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a veteran’s view of Memorial Day

In 1968 I chose to enlist in the USAF for four years rather than being drafted into the Army for two. In my ignorance I saw only that one way to avoid being handed a rifle and told to kill people I had no quarrel with, or be killed by them. I knew I would struggle to be comfortable living with myself if I survived that conflict. Many people of my age let the government choose for them, and for a lot of those it didn’t work out well. It has been the same for young men in this country for 230 of the 248 years since it was founded. I’m taking the time today to say I’m sorry for […]

neighborhood shooting

I hosted and coached a second handgun refresher this month. We have some really good neighbors … plus some of the other kind and, like all neighborhoods, plenty in-between. A caveat on that is there are not actually a whole lot of people in this rather spread-out neighborhood to begin with. Needless to say, anybody with room for a shooting range in their yard does not live where houses are packed cheek-to-jowl. The photo to the right was from our May 4th shoot. The same folks were here yesterday, so I did not shoot them again (with my camera). They all improved in confidence and competence. I will likely keep doing this to further, and cement the gains. Better […]


The label has been the kiss of death for many of us who loath cheap junk that does not serve intended purposes with a reasonable lifespan. But is that a fair assessment of current Chinese manufacturing today? First off, let us look at the size of China. Rather than a single entity, it could actually have as much variety in the country as many others of the world. I am personally familiar with two significant examples, Optical Coating Labs Inc and Hewlett Packard who over 30 years ago sent high level personnel to transfer technology and production from MADE IN USA to companies in China. I also remember when el Presidente’ Slick Willy Clinton got caught transferring advanced USofA […]

High speed Internet gift – TANSTAAFL

A large cluster of men and equipment are currently spending a few weeks in my neighborhood installing a second, and much farther reaching cable system. Undoubtedly it will be carrying 5G to AND FROM a hundred or so far flung homes in this podunk we occupy. At a couple thousand dollars a day in distribution costs alone, how is this investment of men, equipment operation and hardware cost/benefit justified? Certainly not on fifty or so dollars per month of anticipated subscription fees. So who is paying, and why? Don’t ask. You won’t like the answer. TANSTAAFL – There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. Said another way, “You buy the product or you are the product.” In […]

NATO’s imminent demise

Every empire has a beginning, a middle and an end. We are close enough that most of us will witness the end of NATO and its relative the USofA global hegemony. I have touched on it many times here at The Bitterroot Bugle, but in the Eewe Toob video below, Dmitry Orlov really lays it out. Everything he covers is totally consistent with my various trustworthy information sources. Better still, he lays out a stark, but very real future for conflicts that are currently being lied about by our CIA News Network. I am particularly fond of the little details of deception he lays bare throughout this interview. Some key notes I made during my viewing were the changing […]

Morning metaphor: society as an electronic circuit

I have a passing knowledge of electronic circuits, assembly and the schematic used to represent their inner workings. The resistor and use of the symbol for it have long attracted me and been used to represent my innate resistance for authority, power wielders, bullies, dictators and such. resistor The patch to the right is one I have worn on various clothing and accessory items as a conversation starter as well as personal statement to ‘those who know’. It is, in the schematic world, a depiction of a resistor – that component which resists the flow of electricity. I have used it with the thought that enough resistors can restrict, dilute and eventually destroy the power and control of destructive authority. […]

… and furthermore

I do not do this very often, but got such a case of the ‘shoulda-saids’ regarding yesterday’s “benefits of motorcycling” post that I went in and added the paragraphs I felt were missing. Its essence is unchanged. I can’t recommend a revisit as important, but I wanted the additional thoughts to be part of that essay.

benefits of motorcycling

I have been thinking about and posting on motorcycles quite a bit of late. Some of that is the season, as weather has become intermittently attractive for the bikers whose passion for that has been in a winter straightjacket. That is by itself exciting and motivating for us. That brings to mind the bigger question: Why do we find our motorcycle rides so exciting? From a practical standpoint, they beat most alternatives. The Asian region, particularly India and China dominate global sales dramatically, with Central and South America not too far behind. The USofA accounts for less than 1% of the global motorcycle market. People who cannot afford cars are much more able to own scooters and motorcycles. For those […]

Jack’s job 1

A big deal in our household last year was Missy’s accomplishment of learning to ride a motorcycle for the first time, her serious, in-depth study of all that meant, taking and passing the beginner biker class as by far the oldest student, one of few women, while riding far and away the oldest bike – the only one with a manual choke and a kick starter. She completely racked up the style points while becoming ‘a biker’. We took a good number of short biker jaunts all over our neighborhood with my Dr Zee keeping her Piglet company. Dr Zee was happy putting along in their company at their preferred moderate 10-35-mph pace. He was also an eager pony […]

You wanna step outside

At 0300 UTC, locally known at 9:00 PM Mountain Daylight Time, a geomagnetic event is predicted to bring The Northern Lights extraordinarily far south. Some predictors are attributing this to a massive solar storm sending super-powerful electro-magnetic waves over Earth. Then there are those that say the HAARP folks are planning to mess around big time and have concocted the ‘sun activity’ story as a cover. I won’t bet with either camp, but might stay up past my normal bedtime to step outside with camera in hand to enjoy the sights. Perhaps I’ll fashion a tinfoil hat just in case 😉 It can’t hurt much to use your Faraday cases for the weekend. […]

we gained weight today … and power

Dr Zee (2012 Suzuki DRZ400 SM) – running errands on Old Darby RoadI watched Dr Zee ride off into the sunset … well, a few hours before sunset, but on down the road with happy new owner aboard. I really did like that cheerful, eager little scooter. My replacement intermediate bike sat quietly in the garage watching the one he displaced roll out of our lives. Dr Zee could mosey behind Missy and Piglet at the 10-25 mph pace they enjoyed and, technically speaking, could make the occasional Hamilton runs at the 70 mph highway traffic demands. BUT the highway portion felt like a stretch to me. The 400cc single-piston (aka: a thumper) thrashing around underneath me had my sympathies […]

33rd annual Ride To Work day – June 11, 2024

Ride your motorcycle on Ride To Work Day and demonstrate: – The number of motorcyclists to the general public and politicians – Motorcyclists are from all occupations and all walks of life – Motorcyclists can reduce traffic congestion in large cities – Motorcycles are for transportation as well as recreation Ride to Work Day is the 2nd Tuesday in June each year. Show the world that motorcycles and scooters are great for everyday transportation. On Ride to Work Day, ride your motorcycle or scooter to commute, shop/run errands, or simply to enjoy the experience. For more information, see Globally, motorcycles provide economical, efficient personal transportation that have not been as much appreciated in the USofA recently. Their time […]

considering EMP possibilities

I have discussed this topic here before. If you want to know more, check out some of my prior posts and links on the subject here: electro magnetic pulse articles At the most basic, and significant levels, our electrical grid and household power are gone in a blink. They will not return in the foreseeable future. That is a given. What happens next and how we prepare for it has filled many books. That is not today’s topic here. While we touched on the above, I was explaining yesterday to a neighbor how he could set up NOW to recover the use of his vehicle after an EMP disabled it. That refreshed in my mind the things I, too, […]

neighborhood ride snapshot vs photograph

It was another lovely spring day in The Bitterroot. We got the dogs walked – which is a most exciting treat for them, and not a bad thing for us. We also got to ride our motorcycles. I took my camera along as I always regret when I fail to do so. But my eyes did not see any photos worth taking. Until at a rest stop, Missy mentioned the lovely mountain view. *BAM* I knew immediately she was right, and subsequently came up with a snapshot that included the mountain, along with the bikes and a rider that put kind-of a time stamp on the photo, remembering the reason we got to that view on this day. That was […]