Archive for September, 2008

The Drug Problem in America

September 20, 2008

I saw this on the bulletin board at work the other day and thought it was great. I suppose it’s been circulating the Internet for ages, but I’d never seen it till the other day as far as I remember…

The Drug Problem in America

The other day, someone at a store in our town read that a methamphetamine lab had been found in an old farmhouse in the adjoining county and he asked me a rhetorical question, “Why didn’t we have a drug problem when you and I were growing up?”
I replied: “I had a drug problem when I was young”:
I was drug to church on Sunday morning.
I was drug to church for weddings and funerals.
I was drug to family reunions and community socials no matter the weather.
I was drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to adults.
I was also drug to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents, told a lie, brought home a bad report card, did not speak with respect, spoke ill of the teacher or the preacher, or if I didn’t put forth my best effort in everything that was asked of me.
I was drug to the kitchen sink to have my mouth washed out with soap if I uttered a profane four-letter word.
I was drug out to pull weeds in mom’s garden and flower beds and cockleburs out of dad’s fields.
I was drug to the homes of family, friends, and neighbors to help out some poor soul who had no one to mow the yard, repair the clothesline, or chop some firewood;
and, if my mother had ever known that I took a single dime as a tip for this kindness, she would have drug me back to the woodshed.
Those drugs are still in my veins; and they affect my behavior in everything I do, say, and think. They are stronger than cocaine, crack, or heroin; and, if today’s children had this kind of drug problem, America would be a better place.

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The Political Ad of the New Millennium

September 20, 2008

Seriously, though…this is just pure, unfiltered, absolute genius!
“Remember New Coke? That was change. Or how about the new Site Meter launch? That was change, too…And speaking of change…one word…Vista!”
(h/t Cold Fury)

Hey, we’re lit up again!

September 20, 2008

Yep, I am writing this from my desk in my apartment as the air conditioner’s running full blast. I got the power back on about 10 minutes ago. I kept flipping the breakers on and off the last couple of days, getting increasingly frustrated with the fact that the lights wouldn’t come on. Little did I know there was another breaker that had to be flipped. But I took care of that this morning, and we’re back up and running here. More bloggage to come later…

Everything’s just as I left it…

September 18, 2008

Just a quick update: Everything in my home is just as I left it. All that needs to be done is to get the power back on and I’ll be back in it. I am blessed, yes, I am…more later.

Back to Southeast Texas tomorrow…

September 17, 2008

So I got a call from my boss today. He said he wants me to come back to the Golden Triangle tomorrow, so off I will go. And once again, blogging will be as I can get to it, as power is still out pretty much all over the area. If I remember right the target date for 100% power restoration in my area is Sept. 23, but I am hoping I’ll have it sooner. Posting will probably be less frequent than it’s been the last couple of days, but then again I got lucky and was more or less able to blog at my normal pace. Go figure. 😉 I saw pictures of parts of my apartment complex, and some of the buildings had damaged roofs, while others looked to be fully intact. Here’s hoping mine fared well. Wish me luck, and I’ll be back as soon as I can…

So I wasn’t the only one…

September 16, 2008

Yeah, I know I’m late to the party on this one (I sorta had an excuse, what with runnin’ from two hurricanes and all…), but I was pleasantly surprised to find Gerard Vanderleun’s take on Obama’s whole “lipstick on a pig” gaffe was pretty much identical to my own. Money graf:

One of the standard lines of humor when making a dirty joke about women is, as all men who have been teenagers know, to compare a woman’s natural odor to rotting fish.

So God says to Adam, “Hey, where’s Eve?” Adam says, “I let her go wading in the ocean.” God says, “Idiot, now all the fish are going to smell like that.”
Older than dirt and about as funny as…. You get the picture.

And by linking the “Pig with lipstick” reference to the stinking fish reference, Obama gets to ooze out some filthy and sexist humor with maximum deniability. He’ll go the “Who? Moi?” route on this one. Already, in classic Obama fashion, he’s claiming that he meant something else entirely. John McCain, I think.

Yep. And you know if it’d been McCain who made that slur toward Obama’s running mate if he had picked a female, he’d have been crucified in the mainstream media.

Thanks for the clarification, Daniel…

September 16, 2008

Apparently I got a visit from Daniel Barnett of the Amendment II Democrats, and he left a comment on this post, responding to Hammer’s contention that the group was trying to say John Kerry had changed his position on guns, and I thought it important enough to point out and comment on:

Just for the record, Amendment II Democrats did not even exist until June 2005, when I first put the website on-line. Whomever made those remarks about John Kerry and guns, it was certainly not Amendment II Democrats who did so.

That’s good to know. I was thinking John Kerry was really no more palatable to a pro-Second Amendment Democrat than Obama, Biden or anyone else like that. And to the extent that sort of thing was said by ANYONE who claims to respect the Second Amendment, my money says it was just the Fudds, the guys who see things like personal defensive arms and black rifles and say “you don’t need that to hunt with!” or “you can’t hunt with that!” As far as Jon Tester saying Barack Obama “understands the issue (of guns) much better than before,” well, I hate to say it, but I more or less agree with Bitter on this one. Barack Obama’s record on guns (and Joe Biden’s, for that matter) pretty much speaks for itself, and any gun owners who vote for that ticket have no one to blame but themselves when the black-clad FBI agents show up at the door telling them, “Give us your guns or else.” You know what that scorpion is. You know he’s bitten before. Why would you even think of entertaining the thought of picking him up again?

A couple of random observations…

September 16, 2008

It should be interesting to see if the dynamic at work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina plays itself out in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike — large metropolitan area affected gets all the media coverage, while the smaller communities to the east who caught just as much if not more damage more or less get the shaft. I realize there are a lot of different factors in play here compared to there, but still I get to thinking now and then the same thing will happen. We’ll see. But then again, we’re Texans. Just like after last time, we’ll just deal with it and get to fixing what Ike tore up, not really waiting for anyone to notice. I think the question of why things played out the way they did in the aftermath of Katrina vis-a-vis media coverage are definitely worth pondering, though…
You know what’s rather ironic? Someone with a Texas Concealed Handgun License who carries…not a gun, but an empty container of mace on their keychain. Does not compute…

Another reason self-reliance is good…

September 14, 2008

From the Sept. 11 Beaumont Enterprise:

Citizens should arrive at the Civic Center with photo ID and try to limit their baggage as much as possible with only essential needs including prescription medication. No weapons, including firearms. This no firearm rule applies to those persons with Concealed Handgun licenses.
Pets must be restrained in a pet carrier. Unsecured animals will not be allowed on the buses or in the shelters.

Makes one wonder how many had to leave their dogs behind, and, of course, their firearms. I realize there’s only so much room on those buses, but still that’s just a horrible thing. Makes me glad I am as self-reliant as I am, because I was able to get myself out along with my firearm collection; as a matter of fact, a Springfield 1911 and a spare mag were riding shotgun with me as I made my way north. And if I’d had a big dog, I’d have been able to take him too. Or her. 😉 Much of the other stuff I left behind, but all that will be much more easily replaced. It might take a while, depending on whether the roof got ripped off like it did during Rita, but we’ll see how things go.

Here we go again…

September 11, 2008

They just called a mandatory evacuation for Jefferson County this morning, so I am packing and heading north again. Hope to be back real soon, but in the meantime, blogging will be catch-as-catch-can. Y’all be safe now…