Monday, December 30, 2013


One of my pre-New Year Resolutions is to finish a job in the basement then clean up the Jungle Room before tomorrow, so I'm just posting this helpful handy information that came over the email machine. I actually knew most of this but have never connected the dots in my head . . . S.L.

I don't know what you guys are paying for gasoline but here in California we are averaging between $3.75 to $4.10 per gallon. My line of work is in petroleum for about 31 years now, so here are some tricks to get more of your money's worth for every gallon:

Here at the Kinder Morgan Pipeline where I work in San Jose, CA we deliver about 4 million gallons in a 24-hour period thru the pipeline.. One day is diesel the next day is jet fuel, and gasoline, regular and premium grades. We have 34-storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 gallons.

Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening....your gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role.

A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.

When you're filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high. You should be pumping on low mode, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you're getting less worth for your money.

We have an agreement - I'll let her drive it around if she brings it back with a full tank.

One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL. The reason for this is the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every gallon is actually the exact amount.

Another reminder, if there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT fill up; most likely the gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom.

To have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of gas buyers. It's really that simple . . .


Finding the Best Home Improvement Loans

When the time comes to do work around the house, finding good deals on home improvement loans can be vitally important. Home improvement loans can be used to help you improve any part of your house or other real estate, providing you with the money to get the materials that you need and to hire the professionals that can get the job done.

Interest rates tend to be lower, since the improvements can actually raise the value of the real estate, and they can even include some of the external costs associated with building such as building permits and property taxes. Best of all, you don't need to supply any additional collateral... the improvements and the real estate serve as their own guarantee.

Equity is a key factor
When applying for home improvement loans, the equity of your house or real estate comes into play in a major way. Equity, if you aren't sure, is the amount of money that you have invested in the home or property... in other words, it's the portion of the house that you actually "own", and that isn't tied up in a mortgage or other loan.

If you have a mortgage for £100,000 on a home and have already paid £50,000 of it, then you have 50% equity in that home... or £50,000. This means that if you apply for a loan on that house, the equity that you have will be a major factor in determining how much you can borrow. The equity in the house serves as the collateral for the loan, and allows you to receive loans that you otherwise might not be eligible for.

Researching the project
Before applying for a home improvement loan, you need to gather some information. You're going to need to get the cost of supplies from at least 2 or 3 different outlets (such as building supply stores), as well as estimates from 2 or 3 contractors on how much the entire job will cost.

From there you need to start getting quotes from banks or finance companies, showing them the work that you plan on doing as well as the estimates for materials and labour. After receiving several loan quotes, look them over and see which one has the lowest interest rate with the best terms... this is the place you want to get your loan from. Once you've obtained your home improvement loan and started on your improvements, you need to start working on repaying what you've borrowed.
Not only does fast repayment prevent damage to your credit report, but it can also help to establish a good working relationship with a lender which can lead to lower rates and better terms down the road.

Sunday, December 29, 2013


In response to question posed on Friday how to say yea or nay the “Birds of Stormy”? May I direct your attention to our annual "Should the BIRDS of STORMBRINGER Remain?" poll, upper right . . . S.L.

Some Thoughts On The Matter . . .

Is the phenomenon legit? Do “all” of the conservative blogs feature scantily clad ladies?

A brief perusal of conservative sites reveals a definite pattern: the better sites seem to present a bevy of bouncing babes (sorry couldn’t resist). There are the sites with tastefully done artistic pics of women, there are sites of raunchy women and there are sites where I wonder if the host ever got past 6th grade. My mentor & Wunderkind of the Blogosphere Theo Spark seems to hold the prize for the most drooling over “bounce”.

Well I've been taken to task over The Birds by friends, relatives and colleagues. "Drop the Birds," they say, "if you wish to be taken seriously." I am accused of posting pornography on STORMBRINGER - something I have never done. Proof positive: I have never received the dreaded 'Adult Content' warning - not even on the StormySix back page.

Then I point out to my dear friends, relatives and colleagues that the national-level rags they work for feature a porn star on the editorial staff, promoted the pornographic Shades of Grey book series, to include explicit excerpts of the naughtiest bits:

Pure filth & smut - albeit done in a tasteful way - promoted as the epitome of literature.

Then there's this: liberal darling Anderson Cooper - he of the national-level 24-hour news network where one of my detractors is a contributor - recently found it necessary to share this anecdote regarding his mother's personal life.

Really? REALLY?

Let me see if I get it - self-promoting porn stars discussing pornography, national journals presenting explicit snippets of it, and discussing details of your mother's extracurricular activities on national TV are somehow within bounds for the cultural elite, but presenting buxom babes in bathing suits and lingerie is somehow unacceptable? Hello?

You know it’s a free country and freedom of speech and all that if you can’t handle a bit of skin, then look away, we ain't trying to change the world here we just want to live free and pursue happiness. For what it's worth, there's more acres of pink flesh in a Porky Pig film festival than you'll ever see on STORMBRINGER.

Fear The Fans

A reader opines: "Is this the image we need to portray to the world? An image of God, Country and Family is, is what I thought Conservatism stands for. Those images should reflect a graciousness, a culture of inclusion, a certain genteel attitude. Maybe even a modicum of discreetness."

This is as rude as we've ever gotten here at STORMBRINGER.

Do I really think that an in-your-face display of cheesecake is a way to get Flyover Country mothers to go Conservative? That’s partly why use the “Stormy Six” side of STORMBRINGER for The Birds.

Okay, so I'm contradicting my moral fiber with g-string fiber but H-E-E-E-Y-Y-Y . . . I am a male, don’t ya know!

Let me ask America a question: since when are we Conservatives supposed to be puritans? If anything, it's Liberals who are puritanical with their political correctness, the total feminization of American society, the quest to desexualize society and to make it a crime for men to ogle or look at or admire or otherwise fantasize about women.

Check it out: this Bird's a Christian!

I am an American first . . . a Conservative second . . . and a Republican a distant third (only because voting the other way is simply unthinkable) . . . I am comfortable enough in my masculinity to admit that I like women, chicks, girls, femmes, dames, broads, lassies, skirts and members of the other sex, and am mature enough to be able to look upon the beauty of the female without guilt, shame or anxiety. It is an interesting landscape worth exploring! Some days, after I’ve fought the good fight against the Liberal bastards, it’s nice to come home and just visually get primal. There is something centering about viewing a lass with certain . . . < ahem! > . . . "assets" . . .

. . . anyway I've seen more naked women in the Vatican than I ever saw in the pages of STORMBRINGER!

Merle Haggard playing on the Marty Stuart Show:

You can see every toke, shot, line of coke on that guy's face but boy can Merle play and sing!!! Still has that mellow sound that soothes my soul. You just know that guy has stories that shouldn’t be told in polite company, but you still accept and love him anyway. I wonder if that isn’t the way we need to get folks back to what this country is all about. We need to have the mellow sounds of freedom come forth while we look past the base human offerings.

That’s it for now, lost the muse . . . hat tip to Steve . . . don't forget to vote in the poll . . .


Saturday, December 28, 2013

OWNED . . .

In a whatwazzat head jerk that has put America's Liberal intelligentsia's collective necks out of joint, the New York media giant known as the Arts & Entertainment has been intellectually and spiritually donkey punched by a redneck hillbilly philosopher named Phil, appropriately enough . . . S.L.

Right about know a bunch of New York media types are sitting around a Swedish ping-pong table still trying to figure out what the hell just happened to them with this whole Duck Dynasty brouhaha . . . Well as anyone who's spent a bit of time in the South out in the woods can tell you - never EVER underestimate a hillbilly, especially one as intense as the Duck Commander.

Wisdom and deceptive cunning will always overcome altruistic naivety.

There are cynics out there who say the whole Duck Dynasty thing was a huge publicity stunt. Au contraire, what we have witnessed is nothing less than the classic hillbilly fleecing of city folk done on a nation-wide scale. Some genius on the publicity team over at A&E thought it would be a good idea to introduce Phil to the cutting-edge cultural periodical and metrosexual fag manual GQ, to produce some provocative quips for the Sunday talk shows to gush over, and when Phil delivered - the Wizards of Smart media darlings sh*t their britches (as we say in the South) and A&E, predictably, hit the panic button.

"Phil must be fired! Fire Phil!" they cried. "There is no other possible alternative!"

But when the Ducks said, "No show without Phil!" the folks over at A&E very soon there learned there were quite a few alternatives, as unpalatable as they may seem to their refined epicurean palettes. In the Land of the Blind, the One-Eyed Man is King, and so it is in the Land of Political Correctness; he who speaks openly and refuses to bow down to the Stormtroopers of Liberal Fascism will sooner or later prevail. If he has his ducks in a row, that is, and the Duck Commander's ducks are very much in a row.

Meanwhile, as Phil spoke his mind, no less a bastion of Liberalism than Time Magazine named Pope Francis Person of the Year. This would be the same Pope who shares exactly the same sentiments of Phil Robertson regarding the sinful nature not only of homosexual sex but also a lot of aspects of heterosexual sex. The same Pope who shares exactly the same point of view as Phil Robertson regarding same-sex marriage, and incredibly, the same Pope who was named Man of the Year by The Advocate - leading periodical of the Lesbian, Bi, Gay and Trans-Gender community, in case you haven't heard of it.

Sometime in the last couple of days, in a large office overlooking Manhatten, a powerful media boss leaned over his aircraft carrier-sized desk and growled like a Bengal tiger to a trembling squad of executives, "Gentlemen, this hayseed hick duck hunter generated $80 million in advertising sales for us in the first nine months of 2013, and merchandise sales generated another $400 million. Now I don't care what they say about it over at Variety We are simply not going to kill the Goose that laid the Golden Egg because that annoying Limey Piers Morgan and his male lover Anderson Cooper got their cornflakes pissed in."

What we have witnessed is an eleventh hour recovery from the greatest marketing misstep since Coca Cola's New Coke / Classic Coke hiccup back in '85. Like Coca Cola, by coming to their senses folks at A&E will profit handsomely, and they have a team of ZZ-Top beard-wearing swamp-dwellers from way down South to thank for it.

Phil's plain speaking, down home philosophy put the sophisticated city-folk in a state of culture shock, to the point they didn't hear what he actually said. For as a Christian, Phil doesn't hate anybody. Christianity is based on love of fellow man. But Liberal sophisticates are so open-minded that when A&E decided to add bleeps to the show to add "spice", Robertson went to the network and told them to not make it seem like they use profanity, as they do not. Also, while they did not cut prayers, they did cut out the part of Robertson's prayer where he said "in Jesus' name". When A&E told them that they did not want to offend the Muslim population, Phil asked, "What year is it?" They replied "2012." He pointed out that the year was 2012 AD, as in The Year of Our Lord, and then asked them why they would take someone out whom the entire Universe is based on?

I wonder how many Muslims are watching Duck Dynasty?



The first thing you learn in Statistics 101 is that statistics can be used to prove anything. This thing seems logical, when you consider the skewed perspective . . . S.L.

Pretty similar until you compare the following:


Hat tip to LUNAR SPOOK . . .


Friday, December 27, 2013


Guess who was Miss Lube Rack of 1955?

I know, you have no idea?

She could be a Movie star?

Recording artist?


She's a politician from California . . . scroll down for the answer!!

Her name is Nancy D'Alesandro

Still stumped?

Nancy D'Alesandro is today known as Nancy Pelosi, the former Miss Lube Rack 1955!

Yup, she started down at the gas station pumping gas with the boys and doin’ lube jobs!

Now she lubes us all!

"I don't think we should (cut Congressional pay). I think we should respect the work we do . . . I think it's necessary for us to have the dignity of the job that we have rewarded."

"Obamacare is an entrepeneurial bill . . . if you want to be creative and be a musician . . . you can leave your work, focus on your talent . . . this is what our founders had in mind, ever expanding opportunity for people."

"We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it."

"I believe in natural gas as a clean, cheap alternative to fossil fuels."

"Unemployment insurance . . . is a job creator."

"TEA Party carries swastikas."

"Every month we don't have an economic recovery package, 500 million Americans lose their jobs." (She said this twice - FWIW total population of the United States = less than 350 million).

You can't make up this kind of stupid . . .


Thursday, December 26, 2013


The question is not who started the War on Christmas nor whether or not we are winning or losing it. The question is who is behind the War on Boxing Day? - S.L.

Everybody knows the atheists started the War on Christmas and we are DEFINITELY pulling ahead because who other than a Godless dirt-worshiper would want to kill Christmas, and Santa Claus? The war we are at definite risk of losing is the War on Boxing Day, especially here in the States, where most people don't even know what Boxing Day IS much less the murky origins thereof.

According to Wikipedia Boxing Day is traditionally the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts, known as a "Christmas box", from their bosses or employers. Today, Boxing Day is the bank holiday that generally takes place on 26 December. It is observed in the United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago and some other Commonwealth nations.

But as everybody knows, Wikipedia is full of disinformation and outright untruths. This myth about servants and tradesmen and bosses and employers is early Luddite propaganda, embraced and perpetuated by Marxists and other anti-Boxing Day revolutionaries.

The First Boxing Day - Joseph sleeps off the First Christmas's excess as the Wise Donkey looks on . . .

The real origins of Boxing Day are perhaps lost in the Sands of Time, although it is known that Joseph and Mary needed something to do with the boxes that the Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh came in because everybody knows that there isn't much room on a donkey, and you don't want to attract any more attention to the taxman than is absolutely necessary.

It is also known that eons before Luddites emerged from the primeval muck and slime of the early primordial Industrial Age, Boxing Day was so named because it was a day of sport and games - most notably a form of boxing where sailors would don gloves for boxing whilst straddling the yardarms of their ships . . .

. . . although even this legend of Boxing Day gives some credo to Left-wing Class Warrior mythology, for it was the common seamen i.e. the proletariat who did the boxing from the yardarm whilst the officers - the bourgeoisie - observed from below and placed wagers not on who would win, but rather on which poor bastard would fall from the yardarm to a horrible crushing death at their very feet, on the deck below.

Further fuel for the Left's hatred of Boxing Day is the barbaric custom of the Annual Boxing Day Ride to the Hounds. Fox-hunting is, of course, a sport of the Aristocracy, heavily laden with the symbolism of Class Warfare. The fox is RED of course - the symbolism here is obvious - being pursued by the hounds, who represent the Military Class; perpetual servants and mindless tools of the Aristocracy, ever willing to do their bidding even to the point of death itself.

But do not the hunters themselves wear red jackets? Yes, but this is more symbolic of the Red Shirt of Star Trek infamy than anything to do with heroic Communist revolutionaries, for fox-hunting is a dangerous and often lethal sport, not only to the fox, but also to hound, horse and rider.

Indeed it is telling that the riders themselves describe their garb as "pinks" - i.e. the condescending attitude of the Aristocracy toward Socialist notions; their way of maintaining their status quo whilst transferring the burden of Socialist economics onto the backs of the Middle Class, who are represented by the horses themselves; a pampered group of slave-like beings subservient to, yet total adoration of the riders who harness and ride them, spur them on and never hesitate to bring the cruel riding crop down upon their rumps.

In other words the fox-hunting Aristocracy represents the epitome of Limousine Liberals and Country Club Republicans . . .

But while Lenin read a book on Marx and we sang dirges in the dark, the maritime origins of Boxing Day seem most evident in yachting's most magnificent spectacle, the annual Sydney-to-Hobart Race, which commences each Boxing Day and is best observed from the Southern Head to Sydney Harbour.

And so we see that class-envy inspired Leftist notions that fuel the War on Boxing Day are, like all class-ist myths created by Liberals, simply fuel for propaganda and nothing more. Boxing Day has nothing more to do with Marxist theories of class struggle than does Christmas, which is also under continual assault by atheists and other Liberals. Boxing Day - like it's sister holiday YULE symbolized by the Christmas Tree itself - has it's origins in the greatest maritime civilization ever to launch . . .


The true origin of Boxing Day was the day after the Yule-time party when the Vikings were allowed to take a day off from raiding and plundering, for it simply is not good planning to embark into battle while working off a heroic mead hangover. But being a warlike race, the Vikings would instead make symbolic combat by straddling their yardarms, donning gloves and duking it out until one or the other plunged into the cold waters of the icy fjord - for Viking yardarms are much longer than latter-day square riggers - INSTANT HANGOVER CURE and in the greatest traditions of Warrior Joie-de-Vivre and Esprit-de-Corp the loser becomes the winner and everybody has a good time on Boxing Day!

The Vikings were not stupid, despite modern-day modern historic re-visionism . . . the Vikings being quite possibly the most misunderstood culture of all time . . . the Viking Civilization itself was not a civilization as defined by other concepts such as the Roman Civilization, the Greek Civilization or the Egyptian Civilization . . .

The Viking Civilization has more in common with the modern phenomenon of Rock and Roll - they were the Rock Stars of their day, but instead of guitars they had ships of wood which had to be tuned just like guitars . . .

OK lads, Boxing Day is over, now pick up your swords and fight . . .


Painting Your Home's Exterior: An Easy Do-It-Yourself Home ImprovementProject for the New Homeowner

Painting is a common choice for a homeowner's DIY project. It requires relatively few special tools and the skills are easy to learn. If you are new to the do-it-yourself world, painting your house is a great first step. Follow this guide to pick up some tips, tricks, and techniques to get your first project off on the right foot.

Selecting Exterior Paint
Choosing paint for exterior walls is easier in some ways than interior choices. Exterior paint is much more limited, so there are fewer options to overwhelm you (you can't get it in eggshell finish, for example). The color options are also more limited, and many people find it easy to choose an exterior paint color - most people stick with the existing color, in fact.

You should always make sure to choose quality over cost when choosing paint. A high-quality paint will cost more than the lower-quality brands, but it will also last much longer, and look much better. Quality paints are also formulated to be easier to apply, making your job that much easier. A cheap paint will chip, flake, crack, peel, and fade, requiring you to repeat the painting job more often, and costing you more money in the long run.

Estimating how much paint to buy can be slightly difficult. Different surfaces will need different amounts of paint, so simple math with the square footage won't always get you the right answer. Smooth surfaces will generally conform to that estimate, but surfaces such as stucco or overlapped siding will require 10 to 50 percent more paint. Ask at your paint store for help with the estimation, or try one of the many "paint calculators" available on the internet.

While you're purchasing your paint, don't forget the exterior primer! Primer, as its name suggests, prepares the surface for the new paint, ensuring good adhesion. Don't be tempted to skip this step to save time or money, because without primer, even the best paint can begin to peel quickly.

Select Your Tools
Power sprayers are often the first choice for professional painters, and may be a good option for you as well. These can often be rented for use over a week or a weekend. A power sprayer will apply the equivalent of two coats of paint at one time, and is great for covering large areas quickly.

Whether you choose a paint sprayer or not, you'll still need brushes. The sprayer cannot get into tight spaces and corners, and is not suitable for painting trim. Even the highest quality brushes are relatively inexpensive, so choose a good one. Well-made handles and bristles will lead to a smoother coat of paint and easier application.

Don't forget the other equipment! You'll need a sturdy ladder, of course. Depending on your specific case, you may need buckets, trays, mixing sticks, dropcloths, paint remover, or specialty tools such as an edger or sander.

Techniques and Tips
Choose the right time for painting. Autumn is a great season to paint. Paint has to have time to cure, and rain is its worst enemy. Intense humidity can get underneath the paint and cause irreparable bubbling. In a very humid area such as Houston, the driest time of year tends to be fall or winter, so check the weather reports and bring out your paint when the weather gets cooler.

Before you begin to prime and paint, you need to prepare the surface. Rent or borrow a power washer (or get a big sponge), and thoroughly clean your walls. Once clean, use an electric sander to smooth the surface, if your wall is made of wood. While you are cleaning and sanding, check the siding for signs of rot, mold, mildew, or other damage.

If you have multiple cans of same-color paint, combine them in a big bucket to ensure a uniform color. Even a very slight color difference can become obvious when it's applied to large areas.
Always start at the top! This will prevent streaks and drips down an already-painted surface. While painting, use broad, even strokes to get smooth coverage. Apply two coats of paint over one coat of primer to ensure solid coverage.

If you've never painted before, take some time to visit the paint department of your home improvement store, or a specific paint store like Sherwin Williams. The staff there should be more than capable of helping you figure out how much paint you need and which equipment you need, as well as answering all your questions.
Or contact your local construction company for assistance.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013


I thought you might want to see this. No better way to wish all of you a Merry Christmas. What a beautiful sight. The final resting place for all those who died protecting our freedom - S.L.

Once again Merrill Worcester has done his thing to honor our fallen at Arlington Cemetery. We should never forget our heroes, but especially at Christmas. We have all been touched in some way however small by their sacrifices.

Rest easy, sleep well my brothers.

Know the line has held, your job is done..

Rest easy, sleep well.

Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.

Peace, peace, and farewell . . .

Readers may be interested to know that these wreaths - some 5,000 - are donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. Of Harrington, Maine. The owner, Merrill Worcester, not only provides the wreaths, but covers the trucking expense as well. He's done this since 1992. A wonderful guy. Also, most years, groups of Maine school kids combine an educational trip to DC with this event to help out. Making this even more remarkable is the fact that Harrington is in one the poorest parts of the state.

For maximum distribution. Why isn't this in the press or on the evening news?


Why it is Better to Do Home Improvement Projects in the Slowing Economy

The great influx of people from all over the country and the rest of the world wanting to take a shot at becoming a part of the Big Apple - New York City, have long since caused a problem in the housing market. Today, this issue is faced by NYC homeowners together with the general condition of the economy of the United States; with the growing unemployment and retrenchments, instability in the Wall Street, and the decline in consumer buying. But even so, this time may be just the perfect opportunity to take advantage of and make a reality out f your dream home through home improvement projects.

In the slowing economy, it pays to be able to maximize whatever amount that you allot into your home improvement project. The assurance of success in home improvement does not lie in spending more. Even with less, you can avail of the best value for your money's worth by spending it wisely.

The key to the success of any home improvement project to boost return on investment is product selection and quality. To achieve the highest quality, it is crucial that whoever works on the project has the right skills and experience. So if you are not a contractor yourself better let a qualified professional take over and not only bring about success of the project but also make the whole experience a great one for you.

As the old adage goes, we should be able to see the light in every situation. In the case of a slowing economy, why is it better to do your home improvement projects now?

1. Now is high time to be getting the best offers and services from a certified New York contractor.

The slow economy has been affecting every business and trade and this includes the contracting industry. To keep their services more attractive, contractors are now offering home improvement services at a much lower price with several promotional benefits.

Thinking that DIY would save them more; many homeowners tend to avoid hiring contractors. But eventually they are faced with more problems and cost. This flawed idea keeps many contractors idle for a time and more than available to answer to your needs. By hiring a qualified contractor now, you would be doing both your home improvement project and yourself a favor. Without a long list of client to attend to, the contractor would be able to focus more on the job at hand going through every stage in the most efficient and timely manner with more attention to details.

2. Buying high quality materials for an affordable price is possible.

As was mentioned, many businesses, if not all, are greatly affected by the slowing economy. Among the most popular strategies to keep the customers coming and buying is through staging sale after sale. This could be the smartest time for homeowners to buy materials and supplies needed for the completion of their home improvement projects.

The slowing economy opens the door to the easier achievement of the key factors to a successful and valuable home improvement project and these are quality and product selection. And by taking advantage of the situation, you would be able to enhance the quality of living of your family as well as add value to your home. Successful home improvement projects would let you live in beauty and comfort even at tough times.


Special Forces lost a family member this week. After an interesting Army career, he went on to a second career at NASA. Bring the Heat, Bring the Stupid penned a very nice memorial to him - S.L.

There are so many stories from the last 23 years that I hardly know where to begin. Don joined the Army when he was 17. He lost a brother in Vietnam and ended up serving two tours there himself. He was in Signal Corps, Airborne, Special Forces, recruiting, and Hawk missile maintenance. He earned two Silver Stars, two Purple Hearts, and turned down a third Purple Heart because that would have sent him home. (Yes, he despised John Kerry.)

He was a Master Parachute Rigger, was part of a jump demo team that went all over Europe (not the Golden Knights), and made a special parachute system for a Kermit the Frog doll. After he retired from the Army, he worked for a couple of contractors before being hired by NASA. A co-worker didn’t think he should be drawing Army retirement while working for NASA, and Don let him know right quick that he could go down to the recruiting office and get in on the action, with the comment that even as an E-8, his family qualified for food stamps and reduced price school lunches.

This guy truly was remarkable - read the rest of his incredible story HERE.


Saturday, December 21, 2013


Yesterday was my last day on the job. The team I was working with had a little luncheon and somehow I ended up at the head of the table. Everyone knew it was the last day on my contract, so when the moment was right I spoke up a bit, gave a little informal goodbye speech.

I mentioned the latest James Bond film Skyfall, how it was the most realistic of all the Bond films because he drops out of the Secret Service, becomes a lost soul . . . reason why he drops out is some dud on the team effed up and actually put a bullet in him . . . a classic case of "friendly fire isn't" . . . how he ends up in that weird bar in Kazakhstan, earning a living playing a drinking game that involves a scorpion on the back of his hand . . .

. . . when he comes back to the spy trade he's a physical wreck & a mental basket case but his old boss takes him in anyway coz of all of what he's got in his head . . .

I told them that's me- the Forces & the years of adventuring took it out of me but what I've got in my head is worth its weight in gold . . .

. . . if you could weigh wisdom, that is, which is knowledge & intelligence plus experience . . .

I wound it up. For now, I said, I'm going to hit the trail, take a little some time off to decompress . . . and if you want to find me I'll be in that bar over in Kazakhstan downing vodka & playing that scorpion game ! ! !


Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Main Advantages Of Installing Brand New Patio Flooring

There a wide range of things to consider when making an outside living space. Your patio is a great spot to hang out throughout the summer months to enjoy the sun and get a bit of fresh air. One of the bigger choices you will need to think about is what kind of flooring you'll want for your outdoor patio area. The flooring may have a major impact on how your space looks and how individuals will feel in it. There are a number of deck flooring choices for someone to consider when you start shopping.

Lots of people like the look of hardwood floors and would also love to include that classic, expensive look into their outdoor space as well. You'll be able to choose either laminate or natural wood floor tiles that could be installed by yourself in a day or two, without the assistance of an expert. Deck tiles feature an interlocking design that doesn't demand the use of screws and nails to get them in place. You will find that the patio tile flooring is available in a variety of natural wood colors and also for the more daring individual, there are more fun, bold colors available. If you're looking for real wood as opposed to a composite or vinyl, you need to look for a hardwood like cedar or redwood that has a high oil content and can withstand extreme weather conditions.

Among the most popular patio flooring materials that people decide to use is composite decking. This type of flooring is made out of recycled plastic mixed with wood particles, and can be made to look almost identical to real hardwood. The major difference between the two is a substantial price difference. You'll find composite decking that'll fit into even the most modest of budgets. Vinyl is another floor product that some people decide to use because it's resilient and requires little upkeep and maintenance. Both composite and vinyl floors come in an array of options that'll look fabulous in your outdoor patio space.

When you shop on a tight budget for your flooring for the outdoor space, make sure you get a decking system you can install easily by yourself. This means you'll save money since you will not need to get a contractor to do the work for you. You can even decide on a rubber option that will be very durable and extremely safe, which may be a fantastic choice for people with children. Now a days, a lot of individuals are choosing ceramic or stone tiles, because of the luxurious and expensive look that it offers to your yard. Though they are simple to install for someone with experience, you might want to consult a contractor when installing tile outdoors if you don't have the knowledge.

Some types of patio flooring, like rubber, do a good job at insulating the floor from cold. If you are the kind of person that chooses to walk around outside with no shoes on, installing a rubber decking may be perfect for you. New flooring in the outdoor space will offer a new appearance to your backyard and you will be proud to entertain guests there. Your personal situation will be the ultimate element in deciding which floor is right for you. If you would like an expensive look, hardwood and natural stone may be for you. But for people with children that will require something a tad bit more durable, composite or vinyl flooring might be a more sensible choice.


On December 8, 2009, Medal of Honor Recipient Dakota Meyer was ordered to stay behind as his patrol unknowingly headed towards enemy insurgents. The Marines were outgunned, outnumbered, and they needed help. Now. Dakota's calls to enter the valley and support his teammates were rejected, but he went anyway. Because that's what brothers do.

NRA Life of Duty presented by Brownells, Inc. Patriot Profiles sponsored by Smith & Wesson Corp.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


Highest Honor: Part 2
At only 21 years old, Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer had experienced combat, but nothing like on the morning of September 8, 2009. Dakota remained behind with Staff Sergeant Juan Rodriguez-Chavez while the day's patrol traveled toward a place called Ganjgal, unaware that the Taliban and enemy insurgents awaited their arrival. They were outgunned, outnumbered, and needed help. Now.

NRA Life of Duty presented by Brownells, Inc. Patriot Profiles sponsored by Smith & Wesson Corp.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


An interesting story . . . worthy of a read. Hat tip to Codename LUNAR SPOOK - S.L.


If you want the FULL background on this story, then please read this. In short, while Marine Reserve Maj. Jason Brezler was back in the states, he received a warning that a certain Afghan police chief was back on one of their forward operating bases in Afghanistan. He emailed back via his personal email his summary of the Afghan police chief, warning them that this Afghan police chief worked with the Taliban. The document he emailed though was technically a classified document and when he learned of his error, he reported himself to his command. His commanders didn’t see any issue as the document was of little importance. Brezler’s warning, however, was ultimately ignored and the child-molesting Talibani police chief’s ‘tea boy’ took his rifle into the gym and murdered three of our bravest and best, Staff Sgt. Scott Dickinson, Cpl. Richard Rivera and Lance Cpl. Greg Buckley Jr. A fourth soldier, Staff Sgt. Cody Rhode, survived despite being shot five times.

Read the rest of it HERE

Monday, December 16, 2013

Internet Marketing Consultants - Service Guide

There are now over 1 billion internet users around the world. There are millions of companies using the internet to sell their products and services. With so many online business sites available to consumers, the result is an increase in competition. Most companies have their web pages to sell the products or services, but they do not realize that they need to utilize many strategies to make them stand out from all of the other sites. This is when they would benefit from the services of an Internet Marketing Consultant.

An internet marketing consultant is a professional who works with business owners to develop strategies for increasing their website presence in order to boost sales. The fundamental goal of an internet consultant is to develop a marketing plan for a business website. This plan can include implementing methods to bring more traffic to the site, improve page ranking in the search engines, improve relevance and credibility of the product or service, and improve the instances of repeat customers.

Internet marketing consultants normally have several years of experience working in the marketing field. Most consultants usually have a degree in marketing or business. A consultant may work as part of a larger marketing firm or on their own. Some consultants work in offices and some work from their homes.

Internet consulting companies can provide the following services:

Improve Search Engine Ranking: Consultants improve search engine ranking through such methods as key word phrasing, providing engaging and relevant web content, link building, and social marketing. The right keywords will increase the chances that a site will be given a high rank by search engines. Link building encourages other relevant websites to provide links to the company's page. Social marketing lets others know about the company and their services or products. This is accomplished through viral marketing, blogs, and becoming involved in online communities.

Website Design: This involves creating custom web designs that are relevant to the advertising message. They are designed to catch visitors' attention. Graphics can include flash animation, virtual tours, digital video...etc. Websites are designed to allow easy navigation and to keep the visitor interested in the site.

Relevant Web Content:  The appropriate content is essential to converting visitors into customers. Services can include providing suitable and relevant articles, optimizing content to improve search engine ranking, writing and editing marketing copy, providing updates about the business, and creating and uploading blog entries.

Sales Marketing and Advertising: This can include utilizing pay per click advertising such as Google AdWords. Autoresponder systems are designed for businesses who want to enhance their sales lead follow-up process by using a tool that automatically keeps in touch with online clients.

Website Analytics, KPI Reporting, and Conversion Optimization: Consultants will assess the various aspects of visitors that visit the site and incorporate research, web analytics, and KPI reporting to develop strategies to improve a site's performance. Key performance indicators (KPI) are graphical scorecards that can be used to evaluate business data against business goals. Conversion optimization is the process of maximizing the percentage of web site visitors who complete a desired action (conversion rate).

Internet Marketing Consultants may offer several types of internet marketing services, or they may specialize in just one or two areas. A consultant has both the knowledge and experience to take a regular website and turn it into a profitable venture.


In a desperate generation . . . he inspired a generation of soldiers . . . S.L.

NEW YORK - Actor-writer-director Tom Laughlin, whose production and marketing of "Billy Jack" set a standard for breaking the rules on and off screen, has died.

Laughlin's daughter told The Associated Press that he died Thursday at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Laughlin was 82 and Teresa Laughlin, who acted in the Billy Jack movies, said the cause of death was complications from pneumonia.

"Billy Jack" was released in 1971 after a lbyong struggle by Laughlin to gain control of the low-budget, self-financed movie, a model for guerrilla filmmaking.

He wrote, directed and produced "Billy Jack" and starred as the ex-Green Beret who defends an Indian school against the racists of a Western community. The film became a counterculture favorite and the theme song, "One Tin Soldier," was a hit single for the rock group Coven.

Read the rest of it HERE



Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Latest Home Security Technology

Are you concerned about the security of your home? In a world where putting mental bars on windows and a big 'Beware of The Dog' sign does not quite cut it. The latest technology gives you the opportunity to secure your home and provide you with the peace of mind when you are asleep or away at work. Here are the three must have technological advances that will leave you at ease.

Home Security Technology System

 Number One - A 2GIG Alarm Kit
No one wants an intrusive, clunky and massive alarm system that does not always work. A 2GIG Alarm Kit is elegant, small and is the ideal security solution for you. This control panel is a smooth box with a colour touchscreen.

The basic 2GiG system comes with door and window sensors, motion detectors in your house, a remote for arming and disarming the system and a control panel. To add to the appeal, the 2GIG Alarm Kit is going green.

This system allows you to add compatibility features to lower the thermostat, turn the lights on and off when alarming the house. Furthermore, this alarm system has extra features: the ability to be controlled by your smart phone and having your local weather displayed on the control panel (no more having to watch the news to see what the weather is going to be the next day).

Number Two - Outdoor Cameras
This is perfect to keep an eye on all the activity in and around your house. The Logitech system is an internet-enabled outdoor camera (with night vision) allows you to monitor via a computer. The system requires you to have Windows PC.

 The system is available for Android and Blackberry smart phones. Furthermore, the camera systems advanced features allows you to record activities and setup alerts (activity on your property) via email. This system is capable of picking up small animals and leaves blowing of trees - so it will not miss a thing.

Number Three - Garage Door Opener
Garage door openers are now as simple as pushing a button on your smart phone. This is not an alarm system, but it controls who enters and exits your garage. This system allows you to not have to carry extra keys or remotes with you in your handbag, briefcase or on your keychain.

This garage door opener comes with a network adapter that you simply plug into your PC. Once plugged in, this system can tell you how long the garage door is opened for, how often it is opened and what time the garage door is opened.

This is the perfect addition to having out door camera's, as you can overlay the times and see who was opening your garage door at any specific time. Furthermore, this system comes with a backup battery in case of a power shortage, so no heavy lifting required when closing the door.

Using the alarm kit, cameras and garage doors in conjunction ensures you are completely protected. This means no hassles with fitting bars, electric fences and worrying about your house when you are away on business or enjoying a hard earned family vacation.


Ralph Weber is my good friend of over 30 years & he has never ceased to amaze me. Ralph became my business mentor after I left the military and I owe him a lot. Ralph is an honorable man, a veteran, a former tow truck operator, and he has worked harder than anybody I know to get where he is in life. Watch this clip and see the inspired service he created - S.L.

I heartedly endorse Ralph Weber's Medi-Bid . . .


Friday, December 13, 2013

What to Consider Before Starting a Home Improvement Project

You don't have to be technically trained before you can engage yourself in a do-it-yourself project in your home backyard. There are standard Milford, MI landscaping concepts and designs which will enable you to work just like the pros. The secret behind any job is proper planning and determination of the exact job that you want to have. Before embarking in Milford MI landscaping job, it is imperative that you know exactly what you want and the exact form of the finished job. You must be able to visualize the final view and vista in your backyard.

You can get ideas and useful inputs from your friends and relatives. You can also check out latest design trends and options from home gardening and decor magazines. You can also check online references that specialize in home landscaping. What is great about these online references is that you are able to access a wealth of useful information and design ideas that are appropriate for your needs.

While you are considering the design for your job, you must also take into consideration the extent of the home improvement project that you are going to undertake and the budget that you are willing to spend. You have to decide where you stand along the project plane whether you are going on a simple home improvement with a low budget or you are embarking on a grand and elaborate project for your home property. While you are considering all of these, you should always remember that you don't have to break you bank account just to have a decent and pleasing backyard.

Planning for your project requires that you have to establish your time line. Once you are able to establish your timetable, it is essential that you strictly follow it and finish the jobs within the set time frames. You have to make up your mind about the amount of effort you are willing to commit to the project. It must coincide with your time line. If you think that this is going to be a bit tight, then you might just as well reconsider and explore your other options. Once, you are done with these preliminaries, finalize the timetable by scheduling the specific steps of each job that has to be done based on the established time line.

Once all of these procedures are sufficiently covered, you are assured that you have a practical and relevant road map to one great job which you have personally done. The way to start any job is by learning everything that needs to be learned when doing a do-it-yourself job. The information that you are gathering right now may seem to be inconsequential, however, once you have started with the project, you will discover that all these information and tips you have gathered will have its practical uses. In case you feel that you need assistance, you can still hire the services of a professional who can at least guide you or give important inputs to improve your landscape design.

Thursday, December 12, 2013


It is said that a Green Beret in the office is worth two in the bush.

Green Beret Explains Why Special Forces Training Is Better Than An MBA

Joining the U.S. Army Special Forces involves more than elite combat training. The Green Berets specialize in unconventional warfare — i.e. working with guerrillas to overthrow governments — as well as counterterrorism, foreign internal defense, and special reconnaissance.
With experience planning and executing complex operations, these veterans can also be a powerful force in the business world, according to former career Green Beret Scotty Neil.

"Let's create a formula and say, hey, we can do business intelligence like we used to do combat intelligence," Neil said. "Just as we did that meticulous [intelligence and training] to track and destroy foreign fighters, if you align that with an entrepreneur and a small business owner, [a business plan] would have the same traits."

Read the rest of it HERE

FWIW I am a security consultant, an ITC-qualified instructor, instructor-trainer and training developer, and technical procedure writer. I have extensive experience in leadership and planning, and have successfully navigated from the military to the corporate environment. I will be off contract this month, available in January 2014 . . .


Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Some remarkable quotes, during the observation of the Nelson Mandela memorial . . . S.L.

Now, some might be saying, "What the hell is Raul Castro doing there in the first place? How do communist thugs, criminals, thieves, dictators end up there?"

Well, an honest answer to the question may be something that is impolitic to say at this time. So let me just remind you that Nelson Mandela loved Fidel Castro. He loved Cuba. In fact, this is a quote from Mandela: "Long live the Cuban revolution! Long live Comrade Fidel Castro! Cuban Internationalists have done so much for African independence, African freedom, African justice. We admire the sacrifices of the Cuban people in maintaining their independence and sovereignty in the face of a vicious imperialist campaign designed to destroy the advances of the Cuban revolution. We, too, want to control our destiny. There can be no surrender. It is a case of freedom or death. The Cuban revolution has been a source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people." Mandela said this in 1991, on the 38th anniversary of the start of the Cuban revolution: Friday, July 26th, 1991.

Remember, the Cubans sent soldiers to Angola back in the (seventies and the eighties). The (seventies and eighties) were tumultuous decades for all of sub-Saharan Africa. When Mandela speaks here of the "Cuban Internationalists,” who else is he speaking of? “Cuban Internationalists who have done so much for African independence and freedom and justice, and we admire the sacrifices of Cuban people in maintaining their independence and sovereignty in the face of a vicious imperialist campaign designed to destroy the revolution!" He can only be speaking of the United States of America here.

About the time Mandela was speaking platitudes for Cuba, at the same time he attacked human rights in the United States, impugned the United States as having made no gains, having done nothing important in the area of human rights.

A Nelson Mandela quote on the United States: "If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don't care for human beings. . .

"People of Asia and Africa have seen through the slanderous campaign conducted by the USA against the socialist countries. They know that their independence is threatened not by any of the countries in the socialist camp, but by the USA, who has surrounded their continent with military bases. The communist bogey is an American stunt to distract the attention of the people of Africa from the real issue facing them, namely American imperialism."

Nelson Mandela came from the African National Congress, which was a Soviet sponsored Communist organization. Here's one more Mandela quote on Cuba: "There's one place where Fidel Castro's Cuba stands out head and shoulders above the rest, and that is in its love for human rights and liberty."

He’s talking about Fidel Castro’s prison island, which is such a Worker’s Paradise that people risk their lives to escape on rafts over shark-infested waters. Astonishing.


Tuesday, December 10, 2013


In this Holiday Season in the fifth year of President Sarah Palin's administration America looks back with gratitude and satisfaction, thanks largely to her strong and steady hand on the tiller of the Ship of State.

The selection of a strong and unquestionable Conservative as running mate by America's notorious aisle-crossing maverick John McCain was a stroke of brilliance that won him the 2008 election against the flash-in-the-pan charismatic Obama. As if anyone thought for a moment an absolute nobody who'd voted 'present' almost three hundred times ever stood a chance against a bona-fide American war hero and a frontier state governor with a strong record of problem solving who ingeniously proclaimed "Drill, Baby, Drill!"

Thank goodness Americans listened to their inner voice and not the over-the-top propaganda of the Left-Leaning Mainstream Media, and that the Dark Horse did not win - between his endorsement by America-hating terrorist Bill Ayers, mentorship by the racist Reverend Wright, and his infatuation with socialist share-the-wealth policies, an Obama win in '08 coupled with the Democratic House and Senate would have been disastrous during the dark days of the credit crisis and the market meltdown of '08-'09.

Instead of running the printing presses over at the Treasury in some kind of Government bait-and-switch economic shell game a la Weimar Republic and running up the debt to greater than the entire history of Human Civilization to the point it could never be paid off, not even the interest, McCain listened to the steady voice of a woman's intuition.

This same woman was able to bring Congressional leadership together in the spirit of common sense, leadership and bipartisanship and bring about a record volley of tax cuts and spending cuts that solved the financial crisis and salvaged our national economy. Certainly there was a hiccup throughout the financial markets that reverberated on Main Street, but it was much less damaging than if McCain had followed FDRs example and expanded government programs exponentially, to the effect of unnecessarily extending the Great Depression another nine years.

But the old sailor was not to see the success of their bold gambit - the hard years in the Hanoi Hilton had taken their toll on his health and the old ticker did not see out the first six months of the McCain Administration. President Palin oversaw the ceremonies during the days of National Mourning for this honorable War Hero with grace and aplomb, and a grateful Nation breathed a collective sigh of relief that we had such a charismatic personage to lead us during the second decade of Global War on Towelheadism.

As promised the cure for the economic disaster (brought about from decades of irresponsible Liberal policies forcing financial institutions to make loans to those who would ordinarily never qualify for mortgages on the grounds they are simply bad credit risks) was not an easy road. There was belt tightening all around; to lead by example the President and First Dude took humble vacations - more like time off - in their RV on the grounds of the Northwestern Whitehouse out in Wasilla. The Secret Service had to gain their sea legs during outings on Tod Palin's commercial fishing vessel. Following the example of Bush 44, President Palin has chosen not play golf while American servicemen and women are deployed in "overseas contingency combat operations". Her own son is a serving US Infantryman, after all.

But her courageous stewardship took off, and five years on America was not only recovered but excelling beyond the powerful economy of the Bush years. President Palin's personal knowledge of the oil industry and her determination to not let the caribou and the owls stand in the way of common-sense recovery of the national economy led to prosperity at home and a strong security posture on the world stage. Our President bowed to no foreign tyrants nor oriental potentates, and the despised terrorist enemy cowered away from all symbols of American might, for everyone knows never to mess with a Mama Grizzly's cubs.

Thank goodness the American people took heart in this real-life rogue governor from the most distant outlying state over the phony sophistication of an unknown rookie Senator from the most corrupt state in the Union whom the press embraced in near orgasmic tingles up legs and fawned over creases in trouser legs. How ironic that it was mockery and satire, in the form of Saturday Night Live's Tina Fey who mouthed "I can see Russia from my house!" that drove then doubtful Sarah Palin's popularity over the top.

But then, sadly, I awoke to the alarm on my NSA-tracked smartphone, and Reality struck me in the cold, hard light of Dawn. With a sigh I realized my dream was over . . .

. . . and our long national nightmare continues . . .



A 'Must Read' - DH is correct in all ways, as he usually is . . . S.L.

by Victor Davis Hanson
8 December 2013

What will history make so far of our five-year voyage with Barack Obama? What will it make of hope and change — other than a sort of hysteria of 2008 that was a political version of the Pet Rock or the Cabbage Patch Doll derangement? Did we really experience faux-Greek columns and Latin mottoes (vero possumus) as Obama props to usher in the new order of the ages?

What exactly made David Brooks focus on trouser creases, or Chris Matthews on involuntary leg tickles? How could any serious person believe a candidate who promised to change the very terrain of the planet? Why would sober critics declare a near rookie senator “a god”?

Only as America slowly sobers up from five years of slumber can we begin to fathom Obama’s likely legacy — which is mostly wisdom acquired only from pain.

Read the rest of it HERE

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Home Repairs and Renovations

Typically, enhancing the look of your home requires repairs and renovations. You can certainly retain the services of a building contractor to oversee your projects or you could do it yourself. Hardware stores will provide the homeowners all the supplies and materials needed for home improvements. However, make sure that any kind of plumbing and electrical system replacements or repairs must always be given to experts. This will certainly protect you from unwanted incidents and a lot more costly repairs.

Conventional home repairs and renovations consist of upgrading kitchen cabinets, remodeling bathroom, adding or removing rooms, redoing flooring surfaces, changing aged windows and doors and replacing the roof. Nevertheless, renovations depend on the family tastes and necessities. People might want to enhance their backyards with new furniture, shed, or bird houses and feeders. Nowadays, building a greenhouse is very popular.

Greenhouses are generally built up of glass and metallic structure although it can also be built out of wood. Its primary purpose is to grow plants but also people like to use it as sun rooms or areas for any kind of parties. You can choose from quite a few architectural patterns such as Victorian to modern domes. Building a greenhouse is fairly inexpensive and easy to construct if you have a good quality woodworking plan.

Also, if you believe home repairs and renovations are intended for parts of the residence that are generally unnoticed, then you may well consider a garage makeover. Simply organize it better by adding cabinets and shelves and consider installing a new garage door. A key less system is very useful and gives a modern look to your garage. Many people that do not make use of their garage convert it into an office or another bedroom or even a playroom.

You will find lots of information on the internet, books, and magazines when looking for home repairs and renovations. Once you have decided on the projects you want done in your house, make sure you get good quality woodworking plans or home repairs and renovations guides to help you through your repairs and renovations. If you decide to hire a contractor, closely study many proposals and double check the contractor liability.

WHAT TH . . . ? ? ?

The caption to this . . . THING . . . says: 'Heavy Infantry M1945 DBAR Airborne M2A1 Carbine' . . . now I've seen my share of World War II weirdness before but I'm willing to bet this is more SteamPunk than reality . . .

Somebody let me know if I'm wrong?