Just A Thought Archives

Sports Teams' Insensitive Names

I am officially requesting that the name of the Minnesota Vikings be changed because it ridicules and stereotypes the Norwegians that came to the United States and settled in the upper Midwest.

From Wikipedia: "Current popular representations of the Vikings are typically based on cultural clichés and stereotypes, complicating modern appreciation of the Viking legacy. These representations are rarely accurate - for example, there is no evidence that they wore horned helmets, a costume element that first appeared in Wagnerian opera."

Posted by Rick | July 6, 2020 09:50 PM | Just A Thought

Still Drinking

My apologies if I screwed up spelling and other crap in my last post but I am still working on my 4th margarita when generally two is my limit and I am not in the mood to fix the crap I write when I am drinking. Believe it or not, I had more mistakes on this little post than I discovered on my previous post. Thank God for spell assist on Appleworks and Word. Now if I could just learn the correct spelling of Democrap. Seems I misspell it all the time.

Posted by Rick | January 22, 2020 12:06 AM | Just A Thought

The red meat Jukebox

A newly discovered country track can be found in The red meat Jukebox along with a couple other of my long time favorites. Check it out!!

Posted by Rick | September 29, 2017 01:04 AM | Just A Thought ~ | Just For Fun

Bob Beckel's Back On The Five!

Bob Beckel showed up on Fox News The Five today after a stint at CNN. Welcome back Bob! You belong at The Five!

Bob addressed the fact that he is replacing Juan Williams a few days a week, saying Juan 'is smart.' I hate to disagree with Bob his first day back, but, without Juan's daily recitation of the Dem's talking points, Juan really has nothing to say.

Posted by Rick | January 16, 2017 04:09 PM | Just A Thought

The Left Just Can't Handle It

It's the funniest thing ever when Saturday Night Live pokes fun at Sarah Palin mercilessly. When Letterman skewered Palin's daughter, that was hilarious. When any number of late night 'comedians' hammer away on Republicans it is always 'in good clean fun.' Remember when former Vice-president Dan Quail had his problem with the word potato?

Cartoonist Dixon Diaz has done a some very funny cartoons aimed directly at HRH Obama and Hillary Clinton, but the LA Times decided that he isn't funny anymore and stopped carrying his strip.

Here are some examples that were sent to me that I find very amusing....

Posted by Rick | November 12, 2016 05:42 PM | Just A Thought ~ | Political Science ~ | Social Studies

Hypocracy And The Republicans

There is a poll being talked about that says 26% of Republicans would never vote for Donald Trump and then there is, of course, the inevitable speculation about where those voters would go.

In light of the fact that Trump refused to say he would support the Republican candidate whoever it turned out to be, unless it was someone he respected, I can understand that there may be the feeling that turnabout is fair play. On the other hand, if the Republicans who believe that Trump should take an oath to support whoever the Republican candidate no matter who that is, should not those who believe that way support Trump if he becomes the party's nominee?

If you want it both ways then your hypocrisy is showing...

Posted by Rick | August 27, 2015 06:48 PM | Just A Thought ~ | Political Science

Obama And Jesus, One In The Same?

David Axelrod, friend and former chief campaign adviser to HRH Obama, reportedly attributed the following comment to Barack Husein Obama:

"You know, I think I am the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office."

I have no doubt that Obama believes what he says, in fact, he may even believe he is Jesus Christ reincarnate.

Posted by Rick | June 3, 2015 06:58 AM | Just A Thought

On Net Neutrality

I don’t believe that I understand everything that is being discussed with regard to net neutrality, but there are a couple of old adages that can usually be relied upon in cases like this:

1) If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

2) Leave well enough alone.

3) Always keep in mind the law of unintended consequences and make sure that any government intervention via new laws or regulations is needed and that the consequences of such governmental intervention have been fully considered.

To allow the FCC, directed by five unelected commissioners, to institute sweeping new regulations on the internet without any congressional hearings and/or input seems heavy-handed and un-American.

Posted by Rick | February 25, 2015 08:09 AM | Just A Thought ~ | Political Science ~ | Social Studies

I'm Exhausted

Thanksgiving is over and I'm officially exhausted.

We are in Utah where we had 13 for dinner on Thursday and we had a repeat performance of dinner on Friday for 10. We cooked a 20 pound turkey with all the traditional side dishes each day.

Pictionary was the game of choice Thursday and I was able to stay awake for a couple of games of that. I have no idea what everyone decided to do Friday night. I went to bed.

We had a great Thanksgiving! I hope you and yours had a great Thanksgiving, too!

Posted by Rick | November 29, 2014 06:10 AM | Just A Thought

It's Over In Iraq

Baghdad Falls To Al Qaeda!!

This is the headline we can expect to see on the front page of every newspaper in America in the next few weeks.

In the administration's latest debacle, HRH Obama has managed to allow Al Qaeda to overrun Iraq without lifting so much as a little finger in defense of the democratically elected government. The United States spent over a trillion dollars, nearly 5,000 American soldiers lost their lives and thousands more were injured in bringing democracy to Iraq, What a waste!

Posted by Rick | June 12, 2014 06:16 PM | Just A Thought

Music Link

I have become quite enamored with the song, I Can Hear Music, by Kathy Troccoli and the Beach Boys. If you've never heard Ms. Troccoli, a little known gospel singer, perform this song, you can listen to it in the red meat Jukebox. It's the first song.

The song was part of a collection of Beach Boys hits performed by singing artists from various music genres with the Beach Boys singing backup. Lorrie Morgan and Tammy Wynette have songs on the CD that are also quite good.

The CD is called Stars And Stripes and if you are interested in obtaining it, I have posted the Amazon link to it in the red meat Mall. You will not be disappointed!

Posted by Rick | February 27, 2014 05:28 AM | Just A Thought

Christmas - Better Late Than Never

Our house has been in a festive mood for a couple weeks. We hosted a wedding for our niece, Tina, and her new husband, Stuart, on the 14th. Unfortunately, while Christmas bells were ringing here, I neglected The red meat Jukebox.

Here are a couple songs you have heard before but by singers you may not have heard of and one song I bet you have never heard before by a group you probably have never heard of either.

Pour yourself an eggnog and buckle up 'cause these songs are really going to rock you.


Posted by Rick | December 23, 2013 02:24 PM | Just A Thought

It's Not Winter Yet - Check Out the Fall Tunes In The Jukebox

Be sure to check out the cool tunes for autumn in The red meat Jukebox!

Posted by Rick | November 28, 2013 09:00 AM | Just A Thought

A New Search Engine

Be sure to try the new search engine found at DuckDuckGo! It's very easy to use and they don't track you like some other less scrupulous search engines. The link can now be found under Search Engines in the column on the right hand side of this blog.

Posted by Rick | September 1, 2013 12:21 AM | Just A Thought

Here Comes Summer

Every summer for the past six summers a blog, Stax o’ Wax published by a woman named Esther, put out a compilation of summer songs that I enjoyed immensely. Unfortunately, Esther closed her blog in December of last year.

Faced with a year without a compilation of summer tunes from Stax o’ Wax, I decided to put together a compilation of summer songs as a thank you to Esther & Stax o’ Wax. Since she has put out over 150 songs with the word 'summer' in the title or about summer activities, a list without duplicating her songs was not easy to compile but I managed and, with a little luck, I may have enough songs for another compilation next year. If not, I will do a compilation of surf music - I have done quite a few compilations of surf songs for myself in the past. (My lovely bride thinks all surf music sounds alike, unlike her Irish dance music which can drive a person to drink, hence the abundance of pubs in Ireland.)

I’m sure you have heard many of these songs before but probably not by the artists who performed them in this compilation.

With a tip of the hat to Esther at Stax o’ Wax, and without further ado, here is the red meat 2013 Summer Of Song Compilation:

A Faded Summer Love - Patti Page
A Swingin’ Summer - Carol Connors
Hot Summer Girls - Flash Cadillac And The Continental Kids
I Never Dreamed You’d Leave In Summer - Three Dog Night
I’ll See You In The Summertime - Outsiders
In The Good Old Summertime - Anita Kerr Singers
In The Heat Of The Summer - Judy Collins
It’s A Summer Night - Flash Cadillac And The Continental Kids
One Fine Summer Morning - Evie Sands
Remembering Last Summer - Lettermen
Slow Summer Dancin’ ‘One Summer Night’ - Beach Boys
Summer In Monterey - Brian Wilson And Van Dyke Parks (Yes, ‘That’ Brian Wilson)
Summer In Paradise - Beach Boys
Summer Kiss - Duane Eddy
Summer Means Fun - Jan And Dean
Summer Night - From The Film ‘Summer Night’ - Ray Charles Singers (Not ‘That’ Ray Charles)
Summer Of Love - Beach Boys
Summer Serenade - Anita Kerr Singers
Summer Thoughts - Reparata And The Delrons
Summer’s Gone - Lettermen
Summer’s Love - Richard Barrett With The Chantels
The Long Hot Summer - Joanie Sommers
The Things We Did Last Summer - Frank Sinatra
Theme From ‘A Summer Place’ - Lennon Sisters
Theme From ‘Endless Summer’ - Sandals
We Have Something More ‘Than A Summer Love’ - Connie Francis
When Summer Comes ‘Gonna Hustle You’ - Jan And Dean
Will You Love Me ‘Like You Did Last Summer’ - Westwoods

If you would like to listen to any or all of these summer songs, they can be found in the red meat Jukebox.

Posted by Rick | June 16, 2013 07:54 PM | Just A Thought

Summer Is Almost Here

Summer is almost here and that means it's time to change the music in the red meat jukebox.

Check out the summer tunes......enjoy.

Posted by Rick | May 28, 2013 10:03 PM | Just A Thought

The Falling Leaves

It's almost Thanksgiving and I'm in the mood for some music celebrating the fall season. Check out The red meat Jukebox on the right for some great music!! You have undoubtedly heard most of the songs but may not have heard them by the artists I have selected.

Posted by Rick | November 14, 2012 06:29 PM | Just A Thought

Glen Beck Is Back (On Cable)

I happened to be channel surfing this morning and was pleasantly surprised to see that Glen Beck is now on Dish Network - channel 212. His network, which was previously only available via the internet, is called The Blaze.

I noticed that his personal show is up against the show that replaced him at Fox News, The Five. Good thing I can record two channels at once.

Posted by Rick | September 14, 2012 04:13 AM | Just A Thought

Summer Rain And Music

It's our monsoon season and it has been raining here off and on for the last couple days. The rain put me in a summer mood and I decided to listen to some of my favorite summer songs. You can go to Cool Tunes From The red meat Freezer in the right hand column and listen to some of the songs I've been listening to - just click on the middle arrow and enjoy!

Posted by Rick | July 15, 2012 02:17 AM | Just A Thought

The Newest Addition To Our Family

We welcomed the newest member of our little family this past Friday. She is a 3 month old bundle of energy my lovely wife rescued from the local Cocker Spaniel Rescue group. We think she will be something special but our yellow labrador, Daisy, isn't quite as confident as we are about that. It seems that Lady Matilda (aka Matty) is teething and one of her favorite things to chew on is Daisy's tail.

Lady Matilda (aka Matty) waiting in the grass before attacking the camera.

Lady Matilda (aka Matty)

Lady Matilda (aka Matty)

Posted by Rick | June 20, 2012 07:58 PM | Just A Thought


It was a very sad day at our house yesterday. Our beloved cocker spaniel, Maggie, passed away. She was a member of our family for over 14 years and will be missed by everyone who knew her.

Maggie loved playing in the snow and would have to be forced to come in out of the cold no matter how much snow was covering her.

Posted by Rick | March 1, 2012 12:58 PM | Just A Thought

The Plight Of The Turkey

Just in case you were wondering, the National Turkey Federation says that 46 million
turkeys will be consumed in the United States today.

Posted by Rick | November 24, 2011 03:27 PM | Just A Thought

Rock And Roll Christmas

While playing some of my lesser known (obscure) Chrismas music this year, I noticed that a CD entitled Rock And Roll Christmas on the CD booklet and A Rock 'N' Roll Christmas on the actual CD did not list any of the various artists who performed the 16 tracks. While trying to find the credits on the internet, I happened to play the CD on a player on my computer and, to my surprise, the credits were listed on the player generated playlist. I have no way of verifying the accuracy of the list but believe it to be correct. I am listing the tracks and the performer credits as found on the CD for anyone who might be somewhat curious.

A Rock 'N' Roll Christmas
Ace Records 2040
Copyright 1989

1. White Christmas Blue - Johnny Meyers

2. All I Want For Christmas - Huey `Piano' Smith & The Clowns with Jessie Thomas

3. Please Come Home For Christmas - Bob Wagner

4. Silent Night - Huey `Piano' Smith & The Clowns with Jessie Thomas

5. Christmas Finds Me Oh, So Sad - Charles Brown

6. Rock And Roll Santa Claus - Huey `Piano' Smith & The Clowns with Bubba Anderson

7. A Lonely Christmas - Bob Wagner

8. Jingle Bells - Huey `Piano' Smith & The Clowns with The Heartbeats

9. Rappin' Before Christmas - The Clowns

10. I Wrote To Santa Claus - Huey `Piano' Smith & The Clowns

11. Almost Time For Santa - Huey `Piano' Smith & The Clowns with The Heartbeats

12. Doin' The Santa Claus - Huey `Piano' Smith & The Clowns with Jessie Thomas

13. Happy New Year - Huey `Piano' Smith & The Clowns

14. Shimmy Winter Wonderland - Swinging Embers

15. Merry Christmas, Baby - Charles Brown

16. T'was the Night Before Christmas - Huey `Piano' Smith & The Clowns with Jessie Thomas

Posted by Rick | January 22, 2011 03:50 PM | Just A Thought

What's Wrong With Our Immigration Policy? Obama's Aunt Prime Example

From the AOL News Surge Desk, David Knowles wrote on September 21, 2010,

President Barack Obama's aunt, Zeituni Onyango, says she's done nothing wrong by illegally living in the United States for years and is therefore deserving of amnesty.

"If I come as an immigrant, you have the obligation to make me a citizen," Onyango, 58, told Boston's WBZ news.

In her first interview since Obama was elected president, Onyango described how she came to America in 2000 from her native Kenya, fell ill and was hospitalized. Upon her release, Onyango told WBZ, she was out of money. So rather than return to her homeland, she continued to live in the country in violation of immigration laws.

After stints in a Boston homeless shelter, Onyango was eventually put in public housing and began receiving disability payments. In 2004, an immigration judge ordered her to leave the country, but Onyango remained. However, she noted that her story was less about intentionally flouting federal immigration policy and more about its ineffectiveness.

"I didn't take advantage of the system," Onyango said. "The system took advantage of me."

Did she say this with a straight face?

So let me get this straight. After receiving free health care, Obama's aunt has received free housing, and disability payments. All as an illegal alien who has been ordered to leave the country since 2004. Now she thinks she deserves citizenship so we can continue to support her. I'm surprised she isn't demanding a new Cadillac and a house in the Hamptons. What she deserves is a bill for all the benefits he has ripped off from the American taxpayers.

She is definitely a relative of Barack Husein Obama. There is just no end to the arrogance.

Posted by Rick | September 23, 2010 01:23 AM | Just A Thought

On Lloyd Blankfein Of Goldman Sachs

While listening to the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Goldman Sachs, Lloyd Blankfein, testify before a senate panel today it became apparent that I have never seen anyone so obviously obfuscate, prevaricate and outright lie before a congressional hearing.

Posted by Rick | April 27, 2010 09:21 PM | Just A Thought

More Videos

For a couple laughs, check out the videos 1) Sandra-Lee-Induced-Seizure and 2) Lady Gaga - Pokerface by Applegirl at American Digest. They will brighten your day.

Posted by Rick | March 31, 2010 04:16 PM | Just A Thought

Winter Wonderland

The clouds roll in before a snowstorm at our Harmony Mountain ranch near Cedar City, Utah.    Winter weather at our Harmony Mountain ranch near Cedar City, Utah. Beautiful!!

Posted by Rick | March 14, 2010 06:36 AM | Just A Thought

The Music Is Back!

Don't forget to check out the jukebox in the right column!

My favorite Judy Garland song leads off. When you listen to her, remember she was only 17 years old when she recorded it!

Posted by Rick | March 7, 2010 05:32 PM | Just A Thought

What Are Haitian Officials Thinking???

You may have heard that there was a group of ten Baptist missionaries who were trying to take 33 children from earthquake ravaged Haiti to an orphanage in the neighboring country of the Dominican Republic. Mind you this was not for their own personal gain and was not meant to harm the children, yet the idiots in charge in Haiti have arrested and charged the group with kidnapping and criminal association.

The children are safe and no harm was done to anyone. The Haitians could have politely asked the missionaries, who may or may not have made an error in judgment, to leave the country if they were unhappy about the children being taken on a bus toward the Dominican Republic.

We are pouring billions of dollars of aid into that God-forsaken country and they treat Christian missionaries this way? Charging them criminally when Haiti has so many problems is the real crime here.

Americans should be outraged and should demand that the charges be dropped.

All aid workers should immediately leave Haiti and no one should donate another dime until this travesty of justice is stopped.

Posted by Rick | February 4, 2010 09:46 PM | Just A Thought

The NFL Shows Its Class

The image conscious National Football League, which determined that Rush Limbaugh was not worthy enough to become one of its illustrious owners, fined Tennessee Titans' owner, Bud Adams, $250,000 for giving the bird to Buffalo fans a number of times as he celebrated his team's win over the Bills.

In an article published online by CBS Sports, they reported that the "NFL has had 460 incidences of players having run-ins with the law between 2000-present."

Rush Limbaugh would have certainly added a lot of class to this group of infamous citizens that includes Plaxico Burress, Ray Lewis, Pacman Jones, Ricky Williams, Michael Vick, and now Bud Adams, to name just a few.

Posted by Rick | November 17, 2009 12:36 AM | Just A Thought

Colts Win!

The Indianapolis Colts beat the New England Patriots 35-34 Sunday night to remain undefeated (9-0).

Thank you Bill Belichick.

Posted by Rick | November 17, 2009 12:33 AM | Just A Thought

The Government Wants To Run Everyone's Heath Care

New flash!! There's waste in government run health care in Washington, D.C..

Our government can't run a dinky program like this AIDS program but believe they should run health care throughout the entire country. Good luck to us all. Read more here.

Posted by Rick | October 19, 2009 03:53 AM | Just A Thought ~ | Political Science ~ | Social Studies

Thoughts And Amazing Statements

1) Carl Bernstein, of Watergate fame, during an appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe said this about Sarah Palin:

She is a demagogue. She is ignorant. She's a flake.
Bernstein went on to say:
She's manifestly unqualified for high office. He (McCain) really committed an almost unpatriotic act in picking Sarah Palin...

I wonder what he comparing her to - the former community organizer and half term senator we currently have in the White House?

2) Meredith Vieira said this while speaking with President Barack Hussein Obama.

You are married to one of the most stylish women in the world...
OMG! I don't think she's been watching the same first lady I've been watching.

3) How is the Obama's trickle up theory of economics treating you?

4) If health care reform passes, get ready for long lines, rationing and the 'duty to die' theory of health care.

5) The administration is concerned about the next shoe to drop in the economic recession, commercial real estate. Of course, the administration helped trash commercial real estate by closing over 2,000 car dealerships all over the country, not to mention the loss of jobs in those communities.

The administration is really clueless. They should have encouraged the automakers to keep those dealerships open. The marketplace would have taken care of dealers who couldn't make it.

5) Defense Secretary Gates was just in Israel trying to convince Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and perhaps himself, that President Barack Hussein Obama is not naive in his dealings with Iran. ROFLOL Contrary to what Obama would like the Jews in America and Israel to believe, he is no friend of Israel.

Posted by Rick | July 27, 2009 08:13 PM | Just A Thought ~ | Political Science ~ | Social Studies

Winter Wonderland

We are spending our first New Year's eve at our ranch in Southern Utah. Get a load of the snow and the beautiful view just before dusk on New Year's eve.

Happy New Year everyone!

Posted by Rick | December 31, 2008 11:48 PM | Just A Thought

Free LightScribe Program

Download your free LightScribe program here. It is a basic, no frills program but I tried it and it works great.

Posted by Rick | November 18, 2008 10:59 PM | Just A Thought

Lipstick And Pigs

Barack Hussein Obama is the very last person who should be making jokes about lipstick and pigs.

Posted by Rick | September 9, 2008 06:39 PM | Just A Thought

What a Beautiful Day!

The clouds begin to roll in at our beautiful Utah ranch over Memorial Day weekend...

Posted by Rick | May 31, 2008 10:48 PM | Just A Thought

The Lincoln Bedroom

Tomorrow's Pennsylvania primary is really a vote for whom Pennsylvanians want sleeping in the Lincoln bedroom: the anti-American racist, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, or the philandering scumbag, Bill Clinton.

Posted by Rick | April 21, 2008 09:35 PM | Just A Thought

Thought For The Day

Calling an illegal alien an 'undocumented immigrant' is like calling a drug dealer an 'unlicensed pharmacist'.

Courtesy of my lovely sister, Mary

Posted by Rick | April 2, 2008 04:02 PM | Just A Thought

Oxymoron For The Ages

The banner for the blog The American Prospect gave me one of the best laughs I have had in a long time. (It's all in the fine print.)

Posted by Rick | January 26, 2008 01:51 AM | Just A Thought

McCain...Hero Or Survivor?

While one must admire Senator John McCain (R-AZ) for his service to the United States, I don't believe that being captured and spending time as a P.O.W. makes him a hero. It does indeed make him a survivor, but that does not make him a heroic figure. It is certainly not much of a recommendation when it is his only qualification for President.

The fact remains that McKennedy McCain is not a conservative. You can count on one finger the areas where he has been a supporter of any conservative values. He has usually just given the finger to conservatives to show his disdain for conservative values.

I will give you that McCain has supported the war against terrorism, but only minimally. Remember he still would let al Qaeda blow us to kingdom come if they were captured and had any information about terrorists attacks in the works. He wouldn't lay a glove on them. I want someone with the stomach for the fight and McCain is not that man.

Posted by Rick | January 21, 2008 11:05 PM | Just A Thought

The World Series - Men Against The Boys

The Colorado Rockies may have made quick work of the National League playoffs, but last night they played and looked like they were straight out of the American Legion.

Hopefully they will play better tonight, but I doubt if there is anything that can be done about the Rockies road jerseys. The American Legion jerseys we wore 40 years ago would be a giant step up from the jerseys the Rockies wore last night. Who dresses those guys anyway?

Posted by Rick | October 25, 2007 04:26 PM | Just A Thought

Michael Vick's Hole Just Wasn't Deep Enough

Prosecutors announced on September 25, 2007, that a Virginia grand jury indicted suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick on state dog fighting charges. Vick is charged with one count of unlawfully torturing and killing dogs and one count of promoting dogfights.

These charges come in the wake of a federal indictment and Vick's plea agreement with federal prosecutors, agreeing to plead guilty to federal conspiracy charges involving illegal dog fighting.

Today it is being reported that the disgraced Vick has tested positive for marijuana.

The next test someone should give this guy is an IQ test. He has to be retarded.

Posted by Rick | September 26, 2007 02:37 PM | Just A Thought

Global Warming Up Close And Personal

We are home again after spending a week cruising Alaska on Holland America Line's Zuiderdam. The ship and its staff were phenomenal. We had a great time!

While we were there we had an opportunity to check out global warming up close and personal.

Misty Morning In An Alaskan Fjord

The 10% Of An Iceberg You Can See

Exploring An Icy Pool On The Taku Glacier

Glacier View From Ship

Of course, global warming has been going on for thousands of years and will continue until the next ice age.

Posted by Rick | August 27, 2007 10:14 PM | Just A Thought

Oprah Supports Obama For President

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey has decided that Barack Hussein Obama (D-IL) is the best person to replace George Bush as President of the United States.

Obama does actually qualify to be President of the United States. He is at least 35 years old and is an American citizen born in the United States. Obama's attributes include his ability to read, write, and speak in complete sentences. His claim to fame is that he has been elected to the U.S. Senate, once. (It should be noted that he has not completed his first term yet and usually only bothers to show up for work three days a week.)

He has not, however, done anything to make him more qualified than you, I, or your next door neighbor. He may even be less qualified than your next door neighbor.

If someone were comparing the resumes of all the Presidential candidates, Democratic and Republican, no one would chose him over any of the other candidates, including Dennis Kucinich (D-OH).

This decision by Oprah to support Obama must be entirely racial. If it is not, perhaps Oprah is not as smart as she would have us believe.

Frankly, I believe it is both.

Posted by Rick | May 2, 2007 02:36 PM | Just A Thought

A Few Thoughts...

  • I have done a cursory investigation of a few of the places that sell carbon credits and have been unable to find any real projects that the sellers of carbon credits invest in that eliminate or help reduce carbon footprints. Buying these 'credits' may help the payor's conscience, but accomplish little more than that. These people are snake oil salesmen.

  • The Democrats are using their new majority position in Congress in a pathetic attempt to embarrass President Bush and his administration. They are petty, self-serving, do nothing politicians. They are not patriots.

  • Congress should not get involved in the sub-prime mortgage business, but should make sure that when lenders package the loans and sell them as securities that full disclosure is made of the risks involved in the underlying portfolio.

  • Poor sportsmanship is common in basketball, football, and sometimes even baseball. Golfers, however, are usually quite good sports, but this afternoon one golfer sunk to a new all-time low. Sergio Garcia, one of the premier names in the sport of golf, actually spit into the cup after missing a putt, leaving a nasty surprise for the golfers following him. Unfortunately, while being interviewed after his round of golf, Sergio thought nothing of it.
  • Posted by Rick | March 24, 2007 01:12 PM | Just A Thought

    Politically Incorrect

    To see some of the more politically incorrect thoughts of Pennsylvania restaurant owner Bill Balsamico you can visit his web site here.

    Posted by Rick | February 25, 2007 02:30 PM | Just A Thought

    A Cool Music Video

    While checking out some other blogs I came across a music video, Somethin' Stupid with Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman, at an unexpected website. The blog was trashy but the video is worth checking out.

    Posted by Rick | January 22, 2007 11:10 PM | Just A Thought

    Check Out The Jukebox

    To help you get in the spirit of the season I have put a few of my favorite Christmas tunes on the red meat Jukebox. Check them out!! Merry Christmas!!

    Posted by Rick | December 1, 2006 12:16 AM | Just A Thought

    It's A Time For Thanks And Reflection

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

    I have so much to be thankful for: a lovely wife; wonderful friends and family; my health; good food on the table and a pretty nice roof over my head. I am blessed!

    Posted by Rick | November 23, 2006 11:59 AM | Just A Thought

    Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

    Yes kiddies of all ages, Santa Claus is coming to town once again and there are some less fortunate children who would like a little something in their stocking Christmas morning. If you can, click on the Toys For Tots train on the side bar and give a little Christmas cheer. The Marines who handle the Toys For Tots program do a great job!

    Posted by Rick | November 16, 2006 02:26 PM | Just A Thought

    We Have A Jukebox!

    Check it out! We have installed a "jukebox" (Cool Tunes From The red meat Freezer) on the side bar so we can share some of our favorite music with you. There will be some songs you have heard before and hopefully some that you haven't. Enjoy!

    Note: If you have your own website and would like to put some music on it, you can purchase the jukebox program from CoffeeCup software. They have many styles to chose from and the program is very easy to install.

    Posted by Rick | November 15, 2006 03:20 PM | Just A Thought

    Happy 231st Birthday To The United States Marines

    The Few. The Proud. The Marines.

    Happy 231st Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

    Posted by Rick | November 10, 2006 03:34 AM | Just A Thought

    Warm And Fuzzy

    I am comforted by the disclosure that the English Home Secretary, John Reid, is keeping our Department of Homeland Security, better known as 'the gang that couldn't shoot straight,' apprised of its investigation of the latest al Qaeda plot to kill thousands of travelers between the United Kingdom and the United States.

    Rest assured Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is on the case and, in the press release below, Secretary Chertoff promptly changed the color code of the threat level today.

    Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff Announcing a Change to the Nation’s Threat Level for the Aviation Sector

    For Immediate Release
    Office of the Press Secretary
    Contact: 202-282-8010
    August 10, 2006

    The Department of Homeland Security is taking immediate steps to increase security measures in the aviation sector in coordination with heightened security precautions in the United Kingdom. Over the last few hours, British authorities have arrested a significant number of extremists engaged in a substantial plot to destroy multiple passenger aircraft flying from the United Kingdom to the United States. Currently, there is no indication, however, of plotting within the United States. We believe that these arrests have significantly disrupted the threat, but we cannot be sure that the threat has been entirely eliminated or the plot completely thwarted.

    For that reason, the United States Government has raised the nation’s threat level to Severe, or Red, for commercial flights originating in the United Kingdom bound for the United States. This adjustment reflects the Critical, or highest, alert level that has been implemented in the United Kingdom. To defend further against any remaining threat from this plot, we will also raise the threat level to High, or Orange, for all commercial aviation operating in or destined for the United States. Consistent with these higher threat levels, the Transportation Security Administration is coordinating with federal partners, airport authorities and commercial airlines on expanding the intensity of existing security requirements. Due to the nature of the threat revealed by this investigation, we are prohibiting any liquids, including beverages, hair gels, and lotions from being carried on the airplane. This determination will be constantly evaluated and updated when circumstances warrant. These changes will take effect at 4:00 AM local time across the country. Travelers should also anticipate additional security measures within the airport and at screening checkpoints.

    These measures will continue to assure that our aviation system remains safe and secure. Travelers should go about their plans confidently, while maintaining vigilance in their surroundings and exercising patience with screening and security officials.

    The United States and the United Kingdom are fully united and resolute in this effort and in our ongoing efforts to secure our respective homelands.

    I have been told by a reliable, but anonymous source from within the Department of Homeland Security that additional security measures at all American airport security checkpoints will now include removing your shoes and your socks before being allowed to pass through security. Subsequently, if the stench from the exposed feet sets off the explosive trace detection machines (ETD) or the explosive detection system machines (EDS), travelers will be required to wash their feet.

    Thank God for Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff and the terrorist threat color code.

    Posted by Rick | August 10, 2006 04:19 AM | Just A Thought

    A Leveled Playing Field

    While Hamas and Hezbollah rain rockets and missiles into Israeli territory indiscriminately, everybody and his uncle are crying crocodile tears about the fact that Israel has bombed targets like gas stations, power plants, airports, homes and offices of known terrorists and other strongholds of the Muslim fanatics.

    Poor babies...

    If Hamas and Hezbollah want peace, the road is very clear. They must give Israel back the soldiers they captured and stop attacking Israel with rockets, missiles and suicide bombers.

    Israel has done virtually everything it could to assure peace in the region by leaving Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, yet its reward has been more unprovoked violence.

    Now that the battle is joined, I sincerely hope Israel will do everything necessary to insure its future safety up to, and including, the leveling of Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Iran. Unfortunately, that is what it is going to take, because the Sunni and Shiite Muslims are too damn stupid to understand anything else. Enough is enough!

    Posted by Rick | July 15, 2006 08:23 PM | Just A Thought

    Gasoline Alley

    As everyone knows, gosoline prices have soared. Unfortunately, as I drive around the Las Vegas valley it does not seem that there has been a change in driving habits. Traffic is worse than ever.

    The following cartoons are courtesy of my lovely sister.

    Empty again!

    Whistler's Brother

    What do I hear?

    Poor Coco

    Don't forget to register at Conoco!

    Don't you just hate getting older?

    More people should walk!

    Posted by Rick | June 1, 2006 04:38 AM | Just A Thought

    So You Want To Move To Mexico...

    Once again, my brother-in-law, Grant, has provided me with more grist for the mill.

    The following e-mail is from Tim O'Malley , director of SW BELL in Mexico City, who spent 5 years working there. I have no way to verify its authenticity, but tend to believe it.

    I worked under a tourist Visa for three months and could legally renew it for three more months. After that you were working illegally. I was technically illegal for three weeks waiting on the FM3 approval.

    During that six months our Mexican and US attorneys were working to secure a permanent work visa called a FM3. It was in addition to my US passport that I had to show each time I entered and left the country. Barbara's was the same except hers did not permit her to work.

    To apply for the FM3 I needed to submit the following notarized originals (not copies) of my:

    1. Birth certificate for Barbara and I.
    2. Marriage certificate.
    3. High school transcripts and proof of graduation.
    4. College transcripts for every college I attended and proof of graduation.
    5. Two letters of recommendation from supervisors I had worked for at least one year.
    6. A letter from The St. Louis Chief of Police indicating I had no arrest record in the US and no outstanding warrants and was "a citizen in good standing."
    7. Finally; I had to write a letter about myself that clearly stated why there was no Mexican citizen with my skills and why my skills were important to Mexico. We called it our "I am the greatest person on Earth" letter. It was fun to write.

    All of the above were in English that had to be translated into Spanish and be certified as legal translations and our signatures notarized. It produced a folder about 1.5 inches thick with English on the left side and Spanish on the right.

    Once they were completed Barbara and I spent about five hours accompanied by a Mexican Attorney touring Mexican government office locations and being photographed and fingerprinted at least three times. At each location and we remember at least four locations we instructed on Mexican tax, labor, housing, and criminal law and that we were required to obey their laws or face the consequences. We could not protest any of the Governments actions or we would be committing a felony. We paid out four thousand dollars in fees and bribes to complete the process. When this was done we could legally bring in our household goods that were held by US customs in Loredo, Texas. This meant we had rented furniture in Mexico while awaiting our goods. There were extensive fees involved here that the company paid.

    We could not buy a home and were required to rent at very high rates and under contract and compliance with Mexican law.

    We were required to get a Mexican drivers license. This was an amazing process. The company arranged for the licensing agency to come to our headquarters location with their photography and finger print equipment and the laminating machine. We showed our US license, were photographed and fingerprinted again and issued the license instantly after paying out a six dollar fee. We did not take a written or driving test and never received instructions on the rules of the road. Our only instruction was never give a policeman your license if stopped and asked. We were instructed to hold it against the inside window away from his grasp. If he got his hands on it you would have to pay ransom to get it back.

    We then had to pay and file Mexican income tax annually using the number of our FM3 as our ID number. The companies Mexican accountants did this for us and we just signed what they prepared. I was about twenty legal size pages annually.

    The FM3 was good for three years and renewable for two more after paying more fees.

    Leaving the country meant turning in the FM3 and certifying we were leaving no debts behind and no outstanding legal affairs (warrants, tickets or liens) before our household goods were released to customs.

    It was a real adventure and if any of our Senators or Congressmen went through it once they would have a different attitude toward Mexico.

    The Mexican government uses its vast military and police forces to keep its citizens intimidated and compliant. They never protest at their White House or government offices but do protest daily in front of the United States embassy. The US embassy looks like a strongly reinforced fortress and during most protests the Mexican military surround the block with their men standing shoulder to shoulder in full riot gear to protect the embassy. These protests are never shown on US or Mexican TV. There is a large public park across the street where they do their protesting. Anything can cause a protest such as proposed law changes in California or Texas.

    Please feel free to share this with everyone who thinks we are being hard on illegal immigrants.

    Posted by Rick | May 15, 2006 11:28 PM | Just A Thought

    Illegal Illegal Immigrants

    I had to laugh this week when Linda Chavez, who was President George W. Bush’s nominee for Secretary of Labor in January 2001, opined that a Mexican illegal would rather work for $16 a day in the United States than for $5 a day in Mexico. I have hired people that I thought were probably illegal but, since they were self-employed and running their own companies or working for other people, I didn't question the fact. The problem is that I was not able to hire them for $2 per hour ($16 per day), but for every bit as much as any American citizen would expect, and certainly more than Bank of America pays new tellers. If Linda Chavez has anyone willing to work for $2 per hour, I would be more than happy to hire them and might even be persuaded to pay them $2.50 an hour.

    The fact is that most of the illegal immigrants do not have a social security number and are therefore tax cheats in addition to being in the country illegally. If they need one they use a bogus social security number or 'borrow' someone else's number. which means that virtually all of the illegal immigrants do not pay taxes.

    Open border advocates say that, since we cannot deport all the illegals in one fell swoop with a magic wand, we shouldn't enforce our immigration policies. They argue we should be happy to have the illegal immigrants here working, and believe that we should suck up the costs of their children's educations and their health care at the emergency room.

    Pundits argue that we can't deport all the illegals and we probably can't. You can't get rid of all the cockroaches either, but does that mean you aren't going to buy a big ol' can of Raid Max next time you see a couple of roaches around the house?

    We put people in jail for using and selling drugs, but people continue to smoke, inject, snort and sell drugs. We will never stop it completely. Should we stop trying to enforce our drug laws?? We put Americans in jail for not paying their taxes. So if we all decide to not pay our taxes does that mean that we will all get a pass and not have to go to prison because the problem is just too big to deal with? Nope. The government will come get you and throw your hard working but in jail right after they take all your property.

    Just remember while you are working into May of each to pay your taxes to the federal government, the illegal immigrants who pay no taxes and have you pay for their health care and children's education are laughing at you all the way to the bank; your bank!

    Posted by Rick | March 30, 2006 09:24 PM | Just A Thought

    Week In Review

    I have a couple thoughts about the events of the past week. Here goes:

    Item: I was wondering if there was an intermission at Coretta Scott King's 6 hour funeral. If not, at least a bathroom break and some snacks....

    After about 4 hours I would have sent out for some Chinese food or perhaps a nice cold six-pack of beer and an extra-large pizza with green olives and extra pepperoni.

    Item: Senator John McCain's (R-AZ) latest foray into the icy cold waters of bipartisanship in the United States Senate met with disaster this past week when freshman Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) had the audacity to renig on an agreement to work with Senator McCain in a bipartisan effort to bring about lobbying reform. McCain wrote a letter to Obama that began:

    I would like to apologize to you for assuming that your private assurances to me regarding your desire to cooperate in our efforts to negotiate bipartisan lobbying reform legislation were sincere. When you approached me and insisted that despite your leadership’s preference to use the issue to gain a political advantage in the 2006 elections, you were personally committed to achieving a result that would reflect credit on the entire Senate and offer the country a better example of political leadership, I concluded your professed concern for the institution and the public interest was genuine and admirable. Thank you for disabusing me of such notions with your letter to me dated February 2, 2006, which explained your decision to withdraw from our bipartisan discussions. I’m embarrassed to admit that after all these years in politics I failed to interpret your previous assurances as typical rhetorical gloss routinely used in politics to make self-interested partisan posturing appear more noble. Again, sorry for the confusion, but please be assured I won’t make the same mistake again.

    Getting bitch-slapped like that had to hurt! It doesn’t look like McCain and Obama will be sending each other any cards or flowers for valentines this week. However, this will not lessen McCain’s need to cross the isle. He has a burning desire to reside in the White House but he cannot win the Republican nomination. Realistically, McCain’s road to the White House will be from the superintendent's house at the Naval Observatory, now the official residence of the vice president, as the running mate of a Democrat. As I have said here before, I predict McCain will get crushed in the 2008 Republican primaries and ultimately run as Hilary’s running mate. That is the only way either can win.

    You can read the full text of McCain’s letter to the (less than) ‘Honorable’ Barack Obama directly from McCain's senatorial web site here.

    Item: Hundreds of thousands of people in the Middle East have been protesting the cartoons published last fall by a Danish newspaper. Don't these people have jobs?

    Item: Bill O'Reilly was criticizing the New York Times earlier in the week for running a depiction of the Virgin Mary covered with elephant dung and surrounded by cut-out rear views of buttocks with pussies peeping underneath, while refusing to print a Danish newspaper's cartoons the thin skinned Muslims are protesting so violently. During that program, O'Reilly showed the Virgin Mary picture no less than three times but did not run a single picture of the Danish cartoons.

    Bill O'Reilly's beanieWhen asked during the viewer mail portion of the show the following night why he did the same thing the New York Times did by showing only the offensive depiction of the Virgin Mary and none of the cartoons in question, O'Reilly, who occasionally wears a beanie with a propeller on it, was spinning so fast he was lifted right out of his chair.

    So much for the 'no spin zone.'

    Item: During the Senate hearings held about Hurricane Katrina the past couple weeks the Senators on the committee delighted in using former FEMA director Michael Brown as a whipping boy, but gave a pass to Governor Kathleen Blanco and Mayor Ray Nagin. But why? It is apparent that the ball was dropped by the Louisiana officials before, during and after the levees broke and Brown could do little until Governor and Mayor Nagin got off the dime. The Governor was more worried about protecting her turf and power than responding to the immediate needs of those stranded in the Superdome and New Orleans Convention Center. Mayor Nagin was too busy appearing before the television cameras lipping off to really accomplish anything. The bottom line...Cheap theatrics on the part of the Senate committee members! Really cheap!!!

    Item: The Palestinians have purportedly said yes to the slogan, 'Islam is the solution.' The solution to what may I ask? The killing of Jews and Christians?

    Item: This just in from the Jerusalem Post:

    Three chief editors of Yemeni papers will stand trial on charges of offending Islam for publishing the Danish cartoons of Islam's prophet, Information Ministry officials said Saturday.

    It was also reported that they would have their licenses suspended. What?! There's no free speech in Yemen???

    Item: Over the years there have been numerous depictions of the 'Prophet' Mohammad. There is a web site called Zombietime that shows a number of those depictions. I am posting the Danish cartoons that have stirred up so much breast-beating by the idiots in the Middle East below with my favorites first followed by the abstract of the Virgin Mary covered with dung that Bill O'Reilly and the New York Times love to display. Enjoy.

    Finally, two of the most recent and controversial desecrations of Christian images: "The Holy Virgin Mary" by Chris Ofili published again last week by the New York Times and Bill O'Reilly on his Fox News channel televison show The Factor, followed by a bonus image of "Piss Christ" by Andres Serrano:

    I would like to point out that, while there have been physical attacks on the last two 'works of art,' I do not believe that Christians have rioted in any streets, no embassies have been burned and no one has died while protesting their display.

    Posted by Rick | February 12, 2006 01:44 AM | Just A Thought

    Superbowl Bust

    Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Steelers! They won a relatively boring Superbowl XL game 21-10.

    I had predicted that the Steelers would win but I was not really rooting for either side. From the beginning it appeared that my prediction would not come true. The Seahawks began the game playing very well and the Steelers could not move the ball at all, and for most of the game the Seattle Seahawks outplayed the Steelers. Unfortunately for the Seahawks, it seemed that the officiating was not going to allow a Seattle win.

    The officials took away one touchdown on a highly controversial offensive pass interference penalty and called a 'convenient' holding penalty when the Seahawks made a catch inside the Steelers' 5-yard line on a pass play. You don't have to take my word for it, but none other than newly elected hall of fame coach John Madden agreed that neither were penalties. On another call just before the end of the first half, the officials made a call which gave the Steelers quarterback a touchdown when it was quite apparent that he did not get into the end zone.

    It’s too bad that questionable officiating made such a difference in the outcome of the game.

    Posted by Rick | February 5, 2006 08:01 PM | Just A Thought

    Democrats Behaving Badly

    Was that gum Senator Clinton (D-NY) was chewing during the State of the Union speech or just her cud?

    Knowing full well that Social Security system will soon be bankrupt, the Democrats gave themselves a standing ovation for blocking any meaningful reform when President Bush mentioned Social Security during the State of the Union speech last night.

    Cindy Sheehan, fresh from her appearance at the 6th World Social Forum in Caracas, Venezuela, was arrested before the President's speech last night when she arrived wearing a T-shirt to the speech. Imprinted on the T-shirt was "2245 and how many more?" which was a reference to the number of American deaths in Iraq during the current conflict. And no, it wasn't the fashion police who arrested her for wearing a T-shirt.

    Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma-CA) who gave her lone visitor's pass to the State of the Union speech to Ms. Sheehan earlier in the day during an anti-Bush event sponsored by the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which is co-chaired by Woolsey.

    Teddy 'Chappaquiddick' Kennedy...

    Posted by Rick | February 1, 2006 05:13 AM | Just A Thought

    American Heros...Everyone

    Check out this slide show honoring our fantastic military created by Todd Clegg at GCS Distributing.

    Tip of the hat to Guia Lathrop for the link.

    Posted by Rick | January 6, 2006 12:05 AM | Just A Thought

    Texas Longhorns - NCAA Football Champions!

    In what was a very exciting national championship football game, the Texas Longhorns and especially quarterback Vince Young were just too much for the USC Trojans to handle.

    Congratulations to the Texas Longhorns football team who won 41-38 and snapped the Trojans 34 game win streak in the process!

    Posted by Rick | January 4, 2006 09:59 PM | Just A Thought

    'Twas The Season For Football

    1) After two days of almost non-stop football viewing, and listening to announcers with many different styles, I began to wonder tonight who annoyed me more as an announcer, Paul Maguire or Dan Dierdorf.

    After much reflection and a coin flip, I decided that Dierdorf was more annoying.

    2) Minnesota Vikings' coach Mike Tice was fired an hour after the Vikings beat a Chicago Bears team 34-10 yesterday. (In fairness to the Bears, it should be noted that they were resting most of their regulars.)

    The Vikings' victory capped a miraculous 9 victory, 7 loss season that began 2-5. What made the winning season even more miraculous was the fact that the Vikings traded their premier wide receiver, Randy Moss, to Oakland in the off season; the team had a number of players involved in a scandalous house boat party during their bye week; and had their starting quarterback, Daunte Culpepper, go down with a season ending injury during their seventh game. Seems that Tice did a pretty good job coming back from all the adversity to win nine games.

    3) Somebody should tell retiring Kansas City coach, Dick Vermeil, there is no crying in football.

    3) USC will win the Rose Bowl by a score of 35-24 Wednesday. Texas is really good. USC is better. It must be noted that my lovely wife, and UT alum, strongly disagrees with my prediction. I also predict she will lose $100 Wednesday night.

    Posted by Rick | January 1, 2006 11:42 PM | Just A Thought

    Let It Snow...Please!!

    We are ready to ring in the new year from our cozy condo in Brian Head, Utah, and we had hoped to get in a little skiing but it has not snowed much up here since we were here the weekend after Thanksgiving. There are a few runs open, but we really need 3 or four feet of snow.

    Snow or not, here's wishing everyone a Happy New Year!!!

    Posted by Rick | December 30, 2005 11:27 PM | Just A Thought

    Random Christmas Thoughts

    Everybody should have snow for Christmas.

    Egg nog is too thick.

    Putting up the Christmas tree is always an adventure. You never know quite what it's going to look like until it's done.

    I always buy peppermint ice cream before Christmas and get around to throwing out what I don't eat around June.

    I love singing Christmas carols.

    I hate trying on clothes I receive for Christmas, but I generally dislike trying on clothes period.

    One of my favorite Christmas gifts I received as a child was a microscope.

    I love all the different flavors of candy canes.

    To be continued as the mood or message strikes me...

    Posted by Rick | December 19, 2005 10:04 PM | Just A Thought

    Cool Gifts For $50 Or Less Just In Time For Christmas Or Chanukah

    Enya's new CD, Amarantine from CD Universe - $14.35

    John Gibson's book, The War On Christmas from Amazon.com - $16.47

    An 18 piece Signature Truffle Assortment (12.25 oz.) with striped ribbon from Godiva Chocolates - $34.00

    Bill O'Reilly's The Spin Stops Here doormat from BillOReilly.com - $29.95

    A Starbuck's gift card - $50 or less

    A 15" Merry Christmas Bowtie Bear available in 4 colors from VermontTeddyBear.com - $49.95

    Pajamas from PajamaGram.com - $49.95 and less

    A Premium Investor Starter Kit from ShareBuilder.com - $49.95

    A Snow Dough Gift Card from BrianHead.com or gift card from your local ski resort - $50

    A pound puppy - priceless

    Posted by Rick | December 10, 2005 04:42 PM | Just A Thought

    Congress And Gift-Giving

    It is becoming increasingly difficult to find an appropriate Christmas or Chanukah gift for your favorite Congressman that falls within the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives on Gifts and Travel ethics guidelines which say, in part:

    5. (a)(1)(A) A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House may not knowingly accept a gift except as provided in this clause.

    (B) A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House may accept a gift (other than cash or cash equivalent) that the Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee reasonably and in good faith believes to have a value of less than $50 and a cumulative value from one source during a calendar year of less than $100. A gift having a value of less than $10 does not count toward the $100 annual limit. Formal record keeping is not required by this subdivision, but a Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House shall make a good faith effort to comply with this subdivision.

    (2)(A) In this clause the term "gift" means a gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan, forbearance, or other item having monetary value. The term includes gifts of services, training, transportation, lodging, and meals, whether provided in kind, by purchase of a ticket, payment in advance, or reimbursement after the expense has been incurred.

    So, there is basically a $50 limit on any one gift that can be accepted by a Congressman, with a $100 annual limit from any individual. This means is that if you take a Congressman out for dinner, you will not be eating at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, unless you forgo everything but the entree - no wine, no appetizer, no salad, no cheesecake, and certainly no after dinner drink. If you include the tip, you may not even be able to afford the entree. McDonald's must be the place where all the power brokers are dining.

    Of course this rule is a joke. It costs a lot more than $100 annually to buy influence in Washington, D.C.

    Sadly, Congressman Randy 'Duke' Cunningham (R-CA), who plead guilty to charges of conspiracy and tax evasion while admitting he took bribes from Pentagon contractors and a New York businessman through illegal real estate transactions and gifts, obviously didn't bother to read the aforementioned rules or merely ignored them.

    Representative Cunningham knew what his price was - $2.4 million, and I'm sure, based on preliminary evidence, that the lobbyists thought that was a bargain. From SignOnSanDiego.com:

    He admitted he took more than $2.4 million in bribes and agreed to forfeit $1.8 million in cash, his share of the proceeds from the sale of his Rancho Santa Fe mansion and a variety of items bought with bribe money.

    The 64-year-old Cunningham will be sentenced on February 27, 2005. He could be sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison and faces up to $350,000 in fines. (Expecting only a lump of coal, bad boy Cunningham has only one thing on his Christmas wish list this year - he would like the same judge that sentenced former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger, who plead guilty to removing highly classified documents from the National Archives and intentionally destroying some of them, to two years probation, 100 hours of community service, and had to surrender his access to classified government materials for three years. Berger was also ordered to pay a $50,000 fine as well as $6,905 for the administrative costs of his two-year probation. Ouch!)

    Most congressmen have figured out that they will be able to sell their influence when they leave office, and make an effort to not look too corrupt while in office. Duke Cunningham just didn't want to wait.

    Note: If you have any interest in obtaining any of Congressman Cunningham's ill-gotten goods, you can learn more about it here.

    Posted by Rick | December 10, 2005 02:11 PM | Just A Thought

    White House Christmas Card

    For those of you who have not received your Christmas card from George and Laura Bush, we will share ours with you.

    Don't you just love chasing cats in the snow?
    Signed personally by the President & First Lady!

    There is a note on the back of the card that reads:

    The Jackson Magnolia with
    Barney, Miss Beazley, and India Bush

    The White House 2005

    Jamie Wyeth
    Mixed media on board
    15" x 10 1/8"

    Posted by Rick | December 9, 2005 01:52 AM | Just A Thought

    Let It Snow!

    It snowed overnight in Brian Head, Utah! There was no snow on the table when we went to bed, and we awoke to this.

    Maggie May was having a great time checking out the new snow.

    Cassie was less enthusiastic about all the snow but managed to enjoy herself until her feet got too cold.

    Posted by Rick | November 27, 2005 09:29 AM | Just A Thought

    Thanksgiving Postmortem

    The guests have gone home, the leftovers have been put away, and the house appears to be in one piece. I am exhausted, but as long as everyone had a good time, it was worth it.

    We have retreated to our humble condo in Brian Head, Utah, to recuperate. It would be a little nicer if there was some snow. It is the first time since we have been coming here that we couldn't ski following our Thanksgiving feast. The ski resort is hoping to open the lifts by December 10th, with a little help from Mother Nature, of course.

    I started to write a little about what I am thankful for this year, and frankly, there is so much to be thankful for it seemed almost trite to put it into words.

    Our family did have some health issues this year, and sadly, we lost a cousin this year to cancer. She will be missed! Ultimately, the doctors have been able to put almost everyone back together again as good as new.

    We live in such a great country. (Although to hear some people talk, you would think we are the devil incarnate.) Opportunity abounds everywhere. We have wonderful schools, public and private. Stores are filled with everything your heart desires. We have the best medical care available in the world. With a little effort, virtually everyone can lead a wonderful life in America. Throw in a smidgen of talent and perhaps a little luck and you can have it all - a lovely family, a beautiful home, a great career, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom.....now if we could only do something to get the Democrats onboard.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    P.S. It has begun to snow! Only 400 inches to go...

    Posted by Rick | November 26, 2005 08:19 PM | Just A Thought

    Presidential Pardon

    Today President Bush pardoned another turkey in honor of Thanksgiving. This year's lucky bird was named Marshmallow, who will spend the rest of his days at the 'happiest place on earth', Disneyland.

    I saw part of today's ceremony and noticed that the President managed to keep his distance from Marshmallow. The above photo is from a few years ago, and reminds of the famous quotation by George Santayana: "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

    Photo Courtesy Of INDC Journal

    Posted by Rick | November 22, 2005 10:32 PM | Just A Thought

    The 2005 Weblog Awards

    The nominations are open for the 2005 Weblog Awards. This weblog qualifies for Best New Blog and other categories. If you are so inclined, you can nominate this site for Best New Blog here.

    They request the name of the weblog: red meat

    and the URL: http://www.redmeatblog.com

    There are many award categories, so if you have a favorite conservative blog; a favorite liberal blog; a favorite sports blog; or you want to nominate your favorite blog for Best Blog, go here to find the category that suits your favorite blog.

    After the nomination process, the voting begins December 1, 2005, and I belive you can vote once a day for your favorite blog in each category. Vote often.

    Posted by Rick | November 16, 2005 04:33 AM | Just A Thought

    Hillary In 2008?

    With Disk Morris' new book out which ponders a Hillary Clinton - Condi Rice presidential race in 2008, there is more and more talk about how Hillary has a lock on the Democratic nomination. The real question that needs to be answered is: Do we really want Bill running around the White House chasing interns for 4, or even 8, more years?

    Posted by Rick | October 11, 2005 01:17 PM | Just A Thought

    Nobel Peace Prize - And The Winner Is.....

    The 2005 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded. This is from the Nobel Peace Prize press release.

    The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2005 is to be shared, in two equal parts, between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its Director General, Mohamed El-Baradei, for their efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way.

    So exactly what have the IAEA and Mr. El-Baradei done to deserve this? El-Baradei put his name on the door at the IAEA, but frankly that is about it. He is all carrot and no stick. It seems to me that we were the ones instrumental in getting Libya to give up its nuclear program. It seems to me that we were the ones pressing North Korea to give up its nuclear arms program. It seems to me that Iraq had no choice but to give up its nuclear arms program since we sent Saddam Hussein scurrying into his hole in the ground. Iran will be the next country that will abandon its nuclear arms program, but I doubt Mr. El-Baradei and his carrot will be the 'root' cause.

    Posted by Rick | October 7, 2005 05:54 PM | Just A Thought

    All Or Nothing

    I heard that one of New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's reasons for not using the school buses to evacuate the city before Katrina was that there weren't enough bus drivers. Does that mean that if he had 2,000 buses and only 1,000 drivers he decided it wasn't worthwhile to evacuate 50,000 people?

    Posted by Rick | September 14, 2005 01:00 AM | Just A Thought

    So Much For New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's Evacuation Plan

    On September 1, 2005, in an interview aired on WWL-AM radio, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin had this to say, "It's too doggone late. Now get off your asses and let's do something, and let's fix the biggest goddamn crisis in the history of this country."

    What a waste!

    A couple of days later this picture was published indicating that New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin must have been sitting on his ass when he should have been using these buses to evacuate his city. Does anyone have a mirror for the the big mouth mayor?

    Posted by Rick | September 9, 2005 02:47 AM | Just A Thought

    Random Thoughts About The National Disaster

    I have been thinking about the national disaster that we have endured and the aftermath that we will be living with for years and years. The following are some random thoughts in no particular order.

    Why should we rebuild a city like New Orleans that is below sea-level and is bound to be hit again and again by hurricanes?

    If people are bound and determined to rebuild New Orleans, at least rebuild the oil refineries in a less precarious area.

    Why did so many people not leave the city when they were told a giant hurricane was headed right at them?

    I don't buy the excuse that 100,000 people in New Orleans didn't have enough resources to travel 30 miles to the north.

    I have seen pictures of the flooded parking lot full of school buses in New Orleans. Why weren't the school buses, transit buses and trains used to evacuate the people who didn't have enough money to leave?

    It is being reported that over 2,000 school buses were eventually damaged/destroyed by the flooding. If nothing else, they should have been moved! At $50,000 per bus, that's $100,000,000 (one hundred million dollars) in community assets that did not have to be lost.

    If people in the Katrina's path knew they weren't going to leave their homes during the hurricane, why didn't they fill up containers of water to help them in the inevitable aftermath?

    Regardless of the fact that all these people refused to leave the city of New Orleans, America would still have to deal with the fact that over a million people are now homeless because of the damage the level 4 hurricane force winds, the storm surge, and the flooding caused.

    The American military is a marvelous organization capable of responding to virtually every situation in heroic fashion.

    A job corps manned by the displaced citizens should be set up that would aid in rebuilding the disaster areas. Food and temporary housing could be provided, a stipend paid to live on, and a savings account that would accumulate a percentage of their over-all earnings would be paid to those that remained in the program until the affected areas were rebuilt or a specific time commitment was fulfilled. When the areas were ready to be reoccupied, the money in the savings accounts could then be used to obtain housing, buy new furniture, automobiles, and household goods. The job corps would train many of the poor and unskilled to be carpenters, masons, tile setters, equipment operators, even bookkeepers, and teachers. The benefits to the communities would be returned many times.

    I am glad that the mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, who did such a wonderful job preparing his community for a natural disaster, will be overseeing FEMA's work in his community in the coming weeks and months, or so he claims.

    New Orleans' Mayor Ray Nagin should resign!

    The police chief says they ran out of ammunition. What were they shooting at? They weren't shooting the looters and roving bands of gun-toting thugs. Barney Fife got one bullet, but never used it either.

    The police chief of New Orleans, Superintendent Eddie Compass, should resign.

    It is being reported that the Louisiana Department of Homeland Security would not let the Red Cross bring food and water into the Superdome and the New Orleans Convention Center in the three or four days immediately following the flooding because it would encourage the people to stay and officials wanted them to suffer so they would be motivated to leave.

    The governor of Louisiana, Kathleen Blanco, should resign.

    The former director of FEMA under Bill Clinton, James Lee Witt, who was just hired by LA Governor Kathleen Blanco, seems to think that by taking cheap political shots at the Bush administration and the Department of Homeland Security he will speed FEMA's relief effort in Louisiana.

    Does everything have to be a racial issue? The fact is that, black or white, if you didn't leave New Orleans before the storm, any suffering you endured after the storm was your own fault. How many of the people now complaining about the slow response to the crisis called the mayor, or police chief, or governor before the storm and said you wanted to leave and needed help to do so?

    There are still many people in New Orleans who refuse to leave their flooded homes. Why do these people continue to make bad decisions?

    Citizens of Louisiana, please do not reelect the public officials who should have had an emergency plan in place to take care of this disaster and failed you.

    I heard that a news report that said New Orleans had three emergency rescue boats and two were out of commission at the time of the flood.

    Posted by Rick | September 4, 2005 11:33 PM | Just A Thought

    I Am Back!

    I had a little maintenance done on my site and was unable to post for a couple days, but it appears after the last little post that I am finally able to contribute to the vast right-wing conspiracy once again.

    Posted by Rick | August 5, 2005 06:02 PM | Just A Thought

    Nothing Is Safe

    I worked Saturday until about 4:30 P.M. and went home to spend a quiet evening with my lovely wife and two worthless priceless dogs.

    Unfortunately, while I was enjoying my evening, some deadbeat used his size 12 boot to kick in the dead-bolted back door at my office and, with two accomplices, proceeded to help himself to a computer, a copier and a television set along with a few other relatively inexpensive items.

    Needless to say, I have not been in a good mood since I discovered the burglary on Monday, and I have been very busy in the aftermath. I had the door repaired and reinforced. Police reports were filed, and fingerprints were taken. I even got some of my regular work done.

    But wait! How, you ask, did I know that there were not one; not two; but three losers who perpetrated the crime? Well, a year and a half ago my lovely wife surprised me with a surveillance system just after we finished the remodeling of my offices and these three nitwits unknowingly posed for pictures while they ripped me off.

    The police are now in possession of the pictures, and hopefully someone will recognize one or all of the thieves. I would love to see these three behind bars for awhile.

    Posted by Rick | August 3, 2005 12:48 AM | Just A Thought

    I Don't Think It's Fatal

    As I said in a previous post, I am suffering from the hot weather and it seems to be affecting my desire to comment on the never-ending onslaught of obstruction and ridiculous rhetoric by those loony leftists in the Democratic Party. Interestingly, there is actually a name for what ails me: Summer Blogging Malaise Syndrome. Bill at INDC Journal posted a public service announcement about SBMS after he was diagnosed with the syndrome a little over a year ago.

    Posted by Rick | July 29, 2005 11:50 PM | Just A Thought

    Now Playing

    It's been really hot here, and I haven't felt like writing much. I have, however, begun a new feature called Now Playing, found in the right hand column, where you will find a different, cool song every few days that you may or may not have heard before. If you are interested in purchasing the songs, you can find them at CD Universe.

    If you shop online for CD's or other things, you should check out Ebates. If your store cooperates with Ebates, and many do, you can save a tidy sum on your purchases. Click on my Ebates ad and you will receive a $5 credit when you sign up. Thereafter, when you want to go shopping, go to Ebates, then link to your internet store.

    Posted by Rick | July 28, 2005 01:38 PM | Just A Thought

    Hockey Is Back!?!

    Yesterday it was announced that hockey in North America would return next season after an entire year was lost due to the greed of the players. Did I miss anything except the nightly brawls on the sports highlight lowlight reel? I think not. I would rather watch grass grow.

    Posted by Rick | July 22, 2005 12:30 PM | Just A Thought


    My lovely wife and I will be vacationing in Houston, San Antonio, and Austin, Texas for the next 5 days. Please check back next Sunday.

    Posted by Rick | June 26, 2005 11:59 PM | Just A Thought

    Good News - Bad News

    Apparently, when you travel to London these days, the food offered there has improved quite a bit. In an article published June 21, 2005, in the Christian Science Monitor, Mark Rice-Oxley writes:

    London is rapidly evolving into one of the most exciting places in the world to dine, say top chefs and food critics - even the French.

    Now for the bad news from the same article, quoting Jay Raynor, a food critic and author of the novel Eating Crow:

    London has a massive concentration of very very good restaurants, but outside of London" you would starve if you tried to find a good meal.

    Of course, I live in Las Vegas, and have eaten at many of the finest restaurants in town and would put them up against any restaurants anywhere in the world. Even London...

    Posted by Rick | June 21, 2005 12:19 AM | Just A Thought

    Clinton Taking Intern Applications For '08?

    I'll get you that application as soon as I'm done with this book signing.This AP story from YahooNews is too funny for words:

    Former President Bill Clinton, left, talks with Ball St. student Erin Graham of Muncie, Ind., as he signs her copy of his autobiography, 'My Life Bill Clinton' in Indianapolis, Wednesday, June 8, 2005. Clinton will also give a speech in Indianapolis tonight.

        AP Photo/Michael Conroy

    Posted by Rick | June 15, 2005 03:30 AM | Just A Thought

    What Were They Thinking

    The standoff on the 10 Freeway in Los Angeles today, which stopped traffic in both directions for over 4 hours, seemed as if it would never end. No one but the perpetrator, who ended up stunned and suffered a few dog bites, was hurt, but the traffic snarl had to cost businesses millions in wages and lost revenues. The police need to figure out a way to speed things like this up or terrorists/troublemakers could shut down our economy without killing themselves or blowing up any buildings. Can you imagine if 5 guys all did the same thing at the same time on 5 different highways and/or bridges in Los Angeles or New York for a week? CHAOS!

    Posted by Rick | June 7, 2005 06:30 PM | Just A Thought

    Not The Brightest Bulb

    In a story on MSNBC, the Associated Press is reporting that John Kerry didn't fare so well at Yale. Apparently the joke between Kerry and his father (far funnier to Kerry than his father I'm sure) was D stood for distinction. Kerry had 4 D's his freshman year and ended up with a 76 over-all grade point average at graduation.

    In what has to be a devistating blow to the self-described 'intellectual' left, President Bush actually had a higher grade average at graduation than Kerry with a 77.

    Posted by Rick | June 7, 2005 12:24 PM | Just A Thought

    Fly Old Glory Proudly!

    Many people will be flying the Stars and Stripes this Memorial Day to honor those who died defending our country and way of life. If you would like to know more about the correct way to fly a flag, and flag etiquette in general, click here or here.

    Flag courtesy of Jim Chou.

    Posted by Rick | May 27, 2005 11:39 PM | Just A Thought

    Stock Tip Of The Week - Marie Callender's

    Ann Coulter Prepares For Next Run-In With Girlie Men Pie Throwers Marie Callender's stock is expected to soar after yesterday's announcement of a new spokesperson.

    In an effort to boost pie sales during the relatively slow summer months, Marie Callender's has hired Michael Moore as a spokesman. It is hoped that Moore will increase pie sales by encouraging radical Young Republicans to toss pies, preferably Marie Callender's pies, at him whenever he speaks on college campuses. Judging by his girth, Moore should be able to handle quite a few pies at each appearance. You can read a little more about Mikey's appetite for pie here.

    Marie Callender's considered hiring a few other spokespersons, including recent pie throwing targets William Kristol, David Horowitz, and Ann Coulter, but they were rejected because of their slight builds, and in Ann's case, her ability to dodge pies even while wearing high-heels.

    Finally, there is no truth to the rumor that Pat Buchanan, recently attacked with salad dressing while speaking at Western Michigan University, is in talks with Paul Newman's company, Newman's Own, to be their spokesperson.

    Posted by Rick | May 13, 2005 02:36 AM | Just A Thought

    The Military Or McDonalds?

    Military recruiters are having trouble meeting their quotas and it's not surprising. With the military micro managing every combat engagement, and soldiers being charged with petty infractions every time they turn around, why would anyone want to risk their lives and reputations by joining the military for the pittance they pay the enlisted people? At least at McDonalds you don't get shot at...

    Read more about the missed quotas here.

    Posted by Rick | May 6, 2005 04:20 AM | Just A Thought

    Do Not Call Registry - Cell Phone Numbers

    Cellular phone numbers are scheduled to be released to telemarketers any day. In addition to the annoyance, this could begin to be quite costly since the calls will be charged against your minutes. You can now register your cellular phone numbers with the National Do Not Call Registry. This will block calls from telemarketers for 5 years.

    You can do it online at https://www.donotcall.gov/default.aspxat. Registering online allows you to register 3 phone numbers at a time.

    You can also call 1-888-382-1222 to register one phone number at a time. If you call, you must use the phone with the number you are registering.

    Posted by Rick | May 1, 2005 10:41 PM | Just A Thought


                                    by Max Ehrmann

    Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
    and remember what peace there may be in silence.

    As far as possible, without surrender,
    be on good terms will all persons.
    Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
    and listen to others,
    even to the dull and the ignorant;
    they too have their story.

    If you compare yourself with others,
    you may become vain or bitter,
    for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
    Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
    Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
    it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

    Exercise caution in your business affairs,
    for the world is full of trickery.
    But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
    many persons strive for high ideals,
    and everywhere life is full of heroism.

    Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
    Neither be cynical about love,
    for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
    it is as perennial as the grass.

    Take kindly the counsel of the years,
    gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
    Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
    But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
    Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

    Beyond a wholesome discipline,
    be gentle with yourself.
    You are a child of the universe
    no less than the trees and the stars;
    you have a right to be here.
    And whether or not it is clear to you,
    no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

    Therefore, be at peace with God,
    whatever you conceive Him to be.
    And whatever your labors and aspirations
    in the noisy confusion of life,
    keep peace in your soul.

    With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
    it is still a beautiful world.
    Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

    I hope you enjoy this poem as much as I do. I first received a handwritten copy of Desiderata (Latin for "things to be desired") in 1970, and have had a copy of it in my work space for many years. It was noted on my copy that the poem, dated 1692, and written by an unknown author, had been discovered in Old St. Paul's Church, Baltimore.

    When I decided to put it up on my blog, I did a Google search of the poem to make sure that I had a correct copy. It was then I discovered that, although some reference books still claim Desiderata is thought to have been 'found' in Old St. Paul's Church in Baltimore, Maryland, Max Ehrmann (1872-1945), a poet and lawyer from Terre Haute, Indiana, had apparently written the poem. Mr. Ehrmann copyrighted the poem in 1927, and, in 1954, his widow, Bertha K. Ehrmann, renewed the copyright. At her death in 1962, Max's widow bequeathed the copyright to her nephew, Richmond Wight, who subsequently assigned it to Robert L. Bell (dba Crescendo Publishing Company) in 1971, for an undisclosed fee. Unfortunately for Mr. Bell, a federal district court ruled on July 16, 1975, that Mr. Ehrmann had forfeited his right to have the copyright protected and the poem was now in the public domain. In a ruling on May 14, 1976, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lower court's decision. Later that year, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of the 7th Circuit Court's ruling. You can read more about the history of Desiderata here.

    Posted by Rick | April 27, 2005 05:58 AM | Just A Thought

    O Canada! - New World Power?

    Canada's socialist government has decided that it needs more influence in the world. To this end, they are planning increasing their military spending $10 billion in the next 5 years. The increased spending will be used to add 5,000 troops, more helicopters and more ships to their already underextended military. Canada doesn't really need their existing troops, much less 5,000 new ones. Perhaps they're going to use the new troops to guard against all the illegal immigrants flooding into Canada across their southern border.

    Prime Minister Paul Martin, not content with the current redistributuon of weatlh within Canada, would also like to extend the redistribution to the rest of the world by doubling Canada's foreign aid in the next 5 years.

    Sounds to me like somebody in Canada has been reading about the old Soviet system of 5-year plans the USSR used to effectuate change.

    And how does PM Martin plan on paying for all this new found influence? Canadian taxes, already some of the highest in the world, seem to have nowhere to go but up. On second thought, perhaps the additional troops will be used to keep Canadian taxpayers from fleeing the oppressive taxation.

    The Washington Post has an article posted today detailing Martin's desire for additional power.

    Posted by Rick | April 20, 2005 01:51 AM | Just A Thought

    Girls Just Want To Have Fun

    Ann Coulter is on the cover of this week's TIME magazine!

    TIME has also assembled a few of Ann's more interesting quotes and a few pictures for your perusal that accompany the article.

    What's the world coming to?

    Posted by Rick | April 18, 2005 03:51 AM | Just A Thought

    Wildcats 1 - Songbirds 0

    Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle says his state is not going to succumb to public pressure to alleviate or at least reduce the wild (feral) cat population that is wreaking havoc on the songbirds in the state. An article at Yahoo! News estimated the wild cats kill between 47 million and 139 songbirds in Wisconsin each year. A report at ABC News estimated that the cats killed between 8 and 217 million songbirds each year, but said they thought the actual total was probably closer to 39 million. (These estimates obviouly need a little fine tuning, but no matter how you look at it, that's a lot of birds.)

    This tidbit from the Yahoo! News article was quite amusing:

    Animal rights groups belittled the idea as inhumane and dangerous.

    I wonder how the birds who are being killed by the cats feel about this. (South Dakota and Minnesota currently allow hunting of wild cats and the songbirds are much happier there.)

    Posted by Rick | April 16, 2005 09:37 PM | Just A Thought

    Do You Have A Living Will?

    The Terri Schiavo saga of the last 2 weeks (some might say 15 years) has made the importance of living wills crystal clear. I have linked to the State of Nevada's version of a living will here, and in the box near the top of the column on the right. It is in PDF format that you can download free. If you are not from Nevada, I suggest you go to your own state's web site and do a search for the appropriate version of a living will.

    Posted by Rick | April 2, 2005 03:02 AM | Just A Thought

    Happy Easter

    We're skiing in Brian Head, Utah. There's not enough oxygen up here to do much more than play in the snow and rest. Hopefully I will post some pictures later today. We have been coming up here for many years, but I don't remember ever being blessed with this much snow.

    Maggie May



    More Snow

    Yours truly with Maggie May & Cashmere

    Posted by Rick | March 27, 2005 01:50 AM | Just A Thought

    Giuliana Sgrena - Consider The Source

    It is always sad when innocent parties in a war zone are injured or killed. However, in the case of Giuliana Sgrena, the Itallian journalist who was kidnapped in Iraq and released after a purported $1 million dollar ransom was paid, it may be very important to consider the source when reviewing her version of the events that led to the death of one of the agents who helped free her when the vehicle she was headed to the airport in was shot at by US troops.

    In an article run by ABC News, Maria Sanminiatelli of the Associated Press points out that Ms. Sgrena works for the communist daily Il Manifesto, which "fiercely opposed the war in Iraq." When translated this means that they are staunch supporters of the insurgents and the former Sadam loyalists who continue to attack US and coalition forces, and will do anything to discredit the United States in our attempt to bring democracy to Iraq.

    I hope the kidnappers asked for a million Italian lire (about $684 US) and weren't smart enough to ask for the ransom in US dollars, because, considering the incredible claims Ms. Sgrena has made since the incident about being targeted by US troops, that is all the 'journalist' is worth.

    Posted by Rick | March 6, 2005 12:50 PM | Just A Thought

    George Orwell Might Find The Advent Of Bloggers Interesting

    In 1946 George Orwell wrote an article entitled Why I Write. I wonder if the blogosphere writes for the same reasons?

    Posted by Rick | February 20, 2005 03:31 AM | Just A Thought

    ACLU Needs A Makeover

    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), in light of the lawsuits it has filed in the past few years, should change its name to Anti-American Civil Liberties Union (A-ACLU).

    Posted by Rick | February 18, 2005 05:46 PM | Just A Thought

    Super Bowl Prediction

    Don't bet the farm on it, but, the Patriots will win the Super Bowl by the score of 27-17. The steady offense and underrated defense of the Patriots will carry the day.

    Note: My lovely wife believes that I am sadly mistaken and is predicting a 35-24 Eagles win. (Is it possible she forgot to take her medication?)

    Posted by Rick | February 6, 2005 02:12 PM | Just A Thought

    I Couldn't Have Said It Better Myself

    Michael Gene Hendrix, of the blog Cold Fury, had a post entitled Spelling it out which is worth reading.

    Posted by Rick | January 29, 2005 12:43 PM | Just A Thought

    What A Great Idea!! - HINDERAKER IN '06

    The blog Benedict points out that Senator Mark Dayton is up for re-election in 2006, and suggests that John Hinderaker of the superblog Powerline run against him. John would make a wonderful senator and would undoubtedly win in a landslide. Hindrocket, John's nom de plume, says he's not interested, but if there were enough of a groundswell of support, could he refuse?

    Posted by Rick | January 27, 2005 02:37 PM | Just A Thought

    Egg Everywhere

    I thought that government agencies were now sharing information...

    The Department Of Homeland Security has egg all over itself as it was announced by the FBI that one of the Chinese they believed might be headed to Boston with a dirty bomb has been in American custody for some time.

    A Chinese woman wanted in connection with an alleged terror plot against Boston has been in U.S. custody since mid-November and has no known ties to terrorism, the FBI said Saturday.

    You can read more about it in this CNN.com piece.

    How long could it possibly take to match pictures of Chinese in our custody against the pictures of the supposed infiltrators? At the very least, someone should check to see who we have in custody before plastering wanted pictures all over the TV.

    It appears that the problem is not just a one time glitch, but is systemic. It also appears that if you are an insider and agree with this assessment you won't be on the inside long.

    Clark Ervin, the inspector general of DHS until two days after our interview, said what ABC News found in Hawaii raised serious questions about homeland security priorities.

    Please read the complete December 17, 2004, article by ABC News.

    I'm sure that some of the manpower used to solicit 'platinum' sponsorships for the latest 'conference' could have been diverted to cross-checking a few pictures, but Secretary Tom Ridge was apparently too busy playing big-shot to appoint someone to this task.

    Posted by Rick | January 22, 2005 10:57 PM | Just A Thought

    "Fahrenheit 9/11" - Best Movie??

    There was an obvious mix-up at the People's Choice Awards where "Fahrenheit 9/11" was named the Best Movie Of The Year. Since "Fahrenheit 9/11" was up against "Shrek 2," "Spiderman 2" and "The Incredibles," the category would have been more appropriately named Best Cartoon Of The Year. I am not surprised that it won against this competition because the children who voted were quite evenly split among "Shrek 2," "Spiderman 2" and "The Incredibles," leaving the adults with child-like minds to carry the water for Mikey's "Fahrenheit 9/11."

    Posted by Rick | January 21, 2005 04:06 AM | Just A Thought

    CBS - Showing It's True Colors

    Perhaps CBS should rename itself Clueless Broadcasting System 'cause they really don't get it. As reported by Broadcasting & Cable magazine, CBS Washington bureau chief Janet Leissner and CBS News President Andrew "Andy" Heyward recently met with White House Communications Director Dan Bartlett "in part to repair chilly relations with the Bush administration." The article went on to say that Heyward was anxious to make the case that that neither CBS nor Rather "had a vendetta against the White House."

    You might ask: How's it going so far?

    In an effort to put those words into action and show that there is not a liberal bias at CBS, Face The Nation had Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) on for the entire program Sunday morning. Brit Hume on Fox News Sunday reported that the White House requested time to respond to Senator Kennedy's sometimes unintelligible remarks, but were told 'thanks, but no thanks'.

    I doubt that Dan Rather will be interviewing the President anytime soon.

    Posted by Rick | January 17, 2005 04:14 AM | Just A Thought

    Sandy Berger - An "Honest Mistake"

    On December 3rd, 2004, I asked here whether former Clinton administration national security adviser Samuel R. "Sandy" Berger's shenanigans had slipped below the radar screen.

    It was reported today that a federal grand jury had begun investigating the allegations by hearing testimony from Bruce Lindsey. Finally....

    If you want to read more about it, check out the FOXNews.com article.

    (I love the news clip where Mr. Berger explains that he made an "honest mistake." That's going to be Ken Lay's explanation for his part in the Enron fiasco too.)

    Posted by Rick | January 12, 2005 03:41 AM | Just A Thought

    What A Beautiful Day!

    Our friends from Canada arrived today and, as usual, they brought some of their weather with them. This is our backyard about 10 A.M., January 7, 2005. Snow at this elevation in the desert is quite an unusual sight. I have lived in Las Vegas since 1973 and have seen it snow only 5 or 6 times, and only once has it snowed more than this. In the top picture you see Maggie watching it snow poolside, while Cassie decides if it is too cold for her delicate paws.

    Posted by Rick | January 7, 2005 11:05 PM | Just A Thought

    Let It Snow!

    We are snowed in at Brian Head, Utah. We had approximately 3 feet of snow yesterday. When we got up this morning, it looked like it might be a good day to ski - the sun was out and the temperature was 15 degrees above zero with winds about 25 mph. We got ready and headed out but the sun soon went behind some clouds and the winds picked up making it just too cold to continue. We returned to the condo for soup and sandwiches after 3 runs down the snow covered slopes.

    It appears that the storm will continue through the weekend, so there will be lots of cocoa and very little skiing. If there is a break in the weather there may be a torchlight parade down Giant Steps ski run followed by a fireworks display to usher in the new year.

    If it continues to snow, we will only venture out to play with our dogs who have a great time romping in the snow. I'm sending everyone a picture of our snow angels just before Cassie decided she was too cold and headed in. Maggie, the red-headed cocker spaniel, doesn't seem to mind the cold at all and looked like a pupsicle before I had to literally pick her up and carry her inside, where my lovely wife spent a half hour brushing the snowballs out of her coat and blow-drying her.


    Posted by Rick | December 30, 2004 09:03 PM | Just A Thought

    Old Standards

    I seem to be in a musical mood this week, so I'm going to recommend a song everyone has heard before, Stardust. Today I'm going to suggest you listen to the version played by the great trumpeter, Clifford Brown.

    Clifford Brown died at the age of 25 in a car accident, but left a substantial body of work especially for someone as young as he was. Jazz was really his love, but he did make a more mainstream album called With Strings, which contains a number of beautiful renditions including Stardust.

    You can find Clifford Brown's music in the jazz section of most large music stores, or you click on either the amazon.com or cdUuniverse.com logos on the right side of this page and go to Clifford Brown. A very affordable album with some truly great music. Enjoy.

    Posted by Rick | December 28, 2004 10:01 AM | Just A Thought

    The Coolest Music You May Have Never Heard

    Chances are you have never heard the song I am going to tell you about or the musician who was featured on the performance. Conrad Gozzo, one of the greatest trumpeters of all time but not very well known outside the recording studio, is featured on the song Trumpeter's Prayer which can be found on the CD Tutti's Trumpets & Trombones. The CD is somewhat expensive but you will not be sorry you purchased it. The one song is worth the price of admission. Composer Tutti Camarata was the director of the Disney Orchestra and when Mr. Gozzo finished playing the aforementioned song with them, the orchestra gave him a standing ovation.

    Click on the CD Universe or Amazon link on the right side of the page, and type in Tutti (on Amazon.com you must select 'All Products' first) - you will see Tutti's Trumpets & Trombones. Buy it and enjoy! (Louise Baranger also performs Trumpeter's Prayer on her CD by the same name, but there is no substitute here - get Conrad Gozzo's version.)

    Posted by Rick | December 24, 2004 11:55 PM | Just A Thought

    How Dumb Do They Think We Are?

    On a recent appearance on Fox & Friends guest Barbara Corcoran when asked about George Bush's plan to privatize a portion of Social Security said, "The average person is not comfortable investing their own money."

    Posted by Rick | December 21, 2004 10:37 AM | Just A Thought

    Christmas Open House

    I missed posting for a few days because my lovely wife had me working like a dog getting ready for an open house we hosted for 75 (+/-) of our closest and dearest friends and co-workers. I dutifully helped with the cleanup too. We had a little of everything at the party: there was lots of food and drink, karaoke Christmas carols, piano playing, foosball games, and even a little Irish dancing. We thought the event was a big success. We hope that those who attended felt the same way.

    Posted by Rick | December 21, 2004 08:44 AM | Just A Thought

    Not Exactly Identical Twins

    President George Bush muses to himself, "I wonder how I would look with a mustache?"

    Posted by Rick | December 12, 2004 11:19 PM | Just A Thought

    Too Much Christmas Cheer?

    It doesn't really get any worse than this pathetic, almost unintelligible (and really bad) attempt at humor entitled 12 Days Of Rummying by Maureen Dowd in the New York Times.

    Note to Maureen: There are places you can go to get help voluntarily.

    Posted by Rick | December 12, 2004 10:54 PM | Just A Thought

    Don't Cry For Me Argentina South Dakota - Tom Daschle's Plight

    In a New York Times article written by Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Carl Hulse entitled Daschle Reflects On Past And Looks Ahead they wrote the following about Daschle's current plight:

    At the end of this week, he will move out of his elegant chandeliered suite on the second floor of the Capitol, leaving behind the trappings of power - his fabulous view of the Washington monument, his phalanx of aides, the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington on his office wall - for a new, and as yet undefined life in the private sector.

    Tom Daschle will now retire to his $1.9 million dollar Foxhall Road mansion in Washington, D.C., where his lobbyist wife will continue to use what remains of his political capital to keep him in the style to which he has become accustomed. No one believes he will return to his $75,000 2-bedroom home in Aberdeen, SD, do they? (Will Daschle still apply for the owner-occupied tax credit in both South Dakota and Washington, D.C., now that he no longer represents South Dakota in the senate?)

    Don't cry for Tom Daschle South Dakota.

    Posted by Rick | December 12, 2004 10:28 AM | Just A Thought

    I Couldn't Have Said It Any Better

    In light of the previous post, I offer this insightful quote from P. J. O'Rourke:

    "The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop."

    Posted by Rick | December 9, 2004 03:37 AM | Just A Thought

    2004 Weblog Awards

    Remember to vote for your favorite bloggers!

    Posted by Rick | December 7, 2004 04:50 AM | Just A Thought

    Just Exactly Who Is Running The Asylum?

    Since when have the participants in any sport been able to dictate if, and or when, they would be tested for illegal or banned drug use. See the article by Murray Chass in the New York Times where he wrote:

    In 1985, the owners unilaterally terminated a joint drug program with the players, as was their right. They terminated the program because it was not working for them. The only way a player was going to be tested under the program was if his team submitted his name to the drug panel and said he was suspected of using recreational drugs. Teams, not surprisingly, were reluctant to turn in their own players.

    If players are to be hanged for any kind of drug use, the clubs want the players to hang themselves. The clubs do not want to be the hangmen.

    And although Commissioner Bud Selig has said this year that he wants a stringent steroids-testing program, he has ignored past drug problems.

    When the player strike in 1994 cancelled the World Series it become apparent that the players had no real concern for the sport. Milquetoast commissioner Bud Selig is clueless. The past drug testing agreements negotiated with the players' union might as well have been written by the Medellin drug cartel. The players could easily go on strike over a drug policy that has any teeth. With the NHL on strike over something as benign as money and the NBA about to collapse because the players are unable to control themselves, football may be the only major team sport left. Should anyone really care?

    Posted by Rick | December 6, 2004 04:39 AM | Just A Thought

    Berger's Briefs

    Has former Clinton administration national security adviser Samuel R. "Sandy" Berger slipped under everyone's radar since we now have the oil-for-food program to investigate? He was supposedly under criminal investigation for removing copies of highly classified documents from the National Archives by stuffing them in his "briefs", but we haven't heard a peep about it for months. While Martha Stewart sits in the hoosegow for merely lying to the FBI about an incident that turned out to be not a crime, Mr. Berger is cavorting about after apparently admitting he surreptitiously removed the highly classified documents and then 'inadvertently' threw them out.

    Posted by Rick | December 3, 2004 01:56 PM | Just A Thought

    One Of My Favortie Quotes

    “I don’t give them Hell, I just tell them the truth and they think it’s Hell.”
                                                                                                     - Harry Truman

    Sounds like something Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld might say.

    Posted by Rick | December 2, 2004 06:18 PM | Just A Thought

    A Picture Tells A Thousand Words

    Another intern...another President...another scandal?

    Photo Courtesy Of INDC Journal

    Posted by Rick | December 2, 2004 02:57 AM | Just A Thought

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