Global Skywatch

background check nonsense

My ‘pen pal’ from Ammo.com sent me the message below on the background check requirement to purchase firearms. I figure it is good enough to share.  We kind-of have an idea of the background checks that “protect us” from bad guys getting guns.  Well, at least that is how the congresscritters sold the package.  It is instead just one of the continuing assaults on the natural human right to self defense. The images included herein are mine. Don’t blame Ammo.com. They struck me as appropriate. Ted ———————-     Here I am again… In your inbox on this cold yet sunny afternoon. At least that’s the weather here in the good ole Show-Me State. I breach your inbox today to […]

minimum wage

This political cartoon was just too good to pass up. I will want to find it someday, so here it is for future reference. I talked about it during the 2006 Idaho governor debates. If an employer has a job that someone wants to do there is no third party with business in the transaction. Entry level jobs are a place where work ethic and employee-employer relations are practiced. They are not intended to be the end of worker development nor wage growth. The reality of competition works both ways. Customers put downward pressures on prices. Employees must provide profitable service or the business fails. Congresscritters who face no price pressures, who almost universally have no clue as to […]

drug crisis

Politicians mean drugs they have laws against when using this phrase. They are close, like only 180-degrees off. It is their war on people using non-prescription drugs and their rules against natural healers that drive people in the wrong directions. Current polls vary, but at least two thirds of us support REPEAL of all laws against cannabis users and its use as medicine that was safely self-administered for centuries. Note: I did not say “legalize” on purpose. I will welcome reduced government malfeasance on this topic, but until their toxic presence in the world of cannibis is no more, we are all the losers. The winners? Big Pharma, Prison-Industrial Complex, organized crime, asset forfeiture collectors and a few others […]

How “Saving Gas” Costs a Fortune

By Eric Peters     FiatChrysler just made the latest payment – $77 million – which was actually a fine for failing to make its cars “save” enough fuel . . . for Uncle’s tastes. Irrespective of FCA customers’ tastes. FiatChrysler’s model lineup – the ones that sell well – are big cars like the Dodge Charger and big SUVs like the Jeep Grand Cherokee – and Uncle is not happy about it. Similarly about Jaguars ($46.2 million in fines) and Mercedes ($28.2 million) and other car brands that don’t make cars “efficiently” enough to make Uncle happy. These get socked with fines as above, every year. It is not small change. And it will become even more change soon, if […]

painting with pastels

It is official I am an artist You can plainly see I now have my Artistic License I came by it honestly Made it myself ———— I have long been wanting to do more drawing and painting than will fit in the little squares of my wall calendar with Sharpie pens. I never quite get around to it. Years ago I inherited some water color tools from my Step Dad. Even that did not get me started. So I signed up for the Pastel Painting class the Bitterroot College offered this January/February. THAT WORKED. I did a lot of gearing up for a type of painting I had not considered, but it turns out I really like the medium. […]

Our Rights

By Eric Peters     What are our “rights” – and where do they come from? This is the question which answers all the others. The Bill of Rights, it is said, grants our rights. This is a horrible and dangerous idea; one all too many Americans have been bamboozled into believing. Anything which is granted can also be taken away – which of course is just what’s happened and precisely why it was so important to convince Americans that their rights are granted  . . . in order to get them to accept their being taken away. In fact, the Bill was written specifically as a statement of fact, intended to acknowledge our inviolable rights. To put a finer […]

Democrats put on their Socialist clothes

Mistaken Futures Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page And so the Democratic Party has gone and hoisted the flag of “socialism” on the mizzenmast of its foundering hulk as it sets sail for the edge of the world. Bad call by a ship without a captain, and I’ll tell you why. Socialism was the response to a particular set of circumstances in time that drove the rise of industrial societies. Those circumstances are going, going, gone. The suspicion of industry’s dreadful effects on the human condition first sparked in the public imagination with William Blake’s poem “Jerusalem” in 1804 and its reference to England’s newly-built “dark satanic mills.” Industry at the grand scale overturned everyday life in the […]

The Blizzard of ’19 saga continues

As western Montana digs its way out of epic snow. No strangers to significant winter snowfall, schools, businesses and government agencies in Darby, Hamilton and Missoula cried, “DISASTER!” with closures and shutdowns all up and down the Bitterroot. This last week was more than they were able to handle. In my neighborhood I have seen just about every type of tractor, truck, tracked and all-wheel-drive vehicle with snow moving capability running up and down our road as people scramble to hire snow management beyond what they were set up to do on their own. Two different communities in the upper Bitterroot each had two out of four of their snowplows break down. Of course this stuff happens at the worst […]

India attacks Pakistan

USofA oaf-fishal-dum is outraged at those rotten Indians for firing missiles at targets across the border into Pakistan. As tensions escalate between these two second-tier nuclear-armed powers, both with ties to first-tier nuclear-armed powers we should be more than a little concerned ourselves. The offended USofA representatives are directly related to Dick Chaney, Larry Silverstein, Rudy Guilianni, the Bush clan and many others who attacked USofA people and buildings on 9/11/2001. They immediately blamed those attacks on Saudi Arabian terrorists and used that as an excuse to take full-scale war to Iraq to “Get those dang terrorists”. These are the folks who think the Indian government is out of line for attacking terrorist bases in adjacent Pakistan. Truth-challenged and credibility-vacant […]

Benefits of MCT Oil

By Joan Clark For decades, athletes have been using a secret weapon to help them increase lean muscle mass and decrease body fat. MCT, or medium chain triglycerides, are a type of fat that you find in palm kernel oil, coconut oil, and numerous dairy products, that your body can quickly absorb. The quick absorption and digestion can provide you with numerous MCT oil benefits that include improved cognition, weight management, and heart health among others. Using MCT oil regularly can be beneficial for those who might be struggling with poor digestive health, low energy, hormonal imbalances, obesity, Alzheimer’s, dementia, slow metabolism, inflammatory conditions, and diabetes. The health benefits gained from consuming MCT oils regularly make it an increasingly popular […]

the socialism wave

Mistaken Futures Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page And so the Democratic Party has gone and hoisted the flag of “socialism” on the mizzenmast of its foundering hulk as it sets sail for the edge of the world. Bad call by a ship without a captain, and I’ll tell you why. Socialism was the response to a particular set of circumstances in time that drove the rise of industrial societies. Those circumstances are going, going, gone. The suspicion of industry’s dreadful effects on the human condition first sparked in the public imagination with William Blake’s poem “Jerusalem” in 1804 and its reference to England’s newly-built “dark satanic mills.” Industry at the grand scale overturned everyday life in the […]

Blizzard of ’19

This one is epic … quite unnatural, but the results have to be dealt with regardless of instigation. I am running the old body near its edges, but feeling quite grateful and a bit smug over having the tools necessary to handle the situation. I will let the photos and video clip (15 seconds) from today tell the rest of the story. http://www.bitterrootbugle.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/carving-a-path-to-the-shop.mp4 18 inches on the ground 21 inches on garage roof picnic table nearly disappeared snow ladened pine tree cutting a path to the shop blowing a path to the shop starting on shop door clearing shop access cleared cord and a half of fir under there S10 wearing a snow hat […]

Why Are Why Are We Seeing So Many Bare Shelves at Grocery Stores Across the Country?

By Samantha Biggers – from DC Dirty Laundry   Over the past few months, my husband and I have kept an eye on the store shelves in our area. We don’t shop daily or even weekly, but the trend of increasingly bare shelves has been incredibly disturbing. This made me curious as to what others have been experiencing. As a member of various online prepping communities, I see a lot of conversations and concerns, but one thing that has stood out to me is the amazing number of people chiming in to report sparse or bare shelves or just not being able to find a specific item they like. We visited many different stores. Over several months we visited […]

somebody moved Darby to Grangeville when I wasn’t looking

I haven’t dealt with snow at this level since I lived on the wet side of the Bitterroot Mountain Range. As wet air moves east into mountain ranges that make it go up the moisture is wrung out of it. That is meteoroligical fact from a century of experience. The west sides of the Sierras, Wasach and Bitterroots have all shown me this in real life, real time. Thus no real surprise a dozen years ago when I had to shovel 8 to 12 inches of snow off my sidewalk and driveway in Grangeville, Idaho, at the foot of the mountians dividing north Idaho from Montana. At a youthful 58 years old, removing 12 inches of snow on my sidewalks […]