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Andrew Breitbart: Genius?

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Interesting back story concerning Shirley Sherrod, the USDA, claims of racism, fraudulent payments, and a nice fat windfall at the end.

Does Ms. Sherrod seriously think it’s a good idea to sue Breitbart?

Regardless what you might think of the Sherrods, or Andrew Breitbart, you have to admit that we would know about none of these things were it not for the video released at


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July 30, 2010 at 09:07

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Clicks for your Coffee 28 July 2010

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I love the BBC show Top Gear. Enough fun, humor, ‘races,’ and cool footage to appeal to a very broad audience. And I think the audience just got bigger. We better hope that doesn’t make its way here in the degree its going on in Europe now, we’re still busy with the whole black/white race thing.

I thought in O’Barry’s White House, lobbyists were going to be the new dirty word, and they would have no influence any more?

Please com to my shop, let me keep your oil fresh, your belts tight, and your hoses leak free. You might set a record some day. By the way, nice looking car!

I’ve been intrigued by the Chevrolet Volt idea ever since I’ve heard about it. The main difference between the typical hybrid electric car and the Volt is that it’s a series system rather than a parallel system, meaning, the final drive is nothing but electric power whereas the Prius uses the gasoline engine for transmission drive. The engine in the Volt is purely to run the generator to keep the batteries charged. Still, I know I won’t be getting one at this price tag. One key quote from the article: “The technology still isn’t there to make them cheap. At the end of the day, the consumer pays a hefty premium to make a statement.” If the technology works, it will improve. If it improves, it will get better, faster, and cheaper. Then, I might be interested in at least checking it out.

Could it be? Enforcing the law might actually WORK?

Leave to the New York Times to put the worst possible spin on the fact that nature is taking care of a lot of the oil spill problem.

Everyone seems on edge and lit up over the Lame Duck Session of Congress, coming to you courtesy of the American Voter, Nov-Jan, please make reservations, Parking not validated. Actually, I do worry about what they might (try to) do, considering that they already will have already lost and it’s not like they can be voted out a second time, right? Only problem, they can try anything they like, but without the 60 Senate votes it will not go through. After the landslide I suspect is about to happen, will even the Maine Twins, let alone Scott Brown, try to take that momentum on?

If you ask me, the possible implications of this are much deeper and heartless than even the Gulf oil spill. At least BP didn’t TRY to blow up their own oil well, costing them millions and more.

The above two stories brought to my attention by DesertGardens. Please visit, and leave comments if you like what you see.

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July 28, 2010 at 06:08

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Clicks for your Coffee 27 July 2010

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Not saying that millions of gallons of crude oil loose in the ocean is a good thing, but Mother Nature appears to take care of herself pretty darn well.

Phew! Glad we’ve got some sharp, on-the-ball news media and public officials to handle the really important, pressing issues of our day.

Obamessiah, Superstar!

That Kansas Senate race between Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt is getting dirtier than it was, and will probably get worse after this. Glad I live on the other side of the state line.

Written by James Lee

July 27, 2010 at 08:20

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Clicks For Your Coffee 26 July 2010

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Take this for what it’s worth. For a “wronged” woman victim of “rightwing racism,” she sure was nowhere to be seen where it might have counted.

Strange rumors swirled the internet this weekend, and I helped push it without total confirmation. We all need to be careful, especially on the ‘net.

I’m all for open government, but this is insane. Of course our government has secrets, as it should. People’s lives can be at stake. Wikileaks should be ashamed, and prosecuted under applicable laws.

I guess he can finally get his life back now.

Looks like the Navy is keeping pressure up on the Korean peninsula. Tyrants need to understand that we do not back down and will not be intimidated, no matter what those in Washington say.

Wonder if this may be part of the reason Ms Sherrod was (almost literally) kicked to the curb so quickly?

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July 26, 2010 at 08:30

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Clicks for your Coffee Weekend Edition

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Continuing in the same topics as yesterdays, read this fantastic op ed from Baldilocks back in 2008.

I can see the value, time saved, and of course man-hours saved, of nearly automatic inventory. It sort of scares me how small, effective, and relatively unknown how powerful this stuff can be.

Ahh, you just gotta love the tolerant, understanding, and accepting left-wing Demotards, eh? So open, and so loving, even with people they disagree with.

I’m not sure whether to laugh, or crap my drawers.

PLEASE work, Embed code: ARRGH! Internetz not cooperating with my dumb self. Sooo…

Please visit here, and support the troops in the video above. Pardon me, I think I got some smoke in my eyes…

Think all “minority” people are automatically Democrats? Think again! Thanks to my favorite local radio host Darla Jaye, the Conservative Minority will be silent no more. She is making this a regular feature every Thursday night. I’ve heard and read from all these wonderful people she had on for a while, and they really tell it like it is. Anyone can listen, even if you are not in Kansas City.

Oohh boy. Who knew real-life meth-cooks watched Breaking Bad?

Friday means another new NewsBusted!

This country needs more honorable men like Allen West. Watch the video at Cubachi’s site.

This could get scary, if it goes much further.

Written by James Lee

July 24, 2010 at 07:05

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Dreams of Ice Cream and Life Lessons

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A Twitter conversation earlier today brought this to the front of my mind. So I thought I might share it.

When I was a young child, I got many life lessons, and most of them from simple, everyday things. Saving things that could be saved and used again, painting and repairing the old bicycle instead of buying a new one, and learning the value of work.

When I think back on it, one of the most overlooked, yet most prevalent lesson was making ice cream. Let me explain.

When one is a kid, you always want to pitch in and help with the work. You want to run the vacuum cleaner, you beg to push the lawnmower, you are dying to take tools in your hands to do something. Darn it all now, I have to almost force myself to get that mower out and take care of the yard in a timely fashion.

The ice cream freezer was one such thing. Your Mom mixes up a concoction of milk, cream, sugar, eggs, depending on the recipe specifics, into a metal cylinder. That cylinder in then put into a larger bucket, filled with ice, and cranked, by hand, round and round until the delicious goodness that is fresh frozen ice cream emerges in the cylinder.

And, just like any other mechanical action, every kid wants to help. In fact, it got to the point that one our presents for our birthdays was to crank our own ice cream for the party.

Adding to it, at least in later years, I probably milked the cow that got the milk and cream, and either I or my sister gathered the eggs. Probably the only costs involved in the process were the white sugar, vanilla extract (usually imitation, as it is much cheaper), rock salt (to lower the freezing point of the ice, which even today is literally cheaper than dirt), and few other ingredients.

We never had an electric motor for our freezer, and I still consider that ‘cheating’ somehow. Although it is nice to start the mixture with the motor, and when it starts to stiffen up, then throw on the hand crank and keep going.

So there you are, your arm getting tired, your rear getting sore from the makeshift seat you have which is never the right height. You shift around, and try to make your other arm work “backwards,” so to speak, as the crank only works in one way. Very quickly, that doesn’t work well, and you adjust your seat, straighten the angle, and just keep going.

When it start getting hard to turn, you can sometimes have your brother or sister take turns for a bit. But believe me, the longer you can crank and the harder it gets, the better the results!

This, I think, is a simple life lesson than many of our children don’t get any longer. It’s very simple: put in the effort, and you get a delicious reward.

We never bought store-bought ice cream, or did it so rarely that I stand by that. And to this day, I have no desire to purchase the box of Blue Bunny, or Ben and Jerry’s, none of it. It just is not the same, and does not taste right to me. The closest I can get is some of the fast-food outlet soft-serve systems, and that may be only because I worked at McDonalds several times in my life and perhaps got used to it.

If you are a parent, and even if you are not because it’s so good, by all means you should do this. Hit your local hardware store, or order online, but find a quality ice cream freezer. More expensive, but you get what you pay for, and White Mountain brand, IMHO, is the best you can get.

Make it a treat, because there is literally no ice cream that that tastes any better than right out of the freezer you just cranked until your arm fell off. Even the same batch, placed in storage containers in the deep-freeze, will never be as good as that first dish straight from the process.

One simple, easy, work-equals-reward lesson that we can all probably use a refresher course on.

Written by James Lee

July 23, 2010 at 21:37

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Clicks for Your Coffee 23 July 2010

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We need to keep up with this State Senate race in Illinois. I predict Ms Crenshaw will be viciously attacked like any other minority conservative routinely is, and we must keep those attacks in the spotlight.

The JouroList story gets deeper and stranger.

So much for Conservatives standing up for a woman taken out of context

I’m pretty open minded, but wouldn’t this be almost a liability in low-light survival situations?

I take back every nice thing I’ve said and benefit of any doubt I’ve allowed towards this woman.

About time! Charlie Rangel’s dirty dealings finally being publicized and scrutinized.

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July 23, 2010 at 08:26

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