Monday, May 31, 2010

Racist! Bigot!

So what's the difference between a racist and a bigot? From reading the dictionary definitions, I gather that a bigot is more racist than a mere racist.

Pay attention. You will be tested.

1.  All people are stupid.

2. White cracker rednecks are stupid.

3.  Jews are stupid.

4. Orientals are stupid.

5. Carpenters are stupid.

6. Niggers are stupid.

The above statements are all equally worthless. But which one flares the nostrils of the righteous most, and why? Should anyone be offended by the utterance of a worthless statement? As a response, wouldn't laughter be more appropriate than indignation?

                    

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Stimulus Spending

Just in case you wondered what your government is spending all the newly counterfeited printed money on, check this out: Link

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Whoa! Is That a Bug Behind You?


Marriage is a young man's disaster and an old man's comfort.

Best quote from Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein


I just finished reading Starship Troopers and I even watched the movie. It wasn't Heinlein's best book, but certainly readable, as is all of his work.

Posting will be light. I'm working again. The three people who read this blog already know that.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sarah Palin: 'We're All Arizonans Now'

                     

                          


Next time you think Arizona's Police State Law is a good thing, just remember: Sarah agrees with you.


                     

Starting a Business in the Jobless Recovery

From an article in the Las Vegas Review Journal about layed-off people starting their own businesses.

"You find out what you need to do, you get all your paperwork together, you submit it to whatever authority needs it, and you basically wait to hear back from them," Beckman said. "Because it is a step-by-step procedure, you can be stuck dead in the water waiting for that next approval."
For example, before Beckman could get a county business license to open his vocational-technical school, he needed approval from the Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education. To obtain that, he had to develop a curriculum, document his knowledge and ability to serve as an instructor and complete loads of paperwork. And the commission meets only four times a year, so he couldn't appear before the agency until February.
Once he earned the commission's approval, Beckman had to wait on building inspectors and municipal licensing agencies. And they're busy these days, too.
"They were telling me, with the way the economy is, a lot of people are going into business for themselves. They're (the agencies) pretty overloaded," he said.
Nor did Beck
man anticipate all the smaller expenses, such as fire extinguishers, that come with launching a company.

Grovel and beg for your permission to earn a living. Of course it's all just "sensible rules and regulations" designed to keep Vegas unemployment at 14%. I made a torch today and I'm bidding on a pitchfork on eBay.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Buh-Bye, Liberty!

                   


                        

I think I'll take Charlie (aka UnderDog) for a walk. In Arizona, I have yet to be hassled by the po-lice for walking a dog. I cannot say the same for Nevada. When I lived in Las Vegas I was once accosted by the po-lice for "suspiciously walking a dog". I had to sit on the sidewalk while the cop "ran my ID". Can you imagine that? A 50-year-old white guy walking a Lhasa Apso gets hassled by the fuzz. I guess the cop was new to profiling. Anyway, enjoy your police state. I know I do.

                              

Thursday, May 13, 2010

By The People, For The People

                          
The Blogosphere has been waiting with bated breath for me to weigh in on the subject of the oil spill. Wait no more, my lovelies.

Tell me again when unrestricted laissez-faire Capitalism was declared in this country? The bureaucrats that regulate every minute detail of every business in this country seem to know less about disaster-prevention than the huge corporations they oversee. The only sure-fire way to avoid any possible disaster would be to ban all business activity. On the way to that ultimate safety, we may someday pass up North Korea and Iran, two examples of environmental paradise.

Bottom line: Whenever politicians are given power over people, expect rich people to defend themselves by bribing the politicians. So how's that Government-by-the-people thing working for ya?

                                                    

Get Offa My Land!

                                  

This sign is based on the concept of private property. You have a right to defend your property and have every right to say who may be allowed to access it. About the rest of the land in this country, you have zero say, and only wanna-be dictators, unfortunately a huge crowd, would pompously claim any power-of-permission over others. Humans are not dogs. The Alpha-and-Submissive behavior works great for canines, but humans need to get over it.

                    

                               
My reason for being against immigration control has little to do with fear of being labeled racist. I'm a carpenter, as blue-collar as they come, and outside of this blog, my speech is filled with swearing and racial epithets. I also have little regard for mankind, although I am occasionally touched by moments of decency and kindness. My biggest reason for advocating freedom of migration is selfish. I see liberty vanishing and my chains are starting to chafe a bit. Every new law that reduces our freedom was started with the intention of placating an intolerance or a fear.

                                  


You wanna talk about terrorism? Next time you see those red-and-blue lights in your rear mirror, tell me how warm-and-fuzzy you feel about "Officer Friendly".

                                    

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Rex Barks




Power continues to be, generally, in the hands of the educated, who notice when a sentence has something dreadfully wrong with it.

Rex Barks by Phyllis Davenport

                                  

Monday, May 10, 2010

zOMG, A Brown Person! With A Sign!

Hide your eyes, young-uns! The Brown Menace sweeping over the verdant hills will soon over-run us and America-as-we-know-it will end!                         

A brown guy holds a sign-of-mass-provocation and every redneck motherfucker in this country goes apeshit! Do you really think an illegal made and carried this sign? Puh-leeeeze! That would be like a white guy, walking through the middle of Harlem, carrying a sign saying, "I hate niggers". Wait, OK, so that did happen, but it was a movie, and everybody knows that Bruce Willis isn't really a bigot. As for the sign above, I smell a rat. Or an agent provocateur. How easy would it be to find a limited-English-speaking Hispanic in that crowd and pay him $5 to hold that sign for a photo-op?

Allow me to make a parallel. Everybody knows that repealing all the gun laws in this country, making every state a Vermont-carry state, will result in blood running in the streets and daily shoot-outs in Wal-Mart. And yet I, who live in Arizona, have not noticed any blood running in my street after Arizona repealed its laws against concealed carry. I shopped at Wal-Mart a few days ago and nobody died. I haven't seen any stories of carnage in the local papers either. It might even have made things safer.

Everybody knows that if we lifted all immigration restrictions and opened the borders, that we would be over-run by terrorists, drug dealers, gang-bangers, dangerous criminals, and a giant sucking sound would be heard at the welfare office. Because you know that THOSE BROWN PEOPLE all come across the border to get welfare and free public schooling and free medical care.

What everybody knows.

                               

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Green Sauce on Your Freedom Enchiladas?


What is Freedom? What is Liberty? Is 97% Freedom good enough? How about 63% Freedom? At what point does Freedom erode into Slavery. Where in the Laffer curve does Liberty end and Tyranny begin?


Mrs. UC made "Freedom Enchiladas" today. Yummy!

                              

Mr. Owl

             
This is the Burrowing Owl that hangs out on top of our metal storage building. Just a point-and-shoot Nikon and I'm no photographer, so these are not National Geographic quality.

                                   

Of course he flew off when I got too close. I snapped as fast as I could while keeping the camera pointed at him. This is the only good moving pic of him out of the half-dozen I took.
This owl has a spouse that flies off long before I can get a shot of both of them.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Want More Freedom? zOMG-Style Anarchy Delivers!

Short and sweet. Every law is a law against something. That something is freedom. Government and freedom are antagonistic concepts. So are you willing to take some risks, or do you really prefer the safety of your chains?


              

                             

Desert Plant-Watering

Mrs. UC and I got tired of dragging the hose to water our new trees and vines, but the rebar for our delayed retaining wall project is on top of the spot where I want to put the timer valves. So the next best thing is to put in the tree and vine circuits and connect a hose to them. That way, instead of dragging the hose, we just turn it on for an hour and everything gets watered.


Here's Joe (on the excavator) and Frank (on the shovel). Across the driveway I wanted the lines to be 2' deep and sleeved. I'm still designing the driveway for final grade, so I wanted some leeway. The last rain helped me to decide that I want more than the 2' of design slope across the front of the house that I originally figured.


Here's Frank gluing the 3/4" PVC pipes together. At each plant and tree we have a stub-up riser that the 1/4" drip tubing and emitters attach to.


At each tree's riser there is an adapter with 6 emitter lines. The riser at the Cat's Claw vines only has a single emitter line.


This is a lousy macro shot, but it shows one of the 2 GPH (gallon per hour) emitters. We used store-bought mulch to protect the top roots of the trees against the intense summer heat.
So now when we turn the hose bib on for an hour, the trees each get 12 gallons and the Cat's Claw vines get 2 gallons.

                                 

Thursday, May 6, 2010

I'm Outa Here, Dave!

These three cartoons were lifted from Bartcop. The supply of 'toons on this subject is about dried up.
                         

                                      

                                       


                              

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

I Mean It, Dave, Stop It Now!

Another crop of lifted 'toons from Bartcop. Bart has been on fire lately. Click to make bigger.


                               

                                       

                                  

                               

                            

                                               

                                     

Now, really, would you want to send this probably-illegal woman back to Mexico? Me neither.

                                                 

Where All the Children are Above Average

This came to me in an e-mail. I don't know who collected these, but they're great.


Teachers and Cops:

These are actual comments made on students' report cards by teachers in the New York City public school system. 
All teachers were reprimanded (but, boy, are these funny!)

1. Since my last report, your child has reached rock bottom and has started to dig.

2. I would not allow this student to breed.

3. Your child has delusions of adequacy.

4. Your son is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot. (my favorite...)

5. Your son sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve them.

6. The student has a 'full six-pack' but lacks the plastic thing to hold it all together.

7. This child has been working with glue too much.

8. When your daughter's IQ reaches 50, she should sell.

9. The gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train isn't coming..

10. If this student were any more stupid, he'd have to be watered twice a week.

11. It's impossible to believe the sperm that created this child beat out 1,000,000 others.

12. The wheel is turning but the hamster is definitely dead.


These are actual comments made by 16 Police Officers. The comments were taken off actual police car videos around the country:

1. "You know, stop lights don't come any redder than the one you just went through."

2. "Relax, the handcuffs are tight because they're new. They'll stretch after you wear them a while."

3. "If you take your hands off the car, I'll make your birth certificate a worthless document."

4. "If you run, you'll only go to jail tired."

5. "Can you run faster than 1200 feet per second? Because that's the speed of the bullet that'll be chasing you."

6. "You don't know how fast you were going? I guess that means I can write anything I want to on the ticket, huh?"

7. "Yes, sir, you can talk to the shift supervisor, but I don't think it will help. Oh, did I mention that I'm the shift supervisor?"

8. "Warning! You want a warning? O.K, I'm warning you not to do that again or I'll give you another ticket."

9. "The answer to this last question will determine whether you are drunk or not. Was Mickey Mouse a cat or a dog?"

10. "Fair? You want me to be fair? Listen, fair is a place where you go to ride on rides, eat cotton candy and corn dogs and step in monkey poop."

11. "Yeah, we have a quota. Two more tickets and my wife gets a toaster oven."

12. "In God we trust; all others we run through NCIC."

13. "Just how big were those 'two beers' you say you had?"

14. "No sir, we don't have quotas anymore. We used to, but now we're allowed to write as many tickets as we can."

15. "I'm glad to hear that the Chief (of Police) is a personal friend of yours. So you know someone who can post your bail."

AND THE WINNER IS....

16. "You didn't think we give pretty women tickets? You're right, we don't.. Sign here."


                                        

Bad Salesmen

I've been looking in eBay for a ham radio. I was a ham when I was young and I was thinking about taking it up again. Here's a typical eBay auction blurb:

UP FOR BID WE HAVE A [radio make and model].  THE RADIO COMES ON, LIGHTS UP AND MAKES NOISES.  I DO NOT KNOW THE HISTORY OF THE RADIO.  I HAVE NO ANTENNA TO TEST THE RADIO WITH SO I AM SELLING AS IS.  NO WARRANTY.  NO RETURNS.  EMAIL WITH ANY QUESTIONS.

First of all, why would anyone bother asking a question when it's a certainty the answer would be "I dunno". Most of the ham radios for sale on eBay are from estate sales where the ham's widow or kids sell the gear to a hustler vulture hyena entrepreneur.

Like Danny DeVito said in Ruthless People, "Bad salesmen make me sick". A good salesman knows something about his product, even if he has to expend some effort to learn or ask someone familiar with the product. Can you imagine someone putting an ad in the paper for an automobile, thusly:
 
FOR SALE: [CAR MAKE AND MODEL]. I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS VEHICLE. I OPENED A DOOR AND A LIGHT CAME ON, BUT I DON'T KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT THE CAR TO TEST IT. CALL ME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.



Yeah, that would bring the buyers flocking to you.


Anyway, here's a tip for all the ham radio sellers on eBay. Describe the radio. Do the switches and tuning dial work smoothly? Stick a length of wire in the antenna socket. Hear any signals? Is the noise coming out of the speaker normal static or is it just 60 cycle hum? Be a detective and find out the history of the radio. Did the late ham have a habit of covering the radio when it wasn't in use? Is the radio rusty and dusty, or is it spotlessly clean? Take lots of pictures, especially if you're looking to get hundred of dollars for the radio. 


                                    

Monday, May 3, 2010

Enough Already, Dave!

                              

                                          

                                                   

                                            

                                 

                                                  
I lifted all of these 'toons from Bartcop.

                         

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Just in Case the Inevitable Happens

                          
Here's why Kevin at The Smallest Minority keeps guns:


And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? -- Alexandr Solzhenitzyn, The Gulag Archipelago

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The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed - where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees. However improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once. -- Judge Alex Kozinski, dissenting, Silveira v. Lockyer, denial to re-hear en banc, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2003.


                                          

Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Pile-of-Brass Plan

                                      
I lifted this pic from Gun Free Zone. Interesting blog with lots of good reading.