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Global Skywatch

being offensive VS being popular

While I wrote most of this to a specific individual, it does have much broader implications. Therefore I adjusted slightly and share it here. You might assume that I am arrogant, don’t respect your opinions, or do not comprehend your world view. I believe those would all be incorrect assumptions. Most of what I know about how the world works I began learning after my last child left my shelter.  I know now what I have learned since they left my home PLUS what I knew before. My memory is not gone.  In my 20s and 30s I read local newspapers plus Newsweek and Time magazines. Over the years I watched thousands of mainstream news shows. It was a well-presented […]

A Failure of Civility

Increasing numbers of us are discussing an approaching Civil War II (CW2) in the heretofore United States of America (USofA). The country mentioned in America The Beautiful (and crowned her good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea) stood as a bulwark against the one world government, New World Order who would have a single unified dictatorship over the entire planet. Cracking that nut took them quite some time, but perserverance and control of all the money in the world got them to where we are today … very, very close to their ultimate goal. As documented in their UN Agenda 21 and UN Agenda 2030, this country with a spirit of liberty in many men and the personally-owned firearms […]

open the window – let new information in

Knowledge that explains events better than our prior understanding of how things worked is a welcome breath of fresh air. But open windows make us vulnerable. Stuff we don’t want can fly or blow into our safe, controlled spaces. It is absolutely natural to analyze, categorize and permanently store information about everything in our known world so we can focus our senses on the new and extraordinary which could pose fresh threats or opportunities. This pre-judging that a tree will always act like a tree, a road will always be a road, water can be counted on to behave like water and so on MUST be how animals operate or they would be completely unable to function. Deceivers work […]

Self-Defense and ‘Taking the Law into Your Own Hands’

By Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. from LewRockwell.com donate      The riots in Louisville are only the latest in a long string of violent, raging mob riots by the criminal Marxist BLM movement, their mostly-white “antifa” thuggish allies, and assorted looters. In this case, “Two police officers have been shot in Louisville, Ky., amid riots following the announcement of an indictment in the shooting of Breonna Taylor. Louisville chief of police Robert Schroeder confirmed that the officers were shot and were taken to a local hospital. Schroeder told reporters that one of the officers was undergoing surgery but in stable condition, while the other was alert and stable. Police have arrested one suspect in the shooting. . . after a […]

community service

When we consider community service, we think of people who do volunteer work at the public library, in a thrift store or a soup kitchen. There is, however, a category even less common, but probably much more important. Introducing Kurt Askim … Soon after graduation, he met his future wife of 63 years, Jonna Willette who was also attending San Rafael High School. They were married in July 1950 and had two daughters Jeffri and Lisa. In 1950 he graduated from San Francisco State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Soon after graduating he served in the US Army from 1950-1953, and rose from the rank of 2nd Lieutenant to Captain. From 1953 to 1962 he served in the […]

Neighborhood Darby – first meeting recap

We had our first meeting last Wednesday… six of us. Disappointing to me, but the rest felt it was worthwhile AND, more importantly, that we needed to continue meeting on Wednesdays AND expand. We are each to bring another to join us on Wednesday, September 16th at 10:00am. After the excrement has impacted the rotating ventilator it is too late to build networks in a calm, peaceful environment. We will be stuck trying to figure out who is rational, who is stalwart, who you can call upon, who might be trustworthy, and who to distrust in an unstable, Hellish situation. Thoughtful people put some effort into building this knowledge and relationships before the final extreme. Developing tools, networks, accumulating skills, […]

Neighborhood Darby

The trials and tribulations that are rapidly approaching us will not be long-term survivable by individuals. Any hope we have will be founded in strong communities. To that end, I am DOING SOMETHING. That is obviously a whole bunch better than hiding in a foxhole, wringing hands, aimlessly worrying or ignoring a great impending ugliness. This certainly will not be the first time I tried community organizing in Darby, Montana. I suspect my “Sky Is Falling” warning is much more widely understood this time. For print-out purposes, here is the same flier as a .pdf: Neighborhood Darby flier On a related subject: How to Start A Neighborhood Watch Group […]

Defund, eliminate the police … please

“Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.” H.L. Mencken A 17-year-old went to help his grandparents. He got a job in their neighborhood as a lifeguard, helped clean up the vandal mess there, then stood watch over his grandparents’ business before he was attacked, knocked down, shot at and FINALLY shot back in self-defense. While this is not heroic, it is a position many want to be in. Kill or be killed by violent rioters … and to win the confrontation even outnumbered 3 to 1… or quite a bit more. Those who never created anything in their useless little lives are the new Brown […]

I am not killing someone over food

I was teaching revolver and shotgun fundamentals to some people recently. Afterwards I asked if they were considering one or the other for home, family and community defense, one answered with my title line, “I am not killing someone over food”. That made me think. I believe I will not kill to take someone else’s food. It would be incredibly destructive of my spirit, soul, karma, eternal being to go for 71 years on the positive side and trash that in my last few months as an Earthly mortal. I am convinced I won’t end my life on that side of the cosmic ledger by choice. I have read and studied a lot of fiction and non-fiction about dysfunctional societies. […]

Stone Soup Kitchen

TEOTWAWKI, The End Of The World As We Know It is upon us. We are in the early stages, but the normal we had a year ago will not return in our lifetimes. We had a warning in Spring and have been granted a short reprieve, but it would be foolhardy to squander the next month. Every analysis I read and see indicates The Change will get worse, soon… much, much worse, and frightfully soon. I share much of that at this website and will continue to do so. Meanwhile, most of us agree that we have at least one good month to build our pantries. Few expect supplies to be as plentiful and easily accessed past October. Hardly any […]

building supply VS thrift stores

We hosted some out-of-town guests over the last few days. It was lovely. They are lovely. A wonderful, super-sociable holiday came to us. Hugs – laughter – singing – playing – sharing – caring – the best things in life. Good thing. Much of that has been removed by the false-flag, 4th-generation-warfare, fear-fear-fear, COVID assault on our society. While my emergency radio responding group, trombone choir and other meat-space / face-to-face human contact has fallen victim to the above, most of my life has been unaffected. I meet almost no masked, fearful sheep in my daily life. The building supply, hardware stores, firearm shops, grocers, library and handful of other places I have been in the last few months are […]

be somebody

Driveway at end of tree row on the right Our little road has some newcomers somewhere up the far end who must have lived on a freeway in their past life. They are blowing by my driveway at 50-60 miles per hour. As many rural roads do, this one has driveways all along its length meaning that high speed drivers create a high risk of collision with people pulling out onto the road. One neighbor made their situation worse by putting up a privacy fence such that they are on the road before able to see if anyone is coming their way. This will not end without incident. Somebody ought to do something Turns out I am somebody High speed […]

Ravalli Sheriff does not foresee need for posse

I have attempted a couple ways to get through to Sheriff Holton with offers of having the Bitterroot Emergency Amateur Radio Services (BEARS) ready for quick deployment should emergency communications become needed. His lack of response tells me everything I need to know about his ability to foresee any hiccup with modern comms. State Representative Manzella was among a group called “Stand Together For Freedom” who met with Holton offering to help building a response should the threat of BLM and/or ANTIFA riots come to The Bitterroot. His answer to them was essentially the same. Quote from the Ravalli Republic article: Holton told the Missoulian on Wednesday he doesn’t foresee such an event ever happening. If a situation arose in […]

Ted on trombone + friends

Since moving to The Bitterroot, groups with room for my trombone playing are hard to come by. My fall-back option is my computer and studio speakers running Music Minus One recordings while I pretend to have a real band or small combo to play along with. I used my new-to-me-then Canon camera to record two representative samples of my main Bitterroot trombone gigs. The miniature internal microphone certainly does precious little to capture any sound quality that might exist were we listening live. The artsy photographic effects were fortuitous accidents. I did not know I had turned them on (or how), but am happy with the result. Most summers find me playing a bit part in our community band… that […]