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Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, May 19, 2024

We are now 1 month away from this annual, international event that is now 12 years old … and growing bigger every year so far. This is primarily about a group of enthusiasts getting together and stylin’ through the city on bikes. It is also a fund-raiser for men’s health issues. Though not as much fun to talk about as breasts, testicular cancer and suicides kill more people every year. The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride has donated $45 million towards programs working to reduce those negative impacts. I am pleased to see that my closest ‘big city’ now has one being organized. My wife and I are seriously considering trailering our classics 1.5 hours each way to participate. Hmmmm: It […]

I almost took two photographs today

This was supposed to be a quick trip to Skalkaho Falls for a photo devoid of other tourist vehicles and people. I forgot something. The last 6 miles of road to the falls is closed through winter. On the way back in a light drizzle, I was hustling along to get garaged before it turned to rain or snow when I noticed and braked for a herd of sheep. Some of them backed up onto the shoulder while most of them went slightly up the hill from the road as I rode my bike slowly by. I wanted a photo, but that requires I park the bike, turn it off, take the key to unlock the trunk, remove camera […]

If it all goes wrong, with whom will the police side?

I read this article republished on The American Thinker website. It was thoughtful, insightful and thought-provoking. I also agreed with it as I read along. Then I came to the comments section and found that I agreed with many of them, even those who disagreed with the article’s author, Mike McDaniel. It depends a lot on your experience with the police agencies in your area. I have experienced both good and bad, from inside and out. I suspect those in my current area of operation would be as Mike describes. I recommend both the article and the comments. You might choose to read it at The American Thinker, but I include it all here if you want to stay put. […]

Bitterroot Band plays to seniors

We play for the joy of music, friendship and sharing with the community. Our video and audio recording equipment is very basic Harvey Homeowner stuff that does not quite capture the best of our performance, but perhaps you can understand from it what we are doing here. This was from our much appreciated performance at an old-folks rest home December 23rd. We read through an entire Christmas Carols song book, though I only share three of the tunes here. While our movie camera does have the ability to take stills while recording video, that feature was not used. Below I share a selection of screen shots from the movies. Missy shot nearly every tune, but that was too much for […]

9 week Darby ham class begins Saturday 10/14

I gave it a three year rest for demand to build up. Tomorrow I begin another of my class series to help local people gain their FCC amateur radio operator technician licenses. It is quite a commitment on their parts as well as mine. We will spend a couple hours of every Saturday now through December 9th building in them the knowledge necessary to become licensed, and competent radio operators. Darby Adult Ed does the heavy lifting for me by mailing fliers out to every resident in the area. That shaking of the bushes got enough interest to make the class worthwhile for their program and for me as an instructor. Our community and their neighborhoods gain a few […]

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. […]

Sunday morning rides … 2023

While my last post was about a long-ago Sunday morning ride, the tradition lives on … for fifty years or more. As far as days of the regular week go, Sunday is a good one for sharing worshiping the blends of man, machine and roads that sport bikes or touring-sport bikes meld into a cosmic beauty that only the bikers can understand. Recollecting a rather famous one from the 1970 Northern California somehow triggered finding an ongoing one in my neck of the woods in the here and now. I joined my first Sunday Morning Breakfast Club (SMBC) ride on July 29th. It was EVERYTHING I HOPED FOR… and more. I rode quite a bit farther downstream to the starting […]

pedophilia, human trafficking horribly widespread

I meant to change the subject for today, but had a lot of links, articles and bits to share on the subject. Here, as well as my recent two posts, I will keep it out of the gross zone. Even this cursory view is awful, but the totality is awfuller. The good news is that, thanks to The Sound of Freedom and other efforts, there is some public awareness building, and with that some hope for reducing the scourge. alter of the basilica of Santa Maria Assunta While human slavery and trafficking in slaves is many centuries old the modern power brokers have raised the volume and sadism to what I suspect are new heights. Hopefully public awareness can shrink […]

Exploring The Bitterroot: Skalkaho Falls

It is officially Bitterroot motorcycle riding season. Tourist bikes have been exploring up and down The Bitterroot River on Highway 93 for most of a month now. A skosh tardy in getting my bikes where I wanted them for this season, I started a little behind the early bikers, but not too much. Right at the top of my 2023 bike ride bucket list was a reconnoiter of Highway 38 between Grantsdale and Phillipsburg, Montana. It is right in my neighborhood, lightly traveled and reputed to be quite scenic. I was also warned repeatedly by people who have been there, done that, to explore it on my more maneuverable, agile Dr Zee (350 pounds) rather than jumping right in […]

Sound of Freedom trailer – saving trafficked children – July 4th release

A courageous movie scheduled for theatrical release July 4th from Angel Studios. This short trailer gives us a good idea of what it is about. Timely and important. Angel studios is trying for a huge opening day audience … two million to match the number of children they estimate are lost into slavery, torture and death every year. Below is the video trailer they produced advertising this film. I am sure we COULD watch it home alone via the Internet, but who knows what great people you might meet if you turn out to a real theater for the July 4th opening day. Not to mention the message of support that would help signal. Visit the Angel Studios website to […]

Being at peace with the unaware

I was rattling around my Brighteon video channel and ran across this one I created and published there three years ago. Other than some inconsequential details, it has withstood the test of time. It also serves as a good reminder that struggling to awaken the sleepers not only lies somewhere between the very difficult and the impossible, it also may not be a kindness, a service, or helpful to them. If you find yourself in the company of people who are comfortable with their shackles, leave them in peace. Move on to those who share you views regarding life, liberty, property, and most importantly, resistance to those who would kill or enslave us all. You might even take a […]

Darby slated to become high-end resort town

A 30-million-dollar resort is under development in Darby Montana, current population 801. The KPAX-News article linked below includes a video previously aired on their Channel 8 television show. Proposed Darby resort subject of heated debate (includes video) “Developer Brooks Pace says he wants to build a $30 million luxury resort in Darby.” Brooks, founder and president of The Dammeron Corporation, says he moved to Darby a year ago to get away from the excessive development of his prior home in Dammeron Valley Utah. I understand that. Bare lots there are now selling for $100,000 with modest 1,200-sq-ft homes well over half-a-million bucks. The “develop-able land” he picked up in Darby was an ex-sawmill, recently known as an unafordable EPA […]

Who, what is CPS?

Many know of the police-state organization calling themselves by those initials or spelling them out as Child Protective Services. Several branches have garnered negative publicity for forcibly delivering children from healthy homes to extremely unhealthy circumstances against adamant parental resistance. The other day I was considering how to, or how much I should describe atrocities The Protected People commit on children. As I ruminated on potential themes, titles and headings I considered several initials combinations of this sub-sub culture of Pedophiles, Satanists and Cannibals. I was shocked to come up with CPS! A few days ago I published They Live among us, but they are not like us. This subject, this post is similar to that one. I know, have […]

drag queen story hours beg One Question

Okay, I can come up with several questions, or relevant statements of fact. Of course you can, Ted. That’s who you are. For starters: What kind of librarians facilitate these perverse acts across this once-upon-a-time great country? Nearly all of our country’s public libraries are funded via local tax dollars. Does the tax paying community in each of these hosting facilities actually think this crap is a good idea? Librarian WAS a respected position. No longer. Now mere products of the K-thru-Kollege perverse government indoctrination system… an Illuminati cornerstone for destroying a healthy society. Between that, their media monopoly and ownership of most politicians, they can and do sell some absolutely ridiculous stuff. Do Jiggs the plumber, Jake the […]