Thursday, July 21, 2016

Who watched the Republican convention?

I've read news reports, and seen some clips, but I've watched none of the live coverage of the Republican convention. First time I've completely skipped watching at least some since... well, I don't exactly remember if I watched in 1960 since I was three at the time. But I've watched at least some live coverage every election cycle since until now.

Fact is, if the Republican can blow a great opportunity, they will.

The petty egos of those in the party establishment refuse to make amends with the people.

The nation is unraveling under the Obama agenda to fundamentally change  America.  The saddest part is, for nearly seven years, the Republican Party has been in a position to either stop or slow the orchestrated unraveling but was too cowardly or otherwise unwilling to do so.

I'm not expecting miracles at this point.

I fully expect more dire times lay ahead.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Opening up

Finally to the point that there's enough clear space and enough direct sunlight that I get a tan while working on the grounds outside cabin.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Unity? Lefties don't want no stinkin' unity.

"Did Obama try unity? Of course not – he divided Americans into the good ones who agree with him and us bad ones who refuse to kneel and bow. Leftists don’t want unity and they don’t want peace. Community organizers succeed when they divide; they need discord and hate to survive. Understand that all this discord and hate is not a bug. To them, it is a feature." - Kurt Schlichter, writing at

It's a good article.

But let me add my own postscript:

Frikkin' GOP leadership still seems stuck on the idea they can surrender their way out of what's unfolding, either failing to see, or failing to acknowledge their appeasement is as much responsible for bringing us to to the brink as the actions of those who intended it to happen.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

They blew him up

"If that's not enough the shooter in Dallas was cornered -- "treed" if you will, isolated in a parking garage from which he could not escape.  Rather than wait him out and arrest him, then go through this entire pesky "due process" thing including a trial and sentence even though he was not presently shooting at anyone the police instead mounted a bomb on a robot and blew him up.  You got that folks?  Yeah, he was obviously guilty as hell but if you catch someone having just killed your daughter and he's cornered in your shed, either out of ammo or choosing not to shoot at that time, you cannot blow the shed up rather than arrest him!  Due process of law?  What's that?" - Karl Denninger, writing at Market Ticker.

If bomb laden robots are now okay, what other new weaponry might police next consider adding to their inventory?

Remember the good old days of America, perhaps less than a generation ago, when police deemed a five or six round revolver, and maybe a shotgun, as sufficient armament to meet most any threat?

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Weekend in the mountains

Moving on to cutting bigger trees near the cabin, so the tree count may not be so impressive.

What's important is I'm getting a clearing buffer that's acceptable. And the view is getting better.

That said, time online, and other outside contact is limited. Limited posting as well.

I have added a budget Roku-equipped smart-TV. Seems to work well (beyond my expectations, anyway) with DSL Internet.

Tonight's entertainment after a day of tree cutting and chopping?

"Flight of the Intruder", streaming on Netflix.

Windows are open. Hard to hear TV dialog over the crickets outside. Very much as I remember summers at grandma's in the hills of Kentucky.

Tomorrow's plan of action?

More trees to down and shred. Maybe rounding up a couple pickup loads of gravel for the driveway.

Thought worth contemplation

"It's easy to see the events in Dallas through a racial prism.  It is harder to see them as the consequences of a political system which relies on keeping people in dependency, in which black Americans are the furthest advanced and therefore the most afflicted. As Mark Blyth, a professor of Political Economy at Brown University put it, the problem is global.  In Europe the Romanians, Spaniards and the Greeks are given the part African Americans must play. Blyth points out that after one creates a class of dependents, the next and inevitable step is to control them." - Richard Fernandez at Pajamas Media

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Chopping and chipping

Been splitting my time between home and a cabin we purchased a week ago.

Looked like this when we closed...

Now, six days in...

At least several years (neighbors say closer to six years) worth of underbrush had crept into being. We've cut and chipped a perhaps a hundred small pines, maples and oaks (some with trunk bases of 2 inches or more) to get to where we are now. Probably another hundred or so to go before being done, but those are mostly in the rear.

Still have to walk down the road to get a cell phone signal, but as of today, Internet's up and running at typical DSL speeds.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


"The United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union is the first solid turn away from globalism. Said another way, the people of Britain are taking their country back. Hand-wringing collectivists can think of it as a vote for diversity if it'll make 'em feel better." - Ol' Remus at the Woodpile Report

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Slippery slope

Understand the slippery slope bureaucrats and others in government advocate in wanting to use a "no fly" list to deny Second Amendment rights.

H/T: Sipsey Street via Facebook

Conflict of interest

How can a federal judge be trusted to uphold his oath to to make decisions based on law and the Constitution, when the same judge openly declares the Constitution to be irrelevant?

From the Washington Times:
Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner sees “absolutely no value” in studying the U.S. Constitution because “eighteenth-century guys” couldn’t have possibly foreseen the culture and technology of today. In a recent op-ed for Slate, Judge Posner, a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, argued that the original Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the post–Civil War amendments “do not speak to today.”

Methinks the judge attempts to dismiss something the old white guy founders knew well: That societal norms may shift, that technologies may change, but human nature, and the nature of concentrated government power to become abusive are unchanging, and are much the same when this country was founded.

Just because greater technology gives greater potential power to control people does not grant government the power to diminish freedom just because it it technically possible.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Classic Kawasaki

This looks to be a classic Kawasaki Eliminator motorcycle from the 1980s. Not in running condition. Not much wear, only 166 miles on the odometer, but it's been sitting for decades in the back of a work shop.

Strikes me, it has great restoration potential, or could be used for nearly new vintage parts. The title and the key were lost or misplaced years ago.

Anyone care to venture a guess on as-is value?

The place where it's been stored in being sold as part of an estate liquidation.

Gun owning Hawaiians are now in a federal database

Hawaii's governor signs bill putting gun-owning Hawaiians on under watch across the USA for potential criminal behavior.