Confusing technology

April 25, 2015

If you are a V-8 type of person who likes your
pipes loud and back tires wide, you may not
have heard of the new technology called VTEC.

VTEC stands for variable timing and lift electronic
control. Yes you guessed it, ten dollar scientific
jargon for a system that improves the efficiency of
a four-stroke internal combustion engine.

Invented by Honda engineer Ikua Kajitani it is a
brand new set up as the old set up, VVT or variable
valve timing, only advanced the valve timing. VTEC
also changes the camshaft profile and valve lift.
Since Japan taxes vehicles based on engine size
the car makers there try to squeeze more out of

Hence the VTEC technology. This allows for one
engine to provide two profiles with one camshaft.
One profile best for low-RPM and fuel efficiency
and the other best for high RPM power output. But
it is still a small engine.

Which got us wondering what this mechanical marvel
sounded like. Would this set up have a throaty
roar, or a quiet whisper? And we found out. The
following video explains it all.

Thus concludes our unscientific, politically
incorrect look at VTEC technology. We will atone
for this lapse of cognitive thinking with a Sunday
snicker post and say three Hail Mary’s.

Comments are always welcome.

Checking it out

April 24, 2015

I recently mentioned a friend gave me a book by
Elbert Hubbard published in 1927. After perusing
the book I’ve come to the conclusion that if he
were alive today we would get along great.


Here are a few quotes from “The Notebook of Elbert
Hubbard”. These are from the Roycroft Dictionary.

Anarchist: Any man who wears his opinion pompadour.

College: A place where you have to go in order to
find out that there is nothing in it.

Divorce: One of the beneficient results of

Devil: A god who has been bounced for conduct
unbecoming a gentleman.

Epitaph: 1. Postponed compliments. 2. Postmortem
bull con. 3. Qualifying for the Ananias Club.

Farmer: 1. A man who raises early feed for potato
bugs. 2. One who supplies raw stock for vaudeville
jokes. (Farms were first devised as an excuse for
the Agricultural Department at Washington).

Ingrate: Any person who has gotten something for
nothing, and wants more on the same terms.

Litigation: A form of hell whereby money is
transferred from the pockets of the proletariat to
that of lawyers.

Morality: The line of conduct that pays.

Nancy: A person of neither sex, who yet combines
the bad qualities of both.

Optimist: A man who does not care what happens, so
long as it doesn’t happen to him.

Public Opinion: The judgment of the incapable many
opposed to that of the discerning few.

Sanity: The ability to do team work.

Vacation: A period of increased and pleasurable
activity when your wife is at the seashore.

Villager: Any man laboring under the illusion that
he is very wise and infinitely clever.

Wit: The the thing that fractures many a

Work: A plan of God to circumvent the Devil.

And those are a few pearls of wisdom from the pen
of Elbert Hubbard. We’ll add but one more.

Our admiration is so given to dead martyrs that we
have little time for living heroes.
Comments are always welcome.

Morons, a Corvette, a backhoe, and Hot Rod

April 23, 2015

In our never ending quest to enrich our education
we cruise the information highway, check emails
from friends, and chase down leads. What results is
a post like this.

We like parody songs and this one shared by a
friend had us both laughing and saying “ouch!”
So turn the speakers up and enjoy “That’s A Moron”.

Something about a blown big black breathing though
open pipes in an enclosed space that gets our motor
revving. This one isn’t funny, but the car is
insane. Mile deep paint and big wheels and tires
combined with the engine song.

Did you know that in 2007 at the Rocky Mountain
Nationals in Canada that they had a dragster
backhoe running? Those guys up in Edmonton sure
know how to have fun. And it’s probably quicker
than you think.

And thank made us think of music again. Remember
the Collins Kids? Here they are singing “Hot Rot”
on Western Ranch Party in 1958.

We don’t know about you, but we felt smarter after
watching these videos. If you’re in our area on May
1st and 2nd, remember the Vintage Torque Fest held
at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds in Dubuque, Iowa.
Comments are always welcome.

Common folk scam

April 22, 2015

Perhaps you remember this photo from Rueters of
Hillary’s chat with the common folk in the town of
Le Claire, Iowa.


And by now you’ve heard it was a set up and people
at her table were posers. We’re told they were an
Obama intern, the College Democrats President, and
a Planned Parenthood employee delivered to the chat
by Clinton’s Iowa political director Troy Price.

We received news from a friend that not only the
chat, but the entire scene was a set up. The Secret
Service banned entrance to the coffee shop to all
except those involved.

So what looks like a nice normal day in a small
town coffee shop it not what it seems. On the left
in picture are 2 two people, at least one of which
is a fireman or policeman. The couple seated behind
the chat group is the Mayor of Le Claire and his

All this from the candidate who wants to reassure
us common folk that she knows how we feel? During a
Hillary visit you can smell the bull being shipped.

A thank you to the friend who passed us the real
Comments are always welcome.

Something different

April 21, 2015

I never thought these words would pass my lips but
tonight I decided I didn’t want a pizza for a
late night snack. I wanted something different and
settled on a grilled cheese sandwich.


Perhaps your grilled cheese sandwiches don’t like
mine and that is because I prefer my version of the
adult grilled cheese sandwich. That uses 3 kinds of
cheese and, in this case, bacon. Some may call this
a hand-held heart attack waiting to happen, but it
is good. I’ll even tell you how I make it.

I don’t heat the griddle until the sandwich is
built and the reason for that should be obvious
after I explain the process.

You will need 2 slices of bread, some Parmesan
cheese, butter, some Colby-jack cheese, some sharp
cheddar cheese, and bacon or other meat.

Butter one side of the first slice of bread and
sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the butter then put
it butter side down in the pan. Butter the top of
the slice and add a slice of Colby-jack cheese. On
top of that add as much bacon as your heart can
handle and top with a slice of sharp cheddar.

Butter the other piece of bread and place it
butter side down on the sandwich. Butter the top
of the bread and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Now turn the burner on and when the pan starts to
smoke turn it over. Wait until the other side
begins to smoke, take the sandwich off the heat and
turn off the burner. Cut the sandwich in half then

Of course you can use your favorite cheeses in
place of any I use, but I prefer this combination.
Try it, you may even like it. And as I often tell
the wife, it’s a low calorie snack.
Comments are always welcome.

I didn’t know

April 21, 2015

It is a little known fact that we rednecks do
foregather with intellectuals once in a while and
when we do it can get interesting. During a recent
visit to an intellectual friend he gave me a book.

He seemed to get upset when he told me it was
written by a ‘world famous’ writer and I claimed not
to have heard of him. The book is The Notebook of
Elbert Hubbard.


I further frosted his tomato when I asked if said
author was a relative of L. Ron Hubbard. When you
want to see somebody turn red in a heartbeat, just
ask a stupid question.

So after leaving my friend steaming like a boiling
pot of potatoes, I decided to research this ‘world
famous’ author.

Elbert Hubbard was born on June 19, 1856 in
Bloomington, Illinois. During his life he was a
writer, publisher, artist, founder of the Roycroft
artisan community, and philosopher.

He was described as an anarchist and a socialist
who believed in social, economic, domestic,
political, mental, and spiritual freedom.

In 1913 he was convicted of, and plead guilty to,
circulating “objectionable”, or obscene, matter. He
was fined $100 and lost his publisher’s rights. Mr.
Hubbard asked William Howard Taft for a presidential
pardon and was refused. In 1915 he asked Woodrow
Wilson for a presidential pardon and received it,
obtained a passport, and left the country on
May 1, 1915.

He and his wife sailed on the RMS Lusitania and
died on May 7,1915 when the ship was torpedoed by
a German Uboat. The book I received was published
posthumously in 1927.

I think I’ll read his book.
Comments are always welcome.

Pet peeves

April 20, 2015


I am usually an easy going guy and can honestly
say that I haven’t been mad since Christ rode a
bicycle, but I do have a few things that stick in
my craw.

Recently I’ve noticed the practice of using the
American flag as a doormat at protests while saying
this is the right of the protestors. Here’s the
real deal: putting our flag on the ground, or
floor, is a crime punishable by fine and up to 1
year in jail.

If a veteran, patriot, or other proud American
calls you on this fact they are not being racist.
YOU are being unAmerican. The same goes if they
remove your flag from the ground.

Veterans, patriots, or other proud Americans who
fly the American flag at home should never have to
take the flag down. If it offends you and you use
your right to protest we have no problem with that.
But if you are offended by seeing an American flag
fluttering in the breeze and demand its removal,
YOU are the problem.

Then we have those who want to take our gun rights
away. Does anybody else see the insanity of this?
Legal gun owners obey the laws, criminals never

Finally, the phrase ‘political correctness’ should
be stricken from vocabulary. This particular bull
has been shipped all the way to the processing

And now that I have that off my chest, it’s time
for a pizza.
Comments are always welcome.


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