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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Reading is fnadtmienul

O lny srmat poelpe can raed tihs.

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it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm.

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I got this in an email and thought you might find it as fsniaantig as I did.


Useful Fiction

In life there are situations that exist which can be best described as useful fictions. They are conditions that are understood by both parties but not acknowledged because to do so would cause unnecessary turmoil. In the old Soviet Union the citizens had a saying, "The government pretends to pay us and we pretend to work." In the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" the mother explains to her daughter, "The father is the head of the family but the mother is the neck. The neck can turn the head any way it wants to." Here at Morning Glory Farm we have the fence and the Big White Dog.

With each successful closing of a gap in the fence, Tucker has discovered new and innovative ways of escape. We plug the hole underneath and he goes through over top. We raise the wire and he squeezes between the gate and the post. Tighten the gap at the post and he goes through the gate itself. He seems more eel than dog.

Lately we have observed Tucker slipping through the gate while Mary is feeding the horses. He walks the paddocks until she is finished, then he slips back in as if he had never left. We pretend to confine the Big White Dog and he pretends to not escape.

Rather than try and secure this new breach I have decided to use a incentive based confinement method. Tucker came to us from the rescue league. As should be expected he had some issues that needed to be dealt with. The first and most critical was his aggressive defense of his food. Fortunately we quickly established our dominance and over time he found life here to be to his liking so he has relaxed over the food thing, with one exception. If I put his bowl on the porch, he feels compelled to baby-sit it to protect it from cats, birds, bugs and other sundry boogie men. I know that when I leave he can slip out at anytime but by leaving his bowl out I know he will be here when I get back. We now live with a useful fiction. Just call me Sgt. Schultz.




Tuesday, January 30, 2007

National Guard Retreats From Armed Illegals

The politicians have discovered that the National Guard troops stationed on our border with Mexico are just widow dressing. The revelation came when it was reported that four members of the Tennessee National Guard retreated from armed illegals who were crossing just a few yards from their observation post.

The House Committee on Homeland Security and Property Rights at the Arizona Legislature has been grilling the head of the Arizona National Guard, Maj. Gen. David Rataczak over why the troops did nothing to stop the incursion other than call for back up. The General responded truthfully that the men did as they had been instructed.

It is no secret that the National Guard troops on the border are just window dressing. The politicians are either not doing their job or are willfully ignorant of the fact. It is highly unfair of the politicians to want to blame the General and his troops for following the stupid rules that were placed on them by politicians from the very beginning. If they had been doing their jobs as representatives they would have complained last year when it was announced that the Guard was going simply in a support capacity with no enforcement authority. They would do a greater service to be grilling Washington for pretending to enforce the security of our border than complaining to the General for the troops obeying their orders.


Sean over at My Errent Mind points out the possable reasons and solutions for the governmennt's unwillingness to secure the border.

http://vanishingamerican.blogspot.com/2007/01/brazenness-on-border.htmlhas Excerpts from the transcripts of Lou Dobbs Tonight dealing with this subject.

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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Where are the Real Leaders

What with Tucker, the Big White Dog, running for president I have been giving much thought to the nation's future. The problem that I see is a lack of real leadership at all levels. The political arena is overrun with weenies and nit wits who are ate up with politically correct nonsense. The public education system seems incapable of teaching anything because they have given up any willingness to exert authority in the classroom and the justice system is filled with judges that are more interested in "interpreting" the Constitution rather than applying the Constitution to the law. The solution of course is for a generation of real leaders who's principles and not their personal interests drive their policies. The only place that I see these people coming from is from the home and private schools.

Home schoolers in particular are demonstrating a constant advantage in academic achievement. The first wave of significant numbers is just entering the workforce. In a few years they will be in positions of authority where they will directly effect the hiring decisions of corporations and government agencies. Since many will have graduated from minor collages that are not so infected by the PC nonsense that the many Study's departments inflict on all levels of instruction in the major universities, they will be less inclined to accept an Ivy League diploma as an automatic qualification for hire. The result will be the second wave of hoe schoolers will then out pace the rest of the population in academic, private and official achievements that they will dominate the decision making positions giving us an opportunity at regaining the vitality that is being lost by the established institutions. All of this is predicated on our ability to survive the onslaught of Islam and illegal immigration until then.

These are just my thoughts. I look forward to any opinions for or against.


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Friday, January 26, 2007

Sex Offender Enrolles in Seventh Grade Class

All I can say about this story is "Is this a sick world or what?"

A convicted sex offender attended at least two Arizona middle schools, sat through seventh-grade courses and turned in homework as he moved around the state pretending to be 12 years old, officials say.

The guy is 29 years old! He not only conned some schools into admitting him as a 7th grade student but he was helped by two men he was living with who also thought he was a kid.

The sheriff's office there said Rodreick conned two men he was living with and having sex with into believing he was a young boy. One of them, 61-year-old Lonnie Stiffler, called himself Rodreick's grandfather when he tried to enroll him at Mingus Springs as "Casey Price."...

... Authorities say Stiffler and Robert James Snow, 43, met Rodreick online, thinking he was a preteen, took him from Oklahoma to Arizona and carried on a sexual relationship with him. They were arrested after authorities served a search warrant at their Chino Valley home Thursday along with Brian J. Nellis, 34, a friend who authorities say followed Rodreick from Oklahoma to Arizona.

This creep's "grandfather"/gay lover/fellow pedophile is 61 years old. You have to wonder how many other children's lives this old child molester has ruined in his sixty years. The whole crew are convicted child molesters. One would think there is a better way to keep these beasts away from children other than just registration. I've suggested it before and reiterate it here. Stick them all on an island somewhere if you're too squeamish to put a bullet in their heads. Personally I choose the bullet.

It is a good thing this did not happen in Vermont where restorative justice has infected the judiciary to the point that they are letting these slime walk the streets with short sentances and probation so they can be "rehabilitated."


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Monday, January 22, 2007

Tucker Is Running...for President

My fellow Americans. I wish to take this time to announce my candidacy for the office of President of the United States. I might as well join the fray. With all the other announced candidates being such a pack of dogs, the voters should at least have the opportunity to vote for the real thing.

Trackedat Basil's .
Thanks for the link at United Conservatives of Virginia


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Friday, January 19, 2007

Dr. Cullen Caught in Own Storm

Funny how tolerant lefties become when the torch light parade they hoped to lead comes after them. Dr. Heidi Cullen, "Climate Expert" who called for the reeducation of meteorologists who don't subscribe to the politically correct version of global warming is now looking for reasoned debate on her program.

I would like to extend invitations to any of my colleagues in climatology or meteorology to join this discussion by posting a blog on this site or even coming on The Climate Code.

Of coarse that was after she tried to spin the issue in an effort to "stop the spin."

I've read all your comments saying I want to silence meteorologists who are skeptical of the science of global warming. That is not true. The point of my post was never to stifle discussion. It was to raise it to a level that doesn't confuse science and politics. Freedom of scientific expression is essential.

Many of you have accused me and The Weather Channel of taking a political position on global warming. That is not our intention.

Our goal at The Weather Channel has always been to keep people out of harm's way. Whether it's a landfalling hurricane or global warming.

"Whaaaa! All those lying liars have to get what's coming to them and I'm going to give it to them. And you stupid idiots! I'm trying to save all your ignorant buts in spite of yourselves!"



Global Warming Inquisition

Liberals like to question the intelligence of Christians because of their "blind faith." By believing without question a person demonstrates a lack of sophistication. One study claimed Christians were uneducated and easily led. In light of this it is amusing to see the leftists calling for an inquisition, to enforce the orthodoxy of global warming.

Dr. Heidi Cullen, self proclaimed Climate Expert on her Weather Channel Blog has called for the decertification of Meteorologists (that's weathermen for all you uneducated Christians) who do not accept the premise that global warming is the result of human agency. She suggests that those unenlightened boobs who question man's effect on the weather should be reeducated.

In an interesting follow-up blog on the reason for this all too common global warming contrarianism within the broadcast meteorology community, journalist Andrew Freedman suggests local TV meteorologist may want to look to the American Meteorological Society for guidance. Freedman goes on to point out that the AMS has in fact, issued a statement on climate change that reads:

"There is convincing evidence that since the industrial revolution, human activities, resulting in increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases and other trace constituents in the atmosphere, have become a major agent of climate change."

I'd like to take that suggestion a step further. If a meteorologist has an AMS Seal of Approval, which is used to confer legitimacy to TV meteorologists, then meteorologists have a responsibility to truly educate themselves on the science of global warming. (One good resource if you don't have a lot of time is the Pew Center's Climate Change 101.)

That's right, stop that independent thinking and follow the authority of the ecclesiastics at the AMS or you will be excommunicated. It sounds like something out of the pages of Benardo Gui's work, Practica Inquisitionis Heretice Pravitatis or "Conduct of the Inquisition into Heretical Wickedness."

Not to be intimidated by Dr. Cullen, James Spann, who spares us any claims of expertise after his name, has countered at his ABC Weather blog that few Meteorologists believe the global warming nonsense.

I have been in operational meteorology since 1978, and I know dozens and dozens of broadcast meteorologists all over the country. Our big job: look at a large volume of raw data and come up with a public weather forecast for the next seven days. I do not know of a single TV meteorologist who buys into the man-made global warming hype. I know there must be a few out there, but I can't find them. Here are the basic facts you need to know:

*Billions of dollars of grant money is flowing into the pockets of those on the man-made global warming bandwagon. No man-made global warming, the money dries up. This is big money, make no mistake about it. Always follow the money trail and it tells a story. Even the lady at “The Weather Channel” probably gets paid good money for a prime time show on climate change. No man-made global warming, no show, and no salary. Nothing wrong with making money at all, but when money becomes the motivation for a scientific conclusion, then we have a problem. For many, global warming is a big cash grab.

Their call to "accept the science" is no different than any call to faith without question they accuse Christians of and Dr. Cullen is not some voice in the wilderness. The UN is calling for world leaders to take up the mantle of global warming.

"Everyone is calling for leadership — including me. But I think I've pinpointed the guy who can give it.''

De Boer was referring to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a South Korean diplomat who took the reins of the world body a week ago.

"We are at the stage where we need a mandate from the level of heads of state to get the climate change negotiations moving again,'' de Boer said. "I think the secretary-general has the power to bring that about.''

The spirit of Bernardo Gui is alive and well.


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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Nifong's Bed is Made

It has to be frustrating to be a liberal. Political correctness requires one give aid and comfort to the oppressed but sometimes the template does not fit. Such is the situation District Attorney Michael B. Nifong finds himself in. His reactionary response to the accusations of a black woman that she had been raped by rich white collage boys fit the template of white patriarchal oppression perfectly. The problem is that the accusations are looking a lot like something one would find in a steaming pile out in a pasture. Evidence be damned this is a matter of social justice.

Unfortunately for Mr. Knifing lofty goals of social justice still require some foundation of truth when applied to individual cases. As each rock is overturned new revelations of "We haven't done that before," pop out. Yet it has taken the authorities in charge of oversight on these matters ten months to get around to doing something about them.

Screwy ideologies have a way of becoming their own pitfalls. Having positioned himself as the defender of an oppressed woman Nifong has willingly put the millstone around his neck. Now that it is apparent to anyone looking objectively at the evidence that Nifong's crusade is just collateral damage left over from his reelection campaign the North Carolina Bar is giving him the shove into the sea.

Someday liberals will understand that they can't even the score. In fact by trying to do so they make the situation worse. When they accept that individual actions require individual responsibility they may find that the troubles of the past will fade and people will take care of themselves. But if that were to happen we wouldn't need liberals anymore.


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Friday, January 12, 2007

Travels With Tucker

I believe I have secured the fence for now. Yesterday The dog stayed in the yard all day. I did take him with me when I went into town just as a precaution but left him home while I had dinner with my Mom later last night. He was still there when I got back.

Feeling secure about the fence one would think I could now devote some time to commenting on current events such as Nancy Pelosi carving out an exception from the minimum wage law for American Samoa to benefit a large corporate concern in her district. Or perhaps Harry Reid's attempt to water down the anti pork barrel bill. I might have something to say about the illegal immigrants protesting states that will no longer use citizen's taxes to finance their collage tuition or expound on Hugo Chavez' nonsense about Jesus being "the greatest socialist ever." That I would do except I have a Big White Dog.

The steel company called to let me know my order was ready. I'm making iron handrails for the steps. Steel comes in 20 foot lengths so to save shipping cost I hooked up our flatbed trailer to go into town and pick it up. Before I left, my wife called from SC where she is visiting her Mother. When I mentioned going to get the metal she suggested that I take the dog along to make sure he did not escape while I was gone.

"Really, I think I have the fence secure." I said.

"Oh, but I just worry that he'll get out and go out to the road."

Well...OK I'll take him." Somewhat disingenuously since I was already thinking I might just leave him and not say anything.

When it was time to leave I seriously considered not taking him but the way things have been going it would be just my luck that he would get out and then I would have to face the wrath. Getting him in the truck is no easy task. He is the most suspicious dog in the world. The only time he gets in voluntarily is when he is standing in the middle of the road waiting for his ride home after his latest escapade has worn him out. I capture him, push him in and off we go.

Once under way he settles onto the seat with his head on my leg. I give him lots of pets to help him learn that traveling is fun. It all seems to be going just fine, until I get into town. The main street through Manassas, VA is two tight lanes with some parking on the side. The trailer I'm pulling is as wide as they come. Just when I need the passenger side mirror to see how much clearance I have from the parked cars Tucker decides to stand up and look around. I can't see a thing. To avoid hearing the sickening sound of tearing metal I hog the lane next to me only irritating a half dozen people.

Arlington Iron Works is maybe the last company in the US to not have a computerized order system. The man at the order desk has no clue where my order is after a half hearted effort perusing the slips on his desk and tells me he's sorry but my order is not there. I patiently explain that I got a call from a guy named Manny this morning and scheduled pick up at 1:30.

"Do you want me to call him?" He asked.

"No, I'll just turn around and drive twenty miles back home because you're an idiot." Is what I wanted to say but I just said "Please."

With order in hand I pull the truck and trailer to door #1. The man inside asks that I back the trailer into the warehouse. My wife is an expert at backing the trailers. I have seen her put a horse trailer into the narrowest of places with ease. I however had to attempt to put that flatbed trailer into that warehouse door a dozen times before I finally succeeded. As I was working at not taking out a portion of the building it started to rain so I rolled down my window to see better. I got out to help them load the steel, thanked them and walked back to the truck. When I opened to door there was no Big White Dog inside. He had jumped out the window!

When in danger or in doubt, run in circles scream and shout.

I called as loud as I could "Tucker, Tucker." Which in that neighborhood was likely misunderstood as something else. With each moment I became more angry. I did what any Deacon of a Baptist Church would do, I stomped my feet throwing up my hands and yelled, "That stupid dog! Now I have to spend the rest of the day running around this town looking for a damn dog!" People passing by must have thought I was a lunatic. They were right. That dog was driving me nuts. Then I had an idea. I would call my wife and tell her what a wonderful idea it was to bring the dog along. Then I remembered that I had left my phone at home. AHGGGGG!

Realizing that it was really a good thing for me that I did not have my phone, some rationality began to come back. I began to form a plan. In front of the steel plant is a building used by the Corrections Dept. as a work release facility. The way I was acting they may have thought there was an escape. I headed there to let them know I was looking for a Big White Dog and if they saw him how to contact me. As I approached the building from the west a corrections officer got out of his car and was coming from the west end. I was about to get his attention when out of the bushes behind him Tucker poked out his head.

Putting out my hand I said, " Come on now, playtime is over. It is time to go home."

Officer Friendly looked at me quite perplexed and I think he was reaching for his gun. I stopped and told him I was talking to the dog while pointing behind him. He turned.

"Oh my God!" He said when he saw Tucker.

I quickly ran a grabbed the dog. Another officer came out to look at him. We had some gentle conversation and I left.

I got home and saw that my wife had called my cell phone at about the same time I was looking for Tucker. I called her while thinking how fortunate I was that I did not have my phone with me. After I told her of the latest adventure with Tucker she mentioned how very boring it is in Camden, SC. I might let her take the Big White Dog with her the next time she goes to see her Mom. That should solve the boredom thing.

Canine Carnival 9 at Pamibe


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Thursday, January 11, 2007

I Am Owned by a Pyrenees

On Monday my wife went to South Carolina to be with her mother for a week. I anticipated I might find some extra time to blog a bit more while I was here alone. I do have to take care of the farm and all but I should still find time that needs filling, right? Not with Tucker my big white dog.

See the dog in the picture? He's a Great Pyrenees. He's near as big as I am. See the fence in the background? It also has wire mesh on it. One would think I could keep him from wandering the neighborhood. Not! What free time I have has been spent either looking for him or looking for the latest breach in the fence. It took me an hour to go to the post office which is three miles from the farm. Fifteen minutes to go get the mail after forty five minutes chasing the dog all over town. As soon as I try leave he squirts through the fence like it was no there.

I now empathize with Col. Klink of the sitcom Hogan's Heroes. I want to change the name of the farm from Morning Glory Farm to Fortress Morning Glory because of the extent of the effort to keep the big white dog inside the fence. Like the inmates of Stalag 13 however he comes and goes at will. I fully expect to find a hollow tree stump made into an escape hatch out in our woods. By the time Mary gets back I may have attached a ball and chain to his leg. I' just afraid that I will find the latch undone and the dog running free. I've taken to buying lotto tickets in hopes of wnning enough money to build a brick wall around the place. I should add a moat so and undermineing he does will be flooded. If I find something that works I might tell Homeland Security so they can use it on the border.

I wouldn't mind him wandering so much if he didn't have this habit of standing in the middle of the road after he's finished with his jaunt about town. He has found that by doing so he gets a free ride home. Too tired to walk the rest of the way I guess. He does it so regularly that I just drive out to the road and wait for him to show up. Sure enough he'll pop out and just stand there waiting for his ride.

How come I'm so easily trained by a dog?


Carnival of the Dogs at Mickey's Musings

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Monday, January 08, 2007

Visit The Concourse of Hypocrisy

Zombietime.com has conducted a contest for the most hypocritical display of environmentalist bumper stickers in Berkley, CA, home to many of the wacko left. It is well worth a visit to have a few chuckles at the expense of the chicken llittles. Her is one example:

I hear people say quite frequently that they don't go to church because there at too many hypocrites but I have yet to here one say they aren't a liberal for the same reason.


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Iran No Problem for the Democrats

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has assured Israel that the Democrats will not tolerate a nuclear Iran. To back up such strong talk from one representing the party that is already planning to spend the money saved when troops are pulled from Iraq, he describes how the Iranians will be brought to their knees.
preventing a nuclear-armed Iran had to be done through "discussions, negotiations, sanctions." Hoyer added that the US needed to work with the international community to block Teheran's nuclear ambitions.
Wow! The same policy that Clinton used to deal with Saddam, and it worked so well. I wonder if someone in the room added under his breath "And hope a Republican President will come along and pull our bacon out of the fire."

Watch out Ahmadinejad...the Democrats are going to talk you to death.


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Saturday, January 06, 2007

Democrats and Iraq, So Predictable

Back in November I wrote a post warning that General Abizaid had handed the Democrats the cliché they needed to press for a withdrawal out of Iraq this year in his testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee. Well now the Dems have congress and they have pulled the 4-6 month time frame mentioned by the General out to do just that. They want to get out now.

Directly challenging Bush's wartime leadership on their second day in charge on Capitol Hill, Democrats Pelosi (Calif.) and Reid (Nev.) sent Bush a letter suggesting that, instead of starting a short-term escalation, he begin a phased withdrawal of U.S. forces in the next four to six months. The mission of remaining troops, they said, should be shifted away from combat toward more training, logistics and counterterrorism.

emphisis mine

While politicians in general are cliché mongers and publicity hounds, the leadership of the Democrat congress offer nothing else. In their effort to frame Iraq in the context of Vietnam they are referring to the "surge" of troops into the country as an "escalation." At most we are talking 20,000 troops. If this is what is needed to secure the capitol then where's the rub? The crocodile tears the Dems shed over the violence in Baghdad are betrayed as so much posturing by their willingness now to just toss the Iraqi government into to pool to see if they can swim. The next step if we leave of course is to cut any funds going to support the Iraq government just as they did to the South Vietnamese. One can clearly see the lead up to this by the ambitious spending on social programs they want to pass in the first 100 hour charade. They will need to "pay" for it you know so why waist it on a bunch of Iraqis.

One need not be a psychic to predict what these nit wits will do. They are not even a little sophisticated. I haven't heard one intelligent word come out of the mouths of Rep. Pelosi or Sen. Reid. I would challenge anyone to document just one incident where one of those two said something that wasn't stupid. You can post it in comments and I'll put it up on the blog if you can. I could care less if only I thought the Republicans actually had the will to stand in the way of the tide of nonsense, but I doubt they will even be speed bumps.

Get your hand baskets ready, we may be going on a journey down the road paved with good intentions..


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Friday, January 05, 2007

Immigration follies in Arizona

The aspect of today's issues that fascinates me most is how the absurdity of the status quo is lost on those in charge. Arizona's citizens voted in a proposition to exclude illegal immigrants from receiving in state tuition at their universities and collages.

The statute requires undocumented immigrants to pay out-of-state tuition at the state's public universities and colleges, prohibits students from receiving any type of financial assistance that is funded with state money, and requires schools to determine and report to the Legislature how many undocumented immigrants are attending their schools.

That the citizens of the state had to force the legislation by proposition is just one example of the absurd nature of the illegal immigration issue. One would assume that elected representatives would naturally guard the interests of the citizens whom they represent at the detriment of people who break the law to come into their jurisdiction from another country. The reality however is one where those very representatives are stumbling over themselves trying to guarantee benefits to illegal immigrants that should only be available to law abiding citizens. Yet in spite of the will expressed by the citizens the institutions charged with complying with the law are perplexed.

he Arizona Board of Regents is discussing the proposition's impact and assessing admissions applications and how to enforce the law at the three state universities, spokeswoman Anne Barton said.

At its Jan. 25-26 meeting, the regents will review a draft Proposition 300 implementation plan.
Maricopa Community Colleges, which oversees 10 colleges throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area, said admissions staff, legal counsel and records staff also are working to determine how they will enforce the law.

How difficult is it to determine if an applicant is a legal resident. They have been quite adept at making sure that citizens who are not residents of Arizona don't enjoy the in state tuition so why would it be any more complex to screen out those who are here illegally. Obviously the problem is not that they have no idea how to keep the illegals from getting discounts on tuition but that they want to find a way around the law. This whole concept is absurd. If a person who is illegally in the country can not just attend the university, but also receive financial aid from taxes taken from the citizens then who can they exclude citizens from other states from also enjoying the discounts offered to the residents of Arizona? Likewise, If they know a person is in the country illegally why are they being admitted as students event is they pay the full tuition? Shouldn't they be excluded from attending until they receive a student visa as so many responsible aliens do each year? Well get this:

Some of the affected students say they'll try to raise money from businesses and nonprofits as the spring semester approaches.
But with classes two weeks away, some of those students fear they will be priced out of college. Others worry they will have to move to Mexico to attend school.

If they have to go through such a hassle why not just go the legal route? It seems some people just can't grasp the most simple of concepts because they so self absorbed. A good wood shampoo may be helpful to opening their eyes to reality but with our own leaders so clueless it is no wonder that so many choose to flout the law rather than respect it. The day is coming where it may be beneficial to lose one's documents and begin to live as if one is here illegally.


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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Won't Get Fooled Again ?

Politicians, especially the liberal flavor, are soooo predicable that following politics is becoming somewhat tedious. We all heard how the new Democrat congress was going to be all bipartisan and ethical. They were going to be everything they told us the Republicans were not.

But instead of allowing Republicans to fully participate in deliberations, as promised after the Democratic victory in the Nov. 7 midterm elections, Democrats now say they will use House rules to prevent the opposition from offering alternative measures, assuring speedy passage of the bills and allowing their party to trumpet early victories.

The problem with our current political situation is there are very few people entering the field that believe in anything other than the acquisition and exercise of power.
Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss


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The love Handler

When I saw the name they chose for this product I just had to laugh. Someone at Sharper Image will be filing this under "seemed like a good idea at the time" category real soon.



Monday, January 01, 2007

Something New for the New Year

I don't make New Year's resolutions but this year it has just worked out that January 1 is the best day to start something new. As I mentioned in a previous post I turned fifty last September and started to seriously work toward becoming fit. One of the kids got me a book by Lou Schuler and Alwyn Cosgrove titled The New Rules of Lifting. In it there are some 52 week workouts that address specific goals such as weight loss, gaining strength and growing big muscles. I chose one that is designed for the busy person. Not that I'm all that busy, it's just that when I go out to shoe horses I work real hard, so I wanted a workout that would accommodate the need to have a large reserve to draw from occasionally. The first day was a buster though.

Here is the entry into my log:

January 1, 2007

Weight 225

2x15 Front Squat 145#

Superset with 60 sec rest
2x15 lunge body weight
2x15 DB row 30#

2x20 Hindu Push up body weight

The next one is not scheduled until Friday thank heaven. It is similar but has Deadlifts as its basic lift. After three weeks I take a week off and the workout changes. If this "break in workout" doesn't sap me too much the remaining workouts could transform me into a self absorbed, anti social, mirror gazing weightlifting geek. Well maybe just an old guy that might not start doddering as soon as most normal bloggers.



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Happy New Year