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There’s A New Burgermeister In Town!

It’s no secret I likes me ‘unhealthy’ food.

If it’s fatty, sugary, bacon-laden, greasy – well, you get the picture.

I do get vegetable matter, primarily through salads.  But, I do like my dressing, croutons, bacon-bits and cheese added.  And I usually drink Coke Zero.  Sometimes beer.

My endocrinologist is not particularly happy with some of my choices (being diabetic, and all), but except for a four year excursion into macrobiotics (wherein I eschewed beef, dairy, sucrose, pork, refined wheat and caffeine), but my numbers are good, and I’ve proper meds,  so I don’t care.

When it comes to burgers, I like taste.  A super-lean turkey or veggie burger just doesn’t do it for me.  What-A-Burger, The Chuckbox, Original Hamburger Works, Thirsty Lion and Culver’s produce fine hamburgers, each different in their own way.  The Chuckbox, Thirsty Lion and Original Hamburger Works have the added joys of beer.  Culver’s has frozen custard, and primo crinkle French fries.

Now there’s a new burgermeister in town!  Freddy’s Steakburgers (and Frozen Custard)!  Similar to the Culver’s chain, but with a smaller menu, Freddy’s has delicious burgers and fries.  Had the frozen custard the other day – tasty, and not overly sweet.  The French fries are very thin, and crisp, and properly cooked – not like the death sticks from some fast-food establishments.  (In-N-Out, are you there?)

Macrobiotics was a long, strange trip.  I felt terrific, slept well, and had amazing energy.  But the lure of the bacon cheeseburgers on the idiot box was too much to bear – soon, I was back into the American fold.

I suspect I won’t live as long eating red meat, but, I’ll be happier.

YRMV

FTC – I buy my own food, thank you very much!

Robert Welch Was NOT George Lincoln Rockwell!*

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not this guy  – - – ->

 

 

 

“I am not now nor have I ever been a member of the Communist Party John Birch Society, “concealed” or otherwise. Moreover, I have never been a supporter of that party society.” – Guffaw

Funny, growing up in a white-bread liberal college town as I did, I heard mostly that Robert Welch (of the Welch Candy Company(Sugar Babies) and the John Birch Society) was nothing more than an ignorant, fascistic, fear-monger, as were the members of his society.

Then I listened to the words in the video above…

It appears as though he has been characterized erroneously.

He was actually a libertarian (of some variety)!

(I’m NOT saying I believe in everything the man stood for, and I am NOT a Bircher, but it appears character assassination of non-liberal individuals has been going on for generations!)

I’m guessing none of the members of the current administration (or their parents) were present in the audience to hear Mr. Welch speak.  Unless, of course, they were outside agitators community organizers bent on disrupting the proceedings…

(not unlike the guy on the right)

*If you youngsters suffer from a failed public education, here’s the Wikilinks – Robert Welch, George Lincoln Rockwell

The Times – They Are A Changin’

(Courtesy of Sean Linneane – Stormbringer)

Friend sent this in last night he’s over there in the Suck . . . S.L.There was this new Intell chick at this evening’s base defense meeting. The Company Commander asked a couple of basic introductory questions and it went something like this . . .Major: “So where are you from?”

Chick: “CJSOTF.”

Major: “No, I mean where are you from in the States?”

Chick: “Florida.”

Major: “What about your husband, where’s he from?”

Chick: “I don’t have a husband, I have a wife and she’s from Florida too.”

The whole room erupted.

True story . . .

The Problem With Law Enforcement

(connected to the previous post regarding the State of Connecticut preparing to confiscate previously ‘legally-owned’ ‘assault weapons’*)

bootsA Connecticut State Police officer has just exposed himself as an archetypical ‘jackbooted thug‘.

In a video posted Thursday to YouTube, Connecticut State Police Spokesman Lt. Paul Vance is heard telling a woman identified as “GMN Producer Guerilla Girl Ashley” that she sounded anti-American for questioning the state’s new gun control law.

“I want to know, if it comes down to it, will the police go to my home if my husband refuses to give up a weapon that was formerly legal and now has been made illegal by a corrupt legislature?” she asked. “Will the police actually go to my home and threaten my family, ’cause I’m scared to death?”

“We don’t threaten people, ma’am,” Lt. Vance said. “That doesn’t happen.”

“If you’re going with the force of government, that’s a threat,” she responded.

Ma’am, it sounds like you’re anti-American, it sounds like you’re anti-law. I can’t answer your question,” Lt. Vance remarked.

Later, after Ashley said Lt. Vance works for the people of the state, he informed her that he, in fact, is her master.

“You’re the servant, we’re the master,” she said.

I’m the master, ma’am. I’m the master,” he said in response.

(Bayou Renaissance Man)

Peter, a retired law enforcement officer himself, stated a response so much more eloquently than I:

Lt. Vance, I have news for you – and I speak as a retired law enforcement officer.  If you take that attitude and that approach with me, you’ll have violated your oath of law enforcement office – the same oath I swore, and which remains binding on my conscience and my actions to this day.  In consequence you won’t be my ‘master’ at all . . . you’ll be a felon, and I’ll be entirely within my rights when I deal with you as such.  Nor will I be the only one to do so.  As Sean Sorrentino asks, “What happens when both sides make a list?

Just who the hell do you think you are, Lt. Vance?  And if your attitude is typical of the Connecticut State Police, when did that organization abandon its mission and its collective oath of office to become nothing more than a collection of jackbooted thugs?  (more at Bayou Renaissance Man)

When I went to college getting my Administration of Justice diploma, they taught us that the job of a peace officer was to enforce the law, preserve order and protect the rights of all.  Obviously, they are no longer teaching that, or the curriculum has changed.

And THAT is a problem.

(*assault weapons – whatever a legislature decides they are.  See also Saturday Night Special.)

Just An Observation

The United States seems hell-bent on making all nationalities resident here inclusive – even those who aren’t here legally and those who fail to assimilate into American culture.

And those who refuse to learn or use English.

My ancestors came here legally from Germany (and Ireland – kinda already speaking English!). learned it and assimilated.  There were proud Americans.

Witness below the nation/nation-state/Russian satellite of The Ukraine:

Nationalism unites, and multi-culti ‘diversity’ divides. So does culture and language.

- Paying attention yet America? Liking how that whole ‘diversty’ joke is working for you?

Belgians have the whole Flemish vs. Walloon thing.

- I don’t know if this is WHY Brussels is so dysfunctional, but when all else fails it never hurts to go with “blame the French.”

Many of us understand what happened in the former Yugoslavia. The linguistic divide between Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Slovene, and Macedonian (plus a few more languages) made the ‘country’ less functional than their infamous car, the Yugo. (map and text courtesy of Theo Spark)

Is anyone in our State Department listening?  If not, press one for ENGLISH.

Boxing Day Night Profundity

So, this Boxing Day night last, I’m sitting alone at the computer, trying to think of something profound.  Having failed miserably at that, I went to gunbloggers.com, and the most current post at the time was from The View From North Central Idaho.  

My search for profundity stopped there!

From Lyle

A human right is a bit like the sun. The sun is essential to life. You can bask in it, or hide from it. You may be able to change people’s attitudes toward it, or even start a religion around it. You may hate it or love it, or be largely indifferent to it, or think anything you want to think about it. If you fail to deal with it properly it can burn or even kill you, but without it you are dead. You could get a group of sun haters together in the street and carry picket signs denouncing the sun, and you might even be able to lobby enough idiots and criminals in Congress to get laws passed denouncing the sun.

But two things will remain true no matter what you think or do. A) your life depends on the sun, and B) neither you, nor any group of people, any committee or government body, no force on Earth, has the power to alter it in any way. You did not create it and you cannot alter or destroy it.

Similarly, human rights can be respected and honored, or they might be despised and violated, but they cannot be created, granted, altered, revoked or destroyed by any force on Earth no matter how popular or powerful that force may be. That’s where we get…

You need to go and read the whole thing.  Especially if you don’t know the answer!

Joel To The Rescue!

Joel (of The Ultimate Answer to Kings) presents us with a selection of choices to bypass the miasma boondoggle clusterf**** that pretends to be compulsory public health care (but is actually redistribution of wealth) in this country!

Well, by now that’s got to be a subject near and dear to just about everybody. You could do it the way I have…but not even I suggest doing that, and this article lists numerous excellent reasons why it’s a bad idea.

But there apparently are ways to live an Obamacare-free life, and some may even be legal. The linked article lists several possibilities.

Of course you may or may not have to pay that tax, or fee, or tax, or whatever it is, punishing you for not allowing the government to help you with your own money. But there may even be (legal, or at least unlikely to get you shot) ways around that.

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(stolen copied in it’s entirety, thanks, Joel!  Love the graphic!)

Common Core

All but a few states have formally adopted Common Core, the state-driven campaign to improve educational outcomes for K-12 students by meeting common academic benchmarks, particularly in math and English. But the program has faced criticism across the spectrum. The basic flaw of Common Core, according to education policy expert and Independent Institute Research Fellow Vicki Alger, is that its standards are “weak, costly, politicized, and unconstitutional.” In recent pieces in The Beacon, she has focused on two problems with Common Core: the political overtones of some of its reading recommendations, and the program’s threat to student and family privacy.

Common Core reading recommendations, Alger contends, include material that is pro-Obamacare and pro-union; an example of the latter was woven into the civics curriculum for third graders. But Common Core even politicizes math standards. Stanford mathematics professor James Milgram, who served as a member of the Common Core validation committee, complains that scholastic rigor was “compromised for the sake of political buy-in.” The academic content of Common Core is a major worry, but not the only cause for concern.

Alger notes that civil libertarians are increasingly anxious about Common Core’s threat to student and family privacy. Under a law called FERPA—the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act—private contractors, consultants, and other non-government personnel may become privy to data about a student’s family income, religion, student disciplinary records, and parents’ political affiliations. Last month, Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.) pressed U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to explain why, in at least one state, student Social Security numbers were given to a private data collection company. But “as interesting as any official response would be, there is still no legitimate, much less Constitutional, reason for the federal government to be spying on American citizens or their children,” Alger concludes.

Shocker: Common Core Is about Politics, Not Academic Standards,

More on Common Core: It’s about Snooping, Not Standards

Twelfth Grader Schools School Board over Common Core National Standards

I remember the seeds of this being planted in MY Fourth Grade (1961-62).  Along with a universal dumbing down.  Spelling words in my Eighth Grade were the same as in my THIRD!  And my Fifth Grade teacher (of whom I was very fond) pooh-poohing The Second Amendment in our Bill of Rights studies.

As the bumper sticker states:  If You Can Read This, Thank A Teacher.  If you can support the proletariat’s battle over the bourgeoisie, thank a Common Core Teacher!

THIS JUST IN – Common Core architect aligned with The President and Bill Ayers.

cap renault “I’m shocked, Shocked!”

h/t Brock Townsend, Free North Carolina, EAG News

Sorry, Jim!

I’ve a good, long-time friend named Jim.  We met in 1960!

Jim is a former Marine, and has worked for the federal government for years.  He is a good man, even though we differ politically and philosophically on many levels.

Jim LOVES trains.  Especially train history and actually traveling in them.  My father, who had worked on the railroad for a time (like his father before him) left me a gold-filled pocket watch, with a fob and locker key.  The key was to his locker in Grand Central Station, NY!

Jim loves trains so much that for his 50th birthday, I gave him my father’s watch, fob and key.  I knew he would appreciate it much more than me.

When we were in high school, Jim joined the National Association of Railroad Passengers.  Got me to join, too.  And Jim, his younger brother John and I took an overnight train trip from Flagstaff to L.A., and back (after spending a day @ Disneyland.)

Amtrak, the U.S. taxpayer-supported passenger railroad, is losing tens of millions of dollars a year on food and beverage service even after years of cost cutting, its inspector general said.

Amtrak’s Auto Train from Virginia to Florida offers passengers complimentary wine and cheese, and three long-distance routes provide complimentary wine and champagne to sleeper-car passengers, Alves said, costing Amtrak $428,000 in 2012.

“The Amtrak Inspector General has confirmed that Amtrak cooked the books to cover up food service losses that now approach $1 billion,” [John] Mica [R-Florida, chairman of the House Government Operations Subcommittee - DB] said.

The government running goods and services just isn’t healthy for the economy!  (BTW – my ‘membership’ in the NARP only lasted one year.  My heart wasn’t in it.)

Sorry Jim!  And that government-run postal service for whom you work isn’t a bastion of efficiency and profit, either!  Maybe they should increase the cost of their ad deliveries and get into the 21st Century offering Email and computer message services?

Just a suggestion.

(Hattip: Virginia Postrel, by way of the Popehat Twitter.)  Whipped Cream Difficulties

Double Tap (and Stack)

My roomie recently made an impulse buy at our local gun store.  A Double Tap derringer.  In .45 ACP!

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(from their website)  DoubleTap Firearms has developed  the world’s smallest and lightest .45 ACP concealed carry pistol on the market today. Also available in 9mm.

Titanium or Aluminium Frames with a MIL-STD finish that resists corrosion
Stainless Steel Barrels
Two rounds in the chamber and integral grips house an additional two spare rounds
Optional Ported barrels reduces muzzle flip and recoil
Small, slim, no-snag hammerless design for easy pocket carry
Ambidextrous thumb latch to eject spent rounds
U.S. Patent No. D686685 and other Patents Pending
 

RE:  Double Action Trigger – She (WE) have not shot her yet, but as it’s 14 oz. and a 1911 is traditionally 39, I suspect it comes-back-a-bit.  (Roomie did not get the comped barrels!)  Her trigger is a long, crunchy pull, which is her only ‘safety’.  If one has the time, I believe the proper way to activate the trigger is by stacking or staging.

That is pulling smoothly until the double-action mechanism takes up slack, then holding and gaining a sight-picture before touching her off.

Even the manufacturer’s own literature says she is NOT a target or competition piece.  I suspect, like the classic Derringer, she’s a ‘put into a gut or orifice and empty’ kind of firearm.

She does come with a clip – a speed strip kind of device holding an additional 6 rounds.  And a two-rounder stored neatly in the butt of the weapon.

Now, if it is only comfortable pain-free not impossible to shoot!

(I will post an AAR after we field test her.)

attn FTC – she bought it, okay?

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