Sunday, December 31, 2006

The Death of Saddam

The tyrant of Baghdad is dead and the far left uses this opportunity to, once more, show us their Bush derangement syndrome in its full flower. The DU, Huffington Post and Daily Kos are virtual cess pits bemoaning the death of the poor misunderstood Saddam. Their moonbat editorialists and commenters crying for GWB, Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney to suffer similar fates.

If nothing else, their paranoiac cult's behavior, deepens my belief that these traitors represent a greater danger to our country than all of the terrorists combined.

Relatively few will mourn the execution of Saddam. Undoubtedly our Moonbats will represent the largest percentage.

Justice should be served even if justice is unobtainable. In order for Saddams crimes to be balanced on those scales, hundreds of thousands of Saddams would be needed. They would be shot, maimed, have their tongues cut out, torchered to death, fed into shredders feet first, gassed, raped, ad nausem.

Since there was only one Saddam, the Iraqis tried him, sentenced him and hung him. They were even humane, instead of the short drop and strangulation that is the norm for the Middle East, and can last up to a half hour as the executed fights for breath and dances on the end of a rope, they opted for the high drop with a proper noose and knot and a broken neck.

It may not be true or total justice but justice was served.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

HAPPY NEW YEAR! or "oh boo" moment 2006.9

the above is a las vegas kind of fireworks show - this is where my parents, two of my sisters and their families reside. we won't be with them for the grand event, but we'll be together with our own fireworks!

i'd like to take this opportunity to say "HAPPY ANNIVERSARY" to nancpop - thank you for pursuing me relentlessly for a year or so before i let you catch me!

funny thing - today when i called him on his cell phone, i could all of a sudden hear his and others' voices in the background while i was saying, "hello - hello - hello - anybody there? can you hear me now? ahem! answer the dayamed phone - stop talking about me behind my back! yoo-hoo? i can hear you, but you cannot hear me!"

their side of the conversation went something like this:

nancpop: "soooooooo, you found someone to cuddle with and now what?"

the other guy (i'll call him nathan because that's his name): "two weeks in a row - and i just don't understand why they're not calling me back!"

nancpop: "well, you know i've been cuddling with ___________ (meaning nanc) for about eighteen years now..."

the other guy (nathan): "yeah, but.....undiscernible..."

nancpop: "...or it could be thirty five...undiscernible..."

dear Lord - that would have made him seven at the time...oh boo!

sidenote: if i'm not back by monday evening, please send the st. bernards with plenty of medicine - as we'll be snowed in! and that would be us working on "oh boo" moment 2007...

Sunday, December 24, 2006

A Christmas Visitor

(Written two years ago.)

4:00 am 12/24/04

There was a knock on my front door which startled me awake. My dogs were barking which required dire threats to quieten as I answered the door.

Maybe you have heard of our weather and the unusually cold temperatures (16 F) and large amount of snow that has fallen, (18"), in the last 24 hours. I live just south of Interstate 64 in Southern Indiana and you may have seen the news about the closed Interstate and stranded motorists on the national news.

A man, about my own age, (early 50s), stood at the door. He was wearing tennis shoes, jeans, a field jacket and sock hat. His glasses were frosted and he wore no gloves.

He told me he was lost and asked where St.James Blvd was. I told him it was about a mile and a half to the West and asked him where his car was. He said he was walking.

I asked him in and sat a chair for him by the furnace vent. He was shivering uncontrollably, a faint whiff of alcohol was on his breath. I asked if I could fix him something to eat and he refused but he accepted a cup of coffee.

My wife talked to him as he warmed himself and I made some coffee, I could hear him speak as I made his coffee ready.

My son heard him and came into the living room to sit and listen, to keep an eye out just in case.

He was homeless, he had been sleeping under a bridge on the Ohio River about seven miles away to the West. He decided that it was too cold and he might freeze to death if he didn't find a safe place to stay. About midnight, he left his meager possessions, just a few clothes, and headed for his sisters house on St James but he had walked past the street in the dark. He was lost and confused, probably somewhat drunk, and hypothermia can add confusion to even the sober mind.

As he talked, I realized that he had mental problems, as do many of the homeless. There are places that take in the indignant, I'm sure he knew it too. But they won't accept anyone who is intoxicated, which I'm also sure he was aware of.

He drank his coffee then asked me if I would drive him to his sisters house and he offered me two dollars. Of course I refused the money but offered to take him where he wanted to go.

I intended to take measures to see after him anyway. He seemed anxious to leave.

As I drove, he told me that his sister was out of town but he had permission to use her house in an emergency. I was worried that he was just lying to me for reasons of his own but I was determined to see the thing through, even if I had to call the police to ensure his wellbeing through this cold weather.

We drove up to the house and there was a porch light on and smoke coming from the chimney vent, even though it was apparent that there was no one home as the snow was undisturbed. I asked him if he was sure he could get in, he said, "Yes, she told me where the key is." He reached out his hand, as if for a hand shake, and when I offered mine, pulled it to his lips and kissed it saying, "God bless you".

I was profoundly embarrassed but stayed long enough to see him dig around in the snow and find a key, unlock the door and wave goodbye.

I drove home, my thoughts disturbed, by the events that had taken place.

My wife was relieved as I came in and I started preparing food (very early) for this Christmas Eve. As I cut up fruit for salad and prepared the turkey for baking, my son came up behind me and hugged me, kissing my head, and said, "Dad, you did a good thing."

Again, I was embarrassed, not by my son's hug and kiss but by his praise.

I did it because it was the right thing to do.

Then he told me that he tries to help the homeless ones that hang around his place of employment. We spoke of how little we can actually do for them and I was proud of my son for doing the right thing He is a good man.

As I continued to prepare, my thoughts drifted to a couple seeking shelter in Bethlehem and the birth of the Lamb of the New Covenant, and I felt God's Peace.

May God's Peace be with you all!
Merry Christmas.


Monday, December 18, 2006

Christmas With TMW, Warren & Nanc

we've decided to have a festive fireside chat as our gift to you, our friends.

nanc: the year has flown by - do you two feel as though you're chasing your tails? i, for one, think i'll meet up with myself somewhere along the way!

tmw: When I'm doing it on my own strength, I find I've run over myself! Rude little snip! But when I do it G*D's Way, I may go fast or slow, but the only time I see my tail is when it's wagging!

warren: I think that passed myself going in the other direction. I waved and honked but I just ignored myself and pretended not to see who it was.
(stuck up sob!)

i don't know who said this:

I understand, but what's worse is getting your tail stuck in the door, ouch!

tmw: Who's bringing the green bean casserole? And what do you do with it?

i don't know who said this:

I prefer fresh asparagus or Southern style fresh green beans with diced bacon!

warren: No green bean casserole, please! My sister-in-law makes it and everyone spits in the napkin or feeds it to the dog under the table.

It's like that horrible macaroni salad that my nutty aunt used to make. Macaroni, salad dressing and on top she put sliced green bell peppers and cinnamon imperials for Christmas colors.

tmw: Oh, Warren, ugh! The green peppers belong in the salad with Hellman's mayo, onions, hard boiled eggs, salt and pepper! Leave the cinnamon imperials in a ziploc bag for me to take home later! Use sliced olives for the top!

warren But my aunt said that only cinnamon imperials make good holly berries for the green bell pepper wreaths!

tmw: She's teched! You don't eat holly berries! Except on cookies, cupcakes or cakes, all others are poisonous! She can buy regular pimentos and cut them into berries, and why berries with conifer wreaths? She's a little confused...

nanc: i'm bringing the green bean casserole! red hots make the best berries on EVERYTHING - you people...

warren: Speaking of wreaths, what kind of things do you hang in and on your house?

I don't put up anything outside but I always put the Christmas cards we receive on the wall. We have a small tree in the corner with a string of lights.

My goofy neighbors yard looks like a junk yard for Macy's Thanksgiving day parade! They have four or five large inflatable whatcamacallits clumped together gracing their front yard.

nanc: clear lights! we forgot to bring the blue ones from the mountain - i wanted to put a star of david on the roof with them and can now find NONE for that project.

our cards are mostly on nancson's piano, to which he we just let him.

i relented - AGAIN - and allowed a live set of star pines and we put clear lights and candy canes on it - nancpop says, "NO angels on top PLEASE!" they're nearly four feet tall and will be absolutely beautiful for the years to come.

tmw: I know what you mean! A friend of mine lives in a gated community, and the vast majority of houses have those silly inflatables from Wal-Mart! A few are a little classier, but passing streets full of the blow up Santas, snowglobes and other strange things makes you twitchy!

We have a 2" artificial tree, covered in candy canes, with our presents around it. Not much else, I'm trying to sort and pack! I will be putting up the Nativity that my Mother's Father made for my parents after they got married. He built a stable and a church, The figures for the nativity are from Italy, the church has small lead figures(townspeople) from Germany, a real international flavor, and older than me!

nanc: tmw and i recently had a discussion about tinsel and all it means to us...when my mom wasn't looking i'd sling the entire box of tinsel at the tree! i've NEVER purchased a box of tinsel in all my years - in rebellion you'd say.

do you two have any strange traditions you've let go of or continue to this day?

tmw: I have tinsel in with the ornaments and things I inherited, they are sealed tight, and will remain that way! As historic curiosities only!
Traditions-NO MORE TINSEL!

warren: When I was younger there were a lot of traditions, putting up the tree, making cookies, a rotating family gathering and so forth, but the older family members have passed, I'm down to one elderly aunt and my mother, there isn't any family left on my wife's side so we usually visit my mother on Christmas Eve then return home and vegetate for a day or two.

tmw: Who would you like to spend this Christmas with?

I have to say, since Jesus is in residence, WE would love to spend Christmas with all the blogger community that has built up over this last year! I'd love to sit down with everyone and talk heart-to-heart about hopes, dreams, frustrations, failures and life as it stands! Everyone bring a dish, then settle before a fireplace with spiced cider, etc. and just enjoy each others company!

My family on all sides has ignored us since my parents died, and my late's family don't like Christians, but in the spirit of Yeshua, who said that those who give up family for HIS sake will receive 100-fold in this life! My church and brothers and sisters in the blogger community ARE my family now! They are precious to me and the idea of spending time with them makes my heart full!

nanc: yes, may the Spirit of Yeshua be in all our hearts. it's probably warren's turn to talk, but most people know how difficult it is to get between two women! (no wisecracks, elbro!)

as most of you know, our family is miles and miles away and we've made our family our friends along the way. although, i would love to see our families - i've built relationships here in the www that sustain me at times.

your idea is a most excellent one, tmw - a blogger convention is definitely in order. what would be really fun is to meet up for the first time and not know who's who and try to put avatars and names to actual faces! btw - i'm the one who doesn't look exactly like sophia loren...

you bring the cider and i'll bring the beer!

warren: I would love to do that but I'd have to leave my headsman's axe at home and wear sun glasses so my red glowing eyes wouldn't give me away. Of course my name tag would have to show an assumed name...

I'd love to meet all of our friends face to face, be it Christmas or any other time. I'll bring the guns!

tmw: I have some too, so those without or disinclined to carry onboard a plane may borrow! Traveling across state lines can be a pain too! Check first, and I'm sure Nancpop knows the best places to get refills.
Aviators glasses are a cool and classic statement, Warren!
And if there are any illegals hiding out, we may scare them off the property!

nanc: we, at longrange, want to wish all our loyal friends a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and may your new year be a shining event! you're all in our thoughts and prayers each and every day. all the best to you and your families.

we also hope you've had a good time at this party - remember to travel safely to your next destination and have a designated driver...the management is not responsible for any accidents you have along the way!

tmw: And I'm not serving "hard" cider, just mulled, I might mull some wine too! Bring your own finger food, plus enough to share. Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

Let's get together in a "year"!

warren Its passing strange how you can form relationships with people you have never met face to face. You can learn their hopes and fears and share yours, you develop attachments and feel genuine love for them, share their sorrows and lift them up with prayer and an encouraging word.

Christmas is a family time as well as a religious celebration and I consider almost everyone that posts here as part of my extended family, certainly closer than many of my blood relatives.

I wish you, my family, a very heart felt Merry Christmas and the very best in the coming year.

May your burdens be light!

Note: I'll have a post from Christmas past on Christmas Eve morn.

The Jewish Conspiracy to Call Carter Anti-Semitic

Comment from:
WSJs Opinion Journal
Best of the Web Today - December 18, 2006 (free subscription, sign up is required)

Jimmy Carter, has a book out with the inflammatory title "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," and a self-pitying op-ed in the Los Angeles Times:

Book reviews in the mainstream media have been written mostly by representatives of Jewish organizations who would be unlikely to visit the occupied territories, and their primary criticism is that the book is anti-Israel. Two members of Congress have been publicly critical. Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for instance, issued a statement (before the book was published) saying that "he does not speak for the Democratic Party on Israel." Some reviews posted on call me "anti-Semitic," and others accuse the book of "lies" and "distortions." A former Carter Center fellow has taken issue with it, and Alan Dershowitz called the book's title "indecent."

Out in the real world, however, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. I've signed books in five stores, with more than 1,000 buyers at each site. I've had one negative remark--that I should be tried for treason--and one caller on C-SPAN said that I was an anti-Semite. My most troubling experience has been the rejection of my offers to speak, for free, about the book on university campuses with high Jewish enrollment and to answer questions from students and professors. : LA Times

So you see, Carter isn't anti-Semitic, regardless of what the Jews who control the media and the universities want you to believe. Meanwhile, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's president, held a Holocaust-denial conference in Tehran, which drew at least one American, Reuters reports:

As the Instapundit would say (OUCH!)

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

the greatest non-event of all time

aren't you all relieved the aforeposted photographs were probably staged? yeah, the holocaust didn't really happen according to imamadmandinejad. the starvation, the experiments on innocent children, the gas chambers, the cruelty, etc.

dayam! where'd they get all those actors?

i believe we are approaching a time in history where if we DON'T pay attention - this and much worse is at hand. we MUST teach our children well, or their educators WON'T.

"and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. (2 Thessalonians 2:10)

For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, (2 Thessalonians 2:11)"

"And you, son of man, prophesy against Gog and say, `Thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, I am against you, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal; (Ezekiel 39:1)

and I will turn you around, drive you on, take you up from the remotest parts of the north and bring you against the mountains of Israel. (Ezekiel 39:2)

"I will strike your bow from your left hand and dash down your arrows from your right hand. (Ezekiel 39:3)

"You will fall on the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops and the peoples who are with you; I will give you as food to every kind of predatory bird and beast of the field. (Ezekiel 39:4)

"You will fall on the open field; for it is I who have spoken," declares the Lord GOD. (Ezekiel 39:5)

"And I will send fire upon Magog and those who inhabit the coastlands in safety; and they will know that I am the LORD. (Ezekiel 39:6)"

a continuing study of ezekiel 38 and 39 is warranted in order to fully understand what is truly happening in the middle east. fall for the truth or fall for a lie - that's what it all boils down to. i prefer to take the G-d of israel seriously. He is incapable of lying.

Monday, December 11, 2006

"oh boo" moments 1501, 1502, and 1503

while they're fresh in my mind.

yesterday, after church, i told nancpop to put his wallet in his truck - he grabbed it and threw it back in the console, stating, "i'll get it before i go to work tomorrow."

apparently, "telling" was the key word - i should have begged and pleaded, perhaps shedding a tear or four - because this morning while taking the children to the busstop - what should be STILL sitting in the console? yup.

i just called him and asked, "what's in your wallet?"

oh boo...

evan had "all region" band tryouts this weekend and didn't make it, but not to worry - there were 204 middle through high school kids vying for the coveted seats. three of those who made it were from our school district.

while performing for the judges, evan asked another bandie to keep an eye on her purse - no problem, but when she returned, this bandie was text messaging who knows who on HER cellphone! she was a little angry to say the least.

upon hearing this, nancson said, "that'll teach you, evan - i only allow people i trust to keep an eye on MY purse!" (i hope he meant cellphone...)

oh boo...

when i got back to the house and went to get the key to unlock the door - it was not in its designated spot. there was NO key in the second designated spot!

i was forced to remove a screen and tumble into an unlocked window - it was a gymnastics move that would have made olga korbutz proud! i'm not as spry as back in the day - as evan so handily points out to me daily...

oh boo...

don't worry your purty selves over me...i...i...i'll be's only eight hours before someone comes home and finds me...

please see warren's most excellent article regarding cyber stalkers and general moonbattery tackytics below this.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Cyber Stalking and the Abusive Personality


The Internet provides the perfect forum for cyberbullies, individuals whose aim is to gain gratification from the distress caused by provoking and tormenting others. The anonymity, ease of provocation, and almost infinite source of targets means the Internet is full of predators from pedophiles targeting children to serial bullies targeting ... anybody.

Many serial bullies are also serial attention-seekers. More than anything else they want attention. It doesn't matter what type of attention they get, positive or negative, as long as they can provoke someone into paying them attention. It's like a 2-year-old child throwing a tantrum to get attention from a parent. The best way to treat bullies is to refuse to respond and to refuse to engage them - which they really hate. In other words, do not reply to their postings, and on forums carry on posting without reference to their postings as if they didn't exist. In other words, treat nobodies as nobodies.

The objectives of bullies are Power, Control, Domination, Subjugation. They get a kick out of seeing you react. It doesn't matter how you react, the fact they've successful provoked a reaction is, to the bully, a sign that their attempt at control have been successful. After that, it's a question of wearing you down. The more your try to explain, negotiate, conciliate, etc the more gratification they obtain from your increasingly desperate attempts to communicate with them. Understand that it is not possible to communicate in a mature adult manner with a disordered individual who's emotionally retarded.

The anger of a serial bully is especially apparent when they come across someone who can see through them to the weak, inadequate, immature, dysfunctional aggressive individual behind the mask.

The first rule for dealing with this type of behavior is: don't respond, don't interact and don't engage. This is not as easy to do as it sounds. It's a natural response to want to defend yourself, and to put the person right. However, never argue with a serial bully; it's not a mature adult discussion, but like dealing with a child or immature teenager; whilst the serial bully may be an adult on the outside, on the inside they are like a child who's never grown up - and probably never will. Serial bullies and harassers often have disordered thinking patterns and do not share the same thoughts or values as you.

Second, keep all abusive emails. Create a new folder, perhaps called "Abuse", and move hate mail and flame mail into this folder. You don't have to read it. When the time comes to take action, this folder of hate mail and flame mail is your evidence. Bullies, especially cyberbullies, are obsessive people and if their account is closed down you may start receiving mail from another address. This can later be compared to the abusive emails you've already received to identify the perpetrator. You'll find the same words, phrases and strategies occurring. If you receive abusive emails or flame mails or hate mail, you can forward it to abuse@isp where "isp" is the service provider the abuser is using, eg "" or "". Although Internet service providers may not act on every complaint, the more complaints they receive about a particular individual (with examples of abusive email) the more likely they are to close down the person's account.

Third, become alert to provocation. It could be called "The Baiting Game". A provocative comment is made and those who respond spontaneously in irritation are then targeted for further "attention".

Fourth, become an observer. Although you may be the target of the cyberbully's anger, you can train yourself to act as an observer. This takes you out of the firing line and enables you to study the perpetrator and collect evidence. When people use bullying behaviors they project their own weaknesses, failings and shortcomings on to others. In other words, they are telling you about themselves by fabricating an accusation based on something they themselves have done wrong. Whenever you receive a flame mail or hate mail, train yourself to instinctively ask the question, "What is this person revealing about themselves this time?"

Fifth, decide if you want to take action, and if so, prepare carefully and strike hard. Sometimes refusing to respond and engage will result in the cyberbully losing interest and going off to find someone easier to torment. Sometimes though, especially if there has been interaction in the past, the cyberbully is so obsessed that s/he cannot and will not let go. You will have to make that person let go, but only through swift, hard, legal action, and only when the time is right. Don't deal with the abuser yourself (this encourages bullies and stalkers), use a third party such as a Lawyer.

Internet stalker profile:

lives in a 1-room apartment which hasn't been cleaned for months - if ever

has stacks of pornographic magazines in his bedroom area

has poor personal hygiene

has poor table manners

has poor social etiquette

hasn't changed the sheets on his bed for months, which are now best described as crusty

has a bathroom, the state of which doesn't bear thinking about

lives on pizza and beer/coke, the remnants of which litter his apartment

may have an unusual pet (eg ferret) which has free run of the apartment

is either significantly over- or under-weight

has a small moustache or other facial hair

has not held down any job for more than a couple of years, probably less

has no friends

has no life outside the Internet

The Internet stalker probably has other unpleasant characteristics that sexual harassers possess, and the usual sexual inadequacy including lack of intimacy, controlling behavior, no concept of the partner's needs, premature ejaculation, and an abnormal belief bordering on obsession in his smallness.

Friday, December 08, 2006

what do these creatures have in common?

they're all just babies in their wombs, right? beware - it gets graphic.

more importantly, i should have asked, "which is expendable?" or, "which could we do without?" better yet, "who, on the left, would shed a tear if the one in the middle became extinct?"

national pornographic is doing a special on animal babies "from conception to birth" in the next week - i just have to wonder what their stance on abortion is?

where are these people:

when this happens?:

when i read that it doesn't matter whether or not a political candidate is pro-life or pro-abortion - i makes me want to vomit.

Monday, December 04, 2006


first, i must apologize to madze for my tardiness in getting this post up - many extenuating, circumstances...

our madze baby had his a coming out party ! he had the snip of a lifetime. i've asked madzionist to please present the winners of the baby shower party. here are his picks (he picked himself in a couple of categories!).

madzionist favorite table beer:

As Elbro said: Genessee Cream Ale

funniest delivery room story:

Gramma Z sent us a plant that had a "Feel Better" message and band-aids on the design. When we stopped laughing and told her about it she died of embarassment and had a new bouquet sent.

funniest labor room story:

Not a place where funny things happen.

the name game:

Baby Elbro

mama z's waistline:

whatever elbro said.

gift registry information:

Gift Registry

last but not least, a madze delivery story:

Not a delivery story, but the story of the week has been nonstop frenzy. Birth on Thursday, Shalom Zachor party Friday night, Bris on Thursday, family all in from out of town, Shabbos,'s been overwhelming. No time to blog or to do anything but entertain and take care of the house and family.

a note from nanc:

i leave it to madze to disclose any personal information to those he wishes and those who inquire.

i'm off to shop for baby z-2!

p.s. it is perfectly clear that elbro has won this contest!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

I have much to be thankful for!

Its 9 PM, I just finished preparing the turkey that I'll put on about 3 AM.

I've had a long-short week. I was supposed to work 3 - 10 1/2 hour days and be off tomorrow and Friday. Unfortunately I'll have to work 3 or 4 hours Friday and a full day Saturday.

Some of you, my friends, have sent me Email that I haven't had a chance to answer. I'm sorry, I'm going to get after that.

If you have replied to me in a post, again, I'm sorry for not answering you, I just haven't had the time.

I am thankful to have the opportunity to work. I am thankful for my family and the joy they have brought me, I thank my Creator who knew me in my mothers womb and who has carried me when I was too weak to move forward and for bringing us together.

I am thankful for you that pray for me and come to visit me.

May the peace of God be with you all.


Saturday, November 18, 2006

"oh boo" moment #1,462.33

i had to share while this is fresh in my mind instead of here awhile back. my apologies to those of you this would offend, but if you watch network t.v. - i'm sure you've seen and heard worse.

last night, nancpop was on the phone with his "pa" in californistan. apparently "pa" had been having an illness he was being treated for with "nexium" (the little purple pill), and amoxycillin. now, we don't know exactly why these two things were prescribed, but after about a week, "pa" became lethargic and ill.

you'd think the pharmicist would have warned "pa" about the contraindications regarding taking these two together - THEY SHOULD NEVER BE TAKEN TOGETHER!

anyway, to make a short story longer, "pa" told nancpop that once he found out about the ill side effects, he quit taking them and has never felt better. praise G-d!

they got started talking about various pharmaceuticals and the one that got them going was one of the male sexual enhancement products (cialis or viagra). "pa" said he thought about the one that says, "if you have an erection lasting over FOUR hours, call your physician IMMEDIATELY!" "pa" said, "son, if i EVER have an erection lasting over four hours, i'm callin' the doctor; i'm callin' all my old girlfriends; i'm callin' anyone who'll listen!" i guess "ma" was in the background eyes rolling. apparently, "pa" had just had his cabernet meds.

nancpop responded to his father, "pa, if i have one lasting over four minutes, i'm doing the same thing!" they spent the rest of their conversation - approximately a half hour - ltao! men...always bragging...

oh boo...

Friday, November 17, 2006

illegal immigration or cheap tomatoes

definition of immigration: To enter and settle in a country or region to which one is not native.

excuse me, but this country was entered and settled here a few years back, thank you.

courtesy and hat tip to zinla:

"From a California school teacher - - -"As you listen to the news about the student protests over illegal immigration there are some things that you should be aware of:

I am in charge of the English-as-a-second-language department at a large southern California high school which is designated a Title 1 school, meaning that its students average lower social economic and income levels.

Most of the schools you are hearing about South Gate High, Bell Gardens , Huntington Park , etc.where these students are protesting, are also Title 1 schools.

One hundred percent of the students in this school and other Title 1 schools are on the free breakfast and free lunch program. When I say free breakfast I'm not talking a glass of milk and roll -- but a full breakfast and cereal bar with fruits and juices that would make a Marriott proud. The waste of this food is monumental, with trays and trays of it being dumped in the trash uneaten. (OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK)

I estimate that well over 50% of these students are obese or at least moderately overweight. About 75% or more DO have cell phones.

The school also provides day care centers for the unwed teenage pregnant girls (some as young as 13) so they can attend class without the inconvenience of having to arrange for babysitters or having family watch their kids. (OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK)

I was ordered to spend $700,000 on my department or risk losing funding for the upcoming year even though there was little need for anything; my budget was already substantial. I ended up buying new computers for the computer learning center; half of which, one month later, have been carved with graffiti by the appreciative students who obviously feel humbled and grateful to have a free education in America . (OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK)

I have had to intervene several times for young and substitute teachers whose classes consist of many illegal immigrant students here in the country less then 3 months who raised so much hell with the female teachers, calling them Putas (whores) and throwing things that the teachers were in tears.

Free medical, free education, free food, day care etc., etc., etc. Is it any wonder they feel entitled to not only be in this country but to demand rights, privileges and entitlements?

I support president Bush, but on this issue, he and everyone else voting things this way is a certain way to disaster.

To my bleeding-heart liberal friends who want to point out how much these illegal immigrants contribute to our society because they LIKE their gardener and housekeeper and they like to spend less for tomatoes spend some time in the real world of illegal immigration and see the TRUE costs.

Higher insurance, Medical facilities closing, higher medical costs, more crime, lower standards of education in our schools, overcrowding, new diseases etc., etc, etc. For me, I'll pay more for tomatoes.
We need to wake up. The guest worker program will be a disaster because we won't have the guts to enforce it.

Does anyone in their right mind really think they will voluntarily leave and return?

There are many hardworking Hispanic/American citizens that contribute to our country and many that I consider my true friends. We should encourage and accept those Hispanics who have done it the right and legal way.

It does, however, have everything to do with culture: A third-world culture that does not value education, that accepts children getting pregnant and dropping out of school by 15 and that refuses to assimilate, and an American culture that has become so weak and worried about " politically correct" that we don't have the will to do anything about it."

"If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under". ~Ronald Reagan"

thank you socialist freaks.

all emphasis mine throughout.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Murtha's "ringing endorsement"

Rollcall Online

Murtha Calls Ethics Bill "Total Crap"
By John Bresnahan
Roll Call Staff
Wednesday, Nov. 15; 1:18 pm

Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) told a group of Democratic moderates on Tuesday that an ethics and lobbying reform bill being pushed by party leaders was "total crap," but said that he would work to enact the legislation because Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) supports it.

But we already knew that!

oprah winfrey AND sydney simpson

just testing a theory that russet shadows and cube have.

otherwise - this is an open thread.

i see my friend and partner, warren, is pist and he's not going to take it anymore!

his most excellent posts are below this one.

thank you for attending.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Nancy Pelosi's Sour Grapes

A note first, Nostradumbass, "Ducky", has once again shown that he doesn't know beans. San Fran Nan, is catching flack from her "fellow travelers", about her backing John Murtha, (with his ethics problems), For the #2 position in the House.


Posted 10/31/2006

Leaders: Rep. Nancy Pelosi has her own "grapes of wrath" scenario going on. Is her opposition to enhanced border security due to the fact that the House Democratic leader personally profits from a steady supply of cheap foreign labor?

If Democrats regain control of the House of Representatives, the San Francisco Democrat will not only be the first female speaker, but also the richest. The liberal Center for Responsive Politics puts her net worth as high as $55 million.

There is no record of Pelosi's ever returning her portion of those "tax cuts for the rich" to the U.S. Treasury. Or any record, for that matter, of using her (dare we use the word?) windfall to give the workers at her Napa Valley vineyards a raise.

As Peter Schweizer notes in his best-selling expose of liberal hypocrisy, "Do As I Say (Not As I Do)," part of the fortune of this defender of the working man is a Napa Valley vineyard worth $25 million that she owns with her husband. The vineyard produces expensive grapes for high-end wines. Napa grapes bring up to $4,000 a ton compared with $300 a ton for, say, San Joaquin grapes.

But Pelosi, winner of the 2003 Cesar Chavez award from the United Farm Workers, hires only nonunion workers and sells these grapes to nonunion wineries. Schweizer places Pelosi in a chapter titled "Workers of the World Unite Somewhere Else." UFW members need not apply at the Pelosi family vineyards.

Which makes Pelosi's steadfast opposition to any attempts to enhance border security and stem the flow of illegal immigration into the U.S. all the more interesting since she seems to be among those rich employers who financially benefit from a steady supply of cheap foreign labor.

She led the opposition and voted against the Secure Fence Act of 2006 recently signed into law by President Bush to build a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexican border.

She opposed the Real ID Act of 2005, a valuable anti-terror tool, while bragging that Democrats under her leadership "defeated Republican attempts to restrict the easily forged Matricula Consular card" issued by the Mexican government.

She voted against a bill to make employers such as herself financially liable for hospital costs if undocumented employees seek medical attention, preferring that either taxpayers foot the bill or that hospitals close under the burden, as many are doing throughout the Southwest.

In 2005 she voted against barring the issuance of driver's licenses to illegal aliens and against a requirement that businesses use an electronic system to verify whether new hires have the legal right to work in the U.S.

Nor has Pelosi been a fan of employer sanctions against the hiring of illegal aliens. In 2003, she accused immigration officers of conducting "terrorizing raids" on Wal-Mart stores that led to the arrest of more than 300 illegal aliens.

Loraine Stewart, a farmworker advocate with Napa Valley Community Housing, in a 2004 San Francisco Chronicle article estimated that half of the migrant labor force in the valley consisted of undocumented workers, without whom "not one bottle of wine would get made here."

The people coming across our southern border aren't just seeking better lives. They're joined by drug smugglers and an assortment of people with criminal records. There are also what Immigration and Customs Enforcement calls OTMs (Other Than Mexicans) among whom potential terrorists could sneak in undetected.

Pelosi apparently puts her financial interests above the security of this nation and the safety of its citizens, exploiting undocumented workers in the process. If the people at Immigration and Customs are looking for an employer to check out, we know this little vineyard in the Napa Valley.

You might want to check out this too: (Nancy Pelosi: One of Mikhail Gorbachev's most useful idiots)

Don't get me wrong, I want Pelosi to appoint the Murthas, Alcee Hastings, Charlie Wrangles and John Conyers of the Democrat party to leadership positions.

I want to see the in-fighting and recriminations as the Frankenstein Party struggles to keep its dead pieces acting as if it were a viable whole.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

More on Murtha

From, a Liberal leaning watchdog group.

Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) is a 17th-term member of Congress, representing Pennsylvania’s 12th congressional district. Rep. Murtha’s ethics violations stem from abuse of his position as Ranking Member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee to benefit the lobbying firm of a former long-term staffer and clients of his brother, Robert “Kit” Murtha, a registered lobbyist.

PMA Group

Paul Magliocchetti worked with Rep. Murtha as a senior staffer on the Defense appropriations subcommittee for 10 years.1 After leaving the committee, Mr. Magliocchetti founded the PMA Group, which has become one of the prominent Washington, D.C. defense lobbying firms. In the current campaign cycle, the PMA Group and 11 of the firm’s clients rank in the top 20 contributors to Rep. Murtha, having made campaign contributions totaling $274,649.2 In the 2004 and 2002 cycles, PMA and nine of the firm’s clients ranked in the top 20 contributors having made $236,7993 in contributions and $279,074, respectively.4

In turn, many of PMA’s clients have benefited significantly from Rep. Murtha’s earmarks. In the 2006 Defense appropriations bill, PMA clients received at least 60 earmarks at a total of $95.1 million.5

Robert “Kit” Murtha
KSA Consulting is a lobbying firm hired by defense contractors in the hopes of securing funding from the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.6
The firm was retained by most of its clients after Rep. Murtha’s brother, Kit Murtha, joined the firm in 2002.7
Mr. Murtha joined the firm at the invitation of top KSA official Carmen Scialabba, who had worked for Rep. Murtha on the House Appropriations Committee for 27 years.8
Mr. Murtha’s first client at KSA was AEPTEC Miscrosystems, Inc., a wireless networking company based in Maryland that was seeking a grant from the State of Pennsylvania to fund construction of a new business complex in Rep. Murtha’s district.9
Notably, AEPTEC donated more than $12,000 to Rep. Murtha’s reelection campaign in 2002.10
Mr. Murtha successfully lobbied the state for a $1.5 million grant to build the complex.11
Although Mr. Murtha has claimed that his brother played no role in helping secure that funding, in an April 2004 press release, Rep. Murtha claimed credit for “introducing AEPTEC to the opportunities” in Pennsylvania and several of the Congressman’s staff attended groundbreaking
ceremonies for construction of the complex.12
Two months later, as part of a defense appropriations bill, Rep. Murtha’s subcommittee
approved a $4.2 million appropriation for an AEPTEC wireless network that supported the Aegis cruiser program. KSA founder, chief executive and lead lobbyist Ken Stalder lobbied Rep. Murtha to obtain the earmark.13
In 2004, Congress passed a $417 billion defense appropriations bill that went through Rep. Murtha’s subcommittee.14
The bill benefited at least 10 companies represented by KSA and KSA lobbied Rep. Murtha’s office directly on behalf of seven of those companies, which received a total $20.8 million in earmarks.15
For example, Arkansas based Cal-Zark won $1.7 million -- more than tripling the firm’s 2004 sales -- after KSA’s founder and head lobbyist, Ken Stalder, joined Cal-Zark officials on a trip to lobby Rep. Murtha’s office.16
KDH Defense Systems was awarded $2.6 million and soon thereafter, opened a body armor plant and moved its headquarters into Rep. Murtha’s district.17
Mobilvox Inc, which received $1.7 million,18
held a press conference with Rep. Murtha to announce the opening of a new Pennsylvania office shortly before the bill passed.19
Mr. Murtha and one of his staff, Jack Frank, attended Mobilvox’s new office open house in 2005.20

Other KSA clients that received earmarks include Applied Ordnance Technnology Inc., which received $3.4 million; ChemImage Corp., which received $3.5 million;21
and Mountaintop Technologies Inc., which received $1 million.22

5 U.S.C. §7353 and House Rules
A provision of the Ethics Reform Act of 1989, 5 U.S.C. §7353, prohibits members of the House, officers, and employees from asking for anything of value from a broad range of people,
including “anyone who seeks official action from the House, does business with the House, or has interests which may be substantially affected by the performance of official duties.
PMA Lobbying Disclosure Report for 2006 cycle; (Exhibit 1)
PMA Lobbying Disclosure Report for 2004 cycle; (Exhibit 2)
PMA Lobbying Disclosure Report for 2002 cycle; (Exhibit 3)
Roxana Tiron, Hill Ties Reap Rewards for Top Defense Firms, The Hill, June 15, 2006.
(Exhibit 4)
Ken Silverstein and Richard Simon, Lobbyist Brother Guided House Bill, The Los
Angeles Times, June 13, 2005. (Exhibit 5)
Id.; Kit Murtha is no longer with KSA. See
Silverstein and Simon, Los Angeles Times, June 13, 2005.
Silverstein and Simon, Los Angeles Times, June 13, 2005.
Silverstein and Simon, Los Angeles Times, June 13, 2005.
Silverstein and Simon, Los Angeles Times, June 13, 2005.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Murtha and the FBI: The Director's Cut

From, The American Spectator:

Video as well as a transcript of FBI sting operation involving Congressman Jack Murtha in the Abscam investigation are linked to the American Spectator article.

In recent years, only a 13-second video of Murtha's videotaped meeting with the FBI agents was publicly available. TAS has obtained a copy of the full, original video from a source close to the Abscam investigation on the condition of anonymity. The court transcript is publicly available at the National Archives.[...]

[...]On the video, Murtha does not appear to be a man uninterested in money. He appears to be uninterested at that point. Interpretation of the nuances of this conversation may be subjective, but Murtha appears essentially to say, You don't need Thompson and Murphy. I'm the guy who makes it happen.

Saturday, November 11, 2006


one and all!




american crusader

steve harkonnen


my father (army, korean war)(deceased)

my stepfather (u.s.a.f., active during the fifties)(alive and kickin')

and of course to all those i've failed to remember and never knew, who stood the test in order that the free world is indeed free and remains so! G-d bless you and keep you all!

feel free to pay tribute to the vet of your choice here today or anyday.

Friday, November 10, 2006

the pleasure of mississippi

you heard me correctly.

nancpop had the great pleasure of working in mississippi a few years ago on a power plant. he was warned by outsiders to stay away from the black parts of town - and if there's one thing you do not do it's warn nancpop!

he decided to rent from a fine woman of color in an all black neighborhood with a black club directly across the street (pool, billiards and BEER!) - the rental also came with fishing privileges in the two on-site ponds so all was well in his world.

we had occasion to go visit him a couple of times and the landlady and her husband were a couple of the most genuinely great people we have encountered as a family. she took our children to the local swimming pool where they were the least tanned kids in the water!

now, to my rant:

charlie rangel, the dhimmi congressworm from nyc, had this to say about mississippi in the sun/herald yesterday:

" JACKSON, Miss. - A Democratic congressman from New York says he wasn't trying to insult Mississippi in published remarks Thursday, but a Republican colleague from Mississippi says Rep. Charles Rangel should apologize to the state.

Rangel, D-N.Y., was quoted in a Thursday article in The New York Times, saying: "Mississippi gets more than their fair share back in federal money, but who the hell wants to live in Mississippi?"

Rep. Chip Pickering, R-Miss., issued a news release criticizing Rangel's words.

"I hope his remarks are not the kind of insults, slander, and defamation that Mississippians will come to expect from the Democrat leadership in Washington, D.C.," Pickering said.

Elbert Garcia, Rangel's press secretary in New York, said Rangel had received calls Thursday about the Mississippi quote.

Garcia e-mailed The Associated Press a response from Rangel: "I certainly don't mean to offend anyone, I just love New York so much that I can't understand why everyone wouldn't want to live here."

In midterm elections this week, Democrats captured control of the U.S. House and Senate for the first time in a dozen years.

Rangel is the ranking Democrat on Ways and Means, and is in line to become chairman of the powerful tax-writing committee. The New York Times article was about how the New York congressional delegation gained political clout in the midterm elections. Rangel said, among other things, that he wants to direct more federal money to his state.

U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., said he believes Mississippi will be treated fairly by Rangel and other Democratic leaders. As for Pickering's question of whether Democrats could hurt the state, Taylor said: "That's Chip."

Pickering was elected to the House in 1996 and for the first time will be a member of the minority party in Congress.

Mississippi is one of the poorest states in the nation and gets back more from the federal government than it pays for many programs. For example, Mississippi has one of the highest federal matching rates for Medicaid, getting back nearly $3 in federal money for every $1 of state money in the program that helps pay for health care for the needy, aged, blind and disabled, and for low-income families with children.

Mississippi also has received billions of dollars in federal relief since Hurricane Katrina struck on Aug. 29, 2005, destroying tens of thousands of homes and businesses and causing damage more than 150 miles inland.

Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., has been chairman of the Appropriations Committee, but will lose that position as Democrats take over the Senate majority.

Taylor, whose Bay St. Louis home was washed away by Katrina, said Rangel "was particularly helpful in the post-Katrina time" in securing money for Mississippi's recovery.

Taylor laughed as he responded to Rangel's comments about Mississippi. Taylor was stationed in New York when he was a young man in the Coast Guard. He said some New Yorkers "are stuck up about their home."

"You can tell him I want to live in Mississippi and wild elephants and tigers and bears couldn't keep me from living in Mississippi," Taylor said. "Hurricane Katrina couldn't keep me from building back here.""

in case mr. rangel didn't know, mississippi is one of the poorest states, but the MOST giving as far as being charitable - here's a list from 2003 for you charlie (and plucky too if you're looking)(previous year's ranking in parentheses after state):

1. Mississippi $34,720; $4,770; (1).

2. Arkansas $36,882; $4,890; (2).

3. South Dakota $37,698; $4,318; (7).

4. Oklahoma $38,344; $4,350; (3).

5. Tennessee $41,140; $5,564; (6).

6. Alabama $39,730; $4,555; (5).

7. Louisiana $37,701; $4,180 (4).

8. Utah $42,291; $6,124; (8).

9. South Carolina $39,301; $4,121; (9).

10. West Virginia $35,771; $3,614; (13).

11. Idaho $38,507; $3,709; (10).

12. Texas $44,699; $4,953; (12).

13. Nebraska $41,165; $3,805; (14).

14. North Dakota $37,314; $3,546; (15).

15. Wyoming $46,027; $7,888; (11).

16. North Carolina $42,763; $3,874 (16).

17: Kansas $43,086; $3,959; (17).

18. Florida $44,673; $4,115; (18).

19. Georgia $45,524; $4,194; (19).

20. Missouri $42,120; $3,590; (22).

21. Kentucky $39,220; $3,350; (20).

22. New Mexico $36,817; $3,095; (23).

23. Montana $35,057; 2,889; (21).

24. Indiana $42,522; $3,500; (25).

25. Alaska $43,240; $3,550; (24).

26. New York $54,193; $4,204; (26).

27. Iowa $40,840; $2,993; (27).

28. Nevada $50,101; $3,668; (40).

29. Ohio $41,835; $2,965; (28).

30. Maine $40,201; $2,526; (32).

31. California $52,961; $3,764; (29).

32. Maryland $55,879; 3,783; (30).

33. Washington $50,357; $3,586; (34).

34. Vermont $41,445; $2,634; (35).

35. Oregon $43,233; $3,083; (36).

36. Pennsylvania $45,367; $3,270; (41).

37. Virginia $52,637; $3,593; (38).

38. Arizona $45,003; $3,164; (39).

39. Delaware $49,665; $3,520; (33).

40. Illinois $50,749; $3,584; (31).

41. Michigan $46,113; $3,244; (42).

42. Hawaii $43,510; $2,984; (37).

43. Colorado $50,516; $3,480; (43).

44. Minnesota $50,310; $3,214; (45).

45. Connecticut $67,136; $3,565; (44).

46. Wisconsin $45,188; $2,659; (46).

47. Rhode Island $47,585; 2,399; (48).

48. New Jersey $60,527; $3,143; (47).

49. Massachusetts $58,408; $3,122; (49).

50. New Hampshire $50,952; $2,607; (50).

the first amount is for the average adjusted gross income followed by the average amount of giving.

it always pists me off when i hear people slamming the south - there are no better people in the world. if you're broke down by the side of the road, there will be sixteen people pulling over to give you a hand. if you stop to help someone, they hunt you down and try to pay you back.

HEY, CHARLIE? do you know why people want to live in mississippi? because your wannabe white arse is in new york city!

okay, i feel much better now. thank you for hearing me out.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Some Cognizant Thoughts

From Bill Wittle

We have to accept the fact that the conservatives we sent to Congress in 1994 became the bloated, earmarking, tone-deaf toads of 2006. They thought they could do whatever they wanted, regardless of what their constituents think, and now they have been reminded of just who is working for whom. Remedying that sense of isolation and disconnect and unchecked power is why we have elections in the first place, and as to the consequences of it, we have no one to blame but ourselves. That imperial attitude is not unique to Republicans or Democrats. That is human nature, and correcting the excesses of human nature only becomes more costly and painful the longer it is allowed to go on. Democracy is error-correcting. Ask John Kerry.

Please read the whole thing and while you're at it, grab a cup of coffee and Read This

Monday, November 06, 2006

a prize post

i just read this post at frontpage magazine, by poster impertinent - who i've always just called "perty" - he is truly one of the most comedic posters this side of beamish, i felt compelled to share:

"Democratic National Convention 2008 Agenda

7:00 P.M. Opening flag burning.

7:15 P.M. Pledge of allegiance to U.N.

7:30 P.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a toast

7:30 till 8:00 P.M. Nonreligious prayer and worship. Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton.

8:00 P.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.

8:05 P.M. Ceremonial tree hugging.

8:15- 8:30 P.M. Gay Wedding Barney Frank Presiding.

8:30 P.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.

8:35 P.M. Free Sadam Rally Cindy Sheehan , Susan Sarandon.

9:00 P.M. Keynote speech. The proper etiquette for surrender French President Jacques Chirac.

9:15 P.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.

9:20 P.M. Collection to benefit Osama Bin Laden kidney transplant fund

9:30 P.M. Unveiling of plan to free freedom fighters from Guantanamo Bay. Sean Penn.

9:40 P.M. Why I hate the Military, A short talk by William Jefferson Clinton

9:45 P.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a toast

9:50 P.M. Dan Rather presented Truth in Broadcasting award, presented by Michael Moore.

9:55 P.M., Ted Kennedy proposes a toast

10:00 P.M. How George bush and Donald Rumsfeld brought down the World Trade Center Towers, Howard Dean.

10:30 P.M. Nomination of Hillary Rodham Clinton by Mahmud Ahnadinejad.

11:00 P.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a toast

11:05 P.M. Al Gore reinvents Internet

11:15 P.M. Our Troops are War criminals , John Kerry

11:30 P.M. Coronation Of Mrs. Rodham Clinton

12:00 A.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a toast

12:05 A.M. Bill asks Ted to drive Hillary home"

don't really know when i might recover from this - on a more serious note, warren's special gun post is directly below this. my apologies, warren - this could not wait!

p.s. i did not correct ANY misspellings - they belong to the owner.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Handguns, which one is right for me?

People often ask me, which handgun or caliber of handgun is the best.

I'm afraid that there is no easy answer to that question. It depends on what you are going to use the handgun for, your physical makeup and your own personal preferences.

There are two types of handguns, revolvers and pistols. Revolvers have a revolving firing chamber; pistols have a firing chamber that is part of the barrel. Semi-automatic or auto-loading pistols fall into this second category as do single shot pistols.

Advantages and disadvantages:


Simplicity of design.
Easily to load.
Ammunition generally cheaper than semi-auto ammo with lower power loadings for practice.
Generally, physically stronger design that will take more abuse without damage.
In the event of a misfire, trigger may be pulled to fire the next round.

Takes longer to load.
Holds less ammo than newer semi-autos.
Generally harder to conceal than semi-autos.

Pistols - semi-automatics:

Slimmer design for easier concealability.
Modern semi-autos have up to three times the load capacity of a revolver.
Can be loaded very quickly.

Complicated design can lead to loading malfunctions.
Requires more training than revolver.
In the even of misfire, bullet must be cleared from gun before the next round can be fired.



Caliber is the designation of a bullets size but may have little to do with its actual size and is little more than a name designation.

For instance, 9mm, .380, .357 magnum and .38 special; all use the same diameter bullet and often bullets of the same type and weight but the bullet cases are all different in length and configuration. The diameters for all those calibers are .355 to .356 inches. The .357 magnum and .44 magnum are actually just slightly longer versions of the .38 special and .44 special.

Any handgun in any caliber is better than no handgun at all providing you know how to use it.



It has always been my experience that any given firearm is capable of far more accuracy than the person shooting it.

More than 80% of all defensive firearm use happens within less than 10 feet of the target. When you first start your training and practice, concentrate your practice at this distance.

The secret of accuracy is trigger control And trigger control is achieved by firing or dry-firing. The best results are achieved by dry-firing a double action* revolver. Newer semi-auto pistols that allow double action fire may also be used.

Dry-firing will damage a gun unless it is loaded with dummy rounds called Snap Caps.

The advantage of dry-firing is that you don't burn up a lot of expensive ammo and you don't have to be at the range to practice. I used to practice dry-firing setting in my recliner taking aim at the clock on the wall.

To dry-fire, load your weapon with snap caps, (it only takes one for a pistol capable of "double action" fire for revolvers you must have one for every cylinder hole), take aim at your target and slowly pull your trigger while concentrating keep your weapon on target. If you have never did this before you will be surprised at how much you gun moves around while you pull the trigger.

Even avid shooter are surprised by their increase in accuracy after learning trigger control by dry-firing.



The "best" is what's best for you, what fits your hand comfortably. I prefer the .45 ACP in either the larger or smaller frame models.

For personal protection, I recommend a medium caliber medium power weapon with experienced people using the magnum calibers if personally preferred. I recommend provenly functional hollow point ammunition for 9mm pistols. (Not all semi-auto pistols will function with hollow points and some cheap hollow points won't function in any weapon at all).

Double action, means that pulling the trigger "cocks" and "fires" the weapon as opposed to "single action", where pulling the triggers, "only fires the gun", and cocking is achieved by some other means.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

T.O.W.S. and the men who love them - a post for women ONLY!

perhaps i was in a mood today.

while i was happily stoking the fire in the woodstove today, probably yapping it up about some world event - i turned around suddenly to see my dear, sweet husband pointing the remote, which btw he has no idea how to use, directly at me.

"why are you pointing that remote control at me?" to which he politely responded, "i was just trying to turn you on." hmmmmmm...i didn't know they made arcees or batteries that powerful! i let it go, because this is the man G-d put on my plate and i didn't want to have the entawr meal at once.

to make matters stranger, a couple of hours later our daughter was in a snit (yes, elbro - a snit) over what to wear to a birthday party this afternoon and whether her brother should go or not.

the 15 year old brother says, "what is it with you women?"

the father says, "son, what have i told you?"

"pop (only it sounded more like PAAAAAA-OPPPPPPPPP) - women all have tows." pop inquired, "what's tows, son?" son replies loudly, "TICKED OFF WOMEN SYNDROME!"

anyway, that started my gears turning...T.O.W.S. it's got to mean more than that - this is where i turn it over to my female colleagues.

and btw, this post is made prior to warren's gun post so we would have something to make a fuss over. what does T.O.W.S mean to you?

Sunday, October 29, 2006


There seems to be a major flaw in our capitalistic marketplace.

The anti-capitalism crowd should have starved and died in the gutter. Not only do they not starve, the bounty of our harvest allows them to grow fat and abuse us with their mouths full.

This is a serious flaw and should be addressed.


did you remember to

set your clocks back? spring forward - fall back!

daylight savings time begins today.

what i want to know is just what bank they're kept in as i have 50 to collect on?

did we actually lose an hour of daylight? if so, where did it go? does this sort of thing bother anybody else?

gotta go tell my peppers to stop putting off fruit...they're not going to like this.

Friday, October 27, 2006

"oh boo" moment #62 3/4

here awhile back, my husband was at a meeting with the big money guys on a couple of big jobs they have going.

one of the big money guys takes his goofy dog everywhere he goes - guess you can do that when you have all the money.

to make a short story long - they're sitting roundtable style and the biggest money guy puts his hand down beside his chair and starts stroking what he believes to be his mutt - lo and behold, it was the wide-eyed, unsuspecting guy's knee next to him!

when he realized what he was doing he hollered, "OH SH*T! i thought that was my dog!"

needless to say, everybody in the room went into full uproar and when everything calmed down, my husband's top supervisor (a big-big (6'4"), rugged yet distinguished guy) says to the big money man, "can i sit by you?"

oh boo...


this big rugged supervisor also loves to cook cajun style - he and my husband share recipes online - last week he sent home some "shrimp etouffee" for our family...

oh boo...

here is the type of recipe my husband creates:

Dumb Ass (excuse my language)

Take 1 operater

Add 1 company truck
Add in options for wich type of equipment operater wants to play on
Throw in a few extra tools that are necessary for operater to make grade
Now quickly add in operator's overtime
Allow four weeks to see one week of production
Mix these ingredients together then stand back,it's fixin' to blow up in your face!!!

Now take a 55 gallon barrel of DUMB ASS extract and pour it on the seat of an open air D-4 and place it on a job site, cutting final grade in Fort Smith.
Dish = (insert operator's name of your choice)

Note: Don't worry about serving dish it serves it's self !!!!!!!!

can anybody tell me what this means?

oh boo...

Monday, October 23, 2006

tomorrow is u.n. day AND yesterday was the last day of the last week of ramadan

if that isn't a goocher i don't know what is! all emphasis mine throughout.

celebrate, celebrate - dance to the music~!

of course you know i jest...

what was fdr thinking?

"United Nations Day was established by Presidential Proclamation to commemorate the establishment of the United Nations in 1945.

It is celebrated very generally in all states and American possessions, and by all eighty-one countries, which are members of the United Nations for the purpose of informing the people of the world as to the aims, purposes, and achievements of the UN. The day is part of the United Nations Week, October 20-26.

The name "United Nations" was devised by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt and was first used in the "Declaration by United Nations" of January 1, 1942, during the Second World War, when representatives of 26 nations pledged their governments to continue fighting together against the Axis Powers."

now, all the "axis powers" are MEMBERS of the united nations! oh the irony.

now a little lesson in the etiquette (or etiqute as they put it) of the last week of ramadan:

" O people ! A great and blessed month is going to set in on you. Each night of this month is better than a thousand months. God has made fasting obligatory during this month and has ordained Taravih as a supplementary prayer. Any man who performs a good deed during this month of his own free wolition will receive a reward equal to the reward for obligatory deeds performed during other month, he shall receive a reward equal to the reward of seventy obligatory acts during other month ".

i did not edit this one - what's a "wolition" and where may i get one? is it the same place they get wiagra? do they become wiolent if their rewards are few? they don't have the wertibrate to handle this task!

"11. Show utmost tenderness and affection to people in the month of Ramadan. *Provide maximum facilities to your employees and supply their needs with extreme liberality. Deal with members with kindness and generosity."

i'll be back as soon as i compose myself!

...that may be sometime next year at this time...

*somebody please tell me WHO they employ?

where may i find some obscurity?

Dear G_d help u.s. now. thank you ahead of time.

i-i-i'll be okay...

Thursday, October 19, 2006

an excellent read

i'm not one to do the cut and paste on a regular basis, however, i feel this may be the time and place - TODAY, NOW, YESTERDAY - there are NO guarantees in tomorrow! emphasis here and at the end are mine.

it is an excellent read, not because i wrote it or say so. U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-Ok), spoke these words on the senate floor on 03/04/02 and they could not be more timely or appropriate to what is going on in this world:

"I was interested the other day when I heard that the de facto Saudi ruler, Crown Prince Abdullah, made a statement which was received by many in this country as if it were a statement of fact, as if it were something new, a concept for peace in the Middle East that no one had ever heard of before. I was kind of shocked that it was so well received by many people who had been down this road before.

I suggest to you that what Crown Prince Abdullah talked about a few days ago was not new at all. He talked about the fact that under the Abdullah plan, Arabs would normalize relations with Israel in exchange for the Jewish state surrendering the territory it received after the Six Day War, as if that were something new...

[But] there isn't anything new about the prospect of giving up land that is rightfully Israel's land in order to have peace. When it gets right down to it, the land doesn't make that much difference, because Yasser Arafat and others don't recognize Israel's right to any of the land. They do not recognize Israel's right to exist.

Yasser Arafat and others don't recognize Israel's right to any of the land. They do not recognize Israel's right to exist.

I will discuss seven reasons why Israel is entitled to the land they have and that it should not be a part of the peace process. If this is something that Israel wants to do, it is their business to do it. But anyone who has tried to put the pressure on Israel to do this is wrong.

We are going to be hit by skeptics who are going to say we will be attacked because of our support for Israel, and if we get out of the Middle East -- that is us -- all the problems will go away. That is just not true. If we withdraw, all of these problems will again come to our door. I have some observations to make about that.

But I would like to reemphasize once again the seven reasons that Israel has the right to their land.


The first reason is that Israel has the right to the land because of all of the archeological evidence. All the archeological evidence supports it. Every time there is a dig in Israel, it does nothing but support the fact that Israelis have had a presence there for 3,000 years. The coins, the cities, the pottery, the culture -- there are other people, groups that are there, but there is no mistaking the fact that Israelis have been present in that land for 3,000 years. It predates any claims that other peoples in the region may have.

The ancient Philistines are extinct. Many other ancient peoples are extinct. They do not have the unbroken line to this date that the Israelis have. Even the Egyptians of today are not racial Egyptians of 2,000, 3,000 years ago. They are primarily an Arab people. The land is called Egypt, but they are not the same racial and ethnic stock as the old Egyptians of the ancient world.

The Israelis are in fact descended from the original Israelites.


The second proof of Israel's right to the land is the historic right. History supports it totally and completely. We know there has been an Israel up until the time of the Roman Empire. The Romans conquered the land. Israel had no homeland, although Jews were allowed to live there. They were driven from the land in two dispersions: One in 70 A.D. and the other in 135 A.D. But there was always a Jewish presence in the land.

The Turks, who took over about 700 years ago and ruled the land up until about World War One, had control. Then the land was conquered by the British. The Turks entered World War One on the side of Germany. The British knew they had to do something to punish Turkey, and also to break up that empire that was going to be a part of the whole effort of Germany in World War One. So the British sent troops against the Turks in the Holy Land.

One of the generals who was leading the British armies was a man named Allenby. Allenby was a Bible-believing Christian. He carried a Bible with him everywhere he went and he knew the significance of Jerusalem. The night before the attack against Jerusalem to drive out the Turks, Allenby prayed that God would allow him to capture the city without doing damage to the holy places.

That day, Allenby sent World War One biplanes over the city of Jerusalem to do a reconnaissance mission. You have to understand that the Turks had at that time never seen an airplane. So there they were, flying around. They looked in the sky and saw these fascinating inventions and did not know what they were, and they were terrified by them.

They dared not fight against a prophet from God, so Allenby captured Jerusalem without firing a single shot.

Then they were told they were going to be opposed by a man named Allenby the next day, which means, in their language, "man sent from God" or "prophet from God." They dared not fight against a prophet from God, so the next morning, when Allenby went to take Jerusalem, he went in and captured it without firing a single shot.

The British government was grateful to Jewish people around the world, particularly to one Jewish chemist who helped them manufacture niter. Niter is an ingredient that was used in nitroglycerin which was sent over from the New World. But they did not have a way of getting it to England. The German U-boats were shooting on the boats, so most of the niter they were trying to import to make nitroglycerin was at the bottom of the ocean. But a man named Weitzman, a Jewish chemist, discovered a way to make it from materials that existed in England. As a result, they were able to continue that supply.

The British at that time said they were going to give the Jewish people a homeland. That is all written down in history. They were gratified that the Jewish people, the bankers, came through and helped finance the war.

The homeland that Britain said it would set aside consisted of all of what is now Israel and all of what was then the nation of Jordan -- the whole thing. That was what Britain promised to give the Jews in 1917. In the beginning, there was some Arab support for this action. There was not a huge Arab population in the land at that time, and there is a reason for that. The land was not able to sustain a large population of people. It just did not have the development it needed to handle those people, and nobody really wanted this land. It was considered to be worthless land.

Mark Twain -- Samuel Clemens -- took a tour of Palestine in 1867. This is how he described that land. We are talking about Israel now. He said: "A desolate country whose soil is rich enough but is given over wholly to weeds. A silent, mournful expanse. We never saw a human being on the whole route. There was hardly a tree or a shrub anywhere. Even the olive and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country."

Where was this great Palestinian nation? It did not exist. It was not there. Palestinians were not there. Palestine was a region named by the Romans, but at that time it was under the control of Turkey, and there was no large mass of people there because the land would not support them.

This is the report that the Palestinian Royal Commission, created by the British, made. It quotes an account of the conditions on the coastal plain along the Mediterranean Sea in 1913. The Palestinian Royal Commission said:

"The road leading from Gaza to the north was only a summer track, suitable for transport by camels or carts. No orange groves, orchards or vineyards were to be seen until one reached the Yavnev village. Houses were mud. Schools did not exist. The western part toward the sea was almost a desert. The villages in this area were few and thinly populated. Many villages were deserted by their inhabitants."

That was 1913.

The French author Voltaire described Palestine as "a hopeless, dreary place." In short, under the Turks the land suffered from neglect and low population. That is a historic fact. The nation became populated by both Jews and Arabs because the land came to prosper when Jews came back and began to reclaim it. If there had never been any archaeological evidence to support the rights of the Israelis to the territory, it is also important to recognize that other nations in the area have no longstanding claim to the country either.

Did you know that Saudi Arabia was not created until 1913, Lebanon until 1920? Iraq did not exist as a nation until 1932, Syria until 1941. The borders of Jordan were established in 1946 and Kuwait in 1961. Any of these nations that would say Israel is only a recent arrival would have to deny their own rights as recent arrivals as well. They did not exist as countries. They were all under the control of the Turks.

Historically, Israel gained its independence in 1948.


The third reason that land belongs to Israel is the practical value of the Israelis being there. Israel today is a modern marvel of agriculture. Israel is able to bring more food out of a desert environment than any other country in the world. The Arab nations ought to make Israel their friend and import technology from Israel that would allow all the Middle East, not just Israel, to become an exporter of food. Israel has unarguable success in its agriculture.


The fourth reason I believe Israel has the right to the land is on the grounds of humanitarian concern. You see, there were 6 million Jews slaughtered in Europe during World War Two. The persecution against the Jews had been very strong in Russia since the advent of communism, and before then under the Czars.

These people have a right to their homeland. If we are not going to allow them a homeland in the Middle East, then where? What other nation on Earth is going to cede territory, is going to give up land?

They are not asking for a great deal. The whole nation of Israel would fit into my home state of Oklahoma seven times. They are not asking for a great deal. The whole nation of Israel is very small. It is a nation that, up until the time that claims started coming in, was not desired by anybody.


The fifth reason Israel ought to have their land is that she is a strategic ally of the United States. Whether we realize it or not, Israel is an impediment to certain groups hostile to democracies and hostile to what we believe in, hostile to that which makes us the greatest nation in the history of the world. They have kept them from taking complete control of the Middle East. If it were not for Israel, they would overrun the region.

Israel votes with America in the United Nations more than England, Canada, France, Germany -- more than any other country in the world.

They are our strategic ally. It is good to know we have a friend in the Middle East on whom we can count. They vote with us in the United Nations more than England, more than Canada, more than France, more than Germany -- more than any other country in the world.


The sixth reason is that Israel is a roadblock to terrorism. The war we are now facing is not against a sovereign nation; it is against a group of terrorists who are very fluid, moving from one country to another. They are almost invisible. That is whom we are fighting against today. We need every ally we can get. If we do not stop terrorism in the Middle East, it will be on our shores.

One of the reasons I believe the spiritual door was opened for an attack against the United States is that the policy of our government has been to ask the Israelis, and demand it with pressure, not to retaliate in a significant way against the terrorist strikes that have been launched against them.

Since its independence in 1948, Israel has fought four wars: The 1948 War of Independence, the 1956 Sinai campaign, the 1967 Six Day War, and the 1973 Yom Kippur War. In all four cases, Israel was attacked. They were not the aggressor. Some people may argue that this was not true because they went in first in 1956, but they knew at that time that Egypt was building a huge military to become the aggressor. Israel, in fact, was not the aggressor and has not been the aggressor in any of the four wars.

Also, they won all four wars against impossible odds. They are great warriors. They consider a level playing field being outnumbered 2-to-1.

There were 39 Scud missiles that landed on Israeli soil during the Gulf War. Our president asked Israel not to respond. In order to have the Arab nations on board, we asked Israel not to participate in the war. They showed tremendous restraint and did not. Now we have asked them to stand back and not do anything over these last several attacks. We have criticized them. We have criticized them in our media. Local people in television and radio often criticize Israel, not knowing the true facts. We need to be informed.

I was so thrilled when I heard a reporter pose a question to Secretary of State Colin Powell. He said: "Mr. Powell, the United States has advocated a policy of restraint in the Middle East. We have discouraged Israel from retaliation again and again and again because we've said that it escalates the violence. Are we going to follow that ourselves?"

Mr. Powell indicated we would strike back. In other words, we can tell Israel not to do it, but when it hits us, we are going to do something.

But all that changed in December when the Israelis went into Gaza with gunships and into the West Bank with F-16s. With the exception of last May, the Israelis had not used F-16s since the Six Day War. And I am so proud of them because we have to stop terrorism. It is not going to go away. If Israel were driven into the sea tomorrow, if every Jew in the Middle East were killed, terrorism would not end. You know that in your heart. Terrorism would continue. It is not just a matter of Israel in the Middle East. It is the heart of the very people who are perpetrating this stuff. Should they be successful in overrunning Israel -- which they won't be -- but should they be, it would not be enough. They will never be satisfied.


I believe very strongly that we ought to support Israel, and that it has a right to the land, because God said so. In Genesis 13:14-17, the Bible says: "The Lord said to Abram, "Lift up now your eyes, and look from the place where you are northward, southward, eastward and westward: for all the land which you see, to you will I give it, and to your seed forever... Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it to thee."

That is God talking. The Bible says that Abram removed his tent and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar before the Lord. Hebron is in the West Bank. It is at this place where God appeared to Abram and said, "I am giving you this land" -- the West Bank. This is not a political battle at all. It is a contest over whether or not the word of God is true.


The seven reasons, I am convinced, clearly establish that Israel has a right to the land. Eight years ago on the White House lawn, Yitzhak Rabin shook hands with PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat. It was a historic occasion. It was a tragic occasion. At that time, the official policy of the government of Israel began to be, "Let us appease the terrorists. Let us begin to trade the land for peace." This process continued unabated up until last year.

Here in our own nation, at Camp David in the summer of 2000, then-Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Barak offered the most generous concessions to Yasser Arafat that had ever been laid on the table. He offered him more than 90 percent of all the West Bank territory, sovereign control of it. There were some parts he did not want to offer, but in exchange he said he would give up land in Israel proper that the PLO had not even asked for.

Barak even spoke of dividing Jerusalem. Arafat stormed out of the meeting.

And he also did the unthinkable. He even spoke of dividing Jerusalem and allowing the Palestinians to have their capital there. Yasser Arafat stormed out of the meeting. Why did he storm out of the meeting? Everything he said he wanted was offered there. It was put into his hands. Why did he storm out of the meeting? A couple of months later, there began to be riots, terrorism. The riots began when now-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon went to the Temple Mount. And this was used as the thing that lit the fire and caused the explosion. Did you know that Sharon did not go unannounced and that he contacted the Islamic authorities before he went and secured their permission to be there? It was no surprise.

The response was very carefully calculated. They knew the world would not pay attention to the details. They would portray this in the Arab world as an attack upon the holy mosque and use it as an excuse to riot. Over the last eight years, during this time of the peace process, where the Israeli public has pressured its leaders to give up land for peace because they are tired of fighting, there has been increased terror.

In fact, it has been greater in the last eight years than any other time in Israel's history. Showing restraint and giving in has not produced any kind of peace. It is so much so that today the leftist peace movement in Israel does not exist because the people feel they were deceived. They offered a hand of peace, and it was not taken. That is why the politics of Israel have changed drastically over the past 12 months. The Israelis have come to see that, "No matter what we do, these people do not want to deal with us... They want to destroy us."

That is why even yet today the stationery of the PLO still has upon it the map of the entire state of Israel, not just the little part they call the West Bank. They want it all.

We have to get out of this mindset that somehow you can buy peace in the Middle East by giving little plots of land. It has not worked before when it has been offered.

These seven reasons show why Israel is entitled to that land.

I yield the floor."

is goodness and rightness a thing of the past? i'm beginning to believe wholeheartedly we are sliding into that which we cannot recover. don't get me wrong - i look forward to eternity - it's the in between which causes my heart sadness.

Monday, October 16, 2006

logical? you tell me

for the umpteenth time in the last month, i've read articles pertaining to some grand mullah, or some other lowly muzzie talking head, calling for muslims to leave the u.s. as they are about to attack us AGAIN.

two things that do not compute:

why aren't they getting the hell out?

why would they want to nuke a country, thus making it uninhabitable, they plan to take over?

if they would ONLY start leaving in droves, perhaps then i would take them seriously.

Friday, October 13, 2006

anybody else get frightened when

your spouse brings the gas can in to get the woodstove started? just curious...

how long does it take for eyebrows to grow back?

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

"oh boo" moment #16 1/2

yeah, i know the follow-ups have not followed up - but the other "oh boo" moments are still in the making.

we have a big time at nanchouse when everyone gets home - EVERY SINGLE DAY!

this evening happened to be a slow night so nancpop and nancson sat down for a game of trivial pursuit - they use me as their mulligan (think golf). when they cannot answer a question, they ask me.

things were rolling along as i was reading my news when i heard nancpop ask nancson, "what's the base of the soup "vicky soo say"? honest. as i turned to look at nancson i realized he'd perfected that cocked dumb dog look and goofy "tim the tool man" whine tim allen was famous for.

as i was about to fall off my chair - nancson said, "what?" and my husband repeated it verbatim. so, i went ahead and fell out of the chair - OW!

once i wiped the tears from my eyes and the snot from my nose - i thought "now is a very good time to step in."

do you mean "vichysoisse"? both, in unison, "huh?" me, "the soup." them, in unison (dayam they're good), "huh?" me, "the french potato soup? - vichysoisse?"

my word! you'd think two men who are quite aware of what a "porte cochere" is would know what "vichysoisse" is...

those pesky french.