Nov 262014
 
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…which would be understandable, I suppose.  After all, He DOES have a lot to keep up with.

There’s the whole Libya thing, and Obama’s confusing statements about what is going on over there.  He says Kaddafi HAS to go, then says we aren’t targeting him personally.  Uh huh…that Tomahawk poked its nose under his tent flap on accident, right?

“Shit!  Missed Kaddafi, but got that punk-ass kid of his!”

And what is it the White House wants us to call what we are doing?  Not war.  No…they say this is a “kinetic military action”.  Huh?  Over 125 Tomahawk missiles (at $1.5m each) raining down on MY head would be war…and I just might lose that one.  Obama can call it what he wants, but when the military does what it’s designed to do…break things and kill people (as opposed to what it’s used for a LOT these days, a global Meals-on-Wheels Program)…it’s called war.

Ask Kaddafi what HE calls it.

Speaking of Lybia…

“Hey Bob!  I thought this post was about God’s being confused!”

“Shaddup Justin…you too, Ralph…I’m getting’ there…”

As I was sayin’ BEFORE being so rudely interrupted…speaking of Libya, since when does the United States, supposedly the most powerful nation on earth, have to get the permission of the frogs, the limeys and the UN to go kick some bully’s ass?

(Did ya hear this one…Question: “Why do the French plant large, overhanging trees along their main boulevards?”  Answer: “Because the Germans prefer to march in the shade.”)

Anyway, the way I know God is confused is the weather.  Yep, the weather.

You know that old saying “April showers bring May flowers?  Well, apparently God thinks it’s April already.  It’s been raining here for four days, and is forecast to rain for ten more.

We ARE supposed to get a break…from 2:00 to 2:15pm on Thursday.  Anybody got some SCUBA gear I can borrow?

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Nov 262014
 
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Out of work and need a little money? Have a kid you want to teach the principles of capitalism? Open a lemonade stand…right?
Not!

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Show notes:

00:50  Housekeeping

02:00  Where and when to find The Ploitical Coot, AKA “The Show”

02:30  Today’s show focus

03:35  Persoal history with lemonade stands

04:35  Government interferes with lemonade stands – the beginning

05:00  Examples

09:20  Government should protect one business from another?

11:25  What IS a lemonade stand?

12:30  The list begins…and a politician calls the cops

15:15  At least one good lesson learned

16:15  The list continues

18:00  More government protecting a business from another business

20:18  Good one!

22:15  Another good one!  You can’t comply even when you comply!

23:15  Getting old.  Government protecting established business from…a kid run lemonade stand

24:05  St Louis health inspector flat out lies…about kids

25:12  An unbelievable example

26:10  What we teach our children.  Hilarious, if not so sad

Sources:  FOXNews, The Agitator, and moFreedom.

Be sure to come back for more of The Political Coot next week.  Live on Tuesday’s at 10am eastern time (look up in navigaton bar for a link), or the live show recorded and up as a post by noon the next day.

 

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Jul 292014
 
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Say it loud and forceful enough and that’s what “Haiku” sounds like…a sneeze.

I’m afraid I can’t contribute to the subject of Haiku, either by writing one or talking about it as a subject.

When it comes to writing poetry, being the dumb, redneck hillbilly I am…my poetry is somewhat limited, one of my better efforts being:

“Roses are red,

Violets are blue.

Butt-holes stink,

And so do you.”

Walt Whitman I’m not.

As for the subject of Haiku itself, I can’t contribute much there either. I just don’t get excited about stuff the Japanese export to the US. Things they send us that are supposed to be good always seem to turn out bad in the end.

Toyotas are good cars, or so we were told. Long lasting, few repairs, run well… Well, as it turns out yes, they DO run well. The problem is they don’t stop worth a damn.

If you have any age on you you’ll remember that the lack of quality in consumer products that we now associate with the “Made in China” label began as “Made in Japan” not that many years ago. When I was a kid the only good thing the Japanese made was cheap transistor radios not much bigger than a pack of cigarettes that you could hang on your belt…the world’s first walkman.

And, of course, If you are from or have lived in the south in the last 20-30 years, there is the little matter of Kudzu.

Kudzu was a “gift” from Japan for US landowners to use as groundcover to prevent erosion. What the Japanese failed to tell us is that Kudzu is FAR more than a groundcover. It is a telephone pole cover, a tree cover, a shrubbery cover, a barn cover, and, if you don’t watch it, a house cover. It grows like wildfire and is almost impossible to get rid of once it’s established.

It is the only plant I know that you can literally watch grow…its vines will grow as much as 18 inches a day!

A “gift” from Japan? Maybe…but I’ve always considered Kudzu a payback for Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

No…I hope Haiku is just a fad that goes away. Can you imagine if it takes over with the young as a way of communicating like text talk has? “How R U? I’ll C U L8er.” Is bad enough…I don’t want to have to learn to decipher Haiku just to figger out what the kid behind the counter at Micky D’s is saying.

Toyota’s are bad,

Kudzu is worse,

I hope Haiku fades,

Not becoming a curse.

 

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Jul 072014
 
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By now, Ralph is winging his way over the ocean heading towards the land of canals and spaghetti, Italy.  He has his bags packed, his cell phones rented, and this blog pushed to the back of his mind where it will reside with many other undesirable things like pond scum.

A vacation.  Do you ever have a “vacation” that you come back from, rested, relaxed, and ready to return to work?  Yea me neither.  I am hoping that it will be different for Ralph.  See, he is just going with his wife to Italy.  We can only hope that he brings her back with him.  I guess it depends just how bad the flight actually is.  But that is another story.

Over the past year I do believe that I have grown complacent, letting Ralph and Bob, well mostly Ralph, have at this site and run with it.  Now It is back to me and the fine work that used to fly from my fingers.

Have a great Vacation Ralph, you deserve it.

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Jun 112014
 
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Well, apparently Osama bin Laden is dead, and this is a good thing. As much as I get on Obama’s ass on just about everything he does, I’ve got to give him props for the “kill, don’t capture” order he gave when approving the operation that last week resulted in bin Laden sleeping with the fishes.

With that said, I must say that the government, as usual, took far longer than was necessary to kill the SOB, and spent a crap load more money, our money, than they needed to.

I guess it’s just a Washington, DC thing, but the government is always fixing things with long, drawn out, complicated, and expensive solutions, when there is a quicker, easier, and cheaper way to accomplish the same thing.

10 years ago, when President Bush said he wanted bin Laden’s head on a platter, he should have come and asked me how to do it. I said then, and I repeat today, I knew how to kill bin Laden in less than a week, and for under $10,000.

Before you dismiss that claim out of hand, remember I live in the foothills of the southern Appalachians, and many of my neighbors are folks that most of America believe only exist in movies like “Deliverance”.

I’ve got news for you people. Those folks do exist, and for the most part they are pretty nice people… right up until you piss them off. Once you make ‘em mad they will open up a giant can of whup ass on you like you have never seen.

To kill bin Laden on the cheap all that would’ve been necessary would be to get 4-5 of these good ol’ boys around here together, cracked open a cooler full of Budweiser, and get a good ol’ fashioned bullshit session going, and let the conversations slowly work its way around to deer hunting. At some point one of the boys, probably the one who has sucked down the most Budweiser so far, is gonna start bragging about his tracking skills.

Bingo. You’ve got your hook.

“Bubba, you can’t track your way out of a paper bag. Steve over there can out track you any day of the week, and besides…once you track something you have to be able to kill it, and you couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn with an open choke shotgun, much less a deer at 500 yards with a rifle.”

That’s going to generate a half-hour long argument about tracking and shooting skills, with each claim, and the story that goes with it, getting bigger and bigger.

All that’s left is to reel ‘em in.

“Bubba, if you think you’re such a great tracker, and since you seem to think you can shoot the eye out of a fly at 1000 yards, I’m gonna call you on you shit. Not only do I think you’re lousy at tracking deer, I don’t even think you could track a clumsy human being. The president says we’re gonna kill this bin Laden guy, and it’s a good thing we’ve got them there Green Berets, ‘cause you couldn’t even find the right country, much less find bin Laden hisself.”

Once again, you’ve got a good argument started. There would be lots of back and forth about who could actually find the right country AND find bin Laden himself.

At this point you have five or six good ol’ boys, all of whom are actually great trackers and super accurate marksman, all fired up about who is best. Now, you need to understand something. Folks down here in Appalachia are as patriotic as anybody in this country, BUT they are not totally convinced that the twin towers and NYC are really part of the United States. They sort of look at New York City like they do at Canada, Mexico, and Berkeley,CA…attached to, but not really a part of, the United States. You need to push them just a little bit more to get them jumping up and down, fired up and ready to go prove their hunting skills with bin Laden as their target.

These boys down here are mostly whore-hounds the likes of which you have never seen. Most of them would have sex with a rattlesnake if somebody would hold its head. When it comes to family though, all of their immediate female relatives, including their mommas, are virgins, and these good ol’ boys are real, REAL protective. You just need to give them one more piece of a “information” to set them off on a trip to the Middle East.

“hey guys? You know that bin Laden fella? Well, besides knocking down the World Trade Center, and besides killing about 3000 of our fellow Americans, and besides just being a general, all around piece of pond scum, he’s done something else y’all might not like.

“He’s been sneaking over here for the last couple of years, screwing all of your sisters.”

Bin Laden is toast within 10 days, all for the cost of 5-6 plane tickets.

Hell…they’d even buy their own bullets.

 

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