Monday, December 13, 2010

God, I am calling you out!!!

If you read my posts from about a week ago, you know that I was worried about the health of our oldest Schnauzer, Princess Tita. Well as luck would have it, she died this morning, on my birthday. We have had Tita for 16 cuddly Schnauzer years - and I sure wasn't even close to ready to give her up. Absolutely, the saddest birthday I have ever had.
I realize that 16 years is really old for most dogs; arguably over 100 in "dog years". But that is the problem; The entire canine species was our magnificent creator. What kind of God designs "man's best friend" to last only 20% of a man's life??? This is either sheer incompetence or damn meaness since it virtually guarantees a man (or any dog lover) a minimum of 5 heartbreaks per life time. Why would God do this? As I said earlier, God is either an incompetent designer or a Damn Mean a-hole. Let's examine the two sides of this argument.

Damn Mean God - decides that man has it too good (still hasn't gotten over that stunt Eve pulled in the Garden). He therefore decides to shorten the life of "man's best friend" so there is the constant threat of losing at least five of your best friends during a normal person's life time. I don't care what you say.....that is Damn Mean. See picture on right.....

Incompetent God - far from being mean, and far from being perfect and all knowing, God made a shit load of engineering errors. It is possible that he attended the Galaxial equivalent of Texas A&M. As such, God designs dogs first (this is actually in the Bible), and then after several days hits upon the idea of creating man in his own image. But he had already finished the he just shruggs his Aggie shoulders...and says have to get a new best friend.

This is where it gets interesting......we know (because it is in the Bible) that God created man in his own image....therefore wouldn't it be logical that God created Man's Best Friend in the image of God's best friend??? So God, does your best friend die every so often and cause you to have a broken heart??? Or are you just an incompetent / mean prick who gave us earthlings a defective product?

No matter what....GOD.....I hope your dog dies.....just to teach you a lesson!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

World's Best White Bean Chili.....

It's starting to get a little cooler over most of the Northern Hemisphere now and the days are getting really short. It's the time of the year to bust out your flannel shirt, warm coat, gloves, and of course, your winter hat. Better is soup, stew, and chili season!!!! Over the last couple of years I have started seriously studying soups - probably because I am currently "letting go in the Great White North", Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Soup and Chili season is longer here...and you get more time to practice. Further, nothing quite beats a good hot bowl of soup when the weather is nippy. Over the next few posts, I'll try and share some of my best soup discoveries; if you get a chance try one and let me know what you think. Better yet, send me your favorite so I can do another experiment.

Everyone in Texas knows how to make "Texas Chili" but wait till you try this one. Bon Appetite, and all the best, ..... mike

World's Best White Bean Chili

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 medium onion chopped

3 stalks of celery chopped

2 carrots chopped

1 1/2 tsp of garlic powder

1 TBSP Cavender's Greek Seasoning (this stuff is pure magic)

1 tsp of olive oil

2 cans of great northern white beans (15 1/2 oz.)

1 can 14 1/2 oz of chicken broth (you might need a little more depends on how thick you like your chili)

2 cans (4 oz.) chopped green chiles

1 cup of mushrooms chopped

1 can of niblets corn

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp oregano

1/2 teaspoon of black pepper

1 tsp of cayene pepper

1 cup sour cream (I actually use more - maybe 2 cups)

1/2 cup of whipping cream. (depending on what you do with the sour cream - can be omitted)

Saute chicken, oninon and garlic powder in olive oil until chicken is no longer pink. Add celery, and carrots to saute. In a stock pot combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Stir in sour cream and whipping cream.

This stuff will knock ur socks off. Enjoy. Let me know if you like it!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Tough Day.

It could have been a good held some promise...but at the end it was a disappointment - I'll share the ups and downs. First the ups....

We closed a big contract - that I have been totally devoted to for the last 6 months. It is the largest in our company history for this type of effort. It has been a see-saw battle.....and finally the deal is signed. It is the biggest deal I have closed in my career. That would seem pretty positive....right? Well its not that simple....a lot of folks think we should have not taken the contract - the economy is pretty I was a see-saw thing...and winning is questionable.....quess it depends on knowing a lot about the future...and I only know about the now.

I got find out that a long-time Texas hero of mine had passed, Dandy Don Meredith. I have spent many of Sunday afternoon with my Dad watching Dandy Don and our "Dallas Coach of Coaches", Tom Landry battling to achieve a standing in the NFL. I am living in Wisconsin now, and I remember the "ICE BOWL" which most folks agree was one of the NFL's greatest games......Dandy Don...was our Quarterback....playing against the legendary Vince Lombardi and Bart Starr. Great game...and the cowboys lost....which is was a great game.. But now we have lost two winners.....Vince Lombardi and Don Meredith. This is one of the few things I don't like about life.....losing people you love. I just can't quite reconcile it.

Speaking of losing....we may have an upside on the day....Princess Tita, our 15 year-old minature schauzer ...had been having seizures all week end....we thought she was a gonner also....holy smokes she has been two days without another seizure....seems to be eating normally. With luck...maybe she just had a reaction to the cleaning products that the cleaning ladies used (pinesol and lysol). There are some reports that these things can injure dogs....especially if ur dogs drink from the toilet....which ours sometimes do. Maybe...with some luck...we can keep our old dog a while longer.

It has helped me to write this down. I realize that while I have suffered some losses, I have also had some wins, and some of the losses that I was expecting have, may have, at least, been delayed.

Vince Lombardi in his most famous talk...which I know by heart at this point...said...

"Winning is not a sometimes thing. It is an all the time thing. You don't just do things right some of the time. You do things right all of the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing."

Vince was right about everything he said. Unfortunately, in the big game of life....losing is real...which includes losing people and things you love. Like losing your dog....or your hero Don Meredith. And to tell you the truth....losing these will make you cry. I am crying now. But as someone else said (I can't remember who).....

"Show me a man who doesn't mind losing...and I'll show you a loser."

So though today I had a win....or 2 ...I also had some losses and am reminded of previous losses which include my Dad, Tom Landry, Vince Lombardi, Coach Huddleston, and now another hero Don Meredith. So if you don't mind losing.....well there u are...

I guess the tears prove that I am not a total loser. I hate losing.

All the best...


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

What Does the WikiLeak Mean To Us???

OK...for the last two days the conventional media have been on a rampage reporting about what the "wikimedia" allegedly leaked. What should we understand for this almost "MEDIA event"'s my take.....please feel free to give me yours.

What? We suddenly find that we have been supporting a corrupt dictator in Afghanistan? His brother appears to be a crook...and his minister shows up in an the United Arab Emirates (Dubai) with a suit case full of $52,000,000 US??? And he can't explain the cash? How could this happen??? On top of that ....Afghanistan is still a leading exporter of heroin. How could that happen. Seriously, if you didn't already know all of this...I can't hope to help you.

If anyone in America who read this...did not know that Hamid Karzai is a corrupt dictator, they have a lot of "make-up homework to do"...this guy is so crooked...I'd bet we will probably need to bury him with a cork screw". His ministers have been smuggling money out of the country...and this has been reported as well. Finally, his brother is a drug dealing thug. All of this has been reported (although, sparingly, by virtually all legitimate media) for over two years. Karzai was illegally elected as well...and it is reasonable to presume...that his friends (that would be the American Government) helped in this endeavor.

Quite honestly, if you didn't know all of this....I say shame on you. All that the so called "wikileaks" did was to confirm and reconfirm...what informed Americans already knew or at least suspected about Afghanistan....specifically;
  1. Our government is trying to prop up a corrupt dictator
  2. We are spending $182,000,000,000 (minimum) annually on this effort. (Thats Billions Folks!)
  3. We are sacrificing American lives for this meaningless effort.

It will be a great day in this country when we

  1. start paying attention to the small amount of honest "News" that we are provided.
  2. start demanding more honest news
  3. start holding ourselves and our government accountable for what the F' we do!!!!

Now let me say a word about our Congressional leaders who are arranging their schedules to debate the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Policy. Assume I am either a heterosexual or gay soldier and find myself on the front lines of Afghanistan. Based on recently reported information from Wikileaks, I find out that my real role here is to support a corrupt dictator, his family, and a broken down government. I have one question?

On whom should I turn my weapon? Think about it.....Our People are dieing, we are pouring US tax dollars down a rat-hole, and our government is concerned about a soldier's sexual preferences. Shame on all of us!!!

God Bless Us and return our sanity. And please stand up for truth and say "NO" to the further insanity of the Afghanistan war!!!!


Saturday, March 27, 2010

Coffee Party Meeting

Today, Nancy and I went down to a meeting of a group called The Coffee Party, here in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Coffee Party typically meets at coffee houses, and is not all that formal of an organization, it does insist that all of its members and participants to take "The Civility Pledge" which states:

"As a member and supporter of the Coffee Party, I pledge to conduct myself in a way that is civil, honest and respectful to people with whom I disagree. I value people from different cultures, I value people with different ideas, and I value and cherish the democratic process."

I took the pledge and indeed, I do value these principles and will strive to incorporate them in my daily life and discussions with others. I do believe that we can disagree, without being disagreeable. The meeting today was most interesting, let me tell you a little about the people I met and what I learned.

The Coffee Party meeting was crowded as more than 3 times the number of people turned out that were expected. The people who attended had varying backgrounds, a Veteran's Administration worker, school teachers, sales people, public relations and you name it. This group worked to develop an agreed position on what they wanted and were very specific in stating that our elected representatives in Washington need to:

1. Be civil and respectful with people even when they disagree

2. Be cooperative and collaborative with all of their colleagues,

3. Be honest and straight forward with the American people about the facts that influenced their beliefs.

Let's take a minute and say specifically what that means in the context of today.

  • Civil and Respectful discussion: precludes yelling out "You Lie" at the President of the United States. It also precludes yelling out "Baby Killer" at a U.S. Senator. These types of emotional outbursts, send out a very negative message to all of the American people.

  • Cooperative and Collaborative; means working together with varying factions to devise solutions to issues that are in the best interest of the American People as a whole, rather than party line voting.

  • Finally, being honest and straight forward requires the highest level of ethics in our political discourse; refraining from repeating falsehoods, innuendo, or circulating untrue rumors for political advantage. Further, this means that information circulated via, television, radio, newsprint, or internet should be fully validated before it is passed on. Honest and straight forward also precludes the use of scare tactics.

What will happen next? I have no idea, but think this is a pleasant alternative to the "tea party'.

All the best,

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Afternoon with Jesse Ventura

We had a great afternoon today going out to see Jesse "the body" Ventura speak and sign books at the Mall of Americas here in Minneapolis, Minnesota. There was a huge crowd. For those of you that don't know Jesse Ventura, is the former Governor of Minnesota, a former wrestling star, and an expert in Under Water Demolition from the Vietnam War. I learned that Jesse, was also a very successful football coach here in Minnesota.

Jesse has just released a new book called "American Conspiracies" it really looks like it will make a great read. I'll give you a little book report in a day or two. Anyhow, there was a big crowd there to get books signed. The Governor also spoke about his views on waterboarding, having been waterboarded in the military. You can see his exact thinking on waterboarding and Dick Cheney on the video attached to this post. He also went on to call Bush the worst president in his life time. I have to agree. Jesse felt bad that Obama was left in the worst position of any American President, with a collapsed economy and two wars going on at the same time.

Jesse was also upset about the damage the U.S. is doing to Mexico with our "alleged war on drugs". He views that the upcoming vote to legalize pot in California, is a start; and then all drugs should be legalized. Hopefully, between Jesse and Cheech and Chong - maybe we will get something done on this subject this year. While I don't use any illegal drugs, I think our policies in this area are absolutely wrong. At least we won't be causing so much death in Mexico because of the quest for drugs in our country.

Jesse is a very interesting character, and honestly....I think he may be a truly Great American. BTW, I don't think Jesse is a genius, but just like Diogenes, I am delighted to find one semi-honest man!

God Bless America...and God Bless Jesse Ventura!!!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Interview with my old buddy R. W. Nutt

It has been difficult year for my right-wing friends. They lost the Senate, House, and Oval Office to the Progressives. Make no mistake about it the Democrat party isn't all that great, but with combined ignorance and incompetence of Bush/Cheney it would have been hard for the Democrats to lose. Since President Obama has taken office my right-wing nut buddies have begun lashing out at anything that moves. Here the results of some recent interviews with my old buddy R.W. Nutt. That's old RW in the picture to the right It was tough, as Mr. Nutt would mutter strange words and obscenities then begin to drool after every sentence.......kind of like some kind of right wing Turret's syndrome...I highlighted the incessant muttering in this article like this:

anyway here's how it went:

Me: How are you today Mr. Nutt?

R.W. Nutt: Fine. You kool-Aid drinkin faggots.

Me: Welcome to the prestigous LetGoJournal. We want to get your ideas on the President's Performance and the State of the Country. How would you rate the President's Performance?

R.W. Nutt: He's not my President. He's not even a US Citizen. He was born somewhere in Africa. Fair and Balanced, Kool-Aid Drinkin, Kill the Mexicans!

Me: Well, OK. But a few people disagree with you.

R.W. Nutt: Whoever disagrees with me must not read the Internet or listen to the News. Fair and balanced, illegal aliens, !@#$% communist fags !@#$%, Ditto Rush

Me: Well 52,000,000 American Voters voted for him, plus the State of Hawaii claims he was born there. Are you still sure your right.

R.W.Nutt: BHO is from Africa and he's a Muslim. Hell his middle name is Hussein? Probably, related to Saddam. Fox News. The State of Hawaii is a coverup. Kool Aid Drinkers. Kill the Mexicans! Kool Aid drinkin bastards! Lying SOBS, God Bless Ronald Reagan

Me: OK. Well then you don't believe that a majority of Americans elected the President?

R.W. Nutt: I thought I told you he's not my President and He's not really the President. Long live Ronald Regan! Kill the Mexicans! Fair and Balanced! Excellence in Broadcasting, Commie bastards

Me: Well what about the Stimulus Package?

R.W. Nutt: Stimulus my Ass! He's bailing out his buddies at the banks. MF'n, commies, dirty rotten !@#$%^, fair and balanced, you betcha Sara

Me: Excuse me, but you are aware that the so called bank bailout was passed and signed into law by President Bush? It was called the Emergency Economic Stabilization Program of 2008. It came in response to the mortgage crisis - which occurred during the Bush Administration.

R.W. Nutt: Check your facts Scooter! The whole thing is B.H. Obama screwing the tax payer. Tax and Spend Democrats. Fair and Balanced. Kool Aid Drinking. Trinkle Down! Bleeding Heart. Limbaugh. Kill the Mexicans!

Me: You are aware that the vast majority of economists believe that the stimulus package may have saved us from a global financial meltdown?

R.W. Nutt: Economists are all a bunch of gay pinko kool aid drinkin faggots. Who cares what those faggots think? Limbaugh, Socialist, Bastards, Kill the illegal mexicans.

Me: So do you think the stimulus package may have averted a major depression?

R.W. Nutt: Hell No, in fact I wish we had Jimmy Carter back....the lying bastards. Pinko Communist Socialist. Kool Aid Drinkin' Faggots. Kill the Mexicans!!!

Me: Where do you stand on gay marriage?

R.W. Nutt: I'll tell ya where I'd like to stand. I'd like to stand on the necks of those faggots and kill em all. They ruining the sanctity of marriage in our country. Cock Suckin' , Kool Aid Drinkin Faggots! God Bless the Virgin Palin! Kill the !@#$% Mexicans!!!

Me: Excuse me. Did you say "the Virgin Palin"?

R.W. Nutt: You !@#$ Right I did! That sweet little Bristol has "swore off" sex till she get's married. And Damn that Bitch, Oprah for picking on that little angel. Damn illegal aliens. Pinkos! Commies! SOB's. , Kill the Pinko Mexican Bastards, Oprah is a big fat bitch, Ditto Rush

Me: But Bristol already has a baby?

R.W. Nutt: So? You really don't get it do you? You are a Kool-Aid Drinker Aren't you? Haven't you ever heard of Abstinence! Oberman. Fair and Balanced! Fox! Ditto Rush Ditto! Kill the Mexicans! Abstinence!!! Yeah for Abstinence! Yeah for Virgins! Yeah for teen pregnancy! Yeah for single parents.

Me: I guess not. Seems to me like Bristol is kind of closing the barn door after the horse has already gone.

Me: What do you think about healthcare reform?

R.W. NUT: Socialized Medicine. Kill Grandma. Death Panels. Government Funding Abortion. Tax and Spend Liberal Democrat. Screw the Mexicans! Evil Empire!!! Ditto Rush!!!! Ditto Reagan!

Me: You realize that the US spends 16% of in GNP on healthcare...and yet ranks 41st in longevity.

R.W. Nut: There you go with statistics again, can't we just stay with my opinions? Our longevity is down because of all them minorities croaking each other. Croak you pepper bellies. Croak you jungle bunnies! Hey Pepper Bellies Croak some Spooks!!! Spooks croak some Pepper Bellies! Croak the Jews too! Kool-Aid Drinkin Faggot illegal alien bastards. God Bless Saint Rush!

Me: Well I guess we pretty well covered that topic. How about the President's record on human rights"?

R.W. Nutt: I TOLD YOU HE AIN'T MY PRESIDENT!!! Reagan, help me!

He wants to let those enemy combatants out to kill us all. He wants to give them rights!!! Limbaugh save us!!! Damn illegal Meskins! Kool-Aid drinkin, tax and spend liberal democrats!!! Their trying to cut Medicare. keep ur government hands off my medicare. you fags.

Me: What would you like to say to the previous Bush / Cheney Administration.

R.W. Nutt: I'd like to thank them for building our economy up, and for increasing housing prices so I could get a second loan on my house. I'd also like to thank them for waterboarding those stinking Arab bastards at Guantanemo Bay! Cheney, Rush, Kill the Mexican Kool Aid Drinkin, Faggot bastards. God Bless Fox News!!!! Kill the Pepperbelly illegals!

Me: Why do you constantly want to kill the Mexican imigrants?

R.W. Nutt: They come over here take American jobs. On top of that they crap in the fields on our crops and cause American people to get sick from tainted lettuce and spinach. Saint Sarah Palin, Ditto Rush, Oberlen, Fair and Balanced, You Betcha, Dirty Mexican Bastards !@#$%

Me: That's interesting how many white guys you know that are lettuce pickers who have lost their jobs? Secondly, I have never heard that the Mexican's crapped on our lettuce. Where did that come from?

R.W. Nutt: Well, I made the stuff up about crapping in the fields, but there are 50,000 white lettuce pickers out of work right now? Damn illegal Mexican immigrants, dirty, Godless Bastards, abortion rights supporting, Kool Aid drinking SOB's.

Me: 50,000 white lettuce pickers? I don't believe it. Where did you get that statistic?

R.W. Nutt: I made it up, I'll bet it will go great on the internet!!! Derrick Hedlund and Billy Timber will send it to 1000 ignorant friends of theirs and those idiots will send it out to 1000 of their friends. That's 1,000,000 idiots from just Derek and old Billy.

Me: Well I guess we pretty well covered these subjects, how bout just one more question?

R.W. Nutt: Sounds Good! Thank You Jesus for sending Ronald Reagan in your place. Kill the fn mexicans
Me: What are you so angry about?

R.W. Nutt: !@#$R%^U@!#$R , Your Mother, Kool-Aid Drinking Pinko Faggot, Ditto Rush, Ditto Reagan, Fair and Balanced Kool AID, Kiss My @#$%^&, you commie bastard, kill the fn mexicans, kill the jungle bunnies, croak all the commie bastards, kill the faggots, and God Bless America!!!

Me: That's a wrap!!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Cowbows vs Vikings; Pregame Interview .....your chance to particpate

This writing finds me in the great state of Wisconsin, and more specifically in "Title Town". That's right, you got it, your erstwhile travelling reporter is writing from Green Bay, Wisconsin. Since I've been in town almost a week, I have made a couple of trips to Lambeau Field - which really got me in the NFL Spirit. So I am going to provide you, the lucky reader - an opportunity to participate in what will have to be the best pre-game interview done on Vikings - Cowboys NFC Playoff Game !

Stay tuned kiddos for instructions on how you can participate in this very special opportunity.

This frozen tundra called Lambeau Field is where my team, The Dallas Cowboys, once fought an epic battle of a game back in 1967 called "The Ice Bowl". Let me set it up for you. The Green Bay Packers had a great quarterback named Bart Starr, but he was up against Northeast Texas's own Dandy Don Meridith. Both teams had great coaches, a true Texas Gentleman named Tom Landry coached the Cowboys, while football legend Vince Lombardi coached the Green Bay Packers. The Ice Bowl is considered by many Professional Football Experts to be one of the greatest games of all time. Here's a brief recap of some of the highlights for those of you who don't remember or didn't see the game.......

  • At the kick-off the temperature was -13 degrees (that's not wind chill that's the temperature).

  • Referees did not use whistles - when the ref blew the whistle to start the game - it froze to his lips; after that they used voice and hand signals to manage the game.

  • The system for heating the turf at the Green Bay stadium had failed - which meant that the ground was frozen solid. It was slick and as hard as a block of concrete.

  • Green Bay took an early lead, scoring two touchdowns. Dallas recovered a fumble; returned it for a TD and then got a field goal to end the 1st half Green Bay 14 - Dallas 10.

  • Neither team scored in the third quarter. By the start of the 4th quarter, the temperature had dropped to -20 degrees.

  • However, Dallas scored a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Making the score Dallas 17 - Green Bay 14

  • With only seconds left on the clock, Green Bay had the ball on the Dallas 1 yard line. With 4th down and goal, Green Bay called time out.

  • Green Bay could have kicked a field goal which would have sent the game into overtime. Bart Starr suggested a quarterback sneak to Lombardi to win the game; according to Starr, Lombardi said "Run it and let's get the Hell out of here"

  • Starr ran the play; Green Bay scored, and that was the end of the 1967 NFL Championship.

Lombardi, essentially decided let's either win this; or lose it; but it is too cold to stay out here any longer! Luckily, for Green Bay, Starr's footing held and they scored but only by so little.

In preparation for this week's NFL Play Off Game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Dallas Cowboys, I'll be channelling the spirit of Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry to give their outlook on the upcoming game and other issues which you may find interesting. If you have any questions, you'd like to ask Tom or Vince, please write them down below so that I can be prepared for my interview with both of them on Friday!!!! You can right them below in the blogs site comments or send them directly to me @ I hope we can have lots of good questions for Coach Lombardi and for Coach Landry. I'm looking forward to hearing the views of two of the greatest coaches of all time.

All the best,