Saturday, November 13, 2004

Support the businesses who support the troops

I'd seen in several places that Sears was going above and beyond in it's efforts to support their employees, who, as members of the military, have been deployed in the War on Terror.

Doubting Thomas that I am, I sent their online customer service folks a message asking about the truth of this. Here's what I got back:

Thank you for taking the time to let us know of your support for our actions regarding our associates who have been called into active duty.

As you may have read, Sears has extended its program of military pay differential to 60 months. This includes allowing Sears reservists who are full-time employees to continue participating in the company's life insurance, medical and dental programs, if they choose. The company will also hold a comparable position for these individuals for up to five years.

Sears has a heritage of commitment to families and home. This is a difficult time for military families, and we are proud to be able to take these actions to demonstrate support for our many co-workers who are serving our Nation.

Again, thank you for your correspondence. We appreciate your interest in our efforts, and hope you will continue to make Sears your choice for quality and value. Sears, Good Life. Great Price.

Sincerely, The Employees of Sears, Roebuck and Co.

Thank me? No, thank you, Sears. Thanks for supporting the people who are doing the hard work that keeps us free. You can count on my business, as much as is possible. I support the companies who support the troops.

Surreal, man, just surreal

(Via Capitalist Lion)

Mike, the blogmiester of Cold Fury, really cuts the Seriously Loopy Leftists a new one. A quickie:

Yep, that's right, you commie bastiches, we're coming for you. It's only a matter of time now until you hear that late-night knock on the door you've been dreading all along. Our jack-booted gendarmerie is going to be working overtime rounding up every non-white and non-rich subject of our fascist regime, and we're going to be baking every last one of you into pies that we'll then refuse to share with the poor and hungry. We'll be baking those pies in coal-fired ovens, and those ovens will be devoid of any sort of exhaust-scrubber whatever, because we want to release all the toxic gases and chemicals we can into the atmosphere.

Ahem. Now before anyone gets the wring idea, the point he is is working toward is how crazy some of the twaddle from the True Believers has become since Nov. 2. Some of the nonsense, especially places like Democratic Underground, has taken on a surreal edge that Luis Buñuel would have envied.

But in a testimony to the weird way my mind works, I think we need...A CONTEST! Yes, Mike has made an excellent start in enumerating the Left's Feverish Fantasies, but as a collective whole, the blogosphere can do better.
I'm going to start this off, and anyone who wishes to chime in, post a comment. If I can get enough, I'll turn it into a blog entry.

And a name--we need a name for this. And a logo. We gotta have a logo. Who knows some seminal piece of Surrealistic art that we could use...we can start a whole new bunch of links, a la the Digital Brownshirts.

My entry:
And we're going to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Preserve. And don't worry about the caribou--they'll make tasty burgers for the guys who are drilling for the oil to power our big new 5 MPG SUVs on all those new highways we're going to build through the wetlands.

Come on, get in the game.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Veterans Day

I've pondered on what to say all day. Like some people, I had today off. Like most of them, there was no parade for me to go to. Our small town doesn't have a parade on Veterans Day. Like most people with the day off, I worked anyway, catching up on all the things that you have to let go around the house when you both work.

It's nearing the start of winter here in North Carolina, such as it will be. So I got up on the roofs and checked them out and cleaned the gutters. From the roof, I have a good view of the cemetery that's across the way.

This year, the cemetery staff have erected two big crosses, made up of small American flags planted in the ground. I know there are a lot of veterans buried in that cemetery. I've walked through there often, and last Memorial Day I helped place flags on the grave of every veteran.

But today, I checked roofs, cleaned gutters and picked up the leaves. There was no ceremony at the cemetery. My kids were off from school; they helped with the work. They don't really understand why Veterans Day is a holiday. Oh, they understand it in a kid's way--"It's a day we say thank you to veterans".

But they don't understand it the way our veterans do. Even though there's a war on, it hasn't effected them. Hopefully, it'll be over before it does. My son will be 18 in 9 years. Old enough to vote; old enough to go to war. Old enough to die for his country, if necessary.

I never had to do any of those things. My father did, as a member of the 9th Armored Division in World War II. He's talked about it some, but not much. I guess it's hard to explain if you weren't there.

As I worked in the yard, I watched the cars pass. Every time I saw an older man, I wondered if he'd been in World II, or Korea, or Vietnam. The ones my age, I wondered about Grenada and Panama. Younger guys, I wondered about Desert Storm and the current war.

And I offered up a silent little prayer for those in harm's way, and those who have been in harm's way. And for those who never made it back, and who sleep in the cemetery across the way.

Warm down there?

If anyone who could answer that question, it would be Yasser Arafat. Say Hello to Hitler, Stalin and the rest of the gang for us.

Want to argue with me about what a misunderstood saint this guy was? Fine, let me give you a partial list of the atrocities that were committed at his behest or in his name. In no particular order, we have:
  • The Achille Lauro hijacking, which included the heroic murder of 69 year-old disabled Leon Klinghoffer in his wheelchair
  • The 1972 murders of 11 Israeli Olympians and coaches at the Munich Olympics
  • Paid for many of the suicide bombings in Israel, then paid rewards to the families who sent their sons and daughters to blow themselves up
  • 16 dead in a 1974 attack on Kiryat Shemona
  • A 1974 attack on a group of school children on a field trip in Maalot
  • And the list goes on...

If any one of those doesn't qualify the guy for a one-way ticket to Hell, then nothing would. We won't even discuss the rumors that surround him and his death. (Google for them if you like.)

Now, do we have one Palestinian with the courage, brains and spine to take over and make peace with Israel, so that the Palestinian people can get on with their lives?


Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Happy Birthday, USMC

I didn't realize that today was the Marine Corps' 229th birthday until this little gem showed up in my email box at work. It's not exactly the sort of thing that you expect to see from a tech company, and that makes it even better.

Today, as the Marines fight and die in Fallujah so that the Iraquis can be free and American be safe, take a moment and consider their history and sacrifice.

Thanks, Marines, and Happy Birthday.

Half of BBC staff face the axe

(Via The Drudge Report)

Half of BBC staff face the axe

Oh, please, Please PLEASE! Tell me it's being held by the headsman....

After some of their drivel relating to the War on Terror, it's be poetic justice at it's finest.

Gloat, Gloat On

(Via Johnny Knuckles)

Who's in the White House?

Heh. Just doing my part; reaching out to the Libs and all that.

A thought for the morning

Any morning that you pull into work to the strains of Hank Williams, Jr. singing "If Heaven Ain't A Lot Like Dixie", you know it can't be but just so bad.

"...just send me to Hell or New York City, it'd be about th' same t' me."

Ya'll have a good day.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

The Specter of a traitor

I've been watching the Arlen Spector issue bloom over the last couple of days. I hope this traitorous so-and-so gets what he so justly deserves. If reports are correct, he should just change his party do Democrat and be done with the GOP.

WorldNet Daily has a good roundup to this point, along with some new stuff. First para:

In two newspaper interviews before the election, Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter promised to block pro-life and "extremist" judges appointed by President Bush, apparently contradicting claims he is making now amid fierce opposition to his becoming chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

It gets better in a hurry:

The [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette] editorial then stated: "Before the [Pittsburgh]Post-Gazette editorial board, he promised that no extremists would be approved for the bench."

All I can say is that Bush supported Spector rather than Rick Santorum. The American Conservative Union rates Santorum an 87 out of 100; Spector garnered 43 out of 100. I hope he's happy with that decision.

Feel free to contact the Senate Majority Leader, Bill Frist, and let him know what you think.

Monday, November 08, 2004

News Flash!

(Via Drudge)

Freedom squelches terrorist violence

A John F. Kennedy School of Government researcher has cast doubt on the widely held belief that terrorism stems from poverty, finding instead that terrorist violence is related to a nation's level of political freedom.

...

Before analyzing the data, Abadie believed it was a reasonable assumption that terrorism has its roots in poverty, especially since studies have linked civil war to economic factors. However, once the data was corrected for the influence of other factors studied, Abadie said he found no significant relationship between a nation's wealth and the level of terrorism it experiences.

"In the past, we heard people refer to the strong link between terrorism and poverty, but in fact when you look at the data, it's not there. This is true not only for events of international terrorism, as previous studies have shown, but perhaps more surprisingly also for the overall level of terrorism, both of domestic and of foreign origin," Abadie said.

Well, well. In light of current events in Iraq and the Liberals continual harping on "We must address the root causes of terrorism!" this seems most timely.

Now let's see if I recall this correctly. John Kerry (D-Loserville--I can't resist) is one of those who think that we're causing the terrorism in the world by being bigger, being more successful, being American, meddling in other countries affairs, etc.

George Bush gets bashed constantly on "We were lied to!", "No blood for oil!" and the like. Oh, and let's not forget that he's nation building, when he earlier said he didn't support that kind of activity. (And of course, he's George W. Bush, which seems to be enough reason for most....)

Along comes our intrepid researcher (a Basque, interesting enough) who not only finds that poverty isn't a root cause of terrorism, but a lack of freedom is.

Instead, Abadie detected a peculiar relationship between the levels of political freedom a nation affords and the severity of terrorism. Though terrorism declined among nations with high levels of political freedom, it was the intermediate nations that seemed most vulnerable.

Like those with much political freedom, nations at the other extreme - with tightly controlled autocratic governments - also experienced low levels of terrorism.

I can hear the sound of exploding Liberal heads from here.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Well, howdy boys!

Just for grins, I was poking through the Sitemeter stats, you know, just to depress myself before bedtime. And who do I see has paid The Freeholder a visit on 11/2/2004--why it's those wacky kids at treas.gov. Yes, the United States Department of the Treasury has paid me an online visit!

I'm taking bets on which of my posts have engendered the most interest. Let's see, posts on guns, rants about the ATF's abuse of its authority, screeds against the government, criticism of the government in general...I bet I'm now ranking a lot higher up the watch list! Yee-haw!

An interesting mental exercise

Talk about something coming the long way--Sheila O'Malley, from Dan, from Chedder X, originating at geeky.chick.blog. A new record.

Answer the questions. A warning to the readers: You may be in danger of finding out way more information about me than you'd like. Not responsible for cases of TMI.

Answers are in not particular order other than how they occurred to me.

Ten movies you'd watch over and over:
The Quiet Man
Red Dawn
Armageddon
The Breakfast Club
Buckaroo Banzai
Master and Commander
In Harm's Way
Amadeus
Caddyshack
Heartbreak Ridge

Nine people you enjoy the company of:
Tony
Jim
Charley
Alan
Liz
Will
Me
Kathy
Brian

Eight things you're wearing:
jeans
tennis shoes
sweatshirts
woobies
socks
underwear
hats
belts

Seven things on your mind:
You're asking a hell of a lot for a Sunday night after 10 PM!

Six objects you touch every day:
various computers
the steering wheel of my car
a cup
a book
cell phone
cat food bowls

Five things you do every day:
get up in the morning
bitch about something
take a shower
read something
take at least one minute for me

Four bands (etc) that you couldn't live without:
I like music, but there are no bands I couldn't live without.

Three of your favorite songs at this moment:
The Metro
Redneck Woman
Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner

Two people who have influenced your life the most:
SSG Searcy M. Doss
Wanda Thies

One person who you love more than anyone in the world:
No way. I am not that stupid, even on Sunday night after 10 PM. This ranks right up there with "Does this make me look fat?"

OK, your turn.

Godspeed, Marines

It looks like party time in Fallujah. The Marines have entered the western end of the city, securing bridges and the city's hospital.

They should have been allowed to do this the last time, but better late than never, I suppose. Kick ass, take names and come back safe.

A trip to the gun show

Yesterday was devoted to one of my favorite forms of entertainment--a trip to a gun show with one of my buddies. Heck, we not only went to the show, but also checked out a gun store that neither of us had ever visited, plus we took time for a most excellent lunch. Life is good.

As the first show I've attended since the thrice-damned AWB was consigned to the ashheap of failed social experiments, I wasn't sure what to expect.

First, a lot of guys were in the woods--deer season has just started. Since the economy has started improving, I also didn't see a bunch of guys who were having to sell their guns to feed their family. I take this as a Very Good Thing, in more ways than one.

I did, however, see one Serious Loon--the kind the media just loves to paint as the only kind of person who goes to gun shows. This is literally the first in several years that I've spotted, and I was gratified to see that the off-duty LEOs who traditionally provide security for these events also noted the SL's presence.

There were a lot of very neat toys. I'm lusting after a classic side-by-side double barrel shotgun, and there were scads to see. I just wish I could afford one...

Our favorite custom leathersmith was present, and kindly provided me with a nice shoulder rig for the latest acquisition. He didn't have a regular rig for range carry, but he promised to make up some and have them at the next event.

Of course, there were the new post-post-ban Evil Black Rifles in plenty. I even saw an actual AR-10, which is something of a rare bird around here. I want one, but not in the configuration they had. Will someone please explain to me the fascination is the sliding buttstocks on ARs?

Interesting thing on the post-post-bans were the prices--they are about the same as the post-ban guns we were putting up with. A lot of folks expected to see them come down, but I was on the side of the other group--why should they come down? They manufacturers already know we'll pay that much for them in the crippled configuration.

Also saw more than a few dealers who were trying to get their money back out of pre-ban guns. Anyone up for some $2200 HKs? $1400 AKs? $1600 ARs? I don't know whether to feel sorry for these guys or not.

Ammo, at least in my calibers, was not a plentiful as I had hoped. There was some Lake City 72 in 30-06 for a decent price, but until I have an M1 I don't really need too much of that. Very little in 7.62 (.308 Winchester), except the Portuguese stuff. Not a bad price, but with the Berdan primers they used, you can't reload the brass. Not a bit of Lake City 7.62 to be found. Sti-rike! Swing and a miss!

.45 ACP wasn't in short supply, unless you wanted a brand name you knew. The bud bought 500 rounds of "PMP" brand, which looked OK, but I can buy the Winchester white box for the same price at Wall-to-Wall-Mart. I was low on funds by then, so I passed. I'll wait on his report on the ammo.

And where the dickens has all the .22 LR disappeared to? You'd think that they stopped making the stuff. Luckily, I know where I can still get the CCI for a penny each in quantity. Time to stock up, I guess.

Reloading components were also in short supply--only one vendor. But that one was one of my favorites. They're local folks (actually live very near me) and their prices are as good or better than anywhere else--and I don't have to pay any hazmat shipping fees.

And if they don't have it, the new place we checked out caters to reloaders. Oh Happy Day, I don't have to drive an hour and a half to go to a decent gun store any more! I just wish the guy kept something approaching normal hours--closing at 2 on Saturday? Please!

We had a great day. Now I need to go make some use of my new goodies. Say bang, anyone?