Friday, August 28, 2015

Hillary's Hero

Hillary Clinton is running for president in 2016. I thought she might challenge Obama in 2012, but she didn't. Unfortunately, I think she'll probably win, too, even though she has more baggage than a Boeing 747 flying to Europe. Americans love the Clintons. They always have, and I guess I'll never understand why.

Before you walk into the voting booth and push the button, pull the lever, etc. beside Hillary's name, allow me to show you what you will be voting for that you may not be aware of. It has nothing to do with taxes, healthcare, or guns, either. This is way more important.

Hillary's Hero - sent in by a friend via Facebook.
Ever heard of Margaret Sanger? Well, Hillary has said that she "admires" and is "really in awe" of her. So, who is Margaret Sanger?

She is the founder of Planned Parenthood (PP). You remember them, right? They've recently been in the news for a scandal involving selling tissue of aborted babies. However, there's more to know about Sanger than just that she's the founder of PP.

Sanger was a big advocate for abortion. She saw it not just as a way to end inconvenient or unwanted pregnancies but as a means to control the population of African Americans, the disabled, immigrants, and others. They were deemed as "undesirables". Compassionate she was not, and remember - Hillary admires and is in awe of her. Oh yea, one other thing - Sanger was a member of the Socialist Party, too.

Do not take my word for any of this. Google Sanger and look over what you find. You will be shocked at some of the information. Some have said that Adolf Hitler was inspired by her.

So, now that you know a little more about Margaret Sanger and PP's history, here's my question - since Sanger wanted to use abortion as a means to remove "the undesirables" from society, and Hillary admires her, doesn't it stand to reason that Hillary holds the same views that Sanger did? If so, why is she even on the dadgum presidential ballot? And why are millions of Americans gonna vote for her?

The U.S. has made much progress in race relations since the 1960's, but we've still got a long way to go. If we really believe that "Black Lives Matter" and "All Lives Matter", then why would we want Hillary Clinton as President?

On this one issue alone, it makes no dadgum sense.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Do You Love Your Husband?

A group of women were at a seminar on how to live in a loving relationship with their husband. The women were asked, "How many of you love your husband?"

All of them raised their hands. Then, they were asked, "When was the last time you told your husband you loved him?" Some of the women answered today, a few yesterday, and some couldn't remember.

The women were then told to take out their cell phones and text their husband: "I love you, sweetheart." The women were then told to exchange phones with another person and to read aloud the text received in response.

Here are some of the replies:
  1. Who the h#$% is this?
  2. Eh, mother of my children, are you sick or what?
  3. Yeah, and I love you, too. What's up with you??
  4. What now? Did you crash the car again?
  5. I don't understand. What do you mean?
  6. What the h#$% did you do now?
  7. ?!?
  8. Don't beat around the bush, just tell me how much you need.
  9. Am I dreaming?
  10. If you don't tell me who this message is actually for, someone will die.
  11. I thought we agreed you wouldn't drink during the day.
  12. Your mother is coming to stay with us, isn't she?

Monday, June 15, 2015

Flag Day Music Monday

I'm not an NBA fan, but I am a Metallica fan. So, when I ran across today's video of Metallica playing "The Star Spangled Banner" prior to last night's NBA Finals Game 5, I knew it was perfect for today's Music Monday, which happens to be Flag Day.

I've embedded the video below or you can watch it by clicking here. Crank up the volume, because the National Anthem never sounded so good.

Occasionally, I'm asked, "Sheepdog, why a metal fan?" This is why. There's just something about the sound of a screaming 6-string. 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Deaf Mafia Bookkeeper



A Mafia Godfather finds out that his bookkeeper, Guido, has cheated him out of $10,000,000.

His bookkeeper is deaf, which was the reason he got the job in the first place. It was assumed that Guido would hear nothing and would therefore never have to testify in court. 

When the Godfather goes to confront Guido about the missing $10 million, he takes along his lawyer, who knows sign language.
 
The Godfather tells the lawyer, "Ask him where the money is."

The lawyer, using sign language, asks Guido, "Where's the money?"

Guido signs back, "I don't know what you are talking about."

The lawyer tells the Godfather, "He says he doesn't know what you are talking about. 

The Godfather pulls out a pistol, puts it to Guido's head, and says, "Ask him again or I'll kill him!"
 
The lawyer signs to Guido, "He'll kill you if you don't tell him." 

Guido trembles and signs back, "OK! You win! The money is in a brown briefcase, buried behind the shed at my cousin Bruno's house." 

The Godfather asks the lawyer, "What did he say?" 

The lawyer replies, "He says you don't have the guts to pull the trigger."

Capische?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tennessee Lawmaker Thinks Deer Are A "Nuisance", But Poachers Not So Much

Did the title of this post get your attention? Did it have "shock value"? Did you think, "what the heck", or something similar? Well, good. Those are the exact reactions I wanted you to have. If you're a Tennessee hunter, I'll bet your reaction will be even more intense by the time you finish reading the article.

State Seal of Tennessee.
State Seal of Tennessee. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Hunting is one of my hobbies and one of my passions. My health situation doesn't allow me to hunt as much as I'd like, but I'm always thankful for the opportunities I do have. Every year, I look forward to spring and the start of turkey season. Every fall, I look forward to November and the start of muzzleloader deer season, just like thousands of other hunters in Tennessee and other states. Legal, ethical hunters, no matter what state they live in, have two things in common - a love for the outdoors and a disdain for poachers.

Our dislike for poachers is because they illegally kill game animals, oftentimes trophy animals, and deprive us of the legal, ethical opportunity to do so. While we purchase license(s) and put in hours and hours of homework in order to hunt and enjoy the outdoors the right way, poachers take the easy, illegal, unethical way out. These criminal poachers have no respect for the law, legal hunters, landowners, and the very animals they kill. They kill animals when they want, how they won't, and without regard for the safety and property rights of others. They are basically thieves stealing a resource they are not entitled to. The sad part is that in the state of Tennessee, if a poacher is caught and convicted of his or her crime, they get a mere slap on the wrist. However, Tennessee State Senator Jim Tracy is currently sponsoring legislation (SB 0904 / HB 1185) that will significantly increase the penalty a convicted poacher will pay, if it becomes law.

According to the bill's summary, under current Tennessee law, if a person illegally kills a deer, turkey, bear, elk, etc., TWRA can recover damages of at least $200 for each such animal. If the animal is an elk the amount jumps to at least $1000.

If Sen. Tracy's legislation becomes law, these amounts will increase substantially. For instance, restitution will be required in the amount of:
  1. at least $1500 for each illegally killed bear or elk,
  2. at least $1000 for each illegally killed deer or turkey,
  3. in addition to #1 or 2 above, there would be an additional $500 per point for an antlered deer or elk with 8-10 points or $750 per point if it has 11 or more points, 
  4. in addition to #1, another $3000 would be added if the bear is female, and
  5. the person(s) hunting / fishing / trapping license is revoked until the restitution is paid.
Now, let's compare current law to the proposed new one. According to the bill's summary, currently if a poacher kills an 8-point whitetail buck deer and is caught and convicted, they have to pay ONLY $200 in damages to TWRA (Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency). If these new, stiffer restitution amounts become law, that same illegally killed 8-point will NOW cost the poacher $5000 {$1000 + (8 x $500 per antler point)}. I think legal, ethical hunters across this state will agree with me - this is good, needed legislation that needs to become law .... now. Non-hunters will likely agree, also. However, one Tennessee State Senator, Frank Niceley, a Republican, from East Tennessee thinks it's a bad idea.

English: Map of Tennessee counties. White border.
English: Map of Tennessee counties. White border. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Niceley represents the Tennessee counties of Union, Hawkins, Jefferson, Hancock, Grainger, and Claiborne. In the video from the March 11, 2015 meeting of the Tennessee State Senate Energy, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Committee, Niceley makes it very clear that he does not support the new legislation and makes himself look much less than statesmanlike in the process. On more than one occasion, he makes asinine comments, asks asinine questions, and is condescending towards witnesses, including a representative from TWRA. For instance :
  • He is the first member of the committee to speak, besides the chair, when he asks, "How much does it cost to shoot a deer off the road these days?" Do what? He follows that up with, "How do you arrive at what it's worth? I mean is a young deer worth more than an old one? Is a buck worth more than a doe? How do you arrive at how much it's gonna cost to pay for this?" He missed the whole point of the legislation. The cost of the animal is not the point. The point is to deter poaching and protect the natural resource. Duh.
  • Nicely follows those questions up with a real gem saying that poachers should be sent to, and likely would be welcomed, in parts of Tennessee where the deer population is high. Really? Tennesseans would welcome these criminals into their neighborhoods? I doubt that, Senator.
  • Nicely also states that he does not understand why the punishment for poaching should be increased since there are so many deer? To me it seems he thinks poachers are performing a community service by helping to remove a public "nuisance" a.k.a. the deer. Is he trying to make the case that breaking the state's game laws by illegally killing animals is justified when animal populations are high? If that's his logic, it's like saying robbing banks is o.k. because the big, bad banks have so much money. Sounds kinda like something a Democrat would say, doesn't it?
  • Lastly, Nicely wants to know if he can exempt the counties in his district from these new stiffer, poaching restitution guidelines, laughing as if it's a joke. Wonder what other state laws he would like to exempt his counties from? Drunk driving laws? Campaign contribution laws? Speed limit laws? Ethics laws? What else, senator? The only joke I see here is his behavior in the hearing. The reason he wants his district exempted is because, as he says, "we don't have a (poaching) problem." So, no poaching occurs in his district? Having grown up in East Tennessee near Niceley's district, I doubt that, too, but more on that in a bit.
The fun doesn't end with this hearing. The legislation was rolled one week to March 18 where Niceley, still opposing the legislation, gives us more gems, including :
  • When addressing the TWRA representative, he says, "You (the TWRA) rarely catch anybody." He then states, in regards to his local game warden not catching poachers, "We laugh about him trying to catch 'em. He's never caught one." Senator, perhaps instead of laughing at the game warden, you could be a responsible citizen and help them. Once again, he acts much less than statesmanlike.
  • A week earlier, Niceley said there is no poaching problem in his district, but then in the 3/18/15 hearing he states, "I've lived on my farm 44 years. I bet there's been 2000 deer poached down River Road." Uh ..... hang on a minute, Senator. I thought you said there was no poaching problem in your district, but yet you just admitted to knowing of one. Which is it? ... Spoken like a true politician - say one thing one time and something entirely different later. Gotcha dude.
  • He also states his opinion that the bill is overkill, because, "we've got more deer than we need."
Please don't take my word for it. Go and watch the video of these committee hearings for yourself by clicking here. After clicking on the link, click on the "Video" tab to watch the videos from both hearings.

English: Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville,...
English: Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I am happy to be able to report that despite Niceley's shenanigans, the legislation passed out of the committee. It's members voted as follows :
  • Voting against - Frank Niceley (R) (1st Vice Chair) and Paul Bailey (R)(2nd Vice Chair)
  • Voting for - Steve Southerland (R)(Chair), Mike Bell (R), Mark Green (R), Dolores Gresham (R), Lee Harris (D), Kerry Roberts (R), and Ken Yager (R) 
On behalf of ethical, true hunters all across the state, I want to thank all the members who voted in favor of the legislation and Sen. Jim Tracy for sponsoring it. I'd also like to point out that the only two voting against it were Republicans.