The Countertop Chronicles

"Run by a gun zealot who's too blinded by the NRA" - Sam Penney of

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

An Early Christmas Gift

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A Milt Sparks Versa Max 2. Ordered it today by telephone from Lightening Arms Sports. Most places quote a 4 to 6 month wait list to get one. Lightening Arms had them in stock (this was the last one) and shipped it out today. It will arrive on Friday.

I'm psyched and will be going to be in the Scottish Christmas Walk in Alexandria, Virginia on Saturday carrying my Colt in my new Versa Max 2.

Look for me.

Another Reason To Move Back

Gunner has another great reason to move back to Tennessee.

Who could have ever imagined that a reporter at one of the leading news stations in the states major city would ever get away with doing a series (four epidsodes at that, too!) on getting a concealed carry permit and training to properly protect yourself and your family. And to top it all off, its biased towards reality.

UPDATE: Link Fixed!

Yaser Alamoodi, Liar or Idiot

The Best of the Web ran this update yesterday:

In October 2004 Alamoodi gave an interview to the New Times, a Phoenix alternative weekly. It seems that with a presidential debate coming to town, the FBI had visited Alamoodi to conduct some prophylactic questioning, which gave rise to this exchange in the New Times interview:

NT: If they do come back, just ask them to take you out to dinner that night. You'll have the perfect alibi: "I couldn't have bombed the presidential debates; I was out to dinner with the FBI."

Alamoodi: I'm all dangerous now. Man, I haven't gotten laid so much in my life as I did after 9/11.

NT: So all at once you were hot with white chicks after September 11?

Alamoodi: Girls always confuse sympathy with sex. And guys are always up for it. And I'm not gonna say no.

Now, far be it from me to criticize the academic prowness of anyone representing the fine students at ASU and fighting to make it a "serious academic institution" but I have to wonder about Alamoodi's veracity or at least understanding of the situation.

College is generally a 4 year - or in some cases 5 year - journey through liberal swamps. 9/11 happened over 5 years ago. On the off-off chance that it occurred at the START of his freshman year, in 2001, he would have graduated this last spring. However, if he is currently a senior (ie; starting his 4th year) then he would not have enrolled in ASU until August/September 2002.

My point?? Well, lets just say the average guy ALWAYS gets laid more in college than in high school (well, at least in my generation). Mr. Alamoodi is lying about the number of white chicks who want to get it on with terrorists or his simply doesn't realize the very basic fact that he got more action when he started college simply because he was in college.

Either way, my guess is he isn't majoring in rocket science.

Gun P0rn

Mmmmmm. Star PD.

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I would if I could, but $425 is just out of my budget. Heck though, if your gonna go for it, go for it in style and pick up this gorgeous customized PD for a mere $850 (which is way more than I think its worth, regardless of its beauty).

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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Who Would Have Thought

Seriously, who would have thought that following an election where the losing Republican candidate tried but failed to make opposition to the death penalty an issue, with the Democratic presidential nomination for in easy reach, Virginia Gov. Mark Warner would grant clemency to the scum bag in line to be the 1,000 person executed.

The 1,000 person scheduled for execution is now Kenneth Lee Boyd in North Carolina who is sit to meet his maker this Friday. Perhaps North Carolina Governor Mike Easley (D) will decide to grant clemency to him as well, paving the way for Ah-nuld to allow Tookie Williams the honor.

The Best Sports Blog

The Weblog Awards are taking nominations for The Best Sports Blog. Seems to me, no one has done nearly the job Mr. Completely has in regards to running ePostal Handgun Matches. And the last I checked, the SHOOTING SPORTS were still an OLYMPIC SPORT.

So why not head on over and put in your own nomination for Mr. Completely.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Fire Phil Fulmer

Oh yeah, we just barely by the hair of our chin scraped out a win against Kentucky to avoid the cellar in the SEC east.

Like I've said before, Fire Phil Fulmer

Yocco's Hot Dogs

Spent the Thanksgiving Weekend in Jersey - disarmed and at the mercy of the state's corrupt and incompetent police forces - with family. We came back this morning and in a mostly successful attempt to avoid Thanksgiving Weekend traffic on I-95 took I-78 out west through Pennsylvania to I-81 south.

Along the way, we stopped off in Foglesville, PA for some gas and while making a U-Turn I noticed the famous Yocco's Hot Dogs. Yocco's are mythical with a reputation that has spread far and wide. I had never actually had one - but always imagined they were on par with the great treats at Rutts Hutt in Clifton, NJ.

I ended up ordering a couple of Yocco dogs and a plain one for my son. The Yocco is described on the sign in the window as a well done medford hot dog on a steamed roll with mustard, chopped onions and topped with Yoccos famous chili sauce.

After reading that, I guess I was expecting something more along the lines of a Ben Chili Bowl dog instead of a Rutt Hutt dog. Thats cool, cause Ben's is my dog joint of choice in DC. What I got, instead, was downright disappointing.

First, the dog was all skin with barely any meat. On top of that, while it was bigger than a pig in a blanket kind of hors' Dourves, it was still the smallest dog I've seen in a while. The mustard was nonexistent and while the bed of onions was more like a smearing on one side of onions, I'd hardly say it was topped with chili sauce. Rather, it had a mere essence of chili sauce on it - and a not too good chili at that.

I'm giving Yocco's 2 thumbs down.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving

Get off the computer.

Spend time with the family.

Stop looking at my blog.

But, if some PETA punk is giving you trouble about eating Tom Turkey for Thanksgiving Dinner, send 'em over to the Wall Street Journal.

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As Americans prepare to eat some 46 million domestic turkeys slaughtered for Thanksgiving, their wild cousins are fighting back. The explosion of the wild turkey population to nearly seven million from just 30,000 in the 1930s has put a growing number of humans in the face of angry gobblers.

Patricia Huckery, a Massachusetts Wildlife Department district manager in Acton, west of Boston, says she has gotten 25 calls this year for advice on coping with aggressive turkeys. Last year in Cranford, N.J., a letter carrier killed a turkey with a stick after complaining to police that a flock of turkeys wouldn't let him out of his delivery truck. In Pennsylvania's Montgomery County, wildlife conservation officer Chris Heil says he has had to kill 42 turkeys this year in response to complaints about behavior ranging from attacking a child on a tricycle to scratching cars.
. . . .

But naturalists who have studied the wild turkey say it can become aggressive toward humans as it adapts to suburban life. They worry it may become the next form of "nuisance" wildlife, following in the tracks of the whitetail deer and the Canada goose.

So, Eat that turkey.

Enjoy the stuffing.

Treasure the time with your family.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

SI's Bumper Sticker of the Year

From Ouch!

Honk If Your Team Beat Tennessee

Of course, they also don't think anyone is going to Fire Phil Fulmer. Thats too bad, cause he certainly deserves it.

Serious Amazon Bug

Someone at is seriously asleep at the wheel and they've got a major bug in their product referral software.

Updating my Christmas list, I added Splash, the delightful Ron Howard family-friendly PG comedy with Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah to my Amazon Wish List the other day.

Today, as I was perusing the personalized recommendations Amazon makes, I was directed to this Splash, not family-friendly gay porn title staring Lukas Ridgeston who apparantly is pretty popular with the gay set (not that there is anything wrong with it, but come on now . . . . .)

Something Amiss

What's wrong with this story on seemingly one more misuse of a Taser by police officers?

A naked man was accidentally shocked in the genitals by a Taser after he was found breaking windows and asking women to touch him inappropriately, police said.

Jeremy J. Miljour, 26, of Bonita Springs, attempted to run when approached by Lee County sheriff's deputies Saturday. When he ignored requested to stop, Deputy Daniel Hollywood shot Miljour with a Taser.

One of the Taser prongs accidentally hit Miljour's genitals and got stuck, said Cpl. Matt Chitwood.






If you guessed that its the fact that this mutant sex offenders genital shocking was an accident and not fully deliberate you are correct. Hopefully, Ft. Myer's police will learn from this incident how effective a taser to the balls of a sex offender is and adopt Deputy Daniel Hollywood's Taser techniques as standard operating procedures for apprehending future sex offendors. In the meantime, I intend to buy Deputy Hollywood a beer the next time I am in Ft. Myers Beach.

Tuesday Morning Chicks with Guns

What a cutie!!!

Sounds like Grandpa is raising 'em right!

Monday, November 21, 2005

Rip Off Advertising

So, here I am checking out my pathetic homepage (hey, aren't I on sabbatical????) and I notice there are a bunch of gun related ads running in the Google Ads box. Cool, lets see what they say.

Hmm, one says

Guns Surveys
We'll pay you $75 right
now to complete a simple
survey! (aff)

Well, I think, thats worth at least a click, isn't it? And I do (even though its in violation of Google Ad Sense's terms).

Interesting page, they purport to pay you to sit at home and take surveys.
Just look at how much you can make taking surveys online!

If you took 2 surveys a day @ $10 per survey =  $140 per week or $560 per month or $6,720 per year!

If you took 4 surveys a day @ $10 per survey =  $280 per week or $1120 per month or $13,440 per year!

If you took 4 surveys a day @ $20 per survey = $560 per week or $2240 per month or $26,880 per year!

Sounds like an offer too good to be true?

Of course it does, and of course it is.
In order to participate you need to pay a one time registration fee (payable by Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Discovery, Dinner Club, JCB, Paypal, eCheck, etc) of $59.95 discounted this ONE TIME ONLY TO $34.95

Oh jumping jee willikers. What fucking rip off artists.

Ammo Day or BAG Day??

Doesn't matter cause Jay G's got 'em both covered.

As they say . . . sweet piece!

Sunday, November 20, 2005

A Hunting We Will Go . . . .

Went hunting this weekend.

Information (and pics) here.

Fire Phil Fulmer

No Comment Necessary

I'm just wondering though, is this all brought on by the angry spirit of Davey Crockett?

Naaaah, Fire Phil Fulmer has sucked for ever. It was only a matter of time before someone exposed his charade. But, its got to make you wonder. . . .

Friday, November 18, 2005

Or Simply Enemies Of The State?

We were not strong enough to drive out a half-million American troops, but that wasn't our aim. Our intention was to break the will of the American government to continue the war.

--North Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap, in a 1990 interview with historian Stanley Karnow.

As the Wall Street Journal points out, a number of disgraceful Senate Republican's joined the Pro Al Quaeda Democrats and their Anti American friends in the MSM to aid and abet Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in achieving a victory he has failed to win on the battlefield.

Here is a list of the 79 turncoats. Fuck Them All, starting with my Virginia's own turncoat, the senile Senator John Warner.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Ammo Day

I've come out of hiding to remind you that Ammo Week has stated.

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Saturday is Ammo Day itself.

Will you be participating?

Please make sure you buy at least 100 rounds of something. Anything. Even if you don't have a gun.

Last night I purchased 1550 rounds of .22lr. 3 500 round boxes of Winchester X and one 50 round box of Blazer. I'm going to hit the Nation's Gun Show this weekend and stock up on suplus (non corrosive .30-06).

Of course, I will also stop by Wal Mart on Saturday to get my 100 rounds and a copy of Red Dawn on DVD at 3:30 Central.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Another Chick With A Dick

First there was Libertarian Girl - the oh so attractive hottie who turned out to be a not so attractive guy (using the stolen image of a mail order bride).

Now, comes word that the legal profession's own version of fashion and all things wonketteish - Article 3 Groupie from Underneath Their Robes (site down the last couple of days) - has been exposed by the New Yorker and the tool underneath the skirt isn't the kind we expected to find.

Kudo's to Volokh for the heads up.

Monday, November 14, 2005

The 'Roid Kings

Are now unemployed.

Sosa, who turned 37 Saturday, came to the Orioles in a Feb. 2 trade with the Chicago Cubs for second baseman Jerry Hairston and two minor leaguers. After hitting 35 or more homers in each year since the strike-shortened 1994 season, Sosa was expected to provide an immediate offensive boost while batting cleanup behind Tejada.

Instead, he hit just .221 with 14 homers (his fewest since 1992) and 45 RBIs in 102 games.

Palmeiro's season included collecting his 3,000 career hit in July, and within weeks, being suspended for failing a drug test. Palmeiro, 41, continues to deny he intentionally took steroids, but he has no concrete proof as to why stanozolol was found in his system during a May drug test.

Sosa, while never being suspended for 'Roids has long been rumored to be a Palmeiro's equal in the 'Roid department. Of course, the corked bat thing dooms him in my book.

Go Zips

In addition to our efforts to turn American back into a nation of riflemen and see that the University of Tennesee Fires Phil Fulmer, we will also be tracking the progress of the UNiversity Of Akron's Lady Zips basketball team.

Why, you ask?

Cause my cousin (well, my cousin's daughter - not sure what that makes her) Kristina Rosén was recruited to play for them.

They won their
first exhibition game Friday night. I hope they continue to win, and perhaps Kristina's presence will help them improve on last season's record

I might also add that Akron - notably - still have a rifle team too!

Go Zips!!!

Fire Phil Fulmer

When is a win simply not good enough?

When its against the Memphis Tigers, whom Fire Phil Fulmer and the preseason No. 3 Volunteers could only squeek by in a late 20-16 comeback.

Tennessee's first victory since Oct. 1 looked very much in doubt most of the game, even with Memphis' star tailback DeAngelo Williams out of action with an injury.

After erasing a 13-0 deficit, Tennessee (4-5) was clinging to a 17-16 lead when James Wilhoit kicked a 34-yard field goal with 41 seconds remaining. Time ran out before the Tigers (4-5) could get in scoring position.

Have I told you what I really thought about Fire Phil Fulmer?

Friday, November 11, 2005

Baby Pics

Les is doing it, and Tam K is enthralled by it, so here's a not quite as much of a baby anymore as just a 3 year old little boy hiking pic.

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Asymmetrical Rioting


Everyone who has ever taken their .22 out to the back forty and shot up a line of old bug spray cans knows this. Seeing things break, disintegrate, or explode, at absolutely no personal risk to yourself, lights up some primitive reptilian part of our brain with searing glee. I've often thought there would be big money for the firm that figured out how to build an adult recreation center where frustrated Americans could go to have a beer, take a sledgehammer to a used computer, and throw some glassware at the walls.

The Humpty Dance


D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), who championed the Clinton administration proposal -- including abandonment of the federal payment -- is touting legislation that would give the city an annual $800 million federal appropriation. Her proposal falls just short of trying to put Humpty Dumpty together again, but it's worth the effort. Of course, as Ms. Norton, Mr. Raines and their colleagues must know, Humpty should never have been pushed off the wall in the first place.

In Ms. Norton's dishonor . . . .

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The Humpty Dance
Digital Underground
Verse One: Humpty Hump (Shock G)

All right!
Stop whatcha doin'
'cause I'm about to ruin
the image and the style that ya used to.
I look funny
but yo I'm makin' money see
so yo world I hope you're ready for me.

Now gather round
I'm the new fool in town
and my sound's laid down by the Underground.
I drink up all the Hennessey ya got on ya shelf
so just let me introduce myself

My name is Humpty, pronounced with a Umpty.
Yo ladies, oh how I like to hump thee.
And all the rappers in the top ten--please allow me to bump thee.
I'm steppin' tall, y'all,
and just like Humpty Dumpty
you're gonna fall when the stereos pump me.

I like to rhyme,
I like my beats funky,
I'm spunky. I like my oatmeal lumpy.
I'm sick wit dis, straight gangsta mack
but sometimes I get ridiculous

I'll eat up all your crackers and your licorice
hey yo fat girl, c'mere--are ya ticklish?
Yeah, I called ya fat.
Look at me, I'm skinny
It never stopped me from gettin' busy

I'm a freak
I like the girls with the boom
I once got busy in a Burger King bathroom
I'm crazy.
Allow me to amaze thee.
They say I'm ugly but it just don't faze me.
I'm still gettin' in the girls' pants
and I even got my own dance

The Humpty Dance is your chance to do the hump
Do the Humpty Hump, come on and do the Humpty Hump
Do the Humpty Hump, just watch me do the Humpty Hump
Do ya know what I'm doin', doin' the Humpty Hump
Do the Humpty Hump, do the Humpty Hump

Verse Two:

People say "Yo, Humpty, you're really funny lookin'"
that's all right 'cause I get things cookin'
Ya stare, ya glare, ya constantly try to compare me
but ya can't get near me
I give 'em more, see, and on the floor, B,
all the girls they adore me
Oh yes, ladies, I'm really bein' sincere
'cause in a 69 my humpty nose will tickle ya rear.

My nose is big, uh-uh I'm not ashamed
Big like a pickle, I'm still gettin' paid
I get laid by the ladies, ya know I'm in charge,
both how I'm livin' and my nose is large
I get stoopid, I shoot an arrow like Cupid,
I use a word that don't mean nothin', like looptid
I sang on Doowhutchalike, and if ya missed it,
I'm the one who said just grab 'em in the biscuits
Also told ya that I like to bite
Well, yeah, I guess it's obvious, I also like to write.
All ya had to do was give Humpty a chance
and now I'm gonna do my dance.



Oh, yeah, that's the break, y'all
Let me hear a little bit of that bass groove right here
Oh, yeah!
Now that I told ya a little bit about myself
let me tell ya a little bit about this dance
It's real easy to do--check it out

Verse Three:

First I limp to the side like my leg was broken
Shakin' and twitchin' kinda like I was smokin'
Crazy wack funky
People say ya look like M.C. Hammer on crack, Humpty
That's all right 'cause my body's in motion
It's supposed to look like a fit or a convulsion
Anyone can play this game
This is my dance, y'all, Humpty Hump's my name
No two people will do it the same
Ya got it down when ya appear to be in pain
Humpin', funkin', jumpin',
jig around, shakin' ya rump,
and when the dude a chump pump points a finger like a stump
tell him step off, I'm doin' the Hump.


Black people, do the Humpty Hump, do the Humpty Hump
White people, do the Humpty Hump, do the Humpty Hump
Puerto Ricans, do the Humpty Hump, just keep on doin' the hump
Samoans, do the Humpty Hump, do the Humpty Hump
Let's get stoopid!


Oh, yeah, come on and break it down


Once again, the Underground is in the house
I'd like to send a shout out to the whole world,
keep on doin' the Humpty Dance,
and to the ladies,
peace and humptiness forever

democrats communists


Who is the number 1 search result??

Venison Recipies #2

Recipie # 1 was bachelor ready.

Recipe # 2, a delicious Herb Roasted Venison Chop, is date/wife approved.

Herbs de Provence
1 Tablespoon dried basil
1 Tablespoon dried thyme
1 Tablespoon marjoram
1 Tablespoon dried summer savory
1/2 Tablespoon rosemary
1 bay leaf, crumbled
lavender buds (by taste)
fennel seeds (by taste)
dried sage (by taste)

Put herbs in jar and shake together. Put aside.

Garlic Herb Rub:
2 heads of garlic (chopped)
2 large shallots (chopped)
5 Tablespoons Herbs de Provence
¼ Teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ Cup Kosher Salt
½ Cup course ground black pepper
1 Tablespoon fine grind white pepper
1 generous pinch cayenne pepper
¼ Cup Virgin Olive Oil

Place all ingredients for rub in food processor and puree. set aside.

Venison Chops
2 Racks venison chops (Frenched, 8 ribs per rack)

French all rib bones to the eye of the rack by removing all excess fat and meat along the rib bones with a very sharp knife.

Coat the meat side of the rack with the Garlic Herb Rub, set aside for 15 minutes.

Allow venison to come to room temperature before grilling.

Any grilling/smoking set-up can be used as long as it’s covered and will allow you to cook with indirect heat. The fire must be very hot, no less than 400 degrees, venison is to be cooked indirectly, not over the coals. May also be cooked on the middle rack of a kitchen oven at 450 degrees.

Cook entire rack for 4 ½ minutes per pound. Chops must rest for 5 minutes and then sliced into chops and arranged on a plate. Serve with Ligonberry Sauce (available at Ikea).

Venison Recipies #1

Hunting season starts this weekend here in Virginia.

If you haven't gotten your license yet you can do it online easily and efficiently.

In that spirit, here's a quick (ie: Bachelor ready) venison recipe.

Venison Roast

1 can mushroom soup
1 can celery soup
1 large diced onion
1 cup water
3 pounds of deer roast.

Mix the ingredients and cook in an oven at 325 degrees for about 2 to 3 hours or until the meat can be separated easily with a fork. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Criminal Safe Zone

What happens when your an idiot gun banning banker who likes the fact that your establishment is a "gun free zone"?

Well, you can expect to be robbed.

For Wachovia, it is happening more and more frequently, with the latest string of robberies being conducted without the slightest concern as the robber is engaged in a leisurely telephone conversation.

In an act of either incredible cool or something much more sinister, a young woman has robbed four Wachovia bank branches in Northern Virginia in recent weeks, all while seemingly immersed in cell phone chats, police say. In the most recent holdup, on Nov. 4 in Ashburn, video footage shows the woman to be almost uninterested as a teller hands her a stack of cash, and she continues talking on her phone as she turns and walks out of the bank.

Of course, local Wachovia's have been struck before (heck, there was a seemingly unrelated string of Wachovia robberies last month in Richmond) so this can't be that surprising to them.

Makes you wonder though, can you really trust your money there?

I don't.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Like or Love

They say its the difference between spitting and swallowing (as if I was that lucky)

Well, for a guy, perhaps its the difference between picking up tampons and being willing to pick up Monistat.

But seriously ladies, what's with all the choices. Just another reason I am glad I'm not a chick. That had to be the single most confusing - not to mention embarrassing - purchase I've made in a long time. Thank goodness for cell phones and thank god for self checkout lanes.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Kaine Beats Kilgore

Good. Couldn't have happened to a crappier candidate.

51 - 46 - 2 (with a healthy showing of write in candidates)

I went back and forth on this. Tim Kaine is a crazy out of touch liberal, but Jerry Kilgore was a shitty candidate and ran what is probably the most inept and dishonest campaign I ever had the misfortune to be a part of. This election - in which only 30% of the voters came out - has nothing to do with President Bush and everything to do with Kilgore and sleazeball politics.

I was wavering on my vote, and up to last week thought I would vote for either Russ Potts or write myself in, but am embarrassed to say I was suckered in by Kilgore's false and deceptive and misleading advertising. The Democratic and Progressive Candidate Voter Guide arrived in my mail box and I was sure it came from Potts and that Potts decided to run to the left. It didn't and he didn't. Instead, Kilgore put out one of the most dishonest pieces of campaign literature I ever saw.

I was wavering on my vote, and up to last week thought I would vote for either Russ Potts or write myself in, but am embarrassed to say I was suckered in by Kilgore's false and deceptive and misleading advertising. The Democratic and Progressive Candidate Voter Guide arrived in my mail box and I was sure it came from Potts and that Potts decided to run to the left. It didn't and he didn't. Instead, Kilgore put out one of the most dishonest pieces of campaign literature I ever saw.

I've been an almost lifelong Republican but I have to say Jerry Kilgore and the Virginia Republican Party did long lasting damage to my political allegiances. Will it impact my vote in 2006? In 2008? Its tough to say, but right now my default position is going to be to support whoever the Virginia Republican Party opposes. If a Democrat comes along with a clue*, I would jump into their camp in a second.

*-isn't a communist and rejects everything the crazy moonbat liberal-cum-progressive wing stands for such as banning guns, weakening the military, wasting our revenues, interfering with my life and right to contract, and raising my taxes

Monday, November 07, 2005

Deck of Bloggers


The Deck 'o Blogger's 2005.

Seem's to me that Gullyborg's Quixotic Quest to be the Jack of Spades is worthy of our support.

But then again, so is my effort to be the 2 of Diamonds. 2 of course being for the 2nd Amendment (which is what this little 'ol blog is all about) and Diamonds cause - well, cause diamonds are forever and all that and I think I've shown by my unwillingness to quit blogging over and over and over and over to actually be able to last for far longer than I ever expected.

Did I mention the gun thing????
Its also a bit of a p0rn thing, and ya know, I'm never without the good gun p0rn either.

Plus, who can honestly say they are out there competing for the 2 card?

If you agree, please consider putting up a post about me (and Gullyborg) and linking via trackbacks to here and most importantly here.


As we head to tomorrow's election, my thoughts turned to an earlier, more romantic time, when some of our leaders knew what this experiment we call American was really all about.

Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death
Patrick Henry
March 23, 1775

No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony. The questing before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.

Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.

I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves and the House. Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received? Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with those warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings resort. I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlemen assign any other possible motive for it? Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us: they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne! In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free-- if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending--if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained--we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!

They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable--and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace-- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

Jennier Aniston, Radiohead, Faure and the Eucharist

First, she is hot.

And, on at least one point, we are in total agreement!

Radiohead. When are they going to make a new album? Where are they? Where did they go? I also want to know why Steve Perry left Journey.

I have it from a good source that Radiohead are actually putting together their next album right now.

Speaking of which. . . .went to the evening service at church last night. In addition to the usual Sunday evening Holy Eucharist service, they had a chamber orchestra along with our church's choir and the choir's of two other churches performing Garbiel Faure's Requiem.

It was a gorgeous performance and remarkable in a number of ways, not the least of which is I heard different portions of each and every song on Radiohead's OK Computer within the music of Requiem. Its almost as if Radiohead stole the orchestral arrangements from their landmark album right from Faure.

Just In The Nick Of Time

I'm getting my Jeep ZJ (Grand Cherokee) back this week, and the falling price of gas comes just in the nick of time.

We went leaf peeping in the Virginia Countryside this weekend (it was much better in the DC suburbs than even places somewhat south of us like Fredericksburg) and while gas in Fairfax is still $2.40 a gallon it was nice to see the price in Loudon, Fauquier and Prince William Counties was down around $2.15 a gallon. I didn't think there was a local Fairfax tax on gas, but perhaps I was mistaken. Not much else out there to explain the $0.25 cent difference in price (to reall ysee it in action, head to Manassas and you will see the price drop by $0.20 to $0.30 cents as you cross the county line.

Anyway, I am just wondering if it will drop below $2.00 by the time Christmas rolls around.

Nice Comment

Someone - posting annonymously as "Your Wife Only Tolerates You" - left behind this brilliant comment.
you are beyond gay...clearly, you have a very tiny penis and all this blathering about guns and your vitrolic paranoia of liberals is compensation for not being able to shoot your load anymore...your poor with an impotent man, and a boring one at that, must be utter hell...well, at least there are plenty of college boys willing to sell their free time for a little 'fun' on the side for your wife, to put themselves through unsatisfied wives get laid in record numbers beause of this new breed of young willing, so eager to please, and so blessedly cheap that unaware husbands never notice the dip in the checking's a heck way more better than having to suffer such an incredibly boring man as yourself..


Of course, a couple of points are in order.

1) It showed up in Haloscan which shows it being posted at 11.06.05 - 11:49 pm from IP: One of the flaws of Haloscan though, is there is no way to figure out which post this comment was in regard to without going through the 1800+ posts I have made here. Anyone have a suggestion?

2) My wife and I shag just fine, thank you. While I may not be as gifted as the John Holmes of the world, my tool is a fair size and seems to do the job just fine - with the plumbing working right on schedule too! As for the checking account, well, I keep control over that. Any dip in it has been caused by me, not her.

Fire Phil Fulmer

From Sports Illustrated:
Picture this: Nov. 19, Neyland Stadium, Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt -- and the Commodores are the ones playing for a bowl berth. The Commodores showed flashes of the early-season promise that propelled them to a 4-0 start Saturday in Gainesville, but ultimately fell to Florida in overtime, 49-42. QB Jay Cutler was 28-of-42 for 361 yards and four touchdowns. If the 'Dores beat Kentucky at home on Saturday, they'll go into their season finale against the Vols at 5-5. The best reeling Tennessee can hope for by then is 4-5 -- and Memphis will be no pushover on Saturday.

Fire Phil Fulmer

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Picture Fest

Some folks have been complaining about too many pictures on certain blogs which slows their loading time. For those without broadband access - limited to slow dial up speeds - its a hassle.

As a result, I am cutting down on the number of pictures here, but if you want to see some pretty foliage shots (well, not pretty, but they are foliage shots) check out my other blog.

Fire Phil Fulmer

Notre Dame 41
Tennessee 21

Fire Phil Fulmer, need I say more?

I will.

We gave up both a punt return for a touchdown, and an interception return for a touchdown. We also gave up another interception that was returned 41 yards and lead to a touchdown.

Sure does look like Randy Sander's departure is what we needed to fix the offense and special teams.

Of course, our much vaulted defense wasn't without their problems either. Consider, Notre Dame started the game on their own six and scored few plays later on a - was it 43 yards - touchdown pass. of course, that was followed up mere minutes later with a 35 yard touchdown pass after the Tennessee offense coughed the ball up. Not that I am forgetting the 78 yard pass which put Notre Dame on the 2 (from where - needless to say - they again scored a touchdown).

Like I've been saying, its time to Fire Phil Fulmer and end the misery.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Fire Phil Fulmer

Sports Illustrated agrees with me, and since they get paid to write this stuff, puts up a much more compelling argument.

Here's one thing Tennessee doesn't want to own up to: The real problem with the Vols isn't Randy Sanders, who resigned as offensive coordinator earlier this week. It isn't the season-ending injury to Gerald Riggs Jr. And it isn't a quarterback soap opera with so many twists and turns you'd think they were living on Wysteria Lane. No, the real problem is -- Phillip Fulmer.

Yes, he has the best winning percentage of any coach with at least 10 years experience. He won a national title in 1998 and has five SEC Eastern Division titles in eight years. But to quote Janet Jackson: What Have You Done For Me Lately? Fulmer has just two SEC titles in 13 years and hasn't won one in the past seven. Six years have passed since Tennessee has played in a BCS bowl and the Vols haven't finished in the AP top 10 in four years.

Then there's Fulmer's record against the SEC's other elite coaches. He's 1-4 against Georgia's Mark Richt, 1-3 versus Auburn's Tommy Tuberville and, of course, there's Fulmer's personal Kryptonite, Steve Spurrier, who improved to 8-3 against the Vols' coach with last Saturday's 16-15 win.

Thank You Cory McCartney!!

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Privilege for whom?

Jeff Jarvis has an interesting post on journalistic shield laws, which he generally opposes, today.

He doesn't want to see
an official definition of who is a journalist, not only because this is likely to exclude bloggers but also because official status can be given and can be taken away.

While his concern is the first amendment, many of us are likewise suspicious of the similar (and so far much more successful) attempts to reign in the second amendment through similar means.

My line in the sand has always been on second amendment issues, and its because of situations like this. If politicians get the second amendment right (and don’t throw their principles out the window to appease Rosie O’Donnel, Hillary, and the far less than million commie mommies) then they are much less likely to get the other amendments wrong.

Somehow, we have allowed liberal interst groups to infect America with this notion that our right to own a firearm comes solely from the good graces of the .gov (through licensing and registration and bans on guns that poor people can afford) rather than being an inherited natural right to self defense derived directly from god himself (as all the rights in the Bill of Rights are).

Jarvis's immediate fears may seem like they are more likely to come from the right, though I would argue that the left is just as willing to restrict your right to free speach as the right (look at Kos’s post today about campaign finance restrictions on blogs).

In most Blue States, firearms ownership is pretty restricted and regulated - requiring both significant sums of money (it will cost you hundreds of dollars in permit fees and mandatory classes to own a handgun in Massachussets or Connecticut, before you are even entitled to spend $1000 on one from the “approved” list) and your being a celebrity or belonging to the upper crust political classes (try to get a permit to carry a firearm in New Jersey - pretty much banned to all except for those in the good graces of the Governor or a judge).

By supporting these types of measures to restrict second amendment rights, our politicians have formulated the precedent to restrict out first amendment rights (which are clearly responsible for more deaths - ie: Mein Kampf - over the years than any thing else).

Just a thought.

Predatory Pricing

Josh, at South Park Pundit, is willing to shill for cash. His entry fee though, is an outrageous $852,000. Don't waste your time there, I am willing to shill for less, I'm willing to shill for whatever political candidate for only $850,000 (price negotiable) - or if you just want a presence here, buy a blog ad, reasonably priced at $10 a week or $20 a month.

Today's History Lesson

This was forwarded to me. I take no credit for it, but bestow my unlimited respect on the genius who figured it all out.

History began some 12,000 years ago. Humans existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunter/gatherers. They lived on deer in the mountains during the summer & would go to the coast & live on fish & lobster in winter.

The two most important events in all of history were the invention of beer and the invention of the wheel. The wheel was invented to get man to the beer. These were the foundation of modern civilization and together were the catalyst for the splitting of humanity into two distinct subgroups: Liberals and Conservatives.

Once beer was discovered it required grain and that was the beginning ofagriculture. Neither the glass bottle nor aluminum can was invented yet, so while our early ancestors were sitting around waiting for them to be invented, they just stayed close to the brewery. That's how villages were formed.

Some men spent their days tracking and killing animals to B-B-Q at night while they were drinking beer. This was the beginning of what is known as "the Conservative movement." Other men who were weaker and less skilled at hunting learned to live off the conservatives by showing up for the nightly B-B-Q's and doing the sewing, fetching and hair dressing. This was the beginning of "the Liberal movement." Some of these liberal men eventually evolved into women. The rest became known as 'girleymen.' Some noteworthy liberal achievements include the domestication of cats, the invention of group therapy, group hugs and the concept of Democratic voting to decide how to divide the meat and beer that conservatives provided.

Over the years conservatives came to be symbolized by the largest, most powerful land animal on earth, the elephant. Liberals are symbolized by the jackass.

Modern liberals like imported beer (with lime added), but most prefer whitewine or imported bottled water. They eat raw fish but like their beef welldone. Sushi, tofu, and French food are standard liberal fare.

Another interesting revolutionary side note: most of their women have higher testosterone levels than their men. Most social workers, journalists, dreamers in Hollywood and group therapists are liberals. Liberals invented the designated hitter rule because it wasn't "fair" to make the pitcher also bat.

Conservatives drink domestic beer. They eat red meat and still provide for their women. Conservatives are big-game hunters, rodeo cowboys, lumberjacks,construction workers, firemen, medical doctors, police officers, Marines, Paper Salesmen, Dupont Reps, athletes and generally anyone who works productively outside government. Conservatives who own companies hire other conservatives who want to work for a living. Liberals produce little or nothing. They like to "govern" the producers and decide what to do with the production. Liberals believe Europeans are more enlightened than Americans. That is why most of the liberals remained in Europe when conservatives were coming to America. They crept in after the Wild West was tamed and created a business of trying to get MORE for nothing.

Here ends today's lesson in world history. It should be noted that a Liberal will have an uncontrollable urge to respond to the above instead of laughing and simply deleting or forwarding it.

Tim Kaine's A Lying Gun Banning Bigot

As the race comes to the finish lines, that sleazy, corrupt, incompetant former mayor of Richmond, Virginia - a city known most for failed schools and corrupt and brutal police - turns out to be nothing more than the gun banning bigot we always suspected he was.

In the last week of an election, you ALWAYS focus on bringing out your base and showing your true colors. Well, the corrupt gun banning bigot from Richmond has decided that keeping the lie of reasonableness going isn't working and that the Brady Bunch is his answer to Virginia's problems.

Wilder, the nation's first black elected governor, said he is supporting Kaine because of Republican candidate Jerry W. Kilgore's position on Virginia's law limiting handgun purchases to one a month.

"I did everything I could as governor to be certain that we did have a change from Virginia being the number one gunrunning state in the nation," said Wilder, who signed the measure into law while he was governor.

Jerry Kilgore may not be perfect, but he is far and away better than this P.O.S. failure of a mayor. The lying Gun Banning Bigot's charade is over, and that at least makes my choice on election day that much easier.

Please help us defeat the bigot and vote for Jerry Kilgore next Tuesday.