Sunday, October 11, 2015

Passing through and checking in.

Greetings from fabulous rainy/sunny, if you don't like the weather, just wait a moment and it will change, Seattle.

Say, how much fun is it to a) discover during a driving, blasting rain storm that your roof leaks, dripping into your home office; b) climbing onto your roof during said rainstorm to try to pinpoint the leak; c) not find the leak and so have to cut into the only attic space in your home that does not have an access way into which the water is leaking; d) discover that the source of the leak is actually partially under an overhang(?); and e) climb back onto the roof in said howling rainstorm and use roofing tar to patch the leak? Answer: Not much fun at all. But ya do whatcha gotta do.

Speaking of Seahawk football, also not much fun this season so far. BUT, hope (not the Barry Bam Bam sort) springs eternal. A Three Pete would be nice.

Finally, as hockey is a passion of our gracious hostess, I must mention that my cousin's son, a former pro hockey player himself, got together with two of his high school hockey bum buddies and opened a brewery! Okay, it is in Eagle River, Alaska, just north of Anchorage, but still! It is called Odd-Man Rush, which is a hockey play of some sort I am told. So, if any of you are passing through Alaska, check it out.

So what is the haps with all of you? I will check in over the next months to see who still drops by.

Y'r Hmb'l and O'bdnt Srv'nt

Rickvid in Seattle

Monday, February 02, 2015

Well, that was disappointing.

I was even videoing the ending moments at the pub ready to turn the camera on the cheering crowd. Think I'll delete that stuff. But, that was then, this is now. Moving on and wondering how the roster will change for next year. And what the NFL wil do, or not do, about deflated balls. Likely nothing of substance. Onward!

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Re-Pete! Here's hopin'!

As you might imagine, Seattle is all a-buzz. A 3:30 pm game, in our time zone, is perfect. Will be at one of my fave pubs watching the Big Game (is that stupid or what?) on the big screen, chomping on Hawk Wings, downing some good local brew. See y'all on the flipside.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Before this weekend's Seahawk victory, a topic for discussion. Sort of...

2016 - Cruz/Jindal.

If so, can we hand the leftists the plate o' crap they have been slinging at us about "You only disagree with them because they are Hispanic and Indian!" Of course, we on the right tend toward more adult expression, still, it would be a nice bit of shadenfreud, eh?

Any thoughts on who might be/should be the Republican and Democratic nominees and why? Or why not?

Monday, December 08, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

Yet again, and the mob howls

There are gun-related 2 bills up for a vote here in Washington.

I-591 would forbid gun confiscation without due process and would restrict state background checks to simply conform to federal law. It is supported by law enforcement, shooting associations, and gun rights groups.

I-594, touted as simply requiring background checks for gun sales, would require background checks on any "transfer" of a gun from one person to another. The way this bill is written, if my neighbor, whom I’ve known for decades, wants to show me the pistol he got off of a dead NVA officer in Vietnam, we would have to go to a gun shop, get a background check on me, and only if I passed could he hand the gun to me to look at. THEN, to hand it back, by the strict letter of the law, we'd have to reverse the process. It is supported by Bloomberg, various anti-rights groups, and most leftist politicians who have the courage to comment, thoiugh many will not touch gun rights issues.

Lately the Seattle Times has run a series on lead poisoning at local gun ranges. I know that is a big issue, but the pieces are written to make the ranges look as bad as possible. Thing is, the online articles are mal-formatted so that comments, while allowed, are not possible. This was a multi-part series over a number of days, and the mal-formatting continued with each installment.

Now this shooting.

Before we knew ANYTHING about the details, the pro I-594 crowd was howling that we need to pass that bill and that anyone against it was in favor of dead kids. Of course, nobody could detail how the bill would have prevented this atrocity. Simply, it likely would not have, as has been the case for pretty much all these shootings, not to mention the Islamists in Canada lately.

Bottom line to me is this:

The way we have raised kids for decades, and the policies we have implemented, have bred many monsters. The answer, to the fools, is to first blame those who advocate different ways of child rearing and different policies, and call names. Then, enact additional laws and policies that perpetuate the failure, but have faith that this time, things will be different and will work out well.

So far, the shooter, 14, and another student are dead, three others in very bad shape. The shooter’s tweets make him to look like a sex crazed, angry kid. Over the next weeks, we’ll get to know much more about this kid, his family life, and background.
Teach your children well and hold them close.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

And now for something fun

Enough of the old hag, already. We know what she is: our better who will tell us what the common good is and use the lash of the state to be sure we understand our place on the utopian chessboard.

Well, despite her kind, real life goes on. Here is a fun vid. Talk about creative and full of love.

Y'r H'mble & Ob'dn't S'vnt in Seattle

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Hillary is Nasty...Newsflash?

Is Hillary Clinton being nasty to people around her (i.e. Secret Service agents) breaking news?

"A new book released Tuesday alleges that former first lady and secretary of state Hillary Clinton is extremely abusive and condescending to the very people assigned to protect her–the Secret Service.

In “The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents,” New York Times bestselling author Ronald Kessler gives an inside look at what the Secret Service experiences based on exclusive, on-the-record interviews.

Kessler writes, “When in public, Hillary smiles and acts graciously. As soon as the cameras are gone, her angry personality, nastiness, and imperiousness become evident.”

Kessler interviews agents who describe Clinton telling Secret Service agents to “f*** off” simply for saying “Good morning, ma’am” during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

“Hillary was so mistrustful and vengeful” said a former agent to Kessler. (source)

Media Matters laughable charge against the book? That the author "plagiarized himself." Is it possible to plagiarize yourself???

"Discredited author Ronald Kessler's forthcoming book, The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents, lifted at least 13 stories from his previous books -- many times using language remarkably similar or identical to the language he used the first time he told the same tales." (Source:Media Matters)

A book I've been touting here for years, Bill and Hillary: The Marriage, chronicles Hillary's tantrums in luscious detail.

These stories of Hillary's abusive nature (toward SS, other staff and her husband) have been circulating online since 2005. (Snopes has labeled them as "Undetermined.")

Strong woman does not mean nasty woman. I shudder at the thought of this inherently nasty person in the Oval Office. Do I want there to be a woman President? Absolutely! But, when that 'first' comes to fruition, I want that woman to be strong and honorable. I don't want a Barack Obama type of first. I want a Margaret Thatcher kind of first.

Now, I'm off to buy The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Rand's Urban League Speech VS. His Height

Recently, Ann Coulter pointed out that Rand Paul (5'8") or Marco Rubio (5'9") couldn't win the White House because they were too short. This had crossed my mind. Though, 8 years of Obama should have taught the country that height has nothing to do with cojones.

"Conservative columnist and gadfly Ann Coulter raised the issue of the height of U.S. political candidates to Fox's Sean Hannity last month when she suggested that prominent Republicans like Kentucky senator Paul and Florida senator Rubio might be too short to ever be elected president. “Rubio and Paul are as tall as my iPod,” Coulter told Fox News' Sean Hannity last month. “You can’t run a short candidate.”

Insults aside, height -- of lack thereof -- could be an obstacle for Rubio, who is listed at about 5-foot-9, and Paul, who measures 5-foot-8. At the highest level of U.S. politics, being short appears to be a distinct disadvantage -- and it has been since long before the age of television.

According to the 1982 book by psychologist John Gillis called “Too Small, Too Tall,” the taller candidate has won 80 percent of the elections in the 20th century." (source)

BUT, this might be the election that Rand Paul CAN win... If Hillary Clinton (5'7") is the opponent, Rand is TALLER.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Gone Fishing

Well, not technically...but I am currently on vacation on a beach by an I guess I should be fishing.

As always, I am attempting to 'disconnect' as much as I can, but that's pretty unrealistic in this day and age. I did want to break from my hiatus and bring you a public service announcement. A potential vacation saver, if you will...

As you might remember, we usually vacation on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The upside: we rent a mansion for a pittance. The downside: it's an eight hour drive. We already made an eight hour drive in March when we went to Lake Placid for a hockey tournament (Yes, my goalie got to play on the 1980 Miracle ice!) I wasn't up for another giant excursion so soon. So we're doing the Jersey shore for the first time since 9/11. The upside: it's an hour and a half drive. The downside: we are paying more for 1/8 of the space.

It's me and The Man and the three boys and we let the oldest bring a friend this year. That's me and five boys. ONE BATHROOM.

So, I saw this Poo-Pourri on the boardwalk and bought it as kinda've a joke (a $10 joke? No wonder I spend so much on vacation!).

IT WORKS! It actually works.

Why doesn't every bathroom in America have this?

For work, school, the ice rink, first dates and vacation...this will revolutionize bathroom use! :)

And, I'm off to the beach...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Children Crossing the Border Crisis: SOLVED

The latest statistic I read, regarding the 'waiting list' for adoption in the United States, stated that there were 36 couples waiting for every one baby that was placed for adoption. I don't know what that translates to in terms of years waiting.

So, I'm thinking. We have children being sent across our border in the hands of some extremely shady folks. No matter what the discussions cover, the government will never send them back. The chances of finding their families is most likely slim to none. This means the government will end up putting them in our system and shouldering the load.

Why does bureaucracy never solve two problems at once? Hire adoption specialists and background checkers and set up right there on the border. Let perspective adoptive families come, adopt and assume financial responsibility. This helps them by cutting down their waiting time substantially, taking away exorbitant international adoption fees (US adoption averages $34,000 and International Adoption averages $44,000) and helps the American people by placing children in a loving home and relieving the states and federal government of the financial burden.

I know this is too common sense to actually get done. But, I like it.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Rand Paul On the Issues

According to a new Zogby poll, Rand Paul is currently leading amongst 2016 Republican hopefuls. This could be a bad thing, as it means more time as a target for the Left and the Establishment Republicans...though, it's going to be hard to demonize a non-career politician that still does pro-bono surgeries for folks with no health insurance in his down time.

"In the poll, the junior Senator from Kentucky polls 20%, followed by “Establishment” candidates New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush with 13% each. In fourth place is Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker with 8%, then Florida Senator Marco Rubio 7%, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindahl 4%, and New Mexico Governor Suzanna Martinez, Ohio Governor John Kasich, and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley all with 1% each.

This is the first time a GOP candidate has reached 20% in a crowded field and the first time a Zogby poll has shown someone emerging a bit from the pack."

For me, a Libertarian-leaning Conservative, Paul represents all the benefits of his father sans the kookiness. I feel like he and I agree across the board. I haven't felt like that about a candidate...ever?

Abortion: Rand believes life begins at conceptions and opposes federal funding for abortion. Check.
Economy: Shrink Government, end the Federal Reserve. Check.
Civil Rights: States should decide same-sex marriage; don't federalize it. Opposes affirmative action. Check.
Drugs: Don't promote marijuana but don't jail non-violent criminals. Check.
Education: Allow school choice for everyone, white, brown, or black. Support homeschooling and parental responsibility. Check.
Energy & Oil: Unelected EPA should not regulate greenhouse emissions. Explore proven energy reserves & keep energy prices low. Check.
Foreign Policy: Against terror but first comes preserving the Constitution. As only democracy in Mideast, Israel is important ally. Exit the UN; maintain US sovereignty. Check
Gun Control: Opposes restrictions on right to bear arms. Check.
Health Care: Believe it is Congress' job to fight to change ObamaCare. ObamaCare is still unconstitutional, despite Supreme Court. Check.
Homeland Security: Allow challenges to NSA in open court, not FISA court. Only Judiciary can detain and drone, not the President. Warrantless searches overstep Constitutional powers.Check.
Immigration: Replace de facto amnesty with bipartisan reform. Check.


Monday, July 14, 2014

In Other News Conservatives Don't Care About...

Yes, the post title is sarcasm. Let's get that out of the way.

USDA to Allow Chickens From U.S. to Be Shipped to China for Processing and Back to U.S.

"Scores of Americans are in an uproar since Food Safety News revealed the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will soon allow U.S. chickens to be sent to China for processing before being shipped back to the states for human consumption.

This arrangement is especially disturbing given China’s subpar food safety record and the fact that there are no plans to station on-site USDA inspectors at Chinese plants. Also, American consumers won’t know which brands of chicken are processed in China because there’s no requirement to label it as such.

To ease concerns, lobbyists and chicken industry proponents argue no U.S. company will ever ship chicken to China for processing because it wouldn’t work economically.

“Economically, it doesn’t make much sense,” said Tom Super, spokesman for the National Chicken Council, in a recent interview with the Houston Chronicle. “Think about it: A Chinese company would have to purchase frozen chicken in the U.S., pay to ship it 7,000 miles, unload it, transport it to a processing plant, unpack it, cut it up, process/cook it, freeze it, repack it, transport it back to a port, then ship it another 7,000 miles. I don’t know how anyone could make a profit doing that.”

Yet, a similar process is already."

This shouldn't even matter to me because last year I decided that, in addition to growing my own herbs and veggies, that I was going to have The Man build a coop and raise my own chickens. Silkies to be exact. Smaller, quieter, more neighbor friendly... But, no. My little borough called FOWL. No chickens for me...and now I might soon be ingesting chicken processed by someone in China making $1 an hour???

Here's the irony of this story...full blown Libertarians want to abolish the FDA, so this wouldn't matter anyway...but they would also be against my Borough dictating what I can keep in my own backyard.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

You Don't Have to Defend Kendall Jones

I don't want to feel bad that I think Kendall Jones is just as disgusting as the Left does. I do. I wouldn't create a Facebook page calling for her death...or wish her death or harm, but I have no respect for her "sport."

This photograph literally makes me feel nauseous.

I don't think it's badass or cool to kill these amazing creatures using our bigger brains and a huge gun. I don't think it's much of an accomplishment or a fair fight. Doubt she eats lion, rhino or cheetah meat...

As a Conservatarian, I will defend Kendall Jones' right to post as many offensive pictures as she wants online, but as a woman that finds spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to kill endangered animals an act that personifies all the complaints levied against the rich, white Republican party...I will hereby note my disgust at the photos. If I need to side with PETA, et al --so be it. (These hunts are upwards of 8K for the hunt alone)

For the record, I am also vehemently against SEA WORLD, all "Swim with Dolphins" venues, Circuses and all other places where captive animals suffer a lifetime of abuse for 10 minutes of human enjoyment.