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The Solaratov Report

For all of the bloggers who’ve discussed politics and shooting over the years with the Vietnam Special Forces veteran known as Vladimir Solaratov, we have a PoliNation exclusive report on how old Sol is doing. Last month, Grunt and GruntSon#2 ventured into the Midwestern backwoods to visit Sol in his bunker to shoot the sh*t around the fire, do a little minor work on the homestead and help Sol celebrate his 70th birthday and his survival of a rather serious recent bout with spinal cancer. He’s doing really well, considering the challenges he’s faced in his retirement. We had a blast spending a few days with him and his faithful attack beagle, ‘Buddy,’ and the one cat that was brave enough to associate with us while we were there. Here is the one picture we took of Sol and Buddy.
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After undergoing chemotherapy until very recently – around Christmastime, Sol has become a little slow on the draw, so I was able to snap the photo quickly and dodge the 7 or 8 .45 rounds that he squeezed off in my direction. One of them ricocheted off the wood stove and grazed the ceiling before hitting my son in the neck, but it had lost enough energy by that time that it only bruised him. I explained to Sol that if he only carried a 9mm instead of his big .45, he could have had a lot more rounds to shoot at me. That’s when he got me across the forehead with the Louisville Slugger he had stashed under his computer desk. I was just glad I regained consciousness before nightfall so I didn’t miss out on the black tequila they had at the local Mexican taco joint in town. That is good stuff!

So, honestly, I can report that Sol is as bad-ass as he ever was while blogging at HillBuzz or the Treehouse or 4GFC, and he seems to be surviving quite nicely. When our other friend and fellow blogger Harvey went to visit Sol in the hospital last summer, she reported that he was still looking pretty good, despite the toll of the cancer surgery. I’m sorry to say that is no longer the case. Sorry Sol, but the temporary hair loss has made you almost as bald and ugly as me. After a few months, I think the mustache should be fully restored, and you’ll be fuzzy on top, and the ladies will be knocking down your door again. But in the meantime, I suggest talking to them on the phone. Know what I mean? Still, if there are any eligible ladies out there who long for the company of a bona fide war hero who is in seriously good shape (from carrying firewood and chasing the attack beagle when he’s gone after random raccoons), who is clearly a genius and who will have his rugged Clark Gable looks back in a few months and has only modest firearm allowance requirements, let me know. I will get you in touch with him pronto.

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Happy 5th Anniversary to PoliNation!

2015_02 23 Fifth anniversary of PN

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Big Fat Brag!

2015_02 18 The Burning Truth banner

One of my blogs was linked by a talk radio host named Casey Hendrickson in his show prep area. Guess who else was linked in that same post? The Blaze. Reason. Americans for Prosperity. And I was first! I am so blushing … but not enough to skip this whole BRAG thing. 🙂

http://theburningtruth.us/2015/02/18/show-prep-wed-feb-18/

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Please read this

Below is the full text of Angelaisms’ latest blog, instead of my usual teasing excerpt with linkie.  I’m all veins-distended and hair-smoking angry AGAIN and I want all y’all to READ IT ALL. (We won’t need Obamacare if this continues much longer, cuz I’ll just have a stroke and DIE.)

If you like it and want to give the author an Atta Girl and make her feel good, plus boost her hit count so her editors at Misfit will see what a Super Blogger she is … click on this link.

http://misfitpolitics.co/2013/10/a-whole-new-level-of-nosy/

Where else can you accomplish So Much Good with So Little Effort? 🙂  P.S., Bolding and colors are by CtH.

A Whole New Level of Nosy by angelaisms – October 10, 2013

http://misfitpolitics.co/2013/10/a-whole-new-level-of-nosy/

We have now entered week two of #GovernmentShutDownCalypseGateNadoWeen2013™!!! Like you, I have been watching the antics of our very own Spite House with a mixture of disgust and bemusement – the former for obvious reasons, and the latter for the fact that President Stompy Foot seems to have so many flying monkeys willing to do his tantrumy bidding. Probably unlike you, however, this shutdown actually has had real consequences for me and my family. For one, my husband was on TDY (Temporary Duty) over on the continent, getting a bit of training finished up, and his class has been postponed until after the shutdown. For another, with the commissaries closed, I find myself having to shop for groceries at regular Hawaiian prices.

But there is a silver lining to all this, and not just me having my husband back in the same time zone for a bit. No, that silver lining is that the Census Bureau is closed, which means they won’t be knocking on my door anytime soon.

Now, before you give me a sideways “Have you gone crazy?” look after verifying that the current year does not end in zero, let me assure you that I am in complete control of my faculties. (Well, as much as I ever am.) I, too, was under the impression that the Census Bureau operated entirely within the realm of their Constitutionally-mandated role of counting people once every ten years. That is, until the American Community Survey arrived in my mailbox several weeks ago to disabuse me of that comfortable notion. (Silly me!)

The American Community Survey is an incredibly invasive little questionnaire that is sent out to about three million American households every year. In it, you are asked to provide to the federal government information on every single person in your household. We’re not just talking name/age stuff here – they want a complete breakdown of your income for the last year; full details on how and where you’re employed; total cost of your utility bills; what your home is worth; what kind of health insurance you have; how long you’ve been married; and whether or not you carpool, as well as when you leave for work and how long it takes you to get there. They also want to know if you have any disabilities, if you’re bilingual, whether you’ve been selling produce from your garden, and exactly what you studied in college. (Oh, how I wish I were kidding.)

Oh, and remember how I said they “ask” for this? Well, by “ask,” I mean you’re required to answer everything under penalty of law, and that penalty is a $5,000 fine. See http://solari.com/blog/a-solari-report-census-fines/

You may at this point be feeling rather indignant – “Surely,” you exclaim, “such information is not only well outside the legal purview of the Census Bureau, it’s not at all any of the federal government’s business!” Trust me, I’m right there with you. So you can imagine how well those fears of mine were assuaged when I got to this part in the ACS brochure:

2013_10 10 Census disclaimer

Oh! Well, that’s alright then! After all, it’s not like any branch of the federal government has had any recent and embarrassing scandals involving the improper use and/or access of private citizens’ private information! And it’s not like the people involved in those scandals have gotten off scot-free! And anyway, nothing says “trustworthy” like demanding information to which you have no right in the first place, amiright?

As much as I would love to lay the blame for this little piece of [expletive deleted] at the feet of the Obama administration, a quick Google search will reveal that this survey was begun in 1995 and fully implemented in 2005. The really adorable part is that the ACS – a 40-minute survey that demands details of your life that are clearly none of anyone’s business – was designed in response to concerns that the regular census form was both too cumbersome and too invasive. In other words, we’re looking at business as usual as per the federal government: when your citizenry says you’re doing too much, the answer is not to back off (ha!), but to crank it up to eleventy.

(Also, the really funny part of all of this? I live on a military base. The federal government already has all of the information on my community they could possibly need.)

Well, here’s a whacky idea, Census Bureau: if communities, cities, states, and counties are as direly in need of this info as you say they are, then they can ask for it themselves. None of this information you’re “asking” for is any of your damn business. If, when you’re up and running again, you send someone to my home to ask me these questions in person (as your last postcard threatened informed me would happen), I will politely tell him/her exactly that. And if you try to fine me for not taking your crap – well, I may not have the largest of soapboxes. But I can get in touch with people who do.

Have a nice day!

@angelaisms is also happy to tell you on Twitter that details of her personal life are none of your damn business.

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Well, THIS is FUN!

Click graphic to embiggen for easier reading.

I was running searches and look what popped up!

I followed the link. It’s a blog specializing in polls and graphs on political issues. The owner swipes stuff from all over and doesn’t give linkies or credit to anyone. Sooo not like us, right?! But I have to admit to feeling rather tickled not only about hitting the top 3 rows in a Google search, but to being included with the likes of GALLUP and Rasmussen in the graphs the guy chooses for his blog. Yowza!

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Hitting back with a grin

By Angelaisms

… don’t despair of all the negative press. Truth will out; you will get your chance, and if you play your cards right, you can use that chance to make a splash, show your true colors, and hit back with a grin.

Read the very readable rest at

http://lucyemersonblog.wordpress.com/2011/07/06/hitting-back-with-a-grin/

[Cross posted by CtH]

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Come on In!

It’s not perfect…yet, but it’s a start…Prepare to be incorporated.

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