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July 31st, Saturday, 2004: Morning:  The basic fundamental ideological differences between the Democrats and the Republicans.  Before I begin this simple comparison, let me preface this with the explanation as to why I need to make this comparison in the first place.   Too many people have said “Ah, the Democrats and the Republicans… they are so much alike now, there is no difference!”  Sadly that is actually partially correct in too many areas.  But there is a distinct fundamental difference between the two that goes beyond “Liberal” and “Conservative” and I am going to point these things out to you in as clear and as blunt way that I can.  So after any young and new voter or an undecided independent reads this you will be able to make your own judgment call as which way you really want to vote instead of just throwing up your hands and saying that it doesn’t make any difference.  As you will see, there is a huge difference.

Religion:  The Republicans are generally more religious.  Most are believers in a Judaeo-Christian faith, even if they do not regularly attend church.  The Democrats take a dim view of religion.  They believe that the believers are fools.  They believe that faith in any religion is the result of gross ignorance and gullibility, and that religion is nothing more than a way to control a population.  Yet the Democrats are not above using religious tokens as a means of attracting faithful people to vote for them. 

Abortion:  The Republicans are generally against abortion.  Especially the practice of “Partial Birth Abortion”.  Because Republicans generally come from a background with greater emphasis on basic morality, they find abortion to be abhorrent.  The Democrats on the other hand, since they scoff at even those most basic levels of morality have no problems at all with abortions, even the monstrous “partial birth abortion”.  The very essence of human life means nothing to them.  The rights of the irresponsible mother are far greater than the rights of the innocent life she helped to create. 

Embryonic Stem Cell Research:  The Republicans are against this form of research as it involves the destruction of a human embryo to harvest the stem cells.  (see Abortion) The Democrats are all for it as a newly formed embryo is a nice convenient source of stem cells.  Yet the Democrats go to great lengths to avoid using the words “Embryonic” or “Embryo” as that is a great turn off to the greater majority of conservative people who might vote for them.  Many scientists and researches themselves have called Embryonic Stem Cell Research a “junk science” because there is little evidence that it can actually deliver the promises that the Democrats are making about it.  The Democrats have campaigned that this is potentially life saving and desperately needed and have argued this as a matter of Religion vs Science… Basically hinting that if you are against this research it is because you are Amish and need to jump back into your horse drawn wagon because you are afraid of science and are living in the past just because you don’t want to destroy human embryos. 

Military:  To the Republicans the military is their baby.  They have a good understanding of what it is for and how best to use it.  They have a belief that for America to stay free and independent, we have to have a strong military.  The Democrats on the other hand flat out dislike the military as a whole and believe all military spending to be a waste unless it is spending in their own respective home state and then it becomes the Democrats looking after their own after many kickbacks and lots of pork.  The Republicans like pork too… but that is not the sole reason for any spending, just a bonus or a perk. The Democrats think that the military is a liability and safety and freedom will only come with total submission to the United Nations.  (Never mind that the US has remained free and independent since it’s creation in 1776 because we have had a strong military)

Gay Rights:  The Republicans don’t care what gay people do.  They can do whatever they want, as long as it doesn’t bother anyone else… just like anyone else.  The Democrats feel that Gay Rights are something to be thrown into the faces of the public at large whenever possible because Gay Rights are more important rights, because Gays are most often Democrats.

Racial Issues:  The Republicans believe a person is free to achieve whatever a person wants to achieve.   The Democrats think that black people have to be given everything and that all blacks need to be taken care of and as a result all blacks should be Democrats… Never mind the fact that it was a Republican President that freed the slaves, and it is a Republican President that has a black Secretary of State and National Security Advisor because they are just Uncle Toms.

Economics:  The Republicans have a good understanding of economics and what it takes to make a strong national economy.  The Democrats have no idea as to how a successful business it run let alone how to make a national economy run.   To a Democrat, the national economy is something to be milked for the purpose of benefiting everyone not working for the companies being milked.  They believe that a successful corporation is a public asset and not the product or property of the individuals that worked to build that company.  Case in point, it was the democrats that actually tried to use the “eminent domain” rule to take over a profitable casino so those profits can feed the state.  The Republicans believe that a good economy is the result of the efforts of the people where the democrats believe a good economy is the result of the efforts of the state. To the Republicans such a thing smacks of Communism… something that the Republicans worked very hard to defeat and do not want to have to fight it again in this country.

Gun Control:  In general the Republicans believe that firearms in the hands of free and good citizens are Liberty’s Teeth.  Guns are a tool, and a right protected by the constitution to keep people safe and protected… and that the armed citizens are actually the 4th branch of government that keeps the checks and balances against the other three branches.  The Democrats view private gun ownership as a obstacle to be overcome in order to take full control of the population.  They believe guns are something that should only be in the hands of the government and the social elites like Democrat politicians and the celebrities that give them huge campaign contributions.  As much as they say they are against gun, the top anti-gun politicians all own guns – but you can not, because you are a stupid sheep and will just hurt yourself with them and the democrats will protect you.  Never mind that gun control is a proven way of increasing violent crime.

Personal Responsibility:  The Republicans believe in the power of the “rugged individual”.  They believe that a man has the power to create his own destiny.  That he can take care of himself and is responsible for his own actions.  The Democrats believe that a man is something that needs to be cared for because he can not possibly take care of himself.  They believe that the man is best suited for living in a flock and is not capable of even making decisions for himself.  The Democrats know better than he, so who is he to question them?  Should this pitiful subject make a mistake, it is the fault of anything and everything instead of the individual’s decisions and actions. To the Democrats there is no such thing as personal responsibility.

July 30th, Friday, 2004: 1830hrs: I caught some shit from a Civic driving liberal about a half hour ago for driving my big ugly Bronco.  Okay, let’s say that I wanted to be economical and environmentally friendly.  What are my vehicle options?  Now, I’m married with five growing boys and I’ve got 2 dogs.  If we wanted to travel together, what vehicle could I possibly get to fit us?  Okay, now factor in that Mini-Vans are totally out of the question because my dick wont fit inside one.  Also factor in that I like to get my vehicles a bit muddy… off-roading through some harsh Utah Outback.  Just give me an idea what vehicle I should be driving here.   The best I can come up with is a crew cab F-250 Power Stroke.  It’s not exactly eco friendly but it’s more economical.  Or maybe a Hummer in a 4 door pickup configuration.  I don’t think there is anything that is suitable outside of the truck market.  I guess I’ll just stay with the Bronco for now, thank you very much.  Fucking wanker liberal jackasses.  The only thing that would make these eco-wackos happy is if everyone drove a Lancaster style horse and buggy… but not them because they need the Honda Civic to make it to the next starbucks before they can empty the cup they already have.   Here is a thought for any Liberal asshat that might be reading right now.  Mind Your Own Fucking Business.  I don’t care what you drive… who elected you to care about what I drive?  MYOFB.

HOLY SHIT!  There is a new Exorcist movie coming out!  OMG.  Just the commercial scared the hell out of me.  If you have seen the Exorcist at the theatre, you can understand why those little simple notes can send chills up your spin like no other.  If you haven’t, you don’t know what I’m talking about here when I say that I wasn’t watching the commercial until I heard that simple little musical diddy that one never forgets.  Ever.  The hair on the back of my neck stood on end.  Which is weird because I shave my dome bald every other day… but that was the sensation I had.  Chills up and down my spine.  I’m going to break out my bible and kneel in prayer for awhile now.  Okay, so I can’t kneel cause of my knee, but I can still pray fervently.  Over what specifically, I’m not sure… but just thinking about The Exorcist is unsettling to say the least.  The new version here is a Prequel that looks to be every bit as scary as the original.   I doubt I could stand seeing it in the theatre.  

Heads up on a little project I’m doing.  The OgrificationTM of the Marlin 336CS.  I had the hardware store mix my up a custom wood stain that I have applied in no less than 6 coats, and over that 3 coats of clear gloss polyurethane. So far I’ve just done the buttstock, and I’ll do the fore end afterwards.  Looks awesome so far.  I’m thinking about doing the metal as well, but I’ll see how this looks with just the wood finished as it is.   The idea of using a stain instead of paint is in case of a deep scratch.  Paint would just get scraped off where a stain will penetrate the wood and color the inside as well.  This rifle isn’t a safe queen.  It goes out into what is arguably some of the roughest terrain in the USA on a weekly basis.  Once this rifle is finished I’ll write a full review of it.   

1615hrs: "One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line."   - President Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998
"If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear.  We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program."  - President Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998
"Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face."  - Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998
"He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983."  - Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998
"We urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction
programs."   - Letter to President Clinton, signed by Sens. Carl Levin (D-MI), Tom Daschle (D-SD), John Kerry ( D - MA), and others Oct. 9, 1998
"Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process."  - Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998
"Hussein has ... chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies."   - Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999
"There is no doubt that ... Saddam Hussein has invigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten
the United States and our allies."   - Letter to President Bush, Signed by Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL,) and others, December 5, 2001
"We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them."   - Sen. Carl Levin (D, MI), Sept. 19, 2002
"We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country."  - Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002
"Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power."  - Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002
"We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction."  - Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002
"The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons..."  - Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002
"I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force-- if necessary-- to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security."   - Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002
"There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years ... We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction."  - Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002
"He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do."  - Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002
"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapon stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked Saddam Hussein will continue to
increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons."  - Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002
"We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction."  - Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), Dec. 8, 2002
"Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime .. He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation. And now he is miscalculating America's response to his
continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction... So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real."  - Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003

All this, yet Bush is the liar?  I call bullshit.  The Democrats are an institutionalized lying machine.  The only thing scarier than the Democrats in Office, are the morons who support the Democrats in office.   If you are a democrat, please email me and enlighten me as to how GWB is the liar and yet all these guys saying this stuff gets a pass and they are okay and that they can be trusted.  If Kerry was the man in office now and doing what Bush as done, well, then it’s obvious that Kerry would be hero to you guys yet since Bush is a Republican, then Bush is a liar.  Bull-Shit.  But please… explain this to me.  How does this work?  Seriously, try to explain this.  I dare you.

Here is a link I think everyone should study.   

Lunchtime:  If I want my knee (and shoulder) to really get better.  This is what I have to look forward too.  Very nice.  Isn’t there a pill I could take for this?  Oh man… I think I’m going to be sick.  Please, someone just shoot me and put me out of my misery right now at this very moment.  

Miss America beauty pageants are now killing the talent portion of the contest.  Figures.  Just look at Paris Hilton, who cares if a woman has a talent if she is hot, right?  Not that I really care, but this is kinda sad.   When I first met my wife she was in a beauty pageant, so sometimes we’ll watch one on TV and judge the contestants.  Laugh at the talents and all that.  Anyways, we were actually talking about this a few days ago.  I had the idea that a killer talent would be for a future contestant to learn the guitar and then she gets up just wails like Joe Satriani.  That would rock.  But too bad now.  No more talent portions.  America continues to get more and more shallow as time goes on.

It looks like Schrade may have closed up shop.  I’ve had a couple Schrade knives in the past.  They were not great knives, but they were very competent blades for the money.

Okay, now it’s time for my main rant of the day.  The militarization of law enforcement.  Let me start off by saying that I am all for our police having the equipment that they need… body armor, weapons, whatever they need.  But at the same time I am deeply disturbed about the over use of all this stuff.   

It seems every little department wants to become their own little “Rainbow Six”.  I’ve even heard a local officer here in my little town say that he wanted an “MP10”.    If a high speed, low drag, raid is warranted, then by all means – go in with the guns up and do the job.  But how do the LE officials determine if such a raid is needed?  They don’t even bother with making such a determination – they pull the trigger on the SWAT raids any chance they get.  After all, a SWAT raid is so much fun.  They get to done all the Ninja Turtle gear and play with the HK guns.  Who wouldn’t want to do that? 

But really, I have to ask this.  What happened to the good old fashioned police work?  If your home is burglarized, who cares?  SWAT can’t roll on a burglary.  My in laws have had the windows of two vehicles smashed it, professional sound equipment, and a 20 foot flat bed trailer stolen within the last 2 years.  The police have done absolutely nothing about any of this.  Not one damn thing.  They don’t care about it.  Seriously, they do not care.  The officers acted as if it was a great burden on them just to take the reports.   

Let’s look at this case.  Police work was thrown out the window in favor of a raid.  Any educated officer could have walked past and taken a look and written off the complaint as ignorance.  Instead, they geared up and smashed their way in like a punch of fucking pirates.  Then they questioned the man on growing melons?  WTF?  Is there a statute regarding contraband melons now?    

Now where is the police work here?  Excuse me if I do not consider a Pirate Raid to be Police Work.  Where is the Investigation?   This isn’t the only example of misuse of “police power”, it’s just a good example.    There are hundreds of such examples… and more every day.

The old Police Motto of “Protect and Serve” and been replaced with a new mantra.  “Never use a little detective work when overwhelming brute force is available.” 

If you are running a police department, instead of spending all the money to outfit your SWAT team, maybe instead you should spend a little money on fielding more Detectives.  The Patrol Officers only want to write tickets, and the SWAT Teams only want to play ninjas… we need more cops who actually want to solve crimes.  What happened to those guys?  I think Law Enforcement may have taken this swan dive a long time ago.  When the FBI was first allowed to pack guns, I think real police work started to go out the window.  The cop leadership no longer want to use their heads and think something through…  Instead of rolling the SWAT team on a subjects home and giving them the chance to barricade themselves… why not just have a couple guys wait patiently for the guy to go out to his car and then nail him as he is getting in?  One guy to drive a car to block the driveway and another guy to make the arrest.  Simple.  2 guys.  No one is hurt.  No damage done.  No, instead they have to smash down doors and put everyone in the house – including children – face down on the floors with their hands zip-tied while the officers rampage around the house like a bunch of ransacking looters… often when such a search isn’t even written into the warrant.  And all of it could have been avoided with just a little effort at real police work. 

All of this in the name of “Officer Safety”?  When you have a Swat pup with a shotgun to the head of an 8 year old, where is the safety for the citizens?  How come the police officer’s safety is so much more important than the citizens? 

What happened to our liberty?  What happened to our Police?  When I grew up, the police were the good guys.  Now they’ll raid your ass and not even bother to check if they have the right address.   I guess they only solve crimes on TV nowdays.

Everything I’ve ever said about the Liberals is wrong.  I’ll admit it.  Liberals are responsible for all the good on the world.   I have just been grossly mistaken.  Sheesh.  I’m surprised they didn’t take credit for the flowers blooming in the spring time or the sun rising every morning.  Asshats.


July 29th, Thursday, 2004: 2345hrs:  JFK2 gave a very rousing speech tonight to top off the democratic convention. He sounded very confident, and assured and said a lot of things that people could really get behind. It even made me think for just a brief moment that maybe, just maybe, this guy isn’t that bad. But then I remembered that the man speaking is John F’ing Kerry. It’s very unfortunate that Kerry’s 19 year history in congress completely contradicts all the goods he was selling in his speech. How dare he go after Bush for not providing body armor for the soldiers when he himself voted against the bill that would have given the soldiers the armor they needed. I find it amusing that he was trying to come off as more conservative than the republican incumbent and that he is strong on defense. He contradicted himself in saying that he will never let a foreign nation veto American self defense when he has promised so much more UN involvement. It wouldn’t surprise me if he made Kofi Annan a cabinet member.  He has basically promised to make the USA one of the UN’s bitches.   But Kerry made some good and valid points, he had to.  It’s called putting lipstick on a pig.  Or putting a ribbon on a turd however you want to call it.  But before anyone buy’s Kerry’s bullshit, let’s remember a few things.  He wants to disarm American citizens.  He supports abortions. He allows his own campaign people to chant “Bush is a Liar” when he himself was calling for the war and even voted for it.  He is a flat out evil son of a bitch and every promise he makes to the American people is nothing more than lip service for sake of getting your vote.  Were Kerry to become the next President, it would be a major blow to the United States.  Kerry called for unity.  The only unity the Democrats want is for everyone to be dependant upon the Democrats.  Kerry is not to be trusted. 

Register to vote.  Plan on voting and make sure you get out to vote this time if you didn’t last time.  Because it’s going to be a close one here.  Every Vote Counts.  Not just the idiots in Florida… all the votes count.  Let’s kick Kerry to the curb.  His getting the presidency would be a total disaster.

Regarding Pro-Choice/Pro-Child:Either they're giving you the choice, or they're once again demonstrating the hypocrisy of the Democratic Party.  Considering that this is a party with more hot air than morals, it doesn't surprise me.  After all, they're the party that was for segregation, strongly, yet, they pander to the black vote, and demonize the Republicans, who ironically were their supporters.  This is the same party whose leader didn't seem to realize that the "sex" part of "oral sex" meant that he was having a sexual relation.  Or the man who threw down his medals, yet kept some for his wall display, claims to follow the teachings of the Catholic Church by going on Sundays, yet lives the rest of his life in contrast to outright defiance of those teachings.  The same party who damned Trent Lott to hell for making a complimentary comment regarding the late (former segragationalist) Strom Thurmond, while making no big deal about Chris Dodd's praise of former Klan member Sen Byrd. The Democratic party did well by picking their mascot.  A jackass suits them right, since many are, in fact, jackasses.  Likewise, you'd have to be a jackass to naively buy most of the things that fly from their mouth.  I guess if you try to camouflage it, some jackass will buy it.”  That’s why it’s okay to call Democrats Jackasses.

Bronco Mail:  “Morning boss, just a small story, yesterday I went to Sam's Club. While I was getting out of the car, an older woman pulled up next to my car in the most perfect Bronco I have seen in a long time.  As she got out, I commented on what a beautiful Bronco she had.  I asked her what year it was- she told me 1983.  Wow, 21 hears old and it looked like it was driven off the showroom.  I asked her if it had been repainted, she said that just the hood had been repainted.  So I asked her the most important question- how many miles you got on it? She paused and then said 275,000 miles.  I almost shit, couldn't believe it.  It was one beautiful Bronco”  SWEEET. 

1930hrs: Kim du Toit has gone and done it.  He’s created a forum.  Suggestion:  Make a section for “Weekend” discussion. Bravo.  Go check it out, it is sure to be lively.  

Swiftboat Veterans for Truth.  These are the cats that served with John Kerry, and they don’t seem to deem Kerry as one worthy for the post of Commander and Chief.   Lots of good background information about Kerry’s service, including the story regarding his first purple heart.  I know we have all heard it before, but this is from the guys that were there.  This is important stuff as he is banking heavily on his Vietnam service.  The fact that he serviced his country is great.  But considering what he did when he got home completely voids it and in fact makes such service a mark against him in my book.  He has shown zero loyalty to his branch of service, zero loyalty the people who served with him, and zero loyalty to the military in general.  And when I say zero loyalty, what I mean is “going out of his way to take a giant shit on”.  Kerry is himself the biggest lump of shit that has ever held a congressional seat.  He is because of his Janus face, even a bigger lump of shit that Ted Kennedy… and that is no small feat.  In visiting the Swiftboat site, take the time to read through the FAQ page.  It’s quite enlightening.   My distain for Kerry grows more each day.  If Kerry wants to be President, fine.  But not of the USA.  

Speaking of big lumps of shit.  Doug Clifton and ranks right up there, along with the State of Ohio for allowing this.  They are publishing the names and counties of those that obtain CCW permits.  I find this to be very low.  I find this to be an invasion of privacy.  Just because the statute allowing the press access to the names of the CCW permit holders, does not mean that they are allowed to violate those persons privacy by publishing those names.  Kudos for Ohio passing the law allowing the permits, but to give those good citizens a backhand slap like that is just completely asinine.   The law should be amended ASAP and Doug Clifton and his and any other media outlet there doing this should be taken to court. Doug Clifton should also be taken to civil court specifically and personally.

My left knee.  Yesterday I was walking over some grass and caught my left foot on a sprinkler head.  I twisted it only a little bit.  But evidently that little turned out to be much worse than I thought.  Last night I was up all night in pain and all day it has been hurting to the point that it damn near caused me panic attacks.  Knee pain is a special sort of inescapable agonizing pain that never lets you find a position of comfort… much like back or head pain.  Arms or feet… no problem… knee – you are in hell.  Well I was just able to grit my teeth long enough (and after taking 4 Aleve) to make it in to a natural healing clinic.  I had acupuncture done to the knee and left the needles in for 15 minutes.  They used a record number of needles BTW and hooked them up to an electrical device that pumped electricity into my leg.  I could feel muscles twitching from the currant.   But you know what?  It worked great.  The pain went away even before the needles were all in.  I was able to walk/hobble easily back to my truck.  There is now still some residual pain… but it is greatly diminished. The swelling and pressure in the knee is still intense.  Repeated sessions will help that, but at least for now it is tolerable pain and I’m no longer freaking out about it.    Just so you know, my left knee is gimped good.  Just like my right ankle and right shoulder.  I’ll probably be walking with the aide of a cane the rest of my life. This will prevent me from running away from dangerous threats.  Not that I would run anyway.  This is way I carry a gun.  The badguys may run from me if they are still able to after our encounter.

Multi-Tools.  Now I’ve seen another multi-tool that I like, the Gerber Recoil.  That’s a fine tool on par with the Leatherman Wave.  But is it rugged?  Can one really torque on the tools?  I want to get another, but seriously, I’m at a loss.  There are now so many good options on the market.  The Leatherman Super Tool has the most of my attention as does a certain unit from SOG…. But now there is this Gerber Recoil and I have to admit to liking the looks and the options with it.

I’ve read some twisted shit before, but this takes the cake.  This has taken “elective surgery” a bit too far.

I'll post some emails on the next update.  I've not done so in awhile and I'm due. 

0900hrs:  Wow, Senator Edwards made a great speech at the convention.  People are going to be talking about it for months… and others are kicking themselves, “Man, too bad we voted for Kerry instead of this guy!”  Very rousing.  Very motivating speech.  Too bad it was all bullshit, lies and deceit.  Edwards is talking about expanding the military?  WTF?  Kerry and Edwards have never voted in favor of the military!  They have always voted against anything and everything that they were there to vote on!  Given Kerry’s attendance track record and voting record, one would think that Kerry only showed up specifically to vote against military spending!  

Now we have Edwards talking out of both sides of his ass here.  Was there anyone he didn’t try to sell votes to?  The working poor, the crack whores, the military families… He was pimping pretty hard the idea that the Democrats will keep everyone safe.  Too bad Bush is already doing that and that Kerry and Edwards only plan is “We’ll be better”.  Right. 

Increasing the size of the military doesn’t mean shit if you can’t use those forces.  Didn’t Saddam have like the 3rd largest standing army?  A lot of good that did him.  Size, sometimes really doesn’t matter.  Doubling the size of the Special Forces?  How does that happen Edwards?  See, this is what scares me about idiots with power.  They have no idea about the nature of the subject they are talking about.  It’s not about the number of Special Forces – it’s about the quality of the special forces you are fielding. 

Again, let’s look at Saddam’s most elite forces, the Republican Guard.  They were grease for the 1st Infantry Divisions tank treads.  What makes the special forces so formidable are the unique Americans that make up those elite ranks.  Special Forces needs to be able to pick the very best of the best of the best, Sir!  The strongest, fastest, and the smartest.  You water that down, your special forces is nothing but another Light Infantry unit with a spiffy arm patch.  Edwards and Kerry doesn’t get that.  They don’t get the military at all.  For Kerry it was just a political stunt.    For Edwards?  That Ambulance Chaser has no clue. 

I don’t have the patience to go into all the bullshit, but like I said before… Best Renewable Energy Resource Ever.

Kerry probably thinks he is a man of the people.  At least wants us to think that he is a man of the people.  In reality he doesn’t even know who the people are.  He told a bunch of Wisconsin Hunters that he likes to hunt deer with his trusty 12 gauge while crawling on his stomach.  Now, I’m not a big hunter… but I’ve been out hunting a few times.  I’ve stalked deer with Appalachian Hillbillies and I’ve stalked deer with Chippewa Scouts in northern Wisconsin.  At no time did we ever crawl on our bellies.  Mainly because it’s useless to do so… that and if you did, your head would be below the level of the snow and you would never see anything let alone a deer to be able to get to within shotgun range.   Point of fact, Kerry is a lying sack of shit.   

These are not the only reasons to not vote for the Democrats.  Don’t take my word for it… Michelle Malkin lays it out for you with 5 other reasons.    Not only does she explain it clearly, but damn… she is pretty.

I can’t believe the Democrats are still on the “Bush Lied” kick.  Bush is a dishonest liar, but all the Democrat Leaders who had been singing the song of kicking Saddam’s ass just get a pass.  But since Bush actually did it, now they have to change the tune.  Bush didn’t lie.  Saddam had WMDs, we have tons of evidence of it.  We even have two trailers for making WMD’s.  We even have two chemical weapon shells (those are WMDs BTW) that were used as road side bombs.  Now let me ask you this… how the hell did the terrorists get two chemical shells?  Had to have got them from someplace.  Part of a Saddam Stash perhaps?  We’ll find it in time.  There is so much evidence that Saddam had them, that you would have to be a complete idiot to think otherwise.  Either a complete idiot or someone who knows that Saddam had them and they still have to sing the Bush Lied song because that’s the DNC Mantra.    Bush is as honest of a man as anyone else in Washington DC.  Probably more so than most.  Most of the time, I think he is very honest.  Kerry on the other hand is far from it.  Edwards seems to be more honest than Kerry, but after the promises he made in his speech last night, I have serious doubts.  The only honest Democrat in Washington DC is Zell Miller.  Who is Zell endorsing?  Bush.   That speaks volumes.  I caught some of Zell’s words after Edwards’ speech and was impressed with what he said.  I was also disappointed in the way that the Media Asshat cut him off.  That was shamefull.  I don’t know why Zell is remaining a Democrat.  He is more conservative than most of the Republicans in office.  

Something I’d like to see… Ford taking the newly redesigned F-150 truck and building a Bronco out of it.  Removable top, folding rear seat, short wheelbase.  Simple. Effective. Fun.  Engine options should include a power stroke diesel. It doesn’t have to compete with the Expedition… Call it an “F-150 Bronco” and just make it simple.  Like a sports edition.  Nothing fancy.  Why not?  The Bronco was a popular rig, but Ford killed it to make way for the Expedition… A bigger and heavier, more expensive vehicle that they can name in line with the whole “E” adventure name convention in which “Bronco” doesn’t fit.  The Bronco is really kinda like a big Jeep Wrangler when you have the top off.   It’s a fun vehicle.  I love it.  Seriously enjoy it more than any other vehicle that I have ever had, bar none.  It’s too bad that the Bronco is dead lined. It’s a classic.    

My poor folks out in Virginia just got a brand new PC.  And within a couple days it fried.  I keep telling them not to get an Emachine, but now they are going to be on the 4th one.   Well, I guess I didn’t take much advice from them when I was growing up, so now they are going to not take my advice now.  Whatever.  They are adults, they can do whatever they like.

July 28th, Wednesday, 2004: Almost lunch time: The Three Year Old with a gun.  I’m a little bothered by this little trend I’m seeing.  If you let your kids near guns, someone will sic Child Protective Services on you, and nail you to a cross. “A couple in Virginia has been charged with felony child endangerment after a neighbor videotaped their 3-year-old son playing with one of their guns.”  The tot was playing with an unloaded revolver, and I am not condoning that at all… but the reaction of the state is a little extreme don’t you think?  Factor in another story where a 12 year old girl grabbed a shotgun and blasted a poisonous snake.  Same reaction by authorities.  Is this the new anti-gun game plan for these guys?  “It’s your guns or your kids!”  Scary. 

If the Hampton Roads couple thought that the child was safe enough with an unloaded revolver, then damn it, the child was safe.  There are a lot of things parents might disagree on about what is safe or not.  Do all these activities now have to involve judgment in court? 

I know some folks who hate canoes.  A simple canoe.  A little boat powered by two people with a pair of paddles.  Some would consider a canoe on a still lake to be a wonderful way to enjoy a summer day, and others would be so freaked out by the mere idea of their children on that canoe, that they would suffer a loose bowel event.  Who is right or who is wrong?  Trail bikes.  Little mini motorcycles to scooter around some dirt mounds and have a little fun.  Again, I know people have these things and let there children enjoy them all the time.  Then again I know folks who would wet themselves if their child said “I want a dirt bike”.  

Who is right or who is wrong about how to raise a child?  What about letting them play dangerous sports?  Football or Rock Climbing?  Isn’t that dangerous for a child?  What about rated R movies, junk foods, or the age they can start dating?  What kind of first car are you going to get your new driver?  An H2 Hummer?  A Mustang GT?  A Geo Metro?  A Motorcycle or Scooter?  Are these things a parental unit can decide for themselves or do we have to call Child Protective Services?   Put the “For the Children” bullshit down and think about one word for a moment.  “LIBERTY”.   If the state has to step in every time some jackass has a disagreement with how someone else is raising their kids, then I submit to the group that we have lost the most very basic essence of liberty… raising our own kids.  

And another thing about this.  I believe there was a Seinfeld episode about this, where they videotaped a guy getting carjacked and just watched… This “Concerned Neighbor” who videotaped the kid… if this child really was in danger, why didn’t the lady put the fucking camera down and go out there and safe the child?  So really, I have to ask… isn’t this lady negligent too?  Or is this lady an evil whore who is trying to get these people in trouble because she herself just doesn’t like guns?

I’ve got a bad feeling about this… Someone call Admiral Ackbar and Han Solo!  That's no moon.  I feel a great disturbance in the force.

Something I have found that might be of interest to many of The Horde.  Found this on THR and I am glad I did.   It’s a bit spendy, but very useful. 


July 27th, Tuesday, 2004: Just before Midnight:  I saw a political button today that confused me. It read, “Pro-Choice – Pro-Child”.  Just how the hell is a person Pro-Child while at the same time being Pro-Abortion?   That’s like being a violent pacifist or something.  It doesn’t work.  You can’t say you love kids if you are in favor of murdering them.  What?  You love the kids that survive the scissors and vacuum tube? 

See, this is the problem with the Democrats and the Modern Liberals… they use sayings such as this repeatedly until the weak minded folks stop questioning it.  They like to use catch phrases and buzz words and mix them heavily with whatever empty promise or hollow message they are offering.  Things that sound good on the surface and that you don’t have to think about.  

They are almost like hypnotists’ trigger words to order compliance and make the subject cluck like a chicken or vote Democrat as the case may be.  A lie repeated and perpetuated long enough becomes the truth as long as it is not questioned, and this is the Democrat’s battle tactics.  This and banking on a person’s short term memory.  They like to say things that sound good – but they can never hold up to a rational and informed argument.  

Democrats like to say they enjoy debate.  But that is like saying Lions like to hunt.  Lions don’t like hunting… they like the killing and the eating, but they don’t like the hunt.  This is why Lions target the sick, feeble, old or very young.  Just like the Democrats. 

For example, last night my beloved little 13 year old sister in law was at a friends house who’s parents are “Staunch Democrats”.  “Little Sister” I’ll call her is a brilliant little lady.  She reads constantly.  If she is not dancing, she is reading.  She is the smartest young lady I’ve ever met.  She also takes an interest in Politics.  She knows what is up and what is bullshit.  Well the Staunch Democrats started debating her mercilessly to the point Little Sister was in tears and had to call me for back up ammo.  And I’m thinking “Man, what chickenshit people to be ambushing a little girl!”  

They of course did not want me to come over to engage the enemy join the conversation, because they knew they couldn’t handle any real opposition to their ideas.   Just like a typical Liberal… fucking cowards. Don’t want to face any truth and reality.  (Btw, my Left Hook is called “Truth” and my Right Uppercut is called “Reality”) Freaking beating up on a little girl.  That is despicable and low… even for a Democrat.  Then again, that’s how the Lions hunt.  But I am proud of Little Sister.  She battled.  She never gave an inch.  I want to buy her a copy of Ann Coulter’s book now.

Pro-Choice, Pro-Child.  That and all the other bullshit coming out of Boston right now… If we could harvest the methane out of this, it would be enough to spin the turbines at the local power plant.  Ladies and Gentlemen of The Horde, I give you the most potent renewable energy source on the planet – Liberal Politics.

You have no doubt heard the news about the beautiful young woman named Lori Hacking who is claimed to be missing after going jogging.  My money is on the Husband, Mark Hacking and that he chopped his wife up.  If this was a game of Clue, I’d be calling “Mark, in the bedroom, with a knife”.  In the next day or two we will probably hear police announcing Mark’s arrest.  Bastard deserves to be put down like a damn rabid dog.  The cops are using dogs trained to find bodies out at the landfill because Mark hacked the girl up and scattered the chunks in a number of dumpsters… including chunks of bloody mattress which the police have recovered along with a knife and great deal of other evidence.   

Sorry for the lack of posting today… I was occupied with affairs of state all day.  (I took my 5 boys skating – I have a duty to make sure they have a kickass summer and damn it, they are having it as best as I can give it to them!) I’ve got a lot I want to talk about tomorrow, so check back in through the day.


July 26th, Monday, 2004: Lunchtime:  Ranger Report:  Some time early this morning I had looked out at Ranger and he was fine. Barking at some horses and cows… his usual thing.  Later this morning Mrs. Ogre was going out to work and called through the window, “Ranger is gone!”  I hate those 3 words, not because I’m afraid he’s gone and disappeared, but because he is up to something.  So I pull my boots on and walk out side.  I look out and can see all the cows in the back 40 all huddled together with the bulls looking pissed off.  Ranger’s handiwork.  So I yell out and sure enough, there he is bounding back to me with a big shit-eating grin.   But as he approaches, I notice something very wrong.  His fur is the wrong color.  He is bright green!  Oh man… does he STINK!  That revelation hit me in both barrels of my nose with a tangible force as he happily bounces on me Tigger fashion. Ranger had been rolling in cow pucky… fresh, pungent, and bright green cow pucky.  And now a good deal of it is on me too.  “Bad Dog!”  My oldest son comes out “Why is he green?”  I just grab Ranger’s collar and say “Go get the shampoo in my bathroom.”  So while oldest son runs off to get the sham-poo… I chain Ranger up to an unmovable object with only about a 2 foot lead and then get the hose.  Ranger loves splashing through water, but he is not keen on the hose.  Well, his nightmare came true.  I sprayed all the biggest chunks off of him and soaked him completely.  At first he tried to escape the water, and after a few moments just stood there dejectedly.   When the sham-poo arrived I lathered him up good with a Suave conditioning stuff.  Wash, Rinse, Repeat.  All over… his back, neck, legs, under his chin, the top of his head, his haunches, his tail…  it was like he was dipped in a “honey-pot” bucket. When the lather stopped looking green I repeated the cycle once more just to be sure.  Ranger was soaked, I was soaked, and the driveway was awash in green froth.  Ranger gave himself a class three shake down and then I brushed out his fur.  “There you go, Ranger… you are all clean and shiny!”  He has been strutting around nonstop since.  Now that I am cleaned off as well, looking out at Ranger I can see that he hasn’t stopped strutting.  Funny dog.  I called The Bride and told her about all this and she said, “You two deserve each other.”  She might be right.  I think I’ll order some of this stuff here for Ranger.

The photo of the Marine in the tank, here is his story.   

Teresa Heinz has nasty streak to her.  Told a reporter to “Shove it” That’s funny.  No, it’s not as bad as Cheney saying “!(#*$ Off”, but it is a rude and hostile expression that is completely un-first-lady-wannabe-like.  I think we have just seen a glimpse of the real Teresa… who by the way still has not given up her tax records.  Something that is par for the course but Teresa thinks she is special.  Considering her wealth and her bank rolling everything for JFK2, I would think this is something that should be looked into. And while on this subject, Iowa’s first lady lets some spew fly too… ripping on blacks, southerners and easterners. Man… the Democrats are showing there asses left and right.  It’s almost as if they don’t want people to like them… just serve them.  Assholes.  You gotta love how Kerry detours his jet to go catch a baseball game and then get booed to death.  Then one of the announcers said “Well, all politicians get booed.” And the other announcer said “Bush didn’t”.  Ha!  Classic.  Heard this on Rush this morning.   

This is cool news right here.  Israel making up an all girl fighter squadron.  Feminists and Anime Fans are cheering.  Good for them.  I wish these girls success.  Most of the detractors are saying the same sort of things when the US Air Force put together the first all black fighter squadron. 

Kim asked the question, here is my answer:

IBM M1 Carbine 30 caliber carbine G.I. M-1 by IBM. $795.00 see picture Item# R1863

Remington 1903-A3 30-06 caliber rifle with 1943 dated barrel. $695.00 see picture Item# R1290

Springfield M1 Garand 30-06 caliber rifle. WWII production with 1943 dated barrel. U.S. Arsenal upgraded. $1250.00 see picture Item# R1941

CZ Mark X 30-06 caliber rifle with Mauser action, set trigger, Mannlicher stock and Mauser marked scope. $750.00 see picture Item# R1900

CZ Model 550 Magnum 458 Lott caliber rifle. Fancy grade. American magnum. New with box. $1295.00 see picture Item# R1866

Blaser R93 308 Winchester caliber rifle. Long range model with Leupold Mark 4 Tactical scope. $3250.00 see picture Item# R1748

IMI Uzi Model A 9mm Para caliber original pre-ban rifle. $1350.00 see picture Item# R2018

Ruger 10/22 22 LR caliber rifle 40th Anniversary model. New. $239.95 see picture Item# R1911

Spanish 1943 Mauser 8x57 caliber rifle. Spanish Air Force issue. $349.95 see picture Item# R526

I would have 26 bucks left over and would have a pretty decent collection.  I went for some nice rifles, some high end rifles… The R93 and Uzi kinda obvious… these are lust inspiring guns.  Most of the others are obvious choices, the M1 Carbine, Springfield 1903 and an M1 Garand… those are the required selections right there… but the real interesting selection that might not click with Ogre in some people’s mind – the CZ 550 Magnum. Especially in .458 Lott.  Well, as far as long brown guns go – The CZ-550 really pushes my buttons.  Those are some awesome rifles.  And 458 Lott, that’s a potent predator getter right there.   Not sure what I’d really do with it, maybe do a moose hunt in Northern Idaho or go for bears or something.  Take it with me to Norway to have over my shoulder looking at Polar Bears with good old Stig.  Or maybe just hang that sucker on the wall and let it look good while being within arms reach after I get it sighted in. To be honest, as much as I love the 550, it wouldn’t be a rifle I’d shoot very often.  My gun shoulder is the biological equivalent of a train wreck and even 12 gauge shotguns with light loads and thick recoil pads get really sore after relatively few shots.  .30-06 is about the upper limit of rifle cartridges that I could tolerate doing a lot of shooting with.  So out of these rifle choices, the guns I’d do the most shooting with out of this list would be the M1 Carbine, the Uzi, and the Ruger 10-22.


July 25th, Sunday, 2004, 1700hrs: Question came in: “Well what does a Republican look like in a tank?”  Smartass… he looks like this.


That is the look of a cheerful warrior after a successful mission. DuckAckAss was not a warrior and wasn’t on a mission.  That little photo was taken while the tank was driving around a small field doing circles like a kiddy ride.  I know this as I saw the video of his little stunt.  So pathetic.  Much like the rest of the DNC.  BTW, this guy in the photo is a US Marine and is now home from Iraq wearing an eye patch cause he lost is eye thanks to some shrapnel or something... If he was a Liberal, he'd have like 4 or 5 purple hearts or something.  Not this cat.  He wants to go back as soon as he can.  Now that is the warrior spirit right there.   No wonder the rest of these so called "Word Leaders" want Bush to loose.  Because Kerry would reel guys like this back in!  Guys like this are why The United States is the number 1 super power on this globe.     

The Democrats’ vision for America seems to pretty much follow right along with what is going on in Boston right now.   It’s very confusing, people are blaming the Secret Service, there are armed enforcers and security all over the place, people with dissenting opinions are put into cages, and those who exercise their first amendment rights (like the pizza joint across the street with it’s Pro-Bush sign) get city officials harassing them and threatening them to force compliance.   This is very scary, because these people ordering all this bullshit are the same people that want to run the country.  Where is the freedom?  Where is the liberty?  I don’t recall anything in the 1st amendment that says in order to exercise it, you have to be in a cage.  These Democrats are truly frightening.  They claim to be the party for the people, yet they are panicked by the idea of being near the people.     Not only that, but they are spending out of control… holy cow… Tax & Spend Zealots are really showing their colors.

There was a link to a story about Kerry in Detroit talking to the Auto Workers… but I lost the link.  It’s not important, let me sum it up for you.  In the fliers and ads for Kerry’s appearance he used a car as a logo.  Going to talk in Motor City, use the image of a car… no problem, right?  Well, much like pancakes and sandwiches, Kerry has another problem with the common man, the average American.  The car he used was a Rolls Royce… an imported, super expensive luxury car that is nothing like what is made in the US.  Needless to say, Kerry’s efforts there with the Auto Workers was pretty much undone before he even opened his mouth.  They are pissed off at Kerry for his obvious ignorance about the auto industry, his lack of concern for them and his blatant arrogance.   Kerry just gave a whole lot of votes to Bush.  Thank you for that, Kerry.  I appreciate it… I really do.  Why don’t you go to the meat packer’s union and then ask for just a salad?

The Democrats have come completely unhinged in what equates to a shark feeding frenzy over their panic to regain power.  This scares me.  This scares me more than sharks do.  Because I kinda have this belief that if you want power that bad – you shouldn’t be allowed to have it.  I kinda like the Douglas Adams idea of the Emperor of the Universe.   I hope you would know what I’m talking about there.  The EOTU is a hermit that lives in a shack with a cat.  He has the power but never wanted it and doesn’t care much at all about it.  You see, someone in power with leadership is a great thing.  Some one with no leadership but a lot of ambition trying to get the power… that is troublesome.    In fact, that is downright disturbing and if you want to catch my drift there, just take a look at Boston.  And some history books. 

Several emails have come in singing the praises of The Bourne Supremacy I’m sure that the flick is a lot of fun, but I just wish they made the movie like the books… the books have action in them, but they are also a very cerebral adventure.  The movies are just action… at least the first one was and the second one being from the same people including the screen writer who has evidently never read a real book in his life (my opinion here is based on the 1st movie) has given me little to base any positive expectations from.  With some movies out now that are based much closer to the books, Cold Mountain, The Notebook, LOTR, Harry Potter… I’m of the opinion that the audiences are growing some higher expectations themselves.  One glaring error in these Bourne movies of course is Bourne himself.  The casting was horrible.  Oh, I’m not dissing Matt Damon – he was great in Dogma.  It’s just he doesn’t strike me as a Jason Bourne.  You know who would have been a great Bourne?  Some one more mature… Maybe a George Clooney or a Val Kilmer.  I don’t remember Bourne being a kid.   This is just wrong casting.  This is like casting Matt’s buddy, Ben Affleck, as the next James Bond.  *shudder* You can’t get any more wrong than that… not unless you tried casting Colin Farrell as 007. *vomiting*  As far as no brain summer action flicks go, I’m sure Bourne is a fun flick and given the chance I’ll go see it.  According to my wife, that will be some time after I am forced to see “The Notebook”.  Just shoot me right the hell now, okay?

Sickest Sleeper I’ve ever seen.  A K car, that I think used to be a Plymouth Reliant.  Nevada tags, the owner is a Vegas resident that was coming through town on his way home from visiting folks in Cheyenne.   I’m sitting on my tailgate at Taco Bell enjoying a ½ pound beef and potato, and this K car rolls up with a deep guttural growl that was so evil it rumbled my soul.  I did a double take on it and sure enough, the evil was radiating under the hood.  The guy gets out of the car as just grins at me and goes inside.  While he is in there, I walk around the car.  It looks like what a stock Reliant would look like but with a couple little differences.  #1 being a pair of exhaust pipes peaking out from under the bumper on either side… 3 and half inchers, maybe 4.  I couldn’t tell. The wheels were not that fancy, but solid alloy wrapped in some sick Yokahamas that were too wide for your average Reliant.   On the back was a little sticker that said “Rice Eater”    I kid you not when I said that there was evil radiating from under the hood.  Other wise I would not have taken notice… it’s a Reliant.  It’s like factory inspired lethargy.  They are invisible.  You don’t even see them unless you are looking right at it. And if you do see it, you could be put to sleep by it.  A moment later the owner came back out, still grinning.  “You want to see under the hood, don’t you?”  I nodded, and he popped the hood.  I don’t know what a normal K car looks like under the hood… I’ve never had enough caffeine in my blood stream to be able to stay awake long enough to pop the hood on one.  When this hood opened up, it was like Raiders opening up the Arc of the Covenant.  Evil spirits flew out in all directions in the form of reflected light from all the shiny rubber, braided steel, and chrome.  I couldn’t look directly at the engine or my face would have melted.  The engine inside was huge and filled the engine bay.  I caught glimpses of two insidious devices on either side of the engine where the wheel wells should have been… turbos.  Plural.  2 of them.  I saw tubular steel running around the outsides and a yellow topped Optima battery sitting in a corner with a billet aluminum radiator up front.  If a line wasn’t steel braid, it was shiny like liquid.  I think I only stammered “What is it?”  He replied “Four twenty seven cobra jet” as he gently shut the hood as if he was closing the vault door on something sacred that shouldn’t have been shown.   

The “Sleeper” or “Q Ship” is a unique sort of vehicle and I can totally respect it.  It’s a car that is all about performance while looking innocent.  Kinda like Drew Barrymore or my wife.    He had this car built after a lucky day at Caesars Palace.  He wanted a fast car but had a problem with a history of tickets.  He’s not had a ticket since.  This Street Stealth technology works.  So does thick black frames for glasses.  This guy didn’t look like a hot rodder.  And a tan colored Reliant doesn’t look like one either.  This cat had the ultimate Q ship.  I could only guess what this guy was pumping out horse power wise, but 600 horses is probably the low end.  That’s probably at idle.  The whole car was redone to fit all this evil hardware… firewalls, transmission, suspension… This car is as much Plymouth Reliant as your favorite NASCAR driver is riding in a real Thunderbird or Lumina, but that is probably what’s on his insurance and registration forms. He could have done all that work in a '69 SS or a GTO, but no... he did it in his old 1986 Plymouth Reliant, 4 door.  Freaking Las Vegas.   

July 24th, Saturday, 2004: 2200hrs:  I did some serious off roading today.  Just me and Ranger.   I went to an area I’ve never really explored before… The intention was to let Ranger do his hunting thing but that just turned into an excuse to get nuts.  I got nuts.  Big storm last night meant some mud puddles today.  Common sense went out the window.  No chase vehicle or anything… and I don’t have a winch yet either.  So actually me going out by myself like that was pretty freaking stupid.  

One mud puddle damn near got me too.  It didn’t look that bad, just long… it was about 20 yards on the trail and no tracks around it so no one has been digging in it.  Thought I’d be okay.  I took a run at it and I’m glad I did.  Cause as soon as I hit it, I started sinking and the truck pitched over at about a 30 degree angle to the right.  Evidently this wasn’t just a puddle but a hole.  I kept my foot on it and my momentum carried me through…  I had the engine roaring at about 5000 RPM, splashing and slinging mud all over the place.  The further forward I went, the deeper it got… and the more worried I got.  The idea of me having to hike about 10 miles back to just the highway was not a pleasant thought.  I just stayed on the gas, not lifting, not flooring it… just steady as she goes.  Dang near came to a stand still, but the beast finally climbed out of the mud hole on the far side.  

He he he… it was cool.  Stupid, but cool.  Now I have mud all over the rig… some on me too.  I’ll take a snapshot before I wash the truck tomorrow.  I’ll not try that again.  I’ve done the walk out to find help unsticking the 4X4 before.  And it aint fun.  

The soft sandy-loamy soil that makes up the desert out here can really turn into some super slick mud.  And with the Utah sun to dry out the top, there could be a mud bog waiting just under the surface to surprise you anywhere here in the desert.   That and a trail that was fine last week could be washed out this week.  No wonder BFG MT’s are so popular out here.  Need a 3 or 4 inch lift and a custom front bumper too.  Some washouts put you unto a position where the front end’s angle of attack comes into play and today I was hitting the bumper trying to cross a few washes.   

Yeah, I know… really stupid doing this solo… I was just asking to get stuck.  I know this... I was taking the risks with full knowledge of them, so don't lecture.  But the Bronco got me through everything just fine.  It really is an amazing vehicle.  This rig is officially the most fun vehicle I’ve ever had.  I did some crazy off roading in small 4X4 pickups and Jeeps, but a full sized rig is a different animal completely.  Maybe I wont do another Suzuki Sammy after I get this machine up to Ogre Spec… Maybe I’ll just do an older Bronco.  

My folks are coming out from Virginia and I don’t think my VW/Audi driving Dad has ever been off road.  Maybe unpaved gravel… if there was a construction worker within shouting distance… but no real off roading.  They are going to be in for a little adventure when they get here.   Dad would probably hate it though… maybe if I get the chance I’ll put in a radio so we get some AM action going and can listen to Rush while he is grabbing onto the sissy bars and trying not to thing about death or V-8 fuel consumption.   Hey, I’m nothing if not a considerate son.

I must be really sick, because I am seriously lusting after a Tube Bender and a MIG Welder now.  Build me up a custom roll cage, bumpers, and rack system…   Then build my own motorcycle frame and start working on my chopper… I’m a sick, sick man.  Now you know that the “Mad” in doesn’t just mean angry.

AM: Hey Berger, thanks for September 11th Dickhead.   


Don’t worry, the Democrats will protect us.

Bush’s pay records for his time in the guard.  Just how much information did the DNC think was going to be gleaned from those records.  Any pay stub I ever had never had much information in it.  Pay stubs really don’t go into a lot of details about the nature of the assignments and tasks you may or may not have been working on.  And when I was salaried, pretty much never showed hours or days worked either. And now the DNC is calling these recently discovered records “questionable”.  What?  Considering the DNC’s track record when it comes to documents (Classified National Archive Files, Missing FBI Files, Whitewater Files, etc) I really don’t think the DNC has any room to question document handling.   Not that the Pentagon has great deal of skill at handling documents themselves… my own records were always mishandled.  As are many soldiers.  My pay was always screwed up, to include one time being paid as (I shit you not) an O-4.  Not bad wages for an Enlisted man.  I remember when I tried to tap into my GI Bill.  After 8 months of fighting with them, I got a single check for 180 bucks and that was it.  They screwed it up again and I was done before they fixed it.  Not that I cared anymore.  I was done with them.  So for them to not be able to produce decades old records – I think most people who had been in the service have not been surprised about this.  But the records did get found eventually.  Hey DNC, why don’t you ask Hillary where are her financial records went?  Or what about Mrs. Kerry’s financial records?   

Human cloning has been green-lighted in Japan.   Cool.  Humanity means nothing these days, so why not… roll out some cloned love-slaves and let’s party!

Email:Poor Michael Moore-on had his feelings hurt.  According to his whinepage he put out a letter to the owner of the Aladdin damning his actions (giving the boot to Ronstadt).  Apparently, Mr Moore has forgotten that "Freedom of speech" works for both sides of the coin. Apparently, someone speaking out in praise of him, misguided as they are, is freedom of speech, someone

speaking out against him is slandering him.  Sure, that woman is entitled to her opinions, but the people paid to see and hear a concert, not someone's political agenda.  Furthermore, the part that Moore forgets, is not that the portion of the audience that cheered was "discriminated against", but that the other portion of the crowd who did not take kindly to her actions raised havoc.   I wonder if he would have been equally supportive of Axel Rose, when he was a fugitive from the state of Missouri in the early 90's for a similar (but larger scale) incident?   Aladdin was exercising their freedom of expression.  Who they were not having to represent their image, and removing the cause of trouble from their premises. Moore even made the comment that he felt that Aladdin should "apologize" to her by inviting her back for another show, in which point, he would "join her in singing America The Beautiful" and would show Far From Right 9/11 free for the hotel/city.  Hey, Moore-on, Why don't you do it right, and make a World Tour with Linda Ronstadt and the Blixie Chicks.  Take it through Canada, France, Germany, the Middle East... - Ray

Couldn’t have said it better myself… but you forgot China and North Korea.  Since she has ballooned up so nicely, they make a cute couple.  (excuse me, I have to go projectile vomit now and check into a rehabilitation center for the traumatized)




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