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The 300 Spartans

Not really.  But close!

WordPress software informed me yesterday that I now have 300 (three hundred) followers of Guffaw in AZ!

This means three hundred folks actually pretend to want to read stuff I have written (or have stolen borrowed).   This is a far cry from the initial 10 (#10 being North, the first follower unknown to me from the Internet only) since I began blogging March 6, 2011.

Thank You!

I do recognize some of the number are folks who play Facebook games, ‘friending’ me that I might friend them back.  But, it’s been a few years since I was in junior high.  Hopefully, they actually read the blog, regardless.

Of course, I am still surprised ANYONE does.

This whole blogging thing continues to be amazing.  I’ve had commentary and/or email from folks in the Americas, Europe, Asia, including a woman blogger in Pakistan!

And service personnel everywhere!  Thank you and all veterans for your service!

And thank you all for stopping by.

F.N.C. Makes Me THINK

I like FNC…

NO, NOT the Fox News Channel – although I DO like it, too, on occasion.

I’m speaking of the blog Free North Carolina!

They sometimes have blog fare I view as incendiary, but, more often than not, they make me think differently on a specific issue – even if I continue to disagree with them on that very issue!

One of this Constitutional Republic’s tenets I wholeheartedly endorse is speedy justice.  I know, with the judicial bureaucracy, it doesn’t always seem so, however.

FNC did post a short video of one such event:

Pickpocket, purse snatching, shoplifter?

 

I’m BACK!

Thanks to the extreme capabilities and generosity of my Roommate, who not only found an old laptop for me, but, spend many hours rebooting/reconfiguring the router so we could again enjoy the wonders of the Internet!

There IS a learning curve, as this is a Windows 8 machine, and none of my blog prep files have yet found there way here, but, I AM BACK!

Thank you for your patience.

Guffaw

The Ol’ Calendar On The Wall…

Turney Ave

I’m the one on the left (1957)

…says it’s March 6.

This means Guffaw in AZ has been annoying you daily for THREE YEARS, TODAY!

Some never thought it would make it this far.  Especially me!  And, while I don’t have the blog following of my blogmothers like Brigid or Tam, I’m still very happy with the results.

236 followers in 125 countries and an average viewing of 150 views per day with a single day high of 379.

For those new to my humble blog, I write about my life, my careers, my experiences and my relationships.  I am on medical disability, but I used to investigate credit card fraud.  I’ve also been a private investigator, CCW trainer and firearms collector.  I  also steal borrow material from other fine bloggers, like Rev. Paul, Murphy’s  Law and many others.

And I search the Internet for tasteful photos of beautiful women, cartoons, quotes and material to make my little blog appear more interesting.

Hope to see you all around for at least another year!Guffaw

The Top Ten

Below are links to my top ten favorite blog posts of the past three years.  In no particular order.  Based on what I like – it IS my blog!

10.  Surveillance

9.  Lessons:  Shooting and Other

8.  Hijinks at a closed amusement park

7.  The Dog House

6.  Sybil Ludington

5.  Are police becoming more militant?

4.  Workers of the World Unite – I don’t think so…

3.  How It REALLY Works…

2.  The Maddock Step-Down Presentation

1.  My Daughter and Joe Pesci

See ya around – hopefully?  And thank you for stopping by.  I’m still surprised by the following and support –  your obedient servant,  Guffaw

Through A Blog, Snarkily…

Tamara (the Mistress of Snark) reconfirms her title yet again, with a post on fascism, of epic snark!

(in part)

Therefore, when zampolits come to the American broadcasting industry, they’re not going to be Sam Brown-wearing extras from a documentary about the RMVP:

See, when The Censor shows up, she’ll have nothing so crude as a red grease-pencil or a razor blade.  She’ll be wearing a nice business suit, not a brass-buttoned black uniform and shiny jackboots — and she may well have no idea what she’s really there to do.  It’s the soft fascism of dim expectations.

And here’s the line which wins the Internets!

American fascism is of the smiley-faced, good for you, eat-your-vegetables, low-fat, mandatory fun variety. In the USA, it’s already a borderline crime to do unhealthy things and not like people.

Amen, one-of-my-blogmothers, amen.

You should go and read the whole thing.  Of course you should be stopping by her blog multiple times daily, anyway.

Lest she hurt you.

h/t Roberta

SO…Whatya THINK?

Comodo-IceDragonMy computer is 5 years old, and a rebuild.  A HP 300-1020 20″ Touchscreen AMD Athlon II X2 235e processor 2.70 GHz…w/additional memory, wireless mouse and keyboard.  I cannot afford a new one.

I’m a reluctant Windows guy.  Could never afford the Apple.  Over the past couple of years, I’ve used IE 9, 10, 11, Firefox, Chrome and Opera browsers.  And seem to keep picking up ‘bugs’ on each browser.  Such that spending 20 minutes setting up my daily blog post (with a today’s quote, funny, beauty and You Tube clip) has almost doubled to 40 minutes because of software ‘issues’.  I keep having to switch in mid-publish because a window locks up, or won’t open, or won’t allow copy/paste of instructions…yatta, yatta, yatta.  PITA!

YES, I’ve cleaned up my registry, removed malware.  Regularly.  I run Kasparsky.  I even uninstalled FF and Chrome as they seemed to be the most buggy.  I recently installed Mozilla WaterFox, because it purportedly works better with 64 bit machines.  But some of the same buggery happened.  (Pun intended).

Then, I installed Comodo IceDragon.  Also from Mozilla, but tweaked differently.

Thus far, no apparent bugs.  (Knock-on-wood)

And here’s my question(s) – am I doing anything wrong?  Should I look to an entirely different browser, or blogging software?  I’ve been much happier with WordPress (over Blogger) two of the past (almost) three years!

REMEMBER, when you answer – I an NOT a geek, I only pretend to be one on the blogosphere.

Suggestions?  Ideas?

PS – IceDragon seems to be working well (after two days of blogging and browsing)!  Who knew?

The NEW GBBL !

Wilson of wilsonblog was kind enough to point me in the direction of another Gun Blog Black List!  North retired from blogging, and Mike Miles apparently picked up his mantle.

I’ve not had a chance to review it thoroughly, but I did review it enough to link it on my blog, with a slightly different graphic than I previously used.

Guess I was jonesing for the original in my daily internet travels.

PS – There aren’t as many links as the previous GBBL (i.e. Mike didn’t carbon-copy North), but I’m certain it will grow and change as the last one did.

Good Luck, Mike!  

Posted by North – Gun Blog Black List on 08.07.13 at 9:36 am  edit

No. Mike stole my graphics and copied my content. I’m not too happy that he just copied all of the work that I did.

THIS JUST IN – North has graciously turned over management of GBBL to myself (OldNFO), JayG and two other yet to be named individuals. s/Old NFO

This certain solves the GBBL issue, at least for me! - Guffaw

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Missing You Tube

For some unknown reason WordPress won’t allow me to post my daily You Tube video.

Every time I hit ‘save’. it deletes the entry.

I hate free, unresponsive software!  At least everything else worked (knock-on-wood)

- Guffaw

A Stalinist Version of The Onion!

(my apologies to The Onion)

As my regular readers know (as well as those suffering digestive distress) I surf the Internet looking for news, opinion, rights violations, and fellow libertarian travelers (to steal borrow from), especially when the guffaw well is dry.

Today is one of those posts.

I especially like finding stuff that mocks the control freaks – the Feinstein/Bloombergs of the World.  And, thankfully, we STILL have the right to do so! (as of this writing)

It occurred to me that I’d not shared a particular find with you – The People’s Cube!

They lampoon all that is Left with the World, and do it well.  Apparently, the main writer is a former commie who saw the liberty, free-market light.

But, there is a serious side, as well.  Go and peruse.  And also be amused.

NYPD Food Felonies Unit to Help Make Better Food Choices

Bloomberg's NYPD Food Felonies Unit cartoonInspired by the dramatic improvements in New Yorkers’ health and well-being after he banned smoking and junk food, as well as large sodas, salt, trans fats, Styrofoam food containers, and loud earbuds, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that the NYPD is organizing a Food Felonies Unit (FFU) to further combat the proliferation of food crimes.Nicknamed “Double-F-U,” the newly-formed unit is expected to be involved largely with restaurant menu supervision in its crime-prevention function…MORE >>

Dear Americans, these are some questions I have collected in 16 years of living in your country. Please see if you can answer them for me:

  • If all cultures are equal, why doesn’t UNESCO organize International Cannibalism Week festivals?

  • Why do those demanding “equal pay for equal work” never protest against “equal pay for little or no work”?

  • Why has no politician ever run on men’s issues or promised to improve the lives of males?

  • If all beliefs are equally valid, how come my belief in the absurdity of this maxim gets rejected by its proponents?

  • Ever noticed that for the past thirty years, we’ve been hearing we have less than ten years to save the planet?

Much of it is reductio ad absurdum, but funny, and pointed, regardless…

Earth Day posters by Maksim - People's Cube

(More) Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam…

spamOops, I did it, again!

I recently (due to problems I had with Firefox and IE10) opened up Google Chrome.  I know, it’s the dreaded Google.

And I’ve been very happy with the result whilst blogging – lightening fast, no pop-ups.  Secure and stable.  A good choice.  (Which coincidentally works with my new (to me) smartphone (Android – another Google product).

But, I’ve noticed not only did I not have SPAM, I also wasn’t seeing email copies of post comments by many folks – some regulars.  And I finally got around to checking my SPAM files.

Huzzah!  Therein lie the heretofore unaccounted emails…

Hopefully, all has been corrected, now.  We shall see.

"One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas - how he got in my pajamas I dunno!" - Groucho Marx as Captain Spaulding in Animal Crackers

This election is not about who gets voted off the island.
It’s about who is at the tiller of this Republic’s Ship of State. - Guffaw

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The Four Rules

1. ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.

2. NEVER POINT YOUR MUZZLE AT SOMETHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY.

3. KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET AND YOU ARE READY TO SHOOT.

4. KNOW YOUR TARGET AND WHAT'S BEYOND.

Certified EVIL!

FEAR

"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." - Bene Gesserit, from Frank Herbert's Dune

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“F**k Civility. Hyperbole, passion, and metaphor are beautiful parts of rhetoric. The marketplace of ideas cannot be toned down for the insane.” - Penn Jillette

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