Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving !!

I just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. It dawned on me earlier today that this is the third "extra" Thanksgiving" the Lord has blessed me with since my transplant. It wasn't that long ago that I did not know how many more I would get to enjoy with friends and family.

After you go through a chronic illness that nearly takes your life and come out on the other side doing great, you look at things a little differently. Each morning I'm thankful just to not to wake up dead. I'm thankful to be able to get out of bed, clean up, and get dressed under my own power and spend another day with my wife. I used to get frustrated when I'd go deer hunting or fishing and come home with nothing. Now, I'm thankful just to have the physical strength to to go. If a get a deer or catch a few fish, then that's just icing on the cake.

Unfortunately, we humans tend to take things for granted until they are nearly taken from us. I want to encourage you today to enjoy the things you have, your family and friends, and be thankful for them. Say a prayer for our miltary families who are apart because a loved one is serving oversees. If you see someone in a military uniform, tell them how thankful you are for them and their service to our country. May God Bless you all.
Enhanced by Zemanta

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Thuggery starts at the top

Dear Tennessee Titan Thugs,

Now, the "towel incident" last December makes perfect sense. Bud Adams' flipping the Buffalo Bills and their fans the bird during the game on Sunday shows exactly where your organization's lack of common decency and respect for others comes from - straight from the top. No wonder Houston kicked you guys out. You have no class at all.

The saddest thing is linebacker Stephen Tulloch's comment in The Tennessean concerning Adams actions - "... He is a cool owner and it is good to see him around here supporting us. To have an owner like that, it's cool" ( Tulloch's kidding right ?? It's cool ?? It's classless. No wonder you've never won the Super Bowl. Is this really the example that Nashville wants it's NFL team sitting for the local children ?? The $250,000 fine was too lenient. Thug fans should be ashamed and find a team with some class to pull for - period. Even the Baltimore Ravens have more class than you guys. But that's not saying much, is it ??

The Terrible Towel
Enhanced by Zemanta

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

FREE NRA MEMBERSHIP available here

I have recently placed a link on this blog to a FREE NRA MEMBERSHIP. If you are not a member of The National Rifle Association but have thought about joining in the past, here is your chance to try it out ABSOLUTELY FREE !! Just click on the link in the lower part of this blog and follow the instructions and you'll be taken care off.

Also, if you find my blog as a result of this offer, please leave a comment or send me an e-mail to let me know. I am trying to increase blog readership and would like to track the results to see if this helps. Thanks for your help and enjoy the blog.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Kiffin Cuts Richardson and Edwards

As a University of Tennessee alum and football fan, I was embarrassed and angry last week when learning that three players, Nu'Keese Richardson, Mike Edwards, and Janzen Jackson, had been arrested for attempted armed robbery. I often say that my blood runs "Big Orange." I had hoped that the off-field behavior problems which plaqued the team during the Fulmer Regime were over with the hiring of Lane Kiffin. Unfortunately, I was wrong.

The last few years of Phil Fulmer's administration saw numerous players get into trouble with the law. Unfortunately, in most cases all Fulmer did was slap them on the wrist by suspending the guilty parties for a quarter or a half of a game. What a joke. His non-existent discipline measures ultimately led to his downfall. The lack of discipline off the football field led to no discipline on the field and was evidenced by numerous false start, holding, and personal foul penalties. Penalties which led to numerous losses to Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Auburn. All of these elements compounded together ultimately cost him his job. In my opinion, it took UT too long to boot him.

Until last week, I was extremely proud of the UT football program this year. When Fulmer left, many players jumped ship which left the team young and inexperienced. Kiffin, however, managed to pull the team together and they have fought and scrapped and been in every game they played this year up until Saturday. Plus, there had been no significant discipline problems. Heck, they took #1 Alabama down to the last play of the game before losing and only lost to Florida, who was ranked #1 at the time, by 10 in the Swamp. Unfortunately, the arrests of their teammates last week was a distraction and they were whipped by Mississippi 41-17.

The team is 5-5 heading into the last two regular season games and have hopes of going to a bowl if they win out. However, I think there is a much bigger issue Coach Kiffin needs to deal with for the long-term good of the team and the university. His dismissal from the team of Richardson and Edwards today as a result of their arrests is a step in the right direction. He is still gathering information about the incident before deciding on Jackson. I believe he needs to do more, such as requiring the following of the current team and any future recruits :
  1. Anyone who plays football at UT must give 110% on the field and in the classroom. 
  2. Anyone who plays football at UT must graduate.
  3. Set a curfew. Richardson, Edwards, and Jackson were allegedly at the scene of the crime at 1:43 a.m. on a weeknight. Why were they not in their dorm room ??
  4. Anyone who plays football at UT must obey the law and act like a gentleman.
  5. Anyone who plays football at UT and fails to do #'s 1,2,3, and 4 is booted from the team - period.
  6. Plus, if someone who plays football at UT gets booted from the team, Coach needs to do everything in his power to keep them from playing in the NFL.
These will not be popular. However, I believe it's high time we as a nation refuse to let people be thugs and criminals simply because they are athletes, politicians, or other so-called "important people." Morals, ethics, and the rule of law are still important whether the media and other bleeding hearts think so or not. This is the lesson that Coach Kiffin must teach the young men he coaches and his handling of this incident is his biggest test so far. The result is more important than beating Florida or Alabama or even winning a championship, and I'm praying he gets it right.
Enhanced by Zemanta

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Mao worshipper Dunn leaving White House

I heard earlier today that Anita Dunn is resigning her position at the White House effective at the end of this month. This is the same Anita Dunn that claimed, "The reality of it is that Fox News often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party." She went on to say that "... the way we (the White House) view it, is that it is more of a wing of the Republican Party." She made both these statements last month as part of the so-called White House "war on Fox News."

These statements were spoken like someone who obviously doesn't have a clue what she is talking about. If you ever watch Fox News, you know that most of their opinion shows are admittedly more identifiable with the Independents and not the Republicans. Furthermore, this is the same Anita Dunn that was recorded saying that one of her favorite political philosophers is Mao Tse Tung - the Communist who had millions of his own people executed !! What the heck was this woman doing in the White House anyway ??
Enhanced by Zemanta

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Video now unavailable

I'm sorry to have to inform everyone of the fact that the video I posted in yesterday's blog post has been removed from Youtube. If you have been trying to view it but cannot, I apologize. I've had a few people tell me that if you search Youtube you can still find it just not at the link I gave Friday.

This 20/20 story done by John Stossel on socialized medicine was very informative, and I suspect that the ObamaCare supporters had it yanked. Censorship is alive and well in America. They've already ignored the 9th and 10th Amendments. Now its bye, bye freedom of the press and of speech. We will miss you.

What's next ?? The 2nd Amendment ?? The 4th ?? God only knows.
Enhanced by Zemanta

Friday, November 6, 2009

ObamaCare equals NO CARE

Congress will reportedly vote on health care reform a.k.a. socialized medicine a.k.a. universal health care a.k.a. ObamaCare as early as this weekend. Please watch this video from ABC's 20 / 20 and then if you feel as strongly as I do that ObamaCare is not the answer to reforming our health care system, then contact your Senators and Congressman immediately and tell them to vote "absolutely, positively no" on ObamaCare. The contact information for your Senators or Congressman can be found in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives links on the right side of my blog page.

It is rumored that ABC fired John Stossel for making this video. He now works for Fox. Also, if you get my e-mail updates, the video link will not come through in the e-mail. All you have to do to view the video is click on "ObamaCare equals NO CARE" in the e-mail title and you'll be directed to my blog where you can view the video.
Enhanced by Zemanta

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Pope and Pelosi

The Pope and Nancy Pelosi are on the same stage in front of a huge crowd.

The Pope leans towards Mrs. Pelosi and says, "Did you know that with one little wave of my hand I can make every person in this crowd go wild with Joy ? This joy will not be a momentary display, like that of your followers, but go deep into their hearts and they'll forever speak of this day and rejoice !"

Pelosi replied, "I seriously doubt that. With one little wave of your hand ? Show me."

So ... the Pope slapped her.
Enhanced by Zemanta

Monday, November 2, 2009

McMurray Wins Amp Energy 500

I returned from a weekend at Talladega late last night. After making a prediction on Friday as to how the Amp Energy 500 would turn out, I learned why I am not a gambler - I wouldn't be any good at it.

On Friday I predicted 5 things about the 500 :
  1. Jimmie Johnson would lay back the first half of the race and play it safe.
  2. Johnson would work his way to the front during the second half of the race.
  3. He would get caught up in the big wreck and have a bad finish, and
  4. this would lead to Mark Martin getting back in the title hunt.
  5. Tony Stewart's Chase luck would change with him getting a top 5 finish which coupled with Johnson's problems would put him back in the title hunt, too.
Care to guess how correct I was ?? Well, Johnson did lay back and then work himself through the pack late in the race. However, he missed the big wreck, finished 6th, and Mark Martin was caught up in it and finished 28th. Tony Stewart finished 35th. Basically I was right on 2 out of 5. Not too good. Instead Jamie McMurray won the race and Jimmie Johnson extended his points lead to 184 over Martin. Johnson has essentially locked up his 4th straight title and everyone else is looking to next year.
I took the picture from my seat on the front stretch overlooking pit road. I hope you enjoy the view. Sure was a fun weekend. There's not much like having 43 cars come barreling down the front stretch at Talladega at over 190 MPH and the feeling the grandstand rumble like an earthquake. What a rush !!
Enhanced by Zemanta