31 December 2007

Hillary says she risked life on White House trips

First off - HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope that 2008 is better for everyone than 2007 was.

Now, for a little fun to start your New Year....

You read the title right, folks. The Hildabeast says that her life was in danger during her First Lady trips while she was in the White House. Uh huh, yeah, right.

On Saturday night in Dubuque she pounced, arguing she risked her life on White House missions in the 1990s, including a hair-raising flight into Bosnia that ended in a "corkscrew" landing and a sprint off the tarmac to dodge snipers.
Now we can all tell this is just an out and out lie. No way anyone with ankles that fat is sprinting off anything.

The dictum around the Oval Office in the '90s, she added, was: "If a place was too dangerous, too poor or too small, send the first lady."
Did she really use the term "dictum" and Oval Office in the same sentence?? Shocking! And really, if this were remotely true, could you really blame Bill for sending Her Royal Thighness out somewhere where she could get killed?

Sadly for her, like everything else the Clinton's are involved in, the truth is somewhat different than what she would have us believe:

She was, in fact, leading a goodwill entourage that included baggy-pants funnyman Sinbad, singer Sheryl Crow and Clinton's daughter, Chelsea, then 15, according to an account of the March 1995 trip in her autobiography "Living History."
As the plane approached the runway, the pilot ordered the Clintons into the armored front of the plane, Clinton writes.
What's not clear is whether Sinbad or Crow were invited to the cockpit or had to brave it out in the unprotected rear.

21 December 2007

A different kind of Christmas homecoming

Now, gee, where did that dust in the air come from? Something must have blown in from outside. Yeah, that's it.

Wrong, just so..... wrong

You know, on most days, I'm incredibly proud to be a Texan. It's clearly the greatest place on earth.

Today, however, isn't one of those days. After reading this headline:

Texas Adds 'Pole Tax' to Strip Clubs for $5-Per-Customer Levy

I'm about ready to start looking at other possibilities for a home.

I mean, come on guys, strippers need love too!

The Definition of "Irony"

A roofing company billionaire listed as the 91st richest man in the United States has died after a fall from a roof at his home.
Actually, he fell through the roof.
Police say 66-year-old Ken Hendricks was checking construction on a garage roof at his home in Rock, Wisc., on Thursday night when he fell through.

His company, ABC Supply, says he suffered massive head injuries.

19 December 2007

Paging the 15th century, Paging the 15th century...

Wow. Hard to believe the NOW gang isn't all worked up over this...

What we have here is a picture of "Mohammed, 40, with his new 11-year-old wife, Ghulam." You read that right folks - 11.

Folks make fun of southern rednecks all the time 'bout dating your sister or whatever, but hell, at least the youngest age of legal consent in the south that I've ever seen has been 16.

11 is pretty sick, though. And it's legal, under Islamic law. I mean, hey, this Mohammed is just doing what the original Mohammed did, right?

17 December 2007

Drive Someone Insane with Postcards - (eBay item 320196148761 end time Dec-23-07 10:03:28 PST)

This Christmas, give the gift of crazy. It just keeps on giving.
I will be spending the Christmas holiday in Poland in a tiny village that has one church with no bell because angry Germans stole it. Aside from vodka, there is not a lot for me to do.

During the course of my holiday I will send three postcards to one person of your choosing.

These postcards will be rant-ravingly insane, yet they will be peppered with unmistakable personal details about the addressee. Details you will provide me.
Tempting. Oh, so tempting.

16 December 2007

Romney falters on gun control...

And really, is anyone surprised? This is a guy who loved the Brady bill and the AWB and only became a life member of the NRA when he started running for President.

His comments today on Meet the Depressed should make every gun owner cringe.

MR. RUSSERT: Let me turn to gun control. Here's the headline: "Romney retreats on gun control. Romney, who once described himself as a supporter of strong gun laws, is distancing himself from that rhetoric now as he attempts to court the gun owners who make up a significant force in Republican primary politics. In his '94" Senate race, Romney backed two gun-control measures strongly opposed by the National Rife Association and other" guns rights "groups: the Brady Bill, which imposed a five-day waiting period on gun sales, and a ban on certain assault weapons. `That's not going to make me the hero of the NRA,' Romney told the Boston Herald.'" "At another campaign stop" "he told reporters, `I don't line up with the NRA.'" Suddenly Romney decides to run for president and signs up for a lifetime membership in the NRA.

GOV. ROMNEY: You know, it's, it's wonderful, and you'll appreciate this. There is a great effort on the part of, in some cases, my opposition, in some cases, just folks that are interested in writing an interesting article to, to try and find any change at all. And my position on guns is the same position I've had for a long, long time. And, and that position is that I don't line up 100 percent with the NRA. I don't see eye to eye with the NRA on every issue. I.... Let's describe what it is. I signed--I would have supported the original assault weapon ban. I signed an assault weapon ban in Massachusetts governor because it provided for a relaxation of licensing requirements for gun owners in Massachusetts, which was a big plus. And so both the pro-gun and the anti-gun lobby came together with a bill, and I signed that. And if there is determined to be, from time to time, a weapon of such lethality that it poses a grave risk to our law enforcement personnel, that's something I would consider signing. There's nothing of that nature that's being proposed today in Washington. But, but I would, I would look at weapons that pose extraordinary lethality..... We also should keep weapons of unusual lethality from being on the street.
Note the Governor's use of the words "extraordinary lethality". Just what does that mean, I wonder? Because really, when you look at it, any firearm can be determined to posses "extraordinary lethality."

It really makes me wonder just who the kingmakers are in this country - I mean, who is responsible for giving us such shitty choices for the most important job in the world? Clearly, any of the Democrats would be FUBAR'd. And sadly, it looks like most of the Republican options would suck as pro gun candidates as well.

Dad sells son's 90-dollar video game online for more than 9000

If your heart has cockles (heehee), this story will warm them.

Submitted for your consideration: A schoolteacher dad goes all-out to get his hands on the very hard-to-find "Guitar Hero III" for the Nintendo Wii. He was one of the fortunate few to find a copy, and shelled out the 90 bucks for it.

Cut to dad coming home early one day:
Then, yesterday, I came home from work early and what do I find? My innocent little boy smoking pot in the back yard with two of his delinquent friends.
The penalty? Dad puts the coveted game up on eBay, and hooks some desperate Australian for $9100.00. Yes, that's right.

I like this dad, because he's not completely heartless - he'll still get the boy something for his Wii.
I am still considering getting him a game for his Nintendo. Maybe something like Barbie as the Island Princess or Dancing with the Stars ... I know he will just love them...

15 December 2007

Hotel chain offers a room at the inn for Marys and Josephs

Just in time for the holidays - if you and your betrothed's names are Mary and Joseph, Travelodge has a room for you.
Almost 30 Josephs and Marys had already signed up for the free night's stay at the Travelodge, said Shakila Ahmed, a spokeswoman for the hotel chain.
Shakila Ahmed?
Ahmed said the offer, which will run from Christmas Eve to Twelfth Night -- December 24 to January 5 -- had been very well-received.

"We've had a lot of interest. I think people like the fact that it resonates with the Nativity story at a time when the actual meaning of Christmas often becomes forgotten in festive overkill," she said.
Perhaps I was hasty in my prejudice.

Nonetheless, it's a good thing for Joseph. I understand Mary's been riding his ass for days.

14 December 2007

California Budget Crisis

I'm sure, dear readers, that California's budget crisis has NOTHING to do with the way the state coddles and encourages illegals to take advantage of the state's welfare, educational, and medical programs.

Really. Quite sure.

11 December 2007

SF weapons training

Now THIS is highly entertaining stuff. Make sure you read the scrolling text at the bottom of the screen for that extra added effect.

Pilfered shamelessly from Cowboy Blob's site...

And oh yeah, if you're at work, turn the volume waaaaaaaay down.

No comment required

Other than to say, Sean Penn is an idiot.

08 December 2007

Omaha shootings renew debate on mall security

Such incidents are 'lessons' for terrorists and deranged people, according to Charles Bahn, a New York forensic psychologist. 'They show that the mall is a place where you can make an impression, and where you can find multiple victims.'
This just in: Mall Ninjas are not able to stop armed crazy people. Why? Because they're unarmed, and certain malls don't allow customers to be armed.
That makes PERFECT sense, doesn't it, boys and girls?

Grapevine Mills Mall in Grapevine, TX is posted to specifically disallow the LEGAL carrying of firearms in that mall. That means there are no legally armed citizens in that mall.

What does that tell the bad guys? "Come on in and help yourselves - nobody but sheep here, so help yourselves to whatever you'd like."

Stupid is as stupid does, ma'am.

06 December 2007

So, where'd I put that...?

Just think of the possibilities of that memo you can't find chastising an employee for not quite doing their job...

A long-missing Michelangelo sketch for the dome of St. Peter's Basilica, possibly his last design before his death, has been discovered in the basilica's offices, the Vatican newspaper said Thursday.
Yeah, you read that right - found in the office.

Michelangelo apparently drew the sketch for the stonecutters because he was dissatisfied with how with some blocks of travertine were cut, the newspaper said.
Just stop and think about that for awhile the next time you can't find that doo-dad that rolled under your desk.

05 December 2007

You can't make this stuff up!

Think your kids aren't learning the 3 R's?? You know, that old fashioned stuff called reading, 'riting, and 'rithmatic??

That's right folks, they're too busy taking the Chitling Test!

In the Chitling test, you'll see questions like this one:

Q: If a pimp is uptight with a woman who gets state aid, what does he mean when he talks about Mother’s Day?

A: The first and 15th of every month.

That's right folks, your tax dollars at work!

04 December 2007

Ah, the Clintons

This is what we're going to get for the next year. The Hildabeast telling us that she's just as capable of any man, but when the going gets tough, der Schlickmiester will come out front and center and defend her.

During a campaign stop on behalf of his wife, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former president said he can't understand why so much of the media coverage of the campaign ignores her experience....
I'm intriuged here. Just what expereince is that? She rode the coat-tails of Slick Willy in Arkansas, and kept right on riding them when he became the President. The biggest project she took on as first lady was the health care fiasco, which failed miserably. She claims to have foriegn policy experience but what exactly has she done? Sat in on meetings? Chatted with foreign leaders at State dinners?

I mean really. Let's be objective about this. Let's say you're a mechanic. Your wife comes to Christmas parties and after work get-togethers with your buddies. Does that make her qualified to work on your car? Because that's what the Clintons are saying. Since she was the President's wife, that makes her qualified to be the President. What ever happened to the NOW gang saying that women can rise on their own merits? Because the Hildabeast surely has not done that.

Regardless, get used to seeing Slick Willy on the campaign trail. Not only is her royal thighness lacking in any kind of experience, she's also lacking in any kind of personality. Say what you will about Bill's politics, the guy is one slick politician and knows how to interact with people. The Hildabeast, however, comes off as well as any two ex-wives at one time with little to none of the political acumen her husband has to offer.

03 December 2007

Chavez loses constitutional vote

Finally, some good news out of Venezuela.
Humbled by his first electoral defeat ever, President Hugo Chavez said Monday he may have been too ambitious in asking voters to let him stand indefinitely for re-election and endorse a huge leap to a socialist state.

"I understand and accept that the proposal I made was quite profound and intense," he said after voters narrowly rejected the sweeping constitutional reforms by 51 percent to 49 percent.
Of course, he has until 2012 to use his Sith powers to force the people to capitulate to his will. Time will tell.

02 December 2007

Some Dillon Fun

Anyone who reloads with a Dillon and subsribes to the Blue Press is familiar with the new Suburban "upgrade" available from Dillon. They've managed to shoe-horn a mini-gun in a retractable tub - reportedly used for uber-secret protection details in the Middle East.

It's ultra sexy.

Heard about the clip on Mythbusters when they tested the myth of shooting fish in a barrel... and through the wonders of the internets, found the clip to share with you folks.

01 December 2007

Iconic Daredevil Evel Knievel Dies at 69

Robert Craig "Evel" Knievel
October 17, 1988 - November 30, 2007

I'm trying to keep my composure while I write this, but it's not easy. The man who influenced me in so many ways on my journey to manhood has passed. As a child I followed his career as a daredevil very closely. I loved seeing him in his red, white, and blue jump suit, with the cape flapping in the wind as he wheelied in front of everybody that showed up to watch him crash his brains out. I remember being glued to the television to watch him jump, or sometimes only attempt to jump, buses, cars, and even the Snake River Canyon on ABC's Wild World of Sports. I had his poster on my wall. My favorite all time toy growing up was the Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle. I would launch it off a ramp down the stairs of our house over and over again. Much like the man himself, it was almost indestructible. Before last Christmas I found out a company had bought the rights and original molds from Ideal, and had a limited run of the Stunt Cycle. I found one on line, still in the box, and paid an insane amount of money for it. My son awoke Christmas morning to find that Santa had left it for him under the tree. I have really enjoyed playing with it. It wheelies and jumps just like the one I had as a boy. I love posing Evel standing on the seat and have him ride a wheelie with one foot on the seat and the other hanging behind him like he did before his jumps. Thanks to his influence I attempted to jump 13 trash cans on my bicycle when I was in my early teens. I cleared 12 and flattened the 13th like a pancake, and broke my purple Schwinn Stingray in half. He is responsible for my love affair with motorcycles. A love affair that has got me building a mini-Supermoto bike to race next year at age 43. There was no one ever like him before, and there never will be again.
Thanks for all the memories Evel. You were true greatness.

27 November 2007

One year going....

About this time last year the little light bulb clicked on in my head. Either I was going to have to get my fat ass in shape, or I was going to die.

I had been an athelete most of my life. Team sports starting a 5, working up to a semi pro level in soccer in college. Bike racing and triathlons, including several half ironman competitions and a marathon that I ran in 4 hours on 5 weeks training.

Moved to Dallas in '99 and bike riding opportunities that co-existed with living a long and healthy life without becoming a bump in the road somewhere are, as you know, exceptionally limited. Stopped training and kept eating. Got fat, tired, and out of shape. Between moving and last year, there were brief moments of fitness but nothing really ever took; nothing compared to the level of training I was accustomed to and as a result I got bored and quit.

But with last Thanksgiving came the realization that if I didn't get serious about my fitness, and soon, I was going to be in a world of hurt.

I reached out to Porta's Cat - who opened my eyes to a whole new level of lifting weights. PC is a shooter as well, and fully understood what I was trying to achieve with my fitness and set up a program for me that got my fat ass in the gym and working out harder than I ever have before with weights. I'd never done squats or deadlifts before and never had a 'for real' program at the gym. I dropped about 8 pounds right off the bat, and then leveled off without dropping any more weight. BUT, I did lose, and I'm continuing to lose, inches in my gut and waist. In addition, I have shown some massive gains in strength.

I know for a fact that the lifting has helped my shooting. I don't get tired at matches, and my ability to move quickly from point to point has been massively improved. I plan to continue lifting for the forseeable future - my goals this year are to be able to squat and deadlft 400 pounds, bench 375, and overhead press 275.

I still have a lot of work to do - I really need to focus on my diet this year and help burn off what's left of my gut but all in all I am so far ahead of where I was last year at this time it's not even close.

There's lots of sites on the internets that claim to have all the secrets to health, fitness, strength, and weight loss. But from what I've seen in the past year, there's really only a few where the guys running the show know what they are talking about. The afore mentioned Porta's Cat is one of them as are the following, in no particular order:
Beyond strong
Physical Strategies
And Stronglifts. Each of these sites is a wealth of information and assistance and are more than willing to help you out and answer any questions you might have.

Each of these guys are what I would call "old school". Nothing fancy. Exercises that have been around since some crazy caveman lifted a rock over his head. Bench press, squats, deadlifts, overhead press, etc. They each recognize there is no short cut to hard work and putting your hands on the bar and your feet on the ground.

Best thing to do if you're thinking of getting started is just that simple - get started!! It's made all the difference in the world to me and I know it can for you too.

26 November 2007

Religion of peace update

Oh, the horror!!

It would appear that the religion which is constantly pissed off at the rest of the world is now upset that a European teacher (apparently it wouldn't be such a big deal if a muslim teacher did it) let her class vote to name a teddy bear mohammed.

Gillian Gibbons, 54, from Liverpool, was arrested on suspicion of blasphemy on Sunday.... mohammed is sacred to islamic philosophy and the penalty for blasphemy is 40 lashes, a large fine or a jail term. The British Embassy in Khartoum confirmed the arrest.

What a bunch of 15th century morons.

25 November 2007

Season Shot - Ammo with flavor.

I thought I'd help start the Christmas season off with some incredibly stupid gift ideas. Here's the first: Season Shot.
Season Shot is made of tightly packed seasoning bound by a fully biodegradable food product. The seasoning is actually injected into the bird on impact seasoning the meat from the inside out. When the bird is cooked the seasoning pellets melt into the meat spreading the flavor to the entire bird. Forget worrying about shot breaking your teeth and start wondering about which flavor shot to use!

Of course, I saw this crap last year, and they still haven't released it.

Okay, folks - let's get the ball rolling. I want to see ACTUAL PRODUCTS, not crap you've made up, okay?

24 November 2007

Charges dropped against local man in disappearance

I'm not saying there are good names for sex offenders, but this is probably one of the worst:
Angelina Lor initially claimed that Pheuk Kue, 37, a convicted sex offender, took her to Green Bay against her will in September and held her there until she was able to escape about two weeks later.
His lawyer was Heywood Jablowme.

21 November 2007

2nd Amendment

The blogosphere and the internets are full of buzz about the recent decision by the SCOTUS to hear the case of District of Columbia v. Heller.

Mike Bane is all over it, with a fantastic compilation of learned experts weighing in with their opinions.

From what I've read, the swing vote could come down to Kennedy, which is scary as hell. I'd feel much more comfortable with a rock solid majority.... Using Kennedy's own words, "I don't lose sleep at night thinking about how to protect the Second Amendment." If that doesn't give you warm fuzzies, I don't know what will.

I figure there are three possible outcomes here.

1. coming down solidly on the side of the individual right to bear arms
2. coming down solidly on the side of giving government the ability to limit that right
3. something vague in the middle that leaves us no better or worse than we are now.

Others have said that no matter which way the Supremes go, it'll be good for gun owners. Figuring if the Court rules in our favor, life is good - and if the Court rules against us, it'll give the 50 million or so gun owners in the country a good reason to jump up and get active in our political scene.

I'm frankly nervous as hell. The Supremes have done little to assuage my paranoia as of late, need I say Kelo?

19 November 2007

Where's a....

perfectly good Tomahawk when you need it?

I mean, hell, if the Air Force can loose track of some nukes on a B52 for awhile, surely we can come up with a plausible excuse as to why a cruise missle accidently took these two turds out.

17 November 2007

Police to search for guns in homes

People ask me why I live in Texas. Well, for starters, I'd like to think that a bogus search for guns without a warrant would never happen here.

Boston police are launching a program that will call upon parents in high-crime neighborhoods to allow detectives into their homes, without a warrant, to search for guns in their children's bedrooms.
How utterly and completely ridiculous. This is about disarming the public, plain and simple.

Sadly, those in the positions of power in Boston don't agree with a retired Boston cop, who now teaches college:

"I just have a queasy feeling anytime the police try to do an end run around the Constitution," said Thomas Nolan, a former Boston police lieutenant who now teaches criminology at Boston University. "The police have restrictions on their authority and ability to conduct searches. The Constitution was written with a very specific intent, and that was to keep the law out of private homes unless there is a written document signed by a judge and based on probable cause. Here, you don't have that."
What's to keep your neighbors from ratting you out - either to leave you defenseless in your own home or to retaliate against a real or perceived threat? Lord knows my neighbors here have seen me walk in and out of the house with gun bags. Imagine the consequences! This folks, is what you call a slippery slope.

16 November 2007

Big Bend

Home from a week in the backcountry of Big Bend National Park. For those of you who have never been there, it's something that I think everyone should do at least once. I've been there several times now, and each time is something special.

Sunrise and Sunset are always a great time to view the Park.

Here's a couple of pictures taken from our first campsite at McKinney Springs of sunrise on our first morning at the Park.

In addition to hitting some of the backcountry roads, we did three hikes as well. First hike was a 10 mile round trip out to the Chimneys, which have been used by American Indians as a sacred site in the past. After a few miles of hills and small canyons, you'll hit a long, gradual climb up to the Chimneys, which you can see from a couple miles away.

On the hike to and from the Chimneys, it's easy to see how desolate and empty the desert is; part of the charm of Big Bend, if you ask me. This view is looking southwest to another prominent feature of the Big Bend, the Mule's Ears. You can see the Mule's Ears slightly off center in this next image.

As I mentioned earlier, the sunsets and sunrises alone are worth the price of admission and the sunset on our third night was just fantastic from our campsite at Grapevine Hills.

In addition to the desert hikes, we hit the popular Window trail. It's downhill on the way out and all uphill on the way back. This hike has been kicking my ass since about 1980 or so, and it sure beat me up again this year. But the view is quite worth it! This year was a treat - for the first time that I can ever remember, there was actually water in the Window's canyon.

We also took in the Dugout Wells, where all that remains of a thriving community is a lonely windmill. And a great view across the park of Boquillas canyon.

Camp that night was in a far backcountry campsite at Paint Gap. The campsite itself was in a small valley which overlooked the north part of the park. While the view as not as grand as some of the other campsites, it was still quite stunning.

Our last hike was into Dog Canyon, which was so named by early Spanish explorers. Compared to our two earlier hikes, this one was quite easy - a flat 2.4 mile walk from the car to the canyon and back. But the views of the canyon were, like the rest of the park, fantastic.

This year's trip could have been pretty rough - we suffered through one flat tire on the Old Ore road on our first foray into the backcountry. The next day as we continued our journey on the Old Ore road, we got another flat tire, forcing us to put the first flat tire - which was holding onto about 20 lbs of pressure thanks to a can of fix-a-flat - and nurse the 4x4 out of the backcountry for another 10 miles or so. We had to re-arrange parts of our trip to stay on safer, and easier backcountry roads, but all things said and done, it was a fantastic trip, and I can't wait to go back again.

Flyer told to change outfit poses nude

Ya know, at first I was sympathetic to this woman. Now? Not so much. Why? She's just using the notoriety to make some money. Meh.

12 November 2007

Hunt gift adds 2 more women’s scholarships

"The more I got involved in it, the more I got to know the kids in the program and what it stands for," Mike Hunt said. "We feel we get tenfold what we give to the program."

08 November 2007

Divorce proves tricky for deaf-mute couple

'Zhang lived a long way from court so I sent mobile phone text messages to inform him of our thinking and how the court operated. I think this was a good way of communicating,' said Liu Jinghai, clerk of the court. Eventually, the judges made Zhang understand that his wife was bent on divorce and it was best to give up.
Let me get this straight - the hearing was a problem?

05 November 2007

SOAP Header Extensions How-To - The Code Project - C# WebServices

By the way - I thought that just in case my loyal readership (all both of you) wondered what I did for a living, here's an insight to my nerdiness. What's worse - I manage other people like me.

04 November 2007

Nice witch outfit

Maybe it's just me, but if the guys writing for Saturday Night Live start calling Hillary a witch, then the Hildabeast's lock up of the democrat nominition isn't that sure of a thing...

03 November 2007

And just when you thought

that all hope was lost in our society....

After posting on the poor little kid in the story below, I was not feeling too good about what our society has become.

So I go about my business on this lovely Saturday afternoon to the local Academy. I pull into the Academy parking lot, which it shares with a lot of other stores along the strip center. First of the big stores is a Toys R Us. There is a massive traffic jam. Cars not moving, people crowding all around the front of the store, it was a veritable parking lot and traffic was barely crawling along.

I'm getting pissed because I suspect some new Xbox or Playstation game being released causing all the problems. I get closer to the crowd and there standing in front of Toys R Us are two Marines.

They're in their dress blues. Looking SHARP. The traffic jam had ensued because everyone, and I mean, everyone who passed by these two Devil Dogs stopped to shake their hand, give them a hug or pat them on the back. Cars were stopping with people giving thumbs up and well wishes to the two young Marines.

I instantly gave thanks that I live in Texas, and can't help but believe that maybe there's hope for us after all.

Get the waaaambulance

It would seem that our easily insulted, PC society strikes yet again. A poor misunderstood, mistreated, and insulted kid got his widdle feelings all in a knot over the use of the "N" word in class. One of the best literary works in the history of our once fair country, Huck Finn, was being discussed and this poor widdle cretin got all worked up over the "N" word as discussed in the book.

As a result of this poor child's widdle feelings getting hurt, the entire staff gets to undergo some sensitivity training; ain't that grand? I heard one of the local radio stations mention that this little turd's family wanted the school to stop using Huckleberry Finn in school altogether. I suppose, considering that his family is muslim, that it's OK to teach the koran where beheading infidels, subjugating women and raping children is acceptable behavior?

You know, I think that as a society, many of our fellow citizens go walking around looking for a way to be offended. I say, grow some testicles, don't be such a titty baby, cowboy up and soldier on. I could also say to this ingrate that he's more than welcome to go to school in some suck ass 3rd world islamic country and not have to worry about being offended by Mark Twain.

02 November 2007

A nice pair

AK-47 and AK-74.

Been a while since we posted any good gun porn. I especially like the wood furniture on the 74. Kinda sexy.

Cyber Jihad in November!

Attackers would download Jihad 2.0 to their own desktops and specify the amount of bandwidth they would like to consume, not unlike the SETI@home software package used to scan for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence.

Needless to say, nobody's really worried that a bunch of goat-smelling morons with 3-year-old software will actually inflict any harm. But they do have grand plans:
The attack was reported by DEBKAfile, an online military intelligence magazine. Citing anonymous "counter-terror sources," DEBKAfile said it had intercepted an "internet announcement" calling for a volunteer-run online attack against 15 targeted sites starting 11 November. The operation is supposed to expand after its launch date until "hundreds of thousands of Islamist hackers are in action against untold numbers of anti-Muslim sites," the magazine reported.
"Islamist hackers" just doesn't resonate, does it? Of course, I really get a kick out of their rhetoric and their huffing and puffing. It's pretty comical, but it sounds scary. But what if they really DO have a staff of l33t h@xors that will reign electronic death from the Internets? Let's hear from the experts:
Even if an attack is planned, it would likely be nothing new, Evron added. "Cyber jihad on the level of attacking websites happens every day for numerous causes by enthusiasts. The content of this warning is doubtful. There are not hundreds of thousands of infosec workers worldwide, not to mention working for al-Qaeda," he said.
Bingo. Unless your average Islamic warrior is smarter than the dumb-asses that run around grabbing hot rifle barrels and swinging from monkey bars in full carpetry, I'm not too concerned. But you gotta give 'em props for trying.
This is not the first time that the West has been threatened with cyber jihad.

In December 2006, the US Department of Homeland Security's Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) warned US banks and financial institutions of a possible al-Qaeda cyber attack.

That operation, nicknamed "the Electronic Battle of Guantanamo," turned out to be a dud.
and failing, of course.

31 October 2007

Treeecks or Treeeats

Okay, so I'm a sucker for Halloween. I spent the better part of the afternoon reading "real" ghost stories, and the early evening scanning for scary movies. I gotta tell ya - TV has really let me down this year. What a bunch of lame-ass movies, like "Fright Night" and "Urban Legend." Hell, my grandmother's facial hair is scarier.

Anyhoo, I hate to be the guy that runs out of candy and has to hand out cough drops and Advil, then turn out the light. So I bought about $40 worth of really good stuff. That way, if the little beggars don't show up and claim it, I have something to feed the candy monster (that's me) for a few days at work.

Sunset is at 7:10pm. As of 7:30, I got nothin'. Nobody. Not one trick-or-treater. I figure this is a win-win for me - I don't have to get up, and I get to score 40 bucks worth of sweetness.

Alas, I had celebrated too early.

I love giving candy to kids (save the smart-ass remarks), but this year...well, it's different. It seems that the newest members of our great American society have fully embraced our cultural traditions, including the annual consumption of candy in the name of Satan. Oh, sure - the rest of the year they'd just as soon use nerve agent on us, but tonight - they want my candy. And they're not at ALL ashamed to dress up in traditional dress and beg for our infidel treats.

"TREEEECKS OR TREEEAATS" is the cry. Brown kids. Lots of 'em. Caramba. Hell, at least they're having fun, and they're polite, and they really seem to appreciate it.

Crap. Looks like it's time to break out the cough drops...

Late update: the white, teenaged Minnie Mouse got some extra candy. Red high-heels. Hubba-hubba.

Global Incident Map Displaying Terrorist Acts, Suspicious Activity, and General Terrorism News

Pretty neat little map - worth a bookmark.

Hat-tip to JR (the other one).

29 October 2007

Good Samaritans Stop Rape In Progress

The witnesses held onto him until police arrived and arrested him.
Continuing our series of idiots who get what's coming to them, this lucky contestant assaulted and raped a young woman. Some young men passing by in a car saw what was going on, and, um...stopped him.

Then they "held onto him" until police arrived.

Landingham should be the new poster boy for what happens when law-abiding citizens do the right thing.

now THAT'S scary

In the spirit of Halloween, I defy anyone to find a scarier group of photographs than you'll see here.

27 October 2007

Foggy Bottom blues

You hear all sorts of comments from different people that tell us the State Department puts the interest of other countries ahead of our own. For example, the latest scathing attacks against Blackwater - who also happens to have had a perfect record in defending VIPs.

The latest in a string of these episodes comes to us via this story. In it we learn that "...Rice has turned to former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter for tips ahead of her own conference this year."

What the hell is this? You're telling me that we are turning to the two largest foreign policy cluster fucks in the last generation for advice? These same two oxygen thieves are practically the entire reason we are where we are today in the world.

Carter's massive bumbling of middle east affairs brought the current shitbag regime to power in Iran and Clinton's screwed around in the middle east so much you'd think it was the oval office.

It's this kind of maddening "diplomacy" that just flat out drives me nuts. It's a shame, because I think Condi is a pretty smart cookie but apparently the bureaucracy at Foggy Bottom is too entrenched for anything good to come of it.

26 October 2007

Another warm fuzzy story

It's been pretty dangerous for home intruders around these parts lately. I think this is the 3rd or 4th one that's been whacked lately by a homeowner who chose not to be a victim.

And this "victim" was a guy in a wheelchair. Way to go!

25 October 2007

Iran should be paying attention

In this picture, we see a great before and after of the Syrian nuke site that the Israelis took out recently.

If I were the Iranians, I'd be paying pretty close attention...

Bizarre stabbing in Fannin County

Boy, you never really know what goes on in rural Texas, do you? Here's a charming story about a guy who's hitch-hiking, and gets picked up by a woman named Angie. Here's where the fun starts.
Soon thereafter, the 42-year-old driver invited Evans back to her horse barn just outside of Wolfe City.

When they arrived, the two became intimate, and officials say ‘Angie’ asked Evans to perform oral sex on her.
So far, so good, huh?
"(When he did) comply with the female subject, he found out it was in fact not a female, but a male," Sheriff Moore said.

Oops. That's a stabbin'

Officials say Evans pulled out a knife and stabbed ‘Angie’-- who is a man-- multiple times.

‘Angie’ was flown to Parkland Hospital where he was treated and released.
And what lesson have we learned from this, gentle readers?
Authorities warn regardless of the situation that picking up hitch hikers is never a good idea.

23 October 2007

Elephants electrocuted in drunken rampage

You just can't make this stuff up:

GAUHATI, India - Six Asiatic wild elephants were electrocuted as they went berserk after drinking rice beer in India's remote northeast, a wildlife official said Tuesday.

AND it's not the first time this has happened, either:

The elephants are known to have a taste for rice beer brewed by tribal communities in India's northeast. Four wild elephants died in similar circumstances in the region three years ago.

Life in the jungle. It's rough.

21 October 2007

The Agony and The Ecstasy

Watch the video on the left for the ecstasy. Loads of agony on the right.

Dual Texas Stars, one with hard-cover plates. Owie.

20 October 2007

Those crazy Auzzies

An Australian who went for a drunken dip in the sea got more than he bargained for when he dived into the jaws of a large crocodile.
Remember - beer + large prehistoric reptile is a bad mix.

And you thought drinking and driving was bad.

The craziness continues - any sane person would rush to the hospital. Not this bloke!

He managed to scramble out of the water but instead of seeking immediate medical help, decided to sleep off his drinking binge.
Those crazy Auzzies. God love 'em, they are some of my favorite people.

18 October 2007

KDFW Suspends Rebecca Aguilar After Controversial "Ambush"

Monday night, KDFW-Channel 4 ran a piece about 70-year-old James Walton, owner of Able Walton Machine & Welding in West Dallas, who, early Sunday morning, shot and killed and man trying to break into his business. What made Walton's story so extraordinary was that it was the second time he'd killed an intruder in three weeks. As it happens, Walton also lives at his place of business.
I had seen this remarkable story in the paper, and thought to myself, "poor guy - he must feel awful, having been put in fear of his life twice in three weeks. So much so, he was compelled to defend himself, using deadly force." That had to be a difficult experience, at best.

Apparently, Mr. Walton was interviewed by a local reporter about his experiences. Well, Catfish pointed me to the article that this post links to, and I must say I'm not surprised at what transpired in this "interview."

Rrrrrebecca Aguilar was a local Fox affiliate reporter who did what a lot of anti-gun media types do: make a bad guy out of someone who uses a firearm in self-defense. I didn't see the video (which has since been pulled from the Fox site), but from all accounts, she essentially brought a 70-year-old man to tears, badgering him with questions like "Are you a trigger-happy kind of person? Is that what you wanted to do? Shoot to kill?"

Again, I think to myself and wonder, "what would she have done in the same situation?" Fire a warning shot? Shoot him in the hand/leg/arm/buttocks? Shoot the gun out of the bad guy's hand? Submit, and take your chances at the hand of a criminal? In case you're wondering, all of the above are VERY BAD IDEAS. I'm sure we'd be happy to elaborate for those of you who might have questions.

So what, in fact, would a sane and reasonable person do in a situation where they are in imminent and immediate fear of death or bodily harm? Allow me to posit this: the same thing Mr. Walton did, no questions asked. Shoot to stop is what Texas law proscribes for use of deadly force. If the perpetrator happens to die as a result of this stopping, so be it. The LAW is on Mr. Walton's side, and so is sanity and logic.

How dare Ms. Aguilar question this man like she did? I'd venture to guess that the police didn't try to incriminate Mr. Walton - they could see what happened, and he'll likely be no-billed as a result of the circumstances. As a result of her incredibly bad judgement, Ms. Aguilar has been indefinitely suspended from Fox. AMF.

16 October 2007

Boob alert!

Gotta love the British Press!!

No wonder Harry Potter is so popular...

We now return you to your regularly scheduled program.

Nice Birdy

A northwest Dallas homeowner shot and killed a would-be burglar and it was all because a pet bird said "Hello."

Police said the homeowner's bird may have saved the day by greeting the alleged burglar with "Hello" when the man walked into the back of the house in the 3600 block of Cortez Drive.

The homeowner told police he heard noise in his garage about 1:30 a.m. and checked the home's security cameras. The homeowner heard the bird's greeting and knew something was wrong, police said.

On the surveillance monitor, the homeowner spotted the intruder and called 9-1-1, police said.

He confronted the intruder and during a scuffle, he shot the would-be burglar.

15 October 2007

Schwarzenegger signs handgun bill

'While I appreciate and understand that this technology is not without limitations, I am signing this bill to provide law enforcement with an additional tool for solving crimes committed with semi-automatic handguns in California,' Schwarzenegger said in a statement.
Arnold, you don't appreciate it half as much as the bad guys do. They know for a fact that this only impacts law-abiding gun owners, and does absolutely nothing to stop bad guys. A little file will make any of these handguns just as anonymous as they are now.

Just like the useless .50-cal ban, this does nothing to prevent crime. Nonetheless, you can hear the glee of the anti-gunners, who don't really care about public safety. They just want to ban guns.

14 October 2007

We're brainwashing our children

One of the world's foremost meteorologists has called the theory that helped Al Gore share the Nobel Peace Prize "ridiculous" and the product of "people who don't understand how the atmosphere works".
And what happens amongst your fellow men of science when you disagree?

"It bothers me that my fellow scientists are not speaking out against something they know is wrong," he said. "But they also know that they'd never get any grants if they spoke out. I don't care about grants."

11 October 2007

Turkey Recalls Ambassador to U.S. Over Armenian Genocide Bill

It looks like the nation of Turdistan is one step closer to reality today.

That's right - even as Turkish troops mass along the border of Iraq, intent on invading Kurdistan (I know, not a real country, but it's recognized as an historical region), our glorious Democratic "leadership" in Congress decides it's about high time that we recognized Turkish genocide of Armenians in 1915-17. Nevermind that it's unlikely that any of the perpetrators of that crime are still alive to be held accountable, but let's go ahead and inflame the current populace of Turkey.

The result of this brilliant diplomatic outreach?
Turkey ordered its ambassador in Washington to return to Turkey for consultations over a U.S. House panel's approval of a bill describing the World War I-era mass killings of Armenians as genocide, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Thursday.
Brilliant. If we had ANY sway over the Turkish troops on the northern border of Iraq, that's pretty much down the toilet now.

So what, you may ask? Why do we care?
About 70 percent of U.S. air cargo headed for Iraq goes through Turkey, as does about one-third of the fuel used by the U.S. military in Iraq. U.S. bases also get water and other supplies by land from Turkish truckers who cross into the northern region of Iraqi Kurdistan.
I guess the Democrats are aiming to accomplish their goals by subverting our supply routes to Iraq. Nice.

10 October 2007

Karma baby

I think this falls under the category of, what goes around comes around. It would seem that Mrs. America, Nancy Pelosi herself, is being protested by the Code Pink whackos. Here's a funny picture or two of the whack jobs camped out in front of Nancy's posh house...
the squatters have engaged in decidedly non-neighborly behavior like hanging their clothes from the trees; moving in sofas, chairs and other “permanent living facilities”; and, oddly, building a large Buddha on the sidewalk in front of her home.
What she needs is a shotgun and some rock salt. But oh, wait, she's anti-gun so I guess she'll just have to deal with the mess.

09 October 2007

Girls N Guns

To make up for my earlier post showing ugly hairy hippy chicks, I submit to you, Girls and Guns.

Why Bullet Prices Are Going Up

Thanks to morons like this Darwin Award-winner:
A thief in Germany was charred beyond recognition by a 10,000 volt electric shock when he tried to steal a live copper cable.
Police in the western city of Duisburg found the 32-year-old man's blackened remains by a set of cable cutters and pile of non-live cables he had already stolen.
Only because one of his hands survived incineration were officers able to identify the man as a German of Kazakh origin.
"His fingerprints were already logged on police files," a local police spokesman said.
"The force of the shock was so great that the hand was severed from his body."
Looks like he lived up to his potential. Cu later!

08 October 2007

Deputy fired 30 shots from rifle in killing 6, officials say - CNN.com

First off, this is a tragedy beyond words, make no mistake. Here's a young man who apparently didn't have the tools to cope with stress, and was in a position to inflict great harm. 'Nuff said.

Here's what I want you to see in this article:
An off-duty sheriff's deputy used a police-style AR-15 rifle to kill six people at an early morning party in a small Wisconsin town, officials said Monday.
I think you know where I'm going with this.

Had this crime been perpetrated by anyone other than a law-enforcment officer, that rifle would've been decried as one of those damned "assault" rifles. Yet here we have all the elements of such a story: a high-powered rifle, with a 30-round magazine, wielded by a psychopath is usually fodder for all manner of hysteria about how this wouldn't have happened had the Clinton ban still been in effect, and all other sorts of nonsense.

None of that here. Why?

There was an incident here in Dallas late last week where a 20-year-old armed security guard fought off 3 teenagers intent on robbing him with an SKS rifle - a $139 curio and relic piece. Guess what that rifle was classified as? Bingo - "assault rifle." What makes this 20-year-old young man any different? It's not an assault rifle, it's a "police-style AR-15 rifle," which for some reason doesn't garner the same criticism had the weapon been borne by a "civilian." Because he was a "law-enforcement officer?"

I don't get it.

07 October 2007

Learn to Speak Hindi the Fast and Easy Way!

Wausau Daily Herald - Hmoob lubneej tseem tswj cov raug tsimtxom

Allow me to quote the whole article, in the likely event that it'll get fixed/pulled:
Hmoob lubneej tseem tswj cov raug tsimtxom

Sau los ntawm Robert Mentzer
Wausau Daily Herald

Cov pojniam Hmoob ntsib teebmeem vim mus piav tsis tau rau leejtwg, qhov no kuj yog ib qhov teebmeem ua rau tawgcuab tawgyim, hais los ntawm ib pab pojniam thaum lawv tuaj sibntxhooj uake tham txog Hmoob tej teebmeem.

Lub rooj sibtham no yog rub los ntawm chaw sau xovxwm Wausau Daily Herald. Lawv kom cov pojniam Hmoob no qhia txog lawv lubneej Hmoob thiab kev pauv ntawm lubneej Hmoob. Vim 2 khub niamtxiv tau sibtua txij xyoo ta los thiab xyoo no. Thiab lub hli tag los, ib tug tub ceevxwm hauv nroog Wausau tseem rhawv tswvyim yuav txov nws tus pojniam thaum nws muab nws lub lumfai mus tsoo taw choj. Qhov no ua rau cov pojniam thiab txivneej Hmoob hauv lub zejzos ra loj kawg.

Lub rooj sibtham no yog tham txog Hmoob lubneej thiab kev xav, twb yog vim cov pojniam tsis muaj cuabkav mus cuag kev pabcuam. Pivtxwv li, The Women's Community, yog ib lub chaw rau tus neeg ntsib teebmeem tuaj nyob thiab so ibntu xwb. Tiam sis lus Hmoob los txhais tias, "Yog ib Lub Tsev Pojnrauj," hais los ntawm Maiv Neng Xyooj, nws muaj hnubnyoog 31 xyoo.

Los lus sibnrauj kuj txhais tau tias txav nyob nrug ntawm lub zejzos, los yog kuj hais tau tias nrauj nws tus txiv thiab.

Mim Lis Thoj, hnubnyoog 41 xyoo, nws hais tias, "Yuav dhau ua tau ib tug pojniam luag hwm thiab saib tau, tus pojniam ntawv yuav tsum muaj ib tug txivtsev."

Yog ib nkawm niamtxiv twg muaj teebmeem lawm, tus pojniam yuav tsum tau mus cuag nws tus txiv cov kwvtij thiab pab nws.

"Yog kuv mus cuag kuv cov neejtsa, qhov no yuav rhuav plhu tshaj qhov kuv mus ntsib kuv cov kwvtij," Maiv Neeb hais. "Thaum kuv mus ntsib kuv cov neejtsa, yog thaum kuv cov kwvtij twb pom zoo lawm, thaum ntawv kuv mam li mus."

Tib txoj kev xav li no thiaj khoo tau cov pojniam Hmoob mus lawm ib suam, qhov no tejzaum yuav rov tig tawm tsam cov neeg uas lub zejzos tseem xav txaiv yuav.

"Cov pojniam ua raug tsimtxom (domestic violence), vim lawv tsis muaj kev pabcuam, qhov yuav hais no yog ib yam txau tusiab kawg, vim yog cov pojniam Hmoob xwb," Mim Lis hais.

Maiv Neeb hais ntxiv tias tom qab Padalina Thoj raug nws tus txiv tua thaum xyoo 2006 hauv nroog Weston, cov pojniam hauv zejzos los nyho tias "nws tsim nyog tuag vim nws ua tsis ncaj rau nws tus txiv."

Maiv Tooj Yi Yaj, hnubnyoog 44 xyoo, kev txawjntse thiaj yog tu yuamsij.

"Yog yuav muab cov neeg American lubneej coj los piv peb Hmoob lubneej, qhov no nyuaj rau cov txivneej Hmoob los totaub," Maiv Tooj Yi Yaj hais. "Yog tias peb cov pojniam muaj kev txawjntse zog, thiab peb muab ob lubneej los sibxyaw, tejzaum tej kev kubntxhov yuav tsawg zog thiab."

05 October 2007

Airline makes Fla. man change T-shirt

And with this bit of hubris, the Southwest Airlines wardrobe trifecta is complete.
The shirt, bought in the Virgin Islands, uses sexual double entendre to promote a fictional fishing tackle shop. The largest lettering reads "Master Baiter."
I was on a Southwest Airline flight last week, and I swear that the black male flight attendant was wearing eye shadow. I asked the flight attendant who was seated next to me (she was dead-heading back to Dallas) if that was the case, and she said, "quite possibly."

Now, who's making the call on what's fashion fabulous at this airline, anyway?

04 October 2007

Charges dropped in sherry enema death case

If you've ever been to Angleton, you probably already know it's not the intellectual nexus of Texas:
An autopsy report said he had been administered an enema with enough sherry to get a blood alcohol level of 0.47 percent. That is almost six times the level that can lead to a driving while intoxicated charge.

Warner told the Houston Chronicle that her husband had been addicted to enemas since he was a child. She said he often used alcohol in that manner to get drunk.
I wonder if he was a smoker, too?

01 October 2007

Some gun pRon

Yeah, it's been a while since we posted some good gun porn. Sooooooo, ladies and germs, I present to you

a lovely trio of 1911 blasters.

One custom built Kimber - with a Kimber frame, McCormick top end, ramped barrel and all the bells and whistles.

One pretty much stock Kimber - with Alumagrips, STI ambi safeties, and a Techwell mag well.

One lovely SVI - with all the bells and whistles from the SV shop, including a humongous SV mag well.


28 September 2007

Shiny side out!

The Mission Impossible actor, who is a dedicated follower of Scientology, is reportedly fearful that deposed galactic ruler 'Xenu' is plotting an evil revenge attack on Earth.
Shiny side out, Tom, shiny side out.

Where's MY Cash?

Typical liberals at work.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday that every child born in the United States should get a $5,000 "baby bond" from the government to help pay for future costs of college or buying a home.
Where does this 5K come from I wonder?

And, if she's giving 5K to everyone born from now on, where's my cash? Herein lies another one of the Hildabeast's problems. If something like this were to ever pass, it would just grow into another giant government FUBAR. Why draw the line at a newborn? Why not, every child under 10? 15? 21?

It's going to be a really, really rough ride for the next two years.

Get out there and start making your opinions heard, people, and when it comes time to vote, let's vote for Fred.

24 September 2007

all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator

"Mr. President, you exhibit all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator...."

"Frankly and in all candor, Mr. President, I doubt that you will have the intellectual courage to answer these questions. But your avoiding them will have meaning for us."

"Today I feel all the weight of the modern civilized world yearning to express the revulsion at what you stand for," Mr. Bollinger told Mr. Ahmadinejad. "I only wish I could do better."

Color me shocked. Bollinger did indeed rip Mackmud a new arse.

I hate to do it, but good job, President Bollinger. I am truly surprised and happy to have seen the little punk get a decent tounge lashing.

20 September 2007

God love the Marines

H/T to this great site.

A little levity

Ok, that last post got my blood pressure going. For a little comic relief, check this out...

News Roundup

Lots going on here deserving of comment....

To start with, keeping it light, it would appear there's a new dance craze in good ole gay Paree. And when I say gay, I really mean gay. Come on mon amis. Ya'll are starting to come around with Sarkozy, but if you ever want to regain any sort of national pride, let's give up this Tecktonik crap.

News flash, bubba. Parachute pants went out of style in the 80s... and yeah, you look somewhat less than masculine.

Next up, Peter King hits the proverbial nail on the proverbial head. There are too many radical islamists in this country. ONE is too many. Since the vast majority of muslims consider themselves muslims first and Americans second (in stark contrast to the rest of this fine country, by the way...) and since it is a stated goal of the islamists to destroy America and create a caliphate from sea to sea, then yeah, we should be looking VERY hard at mosques and the ones that are supportive of the islamists should be shut down. Period.

Rock on, Pete.

And in the "you gotta be shittin' me" category, Oregon is adapting MEXICAN curriculum for its students. Yes, you read that right. An American state (several actually, much to my chagrin) is actually importing a curriculum from Mexico to teach its Latino students. Whatever happened to immersion? I mean, if I wanted to improve my paltry Spanish, I'd go live in Mexico or some other South American country for a while and speak nothing but Spanish until I was fluent. Is there a better way to do this? So clearly, this program is not intended to teach the students English. If it was, you wouldn't see any of this touchy feely bullshit. Instead, the kids would be taught in English, and English only. My grandparents on my mother's side were first generation Italian Americans. I heard several accounts growing up from my grandfather who told me if his father ever caught him speaking Italian outside of the house, he would get a massive ass whipping. It was quite clear to my grandfather that it was learn English, or else. Where did those days go?

Switching subjects before I pop a blood vessel, the punk in chief of Iran is somehow surprised that we would be offended by his visit to the WTC. He says, and I quote "his intention was only to show respect." Here's the question, slimeball - respect to who? The terrorists who flew the planes? This guy is a total thug, the Hitler of our time, and we're STILL going to let him come into the country. Insane.

And finally, is anyone really surprised that another Clinton fundraiser is behind bars? I'm sure the Hildabeast will get a pass from our chums in the mainstream media, but I mean, come on people - wake up!

Nice headline

You'd think someone at the Chattanoogan would see this and go, "Hmmm. Maybe not a great layout."

Iran tests new homemade fighter jets

The jets are called Saegheh, part of Iran's generation of Azarakhsh fighters, the report said.

Both words mean lightning in Farsi.

Iranian defense officials said the new aircraft are similar to the U.S. F-18 fighter plane but more powerful, although technical comparisons weren't given.
By "more powerful" they mean "explodes more easily when shot down from 100 miles away by U.S. fighters."

Glad I could clear that up for you.

19 September 2007

Iran Leader Denied on WTC Wreath Request

Why we let this jackass into the country at all is absolutely beyond me.

His plane should be shot down as soon as it leaves Iranian airspace.

17 September 2007

France warning of war with Iran

Well, if this isn't a sign of the impending Apocalypse, I don't know what is. The French are rattling their plastic sabers with respect to Iran.

All kidding aside, I gotta give props to Kouchner.
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner says the world should prepare for war over Iran's nuclear programme.
There has been quite a bit of scuttlebutt and rumor-mongering with respect to American plans for a 3-6 day military offensive that would ostensibly render the Iranian military useless (or more useless than they are now). It would appear that the French also sense that a nuclear jihad would be very bad for the rest of the world.

Here's the part that scares me worse than any war with Iran: Iran with nuclear capability. Does anyone doubt that those pedantic Persians would foist their beliefs on the world on the tip of a nuclear warhead? I think this is one of those moments in history where a decisive military operation would be for the greater good of the planet. Hell, when the FRENCH think it's a good idea, what does THAT tell you? Nonetheless, it scares the crap out of me. Between the USA, Russia, Israel, Syria, Korea, Iran, India, Pakistan, and yes, China, this has all the elements of a bad sci-fi flick.

16 September 2007

A new toy for Outlaw 13

The number of video terminals that display live imagery beamed from UAVs has jumped to 1,000, up from 200 six months ago, he said. They are installed in Stryker vehicles on their way to Iraq, and should be in Apache cockpits by next summer, said Kim Henry, a spokeswoman at the Army’s Redstone Arsenal, Ala.
Hopefully, Outlaw 13 won't have to go back to the sandbox to play with this new technology and can just fly about the hills and valleys around Central Texas with the new gadget.

On the plus side, looks like the UAV have started taking out scumbags who are busy planting roadside bombs...

When Army scouts in Iraq spotted two men planting a roadside bomb Sept. 1, they called in a nearby Hunter unmanned aircraft, which dropped a laser-guided bomb and killed the two men.

15 September 2007

2007 USPSA Nationals Video!

Here's the full contents of a DVD that our great friend and teammate Bruce made for us. It's Pimp Daddy, thegirl, Catfish, JR, and the Super Squad. Bruce got about 15 of our stages and a few of the supers. Use the comments tags to skip from shooter to shooter. Take note of the rainy stages in particular.

Thanks, Bruce!

Thompson speaks against gun control

We finally have someone running for the Republican ticket who is firmly against gun control. And it's about damn time!

On the day South Florida mourned a slain police officer, Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson stopped in Miami and stuck firmly to his guns over what he says is the unnecessary call for limiting the right to bear arms.

''I do not think that abrogating Second Amendment rights is a good idea,'' the Republican said at the Versailles restaurant in Little Havana.

''The amount of violence created on the street by these kinds of weapons is very, very small,'' Thompson said. ``It's too bad. It's horrendous. Any kind -- whether it's a knife or an IED or a gun -- innocent people, especially law enforcement officers, are vulnerable all the time; we know that. But on balance, you've got to ask what is good for society and what does the Second Amendment say.''

14 September 2007

2007 USPSA Nats - Super Squad Video

If you'd like to see some pretty cool video of the super squad, see what I have, and also check out thegirl's video.

Nothing to see here, move along

I'm sure this jackass was just out enjoying the scenery.... I'm sure his muslim faith and his support of terrorist organizations had nothing to do with his little jaunt through the woods.

13 September 2007

USPSA 2007 Limited/Production/Revolver Nationals

We're back. Once we've caught our breath, we're going to have beaucoup video and photos to share. One of our esteemed bloggers even came back from her first USPSA Nationals with a trophy!

Here's a sneak preview of some of the fun we endured:

07 September 2007

The World's Most Versatile Rifle

Good article by Mike Bane on the black rifle. Maybe the NRA BoD needs to read it?

They're accurate, they're customizable and they're fun to shoot. Why you're going to see more AR-style rifles in the woods this fall.

Truck Accident Kills 72 in India's North

Wow. That just makes me sikh.

California takes the lead

Anyone surprised that Kalifornia has taken the lead (again) in anti gun legislation?

California would be the first state to require that every semiautomatic handgun cartridge be stamped with an identifying mark if the governor signs a bill that has now cleared both chambers of the Legislature.
Yeah, that won't make every existing semi-auto pistol in California against the law and it won't make any pistols equipped with this insanity too expensive for ordinary Joes to own. And, just to show you the insantity, and the stupidity, of the whackos in Kalifornia, someone, anyone, please tell me how you can tell the difference between a cartridge meant to be fired out of an auto loader and one fired from a revolver. Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

The measure would require that, starting in 2010, every semiautomatic handgun sold in California would have to automatically "microstamp" each bullet cartridge in two locations as it is fired. The microscopic stamping would identify the gun's make, model and serial number.
I gaurantee you if this bill passes it will not be long before semi-auto rifles and shotguns will be required to have the same "microstamp" ability.

In addition to pricing new pistols out of the market for most of us, it will also make handloading just about impossible. Sounds like the microstamp would be imprinted on the primer. Wonder how much those little jewels will cost and if they will even be made available to the general public.

And are you surprised that this bill is also being considered on the Federal level?

A federal bill, modeled on California's, is being considered by Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Los Angeles.
Senator Kennedy. He's my hero.

Yeah, right.

Thrown off plane for outfit deemed too skimpy

Follow up: VIDEO - watch it.

Um, yeah - the skirt's pretty short. But at least she's wearing white panties, and not going clamando!

06 September 2007

The Elite: Lanny Bassham

Lanny has got to be one of the greatest "can do" authors out there. For the shooting world, his mental managment system works miracles.

I can't recommend his principles enough. Stop by and tell him hi, you'll find it's worth the visit, and you don't have to be a shooter. If you compete, his system works.

95% of all winning is accomplished by only 5% of the participants. We call this group the elite. Why and how are they able to win so often? Is it because they are just talented or in the right place at the right time? What about opportunity? What role does wealth play in winning?

I've interviewed hundreds of the elite and I do not find an abundance of either natural ability or wealth to be a common denominator. You would think that expensive sports like shotgun and 300m free rifle would have more rich-kids at the top of the ranks and that just doesn't seem to be true. Many of our champions were trained by the military which is open to all. To be certain we have some wealthy in our ranks but do not think that your pocketbook is always the limiting factor to success. I can name more elite shooters coming from modest incomes than from wealth ones. Talent is a short term advantage and is soon overcome by hard work.

Common traits of the elite are abundant desire, an expectation to win, discipline, willingness to work hard, a belief that they can and will attain elite status no matter the obstacles and an almost religious calling to the sport. We can debate whether these traits are ones we are born with or ones we acquire. I think it might be a little bit of both along with a dash of fate thrown in. Just as soon as you think that someone has no chance to win because of no natural ability or financial status they somehow seem to win anyway.

I am certain of one thing. Winning belongs to those who think about the process of winning, who just cannot stand not to be among the elite and are ready to take action today to make it happen. This year I hope you find yourself among those on the winner's road. It is surely a narrower way but worth the trip.

The Next Zumbo

Watch this:

Now, read this:

Recently, some misunderstandings have arisen about a news interview in which I participated a few years ago. After recently watching a tape of that interview, I understand the sincere concerns of many people, including dear friends of mine. And I am pleased and eager to clear up any confusion about my long held belief in the sanctity of the Second Amendment.

In the interview, when asked about my views of “assault weapons,” I was talking about true assault weapons – fully automatic firearms. I was not speaking, in any way, about semiautomatic rifles. While the media may not understand this critical distinction, I take it very seriously. But, as a result, I understand how some people may mistakenly take my comments to mean that I support a ban on civilian ownership of semiautomatic firearms. Nothing could be further from the truth. And, unfortunately, the interview was cut short before I could fully explain my thoughts and beliefs.

In fact, I am a proud owner of such rifles, as are millions of law-abiding Americans. And many Americans also enjoy owning fully automatic firearms, after being cleared by a background check and meeting the rigorous regulations to own such firearms. And these millions of lawful gun owners have every right – and a Second Amendment right – to own them.

As a hunter, I take great pride in my marksmanship. Every hunter should practice to be skilled to take prey with a single shot, if possible. That represents ethical, humane, skilled hunting. In the interview several years ago, I spoke about this aspect of hunting and my belief that no hunter should take the field and rely upon high capacity magazines to take their prey.

But that comment should never be mistaken as support for the outright banning of any ammunition magazines. In fact, such bans have been pursued over the years by state legislatures and the United States Congress and these magazine bans have always proven to be abject failures.

Let me be very clear. As a retired Texas Ranger, during 36 years of law enforcement service, I was sworn to uphold the United States Constitution. As a longtime hunter and shooter, an NRA Board Member, and as an American – I believe the Second Amendment is a sacred right of all law-abiding Americans and, as I stated in the interview in question, I believe it is the Second Amendment that ensures all of our other rights handed down by our Founding Fathers.

I have actively opposed gun bans and ammunition and magazine bans in the past, and I will continue to actively oppose such anti-gun schemes in the future.

I appreciate my friends who have brought this misunderstanding to light, for it has provided me an opportunity to alleviate any doubts about my strong support for the NRA and our Second Amendment freedom.
Do you feel like you misunderstood what he said?

In my opinion, it was pretty damn clear. This fellow, on the NRA Board, shows disdain for civilian ownership of "assault weapons", unless they are limited to 5 rounds. Unfortunately, his disdain is typical of many law enforcement officers. Not all, grant you, but a lot. His disdain of the evil assault weapon is also very typical of the attitude that hunters take towards anyone else who owns a gun.

Let's be clear:

The 2nd Ammendment was not written to protect the ability of the state to own firearms. It was not written to protect hunting rights. The 2nd Ammendment is there to protect me and you from an oppressive government. Period. End of Story.

For the record, this interview was done in 2005. Why it's making the rounds on the internets now is anyone's guess, but it is. And this jackass needs to be booted off the NRA Board. Also for the record, it's bullshit like this that explains why I'm no longer a member of the NRA.

Amazing truck crash photos spark Web debate

Holy caramba. This is pretty crazy.
Investigators estimated that the truck was traveling about 75 mph when it crashed through a concrete barricade separating the road from a roughly 200-foot precipice running alongside State Route 59.

What happened next has been described on Internet messages boards as "impossible," "crazy" and "insane." One Web site ran the photos under the headline, "I bet this guy will be in church Sunday!"

So stunning are the photos on the myth-buster sites that many people posting comments allege the pictures have been altered with Adobe Photoshop.

Not so, say the local police.
Check out the pics:

Yes, they're real pictures.

05 September 2007

Southwest fashion police set no-fly zone

Speaking of strange flying rituals, WTF is up with this? For your edification, the picture here is of the outfit in question.
Southwest explained its treatment of Ebbert in a letter to her mother, saying it could remove any passenger “whose clothing is lewd, obscene or patently offensive” to ensure the comfort of children and “adults with heightened sensitivities.”
What Quaker/Puritan/Shiite accused this woman of dressing obscenely or offensively? Apparently, it's "Keith," the SWA fashion homo:
After the plane filled, and the flight attendants began their safety spiel, Ebbert was asked to step off the plane by a customer service supervisor, identified by the airline only as “Keith.”

They walked out onto the jet bridge, where Keith told Ebbert her clothing was inappropriate and asked her to change. She explained she was flying to Tucson for only a few hours and had brought no luggage.
“I asked him what part of my outfit was offensive,” she said. “The shirt? The skirt? And he said, 'The whole thing.' ”
"Keith" came up with a suggestion:
Keith asked her to go home, change and take a later flight. She refused, citing her appointment. The plane was ready to leave, so Keith relented. He had her pull up her tank top a bit, pull down her skirt a bit, and return to her seat.

Ebbert says several flight attendants overheard the conversation and, after an embarrassing walk down the aisle, she took her seat and spread a blanket over her lap. She kept her composure until the plane landed, when she called her mother and broke down.

She took a photo of herself with her cell phone so her mother could see her clothes. That's when mom became livid.
"Keith," you didn't just make her mama mad, you pretty much just stepped into a huge, steaming pile of caca with every red-blooded American male in this country. I can only assume you're not counted in that number, you great big Nancy.

Don't let the men of America find out who you are, pal.

'bout damn time!

Run Fred Run!!!

You did WHAT?

How'd you like to be the poor schmuck who has to fill out the paperwork on this one?

B-52 bomber mistakenly loaded with five nuclear warheads flew from Minot Air Force Base, N.D, to Barksdale Air Force Base, La., on Aug. 30, resulting in an Air Force-wide investigation, according to three officers who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to discuss the incident.

Airline sacrifices goats to appease sky god

The goats were sacrificed in front of the troublesome aircraft Sunday at Nepal's only international airport in Kathmandu in accordance with Hindu traditions, an official said.
Wow. Remind me never to fly to Nepal. Call me crazy, but I'd feel better with a little duct tape and baling wire.

Terlingua World Championship

No, not the chili one, the golf one.

It happens the same weekend as the chili cookoff, but Ranger Bob's Tom Skipper Memorial Terlingua World Golf Championship Golf Shoot-Out has become one of the most popular events of that weekend. Check out his site, and if you're going to be there the first weekend in November, you better get your entries in now.

As one of the original Dirty Dozen, I can attest to the fun and insanity to be had there.

31 August 2007

Miss Teen USA 2007 - South Carolina answers a question

No doubt you've heard Miss Teen South Carolina answer her question, but after listening to it again, watch her proud parent's reaction, and then listen to a touching tribute song to her answer. Enjoy.

Reaction Of The Proud Parents of Miss Teen South Carolina

Tribute Song for Miss Teen South Carolina's Answer


Air-dropped damns could fix levee breeches

That's right, it's an actual headline on some tree-hugger site. Curse words from the sky could fix levee pants, apparently.
Damns formed of metal tripods and self-filling water bladders could be air-dropped to rapidly repair levees breached by storm damage, say US government researchers.

When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in August 2005, the levees created to protect the city from flooding were breached and the resulting deluge left 80% of the city underwater (see Flawed levees no match for Hurricane Katrina).

Should a similar disaster strike the US again, the researchers hope that make-shift damns, dropped from the air, could stem prevent the resulting flood.
Wow. Just...damn.

The Shocker!

The gesture, involving the middle, index and pinky fingers, goes by various names including "the shocker" when the connotation is sexual in nature.
That'll get you blurred. See the picture.

29 August 2007

nasty bad naughty boy

Tell me this guy isn't a homo.

Republicans hammer Brit artist's Bush

Another great headline.

Hammering a bush is a hell of a lot better than soliciting sex in a bathroom from a dude.

Blown transformer cuts power to wiener plant

What? You think I make these headlines up?

Gun lovers disarm control advocates

Here's a taste of Liberal Chicago gun-control advocacy:
Let's get organized and shove tougher gun policies right down their throats.
Laura Washington hates guns, and apparently can't understand why everyone doesn't see things her way.

Is it because she's so rational and reasonable?
Our elected officials have either been bought off or are missing in action. The odds are against the majority of Americans who are terrified and sickened by the gun menace.
Nope, that's not it. Is it because she's got paranoid delusions about what constitutes responsible gun ownership?
Do you want to be standing in line for gas, popcorn or a gallon of milk and find yourself next to someone who's packing heat? If he takes the White House, we can all go shopping for embossed leather holsters and pearl-handled pistols. I'll be looking to accessorize that with rhinestone-studded boots.
That might be closer to the truth.

Laura can't understand why an ABC News poll showed overwhelming support for gun control, while letters to the editor demonstrated an overwhelming desire for her to STFU. Seriously, an ABC News poll? Did they call 25 inner-city residents at random and call that a sample?

Laura believes that gun control measures don't advance because gun rights advocates are so mean and vitriolic. Hmmm. The phrase "pot calling the kettle black" comes to mind.