Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Sad Tale: Syria's Children Labor in Lebanese Potato Fields to Feed Family

This is a very, very sad story.

Ten year old Batool and her sisters, refugees from the warring in Syria, must work in the Bekaa Valley potato fields of Lebanon to help feed their family. Batool's brothers don't work the fields because it's women's work.

Batool would like to be in school to be with her friends and dreams of being a teacher when she grows up. "Her father says he knows how important school is -- but his children must work because he has no job."


 Isn't that sad?

Thursday, October 17, 2013

ObamaCare: We're from the government and we're here to help, whether you want it or not.

Over the past couple of weeks, we have all read stories of people who've compared their current health insurance costs to that of the government required ObamaCare. Very few, so far, have anything good to say about the outcome. Nearly everyone finds they will be paying far more in premiums than currently, and the deductibles are unbelievably high, so high that very few people will be able to afford surviving an illness or injury.

In my hometown paper, The Auburn Journal, one reader, Teresa Powell, did her homework even including the government subsidy in her results. Under ObamaCare, Teresa and her family will actually save money with both the Bronze and Gold policies. But, that doesn't matter to Teresa who would prefer to keep what she already has. Why? I'll let Teresa explain in her Letter to the Editor:
I want to chime in on the Affordable Care Act. I have my own insurance policy covering my family and we pay the cost out-of-pocket. We currently pay $658 per month for the three of us and before the health care law went into effect, we were scheduled for an increase on Jan. 1, 2014 to $681 per month.
I now have been informed by my carrier that I cannot keep my current coverage. That policy will be terminated at the end of the year. President Obama promised us that if we liked our current coverage, we could keep it. My carrier can offer me a comparable policy, which is in line with the Affordable Care Act regulations, but this policy will cost me $1,175.38 per month. This is an increase in our premiums of $517.38 per month. This is an increase that we cannot afford within our budget.
I did use the calculator under Covered California to compare the “Bronze” policy, which runs $1,530 per month, and the “Gold” policy, which runs $1,599 per month. These policies have even higher premiums than the policy my carrier is proposing at $1,175.38 per month.
The “Bronze” policy is closest to my current policy, but actually increases the deductible and the amounts we will have to pay for co-pays. The “Gold” policy is slightly better than my current policy.
Here’s the kicker. The taxpayers will pay $943 per month on either policy I may choose, reducing the cost of the “Bronze” policy to $587 per month, and the “Gold” policy to $656 per month. The result to me is a $94 per month savings on the “Bronze” and a $25 per month savings on the “Gold” when compared to the $681 I would have been paying without the interference of the reform program. I would much prefer to pay the $681 out-of-pocket under my current policy and save the taxpayers the $943 per month ($11,316 annually).
I feel that we are being forced to go on government aid. How is that a good thing? I don’t want to receive a government benefit of $11,316 per year, but feel my only other option is to pay the annual penalty and go uninsured since I cannot afford to continue on a personal policy at $1,175.38 per month.
I like my current policy and would like to keep it, as I was promised by President Obama. He has just made it so that I cannot afford to keep it. This is an Un-Affordable Care Act.
Though Teresa will, by her own acknowledgement, benefit from an ultimately better financial deal for herself and her family by saving her $94/mth on the Bronze plan or $24/mth on the Gold plan, Teresa simply does not want a government subsidy and says so plainly, "I don’t want to receive a government benefit of $11,316 per year..." Liberals just don't get that part, because they know what's best for everyone.

Minus the math, I made this same argument to my older brother while he was trying to strong arm me into supporting ObamaCare before the ACA had been voted in to law. A cowardly Liberal, my brother just couldn't understand when I said, "I don't want it." He would say, "But, it will be good for you and we love you and want what's best for you." Said I, "I still don't want it because it's being forced on the citizens of this nation and I don't like it. And I don't like being bullied." Well, he voted for Obama* and ObamaCare while I voted for Romney. I'm still here in America, and he moved to Chile.

To paraphrase Pres. Ronald Reagan, "We're from the government, and we're here to help, whether you want it or not."

Monday, October 14, 2013

Columbus Day

Columbus Day is celebrated on this day even though Christopher Columbus' expedition first sighted the land later called America on Oct 12, 1492. We're supposed to feel extremely guilty about bringing death and destruction to the aboriginal peoples as well as land theft, torture, mutilation, and enslavement. Except that none of that is unique to the European paradigm vis a vis Native Americans (note: the preferred term of Native Americans is "Indians.") It is true European immigrants obtained land from Indians by purchase, fraud, trade, and conquest, killed, tortured, mutilated, and enslaved Indians, but the Indians did the same amongst themselves and had done so for thousands of years before Columbus was even born.

"The Indians" is a misnomer in the sense there was no singular united group of Indians from sea to shining sea. Rather, there were well over the 500 Nations modern Indians claim, and they were constantly at war with one another that included what is today called torture and genocide - that's a large reason for only 500 Nations by the time Europeans showed up. Incidentally, at the time, the Europeans were Spanish and Portuguese later to include French, Dutch, Germans, and English. Much later, that is to say, today, Europeans are specifically and singularly, English.

At least one Indian saw the similarity of the European and Indian land gains and hypocrisy of the Indian claims they were different from the white man. At the Laramie Peace Conference in 1851 also called the 1851 Horse Creek Treaty, Black Hawk, an Oglala Sioux, said:

“Father, if there is anything I do know, it is this country, for I was raised in it, with the interpreters and traders. You have split the country, and I don’t like it. What we live upon, we hunt for, and we hunt from the Platte to the Arkansas, and from here up to the Red Butte and the Sweet Water. The Cheyennes and Arapahoes agree to live together and be one people; that is very well, but they want to hunt on this side of the river. These lands once belonged to the Kiowas and the Crows, but we whipped these nations out of them, and in this we did what the white men do when they want the lands of the Indians. We met the Kiowas and the Crows and whipped them, at the Kiowa Creek, just below where we now are. We met them and whipped them again, and the last time at Crow Creek. This last battle was fought by the Cheyennes, Arapahoes and Oglalas combined, and the Oglalas claim their share of the country.”

Like it or not, we came in possession of this country the same way the Indians did - by force, fraud, and trade. For that, there is no guilt.

Nikita Khrushchev Warned Us

Why do we never listen to the bad guys when they tell us what they'll do to us?

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Government Shutdowns, Funding Gaps, and Panda Cams

With President Jimmy Carter watching, Benjamin Civiletti is sworn in by Chief Justice Warren Burger as U.S. attorney general on Aug. 16, 1979. The following year, Civiletti issued a legal opinion saying that federal work cannot go on until Congress agrees to pay for it.
Government shutdowns were so common before 1980 that government workers just kept on working believing Congress would get around to passing a budget. And they did. Then Jimmy Carter(D) was elected, and "his Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti issued a legal opinion saying government work cannot go on until Congress agrees to pay for it." Thanks, Jimmy.

This time around, we're again warned of Armageddon, stocks will plunge, the economy will unravel, and meteors will streak the sky. None of that will happen, however. Well, except for that last one - the Orionids meteor shower will be active from October 17 to 25. The cheap suit unravelling of the economy may be Wall Streets worst fear, but is hardly likely in the long run as previous government shutdowns have shown such fears to be overwrought.

Since 1976, there have been 17 government funding gaps and shutdowns lasting between 1 and 21 days (some say 28 days, but I think they're counting the Christmas and New Year holidays when government is shutdown anyway.) A funding gap is the situation in which federal agencies continue to operate without a regular appropriations bill, while a government shutdown closes only non-essential services like national parks and museums. Because Obama* has made huge increases to government, some 800,000 federal workers will be sent home until a deal is struck. Such  closures have never caused a Wall Street investment meltdown in the past, and it's dubious one will do so now.
— 1976 Funding gap: From Sept 30 to Oct. 11 under President Ford. S&P 500 goes from 105.24 to 101.64.
— 1977 Funding gap: From Sept. 30 to Oct. 13 under Carter. S&P 500 starts at 96.53 and ends at 93.46.
— 1978 Funding gap: From Sept. 30 to Oct. 18 under Carter. S&P starts at 102.54 and ends at 100.49.
— 1979 Funding gap: From Sept. 30 to Oct. 12 under Carter. S&P goes from 108.56 to 104.49.
— 1995-1996 Shutdown: From Nov. 14 to Nov. 19, 1995, under Clinton, the S&P goes from 592.30 to 600.07. And from Dec. 15 to Jan. 6, 1996, the S&P goes from 616.92 to 616.71.
smithsonian pandaPossibly the most egregious result of the government shutdown is that the Panda-cam at the National Zoo will go dark. Exactly why the Federal government is funding a 24 hour camera in the panda enclosure when Nancy Pelosi told CNNs Candy Crowley in an interview Sept 23, 2013 that the federal budget can't be cut any more "[b]ecause the cupboard is bare. There’s no more cuts to make. It’s really important that people understand that. We all want to reduce the deficit. …You cannot have any more cuts just for the sake of cuts." is an argument for another day.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Low Information Voter v. No Information Voter v. Smartest Guy in the Room

One statistic is cited that 43% of Americans don’t know anything about the Affordable Care Act, ObamaCare, or the existence of the new health care exchanges. This Low Information Voter knows just enough to be dangerous with a ballot -
Maher Hamoui: “I know it has something to do with caring about people. You know… Obamacare. So basically that’s all I know.”
That makes the mind whirl. Now, here's a No Information Voter, Jose Menendez, who claims to not to know anything about the new law of the land. Would you trust him with a ballot?
Jose Menendez: I have a question. Who created this affordable health care plan that you’re speaking of?
Reporter: This was passed by Congress.
JM: Oh, Congress! And I’m just wondering, as a citizen of America, how come I did not hear of this? Is Obama forcing Americans to get this insurance? Because it sounds that way.

Odd how the great unwashed understand what ObamaCare is about, but the smartest guy in any room still can't explain his own signature program.

h/t Hot Air

Sunday, September 29, 2013

SNL Mocks ObamaCare

“I am psyched for Obamacare,” one woman said, explaining “now that I have healthcare, I can get sick all the time!”
“Mr. Obama here, he made sure my son will never have to lift a finger here to get insurance,” a man proclaimed.
Another man, who was called up to explain how easy it supposedly is to enroll in Obamcare, said he himself had failed to do so because it is “too complicated to figure out.” (The Blaze)
When you've lost Saturday Night Live, you've really lost.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Thursday, July 04, 2013

July 4, 1963 Thursday

Hwy 49 south at Deadman's Curve
It was an ordinary hot summer day that Sunday morning, June 30, 1963. Auburn, California was always hot under blindingly clear blue skies and every summer's day looked and felt pretty much like every other summer day with nothing to distinguish one from another. Ten days later, in July, my family would forget my 9th birthday just as they had each birthday since we had arrived in California six years earlier. We lived 10 miles north of Auburn on Lone Star Road just a few miles off Highway 49 and just a few miles south of Bear River with its great granite rocks lining the swiftly careening Sierra snow water. The Highway was named for the men who had carved out the north-south road from the gold flecked hillsides of the Mother Load during the California gold rush in 1849. The 49ers and millions of others had traveled the road for 114 years before it directly affected my life.

Hwy 49 was only a two lane road in 1963 and the trip into town took 20 minutes at 65 mph. The few cars you met going the opposite direction, well, you always waved because that's just what you did whether you knew them or not. In those days, it certainly was not strange to see cars and trucks barreling down the road at what we now think of as breakneck speeds packed full of adults and kids and dogs without a single  seatbelt among the whole bunch; it was a dangerous and beautiful time, but that's just what you did and no one thought much about it. Today, I live only three miles from town just off Hwy 49 and the trip to town takes 20 minutes at 45 mph with a half dozen stop lights in between. Most cars have one or two passengers to whom you never wave and you damned well better be wearing your seatbelt. That's just what we do now. Besides, it's the law.

Hwy 49 south and Lone Star Rd
The 1963 junction of 49 and Lone Star Rd had neither stop lights nor stop signs and visibility was limited in both directions because of 49's double curve that was so severe on the northern end that it was called Deadman's Curve. Still today, there aren't any traffic lights though there are STOP signs for Lone Star Rd on both sides of 49, but drivers still take their lives in their own hands pulling out into the much heavier traffic on today's four-lane highway. Traffic accidents are still such a major problem on Deadman's Curve that I hear emergency vehicles throughout every week screaming down the road to rescue the injured from roll-over accidents or scrape the dead from the asphalt after a head-on crash.

In 1963, a car crash at Deadman's Curve became personal and over the years it became even more personal as I grew up and learned of the people involved. The Anderson family lived on Lone Star, but on the other side of 49. The Anderson kids and I rode the same school bus driven by Toma, a man who looked a lot like Frank McGrath who played the cook, Charlie B. Wooster, on the TV program "Wagon Train." Every school day, the bus would stop to pick-up or drop-off kids just before Deadman's Curve at the horse ranch driveway of James Drury, who played "The Virginian" on the TV show of the same name. But, I digress.

Hwy 49 north at Deadman's Curve
Dan Anderson and I were in the same class while his brother, Ted, was a year younger. We were friends. That Sunday morning, the family was headed for church. My family couldn't have been very far ahead of the Anderson car as all the churches had much the same schedule. Dan and Ted were in the family car with their parents, Nathan and Lorraine; sisters, Nancy and Susan; and another brother, Nathan whom we all called Eddie. Just a little ways ahead of their car was a California Highway Patrol car driven by Officer Stan Perkins, a CHP veteran of eight years and the father of another school buddy, Bob - we called him Bobby in those days. Two of the Anderson kids were killed when Raymond Robinson in a pickup truck heading north, careened around the Curve on the wrong side of the road and smashed head-on into the family car. In a single moment of horror the drunken Robinson left eight people - grown-ups and kids - strewn across the two lanes of asphalt, unconscious in pools of their own blood.

The local paper, The Auburn Journal, came out only on Thursdays in those days and Thursday was July 4. This is the story of Sunday's crash -
Auburn Journal, July 4, 1963
Two local children die in crash; highway patrolman turns in badge
Ten-year-old Nathan (Eddie) Anderson Jr.and his kid sister, Susan, 5, will be buried here tomorrow – victims of a violent mixture of liquor and speed.
It’s doubtful, at this writing, that their parents, Nathan and Lorraine Anderson, will be at the cemetery. And chances are that their sister, Nancy, 12, and their brothers, Daniel, 9, and Theodore, 8, will not be there, either.
All five were still at Highland Hospital [Auburn] early yesterday, recovering from injuries suffered in the explosive collision which killed Eddie and little Susan as the family rode to church Sunday morning.
It’s doubtful, too, that Stan Perkins, the “tough” cop who oddly enough witnessed the tragedy, will be at the graveside services.
Perkins, an eight year veteran of seeing slaughter on the roads, turned in his highway patrolman’s star Monday after completing his investigation of the frightening case.
“I just couldn’t take it anymore,” said the 33-year-old former officer. “What shakes you the worst is seeing little kids staring at their bleeding brothers and sisters and just screaming. I had to get out of the business …”
Perkins was driving ahead of the Andersons on Highway 49 about six miles north of Auburn when a speeding pickup truck came careening around a curve on the wrong side, forcing him off the road.
After regaining control of his patrol car, Perkins glanced in the rear view mirror in time to see the pickup sideswipe the Andersons’ heavy sedan and shove it through a barbed wire fence.
“In a flash second there were eight people lying around on the road,” Perkins recalled with a lump in his throat. “The boy (Eddie) must have been killed instantly. And I had that odd feeling that the little girl would soon die.”
The driver of the pickup, Raymond Robison, 41, of Roseville, was seriously injured in the blinding crash. While the surviving Andersons were taken to Highland here, Robison was brought to Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento.
Police said he would be charged with involuntary manslaughter and felony drunk driving. A blood test showed Robison had a .22 reading. A man is legally considered too drunk to drive when the test shows .15.
It is an ordinary hot summer day this Thursday in July 2013. Auburn, CA is, as always, hot under blindingly clear blue skies and every summer's day looks and feels pretty much like every other summer day with nothing to distinguish one from another. In six days, I will have my 59th birthday and somewhere across this great land we call America another drunken driver will destroy another family and more Eddies and Susans will not survive to see the fireworks of Independence Day or anything else.

Happy Independence Day. Be safe to celebrate again next year.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

I've known three men who were in the D-Day Normandy Invasion.

This is one of them.

Charles Asay parachuted in France on June 5, 1944 and with hundreds of others landed in the wrong location without his platoon. During combat on the 6th, he was shot from the wrist to his elbow and he crawled on his belly three miles through German lines to an Allied aid station. Sgt. Asay was treated and returned to his unit when it was found.

Charles V. Asay, Sergeant 101st Airborne Division, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, Able Company

Mr. Charles V. Asay, Army Serial Number 20726180, was a Sergeant with the 101st Airborne Division, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, Able Company, and participated in the jump over Normandy that took place during the night before D-Day. Mr. Asay is mentioned by name in Cornelius Ryan’s famous book: "The Longest Day."
During the Battle of the Bulge, Sergeant Asay almost certainly suffered a loss of consciousness from the blast of an explosion; he couldn’t recall all the particulars of the event himself. There are no absolute details as to what happened for certain, but it seems Sergeant Asay was thought to have been killed. When Sergeant Asay recovered all his faculties, his overcoat had disappeared... Who had taken it? Was a comrade responsible for its disappearance or perhaps a German soldier?
Read the rest of this story here.

D-Day June 6, 1944

Spontaneous memorial to Canadian soldiers, D-Day beach pebbles on Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, June 5, 2009

Friday, May 24, 2013

Northern California Earthquake

This happened in my neck of California, but much nearer my sister, Indigo Rose, who lives about 36 miles from the epicenter. I didn't feel the shaker while I was attending a TEA Party meeting in a church.
(Reuters) - A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck Northern California on Thursday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter of the quake was 6 miles northwest of the town of Greenville, and near the smaller community of Canyondam, the USGS said.
There were no immediate reports of injuries.
Allen Shephard, a hunting and fishing guide at Quail Lodge at Lake Almanor in Canyondam, said the quake knocked him "right off the couch and onto the floor."
The floor of the lodge was littered with broken dishware, and cabinets were in disarray, said Shephard, 62.

Magnitude 5.7 quake strikes Northern California | Reuters

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Immigrant Finds Cold, Disinterested, Disconnected America Intensely Attractive and Meaningful

In the days and weeks after the Boston Marathon bombing, leftist whack job rags and reporters were grasping at any straws they could find to avoid saying the brothers Tsarnaev were Muslim jihadi terrorists. One grasped straw was the the disaffected, detached, and culturally restricted immigrant child gambit.

The New York Times, naturally, had to get in on the latest scam theory with this April 22, 2013 piece written by Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco and Carola Suárez-Orozco, the dean and a professor, respectively, at the U.C.L.A. Graduate School of Education and Information Studies who are, with Irina Todorova, the authors of  "Learning a New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society,"
The two brothers accused in the Boston bombings — Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who was killed on Friday, and his brother, Dzhokhar, 19, who was captured later that day — were around 15 and 8, respectively, when they immigrated. Both attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin, that city’s only public high school. They were not part of our study, but they fit the demographic profile of the subjects of our research: birth to families displaced by war or strife, multiple-stage (including back-and-forth) migration, language difficulties and entry into harsh urban environments where gangs and crime are temptations.
Many newcomer students attend tough urban schools that lack solidarity and cohesion. In too many we found no sense of shared purpose, but rather a student body divided by race and ethnicity, between immigrants and the native born, between newcomers and more acculturated immigrants. Only 6 percent of the participants could name a teacher as someone they would go to with a problem; just 3 percent could identify a teacher who was proud of them.
It worked for a short time and some of the information is probably useful, but all in all, it's useless in explaining the brothers Tsarnaev who are - or, were - Muslim jihadi terrorists and the theory was dismissed by the majority of thinking people. Ultimately, NYT readers debunked the 'pity the poor little immigrant story' with their own stories of immigration, assimilation, and acculturation to the American milieu. This NYT comment to the Orozco story is most excellent and evokes strong connective feelings in me -
Kalidan - NY
One reason for the Muslim youth (whether native born or immigrants) that become radicalized while living in the relative comforts of the west has to do with identity.
Becoming who they become - hate filled nihilists vowing revenge and wishing destruction over imaginary grievances -seems much to do with finding community with others who think like them, and a psychosocial environment that gives them refuge from the cold loneliness and the grief of having put up with a large number of petty slights in the environment. Maybe so, but I don't want you to fix that.
As an immigrant, I find the cold, disinterested, disconnected America intensely attractive and meaningful. One can think, read, do, write what one wants; the freedom I cherish is afforded me because no one cares. I really like it this way.
I love that I am left alone. It is likely that the radicalized youth call it rejection, and hate it. They rush into the arms of hate peddlers.
It is not the responsibility of America (or Americans) to assimilate me. It is your sacred responsibility to follow the constitution that guarantees freedom for you, and from you. I will pay my taxes (rent money), and stay on the straight and narrow, I promise. You promise to remain what made you great: dispassionate, disinterested, and cherishing the freedom to be left alone above all else.
I did not lose my way to socially engineered Cuba, I came looking for the promise of the US. Please don't change it.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Terror at the Boston Marathon *** Graphic Photos

At 2:55PM, the first bomb exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. We saw the white smoke and heard the boom. About 15 seconds later, the second bomb exploded a block down the street echoing the first. As of this writing, 144 people are reported wounded, 3 people are dead. One of the killed is an 8 year old boy.

This is the view of the two coordinated bombs that most people have seen -
The media was quick to edit what was shown and seen. The pictures everyone saw were rather plain showing property damage and blood spattered victims who escaped with cuts. The severest injured were kept from the public's eyes

The first bomb was placed in front of the Lens Crafters store. One interior glass pane remained intact indicating the bomb was constructed to blast the ballbearing shrapnel outward into the crowd. The black spot is the position of the bomb. It was later covered with a sheet of plywood to preserve evidence.

This is the area in front of the Lens Crafters store and the photo is about as close as we were shown.

The aftermath of that same area is grizzly enough, but still keeps the true image of evil from us.


The bomb was placed on the sidewalk and the shrapnel was blasted into the legs and lower bodies of the people in front of it. Limbs were ripped off and flung into the street where runners said they saw legs flying past them. The woman in blue had her leg torn from her body. A twisted leg and foot is under her, but may not be her leg.

This man lost both legs in the bomb blast and is lying in his own blood.

The women in the red jacket appears physically intact while those around her are horribly ripped apart. Near her hand is a boot and a bare foot. The shin bone is all that's left of the man's lower leg.

Having lost both legs, the man shown above receives aid to get him to an ambulance.

Authorities are questioning several "persons of interest," one of whom is a Saudi Arabian national arrested in a nearby park nearly an hour after the attack after people said he was acting strangely. Boston police say he is being cooperative, but denies any connection to the bombing. As of yet, no terror organization has claimed credit, neither has any individual.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

77 Bagpipes and 14 Sgian Dubhs Led the Big Parade at DHS

I like bagpipes. No, make that LOVE bagpipes. Not so much though to buy 77 pipes and accouterments in a time of sequester and recession. The Department of Homeland Security thinks differently with Solicitation Number: PR20074261.
The DHS Customs and Border Protection requires the following items, Brand Name or Equal, to the following: LI 001: Carbon Bagpipe Drone Reed Set, 5, EA;
LI 002: Bagpipe Chanter Reeds-Easy, 12, EA;
LI 003: Bagpipe Chanter Reeds-Medium, 12, EA;
LI 004: Deluxe Bagpipe Bag Covers w/ Non-slip Grap Patch and Zipper, 5, EA;
LI 005: Drone Cords, 5, EA;
LI 006: Highland Bagpipe Tuner and Metronome with cases, 2, EA;
LI 007: Combination Tuner and Metronome, 6, EA;
LI 008: Black Polypenco Bagpipes w/ cases, 10, EA;
LI 009: Polypenco Bagpipe Chanter, 10, EA;
LI 010: Bellows Blown Blackwood Smallpipes in "A" w/ cases, 4, EA;
LI 011: Black waxed bagpipe hemp, 4, EA;
LI 012: Real Beeswax, 4, EA;
LI 013: Long Polypenco Practice Chanters, 10, EA;
LI 014: Bagpipe Tutor Book - VOL 1 C.O.P., 10, EA;
LI 015: Practice Chanter Reed, 10, EA;
LI 016: Rol of Pipe Bag Tie-In cord, 2, EA;
LI 017: Tapered Reamer, 1, EA;
LI 018: PiobMaster 2.3 CD ROM-Bagpipe music writing software, 1, EA;
LI 019: Pipe Band Base Drum Carrier, 2, EA;
LI 020: Folding Bass Drum Stand, 1, EA;
LI 021: Inverness Rain Cape, 14, EA;
LI 022: Glengarry Plain, 15, EA;
LI 023: Snare Drum Stand, 4, EA;
LI 024: Pipe Band Snare Drums-Black, 4, EA;
LI 025: Snare Carrier-Silver, 4, EA;
LI 026: 16" x 12" Pipe Band Tenor Drum, 4, EA;
LI 027: 18" Bodhran Pack w/ Beater, 4, EA;
LI 028: Deluxe triple function drum sling, 2, EA;
LI 029: Heavy Duty Tenor Drum leg rest, 2, EA;
LI 030: Drum-Mount Snare Drum stick bag, 4, EA;
LI 031: Heavy Duty Drum Key, 2, EA;
LI 032: Short Black Classic Tenor Mallets, 3, EA;
LI 033: Black Bass Beaters, 2, EA;
LI 034: TyFry Tenor Tutor Tenor Instruction DVD/CDROM, 1, EA;
LI 035: Snare Stick Set, 10, EA;
LI 036: Square Tenor/Snare Drum Case, 5, EA;
LI 037: Spats Canvas-White, 20, EA;
LI 038: Hose-Blue, 14, EA;
LI 039: Flashes-Red, 14, EA;
LI 040: Leather Day Sporrans-Black, 14, EA;
LI 041: Horsehair Sporrans, 14, EA;
LI 042: Sgian Dubhs, 14, EA;
LI 043: Shipping/Handling/Delivery, 1, EA;

Why do the DHS Pipers get sgian dubhs, but we can't take them on airplanes?

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Holocaust Remembrance Day

On this Holocaust Remembrance Day, it should be remembered there was a long time in between Moses and Hitler that Jews were not prepared. Never again.

Friday, April 05, 2013

Obama and Bloomberg Don't Know Much About Weapons They're Trying to Ban

Telling the assembled crowd at the fundraiser in San Francisco that California's Attorney General Kamala Harris was "by far the best-looking attorney general in the country," Obama went on to lie misspeak about the gun used at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He knew full well the long gun that was used is a semi-automatic, but went on to stress that it was a full-auto machine gun because he's losing the debate and semi-automatic weapons aren't as scary as full-autos and had to sex up the scare factor. NYC Mayor Bloomberg got in on the act during another interview unrelated to Obama's SF stunt. Bloomy went so far as to make the “bzzzjaaazzzztshazeet” machine gun sound that kids make when playing Army or Cops 'N' Robbers. He didn't do it right, so he obviously never played those games.

Via Jake Tapper and Hot Air:

Obama said,
“Now, over the next couple of months, we’ve got a couple of issues: gun control. (Applause.) I just came from Denver, where the issue of gun violence is something that has haunted families for way too long, and it is possible for us to create common-sense gun safety measures that respect the traditions of gun ownership in this country and hunters and sportsmen, but also make sure that we don’t have another 20 children in a classroom gunned down by a semiautomatic weapon — by a fully automatic weapon in that case, sadly.”

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Michelle Obama Calls Herself a Single Mom While Barack Obama Hits on CA Attorney General

Michelle Obama described herself as a "busy single mother" during an interview with CBS affiliate WCAX. She quickly corrected herself by saying she's a "working mom" without explaining exactly what her job is.

However, Michelle may have had a good reason to think of herself as a single mom. While speaking at a fundraiser in Atherton, California, Barack Obama was hitting on California Attorneys General Kamala Harris,
“You have to be careful to, first of all, say she is brilliant and she is dedicated and she is tough, and she is exactly what you’d want in anybody who is administering the law, and making sure that everybody is getting a fair shake. She also happens to be by far the best-looking attorney general in the country — Kamala Harris is here."
Was Obama being sexist, wolfish, and boorish? Or is he just a cad? Whatever, he needs to pay more attention to his hormonal problem that pops up from time to time. Obama got himself in deep doo-doo back in 2008 when he addressed a reporter as "sweetie" which was demeaning and condescending, but he also said in a debate that Hillary Clinton was "likeable enough". Many people of all sexes and all political stripes heard that as arrogant and smug.

Maybe the rumors about separate vacations are more true than not. Maybe it's not all kumbaya in the White House residence.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

CO Democrat Says Once Fired, Hi-Cap Mags Can't Be Used Again

Democratic U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette is a leading sponsor of federal bans on high-capacity ammunition magazines in the 112th and 113th Congresses. During a gun control debate Tuesday sponsored by the Denver Post, DeGette was asked how banning high capacity magazines - those holding 15 or more rounds - would reduce gun violence, the Honorable Congresswoman from Denver explained,
“I will tell you these are ammunition, they’re bullets, so the people who have those now they’re going to shoot them, so if you ban them in the future, the number of these high capacity magazines is going to decrease dramatically over time because the bullets will have been shot and there won’t be any more available.”

The audience was all atwitter with giggles. State Sen. Kevin Lundberg (R-CO) even sent a Tweet to DeGette, “Just so you know, magazines are reloadable.” National Rifle Association spokesman Andrew Arulanandam told the Post, "Two words - pretty stupid," and that the member needed help.

The Colorado GOP spokesman Owen Loftus responded on Wednesday,
“It’s extremely alarming that Rep. DeGette is running federal legislation to ban magazine clips, when she doesn’t even know what a magazine clip is. Rep. DeGette’s comments show that Democrats are more concerned with appeasing their radical base, than standing up for responsible, law abiding citizens.”
At the end there, I thought she going to complain about those blow-in advertising cards that always fall out of magazines when you pick them up. Of course, the recording was cut off, so she might have - I don't know. This just points up the problem with voting while Democrat.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Organic Food Label Trick

Volunteers who thought certain types of yogurt and cookies were organic estimated them to have significantly fewer calories and people willing to pay up to 23 per cent more for themPutting an organic label on ordinary foods tricks people into believing they are healthier and have better taste, say New York scientists.

I don't know about that. I was shopping yesterday and the guy in front of me bought organic labelled food. He was gaunt, pale, and wearing shorts over longjohns.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Hillary Clinton Channels Lion King

Sec of State Hillary Clinton testified about four dead Americans in Benghazi saying, "...what difference, at this point, does it make?"

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And that reminded me of this:

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Simba obviously learned from the past by avoiding the repeated action. Hillary has also obviously learned from the passed by again blaming others for her screw-up.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Signpainter

Jack Daniel's meets The Signpainter from Travis Robertson on Vimeo.



Artist: Derek McDonald @ Golden West Sign Arts

Michelle Obama's New Hair

The look was cute on Darth Vader, too.


Friday, January 18, 2013

Obama Fails So Frequently, We Don't Notice Anymore

Here's an article about Obama's "laserlike focus on jobs" that's failed to materialize and some other stuff I don't recall. This is the memorable sentence for me:
"[H]ave we become as a people so inured to Obama's failure that we no longer take note of it?"
I answered, "Yes," and stopped reading after that.

Obama's Cynical 'Laserlike Focus' On Jobs Turns To Lack Of Interest -

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Baby Deliveries End at Pennsylvania Hospital

ObamaCare will cause the Windmer Medical Center to stop delivering babies after March 31, 2013 because hospital authorities can no longer afford the service according to projected reimbursements under the new health care regime. The hospital had been delivering about 200 neonates per year since 2005 when the obstetrics program was restarted. WMC is 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh and the nearest obstetrics facility is ten miles away.
Citing remarks made by Chairman of the Board, the Honorable David C. Klementik, the statement said, "...It was a difficult decision, but coupled with the recent and potential future changes in WMC OB providers, industry trends and market analysis, the board concluded that the timeliness and cost of recruiting a new team of obstetricians may not be feasible and therefore, may not serve in the hospital's or community's best interest."
"During the transition period, WMC will work closely with its expectant mothers and is currently in preliminary discussions with local providers to accommodate future births," the statement read. "Extensive and personalized communications will be shared with all current patients, and a WMC liaison will be available to answer any questions or concerns."
Officials aren't sure how many jobs will be lost, and said, "We understand this change will be difficult for some of our dedicated employees and are working closely with the Human Resources Department to provide assistance as able throughout the transition and beyond to place them in other areas where there are opportunities due to openings and / or growth within the facility."
Only one solution - government must identify school children with appropriate aptitude, train them to be physicians, and place them where they are needed. This should also be extended to all other professions and trades so that every field is populated without shortage or excess from gymnast to neurosurgeon to plumber everyone is employed and following a government approved bliss for the betterment and benefit of The Homeland... and, of course, for the children.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Obama Refuses to Build Death Star

This is so bogus. The first reason why not is a big clue:
"The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We're working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it."

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Six Firearm Defense Stories

Real stories of real people defending against bad guys happen everyday across our nation. The following events took place in October 2012. All the names are real because we're proud of the good guys; the bad guys are in prison or dead, so who cares.

Zachary Rogers, 26, was working late one night at the 21st Amendment liquor store. It was just past midnight when an armed man wearing a ski mask entered the store and forced Rogers and another store employee, Alicia Grabarczyk, 25, down a hallway toward an office where the safe was kept. With a concealed handgun in his front pocket, Rogers chose his moment of opportunity carefully. In one quick motion, Rogers pushed Grabarczyk to the floor and fired at the armed robber. He then helped Grabarczyk into the office and out of the line of fire. Although the burglar had been struck, Rogers saw him raise his firearm. Rogers fired three more rounds at the gunman which proved fatal. Neither Rogers nor Grabarczyk were harmed. (Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis, IN, 10/11/12)
While at home with his wife and daughter, a homeowner prepared to go outside to investigate a sudden power outage. His wife asked him to carry his firearm with him as a precaution. As he opened the front door to step outside, three men charged him in an attempt to gain entry. The homeowner pushed his wife aside as he fell backward and fired at the intruders. His daughter, a student in her early 20s, hid in another room and called police. One of the three home invaders suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was listed in serious condition. The remaining two suspects managed to escape. The homeowner and his family were not seriously injured. (Sun Sentinel, Miramar, FL, 10/2/12)
Kendra St. Clair, a 12-year-old at home alone one day during her fall break, called her mother at work to say there was a man repeatedly ringing the doorbell and banging on the door. When no one answered the door, she said he disappeared. St. Clair’s mother instructed her daughter to get her .40-cal. Glock pistol and go into a bathroom closet. St. Clair heard him break in through the back door. As the man made his way through her home, 911 dispatchers kept St. Clair on the phone. He was inside the home for approximately six minutes before he made his way to the bathroom where St. Clair was hiding. When she saw the door knob begin to turn, she fired the gun. The 32-year-old intruder was taken into custody after being treated for a gunshot to the chest. (The Oklahoman, Durant, OK, 10/20/12)
George Polanin, 66, went to bed early one evening only to be awakened by noises coming from inside his home. He was upstairs and followed the sound of footsteps to the basement. When he reached the stairs, Polanin said he could see only the intruder’s feet. “ … I got my weapon and basically told him I had a weapon, it was loaded and I will use it,” Polanin said. He then ordered the intruder to come out as he dialed 911. Polanin held the intruder at gunpoint until police arrived. (Kenosha News, Kenosha, WI, 10/17/12)
Cindy Schachter, an employee at Furnari Jewelers, was working when two men entered the store around 4 p.m. Schachter’s boss, Anthony Furnari, was sitting at his desk facing the showroom. Something about the men made Schachter uneasy, so she gave her boss a quiet warning right before they pulled clothing over their faces and jumped over the counter. Furnari quickly pulled his .38-cal. handgun from his desk and fired several rounds at one of the suspects as he came toward him. Furnari was severely beaten as both men tried to gain control of his firearm. When Furnari fought back, the men grabbed a display of gold chains and fled. One suspect was later taken into custody after seeking treatment for several bullet wounds. It was last reported that the second suspect was still at large. Furnari suffered a broken nose, a concussion, multiple stitches to the face and hand, and a fractured rib. Schachter was reportedly unharmed. (The Republican, Chicopee, MA, 10/17/12)
Jack and Linda Dillon were roused from their sleep at approximately 2:45 a.m. when they realized someone had just broken into their home. The intruder gained entry through an unlocked window. He allegedly entered the home with intent to steal electronics. Linda called 911 as Jack retrieved a firearm and confronted the 29-year-old intruder in their living room. Jack fired when the man lunged at him. The intruder’s wound proved fatal. (The Morning Journal, Elyria, OH, 10/20/12)
Source: Armed Citizen

Obama to Issue Executive Orders Banning Guns

Gun ban is happening now. Earlier this morning, VP Biden announced Obama has EOs ready to issue as he sees fit to ban guns and/or accouterments in clear contravention of the Second Amendment. 

"The president is going to act," said Biden, giving some comments to the press before a meeting with victims of gun violence. "There are executives orders, there's executive action that can be taken. We haven't decided what that is yet. But we're compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action that we believe is required."
Biden said that this is a moral issue and that "it's critically important that we act."
Biden talked also about taking responsible action. "As the president said, if you're actions result in only saving one life, they're worth taking. But I'm convinced we can affect the well-being of millions of Americans and take thousands of people out of harm's way if we act responsibly."

Source: Weekly Standard, "Biden: Obama Considering 'Executive Order' to Deal With Guns" by Daniel Halper 11:42 AM Jan 9, 2013

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

It's Fun When Reality Slaps a Liberal

At all staff meeting at the San Francisco HQ, teleconferenced to company offices in LA and NYC, the Current TV employees met the new bosses - Ehab al Shihabi and Muftah al Suwaiden - from Al-Jazeera to whom Al Gore unexpectedly sold the company for a whole bunch of petro-dollars - $100 million net. Afterwards, the lefty Liberals had much more to say about Green Al and their new boss.
The meeting, while not contentious, was, according to staffers who spoke on the condition of anonymity, miserable.
The mostly left-leaning group—some still in denial —weren’t buying what Al Jazeera was selling.
And what are they selling? Al Jazeera’s image of —are you ready?— “inform, inspire and entertain!”
The “new” American Al Jazeera will, according to Shihabi, appeal to the American audience with a mixture of national and international news—and, of course, entertainment.
But you won’t be getting that Middle East merriment until April, which is when the network says it will be ready to take over.
“Sometime within three months—no more, no less—we were told,” said the Current staffer.
One person at the meeting, who has already announced that she’s leaving, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, tried to ask about severance packages for those who wouldn’t be staying.
“This isn’t the place to discuss this!” Hyatt barked at her.
“After that, everyone kept their questions pretty much to themselves,” according to the staff member.
How do they feel about Gore the savior of green energy now?
The displeasure with Gore among the staff was thick enough to cut with a scimitar.
“We all know now that Al Gore is nothing but a bulls***ter,” said the staffer bluntly.
We do stories on the tax code, and he sells the network before the tax code kicked in?
“Al was always lecturing us about green. He kept his word about green all right—as in cold, hard cash!”
Yeah, reality. Gotta love it.

Saturday, January 05, 2013

So papa, how do you like the iPad we got you?

Oh, those wacky Germans, Europe's cutups...


Catastrophe in the Age of Incompetence

Are we a nation ruled by laws, or has our government been taken over by a group of modern-day marquis and baronettes who simply pretend to govern, while robbing us blind? On this week's Afterburner, Bill Whittle likens the recent "fiscal cliff" crisis to kabuki theater. So how can one person come out on top in such a system? Find out. (PJTV)

Or, just a goat rodeo?

Friday, January 04, 2013

Unemployment Up to 7.8%, Debt at $16,432,706,000,00,000

Despite unemployment and debt, the US government borrows $50,000/second to spend more.
Figures on government spending and debt (last six digits are eliminated [I've added the last six digits - IR]). The government's fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.
Total public debt subject to limit Jan. 3 =  $16,392,475,000,000
Statutory debt limit =  $ 16,394,000,000,000
Total public debt outstanding Jan. 3 =  $16,431,219,000,000
Operating balance Jan. 3 =  $62,789,000,000
Interest fiscal year 2013 through November =  $47,959,000,000
Interest same period 2012 =  $44,001,000,000
Deficit fiscal year 2013 through November =  $292,107,000,000
Deficit same period 2012 =  $235,769,000,000
Receipts fiscal year 2013 through November =  $346,045,000,000
Receipts same period 2012 =  $315,474,000,000
Outlays fiscal year 2013 through November =  $638,152,000,000
Outlays same period 2012 =  $551,243,000,000
Gold assets in December =  $11,041,000,000