Saturday, December 31, 2005

A 2005 Review... sort of

Yeah, I am sure there are tons of bloggers out there doing some type of, "Year in Review" out there. I decided join in the fun.

Yes, it is raining like hell here in California. I had about a one and a half feet of water covering my street this morning. I wish I were exaggerating but... hey that's why I have a sump in my basement since we live in one of the "worst flood areas" and a set of rakes to pull the leaves out of the gutter. They opened the "last resort" weirs on the Sacramento River to flood the Yolo Bypass under interstate 80. It's pretty scary to know that they are the "last resort". Of course, we should be really scared but since MSM isn't doing 24/7 coverage and I don't see Anderson Cooper standing on the "I" Street bridge over the Sacramento River I guess it's no big deal. See the MSM won't cover us with my little 1 foot plus flood. Oh no, we even have power and food. And a Hummer that can drive through 2 feet.

Sacramento has two pretty big rivers that coverage on downtown, the Sacramento and the American. which basically feed into the Delta and eventually into San Francisco Bay. We have an elaborate system of levels that surround the whole town. To the west we have a vast open field, a sort of no man's land where when we get severe weather like this, the water is diverted into that field around the north end of West Sacramento. One of the worst areas to flood is Dry Creek. It gets it's name why? Because it's dry year round... until now. As of this morning we have had 9 inches of rain this month but a whopping 20 inches up in some parts of the Foothills which feed these rivers. And technically, we're not even into the wettest time of the year. The American River is held back mostly by Folsom Dam and Folsom Lake. Folsom Dam I might add had a pretty major road going across the top of it. It was closed after 9/11. Why? Because terrorists could bomb this and flood out the 1.5 million people that live in and around Sacramento. You can thank the MSM for giving them the idea.

Speaking of the MSM and floods. One major news item that the MSM forgot to mention, in their extensive Hurricane Katrina coverage was the actual death rates by race. According to this article and this one, you'll find something staggering that was omitted by the MSM. Yet Howard Dean, who is not known to jump to conclusions, had this to say:
Race was a factor in the death toll from Hurricane Katrina, Howard Dean told members of the National Baptist Convention of America on Wednesday at the group’s annual meeting.
I'll tell you what, I don't know what to believe the facts or the leader of the DNC who is saying things so they can just get power but is over looking quite a few facts! Race was a factor if you were white! 2/3's of the population in the New Orleans is black and about 1/3 is white, an almost 2 to 1 ratio right? Yet according to Michelle Malkin's chart 48% who died were black, not 2/3's but just under half and 41% if you were white which is more than a 1/3. So if you were white in New Orleans your chances of dying were greater than if you were black! Who's kidding who here? Seriously. We're told day in and day out by liberal bloggers, the MSM and Howard Dean the facts. Yet they were so wrong on Katrina and what happened it's pathetic.

It's starting to rain again... better get the rake out.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Karma Will Get You!


Yeah ya bastard, that's what you get when you shove an 11 year old kid out of your bullpen in 1985 when he asks for your autograph!

Robbing jewerly stores, what's up with that?

I freaking hated the Expos for that!

Monday, December 26, 2005

Observations Part 30: Going to the Mall the Day After!

I am a bit insane. There was absolutely nothing going on today at work so I cut out at noon. I had the Nordstrom's Tommy Bahama shirt to exchange for a bigger size and cash in some of those holiday gift cards that burn a hole in your pocket. So I came home to load up on the following items:
  • iPod with headphones
  • Water!
  • Comfortable running shoes
  • Gift Cards and receipt for shirt
  • Hummer for driving over parking curbs and landscaping (if needed)
There is absolutely no rational reason why one would actually go to the mall today. But I felt the need and plus I needed a Video Camera for those precious moments that are supposedly coming in 6 months! (And to win money at!)

The mall was an undertaking and I am glad I took the time and effort to plan it out. Don't ever do it without careful planning!

First plan... Park far and hike in: I parked far away near the exit. I was amazed I found parking in 5 minutes and in a spot big enough for the Hummer. I had the comfortable shoes on. I had no problem hiking in from about 1/2 mile out. I never understand why people need to find the closest spot. They spend a half an hour looking for a spot 10 feet from the building and then procede top walk 5 miles in the mall! Total time from my door until I got inside the mall: 15 minutes.

Second plan... Know the mission, stay focused: There were 1000's fighting for spots and to actually get into the mall. Then the chaos inside. Can someone please tell me why there was an Asian man filming his shopping experience? And why does he do it today of all days? He had like 10 kids with him as well. They were like this mutating mass of people slowly crawling across the mall. They were pretty pissed when I get into the camera shot! I stayed focused and got to Nordstrom's. Total time need to fight through the entrance to Nordstrom's: 5 minutes

Third plan... Find the return and exchange line: The absolute first thing I did was ask how to exchange my shirt at the first. I saw a store employee and asked. That way, I didn't waste any time to get the return processed. Then I found the shirt I wanted. Same color larger size. I proceded to get into the line. Now why is it that these large department stores can't train their Christmas help better? 9 years ago I worked at a Macy's. The register isn't that hard!
Time wasted: 15 minutes Time needed if cashier had a brain: 3 to 5 minutes max!

Fourth Plan.. Establish fasted route to Apple Store: I love the Apple store. My whole house is becoming Apple related (as I type on a IBM laptop). I had to see the latest gadgets and needed to get there from the mens department at Nordstrom's. Fastest way? Actually going deeper into the mass of Nordstrom's by ascending to the second floor. Ever ride and escalator? What do you do? You look down. What did I look down to? The cosmetic department. What did I see? An attractive woman in her early 40's working the sales counter. Why did my eyes fixate on her? A nip slip! Time from Nordstrom's to Apple: 7 minutes

Fifth Plan... Avoid Apple at all costs on the day after: Everyone and their mother was at that store. The line went from the back of the story all the way out! I proceded back toward the Hummer.

Sixth Plan... Do not piss off "Likes to Fight Guy" Standing in front of Escalator in Macy's: This plan was actually added last minute and actually during the shopping experience. There was this total bruiser with ripped jeans and stuff standing at the entrance of the escalator on the way to Best Buy. This dude for some reason was not happy. He just sat there standing in front of the escalator sort of blocking the entrance. Then he sort of faked a month to go down so I followed and he stopped suddenly. I bumped into him, the people behind me bumped me back into him and it was on! Well... almost. He stood there with a stupid look on his face and then said, "What? Do you want me to move?" Ok, what the hell was that? I just avoided I contact and politely said sorry and proceded down escalator. Total Time to Best Buy 10 minutes.

Seventh Plan... Having fun in mall parking lot: I do this for fun a lot and it works quite well during the holiday season. I walk through the parking lot holding my keys out in one hand and my bag in the other. And then I walk up an aisle. It is amazing to watch how long people will follow you slowly trying everything they can to block someone out so they can get your parking place. And just when the tension is right, I pretend to walk toward a car door adjusting my keys but I don't stop. I keep walking past the car and go to the next aisle and start the process all over again with the next potential mall customer. Oh my God, this pisses people off to no end. I get a kick out of it! Time screwing around in parking lot: 5 minutes but it seemed like an eternity to the drivers nearby!

Eighth Plan: Know what the store has before you go in: Best Buy always, always, ALWAYS shows the sales ads in your area on their website. So shop before ya go. Don't waste your time. You find something you like you then can go to the manufacturer's website to find what it is you need specifically in their item. What I learned today? Those new fangled DVD camcorders suck! They don't have firewire capability. Sure they are easy to use. But then you need all kinds of hardware and stuff to make them work right. I bought this one. Canon is the way to go. I always buy cameras from real camera companies because I feel they know what the hell they are doing. I won't buy some overpriced Sony. Total time in Best Buy after Christmas with pre-knowledge about product I am going to buy: 10 minutes.

Ninth plan... Remember the First plan: You parked near an exit for what reason? Fast get away. I only needed the Hummer to fling off the small cars trying to cut in front. I ran over two curbs as well. The road is much bigger in a Hummer! Total time needed to get out: 5 minutes. I was home at 1:45.

And there you have it. Professional advice on how to traverse a mall, make a return, entertain yourself and buy what you want.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

A Birthday Post


I decided to just post this up here so all of you can wish me a happy birthday.

Happy Birthday to me December 25th.

Merry Christmas as well,

My Birthday comes first though!

Season's Greetings from all of us at

Steve's Blog

Someday the liberals will take this holiday away from us and it will only be my birthday!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Observations Part 29: Go Ahead Bush, Tap Our Phones!!

Guess what America... Bush is spying on us. He's tapping our phones without getting a warrant. Have you heard? It's all over the news. My favorite punching bag senator, Babs Boxer, is calling for the impeachment of Bush. Why? Because warrantless spying or searching is illegal according to the 4th Amendment. Bush violated the Constitution ergo, impeachment. An impeachment for protecting American people? Sure why not...

It's an issue of civil liberties and our right to checks and balances. Bush was supposed to get warrants before tapping those suspected terrorists. I say, "Who cares?"

There are so many rights stripped from us that violate our civil liberties and Constitutional rights every day. Let's take a look at a few:
  • Gun Control. I bet it was a liberal, no wait, it is a liberal, Clinton! And what does the 2nd Amendment say? Did Clinton violate the Constitution?
    Amendment II

    A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
Why is America so pissed at Bush for defending us while a Clinton lobbied for gun control, a technical violation of the 2nd, which technically makes us a bit less defensive. Is one Amendment more important than another?

  • Seat Belt Laws. I am in no way advocating that you take off your seat belt. Seat belts save lives. Should it not be your choice NOT to wear one or should we have a law? There are many things that kill people. Some kill faster like cigarette smoking. Cigarette smoking isn't illegal. But we make a law to make people use common sense for seat belts but not for smoking? (Editor's note: Seat belts do save lives and if we have to make laws for the safety of automobile drivers and their innocent passengers... then GOOD!!!) Hmm... speaking of smoking...
  • Anti Smoking laws for privately owned businesses. These laws make no sense. A privately owned business can sell guns, have women or men strip for money, sell alcohol, sell cigarettes, swear, be anti-religious, inflict pain on people by giving them tatoos (see lawryde hey man, what's up!), sell greasy unhealthy food, let people say anything they want and yet, can't let people smoke? Yeah that's not a violation of civil liberties. (Editor's note: I hate smokers and am glad we banned smoking in California restaurants and bars. It's really a bad habit and people should quit. Hopefully the law helps)
  • Prostitution. Hey... A woman or man should be able to sell their bodies for what ever they want. Right? I mean, what the hell are Pamela Anderson, Britney Spears and Paris Hilton doing anyway? Go to magazine rack and what do you see? Covers of magazines of sweet looking women demonstrating the best plastic surgery that money could buy. So what's wrong with a woman selling her body? (Editor's note; Prostitution is wrong and immoral, desecrates women everywhere. We need to protect women from this lifestyle. Having this law is a deterrant and should help someone from choosing this lifestyle)
My point is... Look. We have laws to protect ourselves from ourselves. It's not always fine and dandy for everyone but sometimes it's for the greater good. And with the greater good in mind sometimes laws are broken and some laws are created. Bush has been dead eye consistent with one thing. America is under attack! 3000 people died and it can happen again. It can happen to you, me and that guy down the street that turns his leaf blower on a 6 AM. Just wait, look out now, the ACLU is coming to play and they are gonna look so right when in all actuality they are so wrong. It's always for the greater good when someone chooses to break one law to save or protect the life of someone else. Especially when it is protecting the innocent. Like you, me and that guy with the leaf blower. So suck it up!

Sunday, December 18, 2005

If only...

If only life were so easy...

When you are a kid, you never know how your life is gonna be. Yet your life is totally planned for you. When you are fed. Your clothes and color of them. Even your most private moments like going to the restroom or bathing. You like TV and music but only like it because you are told to like it. Then you're forced into the institution of public school where you are programmed like the rest of your peers. Math, Reading, Spelling, History and Science. We all learn the same things at virtually the same time. You have friends that were introduced to you by the neighbors or your family. Each kid, hand picked by your parents. Yes, they choose your friends, plan your social activities and control when you have fun. They even pick your hobbies like baseball, piano lessons, and karate classes. They even pick your religion for you, tell you what God to believe in and control your morality.

And then as you get little bit older things change. You are in this in between time in life. High School. Except for your basic ciriculum that every High Schooler takes, your social skills take a dramatic turn towards freedom. You may still have that control of your social life by your parents but you now develop the freedom of choice and with that comes consequences. You miss that homework assignment or that class project and there are consequences. Or you have begun to excel at a hobby like sports or music and with that comes even more responsibility: Your are given to fly. Your friends are now your friends only by choice. You now are discovering the morality you learned a few years back. Some have a lack of... It may be you.

Then the day of freedom comes. Graduation day. School as you know it, public socialism is gone. You are no longer the responsibility of the state. But very much still the responsibility of your parents no matter when your year of sufferage is. All that protection, the coddling, the structured life program, ends on one choice: To go to college or get a job. You have got to do something productive or you'll continue to live in suspension in your parents attic. Either way, it is here where life begins and where Darwin was correct. You must survive or fail. But it's still your choice.

But really happens is you fall into something. A major in college, a job at a local hardware store, a position at the local neighborhood grill, the military or scoop ice cream at the local soda fountain. You hit a groove. It's either a lot of fun or its a nightmare. College isn't easy and neither is scooping ice cream all day. You plot your way to get out of the groove, your dream of bigger and better things, but then again, no one scoops ice cream as well as you and you got an A minus on an accounting midterm by doing something you should have learned but never really did in public school. You studied. You did it better. And now you manage the company that sells the ice cream to the store ya worked at. You sell ice cream for a living? Just after you've cut your hair, replaced your Doc Martens for Clarks and those jeans for slacks. The Metallica poster is still on the wall but you listen to Dido too. You've even picked your political party, your own religion and a great wine to have with Thanksgiving turkey and now feel like the oldest one at a Social Distortion concert!

Then life hits ya right upside the head. You find a girl. The girl likes you. And you love the girl. So you take her to Liverpool and she accepts your hand. You find a house, buy a car get a cat and a dog and a few more cats and learn what Bed Bath and Beyond is. And everything just went by so fast! But then...

You find out you're gonna be a Dad (yes, seriously). And you hope you are as good of a parent as the one's you have.

If only...

Friday, December 16, 2005

Lost in Translation?


Ashlee Simpson collapses

This girl has been through enough. She had her lip sync issues on Saturday Night Live. Her live concert meltdown during the Orange Bowl Half Time. She just lost her brother-in-law, Nick "No Career" Lachey, through a bitter divorce. And now this.

In related news, Ashlee has turned down an offer to perform a cover song of Eric Clapton's "Cocaine" on a new teen anti drug abuse album.

"It hits too close to home," says Ashlee

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Iran Scares the Hell out of Me

A quick post.

And we should let this fool have Nuclear Power for what reason?

See link!

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Warranty woes...

Our broken H3 mirror

The Hummer of Sacramento dealership is a group of jerk offs not so nice people. Seriously. Don't buy anything from them. They are con artists expensive and misinformed. (I bought our Hummer in the bay area)

Picture this: You are going through a car wash that is well maintained, using quality soap at generous proportions, enough to lubricate the surface and allow the machinery to work, while sliding safely over the car as it rolls through and something like this happens; a broken mirror.
The owner of the wash is totally cool and was willing to take care of it, but that is NOT the point! The point is, with 600 miles on the vehicle don't you think that it is a manufacturer's defect. Apparently it's not! 200 bucks to fix. I was livid. But then again, maybe it's the dealer's problem. And what is it about car dealers. You show a little bit of intelligence before they jack with you and they make you feel like you are putting them out. The kicker to all this: An H3 just like mine rolled out of the car wash behind me, with no broken mirror. That right there makes it not the car wash's fault, doesn't it? We got it on video! How can you fault someone when the outcome of my situation doesn't happen to the next H3? Reasonable, right?

So who's fault is it? Mine? The Dealer? GM? Who knows at this point? I guess that's what you get when you buy a new vehicle in the first model year. I am starting my chain of evidence to get my 200 bucks back. You might ask, why did I pay. For one, the vehicle was undriveable with a broken driverside mirror. You couldn't look out the window far enough to see who's on the left.

For a small moment, I thought maybe I made a mistake: I bought American. Maybe it's true, GM is losing money and using inferior parts or something. I find that totally hard to believe. Maybe one of the pagan liberals in my neighborhood used some witchcraft on me and stuff's gonna start falling a part because I bought a Hummer.

The cool thing though, the Hummer dealer in the bay where I bought the vehicle is actually on my side and is going to try and go to bat for me to get money back from Hummer. Why would they do that? Customer service...

They sent us cookies for Christmas!

Thursday, December 08, 2005

December 8th, 1980

One of the greatest tragedies of our time was the murder of John Lennon. We lost a great artist, a talented songwriter and a complete humanitarian. (Despite him being a liberal communist!) Honestly his vision for peace has not been transcended by anyone else. It'd be interesting to hear his thoughts on the world today. We just can't assume what he'd think. (we'll leave that up for the liberals)

I am too young to have experienced the British Invasion. I can only rely on what my parents or other "adults" have told me over the years. My favorite album of all time is the Beatles "Rubber Soul". This is the album where the Beatles broke free from the teen pop and became true songwriting craftsmen. And it was just before they became psychodelic pot heads. They were just regular pot heads.

It's sad to think what would have happened if John would have lived.

The Beatles would have for sure gotten together for the first Live Aid. How could they have passed it up? It was the greatest gig they would have ever missed. Imagine the money they could have raised. If not, well maybe Paul and John would have gotten together on some other thing.

He would have divorced Yoko, no doubt about it! C'mon, how many years could you have lived with her? I could see him falling for Tawny Kitaen in the 1980's!

Would there have been a Michael Jackson/Lennon composition a la "Say Say Say"? Wow that'd be scary to hear knowing what a freak Michael turned into. At least Michael wouldn't have bought the song copyrights like he did. Yoko waited too long to partner with McCartney to get those back.

Lennon Unplugged!! In the 1990's we for sure would have seen this!

A Lennon Tribute to New York after 9/11. Might have been cheesy and all but still...

John Lennon, Nobel Prize Winner.

Also, there were somethings we missed:

Lennon speaking out against Reagan! This would have gotten him deported for sure.

The divorce would have happened for sure and Yoko would be getting half!!

Lennon cohorting with Clinton in 1992. Imagine Bill and John together?? God how scary.

All the sit in's that'd be going on.

A tragic death on an airplane. Maybe he would have been riding with Stevie Ray Vaughan.

The 1980's massive cocaine overdose.

Senator John Lennon from New York???

Quite an interesting guy I must say!

Saturday, December 03, 2005

It was 40 years ago today...

40 years ago today my parents got married which led to the eventual mess known as Steve's Blog. The above photo closely resembles what they are looking at. My brothers and I got together and sent them to Hawaii for a 7 day cruise of the islands. We totally suck!

Happy Anniversary MOM and DAD

Like they're going to read it or something.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

The Shaft Part 2: Why being born on Christmas Day sucks!

Our Christmas Tree complete with Digiko Anime hat.

In case you missed it last year, it was a popular story so I thought I'd generate all of those hits again by telling it a bit differently. Here is the link to last year's story. This year I decided to dig a bit deeper into the issue.

I'll be 32 this year, over twice as old as this guy. Yet, I don't feel older except when I have to do things like: Run... Bend over... think.... I just have responsibilities that you get when you are 32, like marriage, a mortgage, a job, Hummer payments, bashing liberals.. Still 32 years ago on this up coming Christmas, my life was ruined and it's all my mother's fault and I never will know the difference.

Last year I acknowledged the folks that insist on calling me a Christmas baby when they see my ID, like the chick at Starbucks this morning or the finance guy at the Hummer dealership. Yeah, I smile and say, yep that's me a Christmas baby...(as I repeat last year's post's intent). No. This year I take the deep seeded rage further: December 23rd, 1973.... 2 days before I was born. See I was originally due in January, like the 7th or something. You know, a normal birthday. Something that goes unnoticed, like, "Oh it's your birthday". Or "Oh shoot, I forgot it was my birthday today." I don't get the lame after Christmas excuse that, "Oh I spent all my money on Christmas presents." Just once I wanna hear that. Back to the 23rd, it was about that time that my mother went into the doctor for a check up or something (if she reads this she'll clarify) and the Doctor mentioned that he'd be going to Hawaii a few days after Christmas and would be back by the first week of January. Ok... I know how this went down. My mom didn't go... "Oh, Okay... no problem, have a safe trip." Oh No!! I know my mom... she did the one thing she does best: Panic!!! She probably gave the doctor some lame excuse how my oldest brother came a month early or that my other brother stayed in too long and was a fat baby who didn't walk until he was 2 or some lame excuse. Oh no... she wanted me out right then and now. And so the doctor did what she wanted, induced labor.

This didn't exactly happen right away. I mean, the whole rest of the 23rd. The 24th. My parents even took my brothers to San Jose to see the grandparents on Christmas Eve. Hours went by. Then on Christmas day.... hours and hours later. I popped out into the world. To me it was any other day. For the hundreds of others who have to check my ID or get my birth date on a credit app, I will forever be noted as "Christmas Baby". I am forever doomed to the scenarios in last year's post.

Thanks Mom.

Monday, November 28, 2005

The Canadian Uprising.

Hmm... Seems our liberal friends up north are having a tussle, eh? Those hosers.

This can't be any funnier. First the Germans oust the liberals, France's leadership shows it's lack of backbone in its "troubles with the Arab minority" and now this.

Why are they having troubles?

The Liberals are accused of receiving kickbacks from advertising firms awarded millions of dollars in government contracts from 1995 to 2002, during the government of then-prime minister Jean Chretien, to counter a separatist movement in the French-speaking province of Quebec.

Ha ha ha... And here they spend all the time hunting down Delay?

People are overturning liberals by using: DEMOCRACY!!! Something the left never wants to use... it's all impeach Bush, remove Bush... ahhhhh Bush!!

Unfortunately in this country, they don't always get it with their Bush-hating poetic anecdotes like:

1) He's a liar

2) He's ruined the economy, thousands of Americans are starving and under-educated (like they were before he got in office)---A liberal will site facts showing you that this class of people have increased in numbers. Duh! They have like 9 kids on welfare and are trapped in a circle of liberal created programs.

3) He caused Hurricanes, the Tsunami and 9/11

and the worst one:

4) He is a Christian (OH THE HORROR!!!)

Let's cheer for all of our Canadian friends out there in America, Jr. It looks as if something great is taking place up there.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

If it walks like a duck... should drive like a duck. My wife's new ride:


My card reader is broke, this is stock footage of our new fuel sucker!

Actually we(I) were in the market for an SUV. We (I) didn't want some lame imitation, SUV on some car chassis (Most Asian makes) or SUV that was just a wanna be SUV (Explorer, Trailblazer, X3) We (I) wanted something more trail-rated, a real 4X4, something that'll say here we are. (I am)

So really there was only two choices: Jeep or Hummer. We (I) actually like the new Cherokee, it drives real nice. The Commander is really cool but looks more box-y with those huge ass windows. Plus it looks too retro like the old Jeep Cherokee. And we (I) just didn't want something that big.

Enter the H3, Hummer's little child. I love cars. Always have. I love my little Porsche. I loved the BMW but that's now gone. No more freeway off ramps at 70mph just to feel "G" forces. I hated to leave that car but what are ya gonna do when you want something bigger. You come to the realization when you try to pack 4 tall people into a 3-series or volunteer to drive a 4-some to the golf range and the rear passengers have to lay a set of clubs across their lap. Ever take a BMW to Home Depot or Best Buy? Forget buying anything, you can barely get a weeks worth of groceries.

The H3. Silver just like the picture. We (I) got it with the Adventure Pack so it has the 3 4WD settings plus a dedicated rear wheel drive mode with one gear when you are really stuck. It has full time 4WD with the front wheels taken 70% and the rear taking 30%. You can lock it in to 50/50 High and then 50/50 low. Ever driven a tractor? 4 gears in 4 wheel low and you are barely going 25 miles an hour. Came with 33 inch tires as well. It's a pain in the ass to wash, just ask the local car washer. (Hey Kurt!)

It drives so smooth too. Like a big car on the road at 70mph. Just floats. You don't feel a bump.

Reality hit when I came home though. We live in a highly liberal neighborhood. (Pearcy lives nearby for crying outloud) Something like 72% voted for Kerry and Nader edged out Bush for the rest. A lot of old time state union workers live here. You don't get looks driving down the street you get scowls. I need to get one of those super loud mufflers so it sounds like my Porsche. The car screams, "Here I am, I voted for Bush". Oh well, it's a free country!

And my wife is happy too!

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Why my blog is black?

I use a black background on my blog for a few reasons:

It's color of my heart. (j/k)

A white background is hard to look at for extended periods. Have you ever stared at a light bulb or the sun for extended period? Especially with a CRT monitor?

Easier to read. It actually is easier to read after your eyes adjust.

I am paying hommage to the Apple IIe.

Johnny Cash wore black.

Thanks for listening. Gonna put up the tree today!

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Thanksgiving Post

Things I am thankful for:

I am thankful that Michael Jackson may take residency out of the USA. Although it looks like he found the correct bathroom.

I am thankful we live in country that includes people like Michael Newdow and Steve Pearcy (The Kindergarten Art Activist). I am especially thankful that I can freely show disgust and criticism of those two individuals, daily, if I feel like it, on this very blog. Without them I would not have as many topics to chose from and poke fun of. Special thanks to our troops who defend their right to be insane, dumbass idiots.

I am thankful that my parents have been married 40 years (in a week), did not get addicted to drugs, beat me senseless because I was "bad" or divorce like many of the other kid's parents I grew up with. Their success helped me succeed (or fail) at whatever I have done. Special thanks to my brothers for taking care of the beating me senseless part. You all are great role models.

Special thanks to the following blogs(in random order): Bring it on, The Donegal Express, The Kevin Show, Michael The Archangel, Stop The ACLU, Pure Gonzo Engineering, Vince Parker, Lingo Slinger, Cao's Blog and others I know I forgot to mention who come here and comment regularly. Links for these blogs are found on the side and I am typing this on my Mac so I don't have eons to cut and paste these. Like I said the links are on the side, except for Bring It On's (Theirs is on the bottom because they don't get enough votes. j/k)

I am thankful of all the others who contribute and don't have blogs. (That I know of)

I am thankful for the color blue and the letters P and H.

I am thankful that I just learned the chords to "Original of the Species" by U2. It is an amazing set of chords and that chord that jumps out on the line "You are the first one of your kind" is really an A minor, when the rest of the song is in A major. Speaking of which, I'd like to thank the imbecile that ransacked my truck last week and stole my old iPod. Without you, the chain of events that allowed me to finally discover that A minor chord would not have occurred.

I am thankful that my neighbors tolerate me and my race car driving. Air-cooled engines sound great with high flow racing mufflers. I need to paint the rest of the car flaming orange.

I am thankful that I can keep many hobbies going at once like, home improvement, playing guitar, golfing, my Porsche, blogging, figuring out this Mac, playing games and being a royal pain in the ass.

I am thankful my wife can tolerate my many hobbies with love and support, like unfiinished home improvement projects, guitars in every room, golf tees, balls and spikes in her car and around the house for that cats to play with, all the money used to keep the Porsche running, the incessant cries for her to read my blog and like it, this Mac, the iPods and "extras" I seem to need at any given moment, the 4 hour Civilization and insomniac computer sessions involving the Mac, the iPods and the "extras" and my being a royal pain in the ass.

Yeah, I am very thankful for the love and support of my wife.

I am thankful for iTunes. The new videos are great!!

I am thankful for the following alcoholic beverages slowly rotting my liver: Guinness, wines from Valley of the Moon in Sonoma, Knob Creek Whiskey and Elijah Craig.

I am thankful for my freedoms.

Oh and I am thankful my TiVo caught the new South Park tonight...late!!

Sunday, November 20, 2005

So how much does your state give?

Wow.. 4 posts in 2 days, that's really good for me since I only write once or twice a week.
I just got done vacuuming and I saw this on Yahoo! and I felt compelled to write about it because you'll probably never see it again. The poor guy that wrote it has been criticized for his findings

The story is in regards to how states make charitable donations in regards to income per capita. The liberals always speak about how intolerant and ill-compassionate Republicans are. Well... I saw this and well... draw your own conclusions.

From the Article, the 10 Most Giving States are listed top to bottom:

Mississippi, Arkansas, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Utah, South Carolina and West Virginia.

All of which are red states!!! See map. Ok.

The 10 least giving states listed up from the bottom:

New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Minnesota, Colorado, Hawaii and Michigan.

All but Colorado are blue states. Refer to map link above.

The ratio of red states to blue states is nearly 2 to 1!!! Yet, nearly all but a few of the blue states are on the bottom of the list. How could this be?

Oh and by the way aren't Mississipi and Arkansas and Louisiana and Alabama for that matter in the poorer south?? You know the area that Republicans supposedly neglect. Where a significant portion of the African American population in this country lives. The most generous?? How could this be? Are liberals not the saving grace of morality like they claim to be?

It goes to show you, when you drive down the road and you see that gas-sipping Toyota Prius plastered with Impeach Bush stickers all over its bumper, you should realize that some of the liberals in this country don't have a clue what they are talking about.

Those bastards.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Sid Meier's Civilization: Bono Can Really Put it into Perspective

I did nothing but relax today accept for the hour or so with the leaf blower in the yard. Despite it being 70 something and sunny when it should be 50 and foggy in November, there is a ton of leaves this year in my neighborhood. I live on on the far west side of the 'hood and we haven't had that good wind yet that blows my yard down the street.

Back to relaxing and messing around with my Apple (as I type on my Fujitsu lap top), I was playing Sid Meier's Civilization 3. I played a pretty long session, almost to the end. I stopped in 1950 since it got boring and the whole world was polluted. I was playing as the Babylonians and I was whipping it good. Somewhere around 1850, the Persians next me (on the game, remember its just a game) decided the blockade I had done with some Frigates, halting the flow of traffic to the poor nation, and securing the oil resource on the nearby island, was no longer in their best interest. I had waited all game for them to attack. I screwed with them relentlessly. I surcharged them for technologies as much as 50 gold a turn for 20 years. Their people were jealous of mine so they revolted and joined my country. My people had it all. 30% luxury and a 20% tax rate. My people loved me to, I left the game at 99% approval (kinda like Saddam eh?). But the Persians had to go and stir the pot with my Babylonians (funny, our color was red) and sink a ship. They couldn't leave well enough a long. So I launched some "Shock and Awe", and just destroyed city improvements while I built tanks and prepared a coalition involving the English and the Americans. The Germans also joined in because I eliminated the French first and they no longer existed. (I used an army of Babylonian Oh I am totally digressing. Back to the Persians, I sorta invented nukes with that Manhattan Project wonder. The Persians pretty much pissed off the other nations by sinking my ship and they all declared war on them. They sank my ship in what would be known as the "Persian Gulf". The other countries loved me. I gave them resources, luxuries and money before I gave it to my own people AND kept my people rich and wealthy. Well, that all changed. I pissed off the world, including the Americans. I nuked the Persian capital with a tactical missle. It was surreal though... I had my headphones on and I was listening to my new iPod and this song came by U2: Crumbs From Your Table

Here are the words:

From the brightest star
Comes the blackest hole
You had so much to offer
Why did you offer your soul?
I was there for you baby
When you needed my help
Would you deny for others
What you demand for yourself?

Cool down mama, cool off
Cool down mama, cool off

You speak of signs and wonders
I need something other
I would believe if I was able
But I'm waiting on the crumbs from your table

You were pretty as a picture
It was all there to see
Then your face caught up with your psychology
With a mouth full of teeth
You ate all your friends
And you broke every heart thinking every heart mends

You speak of signs and wonders
But I need something other
I would believe if I was able
But I'm waiting on the crumbs from your table

Where you live should not decide
Whether you live or whether you die
Three to a bed
Sister Ann, she said
Dignity passes by

And you speak of signs and wonders
But I need something other
I would believe if I was able
I'm waiting on the crumbs from your table

Damn... Bono can be pretty deep sometimes. He had written the song about rich countries and his debt relief project that'll probably win him the Nobel Prize someday. And he's pointing the finger very firmly. He's gotta point though. If the US and Europe could do more to work with debt relief and AIDS in the Third World, we'll all be better off as a world civilization and would all work towards peace. Which is fine. I am not a warmonger.

But.... (You knew that was coming) what about these third world terrorists? Where do they fit into Bono's plans? Believe me, he could be making a bigger stink about the war in Iraq then he has. He actually has been really quiet about it. An October issue of Rolling Stone had a long interview with Bono and his plans and when Rolling Stone's chief liberal, Jann Wenner quizzed him on his visit with Bush; whether he talked to him about Iraq, Bono was quiet. Bono said nothing regarding Iraq because AIDS in Africa and debt relief is way more imortant than the war right now.

The world's most well-known pacifist, in the world's biggest band... Plays Jesus all over the world... quiet on Iraq? Amazing!
Read part of the Rolling Stone interview, here. Unfortunately... it's only the excerpt... it's a great read about the man's history, his political life and U2 of course.

The next song on my iPod that came on random by the way was "Indian Giver" by the Ramones!!

Dammit!! I'm British??

You scored as James Bond, Agent 007. James Bond is MI6's best agent, a suave, sophisticated super spy with charm, cunning, and a license's to kill. He doesn't care about rules or regulations and somewhat amoral. He does care about saving humanity though, as well as the beautiful women who fill his world. Bond has expensive tastes, a wide knowledge of many subjects, and his usually armed with a clever gadget and an appropriate one-liner.

James Bond, Agent 007


Neo, the "One"




William Wallace


The Terminator


Lara Croft


El Zorro


The Amazing Spider-Man


Indiana Jones


Batman, the Dark Knight


Captain Jack Sparrow


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Friday, November 18, 2005

Did I tell you how much I loved my iPod??

Until some bastard broke into my truck and stole it. Needless to say I was pretty miffed for two days. Then my wife decided it was time. As an early Christmas and birthday present, they are on the same day by the way, she decided to get me a 60gig iPod video.

How cool is that? A full color LCD screen as well. Great stuff.

Anyhow I have had a rippin' headache all day.

Monday, November 14, 2005

The American Poseur: "In Newdow We Trust?"

Ah yes, I am writing another post about California's first class atheist: Michael Newdow. You remember him from some of my more famous posts like, "Michael Newdow:The Poseur of the Left" or this one "The Jesus of Suburbia is a Lie" and it's sequel, "The Jesus of Suburbia is a Lie, Part 2" (Yeah I stole a Green Day title but what are ya gonna do man, what are ya gonna do?)

Have you read the recent news about this genius? Get this... And it has been a few weeks since I had a rant like this, but get this... This guy, Michael Newdow, the guy who sued because his daughter had to say the Pledge of Allegience's classic line, "under God" (disregarding the fact that he lost custody of his child because he is an ass) is now suing the United States Treasury Dept because our money has the words "In God We Trust" and that the United States is "establishing" a religion by doing so. Read his little pledge here.

Where do we begin to start dissecting this brilliant idea? Well for starters, Michael Newdow should stop carrying paper and coin money. Seriously, why does he need to? He should only use credit cards, write checks and money orders. Nobody is forcing him to carry paper and coins with the words, "In God We Trust" on it. So right there, his argument is crap. I rarely carry cash myself; I use an ATM or Debit VISA Card for everything. Last I checked my credit cards don't say "In God We Trust" and neither do my checks, my credit card statements and my mortgage. He's a crazy loon, but that's ok, so am I sometimes.

But wait a minute, he is smarter than that!! He is going to declare that the words "dollar" and "cent" have been made religious words by the United States because of the 220-some-odd years of Christian worship hints that have been plastered on our money since day one. How brilliant is that? The ACLU, the9th Circuit Court and Ruth Bader Ginsburg I bet cannot get there little hands on this one. This is the exact reason the Democratic-liberal mentality is screwed up because they have people like Michael Newdow (and my friend Steve Pearcy) screwing their ideologies up with lame ass progressive thought like this "God" thing or plastering the outside of their homes with dead soldier puppets.

On second thought, Newdow may be on to something. He is putting the fear of God into the United States's money. This is going to raise the value of it. By making a stink of it, the Arab Oil countries are not gonna want "dollars" because they feature a Christian God instead of Allah. The price of oil will drop dramatically because no one in the Middle East is going to want our Crusader bills. Maybe there is some brilliance in this after all... I am off to buy a Hummer, it will be an investment.

My point to all this, is that America needs progressive thought as well as conservative thought to keep sort of a checks and balance type system to keep some sanity. It is absolute nut cases like Newdow and his little colony of corrupted minds that ruin everything for the rest of us. The 1st Amendment does prevent the United States from establishing a Church of America, ie. it's own religion. What it does not do, is prevent the United States from recognizing a supreme being or a God. There is a big difference in that. It actually tells those who come from foreign lands that your God or "religion" or lack thereof is ok in America. Regardless of what Newdow thinks, he should be glad he is not with the Taliban or North Korea or even China. Non-conformists can not fit in a totalitarian state. He should be glad we as a country have tolerance for him. He should tolerate the other 99.5% of the US, the one's who give him the freedom to be an ass, that don't care what our money has on it, as long as that yellow counterfeit ink stores use turns the right color when they take our greenbacks.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

The French Retreat: Where will they go?


Our Evil Cat Flea, I swear the dude is French

I was pondering this in a comment on another blog I visited last night. It has to do with the troubles in France and the riots. I was thinking about those troubles, the riots and unrest and it it dawned on me. Where will France retreat to? Someone should notify the foreign minister Quebec that they may see an influx of French refugees. 2008 is a long way away to for Jacque Chirac (what a cool name) to find an American President that might come to their assistance. It's a really deep thought actually. Where will they go? Reunion? Quebec? They ain't got much influence left.

Interesting, they may get the big "talk to the hand" from Bush and Blair if trouble gets any worse. Germany looks to no longer be their close buddy. Is Spain massing troops around it's border yet? Is there any room in Belgium?

Saturday, November 12, 2005

My kick ass Fantasy Team

Ok, check this out. I have a Fantasy Basketball team in an online league with my friends. We use Yahoo! Fantasy to do our league for us. We finally had our draft last Saturday. Ok. Here's I got in an 8-team league:

Point Guard Jason Terry, Dallas Mavericks (Not the cream of the crop but decent)

Shooting Guard Jason Richardson, Golden State (A kick ass pick, can go 20 pts, 5 reb, 5 assists with good shoot %)

Guard Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs (Anytime you get a chance to get a PG from a championship team, do it)

Small Forward LeBron James, Cleveland Cavs (Need I say more? Scores, rebounds, assists, 3's, steals, blocks)

Forward Peja Stojakovic, Kings (The dude just hits 3 after 3, grabs some rebounds and has a near 100% Free throw %)

Power Forward Chris Bosh, Toronto Raptors (Don't know much about this guy but a decent 15 pts, 10 reb, 4 assist)

Center Yao Ming, Rockets (Anytime you can grab a 7 ft 5 Chinese Guy like this one, take him)

Center Kurt Thomas, Phoenix (there were not a whole lot of centers to choose from)

Utility Carmelo Anthony, Denver (Yeah, Carmelo off the bench, sweet!!!)

Utility Andre Miller, Denver (Good for racking up assists, not consistent night after night, gets you steals)

Sweet team. We're in second right now. Yao needs to start getting rebounds but he's alright in the block department this year. Peja has been inconsistent off the start but he'll get better as the year goes on.

Have a great Saturday!!

Thursday, November 10, 2005

The California Special Election: Why the good guys lost!

The good guys did lose on Tuesday in California. Unfortunately not just the Republicans but Democrats, Green Party, Independents, and others. People. All of us as a whole. Everyone, every gender, every color, and every preference. Californians, those who voted, those that didn't vote and those who couldn't vote. I am writing this in my own opinion of course, but is it really?

This election was the first one where I felt really bad when I lost. I've lost before, Governor races, Senate races and local mayor races. This one smarts. But this time it's not partisan.
This is the first election where I looked at all issues objectively versus the usual partisan-type way. I didn't just vote Republican because I was a Republican, I voted because I felt the issues were the correct way for the state. I didn't have that chance to vote like my Mom does. When she doesn't know, she votes for the incumbent. (Quite frightening) This time, it was all about the Big 4: 74,75,76,77

When California voted Arnold in, we were voting for a change. We were tired of the incumbent, Davis, and his inability to govern. Especially after our growing state debt and power shortage woes.

Arnold was a fresh face and wasn't necessarily the traditional politician a la Ronald Reagan. Sure he was an immensely successful action star, but that fame is superficial when it comes to dealing with the state legislature. Arnold brought us immediate change, killing the 200% vehicle registration fee increase and had a successful campaign for a $15 billion bond to bail the state out and help it reorganize its debt. Arnold was on a roll in 2004. If he wasn't getting what he wanted or what would to help the state, he was going to take it to the people. He did it with Propostion 57 and 58. He proved he could do it before with Propostion 57 and 58. Was it a mistake to do it with 74-77? Maybe? Why? You only need to look at the ads and rebuttals to see why Arnold lost.

Propostion 74 was created to extend the time it took to get tenure as a school teacher from 2 years to 5 years. It also allowed for a teacher to be fired if they had unsatisfactory performance evaluations in two consecutive years. Not a bad idea eh? I can think of quite a few teachers I saw that were losers when I was growing up and in my short stint as a substitute teacher. But look at some the ads against this. On the radio they blamed Arnold for the $2 billion he "borrowed" from schools to balance the budget, indicated he'd cut music and art programs and was just picking on teachers. What does that have to do with tenure? Look at these rebuttals and arguments against Propostion 74. The arguments against 74 talk about class size, textbooks and other things that have absolutely nothing to do with tenure or qualifications for teachers. The comments for Propostion 74 on that link just talk about having a more experienced teacher earning tenure and make it easier to get rid of dead weight. That's it. Again, nothing about textbooks, class size or the state budget. Why were these used by the teacher's union to beat 74? Propostion 74 was not about students or textbooks. Just teachers.

And Propostion 75? Again the ads destroyed the actual issue of this initiative. Propostion 75 was created so unions would have to poll their members before spending union dues in politics. This is Prop 75 here. On the corner of 4th Avenue and Marshall Street in Sacramento there is an island of grass near the transit stop. On this grass, Tuesday, were numerous little "No on Prop 75" signs. Next to "No on Prop 75" were the words, "Don't Silence Our Voices". Here's the image of another. Read what Propostion 75 says and then read the sign. Who is telling unions to shut up or to silence their voices? Actually, since 75 didn't pass, it's the union bosses. In my opinion, unions are political groups. Why is the process of polling their members for decisions on political issues such a threat? Then there is a site like this calling Proposition 75 "a first step in cutting education, health care and retirement". The fact is union members do not choose what their unions are for or against. It's done by a select few collecting member dues. Proposition 75 does not control what unions decide for benefits like health care and retirement for their members.

The last two propostions were 76, the balance budget amendment and 77, the redistricting initiative. These were really the meat and potatoes of the whole thing. Arguments for and against 76 are a bit perplexing and really hide the actual issue in California: It's debt. We spend too much money. I hate to sound partisan but what solutions are available since we didn't pass 76? Well, the reality is, we really needed Proposition 77 more than 76 to solve our annual budget crisis. Here is Proposition 77 in detail. This initiative was interesting because it selected three retired judges chosen by leaders who had to cross party lines to make their choices. There is a bit of randomness and cross party selections to get to the three judges. And if the tshree judge couldn't agree unanimously on redistricting the process would be started again until a unanimous decision was made. One argument against Proposition 77 was that "3 retired judges" were accountable to no one. Unfortunately the three judges could only vote unanimously which throws the accountability argument out the window, in my opinion, because unless the vote was absolute, the judge panel would be broken apart and the selection process would start over. Why is redistricting needed? Well... in 2004 153 seats were up for grabs. Not one seat changed parties. 153 races and not one different party? A bit odd eh? Well, currently those in power draw their own districts. Its called gerrymandering and I didn't know what that was until I studied Proposition 77. Proposition 77 was supported by nearly all major California newspapers. Note how the link also points out more trash about 77 that are flat out lies. Too bad though, 76 and 77 went down big. But was this all Arnold's fault? The ads were scathing and sometimes wrong but can Arnold be the blame?

Well... Arnold failed big here. In retrospect, and you couldn't convince me of this before Tuesday. Arnold failed and failed California because he asked us to decide too much and he pitted us against one another. And by giving us Propostions 74 and 75 which in all reality, did nothing to reform the real problems in Government, he brought on onslaught of unions which have a pretty substantial strangle-hold on us as Californians. Propositions 74 and 75 picked on teachers and unions and they fought back hard which destroyed the attention Propositions 76 and 77 needed. Proposition 77, though very creative, could have been done better and was the biggest issue on the ballot. There were mixed views for some propositions. Congressman Doolittle, a Republican, asked us not to vote on Proposition 77 because it was possible we'd loose power in Congress with a loss of Republican Congressional Seats. But was Arnold wrong to propose these initiatives to the voters? No. Not so fast. He did prove his point, this state needs real reform which he has been consistent with all along. I believe this guy can recover and this election could actually be a blessing. The assembly speaker is already asking for Schwarzenegger to apologize on the 11 o clock news in Sacramento. Apologize for what? Apologize for questioning the work of the state legislature that spends more than the state has coming in, in revenue? Questioning why not one of the 153 seats in the California Congressional Districts changed parties? Our government is a democracy, and some times we need to remember that when we choose our battles or go on television and ask the Governor to say sorry. If the snakes and squirrels like Barbara Kerr of the California Teachers Association and the state legislature continue their negative compaigns into 2006, Voters could sympathize with Arnold, because afterall, he is a popular actor and a good speaker. Unfortunately, will the good guys, California's citizens, learn from all of this? Will we ever learn to see through the ads and misleading rebuttles or will we just get sick of it and not vote as we head into 2006 or 2008? God help us if the latter occurs. It's not Democrats and Republicans now, it's us versus them.
We have to be the winners in the end.

Thanks to Bring It On for putting up with a Republican even if for only one Friday. "Have at it, Hoss."
This is cross posted on their site. Go give it a read and if you are like-minded of me, DUCK!!!

Monday, November 07, 2005

Danger Comes About at Famed Southern California Theme Park

Trouble found yesterday in Southern California. A new WMD has been created to hurt peaceful citizens of the world.From the cave ruins found in and around the Disney theme park in Anaheim, an colony of possible terrorists has been discovered.

Agent Smith of the FBI (see photo link) has been on scene since yesterday morning in search of the terrorist hide out located around the center of the park.

"We have found the existence of pathetic human life forms, developing and possessing the capability of turning this world up side down, in a mere instance that will be hard to fathom in the minds of the world's population," Smith was quoted.

Speculation as to what this weapon is or how it was created remains a mystery. Some witnesses have reported that the weapon is biological in nature and is developed in the appearance of the biggest fear from American folklore: Big Foot. Witnesses have also indicated that the weapon features a new genetic process formed by Cal Tech. The splicing of biological genes with radioactive laser beams capable of generating beams shooting 1/2 a mile at a temperature of 10,000 degrees Celcius, about half of the sun's temperature.

A man, who wanted to remain anonymous has produced the photo of the proported new weapon. He says he took the picture on the popular Disneyland ride, the Matterhorn. The photo shows the weapon to be a 7 foot tall human like animal with red lasers shooting from his eyes. The creature appears to be attacking riders on the north track near the proposed "Finding Nemo" ride. It has not been confirmed if this is Big Foot or the Abominible Snow Man. (For a closer look at the photo click this link)

"I escaped with my life," one woman, a Disney Annual Pass Holder said. "I was shot at and hit but the reflection of my 50th Anniversary Mickey ears deflected the lasers. It frightened me and my daughter so much, (I) decided I wouldn't ride on the Northern Side of the Matterhorn

Reaction from nearby Toon Town has been suprisingly quiet and calm.
"It's the signs of the times we're in", says local resident, Roger Rabbit. "It's not surprising that something like this has happened so close to home".

The children of nearby Small World were not harmed in anyway. The attraction was closed for repairs and upgrades. Many of the children were out of the park at home in their respected countries.

More news as it develops.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

A photo at 70 mph!!!

Roller Coaster at the Disney California Adventure

Greetings from Mickeyland. This photo was taken from the front car of the Screamer. This is from the launch pad that sends you 0-70mph in like 2 seconds towards the first hill. We're almost at maximum speed right here. I set my digital camera at the highest speed to snap this.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

What to do when the ACLU sends you a postage paid envelope?

Business Reply Mail from the ACLU

Oh my God, can I have fun with this one. A self addressed stamped envelope to the ACLU. This came in the mail today addressed to us, thinking we would join: Not!!

Free all expense paid mail. Did you know, you can send anything with these? Like...
Landscaping bricks. I got a big boxes full of bricks that I don't need! What a way to dispose of them! Make them someone else's problem. Shove it in a box, strap this on the side with some wrapping tape and we're off. Hmm... California to Washington DC... I wonder what 10lbs of bricks would cost the ACLU??

Oh... I know... I still have my old muffer to my 914 Porsche. The thing weighs like 40 lbs and it's huge!! Oversized.... 40lbs... in a box... I wonder what that costs... Gotta be like 75 bucks!

OHHH!!!! Even better... Let's take donations and make them to Christian charities and to the NRA... in their name!!! Yeah, we can get together like some good donations and let's send them off and then send correspondence to the ACLU saying we did this in honor of them. Let's put a Stop The ACLU bumper sticker in with it...

Wow!! Christmas came early... I should thank them before they ban that holiday banned as well...

Monday, October 31, 2005

Why is this so true?

I received this in my email today. Why is this so true about the hurricanes the last two months?

2 States, 22 Observations:
Things I have noticed while watching media coverage of the recent hurricanes.

1. Texas: Productive industrious state run by Republicans.

Louisiana: Government dependent welfare state run by Democrats.
2. Texas: Residents take responsibility to protect and evacuate themselves.

Louisiana: Residents wait for government to protect and evacuate them.
3. Texas: Local and state officials take responsibility for protecting their
citizens and property.

Louisiana: Local and state officials blame federal government for not protecting
their citizens and property.
4. Texas: Command and control remains in place to preserve order.

Louisiana: Command and control collapses allowing lawlessness.
5. Texas: Law enforcement officers remain on duty to protect city.

Louisiana: Law enforcement officers desert their posts to protect themselves.
6. Texas: Local police watch for looting.

Louisiana: Local police participate in looting.
7. Texas: Law and order remains in control, 8 looters tried it, 8 looters

Louisiana: Anarchy and lawlessness breaks out, looters take over city, no
arrests, criminals with guns have to be shot by federal troops.
8. Texas: Considerable damage caused by hurricane.

Louisiana: Considerable damage caused by looters.
9. Texas: Flood barriers hold preventing cities from flooding.

Louisiana: Flood barriers fail due to lack of maintenance allowing city to
10. Texas: Orderly evacuation away from threatened areas, few remain.

Louisiana: 25,000 fail to evacuate, are relocated to another flooded area.
11. Texas: Citizens evacuate with personal 3 day supply of food and water.

Louisiana: Citizens fail to evacuate with 3 day supply of food and water, do
without it for the next 4 days.
12. Texas: FEMA brings in tons of food and water for evacuees. State officials
provide accessible distribution points.

Louisiana: FEMA brings in tons of food and water for evacuees. State officials
prevent citizens from reaching distribution points and vice versa.
13. Louisiana: Media focuses on poor blacks in need of assistance, blames Bush.

Texas: Media can't find poor blacks in need of assistance, looking for something
else to blame on Bush.
14. Texas: Coastal cities suffer some infrastructure damage, Mayors tell
residents to stay away until ready for repopulation, no interference from
federal officials.

Louisiana: New Orleans is destroyed, Mayor asks residents to return home as
another hurricane approaches, has to be overruled by federal officials.
15. Louisiana: Over 400 killed by storm, flooding and crime.

Texas: 24 killed in bus accident on highway during evacuation, no storm related
16. Texas: Jailed prisoners are relocated to other detention facilities outside
the storm area.

Louisiana: Jailed prisoners are set free to prey on city shops, residents, and
17. Texas: Local and state officials work with FEMA and Red Cross in recovery

Louisiana: Local and state officials obstruct FEMA and Red Cross from aiding in
recovery operations.
18. Texas: Local and state officials demonstrate leadership in managing disaster

Louisiana: Local and state officials fail to demonstrate leadership, require
federal government to manage disaster areas.
19. Texas: Fuel deliveries can't keep up with demand, some run out of gas on
highway, need help from fuel tankers before storm arrives.

Louisiana: Motorists wait till storm hits and electrical power fails. Cars run
out of gas at gas stations that can't pump gas. Gas in underground tanks mixes
with flood waters.
20. Texas: Mayors move citizens out of danger.

Louisiana: Mayor moves himself and family to Dallas.
21. Texas: Mayors continue public service announcements and updates on
television with Governor's backing and support.

Louisiana: Mayor cusses, governor cries, senator threatens president with
violence on television, none of them have a clue what went wrong or who's
22. Louisiana: Democratic Senator says FEMA was slow in responding to 911 calls
from Louisiana citizens.

Texas: Republican Senator says "when you call 911, the phone doesn't ring in
Washington, it rings here at the local responders".
What if state and local elected officials were forced to depend on themselves
and their own resources instead of calling for help from the federal government?
Texas cities would be back up and running in a few days.
Louisiana cities would still be under water next month.
Republicans call for action, Democrats call for help.
What party will you be voting for in the next election?

Pretty much hits the nail on the head doesn't it?

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Bad Luck Streak Continues...

Can you believe this? I came home to look at the bank account and my wife's ATM card was used 4 times in Estonia?? What the hell is that?

We're getting the money back, but dude, c'mon, Estonia?? How the heck does this happen? Something to do with the Russians in Sacramento I guess. I don't know.

It could be 2002 all over again. I had my last concussion, we were robbed, a tree fell on my truck, and I was shot at on the way home one day, exploding my passenger window.

Got me thinking of that Social D song, Bad Luck. "Always scratching at the 8-ball".

Let's see what happens next?

Saturday, October 29, 2005

When liberals go bad...

Anyone paying attention to what's going on in California right now? We have vote coming up on November 8th on 4 ballot measures that have a chance to make real change for once in California.

Propostions 74, 75, 76, 77 have been proposed by Schwarzenegger to balance our budget, stop unions from spending money with out their member's consent, state redistricting to even out the vote and make politicians accoutable, a balanced budget that actually will help schools and revamped teacher tenure program that will increase the time need for tenure and will help a principal get rid of bad teachers.

See a full description here.

So why the "When liberals go bad" post. Thanks to "The Political Teen" blog and Michelle Malkin for picking this one up. This is a video of a protester at a "No on 74,75,76,77 rally". Now we all see the protesters at Bush speeches, Republican Conventions and so on and so forth. The people get their chance to speak and when they are disruptive, they are peacefully removed. Well the tables have turned on this one. Here is a Arnold supporter at this "No" rally and watch the security guard in the orange... Watch how these Stalinists stifle the poor woman. How sick is that? See video here.

Conservative thought is supposed to be bad, right? Then what the hell is this?? Where is the protection of the First Amendment here? It does not exist!!

Friday, October 28, 2005

How awesome is this?

Read this...

Only in America!!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Observations Part 28: Head Trauma

Dazed and Confused for so Very Long...

My wife and I have been married for over 5 years. Today she took me to the emergency room for the 7th time since we were married (she went once on her own and I took her because of that horrific bike accident). And today it was the third time for a concussion... Sweet!!

Is that love or what? I used the hockey picture to symbolize that. You know... being helped off the ice once in a while is a good thing. We all need to help each other...

What was I saying?

Anyhow.. My wife and I have been married for over 5 years and she took me to the emergency room again for a concussion. Wait... I just said that...

No seriously, I am totally fine. I used the hockey picture to symbolize...

(I'll stop now...but it's kinda funny)

Concussions suck. I know this because I have had a pretty good one before. I was at work this morning and I had to stand up and get out of the way of something real fast and I conked my noggin. Normally, I wouldn't have questioned it as I have hit my head a few times before. This one had that feeling once again, I can't explain, you may not understand... This is not how I am. (Comfortably I saw stars as a ran about 20 feet into a wall. Very perplexing. I have about a 4 inch bump about 1 inch high just pounding my head. I have that spacey feeling. Not as bad as the big one I had 3 years ago but I know what I am in for the next few weeks now: Headaches. And let me tell you I am a pro at these things. Headaches suck. I have been pretty good with them for the last 4 or 5 months. I started this blog actually over headaches on my very first post. Man, that was like 140 plus posts ago. We'll see how it goes...

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Just write something....

As you can tell from my previous posts I am suffering from writer's block. I don't know what the hell to write about these days. I mean, seriously, my last post, I cut and pasted my freaking iPod Top 25 list as noted on my Mac Mini. What the hell was that?

I think I am burning up of lot of good energy being patient these days. My job is going well. The weather has been good. My letter to the landscaping company still farting around my house actually worked. It's amazing what contractors do when you push back. Nothing tells the story more than when someone over promises and under delivers. I mean those fools digging the holes and laying the bricks said they'd be done when we got back from Hawaii. Hmmm, that was the 11th... it's the 25th. They are behind and with the pending rain, hmmm... they may not make it to Halloween... Anyone wanna bet? Speaking of Halloween:


I rebuilt my stairs this passed weekend. It did it all by my little self. I used redwood so I didn't freak out the historical preservation society. (I used screws instead of nails!) My house is what's called a high water house, down here in Sacramento. It was built high because of flooding so the bottom level, which I use now for a garage and tv/family room/office/storage/wine cellar/whatever, was not filled in as it is today. The house is 95 years old (possibly older) as I mentioned a few weeks back. My stairs were rotting through, it was time to replace the treads. I thought it was time to fix them before the kids came by on Halloween for their annual begging at my doorstep for candy. FYI if you need razor blades and Halloween Candy, do NOT purchase these at the same time, at the same store. Not a good idea... Anyhow the stairs were a safety hazard and the kids walking up could have tripped. Knowing the liberals in this neighborhood, I could be sued for this on the grounds that it is the kid's right of free speech to come to the doorstep and beg for candy, in costume, and have fun. I'd be sued for the loss of fun if the kid tripped. Freaking pagan holidays. I was thinking about laying on the porch with a fake knife in my back with fake blood everywhere and have the front door wide open with living room all trashed. That'd be funny....

What else?

Oh... hey, we're going to Disneyland soon. We booked the tickets last night to fly. You can now fly to John Wayne Airport in Orange County from Sacramento. We're gonna have fun. Space Mountain has been redone so it should be cool.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Top 25 Songs on my iPod

Tiny Dancer (Newport Ri 7/6/02 Newport Music Festival) 5:23 Ben Folds Ben Folds Live Rock 100 21 10/18/05 9:26 PM

Jesus Of Suburbia / City Of The Damned / I Don't Care / Dearly Beloved / Tales Of Another Broken Home 9:08 Green Day American Idiot Alternative & Punk 20 10/7/05 4:26 PM

Sing 3:49 Travis Travis: Singles Alternative 19 10/5/05 1:50 PM

Holiday 3:52 Green Day American Idiot Alternative & Punk 17 10/18/05 7:32 PM

Are We The Waiting 2:42 Green Day American Idiot Alternative & Punk 17 10/17/05 9:35 PM

Seven Days 4:38 Cracker Hello, Cleveland (Forever - Bonus Disc) Rock 16 10/6/05 5:16 AM

The Good Life 3:49 Cracker Hello, Cleveland (Forever - Bonus Disc) Rock 15 10/6/05 5:20 AM

American Idiot 2:54 Green Day American Idiot Alternative & Punk 15 10/2/05 4:42 PM

The Scientist 5:09 Coldplay A Rush Of Blood To The Head Alternative & Punk 14 10/20/05 9:36 PM

Red Dirt Girl 4:17 Emmylou Harris Red Dirt Girl Country 14 10/21/05 9:35 PM

Ghost Riders in the Sky 6:15 Johnny Cash & Willie Nelson VH1 Storytellers: Johnny Cash & Willie Nelson Country 14 10/10/05 4:20 PM

In My Place 3:48 Coldplay A Rush Of Blood To The Head Alternative & Punk 13 10/20/05 9:26 PM

Green Eyes 3:43 Coldplay A Rush Of Blood To The Head Alternative & Punk 13 10/10/05 5:41 PM

Boulevard Of Broken Dreams 4:20 Green Day American Idiot Alternative & Punk 13 10/7/05 4:34 PM

Always On My Mind 4:05 Johnny Cash & Willie Nelson VH1 Storytellers: Johnny Cash & Willie Nelson Country 13 10/5/05 1:34 PM

running to stand still 4:30 U2 Live 13 10/5/05 9:27 AM

Lonesome Johnny Blues 2:58 Cracker Hello, Cleveland (Forever - Bonus Disc) Rock 12 10/3/05 6:17 PM

I Don't Wanna Talk About It Now 4:45 Emmylou Harris Red Dirt Girl Country 12 10/21/05 9:27 PM

My Baby Needs a Shepherd 4:37 Emmylou Harris Red Dirt Girl Country 12 10/21/05 9:40 PM

St. Jimmy 2:55 Green Day American Idiot Alternative & Punk 12 10/7/05 4:40 PM

Letterbomb 4:06 Green Day American Idiot Alternative & Punk 12 10/7/05 4:53 PM

Spill the Wine 4:07 The Animals & Eric Burdon & War The Animals - Retrospective Rock 100 11 10/6/05 5:12 AM

House of the Rising Sun 4:31 The Animals The Animals - Retrospective Rock 11 10/2/05 8:40 PM

Not The Same 4:17 Ben Folds Rockin' The Suburbs Rock 100 11 10/3/05 6:45 PM

Politik 5:18 Coldplay A Rush Of Blood To The Head Alternative & Punk 11 10/20/05 9:22 PM

Friday, October 21, 2005

Red Dirt Girl: Album Review #3

Or 4 or 5, God I don't know. I think I reviewed the latest Social Distortion album, U2's How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, Green Day's American Idiot and System of a Down. That's a whole lot of Rock N Roll. So I'll side step a bit to Country:


This album came out in 2000. My wife stumbled upon in it back when we got our first house by reading about it in the New Yorker. It got some very outstanding reviews when it came out. If there was ever a piece of music that you can say will stand the test of time, this is one of them. I don't know which part of the album is the best but Emmylou Harris put down some great lyrics and some smooth poetry to some of the most haunting sounds in modern music.

It's one of those albums that you can put in the cd player and not skip a song even if you were sure you hated country music. I noticed it is a mainstay on my iPod next to my Social D and Cracker music that I have spewed throughout my little sound box. If there is a track that stands out to me it would be the title track, Red Dirt Girl. The acoustic guitar with the thumping bass line and that resonating distorted guitar in the background start it off and then Emmylou's fantastic voice comes in. It sounds to me like it's a song about a best friend and some dreams, who's life has gone to tragedy. A dark song with a tremendous story about a girl in Alabama. Dreams, drugs, failure and death it's all there to fall apart together. Emmylou's voice on the choruses soar out of your speakers. If you have this album, keep your ear on that distorted guitar backing her... I think it bleeds the pain of the song.

"Bang the Drum Slowly" is another solid song. Borrowing a lyric from an old classic, "Streets of Laredo" she seems to sorta re-tell that story a little different.

The other highlight is the song "My Antonia" in which she is joined by Dave Matthews. The contrast between Dave's hippy blues voice and Emmylou's soaring crisp tones is awesome. They tell a sweet story of lost love. Not the story from the famous book but an original song who's beauty lies in the fact that the two characters in the story come to life through Emmylou's and Dave's voice... The power of Emmylou's voice is incredible in this story... I think that's Springsteen's harmonica on this track too as it gives him a credit on this album.

"Boy from Tupelo" is obviously about Elvis... What away to end an album with a nod to the King.

Looking for a good fall weather album, go grab this one. Almost guaranteed to be your favorite to but hey it's good stuff...

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Tree Hugging, Hippy Crap!!!

It's as good as the one's at the concerts...

I went for a walk this evening to get some dinner. We do this a lot. Been warm here for late October so it was still like 75 degrees at 6pm. Anyhow, there is like this little grocery store around the corner that has a lot of good food. We cruised over with the dog and I went in. I bought a slab of fresh lasagna, some cereal, some bread and the little bucket of frozen crack above. Oh man, this is good stuff. Vanilla Ice Cream with some brownie dough and this raspberry swirl that'll keep ya trippin for hours after... Damn it's good.

On a lighter note, the season premiere of South Park was absolutely hilarious. My favorite part was the Spartacus parody at the end with the "I broke the dam" lines. I sometimes wish I had the vision they do, to look at the world that way and take a giant crap on the whole thing. At the point you think they are being hideous little liberals they start poking fun at liberals from a conservative perspective. Stan's dad, drawing the lines on the map was unbelievable! How do they get away with it.

Gonna go watch it again on TiVo with my bucket o'fun from Ben and Jerry's here...

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Staged TV Broadcasts...

Remember the flack about Bush's "staged" interview with the troops? Apparently the reporters that tell us this kind of crap, you know, with the "unbiased" opinions have a little problem with a "staged" broadcast they are trying to make. In fact, they STAGE all the broadcasts even live ones, watch your local news during a storm sometime . But notice how they make the flooding seem so bad in New Jersey..., until the dudes walk by in barely ankle deep water!!

See video from Big Boys here.

Liberal media, exposed again.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Home Improvement and a Lesson in Contract Reading

Oh brother, no matter how good a home improvement company is make sure they read the contract they give to you. My God, I have no room for incompetence. I am getting some customized, overdone landscaping project installed at my house. It's like Over-Haulin but for the yard and that hot chick who talks too much on that show isn't here. (She isn't on the show anymore because she got kicked off, some new hot chick is in her place for season 3) I literally had a company completely excavate my entire yard, soil, cement and miscellaneous junk I had piled up here and completely start over, irrigation, new cement, brick walls and lighting, all of it. 140 some odd plants, shrubs and trees..

My question though, why can't contractors read what they put in contracts? I swear to God, I had them widen my drive way and for days my contractor made me look like a fool because I was requesting that since he widened the drive way, he could at least fill it in with some freaking cement or else the widening he did defeated the purpose since the BMW isn't 4 wheel drive. I am paying top dollar here, why wouldn't expect it, since it was in the contract? He had referred to the contract as "legal jargon". No shit Sherlock!!! We went back and forth for a few minutes. And I got off the phone in a huff. He flat out did not want to lay the cement down in my drive way with out charging me for it. With out concrete my front drive way would be a cess pool by January with all the rain we get. My in-laws came over yesterday and I had quickly cleaned the house and thrown the contracts on the floor in the other room, next to the litter box. A cat peed on the contract. So I had to read this contract carefully through the pee and called the contractor back. I said, hey, look at page 2 of the front yard contract. He's reading along and I say, yeah where is that 32 sq ft pad of concrete on the map y' all drew? He's like I don't know let me look here. After a few patient seconds he says, "Gee I don't know". I said great, since ya charged me for it, and don't know where it goes, why don't ya put it in that 32 square foot strip in my drive way ya dug out?!? Oh he says, we can do that... Freaking savages...

Friday, October 14, 2005

Number 20,000 visited today...


Steve reaches 20,000 visitors

I am not one to celebrate meaningless milestones but in less than one year, (351 days to be exact) I reached the 20,000 unique visitor mark. I started this blog as a way to relieve some stress and to test some nerves and even acquire a nice little hobby.

What a little hobby it has been. You can learn a lot from other bloggers and get into quite a few heated discussions, which is what we all need in life, more discussion about the things in this world. I know I get a bit political, I try to be funny but I think the best comments I get are from when I get a little personal about my life. It's hard not to say so much personal because some whack job can come out and steal your identity or something. (Here is me).

Since now I have gone on blathering like a fool, I'd like to thank the following blogs in no particular order, because they are my daily reads and read mine almost frequently. (Sorry, I am watching!)

Bring It On (Gulp!) The most out-spoken, liberal blog on the planet right now. They hate me so much, they love me. I first drew an "attack" from them when I wrote about and how sorry their organization was. Then I discovered them over Terri Schiavo and the rest was history. Quite an interesting take on politics. For some reason they aren't always wrong. Just ask them, they'll tell you. Disagree, then DUCK!!! Hey it's one of my favorite reads... (Thanks for not booting me Bastard)

Stop The ACLU
The antithesis of Bring It On, Jay and Gribbit are great and are doing an awesome grassroots effort in getting the word out to stop the ACLU. Sure, the ACLU wants to help the little guy out, the little guy is just plotting to kill you, your neighbor, the President and stop you from being so free while sitting in his cell in Gitmo. Yeah, it's good to stop these communist bastards before they run the police stations.

The Kevin Show What's better than the youth of our country grasping the idea of conservative politics? This kid sounds a lot like Eric Cartman from South Park sometimes with his "die, hippy scum rhetoric" but it's glad to see someone young that is politically active. The best thing, he's from California!!! Awesome... (beat them Angels)

Pure Gonzo Engineering I think lawryde was pissed at me when he discovered my blog because of some political crap I had written. I think he gets me now. I sort of think by reading his blog he is me in bizarro world, without the cube face. He's got a baby coming, go donate!!

Michael The ArchAngel
This guy is a damn good writer and I just keep going back. I just get it.

Starfire Vince is funnier than hell. I just recently discovered his blog so I keep reading. I can't wait until he finishes the story about picking up a chick at KFC and going out on a Harley. About the funniest thing I read since his last post before that... and the one before that... and the...

Cao's Blog If you didn't hear it today on Rush you probably can about it here. Cao's got an amazing blog and posts way more than one person should in a given day. Never taking a day off, she can show you some incite that is far greater than the MSM

If I missed your blog... Sorry... I could go on for a long time. I wanna thank each and every visitor, even if for only 30 seconds.