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Ferguson, protests, looting, violence

Riots, arson, militarized police, anti-police, racism … This is all over the mainstream news as well as the Internet. We know it goes beyond one cop killing one man. The Internet links it a lot more closely to the recent militarization of police forces in the USofA, as well as the “no hesitation targets” and constant training that “officer safety” is their number one priority… as if their job was particularly hazardous, which it is not (see: protecting us from umbrellas and cameramen). The website linked below reports on and works to stop police state violence against the very people we would expect the cops to serve and protect. The existence of this site proves the need, and validity of […]

Why be armed?

Black Friday and the Ferguson Riots: This is Why We Are Armed Posted by: Daisy Luther | It’s important to prep. You probably already know this, or you wouldn’t be here, reading an article on a site like this. You know that you need a stockpile of food, fuel, medical supplies and other necessities. But just as important as those so-called “beans and band-aids” is the ability to protect it. That’s where the “bullets” come in. Some people don’t really get into the weapons and defense part of prepping. They think it’s enough to have a supply of food and water to see them through a month or two of disruptions. Their plan is to simply lay low and […]

Is police violence structural?

Ferguson Reexamined By Paul Craig Roberts Few, if any, of the correct questions were asked in the grand jury hearing to decide whether policeman Darren Wilson would be indicted for killing Michael Brown. The most important unexamined question is whether police are trained to use force immediately as a first resort before they assess a situation or determine if they are at the correct address. Are the police trained that the lives of police officers are so much more valuable than the lives of possible suspects, or a houseful of people into whose residence a heavily armed SWAT team enters, that police officers must not accept the risk of judicious behavior when encountering citizens? If this is the case […]

Conner Combo

I’ve often said that my favorite musical role would be as 3rd trombone in a big band. Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) gave me that opportunity while I lived in Nampa. It was lovely, but didn’t last nearly long enough. My attempt to resurrect the Grangeville big band resulted in a nice little jazz combo where I had to play lead trombone and occasionally assist the tuba player with bass lines. Back down south I formed one and one-half combos in Kuna/Boise, again with me taking turns playing lead trombone. Now happily planted in The Bitterroot for a year and a half I spent one summer as 3rd trombone in a community band, but it was elementary band music, not […]

democracy vs republic

When I publish something here particularly warranting “reference material” status, I put it over on the left column under the heading BITTERROOT BUGLE PERMANENT PAGES. The article below is one of those. Introduced here as a post, you can always find it over on the left by clicking on the sub-heading “VS Republic” under the main heading “democracy”. “(America is) A Republic, if you can keep it.” – Benjamin Franklin “Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths…”, “We may define a republic to be … a government […]

what you are doing behind your back

Unless your news sources are like mine, you don’t get reminded what is being done with your tax dollars, by people claiming to represent you, and in your name. Wackos who couldn’t be trusted babysitting are having misguided troops blow up men, women, children, homes, water supplies, workplaces, etcetera in Europe, Asia, Africa and Arabia. While we are rightly concerned about those same psychopaths destroying our country, world economy, environment and turning our childrens’ brains to mush, they are also active in foreign countries turning beautiful human beings into mush for having the bad luck to be worth more to the elites dead than alive. You, by the way, might be in the same category. It obviously isn’t your turn […]

possible WHY

I ended yesterday’s “blizzards of bodies and snow” pondering the Why of Emperor O’s unconstitutional action writing law by executive fiat to adopt millions of previously illegal immigrants. Today I have a solid piece of the answer. The answer, or at least this well-defined part of it is 48 years old. I attach the full description below. Its numerous linkages to Barry Soetoro are solid, with corroborating evidence all over the Internet. Search “cloward-piven” yourself. Beloved Barry’s only above-the-table income outside of government paychecks was his stint as “a community organizer” … for …drum…roll… ACORN. See center of chart on right for applicability of this fact. I shouldn’t have to introduce George Soros, another key player in that chart, but […]

blizzards of bodies and snow

With the excitement regarding Emporer O’s latest play in Las Vegas, it is easy to lose sight of the importance of this action. The online social media community is all atwitter over various obvious negative impacts of this stroke-of-the-pen amnesty for illegal aliens. I agree completely, but that is only a piece of it; the tip of the iceberg. The majority of the voting public (about 20-25% of the heretofore legal adult USofA residents) just firmly expressed dissatisfaction with the Barry Soetoro and equally law-abiding Democrat leadership. They strongly repudiated the trajectory. This, of course, means some token, cosmetic change should be made. Nobody knows what the endorsed Republican congressional majority might pretend to change, but immigration is definitely a […]

river freezing over

It has been over a week since we have seen outside temperatures above freezing. Mostly they have been averaging quite a bit below. The ice is flowing and forming while the liquid part of the river gets narrower. This is a look upstream at what serves as the neighborhood swimming hole during the hot months. I cannot get the angle through the brush for the best shot, but there is a lot of water rushing through a few very narrow slots consisting of thick ice over boulders. Very pleasing to the senses as we take our walks with Scooter. Immediately downstream from that picture is another place where the ice is packing up and solidifying on river boulders both above […]

self-designing project

The fireplace was heating up my desk more than I would like, but I did not want to move the desk from its location I designed into the room. I was building a firewood log rack that would deflect the heat while storing logs next to the desk. My plumbing and heating contractor friend gave me a scrap of sheet metal I intended to put on the wood-stove side of the scrap-iron rack that was nearing completion in my metal shop. “The problem” with the scrap was the 90-degree fold it had, while I was visualizing a flat piece for my project. Cutting off the base of the “L” was easy enough, but until I got Round-Tuit, and finished the […]

Hotel California

In the 90s, I knew something was wrong, but it took me to the end of the decade to recognize that I fit a culture that was not in California. THE STATE was at war with me, and the majority of the voters therein were just fine with that. I voted with my feet. I moved to Idaho. Ahhhh … Much improved. I finally speak the native language. A dozen years later we were able to go one step better. We aren’t the only ones who find the upper Bitterroot to be magical. There are so many good, aware, balanced, considerate people here. We keep meeting more; making great new friends. This is what a community of humans is supposed […]

busting the spoiler myth

I disagree with descriptions of Libertarian election campaigns as “spoilers”. This assumes all votes Libertarian candidates attracted were taken from the potential Republican or Democrat tallies. Supposedly, they stole fiscally conservative votes from Republicans or culturally tolerant votes from Democrats. A rather obvious problem with this theory is that elected Republicans have shown no signs of being fiscally conservative while Democrats have demonstrated just as much support for personal liberty. To people wanting to vote FOR those views, the two leading parties almost never represent them once elected. Libertarians often reinforce that theory claiming a victory of sorts when the difference between the two main candidates is less than the Libertarian candidate’s vote total in a three-way race. This perspective […]

gluten intolerant? maybe not

Maybe You Aren’t Actually Gluten Intolerant. Maybe You’re Just Poison Intolerant. Posted by: Daisy Luther Over the past couple of years, I had the unpleasant experience of having bloodwork done to confirm that I am gluten intolerant, only to have it come back and say, “Nope, you’re just crazy.” The same thing happened to my good friend Melissa Melton, who was terribly ill before she cut wheat out of her life. It’s happened to scores of other people, who pass the test for the anti-gliadin antibodies but still know that their health issues directly correlate with what they eat. Now we may know why. The tests were right. I’m not gluten intolerant. I’m poison intolerant. I read a mind-blowing […]

heavily armed sore losers

Casinos are big business, very lucrative and with little investment in things like manufacturing capability or raw materials. Even the little pocket casinos that litter the main roads make big money from a small handful of customers. That’s all okay. With freedom comes responsibility. Each of us is at liberty to utilize or discard our resources any way we want. We trade things we value more for things we value less. Lack of choice is for children who hopefully grow into taking full responsibility for their lives, liberties and properties. We call that “growing up”. In this same free world, the casinos are at liberty to attract, entice, reward and get money from their clientèle in whatever way they feel […]