31 December 2011

Riffing on a meme

The "What's in your iPod" question is making the rounds, and I am unable to answer.  I don't own an iPod or anything like it.  I'm still in awe that a 6-CD car stereo is now considered 'Old School,' but that's how I roll, yo.

So, I'm going to modify the question a bit, by listing the albums and my favorite track from each:

George Thorogood -- Greatest Hits: 30 Years of Rock.  Favorite track:  Gearjammer.  I actually bought the album just for this.

Songs of Anarchy.  Favorite track:  Gimme Shelter.  This is, without question, the best cover of that song I've ever heard.

Evanescence -- Fallen.  Favorite track:  Bring Me To Life.  Amy Lee's phenomenal voice never fails to give me shivers.

Suzanne Vega -- 99.9 * F.  Favorite Track:  Bad Wisdom.  Reminds me a lot of my younger days.

Sisters of Mercy -- A Slight Case of Overbombing.  Favorite track:  Temple of Love.  I just have to watch my foot-to-floor distance when I crank this in my pickup.  Tickets suck when you're a truck driver.

Kate Bush -- The Red Shoes.  Favorite track:  Rubberband Girl.  Kate's an acquired taste, but highly varied and interesting.  She appeals to those of us with slightly skewed thought processes.
So, that's what's in my stereo.  If anyone wants to continue along this branch of internet weirdness, just post it in a comment here, or provide a link to wherever you did.

29 December 2011

I stand in awe.

Even in my hardcore, punk rock, screw-you days, I don't believe I have ever been quite as In Your Face as the guy I'm about to link.  I warn you now, this is one definitely NSFW blog.  Even its title contains profanity, and I'll have to edit it for TIB.

Regardless, watch the brother kick ass.

Q: "Why do you NEED high capacity magazines?"
A: "Because sometimes you have to kill a whole bunch of mother****ers."

Q: "Why do you NEED armor piercing rounds?"
A: "Because sometimes you have to kill some mother****er hiding on the other side of a wall."

Q: "Why do you NEED a fifty caliber sniper rifle?"
A: "Because sometimes you have to kill some mother****er from a kilometer away."

Q: "Why do you need a night vision scope?"
A: "Because sometimes you have to kill some mother****ers in the dark."

Oh, yeah.  Common sense delivered with a howitzer.  Sometimes, the offensive can truly be refreshing.

28 December 2011

A REAL Christmas Story

If you haven't seen this post at iOTW, you might want to have a barf bucket handy.  I'm hoping against hope that it's a hoax, but I fear it isn't.  This country, once the greatest on Earth, has somehow managed to shit out a steaming pile of the most spoiled, selfish, disgusting excuses for human beings ever to defile this planet with their meaningless whinging.

27 December 2011

If you're surprised by this...

...you haven't been paying much attention.

Why don’t they want you to know? What HAS been exposed publicly points directly to overt takeovers of the constitutional government via martial law, the use of troops on the street (in violation of Posse Comitatus) and a definitive takeover of all communications, including the establishment of secure emergency communications lines for the the Continuity of Government controllers. More to the point, it validates the worst of fears– that rhetoric issued from political leaders in America demonizing its people as potential terrorists relates to real plans, albeit obscured from popular public knowledge, to target and indefinitely detain dissidents and other ordinary citizens any during declared emergencies, or for any pretext of national security.
Just another tinfoil-hat post.  Pay it no mind.

25 December 2011

Food porn

Via Uncle Jay, I've found a great place to visit if I ever find myself back in the DFW...the Cowtown Diner.  Any place whose menu includes a breakfast called "That Boy Can Pack Some Groceries," and a side of bacon-wrapped, deep-fried deviled eggs, is definitely on my Bucket List.

And according to the health nazis, it might just be my Bucket Cause.  But, damn, it'd be worth it!

24 December 2011

When Christmas is a lonely time...

If you feel desperately alone during the holiday season--even in the midst of a crowd--please take a moment to read this, and know that you are never alone, that our Lord and Savior is with you, now and forever.

Self-defense and barroom wisdom

Some of the folks on The Infinite Blogroll are very infrequent posters, but sometimes, that's better than being Chatty Cathys.  Usually, when folks like Angela or Matthew post up, it's some stuff you need to read.  Every now and then, hit the "Show All" tag and look through the treasure trove of information that comprises TIB.

Anyway, Matthew has a great post here on the ethics of self-defense.  Go RTWT, and when you're done, I have a story for you, brought to mind by this part:

Once years ago I was in a pub with some friends. I had just left protecting my Principal (client) and was carrying my pistol (a Kahr K9 if I remember correctly). One guy in our group (not a friend and high on the a-hole quotient) started talking trash with some other guys in the bar. A moment before it went bad he looked over and said to me "you got my back right?"

"Absolutely" then shook my head no to the other guys. He was a problematic personality and wasn't any friend of mine, and frankly not worthy of waiting next to him for bail. On that note he punches (attacks) a guy in the other group and a fight ensues...for him. We stayed out of it. And we were right to.
All you young folks reading this, should take some notes.  Something very similar happened in my life, back in the summer of 1996.  Fortunately, this didn't end in a barfight, at least partially because I didn't do what Matthew did(which was a bit of a dick move if you ask me, but I wasn't there, so I'll reserve judgement).

Regarding the "elites"

The Anarchangel explains why Oppressives can't seem to understand Americans' view of government...

Conservatives and libertarians aren't against smart well educated people; in fact many of us ARE smart, well educated people.

...We're against people who want to run things.

This idea is so utterly foreign to the leftist mind, that they literally cannot conceive it, or believe it.

RTWT.  It's so simple, even a leftist can understand it.  I think.

Merry Christmas

From all of us at W&PO to all of you.  God bless you and yours.

21 December 2011

The end of G.O.P. Motors

A story too good not to share...

Joe: Well Reg, thats neat and all but the color is not the issue. It’s the car. Actually it’s the fact that its a car and not a pickup truck like I need. I already have a McPrius in the driveway on cinderblocks that I bought from you a few years ago that doesn’t run anymore. What I need is a pickup truck.

Joe starts walking over to the white pick up. It is a Dodge Palin with the Alaska package. Big tires, lift kit, big shiny tool box in the back and a electric winch in the front. Just what Joe is looking for. Joe turns to Reb.

Joe: This is what I want. I can get to the job site no matter where it is. I got a safe place for my tools, a big bed for the materials, and even a winch I can put to good use. Lets go into the office and discuss the terms and...

Reg: Oh come on! You don’t want the Dodge Palin. The Romney Volt is what you need. I mean look at that beauty! Its even eco friendly! All the chicks dig it! That magic paint job! You gotta get this thing!

Joe: Naw Reg. I want the pick up truck. Lets go get this done. I don’t want to lose a chance at getting this job. Joe turns towards the office takes 3 steps and hears SMASH! Turning around Joe sees Reg with a sledgehammer, breaking the windows, caving in the fenders, knocking off the mirrors. Shocked Joe runs over to Reg who is smiling as he walks away from the Dodge Palin, drops the sledgehammer , and wipes his hands briskly together.

Joe: What the hell did you do that for!

Reg: I was saving you from yourself! Now that that’s settled, lets get you in that Romney Volt!
RTWT.  All you libs out there, can you now understand that we despise the Cocktail Party GOP Establishment even more than you do?

20 December 2011


Just read it, and let it sink in.

On Vomiting and Crazy Eyes
Posted by Ann Barnhardt - December 19, AD 2011 9:17 PM MST
As expected, the “hiss out of hell”, to quote Chesterton, came streaming out of my inbox with regards to the Immaculate Conception piece. But, there were just as many lovely emails, too. Thanks to all. One that stood out in particular relates directly to vomiting. The writer, a man, tried to take the tack that I was some sort of a fascist for, well, ACTUALLY BELIEVING in a doctrine or premise. His take – and this is EXTREMELY COMMON across our culture today – is that I have “my truth” regarding Mary and he has “his truth” and in the end it is all the same and doesn’t really matter.
Oh, hells no. He is where I GO OFF.
That “your truth – my truth” bullshit is one of the single most evil concepts in the universe. It is satanic and it is exactly the tool that is being used to destroy civilization and humanity. Rustle up a cup of cocoa or a glass of port and settle in, because this is going to go in-depth.
First, to the actual vomiting itself. For that we go to the words of Our Lord in Revelation chapter 3 verses 15-16.
And to the angel of the church of Laodicea, write: These things saith THE AMEN, the faithful and true witness, who is the beginning of the creation of God: I know thy works, that thou art neither cold, nor hot. I would thou wert cold, or hot. But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, nor hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of My mouth.
In this context “THE AMEN” is used as a name of Christ Himself. “The Amen” means the Truth Itself, which is God Himself, specifically referring to the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, Christ. So Christ, who is Truth, says that He would rather people be either hot or cold, but lukewarmness He will VOMIT out of His mouth. That’s astounding at first read. In other words, He is saying, look, either believe something or don’t. Don’t come at me with this godforsaken “church of Oprah” bullshit about “your truth and my truth”. Christ would rather a person be an atheist than one of these wretched “hey, whatever” types, and I can actually see exactly what He means. If you asked me who I would rather have a conversation with: an atheist or a “my truth your truth bullshit” pseudo-Christian, I’d take the atheist, without hesitation every time. You can have a productive, informative conversation with an atheist. An atheist actually believes something. He has a premise, and he believes in his premise, and is probably able to defend his premise in a rational way. In other words, there’s some meat on those bones.
In contrast, the “my truth your truth bullshit” (MTYTB) pseudo-Christian is a vapid, inane empty shell. The lights are on, but Dude, NOBODY’S HOME. To wit, Oprah Winfrey. But more importantly, the MTYTB pseudo-Christian commits a blasphemy that even the atheist does not commit. The MTYTB person is actually denying that there is any such thing as Truth at all, and remember, the Truth isn’t just a mere intellectual or philosophical construct. Intellectual and philosophical constructs exist only in the mind of man. The Truth is completely external to all of us, and is not made by us or contingent upon us, our existence, or even our recognition of the objective reality of Truth. The Truth just IS. It EXISTS. IT IS WHAT IT IS, or to quote God Himself speaking to Moses in Exodus 3:14, I AM WHO AM. 1+1 equaled 2 from all eternity, and 1+1 equaled 2 before any human being had yet pondered the question, and 1+1 will continue to equal 2 forever. Even if every person falls into some mathematical stupor or heresy and collectively become convinced that 1+1=5, 1+1 will still equal 2. That will never, ever change.
The Truth is a PERSON, more personal and more real than you or me. His name is Jesus Christ. What the MTYTB pseudo-Christians are actually doing is denying the existence of God and instead setting themselves up as “god” because they cast themselves as the arbiter and standard of “truth”. Hence, “my truth”. What utter, abject evil. Even the atheist does not do this. The atheist still maintains that there is an exterior truth to himself, and that the truth is that there is no God. The atheist is WRONG, but at least he doesn’t deify himself and still acknowledges that there is an external, referential matrix. The supreme irony and joke about the atheist is that he unknowingly PROCLAIMS GOD’S EXISTENCE by insisting that there is no God as an absolute. Any absolute requires an external existential reality to serve as the supporting matrix of that absolute. Guess who that “external existential reality” is? Yep. If the atheist REALLY wanted to stick it to God, he would adopt the reciprocal of the very common pseudo-Christian super-fun rockband church position of, “Hey, there’s no God in my truth, but maybe there is a God in your truth.” That’s about as bad as it gets.

So back to our question of Mary’s sinlessness. Either she was or she wasn’t. This is a binary question. Either I am right and you are wrong, or I am wrong and you are right. Period. Mary was and is a real person. She isn’t a fiction or a philosophical construct. And neither is Christ. Either Christ is the Second Person of the Holy Trinity who died for the sins of man and rose from the dead, or He was just another insane person. Either Jesus Christ is the Truth, or He was the biggest liar in history. Either the Eucharist is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ under the appearance of bread and wine, or it is a ridiculous, meaningless wine tasting, and in that case, to quote Flannery O’Connor, to hell with it. Pick your side, but spare me, and more particularly, spare Christ this “my truth your truth” pantheistic Oprah Winfrey slackjawed bullshit. Let the sifting of the wheat from the chaff commence. Ooh-rah.

Why does this matter? Because this satanic evil is what is being used to destroy civilization and humanity through the broad culture. We have been taught over the last 50 or so years that one of the worst cultural sins a person can commit is to ACTUALLY BELIEVE SOMETHING. What our culture says is, “Yeah, yeah, you can go to church and all that, but DON’T YOU DARE actually believe any of that shit.” I’m a great example of this. People see my videos and are REPULSED by the intensity of my delivery and by my “crazy eyes”. What the “crazy eyes” are is the physical manifestation of righteous anger rooted in a belief and recognition of objective truth, and the world’s ever-more severe incongruence with that objective truth. This culture has been so whipped by the satanic denial of objective truth, and the constant shaming and ridiculing of any belief in objective truth in the name of “tolerance” and “ecumenism”, that the mere sight of a person witnessing to the Truth without bracketing every sentence with an apology and qualifier is now repellant and rage-inducing to the average person.
Think about politicians. Obama, Clinton, the Kennedys, and most of the so-called “Republicans” too; these people pay LIP SERVICE to religious belief, but it is all done with a wink and a nod. “Yeah, we go to church once or twice a year, but we don’t actually BELIEVE any of that shit. You know how it is.” And sadly, it isn’t just the politicians anymore. That is the mindset of most people today. “Yeah, I’m Christian, but I don’t think Christianity is the only truth. It’s just MY TRUTH.”
Here is where this gets extremely problematic. If a culture subscribes to the “my truth your truth” line, then what inevitably happens is that the people who have the coercive power in a society begin to impose “their truth” upon everyone else. In other words, whoever has the guns and the power to imprison becomes “god” and sets the standard of “truth” in a society. We are watching this happen right now before our very eyes. The Obama regime is telling Catholics that they WILL provide contraceptives and abortions because these things are “rights” according to “their truth”. They are also telling Catholics that they WILL place adoptive children with homosexuals, and very soon they will also demand that Catholic priests marry homosexuals, because homosexuality is “normal” according to “their truth”, and they have the power to destroy people via the IRS and other governmental bureaucracies, so therefore “their truth” wins. They are telling the MF Global customers that the expectation of respect of property rights and the enforcement of contract law is unreasonable and that confiscation and theft of property by their cronies is now permitted according to “their truth”.
These psychopaths will go to any lengths, any extreme, to deny an external standard of truth, because as long as they can delude themselves and their followers into believing that lie, they set the rules, and the world and everything in it is theirs for the taking.
THIS is why Christ said that he would VOMIT the lukewarm out of His mouth, because the “my truth your truth” bullshit leads directly to hell, even though it promises to deliver a “tolerant, ecumenical utopia.” When a society falls to that evil philosophy and no one will stand and fight with “crazy eyes” for the Truth, then people will suffer and die by the millions. The ecumenical utopia you are waiting for can never and will never exist because, unlike you, the forces of evil actually believe in their satanic philosophy with a burning passion and thus will never, ever compromise or rest until they either fully infiltrate and take over or are utterly defeated. There is no third way.
Crazy eyes? You better know it. Hot, burning crazy.

And now, my own commentary...

Funny thing:  I've never, ever been in support of anyone compelling any religion to operate against their beliefs, unless it's along the lines of, "No, you can't cut that person's heart out, I don't care if you're an Aztec."  Not when I was an atheist, and not now that I'm a Christian.  I'm still about the separation of church and state--both ways--because I believe a theocracy makes a mockery of God's gift of free will.  Everybody get that?  OK.

Now, check out this statement:   "...and very soon they will also demand that Catholic priests marry homosexuals..."  Five years ago, I'd have rolled my eyes.  Two years ago, I'd have considered it possible, but unlikely. 

Today, I have no doubt at all that this is coming.  And the notion that this could--and may--become a reality, should frighten every American, whether you have faith or not.  Whether the state dictates policy to the church, or the other way around...no good can come of this.  We've seen the results throughout history.

Where is America going, and why are we in this handbasket?

(By the way:  If you think truth is subjective, try disbelieving gravity.  Let me know how that works out for ya.)

19 December 2011

An in-depth look at Rick Perry

Ace pens a monster treatise in support of the Texas governor which is highly thought-provoking.  Excerpts below...

I can only say so often that the swing voters in the center of the country are among the least-informed voters on the planet. Every survey demonstrates that, despite their claims to be all about "the substance" and "the issues," they know less about the substance and the issues than partisans on either side of the aisle.

Being apolitical, they're not very interested in politics. Stands to reason. This means, then, that they don't read much about politics.

Their decision-making is very superficial. Although I do not think that Newt Gingrich's affairs/divorces history is a disqualifier, I think it cannot be entirely discounted.


I would suggest that we should not get too hung up on fighting the last war, because the media will simply change the rules of engagement. It is true that Gingrich can go toe-to-toe with Obama on policy wonkery; it is also true that that is the very reason the media will lose all interest in intellect as a basis for comparison or qualifier for high office.

Should Gingrich be our nominee, be prepared to do a lot of double-takes as faithfulness and devotion to family suddenly becomes the key trait in a president.

The media will call Rick Perry stupid, of course. And Perry has armed them with weapons to use on this front. However, his gaffes are now several months old, and he hasn't repeated them.


Primary voters tend to be strongly ideological. We have very strongly held beliefs about abstract notions of government and "The Good."

But general election voters -- especially those swing voters -- do not have strong opinions about such matters. Otherwise they would be partisans for one camp or another. They tend to be pragmatic, rather than abstract, thinkers. They do not have any prevailing theory of governance, which is what gives them the flexibility to vote for George W. Bush in 2004 and then an all-but-declared socialist four years later.

They care almost entirely about results, because they have no underlying theory that might explain away failures (as Obama's endless theories explain away his failures, at least to his partisans).


Other candidates may have theories about their preferred economic system hypothetically producing postulated good outcomes. The ideologue Ron Paul, for example, will regale you with tales about what Austrian Economics might do, were they ever actually put into practice.

Rick Perry can say, "My policy is to have a low tax burden on wealth-creators and a fair and predictable regulatory scheme which does not seek to pick winners and losers, and here is how that has worked out in Texas."

Not theoretical. Not hypothetical. This is what actually happened.
RTWT.  If Perry gets the nomination, I'll vote for him.  Same with Santorum, Gingrich or even Bachmann.  But if Romney or Huntsman wind up with it, then you can just say hello to four more years of Obummer, and goodbye to America.

Choose wisely.

More blogrollin'

God Bless America, God Bless Texas, and God Bless An Ordinary American.  Read his "Favorite Posts" section and you'll agree.

This is what "democracy" looks like.

Welcome to the new Egypt, where a new era of peace and understanding ruthless government oppression has taken root.  Follow the link to the story at TLR, but be warned:  These are images of graphic violence.  I bear no responsibility for your blood pressure levels or stomach condition.

This is what RADICAL LEFTISM looks like.

I notice that these cowardly bastards are mostly beating women.  I thought that kind of stuff was supposed to be all bad and patriarchal or something.  Oh, well, don't worry about it.  The LSM hasn't covered it, so it's obviously not important that people are being assaulted, protest is being stifled and Coptic Christians are now heading the Endangered Species list in Egypt.  No, it's far more important that your student loans be forgiven because your $100K degree in Bitter Womynz Studies turned out to be useless in getting you a job.

May God save the people of Egypt...and America too, while He's at it.

17 December 2011

Posted without comment


Goodbye, Ron.

Via The Last Refuge, the smoking gun of the Ron Paul Newsletters.  Yep, he said it.

Even with his disatrous foreign policy outlook, I wasn't ready to completely disavow any support for the guy...until now.  RTWT and judge for yourself, but remember...

Saying NU-UH, doesn’t make the facts above go away.

Shouting, “LIAR!” – doesn’t make the facts above go away.

Giving a link to a Ron Paul denial doesn’t make the facts go away.

Shouting neocon, shill, warmonger, hit piece, or any other word in your vocabulary, doesn’t make the above facts go away.

Saying this is old news, doesn’t make the above truth go away. If a candidate for president built wealth for two decades off of being racist, voters deserve to know.

Saying this was debunked years ago, doesn’t make the truth above go away. The above facts debunk any supposed debunking from Ron Paul.

Sitting there and spouting off any other rhetoric while you ignore the evidence, does not make the evidence go away.

Calling this a joke or an act of desperation does not make the above facts go away.

Spewing a quote about how racism is about collectivism doesn’t make the above facts untrue.

Calling the evidence bogus doesn’t make the newsletters go away. Plus if you say these are all bogus, then you’re calling Ron Paul’s denial bogus too! How could he blame a ghost writer for writing something that never happened?

Saying the first person language and the presence of Ron Paul’s name doesn’t prove a thing, shows you’re clearly biased. Ron Paul defended his newsletters in 1996. Showing that he was involved and did know about them. Combine that with his actual name and first person language in them, pretty much shows he did write them. Making the presence of his name and first person references inconsequential, is laughable at the least.
Sorry, Dr. Paul--you're a nonstarter.  And frankly, I'm disappointed and disgusted.  More so by your obvious lies than the commentary in these newsletters.  Is anyone with principles and honesty left in American politics?

14 December 2011

The Great Depression: At least seven years longer than necessary.

OK, most of you Oppressives out there don't want to be bothered with all that reading stuff...I mean, it's like sooo 20th Century, isn't it?  Fear not, for I have found video of some stuff you need to know, via TLR.

It's narrated by a lovely young lady, so all you Oppressive guys can pretend you respect her for her mind, and all you Oppressive chicks can scream and whine about 'patriarchal exploitation' or whatever.  Masturbatory material for both sides--don't ever say we're not all about the equal opportunity here at W&PO!

Anyway, take five minutes and learn something.

12 December 2011

Our Boys



Merry Christmas to all our fellow cat-lovers.  And someone please lend us a forklift so we can get Spike off the floor.

It's my money in theory...

Given the precarious state of the world financial situation, I decided that the money in my 401k would be better used on food, ammo and other preparations than sitting around waiting to implode.

No dice.  Apparently, I'm not allowed to take out what's supposedly my money until I leave my job.  So, basically, that's x dollars that's just going to go up in smoke.  Great.

I'll be honest...I'm a little scared.  I'm nowhere near as prepared as I'd like to be, and the bills just keep making it impossible to improve that state.  Truck payment, homeowners' insurance, water(the water softener recently got its backflow stuck open, unbeknownst to us--want to guess how much fifty-seven thousand gallons of water costs?), gas(oy vey), and it just goes on and on.  About all I can do at this point is pray that the upcoming crapstorm waits until we can get it together.

Sorry for being a whiny punk, folks...life's just been a bit overwhelming of late.  On the plus side, Mrs. Wraith and I managed to fill six angel tree cards, so at least some kids who are far worse off than us will have something this Christmas.  And we still have each other, and our boys.  And we're not homeless and starving, at least not yet.  I just have to remember that God is good and just, and eventually, all will be set right.

May the Good Lord bless and keep all of my readers, and the rest of the world as well, through the times ahead.  Meanwhile, here's yet another really cool addition to TIB:  Hillbilly at Large.  Recommended reading, indeed.

06 December 2011


I was putzing about in the details of some of my TIB members and found an interesting side to Cold Fury...he's a fellow gearjammer.  I did not know this.  But if you have a drivers' licence, you need to read and comprehend this post.  NOW and FOREVER.


05 December 2011

Rules For Kickin' Ass

I've been passing the time between FPSRussia's YT channel* and Craigslist.  I like surfing CL in various parts of the country.  Not because I expect to move ever again, but because it gives me the vibe of certain locales, and I find that interesting.  Yes, I'm weird like that.

Anyway, I'm liking this comment by Old Southern Veteran in Mobile's R&R.

Rules for Kickin' Ass:

Rules for the Non-Military. Make sure you read #12
Dear Civilians, 'We know that the current state of affairs in our great nation has many civilians
up in arms and excited to join the military.

For those of you who can't join, you can still lend a hand. Here are a few of the areas where
we would like your assistance:

1. The next time you see any adults talking (or wearing a hat) during the playing of the National Anthem- kick their ass.

2. When you witness, firsthand, someone burning the American Flag in protest - kick their ass.

3. Regardless of the rank they held while they served, pay the highest amount of respect to all veterans.  If you see anyone doing otherwise, quietly pull them aside and explain how these veterans fought for the very freedom they bask in every second.  Enlighten them on the many sacrifices these veterans made to make this Nation great. Then hold them down while a disabled veteran kicks their ass.

4. If you were never in the military, DO NOT pretend that you were. Wearing battle dress uniforms (BDUs) or Jungle Fatigues, telling others that you used to be 'Special Forces', collecting GI Joe memorabilia, might have been okay when you were seven years old, now, it will only make you look stupid and get your ass kicked.

5. Next time you come across an *Air Force* member, do not ask them, 'Do you fly a jet?' Not everyone in the Air Force is a pilot. Such ignorance deserves an ass-kicking (children are exempt).

6. If you witness someone calling the Coast Guard 'non-military', inform them of their mistake -
and kick their ass.

7. Next time Old Glory (the US flag) prances by during a parade, get on your damn feet and pay homage to her by placing your hand over your heart. Quietly thank the military member or veteran lucky enough to be carrying her - of course, failure to do either of those could earn you a severe ass-kicking.

8. 'Your mama wears combat boots' never made sense to me - stop saying it! If she did, she would most likely be a vet and therefore would kick your ass!
9. 'Flyboy' (*Air Force*), 'Jarhead' (*Marines*), 'Grunt' (*Army*), 'Squid' (*Navy*), 'Puddle Jumpers'(*Coast Guard*) etc., are terms of endearment we use describing each other.
Unless you are a service member or vet, you have not earned the right to use them. Using them
could get your ass kicked.

10. Last, but not least, whether or not you become a member of the military, support our troops and their families. Every Thanksgiving and religious holiday that you enjoy with family and friends, please remember that there are literally thousands of soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen far from home wishing they could be with their families. Thank God for our military and the sacrifices they make every day. Without them, our country would get its ass kicked.

11. It's the Veteran, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press.
It's the Veteran, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech.
It's the Veteran, not the community organizer, who gives us the freedom to demonstrate.
It's the Military who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.


12. If you ever see anyone singing the national anthem in Spanish - KICK THEIR ASS.

If you flag this - guess what - you deserve to get your ass kicked!
I'll back that.

He blow sheet up.  Is good.  You like.

The continued destruction of the Northland...and America

Regular readers will recall that I repeatedly focus on the apocalyptic city of Detroit as an example of what Leftist policies have done to a once-great nation.  Now, let's look at the neighboring state of Wisconsin, courtesy of my newest TIB addition, Dr. Tim.

In the last decade alone we have lost 150,000 manufacturing jobs in this state – over 25%.  And it’s not just jobs that have been lost; the companies that provided them are gone.  Those jobs are not coming back, no matter how long we extend unemployment benefits pretending they are.  The 450,000 people who still work in manufacturing in Wisconsin are damn good it at, but we are now outnumbered by people who work for government.  A significant number of the latter are tasked with taxing, regulating, and generally harassing the former.  While it is true that many manufacturers chased low-wage opportunities on their own, many more were driven out of the state by the increasing cost of doing business here.

It is a myth that unions improve wages.  If you consider only the 1,000 jobs in a closed shop, you might think an average union wage is, say, $30/hr.  But if you add in the zero wages of the 10,000 jobs lost in companies chased out by union harassment, the average of all 11,000 union workers is reduced to $2.72/hr.  Do you know the average wage of union iron miners in this state?  Zero.  And the left is fighting hard to keep it that way in Northern Wisconsin - looking out for the working man, they call it.    

It is also a myth that free trade causes job losses.  Over the past three years, U.S. manufacturers sold $70 billion more goods to our Free Trade Agreement (FTA) partners than we bought from them.  Conversely, we suffered a $1.3 trillion trade deficit with countries where no FTA’s exist.  I doubt that kids are going to learn that in our government-union monopoly schools – it doesn’t fit the narrative.
Go thou forth and RTWT.

Educated in spite of the system...

...that's me.  I'm one of those whackos who thinks that the publik skool system should be dismantled with all due haste.  Looks like I'm not alone.

As usual, no blog post is complete without the commentary.  If the chart Mr. Allen posts isn't enough to raise your eyebrows, this comment from Mr. Art Welling ought to blow the top of your head off:

"All these teachers who bitch and moan that we’re wanting to cut the waste from the school system are willfully blind to their bosses’ stealing their lunches right under their collective noses"

I call bovine excrement on that line.

*I* am a teacher, and I know EXACTLY where the waste is in our system. I can walk into the Building I work at, walk straight into half a dozen offices, and point right at all the criminal waste it will take to make you sick to your stomach.

I can point at a Big $$$ director who spends as much time at his desk watching 'hobby' videos on the internet as he spends trying to trash instructors, and both together make a full work day for him.

I can point out a principals custom hand made desk that cost more than my car... and COULD have been had at 1/20th the cost from our own schools cabinetry program.

I can point out administration who swore they were taking a pay freeze, since they demanded we take one.... and then awarded themselves multi thousand dollar 'bonus' packages.... again each worth more than my car.

I can point out instructors who are selling scrap metal to buy shop supplies.... while the admin is billing the school for $500 meals.

I can point to a brand new state mandated 'administrator' who's job no instructor in three building can see the purpose of, but is so heavily work laden he requires a very pretty young assistant to... well.... assist him I suppose. So far, all he does is wander around the building.

Yes... we know EXACTLY where the waste is, and nobody who matters will listen to us. We are the teachers.... we are the bad guys of this weeks agenda, so nobody cares to listen to us.

We are the people who work 60-70 hour weeks while getting paid for 40, and take over the job of raising the kids everyone else has abandoned.... but we are the 'bad guys'.

We are the teachers, who spend ten extra hours a week writing paperwork that no one will ever read, just so some outrageously paid administrator can claim their job has purpose.

Yes... we damn well know where the waste is. We have to wade through it every single $%#@&%$ day just to do our jobs. We have to feel our noses shoved in it every morning, when we arrive at school an hour early to sweep the useless make work away before we can do our real job. We have to endure the stink of waste... watching administrators buy *themselves* new toys as we buy class supplies from our own pockets.

We are the people who do the actual work... and who nobody will listen to.

We are the people who have read Atlas Shrugged, understand it, and will be the last ones out the door as the lights go out.
Homeschooling.  Private schooling.  Anything is preferable to what we have now.  Even no schooling at all--at least then we won't have our pockets picked in order to pay for a custom desk or hottie 'assistant' for some parasite who does absolutely nothing for anyone.

God be with you and your students, Mr. Welling.

02 December 2011

I like these guys.

I'd never heard of USAammo.com before seeing this, but it's well worth four minutes of your time.  Forward it to your liberal friends and watch their heads explode!  ;)

Think God can't use you?

Noah was a drunk.
Abraham was ancient.
Isaac was a daydreamer.
Jacob was a liar.
Leah was ugly.
Joseph was abused.
Moses stuttered.
Gideon was afraid.
Samson had long hair and was a womanizer.
Rahab was a prostitute.
Jeremiah and Tomithy were very young.
David had affairs and was a murderer.
Elijah was suicidal.
Isiah preached naked.
Jonah ran from God.
Naomi was a widow.
Job went bankrupt.
Peter denied Christ.
Martha worried too much.
Mary Magdelene was well…you know.
The Samaritan woman was divorced.
Paul was TOO religious...
and Lazarus was DEAD!

Besides; you aren’t the message, you are just the messenger…

Thanks to WhiteFalcon1 from the comments at iOTW, here.

01 December 2011

I don't think I want a smartphone any more.

I'm somewhat of a Luddite when it comes to phones.  I'm still rockin' the G'zOne Boulder, a cell phone with a built-in compass, a battery that lasts over a week, and is dust, shock, and water-resistant enough that even I can't jack it up.  I always derided the whole smartphone concept until my wife got one--and then, dammit, I had to admit that the Internet-in-your-pocket thing was actually pretty useful.  Darn all this newfangled poppycock, anyway...I remember when we had to walk 10 miles through the snow and pay seven thousand dollars a minute to make a phone call, and we were grateful!  And get off my lawn.

So I was considering the G'zOne Commando, since the Boulder's worked so well for me.  Then Brian had to dig up this article that made me think twice...

A piece of keystroke-sniffing software called Carrier IQ has been embedded so deeply in millions of Nokia, Android, and RIM devices that it’s tough to spot and nearly impossible to remove, as 25-year old Connecticut systems administrator Trevor Eckhart revealed in a video Tuesday.

That’s not just creepy, says Paul Ohm, a former Justice Department prosecutor and law professor at the University of Colorado Law School. He thinks it’s also likely grounds for a class action lawsuit based on a federal wiretapping law.

“If CarrierIQ has gotten the handset manufactures to install secret software that records keystrokes intended for text messaging and the Internet and are sending some of that information back somewhere, this is very likely a federal wiretap.” he says. “And that gives the people wiretapped the right to sue and provides for significant monetary damages.”
Um, yeah...I think my Boulder will do just fine, thanks.