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Goodbye, Farewell, Amen March 23, 2015

Posted by BrewFan in Ducks, Handblogging, Heroes, History, News, Sex, Terrorist Hemorrhoids, WTF?.
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Shortly after 9/11/2001 I started reading Best of the Web Today by James Taranto. I really wasn’t interested in blogs but I was hungry for information about the new world we had all just been plunged into. James had links on his blog to other websites, one of which was to a blog called Allahpundit. I remember the tag line was something like, “an irreverent look at the Muslim world”. This intrigued me enough to click it and I was amazed at what I found; truly funny satire, brilliantly written. The comments were fun, and one of the commenters was a guy who had a blog called Ace of Spades HQ. This, then, would become my blogging destiny. There was no way to know that out of this fun read would grow friendships, both virtual and real. Over the many years since past I’ve had the distinct honor and privilege of getting to know some of the smartest, funniest, most compassionate people I have ever been blessed to know. Like a true family we’ve had good times and bad times, sharing and caring, and even the occasional dust-up.

I’m sure Geezer is going to share what inspired him to start this blog, so I’ll leave that to him. I’m just glad he did. With regard to how this blog should be ‘ended’, I believe the course that should be charted is to close comments, but leave this blog for posterity. There’s nothing quite like a stroll down memory lane and especially a thoroughfare lined with such beautiful memories as this one has.

I haven’t been participating much the last few years. Mostly lurking here and H2. I want everybody to know, though, that there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of you knuckleheads. I wish I was independently wealthy so I could fly around the country and hug you guys. Maybe cop a feel or two, but mostly hug. That would be most awesome.

Finally, I lift my glass and toast the finest kind. You all. And I lift my eyes and look for the finest kind of angels; Michael, Patty Ann, Harrison, Cranky.

BrewFan

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

For Michael January 24, 2015

Posted by daveintexas in Art, Ballistics, Crime, Ducks, Handblogging, History, Honor, Man Laws, Mufuckin Pie!, Nature Shit, Philosophy.
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The flowers showed up 15 minutes before the service started. I think it would have driven Michael nuts, so that’s something. He was a bit of a planner and organizer.

My favorite Michael story with Cathy was about the first IB gathering, a Superbowl party at their home in Ohio. They were planning food for this big get together and for some reason they took my chili recipe from a post seriously.

That recipe was total bullshit. I loaded it up with insane hotness that no human would consume. Habanero, too many jalapenos, Tabasco, diesel fuel and some nuclear waste (even Tushar would have said “dude”).  I was just funning with everybody.  Anyway I was on my way to their house and Cathy called me and wanted to ask if she could tone down the habanero. I was completely confused.. tone down the what? For what?

And she said “your chili recipe”.

My chili recipe? What chili recipe? “From the blog post”.

A moment while driving on the interstate in Ohio.. then I remembered.  “You MADE THAT SHIT?”

Yes, it seemed a little hot so we were wondering if we could cut some of the peppers. I laughed.. “YOU CAN’T MAKE THAT IT WAS A JOKE. DON’T EAT THAT, IT’S PURE GASOLINE IT WAS A JOKE. RUN! CALL THE FD, GET THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER OUT IT’S TOXIC WASTE”

She said something about Michael wanting to make it for me (which could be a clue).

I think he actually liked supremely hot sauces more than me, he kept pimping that Marie whatever nuclear stuff all the time.

Anyway we all laughed about it and I remember drinking a beer with him later and telling him “I can’t believe you even made that shit” and all the while he kept insisting it seemed legit to him.

That was kind of our friendship. I loved tweaking him and seeing when I could get a rise out of him. Sometimes he’d take the bait, sometimes not. But we always laughed about it after. I’m gonna miss that.

These pics are purposefully not centered. Out of respect for the friendship he gave me. Which was huge.

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The Silence April 3, 2014

Posted by Retired Geezer in Heroes, History, Honor.
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About six miles from Maastricht. in the Netherlands lie buried 8,301
American soldiers who died in “Operation Market Garden” in the battles to
liberate Holland in the fall and winter of 1944-5. Everyone of the men
buried in the cemetery, as well as those in the Canadian and British
military cemeteries has been adopted by a Dutch family who mind the grave,
decorate, and keep alive the memory of the soldier they have adopted. It is
even the custom to keep a portrait of “their” American soldier in a place of
honor in their home. Annually on “Liberation Day” Memorial Services are
held for “the men who died to liberate Holland.” The day concludes with a
concert. The final piece is always “IL Silenzio,” a memorial piece
commissioned by the Dutch and first played in 1965 on the 20th anniversary
of Holland’s liberation. It has been the concluding piece of the memorial
concert ever since.

In 2008 the soloist was a 13 year old Dutch girl, Melissa Venema, backed
by Andre Rieu and his orchestra (the Royal Orchestra of the Netherlands).
This beautiful concert piece is based upon the original version of taps and
was composed by Italian composer Nino Rossi.

Texas Wins Another Case Against Dept. of Commerce June 5, 2013

Posted by daveintexas in Ducks, Entertainment, Food, History, Law, Nature Shit, Sidebar Flag Bullshit, Women Ranting, WTF?.
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I met Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott last year at a luncheon, and had a chance to speak with him a bit.  He was just celebrating a successful case filed against the EPA.  I asked him “what is it that you spend most of your time on?”  and he answered “suing the Federal government.”

Loved that answer.  Here’s another one, successfully pushing back a stupid emergency ruling that arbitrarily shortened the red snapper fishing season in Federal waters off the coast of Texas.

Abbott understands federal bureacracies abuse their power constantly, and doesn’t back down from a fight.  The case he was celebrating was a ruling in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that the EPA had improperly rejected the state’s “Flexible Permitting Program” regarding the establishment of controls over permits for electricity generation plants.  Texas wanted to keep control of permitting in our hands and not the EPA’s.  The EPA’s intention was to take it over and start denying applications.  It’s what they do.

Here’s a snippy NPR article about the outcome of that case.  Forget the typical NPR bullshit, look at the photograph of Greg Abbott in the article.

Greg Abbott is wheelchair bound.  Nice photo, isn’t it?

Incidentally, Texas was thrown into the provisions of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule based on a model that showed a monitor located across the street from a steel mill, shows a theoretical reading that is slightly above attainment.

A monitor in Illinois.

Let’s be very clear about the facts.  The last-minute inclusion of Texas in the sulfur dioxide portion of the rule is based on modeling that says an Illinois monitor, located across the street from a steel mill, shows a theoretical reading that is slightly above attainment.  Actual data from 2009 forward shows that this monitor is meeting the federal air quality standards today.  And even if the feds relied on their own computer simulated modeling predictions, that monitor would be in attainment in 2014 without any reductions from CSAPR.  So does Texas’ tenuous link to this monitor justify the state’s inclusion in CSAPR? No.

He’ll run for governor soon.  I’ll support him.

Submitted Without Comment February 3, 2013

Posted by Sobek in History, Politics.
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Submitted without comment:

For Lincoln, the Democrats of his day claimed to be the party of the common man, but in reality, they were led by a wealthy – and especially southern plantation – elite, who did everything they could to discourage ordinary people from rising, and therefore threatening, their own status.  And what made these plantation aristocrats successful was their ability to play the poor off against the middle class, in order to distract attention away from their own control of events.  Joseph Gillespie, who was a long-time Whig political ally of Lincoln’s, recalled that while Lincoln detested aristocracy in all its forms, nothing incensed him more than the claims of his Democratic opponents that the Whigs were the party of the rich.  In 1840, when Lincoln was stumping southern Illinois on behalf of the Whig presidential candidate, William Henry Harrison, he found himself put up against a Democrat, Colonel Dick Taylor.  And Colonel Taylor proceeded to rail against the Whigs as “aristocrats.”  Lincoln replied, cheerfully, that the shoe really belonged on the other foot.  “Whilst Colonel Taylor had his stores over the county,” Lincoln said, “and was riding in a fine carriage, wore his kid gloves, and had a gold-headed cane, he (Lincoln) was a poor boy hired on a flatboat at eight dollars a month, and had only one pair of britches.  If you call this aristocracy,” Lincoln said, “I plead guilty to the charge.”

And:

Lincoln believed that ambition was the thing which distinguished the American republic from all other monarchies which then ruled the earth.  Because in America, even the humblest person with talent or determination can, with ambition, climb a ladder of their own to prosperity and happiness.  “We stand at once, the admiration of the world,” Lincoln claimed in 1856, “and we must enquire what it is that has given us so much prosperity.  And we shall understand that to give up that one thing would be to give up all future prosperity.  That cause is, that every man can make himself.”  This meant, though, that Lincoln required a free economy, with sufficient openness of movement to enable poor boys like himself to escape the drudgery of poverty and achieve what he called “progress and improvement of condition.”  That would never come, in Lincoln’s judgment, if the United States remained tied to the Democratic dream of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson.  The Democrats, as Lincoln believed, were bitterly critical of open markets and this was because they saw danger – not opportunity – in a market economy.  Because in a market economy while some rise, some fall, and those who already have it made are not necessarily very welcoming of others who rise to join them, and certainly can be very anxious at the prospect that they might fall.  Lincoln, however, reveled in the opportunities of the market.  He reveled in the credit created by banks, in the wages paid to free laborers who found wealth in selling their labor, rather than in cultivating the ground.

From “Mr. Lincoln: The Life of Abraham Lincoln,” Allen C. Guelzo (The Teaching Company: Chantilly, VA), disc 2, tracks 8 and 11.

Living in a Venereal World January 28, 2013

Posted by skinbad in History, Nature Shit.
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Fascinating story (and photo) of a giant, fossilized clam discovered in Utah.

I thought it was going to be a review of a Madonna concert.

Silly me.

Where’s the drink holder? January 10, 2013

Posted by skinbad in History, Technology.
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Just ’cause we need something:

“That’s America” January 1, 2013

Posted by skinbad in History, Honor, Travel.
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I’m pretty sure at least one of our regulars likes old soldier stories. I liked this one. Former German WWII soldier moves to America in 1952 and (other than a stop in Wyoming in the winter, heh) never regrets it.

Let’s start the new year with gratitude for this wonderful country and resolve to keep it so.

Happy Thanksgiving November 22, 2012

Posted by digitalbrownshirt in Family, Food, History, Humor, Religion.
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We were so close to the best Thanksgiving in at least 4 years.

The French Revolution, Penthouse, African-American Firsts, and Mormons November 6, 2012

Posted by skinbad in History, Politics.
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I’ve been reading tea leaves and entrails (and let me tell you, I’m not going back to Denny’s any time soon ) and I realized today I’ve seen this act before. Join me in the Way Back Machine for a trip to 1984.

There was a different campaign of Hope, Change, and Nipple Covers in the air and Vanessa Williams proved to the world once and for all that American horndogs appreciate beautiful women no matter their chromatic hue as she became the first African-American woman to win the Miss America pageant.

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My election day experience November 6, 2012

Posted by digitalbrownshirt in History, News, Personal Experiences, Politics.
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After working 10 hours last night, I headed for the polls. I arrived around 6:30 am, 30 minutes before the polls open in Oklahoma. Despite my early arrival there were at least a half dozen people in front of me. We stood there in sub-40 degree temperatures waiting for the doors to open. As we stood there a poll worker came and asked us if we would let a handicapped man go to the head of the line and wait inside. The poor guy could barely walk with his cane. He was wearing a suit and hat. With every step he let out a little moan. I felt terrible for him. The worse part was that when we finally got inside to vote it turned out that his polling place had been changed and he had to go to the other poll to vote.

The other notable event was when a lady wasn’t able to cast her vote because her ID didn’t match the name she gave to the poll workers. I’m not sure if she was trying to commit fraud or if she just had a nickname on her ID instead of the actual birth name that is usually used for registration. She said she had some ID at home that would work and she’d come back later. I’m happy that we finally switched to using ID’s this year for elections.

By the time I left around 7:15, the line went out the door and out to the street. It had to be at least 100 people lined up outside the building waiting to get inside. The parking lot was so full that cars were starting to park in the dirt lot next door.

God bless America.

Hitler Finds out about the Debate October 28, 2012

Posted by Retired Geezer in Crime, History, Humor.
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This video has some pretty clever lines.