This Girl Rocks

For those younguns who read this, Kansas was a big rock group when I was a teenager and this was one of their hits. And this 10 year old girl can really play it.

Huh?

I don’t know what the problem is, but when I look at my blog I don’t see my template. All I see is white-screen with a sort of unformatted view of my blog. I see the same thing when I look at the WordPress web site. Is anyone else seeing the same thing?

UPDATE:

People commenting say it looks okay to them, but it is just a white screen with the blog on it to me. I am using Firefox and it shows errors but I haven’t a clue why there are errors or how to correct them.  Very weird.

Would You Let Your Grandmother Live In A Hut?

If you are allowing your grandmother to live in a hut then you shouldn’t be President of the United States of America. Hell, if you are allowing your grandmother to live in a hut you should not be a Senator.  Hell, if you are just an everyday citizen you should have her over here living with you in your split-level middle-class house.

Why are Democrats attracted to this guy again?

Revenge Served Up In A Pie

My middle son and I went to see Sweeney Todd yesterday. It’s definitely an award-winning film, with solid acting, wonderful music and lyrics, great costumes, fantastic cinematography, and a story that is both fascinating and repulsive at the same time. Johnny Depp is perhaps my favorite actor and he gives one of his best performances which, like the movie, is both fascinating and repulsive, and which surely will win him an Oscar. The rest of the cast – Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Sacha Baron Cohen, Laura Michelle Kelly and Peter Bowles are all excellent as well and Tim Burton has outdone himself with his direction of this talented crew.

As excellent as it is though, you don’t really leave the theater with that excited “I just saw a great movie” kind of feeling. I didn’t anyway, and from the almost total silence of the crowd as we left I don’t think many other people did either. Again, it’s not that the movie isn’t good. It’s better than good. It’s just that the subject is so unsettling you can’t really figure out how you should feel so you just feel empty as you walk out.

It’s almost like being in shock I think.

Anyway, go see it, but be prepared for more blood and gore than the worst of the “B” slasher movies, and if you are a man be very happy they invented the safety razor.

Riding High

This is my WoW character, Caliphas, on his new Nether Drake mount. It takes a lot of time to complete the quest chain to get a Drake and had I not been on leave this past week I probably would have never finished it. What makes it so cool is that only a few players have them. It’s like owning a Porsche when everyone else is driving Fords.

Yeah, yeah, I know playing this game is nonsense to some a lot of people (although nine and a half million people play the game, too), but hey it passes the time on these short, dark, cold winter days.

To Crush Your Enemies. To See Them Driven Before You. And To Hear The Lamentations Of their Women.

They say that age begets wisdom, but really some times it just makes you weird and smelly, as seems to be the case with Dave Lindorff, a Philadelphia “award winning” journalist and former New York Times contributor, who thinks the answer to the Red State problem is Global Warming.

The area that will by completely inundated by the rising ocean—and not in a century but in the lifetime of my two cats—are the American southeast, including the most populated area of Texas, almost all of Florida, most of Louisiana, and half of Alabama and Mississippi, as well as goodly portions of eastern Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. While the northeast will also see some coastal flooding, its geography is such that that aside from a few projecting sandbars like Long Island and Cape Cod, the land rises fairly quickly to well above sea level. Sure, Boston, New York and Philadelphia will be threatened, but these are geographically confined areas that could lend themselves to protection by Dutch-style dikes. The West Coast too tends to rise rapidly to well above sea level in most places. Only down in Southern California towards the San Diego area is the ground closer to sea level. So what we see is that huge swaths of conservative America are set to face a biblical deluge in a few more presidential cycles.

Then there’s the matter of the Midwest, which climate experts say is likely to face a permanent condition of unprecedented drought, making the place largely unlivable, and certainly unfarmable. The agribusinesses and conservative farmers that have been growing corn and wheat may be able to stretch out this doomsday scenario by deep well drilling, but west of the Mississippi, the vast Ogallala Aquifer that has allowed for such irrigation is already being tapped out. It will not be replaced.

So again, we will see the decline and depopulation of the nation’s vast midsection—noted for its consistent conservatism. Only in the northernmost area, around the Great Lakes (which will be not so great anymore), and along the Canadian border, will there still be enough rain for farming and continued large population concentrations, but those regions, like Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois, are also more liberal in their politics.

Finally, in the Southwest, already parched and stiflingly hot, the rise in energy costs and the soaring temperatures will put an end to right-wing retirement communities like Phoenix, Tucson and Palm Springs. Already the Salton Sea is fading away and putting Palm Springs on notice that the good times are coming to an end. Another right-wing haven soon to be gone.

So the future political map of America is likely to look as different as the much shrunken geographical map, with much of the so-called “red” state region either gone or depopulated.

There is a poetic justice to this of course. It is conservatives who are giving us the candidates who steadfastly refuse to have the nation take steps that could slow the pace of climate change, so it is appropriate that they should bear the brunt of its impact.

The important thing is that we, on the higher ground both actually and figuratively, need to remember that, when they begin their historic migration from their doomed regions, we not give them the keys to the city. They certainly should be offered assistance in their time of need, but we need to keep a firm grip on our political systems, making sure that these guilty throngs who allowed the world to go to hell are gerrymandered into political impotence in their new homes.

There will be much work to be done to help the earth and its residents—human and non-human—survive this man-made catastrophe, and we can’t have these future refugee troglodytes, should their personal disasters still fail to make them recognize reality, mucking things up again.

It should be considered acceptable, in this stifling new world, to say, “Shut up. We told you this would happen.”

Okay, I don’t know if he really smells, but he doesn’t look much different from that homeless guy I see walking down the road pushing that shopping cart every morning on my way to work (he probably owns cats, too) so I suspect that he might.

Regardless, I’ve got news for him. If rising waters and higher temps did indeed force us Red Staters into the Blue States you can bet your ass we would move in and own those wussy elitist-non-gun-owning-left-wingers faster than Conan can slice a broadsword through Michael Moore’s fat neck. Hell, we’ve got more personal firepower than some nations and you think we wouldn’t bring it with us?

Of course, all the sensible Blue Staters – same conservatives and sane liberals – would be welcome to join us in a new society while Mr. Lindorff grabs a shopping cart and roams the alleys looking for food and what’s left of his rational mind.

Footnote:

I am not even addressing the fact that rising sea levels would force all those Blue Staters (California, Washington, Oregon, New York and the rest of the northeast, etc.) into our territory and not the other way around. For a guy who is so worried about global warming he has a very poor understanding of the issue, doesn’t he?

 UPDATE:

It was pointed out to me in comments by a very wicked, but also very beautiful, brunette that I had used “lamenations” instead of “lamentations” in the title.   I am slightly embarrassed by this, but not horribly embarassed because all I did was cut and paste the damn thing from a quote on the internets. (And I do mean internets not internet – it’s a net/political joke).  Anyway, what amazes me most is it took so long for anyone to point it out. 

The Harsh Reality Of The World Pokes Its Ugly Head Into The Christmas Season

With the cowardly murder of Benazir Bhutto by Islamic terrorists with small minds and hearts and souls, and no doubt small peni (or is it penises?).

John Podhoretz explains how this impacts the upcoming presidential election and you and me if the wrong person is elected.

The past three months have seen an odd turn in the presidential primary process in both parties — a turn away from the key issues confronting the United States and toward emotional and social vapor. The success of the surge in Iraq, coupled with the bizarre “we’re safe” reading of the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran, drained some of the passion from the anti-war fervor in the Democratic primary electorate and from the hawkish fervor of the Republican primary electorate. In their place came the Christian identity-politics rise of Mike Huckabee on the Republican side and the “we need a nice new politics” rise of Barack Obama on the Democratic side. Republicans squabbled about sanctuary cities and sanctuary mansions. Democrats squabbled about how many uninsured there would be left if their various health-care plans were imposed on the country.

The horrifying assassination of Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan this morning comes only one week before the Iowa caucuses and 12 days before New Hampshire. It is a sobering and frightening reminder of the challenges and threats and dangers posed to the United States by radical Islam, the nature of the struggle being waged against the effort to extend democratic freedoms in the Muslim world, and the awful possibility of a nuclear Pakistan overrun by Islamofascists. This is what the next president will be compelled by circumstance to spend a plurality of his or her time on. This is what really matters, not the cross Mike Huckabee lit up behind his head in his Christmas ad.

American politics would dearly love to take a holiday from history, just as it did in the 1990s. But our enemies are not going to allow us to do so. The murder of Bhutto moves foreign policy, the war on terror, and the threat of Islamofascism back into the center of the 2008 campaign. How candidates respond to it, and issues like it that will come up in the next 10 months, will determine whether they are fit for the presidency.

It’s simple really. Do you really want to trust our national security to the likes of Obama or Hilliary or Edwards? I know I don’t.

I’m Gonna Need More Candy

And I mean for the strap around my waist unfortunately.

I got this from my sister-in-law at a Christmas Eve family get-together. Ain’t she a hoot?

There was a gift card tucked in it as well. Thank goodness.

Merry Christmas

To all my readers. And Happy Birthday to baby Jesus, who is my favorite Jesus ala Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights.

Dear Lord baby Jesus, or as our brothers in the south call you, Jesuz, we thank you so much for this bountiful harvest of Dominos, KFC, and the always delicious Taco Bell. I just want to take time to say thank you for my family. My two beautiful, beautiful, handsome striking sons, Walker, and Texas Ranger, or TR as we call him. And of course my red hot smokin’ wife Carley, who is a stone cold fox.

God Bless and keep you all.

Will Smith Is A Fricken Idiot

I’ve been so busy with Christmas things that I haven’t had a chance to post, but I read this moronic statement just a moment ago and just had to mention it. No photo . . . I will add one later, got too much to do.

Will Smith has stunned the world by declaring that even Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler was essentially a “good” person.

The Men In Black star, 39, is determined to see the best in people, and is convinced the former German leader did not fully understand the extent of the pain and suffering his actions would cause during his time in power in the 1930s and ’40s.

He says, “Even Hitler didn’t wake up going, ‘Let me do the most evil thing I can do today’.

“I think he woke up in the morning and using a twisted, backwards logic, he set out to do what he thought was ‘good’. Stuff like that just needs reprogramming.”

Hitler’s totalitarian leadership as Fuhrer during 1934 until his eventual suicide in 1945 resulted in the persecution of an estimated six million Jews in the Holocaust, and his invasion of Poland in 1939 led to the start of the Second World War.

Yep, the guy has lost it. Sadly too many in Hollywood are just like him.

UPDATE:

Smith says he was misquoted.

“It is an awful and disgusting lie. It speaks to the dangerous power of an ignorant person with a pen. I am incensed and infuriated to have to respond to such ludicrous misinterpretation. Adolph Hitler was a vile, heinous, vicious killer responsible for one of the greatest acts of evil committed on this planet.”

Eh, maybe he was. It happens. But it also happens that Hollywood nuts say this kind of stuff all the time. But in the spirit of Christmas I will give him the benefit of the doubt. Besides I want to see I Am Legend.

Christmas Preparations

I know, I know, no posts. Sorry, but things have just been hectic here. Loving wife and I were shopping all day yesterday which mainly meant I was sitting in chairs and on benches in the middle of the mall while she shopped. I also served as a mobile storage and transport facility as I held bags, boxes, and a coat while sitting and walking. No different from a million other husbands this and every Christmas season I know.

At one point I am sitting there and these three older ladies walked by – in their seventies I imagine – and one of them smiled at me and asked, “How many people have to counted sitting there today?” Being the flirt that I am I replied, “I only count the cute women like you” which got a good giggle out of all three women as they walked on by.

We are pretty much ready for Christmas and I guess we should be considering it is only a few days away. Today  or tomorrow we have to go look for one more thing and then we are probably going to hit a movie. Middle son and I are going to see Sweeny Todd which he has seen and says is so good he wants to see it again with me. Loving wife and my youngest son will probably catch one of the children’s movies while we are seeing this R-rated one.

It’s been cold and then warm and then rainy here. Typical Tennessee winter weather I guess. I wish it would snow. Snow always makes a Christmas better, don’t you think? I do.

Next week I will be busy. I have to get our Pilot into the shop for an oil change and to check out why our tires keep losing air so quickly. It has happened ever since they rotated them a couple of months ago. Not a fast leak but after a while the low-air warning light comes on and I need to put a few pounds in. Weird.

We are having heating problems in the house as well.  No, the heater is working. What is what is that the flue from the heater up to the roof has a small leak in it so that condensation water is dripping out of it (which pooled and came through the ceiling in my youngest son’s bedroom).  At least that is what we think the problem is.  Us and the HVAC guy, that is. The leak is near where the pipe goes through the roof and while the pipe inside the house is in good shape the three-foot section above the roof has a long rust stain on it.  We are assuming that somehow cold air is getting too far down that section of the pipe (due to the rust – a hole perhaps?) and hitting the hot exhaust and causing the condensation.

Eh, it’s our only theory.

So replacing the pipe with a four foot section (to raise it up a bit cause the guy says it looks too low on the roof-line) and a new cap and checking everything out up there comes to $393. Damn.

Something I could probably do but since it is about 35 feet off the ground on a steeply slopped roof I ain’t gonna even try.

Oh well, that will have to wait until after the holidays. The bucket under the pipe in the attic will do until then.

Mildly interesting side-note is the fact that all the flue-pipe was manufactured in my hometown down in Mississippi.

Well, that’s it.  I am sure I will find some stuff to post about today so stay tuned.

Outta This World


The babes of Star Trek .  Check it out, there’s blondes, brunettes, redheads and even a greenhead or two.

Stolen from Ace, including the photo of an outfit every woman should have in her closet for special occasions, like fighting other women over a man.

Googling For Fun

I admit it, I’ve Googled myself. And it was good. I’ve also Googled most of the hot brunettes people I know. That wasn’t bad either. What about you? Do you Google?

Colored Chicks Made To Order

Weird science.

A Moment Of Clarity

“Jesus, it’s your automobile.”


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