Thursday, February 23, 2006

Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907

Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.
"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."
Theodore Roosevelt 1907

Offensive? I think not!

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Some things to think about.....

They call themselves the Patriot Guard Riders. 5,000+ motorcyclists, vets, policeman, your
everyday guys, going to funeral after funeral of our military personnel to shield the families of
those dead soldiers and sailors from the idiots that come to protest them under the biggest idiot
of the group, the Reverend (and I must say I use that term loosely) Fred Phelps of the Topeka,
Kansas-based church Westboro Baptist Church. The story below tells their story.
But I have to ask this question. Where did this idiot come from and why is he still here in the US
if it's so bad? My thoughts.....Pack your ass, and the rest of your stupid little group and the next
ship out of here.
As for the Patriot Guard Riders.......Good on ya...may your ride last years............
OK, now myself with a military background, I have to ask myself,
ANOTHER COUNTRY. It's bad enough that the ports in question are managed
by a British company, but what in hell are we thinking? I have to agree, for once
with the House Reps and Senators that are opposed to this. This story tells some
of it...
This should not happen......Keep this like it is or some US company should
take over......
Military health care takes another hit. Bush budgeters are proposing an
increase in the amounts the military and it's retirees under 65 pay for the
medical insurance TRICARE.
Retirees, depending on their pay grade when they retired would increase from
100 to 300% in the next 2 years. The DOD's idea? If we increase the costs
maybe they will use their company's coverage instead. What they don't realize
is most of the companies retirees work for don't provide coverage or it is so
outrageously priced it would be completely unaffordable. Now they are doing
the same for TRICARE. Those benefits that we veterans were supposed to get
for life if we did our "20".
Do we really give a damn what's in the Prince's diaries????
How many are really watching the Oylmpics?
Sony PS3 late in launching....and who didn't expect this????
Who knows what else will happen this week......Stay tuned....
TO ALL THE  KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930s '40s, '50s, '60s and '70s !!

 First,  we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they
 carried us.
 They  took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't
 get tested for diabetes.
Then  after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright- colored,
 lead-based paints.

 We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors, or cabinets, and
 when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention the risks we
 took hitchhiking.

 As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

 Riding  in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.

 We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

 We  shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and NO ONE
 actually died from this.
 We  ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter, and drank soda pop with
 sugar  in it, but we weren't overweight because  WE WERE ALWAYS

 We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were
 back when the streetlights came on.

 No  one was able to reach us all day. And we were okay.

 We  would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride
 down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes! After running into the
 bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

 We  did not have Playstations, Nintendos, X-boxes, no video games at
 all, no  99 channels on cable, no video-tape movies, no surround sound, no
 cell  phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat
 rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS, and we went outside and found them!

 We  fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth, and there were no
 lawsuits from these accidents.

 We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live
 in us forever.

 We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with
 sticks and  tennis balls, and although we were told it would happen, we did not
 put out very many eyes.

 We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or
 rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!

 Little  League had tryouts, and not everyone made the team. Those who
 didn't had  to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

 The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.
 They actually sided with the law!

 This generation has produced some of the best risk takers, problem
 solvers, and inventors ever!

 The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned

 And YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!
 You  might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow
 up as kids before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our
 "own" good  And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how
 brave their parents were.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Fishing Knots

To whoever asked about information about fishing knots.
Here is a couple of sites. Google search for fishing charters on the gulf coast of Florida. Alot of charter boats have web sites now and you may be able to get more info from them.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Valentines Day, Just some thoughts.....

Read this slowly, and let it sink in....

Too many people put off  something that brings them joy just because
they haven't thought  about it, don't have it on their schedule,
didn't know it was coming  or are too rigid to depart from their

I got to  thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who
passed up  dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut
back.   From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible.

How many women out there will eat at home because their  husband
didn't suggest going out to dinner until after something had  been
thawed?  Does the word "refrigeration" mean nothing to  you?

How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in  silence while
you watched 'Jeopardy' on television?

I cannot  count the times I called my sister and said, "How about
going to  lunch in a half hour?"  She would gas up and stammer, "I
can't.  I have clothes on the line.  My hair is dirty.  I wish I  had
known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain."   And my
personal favorite:  "It's Monday."  ..She  died a few years ago. We
never did have lunch together.

Because Americans cram so much into their lives, we tend to  schedule
our headaches..  We live on a sparse diet of promises  we make to
ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!

We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Stevie
toilet-trained.  We'll entertain when we replace the  living-room
carpet.  We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get  two more kids out
of college.

Life has a way of accelerating  as we get older.  The days get
shorter, and the list of  promises to ourselves gets longer.   One
morning, we  awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany
of "I'm  going to," "I plan on," and "Someday, when things are settled
down a  bit."

When anyone calls my 'seize the moment' friend, she is  open to
adventure and available for trips She keeps an open mind on  new
ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious.  You talk  with her for
five minutes, and you're ready to trade your bad feet  for a pair of
Rollerblades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.

My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years I love ice  cream.
It's just that I might as well apply it directly to my  stomach with a
spatula and eliminate the digestive process.   The other day, I
stopped the car and bought a triple-decker.   If my car had hit an
iceberg on the way home, I would have  died happy.

Now...go on and have a nice day. Do something  you WANT to.....not
something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were  going to die soon and
had only one phone call you could make, who  would you call and what
would you say?  And why are you  waiting?

Make sure you read this to the end; you will  understand why I sent
this to you.

Have you ever watched  kids playing on a merry go round or listened to
the rain lapping on  the ground?  Ever followed a butterfly's erratic
flight or  gazed at the sun into the fading night?  Do you run through
 each day on the fly?  When you ask "How are you?"  Do you  hear the

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed  with the next hundred
chores running through your head?  Ever  told your child, "We'll do it
tomorrow."  And in your haste,  not see his sorrow?  Ever lost touch?
Let a good  friendship die?  Just call to say "Hi"?

When you worry  and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened
gift....Thrown  away... Life is not a race. Take it slower.  Hear the
music  before the song is over.

To those I have sent this  to... I LOVE you & cherish our friendship.

"Life may not be the party we hoped for...  but  while we are here we
might as well dance!"
Happy Valentines Day!!

Friday, February 10, 2006

OK, some things I have to comment on.
First grader suspended for sexual harrassment? WTF people?
Have we just lost our minds or what? Does a 6 year old really have a 
a clue what they are talking about? NOT.  But then again we are talking
about Massachusetts here. Home of John Kerry and Ted Kennedy.
Bus drivers throwing people off there busses, older people and not just
throwing them off. Physically throwing them of. Broke the womans shoulder.
Phily, city of brotherly love. Yeah RIGHT!
ABC Deals AL Micheals to NBC for a Cartoon Rabbit. Now that's a trade.
Should make Micheals feel real valuable...

Thursday, February 09, 2006

I don't agree with a lot that he says, but this hits home!

Love him or loathe him, he nailed this one right on the head..........

By Rush Limbaugh:

I think the vast differences in compensation between victims of the September 11
casualty and those who die serving our country in Uniform are profound. No one is
really talking about it either, because you just don't criticize anything having to do
with September 11. Well, I can't let the numbers pass by because it says something
really disturbing about the entitlement mentality of this country. If you lost a family
member in the September 11 attack, you're going to get an average of $1,185,000.
The range is a minimum guarantee of $250,000, all the way up to $4.7 million.

If you are a surviving family member of an American soldier killed in action, the first
check you get is a $6,000 direct death benefit, half of which is taxable.

Next, you get $1,750 for burial costs. If you are the surviving spouse, you get $833
a month until you remarry. And there's a payment of $211 per month for each child
under 18. When the child hits 18, those payments come to a screeching halt.

Keep in mind that some of the people who are getting an average of $1.185 million
up to $4.7 million are complaining that it's not enough. Their deaths were tragic, but
for most, they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Soldiers put themselves
in harms way FOR ALL OF US, and they and their families know the dangers.

We also learned over the weekend that some of the victims from the Oklahoma City
bombing have started an organization asking for the same deal that the September 11
families are getting. In addition to that, some of the families of those bombed in the
embassies are now asking for compensation as well.

You see where this is going, don't you? Folks, this is part and parcel of over 50 years of
entitlement politics in this country. It's just really sad. Every time a pay raise comes up
for the military, they usually receive next to nothing of a raise. Now the green machine is
in combat in the Middle East while their families have to survive on food stamps and live
in low-rent housing. Make sense?

However, our own U.S. Congress voted themselves a raise. Many of you don't know that
they only have to be in Congress one time to receive a pension that is more than $15,000
per month. And most are now equal to being millionaires plus. They do not receive Social
Security on retirement because they didn't have to pay into the system.
If some of the military people stay in for 20 years and get out as an E-7, they may receive
a pension of $1,000 per month, and the very people who placed them in harm's way receive
a pension of $15,000 per month.

I would like to see our elected officials pick up a weapon and join ranks before they start cutting
out benefits and lowering pay for our sons and daughters who are now fighting.

" When do we finally do something about this?" If this doesn't seem fair to you, it is time to forward
this to as many people as you can.

25 Signs You Have Grown Up

I guess it's official!! ...Bummer.


1. Your houseplants are alive, and you can't smoke any of them.

2. Having sex in a twin bed is out of the question.

3. You keep more food than beer in the fridge.

4. 6:00 a.m. is when you get up, not when you go to bed.

5. You hear your favorite song in an elevator.

6. You watch the Weather Channel.

7. Your friends marry and divorce instead of "hook up" and "break up."

8. You go from 130 days of vacation time to 14.

9. Jeans and a sweater no longer qualify as "dressed up."

10. You're the one calling the police because those %&@# kids next door
won't turn down the stereo.

11. Older relatives feel comfortable telling sex jokes around you.

12. You don't know what time Taco Bell closes anymore.

13. Your car insurance goes down and your car payments go up.

14. You feed your dog Science Diet instead of McDonald's leftovers.

15. Sleeping on the couch makes your back hurt.

16. You take naps.

17. Dinner and a movie is the whole date instead of the beginning of one.

18. Eating a basket of chicken wings at 3 AM would severely upset, rather
than settle, your stomach.

19. You go to the drug store for ibuprofen and antacid, not condoms and
pregnancy tests.

20. A $4.00 bottle of wine is no longer "pretty good shit."

21. You actually eat breakfast food at breakfast time.

22. "I just can't drink the way I used to" replaces "I'm never going to
drink that much again."

23. 90% of the time you spend in front of a computer is for real work.

24. You drink at home to save money before going to a bar.

25. When you find out your friend is pregnant you congratulate them
instead of asking "Oh shit what the hell happened?"


26: You read this entire list looking desperately for one sign that
doesn't apply to you and can't find one to save your sorry old ass. Then you
forward it to a bunch of old friends 'cause you know they'll enjoy it & do the

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Muslim Outrage

Muslim outrage huh. OK ... let's do a little historical review. Just some lowlights:

* Muslims fly commercial airliners into buildings in New York City. No Muslim outrage.
* Muslim officials block the exit where school girls are trying to escape a burning building because their faces were exposed. No Muslim outrage.
* Muslims cut off the heads of three teenage girls on their way to school in Indonesia. A Christian school. No Muslim outrage.
* Muslims murder teachers trying to teach Muslim children in Iraq. No Muslim outrage.
* Muslims murder over 80 tourists with car bombs outside cafes and hotels in Egypt. No Muslim outrage.
* A Muslim attacks a missionary children's school in India. Kills six. No Muslim outrage.
* Muslims slaughter hundreds of children and teachers in Beslan, Russia. Muslims shoot children in the back. No Muslim outrage.
* Let's go way back. Muslims kidnap and kill athletes at the Munich Summer Olympics. No Muslim outrage.
* Muslims fire rocket-propelled grenades into schools full of children in Israel. No Muslim outrage.
* Muslims murder more than 50 commuters in attacks on London subways and buses. Over 700 are injured. No Muslim outrage.
* Muslims massacre dozens of innocents at a Passover Seder. No Muslim outrage.
* Muslims murder innocent vacationers in Bali. No Muslim outrage.
* Muslim newspapers publish anti-Semitic cartoons. No Muslim outrage
* Muslims are involved, on one side or the other, in almost every one of the 125+ shooting wars around the world. No Muslim outrage.
* Muslims beat the charred bodies of Western civilians with their shoes, then hang them from a bridge. No Muslim outrage.
* Newspapers in Denmark and Norway publish cartoons depicting Mohammad. Muslims are outraged.

Dead children. Dead tourists. Dead teachers. Dead doctors and nurses. Death, destruction and mayhem around the world at the hands of Muslims .. no Muslim outrage ... but publish a cartoon depicting Mohammad with a bomb in his turban and all hell breaks loose.

Come on, is this really about cartoons? They're rampaging and burning flags. They're looking for Europeans to kidnap. They're threatening innkeepers and generally raising holy Muslim hell not because of any outrage over a cartoon. They're outraged because it is part of the Islamic jihadist culture to be outraged. You don't really need a reason. You just need an excuse. Wandering around, destroying property, murdering children, firing guns into the air and feigning outrage over the slightest perceived insult is to a jihadist what tailgating is to a Steeler's fan.

I know and understand that these bloodthirsty murderers do not represent the majority of the world's Muslims. When, though, do they become outraged? When do they take to the streets to express their outrage at the radicals who are making their religion the object of worldwide hatred and ridicule? Islamic writer Salman Rushdie wrote of these silent Muslims in a New York Times article three years ago. "As their ancient, deeply civilized culture of love, art and philosophical reflection is hijacked by paranoiacs, racists, liars, male supremacists, tyrants, fanatics and violence junkies, why are they not screaming?"

Indeed. Why not?

I'll tell you why not. Islam is a nihilistic death cult. It is a medieval religion that needs to reform itself and join us in the 21st Century. Unfortunately, it ain't gonna happen in my lifetime.

2005 Darwin Awards

Announced Annually in December, the 2005 Darwin Awards
Honorable Mentions

12) According to police in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Daniel Kolta, 27,
and Randy Taylor, 33, died in a head-on collision, thus earning a tie in
the game of chicken they were playing with their Snowmobiles.

11) In Detroit, a 41-year-old man got stuck and drowned in two feet of
water after squeezing head first through an 18-inch sewer grate to
retrieve his car keys. 

10) A 49-year-old San Francisco stockbroker died accidentally when
he jogged off a 100-foot-high cliff on his daily run.

9) A Buxton, NC man died on a beach when an 8-foot-deep hole he
had dug in the sand caved in while he sat inside it.
Beach-goers said Daniel Jones, 21, dug the hole for fun, or protection
from the win! d, and had been sitting on a beach chair at the bottom of
the hole when it collapsed, burying him beneath 5-feet of sand. People
on the beach tried to use their hands and shovels to make their way to
Jones but could not reach him. It took rescue workers using heavy
equipment almost an hour to free Jones who had expired.

8) Santiago Alvarado, 24, was killed in Lompoc, California, as he fell
face-first through the ceiling of a bicycle shop he was burglarizing.
Death was caused when the long flashlight he had placed in his
mouth (to keep his hands free) rammed into the base of his
skull when he hit the floor below.

7) According to police in Dahlonega, Georgia, ROTC cadet Nick
Berrena, 20, was stabbed to death by fellow cadet,
Jeffrey Hoffman, 23, who was trying to prove that a knife could not
penetrate the flack vest Berrena was wearing.

6) Sylvester Briddell, Jr., 26, was killed in Selbyville, Delaware,
as he won a bet with friends who said he would not
put a revolver loaded with four bullets into his mouth and pull the

5) In Guthrie, Oklahoma, Jason Heck tried to kill a millipede with
a shot from his 22-caliber rifle, but the bullet ricocheted off a nearby
rock and hit the head of his pal, Antonio Martinez.

4) In Elyria, Ohio, Martyn Eskins, attempting to clean out cobwebs
in his basement, declined to use a broom in favor of a propane blowtorch,
which caused a fire that burned the first and second floors of his house down.

3) Paul Stiller, 47, was hospitalized in Andover Township, NJ, along with
his wife Bonnie, when a quarter-stick of dynamite blew up inside their car.  
Apparently, while driving around at 2 AM, the bored couple lit the dynamite
and tried to toss it out the window to see what would happen. They failed
to notice that the window was closed.


2) Tacoma, Washington; Kerry Bingham who had been drinking with
several friends, when one of them said that they knew a person who
had bungee-jumped from the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in the
middle of traffic. The group of ten, now inebriated, trooped along the
walkway of the bridge at 4:30 AM. Upon arrival at the midpoint of the
bridge, they discovered that no one had brought a bungee rope. Bingham
pointed out a coil of lineman's cable that lay nearby. Volunteering to
jump, one end of the cable was secured around Bingham's leg and the
other end was tied to the bridge. His jump lasted 40 feet before the
cable tightened and tore his foot off at the ankle and he continued to
fall.  "All I can say is that God was watching out for me on that night,
there's just no other explanation for it."   His foot was never located. 


Overzealous zookeeper Friedrich Riesfeldt of Paderborn, Germany,
fed his constipated elephant, Stepan, 22 doses of animal laxative
and more than a bushel of berries, figs and prunes before the
plugged-up pachyderm finally let it fly, and suffocated the
keeper under 200-pounds of dung.  Investigators say ill-fated Friedrich,
46, was attempting to give the ailing elephant an olive oil enema when
the relief came.  "The sheer force of the elephant's unexpected
defecation knocked Mr. Riesfeldt to the ground where he struck his head
on a rock and lay unconscious as the elephant continued to evacuate his
bowels on top of him." said flabbergasted Paderborn police detective
Erik Dern.
This just goes to show just how stupid people can be. What a little common
sense could have prevented..

Friday, February 03, 2006

Someone out there either has too much spare time or is deadly at Scrabble.
(Wait till you see the last one)!

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Yep! Someone with waaaaaaaaaaay too much time on their hands! (Probably a son-in-law)

Bet your friends haven't seen this one!!!

Bannisters of Life,

As You Slide Down The Banister Of Life...

1. Jim Baker and Jimmy Swaggert have written an impressive new book.   It's called "Ministers Do More Than Lay People."

2. Transvestite:   A guy who likes to eat, drink and be Mary.

3. The difference between the Pope and your boss... ....the Pope only expects you to kiss his ring.

4. My mind works like lightning.   One brilliant flash and it is gone.

5. The only time the world beats a path to your door is if you're in the bathroom.

6. I hate sex in the movies. Tried it once. The seat folded up, the drink spilled and that ice, well, it really chilled the mood.

7. It used to be only death and taxes were inevitable.  Now, of course, there's shipping and handling, too.

8. A husband is someone who, after taking the trash out, gives the impression that he just  cleaned the whole house.

9. My next house will have no kitchen- just vending machines and a large trash can.

10. A blonde said, "I was worried that my mechanic might try to rip me off.  I was relieved when he told me all I needed was signal fluid."

11. I'm so depressed. My doctor refused to write me a prescription for Viagra. He said it would be like putting a new flagpole on a condemned  building.

12. My neighbor was bit by a stray rabid dog. I went to see how he was and found him writing frantically on a piece of paper. I told him rabies could be treated, and he didn't have to worry about a Will. He said, "Will? What Will? I'm making a list of the people I want to bite."

13. Definition of a teenager? God's punishment for enjoying sex.

14. As we slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point the wrong way.

Originally uploaded by jlbrooks72000.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

This Mornings Rant!

A bright and Cheery Good Morning To All! 
Now to the Rant!
Just for some background here. Every morning besides reading my email, deleting all the spam, I read the news sights to see what has happened during the night. Sometimes I even check the blog world to see what people have to say about what is going on. Today is one of those days.
From the Candy Universe, I received a link to Sen. Ted Kennedy's melt down in Congress yesterday during the confirmation hearings. Why is this old, fat dumb ass still in Congress? Better yet why is John Kerry still there too? What doesn't Massachusetts have anyone else to run for these seats than these 2 dumbass'?
An article from the Columbia School of Journalism, linked back to a blog by "Bitter Bitch" who made the comment that she really didn't give a rats ass that ABC's anchor man got hurt in Iraq by a roadside bomb. I agree with her. Who give a fuck that he got hurt except maybe their families. I sure as hell don't. He shouldn't have been there in the first place. None of them should be there. With today's satellite technology, their great " I have the big story" live reporting is getting people killed.
Did you see that Cindy Sheehan was also in the news this morning? She was invited to the State of the Union address last night by another senator. Wearing a shirt, speaking out against the war, etc, and when she was told to cover it or remove it, and refused.... Someone with a set of balls, arrested her dumb traitor ass and hauled her out of the congressional chamber. That man deserves a promotion, raise and a big bonus.
Although I really hate politics, I do pay attention to them. It's getting to the point I feel that we need to make some very big changes in on government. We need to get some of these old washed up idiots out of Congress and send them home. We need some new, younger blood on Capital Hill, who have a clue what is really going on out here in the states and not a punch of political weenies who are just trying to feed the pockets of companies in their respective states. We need someone in the White House who isn't afraid to say what they feel and to get things back on the track we should be on. Of all the parties that will attempt to put our new president in the White House, none of them appear to have a damn clue. The Democrats appear to be looking at Hilary. God forbid that happens. The Republicans don't appear to have anyone in mind yet, at least no one that is out front. Independents don't show up in time to do anything but screw up the other 2. Here is my choice. Fred Thompson. Former senior Senator from Tennessee. Got out of it because of the bullshit. Made a lot of good decisions while there. Has a brain, and uses it. Fought the hard fights that needed to be fought. Chances of him running. Slim. He has a new career, acting, and making a good living at it too. Still a good thought though.
How did a little boy get into an elephants cage? Who was watching him?