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Beachfront Property in Yuma – Cheap!

Hey, they already have the sand!

Stormbringer brings us ‘intel’ regarding the military preparing for a Pacific Ocean asteroid strike, by ordering all their installations to higher ground (!)

In Sean’s fashion, he entitles the post:


Guess it’s cheaper doing that then sending up two space shuttles with Bruce Willis and company.

I don’t know what to make of this.  Standard military exercise, preparing for an asteroid strike or something else.

Perhaps it’s time to batten down the hatches and don my tin foil chapeau?  What do you guys think?

h/t Sean Linneane


After all, this blog deals with adult subject matter – why the Hell not? – Guffaw

the best site EVER!



h/t Neatorama

Stand Down

Theo Spark links to Breitbart, who writes about the current administration issuing orders to ‘stand down’ with regard to arresting and prosecuting Occupy lawbreakers protesters in Portland, who were occupying federal property.

From Judicial Watch:

Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained records from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) indicating that the General Services Administration (GSA), with the blessing of the Obama White House, instructed law enforcement officers to “stand down” and not arrest “Occupy Portland” protestors who were in violation of the law.

The records, obtained pursuant to a November 11, 2011, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, include internal DHS correspondence. One November 6, 2011, e-mail exchange between DHS/National Protection and Programs Directorate Chief of Staff Caitlin Durkovich and GSA Public Buildings Service Commissioner Robert Peck (who has since been fired) specifically related to Occupy Portland protests taking place on federal property in Portland:

‘I am sorry to be emailing you on a Sunday night, but wanted to let you know our Press Shop has received a couple of calls from Portland media outlets about a group of 11 protesters who again set up camp at Terry Shrunk Plaza in Portland last night. They have chained themselves to a large drum filled with concrete. GSA controls the permits and has asked FPS [Federal Protective Services] not to enforce the curfew at park and the prohibition on overnight encampments. Reporters have asked if we will be arresting the protestors as FPS did last week.

Our FPS Commander in Portland says they are standing down and following GSA’s request to only intervene if there is a threat to public safety.’

Brought to you by the same folks who declined to prosecute the New Black Panther thugs for intimidating voters in Philadelphia.  (Which the DOJ is now being forced to revisit!)

Gee, I wonder if these are isolated incidents?  Must be.

h/t Theo Spark, Breitbart

The Top Twenty Most Miserable Cities in America

LawDog links to a Forbes essay regarding The Top Twenty Most Miserable Cities in America.  He does so making the point that 8 of the 20 (40%) are in California.  And none are listed in his home State of Texas.  From the article:

…Our list of America’s Most Miserable Cities goes a step further: We consider a total of 10 factors, things that people gripe about around the water cooler every day. Most are serious issues, including unemployment, crime and taxes. A few we factor in are not as critical, but still elevate people’s blood pressure, like the weather, commute times and how the local sports team is doing.

One of the biggest issues causing Americans angst the past four years is the value of their homes. To account for that we tweaked the methodology for this year’s list and considered foreclosure rates and the change in home prices over the past three years. Click here for a more detailed rundown of our methodology

This got my attention, as while I just lost my home due to my income having been drastically reduced, many of the foreclosures nationwide are due to the housing bust.  And the poor economy, etc.

It is interesting to note there are no Arizona cities are on the list, either.  But this doesn’t mean my State is all wonderful.  We do have our issues, as does the rest of the Nation.  Forbes did only choose 20 cities…

I’ve not done a scientific analysis of the specific miserable cities, but a cursory examination  did show me that many have been subjected to ‘progressive’ policies for the past many years.  A succession of Democratic Progressive mayors certainly were also part of some of their histories.  Chicago and Detroit are on the list.  And the few Republicans mixed in seem to be RINOS Progressives.  Just because someone has an ‘R’ after their name doesn’t give them a pass.

Check the list and see if your city is so honored.  Then, respond appropriately – vote the bastards out!


While out running an errand this morning, I saw another driver.  Smoking.  Well, he actually wasn’t smoking.  He had a lit cigarette in his left hand, and had it dangling out the driver’s door window.  I was in the car adjacent to him at the light, and I could smell the smoke.  I watched, and when the light changed, he drove off, never ever taking a drag.  WTF?  Is he a smoker or not?  Was it just a prop or a talisman?

I don’t smoke.  I flirted with cigars and pipes in my youth, in an effort to look older and cool, but didn’t pick up the habit.  As a result, I just look older.  My real mother died when I was in grade school, of emphysema, contracted as a direct result of her smoking.  I don’t blame smoking, I blame an addictive personality.

This doesn’t mean I like smoking.  I don’t like the smell of smoke around me.  But I also abhor the anti-smoking zealots who simply can’t stand to be around it – and who treat smokers (users of an entirely legal substance) as if they are pedophilic lepers.

The common societal meme is smoking kills.  The American Cancer Society and other groups have successfully placed this thought into the American psyche.  Turns out, all factors added in, only about 20% of smokers contract lethal illness as a direct result of their addiction.  While not a positive statistic, it’s not the you smoke your gonna die! meme.

The same can be said for the whole second-hand smoke thing.  Turns out, many of the same political forces responsible for establishing this as settled science are the same folks who want to impose their thoughts about greenhouse gasses and socialism upon the Republic.  I’m not providing links – do your own research.

I’m about Freedom.  And I can handle a little sniff of tobacco if it really isn’t affecting my health.  Being locked in a small office opposite a chain smoker is one thing; sniffing a bit of smoke outside at an intersection quite another.

And, while I’m ranting – what IS it about many smokers who somehow think that it’s okay to fling a burning stub of paper, tobacco and filter on the ground willy-nilly?  I’ll bet if I walked or drove around striking matches and throwing them away I’d attract the attention of the authorities!

I’m not pro-smoking.  I’m not anti-smoking.  I’m pro-freedom.

A Public Service Announcement

Peter, aka Bayou Renaissance Man posted a warning a couple days ago that slipped through the cracks.  Well, MY cracks.

It seems that Winchester produced some faulty duty ammunition in caliber 40 Smith & Wesson.  The  failure  involves some of the cartridge casings having been produced without a flash hole. This condition completely eliminates the ability of this Service cartridge to fire.  (speaking of slipping through the cracks…)

Ya think?

Obviously, this warning is primarily for law enforcement and previous law enforcement officers who may have some of this ammunition in their possession.  Certainly, some may even have reached civilian hands.

Again, boxed ammunition with the following codes must be removed from service IMMEDIATELY:

  • Product Code: Q4355
  • Day Code: Any code beginning with F or EN

(I wonder if any of this was included in the mega-bazillion rounds of ammunition recently purchased by the DHS?  Just thinking outloud.  –  Guffaw)

Today is the 67th anniversary of the first use of atomic weapons.

Borepatch, today addresses the counter-arguments brought forth every August 6 regarding the use of atomic weaponry in Japan, effectively ending World War Two.  This remains a difficult subject, as many civilians were killed as a result of U.S. actions.  It is interesting to note that President Truman had no previous knowledge of THE BOMB, until he assumed the Presidency only a couple months earlier.  But, he made the decision to act, undoubtedly saving the lives of millions of American troops and countless Japanese.

Go to the link above, and read his assessment and make your own decision.  And if it’s your way, say a prayer for all the dead in all wars.

And thanks, Lonnie, for reminding me.

Police Chief Couldn’t Find Himself for Eviction Notice

Makes the boys (and girls) in blue look good again!


Channel 2 Action News has learned a local police chief is fighting to keep his job after the state agency that certifies officers voted to revoke him.

Lithonia Police Chief Washington Varnum, Jr. is accused of attempting to serve his own eviction notice.

“He basically provided a sworn statement to the courts that he himself could not be found,” said Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) spokesman Ryan Powell.

Go and read the whole sordid mess.  Lithonia Police Chief Washington Varnum, Jr. is accused of attempting to serve his own eviction notice.  (and avoiding service).

h/t Neatorama, WSB TV News


…and not in a good way*.

(beginning of whine…)

We in the AZ desert are in the middle of the ‘so-called’ monsoon season.  Historically, the temperature rises, along with the humidity, making virtually everyone more miserable.  And moist.  This is sometimes punctuated by haboobs.  (Native Arizonans say dust storms.)

I began my day with my short swim session.  The pool was cooler this morning, as it didn’t get as hot yesterday, and had sprinkled a bit.  It felt pretty good.  (written a couple days ago)

However, I was tasked with running to the store for my roomie afterward (done best before blogging), and even though the store is 1/2 mile away, the Sun had appeared and it was both hot and muggy.  Not Chattanooga in August** muggy, but uncomfortable.  It was as if after my swimming and showering I’d not dried off.  And having many health issues, including arthritis, I felt pretty crunchy.

Wet and crunchy is how I like my cereal, not my person.

I was reminded of Lonnie, veteran and good friend.  When we worked together at TMCCC, he’d stop by my desk and inquire, “How ya doin?”  This translated to ‘there’s a front moving in from the Pacific Northwest and I’m feeling it, are you?’.  We are in Arizona.  I always did.  We called ourselves ‘the barometrics’. 

I keep telling myself that more NSAIDS and swimming will eventually help.  Today, however, not so much.

(end of whining, for now)

*ya know, like chocolate cake.  I don’t know what you were thinking!
**90 degrees/90% humidity – been there, had the saturated t-shirt!

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