Tuesday, March 30, 2010

QotD: Race-Baiting Smackdown Edition

The Daily Gut:

Look, this debate is basic: it's small government vs. big government. So how cowardly do folks like Blood and Frank Rich have to be that they can't man up and defend their love for collectivism? The only reason they scream race, is because that debate scares them. They know a racial accusation prevents dialogue, because such a harmful charge far outweighs any benefits of winning an argument.




Ponder Me This

If your car broke down alongside each of these two events, at which event would you most likely find (a) someone willing to help you, who (b) had the skill set required to repair your car?

Monday, March 29, 2010

In Other "News"...

...bears shit in woods.

A Brief, Yet Poignant Reminder...

...of what was once considered the ultimate in patriotic expression of one's political beliefs.

(Warning: Large jpeg file at link)

Need a Good Tea Party Sign Made Up Cheap?

I found a decent way to get a small banner printed without spending a lot of dough on a large printout or having to wait a week for the printer to turn the order round.

I created the graphics as a .PNG file measuring 2880 x 1536 pixels (@ a resolution of 96 pixels per inch), then split it into thirds (960 x 1536 pixels) and saved it as three separate files. I took them to staples to get printed on 11x17 card stock, and was planning on just taping them to a piece of foam-core board.

The girl at Staples said she could trim the edges for me, tape the sections together and laminate the whole thing right then and there. For less then $14, I had a nice laminated 32" x 17" banner.

Here's the one I'm getting made up for the Tea Party events coming up in New Hampshire in April.

I'll put the files on line and post a link if anyone wants them. If you have other ideas for signs, let me know and I'll see what I can do.

Also, if you're looking for the latest and greatest in Gadsden flags and apparel, you know where to go.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

CNN Epic (x10^∞) Fail

Though, in her defense, it's not a lie to describe 10,000+ people as "dozens". Just as its not a lie to say Nome, Alaska is "within walking distance" to Miami - it's just a shitload of walking.

(link here, pic by American Patrol via Gateway Pundit)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

I Guess It Doesn't Fit the Narrative

Imagine if everyone went outside today and picked garbage up off the streets and sidewalks for an hour, instead of sitting at home in the dark *feeling* good about helping the planet.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Coming Soon...

...to a once-great health care system near you.

UK: Hospital wards to shut in secret NHS cuts

But, that could never happen here. We've been "promised".

And, I love the part about their plans to conveniently "forget" to release the details of this report until well after the next election.

Hopenchange is alive and well in (Once-)Great Britain.

All Part Of the Plan

Welcome to the United States of Insolvency.

Just wait until people really start to get worried and cashing out their 401K's and savings accounts.

Step 2: Apply Shocked Face - UPDATED

Step 1: Read about New Hampshire State Representative Nick Levasseur posting stupid and offensive shit on the internet.

I know.

I'm shocked too.

Here's a little background information for those not in the know. This habit of proving one's self an idiot by posting stupid crap online is nothing new for Levasseur.

Back in February of ‘08, while learning of Levasseur's epic ignorance on the use of firearms and the concept of self-reliance, we found out via his Myspace.com profile that his interests include:

Medicine, biology, mathematics, anything that doesn’t involve Organic Chemistry, cars that don’t begin with “Ford” and end with “Aspire”, HBO series, Bill Mahar, politics, the hunting of neo-conservative Reaganites (a shooting sport brought to you by the republican party in more ways than one!), sleeping (it is sad when necessary life takes become occational hobbies).

And, much like his “progressive”, hoplophobic counterparts in Washington, D.C., Levasseur is quite skilled at playing the “These evil Republicans are threatening me!” card.

Bonus Money Quote - Obamacare Edition:

From May of ‘08, here’s how he felt about the idea of forcing individuals to purchase health insurance against their will, which I’m sure is now perfectly OK with him, now that his Savior President has taken this very path.

[Student Government Association] President Nickolas Levasseur said the association loudly opposed the university’s requiring students without health care coverage to buy $1,400-a-year policies through the school.

You can't make this shit up.

UPDATE: Smile, Nick! You're on Candid Camera Channel 9 news.

Monday, March 22, 2010

I'm Guessing He Fell Asleep In the Theater

Check out Bart "I *heart* Big Government" Stupak's favorite movie.

(click image to enlarge)

Riddle of the Day

What's the difference between Romneycare and Obamacare?

Highlight here for answer ---> Obamacare hasn't failed yet.

From the Hopenchange Dictionary

Post-partisan (adj.): Describing a condition where you, as a member of the electorate, are expected to bend over so that the partisans in power can ram a post up your ass.

Facades Are Tarnished Now

So, what song is stuck in your head today?

Beneath, Between and Behind - by Rush

Ten score years ago, defeat the kingly foe
A wondrous dream came into being
Tame the trackless waste, no virgin land left chaste
All shining eyes, but never seeing

Beneath the noble bird
Between the proudest words
Behind the beauty, cracks appear
Once with heads held high
They sang out to the sky
Why do their shadows bow in fear?

Watch the cities rise
Another ship arrives
Earth's melting pot and ever growing
Fantastic dreams come true
Inventing something new
The greatest minds, and never knowing


The guns replace the plow, facades are tarnished now
The principles have been betrayed
The dreams's gone stale, but still, let hope prevail
History's debt won't be repaid


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Get Bent, Barney

Huffington Post (via Instapundit):

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) emerged from the House floor irate to denounce Republicans for cheering on the protester communicating with the American people.


Tea Partier Caught On Tape Yelling Racial Slur


Via Yahoo News:

WASHINGTON — Demonstrators outside the U.S. Capitol , angry over the proposed health care bill, shouted "nigger" Saturday at U.S. Rep. John Lewis , a Georgia congressman and civil rights icon who was nearly beaten to death during an Alabama march in the 1960s.


A colleague who was accompanying Lewis said people in the crowd responded by saying "Kill the bill, then the n-word."

Here's the devastating audio:

Friday, March 19, 2010


Speaking as someone who worked for ten years on the $3.5 billion Big Dig, I'm not exactly sold on these numbers either.

President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, and their allies, are cheerfully citing “ten year” costs of $940,000,000,000.00 — apparently believing this to be a far more palatable figure than $1 trillion. But even this colossal tally is like the introductory price quoted by a cell phone provider. It’s the price before you pay for minutes, fees, and overcharges — and before the price balloons after the introductory offer expires.

And, before fraud, extortion, and theft are factored into the equation.

To see the bill’s true first-decade costs, we need to start the clock when the costs would actually start in any meaningful way: in 2014. The CBO says that Obamacare would cost $2.0 trillion in the bill’s real first decade (from 2014 to 2023) — and much more in the decades to come.

But $2.0 trillion wouldn’t be the total ten-year costs. Instead, that would merely be the “gross cost of coverage provisions.” Based on earlier incarnations of the proposed overhaul, the total costs would be about a third higher (the exact number can’t be gleaned from the CBO’s analysis, which is only preliminary and is not a full scoring) — making the total price-tag between $2.5 and $3 trillion over the bill’s real first decade.

This plan will bankrupt our nation, plain and simple. Why would Obama and the members of the "progressive" caucus in Congress go ahead with plans to...

Oh, wait, never mind.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

It's a Health Care Bill AND a Dessert Topping!

Last month, Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi were making the hideously asinine (and bullshit-saturated) argument that Obamacare was, in fact, a jobs bill.

Now, we find out it's also a disaster relief bill.

It's a miracle bill, I tell you! Destined to ease all of life's unpleasantries!

Try as I might, I can't stop replaying this classic SNL bit in my head, everytime we learn something new about this wonder drug and its mystical powers.

Nope, Nothing To See Here

I'm sure the timing on this was purely coincidental, just like it was when Obama nominated the brother of a Congressman (coincidentally, one who was "undecided" on Obamacare) to a federal judgeship.

These could all be coincidences.

You know, like I could start generating my own electricity at home by building a nuclear reactor in my back yard and powering it with the uranium rods I plan to start crapping out tomorrow morning.

Enemies of the People

Both of New Hampshire representatives in Congress made it clear today that placating the unconstitutional, authoritarian whims of Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, and Harry Reid is of greater importance to them than representing the People of New Hampshire.

The Hill reports:

Democrats shot down a Republican effort to force an up-or-down vote on the Senate healthcare bill on Thursday afternoon.

In a 222-203 vote, Democrats beat back a GOP resolution offered by Democrat-turned-Republican Rep. Parker Griffith (Ala.) that would have forced lawmakers to vote on the Senate healthcare bill separately from the series of fixes they hope to make to that legislation.

Roll call here.

In 2006, Carol Shea-Porter made a pledge to the voters in the first congressional district, vowing to "bring New Hampshire values to Washington".

Since when did arrogance, dishonesty, and a burning and insatiable need to piss on the will of the People become New Hampshire values?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Before I Forget...

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Didn't have much green to put on this morning. Does my olive drab "Peace Through Superior Firepower" t-shirt count?

In case You Were Wondering...

...what a flamingly hypocritical scumbag looks like.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

It's Got Rock Phenomenom Written All Over It

If someone hasn't already started a band called "This Is My Shocked Face", I might just have to do it myself. Of course, we'd have to take a page from the Kiss playbook and only allow ourselves to be photographed wearing over-sized shocked face masks.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Can I Get Me an "AMEN"?

The day Paul Ryan announces his candidacy for president is the day he breaks the record for most money raised on-line by a politician in 24 hours or less.

Memo To All Would-Be Congressfolk

In a year when a commitment to fiscal conservatism and respect for the Constitutional limits on our federal government are all that will be needed to win elections this fall, do yourself a favor - stick to those talking points and don't play the Stupid Douchebag Card.

Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that the expansion of state laws allowing gay marriage could lead to people marrying horses.

Hayworth, during an interview with an Orlando, Fla., radio station explained: "You see, the Massachusetts Supreme Court, when it started this move toward same-sex marriage, actually defined marriage — now get this — it defined marriage as simply, 'the establishment of intimacy.'"

"Now how dangerous is that?" asked Hayworth, who is challenging Sen. John McCain from the right in Arizona's GOP Senate primary.

"I mean, I don't mean to be absurd about it, but I guess I can make the point of absurdity with an absurd point," he continued. "I guess that would mean if you really had affection for your horse, I guess you could marry your horse."

Or vote for the back end of one in August.

The former Republican congressman then insisted that the "only way" to prevent men from marrying horses is to create a federal marriage amendment. Hayworth noted that he supports such an amendment.


Sunday, March 14, 2010

Latest Treasure Hunt Find

I went treasure hunting with the kids and the metal detector the other day in the woods behind the house, where local resident of yesteryear threw away and buried a lot of bottles, cans, and what-not.

One of the girls dug this up.

Googled the name "Matthews and Willard" and found that it's the bottom section of an old (1897) Kerosene Bicycle Lamp (nickel-plated brass).

Kinda cool.

It's What's For Dinner

I was never a big fan of overly complicated recipes.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Thar She Blows!

I was walking around the woods behind the house the other day, in the aftermath of the windstorm, to see how many trees we lost. This top section of a pine tree had blown down not too far from the girls' treehouse.

And with my hand in the shot for the obligatory "for scale" pic.

Looking up, I couldn't see any trees with their tops missing. Kept looking around until I finally found where it had come from.

It's hard to capture in the pic just how far the top of this tree had been blown away from its trunk, so I grabbed my trusty Bosch rangefinder (this thing kicks ass!) and measured from the broken end back to the base of the trunk.

Yeah, it was a little windy.

The Softening of the Lambs

Felix Ortiz and his statist ilk know this asinine bill is dead on arrival. They're just conditioning the sheep before they drop the new and "improved" version - a less-encompassing, more "common sense" salt ban - on them.

Incremental erosion of our liberty. It's the bedrock principle upon which their empire rests.

State: We must ban all _________.
Sheep: NO! That's outrageous! We Won't let you!
State: OK, you win. We'll only ban certain kinds of __________.
Sheep: YAY! We defeated the tyrants!

Lather, rinse, repeat.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Everyone's Favorite Game

Time for another round of "What's Wrong With This Headline?".

WBZtv.com: Cigarette Blamed For Fire That Killed 2 In Everett


Investigators say it all started when a young woman carelessly tossed away a lit cigarette.

While The Early Bird Gets the Worm...

...it's the lucky bird who gets the last box of .380 Auto off the shelf at his local Wal-Mart on ammo delivery day.

The Suspense Was Killing Me

Boston Herald:

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The University of Alabama in Huntsville has fired the professor accused of shooting six co-workers, killing three.

CNN Slanders Senior Citizen

Nice headline writing/placement, guys.

And, of course, happy birthday, Chuck!

No Wonder I've Been Feeling So Tired Lately

As of today, I've been writing this blog for six years (with an average of just over 2.2 blog posts per day).

I need a nap scotch.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Meet the NH GOP Senate Candidates

Sorry for the short notice, but I've been busy helping to put this candidate forum together as part of my "real life" activities.

The Brentwood Republican Committee announces the first in a series of Republican Candidate forums to be held this spring at Hilton Auditorium at the Rockingham County Complex, 117 North Road in Brentwood.

The first is scheduled for next Tuesday, March 9th at 7PM and features Republican Candidates for the United States Senate from New Hampshire. Kelly Ayotte, Jim Bender and Ovide Lamontagne are confirmed to participate in the event, which will provide residents of Brentwood and the public the opportunity to meet and discuss the issues with each candidate in a “Round Robin” format.

Additional forums are planned in April (US Congress), May (NH Governor), and June (NH House, NH Senate and NH Executive Council). Dates once confirmed will be posted on our web site at www.brentwoodnhgop.org.

Come on down, grill the would-be senators, and buy a "Party of NO" bumper sticker or two ten.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Sometimes Plans Change

It's amazing how fast "doing yard work" can turn into "burning Irish turf in the firepit and drinking beer in the back yard while the kids eat s'mores".

Friday, March 05, 2010

Bleg: PA System

Anyone in the area got a PA system I could borrow for a night next week?

Cancel that, all set. Thanks.

Thursday, March 04, 2010


Boston Globe: Delahunt will not seek reelection

Many thanks to Jay G. and the little G's for the shamelessly "borrowed" snowman pic.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Rhetorical Question of the Day

What if George Bush had done this?

Tonight, Barack Obama will host ten House Democrats who voted against the health care bill in November at the White House; he's obviously trying to persuade them to switch their votes to yes. One of the ten is Jim Matheson of Utah. The White House just sent out a press release announcing that today President Obama nominated Matheson's brother Scott M. Matheson, Jr. to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Hey, this guy might be an immensely qualified nominee, more than deserving of a place on the bench. But, the timing of this smells worse than burnt hair.

I'm sure we'll be told by our intellectual betters in the press that the timing is purely coincidental.

Monkeys, wings, my backside - some assembly required.

UPDATE: I added in the comments...

It's almost as if he thinks Dan Rather and his ilk are still the gatekeepers to the information highway, controlling what the American people get to see and hear.

"I know, I'll give his brother a judgeship. Who's gonna find out?"

Incompogance*, nuclear launch codes, and an strictlyly Marxist upbringing are a dangerous mix. We can only hope this ends well.

* incompetence + arrogance

Thoughts On Health Care Via Reconciliation

Are Reid, Pelosi and the Democrats bluffing, or is Operation Scorched Earth a go?

I don't think they have the votes, or the balls, to pull it off.

But, I also don't think they necessarily have the brains (or respect to our country's founding principles) needed to apply the brakes.

I can only guess they're allowing reconciliation rumors and innuendo to flourish to try to put the Republicans in the frame of mind where they end up saying, "Shit, this thing's gonna pass. We might as well try to get a few of our provisions tucked in there for good measure, given the inevitability of it all."

Memo to GOP: Don't fall for it.

If P(x) > 0, Then .380 + .45 + 12 is a Real Number

Sure, odds are, someone with this crazed scumbag's behavioral code and moral compass will NOT be breaking into my house anytime soon to rob me and hack my family to death with a knife.

Given my neighborhood, we're talking x-axis asymptote here.

But, as long as the probability (P) of said occurrence (x) falls somewhere, anywhere, in the range of [0 < P(x) < 1.0], I'll keep the Ruger LCP in my pocket, a .45 next to the bed, and a Remington 870 in the closet.

And, yes, innocent until proven guilty and all that, but seriously...look at the guy! Would you even think about opening the front door?


Turning the Stupid Up To 11

Meet the Einstein Family:

(MYFOX NATIONAL) - A hoax ended up getting one Ohio grandfather into trouble with police this past weekend after he had his 14-year-old granddaughter hold a BB gun to his head while driving reports The Middletown Journal.


Rice thought the prank would be a funny joke, but Miamisburg Capt. Ron Hess did not agree. Hess told the newspaper , “How stupid can you be?”

I think the kids' father can shed some insight on that one, Captain.

When the children's parents arrived at the scene, the father was given a disorderly warning by police because he wouldn't stop cursing and yelling about his children being such raging dumb-asses.

Nah. Just kidding.

When the children's parents arrived at the scene, the father was given a disorderly warning by police because he wouldn't stop cursing and yelling about his children being in the back of the police car.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Interesting Bit of Trivia Here

The surname Ratigan is actually derived from the Norwegian word ratykkån, meaning "one who forgets to take his medication."

I bet his 14 viewers were mighty impressed.

I Guess It All Depends...

...on one's definition of recent.

Sarah Palin popped up on Jay Leno's revived NBC "Tonight Show" tonight and poked a little fun at herself by writing Jay's introduction cue notes on her hand. (See video below.)

The pair, both of whom have taken hits in the media in recent weeks, talked amiably about a wide variety of issues.

79 of them, by my count.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Obama WH: Joblessness No Longer Bush's Fault

It's all that @#$%& snow, we tell ya!

WASHINGTON, March 1 (Reuters) - White House economic adviser Larry Summers said on Monday winter blizzards were likely to distort U.S. February jobless figures, which are due to be released on Friday.

"The blizzards that affected much of the country during the last month are likely to distort the statistics. So it's going to be very important ... to look past whatever the next figures are to gauge the underlying trends," Summers said in an interview with CNBC, according to a transcript.

This, of course, can mean only one thing. Whatever those job numbers are on Friday, they'll be immeasurably and unprecedentedly unexpected.

Let There Be Light!

Back on line, as of 6:05 this evening.


The "Just like camping!" vibe was starting to dissipate some.

What To Do, What To Do...

I don't know whether to laugh, cry, or clean my guns.