Removing tassels from corn

Incredibly sad story of two bubbly young ladies in Illinois, who died after being accidentally electrocuted while stripping tassels from corn.

Of course, no one’s to blame, nobody meant them harm, simply one of those tragic events one couldn’t possibly foretell.

Best friends in life, they now have no more curfew. RIP, Jade Garza and Hannah Kendall. Our hearts and prayers go out to your families and loved ones.

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They closed Walter Reed Army Medical Center? ZOMG!

Yep. They closed Walter Reed Army Medical Center. H/T to Blackfive for the article.

Gob smacked. Not to mention pissed off. Sad as hell. Confused. So, what’re they going to do with it? Turn it into an AIDS research foundation for Kenyans? Geez Louise! Where is this going to end?

Sorry, but I’ve got nothing more to say. Really depressing.

Later.

F-35C Kinda bitchin…finally!

I was going to comment about how they should have used EMALS for the launch, but I didn’t see any steam anywhere on the track. Leads an enquiring mind to wonder.

At any rate, congrats to NAVAIR on an udder first shot. Y’all er gonna notice they used a Loo-tenant for this one. If there’s a chance of dorking it up, give it to Junior and let him take the ass whoopin. If it goes right, you can still claim the leadership part. he he he 😉

I know a cat shot’s a short run, but, dude, did somebody shorten the stroke?

The one where I’m having fun with a new business venture

So, last week I’m poking around Craig’s List in search of a better way to putting cheerios on the table. The present, but soon to be former, way not doing it for me as advertised, mostly due to piss poor marketing and short-sighted, bean counting, management who doesn’t know enough to keep the real money makers making them book. If you get what I mean. Bean counters always figure someone else is to blame, because they got their beans counted correctly. Zero risk in having the numbers right.

So, anyway, for the last cuppla solar cycles yours truly has been doing the W-2 thing whilst in search of a better gordian knot to sell. (They keep people entertained. That’s why.) Network marketing is, and always will be, a good way to make money, just so long as the process is simple and repeatable by the masses and the product is worth a damn. If there’s only one product to market, that’s even better. Some will protest to the contrary, but it’s a free country.

Back to last week’s Craig’s List, and an ad I found. I go to this site, watch some videos, and I find myself intrigued by this company that’s rolling fifty percent of its revenue back to the shareholders as compensation . Hmm. Okay, that’s different. The product? Looks good, but I’ll give a more descriptive review later. The marketing? Simple. The compensation plan? Simple, if you actually do something, and over time the money gets good. No meetings. No quarterly conferences to attend, where somebody feels like you need head-banger rah rah music pounding on your brain.

I sent out a mass mailing this weekend, got some responses, and I’m encouraged to be talking to people so soon. I sent them to this website, asked them to look over what was there, and to get back to me if they liked what they saw. Tag. Your turn. Click on this link to the website. Poke around a bit. Let me know what you think. Oh, and click on the “Put me on a Waiting List” button. Doing it costs nothing. We’ll talk.

Later.

The President: petulant as ever and punking the nation

Jennifer Rubin fires a rocket over at WaPo about He Who Must Be Obeyed, and the difficulty Congress has, in a bi-partisan effort mind you, getting this looming debt ceiling crisis handled:

A Republican aide e-mails me: “The Speaker, Sen. Reid and Sen. McConnell all agreed on the general framework of a two-part plan. A short-term increase (with cuts greater than the increase), combined with a committee to find long-term savings before the rest of the increase would be considered. Sen. Reid took the bipartisan plan to the White House and the President said no.”

If this is accurate the president is playing with fire. By halting a bipartisan deal he imperils the country’s finances and can rightly be accused of putting partisanship above all else. The ONLY reason to reject a short-term, two-step deal embraced by both the House and Senate is to avoid another approval-killing face-off for President Obama before the election. Next to pulling troops out of Afghanistan to fit the election calendar, this is the most irresponsible and shameful move of his presidency.

As for the House, why not pass the deal that Sen. Harry Reid agreed to, send it to the Senate and leave town? Enough already.

We’ve said that too, Jennifer. We also wonder why it’s so hard for the Senate to pass the Cut/Cap/Balance Bill, and have it on the President’s desk by Happy Hour. The House, for its part however, really has no business passing anything forwarded by Harry Reid, who is little more than a lap dog for the President. John Boehner has been talking to the American people for over a week now about GOP efforts and attempts to get the President’s approval. Every time the plan goes to the White House, imPOTUS nixes it for lack of “new revenue”…code talk for more taxes.

Either the President is too stupid to realize that one does not tax a nation out of a recession, or, I’m leaning more toward this one, the President is simply looking for more ways to spend our hard earned pay checks on frivolous bullshit government programs. Gack! I’m hearing the song “He’s got the whole world in his hands. He’s got the whole wide world in his hands!” playing in my head. I used to love that song, too. Bastard.

While the plan proposed by Speaker Boehner isn’t something I would have signed off on, it is a plan. “An imperfect plan executed violently is far superior to a perfect plan.”  Remember that? George Patton. (Brassy fucker from Dubbya Dubbya Eye Eye. Knew how to make things happen.) Which, I ain’t seen none of that perfect plan out of Harry and the hobgoblins in the Senate. I really haven’t. Anyone else?

Now there’s talk about Obama using the 14th Amendment to circumvent Congress. I’m wondering how that applies, Barry. Would that come under ‘equal protection’ or ‘due process’? Help me out here, because I’m not seeing it.

Congress is the body to decide how this debt crisis gets resolved, not the greedy lone injun looking for more tax dollars. Some of us wonder how close it has to come to pitchforks in Tonto’s Obama’s face, or deftly planted elsewhere, to make a believer out of him.

Happy Independence Day!

I really think I gotta get out of the house. You know, breakfast at McDonald’s, putter about town (such as it is), enjoy the sunshine, and, finally, meander on over to the fairgrounds for this evening’s fireworks. They do that here, you know, in lovely semi-rural Monroe, WA, the town that’s all dressed up with nowhere to grow. I might even shave.

Oh wait, I did that yesterday before church. Scratch that.

I’m in a part of Washington where our town is the town people pass through when escaping their town to get out of town to where there are no towns. US 2 is its name, and from Everett it’s, literally, nothing but a 2 lane headed for somewhere, and, believe me, there are a lot of folks headed to somewhere. I wish them well and safe journey…in all the traffic. I really need to get back to aviating about. So much easier.

Anyway, this makes, what, 235 years? Man, where has the time gone? I remember being in Hawaii for the Bi-centennial, which, for those who care, was spent celebrating in Waikiki and Fort DeRussy. It was all of a good time and we remember arriving back at Kaneohe having expended ourselves delightfully. Yes, it was all of that.

I remember that a day like today came not easily into existence. There was much blood letting and thrashing about, stuff we mostly read about in books or see an artist’s portrayal of. For those of this era it is good to be mindful of those still engaged in the cause of freedom, and to be grateful that we are still free and the most exceptional nation on earth.

It’s in our genes, this ‘exceptional’ thing. We do it because that’s what we’re born and bred to do. Our generational fathers and mothers honed the urge through peace and war, through prosperity and poverty, through triumph and tragedy, leaving imprinted in this grateful soul an undying desire to be exceptional. Screw mediocrity! Screw depressed and downtrodden! Screw being told we all need to lower ourselves to the lowest common denominator! What utter nonsense!

So, today, if we’re going to go out and celebrate independence, let’s celebrate it in an exceptional way. Let’s make our forebears exceptionally proud, and do it in whatever exceptional manner you choose. Happy Independence Day, America!

Should she or shouldn’t she?

I must have visited a website somewhere along the way and given some kind of indication that I’d like to receive more near useless e-mail in my inbox, because one came today with the Subject: “Napolitano Must Resign”. For me the question of whether or not has long since ceased to have any real value, mostly because we’re too far along in this Administration’s term to experience any real change in how the Homeland Security Department functions. Granted, Madam Incompetano is philosophically and politically tainted. Granted, her agenda appears to hinder efforts to rein in the runaway immigration freight train along our border States. Granted, she doesn’t appear to be the least bit inclined to enhance our national security with improved protocols or strengthened forces. Indeed, her actions of late seem designed to accomplish just the opposite.

(Sidebar: Don’t run Microsoft updates with video card modules whilst writing a blog post. It’ll wreak havoc on the visual perception of that which you right write. Trust me.)

Along with Madam she-who-used-to-be-Governor-of-Arizona, there’s talk about Timmy Giethner being a tax cheat and unworthy to guard the Treasury, Eric Holder being a legal schmuck who’s in bed with hoodlums, and an in-the-closet Lesbian Secretary of State who does little more than parrot whatever Hizzoner WunWhoWon has to say to the world. I suppose enough energy could be generated to jackhammer such information into the hearts of all America, and perhaps with some justification, but, at this stage, what the hell’s the point? Even if the House decided to act, there’s still Harry Reid and the Senate.

By the way, the reader will be oh so glad I chose to forego Margaritas earlier in the afternoon. Really, really glad. To the contrary, we’d have to excuse the women, children, and faint of heart from the verbal barrage I’d have released. Oh, and let’s not forget the odd Socialist (Liberal, to the uninitiated). As it is, we’re good.

Anyway, where was I? Oh, assholes and idiots in the Administration. Sorry. I get distracted sometimes. JTG thinks Aspies have more fun. Nah, ADD is way more fun.

So, back to it. We’re down to a year and five months before we see just what the American public is made of these days. It seems to me the folks looking to make things right otter be expending resources on overwhelmingly convincing the sheeple of who just ought to be the new Liar In Chief; about all it amounts to, I suppose. The current LIC is good at playing the victim, the racially persecuted, and the guy left with a bag of spoiled fruit from he who went before. He knows how to work it.

Why is this important? Well, it’s important because any attempts to remove members of hizzoner’s Cabinet afore their time will result in his using them to blame those damnable heffalump lovers, the GOP, for sabotaging his first term. “Let me be clear! We laid out a framework! We made the effort! And all THEY could do was attempt to disrupt MY efforts and obstruct the members of MY Cabinet from doing their jobs! So, you see, America, that’s why you need to reelect me. Not because I’m any good at doing what I say I’ll do, y’all, but because THEY persecuted ME.”

He’s good at doing persecuted. And nothing else. Except be a serial liar. But that’s another post.

Best course of action? Forget the incompetents, the tax cheats, and the legal hoodlums. Focus on who to elect. Stay on point with the 2012 election. Overlook the peccadilloes and remained determined that whoever gets elected next time around,  it cannot be the same idiot as the last time. Which, at this point, for lack of a viable contender with any credibility, is gonna be a bitch. Barring the appearance of a strong GOP candidate, any reader of this blog stands a better chance of winning agin the standing hooligan. Yup, me included. Which, for those who know me personally, that’s saying something.

Okay. I’ve had fun. Your turn. Or not. Just stay away from the Red Rose, or you might be here awhile. I know I was. Livingston, I believe it called itself. 🙂