Friday, October 24, 2008

When it rains...

Went to a Drew Estate cigar tasting last night. Because I bought a box of them I got a few gifts. One of them was a cigar cutter. Had a voice message on the phone when I got up this morning telling me I had also won one in the drawing. I guess I now have an extra to "gift" to someone.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Where I stand.

This little test certainly shows why I would never even consider Obama for president. I've improved in the last 4 years or so. I used to be 6% permissive in the social conservative side of the house and am now only 3% permissive.

Monday, October 20, 2008

A new toy.

Fed-Ex showed up today with my copy of CS4. Now I have a new toy to play with until I get all that new worn off of it.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Sounds like where we are heading

The Ant & the Grasshopper in 2008

Two Different Versions!
Two Different Morals!


The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long,
building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and
dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the ant is
warm and well fed.The grasshopper has no food or shelter,
so he dies out in the cold.

Be responsible for yourself!

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The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long,
building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and
dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press
conference and demands to know why the ant should be
allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and

CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of
the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his
comfortable home with a table filled with food. America is
stunned by the sharp contrast.

How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this
poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper, and
everybody cries when they sing, 'It's Not Easy Being Green.'

Jesse Jackson stages a demonstration in front of the
ant's house where the news stations film the group
singing, 'We shall overcome.' Jesse then has the
group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper's

Nancy Pelosi & John Kerry exclaim in an interview with
Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the
grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the
ant to make him pay his fair share.

Hillary and Barack go on national television agreeing that
the plight of the grasshopper is the fault of George Bush.

Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity &
Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the

The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number
of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his
retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the

Obama gets his old law firm to represent the grasshopper in
a defamation suit against the ant, and the case is tried
before a panel of federal judges that Bill Clinton
appointed from a list of single-parent welfare recipients.

The ant loses the case.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the
last bits of the ant's food while the government house
he is in, which just happens to be the ant's old house,
crumbles around him because he doesn't maintain it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow.

The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident
and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of
spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood.

Be very careful how you vote in 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008

A rant I can agree with.

Here's a nice little rant. If anyone wants to "spread the wealth" around there's plenty of folks to blame our current economic woes on.

I can't believe Obama actually told Joe the plumber he would take away his hard earned money and give it to someone else. Anyone who believes redistribution of the wealth to be a good thing obviously missed some much needed trips out behind the wood shed as a kid.

Let's just try this again and see if we survive the next four years. Looks like it will be worse than the Carter years. Let's go for double digit unemployment to go with the double digit inflation again as we just print more money to pay for government to bail us out of everything.

What ever happened to personal responsibility?

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Just Stuff

Found someone down at the cigar shop today who looks every bit as rough as I do.

I feel sorry for Joe the plumber. No company ownership for him. BO just slammed him back into the dirt saying we just have to redistribute this wealth. What an idiot policy to punish success by stealing the money. People at the top 1% already pay 27% of the taxes the feds take in. That's way more than enough.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Getting Older

This shot was taken just testing the camera in my new cell phone. What I need is a 14 year old to teach me how to use it. My phone is now almost as smart as my computer. Both together are about as smart as my camera. It's getting harder to keep up with them.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

I'm looking forward to winter so I can get back to calling AlGore an idiot. It's getting boring calling Obama one but he just might make it in and then everyone will wish W was back in place.

Politicians and the people who elect them.

I make no claim for this photo just one of those things you find on the internet.

I believe there's a lot of truth to what the photo implies. All that power corrupts and absolute power stuff is true. They certainly didn't bother to listen to most of us here in the bottom section on the bailout.

One thing I've noticed over the last 8 years though is how people hate W. They don't just disagree with his policies they actually hate the man. I completely fail to understand this hatred.

I disagreed with almost every policy Clinton ever supported. Even he agreed with that once admitting that he raised taxes too much. I noticed he didn't offer to give any back though. As much as I didn't like his policies though I'm certain I'd enjoy having him here for a drink and a cigar but I'd supply the sticks.

I watched the debate tonight of course. I give this one to McCain. I'm sure the main stream (read alphabet networks) media will continue their love affair with their fellow liberal but John kicked ass tonight.

As liberal as McCain is I will still vote for him. He's my only choice unless I feel like tossing the vote to someone who has no chance. I refuse to vote for someone with no experience at running anything. Even Sarah ran Wasilla and Alaska but Obama has never run anything. There's a good chance though Obama will win. If that's the case hold tightly to your wallet and try to enjoy our spiral dive into oblivion.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Not my writing but I wish it were. I'd love to hear it.

The speech George W. Bush might give:

Normally,I start these things out by saying 'My Fellow Americans.' Not
doing it this time. If the polls are any indication, I don't know who more than half of you are anymore. I do know something terrible has happened, and that you're really not fellow Americans any longer. I'll cut right to the chase here: I quit!

Now before anyone gets all in a lather about me quitting to avoid impeachment, or to avoid prosecution or something, let me assure you: There's been no breaking of laws or impeachable offenses in this office.
The reason I'm quitting is simple. I'm fed up with you people.

I'm fed up because you have no understanding of what's really going on
in the world. Or of what's going on in this once-great nation of ours. And the majority of you are too lazy to do your homework and figure it out.

Let's start local. You've been sold a bill of goods by politicians and
the news media. Meanwhile,all you can do is whine about gas prices, and most
of you are too stupid to realize that gas prices are high because there's
increased demand in other parts of the world, and because a small handful
of noisy idiots are more worried about polar bears and beachfront property
than your economic security.

We face real threats in the world. Don't give me this 'blood for oil' thing. If I were trading blood for oil I would've already seized Iraq 's oil fields and let the rest of the country go to pot. And don't give me this 'Bush Lied...People Died' crap either. If I were the liar you morons take me for, I could've easily had chemical weapons planted in Iraq so they could be 'discovered.' Instead, I owned up to the fact that the intelligence was faulty. Saddam could just as easily have had them and hid them in Iran !
Let me remind you that the rest of the world thought Saddam had the goods, same as me. Let me also remind you that regime change in Iraq was official US policy before I came into office. Some guy named Clinton
established that policy. Bet you didn't know that, did you?

Now some of you morons want to be led by a junior senator with no
understanding of foreign policy or economics, and this nitwit says we should
attack Pakistan , a nuclear ally. And then he wants to go to Iran and make
peace with a terrorist who says he's going to destroy us. While he's doing
that, he wants to give Iraq to al Qaeda, Afghanistan to the Taliban, Israel to the Palestinians, and your money to the IRS so the government can give welfare to illegal aliens, to whom he will grant citizenship, so they can vote to re-elect him. He also thinks it's okay for Iran to have nuclear weapons, and we should stop our foreign aid to Israel.

Did you sleep through high school?

You idiots need to understand that we face a unique enemy. Back during the
cold war, there were two major competing political and economic models
squaring off. We won that war, but we did so because fundamentally, the
Communists wanted to survive, just as we do. We were simply able to out
spend and out-tech them.

That's not the case this time. The soldiers of our new enemy don't care
if they survive. In fact, they want to die. That'd be fine, as long as they
weren't also committed to taking as many of you with them as they can. But
they are. They want to kill you, and they are all over the globe.
You should be grateful that they haven't gotten any more of us here in the
United States since September 11. But you're not. That's because you've got no idea how hard a small number of intelligence, military, law enforcement, and homeland security people have worked to make sure
of that. When this whole mess started, I warned you that this would be a long and difficult fight. I'm disappointed how many of you people think a long and difficult fight amounts to a single season of 'Survivor.' Instead, you've grown impatient. You're incapable of seeing things through the long lens of history, the way our enemies do. You think that wars should last a few months, a few years, tops. Making matters worse, you actively support those who help the enemy. Every time you buy the New York Times, every time you send a donation to a cut-and-run Democrat's political campaign, well, dang it, you might just as well FedEx a grenade launcher to a Jihadist. It amounts to the same thing.

In this day and age, it's easy enough to find the truth. It's all over
the Internet. It just isn't on the pages of the New York Times, USA Today,
or on NBC News. But even if it were, I doubt you'd be any smarter. Most
of you would rather watch American Idol or Dancing with Stars. I could say more about your expectations that the government will always be there to bail you out, even if you're too stupid to leave a city that's below sea level and has a hurricane approaching. I could say more about your insane belief that government, not your own wallet, is where the money comes from. But I've come to the conclusion that were I to do so, it would sail right over your heads.

So I quit. I'm going back to Crawford. I've got an energy-efficient
house down there (Al Gore could only dream) and the capability to be fully
self-sufficient for years. No one ever heard of Crawford before I got
elected, and as soon as I'm done here pretty much no one will ever hear of
it again. Maybe I'll be lucky enough to die of old age before the last
pillars of America fall. Oh, and by the way, Cheney's quitting too. That means Pelosi is your new President. You asked for it. Watch what she does carefully, because I still have a glimmer of hope that there are just enough of you remaining who are smart enough to turn this thing around in 2008.

So that's it. God bless what's left of America .

Some of you know what I mean. The rest of you, kiss off.

- You might want to start learning Farsi, and buy a Koran.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Almost winter

Getting nice here. I sure will hate going back to work but I do have to do that sometime soon. Temps running in the 80's in mid afternoon makes for a good day for a smoke and a beer out back. Peaceful, quiet and relaxing.

Sunday, October 5, 2008


It's getting closer. Days are shorter. My yard lights are on at 1830. Pretty soon that white crap will be falling out of the sky. Why don't we hibernate like bears? Winter would go away much faster that way.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Heart of Stone

Palin looked pretty good (and still hot) last night going up against someone with 35 years in the Senate. Pure porn for us conservative types. I call the debate a tie but a tie in this case is a win for Sarah.

This is a very cool thing for any photographers reading this. I emailed it to a couple of friends but in case anyone actually reads this they can have fun. This thing is super fast. It extracts all the jpegs from your RAW files and does it right now. I tested it on a folder with 269 RAW files and it was less than 40 seconds to extract full size jpegs and put them in their own folder. You can also change the dimensions of the files at the same time but it's a bit slower.

Tacos for supper tonight. I think a good German beer will go good with them.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Cigars and Hot Dogs

Being Wednesday it was a trip down to the cigar shop for lunch. They have a guy come in who caters hot dogs and stuff for a few bucks but shortly after that I normally do $80.00 or so in cigars. All in all a nice thing to do for lunch in the middle of the week.