Saturday, September 29, 2012

You Should

Be watching Hell on Wheels on AMC if you aren't already. Great acting and writing. So far every episode has been an eye opener for sure - lots of unexpected plot twists.

Sis got me hooked last year during the first season. She had Dish, who is currently having a spat with AMC and currently does not carry that channel. Sis now has DirecTV. It does not do to get crosswise with my sister.

Last Sunday's episode finally put the main male and female leads in the ten toes up/down position, which we'd all seen coming for all of last season and this one, too. This song was featured for a montage of scenes that included that particular plot point, plus others. Never have been much for buying folk music, but this song is haunting and plaintive. Enjoy!


Annabel Annabel where did you go?
I’ve looked high and I’ve looked low
Oh I’ve looked low and I’ve looked high
Tell me where does the spirit go when you die?
Oh where does the spirit go when you die?

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Through the Windshield

A couple of us were stuck behind these loads on KS/CO 96 Monday - they had to get over in Sheridan Lake, CO, to meet with the Colorado DOT and get inspected. Those trailers are low. Real low. You can see behind the trailer on the second unit in the second picture what looks like an old, weathered and shattered railroad tie. That is what it is - it was apparently mostly buried and the trailers snagged it and pulled it out of the parking lot.

When these things move, and by the way, those are dump beds for huge mining trucks - people HAVE to pull over, and you do NOT pass 'em. I've gotten behind some in the past and they told me their load was twenty three feet wide. These were that or more - I was sure thinking twenty five.

The last one we were stuck behind pulled over on a narrow two lane road at an intersection and tried to squeeze over as much as possible. His trailer wheels fell in some potholes and that bed started rocking back and forth - made me nervous as H - E Double Toothpicks. It would be sooooo easy to dump something like that.

We haul sixteen wides frequently - that is what I did today - and that is wide enough for this tubby trucker, thank you very much!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Teh Won Needs Four More Years

Ted Rall: Unhappy liberal camper. He's also a pariah in his own political niche because he dares to notice the Emperor wears no clothes.

From MoK

Off His Nut


Mario is mad as hell and isn't gonna take it any more.*

*With apologies to the movie Network

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Now We Find Out???

The Obama you don't know

Few if any of his predecessors took the oath of office with higher public hopes for his success than President Obama on Jan. 20, 2009.Millions of Americans hailed his election as an end to partisanship, a renewal of the spirit of compromise and a reinvigoration of the nation's highest ideals at home and abroad.

Above all, as America's first black chief executive, Obama symbolized the healing of long-festering wounds that were the terrible national legacy of slavery, the Reconstruction Era and Jim Crow. We would be, finally, one nation.

But after nearly four years in office, Obama has become a sharply polarizing figure.

His admirers believe he deserves a special place alongside Wilson, the Roosevelts and LBJ as one of the architects of benevolent government.

His critics believe he is trying to remake America in the image of Europe's social democracies, replacing America's ethos of independence and individual enterprise with a welfare state inflamed by class divisions.

In an effort to get a clearer picture of Obama -- his shaping influences, his core beliefs, his political ambitions and his accomplishments -- The Washington Examiner conducted a four-month inquiry, interviewing dozens of his supporters and detractors in Chicago and elsewhere, and studying countless court transcripts, government reports and other official documents.Over the years and in two autobiographies, Obama has presented himself to the world as many things, including radical community organizer, idealistic civil rights lawyer, dynamic reformer in the Illinois and U.S. senates, and, finally, the cool presidential voice of postpartisan hope and change.

With his air of reasonableness and moderation, he has projected a remarkably likable persona. Even in the midst of a historically dirty campaign for re-election, his likability numbers remain impressive, as seen in a recent AP-GFK Poll that found 53 percent of adults have a favorable view of him.

But beyond the spin and the polls, a starkly different picture emerges. It is a portrait of a man quite unlike his image, not a visionary reformer but rather a classic Chicago machine pol who thrives on rewarding himself and his friends with the spoils of public office, and who uses his position to punish his enemies.
This is just the opening paragraphs of a ten part series by the Washington Examiner. Just warning y'all in the TL:DR (Too Long: Didn't Read) category that it will take a while to RTWT (Read The Whole Thing).

Some of this I'd already heard, but some not so much. The press in this presidential election is primarily concerned with Mitt Romney's tax returns - absolutely sure that if he won't show them to us, he must be hiding something. Now that he's released them and it shows he's paid more than he needed to, I hear the sound of crickets rather than liberal pundits saying they were wrong.

Of course I was holding my breath, doncha know....

I think I'd have a major heart attack should MSNBC or for that matter, any of the other liberal letter news agencies did a series of stories like this on Their Dear Leader On a Pedestal Who Does No Wrong.

But, hey! No worries about all the policy failures of the current administration! They've got a new flag, just in time for the hero worship ceremonies! Nothing like a cult of personality rather than a leader!

Whatever's Comfortable


The first time I saw this commercial, my immediate thought was WTH????

I get a charge outta it now, though. This guy has the honey badger 'tude down, man. And those shoes! Does he use them like swim fins?

No matter. He's comfortable, and just doesn't give a sh*t. He's a honey badger.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Helping Out

Got this in an email:

September 20, 2012
The Poor
Dear Friend:
In the last 15 days, supporters of the 2nd Amendment pledged nearly $15,000 for support of the important new film “Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire”
 that exposes California as the front line in the civil rights battle between public safety and the 2nd Amendment.  The Second Amendment Foundation and the Calguns Foundation have each contributed $5,000.00 to get this project off the ground. 
As a blogger and the writer of The Poor Farm, you are at the cutting edge of communicating with the online Pro-2A community and we are asking you to join us in supporting this project. Your help is necessary to make this happen.
 and make your pledge now. Also, of equal importance, we are asking you to reach out to your readers and let them know about this project.
Thank you for your support,

 Ray Carter
Director of Development
12500 NE 10th Place
Bellevue, WA 98005
O:(425) 454-7012
Hey, I'm not even sure how I registered on their radar, but I'll do what I can.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I Smile

And rock on when this song is on my radio:


Wikipedia has this to say:
Allmusic's Maginnis praises aspects of the song, including its "nice build ups, breakdowns and solos," but does not think that the string interludes work as well in "Gonna Raise Hell" as they did in the title track of the Dream Police album.[3] Maginnis also criticizes the song's length, at over nine minutes.[3] Carlos has explained the length by stating that the song was originally intended to be about five minutes long, but when the band decided to go for a disco interpretation , they improvised an additional five minutes during the recording.[1] According to Carlos, the first take of the improvised music sounded good enough to the band to be left in.[1]
Fellow Allmusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine praises "Gonna Raise Hell" as an "epic rocker" that ranks "among Cheap Trick's finest."[8] Rolling Stone Magazine critic Dave Marsh sees the song as a "variation on 'Helter Skelter'" by The Beatles, and believes that the layering of the vocals was inspired by The Beatles' Abbey Road.[9] Mojo Magazine claimed that "Gonna Raise Hell" and "Need Your Love," another song from Dream Police, "proved the Trick could do heavy, freaky rock jams as well as any of their peers."[10] Audio Magazine found the track amusing but complained that Cheap Trick was willing to go so far as to record a disco track in order to be successful.[11] Author Mike Hayes claims that with this song, producer Tom Werman achieved "the definitive Cheap Trick sound," even though the song's style differs from typical Cheap Trick fare.[1]
The song has been popular live at Cheap Trick concerts.[1]
I dunno about all that, I'm just a consumer. My opinion is that this is one of rock's standards right up there with other hell raisin' tunes like Tush by ZZ Top as just one example. I just like to hear it.

Monday, September 17, 2012

I Am Like, In Total Solidarity

With Laura of Fetch My Flying Monkeys. She called for “National Irritate a Food Pic Hater Food Pic Posting Week” or NIAFPHFPPW for short.

The minor fact that she called for pics of food a week ago last Friday, and the week of posting food pics was supposed to take place last week has no bearing on my complete solidarity in this matter. Plus I'm just posting on this one day. Shaddup.

At any rate, I really haven't made anything that made me want to take a pic til tonite, when I made my version of Spanish Rice.

That gold stuff at the edge of the salsa verde and the rice is some sort of camera artifact

I rarely measure, so here goes:

1 lb hamburger
1/2 green bell pepper finely chopped
1/4 yellow onion finely chopped
Couple handfuls of sliced jalapenos from the glass jar variety
1 regular can tomato sauce
1 small can tomato sauce
2 cans WallyWorld generic Rotel style diced tomatoes and green chilis
1 1/2 cup instant rice
Garlic powder
Black pepper
Chili powder
And a healthy dollop of this:

 I don't add very much because of the sodium, but if you want a tad more tomato flavor and some chicken stock, which adds to almost any kind of dish quite well no matter the meat used, this is the stuff. I get the granulated version. Easier to measure more finely and mix in.

So, brown the meat and veggies until they are just about done, then add all the other stuff. I never measure the spices - just open the top and sprinkle across the top until it looks right. Not so much with the black pepper, there are limits ya know. It will for sure take some added water as well - the rice will soak up all the liquid present and need more to cook out.

I also add about fifteen or twenty shakes of this:

I tell ya what, IMHO this is the best hot sauce there is. Far better flavor than any of Tabasco's offerings at about a fifth of the price. We're not paying for all the fancy tv ads with this stuff. Tapatio is another that has a great flavor. It's different, and maybe slightly hotter than the Louisiana brand. Still freaking tasty, AFAIC.

Sooo, ya let this simmer and cook until the rice absorbs all the water and is cooked and soft. You have to keep stirring and gradually adding small amounts of water - when the sauce starts blowing out big ol' gloopy sounds from large bubbles popping - turn the heat down and add a little water to thin it out.

I usually make this as a copycat version of Rice-A-Roni by using vermicelli noodles broken very short, and sauteing them and regular rice with the meat and veggies to brown them. Takes longer to cook, but it's a different texture. That was actually my Dad's idea - he spent a ton of time puttering in the kitchen to good effect, as most of the old neighbors and relatives can attest. Another pasta alternative that gives the same results is acini di pepe, which also works well sucking up moisture in stews. I also use barley for that as well, but I'd bet barley in this stuff would probably be a fail!

So, when it's done and ready to eat, I'll put it in a bowl and mix in some grated cheddar and then top it all with some of this:

World Table is WalMart's attempt at making some of their brands more upmarket than just generic stuff. I've kinda developed a taste for salsa verde over the years, and this stuff has just the right acidic but not sweet taste I've found. Basically it kicks ass.

Sooo, this is just a down and dirty quick and easy to prepare meal, or rather for me, several meals since I ate two bowls and have two snap lid containers full in the fridge right now.

And also for Laura - I made a smart alec comment on her blog about how I could parallel park my semi on a post where she admitted she hated and avoided parking like that. Well, just for her, I have visual proof that I (or I got someone else to do it, but that ain't what happened - I did it) actually had to use parallel parking techniques to fit into this spot.

This is at the Comfort Inn in Colby KS and that pillar is one of two that hold up a huge sign that can be seen for miles. I have to pull beside them and then back into that spot. There is also a T/A truck stop there, and a Village Inn, and it's all called The Oasis - thus the palm trees in the background. That particular Comfort Inn has the Jeffro seal of approval, by the way. Finest kind.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Ol' Library

Was considerably depleted on June 26, as you can imagine. If you are a reader at all, you have probably participated in the "desert island" exercises where you pick the books you absolutely cannot live without should you be stranded on a desert island and have a choice.

Well, restocking a book collection is a similar process. I've spent some time mulling over what to buy first - that I want on hand at all times just in case I want to read it. Of course, my list is far larger than just these few, but I sure gave it some thought. So, I bought these:

The complete series of Horatio Hornblower books by C. S. Forester. I discovered Horatio as a freshman in high school because some outfit or another had a book sale where they brought the books to school, and if we liked what we read, we could buy it. I bought Ship of the Line, which in retrospect was a good starting point even though it was more or less in the middle. Hornblower was at his obsessive best with the huge responsibility of a ship of the line and all the endless attention that required, plus having to fret about Lady  Barbara Wellesley, whom he carried on board in the previous novel, and had fallen in love with her, plus his tangled feelings of shame because he was already married to the hapless Maria (whom he had married in a fit of feeling sorry for her, as earlier novels revealed). Plus, every decision he made was endlessly dissected in fits of self flagellation.

Well, for an angst filled teenager who felt much the same, this was quite a revelation - that he could feel this way and still be a success. It was a bit of an inspiration. I spent some years trying to accumulate the rest of the books in the pre-internet world of the seventies and eighties - and I think it wasn't until the nineties that I actually had all of them. Not matching editions at all, but By Gawd I had 'em. This set had to be purchased from three different places online, but they do match, and dammit all, I've got 'em all! Whee!

There are so many other books that I gotta have, but I think I can find them in used bookstores if I just look - things like Lonesome Dove and some of McMurtry's other works, some of James Clavell's stories of the Orient including Shogun, Tai-Pan and King Rat, for sure. Science fiction and fantasy classics have to be included - Ringworld, Ringworld Engineers, The Foundation Series (Asimov), and probably even The Lord of the Rings series. I used to have a big collection of Stephen King novels up to a point - I suppose I'll have to get The Stand, but he started pissing me off politically, I didn't think he was as good as he used to be, and he took too damned long on the Dark Tower series and I lost interest.

Sis got me hooked on the Kinsey Milhone alphabet novels by Sue Grafton, but Ms. Grafton has left poor Kinsey stranded in the eighties, and that was just a little while ago, you know. I kinda feel the same way about the Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee novels by Tony Hillerman, which are fascinating looks into two members of the Navaho Tribal Police and all the cultural ramifications that involves. If I need to read them, I know just who happens to own all those books, and she happens to be willing to loan them to me!

Of course there are the Great Novels - Les Miserables, The Count of Monte Cristo, Steinbeck, Jack London (for sure The Sea Wolf!) and so many more that just slip my mind at the moment, but when I run across 'em, I'll be snagging immediately if not before (finances willing).

So, it's kinda fun to do this - I'm sure I'll end up with a bunch of rag tag dog eared paperbacks, but that suits me fine. I'm not much of a snob when it comes to what a book looks like, as long as it doesn't fall apart and I can read it, we're good to go!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Ministry of Disinformation

We're being spun - not like that's any news. What is objectionable is that lives are being lost, whether it's guns to Mexico with Gunwalker, or the latest Al Qaeda attack on our Embassy.
By now, you’ve probably heard that U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens, and three other American diplomats were murdered in Benghazi, Libya, coincidentally on September 11th, 2012. I say “coincidentally” because the U.S. media is weaving quite a tall tale in order to prevent any connection to President Obama’s foreign policy, or lack thereof.

How is this fairy tale woven?

Media outlets in the U.S. want you to believe that a Youtube video, posted two months ago, insulted the Muslim religion so much it’s frothing adherents had no choice but to go on a murderous rampage. The video is allegedly a trailer for a movie that apparently doesn’t really exist, performed by actors who swear they didn’t utter the lines in the video, which had offensive dialog dubbed into the clip, then was translated and re-dubbed into arabic with even more offensive dialog, by a man who doesn’t seem to exist, but is a Jewish/Coptic Israeli/Egyptian. The backlash from the video caused immediate protests (two months later) that magically turned violent.
This storyline is so perfect, that any criticism of arming the Muslim Brotherhood to overthrow dictator Mo Gaddafi during the “Arab Spring” is blasphemously “politicizing” this tragic, but predictable outcome for political gain. This is particularly true if you are applying for the job of President and believe you can provide a better outcome.
As they say, read the whole thing. The foreign press is reporting a far different story than what our Administration lapdogs deem it necessary for us to know. Like the internet doesn't exist, and we cannot access any information other than what they want us to see and hear.

We're being spun again. How do you like it?

H/T Kevin

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Doing The Hokey Pokey

Now is the time when we dance, I guess.....

Because, Lord Knows the press has had all kinds of practice on the Obama Administration. Oh, wait......

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Another anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the failed attempt on the White House is passing, just in case you haven't noticed.

The press seems willing to wallow in the sadness and the memories, but doing it ever so politically correct by not actually saying much about the actual terrorists, or showing the pictures of people falling to their deaths. No, we mourn to the sanitized version.

Still no memorial. I'd rather not have one if it has to include a certain religion's symbolism, thank you very much. I'm glad y'all wanna participate, but I'd have sure felt better had I not seen how y'all acted and the things you pointedly avoided at the time. Actions do speak louder than words, or symbolism in a memorial.

And for being such an empire building oppressive immoral regime, we sure haven't done much in the way of salting the earth, and making widows and orphans rend their garments after we have fulfilled our revenge. So much for world domination. We don't haz it.

But, I can remember. That I do, for sure.

Monday, September 10, 2012


A husband and wife decided they needed to use "code" to indicate that they wanted to have sex without letting their children in on it. They decided on the word "typewriter".

One day the husband told his five year old daughter, "Go tell your mommy that daddy needs to type a letter".

The child told her mother what her dad said and her mom responded, "Tell your daddy that he can't type a letter right now because there is a red ribbon in the typewriter."

The child went back to tell her father what mommy said.

A few days later the mom told the daughter, "Tell daddy that he can type that letter now."

The child told her father, who returned to her mother and announced:

Sunday, September 09, 2012

The Day Is Here

I'm not any kind of soothsayer or prophet by any means, and the idea was hardly mine. I did say the day would come that lawyers would start suing businesses who ban guns for self defense on their premeses, but not provide adequate security for their customers.

Possible Lawsuit Over Aurora Movie Shootings Targets Owner

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – A possible lawsuit is brewing over the shootings at the Aurora movie theater, and there may be many more. The suit could target the owner of the theater. Lawyers in New York they say Cinemark is the main entity they’re planning to go after for compensation for the victims. They’re hoping they can reach some sort of settlement right off the bat, but they’re prepared to go to court. “We have the experience and the contacts to hopefully end this litigation quickly,” attorney Marc Bern said.
Obviously there is more to the story - some of the mental health professionals that dropped the ball are also possible targets. It irks me that it is huge settlement seeking lawyers who will probably be the agent of change, but if that is what it takes, so be it. Poorly considered feel good gun bans that result in people getting killed should have consequences.

Saturday, September 08, 2012

46th Anniversary

Today is the forty sixth anniversary of the debut of Star Trek on television. Geeks everywhere were forever altered. The very first show was The Man Trap, which you may recall was about the salt monster that killed humans for a little NaCl to survive.

Oops. Wrong monster. Amazing resemblance though, no????

Pretty cheesy by today's film standards. The show was definitely hobbled by a cut rate budget and an unwilling NBC, who, as every fan knows, cancelled the show after three seasons. Fans didn't let it die, and Paramount makes a pretty penny from the franchise these days.

Even if the original series looks pretty dated, it's still my favorite - and the movies the cast made are as well. The chemistry between the characters just seemed to cut it better than the other iterations. I always thought Star Trek: Enterprise and Star Trek: Voyager were the weakest, perhaps because they were the last series and the well was dry. No matter, I even enjoyed the new movie and can't wait for the sequel. Once a Trekker, always a Trekker, I guess....

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Kind of a Reminder

Former Mayor Koch Is Hospitalized for Anemia

Edward I. Koch, the former three-term mayor of New York City, was hospitalized on Tuesday for anemia, said George Arzt, his former press secretary and longtime friend.
Mr. Koch, who is 87 and served as mayor for 12 years, starting in 1978, had been “extraordinarily weak” in recent weeks, Mr. Arzt said by phone.
“He used to eat like a horse, and now he just pushes the food around his plate,” Mr. Arzt said. He said he expected Mr. Koch to be released from the hospital within a few days.
I hate to see these types of notices come up in the news. It's generally an indicator that the person in question is likely not long for this world. And I hate to hear this about Koch.

Believe it or not, I actually like the guy. Way back when, after he was no longer Mayor, he used to appear quite a bit on a USA network morning talk show that I have since long forgotten the name. I had just purchased a dish and Dad and I had more than the basic three channels. Fox and PBS had not started broadcasting out here yet.

At any rate, the show, which had a single female host, had Koch on all the time - it was based out of NYC - and even though Dad and I were dyed in the wool Democrats at the time, we found Ed Koch to be witty, funny, smart, charming and full of common sense. I'm sure there are plenty who will disagree, but I look back on those mornings spent with my father laughing or agreeing with something he said with a large fondness.

Ed Koch is one of the few politicians that I came to respect, and that happened after he was out of office. I surely hope his health improves, and we'll have him around a while longer.

Not Only No

But hell no! From an email:


Over the past several weeks, representatives from a growing and influential group have been crossing YOUR NATION by bus, telling our story to anyone and everyone who will listen.
We’ve had crowds! And we’ve had the media!
Who are we?
Well, YOU probably call us something negative and nasty, like “illegal aliens”, but we much prefer “undocumented worker”.
And now, thanks to President Obama’s amnesty plans for us, we’d much rather you called us “undocumented voters”!
Because that’s exactly what we’re going to be very, very soon.
Sooner than you think, we promise you.
The media calls our bus the “Undocu-bus”…
...isn’t that cute? Almost warm and cuddly? That’s exactly what we want.
You conservatives, well, let us put it this way: all that “law and order” you keep preaching? We just don’t have time for that any longer.
We’ve got a mission and a timetable to keep, and your silly laws like SB-1070 and your “employer sanctions” laws to keep businesses from hiring us just aren’t part of our plan.
Now, who are we really? Our bus is full of day laborers and students, but also immigration activists. In other words, professionals. And we know how to get things done.
Every stop we make across “your country”, we stage rallies and lead chants of “no papers, no fear”, because we aren’t going to let you hold us back any longer.
Yes, America, you DO have jobs we want, and we will work at them for less that you are willing to accept. And yes, we will send that money back home, out of your country, out of your precious economy.
But this isn’t open for debate…
…this is all bought and paid for with our votes!
We began our tour in Arizona to show you just how unafraid we really are. You don’t scare us anymore.
You may have Sheriff Joe, but we have El Presidente, Barack Obama!
And from Arizona we have already driven through New Mexico and Colorado, and through Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. And we aren’t going to stop!
Is there a fear of being arrested because we are undocumented? A little.
But your jails and your government already lets out violent criminal immigrants, so the risk to us is very, very low.
So what can you do, really? I mean, if we are going to vote, are you?
There’s always the possibility that you might vote in higher numbers than we do… but given the history of recent elections?
And there’s always the possibility that you might get involved with a group like Ban Amnesty Now and their new PAC. Yes, there we see a real threat…
because if B.A.N.-PAC elects enough of you conservatives to Congress to undo Presidente Obama’s amnesty for us, then we will have real problems.
And if B.A.N.-PAC elects enough of you conservatives to Congress to secure the border, so the next time I get deported I can’t just walk back across? Another problem again.
But are you so determined to stop me from taking your jobs and stealing your elections that you would give to B.A.N.-PAC and join thousands of other conservatives across your nation to stop illegal immigration and amnesty for undocumented voters like me?
I’m counting on you not to.
Barack Obama is counting on you to sit back and take it.
After all, it’s his country, not yours.
Remember, my friend, no paper-no fear!

America’s undocumented voters

P.S. You can CLICK HERE to join B.A.N.-PAC and stop us… or you can watch us claim another victory. Be sure to come see us when our bus rolls through your town!

I removed the link from "CLICK HERE," just so you know.

This is really a request for money for a PAC that opposes the pro amnesty PAC that they purport to represent. In other words, it's scare tactics. Are you scared? Are ya pissed? Or are you mad that they tried to dupe us?

The latter is what has me foaming at the mouth. What a lowdown sleazy campaign. I'm certainly not in favor of a PAC that supports illegal immigrants and expects the government to provide special treatment - if they are in such favor of using our system to fight us and stay here, why don't they join and make it legal?

Well, considering how restrictive our immigration policy really is, that is very expensive and difficult. And I am in total support of any reforms in that area - I'd like to see immigration made easier for global residents, not just Democrat leaning illegal aliens from south of the border. I've seen too many instances of people I know incidentally online that have been unable or found it almost impossible to emigrate here after years of trying, and going broke in the process. Why should someone with Hispanic heritage automatically have precedence over a European, Asian, or African immigrant, other than they tend to vote conservatively.

As part of my job, I deal with a lot of roughnecks. A very large portion of those guys are illegal aliens. The biggest portion of those I have met would make good citizens, and some are exemplary workers. The supposed "lazy Mexican" is not true out in the oilpatch. They're all contract workers, and avoid the proof of citizenship requirements that I had to provide to my employer.

I'd hate to see them all sent back, but it strikes me that this is like your alcoholic buddy that beats his wife - you like him when he's sober, but when he breaks the law, he deserves what he gets. Well, these people are breaking the law. A law that needs to be changed, for sure, but it's still the law.

Several years ago I ran into a smartass on a site. For some reason I said something about how I didn't know any Spanish. This guy told me that in a few years, I would have to, because they were taking over. Mkay. I told him good luck with that and let it be, and that pushed the same buttons that the email above stomped on.  So, yeah, that just might be effective, but it sure is slimy. I'm sick of all the slime in this election already, and it's getting worse.

I can do something about this outfit - I can refuse to give 'em any money. And I refused to link to their homepage - not too difficult to figure out if you really enjoy this sort of thing. Not for this fat boy, though.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Once Again.....

Paul Krugman pisses me off.

Yah, yah, yah, what a surprise.

What really gets under my skin about him is that he is soooo invested in continually drinking the "progressive KoolAid" that he's become a myopic parody of an actual newsman. He seems to literally refuse to see the hypocrisy in many of his articles, and is lauded for his views as well. Even a blind squirrel can supposedly find a nut once in a while, why can't Mr. Krugman? I guess he's got too much of his vision obstructed by his anal canal, as it were.

So what did he say this time, Jeffro, that pissed you off?

Glad you asked:

Rosie Ruiz Republicans

Remember Rosie Ruiz? In 1980 she was the first woman to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon — except it turned out that she hadn’t actually run most of the race, that she sneaked onto the course around a mile from the end. Ever since, she has symbolized a particular kind of fraud, in which people claim credit for achieving things they have not, in fact, achieved.
And these days Paul Ryan is the Rosie Ruiz of American politics.

Maybe Paul Ryan is a lying liar, particularly when it comes to his accomplishments in a marathon. Perhaps this is a big character flaw:
What makes this incident so striking is, instead, the way it resonates with the essential Rosie-Ruizness of Mr. Ryan’s whole political persona, which is built around big boasts about accomplishments he hasn’t accomplished.
Maybe he's right. Maybe this is a clue about Ryan. I say it's a common denominator with  just about all politicians.

Perhaps we could be better served by tallying the severity and destructiveness of the lies, Mr. Krugman. Perhaps you might notice Your Dear Leader's lies about, oh, say, the effectiveness of his funding towards alternate energy? Does Soylandra, which is only the tip of the iceberg, ring a bell? Or perhaps the ever increasing unemployment rate, which according to the White House is decreasing alla time, or just about to. Or howza 'bout that annoying fact that more Americans are on food stamps than any time in history? If the economy was so damned healthy and everyone employed, whyinhell would the recipients need them? And let us not forget that Dear Leader excoriated Bush about how the jobs created under his administration were McDonalds jobs - not jobs with the pay necessary to support a family. Mkay, so what happens when  Mickey D's hires extra for the summer? The Big O takes credit, of course, for his policies being responsible for any jobs that do show up.

I could easily go on. I think I've proven my point. I'm not even going to go into all the lies and misinformation that both campaigns are spreading. When called on it, both fall back on the excuse that it was out of their control, because it was some SuperPac that funded the offensive ad. Yeah, they're really all about bucking your authority, that's why they spend all that money to support you. I'll take a share in that bridge you're selling, too.

Getting back to Krugman - Man! Get out of your tower there in NYC and just look around! Open your eyes! Remove your rectal cranial inversion, man!

I'll be holding my breath and flapping my arms so I can fly to the moon, too.

Monday, September 03, 2012


I did my part! Have you???

Sunday, September 02, 2012

The Man Cave

This is for Tatyana, so she can see how us rednecks live out here in the sticks (if we had trees, that is). I've taken a ton of pics, but they're gonna be under the fold, if you dare.