Thursday, June 24, 2010


I just saw a commercial for a satellite provider who shall go unnamed. A guy stands in front of the Alamo and says "Behind me one of the biggest battles in Texas history took place. Every day ---- fights for the people of West Texas against the forces of high cable prices."

I think I'm actually a little bit offended.

Monday, June 21, 2010

What a Wonderful World

I had a case of food poisoning over the weekend. Unable to keep anything down, I was more than a little dehydrated. At one point, as I was laying in the floor somewhere in between the bathroom and the couch, a thought entered my mind. It inspired me to send the following text message to my brother: Damn them to hell for no longer making Lemon Ice Gatorade.

I drink a lot of gatorade as it is. This is Texas, and I have a sweet tooth and spend most of the day outside. But nothing they make now compares to Lemon Ice.

Anyway, to get to the point of my story, today, no longer delirious, my brother and I were joking about it, and we mentioned starting a facebook page to bring it back. Turns out there already is one.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Friday Night Music

Just because it's one of my absolute favorite songs, I'm putting it up one more time. Here are Marty, Bill, Robert, Tom, and Rich. This ones called the Corpus Christi Bay.

Cool shirts

I was at Gander Mountain a while back and picked up some Columbia shirts from their PFG lines. I have to say that I really like them. A button up PFG shirt has goofy pockets, so I got the polo shirts instead. They're vented in the back and cool to begin with. I've worn them in some very hot weather and been impressed. I also like the fit in the top of the sleeves at the shoulders. They're roomy enough to move around in.

Anyway, I'm a big enough fan now that I'd probably pay full price, but if you can find them on clearance they're definitely worth buying.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Somethings got to give

invasion–noun act or instance of invading or entering as an enemy, esp. by an army.
2.the entrance or advent of anything troublesome or harmful, as disease.
3.entrance as if to take possession or overrun: the annual invasion of the resort by tourists.
4.infringement by intrusion.

Part of a National Wildlife Refuge in southern Arizona has been shut off for the last five years due to public safety concerns caused by the activities of criminals from across the border.

Let that sink in for a minute.

Federal lands. Within. The. United. STATES. of AMERICA have been shut off from access to American citizens because of the behavior of foreign nationals on OUR SOIL.

Foreign nationals have illegally entered our borders to commit further crimes and acts of violence against our citizens. And the response for five years has been to keep OUR citizens out. As opposed to kicking the criminals out.

Foreign nationals have illegally entered our borders in other places and murdered citizens. And we worry about hurting their damned feelings?

How long can this go on before somebody has enough?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Following your dreams

I'd really like to take a drive up to Alaska and go grizzly bear hunting. It's been something I've wanted to do for at least half my life. So far, I haven't done so. I can remember times when I couldn't work up the nerve to ask out some girl I really liked. I've been to Montana and liked it, but haven't made it back that way.

Gary Brooks Faulkner, of Greeley, Colorado, has made multiple hunting trips to Pakistan in search of Osama bin Laden. While being on the organ donor list. I really don't have any excuse for not going to Alaska now. On the other hand, nobody is currently evaluating my mental health. As far as I know, anyway.

hat tip to The Horse Thief

Friday, June 11, 2010

Week in Rearview

The other side looks a little worse, but I didn't have room to take a picture over there.

Friday Night Music

I'm going to Helotes tomorrow to see the man in concert, so this song seemed epecially fitting today. Here's Robert Earl Keen singing "Swervin' in my Lane"

Thursday, June 10, 2010


I had a wreck Sunday night. An uninsured girl in a westbound Dodge snuck past all the cars in the middle lanes and ran a light and, while making no attempt to stop or swerve, hit me in the right side, spinning my back end to the left as I continued northward. An innocent bystander of a mid size SUV was waiting in the oncoming turning lane. I knocked them one lane over and thirty feet backwards, and finally brought everything to a halt. Brakes don't work very well on barely attached axles, but on the other hand, trucks don't roll very well dragging axles sideways.

Side airbags are all well and good, but for pinballing through an intersection, I'll take 8,000 pounds of steel over a Prius any day.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Nice to be reminded

Robert at Blackfork has a post up reminding me of something I'd been trying not to remember. I really ought to have a LeMat.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Happy First Birthday

To my niece, LadyBug

Edit: Who, by the way, recieved a Browning Buckmark to go with the M&P-15 22 she got for Christmas.

Lest We Forget

Sixty six years ago today, Operation Overlord was launched upon the coast of Normandy.

Thursday, June 3, 2010


It's time we had some. Some oil in the gulf is the end of the world? Not hardly.

Sure, it's a bad thing. Fishing and tourism will suffer. On the other hand, problems spur research, and we learn things to help out next time. Learning is important when the world isn't ending tomorrow.

BP has managed to come across in a less than favorable light, as they probably should. That doesn't mean the government can do any better. Obama has promised to get the finest minds in government working on ways to plug the leak. He also claims that "from the moment this disaster began, the federal government has been in charge"

I don't know how Barry O thinks the world works, but being involved with the federal government doesn't add a thing to somebody's IQ. The world's finest oil drilling minds are gainfully employed. Any of them who happened not to be have been getting calls from BP for the last month or so. And if the government has such great people working for them, why haven't they had things under control since day one?

BP is doing anything they can to stop hemorrhaging money. That's how capitalism works.

Accidents happen. Mistakes are made. Things don't always go as planned. Not every decision is perfect. That's how life works. If you don't think so then you need to get out more.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


No matter how proud he is of his new hat, it's extremely unlikely that the guy wearing it at the table in a nice restaurant is a real cowboy.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Monday Funny

From Larry Correia, author of Monster Hunter International, we have this week's episode of The Stranger Chronicles.

Chuck Norris stroked his manly beard thoughtfully. “I’m afraid he’s got a point, Mr. Stranger. Sounds like your client started it, and as galactic law clearly states, don’t start shit if you can’t finish it.” Much of the galactic code of laws had been based upon the Planet of Texas.

Go read the rest of it. For that matter, go back to the first chapter and start from the beginning. So far, Adam Baldwin has been President because of the space cowboy libertarian revolution, with Gunny Ermey as his SecDef, and Chuck Norris has shown up as a Galactic Arbiter.