Happy Independence Day!

ID2017I do enjoy these patriotic holidays celebrating our history and our people, whether they fought and died in our wars or just get up day in and day out and go earn an honest living (living veterans and all retirees included).  Most of us who read, post and otherwise bloviate here fly our American flags, wear our star spangled shirts and hats and sing along with our iconic patriotic songs each and every day, so today is a day to sit back and do all of this with family and friends, enjoy a Bar-B-Q, drink some cold beer and sing those songs that are always on the radio on holidays like today!   But I must fix something….Brexit 1776? …..Amexit 1776.  We left them behind as they are doing to the EU.  Peace and have a great day!

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  1. gmanfortruth says:

    😎

  2. Tricked on the Fourth of July

    Gary North – July 04, 2017
    I do not celebrate the fourth of July. This goes back to a term paper I wrote in graduate school. It was on colonial taxation in the British North American colonies in 1775. Not counting local taxation, I discovered that the total burden of British imperial taxation was about 1% of national income. It may have been as high as 2.5% in the southern colonies.
    In 2008, Alvin Rabushka’s book of almost 1,000 pages appeared: Taxation in Colonial America (Princeton University Press). In a review published in the Business History Review, the reviewer summarizes the book’s findings.

    Rabushka’s most original and impressive contribution is his measurement of tax rates and tax burdens. However, his estimate of comparative trans-Atlantic tax burdens may be a bit of moving target. At one point, he concludes that, in the period from 1764 to 1775, “the nearly two million white colonists in America paid on the order of about 1 percent of the annual taxes levied on the roughly 8.5 million residents of Britain, or one twenty-fifth, in per capita terms, not taking into account the higher average income and consumption in the colonies” (p. 729). Later, he writes that, on the eve of the Revolution, “British tax burdens were ten or more times heavier than those in the colonies” (p. 867). Other scholars may want to refine his estimates, based on other archival sources, different treatment of technical issues such as the adjustment of intercolonial and trans-Atlantic comparisons for exchange rates, or new estimates of comparative income and wealth. Nonetheless, no one is likely to challenge his most important finding: the huge tax gap between the American periphery and the core of the British Empire.
    The colonists had a sweet deal in 1775. Great Britain was the second freest nation on earth. Switzerland was probably the most free nation, but I would be hard-pressed to identify any other nation in 1775 that was ahead of Great Britain. And in Great Britain’s Empire, the colonists were by far the freest.

    I will say it, loud and clear: the freest society on earth in 1775 was British North America, with the exception of the slave system. Anyone who was not a slave had incomparable freedom.

    Jefferson wrote these words in the Declaration of Independence:

    The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.
    I can think of no more misleading political assessment uttered by any leader in the history of the United States. No words having such great impact historically in this nation were less true. No political bogeymen invoked by any political sect as “the liar of the century” ever said anything as verifiably false as these words.

    The Continental Congress declared independence on July 2, 1776. Some members signed the Declaration on July 4. The public in general believed the leaders at the Continental Congress. They did not understand what they were about to give up. They could not see what price in blood and treasure and debt they would soon pay. And they did not foresee the tax burden in the new nation after 1783.

    In an article on taxation in that era, Rabushka gets to the point.

    Historians have written that taxes in the new American nation rose and remained considerably higher, perhaps three times higher, than they were under British rule. More money was required for national defense than previously needed to defend the frontier from Indians and the French, and the new nation faced other expenses.
    So, as a result of the American Revolution, the tax burden tripled.

    The debt burden soared as soon as the Revolution began. Monetary inflation wiped out the currency system. Price controls in 1777 produced the debacle of Valley Forge. Percy Greaves, a disciple of Ludwig von Mises and for 17 years an attendee at his seminar, wrote this in 1972.

    Our Continental Congress first authorized the printing of Continental notes in 1775. The Congress was warned against printing more and more of them. In a 1776 pamphlet, Pelatiah Webster, America’s first economist, told his fellow men that Continental currency might soon become worthless unless something was done to curb the further printing and issuance of this paper money.
    The people and the Congress refused to listen to his wise advice. With more and more paper money in circulation, consumers kept bidding up prices. Pork rose from 4¢ to 8¢ a pound. Beef soared from about 4¢ to 100 a pound. As one historian tells us, “By November, 1777, commodity prices were 480% above the prewar average.”

    The situation became so bad in Pennsylvania that the people and legislature of this state decided to try “a period of price control, limited to domestic commodities essential for the use of the army.” It was thought that this would reduce the cost of feeding and supplying our Continental Army. It was expected to reduce the burden of war.

    The prices of uncontrolled, imported goods then went sky high, and it was almost impossible to buy any of the domestic commodities needed for the Army. The controls were quite arbitrary. Many farmers refused to sell their goods at the prescribed prices. Few would take the paper Continentals. Some, with large families to feed and clothe, sold their farm products stealthily to the British in return for gold. For it was only with gold that they could buy the necessities of life which they could not produce for themselves.

    On December 5, 1777, the Army’s Quartermaster-General, refusing to pay more than the government-set prices, issued a statement from his Reading, Pennsylvania headquarters saying, “If the farmers do not like the prices allowed them for this produce let them choose men of more learning and understanding the next election.”

    This was the winter of Valley Forge, the very nadir of American history. On December 23, 1777, George Washington wrote to the President of the Congress, “that, notwithstanding it is a standing order, and often repeated, that the troops shall always have two days’ provisions by them, that they might be ready at any sudden call; yet an opportunity has scarcely ever offered, of taking an advantage of the enemy, that has not been either totally obstructed, or greatly impeded, on this account…. we have no less than two thousand eight hundred and ninety-eight men now in camp unfit for duty, because they are barefoot and otherwise naked…. I am now convinced beyond a doubt, that, unless some great and capital change suddenly takes place, this army must inevitably be reduced to one or other of these three things: starve, dissolve, or disperse in order to obtain subsistence in the best manner they can.”

    Only after the price control law was repealed in 1778 could the army buy food again. But the hyperinflation of the continentals and state-issued currencies replaced the pre-Revolution system of silver currency: Spanish pieces of eight.

    The proponents of independence invoked British tyranny in North America. There was no British tyranny, and surely not in North America.

    In 1872, Frederick Engels wrote an article, “On Authority.” He criticized anarchists, whom he called anti-authoritarians. His description of the authoritarian character of all armed revolutions should remind us of the costs of revolution.

    A revolution is certainly the most authoritarian thing there is; it is the act whereby one part of the population imposes its will upon the other part by means of rifles, bayonets and cannon — authoritarian means, if such there be at all; and if the victorious party does not want to have fought in vain, it must maintain this rule by means of the terror which its arms inspire in the reactionists.
    After the American Revolution, 46,000 American loyalists fled to Canada. They were not willing to swear allegiance to the new colonial governments. They retained their loyalty to the nation that had delivered to them the greatest liberty on earth. They had not committed treason.

    The revolutionaries are not remembered as treasonous. John Harrington told us why sometime around 1600. “Treason doth never prosper: what’s the reason? Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason.”

    The victors write the history books.

    What would libertarians — even conservatives — give today in order to return to an era in which the central government extracted 1% of the nation’s wealth? Where there was no income tax?

    Would they describe such a society as tyrannical?

    That the largest signature on the Declaration of Independence was signed by the richest smuggler in North America was no coincidence. He was hopping mad. Parliament in 1773 had cut the tax on tea imported by the British East India Company, so the cost of British tea went lower than the smugglers’ cost on non-British tea. This had cost Hancock a pretty penny. The Tea Party had stopped the unloading of the tea by throwing privately owned tea off a privately owned ship — a ship in competition with Hancock’s ships. The Boston Tea Party was, in fact, a well-organized protest against lower prices stemming from lower taxes.

    So, once again, I shall not celebrate the fourth of July.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      Howdy Flag!!!! Glad to hear from you. You don’t have to celebrate, it’s not required by this Government (yet) 😀

      Hope all is well with the family, we do miss your great posts!

      Scary Gary…Interesting fellow.

      North was also a prominent promoter of the Y2K scare during the late 1990s,[32][33][34][35][36] earning him the nickname “Scary Gary.”[37] His main Web site became dominated by links to extremist predictions for Y2K damage, including widespread collapse of governments, financial institutions and more. North declared on his home page that Y2K “may be the biggest problem that the modern world has ever faced” and labeled 2000 as “The Year the Earth Stands Still”.[38]

      Critics said the motivation for North’s predictions was linked to his Christian Reconstructionist aims, which require widespread societal collapse to set the stage for a new theocratic order. North made the connection explicit in communications with fellow Reconstructionists: “The Y2K crisis is systemic. It cannot possibly be fixed. I think it will wipe out every national government in the West. Not just modify them—destroy them…That is what I have wanted all my adult life. In my view, Y2K is our deliverance.”

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_North_%28economist%29

    • Just A Citizen says:

      Another Drive By, courtesy of SUFA’s first Pirate.

      Hope all is well Flag. Miss ya……….. a little…………….sometimes………….. bwahahahaha.

    • Hi BF,

      You ever seen the movie “The Man who Shot Liberty Valance” , it has a line in it that your post brings to mind. “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend”.

  3. happy 4th of July everybody!

  4. gmanfortruth says:

    Before #Brexit, there was #Amerexit.
    July 4th 1776: America wants a divorce and Britain is ready to fight for her. This #FourthOfJuly watch the breakup that changed history…

    Worth the laugh

  5. Happy Independence Day everyone!

    • Hope everyone had a great Independence Day!!!!!!!!! We had a nice day even if it did Rain most of it. So many fire works have gone off the last couple hours, people trying to use them all up when it finally quit raining 😀. Our neighborhood is nothing but smoke 😃

      • Michigan lifted their ban on any fireworks that left the ground. Over the years we’ve gone to Ohio to purchase them, and risked getting caught while lighting them. Last night was over the top ridiculous with everyone lighting them off. I have two labs getting up in years. Yellow lab has never liked fireworks, black lab didn’t seem to mind them. This year, they were both overly scared. Neighbor directly next door carried on for two hours. I felt so bad for my doggies, and have a new attitude toward my neighbors. 🙂

  6. He He He

  7. gmanfortruth says:
    • gmanfortruth says:

      Uh Oh! Did CNN violate Federal law when they wrote this:

      The user posted an apology to the network, saying that he mainly posted controversial images to get a rise out of other users. In a report on the user, CNN said that it had decided against publishing the user’s identity, but should any more hateful content come from the account, that they reserved the right to do so in the future.

      What law you ask? https://www.justice.gov/crt/conspiracy-against-rights

      Section 241 of Title 18 is the civil rights conspiracy statute. Section 241 makes it unlawful for two or more persons to agree together to injure, threaten, or intimidate a person in any state, territory or district in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him/her by the Constitution or the laws of the Unites States, (or because of his/her having exercised the same). Unlike most conspiracy statutes, Section 241 does not require that one of the conspirators commit an overt act prior to the conspiracy becoming a crime.

      • I’ m thinking that’s kinda like the Logan’s Act- it exists but it isn’t really used. If the Logan Act really mattered Obama would be in a lot Of Trouble right now

  8. Just A Citizen says:

    Mathius

    It seems you are being attacked by some of your own as much as those on the other side.

    Maybe this explains why so many calling themselves Liberals don’t fit into the stereotypes others keep trying to fit on them.

    • I hope Matt comes back. I understand his anger, I got mad the other day when Maher’s response to a guy saying the left should quit calling repubs racist and deplorabe was that they are racist and deplorable. That wasn’t technically a direct insult but it feels that way. It also true that it’s hard to discuss the dems tactics and feel free to tell the truth, as you see it without criticizing the Democratic party.

      I came across a couple articles a while back that were about the same subject, had the same details, and made the same points. But one was nasty and one wasn’t.

  9. Just A Citizen says:

    What have we done to our kids???? Or, maybe we just never studied the other generations to the extent of this generation. Maybe these kinds of fears have been around for some time. I don’t know but the study is consistent with other anecdotal information from employers and Universities about problems with this age group.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4666794/Millennials-aren-t-ready-reality-life.html

  10. Interesting conundrum that Illinois finds itself in.

    Illinois, already the lowest-rated U.S. state, took another step on Tuesday to ward off a deepening budget crisis and the imminent risk of becoming the first state ever branded with a junk bond rating.

    The state on Saturday entered an unprecedented third-straight fiscal year without a budget. Illinois is sitting on a nearly $15 billion backlog of unpaid bills, about 40% of the state’s operating budget. A junk rating could hit investors too, although the state’s pledge to keep up with bond payments has preserved bond values so far.

    Back in Illinois, Rauner, who likely faces a tough reelection battle in 2018, had sought a temporary tax hike and a property tax freeze.“Under Speaker [Michael] Madigan’s direction, legislators chose to double down on higher taxes while protecting the special interests and refusing to reform the status quo. It’s a repeat of the failed policies that created this financial crisis and caused jobs and taxpayers to flee” the governor, who was elected on his pledge to reform pensions and break union power, said earlier in the process.

    Past-due bills are a big strike against Illinois’s credit standing, but Standard & Poor’s, which rates the state BBB-minus or one step away from the “junk” rating that would be the first for any state, has warned about a chronic structural deficit. S&P has Illinois on warning for a downgrade to BB-plus. The state is rated Baa2 by Moody’s Investors Service and BBB by Fitch Ratings, both with negative outlooks.

    ‘We’re like a banana republic. We can’t manage our money.’ — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has said.

    The state’s uninsured general obligation debt traded this week as high as 95 cents on the dollar, well above junk equivalents. Much of Illinois’s $25 billion in outstanding general obligation debt is held by individual investors. Money management giant Vanguard Group has $1.2 billion of the state’s bonds spread across seven mutual funds. It is the biggest holder among all mutual fund firms that own a total of $4.5 billion in Illinois bonds, according to research firm Morningstar.Analysts predict investors could demand an additional half-percent to a percent in interest as compensation for the perceived risk that comes with a junk rating. That will tack on an additional $5 million to $10 million for every $1 billion the state borrows. Illinois already pays a premium. When it last sold tax-exempt debt in November 2016, the state paid yields of 4.4% for 20-year bonds. In contrast, 20-year bonds issued by the state of Wisconsin around the same time yielded 2.8%, The Wall Street Journal reported.

    For the first time ever, Illinois suspended sales of Powerball and Mega Millions lottery tickets if there is no budget. And out of Illinois’ 401 public school systems, 144 expect to have less than 90 days of operating cash at fiscal year-end. The State leans on what it sees as a tax-hike spiral that has had little traction in growing the economy. The 2011-2014 Illinois income tax increase triggered a significant flight of income-earning power from the state. Illinois lost more than $14 billion of annual adjusted gross income during the four years of the tax increase, the IPI said. The average income of a taxpayer leaving Illinois rose to $77,000 a year, compared with an average income of $57,000 for taxpayers entering Illinois. This income-earning differential—people leaving making $20,000 more than people entering—is the largest of any state.

    *******Sorry this was so long but it is something that is right around the block and probably more important than any trade deal, North Korea, the ME, or any other of the world’s problems. This is something that can affect every state that has unfunded liabilities and/or significant debt. So, investors in mutual funds and those 401k’s in mutual funds…are in trouble.

    • The House has committee hearings scheduled Monday to continue reviewing the $37 billion budget plan the Senate approved. It includes $5.4 billion in revenue raised mostly by a 32 percent increase in the personal income tax rate from 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent.

      ****This is what it is going to take….the people of Illinois has to foot the bill. But, this is still not going to work. Other companies are already pulling out and, for the first time, individual tax payers have not received their refunds from last year and are told that they are not.

    • No to mention $130 BILLION in unfunded liability and a proposal by the teachers union to “prevent” migration from Illinois……Prevent it? REALLY? That is the unions answer?

  11. G man…..on your correction…..Do you have a problem with seeing a glass half full or half empty?…Brexit 1776…is not England leaving anywhere….it is us leaving…so I guess you could say Amexit….it could be Americans leaving England….but that is to mean we were Americans first……BUT….you are entitled to you own opinion. So, since you posted it…Amexit 1776 it shall be.

    I shall sit my humble ass down, drink my DP…still have some ribs left….still have some potato salad left….still have some pinto beans and ham hocks left……So…I will sit my butt right down, eat what is left from yesterday, and see which team the Texas Rangers are gonna send out tonight….and let you revel in your……..ummmm……reasoned correction.

    I keep forgetting my place….a retired old Colonel who knows nothing.

    That is about as wise ass as I can be…how’d I do?

  12. Question for…….whomever……..Is there anyone on here that is actually afraid of North Korea?

    • It seems to me that based on increasingly strident anti-Americanism in South Korea, it is in our interests to tell them to deal with the problem themselves. They certainly have the money.

      I have no clue as to how much of their GDP they spend on defense but propping them up when all I ever seem to hear about from Seoul and Korean Universities is hostility to us, seems a tad foolish.

      their attitude and that of our European “partners” seems to be , “just keep sending cash.”

      And, they liked Hillary better.

      http://thediplomat.com/2016/10/south-korea-to-america-please-elect-hillary-clinton/

    • gmanfortruth says:

      Is there anyone on here that is actually afraid of North Korea?

      Not even a little bit.

  13. Austria….first EU country to send troops and armored vehicles to its borders.

    Reason: To stop the influx of immigrants. Not slow it down….but to stop it. They have had enough.

  14. Giulio Terzi Sant’Agata, Minister of Foreign Affairs,said today……Austria has no right to sovereign borders when it applies to immigration. He said, “you must take them.”

    • OOPS…..sorry…I meant to say Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

    • I very much doubt that when the EU was proposed these issues were on anyone’s mind. But like good little Socialist apparatchiks, give ’em an inch and they will take a yard.

      Just sitting back looking at the Charlie Foxtrot WE have created in the world since we deposed the Shah, it is incredible, just incredible and every single attempt to make it better has made it worse.

      Just for the hell of it Colonel, what would you propose?

      • You are talking about the EU…..I would propose…….Mr. President, I hope your NSA is reading this…..

        Keep you stance. Do not give in to Germany at all. Pull our money out. Stay the course on the Paris accords….all they want is our money. All they want is our protection…..Stay your course. You have them scared or they would not be this vocal. Our money is our weapon,……it is better than a nuke. Use it…..on the EU, Russia, and China.

        As to North Korea…….the minute they fire a missile or rocket that even looks like it is going Eastward……..blast it. If they get pissed….blast it again. Tell S. Korea to get its act together or we will leave……..OR…………………………….Create a SEATO (South east Asia Treaty Organization) and the charter members would be South Korea, Japan, Okinawa, Thailand, Taiwan, Australia, Phillipines, and New Zealand.

        Then agree with Japan to restart their military. Give nukes to S. Korea and Japan and Okinawa.

        No, T Ray, this is not postal nor a provocation.

        • Works for me.

        • Col. I don’t disagree. All parties should have a significant stake in their own defense. Since the demise of the USSR, the world has gotten more dangerous, not less. More countries have nukes and not just stable countries. We have more tribalism and splintering of counties and factions than ever.

          Europe is doomed if they do not stop the Muslim invasion. We have a rising China and Iran. Britain has its own problems and is not the global force it once was. I see 4 major powers in the near future, us, Russia, China and Iran.

          • Yes, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, while economically viable for the old USSR, created a more unstable Eastern Europe. I think the main issue is going to be the South East Asia area and in and around the South China Seas. I think it is going to be a standoff between China and that region and unless the USA does something, it will continue. But, the old saying is, pick your battles. Other than a trade sea route, what business is it of ours? Are there really International waters? International Air Space? Or are there just tacit agreements that we all use specified areas because it is to mutual interest. If one party decides that it is not a mutual interest…..what then? There is and should be no world police force. There should be no governing body dictating rules and regs. so, just how tentative is the world in reality?

      • Dale A. Albrecht says:

        Well Macron can slay the evil doers with lightning bolts out of his ass..

        I thought Hungary was the 1st to shut its borders. After the EU struck a deal with Turkey to ship “migrants” via Italy instead of through Greece, Italy got even more screwed. Any country that bordered Italy shut their borders and put a cork in the bottle, trapping these people in a country that can not by any stretch of the imagination deal with it. Granted the people are pretty blaise about their faith now, but when Imam’s as they have been keep screaming they will conquer Rome, their tune will change. It may not be Catholic but they certainly will not give in nor plow up their vineyards. .

        • Well, you are correct about Greece….I forgot about them putting up those “dreaded fences”, laced with barbed wire and razor wired nasty concertina entanglements. I keep forgetting that Greece finally decided to join the EU….did not work out well for them but they are there.

          However, Austria is backing there border up with troops and armored vehicles and they are going to profile. Of, Course, Italy is pissed….that is a big cork up there. Cultures are not going to change.

          • Dale A. Albrecht says:

            Italy made a huge mistake by joining the EU as did the other marginally economic countries in Europe. When I lived there, obviously years ago, yes they had economic assistance and “free” healthcare. The caveat was that you had to WORK at something to receive benefits. Didn’t matter at what or how much, just work. Families were still pretty tight and they ALL usually banded together to aid those in the family who fell on hard times.
            When the countries gave up their soveriegnty to the EU they were screwed. The only common defense they had was NATO and that could be invoked against an armed attack. Italy for years, even before, Libya was begging to let themselves keep the migrants OUT, but the EU kept that from happening with economic threats. The EU has NO army.
            Why did the Europeans literally stop having kids? Costs. I remember just a few years ago when France went to a short workweek. The idea was to increase employment. They forgot that they needed to change the law that forbade companies from firing an employee who was a NON-performer or due to other factors was no longer needed. So shorter workweek and the service to a customer got worse and employment didn’t move a jot.
            One of the last projects I was assigned before retiring was to try and figure out how to get rid of 30% of Shell Oils IT and global network employees, who mostly worked in the EU. It was in the thousands. We did not need them due to the economy of scale of our operations. We had been refusing to take over the contract from the previous contractor for 12 years. So that company had to keep eating the costs of an ill advised contract. In the US when such a deal occurs, you keep essential employees and shed the rest. Brutal, but it keeps you on your toes to perform and make the best decisions you can, not get lazy because you know that you can not get terminated.
            The underground economy in Italy was massive when I was there, to avoid Rome’s regulations and taxes based strictly on personal survival. I can not even imagine today when they have UNELECTED officials in Brussels dictating what they can and can not do, much less cutting their throats with this massive invasion.

          • Dale A. Albrecht says:

            Italy has been fighting the EU for well over a decade on thee “migrant” issue. They DD not want the masses being rammed down their throats by the greater powers in the EU. The deal with Turkey was done over Italy’s objections.

            The current leaders in the EU seem to have forgotten their history from just a little over a decade ago and the civil wara nd ethnic cleansing that occured in the former Yugoslavia. Did they think the outcome will be different?

            Just saw a report on the number of “acid” attacks on women in london over the past few years..

  15. gmanfortruth says:

    CNN screwed themselves again. #CNNBlackmail is #1 trend on Twitter…Worldwide. The meme’s are exploding:

  16. gmanfortruth says:
    • Dale A. Albrecht says:

      Read the article and scanned through some of the related articles like what Mark Zuckerman is saying in his wish list. It reminded me of what Dinesh D’Sousa said to an Amherst student who went off on “white” privilege etc. Dinesh said, why don’t you walk right down to the registrars office and tell them YOU are giving up your seat at the college in favor of a less privileged minority (paraphrased) Zuckerman reminds me of those folks. He has BILLIONS, why does he not give it all up, as ill gotten gains, “facebook” yuck? or set up a utopia that fits his ideals on his dime. I doubt his fortune would last very long

      I usually say much the same to people who complain about overpopulation and the damage to the worlds environment we do…..I say to them be the 1st and step off. They usually look at you with a “who me” look.

      • Yes sir…it has long been my argument on here about the realities of the world. Academia, where I place a great amount of blame, bloviates on paper, using theory and conjecture. Academia does not live in a real world…they live in numbers on paper. People think that just because someone puts a PHD behind their name….they are to be revered. It is just the opposite. I would take the word of a realist ( one who has the experience ) over any “writing” of theory.

        Just like the proforma in business…..you may want your business to perform the way of the proforma and those are written in the best case scenario, never taking into consideration the fact that reality may force some unexpected changes. You should always be in the position to handle the worst case.

        So, I am like you. When Iget into discussions with people on the greater good issues, I simply ask them why they have not taken the first step. There is no answer…..just a deer in the headlights look. Then I get the answer, “well, when everyone else does it I will.” My counter to that……..”even a turtle gets nowhere until it sticks it neck out”…..I tell them ….YOU take the first step……then you get no answer except accusations.

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  20. Bad idea, it allows the extremists to win by separating the men and women, which is what they believe is proper in the first place. Why are they capitulating instead of fighting back?

    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/07/05/swedish-feminists-organise-no-men-music-festival-prevent-sex-assaults/

  21. Shhhhh, here’s the plan, pass it around 🙄
    http://www.jimstone.is/mediawar/1.html

  22. Actually, what Sweden needs to do….what all countries need to do…..is make rape a capital crime…..and do the same for women who cry rape when there was none.

  23. Just A Citizen says:

    Three days in a row I have visited CNN dot com and NOT a single story headline about Trump and Russia conspiracy. The story has simply vaporized.

    There is of course the usual collection of whining and criticism over just about everything.

    • I stopped watching CNN awhile back- their coverage of the elections, which I regularly watched just totally disgusted me. So I have to ask, is the same true of their 📺 coverage?

      • Just A Citizen says:

        V.H.

        Haven’t watched them on TV in weeks. Because as you said, it was disgusting. I wanted to break the TV. Their token Republican talking head hasn’t moved out of the 70’s with his views on the political playground today. All of it is hating on Trump for anything and everything. But as I said, haven’t watched in weeks.

        Might have to try it tonight. I have some new Bullet Kentucky Rye so I might poor a glass and turn on the Teli.

    • Dale A. Albrecht says:

      Trump has a real ace up his sleeve. at&t wants to buy “Time Warner” who owns CNN. Restructure the deal and let CNN go to its great reward. Or let them buy it and CNN will be gone as a losing division

      CNN lost me as a viewer no matter who has owned them since the 1st gulf war. As did CBS when they made Dan Rather their head news reader after Cronkite retired.

  24. Just A Citizen says:

    Oh dear, oh my, somebody has some splaining to do.

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/07/05/exclusive-study-finds-temperature-adjustments-account-for-nearly-all-of-the-warming-in-climate-data/

    Meanwhile, local land managers and scientists are talking about the current ecological crisis in Yellowstone Park due to ……………. global warming.

    • Have you noticed how the opposition never seems to address the issue raised. They just say stupid things like—dangerous attempts to elevate minority opinions—-which is funny words coming out of their mouths.

      • Just A Citizen says:

        V.H.

        Many years ago when the Frank Church Wilderness of No Return was created by Congress my boss went on a pack trip with the heads of the various Environmental groups who supported it. Wilderness Society, Sierra Club, those kinds of folks.

        It had been a long and contentious issue in Idaho, having more “wilderness”. So when Congress did the deed it was believed this would be the final wilderness designated in Idaho. When my boss brought up the subject around the campfire the heads of those NOT FOR PROFIT groups said “Oh hell no”. “This isn’t the end. We have no intention of stopping until we have all the unroaded areas in the west designated as Wilderness”.

        I have told this story before to show how these people have NO honor or integrity. They lied to get the legislation and immediately admitted it was a ruse. This is the nature of the creature we are dealing with on almost all issues today. Mathius and others don’t like the insults used against the Democrats or Progressives or what ever they call themselves. But I am here to tell you that those running these organizations are no more like Mathius than you and I are like them. I feel for the poor boy as well as Buck. Kind of like us more libertarian types, we are all people without a country and without much of a voice at the table.

        So yes, I have noticed how the issue is avoided and the attacks begin instead.

        • Agreed…Mathius and Buck can be reasoned with or at least talked to….but they have a hard time against what is out there. It is unfortunate that all democrats are labeled to what is printed out there just as all republicans were labeled Tea Party. Wish he would talk with us again, but that is his choice. I wish him well.

          • Mathius says:

            I’m not dead. I’m on hiatus.

            I’ll be back if tone changes in these parts.

            Happy belated 4th.

            • Rumor has it (around Laguna Madre) that you are dead or in chains….I will inform them that you have a hiatus that hopefully is not terminal.

              By the way….just for shits and grins…have I missed the tone part? Did I not get the memo?

    • Dale A. Albrecht says:

      Could it be the heating pad underground in the Yellowstone area. The overdue eruption is getting a lot of coverage.

  25. This sounds like a great idea!! I can see people forming groups and advertising them to get a larger number of participants . I’ m not sure this wouldn’t solve most of the problems with healthcare.

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/07/06/rand-pauls-reform-proposal-could-revolutionize-us-health-care.html

    • I have never understood why the Chamber of Commerce does not spearhead this approach. They could sign up dozens of small companies in a local area as well as individuals and provide a group coverage policy.

    • This is beginning to become somewhat of a reality….there are concierge services already beginning. Kansas has one, Texas has one, Utah has one….couple of other states have some…and it is working.

  26. gmanfortruth says:
  27. I wondered why everyone was so upset about this Peter guy trying to find Hillary’s emails but they didn’t think the democrats opposition research using someone with Russian ties was a big deal.

    https://amgreatness.com/2017/07/06/collusion-farce-hunt-hillarys-hackers/l.p.

  28. German Chancellor Merkel says today that Europe and Germany cannot rely on the United States as long as Trump is POTUS. She says that he is anti-globalist.

    D13 can live with this. Very easily. I am anti-globalist……I am America first. No problem, sir….full steam ahead. Merkel is up for re-election this year and she has to take Germany to the left to win. She has to appear to ake on the US…..cool, take us on. We can leave Germany.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      Does anyone in the US actually give a shit what Merkel thinks? I don’t, you don’t, anyone else want to chime in?

      • Dale A. Albrecht says:

        Macron in France will be a farce. Merkel may win and those two will be the last ones standing. The opposition has been stifled by the EU andt the laws they are trying to implement on speech. Actually if Putin plays his cards right he may very well be viewed in history as the savior of Europe. The Slavs will be patently unwilling to accept a loss of their hard won identities after the collapse of the uSSR and will NOT accept a worse submission to Germany and France. If Le Pen had been elected in France we would have seen a fracturing of the EU big time. MY neighbors had lived in Europe for years. They called the French election correctly. The countryside rural farmers have been living off the tit and protection for generations and have largely been immune to the terror attacks. lots of elections coming up in Europe in September.

  29. gmanfortruth says:

    http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/jim-acosta-returns-fire-calls-trumps-press-conference-poland-fake-news

    I wonder when CNN will lose their WH Press credential’s? Long overdue if you ask me.

  30. Isn’t it interesting to see our “friends” fight so hard to keep getting out money? They do not want to rely on their own.

  31. JAC……..what is your position on North Korea? Do you see them as an immediate threat?

    • Just A Citizen says:

      d13thecolonel

      They have been an “immediate threat” for quite some time, in my view. They are part of the underground proliferation of nuclear tech. to all the bad places. I also expect they are getting help from Iran as well as China.

      However, I do not see this threat as justifying some kind of pre-emptive strike at this time. But I think we are going to get to that place pretty damn soon. Like maybe within 2 years at most.

      I think China loves having them poking at us and testing us. But if they don’t put this idiot back in the box they will come to regret having propped him up. I am hoping that before that day comes China gets smart and “Dear Leader” suffers the same fate as some of his relatives.

      Our problem is the issue of pre-emptive strike for defense vs. a purely defensive retaliation. The latter gives us absolute moral authority and prevents rationalizing people like Putin from using the pre-emptive strikes for his own advantage. But it could cost a lot of people their lives.

      I do not think North Korea intends to attack the USA. I think they want nukes and missiles so they can blackmail us in the Asian theater. That is why I think China likes having them as a partner. I also think that if they have the ability to black mail us via threats of nuking the US, they will use that to invade S. Korea. I believe the nut case and his minions are unhinged enough to think that is still their mission. To fulfill Grandpa’s dream and make his legacy come to life.

      P.S. I oppose giving Japan nuclear weapons as a response to this threat. Let them build up their defenses and even their conventional military in case they are called on to help. But the ANIMOSITY between China/Korea vs Japan is to great to give Japan anything resembling a military advantage over the other parties, and especially if they have nukes.

      The practical side of me recognizes that it is the USA that will have to deal with N. Korea and with Iran and all other bit players seeking to join the nuclear weapons club. The UN is toothless and a waste of time.

      The idealist part of me wants to do as you say. Just protect our own shipping lanes, maybe taking payment to help do the same for others, and leave the rest to the respective parties. If China wants to invade Taiwan, so be it. If N. Korea wants to invade S. Korea, so be it. Then the two can team up to invade Japan. Of course Viet Nam, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia are just SOL, if China decides it wants all those resources.

      Now with all that you must realize I am the crazy person here who has been saying China has and will remain our greatest threat for many decades to come. This is partly why I see N. Korea as part of the Chinese problem or threat, not as a separate issue. The Viking blood in me says we should hurt China now while we can. And we should hurt them real, real, bad. Too bad previous administrations bankrupted the Treasury. Otherwise we could have spent those 20 TRILLION dollars sending China back to the fork in the road where they chose the wrong road. That being Communism vs. Democracy and Capitalism.

      At this point I want to address another idea I have heard from some “intellectual” types. That is that many of these problems will diminish when all us Boomers are gone. Us old folks are the problem. To that I say, we boomers were the ones who opposed all this crap back when we were young. So what makes you think today’s young will keep their silly globalist ideals when faced with the reality of foreign thinking? What makes you think the young of China, Russia or Africa will share the same values?

      In short, I do not see a sudden epidemic of Kumbya taking over the world. I see conflict and continued war for some time to come. We need to prepare accordingly.

      P.S.S. You got me going so now you have to read all this. 🙂 I believe we, as in the USA are in a bit of a pickle. It seems to me that much of the “leftist” or “socialist/globalist” efforts to corrupt people’s thinking around the world has had a purpose most don’t recognize. That is to alienate the USA. Because you see, it may come to the point where the USA is the only one who will use its military to defend its values. Which could mean striking others, like China or Russia perhaps. No matter who it is, the mindset has been created where in the USA might find itself at WAR with the rest of the World. Our previous allies will not come to our aid. They may remain neutral but they will not help. No matter how great our wealth, we cannot fight such a war. This is I believe the LONG GAME of some who make the chess pieces move whenever they can.

      • Wow……..very insightful. Very insightful indeed. Your stock just went up. Certainly not a Libertarian insight….absolutely not a Liberal philosophy, and certainly not a far right line of thinking. It is conservative to a degree but a very realistic point of view.

        I am impressed, sir. One would think you have had a breath of Texas air and an ice cold Dr Pepper. I will think about your resonse in depth…we can have a very interesting discussion. Perhaps a new thread on just this subject. ( Not yet G man…. ). I think it would be a great thing for everyone to think about your response and we can have a very good discussion.

        (NOT yet, G man)

      • My take on the “boomer” generation was that they were spoiled brats by and large. We were handed the world on a silver platter by our parents and spat in their faces because “we knew better”. I do not for a minute believe that the millennials are the first participation award generation, that was us. We came to the party late, we were not, as JFK said tempered by war and a hard and bitter peace (not to mention the great depression.) My friends somehow felt that JFK was talking to them but he was talking to their parents who understood. We. the heirs, with notable exceptions, never paid the price our betters did. Both WW 2 and Viet-nam saw a great number of volunteers yet, one thing that sticks in my mind is 80% of the WW 2 generation in the draft eligible pool went. In Viet-nam, 7 to 9% were called up.

        I do blame my parents generation for having the attitude that “my children will have what I did not”. In my case i did but I worked for it. With many of my contemporaries, it was handed to them. There is after all quite a difference from finding your own summer job and having Pop’s call a business acquaintance and say junior has some free time this summer, “think you could find something for him?”.

        If anything the generation we begat was worse. Most had no true life experience to pass on even if the kids were listening and “we” looked at every tough thing that came our way and vowed we would put a stop to it. Hence, we have gay everything, transgenderism, anti-bullying classes and God help you if you tell your kid to settle an issue with the kid next door by the old methods.

        • Dale A. Albrecht says:

          My parents always made a distinction betwen NEEDS and WANTS. We got what we needed whenever it was needed, a want was a sure way of NEVER getting it, unless you yourself did whatever it took to get it. Like earn it, by work.

  32. Dale A. Albrecht says:

    NJ has declared “Antifa” a domestic terrorist organization?

    • I wonder if the left undestands that the KKK is strictly a Democratic organization?

      • Dale A. Albrecht says:

        Like a most notible and revered senator of recent times. Robert Byrd of WVa. A Grand Wizard when he was younger. Racist to the core and corrupt. But lauded by the Dems in regard to the “good” things he did. Does anyone think that if a Repulican had Byrd’s background they EVER would have let it go, much less elected for a lifetime to high office..

        • Do I not remember a US Senator Trent Lott having to step down from his position within the leadership because he said nice things at Strom Thurmond’s 100th Birthday? There is a good old example of their hypocrisy from years back.

  33. This is long and tedious but worth the listen. Talk about covering all the basics in order to cover your ass’s while still trying to make you believe there’s astory, you Just won’t be able to cover it, is amazing. Just listen, you’ll see what I mean.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/maddow-to-news-orgs-heads-up-for-hoaxes-985491523709

    • Just A Citizen says:

      Now I will be able to go to bed.

      I wonder what a news cast with her and Lou Dobbs would look like? Two wind bags probably couldn’t get past the first story.

      By the way, the media has been getting used by various intelligence agencies for a long time. Even some of our own.

  34. Blackflag says:

    Howdy, gang!

    It’s been a ride for me lately, lots of up’s and down’s, however, interesting as ever.

    Sold the family home.
    Lil’pirate is now a flight instructor (got it at 19! – she’s now 20) and thinking of travelling the world as a pilot. My suggestion 🙂

    The fun thing about being a pilot – no matter where in the world you go, they have to speak English to you as flying is an “English only” activity. So it really doesn’t matter where she wants to fly, she is surrounded by English speaking peers. Kinda nice.

    So she left the family home (I left a long time ago …. too many ghosts) and we’ve decided to “walk the earth”.

    Sold almost everything we have. Our entire amount of possessions now fit into a armed forces duffel bag – one each. (and one storage unit for paper work, stuff that is cool, pictures, etc.).

    We are now homeless – by design!

    AirBNB is our friend – actually is brilliant. One fee, no other bills and no commitment – pick up and leave and go somewhere else on a whim. There are still a few functional details to work out (such as, you have to have a residence somewhere to even have a driver’s license, to get insurance, etc.) but we are figuring it out as we go.

    Another puzzle to figure out. I will not let my “Bat-mobile” go. I love that car, and Lil’Pirate got her SUV that she calls “Euro-fighter” that she won’t let go, either. Where the heck to park these things while we meander….? We’ll figure it out.

    Spent 8 weeks in Italy, much to my surprise.

    Why a surprise? I was there 40 years ago (pre-Blackflag days) and hated every second of Italy. It was terrible, but the times were bad too.

    But this trip was incredible! Loved, quite literally, every second of it. It is now either Portugal or Italy to be our European “base of operations”.

    Next trip, Malaysia, to set up our Asian “base of operations”. Can’t wait – probably Jan/Feb next year.

    Proved to myself I can’t work for another company. Dear God! corporations are stupid. So back into international consulting – building a new Level 3 data center, $30 million budget.
    Kinda worried though. I’m just the damn consultant, there is a $30 million company, but the owners and management just don’t seem to have the passion to push it. The money is there and all, but it’s the damn consultant, once again, that is manifesting the vision of what this DC could be…… Been there before. Big money always seems not have big brains nor big passion about things.

    What have I left out? Oh, I haven’t been shot in awhile 🙂

  35. Blackflag says:

    Howdy, gang!

    It’s been a ride for me lately, lots of up’s and down’s, however, interesting as ever.

    Sold the family home.
    Lil’pirate is now a flight instructor (got it at 19! – she’s now 20) and thinking of travelling the world as a pilot. My suggestion 🙂

    The fun thing about being a pilot – no matter where in the world you go, they have to speak English to you as flying is an “English only” activity. So it really doesn’t matter where she wants to fly, she is surrounded by English speaking peers. Kinda nice.

    So she left the family home (I left a long time ago …. too many ghosts) and we’ve decided to “walk the earth”.

    Sold almost everything we have. Our entire amount of possessions now fit into a armed forces duffel bag – one each. (and one storage unit for paper work, stuff that is cool, pictures, etc.).

    We are now homeless – by design!

    AirBNB is our friend – actually is brilliant. One fee, no other bills and no commitment – pick up and leave and go somewhere else on a whim. There are still a few functional details to work out (such as, you have to have a residence somewhere to even have a driver’s license, to get insurance, etc.) but we are figuring it out as we go.

    Another puzzle to figure out. I will not let my “Bat-mobile” go. I love that car, and Lil’Pirate got her SUV that she calls “Euro-fighter” that she won’t let go, either. Where the heck to park these things while we meander….? We’ll figure it out.

    Spent 8 weeks in Italy, much to my surprise.

    Why a surprise? I was there 40 years ago (pre-Blackflag days) and hated every second of Italy. It was terrible, but the times were bad too.

    But this trip was incredible! Loved, quite literally, every second of it. It is now either Portugal or Italy to be our European “base of operations”.

    Next trip, Malaysia, to set up our Asian “base of operations”. Can’t wait – probably Jan/Feb next year.

    Proved to myself I can’t work for another company. Dear God! corporations are stupid. So back into international consulting – building a new Level 3 data center, $30 million budget.
    Kinda worried though. I’m just the damn consultant, there is a $30 million company, but the owners and management just don’t seem to have the passion to push it. The money is there and all, but it’s the damn consultant, once again, that is manifesting the vision of what this DC could be…… Been there before. Big money always seems not have big brains nor big passion about things.

    What have I left out? Oh, I haven’t been shot in awhile 🙂

    • Blackflag says:

      Oh, we did buy our North American “base of operations” this month.

      The middle of no where, yet, has utterly every utility and convenience of a city. Literally at the end of a major highway – it goes no further past this point. Completely independent if necessary, but otherwise has every possible facility, including multi-megabit internet and we filled with our gadgets and tech and such. The weather, all year round, is livable, though winters could deliver 10 feet of snow – but the temperature rarely falls -10C in the worst of times, and rarely rises above 28C in summer. Immediate access to fresh water, lots of wild game, and a quiet, small and peaceful population.

      Other than winter, it has no geological or meteorological events. No floods, major earthquakes, hurricanes nor tornadoes – ever. The wind pattern, in the event of a TNWar, could never deliver fall out. Other than snow in winter, it is perfect.

      Net cost per year: an astounding $4000 to maintain everything. Could live there under $8,000 a year, all in. We call it “Skyfall” – our retreat point if SHTF.

      • Blackflag says:

        Oh, the only real downfall of “Skyfall” is it is at least a 24 hour drive from any major airport, though it has a small regional airport an hour away. But we have access to small planes, so I think we’ll manage.

        • That all sounds wonderful! Traveling the world with your kid, I’m jealous. But this getting shot thing ——-What did you do?

    • Just A Citizen says:

      BF

      LMAO…………… cause Spousal Unit Leader and I were discussing doing the very same thing last month. Came down to our current home being the preferred “base of operations” given the other places we knew about. The rest is still up for discussion, however.

      I am sure I could find a place for both rigs if you need them stored.

      And, I am ticked now that I know you went to the other side of the world without stopping by on the way to the airport.

      • Blackflag says:

        JAF,
        I’ll tell you, friend, do it!!

        The level of freedom of being free of “stuff” and “commitments” and “bills”.
        So what if you are “homeless”, you don’t live homeless.

        It all occurred one night, while I was getting drunk (Lil’Pirate doesn’t drink) – and we said to each other “Why the hell do we have all of this stuff?” and “What are we going to do for the rest of our lives?”… and it kinda rose from there.

        • What a great update to wake up to. Happy for you and lil Pirate, and also incredibly jealous. I have no interest in traveling abroad, but there is plenty to keep me busy in North America. Happy trails BF.

      • Blackflag says:

        Don’t worry, I’ll meander your way soon! 🙂

    • gmanfortruth says:

      Glad to hear that all is well in the Flag family. Enjoy your travels, it sounds as if you really like it.

    • Dale A. Albrecht says:

      I’m going to commit one of the seven deadly sins…..envy…..congratulations on your decision. George Carlin’s routine on “stuff” comes to mind.

      I had my what to do after retirement plans dashed a few years ago in their fullest. But in hindsight it was a blessing in disquise. I scaled down to my core and shed ALL the stuff that in reality was of no use. Instead of a large sailboat cruising our east coast, the Atlantic, Europe I got a 1947 Old Town sailing canoe. I’m almost done with the restoration. We have so many rivers and places to explore here in this country my travels will be literally unlimited. Within 1/2 block of my residence go east 45 miles and by turning right or left I can reach Maine or the Gult of Mexico all in protected waters. Go directly 150 miles inland to Raleigh with only one obstruction. Another water system if I decided to drop the canoe at it nearest point is 50 miles away, but I can go all the way to Roanoke VA. The canoe had explored most of the east coast with it’s previous owners who now are very elderly and it was time for them to pass it on to a new generation of explorer, me…..The 1st time I had it out on the water here, a reporter came running up and wanted to do a series of articles on it. It attracted him because it is unique. The following Thursday, it is a weekly paper, I got a full page spread with photos……hopefully sometime during the summer it will be back in the water and I can start training and learning its secrets. The mast and sail are as tall as the canoe is long, so it will fly. So stay tuned because i will get a “Go Pro” and start posting to “YouTube” my adventures.

      • Question……what are “protected waters?”

        • Dale A. Albrecht says:

          Inside barrier islands, Intercoastal waterway, canals, rivers etc. In fact after possibly cutting through a waterway/canal from Ft Lauderdale to Tampa, a lot of the gulf coast fits that description, especially Texas. The Chesapeake, Long Island Sound qualifies though it gets nasty at times, NJ shore has barrier islands along its entire length. You cut across a canal, towards the bottom into the Delaware, head up towards Wilmington (yuck) cut across another canal into the top of the Chesapeake.
          The one problem with a canoe is returning to your transportation. Either have it delivered to the end of the trip, figure out a loop, two people, and one returns home with the car or do as I plan, be able to sail instead of paddle in most places.
          I’ll be able to carry 700-800 lbs of gear incl me, which will permit long trips.. But right from 1/2 block away from my front porch I can cover hundreds of miles easily, Neuse, Trent and Newport rivers systems. Put in within 1 hour or less and I can hit the Fear, White Oak and Roanoke systems. The choices are virtually unlimited.

        • Dale A. Albrecht says:

          Part of my inspiration to get back to this adventuring comes from a guy by the name of Verlen Kruger.

  36. gmanfortruth says:

  37. gmanfortruth says:
    • Just A Citizen says:

      How funny, the irony of Flakes’ staff being threatened by old men talking tough…Headline:
      Snowflakes fall at Flake’s office yesterday.

      I frankly am sick and tired of Govt. officials getting SPECIAL consideration via the law than the rest of us. Maybe that is CNN’s problem. They don’t feel they get the same protection as Congress or other Govt. officials.

      Intimidation and threats oh my, oh me.

  38. Note to G man….will have an article ready by Monday…….

    • gmanfortruth says:

      Roger that. Like last time, I’ll add some pics/vids etc then post. Look forward to it 🙂

  39. Something else to ponder, I thought I heard the other day that in fact it was not 17 agencies that made the Russian hacking call, not even four or three agencies but three individuals,. Turns out NSA, FBI and CIA hand picked analysts to apparently prove the conclusion.

    Clapper further acknowledged that the analysts who produced the Jan. 6 assessment on alleged Russian hacking were “hand-picked” from the CIA, FBI and NSA.

    Most fingers are now pointing to the bit coin hacking of last month and week as having originated in the Ukraine though they were quick to try and point the finger at Russia. I am wondering if that’s where all the BS started last year. It does make sense and is at least as believable as anything else.

  40. Dale A. Albrecht says:

    Got a new “Smartphone” yesterday…..well, it’s making me feel not so smart. The manufacturer assumes that one is really tech savy and doesn’t provide much instruction by way of a pamplet. One page on “how to quick start”. All other tutorials are in the phone/computer itself.

    Actually it’s not bad and the trick is to be patient, The keypads are sensitive and definitely require a different touch than my old “Blackberrry” which just was relegated to my drawer of archaic technologies. As the eyesight ages, the ease of expanding and rotating the screen makes use a pleasure. I’ll still use it like I did my old phone with just a little increased usage of finding something online easily…..I have never felt compelled to be connected at all times. Peaceful and quiet time is a treasure today.

    • I win….I win,,,,,I win…………..you beat me to the Smart Phone.. NYAH NYAH NYAH………I still have an old fashioned android…no internet connection….just text and talk. Woo hooo………****skipping around****….no facebook, no twitter…no social media other than SUFA…….I win I win I win………….***spikes android in happy dance***** ooops.

      • By the way, if you have a grand child around the age of 8….ask them. They know how to use one very effectively.

      • Just A Citizen says:

        d13

        You LOSE!

        I still have my “Flip Phone”.

        I am going to be very upset when this one dies because I am not sure I can get it replaced.

      • Dale A. Albrecht says:

        I refuse to do any of the social media BS, like Facebook, Twitter etc or automatic news updates. The 1st app I downloaded was the weather. Like do I or do I not start a project that requires opening up a portion of either of the two houses I’m working on. There is NO time restriction on either restoration so one works when the conditions are ideal. At the head of the sounds here in New Bern, the weather is any one of three options. The storm system is east of us with it’s western edge sliding over our heads, or it goes to the west of us with its eastern edge sliding over our heads or clear. I will not use the system as a GPS like I see people do. I still use a discontinued Garmin GPS that they got rid of. It was to adaptable. Not only do I have all of North America on it, I also map by map can overlay topo maps also covering all of North America, that picks up all trails, camping etc. Plus all the waterways. I can put nautical charts also on it as needed. Battery lasts 20 hours before recharging but a good solar charger does the trick if away from a power source. And it fits in my pocket. And is designed for rough outdoor use.

    • I’m laughing at this post. Still hang out with the ex’s stepdad. He’s the only grandpa, aka Papaw, my son ever knew. He’ll be 69 in August. We just talked him into a smart phone a few days ago. Funny as heck to watch him navigate the new phone. We forced him into texting and watched him struggle for a couple days, then let him in on the speech to text feature. He loves that feature. He’s never owned a computer and his only access to the internet has been out our house. He’s a Limbaugh fan, so I bookmarked Rush’s site for him. Doesn’t take much to make him happy. Its been fun.

      • speech to text? Really?

        • It’s a game changer Colonel. Push the mic button, say your thing, the words you just said pop up on the screen, and you push send. Easy Peasy.

        • Dale A. Albrecht says:

          Yes……you do have to select dialects though or it will totally miss-spell a Texas drawl….

          I have to talk a friend of mine in NY upgrade. She refuses to use her computer and any email or text messaging. She explained that she is embarrased by her awful spelling. Great artist but can not spell. Voice to text would be a great feature for her.

          • Dale…you you you….have flipped to the dark side? STEPHEN…..help me…….JAC, stay strong….we are a dying breed.

            • Dale A. Albrecht says:

              LIke how do you put “earl” in your car.

              As to my family friend in NY I’d like to send photos of what I’m doing or restored photos that are of interest to her. I have to send them to her daughter who then drives over to mom and shows them to her. That is not an eco-friendly practice.

            • Dale A. Albrecht says:

              No dark side here. Just retiring a tool that no longer meets my current and future needs.

              Heck I still use a power tool that was built in 1955. It does all the functions of a modern compound miter saw. Just a little more unsafe but if one respects the tool and is careful there is no problem. Making something idiot proof causes people not to think before they do.

          • Dale A. Albrecht says:

            when working I always had powerful state of the art systems. Needed them. once out of that game scale back was #1 priority. What do I use personally? Soon I will buy a CHEAP laptop only for the Internet connection at home. If I truly upgrade for all uses all my peripheral systems will be turned to junk because the drivers are not supported by the current operating systems. The new printers and scanners are of NO better quality than what I bought years ago for large format photo negative restoration and printing. To replace them will cost thousands and also to replace software that will not work on any new system. It was time though to upgrade the phone. my needs were changing and the blackberry was not cutting it any longer.

  41. Just A Citizen says:

    Here is an example of “biased” reporting. A story ginned up by either The Hill or by someone wanting to cause more trouble. For those that do not know, all stories are not generated by the Press alone. “Opinion Leaders” know how to create stories with the Press being nothing but a tool. Because they have to have something each day that will generate views, readers, listeners, etc, etc.

    Now for the analysis. This was the lead to a story at The Hill web site. If you want to read the whole thing go to The Hill and look for a story about the Chinese being confuse due to Mr. Trump’s tweeting. Here is the lead:

    “President Trump’s unpredictable style is threatening to keep China off balance at a critical meeting this weekend where North Korea will be on the agenda.

    Trump has kept China guessing about his intentions with comments that have run the gamut leading up to the summit.

    “So much for China working with us — but we had to give it a try!” Trump tweeted on Wednesday.

    A day later, Trump suggested he hasn’t abandoned the idea of working with China.

    “Never give up,” Trump told reporters in Germany when asked if he’s given up on working with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
    Such contrasts have left the Chinese scratching their heads.

    “I think that the Chinese are perplexed by what it is that the United States government wants from China,” said David Pressman, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations for political affairs who now works at the Boies Schiller Flexner LLP law firm.

    “I think President Trump’s tweets on this issue lend more confusion than they do clarity with regards to our expectations of China,” Pressman added.”

    1. I assure you the Chinese are not confused about what we want. On the other hand, many of our diplomats and media seem confused about what China wants.

    2. If people are confused by Mr. Trump’s two statements about “so much for China” and “never give up” we are in deep doo doo. Because that means the world’s leaders, the media and most of the public are dummer than dirt.

    3. The only possible confusion the Chinese may have about Mr. Trump is not his desires, but how he is going to react if his goals are not met. And that may just be a good thing in the short run.

  42. Just A Citizen says:

    More, dare I say it,…………FAKE NEWS. Shame on Newsweek for publishing this headline and the “tweets” they used to go with it.

    http://www.newsweek.com/montana-earthquake-yellowstone-supervolcano-632736

    P.S. Gotta love the technical description of the Lewis Clark fault line and location descriptions. Simpler version. The quake was IN THE ROCKY MTNS. Guess how those MTNS. were formed?

    • Dale A. Albrecht says:

      The only things that are dumber than dirt, besides most politicians are “journalists” I don’t think though that they are dumb, just lazy. Journalism should be the absolute career choice of a curious person who has no fear of breaking rice bowls, or to put a real defining point to it “fight city hall” regardless of who is in power. That is why their right is guaranteed in the constitution. But unfortunately they have lost their way.

      Their glorious top prize is the Pulitzer. Good choice because he had NO qualms about fudging/creating the story to fit his agenda.

      • Dale A. Albrecht says:

        Even to read Horace Greeley during the Civil War, he was worse and changed directions more often than a weathervane in a cyclone. William Randolph Hearst takes the cake of them all.

        • Just A Citizen says:

          Dale

          Here is the truth about “Media” in the USA. The idea of an “objective” media is a MYTH. It has never existed and will never exist. I have not identified the source of this myth, specifically, but it sure appears to have been created by the “journalism academics” in hopes of creating some sense of “credibility” among the citizenry.

          The newspapers have long been biased in favor of the views of those who either own them or those who run them. Journalism student are biased against anything involved w/ the govt. or authority. They now appear to have taken on the ideology of the “left” as well. Thus they attack anyone viewed to be “opposite” of these views or what they have been told while in school.

    • Dale A. Albrecht says:

      Many years ago I saw a really good scientific documentary on the “super volcano” located int he Yellowstone area. It was NOT one of the docu-dramas, so prevalent today to whip up fear of something that one has absolutely no control of. The conclusion at the end of the serious film, was do not cancel or change your plans, because when it goes our days will be ruined no matter what.

      I saw on the side of a U-Haul truck and advertisement about visiting fossil beds in Nebraska that contained Rhinosaurs (sp) that had been buried under feet of ash. That is a direct reference without saying so to the ash deposited by one of the several eruptions of the Yellowstone volcano. It will also be one of the many choke points of life on earth where it literally starts over.

      • Just A Citizen says:

        Dale

        The productivity of the Palouse Prairie, which grows a HUGE amount of the US wheat supply as well as lentils and timber products is due to two major events. Both of which would devastate the human population living here today.

        One, was the sand dunes that formed as the Glaciers advanced, retreated, advanced and retreated again.

        The other was the volcanic eruptions from the Cascade range, and especially the explosion that formed Crater Lake, in Oregon.

        The dunes provided the base silty loam soil. The volcanoes an extremely fertile ash cap which can be up to 20 feet deep in places.

        I suspect that some of the fertility of the Great Plains could also be linked to the last Yellowstone explosion. At least the parts not scraped away by the last Ice Age.

        Another interesting factoid. It has been over 10,000 years since the glaciers retreated. The earth’s crust is still rising in response to the reduction in weight created by the ice. The Great Basin is partly due to the ridge formed when the crust rose to the south of the massive lava flows from the region west of Yellowstone. The lava caused the crust to be depressed in one area and rise in another. At least this is per the latest geological theories. Supposedly the crust is still rising in response to this added weight.

        The Lemhi River and Birch Ck., in central Idaho used to be one river. Which ran into the Salmon and on to the Columbia and Pacific Ocean. The uplifting of the central valley area due to faulting and tectonic forces created a high point which caused the river to flow in two directions. One to the west and the other to the east. The eastern portion, now called Birch Ck., flows into the lava desert and eventually reaches the Snake River, somewhere south of Craters of the Moon. Much water runs into this lava desert and disappears underground. Resurfacing as springs dozens if not hundreds of miles away. The Lemhi River is the part that still runs west and joins the Salmon River in downtown Salmon, Idaho. Which causes flooding of town every couple of years when the ice flows jam up at the confluence and the water runs over the ice.

        In case anyone saw a NOVA special on the Yellowstone Ecosystem the other night I would like to point out a serious error in facts. The lodgepole pine forests in the Park and surrounding areas did NOT develop under a 300 plus year fire cycle. We know, and have known for many decades, that these forests were replaced (at least much of them) ever 125 to 150 years or LESS. The “serotinous” cones that developed are consistent with short cycle fire history, not very long forest replacement type cycles. The latter would apply to the Pacific Coast.

        So here is a sure bet, as sure bets go. If a stand/forest of Lodgepole pine reaches 125 years of age, the bark beetles will kill it off in huge quantities within a short time after that.

        • Dale A. Albrecht says:

          Plus sure as the sun sets a fire will carve out huge tracts of open space. Which in turn supports far larger animal kingdoms. Plus the fertilization process and on and on. Remember how scientists said the area around Mt St Helen would be devoid of life for generations…..not so.
          In ’99 we had technically 3 huricanes breeze through here in a little over a week. One actually struck 2X by looping around. Eastern NC just east of Raleigh was underwater. That is where the water systems are still rivers and not sounds where the flood waters can spread out. BIologist said the fishing and shell fishing would be basically destroyed and unusable for years to come. The next year everything was back stronger than ever. The flooding had flushed the system and actually made it healthier.
          Smokey the Bear has actually been a disaster as opposed to a good that was claimed.

          The invasion of Canada during the revolutionary war that came up the Kennebec river in Maine is an illustration on how little a forest such as what grew there supported in the way of wildlife. Indians used to burn forest, not only to grow crops, but the open area supported more game

          The earth as you know is constantly recycling itself. I believe genetics statisticians have estimated that humans have come close to extinction like 6 times.

  43. Just A Citizen says:

    Thought of the morning. Property Taxes.

    I just received my property tax “assessment” notice for some real estate I have.

    Bottom line, the “taxes” on this property amount to about 1% of its “assessed value”. Many will say that is not a real burden. But consider this.

    Over a ten year period I will have to pay the Govt 10% of the properties value. So if I am trying to make a profit, my land value has now declined by 10%, on a cash basis. OR, I have to get 10% more to break even.

    Now simply expand that to 30 or 40 years. Which is a reasonable time frame for holding reals estate as a retirement investment. You land is now lost 40% of its cash value due to the TAX EXPENSE you paid over that 40 year period.

    This looks even worse if you consider that the 1% rate on the total value is applied to the annual increase in value. Last year the Govt says my land went up 0.1% in value. But this is added to the full value for taxes. So the increase in total property tax due to the increased assessed value EQUALS the ENTIRE INCREASE in value.

    The Govt. just took 100% of the increase in property value this past year. All while making it look like they are keeping property taxes at 1%.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      Me thinks that property tax is anti-freedom and unneeded. But governments must have control…..they just must, it’s their nature.

  44. gmanfortruth says:
  45. Dale A. Albrecht says:

    I hope Europe is watching the “protests” in Hamburg today. I wonder if any one of them has ever worried about where their next crust would come from?

    Nice clip of Bill Gates comments about Europe had better wake up fast or see their culture cease to exist and the absolute stupidity of Merkel opening up uncontroled immigration, especially to peoples that are polar opposites. .

  46. gmanfortruth says:

    Mayor DiBlasio, aka, Lurch Jr., goes to Germany to “set the tone that he will not back down from Trump”, joins the protesters, who are NOT there to protest Trump, but are anti-capitalists and always protest the G20 meetings. The only “tone” he set is that he is a freaking moron. Another clueless Democrat politician who lives in an alternate universe from reality.

    • Hmmmmm….drop Democrat…and just say politician…we have a couple of Repubs that are the same,,,, we are about to get rid of one next year tho…….or we hope to…Cruz is not popular any longer.

      • gmanfortruth says:

        Cruz is a snake. But DiBlasio and others openly support violence…..big difference.

    • It will be interesting to see if Gov.Cuomo stays silent on this. There is no love lost between the two but if Cuomo does not comment it means he is afraid of alienating DeBlasio’s hard core Commie base. he chose to do this on the weekend the female cop who was assassinated the other day, is buried. Gonna endear him to the boys and girls in blue.

      As a former New Yorker, I am amazed that this guy, elected in an election where only 24% of eligible voters voted is not challenged by ANYBODY in his re-election bid. It is hard for me to admit it but New Yorker’s have become so fat and lazy during the “good years” ushered in by Rudy the fascist and maintained by Bloomie the Billionaire that they are oblivious to what is happening around them.

      Not that it would mean very much to you folks who are not from here or even Buck and Matt (because they are too young) but what we are seeing now is akin to the middle of Robert Wagner’s 12 years in office ’54-’56 when the signs of decline were all there (including the loss of the Dodgers, Giants, middle class and industry) but totally ignored as the electorate just yawned and re-elected him. Bastard would have been elected again but he KNEW what was about to happen and left on top.

      • Dale A. Albrecht says:

        Can it possible be true that Obama showed up also in Hamburg? Is he possibly planning on holding court with Merkel and Macron

        • He has apparently been “shadowing” Trump. But he has also been freeloading.

          • No, he is shadowing by design. Totally wrong and un-precedented. The left appears to be pulling out all the stops on a specific agenda. Not only in Europe but here as well. Obama is free to do this, of course, but it is wrong.

  47. Intersting thing I was watching a little while ago…..Protesters whom are against capitalism are all carrying smart phones, cameras, and looting stores. It is hard to pay attention to a bunch of young people with multi colored hair wearing their back packs, Nikes shoes, Under Armor clothes……seriously. Why the police are putting up with this is beyond me.

    • Well, the kraut cops have to be very careful otherwise there will be the standard references to “the Third Reich” . In our case it is just we are too soft.

      • Now check this out. believe it or not there are NEGATIVE comments out there on the fat kid’s actions.

      • Dale A. Albrecht says:

        Except for the Munich attempted revolt the “kraut” police were very lenient with the nazi’s and brown shirts, That is until the nazi’s took over and then there was zero tolerance for any dissent

  48. Ya know, I was just thinking………If a gorilla shot an alligator with an AR 15 to save a muslim refugee child while their transgendered parent was in the bathroom……..

    All the dumbasses on the internet would go silent because they wouldn’tknow which side they’re supposed to be on.

    I wonder………………………

  49. “So, I have noticed a large number if people, implying with bad jokes and anecdotes, that Louisiana Cajuns ain’t smart. I would like to state for the record that I disagree with that statement. Anybody who would build a city five feet below sea level in a hurricane zone, and then fill is with Democrats who can’t swim, is a friggin’ genius.”

    I know, I know…..it is not my saying. That is why I put it in quotes…..but it is funny.

  50. Have you guys seen these random Wandering Hillary memes? They drop her into pictures of other events. Here’s the latest, if it works.

    //s.imgur.com/min/embed.js

  51. gmanfortruth says:

    Prior to the G20, CNN stated on every show they had that according to their WH sources, Trump would not bring up election meddling. Of course, Trump brought up the meddling, which there is no proof of, and Putin asked for proof and evidence. That’s a fair request, let’s see is something gets leaked 🙂

    Ivanka sat in for Trump at G20 and the Liberal Left is going nuts. Who’s the women haters now? Oh, that’s right, it’s OK for the left to talk bad about women and not be Misogynist’s, only Conservatives can be that (in their wee little pathetic mentally ill minds).

    The Liberal media is pathetic. At some point the bias is going to crush them.

    • Dale A. Albrecht says:

      A women in their program is not suppose to be a conservative or a successful business person. Look how Comey went after Martha Stewart and successfully sent her to prison for misleading statements. His hands were all over Scooter Libby also even though the real leaker Valerie Plane’s ID confessed saying he never thought it would go that far…yet he found nothing to prosecute with HRC & company

  52. Dale A. Albrecht says:

    I loved the news yesterday that George Clooney is leaving his country estate in England, BECAUSE he can not provide enough security for him and his family. They’re moving back to the US where it’s safer.

    He’s also planning on selling his big villa on Lake Como in Italy. The town has been totally overrun and trashed by migrants.

    • Lake Como….if that is the lake that is just outside of Milan, it is now on the “don’t go there” list. It is now off limits to military personnel. I have been to Italy but have not been to lake Como. I hear it is very pretty. But, it is reported that the tourist industry is off greater than 50% at the lake because of the indigent/migrant problem. Boats are not getting rented and once $400 per night hotels are cutting their rates…..Big problem.

      • Also, with Austria fortifying their borders and turning them back…Italy is filling up.

        • Dale A. Albrecht says:

          The Swiss border was never open, Austria seriously closed as we noted before and France shut its borders to Italy quite some time ago to migrants. When a country like France has thousands of military forces patroling their streets there is a problem. Italy had enough problems without this one that has been bad before, but not in a cultural destruction level when Merkel pushed the open floodgates. Italy was over ruled bythe EU and the EU is thicking up their middle finger at Italy.

          Como, Maggiori and other lakes in the old glacial valleys extending into the alps. Beautiful areas….premier vacation spots. now formerly so. Milan, is trashed and women being accosted continually and just being told to be tolerant.

          The thing about Clooney is that he can personally hire armed security forces to protect him and his family and he decided to leave Europe for their safety. The G7 conference in Sicily the other month STOPPED all boat flooding migrants into the ports for the leaders safety concerns. WHAT ABOUT THE PEOPLE ???

  53. Dale A. Albrecht says:

    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/no-babies-europeans-sex-fertility/

    I found this article quite interesting. I do remember the shifts even within my family from the earliest immigrants who all worked together to advance the success of the family, to now when everyone is literally out for themselves.

    When I lived in Italy the social benefits were minimal. The FAMILY unit was very strong through aunts uncles cousins etal. It survived no matter what the government threw at it. The government was ignored and just flowed around them. Today, that family concept is history except in rare instances.

    I do have strong opinions about the impact of the feminist movement and it’s destruction of the family unit. It is a very self centered movement. Just look at the demographic bubbles that have occured in this country and the impacts on employment and health cost. I can go into details but I’m sweating on the keyboard due to the AC has failed.

    There was also an article that I will post later that explained some of the lack of children in Europe no matter what incentives the governments are giving to have more kids. It boiled down to the sharing of raising the kids. The more the burden rested on women the less likely they were to have kids. That again smacks of self centered behavior. Unwilling to give up a career and not take a multiyear break and treat your kids as a career and launch them. Which then raises all sorts of issues, like health care costs, business costs, government and social costs etc.

  54. Dale A. Albrecht says:

    While laying low today due to the AC being non functional. I came across on YouTube an old ’80’s British satirical news program called “Not the 9 o’clock news” totally hilarious.

  55. Dale A. Albrecht says:

    I also came across a clip that easily could be FAKE, so I will not vouch for its validity. It was purported to be an “antifa” rally. All the signs were appropriate, plus the type of people that were protesting seemed appropriate…..however, being an anti fascist protest, it was interesting that the speaker who was reading his speech and blaring it through a bullhorn, was 100% taken from speeches of Adolph Hitler and they were all cheering..

  56. Well well well Vision GPS just keeps popping up everywhere.

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/07/today-in-collusion-2.php

  57. Okay, gotta agree with Rubio here. Don’t have any details but this sounds like pie in the sky thinking.

    http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2017/07/09/rubio-slams-trumps-talk-of-forming-cyber-security-unit-with-russia/

    • Read between the lines………………………….

      • Okay thinking, thinking, nope got nothing ☺ Explain please.

        • Key words…….they discussed only…it is barely on the radar screen,,,,,but think of the reasons…IF they are in a, ummm……partnership of sorts and it is about syber security, their cyber folks are no smarter than ours…..procedures would be established, guidelines followed, cyber information shared, pathways, etc. The only argument to come from the left or folks like Rubio ( who wants to run again ) is that with such a partnership, would there be a “scratch my back and I scratch yours” mentality. It is also a great distraction for the media……

          Now, would I trust this…….nope.

          • The “hacking” occurring over the past few months seems to have its roots in Ukraine which had already blamed Russia for it. Now would it not be something if the Ukies decided to hack the DNC and blame Russia? I’m sure you could figure out why they did it.

  58. Dale A. Albrecht says:

    Also today there was posted a composite of very public speeches to the Hungarian. people, youth, military and police by their President. They had to be all very recent at least since Hungary started pushing back against the EU and Merkel and Hollande and culminated to very recent speeches a few days ago. I’m impressed with him, the Polish leaders, Austria, Slovakia, the Czech republic. Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria are following suit. They are not going to live under another oppressive regime. UNfortunately Italy is getting screwed by the eu stomping on them and forcing a a massive problem where before only as maller on existed. Italy fought against the EU decisions but were out voted.

      • As I understand it, at one time CA had a mini federal system with the 40 senators from selected or selected groups of counties. The house was always population proportional. But SCOTUS’s rule of one man one vote nixed the mini federal systems and forced the senate to be population based as well. Hence the rural counties have no weight. While LA has a dozen or more reps, 8-10 rural counties have one. Thus we get the mountain lion hunting ban, the chicken cage size rule, a fire fee (tax) that is only levied on rural areas etc. Couple that with the enviro suits to protect the forests, and we can;t even drive there any more. Of course, the forests are all going to burn down sooner or later because they are not being managed.

        One of the articles mentioned a district approach that actually could be very interesting. Instead of breaking the state into one or more states, just break it into a half dozen legislative districts that have a degree of autonomy over local issues. You could still have a state legislature, but they would be concerned only over statewide issues. The districts could be San Diego, LA, SF, the northern rural counties, central valley and the southern inland deserts.

  59. Just A Citizen says:

    Best story lead of the weekend, maybe the past month, maybe even the year.

    “The left is so depraved it has made Donald Trump the de facto defender of Western Civilization. Nice going, bozos.”

  60. Went to a gun show in Allentown PA today (are these people nuts with those prices?). When done I had time to kill and a hankering for a few six packs of A-Treat Cream and Birch Beer soda (can’t do better). So, I drove an additional five miles over to the area around Macungie PA where Grandma and my Uncle Pete lived and where Mom lived in a nursing home the last years of her life. I haven’t been back she died in ’04.

    I hit the Wal-Mart and was disappointed to see that they did not carry the local brands anymore so I picked up a few items. Being fairly observant, I noted the large number of Hispanic shoppers, 13 years ago there were none. So this was a Sunday and a typical outing for the families. What bugged me though was no one was speaking English. Not the 80 year old doddering Grandma talking to herself, not the 20 something young couple and not the families with two or three kids ranging in age from 2 to 15. NOBODY, no adults, no kids were speaking English.

    As they used to say in the Space Program, “Huston, we have a problem”.

    • Dale A. Albrecht says:

      I found the same thing in the aea between Boston and Worcester. I used to cut through the area routinely when traveling between Maine and NY. Middle class nice area. Today it looked like a war zone in total disrepair. Except the population I ran into was NOT hispanic but muslim. English spoken….ha

  61. Gman…and SUFA…..forgive me but some things came up that kept me from my article….I will have it ready by Wednesday…..sorry folks.

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