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19 July 2007, 10:09 pm. 2 Comments. Filed under Opinion.

Would you pay $1,294.95 for this?  Me neither.

The Military is NOT Losing, We Are

19 July 2007, 9:19 pm. Comments Off. Filed under U.S. Military.

We hear quite frequently from the “I support the troops, but not the war” crowd to the point of nausea. Thanks to Texas Fred, I was led to a posting on this very subject. Southern Sass points out the apathy that has overcome so many of us. Thanks to said apathy, one site is about to shut down, Operation We Care. I’ll be honest, I’ve never heard of this organization. But I noticed something on their site….the number of boxes they have sent to our troops have steadily decreased over time.

I don’t know about you, but I know I haven’t done enough, especially recently. Yes, I ‘adopt’ soldiers, buy my ‘kids’ boots, send them as much junk food as I can fit in boxes I can pick up. I purchase ‘Treats for Troops’. I say ‘thank you’ every time I see someone in uniform, but it’s not really enough to show my appreciation. I’ll never be able to show them just how much they all mean to me.

What I’d like to share is a comment to the post:

Hi! I am visiting from Texas Fred. I was a soldier for twenty years, that’s 20. I know the hardships that both soldiers and their families go through.

I will go you one better on the support of the soldiers, I am here with them. I work with them every day as a contractor. Am I ashamed of all of the money that I am making here? No I am not. I should be able to make at least half of what I am making here back home but I cannot. So I am working my way out of debt.

So having said that I want to tell you about the soldiers that every one states are so tired of being here and getting wounded and the like. They are typical young people, they love to laugh make jokes and poke fun at one another and those in authority. They are also very focused on their mission and what it takes to get the job done. Any civilian company would be lucky to have them. There are those who do not have the drive or mission focus of others but they are in a very small minority. They tell me to a person that they want to go home as soon as they can. They also tell me that they do not want to leave here having failed in the mission of making the Iraqi people as free as we in America are. They will do what they are told but will be very disappointed if they leave here without defeating the enemy.

Many of the wounded say they would go back into combat in a minute if they could. If the political leadership would turn the soldiers loose on the insurgent, terrorist savages that are causing all of the trouble over here they could and would solve all of the problems here.

On the subject of supporting the troops but not the war a Command Sergeant Major whoes name I cannot remember stated it this way: “If you say that you support the soldier but not what I am doing you are a liar. Soldiers are what they do and what they do is fight and win the nations wars. Popular or unpopular.”

You see the problem with this war is not President Bush. The problem with this war is the news media giving every one all the bad news and none of the good. If the MSM told even two good stories about the soldiers and their conduct every day the American people would be giving more support than could be handled.

Americans give more to charitable organizations every year than the rest of the world combined. If they see some thing that is a good cause that make their lives and not just some one elses life better they would give until they are broke.

So instead of critisizing the President why don’t you and every other Anti-Bush person get on the MSM about they way they are reporting this war? I do not always agree with the President but he is not the only problem we have.

I would like to say more but I have taken up too much of you time all ready. Thank you for listening.
Craig Massey

If you only listen to the MSM, you’re never going to get the whole story. They’ll give you only what they want you to hear, and thus sway your opinion to their way of thinking.

It’s been working, hasn’t it.

Evening Snack (7/19)

19 July 2007, 8:02 pm. 3 Comments. Filed under General News.

Democrats cut ‘John Doe’ provision

Congressional Democrats today failed to include a provision in homeland security legislation that would protect the public from being sued for reporting suspicious behavior that may lead to a terrorist attack, according to House Republican leaders.

“This is a slap in the face of good citizens who do their patriotic duty and come forward, and it caves in to radical Islamists,” said Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican and ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee.

Now this seriously chaps my hide! Although, I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised since the Dhimmis don’t seem to care about the safety of American citizens.

Michael Vick Dogfighting Case Makes Way to Floor of U.S. Senate

The Michael Vick dogfighting case made its way to the floor of the U.S. Senate Thursday when its most senior member publicly declared his outrage, saying he’s witnessed one execution but wouldn’t mind seeing another “if it involves this cruel, sadistic, cannibalistic business of training innocent, vulnerable creatures to kill.”

The strong words from Sen. Robert Byrd, D-WV, widely known for his devotion to animals, come as dogfighting controversy swirls around the Atlanta Falcons star quarterback. Vick and three others were indicted earlier this week on felony charges of competitive dogfighting, procuring and training pit bulls for fighting, and conducting the enterprise across state lines.

Holy cow! I’m agreeing with Byrd? Yeah, in this case, I definitely am!

75 percent of Americans overweight by 2015

If people keep gaining weight at the current rate, fat will be the norm by 2015, with 75 percent of U.S. adults overweight and 41 percent obese, U.S. researchers predicted on Wednesday.

Well, I’m already ahead of the game, so I’ve got a jump on ‘the norm’. :-)

More 9/11 Victims Identified

Two Sept. 11 victims have been identified from bones found in the past 15 months on a vacant skyscraper’s roof and underneath a service road at ground zero, officials said Thursday.

They are the first to be identified from body parts recovered in a renewed search for remains missed in the initial cleanup. Their names were not released because their families had not agreed to do so, medical examiner’s spokeswoman Ellen Borakove said.

I understand this is a daunting task, but I’m sure the families are wondering why it’s taking so long. So am I.

Dow Posts First Close Above 14,000

Wall Street moved soundly higher Thursday, sending the Dow Jones industrials to their first close above 14,000 as investors kept jitters about the economy at bay and focused on a string of upbeat earnings reports.

But it’s a lousy economy!

Man driving SUV that went through motel was highly intoxicated

ANTIGO, Wis. (AP) — A man accused of plowing his sports utility vehicle through a motel and killing a sleeping man had a blood-alcohol level more than five times the legal limit to drive, according to court records.

Stephen VanVleit, 58, of Antigo was charged with felony homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle, felony homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and third-offense drunken driving, said the criminal complaint filed Thursday.

Insanity! (I’m surprised, and impressed, they actually blame the driver, and NOT the SUV.)

Rowling angered as NYT reviews last Potter

“I am staggered that some American newspapers have decided to publish purported spoilers in the form of reviews in complete disregard of the wishes of literally millions of readers, particularly children,” she said.

I’ll repeat it one more time…..IT’S A BLOOMIN’ FICTIONAL BOOK. Why on earth are people acting like it’s the Second Coming? Oh, wait a minute…the NYT wouldn’t give the Second Coming any coverage at all.

Bush vows Iraq success if U.S. doesn’t lose its nerve

President George W. Bush arrived in Nashville this morning and told a small gathering that he understands Americans are “tired” of war but said he believes “we’ll succeed if we don’t lose our nerve.”

The problem involves other parts of the human anatomy.


19 July 2007, 7:18 pm. 3 Comments. Filed under Travel.

I left Ruston, LA this morning at a reasonable hour, got to Waco, at a reasonable hour, and got lost getting to the motel where I’ve stayed quite a few times.  Criminy.  Once I let Mr. Ol’ Broad know I had arrived in one piece, I promptly fell asleep.  I think I’m just flat getting worn out!

I saw a couple of signs along the road that made me go….hmmmmmmmmmmm.

Catfish Ice Cream – I realize there should have been a comma or a dash between the words, but if you saw a sign like that what would your immediate thought be?  YUCK!

Yared Sale – Now, I’m not real sure what a ‘yared’ is, but it was for sale.

Other than the required morons on the road who don’t think anyone else has the right to share THEIR space, it was a fairly uneventful drive.  The best part were the comments I had on my t-shrt:


There was a “What does your shirt say?  OH, I LOVE it!”  A couple of “I really like Fred.  He’s got my support.”  And one odd look.  One gentleman who said he use to support John McCain, because he’s a vet and understands veteran issues, but he’s leaning more toward Rudy now because of the illegal immigration thing, but if Fred declares, he’ll support him 100%.  Cool huh.  

Take Down The Bird Feeder!

19 July 2007, 8:21 am. 2 Comments. Filed under Borders, Crime.

Pretty accurate analogy, IMHO.

I bought a bird feeder. I hung it on my back porch and filled it with seed.

Within a week we had hundreds of birds taking advantage of the continuous flow of free and easily accessible food.

But then the birds started building nests in the boards of the patio, above the table, and next to the barbecue.

Then came the poop. It was everywhere: on the patio tile, the chairs, the table…everywhere.

Then some of the birds turned mean:

They would dive bomb me and try to peck me even though I had fed them out of my own pocket.

And others birds were boisterous and loud:

They sat on the feeder and squawked and screamed at all hours of the day and night and demanded that I fill it when it got low on food.

After a while, I couldn’t even sit on my own back porch anymore.

I took down the bird feeder and in three days the birds were gone.

I cleaned up their mess and took down the many nests they had built all over the patio.

Soon, the back yard was like it used to be, quiet, serene and no one demanding their rights to a free meal.

Now lets see, our government gives out free food, subsidized housing, free medical care, free education and allows anyone born here to be an automatic citizen.

Then the illegals came by the millions.

Suddenly our taxes went up to pay for free services, small apartments are housing 5 families, you have to wait 6 hours to be seen by an emergency room doctor, your child’s 2nd grade class is behind other schools because over half the class doesn’t speak English..

Corn Flakes now come in a bilingual box, I have to press “one” to hear my bank talk to me in English, and people waving flags other than “Old Glory” are squawking and screaming in the streets, demanding more rights and free liberties.

Maybe it’s time for the government to take down the bird feeder.

H/T: Texas Fred’s 

The “Fence”

19 July 2007, 7:29 am. 2 Comments. Filed under Borders, Crime, Feckless Weasels.

Chertoff: Texas border fence construction to begin by fall

HOUSTON – U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said he expects construction of a Texas-Mexico border fence to begin by this fall. He pledged to consult with local communities on the fence design, but said he won’t give them a veto on the plan.

“I expect we’ll be doing some construction in Texas this fiscal year,” Chertoff said in an interview with the Houston Chronicle. The government’s fiscal year ends Sept. 30.

How nice. I suspect if we removed the gubmint from the equation, it would be almost finished.

Under a bill President Bush signed last year, 700 miles of fencing is slated for the U.S.-Mexican border, of which Homeland Security has said will include at least 370 miles of physical fence supplemented by “virtual” barrier of sensors, mobile towers with cameras, agents and other technology. About 150 miles of fencing is expected in Texas.

So, what about the rest of the border? I’m still all for the gun turrets every 100 feet or so. Wonder if I could convince them there is a need?

Chertoff said the government will consult with communities on the type of fencing to be installed. It won’t be a solid wall or a double layer of fencing on either side of a border road, he said.

Let’s just make the whole thing a white picket fence for all the good it’s going to do with so many gaps.

Chertoff said security needs will dictate the fence’s type and location. “Because the fence is not only to protect the border communities, it’s to protect the country,” he said.

Security needs? Hmmm…. concrete, dig 40 feet, or more, down, build 40 feet up, moat with alligators, gun turrets….manned of course, and oh, let’s throw in some land mines on the outside for good measure.

Morning Coffee 7/19/07

19 July 2007, 7:04 am. Comments Off. Filed under General News.

Store owner shoots robbery suspect

A store owner is in Milwaukee police custody this morning after shooting an alleged robber as the suspect scuffled with a store employee last night.

Police said the 22-year-old suspected robber entered the Save More store, 2900 N. 24th St., about 7:12 p.m. He had a gun when he demanded and received money.

What a travesty! Sure, punish the hard working store owner for defending himself and property. I don’t suppose it’s ever occurred to the ‘powers that be’ that the state, and Milwaukee in particular, might be a LOT safer if law abiding folks could defend themselves from the thug culture that’s grown rampant? Naw….makes too much sense.

Post-Patinkin Fix for `Criminal Minds’

The abrupt departure of Mandy Patinkin from “Criminal Minds” is forcing CBS to revise the drama before its fall return and fend off questions about his exit.

Patinkin, 54, citing creative differences, asked to be released from his role as FBI profiler Jason Gideon, it was announced earlier this week.

I’ve always like the show, but I’m not sorry to see Patinkin leave. He’ grates my nerves.

Study: Men Who Download Child Porn More Likely to Molest Kids

Of the convicted Internet offenders in the study, 85 percent said they had sexually abused minors, with offenses ranging from inappropriate touching to rape.

Castration with a dull butter knife, THEN draw and quarter.

Former best friend says she’s sorry she tried to hire hit man

A woman tearfully apologized to her friend Wednesday for trying to have her killed last year with “two to the heart and one to the head.”
Johnson, of East Memphis, admitted she asked an acquaintance to find a hit man to kill Larketa Carter, also 29, who she mistakenly thought circulated revealing pictures of her. The acquaintance went to police. An undercover officer posed as a hit man.

One year and an apology? I don’t suppose it ever occurred to this loony tune to just ask. Criminy, with friends like that….

U.S. says Iraqi militant nonexistent

In March, he was declared captured. In May, he was declared killed, and his purported corpse was displayed on state-run TV. But on Wednesday, Abu Omar Baghdadi, the supposed leader of an Al Qaeda-affiliated group in Iraq, was declared nonexistent by U.S. military officials, who said he was a fictional character created to give an Iraqi face to a foreign-run terrorist organization.
“The Islamic State of Iraq is the latest effort by Al Qaeda to market itself and its goal of imposing a Taliban-like state on the Iraqi people,” Bergner said.

They have to make up people to string along their followers? I find that a bit…..lame. Don’t they have enough real life lunatics?

Six million Britons are living in households where nobody works

The National Audit Office report lambasts the Government for failing to tackle this hard-core group, and warns that those living in workless households risk drifting into a spiral of joblessness, poverty, ill-health and crime – with a huge cost to society.

Perhaps it’s past time for the British to rethink their trend toward socialism?

Astonishingly in 80 per cent of such households nobody is actively seeking work.

Good heavens! Why on earth should they bother to work? The gubmint provides a pretty good ‘living’. No wonder taxes are so high there.

The problem is concentrated in cities including inner London – where one in four households are workless – Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester, and is worse among some ethnic groups. Pakistani and Bangladeshi households are the most likely to be workless at 22.3 per cent, while Indian households are the least likely, at 6.8 per cent.

Zipping the lips! Although I could go on a tirade. I’d say GB might want to consider a little deportation action.

State pay raises to cost $1M annually

NASHVILLE — Gov. Phil Bredesen announced salary increases of up to 63 percent for top state government officials Wednesday, saying the new rates make their compensation “a little more reasonable.”

Reasonable? On what planet is a $31K raise reasonable?

“They represent substantial increases in most cases, and I’m sure there’ll be some hyperventilating over that subject,” Bredesen said.

Gee, ya think?

“I think it’s absolutely outrageous,” said Ben Cunningham, a leader of Tennessee Tax Revolt, noting that the increase comes after Bredesen and the Legislature approved a 42-cents-per-pack increase in cigarette taxes.

Sorry Bredesen. Things aren’t lookin’ too good for you right now.