October 31, 2003

Flies and the Flying Fliers who Fly

Some thoughts on flies:

What's it with Flies? Where do they come from, and when they get somewhere, why are they always willing to get out the window. No sonner do they arrive than they want to leave. But when you try to shush them out the window they won't go. They hide.

One thing about flies is that when you get a warm day during the fall they come out of the woodwork, literally. Right now it's about 70 degrees and there are flies trying to get out. They were no where to be seen 2 days ago when it was only 35. Where did they come from?

When you are trying to sleep in your bedroom and there is a captive fly why do they decide to land on your face?

Those ones with the blueish green backs are creepy.

Posted by tbux at 02:40 PM | Comments (2)

It's the Union's fault

As fires devestate California, we are hearing more and more about the government regulations set up by groups like Unions and Environmental watch dog groups which are causing more harm than good. I've heard stories about volunteer firefighters from other states being turned away because they didn't lack credentials according to California's Union Firefirefighters.

Now word comes that hours after this massive fire started, when it was only a small manageable fire, fire fighters refused to go after it because it was 11 minutes after twilight and ariel planes used to fight fires were not permitted to fly.

This comes from the San Fransisco Gate:

The first helicopter pilot to see the patch of flames that would become the catastrophic Cedar Fire radioed for aerial water drops, but state firefighters rejected his request because it came minutes after such flights had been grounded for the night.

Let me see, "lets let this fire burn out of control for a night as not to break Union or OSHA rules.

The helicopter with the dump bucket flew within five miles of the fire, before state officials told it to turn back, Weldon said. The air tankers never took off. Weldon was told crews would attack the fire in the morning.

"We were basically just offering our assistance fighting their fire, and they turned it down," said Weldon, who with his partner delivered the hunter to law enforcement officials who cited him for setting an unauthorized fire. "I was frustrated about it, but I wasn't surprised."

When will people start using common sense. These intrusive government regulations are making it hard for these firefighters to do their jobs. What's worse, California's strict environmental codes allow more fuel for this fire to lay around.

Lastly even in this mess, government officials like the State fire chief and soon to be former governor Gray Davis are using this as a way to call for more tax hikes and attack those who wish to cut spending or lower taxes.

I'll have more on that later.

Posted by tbux at 09:37 AM | Comments (0)

October 30, 2003

Is the BCS un-American

Simplified, for the uniniated, the BCS is the way that big time college football (division 1-A) picks its #1 team. Division 1-AA, 2, and 3 use the time honored tradition of the playoffs.

The trouble with the BCS is that it favors big conferences like the Big Ten, Big East, ACC, PAC Ten, etc. Teams like BYU and Boise State in the WAC are left out in the cold, even if they are undefeated.

Not to leave a problem unresolved, the Senate today heard arguments about the BCS. Some senators indicate that it might be an anti-trust violation. Senator Joeseph Biden has even gone as far to call the BCS "un-American".

Whether it is or not is up for dispute. But with numerous court nominations still unheard, and other pressing government business, is this really a priority?

Posted by tbux at 10:53 PM | Comments (0)

My new purchase..soon

Well, just in case you didn't know this about me. I like guns. I like guns because they are fun to shoot, and are neat. Women like jewelry, I like guns. I like target shooting on a sunny day. I enjoy traps, sporting clays, and other shoots.

I am considering trading in my one gun for a small, pocket gun to wear when I go to the city when a larger gun is not appropriate. I have narrowed it down to two models.
The first is a North American Arms .32 acp. Here is what it looks like

The second is a Kel Tec .32 acp.

They are both very small. About the size of a deck of cards. Which one do you think is more worth my time?

Posted by tbux at 06:45 PM | Comments (5)

Too much fuel for the fire

About 2 years ago, at a previous job, a co-worker had a house he owned burn down. He was renting it to an old man, a hermit, who saved everything. He had piles and piles of newspapers, bags, and boxes. Well, he also smoked cigarettes. Well, 2 + 2, and it made for a situation which caused a huge fire.

Now to California: Liberal's paradise. A state which is so beholdant to leftist promoting the destruction of the second amendment, amnesty for illegal immigrant, as well as the world famous environmental extremists.

The environmental lobby is so strong in California that it is virtually impossible to be granted logging permits to clear old growth. It is practically a felony in some areas to even clear out old dead twigs and trees which are now fueling these huge fires.

You see, what we are doing is unnatural. In nature there are forest fires occasionally. They happen when lightning strikes usually. They move fast, are easy to put out, and in effect clear out all the old growth, leaving behind a healthy forest. There was one near where I live about 20 years ago; the forest is healthier for it now.

But modern environmental policies dictate that those fires are put out immediately. It wouldn't be so bad if we would then manually clear out old timber and dead trees to promote a healthy forest.

California is a liberal's paradise. And look what it got them. A state in financial trouble. Businesses are leaving. The population is shrinking. And the great lefty environmental policies are causing people to die and houses to burn.

Do we really want a nanny state like this?

Posted by tbux at 09:21 AM | Comments (0)

October 29, 2003

My Beard

I don't know if you know it or not, but I own a Christmas tree farm. A newer tradition I've been doing each year for Christmas tree selling season is to grow a beard. It keeps me warm, and it's fun.

Here is a picture of my beard after about 3 1/2 weeks growth.

It still has a while to go until full beardness.

Actually, here is what I am modeling my beard from

I hope to have a full, fluffy General Stonewall Jackson style beard by Christmas.

What do you think?

Posted by tbux at 10:36 PM | Comments (3)

Zell Miller endorses Bush

In a show that not all Democrat senators are scumbags, Democratic Senator, Zell Miller, has announced he is endorsing President Bush for re-election.

Just FYI

Posted by tbux at 09:54 PM | Comments (0)

Glenn at Cabelas

I just came back from my second trip the great Cabelas superstore of Northeast PA where I met Glenn Reynolds.

He was buying an animal leg trap. He told me that his neighbor's dog had recently birthed some puppies, and he wished to catch them in the traps for his puppy meatballs he was making.

See, he was going to make puppy meatballs out of the puppies and then take them over to that neighbor's halloween party.

He told me that the secret to making good puppy meatballs was not to use a blender, which mashed up the puppy meat too much, but to use a food processor and use about 10 short bursts of the processor (he learned this watching Alton Brown).

When he posts the puppy meatball recipe to his web-site, I will be sure to post it here.

Posted by tbux at 08:57 PM | Comments (0)

The Matrix!

I've started a new poll down below. It's about the new Matrix movie, if you are going to see it or not.

I am a big fan of the Matrix. It's a neat story and the cinematography is splendid.

So please vote in my poll, and let me know if you are going to see the Matrix.

Posted by tbux at 11:56 AM | Comments (2)

I'm a cheap bastard

I called yesterday to get DSL. I had DSL at my prior job, and now that I work at home, I wanted nice speed here.

Do I really need the top of the line DSL I orderd. I got the DSL max, 1 MEG download 128 upload. I guess that's pretty fast?

What do you think. Should I have stayed with my 56k dialup, or moved up to the DSL?

Posted by tbux at 09:09 AM | Comments (3)

October 28, 2003

Liberals are big meanies

My grandfather wasn't that political. He was somewhat conservative, but more of a Reagan Democrat. He always said true partisan liberals were mean people. Conservatives, for the most part, are nicer and more laid back.

I have not done enough research to know for sure, but I do know what I see in the press and in the Democratic debates.

Take this from the Glenn Beck hatemail archives:

You f---ing right-wing nut!!! You and Rush Limbaugh must suck each other's d---. Think you Bushies are smart? Try taking every right-wing bulls---ter off of the radio waves, and watch the Republicans collapse!! You're probably like all the other little republican yuppies. Never worked a day in your life. I don't mean spouting off your mouth on a regular basis. I mean good old fashioned physical labor. You dumb sh--.

Wow, that is mean. I really am swayed by this guy's arguments. I was also shocked when Howard Dean called Bush a Gang Leader. I never knew he lead a gang. I was shocked...shocked.

The trouble is true lefties are like children. They want stuff. Yelling gimme gimme gimme. When their parents (conservatives) who are the ones who have to pay for it say no, work for it on your own, they get pissed and say "I hate you mommy and daddy, you guys are mean".

It's called tough love.

Look at the attacks on the Bush administration from the likes of Barbara Streisand, The Dixie Chicks, Alec Baldwin. All very hateful. When they can't resort to winning the battle of ideas, they call names.

I hate you mommy.

Posted by tbux at 09:05 AM | Comments (1)

October 27, 2003

Are we grown up?

The reason I like to blog is because it goes back to the good ol days of the internet when it was just a bunch of dorks posting stuff, before it got all corporate and stuff. It was fun and exciting.

Anyways, I am all grown up now, and don't have as much fun as I always would like. (meaning I would rather just do nothing at all)

Here are some signs you've gotten older. From subgenius.com

1. Your potted plants are alive. And you can't smoke a
one of them.

2. Having sex in a twin-sized bed is absurd.

3. You keep more food than beer in the fridge.

4. 6:00 AM is when you get up, not when you go to sleep.

5. You hear your favorite song on an elevator.

6. You carry an umbrella. You watch the Weather Channel.

7. Your friends marry and divorce instead of hookup
and breakup.

8. You go from 130 days of vacation time to 7.

9. Jeans and a sweater no longer qualify as 'dressed up.'

10. You're the one calling the police because those darn kids
next door don't know how to turn down the stereo.

11. Older relatives feel comfortable telling sex jokes around you.

12. You don't know what time Taco Bell closes anymore.

13. Your car insurance goes down and your car payments
go up.

14. You feed your dog Science Diet instead of McDonald's.

15. Sleeping on the couch makes your back hurt.

16. You no longer take naps from noon to 6 p.m.

17. Dinner and a movie = The whole date instead of the
beginning of one.

18. Eating a basket of chicken wings at 3 a.m. would
severely upset, rather than settle, your stomach.

19. You go to the drugstore for Ibuprofen and antacids,
not condoms and pregnancy test kits.

20. A $4.00 bottle of wine is no longer 'pretty good stuff.'

21. You actually eat breakfast foods at breakfast time.

22. "I just can't drink the way I used to," replaces "I'm never
going to drink that much again."

23. Over 90% of the time you spend in front of a computer is
for real work.

24. You don't drink at home to save money before going
to a bar.

25. You read this entire list looking for one sign that doesn't
apply to you!

Posted by tbux at 02:22 PM | Comments (3)

Do you really want the government to take care of you?

I hear socialists like Howard Dean saying we need national health care. He wants the government to take care of you. He is against "Health Care for Profit". Besides the un-American anti capitalist overtones. Do you really want institutions as incompotent as state or federal governments taking care of you?

If you ever had any dealings with government red-tape, I hope your answer is no. A good example of how inept government agencies are is Children and Youth Services. In two states, Florida and New Jersey, there have been massive problems with this agency.

A child in Florida who was supposed to be in the care of a foster family just...vanished. And now in New Jersey, four young boys were found almost starved to death. The oldest, who was 19 years old, was only 4 feet tall and weighed only 40 pounds.

What makes this bad is even after case workers saw these boys, they still let the parents take foster care of several more children.

Do you really think that a huge agency like the federal government will be much better at taking care of you than a proven system of health care?

Posted by tbux at 08:35 AM | Comments (2)

October 26, 2003

Poor Kitty

I am sad. This little bar that I go to had a Kitten that someone dropped off. It was living outside. They fed it and gave it water, and a warm box to sleep in. This was a very friendly kitten. As an animal lover, I would bring it some treats, pet it and cuddle with it briefly before I would go in for beer and hot bolognas.

I was contemplating bringing her home. I hesitated, fearing my current cat, Nittany, would not like having another cat at home. My hesitation cost dearly, as on Friday evening it was run over by a car.

They had her funeral on Saturday morning. Daisy was her name.

Posted by tbux at 09:07 AM | Comments (2)

October 24, 2003

The Yankees lose...again.

Poor Rob at Say Anything has got to be ready to have a coniption. His yankees dropped another one to the fish. If they lose Saturday I could just imagine him, wrapped up in a blanket, watching *61, stroking his Derek Jeter bobble head.

Getting back to my previous post about hating the Yankees. In Rob's rebuttal, he said that the sharing money teams get from the Yankees isn't usually spent on those teams. Correct.

I also hate the Yankees because everyone expects you to be a Yankees fan just because I am an American. Like when they call the fucking Cowboys "America's Team", it makes me want to spit.

Just leave me along and let me root for the hometown Philly teams and Penn State.

If you need me, I'll be wrapped up in a blanket, watching Something for Joey, holding my Joe Paterno bobblehead.

Posted by tbux at 08:43 AM | Comments (1)

October 23, 2003

Glenn Reynolds

Before voting today in the new blog showcase for Irreconcilable Musings
and its post of Defending the Blogosphere Front in the War on Terrorism, I came across Glenn Reynolds at a Hess gas station. First he pulled into the pumps cutting in front of a van filled with handicapped orphans. Then, after fillling up his Ford Excursion with high test, he drove off without paying, nearly running over a small kitten in the parking lot.

Some people.

Posted by tbux at 05:18 PM | Comments (2)

I hate Notre Dame more than the Yankees

I am sure I am going to be flamed for this one, but I hate Notre Dame. I also hate a lot of their fans. They suck. At least the ones that I know.

In Northeastern PA where I live, most of the Catholics are Notre Dame fans. They love the team. They get misty eyed talking about Touchdown Jesus and all that stuff. The problem lies in the fact that most of them couldn't even point to South Bend on a map.

I do appreciate the history of Notre Dame. They are a great story in football. They only have about 12,000 students, they play an incredibly tough schedule, and almost always are competitive.

I hate the move Rudy, and find it ironic that when Rudy's dad goes to the stadium for the first time he gets all misty eyed while the Penn State fight song plays in the background. Talk about stupid Notre Dame fans.

Another thing about the Notre Dame fans I know is that they are almost always drunk, and they like to make fun of you mercilessly when your team, usually Penn State, loses.

Even though my beloved Nittany Lions suck this year, and have an old senile coach, Notre Dame is sucking too. And that makes me happy.

Posted by tbux at 05:10 PM | Comments (9)

I hate the Yankees

I hate the yankees. Sorry folks but I do. I know it breaks your heart to hear this.

Every sports fan who ever complained about overpaid players, high ticket prices, and smaller markets getting shafted should also hate the Yankees.

Thanks to the lack of a salary cap teams like the Yankees can pay as much as they can afford. And being in the #1 television market in the country George Steinbrenner has deep pockets to pay plays to pay for him.

Teams like the Expos, Twins, or even the Pirates can't compete with them and break their banks trying to make payroll.

Baseball comissioner's response is contraction. Instead of fixing the problem, he puts a band-aid on it. It wouldn't be so bad, contraction that is, but with the majority of sports stadiums funded as public works projects through taxes, it is wrong to shut these teams down.

It all is the Yankee's fault.

Posted by tbux at 05:03 PM | Comments (6)

Colder than a witch's...

Ohh baby it's cold out there today. I woke up at 7:30 or so and it was about 28 degrees. Brrr.

I got the wood stove all set up. Its nice and toasty downstairs now. I love the smell of wood stoves.

I need a new bed. My bed sucks. I think I know why Republicans aren't as grumpy as Democrats. If you listen to any conservative talk show hosts they all promote the Select Comfort sleep systems as a good way to a restful night's sleep. They are less grumpy than liberals because they are getting a good night's sleep. They aren't as tired as the libs.

I need one though, my bed sucks. I keep waking up in the middle of the night with my arms asleep and back pain in the morning.

Posted by tbux at 09:33 AM | Comments (1)

Welcome to me

Well, my first post as a mu.nu blogger. I am so delighted at my new digs.

I have to say it's strange that I have more comments than posts so far, but that will change. I am soon to import all my old posts from blogspot. If anyone has pointers to how it is done so I don't fark it all up, let me know.

Posted by tbux at 03:57 AM | Comments (4)

October 22, 2003


The difference between theory and practice is that in theory there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice there is.

Posted by tbux at 07:22 AM | Comments (6)