Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Hitting the Road

Tomorrow morning I am leaving for a few days. Heading to Wisconsin for the Bloody Lake Rendezvous. It's a bubbavous, but a good chance to do some shopping for basic supplies. Also, we have the ONW Co. meeting, that I have to run as Bourgeois, and we will be electing my successor (unless someone got a wild hair and re-nominated me - it hasn't ever happened before but could).

Mostly, I am figuring it will be a drunk-fest. Wil, Red, Ark-builder, and the Marine are already there. The Marine is home on leave and only taken two kinds of breath while home - drunk or hung-over. But he has earned it. Plus, the Man From Ohio is there already. Jaws is heading up tomorrow. Contagion is supposed to be there Friday night.

This could end up being like the Alafia.

I'll be home Sunday night. And if I can function enough, I'll post some pictures.

Bid Rigging

I am going to rant about some pretty bad bullshit.

A good portion of last week I was working on a bid for a local small town school district. The job was to remove 4 existing roof top Air Handling Units (heat and air condition units-packaged as one unit).

Since this is a public school, the project had to be advertised and bid publicly. I spent probably 20-25 hours preparing the bid for my company, including working 6 hours on Sunday (which I really really hate doing). One of my bosses took the bid to the opening and I called him there with our final price.

He turned the bid in and the bids were opened publicly. My boss stayed for the opening. There were only two bidders. Our bid was about $36,000 less than the other bidder's. So we thought we were in good shape and would be awarded the contract. After the opening, my boss was talking to the engineer, and told him our bid was based on a Lennox brand unit for the biggest of the 4 units. There was a schedule on the project drawings which listed this unit to be from Seasons 4, another manufacturer of mostly custom Air Handling Units. However, in the Project Specifications (a big fat book full of descriptions of every product to be used in the job and how to do the work), Lennox was listed as an acceptable manufacturer. We had a price from the local rep for Seasons 4, and the price they gave me was about$19,000 more than Lennox. And in our conversations with the Lennox salesman, he informed us that he had beem in conversation with the engineer as far back as January about this project and had been approved to bid their unit for the project (the other 3 units are listed in the drawings as Lennox).

My boss told the engineer we could install the Seasons 4 unit, just around $20,000 to our bid (cost of the unit, overhead, profit, labor, etc). We would still be $16,000 cheaper than the other bidder.

But no. Since we bid with the Lennox unit, the school district decided to throw out our bid. Effectively costing the school, and all of us the taxpayers, between $16,000 and $36,000. We are pretty sure the real reason our bid was thrown out is because the Superintendent is buddies with the other bidder. They do maintenance for the school and this whole thing stinks to high hell of a rigged bid. Besides the fact our bid was thrown out, the Lennox salesman talked to the other bidder today and was told that the difference in price between his Lennox unit and the Seasons 4 unit was only $8,500. So either the other bidder lied, or the bid sent to us for the Seasons 4 was jacked up to take us out of the bidding.

So needless to say, we are pretty ticked. But the Lennox Salesman is really pissed. He did loads of front end leg work and got screwed.

If it was in my school district, I would raise hell. In this time of tight budgets, slow or no funding coming from the state, and the school district is wasting the equivalent of a teachers salary.

No wonder the state is going bankrupt.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Mystery Solved!

Most of you have probably heard of "The Green Fairy." Also known as Absinthe. An alcoholic drink that was banned pretty much everywhere for a large portion of the 20th century. It was also supposed to be part of the "inspiration" of Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso.

Absinthe was purported to be mind altering. Sometimes blamed on the Wormwood used in its making, which is what gives it the green color.

Well, now scientists have studied old bottles of Absinthe and figured out why it was mind altering. Really, it is quite simple. Alcohol. The Absinthe was about 70% alcohol or 140 proof. Whereas, most whiskey is around 40% alcohol, or 80 proof (Jack Daniel's is 86).

Figures.

You know, I have tried Absinthe. Quite frankly, it sucked. Reminded me of Jagermeister, and I don't like Jager. If I want licorice, I will eat licorice, not drink it as alcohol.

I demaaaannnnnnnnddddddddd...........

............a SACRIFICE!!!!


Yesterday, on the
twenty-freakin-eighth of APRIL, I drove through SNOW on my way to work. Heavy snow. Just shy of the snowfall you seen in major winter storms.


WHAT THE FUCK??????!!!!!!

IT'S APRIL. The end of April. We should have started planting corn last Friday. Why the hell am I driving in snow. Then, throughout the day, we had heavy freaking sleet-goober pea sized sleet. And it was blowing and drifting in the parking lot at my office. WHY?????

We is all this "Global Warming" at? I could really use some right now.

Then, to ice the fucking cake, I had to scrap frost from my windows this morning. Why am I scraping frost on the 29th of April?

Where the HELL is Al Gore? He is the one Preaching Hellfire and melting stone from globull warming.

Here's an idea: Maybe if we sacrifice Al Gore, we can actually get some warming to happen.


Aun hE RAAPS er

He folks. Lets have a little bit of education and fun today.

Have you ever wondered about how ducks have sex?

Apparently, the drake swoops down from the sky and HE RAPES HER!!!!!!!!!!
HE RAPES HER!!!!!!!!!!

At least according to Professor Tiernan.

NSFW Warning. Do not watch this video where anybody will hear it or hear you laughing. Graphic.



Learn something new every day.

Monday, April 28, 2008

This would be freaking AWESOME!!!

All you have to hear is the name.


BOOMERSHOOT.


Long range precision rifle shooting, and reactive targets.

Not to mention, launching anvils and bowling balls.

I have been reading about it for a couple of months and thinking, damn, I really have to go to this some day very soon.


Go over here and watch cool video on it, too.

What does $126 Million buy

after one year?



A really expensive relief pitcher.



The "Ace" of the San Fransisco Giants pitching rotation got sent to the pen. Literally. The former starter, who last year signed a 7 year $126 million deal (yes-$18 million a year) was sent to the Giants bullpen today after a dismal beginning this year.



That's all. I just found this really funny and thought I would share the laughter. In the words of Nelson Munce. HA HAW.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

10,000!!!!!!

No, not hits this fast. Tonight, my team, the Chicago Cubs defeated the Colorado Rockies 7-6 in 10 innings, thus marking win number 10,000 in club history.

Thats right folks, the Chicago Cubs are only the 2nd team in the history of major league baseball to win 10,00 games, following the NY/SF Giants.

Side note-last year, the Philadelphia Phillies became the first team to lose 10,000 games.

And for those of you keeping track, the "Lovable Losers" have never had a losing record, at least as an overall franchise. If you go back over the entire team history, their cumulative record has always been above .500.



Go Cubs Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Who should be worried?

Me or Harry Reid.

I am thinking Harry Reid.


























He's a douchebag, just for the record.

Petraeus Moving Up

General David Petraeus is moving up and I am not exactly sure if I like it.

For the last year, Gen. Petraeus has led Coalition troops in Iraq. Between his leadership and the increase of on the ground troops, significant progress has been made.

I like what Gen. Petraeus has done there so far and thought he would stick around to keep up the leadership and get us into a position to get the majority of our troops out. (Yes folks, I want out of Iraq. But I do not believe that pulling out at the present time is possible. I do not like war. I wish we were not in one, but we are and we must prevail.)

Now, Gen. Petraeus is moving up from the head of combat forces in Iraq, to lead the U.S. Central Command. A position held from 2000 to 2003 by Gen. Tommy Franks (who also lead the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan). U.S. Central Command, for those of you who don't know, oversees all U.S. operations in the Middle East. He will still, of course, have a hand in the future of Iraq, but not in the same level as before.

I hope this move works well, for both Gen. Petraeus and the U.S.

Hard headed and all over the place.




Your Thinking is Concrete and Random



You are naturally inquisitive and curious.

You're excited by new ideas, and you are a true independent thinker.



You are interested in what is possible. You like the process of discovery.

You are often experimenting, challenging old ideas, and inventing new concepts.



Rules, restrictions, and limit don't really work for you.

You have to do things your own way, and you can't be bothered to explain yourself.



Sounds pretty close.

Monday, April 21, 2008

What a GREAT DAY!!!!

Well, big news in the world of Petey today.

At 12:35pm today, April 21st, 2008, my nephew, who I will refer to as CB, was born to my one and only brother and his wonderful wife.

CB weighed 7lbs 5ozs, and was 18-1/2" long. From what my brother tells me-he has a huge head (he was born C-section). His head is 2" larger in circumference than the average newborn. Takes after Uncle Petey.

Mother and baby are both doing very well, and dad, well dad has a grin so big I could see it through his phone when he called me late this afternoon (no pictures either, I could just tell by his voice).

This is the first grandchild on both sides of their family. The first great-grandchild for grandmothers. We are all ecstatic.

So CONGRATULATIONS to brother and sister-in-law and welcome to the world little CB.


And I think it is a good omen that Cubs won tonight against the Mets in a 7-1 victory, seeing as I know that CB has at least one Cubs outfit.

Friday, April 18, 2008

You have got to be kidding me

Confession. I have a guilty pleasure. Almost religiously I watch WWE rasslin'. Usually on Monday 'cause I forget about it on Friday, and I will miss it for meetings and anything like that, and I don't get the Pay Per Views, but I still enjoy watching. It is as close to a soap opera as I will get.

Now, having said that, even I am really amazed and slightly offended at this.



Yes, that's right sports fans. A member of the United States Congress, who represents North Carolina, including Charlotte, actually took time during a session of the House of Representatives to give a speech on the merits and career of Ric Flair.

I like Ric Flair. At least in these last few years. It used to be I really hated him, but such is the Evolution (pun intended-if you don't get it-don't worry) of the characters played in professional wrestling.

On a different note, was anyone else really distracted by the hand movements of the speaker. Holy jeez. After growing up doing public speaking since I was 4, and watching countless speech contests as my brother made his way to the top to win the FFA National Prepared Public Speaking Contest, I have seen good public speakers, and really poor ones. From those you couldn't understand to those who paced (and really quickly at that) from one side of the room to the other, to those who were at the top of their game and nothing they did was random-every move of the hands, every step, every inflection is used to put you on board with the speakers point of view. But the hand movements of this Congresswoman were terrible. She would be well served to glue her hands to the podium.

Kinda reminds me of a joke. What do you call it when and Italian has one arm shorter than the other?


A speech impediment.
(and it is not just Italians, I am that way, too.)

And finally, that Ric Flair "Woooo!!" at the end of the speech sucked. And I just can't leave it at that. So from The Man himself:



And remember. To be The Man, you've got to beat The Man!

Woooooooooooooo!!


h/t to ThunderPig.

Verification

As if we really needed it, but the Wall Street Journal has a good article on where the two demicraps REALLY stand on Gun Control.

If you don't feel like reading the article (it is short and gives an good history of how they have voted and lied about their votes, too), let me sum it up. It is quite simple. Obamaramadingdongdiddlyhopeychangey and Hitlery are both trying to hide how they really feel about personal firearms and basically kiss our collective ass enough to fool us into voting for them. But just look at their recent revelations.

Obamaramdingdongdiddlyhopeychangey thinks the only reason anyone owns guns is because we are bitter about our station in life and that the government hasn't saved us yet. I am not bitter about my economic situation or station in life. Would I like to have more money, absolutely. But I am thankful that I have a warm bed every night, am well fed, I drive a nice vehicle-it's not a Mercedes or Jaguar but I wouldn't want one anyway, I can afford to travel to things I want, I don't live in poverty. So what do I have to be bitter about? But I am a gun owner, and a VERY proud one at that. I don't want the government to come in and try to "save" me from my economic situation. Reagan said it best. "The 9 most terrifying words in the English Language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help." We would all be better served with much less government interference. And one of the major reasons to have the 2nd Amendment is to protect us from the government.

Hitlery tried to make herself sound like a shooter. And I actually agree with Obamaramadingdongdiddlyhopeychangey about her on this (insert violent wretching sounds here). She is trying to make it sound like she is Annie Oakley, but if you listen to her speech where she talks about her father teaching her to shoot as a kid, listen closely (if you can stand to uncover your ears from that horrid voice). As she says My father used to take me out behind our cottage to shoot (or something very similar, I refuse to actually search for the exact quote, she ain't worth the effort-it is the same respect she would show to me), if you listen to her, she has a slight pause where she catches herself from saying "Daddy usta tak me aught behine thu woodshed," so she at least has enough sense to avoid basically calling gun owners nothing but country bumpkins.

So don't be fooled, a wolf in sheep's clothing still stinks like a dumbicrap.


h/t to my brother for the article, and to IMAO for the picture.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

I Took the Plunge

Well, I took the plunge yesterday. I had been debating with myself about buying a new gun. But just couldn't make the commitment. Then, as I was heading home from work, I stopped at Music Makers in Peoria, to see what they had for guitars.

I went through the selection looking over about 30 guitars to see if one caught my eye. I saw a nice Fender, which I picked up and played for a couple minutes. But the action of it was too tight and I wasn't impressed with the sound. So it went back to the rack. Then I picked up a beautiful black Takamine.

I sat down and played it for probably 20 minutes and really liked the sound (it does need a slight neck adjustment-but that is minor). Even with my sore fingers from really stepping up the amount I am playing here lately, it still felt good.

And it was on sale. $150 below normal list price. I asked if it came with a case, which it did not, but they had some options in stock. The guy I was talking to said he would knock $50 off the price of a hard shell case and throw in a stand or strap for free. So I bought it.

And tonight, I stopped at Don's Music Land and picked up a Levy's strap with a Celtic Cross Embroidered on it and a Kyser Capo.

Ain't it purrty. A Takamine EG341


It's an acoustic electric, with built in tuner.

Really, I bought it for taking to living history events so that I don't scratch my Yairi.

Jealous?

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Boycott those

who would violate your rights and privacy.

I first saw this story on Yahoo last night, and then this morning read about it at Joe Huffman's.

Wal-Mart has sidled up to NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and decided that they will go beyond the requirement of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and now will keep a record database of every gun purchased in Wal-Mart stores. Then they will track guns used in crime, and if they find a gun purchased at Wal-Mart is used in a crime, they will offer up the record to police and if the purchaser tries to purchase another gun at a later time, they will be denied purchase based on this past record. And then to top it off, they will also be video taping your transaction and will provide the video to police as well.

Chris Cox, Director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action said it best, "None of these joint Wal-Mart/Mayor Bloomberg initiatives will lower crime, because they ignore the real cause of crime -- criminals." (via The View from North Central Idaho)

This is what happens when the libtards convince the idiots among us that personal responsibility doesn't belong in their communist utopia. You want to go out and shoot somebody? Sure go ahead, it's not your fault, blame the gun. And when your kid misspells a word in school it is the fault of the pencil, and the calculator is the reason they didn't get the right answer on the math test.

Brad Stine says it best.


This, for me, is the final straw. I have had it with Wal-Mart. Already I avoided them as much as possible, but now, I am done. Not going back.

Sebastian of Snowflakes in Hell put this up first, and I did it, too. Tell Wal-Mart they are out of bounds on this. I sent my notice of disdain this morning. My text is below.

Dear Sir or Madam:

I am very disappointed to learn that Wal-Mart has agreed to join forces with an organization that advocates the violation of one of our most essential rights as Americans. Michael Bloomberg's "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" is not about illegal guns, it is about violating the rights of American citizens. The agreement to keep records and video of customers who purchase guns in your stores is nothing more than allowing yourselves to become a back door means to an end that Bloomberg and his associates have not been able to force through legislation. The first step to confiscation is registration, and that is what you are doing. As a seller of firearms, you are already required by law to keep a record for no less than ten years of all transactions. However, to take it upon yourselves to go beyond the requirements of the law and then not only allow but offer up your records is a violation of individuals privacy.

It is because of your decision to violate the privacy of law abiding citizens, and to associate with those who would attack the very foundations on which this country is erected, that I will no longer patronize any Wal-Mart store. This is not just for any firearm, ammunition, or shooting supply purchase, but for all purchases of any goods. I will also encourage everyone I know to do participate in a personal boycott of Wal-Mart.

Fair thee well.
(Petey)
Galva, IL


So, now I call on all of you to join me in a full boycott of Wal-Mart. Don't patronize their stores. Support local businesses, especially local gun shops.

Go Joe!!

Why would a Mayor want the Justice Department to investigate a local Sheriff?

For enforcing the law, of course.


The great Sheriff Joe Arpaio (famous for offering to house Paris Hilton during her jail term in his tent city jail full of inmates in pink jumpsuits) has be cracking down on illegal immigrants and the Mayor of Phoenix is pissed. So he sent a letter to the justice department asking them to investigate Sheriff Joe as the whether he had violated the civil rights in his enforcement of the law.

And the really funny part that is hinted at in the article, the letter was sent on the same day that Sheriff Joe's deputies conducted a raid that was observed by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and received their approval of his practices.

This is the libtard mentality of this country. When someone does their job, you don't tell them "Well done," you complain to the FBI.

What about my rights? I know that have have the right to pursue happiness. And my pursuit of happiness does not include pandering to lawbreakers or harassing those that enforce the law.


"Those who do not know their rights, have none."


Go Joe!!!!

h/t to Navy CPO, the Smartest Man in the World.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Now that surprises me

With their record of hate of Western Culture, I am surprised that anyone from the Islamic Republic of Iran could even find this blog, let alone spend almost 10 minutes reading.


Now, if one of them would just see fit to take out Aquavelvajad.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Drunkard!!

Yeah, that's me.

92%DRUNKARD


There was actually one there I had never heard of. But I also don't do mixed drinks.

h/t to Contagion

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Self-Defense in Stillman Valley

I first saw this over at Tammi's, and then Contagion talked about it as well.

The Rockford Register Star has their article about this as well.

I can't find an earlier article form the Rockford Register Star that had more details in it. So, I will convey the story.

But first, let me express my condolences to the family of the young man who made a bad choice.

3 people, at least one a 14 year old juvenile, entered the home of a man who had been injured in an accident a couple of days prior. Whether they assumed no one was home because they knew the home-owner had been injured is still unclear, but the three broke in through a window to an occupied house. The 3 began to possibly look for guns and other things of value and remove them from the house. What they were not aware of was that there was someone else staying in the home. When the house guest heard a noise, he sought a safe place and a means of protection, a handgun. At some point during their crime, the house guest was seen. 2 people fled, the third was still in a narrow hallway when the house guest came into the hallway. The 14-year old juvenile had a rifle or shotgun in his hands and the house-guest felt threatened. He fired the handgun at the juvenile, grazing him once in the neck, and center mass in the chest. The second shot being a mortal wound. The house guest immediately alerted the authorities.

So, now we have a 14-year old juvenile dead, a man who will carry the burden of knowing that he ended someone else's life in the preservation of his own.

In Illinois, citizens have the right to defend themselves or their famiy within their home. But they have to be inside the exterior walls of the home. i.e. If you are a parent, and there is someone holding a knife or gun to your spouse or children's throat or otherwise threating their life such as attempting to strangle them, you have the right to stop them with deadly force.

Now, the mother of the dead juvenile is saying "He was in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Like Wes commented at Contagions, "Are you STONED?" This kid was right where he intended to be at that time. And he paid for it. This was not an accident. He had a gun in his hands, in the dark, in someone else's house, and was in the middle of committing a felony.

And then the family doubts that it was self defense. Obviously, they are stoned. Do we need to go over the details again? Juvenile, in someone else's house, gun in hand, committing felony. I fail to see any confusion.

Only those who are retarded would think charges should be filed against the house guest.

This would be a good story for the Armed Citizen, but it needs to be the copy from the previous article, that actually told about the broken window, the guns thrown out into the yard. If anyone has that, please click the link and submit it or leave it in the comments and I will submit it.

Tammi talked about how shocking it was that this incident could happen in the little town of Stillman Valley. Unfortunately, this kind of thing happens in small towns. My family owns a farm house along a highway that one of the farm hands and his family live in. One night, the hand and his wife had gone to bed and left the back door of the house open for their son who was still out. Sometime between when they went to bed and the son came home, someone entered the house and took several items. This was about 1/4 of mile outside of a town of 2800 people. And about 5 years ago, in a little town about 15 miles from my hometown, a 23 year old deputy sheriff went to serve a warrant on a 60 year old man. Instead of serving the warrant, the deputy was greeted by a shotgun, by which he was fatally shot. After shooting the deputy, the 60 year old took the squad car around the block to a neighbors house with whom he had been having verbal arguments. He promptly shot the husband and wife while their daughter was in the house. Finally, he had a shootout with police. Even in small towns, horrible events occur.


So, I leave you with this story and bit of advice. Not too long ago, a friend of mine in a little town of 320 people, was awakened one night by his dog barking frantically. He supplied himself with a short-barreled Springfield 1911 and his mobile radio that he has as an officer in the local volunteer fire department. As he came down the stairs to where his dog was at, he found someone trying to break into his home through the front door. My friend shouted for the person to leave, meanwhile he also keyed the radio to contact the county 911/dispatch (there is no police in town). Over the radio he informed them who he was and what was going on and that he needed a deputy. Finally, after seeing that my friend was armed with the handgun, the attempted crook ran off before the law arrived. While being interviewed by the officers, one of them asked if my friend needed anything. He replied, "Yeah, could you unload that." and pointed to the handgun on the table. The officer obliged and removed the clip and the round from the chamber, as my friend was still quite shaken. During his conversation with the deputies and troopers, my friend told the officers that if the person would have come through the door, he would have shot him. The officer told him that if he had shot the intruder, to make sure that he fell in the house, not on the porch, even if it meant he had to drag him into the house before they got there.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Thanks

For those of you who might not have heard, the great Charlton Heston passed away on Saturday, at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 84.

The earliest memory I have of Heston was from watching "The Ten Commandments" on t.v. We even had it recorded on vhs. A couple of years ago, I bought the 50th anniversary DVD. To this day, I still find it to be a powerful message.

And later, I learned to appreciate Heston again as my President. I even had the bumper sticker "My President is Charlton Heston." Yes, I am a proud member of the NRA and have the utmost respect for the work Heston did as the President of the NRA in defense of the 2nd Amendment. He was a tireless advocate and very public presence. He stood up to the worst socialists trying to strip our rights from us. Even allowing Michael Moore to conduct an interview in Heston's home when Moore was making the mockumentary "Bowling for Columbine." It turned into a personal verbal attack. One of the most played images following Heston's passing was from an NRA national Convention, in which Heston raises a fine custom flintlock rifle about his head and proclaims, "From my cold dead hands," alluding to the battle cry, you can have my guns, when you pry them from my cold, dead hands.

Finally, in the early part of this decade, and towards the end of his tenure as NRA President, Heston announced that he had symptoms consistent with Alzheimer's disease. This horrific curse is one that my Grandfather was also afflicted with.

So to you President Heston, is raise a glass to your memory. Welcome home. And to your family, I wish them peace in knowing that you are home.

A couple of other articles on the passing of Heston:
A press release from Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the NRA.
FoxNews.com article.



And Sorry gun-grabbing loonies. Yes, Heston may be gone, but you will still not be able to pry his guns from his hands, as we have already stepped into the empty spot Heston left and continue the fight.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Heading Out

Well, tomorrow morning I will be on the road pretty early. Out of the house by 6:30 and heading south.

This weekend is the "Les Pays de Illinois Colonial Trade Faire and Musket and Rifle Frolic." A juried pre-1790 event. In order to attend you have to fill out an application with written descriptions and pictures of all your stuff. The Chaussers du Datchurat who run the event check you stuff to see if you meet the standards to attend.

But it is worth it. This is by far the best event in the Midwest. Plus, one of the guys who run the event is a professional gun builder and he makes a custom rifle for the Lottery they hold. It includes a rifle, a shooting pouch, and hunting knife for the top prize. Worth probably $2,500-$3,000. And then they have nine other prizes. Usually a fine Wilde Half blanket, a great coat, and several other quality pieces.

And at night, they have the colonial tavern, with tavern maids serving beer and shrub all night long.

So, see y'all Sunday night.

Roll out the Kegs

Sound the trumpets, cue the D.J. and Raise your glasses.

Today is a very important day.

This afternoon marked the 1,000th Visitor to this blog. Took just a little over 2 months.

So, to my brother (who was the 1,00th visitor) I raise a special glass to you and to all of you who have made this very special day possible, a good shot of Glenfiddich I raise in your honor as well.

I wish you all good health and prosperity.


Also, this post you are reading right now, is my 100th blog post. I have ranted 100 times in just the last 2 months.

Damn. I always knew I could out-talk a room full of politicians, and this is proof.

A Basic Human Right.

Those who know me, or who have read this blog much, know that I am a very pro-gun, pro-self-defense, pro-concealed carry, pro-2nd Amendment guy. So I am always on the lookout for other guns to add to my collection and information on a) why gun ownership and possession in this country is a guaranteed and a basic right; and b) cases where a gun was the great equalizer.

So, when Og of Neanderpundit put up a link, I read it and believe it needs to be read by everybody.

So here we go:
The original link from Og: Sociological Images: Seeing is Believing.

From there I went to this:
Make a Choice: A Liability or a Useful Tool. I recommend clicking the "A Liability" and take the survey, then read the information that follows. If you are pro-gun it is just more reinforcement of what we already know with classic examples.

Once you are done with that, you come to Self-Defense: a basic human right.

Beautiful stuff.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Who Knew?

Apparently, the United States has a voluntary tax system. And that comes from the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Where was I when this system became "voluntary?" I must have missed that memo, along with every other person I have ever met.

And what makes it "voluntary?" Why, they fact that we file a tax return.

So, maybe if I don't file my return this year, I don't have to pay taxes.

But wait, there is a problem with that. If I don't file my tax return, anything I may have overpaid I don't get back. And, if I don't file, there will be several people in suits at my door with a beautiful set of bracelets, a new set of clothes, a new bed, and all the shower rape one could ever want. If I decide that I don't want to pay my taxes, will my employer just not withhold anything from my check? NO.

Who in the fuck are you kidding, Harry. Evidently all the bright lights of Vegas have made you a stupid idiot. There is nothing voluntary about paying taxes in this country. I was never asked. I didn't volunteer to give up my money to you. And if I didn't pay them, you throw me if jail for breaking the law. How on God's green earth is that fucking voluntary?


h/t to IMAO.

Just more proof that Dennis Miller is right.