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Monday, November 11, 2013

WORLD WAR II AMERICA

(I wrote this for my column in a local paper in November of 2005.  I think it is still appropriate for Veteran's Day, 2013)

Can you imagine today’s “I have to have it!” society being placed in a time machine and being transported back to the dark days of World War II?  With today’s attitude of overbuying and waste how would these people handle the teamwork approach to rationing of major consumer items?  It would be interesting to see their reaction to the rallying call of, “If you don’t need it, don’t buy it!”

With the arrival of war on December 7, 1941 a lot of strain was administered to the pipelines of supply and demand.  The war consumed a lot of goods which threatened to cause shortages on the home front so in the spring of 1942 the rationing of items such as most types of food, gasoline, and even clothing was instituted.  Everybody was affected and the way Americans coped with these inconveniences was a testimony to their strong will.

Clubs were formed to work together to maintain supply channels so that the guys fighting on the fronts could have more.  Scrap drives were organized to provide more metal, paper, and rubber.  Many people removed the bumpers from their cars to help that effort.  Recycling was popular as used cans were a good source for ammunition casings.
 
 WWII ration stamps
In order to provide more fresh produce for the troops, many families planted “victory gardens.”  Those gardens provided families with produce so that normal supplies could benefit the soldiers.  It’s estimated that there were over 20 million victory gardens planted on private property providing 40% of America’s produce.  War bonds were sold as a source used to provide funds for the war.  Hollywood played a big part in the sale of bonds as stars entertained around the country to solicit sales.

Rationing was handled through the use of “War Ration Books” that contained stamps used to buy various items like food, gasoline, and tires.  It was a dizzying experience to control but few complained.  The America of the wartime 1940’s had a teamwork discipline.  A common slogan of the time was “Do with less so they will have enough!”

One negative aspect of all this patriotism was the appearance of the “black market.”  By utilizing the black market a person could buy a lot of items that were in short supply even though they would have to pay inflated prices.  It was annoying to those who worked hard to conserve but it still existed to supply those who could afford it.

So there it was:  wartime America.  As always, this country faced up to adversity and made it through.  Although World War II ended in 1945, prosperity was returning by the late 1940’s and the Depression of the 1930’s became just a bad memory.  More women were entering the workplace while the invention of television was making its way into the living rooms of America while sending a chill down the spine of Hollywood.

The 1950’s followed and offered a different set of problems and successes.  However, the world war was over and our guys were home with some getting ready to pack for Korea.  More on that some other time.

92 comments:

midnightsstaff said...

America has changed.

Mike said...

Yes American has changed but not for the better.

midnightsstaff said...

In my mom's stuff that I avoid opening I think I remember seeing some rations cards, So if WWII got us out of the First Depression then why was there still shortages after the war? and why was the first house my mom and dad lived in an abandoned internment camp house?

That Victory Garden was just another pep rally based ad campaign by the Defense dept. the same one that green lighted wasting tax money funding the video Hemp for Victory!:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p52Epx6lJes..

And then twenty years later making hemp a felony ruining the futures of half of American kids for no good reason and what's worse immorally justifying the continued wasting of our tax money for building the modern day police state.
Cognitive Dissonance?- seconds anyone??

These are the same guys that used the truth found in "Reefer Madness" to base an expensive war on drugs campaign that has done nothing positive for the nation..
We allow our CIA to set proxy figureheads like Gadaffi or the Shah of Iran up and we take them down- for what?- I see a pattern.
How about some Syrian War bonds.. lol..

Happy Veteran's Day to all us vets.. one thing is for sure this nation will never run out of war vets.

midnightsstaff said...

I feel a bit sorry about that outburst.. but for a real outburst this is the guy you need to see..
.."Only 600 dollars and the Kingdom was lost"- Ignore the first few minutes while he counts the donations-
"meanwhile keep calling!!"...gets fun about six min in.. great singing eh?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3X-GtEnjME

Yep.. this is what people think of when they think religion.. he was a favorite of mine in LA- got a lot of laughs on channel 59 at night, judging by the sheepskin was rolling it in the scam worked.

The level of insanity in this video is hard to imagine.. "This is Waaar!"
(at least it illustrates the battered wife syndrome)
..now tell me he doesn't remind you of a youthful Harry Reid.

Jim McAllister said...

Jim:

Good thoughts for the day. Thank you.
LEONARD J. MARCISZ

Jim McAllister said...

From John W.

Jim,

The Independent is alive and well, with Terrance Thornton now at the helm. I know they are working on distribution strategies, but have a great online portal at:

http://arizona.newszap.com/

I’ve copied Terrance on this message. Who knows, they may need some bloggers one of these days!

Jim McAllister said...

From:

Middy

Didn't bother putting the flag up today, haven't taken it outside since Nov. 2012- don't see any reason to.

Jim McAllister said...

To; John B's blogger list

This is from a friend of mine, Jim McAllister ,who writes a great blog site which I follow. The following blogs are worth reading.

Jim McAllister said...

From: Randy Rogers

Jim,

Very nice piece, and very good observations. I was really taken back yesterday as the cover Article ‘One More Mission For The Greatest Generation’ in the Republic by Kristina Goetz was outstanding, respectful and should be mandatory reading for each classroom in our country.

It was also nice in last week’s news that aside from having guys returning from Afghanistan to be greeted with applause and honor, but to have the Airline upgrade 9 of the group and the other 7 having already upgraded First Class travelers surrender their seats so they could all travel together, there is hope for us!

That all good things must be balanced out ESPN’s Blackistone has to come out and complain about The Star Spangled Banner being played at sporting events, sad, but as with Bob Costas an un-important man searching for relevance, and showing his ignorance as to what this represents.

Again thanks, enjoy your day, as I know you are a Vet as well, and thank you for your service to our Country.

Randy

midnightsstaff said...

Good idea Mike to take the early SS, may as well chip in for some gas money for Thelma and Louise- I did the same and didn't lose a moment's sleep over it.

As far as people doing like you said they had to during WWII “If you don’t need it, don’t buy it!” - I think that's a no starter.

People don't want the concept of saving to buy things, and remember the credit card has only been around since the late sixties.

The nation today is addicted to the most damaging drug ever devised- easy, debt created currency.
It has destroyed cultures before us and it will continue to do the same every time it gets the chance.

Take a look at the charts of revolving vs fixed debt the past few decades and you will see what I am talking about.

http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2013/08-2/Student%20Car%20Loans.jpg

http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2013/08-2/Revolving%20Credit%20July.jpg

My dad warned me, America has changed.

PROUD said...

The great melting pot started cooling about the time that "Roots" hit the air waves, been a massive push for hyphenated identity ever since.....

Things have changed but not everything has swung away from being patriotic....

Just compare the way we as a nation celebrate and treat our veterans today to the way we treated them (Vietnam) in the 60-70's......

midnightsstaff said...

I read a pretty good article on that very subject Proud,
http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/11/a_debt_unpaid.html

I wasn't going to bring that subject up.. I was lucky, my mom and dad lived in a military town so they didn't get the anti Vietnam war treatment some of the other families did.
I just started telling people I was in jail, avoided a lot of arguments.

America has changed for the better in some ways I guess, at least we don't call them baby killers anymore.

Joe Finnerty said...

Jim,

The rationing Americans experienced during WW II paled by comparison with what the Brits endured. I can attest I never missed a full meal right up until the army grabbed me just as the fighting ended in 1945.

In Churchill’s memorable account of WW II, he expressed concern about the possible need to ration ice cream in 1943. He hoped America would supply our troops stationed in GB with our own supply. We had to lick a cone before we could lick the enemy.

Cigarettes became scarce at times. When a supply hit Hoboken, folks lined up to buy as many cartons as possible, any brand. Things got so bad I was willing to “Walk a Mile for a Camel.”

That War was Hell!


midnightsstaff said...

He has a point, no matter what happened in the good ol' U S of A it paled compared to having bombers overhead, or V2 rockets dropping like bird shit month after month.

I think we had a Japanese sub do a 40 mm drive by off the coast of Oregon or something..
but mainland was pretty much spared the worse ravages of Mars.

..that time.

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

Surprisingly the editorial in the Republic today is critical of the medical marijuana law in AZ. It says that too many 18 to 30 year olds are getting dope that way to make it a "for medical reasons" only situation.

No Kidding! I couldn't believe it when they passed the damn thing. Also, Colorado and another state want to pass a law allowing dope to be smoked just for recreational reasons.

So much for marijuana being a big secret behind the scenes deal. Remember the MJ raids?

Jim McAllister said...

Mike,

I can't disagree and Pied Piper Obama is leading the demise being followed by his legions into the river.

Fortunately some are catching on as his poll numbers keep dropping and his disapproval rating is 10.5% below his approval.

"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me."

Let's hope the Rep's don't blow it in 2014 now that they have the advantage.

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

Gotta love Gene Smith. What a con and there used to be many like him forking out that dough for those guys to wear those powder blue polyester suits.

Oral Roberts was always a fave too. Master salesmen all.

Jim McAllister said...

Love the hemp propaganda. Let's grow some and see what happens.

It reminds me of the old cigarette ads with doctors recommending Camels and the slogan from Chesterfield: "Smoke for health!"

If you lived past 50 then you were lucky.

Jim McAllister said...

Thanks, Len

Jim McAllister said...

Thanks, John.

It would be fun to do some stuff for the Independent again. Those were fun days. It was quite a luxury to be allowed 800 words and write anything I wanted.

I think my concert reviews of ZZ Top and Crosby, Stills, and Nash in Laughlin were the most fun.

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

I still put the flag out on holidays as does a couple of my neighbors. Not many more than that though.

I think most people take things for granted. Maybe the current nonsense in Washington will eventually bring them around. A lot of people are pissed now over health insurance and the clown's apology for their distress isn't cutting it.

Jim McAllister said...

Thanks, Randy.

Guys like Blackistone and Costas never surprise me.

The former has the traditional racial chip on his shoulder and Costas is a 5 foot tall twerp looking for someone 6 feet tall to take a swing at.

Both are non entities in the big picture.

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

I would love to know the number of credit cards that have never been paid off.

To me, it is just human nature for some people to go nuts with the damn things and have no intention of ever paying them off. After all, they feel that they are "entitled". BO will handle it for them!

The worst part is that they are encouraged to do it. After all, someone else will eventually pay for it!

Sometimes I wonder why I take the trouble to be so honest. Maybe having a conscience and a sense of fair play has something to do with it.

Jim McAllister said...

PROUD,

Good point about vets. Middy was a vet in those days. I'm sure he went through that from the Earth Shoe crowd.

midnightsstaff said...

Arizona Republic.. joke.

..all of a sudden kids are finally getting their hands on what cartel members are cutting heads off in Mexico to supply by the ton - crisis!!
..anyone believing that crap deserves what they get.

I suggest people inform themselves before drawing conclusions, that is unless you support the war on drugs and the accompanying expensive prison cartel that was created to support it.

.."Agents working in the western Arizona desert early Saturday recovered more than 1,900 pounds of pot worth $961,000. Agents also arrested three Mexican nationals suspected of smuggling narcotics, a Border Patrol news release says.
Sunday night, Casa Grande agents seized 16 backpack bundles of marijuana weighing more than 800 pounds with an estimated worth of $436,000.
Early Monday, Ajo agents seized a total of 1,600 pounds of marijuana. A Jeep Grand Cherokee was found abandoned in a remote western Arizona desert area with 86 bundles of marijuana weighing 1,093 pounds. The narcotics, worth an estimated $546,500, and the Jeep were seized.
Another 524 pounds of pot was dumped off by smugglers and recovered. It’s worth approximately $262,000".

This is from one weekend this January and they claim they catch less than ten percent..

http://azstarnet.com/news/local/border/m-in-marijuana-seized-in-arizona/article_f681b274-46cd-11e1-82bb-0019bb2963f4.html

A week later after they had broken the back of the smugglers.

.."This was evidenced at a news conference Tuesday where U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials showed the 7 tons of marijuana seized Jan. 15 at a commercial truck crossing point. It was at the Mariposa port of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales, Ariz.
The 600 bales of pot were wrapped in plastic with each bale weighing between 25 and 30 pounds. The pot packaged in this manner is so that mules can bring it across the border on foot in backpacks. With the marked reduction in illegal crossers, it appears the Sinaloa cartel is resorting to a riskier means of moving their product.
A movement of this size is almost always discovered and seized, unless of course, one of our corrupt border agents is there to help move it through the commercial lanes.
In all, authorities say the marijuana found hidden in a tractor trailer weighed more than 14,000 pounds"..

http://mexicotrucker.com/cbp-makes-7-ton-pot-seizure-at-nogales-port-of-entry-largest-bust-ever-in-arizona/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MexicoTrucker+Mexico+Trucker+Online

..and that's just the first two of a hundred google pages of the same thing.

Yeah.. better crack down, cracking down always works.

Jim McAllister said...

Hi Joe,

Good to hear from you; it's been a while but I haven't forgotten you. Every time I see those guys from Hoboken on the HGTV channel I think of Joe Finnerty.

Britain really got nailed during WWII. Just listening to those old recordings of Ed Murrow's reports gives a good idea about that.

We were very fortunate here with mild restrictions like blackouts. I remember my dad complaining about ruining a tire on the curb during a blackout.

Great cig ads in those days as you say with "I'd walk a mile for a Camel." I mentioned above the "Smoke for health" ad from Chesterfield and endorsements from athletes from guys like swimmer Buster Crabbe who claimed cigs gave him "better wind."

Remember Kools? "Wille the penguin said "Smoke Koooools."

Personally, "I'd rather fight than switch" from my Tareytons! LOL



Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

I think they caught a German sub in the Mississippi if I remember correctly from an old "Life" magazine.

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

Great examples of the failure of the war on drugs.

I wonder how many living here are growing the stuff in their basements.

I tried some in the 60s just for the hell of it. I didn't see the big deal; maybe it's because I never smoked even cigarettes in my life.

midnightsstaff said...

That was my very point Jim, tobacco is far more deadly but what has been their position so far? and what business does the Federal Government have in dealing with the parenting problem to begin with?- show me in the Constitution.
I suggest you ask that idiot at the Arizona Republic "Are kids getting smokes, liquor or bringing guns to class for show and tell from their parents"?

The CIA is the major trafficker for cocaine and heroin, the Pharmaceutical industry is the exclusive, protected supplier for Oxy and Paxil.
Crack is a direct result of cocaine being too expensive for the ghetto crowd, Mexican tar and the White Horse is the real threat to schools today and that is directly attributable to it's being a less expensive commodity to the youth- tar sells for ten bucks a hit, weed is expensive.

God only knows what agent orange type herbicides our government is spraying on the crops that get harvested anyway and shipped south.

So what is the answer?
..same answer for fixing government altogether, getting them out of the equation.

While I have my soapbox out why are humans allowed to drive two ton killing machines on the highways at 16, able to buy and smoke tobacco at 18, put your life on the line for the nation as well as vote, at 21 they are considered as adult enough to buy liquor yet are in the eyes of the IRS children until 26?

Going to need more than two hands for that level of cognitive dissonance.

Oxy, Paxil, Crack, Heroin, Big alcohol, police state, being punked by real criminals in prison... or marijuana- which is the real threat to our youth?
..the hysteria is maddening.

My brother died from a drunk driver, my dad alcohol killed, I had an uncle who committed suicide while on medications yet I have no one in my family that has died or suffered any damage from the weed.. how should I or any other thinking person look at the issue?

Here's a hint, follow the money trail.
Lots of bastards like Big Alcohol and Big Incarceration are lining their pockets with prohibition generated found money today, and they aren't going to let go without a fight.

Ignore my diatribes, I walk alone.

midnightsstaff said...

Do you eat a burger or drink a coke while driving?

Better get ready, the same people who are against human behavior are now mounting a info campaign against distracted driving..
tax money is slow coming in so they need a new income stream.

..soon in Clownaforina people will be arrested and their car impounded for eating a heart attack in the sack while behind the wheel.. maybe six months in the slammer will teach them!

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/11/11/eating-while-driving-significantly-increases-chances-of-a-car-accident-experts-say/Law and order Liberals strike again.
..tell me, am I too cynical for this crowd?
just tell me the truth.

midnightsstaff said...

By the way you had better watch yourself laughing at Kools-
..thaaass raycyst!!

We take heroin from inmates in a level III building- The fastest way to insure an ample supply, inflate the price and to create demand is to make it illegal.

The strangest thing I ever confiscated was a string of Christmas lights from from a crib of the Captain's secretary..
I didn't even ask how they got those and didn't want to know, didn't even list it on the receipt- sometimes you just don't ask..

Mike said...

Jim, good chance the Republicans will keep the House and maybe take the Senate. Lot of Democrats in the Senate up for reelection and will have to run with Obamacare hanging around their necks.

We could make Dirty Harry Reid a mute point and keep Obummer from doing anymore damage.

midnightsstaff said...

http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2013/11/20131112_NICS.png

PROUD said...

Just In From Our "YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP" department:

Todd Park the administration’s Chief Technology Officer, and former HHS tech guru whose biggest project was the development of the Obamacare website healthcare.gov has been called by congress to testify about why things have gone so bad.

Todd really, REALLY doesn't want to testify, says he doesn't have "the time" because he's busy fixing healthcare.gov.

Funny, testimony is about a half day, yet Todd and his friends found the time to develop and launch a website to support Todd's non testimony:

http://www.humanevents.com/2013/11/12/obama-it-chief-really-really-doesnt-want-to-testify-about-obamacare/

Unbelievable?...or....All too believable?

PROUD said...

And...while we're on the news of the absurd, try this one....

HHS secretary testifying that convicted felons could possibly be health care navigators,and accept peoples personal info, though the "community organizations" the federal government contracts with assured her they have checked them out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lkzip-_7G_A

SO...to see how upstanding these "navigators" were navigating their jobs, James Okefe sent his crew to do some under cover work:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUsUWFANPS8&noredirect=1

Nice?

midnightsstaff said...

Saw that, funny the Navigators could get their non profit status rubber stamped while the tea party is forced to do squat thrusts and private citizens like me who had the nerve to send money to Sharon Angle, Nick Popovitch and Joe Wilson get fisted by the IRS, Social Security and now Medicare- yeah, I have to write out a check to Medicare once a month.

..anyone thinking you get an automatic Kings X just because you are enrolled in Medicare and Social Security are in for a rude one.

I'm sure the IRS will fairly decide who gets that knee operation, dialysis, or an endless pile of forms to fill out in the very near future. But it's the mirror that shows us who is responsible for this Alice in Wonderland style nation we live in today if we are honest.

.."every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under"
H.L. Mencken.
-the man was a prophet.

midnightsstaff said...

.." since 1993 there has been a federal law requiring states to recover at least some of the costs of Medicaid-covered medical care for anyone 55 years old and up, from the estates of those covered.

States enforce this law, with their own laws and policies added in, differently in every state. But the general principle is there. Up until now the usual consequence has been things like this: Medicaid puts a lien on the house of someone in a nursing facility who has run out of money, and after they die, the heirs find they have to buy the house back from the state if they want it.

We haven't had lots of people younger than 65 on Medicaid, because in most states simply earning less than the Federal Poverty Level did not qualify one for Medicaid.

And we haven't had many people with lots of assets on Medicaid, because in most places you have to have less than around $2400 to your name before Medicaid will cover you. You can keep your house and your car, but Medicaid reserves the right to put liens on them and take them when you die.

But now we have the Affordable Care Act, and its expectation that everyone in the lower tier of income will end up in the Medicaid system. To accomplish this, they have dropped the asset test. So now we will have lots of people ages 55-64, who have assets but not a lot of income right now, for whatever reason, on Medicaid.

The kicker of it is, if you make the right amount to qualify for a subsidized health insurance plan, your costs are going to be shared and subsidized by the government. But if you go on Medicaid, you owe the entire amount that Medicaid spends on you from the day you turn 55"..

..this is a direct quote from the pages of not some right wing website but from the pages of the Daily Kos..

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/10/17/1248425/-Medicaid-Estate-Recovery-ACA-Unintended-Consequences#
..tell me Obama doesn't have a problem when this type of stuff is floating to the top in the sewer.

midnightsstaff said...

404ward..
.."Health insurer Anthem Blue Cross of California has agreed to a two-month extension of about 104,000 individual policies after failing to give the required 90-day cancellation notice"..

1. I will have the most transparent administration.
2. I have Shovel ready jobs.
3. The IRS is not targeting anyone.
4. If four Americans get killed, it is not optimal.
5. ObamaCare will be good for America.
6. You can keep your family doctor.
7. Premiums will be lowered by $2500
8. You can keep your current healthcare plan
9. Just shop around, for that healthcare I claimed you wouldn’t lose.
9A. I did not say you could keep your health care. (Regardless that 29 recorded videos show I did)
9B. ObamaCare will not be offered to illegal immigrants.
9C. ObamaCare will not be used to fund abortions.
9D. ObamaCare will cost less than 1 Trillion Dollars.
10. No one making under $250,000 will see their taxes raised one dime.
11. It was about a movie.
12. If I had a son.
13. I am not a dictator.
14. I will put an end to the type of politics that “breeds division, conflict and cynicism”.
15.You didn’t build that.
16. I will restore trust in Government.
17. The Cambridge police acted stupidly.
18. I am not after your guns.
19. The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. The BO of (2006)
20. I have been practicing…I bowled a 129. It’s like — it was like Special Olympics.
21. I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.
22.The Public Will Have 5 Days To Look At Every Bill That Lands On My Desk
23. It’s not my red line it is the worlds red line.
24. Whistle blowers will be protected.
25. We got back Every Dime we Used to Rescue the Banks, with interest.
26. I will close Gitmo.
27. The point I was making was not that Grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn’t, but she is a typical white person
28. I am not spying on American citizens.
28A. I am good at killing people.
29. I Barrack Hussain Obama pledge to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.

And now I can add yet still another lie.
.."I am sorry you all are losing your healthcare"..

Accomplishments in five years:
Fast & Furious
SEAL Team 6
Obamacare would save the avg family $2500 per year
Forcing businesses to violate their religious beliefs
Violating the rights and sanctity of our Churches
Obamacare web site-cronyism
NSA acting as Obama Gestapo
17 Trillion in debt
Lies about Benghazi
Voter fraud
Intentionally trying to hurt Americans during the sequester
Intentionally trying to hurt Americans during govt shutdown
Blocking veterans from seeing their own memorials
Allowing illegals on mall during govt shutdown
Shutting down ‘The Peoples House’ tours
We can keep our insurance if we like it
We can keep our doctors if we like them
Military not getting their votes counted
Supporting the Muslim
Brotherhood with arms and money
DOJ spying on the free press
Not securing our borders
Spying on Americans on American soil with drones
SOLYNDRA
Picking winners and losers
IRS targeting conservatives
IRS targeting the Tea Party
Millions losing health care coverage
Increasing welfare rolls
Increasing disability rolls
Countless party’s
Countless exorbitant vacations
Releasing illegal’s from prison
Unconstitutional recess appointment
NO budget for 5 years
Clapper lying to congress
Holder lying to congress
Failing to prosecute the New Black PantherReading our e-mail
War on women
Promoting race war
War between makers and takers
A123 Systems
Cash for clunkers failure
Trayvon Martin
Infanticide supporter
Abortion supporter

..and now this...

404ward Soviet!

Stevebuzzardo said...


that guy Gene Scott was something else, LOL

He would just sit there and stare at the camera, until the amount of money he wanted would come in.
Hilarious

midnightsstaff said...

Ya know Steve, I used that to illustrate how manipulative these demonic personalities are.

People with terminal conditions would send the mother****** the last of their savings out of baseless hope, just like Obama wants- and he did it in the name of God.

Those poor ladies on the phones caught hell from him for not enough people calling in, they were in tears.
Hell has a place for these type of monsters.

Guillotines my ass- too neat and quick, think Brass Bull.

http://history.howstuffworks.com/history-vs-myth/10-medieval-torture-devices1.htm

Gene Scott- asswipe, he actually let the cameras roll when the FBI finally busted his operation taking everything including the chair he was sitting on- LA has a history with nutjob preachers.

Looking at Gene Scott for spiritual advice is like asking Obama for marital advice.

midnightsstaff said...

early game tonight six pm start.. I think it's on NBCsports but I gotta watch it on the internet.. haha.

Jim McAllister said...

Mike,

Bill Clinton schooled Obama today about Obamacare. You probably have already heard: He told BO to honor his statement about anyone wanting keep their insurance.

I'll bet we could fry an egg on BO's forehead after being told what to do by Clinton.

Meanwhile, Obama's numbers continue to slide. I hope they go to zero like his IQ.

It's along way to November 2014 but things are looking up a bit.

Jim McAllister said...

PROUD,

I don't think anything can surprise me anymore after watching the current clowns in Washington. It's
only fitting that it comes from the top with a guy who doesn't even qualify to be a dogcatcher.

I only wish that someone could come up with his Kenyan birth certificate.

Jim McAllister said...

One can only imagine how Mencken would react to the crap of today.

I would read his Baltimore Sun column everyday.

Jim McAllister said...

Middy, great list!

Jim McAllister said...

I rented a house to a guy and his father in Kansas in the 70s and the old man was senile. He sent his dough to one of those gene Scott types. Unbelievable!

Those guys really know how to work the room.

PROUD said...

Middy, great 404ward post...

midnightsstaff said...

Cardiac Coyotes know how to work a room.

I thought the first period they finally had Tip's system in place, then looked very ordinary but hey a win is a win.
Thursday in Chicago and Saturday against the Lightning here.. tough schedule.

You won't believe it but I have been away from the news today- didn't hear about the Slickster telling that jackass how to run the house- Arkansas style, remember when Ted Kennedy once said at one time Barrak would be bringing them drinks..
great stuff this Obamamess eh?
Buffalo beats the Kings in LA tonight in a Shoot out and the Ducks lose to Florida- that stretches the lead and puts the Yotes in a three way tie for second place in the NHL.

midnightsstaff said...

that post was stolen by me.. but everything on the list is true.

..“Right is right even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it”..

Hey the Blues did a nice ceremonial puck drop honoring a paraplegic GI tonight, it was a nice gesture from a great organization.. the Blues are a class group, if it weren't for the Yotes I would probably adopt them as my team.

midnightsstaff said...

.."There are other countries in the world prone to natural disaster, but what distinguishes the Philippines, and has made the delivery of aid even more problematic after Typhoon Haiyan, is the prevalence of guns"..

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/10444736/Typhoon-Haiyan-gun-culture-of-the-Philippines-hinders-relief-efforts.html

Well it didn't take the pinko's at the Telegraph long to jump another shark in their ongoing war against reason.

The go on to describe the Philippines as about the same some east coast weenie describes Arizona, except half the citizens over there are muslim and actually do shoot up the place.
..absolute wankers, every one of them.

Jim McAllister said...

I agree on the Coyotes. The first period looked like they would run St L. out of the building. Then it was hang on for dear life the next two periods.

Ekman-Larson couldn't have picked a better time for that OT goal. Great win over a good team.

Jim McAllister said...

I went to a Blues game in 1978 at the old Checkerdome. I remember Barclay Plager was playing for the Blues and he didn't wear a helmet.

Sat in the front row behind the glass.

Jim McAllister said...

I remember Clark AFB in the Philipines. They finally closed it due to a volcano I believe and the local populace protests.

Jim McAllister said...

I think the actual situation was when Clinton and Kennedy were checking in to a hotel at some convention, BO walked by and Clinton said "There was a time when he would have been carrying our bags."

Same basic story and a real put down on Obama. I love it that Clinton is schooling the asshole. I read tonight where Obama supposedly agrees with Clinton on honoring the insurance.

That sounds a bit odd; we know how much that guy likes advice.

midnightsstaff said...

Yeah.. normally when I see either of those asshatt's picture I just keep moving.

Eventually ZerO is going to realize that dirty Bill Clinton is feeding off him like a death star while Democrats who see their political futures going up in smoke are treating him like Plutonium, just look at today's optics, weak, ineffectual Obama a mess and Bill looking all presidential.. Meanwhile the natives are getting restless- so to speak, what a farce.

Bill Shakespeare would have had a field day with this crowd.

midnightsstaff said...

http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2013/11/20131112_obama.jpg

.."Houston.. we gotta problem"..

midnightsstaff said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bmdB1CQnoA

Ot goal by 23..

midnightsstaff said...

.."A Vietnam court will consider the death penalty for two former executives if they’re convicted in a $25 million fraud scheme, signaling an aggressive stance as leaders seek to clean up the banking system"..

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-12/ex-bank-executive-may-face-death-in-vietnam-fraud-trial.html

If Homer and Marge ever get an idea of the scam being played on them there will be public executions- I am starting to like the Vietnam government better than the Obama government.

(never thought I would say that)

Jim McAllister said...

I stole this from a comment in a column on the internet. Makes sense to me!....

While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old rancher, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man.

Eventually the topic got around to
Obama and his role as our president. The old rancher said, 'Well, ya know, Obama is a "Post Turtle".

Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him, what a 'post turtle' was. The old rancher said, 'When you're driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a 'post turtle'.

The old rancher saw the puzzled look on the doctor's face so he continued to explain: "You know he didn't get up there by himself, he doesn't belong up there, he doesn't know what to do while he's up there, he's elevated beyond his ability to function, and you just wonder what kind of dumb #$%$ put him up there to begin with."

Jim McAllister said...

Love the Obama-Orwell comparison.

Too bad Orwell is dead; it would be interesting to get his take on Obama now.

Jim McAllister said...

Great YouTube of Ekman-Larsson getting that winner.

Thanks for sending; we missed it because I switched channels for a few minutes thinking there would be more time between periods. Oops!

Jim McAllister said...

Looks like the Vietnamese don't screw around with crooks.

We give them fat bonuses.

Stevebuzzardo said...

"Post Turtle".

Jim, I think the guy you stole it from stole it from someone else too. LOL
My uncle emailed it to me a while ago. pretty funny though.

Jim McAllister said...

Buzz,

I saw that on a blog comment and just had to use it since it is so appropriate. I there wasn't an accreditation so i figured "What eh hell; it's a good one so I'll use it anyway."

Especially since it fits Obama so well!

midnightsstaff said...

http://www.jec.senate.gov/republicans/public/?a=Files.Serve&File_id=96b779aa-6d2e-4c41-a719-24e865cacf66

..well this chart simplifies the understanding of why this bird will never fly..

midnightsstaff said...

Americans who voted for this level of idiocracy probably should never again be allowed to ever vote again.

PROUD said...

Thanks Middy, the chart makes it all clear....

More "change" we can step in....

midnightsstaff said...

**note**
.. that chart is a lot easier to use if you slam a couple of back to back doubles first.
Better yet, just neaten up the whole bottle and chew on the cork.

Guess who gets stuck for the entire bill and penalties on this FUBAR?

I believe intentional malicious fraud at this level rises to the definition of High Crimes and Misdemeanors- don't you?- and if it is decided to be fraud then any wrongful deaths because of it could be considered as reason for a special grand jury and criminal proceedings at a state level.
How about the State of Arizona representing the deceased don Williams vs. Barrrrak O'bama for wrongful death by death panel?

I could go for that.

midnightsstaff said...

Hmmm.. Post Turtle..

Post Turtle
Turtle Pots
Potter Slut
Putter Lost
El Trots Put
Slept To Rut
Pelt To Rust
Lept To Rust
Let To Spurt
Let's Tort Up
Faggot in Chief

It's amazing how you can rearrange letters into different words and sometimes come up with the same meanings.

midnightsstaff said...

I called my bud in Penn. yesterday about this time, 28 and snowing.. haha- yeah this mid eighties weather our here is pretty tough on us too I had to put on a heavy t shirt for watching the stars last night.

..toss another scoop in the coal furnace- who would choose to live in Pennsylvania?

midnightsstaff said...

..Republicans in the House of Representatives plan to introduce articles of impeachment against Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday, in the hopes of removing a cabinet member they say has lied to Congress as well as failed to uphold federal law.

"This was not a decision that I made lightly. Since the House voted in 2012 to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt, the pattern of disregard for the rule of law and refusal to be forthright has only continued," Texas Representative Pete Olson, who drafted the articles, said in a statement provided to Reuters on Wednesday.

"The American people deserve answers and accountability. If the attorney general refuses to provide answers, then Congress must take action."..

Well, well.. what? someone in Congress finally going to try the only thing they haven't yet?
..to do the right thing?

I guess I'll crack open a Stella and think about this.

Jim McAllister said...

Its's about time they impeach Holder. Let's hope is is deservedly kicked out.

Jim McAllister said...

Hot off the wire from one hour ago:

HE CAVED

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/obama-gives-people-extra-year-keep-health-insurance-2D11591250

midnightsstaff said...

One time I got into a discussion with a friend about what would have happened if monkey's had have developed thumbs.

..well I guess we have a definitive answer now- not to mention handing one a hand grenade.

I'm sorry but now that I have worn off the effects of that Stella or two it occurred to me that Nov.9 is the filing date for next year's elections..
probably just another dog and pony show- if he is so hot on prosecution why hasn't he asked Joe Arpaio for what information he has on the subject..

***crickets***

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

How would you like to have the administrative responsibilities of changing this crappola? Now, those cancellations will have to be reviewed, mail sent, lots of overtime, etc.

It will be a logistical nightmare but, what the hell, now that he has made his announcement, I'm sure he'll still make his 1:00 tee time this afternoon. Someone else can handle the "busy work."

This country was running pretty smooth before this joker. I don't think this is over just because he gave individuals another year. Even the Dems are pissed.

Some guys have to learn the hard way that this is a capitalist country.

Mike said...

Jim, I listened to Obummer this morning. He said he's doing everything in his power to fix this mess. You can put lipstick on a pig but it's still a pig.

The Democrats own this pig. I just hope the Republicans don't try to help fix it.

midnightsstaff said...

..think of it as a bank robbery and all the money has been spent already.
No.. people will die and that's fine with him, it is part of the plan all along.

Remember when he told John Boneless..
"I don't have a spending problem"..

He doesn't have a medical problem either- America does and that's just the way it works- Slaves always take it or suffer the consequences- the next offer will be Medicaid for the masses, just like it was intended as step two five years ago.
is it one yet?

midnightsstaff said...

Obama addresses the nation today; coverage of the event will be on Mystery 3000 Theater.

Rumor that Duckman himself will head the investigation into what has happened was leaked by the Vice President to certain select sympathetic reporters at the traditional whine and cheese tasting reception following the press release.

..Two shots ought to do it" was reportedly overheard in the conversation but it was unclear what exactly he was talking about.

Stevebuzzardo said...


All I can say is, that this is all very entertaining.
I'm laughing my ass off listening to these Obamalovers still trying to defend the idiot.
It's hilarious that Odumbass comes out everyday with a new explanation for this fiasco. LOL

Anonymous said...

I still have a food coin from back in FDR's day. A little cardboard coin that was the first Food Stamp. An old guy sold it to me for a six pack.

Jim McAllister said...

Mike,

It doesn't matter how smart a phony is or how long he can fool the public, the day always comes when he can't avoid being exposed and that day was today in Obama's case.

Even now he is dictating what is going to happen totally disregarding the power of Congress in this mess.

Just like I mentioned in the previous blog about "The Candidate" when Redford said "What do we do now?"



Jim McAllister said...

Two shots ought to do it? LOL

Jim McAllister said...

Buzz,

I haven't talked to many people about it but I have been listening to KTAR and the guys on there are having a field day.

He may as well resign; he is toast for the rest of his term. He thought he was soooooo smart and wouldn't listen to anyone on this. The chickens have come back to roost.

Sorry, Obummer!

Jim McAllister said...

ANON,

Hang on to it. You may need it yet!

Mike said...

Jim, when Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton are critical of Obama that says a lot. Obama has always been in over his head and has never been ready for prime time.

Hopefully next year the Republicans will keep the house and take the senate then ignore that dumb ass for 2 years.

Jim McAllister said...

Mike,

Yeah, I love it that Carter and Clinton, especially Clinton, are nailing Obama.

According to the vote on the Upton Bill this morning, 39 Dems are deserting the guy too. They may as well if they want any chance of re-election to their soft jobs in Congress.

Sometimes I wonder if O even knows Congress exists the way way he keeps issuing his executive orders. He think of himself more as a king than a president.

It's an embarrassment that the guy was ever elected; especially since no one bothered to even look into his past.

Maybe someday the truth will unfold that he never was a citizen.

midnightsstaff said...

My fishing bud once told me "the only difference between the Boy Scouts and the Marines is the Scouts have adult leadership"..
direct quote from a Lt.Col.

Obviously there is no adults in the District of Corruption either; the little fag is cornered and doing that Hitler in the bunker routine, probably chain smoking as well.

All of this crap is peanuts to the real damage eight years of QE is doing along with ZIRPolicy at the hands of the Fed, Healthcare could be fixed by responsible people, our economy cannot.
Just a matter of time before all those leveraged, hypothecated and rehypothecated derivatives implode, and there will be no place to hide when that happens.

But he said he was sorry, first time I have ever agreed with him and probably the last-
however, sorry ass is more like it.

midnightsstaff said...

Gotta laugh at the irony- most decent people when they need some advice go to who they consider a mentor at least if not an authority on the subject.

So where does the Lord of Flies go for advice?- why to the Dean of Prevarication and darling of the Left.. Kingfish Bubba hizself..

Turd O'bama goes to the only living president to ever be threatened with impeachment, have charges drawn and get off on a technicality (Democrat Senate).

This rank amateur is getting fisted by irony.

midnightsstaff said...

Oh yeah.. Upton.. he's that empty sack that was all about the incandescent light bulb ban.. now I remember- he needs to be strung up along with the rest.

.."Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), railing against the Upton bill on the floor before the vote, accused it of doing “violence” to Obamacare.

“The idea that it was helping consumers was the Trojan horse whose underbelly is poisonous in terms of the health and well-being of the American people,” Pelosi said"..

she railed on..

..“The stories are so glorious and so beautiful about what a difference the Affordable Care Act has made to families, especially those with small children or those with pre-existing conditions, and to seniors,” Pelosi said, encouraging legislation that gave state insurance commissioners authority to “investigate and act upon rate increases as well as the nature of these letters that were sent out without the integrity that they should have had"..

I may hurl.

midnightsstaff said...

..“Enough with the administrative fixes and sidestepping of Congress, this train wreck has already left the station and we must replace this big, bad, unworkable law with a free-market system,” said Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.). “There is a better way to healthcare reform that doesn’t include burdensome mandates, broken promises, IRS oversight, and more uninsured Americans.”

Election season is on us.

midnightsstaff said...

I think we can safely say that NegroCare isn't ever going to get off the ground, and the idiot is threatening to veto anything coming to his desk.
And now he suggests America ignore his own law by putting it's mandated inception off another year?

Anything to keep the conversation off Bengazi.

friday nite joke.. (hide the kids)

.."One day a man with a pet monkey walks into a bar. The monkey begins eating everything in site. The Peanuts, The olives out the drinks, the limes in the beer. Finally the monkey jumps up on pool table and swallows the cue ball whole. "Holy crap" the bartender exclaims, "is he always doing things like that?" "Yeah he'll eat just about everything he see's" replies the owner. A few weeks later the man with the pet monkey is back in the bar. This time the monkey grabs a cherry shoves it up his behind pulls it out then eats. "MY GOD THAT WAS DISGUSTING!!" shouts the bartender. "Yeah" replies the man. "He still eats everything in sight but after that cue ball he measures them first"..

Jim McAllister said...

Here is a great conservative local blogsite that many of you should enjoy.

It's called "Seeing Red" and is very interesting. Recent comments include the new White House rule that they will be releasing information as they please now without dealing with the press as before. Transparency? I don't think so!

A good piece about Oprah's recent mouthing off too. It's funny how since she has her millions, the truth finally comes out about her racist feelings.

http://seeingredaz.wordpress.com/