Sunday, October 18, 2009
For your enjoyment, a flower from a climbing vine in the St. Johns river basin.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Anyway I stalked him into the brush and he stopped on a leaf an waited for me to setup the camera and start to focus in. Then my leg caught on FIRE! Needless to say I forgot all about Mr. Dragonfly. And started to put some distance between me and Mr. Yellow jacket. Now I am a big man but when properly motivated I can move like Barry Sanders. Mr. Yellow Jacket
was keeping up until I hit third gear and started pulling away. I got into the house and was doing my best to breath as I had just sprinted about 400 yards. As I was huffing she says to me what are those bugs on your shirt? YEP... She beat me with the flyswat and sprayed me with bug spray. And all the while I am trying to get out of the shirt! So now I am sitting here high on Benadryl and Ibuprofen. My leg is swollen like elephant boy from the several dozen sting sites. But it was a pretty good day considering. I did get a good picture of a spider.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Many of you know I have a place in MOntana and know people there. Here is a first hand account of obamas recent Montana visit. My friend has asked to remain nameless but assures me the account in fully accurate.
By now you have probably heard that President Obama came to Montana last
Friday. However, there are many things that the major news has not covered.
I feel that since Bill and I live here and we were at the airport on Friday
I should share some facts with you. Whatever you decide to do with the
information is up to you. If you chose to share this email with others I do
ask that you DELETE my email address before you forward this on.
On Wednesday, August 5th it was announced locally that the President would
be coming here. There are many groups here that are against his healthcare
and huge spending so those groups began talking and deciding on what they
were going to do. The White House would not release ANY details other than
On about Tuesday Bill found out that they would be holding the “Town Hall”
at the airport. (This is only because Bill knows EVERYONE at the airport)
Our airport is actually located outside of Belgrade (tiny
town) in a very remote location. Nothing is around there. They chose to use
a hangar that is the most remotely located hangar. You could not pick a more
remote location, and you can not get to it easily. It is totally secluded
from the public.
FYI: We have many areas in Belgrade and Bozeman which could have held a
large amount of folks with sufficient parking. (gymnasiums/ auditoriums).
All of which have chairs and tables, and would not have to be SHIPPED IN!!
During the week, cargo by the TONS was being shipped in constantly.
Airport employees could not believe how it just kept coming. Though it was
our President coming several expressed how excessive it was, especially
during a recession. $$$$$
Late Tuesday/early Wednesday the 12th, they said that tickets would be
handed out on Thursday 9am at two locations and the president would be
arriving around 12:30 Friday.
Thursday morning about 600 tickets were passed out. However, 1500 were
printed at a Local printing shop per White House request.
Hmmmm……900 tickets just DISAPPEARED.
This same morning someone called into the radio from the local UPS branch
and said that THOUSANDS of Dollars of Lobster were shipped in for Obama.
Montana has some of the best beef in the nation!!!
And it would have been really wonderful to help out the local economy.
Anyone heard of the Recession?? Just think…with all of the traveling the
White House is doing. $$$$$ One can only imagine what else we are paying
On Friday Bill and I got out to the airport about 10:45am. The groups that
wanted to protest Obama’s spending and healthcare had gotten a permit to
protest and that area was roped off. But that was not to be. A large bus
carrying SEIU (Service Employees International Union) members drove up onto
the area (illegal) and unloaded right there. It was quite a commotion and
there were specifically 2 SEIU men trying to make trouble and start a fight.
Police did get involved and arrested the one man but they said they did not
have the manpower to remove the SEIU crowd.
The SEIU crowd was very organized and young. About 99% were under the age of
30 and they were not locals! They had bullhorns and PROFESSIONALLY made
signs. Some even wore preprinted T-shirts. Oh, and Planned Parenthood folks
were with them…..professing abortion rights with their T-shirts and
preprinted signs. (BTW, all these folks did have a permit to protest in
Those against healthcare/spending moved away from the SEIU crowd to avoid
confrontation. They were orderly and respectful. Even though SEIU kept
coming over and walking through, continuing to be very intimidating and
aggressive at the direction of the one SEIU man.
So we had Montana folks from ALL OVER the state with their homemade signs
and their DOGS with homemade signs. We had cowboys, nurses, doctors you name
it. There was even a guy from Texas who had been driving through. He found
out about the occasion, went to the store, made a sign, and came to protest.
If you are wondering about the press…..Well, all of the major networks
were over by that remote hangar I mentioned. They were conveniently parked
on the other side of the buildings FAR away.
None of these crowds were even visible to them. I have my doubts that they
knew anything about the crowds.
We did have some local news media around us from this state and Idaho.
Speaking of the local media…they were invited. However, all questions were
to be turned into the White House in advance of the event. Wouldn’t want
anyone to have to think off the top of their head.
It was very obvious that it was meant to be totally controlled by the White
House. Everything was orchestrated down to the last detail to make it appear
that Montana is just crazy for Obama and government healthcare. Even those
people that talked about their insurance woes……..the White House called
our local HRDC (Human Resource and Development Committee) and asked for
names. Then the White House asked those folks to come. Smoke and
mirrors…EVERYTHING was staged!!!!!!!!!!!
I am very dismayed about what I learned about our current White House. The
amount of control and manipulation was unbelievable. I felt I was not living
in the United States of America, more like the USSR!! I was physically
nauseous. Bill and I have been around when Presidents or Heads of State
visit. It has NEVER been like this. I am truly very frightened for our
country. America needs your prayers and your voices. If you care about our
country please get involved. Know the issues. And let Congress hear your
voices again and again!! If they are willing to put forth so much effort to
BULLY a small town one can only imagine what is going on in Washington DC.
Now, if obama isn’t attempting to harass and intimidate our population then what is he doing and are we going to allow this behavior to continue?
As it turns out it wasn't more than two years before industry and trade had returned in strength. It did take a good bit longer before residential and culture returned. But it wasn't any where near the seventy five years that was prognosticated by the boffins and eggheads. This isn't to say that I would welcome such a thing on American soil or even believe that we should cultivate a tolerance of such a thing.
I will say this though. Americans being what they are and though you almost never see them in public protesting some transgression of the bliss ninnies and Statists. Mostly due to the fact that they have jobs, families, and a life to live and a fervent wish to just be left alone. There exists a large enough population in this country today to recover from such a devastation in less than five years. We witnessed a glimpse of it on 9/12. Just a flash mind you but the genetics run deep in Americans.
So yes, I prep and I teach to those who will listen. And I foster community whenever I can. Because I believe down deep that when IT happens. It won't be how much you got put back or how many bullets you have or how deep your bunker is dug in. What will matter is who you trust and more importantly who trusts you.
So I am off to the aaaaaaaaaaaak Mall with Goob and Peanut, also known as Team Legume to procure some insanely expensive accessories. And this was all enabled by some amazing men and women who gave their lives and labor so that I can have the pleasure of seeing my children grow up.
Like my Granny said to me when I was little. We aint perfect, but we are blessed.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Being poor should be a painful experience. Matter of fact it should kill you if you don’t do something about it. And do it quickly. All of this molly coddling and half measure compromise policy crap is going to do nothing less than end any hope of humanity ever growing beyond the pitiful wretches we are now. Humans never do anything without incentive. The notion that government, any type of government beyond that specifically outlined in the constitution can be helpful is adolescent fantasy.
Time to grow up and grow a pair.
Back in time when being poor really meant you didn't have any things. Things like food you didn't grow or kill. Things like a place to sleep that didn't have stars for a ceiling. You know back in say the 1700s when America was just a gleam in some old white guy's mind. Being poor meant you didn't live into your nineties. It meant that if you wanted to do something with your life as it was you had best do it now! Because tomorrow might not be there for you in a statistical sense.
Today's poor have and take for granted so many things that it hardly seems possible that we as a nation are having a discussion about government provision of life and its supposed "necessities". If our founding fathers, hell if the average Joe was able to see what passes for society today he would be astounded and enraged at the outrageous transgressions foisted upon the supposedly free men of today in the name of elevating the poor and downtrodden.