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calendar   Monday - February 28, 2005

Better Late Than Never

ow often have you heard on the news over the weekend that the economy is going great guns?

Once?  Twice, maybe?

Now, how many times in the past 2 months have you heard about how we’re losing jobs, that Bush is trashing the economy, that tax cuts need to be taken back, that unemployment is awful?  Dozens?  Hundreds?

Well, our GDP growth for the 4th quarter HUMMED along at an inflation adjusted 3.9%.  For the year?  4.4%

I know this all came out last Friday but by the time I got to it I’d already blogged enough for two days so I held off.  However, better late than never applies and it works out well that I didn’t post it simply for having had the opportunity to frame the issue as questions posted above.

Read this. It’s short.

What do you see as the LAST paragraph?  Did you see that little blurb about it being the best in 5 years?  Now, go do the math.  It means we are doing better now than during the last year of Clinton’s administration (when the press was having media orgasms in their support of Gore and his contribution to GREAT ECONOMIC GROWTH!)

See the rates for yourself:

19932.7%
19944.0%
19952.5%
19963.7%
19974.5%
19984.2%
19994.5%
20003.7%
20010.8%
20021.9%
20033.0%
20044.4%

Just what will it take for the MSM and the leftist America-hating bastards in this country to admit we’ve turned a HUGE corner?


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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 02/28/2005 at 07:08 AM   
Filed Under: • Economics •  
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Let’s Start Monday Off With Good News

orry but I see right through this one.

Syria, under pressure from the Lebanese populace and the United States, all of a sudden hands over Saddam Hussein’s half-brother and a host of other terror-minded cronies? 

Nope.  I don’t buy it.

Oh, and did you catch that France is in on this “pressure” thing?  Looks like they are trying to suck serious ass right about now.  (On a side note we need to treat France like most Mafiosi treat their business acquaintances---use them for as long as we can and then kick them to the curb without even a “fuck you very much.")

All they want is to be perceived as “cooperating” in the hopes we forget what the hell they are up to.

It’d be nice to think they were finally seeing the light but these SOBs would sell their mothers if it meant they could stay in power.

Here’s a second version of the story for you.


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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 02/28/2005 at 07:04 AM   
Filed Under: • Terrorists •  
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calendar   Sunday - February 27, 2005

Health Advisory !

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OK, trivia time! What was this cartoon character’s name and who was his enemy?


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 02/27/2005 at 05:22 PM   
Filed Under: • Humor •  
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Happy Days

The 1950’s .... Movie tickets were .10¢, a big bag of popcorn was .05¢, cokes were a nickel in the bottle (and if you carried the bottle back you got a penny back for your “deposit"), big Baby Ruth candy bars were .05¢, comic books were a dime and .... Charles Atlas promised to real make a man out of my skinny, 12-year-old, 90 lb. body ....

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 02/27/2005 at 05:01 PM   
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Thinking Out Loud

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On Blogging

ome days it just doesn’t pay to get out of bed. It’s rainy, drizzling and just crappy outside, there’s nothing worth watching on TV, I’ve become bored with the Benjamin Franklin biography I’m currently reading .... but the blog awaits. Like a hungry beast, sitting there in my study, waiting for its daily feeding. It is a voracious beast and there is always plenty of food for it with the world seemingly headed off a cliff in a broken down buggy with the wheels falling off. Hmmm, now that was an ugly metaphor. Let’s try this again. Why blog? Because it’s there? Not good enough. There must be a good reason or all this silliness is pointless. In the last year of blogging, I’ve seen visitors and readers come and go. I’ve seen blog sites startup and disappear. Is there a method to this madness? Who knows?

■ Every dog must have a bone and every blog must have a theme. Ours is simple and we chew on it regularly. As most of you know this blog mainly attracts conservative readers but there are exceptions (OldCatMan, you may stand up and take a bow). I like to think this blog’s main theme is plain old common sense and the ability to know when someone’s pissing on our leg and trying to tell us it’s raining. That dog won’t hunt.

■ You may have noticed that Vilmar and I have quite different styles (gee, ya think?). Vilmar wakes up in a rage every morning after listening to NPR and vents steam at the idiotarians in full invective. It’s your early morning wake-up call and usually generates hours of discussion every morning. It’s timely and right on target. Vilmar puts a lot of thought into his rants and shows no mercy when his bullshit detector is triggered. I usually wait until the early afternoon or lunch hour to give me time to absorb all the late-breaking news and put it all together into a composite picture of what’s going on with my fellow prisoners on Planet Earth. Either way, we provide links to our sources and give you the benefit of our opinion. Then we leave it up to you to chew on it among yourselves, occasionally stirring the pot to spice things up. We feel that in doing things this way we perform a service that is more than just reporting news or throwing baseless opinions out there in order to stroke our egos. We’re both too old and too cranky to have egos anymore. By creating interest in the day’s events and initiating dialogue among a variety of people and viewpoints we have done our self-assigned task to promote healthy ideas and meaningful communication.

■ Of course, there are occasional readers and visitors who can best be classified as “snarky pissants”. These people find fault and make accusations purely for the sake of proving they have the ability to communicate without ever using their brain. These people annoy me and Vilmar but they are tolerated until they start making personal attacks. Then their presence is no longer tolerated. One such “snarkly pissant” is probably out there now, reading this. You know who you are. Get with the program or get thee hence.

■ Then there are the pure asshats who come here just to stir up trouble, like the Euro-Peons who decided to give us a hard time last spring. A couple of shitheads from the UK and Ireland who just couldn’t take a hint and harassed us for months before I finally had enough. These shit-fer-brains usually start out stabbing and poking and we tolerate them and sometimes play their little game for a while. The trouble usually starts when they realize we’re not an easy target and then they get nasty. That’s where IP banning comes in. You can’t harass us if you can’t get to the blog. End of story.

■ The content of this blog is purely mine and Vilmar’s responsibility. We accept images, stories, editorials, links, etc. from all of our members and occasionally, if the submission meets our otherwise high standards of journalism (?), we post it under the name of the person who submitted it. We welcome all kinds of stuff from our readers and members. If we don’t post it right away or never post it, it’s because we are already full of content .. nothing personal. If we do post it under your name, be prepared to discuss it. Our membership is a pretty tough lot and won’t tolerate bullshit.

■ When the weekend comes, we all like to kick back and relax around the old blog. There is very little news going on and most people have better things to do, including Vilmar and myself. That is why we post fun stuff on the weekends like the “Weekend Skin” feature for the guys and weird cartoons and just whatever strikes Vilmar or myself at the moment. Most of the weekend stuff is not meant to be taken seriously. It is meant to be offered as a break and a chance to laugh and indulge ourselves for a few days. What the hell else are weekends for?

■ I hate begging for money to support this site. More than you can ever know. Our readers have all been wonderful in helping us to keep going. I can not put into words the gratitude I feel toward all of you. If I could I would personally thank everyone who donated recently individually. Unfortunately, only PayPal gives me the identity of donors. Amazon just gives me a transaction number. Which sucks. Anyway, I want to personally thank all of you again. You know who you are. Hopefully, with the new advertising packages we’ve setup, we won’t have to bother you ever again. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t throw a few million our way if you happen to win the lottery. Anyway, thanks again!

■ Finally, I want to thank Vilmar for coming up with the idea to start a blog (even though he didn’t have a clue what a blog was - hah!). He has been a blogging machine for over a year now and I have a hard time keeping up with him at times. Of course, that’s probably because I have to work for a living and he works as a “retired”. Vilmar, did I pronounce that last word correctly? Hehehe ..

“And that’s all I got to say about that.”
-- Forrest Gump


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 02/27/2005 at 04:16 PM   
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Quote Of The Day

From “Liberalism: Can it survive?” by John Leo ....

Since November 2, the withering contempt of liberals for ordinary Americans has been astonishing. Voting for Bush gave “quite average Americans a chance to feel superior,” said Andrew Hacker, a prominent liberal professor at Queens College. We are seeing the bitterness of elites who wish to lead, confronted by multitudes who do not wish to follow. Liberals might one day conclude that while most Americans value autonomy, they do not want a procedural republic in which patriotism, religion, socialization, and traditional values are politically declared out of bounds. Many Americans notice that liberalism nowadays lacks a vocabulary of right and wrong, declines to discuss virtue except in snickering terms, and seems increasingly hostile to prevailing moral sentiments.

Right on target, John!


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 02/27/2005 at 01:36 PM   
Filed Under: • Democrats-Liberals-Moonbat Leftists •  
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Sure!  Yep!  Why Not?

Sure!  Yep!  Why Not?

This week we suspend “Which?” “Who?” for a different twist.  It’s Sunday morning and if you are not in church you are probably still asleep while I am doing this but when you get up you may feel like having brunch.

Along those lines allow me to stock your buffet.

And like a Sunday brunch, there’s no sense in choosing which tasty morsel you will eat.  There’s no sense trying to identify what it is, either.  Just put it on your plate and move along.

So let’s get to it.

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Those were the appetizers.  If you are still hungry, click on the link but be warned, as Oink says, enter only if you have..............(naaah, I better not complete that sentence!) You know the drill, if you can’t stand the heat stay out of the fire.

See More Below The Fold

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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 02/27/2005 at 08:16 AM   
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It Could Happen!!

Clinton loved his “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for homosexuals in the military but can you imagine if we threw open the doors and afterwards needed to go to war?

Could this actually take place?

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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 02/27/2005 at 07:41 AM   
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History and Science

bat It’s taken a long time but soon we may be able to get better insight into the link between early Jamestown settlers and England.

bat For those of you worried about the Hubble telescope falling to earth soon, it looks like it may get a one year lease on life.

bat The report comes from Berkley.  The finding took place in China.  I just do not know if I can believe a “bear-dog” existed.

It’s all about credibility, eh?

bat For the sake of animals we sacrifice humans.  And animal rights assholes like PETA and Audubon society clap thunderously.

Read this for a better insight into the real dangers of NOT using DDT.

Here’s a snippet:

Although some birds declined before DDT, they became much more abundant during the years of greatest DDT-use. But facts have not impeded the endless repetition of Carson’s bird myth.

Or this:

One experimenter, to demonstrate eggshell-thinning, fed quail a diet with DDT but containing only one-fifth of the normal amount of calcium. His experiment succeeded in producing thinner eggshells, but his deception was exposed.

More?  How about this:

THE BROWN PELICAN AND the peregrine falcon did suffer declines in population, but not because of DDT, according to Professor Edwards’s article, “DDT Effects on Bird Abundance and Reproduction.”

Brown pelicans suffered, not from fish they ate but from their catastrophic reproductive failure caused by the great Santa Barbara oil spill surrounding their nesting colonies on the island of Anacapa. Federal and California officials ignored the oil spill and attributed pelican difficulties “solely to DDT in the environment.”

In Texas, peregrine falcons declined from 5,000 in 1918 to 200 in 1941, three years before DDT. Around the Gulf of Mexico, they declined from 1918 to 1934 by 82 percent, but the 1935 survey was done 15 years before any DDT appeared.

Likewise, in the East, peregrine falcons declined long before there was any DDT present there, because of egg-collectors and falconers. Falconers “raided every nest they could find” and shot falcons on sight.

Junk science. pure junk science.  Rachel Carson should be exhumed and her remains fed to bald eagles.  Her followers should be rounded up, sterilized and have a restraining order clapped on their asses to keep them from spreading their lies. 

You’ll excuse me while I go dust the waterway behind my house with some that I bought at a garage sale a couple of years ago.

bat Imagine yourself frozen for 32,000 and then getting warmed back up again---to discover you still live!!

Now imagine yourself a bacteria.


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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 02/27/2005 at 07:31 AM   
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Keep An Eye On This One!

The WSJ writes a great editorial on the efforts by the State Department to allow international law to trump US Constitutional law.


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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 02/27/2005 at 07:30 AM   
Filed Under: • EditorialsJudges-Courts-LawyersUnited-Nations •  
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Prepare For Longer Waits

If you plan on flying out of the country, prepare yourself to have to arrive at foreign airports at least 3 hours before flight.  One hour to go through security.  One hour to check in.  One hour to sit in a closed airplane while the Department of Homeland Security vets your names.


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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 02/27/2005 at 07:29 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - February 26, 2005

I Swear It Wasn’t Me !

I was home all day yesterday and was nowhere near Michigan when this bank robbery happened. Although I do wonder if some asshat out there saw pictures of me on the website and decided to freak people out with my dashing good looks. Hey, the bank tellers probably swooned when he walked in looking like me. Here is a picture of the bank robber as he was caught on surveillance tape ....

The Bank Robber

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NOT The Bank Robber

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I promise I have not been out of the state of Alabama in months. Really. C’mon! I have witnesses, dammit!

Damn! The picture of that guy is freaking me out. I need a drink.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 02/26/2005 at 05:45 PM   
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A Blast From The Past

Go here. Trust me.  (*gets that smug, smirky smile look Saddam gives the Devil in the South Park movie*)

Just do it.  It’s OCM at some of his best.

Really.


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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 02/26/2005 at 05:40 PM   
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Mister Hyde’s Web Site

You all have seen me and listened to me here in Doctor Jekyll mode. It’s time to come clean and present you to Mister Hyde. Vilmar has long had his personal web site for his excellent travel adventure pictures and diaries and I’ve been promising to build my own for over a year now. What with handling the behind the scenes work here at the blog, I just haven’t had time.

I built my first web site over twelve years ago, using nothing but Windows Notepad and an HTML Reference Guide. I signed up with a small startup ISP and built my web site using a dila-up line and a 28.8Kbps modem. After a few months, I got a call from the ISP and they offered me a contract to manage the entire ISP’s main pages in my off-time and the rest is history.

At that time (1992), I was already in my fourteenth year working with computers. Technician, programmer, systems analyst, systems engineer, database engineer, network engineer .... you name it, I’ve done it. Things have really changed since that day in 1978 when I first sat down at an IBM punch card machine and started typing. In the interim, I have earned a BS in Computer Science and a MS in Computer Science, plus enough certifications from IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, Novell, Cisco, etc. to cover an entire wall in my study. No brag, just fact. All you have to do is keep learning and hang around long enough and you too can become a computer “geek extraordinaire”.

Anyway, I finally threw up a startup web site about me, my travels and the business I’m in. There’s not much to it right now, but I promise I’ll add more as time goes by. It’s kind of a peek “behind the curtain” at the Wizard Of Blog. There will be lots of pictures from my travels around the world as well as plenty of stuff to keep the aspiring computer geeks out there happy.

You can find the site here and there is now a link in the right sidebar in the “About Our Staff” section.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 02/26/2005 at 05:20 PM   
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