Saturday, April 19, 2008

Could it have been Sam?

Received an NRA/ILA grassroots alerts at

Recently, Wal-Mart joined New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a gathering of Bloomberg’s anti-gun group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, to announce a series of changes to the way in which Wal-Mart handles firearm transactions.

At the press event, J.P. Suarez, chief compliance officer for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., said: “The costs are, we think, part of what it takes to be responsible.”

Suarez also added, “This is not a signal that we're getting out of firearms.”

Sounds to my military mind, like Wal-Mart doesn't think they do enuff to protect the public from evil guns.

Well, as a business, that is their prerogative...

But if they are so worried that "legal" purchases are going to wind up "illegal" guns, perhaps, they need to get out of the firearms dealing business.

Anyway, the only real firearms I have ever seen at Wal-Mart have been rifles, and not necessarily the big ones.

I myself have purchased four firearms, and not a one of them were purchased at Wal-Mart.

Actually, I prefer to make purchases at gun shops... helps me to know the crew working there, and enables me to ask the right questions. Plus, they are able to take care of any gun work I might need.

I still have not seen any gunsmiths in any Wal-Mart. And I have visited Wal-Mart in Colorado, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, and Mississippi.

Oh yeah, that "earthquake" the other day that affected Illinois, Missouri and Indiana... I just wonder if that wasn't Sam Walton turning over in his grave, as he sees what is happening to his project.
That's all I'm gonna say bout that!

Ventured out to the movie house

I just returned from the theater.

Watched two pretty good movies...

Expelled, with Ben Stein, and Forbidden Kingdom with Jackie Chan and Jet Li.

Both movies were extremely engaging, and well worth the five dollars charge.

Well, I am a senior citizen, what did you expect?

They still would have been worth even if it cost ten dollars.

You see both movies have the propensity to cause you to go "hmmmmmmmmmmmm!"

The ticket taker said the two movies would prolly be there for two weeks; so, I may just go back and check them out again.

Friday, April 18, 2008


I believe I have mentioned in previous posts that I love Mamacita

What's not to love about her?

She's a pro[fessor], she's eloquent, she gets and keeps me thinkin, she gots a sweet spot, and she bakes.

Big ((SMILE))

Go pay her a visit. You know you want to...

Still tired...

Zendo Deb comes through again with a splendid article

Since I am already on record regarding gummint reducing taxes and reducing spending; I have an interesting idea to assist the con-gress in this endeavor.

It is undeniable, that the Presidential candidates are against gun ownership by private citizens for self-protection, and protection of private property.

It is also, recognizable that a number in con-gress are also against private gun ownership.

My Marine Corps training emphasized leaders leading from the front.

Con-gress, and the President are undeniably the leaders of this great nation.

Therefore, it would behoove con-gress and the President to remove Secret Service agents from protecting them, since they carry weapons for protection.

Additionally, all armed guards at the White House, and the con-gressional buildings should be immediately removed.

To my military mind, this should be an outstanding demonstration of faith in not needing protection.

Look at all the money con-gress would be able to save by removing all the secret service agents and the guards.

Now, I believe I could get behind a leader, or leaders, that would be willing to lead from the front.

Poli still = many
tics still = blood suckers

Pro is still the opposite of con; begging the question, is con-gress the opposite of pro-gress?

Yes, I am still tired of all the meaningless rhetoric coming out of elected officials mouths...


Thursday, April 17, 2008

Tech stuff?

A couple of my favoritist blogs seem to be taking a really long time to come up.

As I sit and watch the time go by, waiting, I notice there are a lot of advertisements that need to come up before the blog does.

So, the question arises in my military mind, is this slowness because of the plethora of advertisements, or has the webmaster purposefully set it up for the blog to take so long?

Don't know if it is related or not, but when I go into my email accounts, oft I am notified that it is "taking longer than usual to load, I can refresh or clean out my temporary internet files".

Criminy, this Vista set up, is not very user friendly with this old retard.

Used to be, before Vista, I could go black screen and pull up cache, and temp files, and remove them.

Not so anymore. What can I do?

"Patience", you say?!

One chaplain I worked with years ago, was fond of saying, "Patience is a virtue, seldom found in man; and never in women!"

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


For years I have used the statement: "I have been abnormal for so long, it has become normal; so, when I am normal, I am abnormal, and when I am abnormal I am normal."

So, this morning, the thought comes to my mind, what is normal based upon?

Some would say normal is a setting on a dryer (hair dryer?)

Philosophers down through the ages have tried to get a handle on what normal should mean.

And I guess that brings me to the thought: What should be a normal Presidential campaign?

Or any kind of political campaign for that matter.

Am I the only person who is tired of hearing about Obama/Clinton/McCain all the time?

Is that what electioneering has come to; that we hear the names so much, we get sick of it, and wish it would all go away?

I have disconnected the tv, and I don't listen to the radio, except for maybe Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham...yet, there, on top of it all are the three names again.

Just logging on to the internet, and viola, there it is.

So, why is there so much cognitive dissonance regarding campaigning?

For me, this crap started at the end of the last Presidential election.

I am concerned that when the time comes for one of the democratic runner-ups to be identified as the nomination, then all we are gonna hear is how the process was not fair, that somehow the winner cheated, and is not really qualified.

Heh, heh, heh, truth be known, none of the candidates that are running are really qualified to be President.

Why then, do they want the job?

Look at the pay... look at the power... look at the probability to make some drastic changes in the way we live in this great country.

Now you know why I am tired, retired, and tireder and retireder...

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Hidden Persuader

Within my being i silently find
A gentle Being that prods my mind
And guides me daily in all I do
To keep my allegiance alive and true.

He leads me to water that satisfies
And pastures that ease my anxieties
He lifts me up from the muck and mire
And cleanses my heart with heavenly fire.

Yes, the Hidden Persuader is alive in me
Filling a void that no one can see
i'm Satisified down deep within
As the Hidden Persuader; persuades me from sin.

Gummint ain't listenen

It appears that Barrack Obama has indicated that in his travels across this great nation, the common people are saying gummint ain't listening to them...

Yesterday, Rush indicated this was primarily due to the people he was listening to being those who worship at the altar of gummint.

I have a slightly different take on the subject.

I think what the people are saying is similar to what I have been saying.

I don't want an economic stimulus package that gives me a rebate; I want definitive tax cuts.

I don't want more gummint spending for any national endowments; I want definitive tax cuts.
I want gummint to shrink, not continue to grow.

I don't want universal health care, I want gummint to get out of the medical management mode, and take care of the business identified in the Constitution.

I don't want any new laws written; I would like to see a number of our laws either enforced or deleted.

I don't want gummint deciding how we are supposed to live our lives.

I really don't want gummint telling me whether or not I can own a firearm.

You see, I think that is why, Obama is hearing we don't think gummint is listening; because, truth be known, gummint don't want to hear what we are saying!

Multi...ism = Bad

A hearty "Semper Fi, Mac" to Doc Russia at

He has a hearty heartfelt essay on "isms" confronting this country.

Doesn't sound like a rant; sounds more like the winds of change are beginning to blow throughout the country.

I may not be as lean, nor as mean, and maybe not as green, as I once was, but I am still a Marine, and i am willing to stand with my brother...

Get some, keep on keepin-on...

Monday, April 14, 2008

Revisit "Sunny South Dakota"

The other day, I was lamenting that it is supposed to be spring, and here we are having a snow storm...
Then, if we look a little to the right, we can see the cars parked in the bank's lot...

Yes, and it is snowing at the time of the pictures...

Well, the weatherguessers tell us that tomorrow is supposed to be in the 60s and then Wednesday gonna get cold again. No word on whether there will be additional white stuff or not; but then, this is the Dakotas.

You, know, I guess it ain't so bad; I hear there are tornadoes in other states, and I guess still some flooding... so, I ain't complaining, just waiting for some warmer weather for my old bones...

Late day thinking

Looking out my patio door, there is a strip of grassy land about a block long.

Residing in this grassy location are a bunch of little critters... can't think of what they are called, but I think locals refer to them as ground squirrels.

Anyway, they live in the ground, and come up topside to eat. They scurry around pretty quickly. You look out and see one, and all of a suddent it is ten feet farther away. They are pretty fast.

Which causes me to think of the term "fast food".

There is a young hawk, still think it looks more like an eagle, that I have seen out here periodically chowing down on something.

And tonite, I finally realized the bird has gotten some fast food.
While watching, the bird, obviously "eating in" my neighbor stepped out on his patio, which is more out in the open than mine, and when the bird saw him, decided to take his meal "to go", and flew off.
What a wonderful world we live in...

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Military compassion

Black Five at has a moving, not gonna find, post up "4th ID Soldiers Make Incredible Find" about US troops compassion in a combat zone.

Take a look, and then see if it is gonna show up on any tv news...

Mental health prescription

It is Sunday morning, and any attempt at maintaining any sense of sanity, is irrational unless you go and visit for the latest "CARNIVAL OF THE INSANITIES".

Go ahead, jump over there, you ain't got nothing to lose except your precarious hold on insanity...

Leisure time

A friend invited me to join him at a UIF football game last night.

I have been a fan of football for over fifty years... this is the first time I have ever watched an indoor football game.

Considering the field is basically half of a "football" field, and the teams are much smaller, I still enjoyed watching.

I like football, because I like to watch men utilize strategy, and do what they can to move the football down the field.

I love to watch a good running back, half back or full back, grab the ball and run, straight for the line... and the really good ones, will find that hole, or jink, or stutter step, and leave their tacklers lying in their dust. Yeah!, that is good.

Overall, I enjoyed watching the game...

Sadly, the game was played indoors, and the volume on the speakers was turned up to mega decible. My ears still hurt, and ring.

Perhaps, I am getting old, and crotchety; but I have a really hard time understanding why the public address system has to be so loud.

Sure, I understand the concept of the "additional" man on defense by making a lot of noise to distract the offense.

But the thought came to me last night; these teams are aware that they play "inside" auditoriums. They are aware that there is going to be lots of noise when they are the visiting team on offense. Duh, they build this into their plays.

Well, It was an interesting experience...I still am not enamored enough to forsake the NFL and go over to the UIF. Gonna take more than one game to win me over.

But saying all that, our home team did win, handily...