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Tuba Christmas Friday in Missoula

and many, many other cities throughout the USofA. This Friday, Dec 13th, 2019 at 7:00 pm in Southgate Mall Lucky’s Court Brooks St Missoula a platoon of musicians gather to make joyous noise with their tubas. They are open-minded enough to embrace players of euphoniums, baritones and Sousaphones as well, which makes for a marvelous combination of voices. Speaking of voices, they highly encourage the audience to join them by singing the Christmas Carols that are so familiar to those of us who grew up in this country. They typically play the first time through to the appreciative audience, then a second verse joined by hundreds of happy voices. As proof of this event’s popularity, it has been going on […]

anti-gun juggernaut shot down in Virginia

Big money and political tricksters turned Virginia from conservative to fascist. They couldn’t help themselves from doing a happy dance on the vanquished freedom lovers. Not so fast, Bucko. Your political trick did not bury the human spirit that quite apparently remains alive and well in the seat of the American Revolution. The victorious Virginia Democrat majority eagerly announced their state-wide gun confiscation scheme before they even took office. The Virginians fought back before the bewildered political snakes could even blink. Lovely show. Way-to-go-Jeffersonians. With a bit of luck mixed with good karma and strong human spirit, there will be repeats of this across the USofA.   Excerpts below. Click the links for the full Monty. This is the […]

keep your head on straight

Don’t bother reading this post until your head is in a mellow, contemplative state. Amazing to me is that the movie MATRIX was produced at all. It told the truth in many ways I would think were not acceptable to the rulers. Even more amazing was the allowance of two follow-up movies along the same line. If you have not watched the first one, DO. Realize it is very close to reality. If it resonates with you, watch the series. Few of us spend much time in the philosophical state. Bookmark this post and come back to it when you are in a deliberative mood. – Ted – Humans Are Free The matrix. It signifies seeing beyond the invisible prison […]

language barrier in movies

In discussing our viewing theDen of Thieves DVD, we agree it was a B-movie, at most. Moreover, the writers and producers were unable to assemble more than a sentence or two without the inappropriate, undescriptive, sub-grammar F word. As I mentioned earlier this month in The Wisdom of Daffy Duck: I am primarily referring to his superior vocabulary and wit when compared to moderns who have replaced every adverb, adjective and oftentimes other English language fundamentals with a single word that carries no information or meaning in their application thereof. Daffy’s exclamations were colorful. Such as Sufferin’ Succotash. Who in his audience even knew succotash as a corn and bean dish? We didn’t, but we full well understood his exasperation […]

modern slang definition: The Boogaloo

I have seen this word and understood it by context. Here is an entire article devoted to explaining the origin of the term and its modern useage. Not earthshaking, but interesting. – Ted –     The Boogaloo: Extremists’ New Slang Term for A Coming Civil War It’s not often an old joke evolves into a catchphrase for mass violence, but that’s just what’s happened this past year when a variety of extremist and fringe movements and subcultures adopted the word “boogaloo” as shorthand for a future civil war.  From militia groups to white supremacists, extremists on a range of online platforms talk about—and sometimes even anticipate—the “boogaloo.” The rise of “boogaloo,” and its casual acceptance of future mass violence, […]

Thanksgiving

I almost let today slide by as merely another one out of 365. Then I received a nice, thoughtful, philosophical e-mail entitled “Thankfulness”. Yeah. That concept should not be missed. He says it better than I, so take it away Elias… Love’s Thought System Thankfulness A Special Note From Elias As Thanksgiving approaches, I have been reflecting on many things in my life for which I am grateful. Being grateful is a blessing which uplifts the soul naturally, and leads the soul to a true realization of thankfulness. I am both grateful and thankful for a wonderful life on this earth, a life filled with colorful adventures,  creative endeavors, occupational shifts, inspiring milestones along life’s highway, and Friends like you […]

being comfortable in your own company

This is a very nice little video by a novelist who explains the power of being alone, more importantly being confident in solitude.  Being alone is not the same as being lonely. This is somewhat an updated version of Thoreau’s  Walden Pond. Strong, thoughtful people are not troubled by being away from the herd. Universally, creative people are not working from within a flock, but by themselves. Build a comfortable world around yourself. Do not allow yourself to be dependent on approval of a gang, group, or crowd.

finger felonies in middle school

Parents are increasingly pulling their children out of public schools. Homeschooling is blossoming. Private and religious schools are growing. Ridiculous stories from the government schools are exploding. I share a smattering of them here, starting with a current book on the subject, though John Taylor Gatto was warning us about government raising our young over 25 years ago with his activism and book “Dumbing US Down“. – Ted – Get Out Now Should we stay or should we go? Millions of parents with children in public schools can’t believe they’re asking this question. But they are. And you should be asking it too. Almost overnight, America’s public schools have become morally toxic. And they are especially poisonous for the hearts […]

Bad Moon Rising

During my USAF period (thank you for your service, sucker) I spent more than a little time in joints serving watery Utah beer, very cold watery Utah beer, so cold that taste was irrelevant. I plunged quarters into the jukeboxes in self-defense, regularly selecting Credence Clearwater Revival because all else was Country & Western … the old-school stuff with Tons Of Twang, notes held too long, bent and twisted to the threshold of pain. Speaking of irrelevant, so is that back story, but it resonates in my head. This evening the familiar Credence Clearwater Revival song “Bad Moon Rising” came up thanks to my station at Jango.com. Below I highlighted the lyric lines that really got my attention. I believe […]

enemy of the state

I am in good company. Perhaps the greatest ever is Murray Rothbard (March 2, 1926 – January 7, 1995). I use the present tense because he not only was an economic, cultural and political genius, he also was a prolific author of books that clearly explained the real world in contrast to the ones the supreme charlatans would have us believe in. His lessons live on through his writings and his students. I am a relatively inconsequential disciple of his, with America’s Great Depression and What Has Government Done to Our Money? among the more significant books in my reference library. Those two, by the way, along with Albert Jay Nock’s Our Enemy, The State and F. A. Hayek’s The […]

The Amateur’s Code

An anonymous gift through the Darby Library for me was a binder containing PREPAREDNESS COMMUNICATIONS written by David Pruett / KF7ETX. It covers Ham radios, non-Ham optons, communications plans, study and other resources. Some new, some refresher, all well organized. I was particularly taken with this cultural bit written by a licensed amateur radio operator ninety years ago. Modern hams would do well to pay attention. While much has changed, the desirable personal attributes have not. I typed it in as written. – Ted – P.S. The photo is from my archives. I have no idea who it is, but doubt it is Paul Segal. It simply represents what amateur radio stations used to look like. The Amateur’s Code by […]

Who has my back?

A friend who rarely goes out unarmed was relating the attitude expressed by some in a hiking group of hers. Me, carry a defensive weapon??? Why should I, Jane has my back? (not her name) The question then becomes who has Jane’s back? Many of us are defensively armed for more than personal preservation. It is a civic duty, and obligation we feel for our community – both large and small. Could I watch a handful of thugs beat somebody to death? … and live with myself??? I know the answer is a lifetime of nightmares and recriminations about what I should have done. Yet I have no hopes of ever becoming a martial arts master … other than […]

the wisdom of Daffy Duck

I am primarily referring to his superior vocabulary and wit when compared to moderns who have replaced every adverb, adjective and oftentimes other English language fundamentals with a single word that carries no information or meaning in their application thereof. Daffy’s exclamations were colorful. Such as Sufferin’ Succotash. Who in his audience even knew succotash as a corn and bean dish? We didn’t, but we full well understood his exasperation when this phrase was vocalized… colorful without being off color. His great insult was to label someone a Yellow Bellied Sapsucker. We knew that individual had been SLAMMED. None of us imagined the bird of the same name. In my brief corrections career the warden one day decreed there […]

sociopath summer camp

That there are only a couple of exceptions proves the rule. The political process attracts and rewards certain personality types and behaviors that are completely unlike what we would prefer. Nearly all go from little wealth to a great deal of wealth without ever creating anything useful or popular. The graft is almost universal. An unacceptable percentage are attracted to what David Rockefeller called the “Get Out Of Jail FREE” card that successfully protects an incredible number of the cultural dregs from justice for rape, fraud, corruption, cocaine addiction, drug running, pedophilia, human trafficking, treason, murder and so much more – some cruelties ugly enough I won’t even write them. During my decade+ of serious political activism, I met some […]