Friday, January 30, 2009

Salmonella&EColi = Conservative Legacy

The latest salmonella outbreak has been the lead-off story on the local news because it was a Georgia peanut processing plant involved that caused it. There is an interesting article in the Washington Post about the plant. All products that are made with peanut butter and peanut paste from this plant in the last TWO years have been recalled!!

"The action came after federal officials discovered this month that the company, Peanut Corporation of America, knowingly shipped products contaminated with salmonella 12 times in 2007 and 2008, prompting a congresswoman to call yesterday for a criminal investigation by the Justice Department."
"But yesterday's move expands the recall to all peanut products that came out of the Blakely plant since Jan. 1, 2007. Federal officials said they do not know how many consumer products will be affected."
"The inspection reports, made public yesterday by the FDA, detail mold growing on a ceiling, rainwater leaking into the production area from skylights, gaps in the building where rodents could enter, dead roaches and inadequate ventilation, among other defects."
"The last time the FDA inspected the plant was in 2001, officials said yesterday. In 2006, the agency contracted inspections to the Georgia Department of Agriculture. State inspectors visited the plant about twice a year, but in 2008 they did not check for salmonella. The state inspection reports all seemed to play down deficiencies, saying all that was needed was routine follow-up."

All of us have heard of 'Doctor Shopping' by now, well this company went Lab Shopping. Whenever they found salmonella in their in-house testing they would send samples out to labs until they got a report back from one that said there was no salmonella. Instead of fixing the problem, they tried to fix the tests!!

All this reminds me of when I worked as a tester in Quality Control Lab (in name only) thirty five years ago in a factory that made ceiling tile. They were having problems meeting the Underwriters Laboratory's fire rating on one of their mineral fiber lay-in ceiling panels. The Plant Superintendent was talking about the problem with the head of the Lab. He kept saying that maybe the problem was the procedure for the tests and that they needed to look at the procedures. One of the inspectors was in the lab and said, "I know what the procedure is. If it is more than 3 pallets, sell it!!" The head of the lab turned to the Plant Superintendent and said, "I didn't tell him a thing."

Now it is one thing for a company to make a product that is border line on a fire rating and could at some time affect someone if a fire were to occur and something totally different for a company to knowingly ship a product they know is contaminated with salmonella to be put in the food that people eat!!!!!!

This is the Conservative Legacy at its finest. Keep cutting taxes and underfunding all the safeguards for the people in this country. You get what you pay for and you also get it in the end when you don't pay for it!!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Another Meme

Lisa tagged me and because there doesn't happen to be anything else on my social calender today, I will do this.

The Rules:
1. Go to the 4th folder in your computer where you store your pictures.
2. Pick the 4th picture in that folder.
3. Explain the picture.
4. Tag 4 people to do the same.

This is not the fourth pix in the fourth file because the fourth file only has two left in it. Recently I went thru most of the files of pictures and put them into files to be saved and then they were burnt to a DVD. This is the second one in the file and is a poor picture of the statue of Jim Reeves at a small memorial park for him outside of Carthage, TX. I didn't figure the picture was worth saving and that is why it was left in the folder.
Here is the 'Book-on-a-stick' that explains who Gentleman Jim was. These pictures were taken last March when I was on my way back from Tejas.

I don't feel like inflicting this on anyone else, so I won't, but if anyone wants to do it, feel free to do so!


This was yesterday's page on my Redneck Calender. With the season about to start next month, I thought I'd post it.
" I got this piece when my favorite driver put Jeff Gordon in the wall!!" My favorite driver you ask, anyone that puts Jeff Gordon in the wall!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Murse

H/T to Tracy at Possumliving for the video.

The latest in men's accessories. Now men can carry everything they need without their pockets bulging!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Overused And Misused Phrase

MSM is lazy, ignorant, incompetent and redundant, all of the above and then some. One phrase used by MSM that has had me grinding my teeth (both of them) for a number of years is referring to the President as Commander-In-Chief. It seems like it started about the time that aWol started calling himself the "Wartime President" while parading around in a flight suit and a codpiece. While I will admit I had a Commander-In-Chief, I don't have one anymore. LBJ was my Commander-In-Chief and so was Tricky Dicky, but when Tricky Dicky cut the budget and they kicked me out because they couldn't pay me, I ceased to have a Commander-In-Chief.

I don't just object to aWol being referred to as Commander-In-Chief, I also object to Obama being called that too. The President is Commander-In-Chief to less than 1 million people and we have over 300 million people in this country. Only the military has a Commander-In-Chief, the rest of us have a President!!!

Monday, January 26, 2009

What's a Hodag??

There is a town in Northern Wisconsin whose mascot is a Hodag. Below is one example of the Hodag located at the information center.

It is a fierce looking creature of mythical proportions.
Above is the country version (they do a music festival every year) of the Hodag. While there is a faint resemblance, it is hard to believe they are the same critter.

Lawn Mower Dragster

H/T to knikked for the link to YouTube videos of Red Green.

This area isn't civilized, nobody carries The Red Green Show on TV. Red Green has more ways to use duct tape than the Duct Tape Guys who wrote the book, "the jumbo Duct Tape book".

"If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." "Keep your stick on the ice"!!

Friday, January 23, 2009


Found these signs on the intratubes and thought they are good for a laugh or two.

I like signs that are contradicting.

Who eats the kids for free?? Is that where the hog's breath comes from??

Found this on a Navy wife's blog. I clicked on it and went to the site for the magnets and then put it on my blog's sidebar.
This has been my thoughts on the magnets ever since they became an epidemic on cars. Just slap a magnet on your car and your conscience is clear. No fuss, no muss.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Mixed Marriage

The Old Lady and I have a mixed marriage, she's an Atheist and I'm a Born-Again Agnostic. It seems like all the religions have a symbol, crosses, stars, crescents and purple moons (like a box of Lucky Charms) and even Atheists have the red letter "A" which I wrote about in a previous post. I haven't been able to find a symbol for Agnostics. I have a thought on what would be a suitable symbol. IMHO the symbol for Agnostics should be a large question mark?

Someone a lot smarter than me said that while it is impossible to prove there is a god, it is also impossible to prove there isn't. Religious people are sure there is a god and Atheists are just as sure there isn't. Me, I not sure, so I will continue to have my doubts.

In searching the intratubes, I have found there are quite a few different kinds of Agnostics including The Universal Church Triumphant of the Apathetic Agnostic whose motto is: "We don't know and we don't care".

The reason I say I'm a Born-Again Agnostic is because we are all born agnostic and have to be taught what to believe. For awhile I was taught to be a Lutheran, but later after learning more about religions in general and the Xian one in particular, I figured out that all of them are made up by men, some religions began thousands of years ago when superstitions abounded. After I learned the Xianist religion stole everything from others and used ancient holidays of Pagans and others for their own purposes to suck people into their particular cult, I decided I wanted no part of that and am therefore a Born-Again Agnostic!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

More Summer Projects

I started building this cabin for the Kid in 2000. Last summer I finally got around to doing the soffit around under the roof.

Nailing up all the pieces for the framework was a pain with all the climbing up and down the ladder. I had a pneumatic nailer to nail on the plywood and decided to use aluminum to cover the fascia as it won't need painting again in my lifetime. If the aluminum gets to where it looks like it needs to be painted, it'll need to be replaced but not by me.

I only worked a few hours a day on this and some days not at all. It's not like I had to hurry to get it done to get paid.

It is still not done as I need to put the pieces that wrap over the edge of the roof from the peak down to the lower eaves. That should prove to be interesting.

When you mix pictures with words, it is a pain in the ass to get it the way you want. It'll look good in blogger and when you post it, it can be totally different.

The Lie That Won't Die

Last night on ABC's World News with Charlie Gibson, the lie that has been around the last eight years was repeated again. The lie that the Clinton staffers removed the "W's" from the White House computers before they left. This has been proven to be utter Bullshit time and time again. The old saying is true, "A lie can go around the world while the truth is getting its boots on". The truth is when a new administration comes in, it gets new computers and the old ones go into storage in Archives. They could have removed all the letters and it would not mattered as the old computers would not be used.

As much revisionist history as has been puked out in recent months, can you imagine how the Busheviks would have rewritten history if they had access to the previous administrations computers??? It boggles the mind, but only those that think, Dittoheads don't have a clue until they are told what to think.

Librul Media my ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Old Lady has commented on all the punctuation marks I use, but what the hell, they are cheap!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Finally A Truthfull Ad

Wasn't going to another post in this vein, but when I spotted this I couldn't resist.

H/T to WTF is it now??? for the picture.

The line under the picture sums up my thoughts on the subject. I have seen enough Bullshit and cow shit to know it when I see it and I know better than to step in it!!

Here's My Cabinet

This is one of my projects last summer while UP on the tundra. I'm not a cabinet maker but I play one on my blog. This project was a fairly cheap one. The plywood for the carcass didn't cost me anything, it was leftover pieces of 3/4" plywood given to me by a friend. As a fact the most expensive part of the whole project was the can of stain/polyurethane that I used to finish it. The piece of 3/4" oak plywood that I used for the top came from the cull bin at Home Depot for $4 and the hardware I also bought. The back which I painted white with primer is a piece of leftover 1/4" plywood from another project, also the
panels in the doors. The rest is wood I had, I always have scrap pieces because you never know when you need just a little piece of wood.

If it was a car, I would say it is a good 50 footer.(It looks good from 50 ft.) I made some mistakes but was able to hide most of them except the ones in the finish. (When I worked at one carpenter job we would joke about how the company motto was; "Fuck it, trim will cover it".)

Countdown Clock

Interesting, Obama hasn't even been sworn in and the BackwardsBush countdown clock now says -1 days and 15+ hrs. I guess later I will remove it, maybe this afternoon when it is official.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Rant; Kolmas Osa

Funny how things go. Yesterday I had an idea for a post that had nothing to do with politics but when I saw a comment on my post from the day before, I did a post as a reply to the comment and then did another as a follow-up. What set me off was the phrase "blind hatred", when in reality my eyes have been wide open and is the cause of my hatred of the FuckingRepublican Party!! Today I will add some more to those posts.

At the time I thought Nixon was an aberration, turns out he was the norm. As a matter of fact the current crop in his party has almost completely rehabilitated him. Not that anything about what Nixon did has changed or is seen in a better light, but that what has happened since his time by the leaders of his party is so much worse. At least Nixon did a few good things for this country like signed the law creating the EPA, which his party ever since has tried to destroy. He also signed the law for Earned Income Tax Credit for low income workers, and again his party has tried to kill it and failing that his party in Congress has funded and instructed the IRS to concentrate their audits to those claiming EITC instead of going after the large tax cheats.

As for the current crop (which I like to refer to as the Newt Gingrich Era [1994-Present]) they have spent their time working to make life harder for those on the lower end of the income scale and rewarding the Uber-Rich and Mega-Corporations (you know that Military Industry Complex that Ike warned us about) are the ones receiving largesse from the government coffers. Of course if they think that government is the problem, then they have no qualms about stealing from the government. They are constantly punishing the poor and rewarding the rich.

They claim they are strong on defense when in reality they are strong in their support of the defense contractors. An example would be the aircraft carrier that Trent Lott pushed thru against the wishes of the Navy because it would be built in his state. Another, after the Iraq War started and they wanted to retain people in the military, aWol only wanted the officers to get a pay raise to keep pilots from going to civilian flying jobs. They just don't give a shit about the troops, which has me scratching my ass why the VFW and American Legion still support them and invite them to speak at their conventions. (That's why I won't join. )

The cartoon below pretty much sums up my feelings. There is one exception, I am all in favor of the plan I've heard about in recent years to put up statues of St. Ronnie in every county in the country. As long as it is privately funded, I am whole-heartedly in favor of it. If they do put up one in front of the courthouse in every county, it will be a short trip to take the children and grandchildren to show them the person that FUCKED us!! While we are at it we need to change the name of the airport in DC back to Washington National Airport. When they pushed the name change thru saying it wasn't named for a president yet, my thought was WHAT THE FUCK??? It was named for George Washington -- the architect who planned the original terminal even used Mount Vernon as an inspiration for his design. It was an insult to the flying public and those that work in the aviation industry after what St. Ronnie did to the air traffic controllers.

I can't understand why anyone would support such a treasonous party.


Sunday, January 18, 2009

More About My Extreme Dislike For The Bastards

Let me set the record straight, my Extreme Dislike is for the party and the politicians and the actions of the aforementioned. I personally know people who support and vote for the FuckingRepublicans, which by their delusional state makes wonder about their sanity, but I don't hate them. It's the leaders and the politicians that draw my wrath. One of the things that I can't stand about them is their total disregard for other people's lives. Nixon interfered with the Paris Peace Talks on Vietnam in '68, telling the Vietnamese that he would give them a better deal than Johnson. He did this to help get him elected and then kept the talks hanging until he was re-elected. How many of the 50,000+ dead in that war were killed after the end of '68?? Ford pardoned Nixon and now nobody is held accountable for their actions unless it involves a blowjob, but that's another rant!!

Nixon's actions put my life at risk as I was in the military at the time. Luckily I never got sent to 'Nam, but by keeping the war going, it left the door open for me to get orders for 'Nam.

St. Ronnie interfered with the Tehran Hostage negotiations in order to help him get elected. The fact that the hostages were released after Ronnie was sworn in is not a coincidence. Then he sold arms to Iran to finance his illegal war in Central America. And Daddy Bush was right in there up to his eyeballs but he pardoned everyone that could implicate him in the treason!!

Then we have the current Asshole who will be sent packing in a couple of days, the hours are down to 2 digits. aWol started two needless wars which have killed over 4000 in Iraq and a bunch in Afghanistan. It would have been possible to negotiate for Osama if those running the show in the White House hadn't wanted to play with all those neat military toys and try to bomb Afghanistan back to the stone age. (Hell, they were there to begin with!!) Then he invaded Iraq, which had nothing to do with 9/11, just to prove he was a bigger man than his daddy!!

And all the while these and other Assholes in the party are claiming they are Pro-Life!! They go all ballistic over a wad of come in some broad's twat but don't give a shit about those already living and breathing.

And now for those who are still willing to support that party with its indifferent leaders then go right ahead, but don't expect me to drink your Kool-Aid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Still Seething After All These Years

This started out to be a reply to a comment on the previous post, but got long enough that I decided to make it a new post.

my eyes are wide open and have been at least since I was old enough to vote and that is why my hatred is so strong. I know what the FuckingRepublicans have done to me and others who have to work for a living and that is why they are FuckingRepublicans or Repugnicans or Repukes!! What really pisses me off lately is all the revisionist history since the election like blaming Barney Frank and Dodd for the financial mess. What caused this latest mess (remember the Savings and Loan Scandal [when's the last time anyone saw a Savings and Loan]) is decades of the FuckingRepublicans eliminating rules and regulations on financial industry and when they are in power of placing people in charge of agencies whose agenda is to remove regulations and cripple the agencies that are supposed to oversee banks etc. to protect the consumer. While most of the blame I heap on the Repukes, I also blame the Democrats for being enablers for all these years, going back to the Sixties.

For over forty years I have been hearing from the NeverRight-Wing that the Vietnam War was the fault of Kennedy and Johnson. I know better, when I was in the military I learned from talking to old Lifers that we had people in 'Nam helping the French leave and then taking over fighting the Viet Cong covertly(no insignia on uniforms or no uniforms and no ID's) and this was all when Ike was Pres. Kennedy made it open and called them advisers and Johnson upped the ante (because if he didn't he would get crucified by the FuckingRepublicans as weak against those dirty Commies and we would be fighting them in Long Beach if we pulled out of 'Nam) when he still had hopes of getting re-elected in '68. Because I didn't want to become cannon fodder, I had to change my plans. Originally I was going to go in the Army and learn to be a heavy equipment operator and come back home and build roads and highways, but because of the build-up in 'Nam I chose another branch of the military because I didn't have a daddy who would get me a safe gig in the Guard like aWol or Quayle!! (If I knew then what I know now, I would have gone across the lake to Canada.)

Now for a number of years I have been hearing from various sources that the buying power of workers wages peaked in 1973 and have been going steadily downhill since. (If someone told me in 1973 when I was making less than $4 an hour that this is as good as it gets, I would have told them they are insane!!) Why?? Because one party has been constantly been fighting raising the Minimum Wage and doing their damnedest to kill the unions like St. Ronnie did to the air traffic controllers. Does this sound like Class Warfare?? Of course it is, the Rich started it centuries ago and have been winning all along!!! The only time Class Warfare gets mentioned is when the poor fight back and then it is used to put them back down in their place.

This is just a few of my reasons for wanting that party to become the Whigs of the 21st Century. What I don't understand is how they can get people with a couple of wedge issues like abortion and guns to vote against their own best interests. Just like their southern strategy to get the Rednecks to vote for them by implying they will make it worse for the blacks.

I don't spend every waking moment fixating on this or stewing about the Assholes, but when it comes up my blood pressure and bile rise!!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

How Stupid Does the Reich-Wing Think We Are??

A few days ago I got this e-mail:


This video shows that George Bush tried to warn Congress in 2002 that this economic crisis was coming, if something was not done. But congress refused to listen, along with Barney Franks.

This video says it all.
Also that the liberal AMERICAN media did not want this video on You Tube, so they had Time Warner threaten a law suit (proprietary rights) if it was not taken off.This link is of the same video but is routed through Canada . Everyone in America needs to see this!

I clicked on the link and was treated to Bret Hume of Faux Noise. So I hastily fired off a reply that said:
Faux News is not a valid source for anything other than TheNeverRightWingNut Propaganda!!

Now I probably shouldn't have been so quick to shoot from the hip or is it the lip? While I will watch some things on Fox like sports (Nascar and Football) and some of the prime time shows like Bones and House, if they claim it is news then it has no credibility with me. Here is what happened to a couple of reporters for Fox in Florida. They discovered that Bovine Growth Hormone was secretly added to almost all dairy cows in Florida and most of the rest of the country. After Monsanto sent Fox two letters the management pressured the reporters to change their news report. They wrote up a report with what the station's lawyer told them to say, but they also stated that it was false and were fired. The order for them to lie or be fired came from the top, Roger Ailes. After one of the reporters won $400,000 in a whistle blower law suit (the other had written about it in a blog and so violated confidentiality agreement in his contract). Fox later said it did nothing wrong in firing the one and the other was awarded the money because she was fired after threatening to go to the FCC. Turns out the FCC has rules about falsifying news reports.

The other thing is that this video was about what supposedly happened in 2002. In 2002 Barney Franks as a Democrat couldn't get a bill debated in the House let alone get one passed. But he? is responsible for the financial mess today. Who was in charge of all three branches of the government in 2002?? Answer; IT WAS THE FUCKINGREPUBLICANS!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't know if the person who sent the Dittohead e-mail to me reads my blog or not, but if he does, I have one thing to say to him. I thought you were a lot smarter than that!!!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Hyvää päivää

Some commenters have wondered what my first language is. The standard greeting in my first language is "Hyvää Päivää" which means 'Good Day'. I tried to cut and paste hyvää päivää to google it, but wasn't able to. Don't know if it's the umlauts or the fact the this confuser is dying. I haven't been able to cut and paste pictures for quite awhile now and have to 'save picture as' then add image to my blog. When I typed it in, I was able to find what the language is. I just learned how to do "ä" and I imagine most who are as confuser illiterate as I might have trouble researching the phrase. After posting this I was able to cut and paste to google hyvää päivää, so maybe it was that it wouldn't work while in blogger mode.

Utah Savage was wondering what a Yooper is and where is Crackerland?? Hint; Yoopers live above the Bridge and Trolls live below the Bridge. Crackerland; think Lester Maddox and axe handles during the civil rights days.

Näkemiin. That's goodbye or more literally "See Ya".

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Rusty Chevrolet

I like how in the beginning of the video the guy is using a metal detector to find his car!! I have had some cars like the one in the video and still have a rusty truck UP on the tundra.

Yesterday I came across my copy of the book "You Know You're a Real Yooper When...." by Da Yoopers and that got me to thinking about Da Yoopers and other things UP on the tundra. Da Yoopers do some funny stuff, one of my favorites is "Second Week of Deer Camp"

What The Hell is a Meme Anyway??

I got tagged with a meme and while I haven't done any before, thought I'd try this one.
Lisa at That's Why is the one that tagged me.

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The Rules
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.
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1. I'm a newby at this, not very confuser literate and blogging less than a year.
2. This is not at all like the post I was thinking about before I logged on this morning.
3. There was a link in the comment on my blog where I found out about this meme and I don't for the life of me know how to put a link in a comment!! On my blog yes, in a comment no.
4. I have been to 49 of the 50 states and DC and 3 other countries.
5. English is my second language and am now trying to learn enough Spanish to talk to the clerks at the carniceria across the street.
6. Right now I am wracking my brain if I know 6 other bloggers to tag?


Now for those unlucky enough to get tagged by me.

Mathman at When Will I Use This?
Nan at All The Good Names Were Taken.
Utah Savage at Utah Savage.
Yellowdog Granny at Yellowdog Granny.
Dan'l at The Future Was Yesterday.
Dave at Dave Dubya's Freedom Rants.

Now I have to go and announce to the tagger that the taggee is done!!

Comment Moderation

Because someone was attacking other commenters while I was off-line, I have decided to moderate comments. I thought I wouldn't have to do this, but as I am not monitoring my blog 24/7 this is the only way to go for now.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Winchell's Donuts

Doing the post on Dunkin' Donuts reminded me of another Donut chain. When we lived on the left coast, we would occasionally treat ourselves to donuts at Winchell's Donuts. To this day we remember them fondly. We first became acquainted with Winchell's when we lived in the Seattle area, and renewed our relationship in LaLa land.

I know The Old Lady would like the Cappuccino and that Chorizo Ranchero is looking good to me.

I looked at their locator and found that the farthest East they are is Oklahoma and Kansas. Damn!!

Dunkin' Donuts

A few days ago The Old Lady asked why I never go to Dunkin' Donuts and get a Maple Frosted donut?? It is only about a block down the street and so I asked her why doesn't she stop there on her way to or from work?? Anywho, yesterday I decided to be nice and go to Dunkin' Donuts while on my walk and get a couple of donuts. When I was in there before they didn't have any donuts on the shelves behind the counter, so I got a fritter. This time they had an assortment of donuts, so I got a Maple Frosted for her and a Boston Kreme for me to go with coffee today. The Maple Frosted was gone this morning and when I looked in the bag, the Boston Kreme was in there frosting side down. 99% of the frosting was stuck to the bottom of the bag. The person working there was more interested in trying to sell me coffee than how she put the donuts in the bag.
While I have frequented Dunkin' Donuts in the past and had no complaints, I will not go to this one again. After two strikes, I am not willing to go for the third one.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Electric Skateboard

Last week one of the t-shirts I wore was my souvenir of participating in the World's Largest Sauna at FinnGrandFest in 2005. While thinking about it I realized that we no longer had any digital pictures from FinnGrandFest as they got lost when the confuser died. While searching the intratubes for info on the World's Largest Sauna I found a video of a kid playing an electric Kantele the national musical instrument of Finland. As for info on the World's Largest Sauna where it was just me and Miss Michigan and 500+ of our closest friends, no luck in even finding if it made the Guinness Book of World Records or the exact number of people in the sauna.

The Kantele is stringed instrument with anywhere from 5 to 40 strings. Usually acoustical but there are also electrically amplified ones. According to sources in Finland Anttu Koistinen is making a name for himself playing his electric Kantele. When he started playing, my first thought was that it looked like he was playing an electric skateboard.

In Finland's national epic, Kalevala, the magician Väinämöinen makes the first kantele from the jawbone of a giant pike and a few hairs from Hiisi's stallion. The music it makes draws all the forest creatures near to wonder at its beauty. Later, after losing and greatly grieving his kantele, Väinämöinen makes another one from a birch, strung with the hair of a willing maiden, and its magic proves equally profound. It is the gift the eternal sage leaves behind when he departs Kaleva at the advent of Christianity.

The gig in the Grand Finn Fest 2005, Marquette, Michigan, USA from Anttu Koistinen on Vimeo.

The sound on this video isn't anywhere near as good as it was in person. Might be the little speakers on this confuser or they weren't able to make a good recording under the conditions in the ice hockey arena. Looks like it was done with a hand held videocam. The crowd loved his performance and at the end of the video you will hear them cheer!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Gun Control

A couple of interesting paragraphs from High Country News article. While the author is trying to do a middle-of-the-road position, he gets hit from both sides in the comments section. Confucius say, 'Man who walk in middle of road get hit by trucks going both ways.' Confucius say, 'Who say all this shit I supposed to say??'

The gun-rights advocates have their own contradictions, though. As a group, they have failed to explain why, if they despise government power, they consistently vote for a political party that has claimed government authority over decisions like abortion rights, religion, and marriage rights. Few gun-rights proponents address the attacks on civil rights made by the current Republican administration, or explain why those attacks shouldn't matter when it's time to endorse a Republican candidate for president. Although gun rights and social conservatism may appeal to the same kinds of people, they are actually two opposing ideas. To hold them both smacks of a citizen who does not really value liberty at all, but wants a government empowered to enforce his or her values on everyone else. How is this different from the way gun-control advocates want only their values respected?
Single-issue gun-rights voters are especially destructive when it comes to environmental issues. Year after year, Republican politicians swear allegiance to the Second Amendment, an act that costs them nothing, but guarantees the gun vote. Then they support measures to exploit, degrade, and even sell off the public lands and waters that hunters and fishermen depend on. Neither the NRA nor the gun voters themselves do anything to protest this. The gun vote has gone to anti-environment politicians for so long now that millions of non-hunting American no longer associate hunters with conservation, despite the fact that sportsmen have painstakingly restored wildlife and habitat, rivers and lands, with their gun and ammunition tax dollars, their license fees and waterfowl stamps. This will eventually backfire on gun owners — and on conservationists. In a society increasingly disconnected from nature and hunting, with places to shoot growing increasingly scarce, fewer citizens grow up in a traditional gun culture. That means fewer hunters will fund assets like the Federal Wildlife Refuge system, and fewer shooters will respond to future, inevitable challenges to the Second Amendment.

Here is what I find very interesting: Year after year, Republican politicians swear allegiance to the Second Amendment, an act that costs them nothing, but guarantees the gun vote. Then they support measures to exploit, degrade, and even sell off the public lands and waters that hunters and fishermen depend on. Neither the NRA nor the gun voters themselves do anything to protest this. The gun vote has gone to anti-environment politicians for so long now that millions of non-hunting American no longer associate hunters with conservation, despite the fact that sportsmen have painstakingly restored wildlife and habitat, rivers and lands, with their gun and ammunition tax dollars, their license fees and waterfowl stamps. This will eventually backfire on gun owners — and on conservationists. I know, I know, this is repeated from the above paragraph.

What I don't understand is the NRA's total opposition to any and all gun laws. A number of guns have been banned for a lot longer than the current uproar over banning certain guns. Example; nobody without a special license can own a fully automatic firearm. If their point is that the public needs to be armed to fight off the government if it turns on them, then they need more than guns. They will need anti-tanks weapons and stinger missiles to name just two.

The thing that I don't understand is that the Pro-Gun types are voting for those that are doing their damnedest to destroy the environment and we will be left with nothing to hunt or fish.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Who's a Redneck??

This is yesterday's page from one of my calenders. When The Old Lady saw this, she said, "Especially if you are female".

I guess I was a Redneck before I even heard the term Redneck!!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year

This is down on the sidebar, but I thought I'd post it with a note that if you click on the link under the picture on the sidebar, you'll get a large version of the pix.

The Wunder Boner

No it's not a new form of Viagra.

H/T to WTF is it now?? for the link to the video.