Monday, August 21, 2017

Someone just said something funny about the SPLC

I pointed out that they ought to be on their own list of hate groups and someone else said that because they are the monitor of hate groups and belong on their own list they are a self-licking ice cream cone.

Pretty good analogy.




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Sunday, August 20, 2017

I just read where the NAACP stuck its head into the business of the Atlanta Falcons


 by demanding that they sign Colin Kaepernick.

The NAACP has no business telling an NFL team who to or who to not sign a contract with. It’s pretty presumptuous and it will be interesting to see what Atlanta does.

Hopefully they will tell the NAACP to shove it and then turn to its players and tell them that any of them that take a knee during the National Anthem can find work elsewhere.

I have posted before that the NAACP has out served its usefulness years ago and ought to be disbanded.  Conduct like this proves it.


I have spent my life sharing the beliefs of Dr. King and the belief that people ought to be judged strictly by the content of their character. The way things have seemed to go the past few years make me wonder if it wasn’t a waste.




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Saturday, August 19, 2017

One of the hardest things to get out of a car guy is to find one that will do what YOU want him to do with it and not what HE wants to do with it.



I have been told (and believe) that this holds double for motorcycles.

I have been watching a friend trying to get his motorcycle painted. He does not want anything done to it except he wants it a different color than it is. It’s really quite simple but the guy running the paint shop doesn’t seem to understand that the simple process is to take the various motorcycle assemblies and spray them. That’s all. He doesn’t have to do any more or any less.

Yet the guy can’t seem to understand that my friend does not want flames, pin stripes and all the rest of the fancy hoo-ha that the man is capable of. My friend doesn’t want flames painted on the gas tank or fancy detailing on the fenders. He just wants the assemblies painted a certain shade of blue. That’s all.

I suggested to him he tell the prospective painter that he take the bike to a shop that does collision repairs because they seem to understand the concept of making something look like an original.

When I have any work done on my vehicle I take it to a mechanic shop. I know a couple of ‘car guys’ that will do me a lot of favors but I can’t seem to get car guys to understand the word ‘stock’. They all seem to want to do something to my pickup, even if it is something like put in a little hotter spark plug or something.



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Friday, August 18, 2017

I tend to read in surges. I’ll beat a subject to death.



Several years ago I read a few books about the French Foreign Legion and put the books up. Since I have mentioned the Legion a couple of times in some other works I broke a couple of the books out and skimmed them.

While neither of the two authors made careers out of the Legion, one served out his full term and the other deserted. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out which of the two were the most successful in the Legion. It also is pretty easy to figure out who was the better man.

Both men served in the famed 2nd Regiment of Foreign Parachutists, otherwise known as 2eme Regiment Etranger de Parachutiste or the 2e REP. This means both served pretty much in the same outfit. It is not an apples/oranges comparison.

One guy put a lot of effort into doing well, the other simply felt sorry for himself and sluffed off.

The guy that sat down, realized he had gotten into more than he wanted, accepted it and toughed it out probably is doing well because he has integrity and is willing to work.


No telling what happened to the screw-off.

What interests me is that this seems like just another case of getting out of something just what you put into it.




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Thursday, August 17, 2017

We are rapidly coming to post 3000 and a crossroads

I am seriously thinking of turning this into something that is not daily as I feel I jumped the shark years ago.

On the other hand I have done this as an effort for me to vent and stay sane.

It has actually been a pretty good discipline for me and I may continue simply for that reason.

Time will tell and we shall see what we shall see.



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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Things are cyclic and today is a part of the cycle.

I am at a crossroads and am wondering what to do when I retire which could now pretty much be anytime although I will procrastinate retirement for as long as I can.

It is always a good idea to be ready to make your next move and now it is time for me to plan the sequence of events that will set me up for retirement. That is because it could happen in a heartbeat.

Be prepared.





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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

I feel tired this morning for reasons I won't get into.

There are times that getting decent sleep sucks.

The night before a lot of things I can't seem to doze off easily. I often reach for the bottle but have stopped doing that as of late.

I have to do something today and will be tired.

That sucks.

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One of the things I have been watching the Left do is call Trump a racist and a sexist.

Sexists do not enable a woman to become the first woman to build a skyscraper in NYC.

Racists do not hire black females to be the CEO of one of their companies.

I seriously wish the left would start telling the truth for a change.

They just hate him because they hate him and don't have the balls to admit it so they have to come up with lame excuses.








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Monday, August 14, 2017

I don't deal with terrorists or procrastinators



Gearing up to go back to work is a nuisance because people do not learn. It is like people are untrainable. In a couple of weeks someone will piss me off with stupidity and procrastination.


My schedule is that I leave for work at early Tuesday morning and I return 22 days later, on a Wednesday evening. It is pretty much clockwork and the day before I leave, Monday, is for getting grub and tying up loose ends.


Yet there are a few people that insist on calling me on Monday to do something for them. You can predict this with almost 100% regularity.


Often the very people that call me on Monday have been told daily that if they have any business to conduct they should get it done by the weekend. Of course, few people do this and then wonder why I act the way I do.


Gearing up is essential for the lifestyle. Without it I will have no income and poverty sucks.



I do not really like living this way but if I do not put my foot down then nothing will ever get done.
What a spin on the recent right wing rally that had been attacked by a mad motorist.


They are attributing it to the fact that it was a right wing rally.


It seems that they have not decided to lay the blame on the Leftist that was driving the car.



This kind of spin is clearly a bit part of the Fake News that President Trump tweets about.


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Sunday, August 13, 2017

How come most of the guys that call Melania Trump names are

generally married to butt ugly women that never finished high school?

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I saw this on Facebook. Some guy called Mrs. Trump a mail order tramp and commented she speaks English with an accent.

He had a picture of himself with his wife so I could see what his other half looks like. It really wasn't too pretty and she didn't have the aura of being a PhD.

I was ready to light him up hard but I didn't. 

I suggested he post a newer picture of his wife that has been taken since she lost all that weight, opened her own business, finished college and learned to speak five languages....You know, like Melania Trump did.

I didn't expect an answer and didn't get one but I have been around long enough to know that there was a lot of stuttering and stammering on the other end.

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Maybe more later today. 




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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Got booted out of the rack to help a friend today

after being up late all night watching a movie with another friend.

The friend that woke me wanted me to simply be a witness because he was having petty legal problems. It makes sense to CYA with a witness.




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Friday, August 11, 2017

Here ya go.

Someone asked me about this so I wrote about it.



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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Lousy night's sleep last night

Because I was up too damned late Tuesday. I must be getting old because it took me too long to recover.

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Anger, depression and alcohol is a bad combination. 

I must be getting smarter these days because I don't reach for the alcohol as fast as I used to when when I do I use a lot less.

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A few days ago I decided to smoke my middle of the year cigarette. I was planning on one either Memorial Day or 4 July but things came up.  

I decided to couple it with a 24 ounce beer and found it to be a delightful buzz. 

Enter patience. You have to wait for a real long period before you try it again to get the same result.

Much of what addiction is about is trying to get the same feeling you did the first time you did something, be it alcohol, drugs, tobacco or even and orgasm.

If I am going to be able to get the same feeling I am going to have to wait for about 6 months to try it again.

A couple beers and a Camel might be a pretty good birthday present come November.



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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

My ISP is acting up.

I hate when that happens.

Last night it ran poorly and today is is either in or out.

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Yesterday someone called me a t the last minute and asked for an airport pickup which I did. 

I wish I had more notice, though because a midnight airport run really screws up the schedule for the next day.



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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A day of hauling stuff down back.

The lot line between my place and the neighbors is a useless hill.

By mutual agreement we let it go to weeds. Every few years it's chainsaw madness time and everything 1.5 inches or bigger gets hacked down and dragged into the woods to rot.

It has been several years and I spent the other day getting torn up by brambles and tearing the hill up. Now I am hauling the stuff down back. It's going to be an all day chore because there is a lot of it. 

I hate this kind of work



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Monday, August 7, 2017

Here ya go.

Long read but you might like it.

It is about a very frustrating visit home shortly after I got out of the army.



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Sunday, August 6, 2017

What a pain in the ass!

A day of chain saw madness and cleaning up the lot line.

The other project is coming along.



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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Today is going to be an interesting day

I am helping a neighbor get a camper/trailer ready to move out of the campground he has it parked at.

He got kicked out and I know what happened. He was accused of something he didn't do by someone that wanted his site.

Some of those camp sites are just nasty places full of sleazy politics and back biting.

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In other news my wig arrived and I think I am going to get my new driver's license picture taken in drag.

Why not? Time to hop on the band wagon



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Friday, August 4, 2017

Chipping away at another project.

Maybe soon a decent post.



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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Been busy with another project today

Which will eventually become a seperate blog.


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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

I got (kinda) caught up

I am responsible for two homes and one of them has an HOA to deal with. 

It is a long story but I had to do some emergency gardening to get them off of my back.

I won't lie. If I ran the HOA I would be mad at me too.

Now at my residence I gotta mow the lawn 


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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Almost missed a day

But I didn't.



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Monday, July 31, 2017

Four yellowjacket stings

Hit a nest with the lawn mower today.

Bastards hit me four times. Guess I am not as fast as I used to be.

A quart of gasoline tonight will make them go away.





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I am having a hard time this morning because

I got in late and Kitty licked my face all night. I could not sleep for sour apples.

Maybe later I can make a decent post.


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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Last night I attended an informal gathering of my high school class.

They did it a lot better this time because they were smart enough not to have a dance or something.

It was a simple gathering where they served a table full of snacks and a cash bar. 

There was a singer in the background but he kept it down so we could talk.

All in all it was a pretty good deal.

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Earlier yesterday I connected with someone else from out of the past. I ran into the kid brother of my old non-girlfriend girlfriend and it seems my prediction for her came true. (That's rare!)She lives where it is warm. 

She and her husband have a small consulting engineering business and work out of their home on a Caribbean island. 

I asked him if she has any clothes and he laughed. Her standard uniform is still cut-offs, a bikini top, a cover blouse, and flip-flops.





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Saturday, July 29, 2017

It is an early day for me as I woke up at Oh Dark Thirty

It is 0700 now and the bacon is on. My Godson is starting to stir and that means he will awaken his father and then the two grand nieces will get dragged into the chain reaction unless they have the ability to sleep through things.

They likely do as if I recall I could when I was their age. (This means nothing)

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Yesterday I got invited for lunch and was taken out to a fairly nice place by three women my own age, two of whom were classmates of mine. It was interesting.
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I am back on track now following a couple good night's sleeps. It has not happened like that in quite some time.

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I just read where a WW2 vet wants $13 from the government because he escaped from a PW camp.

Apparently the government paid him $1/day for the time he spent in captivity but didn't pay him anything when he escaped and spent 13 days on the lam. He wants $13 for the 13 days he spent on the lam.

I think a little different. When he was on the lam he was not in a PW cage and isn't entitled to the $1/day PW pay.

It is the sworn duty of the prisoner to escape. The minute he busted out he should have been considered back on full duty and his regular pay rate restored. 






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Friday, July 28, 2017

I am telling my grand nieces about how my

mother used to be able to take a blacksmith's anvil and cook it up until it was so tender it would just melt in your mouth.

For some reason they do not believe me.


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I am behind the lines

SITREP later.



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Thursday, July 27, 2017

In 1976 being a game warden type in Africa was not a very good deal.

You were paid almost nothing and risked your life daily because when you think about it for even a few seconds and realize the Chinese would pay $50,000 for a rhino horn because it was supposedly an aphrodisiac one can figure that the person trying to poach a rhino wasn't likely to back off without a fight.

A lot of good men wound up dead, left to be eaten by hyenas in the Serengeti.


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Busy

as a bee today.


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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

My father could come out of the blue with things sometimes.

I was young and my mom was upset about some thing or another and ranting and raving about how whatever the hell it was that was supposed to be unsafe. I believe it involved cherry bombs.

My father got tired of listening to the lecture, too. He stepped in.

"Listen, you dumb cluck," he said. "It's a good way to lose a hand. Come with me and I'll show you how to do it safely."

That served two distinct purposes. First it taught me how NOT to injure myself.

Secondly, it got Mom off of BOTH of our backs.

There wasn't a whole lot that anyone could argue about if you were teaching a kid to do something safely.





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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Sometimes what someone did not do is as interesting as some of the things he did.

One of my long term projects is to write the story about the time I did NOT enlist in the French Foreign Legion.

Back when I was considering becoming a game warden in Africa I heard the Legion was doing some kind of law enforcement work in Africa. I wrote them for information and when they politely answered me the letter arrived at my parent's place.

When my mother saw it she jumped to the wrong conclusion and chaos ensued.




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Monday, July 24, 2017

You marry the family, not just the daughter

is one of the few times my mother was right in a way.

Back in the day a young man would get checked out by the parents before he took the daughter out. That is fair enough. A parent has a right to see that their daughter isn't being taken to Sharon Tate's house by Charles Manson.

I can remember one time I was getting checked out and the questioning went from beyond the reasonable to the ridiculous to the sublime. The mother reminded me of a robbery detective in an old gangster movie and seemed have no plan to let up.

I thought for a reason and realized that for as long as I dated the daughter I was going to have to deal with the mother and did some quick mental math and decided it wasn't worth it.

"Look, if you're playing robbery detective, save it for James Cagney. Grill him. Besides, I left my fedora at the cleaners getting blocked. I'm out of here."

The father laughed like hell until he saw I was actually leaving and then got up to stop me but I was already headed out the door.

I hopped into my car and left carrying 2 tickets to a concert that was happening in about an hour.

It actually proved to be a good decision for three reasons.

I ncver had to deal with the mother again.

I met the father later and he apparently liked me enough to pick up beer for me once in a while as I was then under age.

The third thing is I drove down the the local hangout and offered to take a girl I ran into there to the concert. It was a great choice because she became my non-girlfriend girlfriend  for the next two summers. I might write about her later. She was a trip.





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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Something a shipmate said

Liberals. That’s what makes the world go ‘round. If it wasn’t for them we’d have to go back to getting our entertainment by watching Bugs Bunny.



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Saturday, July 22, 2017

I remember the recall on Remington 700s


a while back because of defective triggers. They were referred to but the media as being ‘dangerous triggers’ because if the rifle was bumped it could go off.

The way I look at it, the triggers were defective. They were not by and in themselves dangerous because a rifleman knows enough to keep the muzzle of a rifle pointed in a safe direction at all times.

That being said, in the hands of untrained people even the best rifle isn’t safe. In the hands of a careless idiot any rifle is just an accident looking for a place to happen.

Incidentally I built a Model 700 a while back and the first thing to go was the trigger. I replaced it with a Timney.



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Friday, July 21, 2017

Someone griped that the movie ‘Dunkirk’ didn’t

have enough women or people of color in it. What were they thinking? It is a historical drama based on an actual event.





Screw it. They should have made it into a gay pride musical. 



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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sometimes I should listen to my gut instincts.



I had a shill for some energy company offering me a $10 card for something or another. I asked where the hook was and he said there wasn’t one. He just needed my name and address so he could make me an offer.

I gave it to him and presto! He came up with who my gas and electricity supplier were and then stared asking me more questions.

One of the things I like about myself is I have a lot of nerve.

I took my knuckle and hit ‘cancel’ on his tablet, then I told him I don’t do business with liars and listened to the obligatory hemming and hawing.

I decided to play along with him and told him he could ONLY have my name, address and land line phone. He played around and saw I was standing my ground and sadly gave me my gift card.

A couple hours later when I was home I got a call asking me how the agent was and I went off on them. I called him a third rate liar and then went on from there.

All you have to do is tell me the truth and I’ll generally help a guy out.


Don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s raining.




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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

When in doubt turn it into a circus




One of the things I have learned over the years is that when in doubt stir up so much $hit that nobody will touch the issue with a 10 foot pole



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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Why, I never heard of such a thing!



My answer to the last time I heard someone say this was, “That’s because you have never sailed in a professional situation before.”

Someone asked me why a pair of boots didn’t last me long and I explained that it is because on the decks we put sand or grit in with the deck paint to create a non-skid surface. Mariners have done this since the first coat of paint was applied to a deck back on Noah’s Ark. They did this to keep the elephants from falling on their asses. Then they found it worked for people, too.


“Why, I never heard of such a thing” is not much of an excuse for not knowing something as it is a badge of ignorance and a pitiful attempt to squirm out of something.





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Monday, July 17, 2017

I am looking at the price of a new automobile these days

And it has just occurred to me that the last vehicle I bought I paid an awful lot more f than my father did for the house I grew up in.

It is amazing how over my lifetime the US dollar has inflated.

It's a shame, too because it makes it difficult to save for retirement.

As I sit here I watch inflation eat at my meager savings and it makes me wonder why I didn't just piss it away on hookers and blow.

I am 65, nearing 66 now. At 66 I will hit full social security and to tell you the truth I am terrified of retirement as it will make me dependent on several aspects of government.

First the obvious social security etc for an income. 

The other thing I am dependent on is how much the government is going to allow the dollar to inflate. This take the value of my savings.

I guess I am just going to spin the wheels of industry for as long as I can.



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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Why is it that many people, mostly but not always women, seem to think

 that every question they ask warrants a reply at least the length of the Gettysburg Address?

In my world, ‘yes’ and ‘no’ are acceptable answers for a number of questions.

If you are opening the refrigerator to get a beer and ask me if I want one do not expect two thousand word reply. Expect an answer of between one and three words.


“You’re damned right.”




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Saturday, July 15, 2017

I have called the war against drugs a witch hunt for decades.

Here's what happened when Portugal decriminalized ALL drugs.

It's an interesting read.

We could learn a lot from them.

Meanwhile, Jeff Sessions wants to return to the DARE program even though it is based on lies and has a history of making things worse.

FWIW Sessions is the one Trump appointee I question.




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Friday, July 14, 2017

I am going to write one of my growing up adventures one of these days.

Working title: Of Maggie Collins, Alice Whidby, the French Foreign Legion and my mother's confusion.

It is about ten days I spent home after I got out of the service. Much hilarity ensued, caused by nothing more than asking a question about being a game warden in Africa.




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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Eight months, one day smoke free


 and the cup of coffee is triggering me which is odd.

Coffee stopped triggering me months ago but it is just this particular cup for some reason. Instead of my usual vanilla caramel coffee creamer I am using half and half.

I don’t drink a lot of coffee to begin with, but when I do it’s almost always with vanilla caramel. I used to drink it with just a little half and half.

I think what is going to trigger me in the future is the first time or two I eat, drink or deal with something I have not dealt with since I was smoking.

One thing that will trigger me for sure is going to Camp Perry and hanging out with any GIs, especially if they are smokers.

While the triggering incidents are becoming fewer and further apart I can see now that they are probably never going to go away.

I wrote this a couple days ago and since have had my morning coffee with half and half. It no longer triggers me like it did the other day. Wonder what that’s all about




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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Shamelessly stolen from a Facebook post:




1. You said nothing when Obama used drone strikes to execute people abroad.
2. You said nothing about Russia for 50 years until Trump was inaugurated.
3. You said nothing about Hillary’s campaign manager’s brother being paid $175,000 to lift U.S. sanctions on Russia.
4. You said nothing when Obama engaged in military interventionism in Libya without Congressional approval.
5. You said nothing Obama greatly expanded presidential power through the use of Executive Orders.
6. You said nothing when Obama filled his White House with lobbyists after he said he wouldn’t.
7. You said nothing when Obama gave 47 of his fundraisers Administration jobs.
8. You said nothing about the murders and rapes at the hands of illegal immigrants.
9. You said nothing when Hillary’s net worth rose over $100 million as Secretary of State, in part, because her husband took money from foreign governments.
10. You said nothing after Obama’s net worth rose over $10 million as President.
11. You said nothing when Obama’s Justice Dept. Wiretapped/surveilled reporters such as James Rosen and the AP.
12. You said nothing when Obama restricted immigration 6 times with Executive Orders.
13. You said nothing when Obama set a record for deportations.
14. You said nothing when Bill Clinton met Loretta Lynch on the airport tarmac during the Clinton investigation.
15. You said nothing when Hillary was fed debate questions.
16. You said nothing when Obama and Hillary lied about a video and Benghazi.
17. You said nothing when Obama’s IRS abused the rights of taxpayers.
18. You said nothing when Obama’s White House held meetings with lobbyists in coffee shops near the White House to avoid disclosure requirements.
19. You said nothing when Eric Holder sold the guns you hate to criminals and some were used to kill Americans.
20. You said nothing when the Clinton’s took White House property.
21. You said nothing when Hillary laughed off defending a child-rapist.
22. You said nothing when Hillary lied about her private use of a private email server as Secretary of State.
23. You said nothing when Janet Reno, under Bill Clinton, used a tank to kill the Branch Dividians.
24. You said nothing when, on May 13, 1985, a bomb was dropped on a row house in Philadelphia to uproot the black liberation group known as Move, resulting in a fire that eventually burned down 61 houses, killed 11 people (including five children) And injured dozens.
25. You said nothing was Elian Gonzales was forcibly deported using guns.
26. You said nothing when George Soros paid protesters to burn parts of Ferguson.
27. You said nothing about states’ rights until Trump's Executive orders on immigration.
28. You said nothing about Obama’s smoking.
29. You said nothing about the record numbers of people on government assistance.
30. You said nothing about the number of part time and low paying jobs under the Obama recovery.
31. You said nothing when Obama had SWAT teams raid a Gibson guitar factory and seize property, on the purported basis that Gibson had broken India’s environmental laws—but no charges were filed.
32. You said nothing when Obama claimed that the Fort Hood shooting was “workplace violence” rather than terrorism.
33. You said nothing about when Obama ended some terror asylum restrictions, by allowing asylum for people who provided only “insignificant” or “limited” material support of terrorists.
34. You said nothing when the national debt doubled under Obama.
35. You said nothing when 9 times the Supreme Court unanimously overturned Obama’s expansive use of Executive Power.
36. You said nothing when Obama dismissed charges filed by Bush Administration against New Black Panther Party members who were videotaped intimidating voters at a Philadelphia polling station during the 2008 election.
37. You said nothing when Obama released Guantanamo detainees were released and went back to kill Americans.
38. You said nothing when Obama unilaterally changed Congressional law by Executive Order.
39. You said nothing when Obama fired an inspector general after investigating an $850,000 AmeriCorps grant received by a nonprofit run by former NBA star and Obama supporter Kevin Johnson.
40. You said nothing about the 36 Obama’s executive office staffers that owed $833,970 in back taxes
41. You said nothing when Obama Killed four Americans overseas in counterterrorism operations without a judicial process.

So if you are voicing your objections about the months of Trump, I’m sorry... we can't hear you because you said NOTHING before!!! Keep this going! Copy and share on every liberal response!



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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

One of the most vicious forms of racism is the double standard.

Another way of putting it is having lower expectations of a group.

For years I have believed in one standard for everyone and no exceptions. If you have a standard of excellence then either hold it or raise it and hold everyone to it regardless of race, creed, color, sex, whatever. 

If the standard to get into a program is a certain level of skill, intelligence, muscle, whatever then the standard stays the same for everyone.

Someone once said that requiring a fireman candidate to drag 150 pounds 50 yards was unfair to woman candidates. It's not. 

Letting women (or anyone else)slide on such a requirement is unfair to the public who is paying these people.

Same holds true for academic standards in schools. 

If the standard is a fixed high school GPA coupled with a a certain college board score than it applies to everyone irregardless of race, color, sex, whatever.

One of the biggest forms of racism is the assumption of lower performance.




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Monday, July 10, 2017

I have decided that I am going to start a special charity for one of the occupants of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.



Melania Trump has brought a special grace and style to the White House. She is always impeccably dressed and has an incredible grace. In the period of time she has been alongside Donald I have never seen her with a single hair out of place.

Even though the Trumps have a considerable amount of money and can afford it, I propose we Americans send Melania Trump a special gift consisting of a simple pair Walmart flip-flops.

I have never seen the First Lady have anything on her feet but high heels. She has every right to rest her poor tired dogs when nobody is looking.

Hell, send her set of well washed sweats along with it. 



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Sunday, July 9, 2017

I read where someone says Donald Trump killed CNN.

Bullshit.

CNN killed CNN




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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Yeah? So?

Wowee Kazowee, Kids! 

The news just showed a hangman's noose in a tree and the police are going to investigate it.

There have been no notes, no evidence of who put it there and who it is intended to scare. Of course, the news people have to make a big to-do about it because it is a part of their agenda.

Truth is, I would not be surprised at all if a reporter put the noose there and called the police.

If I were a local policeman and someone reported it to me I would simply untie the damned thing, take it down, untie the noose and throw it into the back of my cruiser for use as a tie down of some sort. I might even throw it out or take it home.

But no. Some poor cop has to run around on some kind of wild goose chase to find out who did it and why.

Guess what? I don't care and I consider chasing will-o-the-wisps like this to be a complete waste of time and resources that could better be used chasing real criminals.






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Friday, July 7, 2017

Thinking about something


In the mid 70s a former classmate said something kind to me that has stayed with me since.

This part is somewhat immaterial as it serves as a reference point in my life.

This took place in the evening.

Earlier that day I had been to the French consulate in Boston looking into the possibility of joining the French Foreign Legion.

I had also sent out letters to several governments in Africa looking to find game warden type work over there.

It didn't take much for me to figure out the Legion wasn't a good deal. I didn't enlist, but it sort of is a milestone in my life.

Some of the African governments didn't reply, most didn't have an opportunity but Rhodesia offered to let me try out for the Selous Scouts or the Rhodesian SAS if I was qualified.

I didn't want to get involved in an African bush war so I didn't reply. 




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Thursday, July 6, 2017

I just read a Facebook

 post where someone wanted to cash in on a 50% off pizza coupon and had to play hell to get his damned pizza.

I generally do not bother with any except for the local pizza place that offers a free pie with so many box-top stickers. That’s because the local place made a simple no catch offer. Ten stickers= a free no questions asked pizza.




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I have just played a pretty good game with someone that was trying to squirm out of a five minute snap task.

We bickered for ten minutes until I pointed out that if he had just done the damned job he would have been done five minutes ago and goofing off instead of standing there bickering with me.

When I pointed that out I’m sure he felt stupid. He should have.

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I have a reunion coming up and have kept a few secrets to myself.

One is that when I moved out of the tipi in Colorado back in ’77 I holed up a while and planned my next adventure.  While everyone knows I moved to Alaska and lived there a while nobody knows what other options I considered.

I briefly considered an enlistment into the French Foreign Legion but discarded it after I had a long talk with the French consulate when I went back to visit. They had an office in Boston and the consulate advised me against it for any number of reasons.

Incidentally the Consulate was impressed that I knew that I would have to report to Aubagne. While I was still in school the Legion left Sidi Bel Abbes as its home when Algeria gained independence in 1962.

The other thing I was looking at was trying to become a game warden in Africa. I had always wanted to do something like that in Africa. I thought it would do the world some good by protecting the animals.

I wrote to a couple of African governments and at the time there was a lot of turmoil in Africa. I got a few replies, most of them polite refusals.


The interesting answer came from Rhodesia. They were in the middle of a bush war and they were interested in hiring me for my former army skills. They offered to let me try out for the Selous Scouts. Being a former artilleryman I knew I didn’t have what they were looking for. On top of that, I had no desire to get involved with an African bush war. 



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ROlling today

Not due in until after midnight



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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

I am watching a Gettysburg tour

in the background and the deer are in the foreground.

It is a pretty good morning, actually. 
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Time passes and I am older than I was yesterday.

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In about three weeks I have a reunion to attend and I do believe I like the format of this one. It is described as an informal gathering.

That makes sense. The last one was a dance and it was too noisy to talk.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Pizza by the slice is a joke.




I ordered a pizza the other night and as usual I ordered by diameter and not by the so-called number of slices they said each pie was split up into.


The truth is that (thankfully) the government has not stepped in and mandated the official size/weight/calorie count of a slice of pizza. There is no amalgamated pizza measuring service,society or organization to declare what consists of a single slice of pizza. A slice of pizza is what the pizzeria wants it to be.


A pizzeria is free to take an eight-inch pie and split it up into two or four or for that matter sixty-four little dinky slices and advertise it as such. I have no problem with this.



However, when I order a pie I simply order by diameter. That way you have a pretty good idea of what you are getting.





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Sunday, July 2, 2017

My pickup is in the shop for new shocks.


which is maintenance, a hard concept to get people to understand.

It is not the years, it is the mileage that causes this kind of thing. I have over 100,000 miles on the rig and things don't last forever.

It is an '09 and it has 8 years of use on it.

Actually at my age I should be thinking of what vehicle I want to retire with and that may not necessarily be a pickup.



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Saturday, July 1, 2017

The deer are out there right now.

It is fun to watch them.

My house guest reports that they set off thee motion detectors and he got to watch them before first light.

My house guest is a shipmate/friend of mine and he's finishing up a long motorcycle road trip on the old Harley Road King Police he built from a basket case when he was 17 years old.

The old bike sure has a lot of torque!







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Friday, June 30, 2017

Yesterday was kind of a mess

There was a lot to do. I had both cars inspected, got a blood test, had to change several on-line accounts because I got an updated credit card and the other one expired.

In addition to that I helped an older neighbor with her telephone. She's pretty close to 80 now and I helped her get her phone squared away. I installed a new one and got the answering machine up and running.

The older woman was pretty damned smart if you ask me. She had another phone her son had given her but it had been sitting around and it started to act balky so she didn't fool around. She junked it instantly and bought a new one.

The next thing she did before I even opened the box containing the new phone was to gather up every single piece, part, assembly and sub-assembly of the old phones and junk them. That way there was no possibility of a parts mix-up between new and old. Smart woman!

None of this, "You know, maybe we could take this part and ..." crap. 

Today will be hectic, too as a friend of mine that is on a road trip is stopping in for a few days.As I write he is holed up in Ohio waiting weather. He's about an hour and a half away now.

Chili is on simmering for later.




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Thursday, June 29, 2017

For the past few years everyone I don't know that I deal with

regardless of age is generally addressed as young man or young lady.
I have had a lot of women smile at being addressed that way and until today have never heard any negativity from a male. Today some belligerent 20-ish male said he was offended.
I turned on the instant warmth. "You have my heartfelt apology as I certainly did not mean to be offensive," I said. which was I mistaken in? Was it your age or your gender?"

Stutter...stutter.




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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

And of course, yesterday I mowed.

The lawn looks good.

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Last evening the motion lights went off to illuminate a doe and two fawns. The fawns looked to be pretty new to the planet.



For years the deer have used my hillside as a birthing ground and I have seen them still wet and unable to get up and walk. I always look forward to seeing the deer reproduce. 




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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Finally looks like the weather broke and I can mow


While the weather has been pretty good we have gotten a bunch of small showers. It makes the grass hard to mow because it clumps up.

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One of my neighbors who is semi retired is working at the nearby Lowe's as a puter-together-er of stuff. He's semi retired and that looks like a pretty good gig for him. I was thinking of a gig like that if I go bust on my next physical or something.

Still, I can't see bagging what I am doing until I can't do it any more. A gig like that means 50 weeks per year and what I do now is three weeks on and three weeks off. The money is a lot better, too.


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Monday, June 26, 2017

I have been up working over at a friend's place

on the end of a shovel.

This person lives in a town house and one of their neighbors came out and was walking by. She was curious about what I was doing and not nosy. I explained the plan to resoil and replant the area.

Her husband was somewhat of a dolt and asked me where I learned to use a shovel. Apparently my skills with the idiot spoon impressed him.

With a straight face I told him that back in '44 I was hired as a subcontractor by the Japanese army to help a British outfit build a bridge in Burma.

"Really?" he asked.



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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Camp Perry's schedule is different this year.

I am heading out for there right now and may report from there if I can.

Update. No shooting today, I just hung with a few of the Marines that were registering. Good news when we played ''Who do you know and how is he doing?"

Only one minor injury, non combat related.

One of the guys is getting ready to be a father again for the 5th time. I got this one cover because I got another one of the guys to step in when he starts babbling about 'the new baby'.

He's going to tell him that Piccolo will give him $150 for the old one. 


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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Ah, yes. It is sunny and maybe later I can deal with the lawn.

I'll run over all of the clumps I left from mowing when it was wet the other day.

My alcohol consumption has sure dropped off over the past several months as I have noticed that it takes an awful lot less than it used to to make me wake up feeling sluggish...much less hung over.

While I have not been hung over in several years I have met the new day feeling sluggish over the past few years. It must be a metabolism change or something coupled with aging. Whatever. the cure is cut consumption and that is that.

Outside it is forty past noon and the deer are helping themselves to lunch in my back yard. It is interesting how both their color, timing  and habits change throughout the year. They seem to leave the winter with a greyish color and now they are a somewhat light brown. It's a rich color and rather beautiful. 





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Friday, June 23, 2017

I just snagged another old razor to throw into my sea bag.

Under $10 shipped via eBay. Not bad.

Today is a wet day so the only outdoor work I will do is to either spread pea gravel or pick stuff up. Mowing anything is out of the question.

This has been a pretty wet summer so far and all sorts of stuff is growing in the way-back.

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Someone asked me to do them a favor and the answer is no unless they are willing to take up the slack. They want rain gutters de-leafed. 

The Piccolo policy of this kind of thing reads that I will do ONLY that part of the job that the person can not do for themselves. 

This means that if I do help them I will go up thee ladder, empty the gutter and drop the nasty stuff straight to the ground where THEY can police it up.

When I explain that they are responsible for their part they will look somewhat upset and say, "Well, you could just..."

I will interrupt and say, "I could just do a lot of things like sit home and enjoy myself instead of busting my ass over here. I don't see any casts, ace bandages, crutches, walkers or wheelchairs. You gotta do your part."

When I put it that way the chances that I am asked to do anything drop dramatically.

Everyone wants something for nothing.

Incidentally, I have cleaned up the mess of 4-5 trees torn up in a recent micro burst. I have a couple days tied up in it and truth is they are actually a neighbor's trees.

The reason I did this is because I will at least get a decent steak dinner from her to show her appreciation. Stuff like that goes a long way with me.





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Thursday, June 22, 2017

A day of hacking brush for an hour or two and mowing the lawn

Has been boring.

A friend of mine spent the morning standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona because he simply had it on his bucket list.

That's pretty cool when you think about it.



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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Maybe later on today I can supply you with a decent post.

Life has been hectic.





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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Micro burst damage tore up four trees

And I have spent a lot of the day cleaning the mess up. 

Of course it is on a hill and requires chain saw madness on the slippery hillside.

I am doing it but in order to do it safely it is slow work.

I got a couple of days more out there.


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Monday, June 19, 2017

I am still a smoke free smoker

Which is something that is a pain in the ass to explain, especially to a doctor.

I am a smoke free smoker. 

I am NOT a non smoker, and I am certainly NOT a reformed smoker because there is no bigger pain in the ass than a reformed ANYTHING.

Incidentally the only easy day in my smoking cessation efforts was yesterday. It is still just as hard as it was on Day One.

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I think I am going to roast another turkey as the one I roasted a few days is disappearing fast. I just had turkey hash for breakfast and I am enjoying a lot of turkey dishes these days. Turkey is retty good stuff.


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Sunday, June 18, 2017

It's generally a pretty good day when you make a cop laugh.

My wife called me when I was out and asked me to buy beer.

I was in line and the nosy woman behind me commented and asked if I was having a party.

"Nope.," I replied. "Some high school kid outside offered me a pretty good bag of dope if I snagged him a half-rack. I always get ripped off when I try and score on the Northside. They always cheat us old people. This kid has the real deal!"

"What? What? What?" You could go to jail for that!" she was aghast.

"They can't put me in the joint, I just got outta the joint," I replied.

The police officer standing behind her almost wet his pants laughing.




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Saturday, June 17, 2017

A straight and narrow day

There is a turkey in the oven right now because a turkey is a pretty good source of pre-made meal packages and is pretty inexpensive.

It is covered with bacon and I will have the bacon when the bird comes out of the oven. It is what i refer to as turkey bacon.

It's a Saturday morning and in the background Cary Grant is getting ready to take his submarine into Tokyo bay to gather weather information for Jimmy Dolittle. Complete with an emergency appendectomy performed by the ship's pill roller.


Saturday's bacon is slow cooking on the electric skillet and it's getting near time to fire up the cast iron and fry up a couple of eggs.

Last night I had nothing to drink and will probably stay without anything for quite a while as my body has told me it doesn't want it very much anymore. This happens from time to time and the result is I generally lose weight.

It's time for me to start listening to my body as it generally tells me what is good for it. We'll see what happens.

I'm still smoke free and hanging in there. The only easy day on my smoking cessation plan was yesterday.

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Hey, you know who you are. We went to school together.

I sent you $20 for two tickets and please hang on to them until I show. If by some odd reason I can't make it, no refund. Add the money to the cause toward reunion 50 or something.

I am probably coming alone but I bought a spare ticket in case I run into some little 20-something honey hormone squash pouring out of that little blue dress to drape on my arm and pass off as my new trophy wife.

And why not?

There is nothing more satisfying than watching daggers shoot out of the eyes of women my age and watching the tongues hang out of the men.

After all it was only a couple of years ago I palmed off my niece and her daughter as my young wife and new child. I was surprised it didn't get back to me at Reunion 45.

Of course you don't pass off a 20 something year old niece as your new bride without a good story. I used the old tale of spending 30 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit story. 

Of course, that kind of sarcasm and mischief seems to run in my family. Sarcasm oozes out of our pores. It's terrible. We refer to it as 'The Disease'.

Anyway, if by chance I do show up with some hottie please keep mum and act appropriately outraged and have the lobsterman act appropriately envious. Don't rat me out. Simply watch and enjoy the predictable hilarity.

On a more serious note, 

For what it's worth, the 'informal gathering' is really a wonderful idea because it's what many of us really want. A simple cash bar quiet enough to talk is great. At this stage in life swapping notes over a drink or a light meal is ideal.

See ya when I see ya!  
















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