A Geocaching Attempt

I’ve been watching two of my grandkids this week. They’re 4 year old twins and very very very active. Today after I couldn’t wear them out at the park I thought I might go back to geocaching and get them involved with a search. Well it was a thought.

I stopped caching in the spring and at the time I figured it was because I was riding my motorcycle in the nice weather and doing other things so it made sense to take a break. I’m not so sure that’s why I quit. That was a part but not the primary reason. The primary reason I stopped was because it wasn’t as much fun as it used to be. The fun is pretty much gone for me now.

When I started geocaching it was about hiding and finding little boxes filled with treasures and a logbook. The idea was to hide it well but not so well it couldn’t be found. The objective was FINDING the cache, not looking and looking and looking.

So locally a couple of cachers have started hiding very difficult to find caches. Quite often these hard to find caches also include really shitty gps coordinates and even more often they offer a crappy make no sense clue or none at all. That’s what pretty much got me off track as far as my enjoyment of this hobby.

So the twins and I are looking for a cache hidden not far from our home. It’s hidden by someone who doesn’t always get good coordinates but doesn’t try to make them invisible. What would be the point out in the woods right? Anyway the trees blocked the sattelites so I went to the clue which read

DONT”S GET STAMP .ON IT.

Excuse me? Maybe it means “don’t get stumped on it” but who really knows right? Anyway if it’s in a stump there are lots of stumps to chose from After the twins tore into the 10th or 15th stump they were ready to leave and of course so was I. There were 3 other caches close enough to throw a net over, maybe. I didn’t bother. We’ll see how we feel about this another day but I have a feeling it’ll be awhile before that day shows up.

Tea Party Express

nobelpeaceSo many of you have attended Tea Parties or town hall meetings and expressed yourself to your local elected officials. We are in the middle of a battle to save America and I urge you to continue to fight the good fight. Contrary to the mainstream media this isn’t an organized fight but instead it is a genuine grassroots effort with average angry Americans driving it.

While watching the tube I came across the website called Tea Party Express and discovered that a Tea Party Bus is going to be landing in Medford Oregon on October 29th (thursday) at 4pm and will be stopping at Alba Park which is located at 301 West Main Street. You can find a printable pdf file HERE.

This Tea Party Bus is traveling all over the place so go ahead and click on the website and see if it’s coming by a city near you. Oh and if you’re an ACORN supporter perhaps you can show up to with your Union Label protest signs and express your desire for a total socialist takeover. Why not? We’d love to see you.

We’ll be the people with home made signs paid for by ourselves.

The War On Fox News…Obama a coward?

It has been said that you never want to wage war on someone that buys ink by the barrel. What could be even more stupid is to wage war on someone that doesn’t need ink. Who has more followers than any other news network. A network that has exposed ACORN for what it really is, who has gotten rid of one Czar that Obama appointed AND who has been running the heck out of a clip on even another Obama appointee that claims one the biggest mass murderers of all time is her hero and that would be Mao. No Mao isn’t the appointee but if he lived near Chicago and was still alive I’m sure he would be.

But he’s using Anita Dunn as the white house communications director to declare war on Fox. She’s a temporary appointee so if her attack falls short they won’t have to claim she got sacked, she was temporary. So she attacks Fox and then Fox runs clips of her saying how much she admired Mao. Priceless and you can’t buy crap like that.

So the primary attacker has exposed herself as another socialist/communist. How much of this stupidity will stick to The Obama? Well some of you dumbasses will never admit to having voted for a socialist OR some of you dumbasses will start thinking socialism isn’t so bad.

You I won’t argue with because you’re just stupid and you can’t argue with stupid. Stupid bring you to their level and once there stupid will win on experience.

So for you dumbasses please go back to the genuine Obama Network known as MSNBC. You know, where they couldn’t bring themselves to run any genuine news.

Voting Off Hot Babes

AshelyTrainerLovely young lady isn’t she? Ashley Trainer is a joy to look at and appeared to be a nice person when I watched her on Survivor Samoa. I don’t get to watch her any longer because dumbass shits voted her off the Island last night. Granted she was not able to swallow something disgusting, which of course excludes her from being a perfect babe, but please sister, she’s still hot.

Ashley is not the first hot babe to get the axe. Do you recall a lovely named Sarah Jones? Sarah was on Survivor several seasons ago and sported a lovely rack, most likely courtesy of someone who doesn’t get to enjoy them any longer, unless they want to google her name as she did appear in Playboy.

Hot babes make Survivor the success it is. Sure it’s fun to watch teams compete in some interesting physical challenges but hot babes with blurred out parts make it much more fun. Do they blur out those parts in the DVD’s they put out after the season is over? I need to find out. Investigations are fun.

There is value to watching dirty hot babes wandering around homeless on TV. One value is that you don’t have to smell them.

archeryLast weekend was the Brittney Ride here in the Rogue Valley. My wife and I thought about going to it but when we got ready to leave at 9am it was still just 29 on the back porch and as far as I’m concerned that isn’t even close to being motorcycle weather. Instead we goofed off for awhile and then about noon when it warmed up we jumped on the bike and met up with some friends at the finish line. They appeared thawed out but I suspect that they’re done for the season with motorcycles. I guess I’ll be an afternoon rider for awhile longer.

We’re probably going to attend a geocaching event called Come On Up To Butte Falls as it’s being held in our back yard. Maybe this will get us back into geocaching this fall but I’m not so certain. The new trend of putting out “nearly impossible to find” caches has worn me out. It’s just a couple of users who like to hide that crap but they hide a lot of them so they do spoil an area. If they dare to hide some up here in the Butte Falls area I promise I’ll plunder the shit out of them. This area has been filled with caches that are designed to be found and I don’t need flatlanders screwing it up. My backyard, my rules 🙂

Oh Look! It must be a Doctor!

ObamawhitecoatsSo did you all see Obama’s latest photo op this week? No he wasn’t sending Air Force 1 through the city streets scaring the hell out of the locals. He was posing with a group of 150 doctors that just love the hell out of his health care plan. You can tell they are doctors because they have white lab coats. Word from the White House is that he asked them to bring their white lab coats but you know doctors, they don’t follow instructions well so the ones that did not bring white lab coats where given them. Pretty cool that the White House has lots and lots of white lab coats laying around isn’t it?

Others have said that many of the white coats wearing doctors where actually, gasp, not doctors. I have no way of knowing myself who the hell they are but I put nothing past this administration. The man who can write books praising his boyhood heros, marists and terrorists all, and then denying he ever associates with marxists and terrorists AND gets believed by many of you dumbshits very easily could pass out white coats to campaign workers.

But whoever these people are they are Obama’s latest props as he pushes his socialist agenda on Americans. Remember he doesn’t need the support of people without health care insurance, he needs the support of people who do have health care. And don’t forget this reform will still leave 25 million people without insurance coverage.

You note that I didn’t say they don’t have HEALTH CARE? They don’t have health care INSURANCE. Everyone here in the United States has health care. The issue is over who is paying for it AND how much their paying for it.

Write your elected officials today. Don’t let your congressmen and senators ram shit down our throat that won’t work and will only destroy our economy. The link is still over there on the right of this page.

Here they are handing out white lab coats, interesting no?

Mae-WestMae West(1893-1980) was one of Hollywood’s first screen bombshells and was known for her bawdy double-entendres and other quips. She came to mind when I read of President Obama’s recent fail in Copenhagen. Many commentators have wondered why he put the prestige of the presidency at stake when, the outcome of Chicago’s Olympic bid was always in doubt; second, the selection of an Olympic venue does not rise to the level of concern of the personal attention of the most powerful office in the world; and third, support even in Chicago for the games was dropping like a rock for the weeks leading up to the vote by the IOC.

Mae West can help answer the question. But first, let’s take a look at the prestige risk. The Times’ (UK) writer Tim Reid says that “Obama’s Olympic failure will only add to doubts about his presidency.”

There has been a growing narrative taking hold about Barack Obama’s presidency in recent weeks: that he is loved by many, but feared by none; that he is full of lofty vision, but is actually achieving nothing with his grandiloquence.

Chicago’s dismal showing yesterday, after Mr Obama’s personal, impassioned last-minute pitch, is a stunning humiliation for this President. It cannot be emphasised enough how this will feed the perception that on the world stage he looks good — but carries no heft.

Then we come to “President Perks” by Edward Bernard Glick.

Have you ever wondered why our Barack Obama, not noted for devotion to hard work in his previous jobs as a law associate, community organizer, state senator, and U.S. senator, raced around America, risking life, limb, and laryngitis, crying “change we can believe in,” and begging the voters to send him to the White House as the President of the United States? …

Mr. Obama ran for the highest office in the land because of the perks that go with it: Air Force One, Camp David, rent-free living quarters, chefs, chauffeurs, valets, bodyguards, and countless modern-day equivalents of Greek slaves and Turkish janissaries.

This seems rather overstated to me and also off target. What seems to be motivating Mr. Obama’s performance as chief executive is not the perks of the office (although I don’t think they play a small part). I think what we are witnessing is a combination of two factors:

A Mae West personality coupled with,
The return of the Peter Principle
We have here a Mae West presidency, which I illustrate with two quotes of the platinum blondeshell:

1. It’s better to be looked over than overlooked.

2. There’s no such thing as bad publicity.

When even the Washington Post’s Michael Gerson observes of Obama’s speech to the UN General Assembly, “I can recall no other major American speech in which the narcissism of a leader has been quite so pronounced,” then the volume of similar observations, which began well before the election, cannot be discounted.

So why did Obama go to Copenhagen? It was not really to see Chicago through. Like everything else in his life, Chicago was simply a tool to serve a purpose and selection of the city as 2016’s venue was not actually important to that purpose.

The purpose of the trip was simply to splash Obama’s photo on the front pages of the world’s newspapers, to provide video of him basking in the personal adulation of the European crowd, an adulation that remains very real there even while Obama’s popularity slides at home.

This is a man who simply craves attention, who thrives on it, who consumes it as nourishment. That’s the first Mae West-ism at work, to get looked over, not overlooked. Writes Jay Cost,

… What should have been a story about Chicago – or better yet, Rio (good for you, Rio!) – is now a story about…Obama. Of course. Because just about everything in the public sphere must, must become a story about Obama. Because Obama injects himself and his campaign appartus/mindset/worldview into everything. And so, in this case, what would otherwise have been a “mere” rejection of Chicago and Mayor Daley has now become a rejection of the entire country. Why? Because of his decision to perpetuate the permanent campaign while holding the power of the executive.

That the publicity Obama is garnering from Copenhagen is already unfavorable matters little to him. The reason is Mae Westism number two: “there’s no such thing as bad publicity.” Tim Reid observes,

Mr Obama was greeted — as usual — like a rock star by the IOC delegates in Copenhagen — then humiliated by them. Perception is reality. A narrow defeat for Chicago would have been acceptable — but the sheer scale of the defeat was a bombshell, and is a major blow for Mr Obama at a time when questions are being asked about his style of governance.

It may seem from across the Big Pond that we colonials are raising questions about Obama’s style of governance, but we’re not. We figured that out long ago. And the Denmark trip is a shining example.

First, it was decidedly an unserious attempt by the president to promote Chicago. Ron Flatter wrote on RCP that Obama basically parachuted into Denmark, gave a speech and left, unlike Tony Blair, who campaigned for London’s selection for the ’12 games by schmoozing with the delegates for three days nonstop.

Instead of dedicating three days and nights working the IOC members, as we hear Tony Blair did for London in its successful bid for 2012, President Obama figured all he had to do was show up for a few minutes here at Bella Center after an all-night flight on Air Force One.

But Blair really did want London to get the games. Before Air Force One had arrived back in the US, Obama had already moved on.

Second, the trip illustrates perfectly why the president is a premier example of the Peter Principle.

“The Peter Principle is the principle that “In a Hierarchy Every Employee Tends to Rise to His Level of Incompetence.” It was formulated by Dr. Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull in their 1969 book The Peter Principle, a humorous treatise which also introduced the “salutary science of Hierarchiology”, “inadvertently founded” by Peter. …

The Peter Principle is a special case of a ubiquitous observation: anything that works will be used in progressively more challenging applications until it fails.

By the historical standards of the office, Barack Obama is certainly at a level far above his level of incompetency. A reader emailed Glenn Reynolds,

Just can’t get my head around this. So many foolish things about it, and here’s one more: Obama did this on a Friday, ensuring that the Sunday news talk shows discuss nothing else. The only world in which this makes a lick of sense is if he’s trying to distract from the horrible unemployment, the deteriorating Afghanistan situation, a Nuclear Iran, the Public Option failure…

To which Glenn observed, “Well, when your great PR coup is to change which of your failures is the subject of conversation, it’s not a great sign.”

Even the New York Times (!) is on it:

Losing out on the Olympics, of course, is not the sort of war-and-peace issue that defines a presidency, and the embarrassment will presumably fade in a news cycle or two. But it provides fodder for critics who are already using it as a metaphor for a president who, in their view, focuses on the wrong priorities and overestimates his capacity to persuade the world to follow his lead.

But that is what Peter Principle people do! At one’s level of incompetence, the manager or leader occupies his time with tasks below the level necessary for the office and hopes that staffs can pull success’s rabbit out of the hat. (This helps explains why Obama has so many czars.) Couple that with Obama’s inherent inability to measure success by any standard other than getting personal attention from as broad a swath as possible, and you see that the Oval office is occupied by a weak, ineffectual leader unable to perform at the level required. (But by no means has he achieved the level of almost-malfeasant incompetency of either Franklin Pierce or James Buchanan, the one-two punch from 1853-1861 that made the Civil War unstoppable.)

After John F. Kennedy was elected, President Dwight D. Eisenhower spent many hours with him. One of the key lessons was this: “All the decisions you will make,” said Eisenhower, “will be hard decisions.” Dwight went on to explain that the easy things will be tended to by cabinet secretaries and others of the administration with executive authority. But the tough ones will always be kicked to higher levels to be decided. At every level, the decisions become more and more difficult until, at last, the presidential inbox is filled with nothing but the most difficult items.

Fortunately for Kennedy and the country, he already had experience facing very difficult decisions and for the most part was prepared for the inbox. Yet he was not so proud that he never asked his predecessor for advice. The photo at left won the 1962 Pulitzer Prize. It shows JFK and DDE walking at Camp David during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Kennedy had asked Eisenhower to come there to give advice. It’s worth noting that Eisenhower was a Republican but it didn’t matter to Kennedy.

It is impossible to imagine President Obama inviting any former president to Camp David to help him steer a better course. Don’t waste a second imagining either Bush could ever be invited. As Bill Clinton has said, he hardly ever gets even a phone call from Obama. Carter? You can imagine it, but ain’t. gonna. happen.

As others have exhaustively pointed out, there is nothing at all in Obama’s resume that shows he ever made highly difficult decisions that depended, at the end, on his own personal reservoir of wisdom and experience. So he does not tackle the inbox because its contents are above his competence. He tends instead to lesser matters that match his lower level of competence and gratifyingly feed the ego. And so he flies to Copenhagen to deliver a speech of no significance on a matter of no consequence. Why? Because he can do that – simply standing in front of a crowd reading eloquently from a teleprompter he can handle quite well.

And it gets him front and center in the international media. It’s a twofer.

We have a long three years ahead. As The New Republic’s James Kirchick wrote in the NY Post, “We need a leader, not a prom king.”

Update: Rick Moran:

The president’s failure in Copenhagen must be viewed in light of what else he might have been doing to address the growing unease with his presidency — his lack of apparent leadership where campaigning has become a substitute for making decisions, for instance. If the essence of leadership is the ability to decide the tough questions, the president is failing in that regard. His own party is wondering how strongly he supports the public option in health insurance reform. His commanding general in Afghanistan is wondering why he can’t get a straight answer on his request for thousands of more troops to stave off disaster.

And the American people are wondering when the president is going to address the growing unemployment figures and lack of economic activity that have everyone worried.

And further evidence of the president’s limelight love is offered by Charles Krauthammer.

On September 24, Obama ostentatiously presided over the Security Council. With 14 heads of state (or government) at the table, with an American president in the chair for the first time ever, with every news camera in the world trained on the meeting, it would garner unprecedented worldwide attention.

But Obama did not mention Iran’s just-confessed, secret nuclear-enrichment plant near Qom at the NSC meeting. Why? Charles cites the New York Times, which said that White House officials told them they “did not want to “dilute” his disarmament resolution “by diverting to Iran.”

Diversion? It’s the most serious security issue in the world. A diversion from what? From a worthless U.N. disarmament resolution?

Yes. And from Obama’s star turn as planetary visionary: “The administration told the French,” reports the Wall Street Journal, “that it didn’t want to ‘spoil the image of success’ for Mr. Obama’s debut at the U.N.”

Dana Milbank of The Washington Post wonders,

Why isn’t the president more decisive and forceful? On many of the most pressing issues — the public option in health reform, troop levels in Afghanistan, sanctions against Iran — the administration has hewed to hemming and hawing.

The area in which Obama has been most forceful recently has been, of all things, his effort to win the Olympics for his home city of Chicago, which caused him to fly off Thursday evening on a quick lobbying trip to Copenhagen. The first lady announced that the Olympics campaign was a “take no prisoners” mission.

On Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House on Thursday, environmental activists were demanding to know why Obama wouldn’t, as they put it, “show the same foresight and commitment to our climate that he’s showing to Chicago with this emergency trip to Copenhagen for the 2016 Olympics.”

Why not? Because it’s too hard.