Friday, October 31, 2008

Rantin n ravin, cuz i kin

As much as I have disdained and detested the goings on of this presidential election cycle, I want to go on record here with a coupla thots.

We have been treated in the past to the idea that the dems are interested in passing a law that will assist the unions in getting into workspaces.

I am retired military, and I drive a skool buss, on a part time basis. There are a number of people who also drive and there are a number who provide services as aides.

Again, all of these positions are part time. And, because they are part time, there is no consideration for benefits; although there appears to be a connection with a well known insurance company to provide medical insurance to the employees.

I would never have considered it, but I can see, where there could be people in this status who would like to see the drivers unionized.

I can see, the need for these part timers to have a little more stability in their job. Funny, should they unionize, there would be very little that could be done to keep them from demanding additional benefits, and maybe even being considered for full time work, rather than part time.

It is my understanding that the dems are waiting for B Hussein Obama to get into office, and to gain veto proof control of both houses of con-gress so they can pass the legislation giving the unions this access.

Add to this, the dems insistent desire to reenact the "fairness doctrine".

It still escapes me, how the elitest dems can complain about fairness, when we have seen in the past twelve years how the major TV and newspaper outlets are totally in the tank for the dem side of the canal. Add to this the NPR and PBS stations that receive taxpayer funding, that have no qualms about supporting and going overboard for the dem and liberal point of view. Where is fairness in this instance???

Of course, fairness demands that O.N.L.Y. the liberal, dem point of view be proferred. Any other point of view is considered to be heresy, and punishable by death.

I have written before regarding taxation, and still believe that the dem/liberal position would be different if we were to make the death tax, and the income tax retroactive to the conception of this great country.

How would Teddy Kennedy, and John Scarry like to find the money they ben sitten on is being confiscated to meet the law? Of course they would scream to highest heaven.

A long time ago, someone advised me of an analogy: Any surgery that is being done on someone else is considered to be minor surgery; but any surgery being done on yourself is automatically major surgery.

I have an idea.

For every person in this country that thinks/feels like Europeans live a better life, and have better benefits, I suggest we give them a one way ticket to Europe, and revoke their US citizenship.

For every citizen, who refuses to work, I suggest we give them a one way ticket to a socialist country, and revoke their US citizenship.

For every naturalized citizen, I propose that we ensure they adhere to the part of the oath that says they relinquish all obedience and allegiance to their former country and leadership. If they are not willing, then we ship them back to their former country, and revoke their US citizenship.

Does this sound harsh?

I love this country, and my 29 years in the Naval Service of our Armed Forces gives me a pretty good handle on what is really good about this country.

For those who do not like the fact that this country was founded under God, and was established for religious freedom, and the freedom to own property, then they should go and find a country that provides them with their hearts desire, and quit screwing with this country.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Country musicians come thru

I have fallen in love with Cassy at

Go and pay her a visit if you ain't never ben there.

Today, she has posted a really energizing article regarding an article she found in Redbook magazine.

Truly inspirational and hundred n eighty degrees out of phase with what we are being bombarded by today.

It's the economy, stupid

"How can John McCain fix the economy. When he doesn't think it's broken?"

Guess we are reverting to Monica Lewinsky's boyfriend's mantra..."it's the economy stupid!"

I hear pundits decrying the pitifulness of the economy, today, but you know, I don't see that.

The best selling vehicles up here appear to be SUVs, and not necessarily the little ones.

I am also aware of the number of large SUVs running around with after market chrome wheels and tires.

I guess the old adage that if you tell a lie enough people will begin to believe it, is still true.

Everywhere I look, these days, I am overwhelmed with the lies of the poli-tic-ians, in order to bring this country to her knees.

My oath of enlistment covered enemies foreign and long are we gonna allow the enemy of our livelihood and all that we hold sacred to run amok?

Excerpt from Sgt Grit newsletter

To my military mind, this is a great letter...

When you stop and think about it, "Semper Fidelis" means "Always Faithful"...and it goes way beyond just being faithful to the Corps...the words I remember from my sixteen years there were: "God, country and Corps".

Remember the words of JFK? Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. How different that sounds than what we are hearing, today, from presidential and con-gressional wannabees.

Here is the letter...if you want more, please go to .

Dear Sgt. Grit

Marines seldom lose their composure and are inclined to be rather stoic in general. I include myself in that group, but I need to confess to losing mine twice in the same day.

I work as a deck hand (Combination boatswain's mate and machinist's mate) on some of Chicago's architectural cruise boats during the season, and last weekend we had two of the days you wish you could bottle up and then open again in mid- February. We were sailing nearly full each trip, so we were on the lookout for wheelchairs and how to handle their logistics.

I looked up from tearing tickets, and I spotted a young man seated in wider model. He was missing one leg below the knee and the other above the knee. He had three other guests with him.

The woman who was obviously his mother was wearing a gray USMC sweatshirt. When I tried to get him down our usual rampway, chair was too wide for the ramp, so I had to put in the wider one.

While I was wheeling him down the wide ramp, I asked if he was a Marine. He said: "That's right, 2/3." I said "1/4" and asked him if he was an 0311. He said "Yeah, what's your MOS?" I told him "0302." He wasn't familiar with that one, so I told him I was an infantry officer.

I wheeled his chair up to the place that had the best view, and I noted that he only had a t-shirt on. After we seated all the guests and pulled away from the dock, I got my jacket out of the pilot house and went up to give it to him to wear: after all, it gets chilly out there in the concrete canyons. When I went to hand him my jacket, I realized he was also blind in both eyes.

After I checked on the rest of the guests, I went back to talk to Eric, our bartender. He asked me if I was OK, and I told him about the guy in the wheelchair and how he was younger than my son. Eric was surprised to watch me try to keep from losing it. "Wow" was about all he could offer. What could he say, anyway?

Then we started discussing what a guy like that can do for a living. After the cruise, I helped get the Marine ashore, and he held out my jacket. "Semper Fi", I said: he smiled and said "Oorah."

That's when it hit me. This guy didn't want pity, or even compassion. He was ready with neither eyes nor legs to take on the world again on his own terms. All he wanted was a chance to prove it. What can a guy like that do for a living? Nearly anything he sets his mind to.

Later on, I was again boarding passengers when a neatly dressed lady wearing a small blue-bordered white pin walked up. I was wearing my sunglasses, so the colors weren't too clear. I asked if she had a son in the military.

"Had", she said, "Actually, that's a gold star." Sure enough, along with her gold star pin, she was wearing a tiny Eagle Globe and Anchor. She appeared to be a typical Marine Mom: you know, "Return with your shield or on it." She obviously didn't want anybody to feel sorry for her either. I lost it again.

So where do we get people like this? I think they come from America's very heart and soul. They're everyday Americans who had a job to do and did it to the best of their ability. These Marines, their families, and their friends deserve our good cheer, and our commitment to helping them make it on their own again. Handouts? What for? Pity? Why? So if you're in the position to hire folks for your business, don't forget the Vet. Especially, don't forget wounded Vets like that 2/3 Marine.

Semper FidelisKB

Monday, October 27, 2008

Token gun stuff

Saturday, I went out and threw some lead down range.

The Glock 32 is getting better used to me, and I am pretty much staying in the black. Only down point is the grip seems too small. I have been told there are extensions available, just haven't gotten a round tuit yet.

Then ran a hundred rounds thru the Rock Island .38 Super. What a surprise, I didn't really think I was gonna like this gun, cuz, I didn't get along with the 1911's they issued in the Corps.
The sights are a little small for this ole cuss, but she is steady, and keeps them rounds in close proximity to the center of the target.

The other day, Kim du Toit ran a post on the Taurus Thunderbolt, .357. Its a rifle chambered in .357, and .38 special, with a fourteen round capacity.

Now, that is right up my alley. With a Smith & Wesson 686, I can stock up lotsa ammo for .357 and .38 and can use it with either weapon.