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Rosh Hashana

12 September 2007, 9:12 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Faith.


Heading Home

12 September 2007, 9:05 pm. 2 Comments. Filed under Opinion.

Tomorrow, I’ll be heading back to Tennessee, with a passenger.  sigh….  Brat jr is going to be staying with me for a while.  This should be interesting.  An ol’ broad dealing with a teenager.  I’m rather hoping that she doesn’t end up as a bad smell in the woods.  Hey, can I blame it on the peacocks?

How to Catch a Wild Pig

12 September 2007, 10:41 am. Comments Off. Filed under Opinion.

I got this email from my brother in law.

No Free lunch:

There was a Chemistry professor in a large college that had some Exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab the Prof noticed one young man (exchange student) who kept rubbing his back and stretching as if his back hurt. The professor asked the young man what was the matter. The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country’s government and install a new communist government.

In the midst of his story he looked at the professor and asked a strange question. He asked, “Do you know how to catch wild pigs?”

The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line. The young man said this was no joke.”You  catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come everyday to eat the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence. They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. The pigs, who are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat, you slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd.

Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity.

The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening to America. The government keeps pushing us toward Communism/socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare, medicine, drugs, etc. While we continually lose our freedoms- just a little at a time.

One should always remember “There is no such thing as a free lunch!” Also, “You can never hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper than you can do it yourself.”

Also, if you see that all of this wonderful government “help” is a problem confronting the future of democracy in America, you might want to send this on to your friends. If you think the free ride is essential to your way of life then you will probably delete this email, but God help you when the gate slams shut!

It got me to thinking.  I don’t know about you, but in my more than half century of life, I’ve been seeing those “fences” go up, one slat at a time. And Bush has not been the president the whole time, so blaming him is totally irrational.

Morning Coffee 9/12/07

12 September 2007, 8:34 am. 3 Comments. Filed under General News.

No Democratic censure for MoveOn ad

Democratic congressional leaders and the party’s presidential candidates yesterday refused to repudiate a liberal group’s ad questioning Gen. David H. Petraeus’ character.

Capitol Hill Democrats rejected a call for votes in both chambers to condemn the attack newspaper ad (pdf download), run by, saying Republicans are trying to take attention off what they call the president’s failed Iraq policy.

Despicable, but not really surprising.

Putin dissolves Russian government

President Vladimir Putin dissolved Russia’s government Wednesday in a major political shakeup ahead of parliamentary and presidential elections, the Kremlin said.

The dissolution is expected to result in a new prime minister, who will be seen as Putin’s choice to succeed him after he steps down next spring.

So much for the facade of a democracy.

Senate bill blocks trucks from Mexico

Senators from both parties, citing safety concerns, attached a measure to a transportation spending bill to block funding for the cross-border trucking program. The House earlier this year approved a similar measure, virtually ensuring it will be in the final bill.

Bush has threatened to veto the bill over its price tag, and the White House issued a statement Tuesday saying it “strongly opposes” any effort to delay the program.

Could be the Senate is actually paying attentions to us common folk? Well, once in a while anyway. But only if it puts a crimp in Bush’s plans…..ANY plans. Hmm….naw…there’s an election coming up next year and a good chunk of ‘em seem to be running against the prez.

Bush has threatened to veto the bill over its price tag, and the White House issued a statement Tuesday saying it “strongly opposes” any effort to delay the program.

It’s OBVIOUS he sure isn’t listening. No habla ingles!

It’s Clinton Versus Petraeus
Senator Spars With General on Credibility

Senator Clinton squared off yesterday with her possible challenger for the White House in 2012, General David Petraeus, and came closer than any of her colleagues to calling the commander of the multinational forces in Iraq a liar.

Using blunter language than any other Democrat in the last two days, Mrs. Clinton told General Petraeus that his progress report on Iraq required “a willing suspension of disbelief.”

The last thing that woman should be doing is questioning ANYONE on their credibility!

Newsom’s request for resignations in San Francisco meets resistance

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s push to have hundreds of city department heads, mayoral-appointed commissioners and senior staffers in his office submit their resignation letters by the end of the week was met with pockets of resistance Tuesday, with some city officials vowing to defy the order.

Sounds like Newsom thinks he’s actually the king of SF. Or would that be queen? If he’s actually the one who appointed these folks, can’t he at least ask? Not sure how that works.

Rutgers apologizes for football fans’ behavior

“While we cannot undo the damage that some of our fans caused, we will do all we can to prevent it in the future,” McCormick wrote.

The column reported that Navy was booed and peppered with “You suck!” chants when they stepped on the field for both halves. Toward the end of the second half, Rutgers students in the new bleacher section began to serenade the adjacent section of Navy fans and uniformed Midshipmen with ‘F— you, Navy. F—you, Navy. F— you, Navy.”

This is how supposed adults behave? Personally, I’d expel the students, and refuse contributions from the alumni involved. Gets Discount Rate for ‘Betray Us’ Advocacy Ad

Jake Tapper at ABC News reported that paid $65,000 for its full page anti-war advocacy sliming of General David Petraeus. This figure raised the suspicions of attentive blogger Confederate Yankee whose intuition appears to be correct. (h/t Michelle Malkin) While looking up the current New York Times rate book he discovered that received a $102,000 discount on the standard political advocacy rate that is advertised at $167,157.

Is there any question about which side the Slimes is on?

Convicted child killer Daryl Holton dies in Tenn. electric chair

Holton told police he killed the children because his ex-wife had denied him from seeing them. He also said he intended to kill his ex-wife and himself, but instead decided to turn himself in.

He chose the electric chair over the state’s preferred execution method of lethal injection. Under Tennessee law, death row inmates can choose if their crimes were committed before 1999.

He actually chose it? Odd.

Russia tests ‘dad of all bombs’

The Russian military has successfully tested what it described as the world’s most powerful non-nuclear air-delivered bomb, Russia’s state television reported Tuesday.
Unlike a nuclear weapon, the bomb doesn’t hurt the environment, he added.

The statement reflected the Kremlin’s efforts to restore Russia’s global clout and rebuild the nation’s military might while the ties with Washington have been strained over U.S. criticism of Russia’s backsliding on democracy, Moscow’s vociferous protests of U.S. missile defense plans, and rifts over global crises.

What was that about the ‘soul’ of Putin again?


12 September 2007, 7:44 am. Comments Off. Filed under Feckless Weasels.