Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Global Warming Wednesday

Tip O' the Hat to Jeff Dunetz at Yid with Lid for this contribution to the great task of rolling back the left's brainwashing of American Society about Global Warming.

Maybe Michael Mann is seeing the writing on the wall because it looks as if he is taking a giant step backwards away from his invention, the climate change hockey stick. The Penn State professor now says his hockey stick should not have become 'climate change icon' and it was 'somewhat misplaced' to make his work an 'icon of the climate change debate'.

The climate change hockey stick is a graph created a little over decade ago that was supposed to show global temperatures for the last 1,000 years. The graph plots out a sharp rise in temperature over the last 100 years as man made carbon emissions increased, creating the shape of a hockey stick. The problem is that Mann's data has been proven bogus many time over.

... speaking to the BBC recently, Prof Mann, a climatologist at Pennsylvania State University, said he had always made clear there were "uncertainties" in his work.

"I always thought it was somewhat misplaced to make it a central icon of the climate change debate," he said.
Mann's claim that he never wanted his hockey stick belies the truth. At the time the graph was developed, there were actually two graphs being developed. Scientists didn't want to use the Mann version because they weren't sure about his numbers. Mann insisted that his version was the one that should be used because it looked more dramatic.

According to uncovered documents, Mann and his team wanted to present a simple story for policy makers, Others wanted scrupulous honesty about uncertainties contained in Mann's chart.The IPCC's core job is to present a "consensus" on the science, but in this critical case there was no easy consensus.

The tensions were summed up in an email sent on 22 September 1999 by Met Office scientist Chris Folland, in which he alerted key researchers that a diagram of temperature change over the past thousand years "is a clear favourite for the policy makers' summary"

But there were two competing graphs – Mann's hockey stick and another, by Jones, Briffa and others. Mann's graph was clearly the more compelling image of man-made climate change. The other "dilutes the message rather significantly," said Folland. "We want the truth. Mike [Mann] thinks it lies nearer his result." Folland noted that "this is probably the most important issue to resolve in chapter 2 at present."
The evidence shows that while people were suspicious of Michael Mann's research, Mann wanted his graph used because it more compelling. His "walking back" from the graph has more to do with the fact that it has been proven bogus, than any previous desire that it "not become an icon."

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

American Patriot/Hero of the Week

This weeks patriot/hero was brought to my attention by Mustang of the Stacking Swivel and Social Sense blogs. Thank you Mustang for bringing this under appreciated American patriot and Hero to my attention. You can read his post here.

Colonel Wendell Fertig

Wendell Fertig was an American civil engineer, in the American-administered Commonwealth of the Philippines, who organized and commanded an American-Filipino guerrilla force on the Japanese-occupied, southern Philippine island of Mindanao during World War II.

Fertig, a civilian, had a reserve commission in the U.S. Army and was called back into the military before the war in the Pacific began. Ordered from Corregidor before its surrender to the Japanese, he was sent to Mindanao and assumed command of engineer activities there. Almost as soon as he arrived the U.S. Army forces on Mindanao surrendered, but Fertig refused to do so.

Lieutenant Colonel Fertig decided that if he was able to resist capture, then it made sense that other American military personnel did as well; they would need leadership. He also considered that hundreds of Philippine scouts could be used as guerrilla assets against the Japanese if they could be located and persuaded to follow him. However Fertig was also a realist; what chance would he have of commanding any force of men as a newly promoted lieutenant colonel, and a civil engineer? So Wendell Fertig promoted himself to the rank of Brigadier General, United States Army and formed one of the most fantastic guerrilla operations in America’s entire history.

After a long period of organization, Fertig led the fight against the Japanese in hit-and-run raids and vital intelligence gathering activities. He amassed over thirty thousand armed men, the equivalent of an Army Corps, which included American forces who had managed to escape as prisoners of war, and fighting men of the Philippine Islands. His command finally made contact with U.S. forces in the Pacific using a homemade radio. Fertig's forces then began to receive supplies (medicine, radios, ammo, etc.) by submarine, but never enough to stage large scale attacks. More than once the Japanese tried to destroy Fertig and his guerrilla army, committing large numbers of troops for this purpose. This continued until the American forces returned to the Philippines, landing first on the island of Leyte.

After the war, Fertig was promoted to Colonel and received the Distinguished Service Cross. Many felt that he should have received the Medal of Honor, as well as a bigger promotion, but he did not receive them due to politics and small mindedness on General MacArthur's part. Despite this he never complained about not receiving the honors others felt were his due. He returned to his civilian engineering career, but continued his service as a reserve officer. He spent four years as the commander of the ROTC detachment at the Colorado School of Mines and served in a U.S.-based psychological warfare unit during the Korean War.
Wendell Fertig died in 1975 at the age of 74. For many people in the Philippine Islands, and indeed among many regular Army personnel, he will always be regarded as General Fertig, a true American hero. He deserves to be remembered by us all.

Thank you again to Mustang. For me, Colonel Fertig's story was inspirational on the virtues of never giving up and to fight the bastards to my last breath, a lesson I really need now when I look at the near ruin my country is in.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Great Seal to be Updated by Progressives

Brothers and Sisters, today I heard about the administration's move to change our Great Seal. This is an outrage of the first order. I know that the administration has a fetish for symbolism, and a disregard for our traditions, and the symbols that go with them, but this is too much. It is time to push back.

The government today announced that it will be changing its emblem from an Eagle to a Condom because it more accurately reflects the government's political stance:

Old Seal

New Seal

A Condom allows for:
lts production destroys the next generation
It protects a bunch of dicks
Gives you a sense of security while you’re being screwed


Wine and Water

To my friends who enjoy alcohol, and those who don't.

As Ben Franklin said:
In wine there is wisdom,
In beer there is freedom,
In water there is bacteria..

In a number of carefully controlled trials, Scientists have demonstrated that if we drink one liter of water each day, at the end of the year we would have absorbed more than one kilo of the Escherichia coli (E.. Coli) bacteria found in feces.

In other words, we are consuming one kilo of poop.

However, we do NOT run that risk when drinking wine & beer (or tequila, rum, whiskey or other liquor), because alcohol has to go through a purification process of boiling, filtering and/or fermenting.

Water = Poop, Alcohol = Health.

Therefore, it's better to drink wine and talk stupid, than to drink water and be full of shit.

There is no need to thank me for this valuable information: I'm doing it as a public service.

Joke of the Week

This is another funny story that probably is not true, but should be. Tip O' the Hat to Chris L. for this weeks chuckle.

A United States Marine was attending some college courses between assignments. He had completed missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. One of the courses had a professor who was an avowed atheist and a member of the ACLU.

One day the professor shocked the class when he came in he looked to the ceiling and flatly stated, “God, if you are real, then I want you to knock me off this platform. I’ll give you exactly 15 minutes.” The lecture room fell silent. You could hear a pin drop.

Ten minutes went by and the professor proclaimed, “Here I am God. I’m still waiting.” It got down to the last couple of minutes when the Marine got out of his chair, went up to the professor, and cold-cocked him, knocking him off the platform. The professor was out cold.

The Marine went back to his seat and sat there, silently. The other students were shocked, stunned, and sat there looking on in silence. The professor eventually came to, noticeably shaken, looked at the Marine and asked, “What the heck is the matter with you? Why did you do that?”

The Marine calmly replied, “God was too busy today protecting American soldiers who are protecting your right to say stupid stuff and act like an idiot. So, He sent me.”

Friday, June 25, 2010

American Patriot/Hero of the Week

Apparently you have to select the "Publish Post" button instead of the "Save Now" button to publish a post. Who knew? Seriously though, user error is the reason why "Tuesday's" Patriot/Hero post is going up on Friday. You have to be smarter than the software, and this week I guess I just did not qualify. So without further ado, I give you this weeks Patriot/Hero.

First Lieutenant Alonzo Cushing

The West Point graduate and his men of the Battery A, 4th U.S. Artillery were defending the Union position on Cemetery Ridge against Pickett's Charge, a major Confederate thrust that could have turned the tide in the war.

Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was planning an invasion of the North; both sides knew how important this engagement was.

Cushing commanded about 110 men and six cannons. His small force along with reinforcements stood their ground under artillery bombardment as nearly 13,000 Confederate infantrymen waited to advance.

The bombardment lasted two hours. Cushing was wounded in the shoulder and groin, and his battery was left with two guns and no long-range ammunition. His stricken battery should have been withdrawn and replaced with reserve forces, Hartwig said, but Cushing shouted that he would take his guns to the front lines.

Confederate soldiers advanced into the Union fire, but finally retreated with massive casualties. The South never recovered from the defeat.

The soldier's bravery so inspired one Civil War history buff that he took up Cushing's cause by launching a Facebook page titled "Give Alonzo Cushing the Medal of Honor." Phil Shapiro, a 27-year-old Air Force captain, said such heroism displayed in one of the nation's most pivotal battles deserved recognition, even at this late date.

Secretary of the Army John McHugh has approved the request, leaving a few formal steps before the award becomes official this summer. Cushing will become one of 3,447 recipients of the medal, and the second from the Civil War honored in the last 10 years.

Read the whole story here.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Global Warming Wednesday

Tip O' the Hat to Sammy Benoit at Yid with Lid for this week's debunking of Global Warming. The proof just keeps rolling in that this is a hoax of epic proportions. I am not one to buy into conspiracy theories, but the whole "Climate Change" nonsense is starting to look that way.

BAD NEWS For Global Warming Moonbats Thickest Ice Cap in Years

Oh Boy, poor Al Gore! He has had such an awful few weeks. First it was the announcement that he is separating from his wife of 40+ years. Then the revelation of his affair with friend Larry David's ex-wife, and today the biggest blow of all. A new observational study shows that the arctic ice is thicker than it has been in years, striking a blow to Gore's Billion Dollar Climate change buisness.

The Arctic meltdown is not as bad as some of the moonbats suggest at least according to geophysicist Christian Haas of the University of Alberta. His international team flew across the top of the planet last year for the 2,412-kilometre survey. They found large expanses of ice four to five metres thick, despite the record retreat in 2007.

"This is a nice demonstration that there is still hope for the ice," said Haas.

The survey, which demonstrated that the "bird" probe tethered to a plane can measure ice thickness over large areas, uncovered plenty of resilient "old" ice from Norway to the North Pole to Alaska in April 2009.

The thickness had "changed little since 2007, and remained within the expected range of natural variability," the team reports in the Geophysical Research Letters.

There is already speculation about how the ice will fare this summer, with some scientists predicting a record melt. Haas said he doesn't buy it.

He said the ice is in some ways in better shape going into the melt season than it has been for a couple of years. "We have more thick ice going into the summer than we did in 2009 and 2008," he said.
Much will depend on the intensity of the winds, and how the ice fractures and is blown around, he said. "But any talk about tipping points, a sudden drop and no recovery . . . I don't think it is going to happen."
.....Part of the problem with ice forecasting is that it based largely on data from satellites. They are good at measuring how large an area is covered by ice, but tell little about its thickness — which can measure in mere centimetres in the case of new ice, or metres in the case of ice several years old.
Its the equivalent of making a weather forecast without looking out the window. Which is the problem with most of the global warming predictions, which are based on computer modeling without the benefit of observation.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Joke of the Week

The Philosophy of Ambiguity




































Governments Visit

As many of you know, I love being scrutinized by the government. Hell's bells, I brag about it. Their scrutiny lets me know that I am annoying the right people. Thank you all to those who turned me in to The Chosen One's rat line. This visit comes from the Treasury Department, and they found my site by a link at Workingclass Conservative, so he got a hit from the government as well. While I am getting hits from the government, I wonder why I am no longer getting hate hits from the lefties. Perhaps I am just not trying hard enough. Oh well, below is proof of your tax dollars at work.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Smokin' Weed and Packin' Heat

Tip O' the Hat to Mike Pechar at The Jawa Report for this piece on Oregon insanity. I have no Idea how the hell I ended up living in this insane asylum. I want to know where the hell are all the lefties on this one? Why are they not in the streets not protesting this expansion in gun rights? I guess it is because it expands the rights of marijuana users it is okay to allow this one small expansion in gun rights temporarily until they can roll back the second amendment completely. Hypocrites one and all.

The Oregon State Court of Appeals ruled this week that medical marijuana users cannot be denied concealed handgun licenses, contrary to the opinions of at least two county sheriffs.
The [federal gun control] act states that "an unlawful user ...of any controlled substance" can't own a gun, and the sheriffs contended the federal act trumps Oregon's medical marijuana law.

While federal law prohibits marijuana, Oregon's 12-year-old law legalizes pot possession for residents with a laundry list of qualifying ailments and a doctor's approval.

Consequently, there continues to be a disparity between state and federal law with regard to the medical marijuana issue. The only change is now medical marijuana smokers can be stoned while carrying a concealed weapon.

There is a reason you can not drink and pack a piece, should you be able to get stoned and pack? This idiocy violates the basic rules of gun safety. Before the 4:20 crowd wakes up to harass me that they can only carry when they are sober, I say how can you tell when they are sober?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

More Reasons to Repeal CommireCare

Tip O' the Hat to my Dad for forwarding this on to me.

Via The Douglass Report

Employers could earn billions by ditching insurance

If you're not fed up with the ObamaCare lies yet, wait until you hear this next one -- because it's a doozy, even by crooked Washington standards.

The president promised that his plan won't change a thing for people who already get health insurance through an employer... but it looks like someone forgot to tell the employers that, because corporate America is already planning to cut you loose.

The new law gives most employers a choice: Fund health insurance for your workers, or pay a fine. Sounds great for the workers -- until you run the numbers.

Don't bother getting out your calculator, corporate America has already beaten you to the punch. It took them all of 12 seconds to figure out that it would be cheaper to kill their insurance plans and pay the fines.

Just look at AT&T. They might provide lousy phone service, but they're pretty good with math -- they've calculated that ditching health insurance for employees would cost them $600 million in ObamaCare fines, according to the Wall Street Journal.

But since they paid $2.4 billion in health care costs last year, that's the quickest and easiest $1.8 billion they'll ever make.

Thank you, Mr. President. Here's a free iPhone.

Caterpillar, John Deere and Verizon are all crunching their own numbers, according to the Journal... and I'll bet your employer is as well.

Remember, once they drop your insurance you will be required by law to buy your own -- and don't think for a moment that it'll be cheaper or better. Some of my middle-class friends will have to pay $1,000 a month or more for their "free" ObamaCare.

Meanwhile, the Congressional Budget Office said a few months ago that discretionary spending for the first decade of ObamaCare would be $55 billion. Now, they're saying it'll be $110 billion.

In a few more months, who knows -- maybe it'll be a zillion dollars. Whatever it is, you know who'll be stuck with that bill.


American Patriot/Hero of the Week

Last night I was not feeling well, so I went to bed early. I had not had a chance to post a hero of the week, and now I am at work without my files. With that in mind I am going to steal borrow this week's hero from Proof's Medal of Honor Archive.

Captain James Allen Taylor

Capt. Taylor, Armor, was serving as executive officer of Troop B, 1st Squadron. His troop was engaged in an attack on a fortified position west of Que Son when it came under intense enemy recoilless rifle, mortar, and automatic weapons fire from an enemy strong point located immediately to its front. One armored cavalry assault vehicle was hit immediately by recoilless rifle fire and all 5 crewmembers were wounded. Aware that the stricken vehicle was in grave danger of exploding, Capt. Taylor rushed forward and personally extracted the wounded to safety despite the hail of enemy fire and exploding ammunition. Within minutes a second armored cavalry assault vehicle was hit by multiple recoilless rifle rounds. Despite the continuing intense enemy fire, Capt. Taylor moved forward on foot to rescue the wounded men from the burning vehicle and personally removed all the crewmen to the safety of a nearby dike. Moments later the vehicle exploded. As he was returning to his vehicle, a bursting mortar round painfully wounded Capt. Taylor, yet he valiantly returned to his vehicle to relocate the medical evacuation landing zone to an area closer to the front lines. As he was moving his vehicle, it came under machinegun fire from an enemy position not 50 yards away. Capt. Taylor engaged the position with his machinegun, killing the 3-man crew. Upon arrival at the new evacuation site, still another vehicle was struck. Once again Capt. Taylor rushed forward and pulled the wounded from the vehicle, loaded them aboard his vehicle, and returned them safely to the evacuation site. His actions of unsurpassed valor were a source of inspiration to his entire troop, contributed significantly to the success of the overall assault on the enemy position, and were directly responsible for saving the lives of a number of his fellow soldiers. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military profession and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.Capt. Taylor: We humbly salute you and thank you for your service.

Global Warming Wednesday

It was all hot air and hoax.

A top official with the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change admitted yesterday that there never was agreement on global warming and that only a few dozen scientists actually believed it.
The National Post reported:

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change misled the press and public into believing that thousands of scientists backed its claims on manmade global warming, according to Mike Hulme, a prominent climate scientist and IPCC insider. The actual number of scientists who backed that claim was “only a few dozen experts,” he states in a paper for Progress in Physical Geography, co-authored with student Martin Mahony.

“Claims such as ‘2,500 of the world’s leading scientists have reached a consensus that human activities are having a significant influence on the climate’ are disingenuous,” the paper states unambiguously, adding that they rendered “the IPCC vulnerable to outside criticism.”

Hulme, Professor of Climate Change in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia – the university of Climategate fame — is the founding Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and one of the UK’s most prominent climate scientists. Among his many roles in the climate change establishment, Hulme was the IPCC’s co-ordinating Lead Author for its chapter on ‘Climate scenario development’ for its Third Assessment Report and a contributing author of several other chapters.

Hulme’s depiction of IPCC’s exaggeration of the number of scientists who backed its claim about man-made climate change can be found on pages 10 and 11 of his paper, found here.

And to think, it was just two years ago junk scientist Al Gore promised that the arctic ice cap would be melted entirely in 5 years.
And, they gave him a Peace Prize for that.


Monday, June 14, 2010

Joke of the Week

My flight was being served by an obviously gay flight attendant, who seemed to put everyone in a good mood as he served us food and drinks.

As the plane prepared to descend, he came swishing down the aisle and told us that 'Captain Marvel has asked me to announce that he'll be landing the big scary plane shortly, so lovely people, if you could just put your trays up, that would be super.'

On his trip back up the aisle, he noticed this well-dressed and rather Arabic looking woman hadn't moved a muscle. 'Perhaps you didn't hear me over those big brute engines but I asked you to raise your trazy-poo, so the main man can pitty-pat us on the ground.'

She calmly turned her head and said, 'In my country, I am called a Princess and I take orders from no one.'

To which the flight attendant replied, without missing a beat, 'Well, sweet-cheeks, in my country I'm called a Queen, so I outrank you.

Tray-up, Bitch'

Happy Flag Day

Flag Day, is a day for all Americans to celebrate and show respect for our flag, its designers and makers. Our flag is representative of our independence and our unity as a nation, under God, indivisible. Our flag has a proud and glorious history. It was at the lead of every battle fought by Americans. Many people have died protecting it. It even stands proudly on the surface of the moon.

As Americans, we have every right to be proud of our culture, our nation, and our flag. So raise the flag today and every day with pride!

Properly Display Our Flag

There is a right way and a wrong way to display the flag. The American flag should be held in the highest of regards. It represents our nation and the many people who gave their lives for our country and our flag. Here are the basics on displaying the American flag:

* The flag is normally flown from sunrise to sunset.
* In the morning, raise the flag briskly. At sunset, lower it slowly. Always, raise and lower it ceremoniously.
* The flag should not be flown at night without a light on it.
* The flag should not be flown in the rain or inclement weather.
* After a tragedy or death, the flag is flown at half staff for 30 days. It's called "half staff" on land, and "half mast" on a ship.
* When flown vertically on a pole, the stars and blue field , or "union", is at the top and at the end of the pole (away from your house).
* The American flag is always flown at the top of the pole. Your state flag and other flags fly below it.
* The union is always on top. When displayed in print, the stars and blue field are always on the left.
* Never let your flag touch the ground, never...period.
* Fold your flag when storing. Don't just stuff it in a drawer or box.
* When your flag is old and has seen better days, it is time to retire it. Old flags should be burned or buried. Please do not throw it in the trash.

The Colors

There is no official assignment of meaning or symbolism to the colors of the flag. However, Charles Thomson, secretary of the Continental Congress, in describing the Great Seal, related its
colors to those of the flag.

us  flag

According to Thomson, "White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valor, and Blue.... vigilance, perseverance & justice."

So the Red and White stripes of 13 represent the link to the original ground of 13 states on which the nation has been built up. The stars, representing the union of now 50 states, have been laid on the blue canton to bind all of them with the bond of vigilance, perseverance and justice.

The Star Spangled Banner Lyrics
By Francis Scott Key 1814

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Dr. Suess Weighs in on The Chosen One

I do not like this Uncle Sam, I do not like his health care scam.

I do not like these dirty crooks, or how they lie and cook the books.

I do not like when Congress steals,

I do not like their secret deals.

I do not like this speaker Nan ,

I do not like this 'YES WE CAN'.

I do not like this spending spree,

I'm smart, I know that nothing's free,

I do not like your smug replies, when I complain about your lies.

I do not like this kind of hope.

I do not like it. nope, nope, nope!


Friday, June 11, 2010

How Easily Hitler Fooled the Austrian People....

Tip O' the Hat to Christian Soldier at Carol's Blog for this enlightening bit of history:

My friends-please know that the Dark Side (Lucifer's Kids) is working here in the US to do the same evil that was done by Hitler - Stalin and
An Austrian woman describing the events and situations that led to Hitler's take-over of her country...
three that jumped out-
l. the elimination of Biblical teachings in the newly formed and totally government run schools..
2. the confiscation of guns-which I knew before but she revealed it in her writing...
3. and - of course - the elimination of undesirables...eugenics-Sanger..
Nothing ever changes...
BTW-Hitler admired Sanger

The author of this article lives in South Dakota and appears to be very active in attempting to maintain our freedom. I encourage everybody to read this article and pass it along. I see so many parallels in this country, are we going to sit by and watch it happen?

The United States truly is the Greatest Country in the World. Don't Let Freedom Slip Away

By: Kitty Werthmann

What I am about to tell you is something you've probably never heard or will ever read in history books.

I believe that I am an eyewitness to history. I cannot tell you that Hitler took Austria by tanks and guns; it would distort history. We elected him by a landslide - 98% of the vote.. I've never read that in any American publications. Everyone thinks that Hitler just rolled in with his tanks and took Austria by force.

In 1938, Austria was in deep Depression. Nearly one-third of our workforce was unemployed. We had 25% inflation and 25% bank loan interest rates.

Farmers and business people were declaring bankruptcy daily. Young people were going from house to house begging for food. Not that they didn't want to work; there simply weren't any jobs. My mother was a Christian woman and believed in helping people in need. Every day we cooked a big kettle of soup and baked bread to feed those poor, hungry people - about 30 daily.

The Communist Party and the National Socialist Party were fighting each other. Blocks and blocks of cities like Vienna, Linz, and Graz were destroyed. The people became desperate and petitioned the government to let them decide what kind of government they wanted.

We looked to our neighbor on the north, Germany, where Hitler had been in power since 1933. We had been told that they didn't have unemployment or crime, and they had a high standard of living. Nothing was ever said about persecution of any group -- Jewish or otherwise. We were led to believe that everyone was happy. We wanted the same way of life in Austria. We were promised that a vote for Hitler would mean the end of unemployment and help for the family. Hitler also said that businesses would be assisted, and farmers would get their farms back. Ninety-eight percent of the population voted to annex Austria to Germany and have Hitler for our ruler.

We were overjoyed, and for three days we danced in the streets and had candlelight parades. The new government opened up big field kitchens and everyone was fed.

After the election, German officials were appointed, and like a miracle, we suddenly had law and order. Three or four weeks later, everyone was employed. The government made sure that a lot of work was created through the Public Work Service.

Hitler decided we should have equal rights for women. Before this, it was a custom that married Austrian women did not work outside the home. An able-bodied husband would be looked down on if he couldn't support his family. Many women in the teaching profession were elated that they could retain the jobs they previously had been required to give up for marriage.

Hitler Targets Education - Eliminates Religious Instruction for Children:

Our education was nationalized. I attended a very good public school. The population was predominantly Catholic, so we had religion in our schools. The day we elected Hitler (March 13, 1938), I walked into my schoolroom to find the crucifix replaced by Hitler's picture hanging next to a Nazi flag. Our teacher, a very devout woman, stood up and told the class we wouldn't pray or have religion anymore. Instead, we sang "Deutschland, Deutschland, Uber Alles," and had physical education.

Sunday became National Youth Day with compulsory attendance. Parents were not pleased about the sudden change in curriculum. They were told that if they did not send us, they would receive a stiff letter of warning the first time. The second time they would be fined the equivalent of $300, and the third time they would be subject to jail. The first two hours consisted of political indoctrination. The rest of the day we had sports. As time went along, we loved it. Oh, we had so much fun and got our sports equipment free. We would go home and gleefully tell our parents about the wonderful time we had.

My mother was very unhappy. When the next term started, she took me out of public school and put me in a convent. I told her she couldn't do that and she told me that someday when I grew up, I would be grateful. There was a very good curriculum, but hardly any fun - no sports, and no political indoctrination. I hated it at first but felt I could tolerate it. Every once in a while, on holidays, I went home. I would go back to my old friends and ask what was going on and what they were doing. Their loose lifestyle was very alarming to me. They lived without religion. By that time unwed mothers were glorified for having a baby for Hitler. It seemed strange to me that our society changed so suddenly. As time went along, I realized what a great deed my mother did so that I wasn't exposed to that kind of humanistic philosophy.

Equal Rights Hits Home:

In 1939, the war started and a food bank was established. All food was rationed and could only be purchased using food stamps. At the same time, a full-employment law was passed which meant if you didn't work, you didn't get a ration card, and if you didn't have a card, you starved to death. Women who stayed home to raise their families didn't have any marketable skills and often had to take jobs more suited for men. Soon after this, the draft was implemented. It was compulsory for young people, male and female, to give one year to the labor corps. During the day, the girls worked on the farms, and at night they returned to their barracks for military training just like the boys. They were trained to be anti-aircraft gunners and participated in the signal corps. After the labor corps, they were not discharged but were used in the front lines. When I go back to Austria to visit my family and friends, most of these women are emotional cripples because they just were not equipped to handle the horrors of combat. Three months before I turned 18, I was severely injured in an air raid attack. I nearly had a leg amputated, so I was spared having to go into the labor corps and into military service.

Hitler Restructured the Family Through Daycare:

When the mothers had to go out into the work force, the government immediately established child care centers. You could take your children ages 4 weeks to school age and leave them there around-the-clock, 7 days a week, under the total care of the government. The state raised a whole generation of children.. There were no motherly women to take care of the children, just people highly trained in child psychology. By this time, no one talked about equal rights. We knew we had been had.

Health Care and Small Business Suffer Under Government Controls:

Before Hitler, we had very good medical care. Many American doctors trained at the University of Vienna . After Hitler, health care was socialized, free for everyone. Doctors were salaried by the government. The problem was, since it was free, the people were going to the doctors for everything. When the good doctor arrived at his office at 8 a.m., 40 people were already waiting and, at the same time, the hospitals were full. If you needed elective surgery, you had to wait a year or two for your turn. There was no
money for research as it was poured into socialized medicine. Research at the medical schools literally stopped, so the best doctors left Austria and emigrated to other countries.

As for health care, our tax rates went up to 80% of our income. Newlyweds immediately received a $1,000 loan from the government to establish a household. We had big programs for families. All day care and education were free. High schools were taken over by the government and college tuition was subsidized. Everyone was entitled to free handouts, such as food stamps, clothing, and housing.

We had another agency designed to monitor business. My brother-in-law owned a restaurant that had square tables. Government officials told him he had to replace them with round tables because people might bump themselves on the corners. Then they said he had to have additional bathroom facilities. It was just a small dairy business with a snack bar. He couldn't meet all the demands. Soon, he went out of business. If the government owned the large businesses and not many small ones existed, it could be in control.

We had consumer protection. We were told how to shop and what to buy. Free enterprise was essentially abolished. We had a planning agency specially designed for farmers. The agents would go to the farms, count the live-stock, then tell the farmers what to produce, and how to produce it.

"Mercy Killing" Redefined:

In 1944, I was a student teacher in a small village in the Alps. The villagers were surrounded by mountain passes which, in the winter, were closed off with snow, causing people to be isolated. So people intermarried and offspring were sometimes retarded. When I arrived, I was told there were 15 mentally retarded adults, but they were all useful and did good manual work. I knew one, named Vincent, very well. He was a janitor of the school. One day I looked out the window and saw Vincent and others getting into a van. I asked my superior where they were going. She said to an institution where the State Health Department would teach them a trade, and to read and write. The families were required to sign papers with a little clause that they could not visit for 6 months. They were told visits would interfere with the program and might cause homesickness.

As time passed, letters started to dribble back saying these people died a natural, merciful death. The villagers were not fooled. We suspected what was happening. Those people left in excellent physical health and all died within 6 months. We called this euthanasia.

The Final Steps - Gun Laws:

Next came gun registration. People were getting injured by guns. Hitler said that the real way to catch criminals (we still had a few) was by matching serial numbers on guns. Most citizens were law abiding and dutifully marched to the police station to register their firearms. Not long after-wards, the police said that it was best for everyone to turn in their guns. The authorities already knew who had them, so it was futile not to comply voluntarily.

No more freedom of speech. Anyone who said something against the government was taken away. We knew many people who were arrested, not only Jews, but also priests and ministers who spoke up.

Totalitarianism didn't come quickly, it took 5 years from 1938 until 1943, to realize full dictatorship in Austria . Had it happened overnight, my countrymen would have fought to the last breath. Instead, we had creeping gradualism. Now, our only weapons were broom handles. The whole idea sounds almost unbelievable that the state, little by little eroded our freedom.

After World War II, Russian troops occupied Austria. Women were raped, preteen to elderly. The press never wrote about this either. When the Soviets left in 1955, they took everything that they could, dismantling whole factories in the process. They sawed down whole orchards of fruit, and what they couldn't destroy, they burned. We called it The Burned Earth. Most of the population barricaded themselves in their houses. Women hid in their cellars for 6 weeks as the troops mobilized. Those who couldn't, paid the price. There is a monument in Vienna today, dedicated to those women who were massacred by the Russians. This is an eye witness account.

"It's true..those of us who sailed past the Statue of Liberty came to a country of unbelievable freedom and opportunity.

America Truly is the Greatest Country in the World. Don't Let Freedom Slip Away.

"After America, There is No Place to Go"

Does any of this sound familiar? It should. Freedom rarely dies all at once, it limps slowly into death.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

News Roundup

Senators Fret Over Big 12 Collapse, Explore Options - Really? With two wars, the other troubles in the Middle East, terrorist attacks, and a major oil spill disaster in the gulf, and this is what congress is concerned with? Really?

In South Carolina, Greene is Mystery Man Despite Winning Democratic Senate Nod - Proof that libs will vote for anybody.

Sarah Palin's Breasts - Again, with all that is going on in the world and this is news?

Boehner Presents Obama with Letter from Economists Underscoring GOP Points - The Chosen one knows best though.

Goat Spears Rep. Weiner, Draws Blood - Bwahahahahahahahahaha!

Dems' Tough New Immigration Pitch - Alright you can stay, but only you promise to stop breaking the law. Pinky swear!

VIDEO: Man Punched During Protest Against Government Bailouts - As soon as that dude hit me I would have dropped him. If he touched my wife, I would have broken three bones just for drill, then I gone to work on him.

Cato Scholar Jokes about Using Undocumented Immigrants to Soak Up Oil: 'they're very absorbent.' - Ah, a perfect example of the tolerance of the left.

From the WTF Files

Tip O' the Hat to Lars Larson who mentioned this on his show.

Just a few miles north of where I live, the people of the oblast of Washington are attempting to protest the high taxes imposed by the politburo. They have somehow managed to place on the November ballot a piece of legislation that is simply hilarious in the manner that it demands truth in politics. Measure 1069 states:

"This measure would require the Seal of the State of Washington to be changed to depict a vignette of a tapeworm dressed in a three piece suit attached to the lower intestine of a taxpayer shown as the central figure. The seal would be required to be encircled with the following words: “Committed to sucking the life blood out of each and every tax payer.” The illustration would be selected from submissions submitted by taxpayers."

At first I thought this was a joke, and a funny one at that, but then I went to the Washington Secretary of State's website and confirmed the authenticity. I have to admit that at this point, I laughed so hard that my sides hurt. I told a few friends at work about the initiative, and actually had to prove that I was not making it up, or that it was a big joke. While we were talking about it, one of my friends asked how many signatures are required to get an initiative on the ballot. I tossed out one hundred thousand, a number I thought was at least in the ball park. Through my research for this post, I found out that I was far short. According to the laws of the state of Washington, the number or registered voter signatures needed to place a ballot initiative is in fact two hundred forty one thousand one hundred fifty three. Every one of these signatures must be from a lawfully registered voter, and as many signatures are duplicates or not from a registered voter, an overage of twenty percent is recommended. Basically a quarter million Washingtonians want this beast to pass. At this point it took nearly five minutes to catch my breath, and now my sides really hurt

James Vaughn of Orting, WA. obviously put much effort, and probably cash, into getting this initiative on to the ballot, and several of my friends in that neck of the woods intend to vote for it. Despite the entertainment factor, I know that this ballot measure will never pass in the Worker's Paradises of Seattle, Olympia or Tacoma, and will therefore not die stillborn, but it is still highly entertaining, Later, as I continued my work day, it occurred to me, the flag of the State of Washington is a green banner with the Washington State Seal on it. Depending on how the state flag code is written, this could potentially mean that the State Tapeworm would grace the flag in lieu of George Washington. If the flag code details every element, then it would not change. If however it simply details the seal on a green banner...... With great glee I looked up the flag code which reads:

RCW 1.20.010 State flag. The official flag of the state of Washington shall be of dark green silk or bunting and shall bear in its center a reproduction of the seal of the state of Washington embroidered, printed, painted or stamped thereon.

Now I am on the floor wetting myself.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Global Warming Wednesday

Via The Middleberry Community Network, here is a great editorial titled The Great Global Warming Hoax?

Editor's Introductory Note: Our planet has been slowly warming since last emerging from the "Little Ice Age" of the 17th century, often associated with the Maunder Minimum. Before that came the "Medieval Warm Period", in which temperatures were about the same as they are today. Both of these climate phenomena are known to have occurred in the Northern Hemisphere, but several hundred years prior to the present, the majority of the Southern Hemisphere was primarily populated by indigenous peoples, where science and scientific observation was limited to non-existent. Thus we can not say that these periods were necessarily "global".

However, "Global Warming" in recent historical times has been an indisputable fact, and no one can reasonably deny that.

But we're hearing far too often that the "science" is "settled", and that it is mankind's contribution to the natural CO2 in the atmosphere has been the principal cause of an increasing "Greenhouse Effect", which is the root "cause" of global warming. We're also hearing that "all the world's scientists now agree on this settled science", and it is now time to quickly and most radically alter our culture, and prevent a looming global catastrophe. And last, but not least, we're seeing a sort of mass hysteria sweeping our culture which is really quite disturbing. Historians ponder how the entire nation of Germany could possibly have goose-stepped into place in such a short time, and we have similar unrest. Have we become a nation of overnight loonies?

Sorry folks, but we're not exactly buying into the Global Hysteria just yet. We know a great deal about atmospheric physics, (bio) and from the onset, many of the claims were just plain fishy. The extreme haste with which seemingly the entire world immediately accepted the idea of Anthropogenic ( man-made ) Global Warming made us more than a little bit suspicious that no one had really taken a close look at the science. We also knew that the catch-all activity today known as "Climate Science" was in its infancy, and that atmospheric modeling did not and still does not exist which can predict changes in the weather or climate more than about a day or two in advance.

So the endless stream of dire predictions of what was going to happen years or decades from now if we did not drastically reduce our CO2 production by virtually shutting down the economies of the world appeared to be more the product of radical political and environmental activism rather than science. Thus, we embarked on a personal quest for more information, armed with a strong academic background in postgraduate physics and a good understanding of the advanced mathematics necessary in such a pursuit. This fundamental knowledge of the core principles of matter and its many exceptionally complex interactions allowed us to research and understand the foundations of many other sciences. In short, we read complex scientific articles in many other scientific disciplines with relative ease and good understanding - like most folks read comic books.

As our own knowledge of "climate science" grew, so grew our doubts over the "settled science". What we found was the science was far from "settled".. in fact it was barely underway.

It was for a while a somewhat lonely quest, what with "all the world's scientists" apparently having no doubt. Finally, in December 2007 we submitted an article to one of our local newspapers, the Addison Independent, thinking they would be delighted in having at minimum an alternative view of the issue. Alas, they chose not to publish it, but two weeks after our submission (by the strangest coincidence), published yet another "pro-global-warming" feature written by an individual whom, to the best we could determine, had no advanced training in any science at all, beyond self-taught it would appear. Still, the individual had published a number of popular books on popular environmental issues, was well-loved by those of similar political bent, and was held in high esteem among his peers. We had learned a valuable lesson: Popular Journalists trump coupled sets of 2nd-order partial differential equations every time. Serious science doesn't matter if you have the press in your pocket.

In fairness to the Addison Independent and its editors, our article was somewhat lengthy and technical, and presumably the average reader most likely could not follow or even be interested in an alternative viewpoint, since everyone knew by now that the global warming issue was "settled science". And we confess that we like the paper, subscribe to it, and know a number of folks who work there personally. They're all good folks, and they have every right to choose what does or doesn't go in their publication. They also have a right to spin the news any direction they choose, because that's what freedom of the press is all about. Seems everyone, both left and right, does it - and it's almost certain we will be accused of doing the same here. And we just may be, as hard as we may try to avoid it. We humans aren't all shaped by the same cookie cutter, and that's a blessing that has taken us as a species to the top of the food chain.

But by then we had been sharing our own independent research of the literature with others via email, and receiving a surprising amount of agreement back in return. (We're in contact with a large number of fellow scientists around the country, dating back to our college days in the 17th century when beer was a quarter a bottle). One local friend, in particular, kept pressing us to publish, and even offered to set up a "debate" with the Popular Journalist who had usurped our original article. This we politely declined, arguing that "debate" cannot prove or disprove must stand on its own.

But then something unusual happened. On Dec. 13, 2007, 100 scientists jointly signed an Open Letter to Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, requesting they cease the man-made global warming hysteria and settle down to helping mankind better prepare for natural disasters. The final signature was from the President of the World Federation of Scientists.

At last, we were not alone...

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

American Patriot/Hero of the Week

This week's hero is a little different. Sometimes I write the Hero posts like an announcement for an award, I do not disclose the name at the start. This week will be different, as this child hero remains, at least as far as I can research, unnamed due to the fact that he is a minor, and the family fears reprisal, though I have the feeling that most people would take what happened to Jose Luis Ortega to heart, and stay away.

Early on the morning of 1/15/2010, two illegal aliens and a third man, broke into the family's Palmview home in Hidalgo County, TX.

"The homeowner said she and her 11-year-old son were in bed when she heard banging coming from the front door. She got up to check and she saw two Hispanic males men wearing masks and armed with handguns walking towards her. She quickly closed the bedroom door but one of the men allegedly tried to force it open. The masked man kept telling her to open the door and she would not open the door. The woman told deputies that the home invaders shot through the door and hit her son on the left hip area. Her son had a 22 cal. Rifle and shot back at the alleged robbers[, hitting one man in the neck]. The woman waited, opened the door, saw that the suspects were gone and called 911. Deputies found blood all over the floor and noted that the front door had been knocked down."

Again via
"The suspects have been have been identified as:

Jaime Arturo Santana-Vasquez, 34
Fernando Guerrero-Padilla, 41
Jose Luis Ortega, 26

Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office deputies reported that both Santana-Vasquez and Guerrero-Padilla are illegal immigrants. The two were arrested near the scene of the crime and were arraigned under aggravated robbery charges where they each received $750,000 dollars in bonds.

Investigators reported that Ortega was shot in the neck by an 11-year-old boy who was also shot while defending his mother.

Deputies said the boy was released from the hospital over the weekend while Ortega remains in a coma at the Brooks Medical Center in San Antonio

Authorities are working to identify other suspects in the case but said Ortega would be charged with attempted murder and aggravated robbery charges once he regains consciousness.

The McAllen Monitor reported that the bullet that entered boy's groin remains in his right leg.

"We just don’t know if there’s any damages that were done to the groin area until swelling is down," the boy's mother told The Monitor.

The family told The Monitor that they are staying with relatives but they fear retaliation.

"We’re just traumatized,” the mother told The Monitor. "We can’t even close our eyes. We’re just having flashbacks and everything.""

This young boyman stood up to three armed men to protect his mother who was in the bedroom with him, and his sister was hiding in the kitchen. This young man refused to be a victim and did the job of a grown man, he protected his family. I wish him a speedy recovery, the best of luck and my utmost respect.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Joke of the Week

Tip O' the Hat to Peggy P. for this week's joke. I think this is one of the funniest jokes I ever published.

A burglar broke into a house one night. He shined his flashlight around, looking for valuables when a voice in the dark said, 'Jesus knows you're here.'

He nearly jumped out of his skin, clicked his flashlight off, and froze. When he heard nothing more, after a bit, he shook his head and continued. Just as he pulled the stereo out so he could disconnect the wires, clear as a bell he heard 'Jesus is watching you.'

Freaked out, he shined his light around frantically, looking for the source of the voice. Finally, in the corner of the room, his flashlight beam came to rest on a parrot.

'Did you say that?' he hissed at the parrot.

'Yep', the parrot confessed, then squawked, 'I'm just trying to warn you that he is watching you.'

The burglar relaxed. 'Warn me, huh? Who in the world are you?'

'Moses,' replied the bird.

'Moses?' the burglar laughed. 'What kind of people would name a bird Moses?'

'The kind of people that would name a Rottweiler Jesus.'

Thursday, June 3, 2010

U.S. Immigration Policy Takes a Left Turn

Tip O' the Hat to Caught Him with a Corndog for bringing this to my attention.

In regards to U.S. immigration policy, as it pertains to illegal aliens, this nation in deep trouble. In what universe is a headline like this okay: "16 Illegals Sue Arizona Rancher".

When I first saw this, I thought it was a joke on the sorry state of our immigration policy, but I was shocked to find that not only was this true, but that "U.S. District Judge John Roll rejected a motion by Mr. Barnett to have the charges dropped, ruling there was sufficient evidence to allow the matter to be presented to a jury." Sufficient evidence of what? That he detained some trespassers on his land? That he used some naughty language or let his dog scare them? It appears to me that all he is guilty of is adding sixteen more points to his running tally of over twelve thousand captured illegal aliens.

The lawsuit is asking for "$32 million in actual and punitive damages for civil rights violations, the infliction of emotional distress and other crimes." This breaks down to two million dollars apiece because he frightened them, had them arrested and likely deported. Where is the crime in that?

This is a man, a property and business owner, who has seen the government stand idly by while people who have no business being here in the first place, damage, destroy and steal his property, kill his cattle, break into his house and litter his land with trash and corpses. What should he have done? What would YOU have done if the government refused to stem the tide of dangerous illegal aliens violating the sanctity of this man's home? This is a clear danger to security of this man, his property and his family.

The ranchers along the southern border have had little to no redress from the federal government which is supposed to be responsible for securing our borders and keep out threats to our nation. The first and highest duty of government is to protect the citizens of our great nation. A duty they have abrogated by not controlling the plague of illegal aliens that they allow to cross our borders and murder citizens such as Robert Krentz. The sad truth is that we have no presumption of police protection. Typically this means properly maintaining a home defense fire arm and taking minimal security precautions, but when you land is being invaded, security means going out from your own walls and confronting the threat before it comes to you. In a fight like this, if you have to stand your ground in your own doorway, you have already lost.

American Patrot/Hero of the Week

Being that this is Memorial Day week, I am not going to pick an individual to honor this week. Memorial Day is a time to honor all of those who gave their lives for this great nation. Above and beyond the the brave men and women of our armed forces, this includes public safety officers such as police, firemen, EMT's etc. While all of these people are both brave and noble, the group I want honor typically receives a very bad rap. This week I want to honor our brave, and much maligned, Vietnam War Veterans.

Often we heap kudos and honor upon our glorious World War II and Korea vets, yet we as a nation have barely even made a down payment on the tremendous debt we owe these brave men and women. When they returned from the war zone, they were spat upon, cursed and called horrible names such as murderer and baby-killer, yet was their sacrifices any less than the veterans of other wars? The answer is no, it was not. They fought just as hard, and bled just a red for freedom.

To this day the perception of this group of vets, is of slightly unbalanced individuals who are incapable of having a normal relationship of any kind, holding down a job or maintaining a home. Statistics say this perception is true, but a the great Mark Twain said, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics." The truth is, that when the experts attempted to verify what the statistics told them, they found them to be total and complete bollocks.

The blunt truth is we have not done right by these men and women, both in taking care of the survivors, nor in honoring their fallen. It is for all of these reasons that I honor these mostly unsung heroes. I hope that honoring these brave veterans will help repay the great debt we owe these men and women, though I know my efforts to be insignificant.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Global Warming Wednesday

Tip O' the Hat to Ray Schneider at Political Brambles for this weeks debunk of all that greenie-weenie nonsense.

The "Going Green" Fraud! It's Not Going to Happen. It's a Scam!

SEE HERE The laws of physics are not going to be repealed and unfortunately that is what would have to happen for the "going green" nonsense to make any sense. If you all want to starve to death you can stop using energy, but since most people are not that nuts it isn't going to happen. Why not? Aren't wind and solar and all that just great? Well there is the slight problem that they're unreliable and don't work when the wind doesn't blow or the sun doesn't shine. But it is actually worse than that. They are also relatively inefficient, so even when they do work they don't work all that well. You can do some of it if you like. It's expensive, much more expensive than conventional hydrocarbon based fuels and it has side effects like everything else. If you did manage to shift to it (which can't actually happen but we can imagine it) then the same bunch of kooks would be moaning about bird strikes, noise, disposal of solar panels and whatever else they can complain about. The green crowd won't be happy until Gaia has lost it's cognitive dimension, i.e. until man has died out. That's what it comes down to.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Joke of the Week

Tip O' the Hat to Chris L. for passing this one along. I laughed so hard I almost wet myself. Enjoy.

We had to have the garage door repaired. The Sears repairman told us that one of our problems was that we did not have a 'large' enough motor on the opener. I thought for a minute, and said that we had the largest one Sears made at that time, a 1/2 horsepower. He shook his head and said, 'Lady, you need a 1/4 horsepower.' I responded that 1/2 was larger than 1/4. He said, 'NO, it's not.' Four is larger than two..'

We haven't used Sears repair since.

My daughter and I went through the McDonald's take-out window and I gave the clerk a $5 bill. Our total was $4.25, so I also handed her a quarter. She said, 'you gave me too much money.' I said, 'Yes I know, but this way you can just give me a dollar bill back.' She sighed and went to get the manager who asked me to repeat my request. I did so, and he handed me back the quarter, and said 'We're sorry but we can not do that kind of thing.' The clerk then proceeded to give me back $1 and 75 cents in change..

Do not confuse the clerks at McDonald's.

I live in a semi-rural area. We recently had a new neighbor call the local township administrative office to request the removal of the DEER CROSSING sign on our road. The reason: 'Too many deer are being hit by cars out here! I don't think this is a good place for them to be crossing anymore.'

My daughter went to a local Taco Bell and ordered a taco. She asked the person behind the counter for 'minimal lettuce.' He said he was sorry, but they only had iceburg lettuce.

I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked, 'Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?' T o which I replied, 'If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?' He smiled knowingly and nodded, 'That's why we ask.'

The stoplight on the corner buzzes when it's safe to cross the street. I was crossing with an intellectually challenged coworker of mine. She asked if I knew what the buzzer was for. I explained that it signals blind people when the light is red. Appalled, she responded, 'What on earth are blind people doing driving?!'

At a good-bye luncheon for an old and dear coworker. She was leaving the company due to 'downsizing.' Our manager commented cheerfully, 'This is fun. We should do this more often.' Not another word was spoken. We all just looked at each other with that deer-in-the-headlights stare.
This was a lunch at Texas Instruments.

I work with an individual who plugged her power strip back into itself and for the sake of her life, couldn't understand why her system would not turn on.

A deputy with the Dallas County Sheriffs office, no less.

When my husband and I arrived at an automobile dealership to pick up our car, we were told the keys had been locked in it. We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver side door. As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it was unlocked. 'Hey,' I announced to the technician, 'its open!' His reply, 'I know. I already got that side.'
This was at the Dodge dealership in Canton, MS

STAY ALERT! They walk among us... and the scary part is that they VOTE and they REPRODUCE!

Things like this make me weep for the species.