Thursday, May 31, 2007

Things I Like To Do When I Have A Day Off Of Work..

* Do laundry. It's the perfect time to go to the laundry mat and put my clothes into a publicly used washer and dryer that have previously washed feces and urine out of other peoples clothes.

* Go for a walk. I don't know why I go for a walk on my day off. I walk for an hour and then I turn around and walk home. I could have just stayed home and saved myself a lot of time and trouble.

* Eat at a nice restaurant. Because during the week the lunchables that I eat have left my insides coated with turkey preservatives and ham residue.

* Read a book. I need to finish the Judy Blume series I started back in 3rd grade.

* Make a movie. That sequel to Forest Gump that I wrote is not going to produce and direct itself.

* Give money to the homeless. I have reservations about giving money to the homeless because whenever I give them cash I have a feeling they just go blow it on food and medicine.

* Work on repairs around the house. My garbage disposal is making a horrible grinding sound like something is stuck inside of it...Also my pet kitten is missing.

* Visit a foreign country. I need to finally pick up that Asian orphan I adopted last year, the agency won't stop calling my house.


Any other ideas on how I can wisely spend my time on my days off???

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Stevie Wonder

I have had moments where I want to run out and buy every Stevie Wonder album ever made. He is simply one of the best singer/songwriters of all time. But even though he is blind since infancy he plays multiple instruments. For those of us who think that he sang "I Just Called To Say I Love You" because we remember that one from the 80's....do yourself a favor and go to the store right now and buy Stevie Wonder's Greatest Hits Volumes 1 and 2. You will be a fan for life I promise.

Here's a couple of my favorites live...
Heaven Help Us All


Yester-me, Yester-you, Yesterday



Finally check out Stevie playing an extended drum solo. I was astounded to see this. Amazing...

Monday, May 28, 2007

The Final Salute


I urge all of us to read these stories. These are stories of the men who earned the Congressional Medal of Honor. I promise you that you will hold your family a little closer and treat your neighbor better when you read how some men died so bravely so that we can have the things we have and the freedom we cherish. You can find the rest of the stories from ALL wars here.



RUHL, DONALD JACK

Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Born 2 July 1923, Columbus, Mont. Accredited to: Montana. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a rifleman in an assault platoon of Company E, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, from 19 to 21 February 1945. Quick to press the advantage after 8 Japanese had been driven from a blockhouse on D-day, Pfc. Ruhl single-handedly attacked the group, killing 1 of the enemy with his bayonet and another by rifle fire in his determined attempt to annihilate the escaping troops. Cool and undaunted as the fury of hostile resistance steadily increased throughout the night, he voluntarily left the shelter of his tank trap early in the morning of D-day plus 1 and moved out under a tremendous volume of mortar and machinegun fire to rescue a wounded marine Iying in an exposed position approximately 40 yards forward of the line. Half pulling and half carrying the wounded man, he removed him to a defiladed position, called for an assistant and a stretcher and, again running the gauntlet of hostile fire, carried the casualty to an aid station some 300 yards distant on the beach. Returning to his platoon, he continued his valiant efforts, volunteering to investigate and apparently abandoned Japanese gun emplacement 75 yards forward of the right flank during consolidation of the front lines, and subsequently occupying the position through the night to prevent the enemy from repossessing the valuable weapon. Pushing forward in the assault against the vast network of fortifications surrounding Mt. Suribachi the following morning, he crawled with his platoon guide to the top of a Japanese bunker to bring fire to bear on enemy troops located on the far side of the bunker. Suddenly a hostile grenade landed between the 2 marines. Instantly Pfc. Ruhl called a warning to his fellow marine and dived on the deadly missile, at-sorbing the full impact of the shattering explosion in his own body and protecting all within range from the danger of flying fragments although he might easily have dropped from his position on the edge of the bunker to the ground below. An indomitable fighter, Pfc. Ruhl rendered heroic service toward the defeat of a ruthless enemy, and his valor, initiative and unfaltering spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of almost certain death sustain and enhance the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.


SALOMON, BEN L.

Captain Ben L. Salomon was serving at Saipan, in the Marianas Islands on July 7, 1944, as the Surgeon for the 2d Battalion, 105th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division. The Regiment's 1st and 2d Battalions were attacked by an overwhelming force estimated between 3,000 and 5,000 Japanese soldiers. It was one of the largest attacks attempted in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Although both units fought furiously, the enemy soon penetrated the Battalions' combined perimeter and inflicted overwhelming casualties. In the first minutes of the attack, approximately 30 wounded soldiers walked, crawled, or were carried into Captain Salomon's aid station, and the small tent soon filled with wounded men. As the perimeter began to be overrun, it became increasingly difficult for Captain Salomon to work on the wounded. He then saw a Japanese soldier bayoneting one of the wounded soldiers lying near the tent. Firing from a squatting position, Captain Salomon quickly killed the enemy soldier. Then, as he turned his attention back to the wounded, two more Japanese soldiers appeared in the front entrance of the tent. As these enemy soldiers were killed, four more crawled under the tent walls. Rushing them, Captain Salomon kicked the knife out of the hand of one, shot another, and bayoneted a third. Captain Salomon butted the fourth enemy soldier in the stomach and a wounded comrade then shot and killed the enemy soldier. Realizing the gravity of the situation, Captain Salomon ordered the wounded to make their way as best they could back to the regimental aid station, while he attempted to hold off the enemy until they were clear. Captain Salomon then grabbed a rifle from one of the wounded and rushed out of the tent. After four men were killed while manning a machine gun, Captain Salomon took control of it. When his body was later found, 98 dead enemy soldiers were piled in front of his position. Captain Salomon's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.



SCHWAB, ALBERT EARNEST

Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Born: 17 July 1920, Washington, D.C. Entered service at: Tulsa, Okla. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a flamethrower operator in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa Shima in the Rykuyu Islands, 7 May 1945. Quick to take action when his company was pinned down in a valley and suffered resultant heavy casualties under blanketing machinegun fire emanating from a high ridge to the front, Pfc. Schwab, unable to flank the enemy emplacement because of steep cliffs on either side, advanced up the face of the ridge in bold defiance of the intense barrage and, skillfully directing the fire of his flamethrower, quickly demolished the hostile gun position, thereby enabling his company to occupy the ridge. Suddenly a second enemy machinegun opened fire, killing and wounding several marines with its initial bursts. Estimating with split-second decision the tactical difficulties confronting his comrades, Pfc. Schwab elected to continue his l-man assault despite a diminished supply of fuel for his flamethrower. Cool and indomitable, he moved forward in the face of a direct concentration of hostile fire, relentlessly closed the enemy position and attacked. Although severely wounded by a final vicious blast from the enemy weapon, Pfc. Schwab had succeeded in destroying 2 highly strategic Japanese gun positions during a critical stage of the operation and, by his dauntless, single-handed efforts, had materially furthered the advance of his company. His aggressive initiative, outstanding valor and professional skill throughout the bitter conflict sustain and enhance the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Concert I Forgot About

The other day I posted a massive list of the concerts I have seen over time. I forgot one of the best concerts I've ever been to. That's right...



Weezer rocked my face off. I forgot that one, how silly of me!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Monday, May 21, 2007

Once Again... Rush Limbaugh's 35 Undeniable Truths

I like to post this list maybe twice a year because I really think it deserves reading. Both sets are outdated now but they speak so closely as to what I believe to be true about politics and religion...
There is both an old and the newer revised addition. You can find them both here. This is the revised addition...

(All equally truthful: number 1 is not more or less important than 35.)

1. There is a distinct singular American culture - rugged individualism
and self-reliance - which made America great.
2. The vast majority of the rich in this country did not inherit their
wealth; they earned it. They are the country's achievers, producers,
and job creators.

3. No nation has ever taxed itself into prosperity.
4. Evidence refutes liberalism.
5. There is no such thing as a New Democrat.
6. The Earth's eco-system is not fragile.
7. Character matters; leadership descends from character.
8. The most beautiful thing about a tree is what you do with it after you
cut it down.

9. Ronald Reagan was the greatest president of the twentieth century.
10. The 1980s was not a decade of greed but a decade of prosperity; it was the longest period of peacetime growth in American history.
11. Abstinence prevents sexually transmitted disease and pregnancy -every time it's tried.
12. Condoms only work during the school year.
13. Poverty is not the root ("rut") cause of crime.
14. There's a simple way to solve the crime problem: obey the law; punish those who do not.
15. If you commit a crime, you are guilty.
16. Women should not be allowed on juries where the accused is a stud.
17. The way to improve our schools is not more money, but the
reintroduction of moral and spiritual values, as well as the four
"R's": reading, 'riting, 'rithmatic, and Rush.
18. I am not arrogant.
19. My first 35 Undeniable Truths are still undeniably true.
20. There is a God.
21. There is something wrong when critics say the problem with America is too much religion.
22. Morality is not defined by individual choice.
23. The only way liberals win national elections is by pretending they're
not liberals.
24. Feminism was established as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society.
25. Follow the money. When somebody says, "It's not the money," it's
always the money.
26. Liberals attempt through judicial activism what they cannot win at the ballot box.
27. Using federal dollars as a measure, our cities have not been
neglected, but poisoned with welfare dependency funds.
28. Progress is not striving for economic justice or fairness, but
economic growth.
29. Liberals measure compassion by how many people are given welfare... Conservatives measure compassion by how many people no longer need it.
30. Compassion is no substitute for justice.
31. The culture war is between the winners and those who think they're
losers who want to become winners. The losers think the only way they
can become winners is by banding together all the losers and then
empowering a leader of the losers to make things right for them.
32. The Los Angeles riots were not caused by the Rodney King verdict. The Los Angeles riots were caused by rioters.
33. You could afford your house without your government - if it weren't
for your government.
34. Words mean things.
35. Too many Americans can't laugh at themselves anymore.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Reasons I Don't Attend The Wichita River Festival

* Goth kids on skateboards hanging out underneath bridges just aren't my crowd.

* Weeks before the festival all the best tube tops from area stores are snatched up.

* I can sit around shirtless and eat funnel cakes at home thank you!

* Admiral Windwagon Smith shot my uncle.

* I hate getting hit in the head with randomly thrown frisbees

* Since everyone is downtown, it's a perfect day to rob trailer homes.

* Pronto Pups are just corndogs. You can get those anytime.

* The button costs $5 and I only have $3.50.

* 3 times more bodies are found floating in the river than usual during the River Festival.

* Hugs from unlicensed clowns.

* That carnival they set up has traveling carnies. Most traveling carnies are on the sexual predator list.

* Hacky sacking smelly hippies.

* I feel like I'm invading all the hobo's homes.

Stay home and avoid viruses, puking, funnel cakes, bad parking, possible death, and scabies.

Ok I'm teasing... But I still avoid it!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Music You Can Take Home To Grandma

When I was a little kid I hated this kind of music. Things have changed... I would love to see these guys in concert. They are gentle giants...
Killswitch Engage -- A Bid Farewell

Friday, May 18, 2007

My Concert List

Derek posted this earlier. He posted every band/singer he's seen in concert that he can remember.. So let's give it a whirl with me. I can't remember them all. I probably missed some big ones. Here goes...

Acapella (many times)
Phil Keagy
Rich Mullins (a few times)
Jim Stafford
Sesame Street Live (yeah I saw that when I was young and I'm counting it)
Willie Nelson (longest show I have ever been to)
Suzy Bogguss
Steven Curtis Chapman
Ricky Skaggs (twice)
Andy Williams
Malachi (Probably one of the best shows I've ever seen)
The Choir
Mark Lowry (that's an hour I'll never get back)
Room Full Of Walters (many times)
George Strait (5 times)
Terry Clark
Faith Hill
Kings-X
Martina McBride
David Ball
Leann Rymes
Alan Jackson
Garth Brooks (say what you will, it was a show and a half!)
Brooks & Dunn
Carrot Top
Coalese
Gaithers
Embodyment (rocked my face off!)
Justifide
Blindside (several times)
Project 86 (several times)
Five Iron Frenzy
Stavesacre
Ghotti hook
Slick Shoes
Fernando Ortega
Bebo Norman
He Is Legend (The drummer calls me sometimes to chat. It's strange.)
Story Of The Year
Funeral For A Friend
Staind
Al Denson
Allison Krauss & Union Station
Russ Taff
Todd Proctor
Tammy Trent
4Him
Glassjaw
Switchfoot
Hal Ketchum
Brandon Heath
Aaron Shust
Delerious
Petra
Jars Of Clay (In their heyday)
Reality Check
P.O.D. (twice)
Adema
Cold
Ace Troubleshooter
Squad five-O
Linkin Park
Randy Travis (I was his personal security guard for the night)
Steve Green
Deftones (And again in July!)
Metallica (wow!)
Godsmack
Tool
Damien Rice (breathtaking)

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Ann Coulter On Falwell

JERRY FALWELL — SAY HELLO TO RONALD REAGAN!
by Ann Coulter
May 16, 2007

No man in the last century better illustrated Jesus' warning that "All men will hate you because of me" than the Rev. Jerry Falwell, who left this world on Tuesday. Separately, no man better illustrates my warning that it doesn't pay to be nice to liberals.

Falwell was a perfected Christian. He exuded Christian love for all men, hating sin while loving sinners. This is as opposed to liberals, who just love sinners. Like Christ ministering to prostitutes, Falwell regularly left the safe confines of his church to show up in such benighted venues as CNN.

He was such a good Christian that back when we used to be on TV together during Clinton's impeachment, I sometimes wanted to say to him, "Step aside, reverend — let the mean girl handle this one." (Why, that guy probably prayed for Clinton!)

For putting Christ above everything — even the opportunity to make a humiliating joke about Clinton — Falwell is known as "controversial." Nothing is ever as "controversial" as yammering about Scripture as if, you know, it's the word of God or something.

From the news coverage of Falwell's death, I began to suspect his first name was "Whether You Agree With Him or Not."

Even Falwell's fans, such as evangelist Billy Graham and former President Bush, kept throwing in the "We didn't always agree" disclaimer. Did Betty Friedan or Molly Ivins get this many "I didn't always agree with" qualifiers on their deaths? And when I die, if you didn't always agree with me, would you mind keeping it to yourself?

Let me be the first to say: I ALWAYS agreed with the Rev. Falwell.

READ THE REST HERE

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

And The Loser Is....

Some sight called tmz.com has posted a picture mocking the death of Jerry Falwell. If you read the comments after the post you will see what the true left is. Not a party of peace at all. Not a kind-hearted people. Just cold and hateful. And those that aren't cold and hateful are guilty by association.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Jerry Falwell Dies

I just wonder who will be the first on the left to say that they are glad he is dead?

I'm not a huge Falwell fan or anything, I just am always amused when the left shows their true colors by praising the death of a human being that had differing thoughts from their philosophies.

For example, go look at some of the comments made by some of the moonbats when Ronald Reagan died. It was disgraceful.

Monday, May 14, 2007

The Damien Rice Concert

We got to KC almost 3 hours before the doors opened. I was not that thrilled about it. I knew we had hours of sitting on the pavement in the heat just waiting. But we were like 10th in line. By the time the doors opened up the line was probably a quarter of a mile down the block. When we got in there we just casually walked up to the front of the stage and I realized that our early arrival had just paid off. I was probably 10 feet from Damien Rice for the entire 1 hour and 45 minute set.

This show is now in my top 3 for best concerts of all time. Damien put on a show and a half. He doesn't miss a beat. And it wasn't just acoustic folk music all night. He puts all kinds of distortion on his guitars and really rocked out.
I think he is probably one of the best singer/songwriters to come out in the past 10 years. His music is featured on more movies and tv shows then I can count. His song 'Delicate' was on the first few episodes of the show Lost. That's pretty cool in itself.

Ok so here's taste of what the show was like last night. One note though.. The girl that sings with him is no longer with the group so just pretend he's doing all the parts without her, and this is exactly what our show was like. Watch and enjoy...


Here's his quiet side on letterman...


Good stuff!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Add One More To The TLAT Concert Tour.

DO NOT miss this show if you live in Wichita. You will have the best time of your life I promise!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

The Tool Concert

Wow.
I have never been to a concert like this. It was a visual show like no other. It's creepy and hauntingly beautiful at the same time.

Two things I was worried about before the show never happened...so that was good. One...Maynard James Keenan did not go on any diatribes against Bush or the war or anything. He never spoke. He said the word "Fantastic" at the end and that was it.
Two...There was no blasphemy against Jesus at all during the concert. If you know anything about Tool, you know that they have written some pretty awful songs. They didn't do any of those.

One thing that goes on all night at a Tool concert is this... Behind the band is a large screen that plays some of the strangest and eeriest visuals you will ever see. Most of them are the music videos that accompany their music on MTV.

Against my better judgement, here is an example of one of those videos.

******Please Do not watch this if you get creeped out easily, and DO NOT let any kids watch this.********


It's not bad, it's not sacrilegious...it's just weird and somehow visually disturbing. It will sum up the concert I just sat through...




The laser lightshow at the concert was amazing too!!!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Gordon Lightfoot

I've posted videos recently of bands that I am about to see in concert. So to be fair I better put post one of Gordon Lightfoot....


And now for Mark. Here's the fat, close to death Elvis singing the same song...

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Squirrels


There are lots of dumb animals out there in this world. In my book Squirrels are somewhere near the top. These animals have free run of the city. They can go in any tree they want. They can cross electrical lines with ease like little circus performers. They have open fields to frolic about, and as far as I can tell they have very few enemies.
Yet, you look in the street and it looks like a war zone. How dumb is it that? They can go anywhere in the city they choose but half the time they can't avoid the most glaringly obvious dangerous area. The street looks like a big plate filled with squirrel pancakes. You'd think that the older squirrels would warn the younger squirrels of the danger of the gray flat surface area where big machines travel at high rates of speed.
I don't avoid them anymore. I used to slam on my brakes and half kill everyone in the car trying to avoid them. Not anymore. I accelerate now. Survival of the fittest!

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Trouble

Ray Lamontange...It doesn't get much better. White boy has soul!

Friday, May 04, 2007

The TLAT Concert Tour

This will be my most active concert year thus far. Here's who I am seeing so far (tenatively)...

5/11/07 Tool -- Kansas Coliseum
5/13/07 Damien Rice -- Kansas City, MO
6/20/07 Deftones -- The Cotillion
6/27/07 Gordon Lightfoot -- The Orpheum
7/09/07 He Is Legend -- Lawrence, KS
8/19/07 Don Mclean -- Des Moines, IA

Looks to be a good year for music.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Does Hair Grow Back Thicker After It's Shaved?

It's a slow news day!

At Snopes you will find the answer. I post this because I specifically remember having an argument about whether hair grows back thicker with like 8 girls during a church mission trip.

Truth: IT DOES NOT.

And that's a wrap on the most pointless post I've had in a long time. Enjoy!