I am usually pretty vocal about political wrangling by the fed.gov, but most things that the morons in Congress do don’t have a big and immediate effect on my life.  For the most part, the cuts of a thousand knives phenomenon can be shrugged off and made up for in modifications of my behavior.  But, the bill passed by the House yesterday, 26 June 2009, by a 219 to 212 margin just may eventually do me in.

The Cap and Trade “Global Warming” bill, if approved by the Senate, will mean dramatically increased costs for me.  My cost for electricity, by Obammy’s own admission, will be drastically higher.  All my other costs will increase by a similar percentage as businesses pass their own cost increases on to the consumers.  My taxes will increase in order to pick up the tab for the leeches attached to the .gov teat.

And I am not alone.  The costs of this debacle will be borne by everyone in our economy that produces anything other than those that have positioned themselves through government corruption to profit by the raping of the working class.  If you are reading this, odds are (even if you are a feeb hack monitoring the internet traffic of those of us that have been defined by .gov as domestic terrorists) you will have your lifestyle seriously eroded by the results of this legislation.

The law of unintended consequences will appear to be in full glory.  Only this time, I don’t think the consequences are unintended!

In fact, I think the consequences are known and will be the result of a carefully calculated plan.  All the stars are in alignment.  Everything is as ripe for the final thrust as it could be.  The moment in time has come for the right charismatic figure to come along and seize absolute power.  And that figure just happens to be Obama.  It could have been Hillery, Biden, another commiecrat, or even McCain.  The name or the party affiliation of the individual is unimportant.  It’s the timing that counts.

I don’t think there will be a lot of happy people in areas that are already in the 15% unemployment bracket if this bill is passed in the Senate and becomes law, therefore increasing the unemployment rate even more.  Unhappy people can rapidly become VERY unhappy people.  VERY Unhappy people can do unfortunate things out of their hurt.  It seems that the current administration is doing things to intentionally cause its political foes to become unhappy in order to create as much crisis as possible.  Because, only in crisis can someone like Obama use the resulting emergency to seize absolute power.

Does the Weimar Republic ring a bell?

I think this is going to hurt!

The New Year is upon us

January 2, 2009

And it’s about time for me to put up something new.  The pain from the results of the November election has changed from a sharp burning to a dull throb that is easier to deal with.  I am more convinced than ever that I should work to oppose the socialization of our country.

But, that being said, perhaps it’s time for some fluff.  In that vein, I present my version of “100 things”.  Things I have done in bold.

1. Started your own blog.
2. Slept under the stars.
3. Played in a band. Operated sound system. My daughter’s band was FANTABULOUS!
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower.
6. Given more than you can afford to charity.
7. Been to Disneyland. I assume Disneyworld doesn’t count.
8. Climbed a mountain.
9. Held a praying mantis. Many, and teased my wife with them.
10. Sang a solo.
11. Bungee jumped. Oh hell NO!  But I have rappelled from a chopper.
12. Visited Paris, Texas, Tennessee, but not France.
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea. Scary! And awesome!
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch.
15. Adopted a child.
16. Had food poisoning. Wicked stuff!
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty. Visited there, but didn’t climb because the line was insanely long.
18. Grown your own vegetables. Very rewarding, can’t wait to grow some more.
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France.
20. Slept on an overnight train.
21. Had a pillow fight.
22. Hitch-hiked.
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill. I “called in well” a few times.
24. Built a snow fort. In La.?  I don’t think so.
25. Held a lamb.
26. Gone skinny dipping.
27. Run a Marathon. Huh?
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice.
29. Seen a total eclipse. Lunar, not solar.
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset.
31. Hit a home run.
32. Been on a cruiseALASKA!  Fabulous!  Would do it again in a minute.
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person.
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors. Quite a few of them.
35. Seen an Amish community.  Only in passing.
36. Taught yourself a new language. Fail!
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied. Never!
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person.

39. Gone rock climbing.

40. Seen Michelangelo’s David.

41. Sung karaoke.                                                                                                                  42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt.

43. Bought a meal in a restaurant for a complete stranger.                               44. Visited Africa. Why would I want to do that?
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight. Beautiful!
46. Been transported in an ambulance.
47. Had your portrait painted.
48. Gone deep sea fishing. I don’t think the first set of rigs off Grand Isle, La. can really be considered “deep sea” fishing.
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person.
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling.
52. Kissed in the rain.
53. Played in the mud.
54. Gone to a drive-in theater.
55. Been in a movie.
56. Visited the Great Wall of China.
57. Started a business.
58. Taken a martial arts class.
59. Visited Russia.
60. Served at a soup kitchen.
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies.
62. Gone whale watching.
63. Got flowers for no reason.
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma. All of the above.
65. Gone sky diving. Are you nucking futs?
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp.
67. Bounced a checkEmbarrassing!  I gave my Mom some money to deposit when she went to the bank and she forgot.  I was only about 17 at the time.
68. Flown in a helicopter. LSP chopper.  Damn cool!  With Walt Smith, Tim Carberry, or Mike Erwin flying.
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy. Some of my tops.
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial.
71. Eaten Caviar. Over-rated, but not bad.
72. Pieced a quilt.
73. Stood in Times Square.
74. Toured the Everglades.  Maybe one of these days…
75. Been fired from a job. Not that I can remember.
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London.
77. Broken a bone. A couple.
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle.
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person. Fabulous!
80. Published a book.
81. Visited the Vatican. Why would I want to do that?
82. Bought a brand new car. A few.
83. Walked in Jerusalem. Would be interesting, but not in this day and age.
84. Had your picture in the newspaperA few times.
85. Read the entire Bible.
86. Visited the White House. Drove by it, but didn’t visit it.
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating. And ate it, too!  Yum!
88.  Had chickenpox.
89. Saved someone’s life.
90. Sat on a jury. Our court system sucks!
91. Met someone famous. A few. Mostly NASCAR folks.  But, met Nastasia Kinsky and gave her a ride in my LSP car on a movie set.  Also, Michael McDowell. Jamie Spears was a friend in college.
92. Joined a book club.
93. Lost a loved one. WAY too many!
94. Had a baby. No, but MADE a couple!
95. Seen the Alamo in person.
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake.  The smell repulsed me!
97. Been involved in a law suitA few, all work related.  And all BS.
98. Owned a cell phone.
99. Been stung by a bee. Bees, wasps, hornets, earwigs.
100. Read an entire book in one dayA few short ones.

Check back later for a list of things that I still want to do.

Results are in!

November 4, 2008

We.are.so.screwed!

Change

October 25, 2008

This is the time of year that the seasonal changes are the most striking to me.  Earlier this week, there was a big frost that nipped the last of the tender plants in the garden.  The leaves on the hardwood trees are turning bright red, orange, or yellow and are turning loose and being carried along by the swirling Fall winds.  As this is being written, clouds associated with a cold front hang low overhead, obscuring the view of the top of our mountain.

The beauty of the changing weather and landscape is exhilarating.  This is the time of year for Fall festivals and celebrations.  It is also prime time for public estate auctions.  People are bustling about preparing for the coming cold weather and popular holidays.  Sportsmen trek to their favorite hunting spots to engage in sport and/or to harvest natural food for their families.  Weekend football games inspire many to don the colors of their favorite teams.

But, there is tension in the air.  There seems to be an unusual urgency to people’s preparations this year.  There is a pall hanging over this beautiful place.  Many are nervous about the upcoming election for the U.S. Presidency.  Most are also very concerned about the crisis in the world economy, although few truly understand its significance to their personal situations.  Economic principles are as foreign as Mongolian herdsmen to most of our citizens due to our government schools being primarily under the control of socialists.  That being said, they can still recognize that their job may be the one that will be eliminated.  That creates a feeling of fear that is palpable.

Both major candidates for POTUS make populist appeals that cater to the ignorance of the masses.  In spite of their ignorance, most people can sense that something is not right with that and are distrustful of one or the other or both of the principle candidates.  The bias of the national media outlets instills frustration and anger in those that take the effort to educate themselves from other sources.

I feel that we are past a point of no return on a path toward either a totalitarian state or total collapse of the U.S. as we know it.  We have few choices available to us.  One party’s candidate will, in my humble opinion, cause a rapid escalation in the slide toward the inevitable outcome.  The other nominee, on the other hand, will simply delay the inevitable outcome thereby giving those of us inclined to do so more time to make preparations.

It seems to me that many people recognize that the night following election day, and perhaps for the days and weeks following, will see much violence and unrest in the major cities of this country.  Regardless of which candidate wins, there will be either demonstrations of protest or riots of celebration.  In neither case do I expect conservatives to be taking part.

It is as if an ill wind blows forth like that emanating from the land of Mordor in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings masterpiece.  Yet, I still see peace and serenity in this place.  I see farmers busily going about baling hay, tending livestock, and maintaining Fall gardens.  I see children playing happily in the schoolyard just down the road.  I see neighbors carrying covered dishes into the local church fellowship hall in preparation for a homecoming feast.  Horse drawn wagons and buggies filled with laughing riders pass by accompanied by the clippity-clop of horseshoes on the pavement.  Life is good here, with the problems of the world seemingly having no effect.

But, it is not that problems do not effect this community.  The problems are here.   The people here are aware of them and they take them seriously.  The fact that the serious situation that exists seems not to have an effect is an illusion caused by the attitudes of the people.  They simply recognize that the only way they can address the problems that exist is to remain steadfast in their beliefs and continue to conduct themselves in a responsible and self-sufficient manner.  They are aware that their vote has little consequence, but they have lined up in droves for early voting.  They are aware that the major population centers that are populated by masses of people that are simply burdens on society have a much larger voice in national political decisions than they do.  And still they go about their lives striving for as much normalcy as possible.

To me, it is a matter of character.  It is internal.  It is basic and inherent.  It is the only way these people know how to act.  It is part of their upbringing, a part of their heritage.  The people here are of the earth.  They, in general, don’t know anything else.  Most of them have never lived anywhere else.  They have never experienced the rudeness and the contempt that followed hurricane Katrina in those areas that hosted “evacuees”.  They have no concept of the way ethnic gangs in major cities hate white people and conspire to kill them at their first opportunity.  Although there is very little ethnic minority presence here and the major news media consistently stereotypes people from here as “racist” and “bigoted”, I only see the acceptance of anyone of any race as long as their behavior remains in acceptable bounds.  But, those that are here illegally are, expectedly, regarded as any other criminal would be.

The people here don’t want to “change”.  They like what they have well enough.  Improvements are always welcome, but few of the changes that come from Washington, D.C. actually cause improvements in the lives of the people here.  Most of the “change” refers to what they have left in their pockets after government is through with its confiscation of their property that they have worked so hard to earn.  The people here are producers. And they are tired of having the products of their labors confiscated by government to be redistributed to those that are not producers.

Like the seasons, I am afraid change will come all too soon to the good folks in this community.  It won’t be pretty, and it won’t be welcome.  How people react here is yet to be seen.  Will they knuckle under like so many times in the past in the interest of peace and harmony, or will they rise up and resist.  I don’t know.  But, in this case, the reaction here may not be what is expected by the powers that be.  I firmly believe that local residents here are ready and willing to do whatever is necessary to protect their families, their property, and their way of life, even at the price of forfeiting their own lives.  It will likely be very interesting to watch from an “up close and personal” viewpoint.

With all the change that is threatened or that is inevitable, there is still a peace here that is very reassuring.  I am reassured by the belief that the people of this community will band together out of the sense of personal responsibility that is a function of the character of the populace here and do whatever is necessary to preserve the beauty that is this place.  That is one of the thousands of little things that make me love this place so much.

Simple pleasures

October 7, 2008

Yesterday, Mrs. Mann and I decided on the spur of the moment to take a little drive and have a picnic.  We assembled makings for hot dogs and a couple of drinks and headed out.  Anywhere we drive here is lovely anyway, but we headed for a particularly pretty spot in the Cherokee National Forest.

The Horse Creek Recreation Area is well-maintained by the NFS and is only a few minuted from our home.  It is a beautifully wooded area along Horse creek that includes a campground and a picnic area.  When we arrived, since it was not on a weekend, the whole area was deserted.  We chose a picnic site next to the creek and began our preparations to roast hot dogs on a charcoal grill.

While the coals were getting ready, we relaxed watching the water bubbling over the rocks in the creek bed.  The leaves are beginning to turn color and several in our view were already bright red.  The only sounds we heard besides the creek were birds singing and insects buzzing.  The peacefulness was deafening!

The only other people we saw the whole time we were there a father and his two children who came rock-hopping up the creek.  After a few minutes, they too were gone leaving us to eat our hot dogs in paradise with nobody other than the squirrels and birds to share it with.

When it was time to go, a little side trip up Round Knob and a stop by the Creekside Market for an ice cream cone made the trip home sweet.  There is nothing more comforting than enjoying the beauty of this place with the one I love.

Coincidence?

October 7, 2008

Many people have commented on the fact that the muzzy attack on the U.S. on 9-11 subliminally referred to the telephone number people in this country dial for help.  I, for one, don’t place any value on such things since dates and their meanings are an artificial concept invented by man to help manage his time.

However, if the worldwide financial collapse that began recently leads to a Wall Street crash today, it will have occurred on 10-7.  For those of you not involved with the emergency response business, that is the voice radio code used to indicate “out of service”.  How appropriate!

Life is good!  The sun is shining in a beautiful clear blue sky.  The temp is just cool enough to make long jeans comfortable, which is good because I have to do some string trimming.  Birds are singing their little feathery asses off and the bugs are busy devouring my turnip greens.

The foreboding overcast of impending doom that hangs over our country should be putting a crimp in my happy lifestyle.  But that is surprisingly not the case.  I think I have reached that state of mind that accepts that whatever is in store for us I will just face as it gets here.  My preparations will continue, but are far enough along that if the SHTF tomorrow, we could probably outlast most of our peers.  Anything that comes along is just another challenge.

Now let’s see if I can find some magic dust to sprinkle on the turnips that will send the bugs to heaven.

Life is good!  Bring it on!

A touch of Fall

October 1, 2008

The weather here next to the mountains has turned a bit cool.  And, it is wonderful!  The clouds are hanging over the mountain like a shroud.  This is truly a beautiful place.

Hunting season is here and I have taken advantage of that for the first time in about 30 years.  I look forward to doing more of it, but I have realized my arsenal is not really up to the task.  This weekend, I will be taking steps to increase my firepower.  That, my friend, is going to be fun!

Later…

I’m back!

October 1, 2008

To those few wonderful souls that have read any of this in the past, I am sorry for not posting more.  I will try to rectify that.  For now, just let me say that I am really pissed about what is going on in D.C.  Our government has passed the edge.  Unfortunately, all we can do now is prepare for the impending crash.  Which WILL happen, no matter which path is taken by said government.

Super Tuesday! Yuck!

February 5, 2008

Today is The Big Day! Purported to be the day that the country will decide who will be the candidates for POTUS for the two major parties, today just doesn’t get me excited. I probably won’t even vote. For those of you who know me, you will recognize that is a rather profound statement. Let me elaborate just a little.

Having watched the political landscape slowly come into sharp focus in the last couple of years, I am sad (although not surprised) to say that I am not in the least excited about this election. For the first time in memory, I do not have a clear choice candidate to vote for! First of all, I am registered as a Libertarian so I can’t vote for any candidate that is a serious contender. Second, If I were still registered as a Republican, there is no candidate that has a “snowball’s” chance of winning that is any different than the opposition candidates(Hillary Rodham Anti-Christ notwithstanding).

The choices for Democrat voters is down to Sen. Obama and Sen. Clinton. Both are extreme leftists and socialists. Both are more concerned with gaining control of the citizenry and with obtaining absolute power than with doing what is necessary to save this crumbling country.

Republican choices tend to be the same. Gov. Romney is a classical Yankee liberal that has shown an affinity for going whatever way the political wind is blowing at any given time. To me, he is just as false as either of the Democrats. Sen. McCain is even worse! Although I have great respect for him as a war hero, his policies have proved him to be a liberal leftist and a socialist that is no better than either of the Democrat candidates. His leadership would continue to take the U.S. down the road to collapse. Gov. Huckabee has gained a tremendous amount of support simply for his endorsement of the adoption of the FairTax. I support that whole-heartily. However, my having grown up in a home with very devout Southern Baptists, I have serious reservations about putting a Baptist minister in the White House. One would think that as a Libertarian I would be a strong supporter of Dr. Paul. But Dr. Paul carries two pieces of baggage that prevent me from seriously considering him as a viable candidate. The first is his isolationist vision of world politics and the second is the make-up of the most vocal of his supporters. I do not believe that Ron Paul would adequately defend the U.S. from the threat of radical Muslim groups. Paul’s supporters include radicals from both the far right and the far left. That scares me to death!

So, what will my choices be in November? Clinton(socialist) or Obama(socialist) against McCain(socialist) or Romney(socialist) with the extremely remote possibility of Huckabee(theocrat) will likely be my only choices with a third party candidate being a possibility. It is widely believed that Huckabee is only staying in the race to give him an opportunity to be included on the ticket as a vice-presidential running mate for McCain or Romney.

Which leads to my need to make a decision. Which is better, a socialist Democrat or a socialist Republican? Either is still a socialist. And I can’t bring myself to vote for a socialist just to keep another socialist from another party from becoming POTUS. I don’t give a rat’s ass about the Republican party since that party has sold conservatives down the river numerous times since 1994! In fact, I don’t see a dime’s worth of difference between the two major parties.

The U.S. is headed for a fall. Nothing in recent months has given me any indication that things are about to turn around. In almost every aspect of our environment, socialists are hacking away at our freedoms, using incremental-ism to achieve their misguided Utopian dreams. Perhaps it is time to let it all go! Perhaps it is time to let the dumb masses elect Clinton or Obama and prepare as best as we can for the impending collapse of the world as we know it. I consider that as the only alternative to electing a socialist Republican and watching the world as we know it collapse on a Republican watch!

The collapse will come. Events have inertia. The inertia is tremendous at this time. No amount of government intervention will prevent what is destined to occur. Government intervention, when it comes(and it will come), will only amplify our loss of rights and increase dependence of the dumb masses on government, i.e. taxpayers.

My decision need not be made until November. I think I will spend the time until then preparing for the worst. Maybe I’ll spend election day practicing at the range!