OMG. This is SO funny!
Redneck guide to emergency preparedness
In case you were unaware, we actually do have rednecks in the family tree. Honestly! And, sadly, we do have 50% of the vehicles in our yard in operational condition. And a boat that’s never used. OMG! We’re rednecks!
In my RSS feed this morning was an article by A. Lawrence Chickering about annual get-togethers he had with William F. Buckley Jr. and Milton Friedman on the second weekend in January. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall for their conversations. I have no doubt they would have been educational and thought provoking.
One particular piece struck my “OH!” nerve.
Milton never stopped teaching. One morning we went to the Alta Lodge ski shop to buy various trifles. I finished my shopping and impatiently waited for him at the door of the shop. “Got everything you need?” I asked. “Nope,” he responded. “But I’ve got everything I’m willing to pay for.”
In everything I’ve watched and read about Milton Friedman, that is quintessentially Milton. He was an enormous advocate of the free market system and free will, and that singular comment resounded strongly within me.
There are things I really want, thing I could make an argument for needing, but they aren’t things I’m willing to pay for. Maybe I should say, they are things I’m not willing to pay that much for.
I saw a new tablet by Lenovo that’s due out in 2013. It’s something I am sure to covet for a long time to come, but it’s not something I’ll be willing to pay full retail for. I may get the second edition of the tablet (Windows 8) after the tablet’s been in production for a while and the price has dropped or I can find it at an affordable (to me) price when it shows up on Amazon used. Maybe.
I like the freedom to spend my money as I choose and how I choose. I like buying things discounted and second hand. I don’t have a burning desire to buy things brand new as soon as they hit the market. If it’s something I need/want, I can wait.
I read an article this morning by Dennis Prager on the cost of feminism. In discussing it with Wadly (venerable spouse) we think Dennis hit the nail squarely on its head. In talking about the feminization of man with my manly man, we agreed that women could relate more easily to gay men.
The problem with gays, male and female, is we don’t look at who they are inside. We see the outside, male or female, and fail to take into account the content of the package.
History has proven our content isn’t necessary reflective of our exterior and this disparaty isn’t limited to sexuality. On The Blaze this week I read an article about a young man who was desperate to distance himself from the outward evidence of his skin-head past. His extensive tattoos no longer matched his heart and his life and family were suffering as a result. After sixteen extremely painful surgeries to remove his tattoos, he now has a chance at a life less encumbered by his past.
With Dahlmer and Bundy as excellent examples that outward attractiveness is reflective of only the surface, we need to school ourselves to see and value the inside person. Gay is rarely a life choice, it’s a heart choice. The anti-gay activists are our generation’s KKK, and in 30 years when this faulted ideology is a thing of the past, we will undoubtedly find some other cause to hang our desire for dysfunction on.
Years ago I started collecting quotes that stirred me in some fashion. I wrote a short little script that presented one of the quotes each time a page loaded or was refreshed. I’ve got that bit of script embedded in a couple websites and have now added it to this one. It’s been a while since I have run into something I felt I must add to my quotes collection.
Today I followed a link in my Reason rss feed to an obit about the jazz musician Gilbert Scott-Heron. I’ve been a casual jazz fan for decades but had never heard of this guy. Jazz musicians come from a different place in the universe and Scott-Heron is no exception. In reading the bio I found three, to me, awesome quotes. How can you not find this quotable?
“The way you get to know yourself is by the expressions on other people’s faces, because that’s the only thing that you can see, unless you carry a mirror about.”
The entire article was an eye-glass into the life and psyche of Scott-Heron. The last quote I grabbed, considering the article I was reading was his epitaph, was the most ironic.
“I have everything except a suitable conclusion.”
You can read the article here – New York Is Killing Me,The unlikely survival of Gil Scott-Heron. I would have love to have met his mother. That was one sharp lady. If you’d like to hear a sample of his music, try this link.
I’m having a bit of trouble with people advocating flexible principles based on circumstance.
Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Sean Hannity, but . . . <wince> Come on, Sean. It doesn’t matter what bin Ladin did before we managed to remove him from the equation, we must do the right thing according to our country’s principle. We cannot decide to hang on to the body just because it would be convenient. We are a country based on respect for the freedom of religion. I may not admire the Muslim religion, but to not bury some mass murder according to the precept of his religion because he doesn’t deserve it based on his past actions or ideology is just wrong. Not just wrong but really wrong. Justice has been served, let’s move on.
If we don’t have principle, we don’t have anything. We are a strong country because we try to do the right thing. To do anything other than the right thing is to compromise the principles for which we stand.
By now you should know I am principled but not always appropriate. This is where we move on to the entirely inappropriate portion of our program . . . pardon me while I celebrate the removal of a megalomaniacal mass murderer. I understand the need for burial at sea, I really do. No country wanted his body and having no place for followers to congregate was an additional issue. The sea burial serves many purposes. My only complaint . . . there’s nowhere we can go and dance on that creep’s grave.
This is the point when I admit to occasionally being totally unPC. If you knew me, I mean really knew me, you’d know it happens occasionally. Like the time I worked for the County and told the guy who came in asking for an application for his wife that we didn’t have anyone who wanted to be his wife. What he meant, of course, was he wanted an application for an open position the country had so he could give it to his wife. <wince> I was supposed to assume to know what he really meant instead of producing a verbal gut reaction to what he actually said. Yeah, not so PC. You see why I don’t work out in the public? Sometimes my mouth just gallops away without me.
So this morning I’m reading news headlines and run across an article titled Bill Maher: “If Muslim Men Could Get Laid More,” There Would Be No Suicide Bombers. Instant not-so-politically-correct gut reaction . . . OMG, he’s right! I mean, beyond the instant totally unPC “that is SO totally funny,” Maher is right! The miserable lot of suicide bombers everywhere can be directly tied to a lack of sex-produced endorphins!
“I’ve said it many times…if Muslim men could get laid more, we wouldn’t have this problem. There’s probably no suicide bomber [who] after he died, people said, ‘You know, that guy, he blew everybody up, but boy – he got laid a lot.’”
Okay, I’m done chuckling at the expensive of suicide bombers world wide. I’m going back to trying to be politically correct.