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Friday, September 20, 2013


A few months ago the Scottsdale City Council approved plans for apartments to be built on the former Pitre Buick property on McDowell.  Seriously, do we need more apartments?   Scottsdale must think so as probably the ugliest apartments yet have just been built at Lincoln and Scottsdale Roads plus the Borgata will soon be razed for, that’s correct, MORE apartments!

"Skydiaper"  in front of SkySong in Scottsdale
Then there is Skysong at McDowell and Scottsdale Road which replaced Los Arcos and was supposed to revitalize the area.  When I drive by, it looks like a couple of dead box shaped office buildings with some sort of cloth artistry in front.   As my friend Mike says, they ought to call it “Skydiaper.”

Did I mention a bunch of new apartments are being built at SkySong?  Yeah, more cookie cutter apartments.  Many years from now probably the most memorable event that ever happened at that intersection won’t be SkySong but will be the 2005 shooting murder at a night club across the street in Papago Plaza.

There’s more but you get the point.  However, there might possibly be a light at the end of the tunnel for McDowell in the form of something called the Scottsdale Gateway Alliance.  The Scottsdale Republic reports that this group is working on a plan to revitalize McDowell Road and the surrounding neighborhoods.  That sounds promising as long as the scourge of light rail isn’t dredged up again.  With the current city council and the Chamber of Commerce being involved, one never knows if that monster’s head will ever be cut off.

Perhaps we will someday see a beautiful new AJ’s market spring up to join long time south Scottsdale entrepreneurs like Babe’s Cabaret and Zorba’s Adult Bookstore.  Now, there’s a combination!  As far as SkySong, I don’t know if I will ever accept it.  I loved Los Arcos and think a remodeled version of it would have been a better use of the property.  After all, where else could you get the “Lu Ann Special” at Luby’s Cafeteria and then walk next door to Sears and buy a new hammer?

Final note:  By now everyone should know that November 5th is Election Day in Scottsdale.  Citizens are being asked to vote on whether they want to tax themselves for the next 25 years to pay off four bond propositions costing $212 million bucks.  Councilmen Guy Phillips and Bob Littlefield know the propositions are a boondoggle and adamantly suggest that you vote “NO” on all four items.  I agree and if you click here you will see a note from Councilman Phillips in John Washington’s blog explaining why in simple language.


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midnightsstaff said...

O-k.. I'll go first..
I have no idea why you don't like the camel bazaar look, It pretty much matches my tastes- you ought to see my balcony, a two tone star of david sunscreen and a combo of Christmas lights in the planters with genuine rice mat privacy screens.
I might still get the flamingos.
all I need is a longboard hanging between the roof peaks and the look would be complete.

I gotta admit that now with the Coyotes situation pretty stable and what appears to be solid ownership, that Arco arena idea would really make sense.

..but then if I had the benefit of a rear view mirror in economics I would be living in Maui.
..same thing goes for whoever let that arena go to Glendale.. but there goes the bond issue issue again.

Jim McAllister said...


You need to add a couple of those purple globes on a stand next to the famingos; it's a nice touch.

October third they drop the puck in Glendale. Bissonette already has a 10 game suspension for his incident in a pre season game.

Fire up the Zamboni!

Rick Kepple said...

Maui. Okay, I wish I lived in Maui and had all the money I would ever need, because I'm a brilliant artist. Amen. Done.

That tent looking thing looks like someone got paid by some executive in a corporation who wants to be remembered. I have to admit that it does look unforgettable.

I was thinking about going to Wal-Mart, get some plastic tarps and make a replica of the hideous thing in my yard.

Lana said that she doesn't agree that it's hideous, but it looks like "a fricking satellite dish that should be out in the middle of nowhere so people can't see it."

That's why she's the CEO.

midnightsstaff said...

maybe a statue or something Jim to tie the whole theme together and segue right into the future vision of Scottsdale by the Sea
after the big earthquake, maybe Paula could head the committee to find a suitable artist.

I suggest you downsize the city limits a bit, establish some defensive borders (including your own house of course) probably should get started on a razor wire fence; maybe with a little sleight of hand you could tie the costs into one of these school bond elections blowing up the bond cost but assuring it's passing- after all maintaining public safety is "for the kids".
bigger bond.. win/win.. or if that doesn't work maybe getting a light rail could help pay for the costs- that's a sure fire money maker.

It's not as tho we don't already think of you as a bunch of insufferable elitists already-lol.. I can guarantee at least the people just east of the Mississippi do.
speakin' of..

Yeah Rick, go long on those blue tarps.. might come in handy to have a plan "B" in place if you have to go mobile.
Maui is out of the question, so pass on the tattoo.

Jim McAllister said...

If You want to read a good blog site dealing with AZ and conservative views, I suggest "Seeing Red Arizona" at:

Jim McAllister said...

I'm just glad that I am in the hinterland of north Scottsdale.

South Scottsdale is trying to recover and I give them credit for that but it will take a while.

When the car dealers left McDowell, it started coming apart. There have been suggestions of what can be done; one of which is kind of comical. The guy wants to build a bridge above McDowell to replicate the similar structure new York has.

I hope he is not holding his breath waiting for the money for that!

midnightsstaff said...

Rick Kepple said...

"... have a plan "B" in place if you have to go mobile ... Maui is out of the question, so pass on the tattoo."

Tattoo ... I'm drawing a blank. Going mobile? Only with a good friend, otherwise I'm too old.

I got some really very cool looking Green Screen background video. Lana calls it something you'd see on "Sunday Morning," on CBS. Tranquil.

On the political stuff: do your research, Jimmy.

Who's in the new photo? Your dad? White socks. Looks like a scene from when I was a kid and the old man in from the field reading the paper.

Rick Kepple said...

That was too funny, Middy. The video, I mean.

Rick Kepple said...

Obamacare is supposed to have a provision where the doctors have to ask if you have guns in your home. Admit it and almost everyone is on a pill for depression, etc. these days and they'll have the local sheriff come and get your guns.

The VA is already doing this and doctors are really damn close to disarming me, because of SN. That's right. She hasn't said that she knows me and because I said that I know her, I'm automatically guilty. The doctor already had another doctor in the last visit that I had and they asked about my life.

Nevermind that I've worked as a journalist. In fact, the idea that someone looking like me writes at all goes in my medical record.

The VA also says that I'm wasting my time in anything creative and there's no money in it.

The civilian doctors will be asking you guys soon. I wonder if they'll disarm SN for saying that she knows me? That would be weird.

Rick Kepple said...

Oh. I forgot the video!

Following the Navy shooting, you can bet that doctors will be required to ask about the guns in your home.

Sorry Jimmy. Just adding to Middy's post.

We're done for, Jimmy. Once they take our guns, they could shut down my studio, put me in a mental health facility, cut my income down to a hundred bucks a month and that's it. Shut the writer up.

Jimmy and Middy can be my roommates!

Jim McAllister said...


Kind of sounds like Chandler. We defeated a school override last fall and now the teachers and others are at it again wanting us to approve a tax increase that will add "only" .25 cents per day per home. Not sure when the election is but I plan to vote no whenever. It is "Yes for chandler" and will add security guards, decrease class sizes and more goodies. We are taxed out and the voters in Scottsdale should be very wary too.

Our property taxes already went up by almost $100 this year, we don't need more money thrown at a non-existent problem. Of course, the schools will spend any money they get and neglect maintenance so they can call for yet another bond or tax increase. Does it ever end?

Jim Johnson

Jim McAllister said...


Fortunately I don't think this boondoggle will pass. They tried something similar a couple years ago and it went down big. A lot of special interests involved and the idea of paying 25 years on it will help kill it.

My property taxes are also up. I received my bill last week and it is $116 higher than last year. If this thing would pass, it would be even more next year. The hell with them; let them tighten their belts like we have too.

They want iPads for kindergartners! Let them learn cursive writing like we did.

Hope you are doing well.

Jim McAllister said...


Ken Western

Jim / enjoyed your blog and the link to the bond issue. It hit me that you ought to consider running for the council. You'd bring a lot of something seldom seen - common sense and local knowledge. With demise of current blog site, you must be on Blog5.0. The guy who was brought in to get things going on the blog 2 years ago - a very nice guy - got the axe in the last shakeup. Anyway, not to early to start gathering signatures to get on the ballot!

Sent from my iPhone

Jim McAllister said...

From Uremus:

totally agree with you on Los Arcos....and, IMHO, downtown and south Scottsdale, which once was rather plain (except for the old-town area around 5th and Scottsdale) has become rather dreary-and-plain, if not simply ugly. I used to go to what I call Old Town at least once a week...just to browse if nothing else...the shops were both highly interesting and fun to browse....don't even bother to drive through it anymore.

Jim McAllister said...


They have let the younger crowd take over by having all those bars and the accompanying headaches. Fights in garages, stabbings, etc. All are a bad deal but the city keeps looking the other way. I'm going to laugh when the beach club fad disappears and they are stuck with those places. The young are fickle; they will leave Scottsdale in a minute if something new comes to Tempe or Glendale.

Jim McAllister said...

Hi Ken.

Thanks for the nice words; I've been doing that blog for a long time. Just as well I guess since the ones at the Rep keep going away. I talked to Phil today and he said they are going to another blog with just a few people and said I was invited to join. Their biggest mistake was dumping the AZ Central blogs and going through Facebook.

Yeah, as Queen used to say, "Another one bites the dust." This time I guess it was it was John Triplett who seemed like a decent guy the few times I talked to him.

They just keep cutting; I see Dale Hajek got it too; he was there forever and a nice guy. He was the first one I submitted a blog to in 2005.

Looks like you got out just in time. I hate to see it happening; I still love newspapers but I guess a lot of guys lamented the day when Ford quit making the Model T.

Take care, thanks for the note.

Jim McAllister said...

From Chuckie:

Wow are they building a circus?

Jim McAllister said...


It sure looks like it. Here are more photos. The two square boring buildings are behind the tent looking thing.

Rick Kepple said...

Jim's pics keep changing! Must be a new program.

I'm studying a special effects program, Middy. The same kind of program often used in Hollywood movies! Indigestion ...

Don't you wish that tent in Scottsdale could be morphed into something beautiful? Or move gypsies in to make it a living sculpture.

Mike Slater said...

Jim, One of the main reasons we moved to Sun City was the fact there are no school taxes. We no longer have to vote on the endless school bond elections. We're saving $500 a year on property taxes. Of course the down side is it's $400 a year for the amenities such as pools and workout facilities etc. if you use them or not.

Jim McAllister said...


I found that photo online and thought I would use it for a few days.

That's probably what I would have looked like in the 1940's sitting by my radio with my newspaper listening to Red Skelton or Edward R. Murrow.

Jim McAllister said...


They overdo it here with these elections. That school override a couple of years ago was soundly defeated and here they are again bringing it back plus more stuff.

They think it is a necessity to supply kindergarten kids with iPads. I don't think so! They also think 26 kids is a big class. When I was in grade school we always had 36 to 38. and somehow I survived.

I realize I am a bit old fashioned but some of the stuff they want today seems silly to me and way too expensive.

midnightsstaff said...

The ball point pen has caused the downfall of education..
I say bring back the ink well and possibly the quill as well.

This is America, and we speak cursive dammit.

Rick Kepple said...

Quill and parchment. Hemp paper. Big Chief notebooks. Carpenter's pencils. Pocketknives to sharpen them. A willow pole, piece of string and a fishing hook.

You can't afford Maui, so how about Missouri? I got a studio. Unless you got a better suggestion.

Stevebuzzardo said...

Jim, check this out you'll like it.

Lambrecht Chevrolet Company Auction

There is an old Chevy dealership in Nebraska that's been closed for 50 years. Some brand new cars and trucks were locked up all this time. Never sold.

Jim McAllister said...


Thanks for posting that; very fascinating.

I'd like to know how much over sticker price they will get for the cars that are new.

It's quite a case of supply and demand. A brand new '57 Chevy probably stickered for about $2,500 but those will be a lot more than that and well worth it. Just clean them up, put in oil and gas, and roll!

Rick Kepple said...

"Just clean them up, put in oil and gas, and roll!"

Right. Good luck with that.

I need working capital. About $50K in a check should get us by and take it out of that $1.5 million that I'm owed. I need it this week too. I need a budget if things are gonna happen.

Rick Kepple said...

"Seriously, do we need more apartments?"

With 80 percent of Americans having bad credit, I have no clue how the landlords will find anyone who can qualify to rent them, so no, Scottsdale doesn't need more apartments. Take a lesson from that company and just erect luxury tents and it's "green" with dirt floors. With all the drug dealers in Scottsdale, it should be easy to sell canvas condos to coke addicted idiots. How about a yurt?

Stevebuzzardo said...

its strange the way he just closed up the dealership and left brand new cars in there.
And he never sold used cars, just stored them on his farm.

And no vandalism either, the cars were left untouched for 50 years.

Rick Kepple said...

I've occasionally heard about those cars over there, but that's actually common when you have family who care. You hang onto stuff to let the kids sell it when you're pushing up daisies. Then they can have parties, make foolish investments and magnify your example.

I prefer to choose my family and some are real family, but most aren't. Right Jimmy? Middy? Right.

Rick Kepple said...

And thanks to Middy, for the blessing. Once blacklisted, given a chance. That's pretty cool.

That's like finding an entire fleet of Chevy cars from long ago! Maybe cooler.

Today, as an exercise in church, everyone was to draw a picture of the name they chose from a hat. Predictably, no one had my name, even though I drew a face of another in a building full of fine, upstanding people. It's been that way since I was a kid. Invisible. Blacklisted. Forgotten. That's why I talk about the woman that I do, even though she only helps me, but just don't tell anyone. I don't really exist, you know.

Rick Kepple said...

Okay, I do have to admit that I cited as my favorite scripture, "God hates religion." It's in Timothy, I think. God never did say that we had to tithe ten percent either. That was later changed.

Sorry Jimmy. Does Middy need a roommate? We'd have some fascinating conversations.

Mike Slater said...

Jim, I hear that from my daughter-in-law, who is a teacher, all the time. If the schools just had more money everything would be just fine. Sorry but I'm not buying it.

It's typical for any government agency. Take CPS for example, it's a screwed up agency and yet their answer is just give us more money.

More money never equates to better results.

Rick Kepple said...

A veteran music artist just told me that I don't have the experience for the entertainment business. I'm to grow some humility.

"More money never equates to better results."

Gee, my zero budget compared to Speilberg's. Yeah, no difference. Or so many examples. Yeah, more money can't possibly fix anything in a world run solely by money.

Guess I'll shut the studio down.

Jim McAllister said...


Yeah, the whole thing seems a bit weird that they would just lock the doors and walk away from all that. I guess those cars were paid for to GM and why let the used cars rot on a farm?

It looks like the service dept. is just sitting there too as if it all just ended one day.


Jim McAllister said...


I think the schools get plenty of money but they are spoiled from wasting it and are now realizing they need or want more so what the hell; go after the taxpayers again.

Some of the stuff they want is silly plus there are special interest groups involved here. It should fail pretty badly since there are enough people around here who know what's happening here.

Some of the stuff should be paid for individually by those with the kids. I have nothing against furthering education but I think common sense has to enter in sometime.

Rick Kepple said...

Morning Jimmy ..Middy, et al

No, not shutting studio down, but we are ticking off a lot of professionals in the music biz.

In the old days, there was a comfortable monopoly because the technology cost millions of dollars to build a studio. It was a business for only the royalty of music. Now a studio can be created on a cell phone.

I'm told that professional music artists "don't follow their dreams," but are above that and only want professional engineers and a REAL studio in Nashville.

And I'm not supposed to tell people that "music is healing," the pros say.

And I understand why no one in music will stick up for me. Dell Mack said that unless you have an angel or sleep your way up, you'll never make it. Too late.

Well, I can always make outdoor films. Leave the music to the professionals.

You and Middy should go buy a car in Nebraska, Jimmy.

Pevie, (my dream is to make music in an old Missouri dog-house), Hicks said...

I for one am SHOCKED to hear that professional musicians aren't anxious to make their recordings in a converted storage shed with a red-neck who has taken a couple of on-line editing courses at the control panel????

SHOCKED I say! What are these professionals thinking? Do they not know that one of the walls is painted green?

Rick Kepple said...

Why did Pevie hyphenate "red-neck," "dog-house" and "on-line"?

Stressed, Pevie? Life falling apart? There's always waiting tables! I might even leave you a tip! Maybe.

pevie,(music producer for famous rock stars), Hicks said...

rick, THANKS but, no-thanks!

When I reach the point where I need tips from a no-life-loser like you.
My life would be falling-apart!

Until that time,here's a-tip for you:


Give it a-try.

Rick Kepple said...

Pevie, you aren't yourself this morning. Usually you can spell. What happened? The assistant is on vacation? Having trouble making the computer read your handwriting?

I'm always willing to help YOU, Pevie.

Get your notepad, your pencil and write this down ...

Coffee with cream, grits, five eggs over easy (hold the hyphenations) and a pound of bacon, loaf of toasted bread and one pad of butter. I gotta watch my health.

BTW, the studio was designed by professional musicians, Pevie.

What's really funny, Pevie? Even when you insult me, you are actually inspiring me. You always have!

Hyphenate all you want, Pevie. Won't do you any good.

Pevie,(the inspirational), Hicks said...

Glad-to-be-of-service, rick.

I must be good, as anyone can see, you are a rousing success!

Rick Kepple said...

Yes Pevie, I am. Thank you very much for noticing. I've made many rousing successes in my life, compared to some of your fans.

Jim McAllister said...

Pevie, Rick,

You guys have Barb and me revved up for some action with all this entertainment talk! (No, not that kind of action!)

We're signing up for Bossa Nova lessons today. I even have my old Stan Getz album revved up on the 78.

Rick Kepple said...

Yeah Jimmy, if Pevie had any heart to drag around, we could be good friends.

Well, I'm gonna go pick up Jen in a while and we've got some shopping to do.

Good luck with the Bossa Nova lessons. I think that's where that twerking came from.

Rick Kepple said...

That's funny that Pevie Hicks has fans. I Googled Pevie. No such person. I doubt Pevie's ever seen a real music studio, much less a Green Screen.

Rick Kepple said...

See Jimmy. I haven't said that rock star's name at all. And she did say to the media that she doesn't do Internet. She HATES the Internet. I mean, if she were on the Internet as another persona, she'd tell me. Right? I mean, we're friends, right? Maybe not. You know how celebrities are.
So what's Middy up to?

Rick Kepple said...

Change of tactics, Jimmy.

Pevie Hicks, whatever I've done to you, get over it. If you're a woman, come and visit and I'm pretty sure we can figure things out.

I think Pevie is a frustrated woman who just wants to be loved.

Rick Kepple said...

Well, company here. They told me that CM and SN are on the radio in some kind of live interview. She's never gonna do it. Don't screw with reoccurring dreams. Better have good Karma to beat a dream like that.

Some musicians just showed up, Jimmy. Gonna go jam with them in the studio. No recording. It's just cool to hang out with professional musicians. Later dude.

Rick Kepple said...

Cookie cutter apartments.

But Jimmy, they deserve to make a living too! And those apartments will probably go for the max in rent, so they'll keep all but the best out.

Cookie cutter anything is cheap to make and profitable. And you helped to make the business models that you have now. I sure didn't.

Rick Kepple said...

Jimmy, I just read that Bill O'Reilly is a LIBERAL!

The Conservatives are outraged by his new book about Jesus! O'Reilly apparently believes that the Bible is fiction.

If this is true, O'Reilly's career is toast.

Rick Kepple said...

And the Huffington Post says that President George W. Bush got a Climate Hero Award?

And oh gee, it looks like the Republicans beat the Republicans and Obamacare will stand. Huh? Yep. That's the news.

Break's over. I'm supposed to go sing. They're teaching me to sing.

Personally, I built the studio to have fun. If I make money, that's cool too. People told me that professionals only in a studio, so I built my own with a Green Screen so now anyone can use it.

And lots of folks drop by to experience the feeling too. The pros get all snobby with me. Don't care.

Pevie,(once imagined I had a relationship with a girl named Stevie) Hicks said...

rick, golly-gee,that sounds great.

You'll have to let us know when someone with all their teeth shows up at the studio/storage shed.

I'm guessing in your neck-of-the-woods, that would probably make the front page of the local 3 page newspaper.

Jim McAllister said...


Rick Kepple said...


Yeah, I chose the Doors, "People are strange."

I was sang to someone that I still consider an old friend and she asked me with all sincerity to NEVER do that again.

There was a time in the Army, they had me sing some Russian song. I don't know what they did with it, but shortly after that, the Soviet Union fell.

Rick Kepple said...

Misspellings, Jimmy. I hate thym.

I play the bass, Jimmy. I could go into a lengthy explanation of physical limitations on the electric guitar and singing as speech therapy, but I'd offend delicate eyes reading this.

It's nice that WMG is considering Dell Mack's songs. I really wish they'd send a rep from Nashville to see him. Build him a new home with a state-of-the-art studio. It would be a great story that would really touch a lot of hearts. He wants a log cabin.

But what happened to me wasn't right either. I'm still blacklisted. My presence offends the music business and the artists. I'm a reminder of their mistakes.

midnightsstaff said...

Someone once quipped.."the mass of man live lives of quiet desperation"..
..not Rick..

How's the Bossa Nova muscles feeling today youngster?
I'm surprised you could get out of the sack this am.
Actually I'm not sure you did..

midnightsstaff said...

In a rare development, an island emerged off Gwadar coast after a powerful earthquake of 7.7 magnitude struck Pakistan on Tuesday.

*note* this is in no way intended nor should be considered as a political statement.

Rick Kepple said...

A Nashville producer said on Facebook that LJM doesn't have "professionals" and can't get any real bands.

I couldn't ask for better advertising. A radio station and lots of listeners support LJM now.

Jim McAllister said...

There was a time in the Army, they had me sing some Russian song. I don't know what they did with it, but shortly after that, the Soviet Union fell.

Yeah, but I'll bet you got promoted to PFC

How's the Bossa Nova muscles feeling today youngster?

Antonio Carlos Jobim's music was tough to dance to but I could really go for Astrud Gilberto.

midnightsstaff said...

..well you better step it up, next week it's the Limbo... how low can you go?..

Probably should get an ambulance on site for that one.

Rick Kepple said...

Well Jimmy, an elephant never forgets.

Okay Middy. Whatever. No clue what you're talking about. Limbo. Low.

The dance, the limbo, is historically used in celebrations. Middy suggests that I'd participate in such a dance. Physically impossible.

Therefore, Middy is being metaphorical. What does Middy mean? Only God and Middy know.

midnightsstaff said...

One flew over the cuckoo's nest... went right over it.

Rick Kepple said...

Are you suggesting and something great is going to happen next week, Middy? That would be nice.

Rick Kepple said...

I have a faint memory about something about limbo and good things. So I'm gonna put my people on alert to train up on what we say we can do.

I think that is the best policy and if I'm wrong, then we're still trained up.

Mike Slater said...

Reading Rick's rambling incoherent comments is kinda like having teeth pulled without any anesthesia. It's a real pain.

Rick Kepple said...

Mike, I've known soldiers who did that. Made their minds ignore the pain.

Well Middy, it appears that the Republicans refuse to fund Obamacare and they can't get rid of it. Nobody gets paid.

Insurance companies won't be paid. Hospitals won't be paid. Doctors don't get paid.

Some rep from a local hospital was talking about it on the local news. It's too late and the GOP will only harm America at this point.

In the meantime, I think I'll practice my bass.

Rick Kepple said...

When I get rich, I'm gonna move to Maui.

midnightsstaff said...

I better warn them.
I haven't been there in a while but I remember it as being the last police state free zone I have been in.. reminded me of Calif. in the sixties.

Gloria should be heading back soon, hope she took pictures.

Rick Kepple said...

Maui. I looked it up and I could live comfortably there. Jen could run the farm. I read that I could live comfortably there for $1500 a month. Get an apartment. I could make films there easier than in Missouri.

So how come you don't have the money to go, Middy? We could share an apartment. You could always get Food Stamps, but I make too much money. Plus I could write stories too. I'll bet people can read over there.

midnightsstaff said...

Ya know Rick I'm not really into guys.. I walk alone, you on the other hand seem to need a support group.

Na.. sounds like a bad idea to me, besides I doubt I will ever see the islands again- doesn't make much difference any longer, have fun just don't count on me.

Jim McAllister said...

Middy, Gloria is back. Send her a note. She would like to hear from you.

Jim McAllister said...

I'm no lover of Samuel L. Jackson but he nails it here about Obama:

How many time do we have to hear that idiot Obama say "gonna", goin'" comin"?

One would think a supposed Harvard man could pronounce simple words. He is playing up to his followers.

midnightsstaff said...

Ha.. I don't have her address, I was never given it and I am not going to barge in anymore.

Yeah Astrud is just a little older than you Jimmy, Charro was in that era as well and she would probably still be worth walking the poodle for- if she is still alive that is.

..I'm trying hard not to have to sell my soul to some bluehair widow in your zip code; but a guy has to do what a guy has to do- besides there are things worse not including prison than walking some dead guys dog to survive I suppose.

.. taking Rick to Maui would be one of them besides it would probably lead to getting put on some no fly list.

Rick Kepple said...

Middy, I don't do men either. Gross! I always say when men grow tits ...

Middy's got Glo. Might work. My second wife was a writer. Too much ego. My third wife was an artist and that works. My present girlfriend is about 20 years younger than me. We're just basically good friends. She's got a Harley too and wild as hell! Just like good ol' mom!

Anyway, good luck Middy.

midnightsstaff said...

..The Modoc County Board of Supervisors today voted to join neighboring Siskiyou County in its bid to secede from the State of California.

Board Chairman Geri Byrne said a measure to join the push to form a State of Jefferson was approved by a vote of 4-0, with one supervisor absent.

“I put the measure on the agenda because I heard from a number of people in my district that wanted to do such,” Byrne said. “We’re not saying we’re seceding today, we’re saying let’s look into it.”

You think Scottsdale politics is bad.. at least you don't have people wanting to secede..
..but can you blame the honest citizens of the left coast wanting a separation if not an outright divorce?

Rick Kepple said...

Oh don't worry folks. Jen and I are just friends. Never get attached to someone. It's why I like SN. She hates me and I'm not supposed to talk about Dora.

Jen likes that motorcycle gang show. I point out, "But it's supposed to be 'simultaneous' as they shift from one scene to the next, but that scene was shot at Noon and the other scene was shot at 5 p.m.! Look at the shadows."

Jen just noticed that in the dialogue, a woman's hair color changed. She's a big SN fan.

Rick Kepple said...

That Republican is still yapping away. Must be one of my relatives.

Jim McAllister said...


Find that Scottsdale blue hair. Chances are you'll outlive her then you get all the benefits of living in Scottsdale without her.

It's REALLY nice over here: no boom boxes, cars are all air conditioned with no gangsta shit hanging from the rear view mirrors, and it never gets over 75 degrees and sunny regardless of what is happening outside its boundaries.

Charro was one of Xavier Cugat's many gorgeous wives. The last I saw of her she was doing TV ads for Earl Scheib. Plays a mean guitar too!

Rick Kepple said...

Well Middy, you should marry yourself an old woman with property. I marry for love, not money.

Go Middy. Follow your wallet. It's the wise thing do.

Rick Kepple said...

So how's Maui, Jimmy? Same sun. Same air. Same people. Same failed society. Just different geography.

midnightsstaff said...

From what I know Charro is a pretty intelligent and decent type of human being, besides being an accomplished flamingo and classic guitar master she is fairly down to earth.
Hedy Lamarr was an actual mensa level smart gal who invented a torpedo guidance system for the government.
Bridget Bardot is another one that was more than another pretty face.
..although her eyes was the inspiration for the term sex kitten" there is some thought behind those catlike eyes of hers.
..none of the above would step foot in Scottsdale and don the blue light special.

Speaking of white flags and frenchmen, did you know one of those ghost cities in China is an exact replica of the streets of Paris complete with an Eiffel tower.

..funny the things that catch my interest.

Jim McAllister said...

Go Middy. Follow your wallet. It's the wise thing do.

Oh so true, Rick. Once again I quote the great Henry Travers and Jimmy Stewart from "It's a Wonderful Life."

Travers: "Money? We have no use for money in heaven."

Stewart: "Well, it sure comes in handy down here, bub!"

Jim McAllister said...


Barb mas been to Maui with her girlfriends back in 1983. She loved it and I'm sure it's nice but I hate long plane rides and besides, since 1987 I have had Arizona which isn't too bad itself.

Jim McAllister said...


You're right about Charro; sharp lady and very funny with her routine.

I have said for a long time that the two best looking babes on screen to me have been Hedy Lamarr and Gene Tierney.

Those two were presidents of babedom in their day and they lived in about the same era. Tierney (1920-1991) and Hedy (1913-2000).

I remember Hedy getting caught shoplifting later in life, sad.

For another real 40'S babe (but less well known) try Ella Raines (1920-1988). Great era!

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Rick Kepple said...

Jimmy, I used to enjoy traveling. I really can't wait to get home now. I don't even go camping anymore.

Well, I gotta call and switch over to Obamacare and I get dental and everything. I'll be using a private insurance company like I am now. Obamacare.

But you see, Obamacare means that I can work and I'll have insurance. No one can refuse me.

WMG needs to write contracts pronto. I've already contacted other labels, but I like WMG best.

The world is crap. At least SN is trying to be a better person. I wish the government's leaders would follow her example.

Rick Kepple said...

Steve Jobs had Asperger's! I looked it up and the experts all say that Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Mozart and lots of successful people had Asperger's. Like me.

It's a comforting thought.

Stephanie Lynn said...

None of those famous people had Aspergers.

Only lonely, crazy, no life, celebrity stalkers, have that kind of illness.

Stephanie Lynn said...

BTW,Mr Kepple, It's anything but a, "comforting thought".

The thought that someone who has an admitted mental illness, someone I've never met, someone I've NEVER had so much as a passing conversation with , and only knew of me through my video's or the internet, could somehow delude themselves into believing there was some real, romantic, relationship that needed perusing is absolutely terrifying!

If I may speak bluntly, these kind of creeps need to be locked away where their sick fantasy's won't get people harmed or worse.

They revel in their sickness, but those of us who are really impacted, just PUKE!

Rick Kepple said...

Oh for the love of God, Jim McAllister! Are you just fricking nuts?

First, using the name, "Stephanie Lynn," isn't illegal. You have to say the ENTIRE name for her to press charges.

We've been through this, haven't we Jimmy? So tell your fake ass friend to piss off.

BTW, she doesn't use the Internet. Nice try. Trying to get your computer scanned by the FBI again, are we?

Rick Kepple said...

You guys are asking for it, because there are witnesses now. What you are doing is illegal.

"Stephanie Lynn," what you did was admit that you're breaking one federal law.

"The thought that someone who has an admitted mental illness ..." and "Stephanie Lynn" just committed a felony on Jim McAllister's blog.

Thanks for the thrill of adrenaline as the hunt starts again. The glorious feeling of war. It's a drug all to itself.

Except, "Stephanie Lynn" screwed up right out of the gate. Crap.

C'mon "Stephanie Lynn ..." at least make it fun.

God I love these SN stalkers. Can I get a Coke? Damn straight! Woo hoo!

Rick Kepple said...

It's pretty bad when hillbillies think you guys are immature.

Sharon Stone once said that fame is like high school. You kids are still in middle school.

Lana told me to stop talking to people beneath me. She's right. Sorry Jimmy. We can't talk anymore.

Jim McAllister said...


I just got home and saw the comments from Stephanie Lynn.

I'm as confused as you are about who that is. Rest assured that I have absolutely no idea who Stephanie Lynn is.

midnightsstaff said...

Don't stop now Rick, you are on a roll; end of the month is a real bitch eh?
Stephanie Lynn eh?- two N's?
I used to date a gal who's sister's name was Stephanie Lyn..
Chinese so probably a different one eh Rick..
Funniest thing I ever saw was a gook (is it ok to say gook?) USO show that was a Country and Western group.. all five ft. two of them.
They sang Waw hide for the grand finale.. eyow!!

Rick.. rickshaw Rick.. catchy.
ah so... giddyup cowbrwoy..
Reminds me Jim are we still going to do the rickshaw cab service in old town next year? going to be a lot of people looking for a part time job it looks like.

midnightsstaff said...

And by all means, I shouldn't have to tell you Rick .."if you see something.. for God's sake say something"..
..don't keep so much bottled up inside, let it all hang out.. as they used to say...
strip buck nekkid, go running through the woods with a flashlight up your ass yelling " I'm a firefly, I'm a firefly" chiggers be damned.. live life Rick - reach out and grab it.

midnightsstaff said...

I'm sorry Jim, I don't know what came over me.. I'll try to straighten up.

Rick Kepple said...

Middy, do you believe in God?

Rick Kepple said...

Apology not accepted. Forgiveness not given. Suck wind.

Rick Kepple said...

Well damn Middy.

Now you got another 7 years that I own you. I can file charges any time I wish, because I copied Jimmy's blog.

You guys will never learn.

I want you people to give ten grand each to the American Cancer Society and I want receipts. Maybe I'll think about forgiving you. I'll keep the evidence.

midnightsstaff said...

check's in the mail...

Pevie,(once imagined I had a relationship with a girl named Stevie) Hicks said...

Pretty funny stuff:

7:19 rick say "we can't talk anymore"

10:22 / 10:28 / 10:32 rick goes right on talking.

Worse, rick's talking complete nonsense, wild accusations and threats of "filing charges",(ahaha) then, if that weren't crazy enough, he,(the righteous guy who threatens to file charges), posts his own $10K EXTORTION demand, PUBLICLY, IN WRITING ! =;-0

Which I copied and am considering forwarding to E/H (Eric Holdor), J/N (Jannet Napolotano), J/R,(Jane Renoo), J/E/H, (J. Edgar Hoovver), and B/M , (Batman.

All are (imaginary) friends of mine, who stop by from time to time to jam with me,and avail themselves of my vast musical recording ability.

I use their initials S/N (so-no) one will think I'm obsessed or crazy.

As L/T/C/G (Larry The Cable Guy) would say, "That's funny right thar"

Jim McAllister said...


You forgot my favorite little pimp in Washington, Jay Carney, a registered citizen of Twerpdom.

Jim McAllister said...

Suck wind????????

Rick Kepple said...

Yep, suck wind. Deal with it.

Middy, once again you lied. Every time you lie, you ruin your own credibility. At this point, you'd need a supervisor just to make sure that you make a bowl of cereal correctly.

Pevie. You're a clown. Jimmy's clown. Do a dance. Entertain us.

Jimmy, I can see why you retired. Your mind is gone.

Rick Kepple said...

BTW Middy. I can file a report anytime I want in the next 7 years for what you did. So pray that the political climate doesn't swing my way or your life is over.

Pevie,(I'm gunna file charges or hold my breath till you beliieve my fantasy) Hicks said...

Sorry J/M (Jim McAllister), I'm not sure who Carney reminds me of?, Mr. Peepers, or Batman's sidekick, The Boy Wonder. Love watching him squirm on those rare occasions when someone in the press corp. actually asks a real question.

My list was meant to be outrageously absurd, as was the ridiculous, (oft repeated), threat by rick that he's planning to file "federal charges" on someone for using the screen name Stephanie Lynn, my guess is there are millions upon millions of people named Stephanie, maybe rick's planning a class action suit?

To which I say bravo!, anything that could associate the likes of him with the word class is probably a good thing, and certainly something he couldn't do through his own actions. If he'd had a rational thought, he certainly wouldn't make a threat like that while simultaneously trying to extort $10K.

I suppose the "suck wind" comment is just a "gifted" writer showing his (extremely limited)wares? Still, I find it one of his more intelligent comments.

pevie,(I've looked at clowns from both sides now) Hicks said...

Wowsa, sure sounds like rick is making death threats to Middy?

Wonder what kind of "charges" are associated with that kind of behavior? I copied it, just in case something happens.

Pevie,(let me entertain you) Hicks said...

Can't help wondering what it will take for "the political climate" to swing toward: s

Stupid Hick?

Rick Kepple said...

I'm going to write a senator on an unrelated matter. I'll be sure to mention Jimmy, Middy, Mike as evidence that the Internet must be policed because of organized stalkers attacking disabled veterans.

And Middy did say that he was responsible and acknowledged that he does enjoy attacking "mentally ill" people on the Internet.

You guys just helped to get laws started by Democrats. Congratulations.

Thanks for helping with getting Obamacare passed.

I help the GOP on foreign affairs. I help the Democrats to control the rich. You people prove they must be controlled.

Pevie,(my parents wanted to name me Stevie) Hicks said...

From here forth, and in keeping with the established protocol for nutcases, all references to: Suck Wind,

Shall be abbreviated with the letters S. W.

(Sure hope S-herwin W-illiams doesn't talk to rick and realize they have seven years to file charges on that)

Pevie,(can't get no credit), Hicks said...

rick, "Jimmy, Middy, Mike"?

That's it? After all we've been through you're going to completely omit me?

Come on buddy, I want my share of the credit with congress too.

(BTW, the only attacks I'm seeing are all coming from YOU, but then as a writer you probably already saw that?)

Jim McAllister said...


Will that be Senator, Ah say Senator Claghorn of whom you will be, Ah say, notifyin'?

The senator, Ah say, the senator and I go back, Ah say, to our classmate day at the U. of Mssissippa, Ah say, that's Mississippa, oh don'cha know!

Rick Kepple said...

Already wrote to the senator, Jimmy. Don't worry. I'll get you folks the help that you so desperately need.

In the meantime, I'm thinking of making a short film of a family in Scottsdale.

Scene 1
New neighbor is invited in and asked to sit down in a chair covered in plastic. Guests only chair. In the kitchen, is a bottle marked, "POISON: Guests ONLY!" and of course, this is seen as normal by everyone.

Scene 2
Neighbors helping neighbors to bury some homeless people in a vacant lot. Scottsdale cop walks up, it appears they are busted. He tosses in the guy's shoe in the shallow grave and tells character that they have another victim ready.

Scene 3
Government brings in a semi load of heroin, cocaine, marijuana. Drops it off in a warehouse to be distributed by trucks from Scottsdale. It's run by space aliens!

Scene 4
Pevie carries his head in the crook of his arm before someone shouts, "Put your head on, stupid!" He glues it on his butt. He's not the brightest space alien.

pevie, (is that your head in your armpit? or are ya just glad to see me?) hicks said...

rick, now that sounds like a winner. One hell of a lot better than the ridiculous, green screen studio, or goats and dogs and chickens,(oh-my), crap you've made so far!

Maybe once you make something good, you won't have to stay up so late running up your view count? Lately, you sound like you could use some rest.

Rick Kepple said...

Pevie, you're an idiot. View counters are not speedometers. You can't just put an electric drill and wind it up. Dimwit.

Actually, we have Green Screen work ongoing. I'm just not satisfied with it. Besides you don't watch them. Your remarks are full of arrogance and self-importance. The only thing you watch are your bank statements.

midnightsstaff said...

..what this thread proves is after Monday and Tuesday everything else is WTF..

pevie said...

Jim, how / why did Senator Claghorn's character morph into that cartoon rooster named: Foghorn Leghorn?

pevie,(I take rick at his word) hicks said...

Middy, mighty cavalier for a guy with only seven years left?

Rick Kepple said...

Pevie, you seem familiar. Is there any one of you that doesn't have at least a dozen personalities on the Internet?

Yep, Middy added 7 years on his sentence. He only had two to go. Tsk tsk.

Found some interesting research on the entertainment industry today. Nothing that you folks would be interested in.

Shouldn't you be weaving some baskets Pevie?

Rick Kepple said...

Me: Hey B, what's up?

Boehner: Those guys in Scottsdale bothering you again?

Me: Nah. Not since you got the NSA on'em. Thanks.

Boehner: No problem. You need a tank to run through their homes a few times? We've got a couple of nutcases to go!

Me: Cool. No naval yards anymore, okay?

Boehner: That wasn't us man. I swear!

Me: Yeah sure. That's what they said in 1980.

Boehner: Let it be

Me: Funny

Boehner: We are the walrus

Me: Stop it!

Boehner: Hey, we got a ki of coke for Lindsay.

Me: You should leave her alone.

Boehner: Hey, where else are we gonna sell all those drugs from weapons sales?

Me: Maui

Boehner: Maui is flooded with all they can handle

Me: Scottsdale

Boehner: Not anymore. Not since that rock group stopped using coke.

Me: Yeah. How about Jagger?

Boehner: Straight.

Me: Arkansas?

Boehner: No, New York now. Nobody's in Arkansas that uses coke anymore.

Me: I miss the old days.

Boehner: Obama's our stooge.

Me: Do tell.

Boehner: Well I gotta go and my page has to leave. Get up baby.

midnightsstaff said...

.."Pevie, you're an idiot. View counters are not speedometers. You can't just put an electric drill and wind it up. Dimwit"..

Au contraire... in your confusing, byzanine world Rick there is no such thing as the impossible.
I have personally seen how you manage to come up with just the right tool from Acme supplies in time to blow the breath of hope in salvaging what looks like the ethral defiant flicker of sure defeat into another instance of man over mind- no matter..

No just as we thought you might have given in to the forces of reality you double back and show us what you are really made of.. bravo... well played! to seven years.. haha- we used to say "life is good, life without possibility is even better"..

pevie,(friends call me Cybil) hicks said...

Fictional movie scripts.

Fictional conversations with Boehner.

Fictional relationships with rock stars.

fictional tales of big contracts.

Fictional tales of money coming in from Warner.

And still rick has time to wonder if I have multiple personalities on the Internet? I'm not the delusional one here, I only need the personality I have .

Rick Kepple said...

"Au contraire... "

Grow up, Middy. It's not high school.

Rick Kepple said...

"I only need the personality I have"

Pevie, you need to see a shrink. Seriously. You're nuts.

Rick Kepple said...

I don't know why I even talk to you people anymore.

Rick Kepple said...

Give me value that any of you have as human beings. None of you work. The idle rich.

Rick Kepple said...

I don't know why I waste my time on Jim's blog. If you're the best that the upper class has, it's no wonder America is in the shape that it is.

SK said...

"Pevie. You're a clown. Jimmy's clown. Do a dance. Entertain us."

Yeah Pevie Hicks is really funny. I saw him perform at The Comedy Spot in Scottsdale

He's great, you were right JIm.

Rick Kepple said...

Pevie is a natural at being a clown, Jimmy.

Jim McAllister said...


Oops! Thanks for the correction. I always get Claghorn mixed up with Leghorn.

Rick Kepple said...

So let's recap, Jimmy.

I come to your blog and you tell me that I'm "lazy."

So I try to build success and you call me "delusional."

I admire a successful person. My favorite music personality and you people tell me to shut up.

And you wonder why I'm mean. If I have my way, the rich are going to change. Damn straight they are!

Jim McAllister said...


I didn't say you were lazy. At least, I don't recall saying it and I'm sure as hell not going to go through the blogs to verify it.

Please cool it; my "delete" finger is getting itchy.

Mike Slater said...

Rick, what kind of bizarre world do you leave in? It's certainly not the world normal people live in.

Rick Kepple said...

Yes Jimmy.

Obamacare will make sure that I have the same opportunity as any other American to become successful!

Obama wants me to go have a cancer test though. Mike wouldn't like me wasting his tax money, so I'll pass. Cancer is a naturally occurring disease and an act of God. I won't argue with God's design.

midnightsstaff said...

From an article on the mentally ill housed in America's lockups found in the Wall St. Journal.

27 percent of the inmates in California have mental issues, the prisons serve as cheap warehouses - how would you like a job which includes dealing with varying degrees of what Rick has to offer along with the rest who are merely dangerous felons every day at work?

It gets old but you get used to it but frankly this is blog is starting to remind me of a day at work.

.."The days of focusing on security alone are gone for prisons, says Bruce Gage, chief of psychiatry to the Washington Department of Corrections.

"We're finding sicker and sicker people all the time" who have to be treated for their mental illnesses.
Prisons "can't say no to the mentally ill, they have to solve the problem."

Sometimes folks there is no neat, tidy responsible answer..

midnightsstaff said...

On the other hand that ratio might be better than the gp running the streets in the Left Coast.
Certainly better than the Sacramento ruling class or any number of the decaying urban hell holes.
It's a scene from The Lord of the Flies in some areas of Southern Cal.

Arizona is the most sane place I have ever lived.

Rick, you should go to the land of The Unicorn and get away from those close minded vision less rednecks in Missouri and I guarantee that for the first time in your whole life in Venice Beach or Santa Monica you would finally find yourself among your peers.

As your famous cousin once said.. "life is a box of chocolates"- why don't you pick one?

Hey.. that howler about all us not working...
.."Give me value that any of you have as human beings. None of you work. The idle rich."

....good one Earl..

Rick Kepple said...

So how's those gold prices?

midnightsstaff said...

you tell me..

All aspects of this economy is detached from reality, Unemployment, GDP apples and oranges, Walmart announcing they are overstocked and traffic is down.
..a better indicator would be to ask what is the price of copper.

I still believe Obama is going to get us in a war in Syria Jim, he tried the bull rush but got his ass handed to him by everyone, but he is sulking and blaming others- he is truly an amateur.

He's Putin's bitch now- everyone is laughing in his face and personality disorders like his simply cannot tolerate that so it must be eating him up.. his handlers will take charge and get the American people demanding war.
Too much is at stake and they spent quite a bit of money and time getting him in place for the Saudi's to let this one get away.
At least that's the way I imagine Putin sees the situation, and I doubt he will tolerate a fool like Obama- remember he doesn't particularly like queers in the first place.

Evets said...


ADMIN. said...

Here's what google has on rick:!msg/

Jim McAllister said...


I can't disagree with your 10:30 comment.

The Syria thing really brought this guy to light. That pathetic statement he made on TV for 15 minutes even had the Dems shaking their heads. Plus, I don't think we have heard the last of Benghazi. It's Obama's Watergate.

The Obamacare thing is going to blow up too. I love that it has taken on his name instead of the ACA. It ties him even tighter to that boondoggle. The dumb ass must not have realized that the big companies didn't get to be big because they listened to dipshits like him. October first should be fun. Word is coming in already about the increased cost of their new healthcare coverage.

PROUD said...

Good morning Jim....Obviously, when it comes to Rick.... some things NEVER change!... (heavy sigh!)

I agree with you, when Obama stepped on the world stage to show leadership on was easy to see just how small,insignificant and totally inept he and his ideology driven administration truly are....

In a word....PATHETIC!

His obvious short comings are well hidden by two main factors...

1. An apathetic public who "asks what their country can do for them", and who forms most of their political beliefs watching Letterman, Leno, SNL, and the like....

2. An adoring main stream media who selectively omit or massage world events to cast their "hero" in the best possible light...

Without a swift and dramatic changes to those two insurmountable forces, I don't see Obama and his agenda being derailed or crashing down during his term, to the contrary, I think from here on he will be canonized....

History will no doubt be revised over and over to promote and protect this "historic" President's legacy into a warm and fuzzy story of doing good for the little guy.

Of's all bunk....but man... it will make for one touchy feely, classroom read!

midnightsstaff said...

Hard to disagree with anything you wrote, I have to add tho that this current generation and the past couple has produced a cultural baseline through ignorance based stupidity wasting precious school years on useless fluff never before tolerated much less survived by an advanced civilization.

Within an exponentially expanding universe of information still we have witnessed the dawn of the modern dark ages- a zombie like nation of groupthink drones with a fixation primarily of servicing their phantom facebook friends.

It's much too late for any political remedy to a nation that has embraced collectivism, best prepare for what we all once thought was the incomprehensible as a direct residual of the new normal.
meanwhile Homer and Marge search desperately for a "Twerk me Silly" doll for their pre pubescent offspring from hell.

Jim McAllister said...

Middy and PROUD,

You guys both nailed it and it is a sad scenario.

I think the tatoo craze and the explosion of iPhones has a lot to do with it.

People indiscriminately cover themselves with ink not even beginning to address any possible repercussions from it and the fact that someday the fad will pass and they will be maimed for life.

The same with the phones. Everyone has to have them even though for 99% nonsensical purposes. Now, they are running ads to get them in colors to match your outfits.

I wonder when the last time these idiot people of today read a book or even heard of anything other than the latest party.

I would love to write a 25 question quiz and hand it out to a bunch of people in some place like Fashion Square and see how they do.

I'm sure the results would be like the ones Jay Leno gets when he walks on a college campus.

Rick Kepple said...

The apples are ready to pick and I might be able to talk Jen into helping me peel some apples for a pie or three. Then play the guitar today.

PROUD said...

Agree, now that modern society no longer requires personal responsibility, younger generations never bother to consider the consequences of their actions...And why should they? no matter how stupid, how egregious, how irresponsible the act...someone,(in most cases,government)has a handy dandy, perfect fit, excuse at the ready....

Just like smart phones, computers and calculators have negated the need to learn or know math....

A liberal society constantly excusing inexcusable behavior has negated any need for personal responsibility.....

The think before you act, (aka common sense muscle) has atrophied from complete lack of use...

The scariest part is, those college educated kids on Leno's "Jay Walking" that haven't a clue what's going on in the world aren't born stupid,... They've been highly educated to be that way !

midnightsstaff said...

As I have said before we don't have a political problem; that could be fixed in one election, what we have is a moral problem..
People just don't associate theft with sin any more, they weren't called the "Ten Suggestions" after all..
how much simpler does it get than thou shall not steal?
.."A deceitful balance is an abomination before the Lord: and a just weight is his will"- anyone got a problem with that statement??- too preachy to you?

As far as economics?- the only benefit of the study of economics so far to the world is it serves to make astrology look measured and reasonable.

We are headed for a period that will make people forget the good old days of the thirties.

Rick Kepple said...

Weather's coming in Jimmy. On the cane again. Been feeling it coming on for days.

Yep, looks like LJM crew are pitching in to peel apples and Jen wants to make some kind of cobbler she found with yellow cake mix sprinkled over top and baked.

With a little help from my friends, the Enchanted Farmstead with a studio is doing well. Kind of.

We are the walrus, right Jimmy?

midnightsstaff said...

Taking a big chance, someone over here at the shooting gallery might kick that cane out from under you.. best get a walker, they are more stable.

Well I wonder who we killed at 'Bin Laden's hideout'?- it's pretty obvious by now that whole thing was a farce and entirely a figment of imagination... "traditional Islamic sea burial".. pull my finger- no.. I said my finger...

PROUD said...

Here's a prime,(as well as local) example of the glaring lack of common sense or personal responsibility in today's younger generation...

This drug eats you flesh...This drug is not new, has a 10 year history of killing people in Russia...Yet, somehow, young people in Phoenix are making this their latest, "designer drug" of choice:

They don't think,.. they don't care...They just want to get high, and when the shit hits the fan?
I guess they figure someone will come along an make it all better!

PROUD said...

On a lighter's getting downright COLD up here Jim.

We will see high 20's this evening,(covering remaining garden crops)days are still sunny in the upper 60's...
Using the furnace at night, making fires in the evening. Leaves are changing... it's looking like fall, though that certain scent of fall isn't in the air just yet....Bout two more weeks then back down the hill!

midnightsstaff said...

Impossible.. we have spent countless billions and grown our police state exponentially in the war on drugs.. are you telling me that we aren't winning?
How many people are killed or have their lives ruined by drunk drivers?- that war doesn't seem to be paying off either.
The government doesn't care about the damage to society, they are only interested in taking liberty from the citizen and growing the government and it's control.

You can't and shouldn't feel the responsibility to save someone from themselves at the expense of everyone else's personal liberty- this nation did well for decades before the war on drugs began, in fact it was the ill advised, never ending war itself that has created the crisis.

I guess we will continue to swing at intentional walk pitches.. in other words we made a travesty of the game.. someone ought to call rule 7.01 in fact.

midnightsstaff said...

It's downright nice in these parts lately, got a bit chill last night on the balcony, about time to break out the hoodie it looks like.

If I had a kid...

Jim McAllister said...

Good discussion, I agree with you guys.

I've always wondered about the bin Laden burial too as have several military people.

Cool this a.m. here too, only 87 for a high today which mean about 80 hear.

October 1 will be fun. I hope all the O-care dummies are happy with their part time jobs. I've noticed the typical dummy reader on Google Plus constantly knocking the rich about being greedy and what jerks they are for not passing out their money to those who would rather sit on their asses.

They are not too swift. While they are all bitching about how unjust life is the rich are working and making the dough.

There is no substitute for class.

midnightsstaff said...

When it comes to actually eating each other I imagine the vegetarians would taste better than a carnivore..
kinda like the difference between a Spoonie (grinning duck) and a Mallard.

..wouldn't you agree?
High Noon... coming soon.

midnightsstaff said...

if you look at heroin it's use has actually increased by double since 2009- there is a lot of despairing people this new normal is generating..
funny I don't read of this happening in the thirties, but then we wern't in Afghanistan liberating them and installing Democracy all over the mid east either.

PROUD said...

Well, I can attest to the fact that alcohol use in my household is UP since Nov. 4th, 2008.....

Read where 1 in 10 Americans above the age of 12 are now taking anti-depression medications....

midnightsstaff said...

One in ten isn't enough, if we could only get the other nine to do the same maybe we could avoid the depression altogether..
..ah the miracle of modern medicine.

midnightsstaff said...

Speaking of... I wonder how all the vote donkeys are liking how this Obama mandate is playing out?- I bet they never thought that pulling the lever for a guy with a funny sounding middle name meant they were going to have the IRS on their ass for not complying.. not to mention an endless war in the mideast..
..and here they thought it was just going to be another freebie like the phone..
Maybe the will fill us in with a report direct from the fun zone.
What the abomination has accomplished is subsidizing prices for older people plans with the younger ones... haha,, no free lunch?? now they tell me.

PROUD said...

Middy, I think a lot of young & stupid (naive youth) believed that Obama was a pied piper who was simply going to "give" them stuff.

I mean free health care is a right...right? Nobody should go bankrupt because a family member got sick, all sounds warm and fuzzy until the reality of who's going to pay for it hits home...

I think a lot of O's supporters were like the black lady,(Peggy Joseph) that wept the day Obama was elected saying, he's going to make my house payments, put free gas in my car, oh, happy days!

Lest ye forgot, here's some of that liberal, EMOTIONAL rather than CRITICAL thinking:

Rick Kepple said...

Middy, I'm not worried about someone kicking the cane out from under me.

With Obama making friends with Iran, that should open up new markets. Wall Street will be happy.

I got lots of apples. Blackberries in the freezer. Bow season for deer is open. Rifle season starts soon. And Lana and Jen both hunt and are both Second Amendment friendly.

Iranians are predicted to disarm Americans. That'll be the day.

midnightsstaff said...

At one time I had hope that if a decent person could just get elected the masses would realize what success creates.

But I have absolutely no hope whatsoever any longer, as long as the FreeshitArmy is living off others with no more effort than casting a vote, then the Republic is finished.
No.. stupid cannot be fixed, we have allowed them to grow a permanent mind numbed breeding pool of lockstep Democrat voters who have no concept nor interest in anything other than what they can hustle.

Ours is the last generation that has tasted what freedom and personal liberty is like, the current gen X er and before have never known anything other than a lesser degree of socialism.
I just wish there was some freedom loving place left to live an honest life, but this world is under the dominion of an entity that has always warred with what is right, it's just coming to a head.

Rick Kepple said...

Middy, I must admit that I have been in denial of these events, thinking that it must surely be some intelligence plan to trick the enemy.

I mean, the government knows better. Right?

I'm sure you've seen this, but in Michigan cops arrested a man for carrying a shotgun on his own property. He caught a trespasser, called the cops and the cops arrested the landowner and presumably the trespasser.

Well, there appears to be a clear in distinct plan for the government to CONTROL the people at any cost.

No wonder they put me on morphine and made me all delusional. But you see, it greases the mind and their plan backfired.

I hate this, Middy. What this means is that civil war is coming.

One thing is certain; whatever the government is planning, they will probably initiate before November 2014. Suspend Congress.

Rick Kepple said...

Oh I'm just joking about any nasty government plans.

Pax Obama.

Rick Kepple said...

Jimmy, I kill the conversation everywhere. Even in person.

midnightsstaff said...

I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that when you come up with some little gem like ...
"Just imagine that it's me. It'll make it easier for you. CJ, you hate my guts and you know that you want to kill me. So you should do it. You're a woman. You can get away with it. Jimmy can give you the evidence. Middy can back it up."..

it somehow throws a wet blanket on the polite conversation at the daily Scottsdale Tea and Cucumber sandwich social for gentile folks and others.
It probably would be a conversation stopper at the Richmond Grub and Gun meeting at Ethyl's coffee shop as well, you have a history Rick that precedes your grand entry.
..just quit with the puppy dog whining, it's embarrassing.

L. Buckingham said...


Jim McAllister said...

Hi Lindsay,

I'm not sure who he is. I'm going to call Mick tomorrow and see if he knows.

Did you get those new guitar picks I sent over? I think you'll like them.

midnightsstaff said...

Anyone in with me on buying Eminem's childhood home in Detroit for Paula? it's for sale for a buck.. I got a quarter and two nickles.. any game?

Also noticed they are bribing the Jag fans with beer to go to the games.. slick marketing eh?
..season tickets come with a hooker.
where the hell is Jacksonville anyway- Mississippi?? Alabama?? Mexico??

Rick Kepple said...

Did you KNOW that Lindsey Buckingham also goes by the name, L. Buckingham?

If you live by the sword, you die by the sword. You got your asses caught this time.

Rick Kepple said...

So on this one blog, you violated federal law and copyright law.

It must be a drag to be that rich and that stupid.

midnightsstaff said...

Who violated what law?
You are the only one making terrorist threats towards other people Rick- and the NSA has all your eruptions recorded..
.." I'll make CJ kill someone. You just watch. She'll do it. Won't you CJ? You know you want to see what killing someone feels like. You've always wanted to know that feeling of power. You're craving it and you know it. Stinking men, huh?"

Yeah Rick those are your words, so save us the horseshit threats from your retained law firm of Dewey Chetum and Howe and start thinking about what you are going to do to get the authorities off your ass boy.

Because they already have everything you have written, and you keep adding to the charges daily.
..eventually you will step on the wrong toes and they have all the evidence they will ever need to get you locked up for your own safety..

.." Rick Kepple said...
I wallpapered my home with Stevie Nicks' posters. My roommates are furious. I made Dale wear a blonde wig.
She's coming out with that ancient album, Buckingham/Nicks.
She actually picked on me for my Aspergers. It was fun for her. Just like Pevie enjoys it now.
Pevie, Stevie, Middy, Bill, whatever"..
..sound familiar Ricky?

PROUD said...

I was planning to stay out of crazy Ricks pathetic life, but here he is, squirting CRAZY all over the place...and it ain't even 6AM....

Rick, someone posted this tidbit about you above,..It's well worth another look, especially today:!msg/


You were delusional and completely full of imaginary legal investigations crap then, just like you are now.
Not only haven't you gotten one iota better,... you seem hopelessly stuck on stupid, playing the same game of stalk and threaten but with a different cast of victims,(us),for you to hallucinate in front of.

Obviously you have no pride in yourself, if you did you would never continue to make such a complete fool of yourself... You must not have one single friend who cares about you, otherwise THEY would be telling you to quit doing what you are,(and have been for years), doing, because, looking back...any sane person can see... IT SURE AS HELL AIN'T WORKIN!

Well, maybe it is working?...That is if you are a delusional, lonely, deranged person with a strong compulsion to continually self punish by forcing yourself into situations where you are not wanted and then subjecting yourself to the insults that ensue...(BINGO)

Even some like you must see, No one believes you have rock star friends...No one believes you are successful, hell I doubt if anyone even believes you picked a real apple....

I said this many times,(all the way back to 2008 when you were known as: "just lost my wife, poor old disabled vet, government hooked me on drugs, used to date Stevie, born again writer"...This advice was much needed then, and by the looks of where your life has gone in the last 4 or 5 years, it is more DESPERATELY needed now! Please read, think....repeat:


PROUD said...

I blew two cents on Rick...but I'll go another quarter on Paula's new Detroit digs....

Probably looks / smells a lot like her old Toledo place, and she'll finally be among her kind: "The little people" :-)

Jim McAllister said...

.....and it wasn't but a couple months ago we were cheering him for his new and intelligent comments.

Rick, you have to cool it.

Rick Kepple said...

So let me get this straight, Jimbo; you people can say any shit you want against me, but when I object, that's bad?

Lay off the cocaine, Jimmy.

midnightsstaff said...

Pop quiz.. who made this statement?...

.."A woman said that to me years ago and now I'm saying that to the world. Not helping anyone, but myself. The shrink said not to help anyone for free. And in many cases, it's illegal to intervene because of privacy laws, so it's best if I focus only on my art.

But I like talking to you guys".

1...Charles Manson..
2..Roger Rabbit..
3...Just Call me Later..

..seen any unmarked black Suburbans cruising down your dirt road lately?

Rick Kepple said...

Yeah Middy, all the time, but that's SOP. Need to Know. And you don't need to know.

Rick Kepple said...

C'mon Jimmy.

"Good one, Middy," said Jim McAllister.

Just commenting for you, Jimmy. You're old. That keyboard must be getting heavy.

PROUD said...

You have to admire the way rick can come on jim's blog,day after day,.. Threaten to bring Federal charges against him and other posters, accuse Jim of using cocaine,... Then,(at the drop of a personality), turn around and paint himself as the victim....

Well you don't necessarily have to admire that kind of schizophrenic behavior. You could be offended? Or, you could pity this pathetic loser? could continue to laugh your ass off at a fool who only fools himself.

Choose wisely my friends....

PROUD said...

Middy the lines are blurred between the three pop quiz choices. Need more clarification to be able to differentiate...

midnightsstaff said...

Slander...the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person's reputation.

Jim is not an elected or public figure. so you are now guilty of libel.
Accusing him of engaging in the consumption of an illicit substance is called slander Rick- doing it in written form is called libel.

.."A Texas couple was awarded a whopping $13 million by a jury in what could be a landmark case for regulating anonymous Internet commenters"

I guess it's up to Jim if he wants to make your life a living hell or not.. he now owns you Rick- I suggest an apology.

Rick Kepple said...

It's just curious that you guys allegedly make money from "investments" that President Obama is helping to create, while you people claim to hate that same government.

Now why would I believe that any of you are on cocaine?

And yet, Middy says how he just knows Obama will take all that he has, while he's trying to milk the same system that he can't stand.

You guys act like rock stars without a care, but the demoralization of America needs celebrity misbehavior. So carry on. Obama needs you.

Rick Kepple said...

Middy said, Blah blah, blah blah blah ... don't care.

Rick Kepple said...

Jimmy, I demand an apology.

Don't forget about the liberal courts and they won't like your slander against Obama.

You seem to think this is 1983. It's not.

Rick Kepple said...

I am leaving this blog under protest that rich people should not rule over others.

It is in fact, Jimmy's blog and although I do not approve of the content, that is McAllister's problem.

midnightsstaff said...

International Rules of Law:
Section 2498.3
sec. b subsection III..
.."No Rich Person shall rule over any non rich person unless the both parties agree to the contract.
All contracts shall be binding either by mutual agreement or unilaterally at the express whim of the Rich party".

a clarification can be found under..
Section 2498.4 sec. l line 25 which states "any agreement can be modified at any time with the express wishes of the Ruling eg. ( Rich) party.. appeal or special waivers can be submitted nor offered.

..better run this by your legal counsel..

Jim McAllister said...

Rick, Rick, Rick..............

In response to your statement:

"I am leaving this blog under protest that rich people should not rule over others."

To paraphrase Diane of "Cheers" fame my response to you is:

"On behalf of Middy, PROUD, Mike, CJ, Glo, Buzz, Allen, Sam, Larry and any other readers that you may not have yet driven away, all I can say is 'Phew!'"

midnightsstaff said...

I can only hope it wasn't anything I might have said that pushed him over the top..

yeah.. really...
Well, Rich people chalk up another victim..
R-I-C-H - R-I-C-H - R-I-C-H ..we're number one baby!- we're number one..

pevie,(loadin up the truck, to move to Missouri),hicks said...

I wasn't rich but Stevie Nicks paid me $100 grand to get rid of her stalker.

Now I'm RICH, RICH,, R_I_C_H!

(RICH that is, swimmin pools, movie stars)

L. Buckingham said...

Hey Jim,

thanks for the guitar picks. I'll be in touch next time Im in Scottsdale.

Stephanie Lynn said...

You have my thanks as well Jim, I'd kiss you but it's 8+ hours later where I am, but I'll be home soon

midnightsstaff said...

I just found out it's Saturday.. I guess precisely knowing the current day of the week just doesn't take on the importance it once did.

Jim, the whole thing started to go to hell the day they shoved Ted Baxter out and let females anchor the nightly news..

Ted ad libbing ..

Jim McAllister said...

God bless Ted Knight wherever he is. We never missed MTM in those days after all, "Who could turn the world on with her smile?"

midnightsstaff said...

Yeah the little lefty had a great set of choppers.
The whole bunch are screaming libs but used to be funny, not so much anymore.
They are pretty much in everyone's face now, the guy that really drove me nuts was Ted Danson.
What a pant load he is.. Harrelson is no better.
Seems like every part of life was a whole lot simpler and worthwhile.. yep, something has changed.

midnightsstaff said...

.."Voters in the Buckeye Union High School and Liberty Elementary school districts will be asked to help finance school maintenance and construction during the Tuesday, Nov. 5, bond elections".

It's not just Scottsdale passing the hat, every school district in the state drags out the same old dog and pony show each year.

.."Voters passed a budget override in 2012 after rejecting it a year earlier. The override largely helped pay for teachers’ salaries, said Charlene Powers, president of a political-action committee supporting the bond".

..and isn't that what all school bond issues end up being?- another shake down for teachers salaries- if you pass one they just come back the next year with the same complaints.

It's real hard for me to drum up any sympathy for a public school teacher anymore, they are just government whores like the rest.

PROUD said...

Wowsa....Now that's a can of WHOOPASS:

PROUD said...

Looks like yesterday was a day of being skewered:

USC got "forked" by the Sun-Devils, and NYC, SNL libtards finally got around to skewering Obama, and Obama-Care....

Guess that makes the show racist?

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