Tuesday, August 29, 2006

I'm An Idiot For Living Here?

I have had to listen to the anniversary news on Katrina all day today. The thing that has fried my bacon has been all the comments over the years about how could I live in Kalifornia with all those earthquakes?

What "all those earthquakes"? The last one I felt was the Northridge 6.7 back in 1997. There have been others in the area, but a UPS truck driving down the street shakes more. It's been 9 years since my life was disrupted by the ground moving.

What about you idiots that live in the Gulf Region? Every year you have, what, maybe five hurricanes blow through. Even if they don't hit you directly, you board up, pack up and move out.

How about you that choose to live in "Tornado Alley"? You know that many are coming every year, but you're still there aren't you? You (Eloi) even build shelters to go hide in when the sirens go off. Shelters you built because you knew the chances where good that your house was going to get blown away.

There is always the North, Central and Eastern, that are totally stunned every year when the snow falls and you freeze to death or have buildings collapse due to the buildup. Not to mention the heart attacks from going out first thing in the morning to shovel the snow out of your driveway.

See, that's the nice thing about earthquakes, no warning, they hit and then they go away. I don't have to wonder whether to evacuate or not. I'm not wondering if I have enough food to wait for the snowplow (Yes,I do have earthquake supplies that I update yearly, I'm not unrealistic). I'm not hunkering in a shelter, or trying to find one because the sirens are screaming.

One of my favorite stories is that after the Northridge quake, a couple moved to Oklahoma, because they weren't going to go through any more earthquakes. They died less than a year later in a flash flood.

So, STFU. Your choice of where to live is no better than mine. I will come to your aid and I hope you come to mine. That's America. I just don't want to hear that crap about "Well, you chose to live in an earthquake zone".

I Got Good News Today

Delftsman, who blogs on emigre with a Digital Cluebat and had gone through heart surgery a few months ago, had to undergo a new round of bypass surgery. The old coot wouldn't listen to the doctors, his family, or the people that visit his site and change his evil ways of living.

Delfts was one of the first people I communicated with over at the Rott and was an inspiration to start this backwater site (so blame Misha and Delfts if you're reading this).

My prayers are for him and his family that the recovery goes as well as the surgery.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Kidnapped FoxNews Reporters Freed

FoxNews reporter Steve Centanni and his cameraman Olaf Wiig were finally released yesterday after two weeks of captiviety. While being held they were forced to state that they had converted to islam at gunpoint.

What I want to hear now is a fatwa that states their conversion is not valid being it was made under duress.
one of the important doctrines of Islam is "la ikraha fiddeen" (Qu'ran, 2:256), meaning "no compulsion (or coercion) in religion". They believe that this verse implies that no nation can coerce another nation or individuals to change their religion.

Without this ,their lives are endangered, being one who converts then "rejects" islam is appostate and is sentenced to death.
for the Prophet said, 'If somebody (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him.'" 4:52:260

The article on their ordeal

Sunday, August 27, 2006

This and That - Part II


Look carefully in the back of the picture and tell me what you see. No wonder the UNIFIL forces were scared of the Israeli forces coming after the hezzies.

IDF forces from the Golani Brigade blasted open a Hizbullah bunker overnight Saturday some 400 meters from the security fence near Rosh Hanikra, it was reported on Sunday. The bunker was discovered a mere stone's throw from a UN post.

From Israel.jpost.com

This and That

Had to mount a motor on a compressor at work today, so I just wanted to pass on a few interesting reads for today.

There is a movie coming out on ABC Sept 10-11 called "The Path to 9/11". FrontPageMag has a glowing write-up on it. The movie starts with the WTC bombing in 1993 and goes through to the events of 9/11.


It probably wouldn't surprise anybody to find out that the Useless Nitwits were posting intelligence on IDF positions and armament on their web site, often within 30 minutes of when they arrived at the position. What did you do in the war, UNIFIL? from the weekly Standard
UNIFIL--the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, a nearly 2,000-man blue-helmet contingent that has been present on the Lebanon-Israel border since 1978--is officially neutral. Yet, throughout the recent war, it posted on its website for all to see precise information about the movements of Israeli Defense Forces soldiers and the nature of their weaponry and materiel, even specifying the placement of IDF safety structures within hours of their construction. New information was sometimes only 30 minutes old when it was posted, and never more than 24 hours old. [emphasis-mine]

Once again HT:rightwingprof

On the other side of the pond, hezbollock's MP to parliament george galloway decided to go to Lebanon and give his congratulations to the terrorists in their victory over Israel. Go watch the video if you think you can stomach it. How much longer are the people of Britain are going to let this asshat go on supporting the destruction of their country?

Via Hot Air.

democracy, immigration multiculturalism … pick any two"’
American writer James C. Bennett

Also via Hot Air, some articles muliculturalismism. I particularly recommend Mark Steyn's speech which transcribed on New Sisyphus

Friday, August 25, 2006

Life Is Intruding On My Life

Haven't been posting regularly lately due to life just getting to damn busy.

I've posted about my trucks 100K overhaul, which meant I didn't have a vehicle for a couple weeks, then my water heater crapping out which, outside of the additional unexpected financial hit, extended my work day to 16 hours for a week (normal work day at the oil site plus coming home and buying supplies, mounting equipment to the wall, re-plumbing the hookups, ect.).

The thing I haven't talked about is that I have also been putting out feelers for a new job. My company hasn't produced a drop of oil since February, and I've lost faith that the owners of the company have a definite plan to get things going again. We start a work-over job on a well - get 75% of the way through - come up with a new plan - stop - move the rig - start - get 75% through - new plan.....ad infinitum. At $8 to $12K/day for a rig and crew, this is not a business plan that makes sense.. at least to a lowly site operator like me.

My search is not in panic, I have a job, but my belief is that it is better to look for a job when you don't need it, rather than have to take whatever is offered because you do not have a job and nasty phone calls are coming in about that bill that's a "little" overdue.

If anyone who passes through here knows of a job for someone who has the common sense to get a job done under all circumstances, i.e. we have the Money to do it right so fix it, or we need to make this work till we get the money and then will fix it correctly, I'm the guy you want.

As far as posts, I do have about five rants down on paper that I worked on in fits and starts, but now they're mostly old news. I thought about scanning them and posting them as a jpeg file on Photobucket, but even I have problems reading my scratching, and I know what I was thinking when I wrote it.

Right now, I think I'll just hang on to them and incorporate them into future postings when then subjects cycle through again, as I'm sure they will.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Elmo Is an Evildoer

Just cruising sites and I ran across Joel Stein's article Elmo Is an Evildoer: The self-obsessed Sesame Street Muppet is destroying all that is holy on children's TV on Jewish World Review. It had an observation I just had to pass on.

Yes, I know that children love Elmo. But children are idiots. That's why we don't let them have jobs. Could you imagine an office full of children? They'd spend all day telling dumb jokes and talking about their poop. It would be like it was before women entered the workplace.

It just cracked me up on a slow boring night at work.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The Death of Lebanon

I believe that with this latest and greatest u.n. brokered “cease-fire” we are witness to the final turn towards the death of Lebanon, the one we middle agers and older can remember, “The Switzerland of the Middle East” with Beirut known as “the Paris of the Middle East. The Lebanon that existed before the decade and a half of “civil war”, which really was outside factions fighting each other on Lebanese soil.

With the ousting of Syria in 2005, the northern part of the country was showing the beginning of rebuilding and resuming it’s former identity, but with hezbollah allowed into the government, the southern part of the country was militarized as a base to provoke and attack Israel.

Now, with the current u.n. Resolution, 1701, which for all intents and purposes is just a rewrite of u.n. Resolution 1559 that hezbollah and the Lebanese government ignored. The toothless Lebanese army has already stated that they will not attempt to disarm the terrorists, and G-d knows that the “new and improved” UNIFIL isn’t going to do anything. They will just sit there; looking south to make sure Israel doesn’t do anything, while those mysteriously appearing Katyushas arc over their heads heading south.

Lebanon is now run by hezbollah. They have cowed the countries government and have Iran backing them. The next step will be the imposition of Sharia Law, and to either dhimnify the Lebanese Christians or drive them out. I fully expect a mass exodus as life becomes unbearable for the non-muslim population.

Oh, and do not expect the hezzies to invite the Palestinians into this “New Lebanon” to become the New Palestine. That would remove these “displaced” pawns as a reason for Israels destruction; so radical islam will gain more land and still leave the pali’s in the squalor of their refuge camps.

Lebanon, once a vital and cosmopolitan country, will be turned into another Middle Eastern Shithole that will contribute nothing more but death and poverty to the region and the world.

A Win Is A Win

Raiders 16 - Vikings 13
They really didn't deserve it with the way they played, but then the Vikings should have done a better job and proved they were the better team.

After last week with the lack luster performance and few penalties, the Raiders reverted to form this week with aggressive play, but lots of stupid penalties.

Brooks (QB) didn't impress me at all. I don't know if the guys don't feel he's a leader, of he just hasn't grasped the system, but he seems to be ineffective and about a half step slow with his decisions.

The part I liked was that they gave Walter some decent play time and he didn't disappoint. He threw a couple of interceptions, but as an almunus of ASU, every QB that has come out of there has a tendency to throw 1 or 2 a game. Jake Plummer with *spit* Denver *spit* was a product of ASU.

The end of the game was horrendous, and in the regular season, the Vikings would have gone for OT, but this puts us at 2-0, which should make the team more upbeat that they play that poorly and still pull one out, at least until they meet with Coach Shell next practice.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Israel and hezbollah and Lebanon Approve u.n. Cease Fire

O.K., now what? Everyone involved with this has agreed with the cease fire, but they all have their conditions.

Israel will not leave until the Lebononese army and u.n. forces are are in place.

hezbollah will not stop firing missiles or attacking the IDF as long as they have a presence in Lebanon.

The Lebanese army can't do anything until (and unless) the u.n. forces will back them up.

The u.n. forces cannot deploy until the fighting is stopped.

Sounds like there was a whole lot of talking and paper writing to accomplish nothing....again.

The idea that Israel agreed to the cease fire amazes me. I realize hezbollah was winning the PR war with their staged picture of dead children and Fatima's house being bombed continuously (over night). There is little coverage of the Israel's having to live in basement bomb shelters and innocents, wounded of dead, for the last month due to the rockets coming from....someplace?

The optimist in me says that Israel is willing to pull back until hezbollah attacks again and then can go ahead with their plan to just take these koranimals out, but I think it will actually just turn out to be another step in the endless cycle of islamonazi provocation-Israeli responce-terrorists getting their butts kicked-u.n. call for cease fire-condemn Israel for killing "civilians"-cease fire-terrorist re-arm-islamonazi provocation.

When..not if...hezbollah breaks the cease fire, Israel should annihilate anything that looks like it has a connection and the United States should back them all the way.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

“Long live Lebanon. Long live Hezbollah”

This is the attitude of the anti-war left. Despite the history of hezbollah, it has got to be our fault. Via Barking Moonbat Warning System with links to ZombieTimes so you can enjoy the vitriolic and racist messages these "peaceniks" espouse.

GuyK of Charming Just Charming has A LONG LIST OF ATROCITIES COMMITED BY MOSLEMS, as you might have guessed it's a long list, but only goes up to 2004.

To put you in a better mood after the above posts, from The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler, the launching of the USS Bill Clinton

Friday, August 11, 2006

Just Dropping By

Busy, busy. Project during the day and working graveyard. Gotta sleep sometime, so not much time for other things till this weekend.

Ran across a great quote over at aish.com which does a good quick video rundown on the stir over the news photos, Photo Fraud in Lebanon.

"If you do not read a newspaper, you are uninformed.
If you do read a newspaper, you are misinformed."

Mark Twain.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

I Should Have Seen It Coming

I posted earlier about having my truck hitting 100K and having my mechanic go bumper to bumper on it. It was expensive, but nothing else was pressing monitarily, so I went ahead.

Sunday night while watching the Raiders go for the best record in the league (I'll enjoy it while I can), just before half time, the wife informs me there is no hot water. I drag my butt out of the recliner and go out and down into our little cellar and as I get about halfway down the stairs, I can see that there is about 1 1/2 inches of water. Yep, the water heater had decided to go.

Search the net for prices and decided to go with an on-demand tankless model and off to Home Depot.

My local Home Depot is Fort Home Depot. It has an 8 foot high wrought iron fence all around the parking lot. Besieging the ramparts are about 40 "hispanics" waving and whistling at every car that turns onto the access road.

Inside I located my heater about 8 foot up on a shelf, with a sign that says "Please ask for Assistance when getting items from these selves", so I look for assistance. No orange bibbed people within sight. After 20 minutes one wanders buy, but "Sorry, I'm in hardware", another comes by, "Sorry I'm in garden, but I'll page plumbing". Another 10 minutes go by, so it's up to the register to find a floor manager. I tell the cashier that I'm prepared to spend around $750...or not.

That managed to get some service and I was actually out of the store in just over an hour. Any trip to Home Depot I usually figure 2 hour minimum.

Driving out of the parking lot, I look across the main boulevard at the "Employment Center" that was set up to keep the day laborers out of peoples yard and costs the city $100,000/year to operate, is deserted. Not a person even on that side of the street. Boy that was a surprise...HA!

Now I get to do the fun part, sweating pipe and threading a gas line to the heater. I'm am serious about the fun part, I love to plumb. I'm sure there will be a trip or two to the local hardware store for some minor things needed, but I expect that for every job. I'll let you know how the project turns out.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Yeah, I'm Ready For Some Football

Raiders 16 Eagles 10
I like almost any sports, but football is the sport I love.

I know this was only a pre-season game, but I'm going to enjoy this game anyway.

We got shredded on Philly's first possession (the only one with their first stringers), and the Raiders tackling in the first half was horrendous (like last year), but there were a few positive signs in the game.

I tend to ignore football till the games start.
With the overlapping of the different seasons there is just to much to try to keep track of. So, seeing Art Shell back as Head Coach was an incredibly nice surprise, and having Al Davis *spit* admit that firing him the first time was a mistake really made me happy knowing he call pull out of the dementia he's been in the last 20 years.

Shell is a down to basics guy, so I expect to see improvement this year (like we could go lower, so anything is up). We won't make the Super Bowl this year, but if we are in the run for the wildcard berth, I've had a winning season.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Closed v Controlled

I was just listening to a discussion on border policy and, once again I heard the phrase "close the border". I don't know where this comes from except the extremes on both sides of this issue.

The Left uses it to indicate that conservatives hate people of a non-white Christian nature. The Nazi's use it in as a way to prove the left correct.

The actual truth is in the middle. Gee, surprise , surprise.

Most of the people in the U.S. want the borders CONTROLLED. We want to know who is here and why. You want a job and there is a job for you, come on in. You got TB, lets clear that up before you come in and take that job as a a cook at Denny's.

The argument that if someone wants to have control over who is in this country is a racist is just BS. Just let us know who you are and what you're gonna do to support yourself and everything fine. It may take a little time to do the paperwork, but wait till you go to DMV for your drivers license, you'll really find out about forever.

If a wall is what it takes to achieve this, then a wall needs to be built. Believe me, if you come here and participate in the opportunities this country makes available, your grandchildren will be thankful for this protection.