Sunday, June 08, 2008

I Pledge Alligence

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG,

OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ,

AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS,

ONE NATION UNDER GOD,

INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!

It is said that 86% of Americans believe in God.

Therefore I have a very hard time understanding why there is such a problem in having 'In God! We Trust' on our money and having 'God' in the Pledge of Allegiance.

I believe it's time we stand up for what we believe!

emailed to me by a friend
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Saturday, June 07, 2008

Friday, June 06, 2008

F-4 Hits a Wall at 500 MPH



When you view this clip you'll get a good feel for what happens to an airplane when it hits a concrete wall. The passenger jets that hit the WTC towers and Pentagon were doing 600 mph!!! Many of you may have seen the Michael Mooresque web site that asks the question; 'If it's true that a Boeing airliner hit the Pentagon, what happened to all the parts of it? Why did we not find more pieces of it? Where did all that mass GO?'

Well, for those who question what happened to 'all the mass of that airplane,' watch. It's an Air Force engineering test of a concrete barrier that was to surround a nuclear reactor dome, to see if it would indeed survive an aerial attack. With the high speed cameras rolling, they attached an F-4 Phantom to the sled and then pumped up the speed to 500 MPH, and... "What happens when an 'Unstoppable Force' meets an 'Immovable Object?'" Watch in slow motion as the F-4 turns to vapor.

emailed to me by a friend
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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Test Reveals Female Hormones in Beer

I found a disturbing newspaper article lately which I felt compelled to share (click on picture above to make it large enough to read). I guess there is another reason to drink moderately.
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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Political Facts

In just one year. Remember the election in 2006?
Thought you might like to read the following:
A little over one year ago:

1) Consumer confidence stood at a 2 1/2 year high;
2) Regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon;
3) The unemployment rate was 4.5%.

Since voting in a Democratic Congress in 2006 we have seen:

1) Consumer confidence plummet;
2) The cost of regular gasoline soar to over $3.50 a gallon;
3) Unemployment is up to 5% (a 10% increase);
4) American households have seen $2.3 trillion in equity value evaporate
(stock and mutual fund losses);
5) Americans have seen their home equity drop by $1.2 trillion dollars;
6) 1% of American homes are in foreclosure.

America voted for change in 2006, and we got it!

Remember it's Congress that makes law not the President.

He has to work with what's handed to him.


You think the war in Iraq is costing us too much? Read this:

Boy, am I confused. I have been hammered with the propaganda that it is the Iraq war and the war on terror that is bankrupting us. I now find that to be RIDICULOUS.

1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by state governments.

2. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.
Verify at http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

3. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.
Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

4. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.
Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

5. $200 Billion Dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused By the illegal aliens.

6. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that's two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children, are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the future.
Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0606/12/ldt.01.html

7. During the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our Southern Border also, as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from Terrorist Countries. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroin and marijuana, crossed into the U. S from the Southern border.
Verify at: Homeland Security Report: http://tinyurl.com/t9sht

8. The National Policy Institute, 'estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period.'
Verify at: http://www.nationalpolicyinstitute.org/pdf/deportation.pdf

9. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin.
Verify at: http://www.rense.com/general75/niht.htm

Your Family is Still Corleone

Friday, May 30, 2008

Make Sure You Have a Clear Mortgage Title

Everyone who has ever bought a house will enjoy this.

A New Orleans Lawyer sought an FHA loan for a client. He was told the loan would be granted if he could prove satisfactory title to a parcel of property being offered as collateral. The title to the property dated back to 1803, which took the lawyer three months to track down. After sending the information to the FHA, he received the following reply:

(Actual letter): "Upon review of your letter adjoining your client's loan application, we note that the request is supported by an Abstract of Title.

While we compliment the able manner in which you have prepared and presented the application, we must point out that you have only cleared title to the proposed collateral property back to 1803. Before final approval can be accorded, it will be necessary to clear the title back to its origin."


Annoyed, the lawyer responded as follows (actual letter):

"Your letter regarding title in Case No. 189156 has been received. I note that you wish to have title extended further than the 194 years covered by the present application. I was unaware that any educated person in this country, particularly those working in the property area, would not know that Louisiana was purchased, by the US, from France in 1803, the year of origin identified in our application.

For the edification of uninformed FHA bureaucrats, the title to the land prior to US ownership was obtained from France, which had acquired it by Right of Conquest from Spain. The land came into the possession of Spain by Right of Discovery made in the year 1492 by a sea captain named Christopher Columbus, who had been granted the privilege of seeking a new route to India by the Spanish monarch, Isabella.

The good queen, Isabella, being a pious woman and almost as careful about titles as the FHA, took the precaution of securing the blessing of the Pope before she sold her jewels to finance Columbus' expedition.

Now the Pope, as I'm sure you may know, is the emissary of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and God, it is commonly accepted, created this world. Therefore, I believe it is safe to presume that God also made that part of the world called Louisiana. God, therefore, would be the owner of origin and His origins date back, to before the beginning of time, the world as we know it AND the FHA.

I hope you find God's original claim to be satisfactory. Now, may we have our loan?"

The loan was approved.

emailed to me by a friend
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Thursday, May 29, 2008

The iPhone is Not Just For Play

There can be many important uses for this great technology
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Monday, May 26, 2008

The History of Taps

In Observance of Memorial Day

Of all the military bugle calls, none
is so easily recognized or more apt
to render emotion than Taps. Up to
the Civil War, the traditional call at
day's end was a tune, borrowed
from the French, called Lights Out.
In July of 1862, in the aftermath of
the bloody Seven Days battles, hard on the loss of 600 men
and wounded himself, Union General Daniel Adams
Butterfield called the brigade bugler to his tent. He thought
"Lights Out" was too formal and he wished to honor his men.
Oliver Wilcox Norton, the bugler, tells the story, "...showing
me some notes on a staff written in pencil on the back of an
envelope, (he) asked me to sound them on my bugle. I did this
several times, playing the music as written. He changed it
somewhat, lengthening some notes and shortening others, but
retaining the melody as he first gave it to me. After getting it to
his satisfaction, he directed me to sound that call for Taps
thereafter in place of the regulation call. The music was beautiful
on that still summer night and was heard far beyond the
limits of our Brigade. The next day I was visited by several
buglers from neighboring Brigades, asking for copies of the
music which I gladly furnished. The call was gradually taken
up through the Army of the Potomac."
This more emotive and powerful Taps was soon adopted
throughout the military. In 1874 It was officially recognized by
the U.S. Army. It became standard at military funeral ceremonies
in 1891. There is something singularly beautiful and appropriate
in the music of this wonderful call. Its strains are
melancholy, yet full of rest and peace. Its echoes linger in the
heart long after its tones have ceased to vibrate in the air.
- from an article by Master Sergeant Jari AVillanueva,USAF

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Mafia



How many of these guys can you recognize?

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Never Hire a Gay Weatherman


This video is 'right at the wall for me'.

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

I'm Smaht, I Can Do Things



This is a GREAT video - it's smaht!
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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

I'm Smaht



If you know me, you know I love the Godfather Trilogy.
Without question the best movies of all time.
So, I was elated when I found this tribute to my little brother.
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Monday, May 19, 2008

Spend Your Refund Check Wisely

GOVERNMENT REFUND CHECKS
Please spend wisely!

The federal government is sending each and everyone of us a $600 rebate.

  • If we spend that money at Wal-Mart, the money will go to China.
  • If we spend it on gasoline it will go to the Arabs.
  • If we purchase a computer it will go to India.
  • If we purchase fruit and vegetables it will go to Mexico,Honduras, and Guatemala.
  • If we purchase a good car it will go to Japan.
  • If we purchase useless crap it will go to Taiwan . . .
and none of it will help the American economy.


So perhaps, the only way to keep that money here at home is to buy prostitutes, weed, beer, cigarettes, whiskey, and tattoos, since these are the only products still produced in the United States.
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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Sandstone County * Episode Sixty-Two

Sandstone County Sheriffs Department - To Serve, To Protect, To Get Rid of All
Dirtbag Criminals by 2026


Pine City has recently instituted a massive program to clean up the city. The popular program is catching on and Sandstone County is currently undertaking similar steps to spruce up their jurisdictions. Proper disposal sites will be liberally dispersed throughout the county. All residents are encouraged to participate by placing all refuse into their respective containers and are reminded, "please, do not mix up waste products and recyclables." If we all work together we can have a clean city/county once again.
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Thursday, May 08, 2008

The Road of Death

I will wear my seatbelt
I will wear my seatbelt
I will wear my seatbelt, and pray ---



You are about to see the most amazing road ever.
COME WITH ME . . .


on a Very, Very High Way !

In Bolivia , South America

Stremnaya Road is nicknamed 'The Road of Death'
and it will take no convincing as to how appropriate that is . . .

Buckle Up . . . here we go!












Seen Enough???
Oh, No . . . Your Trip Isn't Over Yet!
Check that your seat belt is fastened one more time . . .



No Traffic at all today!!



Spoke Too Soon . . .



Get Right Down into Low For This Hairpin

Ok, Back into Top Gear and Accelerate



That's Great . . . Doing Over 80 Now and Making Up Time . . .



It's So Wide Here . . . and Easy To Make The Pass



Hang On.. Wish I Had The Inside Lane



You Just Honk and The Guy Coming Will Move Over Huh?



I Don't Think He Heard Your Horn???



Sorry?. We Just Lost The Curb This Morning.



Not Much Further Now . . .



Our Father . . .



Thanks For Coming ? You Made It This Time!


After That Ride, Tell Me Honestly?.
Are You Going To Complain About
Your Lousy, Traffic - Congested
Super Highways Ever Again???


sent to me by Highpower

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Dirt for Dessert


Now, I thought this was interesting. What this photo shows is actually pudding. Yes, edible pudding. Under all that dirt, which is actually crushed Oreo Cookies, is a type of pudding concoction. The colorful things you see sticking out of the dirt are worms - edible gummy worms. I have seen this dish prepared before but, this little extra makes it kind of cute (issh what am I doing - I hate that word). The extras are the worms and the clever use of the toy wheelbarrow. I've only seen the dessert made in a regular bowl and no worms added. What a neat extra touch. It's kinda cute, I mean neat.
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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A Trick Play


Proof that a trick does not have to be complex to be effective!
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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Photo Contest at ‘Are WE There Yet Mom’

There is a photo contest going on at are we there yet mom and it looks like she will hold more contests in the future. This particular contest has no theme, simply submit what you like. As a prize she is offering the book, Closeup Shooting: A Guide to Closeup, Tabletop and Macro Photography written by Cyrill Harnischmacher. The contest is going on until April 28th so hurry.


I thought I'd try this one which was taken this Easter.

and sorry
you may have seen this recently in a March post,
but I felt compelled to use it again here.

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Monday, April 07, 2008

Spring or Not?

Is it spring yet? In my part of the world we generally get excited when we see the first Robin in our yard. To us this usually denotes the yearly genesis of spring. Well, I have seen my first Robin today only about an hour ago. Yet, I contrast that against my workday and I become confused (some say this comes quite easily for me). In all my journeys this winter I have not gotten my vehicle stuck even once. Until today that is. With the nasty weather we received last night and this morning I was able to get my truck stuck not once but three times! So, please tell me . . . is this spring or not? Ah, I guess I should not complain too loudly as I hear they received 27 inches of the cold powder just one hour to the north of me. 'Slurp.' Ah, this hot coffee sure is good. 'Slurp'. Maybe time to pour another. 'Slurp'.

Now that I think of it, I've seen ducks sitting motionless on ice covered lakes, the last two weekends in eastern North Dakota. They were probably thinking they were a little too early. I wish I could have photographed them because it was striking to see them in this predicament.

and this little bugger sat forever
(almost motionless) today on my ice covered deck



Time For a Mac

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Losing the War


Especially meaningful for Veterans of the Viet-Nam Era


General Vo Nguyen Giap


General Giap was a brilliant, highly respected leader of the North Vietnam military. The following quote is from his memoirs currently found in the Vietnam war memorial in Hanoi :
"What we still don't understand is why you Americans stopped the bombing of Hanoi . You had us on the ropes. If you had pressed us a little harder, just for another day or two, we were ready to surrender! It was the same at the battles of TET. You defeated us! We knew it, and we thought you knew it. But we were elated to notice your media was definitely helping us. They were causing more disruption in America than we could in the battlefields. We were ready to surrender. You had won!"
General Giap has published his memoirs and confirmed what most Americans knew. The Vietnam war was not lost in Vietnam -- it was lost at home. The exact same slippery slope, sponsored by the US media, is currently well underway. It exposes the enormous power of a biased media to cut out the heart and will of the American public.
A truism worthy of note: Do not fear the enemy, for they can take only your life. Fear the media far more, for they will destroy your honor.

sent to me by Highpower
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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

What an April Fool's Joke

What a joke for the 1st of April! Just when I thought spring was arriving, we get dumped on by that famous frozen white stuff. This photo shows my once bare-to-the-blacktop driveway is quickly filling up with snow, again. This means I will have to plow the driveway once more.


It, also, means my mentally-challenged, asshole neighbor will be snowblowing, again. Isn't there enough pain in the world?
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Monday, March 31, 2008

Monkey Rides a Mini Bike



A monkey is actually riding a mini bike on very busy streets, no less.
It reminds me of my brother riding his V65.
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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Hillary Does Not Lie

See, doubters, Hillary wasn't lying after all!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Hillarious Bathroom Humor



Check out this short video. It should get you chuckling. I especially like the steaming toilet and Charlie Chaplin himself could not have done some of these pratfalls.
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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Please, Please . . .

Please, please . . . let there be a Giant chocolate bunny in on of these eggs !
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What Did I Do, Mommy?

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Ford's New and Revolutionary Restraint

Ford Motors have developed a new safety restraint for their vehicles (patent pending). It has been test marketed for the past six months and the results have enticed them to offer the new system in all of their '09 vehicular offerings. In the preliminary tests they have found a whopping 68% decrease in vehicle crashes that can be decidedly attributed the the proper use of this new device. Much speculation is debated about how the device actually works but, the point here is that it does work. In another clinical study, a surprise secondary benefit has been attributed to this restraint - increased emotional stability among men!

Yes, psychologists from all over the globe have found this devise, when used properly, to actually increase a man's happiness and zest for life. Some men have claimed that they haven't been this 'gleeful and optimistic' since their early youth. These astonishing results are even being obtained immediately with the very, first use. Who would have thought?

Chevrolet and others - are you listening?
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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Monday, February 25, 2008

Lawyer Humor



A lawyer is standing in a long line at the box office. Suddenly, he feels a pair of hands kneading his shoulders, back, and neck. The lawyer turns around.

"What the hell do you think you're doing?"

"I'm a chiropractor, and I'm just keeping in practice while I'm waiting in line."

"Well, I'm a lawyer, but you don't see me screwing the guy in front of me, do you?"

Odd Signs

I wonder . . .
who came up with the name for this road?
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Sunday, February 10, 2008

My Saturday Drive Home

This was my drive home Saturday.
It was actually much worse than this - I only took a pic when I felt it was safe to do so.
As such, you only get to see the best conditions.


There was a car directly in front of me in both pics.
I think you can barely make it out in the 2nd photo.

By the way, I meant to moblog these but, have forgotten how.
Time for a refresher.
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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Another Firmware Update For The Sony A700


This utility updates the DSLR-A700 Camera Firmware to version 3 and provides the following benefits:

Benefits over firmware version 2:

  • Resolves an issue where the Access Lamp remains lit and the camera stops responding when several pictures are taken in rapid succession.
  • Resolves an issue where powering the camera off while in "MR" mode may cause some registered settings to carry over to other shooting modes.

Additional benefits over other firmware versions:

  • Sharper images for pictures taken under low contrast conditions
  • Reduced noise for pictures taken at ISO 3200
  • Improved flash control for objects closer than 1 meter with non ADI controlled lenses

Add A Caption 42

So, who has a caption for this photo?
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