The Cook Shack--Gab & Grub
JUST A GOOD OLD FASHIONED PATRIOTIC BLOG, with Backwoods straite tawk, views, wizdom & recipees frum the man that duz the cookin...."Cookie". Scroll Through "SEARCH THIS BLOG", "ARCHIVES" or "PREVIOUS POSTS" fer the various RECIPEE'S.... Y'all Remember..."NEVER TRUST A SKINNY COOK". Now THIS is Cookie's kinda "Boat"! The BEST kind of MARINE is a SUBMARINE!
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
I almost SHIT....
Honest to GOD, and may he strike me dead! When my old "Cop buddy" frum out Chicago way sent me this here video, I almost SHIT MY PANTS....CAUSE I DID THIS!!!
The confession I got from usin this here method was eventually reversed in NY Supreme Court, but I know in my heart I got it RIGHT! The only differance was that I used a telephone that I told the suspect was connected up to a "Lie Detector Machine" (the Xerox Copier). Although our Supreme Court had ruled years earlier that "trickery during interrogation" was allowed, they felt that I went too far.
At any rate, when "Charlie The Cop" sent me this, I laughed for five minutes....
THANKS BIG TIME CHARLIE MY FRIEND!!!
The "Threshold Effect"!
Now Sir, there might be a few readers out there with some Law Enforcement experience who recognise the tried and true technique called "The Threshold Technique/Effect", often used by that famous TV Detective, "Columbo'.
As an old Detective Sergeant, I found it most effective on many occasions, as I'm sure "Sig" and a few others did. Too bad it hasn't yielded any results thus fer....**Sigh**, I guess Mr. Obama is used to it by now. (NOTICE: At this juncture in time, I refuse to call him my President anymore as he is obviously out to destroy this Nation, financially and any other way he can !)
Ah .. . Sorry to bother you Mr. Obama, Sir.
Excuse me Mr. Obama, I mean President Obama, Sir. Um . . I know you're busy, and important and stuff.
I mean running the county is very important and -- ah -- I hate to bother you Sir. I will only take a minute. Ok Sir?
See, I have these missing pieces that are holding me up, and I was wondering Sir, if you could take time out of your busy schedule and help me out. You know, no big deal, just some loose ends and things.
Hey, you have a nice place here! The wife sees houses like this on TV all the time and says boy she wishes she had digs like this you know? Is that painting real? Really? Wow. I saw something like that in a museum once!
Oh, sorry Sir. I didn't mean to get off the track. So if you could just help me out a minute and give me some details, I will get right out of your way. I want to close this case and maybe take the wife to Coney Island or something. Ever been to Coney Island Sir? No? I didn't think so.
Well, listen, anyway, I can't seem to get some information I need to wrap this up. These things seem to either be "Not released" or "Not available." I'm sure it's just an oversight or glitch or something, so if you could you tell me where these things are -- I -- I have them written down here somewhere -- oh wait. Sorry about the smears. It was raining out. I'll just read it to you.
Could you please help me find these things Sir?
1. Occidental College records -- Not released
2. Columbia College records -- Not released
3. Columbia Thesis paper -- "Not available"
4. Harvard College records -- Not released
5. Selective Service Registration -- Not released
6. Medical records -- Not released
7. Illinois State Senate schedule -- Not available
8. Your Illinois State Senate records -- Not available
9. Law practice client list -- Not released
10. Certified Copy of original Birth certificate -- Not released
11. Embossed, signed paper Certification of Live Birth -- Not released
12. Record of your baptism -- Not available
Oh and one more thing Senator, I can't seem to find any articles you published as editor of the Harvard Law Review, or as a Professor at the University of Chicago. Can you explain that to me Sir?
Oh but, hey -- listen! I know you're busy! If this is too much for you right now -- I mean -- tell you what. I'll come back tomorrow. Give you some time to get these things together, You know? I mean, I know you're busy. I'll just let myself out. I'll be back tomorrow. And the day after... And the day after...
What's that Mr.. President? Who wants to know these things?
We the People of the United States of America ! You know, the ones that vote.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Beware my friends....
A very good reason to BEWARE of Thermal Imaging Camera's at airports....
Yur Busted!! Musta been "Jack The Ripper".
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
WHOA!!! We definately gotta RE-ELECT this guy! & NEWSBUSTED!
Watch this short video of Congressman Mike Rogers. Wish to hell we had more like him....
Monday, August 24, 2009
OK ladies, don't ferget to "Mow The Lawn".
Hmmm, now here be a commercial I ain't never seen on TV afore....
Twelve Italian priests were about to be ordained. The final test was for them to line up in a straight row, totally nude, in a garden while a sexy, beautiful, big breasted, nude model danced before them..... Each priest had a small bell attached to his weenie, and they were told that anyone whose bell rang, when she danced in front of them, would not be ordained because he had not reached a state of spiritual purity... The beautiful model danced before the first candidate with no reaction. She proceeded down the line with the same response from all the priests until she got to the final priest, Carlos... Poor Carlos.. . as she danced, his bell began to ring loudly, so loudly that it flew off, clattering across the ground and laid to rest in the nearby foliage.
Embarrassed, Carlos quickly scrambled to where the bell came to rest. He bent over to pick it up...........and all the other bells started to ring.
Remember, when the chips are down, the buffalo is empty!
One day a mom was cleaning her son's room,
and in the closet she found a bondage S&M magazine.
This was highly upsetting for her.
She hid the magazine until his father got home and showed it to him.
He looked at it, and handed it back to her without a word.
She finally asked him, "Well, what should we do about this?"
The dad looked at her and said
"Well, I don't think you should spank him."
On a more serious note, here be a little sumthin to really piss off all of you Vets and yur families. Thanks "Chief" for enlightening us to this travesty.
NOTE: I wurked fer the VA here in Syracuse fer a spell (and I'm also a patient there), and I've gotta say that all of the good folks I wurked with were top shelf, dedicated people who really were concerned and cared about the well being of the Vets who received their treatment there, so these despicable folks mentioned in the article should be fired immediately, and the males should have their balls cut off. JMHO mind ya.
As vets await checks, VA workers get $24M bonuses
Fri Aug 21, 12:07 pm ET
WASHINGTON – Outside the Veterans Affairs Department, severely wounded veterans have faced financial hardship waiting for their first disability payment. Inside, money has been flowing in the form of $24 million in bonuses.
In scathing reports this week, the VA's inspector general said thousands of technology office employees at the VA received the bonuses over a two-year period, some under questionable circumstances. It also detailed abuses ranging from nepotism to an inappropriate relationship between two VA employees.
The inspector general accused one recently retired VA official of acting "as if she was given a blank checkbook" as awards and bonuses were distributed to employees of the Office of Information and Technology in 2007 and 2008. In some cases the justification for the bonuses was inadequate or questionable, the IG said.
The official, Jennifer S. Duncan, also engaged in nepotism and got $60,000 in bonuses herself, the IG said. In addition, managers improperly authorized college tuition payments for VA employees, some of whom were Duncan's family members and friends. That cost taxpayers nearly $140,000.
Separately, a technology office employee became involved in an "inappropriate personal relationship" with a high-level VA official. The technology office employee flew 22 times from Florida to Washington, where the VA official lived. That travel cost $37,000.
The details on the alleged improprieties were in two IG reports issued this week. VA spokeswoman Katie Roberts said the agency was extremely concerned about the IG's findings and would pursue a thorough review.
"VA does not condone misconduct by its employees and will take the appropriate correction action for those who violate VA policy," Roberts said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.
On Friday, Joe Davis, a spokesman for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, said if the allegations are found to be true, individuals involved should lose their jobs, and legal action should be taken.
"America's veterans served their nation honorably and with no expectations of reward," Davis said in an e-mail. "It should not be too much to ask for that same level of commitment from government employees, too."
And Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the top Republican on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, said Congress should investigate.
The number of claims the VA needs to process has escalated, and the Information and Technology Office has a critical role in improving the technological infrastructure to handle the increase. President Barack Obama has said creating a seamless transition for records between the Pentagon and the VA could help eliminate a backlog that has left some veterans waiting months for a disability check.
Much of the IG's focus was on Duncan, the former executive assistant to the ex-assistant secretary for information and technology, Robert Howard.
In one situation, a part-time intern with connections to Duncan was allowed to convert to a full-time paid position even though the individual was working a part-time schedule 500 miles away at college, the IG said.
"We have never known of any other new VA employee provided such favorable treatment," the IG said.
The individual's name and relationship to Duncan was blacked out, as were many other names in the reports.
Investigators recommended that the employees who received the college money pay it back. The largest amount awarded was $33,000.
In addition to Duncan, three other high-level employees received $73,000, $58,000 and $59,000 in bonuses in 2007 and 2008, the IG said. In 2007 alone, 4,700 employees were awarded bonuses, on average $2,500 each.
Some employees were given cash awards for services that were supposedly provided before the employees started working at VA, the IG said.
A man who answered the phone at Duncan's residence in Rehoboth Beach, Del., said she was not available, and he said not to call back.
The IG also found that Katherine Adair Martinez, deputy assistant secretary for information protection and risk management in the Office of Information and Technology, misused her position, abused her authority and engaged in prohibited personnel practices when she influenced a VA contractor and later VA subordinates to employ a friend.
The IG also said Martinez "took advantage of an inappropriate personal relationship" with Howard to transfer her job to Florida. In the nine months after she moved, the IG said Martinez traveled to Washington 22 times "to accomplish tasks that she could easily do from Florida."
The relationship between Martinez and Howard started in April 2007 and continued several months after Howard left the VA in January of this year, the IG said.
Roberts' e-mail did not address a request from the AP to speak with Martinez. Howard could not be immediately located for comment.
Indiana Rep. Steve Buyer, top Republican on the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, urged quick action to fix the problems. "VA must appoint honorable individuals to these critical positions," he said.
The VA has faced criticism before in its awarding of bonuses. In 2007, the AP reported that the then-VA secretary had approved a generous package of more than $3.8 million in bonus payments in 2006, citing a need to retain longtime VA executives.
On the Net:
Reports from VA Inspector General:
Have t'thank my old Seabee Mate "FishinMagician" and Sue Gertson fer sendin a couple of those along to us.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Some Sunday reflections....
Hmmm, now this next guy looks like another Nazi or Timothy McVey t'me. Quick, call Homeland Security!!
Couldn't a said it better myself. Ya gotta love old Nam Vets...
"It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth -- and listen to the song of that syren, till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? ... For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it might cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it." --Patrick Henry