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visualize liberty

Imagine what this country would look like if we had begun electing Libertarians 14 years ago. I gave Idaho my best shot, which may not have been all that much in the end, but Idahoans really did have a choice with serious beneficial potential that year. I tripped over this show recently, realizing that was a good debate and presentation of ideas that would have made very real differences. In 2006 I did some traveling around the state as the Libertarian candidate for Idaho governor, a relatively tiny bit of fund-raising, produced some campaign literature, and dressed myself for mass-market appeal. – He cleans up nicely – 😉 When the League of Women Voters announced the upcoming state-wide broadcast of […]

Neither surgical nor cotton masks effectively filter CoV-2

by American College of Physicians Both surgical and cotton masks were found to be ineffective for preventing the dissemination of SARS-CoV-2 from the coughs of patients with COVID-19. A study conducted at two hospitals in Seoul, South Korea, found that when COVID-19 patients coughed into either type of mask, droplets of virus were released to the environment and external mask surface. A brief research report is published in Annals of Internal Medicine.   During respiratory viral infection, face masks are thought to prevent transmission, leading health care experts to recommend their use during the COVID-19 pandemic. With a shortage of both N95 and surgical masks, which have been shown to prevent the spread of influenza virus, cotton masks have gained interest as a […]

I outran my supply train

In war college military leaders are taught that the leading elements must not outrun their supply train. The resultant troops without food and guns without ammo are doomed to failure. I am also reminded of a famous World War I lesson from Corporal, later Sergeant York: I teched off the sixth man first; then the fifth; then the fourth; and so on. That’s the way we shoot wild turkeys at home. You see we don’t want the front ones to know that we’re getting the back ones, and then they keep on coming until we get them all. Of course , I hadn’t time to think of that. I guess I jes naturally did it. I knowed, too, that if […]

The Bitterroot Bugle Story

I began blogging, that is self-publishing Idaholiberty.com on the Internet in 2007. At the time, I was chairman of the Idaho Libertarian Party, growing it to its largest membership in 35 years, eventually twice a candidate for Idaho governor – very active politically, culturally, and doing my best to share knowledge. “The Blogosphere” seemed like a great tool … still does. In 2013 I found myself no longer tethered to Idaho’s Treasure Valley. Montana’s Bitterroot Valley had caught my interest long before. In March I found a cabin in Conner that was to become our foothold in this area and by June we had completed the move. You can see in my series Post Card From Conner, it is […]

viral success

Two weeks ago I published the health ranger yanks me off the coronovirus fence, sharing an article, a couple videos as well as ten predictions by Mike Adams. Since the outset, I have exclaimed that the truth will be elusive, but the effects of Big Brother’s response will be massively disruptive. Some say much worse than anything the disease itself could do. A couple days later in A most convenient virus, I describe some of the handy effects of the responses to the virus – handy from the perspective of those who would rule the world, that is. Both of those posts withstood the test of time – in fact, search this site for the word “virus” and every article […]

this break is tough to maintain

I am having a hard time NOT going to my normal sources for news. I feel like I’m walking through a wilderness of lions, tigers and bears with my eyes closed and ear muffs on. Yeah, I’m edgy and working hard to resist Going There. The other side of the coin is that my own thinking is taking over. Stuff that has been suppressed is now bubbling to the surface. The READ –> RESPOND process has temporarily been suspended… replaced with THINKING… strange concept… I suppose we all ought to try if from time to time. I’m holding myself to a week off. I don’t know what happens after that. We will find out. […]

don’t bring me no bad news

My daughter’s 8th grade class put on the play WIZ. I loved it… likely helped that my little girl who had done so poorly academically shone in dedication to learn and perform two leading roles… doing a good job of building sets, costumes, memorizing lines, actions and tunes very well. A dramatic change inspired by performing arts. I was completely taken with their song “Don’t Give Me No Bad News”. Tear them up, Grammar Nazis That tune has come to my mind many times in the ensuing 20+ years. Click the PLAY arrow on the right for an audio-only version. You can listen to it while you read on. While not knowing what is going on, or what is […]

Why Bitterroot Bugle was AWOL

I changed my web hosting plan to save a few bucks. It has been a MAN VS MACHINE struggle to get my websites back up and available ever since. Perhaps old brain VS new technology … or patience VS intracacy … or something like that. Machine slapped me around for several days now. My web host encourages the use of a third-party service to prevent malicious players from flooding my website with bogus requests that would bury it and their servers hosting me. Siteground was wonderful, backing up and moving my stuff intact from one server to the less expensive one. They gave me a couple things to do with clear instructions and I was off and running. BUT […]

Bitterroot Bugle post categories

On the left column of every page in this blog is the above heading. Underneath is a list of every category here and the number of posts that fall under that category. Many of my posts touch multiple categories so I check off all that apply when I publish an article. That works for you when interested in a particular topic. Yesterday I was looking for a particular post with my favorite video describing Q. It was too hard to find for something as significant to current events. I therefore added a new category: Q vs the swamp. I went back through some of my recent posts to add appropriate ones to that list, but did not go too far, […]

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Help defray the costs of hosting this website. My annual bill reminds me that I ought to offer you the opportunity to help me afford my publishing efforts. Without help it is around $700 a year out of my pockets. It went up a lot last year when I upgraded to a faster, stronger, better hosting plan. I have just enough traffic that I cannot go back. I set up a donation button below that accepts PayPal payments or credit card payments through them. As the panhandlers on the street say with their cardboard signs, ANYTHING HELPS. – Ted – […]

.22 rifle practice

Far and away the most popular rifle caliber on Earth is the .22 Long Rifle (.22LR). Ammo.com has numerous listings for under 4-cents per round, and as they correctly describe, “Easily the most prolific and well known firearm cartridge in the world, the .22 Long Rifle (LR) is great for plinking and small-game hunting. The .22 LR is also considered the best choice for introducing new people to the sport of shooting, due to its lack of recoil and low noise.” I will add the intuitive: inexpensive, wonderful training tool from cost of gear through expense to operate. You can defend and take small game with these, but far more importantly, you can learn to shoot and practice your shooting […]

New Year’s Eve – country boy style

Early to bed. Early to rise. Get a good start on accomplishing useful things next year. coffee roaster at work wineglass holder bookshelf

Trump tweets smoking the donkeys

#1 “This impeachment represents an unprecedented and unconstitutional abuse of power by Democrat Lawmakers, unequaled in nearly two and a half centuries of American legislative history.” #2 “By proceeding with your invalid impeachment, you are violating your oaths of office, you are breaking your allegiance to the Constitution, and you are declaring open war on American Democracy.” #3 “Even worse than offending the Founding Fathers, you are offending Americans of faith by continually saying you pray for the President when you know this statement is not true, unless it is meant in a negative sense.” #4 “You know full well that Vice President Biden used his office and $1 billion dollars of US aid money to coerce Ukraine into […]

a fresh, startling view of today’s politics

This one blind-sided me. I had not recognized the possiblities outlined here by The Z-Man, but upon reading his essay I have to admit this could well be the correct view of where we are in Poly-Sci 2020.   The Trip Down The Stairs   In the year prior to a presidential election, Thanksgiving is usually when primary races for party nominations begin to come into focus. Donors have had most of the year to assess the candidates and the voters are starting to pay attention. The first test is a little over two months away, so all of the candidates have their people in the field. The boots on the ground test is one of those unofficial measures that […]