Monday, September 30, 2013

New Hampshire Still Looks Good, bring on global warming

Being one of those dangerous radicals that DHS demonizes, the free state project is of interest to me.  But that is in New Hampshire, a state with a climate much different that we experience in Southern California.

It does look like a good place for insurance fugitives and for those who'd rather live privately rather than under the wing and supervision of more agencies than I can count.  I'm not sure if I'd off myself rather than be a ward of the state, but I would not rule it out.  Cali is great if you are looking for a system to play.  Not so much if you are me, as far as the expense, rules and regs.  People in east SD county are friendlier than most everywhere else I've been in this state.  That surprises me.

But it is such a nice stretch of real estate.  Amazing that people manage to screw it up.  And they do it through government for the most part.  That is probably a fact of life and human nature that I need to learn to accept.  Running around thinking "don't tread on me" won't fix it.

I'll bet when I do all I can to improve my own world, I will feel better and not so cynically depressed.  Although stupidity, corruption and forced collectivism will probably always annoy me.

Speaking of annoyances, here are a couple of items that can trigger long expletive filled outbursts, if I let my self control lapse.

The first is a pic of just one of the many combat style vehicles landing in police and sheriff departments around the country.  Are they planning a war on the public?  I'd not mind them renting a few if they planned to take out Bloods, Crips, Latin Kings, Hell's Angels and all other gangs, but they aren't likely to take time out from harassing peaceful people to do anything so worthwhile.

The second random pisser would be the three stooges pictured below.  No need to embellish too much on that.  I'm glad to see they aren't all getting along.  These privileged creeps are set for life on the public dime.  Why?   No elected official should be provided a pension and benefits.  They take.  They do not serve.  I hate it when they pretend that their "public service" is some high calling.  Self righteous bastards!  They even exempt themselves from laws they inflict on others, while playing to the most stupid of sentiments to get votes, because people are dumb enough, or greedy enough to go along with it.

I know I'm not cool, and if I had any audience, really cool creeps I'd like to punch, like Bill Maher, would call me names and present half true jokes at my expense.  I don't care.  I'm tired of the big pretense and the pressure to go along with nonsense.  The picture above is a small sampling of the sociopaths who control the guns and money.  I only know a little first hand info about those who control these sociopaths.  Or at least the one in the middle.  Some of the puppeteering is obvious from a distance, anyway.  You don't have to have an inside view to sense it.

My God!  If the holy government "shuts down"(another misleading, half true political phrase), the panda cam at the San Diego zoo will go offline!!!   I know I feel good paying federal tax because I can't live without the panda cam.  Or the various insane wars in the mid east.  If my money isn't supporting arming people who stone women to death and turn the weapons on us eventually, I feel like I'm being ripped off.

Come here!  I want to chop your head from your infidel body.  
zippidy do dah....we stone you if you smoke the cigar, we stone you if you dare to drive the car, we stone you if you tell of the rape,  we stone you if you go on a date,   Do not feel so all alone, every body (I mean uppity female and infidel) must get stoned!

If things that get shut down are termed "non-essential", why do those things exist?   The trouble is, being the cesspool of insanity and deception that it is, the federal government mislabels some things as non-essential, and others as essential.  Too bad. If they labelled correctly, I'd be cheering shutdown.

Why does government do anything that's non-essential?  Never mind.  That category covers about 87.6% of everything they do. Maybe as much as 93.2%.  What the hell.  As long as we can stay in a perpetual state of undeclared war, who can complain?

I'm praying the north warms up due to man's activities so that New Hampshire will enjoy a more temperate climate.  Then I'll try that for awhile before I'm too old to be a vagabond.

I hope someone reading this is really buying the bullshit being put out about healthcare, foreign affairs, obesity, and all the rest, so I can piss you off and accuse you of being a nincompoop and a danger to all that is worthwhile in our species.
the end

update: forget last part.  After viewing some facebook discussions, I see that a huge number of people buy all the bs.  I was going to get some koolaid but I see it has all been consumed.  Frustrating.  This snowball is still barreling downhill and there is no hope of it stopping or reversing direction.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Remove the Power From Petty Criminals, Give it to the Pros

May the health gods keep smiling upon me.

So, with the irrelevant debate about healthcare and affordable care act (names of bills in Congress have little to do with honest description), I thought, OK, let me check out the easy, helpful calculator some outfit has online.   How would they know if I lied about smoking?   I quit for hours, sometimes years, at a time.

It doesn't make much difference anyway.   Most likely being in California yields a different result than being in Texas or some other state.   The actual premium is close to the amount of money I made last year.   I live cheaply, and could probably cut that by 20% or so with no reduction in quality of life.

Then I see that I can get this subsidy, that whatever, some kind of California medicaid thing, etc.  Even "earned income tax credit"---which really means the opposite; they pay me for not earning much income.

I did that one time--filed tax and took the credit.  I still feel terrible for it.  The American taxpayer does not owe me an income.  I can live cheaply.  I had a car and a pack of cigarettes, and a cat.  Really, the world is responsible to me for things not germane to my survival?

OK.  So, here's the deal.   I can get insurance that YOU pay for as long as I fill out all the government stuff, disclose all my details, etc.

The thing is I do not want anything like that from the state.  I do not want to depend on the state for such things.  I like it that they may even be confused about who and where I am.  I hate dealing with governmental agencies.  I do not trust them any more than I would a crime syndicate or gang.

Obviously the insurance game had some corruption and sneaky practices.  I never had much trouble, but I rarely had to use health insurance when I had it.

It is another case in which there is some problem, then a bizarre cure is embraced which is worse than the disease.
That "we have to take action" bs which is used by politicians and government types to grab more money and power.  Climate change?  Oh my God, we must act!  Let's tax stuff!  That'll fix it.
world's greatest and greenest scientist.  Family fortune made in tobacco, coal, politics and selling carbon indulgences.  his education in government, divinity school, and law uniquely qualify him as the world's premier climate expert, and best judge of effective solutions to keep climate trends where they belong

Oh on that subject, just a few comments from people here and there who have nerve enough to think the UN would tolerate any corruption or agenda driven reports.  Hell, any outfit that has nations like Libya on their human rights committee can't possibly be corrupt, or useless.

This guy is an actual climate scientist from MIT, used to be at Harvard, which puts him on a credential par with anyone involved in various international committees devoted to selling theories to justify taxing air and expanding their own influence and importance.

“I think that the latest IPCC (the UN climate committee--intergovernmental panel on climate change) report has truly sunk to level of hilarious incoherence,” Dr. Richard Lindzen told Climate Depot, a global warming skeptic news site. “They are proclaiming increased confidence in their models as the discrepancies between their models and observations increase.”

The Associated Press obtained documents that show the Obama administration and some European governments pressured UN climate scientists to downplay or even omit data that shows the world hasn’t warmed in over a decade.

“[I]n attributing warming to man, they fail to point out that the warming has been small, and totally consistent with there being nothing to be alarmed about,” Lindzen said. “It is quite amazing to see the contortions the IPCC has to go through in order to keep the international climate agenda going.”

I won't argue the science of climate because I have never studied it to any degree, and I don't care to do that. I will argue that governments of the world are hardly the best source of truth or solutions when it comes to such matters---most matters. I will also point out that few people who depend upon tax money and alarm for their livelihood and position want to bite the hand that feeds them.

Every day I see these mock debates which seem designed increase central control over people and things, while reducing standard of living, mobility and choice. And people sucker for it.

Even those pushing the healthcare act---I am sick of the term obamacare--he seems to get a big ego boost from that---even the people pushing it in Congress did not know exactly how it worked or even what was in the bill. They admitted that. Obviously whoever owns these representatives had a vested interest in pushing it through. And to put the IRS in charge of getting it done? WTF?

So, I can do the smart thing; violate my own sense of right and wrong, by doing exactly what they want me to do, which is become dependent upon you for income, insurance, and whatever else you can't really afford. In return all I need do is subject all my decisions and choices to government approval, put up with having to prove how sorry and useless I am so that I can qualify for the max, and maybe vote democrat, though it really makes little difference. Right now, it is a safer bet to be a registered dem if the IRS is involved.

I actually registered libertarian; more as a statement than anything. I don't know that the libertarian party is going to hold to solid beliefs, although, unlike the democrats or republicans, they can and do articulate a specific, consistent philosophy. OK, dems do, too; they promote more extreme control of everything except abortion, and sometimes marijuana. I have no idea what republicans think because they seem to be pretend opponents to democrats' nonsense, yet they do more to sell that bs than anyone, with a few exceptions.

I'll ignore the whole thing. More than likely I'll move in a few years unless I make some serious money. California is a good place for the very poor and happily government-dependent, and the very rich. No good for mid to lower mid income range, especially if I do not want my life to be overly enmeshed with the state. That appears to be their design.

You may think I am nuts, and I may think you are a coward. When this sort of thing crosses the line of the individual's sovereignty far enough, you either quit cooperating or you just go along. Both choices carry their dangers.

Geez, according to Homeland security, libertarians and those who do not see the state as an answer to all things are terror threats. That's rich, considering that they seem to be in competition with the irs to see who can be most abusive and intrusive in their attack on the citizens of this country.

if words are missing s d or r, it is because they don't work half the time and I miss it as I type. I try to catch it.

I've never seen so much blatant propaganda, demagoguery, lies, and insulting paternalism from the state pushed on us all at one time. It does influence how people think and behave.

Taking it from an observed behavior point of view, I'd say this is not a good thing. But I do love the backlash. The internet helps that a lot. That is why those scumballs in DC are dying to regulate, control and monitor the web way more than they do now.

Best to get while the getting is good.

In short: the corrupt elements of the healthcare/insurance world were rank amateurs compared to the outfit we've now got running that show.

Not really a new thing.

Many people buy into the bs. Suckers!!

.just a side note: it didn't take long before I could not stand to watch or hear the last three presidents
Did that class me as a racist then, too? Or only now? Bush made me cringe, so did Clinton, and Bush 1. Obama makes me cringe big time. I don't think race is the issue. I think power and lying is, and has been. And really, the last 2 presidents, W and O, project an air of oblivious incompetence that is painful to watch. I rarely agreed with clinton, but he didn't have that air about him

Friday, September 27, 2013

Between The Lines

I'm not one who is likely to be accused of welcoming rules, regulations, and other intrusions upon my own private judgement and pursuit of happiness.  Some people seem to base their self worth upon compliance with such things.  Often the sort of person whose number one claim to fame on the job is that he's never even a minute late to work, but other than that his work is sub-mediocre.

However, in a different context, setting the boundaries and rules leads to great things.  That is how good invention and innovation work.  Taxing behavior and creating a false market through subsidies and penalties actually gets in the way.   People are fooled into thinking otherwise, hence the incredibly complex enmeshment between government and business--a seething, rotten bog of corruption and skullduggery.

The reason we live longer now than in centuries past is that people have created ways of insulating themselves against the whims of nature, found ways to produce food and make it easily available, and created ways of reducing the labor and danger involved in adding value to resources.

Without Al Gore, or any other government minded pseudo scientist dictating where technology needs to go, people have, for many decades, been scheming ways to increase fuel economy in automobiles, produce electricity on a localized level cheaply, and find new ways to power things.  Unfortunately, many in the community of business-government partnership went to great lengths to stifle such efforts.  Even to the point of making it illegal to produce your own power.  That was as big a sin as distilling your own alcohol.

Instead of laying out parameters like, I want to harness wind energy without killing birds and dotting the landscape with bizarre, giant eyesores, we have GE in bed with the feds, and designs which are great in some ways, but which violate those stated parameters.

It is like the extra thinking it takes to be funny without cussing or talking sex.  It takes thought and creativity.  So, when it comes to technology, I am one who believes in setting the lines and staying within them.  That is what scientists and engineers are supposed to do, but no longer do.  The reason is that they are fed by the government partnership.  And by grant and subsidies.  In many cases there is incentive which moves such a person from pure hearted problem solver to political animal.

Global warming, or climate change is an example.   Keep in mind that these are the same people who facilitated the restrictions which, in the past, inhibited the development of new energy means and such.  Regardless whether man's activity significantly influences long term climate trends, or not, I find it suspect when people wave their scientist badge as they suggest taxes on CO2 and promote intrusive regulations which are more political than related to science.

That proves to me that they actually do not understand how inventors think, they don't understand how a natural, minimally corrupt market works, and they are taking the easy way to maintain their own gravy train.  I'm too lazy and blue to actually attack the market myself, but I should.   There are many ways, both known and unknown, in which energy can be produced, heat transferred, crops grown, cats skinned.

What you do is try to define you parameters, then design within that framework.  That is what engineers are for, though not enough seem to know it.  Even Ford, Edison, Lindbergh, and some of their contemporaries were hoping to find renewable fuel sources.  And Tesla was way ahead, and apparently  that put a target on him.  The foresighted and brilliant have always had to deal with ignorant, greedy, agenda driven antagonists.

Yet the bloated lawyer/legislators and politicians pretend with a straight face that all this is new, and without their help and guidance no one would be attempting to create anything new and better.

Nothing could be further from the truth.  Those people retard innovation even more than thuggish businesses and modern labor unions do.  Of course career government types do so in partnership with the thug outfits just cited.

Oh well.  The important thing is for everyone to get on board with government approved health insurance.  It is so wonderful.   I guess we decided along the way to try what has never worked out, especially on a large scale, an all encompassing centralized authoritarian state.

I rambled instead of making my point or stating the premise that I was thinking.  My firm belief is that the main solutions to most of the problems of the world can be found in the proper application of technology and invention.  Some of which might have to be used to rid us of terrorists and thugs.

Political and governmental action is likely to amplify and create problems, unless such action involves measures to reduce the scope and power of government and divorce it from any "alliances" with alleged leaders of business and labor unions.  Prevent force and fraud.  Shoot looters, thugs and other aberrant life forms.  Clear the field so that inspired inventors and  visionaries can privately, independently, introduce improvements to the process of living life.

It's cool when women in the grocery store give me an unexpected smile.  I always look in the mirror later to figure out if they were laughing at me for having stuff on my face or something.  Now if they'd just back up the smile with a pleasing proposition, we'd be in business.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

It Used to Flow

Part of the trouble is that I'm fading fast.  No spark, no one to take care of or visa versa.   The drive is in park.  So, I can't write or do much else of an optional nature.  Don't care.

The other part gives rise to my new rule; never let friends or anyone else know this blog is here.

Not if any of it is negative or mocking.  I'm that sensitive, to a point.

Yes, I am that closed minded and, more importantly, that easily influenced and discouraged.
Comments are different than complaints and back seat navigation of my thoughts and words.  And despair.

If you don't like this then change the page.  It is not for the liking.  It is for my sanity, which hangs by a very thin thread.   I cannot put those I know, who disapprove, and the occasional stalking lunatic, out of my mind long enough to enjoy just writing what comes to mind, like I used to do.

Something has to change.  If I were to die now, my last words would probably be, "I'm sorry".   My new goal is to be able to offer my brother, at least, something better than that.  I doubt I'll ever achieve that.  I want to feel something other than sorrow and regret for screwing up what should be a good enough life.

On the positive side I have not nearly as much to legitimately regret as the late Ted Kennedy, or the last two or three presidents.  Or any of the evil idiots who successfully fool the population and keep people stupid, drunk and angry based on their tribe.  And who dial in murders in one form or another.

Even so, I can't shake it.  I'm one who should have married young---someone very loyal and patient.  I'm the type who probably needed a good woman's influence the whole time.  I had it a time or two, but I compulsively screw up good things.  I guess I should blame them for allowing me to get away.

OK.  So we come to the undeniable conclusion that I am the victim here, and there is a woman, or more, to blame.

By the way, some women's studies departments, and hard core feminists** insist on spelling woman or women, "womyn".  For real.   I had no idea.

**I believe lesbian (not that there is anything wrong with that, of course) may be a more suitable word, or proud purveyors of misandry,  those with acute androphobia.
Really?   To avoid using the words "man" and "men" we misspell women or woman in a brave new way to celebrate mother nature or spontaneous conception or anything that includes womyn and not those evil,...I can't bring myself to say the word.   Let's just call that segment of humynity "the outies"  Innie is good.  Outie is no good.

No wonder the ultra militant feminists are so angry.   Try talking about hu-beings without the letter combination "m a n" or "m e n".   Even "person" is a patriarchal term, obviously rooted in a disrespect for, possibly even a hatred of, womyns.
Hu-being and per-being shall henceforth replace "human", barf, and "person", spit, barf.

Womyn may be old news to most.  I guess I thought they were joking until now.

Of course I am still fond of the spelling, "wimmin".  Or better yet, "wimmins".

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Exorcise Me of Self Doubt, or something

Over the past several days an idea has been rolling around in my mind.  The concept evolved to the point where I felt I had a great idea for something that would be great on stage---bigger the theater, the better---or on screen.  It could easily work as a movie.

Here's the problem:  the idea is going to take a lot of work and thought from tat to finish.  I don't know yet how to best do it.

I see it as a little bit different than anything I've seen, but it incorporates music in an integral way, without really being a musical.  I see the fist one as a big overview of the character path and time span.  Then there should be two more; one which covers the more current setting, and another for a specific era in the past.

But that is not the real problem.  The real problem is that a soon as I get close to writing it down and working it out, a wave of self-doubt washes over me in a way that I can physically feel; a quick fleeting roller-coaster stomach.  And I suddenly forget my enthusiasm and confidence, and I think, "I can't do this.".  

I think that is the wrong way to feel if you're going to get anything done.  I know it is good, and I know that if I can get it out and staged how I see it, people are going to like it.  Enough people I should say.

That doesn't seem to dissolve that debilitating doubt and lack of whatever it is.  But I may have to just pursue this anyway.

Crazy people, one in particular, are really screwing up the little music scene I've been frequenting.  The upside is that it provides great material were one inclined to write stories, in whatever form.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Drowning in Elitist Rulers' Nonsense

If you see nothing insulting, annoying, or otherwise amiss with the 1st lady wasting time and tax dollars by jetting around the country telling us to drink water, and then backing up the suggestion with unsubstantiated claims about the benefits, I doubt we'd hit it off.

I'm seriously taken aback that any news outfits or anyone else goes along with this.  Seeing Michele on the screen talking to me as if I am a child, or someone who has to be told how to quench my thirst, what to eat, that I'm fat, etc. brings back that old sick feeling I always get when government people intrude on life and play guardian cop to every aspect of existence.  This sickening attitude and philosophy first cast a shadow on my happy life the day I entered public school.

I still think my 1st grade teacher, Mrs Marshall, should have been removed from teaching and sentenced to some time at hard labor for her unwarranted abuses of children.  I'll bet some of the kids were ruined for life.  Other than 1st grade being a total waste, I suppose I escaped the worst of it.   It did serve to illustrate what vermin often survive on the public dollar while abusing the innocent.

I wish the tradition of mouthy first spouses pushing some lame cause in the name of some imaginary greater good would die.  That is a dumb, insulting, elitist practice which has no place among free people.  You want an elitist patriarchal or matriarchal authority, fine, go to China or Cuba.  It gives me the creeps big time.
I'm not sure what is going on here, but it looks as if Michele is encouraging children to perform odd acts upon her, and she is liking it, a lot.

Is this not child abuse?  Is FLOTUS a child molester?   Is tax money paying for her to terrorize children and other innocents?  I don't know, but this picture does make one wonder.

And by wondering,  perhaps  I have committed some sort of heresy and/or blasphemy against the religion of Obama worship and authoritarian state worship, which could easily land me on a homeland security list of evil doers who prefer to mind their own business rather than turn it over to wannabe despots.  

It goes without saying that the deeply devout would label me racist, as they do anyone who is not a true believer.

Kings and queens seem to be making a comeback.  I'm not on board with that, at all.

Oh well.  I'm hardly on board with anything.  This has been a trying and illogical life and I doubt I'll ever fix it.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Just Crazy Enough...

Here we are at another gathering at the ranch in Harbison Canyon.  About 15 min from ballisticMountain.  This was Sunday.
Greg is the guy standing.  He brought the harp amp that is now my favorite.  Another crazy guy who falls between the cracks.  Must be a lot of us.  We certainly do not think alike, but there is a commonality and acceptance of the fact that they aren't always right, like me.

In any case, It wouldn't surprise me to see this guy get famous.

Luddites Never Go Away--Like Miami Cock Roaches

OK.  I think this excerpt from an article best demonstrates why I find it impossible not to be a radical rebel who refuses to defer to the views of those who are often allegedly more intelligent and educated than I am.

Unlike one friend I know, I do not think education guarantees sanity, integrity, intelligence.   In short, credentials do not ensure right thinking or pure motive.

Here is a clear illustration of the sort of thinking that has sent me into boil-over mode all my life.  It has oozed its way through public school systems since before my time, and into news reports, churches and everywhere else that dumb ass, misanthropes find a platform to decry the condition of being human.

How dare we try to go fast, build things that don't leak in the rain, etc.  I'm so sick of people who think it makes them sound smart to belittle and criticize human achievement, I wish I could blast  a hearty F*** You to them every morning across the land.  Just a little dose of reality to begin their day.  A little dose of what they offer on a grand scale.

 Andrea Saul, spokesperson for NCAR, added that, “The sound barrier is there for a reason.  It is high time that we understand the cumulative effects of breaking it.”
(is andrea hinting that she is basing her self-promoting mission upon a creationist view that things like "sound barriers" are put there by some intelligent authority?  Is she saying God put up the sound barrier for some reason and we gonna pay pay pay for violating that thing?
Someone is paying money for this rudderless dreamboat to dream up another excuse to unpleasantly harass the human species)

So now the people who love regulation and power want to study and spin the ills of super-sonic travel speeds.  

Is it that this happens when nominally intelligent people get jealous and frustrated because they cannot invent, create, and innovate, yet some of their peers can?   I think the hatred of human endeavor and mastery over the environment stem from small minded, shallow, self serving greed for acclaim and power.

If they can't make something that goes fast or is useful, they'll attack those who can.  

We pay for this shit. 

I'm not one who defers to "people a lot smarter than me", and I wonder what the hell those who do are thinking.  Smart and right only coincide on good days.  Ted Bundy was probably smarter than you, too.  Maybe you need to find another model and excuse for refusing to recognize evil bullshit.   Just saying, "smarter people than I" blablabla may not hold any water.

You wait.  These miserable excuses for human beings will soon propose a sonic tax to somehow return things to their pristine condition, which of course is the normal static state of nature.  

I think idiots like the newly formed sonic police remind me of work-jerks and too many teachers from my public school incarceration days.  I truly hate them, yet they are running the world.  Michele and Barack are both of that public school nitwit mentality.  So is Boner, McCain, etc.  And half my friends and relatives, to one degree or another.  It is difficult for me not to literally explode when I see this stuff or hear friends and relatives spout this collectivist, misanthropic, oppressive, freedom killing nonsense.  

It is all they've known.  All anyone has seen in my lifetime.  Still, I'm disappointed because I would have given them credit for being strong enough and clear enough to stand up and say, 
"this sucks. It is bullshit--to state it politely. These wannabe regulators and hall monitors do not deserve a dime of my money.  Go to hell you envious, greedy Luddites!".

But my friends and relatives just can't see that far.  They see far enough to do well under the status quo, hence motive for maintaining it.  Or they don't do well but like to have the usual things to blame, subtly laid out for them by powers that be, and rather than think, "Oh, I screwed up."  they'd rather have some other thing to blame, even if fictitious. 

I may have screwed up a perfectly bizarre and good life, but I sure as hell do not sell out in ways most of my more successful peers do.  And that is too bad, all the way around.

There is nothing wrong with someone studying anything they choose.  But when you see this kind of idiotic language, and the public dime funds it, and you get the idea that legislation is the goal, then it is usually the same old screw you for trying treatment that non governmental entities get for trying.

What word even describes this arrogant, pompous interloper?
The Wash Navy Yard shooter had 3 guns including AR-15 assault rifle - same killing machine used at Aurora and Sandy Hook.

(a shotgun and 2 pistols are almost an AR-15, and AR-15s are scary, evil and the cause of all trouble because I say so)

Quick, let's bask in the glow of a tragedy while we can use it for our own purposes.  This is an example of Pier M's make-it-up-they'll-never-know school of journalism.

Someone pays that annoying Brit good money to be an ass.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Well, it's 1, 2, 3, what're we fightin for....

What difference does it make?  Blabla bla.  And a shout out to Che, just to rankle the sensibilities of my NC friend, a passionately misguided soul.  Che was trash. Enough about that.  Because he became a highly marketed logo, I point out his murderous history.  Pol Pot is not relevant to our hemisphere,  or Cuban friends in Miami, yet Joel invariably bristles as he lambasts me for mentioning Che rather than Pol Pot- if I must complain about murderers.  According to him I should talk about PolPot instead.  I don't get it.

I'm so thrilled that the current democrat administration has proven that they are no less likely than Republicans to put our military into situations which are lose-lose scenarios which end badly and cost plenty in terms of life and money.  I told my misguided relatives that Obama would not blink at the death of others as long as it served his narcissistic lust for power.  That was when he was running for his first term.

Judging from the lead up, response, and reaction to the Benghazi debacle, I'd say that American lives are not all that important to many running the show in DC.  Although the whole mess may have threads which tie various troubles, then and now, together.

There can never be good outcomes when allying with, or trying to impose stability on, religious states, or states which are nominally secular but are run by religious lunatics.  It is insanity.  And they wear it like a badge.  This did not happen over night.

Enough of that.  You probably think the UN is a holy, honest, well-meaning organization dedicated to promoting world peace.  So, let us just part ways there and discuss other things.

I need a new tent.  Mine was caught in a dust-devil/twister which ripped up the stakes, lifted the tent up ten feet or so, and carried it a hundred yards, sometimes spinning in the air, sometimes bouncing and dragging across the rocky ground.

Inside the tent were an air mattress, pumps, lanterns, batteries, etc.  Those items were unharmed.  The tent suffered holes and tears.  If only I'd been inside to experience the fun.  I was east of here at an undisclosed location.

To Kelty's credit, the tent remained remarkably intact.  It maintained its shape and the poles held true.
So, I need a good bargain on a stout tent.  I got sick of Coleman's fiberglass poles not being as durable a I'd like so I switched to the Kelty because it had metal poles and I liked the set up and design better, and it was on sale for dirt cheap.

Maybe I'll just buy a few cheap-o tents and expect only one or two uses from each.

By the way, I would not risk my life, or that of anyone I did not despise more than I presently despise anyone, for any action in Syria or any of the other lunatic countries in that region.   There is no clear and simple good guy or bad guy there.  Bomb anything and you are no doubt bombing both.

Pipelines, Russia, and various interests may play a role, but that does not make it a good idea.  Out of mid-east forever is my wish.  Get the oil here, and quit foreign aid to any country.

Those are stupid things to consider.  My tent quest is of far more importance and makes a hell of a lot more sense.

update:  I decided a backup tent would be a good plan.  Get a decent but inexpensive Coleman and wait for the killer deal on a higher quality unit for my Christmas road trip to FL.  Big year.

addendum: I think this is an addendum.   In any case, the whole tent thing has become a deal of judging how and if age is messing with me.  When I get to the point that I can't do it, I'll worry.  Most of my life I couldn't imagine sleeping in a tent on purpose.  I never had a good experience sleeping in a tent until just before I left Memphis, at the Bean Blossom Blue Festival in Indiana.  That was my trial run for the great escape.

I should follow that further.  Maybe I will later

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