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Archive for the month “August, 2014”

Truth in Advertising



I don’t want to sound racist or anything, but why is it perfectly ok for black people to kill white people for no real reason,  but when a cop is justified in killing a criminal in the act of committing a felony, it’s all hell breaking loose?


Change the law


Feds sue Minnesota


They are building a giant “Islamic Center” that takes up almost a whole city block less than one mile from my house in Beaverton, Oregon. I was wondering why no one has complained. I mean, I’m not against building anything new, but thanks to the EPA, friends of the wild geese association, or whatever, anytime there is practically anything is built, there must be a bunch of money spent. Everyone has to do, at the very minimum, an environmental impact study. There was 25 million spent by the city of Portland on building a bridge just last year. This was before a single shovel of dirt was turned. It took thousands and over six months of government bureaucracy and multiple permits before my favorite bar The Growlerie could open. They also were required to post flyers around town that a new bar was in the planning and an alcohol license was pending. Everyone had to know and a hearing was held for the public to offer protest. I’m not trying to compare a church and meeting place to a bar. But it still has an environmental and social impact none the less. But an “Islamic Center” is still being built and there is definitely a fast track. It made me wonder, That is, until I read this article…

H/T to R.D. Walker

Evidently it wasn’t enough for the backers of the Islamic center to sue. The feds did it on their behalf.

The U.S. government is suing the city of St. Anthony for alleged religious discrimination for rejecting a proposed Islamic center in 2012, U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger said Wednesday.

The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, alleges that the St. Anthony Village City Council treated the group’s application for a conditional use permit at the St. Anthony Business Center on less-than-equal terms as other, non-religious permits to assemble.

“Freedom of religion and the right to assembly peaceably are enshrined for all Americans in the Bill of Rights,” Luger said in a news release. “The people of Abu Huraira have a right to assembly peaceably — they have a right to practice their religion, and it’s our job to enforce that right.”

The lawsuit contends the Minneapolis suburb violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000, and that denying the permit made it difficult for the group’s members to practice their faith. The suit seeks a court order requiring St. Anthony to allow the Abu Huraira Islamic Center to maintain a worship space in the basement of the St. Anthony Business Center.

In a statement Wednesday, the city said there was no discrimination.

Question: Can you imagine the federal government suing a city for rejecting, say, an Assemblies of God Christian outreach center?  

Yeah, me neither


Gun Safety


Nurses tend to get drawn into things that they would rather not do.  Our housekeeper accidentally chopped off her thumb while working in the yard and brought it to me “to fix,” at my house.   My neighbor came over and asked me to help her deliver her daughter’s baby… oh, and she waited to ask until the daughter was in the full throws of hard labor.   My cousin discharged his pistol while getting into his truck and “shot himself in the calf” is another example.  He drove not to the hospital, but to my house and came in right in the middle of dinner. My uncle and Godfather, asked me to fix his snake bite (Cottonmouth). Here’s one another nurse friend sent me.  I had to laugh out loud.  She said that this was a surprise for her.  It’s great when it happens to other people.   I still get a giggle when I look at it.   I’m sorry, but most people have a really difficult time trying to grasp the humor of an old ER nurse.

45 ACP Keep your finger off of the trigger


Gun safety everyone. This is why it’s so important to follow the rules.

I haven’t talked about “Gun Safety Rules” in a while. The four rules are the core of gun safety.  I was a NRA gun safety instructor a few years back.  I even worked for a security company many years back.  I have had a concealed carry permit for 32 years and somehow, in all those years, I haven’t had a single negligent discharge.  I have managed to keep from shooting myself or anyone else, for that matter. There have always been a bunch of “rules” when dealing with anything.  Guns are no different.  “Keep your powder dry.”  “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes.” “Never handle a weapon behind the firing line.”  whatever.  There are a lot of rules.  The rules of gun handling were broken down to only four absolutes.  The credit for this goes to Col. Jeff Cooper.

Contrary to what most liberals believe, guns can be very safe.  I find that if you learn Jeff Cooper’s Four Rules of Gun Safety and live by them whenever you are dealing with a firearm, you can be safe.   


  1. All guns are always loaded. Even if they are not, treat them as if they are.  
  2. Never point the gun at anything you are not willing to kill or destroy. (For anyone who insists that the gun is unloaded, see rule 1.)
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target (and you have made the decision to shoot).
  4. Always identify and be sure of your target. and anything that may be beyond it.





What a way to vent frustration…


What a way to vent frustration.  An old friend sent me this one.  She was my charge nurse a few years and we still keep in touch.  I found it pretty funny.

Bowling alley in Florida:


After losing money for years, the guy was ready to close up and shut down his bowling alley.  Then he tried one last thing, and now business is booming. 

Want to knock his teeth out?  A bowling alley in Clearwater , Florida , Bowl-O-Bama, is doing record business despite a bad economy.  The alley also reported a record number of 300 games. Since opening in November 2010, 963 patrons have bowled a perfect game, including strikes in the warm-up frames. This alley also has the highest bowling league average in the country, with a 237.  And that’s the senior league.   They aren’t sure why, but seems as though they don’t have many democrat bowlers …  Hmmm.



Today was a good day.  I was bumping along, working my usual at the surgery center.  No profuse bleeding, no lost items,  nothing  horrible at all.  My relief came to give me my lunch break at exactly 11:00.  Not 11:20,  or  12:20,  or some random time with an excuse, “oh, it’s been so hectic out there,  blah, blah…”  I was heading to lunch room, dreaming of my “Hungry Man” meal sitting in the freezer and my manager stopped me and “wanted to talk.”  I immediately tensed as any manager “wanting to talk” is always bad. 

Fortunately, my good luck seemed to continue,  as  our “managerial talk” to be something that I would have never expected…  good news.  She said that tomorrow (Thursday) was a little light and would I like to “have the day off.”  I snapped back,  “hell yeah, I’ll have a day off… do I look stupid?… Well, maybe you shouldn’t answer that.  Uh, sure I’ll have the day off”   So, I guess I’m on a roll for having a good day!

When I got to the break room, there were nurses,  techs,  and anesthesia providers, all grumbling.  “My kid’s failing math… my surgeon is such an ass today… my patient has mental changes post-op and I had to make a trip to the ICU…” It went on and on.  I came in all smiles and announced,  “hey, In only five more hours,  I’m on vacation!  I can hardly contain my joy.”  One of the nurses looked up and said,  “well, looky here,  it’s mister happy pants.  Well, where are you going on your vacation?”  I thought a second, “uh, I don’t really know.”  Then they said, “hey, how long are you going to be gone… and who’s covering your service while you’re gone…Don’t look at me”  I smiled, “Oh, I’ll be back on Friday,  I’ll be here for the Neuro-surgery guys.”  They laughed,  “stupid… that’s not a vacation.  It’s just a day off.”  I replied, “any day away from here and doing something fun, is clearly a vacation.”  In the end, they had to agree. 

The next question was, “well, what are you going to do… on your vacation?”  I thought a bit, “I think I’m going to start off with a trip to the Growlery.  It’s a new beer place that has over fifty different beers on tap. They are all really good local microbrew beers too” 

“Don’t get in trouble, you know… if you drink too much,” one of the other anesthesia guys said.    I replied,  “first off, this place is only a few blocks from my house,  and I walk there.  It takes, literally less than five minutes”   Apparently trying to voice her objection to alcohol, the other nurse said, “hey, you know that having more then  three drinks in two hours is clinically considered a binge drinker.”  I told her, “well, I use to work in a hospital in Libby Montana.  It was very near the Canadian line.  Most of the employees were, in fact, Canadian.  Do you know what  they call anyone who drinks three drinks in two hours?”  As the other nurse gave me a shrug, I said,  “They call me the designated driver.”  She was sneering a bit and I said,  “Those Canadians say to me… ‘come on, light-weight,  get your keys, we have another place to go”‘    I went on to reassure the skeptical nurse,  “I’ve been with Canadians and I know my limit.  They taught me a hard lesson that no American can keep up with them.  I don’t even try.  and now that I’m a lot older,  I just have a few taster glasses and maybe a full mug of my favorite and call it a night.  Believe me,  it’s not anything like it was when I was younger.  I’m gonna have a few beers and walk back home.”  Then tomorrow I’m gonna sleep in and relax.  I’m going to have a nice breakfast and some good custom ground coffee.  Then I’m going to go out on my porch and enjoy the morning… while you all are here working.


Why are only White people racist?

 I recently took a vacation down South to visit my family.  I spent almost two weeks in Alabama and Florida.  I saw family and I also went to Universal Studios Florida.  Unfortunately I had several run-in’s with youths while on my venture.  These were rude youths that would spit, curse,  and break in line with no respect or cares towards anyone else.  Out of fear of reprisal and a fear of being called racist, I simply ignored them and walked the other way.  With the Ferguson, MO riots fresh in my mind,  I found many people had varying opinions on how Caucasians should interact with minorities.  On the other hand,  and with what I have learned in my newest interactions, I have found that the attitudes have changed.  It seems that Black Americans can curse and be rude to me, but it is not acceptable for me to return the insults.  I have been wondering why Whites are considered racists, and no other race is……


Michael Richards better known as Kramer from TVs Seinfeld was in hot water a little while back about making insensitive comments while doing a standup routine.  In his defense and apology speech he made comments about why only white people can be considered racist and no other race can.  The  “Black Leaders”  in this country such as Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton speak with so much hatred and vitriol towards any other race that is not black. But they get a free pass to talk  down to everyone that is not black.  I have many black friends that are true Americans.  They believe same as I do about the freedoms of this country was meant for everyone.

There are African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Arab Americans,  and many other American people here in this country.  We’re “the melting pot.”  There are Americans who try to live the “American Dream” and assimilate, get an education and advance themselves… and there are the others.  They pass me on the street and sneer in my direction. They call me ‘White boy,’ ‘Cracker,’ ‘Honkey,’ ‘Whitey,’ ‘Caveman’… And that’s perfectly OK… But when I call you, Nigger, Kike, Towel head, Camel Jockey, Beaner, or a Gook .. You call me a racist. You say that whites commit a lot of violence against you…. So why are the ghettos the most dangerous places to live?

You have the United Negro College Fund. You have Martin Luther King Day. You have Black History Month. You have Cesar Chavez Day. You have Ma’uled Al-Nabi. You have the NAACP. You have BET…. If we had WET (White Entertainment Television), we’d certainly be racists. If we had a White Pride Day, you would call us racists. If we had White History Month, we’d be racists. If we had any organization for only whites to ‘advance’ OUR lives, we’d be racists.

We have a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a Black Chamber of Commerce, and then we just have the plain Chamber of Commerce. Wonder who pays for that??

A white woman could not be in the Miss Black American pageant, but any color can be in the Miss America pageant. If we had a college fund that only gave white students scholarships… You know we’d be racists.

There are over 60 openly proclaimed Black Colleges in the US . Yet if there were any ‘White colleges’, that would be a racist college. In the Million Man March, you believed that you were marching for your race and rights. If we marched for our race and rights, you would call us racists.

You are proud to be black, brown, yellow and orange, and you’re not afraid to announce it. But when we announce our white pride, you call us racists.

You rob us, car jack us, and shoot at us. But, when a white police officer shoots a black gang member or beats up a black drug dealer running from the law and posing a threat to society, you call him a racist. I am proud…… But you call me a racist.

Why is it that only whites can be racists?? 



Yesterday was my off-day in my list of chores to do was to go grocery shopping.  I went to my usual place for sustenance,  which was Winco foods.   Next to Winco was Costco,  office Depot,  Best Buy, and a few other big box stores.  I looked across the road and saw a bunch of cars.  My ADD clicked in and I was lost.  I just wanted to see what was going on over there.  I turned left instead of right to investigate the excitement.  It was the grand opening of a brand new Super-Wal-Mart store.  It was right there in my neighborhood.   Why didn’t I hear of this?  I’m thinking to myself, probably because of the crazies in Oregon, Wal-Mart kept this very quiet and “under the radar.”  They attempted building a store in Newberg and there were court orders, law suits, injunctions,  political rallies,  marchers in the streets, protesters with signs, union organizers… needless to say, that branch of Wal-Mart has had a set-back.  Oh, it’s still being built, it’s just going to take a lot longer and cost a lot more than they had anticipated.  It should be opening in another year or so.   

People in Oregon, with such a socialistic mindset, can’t tolerate any business that is not totally union entrenched.  Wal-Mart has taken a solid anti-union posture.  I have heard from one of their managers (at the St. Helens store) that they will close its doors before allowing one of their stores to become unionized.  There are drawbacks of a non-union, yes.  My son was fired from a Wal-Mart for attempting to stop a shoplifter.  There was no recourse and no argument with the management decision, even after five years of dedication and a spotless record.  On the other hand, Wal-Mart does go out of their way to hire very compromised people who would normally be totally dependent on social services.  I give them a bunch of kudos and respect for this.  In the end, I weigh all the pro’s and con’s and I still shop the large retailer on occasion.

  Much to my surprise,  my new Wal-Mart has been at a total blackout … until today.   The “Grand Opening” was, as it turned out a lot of fun.   It seems for this grand event,  they cleaned out every trailer park, every red-neck bar,  and every carney from the entire Oregon state fair for this amazing event.  I could literally play Walmart bingo and get a full bingo card win before I even got past the greeter.  There were things that I thought were pure fiction and only seen on People of Walmart before today.   Well, I can testify that I saw it live. 

The liberals here in Oregon are all snooty about their high quality education system and universities and such.  Being a guy from Alabama, I am frequently the butt of jokes about Forrest Gump,  red-necks, poorly educated people..  When I go to a “Wal-Mart Grand Opening” event and I see these people “coming out of the shadows” in such a pompous liberal state like Oregon, it restores my faith and gives me a bit of cheer.

How To Avoid Being Shot


We all know about the story of  Saint Trayvon of Skittles & Saint Michael Brown of Fergudishu.  Contrary to what the media wants you to know, the real story is beginning to come out.

Now, we see the story of Christian Alberto Sierra. The gist is of this story is that he spiraled downward, became erratic, threatened suicide, began cutting himself, ran down the street covered in blood (armed with a knife), and got shot when he ran toward a responding police officer after being commanded to “freeze”.

A common theme in these stories, seems to be the major media networks are referring to these people as children. These individuals were all grown men. Each (allegedly) showed a propensity to commit violence and exhibited unstable behavior immediately preceding their death. Two were shot by police, one was shot by an over-zealous dickhead posing as a community security guard.

Just a word of caution and advice… I have been in a tangle with the law on more than once.  On one occasion, I have even spent a night in the PoPo.  I can say that I know with certain empirical knowledge what exactly makes a police officer mad or glad.  With all of my experience and my dealings with our dedicated law enforcement officers, I would like to offer you, my friends, a brief list of concrete steps you can take to avoid being shot:

* Don’t rob people. * Don’t use or sell drugs. * Don’t attack people. * Don’t steal. * Don’t hurt yourself or others then act crazy with a lethal weapon in hand. * When an officer issues a command, comply with said command immediately.

* Never ever yell, curse,  spit, swing, strike, or yell in an unfriendly or un-neighborly fashion in the direction of any law officer.

If you follow these  simple rules, you will drastically reduce your chances of being shot.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Probably not what they had in mind


I found this one at the Safeway the other day

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