Manners and Spirit of the People

March 31st, 2016

<i>”It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.”</i>

Thomas Jefferson (1781)

The Academic Impostor Behind the Pit Bull Hysteria

June 15th, 2015

It has to be something monumental for me to link to HuffPo… but I’ve watched the pit bull hysteria for a few years and have marveled how the techniques are those same ones used by the anti-gun or global warming skeptic crowd (among others). So it’s no surprise at all to find out the Academic behind the Pit Bull Hysteria is an imposter like many of their ilk.

Meet Rooney

April 2nd, 2015

Checking up on Memphis it’s good to see he’s been adopted out. Looking through the current list and Rooney really caught my eye….

Update: Memphis was adopted very shortly after this post.


Asylum for the Persecuted

April 2nd, 2015

“This new world hath been the asylum for the persecuted lovers of civil and religious liberty from every part of Europe. Hither have they fled, not from the tender embraces of the mother, but from the cruelty of the monster; and it is so far true of England, that the same tyranny which drove the first emigrants from home, pursues their descendants still.”

Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

Eternal Bureaucracy

March 12th, 2015

“A government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth” – Ronald Reagan

Meet Memphis

February 6th, 2015


Wish I had room at the hideaway to bring this fellow home for my girls to play with. Ginger probably wouldn’t be a fan but I’m sure Dora would fall for him quickly.. or at least until he tried to cozy up to me on HER sofa…

Update: Memphis has found his forever home!

Those “In Network” Medical Insurance Discounts

February 6th, 2015

During a recent trip to the doc I was given a short list of tests the doc wanted. I was told I could just wander anytime into lab at the regional hospital where the doc’s office is, no appointment necessary! Sounds convenient, no? But, being the regional hospital I questioned the sanity of not price shopping so put the missus on a mission to do so and the results will astound anyone who’s not been paying attention.

Of the 4 tests 3 were only about twice the price but one test was 6.7X more. Worse, it’s one of the most common tests out there for men.

Total price for the 4 tests at the regional hospital walk in lab was $445. Same tests at the local retail lab? $105.

Folks want to know what’s wrong with the cost of medicine these days? This is only a small example…

Those Security Questions….

December 9th, 2014

So I’m logging into my bank and you know it’s that time again; new password and 3 new security questions. I’m reading through the security questions and they are different every time they have to be reset. Mother’s maiden name, Spouse’s father’s name, what high school did you attend are all ones we’re used to seeing. But this last couple of rounds they’re getting more specific. Grandfather’s middle name (Mother’s side), Mother’s Birthday (mm/dd) and so forth.

What occurred to me as I’m trying to pick one out of a dozen for each of the three is how much potential data these guys are collecting about you over time. The caveat is how many use real life answers??

I know I don’t.

Gun store robbery; bystander injured

December 8th, 2014

I’ve never seen a gun shop employee without a sidearm and this illustrates why. About 48 second mark the clerk tries to get to something – not sure if it was a gun but robber #2 wasn’t going to let it go. Rule number 1, have a gun.

Gun store robbery; bystander injured – YouTube.

Study: Causes of Calif. drought natural, not man-made

December 8th, 2014

And it’s being reported by USA Today, not Fox News… seems the veil is slipping…