Monday, January 31, 2005
In my time on this earth I've seen alot. As far as the world goes I've been witness to some wonderful events. The Berlin Wall coming down, the crumling of the former USSR, and now an Arab nation taking the first step towards self determination.
To the people of Iraq: the journey that you have undertaken is not an easy one. America has been on a similar journey for over 225 years. There will be struggles, conflict, and even war. However, if you decide this should be, your future is up to you. You can elect a representative goverment that will participate in the affairs of the world. You can use the riches of your nation to grow an economy that benefits all of Iraq. Your time under the oppression of Saddam should be remembered but, with any luck, as something that no one aspires a return to. If all Iraqi's work together for Iraq - there is no limit to how great your country can be.
Many have sacrificed for your freedom. Please don't let them down.
Thursday, January 27, 2005
Sooner or later (hopefully sooner) these folks are going to wake up and tell the Democrats to take a hike.
Sounds like excellent motivation to me.
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Monday, January 24, 2005
Since 9/11 access has been severely restricted. Recently it's been opened up for visitors again. If you're in the area take some time and visit. It's worth the time.
I wonder if this fine young man was a Boy Scout at one time? He certainly sounds like one. Whoever you are - thanks! You made a old mans day.
Friday, January 21, 2005
Whoever you are - thanks!
Thursday, January 20, 2005
For a short time today ABC News has a post on their web site looking for a funeral to cover. A funeral of a US Soldier or Marine killed in Iraq. Not Afghanistan or anywhere else in the global war on terror but Iraq. I guess they were looking for balance with the inauguration going on today...
While the orginal has been pulled Captain Ed has it archived.
How low can you go?
- Update: Looks like they can go pretty low. They found the funeral they were looking for. See the Mudville Gazette for details.
I've never been a fan of the three 'major' networks news programs. CBS lost my trust years ago. Same with NBC. ABC was on the fence. It's totally gone now.
I know a number of folks had a problem with the day. From the weanies promoting "Not another dime day" (I have to wonder if they sat in the dark and didn't turn on the water all day) to the the folks at DU comparing today to 9/11. (Care to guess which was worse in their shallow minds?) I think back to 92 and 96 and, while Republicans were down, they were looking forward to the next election with a positive attitude. That is missing in the Democratic Party. They only thing they are positive about is Iraq is a quagmire and Bush stole Ohio. Since neither is true I guess they'll be pretty sad the next few years.
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
It's strange. Flashlights are a common household item and here I am thinking about how many I can fit into my (limited) toy budget. Add the guns and knives I'd like to have as well as upgrade the computers at home. Oh well - the budget for the rest of the decade is now spent. :-(
So what appears in the mail today? A SureFire catalog. Thing1 requested it and had it sent home rather than to his school address. Will he ever see it? Ha! Well yeah he'll see it. Once I figure out which one to get first. The 6P is just about perfect but the G2 is the same performance at half the price. Maybe one of each and give the one I don't like to Thing1? He'd like that.
Saturday, January 15, 2005
While watching Tony Snow on Fox News this morning he had Ted on from his farm in Crawford, Texas talking about a fund raiser his band was doing to help pay for a high school bands trip to the inauguration. Ted, being Ted, was talking about his band practicing. From barbeque to music to firing machine guns to playing music - just another day in the life of the Nuge.
Ted's best line - "I'm going to teach Toby Keith how to be a redneck"
The show was just fun. From playing before 20 people in a bar in Nashville to small arenas in college towns these folks are just having fun. Hopefully they'll keep it that way and keep the fans happy.
If it had been invented anywhere else it would have been called a teethbrush. :-)
This was a joke at a variety show at church tonight. Kind of like a run-on joke from Cub Scouts. The show was a fund raiser put on by our high school youth as part of a county wide effort to raise money to support the fight against AIDS in Africa. The amount of talent in our church was amazing. From a 10 year old drummer to a 50ish guitar player to a 5 year old singer - the talent poured out. And the money poured in.
P.S. No offense to anyone in Arkansas intended.
Thursday, January 13, 2005
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Lets see. There are two battle groups there. Thousands of Marines helping. SEAL and Special Forces teams on the ground giving aid. I'll bet not a single one of them needed prodding. America's best never do when a helping hand is needed somewhere.
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
While listening to Kevin McCulloch on the radio today he and blogger Jordan Golson discussed a story that appeared on Jordan's blog about the war dogs of the Iraqi army. Apparently there was a shortage of food for the dogs. Short story - Hill's Pet Nutrition will be sending as much Science Diet as the puppies need. Hill's Pet Nutrition is worthy of your support. While we are an Iam's family I'll be sending them a note of thanks for this wonderful gesture.
- Update: I used the comments page on the Hill's Pet Nutrition site and send them a thank you. The next day a response was in my Inbox.
Thank you for visiting HillsPet.com and taking the time to contact us to share your kind comments regarding our donations of food to the soldier's dogs. We along with other Americans are concerned with the health and well being and the efforts that these pets are putting forth to support our troops.
The whole story starts here
Monday, January 10, 2005
Thing1 headed back to school for day for Interim. Nine days of classes worth 2 credits. Students use this time to take fun classes. Thing1 will be learning how to run a school science fair. Seems like a good idea for someone who wants to be a teacher! The wife is doing much better this time. No tears at all. Even the dog seems to be ok.
Personally I would have put MMs logic level at the 1st or 2nd grade
The first two hours of Jacks bad day were excellent. The stage is set for a bloody fight to stop terrorists. And unlike some in Hollywood the terrorists are (or at least appear to be) Muslims. I can understand how the Muslim community might see this as insulting or a sterotype but... lets look at the the bad guys in the world right now. Middle East, Afghanistan, etc, the bad guys are Muslims. Am I saying that all Muslims are bad? No. Like any other faith there are those that pervert the teachings to justify their actions.
If 24 stays like this then its going to be a wild day. I can't wait!
Saturday, January 08, 2005
Thing1 and I hit the range last night. He wanted to try out my Christmas present and get whatever stress was in his system out before heading back to school on Monday. I picked up 250 rounds of 9mm at Gander Mountain beforehand and some .22 at Wal-Mart. Printed out some targets and we were set.
Signed in and setup. Thing1 put a couple of mags through the Glock and decided he'd rather shoot the .22s. I spent the next hour putting the rest of the 9mm ammo through my Glock. Tried 5 different loads in 3 different weights. The lighter weights seem to work best for me. Thing1 alternated between a Ruger MarkII, 10/22, and a old H&R 865. The 865 was my Dads. He gave it to me after I turned 21 and it'll become Thing1s when he turns 21. With any luck he'll have a kid he can pass it on too. After I finished with the Glock I put a 100 rounds through the MarkII. It was like shooting a cap gun.
An hour and half later we were done. The tension of the week was gone. Cleaned up, stowed the guns and did some browsing. The Surefire lights are starting to say 'buy me'. Just need to decide which one.
Talked about all kinds of things on the way home. School, guns, life, movies, whatever. Thing1 is a great kid. I wish I would have been as together then as he is now.
Time together is time well spent.
Just saw an ad for Sunday's 60 Minutes. One of the subjects is the recent ban of .50 caliber weapons in California (while video of a Barrett M82A1 semi-auto being fired one handed is shown) and how they are 'available' in the other 49 states. Oh, and this is allowing terrorists to buy them.
You'd think CBS would have learned from the RatherGate incident.
Thursday, January 06, 2005
Thing1 got a letter from school the other day. It was his first semester grades. Six A's. Well two were A minuses. (We grounded him for that :-) )
The next day another letter from school shows up. It's the bill for the next semester... Nice setup.
Today we switch back to the good stuff. A letter from the school provost announcing that Thing1 was named to the Deans List. I know that all semesters won't be this good (then again Thing1 has been full of surprises his whole life) but it is a good start.
And Wednesday will never be the same. First there is the excellent LOST and now Alias. The first episode was slow at times but, in the Alias tradition, made sense at the end.
Nice thing about Jennifer Garner: (ok - there are a lot of nice things) she is fit but not ultra thin. I can't understand why the women in Hollywood want to be stick figures. Ms Garner just looks right. She is often described as the "girl next door". Thing1 wants to know what neighborhood she lives in. :-)
Wednesday, January 05, 2005
Tuesday, January 04, 2005
Monday, January 03, 2005
One of my favorite actresses is Sanda Bullock. She quietly gave a cool million to the American Red Cross to support their work in bringing aid to the victims of the South-East Aisa tsunami. No press release, no media package, nothing. Just gave. Awesome!
Saturday, January 01, 2005
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Watched this tonight with the wife and Thing1. It's not really something for kids the age of Thing2. Anyways - it's not a bad movie. Not great either. At the end they are giving a status of each character. The weatherman, who's IQ was given as 48, was stated to be a senior advisor to the Bush administration. Guess I shouldn't expect much from a Kerry fan like Ferrell.
Ben Stiller vs Vince Vaugn. 1.5 hours of sillyness. Fun for all.