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The Bitterroot Brewing Company hosted an Octoberfest celebration that included US! The Bitterroot Community Band (a subset thereof, actually) filled the corner stage to overflowing with German music … and I DO MEAN GERMAN. It was my first experience reading, or attempting to read music in German. The words had no meaning to me, but the notes and MOST of the symbols where the same. Complicating things for me was that my eyes could not make the small, old sheet music come into focus. Before I go any further, let me state unequivocably, irrefuteably that . . . . . . We Had A Ball !!! Not completely irrelevant was the fact that our host provided [almost] all of us […]

night light

It’s a silly little thing, but the night light in our bathroom was getting reluctant to turn off. Clicking the switch back and forth, this way, that way, willing it to turn off… eventually it refused. Heck, I have another. Replaced it. Throw it away … this is ‘Meruka, after all. But NO. I’m me. It has a Phillips screw that appears to hold two halves of it together. Set it aside until I get around to it. Tonight I opened it up. Figured out how it worked – and why it didn’t. Reached in with a small screwdriver, bent a tiny copper strap. Figured out how to Reassemble. It works like new. The printed circuit, two wires and LED […]

the Internet is bugged

Eric Snowden brought into widespread public knowledge what was available and well understood by many of us long before. Big Brother IS watching – the Internet, e-mail, phone calls, from the sky, traffic cameras and on and on. This is and is not news. But it certainly is more openly discussed and widely understood now. It makes many intelligent people retreat. But you don’t win with retreat. The Internet is the main source of honest news. If they scare us away, they have a virtual monopoly – their misinformation becomes society’s exclusive input. Many, perhaps most people even slightly aware of the threats that exist to life, liberty and property retreat. That’s smart – kind of. However, if everyone closes […]

1958 Conn 6H trombone

Highly esteemed among brass musicians are the horns Conn made in Elkhart, Indiana before the company walked away from the community and craftsmen assembled there. Among the hand-made, professional-grade trombones handcrafted in that period are the highly regarded 6Hs, which were a little bit larger in bore than was the norm at that time. They proved to be a great design with a sweet tone in all ranges and tremendous penetration for solo and jazz work. I have read much of these and wished time, place and finances would give me the opportunity to play a few of them and take the ultimate jazz/lead horn home if they grabbed me as they do others. That has not yet happened, and […]

where ya headed, mister?

Mainstream media, politicians and our government schools have inculcated the label “Leader” to officials elected and unelected in the nations of the world as well as nearly all smaller organizations therein. Leader implies followers and that is US – at least that is the presumption that we lazily, thoughtlessly carry in our heads. Let’s think about it for a minute or two. As the bus pulls in to the bus stop, emblazoned in the display above its windshield is an indication of where it is going. Prospective passengers hoping for a ride to their destination have some assurance that this bus will meet their need before hopping aboard. Before I start following any leader, I want to know where he […]

dead presidents

Fiction outweighs fact a thousandfold when it comes to the history of USofA presidents. I only know little bits of the truth, but OH.MY.GOSH is there a lot of mythology firmly held. So much even flies in the face of well-published history, that you often hear hear opposing views come out of the same mouth. Thomas Woods really shakes up the Abe Lincoln mythology with The Real Lincoln and Lincoln Unmasked, but he doesn’t even touch on Lincoln’s war with the Bilderbergs, which is one of history’s greatest stories – one that puts Linoln back on The Good Guys’ side, at least in that realm. You can see surprising little snippets of counter-presidential-mythology in my historical outline Banking History, a […]

first responders

I was making good time as was my wont on windy roads, perhaps making up for a late start too. I am a very focused driver regularly and at full-chat even more so, but as I braked for the sharp turn something off to the left through the bushes and trees didn’t look right. Powering out of the turn, I knew what it was, turned off and slid to a stop in the wide gravel driveway. I jumped out of The Speedster, bounded through the gate and up to the tinderbox porch attached to the old mobile home. Mom and 3 or 4 little kids were huddled, staring at the approaching grass fire like deer in the headlights. I got […]

Bitterroot Neighborhood Posse

The Neighborhood Posse of Ada County Idaho that I began developing simultaneous to my campaign to be elected Sheriff of Ada County will begin a new life in the Bitterroot. Watch here for developments. The foundation: Bitterroot Neighborhood Posse purpose, principles, bylaws Responsible adults have the right and responsibility to participate in the defense of, and emergency response for their neighborhoods. To this end, we join together forming a mutual-aid organization as outlined in this document. There is nothing confrontational about it, nor is there any question of the legality of our right to freely associate and assemble. We take the responsibility to actively participate in the defense of our own life, liberty and property, as well as that of […]

silver-tongued devil

I can hardly believe what I’m seeing. Physical silver has been almost as available as primers, powder and ammunition – that is to say having a high content of “Unobtanium”. Today I received an e-mail containing a link to an offer I never expected to see again. Silver Eagles that have been far more rare than regular wait-12-weeks for delivery non-Eagle 1-ounce silver rounds for $26.24. The most startling part were the words underneath: Ships within 2 – 4 business days have a 20 ounce minimum order much like my old friends at Northwest Territorial Mint with their 60 ounce minimum. Buying in quantity definitely provides great value. The real exciting part that has me drooling all over my […]

climate change change-up

The USofA federal government, the United Nations and all other subordinate agencies of The Bilderberg Group have been pushing the pseudo-science of man-made global warming as a Trojan-horse for their agenda. Actual scientific-method science, with real scientists working in the fields of their expertise, find massive evidence of normal earth weather patterns. Apparently I’m not alone in my disgust for the tale, those marketing it, and the massive following of that mythology. The Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP), Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, and The Heartland Institute combined resources to impanel legitimate climate scientist to study the evidence without political pressure and deliver analysis devoid of population control, power consolidating agendas. Their full publication […]

radio operator meeting, class in Darby

Bitterroot Amateur Radio Club is driving to light up the south Bitterroot with HAM radio operators meeting and classes in the Darby Library Saturday, September 28, 2:00 – 3:00 meeting of amateur radio operators and any other interested people possibly the beginning of regular meetings Saturday, September 28, 3:00 – 4:30 1st session of technical license class with adequate interest, classes will continue, leading to FCC license testing at the end sessions every Saturday through Oct 26th no class fees, $29.95 for books must have decent turnout to continue classes for more information contact: Ted Dunlap […]

enemies list

I was asked to un-click a couple of facebook boxes in my link to a friend. I honored that request, but sent him much of the following via private message. I unchecked as you requested in fb, but didn’t post the note on my wall. I have felt for years that nothing online is private. You probably know from my blogging that I have long assumed the NSA has been collecting my data. Intelligent people learn this and shut down – move to low profile. A small handful mount the rooftops to incessantly yell warnings at the top of their lungs… well aware of the exposure and risk. We certainly need both kinds. Without honest reporters, THEY win. Without unexposed […]

smelling bad stuff – again

The early reports of the Aurora Theater Shootings had live feeds of eyewitnesses who saw an additional shooter, some who saw a third, additional gas mask, blood trail leading away that was not officially followed, getaway car on video and much more evidence of multiple shooters. Later, official spokespeople and official investigators made the official story one of a lone shooter. The others got clean away and mainstream media toed that line. Early reports on Sandy Hook had two live shooters captured. One in the parking lot and the other after a chase we all got to watch with half a dozen or more cops running down, tackling and cuffing the guy in the nearby woods. The other shooters disappeared […]

Colorado Did It

What a startling upset. The voters of Colorado have done it! Gun Owners of America Yesterday, Colorado booted two unprincipled, back-stabbing, arrogant legislators from office. This was truly a historic effort and the first time in Colorado history that there has ever been a recall election — let alone a successful one. Democrat Senators John Morse and Angela Giron lost their bid to hold onto their seats in districts that heavily favored Democrats. (In fact, Giron represented a district where only 23 percent of registered voters are Republicans.) In Morse’s race, 51% of voters pulled the recall lever to eject him from office, while 56% of voters sided against Giron. The effort to recall Morse and Giron began as a […]