Shaggy Dogs Story

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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I’ve always enjoyed shaggy dog stories.  I suppose it is because I love the sound of contemptible moans and seeing the backside of my victims as they scurry away before they are subjected to another of my tails, er tales.  Anyway, if you are unlucky enough to be around me for any length of time, you will be attacked by a shaggy dog story.  Lucky for you (?) here are two of my favorites.


Ghandi walked barefoot everywhere, to the point that his feet became quite thick and hard. Even when he wasn’t on a hunger strike, he did not eat much and became quite thin and frail. He also was a devout Hindu and quite a spiritual person. Furthermore, due to his diet, which consisted of mostly vegetables, he ended up with very bad breath. He became known as a super-calloused fragile mystic with extra halitosis.


Graham Kerr, the Galloping Gourmet of television fame, ran out of recipes and decided that he would travel to Europe to seek new ones.  His first stop was at a fish and chips place.  He found the fish and chips to be absolutely beyond compare, and he asked the owner (after introducing himself) if the owner would share the recipe with him. The owner apologized, stating that he would if he could, but the recipe belonged to the monks in a monastery just up the street.  He told Kerr that the monks were sure to give Kerr the recipes if Kerr gave them an endorsement on his television show. Kerr paid hill ticket, left a tip and departed for the monastery.

Arriving at the monastery, Kerr saw that the massive wooden door to the fortress-like facility had a huge wrought iron knocker.  No sooner had he knocked on the door, than the door screeched loudly open, and standing before Kerr was a diminutive man in a brown habit. Kerr feeling confident, said, “You are the fish friar.” “Absolutely not,” replied the small man, “I am the chip monk!”


This story comes from CBS Television and tells of a soldier and his dogs in Afghanistan. The dogs looked as though they were mixed with all the dogs in the village in which they were found by the soldier. Nonetheless, they were nourished and loved and apparently from events which were yet to transpire, returned the love with licks and heroism.

I’ll have CBS finish the story:

Shaggy Dog Stories

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Rally At The Roundhouse (08/26/2010)

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Rally At The Roundhouse

On August 26, 1920 the U.S. Congress finally passed the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Club 54 and the SFFRW are co-sponsoring a rally at the State Capitol from 5-6:00 pm in order to highlight the important issue of voting rights and the impact of women in politics and especially in the upcoming election.

The Line Up:

Jared Hamilton, from Hispanos Unidos, will be the emcee. You may remember her from her presentation on voter fraud at the April 15th TEA Party rally on the Plaza.

Our keynote speaker will be Asenath Kepler, who recently ran for Mayor of Santa Fe against David Coss. Unfortunately she didn’t win, but her campaign raised the awareness of the inefficiencies in the current administration, and was also able to create a broad coalition of support among voters of all political parties. Ms. Kepler is also a family descendant of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, one of the first and most important Suffragists and she will bring the history of the suffrage movement – 70 years of fighting for liberty – to life.

Diana Duran, State Senator and candidate for Secretary of State, will talk about the important role of the SOS in securing fair, honest, legal elections. Senator Duran has been the leading voice for Photo Voter ID in the Senate. If elected, she would replace the current Secretary of State Mary Herrera, whose term has been full of controversy and allegations of unethical (if not illegal) behavior.

Dianna Hamilton, State Representative, has been the leading voice for Photo Voter ID in the House and will share some of the outrageous incidences of voter fraud in New Mexico and what we all need to do to fight it.


Music * Voter Registration * Candidates * Young Conservatives * Information Tables

Please RSVP if you plan to attend so we can have an idea of how many people to expect. To RSVP by email: Use subject line: Rally RSVP Registration


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Edgewood Chamber Of Commerce E-Blast (7/30/2010)


ECOC Friday Blast 7/30/10
From the ECOC Office
Happy Friday ECOC Members!! I hope you all had a great week. The Route 66 Days BBQ Cook-Off was last weekend…and yes it rained…and rained…and rained!! BUT we did managae to get our Cook-Off participants entries judged. The winner in the Beef Division was Team WalMart with second place going to Team SASS. The Pork Division winner was Team WalMart with second place going to Team SASS, The Chicken Division winner was Team SASS with second place going to Team WalMart. Man, was the food GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!! Our judges had a hard time deciding, but really enjoyed tasting to determine the winners. The Best Overall went to Team WalMart. I want to thank our first year participants: Team WalMart and Team SASS. Team WalMart will get to come back next year to defend their Best Overall Title. A big thanks to our judges: Rita Loy Simmons, Mayor Ted Hart, Mayor Ted Barela, Jim Smith, Brad Hill, Rory McClannahan, and Chief Bobby Garcia. Thanks to everyone who came out. This was our first year, so it was a learning experience. Next year will be even better…we will pray harder for no rain!
Mark Your Calendar!!!
August 1: Rich Ford Edgewood
August is CELEBRATION month at Rich Ford in Edgewood!! This year marks Rich Fords 11th year in our business community. To kick-off their anniversay celebration (while supplies last) with a test drive of any vehicle on their lot they will be giving away a backpack complete with school supplies!!!! So stop by Rich Ford, test drive a vehicle and get a backpack with school supplies!! Have you seen the new Raptor truck?? Very COOL…that would be the one I would test drive!!!
I will be posting a complete list of all the activities going on at Rich Ford for the month of August in next Fridays Blast. You will also be able to get a complete list of activities on the Chamber Voice Page of the Telegraph the second Thursday of August.
Thank you Mike Otero and Staff for being such a great part of the Edgewood Business Community!!!
August 6-8: Wildlife West Nature Parks Music Fest
Next weekend is the BIG one!!! Please go to or call: 281-7655 for all the information on this fantastic music fest. Also, don’t forget that Chuck Wagon Dinners are going on every Saturday night at Wildlife West. Call the park for reservations and information
Run, Rally, & Rock 2010
Run, Rally, & Rock 2010 is right around the corner!! We have vendor space available. The Business Expo will be in the “Barn” so we won’t have to deal with the elements (wind and or rain).
The R3 5K Run will start the event off, followed by the parade down 344.
I have attached all the forms you will need to take part in this years celebration. You can also go to for information and registration.

The Wyly (Not Wily) Brothers Cannot Be Happy At This Revelation

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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Two heavy contributors to Republican election campaign funds have been charged with major fraud according to  Dave Leventhal, reporting via the OpenSecretsBlog today has said:

Charles Wyly Jr. and Samuel Wyly, Texas businessmen and brothers who are among the nation’s most generous campaign donors to Republican political candidates and causes, were today hit with a Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit accusing them of fraud worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

According to Mr. Leventhal, the brothers, together with their wives have donated more than 2.5 million dollars to politicians and political causes over the previous 20 years.  As indicated above the donations  were to Republicans and Republican organizations.

The Center For Responsive Politics, of which, is an arm, provides an analysis which can be found here, of the contributions given by the Wylys to federal political committees.

The Securities and Exchange Commission has reported the alleged sum of money somehow unreported  by the brothers is at least 550 million:

The SEC accuses the Wylys of pocketing $550 million in undisclosed money over 13 years.

“The cloak of secrecy has been lifted from the complex web of foreign structures used by the Wylys to evade the securities laws,” Lorin Reisner, the SEC’s deputy enforcement director, said in a statement this afternoon. “They used these structures to conceal hundreds of millions of dollars of gains in violation of the disclosure requirements for corporate insiders.”

Like it or not, these revelations will warm the cockles of  progressive’s hearts and more than one or two hearts of Democrat’s.  Assuming they can find them and they are still beating.  The rest of this story along with additional links and biographical releases on the brothers, plus in-depth analysis, will be found by clicking here.

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Trains & Tracks

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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What boy or man, girl or woman has not in their lifetime wondered about the cargo or passengers as a train passed them by at a railroad crossing,  or watched with rapt attention as a railroad section gang worked to replace ties and tracks along a portion of railroad.

All of the above can still be seen, but in many sections of the world (including the United States) the placing of ties and laying of track is mostly completed through automation.

The video below will show the process and if you pay close attention you will see that few if any of the crew wear safety equipment and some of the operators of the diesel-powered equipment seem to be relaxing far too much:

The manufacturer of the equipment shown in the video is Plasser & Theurer.  You will be able to see videos and other image types of other equipment manufactured by them if you visit their website here.

While engineering marvels are a testimony to the mind of man (or maybe computer) automation such as that seen is a mixed blessing because countless jobs will be lost to those who used to wield the  Nine Pound Hammers. Also lost, will be the reference  and even impetus for songwriters to pen songs about railroad construction.  Merle Travis can see that we won’t forget everything:

There are many more versions of Nine Pound Hammer thanks to the minds of men (and women) and you can find them easily … thanks to computers.  John Henry is another railroad song, perhaps older than Nine Pound Hammer and for sure some versions have more stanzas, far more stanzas, than does Nine Pound Hammer.  You can read about and hear some of them here.

Hope you enjoy this one and for those who understood what I was writing about just after I started, I hope  the article brings back fond memories.

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Good Day Sunlight

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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Sunlight Labs, a product of the The Sunlight Foundation, is an organization that attempts to shine light on federal government activities.  Their website enumerates the many aspects of government transparency in which they try to excel. For instance, the following bulleted items (from their website), display some of the areas they use to inform the public:

A brand new announcement for something they have in some ways worked together with  the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) and the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register launched  yesterday.  The new website for the Federal Register offers many types of information that is easy to get at and easy to understand.

Here, you will find a comprehensive blog article that will introduce you to the new website.  The blog article along with a nice introductory video will put you on the way to reaping information that should reward you with seemingly endless batches of information about our government and the way it performs …  or not.  The introductory video waits below:

This next link gives a great rundown on the new features of the site.

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Stone Throws A Bone — To The Jewish People


I can’t improve on this from the LA Times and the links at the bottom:

But, Mr. Stone will catch plenty more from others.  Let’s see how the rest of the MSM handles the Stoned Man.

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What Did Potus Know And When Did He Know It

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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The  above question has grown trite, but what did he know and when did he know it?  About the Lockerbie bomber’s release to Libya, we mean.  We are asking  because there seems some doubt about earlier official statements that allegedly addressed the mystery.  Now The Australian in an article by Jason Allardyce and Tony Allen-Mills, report on correspondence which appears fact-based:

THE US government secretly advised Scottish ministers it would be “far preferable” to free the Lockerbie bomber than jail him in Libya.

Correspondence obtained by The Sunday Times reveals the Obama administration considered compassionate release more palatable than locking up Abdel Baset al-Megrahi in a Libyan prison.

The intervention, which has angered US relatives of those who died in the attack, was made by Richard LeBaron, deputy head of the US embassy in London, a week before Megrahi was freed in August last year on grounds that he had terminal cancer.

The document, acquired by a well-placed US source, threatens to undermine US President Barack Obama’s claim last week that all Americans were “surprised, disappointed and angry” to learn of Megrahi’s release.

The report intimates that the Scots took the “half-hearted” response as an indicator that there would be no resistance from our government.  We wonder, at what point do deputy heads decide when to tell or not tell the President’s office on something as volatile as the release of a convicted killer of 270 passengers, crew members and others on the ground who died when debris from the destroyed aircraft fell on them.

The United States Senate, always the watchdog of small stature and late commencement, began an inquiry after it was announced that Megrahi’s physicians thought he might live for another ten years:

A source close to the Senate inquiry said: “The (LeBaron) letter is embarrassing for the US because it shows they were much less opposed to compassionate release than prisoner transfer.”

Last week, a succession of British politicians – including Mr MacAskill, Mr Salmond and former justice secretary Jack Straw – delivered a diplomatic snub to the senators by refusing to fly across the Atlantic to answer questions at the Senate’s hearing on Thursday (US time) about their role in Megrahi’s release.

This story also reveals that there was an oil deal for freedom between Libya, Great Britain and British Petroleum (BP.)   The article also states that BP plans to drill off the coast of Libya in deep water, not withstanding the spill in the Gulf Coast.  The rest of The Australian’s story can be read by clicking right here.


Last year (on September 6th) writing on the blog, American Thinker, Clarice Feldman wrote:

It seems that Obama is not going to get away with blaming the Brits for releasing the Lockerbie bomber. At least not if Downing Street can help it. The British say the White House and Secretary of State Clinton were fully informed of the decision and are deflecting blame onto the British now that the decision has proven to be unpopular.

(Of course, given how the American press hides stories, like Van Jones that reflect badly on the President, unless Americans seek out alternate media or read the foreign press the White House deflection will probably work.)

You can read the complete blog article here and you can read her update of today right here.  Whatever you might choose to believe, it doesn’t look like there is any escape for Obama’s knowing exactly what transpired and why it transpired.  Either the forgoing or he needs to scuttle a significant portion of his cabinet (see above.)

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