Saturday, February 27, 2010
Well, gun control/confiscation hasn't been mentioned very much so far by the Obama Administration. Not that it isn't on their agenda ... it just is down the list from Obamacare, prosecuting anyone associated with George Bush, and ruining our economy for decades to come.
As a result, the run on ammunition has calmed down a bunch. Local stores, seeing the run, upped their orders. Manufacturers ramped up production to meet the demand. Now, the demand has ground to a halt. Lots of folks have more ammo stocked up than they could possibly use, and aren't in the market to buy more. Stores have lots of bullets on the shelves.
I fully expect this to change again. Obama will get around to pursuing gun control in a year or two, and folks will start trying to hoard bullets again.
If you are into shooting sports, it is a good time to go bullet shopping. They are plentiful, prices are reasonable, and if you look carefully, you can find some pretty good sales. One of my favorites is Dick's Sporting Goods - every 6-8 weeks they have a 30% off ammunition sale.
So, if you need a few hundred rounds of NATO standard to pop off at the target range, or a couple of dozen clips' worth of AK-47 rounds to go squirrel hunting with, go for it ... while it's cheap!
I took Outlaw13's black rocket out of the barn for some exercise. Nothing quite as pleasant as windows down, music up, 390 horses jamming through 6 speeds, burning premium gas for no reason at all other than to yell at the top of my proverbial lungs "F*** Y** Algore!"
A Rudy's spicy chopped beef with Fritos and a glass bottle Dr. Pepper out on the porch in the sunshine for lunch ... don't get much better than that!
Anyway, this day dedicated to Outlaw13, who continues to serve our country over in the sandbox. Just a couple more months, and he'll be back here doing all of this himself.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Anyone who has read this blog knows I am no Clinton fan. However, her behaviour in the aftermath of the tragedy was admirable. She cancelled her campaign event, and went to the hospital to give her condolences to the family. She was genuinely shaken when interviewed that day.
Victor Lozada's family has just announced a bevy of lawsuits in response to the accident. The defendants:
Hillary Clinton, and her campaign staff - for not giving the city of Dallas adequate notice of the campaign event.
The Dallas Police Department - for knowlingly allowing Lozada to participate in the motorcade even though he had supposedly done poorly in his motorcycle training, AND for not having supervisors make certain that each and every rider had driven the motorcade route ahead of time.
SuperSeer, the officer's helmet manufacturer, because the force of Lozada hitting the concrete barrier broke the chinstrap of the helmet.
The City of Dallas, for delays in its 911 service that caused a short delay in arrival of an ambulance (even though he died on impact).
The family's lawyer insists that the lawsuits are only so that the underlying issues are brought to light and resolved. No mention has been made as to the monetary damages they are seeking, and from which defendants.
If the lawyer's statement is true, then the remedies sought by the lawsuit will be limited to correction of the situations the family feel are wrong. If the lawyer is full of crap, then the family will be looking for money from everyone. My personal opinion is that they are flinging a wide net with the lawsuits, hoping that someone will cave and try to settle before it goes to court.
It will be interesting to see if his statement is true, or if this is just an attempted money grab by Lozada's relatives.
Disclaimer - this picture is not of a Spanx product. This is not a picture of me, or anyone that I know. It is a picture of some idiot that posted himself on the internet. Who is he? I have no idea, but looks like he might be a good friend of Barney Frank ....
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
The NFL has a program it calls Emerging Business Development. It's been around since 1994. It was created to help promote minority and female owned companies' participation in Superbowl activities. This program is holding three workshops in the DFW area, to show small developing companies the rules of the game when it comes to landing contracts related to the Superbowl. OK, that sounds good ...
Except, that the workshops are limited to minority and female owned companies. Companies owned by white males are apparently not welcome. Isn't that discrimination?
Exclusion because of one's sex or race is the very definition of discrimination, isn't it?
If the NFL is concerned about being fair to all, shouldn't the workshops and program itself be open to ALL business owners, regardless of sex or race? Seems to me that would be the definition of fair ...
News coverage of these events has been heavy in the local DFW area - nothing but positive news coverage. I sure would like to see some enterprising investigative white male reporter go to this event and try to register his company - would love to see how the NFL reps react.
Now, I have absolutely nothing against business owners of any race or sex participating in the first North Texas Superbowl. I feel that the best company for the work at the best price should win the contract - regardless of the skin color or plumbing of the owner. Shouldn't these events be open to ALL small business owners?
Here is some official video promoting these events.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Tea Partier describes, accurately, someone who participates in the Tea Party movement. It is also used by some in the mainstream media to describe anyone who is considered a conservative.
Tea Bagger is something different altogether. Shortly after the Tea Party movement started gaining steam, left wingers started referring to participants as Tea Baggers. Mainstream media has picked the term up, and you frequently hear it used in newscasts. The far left is laughing their butts off about it.
Tea Bagging is a very coarse, vile, arrogant insult. I will not describe what it is here, but if you google it, you will find plenty of references to what this insulting, degrading act is. By referring to conservatives as Tea Baggers, the far left is hurling that insult at conservatives. With the mainstream media picking it up (some innocently, others not so much), conservatives are the target of this insult over and over in public. The media have used the term so often that I've heard some conservatives refer to themselves and the movement via this term - they just don't know what the real meaning is.
Whenever you hear Tea Partiers referred to as Tea Baggers, in the media, in the blog world, in person - realize it for what it is.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
The women lost matches with the Japanese and Germans. Although the scores were close, the US strategy was questionable and shooting was far from accurate. Losing to the Germans was kind of expected, but a loss to Japan was an embarrassment. The women have six more matches to go, but advancement seems very unlikely after this start.
The men lost matches against Germany and Norway. Again, the scores were much closer than the actual matches played out. The US team was out thought, out strategized, and outshot - and frankly looked like they shouldn't have been in the same building. In last night's game against the Norwegians, the US captain choked on his last shot, sending the match into overtime, where the US lost.
In their match this afternoon against Switzerland, the US sucked in the first half of the match, repeating their mistakes form the first two matches. Then they picked it up, came storming back, and had the game won if their captain hadn't choked on his final shot, allowing the Swiss to tie it up and send it into overtime. Once again, the US captain choked on the last shot, giving the victory to the Swiss. The team needs to make sure their captain stops taking the last shot.
So, after 5 matches the US teams have been shut out.
The US team's poor strategy and shot making was too much for even the commentators, who fought hard to try and find something positive to say when you just knew they wanted to shout "WTF ARE YOU DOING?"
In other, better, news, USA Hockey is doing well so far. The women have beaten China and Russia, and have made the semi-finals. The men won their first game against Switzerland.
Friday Feb.19 Update - Have I mentioned how much curling sucks? The US men's team lost to Denmark yesterday, once again in position to win when their captain choked on a key shot and lost the match. In response, the men's team has replaced the captain with the team's alternate for today's match against France.
The women's team also lost to Denmark. They were in great postion to win it handily, and lost because of horrible shot making. Both teams have lost all 7 matches they've played so far.
In brighter news, both the US men's and women's hockey teams won, and are both undefeated in competition so far.
Saturday Feb. 20 Update - The men's and women's curling teams have won two matches each since the last update, all four games in last shot or overtime style. Guess I'll have to jump back on the bandwagon, at least until tomorrow ....
Tuesday Feb. 23 Update - Well tomorrow has come and gone, and they've been put out of their misery. Both teams won two matches each, losing 6 apiece. Neither team was considered a medal contender, but no one figured they'd finish so badly.
Greece is in financial meltdown. Many years of over spending, questionable lending practices, the world financial mess, and a complete lack of financial reform has taken the country to the brink of bankruptcy. Greece's national debt now is $413,600,000,000. This is more than the country produces in a year. By the end of 2010, the debt will be 120% of the nation's gross domestic product (GDP).
Greece has asked it's partners in the EU to help bail them out. So far, there has been no agreement to do so - the other members don't see enough changes being put into place to rectify the causes of the emergency. They don't want to dump their money into Greece, just to give them a temporary bailout. Greece's problems are spreading, with Portugal and Ireland showing signs of the same issues. The Euro (which a few months ago was being touted by many countries as the replacement for the dollar for international commerce) is at its lowest point in five years, and it will continue to drop in value.
Greece has implemented what they see as tough budgetary measures to address the situation. Retirement benefits have been pushed back in age for two years. Much higher taxes on fuel, tobacco, alcohol, and other 'sin' items have been levied. Government job pay has been cut. Tough new rules on tax evasion have been adopted. The population is in an uproar, with strikes becoming commonplace. All this MAY reduce the deficit by $10,000,000,000. All of that pain to get rid of a small fraction of the debt ......
So, why should we pay attention?
If Obama's 2010 budget is adopted, the commitments it makes will have our country sitting with debt at 200% of GDP by 2020. And that is only from the 2010 budget commitments - it does not count anything added to the budgets 2011-2020. Greece's woes come from only 120% ... The financial meltdown we are headed for makes Greece look like a banker's paradise!
Obama, Reid, Pelosi, and their minions are writing checks for hundreds of billions of dollars that we don't have, that we will never have. Do they care? Absolutely not. They know their time in power will be short, so they are trying to implement as much of their far left agenda as quickly as they can, consequences be damned.
Obama makes pretty public speeches about fiscal responsibility, about cutting budgets, about being smart with our money. ABSOLUTE BULLSHIT. The cuts he talks about are a tiny fraction of what he turns around and spends, and are just a smokescreen to divert our attention away from what they are doing.
Republicans in Congress absolutely MUST block any and every Obama spending measure they can. Our country's future is on the line, and it is as plain as day to anyone who will bother to look.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
The death was a tragic accident, and from reports I've seen was a combination of inexperience and a track that was far too fast. Officials at the venue where it happened have already made changes, moving the start location down the track to cut down ont he finishing speed, and have built a wall to prevent anyone else from being ejected from the track at the location of the accident.
In this internet age, word of the accident getting out was almost instant. Foxnews.com blurted out a piece on it shortly after it happened, identifying the athelete by name and reporting his death. It said the source of the information didn't want to be identifed because the man's family hadn't been informed yet.
I thought news organizations weren't supposed to identify victims before the family has been notified. TV and internet coverage identified Nomar long before his family, located half a world away, could have been informed. How would you like to find out from an internet posting that your son, your brother, had been killed?
NBC, ABC, and CBS all reported the accident and showed footage during their evening newscasts. CBS played the video 3 times, the last time in slow motion. Gotta boost those ratings with some dinner time violence ...
Later, NBC opened its coverage of the opening ceremony with video of the accident, replayed several times.
Nomar's loss is tragic. The news organizations could have handled it much better. They could have waited ... the Olympic officials could have stopped the coverage until they were assured the family had been informed privately. In their thirst to boost ratings and shock their audiences, there is no consideration of the family left behind. Very sad.
Update - The arrogance of the IOC and the Luge Federation are incredible. They've come out and blamed Nomar for his own death, rather than stand up and take any responsibility. These international sports organizations are just like the UN - they walk around with their noses up in the air, with an attitude of their crap don't stink. International sports federations and such are political entities - not sports. They are all about power and stature - crooked, corrupt, dedicated to nothing but keeping themselves in power.
Why exactly did they come out and blame the young man? I think to try and eliminate any chance they would be held liable for the death.
It certainly wasn't because they really believed he was at fault ... the changes made to the facility and competition immediately after the death make it clear that they knew there were problems.
For those of you upset about the ongoing creepfest in the reshowing of the video, contact NBC. They are in charge of TV coverage for the Olympics. They still have the video posted on their web site.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Prof. Phil Jones, the British idiot whose emails were hacked and blatantly showed the world how he and his crew were doctoring their data, stated publicly in an interview earlier this week that global temperatures had NOT increased in any amount over the past 15 years. He also conceded that global temperatures during Medievil times were probably higher than they are now. Despite this, later in the interview he was still defending his 'work' and the Warmer movement, even though he confessed to having difficulty keeping track of his own data.
It amazes me that these are the same dunderheads who 20 years ago were screaming about the impending ice age.
By the way ... If you want a good laugh, or just feel like getting really pissed off at this lunatic, go visit his blog. I wonder who writes it for him, since he is so busy traveling the world making millions of dollars giving speeches?
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Danica held her own throughout the race, was competitive, and surprisingly calm. Midway through the race she was bumped, spun, and knocked off the track by a no-talent rookie (who also caused two other accidents in the race). She displayed superior car handling skills to keep the car from hitting the wall, a fact that was fawned over by the broadcast team. Instead of blowing up, she got back at it, climbing up to as high as 5th, before settling for 6th at the finish. She had a chance in the last few laps to get to the front.
I admit to believing she would not be successful in stock cars. However, after watching her getting rubbed from behind, from the side, and in the front all day long (insert your own joke here) then overcoming a spin and finishing in sixth ... I might just have to change my mind.
Images courtesy SpeedTV and GoDaddy.com
Update 2/8 - Following her success on Saturday, Danica announced today that she will run the Nationwide race at Daytona this coming Saturday. Her Nationwide debut had been scheduled for the week after at California, but she and her team added Daytona to her schedule. We'll see how well she does - the Nationwide cars handle much differently than ARCA cars, there are more of them on track, and the racers in that series are a bit more 'aggressive'.
Friday, February 5, 2010
First, irregardless of content, I hated these people. They stole the name 'Air America' - the term originally, and still does, refer to CIA air operations in Southeast Asia before and during the Vietnam War. A lot of good people served that operation, and a good many of them gave their lives in doing so. Liberal's theft of the term was dispicable.
You might have seen the movie 'Air America' with Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr. depicting the CIA flying operations. The movie sucked, but the flying scenes were pretty darned good.
Air America's on air personality lineup has been a who's who of venomous far left hate mongers. What else can you say about a 'network' whose most illustrious talk host was the lunatic Al Franken? The vile hatred spewed out on the air by these people was incredible. One of their 'hosts' even went so far as to playing recorded gun shot sounds whenever he was mentioning President Bush.
Air America went under due to the financial troubles it had been having since its inception. Poor to non-existant ratings, poor funding, no advertising income, and very poor management equaled an enterprise that simply was not financially viable. They claimed to have a 100 station network, but in all of my business travels, I was never able to find their programming on the radio dial.
The shame of them going under is that the far left in the government is already trying to capitalize on the failure. Renewed efforts to bring up the 'fairness doctrine' under that name or another are floating around Democrat leadership.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Downhill Skiing? Nope ..... Speed Skating? Nope ..... Ski Jumping? No way .....
Figure Skating? Gag ..... Hockey? No (The USA has consistently underperformed since the Miracle on Ice) .....
My vote for the most interesting sport? Curling (and I'm not talking about women working on their hairdos) .....
Curling is a sport popular in Canada and other countries where you can step out of your house and ice skate on the front lawn for most of the year. Curling is basically shiffleboard on ice using huge stones and brooms. Laugh away ... until you watch a competitve match.
The folks who participate in this sport at this level are dead serious about what they do. It can be funny to watch the intensity, especially with the women's teams, with which they slide 'rocks' and sweep ice. I find it easy to get wrapped up in it, kind of like watching a slow motion train wreck ... you just can't turn away.
Give it a look on TV. There will be plenty of matches televised on the 'off' channels. If you don't find yourself attracted to it, then you can (and probably will) call me crazy.
Now, watch this video and tell me if you don't see the incredible skill, intensity, and drama playing out. Beats the heck out of the Superbowl!