Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Further Evidence that Macs Suck

So it turns out that I only have one friend that actually owns and uses a Macintosh laptop. And believe it or not... she's a programmer. You'd think she'd know better. Regardless... this otherwise beautiful, brilliant, and otherwise extremely tech-savy girl does in fact use the abomination in question.

Imagine my joy when the other day she lamented her laptop issues. Trouble with the mac? Couldn't be. After all... Macs "just work". Right? We hear that all the time.

Well not only does her Mac not "just work" its not even her Mac. Her Mac failed to "just work" so badly that it had to be taken to the Apple Store to be repaired... and what she was complaining about wasn't even her Mac at all... but the loner the Apple store had provided. Apparently, it randomly would shut down... way to often. Infuriatingly often.

So I looked her up to play some WoW the other night... and she informed me that she had no laptop at all... and that she was going to buy a "Gaming Laptop".

Gaming Laptop... AKA... Not a Mac.

Now lets consider how this trial could've gone differently... She probably spent over 2k on that Mac laptop. So for that same amount... she could've bought 1 comparable windows laptop... and 2 slightly older back up laptops that would still perform in case the nicer one went down.

I buy what I call a disposable laptop every year. I find something for 4 or 5 hundred bucks... and use it until it dies. If it lasts a year... I figure I've gotten my money's worth. If it lasts longer... bonus. So far.. I have accumulated 3 laptops this way... and none of them will die. I almost threw one of them away... because the keyboard was destroyed by Eli... and I didn't want the hassle of taking it to a shop and paying a repair bill.

Then I remembered... oh yeah... its not a Mac.

So I bought a keyboard off ebay for 3 bucks... and used the other 2 laptops until it arrived. When it did arrive... it took all of 30 minutes to install.

Because... after all...

It wasn't a Mac.

Just a little more anecdotal evidence.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Ho. Ho. Ho.






Yes... those are two 125cc atvs. I skimped out and bought the chinese ones because honestly they are a quarter of the price... and well... I have two brothers that are industrial mechanics. Special thanks to Welldigger and Papa who actually were at my house when they were delivered. They assembled them completely... examining all the critical parts and replacing much of the hardware with superior quality pieces... all the cotter pins... many of the fasteners... ect... I was out of town... and they spent hours on the job. Its greatly appreciated.

Perhaps tomarrow a video will appear.

Ya never know.
Merry Christmas

Luke 2 11:14

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly with the angel there was a multitude of the Heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Carcass of the Beast

They no longer haunt the kitchen. Indeed nothing remains but the bloated happy bellies and lingering fond memory.
Success.


Thursday, November 26, 2009

Get Cookin' Boys

Alright... get off your lazy ass and get to work. There's meat to cook dammit.

So what's on the menu at Nate's? Glad ya asked. Today I'm responsible for 3 things: fried turkey, fried boston butt, and fried green beans.

So... Ever fried a boston butt? That's a big ass ham for them what don't know by the way. Ain't to difficult really. Here's how it works:

Inject your ham with cajun garlic and marinade it for about an hour or so. Then drop her in the deep frier at 350. Mind the oil temp... it dips when the ham goes in. Plus don't be gettin' to rushed... she pops pretty good when ya put her in. I use peanut oil. Should take about 8 minutes a pound... could be a little more. Tastey!

The turkey is very similar excepting of course you have to rub bacon grease all over it after you inject it. Turkey goes faster to... about 3 minutes a pound.

And the green beans?

I don't share that.

Sorry.

ok.. so how about you? What's the menu at your place?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Savings Glut

Just in case you didn't realize how incredibly stupid the modern economic talking heads are... allow me to quote Nobel Prize winner... Paul Krugman:

"If you want to know where the came from, then, think of it this way: We're looking at the revenge of the glut.

And the savings glut is still out there. In fact, its bigger than ever, now that suddenly impoverished consumers have rediscovered the virtues of thrift and the worldwide property boom, which provided an outlet for all excessive savings, has turned into a worldwide bust."

So setting aside the fact that a man just asserted that there is even such a thing as excessive savings... let us first start with the facts before we bother refuting the theory. That is to say... before we can blame the crisis on a savings glut... we must show that a savings glut actually exists.




Ummm...

So see? We don't have to bother refuting the silly theory that excessive saving caused the crisis... because there are no savings... excessive or otherwise.

Krugman's arguement isn't just built on sand... its built on the pretense of sand.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Where Do Pumpkin Pies Come From?





yes I know its an old one... but its classic.
A Busy Mornin'

So I was downstairs helping Eli with one of his Nintendo DS games... Jeb and Elkan were upstairs playing MarioKarts. Yes... Elkan plays MarioKarts. All was well until I heard Jeb yell from upstairs.

"Daddy. Elkan called the lady on the phone and she says now the police have to come to our house."

...

...


!


So of course I assume I didn't hear what I obviously heard and run upstairs hoping I was mistook.

"What's going on buddy?"

"Well... Elkan called the lady and he's talking to her and she said now the police have to come to our house. ***sigh*** little brothers..."

It was at this point that I heard Elkan still chattering away in his bedroom. I rushed in there and found him giving some poor woman a very stern lecture about something that was clearly extremely important. I grabbed the phone... hoping no one was there.

"hello?"

"Oh hi! This is Julie and the ER. Your baby called us and he's just been talking up a storm."

"... ummm.."

"We didn't know what was going on so we had to call the police to come check."

"... errr... sorry?"

"Oh its ok.. he's adorable. I can't believe he dialed this number though."

"I can't either. So he didn't dial 911 then?"

"No this is the unpublished ER number."

"What?"

"I know. I don't know how he managed it!"

Well... I eventually got off the phone with her. Turns out Julie had been on call and got paged to the ER a couple days before and Elkan had simply pressed redial.

At least the cops took their time showing up. The local chief of police, a buddy of mine named Brian, showed up about 30 minutes later. "Havin' a good mornin' Nate?"

"Its great Brian. Thanks."

"hehehe.. I told 'em everything was ok... That baby just tryin' to find his mama."


Its a good thing we live in Mayberry.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Good Riddance

I'm frequently told that we're not in the midst of an epic economic collapse because conditions today aren't as bad as they were in the Great Depression. I think the people of Detroit would disagree.

Consider this... In Detroit proper, the unemployment rate is now higher than it was in the peak of the Great Depression there. Not only that... but back then the numbers were figured far more strictly counting for people down to age 16.

Not only that... the city can no longer afford to bury its dead.

As is the case with most areas... if a family claims a body there and cannot afford to bury it, the city will bury the body in a plain pine casket in a nearby cemetary with a marker. So far... there are 55 bodies sitting in a freezer in the central morgue because the families can't afford to bury them, and the city is broke.

Whole areas of the city are abandoned... and are slowly turning back into wilderness. It looks like some place you'd find in Fallout.

As the city dies this slow agonizing death... I can only chuckle. A more wretched hell hole has likely never existed on this continent. Perhaps every major metropolitan area of the United States will suffer this same indignant death.

We should be so lucky.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Dollar Down

The dollar's downward spirl continues... as I'm sure you've noticed. I mean its hard to pay 7 bucks for a gallon of milk and think there's anything other than inflation going on.














That chart shows the dollar heading to the 2008 low of 71. Now compare it to the gold chart...











So the dollar is heading to the 2008 low, and simulteneously Gold's target is 1300 in the next two months. Now if you've read Vox Day's book, the Return of the Great Depression, you know that he said if Gold was to reach 1500 per ounce by the end of 2010 then the hyper inflationist scenario he calls "Whiskey Zulu" would possibly be in play.

Not only will we see $1500 gold before the end of 2010... we'll probably see it before summer.

and of course... if the percentage holds... a gallon of milk will be 9 bucks or so.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tactical Pistol: Thoughts Unthunk... Usually

I'm inclined to ask... is it wise for a man to get into a gunfight without giving thought to the possibility of getting shot?

With that in mind... how much time have you spent drilling one handed? Lets say you're shot in your weak arm and can't use it. Can you draw and fire one handed? Can you reload a magazine one handed? Can you clear a jam one handed?

And don't we all practice shooting while standing still?

Have you ever played a first person shooter where people stand still and shoot? While first person shooters are in no way definitive when it comes to tactics in this case they are dead right. Gun fights are not static affairs. Move while you shoot. Shoot as you move.

In an armed confrontation always move in a rotation that keeps your own site on the enemy... while moving you towards his strong side. If he's shooting right-handed... you rotate around him to your left.

And how about reloading one handed? If you carry a full sized backup and cover ain't available... this is a good time to drop your primary and pull it. If you can find cover, drop the empty mag... put the pistol between your knees with the empty grip pointing towards the front of your body. Grab your new mag, put it in the grip... pop it once to seat it... bring the weapon back to ready position and hit the slide release. This should take just a few seconds.

If you have a jam... most can be cured by simply racking the slide. Use the offending case to catch on your belt and push down until the slide racks and ejects the bastard. If ya can't do this... drop the useless weapon and pull your backup.

And yes... you should always have a backup.

I practice these drills quite a bit. I hope you do the same.

Friday, November 13, 2009

ATF: The Gourds - Gin and Juice

Say boys!

Its hard to have a little ATF without a sound track... so I opted for an old favorite. The finest cover ever.

Now.. onto the more imporant matters... Like...

A: So julie brought me a bottle of Mezcal home from mexico. 3 worm tequila boys. 3 worms in the bottle. Big bastards to. Good for molotav cocktails... I don't know about drinkin' it.

T: Can someone tell me why it is that cigars dry up so fast and pipe tobacco can somehow remain moist for decades in a damned jar? I don't get it.

F: What would you have to do to make a glock cool? What if ya had a milled steel frame? And... what if you put a .50GI conversion kit on it? Then of course we'd have to put a decent trigger on the thing... but hey... at least it would be a real weapon. So there ya go... for an additonal 1200 bucks...you could make your Glock cool.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Setting Fashion Trends...



... at a military funeral.

Great job Michelle. Classy as always.

Taurus Thunderbolts

Several years ago Taurus started offering quality reproductions of the classic winchester pump action rifles. I've lusted for one of the plinkers ever since... but now loins have been stirred to the point of out right burning lust.



Now they're offering the same classic rifles in .357 mag and .45acp. Oh my...




I already have a matched caliber handgun/rifle set... a vaquero and a winchester 94 both in .44 mag. As nice as that is... I believe a pump action .357 rifle to match my .357 tracker would be even more useful. Plus... you can shoot the more economical .38specials for plinking.





All I want for Christmas...

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

iGlock




Every girl should have one.





Sorry to one up you, JAC.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Lynyrd Skynyrd - God and Guns

Check it out boys! We can now officially forgive Skynyrd for that stupid Saturday Night Special song.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Cretaceous Internal Combustion

So... I'm mind my own business... fumbling around the web when I discover a completely reasonable justification for throwing paleontologists and climatologists in a cage for a no-rules death match.

Bear with me here...

In this article we learn about this gloriously vast snake fossil. Which really has nothing to do with my point... except that there is this one fabulous nugget slipped in. That's how it works really... if you pay attention... the inter disciplinary contradictions just jump right out at you.

Buried in the article we find this:

"Why are today's snakes smaller? The report concludes that temperatures at the equator were higher (86-93.2 Fahrenheit) than today (82.4 Fahrenheit) and facilitated the large body sizes of air-breathing animals whose body temperatures are dependent on ambient environmental temperatures. "

Now we are reliably told that a 1 degree increase in the global temperature would utterly destroy the world as we know it.

And yet... it was 11 degrees warmer... 5 times the doom.... just 65 million years ago... when life as we know it supposedly developed... or so the fairytale goes. But how can this be says I? How can it have been so hot? It couldn't possibly have been that hot... I mean unless we're positing that early mammals made use of the internal combustion engine.

Which we're not.

...

Are we?

Friday, October 16, 2009

Ummmm....

Back before it mattered that much....

Do indeed note the headline... and the don't forget to note the date at the top.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Proof of Inflation

So...

You think it we're rolling down the deflationist path eh? Now remember... Gold hit its all time high yesterday... again. The deflationists of course claim this is because countries are scrambling to gold to get away from the dollar.

Ah..

But if that's the case then explain these facts: it is more than 30 per cent below its highs in Australian dollar terms, 15 per cent lower in yen terms and 6 per cent lower in sterling terms. Now if deflation were actually happening... you'd see it at the grocery store. You don't. A 12 pack of cokes for example is 7 freakin' bucks! Almost double what it was just 2 years ago. I don't know if you've noticed... but the you can still by a coke for 99 cents at the convenience store on the corner... but its only 16 ounces... not 20. They shrunk the bottle. The 20 ounce is now a $1.50!

And yes... I understand that the MSM is putting out all manner of articles about low prices. Fact is they are poorly researched pipe dreams. Prices are going up. Not down. In fact the only thing that is seeing steady prices instead of spikes is Natural Gas... and that is directly related to a massive spike in supply.

In spite of all this imaginary money disappearing into thin air... we're seeing inflation. Not deflation.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

1043!!!!

Dude.

Gold hit its all time high today... because you know... all of that deflation.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Never Dial 911

If this story doesn't convince you that the cops ain't on your side... nothing will. I know its long but trust me... you need to read it.

To sum it up... a family is at home when a dude crashes through their living room window and runs into their son's bedroom. Daddy grabs a gun and goes there and holds the dude while they call 911.

As a bunch of officers run up to the house Mommy grabs one and explains the situation... and then they hear gun shots.

One of the cops has just shot Daddy in the back... 6 times... while he still had 911 on the line!

The best news?

The 911 recording picked up everything the cops said as they discussed how they would cover up the shooting.

The facts of the case are amazing. What they did to the man they just shot while they were paniced and trying to figure out how to cover it up... its just bizarre.

Its just further evidence... NWA was right.

UPDATE:

Holy Shit! They got away with it!

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Worstest Written Communication Ever

Look... I realize this blog ain't a paradigm of proper spelling... but we have some standards. I can't say the same for the author of the trainwreck that follows. Remember... this is a real ad posted on the net.

"samic bass pearl white 4 string rose wood fret bord asking 160.00 also have electric acustic bass carlo rebbeli black 2 littil niks but not bad been fix 1500.00 ill send pick if your interested in eathere one.also have black speshal edition epephone nice one of my babys 350.00 .also have an older small boddy acustic guitar $75.00 nice .also have a 1980's firebird gibsun matalic red exselent shape 450.00 .also have 3 efex pedles ones DOD FX40B equalizer 8 band's on it 35.00 / 2nd one is DOD FX25 envelope filter 45.00/3rd one is arion sfl-1 not shere what it is its got rate/depth/manual/feedback also can go frum direct or sterio switch 20.00 & i have small B/C ritch amp nice new only been use to show it works & about 20 minuts of playing on it for my self.i have violin you would half to come look at it 300.00 mandelin 250.00 bouth frum grmany i beleav an electonic ametranome 25.00 an old 30's trumpet need work 45.00 slide trumbone 45.00 4 drum skins encor new 35.00 in box .also may trade for somthing im interested in. every thing i sell is to bild use an addition to the house & pay bills so the munny you spend is for good coz were in need of 3 bed rooms"


Seriously? bouth frum grmany I beleav? What f'ing language is that? And what the hell is a "gibsun matalic red exselent shape"? The most shocking thing was the fact that he managed to spell "shape" correctly.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Kickstart My Heart

Oh hell...
WASHINGTON — The FBI is investigating the hanging death of a U.S. Census worker near a Kentucky cemetery, and a law enforcement official told The Associated Press the word 'fed" was scrawled on the dead man's chest.



Boys... War may have just been declared. Now we just have to figure out who's declarin' it.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Counting the Cost of Girl Power

Empowering words come easy. Dare I say... cheap. What's easier than looking at a child and saying, "You can do anything."? For going on 3 decades now we've rammed that lie down the throats of our girls.

You can do anything.

Maybe so... but you still have to pick one thing... and by picking that one thing you must then sacrifice virtually all the others. You don't get to be a professional football player and a rock star. It doesn't work.

Now this is nothing new for boys. We've done it forever. Oh sure it may take boys a little while to figure out that they aren't going to be the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys... but they eventually get around to it... and even those that have been blessed with atheleticism such that professional sports is a legitimate career choice... they instinctively know they have to choose one. Charlie Ward won the heisman trophy as Florida State's quarterback... then got drafted to play point guard in the NBA.

Unfortunately... for all their education and high minded child psychology... it hasn't yet occured to our egg headed educators that maybe they should be explaining this same realism to girls to.

Girl power has had many consequences. When I look around and see these 20 something females paralyzed... wholly incapable of making a life choice... I am reminded of Girl Power. Well... you tell me... if you've been told your whole life you can be anything... what would you pick? And then how satisfied would you feel with your life... after having those words drilled into your head for decades... only to end up as a human resources officer at some hospital?

And there is another obvious consequence. Look around at the pressure women put on themselves. Don't you think it could be related to the empowerment they were subjected to as kids?

The fact is a generation of feminists grew up sheltered and secure from the pressures to perform... and then prompted decided to drop the weight of the world on the shoulders of the kids of the next generation. With empowerment comes expectation. You can pout about it the unfairness of it all you'd like... but it won't change. Its like a law of physics. Actions and reactions folks.

This girl power crap has to stop. Because Girl Power is killing our girls.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Theft Protection


Fun with tesla coils! Now... I wonder how big it has to be to strap on top of an Escalade...

Friday, September 11, 2009

Divided We Stand

United we fall. Got it backwards says you? Depends on who the we is says I.

If by we, you mean those of us in fly over country, then we only survive through division. We're fighting to tread water people... and in their crazed psychotic panic the zombies on the coasts are pulling us under the water with them. We have two options... give up and go down with them... or kick them in the face and pull ourselves out.

I hereby challenge you to name one single issue that there is not massive disagreement on in this so called united nation.

And disagreement is one thing... we've always had that. What we've only had on rare occasions... is hate. Hate is what we have today. We hate each other. Urban hates Rural. Republican hates Democrat. Liberal hates Conservative. The South hates the North. The West hates the East. Everyone hates California.

And its not just regions... its topics... pro choicers hate pro lifers... the Gun Culture hates Gungrabbers.

The United States is divided. More so than its been since The War.

So what now?

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Game Time!!!!!

Its a national freakin' holiday. The NFL season starts in an hour boys. Light 'em up.

Ahh.. but what to look for tonight? We keep hearing that the Titans lost Haynesworth. Newsflash: The Titans didn't have Haynesworth or Vanden Bosch when they dismantled the Steelers in December.

And the vaunted Steelers Defense? What about Rodney Harrison? Yeah... what about him? The Titans Left Tackle, Micheal Roos, completely shut him down last year. Do you suppose he won't tonight? I certainly don't. Football doesn't work like that.

Oh but Towelgate! The Titans stomped the Towel!!!! The Steelers will be extra mad and play hard!

Yeah... like they weren't playing hard back in december when Home Field Advantage was on the line eh? Right.

Here's the truth: The Steelers did more to disrespect that towel by the way they played than the Titans did by stomping on it.

Titans 30. Squeelers 13.
Democrats are Face Palming Themselves

All over the country right now. Yes yes... One of the most amusing stories I've seen in a long time. ACORN actually helping a couple set up a child prostitution ring... Telling them how to file the taxes on it when the "very young" girls from el salvador finally get to america.

Nice.

Seriously you can't make this stuff up. You really can't.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Who's Got Next?

I've worked JQP about as much as I can. Come on ladies... who has a honey do list that needs some cleaning up? He works hard... works cheap... and is completely house broken. I officially vouch for him.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

The Red Stick Ramblers - Made in the Shade

I had to post this. I know... Its turning into a regular music blog. Its not my intent but lately I've found a few obscure tunes that I thought you guys would enjoy.

It this don't put a smile on you're face I probly can't help ya.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Petrified Wood Found on the Moon

What? You don't believe it? Why of course its true... otherwise the American Government must've lied to someone... and we know that's just not possible.

I can't believe this isn't bigger news... I mean here this authentic genuine bonafide moon rock was actually petrified wood... then clearly there has been life on the moon! Not just life.. but trees... and all the things that go with them.. water... atmosphere... all of it.

Friends... its the most important discovery of all time.

Friday, August 28, 2009

ATF: Greek Fire

So I was showing Welldigger the catapult... and he was duly impressed... when it occured to me... Its gonna get dark soon... and we could recreate greek fire! Woot!
So if you look at the picture to the left you'll see the basic ingredients we started with. We planned to take cotton balls... soak them in... well... various things... light them... and launch them... in the general direction of the house across the street.
What did we learn?
Lamp oil seemed like the best bet before we got started but it proved entertaining... but unpredictable. More often than not the fire would be extinquished during the launch.
Lighter fluid worked far better... but eventually we ditched the cottonballs completely in favor of balled up aluminum foil with smokeless powder inside. IMR 3031 for anyone who's keeping score. Again.. this was entertaining.. but ultimately it didn't get the job done.
Finally we moved on to a wood cylinder with a hole drilled into it. We'd dowse the whole thing in lighter fluid... filling the hole as well.. then construct a small fuse from aluminum foil. The results were quite satisfying. we achieved excellent distance... and the fire spread itself about upon impact in a most enjoyable fashion.

video

Well... how did you spend your Friday night?

A: Shiner Bock

T: Backwoods

F: Taurus PT-101

Yes... We Built a Catapult


What else would you expect?

I mean if you can't spend a few hours constructing small scale siege craft... I just don't see the point of livin' at all.

We need to shim it up at the top to get a little more distance... but we did pretty well considering we were forced to contend with polyester string and built the thing with no plan in mind what-so-ever. I'm sure that's a big suprise to.

Regardless... no one was injured. No... seriously.

Evening

Beauty.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Nate's World Famous Hot Beef Sandwiches

1 Chuck Roast. Big.

1 Red Onion.

1 Garlic Clove. Minced.

1/4 Cup white rice vinegar. Or plain ol' distilled.

Salt and Pepper.


Chuck the chuck roast into the crock pot... low heat. Mix everything else together... maybe through a shot o' bourbon in there to if ya have the urge... and pour the mix over the roast. Put the lid on it and leave it set for 10 to 12 hours.

Do NOT disregard the stuff in the pot when this bad boy is done. Make like a frog and use it for dippin' your sandwiches in.

Y'all... its good.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

No Way This Ends Well






So my wife asks me and JQP to build her a pergola...


And dammit... I've told him about proppin' boards up on his feet like that... Cause ya know we rednecks are all about safety!
Its a Beautiful Day

The sun shines brighter... food tastes better.... whiskey goes down a little bit smoother... and hope peers over the horizon.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Internets Awesome

Nothing amuses like the random firestorm on the internets. For the bored among you... looking to kill a few hours and shed a few tears laughing... may I humbly suggest you take some time to examine the reviews of this product... the legendary Three Wolf Moon t-shirt.

Monday, August 17, 2009

And Then He Returned



We appreciate your patience. As you can see JAC and I have finally made it home. To make for my lack of attention... please accept these trophies.

























Friday, August 07, 2009

Distiller Down
Jimmy Bedford was only the 6th Master Distiller for Jack Daniels... that's dating back to 1866. He retired last year... and today was found dead. Jimmy held down the job for 40 years... and was a true ambassador for fine whiskey.


Raise a glass tonight for a fine man lost.


Go Time. Or... Not.

We're ready to roll. Well... actually we're not. The plan was for JAC to show up at my place this evening / afternoon and we'd change my tires and roll out for parts unknown. Sadly... my brother allowed mere life to interfere with his progress... and the new KLX remains unfit.

JAC swears he'll arrive bright and early tomarrow...

In the meantime...
















I'm ready to go.

On the logistics front... Some fine commenters have offered up The Bunker for our use as a staging point for the trip. We are indeed greatful for their offer. So at least progress has been made on that front.

So there you have it... Go Time posponed... Direct complaints to JAC... aka The Anchor.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

TAT Prep Update

Ok boys where are we? We roll out friday... we've got to make sure we're ready to roll. Time's a wastin'.

- Spot showed up a couple days ago in a box that said, "Opening this box is the first step to making sure you don't come home in one." Not an accurate statement. But entertaining.

- Sat phone is proving a pain in my ass. Forms must be emailed..printed..filled out...and faxed. Its like I've stumbled into 1998 or something. WTF? Have we not yet discovered web based applications?

- Luggage issues are up in the air. I ordered a couple bags 10 days ago... they have yet to arrive. They sat in UPS' warehouse in Portland for 5 days. Didn't move an inch. Good thing I made sure I ordered from a vendor that offers same day shipping.

- Unfortunately the same shipment has the new 2.7 gallon gas tank. Now 2.7 gallons doesn't sound like a lot of gas.. but the KLX gets 70mpg on a rough day. Its a big deal. Sadly it looks like it won't arrive till Thursday... leaving very little time to get it installed.

- Also arriving Thursday... our new radiator guards. These things are cool... and they'll save your butt no doubt. No one wants a 2 day hike because of a busted radiator. They only had one gold one... JAC has already called dibs on it. You know how he loves his bling.

- DJ showed up lastnight and dropped off some saddlebags she's letting me borrow. What a sweetheart that girl is. Best sister-in-law around. Now if I could just convince her to run around my house half naked...

-Logisticly speaking we have issues. We need to trailer the bikes somewhere... ditch the truck and trailer for 6 or 7 days... and ride back to them... then trailer the bikes home. Trouble is we have no place as of yet to leave the truck and trailer. Plus... our end point, monticello, UT is about 1200 miles from our preferred start point. Ouch. We're thinking a storage facility might let us park in the gate on the cheap if a hotel won't. Suggestions are welcome. And no... shipping the bikes home ain't an option.

- I had a 12x20 shed delivered and had to rip up a section of chainlink to get her in the backyard... and I had to get the chainlink back up before we roll out... so yesterday afternoon was spent workin'. The fence is up.. but I was sick as a dog all day yesterday. Ended up pukin' in the hole I was concreteing the corner post in. I've got it on good authority though that it will help the concrete set.

- The Steyr .40 and the Tracker .357 are definately coming on the trip. JAC will likely bring a 1911. I am still considering the SU-16. The decision will be made on the initial packing attempt.

- Gear is tricky. It'll be 103 degrees and dry in OK... but in Colorado it'll be in the 30s in passes and thunderstorms are a given. Combine this with the fact that you just can't put that much stuff on a KLX 250 and you see our problem. I believe I will simply use my standard dual sport gear with a rain jacket packed somewhere.

- Hydropacks will be a must. This isn't debatable.

Monday, August 03, 2009

So You Hate Feminism


Good. So do I. But who do you blame for it? Do you blame the feminists with their stupid ideas and destructive visions?

I blame men. Yep. I'm a man basher.

Why do I blame men? Because God didn't put Eve in charge. He gave Adam the responsibility. And just as Adam's failures caused Eve to stray... so have the failures of western men caused women to stray.

The results are the same. Things fall apart.

Men complain about society being feminized? Well why is that happening? Its happening because we men are throwing up our hands and giving in. We're allowing it to happen. We point out all manner of excuses... but in the end it all comes down to our own refusal to work and fight.

So the church has become a gossip club for the girls? I agree. It has. And who's fault is that? Ours. And who is going to be charged with fixing it? We are.

This is my advice...

Stop bitching. Start leading.

Lead your family. It starts there. Bringing in a paycheck doesn't make you a leader. Its about making the tough decisions and accepting responsibility for the mistakes. Everything is your fault. Everything is your responsibility.

Why?

Because you're the man. You're the leader. You can take it.

Say yes when you can. Say no when you must. Always be accountible. Always takes responsibility for your actions, and the mistakes of others as well.

So who is the more foolish? The feminist that demands to drive... or the man that hands her the keys?

Western men have checked out. Its time to check back in.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Are all the Children In

When I'm alone I often think
of an old house on the hill.
Of a big yard hedged in roses
where we ran and played at will.

And when the night time brought us home
hushing our merry den.
Mother would look around and ask
Are all the children in?

Well its been many a year now
and the old house on the hill
No longer has my mothers care
and the yard is still
so still

But if I listen I can hear it all
No matter how long its been
I seem to hear my mother ask
Are all the children in?

And I wonder when the curtain falls
on that last earthly day
when we say good bye to all of this
to our pain, and work, and play

When we step across the river
where mother so long has been.
Will we hear her ask the final time
Are all the children in?

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Making a Man

Last night I was putting my boys to bed. I was talking to them about their day like I always do... when Jeb looked up and said, "Daddy... I'm growing up."

I chuckled a little and said, "Why do you say that buddy?"

"Well..." That's how he always starts off important thoughts... "Today I was on top of that tall sliding board, and I was scared. I was really scared. But then... I stopped and I thought... I have to face my fears. So I did... and I just slid down that sliding board. And that's what you do daddy. That's part of being a man. Like being responsible. So see? I'm growing up."

Yeah.. I admit it... I'm a daddy blogger.

Deal with it.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

TAT Prep

Well boys its that time of year again. Time to rig up the KLX and head out to God's Nowhere in search of adventure if not fortune.

JAC and I are heading for Oklahoma. The initial plan is to follow the trail through Oklahoma, New Mexico.. through Colorado across the Great Divide... all the way to the Utah line.

1569 mile of dirt road for anyone interested.

We still have a few weeks before we go.. so its time to start getting the bike ready.

So far I'm thinking:

*** Smaller rear sprocket... maybe a couple teeth smaller. I want to be able to really pop the front wheel if I have to. Big rocks out there. Also... I'm looking at a

*** Larger fuel tank. It only has a 1.8 gallon tank. It gets around 70mpg so that's nice... but a 2.7 gallon tank sounds a lot nicer.

*** A better bash plate.

*** Heavy duty radiator guards.

*** Substancial luggage. At least one legit waterproof compartment.

*** Satelite communications device. Either a phone or a Spot. Recommendations welcome.

*** Big Bore Revolver. The .44 mag may have to do. I doubt the bears will be impressed.

Suggestions welcome.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Eusebius, Africanus, and Josephus

"That a Prince shall not fail Judah, nor a ruler from his loins, until He should come for whom it is reserved." Gen 49-10

Now I realize your Bible doesn't exactly say that. But that... is precisely what the prophesy means... and it is what the ancient historians Africanus and Eusebius understood as they invariably quoted from the Septuagint.

Making the prophesy even more plain... it simply says that Jews will ruled by Jews until the Savior comes.

Now looking back at the jewish people's history we see sucession unbroken all the way back to Moses... High Priests and Kings were replaced in an oligoliarchic aristocratic form of government that was not broken until Herod.

Aristibulus had been both King and High Prist by sucession until Herod removed him and gave the post to his brother Hyacanus who had befriended Herod as a child. Hyacanus was the last of the High Priests by sucession. After him, Herod began appointing obscure figures.

Now consider this.

By the time Christ arrived... the priesthood was in utter shambles. The highest offices were occupied by political appointees.

Does this not show the trial Jesus faced in a slightly different light? When you think of the old jewish priests rejecting Jesus as a threat... doesn't it seem a little different when you consider that they were no more than political hacks being rewarded for some favor previously performed? According to Eusebius... It was not the true jewish leadership that rejected Jesus. It was a bunch of Jessie Jackson's and Al Sharptons.

I haven't even finished Book I of Eusebius' Ecclesiastic History... and yet I've found my mind at a buffet. It is a feast for thought. Its a view of history we are simply not exposed to.

Friday, July 24, 2009

ATF

Well... here we sit. The boys are all in the bed... Alestorm blares merrily from the speakers. All is right with the world. Seriously. Pirate Metal. What could be more awesome?

Now.. the question of the night is this... under appreciated firearms. Name some. Name some truely awesome firearms that no one cares about today... or that just never got the recognition they deserve. Pistols... Rifles... Shotguns... everything. You name it. I'll start you off with three:

Savage 99: Finest lever action ever made. Unreasonably accurate. Awesome original cartridge for its day. Superior to the winchester lever gun in every possible way.

Steyr M-series: This won't suprise anyone. You know how much I love the weapons. You know that know one even knows what the hell they are.

FAL: The AK-47 may be the hammer of communism... but the FAL is Western Civilization's right arm.

A: New Castle
T: Romeo y Julieta
F: M&P 15... Ruger Vaquero .44 mag. Just because.

Alestorm - Nancy The Tavern Wench

Pirate Metal. The greatest musical advancement of the 21st century.

Coed Writing is Fun!

English 44A, SMU, Creative Writing, Prof. Miller.

In-class Assignment for Wednesday:"Today we will experiment with a new form called thetandem story. The process is simple. Each person will pair offwith the person sitting to his or her immediate right. One of youwill then write the first paragraph of a short story. The partner will read the first paragraph and then add another paragraph to the story. The first person will then add a third paragraph, and so on back and forth. Remember to re-read what has been written each time in order to keep the story coherent. The story is over when both agree a conclusion has been reached."

"The following was actually turned in by two of my English students: Rebecca - last name deleted, and Gary - last name deleted."

_____ STORY: (first paragraph by Rebecca) ________

At first, Laurie couldn't decide which kind of tea she wanted. The chamomile, which used to be her favorite for lazy evenings at home, now reminded her too much of Carl, who once said, in happier times, that he liked chamomile. But she felt she must now, at all costs, keep her mind off Carl. His possessiveness was suffocating, and if she thought about him too much her asthma started acting up again. So chamomile was out of the question.

Meanwhile, Advance Sergeant Carl Harris, leader of the attack squadron now in orbit over Skylon 4, had more important things to think about than the neuroses of an air-headed asthmatic bimbo named Laurie with whom he had spent one sweaty night over a year ago. "A.S. Harris to Geostation 17," he said into his transgalactic communicator. "Polar orbit established. No sign of resistance so far..." But before he could sign off a bluish particle beam flashed out of nowhere and blasted a hole through his ship's cargo bay. The jolt from the direct hit sent him flying out of his seat and acros sthe cockpit.

He bumped his head and died almost immediately, but not before he felt one last pang of regret for psychically brutalizing the one woman who had ever had feelings for him. Soon afterwards, Earth stopped its pointless hostilities towards the peaceful farmers of Skylon 4."Congress Passes Law Permanently Abolishing War and Space Travel," Laurie read in her newspaper one morning. The news simultaneously excited her and bored her. She stared out the window, dreaming of her youth -- when the days had passed unhurriedly and carefree, with no newspapers to read, no television to distract her from her sense of innocent wonder at all the beautiful things around her. "Why must one lose one's innocence to become a woman?" she pondered wistfully.


Little did she know, but she had less than 10 seconds to live. Thousands of miles above the city, the Anu'udrian mothership launched the first of its lithium fusion missiles. The dim-witted wimpy peaceniks who pushed the Unilateral Aerospace Disarmament Treaty through Congress had left Earth a defenseless target for the hostile alien empires who were determined to destroy the human race.Within two hours after the passage of the treaty the Anu'udrian ships were on course for Earth, carrying enough firepower to pulverize the entire planet. With no one to stop them, they swiftly initiated their diabolical plan. The lithium fusion missile entered the atmosphere unimpeded. The President, in his top-secret mobile submarine headquarters on the ocean floor off the coast of Guam, felt the inconceivably massive explosion which vaporized Laurie and 85 millionother Americans. The President slammed his fist on the conference table."We can't allow this! I'm going to veto that treaty! Let's blow 'em out of the sky!"


This is absurd. I refuse to continue this mockery of literature. My writing partner is a violent,chauvinistic, semi-literate adolescent.


Yeah? Well, you're a self-centered tedious neurotic whose attempts at writing are the literary equivalent of Valium.



Asshole.



Bitch.

*** I am aware that this has gone around the net... but some of you may not have seen it... and you can look it up on snopes. It has been verified as much as anything can.***

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Obama Opossum




Doubtful many of you remember this... but back in the Great Depression... ol' Hoover promised a chicken in every pot. That didn't really work out to well of course.

Folks were so poor they were forced to eat armadillos... and to mock their president... they took to calling them Hoover Hogs.

Looks tastey doesn't it?

I know you're thinkin' next year is 2010. But financially speaking... its 1931.

Wonder what the poor folks are gonna boilin' in their pots come next February?
Moon Timing

Ok... so according to NASA the decision to go to the moon was made in 1961. Also according to NASA we landed on the moon for the first time in 1969.

It took around 8 years to get to the moon the first time. That was using 1960's design techniques and technology.

Also according to NASA... the name of the mission that will finally put us back on the moon is Orion 13. It is scheduled to take place in 2019.

So think about that. It took 8 years to get the moon the first time. But... even though the Constellation Program has already been in the works for years its going to take us at least another 10 to get back.

And of course... lets just set asside the fact that the whole Constellation Program looks like a massive Apollo do-over.

No matter... Virgin Galactic will have a hotel on the moon before NASA gets back there with their pathetic 1960's rocket.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

One Last Night



Well believe it or not the girl just wasnt ready for this vacation to be done. So, we opted for one more night. We've been through Topeka, Manhattan, and Kansas City Kansas... all the way across the wretched state of Misery and the barren hell of Illinois... I never thought I'd be happy to see Indiana... but after all those miles at 55mph I surely was. So it was through Indiana and across the Ohio to Kentucky... through my old home town of Owensboro and down to Bowling Green.



And here we are.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Greetings from Paxico Kansas

Well a good day on the road has found us in Kansas... we're hold up in a fine little campground with everything a family needs in these parts. We've got a fire ring... a creek to skip stones in... a playground... wifi... and of course... a storm shelter.

Clear skies... for what its worth. Which... in Kansas.. ain't much.

Sometime remind me to tell ya about the All you can eat ribeye, sirloin, ribs, and prime rib buffet.

Holy crap dude.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Yankee Hospitality

A contradiction in terms without question but it appears that Waterboy's wife must've taught him a thing or two about the southern tradition.

I gave the ol' boy a call lastnight around supper time and... ok... I have to be honest... initially he claimed he couldn't grab a beer with me because he had to get a perm.

Read that again.

He had to get a perm. I realize he'll protest this... but I will place my hand on a Bible and swear the truth of it. Anyway after working out a schedule that would allow for his beauty treatments we met up a little micro brewery that was just down the road from me.

Phantom Canyon I believe is the name of the place. I had the cream ale or some such. Damned good. A fine plate of pork chops followed a couple of those I believe... then it was out to the bench to smoke a couple fine cigars that dear ol' Aqua lad had just aquired.

No shit boys this was one of the best cigars I've ever smoked. Romeo y Julieta Museum Edition. The thing came in a hand painted tube. Unbelieveable. It was so good I almost feel bad for sharing that bit about him getting a perm... almost.

At any rate its always fun to meet you guys. I can now add Waterboy to the list along with Luke, Underwater Operative, and Bill. Shame I missed out on meeting Res... but what with him swoonin' lately I figured he must need his rest.

So thanks for the hospitality Waterboy. Ya make one helluva a host... even when you're hostin' a no good redneck.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Greetings from Colorado Springs


So...

If a man wanted to drink and smoke with some God fearin' liberty lovin' folk... where could he do so? I apologize for not keeping y'all better updated on our progress... but mechanical difficulties left us in Albequerque last night and we just got in a couple hours ago.

We're here till saturday in the AM.

Suggestions welcome.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Kindred Spirits

While we were on the train we found ourselves chattin' with one of the cowboys that had participated in the Old West Shootout. Big ol' boy... also happened to be mayor of Williams, AZ where we were camping.

I had talked to him for quite a while when Jeb came up and asked, "Excuse me.. But why do cowboys always fight indians?"

His answer was both correct and insightful.

"Well young man... the fact is cowboys didn't fight the indians. The Calvary did. So really... the Indians fought against the same people you folks did... and for the same reason."

Reckon our southron accents gave us away.

It was a little suprising when he went on to add...

"Of course lookin' back I'd say the indians got a better deal than you folks did. I mean at least they have the reservations and their own governments."

Ouch.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Junk in Space


Well... here it is. Look at that crack boys. That's an Apollo command module. And yes... there is rust on the crack.







Hey look... missing rivets! I guess all the stress of sitting around in the desert was to much for the state of the art 1920's technology... they just started falling out.
And what's that stuff in the seems? Is that... oh my... yep... its caulk. You can actually pick it out with your finger nail.






Another view of the very large crack. Looks confidence inspiring doesn't it?










Wow look at that sweet welded seem! So smooth! Oh no wait...
That's more caulk.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Big Day at the Canyon

I have to share a few short stories...

While riding the train up... Jeb and I made our way to the rear of the car where a large groop of limeys informed us that there was a "que". While standing in line I overheard one of the women remarking about the excellent landscaping. I'm paraphrasing here but it went something like this:
"The landscaping is unbelieveable. I mean you really feel like you're out in the middle of nowhere. You'd never know you were in the middle of a modern industrialized country."


I had to let that sink in for a while... I kept listening and confirmed that she honestly believed there effectively in the middle of civilization. Like a park that if you just got off the train and walked a couple minutes you'd find a gas station and hotel.

Once in the park... I found myself in a little ice cream shop waiting in another line. There was a group of teenaged girls in front of me... more brits... and an Aussie behind me who was inexplicably sober. The aussie was an old man having the time of his life and he was talking to anyone and everyone around him including me and the girls.

The subject of knives came up and he asked about them being illegal in England. They were chatting about what made a knife illegal and what did not when one of them stated that civilized people don't carry knives and knives are not necessary in a proper society.

She then made the egregious error of asking me if knives were legal to own in America.

I flashed my fancy digital camo SOG open... and the girl damned near lost her composure completely. She went pale. Her eyes got big as saucers... and she started stuttering. "W... why would carry that?"
"How else would I cut my nails?"
The aussie was behind me making a heroic effort to stifle his cackles.
"That knife is of no use."
"I know. That's why we carry firearms sweetheart."
"You own guns???"
"Several. And I carry two or three everywhere I go. My wife carries a Glock .45."
At this point the aussie chimed in. "Mate... that's a fine woman."
Ok... one last story.
If you'll notice in the pictures above the squirrels are extremely friendly. Of them took quite a shine to the boys and kept coming up to them to check them out. He got so close to Elkan... that the boy picked up the bottle water we had resting on the wall and tilted it down for the squirrel.
"Eat?" offered the generous 2-year-old.
The squirrel was clearly tempted... but noting the looming father figure... he wisely scurried off.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Williams Arizona

And we're here... finally. Holy cow dude. Damned 2000 miles thanks to side trips. Big fun though. Today we walked down to an Ice Cave. Its a collapsed lava tube that is so cold there's a huge puddle of ice at the bottom year round. Even though the land around it is 98 degrees. Truely bizarre.

Up next was the Hole. No not the Grand Canyon... that's tomarrow after the train ride. No... I'm talking about the meteor crater.

I was amused to no end to find an honest to God Apollo Command module on display there. I'm sure you'll love the pictures. Oh yeah... this thing was truely built to last. Rivets falling out all over the place... CAULK failing... CAULK DUDE! Rusted cracks... yeah. This thing went to the moon and back. Of course it did.

Anyway... MANY pictures. I'll upload them in the morning. But dude... its late and I gotta get up to meet the train in the AM.

Y'all be cool.

Oh yeah... I almost forgot...

Flagstaff S U C K S.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Greetings from Albuquerque

Is that the only name or word in our language that has 3 u's in it? I need to know these things. Alas... as you can see we've covered some serious ground in these 2 days. It means we haven't had a lot of picture stops... in fact... we've had precisely none. But that will change tomarrow. I planned it this way. I wanted to leave time tomarrow to hit some of the cool sites in Arizona... like the big crater... the so-called Land of Fire and Ice... stuff that will be a big hit for the boys. We aren't planning on being at Williams until late tomarrow night anyway... so we're good.

Of course... most of the day was once again spent on concrete roads. I swear I'm pissing blood. But at least after we hit New Mexico we had stuff to look at. Man is it gorgeous out here. We drove just south of a storm front for a good 80 miles out here... you could see the whole thing. Lots of lightening... lots of rain... just like cloud curtains slithering down to earth... stunning.

We don't have that back east boys. Big Sky Country has already made the impression that I knew it would.

The down side off course is that constant 30mph wind from the southwest. God does that suck. A well.. at least its not hot. It only got up to 102 today.. but it felt a damn site cooler than what 102 feels like at home. 102 back there will kill you. This wasn't a big deal. The wind was more irritating than the heat.

Now to make things more interesting... I'm camping next to a modern day Virgil Earp. White hair... handlebar mustache... walks around carryin' a mil spec 1911 cocked and locked in a korea era leather holster (I have one just like it). Way cool. Told me he drove down from Alaska.

He spat and said... "Fuckin' Canada. Gas was $7.45 there. God Damned Commie fuckers. All to pay for insurance cards that they can carry around and not get healthcare with. Then he spat again... and said, "That fuckin' spook president of ours... he wants that same shit. (Pats the 1911) Well I got something for him if he does."

Oh... by the way...

Wanna feel old?

Today was Elkan's second birthday. Celebrated on the road with his favorite toys and favorite food. He's even getting to swim here at the campground. Big stuff y'all.

I'm gonna sign off. Time for a shower and cigar. Big day tomarrow. Big damned day.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Greetings from Wal-Mart

Those of you unfamiliar with the RV lifestyle will no doubt find this odd... but tonight I'm blogging from a parking lot just west of Oklahoma City. See Wally World has a company policy that allows RVs to stay overnight in the parking lots of their stores.

Hey... its convenient... and free.

Its been a good day... in spite of the fact that people from Mexico think Oklahoma's roads suck. I mean they're 1 step up from Meeechigan's pathetic system. I'll probably piss blood from the beating we took on these "roads" today.

I swear anyone who advocates concrete interstates should be beaten within an inch of their lives.

Anyway... highlight of the day was definately driving down the road with the family singing American Pie at the top of their lungs.

Yes.

We're dorks.

We'll be somewhere in New Mexico the next time I blog I reckon. I'll start providing some pictures when we have something worth taking a photo of.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Satisfaction

I asked Eli if he liked to fish.
He said...
I don't go fishin'. I go catchin'.
Nothing to Show for It

TARP I and TARP II combined add up to 700 billion dollars in government expense. Now... 700 billion is a big number. Its so big in fact that its hard for the average human to grasp. They hear 700 billion but their brain just classifies that as a really big number. If you'd said 600 million their brain would've done the same thing. There's no difference without scale.
With that in mind... I want to show you some scale.
Here are some construction projects... and examples of what we could've done with that 700 billion.

* Taipei 101 is the worlds tallest completed building. It cost 1.8 billion to build. We could've built 388 of them.











* Wembley Stadium is the most expensive stadium ever built. It cost 1.5 billion. We could've built 466 of them.






* The new Cowboys Stadium in Texas costs 1 billion. We could've put 14 of them in each and every state of the union.







* Burg Al Arab is the third tallest hotel building in the world and worlds only 7-Star hotel. We could've built 1,076 of them and spread them all over the interstate system of America. There would be 21 of them in Iowa alone.








* Boston's Big Dig cost 14 billion. We reproduced it in the 50 largest cities in America.





* CERN... the scientific marvel... cost 6 billion. We could've built 116 of them.










* NASA requested 3.6 billion to send men to the Moon and then on to Mars. That is one half of one percent of the cost of the TARP program. Sorry... no picture of this program. We couldn't afford to do it.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Epic Journey


I do not throw the word "epic" around lightly. So when I say we are on the verge of heading out on such a trip... you may trust that hyperbole has not paid a visit.

We sit at T minus 33 hours.


At 6:30am Thursday morning we roll for the Grand Canyon. 1556 miles. 26 hours driving time. Its been decades since I've seen it. My wife has never seen it. My boys have never seen it. Hell... now that I think of it... they've never been west of Dallas. I fully expect New Mexico to rock their world.


I'm not allowing myself the luxury of a massive itinerary. Its to long a trip for that. I have to stay focused. We're going to the Canyon. After that... who knows. We may head over to Lake Havasu and check out London Bridge... and on the way home I mean to stop in Colorado Springs and check out the Tesla Museum. Monument Valley would obviously be worth a look if its at all possible... but all of that has to wait. For now its the Canyon.







I know I suck at posting pictures and updates from these trips... but I promise to do better this time. I've tested my phone and its working well as a wireless modem. We're all set. Look forward to some ridiculous pictures.

I don't know if you've ever been on an RV trip... but I'll do everything I can to help ya feel like you're coming along on this one.

So... to give you the particulars... we'll be heading out from Nashville west on I-40 all the way to Arizona. All but the last 54 miles will be on I-40. We'll be in our 2005 Itasca Suncruiser. Same RV as the one in the picture up there. Its got the GM 8.1 litre and fully loaded down gets about 7.5mpg. Its got 2 slide outs and all the comforts of home. Every whistle and bell you can imagine is there. Just finished the shake-down trip this weekend and learned I need tires. I've made arrangements to get her shod tomorrow.

The rig sleeps 6. Couch makes a queen bed... dinette makes a bed... and Julie and I get the bedroom. If you count Elkan's crib it sleeps 7. We usually don't worry with the dinette. The rig has Corian counter tops and stainless steel appliances in the fully functional kitchen. Its got more storage than most European kitchens. No offense Spacebunny. We can store several weeks worth of food. Hard to imagine in an RV. The rig has a huge shower in a huge bathroom. Two people can use it... maybe three.

So I've got a CB... I've got redundant heat.. both gas and electric. I've got an Onan generator that puts out 50amps. I've got dual power fridge... gas and electric. The water heater is the only system that is not redundant. I've got a backup camera... nav system...everything a man needs. No seriously... this thing is so loaded it has a remote automatic awning that monitors the wind direction and speed and will close itself if it gets to rough outside.

Of course it has to have that awning. I mean.. we can't be playing Wii on the outdoor entertainment center in the rain now can we? Yes. Yes. This is camping. Wii on an LCD screen... outside. I dare say even Vox could camp like this. And don't tell me we're not roughing it. We're only talking about a 27 inch screen here. It makes that little tennis ball very hard to see.

Oh... and in motion satellite. There is something very satisfying driving down the interstate at 70mph with excellent satellite reception. Oh... and did I mention it has a humidor?

All right boys... more updates as necessary.

Monday, July 06, 2009

What We Know and What We Don't

***UPDADTED***

Ok... the bloggerblaster ain't gonna turn into TMZ... but I will update you on the situation so far.

* The police have still not declared this a murder-suicide.

* They are very concerned about the length of time between the discovery of the bodies and 911 call. It took 40 minutes.

* There is reason to believe that evidence was moved around in the room before the police arrived on the scene. But the police are adamand that the bodies were not moved.

* The chick was arrested for DUI.. and purchased the firearm found on the scene less than 12 hours later from a private individual who didn't realize she was under 21.

* 5 shots total fired. 3 at greater than 3 feet hit McNair. 1 up close to his temple. 1 to her temple with the weapon flush against her head.

Now do keep in mind... this is not CSI. This is the real world.. and here in the real world they really can't tell you what caliber weapon killed someone if they don't find the cartridge and read the stamp on the bottom of it. Also... remember... Ballistic information is entirely fictional.

Anyway.. its entirely possible that this was a murder suicide. I would just caution you all to remember that this girl had probably never shot a weapon before... and she scored 5 hits in 5 shots... including 1 head shot at greater than 3 feet... and she did this in such a manner that a world class athlete that was known to go heels didn't so much as touch his own weapon.

It doesn't smell right folks. It really doesn't smell right.

***

Police have finally reported that the weapon recovered under the girl's body was a semi-automatic. They've also stated that McNair was shot 2 times in the chest... and 1 time in each temple. One of the temple shots was from a distance.

Yeah... a rookie did this. Right.
Chickens and Eggs

Here's a question... Which came first Christianity or Judaism?

The Hebrew trace their religion all the way back to Abraham. So on the surface the answer is obvious... But does piety begin with that paterfamilias?

What of Noah? What of Noah's sons? Where they not both pius? If one calls those pius men from Abraham onward Hewbrew... and from Christ on Christian... what does one call those who came before Abraham?

Noah was not circumcised. He didn't avoid certain foods. Nor is there any record of him honoring a particular sabbath or another. He kept no feasts... and yet there can be no doubt that he was a man of God.

Piety existed before the Law given to Moses. It existed in men who were described as such not for keeping any laws, but for their love of the Lord and their treatment of others. Therefore I should say that if one were to describe these men as Christian, in fact if not in name, then one wouldn't be far from the truth.

Christianity is not an Abrahamic Religion. Its far more ancient than that.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

On the Death of a Warrior

Steve McNair was not my hero. He was not my favorite player on the Titans teams he lead. But he did lead them. He was the undisputed leader of a football team in a way that most quarterbacks will never be.

I don't know the details. I'm not even in Nashville right now. I'll povide some links to more thoughtful reaction from those who knew the man. Right now...

Right now I'm gonna drink.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Daddy Blogging

I've said if before but if we'd known what kind of pure entertainment value there is in having kids... we would've done it sooner. Now... all you serious intellectual bloggers can turn your noses up because I'm about to tell a story or two about my boys.

So the other day Jeb comes walking down stairs with his hand over his eye. He's not really crying... but he's obviously hurting pretty bad.

"Daddy... Daddy... Eli stabbed me in the eye with his red sword... and it hurts so bad I lost my jay."

...

Don't get me wrong. I'm certain that Eli didn't stab Jeb in the eye deliberately. Not that he wouldn't under the right circumstances but the child just doesn't have that kind of deadly skill... yet. After determining that no real damage had been done I had some questions...

"Well... we were sword fighting... and I went like this! chish chishh shwoosh! Then Eli went swish! and he stabbed me in the eye and I lost my jay."

...

"You lost your Jay?"

"Yeah... I lost my Jay."

...

"So now you're just... Eb?"

"Yeah... I'm just Eb. I lost my J."

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Suggestion, Cognitive Dissonance, and a Trip to Lourdes

Professor Hale offered this comment in the ghost thread:

"I think you have to be suggestible in nature to see such things. Kind of like why only Catholics see Mary, only UFO nuts see them, and only Pentacostals see and cast out demons everywhere."

I'm not one to let an opportunity like this pass. So I have a question for you. Have you ever heard the name Emile Zola? Its no shame that you probably haven't. Indeed its a credit to mankind that his name has largely been forgotten.

Now... why bring him up here?

See... Emile was a famous novelist in the 1890s... and he was a world class prick. He was a thorough prick though. He had a reputation for meticulous research and he was revered among the elites of the day... but again... he was a prick. He was the kind of prick that would ask a christian how someone could believe in God in an age of telegraphs and steam engines.

Emile had a lot in common with Richard Dawkins. But come... let's hear more of his story.

Now ol' Emile had a particular hatred for Lourdes and the claims of miracles that happened there. So much so that he famously announced that he was going to write a scathing novel debunking them... and in 1896... he traveled there to research his project.

I'm not at all certain if you know about what happened at Lourdes but to make a long story short... its a place of Christian Pilgrimage where folks came to pray and repent. There also were frequent healings in the baths there.

So on his way to Lourdes Emile met a girl with a trifecta of afflictions. She had tuberculosis in both lungs... Lupus... and leg ulcerations. Her name was Marie Lemarchande. Zola became quite close to her and also befriended some local medical doctors when they arrived at Lourdes. In fact... when Marie went into the baths one of the doctors, Dr Bossiarree, who was president of the medical bureau, was standing next to him.

Imagine their surprise when Marie came out of the baths completely healed. Bossiarree was amazed. He said, "Behold Monsieur Zola! The case of your dreams!" But Zola turned away. He refused to look at her... and claimed she was still ugly to him.

As if it was not enough... God forced Zola to witness at least one more healing in Lourdes...

And yet when his novel came out... he claimed neither healing actually happened. In his novel "Lourdes" he claimed that the healings were just the result of suggestion and an atmosphere of hysteria... and that neither had lasting effects. He wrote that, in spite of the fact that he remained in close contact with Marie for 16 years after the trip and knew she was permanently healed.

Bossiarree confronted Emile Zola about the false claims... and his reply was... "Its my art. I can say what I want to say."

He had come to Lourdes claiming to only want to see a cut finger dipped in the water and healed. While there he'd seen at least two bona fide miracles that were documented by medical professionals. Yet still... he refused to see... and knowingly lied in his novel.

And that Professor Hale... is all I have to say about Suggestion.