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1.  Anthony Weiner--great name for this idiot and what an ego he has.  I certainly hope that New Yorkers send him a message to go away.  If they don't do so they deserve this jerk and so does his wife for not kicking his lying, emailing, instant messaging, texting, tweeting ass out.

2.  News about celebrities--at least their latest arrests, divorces, fights, etc.  I couldn't care less.  And whoever started combining couple's names really needs to be drug off and shipped to North Korea.

3.  Any media outlet that uses the word se-ques-tra-tion.

4.  The U.S. Congress.  These guys and gals have totally lost the ability to legislate.  It's been so long now I doubt they even know how to create and pass a law that actually benefits the country instead of their lobbyists.  

5.  Software updates.  Do we really have so much happening that software has to be updated daily?  Or sometimes more than once a day?  It just tells me someone doesn't exactly know what they're doing. Either that or they have entirely too much time on their hands.  

By: Lewis Medlock on August 20, 2013 in Lists | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack


I'm back.

1.  Take a look at this and if you think that was bad then you need to read this. Obviously anything goes.  We clearly have lost our way in terms of having political disagreement in this country and the media is the ring leader.  What happened to respect?  Shameful and disgusting in both cases.

2.  My doctor says it's time for me to renew my relationship with my gastroenterologist. We last were, shall I say, "intimate" about 10 years ago.  It had to better for him than me though because I don't remember a thing after he had me roll over to one side.  For those of you who have yet to experience a colonoscopy and you are over the age of 50 you must do so and the absolute best way to prepare for it can be found here.   Read and make an appointment soon.

3.  The stock market is up and housing sales are improving. Auto sales are booming. Gas prices are rising again even though demand is down.  And because demand is down U.S refiners are shuttering plants and exporting gasoline.  Bank of America is apparently looking at imposing fees for providing checking accounts to consumers. That's right. They want you to give them your money so they can charge you for doing so.  It's an economic bizarro world out there, sports fans.  I wish Professor Milton Friedman were still alive. I would love to hear what he had to say about all of this.

4.  And speaking of bizarro what exactly was the deal with Angelina Jolie and her right leg at the Oscars? She looked like a hooker in a lineup of hookers trying to pick up a john.

5.  There's one thing that I think could really help this country and that's a fair and just tax system.  It's not that hard to do.  I believe everyone, including corporations, should pay at the same rate so that if you make more you pay more.  It's Congress and the lobbyist who prevent it from happening.

By: Lewis Medlock on March 2, 2012 in Lists | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack


1.  I caught Obama's 60 Minutes interview Sunday night. Steve Kroft had some great questions and Obama, ever the politician and orator, handled those questions very well.  But it struck me that everytime I see him in an interview like this, one in which he can take his time to answer thoughtfully and not be rushed, he seems like a professor addressing student questions.  He almost appears condescending, as if someone who asks such questions needs to be educated to be able to understand the issues the way he does.  I'm thinking that does not bode well for the President in an election year.  Having said that, unless the Republicans run a Washington outsider against him (Romney?), I think he wins.

2.  I can't find a lot of fault with the USPS from the customer service side of late.  They get the mail moved timely and they have remedied some of their service problems by making stamps available in many ways and places.  I like the USPS.  If they're going bankrupt I don't think it's because of that side of the business which means the problem is on the cost side and they appear to be trying to address that.  The trick is maintaining service while they do that.  Not easy but possible.  Start with Saturday deliveries.

3.  My home town has become fond of traffic circles or roundabouts as the Northerners call them.  There has been several constructed in the last year.  It amazes me at the drivers who cannot deal with them. I've seen everything since they were installed, including people going the wrong way in the circle.  I think some of the problems are due to drivers talking on their cellphones because I have actually seen that problem but beyond that I don't understand why drivers have trouble navigating them.

4.  There are a lot of problems that could be reduced or even eliminated in this country if men would be responsible husbands and fathers and respect women, especially their wives and girlfriends.   

5.  I had never read this guy before last week and now he is one of my favorite columnists.  Here is a great read about him and it's how I found out about him.

By: Lewis Medlock on December 13, 2011 in Lists | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack


1.  I'm an old fart and I know that I don't understand a lot of things these days.  But even an old fart understands that Herman Cain must be an idiot.  If you are going to run for a national office these days you better be ready for those skeletons in your closet to come out because they will.  A 13 year friendship with a lady that isn't your wife and you haven't told her about it?  And you gave that friend money? Come on,man.

2.  What a pitiful collection of candidates the Republicans have come up with to run against Obama. Obama now has an approval rating that is very weak from a historical perspective and the Republicans seem to be favoring Newt Gingrich?  Reminds me of when the Democrats decided to run John Kerry against George W in 2004.  Bush was ripe for not being reelected and the Democrats put an unelectable Kerry against him.  Same thing seems to be going on with the Republicans now.  My thought is that Romney has the best shot against him but even that will be tough.  That's the state of our nation: weak economy, weak President and even weaker candidates.

3.  I actually ventured out on Black Friday and even went to Wally World.  It wasn't by choice.  I had to pick up something. And I learned something.  Those people working on Black Friday are heroes.  I couldn't do what they do and to stay composed and polite.  Even more important they're working instead of being with their families.  If you're reading this and one of those people, you are a hero.  End of story.

4.  I miss the old days when you could tell a female in the office that she looked nice that without getting arrested.

5.  Here is the latest sign the apocalypse is near.

By: Lewis Medlock on December 2, 2011 in Lists | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack


1.  I thought this was important information but now I can't remember why.

2.  The same credit rating agencies who are making noise about Congress not raising the debt ceiling are the same ones who gave high ratings to the financial instruments used in the 2008 housing crisis which jump started the recession.  I'm just noting that fact.  Draw your own conclusions.

3.  While I am on the subject, I don't give a damn whether the debt ceiling is raised or not.  What I want to happen is for Congress and the President to have some self-control.  Instead of legislation that reduces the increase in spending, how about an actual reduction in spending from the current level?  I don't think there's a single plan that does that in the entire discussion.  The reality is that the entire fight is all about political posturing while the country continues toward financial ruin. 

4.  Oil and gas prices are on the rise again.  The talking heads say the reason for that is because oil and gas are traded globally and even though our demand is declining, other countries demand is not.  My view in one word?  Speculation.  Remember when Obama was going to clamp down on that?  Sort of like when he said he was going to close Gitmo.

5.  Unlike Jimmy Carter former President Bill Clinton has some ideas about the economy and OMG, they actually make some sense.  Strange but true.

By: Lewis Medlock on July 19, 2011 in Lists | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack


1.  I don't watch much television anymore but I keep my eye out for when this series pops up.  It is a television adaption from the Robert B. Parker books although the shows are no longer directly based from a book.  There is always some beautiful scenery since at least some scenes are shot in Nova Scotia. The seventh in the series was on last Sunday night and while it was quite good I find myself getting a little irritated with Tom Selleck's acting.  Over the course of the series he and the writers have slowly turned the troubled Stone character into a predictable one.  I liked him better when he wasn't so much.  Nevertheless, the series is a gem in the television wasteland.  Watch for the dog, he's one of the best characters.  Recommended highly.  

2.  The Professor recently turned me on to The Civil Wars.  Never heard of them before his mentioning them but I do love their harmony.  And a great name for a male/female duo.

3.   Speaking of music I attended a Gaither Homecoming Concert a couple of weeks back.  I've always been a big fan of gospel music.  This was the second Gaither concert I had been to.  This one showcased Michael English, David Phelps, The Martins, Charlotte Ritchie, The Isaacs and the Gaither Vocal Band.  The concert was 3 1/2 hours long and the musicians are extremely talented and all high energy.  Also recommended highly.   

4.  Audio books.  I have become addicted to them.  I listen to them during my daily commute.  Mostly I listen to mystery and crime.  I particularly like John Sandford's Prey series with Lucas Davenport but I also like Robert Crais, Michael Connelly and Lee Child.  I haven't listed to my car radio in months.  And I haven't bought a single audio book.  All come from the local public library.

5. This is my drink of choice these days.  As a southern boy, I have to have my iced tea.  I know this one is actually a Coca-Cola product but it's the best tea I can find where I live.  I've had all the brands that I can get my hands on and the diet version of Gold Peak is the best.  Reminds me of my mother's homemade iced tea.  Yum.

By: Lewis Medlock on May 27, 2011 in Lists | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack


1.  N.Y. Rep Resigns After Claim He Sent Shirtless Photo to Woman on Craigslist.  I just don't get it. How dumb can a guy be?

2. Here's a great story about the chase scene in Bullitt.

3. Did you ever wonder why some people evade colds and others don't?.

4.  If you were a Sopranos fan, here is the definitive explanation of the final episode.  Lengthy but outstanding.

5.  Here's the headline of the year thus far.  Maybe the Congressman in number 1 should have read this first.

By: Lewis Medlock on February 11, 2011 in Lists | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack


Mrs. Medlock and I wound down the year on New Years Eve as we usually have the last few years, that is to say asleep.  It somehow seems fitting for 2010.  But before we did we both had the week after Christmas off.  Here's the best five things I did during that week.

1. I caught True Grit with the Professor.  Faithful readers know that I love Westerns and it's a good one.  It isn't the Coen's best flick but I don't think they will ever top NCFOM.  The 13 year old girl who plays the Kim Darby role is terrific.  She deserves an Oscar nomination.  It's funny too--my favorite line:  "Keep your seat, trash".

2.  I read Decision Points by George Bush, Life by Keith Richards and The Girl That Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson.  Quite a contrast.  The best of the three?  Larsson by far.  Also the best of his triology.  Recommended highly.

3.  After a trip to the Knoxville Apple store, decided I will undergo a conversion and buy the new IPad when it comes out in the Spring.  I am at the stage where I simply do not need a laptop anymore and the hands on I had in Knoxville convinced me the IPad is the way to go.  The real question is whether I go beyond wireless to 3 or 4G.

4.  My gym was closed several days over the week so I walked our local Greenbelt.  I started there in the eighties when I could run it.  Now I walk it.  I had forgotten how much more enjoyable it is to walk outside instead of on a treadmill.  The trail begins less than a half-mile from my house.  If only Al Gore would come through with global warming...

5.  Bought a bottle of Bushmills.  That's heresy in Tennessee (sipping, etc) so I did it under cover of darkness. 

By: Lewis Medlock on January 3, 2011 in Lists | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack


While it's true that I haven't understood anything since 1966, I continue to add to the list.  I also continue to exhibit my downward slide to political incorrectness and old coot-ism.  Herewith the latest...

1.  I'm just wondering.  Didn't the architects or engineers who designed the Metrodome discuss at least one time that maybe, just maybe, Minneapolis gets a lot of snow during the winter? 

2.  A Hooters in Japan?  I was stationed in Japan.  I know a little bit about Japanese women.  Take it from me that Japanese women do not qualify for Hooters.   Doesn't this devalue the franchise a little (no pun intended)? 

3.  While I'm on a roll with political incorrectness, Jennifer Lopez has been named the new "face" of L'Oreal.  OK.  I understand that.  Really I do.

4.  Just go with me on this.  Say you're the CEO of a major airline.  You spend millions every year on leasing and maintaing aircraft, buying fuel and paying salaries so that you can move passengers all over the country and the world.  It stands to reason that you should profit for that service, right?  You would be  wrong, Jack Welch.  Your profit is all from charging for the bags and reservation change fees, etc.  Makes perfect sense to me.

5.  Those silly Swedes are at it again.  What could possibly go wrong with legalizing this?  The image of John Mark Karr comes to mind.  I'm totallly creeped out.

By: Lewis Medlock on December 14, 2010 in Lists | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack


1.  Here are some really fantastic photos from the 50s.  NY Times, may require login.

2.  I've developed an addiction to Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels.  I finished 61 Hours while I was at Hilton Head.  Very highly recommended.

3.  With all the electronic gadgetry available, why is it I can't find what I think I need?  I want a wireless device with laptop type computing power, ability to read e-books and small and light enough that I can carry it like a cellphone.  Note that it does not have to be a cellphone.  If that device exists I don't know what it is.  A netbook might be the closest thing.

4.  Thanks to Congress our budget deficit is so unreal that I think every federal employee should be required to take three or four days off a month without pay.  Private companies do that type of thing all the time.  Why not the Feds?  And I'm not talking about the lower level employees.  It needs to be the higher levels.  Let's start with Congress itself.  Does anyone really believe we would lose any services from Congress by doing that?  If you do, I have a bridge for sale you might be interested in.

5.  While in HH, Mrs. Medlock and I went to see The Town.  It's really a cops and robbers flick.  The shoot-em up is a bit overdone but the acting is superb.  Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall and of all people Blake Lively are really good.  Oddly enough the worst acting job belongs to Jon Hamm of Mad Men fame.  But still highly recommended.

By: Lewis Medlock on September 28, 2010 in Lists | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack
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