Tuesday, October 25, 2016

When a picture is worth a thousand lies.

I think the following images and editorial cartoons explains things quite clearly.


Monday, October 24, 2016

Here is what your Ruling Class Establishment has done.

This needs to be in every living registered voter's pocket on election day. Please share it.

Are there any more questions why this nation is in such dire trouble?

Sunday, October 16, 2016

When the media is as stupid as the source of their story.

As many of my book readers are aware, I'm a retired advertising agency executive.

During my tenure in the world of Madison Avenue, I did a great deal of work with professional athletes who endorsed or gave testimonials to the products and services our clients offered.

We also paid a lot of money to not just the athletes, but to the networks who televised the games. And no sport was more expensive to advertise with than the National Football League. And no single event cost more to advertise on back in the day than the Super Bowl.

I have a hunch that Super Bowl ad rates will start off being excessively high, again, this year, but given my years in the (advertising) industry, I know what I'd be ordering my media buyers to tell the executives at Fox Network to go pound sound when they handed us the rate card for a thirty-second spot.

Advertising rates are based upon Nielsen viewer ratings as well as projected viewership, in the case of special events. If the executives at Fox balked or argued, my response would be for them to commit a sexual act upon themselves that is, in theory, physically impossible as we handed them a box of chapsticks with one hand and painted a bullseye on our butt cheeks with the other and urged the execs to pucker up.

You see, the viewership ratings for the NFL have plunged and continue to do so.

In the link above, the Washington Post propagandist either doesn't get it or he is so beholden to the editors that any mention of why the viewership ratings are down were stricken from his fantasy script.

To put it bluntly, as the ratings give indication to, the American public is sick and tired of seeing a bunch of overpaid, underworked spoiled man-children mocking the values and morals that the overwhelming majority of the NFL's fan base adhere to--and worse yet, doing so with zero recourse from the head wuss of the league, Roger Goodell himself.

The politics of the NFL have become largely insufferable for a number of fans and they have responded by cancelling their NFL packages. Others, such as our household, have refused to tune in to an NFL game, and yet still others have not only cancelled or refused to watch a game, they have actively contacted advertisers and raised pure hell about not supporting brands and services who continue to support these spoiled man-children and their disrespect of our nation's flag, the veterans who fought for and defended that flag, and our nation's law enforcement who stand between civilized society and the nonsense we've seen in Charlotte, Ferguson, Baltimore and elsewhere.

Yet many in the media still doesn't get it, as evidenced by the Washington Post damage-control piece. Of course, this is the same media who still doesn't even begin to grasp why so many Americans from all political leanings have abandoned the traditional party lines and flocked to the Donald Trump camp.

It's called fed up and for once, Americans are truly voting with their pocketbooks--and the NFL and their lackeys in the networks are beginning to feel the pain.

And it's about damn time.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

It's not God's job.

I'm sick and tired of wimpy, spineless Christians. Now I realize this will probably cost me some friends and readers, but c'est la vie.

Social media and e-mail feeds are becoming increasingly filled with weepy people of faith wringing their hands, moaning, whining and beseeching God Himself to "fix America."

Got news for you Christians of this particular mindset--which is probably most of you: God didn't break America.

We did.

Why should God fix what we not only allowed to get broken, but sat on our do-nothing butts while we watched it happen? Why should God fix a broken system that we continue to support and fund while hypocritically criticizing others who do the exact same? (Ex: I see people criticize Starbucks for their "godless" principles, yet they're there in the Starbucks drive-through every morning. But they want God to smite Starbucks. What a bunch of idiots.)

I've received no less than a dozen e-mails and private messages from these weepy hand-wringing Christian groups since the release of Donald Trump's private locker room vulgarities. I've been told that no Christian can or should support "such a man of low morality." The e-mail/messages go on to beseech me to pray to God to "fix America."

Bear in mind that most of these Christians are the same people who sat on their asses in 2012 rather than cast their ballot for a Mormon.

So, this segment of idiots refused to vote, and then when the worst thing that could possibly happen to America got a second term, these same idiots started crying and whining and beseeching "God to fix America."

So. . . . got news for you of the Christian faith who think that begging God, through prayer or fundraisers or social media or whatever, will "fix" America or our problems--

Ain't gonna happen.

God gave us brains, backs and opposable thumbs. In other words, He built us in such a manner as to give us the tools to provide for ourselves in a nation that we created and have maintained. We allowed our nation to get broken and it is not God's job to fix it.

It's our job.

I hear the weepy Christian segment wail against the very road that Hillary has promised and guaranteed that she will take us down upon, and then "justify" their either staying at home or refusing to vote because "Trump is just such an immoral man" and base that upon incidents in the past, often times the distant past.

And then I'm urged to join them in prayer to God to fix America.

I would suggest to this rather large disgusting segment of the Christian population that I shun and have nothing but contempt for to consider that if they're looking for the perfect leader, He ain't here.

He'll be returning, but not for an election.

In the meantime, consider that Moses was far from perfect when God tapped him to take His people out of Egypt. Daniel had some flaws and we all know just how immoral David was known to have been. So if you can't live with past transgressions and immorality, I'd suggest to the weepy Christian segment to skip reading any of the Psalms.

Moving on to the New Testament, not too many of Jesus' disciples were exactly saints when joined up with the man who was to be our Savior. And I believe somewhere in all that red ink in the King James version are precious nuggets like "judge not lest ye be judged," and one of my favorites, "Let ye without sin cast the first stone."

I'll close with the favorite of mine, which I've tried to live accordingly but for which I know--and admit--I've failed on occasion. After all, I'm a Christian because I've failed and because I will continue to fail because I am human and that's what humans do. So here's my favorite New Testament verse, from the book of Luke, Chapter 12, verse 48:

"From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked."

We have one candidate who has been given much and who has used those gifts to create prosperity, jobs, opportunity, healing and unity--and did so prior to his recent acceptance of faith and grace. We have another who was given much in opportunity and used it to enrich her and her husband's fortune by way of corruption, deceit, theft, abandonment and murder.

When Christians see these two choices and then talk about "voting for neither because we need GOD to fix America," I shake my head and simply translate that as idiot-speak coming from the jawbone of an ass.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Maybe we SHOULD consider banning a few things. . .

A ban on Boeing 767 and 777 aircraft would've prevented them from flying into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon on September 11th.

A ban on pressure cookers would've prevented the tragedy at the Boston Marathon.

A ban on offensive political cartoons making fun of a Muslim prophet would've prevented the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

A ban on heavy metal music would've prevented the massacre at a Paris concert.

A ban on fertilizer would've prevented the Murrah Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City.

A ban on oil would've prevented Saddam Hussein from invading Kuwait to rob them of their oil.

A ban on gasoline would've prevented ISIS from burning those pilots alive in a cage.

A ban on water would've prevented ISIS from drowning those prisoners.

A ban on homosexuality would prevent ISIS from tossing homosexuals off of rooftops.

A ban on all religions except for Islam would stop all attacks by Islamic nutbags.  Oh wait. . . whoops. They randomly attack each other as well as innocent people all over the world.

Oh well, back to the drawing board.

When funny isn't funny.

Sadly, these aren't funny but rather true.

Some visual food for thought today and a big question of just how we managed to sink to this level.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

When gun stores betray gun owners.

I read a tall tale, otherwise known as a story from the New York Daily News, the other day about some guy that I'm guessing was born without functional testicles claiming that firing a few rounds from an ordinary, everyday stock AR-15 game him PTSD. His name is Gersh Kuntzman and he was the yarn-spinner of this tall tale.

If that were the case, we could very well begin having upwards of twenty-million veterans from the past five-plus decades making disability claims to the VA based upon our traumatic experiences in firing select-fire M-16's during our time in the military.

I've linked the story in the opening paragraph, but it's not the real story here.

The appearance of gun stores betraying gun owners is the real story.

In the story, a gun store owner, Frank Stelmach, is seemingly quoted as being significantly sympathetic to the sniveling twit whose shoulder was "bruised" from firing an AR-15. Stelmach is purported in the story to be supportive of mental health background checks and background investigations reaching beyond the applicant and instead extending to their families, friends and even employers before they can purchase an "assault weapon."

There is more and you can read it yourself. But, be advised, make sure you have fresh batteries in your Bullshit Detector. If you do, you'll see it begin pegging towards a 9.5 when Mr. Stelmach is (allegedly) quoted.

The reaction, I'm sure, is exactly what the "journalist" from the NYDY hoped for: Strong, virulent, profane backlash against the gun store owner.

I know my first impression upon reading the story was to fire off an e-mail or private message to Mr. Stelmach suggesting that he commit an anatomically impossible sexual act upon himself while packing up to move back home to Europe when the story says he came from just a few years ago.

But something just wasn't passing the Smell Test.

The story by Kuntzman gave a little too much insight to Mr. (Frank) Stelmach in that it mentioned he had worked as a career law enforcement officer in Europe, then came to America and opened a gun store. That was my first clue. European cops and ex-soldiers who come to America, in my experience, have been fervent supporters and defenders of the Second Amendment. These people have seen--and lived--firsthand in societies and governments that ruled by oppression, be it social or political, and of which rules were enforced by people with guns who wore uniforms. As a result, such "ex-pats" that come to the USA and get their first sip of the nectar of freedom often become our staunchest supporters.

However, that didn't seem to be the case in the story. Instead, it seemed as though Stelmach actually supported more background checks and other (useless) restrictions and obstacles. There are more instances which curl the nose and peg the BSD (Bullshit Detector) in the story, but those are not the point. You can read Mr. Stelmach's rebuttal to the underhanded trickery pulled on him by Kuntzman here.

The point is this: I fear that these "hit journalists" will be coming out with a lot more "stories" like this in which gun store owners are intentionally misquoted or selectively edited, ala Katie Couric, in order to draw the instant, immediate and insane ire of the gun-owning community. Thanks to social media, one can make one's opinion known with the click of a mouse and depending upon the reach, that opinion can then be seen and shared by tens of millions of people in mere hours.

The destruction to one's reputation can be catastrophic--and the anti-gun media is counting on it.

So my appeal to all gun-owners is this: If/when you read a story in which a gun store or prominent individual is quoted regarding firearms in such a way as to cause you to wonder exactly where they stand on the issue, do a little homework. Call the gun store. E-mail/message the gun-owner. Get it from them firsthand.

The goal here, by the anti-gun cowards, is to enrage and divide our community, then take our comments made in haste in response to such stories and plaster them in front of our elected officials in an attempt to "show how even gun owners want more gun control laws."

To those who run, own, operate or work in a gun store, I would do the same amount of background checking on any journalist who wants a quote or story from you as that journalist claims they want on any law-abiding citizen who is looking to purchase a PTSD-causing AR-15.

If the journalist or their newspaper or station shows to have run consistent anti-gun stories and positions in the past, turn them away.

Tell them they didn't pass your background check for integrity and ethics.

Monday, June 13, 2016

It continues to come true.

In 2012, I released Above Reproach, a novel.

In 2016, almost the entire plot has now come true.

It's time for the end.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Confessing to a crime now makes one a hero.

If I were to come out of the criminal closet and confess to having embezzled approximately $500,000 from the U.S. Treasury and various state treasuries, it would not be long before the feds came pounding on my door.

I'd be the subject of various local and state news media stories and when people saw my face and house, they'd be calling for me to be severely punished. After all, I was stealing from them via taking money--tax dollars--and using them for my own pleasure and gain. And God help me if I tried to publicly justify what I did, especially after the general public saw my middle-aged caucasian mug shot.

I would be Public Enemy #1 for however long the average American's attention span lasts. (Fortunately, that might only be for a few hours.) I certainly would not get an all-expenses paid free education at a major Tier One university. More than likely, I would get an all-expenses paid stay in a federal correctional institute.

However, if I were to publicly confess that I embezzled all this money as an illegal alien by way of the fiscal benefits I received during my criminal stay here, and I had "nice legs," I'd be heralded as a hero by almost half of the nation. I'd be called brave and a fighter and a hard worker. And it all might be true.

But I'd still be a criminal.

We've seen at least two instances this past week of valedictorians who graduated from Texas high schools boast of their illegal status. One little tart tweeted it in our faces--while bragging about her nice legs (an opinion not shared by many--and while waving a Mexican flag.

The other interjected it into her address to her fellow students.

Both should be immediately charged with illegal entry and illegal residency in the U.S. and deported back to Mexico.

One girl purports that she and her mother fled Mexico City and an abusive, alcoholic father and that's why they came to the U.S.

My question is why did they not come through the entry control points at the border and register? Instead of coming here legally, they did so illegally--and they stayed for the next six years illegally. I'm confident that somewhere on government assistance forms or job applications, more lies were told because otherwise their immigration and residency status would have been noted and Miss Valedictorian would not have to have stayed so mum for six years before popping the announcement of her illegal status like a proud nouveau riche prom queen announcing her pregnancy a few weeks after senior prom.

I've been told that I should be saluting these young women's hard work. I respond by telling such people that drug cartels work damned hard, too. So do money launderers and identity thieves. Problem is, they're criminals.

In Life, there is a right way to do things and a wrong way. In America, there is a right way to enter this country and a wrong way. The more we continue to reward immigrants flooding in illegally, the more we deteriorate as both a society and a nation.

And now that our public schools apparently herald these "brave young women" who confess to being criminals, the more we "officialize" the message to successive generations that the rules no longer matter.

By allowing these girls, and others like them, to remain in this country and enjoy the fruits of the hard work of legal citizens, the more we insult those immigrants who came here correctly and went through the citizenship process.

I'll lay odds that one or the other of these girls will magically find their way to Philadelphia for the Democratic Convention this summer and both will be heralded as "brave" and "courageous" and "exemplifying what America is about" by Hillary and her shills.

Anyone want to bet against me?

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Conservatives my ass.

My maternal grandmother, God rest her soul, had a colorful vocabulary and zero hesitation in expressing it. When she disagreed with something, her favorite retort was, "My ass!"

If only she were alive today.

So today I'm heading out to the airport to do some flying and I hear one of the radio talking heads having a discussion about "Who should replace Donald Trump as the nominee at the convention?"

Wait a minute. Trump pretty much swept the primaries. He took in more votes than Reagan did in 1980 and 1984. He is the ultimate outsider and has endured being maligned by some of the most egregious of Beltway insiders--failures like Hanoi John McCain, Lyin' Paul Ryan, Harry Reid's lapdog Mitch McConnell, "Mr. Amnesty" Lindsey Graham, and a whole septic tank of additional elected Establishment thieves and liars.

Then toss in that nutsack Glenn Beck and his grub-stain sniffers Brad Thor and Ted Cruz, among others. Cruz is really hilarious. . . "Mr. Constitution himself" who along with his supporters continue to rumble about 'superdelegates' being able to decide who the nominee will be in Cleveland by "voting their conscience" rather than voting in accordance with representing the votes cast by the citizens of their precinct.

And there's Brad Thor, a NYT Bestselling writer who's made his living by endlessly kissing the ass and jocksniffing bonafide military and police veterans while having never served a day himself--but calling himself an absolute patriot. Except if Trump wins the presidency and actually tells Saudi Arabia to kiss our ass or instructs the Chinese to bend over because we're gonna tariff their cheap crap. Then Mr. Super Patriot ask which one of us--ostensibly those of us who've served--will step up to "take him (Trump) out?"

Why, what a stalwart of conservative constitutional principles we have here!

Or, as my beloved grandmother would say, "My ass!"

Now I read on Yahoo that another loudmouth with a microphone, Erick Erickson is ballyhooing about Cleveland and making audible diarrhea about "Trump must be stopped."

Joining this guy, who I only rarely heard of on the rare occasions he would fill in for Mark Levin--who conveniently failed to tell anyone that his fianceé's son is a Cruz staffer AND that the RNC purchased enough of a lump sum of Levin's books to earn him a half-million dollar-plus royalty--or a few of the lesser rated talking heads, is some other guy by the name of Hugh Hewitt.

Hugh Who?

And there's more. Illinois senator Mark Kirk, who it's rumored was born without testicles or a spine, rescinded his "endorsement" of Trump because Trump's people pointed out that both the judge and the prosecutor in the Trump University case have direct, managerial ties to La Raza. This apparently, in Kirk's eyes, makes Trump a racist for pointing out such facts. So Kirk withdraws his support, which he never really lent in the first place.

But he's a Republican. Therefore he's a conservative.

My ass.

Somebody named David French is on the bandwagon along with someone else named Steve Deace and A.J. Spiker, a "former" Republican party chairman of something or the other. And then the second biggest loser in Arizona history, Senator Jeff Flake, comes out on the same bandwagon.

A common thread here is that every single person named so far epitomized the Washington Establishment. Trump represents a nuclear explosion to "the way we've always done things inside the Beltway."

And that just can't be allowed.

So, these so-called "conservatives" jump up and are now trying to effectively squash and suppress the will of American citizens who registered in record numbers and took those same record numbers to the polls to vote for a candidate they believed was NOT another talking sack of shit from inside the Beltway.

That's what conservatives do now? Then count me out.

Look, I don't agree with everything Trump says but here's the deal: He's not a lawyer, he's never been elected to office, he comes from the private sector, he doesn't take being attacked lying down and instead fights back. America used to be like that, for those of you who either have forgotten or never knew it. Hit us and we hit you back a hundred times harder. Ask Germany. Ask Japan. Ask Saddam Hussein's old Republican Guard.

Now we apologize for you hitting us.

Trump is not a politician in that he throws decorum out the window. Guess what? So did Teddy Roosevelt. Trump can be bombastic. So could Harry Truman. So Trump donated to both sides of the aisle during every election to hedge his bets and so therefore he is really a Democrat? Reagan was a lifelong Democrat before switching over to the Republican party and becoming one of our most successful presidents in American history.

Fact is, the People of this nation have spoken by way of the ballot box--the single most democratic way of expressing our voice there is--and certain control-mongering Establishment elites and wannabe-insiders don't like it. So they want to bend rules, rewrite the rules, create new rules, do whatever it takes to get somebody not beholden to them out of the nomination and electoral process. Trump and his supporters have earned their shot at the title, but these asshat Establishment "conservatives" not only don't like it, but are trying to deny him and those who supported him their shot.

Or to put it another way, they want to negate the votes of millions of Americans so that they can have it their way.

Conservatives my ass.

So in loving memory of my beloved grandmother, I just put a "Veterans For Trump" bumper sticker on my pickup truck.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

How to pay a traffic ticket Texas-style

I have no love lost for over-zealous traffic enforcement. We can thank the Clinton administration and their "100,000 new cops on the street" BS that literally overloaded our suburbs and every little podunk town from Fishbite Falls, Iowa to Hogsnot, Georgia to Nutsack Central, California with their very own police force. Previously, the sheriff's office would patrol those same areas, but now a little town of maybe a thousand has its very own police force.

Of course, you have to pay for that somehow. . .

Enter that great bastion of legendary crime fighting known as "speed traps" and "rolling through a stop sign."

The last ticket I got was less than a hundred yards from my house in our little suburb. The barely-old-enough-to-shave officer accused me of "rolling through a stop sign" as I was turning left heading to my cul-de-sac. I'm pretty sure I didn't roll through it, but his word against mine, you know?

I went down to City Hall and raised pure effing hell with the city manager. I shouted that we must have ALL CRIMES SOLVED, CLOSED AND THE CRIMINALS CONVICTED AND LOCKED AWAY since we had so much time and resources to sit on our asses at 2:00 in the afternoon in dead-end streets waiting on a traffic violation.

And that is my point. During my time in law enforcement, I never met a good cop that wanted to be relegated to traffic enforcement. If they caught you busting a read light or scorching through a four-way stop sign or something of the such, they'd certainly pull you over and ticket you.

No problem.

But these dipdunk city managers and useless "chiefs of police" of these three-person departments who can only exist on traffic fines. . . That's not police work.

That's revenue collecting.

This guy had the right idea how to handle his fine and it's a work of pure art.


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Classic Christmas cards.

We've survived, almost, 2015 and the shenanigans of our idiots in Washington and countless state capitols throughout America.

Let us never forget, nor relinquish, that which keeps us free.

So please enjoy the video Christmas cards.

Merry Christmas.


And a classic greeting--

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Jerry Jones is to the Dallas Cowboys what Barack Obama is to America.

Ole Miss did the right thing. I doubt the NFL will.
"Nkemdiche was charged with marijuana possession last week after Atlanta police found seven rolled marijuana cigarettes in a hotel room tied to Nkemdiche. He fell 15 feet twice and suffered mild injuries after breaking a window in a room at the Grand Hyatt in Atlanta, according to a police report.
 Nkemdiche is expected to be a top-10 pick in the NFL draft."

The reasons are endless as to why I have as much use for the NFL as I do career politicians. I'm sure Jerry Jones is salivating over the possibility of bringing another thug to America's Shame. He needs a quarterback but given Jerry's demented fetish with thugs and felons, I don't see how he can possibly turn down this opportunity to further disgrace his team, the town and the league.

Jerry Jones is to the Dallas Cowboys what Barack Obama is to America.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Suggestion to employers regarding college protests.

Suggestion to employers looking at resumés from the upcoming December grads or classes of 2016:

I would strongly consider avoiding any recruitment or consideration of graduates from the universities we've recently seen in the news for their manufactured outrage and "demands" of everything be free and that they be paid more for doing less.

Even though the graduate you consider might not have been active in such a movement, you have to ask yourself: "Did they support or believe in it?" If they did not, then what did they do to try and negate the nonsense or did they petition and stand behind the faculty/leadership who was wrongly targeted and forced to resign?

As an employer, you want people of POSITIVE action. People who will back you, your brand, your operations, your objectives and your company's mission.

The last thing a small or mid-sized business needs is a recent new hire who comes in and after a while decides that he/she is the victim of something you or your business has been doing for years--and then stages legal actions against you, protests, and worse, recruiting other employees to stand against you.

There are plenty of campuses in America that are not entertaining this foolishness and who are producing outstanding prospects for the working world. I'm a proud graduate and staunch supporter of one such institution and you can check my Friends list here for people who are faculty at other such institutions. Those are the places I would carefully consider when it comes to
reviewing resumes.

What today's young people need to consider is that sometimes you are judged just as harshly by your non-actions as you are your direct actions. Failing to stand up for what is right is even more egregious than bearing false witness.

#collegeprotests #manufacturedoutrage #whinybrats

Saturday, October 24, 2015

What Discount Tire and Barack Obama have in common.

Our family has been loyal customers of Discount Tires for several decades. I took a break from buying tires at DT during my Kansas City ad agency years in which we had Tire America and National Tire Warehouse as clients, as well as Western Auto and Sears Automotive.  I also worked on the campaign that merged Tire America and National Tire Warehouse into NTB--National Tire & Battery.

I know how do-it-for-me shops operate and I know how tire shops operate.

Discount Tire no longer operates like a tire shop. It now operates like a government co-op healthcare plan. You are promised one thing, you pay for it, then when you need it, it's explained to you that the co-op changed and now, here are the NEW rules.

You can go all the way to the top and get zilch for satisfaction. After all, Obama is the top asshat in the circus that is national healthcare.

For the same nonsense in dealing with Discount Tire, you can go all the way to to the top, which is corporate headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, and get exactly the same satisfaction and change you would when dealing with Obama.


And then there is the quality of service. . .

More zilch.

For the record, we buy Michelin tires for our vehicles. 80,000 mile Michelins. Lots and lots of Michelins. We'll scrimp on some things, but for the automobiles, we do not scrimp on tires and brakes. Ever. And for decades, we've been buying Michelin tires from Discount Tires. With the purchase comes lifetime rotation and balancing. And a warranty, of which we've never needed.

Until today.

Several days ago, my wife took her Avalon in for the annual tire rotation and balancing. We'd been experiencing a slow leak on the driver's side front tire. Not too bad, but once every five to six days, we needed to put several pounds of air in.

Both Toyota and Michelin's corporate offices recommend 32 pounds PSI for the front tires (front-wheel drive car, plus carrying the load/weight of the engine), and 31 pounds PSI for the rear. That is what we keep the pressure at. I have a rather large air compressor in my workshop and have run an air line into our garage, complete with a 50' hose reel and an air chuck so as to make it easier to keep all our tires properly inflated.

Wife comes home with freshly rotated tires. With radials, you rotate front to back and never side to side. That was with the old bias-ply tires. Radials--front to back, back to front, on the same side of the car.

The next morning, we woke up to a completely flat tire on the front PASSENGER side. The slow leak tire was on the DRIVER'S side, ostensibly now at the rear if it had been rotated properly.

I jack the car up and inflate the tire, then get to looking at the rear passenger side tire. It looked almost flat as well. Tire gauge showed it to have 14 pounds PSI. 14 pounds! Less than half of what is called for. For the record, it had 32 PSI when it went to Discount Tire. So why did they deflate it? I suspect they also deflated the front passenger side tire as well.

The driver's side tires. . . front had 44 pounds PSI and the rear had 48 pounds PSI. Again, they had 32 PSI and 31 PSI when my wife took the car in for rotation. A quick call to the Discount Tire yielded no answer.

So I fired off one helluva complaint to the Regional Office in Dallas. One week later, crickets.

Today, the same tire (front passenger) went flat again. I changed it, put on the spare and my wife headed to Discount Tire to ask some tough questions. They told her that we had put Fix-A-Flat in the tire and that it had hardened all over the inside of the tire, wheel and rim and could not form a good seal.

For the record, in all of my almost 55 years of existence on this planet, I have never used a single can of Fix-A-Flat. Ever.  I have used the green slime stuff on riding lawnmower and garden tractor tires as well as one of the tires on my big Troy-Bilt Horse Tiller. It works pretty well, by the way, but it doesn't leave this hardened gunk the way Discount Tire claims was on the wheel of the ruined tire.

Secondly, when the tire first went flat, I found a bunch of gray grease had oozed out. It was not hardened whatsoever and better yet, it hadn't even been in there long enough to begin collecting any rubber residue from the inside of the tire nor on the rim long enough to even collect road grime. Only place this stuff could've come from was Discount Tire.

My wife flat out told the DT guy that we didn't use Fix-A-Flat on the quality and grade of tires we buy--if they can't be repaired by the tire shop, we replace them with new ones, two at a time and that our by-God service records of almost three decades will prove it over and over.

So she ends up getting two new Michelin tires installed for the pro-rata warranty price. But since this problem originated over a simple rotation and balance on a FRONT-WHEEL DRIVE car, the geniuses at Discount Tire install the new tires on the REAR and rotate the old tires back up to the front--where they were just several days ago!

So much for getting your tires rotated.

And. . . hold on to your hats, when we checked the tire pressure on all four tires? Well over-inflated again.

Yet the more you try to talk to these "sales reps" and what passes for management at Discount Tire, the more they simply nod or smirk or smile or sneer and not a damn thing gets done. When you offer to call Corporate, they smile even bigger--they smile because they know the asshats in Scottsdale aren't going to do a damn thing.

Don't believe me. Check out the Consumer Affairs complains. People from all over the United States are telling basically the same stories about non-rotated tires, over-inflated or under-inflated and other instances dealing with outright dishonesty that appears suspiciously to be corporate directive driven.

In a plethora of different online consumer reporting services, the complaints about Discount Tire share some frightening and dangerous similarities:

1. Over/under-inflating tires. The end-all, be-all for tires is inflation. How can a TIRE COMPANY screw that up in so many instances in so many different locales? Most consumers pay little to no attention to tire pressure, so by over/under-inflating tires, exaggerated premature wear occurs and DT has the opportunity to sell more tires to prematurely returning customers.

However, it's also dangerous as hell.

2. Not rotating tires when they say they do. Pretty self-explanatory.

3. Moving tires eligible for redemption of warranty (read: having to replace the tire) because of road hazard causes to the opposite side of the car and claiming that the "affected tire" has nothing wrong with it. That qualifies as outright fraud.

4. While not illegal whatsoever, Discount Tire's "appointment process" is as useless as Obama's ACA enrollment websites were upon launching. Just as with the contempt and disregard POTUS shows the citizenry, likewise Discount Tires shows the same contempt to its customers.

So to Obama and the Obamacare elected officials: We can vote your ass out of office, and we've began doing just that.

To Discount Tire, we consumers have a vote and it's with our pockeboots and likewise, we can vote your ass right out of business.

Our family is doing both.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The "Screw That" movement--It's what built this country.

America's brain, Albert Einstein, once declared that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results.

To that end, America has been certifiably insane for several decades, but with no viable way to escape the asylum.

Finally we have a way out of the nuthouse.

I'm talking about the way we approach, view and elect a president.

I'm a conservative--not a Republican. Paraphrasing the late great Ronald Reagan, I didn't leave the Republican party, it left me. Reagan, of course, said this about the Democrat party. A few years later, Texas senator and leading hypocrite Phil Gramm said the same thing when he abandoned the party that would've sent him into political unemployment and pitched his pirate boat into the fertile waters of the GOP.

Today's GOP is known as the RINO Establishment. And it's getting a very bloody nose thanks to the most unlikely of people, namely Donald Trump. Right there in Trump's footsteps are Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz.

They're all running for President of the United States--and they're doing it on the GOP's ticket. Their poll numbers are astounding.

One would think, given the ass-whipping the Republicans have taken on the world's biggest political stage--that of the race to be POTUS--that the GOP would be thrilled to have not one, but four candidates who have set the political water cooler talk on fire and who fill arenas and stadiums to capacity fifteen months ahead of the November 2016 election.

That is decidedly not the case. The RINO Establishment, led by the Republican Party's answer to the Kennedys, the Bush family, along with the mouthpiece of the Establishment, Fox News, at first laughed off the antics of Donald Trump and the field. But when the poll numbers not only stayed steady, but began growing for Trump, Fox and royalty had to do something. So they did what all Establishment cartels do and attacked.

Normally when a politician is attacked by an opponent or the press, they come back with a very polite and politically correct statement that never really addresses the facts and only serves to take up ink and space on the newsprint page.

Not Trump. The industry leader said "Screw that," and answered each attack with a scathing, no-holds bare knuckles blithering one-two-three punch right back at his attacker.

The Establishment was horrified. The usual modus operandi in such previously rare occurrences was to have Cartel leadership whisper a few quiet words to the offending rebel and hint that campaign funding would dry up if such independent and truthful counter-attacks were to occur.

Once again, Trump said, "Screw that and screw you." He's self funding and not beholden to the GOP Cartel.

Most notable was when Fox News fraud Megyn Kelly, who upon hitching her star to Murdoch's network has presented herself as the Mother Theresa of virtuosity and pureness (oops, except for that little erotica interview she enjoyed a bit too much with Howard Stern) decided to attack Trump in front of a huge national audience over something he said referring to Rosie O'Donnell--but Kelly, in her role as head eye candy for Roger Ailes, set herself up for the journalistic equivalent of a Joe Frazier/Mohammed Ali flight. She scored a quick blow that Trump quickly parried and then after the debate on Twitter, Trump knocked her out for the count.

Kelly's credibility still hasn't recovered. When she publicly challenges Ted Cruz or Ben Carson these days, the thinking public's reaction is "Screw that, I'm gonna check the facts." More often than not, Kelly and Fox News comes up short.

They come up short because they have an agenda and that is to protect and foist upon the public another lame candidate such as they did with McCain in 2008 and Romney in 2012.

But this time, conservative and independent America is saying , "Screw that."

It's about bloody time.

The front runners in the GOP race right now are all decidedly non-politicians. One could argue that Cruz is a politician, however he is less than halfway through his first time of ever having held an elected political office and he is unabashedly anti-GOP Cartel, which has caused the Republican's royal family, the Bush bunch, to go after him. Recently, George W went after Cruz while fundraising for his little brother, Jeb, at an event in which they had to lower the tickets to attend to just $250 a piece in order to get even a hundred people in to fill the room.

$250 to get in an meet a former president of the United States who is fundraising and speaking to the public? Typical price for something like this is a minimum of a thousand bucks per person and they can go as high as $25,000 per plate/person. Sounds like another "Screw that" by the conservatives and independents who see the Bush bunch for what they are.

Trump is on fire and getting stronger because he represents and voices the "Screw that" in so much of middle-America that is frustrated with how things have gone for the past two decades. Trump is spending a lot of time in flyover country and packing in the arenas and concert halls and venues everywhere he goes. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorini have become household names. Ted Cruz has become the anti-Christ to the GOP Cartel but for the masses of true conservatives and independents, he's more like Paul who never wavered in his faith or mission and for which he paid dearly. Cruz has been vilified more than any other GOP candidate in recent history, led by Texas' own Judas Iscariot, aka Senator John Cornyn. Yet Cruz endures because real Americans see power-weasels like Judas Cornyn and say, "Screw that."

Long time ago, the British throne kept demanding more and more from the colonies, to the point that it became insufferable. Our Founding Fathers said, "Screw that. We're changing things." And against all odds, they did.

Today, the Republican Establishment keeps demanding more and more from their constituents for no other purpose other than to further enrich and empower themselves.

We say, "Screw that."

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Bush cartel gets busted again.

For the record, I am glad beyond any words I could fit on this page that George W was in the Oval Office on (and after) September 11, 2001.

Had the idiot Al Gore been in charge, you'd in all likelihood be reading this in Farsi or Arabic. Gore has the spine of a centipede.

But with that said, the only area where I looked at George W or his dad as being good presidents was in their military efforts. Domestically, they were abysmal failures. Sr. Bush handed us the Clintons, which are like grub stains in underwear--you can bleach and soak and wash, but that stain will always hang around.

George W handed us Obama, which IS and will forever be a permanent grub stain on the underwear of America.

Now another Bush is wanting center stage but Americans won't be fooled a third time.

A Jeb Bush staffer has been outed as being a plant by CNN (gee, what a surprise) in the audience of the last debate.

This is yet one more example of how the Bush cartel has sold their soul to the Karl Rove RINO establishment--the wonderful clan who is now pushing Paul "Flip Flop" Ryan on us as Speaker, but only after Kevin McCarthy was outed for being the (known) weasel he is.

For the record, I like Ted Cruz. I'm proud to have supported him in his bid for U.S. Senator. But even during that race, I watched the Bush family work behind the scenes to push their lapdog, David Dewhurst on us. The way Dewhurst was crushed in the primary should tell the rest of America what we think of the Bush family so far as politics are concerned.

Now the family and their RINO establishment supporters are trying to do the same thing with favored son Jeb while working behind the scenes attacking other candidates that are striking chords with the populace on both sides of the aisles. At the same time, the cartel continues to attempt to maneuver laughable candidates like Christie and Kasich and Rubio into more favorable positions in order to siphon votes/support away from Trump, Carson, Cruz and Fiorini--the true political outsiders.

Sorry Rove, Bush family and supporters--your playbook has been exposed and you've fooled us on a national level twice before. Take a cue from the Cruz election for the Senate and how Texans saw right through you.

Because now it seems America is seeing right through you.


Monday, October 12, 2015

Select-fire penises coming to Austin.

I love it when I can get two puns for the price of one. . .

It seems the longhorned sheep of the University of Texas/Austin forty-acre flock are afraid of guns. The reasons they give are antithetical to any sensibility of logic and critical thinking they should be learning at the Berkeley, Texas campus.

So it seems some girl that is a "performance violin major," (now there's a hot degree that today's downtrodden economy has been begging for, eh?) is starting a protest movement for female students to carry working dildos, openly, as a protest to concealed carry on the forty-acre sheep pasture of higher, if not questionable, education.

And to think I've been wasting all this time teaching our girls how to shoot, situational awareness, how to conceal, etc etc, when all they REALLY needed was to be packing a brightly colored sex toy in plain sight to scare off bad people. After all, this is "the" university of Texas where all graduates are entitled to six-figure beginning salaries, liberal utopian working conditions and where the real world stops at the campus boundaries.

To my girls, I do apologize for trying to teach you and prepare you for real world possibilities.

Now I'm off to write a letter to the Joint Chiefs of Staff proposing that we start a "Dildos For The Troops" fundraiser to immediately begin issuing these battery-operated, full-auto penises of peace to our troops serving in the MIddle East.

But one question--what are the males at university of Texas going to carry to show solidarity?

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Eight-year-old terrorist causes school lockdown in San Francisco.

Yes, you read it right.

It seems that in the People's Republic of Kalifornia, San Fransicastahn, an eight-year-old headcase runs around screaming at other students as well as teachers. He is reported to have punched a couple of students in the belly and to have thrown rocks.

So far there has been no body count, but given this is the bay area of Kalifornia, we know that it is only a matter of days, maybe even hours, before the bodies of innocent children, hopeful teachers and aspirations-creating administrators begin stacking up like firewood in the Siberian forest before an Arctic blizzard.

In a quest to delay the inevitable body count and carnage that is imminent from this eight-year-old terror, school officials proudly admit to having had the school on lockdown for everyone's safety and ostensibly to keep San Franciscastahn from being leveled.

Meanwhile, in the rest of the country parents, grandparents and ordinary Americans everywhere are asking the obvious question: Why hasn't the little brat been removed from school and given back to his breeders (parents)?

I'm guessing this is because it's a public school, and not just any public school but one located in the bay area of the People's Republic of Kalifornia where they have perfected the art of becoming a professional victim along with getting the rest of the nation to pay for it.

Chalk this up as yet another reason I'm such a staunch supporter of school vouchers.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Mr. Obama, you are a coward.

Mr. Obama,

First off, I'm not addressing you as "Mr. President" because to do so would infer that you are some sort of a leader. You are not. In fact, you are quite the opposite.

The blood of the victims in today's shooting in Oregon is on your hands, not mine. From the outset of your occupation of the White House, your agenda has been to divide, cast aspersions, deflect and blame. However, you've done this from a distance, further exemplifying the coward that you are.

You see, Mr. Obama, you have sided and empathized with every attack on white middle-class Christians that has occurred in this nation. You do so by blaming an inanimate object or a random video on YouTube or, my favorite, "intolerance."

You're a joke, Mr. Obama. A macabre, pathetic one, but a joke nonetheless.

I was no fan of Bill Clinton. I served under Jimmy Carter, another complete waste product of a White House occupant. I also served under Ronald Reagan, a giant of a man. I was born into the Kennedy presidency and grew up in the LBJ atrocities. I saw Nixon lie and never thought we'd ever have such a weasel mismanaging America again.

Then you came along.

Without doubt, you are the most effeminate, un-manly occupant to ever take up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. You bow to everyone including Saudi royalty and Chinese presidents while giving an iPod containing your speeches as a no-name "voting present" senator to the Queen of England. You have Marines hold an umbrella over your head during a light drizzle while you gave a speech.

You're no leader. You're a coward.

Leaders lead from the front. Cowards, like you, organize and agitate and then stay at the back of the crowd letting others do the actual fighting. In my crowd of veterans and stand-up Texans, we call people like you "chickenshits." Ask anyone with an agricultural background the significance of why being labeled as "chickenshit" is so derogatory.

Your lack of leadership and instead calculated divisiveness is responsible for the violent attacks on middle-class Americans as well as Christians throughout the world. You can blame my guns all you want, but you and I both know that guns are not the problem.

The problem is that when Eric Holder, your handpicked slum-chum, gave carte blanche to the New Black Panthers to physically intimidate voters, such as they did in Philadelphia, every pissant in America that has an axe to grind just became empowered.

But that is what community organizers do--they organize losers into crowds, then agitate them into action. And all the while, you hide behind your Secret Service body guards.

You lend your voice and office to Michael Brown's family before you knew any facts. Even your own handpicked AG couldn't find an instance of Brown's rights being violated, yet you said nothing and let a good man, Officer Wilson, perish career-wise. That's chickenshit.

One of your most enthusiastic supporters ambushed and murdered two fellow workers in Virginia and you once again blamed guns rather than the maniac who ate, lived, slept and breathed your manifesto. That's chickenshit.

You've continuously attacked and maligned the over 80 million Americans who freely exercise their Second Amendment rights. You swore an Oath to defend those rights, Mr. Obama, yet you divide America and give carte blanche for the nutcases you agitate to freely attack us and then have the audacity to argue that more gun laws would've prevented what happened today in Oregon? That's chickenshit, Mr. Obama.

Be advised, Mr. Obama, we will not relinquish our rights. Not one of them. And we will not tolerate such attacks on our innocent citizens. In Texas, CHL is legal on college campuses. In Texas, we're arming our school teachers and administrators. In Texas, we refuse to be willing victims set up by a divisive, agitating rabble-rouser like yourself.

Our neighbors to the north in Oklahoma aren't too crazy about you as well. If you recall, you did not carry one single, solitary county during your last election. The good people of Oklahoma aren't too keen on chickenshits like yourself, either.

There will be more violence in America, more mass-shootings and attempted mass-shootings. You've done well setting the stage, Mr. Obama, for the violence against Christians and middle-class Americans and law enforcement that we are seeing with increasing frequency. The successful attacks will be in gun-free zones such as we saw today and you'll be right there to blame the gun rather than the murderer. But in those areas where we're not quite so willing to be the victim, there will be a different outcome.

In closing, Mr. Obama, you can blame and whine and pout and threaten all you want because here are the facts, and they are simple:

1. Gun-free zones are simply like bringing the pigeons to the cat.

2. A significant majority of us will never, ever give up our guns.

3. You are the poster child of American history as to why our Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment.

J.D. Kinman
Dallas, Texas

Monday, September 28, 2015