The Beginning....

The Beginning....
When William Least Heat-Moon toured the country many years ago, his steed, if you will, was a van that he named Ghost Dancing. His journey of America was 13,000 miles. His book is Blue Highways, A Journey Into America. My steed will be a Subaru WRX (traded for an XV Crosstrek). My travels will be, what in the past were called, the blue highways of Virginia. Years ago, maps showed secondary roads in blue. Yes, the ones less traveled.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Maybe This Memorial Day We Will Read This Poem and Think About What It Says! And, Try to Remember it the Next Time A Politician Starts Beating the Drums of War!!!

JUST A COMMON SOLDIER
(A Soldier Died Today)
by A. Lawrence Vaincourt

He was getting  old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.

And tho' sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer, for a soldier died today.

He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world won't note his passing, though a soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?

A politician's stipend and the style in which he lives
Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.
While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.

It's so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,
That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?

He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.



Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Did You Ever Wonder Why Many People Laugh at Texas? Yes, I Know, There Are Many Reasons But Take a Look Below......

Actually, it's nothing to laugh about. There are lots of folks there (Texas) who are bat-crap crazy! Here's one for you......

She is a retired Texas schoolteacher who has claimed President Barack Obama is a gay prostitute, Democrats orchestrated the assassination of John F. Kennedy and that the flood from the biblical story of Noah's Ark is what destroyed the dinosaurs.

She taught the kids of Texas......
Soon she may be responsible for picking the textbooks for the children of Texas.
Here's an article from the New York Times. And, who is she running against.......a chiropractor!


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Pixee Fox...Yes, Folks, Pixee Fox Had Six Ribs Removed so That She Could Have a Smaller Waist Line.

This woman is from Sweden. Not sure if she came here to the good old USA because she
Sadly, this is not a caricature, this is an
actual person.
couldn't get the surgery in Sweden.

Here's the article from CNN.




I think for most of us there are two obvious questions. Does anyone think this woman is attractive? And, what the heck does she see when she looks in the mirror? Well, there's a third question. What is with a doctor who would remove this woman's ribs?


Yes, the ribs.




In 2010, I did a three-part segment on plastic surgery.










EDIT: Just noticed this CBS article. Yes, women are still dying to get bigger butts. No, I'm sure this doesn't happen every day, however, it's not that unusual.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Don't Set Yourself on Fire to Keep Others Warm......

"Don't set yourself on fire to keep others warm."




I think many of us can benefit by applying this to our lives. No, I didn't dream this up. This is a signature of a fellow on the fountainpennetwork forum. Thanks to him.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Take A Look at World Bicycle Relief......

Learn a little about World Bicycle Relief , their Buffalo bicycle, and how they are helping the people of Africa.

The Mighty Buffalo Bicycle......

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Dr. Oz Keeps Sending Me Ads!!!!!!

The Senate hauled Oz before a committee some time ago
because of his TV program and the claims he made. Yep, they grilled him and especially asked him if he believed there was a magic pill. He said, No. I had a brief  comment about him a few months ago.

Recently, I've been receiving ads from Oz. No magic pill? Can't get rid of these ads. They just keep coming.

How in the world can anyone believe anything that this fellow says?????


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Edit: Just posted the above a couple of hours ago. And, here's another ad that just came in. Amazing.





Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Cruz and Fiorina.........

Today, I watched Ted (I'm a Christian first, American second)
Cruz's speech announcing Fiorina as his running mate. I had to keep reminding myself it wasn't a Saturday Night Live skit.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Doug Hughes, Hero?

Well, I was saddened today to learn that Hughes received a four-month sentence. Regardless
of what we think, Hughes is definitely committed to his cause of bringing attention to the rampant corruption in our political system. Unfortunately, it's a heck of a price to pay: loss of his aircraft, four months in jail, loss of job, the stress and upset on his family, and now, of course, loss of his voting rights and ability to run for political office. Some folks are calling him a hero, what do you think? 

And, unfortunately, it's doubtful that his protest will bring any changes to our flawed and corrupt political system.

We, here, in the US, regularly scoff and make fun of countries that we refer to as Banana Republics, for their corruption and the plundering of their countries resources and money. Are we any better? Of course not.

Most of our elected officials behave and act as though they were anointed, not elected to do the peoples' business. They have become an elite class who do the bidding of the highest bidder regardless of the cost to the citizens. 

A joke? from many years ago.

There was a gathering of several friends who had had a few drinks. The host's two-year-old son was in attendance. 

What do you want your son to be when he grows up? 

I'd like for him to go to college and get a good job and live a happy life.

Well, we can test him now, the friend said. The friend placed a Bible, gun, and a bottle of whiskey on the coffee table. This will tell what he's going to become. Bible, preacher. Whiskey, a drunk. Gun, a criminal.

The child wobbled over to the table and grabbed all three.

No, no, said the friend. He's going to be a politician.

Actually, Hughes would be the perfect running mate for Bernie.......

I wish Mr. Hughes and his family the best. Yes, I think we need more people like Mr. Hughes.



Cruz, Again......

The photo says it all....well, maybe not. Hey,
elect this guy and maybe he'll institute the Religious Police like some of our coalition partners have.


Here's the link to the article.

Trump, Cruz, Hillary, or Bernie? Come on, folks. Send Bernie $27!!!!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Amazing, Trump for President? And, Now Tennessee May Have the Bible for the State Book! What Next Folks?

From the state that has a sniper rifle for the state gun....now, they may have the Bible as the state book.


I was going to have a photo of the Bible and one of the rifle, but.....thought this would do nicely.

Yes, the gun is the  .50-caliber Barrett sniper rifle. Here's a link about the rifle.

And, here's the link about the Bible.

Those folks from Tennesse are, well.....hmmmm......really something. Of course, I'm sure Mississippi will soon outdo them.

EDIT: Just checked a dealer at random. You can be the proud owner of the State of Tennessee's official gun for about $6,000.

Another edit: According to Wikpedia Tennessee ranks 41st for high school graduates. Maybe they should spend a little time trying to improve the school system instead of wasting time promoting the Bible as the state book...... Oh, well.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Hobbies Out of Control, Passions Taking on a Life of Their Own....

Do you have a hobby? Is there passion in your life? How do you spend your free or spare time? Do you have any interests?

Without a lot of thought I've always said folks need passion in their lives. Whether this is pursuing a hobby, education, volunteer work, trying to be the best person you can, trying to make the world a better place, and so on.

This is an interesting fellow who has a nifty blog. Can't find his name. Yes, I've spent a little time here. His passion, West Virginia hot dogs. Fascinating.

I think we'll all agree that James Reiger's hobby went beyond getting out of control or taking on a life of its own. Here's some information about Reiger.



For the past 16 years, Bruce Zaccagnino has worked alone to build what is thought to be the world’s largest HO-scale model railroad set. Featuring more than nine miles of track, Zaccagnino's masterpiece also boasts 400 bridges, 3,000 miniature buildings and 50,000 streets. Welcome to your childhood fantasy. Welcome to Northlandz.  (From CNN March 28, 2016)


Ahh, almost forgot. Relationships, now there's something that can stir the passions, take on a life of its own, and definitely get us out of control.

This fellow was distressed about his former wife. I think we'd all agree that he was a little out of control. Here's the CNN version. Yes, he did get to talk to her. Mission accomplished? 

To add a little levity.... There's a new gun that should be for sale sometime this year. It looks like a cell phone, is double barreled like a Derringer, and chambered for .380. I just had to show you folks these snaps. Go here to learn more about the pistol. 












Tuesday, March 1, 2016

This Is Getting Serious, Folks.....

When this presidential stuff launched a few months ago, Trump (1) was kind of refreshing. You know, tells it like it he sees and such. However, it's no longer entertaining or funny. At this stage, after having watched all of the debates and many of his speeches how could anyone vote for him?

I started out rooting for Sanders and thinking anyone but Clinton. Now, I'm definitely....anyone but Trump. Yes, even those two religious whack-jobs, Rubio and Cruz. Gosh, never thought I'd say that. Clinton is looking better and better.

Well, John Oliver does a much better job than I. 

(1) Watch the Oliver video and you'll understand this. There is an extension to use with Chrome that turns all mentions of Donald T. into Drumpf.








Here are some words to go along with the video.

EDIT. Yes, in a few hours voting for Bernie.


Monday, February 15, 2016

Well, Can't Make This Stuff Up!!!!!!!

"Marzian's bill, which she acknowledged when she introduced it last week has no chance of passing, would require men seeking erectile dysfunction medication to:
  • Make at least two office visits to a doctor.
  • Swear on the Bible that they are married and will use the drug only when having sex with their current wives.
  • Present signed proof of permission from their wives."
Here's the complete article from NBC news.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Politics...You Gotta See This.....

Do you folks know about, Gil Fulbright? Running for president....




Go here for more information about Represent Us.

Here's a great article from CBS.

BTW..... Be sure to vote for Bernie. He's the only one who is honest and says what he believes.