Archive for February 2006

What Happened (and where was I when it did).

February 27, 2006

I love words (which is good because I am a writer) but one of my favorite words has been changed and I hate it. What I want to know is: When did the word “FORM-idable” become “FOR-mid-able?” I’ve noticed that all the newscasters (that is, the few that I watch) and their guests are now saying for-mid-able and I’m against it. Why take a nice sounding aristocratic word and turn it into a snobbish English sounding word?

I hate it when this happens. I can even remember when “Gay” meant having a festive, jubilant, formidable good time. Well, maybe it still does. I wouldn’t know.

Johnny B.

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Get Real

February 22, 2006

This morning I saw a mouthpiece for the White House on TV and he explained in detail what a fine deal it is for us to turn our sea ports over to the United Arab Emirates. Let’s say, just for the sake of argument, that he and Bush and Condi and Rummy and everybody else in the capitol are entirely correct and it would be a grand arrangement. It doesn’t matter to the guy working the assembly line, or the farmer in the field.
Have these political idiots never learned even the basics about “selling” an idea? Even the lowliest student knows that it is NOT reality that guides people – it’s the PERCEPTION! And I will guarantee that the majority of Americans PERCEIVE this to be a sell out to the enemy, while we are still fighting them in Iraq. If I had a son or daughter placing themselves in harm’s way every day in the land of killers and murderers, I’d be marching in the protests myself.

If the Republicans had any hopes of retaining the White House, they’ve just made Hillary look good. And, if that happens, God help us. By the way, this consorium of sheiks and royalty who want our ports is headed by the ruler of Dubai, the richest country in the world. I wouldn’t try to pronounce his name, but let me give you just one fact: This man, of course, has a palace which rivals the Taj Mahal and a fleet of Mercedes autos. He even has a custom made silver Lexus. But when I say “silver,” I don’t mean silver paint. This Lexus is made completely out of real silver.

Of course, Bush has promised to veto any law congress passes to prevent this blunder so it will probably go through. But, in doing so, he is handing the White House to the Demos. The PERCEPTION of a stupid act like this makes the Demos look like they know what’s good for America.  Though we will survive Hillary’s presidency, it will be only be with the help of God.

Johnny B.

Right in our own Backyard

February 21, 2006

Am I crazy? Is our government actually planning to turn our ports over to the control of the United Arab Emirates? Hello! Does anybody remember 9-11? If I am not mistaken it was idiotic fanatics sponsored by this same consortium who destroyed a valued symbol of American commerce, plus several thousand people who just happened to go to work that day. According to the arab mods I see on TV each night they don’t even bother to go to work. Screw them – and a well placed hydrogen bomb wouldn’t hurt either. I’ve seen entertainers play with rattlesnakes, but invariably they eventually get bitten and some die. I’d prefer to see every arab dead, than one more American. Call me irresponsible, I’m just proud to be an American and I would destroy every enemy of the American way, if it was in my power.
Oh, I’ve heard all the arguments in favor of this misguided and insane proposition – the UAE manages lots of major ports around the world very efficiently, etc. Forget that bullshit. If they were the planet’s best managers, they should not be controlers of ANYTHING in this nation. The very symbolism shows that we have given in to towelheads and have given up on fighting terrorism.

As I have said before, I am not anti-Bush but if this is his idea (and I am not sure he has an idea of his own) he should be kicked in the ass and told to get some sense. It shows that Republicans (God bless ’em) cannot stand to be victorious in politics. If ever I saw the demonstration of their death wish, this is the greatest one, and don’t believe for a moment that the Demos will not take every advantage of it.

If you do nothing else this day – contact your congressmen and tell them to end this insanity before it goes any further.

Johnny B.

School Taxes Forever?

February 16, 2006

I just paid my personal property tax. I live in an unincorporated part of a county so mine were just $4000. If I had the same propertiy in the major city just 20 minutes away, they would have been close to $15000. Most of my taxes are school taxes which go up every year because more schools are built each year.

I haven’t had a child in a public school for nearly 30 years. My wife has never had a child – yet we both continue to pay school taxes year after year. Why? Well, liberals will tell you that “you must give back,” that it is, “for the common good.” Liberals like that common good ploy. They’ve also used it to take private property from individuals and then give the land to developers to build toll roads and condos on, “because it brings in even bigger taxes for the common good.”

Personally, I believe that nobody over the age of 65 should have to pay school taxes. My parents paid for me to go to public school with their taxes and I have paid taxes for my children – seems to me that the current parents of school age children should bear the burden of school taxes.

But, for the sake of debate (and the common good) just HOW LONG should older people (usually on inflation eating fixed incomes) be required to pay for school expenses? I’ll be open minded. What do you think? Should the cut-off be 70?

Or 80? How about 90? Give me a number, I’ll accept it. What I object to is taxes into perpetuity for school expenses.
Any relief for senior citizens from the burden of school taxes would be welcome, at any age. But, do you really believe that we should be required, under the threat of tax evasion – to pay them until we die?

Johnny b.

Another Crusade?

February 10, 2006

Maybe it’s time to put on the iron suits, pick up our swords, mount our horses, and sweep the world killing a Muslim for Christ. Don’t get me wrong, please. I don’t participate in any organized religion – I have my own conversations with a higher power, I  need no middle man, and as long as I let It point the way, I stay out of trouble.

But I’m not about to let some rabble of thugs kill me or anybody I care about. It has become obvious to anyone with the intelligence of a bed bug, that nobody (religious or otherwise) can survive with Muslims on the loose. Of course, the leftests in our country, the overly liberal, make all kinds of excuses for them. They had a bad childhood, they live in poverty, it’ s our fault because we don’t give them enough money. Newspapers and politicians take great care not to  use words that might, even remotely, offend Muslims. Bullshit.

Observe please, that at any given time the Muslims can raise a riot at a moment’s notice about anything. Turn on the news  and there they are, their cowardly faces covered in ski masks or rags, waving and burning flags of all kinds, shouting down anything that is not Muslim. My first thought when I see this is: Don’t these people have jobs? Don’t they have some sheep to herd, or camels to tend? Don’t they have anything to do except fill the streets with stinking mobs?

I guess not, but what can you expect from a people who wipe their asses with their fingers, and want to kill everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) so they can take the world back to the stone age. And, perhaps they don’t have time to do anything productive (name one good thing Muslims have given to world society) because they have to stop, face Mecca, and pray five times a day. Southern Baptists don’t even do that much praying.

You see, the world cannot exist with Muslims in it because above all else their alligience is to Allah, the moon god of Arabia. To be an American you must pledge alligiance to our country, to promise to be a patriot and loyal citizen. No Muslim can ever do that. So they must kill us all, and make no mistake about it – that is their goal. Muslims cannot even make friends with Christians or Jews or Buddhaists, because their alligiance is to Islam, which forbids such an affront to their master religion.

You’ll also notice that those flag-burning mobs are all men. That’s because Muslims hate women. Their Koran or Quran as they call it, instructs each man to marry four women and to beat and scourge his wives if they disobey him. Strange. Because, if they agree to strap C4 to their bodies and walk into a group of “Infidels” (that would be anyone who is not a Muslim) and blow themselves up, they will be a hero and go directly to paradise where they will be supplied with 10 (or is it 12?) virgins. (Who would probably first demand that they take a bath and carry out the garbage, before allowing him into the bedroom.)
They cannot live with us on a political basis because, instead of having a Republic as America does where the people elect persons to represent them in a congressional body where laws are made, they take their orders from the mullah; their spiritual leader, who teaches annihilation of Israel and destruction of America, which they refer to as “The Great Satan.”

Muslims could never accept our Constitution because it is based on biblical beliefs, and Muslims believe the Bible to be corrupt; Islam and Muhammad and the Koran do not allow freedom of religion and expression.

Remmber, in spite of the Athiests and other idiots seeking publicity, we still declare that we are, “One nation under God,” and our God is a loving and forgiving God diametrically opposed to Allah and the Koran. So Democracy and Islam can never co-exist. You will notice that every Muslim government is a dictatorship.

The world banded together, with America losing tens of thousands of our Greatest Generation, to rid the world of Nazi Germany. The Muslims and the Nazis have so much in common the similarities are too many to list. It is time, once again, to save the world. Not this time, from Nazi’s “Ethnic cleansing,” but from the despotic, tyranical, and eager to kill us Muslims. Remember the admonition of the immortal John Wayne: “The only good Muslim – is a dead Muslim.”

Johnny B.

IE7

February 6, 2006

You probably don’t give a damn, but geeks like me spend most of our time working around the defects in Internet Explorer 5 & 6 to build web sites. Seems that while all the world adheres to set standards, Bill decided to put a lot of proprietry code in his browser while ignoring the world wide web standards. Of course, since he gives the lousy thing to everyone who buys a computer (it’s usually built in) it still is in use by about 90% of web surfers. So we have work-arounds and fixes and patches that we have to use to make it semi-compatible with every other browser.
But guess what? The stats for this sight have shown Firefox creeping up and finally topping out OVER IE6! Which is great because Firefox is the best browser out there (from a web builder’s viewpoint).

Now, here is another guess what. I have a beta (ie:still under construction) version of dah dah! – INTERNET EXPLORER SEVEN! And the only difference I can see is that they have stolen the good parts of Firefox and incorporated it in their (new?) browser which will probably be in all of the next generation computers.

Do us all a favor (ie: all of us who build web sites), okay? Get Firefox now – it’s free, with no commercials and it is still the best browser available. Not only that but they keep improving it all the time. You know why it is free and good? Because it is “open source” which means that nobody makes any money off it, and anyone can add improvements at will, so a bunch of people are working on it at the same time – for free. When was the last time you saw Bill Gates do anything for free? I guess that’s why he’s the richest man in the world.
Johnny B.

Super Bowl

February 3, 2006

I guess I will be one of the six people in the world who won’t be watching Super Bowl XXIIIIIIIII. But I’ve got good news for those like me. If there is a new and hot restaurant in town that has a long waiting list to get a table – go to it on the night of the Super Bowl. You’ll have no trouble getting in. I’ve done that for years, and it always works.

It’s not that I have anything against football (I’ve heard the Steelers are playing, but I don’t know who the other team is) and if you get excited and crazy watching TV sports, that’s fine with me. It’s just that I’ve always found something more interesting for me to do than spending the afternoon watching grown people playing kid’s games. So I don’t watch tennis, hockey, baseball (baseball is particularly boring) or any other sports.

It’s not a snob thing with me. I’ve just never enjoyed being on the sidelines watching team sports. As I am sure sports fans wouldn’t get a thrill out of watching me operate ham radio or flying R/C airplanes or doing weird things with photos on a computer.

One of the most fascinating aspects of sports games is that fans are always complaining about how high ticket prices have gotten, and paying five bucks for a plastic cup of beer – but they keep doing it thereby making millionaires out of team owners and the star players. Cool. I think anybody should make as much as the traffic will bear. But I won’t be watching this year as always, so if you were planning on coming to my house to watch – I won’t be here.

Johnny B.