"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." ~~Thomas Jefferson

"Who will protect us from those who protect us?"

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. ~ Thomas Jefferson

"None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free." ~~Goethe

10 April 2020

It is finished...


Good Friday.  The end.  The path to a new beginning.

I've said it before.  The Easter season has great significance to me regardless of calendar dates.

Our youngest son was born on Good Friday of 1983.

My wife, my children's mother, Our Judy, died suddenly on Wednesday of Holy Week 2017.

Great joy and great sadness. 

So many thoughts go through my mind at Easter, on this day, Good Friday... 

Jesus did not go easy.  He suffered greatly.  For us.  For you and for me.  The promise of eternal life.  Faith and grace.  So simple.

And I ask myself on Good Friday...  Could you carry that cross?  All the way?  Could you carry that burden, the burden of the world's sin?  And hang?  Hang until the end?  We all know the story.

Could you give your only son to die that way?  To suffer at the hands of humans, to save humanity?  Could you?  God had the advantage, of course.  He knew.  But Jesus?  What went through his mind as he suffered and finally died?

It is finished.

Anyway.

Give it some thought.

Peace.

09 April 2020

Maundy Thursday...

Maundy Thursday.  The day of The Last Supper.  It's complicated.  Love.  Service to others.  Betrayal.

Holy Week.  Crucifixion,  Death.  Resurrection.  Salvation.

It's a big deal..

Faith and Grace.


We are living in trying times.  Be smart.  Be safe.  Be prepared.

Peace.

03 April 2020

Well, Duh...

For Autocrats, and Others, Coronavirus Is a Chance to Grab Even More Power

Leaders around the world have passed emergency decrees and legislation expanding their reach during the pandemic. Will they ever relinquish them?


 

Credit...Martin Bernetti/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Read it all here...  

Yes, I know that The Times is a bastion of Liberalism.  What makes this story even more surprising (cough cough) is that it is from The Times.

Peace.

02 April 2020

Would they...?

Would governments intentionally release something like this Wuhan Virus on the population?  I don't think so.  But then...  Mao, Lenin, Hitler, Pol Pot, US Government and syphilis, history...

Maybe.  But I still don't think so.

Would governments take advantage of a situation?  Well, "Never let a serious crisis go to waste..."

I have a lot to say because I've been thinking a lot.  But I'm not motivated so I won't say much.  :)

Like it or not, Covid-19, Corona virus, Whatever you want to call it, Wuhan Virus...  It's a big deal.  And we aren't taking it seriously enough.  And that isn't Trump's fault... 

After all of this is over and we assume our new normal, remember that the Chinese hid this from the world for several weeks.  They are now trying to deflect and play the blame game.  This was mostly preventable, had the Chinese shared the fact that there was a potential humanity ending pandemic alive and growing in their country.  They need to be held accountable for that.   They should not be rewarded for their bad behavior.  Everything started there.  All of the actions and reactions, good and bad, popular and unpopular, effective and not, started there...    

Remember, if you can't eat it, drink it, wear it, smoke it, or shoot it, it won't have much value when times get really hard.

And I'll be curious to see how quickly economies rebuild after this is over.  Landlords, mortgage companies, utility companies, all of those folks who are going to be good humans (and corporations) throughout this crisis will be at the front of the line to collect their due when this is over.   And remember that the "stimulus" is paid with borrowed money.  And it won't be taxed and won't have to be paid back. (...in all probability.  Mixed signals from DC).  And there are now over 6 million unemployed.  There will be another "stimulus".  There has to be.  And remember who the lenders are when the bill comes due (The American people), and who the collectors are.  Remember where the government gets its power and authority.  Well, it assumes that power and authority from our Constitution.  And when it assumes more power and authority than the Constitution allows, they are taking it from the people.  And as long as the people will allow it, they will take more.  And more.  Until they have it all.

"Never let a serious crisis go to waste."

And remember also that the folks doing the hoarding will be the target of the folks who have not, when those folks get hungry.

And if you think 7.62 X 39 is better than 5.56...  I hope you have huge stockpiles of that 7.62.  If you haven't already stocked up, you are probably SOL for awhile.  If things ever get real you will have a better chance of finding 5.56 on a battlefield in this country than you will of finding 7.62 x 39.

This Wuhan Virus is changing our world forever.  We will never be able to go back.

I'm sure I'm overreacting, that my mind is running away from me...  ;)  LOL.

Easter is coming soon.  There is hope.  :)

Peace

05 March 2020

Oh!

...I almost forgot.

I posted this photo on the fb on January 11th, 2020.  It is a picture of a picture.  The original photo was taken with a Kodak Instamatic camera shooting a 126 cassette on 9 June 1973.  My wedding day.  The folks in the photo are my baby sister and my youngest brother.  The photo has faded and lost some of it's luster with age...  What happened when I posted this photo on fb should scare the crap out of any reasonable person.  fb's facial recognition software instantly and correctly identified my brother in the photo.  A picture of a 46 1/2 year old picture of a youngster in a church basement, taken through the acetate page cover of a photo album.  Not a good picture to begin with.  The photo I took of that picture with my cell phone loses even more quality.  And he was correctly identified.  Immediately.

Orwell was far ahead of his time.  Dick Tracy is real.  Star Trek is the future.

There is no going back.  There are no do-overs.

America has become a database for (political, governmental, advertising, and financial) tyrants to use as they see fit.  There are cameras taking your photo on every street corner, at every ATM, in every bank, pharmacy, grocery store, convenience store, and gas station that you walk into.  Your picture is taken at every fast food drive thru that you go through.  Every court house, office building, and apartment complex. 

And at your friendly neighborhood DMV...

And Americans see this as good.

Have a nice day.



Peace. 

Train wreck...

The whole thing is a train wreck.

Creepy Uncle Joe and Crazy Bernie.



I seriously don't think either of them can beat President Trump.

Speaking of Trump... he is a seriously different fellow.  Better than anything that the Democrats have had to offer, but, perhaps a bit out there...  ;)

It's hard to argue with the economy.  With the unemployment rate.  With rising wages.  With the current market that seems to be able to recover quickly from any "disaster".

But the Democrats are arguing with it.

Anyway...  I talked to my gun guy down in Marion about a 5" GP100 about a year ago.  They are very hard to come by.  Ruger doesn't produce them continually like they do the 3,4,and 6 inch versions.  Well, Ernie calls me the other day and asks "do you still want that Ruger?  There are 11 of them available in the US.".  I replied "well, duh, yeah".  He said about a week.  Coming from Arizona.  2 days later he has Julie call.  "I have a revolver here for ya..."  LOL.  OK.  WOW.

I added the Hogue wood grip to replace the factory Hogue rubber grip, and Williams Fire Sights.  I have the Williams sights on my 4 and 6 inch GP100s.  Very easy to acquire a good sight picture with them.    I do not have an issue with the Hogue rubber grip.  I like the appearance of the wood grip.  That's all...  ;)


Judy liked shooting the GP100.  I would load some .38 Special just a little bit on the light side and she'd shoot that heavy bitch all day long.  ;)  Miss her.



Anyway...

Peace.

20 February 2020

Real ID...

From a chat this morning regarding the upcoming October implementation of the requirement to show "Real ID", or a passport, or a government approved form of enhanced ID, to travel by air within the borders of the United States, and the potential chaos at airports when trying to deny travel within the borders of the United States to citizens without Real ID documentation.

Me: The 5th Amendment to our Constitution recognizes that travel from place to place is a natural human right and guarantees that Americans will be able to travel unrestricted within the United States, free from government interference. :)

Nick: Real ID is post 9/11. And you CAN travel from state to state via car or train.
Me: I'm trying to find the part of the Constitution that says some modes of travel are exempt from government ID restrictions and others aren't...
Me: This is pretty long, but has a lot of good information in it. It explains the issues clearly, without political bias. Air travel is a double whammy in that it interferes with your fundamental human right to travel without government interference, and it requires you to give up your Constitutional right to privacy by mandating that you obtain Real ID documents and that you share your travel information with the government.   https://repository.jmls.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1746&context=jitpl
Me: To be clear... Real ID itself is an invasion of your privacy in that it requires that you have your photograph taken by a government agent with the express purpose of adding that photograph to a government owned and operated facial recognition database with the sole entity able to determine how that database is used being said government. If they are violating your Constitutional rights by requiring that you submit your photo and personal information to their database, do you believe that they won't use that database to further violate your rights? I assume that you are OK with that, Nick? What could go wrong? Why are we so trusting of our government when we have been given so many reasons not to be?
Me:  Nick?  Nick?  Are you there, Nick? 

Some people don't get it.  Just because the government does it, or requires it, doesn't mean that it is right or legal.
My 13 year old granddaughter recognizes the inconsistencies in this requirement.  

Insanity.

24 December 2019

This night...


On this night Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem.  There was no room at the inn...  You all know the story.  The night that led to the birth of our Savior...  The beginning of the life that ended in crucifixion on Calvary just a few short years later.  The beginning of the life that assures never ending life for Believers...

Merry Christmas to all of my friends.  And to all of the friends that I have not met yet.

Peace and love.

10 October 2019

Car show...



My middle son and I rode down to Hopkinton, Iowa last Sunday for their annual "Hot Rods and Harleys" car show.  A good time.  It was 46 degrees when we left home for the 70ish mile ride.  A bit chilly, but not bad.  Had a couple of Bloody Marys at Wolfey's for breakfast, then tenderloins from the Hopkinton Lion's Club for lunch.  650 cars, trucks, and motorcycles were entered in the show.  They pretty much take over the entire town.  It was good.


My middle son has pretty much been my rock lately.  :)








I took a lot of pics.  I almost always do.  I like the old cars.  Memories.  Judy and I had a few fun cars over the years.  2 1955 Chevies, a '56 Chevy 1/2 ton, a '73 Mach 1, '71 and '73 Dusters, an '81 Citation X-11, etc.  She would have enjoyed this show.  She would have said "lets build one".  I would have said "how 'bout we build another Harley?".  I miss her.  ;)

There was a band called "Hot Mess" playing at the show.  Kind of a country rock band.  Local.  They were pretty good.



 
So, yeah...  That's what I've been up to. 

And building another rifle.  Remington 700 Tactical in .308.  Bell & Carlson, Timney, Harris, Wyatt's, SWFA, etc.  I have one in .223 exactly like it with the exception of a black stock rather than O.D.


And taking a friend 70 miles last night to look at a motorcycle.  She bought it.




Politics?  Not today.  Way too much hate out there.  I'm into peace and love at the moment.  ;)

Until the next time...

Peace.

22 July 2019

Alive and well...

Thanks to the folks who have contacted me.  I'm good. 






Sometimes I fail to follow my own advice...

I'm waiting on my contractor to come measure my kitchen window so he can replace it with a modern vinyl window.  ;)  Ahhhhh well...

Peace.

20 April 2019

Secret plots...




And... we made it to Saturday.

Who will be the next President of these United States?    I'm guessing Trump will be out.  Conservatives don't have what it takes to keep him in office.  A lot of talk, not much action.  Kinda like America's gun owners...  Zilch.

Mayor Pete is Gay.  That will get him elected.  Kamala Harris is a "Minority" female.  She is also an anchor baby.  Both of her parents were foreign nationals living here when she was born.  "Natural Born Citizen"?  I suspect that there will be a fight and the Supremes will be forced to finally weigh in.  Hopefully logic will prevail... 

Anyway...  Pete.  I know nothing about him other than he is a politician and a hypocrite like so many others...








I don't really care who he sleeps with, is married to, holds hands with, etc. ...  Just know that he is gay and that will get him elected.  Like obama looking black got him elected.  It's those kind of things that give the Democrats the warm fuzzies.  Appearances, not substance.  Nothing more, nothing less.

That's why they hate Trump.  He is creating and succeeding at real Hope and Change.  It isn't even his slogan, but it's what he created.  But he needs to get control of his mouth and act a bit more "Presidential", in my opinion. 

Anyway, tomorrow is Easter.  He is risen.

Peace.

19 April 2019

Good Friday. Peace.



He did not go easy.  He suffered greatly. For you and for me.  

Regardless of calendar dates, the Easter season has great significance to me.

There is, of course, the celebration of the crucifixion and the resurrection of Christ.  What we call Easter.  Kind of a big deal in the Christian world.  In the entire world, really.  :)  The promise of eternal life.  Take a minute and give it some thought.  Could you give your child to die?  Could you bear that cross yourself, and hang until the end?

Beyond that, my youngest son was born on Good Friday of 1983.  And my wife died on Wednesday of Holy Week, Holy Wednesday, two years ago.  April 12th, 2017.

Anyway, all my love to all y'all...

Peace.

16 April 2019

Not Arson...



I couldn't bring myself to post yesterday.  Too much other shit going on...

Macron said it wasn't arson.  That, while the fire was still burning.  Macron.  He's some kind of fire investigator.  Or something.

Any fire anywhere would justify a real investigation.  A fire of this scale would take weeks, or months, to investigate properly.  A building on the scale of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris Fucking France burning doesn't justify an investigation?

President Macron said it wasn't arson.  Even after arson claimed 12 churches in France in the past couple of months.  Even while the fire was still burning. 

Does anyone else find that a bit odd?

Perhaps he'll run for President of the US in 2020.  The American Democrats would believe him.  They are gullible.  Or something.  I know that the rules wouldn't allow it.  Kamala Harris probably doesn't qualify either, but no one from either side is questioning her bid...  Both of her parents were foreign nationals when she was born here.  Anchor baby.  Not natural born citizen.  Maybe.  But the Dems will scream loud and long, calling everyone who disagrees "White Supremacists".  "Racist" is worn out.  It doesn't sting like it did.  The Supremes are going to have to clarify the rules once and for all one of these days.  Some other rules need clarification as well...  ;)  

Anyway...

For those who do not understand...


Man up...


06 March 2019

Her name is Pretty...



This little girl...

She keeps me sane.

An 11 year old spayed Himalayan.  Seven and a half pounds of cuddle bug.  She is the Queen of the house.  She is in charge. 

Her name is Pretty.

She gets along quite well for her age.  Himalayans typically live about 15 years.  She is happy and healthy.  Hoping for more than 15 :)

She isn't quite "perfect".  She has a black ear and a brown ear.  And she doesn't cover her poop.  But she poops in the box.  Her Ruff is kinda rough but she lets me comb it.

And she has only two teeth left.  Lower canines.  Quite common with the breed.  She gets by.  

And she has an orange nose.  And she sneezes a lot.  I rub her nose because it helps keep her sinuses clear.  She appreciates it.

She loves me.  I love her back. 

She reaches her paw out and holds my hand.  She bumps my nose.

I scratch her.

She's a shedder. 

Anyway...

Happy Day.

So begins the season...


Actually, in the end, man is quite insignificant...

Peace.

28 December 2018

Government shutdown...




So, yeah, unless you are an astronaut or a felon on the run, you probably aren't affected by the "shutdown".  At all.

I hope everyone had a great Christmas.

Peace.

24 December 2018