Monday, November 30, 2009

Worship Flowchart

West of the West
via Tam at The View From the Porch


Monday After Thanksgiving at The Turkey Farm

"Well boys... I guess we dodged the bullet again this year..."


.223 Casing Trajectory Lesson

Jingles bought a new shootin' iron (a Stainless Winchester .30-30 lever) and we took it out to sight it in at the rifle range near Lake City...
Got there pretty early on Sunday morning... Had the place pretty much to ourselves.
Just 2 other guys from St. Augustine working on a .300 WinMag and a .270 doing technical adjustments prior to heading out this week for hunting season.

I set up the spotting scope with Brandon (Jingles boy) on my left shooting my Bushmaster M4gery, and Jingles on my right flinging lead at a target out at 100 yards...

As I called out hits to Jingles, Brandon was plugging away with the .223 at a target about 50 yards out and having a good old time. As we were narrowing the hits with the .30-30, Brandon decided to change up and shoot my Mini 14 Ranch...
Now, the M4gery flings casings at a 90 degree angle out and about 60 degrees up... and they go a good distance. The Mini...well... it's a little different.
They go 45 degrees up and about 40 degrees back...

Guess who was heads-down over the spotting scope when the first round went off,
and who now has a .223 circle punched in the flesh over his left eyebrow?

Ouch ouch ouch!

Remember kids...
Always wear eye protection.

(post edited 12/11 for minor dyslexic screwup.)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Pay Attention

...Because if you don't, Bad Shit happens.

Awhile back I was talking about my adventures in reloading and it seemed a little pedantic and obsessive-compulsive...
Until I saw these pics...

Is there a problem here?

Jeebus Pete! Think that .44 Magnum round might have been improperly charged?

I saw these pics on a Reloading forum... they said the guy who was firing this thing touched off this round and the recoil kicked the gun back and it hit him in the head.

He got a nasty cut, but luckily nothing else...

I'll be printing these pictures and hanging them over my reloading bench as a reminder...


Choose Your Words Carefully


Current Events Humor: Tiger Troubles

From TFLN:

(918)- I guess i finally out drove tiger woods this morning...

Wow. Nice...


Friday, November 27, 2009

Chomp Chomp

Here's one for all the Gator Fans out there...


Fortune Cookie

(Expecting the lame-ass "It's all Bush's fault" comment from Travis in 3...2... )


Thursday, November 26, 2009

There Oughta Be A Law

I am tired tired tired of the stealthy advancement of holiday decoration, holiday music and other signs of the season- it's getting earlier and earlier every year.
I was over at TownCenter on November 19th...
The Christmas decorations were up and they were piping the festive carols through the sound system at the promonade...
Now, I enjoy the holiday season as much as the next guy, but please...
In a year or three we're going to start hearing the Deck the Halls and seeing the garland getting strung up just after the 4th of July.
This is really getting out of hand.

We anticipate it all year long...That waiting is what makes the Christmas season so special...
Retailers are stretching out the Sale Season as far as possible...

We have Halloween Sales, Post Halloween Sales, Fall Festival Sales, Pre-Thanksgiving Sales, Ready-For-Black-Friday Sales, Thanksgiving Day Sales, Black Friday, Day-After-Black-Friday Specials, then 3 weeks of Christmas Countdown Sales...
Enough already.

Wait until one holiday is over and done before decorating and promoting the  next one... 
No Thanksgiving promos until after Halloween.
And no Christmas music or decorations until December 1st.
Give it a rest already...
After more than four weeks of Jingle Bells I'll definitely ready for a Silent Night.


New Range Report

(Well, not really new, just new to me....)

My man Chuck at Beaches Pawn turned me on to a shooting range out near Marsh Landing not too long ago.

If you drive out to the Beaches on JTB, you might have noticed a wooden tower out in the boonies east of the Intercoastal (a/k/a "the Ditch").
The tower is part of the FOP Lodge #17, and is next to the pistol range out there.

The range as viewed from the tower.

The FOP lodge runs the range and they also have a pretty nice meeting hall out there.

The Lodge

I've been to a couple shindigs out there now, and the facilities are great. The pistol range is private, for members of the Sawgrass Sport Shooting Association. To join the SSSA, you first must join the FOP.
Its not too bad of a deal-
So, join the FOP lodge, apply for membership at the SSSA during one of their monthly meetings (1st Tuesday of the month), pay your initial membership fee, and you're almost there.

There is a mandatory 4 hour firearm safety course that you must attend before you are a full member... There was a training class a week or so back that I attended as part of my application...
It was an excellent class-
3 hours of classroom time, then an hour (more like 2 hours) of range time, working on practical handling and basic pistol drills.

There were 16 people in the class, 9 new shooters and 7 experienced shooters...

Instructor Cooper addressing the class.

We practiced basic point-and-shoot, center-of-mass shooting, one-to-the-chest-one-to-the-head, two-to-the-chest-one-to-the-head, one-hip-one-chest-one-head, then the "Bill Drill"- Five in the chest, one in the head.

Brandon and Dave punching holes in paper plates.

Carolyn, Dwight and Elizabeth working on shooting posture.

Working on the three-shot drills.

After the class there was a steel plate competition and a turkey shoot...
(Our instructor Cooper won the plate shoot, and Dwight won the turkey shoot.)
That evening there was the annual SSSA/FOP Barbeque... SSSA President Steve Guthrie cooked ribs and chicken and Yours Truly fried two turkeys for the party...

That evening they had a dedication ceremony- officially naming the range after one of the founding members, designating it the SSSA Paul Brown Firearms Range.
Mr Brown was in attendance, and was speechless when the new sign was unveiled.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, hopefully I'll get sworn in, learn the secret handshake and the combination to the range gate padlocks...
Just in time for me to take off to Vancouver, Boston and other places until March of next year... So I guess I'll have to wait until after the Olympics are over to start enjoying the shooting gallery.
Woo hoo!



When I look at this pic I can hear Mark (the Master's Leprechaun) say,
"I'm on it like a rat on a Cheeto."

I'm sure there's also a joke here about there being a prize in the package, but I'll just avoid that one...


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Travelers

For all the folks out there traveling this weekend to see friends and family, please be safe in your car, airplane, motorcycle, skateboard, steamship or however you are getting to where you are going.

No road rage, aggressive driving, driving under the alcafluence of incohol, eating while driving, cooking while driving, or doing anything other than driving while driving.

And a quick tip from your Uncle Jay-
If you are in traffic out there on the Interstate, keep your hands at the old "10 & 2" or "3 & 9" or just one hand at 6 o'clock...
One or both hands at the top of the steering wheel is an invitation to a broken nose and/or broken forearms if you have an impact and the airbag goes off.
That airbag is going to drive your arm back into your face at 200 mph...
Its a rather rude awakening.

Have a great Thanksgiving.
(Or for Luc up in Montreal, have a good, uh, Thursday. Enjoy the poutine.)


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

New Technology Nuisance

With the proliferation of cellphone cameras, candid picture taking has become so common that you must be on-guard at all times...
(Especially if you go to WallyWorld without due consideration for your wardrobe or appearance.)

Your office-perv voyeurs have also found the Cellphone Camera to be a boon during boring meetings and conferences...

...but occasionally they get busted.

Nice try, Scumbag.


Monday, November 23, 2009

In His Own Image...


Sorority Ethics

You've gotta love those Westside girls...
(NSFW- Language)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

A Day in the Life Under Obamacare

Johnny AveragePerson is 63 years old. He is in relatively good health. His wife passed away six years ago. He has a daughter living in Florida and a son who lives in New Jersey. Johnny lives in Brooklyn, New York and works at a bank, commuting into Manhattan each day.
Today is a pleasant spring day in May; Johnny has just gotten off the morning train and walks into the corner deli to get a doughnut and a cup of coffee. Let’s listen in!

Johnny: Let me get a chocolate doughnut and a regular cup of coffee with half and half.

Female Clerk: Can I see your medical ID card?

Johnny: Here you go (Digs in his wallet and hands her the card)

Female Clerk: Sir, I just scanned your card and it says that your cholesterol is high.

Johnny: I know, I just saw the doctor yesterday. He said it was a bit high but that it wasn’t anything to be concerned about.

Female Clerk: It’s above the limit to sell you a doughnut.

Johnny: That’s ridiculous! I always get a doughnut in the morning.

Female Clerk: I’m sorry (Hands Johnny back his medical ID card).

Johnny: Look, the doctor said my cholesterol wasn’t even high enough to warrant giving me Crestor. He said he would prescribe Crestor but he could only prescribe it if my cholesterol was higher!

Female Clerk: Would you like a bran muffin?

Johnny: No! I want a chocolate doughnut!

Female Clerk: I’m sorry. Look, there are other people in line. I can’t sell you a doughnut.

Johnny: So my cholesterol is too low to get Crestor and too high to buy a doughnut.

Female Clerk: (Getting annoyed) Sir, I don’t make the rules. Now if you’ll excuse me…

Johnny is so irritated when he walks out of the store that he trips on the door jam and falls awkwardly. He hurts his ankle and can’t get up. The clerk, with an annoyed look on her face, calls an ambulance which arrives an hour and a half later. They scoop Johnny up and take him to the hospital. At the hospital, they take x-rays. The doctor walks into the room holding a chart and smiles at Johnny.

Doctor: He puesto toda la información en su carta medica. Lleve la carta a una farmácia y ellos la prepararán la receta.

Johnny: I’m sorry I don’t speak Spanish

Doctor: Enfermera!!

Nurse: The doctor is putting all the information on your medical ID card. Take the card to the pharmacist and have this prescription for painkillers filled. He is listing this as a severe sprain so you should be good to go back to work in two weeks. It’s all down in your card so you shouldn’t have any problem with work compensation for lost time.

Johnny hobbles out of the hospital on crutches with a soft cast on his foot. He heads to the nearest pharmacy.

Johnny: Hi, I want to have a prescription filled.

Pharmacist: Well, let’s just see what we’ve got here. May I have your medical ID card please?

Johnny hands over his card...

Pharmacist: Let’s just put it in the scanner....

Johnny: Is there a problem?

Pharmacist: The scanner doesn’t seem to want to read your card. Did you put your card next to a magnet or some electronic device?

Johnny: No

Pharmacist: Well, I’m afraid you’re going to have to fill out this form to get a new medical ID card. You have to send the card and the form to this address, along with a $75 fee and you should have your new ID card in about 2 weeks.

Johnny: What about my pain killers. I’m in pain here!

Pharmacist: I can give you Advil, that’s it. I’m really sorry.

Johnny leaves the pharmacy and hobbles home. About two weeks go by. Johnny has not received his new card yet. He has not gotten paid anything from work or workman’s comp, or anything to cover his medical expenses. Worst of all, the pain in his ankle has gotten worse, not better. He can’t wait anymore and calls a number to get some help…

Johnny dials the phone: 1-8-8-8-U-S-A-H-E-A-L-T-H-C-A-R-E

Phone: Welcome to the United States Health Care System. Para información en español, marque ocho

Phone: If you would like to participate in a brief survey, please press 7 now.

Phone: If you are calling about finding a doctor, press 1. If you are calling about a claim, press 2. If you are calling about a lost or damaged card, press 3, If you are calling about our new super saver insurance plan, please press 4…

Johnny: Oh what the hell!…. Presses 2

Phone: Please enter you medical ID number, followed by the pound sign.

Johnny: Shoot, where did I put that claim form… Here it is. Presses: 02A9207C1-9965429B….waits….nothing happens…oh…presses #

Phone: Thank you. Please wait while we retrieve your records….OK, I’ve got your records here. What would you like to do? Press 1 if you would like to find a doctor, Press 2 if you are calling about a claim…

Johnny: I just did this!!

Phone: I’m sorry, I did not understand you. Press 1 if you would like to find a doctor, Press 2 if you are calling about a claim…

Finally after about 45 minutes, Johnny gets someone on the phone

Medical Rep: Good afternoon, this is Emir, how can I help you today?

Johnny: OK, I fell about two weeks ago. I hurt my ankle and they said it was a sprain but it’s been two weeks and it still really hurts. I haven’t been able to get any pain killers and I can’t get an appointment with the doctor because my card was damaged and I haven’t gotten any money back either and I’ve got bills to pay.

Emir: I think I can help you with that sir. May I have your medical ID number?

Johnny: 02A9207C19965429B

Emir: OK, I see your record. You sprained your ankle.

Johnny: I think it’s worse than a sprain. This is killing me!

Emir: Well, the x-rays were negative. I see that you’re 63 years old. Would you like to set up a counseling session?

Johnny: Counseling???? What the f#@% do I need counseling for?

Emir: We would have to schedule an MRI to see if there is any damage but that is very expensive and anyone over 60 is recommended to take counseling before we put them on the MRI waiting list.

Johnny: I’m really in pain here.

Emir: OK sir I can do that for you. I have to tell you though, that for people your age, I can’t guarantee an MRI for anytime within this month or next. There might be an opening in July. However if you take the counseling session, you might be able to get in there earlier.

Johnny: I’ll take the counseling session, if that’s the only thing I can do.

Emir: Very well. I can do that for you sir. Can you make it on Tuesday the 14th?

A meeting for counseling is set up. Johnny’s ankle has gotten very bad. He comes into the meeting sweating, not feeling well at all. He meets with a counselor by the name of Mica.

Mica: Mr. Averageperson, I’m very pleased to meet you! Please have a seat!

Johnny: Thank you. Listen I’m really not feeling well. I don’t need counseling. I need to see a doctor.

Mica: Mr. Averageperson, I think I can arrange to get you pills that will make you feel better.

Johnny: That would be great.

Mica: I’m going to be very frank with you Mr. Averageperson. Looking at you I can see that you are not well. The government just has so much money to spend on care and there are people who have a better chance of living longer, healthier lives than you do.

Johnny: I just hurt my ankle. This can be healed.

Mica: But at what cost Mr. Averageperson, at what cost?

Johnny: I’m not an old man!

Johnny disappeared soon after that. A couple of people in the Health Administration Department were reviewing some files and came upon that of Johnny Averageperson.

Person 1: We really didn’t handle this case well. This person should have gotten earlier treatment.

Person 2: Perhaps, but we must have saved, what, $50,000 all told? Maybe $100,000? Isn’t it our job to save money? I think we’ve handled this case extremely well!


(Oh, you think this can't happen?...)


Friday, November 20, 2009


It is the beginning of Barack Obama's second term as president. Obama is getting ready to deliver a much anticipated speech on the state of major league baseball. He is going to propose a stimulus package that is designed to get major league baseball back on its feet. And here he is, the president of the United States, Barack Obama....

Good morning, everybody. Please be seated. Thank you all for being here. Throughout the history of baseball, there have many crises - The black sox scandal in 1919, the strike year of 1994.

Today we face a crisis in the sport of baseball unlike any we have ever seen. We don’t know which players are on steroids. The price of tickets has become unaffordable to the average person. Some teams cannot compete and have to get by with small payrolls while other, more greedy teams, steal the resources necessary to be competitive while the fans of these poorer teams live in despair with no hope in the current season and no future to look forward to. The horrific state of baseball education has resulted in players not running out ground balls or pop ups and has now put us behind Japan and Korea in baseball knowledge and skills.

Quite frankly, the state of baseball is a mess. Owners of major league teams have put their own selfish needs of winning above the good of the sport. Major League baseball has had a win at all costs attitude. It has encouraged trickery and deception and instead of representing all that is good about America, it has represented all of America’s mistakes. As my wife Michelle has told me, “It has become a mean game.” That ends today. Starting today, owners, players and fans must ask themselves not what is good for their team but what is good for the well being of the sport.

For this reason I have worked with my economic team and leaders of both parties on a plan to meet the most urgent challenges in major league baseball. The plan that I will outline today represents not just new policy for baseball, but a whole new approach for the game and for meeting its most urgent challenges. I understand that some might be skeptical of this plan. I get it. I do not want to run Major League baseball. I have enough to do running the banks, car manufacturers and oil companies. While Washington will do everything possible to prevent the catastrophic failure of Major League baseball, it will come with a clear understanding that government support for any team is an extraordinary action that must come with significant restrictions on the sport and on the individual teams that receive support.

Changes to the sport must begin in Washington. Only government can break the vicious cycles that have crippled the game. Baseball must set an example in creating a clean energy economy. For this reason, night games will be a thing of the past. Baseball teams will be allowed one night game per week. By this one action we will save as much energy as we would acquire by drilling in ANWAR. In addition, major league stadiums must immediately stop the wasteful practice of watering the field and the infield dirt. We can live with a weed or two in the outfield and a bit of dust kicking around in the infield.

Baseball must be at the forefront of environmental responsibility. Electronic scoreboards and video screens running throughout the stadium are also wasteful. I am recommending today that baseball return to the days of a person sitting inside a scoreboard manually changing the numbers. Not only will this help the environment, but it will create thousands of jobs. New stadiums built must be retrofitted with windmills and solar panels so that to the extent that energy is used, it will all be self generated. Existing stadiums have one year to comply with adding solar panels and windmills to their structure.

And then there is the issue of travelling in baseball. It is incredibly wasteful and bad for the environment that teams charter their own planes to fly all over the country. Again, baseball must, as the great American institution that it is, set an example. Teams will no longer have the luxury to charter planes to go to all over the country. Teams will need to travel on commercial flights already scheduled. If a team is unable to get all its members on one flight then the team can travel in two or three different flights. It can be possible that a team may get to its scheduled game and all of its players have not arrived yet. For this reason I am proposing that major league rosters expand to 35 players. This way, more jobs will be created and it will be unlikely that the team will arrive at its scheduled game without enough players.

The idea of creating more jobs is an important part of this baseball stimulus package. Baseball has become a game of selfishness, where only a few of the millions who try out for it, get to play on the highest level. One of the causes of this is the pitch known as the curveball. There are players who have been stars in high school and stars in college. Yet when they try out for the major leagues, they are excluded because they are unable to hit this deceptive pitch. Baseball should not be about deception and exclusion. The rules of the game, itself, must change to be more inclusive and fair to the people who desire to play. There will be no more curveballs in baseball, period.

Now there are some pitchers who throw over 95 MPH. Others throw at 86 to 88 MPH. Thus comes the need for trickery on the part of the pitcher who, through no fault of his own, is not able to throw the ball as hard. Currently, the pitcher’s mound is 60 ft, 6 inches from home plate. Starting today, there will be three rubbers on the pitcher’s mound. For those pitchers who throw 93 MPH and harder, they will need to use the rubber that is 70 feet from home plate. Pitchers who throw the ball at 90 to 93 MPH get to use the current rubber of 60 feet, 6 inches. Those who are less fortunate, get to use the rubber that is 59 feet from home plate.

Not only will this policy create more jobs in baseball, eliminate the need for deceptive pitches such as the curveball, it will also eliminate the need for one of the scourges of major league baseball -- steroids. There will be no need for any player to take steroids when the rules of the game don’t reward the unjust advantages that some have over others. If we eliminate these inequities, there will be no need for players to seek dishonest advantages with artificial means.

For this reason we also have to look at other parts of the game as well. Some players can hit a baseball 500 feet while others may top out at hitting a ball 350 feet. Players who are unable to hit a ball over 400 feet will be allowed to use metal bats. Players who attempt to steal a base or try to stretch a single into a double will be suspended. Stealing bases puts undo pressure on both pitchers and catchers and awards the accidental advantages that some players have for being faster than their cohorts.

With these rule changes that I am proposing, thousands of new jobs will open up to people who previously had no hope of ever playing in the major leagues. Therefore it will be incumbent upon baseball to seek out new cities for new teams in order that all the players who were previously shut out from the game find a place to play. I am today putting forth an executive order that baseball expand from 30 to 46 teams in order to provide the necessary opportunities needed for all the players who will now have the right to play.

I must now take a moment to speak about the competitive aspects of baseball. I believe that the rules of baseball were motivated by a sincere desire to create a competitive and honest game. But I also believe that all too often the writers of baseball rules made decisions based on fear rather than foresight; that all too often they trimmed facts and evidence to fit ideological predispositions. Instead of creating a game based on our principles, too often they set those principles aside as luxuries and too many of us -- Democrats and Republicans, politicians, journalists, and citizens -- fell silent. In other words, we went off course. And this is not my assessment alone. It was an assessment that was shared by my Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, who is a Yankees fan.

We have pitchers throwing inside at hitters with no regard for what might happen if that pitch hits the batter and the harm that the pitch might cause. We have runners trying to break up double plays going into second base without taking into account the well being of the shortstop or the second baseman on the other side of the play. We have fans hating each other. Red Sox fans hating Yankees fans. Mets fans hating Phillies fans. Hatred and the desire to do harm will have no place in the game of baseball. Tonight I seek a new beginning between the owners, players and fans around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that the interests of different fans are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles – principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.

Now let me be blunt. There are no neat or easy answers here. I wish there were. But I can tell you that the wrong answer is to pretend like this problem will go away if we maintain an unsustainable status quo. As President, I refuse to allow this problem to fester. I refuse to pass it on to somebody else. It is my responsibility to solve the problem. The people elected me president. We won the election. John McCain lost the election. Yet as Senator McCain once said, torture “serves as a great propaganda tool for those who recruit people to fight against us.”

So what does that have to do with major league baseball? In baseball stadiums around the country, fans boo players who make mistakes, players commit acts that can hurt one another, they try to steal bases and humiliate the other team. They do things such as bunt, which causes a third baseman to second guess himself. He wonders “Should I play in?” “Should I play back?” And if, in fact, the hitter bunts, the third baseman is forced to rush in to catch the ball, often without even enough time to catch the ball in his glove, he has to catch it with his bare hand and then try to throw it to first off balance and awkwardly, risking injury to himself and humiliation to his family. Today I am ordering the closing of any baseball stadium that allows these practices to continue.

I must take a moment now to talk about umpires in baseball. Currently umpires call balls and strikes, whether a ball is fair or foul, whether a runner is safe or out. A shortstop may make an amazing play, throw to first on his knees, and yet after all that effort the runner may still be called safe. I am appalled by this inflexible and unfair approach to the game. I am going to increase the number of umpires in each game from 4 to 9. When there is a play that merits further consideration to the infexible rules, umpires will deliberate and vote whether or not to overrule the rule. So in the above play, if the umpires vote 5-4 to overrule the call at first base, the runner will be safe. All umpires will be appointed by me. I won the election and therefore, respectully reserve the right, with all due respect to those who lost the election, to these appointments.

For the reasons I just mentioned and many others, I am extremely proud today to appoint Al Gore as my new baseball czar. Mr. Gore will oversee the spending of money by major league teams. All expenditures by major league teams will need to be approved by my new czar. No team will be allowed to spend more than any other team and all signings of players and coaches, as well as hot dog vendors and ushers, will need approval from the baseball czar. The days of deception and cruelty in baseball are over. The days of the strong teams praying on the weak teams are over. People elected me for change, not to maintain the status quo. In baseball, the strong too often have dominated the weak, and too often those with speed, power, or the ability to throw harder or trick their associates have found all manner of justification for their own privilege in the face of the disadvantages of others.

I am proposing a win-win situation for baseball. I believe with every fiber of my being that in the long run we cannot return baseball to its former glory unless we enlist the power of our most fundamental values. I am going to make the game a beacon of environmental responsibility. I will eliminate the need for anyone to ever try steroids because the rules of the game do not encourage it. I will create hundreds of thousands of new jobs. I will create a game where fans in all cities have hope that their team can win a championship, where good will and mutual respect define the game, not hatred and the desire to do harm. How can anyone be against this plan?

We will not be united and safe if major league baseball continues as a wedge that divides America -- it can and must be a cause that unites us as one people and as one nation. We've done so before in times that were more perilous than ours. We will do so once again. Thank you, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.


From my boy Howard J at Endthechange


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Survive Canada Tip #1

I'm gearing up for Vancouver 2010...
(See the Countdown to the Left)

Thought I'd share some of the helpful hints for
Survival in Canada...

from Savage Chickens


Monday, November 16, 2009

Everything Should Taste Like Bacon...

Every time I think I've seen it all (and let me tell you, I've seen some pretty dark corners of Teh Inatrwebz,)
something pops up that just gives me a "What the...." moment.

Today's case-in-point:

No, Dumbass, they are not a cross between bacon and antelopes...but who knows, that might be next...

That's right- Bacon flavored envelopes.
From those clever folks at J&D's, the purveyors of fine goodies like Baconnaise, Bacon Salt, Bacon Pop & Bacon Ranch Dipping Sauce,
Yep... we are talking a vegetarian-safe, no-refrigeration-needed slice of we have a way to enjoy bacon without the calories...
As long as you don't eat the damn things.


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Scanning the Headlines... Google News.

Those Irish Priests in the Philippines need to watch who they are consorting with...
(After reading further...)

Oh... Never mind. I was thinking of something else.


Wednesday, November 11, 2009



Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Always Faithful


During the American Revolution, many important political discussions took place in the inns and taverns of Philadelphia, including the founding of the Marine Corps.

A committee of the Continental Congress met at Tun Tavern to draft a resolution calling for two battalions of Marines able to fight for independence at sea and on shore.

The resolution was approved on November 10, 1775, officially forming the Continental Marines.

As the first order of business, Samuel Nicholas became Commandant of the newly formed Marines. Tun Tavern’s owner and popular patriot, Robert Mullan, became his first captain and recruiter. They began gathering support and were ready for action by early 1776.

Each year, the Marine Corps marks November 10th with a celebration of the brave spirit which compelled these men and thousands since to defend our country as United States Marines.

"...As you gather in high-spirited camaraderie to celebrate our Corps' 234th anniversary, I commend to you: honor the generations of Marines preceding us in war and in relative peace without whose sacrifices we would not have our great legacy; remember your fellow Marines deployed around the globe and their families; and, strive to exemplify our motto, Semper Fidelis, by being Always Faithful to each other, to our Corps, and to our country.

Happy birthday Marines. Col Flatau sends."

11/10/2009 By Colonel Richard P. Flatau, Jr., Marine Corps Base Camp LeJeune


Thursday, November 05, 2009

Commander Community Organizer-In-Chief


Quote of the Day

I've been watching the CBS show "The Big Bang Theory"...
Good nerdy humor.

There was a great quote from one of the alpha geeks on the most recent episode.
The geek was expounding on his Texan roots and his innate knowledge of reigonally important subjects like football, and...
"... if you're interested, I also know all about frying meat that isn't chicken as if it were chicken."



This one time, at Band Camp...

Possible captions:

1. Wow! That’s a 20-button Anglo Stagi concertina.

2. Looks like she should have gone with “truth”

3. It’s like a bidet... Only much more thorough, and much less French.

4. I think her boyfriend just wanted a hot piece of ass.

5. Etiquette: When pooping in a dryer, one must always use something to distract from and mask the inevitably loud (amplified) sounds emanating from within.


Got Powder? and the V Coincidence.

The Gunpowder Plot of 1605 was one of many attempts by British Catholics in the late 1500s and early 1600s to restore what they saw as the true church. However, it stood out from other conspiracies because it was aimed at Parliament as well as the monarch...

In the early 1700s, after choosing Protestantism over Catholicism, the British began to celebrate the anniversary of the thwarting of the Gunpowder Plot.
In England this holiday became known as Guy Fawkes’ Day, and was celebrated by burning Fawkes in effigy. Later, fireworks were added to the festivities.

Children made human figures out of straw and sticks, and begged coins from passersby by asking, “Penny for the Guy?” They chanted rhymes like these:
“Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I see no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, ’twas his intent
To blow up King and Parliament.”
A few old Fawkes’ Night rhymes were aimed at the far-off leader of the Catholic Church:
“A penny loaf to feed the Pope.
A farthing cheese to choke him.
A pint of beer to rinse it down.
A faggot of sticks to burn him.”

You've gotta like it when they get the kids involved in political propaganda...mmmm, mmmm, mmmm.

Image by DutchPhil

Linking today's uh...celebration to a more current-events note,
quite a few people made some specific parallels between the movie "V for Vendetta" and the Bush Administration back when that movie premiered....
"V for Vendetta Against Bush"
Clearly the filmmakers intended to make this a parable of the Bush administration. A character in the film says that "America's war" came to their country.

Well... Guess what? The V is on the other foot now...

V:Tea Party TV at The New Republic

"...The political drama of the original was replaced by a ham-handed metaphor for President Obama. The visitors are young, charismatic, futuristic, and have a one-worldish vision of peace. They target the young by enticing them to join an idealistic (but, in reality, sinister) youth group. A few perceptive humans warn of the dangers of hopping on the bandwagon before we know what the bandwagon is really about."
Hollywood making thinly-veiled political references to garner ratings and publicity?
No! Say it ain't so!

So... What are the odds that V gets "canceled due to low ratings" once the White House makes a few carefully chosen phone calls?

Word around the campfire is that they are going to air 4 of the regular episodes, then it will go on hiatus (nudge nudge wink wink) until March...(never to return).

My question is how did ABC (Barry's lapdog) ever green-light the content of this remake of V?


Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Bacon Bacon, Who's Got the Bacon?

Or better yet- Who's got the Bacon Jam?...
Because just adding a slice or two (or six) to a cheeseburger just doesn't do the trick....

….we take a big bunch of really really good bacon, and render it down...add a bunch of spices..onions, etc..and let it simmer for about 6 hours…give it a quick puree, and blast chill it…and you have bacon jam..

(Via Uncrate)


Monday, November 02, 2009

Hitting Close To Home....

Only in Jax Beach...

A guy and his friends:
1. Want to buy crack at 4:30 AM
2. Approach 3 males on the street. (At 4:30AM, they probably weren't Boy Scouts.)
3. Are asked to exit the vehicle to conduct pharmaceutical transaction.
4. One of them actually DOES it... (Musta really wanted that crack...)
5. ...And he gets shot.
5a. Where?
"He was hit once in the left buttock, and the bullet exited through his right testicle."
6. His friends take off in the car, leaving him with his new friends.
7. He limps (heh) to McDonald's and calls police.
8. Explains to the cops about getting shot while trying to buy crack.

Unresolved issues:
- Did they arrest the person attempting to buy crack cocaine?
- They are looking for the guy(s) that shot a guy trying to break the law by buying narcotics.
(One assumes they are not looking for them to award them Good Citizen Citations.)
- Was the Crack Buyer armed?
(Perhaps with a ferret in his pants? Seems to be all the rage these days...)


(Time to start looking for some acreage out in Bradford County. The zoning board turned down my request for a variance to install a moat, electrified fencing and automated 20mm turret guns at the Estrogen Palace.)


The Governator Sends Secret Message to Obama's Facebook Feed

Latest Updates from Barak Obama's Facebook Feed

Seriously- this has come comedy gold...
"Fox News posted an article: "Gibbs to Fox: 'I ... Like 9-Year-Old Boys.'" "

(From Slashdot)