Friday, August 31, 2012

Put Up Or Shut Up

In choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney has called the bluff of a good portion of the American electorate.  Yup, twice as many of us identify ourselves as conservatives as opposed to liberal.  Yet, we elected a Democrat last time around.  George F. Will, in his latest Washington Post oped, puts it this way...

"Twice as many Americans identify themselves as conservatives as opposed to liberal. On Nov. 6 we will know if they mean it. If they are ideologically conservative but operationally liberal. If they talk like Jeffersonians but want to be governed by Hamiltonians. If their commitment to limited government is rhetorical or actual. If it is, as Daniel Patrick Moynihan suspected, a 'civic religion, avowed but not constraining".

Human beings, said one of the wisest of them — Aristotle — are political animals and language-using animals. Americans, as you do not need to be Aristotle to know, are complaining animals. They use language to complain about politics. Mitt Romney should remind them that one function of elections is to force most voters — the winning majorities — to forfeit the fun of complaining. For example, if the swing state of Nevada, which has the nation’s highest unemployment rate (12 percent), votes for four more years of current policies, it must henceforth suffer in silence. Actually, all those who vote to continue Barack Obama’s distinctive brand of clientelism — crony capitalism — must, if he wins, become political Trappists, taking a vow to keep quiet."

In other words folks, it's time to put up or shut up.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I Wanna Puke

I don't care if you're a Republican, a Democrat, a Libertarian, or a member of some other political party.  I don't care if you've never voted in a presidential election in your life.  Read the following article from "The Gateway Pundit"

After reading it if you're not vomiting and bleeding from the eyes because of disgust and anger, do me a favor.  Jump off the nearest cliff and put yourself out of your misery.

Buy the way, if you find yourself making excuses for our abysmal "Commander in Chief", read the second article in this posting.  I dare ya.    


Inspired by "Nice Deb"

Free With Oil Change

Inspired by "Darin Walker"

An Inconvenient Debate

Surprise...Surprise...Surprise.  Please take special note of the last paragraph below.

I wonder what the debate about climate change would be like today had Al Gore not smothered it with human global warming scenarios, greedy carbon taxes and credits, and an inconvenient horror story?

National Snow and Ice Data Center:  "Arctic sea ice appears to have broken the 2007 record daily extent and is now the lowest in the satellite era.  With two to three more weeks left in the melt season, sea ice continues to track below 2007 daily extents."

U.S Energy Information Agency:  In a surprise turnaround, the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere in the U.S. has fallen dramatically to its lowest level in 20 years, and government officials say the biggest reason is that cheap and plentiful natural gas has led many power plant operators to switch from dirtier-burning coal.

Many of the world's leading climate scientists didn't see the drop coming, in large part because it happened as a result of market forces rather than direct government action against carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that traps heat in the atmosphere.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Deere Me

I know there are lady farmers, but...

More Than A Trick Shot

Calling this just another trick shot doesn't do justice to this young man's imagination and determination...

Monday, August 27, 2012

God Speed

Yesterday I posted a video in observance of the passing of Neil Armstrong.  I titled my post "God Speed Neil Armstrong".  Some of you may have realized I borrowed this phrase from another astronaut, Scott Carpenter.  Not only do I remember where I was when I watched Neil Armstrong's "small step-giant leap" onto the surface of the moon, I remember where I was when Mr. Carpenter spoke the words, "God speed John Glenn".  Carpenter, one of the original seven astronauts was "CAPCOM" (Capsule Communicator) on February 20, 1962 when John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth. Just as the rocket carrying Glenn lifted off, Scott Carpenter radioed to Glenn and said, "God Speed John Glenn".

We've come a long way since 1962, or have we?  If a NASA astronaut today used the phrase "God Speed", I wonder if he'd have a job tomorrow?   

Apples To Apples

Let's see now?  A jury just decided that Samsung must pay Apple $1 Billion because Samsung stole technology from Apple to make their products.  And because Samsung stole so much of Apple's technology,  both Apple's products and Samsung's products are virtually the same, except perhaps looking a little different.

Therefore, if I buy an Apple product and a similar Samsung product, they're basically the same thing.  So the bottom line is, the only real difference is the Apple product costs twice as much as the Samsung product.

Hmmm, that must be why Apple is so much better than Samsung.


Inspired by "John Patti"

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Same Old Excuse

Yup, same old excuse for fewer postings from this old blogger.
Grand kids visiting for a few days.
But can you blame me?

God Speed Neil Armstrong

When We Walked On The Moon

Saturday, August 25, 2012

More "Baby Boomer Bust"

You keep sticking around this blog and you'll soon realize I like the the way P.J. O'Rourke thinks and the way he puts his thoughts on paper.  Yesterday I posted an excerpt from his recent article, "Of Thee I Sigh: Baby Boomers Bust".  Well guess what?  I'm gonna to do it again.  Here goes...

When I was a kid I got a coonskin hat for Christmas.  That's because I thought Davy Crockett was the greatest.  Another Christmas I got a pair of cap gun pistols and a cowboy hat.  That's because I thought The Lone Ranger was the greatest.  But I never got a red cap for Christmas, even though I thought Superman was the greatest.  The best I could do was sneak a big red towel of my mom's, get a safety pin and clasp the towel around my neck.  Then I'd go outside, climb a tree and jump to the ground..I mean fly to the ground. 

Which brings me to Mr. O'Rourke's article.  Like I said yesterday, he really dumps on us baby boomers for screwing up this country and making the mess we're in today.  And one of his dumps has to do with Superman.  He doesn't say that we baby boomers killed Superman but he does say we've created an America in which Superman would be dysfunctional, and no where near the greatest.  Here's what he says...

The United States has set itself on a course of willful self-diminishment. Seventy-four years ago the perfect American was Superman, who happened to have been, like many of our forefathers, an undocumented alien. If Superman arrived today—assuming he could get past the INS and Homeland Security—he would be faster than the postal service, more powerful than a New York Times blogger, and able to ascend tall buildings in a single elevator.
But they wouldn’t be the tallest buildings, at least not if Superman stuck around Gotham. Nine out of ten of the tallest buildings in the world are now in Asia or the Middle East. Tallest is Burj Khalifa in Dubai. At 2,723 feet, it’s nearly twice as high as Chicago’s Willis Tower, formerly the Sears Tower. The last time America built the tallest building was when people were still ordering things by mail from the Sears catalog in 1974.

Stick around.  I may turn Mr. O'Rourke's article into a mini-series.

Inspired by "World Affairs"  

Friday, August 24, 2012

Daniel Patrick Moynihan

This guy knew what he was talking about.  Not that I agreed with everything he said, but a lot of what he said made sense.  And he was a Democrat.  Here is one of his quotes and it is exactly what the election in November is all about.

“The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself.” 
― Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Political Junkie Boomer

If you consider yourself a baby boomer political junkie and have never heard of P.J. O'Rourke, you're credentials are very suspect.  If you were born between 1946 and 1964, you're a baby boomer.  I was born in March 1946.  That makes me a baby boomer.  Just think, if I'd been born just four months earlier, the younger generation wouldn't be blaming me for everything that's gone wrong in this country.  As for being a political junkie, just stop awhile and roam around this blog.  I know, I know I'm a conservative political junkie, what can I say?                                    

Back to Mr. O'Rourke.  He was born in 1947.  That makes him a baby boomer. You have to call him a political junkie because he's a political satirist and currently the H.L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute.  He once was a hippie and is now a libertarian.  Draw your own conclusions.  But above all you should read his stuff.  Following is an excerpt from his latest article, "Of Thee I Sigh: Baby Boomers Bust" (he really slams our generation).

"When did America quit bragging? When did we stop punching hardest, kicking highest, roaring loudest, beating the devil, and leaving everybody else in the dust?

We’re the richest country on earth—four and a half percent of the world’s people producing more than twenty percent of the world’s wealth. But you wouldn't know from the cheapjack spending squabbles in Congress. We possess more military power than the rest of the planet combined. Though you couldn't tell by the way we’re treated by everyone from the impotent Kremlin to the raggedy councils of the Taliban. The earth is ours. We have the might and means to achieve the spectacular—and no intention of doing so.

Witness our foreign policy deliberations, mired in snits about what kind of underachievement to pursue. Should we quit following North Korea’s Twitter feeds? Unfriend Iran on Facebook? Withdraw our troops from the nuclei of terrorism too soon or much too soon? Aid Bashar al-Assad or abet him? Appease China little by little or all at once?"
Inspired by "World Affairs"

Like Or Link

Monday, August 20, 2012


This has not been photoshopped.
This is for real.

The Wisdom Of Comedy

Not only was Bob Hope a funny man, he was a wise man.

Inspired by "Sally Morem"

He Knows

God doesn't need WiFi.

Quick Trip

Given the opportunity to take a two minute excursion through the universe means you wouldn't have time to stop anywhere and look around.  Consequently, the trip would be kind of boring...

Inspired by "Maggie's Farm"

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Dumb As A Post X2

Yup, this guy's dumb as a post.  I'm a Republican and very embarrassed by this CANDIDATE RUNNING FOR PUBLIC OFFICE.  Yup, I even admitted my embarrassment today in a public forum (Google+).  Yup, I'm even posting it here on my blog and admitting it.

Oh, by the way, any Democrats around here embarrassed by this comment made to a black audience by THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES?  Any Democrats around here embarrassed by this and admitted it in a public forum?  Any Democrats around here embarrassed by this and posted it on a personal blog? 

All Of Us


If I had any notion of ending my marriage of forty-six years, I'd learn how to play one of these and put it in our living room.

Tears Are Cool

This is awesome, but unless you've been there you really don't know the feeling.  Trust me, I'm a Veteran.

P.S.  If you don't shed a tear before the end, you ain't human.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Friday, August 17, 2012

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


Hmmm...Bill Clinton was the 42nd  President of the United States.
Hmmm...Bill Clinton was a Democrat.
Hmmm...Erskine Bowles was Bill Clinton's White House Chief of Staff.
Hmmm...Very interesting.  Here's a video of Erskine Bowles speaking at the University of North Carolina on September 8th, 2011...

Cool H2O Cars

This is a picture of an "Amphicar".  It was built and sold back in the 1960's and the neat thing is I got to ride in one of these things quite a few times.  Yup, my soon-to-be father-in-law had his own used car business back then and he owned one, and if I remember correctly it was the same color as the one in this picture.  I also remember it was somewhat of a scary feeling sitting in the front seat, driving down to the beach, right into the lake and watching the water come up closer and closer to the top of the door.  But once you got use to it it sure was cool.  Equally cool, and perhaps a bit more so, would be taking a ride these days in the car featured in the video below the picture.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Poor Uncle Joe

Mr. Math

I'm 66 and I do Social Security.
I'm 66 and I do Medicare.
I'm 66 and I don't do math.
But this guy does.
I'm 66 and I'm going to vote...


Pigs And Turkeys

There's turkey bacon...

And then there's turkey bacon...

Inspired by "Louie Baur"

Monday, August 13, 2012

Four Families

My grandma always use to tell me, "If you ain't got something nice to say, don't say it".

Following are pictures of four families who's dads are involved in politics up to their eyeballs and I know most of you probably disagree with one or two or maybe all four of these dads.  But do me a favor, would ya?  If you just gotta say or write something that's ignorant, or mean, or nasty, or vicious, or all of the above about one of these guys...

Leave the wives and the kids and the grand kids out of it !!!

Cell Phone Drag Race

Determination and Imagination

For Sam...

Thank you "Ben Grimm"

Microsoft Excel

So, you think Excel is boring... 

Inspired by "wimp"

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Sky High Prices

Can you imagine how expensive a gallon of milk would be if cows could fly?