Category: Life

Jim Rockford, RIP

James Garner has died

NEW YORK (AP) — Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety.

James Garner had a way of widening his eyes while the corner of his mouth sagged ever so slightly. Maybe he would swallow once to further make his point.

This portrait of fleeting disquiet could be understood, and identified with, by every member of the audience. Never mind Garner was tall, brawny and, well, movie-star handsome. The persona he perfected was never less than manly, good with his dukes and charming to the ladies, but his heroics were kept human-scale thanks to his gift for the comic turn. He remained one of the people.

He burst on the scene with this disarming style in the 1950s TV Western “Maverick,” which led to a stellar career in TV and films such as “The Rockford Files” and his Oscar-nominated “Murphy’s Romance.”

The 86-year-old Garner, who was found dead of natural causes at his Los Angeles home on Saturday, was adept at drama and action. But he was best known for his low-key, wisecracking style, especially on his hit TV series, “Maverick” and “The Rockford Files.”

One of the few shows I watched constantly.

Being Choosy

…and not about peanut butter.

VIDEO: The Obama-Loving Teachers Unions Will HATE Deion Sanders After They See This

Proponents for school choice in America just got a huge ally and magnanimous voice to help in the quest to put the power of education back in the hands of parents, not teachers’ unions. NFL legend and Hall of Famer Deion Sanders is a “Champions for Choice in Education” spokesperson. He is featured in a new public service announcement called “Educational Choice Now.” Along with other notable celebrities as the WNBA’s Lisa Leslie, the NBA’s Jalen Rose, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, Lou Gossett, Jr., Vivica Fox, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Laila Ali, Mary Millben, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Christian artists “Mary, Mary,” Sanders is taking a stand alongside the American Federation for children and the Alliance for School Choice.



Golf In The Rain Supplies


And So It Continues


Jim Beam And Beer


Yep, I’m at the airport bar.

In the Man’s Defense

…it WAS a SHIT Tzu

Police Pull Rifle Out On Man Trying To Clean Up Dog Poop In His Car

Yep, This Day Will Go Well

Sensitive, concerned type that I am I wake up before my alarm goes off (at just shy of 4 in the morning) 9 days out of 10, well more like 19 out of 20, really, and shut it off so as not to disturb my Bride’s blissful slumber. After all these years of doing this I just wake up, no alarm required.

This morning being no exception, I clicked off the alarm and got in the shower as always.

I was rather surprised a few moments later to hear my Bride’s voice saying “um, you do realize that it is 2:52 am, not 3:52?”


I hates when I does that.

100 Years Ago On Saturday…

the fellow on the right started WW I


I Don’t Understand the Problem Here

Or is it the solution?

WTF kind of gobbledygook is this for a KINDERGARTENER to “learn” and WHO is the MORON that thought it was a good idea?

Well, That’s A New One

I’m sitting at the bar at Jamians in Red Bank waiting for Gregor.

And a guy buys me a shot.

Because he couldn’t buy one for the waitress.

“It Was Like Watching a Horror Film”

No. Not an Obama press conference or Islamic militants marching toward Baghdad.

A vicious, horrific, MERCILESS…beaver attack.

Beaver viciously attacks kayaker

More proof that beavers are scarier than sharks: A kayaker in Upstate New York was hospitalized after being attacked by a beaver in Irondequoit Creek last week.

Michael Cavanaugh was knocked into the water when the beaver jumped out of the creek and started mauling him, biting him on his back and arm.

“I heard my name called out from the shop and I ran out the door to see a guy getting pulled into the water,” a trainer at BayCreek Paddling Center tells WHAM.

“It was like watching a horror film.” Cavanaugh was able to get to the dock, but the beaver wouldn’t let go, so the trainer started hitting him with a paddle until the paddle broke and the beaver finally retreated.

“He kind of disappeared for a few seconds but came back up so I hit him again,” the trainer says.

“It’s absolutely first of a kind,” says the paddling center’s owner, adding that “the beaver was upset for some reason, we don’t know.”

Probably got told he had to give back his ObamaCare subsidy.

Note to self: stay out of ponds.

They Thought They’d Signed Up For Methicaid Plan B

Why should seniors only get government aid for prescription drugs?

Police Discover Possible Meth Lab in Retirement Community
He was pulled over for a traffic violation on Saturday night, but when police in Fresno, Calif., searched the vehicle of Robert Short, 64, they discovered a variety of drug-related items. And when they searched his apartment at a retirement community, they found even more.

Police looked through Short’s car, Sgt. Jaime Rios said, and found scales, packaging materials and plastic bags filled with “a large amount” of methamphetamine.

When investigators searched Short’s apartment at the California League-Fresno Village retirement community — a large apartment complex for low-income seniors — they found what they suspected was heroin and paperwork related to drug sales. They also found a jar that contained 8.6 ounces of what Rios described as meth that appeared to be “in the earlier stages” of production.

Specialized task force members were called to the apartment, Rios said, and “based on what they saw, they believed the suspect was possibly manufacturing meth.”

Oh Zoinks

Casey Kasem has died.

RIP Shaggy.

Rest In Peace, Dear Sweet Boy

At about 3:20 am this morning we lost our love

We are beyond devastated and I have no idea how I will function today

I can’t write anything else.

Great Guns

We got the chance last week to spend a few days in Norfolk. What a pleasant city (at least the extremely small portion of it that we saw). The weather was just wonderful, and we got to see the parade of ships coming in on Friday for the past weekend’s HarborFest, including most movingly the USS Cole.

Later on Friday we spent a good deal of time walking onboard the USS Wisconsin, which is permanently anchored there.

She’s a big damn hunk of metal


And the 16″ guns reminded my Bride of my biceps, naturally


well, maybe not so much.

A retired sailor who was serving as a resource for folks told us that the teak decking served to keep the ship about 10 degrees cooler below decks than they would have been had they been metal, and with no ac they needed all the help.

One neat thing they had scattered about were a variety of posters from her last cruise in the very eary 90s



Now that is some funny stuff right there.

Well worth your time if you’re in the area.

Now THIS Is a Soldier

Oh, what a GREAT fellow!

THANK you, sir.

Juan Carlos Stepping Down

Despite some problems of late, as always involving kids, I will always honor and deeply respect him for his courage in the face of the Coup in 1981 and the wonderful common touch he displayed during the Olympics in 1992.

I hope he enjoys his well-earned retirement.

Joe Bastardi

…has some historical hurricane perspective for you East Coasters.


I Found a Quote That Covers the Attempted Gun Grabbing That’s About To Reoccur

We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.
~“Excerpts of a Speech by Governor Ronald Reagan, Republican National Convention, Platform Committee Meeting, Miami, Florida,” July 31, 1968

P. J. O’Rourke Is Brutal On This Year’s Rutgers Grads

Well, to be fair it’s directed at the whiners in the graduating class and on the faculty

I hear Condoleezza Rice stood you up. You may think it was because about 50 students—.09 percent of your student body—held a “sit-in” at the university president’s office to protest the selection of Secretary Rice as commencement speaker. You may think it was because a few of your faculty—stale flakes from the crust of the turkey pot pie that was the New Left—threatened a “teach-in” to protest the selection of Secretary Rice.

“Sit-in”? “Teach-in”? What century is this?

I think Secretary Rice forgot she had a yoga session scheduled for today.

It’s shame she was busy. You might have heard something useful from a person who grew up poor in Jim Crow Alabama. Who lost a friend and playmate in 1963 when white supremacists bombed Birmingham’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. Who became an accomplished concert pianist before she tuned her ear to the more dissonant chords of international relations.

Secretary Rice was Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Denver and received a B.A. cum laude in political science—back before the worst grade a student had ever heard of was a B-.

The professor who influenced her most was Josef Korbel, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s father.

Secretary Albright and Secretary Rice don’t agree on much about international relations. But they don’t sit-in or teach-in at each other’s public appearances.

Secretary Rice got a master’s in political science from Notre Dame, a Ph.D. in political science from Denver and, in the meantime, was an intern at the Carter administration State Department and the Rand Corporation and studied Russian at Moscow State University.

Read the whole thing. He cites some absolutely brutal statistics near the end about the prospects facing these kids, thanks in large part to the Hope and Change they voted for.

Sobering stuff.

R.I.P. Miss Beazley


All the Bush White House scotties are gone. :(

Shitters to the Rescue

HMH-462 out of MCAS Miramar helps fight the Cocos Fire in San Diego County.

They Say “Be Careful What You Wish For”

Man finds “bullet proof” vest and decides to show friends how it works.

Um, yep

Deputies have charged an 18-year-old South Carolina woman with the fatal shooting of a male friend who had donned a bulletproof vest and allegedly asked her to “shoot me,” according to local media.

The killing occurred Wednesday in Honea Path, S.C., after 25-year-old Blake Randall Wardell discovered the old vest in a garage where he had been hanging out with friends, WYFF-TV reports.

Anderson County deputy coroner Don McCown said Wardell asked Taylor Ann Kelly to “shoot me,” the TV station reports.

Kelly allegedly fired a small caliber weapon at Wardell, but the bullet went through the edge of the vest and into his heart, McCown said.

It always comes down to “Pronoun Trouble.”

So Their Majesties Are In Town

To deign to give their Royal Notice to the opening of the WTC/Sept 11 Museum.

And to stay at the Waldorf and completely screw up traffic, naturally.

There has of course been some controversy from the usual suspects about how certain aspects of the attacks are portrayed.

I maintain that it is fitting and proper that the names of the 19 hijackers be memorialized in marble.

As public urinals.

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