 15th... I was impressed then and I'm impressed now...

 

Then came Senator McCain... OMG... Nothing to say here but OMG!...

 

Now comes billery and her 90 year old supporters... oh yes... and the strange acting guy over her right shoulder... Whoever loads the background with the appropriate followers... didn't do a good job on this one...

 

And another OMG!!!  Does her speech writer that has her talk about the nurse on the second shift have anything else to write... Surely even nurses on the second shift can afford insurance... and don't forget the 11 year old boy that sold his bike to donate to her...

 

hillery... please retire for the evening... and bring on BHO... before I need health care tonight!

 

Ok... hillery's on mute... and while she's been muted... let me remind you that she is a member of congress who shares a current and abysmal approval rating of 18.7%... While George W. just has a terrible approval rating of 30.8!

 

Another OMG is appropriate now...

 

And now for BHO...

 

Well... I have hopes for change... and he ain't it...

 

The change I'm interested in now is to The Outdoor Channel...


June 2, 2008...

Now I feel better... As I was worried about how Trinity was going to pay for Mr. Wright's $10,000,000 house and his $10,000,000 line of credit... I learn from newscasts that you and I have helped them with $15,000,000 in free Government tax money!

 

On April 28th, I wondered where some of this disposable cash they have came from... And just this past Saturday, I wrote suggesting all you federal tax payers pat yourself on the back for doing so much good on the Chicago south side...

 

This makes the sermon I heard minister Moss preach about refusing the money from the congressman, who's skin had not been kissed by the sun... either false teaching or they just take as much as they can get from those whose skin has been kissed... one or the other...

 

I asked Dad, who is a Baptist Deacon, and very familiar with his church's finances..., "How much federal grant money do ya'll get?"

 

He abruptly responded, "NONE!" 

 

He didn't need to be testy... I was just curious...

 

After upsetting Dad, I think I need to sign out so I can confer with Duke... Remember, in a recent attempt to insure our income and lifestyle... Duke and I introduced our new business... Duke’s Energy Credit, Security Fencing & Farm Initiative...

 

I'm thinking Duke and I need to expand into church grant writing... Making it Duke's Energy Credit, Security Fencing, Farm Initiative & Free Government Church Money Agency...


June 1, 2008...

As a follow-up to the Resignation Day... I tuned in to TUCC this morning... assuming it would be a quiet service...

 

When I tuned in via streaming service on the Internet... The ending to the Communion service was taking place...

 

I stepped away and returned soon thereafter when I saw minister Moss speaking...

 

When I arrived and turned up the sound, Mr. Moss was making a Biblical reference to mansions and The Manger...

 

I'm sorry I missed his text... I'd reference it here if I had caught it...

 

However... I didn't miss the next statement... This is a near quote...

 

I don't think many here today know what it's like to live in mansions...

 

But we sure have the smell of the Manger in our nostrils!

 

I promptly turned off the service because I agree with BHO... The good young minister Moss, which he has great respect for, should be able to preach as he sees fit without any hindrances...

 

Again... I did my homework... Have you?


May 31, 2008...

...Resignation Day...

I just listened to BHO speak slowly at a press conference with the main topic being his resignation from Trinity United Church Of Christ.

 

And... if you read my Blog entries of March 15, 2008 and March 16, 2008... you might agree I got BHO and his ministers correct...

 

It hasn't calmed down any since those that think like BHO and Michelle started coming to most news outlets near you...  we've met and learned much about them... how they think... we've listened the content and context of their speech... and of course learned about their characters...

 

They're a hateful bunch... And I'm one of those they hate...

 

This group of people... wright... moss... pfleger... farrakan... those who slap backs... and stand, applaud and laugh wildly at such as has been taught on Chicago's south side, as well as across the nation in similar churches... has become a roadblock in getting folk such as me to vote for BHO...

 

And I'm very glad to see that BHO wants to shield Trinity... I agree with BHO... they should be free to continue to indoctrinate their young without scrutiny...

 

And this guy has the audacity to point out people like me as clinging to my Bible and guns... and the nerve to say that I have antipathy to people who aren't like me...

 

And BHO...as for my anti-immigrant sentiments... I'm anti-illegal everything!  Don't continue to be confused!  There are way more reasonably intelligent, clear thinkers just like me than you know...

 

And for all the good we've heard about these Chicago south side churches doing... we're starting to see how much of your tax money is going into these churches... brought by a senator whose skin has been kissed by the sun...

 

We now know that pfleger's church got at least $200,000 through BHO... and heaven only knows how much Trinity's gotten...

 

For all you federal tax payers... pat yourself on the back for doing so much good on the south side of Chicago... as we also know that some $20,000,000 went into wright's retirement package...

 

Give me a break...

 

I'll say again what I said on March 15th... I like to check things out for myself... None of this crap was a one-time thing...

 

This can't be spun away as caricatures, or unfortunate sound-bites taken out of context...

 

This is normal life on the south-side...


Memorial Day, May 26,2008...

On a return leg of a day trip this weekend, our car stopped by and visited cemeteries where some of my ancestors are buried... I find I've been remiss in visiting and maintaining the cleanliness of the headstones...

 

Many times over the weekend, television showed white headstones and crosses in Veteran Cemeteries across the world.  Just seeing them, brings back the same feelings and sensations as if I was there in person...

 

Visiting Arlington National Cemetery or any of the other National Cemeteries... reading stories of those buried there and witnessing the guarding of the Tomb of the Unknown... should be on every good citizens list of must do events... Arlington is a very solemn place... rich in history... 

 

I'm thankful to those servants for preserving a great place for us to live... and thank you to those who serve today... continuing to safeguard our nation...

 

It's a tough job... A rough job... An important job...

 

Thank You...


May 15, 2008...

Those who keep up with me by reading this Blog... know that I don't post many pictures...

 

I have other places to post normal photos... with little one-liner comments...

 

Pictures posted here... are special in some way and are important to my topic of the post...

 

Today I must post another one...

 

Today, my Little Girl Kate, graduated from the LSU School of Allied Health Professionals in New Orleans, Louisiana...

 

I met several of her professors and the Dean of the school...  They all were extremely nice and spoke highly of Kate...

 

For those of  you who don't know Kate... or know her well... Let me describe her with a couple of one-liners...

 

Kate has always been a great child... Kate has a grand personality... Kate has a great mind... Kate has a wonderful laugh... Kate is a beautiful lady... Kate is a good tennis player... Kate is so many things, I'd never have enough time to type them here in my little web log...

 

But of her accomplishments to date... This one's big... for today, my Little Kate became... Dr. Katherine Mawhinney, Au. D.

 

Again Kate... You've created yet another opportunity for me to say... and I'll say it loudly and proudly again...

 

Kate... I am so very proud of You and I Love You so much...

 


May 10, 2008...

 

...A few more Roamings...

 

1. On March 13, 2008, from 10:11 pm to 11:09 pm... America's democratic led House of Representatives... went into SSPSS for only the 4th time in 178 years... 

 

For those who believe in open government... you know... democratic sunshine and all that... yet don't understand what SSPSS is... Turn down the volume on this Blog and make sure there's nobody reading over your shoulder... and for goodness sakes make sure the kids are in bed... 

 

Is the room clear... have you checked for any listening devices... and hidden cameras... 

 

Ok then... SSPSS stands for "Super Secret Pink Swear Session!"...

 

I'm sure it was necessary... Maybe they were selecting a public relations firm to help get their approval ratings up to at least where GW's are...  Yea... That's probably it...

 

2. More numbers... More $$$... I saw this week where sales of the video game "Grand Theft Auto IV" beat the movie "Iron Man" in their first weeks of sales...

 

"Grand Theft Auto IV" is a video game with an immigrant gangster main character... bested "Iron Man" by $300,000,000... and "Iron Man" took in $200,000,000... Meaning the two took in over $700,000,000 during their respective first weeks!

 

This makes the sheet of paper the government sent us, costing only $42,000,000 seem like sofa change...

 

3. People are really struggling these days, aren't they? 


May8, 2008... edited...

...Richard's Roamings...

I haven't roamed since late September... I'm past due...

 

1.  Just when I thought I knew all I needed to know about the new ruling party in American politics... Another day passes where I hear new talking points that counter their old talking points...  It seems to me, the campaigning democrats are contradicting themselves with many of their statements...  I'm not the only one that's confused... It seems many democrats I know, are confused also...

 

2.  After considerable thought... I've decided how to spend "my tax money" the government is "giving" back to me...  I'm in my second week of spending it, and am very happy with my decision!  I'm not benefitting from it at all, except for the good feeling it's given me so far... and I've got much more to spend... 

 

3.  How long is it going to take for someone to say the ruling military junta in Burma is denying the assistance of United States in their natural disaster as a result of GW's failed policies?

 

4.  I wish I had stock in a company that makes American Flags!  I saw Nancy Pelosi today during her photo opportunity and there were so many American Flags behind her, you couldn't even count them!  It was literally like a wad of flags!  Surely she has someone on staff that can consult Title 4 of the United States Code to make sure it was proper... I guess, for some reason, she needs to have more than BHO is using these days...

 

5.  The Terrapene Carolina count at Washblue is going well... Duke is heading up that census again this year...

 

6.  By the time this election is over, my opinion of how much my vote counts, will most likely be less that what I've always thought...

 

7.  I've written recently about how much things cost... Are you paying attention to how much money our politicians are tacking onto legislation such as military spending bills, that has absolutely nothing to do with the military at all... If not... Why  not?

 

8.  Congress' approval rating is 22%!

 

9.  We have a lot of land in this country... We have room for many people to come here and live...  Think of all the open space we have... Imagine how good things will be here when there's a population here like in Mumbai, India... Which averages 130 people living on every acre...


May 4, 2008... edited...

I made a mistake!  I'm listening to a mini-democratic convention in Indiana...

 

The mistake was just finishing supper... I ate the quiche left over from lunch... It was excellent!  However, I'm now listening to hillery clinton and I'm about to throw up!

 

I say again... If the democrats keep trying... they'll beat W this election... Poor hillery is giving it her best... maybe this time they'll succeed...

 

She and Barack have proved, as congressmen, they are totally powerless to pass any law or appropriate any funds to help a damn thing!

 

These candidates are just like Jeremiah Wright... They get up in front of their congregations and say anything they please... Their flocks will believe anything they say...

 

Why didn't hillery's "husband" stop the recession coming on at the end of his term?  If it's so easy... Then why didn't he come up with "comprehensive plan" to reverse it!  Oh.. what's that you say... It's not that easy?  Oh...  From what I hear from these two ... it's supposed to be... 

 

Yes... hillery... the war in Iraq is costing us a lot of money... and so are the illegal aliens on public assistance of every single kind!

 

Well... hillery's finished her speach... She passed a cup of Kool-Aid... but I refused to drink... I threw it out on the driveway...

 

Barack's up next...  And I'm going to try and listen... Right now, hillery is by far the best of the two democrats... which says volumes about BHO...

 

While I wait on him to speak to the nation... I'll offer him some advice...

 

Man!  It's me you are trying to get a vote from!  Talk to me! 

 

If you were smart... you'd have had a staff of people like me advising you on a huge number of real middle Americans come from...

 

There's a huge number of Americans that aren't like your Chicago south-side constituents...

 

And man, I never expected the term, "White Folks"  to come out of the democratic campaign! 

 

There are multitudes of Americans, just like me, that didn't look at BHO as anything but a candidate, until he brought his whacko's to the front of the stage! 

 

I still haven't seen a reason to change my opinion from that which I wrote on March 15th in this Blog...

 

Shhh... BHO is on the stage...

 

I want everyone to know I saved my cup from hillery's Kool-Aid... I'll let BHO reuse it... It's a recycling thing I'm doing in an attempt to help the global warming cause...

 

yada... yada... yada... applause... applause... applause... inside joke... polite applause... applause...

 

Ok... I can't take them any more...  I'll throw the Kool-Aid cup in the trash since it's contaminated...

 

These folks are painful to listen to!


April 29, 2008...

How can I say it?  Let's see...

 

It's like a cat that's dug in his litter box to cover his poop... The poop temporarily disappears... The job is then complete...

 

The truth is... It's not very deep... It still stinks... and it's definitely still there...

 

A few weeks ago... Absolut Vodka ran an advertisement in Mexico that showed a map of Mexico...  This map shows Mexico as it was prior to the end of the Mexican-American War in 1848 ...

 

And written across the map were the words... "IN AN ABSOLUT WORLD"... A play on words meaning... In a perfect world...

 

I understand the advertisement went over pretty good in Mexico...

 

On their website the following (wink-wink) "apology" was posted...

We apologize

Posted Sunday, April 06, 2008, 7:38:29 PM
 

During the weekend we have received several comments on the ad published in Mexico. We acknowledge the reactions and debate and want to apologize for the concerns this ad caused. We are truly sorry and understand that the ad has offended several persons. This was not our intention. The ad has been withdrawn as of Friday April 4th and will not be used in the future.

In no way was the ad meant to offend or disparage, or advocate an altering of borders, lend support to any anti-American sentiment, or to reflect immigration issues.

To ensure that we avoid future similar mistakes, we are adjusting our internal advertising approval process for ads that are developed in local markets.

This is a genuine and sincere apology,

By Paula Eriksson, VP Corporate Communications, V&S Absolut Spirits

I took the liberty to highlight the word... several... then looked up the word in a dictionary... Those that know me well, know I look up dang near everything in my dictionary...

Several... is a grammatical reference generally accepted to mean more than two... and usually less than seven...

This definition shouldn't be held to such a tight standard... Let's say the upper limits of several is ten times more than 7... so let's assume this nice lady from Absolut Spirits actually believes only 70 of us thought negatively of their advertisement...

What a joke...  I'm sure she's highly educated and lives in a nice house, but she's not very good at apologizing...

If she'd just left out the word several... It's showed a lack of honesty lady... You shouldn't have tried to get me to think that I was only one of  several that were offended...

...

And then I see today, Barack had to go back to the well one more time... He was far more believable this time than during the many previous efforts where he tried to cover up his mistakes of marginalizing his relationship with Jeremiah...

It's good to see him standing in front of so many American flags these days... At his Pennsylvania "race" speech he was in front of no less than eight American flags...

If the man ever wanted my support, he'd have never tried to fool me the first few dozen times...  Just come out and tell the truth man...

Barack's been just like Paula Eriksson deciding which words to choose? 

Denounce? Renounce? Vet?... Just words?  Several? Millions?... Just words???

It really matters what you say and not just how you say it...

When you're running for president, you shouldn't need to keep a dictionary close by, like I do...

You either know what to say... and how to say it... or you scratch around in your litter box...


April 28, 2008...

Today I read about Barack's tie to ping pong... Things just get better and better...

 

I'm not sure why monies these community organizers get from the government, don't go to fighting poverty, hunger, drugs and gang violence amongst many other  in their "organized community"... instead of a ping pong tournament for an employer...

 

Or why preachers with $10,000,000 houses didn't choose to live in a modest $2,000,000 house and give the other $8,000,000 to care for some of the hungry Haitians in their renowned Caribbean ministry...

 

I'm sure that'll be taken out of context... But so what... It's what happens to those of us who speak publicly...

 

I know I need to stop now... but I wonder where the monies for the $10,000,000 house and the $10,000,000 line of credit came from... Must be a high dollar community...

 

Again... I thought this guy was supposed to be different... but apparently not...


April 27, 2008...

I can't type now... I'm watching the... maybe not "deficient", but definitely "different"... Jeremiah A. Wright Show! I'll be back shortly...

 

Ok... I had to stop listening to that mess... It's still background noise... But sorry I'll not be able to report on that spectacle...

 

Now let's get on to the topic of whether or not the average man on the street thinks the following words are in the U. S. Constitution... "From each according to his ability... to each according to his need..."

 

You can search for different polls taken on this topic... Whether you take the 30% or 45% results of those thinking it is... isn't important...

 

What's important is...there's a change in our population... There's been a change in the population's thinking...

 

We've changed from the wild pig trapper... to the wild pig...

 

But thankfully... many of us are still reasonably intelligent and still think clearly and don't believe anyone owes us anything...

 

Thankfully there are many of us that understand that the change being spoken about in political circles is a change in power of certain groups of people and doesn't have anything to do with government...

 

It's loud and clear... It's something they don't have to spin...

 

Mr. Obama speaks of Jeremiah being his "former pastor"... I wrote earlier of his current pastor... who is exactly like Jeremiah! 

 

To me, there's no difference... You listen... You decide...

 

Is there a difference in them and me?  You bet there is! 

 

If required… I evaluate someone by the makeup of their person... not by, as Barack's current pastor says and I can quote whether his "...skin has been kissed by the sun..." or not...

 

And now as I watch the news, I see Barack's "community", where he was a successful organizer,  has yet another public crisis... The number of shootings and deaths from gang violence in the recent weeks is terrible! 

 

The Chicago police are preparing to use weapons that better match the gangs weaponry...

 

The area ministers point out they don't need to do this... as they did when the police departments of the nation went from revolvers to semi-automatic pistols a number of years ago...

 

What they say is needed is the elimination of poverty!

 

Ah yes... as in 1875, Karl Marx, a very famous but dreaded, Eastern European preached..., "From each according to his ability... to each according to his need..."

 

Now I get it...  This real change will solve everything!


April 26, 2008...

I have a list of things to type about tonight...

 

My topics could be a new world order... the Absolut vodka non-apology... Socialism... The possible incandescent bulb ban... Whether, "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need..." is in the U. S. Constitution or not... but...

 

Instead... I'll type about this...

 

This week, I received an email from a Cousin... It was a forwarded email letting Family members know the following...

Tomorrow (Tuesday) Glynn will have achieved a monumental achievement not often done in his profession.

He will receive recognition for 25 years of Safe Driving! Along with this recognition, he will get his OWN TRUCK - fixed as he desires and he will also be awarded $10,000!!

PLEASE join me in congratulating him by calling him sometime tomorrow to let him know we are so very proud of him!! Your phone call will mean so very much to Glynn and I will be grateful for your help!!!

Glynn's cell phone number is: 770-XXX-XXXX. Please pass this email along to anyone in our family or friends that you have addresses for!!!!!

Thanks so much,

Karen

Glynn,

I didn't call as I was asked to... And I had a pretty good reason... I didn't want to be the one that called during a busy time and cause something that would distract from your achievement!

I started to send an email... but decided that would be between just you and me... and somehow... that didn't seem to be the way to convey my acknowledgement of your achievement...

I read and re-read this email... and was very happy for you!  Your achievement is indeed a major accomplishment that I know you are very pleased with... As am I!

But what jumped out at me wasn't the tricked-out ride you're about to get... or the cash... heck, you give a ton of that to Uncle Sam...

What I heard in the email that reached me third hand, was Karen's excitement and her pride in you! 

That, Cousin is also something for you to be happy with and very proud of! 

Please note at the top of this page, one of my favorite quotes... "Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate!"

Thanks Karen for sharing your happiness with us... and congratulations Glynn!  I hope every day adds to your record!


April 20, 2008...

 

Ok... Let's try to bring some of my recent comments to a head... and let some of the items that have resided at the top of my Blog start it's journey down the page...

 

Most of my entries since March have been concerning numbers and programs that don't get much attention...

 

In casual conversation and on the news, I hear just a few startling numbers... Most are said for shock value by candidates intending to shock... 

 

I include a few of these in my conversations from time to time, when the person I'm speaking with mentions a number heard from a shockster...

 

Everything is massive these days and yet we think most of the world is just like it is outside in our backyard...

 

Well it's not... remember, it cost us $42,000,000 to mail a single sheet note telling us we would soon be getting a check worth a couple of hundred dollars... and we needed to spend it...

 

And WWII cost us a field of gold and hundreds of thousands of American deaths... leaving hundreds of thousands of grieving mothers... you know the drill... It's discussed everyday in the news...

 

And this... roughly 3 times more people die every year in the U.S. from accidental falls and the flu, than from firearms...

 

I'm voting for the candidate that wants to eradicate the flu in America... and puts a stop to those horrid accidental falls!

 

Ok... enough numbers for now...

 

I'll just be glad when George is no longer President... and one of the three congress-persons who has been in charge of appropriations and passing laws steps up to the plate...

 

...and has to listen to those of us who have learned it's ok now to say anything we want about them... when they look as foolish in the Presidency as they have in Congress...


"We have gone forth from our shores repeatedly over the last hundred years and we’ve done this as recently as the last year in Afghanistan and put wonderful young men and women at risk, many of whom have lost their lives, and we have asked for nothing except enough ground to bury them in, and otherwise we have returned home to seek our own, you know, to seek our own lives in peace, to live our own lives in peace."

 

"But there comes a time when soft power or talking with evil will not work where, unfortunately, hard power is the only thing that works."  Secretary of State, Colin Powell... January, 2003...


 

"If you want to get the mud out of the stream... get the hog out of the spring"... Johnny Isakson quoting an old saying in Georgia...

"Politics... Poli means many... tics are blood suckers!"... Kinky Friedman


"Numbers" and / or  "Quantities"

1. According to the CDC, every year in the United States... up to 200,000 people are hospitalized with influenza... and 36,000 die!...

2. In 1991, 49% of the 26,513 homicides in the United States were between the ages of 15 and 34...

3. 116,385 accidental deaths were reported in the United States... in 1969... Don't you remember that being a bad year for accidents?

4. An estimate of 4.4% of the African slaves traded worldwide, between 1450 and 1900, were sent to the British colonies and later known as the United States...

5. In the last 5 years, 144,000 Burmese pythons have been imported into the United States...

6. Some 4,000,000,000 pounds of carpet are discarded each year...

7. 1,000,000 vertebrates become road kill every day in the United States... One every 11.5 seconds...

8. America's cost for WWII, in 2007 dollars, was $3,361,041,717,539.69 ... That's almost 3.4 Trillion U.S. Federal Reserve one dollar notes...

9. 418,500 Americans died in WWII... China lost 20,000,000... The Soviet Union lost 23,100,000...

10. Our government recently spent over $42,000,000 to mail a single sheet flyer to remind us they'd soon be sending a redistribution check...

11. In 2007... America used an average of 390,194,729 gallons of gasoline per day...

12. On 3/21/2008, I paid $3.149 per gallon of gas... If everyone paid the same for that average daily usage, we paid $1,228,723,321.62...

13. The "9/10ths of a cent" at the end of the price for that amount of gas equaled $3,511,752.56 & 1/10¢...  Don't forget that tenth of a cent...

14. If every auto in the world had 5 gallons in the tank... that would be an inventory of 3,125,000,000 gallons of fuel...

15. 400,000,000 M&M's are made every day... Which means 400,000,000 M&M's are eaten every day...

16. As of 3/22/2008... 21% of Americans approve of the U. S. Congress's job performance...

17. Three Congress-persons are our top choices to rescue us as our next President...

 

...Duke's Investment Advice...

The price of a gold Krugerrand coin on 4/6/2008 was $976.45 with the 3% brokerage fee, but no shipping...

According to a website that discusses storage space for rolled Krugerrands... you can store 9,000 of the rolled coins in one cubic foot...

One cubic foot of Krugerrands bought today would hold $8,788,050 worth...

In item #8 above... I used a convenient website converter to change the WWII era dollars to 2007 dollars...

If I were to buy rolled Krugerrands with the dollar amount from line #8 of $3,361,041,717,539.69... I'd have to find a large place to keep it...

I decided to use the Atlanta Dome football field, since the Falcons aren't using it these days...

The playing field is 160' x 300' giving us 48,000 square feet to use...

I will need to stack $70,021,702.45 worth of the rolled coins on each square foot...

In order to see all the gold... I'll need to climb up in the stands to see over the stack... because the stack will be 7' - 11 5/8" high...


April 19, 2008...

Which came first?  The rise in the price of crops or the rise in price of oil?

 

About two years we started buying corn to feed the critters... You could buy shelled corn for about $4 when we first started...

 

Now it's almost doubled... As an excuse, they say corn is being diverted to fuel use which brings more money than food grain or feed grain... 

 

The only sack of corn we have now, is the one Gray and I found on the highway that had fallen off the back of someone's truck...  I saw it and turned around so fast!  It was like finding dollar bills on the highway!

 

I hear it takes a lot of petroleum to produce fuel from corn... But then we are told all kinds of things...

 

C.R.P... Ever heard of it?  It's the Conservation Reserve Program...  Administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture...

 

You can read about it on their website... It's where we pay land owners to own land...  I first heard the phrase CRP from a guy who's farmland was used as a hunting preserve... He planted crops that attracted birds... then he charged hunters a hefty fee to hunt on his farm...

 

He harvests the crops, and the government pays him a little sumpin'-sumpin' for his land too...

 

It's similar to the immigration system... It's broken they say... Who's going to check to see if he's selling the crops from the land the government... (i.e. YOU) is renting from him to keep under C.R.P.

 

In an MSNBC article this week, they reported on terrorist groups using food... I heard that years ago...

 

There's a sinister reason to keep the masses of people under their thumbs... People are beholding to those who feed them.

 

I've been speaking of Haiti recently... and today I read where President Hugo Chavez has pledged more than 350 tons of food to Haiti... This is the same man who offers low price oil to the poor of the United States... 

 

I still see nothing that will give a nation like Haiti enough rope to pull itself out of the ditch... Just enough food to feed their poor masses for a very short period of time

 

I think I'm going to go wash up and watch a movie before bedtime... Gangs of New York will be my choice...

 

It shows how this country controlled things like food in the past... Maybe I can learn something from it...


April 18, 2008...

OMG! OMG! OMG!!!

 

Tonight... Ellijay, was treated to world class music... and I was there to listen...

 

Mountain Heart... with a couple of new faces... played to a packed house at a school auditorium...

 

As if that's not about as good as it gets... their second set brought out a star...

 

Tony Rice played with the boys of Mountain Heart for an hour and a half... and it was truly incredible...

 

What talent... What great music... That a treat!


April 14, 2008... edited...

Should great communicators and diplomats need to constantly explain how a volatile statement they made was taken out of context... and then keep trying over and over to spin it until it's forgotten...

 

Maybe achmood'll understand correctly during the first negotiation...


April 13, 2008... edited

From what I see on the History Channel about gang activity on the south side of Chicago... The area that Barack worked as a "community organizer"... is in terrible shape!

 

Maybe he needs to focus on that community again... and not worry about those God fearing, gun owners in Pennsylvania...

 

Obama wants to equalize the nation... But if he doesn't mind... I don't want my community to even come close to the being equal to his southside community...


April 11,2008... edited...

Ok... Work with me here... Let me slide some...

 

I've been periodically taking one of the Internet tests to check my political position... In this Blog, I've spoken about being very near the center of the political grid... Very near...

 

But... on the last test... I crossed the line...  I've gone to the other side...

 

My latest results put me .15 points to the left of center...  I know... I know...  But being -0.15 doesn't seem terminal...

 

It's just a test...  ( I keep saying to myself...)

 

But in the real world where it counts... I couldn't be further opposite from Barack!  From just about every angle...

 

When I find something we have in common... I report it...  But I'm afraid it's not going to happen...


April 10, 2008... edited...

I'm so glad Jimmy Carter is going to talk with Khaled Meshal.

 

I think we need this experience to learn the sit down and surrender technique from an old pro...

 

I hope they make a home movie... in a tent in the desert... with a few Kalashnikovs leaning against the back canvas flap...

 

Maybe Jimmy'll have a cool looking character standing behind him like achmood has in a lot of his photos...

 

You know the kind... a guy with a dark beard wearing a Maytag repairman hat and cool looking green aviators ...


April 8, 2008... edited...

Lately I've been writing about large numbers...  about stacks of gold... and lots of zeros behind numbers and dollar signs...

 

To be fair, I also need to write about some small numbers...

 

There are lots of small print stories between bold type sensational stories like... Hugo Chavez Censors The Simpsons... and... Baby Polar Bear Cub Makes Splash!

 

Some small print stories I picked up on tonight made reference to the price of rice going up 50% last month and doubling since the first of the year...

 

With little comments about people living on $2 a day being the international poverty line... and places like Egypt having 76 million people... and about 28 million of them living on less than $2 a day...

 

For some reason, I didn't think Egypt had that problem...

 

Then there's the turmoil In Haiti right now, where citizens are rioting over the rising cost of living...  Of the nearly 9 million residents, over 7 million of them live below the international poverty level.  Yet it ranks 146th of 177 least developed nations by the U. N. ... Meaning there's some 31 countries worse off than Haiti...

 

In the Philippines... dealers are being warned they could face life in prison if caught hoarding rice while waiting for prices to rise...  I guess Chicago's futures traders wouldn't last long there...

 

Oh yes... The U.N. mission of 9,000 peacekeepers in Haiti since 2004... costs approximately $1,500,000 a day... 

 

That's enough for tonight... It's late... I need to turn off the TV and go to bed... It's not very interesting... They're talking about people who are currently training in preparation to colonize Mars...


April 3, 2008...

 

I'm still subsidizing tonight...

 

An agricultural subsidy is paid to farmers and farm businesses as supplemental income... The farm subsidy laws not only provide guaranteed income, but manage the crop supply and influence their costs...

 

There are federal laws that provide subsidies to certain commodities... 25 or so different crops...  This has happened since the early 1930's...

 

In the early 30's... approximately 25% of America's population lived on the 6,000,000 or so small farms... By 1997, over 150,000 large farms made over 70% of all farm production... and only 2% of the U.S. population live on farms...

 

There was a good reason to get involved in the '30's... and as it goes with all our governmental programs... the thing exploded to this...

 

In the report by the Congressional Budget Office on H.R. 2419: Food and Energy Security Act 2007 which is known as the "Farm Bill"... the CBO estimates by enacting H.R. 2419 the USDA would spend some $286,000,000,000 between 2008 and 20012... and $614,000,000,000 between 2008 and 2017...

 

As you scan down the pages... things like "$600,000,000 in income security caught my eye...

 

See why Duke wants a piece of the action? 

 

When you have tons of time and are at your sharpest, you can read the CBO's cost estimate for H.R. 2419... Link...

 

Also... please know the Federals averaged a daily tax income of $71,795,830.14 on the average 2007 daily use of 390,194,729 gallons of gasoline per day in the U.S. ... and some $26,205,478,001.10 for the year...

 

Give or take a few hundred million $$$...


April 2,2008...

Government subsidies!  Who needs them?

 

We heard about government subsidies this week as our congressmen were grilling top oil company executives…

I’m not fond of subsidies… such as…

 

CNN/Money reported on May 24, 2004 that Wal-Mart had been aided with $1,000,000,000 in government subsidies to assist in their expansion…

 

Washington Post staff writers Dan Morgan, Gilbert M. Gaul and Sarah Cohen wrote in the Sunday paper of July 2, 2006… “Nationwide, the federal government has paid at least $1,300,000,000 in subsidies for rice and other crops since 2000 to individuals who do no farming at all…”

 

President Bush has requested $550,000,000 for the first phase of the Merida Initiative…  A total is purported to be $1,400,000,000… The Merida Initiative is a multi-year plan to pay for programs in Mexico and Central America to fight drug trafficking and other transnational crime… 

 

It probably won’t affect illegal immigration, since it doesn’t appear to be a crime… 

 

In a commercial running now for a large soft drink company, there are two guys talking to a lawyer trying to get an angle on how to sue their own company… It’s really kinda funny… The lawyer doesn’t understand what they’re getting at… and finally says he’s an immigration lawyer and usually deals with families…

 

Dealing with “families” is such a noble thing… Helping illegals doesn’t sound as honorable…

 

Meanwhile… back to subsidizing… Duke feels a need to get on the bandwagon… He wants his share of the action…

 

Recently we announced we were entering the “Energy Credit” finance business… remember if you will my Blog entry of March 5th…

 

He thinks we need to expand to border fence building and rice farming… and now he proposes the new business to be called… Duke’s Energy Credit, Security Fencing & Farm Initiative.

 

Please contact us later because he hasn't decided if we should sell franchises or just work it through a pyramid scheme… 


March 31, 2008...

At the latest meeting of TRICTA... It was determined that we may have a new slate of candidates later this summer in the national presidential race... 

 

Most of those at the center of attention are spinning so fast they're likely to screw themselves into the ground at any moment!

 

Why are the democrats so mad?  The democratic pundits I've seen tonight are just plain angry!

 

I understand they don't want to cover up so much turmoil... But then I don't think John McCain was the top pick for the other side just a few months ago...

 

Thank goodness for the boys of summer getting back to work!  Duke and I are glad to have something else to watch!

 

Politics, these days, are like my old soap opera watching days... I'm pretty sure, I can tune in once a week and not miss a thing...


March 25,2008...

I added the numbers trivia notes to the top of this site where they'll stay for a while... 

 

The next time you hear a large number that was said for shock value... realize just how big our country is... Notes like those above are endless...

 

If you want to know just how small you really are... Try to contact a politician... That'll put things in perspective...


March 22, 2008...

What a beautiful day!  With the politics of late being in a terrible spin... It was time for a break...

 

Ben and I were in the pasture about 6 this morning, watching the Worm Moon low in the western sky... It was magnificent!

 

Friday evening I sat up at Jas Hill for a few moments watching the Worm Moon rise... I first started watching from Jas Hill some 6 years ago during the Hunter's Moon... But that's another story...

 

The Worm Moon is the Full Moon in March...The earth is warming and earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins.

 

To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.

 

To me... it was another example of an amazing creation we should stop to enjoy...

 

After the Worm Moon set... we went on to be totally ignored by a stupid gobbler... I don't want to talk about it...


March 20, 2008...

 

This might be against the law... But what the heck... They can sue me...

 

In case you didn't go to Google today... Here's their logo...  I liked it...  In between all the political spin today was a bit of spring...

 

First Day of Spring


March 18, 2008... edited...

 

Most Americans… Americans-in-waiting and illegal's were hard at work today while there was a major speech given on race today by Barack Obama…

 

As I was one of the working Americans, I figured I’d read his entire speech on the Internet… I didn’t want to only listen to sound bites on the evening news…

 

Sorry… I couldn’t make it through it… I was expecting something memorable… 

 

I’m sure he delivered it with presidential quality speech… And I’m assuming his writer did his homework copying text trying to spin the nation’s attention back to something else other than his details...

 

Did he orchestrate any fainting spells and their rescue efforts…?  I ask because, remember… I wasn’t there… I was at work…

 

The feeling I had as I tried to read... was it was similar to me listening to Hannity and Colmes… There's a lot of words, but I'm not getting out of it what others might be...

 

I’m sure everyone now understands the race problems in our country and we can step up and and correct the ways of the evil one…

 

Since I failed with Barack's speech...I tested my ability to stay on task…

 

That’s when I went to Cynthia Tucker’s page on the Atlanta Journal Constitution website… She’s the editor of the opinion section…

 

Now Cynthia, as a writer, and I, as a reader… go back a ways… She writes and I can’t read what she writes… 

 

Well let’s say, to be fair… I’ve tried to read her opinions… But as I try to read her columns… I laugh that I had tried again to see if she’d mellowed any…

 

Her picture on her AJC Opinion page… shows she’s must always be pissed off…

 

It must have been Barack's speech... because today  I was able to read every single word of Cynthia’s opinion column…

 

Actually I read it twice!  And here's what I got out of her article... 

 

She has the same problems I have when I write…

 

I wonder… I wander… and I don’t write complete thoughts… But Cynthia has an editor’s staff… I have Duke…

 

Cynthia and Barack need a better team of writers…

 

I’ll check Duke’s schedule and see if he can spare some time to help them out…


Democratic Spin Party Monday, March 17, 2008... edited...

Not only did Barack plagiarize the powerful speech of Massachusetts Deval Patrick...

 

But now that I've read more... I see there's been more than the title of Barack's Book, The Audacity of Hope, taken from one of his pastor's sermons...

 

As I read through old bulletins of Trinity United Church of Christ... I see that many of Barack's statements are almost word for word from statements made by his pastor Wright...

 

But I understand that Barack was tuned out to the pastor during the services he attended... which could only mean his speech researcher must have been reading the same bulletins I've been reading...

 

It's not that its a bad thing... Many of my democratic friends think our president must be well spoken... They shouldn't have a lisp, stammer or stutter...

 

George is a pretty bad spokesman... and since I have a speech problem... I guess there's no need in me getting into politics...

 

You must be able to read a speech well... and Barack does an excellent job of doing just that...

 

It's not what you say that's important... It's how well you look and sound while you're reading it... and if you can fool enough people to get elected...

 

Remember... I've asked my democrat friends to convince me to vote for a democrat... I've not been given any reason, much less one I can accept...

 

Also remember, I wrote Barack's and hill's campaigns, asking them two questions I couldn't find on their website... They were simple questions... I started at the top... I asked where the candidates stood on the First and Second Amendments to the Constitution... 

 

Not difficult stuff to answer folks...

 

I only received pleas for my $$$...  I got so many from Barack and Michelle, his friends and staff, I had to unsubscribe...

 

I know with the hundreds of millions of dollars they've raised... they can have a local volunteer try to sway my vote...

 

If all I've got to go by is my research... I say, "No thank you..."


March 16, 2008...

Please don't be confused by my Obama Blog entries...

 

In the free country we live in... I respect Barack Obama and his pastor, Rev. Wright's rights to feel negatively about America...

 

I honor the Reverend's free speech rights... His right to incite his followers from the protection of his pulpit... His right to be wrong...  His right to teach his followers about his conspiracy theories... even though he continually says he isn't a conspiracy theorist...  And his right not to change... 


March 15, 2008... edited...

I like to check things out for myself... So I did... Several months ago... maybe sometime around Christmas... I'm not really sure... I tuned in to a Sunday morning service on the Internet... 

 

The service was at Trinity United Church of Christ... Obama's church...

 

I thought I had Blogged on this already... but I don't see where I did...  I remember being a little reluctant to do so because I didn't want to be called racist for what I might say...  That and I've had friends get upset at people questioning Obama...

 

I tuned in early, because I was going to be unable to listen to all the services... So I caught an early service... It appeared to be a "youth" service...  The choir was youth... and Rev. Wright was present, but not preaching... A young minister led the service... his name is Rev. Otis Moss III...

 

The Rev. Otis Moss III is the same minister that ran up and slapped Rev. Wright on the back during the now world famous speech by Rev. Wright..., "Hillary is married to Bill, and Bill has been good to us. No he ain't! Bill did us, just like he did Monica Lewinsky. He was riding dirty," (I looked up "riding dirty" in the urban dictionary... It's not good...)

 

It was a nice church building... and nice looking people... and the message was only a little little over the head of what I would think most kids would understand...  So far he had only talked about Moses and the burning bush... 

 

He got the audience to participate by asking them to turn to their neighbor and tell them three times... "I have finally found a bush I can trust!"  "I have finally found a bush I can trust!" " I have finally found a bush I can trust!"  Which I found funny...

 

Then things got interesting!  You see the minister took it to the next level... the level that told me there was more to the message than God is Love and peace and prosperity...

 

He told a parable of sorts about a corrupt senator coming to their community with money... money to buy them off... to get them to be quiet and take his money...  The minister went on saying the senator's skin was not the kind of skin that had been "kissed by the sun!" 

 

Then as the audience laughed and applauded... he went on and on about the presumed evil senator... presumed evil because his skin had not been "kissed by the sun."

 

To end his message... and so you won't worry... The community came to their senses... They didn't take the bribery money from the senator who's skin had not been "kissed by the sun!"

 

Now.. I know everyone worships in his own way... Nobody forces me to do anything I don't want to do...  And I'm sure nobody has made Obama do, think or believe anything he didn't agree with...

 

I also think that in the rush to let America know he wasn't a muslim... and his name is only a name... that he was a Christian and a proud member of  TUCC... Obama forgot lots of things...

 

I watched one service... He has been a member since 1991... I saw something on my first Internet visit that made me not want to tune in again...

 

And yet Obama has never heard anything he finds offensive... I take him at his word...  Apparently he doesn't see anything wrong with Rev. Wright's teachings...

 

Rev. Wright spoke of all the wrongs that America had done to the black man... and then wanted them to sing God Bless America... and that's when he went into the tirade of GD America!... "GD America!", he said... over and over... from the pulpit...

 

Instead of asking Obama to repudiate Rev. Wright... Why doesn't someone ask him this...

 

Barack, why won't you put your hand over your heart for our anthem's playing or a pledge?  It's a tradition to most of us who you'd like to vote for you...

 

Why won't you lay out how you'll show your patriotism to us since you're not into pledges and flags and such...?

 

Could it be that you share your pastor's philosophy of GD America?

 

Until I'm proved different... That's what I'll believe... and why I say to you folks... "Get on board!  Cause there's a change a-comin!"


March 14, 2008... late night... and edited...

But... But I didn't know!... Barack H. Obama

 

After hearing Barack's answers to news reports of his pastor's racist lessons from the pulpit... I now see Obama is a fibber...  democrats would call him a liar if he was a republican...  He's just as big a fibber and a spinmaster as the rest of our politicians...! 

 

Get on board!  Cause there's a change a comin'!


March 14, 2008... edited...

I feel such peace these days… with the re-emergence of hippie power… and free hugs and kisses from code pink… and Obama supporters… It just makes me feel good…

 

Yes… I have been hugged… on a recent field trip… Both Rebecca and I got free hugs from two women blocking the sidewalk carrying placards emblazoned with FREE HUGS FOR OBAMA! …

 

Next time, I’m jaywalking…

 

It wasn’t a sweaty hug or anything… But if I was out looking for a hug… I’d have kept looking…

 

But… What the hell… a free hug is a free hug… They don’t come as often as they used to…

 

If you’ve got time for a video… watch those linked below… It’ll show you why I’m feeling so peaceful these days…

 

When we get our “change” in government… Maybe one of these people will be the new Secretary of State…

 

I hope most of these people join the foreign service that our coming “change” administration is proposing…

 

I’d like to see branches of code pink in Iran, Iraq, Indonesia, Pakistan, China, Russia, Nigeria, Libya, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Cuba and maybe even Mexico…

 

Those people need peace hugs too!

 

Watch Rob Riggle...

 

I also watched this video to make sure I wasn't in it... Free Hugs For Obama!


March 13, 2008...

You just gotta love this country...

 

Where else can you find a place that has in the news... a guy celebrating his 100th birthday at a Hooters... a woman who sits on a toilet for two years and the seat grows into her butt... and there's a search for bad teachers so they can pay them $10,000 to quit!

 

Since it's a slow news day... I quickly scrolled to a spot down the page and read again the Blog entry where I landed... You know... just to see if I was being consistent...

 

My speed scroll stopped on June 15th of last year... after reading that day it caused me to read the prior entry of June 6th...

 

If you've got time, this link'll get you there quickly...  ...Last June 15th...


March 12, 2008... edited...

Power Wives People... 

 

What a great topic!  I bet never in a million years would you guess I'd be writing about power wives... I even put the topic in larger bold characters for extra emphasis... and of course... a nice shade of "wronged wife" blue...

 

I remember saying a couple of days ago that there was so much more to the NY governor's story... and I think we now have it...

 

A lot of the public comments I've heard on the media outlets I listen to, have been sorrowful for the wife of the soon to be ex-governor... As I mentioned... she is a Harvard educated lawyer...  making her not an ordinary wife...

 

Comments including, "Take the children and run!"  "I feel sooo sorry for her... standing there with that scoundrel!"  and my personal favorite, "If I was her lawyer...!"

 

Hell people! SHE is her lawyer!  Which is why she is standing there, with simple dress... little or no makeup...  They learn that stuff in law school... I also think she probably wrote his admission speeches for him...

 

This guy was touted as a future presidential candidate... What?... You had never heard of him before this?  I remember a lot of candidates like that... Does Dan Quayle ring a bell?  What about bill clinton... what did you know about him before his rise to the top?  I wish I knew the same about them now... nothing!

 

Now back to the power people... bill and hill... Eliot and Silda... couples with a plan... not necessarily a bad plan... but a plan that's beyond being the traditional loving husband and wife...

 

I don't really see a problem with these relationships... I associate that type of relationship to let's say... a john and a hooker...

 

They're present for the ride... and for business... and not much else...Just please don't try and pass it off as a traditional marriage...

 

I don't put Dina McGreevey in the power wife category... However, I'm not really sure where I put her... The gullible files?  And Suzanne Craig has to go on the pathetic page...???

 

To finish this topic off... I have a question... where in the handbook does it say to wear the light blue clothes that so many of these loving wives wear as they stand beside their dear husbands during their admissions of poor discretion speeches...  It's not just coincidence... It's got to be in the handbook...

 

As for me... I'm single... No wonder, huh?


March 11, 2008...

Please democrats... Stop having opinions...  That's the stuff republicans get in trouble for...

 

You are supposed to be the party of say anything you want... do anything want... take anything you want... have sex with anything you want...

 

But not now...  Since you stopped running white men, you have to watch what you say too...

 

You might offend someone...


March 10, 2008... Happy Birthday Gray!

Having never done any business whatsoever with a prostitute… not even of the very high level politician kind… It’s difficult for me to understand what drives someone to do so… 

 

Of all my bad traits... fooling with prostitutes isn't on the list...

 

And what’s even more questionable to me is how a woman can stand up beside a man who has done so at a press conference…

 

It sickens me to see bill and hill come to the stage… hand in hand… all huggie and kissie… then refer to each other as “my husband” and “my wife”

 

What a political joke… Their definition of marriage and bill’s definition of sex are at opposite ends of the spectrum from mine…

 

What some will do for fame, fortune and power… thank goodness there are others of us that aren’t willing to do the same…

 

And now I see the First Lady of the great state of New York… had to stand beside her “husband” while he bit his lip… admitting to doing wrong to his “wife” and children…

 

Wikipedia lists Silda Spitzer as a Harvard Law School educated lawyer... and already shows the events of today's press conference under "Marital Issues"...

 

She looks like a nice lady… but since I don’t know her… she falls somewhere in between an ax murder and a nice lady…

 

For this entry, I'll note her as a nice lady... attractive and obviously smart...

 

As for the governor… Well I put him nearer the ax murder class… 

 

That is unless you measure him on the bill/hill scale… then according to their measure… he’s a pretty good guy too…

 

I guess it matters where in the spectrum you fall…

 

Now.. It'll be interesting to learn the rest of the story... Cause there's a whole lot more to this story we don't know...


March 7, 2008...

I'm sitting here listening to the fire crackle... and  Duke snore... remembering my recent attendance of a concert...

 

I've heard lots of good music... But I was treated by some amazing talent two Saturday nights ago...

 

If you ever get the opportunity to hear some of these names... please do... eat before hand... and stay till it gets quiet...

 

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper... These were new names to me... and oh my goodness!  What talent!

 

Balsam Range played with phenomenal acoustic guitarist, Tony Rice... This was a stage full of talent!

 

I've listened to CD's of Russell Moore & IIIrd Time Out... but this was the first time I had seem them in person...

 

Then to finish out the night... Legendary flat-picker, 84 year old Doc Watson played with Jack Lawrence and Tony Rice... They walked out... sat down... Jack talked a bit while they got their sound right... then Doc said... "What're we gonna play?"  They decided on a song and key and took off...  When they'd finish that one, they decided on and played another...  It was as if they were sitting in their livingroom...

 

I'll keep going... and keep listening... but I'll always remember this lineup as being a tough one to beat!


March 5, 2008...

I'm considering a new business for me and Duke...

 

I think we'll start selling energy credits like Al Gore...

 

Duke'll valet park your Gulfstream...

 

You write us a check... I'll write you a receipt...

 

And validate your parking ticket for Duke... of course...


March 4, 2008...

I watched an Internet video recently... I think you should watch it too...

 

Go to Google, You Tube, Yahoo... It doesn't matter... and look for "Immigration Gumballs"...

 

Please watch it in a quiet place and watch it over again... We'll discuss it later...

 

I'm thankful for the recent rains that have been falling over our drought stricken area... Not only is the creek in the front yard running a lot higher than it has in many months... but some of the farm ponds are filling so the donkeys and cows can get their feet wet when they stand in them...

 

It's been a little while since we've heard about the water crisis we're in...

 

I got my recent water bill that stated the state's mandate for metered water systems to reduce their water usage by 10%...

 

They are also raising our water rates by 10%... Which effectively lets them produce 10% less water, but keep the funds at the same level!

 

No need to give up budget money for goodness sakes... There's probably a water conference on Jekyll Island they need to keep in the budget...

 

And if I don't reduce my water usage... they are going to charge me a penalty for going over my alotment! 

 

Which is not a problem for me... I don't use much water... I'd like a 10% raise, please... I'll see how far I get with that...

 

So... what does this have to do with immigration gumballs... 

 

Well... both are just a drop in the bucket...

 

Remember... watch the video... and again... cause trust me... you didn't see it all the first time around... It'll sink in...


March 1, 2008...

I'm sitting here early in the evening listening to a political town hall type meeting... with  Barack...

 

Why? You ask...  Well I was surfing the channels trying to get away from clips of hillery... bless her heart, she just needs to use a tape recorder... Her voice sounds like a jet engine that just ate a frozen goose... But maybe it's just me...

 

The first question to Barack was a Constitutional question... 5 minutes of hammering George Bush followed...

 

The second question was on gun control... Obama says we need some common sense laws... as if we don't have any...

 

Those were the two questions I sent both his and hillery's campaign... and didn't get answers to...  And now that he's talked about it on TV, I know why they didn't answer my questions... There is no answer...

 

The military... Well.. apparently we don't need one...

 

But... When he sits at a dinner table with Aachmuud Acmedennejad and tells him what he expects... and Aachmuud laughs at him... won't he need a military to back him up?

 

Maybe it's like the Clinton view of the military... They hated them... until they were in control of them... Then the military was used for all kinds of cool things...

 

Ok... Now I've heard it all... Osama just said the millions of muslins that were just normal people... families just doing what's best for their families... looked up to the United States until Iraq...

 

Now that's a dang lie... I know different...  History shows different...

 

Ok... but now I understand we need to build them schools and dig wells and build hospitals in Africa to improve our standing with the Americans...

 

Maybe it's like the hundreds of millions of dollars sent to Indonesia after the tsunami... They didn't want our presence... They said just to send them the money...

 

Next point... Special interests and big business are evil mean bad guys... I'm happy to know that the huge lobby machines like The AARP, which is the biggest and most powerful lobby will be neutralized... Danged out of control senior citizens...

 

Now for health care... This is going to take a huge table for everyone to gather around...  Then Obama is going to listen, but he's going to tell everyone what he expects to happen...

 

Why is he and hillery talking about insurance?  I understand that the insurance companies are more of those big mean evil companies...  Insurance costs money... We have a right to free healthcare, don't we? 

 

And what about free Big Macs?

 

Whoops... he mentioned welfare reform... I think that was a slip of the toungue...

 

Immigration and gay marriage is going to be the last question of the night...

 

Obama doesn't like gay marriage, but marriage is a religious thing and not a government thing...he says a strong civil union is needed to solve the government part...

 

On immigration, he just said a bunch of BS... and we'll need to give amnesty... and heaven forbid let's don't separate families...

 

Oh the inhumanity!


February 27, 2008...

Effective political rhetoric... The art of fooling followers…

 

In some parties... It's easier to fool the masses than in others...

 

“Re-deploy the troops home” is a good one… To me, “deploying” is sending…  To send someone home is bringing… not deploying…  To me... re-deploy means to send troops that have already been deployed to some theater… somewhere else other than home…  

 

When home is mentioned… it should be stated… Bringing them home… and not the confusing re-deploy them home…

 

Re-deploying them home… is meant to sound like something militarily accepted instead of retreat…

 

“Roll back tax cuts!”  is another catchy and exciting one… What most people hear is “Roll back TAXES!” 

 

Instead of saying "roll back tax cuts"… they should be saying… We’re going up on your taxes to help pay for your drug pushers insurance…  That’s the equivalent of rolling back tax cuts…

 

And the fuss about Ralph and Mike is also funny…  Saying they’re just spoilers… 

 

I say… We need far more choices than the democrats and republicans have given us instead of less...


February 26, 2008...

Government doesn't need to micro-manage a citizen to see if he can or can't afford something…

 

If you can afford gold teeth or belly button rings or tattoos, you can pay your doctor…

 

If you can afford meth and pay bail… you can pay your own medical bills…

 

If you can afford HBO and cable… you can pay for many of the things that politicians want to give you…

 

If you can afford a vacation … you can support your own family… Thank you...

 

If you can afford an IPOD… and 3000 tunes… you can pay for your insurance and mine…

 

People seem to think “Healthcare for everybody” means free…

 

What have I missed?


Super Tuesday… February 5, 2008...

As a follow-up to Duke’s SBUI… Super Bowl Under the Influence… he’s fine…

 

By the time I got home yesterday he had slept off his hangover and was wound tight and bouncing off the walls…

 

Super Tuesday… or... Dang!  How’d that happen day…?

 

I voted late today…Got to the fire station with 15 minutes to spare... I was struggling with the cast of political characters… right up till the time to vote...

 

Usually, I’m at the polls when they open and vote before work so I can wear my “I Voted” Georgia peach sicker all day at work…  But then usually I have a clear direction and know which little chad to hang…

 

The politician that catches my attention usually has conveyed to me what they’ll do… and how they’ll go about it…

 

Those still standing, have said things will change… Some of those that were specific about what they’d do, will still be on the ballot, but have already dropped out… I guess the mainstream of the country consider it more fun to learn the “how-to” part after there’s no turning back…

 

By the end of the night we’ll hear endless commentary… countless poll conclusions… lawyer’s opinions on prospective court challenges… doctor’s opinions on Mrs. Clinton’s voice creakage and tear duct leakage… and premature winner results…

 

Then tomorrow we’ll see the taped comments of the so called winners of Super Tuesday as they say, “Blah… Blah… Blah… BS-BS-BS.”


February 4, 2008...

Dang Duke got drunk yesterday!

 

It was Super Bowl Sunday… and Duke got snockered!

 

It’s so embarrassing to have to tell this story… but it has to be told…

 

Yesterday, in prepping for lunch… Rebecca made dough for cheese yeast rolls that were to be later cooked in the fireplace in a Dutch oven…

 

The dough ball about the size of a grapefruit and a half...was placed in an opaque blue bowl and covered with a dark green towel, which I normally use for such purposes…

 

I placed the bowl on the mantle for rest and rising…

 

Rebecca checked on it after a while and it hadn’t seemed to have expanded any… so I placed it on the hearth near the fire to warm up…

 

I swear I only walked away for a very short time, and as I re-entered the living room… I declared, “Uh-oh Rebecca!  We’ve got a problem!”

 

The bowl was empty… the towel was lying on the hearth… and there were two circles on the floor with the outline of the ex-dough ball in flour!  It was like Crime Scene Washblue Branch!

 

Of course Duke was there hoping we were bringing more... cause after all the bowl was empty!

 

A desperate search was made all the while I was saying, “Surely Duke didn’t eat that dough! Surely Duke didn’t eat that dough!”

 

Well… Hell!  Duke had eaten the dough!

 

Gray promptly put him in the kennel to explode in private! (Which didn’t happen…)

 

Fast forward many hours… till almost game time…

 

Duke walks by with a little swagger… to which Dad says, is something wrong with his leg? 

 

I told him I didn’t think it was his leg or hips… cause his back end was just following his front end… and it was a little tipsy…

 

Well… over the next several hours… Duke would stumble into the furniture and several times, I’d grab him to keep him from falling in the fireplace!

 

Dang Dog!  I would tell him to come to me and sit down before he fell down…

 

He’d just look in my direction with that, "Which one of you am I supposed to come to!" look...  All the while… kinda leaning backwards…

 

It’s funny now… but wasn’t so funny then…

 

By this morning… I’m sure it had sunk in to Eli’s head that he had won the MVP trophy… As for Duke he just had a sore head! 

 

His eyes were bloodshot and the Vet told Mother to just let him sleep it off…  Dang Duke!


January 30, 2008...

Wow!  They're falling like flies! 

 

Do they still get to keep what's left of their campaign war chests after they leave the campaign... They used to... so I imagine they still can...

 

That would have to be one of the main reasons that candidates jump ship when they do...

 

So... those that say one day that they're going to win... win... win all the way to the White House yet have decided to quit before bedtime... should do just that...

 

Quit... 

 

It's the old lead... follow... or get out of the way thing...


January 28, 2008...

I'm trying to find the drawback to a downturn in the economy... Last week on suspicion of the US markets dropping... the entire world went south! 

 

I don't see the problem...

 

Thinking locally, I'm thinking Georgia needs to slow down building until we can guarantee our resources...

 

Hopefully with the slowdown in the economy... will come a slowdown in illegal immigration...


January 22, 2008...

MY STARS!!!

 

What was I thinking???

 

I... trying to continue my status of being fair... emailed the camp of democrat presidential candidates clinton and Obama when I couldn't find answers to two important questions on their websites...

 

And now I'm not only getting emails from Obama and his wife...  I JUST GOT AN EMAIL FROM JOHN KERRY!!!

 

They still haven't answered my questions but man!  Come on!!! How am I going to explain to my friends that I'm getting email from John Kerry???

 

Dang! 


January 15, 2008...

I must comment about the good judge Holly Hollenbeck... 

 

I'm sorry the media spread the news of your strong stand on the removal of hats from the heads of those in your presence...

 

If that hadn't happened, you wouldn't have been brought down to the common citizen's level...

 

I'm sorry...

 

And I now read that Mike Nifong is filing bankruptcy of one kind or another... The news reports his assets of $243,898... which is a lot of money to most democrats... But as I read further... I see he has liabilities of $180,000,000!

 

Surely that's a typo... Maybe the news agency's typewriter hung up and put on too many "0's"...

 

Because how in the world can anyone have only a couple of hundred thousand bucks... and yet owe a couple of hundred million and not be a republican...

 

Now I apologize again to my democrat friends...

 

I'm sorry...


January 7, 2008...

Things I don't want to hear from a political candidate...

 

I don't want to hear them laugh at another candidate...

 

... or call them, "...my friend..."  especially when laughing at them...

 

Don't crack or cackle... That's not good...

 

Pardon the interruption... but who the heck just sang the National Anthem at the National Championship game?  I know the words to the song... and I understood about 7 of them...  Dang man!  All that's not necessary...

 

Back to politics...

 

I have a couple of questions for the presidential candidates... I browsed two democratic and two republican candidate websites...

 

I found the answers on the two republican sites... and had to email the two democrats...

 

I guess since I had to contact them to try and get their stance on my issues... I'll be getting snail mail and emails asking for contributions and wanting me to hold house parties and such...

 

Not having the answers on the page in the first place means they're not strong proponents of my issues...  I just wanted to be fair and do my homework...

 

When one of the thousands of volunteers from the Obama and Clinton campaign answers my questions, I'll post it...

 

I plan on sending more questions to help me be a better informed voter...

 


January 5, 2008...

Now that I've seen the ABC news debates of both parties... I'm thoroughly convinced these people will say whatever they can to become more powerful...

 

I'm disappointed...

 

There wasn't one soul there in this race for me...

 

There was so much BS on that stage tonight, the globe warmed 10 degrees!


January 4, 2008...

Tomorrow I'll be attending the January meeting of TRICTA...

 

It comes on the heels of the Iowa caucuses... It's time to start whittling down the list of questions that TRICTA will be sending to the candidates...

 

Even before our list has started... candidates are falling like flies... I assume they already knew their odds of getting a nomination...

 

I imagine they consulted their checkbook and got out while they still were in the black...

 

I'm pretty sure you get to keep any contributions after you drop out of a race...

 

Even if you're in the red... you can form an organization where people can continue to send you money to pay any remaining bills...  I remember Bill Clinton did this to pay legal costs incurred during the blue dress days...

 

I wonder what happened to that dress?  I don't think it's in his presidential library... Maybe it'll show up on EBay...

 

Anyway... I'm glad we're embracing change in this election cycle... It just amazes me a popular option is changing back to a Clinton...

 

I have commented to many that I'll be interested in seeing what independents come to the surface...

 

A group of politicians from previous administrations...  proposed to be meet this week to start a dialogue on issues that'll be accessible to any of the politicians to work with...

 

This group says their ideas are for the benefit of the entire nation and will be presented in a bi-partisan way...

 

Sam Nunn is a part of this group... Also involved is New York mayor Michael Bloomberg... 

 

I trust and like Sam Nunn... I don't trust or like Michael Bloomberg... So... Let's see where that goes...

 

I'll start listing main topics that I'll be working with to generate our candidate questions... in no particular order...

 

National security... Border control... Processing illegal aliens... Fair Tax... Supreme Court... Federal judges... Environment... Trade... Foreign Aide... Constitutional interpretation... United Nations...

 

There'll be more...


Christmas Day, 2007...

Christmas morning brought an exchange of email greetings with Friends... an excellent breakfast with Mom and Dad... Rebecca and Gray... Then a slow easy day was spent keeping warm by the fireplace... and losing EBay bids along the way...

 

The reason for staying in has been... I have a cold and didn't want it to get worse... but I've enjoyed staying in for the last couple of days...

 

I've eaten some great meals that Mother has made... and listened to Dad reminisce about days gone by...

 

We live in a great country... a complex country... in a complicated world...

 

A world where our country is having to look over its shoulder while it tries to stay ahead of its adversaries...

 

I hope we've got many more generations worth of time to keep our families living in a country... where we're free to believe as we wish...and add to the family story archives as our ancestors have...


December 9, 2007...

Remember? ... I'm a sky watcher...

 

But recently, I've been a watcher from the sky... Thanks to Google Earth and Terraserver and the like...

 

I've had a handheld GPS unit for a couple of years, or... since Amber showed me hers and Gene's...  I jumped on the opportunity to have her show me what I needed to know...  Which she joyfully did...

 

She had a lot of fun taking her nieces and nephews on Geocaching trips and taught them to use the GPS...  They had also used it to find their way in the Cohutta's... Which is a good thing if there are no horses on your trail... 

 

Me?  I just wanted to make it back to the truck in the same day...

 

But recently, a new software program I've purchased has enhanced the GPS by adding my tracks to Google Earth...  So when I mark a tree that has been broken in half by a bear, or where Gray caught a big fish, it will show on a satellite image...

 

Now that's really cool... but I wish I had that technology when I was a kid... I can't imagine how much memory it would take to have tracked me back then... 

 

From the sky, it's fun to take a cyber trip to the Georgia Coast and see the lakes I spent thousands of hours swimming, fishing, and paddling with Chopper...

 

I can see all the swamps we'd trek through, squirrel hunting... The places, we'd fish in the dirt road ditches with thin cane poles with a light hook and a strip of cut bait...

 

The swamps that had been cut, easily showed the rice dikes in 76... As a young teenager, Chopper and I would drive the '64 Chevy truck to 76 and walk into the swamp on a schedule... If was always good to get in the swamp before the hogs left the palmettos and went into the swamp...

 

If the hogs got there first, then Chopper would fool with the hogs instead of the squirrels... Chopper was real good at following the squirrel hunt plan... except when the hogs got too close...

 

I remember walking along beside a swimming otter in the ditch beside the dike across Bulltown Swamp...  Slaves dug that ditch...

 

When you're looking from such a high altitude, it's easy to remember way back when...

 

Don't zoom in too far though... even though you can see Dad's turnip patch... you can also see the docks lining the creeks and rivers... and big houses sitting back on the hill a bit where I used to sit in the sand gnats and mosquitoes and listen for the super quiet sounds of deer walking in the water...  Back when no sounds of cars or lights from houses were there to be bothersome...

 

It's enough to really mess up a good nostalgic cyber trip...


December 2, 2007...

Dang news reports...

 

They say...

 

Congress is returning for an abbreviated holiday session... all the while I thought we'd be better off if they just stay at home...

 

Maybe they'll work on enhancing subsidies and entitlements...

 

I hope they put my name on the "I've Been Good" list to receive some of these and not just give... give... give...

 

And during this session, I hope the Political Beauticians Union reaches a labor contract agreement...

 

We can't afford a work stoppage in that arena...

 

Then there's Larry Craig... Damn Larry! Haven't you had enough yet?  Do the right thing man!  Change political parties!  If you were a democrat, you'd be home free!

 

I see 51% of the Venezuelans are sane after all...  Toad smoking is a reality... Miss Puerto Rico Universe apparently put pepper spray in her own under-drawers... OJ went to a funeral other than that of a wife... The Teddy Bear teacher has a lot of respect for the religion that controlled the last few weeks of her life...and teddy bear kennedy is getting a ton of money to write some of his memoirs...

 

I'll buy teddy's book only if he tells what it was like to have have made the most important decision of his life... Involving the events of July 18, 1969...

 

Now that would be worth reading...

 


November 30, 2007...

It's hard not to type of politics these days...

 

I get to take a little rest from college football, which has been pretty awesome this year, as the SEC Championship game will be the only one of real interest this weekend... UGA is resting up for a big bowl... and other teams of relatives and friends aren't...

 

So... It's back to politics again for a short note...

 

Is it a coincidence or what that on the same day as Gallup publishes a poll that says Republicans report much better mental health than independents and democrats... a man, allegedly well known as having mental health issues walks into the Rochester, New Hampshire, clinton headquarters with an alleged bomb strapped to his chest asking to speak with hillery...

 

They're all upset as they should be... It's a very dangerous situation...

 

It just looks like democratic politics as normal to me... 

 

"If you won't listen to me, then I'll at least get you to watch me on the news..."


Thanksgiving Day, 2007...

Yesterday and today I have been reminded of special things I should be thankful for...

 

I was listening to The Bull yesterday morning on the way to work... The DJ's had people calling in to say what they were thankful for this year...

 

There were the obvious calls saying they were thankful for friends, relatives... Mother's were often mentioned... liberty and happiness...

 

Then came a call where an older lady said she was extremely thankful for being clean from drugs... She had been an addict for 16 years and was so thankful for finally having become clean...

 

She seemed to be looking forward to the things that she had been missing out on...

 

I was happy for her...  Makes my list of things to be thankful for seem kinda selfish...

 

And today, between football games... There were some commercials that were better than average... They weren't just selling more stuff made in China...

 

They didn't seem to be selling anything at all... They were sincere messages intended to make us think of what others are thankful for... I'm thankful for that... 

 

...And employment that pays the bills... The 3 inches of rain that fell here in the mountains yesterday... The military personnel that cause foreign leader big-mouths to get on TV and say they are ready and able to fully defend their countries from any attack...  You know... like saddam hussein did...

 

Good kids, great parents, my buddy Duke... Wonderful Friends... A beautiful setting to live in...

 

Thanks to everyone that makes my life nice, fun, comfortable, safe and happy...

 

Thank You...


November 6, 2007...

On the way to work yesterday morning, WSB announced the in-process Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Jr., International Terminal is expected to be 200% it’s original cost estimates… (Surprise… surprise… surprise!!!)

 

The old international terminal was built for the 1996 Olympics… Shucks!... it probably needed painting…

 

I know some projects have cost over-runs… but good managers also turn in projects under budget on occasion… 

 

Managers that don’t, should be terminated and run out of the state on a plane… well unless you’re an Atlanta City Manager… Then you get airport perks!

 

This project is now estimated to be $1,500,000,000… with the building alone being close to a billion of it… but it’s not expected to be finished until 2011…

 

So, I’d like to go on the record as issuing my estimates… I say it’ll cost us $2,300,000,000 and will be finished in July of 2012…

 

Maynard would be so proud!

 

This will not be the end of airport expansions… There’ll be plenty of Atlanta mayors that’ll deserve eulogizing and memorializing…


November 4, 2007...

Need water?  Just turn on the tap...  It isn't always that simple...

 

Lake Lanier is 15 feet low and the world is coming to an end for property owners… and yet Carter’s Lake is 24 feet down and it’s not on anyone’s radar screen…

 

I can’t discern if it’s a bitchy rich person thing or a drinking water crisis as billed in the media…

 

Atlanta Mayor, Shirley Franklin, has initiated a new program… “Let’s Look At The Toilet!”… and yet the Governor is on the radio advertising the Atlanta Business Growth Expo… 

 

I guess we do need to look at toilets… and businesses need to grow… If they don’t, where will the next wave of illegal aliens work while “they’re just do what’s right for their families…”

 

First… Let’s look at the toilet…  We’ll get to growth last…

I like the idea of 1.2 gallon flushes from a toilet…  But is it me or didn’t the old 3 or 4 gallon flushers, like we had when I was a kid, do the job with just one flush? 

 

Don’t email me with your jokes, but why does it seem that I have to flush one of new water efficient models 3 or 4 times to get the same results as the one did at the old house on U.S. 17? 

 

Shirley?  While I’m looking at my toilet and doing the math … 1.8 gallons, three times equals 5.4 gallons… 

 

I’ll let your management team discuss that one while I’m checking my toilet for leaks…  Maybe they can talk it over with Sheryl Crow and come up with an answer to this crisis like her wanting me to use up to, but no more than 3 squares of toilet paper…

 

Gray has one of the bathrooms at the River House stripped down to the bone, ready to start back with new fixtures, tub, tile and all…  Maybe I need to have him go to an antique store to get the “new” toilet…  One that really works…

 

Now for business growth plan…  I personally have always wanted to be able to carry out my business as I see fit… and want the same for you…  However, water is a basic need for life and growth… Shouldn’t we have a better plan for sustaining growth than looking at our toilets? 

 

Sorry if that sounded like a large political party talking point… as in… “Thank you for asking that question… It iis a very good question… After I'm elected and take a vacation from all the partying that'll take place... I’ll have a better plan than those failed stratagies of George Bush!”

 

How can we continue to grow Atlanta before it can guarantee the basic resources like drinking water (and a short walk to my yacht on Lanier) without at least discussing a freeze on growth until we know what to do about the basic necessities for that growth…

 

Maybe it’s time to decrease growth… Use the houses we now have… drive our cars for 10 years… cut our own lawns… hang the clothes outside on the line to dry… plant gardens and preserve the crops…  Turn the TV off in the daytime… wear clothes more than twice… cook supper for the family and enjoy the leftovers…  and reduce our taxes!

 

You know… like back in the day before we had to look at our toilets and decide which of the 13 pizza parlors we’re going to for supper on the way to the lake…


October 8, 2007...

Bona Fide...

 

I'm Bona Fide!  Saturday,  Rebecca and I attended a certification class to be bona fide Kansas City Barbeque Society Judges

 

We have the pins and everything!  Now I'll save up my money so I can buy the shirt and hat!

 

There's nothing like having a goal...

 

Then Saturday night, I drove down to Callaway Gardens to attend a wedding of my friend Tim's son... Andrew and Catherine were married in a wonderful setting on the lake near the raptor house...

 

I was a fish out of water, so to speak... I didn't know anyone that wasn't in the wedding party, so I just watched...

 

The ceremony and reception was exceptionally nice...  I even wore my barn coat...

 

I was the only one in a barn coat... a red barn coat...  That was in honor of Andrew...  He probably didn't notice... He was preoccupied...

 

Seated in from of me was a full bench of young adults... I could call them boys and girls... but some were married... so young adults was appropriate... It was girl girl, boy girl, boy girl, boy girl, boy girl, boy girl, girl girl...  They were enjoyable to watch...  I followed their lead...

 

The girls knew where to look and when to look to see what was going on with the wedding... And the boys just looked at the girls...

 

It was a wonderful evening for them... complete with great weather, stars and mallard ducks...


October 4, 2007...

Today, I've determined that there aren't many Republicans I can vote for and absolutely no Democrats... 

 

It amazes me how many words can be yelled without saying a single thing...

 

I sit and watch this year's crop and my goodness, I'd have to be stupid to follow any of them!

 

I'm yet to hear what I want to hear in a candidate...


September 19, 2007... edited

...Richard's Roamings...

 

I haven't roamed in a while... and  my head is full of topics to wander through... So let's get started...

  1. Apparently I can't pee in an airport restroom ever again... I don't know the signals...

  2. When Paris found the Lord recently... before her incarceration... Why didn't He tell her to discretely wear panties in public and not to climb fences in a mini-skirt while intoxicated?

  3. Why is it that everyone has an opinion on everything... whether they know anything about it or not?

  4. Why do the politicians running for office today, say a lot of words, but don't make any more sense than Miss Teen South Carolina did?

  5. I'd like to be called a comedian... That way I can say pretty much anything I want to... And my defenders will just say, "But he's a comedian!"

  6. Am I part of "the greater good?"  Or will I just have to pay for it?

  7. If you're in the "middle" of the left... You're still way left of the Country...

  8. When congress has an 11% positive rating, as polled by Reuter's... does that mean the country might not want the next President to come from that group?

  9. Just because I've not heard anyone talking about what our next major fuel source is going to be... Does that mean nobody is talking about it? 

  10. When the Presidential candidates sort themselves out a bit more... I'm going to write them and suggest they meet up with a Relatively Intelligent and Clear Thinking person and spend a nice week or so answering every question they have...  With one rule... They can't use any of the normal bullshit they use in their daily sound bites...


September 11, 2007...

Today is an important day in most American's lives... It's a day to remember what condition the world is in...

 

Each sees it in his own way... 

 

For example... some think islamic radicals were responsible for the attack on this day in 2001...  while others think George Bush and his cousin are responsible for the "controlled demolition" of the towers... a missile attack on the Pentagon... and a plane crash in Pennsylvania...

 

You can fill in here what you think... depending on such conditions as whether you're...

    ...a defender or a pacifist?...

    ...a liberal democrat or a liberal republican?...

    ...an ostrich or a lion?...

    ...a leader or a follower?...

    ...if you're secure or dependent?...

 

We're a nation of all kinds...  And each is free to think as they like...

 

For now...

 

p.s. ... Keep an eye on Sam Nunn...


August 15, 2007...

Listed at the top of my Blog is a little group of important quotes...   There have been many noteworthy quotes from statesmen, teachers, politicians and ordinary citizens...

 

This small group just happen to include some of my favorites...

 

Tonight I heard one that supports my disdain for political commentators... pundits if you will...

 

I like the word pundit... It's used by democrats to mean something bad... like they once used the word millionaire...

 

They stopped using that word as a negative connotation once so many of them became one themselves... now it's not so bad...

 

But back to quotes...

 

Tonight, Kristen Powers, an attractive democratic pundit, said and I quote...,

 

"The vast majority of illegal immigrants are law abiding citizens!"

 

If you don't see anything wrong with that... then you're a democrat...

 

If you caught the fact that an illegal immigrant can't be a law abiding citizen then you're sane...

 

This was said as the other democratic analyst claimed a Senator on the show was reading from his Republican talking points...

 

Kristen said the democratic talking points also... she just got two opposite ones tied into one sentence...

 

Now to the "attractive" adjective I used earlier...  Thank goodness the democrats have found some better looking spokesmen...

 

They don't seem to be any smarter than the old ugly ones... but they are certainly better looking!


August 6, 2007...

Please stay with me for a moment...

 

I'm sorry for the Minneapolis bridge collapse... and the coal mine collapse... and the plane crashes... and the storms... and the lives lost as a result...  Ya'll know me by now...

 

Is anyone getting the picture of just how big this country is... and how big a problem really is... What problem... You pick one...

 

With the bridge collapse... We were told the next day, how many tens of thousands of bridges were in the same shape all across the country... And how there was liability and neglect... and hell to pay...

 

Congress, which is up to a staggering 27% approval average, postponed legislation naming a Post Office somewhere long enough to appropriate a bus load of money to inspect these bridges...

 

Again...  Not fix them... Not replace them... but inspect them... 

 

Now... this should satisfy the public till they forget about the collapse...  The earthquake and cave in at the coal mine now has the attention of the media... 

 

And all the while... We all think the whole nation and it's problems are just like ours in our own little world... where the deer play and the buffalo roam...

 

Nothing is easy to solve... Illegal immigration... Murder rates... Holiday accident deaths... Illegal drug use... Terrorism... The big box company's role in the U.S./China trade imbalance... Which energy credit companies has the same bank account numbers as algore...

 

There's so much more... but sorry... I gotta go now...  Greta's on...


July 15, 2007...

Thank goodness for Western's on TV these days... Its no choice at all between Open Range or watching John Edwards make sure his hair is perfect... What the hell's up with that?


July 4th, 2007...

Happy Independence Day to everyone that enjoys this great country we live in...

 

I look at today as a day to remember a group of people who decided to undertake a monumental task... The task of building a wonderful country...

 

Thank you, armed forces personnel... for serving this country and fighting for it as necessary... 

 

There are those in Iraq and Afghanistan that wish you to leave and their people step into your place... This is their wish until they need you... then they love you too!

 

There are those in this country that think we don't need your protection... your service... your quality... and if you would just come home and stop your resistance... then their peaceful world would be guaranteed...

 

Sadly... they are sorely wrong...  In many of the countries of the world... every day activities such as going to the store and mosque are interrupted with explosions, gunfire and death...  It's been that way every day...  generation after generation...

 

Without you... our world will become the same...

 

Thank goodness our rights are guaranteed (for now) to think ever how we want to... Thank you soldiers for prolonging that guarantee to today...

 

Thank you to those who developed the nation I love so much... Thank you to those that had the forward thought to declare our independence... and fight for it all the way to The Treaty of Paris... and then ratify that treaty on January 14th, 1784...

 

From the work ahead of the Declaration of Independence till after the ratification of The Treaty of Paris... many years and lives passed...  The process was long, hard and costly... The Revolution that started in 1775... and ended in 1784... still has to be maintained today...

 

I hope the new members of our society learn to appreciate what those did that passed this way before... and respect those who want to carry the load today...

 


June 21, 2007... edited...

Nobody can say that I'm not an equal opportunity, get the hell out of office... person...

 

I'm thinking it's time for some fresh blood... McCain... go away... Kennedy... go with him... Trent Lott... drive them...  Nancy, take your children with you... Don't worry about the work of the Congress after you're gone...  Harry Reid will be able to handle the 15 people who are pleased with what all of you do...

 

It is past time for Americans to be aware of what the Congress is doing as they're doing it... and not after it's too late to do anything...

 

It's also past time for American voters to remember a legislators position on important issues long after a bad stand was made... Most times a politician will go off on a wild hair, when their re-election is a long time off...

 

How is it that voters are supposed to know what's going on at the Capitol?  It's not by listening to the legislator themselves... They will tell you what ever they think you want to hear... and move to the next table and tell another story... i.e. hillery...  Who isn't wrong on any issue, because she is on every side of absolutely every issue... And she's not alone...

 

Georgia delegation... There are a lot of people watching... What you should be doing in Washington is passing laws requiring the judicial branch and all of their law enforcing branches to enforce the laws already on the books...

 

Laws need to be passed so that law enforcement services have no choice but to enforce a law... or face charges themselves...

 

This country has gotten so big and so expensive that absolutely everything is out of control... 

 

The point of the last sentence is Congress, who is absolutely obsessed with the fact that they don't like being interrupted...

 

Money = Power = Arrogance

 

Voters... learn  one word... be able to recognize it even in Spanish, Arabic or Korean... 

 

I n c u m b e n t...   It's a simple word... usually used in a sentence with the term... career politician...

 

The word Incumbent should make voting easy... Don't pay any attention to the person beside that word on the ballot and pick from one of the others... and if there is no opponent... don't vote for that office... It's most likely the case where that person doesn't need the vote of confidence by blindly voting for them just because they don't have an opponent...

 

Harry...  I'm going to get to use one of your catch phrases... listen carefully... This is my first teaser...

 

Harry... I'm going to soon write about our perky little katie couric...  Who is she?   She's the anchor of cbs news the last I read...

 

In a coming Blog entry, I'll explain why I think that the American People overwhelmingly don't watch that news show...

 

I'm sure that since I'm a very average citizen, "The American People..." agree with me...

 

I'm sorry Harry... but since today the Democratic led Congress set the all time record low approval rating... I'm positive the American People will agree with me on this and not you...


June 15, 2007...

I just read again my last Blog entry…  I hope it made some sense to you… cause I rather liked it…

 

I really liked the part about it costing us $90,000,000,000 each year on illegal aliens, yet the Cobb County, Georgia, District Attorney wanted that lady to spend 40 years in jail on 16 felony counts for violating a school district line law…

 

Now for some lessons I’ve learned since the last entry...

1. Plead the Fifth...

2. Don’t put money in the freezer…  Put it in the butter dish instead... The Feds won’t look in the refrigerator…

3. President Bush is pathetic… stupid… and his dog is ugly according to my democrat friends…

4. The democrat led congress poll averages this week are 6 ½ points LOWER than George…  That must make them phenomenally pathetic and unbelievably stupid…  no wonder nobody is sending me reasons to vote for a democrat… I was really expecting good things from this congress...

5. Congress needs more democratic votes and dang it, it looks like teddy is going to get them come hell or high water!  (the hell part is the Kennedy-McCain illegal alien bill and the high water part was a Chappaquiddick pun.)

6. It’s best just to see a photo of a celebrity in a book… Because when they speak or make a news story… we find out they may be more pathetic and stupid than congress is… and all of them are making George look pretty darn good…

7. Lesson #7 wasn’t learned since the last Blog entry but is still worth mentioning…  Muslims don’t like each other… there is no way they’ll ever like us…

8. The definition of negotiation... Give them what they want...

9. It’s hot!  Today it was 82° in Atlanta… This date in 1952  it was 96°…

10. Being petty isn’t nearly as much fun as being a smart alec…


June 6, 2007...

Let's see... Lately... I've been fishing some... working in the garden some... just working some... and pondering a bunch...

 

I am not getting better at catching fish... although I'm having fun with it...

 

The garden is small because of the lack of rain... I'm not sure if that's a problem yet... There won't be so much to harvest, but that means less of the good stuff to eat...

 

And then there's all this talk about the war... HELL PEOPLE!!! The war was over when we quit dropping bombs several years ago!

 

This nation building police action we've been in since sucks... but the war is over people!

 

Lessons to learn here are... Keep the bombs locked and loaded...  Don't stop until you're satisfied...

 

Really now politicians... It's time to quit saying that the American People agree with your stance on issues... The American people say you suck just like the police action in Iraq...  Yes... I read the polls... and the poll averages and they all say you suck at your job!

 

And John McCain... You suck especially bad for teaming up with teddy to put together the immigration bill currently before the Senate... And then being a smart ass on the stump saying to nice little ladies that you want to hear their version to see if it's any better...

 

Then later saying that you do things the right way and what you do always turns out ok...  That was stupid...  You'd be better off being like hillery and saying whatever the person in front of you wants to hear... Even if you have to talk Southern or as a person of color...

 

I think we need to turn over the writing of a comprehensive immigration bill to the kind folks of Cobb County, Georgia... The district attorney in Marietta, filed 16 felony counts against a lady for sending her daughters to the City of Marietta schools when they didn't live in the city... 

 

Let's see... 16 felony counts which would lead up to many years of prison... for which the district attorney said, "He wanted her in prison for a looong time!" 

 

Ok... Being a reasonably intelligent clear thinking kinda guy... 40 years for sending her honor students to a school district other than those where they lived...  and amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, at a cost of $90,000,000,000 a year...  I like to put the zeros instead of abbreviating it by just saying billions... is not equal justice...

 

We're told by seemingly honorable politicians that the illegal's are just here to help their families...  Like the ones recently caught up in the bombing plan in New York...  I'm sure the authorities violated their rights... since they were just here to help their families and baby sit our children and such...

 

If they want to come here to work... Then why are they immediately put on public assistance? 

 

Why don't they keep some of the money they're sending back to Mexico to pay for their own food, housing, schooling and health expenses...those things and bombs are expensive!


Late on Memorial Day, 2007...

I've been absent from my Blogging duties lately for good reason...

 

Let's see... I've been grilling some... and fishing some... and then there was the rescue of Duke after he jumped off the waterfall... He's been wanting to do that for a while... and finally got up enough nerve...

 

So let's get started...

 

I have to make mention of TRICTA... Remember... The Reasonably Intelligent, Clear Thinkers of America...

 

It's a small group... elligible member candidates are very difficult to find...

 

While I've been Blog idle... I've been watching things like the latest comprehensive immigration legislation attempt...  and then there was all those rosie episodes that was distracting from the mass of politicians saying whatever they can to try to get some attention... Oh my goodness...

 

The pot should have never called the kettle black...  because the pot is really black too...  and they aren't even good looking...

 

And speaking of such... I loved it last week or so when a California farmer said they had fruit and vegetables rotting in the fields, because they didn't have enough illegal aliens to pick their bounty...

 

They don't want to pay workers what the minimum wage is now... much less the increased minimum wage the democratic congress is working on now...

 

And then to actually get to say on the national news, that they needed more illegal aliens or our food costs would be going up...  I thought that was pretty cool... See hillary is right... we need illegals to do the stuff we won't want to do...  remember what she said...  things like raising our babies and taking care of old folks... you know... stuff we don't want to do...

 

Where the hell is she from?  Oh yes.... where ever she can get elected...

 

And then there was those Gallup polls... I don't normally pay much attention to them... but last week... they did one that rated the President's approval rating at 33%... Which is sad...

 

But they also did the Democratic Congress' approval rating at something like 26%...  There's another way to say that... The democratic amateur pundits taught me to do the math and say, "That means that 74% of the nation DIS-approve of the democratic congress!"

 

Now something is bad wrong... because people like harry reid keep saying, "The American people have spoken!"

 

Well... at least 26% of them have harry... 

 

I guess there's a clause in the Truth in Advertising law that gives them +/- 40% that allows them to say any damn thing they please...

 

Now... I'd like to finish up here and thank all of the Veterans that have served our Country in the Armed Forces...

 

There is a time... there is a place... and there always is an enemy...  It will never change...

 

Even if john edwards hair doesn't...


May 11, 2007...

Does anyone understand just how monumental most government matters are...

 

Does anyone understand that it makes absolutely no sense for a politician to stand up and say that laws need to be changed... when they are the ones that don't change them...

 

Today while rambling on an email that was really about gun control... I noted that I had found a reference where 400,000 premature infants die in China every year due to illnesses directly related to air pollution...

 

It is also a news item that the air pollution in China is so bad that 10% less sunlight hits the earth now in China than it did less than 50 years ago...

 

Now... China has a huge population I understand... but this point was made about premature infant deaths alone... not those that lived with problems due to air pollution related diseases...

 

And it has a lot of land... but 10% less light sunlight... That's huge... again all due to their air pollution...

 

Now... When the leaders of a cause or our politicians stand up in front of us... I will listen to them when they say... "Here's a problem... and here's what I'm going to do to fix it... and if that effort doesn't work... I'll try and fix it again... before I go on vacation..."

 

If they say that I have to sacrifice without them taking the lead... or saying we have to make up for other countries...

 

I don't want to hear it...


May Day, 2007...

...While the world marched and protested for one (excellent I'm sure) cause or another... Dad waited till the last moment this morning to shoot and harvested the first gobbler from the farm... 

 

Which tickles the dickens out of me! 

 

Thank goodness the game wardens weren't running around the place today making sure that a lawful hunter was being lawful and all...

 

For those who aren't aware... On many days of the year... you can do just about anything you want in the way of game law violation as long as you aren't on Dad's place... because the wardens are trying their best to catch the Holt clan... They seem to be convinced we are up to no good...

 

Dad sits quietly (which is what most 80 year old men do) and uses his turkey calls he hand-made himself...

 

Gray, Ben and I have been exclusively hunting this year with archery equipment... which can only be eclipsed in difficulty by the method prevalently used by middle eastern youth... which would be throwing rocks...

 

For those of you that have been a little puzzled at some of my game warden comments... please stay tuned to future entries here in my Blog...

 

I'll be posting the letters that will be sent to the Governor, every Legislative member, most of the hierarchy of the department of natural resources, the Sherriff, a few local Judges... and maybe even a game warden or two...

 

Of course... I'll do a web page so it will be documented for those that might Google Georgia game warden behavior and the like...

 

Now back to May Day... Since I have a great employer... and live in clearly the greatest country in the world... have two kids I Love, and am the littermate to a cool dog named Duke... I don't have a lot to protest on May Day about...

 

 Maybe I'll let May Day be my day of the year to shake hands with every politician I can find, and put a bug or two in their ears... It seems to be what people do on this day every year...

 

Bitch and moan... so why not me!


April 30, 2007...

I've about determined that I'm not good at this outdoor sports thing...

 

I had a gobbler almost within my bow range again this weekend... and I watched Gray catch his first smallmouth bass...

 

Yes... that's correct... I didn't get a shot at the turkey or catch a smallmouth bass...

 

But I did discover one important thing...

 

This weekend... there were a lot of boats fishing on Carter's... and a lot of bikinis on boats at Blue Ridge...

 

So Gray decided where we'd be going on bright, clear, warm days when the fish weren't biting...


April 24, 2007... (edited)

I've had a lot to type about lately... but not much time to type...

 

I will take the time to say that I'm happy to have added a few lines to my list of good things to remember...

 

1.  Listen... don't just hear... There's a big difference...

2. Don't apologize more than once... if the apologizee isn't listening or accepting...

3. Believe in all of the amendments... not just one and/or two...

4. The war was over when we stopped dropping bombs... The remainder has been a police action... And along with the Atlanta PD Drug task force and some game wardens... We haven't done such a hot job of policing...

5.  I've been waiting for a very long time... and still nobody has given me a good reason to vote liberal...  (This citizen, a bona-fide dead nuts zero, slap dab in the middle of the Authoritarian / Libertarian scale and a correct but still piddly 1.5 points to the right of center on the Liberal / Conservative scale... can't find one by myself...  I'm soon going to give up and stop wasting time...) (All of you that fall on the outside of the center... stop calling yourselves moderates...  When you meet a true moderate, you'll find out how far to either pole you really are...)

6.  I've done the analysis on a recommendation from one of the spokes-crazies for the global warming solution... You can... and I repeat can... use only one square of toilet paper... if it's 33 ply...

7.  Invest only in land trust companies that have professional Forest Managers on staff and actually work the land... When forests became bank type investments instead of a workplaces... things started going in the ash can... 

 

... ... ...

My condolences go to the families of the VT students and staff that were murdered by a crazy, criminal, sick, pathetic man...

 

I told many of the people I work with that I understand the feeling of the people on Flight 93... because when some fool wants to line me up for execution... I'm going in!  And please, somebody grab hold of my ankles... because someone will need to pull me out of his throat... 

 

I don't always have my gun within reach... It's up to you to guess when I do, when I don't, how much ammunition I have and justhow good I am with it... I suggest you guess correctly...

 

If you don't know who I am... I'm the guy that you hope is near your Mama or daughter when something like what happened at VT happens again...

 

Do you have a plan? 

 

If not, why not?

 

We aren't living in Mayberry anymore...


April 15, 2007...

...had the snow... but no tall lattes or snow roof to enjoy it with...


April 14, 2007...

Dang this global warming... If I had enough money to buy some energy credits, I'd have some warmer turkey hunting clothes...

 

Gray and I headed to the big woods and Dad set up at the farm...  We came back closer to Dad earlier than planned, because the higher we got, the windier and cooler it was... On the back rim, you couldn't hear anything for the wind in the big white pines...

 

It's always a nice walk... We did see where a 4-wheeler had scarred the previously natural ground... I figure it was a game warden not wanting to walk...  They get to do things like that...

 

Whoever it was, didn't pick up the two old drink cans that the bears had scratched to the surface of the forest floor... If the rider was interested in nature, he'd have picked up the cans and ridden them back to his waiting truck...

 

Aluminum cans don't weigh much, and I certainly don't mind carrying them back for disposal... I've carried out dozens...

 

I've been surprised at how many cans appear after each walk...  None are new... all are old cans and there's no telling where they came from... I figure bear cubs treat them like balls and play with them until Ma finds them something to eat...

 

I'd ask the game warden to verify some of my many bear activity discoveries... but I doubt he'd know...  Besides they are too busy this time of year for such trivial stuff...

 

Anyway, Gray and I "got on" two gobblers as we slipped along...  I called and gobbled just enough to get them within gun range, but not bow range...  We maneuvered into a position that had me behind Gray...  I could no longer see the gobblers, but I could see Gray...

 

It is an unbelievable thrill to watch a huge strutting gobbler up close... 

 

That was fun watching him...  It would have been better had he gotten a shot... He's capable of shooting at least 25 yards further than me but I just couldn't get those birds close enough...

 

They're there for another day... and we'll enjoy another good heart rush and maybe even a picture or two...

 

...unless the guy on the 4-wheeler keeps them run off...  They get to do things like that...


April 11, 2007...

I've been distracted this week... and have failed to make note of a very Special happening this past Easter Sunday...

 

I traveled to New Orleans for a once in a lifetime event...  Kate was Baptized by Rev. Unger, Pastor of Christ The King, Lutheran Church...

 

That's it... That's all I have to type here... Because I don't have the literary skills to put in print the incredible joy I had as I stood there with Her during the ceremony...

 

If it gets better than this... I can't wait!


April 6,2007...

Earlier this week my Maternal Grandfather's sister, Marie Bradley, passed away... 

 

She was the sister to Mary, who passed the week before and Jewel, who passed a some 9 weeks ago...

 

With the passing of Aunt Marie, the life of that generation of Patrick's is complete...

 

Marie leaves behind a legacy for her immediate family to carry on, and the remainder of the Patrick family as well...

 

An important legacy...  Love God... Love and care for your Family and Love and care for your neighbors and church...

 

Time will ease the pain from these three losses to the Patrick family... The memories of this generation will remind us how to act... to smile... help... share and care... and by all means, to pull our shoulders back and sit up straight! 

 

Why?  "Because you're a Patrick!"


March 31, 2007...

...United in Marriage in 1935 and reunited this past week, once again...

 


March 26, 2007...

Dad's about to turn 80... Dang... I'm getting old...


 

March 18, 2007...

It's Sunday night and the weekend is coming to a close...

 

I'm on the bed and Duke isn't...  He's out like a light and downstairs near the fire...

 

Duke's life is tough, so I don't push him too hard to come to bed... Duke spent much of the weekend running squirrels away from the bird feeder... and getting sticks out of the creek... He even re-arranged some of the rocks in the bottom of the creek...

 

He generally doesn't stick his head under water, much further than his ears... so the rocks need to be fairly shallow...

 

I, on the other hand, had a much different weekend...

 

Bec and I went to Blue Ridge to hear some killer Bluegrass on Saturday night...  It was killer...

 

Today we cooked part of lunch in the fireplace... The unique beef stew and tin foil sweet potatoes part...  The salt water potatoes, corn bread and iron skillet cobbler, went the traditional kitchen way...

 

Obviously there was lemon for the sweet tea...

 

I don't think it's ok to say damn on Sunday, so I'll just say dang... good night... and sdL...


March 14, 2007...

Last weekend, I went to the Dutch oven cook-off held at the Booth Western Museum in Cartersville...

 

Memorable quotes from the trip were...

 

"If it smells burned... it is burned."  ... "Venison has such a strong taste." and my favorite, "It's much too late in the day for that."

 

The burned comment came from the leader of the Butter Bean Bunch team... It was pretty profound... They didn't burn anything however...

 

Then there was a woman near the chuck wagon with the Texas Flag, complimenting a sample of venison chili...

 

She was raving about the taste of their Texas style chili made with no beans or tomatoes... They used venison and ground chilies from New Mexico... It really was good... however you couldn't taste the venison at all!  BECAUSE IT WAS CHILI!

 

This poor woman... who doesn't know nothing from nothing... will forever be touting this new way to cook venison! 

 

I feel so sorry for anyone who has never eaten a good piece of venison... I conservatively estimate that I've eaten a ton or so and have never had one "strong" piece...

 

Then as I walked up to the water/Coke stand and asked for a bottle of water... the nice lady replied, "I love you!" just after she saw I had the correct change...

 

Of course, my response was, "And I love you too!"

 

She was running short of change and I was helping her by giving her some quarters...

 

It was after noon and I told her that she was the first one that day to tell me they loved me...

 

To which she replied... "It's much too late in the day for that..."


February 21,2007...

I'm starting to agree with some of the political candidates that are already on the trail...

 

I think it would be a good thing to require the big evil oil companies to develop other technologies for us... And if they don't... take their profits away and have the government do it!

 

At the same time... I would also like McDonalds to start doing their part by offering auto headlight replacement while we're inside having fries and a Coke...  They have much more money than they need and can certainly afford to provide that service... It's a safety thing... and by the way it's my right side headlight on the white Tacoma that's burned out, but you may as well change both...

 

And what about it big box company?  I'd like you to start paving the roads so the masses will have a nice bump free ride to your doors ...  That way you'll have more money to buy more imported goods to sell to the enthusiastic masses...

 

Certainly we can have a company as big and financially strong as General Electric provide vacation planning for us... Goodness knows they could at least do that for us...

 

What's that you say?  These companies aren't going to provide these types of services?

 

Well just wait till after the elections...  And we'll see about that!


February 16, 2007...

Oh, I hope there's just one rocking chair available today... I don't ask for much...

 

Other than a dump truck and a back hoe... but really not much more than that...

 

Well maybe a new truck... I really need a new truck... but I'll settle for a rocking chair....

 

I don't need much more than that...

 

And Yankee's tickets... I'd like to see the stadium before it's gone...

 

But for today... just  a rocking chair'll do...

 

(Next to the fireplace...) (That's probably asking too much isn't it?)


Valentine's Day, February 14, 2007...

It's Valentine's Day...and very early in the morning... and there's a group of guys standing in the isle next to the Igloo coolers... They're reading the labels... and checking to see if they recognize any of the other guys at the cooler display...

 

Then one at a time when they're sure that the they don't see anyone they recognize... They slip across the isle and see if there's still one or two of the little red mosquito-netty dainties with the (strategically located) glued on faux ostrich feathers... in a size that would have fit their little lady when she was 16...

 

It really doesn't matter if it fits anyway...

 

Happy Valentine's Day...

 

(The previous Blog entry is entirely fictitious... I am not in the big box store, nor did I witness or participate in any such behavior...) (But if you don't think it happened at least once... then think again!)


 February 13, 2007...

Why is it that when something is right under your nose... it's often terribly difficult to find?

 

Sorry Anna Nicole... But it doesn't look like they're gonna have your funeral anytime soon and I got stuff to say...


February 10,2007...

This Blog will be idle for now, while no readers are available...

 

We will resume after the nation finishes mourning the death of its obviously beloved Anna Nicole...


January 30, 2007...

Aunt Jewel?  The Moon is simply beautiful tonight isn't it!  I hope You aren't to busy to enjoy it...


January 23, 2007...

I often wonder why our politicians have their speeches written for them ... Why can't they (all) just get up and talk to us...

 

I'm upstairs with Duke, watching The Outdoor Channel with a right nice 140 class buck walk away from a stand on the Timberghost Ranch...

 

George is doing the speech in Washington...  He didn't ask me to write anything for him... but if he had... here's what I might have had him read...

 

Richard's State of the Union Speech talking points... 2007...

 

Keep in mind this would be edited by another staff of writers who make a good upper middle class living at such...

 

I'd start out with a very popular topic... The war...

 

First line item..., "I want America to know I've heard their voices... And this afternoon I signed the orders to redeploy all of our soldiers from all locations outside the United States and bring them home."  "There is absolutely nothing worth loosing an American soldiers life for..."  We need our soldiers to return to civilian life and enjoy to the great economy we have..."

 

(Insert time for massive applause here)

 

Second line item..., "Starting tomorrow morning, I will work with the Transportation Secretary to organize a plan to conserve oil... I will push for regulations that will reduce driving by 75%... Thus reducing our need for foreign oil... Citizens and non-citizens... no... what the hell... everybody will be a citizen starting now!..."

 

Item 3 would be a continuation of item 2... "Everybody can drive on Mondays and Wednesdays only...  Insurance costs will be reduced by 75% since our vehicles will be idle 75% of the time..."  "Military personnel that my order of this afternoon laid off... will be allowed to drive for 2 hours on Saturday morning to go to a soccer game..."  "Celebrities and politicians are obviously exempt from this because rules don't apply to them..."

 

Item 4... "I want to let everyone feel secure that their government is going to be proactive in the fight of global warming... If every citizen will open all their windows and doors and turn their air conditioners wide open... We should be able to cool off the globe by 6.3784° F..."  "And yes... that makes up for China's incredible pollution that they can't avoid while they make items to be sold at the big box company, since they're a third world nation..." "Please remember to do this in your cars only on Mondays and Wednesdays..."

 

Item 5... "It's about time that low cost health care is provided by the big box company...I've worked out a plan with them where everything will cost $4..."  "Flu shots... $4..."  "Need a new knee... $4... isle 37..."  "Boob jobs will be $4 each but please get to the kiosk early... It will be located in the lingerie department next to the sporting goods department..." 

 

Don't tell me the big box company doesn't know how to merchandise their products...

 

How come you think it takes guys so long to get back to the truck when they only came for a box of #8 split shot? 

 

How come? 

 

It's the well placed rack of fire engine red dainties made from mosquito netting with little faux ostrich feathers located on the isle across from the Igloo coolers..."  That's how come..."

 

(Pan to the gallery where Bill Clinton is standing and giving George two big thumbs up...)

 

And the last item... "And now I'm going to close and catch a flight to the ranch... I'd like to go ahead and turn the oval office over to hillary and cindy so hill can return all the stuff they took as souvenirs from Bill's 8 years and get on with the next 10 years..."

 

"Trout and turkey season is coming up soon and I've got to get my gear together..."

 

"Good night and God Bless America..."


January 11, 2007...

Why does everything have to be difficult?

To be continued...


Go Out There and Represent Day, 2007...

That sound you heard tonight was the sound of Florida opening up a can of whup-ass on Ohio State...

 

When the announcer would say things like, "We haven't seen Ohio State play like this all season!"

 

Dad would laugh and say, "That's because they didn't play anybody from the SEC!"

 

Thanks Florida... You represented well...


Queen Pelosi Day, 2007

Dad, Duke and I watched Unwrapped - Protein Power, Emeril make stuff from Emeril's Bread Basket... and Iron Chef America with Florida Chef, Johnny Vinczencz challenging Bobby Flay...

 

It was very cool... Emeril did a killer gahlic soup that we'll have to try... and Alton Brown host the challenge with citrus as the secret ingredient...

 

It was either that or listen to the crap that would have been on the news about the new house queen...

 

There was a period in my life where I was turned on to the Food Network and a renewed interest in viewing rastlin...

 

It served its purpose then and I'm sure it will work again...

 

I wonder if Dad and Duke will watch rastlin with me...


 Peach Bowl Day, 2006...  27 huge unanswered points!

Dang what a game for Georgia Bulldog fans!  Congratulations to Kate and Diane! 

 

What a comeback!  Down 21-3 at the half with all the momentum going with Virginia Tech... The Dogs came back for a 31-24 victory!

 

And what a nice afternoon I had sitting at the farm under an umbrella in the dripping rain and fog... A really nice time to see a big buck... but not today...  It's almost time to oil up the firearms and shoot the bow a little... and get ready for turkey season...


Mercy! It's Christmas Eve, 2006!

Twas the night before Christmas... And all through the house...

Duke is asleep but not in his bed... Supper's over and dessert is ahead...

No sugar plums are in sight.... But there is a tray of carrot cake bites...

Then off with Duke to pee... Then emails to read...

But before we retire... We'll pause and aspire...

 

To wish You All a peaceful Christmas eve night...


December 15, 2006...

 

I was sky watching yesterday morning and saw another first... I was driving in Eastern Gordon County and through the trees I saw an odd contrail of sorts...

 

Having never seen anything just like it, I kept it in view while trying to get to an opening like a pasture quickly for a photograph...

 

The longer I drove, I could see that the formation was blowing away... When I first saw it, it was much darker than the other contrails that were in the sky... The normal aircraft contrails were white in the sky and were located where they normally are... up pretty high and across the sky...

 

This one was a totally different color as if it was part or all smoke... It also was coming from the sky to the ground... When I first saw it I thought it might be a tornado... We've all seen the long skinny tornados on TV... Slightly bent... and slightly larger at the top than at the bottom...

 

Rebecca happened to call to wish me a happy birthday so I told her what had happened and I was trying my best to find a place to photograph it, because I might never see this again...

 

As my luck normally is, by the time I was approaching the farms just East of Fairmount, the formation had blown apart enough that nobody would be able to tell what it was...

 

When I first saw it, it was in a very clear form... as if it had just happened...

 

Then on the way home last night I was listening to the last part of the 6:00 news on the radio when the WSB meteorologist talked about the early morning Solar Storm hitting the Earth and the shower of large meteors around 3 a.m.

 

And there I had my proof of what I had told Rebecca that morning... What I saw was a meteor contrail... Conditions were perfect to see it! But I just wasn't in a place to record it...

 

Had Rebecca not been on the phone and listened to what I thought I was seeing... I wouldn't be writing about this now...

 

You already think I'm crazy... I don't need any more evidence...

 

ps... Thanks to everyone who called, typed, texted, sent cards, took me to eat and otherwise wished me a nice day... It was much appreciated...  I'm very lucky to have Best Friends and Family...


One Year Later... 2006...

It was a year ago that I started this web log...

 

I exported these entries into Word for archiving and did a check...  Typed over the last year were...

 

3,863 lines of babble containing 30,879 words with 138,988 characters... When these were grouped together with 31,220 spaces... it made a total of 1, 273 paragraphs on 97 pages...

 

I have one question for both of my readers... Don't you have anything better to do?


Pearl Harbor Day, 2006...

This morning as many December 7ths, I listened to Mother say how she remembered hearing about the attack on Pearl Harbor...

 

She says, "I was so scared..."  This morning... I said, "You should have been..."  It is something to remember and be aware of what can happen and will happen again...

 

Our citizens who want to negotiate will work away, just like the Japanese delegation that was in Washington at the time of the attack... negotiating...

 

While we were at the table... Japan was getting ready to attack...

 

Seems like we are destined to relive this experience...


November 29, 2006...

I've been reading up on dog training lately...

 

There are training books of all kinds... some for watch dogs... some for water dogs... some for show dogs...

 

But I don't think any of them would really work on Duke...

 

I haven't seen one that suggests you say, "BOY! I'M GONNA BUST YO BUTT!!!"

 

or... "I'M... I'M TELLING ON YOU!!!"

 

That is at least half of what is said to Duke... so if Duke makes past this big sack of Puppy Chow, maybe I'll write my own book...

 

I know there has to be more like him out there that needs to be trained as good as Duke is being trained...


Bulldog Saturday, 2006...

Today was the annual Georgia/Georgia Tech... Georgia Tech/Georgia football game... The name of the game depends on which colors you wear... It's a political correctness thing...

 

It's kinda like all the little leaguers getting huge trophies regardless of how good they are...

 

or... The Georgia/Florida... Florida/Georgia game can't be called "The Worlds Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" anymore... It isn't nice... It is still the worlds largest outdoor cocktail party... you just can't say so...

 

Back to the Tech game yesterday... I'll call it the Tech game because it's easy... not correct... just easy...

 

It was on CBS... which has two strikes against it from the get-go as far as I'm concerned... There is way too much wrong with that network to start listing here... Even the perky little girl with the perky little hairdo can't help it... 

 

I get that from the TV ratings folks... I wouldn't know... I haven't watched her for years... I don't like extreme bias in my TV watchings...

 

I'm a TRICTA member which requires me to be relatively intelligent and a clear thinker... One can't watch a channel with a history of commentary trickers and be a member of  TRICTA...

 

Now back to the game...  UGA beat Tech... I don't know how or why...  I watched the game and have no idea why the Bulldogs were even allowed in the same stadium as the Tech players... According to the CBS announcers, even the plays that Tech fouled up were INCREDIBLE!!! &... AWESOME!!!

 

It was almost the end of the game when  the Bulldog got what I think was a compliment...  Then to make it even more confusing... while I was trying to decide if they had actually paid Georgia a compliment, they almost made another one...

 

If I want to listen to one side of the Tech game... I'll tune in to Munson or Durham... Both of them call much better than does the CBS crew... but then I would too if I had Duke to do the color for me...


 

Black Friday, 2006...

When Dad and I left the house early this morning, there was a picture on the TV showing a helicopter view of the Discover Mills parking lot outside Bass Pro Shops... Dang... It was 6 a.m. and the lot was full!

 

Dad and I were leaving for the woods, not the sports shop...

 

Where we were headed, there is no parking lot... no line to stand in... no irritable lady snatching things from the rack just ahead of us as we were about to reach for them... No fender benders in an over loaded parking lot...

 

With ham and egg biscuits in a sack... We were heading  for our deer woods...

 

It was a beautiful morning!  Chipmunks, squirrels, woodpeckers were everywhere... I took two naps and ate my biscuits along the way...

 

I walked in on the National Forest and circled back over the mountain top so I could walk the biscuits off...

 

Just before I got to the summit... I heard a shot!

 

I called Dad on the radio and asked if that was him that shot... and he low-keyed me with a, "yep"...

 

History tells me when Dad shoots, there's work to do... and sure nuff today was no different...

 

The day is coming to a close now as I type...we had no arguments at the mall... no wrong lunch orders... no waiting for anything...

 

I have added another great memory to my bank of Dad bagging another great buck and of Duke's encounter with his first set of horns!


 

November 22, 2006...

Wow is the time getting past...  Let's see now... where was I?  Oh yes...

 

For those who weren't out last Saturday or Sunday mornings about 6:30 to see the Moon rise... You missed two really good views...

 

And again then at 6:30 tonight... It was time well spent to catch a glimpse of the Moon setting just behind the sun...

 

For those who are wondering about my litter mate, Duke... He is the best alarm clock one could ask for... Waking to play between 3:30 and 4:30... depending on how exhausted he is from the day before...

 

For those who are pleased we've changed cultures in politics... Go here... Link...

 

For those who aren't happy that we changed cultures for another crappy culture... join TRICTA... We are a minority and we have culture... just not like the current parties... and we remember things... I remember very well when the Democrats were in power and why they were overwhelmingly kicked to the curb...

 

Democrats as an alternative... I can think of a better nouns to use in that phrase...

 

But on a very important note and for those who didn't read the headlines today... Another world record has been set for the largest rubber band ball!

 

...

 

To Our Troops... A Special Thank You... Your jobs are not easy... Necessary, but not not easy...

 

The conflict between certain muslims and the rest of the world is ageless... It has crossed many borders and been passed on through many, many generations... It isn't new and won't go away... If this confrontation wasn't worth having, then we can dissolve the military... Because there can't be another battle that is worth having if this one isn't...

 

We don't want to close our borders, because hillary needs another vote... We don't want to fight an enemy, because we might loose a soldier... We go from one political party to the other and back again because... well we don't know why...

 

The fanatical muslims are proud they create infants and train them to be martyrs before they're big enough to ride a bike... while we build world record rubber band balls...

 

Who will last the longest...

 

It's almost time to stop this typing and resume being Duke's litter mate... But before I do...

 

Happy Thanksgiving to all...


November 13, 2006...

If Duke doesn't shape up... the following advertisement will be placed in the newspaper...

 

Puppy giveaway... Free to a home...It doesn't have to be a good home... just somebody else's home!

 

Disclaimers...

 

Puppy bites... Puppy comes inside to wet the floor... Puppy has his days and nights mixed up... Puppy bites... I think I said that one already... Puppy doesn't understand English... Puppy's intelligence is questionable... New home must provide creek, since he's already been up to his belly in the ice cold one he has now and seemed to love it... Puppy has a flea... Puppy can't tie shoes (even though he's learned to untie one within seconds...) Puppy comes with toys, folding doorway gates, big bag of food, puppy dog bones, soft bed, tennis ball and red collar and GMOT's bedroom shoes...

 

Be prepared... You can't say I didn't warn you...

 

Oh yes... one more thing... No returns... 


November 6, 2006...

Ok... That didn't last long... I'm going to withdraw myself from the market...

 

A good girl is hard to find... When you find one, consider yourself lucky...

 

In the meantime... Me'n'Duke have crawfish to find... leaves to chase... scooters to hole-up... squirrels to keep off the bird feeder... cats to tree... naps to take... socks to chew... baths to take... windows to nose print...

 

You know... Boy stuff...


November 5, 2006...

It's time...  It's time to get back on the market... So here goes...

 

Hello... My name is Richard and I'm a 50 year old single white male...

 

Am interested in a girl who will spend lots of time with me... Be spontaneous and go wherever on a moments notice...

 

Must be interested in the outdoor sports... tennis, hiking, fishing  and, sitting by campfires... but not to worry... we'll  go to town together every now and then...

 

I'm a little heavier than I should be but I prefer and average size girl... hair and eye color doesn't really matter...

 

But I must require two things... You must have a cold nose and puppy breath...


November 4, 2006...

It's cold and Full Moon is tomorrow... 

 

I was in the woods this evening when the moon first showed over the mountain... There was just a wisp of an icy cloud to the north of the moon... It was enough to have one parhelion... 

 

It was really nice... This weekend was best for the big red oaks color...  Even with the early frost killing a lot of the leaves while they were still green, there has been nice color for three weeks...

 

I'm settled with another new computer and more new software... This time, maybe I'll be settled for a while...


November 1, 2006...

Politicians should be required to do their jobs and shut-the-hell-up!

 

I'm really sick of having to listen to their stupidity...

 

Especially those who think "the other guys" are stupid!


October 30, 2006...

Sorry I can't type now... I have to change the channel...

 

 so I can hear another politician say, "Every time you point a finger at me... there's three more pointing back at you!" or... "Liar, liar, pants on fire!"


October 18, 2006...

There may have been rainy weather during this week, but this week is Special... 

 

There is nothing d & d about it!  Only Good Stuff!

 

HBDL... YAVS&TL...


October 16, 2006...

This morning's drive in to work was normal for the most part... I was watching the sky like I do most of the time while I'm driving... knowing that there was rain coming in from the west and there might be a pretty sunrise...

 

It was really starting to glow by the time I was approaching Hinton...

 

When I turned at the Fire Station heading toward Fairmount, I saw something for the first time ever...

 

There was a rainbow in the west at 6:30 a.m.!  I had never seen one that early in the day! 

 

Sunrise this morning was 7:43 a.m.!

 

And to think of it, last Friday I think it was, there were two very big and colorful sundogs flanking the sun as I was leaving the office...

 

I pulled over to see if it was going to be possible to get them photographed, when I realized that my sunglasses were making them so spectacular by filtering out all the bright and bad stuff...

 

I guess my camera needs it's own pair of shades...

 

Now to be in the right place at the right time to be able to sit and enjoy the beauty that is out there this time of year...


October 13, 2006... Friday the 13th...

Hello... I'm still Richard and still a recovering triskaidekaphobic...

 

The day after the last Friday the 13th, I took off for China... I just now realized that... and I spent a while today looking back at those photos...  Hmmmm... Wonder what'll happen tomorrow that I'll be deja vuing all over again in 9 months...

 

No... It can't be that...

 

Hmmm...


October 11, 2006...

…Richard’s Roamings…

 

It takes all kinds… I don’t know why… but apparently it does…

 

A recent poll made public that 33% of Americans believed that George W’s brother and cousin blew up the World Trade Towers…

 

College professors were professing this to their followers…  Students… I meant to say students, not followers…

 

And… students… since when did being a student mean you were somebody worth interviewing?

 

I remember when I was a student… I thought I had made it to the grown-up world… That I was somebody…

 

I was wrong…

 

I guess the 33% that took the poll afore mentioned were students…

 

There must be 1,000 spycams or “traffic” cameras around the Atlanta area…

 

I think we really only need one in the whole world… I think we need one showing the streets of Tehran… On Fridays we can all tune in to Tehr-cam to watch the anti-American rallies they have had each Friday since the Carter Administration…  They have it down pat now… They know how to ham it up for cameras just like our students know how to do…

 

Of all the things we need to understand clearly… This one is clear…

 

The type of behavior that spills out into the streets of Tehran didn’t start recently… It's been going on a long... long time... It crosses denominations and political lines... And it's not going away on a political promise by some official wannabe who wants you to think he/she has the magic pill that'll make it all go away...

 

The lunar event of last weekend was spectacular!  The Hunter’s Moon… Wow what a sight!

 

For those who didn’t see it… What the heck were you doing?  What was more important than being spell bound by a super large full Moon sighting on a super clear night?

 

It was worth getting off late Friday evening just to drive home with the rising moon in my face...

 

It was another sight to behold… I texted a few friends and made sure they were available for the rise… And called a few more…

 

It was really nice…


October 2, 2006...

WHAT THE HELL???  I know... I know... but really... WHAT THE HELL???

 

Today as I'm leaving work... I make it to the second traffic signal and there's a wrecker in the middle of the intersection and two Calhoun Policemen taking care of a accident...

 

I get past Fairmount and I'm following behind a pickup sized fire truck... It turns off it's lights, stops and turns around...

 

Not far up the road are two more patrol cars working an accident out in the middle of the countryside, where a truck pulled out from a house and into the path of car...

 

It was near the county line with Pickens and Gordon... So just past them was a Pickens Sheriff's car and a big fire truck with lights and sirens running because it's really their affair since it's on their side of the county line...

 

By this time, I'm wondering if the insurance card is in the truck... I'm driving the Dad's old backup truck, because mine's in the shop...

 

I know it's half moon so that's no excuse... And I'm driving 45, because I realize that the crazies are out...

 

The pickup in front of me has his emergency flashers on, so I'm keeping a close eye on him... and giving him plenty of room when I see a State Trooper half off the road where one of those hot racing kinda 4-wheelers is turned upside down at the edge of a driveway culvert... A teenage boy is sitting on the ground in the driveway with his hands behind his back in handcuffs...

 

The guy in the truck with the flashers is stopping in the road... then pulls over... I assume he was with the volunteer fireman brigade that was out to help everyone in distress along my way home...

 

The boy seemed ok... just handcuffed... I pictured him riding on the highway when the Trooper happened along... Then the speedy kid on the flashy bike decided to make it home to Mama...

 

He needs more practice negotiating that last turn... I'm sure he was using his hand signals too...

 

Then things calmed down for a while until I get to Ellijay and hear sirens again... I'm still 7 minutes from home

 

I go ahead and pull over while I watch two more Troopers negotiating their way through the maze of traffic lights and intersections and turn toward downtown...

 

By then I was a nervous wreck!  I make it home but it took an hour and 45 minutes! 

 

This isn't Atlanta... It's just my little country ride home...

 

Tomorrow I'm taking an extra clip...


September 24, 2006...

I figure I'd better sign in while I've got a few quiet moments... I've been busy and changing computers this week...

 

I gave my laptop away, so I've had to do some software shuffling and upgrading in order to get here and edit this Blog...

 

The week was eventful yet beautiful at the same time...

 

First, Mother turned 28 yesterday... again... She's been 28 most of my life, so it's easy to remember how old she is...  I'm embarrassed that my Dad has that clinton trait of having an affair with someone so much younger than he is...  He's 79... She's still 28...

 

Even though this week was a work week... I enjoyed lots of nature...  This time of year, early in the morning before sunrise, Orion is framed between the tree line above the barn... Orion has been my favorite constellation since I was a cub scout... I'll never miss an opportunity to gaze at it...

 

Orion rises over the Atlantic this time of year in the early evening... Tybee Island is a good place to watch it rise... Sit in the swings and wrap up in a blanket on a cool clear evening...

 

The Moon was waning rapidly this week... There are two really cool moon events every month... If you watch the phases closely and are available late in the day, you can see the moon setting right behind the sun... If the sky is clear there will be a bright orange line on the horizon with a dark blue sky above and a sliver of a moon viewable in the dark sky...  link ... If the sky has too many clouds in it, the moon will be overwhelmed and not visible...  Which is not a bad thing, but I prefer the clear sky on those days...

 

Then in the early mornings, there is the morning sliver... like here ... where the Moon is rising just before the sunrise... Both these Moon views happen when the moon is nearest the New Moon... and are low in the sky...

 

It' a rare thing when sister Rebecca... doesn't call me on clear Full Moon nights to see if I've seen the Moon that evening... She enjoys it too... We've seen lots of them and it's always a breathtaking thing to both of us... We'll stop wherever we and are always awestruck...

 

The Hunter's Moon will always my favorite... for Special reasons...

 

Enough about the Moon for today... This week had other things that were special... The mountains are full of mushrooms, toad stools, and fungus of every color and size... A lucky salamander... Woodpeckers making a terrible racket and hummingbirds feeding on the last of the wildflowers... 

 

How do I know it was a lucky salamander?  Because it was me that turned the rock over... About every rock on the mountain has been turned over by a bear at lease once in the last month... Since it was me, the salamander lived... Had it been a bear cub, the salamander would have been played with before being eaten...  That's why I said it was a lucky salamander... I put the rock back making sure not to mash him...

 

The mountains are also full of loud motorcycles... and apple/leaf tourists... Which are good things for the economy... but not as cool or as good as salamanders, woodpeckers and leaves floating down the creek...

 

Again I quote Jack Sparrow... ... ... Captain... Jack Sparrow... "Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate"


September 15, 2006... Royal Floor Mats... R.I.P.

This entry will note the passing of an era...  Royal Floor Mats manufacturing facility in Calhoun, Georgia, is closed...

 

Royal was once "world famous" for such things as "Choose the Moose"  and "Who Stole My Cheese"  ... or was it "Who Cut The Cheese"... I can't remember since all three were excellent Wisconsin human resource development programs...

 

RFM was my employer for the seven years previous to August 25th, 2006...

 

The assets of Royal Floor Mats were acquired today by Apache Mills...

 

A company whose business is mats... A company active in the development, marketing, sales, and manufacturing of innovative mats...

 

I was at the nearly silent plant late today to meet with others and have discussions on plant operations in that building next week...  There seemed to be no lingering ill feelings from the inhabitants of the top tiers of Royal's Wheel of Death...  They are all long gone... (I'll burn some sage as a precaution...)

 

Apache will start manufacturing there starting on Monday... 

 

I'm pleased to be associated with Apache Mills... A real mat company...


September 9, 2006...

It's the first day of hunting season and I stayed home... That hasn't happened many times in my life...

 

We started loading up early to go back and work on the food plot at the farm...  Dad and I went to visit the baby mule and get the trailer... Dad was in charge of opening the gates and keeping the livestock in check...

 

He needs to keep his day job... He won't make it as a cowboy... They had his number...

 

Anyway... As I was on Holt Bridge Road loading up the tractor... Something magical happened...

 

Remember a while back in this blog, I related about almost being in the motorcycle fraternity when I was on the four wheeler crossing Big Creek Road... and a cruiser came by and gave me the "low and slow" wave...

 

I knew he was just being nice and was probably new to the motorcycle thing and didn't know that four wheelers don't count...

 

But today... Today... I felt truly as if I was one of the "Boys!" 

 

There I was binding the chains to the tractor when I heard another truck heading up Big Creek...  I looked up and there was an older Toyota Tacoma truck pulling a trailer with a Kubota tractor on it...  He blew his horn at me... I was breathless!  There I was bonding with a fraternity brother to the first twelve notes of Dixieland!  Just like on the Dukes of Hazzard!

 

It gave me energy!  I finally belonged!  I'm one of the Boys after all!

 

We went on to the farm and did the plowing... The sunflowers are about four feet tall and the deer are nibbling at them... I'm expecting to see a lot of flowers soon...  There's a little less than a half acre of them...

 

As we were about through plowing,  Mother joined us and a picnic ensued...  Work days on the property go way back including Family and picnics...

 

Late this afternoon I did the lawn... I'm hoping that will only need to be done one more time this year... Because I'll be too busy to cut grass... I'll be out at the highway sitting on the tractor giving my fraternity brothers our secret wave...

 

(Checking on the Internet, I see that I can get a 118 decibel, 5 trumpet Dixieland horn for only $74!)  (It's required for the fraternity...)


 

September 1, 2006... It's Friday again... And much has happened this past week... So I'll turn this into...

 

...Richard's Roamings…

 

A Buddy of mine had a Birthday this week... Happy Birthday!

 

I call "negotiations" ... blackmail...  If Iran wants to negotiate... Negotiate with us... Otherwise be prepared for a dust storm...

 

I say let's not wait... Give Iran some of our nukes... Show them how to use them and then let a Mother say..., "Don't touch that!"

 

Has anybody figured out how to scramble the GPS satellites yet?  If not, maybe that should be a priority... You know, with a push of a button, Moscow could have the coordinates of let's say Los Angeles... and Tehran could have the coordinates of Washington... And Beijing could have the coordinates of New York... You know, just kinda mix things up a little under certain circumstances...  Why do we have to have the same old coordinates every single day... We only have 8 planets now... The scientists got tired of the 9 we used to have...

 

Hasn't New Orleans used it's 15 minutes?  Hasn't Mississippi done a pretty darn good job in a short period of time...

 

This week has been filled with new experiences for me... New experiences are good... I've met lots of new people and some of them have names... It'll take a while till I learn all of them... I'm terrible with names...

 

Hunting season is near... The bucks are in velvet... So I won't be looking for them anytime soon... I don't like velvet horns... I have a friend how has a mounted deer head in velvet... It kinda looks like the rubber talking deer head that had all the locals mesmerized at the big box company last hunting season...


August 25, 2006...

IT'S FRIDAY!!!  Not just any Friday!  A much anticipated Friday... and the last load of desk stuff is already at the house...

 

It's time to move ahead...

 

I didn't set my alarm last night so I could test my new wake up system... For the last several days, I've been waking between 3:30 and 4:30... and today was no different!  I've been at work early most of this week!

 

It's time for a change of paths... About seven years ago, it was time to make changes, so I did... For example, I went from briefs to boxers...

 

That was a good choice... Don't know why it took so long to make that change... I don't change easily...

 

Well it's time to change again... and this time it's pay checks... I'm excited and looking forward to something new...

 

But for today... I'm off to Calhoun and on to friends and Adairsville... then maybe some shopping... I need a new bow case...  And look at binoculars... and a hat... you know, I need a new hat... I don't have much hair anymore... And need the extra protection... Maybe I'll get a new pair of overalls... Or even a new pair of overalls and a new hat!  That's it!  Overalls and a new hat! 

 

Maybe I'll get a new bow case, overalls and a hat!  You know as Fernando says..., "It's not how good you feel that's important... But how good you look!"

 

It's now 5:30 and I'm off to shower and splash down with Old Spice... Today's going to be a great day!


August 23, 2006...

Thursday... then Friday...

...

As the anniversary of Katrina approaches, I wonder where the money has gone...  Phenomenal amounts of aid was rendered... But it wasn't enough...

 

For those who only saw pictures... Take those photos and multiply the image exponentially to imagine the real thing...

 

Kate will call when She's driving back and forth to school, and I'll occasionally ask if She can see any improvements where She would be at the time...  And most times I have to stop Her from giving descriptions... And change the subject...

 

It tells me that no matter how much money was sent... No matter how much manpower was expended... It wouldn't have been enough...

 

It also tells me that I'm right when I feel that if I have to be responsible for my own actions and those of Mother Nature...

 

I have to be properly insured, or prepared to rebuild by myself...  I have to be prepared to feed and clothe myself...  I have to be able to help Family and Friends...

 

The government should never be big enough to have a force, civilian or military, to take care of every need for those who don't come close to being able to take care of themselves...  They would have to employ most of the country...

 

There was a time in this country when helpless people wouldn't last long...  and that time may be coming back around...


August 22, 2006... edited 9/23...

Wednesday... then Thursday... then Friday...

...

I found out something today and I got tickled from it... And they think they're sneaky and getting an edge... 

 

Wrong! 

 

Bad decisions 6 years ago cost a lot of money that will take a long time to recover... And even two recent decisions have cost even more money and will continue to do so...

 

Deep pockets allow bad decisions to get flushed more easily... but six years and a big bag of money... come on guys...


August 19, 2006...

 

As Lewis Grizzard observed... there's naked and nekkid.  Naked is when you've got no clothes on.  Nekkid is when you've got no clothes on and you're up to something!

...

 

My sympathies go out to the guy that was swimming at the bridge this afternoon around 6...

 

Today we rode down to the bridge and walked down to the river... There was laughter and giggling from a couple swimming in the hole just out from under the edge of the bridge...

 

They huddled together and giggled some more... while I waded out in the water...

 

They spoke and I spoke... All was good... But I was curious... All their clothes were draped over the bridge piling on the other side of the river...

 

I wondered how they would get out of the water to put their clothes back on with me standing there in the river about 30 yards down stream...

 

They would have been in their early thirties, I'd say...

 

I kept my back to them most of the time, then walked up to talk to Rebecca who was up top at the end of the bridge...  I still didn't look their way...

 

Me getting closer made them pretty nervous... He went ahead and crawled out and gathered clothes while she eased toward the upstream side of the piling...

 

Honestly lady I only saw your butt and one boob!  And I didn't take any pictures... Honest! (Dang cell phone cameras aren't worth a flip in those circumstances!)

 

Now for my sympathy toward this guy...

 

I'm pretty sure he's never gonna talk her out of her clothes in broad daylight again ever!


 

August 17, 2006... (Eight more days...)

 

Texting... I once thought it was for kids... But not any more...

 

Today Kate and I texted back and forth several times... and talked a couple of times... Me, Her and a couple of cell phones are a lot of fun...

 

The only bad part is that She's a night owl and can't remember (too good) when my bed time is...

 

When She visited last week I missed my texting time with Her... We even talked about it... When She's sitting there in the room with me, there's no reason to text...

 

Today we talked/texted about her old schools and their problems... about her class today... sitting too long in the parking lot... and Her good grade from the summer...

 

Now I have to go and plug in my phone so it has a good charge for tomorrow!


 

August 11, 2006...

One thing I forgot to mention in yesterday's Roamings... I got calls from both the Chairman of the Gilmer County Commissioners, Jerry Farist and the Planning Commission Director, Jim Smith in reference to the status of the Holt Bridge re-construction... Both were pleasant conversations and I thank them for the update...

 

Mountain Heart's playing on Ellijay's TV3 as they replay their July 3rd Bluegrass Concert... Dang boys are good!


 

August 10, 2006...

...Richard's Roamings…

First and foremost, Sweet Katemeister has been visiting since Sunday… That’s a good thing! 

 

We did normal stuff… fun stuff… work stuff… snickered and yawned a lot…  We saw a movie... ate a lot… yawned some more… planted pumpkins… took pictures… looked at pictures… hiked to the falls… saw a guy drive across the river… twice… You know just had a nice visit…

 

Other than that, this week I voted… Cynthia McKinney was normal… Neal Boortz was right… New cars are at the house… Mama lost Her Bad Boy… The creek is low and it’s hotter’n heck… I saw my first fawn of the year... Caught two teenage coons with one set... And watched the little girl mule pitch a hissy…

 

All in all a very good week…

 


 

 August 5, 2006...

What a week!  Busy-busy at times and the extreme opposite at times...

 

The trespassers du jour weren't original at all with their excuse...  An uncle was up at the bridge... His niece and her baby were down at the river... He said he had just seen the posted signs...

 

Trespassers don't see well and shouldn't be allowed to drive!  Sometime between his car and the estimated 5 trips down to the river's edge he should have seen one of the 6 signs that he passed... This number of trips is purely speculative and based on the fact that they had all the baby stuff complete with playpen and chairs and many other items...

 

They had set up the playpen within a foot of a 4" diameter 12' long poplar limb that had fallen during the storm last evening...  This is the last place that I would have set up my baby's playpen!  Under a huge tree that is dropping limbs from 40' up and weighing 50 pounds!  But then that's just me...

 

These people are breeding baby trespassers!

 

 If you are reading this because you wrote down my website information clearly written on the posted signs along with my email address and phone number... the fastest way to be told to leave, is to say that you just saw the signs!

 

I was expecting to hear from the meeting this past Tuesday that the County Commission had with all the players in the bridge rebuilding project... I'm still expecting to hear about that meeting... I guess I'll call on Monday and see if there are any updates... I left a message that I telephoned and sent an email this week...

 


 

July 31, 2006...

To date, no requests for property use permission have been received as a result of my numerous personal notification to trespassers of such a requirement or from the contact information posted on our POSTED signs...

 

July 30, 2006...

What is it about "POSTED... no nothing for any reason" bright yellow signs that people don't understand?

 

Seven new ones to be exact... maybe they think they say, "POSTED... no nothing for any reason... violators will be prosecuted... except me!"

 

Two SUV's that pulled down to the river bank today were full of people... complete families... white people too... I point that out since the signs are standard POSTED signs printed in English...

 

I know that there are many illiterate people, but I'm sure at least one of the kids in the vehicles could read simple English...

 

The tailgate of the first vehicle was opened right at the river's edge... where there are two signs facing them within 10 feet... one on each side of the vehicle...

 

A mama was sitting in a chair between the car and one sign...  Children were playing in the water... and all was good till the guy that didn't want to nail up the POSTED signs in the first place, showed up...

 

After a short conversation that included apologies aplenty, I photographed them, as they left, driving back up the bank, passing the POSTED signs within feet of their entrance/exit...

 

And you wonder where kids get it, that rules don't apply to them... From their parents... that's where...

... ... ...

 

An addendum to today's Blog is considerably different... I'll add this suggestion to my Blog, but I'll have to tell the SUV families in person the next time I see them, SINCE THEY CAN'T READ!

 

White bread, Duke's mayo, boiled okra, real sliced tomato, Vidalia onion, and just enough baked hen to taste, cracked pepper and ground salt... makes a sandwich that's not for the faint of heart... Please use caution when trying this combination...

 

The only improvement would have been to have the okra fried... For some reason, there was no leftover fried okra today...

 


July 26, 2006...

Today was my last day to sit between two co-workers... Our office was cubically challenged... We were communal by sitting in one big room…

 

I had the middle desk... Amber was to my left and Kevin to my right... There was another space that was occasionally occupied by Wheel-O-Death alumni… (For more information on that topic, please refer to my Blog of January 28, 2006…)

 

We had many laughs… some excitement… and lots of stories…

 

It’s a shame that after getting the Wheel-O-Death fully occupied, the office closes…

 

Seems to work that way… It’s happened before… It’ll happen again…

 

Friends, I wish us all good luck… and stay in touch…

 


July 20, 2006...

I need to make a list of notes for idiots... and I'll blog more in detail later...

 

1. If you don't want a bomb to fall on your family... Don't throw hand grenades from your bedroom window...

 

2. If you're a politician, don't come at me with the Clinton line, "We're doing it for the cchhuuuuulllddren."  I'll take care of my children thank you...

 

3. If you're going to dump trash on our land... make sure you remove anything that has your name on it... The Sheriff's deputy gets really mad while he's writing down your name and address...

 

4a. And please!  Understand that the government isn't responsible for taking care of you!  If you're stupid enough to go to Lebanon for vacation, then you're on your own!

 

4b. It's storm season... for goodness sakes what does it take for you to understand that rivers flood, wildfires rage, volcanoes erupt, power goes out...  This list can go on, however the rule remains the same for all... Take care of yourself...

 


July 15, 2006...

This week has gone by in a flash!  Or seems to anyway...

 

The week was full of politics... People who want it both ways... People who think it's wrong unless they're in charge...

 

Most of the issues were concluded by finding out that the Congress needs to rectify the problem by writing more laws...

 

We find out that different conventions and treaties need to be revised... Warring factions don't line up across a hayfield from each other in brightly colored uniforms and shoot at each other from about 50 yards like they used to...

 

They hide in churches and hospitals to shoot and hide, then holler when you shoot back...

 

My whole life, politicians have been awarded for bringing peace to the Middle East... and I think they all should give back their trophies and medals...

 

Then Korea is all of a sudden not the center of attention at the end of the week... They are no different than the blonde ex-CIA agent and her politician husband that found themselves not the center of attention just before her book was to come out...

 

(Edited... I had to remove the line that previously occupied this spot... I would've gotten in trouble for that.)

 

And then there's Amber... She has changed Tim's and my way of yard life!  I no longer get to just cut the grass... I how have to wear my regular glasses with all the different lenses so I can see where I'm stepping... And Tim and I both lean way out in a terribly uncomfortable way to weedeat way out in front of us... All because of the snake problem in Gene's and her backyard...

 

By the way... it's Amber and Gene 1 +7... Copperheads only scored a couple of weeks of terror...

 

Back to arming all the little spoiled brat countries that want nuclear weapons... I say give them some of ours... and send a note with them to leave them right where we put them... They can own them but they can't move or touch them... If they move, they go BOO... not BOOM because they wouldn't be able to hear the "M"...

 


July 9, 2006...

This weekend came in with more than the normal anticipation... Friday was the opening day for Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Man's Chest... I watched Pirates of the Caribbean, The Curse of the Black Pearl, with friends on Friday to refresh my memory and get ready for the next installment...

 

After I finished some tasks in the early evening on Friday, I checked Fandango to see if any tickets were available for the movie in Canton... There were late shows still available so I reserved a ticket for the 10:10 show and got a shower and hit the road... (There were two more showings after the one that I went to...)

 

I got to the theater about 30 minutes early and there was a traffic jam in the big parking lot!  People were standing everywhere!  And it was already officially past my bedtime... (As stated previously in my Blog, I have a very boring social life...)

 

I got off the phone, and realized that 30 minutes might not be enough time... My ticket was reserved and there wasn't a very big line at the ticket window, but inside at theater 8 was the real wait!  There were two lines waiting to get in and I was at least #175 in the line that I chose...

 

There were all types represented... every age except the little bitty ones... I guess they were in the earlier shows... Big groups were worrying about sitting together and couples were making sure they had all the lemonheads and jujubes they would need for the long show...

 

I figured not to have a difficult time getting a seat because I assumed there to be odd seats all over the theater...

 

The theater was huge and it didn't take long for me to get to the level I would like to sit... and there right in front of me was a couple of seats... The isle seat was empty, but there was a pocketbook in it... then a man... then an empty seat... then a lady with her guy... 

 

As I was scanning the audience, I heard the lady ask the man to her left..., "Did you come to the movie alone?"  He said, "No my wife is getting a Coke."  Then the lady said, "I was wondering why someone would come to the show alone..."

 

That's when I spoke up and said, "I did and can I have that seat?"  They both said it was unoccupied and I could...

 

Now remember that I said after I reserved my ticket on the Internet... I got a shower... I didn't use any smelling sauce, but I did use deodorant...

 

Immediately after sitting down, I was asked why I was by myself... Several different scenarios flashed through my mind... none of which sounded right so I made up something... and no, I'll not be disclosing what I said... just trust it was the least damaging to my ego...

 

That's not the end of my movie entrance... Within the next minute, both the lady to my right and the man to my left both told me that I could have the whole armrest between us... I wasn't really sure how to take it... but I did enjoy the space...

 

After the movie, I left the theater about 12:50 and got in bed at 2! 

 

Now I'll have to wait till 2007, when Pirates 3 releases, to see what happens next with Jack Sparrow... ... ... Captain... Jack Sparrow...

 


July 4, 2006...

...Happy Independence Day,  American Citizens...

 

It's America's Independence Day... And I need to take lessons... I need a revolution of my own!  My Daddy's working me like an illegal alien!

 

Why just today we shuttled another load of tractor implements and two truck loads of stuff to the farm...

 

Between the second and third trip, I pulled out onto the highway and was summarily passed by two motorcycles... Good looking Harley-Davidsons with lots of shiny stuff and loud tailpipes... The bikers were dressed appropriately with their vests and little beanie helmets...

 

When the lead bike passed me I could have reached out and touched him, but didn't...  The following rider gave me a little more room and just after they pulled in front of me, we met four bikes with all giving the biker wave to each other...

 

You know, the slow and low hand dropped off to the side of the bike... I don't know who started that... but it looks really cool!

 

You don't get that slow and low wave unless you're a biker dude or dudess...  Recently I was on the 4-wheeler one evening and was about to cross the highway on my way back from the river... I was stopped waiting for traffic to pass... One of the vehicles was a big cruiser and I got the low and slow!  I felt like I was one of the boy's!

 

(I don't think it's in the official biker handbook to give the low and slow to a Honda 4-wheeler... but I digress)

 

It was getting on up in the morning and I still had stuff to get to the farm including 4th of July picnic stuff...

 

A few miles up the road from the farm, I saw something bad in the road... I didn't recognize it at first, because it was those bikes that had passed me laying in the middle of the road... with no bikers immediately in sight...

 

I was the first to arrive... and stopped to help...  It was in a bad location, as are most places and a motorcycle wreck... We were on a hill, near a curve and in the mountains...

 

One of the riders came up from the ditch and the two of us started to clear the highway... Up-righting bikes and pushing them off the road when they are pretty smashed up wasn't easy, and I was able to handle traffic till the officers and medics arrived...

 

One other truck stopped and one car with an out of town fireman and paramedic stopped to help... About 100 random bikers passed without one of them stopping... I guess the fraternity stops with the low and slow... If a couple of them happen to run into each other and leave noses and other body parts on the highway then I guess it's up to them to deal with it...

 

I know you're anxious to know what happened that would cause this wreck... I know it didn't have anything to do with their attitude... or the fact that they were passing in a dangerous place just a few minutes before they crashed... or the fact that the leader was only about two truck lengths ahead of the rear bike...

 

I got to hear the reason after the lead biker, with the crooked appendages, came up out of the ditch... He wouldn't stay where he was, I didn't think he should be walking... Both were in shock and would not listen to those of us trying to help... The biker that I had helped move the bikes from the road was the trailing biker when they passed me... and he didn't know what had happened to cause the wreck...

 

The lead biker answered both of us by saying he saw a deer standing on the side of the road, so he braked... The second bike never saw what happened... He just slammed into the back of the first bike... That means to me that the wreck happened at between 60 and 70 mph... because that's how fast they would have been going when they passed me...

 

(As for the proverbial deer in the road... If a dead deer isn't included in the carnage at the wreck site, then just tell the officer that you were a couple of dummies that ran into each other!)

 

Now back to the top of this Blog entry... I'm voting for Hillary this time... I don't care what any of you say... She's promised me an illegal alien of my own, to do the jobs that I don't want to do, and if I can just get Dad to vote for her, he should be eligible for one too!

 


July 2, 2006...

Boy howdy today was right good!

 

As I type here at the end of the day, I'm watching Garrison Keiller's Independence Day Special on PBS... About the only thing better than listening to Prairie Home Companion on the radio is watching it on TV...

 

Lunch was served today about 1:45... but it was worth the wait...

 

Tom and Marie Lewis brought South Carolina shrimp a week or so ago so and were in the freezer awaiting an occasion such as this...

 

I fired up the Weber early so the coals would be just right... and while the shrimp were thawing, two freshly caught rainbows and two brown trout were on ice in the sink...  I hadn't cooked fish on the grill before, but it was time...

 

(I can't eat shrimp anymore due to an allergy that I developed about 10 years ago... So I just have to remember how good they are... and be thankful that I can still eat fish, scallops and oysters...)

 

I sprinkled Lowery's seasoned salt on the inside cavity of each fish and brushed the outside with lemon olive oil before dusting them with coarse black pepper...

 

The shrimp went on skewers and were brushed with lemon olive oil too...

 

Rebecca cut yellow squash on the mandoline... and just before the fried squash were plated... the fish and shrimp came off the grill...

 

Sweet tea was poured and zucchini bread was dessert...

 

Told you it was a right good day...

 

Then about 3 o'clock Rebecca and I headed to the waterfalls... An hour walk in and an hour and 10 minutes out... The ascent takes a little more time than the descent... When we got to the descent, Rebecca said is this where we start singing?

 

I said something like, "It doesn't matter now... you can't run on this slope..."

 

We had just seen a pretty good sized bear track that had ascended the same path we were descending... Just after we got started on our walk, Rebecca asked, "Are you still supposed to lay down in a fetal position in case you're attacked by a bear?"  I said, "That's preposterous!"  and kept on walking... Then she said, "Then are we supposed to hit him with our walking sticks?  I again said, "That's preposterous!"

 

After that question and answer, I stopped walking, turned around and said, "You had better run because that's what I'm going to do!  It's amazing how fast you can run when you see a bear in the woods!  And besides I don't have to outrun the bear... I just have to out run you!"

 

I know... I know... it's an old one, but it was funny anyway...

 

Meanwhile, back at the bear track... we could hear the rushing water... but couldn't see it... 

 

We traveled light with only a few necessary things like drinking water, camera and walking sticks... and stayed at the falls for about an hour, enjoying very cool air, a nice breeze, laurel blooms and peacefulness...

 

I think you'll agree that today was a right good day here in the North Georgia Mountains...

 


June 29, 2006...

Two evenings ago, I walked up to the crinum lily to see it's last few blooms of the year and when I leaned over to smell the lilies I saw, I wasn't alone...

 

Sitting just a few feet away from me was a teenage bunny... not even batting an eye!

 

I stepped back, retrieved my camera, snapped a few pictures... and left again and as far as I know, he still hadn't blinked...

 

Then yesterday evening, I was running the tiller in the tomato and squash patch, which is along side the remaining deer food plot from last fall...

 

I looked up and saw a deer walking into the garden... Now this is probably not even a quarter acre in size and there I stand behind a running tiller not knowing what to do...

 

While I'm wondering what she is going to do, she is standing about 20 feet from Dad's garden/hunting cart not bothered by it in the least!

 

Since she isn't much more than flipping an ear at the cart, I go back to tilling and watching while I'm working toward her...

 

She starts to eat and I till for about 10 minutes!  As she feeds, I'm running out of ground to till on the creek end of the garden...  When she left the greens patch, she would have been about fifty feet from me!

 

I guess she had walked a ways to eat and no matter what was there, dang-it she was going to eat!

 

Aachmood Obamma... you really ought to get out and watch a grouse or help a turtle across the road... You might like it... It's good for the soul... and might improve your attitude towards others in the world... It helps me... I don't think about you till I get home and listen to the news... 

 


June 26, 2006...

I'm appalled at the state of my civil liberties...

 

I shouldn't have to worry about Big Brother getting access to my phone records... It's none of their business that I'm a boring, simple, poor, bald, white bachelor with a pitiful social life!  To have access to my records is just not right...

 

This past weekend, I find out that there's a secret banking program that might be tracking terrorist supporters money... (They should have already scratched me off that list since I'm on the locked and loaded list of loyal Patriots...)

 

How far are they going to go?  What other business of mine do they want to stick their nose into???

 

Maybe I'll stop using credit and debit cards and just carry cash... Then maybe stop using those grocery store cards that might give me a nickel back on deodorant because they also keep a database of everything I buy...

 

What if some University of Colorado professor determines that everyone that buys Kingsford charcoal, Boston butts and yellow mustard are possible terrorists and should be profiled as such?  Then Big Bro. would coerce Kroger to give up my grocery records! 

 

And the IRS, for goodness sakes, keeps records like forever, and would be able to know how much I made back when I worked in Savannah... I wonder if they remember how much a slice of pēcan pie cost at Mammy's Kitchen?

 

And what about those surveillance cameras?  The next time you're on Google Earth... click on the community showcase box to see where all the video cameras are in your area... You'll be amazed at the number of them... In my not so little town I saw that there's a camera at the Hardee's intersection... and while I was trying to locate it, I saw there's actually two at that intersection... Does Big Bro. have a back-up snooper to the snooping camera?

 

Those cameras are near the H&R Block office... Hmmm...

 

Anyway... I think the government has gone way beyond what they should...

 

Instead they could do something far more helpful to our economy and purchase Ouija boards from the big box company for every Senator... I'd have much more confidence in their work...

 


June 24, 2006...

...Richard's Roamings...

What some will do to feed wildlife can be quite amusing... We spent all day and some of yesterday trailering the tractor with brush grapple on front and tank with 27' spray booms on the three point hitch over to the farm...

 

Along with the water pump, hoses, gas, 4-wheeler, chairs, sun screen, Prosecutor herbicide from New Orleans, stuff to make BLT's, laptop to look at aerial photos and maps, calculator for figuring out how much spray we need to put out, coolers, picnic table, do-rag, weed-eater, paper and pencil...

 

Now we're ready for a day when the rain isn't a threat to wash off the spray... (The BLT's that GMOT made were worth the effort...)

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John , Brangelina, Michael, Britney and Tom... Your 15 minutes are up...

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Amber and Gene were supposed to pull duty as snake evacuators today ... Regardless of how successful they were, I think they still should borrow my .410 for a while... It's a cool old .410 too... Maybe they just need to hire me... I'll work pretty hard for BLT's...

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To the sister of one of the Miami Seven that were arrested yesterday... When you're on camera (trying to convince the American viewing public that your brother isn't a terrorist) and you need to say that you and your brother attend a non-muslim church... say you attend St. Mary's Cathedral, just down the road...

 

Saying St. Mary's Cathedrum, just down the road, wasn't very believable...

 


 

June 19, 2006...

It rained!  By golly! It rained!

 

And the river garden was being prepped to soak it up! I was pushing the plow with a sweep around the corn this afternoon and Dad was running the middles with the Troy-Bilt... when the smell of rain wafted by...

 

First came the smell of cooling asphalt... then the smell of dirt getting wet... These smells are some of the oldest smells that I remember... Not necessarily the most important smells... but any kid who's played in the rain like I have knows these smells well... Both of them are very unique...

 

Then came another one... Tomato plants getting wet also have a very distinct smell... That smell reminds you it won't be long till maters are covering the dining room floor on newspapers...

 

There was no need for us to speed up... We were caught!  Thank goodness the thunder wasn't close... It was there... just not close... We were driving the garden cart and 4-wheeler so we got wet!

 

For those who are saying, "I can't remember it being this hot!" or "I don't ever remember it ever being this dry!" simply don't have good memories... I remember it being this dry many times before... and it's always been hot in Georgia! 

 

Storms are getting more costly because people are moving to storm prone areas... Coastal areas are being crowded with housing for wealthy Americans... The tornado alleys of the Midwest now show news clips of demolished expensive neighborhoods instead of corn fields or prairies...

 

It's becoming difficult for Mother Nature to find a place to get upset without upsetting someone's new lifestyle...

 

As for the global warming argument... I'm sure that things are changing... I'm just not convinced that I need to bear the brunt of the repair work...

 

Do a Google search for something like ...Pollution limits sunshine in China... and read an article or two...

 

Then come over to my house for some ice cream and a slide show of what a rainy day looks like in Shanghai...

 

Meanwhile in North Georgia the Lilies are blooming and D's Dahlias are growing like weeds... I won't have to run the water pump tomorrow and there's probably a few doe deer eating Dad's peas tonight...  So all is well...

 

 


June 17, 2006...

It's hot and dry... but it's still easy to find a comfortable spot if you look hard enough...

 

Today I found two such spots... One was outside of Blairsville at cousin Ted and Cecelia's cabin where they had a small family gathering and cookout...  It was a beautiful day there and the visit with Aunt Margaret's family was very nice...

 

Then this evening, I rode out to the farm where Ben and Pippa had set up camp...  I took the same fold up chair that was used at Ted's earlier in the day and sat by the campfire and visited with them as they cooked wings in a frying pan over the fire, listened to the creek run and watched the lightning bugs flash in the fields...

 

Speaking of lightning bugs... yesterday I was using one of GMOT's quart fruit jars to catch some water from a sprayer nozzle... when I wondered if it was one of the jars that I used as a kid to put lightning bugs and frogs and lizards in...  Well they were really chameleons...

 

I guess the reason one of the first steps in canning vegetables and jellies is to sterilize the jars... 'cause if there's been a little boy around, there's no telling what the jars have been used for...

 


June 11, 2006...

I had to take a nap before bedtime today... Usually that's not a good thing... But today it was a necessity...

 

Ben and I went fishing and it was a long hard walk, climb, decent, crawl, fall and slide...

 

This weekend had it's highs and lows... The fishing trip was definitely a high... (Some pictures can be seen on my Hunting Archives page...)

 

But Friday evening while I was watering the river garden, which is beside the highway... a woman in an old ugly blue Ford 4wd pickup yelled at me as she passed... It was easy for her... her windows were down probably because her AC doesn't work... and the hole in her muffler didn't make too much noise to where I couldn't hear her...

 

She called me a Redneck!!!         Redneck???          She doesn't know me! 

 

That might've made somebody else mad, but not me...

 

Had she also said something about my white legs though... then it'd been on! 

 

After thinking about it... she was probably referring to our scarecrow, which as those who've been reading earlier Blog entries, already know didn't do a very good job...

 

Woman... Next year, Dad'll pay you at least $20 if you'll come and sit in the corn patch... I'm sure you'd be a better scarecrow than what we used this year...

 


June 11, 2006...

It's time to revisit  The Reasonably Intelligent Clear Thinkers of America ©...a.k.a. TRICTA © ...

 

This week, I was listening to Neal Boortz and caught a call from a guy who related to Neal that the he was afraid that the Fair Tax legislation would not be passed...  His reasoning was that it would take away approximately $2500 from him and to many others like him...  He pays no Federal taxes and gets this $2500 of wealth redistribution credits because he has 6 sons and 2 daughters... He apparently doesn't make enough money to support a 10 member family...

 

He obviously doesn't want to lose any of your money that the Federals are giving him... Then Neal told him how he would get more than what he was getting now with the Fair Tax system and its residual affects on the cost of goods...

 

Suddenly, he changed his tone!  As people with their hand out usually do...

 

That guy will not be issued a TRICTA membership card... 

 

And if Cynthia McKinney doesn't have to satisfactorily complete anger management and race relationship courses required in her settlement with prosecutors in her case of hitting a Capitol Police Officer, then it won't be a fair settlement...

 


June 6,2006...

Ok... Even I've had enough!  Dad and I planted corn again today for the 4th time... The big garden being planted for the third time after the crows had their bellies full on the first two plantings...

 

Last year it was the coons that totally wiped out our little patch of sweet corn... and the coons and possums enjoyed more than their share of the figs!

 

This year we planted the little sweet corn patch at the normal garden... and at the river garden we planted 10 rows about 100' long... So far the little corn patch has gone mostly unnoticed...

 

There are a lot of things that I wonder who was first to do them... Like... I wonder who said, "Hummm. I think I'll tie a vine on to my ankle and jump out of the top of this tree head first."

 

That list can go on... but to stay on topic... I wonder of all the things that a crow sees in the course of a day, what made the first corn-seed-eating crow land in a patch of dirt with tiny little sprouts... pull them up one at a time just to eat the kernel of corn attached to the root...

 

Yesterday Dad had his bushy turkey/bow hunting jacket, Woody's cap and dove/crow gun yesterday when I got home...

 

Today he broke out his camo overalls and was gone to the garden with his chair and shotgun before I got up this morning!

 

As one of my favorite TV personalities, Michael Waddell says..., "It's on like Donkey Kong!"

 

"It's on like a Baptist V-Chip!"

 

Yeah... that list can go on too...

 


June 3, 2006

A week or so ago... I went to see a movie with Bec in Kennesaw... Inside Man is a pretty good movie... but not the topic of this Blog...

 

I got home; turned on the TV to catch some news and it started to rumble outside...  I'd seen the lightning in a distance on the way home and figured it was just a matter of time before it came by...

 

After a couple of flashes in the window and delayed rumbles there came a flash of daylight and an instant boom!

 

As soon as the flash happened... the TV screen turned to snow...

 

We live out in the boonies... and it was late... so I turned off the TV and went to sleep...

 

The next morning when the TV still didn't work, I called Ellijay Telephone Company, our cable provider to make sure that they knew that our signal was gone... knowing that they already knew, I called anyway...

 

The nice lady spent time with me, took my name and chatted a bit about the storm... Then I went on about my business...

 

A couple of hours later the TV came back on and the phone rang... It was the nice lady from ETC calling to see if the TV was working... That was a nice gesture from them… But then their slogan is "Neighbors Serving Neighbors"...

 

They may have solved my cable problem last week but what are they going to do to help me get to sleep tonight...

 

I'm twitching...my head's bobbing back and forth... My toes are wiggling and my fingers are having a hard time hitting the right keys...

 

My heart's beating faster than normal and I'm worn out!

 

Tonight was ETC's 3rd Annual Bluegrass Festival at the Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds...

 

We got there to hear the last two groups play... Blue Ridge Grass and Mountain Heart... And that was about all a guy like me can handle!

 

After Mountain Heart played music for almost two hours... I’m expecting that nice lady from ETC to call and make sure I settle down and get to sleep tonight...

 

I don't know what things are like where you live... but I bet our telephone company can beat up your telephone company...

 


June 2, 2006

Dang!  June's already here!

 

Dad and I checked the deer feeder late yesterday evening... to find it empty again... We had put up the camera to see how the horn crop is progressing...

 

This time of year, a buck's horns should be growing good and the pictures should help get the adrenaline flowing in anticipation of this fall...

 

I downloaded the photos and there were no deer... not one... there were no crows... no turkeys, coons, possums or squirrels that the missing food had been blamed on...

 

But instead... there were four bears hanging out till they got their bellies full!  A Mama and three yearlings have got our number!  ...click...

 


 

May 28, 2006...

I don't know Jean Cochran from 22 Cochran Road, Blue Ridge, Georgia, 30513... But I have her phone number... and know that she bought something from J.C. Penny for $92 on May 11th this year...

 

Jean... if  you need your receipt, email me and I'll return it... As I was picking up trash today I found it and thought I'd put it on the Internet...

 

Give this note a couple of days and if you Google yourself,  you'll have at least one hit!  And while you're in Google... You can Google Earth yourself and actually see your house! 

 


May 27, 2006...

Volkswagen has a Passat commercial where car drivers are speaking on megaphones telling why they are really driving their fancy cars...  One in a yellow sports car says, "Because I'm making up for my shortcomings!"  Another says, "Because I make more money than you!"

 

The subject of the commercial is that Passat has the "Lowest Ego Emissions of any German made car..."  I liked this commercial when I first saw it...

 

Didn't think it would make my Blog... but I liked it...

 

Early this morning, I went fishing... and while standing in the river... in my funny looking gray striped shorts, long sleeved olive green hunting shirt, crushable hat, but really cool sunglasses... Here came a fully decked out fisherman on the other side of the river...

 

He had the waders... the fishing vest... the cool hat ... fancy floating yellow fly line and a fly rod... I know it was a fly rod because he started to talk about it...

 

I use an inexpensive spinning rig for my fishing pole... Right now I would use this pole to fish for anything because it's the only fishing pole that I've got rigged right now... I've caught quite a few fish with my little pole... and when things get slow at the fishing hole... I've been known to use my version of the fish call... It goes something like this...

 

"Heeerrreee Fishy-Fishy-Fishy!"

 

Sometimes I have to repeat it several times... but it works... Feel free to use it...

 

Did I say that my fishing creel is a 5 gallon laundry soap bucket?  After re-reading what I've already written, I see that I had omitted that... It was sitting on the bank behind me...

 

The guy in the Orvis outfit asked me, "Have you ever used a fly rod?"

 

I said, "No... but I've spent about a thousand hours using a fly pole!"

 

His response, "What's that?!" 

 

I had several responses to that one... but I think the one I used on his ego was, "Its the same as your fly rod, just not as expensive.  You use a fly rod and I use a fishin' pole or a fly pole if I tie on a fly..."

 

Ok maybe a thousand hours was exaggerating... It's more like several hundred... I used Dad's old fiberglass fly pole to catch bream and bass on the lakes that I grew up on... Back then I didn't need to use the fish call...

 

 Fishing waters in the mountains are getting scarce as most good things are... Most places that were once accessible are now restricted by the property owners... 40 years ago, you could go about anywhere to fish and hunt... but things are different today...

 

I'm pretty sure the Orvis guy did not have permission to be fishing in that part of the river...  Most egos think the rules don't apply to them...

 

Egos... please read the Georgia Code 44-8-1 thru 44-8-3... I'll even provide a link for you... There are no braggin' pictures of fish... no fly poles on sale... just good rules to live by  ...click...  

 

 


 

American Idol Night 2006...

Ok... Taylor Hicks is going to be difficult to live with...  With him getting accosted by Toni Braxton the same night he wins the competition and all...

 

Boy's got a lot to remember about tonight...

 


 

May 23, 2006...

Remember...             ...I'm Richard Holt...             ...and I watch Idol...

 

Round 1 to Taylor... Even though I liked Black Horse and a Cherry Tree...

 

Round 2 was a toss-up...

 

Round 3 went to Taylor...

 

I have to stop typing now and start dialing... Taylor needs my vote!

 


 

May 19, 2006...

I have a problem... I'm not the best speller in the world... But I get by...

 

Those who know me, know I keep a Webster's at my desk...  I don't use many big words, but those I use, I try to use correctly...

 

Rebecca re-sent the Internet perpetuated email about Southern linguistics...  It seemed fairly thorough, but as always I have a problem with its spelling of ya'll...

 

Remember the blog where I discussed streak-o'lene and it's spelling... Well this is just as important...

 

Apparently most dictionaries are edited by non-Southerners... and their spelling of ya'll should be questioned...

 

They spell it y'all, which I take to be a contraction of "you all." 

 

Maybe the ancient Southern caveman Dixiegantus said, "you all." but danged if I remember hearing a true modern day Southerner say, "you all."

 

If they do... they should stop it!   It's ya'll!  Pronounced yawl but even I know that's not the way to spell it!

 

I'm not here to recreate such a delicate and important word... I'm just trying to explain why I spell it ya'll...

 

It's not an oversight... it's how I think it's said and thus the way I type it...

 

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This week, the Congress is taking up a matter of English becoming the official language of the United States...

 

I not only want that to be the case... but I would also like the great Southern Lady, Dixie Carter to be our official English teacher...

 

 


 

May 13, 2006…

Today was the big garden day… We were up pretty early… and most of what we needed was already prepped yesterday evening…

 

I changed the oil in the little tiller before we met Paul with his big tiller down at the river garden…

 

It was very cool… I wore long sleeves… and a good sun hat… It was a beautiful day to plant…

 

Paul started cutting the garden and Dad and I started with a layout…

 

10 rows of silver queen and 2 rows of white half runners were planted… We laid off another bean row and two okra rows for when it warms up a little more, Dad said…

 

We put in two more rows where Paul planted various tomatoes, peppers, squash, eggplant and the like…

 

Like I said… today was the big garden day…

 

Ok Mama… We got our part done…

 

After we put up our tools, we discussed fishing… which we didn’t discuss too long…

 

Dad got his waders, and I got a couple of buckets and my pole… 'cause we were going fishing…

 

At the river, it was still a bit cool, but we were fishing… so it was ok…

 

We didn’t limit out, but we came close… and had fun… We lost a few and of course they were the really big ones… but according to Uncle Harold, you’re supposed to leave seed…

 

Late this afternoon, beings how we didn’t limit out and all, I told Dad I was going to the farm to do a little weedeating and asked if he wanted to go throw at that trout that he’s been having a little struggle with…  He didn’t think too long, before he started gathering his stuff again…

 

While I was doing my grass cutting job, Dad slipped off into the bushes, but in a few minutes was back at the truck… apparently his struggle will continue… He only gets one shot at him per trip… Big Trout 2… Dad 0…

 

Since I was in my weedeating get-up… I had a struggle of my own…  There was a little bit of weedeating to do back at the house, but I was also remembering I hadn’t limited out and there was seed left in the river…

 

So when we got back home, I decided to go fishing again… the weedeating will still be there for another day… Besides, I needed to wash off my weedeating shoes… They were looking pretty bad…

 

It’s ok if I put off the weedeating… My Mama won’t get mad at me…

 

Why?  Because My Mama Loves me…

 

Tomorrow will be my 50th Mother’s Day… 50 days set aside to honor my Mama…  That’s a little over 7 weeks… hmmm…

 

…Mother’s Day… May 14, 2006…

 

 

…This is my Mama… Billie Gray…

 

A photo of Mother, when she was a teen and showing off on roller skates… is the best way I know of to break the ban on embedding photos in my blog…

 

My Mama is a Special Lady… as many mothers are… But not many have done the things my Mama has… or is that “has had” to do…

 

She has a self defense sense of humor… After all… She had to keep up with me…

 

 

How she kept cool enough to take the picture of a little boy that had gotten into Her biscuit tray, I don’t know… All I know is I’m still alive and there's no visible marks that may have resulted from that event… These days, I like to look at the positive parts of this picture... She had me in a long sleeved shirt and hard-soled shoes... and look at that fresh haircut!  My Pappy would have called me a Sport Model!

 

Then there was the time she caught me attempting to crawl off to smoke a corncob pipe… I thought She wasn’t paying attention…

 

 

...I should have known better… 

 

...And then there was Major…

 

 

 

See… Not many Mama’s have had to go through what my Mama has... So I better get to some unfinished business…

 

I haven’t done a good job on my previous 49 Mother’s Days of saying Thank You… So here’s some catching up…

 

Thank You for providing jars to put all the lightning bugs and frogs in… For sewing those new school shirts for the first day of school… For being a stand-in Mother for countless puppies, Doris our deer and Penelope the Possum… For letting me pick out one pack of cookies on shopping trips to the Bargain Corner… For taking me to Mrs. Bagby’s to get Coke bottle caps that would get me into all those movies in Savannah… For not getting too mad when I said, “Damn.” the first time… For teaching Chopper not to pee on the floor… For bringing peanut butter and crackers to the tent where we were holed up during those rainy vacation days… For the date money and car… For the kites, marbles and Converse high-tops…  For the unending moral support… For finding almost everything I’ve ever lost… For thinking that my minor accomplishments are a big deal…

 

Thank You for being such a good cook… For putting up the literally tons of healthy garden vegetables… The amazing amount of wonderful jellies and pickles… The picnics at Hungry Hill and in the roadside picnic areas while were on our way to North Georgia… And all those great hot meals we had at the hunting camps when we could have been eating sardines and Vienna sausages…  For taking care of everything I’ve hunted for and proudly brought home… For the streak-o’lene biscuits…

 

Thank You for helping me with school work… For taking me to the Bookmobile… For being my favorite Teacher…

 

These are just a very few of the things that I’ve not adequately thanked You for… 

 

Thank You and I’m very happy you are my Mama… I Love You…

 

Happy Mama’s Day,

YSBB…

 


May 10, 2006...

I said I'd be talking more about American Idol as we neared the finals... Well it's getting pretty close...

It's obvious that I'm not qualified to be a singing talent judge...

The final 10 had something for everyone but only two for me... Both are still in the running right now...

I was hooked on Taylor from the get-go and thought that Elliott and Mandisa were pretty awesome...

It's times like this when I realize how out-of-the-norm I apparently am... Mandisa lost out on Country night... go figure... and Elliott is predicted by many information outlets to leave tonight...

GO TAYLOR!

 


May 8, 2006...

Monday's are described by many adjectives... but for me... today is recovery Monday...

Mama made chicken and dressing yesterday for Sunday dinner... green beans with potatoes... and sweet tea with lemon slices...

And for dessert She churned strawberry ice cream and Rebecca made an apricot pound cake where the vanilla was extracted from vanilla beans by Absolut... and the dried apricots were hydrated with Courvoisier!

Honey! Hush yo' mouth!

And instead of napping, we rocked on the front porch while flycatchers worked in the rain...

I don't know if I'll be over it by the end of today... It'll very likely run into tomorrow...

 


May 7,2006...

It's a beautiful morning...  It's raining lightly and the biscuits and coffee are good... It's an almost perfect morning!

It's nearing time to set the orchids outside for the warm months... The mornings are still a little cool yet... But the warm weather is nearing...

We have many blooms and the bloomers will stay inside... while the others go out to grow leaves and enjoy the fresh air and water hose from the front porch...

ABO is in her new pot... Mama Orchid cut her loose two weeks ago... ABO is Another Baby Orchid and is already growing leaf #3...

I've heard from BO... She moved out over a year ago... She's in bloom, I'm told!

My first orchid is Grandma...who has an attitude... Grandma Orchid hasn't bloomed in nearly five years... I'll have to look back at pictures to see when she last had blooms... She is growing her twelfth leaf...

She can do what she wants... She doesn't have to bloom in order to brighten my bedroom...She sits in the window sill where she has the best view in the state as far as I'm concerned...

...

The news is consumed with individuals that have dark and angry minds... Those people have been deprived of the good things in life... This is sad...

There was a trial that finally ended this week with the defendant being sentenced to life in solitary confinement in a small masonry and stainless steel cell for 23 hours and one hour in solitary outside every day... He will have a 13" black and white TV that will show only religious and anti-anger programming...

It will cost us $36,000 this year to support him like this and will go up exponentially for the next 40 years...

I think an electric fence, a machine gun tower, a tent, a sack of seeds, a hoe and a few flower pots would go a long way towards calming his spirit... would better occupy his time... and would be a whole lot cheaper...

 


May 2, 2006...

People who know me, know I'm a bit eclectic and can be a bit eccentric...

 

(Yes, I know that’s not your first two choices to describe me and please don’t email me your suggestions… That’s not my point…)

 

I like to listen to the radio when I drive… I listen to everything from Dolly to Annie Lennox… From Elvis to Diana Krall...  and talk radio when it's good...

 

I don’t listen to things I don’t like… that’s why they make dials and push buttons…

 

Today I was listening to Sean on AM750 as his show was going off the air, so instead of staying to see what would come on next, I hit the FM button... A song that I had recently heard for the first time, was just beginning… Brad Paisley was singing his song which was dang apropos for my day…

 

Well I love her, but I love to fish
I spend all day out on this lake, and hell is all I catch
Today she met me at the door, said I would have to choose
If I hit that fishin' hole today, she'd be packin' all her things
And she'd be gone by noon

Well I'm gonna miss her, when I get home
But right now I'm on this lakeshore, and I'm sittin' in the sun
I'm sure it'll hit me, when I walk through that door tonight
That I'm gonna miss her

Oh, lookie there, I've got a bite

Now there's a chance that if I hurry, I could beg her to stay
But that water's right, and the weather's perfect
No tellin' what I might catch today

Well I'm gonna miss her, when I get home
But right now I'm on this lakeshore, and I'm sittin' in the sun
I'm sure it'll hit me, when I walk through that door tonight
That I'm gonna miss her
Oh, lookie there, I've got a bite

Yeah, I'm gonna miss her
Oh, lookie there, I've got a bite

 

The part that made me smile most?

 

Yeah, I'm gonna miss her
Oh, lookie there, I've got a bite!

 

(Disclaimer… For any possible alleged Lady in my life, this doesn’t have anything to do with You… I’ll reserve these lyrics from a Gene Watson song for You…

 

When we were down to nothing

Nothing sure looked good on You!

 

You just gotta love country music...)

 

 


May 1, 2006...

I went turkey hunting last Saturday but only mildly irritated one gobbler... and on the way back home, I stopped by the river to pick up trash and watched three undocumented visiting fishermen from Whitfield County to see if they were catching any fish...

They were... so I went to see the property owner, who I call Dad, to see if he wanted to fish... He did... and I did... so We did...  As the undocumented visitors were leaving, We caught one limit of trout...

Then we moved upstream and caught another limit...  Which was fun...

After cleaning fish and eating lunch, I had to take a nap... Hunting and fishing in the same  day is almost too much for an old guy like me...

 


April 30, 2006...

Below are some excerpts from an email I sent to Trails.com on April 30, 2006...

 

Hello...

 

I want to notify you about terms changing that involve a link for floating from Holt Bridge Road in Gilmer County Georgia to the DNR take out site down stream...

 

Due to the terrible conditions left by the users of the Holt Bridge site, The Holt Bridge put-in is no longer available to those without written permission from the owner...

 

My family owns and pays taxes for this land and for years have cleaned up after those who have abused their assumed privilege...

 

I respectfully ask you to please remove your link...

 

Thank you,

Richard Holt

 

It's amazing how people treat property that doesn't belong to them... when nobody's watching...

 


April 24, 2006...

Lately there have been coyotes caught in Central Park and there are always a few running around Atlanta... some are even canines...

But in the country, where critters are supposed to live, the spring season makes the animal world very active... I photographed a newly hatched alligator turtle, a week or so ago, whose shell was about the size of a 50 cent piece...  His mama lives up the creek and is closer to 50 pounds... This time last year, I saw two sunning on the bank upstream and they were huge!

Friday night I was coming in the back door when I heard leaves rustling... When I got on the porch, I turned to see a grown rabbit running about 1/4 throttle right by the back steps and on towards the big white oak... The light from the porch didn't seem to bother him at all...

The backyard is very critter friendly with bears, foxes, deer, squirrels, possums and coons as the norm... but this is the first time I've about been run over by a rabbit...

Last weekend a baby rabbit made a wet escape across the creek while the cats were hot on his heels... I went to see if he was ok and didn't see any wounds... just a little wet rabbit breathing very hard... I judged him to be ok and plenty big enough to eat on his own, so I left him alone...

The bird feeders are teeming with finches and nuthatches and yesterday a lone indigo bunting stopped by... and the hummers are starting to show up ready for a fight...

The pileated woodpeckers are noisily doing what they do best...

The crows and hawks are back in force and won't shut the hell up...

The whippoorwills as well as barred and screech owls are spending their nights calling for mates...

I flushed a grouse at the farm earlier and hope there's more than one... and this past Saturday I had a turkey scare me as it flushed from it's hiding place in the pasture I was walking through...

Have I said I like springtime? 

As for all us here in the country... things are just hunky-dory...

 


April 23, 2006...

...Richard's Roamings...

I ran across an Internet reference to a Pete or Peter Cicero on April 23, 2006... Once upon a time, I knew a guy by that name who made frequent references to being "World famous" and would close his company emails with "Choose the Moose"...

Sadly, he's no longer with the human resources department for the company I currently work for...

Soon I'll be able to report on what a good job he did for me...  I hope he left good files... And I certainly hope nothing icky got on my folder while it was on top of his desk!

Stay tuned... I'm pretty sure there will be more...

... ... ...

The dogwood blossom in the mountains this year has been a treat! They're the best in years... This past week, the color here has really been special...  The pastures have the darkest greens and the fern fiddles and other little forest floor bushes are coming on strong...

To keep the forest from taking over the yard... I did the weedeating yesterday and I'm already looking forward to the last weedeating of 2006...  And if weedeating wasn't one word, it is now because I just added it to my dictionary... By now, computers should know how this Southerners spell weedeating... and that South, Southerners and certain You's, when used in the middle of a sentence, are always capitalized...

... ... ...

Ribs have been sizzling nicely on the Weber for 3 1/2 hours and should be ready in about another hour... but for now I have to recommend a hotdog that Dad and I had yesterday...

I sautéed diced veggies including a half a medium onion, a stalk of peeled celery, and a quarter of a medium bell pepper in lemon olive oil till lightly brown...

After putting the veggies in a serving bowl, I lowered the heat and added four hotdogs to the sauté pan to fry... When they were colored on all sides, I let them cool in the pan and continued to roll them while I prepared the buns and got the mustard... Then just before calling, "LUNCH!" I added a generous splash of red wine vinegar, (watch the spatter if the pan is too hot) to the pan and rolled the hotdogs more to coat...

The veggies listed above are the perfect amounts for four hotdogs...

I put yellow mustard on the bun, then the hotdog and then let the veggies relish the top! 

Plain Lay's potato chips and a Coke finished the plating...

The only thing missing was a nap afterward... Try it, you'll like it... (but take time for a nap...)

ps... I over-cooked the ribs... shouldn't have done that extra hour.. but the roast did fine this afternoon...

 


April 17, 2006...

Aaahhh... It's here... Springtime in North Georgia...   And what the heck happened to the fresh mountain air??? 

It has magically turned the color of this page... The bees here should have a pretty bad hangover this morning!  

The apple tree is one big bloom and had better get on with it's apple making, because the fawns are going to need things to nose around the ground in a couple of months...

Everything is rapidly greening up, and again this year my favorite season is in full swing... My nose isn't too crazy about it, but all the different shades of green is really nice to me...  I'll take the new leaf season over the dying leaf / color season of the fall... the traffic is better during this season too...

...

Ben and I walked 3 1/2 miles on the National Forest and took a last good look at the panoramic views... till next winter after the leaves fall again...  

We climbed a little over 500 feet in elevation during the hike, topping out at 2541 feet... which isn't too high, just high enough for an old guy to enjoy the view...

I realized when the trip was almost over that having Ben with me wasn't going to be much help ICOB... (In Case Of Bear)... Ben said, "What rolled that log over?" I peered over the log between us and saw what he was talking about... this log had been rolled over about half a turn but nothing else was disturbed... I guess there wasn't anything under it to eat and the bear rambled on... Ben rolled the log back into it's imprint in the forest floor so he could try to roll it out again...

He said as we were walking off at a little faster pace than we had approached the log..., "That was no little bear that did that!"

...

This weekend I did some yard work... and woods work... I should have done one or the other... not both...

I had cut several dead pines into blocks over the last few years... I can tell that it was several years ago without having to remember exactly when...

I know it was some time ago, because back then I could easily lift the lengths that I was cutting...

I struggled while lifting those blocks this weekend... and yes... I took Advil before I got started and at regular intervals throughout the weekend...  I hope the remainder of the pines grow a long time...

Now back to the mountain air... Burning the pile of debris brought out the child in me... as it always does... Fire is mesmerizing to a kid... even an old one... The smell of burning leaves, pine straw and wood is a favorite smell of mine...

I guess since I was raised in the flat pinewoods of South Georgia and having smelled lots of woods fire smoke in my time... it's somewhat comforting... like the smells of a familiar place seem to do...

The smells of Mother's kitchen... the old Sapelo Forest offices and shop (which had a smell that I've only sensed one other time at a shop in Dalton)... then going to their break room at the end of the day and removing the top of the big coffee percolator to enjoy that great aroma (Buder Davis would have prepared the next days brewings so all he had to do was plug in the pot when he got to work.)... The air in Jones, Georgia, when every driveway and swept yard was full of drying deer tongue... You know? Those kinds of old familiar smells...

Today the fire has burned out, the pollen is still dense, the tomato plants are getting a start and the honeysuckle is sprouting up everywhere...

Aaahhh... It's here... Springtime in North Georgia...

 


April 11, 2006...

It's time for me to express my feelings about black, gray and white...  See... it's not even easy for me to start... 

Black, gray and white or correct, hazy and wrong...  Lawful, unlawful and don't get caught...  If a tree falls in the woods and nobody's there to hear it, did it still make a crashing sound?  If I speed and don't get caught, did I still break the law? 

Citizens, documented aliens or illegal aliens?  Oooouucchhh... that hit a nerve...

It should be much easier to determine right from wrong...  Our politicians write our rules and regulations...  None of them do a good job...  Start reading the Georgia Code... Pick a topic and see if it's crystal clear to you...

There's a process for everything... If you don't like a law, lobby to have it changed... If it doesn't get changed, abide by it till it's re-written... or pay the penalty...

Try explaining to a child that it's wrong to scream and holler in a restaurant when three other children are nearby having a food fight...  You threaten yours with punishment yet the other kids get tons of attention while they mash sweet potatoes into their parent's ears... 

If we believe the politicians at the immigrant rallies yesterday, we not only should open our arms, borders and wallets, but run transportation service and build housing, hospitals and grocery stores to make everyone in the world comfortable, healthy, happy and fat! 

Its not like this country doesn't have plenty of room...  Let me recommend nice undocumented worker settlement locations like Hyannis Port Acres, Chappaqua Trace, Kennebunkport Gardens, Palm Beach Pines and Beverly Hills Terrace...

By the way weren't these some of the same rally politicians that were outraged at past political nominees because they had hired illegal alien nannies?  Then ran them out of town on a rail?  Apparently these nominees were heroes for hiring these undocumented workers and not villains after all...

Please let me interrupt this topic to type this and get it off my mind... Teddy, Hillary, Cynthia and a winter holiday turkey... quadruplets separated at birth...  (email me for the less politically correct explanation...)

I know... I know... I didn't do a good job explaining my point of view on the right, wrong or indifferent topic, but at least it was an attempt... 

Maybe the next topic will be... "Another good reason to support The FairTax"...  A truthful method for citizens and wannabes to say they are American Taxpayers...

And/or another topic might be... When it came to taking care of the babies and elderly, preparing food, doing the laundry, cleaning the house and helping to make a living for our family... HELL!!! My MAMA did all that!  She even cut the grass till I was big enough, so we didn't even need a landscaper! 

(Sorry Mama... but Hillary says more guest workers are needed to do all those things that you did while I was growing up... because nobody else wants to do them these days...)

 


April 8, 2006... (...A...)

Ice Age 2: The Meltdown... 

It'll probably be the top movie draw again this weekend... 

We went to the 7:15 show Friday night along with other kids of every size, shape, age and national origin...

It was a hoot!  Not many movies have caused me to laugh so hard that I almost lost my breath, but this ending was one that did...

If there's a Kramer in this movie, it has to be the squirrel...  I don't know if he could make it in his own show, but he's definitely a star!

If you need a laugh, I recommend you go by the ATM for at least a $20... then get to the theater early for a good seat, popcorn and a Coca-Cola...

And towards the end of the movie... don't leave your seat and definitely don't get caught eating or drinking anything till after the credits are rolling...

After thinking... The Squirrel could definitely be a short film star in the pre-main feature films they used to show... Remember the Ant and the Aardvark?  And the Pink Panther's short episodes?

Lots of times, those little teaser films were better than the show you were actually there for... 

If I went to the theater and they didn't show at least one of those extra clips... I felt I didn't get my money's worth...

(...B...)

Katie Couric may make a good news reader... I won't know... But she probably won't make a good news manager...  She won't like reading some of the news so those details won't be included...

It doesn't have anything to do with the quantity of chromosomes in the person that gets me to watch them... It has everything to do with the delivery and completeness of the news presentation...

I don't want to watch 3 news deliveries to get the whole story... At the conclusion to a news segment, I don't like thinking there's more to that story.

I haven't watched Katie in about 10 years...ever since I determined it wasn't just that she was having a bad day when she'd be talking about someone or something that she didn't like...  She'd turn that smile upside down... drop her head and lower the decibel level and tone of her voice so that you'd know she wasn't happy about the topic...

Then when she'd be talking about someone or something she liked... she'd immediately turn perky again with hair bouncing as she flipped her head to move the hair back from her face...

I watched a judge once throughout a whole trial lean back during the defense segments, resting his head on the back of his chair with his eyes shut... yet during the prosecution segments, he would immediately be alert, leaning forward with very animated facial expressions...

Surely I'm not the only one that notices these things... That judge and Katie know how to show their personal opinions... I don't think subliminal messages should enter into the news reporting business or the court room...

I know it's been a long time since I've watched Katie... but I doubt she or that judge has changed...

And just like Katie... if you were to offer this dime-a-dozen common-tater a $20 million contract to read the news... I'd be gone like a '59 Cadillac!!!

 


April 3, 2006...

Typing again arbitrarily...

Saturday I cut some briars growing up under crabapple trees with a machete... Last night I turned that into a spy mystery dream with hypodermic needles and a samurai sword... Still, it was better than the "dancing in white clothes" dream...

Today, commentators are a dime a dozen... and those that make it to the professional level should be worth a little more than that...

Yesterday I heard one ex-defense attorney turned TV personality, talk about child rapists... She said before you convict a father, uncle or grandfather... even if he has been molesting the child for years... sentence him to death... strap him to a gurney and stick a needle in his arm... you have to look at the damage you would be doing to the child by breaking up the family!

Surely I missed something about her train of thought...

Then on a report about the wife that recently shot the preacher multiple times with a shotgun... The show moderator made a statement to her guest expert that assumed that the preacher would have died instantly... The alleged expert then quipped, saying it was a common misnomer that someone would die instantly when shot with a shotgun... Sometimes it takes a victim 20 minutes to die...

After that comment, the moderator said, "Then she would have had enough time to help him."

LADY!  The woman had just shot the man multiple times with a shotgun, in the back and at close range...

She probably didn't have helping him on her mind!

 


April 2, 2006...

U. S. Representative Cynthia Mckinney faces possible criminal charges for an altercation with a Caucasian Capitol Policeman... After reading the CNN account, it is very apparent to me and Cynthia that he is a racist and a sexist and despises her progressiveness...

During this altercation, he felt her up!  I want this officer fired for mess'n with her progressiveness and all...

She is black...he is white... What more evidence do you want?  He's obviously a racist!

On her website you can read her "progressiveness" legislation... We need her to work in Washington and not be hindered by racist/sexist security officers...

She has HR4209 to take federal money away from the city of Gretna, Louisiana, because their mostly white police force turned away mostly black residents leaving the storm damaged New Orleans area... Those turned away said the reason this happened was most likely racism... Surely there wasn't any other reason?

She lists HR2254 & 4210 making all records public involving two important African descendents... Martin Luther King, Jr. and the brutally murdered rapper Tupac Shakur... Illegal surveillance and other harassments of these two culturally important African descendents by an obviously racist government should be fully disclosed to the public...

She has HR3998, a bill to further eliminate the rampant discrimination by the racist USDA against farmers of African decent...

See... we need her working for us and not hassled by anyone especially if they're white...

 


April 1, 2006...

Woke up early this morning and it was raining hard... I had plans that were quickly being rained out...

So I went back to sleep... and woke up about 9:30 after I had dreamed I was eating banana pudding with vanilla wafers...

Don't know what that means, but it was a pretty cool dream... It beats the one where me and Rebecca and Bob and Marcy are on an old farm overlooking one of the great lakes... I'm sitting in the shade drinking lemonade and they are dancing around in white clothes...

See... I told you eating banana pudding was better than that...

Since I had to reschedule the rest of my day... I was open for most anything...

I weeded one of the front flower beds... washed up a filing cabinet that I badly need to improve my clutter... crunk the tractor using the battery from my truck and bush-hogged Dad's wheat... dug the Dahlias and cut more briars and honeysuckle out of a clump of old crabapples... 

As for now... I'm winding down my day... wishing I had some banana pudding...

 


March 29, 2006...

Remember the days when those on the left side of the isle were in the majority and were raising cane, demanding that their fellow members work with those on the right side of the isle?  Remember?

Remember when they worked so unselfishly to make sure that they pacified those few on the right side?  Remember?

Remember back when the Supreme Court was liberal yet delivered 50% votes from a conservative point of view so they would be perceived as balanced?  Remember?

Remember when the Georgia legislature was very left isle heavy and they invited their constituents to accept their opponents point of view?  Remember?

Remember when Georgia's "Good Ole Boy's Club" held their conclave on the left side of the capitol building?  Remember?

Remember the days of Speaker Tom Murphy?  Remember?  Remember how he let all those bills from Republican legislators move through the house fairly and expeditiously? Remember??? 

Yeah buddy... those were the days...

What???  None of this happened???

Oh well then... never mind...

 


March 28, 2006...

Today, Mother, Dad and I attended the funeral of Mother's Uncle Boyd Tyson in Decatur... Uncle Boyd was 97...

Three Ministers and his Grandson Mark spoke very highly of him in a service that was one of the nicest I've attended...

I wish Aunt Jewel, William, James and their Families peace of mind and give you my condolences...

 


March 27, 2006...

Happy 79th Birthday Pop!

Shopping for Dad isn't easy... He has most everything he needs... You know the problem...

So it was down to what I thought he might like to have and use...

I thought outside the box... Most folks that know us, have heard about the coon/possum/beaver problem we have... the coons caused us not to have one single ear of corn last year... the possums ate their fill of figs and the beavers ate lots of the apples that we reserve for the deer...

So I got him two live traps to help in the WCEP... 

No, that's not the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership or the West Coast Event Planners...

It's the Washblue Critter Elimination Program...

(Dang coons won't be eating much of the corn this year...)

 


March 26, 2006...

Another dang cold March day, makes me think of the March, '93, blizzard previously mentioned in this Blog...

Saturday morning was terribly windy with snow flurries... nothing sticking, but the moisture in the air couldn't help but freeze... did I say it was cold?

I went for a 3 mile walk back into the mountains... and bout froze my butt off!  All to hear a turkey gobble!

When heading to the woods, there's all this gear in the closet to choose from... I have the clothes I used on the coast, which has one climate... then the clothes I used in Middle Georgia for a little cooler climate... and the mountain clothes, are a work in progress...

I can wear warm clothes when I plan on sitting still... or lighter clothes if I plan on walking... But I have nothing that I can wear to do a mix of activity...

If I climb and wear the warm stuff, I sweat and freeze... and if I wear the light stuff for walking and climbing then have to sit still, I freeze...

A guy shouldn't have to dedicate 37.3% of his closet for weather dedicated hunting clothes, but if one has to, I guess he has to...

(Or I could just wait till it's warmer and the turkeys are gobbling...)

 


March 23, 2006...

Well let's see...  Debra Lafave's 15 minutes of fame should be over now... but isn't I'm afraid... and the 15 minutes for the mother of Debra Lafave's lover should have never started...

There's a way for criminals to get what's coming to them... and that is for the offended to cooperate with good prosecutors in a fair court system...

In this case, none of these were available to properly handle this case...

I don't want to hear anything else from the shadowy mother of Debra's lover... So she wouldn't be embarrassed any more, she allowed Debra Lafave to walk by refusing to have her son testify...  The only reason could be that she knew what happened and didn't want it to be more public than it is... it wouldn't make the mother look good at all...

What should have been a child molestation case perpetuated by an authority figure over a minor, turns out to just be a couple of lover's getting caught up in a media blitz...

When her house arrest is over, maybe she can drive the golf cart for OJ...

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A note...

Nobody has told me anything that their political representatives are doing to benifit us... So I've had nothing to post...

 


March 17, 2006... Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Today I wore a bit of green... something that I haven't always done... I felt a little more Irish than usual...

I attended my first St. Patrick's Day parade this year... I haven't been to the big Savannah or New York parades... maybe that's for another year...

Seeing the goings on surrounding a parade makes me understand why so many people are Irish at least for the day of the parties and parades...

Those at the parade had a ball!  I certainly did... Everybody was happy... Everybody enjoyed themselves... and not everybody was drinking... a bunch was, but not everybody... I wasn't...

 


March 12, 2006...

I've seen a lot of houses... It's one of my hobbies...

If you would like a hobby that can be done anywhere and anytime... Let me recommend Sunday afternoon rides and house browsing... You can do it by yourself, but it's best shared with friends...

I especially like old houses... ones with lots of character... and apparently I've found my new standard... One that will be difficult to unseat...

I haven't seen the inside... yet... It appears to have been abandoned for some time, so finding the owner might be difficult...

Seeing the outside of a house is only one part of the puzzle... Most times it's impossible to guess the layout of the rooms... but by looking at door placement and the windows on this old house, I can see a room pattern...

I've drawn a lot of houses and most have started with a floor plan, then the outside plan last... I do a lot better by doing the outside first and then the inside...

Most times it's best for me not to see the interior of a house that I like from the outside... A bad room layout can ruin my attitude towards the a house... For example, how many of us have known people who built a nice house only to enclose the garage because they didn't have enough living space for the whole family...

I can tell a lot about the interior of this old house with only having seen two sides...  It has extremely simple lines, great windows, very nice millwork and was definitely a beauty in it's glory days... 

In recent times, builders have been using the Craftsman style to doctor up their offerings... But it's only a disguise...

This old house, with a broken window here and there and weeds and vines growing around the front door can't hide this beauty's style and craftsmanship...

I've had a minor rule against photos on my blog page... It's difficult not to post some of this house here... So it appears that it's time for a "Best Of" my house finds page...  Right now only two, out of all I've seen come to mind for starters... so...

Look for a new page coming to a website near you...

 


March 8, 2006...

Today three students were apprehended on their Alabama campuses for their alleged prank of burning churches... and the recent NC State graduate was again today being quoted as having rented a large SUV so he could do the most damage to whatever he ran over and still be able to keep going... 

Yale and Harvard are competing for the title of having the most bizarre muslim specimen under the pretense of providing a well rounded education to its clientele...

And John Fitzgibbons was on TV today concerned about protecting a 14 year old student from depositions and trial testimony talking about having sex with his teacher, Debra Lafave...

Another bad day for students but they managed to make TV... and that's what matters...

 


March 6, 2006...

I got up early and went to the woods before work... It was very nice... I wore my rubber boots so I could wade a stream and listened to the daytime birds wake up. 

It was extremely nice... I highly recommend it...

Actually I was out listening for a gobbler, but the above few sentences made it sound more fun...

I find it odd that I live in the woods and yet still get excited about going to the woods... It's a really good thing...

Maybe it's because there's no college children or muslims bouncing off the TV screen...

 


March 4, 2006...

Typing arbitrarily...

Will the muslim student in NC (that allegedly drove a vehicle into a group of people... allegedly in retribution for the deaths of muslims around the world) be prosecuted as having committed a hate crime? 

Maybe that law just works one way...

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A year or so ago... someone wrote to the AJC vent column saying that bugs were disappearing and if that wasn't a sign of the damage that we are doing to the environment... they didn't know what would be...

At the time I read that vent, I carried washer fluid and a scrubber in my truck so that I could wash my windshield before I left work... After only an hour of driving, I would have a very buggy windshield...

I would like to point out with the coming of spring, the environment is in good enough shape for bugs to thrive again this year... Again, I'd like to enter the front of my truck as evidence...

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I thought I had a good suggestion in turning over American port management to the big blue box company... and now I think I have an equally good suggestion for crowd/mob control around the world... Turn the cameras off.. 

I need a challenge... those were too easy...  I can't study ice worms because NASA has already done it...spending $200,000 to determine if there might be something edible on Neptune...  Thank goodness they thought to do that... I don't think it would've made my top 10 list...

That bug venter should check the AJC jobs classified ads... NASA needs project managers...

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Kate and Zac have been shopping for a new insurance policy... I wonder what the small print says after last August...

 


March 1, 2006...

I liked Bucky's comments tonight on Idol... I had already rated him pretty high based on his Garth song...

But when he mentioned "Biscuits and Sweet Tea"... I raised him a point! 

He pointed out the only thing he could be sure of on his "outta town" menus was vegetables and rice!

I understand Bucky... I'm glad I was raised eating vegetables even though as a kid I wasn't really sure why God created yellow squash... maybe it was just because I wasn't sophisticated enough to appreciate it... you know, when I was a kid and all...

But Bucky and I would never question why God created Sweet Tea, biscuits, grits, rice and cornbread... They make us  happy...

 


February 26, 2006... (2)

Let me remind everyone of my, "YOU GO JERRY RICE!" from a few days ago...  I have enjoyed watching Jerry and Anna Trebunskaya perform each and every week... especially in last Thursday's free-style finals...

It was a lot of fun for them and me... Jerry, you've made the gentlemen of the world proud...

 


February 26, 2006...

Why is it that "The American People" (that "the politicians" make reference to knowing so much about), aren't looking deep into this port management issue...  They are only listening to the shallow talk of the media and politicians...

If "The American People" were smart... they would be looking at the labels of everything they purchase to see if it says, "Made in USA"...

If they don't... then those products rode to this country in a container that had to have a port handle it... operated predominately by foreign companies...

Why isn't an issue like port management important every day and getting close scrutiny from congress by having sound laws passed to protect us ahead of time...?

Does it get in the way of the catered luncheons and constituent tours and photos with lobbyists... and authoring resolutions honoring the local sheriff in their hometown for doing his job...  We wouldn't want that now would we...

I remember when the big blue box company was an advocate of selling American made products and was proud of revitalizing small American town factories with their contracts... They used to have signs in their stores letting us know about these successes...

Now the only time we see their advertisements is on TV after they have been sued over hiring practices or health care issues or denial of lunch privileges... No wonder hillary slipped out of their board of directors some time back... Instead of hanging around as a director and helping to correct their policies and helping them move back to their old ways of putting Americans to work... she chose to continue to run for president... her life long work of being a public servant...

Give me a break...!

Now for two solutions to the port issue that I haven't heard mentioned by anyone... much less a politician...

1. Start buying American made products for at least 90% of what you purchase... That way the port traffic will be cut massively and we can inspect 100% of the containers...

2. Let the big blue box company run 100% of the ports... They're the company that is responsible for a massive amount of the imported products in this country...  They could reduce their costs by slashing the longshoremen's pay and benefits by some 3000% to get them inline with their current employees!

Just think of the cost savings they would generate for the family business back in Arkansas!

Oh yes... they don't want to manage the ports... they're like democrats in general... They want someone else to pay the bill... they want to bypass phase 2 and go straight to phase 3... profit!

 


 February 23, 2006...

Is it just me, or does anyone else have chills when you hear a politician demand, "...congressional oversight..."

Aren't these the same people who do all the stuff wrong and complain about everyone else doing wrong, then get on TV and say, "The American people demand better!"

Aren't these the same people that after someone is accused of taking lobbyist funded junkets... on the next morning, there's a long line at the accounting office making corrections to their records and accounts before they're accused of similar irregularities...

I recommend to everyone that they log on and try to find any legislation that their representatives are authoring and supporting that is beneficial to America...

I've been doing this for a little while and I'm still looking...

If any of you find anything worth mentioning... email me... I'd like to know... according to the page stats, there's more that just the three of you that I know read this from time to time... Hopefully someone will find something worth mentioning and I'll post it...

Change of subject... YOU GO JERRY RICE!!!  I'm dialing the phone now and voting for you!

 


February 22, 2006...

Again tonight on a 10 scale, here are the boys...

Patrick         8

David           8

Bucky           6      

Will              8

Jose              9

Chris            10

Kevin           10

Gedeon         9

Elliott           10

Bobby           9

Ace               10

Taylor            10

 

I'll blog back when it gets down to the last couple of rounds... It will be interesting to see if my first picks make it on closer to the finals...

 

I totaled 100 points for the girls... and 107 for the guys... 10's here didn't mean perfect performances, but it does mean that they shouldn't go out in the first round of votes...

 


February 21, 2006...

Hello... ... ... My name is Richard... ... ...  And I watch Idol...

Kate got me hooked a couple of years ago, but tonight for me on a scale of 10, it was...

Mandisa               10

Kellie                       9

Becky                      6

Ayla                         9

Paris                      10

Stevie                      8

Brenna                   4

Heather                 6

Melissa                  9

Lisa                       10

Kinnik                    9

Katharine            10

 

This doesn't mean much, because every time I hear a democrat say (in front of a camera) that their opinion is what the majority of America wants and thinks... I realize that I must not, in any way, be in the majority of America...

 

And Bill...Bill... Bill!  Didn't you think that your panic to get that airport runway dirt contract approved (as you were about to leave office) would have people thinking that there must be a payoff  involved?  I did... but then that was just little ole minority thinking me...

 

I also seem to remember Bill going to Washington to interview with Al as a possible VP a few years back... Imagine how much fun Bill could have had as VP...

 


February 19, 2006...

The Daytona 500 has just completed... and it was a pretty good race for me... I'm not a rabid fan, but

 I have watched more than a few races going back to Jr. Johnson, Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough in the 60's...

Those boys just raced... They had the fans but not all this fanfare!  Races today are mega-productions!

I grew up living a good 9 iron from a 10 year old from U.S.17, the coastal highway from Maine to Miami... I would know when the races would soon start, because of the traffic heading south... You could always pick out race fans in the traffic...

The Super Bowl managers should take a lesson and help out the struggling pre-game and half time entertainment committees... The last several Super Bowl shows have stunk big time, all the while the entertainers at the Daytona 500 have shined!

Today, Bon Jovi put on an excellent pre-race show with Jennifer Nettles joining in on the last song... then Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas excellently performed The Star Spangled Banner...  How nice and easy was that...

 


February 16, 2006...

Neil Entwistle has been charged in Massachusetts with the shooting deaths of his wife, Rachel, and his infant daughter, Lillian...

Neil has been returned from England to face charges...

I had some suggestions prepared for the legal authorities in that state and was going to present them publicly at my 12:30 press conference this morning, but the press didn't show up... It's really important information and needs to be reported on ASAP!

I will list these suggestions here...

I don't think that the alleged family murderer will be able to get a fair trial in Massachusetts... You know, with all the press coverage...

I would like to suggest that the case be sent here to Georgia, where it could be heard in my little North Georgia town...

And I'd like to volunteer to be on the jury... free of charge...

I promise to listen to the facts of the case as long as they promise to listen to our sentence if he's found guilty...

 


February 15, 2006...

I would like to announce that I will start holding multiple press briefings starting tonight at 12:30...  That's about this time I wake up and turn off the TV and table lamp... and then again at 6:30 in the morning which is when I normally get out of the shower...

I'll just have one during the middle of the day so the press corps will just have to stay available just in case something happens...

I now have a much better appreciation for the press... They're out there by the tens of thousands, with their companies spending millions of millions of dollars that they gain from their advertising accounts... that yes, ultimately gets paid by me and you...

What have they told us?  Not a whole lot... for a long time...

And now I find out, it's because people don't call them in and give them the story!

That's why I want to start reporting to them what I do every day...

I do a lot more fun, exciting and yes... sometimes more dangerous things than Dick does!

I would like everyone to consider doing the same thing that I'll now be doing... Support your local news reporter... They live sad lives and need stories to report on...

Notes to the press gods...

Don't make the poor little reporter girl stand out in the snow during the weather reports... I know it's cold, you don't have to give her pneumonia to get your point across...

Likewise, don't send the reporter out in a hurricane just to tell me to stay inside... I know what a hurricane will do... I'm helping to pay for Katrina now...

And you no longer have to send reporters to ride with the soldiers to show me what war is like... I already know what it's like... It's dangerous and you aren't invincible...

 Oh yes! I'll be turkey hunting stating next month and I'd like some of you to go out and hide in the bushes to see what it's like... Like Dick, I'm not a very good shot... but what the heck it'll only be small shot...

 


February 12, 2006...

There was snow on the ground last night when I went to bed and more this morning... Snow can be fun and can be enjoyed...

I'm from the South... I currently live further north than I ever have yet it's still in Georgia...  I grew up about midway down the Georgia coast where it would snow from time to time...

I have pictures of a nice snow sometime in the early 70's... I was still in high school and as I remember later that morning, went on to town and school... But not before walking all around the place and taking black and white pictures... There was a fire tower near the house and I climbed the tower and took some "aerial" photos of the white ground...  The coast was very flat, very unlike the terrain here in the mountains...

Then sometime in the late 80's we were living in Brunswick, further south on the Georgia coast and had about 5" on Christmas Eve, it seems like it was...  We had a free standing 30' x 50' screened room over the pool that was meant to keep insects away from those enjoying the pool and not meant to hold off a lot of snow!  With a little help from me pulling the snow off using a 20' dowel rod with a 1" x 6" nailed to the end, it didn't break through...  Inside the room, it was kinda neat... like a huge igloo...

Then came the Blizzard of '93... We've all come accustomed to weather prognosticators trying to be the first to forecast a big snow and them missing it badly... Good for the milk and bread sales, but not too good for their reputations...

I remember hearing the possibilities of snow of snow starting late Friday night on March 12th, and staying up till after midnight to see a few flakes... If they forecast snow at night, usually you get a few flurries and most of it is gone by sunrise, so if you don't see it when it's falling, then you don't see it...

Going to sleep that night I said to myself, "Well... they missed it again..."  Waking that morning I said out loud, "Okay, we have a problem!" 

The lights were out, the house was very cool and the wind was blowing to the already 8 to 10" of snow!  It stormed all day and most of the day Sunday... We would up with knee deep snow and two pines on our house and one big one on our rental house...  It was the next Thursday before I was able to drive out of our neighborhood...10 days to get our power back on and almost a month before we had a visit from an insurance adjuster!  (I don't know where the State and Federal Government was!) (We had to cook and eat our own food!) (When our firewood ran out, we had to cut more!) (We had to clear our own roads!) (We were on our own and we did alright...)

That's about all the snow I want to see from now on, unless it floats through an open sunroof and melts when it falls in a hot cup of Starbucks...

I met a lady last week here in town who was looking for it to snow... I said, "...sorry, but you can't have any..."  She said, "But you don't understand... We recently moved here and my husband has cleared the grandkids a sledding hill and bought them a sled, so it has to snow!" 

I told her to have the kids take the day off from school, then send them to the yard with a sack of White Lily flour and be happy with that!

 


February 11, 2006...

Not all good things have to come to an end... do they?

Today wasn't "the" end of an era... but it was decision day to retire my favorite pair of overalls... They've been around for a long time...

Overalls are special... I've worn them everywhere...

To make a living in... they're a natural... Plenty of pockets for pencils, rules and cell phones...

As a database... Pink paint adorns one leg of this pair... That was fun!

To play in... they're wonderful... You don't have to clean the dirt off of arrowhead chips before you put'em in a pocket... and trout, when put in a pocket head first, won't come out even when you're laying flat of your back in the creek...

To wear to town... I usually button all the buttons that are possible to button...

To relax in... I unbutton almost all the buttons...

To be formal in... a white long sleeve shirt goes nicely...

For those of you who don't have a bottom  drawer with at least a couple of pairs of overalls... You might want to consider making some room for at least three pairs... It's never too late to start breaking some in...

Use a modified rotation and wear one more than the others... Some are for comfort... Some are for work... and always keep a pair fairly new, in case you have to dress up for some occasion...

As for today's topic pair... The straps have almost worn in two at the buckle... Most of the buttons still button but the zipper on the bib pocket is broken...

This only means they will be retired... Only to be worn on special occasions... Low stress occasions... Maybe just to greet visitors...

After all they may be well worn, but they still look good to me!  They make me feel good and nowadays, that's what's important...

Maybe my replacement pair will be Carhartt's this time...

 


February 8, 2006...

The Staff's of Life?  Thank goodness there are several for me... These three are near the top of my inanimates list...

...Cornbread, Grits and Rice...

Cornbread should be Mama's if at all possible...

Grits should be buttered, salted, peppered and Tobasco'd till lightly pink...

...and... Rice should be lightly salted, dry and fairly often...

Today, this little comfort blog is dedicated to many of my Friends... Big ones... Little ones... Old ones... Young ones... Close ones... Far ones... Beautiful ones & Sweet ones... ... ... Heal, rest and stay strong...  Someone out there needs You...

 


February 6, 2006...

Staying home for several days hasn't done much to improve my health, but it's raised my self esteem to a whole new level! 

I've been watching the Judge Shows!  For those who think they have problems... just tune in to Judge Judy, Judge Joe Brown, Judge Mathis, Judge Hatchett, People's Court, Divorce Court, Power of Attorney, Curtis Court, Moral Court or Texas Justice!

If you don't feel better about yourself and whatever problem you have just by watching... then these folks are ready to take your call.

They'll want you to appear on TV to plead your case to the Judge and the masses in an effort to get the $40 that the caterer owes you for not having enough Boone's Farm on ice at the reception room over the pool hall last June was a year ago!

You aren't even required to keep a straight face! 

If Judge Judy doesn't win a Daytime Emmy for her abilities during Case 1 on 1/30/2006, then the whole award thing is rigged! 

Whoever says there's no justice, hasn't watched Judge Judy in action!

 


February 4, 2006...

Typing again at random...

Thanks to the good folks at the hospital in Jasper... Piedmont Mountainside... I'm getting to be on a first name basis there... They've seen more of the inside of me than I wanted them to see here lately...

And my buddy Tim... the Tim Egenes who turned me on to BBQ tri-tip is going into the hospital Monday for some surgery... we had planned on having "Dub's Thursday" this past Thursday ... but due to me being out on sick leave since Wednesday afternoon that good plan was "scrubbed"... pardon the pun...  Tim, we'll make that one up ASAP...

Tim'll have a BBQ pork plate, coleslaw and a Diet Coke and I'll probably have the Super Spud and Sweet Tea...

Probably...

...

Fox News reports that... In Malaysia, prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the publication of the cartoons showed a "blatant disregard for Islamic sensitivities" but urged citizens to stay calm.

I understand Abdullah's pain 100%... I'm a little more than pissed off myself each and every time that I see a caricature or mock-up of an American Official (Even when it was Bill Clinton) being disrespected and Our Flag burned and other things that I'm sensitive about... Like beheadings, kidnappings and other life threats being made in the name of any religion...

... 

The Grizzly Man?...  As I was watching TV between bouts of pharmaceutically induced sleep... I got to see part of the outbursts of a crazy acting person named Timothy Treadwell in his struggle against authority... But instead of playing in traffic which almost certainly means death... he chose playing with grizzly bears... which according to the lessons that I learned as a small kid... almost certainly means death... I don't know why I was taught how dangerous grizzly bears were since I lived nowhere near them, but I was...

It made him a star and that's what counts I guess... an angry dead star, but a star non the less!

I understand that there was more to this story... He loved the bears... I do too... They flourish in the woods I live in... I love to watch them and don't bother them...  They live here in the very populated mountains and show up every year near the Atlanta city limits...

This seems to be a story not unlike the Muslims and the Jews or Democrats and Republicans and hunters and non-hunters... Not many change sides or win an argument on their issues... But then there were those few Democrats that most recently went red...

As an American I honor Timothy's right to be who and what he was in exactly the same way I'm sure he honored my right to be what and who I am...

 


February 2, 2006...

Happy Birthday Samantha! 

 


January 31, 2006...

Edward Kennedy is a charter member of my list of those who can never do or say anything that can earn my respect...  It seems, at the very least, that he would not make such a fool of himself in front of a judge that might one day sit and listen to the arguments of a case involving a Kennedy family member... assuring that the rape, murder or manslaughter trial was Constitutionally conducted...

Watching the State of The Union speech tonight, it was generally more of the same... One side stands and claps while the other sits and pouts... Then the other side stands and claps while the other side sits and pouts... Both sides sometimes stand and clap hoping that their constituents think that they will actually pass whatever they are clapping for...

What I am interested in, is who is going to step up and act on reforms that will benefit us... For example, don't just give tax cuts, but enact tax reform such as the Fair Tax Act primarily sponsored by John Linder, U.S. Representative from Georgia's Seventh District...

You go John Linder!  You make a Tenth District constituent envious... 

TRICTA will be endorsing candidates that know that their jobs aren't just to present flags or arrange Capitol tours or pass along complaints to some other bureaucratic governmental office, but to pass laws that are just, necessary and will benefit our country...and to repeal those that don't meet that criteria...

 


January 28, 2006...

Back on January 3rd, I mentioned the Wheel-O-Death... It sounds more ominous than it is...

The W