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At a recent Congressional Black Caucus dinner president Obama told the audience there this little gem:

"The last election was a changing of the guard -- now we need to guard the change."

Classic stuff!

So, he's calling upon the nation to "guard the change" that he and the Democrats on Capitol Hill have inflicted on the nation.

Let's see now....

Unemployment is at, what, 10% now?  Oh, wait, it's just at 9.6% - if you can believe the government's numbers.

Underemployment is about twice that rate.

Foreclosures are at their highest levels in decades.  They're so bad that plenty of banks aren't even officially listing them anymore.

The US poverty level is its worst in half a century now

The Federal Deficit has ballooned under Obama and the Democrats to the point where even paying the interest on it is something we can no longer afford.

Oh yeah, sure, let's "guard the change" to make certain it stays this was for ever!

In 2008 we elected an incompetent, inexperienced, inept, con-man to the office of America's President.  Half way through his term he has done more to shatter this nation than any president before him.

We don't need to guard his changes we need to change him and his guards.  That would be real change.  That would be change we could all believe in. 

Come November 2nd reach into your pockets and see how little actual change you have left there.  Then go to the polls and vote these bastards out before they make it worse.


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In the news recently was this little gem:

1 in 7 Americans lives in poverty

"The ranks of the working-age poor climbed to the highest level since the 1960s as the recession threw millions of people out of work last year, leaving one in seven Americans in poverty."

"The overall poverty rate climbed to 14.3 percent, or 43.6 million people, the Census Bureau said Thursday in its annual report on the economic well-being of U.S. households. The report covers 2009, President Barack Obama's first year in office."

"The poverty rate increased from 13.2 percent, or 39.8 million people, in 2008."

"The share of Americans without health coverage rose from 15.4 percent to 16.7 percent — or 50.7 million people — mostly because of the loss of employer-provided health insurance during the recession. Congress passed a health overhaul this year to address the rising numbers of uninsured people, but its main provisions will not take effect until 2014."

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"The ranks of the working-age poor climbed to the highest level since the 1960s..."


Half a century ago LBJ declared a "war on poverty" and unleashed his "Great Society" programs on the nation.  Federal spending exploded then and hasn't slowed down since.  When deployed upon the nation, we were promised that these programs would eradicate poverty in the United States.  That, through massive Federal and State spending, we would completely re-write the very facts of human existence.  That, unlike all previous attempts, this time - THIS time - we would succeed.

So, we opened the Federal spigot and poured Millions, then BILLIONS, then TRILLIONS into these programs.  Back then we could afford it.  We were rich beyond imagining.  The post-WW II boom was so unprecedented that many assumed it was permanent.  Assumed that we could always afford even more money spent on this "noble effort."  And so it went.  Growing with each year.  Bloating out the Fed beyond all previous recognition.

But we were fighting a way on poverty!  It was a just war, a righteous war!  And a war we were soon to win!

Now, half a century later and we're back to where we started?

That despite all those Trillions spent...

That despite all those millions of new government workers toiling away adding nothing to the economy but all the while consuming ever more Federal spending in the process...

That despite the ever increasing taxation rates...

That despite the massive growth of the government and its reaching ever further into our lives...

That despite all of that, the poverty that we were promised would soon be eradicated is not only still with us but it has actually gotten as bad as when this all started?

Perhaps then, as we're currently in the process of indebting unto even our great-grandchildren with our current and latest Progressive inspired Federal excesses, we should perhaps rethink all this.

It hasn't worked.

It's failed.


We never could afford it to begin with.

We just borrowed the money to make it happen.

And now we can't even afford to do that any more.

Folks, it's time for a change.

A real change.

Not the change promised by an empty suit who speaks but hollow words.

Real change.

We can't afford otherwise...


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In our vast experience with the corporate world, we've no doubt you've run across little people who have sought to puff themselves up through being a righteous pain in the ass.

It seems that the TSA has hired a bunch of such folk. They can turn up in almost any position and in any organization. It can be highly detrimental though when such folk wind up in positions of minor authority through which the spread their smallness.

Such is the case here at where I'm working in Aurora with the receptionist for our office.

This receptionist is a matronly woman with all that implies. So, I'll cite her as being Ms. Matron.  She is in charge of office supplies and of a great many other administrative things. Among these are scheduling conference rooms.Ms. Matron  has also taken it upon herself to stick her nose into as many other things as she thinks she can get away with.

Among these are enforcing the fashion requirements of the Company.

Specifically, when one of the women who works in our finance department decided to wear Capri pants, Ms. Matron caught up with her chewed her out for dressing inappropriately.  Ms. Matron even took the issue to the Business Operations Director and presented it to him in all her huffing outrage.  You see, the woman in question had chosen to wear "shorts" in Ms. Matron's opinion as they ended above the knee and since men could not wear shorts into the office then neither could she. To the rest of us they looked like Capri pants that just happened to end above the knees. Had not Ms. Matron pointed it out none of us would've been the wiser.

This was and is typical of Ms. Matron's bluster, bustle and overly developed sense of self-importance within the company. Instead of telling off the Capri "shorts" wearing employee directly she should have - if at all, actually - gone directly to the Bus Ops Directer and expressed her misgivings to him. Instead, she chose to confront the lass and thus puff herself up over the issue.

Aside from aggravating Ms. Capri "shorts," and wasting the Director's time, this actually has served to diminish her position by all who have become aware of it.

This was particularly so when we had a staff meeting Wednesday, the day Ms. Capri "shorts" wore those infamous Capri "shorts," and the subject came up. My boss, the Finance Lead on the program, chimed in with her tale of overly important unprofessional pettiness on Ms. Matron's part and she thoroughly agreed with Ms. Capri "shorts" that it was ludicrous for Ms. Matron to have chastised her over the issue.

As we all laughed it up, some suggestions began to fly around the room. Among these was an idea that we should come in wearing kilts and see how Ms. Matron dealt with that.

"Kilts?" I asked.

And thus was the gauntlet thrown down by my boss.

"Yes," she said, "you should wear your kilt in to work! What have you got to lose? You're a contractor!"

With such a challenge, I could not - in good conscience nor in good honor - refuse.

Thus, on Thursday I arrived at work wearing my tan Utilikilt and my new Catskill Mountain Moccasins. To say that my outfit has been a hit with the office here is an understatement. My boss was very approving. The other guys in our four bay cube have been nothing but praising of my choice and the fact that I have the stones to wear such an outfit into the job.

On that day I have crossed paths with Ms. Matron three times. She saw me upon my entry into the building, passed me in the hallway as I walked out of the building to lunch, and then saw me from her desk again as I returned from my repast.

Thus far, the most reaction I got from her was when we passed in the hallway and she simply looked aside and down away from me.

I didn't hunt Ms. Matron down as I'd no need to press.

The Executive Director here at the company saw me today as well, which in itself is somewhat unusual as we rarely cross paths. Yet today we've done so at least twice thus far. He has only reacted with but a big smile.

I have to say it has been nice being the peacock today. The attention has been very flattering and I'm enjoying the humor of it. I think that this has definitely established my "street cred" here at the office for some time to come.

We'll see what the stories are that follows from this.

And I just had to share!

The picture here was taken by one of my new coworkers.  Using his cellphone camera, he asked his friend to snap this one for posterity.  And thus, here it is:

Another day at the office...


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This is way cool!

They hooked a camera up to one of the solid rocket boosters during a Shuttle launch - and had it record sound to!

The first bit is pretty static as the external tank fills the view and it does get kinda loud but stick with it to witness the whole thing!

Very awesome!

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Wow.  This is very well done.  And is actually pretty spot on.  Damningly so!

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Man, oh man!

I really hate it when this happens!

Why, just the other day there I was walking down the street when... bam!!!

And all of a sudden I had to deal with this...

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I had a dream.

It was a sweet dream.  It was an enriching dream.  It was my dream.

Sadly, it remains but a dream.

I dreamt that my current contracting gig with Boeing here in Aurora would last, and last, and last.

That they'd delay in posting for a replacement until we'd gotten through the worst phases of the project.

Or, that even if they did post now that they wouldn't get any responses.

Or, if they did get responses then none of them would be worthy.

And thus, in my dream, I would continue to have this gig through the New Year at least.

But, it was only a dream.

Not only did they post to fill my position with Boeing employee, not only did they conduct applicant interviews right in the midst of some of the most hectic times in the program, and not only did they find an exceptionally worthy candidate, but they also found a job applicant who was willing to start in about a month.


He's to show up in the last week of September.

I know not what this portends for me.  There'll be some ramp up and handover for him, certainly.  But how long that will be remains a mystery to me.  The guy who could tell me, the Boeing guy who told my company to get me out here and the one who hired my replacement, is out for the week.

Perhaps, as one of my coworkers has opined, they'll want to keep me out here through year's end.  Perhaps I'll have my walking papers on October 1st.

I don't know.

I do know that I had a  dream.  It was a sweet dream.  It was an enriching dream.  It was my dream.



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Gawd damn this is hilarious!

And all the more so because they didn't intend it to be!

Here's a bunch of overly oh-so-serious feminists attacking Sarah Palin about her "Mama Grizzly" stuff.

I about pissed myself laughing as I watched this.

I know the costumes they're wearing are supposed to make them look like "Mama Grizzly Bears" but, damn if they don't look like really poorly done Ewoks from Star Wars.

In the end, no matter the earnest and deadly dull intent of the earnest and deadly dull message they simply came across as so pathetic as to be laughable.

And what is it with the frothing, seething, knows-no-depth-to-which-they-will-not-stoop hatred amongst the "feminists" when it comes to Sarah Palin?  This first revealed itself during the '08 campaign and the hypocrisy of their unhinged ranting was scary to watch.  As I recall, they all were oh-so-damn smug that with Obama's victory that Sarah Palin's time in the national spotlight was finally over. 

Yet, here it is almost two full years later and they're still carrying on with their unhinged howling moonbat hate filled screeds.  Do they have any idea of how self-damaging that is?

Well, anyway, I thought this gem was just to damn hilarious not to share.

The Attack of the Feminazi Ewoks!!!!!


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Wow!  This was a wonderful weekend excursion and I'm very glad that Beauty set this up and we shared it together.  I took over four hundred photos during the two days we were in Zion Canyon National Park and I don't think any of them do justice to the awesome beauty of that setting.  The towering peaks were majestic and powerful and wonderful to behold.  The setting was idyllic and the trails were exercises in splendor as well as being exercises, period!

Here, for instance are two photos of the view from where we stayed that weekend - the
Lodge in Zion National Park

The view out front of our room

The view out front of our room

Yeah, it was real tough waking up to that each morning!

I had worked up a nice long entry here which detailed the fun we had on this trip.  Lotsa photos of awesomeness.

However, LiveJournal didn't like the length of that entry and spit it back.  Ill mannered of them!

So, I'll simply put a pointer here to the full length picture essay over on my site - a place where I'm not so ill graced as to restrict awesome entries that detail awesomeness!

Madoc & Beauty's Zion National Park Trip Awesomeness!

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Found this one online and I think it does an excellent job of summing up the problems with illegal immigration.


Take Down the Bird Feeder

I bought a bird feeder. I hung it on my back porch and filled it with seed. What a beauty of a bird feeder it was, as I filled it lovingly with seed. Within a week we had hundreds of birds taking advantage of the continuous flow of free and easily accessible food.

But then the birds started building nests in the boards of the patio, above the table,and next to the barbecue.

Then came the poop. It was everywhere: on the patio tile, the chairs, the table. Everywhere!

Then some of the birds turned mean. They would dive bomb me and try to peck me even though I had fed them out of my own pocket.

And other birds were boisterous and loud. They sat on the feeder and squawked and screamed all hours of the day and night and demanded that I fill it when it got low on food.

After a while, I couldn't even sit on my own back porch anymore. So I took down the bird feeder and in three days the birds were gone.. I cleaned up their mess and took down the many nests they had built all over the patio.

Soon, the back yard was like it used to be, quiet, serene and no one demanding their rights to a free meal.

Now let's see.

Our government gives out free food, subsidized housing, free medical care, free education and allows anyone born here to be an automatic citizen.

Then the illegals came by the tens of thousands. Suddenly, our taxes went up to pay for free services; small apartments are housing 5 families; you have to wait 6 hours to be seen by an emergency room doctor.

Your child's 2nd grade class is behind other schools because over half the class doesn't speak English.

Corn flakes now come in a bilingual box; I have to 'press one' to hear my bank talk to me in English, and people waving flags other than 'Old Glory' are squawking and screaming in the streets, demanding more rights and free liberties.

Just my opinion, but maybe it's time for the government to take down the bird feeder.


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