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Well they made this easy

01 Nov

Just got this in my inbox. It is an Official video from President Obama’s PAC encouraging us all to preach tea importance of health insurance to our friends and family.

But the best part is when they equate health insurance with joining a cult or the circus. No really go watch for yourself.

Oddly enough they fail to mention the federal fine for NOT enrolling.

Video here

 
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Trust me it’s worth a listen

18 Oct

As many of my readers know I am an avid listener and frequent caller on the squirrel report . Well last night JayG officially announced his new job. I won’t blow it here since I don’t think he has announced it on his blog yet but all I can say is its awesome.

He’s a good guy who has been the driving inspiration for a lot of us to get into blogging.

Also in the same episode we discussed unusual sandwiches and I promised a video of making my personal odd sandwich.

Look forward to that soon as given how excited Breda was about me making the video I think I have to do it now.

 
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The government shutdown and my outlook on it.

04 Oct

Here are my quickly scribbled thoughts on what is now day 3 of this shutdown.

1. It’s virtually inevitable they the employees that have been furloughed will receive backpay just like they did in 1995 so the proper term is really paid vacation. Basically it looks to me like this has about as much effect as the week between Christmas and New Years where it seems like just about everybody is out of their office.

2. Yes I’m tired of both sides whining. The republicans are still bitter that they couldn’t put together a coherent argument to beat Obamacare and the Democrats are doing everything they can to try and prove the importance of their role by making it hurt more, such as shutting WWII veterans out of the national WWII memorial.

3. I hope that we all remember this come election time but I fear that yet again we will have a country that simply votes for the politicians that promise the most free stuff to the most people.

4. I encourage all of you regardless of if you have employer sponsored healthcare to visit the websites for the health care exchanges and look at the prices. At least for my wife and I we realized that the individual mandate to buy a private service was absolutely unreasonable and the prices were bloated due to the red tape included in all of the plans.

 
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My perspective on the Starbucks thing.

18 Sep

When this whole Starbucks appreciation day and I love guns and coffee thing kicked off I was tepid in my excitement for it. (Feel free to look back on my archives if you want some proof). I thought it was good that a major company like Starbucks was supporting our freedom but I thought that people were going way overboard.

So now the CEO of Starbucks has posted and open letter politely asking us to stop openly carrying firearms in his stores. When I read the letter basically what I see is that he didn’t ask for his stores to be used as a basis for anyone’s political organization activities and he doesn’t want to participate in the debate. I’m fine with that. He also states he is not posting his stores with “gun free zone” signs. So those of us that carry concealed are still legally just fine to drink coffee armed.

I love the gun community but we do have a habit of overdoing it. When people started carrying long guns into Starbucks and when others made it a point to redesign the Starbucks logo into a pro-gun logo I knew this would eventually happen.

To my fellow advocates that are bashing Starbucks and saying you wont buy their coffee. Well so be it your welcome to eat and drink overpriced coffee anywhere you want but I really don’t see this as an anti-gun move by Schultz I see this as him politely asking us to stop using his private property for our political demonstrations.

 
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Another busy and fun weekend.

11 Sep

For the past 3 days my lovely wife and I have been celebrating our anniversary. We came home yesterday after driving 449 miles visiting 4 casinos and finding an amazing hotel that we cant wait to return to. Each year my wife and I spend 1 night at a lovely little cottage overlooking Puget sound and stay in the same cabin. Then we find somewhere different for the second night. That’s exactly what we did this time and we loved it. Few things are better than waking up with no agenda and deciding where to go.

Oh sure we could have planned our route more efficiently since a lot of times we visited the same casino more than once but this was about us wandering and enjoying the great weather and each others company.

It was amazing in every way, but alas today its back to work for both of us and I’m just not quite feeling ready to get in the shower so why not stall a little longer and finally post something on the blog right? Maybe later I will expand on this post and fill in all the details of what we did and which places we liked.

 
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Long day but lots of fun

20 Aug

Today started at 530am when I got up and took the motorcycle out to my buddies about 45miles away. We rode out another 15miles or so for breakfast and then took the long way home stopping to take pictures of snoqualmie falls.

After I got home I was home less than 25minutes before the whole family was out the door to go for a hike across the Tacoma Narrows bridge.

After that it was a late picnic lunch on the waterfront and then as we were leaving a car full of 3 young girls in the parking lot of the waterfront had a flat tire and between the 3 of them they didn’t stand a chance of changing it so my wife gave me the “go ahead we will wait look”. All I can say is if your going to drive a car know how to change a damn tire or have AAA on speed dial.

After 10min later of her looking for her special socket to take off her aftermarket rims we got it all squared away.

Then it was off to Walmart for a few quick things and then costco for a few more. In the parking lot of Costco an elderly lady piloted her full cart of food off a curb tipping it into the parking lot. Luckily a Costco employee was there to help us pick up the cart and to replace the strawberries that were a causality of the fall. After that was off to dinner with the family and finally some grocery shopping for the week.

It’s now 9pm and I have been in the house less than an hour since 5am.

I think it’s time for bed.

 
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I proudly supported a Democrat fund raiser and I will do it again next year.

31 Jul

Each year the last weekend of July is automatically the time for my vacation. Since I met my wife every year we have gone to the Sun and Surf Motorcycle rally in Ocean Shores, WA. Its a pretty standard rally lots of vendors some bike games, a custom bike show and a few exhibition teams.

The crowd is pretty much exactly what you would expect, tons of people dressed in leather, lots of loud bikes and plenty of patches on their leather vests explaining exactly how they feel about everything from the fact that loud pipes save lives to remembering those we have lost. This a crowd that screams “I’m my own person back off and let me do what I want”. Its not uncommon to see openly carried firearms on hips and a large numbers of people with patches on their jackets or stickers on their bikes voicing opposition to gun control.

That being said one of the vendors that has been their for a large number of years is the Gray’s Harbor Democrats, they sell onion burgers from a food truck. Oh sure their truck is covered in signs for candidates I don’t endorse but they serve a damn good onion burger at a fair price (at least competitive to that event) and they don’t preach while they serve food. The rally has been loosing vendors in the past few years and these guys have come back every year, paid their fees and supported the rally. So while I know that some of the money I pay for that delicious onion burger will go back to campaigns I’m not a fan of I have to think that they are aware of the crowd and at least partially receptive to the message.

 
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I admire his wit but condemn his stupidity.

18 Jul

When Joe Biden famously gave terrible advice telling millions of Americans to shoot warning shots to scare away criminals, most of us were smart enough to know we would end up in jail.

Well here it is.

Full Article

VANCOUVER, Wash. — A Washington state man who fired a shotgun in the air to chase away car prowlers says he was following the advice of Vice President Joe Biden.

Jeffrey Barton, of Vancouver, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a Clark County court to a charge of illegally discharging a firearm. The 52-year-old fired the shot Monday when he thought people were breaking into his vehicles.

 
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It’s that time of year again.

10 Jul

Well it’s that time of year when my hosting company starts blowing up my phone reminding me that my domain expires soon.

Lately I haven’t been blogging much but I know I still enjoy doing it when I do. So we are re-upped for another year and we shall see what this year has bring.

My big push is going to try and get comments. At least according to the stats I see I am getting traffic but I just don’t have a very interactive audience. So that tells me something about most of the posts I create.

 
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We’ve all got our vices.

13 Jun

I don’t have a particularly stressful job however I do occasionally have stress from other sources that can make me stress out at work.

While I always chew gum at work and normally go through a 15stick pack in the course of a 12hr shift I have noticed that when I stress out I change out my gum more often. It’s odd but Something I’ve noticed. My coworker this week is well let’s just say he’s a special kind of special. He can twist my buttons in such a way to cause me stress. Well guess what. I’m not even 6hrs into my shift and I’ve got exactly 2 sticks of gum left.

Consider that a barometer of my mood for the day.

Now the good thing for you is I also blog when I’m stressed so my next break might spur a great blog post.

 
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