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Energizer Bunny

Published for Thursday - February 22, 2024

Energizer Bunny

Written Wednesday - 02/21/24 7:25 AM

Last night I watched Donald J. Trump on Laura Ingram's town hall. That guy is like the energizer bunny - he just keeps going and going no matter what he faces.

I really like that he feels he must go forward. What he has shared about the idea that they're coming for him and could change their focus to 'us' at any time has already proven true. The evidence is there for all to see.

I thought Laura Ingram was masterful in keeping former President Trump and the show on schedule. Her mentions and follow-ups on things seemed abrupt at times but was necessary to keep things focused and on schedule.

It was a good program and one of those good endings where you want more when it's over instead of looking for the clicker to change the channel in the middle of things. That's the way things should go with that type of program.




More Politics

Published for Wednesday - February 21, 2024

Trump 2

Written Tuesday - 02/20/24 7:00 AM

I was really disappointed to hear the results of the New York lawsuit against Donald J. Trump. The corruption was overwhelming.

The follow-up interviews of Trump and the one of his sons were both heart-breaking. Clearly Donald Trump was expecting a different outcome and, like the rest of us, was obviously aghast at the results from the lawsuit.

As one person put it on Fox News, he did not understand the high fine associated with an outcome where no one lost any money. And, as Trump Jr. put it during the same show, he did not understand why his father was being subjected to such hatred from the judge.

Trump was barred from operating a business in New York for the next 3 years and ordered to pay $354.9 million. That result and the proceedings in Atlanta, also featured on Fox News, both have me highly concerned with the level of corruption that is present in our legal system today.

Now the big question: Will the protest by the truckers make a dent in things up in New York City? I have great respect that they are stepping up to aid Trump. This will be interesting to observe.




The End of Everything

Published for Tuesday - February 20, 2024

The End of Everything

Written Monday - 02/19/24 7:25 AM

Patty and I listened to a Victor Davis Hanson interview yesterday. It was hosted on Epoch Times TV by Jan Jekielek, an editor and host on Epoch Times TV.

During the interview, Jan mentioned Victor's latest, and still to be released, book entitled The End of Everything. I'm really looking forward to getting that book on Audible when it is released in May of this year.

I would not be surprised if some of the things Victor shared in the interview were taken from the book. There seemed to be an 'end of everything' theme that might have been present during parts of the interview.




Debt

Published for Thursday - February 15, 2024

Debt 1

Written Tuesday - 02/13/24 2:45 PM

As I type it's Tuesday afternoon. Our national debt clock reads over 34 Trillion dollars. And still, we're sending out funds to help other countries as if we have no debt and despite our problems in that arena.

I just watched Kentucky Senator Rand Paul make a speech favoring the idea that the Senate and House should not pass the bill (that would send out massive amounts of borrowed money to other countries at our own expense and which, by the way, was just passed in the Senate.)

Majority Speaker of the House, Representative Mike Johnson (R-LA), promises that the bill is dead on arrival despite being told by Democrat leaders that the bill would immediately pass a bipartisan vote in the house.

The complaints on X (formerly Twitter) are loud and unending. I don't see how anyone could favor such a bill. Some Republicans tried to get a border plan attached to the bill, but without success.

I stand with those in the House who feel that fighting the border crisis is worth the challenges associated with holding up this bill. Stay the course my friends. This is Basic Economics and Finance 101 and a real opportunity to hold Biden's feet to the fire regarding the border crisis.




Politics

Published for Friday - February 02, 2024

Trump

Written Thursday - 02/01/24 7:40 AM

Well, it looks like the political season is kicking into full gear despite almost a year left before the elections. Actually, it's just over 9 months until we elect a president.

I started to type 'new president' but then I realized that I was surprised at the 2020 results and may be surprised again if Trump doesn't walk away with a win. It sure looks like folks are against Biden but I had thought the same thing back in 2020.

I still don't know what to believe about the actual results. There's enough evidence to me of a Trump win back in 2020. But there are many who would disagree with my perspective on that.

The corruption is so widespread on the Biden side of things and they're even talking about it on the ham radio. I had to turn the dial when the guy went off on Trump. Sure he's a wild man but I happen to agree with his policies and that's the basis for my vote in any instance.

The days of a requirement for a Christian candidate are long gone. That used to be a priority but not in a season where that is no longer a possible choice for a winning candidate.

I say that because I believe there were candidates who were Christians, just none that could pull off a win. And so we wind up voting for the best of the worst, or defensively, or something like that.




Iowa Caucus

Published for Thursday - January 18, 2024

Iowa Caucus

Written Tuesday - 01/16/24 3:00 PM

I'm not very familiar with the idea of doing a caucus for a presidential election. Certainly I've never participated in one and don't expect to.

Former President Trump won the Iowa 2024 caucus hands down. It was the first evidence of work toward a presidential candidate being selected for the Republican party.

I tend to primarily watch Fox News for my political content, but decided to peek in on CNN and see what kind of stats they might provide. To their credit, they told the story of the numbers just as I suspected and did a far better job than their competitors. Still, their bias shined through loud and clear.

They left no doubt in my mind that they did not like Trump. When one of the talking heads on CNN tried to share something favorable toward Trump, he was shot down in mid-sentence by the other talking heads.

I swapped over to Fox News but, as expected, they were talking up Trump and not providing the numbers that I wanted. Oh well...

Had to mention that It's Wednesday morning as I type and this morning the temp was down in the high single digits.




The United States of Trump

Published for Sunday - December 31, 2023

USofT

Written Saturday - 12/30/23 7:00 AM

The title of this post is also the title of the latest book I finished reading (listening to) on Audible. While it's my 14th book on the system, it is by far the best book I have chosen to purchase and read on Audible so far.

The book was published in the fall of 2019 and was written by Bill O'Reilly.




Pearl Harbor Day

Published for Thursday - December 07, 2023

Pearl Harbor

Written Wednesday - 12/03/23 4:15 PM

It happened about 82 years ago on December 7, 1941. The United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii suffered a major surprise attack by the Japanese.

The initial strike took place on a Sunday just before 8:00 AM, local time.

The strike was incredible and it still amazes me that we pulled out of this one without becoming part of Japan.

Both incredible versions of the movie, Midway (1976 and 2019), did a great deal to foster my understanding of our amazing defense.




Israel

Published for Saturday - NOVEMBER 18, 2023

Israel Flag

Written Friday - 11/17/23 8:45 AM

It seems that anyone who comes out for Trump in a very public arena is quickly taken to the woodshed for punishment. That this goes on is totally beyond me.

The corruption presently in the political arena is also totally beyond me. I don't see how it can exist which is to say I don't see how the voters keep these people in office.

People like Victor Davis Hanson are speaking out in a way that makes sense to me, but their words seem to be falling on deaf ears. For example, how is it that folks are aligning themselves with Hamas and against Israel? And how is it that so many are taking this position? I really don't understand.

We should note that most of those who take this position (against Israel) seem to hide their faces in public. But not everyone is doing that. And how could anyone take a public stand and reveal their identity? For me, that simply defies understanding.




More on Police State

Published Friday - NOVEMBER 10, 2023

Police State

Written Thursday - 11/08/23 10:00 AM

It seems that many associated with the movie Police State gathered poolside at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club to view and celebrate the film. Trump could not attend but provided strong verbal support for the project.

On hand, from Epoch TV, was Roman Balmakov performing interviews of many of those involved with the production as well as supporters.

I watched those interviews with great interest and thought they all did a great job. Unfortunately, and as some stated, the film will not garner wide support because the press (and even film critics) will avoid it altogether.

Still, when asked about whether we were in a police state or headed that way or not there yet, it seems everyone agreed that we're already in a Police State. There seemed to be no debate in that area. And I liked the great definitions of a Police State that were provided.

From what I have already seen, I too believe we are already well into a police state. I still can't get over the blatant corruption and power that seems to be present on the Democrat side of things.

I thought Dinesh D-Souza, his wife Debbie, and Bruce Schooley, the films team of producers and directors, did a great job with the production.

I also thought that Dinesh did a great job of stating what it takes to make a successful film these days. He noted much of what he was up against in trying to bring the film to market.

It seems the DVD is now out and I look forward to seeing the production.




Trump

Published Thursday - NOVEMBER 09, 2023

Donald Trump

Written Wednesday - 11/08/23 9:25 AM

Well, right now anyway, it looks like Trump may not have to go to prison or jail. It seems folks are planning on him being our next president.

It seems he is having to spend a lot of his money on his legal battles, but it also seems that aside from that there won't be anything stopping him from being our next president.

I suppose that's an early prediction and a lot can happen between now and the election, but I hope the Biden haters are coming on board and will turn things around for us. I guess we'll see.

It seems to me, and to others in the conservative press, that Biden is in a real mess when it comes to his support for Israel and the Democratic party's support for Hamas and all that opposes Israel. That's not a good place for a guy who already has a lot of problems, not to mention the Democratic party.

My support is still aimed at Trump. He's a complex person with what appears to me to be some personal problems, but he's also a proven conservative in all that he did when he was president, and he accomplished a lot!




In Case You Missed It

OCTOBER 28, 2023

President Joe Biden

10/22/23 10:55 AM

Tucker Carlson shares another video containing a lot of verbal missteps from our president. It's worth taking time to view. It's 38 minutes long and was apparently shared about six days ago.

Click here to watch the video.




Great Again

OCTOBER 26, 2023

Great Again 2

10/21/23 8:05 AM

Well, I finished Great Again by former president Donald J. Trump. It was published before he was elected to the presidency so that cast a different light on things.

My amazing soulmate asked me what my takeaway was from the book. I had to think about that for a minute. The chapters were numerous and short and each was a topic he considered important. Everything from energy to foreign policy.

As I said before, it was good to take a peek into his thinking and that was especially true considering he had not yet become president. A lot of what he had to say was more in reference to Obama, whom I suspect was president at the time Trump was writing the book.

A lot of his Trumpisms were nestled in the book. I'm referring to those things he said that most others would not say. His Trumpisms bordered on braggadocios. At least they tended to sound that way to me and I suspect to many others.

But it's all part of the way president Donald J. Trump communicates. He's very matter-of-fact, even when he shares things favorable to his image. That makes sense when you factor in the idea that winning is so important to him and what he shares is all part of his image of being a winner.

He had a lot of good and important things to share about his thinking. If you can get past the Trumpisms, he provided a lot of meat upon which to chew.




Venting

OCTOBER 25, 2023

Venting 2

10/20/23 04:05 PM

It's about politics and I'm venting. Pure and simple. If you don't want to read a post full of venting, now's your chance to close out and do something else.

I can't believe that we've turned things upside down, and I find it even more difficult to believe that so many have bought in on all of it. In fact, I don't believe that smart people have bought in on anything. They're just trying to keep their jobs. I'm guessing it's the dumb and/or angry people who have bought in on the lies.

Corruption has become an effective tool for politicians who are willing to go there. And now we live in a time where people will avoid a bad actor with a good plan in favor of a good actor with a bad plan.

How did we ever get here? Will voters ignore a bad platform in favor of a candidate?

I can't wait to see how the 2024 elections turn out. Will people vote in a manner that makes them useful idiots for a corrupted system? Or will they see through it all and recognize a corrupted party for what it can and has accomplished.

Do people truly hate Trump so much that they would support a guy who has weaponized just about everything that can be weaponized in the political arena? This is not about liberals versus conservatives. This is about competence versus incompetence. And more important, this is about evil.

Illegal immigration, angry people, politicians on the take, a corrupt legal system, an incompetent and senile president, and on, and on, and on. Can this mess even be cleaned up if we clean house in the next election?

And what about those who are against Israel? How did they get to a place where they can actually ignore goodness in favor of evil? Are they that angry?

I wonder...




More from Tucker Carlson

OCTOBER 24, 2023

Tucker on X

10/21/23 12:30 PM

What to believe? I confess I drank the Kool-Aid on this one. I drank the Kool-Aid poured by democrat party leaders. And now, with the evidence being presented here by Tucker, I'll have to regroup on my thinking.

I should have seen it coming. I should have seen the writing on the wall. But I didn't. After this, I see things differently.

Click here to watch the video.




Police State

OCTOBER 23, 2023

Police State

10/21/23 12:30 PM

Police State is another interesting movie by Dinesh D'Souza in collaboration with Dan Bongino and featuring Nick Searcy. This is one I look forward to watching when it becomes generally available.

Click here to watch the trailer.




Great Again

OCTOBER 22, 2023

Great Again

10/20/23 7:20 AM

In my Audible account, I am reading Great Again by former president Donald J. Trump.

It's a short book. As such, and because it was far less expensive, I purchased it with Cash. I'm also out of credits until tomorrow when I provide my monthly payment and am rewarded in turn with another credit for any book. I'll use it on a lengthy and more expensive book.

There's a lot of chapters in Great Again and each is relatively short. They're usually somewhere around 20 minutes as opposed to some of my other books where chapters are one hour or more and the overall read time for the books are more than twice as long.

I had mentioned previously that I may look at Marco Rubio or Rand Paul but I'm no longer sure if I want to go in that direction. I guess that's the fun part about earning an additional credit from Audible. I am provided with an opportunity to pick up another book.

I'll have to finish Great Again first. Despite the fact that this book was published before he became president, It's still very interesting to take a peek into our former president's thoughts. I tend to agree with a lot of what he says, although not everything.




Hamas

OCTOBER 14, 2023

Hamas

10/12/23 3:00 PM

I've been watching TV and some of the online systems and subscriptions we have and am in disbelief of the support I'm seeing for Palestine. How did these people come to such a conclusion about who they are going to support?

Well, Palestine is apparently not the problem. It's the group called Hamas, which is located inside of Palestine, that is the problem. I wonder how many understand this? I didn't!

I honestly thought Palestine was the problem. But if people are going to support Palestine they need to make it clear that they also support Israel. Otherwise, it's clear that they are supporting Hamas and therein lies a problem for Israel.

Clearly, I need further study to better understand the different demographics and how they sit within the various regions of the various countries.

For example, is Lebanon a problem for Israel? Well, Hezbollah is a problem and they are located in Lebanon to the north of Israel. But is Lebanon a problem per se?

I'll have to dig in on that one for an answer. I can't come up with a clear answer after a brief Google search.

I see that there may be need for mediation on a Lebanon-Israel border dispute. And, I see that Palestinians in Lebanon seem willing to engage in a battle with Israel. But I still haven't found a clear answer in terms of the position of Lebanon as it pertains to Israel.

For example, are these Palestinians who are located in Lebanon and are ready to engage Israel already members of Hezbollah or are they not? That would seem an important distinction but I haven't found it mentioned or covered anywhere yet in my search.

And how about Gaza? it's not a country, but rather a Palestinian territory. Or at least those in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank are part of 'Mandate Palestine.' So, what does that mean?

Another confusing part of that picture is that they were apparently captured by Israel during the Six-Day war in 1967. Not sure I understand what that means either.

On a different note, there are only roughly 15 million Jews world-wide with roughly 7 million in Israel and another roughly 7 million in the USA and smaller pockets located elsewhere.

That's compared to an estimated 1.5 billion Christians worldwide and an estimated 1.4 billion members of Islam, also worldwide. Interesting stats of which I had no idea.

What I do understand is that support for Israel is the key. You're either for them or against them. And, it's a Jewish thing too. And your either for them or against them too. Groups like Hamas and Hezbollah are anti-Jew and therefore, anti-Israel.

For them, it's not about acquiring land - it's about the destruction of the Jewish population. Apparently, Israel is trying to do the same in terms of wiping Hamas from existence.

What will make this all interesting is timing. Will China decide during this time to invade Taiwan, or should I say will China take steps to discredit any claims toward sovereignty made my Taiwan?

Will Hezbollah enter the conflict with Israel? And how will the U.S. handle support for Taiwan, Israel, and the Ukraine? Will the U.S. be able to offer support for all three if the conflicts occur simultaneously? And what kind of support (verbal, financial, boots on the ground) will each require?




Israel's War With Gaza

OCTOBER 12, 2023

Gaza's War With Israel

10/09/23 4:20 PM

I've been watching with great interest the war between Israel and Gaza on Fox News. They've done a great job of featuring critical players in the story.

Apparently, Gaza attacked Israel first thing Saturday morning and things have only heated up since then.

There have always been bitter disputes but this is something very different and on a very different and much larger scale. In addition to the attack from The Gaza Strip to the south, it also appears that Hezbollah is now attacking from Lebanon to the north.

I've really been faced with doing a better job of coming up-to-speed on who's who in the region. According to Google, the West Bank and Gaza, are known as Palestinian territories. East Jerusalem and Israel all form part of land known as Palestine since Roman times. These were also the lands of Jewish kingdoms in the Bible, and are seen by Jews as their ancient homeland.

It was particularly interesting to see the protests going on in New York City with Israel supporters on one side of the street and the Palestinian supporters on the other side. It's also going to be interesting to see if President Biden delivers on his promised support for Israel.




This is a Must Watch

OCTOBER 04, 2023

Tucker and Victor

10/03/23 10:00 AM

I'm interrupting the normal sequence of events here on my blog to post an important message from Victor Davis Hanson presented during his most recent interview with Tucker Carlson on X (formerly Twitter.)

This is a must watch for every American voter. To watch and listen to the video, click on the image above.




Victor Davis Hanson #2

SEPTEMBER 25, 2023

Dr. Hanson

09/23/23 7:00 AM

Another excellent interview of Victor Davis Hanson. This time from Telegraph journalist Steven Edginton. Click on the image above to watch the interview.

I was reading back through some of my original posts here on the blog and, much to my surprise, I found on November 09, 2020 a Ben Shapiro Sunday session video that I had posted featuring Victor Davis Hanson's reaction to the 2020 election.

I regret not paying more attention to his name since he has become such a staple in my online reading and listening diet in recent weeks and months.




Rand Paul

SEPTEMBER 24, 2023

Rand Paul

09/22/23 6:15 PM

This is another guy of whom I'm a big fan and this is another excellent example of his work on the senate floor. Republican Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, issues a sound and stark warning to President Biden, the Senate, and the House of Representatives about funding Ukraine in their war with Russia.

To watch the video, click on the image above.

Addendum: 09/23/23 8:00 AM

Just finished another three miler and this time I ran at a 7.0 pace on the treadmill (8:35 per mile pace) and only took very short breaks at the end of miles one two. I didn't have a workout before the run but feel I could probably replicate what I did today, even after a weight training session.

Looks like I have a good long-term plan and one I can stay with over the long haul. It will also let me stay with three milers and accomplish my goal of 1,000+ miles for 2023.

I'm not sure my watch was accurate today since it only reported a MHR of 129. It seemed much higher on the run but I'll have to take it.

Addendum #2: 09/24/23 7:35 AM

Just finished a Sunday morning three miler with no preceeding weight training session and my MHR was only 124. So, maybe my watch is okay since I did the exact same run as yesterday (one short break at the end of miles one and two.)




Victor Davis Hanson

SEPTEMBER 23, 2023

Interview

09/21/23 3:55 PM

I have become a big fan of Victor Davis Hanson. It all started with the purchase of one of his books on Audible - The Case for Trump The book has proven to be an amazing read and quite an academic work.

As can be seen below, Dr. Hanson's credentials are extensive! In 1975 Dr. Hanson received a B.A. in classics and general college honors from Cowell College at the University of California, Santa Cruz and His and his PhD in classics from Stanford University in 1980. In 1985 he was hired at California State University, Fresno to launch a classical studies program.

In 1991, Hanson was awarded the American Philological Association's Excellence in Teaching Award, given annually to the nation's top undergraduate teachers of Greek and Latin. He was named distinguished alumnus of the year for 2006 at University of California, Santa Cruz.

He has been a visiting professor of classics at Stanford University in California (1991–92), a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, California (1992–93), awarded an Alexander Onassis traveling fellowship to Greece (1999), as well as Nimitz Fellow at University of California, Berkeley, (2006), and held the visiting Shifrin Chair of Military History at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland (2002–03).

Dr. Hanson was recently interviewed by Marc Kapetan and I thought it was worth sharing here. I hope you enjoy it and find it as informative as I did. To play the interview, please click on the image below.

I apologize for the loud 53 second intro to the video. Please disregard it.

Dr. Hanson




Isaiah 5:20

SEPTEMBER 12, 2023

Isaiah 5:20

09/06/23 11:05 AM

Isaiah 5:20 says:

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

This verse in scripture seems quite pertinent to all that is going on today in the political world. It seems to speak directly to those who seem to fall in line with all of the lies.

I would never have believed we could reach a place where corruption was so prevalent and blatant. How we got here, I cannot imagine.

But, we are here and all that is left is to trust the Lord, pray, seek His face, and do all that we have been called to do.




Jordan Peterson

SEPTEMBER 10, 2023

Jordan Peterson

09/09/23 07:05 AM

My son is a big fan of Jordan Peterson. Truth be known, I am too!

I've been watching with great interest his posts regarding his current situation. There is so much to learn from listening to all he has to say.

I have become a great deal more interested in all he has to say since his life took a turn toward the spiritual. Still, he is young in that area, as he admits, so I am cautious in processing what he has to share in that arena.

His expertise and his ability to recall data points in his area of expertise is extraordinary. I think his popularity comes from his ability to support, what we all think to be true, with data points that have come from research.

Like so many of us, his battle is with government bureaucracy and not the well-meaning but uninformed individuals around us. He has great tolerance and patience for their uninformed comments and the lack of any basis for those comments. But such grace does not extend to those who would parade behind a false narrative.

He is secure in what he believes and knows to be true based on research and the supporting data points. And, as with his approach to the spiritual, he is humble. I'm sure that wins a lot of people.

I suspect there's a touch of Asperger's or Autism down in there somewhere. His blunt manner has gotten him in trouble more than once, and looks nothing like the humility I speak of. His ability to support his comments seems to have won him strong support from a very adoring base of fans.

He seems quite able to speak for all of us and his well supported points are made with the confidence that his data provides. He has a take no prisoners approach for those who come out against him. He can be patient when he wants to be but woe to those who would push back again and again.




Health, Fitness, and Politics

SEPTEMBER 04, 2023

Orban 2

09/02/23 08:10 AM

On the running front, I put on one pair of footies and laced up the running shoes. The extra weight on the feet made for a tough run, but I eked out all three miles on the 6.5 setting or a 9:23 per mile pace.

No problems so far with the shoes and the toes. I haven't taken the shoes off yet, but no pain in the big toes so that's a good sign. Oh, and the weight is way down. I'm about 2.2 pounds below the bottom of my range. And that's even with a tad of sugar added back to the diet (small glass of chocolate milk an hour or two after supper.)

No matter what I do to change up my diet, the wonk factor is still there and is still consistent and seems to be getting a bit more prevalent. Hope the doctors can find something!

In his book The Case for Trump near the end of the second chapter, author Victor Davis Hanson lays out the idea that Trump had a list of 334 items or goals for accomplishing. He also offers that Trump had completed 1/3 of them just after the end of his first year in office.

He also contrasted that with the fact that Reagan had only knocked out 1/2 of a much smaller list at the same point in office. I thought that was interesting.

While interviewing Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary and pictured above, (I really like this guy!) Tucker Carlson asked what we should do now here in the U.S.A. and Orbán noted we should get Trump back in office. He commented that Trump's foreign policies were the best we've ever had.

If anyone wonders why I would vote for Trump, thoughts laid out by Victor Davis Hanson and Viktor Orbán should shed some light on my reasons. I say all of that despite Trump's less than appealing personal antics.

I hope we can get Trump back in with majorities in the house and senate. Considering all of the help we're not getting from a biased press, we're going to need all the help we can get from other areas.

If, and that's a big 'IF', we get back in, I also hope we can position ourselves well for 2028 and beyond. It's alarming to see how much a corrupt Democrat administration has been able to accomplish in such a short time and without the need for much assistance from congress.

If the Democrats find a way to eliminate Trump from the 2024 picture and put any Democrat back in the president's chair, our country is in big trouble as I see it!




Politics and Ham Radio

SEPTEMBER 02, 2023

6meters

09/01/23 12:35 PM

First off, I want to share another important Tucker Carlson interview. This time it's with Hungarian Primeminister Viktor Orbán and very much worth one's time.

Tucker Carlson interviews Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

089/31/23 04:25 PM

When I added the hexbeam I also was provided with a way to get on 6 meters. I had no idea how much fun 6 meters would provide.

Most of it is about as local as you can get. For example, when conditions are bad I'm still able to work things down here in the southeast corner.

Quite frankly, when conditions are bad on 6 meters it's all about calling CQ and hoping to find someone local who is monitoring the band. That's usually the way I hook up with other stations.

At other times, 6 meters is open all over the U.S.A mainland. And, still at other times the DX rolls in. Admittedly that tends to be pretty rare.

One of the local clubs runs a CW beacon on 6 meters and I can copy if most of the time. It turns out to be a big help in keeping up with my CW. That's because I haven't been on CW since I got my novice license back in the 1973.

Oh, by the way, I should mention that I've pretty much become an FT4 and FT8 guy, even on 6 meters.




Politics

SEPTEMBER 01, 2023

Vote

08/31/23 07:10 AM

For starters, it's another new month and with it come all of the changes here online. Plenty to do to get ready and present the new month here on the website.

But, I feel like a political post might be appropriate. Even though I have no earthly idea what is going to happen as November 2024 rolls around, it still seems like it's time.

And even though my thoughts about the political landscape change at the speed of sound, it's still time. So, here goes.

I continue to enjoy Fox News on Sling and both of the Epoch News sites. I particularly like Josh Phillip (host of Cross Roads), Jan Jekielek (pronounced Yahn Yuhkeleck and host of American Thought Leaders) and Roman Balmakov (host of Facts Matter) and all on the Epoch Times programming.

One of the Epoch contributors that I really like is Alex Newman. His knowledge of the Latin American political landscape is second to none and when he contrasts that with what's going on here in the states, I learn a lot and realize how much we are currently headed in the same polotical direction as our friends down south.

I've asked before if we've always been this corrupt in our political world or if I'm just getting old enough to better understand and recognize all that is really going on behind the scenes. I'm tending toward the latter of the two with the idea that the corruption has always been around and is just becoming more blatant.

One thing is for sure, I've never felt like having our country on my personal prayer list was as important as it has become presently. After all, He's got this and it's in his hands. I'm just a pawn in the picture.

The thing that concerns me most is how much damage the Biden administration has done and can continue to do in the next 14+ months. Case and point, selling off the materials purchased to build the wall, for pennies on the dollar and before the house can put anything together to stop the action.

I continue to pray for our country every day. Will our next president be a conservative and, if so, can he undo what has been done by our present and highly corrupt administration? If so, how long would it take?

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More Politics

AUGUST 27, 2023

Politics X 2

08/26/23 1:55 PM

Another video well worth a listen:

Tucker Carlson interviews Colonel Douglas Macgregor about the war between Russia and the Ukraine




Politics

AUGUST 19, 2023

Politics X 2

08/18/23 11:40 AM

The following are worth a listen:

Tucker Carslon interviews former (Jan 6th) Capitol Police Chief, Steven Sund

Tucker Carlson speaks to the Heritage Foundation

Tucker Carlson interviews Vivek Ramaswamy

Joe Rogan and Patrick Bet-David podcast

Another Joe Rogan and Patrick Bet-David podcast




Politics

AUGUST 16, 2023

Politics 4

08/14/23 02:50 PM

While the blogsite category topic of Spiritual matters is still number one for me, the blogsite category topic of Politics remains an up-and-comer. Now that I'm retired and have time to devote to politics, I've become very interested in it.

In terms of my interest, it doesn't hurt that things are as different, politically speaking, as they have ever been. In fact, maybe they're not so different. Maybe having the amount of time and interest I have to devote to it have changed my perspective.

Gone are the days when I could believe everything and anything. Heck, I don't even know who or what to believe amidst the large quantity of talking heads.

My conservative nature has landed me on Fox News, Epoch Times and Epoch Times TV, and a wide array of YouTube videos including those by Tucker Carlson, and Amazon's Audible. Still, I challenge myself to periodically visit the liberal media (both TV and print) but it gets more and more difficult to stay there very long with all of the propaganda that gets spewed.

Some might consider me a conspiracy theorist and by the definition I found of it online, I might even agree. Here's that definition for anyone interested:

A person who believes that some secret but influential organization is responsible for a particular event or phenomenon.

My problem with the definition is that word secret. It's no secret that we have a liberal media and that we have a liberal executive branch of government, not to mention a liberal senate.

But, I have come to believe that we have a very leftist (and powerful) clan of democrats and media who are working in a very secretive fashion to perform highly illegal operations.

Actually, it may be secretive in their mind, but the conservative right seems onto them and their illegal operations have become anything but secretive.

I also have come to believe that those same media and government leftists have aligned themselves with a corrupt operation for the sake of job security, if not a true belief in what they are doing.

With the way things have shaped up and continue to shape up, it's anyone's guess what might happen henceforth. The left has such a broad and strong hold on things that it's difficult to see and accept what they continue to accomplish with their corrupt operations.

It's even more amazing to see how blatant the left has become with their corruption. Honestly, I could have never dreamed things would get to this point. While I respect their desire to control the playing field, I am shocked at the level of liberality and corruption that has evolved, not to mention how obvious all of it is.

If a conservative president wins in 2024, and if by chance we gain majorities in both the House and the Senate, it will be interesting to see how much can be turned around. After all, a lot of damage has been done and a corrupt left continues to find ways to effect change, even when they do not have a president or hold a majority in either the House or the Senate.

08/16/23 07:05 AM

Several months ago, or more, I purchased a movie entitled Uncle Tom. It is well worth watching and I took the time last night to watch it again. I'm so glad I did and it assures me I am on the right track with my thoughts and actions from a political standpoint.




Political Corruption

AUGUST 06, 2023

Political Corruption

08/04/23 01:35 PM

Well, it looks like this may go all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS.) I'm talking about the presidential race and in particular, the rush to judgement of former president Donald J. Trump.

I've already heard Josh Phillips on Epoch TV express his wonder about how they might be able to lock up Trump and still have the required body guards present. He (JP) reflects that there may wind up being some sort of house arrest involved to alleviate those problems if Trump is convicted on any of the counts.

I don't want to believe that a conviction is possible given what should happen but that could wind up being a far cry from what may actually occur based on the high degree of corruption in our democratic leadership and in particular the Biden administration.

If that isn't bad enough, the corruption of the judges, the attorneys, and the special council may wind up producing dire consequences for Trump. Will conservatives revolt against such or will they abandon Trump?

We'll see...




President Joe Biden

JULY 18, 2023

Joe Biden

07/16/23 03:30 PM

I have no idea how we got to this place here in the U.S.A. I mean I know that the Biden administration carries a lot (if not all) of the responsibility, but I have no idea how or why people still support his corrupt activities and all of his medical issues. Is he really running the country and will he be up to it for another term?

What about the prospects of our V.P. stepping into the presidential shoes if Biden goes for his eternal reward during this term or the next? Are we really open to that?

Are people so focused on keeping conservatives out of office that they will accept the kind of lying and deception that seems to be taking place? Have we really arrived at a place where our priorities are that out of wack?

Are folks truly willing to turn a blind eye to all that is going on in order to forward their liberal agenda? I have to call it what it is - pure evil.

We're seeing the weaponizing of a corrupt America to the extent that we may ultimately find ourselves the bearers of a one party system. Either that or a Banana Republic or perhaps both.

I have come to believe that the 2024 election is critical. I started to call it a turning point, but we faced that when Biden stepped into office and now we are in desperate need of turning things back around.

These are truly dangerous times in which we live. Gender identity, wokeness, ESG, illegal immigration, the January 6th lies, and the list goes on. Who believes in this stuff and why? As I said earlier, it's all pure evil through and through.

Those who put the Democrats in office in order to hold on to that one liberal value are ultimately responsible for all of the other liberal values that get delivered by this evil administration.

I truly hope that when election time rolls around the race is between Trump and Biden. That's because I don't believe a large contingent of Biden voters will make the same mistake twice.

I think they were voting against Trump and wound up with more than they bargained for with Biden. They didn't like Trump (the person) but didn't realize the good he was accomplishing - that is until they put someone else in office and began to see the difference.

Trump's list of accomplishments is long and glowing. On the other hand, Biden's list of accomplishments is simply long. No glow at all.

God help us if our country makes the same (or a similar) mistake like we made back in the 2020 presidential election cycle.




Tucker Carlson Interviews Andrew Tate

JULY 14, 2023

Tucker Carlson and Andrew Tate

07/12/23 05:55 PM

I've been watching the Tucker Calrson interview of Andrew Tate on Twitter.

It really got me to thinking. A lot of what Andrew said was spot on, although I know he seems a follower of the Islamic faith and spoke of reading the Quran on what seems like a daily basis.

That's why I think that following someone outside of the faith or putting our faith in a new convert to our faith can be a very dangerous proposition.

It's okay to ask real and tough questions. But, there is danger in letting the answers to those questions take us away from the roots of our belief system. We can find ourselves copying the copy and walking away from the original.

Suddenly we are out on the end of a proverbial limb with no place to go. And this is where a lot of people land just before they give up.

It's okay to ask tough questions. And, it's okay to make modifications to what we believe based on the answers we find to those tough questions.

But we should approach something very carefully when it shakes us to our roots and demands a major shift in what we believe or we can find ourselves being led away from the truth in favor of something that may resemble the truth but may actually be a lie at its core.

We should have a good idea of what we believe and why we believe it and anything that would cause that to change should have strong and widespread evidence and should be able to address more than our current belief system. Following someone because they are charismatic or seem to have it together could be a formula for hard times ahead.

What Andrew Tate is doing reminds me of what Mark Driscoll did. Both have radical styles and a strong following. In fact, so do others who will remain unnamed here.

That's because all of those people have a style that seems to be true, but may lead to something other than the ultimate truth since it does not provide answers to our fundamental questions. More than likely it only affirms what our flesh already wants to believe.

When the one true God gets our attention, we should be very careful not to let distractors get in our way. We are warned about that in scripture as seen here.

If you're interested in watching the interview, you can find it here.




Trump

MAY 25, 2023

Donald Trump

05/24/23 10:05 AM

I was watching Sean Hannity last night on Fox News and he said that he thinks if Trump runs Biden will run and if Trump does not run (for one reason or another) he thinks the Democrats will go for a younger candidate and remove Biden.

Personally, I guess I'm putting more stock in the American people that they will not tolerate another term with Biden's mess and that it will turn out to be Trump versus Biden and that Trump will win.

Okay, there's my prediction. We've got a long way to go before we see who wins the Republican nomination but even with Desantis, I don't see anyone but Trump pulling out the nomination and winning the entire thing.

On top of all of that, I would vote for Trump again. Sure, I don't like a lot of his antics, but I love his policies and hope he can restore what he had done while he was in office.

I can tolerate what I don't like just to get rid of Biden. I guess we'll see.




Politics

MAY 07, 2023

Men in Women's Sports

05/06/23 07:20 AM

Where we're at right now with the current administration of Democrats reminds me of the nobles in the movie Braveheart and particularly the scene where William Wallace speaks to those nobles and says:

There's a difference between us. You think the people of this country exist to provide you with position. I think your position exists to provide those people with freedom. And I go to make sure that they have it.

That pretty well summarizes my feelings toward the Democrats. Like the nobles in Braveheart they are more concerned with position and power (and working along party lines to retain their jobs.) I don't see how they can support some of the policies that come with their platform.

Believe it or not, I can see their argument with abortion. That's a tough one! There are definitely situations where both sides have a strong point.

However, I have no idea how they can support men in women's sports. And like I've heard said before, surely some of those men and women (Democrats) have daughters whose athletic endeavors are tragically impacted by the way they are voting.

Knowing how they just voted to support the guys competing with their daughters, how can they go home and look their daughters in the face? That's a real problem from my way of thinking.

I honestly hope I'm wrong on that one. No daughter deserves to have to deal with that kind of parent.




More Politics

APRIL 13, 2023

Epoch Times

04/12/23 08:40 AM

I'm amazed at how much the Epoch Times is able to present in terms of new research. Whether the topic is old or new, they are constantly updating those topics with new material.

I like being able to be informed. I like the email notifications that I receive multiple times per day on those refreshed topics.

I do try to go to liberal sources for objectivity's sake but I am an honest believer that most all of those sources are filled with propaganda. I attempt to be objective but the propaganda is often overwhelming.

So, what is propaganda? Here's the Google definition taken from the Oxford Languages dictionary:

Information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.

So, does that definition apply? It seems to me that it does. I'm fearful of how effective the liberal left has become in terms of using their propaganda on an unsuspecting community that has a preference toward being spoon-fed.

In the past, I had to make value judgements on the values of a candidate. I'm not so sure any of us are capable in that area so now I tend to lean more on the candidate's platform for that concern. I want conservative candidates with conservative values.

I also find many conservative thinkers to be trustworthy, although I'm the first to admit that knowing who and what to trust these days can be very difficult. Still, I have found that a number of conservative thinkers have proven themselves to me over the test of time.

I'm willing to ride it out with them unless and until they prove otherwise. The things that I see coming back as a defense from the liberal left (even the media) have not passed muster in the court of my opinion.

Of equal importance to strong conservative values is the capability to perform the job. That's especially true in the area of appointments.

In fact, that's what troubles me a lot about Biden's appointments. They have what he wants for areas like trans-gender and wokeness support, but they also seem to have literally no experience in doing the job to which they have been appointed.




Climbing Out On A Limb

APRIL 11, 2023

Climb Out on a Limb

04/10/23 05:45 PM

Reuters reports that Biden said today he intends to run for reelection in 2024 but is not prepared to announce it. Both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have said they will run together.

I'm going to climb out on a limb and say that I think Trump can and will defeat him. That also means I'm predicting Trump will quickly and easily win the nomination for the Republican party.

If I'm right, we'll never know if Trump might have lost the nomination and retreated to an independent ticket. From there I fear he would have selfishly split the conservative vote and placed Biden back in the White House. Hate to say it, but I think if push came to shove, he would indeed go that route.

Biden got a lot of spill-over in 2020 from a very disgusted block of voters who were tired of Trump's antics and were ready for a change.

My gut tells me, that group of voters and others got more than they bargained for. Their cause(s) may have aligned with Biden's but too much came with the package which I believe they opposed.

Methinks they will be ready for another change or, in this case, a change back to a tried-and-true conservative approach with all of the madness that Trump is sure to bring to the table. We'll see if I'm right but somehow, I don't feel there is much risk associated with this prediction.

Then again, I predicted a Trump win in 2020. However, I'm one of the hold-outs who believes Trump would have won an honest election. I'm a firm believer in that which was presented in Dinesh D'Souza's film, 2000 Mules, which provided a strong case for the still popular Stolen Election theory.

It's amazing what a liberal press with a persuasive narrative can make people believe about an election result.




Trump's Speech

APRIL 06, 2023

Trump Speech

04/05/23 07:35 AM

Yesterday I watched the proceedings for both the arraignment and the post arraignment speech given by former president Donald J. Trump. I thought the speech was excellent.

However, I must admit that the arraignment did not bring the closure I expected. Apparently, that was the case across the board for everyone involved.

Nothing seems to be what anyone expected. I think Trump's lawyers were expecting to have the case dismissed and I think they were also expecting to be presented with a clearer picture of the charge.

Apparently the prosecutor did not have to specify some of details for the ultimate charge in the arraignment according to his take on New York law. And this left everyone wondering what the actual charge was. Even now we don't know and are left hanging for potentially months before we will be presented with an answer.

Have things become so corrupted that the judge has not already tossed this case and is letting things move forward or have we been given bad information by Trump's legal team? Something smells very fishy here.




Danger Ahead?

APRIL 05, 2023

Arraignment

04/04/23 07:05 AM

I remember when I took my 16 mile kayak trip from the edge of the Wakulla Springs to the house. I was quite innocent if not a bit naive about the whole thing.

Well, that's exactly how I feel about Trump's arraignment and particularly the entire political landscape. Some pretty dangerous things are going on and I'm wondering if I should be a bit more concerned about all of it.

I've seen Trump's lawyer (Joe Tacopina) on Sean Hannity's Fox News show and I've even noticed that Trump, on the eve of his arraignment, brought in white collar defense attorney Todd Blanche. His role is to serve as 'additional firepower' to Trump's legal team.

But when I think of the idea of a dangerous political landscape, I'm thinking of China, Russia, and all of the other countries that are now taking a very different view of the USA. How far can we go down a very dangerous road with the present administration before we've gone too far to turn back?




More About Donald Trump

APRIL 01, 2023

More Trump

03/31/23 07:45 AM

I never thought I would live to see the types of political shenanigans that we are all witnessing today. It truly boggles the mind.

Let's put aside the efforts to prosecute Trump by the liberal left. Truly, they are acts performed by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

What looks like blind support for former president Trump may not be as blind as we might tend to believe. In his four years of service to our country, former president Donald Trump produced strong results despite his personal issues.

There's still the concern of a split ticket between Trump and DeSantis. If both run, the downstream debacle could put a democrat back in the white house. And, if Trump is not going to step aside (and I do not believe he will) we better get behind him or we are going to be in trouble.

Do I think DeSantis would be a better choice? Yes, I do. Do I think he is as competitive as Trump? No, I don't. Do I think DeSantis is going to have an opportunity to run without Trump in the picture? No, I don't.

Do I think that Trump can do the job? Absolutely! Do I think we could wind up with another four or eight years of tolerating his personal issues? Yes, there's not a doubt in my mind. Am I willing to go that route? Again, the answer is yes.

The problem we all face is that Trump is a known quantity but DeSantis is untested on the national stage. That alone could put Trump in the white house or at least provide him with the Republican nomination.

I hope DeSantis has the wisdom to step aside if Trump stays the course. And, if DeSantis stays in and wins the Republican nomination, I fear Trump might go independent and split the conservative vote. That would be a tragedy.

The only way I see we might have a win is to put Trump in and ask DeSantis to wait.




Donald Trump

FEBRUARY 04, 2023

Donald Trump

02/02/23 03:50 PM

I watched a video of South Carolina, U.S. Senator, Lindsey Graham, who was a guest on Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity Show. Mr. Graham expressed my thoughts exactly when it comes to Donald Trump.

Senator Graham indicated that he fully supports Donald Trump for President. He indicated that if we want Trump's policies, the only way to get them is with Donald Trump.

He went on to talk about all that Trump has accomplished and that other candidates may have had similar policies, but few if any have been able to implement those policies and deliver on their own promises. He was quick to offer that only Trump has been able to deliver consistently on his promises.

In other words, if we want Trump's policies the only way we are going to get them is if we put Trump in the president's seat and take the whole package.

I don't mind going on the record and saying that I agree with Senator Graham. I'm all in on what he said, and I combine that with my belief that Donald Trump has been the consistent victim of a highly biased press and a dirty Democratic Party.

I'm not ready to declare that the election was stolen from Trump, like so many, but I'm not ready to blame him for January 6th or call it an insurrection either.

I do believe there are those who have indeed acted illegally and it wouldn't surprise me to discover that illegal actions took place on both sides. That seems to be the new America in which we live.

Addendum:

02/04/23 01:30 PM

Changed up the running routine today and added an extra mile to the run. Saw a movie the other day with a runner who was running outside (instead of on the treadmill with which I'm stuck) and had a bout with runner's envy.

I decided the best way I could simulate a longer run was to do one! Instead of the 7.0 speed setting I normally use for my two mile runs I set the machine on 6.5 (a bit slower) and did three miles. Turns out I moved my pace from roughly an 8:34 per mile pace to a 9:14 per mile pace.

Now to decide if I want to push up that distance on a daily basis or just an every now and then approach, like once a week.




The House versus the Senate

JANUARY 12, 2023


House of Representatives

01/10/23 02:55 PM

I've been reading up a bit on the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. If I reading things correctly, the House has sole power (without the U.S. Senate) to impeach the president of the United States.

With Kamala Harris waiting in the wings, I wonder if they will consider that route? I tend to doubt it. I would imagine most see that as a true picture of jumping from the frying pan into the fire. I know I do.

Ironically, Kevin McCarthy (who finally won the speakership for the house on the 15th ballot) would be in line behind Harris to become president if it were called for.

There's so much going on that it's difficult to get a bearing on which way things will proceed from here. There's the whole president thing - including Biden, Trump, and an assortment of other players.

And there's a large contingent of players at lower levels who also tend to keep things quite interesting. And don't foreget the non-political who still can take center stage when they want to - like Elon Musk.

Of course there's always those instances where I'm sure they would prefer not to take center stage, but when you do wacky things that's where one is likely to land. Trump and Musk have proven to be very good at it.




Culture Shift

DECEMBER 07, 2022


Cancel Culture

12/07/22 07:00 AM

What do a lot of people know that I don't know? That's what I have to ask myself after witnessing the US Senate runoff in Georgia between Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker.

I'm the first to admit that Walker carrys a ton of dirty laundry into the election, but, in my eyes anyway, so does the Democratic party. And what about Warnock's dirty laundry that the press so conveniently ignored?

The irony is that I am concerned that more people do not seem concerned about the Democratic platform and all that it seems to be unleashing under the Biden administration. People seem to be voting for and against candidates rather than party platforms. I may be wrong, but that's the only way I can read what I'm seeing.

Would I vote for Trump again? If that's my only choice to vote against the Democratic platform then I would jump on it. As a personality, there's not a lot I like about Trump. But I think he did a fabulous job as president in terms of the conservative things that got accomplished, despite his personal performance.

Would I like to see Trump step away in favor of someone like Ron DeSantis? Yes, I would, but in this season I'm not sure a Republican presidential candidate is electable. I hope I'm wrong on that one, but I have to acknowledge what I'm seeing and what I'm seeing does not favor a conservative Republican party for anything.

What I'm witnessing is a dramatic culture shift and a willingness on the part of the liberal left to lie, cheat, and steal in order to put their liberal policies in place. I have no idea how we got here, but we are indeed here and this seems to be what we are presently facing.




Elon Musk

NOVEMBER 22, 2022


Tweet1

11/21/22 04:30 PM

News coverage of Twitter has never been so entertaining as it has become since Elon Musk purchased the company and took it private. Lots of his employees have bailed on him but he seems to be taking it in stride as he executes his plan.

According to the news feed on Twitter, Elon has reinstated former President Donald Trump's Twitter account. Conservative Twitter account holder, Diante Johnson, posted a funny and creative tweet (seen above) in response. It's funny and deep at the same time.

Unlike many, I like Twitter and have developed a singular focus on all of the ham radio operators and everything to do with ham radio. There are a lot of us there. But even if I don't talk about it on Twitter, I still tend to check in and see what Mr. Musk is up to. And, he's always up to something interesting.




Not Again

NOVEMBER 18, 2022


Trump

11/16/22 07:40 AM

This story is about Trump. I missed the big announcement yesterday, but my wife filled me in and apparently he's making another run for the presidency. Really?

I honestly thought that with a Senate controlled by the Democrats, Trump would not be able to deal with the resistance and would pass on the opportunity. It appears that his family has already seen the wisdom in one term only.

I'm also not sure that Trump has a strong base left. In other words, I'm not real sure he is electable. Despite his childish and narcissistic behavior, I think he accomplished a lot of positives. But without control of both the House and the Senate, if he were to be elected I fear he would be at best a lame duck.

Trump's bid may bring with it some real problems for the Republican party. If they don't get behind him, we may be looking at a split ticket that serves to provide us all with Biden or another left leaning president. And if they do get behind him again, there's still the ever looming question of his electability.

So despite its appearance, the title of this post was not meant to proclaim disbelief. It was meant to present a potential statement of fact. I have serious doubts that he can do it all again.

Had Republicans taken control of the House and the Senate, then I believe electing Trump could and would make a difference. But that opportunity doesn't exist anymore.

In my humble opinion, Trump should step aside and let DeSantis take a swing at it.




Says Who?

NOVEMBER 15, 2022


Says Who?

11/13/22 05:35 PM

These days, it's quite difficult to determine who and what to believe. I'm amazed at politicians and so-called journalists alike, who pedal their stories with all sorts of objectives and I'm equally amazed at those who willingly consume and get behind those stories without the slightest idea of the truth or fallacy upon which any given story is based.

So, where should I go to discover the truth behind any given story these days? We can't even trust the fact-checkers. Even those with whom I would most often tend to agree get caught from time to time in stretching the truth or omitting facts to suit their purpose. Fortunately for them, stories grow old and are quickly forgotten and/or replaced with an even more shocking story.

Some folks want to be the first to break a story. Unfortunately for them, they also wind up taking a position on the story just by the nature of their report. And they may wind up regretting the taking of that position as things start to pan out in the story. That seems to occur with great frequency these days.

And then there are those stories behind which I suspect we'll never know the real truth. It will often remain someone's truth positioned to cover up what really happened. The recent news on Nancy Pelosi's husband comes to mind as a possibility for that one.

Either way, I'm shocked at how divided we are in this country and I'm particularly surprised at the level of support on each side. If voting outcomes tell the tale, we are about as equally divided as one could imagine.

How did we ever get here?




Leo Shoemaker

NOVEMBER 09, 2022


Leo Shoemaker

11/07/22 07:50 PM

I put out a call for ham radio help on Twitter recently and had a gentleman reach out to me in response. As such I had a short phone call today with Jim (K8CXM) about his experiences with his K4KIO Hexbeam, and particularly about the performance and installation process.

He was very helpful and had some great insights to share. He reminded me that the founder and owner of KIO technology, from whom I also had ordered a hexbeam today, was located down this way, so I went searching.

I remembered the call sign and that he had a Florida address. I didn't know he also had a Birmingham address. I just finished reading about Leo Shoemaker (K4KIO) and all that I have read makes me even more excited about my purchase today of one of his KIO Technology Hexagonal Beams or Hexbeams as they are more commonly known.

While I'm writing this on the evening of November 7th, it won't be published until November 9th. By then the election will be over and my focus will likely shift more in the direction of Ham Radio and my preparations for receiving and installing my K4KIO hexbeam and all of the supporting equipment.

I'm so glad there are smart people like Leo who make this technology available to the rest of us. I've been reading about this antenna for many years and only now have felt right about expanding my ham radio station in that direction.

If you haven't been reading and keeping up with me, we're both retired and have retired to a beautiful place here in Ohatchee, Alabama. Everything seems right to go ahead and upgrade the ham radio hobby and station and I'm very excited about all that's up ahead on this journey.

It was great to read about Leo's life, marriage, and particularly his faith and walk with Christ. From that, it seems we have more in common than just the ham radio hobby.

If you are interested you can learn more about Leo's at his blog, which is located at leoshoemaker.com.

Footnote



Election Wrap-up

11/09/22 07:40 AM

Well, we went into the morning hours with vote counting and I could not understand the situation with Herschel Walker and Raphael Warnock and why there needed to be a runoff. Where was the other 80k votes or the missing 2.1%?

Turns out there was a third (Libertarian) candidate who received those votes and that missing 2.1% of the tally. So, now I understand the process as I read about it and studied it late last night. There were actually more than two candidates, but the run-off will include only the two candidates and should be held in December.

Some states only allow ballots to be cast (in the run-off) by those voters who voted in the main election. I'm interested to know if that will be the case for Georgia? Online reports suggest that it has been extremely rare for as many votes to be cast in a run-off as were cast in the preceding election. It seems Alabama was the exception in the past. Interesting!

I'll need to do some homework on to find out exactly where we stand in the Senate. From what I'm reading in early articles, it seems Democrats may have picked up a seat.

It does indeed seem that Republicans captured control of the US House by a very slim margin. That will make a very big difference in things going forward, but the anticipated red wave never occurred.

I wonder how many Republicans didn't vote due to the expected red wave? Not placing any blame since Democrat voters might have done the same thing. Just curious.




Election Day!

NOVEMBER 08, 2022


Election Day!

11/06/22 08:55 AM

The countdown is over. It's election day.

Patty and I will grab some takeout this evening and sit down in front of Fox News for a long night of election returns. Watching election returns with a takeout meal is a big tradition at our house. This will be the first time in as long as I can remember that we've had Fox News hosting the event for us.

We're grateful for our Sling account and the opportunity it provides us to avoid the liberal slant with which we've been confronted in past years. It will hopefully be a very pleasant and interesting evening of election returns for us with Fox News.

I'm particularly intrigued with the last-minute conservative come-back we are seeing in so many gubernatorial and state senate races. It will be very interesting to see how many of the conservatives cross the finish line and enter the winner's circle. Equally interesting, at the end of the evening, will be the number of seats held by our Republican conservatives in both houses of Congress.




One Day

NOVEMBER 07, 2022


One Day

11/06/22 07:10 AM

For the record, there is now one day in our countdown until the 2022 mid-term elections.

As I type, there are still a full two days left. But as I publish, one full day is all that remains until folks start casting their ballots.

As a conservative, I'm holding my breath that the red wave my community is expecting does indeed come to pass. A majority in either house is really all it would take, but a majority in both would send a message that liberals would not want to hear and likely would not hear.

It will take a replacement of the president in 2024 to really get things where we want and need them to be, but I'm beginning to realize that a majority in both houses of Congress would position us to get some very important investigations underway.

First things first. Let the voting begin tomorrow and I pray it will bring about the much needed-change that will get our country back on the right track.




The Countdown!

OCTOBER 29, 2022


Ten

10/28/22 06:00 PM

The blog will be carried forth as usual, but the images for the posts will be dedicated to the countdown for the next 10 days until zero day (election day) arrives on Tuesday November 8, 2022.

I figured it would be fun and add a bit of a twist to the blog. That in addition to everything else that will be going on.

10/29/22 07:35 AM

Well, it's Saturday! They come fast and furious these days and it's hard to believe we're less than two weeks away from our three month anniversary here at what Patty has aptly named Cliff Cottage. Let the adventure continue!




Ham Radio & Politics

OCTOBER 25, 2022


Ham Radio & Politics

10/25/22 11:00 AM

Well, I've got enough promises of confirmations (3) for QSO's to get South America finished and have already completed North America and Europe. I'm only a few entities away from the DXCC and will have re-earned (at my current location) all of the ham radio awards earned at previous locations.

And, I've got a very good start on the other awards of which I had made no progress at any of my previous locations. It looks like Master of Asia may be first, followed by Master of Oceania, and I'm making small progress on Master of Africa, so it will probably be the final award earned and it may be a while before I secure it.

On a totally different note, there are 14 days until the mid-term elections. I'm going to start my official countdown here on the blog this coming Saturday when we hit the point of ten days left. What happens after the election (and especially with the lead-up to the 2024 presidential election) should prove to be very interesting!

The DeSantis / Trump thing should be very interesting as will be the choice Biden faces in pushing for four more years. There should be some other entertaining players but I can't believe any of them will make a serious mark on the outcome. I guess as time passes, we'll see how it all unfolds.

Footnotes

Storm Forecast

10/25/22 12:25 PM

Looks like we've got some potentially serious weather moving in tonight.

Storm 2

Online Autism Test

10/25/22 12:25 PM

I don't think there's ever been any doubt in my mind, but I took the online test (once again) for the Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ). Results are below.

Autism 2




What if...

OCTOBER 24, 2022


What If

10/23/22 08:10 AM

If I remember the rules of our political arena correctly, I'm wondering what the conservative camp will be able to accomplish, even with majorities in both the senate and the house. Dear old Joe will still have veto power and I'm pretty confident that even if we obtain a majority in the senate and the house, we will likely not have sufficient votes to override a veto.

So, what does that mean and what are we really facing? Dear old Joe will be a lame duck president, but still one with the ability to veto anything he doesn't like. I hope I'm wrong on that.

I need to read up a bit and see what we're facing. I was hoping for a real change that might result from these mid-term elections, but I'm thinking the best we may be able to hope for is a stoppage of any further liberal moves by Joe and his handlers.

Footnotes

Veto

The Veto

10/23/22 08:50 PM

The Presidential Veto

Here's what I found in my research:

The power of the President to refuse to approve a bill or joint resolution and thus prevent its enactment into law is the veto. The president has ten days (excluding Sundays) to sign a bill passed by Congress. A regular veto occurs when the President returns the legislation to the house in which it originated, usually with a message explaining the rationale for the veto. This veto can be overridden only by a two-thirds vote in both the Senate and the House. If this occurs, the bill becomes law over the President's objections. A pocket veto occurs when Congress adjourns during the ten-day period. The president cannot return the bill to Congress. The president's decision not to sign the legislation is a pocket veto and Congress does not have the opportunity to override.

Source:

https://www.senate.gov/reference/reference_index_subjects/Vetoes_vrd.htm

The Presidential Line Item Veto

The Line Item Veto Act, P.L. 104-130, allowed the President, within five days (excluding Sundays) after signing a bill, to cancel in whole three types of revenue provisions within the bill. The cancellation would take effect upon receipt by Congress of a special message from the President. Congress could 'override' the line-item veto by enacting a disapproval bill that would make the cancellation message null and void. On June 25, 1998, the U.S. Supreme Court held the Line Item Veto Act unconstitutional.

Source:

https://www.senate.gov/reference/reference_index_subjects/Vetoes_vrd.htm




Culture Shift

OCTOBER 03, 2022


Politics 1

10/03/22 07:30 AM

It's Monday and our first start to a full new week in October. We're also only about 36 days away from the elections. I would mention Halloween, but no kids live up this way. As such, I think that one's going to come and go without fanfare.

So, back to my mention of the elections. I guess that's going to be the big deal around here in the weeks to come. Will the conservative Republican party be able to unseat enough Democrats to take back over the majority positions in the US House and Senate?

In my humble opinion, and I'm sure the humble opinion of many others, we need to do that to slow down, or completely stop, Biden's unhinged efforts. I'm amazed at what the Democrats are willing to do and to put up with in their push to change the culture.

We're in desperate need of taking control and moving the culture back to the right just a bit. I'm not talking about a looney right, but a more conservative right.

I hope we can pull it off. There's so much at stake.




911

SEPTEMBER 11, 2022


Twin Towers

09/11/22 08:20 AM

I cannot imagine the horror of 911. From a distance, the horror was real but I cannot imagine what it must have been like to be there.

My wife was at home with a sick son, and I was in Louisiana teaching a PeopleSoft class for the Department of Defense. I remember being asked to return to my hotel on Tuesday and Wednesday and then being released to drive my rental car home to Douglasville, Georgia on Thursday. Obviously, there were no flights to catch.

I often think of things like 911, North Korea, Chernobyl, and anything associated with a long-term and painful result like those have produced. I pray for those who continue to be affected by things like that.

Particularly for things like North Korea, I remain hopeful that something can be done (or happen) that would free up those being tortured. What a horrible thing with which to have to live.

And for those suffering the consequences of things that can't be undone, I can only hope and pray that some type of intervention comes into play and reduces the long-term pain. God help them all!




Alabama Voters

AUGUST 27, 2022


Alabama Voters

08/26/22 06:10 PM

I find it interesting that Alabama has 3,708,804 registered voters and that 2,329,114 of those individuals voted in the 2020 election. Those numbers suggest a 62.8% registered voter turnout, or roughly 2 out of 3 registered voters.

I also find the trend toward Absentee voting to be interesting. In the 2020 election, 305,663 absentee ballots were cast and that's up from 87,553 in 2016. In 2016, 4.1% of ballots cast were absentee and in the 2020 election absentee ballots represented a whopping 13.1% of all ballots cast, over three times the numbers from only four years earlier.

Also of interest is the fact that since Jan 19, 2015 1,890,152 people have registered to vote and 1,282,990 people have been removed from voter records as a result of being deceased, having duplicate records, or leaving the state.

Image source: NBC affiliate WVTM, Channel 13, in Birmingham, AL

Other Data Source: sos.alabama.gov

Footnote

08/27/22 11:11 AM

Diet and Workout

I've really gotten lazy with my diet. My casual attitude toward the intake of sugar has been one of several factors that has sent my weight in the wrong direction.

Once one thing gets casual, it's so much easier for everything to get casual. While my weight has tracked upward, I have still found it easy to consider changing my running and workout schedule to a lighter load with an underlying lazy attitude.

I'm not sure how that happens, but it sure is easy to get there. And then it's so much work to get back where I belong. Why do I keep doing this to myself?!!!

I'm not sure I know the answer to that question, but I've thrown away the idea of the lighter load workout and I'm back to where I belong on all three items including running, weight training, and that all important diet.

And now to keep up my focus!




Sling TV

AUGUST 11, 2022


Sling TV

08/10/22 08:04 PM

Some time ago we had a Sling account and really enjoyed it. We were watching a hurricane's progress as it made its way toward our home while we were in the car running from it. As silly as it may sound, that was fun and interesting, even if a bit scary.

Well, one thing we're really enjoying in our new place is rock solid high speed internet and we've once again subscribed to Sling TV to take full advantage of the streaming capabilities it provides. We're subscribed to both of the major packages and the sports add on, which provides me with plenty of tennis and golf.

I'm really looking forward to the upcoming US Open Tennis tournament, held each year in September and located in New York City. It's always interesting even if I'm still getting used to the unruly crowds at most tennis events that used to be so unique to New York's event. What a culture shift!

Speaking of culture shirts, I also enjoy Fox News and am looking forward to all of the election returns (and the political activities leading up to those elections) coming up this November, as well as the lead up to the 2024 election season, and in particular the presidential campaign and election.

Should all prove to be very interesting!




Vote

MAY 26, 2022


Vote

05/24/22 12:54 PM

It's Tuesday May 24th as I write although this will be published on Thursday May 26th and it will be old news by then. It's still worth a mention.

Patty and I had a list of items that required us getting out. On that list was stopping by the library to cast our vote in the Republican primary. We love to watch the voter returns on voting night, even if they are just for a primary.

With all that is going on locally, not to mention all that is taking place nationally with Biden and Trump, Russia and Ukraine, Elon Musk and Twitter, China and Taiwan, and a whole host of other interesting stories, it should be an interesting season for the voters.




Political Leaders

MAY 21, 2022


Leaders

05/19/22 03:57 PM

I've got to admit that what's going on with the Biden administration has me scratching my head. I honestly don't understand how someone can break the law, as he is apparently doing with immigration, and continue to get away with it unchallenged.

The democrats went after Trump for what appears to me at least to be much more than he was ever guilty of, and yet we can't do anything about evident abuses of the law and all that is going on with the border crisis on our southern border?

I fail to understand how so many things seem to be going unchallenged, or if we are pursuing any of it, we seem to be doing it at turtle speed. It's beyond my understanding.

From what I've seen so far, and who knows who to trust these days for anything having to do with the news, it seems to me that a great deal of damage is being done and we're still half a year from being able to go to the polls and make some much needed changes to do anything about it.

I know this is a bit mean to say, but I honestly hope those who voted for Biden got what they wanted because I haven't seen anything from him that would have ever led me to vote for him. My vote for Trump was at first a defensive measure against Hillary. Admittedly, it took a lot of soul-searching to pull the lever in Trump's favor. However, and like so many others, I was pleasantly surprised at all he accomplished despite his antics. This list of all that he managed to get done was long and positive as far as I'm concerned. It was a far easier task to pull a lever in his favor the second time around.

I suppose I'm part of a large crowd that would like to see him finish cleaning up the swamp. Enough with the polite political rhetoric from so many others. We've gotten a dose from far too many Republicans and a double dose from the Democrats. Let's get some tough talk and a whole lot more action from folks like Desantis and Trump (and even our Governor, Kay Ivey, here is Alabama!) and see if we can get this country back on a good road toward much needed change!

Alabama votes this coming Tuesday!




Politics

MARCH 09, 2022


Politics

Big in the news these days is the war between Russia and Ukraine, and the threat of engagement between China and Tiawan. And, big in my news bucket is a U.S. president who clearly has some form and degree of dementia.

In addition, I'm still concerned about the Snowden thing and the Wikileaks issues, and I'm even concerned about all that is taking place with Trump, whether you like him or not. Many in powerful places clearly have a vendetta against him and it troubles me when I see all that is being brought against him with similar issues lacking attention on the other side of aisle.

One thing that has been very interesting to me is the number of people who have taken on the news outlets with stories of their own on YouTube channels of their own. I've subscribed to Johnny Harris and he represents a long list of people who are making a career out of doing their homework and bringing new light to current issues.

This is a cultural trend that I didn't anticipate and wouldn't have expected, but it's right there in front of us and the value being offered is impressive. I'll tolerate YouTube ads for the kind of quality I'm receiving from these up-and-coming news agents.




Mikaela Shiffrin

FEBRUARY 09, 2022


Mikaela

Remember those institutions that I mentioned yesterday? The ones that bring us our news? Well, it's bad enough when they get liberal on this conservative, but it's quite another thing when the values they are espousing cut across mine.

Such has been the case with NBC's coverage of the Olympics. To be honest, it's not just NBC. It's most every news organization out there and their need to get ahead no matter the cost to whatever or whomever is being covered.

All too often, our news organizations love to create a good story and when the story doesn't play out the way they thought it would, they love to cover the downsides. And I guess news consumers get caught up in it to the point that these news organizations are left with no alternative but to play up those downsides.

It's been interesting to get on Twitter and see what people think and are saying at a grassroots level. There's a large segment of the audience that thrives on both sides of the story. There are those who are eating up the critical coverage and those who are screaming out against it.

I'd ask how we got here, but its possible I may already know the answer to that question.




Institutions

FEBRUARY 08, 2022


Institutions

Not long ago, I heard a man speaking on television and he was talking about the importance of institutions. I found myself immediately reacting to what he was saying and I had to stop and process my thoughts.

I've suffered spiritual abuse at the hands of spiritual institutions and find it difficult now to trust them. In fact, I don't mind admitting that the kind of abuse I have suffered makes it difficult for me to trust certain types of institutions, including many of the companies I worked for. After all, those institutions are made up of people and people are capable of terrible things.

On the other hand, I recognize that some institutions can be incredibly beneficial and, to me, are worth the potential problems that might be inherent in them. The institution of family comes to mind. However, I don't tend to view family in an institutional sense, but more a spiritual sense, and that may explain why I'm able to function well in that arena and why I place such importance upon it.

Perhaps my disdain for institutions explains why I liked President Trump. He fought political institutions and the institutions that provide our news. He didn't like them and they didn't like him. I relate well with all of that.

In fact, our social media outlets were useful until their institutional nature showed its ugly head in banning our president and other conservatives from 'using' them to get past the news media.

What about Covid-19 and our governmental medical institutions? I'm not talking about hospitals and doctor's offices but rather the government's supposed need to get involved in our decision making process. I guess that's the anti-institutional Libertarian coming out in me. My handyman friend said it best when he told me that he feels essential.




MLK/FBI

JANUARY 14, 2022


MLK/FBI

I've always been interested in the civil rights era. And, I've always found it interesting when I lived in Albany, Georgia that so much of what happened, actually occurred in our little town not that many years before we moved there.

Even when I was working on my MBA at Georgia State University, we had marches going on right outside of our classroom windows. It was quite interesting, but I have to admit it was also a bit frightening to witness the anger and the associated violence.

iTunes often runs 99 cent rentals on some of their films and yesterday they were running such a special on a documentary entitled MLK/FBI. I rented it and started watching it last night late and hope to finish it up today.

Common to so many other stories I've seen lately, I am quite amazed at the level of corruption that is present in our government and in the governments of so many other countries. I'm also amazed at the threat that MLK's power presented to some of the leaders of our country, especially in the early years of his rise to power.

I keep thinking that we live in very different times from anything that anyone has ever seen before. But I don't have to look back much further than the civil rights era to realize just how many back then must have felt the same way.




Still More on Bad Blood

DECEMBER 28, 2021


Bad Blood 3

Well, I made it through the rest of the audiobook and had to pause to reflect on the real situation upon which the trial is based. Of all the terrible things that went on in this story, the trial is solely focused upon the alleged defrauding of investors. After all, lawsuits are not usually based on things like one person not being nice to another.

Many employees were fired in this story and some lawsuits may still be on the horizon for illegal termination of employment. However, those areas are much more difficult to address (in my personal opinion anyway) and as a result those lawsuits may never materialize.

Because investors are often so willing to take on great risks for great returns, it's not far-fetched to ask why investors were so anxious and willing to assume such risks without visual confirmation of what the technology was supposed to be able to accomplish.

As was mentioned in the book, it's the FoMO factor or Fear of Missing Out that might have been the true cause for so many of the investments that were being made as opposed to visual verification of how the technology was expected to perform and confirmation of when such performance was supposed to happen.

It is with all of that in mind that I can see the real (but still unlikely) possibility of a not guilty verdict. As the jury enters the 5th day of deliberations, one thing is for sure. The longer they take to deliberate, the greater the chance of a not guilty verdict or even perhaps a hung jury.




More on Bad Blood

DECEMBER 27, 2021


Bad Blood 2

Last night, I found an audio copy of the Bad Blood book on Youtube and started listening to all 11+ hours. I had already put a hold on one at the local library but it doesn't look like I'll need it after all.

Listening to this audiobook only takes me on a deeper dive into the story. It's interesting to hear more of the back story on the players and some of the facts that I haven't come across elsewhere.

Even though I'm not far into the audiobook, what I've listened to so far has only reinforced the conclusions I've already drawn about her guilt. In fact, not only her guilt, but I'm getting a clear picture of her apparent narcissistic behaviors and hyper-attentiveness to her personal image.

The jury just entered day four of deliberations about half an hour ago. It will be interesting to see what verdict they bring back to the courtroom and how long it takes them to reach it.

SIDE NOTE

We're moving into the evening hours and I'm half way through the audiobook, Bad Blood, that I mentioned above. I had to jump online and add an addendum to my previous post after considering all that I've heard and am hearing in the audiobook.

Oh my! The enormity of the deception perpetrated by Elizabeth Holmes and Sunny Balwani is unbelievable. After all that I've now been exposed to via the book, I will be absolutely shocked if the verdict is anything except guilty. Of course, there's always the question as to what the judge is going to allow. I hope the attorneys for the prosecution have not had their hands tied!




Bad Blood

DECEMBER 26, 2021


Bad Blood

I had an opportunity to watch a Youtube video featuring Wallstreet columnist and author John Carreyrou as he shared with an audience some of the points of interest behind his book Bad Blood. The book was published in May of 2018 and provides a behind the scenes view into the highly interesting and multifaceted Elizabeth Holmes story that I've been blogging about recently.

Mr. Carreyrou provided an in-depth view of things to the crowd and then shifted to a highly interesting Q&A. Having heard him speak about his book, I'm even more amazed at the wide-reaching effects that Elizabeth Holmes and her company, Theranos, had on so many people. It's an amazing tale with layer upon layer of a story that comes across like a thrilling high tech novel.

Theranos is now defunct and Miss Holmes faces a number of fraud charges based on the alleged operations of the company. The jury is out for deliberations in her trial and the more I learn about her story, the more convinced I've become that the Jury will find Miss Holmes guilty of fraud. I can't imagine how a jury might see and hear all that I have seen and heard and come back with anything other than a guilty verdict.

I feel bad for Miss Holmes, but I feel much, much worse for her victims - especially those whose lives might have depended upon her failed blood testing technology.




More on the Elizabeth Holmes Trial

DECEMBER 23, 2021


EH 2

It's always interesting to look beyond an online article and read the comments in the comment section of the article to see what the thoughts are out in the public space. I know the primary perspective will not necessarily reflect the general population (since it's a specific breed that writes comments in the comment section of an article) but those comments often make for interesting discussion and may introduce worthy ideas I had not considered.

In reading the many comments of a recent article about the Elizabeth Homes trial, it appears I have a lot of company in my perspective that the jury will (and should) come back with a guilty verdict. Of course, I'm operating on limited information and the jury has all of the details and is likely in a better place to make an informed decision.

Still, if this decision is the mystery that I make it out to be (in other words, there is no clear and easy answer) then there may be no such thing as an informed decision. If that is the case, and I fear it may be, then it's anybody's guess as to what the final verdict may be.

The thing that concerns me about this case is the precedent that will be generated should the jury come back with a not guilty verdict. Of equal concern is that the jury is not suppose to consider that possibility in reaching a verdict. This means that the jury could come back with a not guilty verdict and be wrong. And, this could provide a lot of unintended damage in terms of the outcomes of future cases that may lean heavily on this one.




Elizabeth Holmes

DECEMBER 19, 2021


Inventor

I really enjoy good movies and particularly enjoy good documentaries as well. My favorite documentarian is Alex Gibney and I own several of his documentaries. Last night I also purchased The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley.

I remember coming across the story of Elizabeth Holmes and her proposed blood testing machine a few years ago. It was quite a perplexing story and I noticed that her trial is going on now. The jury just went out on Friday to begin deliberations.

Even through the documentary was published a couple of years ago, Alex always does a great job of digging deep and presenting a lot of new material. I can't wait to see it and also to see what the jury decides.

Elizabeth Holmes looks pretty guilty from my perspective, but I can also imagine that her optimism could have blinded her to what she was communicating versus what she might have intended to communicate.

From all I have read, this could be a tough one for the jury. There may be enough doubt to come back with a not guilty verdict despite whatever might be the real truth. On the other hand, a guilty verdict would suggest in my mind that there was enough evidence presented to the jury to compel them beyond any shadow of a doubt, and thus suggest she very likely was guilty.

Her efforts to dress like Steve Jobs is troublesome to me. On one hand it could suggest that she was very image-aware which, in turn, might also suggest that she was too savvy to be innocent of misleading so many. On the other hand, it might suggest that she is incredibly naive which, inn turn, might cast doubt on her ability to operate with malicious intent.

Like I said, this could be a tough one for the jury.

SIDE NOTE

Inventor 3

Well, I just finished watching the aforementioned documentary. All I can say is, wow! And, as for my take on things, I would have to offer a guilty verdict with what I have since learned from the documentary.

The verdict doesn't come from the strong evidence of her guilt as much as it comes from her being in charge of, and responsible for, everything whether she liked it or not. Too much damage has occurred on her watch for her not to be held responsible and accountable. She was playing the fake it 'till you make it game, and she got caught!

I guess we'll see soon enough whether or not the jury agrees with my verdict on this one.


TWITTER

JUNE 06, 2021



On June 5, 2021 the Nigerian government officially put an indefinite ban on Twitter restricting it from operating in Nigeria after the social media platform deleted incendiary tweets made by the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari threatening the south eastern people of Nigeria predominantly occupied by the Igbo people... (source: Wikipedia)

Twitter responded:

Tweet 2

The people responded:

Tweets

A-10's OVERHEAD

MAY 18, 2021



A10's Overhead

Yesterday was an incredibly active day overhead for Air Force exercises. We had a low pass overhead in both directions and it rattled the house! We had another pass a few minutes later and I scrambled out to the back deck to catch a third pass, again in both directions.

I grabbed my phone camera and they did make another pass, but they were far enough out over the water on this one that the image was not clear.

From what I saw off the back deck, and from the very rough images I captured with my phone camera, I was able to identify the planes as A-10's, also known as the A-10 Warthog and more formally as the A-10 'Warthog' Thunderbolt II.

On the first pass, I could see one of the pilots very clearly and he made a 90 degree roll in my direction which was very interesting.

I hope to get our good camera out where I can get my hands on it much faster to capture interesting things like this in the future.


ROUND 2 DAY 3

FEBRUARY 21, 2021



Corona6

Well, we received our injections Friday about 11:30 AM and it's now Sunday about 10:00 AM. I'm amazed at how much my appetite stayed with me throughout the course of events. And our splurge with the take-out pizzas on Friday night didn't help much with the weight maintenance, but they sure went down good as we prepared for whatever was going to come our way.

I had a low grade fever Friday night which hit 99.1 and once again on Saturday evening where it hit 99.6. I suppose the Tylenol all day Saturday was the main thing holding back a fever and a more serious case of the blah's. Fortunately, no muscle soreness and no sore arm this time at the injection sight.

The low grade fever broke last night after I went to bed and I'm feeling pretty much back to normal today. I took several days off from running just to keep up a healthy immune system and in order to prevent further complications from the injections. Today will be day four without a run, but I plan to start back tomorrow.

I suspect that our new normal won't look much different from our current routine. I would imagine any eat-outs will probably lean more toward take-outs and I'm guessing that masks will still be in the picture when we feel it's necessary

Most of all, and as the picture above indicates, I'm quite grateful for all that has been made available to us in order to fight this pandemic. The medical staff that managed both injections here in Crawfordville, Florida were very kind, professional, and amazingly well organized. Our thanks also go out to the companies that brought us the vaccines. And most importantly, I'm grateful to God for His hand in protecting us from the Covid-19 pandemic and in minimizing our reactions to the injections.

What a strange season of life we've had with this pandemic. I could have never imagined it.


ROUND TWO RESULTS

FEBRUARY 20, 2021



Corona 15

Well, we received our second injection yesterday around 11:30 AM and after 23 hours I'm encouraged with the results. Of course that takes into account three rounds of Tylenol so far but I'm okay with that considering everything else.

We had no side effects until last night around 8:30 PM, about nine hours after we received our injections. Our body temperatures dropped and so we decided to take two extra strength Tylenol each, get under the covers, get warm, and call it an early night. It wasn't a real case of chills or anything like that, it was just an overall sense of being cold.

We got up in the middle of the night for another round of extra strength Tylenol due to return of unstable body temperatures, and then had a third round of Tylenol about 8:00 AM this morning when we decided to get up. And, after a long night of being locked up, the cat was certainly glad to see us.

I was pleased that we were both well enough to have an appetite and opted for bagels and hot tea. I even made a trip out into the cold to check the mail. If this turns out to be the as bad as it gets, I would be delighted.

As I've said before, we'll see...


COVID-19 VACCINE

FEBRUARY 19, 2021



Covid-19

On January 23rd, Patty and I were injected with our first round of the Covid-19 vaccine. Today, at 11:30 AM, we're scheduled for our second round.

We got a call this week that our appointment had been moved from 8:45 AM to 11:30 AM and the location had been changed from the health department to the community center.

On the first round, we both had a sore arm for just a couple of days and no other reaction. We're told that there's a real possibility that today's injection will potentially bring additional and more serious side effects.

I was on one of my ham radio club nets this week and, from others who have already had both rounds, there was mention of flu like symptoms including fever, chills, nausea, and achy muscles. Different people described different symptoms and some folks had no reaction at all.

Like others we've heard about, Patty and I have the Tylenol and chicken noodle soup out with a few other grab and go things to eat should either or both of us wind up in the bed for a day or two.

I'm also told that the typical symptoms last about 36 hours but I'm not totally clear on when that will all begin. I think there was mention that most people started having symptoms on the day after the injection and about mid-day on the second day after they were already getting back to normal.

I guess we'll see.


THE TRUMP I SAW

FEBRUARY 17, 2021



Author Unknown

I still love my democrat friends and family, but you see it your way and I see it mine. You saw Trump’s arrogance, I saw Trump’s confidence. You saw Trump’s nationalism, I saw Trump’s patriotism.

You heard Trump’s unsophisticated words, I heard Trump’s honesty. You saw Trump’s racism, I saw Trump’s words being misconstrued and twisted by the media daily to fit their narrative.

You saw Trump as a Republican, I saw Trump as a Patriot. You saw Trump as a dictator, I saw Trump as a leader. You saw Trump as an Authoritarian, I saw Trump as the only one willing to fight for our freedoms.

You saw Trump as childish, I saw Trump as a fighter, unwilling to cave to lies. You saw Trump as an unpolished politician, I saw Trump as a breath of fresh air.

You believe Trump hates immigrants, I know Trump married an immigrant. You saw Trump putting an end to immigration in America, I saw Trump welcoming immigrants to America LEGALLY. You saw Trump’s cages at the border, I saw Obama’s cages at the border.

You saw Trump with a struggling economy, I saw Trump with an amazing economy until Democrats shut it down. You saw violence in the streets and called it “Trump’s America”, I saw violence in the streets of Democrat-run cities who refused Trump’s help and who called the violence “Liberal America.”

You wanted someone more "Presidential", I’m happy we had someone who finally didn’t just talk the talk but actually walked the walk.

You and I? We see things very differently.

Author unknown.


COVID-19 VARIANTS

FEBRUARY 15, 2021



Covid-19 Variants

It's Monday morning the 15th as I'm typing. This coming Friday the 19th, Patty and I are scheduled to head over to the Crawfordville Health Center first thing in the morning to receive our second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

We've heard the stories that the second dose is more likely to bring with it some undesirable side-effects. As such, we are fully prepared with extra strength Tylenol, some easy to grab food, and an empty calendar to allow for sleeping it off if necessary.

We're told that we need to allow for another two weeks after the second dose before we reach the full 95% level of defense against Corona. That's not going to be a problem either since we've been pretty much staying to ourselves throughout the pandemic.

I remember last spring and into the summer that there was mention of a more risky season as fall rolled in and it does seem that was the case. However, I didn't hear any mention of Covid-19 strains or variants as is now the case. Apparently, we're now dealing with three variants.

I'm reading that there are actually many tiny changes in the genetic sequence of the virus, but the three main strains or variants are circulating more quickly and bring greater cause for concern. Apparently, we're now facing the Brazilian variant, the UK variant, and the South African variant.

And, if I remember correctly what I heard or read last night, the current vaccine has generally proven to be effective against the new strains of the virus. That would be good news if it does indeed play out in the coming weeks and months. My history with respiratory battles has not been very good so I hope to avoid this entire mess.


COVID-19 SHOTS

JANUARY 23, 2021



Covid-19 Shots

Yesterday Patty and I got up early and made our way to the Crawfordville, Florida Health Clinic to get round number one of our Covid-19 vaccine shots. We got to the clinic about 8:30 AM.

We were assigned #16 and #17 of what we were told would be a day with 150 shots provided for senior citizens. I guess old age (or as we I prefer to call it - seniority) does indeed have its advantages in some instances.

We walked into a small room where two ladies were situated. One was filling syringes from a bottle containing the vaccine and the other was doing the dirty work, providing us with the shots. To be honest, I've had bug bites that hurt more than the prick from that tiny needle. And in a moment, it was all over.

The health clinic was very clean and the staff was very well organized. After our shots were applied, we were escorted to a waiting area where we had to spend 15 minutes before we could leave, just to ensure there was no unexpected reaction to the shot. Everyone was required to wear a mask, and one of the members of the staff was wiping down the chairs as folks departed the waiting area. I was impressed.

Neither of us had any ill effects from the shot yesterday, but I did wake up with a bit of tenderness right at the location where the shot was applied. In the grand scheme of things, I would say that was a good result!

Speaking of organized, we were handed a card with the date for our second shot (to be applied in just under a month) and asked to arrive at the same time as today's appointment. Patty also was informed that the first dose would provide 50% effectiveness after ten days. It's good to be getting this done and finding out what the new normal is going to look like.


TRUMP CARD

JANUARY 16, 2021



Trump Card

I'm so glad that I went on the record in yesterday's blog post by continuing to support Trump, and that I did so before receiving and watching the new Dinesh D'Souza documentary, Trump Card. I received the DVD in yesterday afternoon's mail and watched it late last night. I wouldn't want to look back on yesterday's blog post and persuade myself that the documentary had anything to do with what I wrote.

The story of Donald J. Trump reminds me so much of the Braveheart story. It seems especially true when considering the similarities between Trump's opposition and the Braveheart nobles and even the similarities between Trump and William Wallace.

Like William Wallace, Trump marches to his own drum and works quite independently or the influences in the political arena. And similar to the Braveheart story, Trump's power and the loyalty from his base is a threat to friend and foe alike.

While the nobles bicker among themselves, William Wallace opts for action over more talk. He realizes the wasted time and effort that would be required and the likelihood that no solution would come about as a result of all the talk. He also realizes that the nobles serve no real benefit to anyone except themselves as they contend for power and the crumbs from Longshanks table. Sound familiar?

From my perspective, the Democrats have become cynics. They have lied and cheated for so long that they believe everyone involved is lying and cheating and is in it for what they can get, no matter what it costs to anyone and everyone around them.

I give President Trump, Dinesh D'Souza, and many of the Trump supporters more credit than that. I believe they are all human and subject to their own personal challenges or weaknesses, but I also believe their actions and sacrifices suggest that they have far better intentions toward the common good of all.

As such, I'd rather take a naive stand, put my faith in the ones I believe to be true to the cause, and become a victim, than to become a cynic and another thief in the crowd, there purely for my own personal and selfish gain. I willingly admit that William Wallace took the same approach and paid a dear price for it. Still, I believe it was the right thing to do and the only thing he could do.


TRUMP

JANUARY 15, 2021



Trump

I'm going to go on the record and say that I still support Donald Trump and am still proud to call him my President. He called 'em like he saw 'em and for that he found himself sucked into dirty fights with the press, his opposing party, and even with the power centers in the technology sector and with social media, not to mention some in his own party.

But despite all of that, I'm willing to stand behind him purely on the basis of all that he accomplished. And, he accomplished a lot that is well beyond dispute, even if the press has remained silent on most of it.

When I consider a president who is five days from the end of his term in office, and I see the press and an opposing party anxious to squeeze in an impeachment that has no basis in anything other than politics, I believe I have become a witness to the real and unspoken agenda of Trump's opposition. I'm disgusted to see the titans of business use their ill gotten power to effectively silence the president and other key conservatives.

These things should concern us all.


POLITICAL STUFF

JANUARY 08, 2021



Political Stuff

I took a stab at writing about the state of things here in America and was not at all comfortable with the results. What I wrote didn't even come close to representing what I feel. It's probably a topic I should avoid, but I'm going to go ahead and give it one more try.

Voting for a president because he or she looks and acts more Presidential would not even occur to me. I honestly cannot understand how anyone can cast their vote in that direction. I'm voting solely for a party platform irrespective of the person who has been nominated to serve at the helm. That's why I voted twice for Donald Trump.

Like others, I had some serious doubts about his political abilities. And like others, I was pleasantly surprised to see him defy expectations and actually accomplish what I thought were some very positive achievements for our country, despite his otherwise highly questionable behavior, especially on Twitter.

Did I think he had to fight the press on the entire journey? Absolutely! Did I think he had to fight a very angry base for the opposing party? If he didn't, he certainly had to fight a very angry radical element for the opposing party. However, the attack on the capital proves that our radical element is just as problematic for us as theirs is for them, so I find it difficult to address any radical behavior on either side of the aisle.

Do I think the nomination and ultimate election of Trump was somewhat a knee-jerk reaction to the then current behavior of politicians on both sides of the aisle? Yes! Do I think he was qualified to make good business decisions for our country? Yes! Do I think he was a strong communicator and qualified to handle himself well on the nation's (and world's) political stage? No! And, I believe that was the thing that led to his ultimate political demise.

Do I think voter fraud occurred in the 2020 election? Yes, but I have not seen any data that would lead me to believe it was significant or widespread enough to affect the ultimate outcome. Of course we'll never know on that one, but I would be hard-pressed to defend against the same claim being made by the opposition with respect to earlier presidential elections.

One thing is for sure, I do not envy Biden and the Democrats for what they face in the next four years. And neither do I envy the rest of us for the potential political, economic, and cultural changes that are likely to result.


A NATION DIVIDED

DECEMBER 15, 2020



Division

I'm not sure if I'm more stumped by our divided nation or the process in which we reached this level of division. With the Social Media Wars, and those in particular on Twitter, we've been introduced to scenes that seem to paint a very dismal picture of the state of things.

History will likely take a dim view of all that has transpired including efforts to defund the police, ongoing revolution with violence often at its core, the freedom for a citizen to break laws with no fear of consequences, biased reporting and fake news, election fraud, and political correctness run amuck.

Even with all of the aforementioned having taken place, I'm find myself more alarmed by the speed at which it has happened. And now we find ourselves living at a time where the likes of an ill-equipped and completely unqualified Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez can campaign and even get elected.

For those who wonder how a Donald Trump could win the presidency back in 2016, I would ask the same thing about a Joe Biden here in 2020. There's a lot of anger out there, and more than a few power grabs at the center of it all. There are a lot of smart people on each side of the aisle, but I fear there are even more useful idiots.


WORTH MY TIME

NOVEMBER 9, 2020





SLIPPERY SLOPE

NOVEMBER 8, 2020

Twitter Censorship

Twitter has jumped on a slippery slope! They've entered the censorship business and proven themselves pretenders when it comes to being fair and just in their approach.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see Twitter's liberal agenda in their one-sided online actions. Is it possible that Twitter is seeking to become a power center capable of swinging presidential election results and other matters in their preferred direction?

Just askin'...

TWITTER


THE DAY AFTER

NOVEMBER 4, 2020

The Day After

Wow! I'm almost speechless when I think about the way the presidential election results evolved last night, and into the wee hours of the morning. I hope things settle and resolve quickly, although I have my real doubts about that.

There's a fine line between ensuring all legitimate votes are counted and represented, and allowing illegitimate ballots to make their way into the mix. I have no idea what is going on in that respect, but I find it challenging not to be a bit suspicious of the whole thing - especially when I heard one of the state election officials on NPR yesterday saying that his state planned to count all votes received for up to seven days past the deadline. He alluded to the idea that he would leave it up to the courts to force him to do otherwise.

It things continue in their present direction, it looks to me that there is a path to 280 electoral votes for either candidate. I'm not in favor of closing down the counting process until every vote has been counted, but I suspect I would also have my suspicions were I in Trump's shoes and especially if the left is truly determined to do anything and everything to secure a Biden victory.

Most of us who reside in our country's rank and file have no idea what is going on in the centers of political power. I'm sure there's plenty of propaganda on both sides and it's quite difficult these days to separate fact from fiction, truth from lies, and real news from fake news.

God help us all to see things as they really are and to make wise choices.


TODAY'S THE BIG DAY!

NOVEMBER 3, 2020

Vote

Well, today's the big day. It's finally here. And, more than a few haters of Trump have been anxiously awaiting it for four years. Who could have possibly imagined such a divided nation as the one with which we now find ourselves?

Even with eight years of Obama, I don't think we've ever witnessed such divisive action as we have recently. I suspect there was some, but with the press on his side, a very outspoken base, and an insufficient radical element in the conservative camp, the political dominance of the Obama era was evident.

We sure haven't seen that kind of political dominance in the past four years. Besides owning the press, the left has a larger, more outspoken, and more risk taking radical element. And, based on the evidence, perhaps I should include violent somewhere in the mix.

To the level that the violence has been taken recently, it seems there's no guarantee that a Biden victory would even quell the radical left's revolution. In my mind, that's sort of hard to imagine. If Biden wins, I hope I'm wrong.


POLLING DATA

NOVEMBER 2, 2020

Poll Data

In 2016, the polls misled everyone! And, that idea doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of the severity of the misinformation.

The New York Times had Clinton with an 85% chance of winning. FiveThirtyEight had Hillary at 71.4%. And, on the day before the election, CNN bumped their projection up from 78% to 91% - just one percent higher than the Reuters prediction.

And now there are countless articles out on the internet, all seeking to explain the 2016 polling anomaly and all expressing confidence that the problem has been corrected here in 2020. If that is true, then the numbers seem to indicate that Biden will be our next president.

However, even it that is true, what the polls suggest and the reality of the situation may still differ. If the polls provide the right answer but get there with the wrong data, then the pollsters would have some more explaining to do.

As I've said before, it will be interesting to see how it all unfolds!


ALL HANDS ON DECK

NOVEMBER 1, 2020

All Hands on Deck

I would imagine that Tuesday is going to be a busy day at the U.S. Post Offices. The scramble to sort out the ballots and ensure they arrive at the counting locations on time will probably require an all hands on deck scenario.

You can say or think what you will about voter suppression, but I suspect both mail-in ballots and early onsite voting have greatly reduced, if not taken away, any legitimate claim to it. Speaking of claims, I recognize that's a pretty large claim to make, but I suspect it's also a claim that would be difficult to disprove in today's highly watched and carefully guarded environment.

On Friday night one of the talking heads on a liberally slanted political TV special was asked about voter suppression. The only think she could come up with to respond to the question was completely theoretical and had no basis in fact or reality. To her credit she did not refer to the distant past, but she also had no modern-day real-life examples to offer as evidence of any documented wrong-doing.

Of course that didn't slow down the show's producers from covering the idea and she was awarded quiet a bit of time to offer her highly speculative comments. With all of the checks and balances in place, not to mention the massive community of liberal watchdogs and the number of eyes fixed on every political process in this highly divided nation of ours, I find it hard to imagine even the most effective voter suppression techniques getting past today's guards at the gates.


INTERESTING TIMES

OCTOBER 31, 2020

Interesting Times

I was first introduced to the saying, May you live in interesting times, by Donald Sutherland in the 1994 film, Disclosure. Like many others since, I thought it was a positive statement meant to express blessings or kindness. I never imagined it might have its roots in something much more sinister.

Wikipedia suggests it's an English expression that is claimed to be a translation of a traditional Chinese curse. A curse? How could that be?

Wikipedia goes on to say that no Chinese source has ever been produced and that the nearest related Chinese expression translates as Better to be a dog in times of tranquility than a human in times of chaos.

Well, I suspect everyone would agree that we do indeed live in interesting times, especially with the upcoming presidential election and all of the unusual events that have led up to it. The political landscape, shifts in culture, and unexpected centers of power are indeed providing us with something new, unusual, and perhaps even interesting.

Now, whether you consider these interesting times to be an expression of modern blessings or the product of a traditional Chinese curse may in fact depend upon whether or not your choice for president wins the upcoming election.


LOOK OUT BELOW

OCTOBER 30, 2020

Look Out Below

Look out below! That should have been the mantra for this week's Dow Jones Industrial Average.

However, I just saw an article on the market and the writer basically indicates that the market doesn't see a presidential election result that it doesn't like. In other words, the market thinks that either result look good.

I find that hard to believe when considering the drop in the Dow over the past week. It's an usually big drop (close to 2,000 points) in a market that was trending up for the first half of October. I have to believe folks are retreating ahead of the election.

Some market pundits point to a resurgence in Covid-19 as the cause for the drop, but I'm going with a fear of election results and particularly the fear of an inconclusive presidential election result next Tuesday evening.

As any market investor knows, the market does not respond well to the unknown. It's hard to imagine, but a swift Biden election could prove to have a more positive impact on the market than an unknown result. Is it possible that the market is anticipating an unknown result? It would not surprise me if that were true.

I still have my doubts about the effects of a Biden election on the market, but if what my gut is telling me is correct we may not have an opportunity to see that one. Still, if Trump is elected, the market may then turn it's attention back to the state of the pandemic and that could result in additional declines, unlike what happened after his election four years ago.


DON'T LOOK NOW BUT...

OCTOBER 29, 2020

Don't Look Now But

The debate rages on between proponents of the popular vote and the electoral college.

I noticed in the news on the Real Clear Politics website that one of my dad's favorite politicians made an interesting comment. Newt Gingrich mentioned a presidential poll that was showing Trump with 326 electoral college votes and suggested that it seems right to him. He also indicated that he believes the left is going to be "terribly shocked" as he put it.

I googled 326 electoral college votes to find the poll he was referencing, but found instead a multitude of websites forecasting that exact number of electoral college votes for Hillary Clinton back in 2016. Interesting! I added Clinton's name to my Google search and found even more sites forecasting the same thing.

Could we see the repeat of a similar surprise, and one that defies the pollsters, here in 2020? Is it possible that Newt Gingrich is right about what would have to be considered a potential landslide victory for Trump?

The problem with polls is that they are taken from smaller samples in an attempt to determine the potential result for a much larger population. And the other problem (and a very significant one) is a question of the similarities and differences between the demographics of the sample and that of the voting population. I have to believe that is where the real problem lies in most of the conflicting instances.

I hate to even mention the possibility of a built-in bias for the organization collecting the sample, but the incredibly skewed results of far too many polls in the 2016 presidential election leaves me little or no choice.

Of one thing I'm sure. It will be very interesting to watch this unfold.


POLITICAL PLATFORM

OCTOBER 28, 2020

Candidate or PlatformWhen it comes to the 2020 presidential election, I must admit I'm voting less for a candidate and more against a platform. The irony is that since my wife and I are retired and fit in the senior category, we would probably experience a far greater personal benefit (in the short-term anyway) if we voted for the other candidate, who has made so many promises to the seniors. If he only fulfilled a few of those promises, we would probably come out ahead.

But, it's the long-term that worries me. Who will pick up the tab for all of those promises? As has been said before, the problem with socialism (or in this case a shift in the direction of socialism) is that you will ultimately run out of other people's money.

More worrisome are all of the things that come with the opposition's platform. And, I'm concerned that a majority of our population now prefers a nanny state or a government that will look after them. If you had told me, not that long ago, that we would find ourselves in this position, I would have laughed at the notion.

Remember the nobles in Braveheart? As long as they received land and title they were pretty much happy to pass along the requirements for such gain to the common people. In my opinion, that's the exact situation we face if we vote in the opposition. They will prove to be the richer (and more powerful) for it and the rest of us will prove to be the useful fools!

God help us if the polls are correct this time around. And God help the pollsters if they are not!


ONE WEEK TO GO!

OCTOBER 27, 2020

Early Voting

As is sometimes the case, I'm writing this a day ahead of the date it will be posted. The futures are down 315 points and the financial pundits are blaming it on the resurgence of Covid-19 in the US and Europe.

I'm tempted to believe it's more a matter of the market's uncertainty about the results of the upcoming presidential election and even more likely the market's anticipation of a Biden win. But, who really knows?

One week remains until those who didn't vote early will cast their ballots and we discover who our president will be for the next four years. There's talk of a drawn out process to determine who actually will win the election, but all of that still remains to be seen.

In many ways this presidential election may prove to be a lose/lose proposition. Either we face a dramatic and far less than positive shift in our culture with a potential turn toward socialism (not to mention a myriad of other undesirable surprises) or we face four more years of a highly divided nation and a continued presidential witch hunt by the press and other haters of president Donald J. Trump.

Hope I'm wrong!


BIDEN OR TRUMP?

OCTOBER 14, 2020

President

If all goes well, in three weeks we should know the answer.

I'll go on the record and admit it up front. If Trump does not win the election and continue to be our president for another four years, I will be the most surprised person in the country. There, I've said it and I'm on the record.

I know, the polls say something very different. And I'm by no means ignoring them just because of what happened four years ago. On the other hand, I'm not ready to say that the current polling numbers represent reality either. I've lost all faith in the pollsters and their interest in seeking an honest and accurate result.

The truth is, no matter how a person feels about Trump, I just can't bring myself to believe that a majority thinks Biden is a better choice and that people will vote in a president who represents a party that has participated in violent acts all across our nation and that wants to defund our police forces. How on earth did we get to this place in our country?

I live in a county in Florida that voted for Trump in 2016 by more than a two thirds majority. No matter the over-all results, it will be interesting to see how our small county's numbers compare in 2020. I recognize that there were a lot of close state races in 2016 and that Trump's commanding win in the electoral college was not reflective of what happened with the popular vote. However, I also believe that Hillary provided more competition to Trump than Biden. I suppose that really sets me up for a jolting shock if Biden wins.

I do have one question, however. If the Democratic Party truly believes they will defeat Trump here in 2020, why do they have Nancy Pelosi preparing a bill in reference to the use of the 25th amendment? Why is she, on behalf of the party, assuming such a risky proposition when considering who it might anger and push across the aisle to vote for Trump? And, isn't this just another unfounded attempt to remove a legitimately elected president from office?


COVID-19

OCTOBER 13, 2020

Covid-19

In my old blog, I started writing about Covid-19 about the time it showed up on the nation's radar. I'm confident that my strong Libertarian leanings were apparent in the things I chose to write. But to assume I towed the Libertarian line would be to incorrectly assume that I did not struggle with the topic. I struggled!

Opinions varied widely and I don't think there were many well established and agreed upon facts surrounding much of the controversy as it evolved and continues to evolve. It seemed that the perceived reality of Covid-19 was continually changing and at the speed of light.

Even now the debate over whether or not we should each be wearing a mask seems to thrive. And when you take the medical perspective and introduce the political perspective, the fireworks are sure to follow.

There's one thing I remain sure of in my own mind. There should not be (and should not have been) any federal (or local) mandates for businesses (private enterprise) to shut down. Announce the medical risks, as they are understood at the time, and then allow buyers and sellers to make their own decisions. Business owners are used to evaluating risk/reward decisions and the associated impact on each side of the equation.

Oh, and by the way, most all business owners are going to feel essential in the nature of what they offer, if not for their own survival. And guess what? Most consumers will also have their own opinions about what they consider to be essential. So, who in the government sector (or for that matter, any sector) is well enough informed to take away the rights of consumers or producers and providers to buy and sell goods and services? My answer? No one!


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