Archive for September, 2008

WAMU – DOA

Friday, September 26th, 2008

This past February I had been poised to buy a house beyond my means and a funky mortgage set up by Washington Mutual…

Boy am I ever glad that plan fell through…

At the time I thought I could pull it off (halfies with a partner) but hindsight being 20/20, I probably could have grabbed the house for MUCH less and not needed to pull off any of the fancy numbers which have apparently buried WAMU.

Shouting down dissent is nothing new…

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Obama’s Anti-Intellectual Zombies Attack Chicago Radio Host… AGAIN!

Is there actually going to be a debate between Obama and McCain?  Obama has already declined having a town-hall style debate, what about a normal debate?  Seriously.  This is more than a little absurd.

Is he waiting until the Government controls every single financial institution and Europe loves our NuSocialist model before opening his mouth where there just may be dissent?

I fear for this nation.

The Post Turtle…

Friday, September 19th, 2008

While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old Texas rancher, whose hand was caught in a gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man. Eventually the topic got around to Obama and his bid to be our President.
The old rancher said, ‘Well, ya know, Obama is a ‘post turtle.’
Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a ‘post turtle’ was.
The old rancher said, ‘When you’re driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that’s a ‘post turtle.’
The old rancher saw a puzzled look on the doctor’s face, so he continued to explain. ‘You know he didn’t get up there by himself, he doesn’t belong up there, he doesn’t know what to do while he is up there, and you just wonder what kind of a dumb ass put him up there to begin with

And yes… I know it was originally a Bush joke, but Obama just fits better.

I love the Internet…

Monday, September 15th, 2008

I got a kick out of how the pundits tore up Palin over her interview with Charlie Gibson.

I’ll admit, I actually cringed when she was asked about the Bush Doctrine, but then she came through shining once Gibson clarified WHICH Bush Doctrine he was referring to.

Then I got to read the WHOLE transcript of the interview here.

The main stream media never ceases to amaze me with how pathetic and low ball they can be.

It’s like this is the first time that the VP actually matters!  Bush 41 got elected despite Dan Quayle, Clinton had Gore (whose old man filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964), now we’ve got a strong Conservative woman and the MSM along with their political cohorts can’t HELP but try to shape her into someone who isn’t a better candidate than Obama, with more experience, class, and IMHO – personality.

She’s got a pregnant daughter and a down syndrome child.  What’s the problem folks?  ‘Life Goes On’ had fantastic ratings!

McCain is a better candidate than Obama.  Palin is a better candidate than Obama.  It’s not stupid to realise why the Conservative base is now more energized than they have been in the past 8 years of Bush 43.  Biden?  He’s useless, he knows it, he admits it, and I’m sure once all the cries about fairness have died down, and all the post-election lawsuits have settled… We’ll be treated to at least 4 more years of idiotic Liberal bumperstickers full of whimpering about the evil Republicans.

Seriously Dems…  Is this the best you can do?

…and people still bitch about Fox News.  Please.

Charlie Rangel, azende me, tuzeprovenos sfachim!

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Pelosi says Rangel won’t be stripped of chairmanship…

See?  This is what pisses me off about RepublicansThey’ve got no balls! No gusto! Charlie Rangel proposes reinstituting the draft on one hand, and then dodges his tax responsiblity on the other!

Any time there’s even the slightest glimmer of impropriety – truthful or not – when a Republican is charged it isn’t so much the VALIDITY of the charge, but the SERIOUSNESS of the charge.  Every time they step down to “save face” or “protect the party.”  Instead they weaken it every time a strong, positive leader gets thrown under the bus due to some cockamamy allegation.

Republicans should do what the Democrats do!  Stick around regardless!  It isn’t a double standard if nobody is held accountable!

Mr.Bucket and the tale of the bat cricket.

Monday, September 15th, 2008

So I’m talking to my girl on the phone when the drunk knocks on my door.

“What.”

“There’s a bat in the house!”

“Then call animal control.”

“But there’s a bat in the house!”

“So?  What the hell do you want me to do about it?”

Here’s the deal – neighbor is a drunk, complications have delayed her eviction.  I’m currently doing my best to avoid her at all costs, because if anything can make me snap, it’s a drunk.

So about every half hour or so…  I hear screeching in the hallway.  Not really sure it’s a bat, but I let it go for a couple hours.  Then I say to hell with it.  I won’t be able to sleep cos of the noise, and as much as I am amused by the fact my drunken neighbor is hiding in her apartment in fear of the evil vampire bat, and that she’s generally irritated by it… I need to sleep.

So I load up my airsoft pistol so I can stun it if need be… a bit of cardboard, and a tupperware bowl.  Plan A – trap the thing in the bowl, and let it out.  Plan B – shoot it with my airsoft, hope it stuns it, then trap the thing in the bowl and let it out.  Plan C – take out half the wall and the bat with my 12 gauge.

So I sneak out into the hallway, close my door behind me, and…

“Is this a cricket I see before me?”

Sure, it’s a big cricket, maybe the size of a golfball.  Thinking that maybe the cricket got in when the bat did, I ignore the cricket hunched on the bathroom door and check every room, every nook, every cranny.

All I see is the cricket.

I put the bowl on one side, sweep it in with the cardboard, trap it, take it outside, and then stomp it into the deck until there’s nothing more than a big wet gooey green stain.

Just kidding, I let it go.

But still, the thought of my drunken nitwit neighbor cowering in a corner in her apartment because she thought a cricket was a BAT…. will bring joyful laughter for days to come.

It’s cool to crank Metallica again.

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

Finally got to listen through the new record, Death Magnetic – and in a word it is – outstanding.

The groove is back, the feel is back, and the necessity to turn up the volume is back.

Now I won’t go ahead and compare this to any of their albums before St.Anger.  IMHO – each record released prior to SA stood on its own merits, and DM is no different.  In short, Death Magnetic wipes its ass with St.Anger.

Driving drums, blazing guitar, barking vocals, you name it – the old Metallica is back and have reclaimed the sound which allowed Jethro Tull to beat them at some rinky dink awards show – The way it should be.

It’s hard to overlook the past 20 year roller coaster of Metallica, how they perfected the sound, abandoned the perfected sound, while attacking their loyal fans relentlessly for spreading the word the same way they did before they were millionaires.  Now in 2008, you can not only pay too much for Death Magnetic at your local CD store, you can also get it for a more reasonable price from iTunes.

Hopefully they’ve wised up and this album isn’t just a flash in the pan to silence the critics.

All I know is that when I turn this up I don’t hear the old men in leisure suits that graced the back cover of Load, or that sold us all out with St.Anger.  I hear the Metallica that I knew and loved, and has finally come back home.

So like I said before, don’t fuck it up. 🙂

Bessie Z71 Update

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

Started the day out ready to put the new motor in.  A few minor detail points first though…

A little after and before.  The parking lights were old, yellow, and hazy.  I ordered a new set from LMC Truck and installed them firs thing.  The light on the left is the shiny new one.  Also installed the fender well flaps.  And then, about 8 hours later, I had this…

A brand spanking new GM L05 crate motor in my mostly new engine bay.  We took our time, attended to the details, and so far, everything has gone together like buttah.

I’m hoping that if I put in the time this week, I’ll get to hear her fire up before the week is out. 🙂

Sadistic SOB…

Friday, September 12th, 2008

If I ever meet the engineer who set up the engine mounts in my pickup, I’m gonna knock him out.

Finally got the things in.

Engine goes in on Saturday. 🙂

Metallica?

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Been hearing a few tracks on Sirius lately from the new album – Death Magnetic.

Some of it… sounds like Slayer.  Other stuff, sounds like Metallica.  From what I’ve heard so far, it almost sounds like it would fit in between the infamous Black album, and Load.

Still, it’s worlds better than St.Anger.  Pounding drums, blazing guitar, barking vocals, and lyrics that could’ve been written on a diner napkin at 4am…

This is a mid-life crisis for the band members, and from what I’ve heard so far – I forgive them for the past 15 years.  Welcome back guys, now don’t fuck it up again.