Metallic Pea

Frustrating People Since 1971.

It’s All About Priorities…

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‘I have decided what to do, so that when I am removed from management, people may receive me into their houses.”  ~ Luke 16:4


Funny search engine terms used to find my blog:


  • conspiracy short lifespan dog  [I think he acted alone…]

  • lytle management, sarah brosmer [Go byg, or go home!]

  • when you are dead lie down  [It makes the autopsy so much easier.]

  • august beer scientist  [Never drink in a month with an ‘r’ in it.]

  • possum in garbage can  [I’ll bring the beer and chips!]





  • Chicken Update: We now have two pullets laying eggs; the remaining ten should start laying this month (or else!). However, the Rhode Island Red has skipped a couple of days lately, which seems strange to me.




  • In the They’re Coming to Get Us File: According to a high-ranking member of the Hollywood Intelligentsia, Matt Damon, anyone who believes dinosaurs walked the earth as recently as 4,000 years ago is not qualified to be President. Mr Damon: Dropping out of Harvard does not mean that you are actually Will Hunting. There are many of us who believe dinosaurs were here fairly recently. In fact, it may be worth noting that that belief is nothing compared to our assent that—gasp!—God became man and was resurrected from the dead. Like most Hollyweird types, Mr Damon feels that Christians are good for only one thing: laying down good money to watch his movies and pay his disgustingly inflated salary. Perhaps we should be a bit more discriminating in our cinematic choices? Christians: Matt Damon is just one among a growing throng who would exclude Christians from participating in government. (Revoking our right to vote must not be far behind.) I urge us to seriously consider the ramifications of such thought becoming prevalent—or coercive.   

(One wonders where God and family fit into such a hierarchy.) 


  • If you have a tooth knocked out, the best course of action is to place it in a glass of milk in preparation for reimplantation. Here are some corrections to First Aid Myths  


  • Ron Paul predicted the housing market mess FIVE YEARS AGO: ‘When housing prices fall, homeowners will experience difficulty as their equity is wiped out. Furthermore, the holders of the mortgage debt will also have a loss. These losses will be greater than they would have otherwise been had government policy not actively encouraged over-investment in housing. Perhaps the Federal Reserve can stave off the day of reckoning by purchasing GSE debt and pumping liquidity into the housing market, but this cannot hold off the inevitable drop in the housing market forever.’ ~ Ron Paul, September 2003


  • TV journalist Alexander Minakov, who analyzed the coverage of the conflict by the Western media, particularly by US channels, said that Georgia’s war in South Ossetia had struck a catastrophic blow on their reputation. US TV channels cast a veil on events in an armed conflict and even fabricated their reports at times, like CNN did.’


  • From FDR’s New Deal to LBJ’s Great Society, Democratic policies forced many free-market activists into the Republican fold. People like Robert Taft, Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, and of course Ron Paul, represent this free-market faction in the Republican Party. For example, free markets, deregulation, and balanced budgets became the Republican mantra (if not reality) during the Reagan administration. The orchestrated marginalization of Ron Paul is just one indicator that the free-market faction has been routed and that the mercantilists are firmly in control. In fact, as we endure the current economic malaise, we can note that the Republican-dominated Congress (1994–2006) and the administrations of George W. Bush have morphed Republican-style mercantilism into corporate socialism.’  


  • It’s nothing short of bizarre to think that courts would start protecting liberty because of brilliant libertarian legal arguments. To believe this, one would have to take the naive view — which, incidentally, animates much of the Cato Institute’s work — that government officials are really reasonable, serious people who are just waiting to have the right ideas put in front of them. But how silly is it to think you can make the government want liberty before many or most of the people want it?’


  • John Hanrahan writes that the moderators in the presidential debates need to ask a question like this one, first posed by reporter Charlie Savage: “Is there any executive power the Bush administration has claimed or exercised that you think is unconstitutional? Anything you simply think is a bad idea?” And they need to follow up so that the candidates answer it.’  


  • Following 9/11, our Mideast strategy became similarly irrational. [General] Odom noted that Saddam Hussein, a secular Arab nationalist, had for decades been the greatest regional enemy of both the Iranians and radical Islamists such as Osama bin Laden. Therefore, our Iraq War was serving the interests of these hostile, anti-American powers. And for several years now, it has been obvious that the single greatest reason America does not withdraw from Iraq is the fear of acknowledging our blunder.’



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