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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Sodium-free Gospel

23-Sep-11

My parents tell a story from yesteryear when mass market infant formula was still somewhat <ahem> in its infancy.  It seems one of the formula manufacturers left out a key nutrient, and the missing nutrient led to a lot of babies going blind and suffering brain damage.  Initially they thought the problem was a contaminant, […]

Apes with no ugly

20-Sep-11

Today marks the end of that fine moral epoch founded by his Most Pious Grace, Bill Clinton.  I’m talking about the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on homosexuality.  It’s now over.  Homosexuals may do whatever it was they wanted to do, and the Uniform Code of Military Justice will have nothing to say on […]

Car customer

20-Sep-11

I was trying to sell a Ford Escort station wagon back in the days when you had to go to the newspaper office, buy a two-dollar classified ad, then wait for phone calls about it.  By and by a guy called and came to check out the car.  He brought his wife along, a scraggly […]

Short comments on stuff

18-Sep-11

Michelle Bachmann was just not ready for prime time.  The latest gaffe about the HPV vaccination causing a girl to become mentally retarded drew eye-rolling from supporters and laughter from opponents.  Her candidacy is now shovel ready.  True enough, this was not nearly as stupid as candidate Obama’s promise to roll back the oceans, but […]

Invincible stupidity

11-Sep-11

Circa 1977, I was exiting a pre Wal-Mart discount store in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.  About the time I reached my truck, the guy parked next to me tried to start his giant Buick land barge.  It said, “Gr-r-runk… tiki tiki tiki tiki tiki.”  He hit the key a couple more times, and the starter would […]

September 11, 2001, the day that really didn’t change America all that much

11-Sep-11

Like most people, I can remember where I was when I heard about the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the abortive attacks that resulted in the Flight 93 crash in Pennsylvania.  President Roosevelt called December 7, 1941 “a day that will live in infamy.”  September 11, 2001 will likewise be a […]

The TOTUS speaks…

09-Sep-11

And the verdict is:  More of the same.  Government meddling in the economy, programs, borrowing, spending, and general trillion-dollar thrashing around to no good purpose.  Even with the persecuted head of Gibson Guitar Company sitting in the audience, Mr. Obama’s speech contained just one short paragraph on regulations in which he said that he had […]