Nixon's Memoirs: November 2004

Saturday, November 27, 2004


We did something different, Friday, as there is no OU game this weekend. We had two free tickets to the 103.7 The Buzz tailgate party outside War Memorial stadium in Little Rock, and decided to go. After NOT paying $10 to park, we found a spot at Sears, and walked a ways.

I wore an Arkansas hat, which I had bought at Wal-Mart a few days earlier, and my Sooners jersey. When we got into the midsts of the tailgators(before the ticketed party)I suddenly felt like Michael Moore at the Republican convention. LSU and Arkansas fans alike started harassing me about the jersey, despite my Arkansas hat. One brilliant LSU fans eloquently stated "Yeah, they lost!" to which I replied "Not this season." Some drunken Arkansas fans also suggested that I should root for Oklahoma State, why I'm not sure.

I wanted to have a serious discussion with LSU fans about their feelings on the issue of USC stealing half the title last year, but none of them seemed to be in the place to have a meaningful conversation.

I will give credit to the BUZZ crew, though, who treated me and everyone else there with respect, and made sure we had a good time.

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Nixon's thankful for:

Our God in Heaven, who gave us His Son, Jesus Christ.

My Godly and beautiful wife, who has been my true devotion for over five years now.

The Church @ Rock Creek, for their spiritual guidance.

My health, such as it is, and the bad parts are all my fault anyway.

My family, steeped in tradition, and one cousin inparticular who serves as my inspiration. (Yeah, you!)

Good friends, both the ones I see in person, and those who have befriended me here.

My employer, and my employment, long may they remain solvent.

The American voters, for making the RIGHT decision.

My home.

Our two running vehicles, despite them being eleven and twenty-one years old.

The University of Oklahoma, for giving me an education, and their football team for giving me pride in my alma mater.

Blogspot, for providing this invaluable tool for mental health.


Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, et al.


Drug companies, who help keep me alive.

And most certainly, for living in the United States, where all the above are possible, and we have the freedom to be thankful for them, thanks to the men and women of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, Merchant Marines, and the civilian employers and employees that make it possible for them to protect our freedom.

God bless Amercia!

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Sick Day

Woke up this morning with a horrible headache, and it just got worse from there. I'll spare all the horrid details, but today was about the worst I've felt in a long time.

Meanwhile, the heater repair guy was here, forced to listen to the sounds of my sickness while diagnosing my heating system. He ended up having to call his boss and the manufacturer before figuring out it needed a new gas valve, at a quoted price of $285.

Did I mention I was sick?

So, it's still a tad chilly in here, which is not conducive to my getting well. Thankfully, my wife came home between work and her symphony rehearsal and fixed me some chicken soup and crackers, and I'm feeling moderately better now. Good enough to get to the computer anyway.

There's a new book link to the right. The book is written by my pastor, and my wife is reading it right now. I'll either have her do a review of it, or do one myself after I've read it. Knowing how wise and encouraging my pastor is though, I can recommend it sight unseen.

I'll be spending Thanksgiving at my Uncle's house in Conway. I have to work overnight Thursday, which precluded us from going to Oklahoma this year, where most of my family is. I was supposed to work tonight as well, but as noted earlier, I'm sick, and therefore called in.

My blog traffic is picking up, for which I am thankful. I hope all of you are able to be with loved ones for Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 22, 2004

Book Review

Photo Courtesy James Lileks. Posted by Hello

I completed this masterpiece of masochism last night, and it was a reading EVENT. I should have known better, as much as I laugh at in my home, but I went ahead and read this book at work. I work the graveyard shift at a residential juvenile psych facility, so all the kids were asleep, which affords me the luxury of reading, but also requires the inconvenience of being fairly quiet.

None too easy a task when I found myself laughing harder that I have in ten years. While the photos within prompted my immune system to attempt to genetically knit itself a second set of eyelids to avoid the horror, James Lileks' commentary made the experience a euphoric buffet much like what the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 crew did for bad movies.

I was born in 1971, and this book ripped repressed images from my subconscious that should have remained locked away, but as painful as it was, it was a valuable experience should I ever find myself in a thrift shop looking for that "unique" item for the den.

I whole-heartedly recommend this book! I can't wait until my next payday and authorization from my wife/financial advisor to once again order online, so I can put in my order for his last book "The Gallery of Regrettable Food."

Thank you, James Lileks!

Sunday, November 21, 2004

The 5 1/2 Million Dollar Mistake.

Great googly moogly, the NBA actually did the right thing. It was announced today that Ron Artest has been suspended for the rest of the season for his over-the-top response to the attack of the killer beer.

ESPN is reporting that his childish outburst will set back Artest a total of 5.5 Million dollars in salary.


Looks like he'll have plenty of time to promote that rap album, and it saddens me to think that most likely, he'll probably end up making back those millions and more from the sale of his album to gullible young people who think he has something worthwhile to say to them. Artest did all his talking in Detroit, as actions speak louder than rap lyrics. Face it, Ron, you got Punk'D by some fool fan. And what is he out? $200 for the ticket, and $8 for the beer? It could be more, of course, as seats THAT good are probably season tickets, and the fan(s) involved should be banned from The Palace for the season as well, if not for life.

The winner in all this is the NBA, who by leveling swift and harsh justice have restored their image quickly.

Saturday, November 20, 2004


My Sooners ended the regular season undefeated, and in convincing fashion over the Baylor Bears 35-0.

I realize that no matter HOW OU won today, there would be people who would find something to criticize, either we should have scored more on Baylor, or shouldn't have "run up the score", or whatever. Well, 35 is hardly running it up, but it's not a shabby win either. If the all the sports pundits and haters would just tell us how the WANT us to win, maybe we could accommodate them.

One game left, which is the Big 12 Title Game against a team still TBD.

Auburn squeaked past Alabama today, looking pathetic in the first half, and waning in the final minutes before they ran down the clock in pansy style. Ah, too bad you couldn't find another 1-AA team like The Citadel to pick on.

But I still agree that Auburn should be Number 2 in the BCS, with OU being Number 1. USC has an even WORSE strength of schedule than Auburn, while OU has the best of the three teams.

But, such is life, and Auburn did nothing to impress anybody today, and will remain 3rd until they lose to Tennessee in the SEC title game. Now, if only Notre Dame could beat USC, and OU and Utah could play in the Orange Bowl!

Props to Lord Spatula's TCU Horned Frogs who handled Southern Miss today. And Laurie darling, you shouldn't of dissed me Sooners, for it brought on the curse of the Buckeye. (muah.)

That's all for now, I'm about to do a 13 hour shift on 2 1/2 hours sleep.

Update 1: I KNEW this would happen, the reviews are starting to come in, and of course the writers are clamoring for cliche's and tired phrases. In a story titles "Oklahoma runs it up" Writer Stephen Hawkins says:

"No regrets for Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops this week, just the lopsided win the No. 2 Sooners needed to pad their BCS numbers. "

Yet, in another story, called "Auburn Slips back to No. 3" writer Ralph Russo says:

"Oklahoma decided to rest its starters once it got a big lead against the Bears, instead of piling it on to impress voters. "

So which is it, people? Were we "piling it on" to "pad (our) BCS numbers"? or pulling our starters and being good sports. Did we score too many points, or score too few in the first half, or what? How would you like us to win our next game? Perhaps if you could tell us the score you'd like ahead of time?

Friday, November 19, 2004

Who resides in an undersea pineapple?

Posted by Hello
Photo courtesy Nickelodeon Films and United Plankton Enterprises.

Friday, the wife and I went to see The SpongeBob Squarepants movie. We had been anticipating its release for months, and bought advance tickets online. It was fortunate that we did, because the "regular" lines were quite long, while the "internet ticketing only" line had one other person in it. I just wish the theatre offered online concession preorders, because I missed all the previews waiting to get nachos.

The theatre was near capacity with lots of families and young kids. When the familiar theme song began, kids and adults alike all sang along.

The movie is 90 minutes of laughs in the traditional SpongeBob style, with some nice surprises thrown in. I hadn't seen the preview with David Hasselhoff, so that was a surprise to me. The movie ends with a spectacular musical number that had everyone rolling in the aisles.

A large round of applause, and scores of smiling kids rounded out the experience, and I remained happy the rest of the night. If you're into the sponge, certainly check out the movie, with or without the kids. But, the kids make it that much more fun.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Quotes, banners, and Slick Willie style

So I never did figure out how to get rid of the bottom banner. Therefore, I decided to put it to work with the quote.

I was looking for something I thought captured blogging in general, and I think I did quite well. When thinking of who to quote, I thought back to the posters I used to get in college as a subscriber to some conservative newsletter that also sent out posters of famous conservative thinkers. Aleks was one of those.

I'd still like to eliminate the redundant title, but oh well.

The local news media are going GA-GA over all the celebrities in town. I myself am locking the door, and sleeping until they all leave. Attenders include the REV-rund Jack-son, Al Franken, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Robin Williams, Tom Hanks, Will Smith, etc. Our Republican Governor and fellow church member Mike Huckabee is being a gracious host, and the Bush family and Gerry Ford will be in town soon, so I guess that helps balance the universe here.

I wish I could have dinner with Dan Quayle and just talk about the good ol' days.

Update: Thanks to my readers, I now have the top looking how I like it. Thanks all! I hope you like it too.

Update 2: Looks like Gerald couldn't make it. Good thing I guess, at 91, in the rain, with his sense of balance, it could have been a tragedy.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

New banner

testing Posted by Hello

Can anyone give me a tip as to how to delete the old one off my template? I can't seem to pinpoint the exact html to eliminate.

Monday, November 15, 2004

I might be a winner!

Just got a call from Lyndie, of "The Morning Buzz" radio program about an hour ago. Seems my name was drawn as a finalist for the Dallas Cowboys "End All Give All" sweepstakes from 103.7 The Buzz.

So tonight, I invite once again all my Little Rock readers to A) and B) The Athletic Club at Embassy Suites for the Monday Night Football game, where the winner will be drawn at half-time. If my close-to-400 lbs. frame doesn't draw your attention, it will also be draped in an Atlanta Falcons jersey, and topped off with an OU Sooners visor.

If you come up and say "Nixon's Memoirs rocks" I will give you bone-crushing hug.

The drawing will be a "reverse" one, which I can only assume that the last name drawn from the box is the winner.

The prize is a trip to see the Cowboys play the Redskins on Dec. 26th, followed by a night's stay at the Embassy Suites in Dallas, and tickets to the House of Wax, Ripley's Believe it or Not, the 6th Floor museum, and Billy Bob's. (Yee Ha)

I know I only have a 1/12 shot to win, but it is exciting.

Friday, November 12, 2004

A glorious precedent? Connor's legacy.

I may be jumping the gun, totally off base, or woefully misinformed, it wouldn't be the first time, but I am quite hopeful about the recent verdict against Scott Peterson.

The jury found Scott GUILTY of 2nd Degree Murder of Connor Peterson, his unborn son. This, I can only hope, will end up being a precedent for other cases in which the unborn are brutally killed.

Yes, I personally would like late-term abortionists to be convicted, but a solid start towards the holding of the life of the unborn precious would be to start convicting abusive husbands/boyfriends, or other criminals, who kill unborn children either intentionally, or in the commission of another crime, such as carjacking, mugging, battery, etc.

I get so tired of the "Keep your laws off my body" mantra, because its not just the WOMAN'S body the law is intended to protect, but also the body of the CHILD. With great power, comes great responsibility (Hat Tip: Stan Lee) and there is no greater power than that to bring life into this world. I think mothers, and in turn, everyone, have the responsiblity to be a voice for the voiceless, the helpless unborn child. Connor Peterson had no way to defend himself from his father, but his death may lead to justice for many other victims like him.

As for Scott... May God have mercy on his soul.

Update: Guess I missed this before: President Bush signs the Unborn Victims of Violence Act! (Hat Tip: LaShawn Barber, Wizbang. )

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Criminal Discontent

The New York Post has this story about the star of one of the shows I regularly watch, Law and Order: Criminal Intent.

It seems Vincent D'Onofrio, who plays a cop I love to hate so much that I end up rooting for the bad guy, is even a bigger jerk in real life.

This clown got himself so worked up over the election results, that he actually FAINTED on the set. Now, some outlets are saying that it was due to some strenuous climbing he had to do on set, and I can sympathize with that because I get short of breath taking the garbage to the curb.

But, according to this article, Vinny would pitch a B-F about politics so often that it held up filming, and the producers had to put up a "No Political talk" sign because of him.

What is with these people? Sure, I was sad when Clinton won in '92, but that night I was singing Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry, Be Happy!" on a karaoke machine at the Republican watch party. And in '96? Well, sure, sad again, but I knew it was Billy's last term, and apparantly he did a little more celebrating than I did. Plus, I knew with a Republican congress, and a fair Supreme court, that our Nation's checks and balances were in place. Clinton did some to help, and a lot to hurt this country, but in the end, we survived.

My theory is that, on the whole, those on the liberal side are the ones who depend on government, and expect to be taken care of by it, therefore, when their guy isn't in power, they feel abandoned, and pitch a fit. On the other hand, those of us who lean to the right, tend to be more self-sufficient, "rugged individualists" as Rush says. Therefore, if our guy loses, oh well, tough luck, guess I'll have to work harder.

So, Vincent, please, take a chill pill, rest up, and get back on the set. You ARE a fabulous performer, and I enjoy your work. But, to paraphrase Laura Ingraham: "Shut up and act!"

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Incredibles Review

Photo courtesy Disney/Pixar Posted by Hello

I went to see the Incredibles today, mainly due to the fact that I'm a sucker for superhero films, but also because this movie carried the much-anticipated Star Wars: Revenge of The Sith trailer. Sadly, the Rave's projector screwed up, and cut out a part of the trailer, but such is life.

On to the movie... WOW! The animation was amazing, even for Pixar standards. The storyline was similar to an X-Men, or DC's Gordon Godfrey type where superheroes begin getting sued by people they rescue, and soon the government outlaws them.

I won't give away more of the plot than that, except to say a new enemy brings "Mr. Incredible's" whole family into the act in order to rescue him, and (BWAHAHAHA!) the world!

I was delighted with this movie, which is safe for the whole family, while having the usual 'innuendo' moments that adults get, but kids don't. It far exceded my expectations.

Monday, November 08, 2004

Trying this again, this is going to be my offering of a "button" for those who wish to use it to link back to me.  Posted by Hello

Friday, November 05, 2004

An unpaid endorsement

Since I've used this blog in the past to publicly denounce a business I had difficulty with, it's only fair that I use it to publicly endorse one with which I am very happy.


If you're in Little Rock, and your car is of European manufacture, these guys are the ones to see. They serviced my wife's 1983 Mercedes today, which no other shop would even touch. They fixed up numerous problems it was having, and the price was more than reasonable, it was down right cheap!

It's nice to meet folks in the car repair business who don't take you for a ride.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Format follies

Through no fault of my own, the template monster struck again, and apparantly I wasn't alone.

I managed to fix mine by simply "republishing" my index without making any changes.

I can only imagine the high traffic due to the election put poor Blogspot in a tizzy.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004


I was all set to give NBC major props last night for having a big enough set to call Ohio for George Bush.

Then they went and publicly castrated themselves by refusing to call Nevada, or any other state that the other networks had called for Bush while calling Ohio "Too close."

One guy even was so bold as to say it. "The only reason we're not calling Nevada is because no network wants to be first."

What? I thought getting the "scoop" was what journalism was all about? Oh, I see, but not if the 'scoop' is news you don't want to hear.

You had your chance to shine, NBC, and instead crawled right back into bed with the Democrats and the MSM.

I don't get Fox News Channel at work, and for some reason, the local Fox affiliate decided to switch to "Friends" right in the middle of their coverage.

Oh well, it's all over but the lawyering, but by over THREE MILLION VOTES, we all know the outcome.


Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Got 'er done!

My ballot has been cast, and now nobody can change my vote.

I waited about an hour this morning from 7:15 to when I cast my vote at about 8:25.

President: George W. Bush

Senator: Jim Holt

U.S. Rep: Marvin Parks

Amendment 1 (Extending State Congressional Term Limits) For.

Amendment 2 (Superfund Projects) For.

Amendment 3 (Defense of Marriage Act) Against.

Ref Question 1. (Raising Property Taxes) Against.

Pretty much tossed a coin on the judges, etc.

Little Rock City Director: Joan Adcock.

While waiting in line, I was amazed at the ignorance of some people. One woman was saying that Saddam had nothing to do with terrorists, and never owned "a firecracker" much less WMD.

Oh, so all those Kurds died from the heat, eh? And Iraq invaded Kuwait with steak knives.

Oh well, it is done. I have a feeling it's going to be a long night.


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Monday, November 01, 2004


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This Arkansas native, and U of A Cheerleader is by far the cutest of them all! She needs your vote!

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