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I am back

Every time I dive into the infrastructure of my websites, I find myself fighting a tar baby… That is: technology I do not use often enough to know and/or remember how to use it competently. I have now come out the other side of the morass – having successfully trimmed my World Wide Web holdings to BitterrootBugle.com and TedDunlap.net. During the heat of the battle, none of my websites were available for a day or two. I apologize if you missed us. Thank you for looking. They are back… that is, those two are back. I am back.

Was the grasshopper correct?

I have lived ant’s part in the fable of the ant and the grasshopper while over thirty years ago my ex roommate, best friend, and one who cared deeply about my well-being advised wholeheartedly that I would be much happier and better off if I quit even thinking about The Deep State and ugly side of the world around us. That is over 11,000 days he spent power boating, traveling, watching pro sports with friends, believing in an honorable media, living in a pleasant, unconcerned leisure class while I kept my nose to the grindstone, squirreled my nuts away, researching, working, and railing against the evil elites. As my, our enemies come down home stretch on their nefarious Agenda […]

estate management

My motorcycle bucked me off at close to zero miles-per-hour in my gravel driveway almost four weeks ago. Those dang two-wheelers do that from time to time. I landed with a whoof on my back which has yet to recover… in part because I have STUFF TO DO before winter sets in. last year’s leftover mill end stashI tried doing nothing, but that dang STUFF TO DO pestered me into what seems like a perpetual limited light duty mode. With a little help from my friends, I got one REALLY IMPORTANT PROJECT completed. Living just over a mile from a bustling truss plant positions my yard as a favored dumping ground for the kiln-dried mill ends they accumulate as […]

some things elude quantification

Early this week I shared bits of a personal exercise wherein I attempted to quantify, weigh my time management. As I mentioned there, blogging did not land anywhere near the top. It in fact seems to be near or at the bottom of things I objectively think I should be doing. Yet here I am. I just finished a review of the list I created, made some modifications, but still came up with no justification for doing what I am doing at this moment. My difficulty lies in quantifying community service, building a team with survivable potential, calling out warnings, or some Paul Revere-ish driving mechanism inherent in my psyche. There is another part of me that HATES BULLIES. […]

setting priorities

Prior to “retirement” I have no idea how I found time for anything but income-producing work, but somehow I did. As I have heard and read from numerous retirees, we are so busy now we have a hard time imagining how we did it all back then. Recently asking myself why my ToDo list is stuck at 4 pages long, I took a couple steps back to quantify that question and the answers. As a more analytical than average guy, here is how I approached that. I headed my chart “Quantifying the intersections of passion, utility and economy.” Then listed the skillsets, toolsets, activities and feelings about them that I currently have… on a spreadsheet so I could do some […]

the best laid plans + 2022 election fraud

The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry I thought I was going to take some time to restart my blogging service. I found myself straightening, organizing my shop, studio spaces, as well as my meat-space community contacts and interacting with friends instead. Not bad things, but also not what I promised myself and you last Thursday. I have not been away from digesting the news from my favored sources. I just have not been sharing here much of what I learn there. I think I have come up with a plan for improving that. For quite a while, I have been refining and storing quotes, memes, photos, videos, and interesting bits in folders on my […]

Ukraine has me in their crosshairs

In my estimation, my websites are the tiniest little annoyance, minuscule, less than a pinprick. Nevertheless, five out of the five that I maintain are now being regularly probed by hackers located in Ukraine. Really??? How do they have time for me? C’mon Russia, give them something more interesting to think about. You probably know one of my websites, but I built four for various purposes from commercial to politics and one for my wife to play with. They are all still standing, and regardless of their extremely low threat profile to anyone, do attract enemy attacks with unending regularity. Check them out: Bitterroot Bugle, Idaho Liberty, Ted Dunlap, The Fixer, Free Missy. Do you see anything worth their […]

Bitterroot Bugle under attack

This website is constantly under attack. Perhaps adolescents trying their hand at hacking because some teens like tipping over outhouses, making messes and destroying the productivity of others… but I doubt it. A more likely possibility is someone hoping to hack in so they can make their marketing pitches to my small audience… I doubt that one as well. I am a tiny voice among those who are hacking at the root of the evil that is trying to destroy humanity, nature and life in this otherwise beautiful world. They would love to swat this mosquito … along with other annoyances both small and large. A few weeks ago I received notification of a bigger than normal attack sent […]

chilly today

Among the dumb jokes that stuck with me from early adolescence was: Mexican weather report: Chili today, Hot tamale Unfortunately my neck of the woods is not expected to rise above FREEZING until February. On the estate, our little valley grabs the cold and hangs on to it with unappreciated tenacity. You can see my morning low to the left. Yep … minus 24 … or so. Thanks to a nice collection of firewood I have built up, I can keep the palace around a plus 75… roughly a one hundred degree difference … that I really appreciate after plowing or blowing snow in the yard for an hour or two. The photo to the right is from yesterday’s two-hour […]

apologies for non-posting … the theater is just plain STUPID

It is difficult for me to point at the hypocrisy, deceit, fraud and BS being shoveled by your elected leaders and lamestream media all reporting to the same globalist leaders. The volume and idiocy are over-the-top. THEY have discovered that overwhelming bullshit, well, overwhelms … truth. I am of a mood to share headlines and links to the articles headlined. This place is a ZOO! A Canival. A Parody of itself. Our world is distinctly unreal. On to the news headlines… links to various sources… McConnell: “Providing Assistance For Ukrainians to Defeat the Russians is the Number One Priority for the United States Right Now” (VIDEO) The money laundry must be protected at all costs. If the little people […]

cold snap

Now THAT’s COLD. At Sunrise (8:17), I threw on a wool coat, insulated gloves and boots for a one-minute outdoor job of opening the chicken door so my flock could get out to their heated water reservoir and food supply. Whoops. My young back-saving helper yesterday did not close the double gate into / out of the chicken yard after blowing a foot of snow off their scratching yard. So I did that while I was out there – to keep them in and predators out. By the time I was back inside, my legs were cold through their double layers, my back was cold through its triple layers and my cheeks were genuinely frosty in the non-bearded areas. (Interesting […]

my turn as an enemy of the state

I was recently asked why I am unwilling to cross the border into and out of Canada. Here is the real answer. I was a significantly above average Libertarian activist. I ran for governor of Idaho twice, gave the Ada County Sheriff the closest race he had in 20 years, though I had no peace officer experience, and spent several years as Libertarian Party of Idaho state chairman. Needless to say, I was working diligently against THE STATE. When TSA had just (unconstitutionally) taken over transportation security at all the airports, I went through the Boise airport on my way to a convention of state chairs in Houston. I was the only person who got “randomly” plucked out of a […]

my moment of “fame”

Holey Smokes! I just watched a decade younger Ted Dunlap SMOKE the democratic party candidate for governor of Idaho, I was terrified while in front of the state-wide-broadcast television cameras. My mind was screaming “RUN“. I do not know what kept me pinned in my seat making apparent rational answers, but I somehow pulled it off. Ted The Younger got so much right, and now with a more dispassionate view realize I did even better than I remembered. If you removed party labels and were left with one of those two choices to be Idaho governor, I wonONE ATTABOYPretty dang good for my first television appearance. Of course that guy with the green tie in 2006 is quite different from […]

white stuff getting in the way

Through the spring, summer, fall, I was prioritizing having our homestead prepared for the snow management season. Strangely, I was simultaneously putting off all those interesting, rewarding projects “that could be done indoors during winter”. We are there. I am there. Meanwhile, that quality time in my wood-heated, well-outfitted cozy shop keeps getting kicked to the curb by mandatory snow management around the castle. The university of hard knocks taught me that snow sheets and drifts allowed to set into glaciers and sheet ice are quite unpleasant around the farm. Some things absolutely MUST be done on their schedule, not mine. Count me in on Montanans For Global Warming… Though I keep missing the meetings because I am either […]