Saturday, September 12, 2015


Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is the name of a real Welsh town. This should not be the name of a town. A person should not be able to pronounce it. This Liam Dutton fellow, has pulled it off.

I am fairly certain I could watch this video six hundred times in a row and still not be able to say that.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Rick Perry: Patriot

Rick Perry: Patriot
Former Texas Governor Rick Perry dropped out of the race for the Republican Presidential nomination. I'm sure this is his response to the open letter that I sent him (okay, I tweeted him a link), asking him to be a patriot by dropping out of the race so the sane voters can rally behind someone who isn't a clown Donald Trump.

One down, fifteen to go.

Bobby Jindal Nailed It

Maybe you don't agree with his viewpoints, and maybe he's not an exceptional politician, but there's no question that Bobby Jindal is a very smart guy. Last night, in an interview with Hugh Hewitt, he said something that is pretty much exactly what I think about Donald Trump:
Bobby Jindal

"Look, I enjoyed the show, and I agree that we need to fire the political class in D.C. We don’t need folks with a permanent governing class with their own set of rules that doesn’t apply to the rest of us. The problem of Trump, you can’t even argue policy with this guy. He makes up everything on the fly. He tells us his health care plan is going to be fabulous, his tax plan will be really, really terrific. He doesn’t believe in limited government. He’s told us that. From socialized medicine to tax increases, he’s got no problem with top down big government. His only problem with Washington is that he’s not running it. He’s not a Democrat. He’s not a Republican. He’s not an independent. He’s not a liberal. He’s not a moderate. He’s not a conservative. He’s not for anything. He’s not against anything. Donald Trump is for Donald Trump. So my message to those voters is they’re absolutely right to be frustrated with D.C. and both parties. I think the Republicans are sometimes worse. You get honest socialists in the Democratic party. You’ve got lying conservatives in the Republican party. Hugh, that’s a heck of a choice. At least the Democrats fight for their beliefs. Our side won’t even fight."
Ding ding ding! Jindal nailed it.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Us in the Back Yard

We just casually stand around like this in the back yard pretty much all the time. Yeah, let's go with that story. ;)
V at 30 weeks pregnant, Jude at 17 months

Saturday, August 29, 2015

An Open Letter to GOP Candidates for President of the United States

Dear Fellas,

A lot of us--supporters and detractors alike--were interested in watching the process as the Republican party sorts out who to nominate for President of the United States in 2016. I never thought any of you were perfect, but I was (and remain) keen to learn more about you all and watch the whole thing go down. I was even starting to put together a bracket, since there's sixteen candidates and all.

Then Trump happened.

This whole thing is going down in smoke.

Maybe it won't matter. Maybe, even if he wins the nomination, the Democrat wins, or the Independent Socialist wins, or the Libertarians candidate wins, or Jesus returns and we never get to Election Day 2016. But, what if it does?

Not only did this Trump guy totally screw up the Sweet Sixteen bracket, but this guy's not even a Republican. He's changed parties at least four times in the last sixteen years, for crying out loud. Google his name, key words for the topic of your choice, and pretty much any year that isn't 2015 or 2016, and you're likely to find quotes that are in stark contrast to anything this guy is saying now.

That isn't to say that the problem is that he isn't a Republican. The problem is that the guy's a total blowhard, a narcissist, a loose cannon, and quite possibly holding the potential to be the worst President in the history of Presidents. Nobody knows what we'll get.

This might be obvious, but, umm: Stop him.

There are a whole bunch of articles online (you know how the Internet works, I presume) about whether or not Trump can be stopped and what any of you might do to win the nomination for yourself. It looks like a bunch of hoping. If you care about your country at all, roughly fifteen of you need to be patriots, drop out, and rally around someone that wouldn't be a complete disaster.

Mike Lyons

Photos of Republican Candidates: New York Times
Photo of Mike Lyons: Bree Lyons

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Bacon Cheeseburger at Burger King (#13305)

Truth in Burgers
My Bacon Cheeseburger
The burger was actually totally fine, just maybe half the size they'd lead you to believe. The service at this location is pretty good.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Jude Visits the Happiest Place on Earth

I know that most people think Disneyland is the "Happiest Place on Earth." They may be right. Maybe Jude will even think so, if we get around to taking him there, but for my money, I've yet to be convinced that anything is better than a quiet beach on Lake Michigan.

Jude (15 1/2 months old)