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Mr. Lucky Part III

While this should have been part of Lucky Part II, a friend who knew of the incident pointed out that I forgot to include it, and now I prefer to make it part III. In between rehabilitation rather than excommunicaton of my CRX was a transition time for me. I, being A Car Guy, bought it as an opportunity to savor a cool car. However, being of modest resources, I also had to justify its presence in my personal budget on a purely analytical, practical basis. It took help from that same good friend to get that latter part to support the former. Unquestionably, a 50-mpg car is a good thing to have. However, a windshield, brakes, suspension, tires […]

Bitterroot Community Band

This is a great, fun group of musicians including high school kids, retired folks and every age in between. We get together throughout the public school summer vacations and share the joy of making music. Our rehersals are in the Stevensville high school band room most Tuesday evenings. Every week or two, we also share the opportunity to listen in numerous venues around the Bitterroot Valley. The band has a facebook page, for those who go there: Bitterroot Community Band Our remaining performance schedule is: Saturday, August 3: Lewis & Clark Park, Stevensville, 1:00pm Thursday, August 8: Daly Mansion, Hamilton, 7:00pm Tuesday, August 13: Hamilton Legion Park, 12-noon Thursday, August 22: Hamilton Bandshell, 8:00pm Saturday, August 31: Ravalli County Fair, […]

Linux users meet in Darby

Linux sharing group meets in Darby Library Friday, August 2nd from 10:00-noon Friday, August 9th from 10:00-noon Friday, August 16th from 10:00-noon Friday, August 23rd from 10:00-noon Friday, August 30th from 10:00-noon If nothing else, we can use the Darby Library’s great community room, hard-wired and wired high-speed Internet, savor the air conditioning. I expect, however, that those of us with an interest in learning or increasing our knowledge of Linux operating systems will share knowledge, tips, tricks and discoveries among the features and thousands of free programs that cover the gamut of tools the big, expensive operating systems offer. Linux is the third most popular personal computer operating system in the world. Certainly an obvious attraction is that Linux […]

Become the Leadership Cadre

This came my way in an e-mail. I have no idea who J.M. is or where else this is published, but thought it was worth sharing. I changed a word and inserted paragraph breaks for readability. It is long and targeted to a specific audience. Read and review when you have a chance. – Ted Think Globally, Act Locally: Become the Leadership Cadre Focus on the 25M Target First There is a consistent interest in the Patriot movement to focus on the bigger picture, on a national level. This ranges from insisting on the misdeeds of the current administration, to concerns about things like the Zimmerman case. This is not necessarily a bad trend, and it even makes sense on […]

SOF Imperatives for Preparedness

This came my way in an e-mail. I have no idea who J.M. is or where else this is published, but thought it was worth sharing. I changed a word and inserted paragraph breaks for readability. It is long and targeted to a specific audience. Read and review when you have a chance. – Ted The SOF Imperatives for Preparedness (I was working on the revisions for “The Book” today, and as I re-read and made notes to this section, I realized it would make a pretty good, relevant article topic in itself. I spent half an hour or so editing it into article format, rather than the rough-draft book excerpt it was, and here ya go…–J.M.) U.S. military doctrine […]

Mr. Lucky part II

Our incredible lightening-flash journey from there, to here was splattered with tremendous good luck. As I mentioned here: I was extremely grateful for copious quantities of good fortune in making it all happen. As I also suggested in I DO understand that “good luck” is only part luck. Nevertheless, I have considered myself to be on an incredible lucky streak with darn-near everything going my way. Then I lost it. The Midas Touch left my hands. Some things just didn’t go my way. I was sanguine about it. I had a heckuva run. I got more than any one man deserves. I was grateful for the long-enough run of luck that delivered Missy and me to Nervana. Love […]

rare birds

A growing number of us know we are solidly in an economic, cultural and political world that is changing for the worse. Many understand we are on the verge of change that is dramatically worse. “What can I do?” constantly rolls around in our heads, but delivers no good answers. “Preppers” are that special breed, we all know as crackpots, cranks, eccentrics, hippies and other images that cannot fit our self-image no matter how ugly our current trajectory looks. Of course the globalists, the ruling elite, want you to hold that image. Too many preppers and The Great Take-down may not work according to their plan. Every day you pass forks in the road, “Y” intersections, “T” intersections and wide […]

Linux users meet in Darby

Linux sharing group meets in Darby Library from 10:00-noon, every Friday in August Linux is the third most popular personal computer operating system in the world. Certainly an obvious attraction is that Linux is FREE. Better, thousands of applications that run under Linux are also free – and do nearly everything that the Windows and Mac software does. Word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, video editing, design … and on and on. You want it, download it and put it to work… Free. Linux is lean and tight, making the most of your computing power without the baggage that the big boys build in. Interestingly, over 90% of the world’s fastest computers use Linux. Also, because of its design, Linux needs no […]


You don’t understand modern writing. He used far too many words. Nowadays we get straight to the point. Thus wrote my daughter as a review of an essay I forwarded to her. Her world is one of blazing thumbs, words without vowels, two-word sentences and paragraphs without punctuation. “thx” now occupies the place where “thank you” used to be, “pls” where “please” used to be and “ppl” has supplanted individuals, friends, family and community. These modern sophisticates have so perverted the word “friends” that they have thousands of imaginary friends on facebook and walk down the street beside strangers stroking their smart phones. In times of need a hundred friends send their prayers and good wishes while none of them […]

Montana medical campfire

The future of USA medical care is grim for both customers and providers. Darby Montana has great potential to help both. It is remote, independent, a popular fly-in location and could use a clinic or medical center. It has a few vacant buildings that could easily house a small or medium clinic or medical center. It is a beautiful, peaceful place that has attracted a large number of financially secure residents who could play significant roles in establishing a medical enterprise. There are a few local providers who are poorly served by the Hamilton, Montana-dominated medical center 17 miles north, not to mention a large number of customers who would enjoy alternatives. — July 31st, Mountain Spirit Inn will host […]

theft of retirement accounts

Government Theft of Retirement Accounts Has Begun by Dave Hodges from The Common Sense Show .com Treasury Secretary Jack Lew Is Planning to Steal Selected Federal Retirement Account Many were roundly criticized for daring to say that the Cyprus thefts could visit our shores. If Treasury Secretary Jack Lew gets his way, Cyprus will look like a walk in the park compared to what’s coming because Cyprus was a beta test for the massive theft of private wealth which is on the horizon. In fact, I would say to my fellow countrymen who don’t think the government would ever perpetrate a fraud against the American people in which the government would oversee the outright theft of personal assets of American […]

ear candy in Missoula

A little known BIG DEAL is happening in Missoula this weekend. I, for one, will not miss it. For the first time in its 26-year history, the Harvey Phillips Northwest Big Brass Bash will take place in Missoula. It will bring about 70 tuba and euphonium players from around the Northwest for a two-day tuba conference and concert. One of the Big Brass Bash, otherwise known as a tuba extravaganza, concerts will take place at Bonner Park, Missoula on Sunday at 2 p.m. The musicians also will play at a 5 p.m. recital on Saturday at Sentinel High School, also in Missoula. Spectators are welcome to enjoy the sights and sounds at both events for free. While not quite trombones, […]

medical liberty

Physicians’ Declaration of Independence Penned by Richard Amerling, M.D., (updated 7/2013) Association of American Physicians and Surgeons When in the Course of Human Events, it becomes necessary for one Profession to dissolve the Financial Arrangements which have connected them with Medicare, Medicaid, assorted Health Maintenance Organizations, and diverse Third Party Payers and to assume among the other Professions of the Earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident: that the Physician’s primary responsibility is toward the Patient; that to assure the sanctity […]

72 killed resisting gun confiscation in Boston

Boston – National Guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed by elements of a Para-military extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw. Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement. Gage blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal revenue offices. The governor, who described the group’s organizers as “criminals,” issued an executive order authorizing the summary arrest of any individual who has interfered with the government’s efforts to secure law and […]