Tuesday, December 29, 2009

"...Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has ordered his staff to revise a computerized forecasting model that showed that climate legislation supported by President Obama would make planting trees more lucrative than producing food.
The latest Agriculture Department economic-impact study of the climate bill, which passed the House this summer, found that the legislation would profit farmers in the long term. But those profits would come mostly from higher crop prices as a result of the legislation's incentives to plant more forests and thus reduce the amount of land devoted to food-producing agriculture..."


Does the verse, "A loaf of bread will buy a bag of gold" come to mind?

I wonder, does this have anything to do with curbing population growth? Not that something such as lower crop production by industrial farms will hamper preppers much- though it will certainly cause a more watchful eye on our gardens. Perhaps even to turning the Rottweilers loose within the fence at night.

Get your heirloom seeds while the opportunity is still here.

Of course, there's nothing like using the Silver Screen to promote an idea, encourage impressionable minds how irrelevant their lives are compared to Gaia.

"...the final solution to stopping the environment from being destroyed by man is to kill off the most "wasteful" nation on earth, the American people! ..."

When you want to have your own private zoo of "untouchables" at your beck and call, just pass an Executive Order allowing carte Blanche mayhem.

"In light of what we know and can observe, it is our logical conclusion that President Obama's Executive Order amending President Ronald Reagans' 1983 EO 12425 and placing INTERPOL above the United States Constitution and beyond the legal reach of our own top law enforcement is a precursor to more damaging moves," they wrote.

There's more conspiracy going on in the minds of government than any science fiction writer ever dreamt of.

Commentary on the 'Joke' living at 1600 Pa. Ave.

"...Narcissist? Megalomaniac? Thug? Contemptible nanny-stater? Failure? Yes, all these adjectives apply to Barack Obama and describe his warped psyche the Left loves — except failure. And there is little doubt that Obama is a colossal failure and that the far Left is warped, while liberals are merely delusional. So, let’s take a look at a few of Obama’s impressive screw ups since taking office a little less than a year ago..."

A wetback by any other name is still a wetback.
"...TULSA, Oklahoma – The term “undocumented immigrant” rather than “illegal immigrant” has apparently been added to the Supreme Court’s lexicon after the newest justice, Sonia Sotomayor, included the phrase in one of four decisions issued by the court during the second week of December, according to a Dec. 9 New York Times article..."

There's just too much shit going on to keep track of it all.

Bless God, God bless.


Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, Everyone.
May your stockings be filled with all manner of good things... 9mm, .45, .308, 30-06, 7x64 (or whatever it is MNs use)... knives... fire starters... one-inch rope (and lots of it)...swords... machetes... cammoes... new boots... warm coats... maps and compasses... new tires for the 4x4... lots of gas and diesel, oil and brake fluid... fishing tackle... and most of all, increased love and understanding.
Bless God, God bless.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, America. May we always find something to be grateful for.
Bless God, God bless.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Those Who Gave All

To those Who gave All, We who remain Salute You.
Thank you for so Willingly giving to us the Fruit of Your Love and Labor.
God bless your Souls with Grace so richly Deserved.
May We who remain be deserving of your action and respect.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Wussy Chris Matthews meets a Man

Found on Mike Vanderboegh's "Sipsey Street Irregulars"... posted here because it's definitely worth spreading around. JSW....
"I have to tell you, you know, it's part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama's speech. My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don't have that too often. No, seriously. It's a dramatic event. He speaks about America in a way that has nothing to do with politics. It has to do with the feeling we have about our country. And that is an objective assessment." -- Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews, MSNBC host, inferred during his program this evening, that Stuart Rhodes, of OathKeepers, was guilty of creating black helicopter and and other paranoiac incidents. To which Rhodes reportedly responded, "We swear an oath to the Constitution, not a man, even if he makes a thrill run up your leg when he talks."
Matthews is reported to have blinked once and began a more earnest attack of Rhodes, and by innuendo others, of similar thought.
Look for this to be all over the web starting tonight, 20 Oct, and be sure to share the links.
Bless God, God bless.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Paige Bennethum

Lovely Lady keeps me abreast of the kind of news she knows will jerk my heartstrings and the kind of pictures that make me eat my heart out... this shot of Paige Bennethum, taken by her mother Abby, is one of those shots. The kind any news shooter will spend half a lifetime wanting to get and never does.

The closest I came, and was liberally complimented on the shots, was doing a piece on Hmong homecomings- following them thru the day as the group made their way through their first day on American soil. "This is how people are supposed to be shot!" the news director said of the shots. Made my day, and I know this shot is making Abby Bennethum's day, as well.

But not as much as it will make her day when her husband and Paige's father returns from combat.

I pray for these men, the heroes who walk among us.

It probably won't happen, but Paige and her mother should be on every newscast, every talk show, every newspaper and blog site in America. Prayers for these men and their families should be on every lip each morning and evening as well. "Pray without ceasing." We are admonished by our God, yet fall so short of it. Forgive me that sin, Oh God!

Read the whole article here: www.readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=160471

Bless God, God bless.


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Life and Death

Somewhere, someone is training to kill you. What are you doing about it?
Bless God, God bless.

"You Lie!"

"You lie!" Shouted by South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson yesterday was right on the mark.
Too bad it is coming so late in the game or that only one man has the balls to say it to his face.
True, it is causing Wilson a lot of grief due to the circumstances of his outburst- but it is something the Dark Lord needs to hear first hand rather than behind his back or silently through the 'rumor mill' of the press corps. The DL needs to know that not everyone is enamored of his communist rhetoric and prompter-encouraged disinformation and lies.
Regardless the circumstances, truth should not be hidden, whether a political forum or on the darkest street corner. Real men are not afraid to tell the truth or to point out the bullshit and lies of others and should certainly be rewarded for their actions, not labeled as immoderate, inappropriate or accused of having bad manners.
But what else can we Americans expect from a sissified political system- or even populace- that has only concerns for itself/themselves, people who are afraid of the truth and having light shed upon their actions and words?
What more can we expect from a system that is more corrupt than any criminal group?
"Bravo!" I say to Representative Wilson. Tell it like it is, Sir, and do not be concerned with what others are saying about you. Your boldness and honesty will be rewarded. You, Sir, are more deserving of respect than 499 of your peers who zip their lips and sit calmly on their hands.
It is reported that Mr. Wilson apologised to the DL through Rahm Emmaunuel- as he is expected to do by a politically correct, chicken shit populace. I am saddened to hear that- regardless of circumstances, no one should ever apologize for telling the truth, or outing a lie.
Bless God, God bless, Mr. Wilson.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Labor Day Picnic

Wonderful weather made our end of season three gun IDP shoot and picnic all the more enjoyable this Labor Day.
Nearly fifty men and women shooters broken into six squads closed our IDP season with six skill stages (scenarios), including a three gun stage that was exciting, to say the least- and proved how easy it is to miss a target even with a shotgun using number seven shot!
Stage One was disembarking a 'boat at a dock', engaging targets with an oar/paddle, progressing down the 'dock' engaging six Bad Guys with our Carry pieces, having to reload on the run several times. This stage was enhanced by having to leap from the boat, up 24 inches onto the dock, maintain the oar as we ran to clobber the BG- not an easy task when you're old and joints aren't as limber as they used to be. (AUGH!) 'Hostages' in this scene made a belly-on-the-ground shot mandatory- we had to shoot between their legs, which got more than one hostage singing soprano.
Stage two was a backward walk/run, one handed (alternate) double-taps of half a dozen BGs, a run to swinging targets (running BGs), then engaging the last BG with four shots- two body and two head. Simple to do. Unless you're shooting through the eight inch opening of two ATV tires two feet apart, making only a shoulder and portion of the body and head visible. (Running with a loaded handgun is definitely time to be aware of muzzle direction and keep all fingers off the trigger!)
Stage Three was a killer- having hostages and BGs, beginning with a face-to-face/close contact with the first BG, speed-rock draw (I used a fist to the face to distract the BG since my speed rock isn't the fastest draw in the world) and triple-tapping, then using cover on the run to engage other targets- some stacked as to have 'hostages' protecting the perps. More than one killed the BG and the hostage behind him by not moving far enough before engaging.
Stage Four was M-1 Garand engaging snipers, a downhill run to engage eleven targets over a fifty yard distance- every shot and reload on the run. Targets were BG silhouettes and bowling pins/reactives, some hidden in the grass. (This was my second fave event and I did well at it, was given lots of compliments for accuracy and problem solving. Not to mention, mine were the best hits with the Garand, but I have to admit an affinity for that rifle, love it. Most opted for a rest, Yours Truly being the only one to utilize the sitting position.)
Stage Five was exiting a car, engaging BGs on the move, bursting into a building/room, clearing on the fly without hitting hostages- more than one shooter shot the badge off the police officer being held captive! (Hostages were a cop, a woman, and child. BGs were gun or knife-wielding.) I accomplished this stage by bursting the door (nearly off the hinges) and dropping to a squat as I engaged the BGs with triple taps. (An interesting note here: 'problem solving' is one of the point awards here, and how one reacts is important. It doesn't help in room clearing by always shooting around a door jamb or remaining standing while the BGs are 'theoretically' shooting back.)
Stage Six was a three-gun stage beginning with M-1 Carbine and taking our three snipers, two rounds each, grabbing the shotgun and engaging five reactive BGs, progressing to the side-arm and clearing a room- all triple-taps and lots of points lost by shooting the wrong people here, as well- this time identified by color of their clothing. (Clothing was changed between shooters so no one could tell which to shoot or who was what.) Lots of running, walls/barricades and speed draws, double and triple taps and problem solving made this one of the most enjoyable shoots I've had in a long time, though I did lose some points (or gain points) through procedural errors and style- was complimented often for my unique style on some events which really made my day!
Between the shooting and picnic, gunsmoke and lead are the absolute best way to celebrate the end of summer that I can think of (and still be legal) ;) Hopefully, yours was as enjoyable and filled with good friends, good humor, good food and lots of fun as well.
Coming in twelfth place of 97 isn't too bad for the ego, either!

Bless God, God bless.
(Apologies for the poor quality of the pix- I carried a new P&S when I should have used the SLR,)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

One Less Terrorist

One less terrorist in America this week. Good.
One less baby killer in America tonight.
One less murderer in America tonight.
One less Communist in America tonight.
One less enemy in America tonight.
The death of my enemy brings me joy.
I do not lament his death any more than I reveled in his life.
Good riddance to bad rubbish.


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Health Care? Really? Tell me...

People are waking up from their kool-aide naps, I know. I recieved this e-mail from a friend who's pretty much been straddling the fence so far as the Racist Dark Lord is concerned. Too funny and truthful to not post, though I think it's been around the web a few times the last few years.

Maxine on the bailout!

"BAIL EM OUT! ????

Hell, back in 1990, the Government seized the Mustang Ranch brothel in Nevada for tax evasion and, as required by law, tried to run it.. They failed and it closed. Now we are trusting the economy of our country, our banking system, our auto industry and possibly our health plans to the same nit-wits who couldn't make money running a whore house and selling whiskey!"

Bless God, God bless.


Coming soon to a hamlet near you...

Interesting tidbits seem to pop up in the MSM every now and then. Case in point, this August 6th article from CNN Money. Portent of times to come for all of us. Certainly has to make one wonder why there is anyone left in this country who's drinking Change-flavored kool-aid. (But we know there is always an idiot in the wood pile. Can't be helped.)

Hunger Hits Detroit's Middle Class
posted: 1 DAY 11 HOURS AGO
Food has long been an issue in this city without a major supermarket. Now demand for assistance is rising, affecting a whole new set of people.
guard watching over groceries in Detroit
DETROIT (CNNMoney.com) -- On a side street in an old industrial neighborhood, a delivery man stacks a dolly of goods outside a store. Ten feet away stands another man clad in military fatigues, combat boots and what appears to be a flak jacket. He looks straight out of Baghdad. But this isn't Iraq. It's southeast Detroit, and he's there to guard the groceries.
In this recession-racked town, the lack of food is a serious problem. It's a theme that comes up again and again in conversations in Detroit. There isn't a single major chain supermarket in the city, forcing residents to buy food from corner stores. Often less healthy and more expensive food.

For those who may be in search of a job, have the where-withal and certain equipage, this may be a golden opportunity for employment. Either as an enterprising grocer or freelance security. (Personally, I'd go for the security-- thinking the life-span may be a bit longer than that of a gouging grocer.)
Sure makes one glad to have the garden in and growing all that wonderful green stuff the grocer will pay dearly for. Then gouge others. (Do two gougers make a grunge?)
Talking with people around about, I am totally surprised how many are still defending that no good African racist in the White House and his fellow terrorists Pelosi, Boxer, et-al.
One of these days, I'm going to find every nay-sayer I've talked with and tell them, "I toldja so." Just to piss them off even more. And I'm going to love it, I swear I will.

Bless God, God bless.

Monday, July 20, 2009


Some may be wondering what I've been up to and why haven't I been posting. Simple question and as simple an answer. The trouble is, after I give you the answer I'd have to kill you, so we won't go there.

Okay, just kidding. It hasn't been that much fun, but it's been real.

Most people are aware of Internet Explorer and Bill Gates' baby Windows. For some damn reason, neither of them likes me. (I wonder if it's cuz I write them some really nasty letters about the POS they sell?) Anyway, Mr. Gates' brainchild has been giving me fits by not opening any sites for more than three seconds before the page goes blank and I read, "Internet Explorer is unable to open this page". Gee. Really? Thanks, Bill, you dipshit. One of the letters to them was so nasty the next day the 'puter wouldn't even function for several hours. Once on the air it worked fine. (I guess no worker likes being told that if the writer was their boss they'd be fired for not doing their job and that their boss was going to hear about this situation.) I also told them I was going to write about this and am going to tell everyone I ever hear about buying a computer to get a Mac, 'cuz Windows not only sucks, it... sorry, gotta keep it clean.

There's been plenty of excitement on the web, and I'm certain most of you are not only aware of what's going on but are posting it- or someone else is writing your blogs- so I won't rehash the BS coming out of the District of Criminals or what the Dark Lord has been promulgating. (Needless to ask, but: You do have your insurance premiums paid up for the next ten years, right?)

On the home front, not a lot has changed : still waiting for summer to get here. I think news about Gorebal Warming is a few years premature to the northern hemisphere. Maybe twenty years too early, if not several thousand. At the moment, we're in a Mini Ice Age up here and everyone's suffering. Not only has it been cold, but the tundra is dry and fire danger is way up there for this time of year.

The garden isn't exactly a garden any longer, as are quite a few here. Frost in the second week of June kinda put the kibosh on things that grow green. Or rather, are supposed to. Tubers should be doing good, though.

Firewood has been growing in the yard- good thing, too, 'cuz I really think it's going to be a long cold winter, lots of snow. (Put BIG smiley face here 'cuz I hate hot weather!)

On the personal agenda, I received an Email from the regional director of Habitat for Humanity in the first week of May asking if I knew of anyone who wanted a summer job supervising crews on the area's Habitat homes. I didn't know of anyone and said so, told him if he couldn't find who he needed, to give me a call.

Two days before the deadline he Emailed and asked if I could do it. Since news has been the same since last November, I told him I could and that, in a nutshell, is what I've been up during the day. Ergo, the summer hasn't been a complete waste due to IE going tits-up for a while. Maybe it was fortuitous? (Or is the word serendipitous?)

Some of you have written and asked about my health, etc, and I deeply appreciate your concern. It's wonderful and warming to know there are people concerned about one's well-being. God bless and thank each and every one of you.

Hopefully IE is going to hold together long enough now to get a few more posts in before TSHTF.

Oh- I do have some interesting news...about my 'dream weapons' written of on the MNPrep blog... a loyal reader named Paul Emailed that if I was interested, he had a rifle I might like to look at. He described it and...yup: Shy got his 'dream rifle'. Marlin 94 in .357 caliber. She's a beauty, looks NIB though there was no box. It had a minor problem Paul told me he didn't like and was the reason he was selling it. But, 200 miles later and a quick trip to the Fleet Supply solved the problem. And, yes, Paul- it's shooting fine now. (VERY BIG SMILEY FACE HERE!) Thank you. Will be posting pix and field reports on it soon. From the initial firing I managed to keep a three inch circle at fifty yards off-hand with it, so it should be a shooter.

Again, thank each and every one of you for your patience and faithfulness.

Bless God, God bless.


Monday, April 27, 2009

New Model S and W

Every now and then a manufacturer comes up with a design that is sure to be copied by every company available, even some that aren't yet around.

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you the newest model Liberator Arms Co. revolver created especially for those of us who have Liberal anti-firearm Democrat friends who may not be feeling as joyous as they once were over election of their Great One. Or maybe they're feeling a bit worried about their home security due to the increasing residential crime they've been hearing about. Or perhaps they live in California, which now has cities so poor they are refusing to try criminal cases such as burglary, assault, battery and auto theft.

Or maybe they now realize the police can't be every where to protect them within seconds.

Now is some good news for them.

Liberator Arms Co. has just announced a new handgun that is designed just for the person who is unfamiliar with (and possibly afraid of) handguns, yet wants to have adequate protection-- the Model18044L(Liberal).

You will note the handsome, powerful weapon is a commemorative model which proudly bears the Democratic Ass and a capital "D"!

Tell your Democratic friends to be sure to get their order in early as there will be a very high demand for these collector weapons.

Note from Shy: this is not a serious piece and in no way reflects upon the Smith and Wesson company nor any of its affiliates. Done purely in jest, Smith and Wesson does not endorse nor (probably) condone this humor. I wish no harm to befall any manufacturer of arms of any kind and wish Smith and Wesson's next year is even more lucrative than this year.

Also, I am not the producer of this picture/ad and wish to thank the person who did it- the piece is part of an Email forwarded from a friend (who shall remain nameless).


Monday, April 13, 2009

Minnesota Tea Parties

For all you Minnesota Patriots: Come one, come all to a tea party near you!
Below is a listing of all the Tea Parties planned thus far for Minnesota. The included link also will allow viewers to find parties planned for their state. Be sure to attend one near you.
As Americans, it is our duty- and, yes, I want to point accusing fingers and make people feel guilty (guilt works for libs, ought to work for Patriots!)- to ourselves, our children, our grandchildren, and our Founding Fathers and the Constitution, to perform acts of Civil Disobedience in a peaceful manner. Regardless what the PTB want us to believe, "the rights of the people to peaceful assembly shall not be infringed."
So get out and vote!
It is rumored there will be ACORN commies doing their best to disrupt these events, so please be careful, be considerate and peaceful. Do not start arguing with morons cuz all it will prove is two morons can't agree on anything.
Be Patriotic, protest Loudly, protest Peacefully, protest with Dignity.
Each meeting is asking people to bring their cameras- still and video- to document the event. So charge those batteries, bring lots of tape (for video) and a big gig card for your still cam. Also, they are asking people to dress in "period" dress similar to the original Boston Tea Party members. For one, I hope someone thinks to have a tail gate party right after the event.
Antoinette “Toni” Backdahl
**State coordinators serve as liaisons between this national effort and local events and not as the organizer for each individual event. If you want to attend or volunteer for a listed event, contact the event coordinator. If you want to organize a new event, contact the state coordinator AND email teapartyinfo@gmail.com. Thanks!**

The following is a list of CONFIRMED Tea Party Tax Revolts planned within the state of Minnesota. Please note that we ONLY list events happening on April 15th.
City: Duluth
When: April 15, 12:15pm
Where:March and Rally - Harbor Drive (Behind the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center)
Contact: EMAIL
Other Info:
Facebook Group:Coming Soon

City: Fairmont, MN
April 15, 5 p.m. to ?
Where: 201 Lake Ave, Martin County Courthouse front steps
Contact: EMAIL
Phone: 507-238-2309
Other Info: Bring friends and signs

City:Mille County (Milaca & Princeton)
When: April 15, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Where: 145 Central Ave. S (City Museum and surrounding block)
Contact: EMAIL or EMAIL
Other Info: Group will be invited to join the Twin Cities Tea Party in St. Paul from 5-8pm!
Facebook Group:Coming Soon

City: Rochester
When: April 15, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Where: East Side of Silver Lake, 840 7 St NE
Contact: EMAIL
Other Info:
Facebook Group: Click Here

City: St. Cloud
When: April 15, Noon
Where: St. Cloud Public Library
Contact: EMAIL
Other Info:
Facebook Group:

City: St. Paul ~ Twin Cities
When: April 15, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Where: Minnesota State Capitol
Contact: EMAIL
Other Info: www.teapartymn.com
Facebook Group: CLICK HERE

City: Willmar
When: April 15, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Where: 1101 First St South
Contact: EMAIL
Other Info:
Facebook Group: Coming Soon!

Have an event planned for Minnesota? Email Amy and let us know!

More information here:Tax Day Tea Party » Minnesota (the link will display all 50 state planned parties.)

Now, go out and have fun! Please, do not allow inclement weather to discourage you from attending. Get out the vote.

Bless God, God bless, and Bless America!


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

News & Views

Wyoming is backing out of its Con-con request and defending the Constitution now.The state of Wyoming has adopted a resolution to inform Washington bureaucrats and bureaucracies of its opposition to any plans to hold a Constitutional Convention that would recommend changes or alterations to the nation's founding document.
Thank you, Wyoming. Now if we can just get the other 49 to do the right thing.
Naturally, the Dark Lord is well on his way to Socializing America. Freedom of the Press is a First Amendment right, so naturally he can't have dissenting words hampering his campaign. How to do that? One way he's come up with is to make the Print Media beholding to him.
With many U.S. newspapers struggling to survive, a Democratic senator on Tuesday introduced a bill to help them by allowing newspaper companies to restructure as nonprofits with a variety of tax breaks.U.S. bill seeks to rescue faltering newspapers Politics Reuters
Naturally he's going to do all he can to confuse and befuddle all those who read the Benevolent Print by controlling the language they use.
'This Administration prefers to avoid using the term "Long War" or "Global War on Terror" [GWOT]. Please use "Overseas Contingency Operation.'" The End of the Global War on Terror 44 washingtonpost.com After all, we can't let the populace be informed enough to know what's really going on. Once again, NewSpeak and the Official Language of Political Correctness must be adhered to.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday questioned whether government regulation of a movie critical of former presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton might also be used to ban books critical of political hopefuls during election season. Court hears arguments over anti-Hillary movie
After all, we must control the minds and emotions of the Minion populace. Halt any kind of contrary opinion.
The judge cited "the almost universal view among interested parties that persons who possess concealed, loaded, and operable firearms in national parks and wildlife refuges will use them for any number of reasons, including self-defense against persons and animals." Gun carry law shut down over environmental impact
No, we can't have people defending themselves no matter where they are. After all, lead pills are a very real and present danger to criminal elements in our environment. An afternoon shootout at a busy Burger King restaurant in Miami left a potential robber dead and the customer who shot him seriously wounded.Robber fatally shot in Miami Burger King holdup - South Florida - MiamiHerald.com
However, we can lower the number of well-paid (albeit sometimes over zealous) police officers who, for one reason or another, are never where they are needed. All we need do to increase Citizen safety is hire a multitude of minimum wage Rent-A-Cops.They're private security guards, already on patrol, but they may soon have the powers of Chicago Police officers.Can Private Security Guards Act As Cops, As They May Be Asked To Do On Far South Side - cbs2chicago.com (I bet Chicagoans feel safer already.)
“Each person in Britain has far more impact on the environment than those in developing countries so cutting our population is one way to reduce that impact.” UK population must fall to 30m, says Porritt - Times Online
Look for an increase in population of Third World nations as England exports its current population to meet environmental demands.
With the current economic policies of the fedgov there are millions or American men and women in need of employment. The Dark Lord is following through on his promise to create jobs for those seeking same.
The border security initiative, which expands on efforts begun during the Bush administration, is aimed at drug traffickers who have wreaked havoc in Mexico in recent years and are blamed for a spate of kidnappings and home invasions in some U.S. cities. U.S. cracks down on border drug violence - Security- msnbc.com
However, there will be those who consider such employment to be a bit too realistic or dangerous for their tastes. Dark Lord has a plan for those people as well. One of the oldest banks of its kind in the United States, Xytex International, on Tuesday rolled out a stimulus package for customers who are hurting in these tough economic times.US sperm bank offers stimulus deals
And just in case your bills are stratospheric or you really, really desire to keep your McMansion in all its splendor, the Dark Lord has a plan for you, too. Or even if you're just an enterprising kind looking for a fast track to earning a cool 48 million slimming greenbacks. The list offers 30 million pesos ($2 million) in rewards for 24 top members of the cartels and 15 million pesos ($1 million) for 13 of their lieutenants. Arrest warrants have been issued for all 37 people on the list. Mexico offers $2 million for top drug lords Don't forget to bring an MBR, just in case you need a few bucks, you can sell it to any prospective drug dealer. Liberal Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois, the current majority whip, directly blamed American laws and policies for facilitating the influx of weapons into Mexico.CNSNews.com - Fighting Drug Cartels is a Second Amendment Issue?
Since we really want to help the drug cartels.
'Nuff said.
Bless God, God bless.

Monday, March 23, 2009

A plate of beans...

Taken from a Baltimore Chronicle article by Stephen Lendman, 6 March 09

  • prostitution and sex services - 46%;
  • domestic service - 27%;
  • agriculture - 10%;
  • sweatshops or factories - 5%;
  • restaurant and hotel work - 4%; with the remainder coming from:
  • sexual exploitation of children, entertainment, and mail-order brides.

  • Sex Slavery in America

    It's the largest category of forced labor in America and with good reason:

    • it's tied to organized crime and highly profitable;
    • the demand for sex services, including from children, is high and growing; and
    • the lack of safe and legal migration facilitates it.

    The Internet is a frequent recruitment tool. Other vulnerable victims are shelter and street youths, including runaways. An estimated 2.8 million children live on city streets, a third of whom are lured into prostitution within 48 hours of leaving home. Familial prostitution is also common and involves the selling of a family member for drugs, shelter, and/or money.

    According to the Union of Needle Trades and Industrial Textile Employees, 75% of New York garment factories are sweatshops.

    Starvation wages, long hours, unsafe working conditions, and no protections are standard practice in an industry long known for its labor abuses.


    The reason I bring this up is just that I was thinking about the kinds of things people do to each other these days. Then my thoughts went forward a year or two down the road and the problem really escalated. Drastically. People today are selling their children for drugs, money, whatever they can imagine in their evil minds.

    How much more common things like this will be when the "S" flies? Not only selling their children, maybe even wives, into a slave market, but what about pimping them out? How many mothers will willingly sell themselves for a meal, a warm, dry room, some semblance of security? Or pimp their kids?

    Not that it will be very secure, and perhaps not even warm or dry. But that will be their thinking.

    Certainly this kind of action isn't something any of us want to think about, let alone consider. But I think it's something we should be aware of-- not that we'll do it, but that someone starving and freezing is going to come up to us, beg us to take their children and do whatever with them, just "give me some food". Or take them, they'll willingly enslave themselves to keep their belly full.

    Selling their lives, their souls, for a meal.

    All for a plate of beans.

    Think about it.

    Bless God, God bless.

    Shy III

    Sunday, March 22, 2009

    Damn Kraut Kissinger at it again

    I'm not absolutely certain of this information, but knowing this current administration sure would like to see such as this happen, I don't put it past them to be attempting this. Also, I like Henry Kissinger even less than I do the Dark Lord- which is a helluva lot-- and sure do not put this kind of nefarious activity beyond him. One thing we can bet our few remaining dollars on is that something similar is in the works. Prep on, Folks. Lock and load. (One more thing: I didn't take the pix in this blog but sure like what they say. And that will be the only picture you ever see of the Dark Lord from me. Well, maybe with his obit. Nah.) Shy III

    March 20, 2009 All Private Guns Will Be Confiscated By September 2009, US Tells RussiaBy: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers (Traducción al Español abajo)

    Kremlin reports on the extraordinary meeting held today between President Medvedev and former United States Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger (under Nixon), James Baker (under Bush Sr.), Charles Shultz (under Regan), former United States Defense Secretary William Perry (under Clinton), and former US Senator and top defense expert Sam Nunn, are stating that the Americans are acknowledging for the first time their acceptance of a New Global Order in which they seek to partner with natural resource rich Russia and the oil rich Nations of the Middle East in order to ensure their survival into the 21st Century.

    Leading the United States to the shocking conclusion that their very survival is at risk has been the evaporation of 45 percent of the World’s wealth which has caused a rapid plunge in Global manufacturing leading to a 49 percent collapse in US trade exports which the International Monetary Fund is reported has caused the World’s economy to shrink for the first time in 60 years and has lead Canada’s Central Bank chief David Dodge to state the World is “facing a long and deep recession that will fundamentally alter the nature of capitalism”.

    Though Prime Minister Putin has warned that “resorting to a printing press would be unwise and extremely dangerous”, the already bankrupt United States, whose staggering debt is four times higher than their entire National income, has allowed its Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben “Throw Money Out of Helicopters” Bernanke to ‘create out of thin air’ a further $1.2 Trillion to stabilize the American economy, but which in turn has led to the collapse of the US Dollar leading the United Nations to recommend next week that the World “ditch the dollar as its reserve currency in favor of a shared basket of currencies”.

    Russian economists further state in these reports that the United States has been left with ‘no other option’ than to force the massive devaluation of the US Dollar in order to ‘shake lose’ from banks and private investors the hundreds of billions they are currently hoarding and is being blamed for collapsing a United States where consumer spending accounts for two-thirds of its economy and which without money to borrow, or borrowers to loan to, is fast approaching the abyss.

    With the devaluation of the US dollar, however, massive inflation will ensue causing the value of these currently hoarded hundreds of billions of US Dollars to plummet and forcing them to be spent before they become totally worthless, a policy which China, the largest Global holder of US debt, has voiced increasing concerns about and have cut back on their purchases of American debt even as desperation hits their own factories as orders plunge.

    These top American Officials have also assured President Medvedev that new laws being written by the Obama administration will ‘completely’ reform the American financial system by fully integrating it into a single Global Economy due to be enacted during the coming G-20 summit in London.

    When President Medvedev voiced his concerns to the Americans over his belief that the US Congress would not allow such a radical new set of laws to pass, these reports continue, Kissinger stated that the American people were being ‘primed’ to overwhelm their lawmakers into swiftly enacting ‘in its entirety’ the Obama administrations new banking and financial laws by the outrageous behavior of those collapsed financial giants that includes: 1.) The insurance giant AIG which after receiving over $300 billion in US taxpayer money paid out nearly $200 million in bonuses; 2.) The collapsed stock selling giant Merrill Lynch which after receiving $20 billion in US taxpayer money paid out $3.6 billion in bonuses; and 3.) The collapsed US banking giant Citigroup who after receiving $45 billion in US taxpayer money announced a $10 million redecoration of their executive office suites.

    News from the United States today further confirm Kissinger’s assertions to President Medvedev as US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has now admitted that he had ordered US Senator Christopher Dodd to include the executive pay provision into the stimulus bill which was, in fact, a loophole allowing these controversial bonuses to be paid out.

    To such machinations being utilized by their supposed ‘leaders’ against them in order to pave the road from a once sovereign United States to this New World Order these Americans remain nearly clueless, but when pressed by President Medvedev on the plans to ensure that civil society on the North American continent doesn’t break down Kissinger reportedly replied, “By September we’ll have confiscated all privately owned guns so it really doesn’t matter what we do, we’ll still be in charge”.

    Russian Intelligence reports state that gun ownership statistics in the United States vary widely, but is estimated to be that nearly 50 percent of US households have nearly 270 million guns, none of which these Americans seem now ready to part with without a fight.

    But, new reports coming from the United States show that they are fast adopting the tactics used by the German Nazis to disarm their society prior to the installation of fascist rule and martial law by first rendering all private guns useless by eliminating and restricting the ammunition they use. And from new reports coming from the United States we can see that this ‘plan’ is already being instituted with ammunition shortages being reported in Idaho, Georgia, and Louisiana, and a new law just introduced in California which would:

    1. Stop the private transfer between individuals of more than 50 rounds of ammunition.

    2. License and tax anyone selling handgun ammunition commercially and force these stores to get background checks on anyone selling ammunition.

    3. Get a thumbprint from anyone buying handgun ammunition.

    4. Ban all ammunition sales that don't take place face-to- face, in other words, ban mail-order sales.

    Even more chilling for American gun owners was the Obama administrations order to the US Military on March 12 which stated: “Effective immediately DOD Surplus, LLC, will be implementing new requirements for mutilation of fired shell casings. The new DRMS requirement calls for DOD Surplus personnel to witness the mutilation of the property and sign the Certificate of Destruction.” which would have crippled the US ammunition industry, who are the largest purchasers of used military ammunition brass, but after found out about by US Senators was quickly withdrawn.

    To the reasons feared by the leadership class in the United States of their citizens retaining the right to firearms we can read:

    “As the growing world-wide economic crisis deepens, military forces from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom are preparing to meet angry citizens on the street. The economic crisis - and the public outrage it is causing - is at the forefront of intelligence agencies and military forces in the western world.

    Prominent trends forecaster Gerald Celente has been sounding the alarm for years, warning that riots and tax revolts are coming to America. The Pentagon, U. K. Ministry of Defense, and Canadian military apparently agree. In November of 2008 the United States Army War College released the report Known Unknowns: Unconventional "Strategic Shocks" in Defense Strategy Development. The report identifies economic collapse as a reason for the defense establishment to conduct domestic operations. The report states,

    "Widespread civil violence inside the United States would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order and human security. Deliberate employment of weapons of mass destruction or other catastrophic capabilities, unforeseen economic collapse, loss of functioning political and legal order, purposeful domestic resistance or insurgency..."

    The CIA and MI5 are both watching the economic situation for signs of unrest and political instability. As the Washington Post reports, the CIA has added an economic situation report to its threat assessment for the White House. A further sign that the United States government is anticipating widespread unrest comes with the domestic stationing of the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry Division. The Army Times reports,

    "They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack."

    Canadian military forces have been given a nearly identical domestic mission in a synchronized move with the United States. Canada's National Post reports that,

    "The Canadian military has embarked on a wide-ranging plan to turn its reserve soldiers into focused units trained and equipped to respond to a nightmarish array of domestic threats, including terrorist "dirty bomb" attacks, biological agent containment, Arctic catastrophes and natural disasters.”

    Reports from the United States are also revealing that for the first time since their Civil War, active duty US Army Troops were put into the streets of Alabama after the killing spree of a crazed gunman, but which the US Army is now reporting it is ‘investigating’ because it doesn’t know who deployed them.

    To whom the leadership elite in America are actually planning on protecting themselves from we can further read: “A new document meant to help Missouri law enforcement agencies identify militia members or domestic terrorists has drawn criticism for some of the warning signs mentioned.

    The Feb. 20 report called "The Modern Militia Movement" mentions such red flags as political bumper stickers for third-party candidates, such as U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, who ran for president last year; talk of conspiracy theories, such as the plan for a superhighway linking Canada to Mexico; and possession of subversive literature.”

    As to what these dangerous American terrorists can expect once they are in the custody of their US intelligence services?

    “The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) concluded in 2007 that US methods to extract information from prisoners at secret CIA jails as part of the "war on terror" amounted to torture.”

    Even worse for these dissident Americans are the chilling revelations from top investigative news journalist Seymour Hersh: “After 9/11, I haven’t written about this yet, but the Central Intelligence Agency was very deeply involved in domestic activities against people they thought to be enemies of the state. Without any legal authority for it. They haven’t been called on it yet. That does happen.”

    So today, as the United States ‘watch list’ for domestic and International terrorists has hit 1 million names, in a country that already has more prisoners than any other Nation in the World, or our entire Earths’ history for that matter, and as sales of weapons and ammunition are still hitting record highs in America since President Obama’s election, it would appear more than likely that the assertions of US officials to Russia that they remain in control of their country is highly doubtful…and needing just one single ‘spark’ to plunge it into full scale civil war.

    And whose to say that hasn’t been their ‘plan’ all along?

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    Uh-huh, Of Course...

    (Some people even learn to use toilet paper.)

    Naturally, when the kids are so rebellious and disobedient we can't control them, we call in the Great Uncle and he teaches us parental skills. Works for me, why shouldn't it work for our elected 'parents'?

    "...The mayor said there is another option - and that would be declaring martial law. The governor would have to declare it and then the National Guard would come in. The mayor said it's more for a transition to a new police force if that were to happen...."Capital News 9 24 Hour Local News TOP STORIES Schenectady mayor considers options, martial law over police woes

    After all, it wouldn't work for him to actually do psychological and background checks on the people the community hires-- that'd be an infringement of their civil liberties and we know how that would turn out.

    And naturally, we must not allow anyone, especially those who disagree with us, to be allowed their Constitutional Rights: that would be an assault on our senses and so dangerous for anyone who wants to have a little insurance they could protect themselves if needed. And, golly, defending ourselves is so very irrelevant because we have the fuzz to protect us. Right?

    "...An orderly society is the goal," concluded their report. "Public safety is the paramount consideration. The fact that public clamor has reached the ears of politicians is irrelevant. The immediate revocation will get the issue back to square one. At that time, deserving individuals will qualify and others will be denied...."

    Naturally, we have the military to protect our best interests as a nation. So why don't we empower them to do so by giving them the tools they need? After all, they're the ones who we will want to patrol our streets, doing door-to-door warrantless searches, enforcing curfews, setting up roadblocks for 'papers please' checks or any damn thing else their commander's whims dictate. After all, the men and women of our military are just a bunch of torturers and baby killers. Aren't they?

    "...Murtha, who publicly accused U.S. Marines of cold-blooded murder in a firefight in Haditha, Iraq, and was caught on camera in the Abscam scandal appearing to negotiate a bribe, was honored by the Navy for his "selfless devotion to the Nation's Sailors and Marines..."

    Since our military members are no more than fatherless children who run around beating other children and continually conspire to not fire their weapons upon fellow American citizens, of course we need to insure complete control over their lives.

    "...A military commander at Fort Campbell in Kentucky demanded his soldiers give him the registration numbers of any guns they own privately and then reveal where they are stored..."

    (Having been a private gun owner in the military, I understand and agreed that so long as I lived in the barracks, my firearms were stored in the Company Arsenal. No problem with that. The problem is the Brass wants the serial numbers, amounts and locations of weapons stored off base in private homes. True, also, the U.S. Military is really not a Democracy, but the troops do not forfeit their Constitutional rights just because they're wearing a uniform. Quite the opposite: they swear to uphold and defend the Constitution with their lives. That alone should give them even more Constitutional privilege, IMO.)

    While we're on the path to removing the Constitution from the annals of American history, let us continue our assault on the populace by using fear tactics and ACORN brown-shirting to brow beat those who actually use their rights as citizens of a 'free' nation.

    "...A short time later, he said he found two U.S. marshals on his doorstep..."

    After all, we can't actually be accusing SCOTUS members of not doing their job, of spitting on the very Document they also swear to defend. Can we? I mean, isn't it just so criminal to expect someone to actually uphold the laws of our Nation?

    But by all means, for God's sake, let us not do anything that would entail enforcing any laws that would make us unseemly 'law abiding' people the rest of the world frowns upon. I mean, really-- what's the sense of having a law if you're going to enforce it? What's the sense of that?

    "...House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, condemned immigration raids as "un-American...."

    Really: let's get serious here. Why have a law we'd want to enforce? After all, having laws is nothing more than admitting there are certain standards of morality we expect people to live by, certain 'codes' we are to follow if we are to survive as a 'community'. Rather than have laws we need to enforce, let's get rid of the standard by which we make our laws. What good are laws and moral absolutes, anyway?

    "...Is Satan a religious fable, or an actual being wreaking havoc in the world?..."

    Naturally, if we decide he isn't for real, who the hell will the libs and criminals have to accuse "made me do it"? Literally. Does a decadent society really 'need' a devil, anyway? But wait: if we remove the Devil from the equation, won't those very same people need to accept responsibility for their actions? God forbid they need do that! But wait-- if Satan isn't real, then obviously God isn't real, either. Hmmm... and this will lead us down what path?

    Oh, right. Sorry, I forgot. Communists don't believe in God, so why believe in a Devil?
    Bless God, God bless.
    Shy III

    Tuesday, March 10, 2009

    Howlin' at the Moon

    Maybe I'm just a dumb hillbilly redneck with no sense who's been living in the woods too long and in need of more human stimulus than a dog and cat...

    ...but I can still read, and have been doing more than my share the last couple of weeks. Still, I am totally amazed at the number of liberals in my own neighborhood who are trying to convince me of something I know is totally false, wrong and un-Constitutional.

    The Dark Lord has not yet satisfactorily proven his citizenship. Why are there still questions about qualifications?

    I have held this since he began to run, still hold it and will hold it til he proves otherwise. Not Snopes. Is Snopes.com infallible?

    And if it's true, why are there so many left-wing liberal communication entities doing their damndest to nullify any questions of his Constitutional eligibility? Eligibility issue sparks 'edit war'

    And if he's so damn 'eligible', why is the liberal left democrap party doing all it can to nullify any proceedings and attempts at getting answers to valid questions? What congressmen say about eligibility Obama is a damned liar and thief, and that is a kind observation so far as I'm concerned. Scalia: You need 4 votes for Obama eligibility case and I sure as hell don't care what a left-wing, un-Constitutional court justice says about this. He's wrong so far as the Constitution is concerned: all it takes is one citizen to raise a question. And more than one has raised the question, which is obviously beyond the comprehension of Scalia and other shit like him.

    In fact, just to point out one among many, even followers of the dip-shit Dark Lord are beginning to turn on him because he is not only unqualified, the job is so far above his pay-grade he should be receiving kinder-garten wages. MSNBC poll: Obama earns 'F' on performance His job performance is so far below average as to not even be on the charts. How's that, you shit-head baby killer lib democraps? WND Forums (Yes, democraps are baby killers. Every last one of you. Want to argue it? Better read your party platform first. After reading that, read what laws your ghetto-king has enacted. He's too goddamn stoopud to realize he's killing more of 'his' kind than he is whites- what a dumb mo-fo.)

    Chicken shit repugnicans ain't far behind, either. If any in Congress had any balls, we wouldn't need this Obama Birth Certificate Petition

    Lay-offs in this neck of the woods have been growing like wildfire on a California hillside. Last Friday the last mining hold-out announced it was laying off nearly half its workforce indefinitely. So what? Big deal, right? After all- it's the unions and the dot-gov who've been encouraging NAFTA, right? To really ice the cake, nearly every legislator from Minnesota voted in favor of it. Guess what. It only gets better. New center revives North America agenda Of course, I may be barking up a wrong tree here. After all, it takes two to tango, right? Canada joins Transatlantic Union effort Nothing like having your neighbors agree with you. After all, if they can't provide the beer, at least they can drink yours.

    Naturally, when beer is poured from any height at all, it forms a head of foam. Sometimes that foam spills over the sides. So we can't really blame people for being on the short end of a lit fuse, can we? Parent violence in schools increases - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Or am I just trying to be liberal in my forgiveness and making excuses for someone's irrational behavior?

    If there's one thing we don't need it's someone who has the right to defend themselves, their loved ones, or others in the community. After all, an unarmed populace has the police to defend them, right? Multiple deaths reported in Ala. shooting spree - Crime & courts- msnbc.com

    But then, we allowed lib democraps to legislate against God in churches and schools and installed metal detectors and hired touchy-feelie specialists to tell us how wrong the Ten Commandments are, that it's improper and against our children's civil liberties for churches or parents to teach right from wrong. So we allowed our legislators to control any institution that argues against such liberal agenda. Churches outraged at state's interference

    And what about not agreeing with what our political asses are doing? Now we have to question the very audacity of those who might question, or- oh, no!- disagree with wasting billions of hard earned dollars by a political system that is so corrupt as to not know when it shits its own pants? Will 'We Surround Them' launch revolution? I sure as hell hope it launches a revolution. This country can't afford to wait two or four more years to vote all these traitors out of office. Anyone who thinks it can has pockets deep as Soros, and we all know how much he'd love to see this country go under.

    Nothing breeds hate for freedom so much as greedy wealth.

    'Nuff trouble for one night.

    Bless God, God bless.


    Sunday, February 22, 2009

    Diggin' up bonz...

    I count everything. Someone told me once it was because I'm O.C.D.. Really, I hate to disillusion them, but seriously doubt my sister knows what O.C.D. is.

    I'm sure not going to get into a legal discussion about words and acronyms with a lawyer, but I am still going to beg to differ with her. After all, it isn't my fault I count everything.

    It's Ben Franklin's.

    Well, maybe not, but then again, maybe it is. Either way, it sounds good to me, and OH! so liberating to be able to blame someone else for my short-comings. Seriously, though: who was it that said, "A penny saved is a penny earned."? So far as I recall, I was told it was Ben. So he gets the blame.

    Not that I really remember much any more. I'm getting so short-memoried I had to count the wood pile twice today. Dang, that takes a while and I missed my beer call.

    Of course, if you, Dear Reader, and I met at a party, I'd remember your face- cuz I have a photographer's eye for structure and lighting- but I'd probably forget your name. And, then, don't tell me your phone number cuz I'll never forget it.

    Case in point...

    Around two or three hundred years ago, I had the good fortune to be accidentally invited to attend a party for a Young Blood heading to O.C.S. (that's acronym for Over the China Seas). Being the Good Trooper I was, and since he was my best friend, I felt obliged to go, so I did.

    I'm not O.C.D., but I am kind of a wall flower around women. Like, if they knew how absolutely terrified I am of having to even talk to one, they'd die laffing. But I digress... on with the party.

    Being from a beer drinking background, I naturally gravitate to whiskey, good sour mash preferred. Or a really tall snifter of Hennesy over a chunk of ice. Anyway, there was a lot of beer and not much whiskey to be had at the party, so I drank beer spiked from a bottle of Jim Beam, parked my slim butt beside a potted plant and began to be ignored. Which was fine with me. If they can't see me, they won't talk to me.

    Umm, well, kinda.

    There was this strawberry blond- we'll call her Dawn, but I didn't know that til later- whose hair hung to her shoulders and just bubbled like CO2 in a glass of Sprite every time she laughed. And she laughed a lot! From what I could see, she was the life of the party and all the guys wanted to dance with her. Owww- being single then, like now, I have to say her hair wasn't all that bubbled. Watching her dance was like watching sharks at feeding time... they were all around her.

    Alas, as they tend to, the party came to and end sometime or other and people began wandering off.

    Except me: I was hiding beside the potted plant when Dawn started donning her jacket and was beset by - we'll call him Craig, for lack of better name- who decided he wanted to see more of Dawn. So, as most bold guys do, he helped her into her jacket by pulling his on while he asked her for her phone number.

    She must have thought he was really very chivalrous and kind, a Lord of the Manor, because she told him her phone number. Then left to wend her merry way home.

    But I digress...we were talking about Ben Franklin.

    Or, rather, I was. You're just listening. (C'mon- pretend a minute, OK?)

    When you were growing up, didn't your Mom and Dad tell you that, "A penny saved is a penny earned"? So we learn to count our pennies. It's only natural to want to know how much we've earned. It teaches us so much about our future worth.

    Or how about when your Dad loaned his tools to the guy down the road and the fella sez, "I'll bring it right back." Later, telling Mom about it, Dad sez, "If I had a nickel every time he told me that, I'd be rich." So didn't you start counting the nickels you got, waiting for the day you were rich?

    Like with the Dark Lord these days: if we had a nickel for every time he said "Change," we'd be able to clear the national debt. Or if every time he muttered an "Ummm..." or "errr..." or "I mean..." every time he was asked a serious question, we really could buy every American a home.

    And the first time you had to eat your spinach and complained about it cuz we all know what spinach tastes like, even with salt and pepper. Then Mom, bless her for trying to help, told us to, "Count your blessings for having spinach to eat because there are little children in Africa starving for spinach."

    Of course we all thought, and if dumb enough, as I was, to say aloud, "Then send it to the kids in Africa." We got the remark again: "Count your blessings and shut up." (Which usually meant it would be a blessing if Dad didn't take off his belt and snap it a few times. Usually across the posterior section of our anatomy.)

    Then, as used to be the case when young men reached a certain age in their development, they got a greeting from some strange Uncle they'd never met and he invited them to come eat Spam with him for a while. Usually just a couple years. In some instances, the dumber of the young men actually signed for a ticket to visit this weird Uncle on purpose! DUH!

    But just think of it- recall, if you will- those wondrous days when a young man, or woman, could learn they were "Screwing up by the numbers" their whole lives and didn't even know it! So here we go again, learning to count in a whole new fashion: by the numbers!

    Now, if that doesn't beat all, don'tcha know? Who'd'a thunk there was more than one way to count? Or to screw things up? Gosh. Golly. Gee, Batman!

    Ever wonder why troops yell "GeronimoooOOO!!" when disembarking airplanes at altitude?

    It's because the Jump Master told them to. Of course, he had a reason for it even if the troop was unaware of it. Yelling "GeronimoooOOO" takes three seconds. One. Two. Three. Counting, again. If the chute wasn't deployed, then the troop would know who to cuss on the way down.

    You got it: Geronimo.

    Isn't that just wonderfully wonderful? Or, as we say in the bunker, Suh-weeeeeet!

    So there you have it: why I count everything. It's all Ben's fault and I am going to be adamant about it. He's the culprit!

    Oh- yes. Almost forgot (toldja my memory's going).

    As it turned out, Craig deployed to O.C.S the same day Dave did, so he never got to use the number he'd written down.

    A few weeks later, the phone rang and I asked for "Dawn".

    "Hello, who are you?" she asked.

    "This is Jim. You gave me your number a few weeks ago at a party," I told her.

    "I never gave you my phone number!" she insisted.

    "Yes, you did," I assured her. "I was standing by the potted plant when Craig asked for it and you gave it to him."

    "But I didn't give it to you!" she insisted.

    "Well, not directly..." I told her. "But I did hear you tell him."

    "And you wrote it down?" she wanted to know.

    "No, of course not," I told her. "I wanted to date you so bad I remembered it."

    She laughed and laughed and was still laughing when I picked her up that evening to help me celebrate an up-coming flight.

    See? I'm not O.C.D.... I'm devious!

    Bless God, God bless.