*This posting definitely belongs in the “area 51” category
so for most of my readers who prefer ‘serious’ postings
you may want to pass on this more farcical one.
If it was possible time travel would be both a wonderful and horrible thing. One the one hand we could travel and be side by side with the founding fathers when discussing what to include in the Deceleration of Independence and Constitution, or we could walk with the multitudes that followed Jesus. On the other hand we would have to standby and watch as the worlds most infamous mass murders committed their brutal acts.
For me and this posting however time travel only involves thinking back to a time when I was working the third shift for a printing company. The work, at times hard, was rewarding when you were able to produce a high quality product that matched what the customer wanted. During most of these nights, as I do now, my radio and talk shows were a constant companion. The major difference today is the old adage ‘their is no free lunch’ has been taken to the extreme. We are now forced to listen to an ever increasing number of commercials to the point where it now seems that the commercials are being interrupted to bring you a few minutes of the actual show.
Back during those nights at work you would have maybe 4 minutes of commercials at the beginning or middle of the show and a couple minutes near the end and the rest of the half hour was thought provoking conversation. Now if you ‘mentally’ blink you can miss the conversation entirely. Do these stations not realize that when squeezing that many commercials together the listener now ignores them all?
Now, dear reader, you must understand that I am usually slow on the uptake to new experiences and I do not change anything in my daily life unless forced to. With that said on my last visit to my son’s home I started using a service called iHeart radio, which lead me to the ‘pod people’. While in Texas I wanted to listen to a local, Fairbanks, morning talk show and for months they have been saying that you can listen to it on iHeart radio over the internet. Suffice it to say I finally found my station and thoroughly enjoyed listening to my ‘home town’ station during my stay in Texas.
This encounter led to the much more valuable discovery of ‘pod-casts’. While searching for my station I came across many of the talk shows I enjoy listening to. Everyone from Joe Paggs, Lars Larson, Laura Ingram to Jim Bohannon and Art bell and all available *commercial free*. Before I left Texas my son gave me an iPod and I was able to download commercial free broadcasts of my favorite talk shows and listen to them when I wanted to. Ok quit smiling, I did say I was slow on the uptake but to me this was like a gift from the heavens.
Anyhow if there is anyone out there who like myself hates change and has never tried this
take it from me you will never listen to regular radio the same way again.
Down with commercials…..
When I awoke this morning the light snow that was falling last night had stopped and was replaced by bright sunlight and mild temperatures. Later as I savored my first caffeine fix of the day my mind snapped it’s hazy focus to a laser pinpoint when it heard news that obama had once again acted unilaterally by implementing executive orders to apply economic sanctions on Russia. Could it be that obama read my blog about the emperor with no clothes?
Many decades ago when I was just a young man in high school President Kennedy stood toe to toe with Russia telling them to remove their missiles from Cuba. Kennedy placed our nations military on full alert, and as far as anyone knew we could be at war in a short time. However Russia blinked first and I remember watching the evening news when it broadcast film showing a Russian ship, carrying missiles removed from Cuba, being escorted by US destroyers and thinking our President indeed meant what he said.
Today when the Russian government learned that obama used his executive orders to financially try and hurt their country, it went into session to enact a new policy that would allow Russia the power to take over any American companies doing business in Russia. Not not quite the same thing as being told to get their missiles out of Cuba, but the end result, a nuclear confrontation, could still be the result of our current crisis.
When you put the former head of the KGB whose proven respect for life is not a high priority
toe to toe with a man who thinks we are too tough illegals and terrorists in Guantanamo,
just who do you think would win.
The news last week hammered away the fact that obama had a ‘frank’ 90 minute discussion with the Russian President Alexander Putin concerning his nations use of force in the Ukrainian state of Crimea. obama conveyed his feelings that Russia should not attempt to take over the country by force otherwise there would be strong consequences. The result of this conversation is of course that the Russian military moved into Crimea ignoring anything obama might have said.
In an older post I have written about how England, at one time a ruler of the worlds oceans, was replaced during the world wars by the United States as the preeminent power on the face of the earth. Now it seems that from major nations like Russia and China to the small countries like Iran, Syria and Mexico no one takes the United States seriously anymore. Maybe the world now views the United States as a country whose President does not have the courage of conviction to back up his words.
Or maybe those nations have just been observing what obama has done with our foreign policy and military since he took office. One only has to remember when obama’s state department, (headed by Hillary Clinton), officially ‘expressed it condolences‘ because of an air strike on Anwar al-Awlaki. Dose anyone think we should have apologized for killing a terrorist before he could help kill any more Americans?
It is a wonder that our enemies, seeing how this President acts with regard to foreign policy, have not committed many more acts of terrorism. Today we are seeing how one long time enemy the leader of Russia is ignoring anything obama says, and is doing whatever he wants.
It is evident obama does not understand what President Roosevelt meant when he said
“speak softly but carry a big stick”
Now the people of the Ukraine are seeing the results…
…could the people of the United States be next?
*Tonight before posting this article the obama administration announced that the United Stated will give the Ukraine a one billion dollar loan guarantee. I guess giving a foreign country a billion dollars, (that we do not have), is better than actually showing some backbone when dealing with Russia.
Today, as I listened to the news, I wasn’t able to finish my first cup of coffee before the blood starts to drip from my eyes. For the past few days the news reports have been full of essentially impossible happenings in our nations capitol. Maybe its is the current heat wave of +20 hitting the cabin, I don’t know but my zero tolerance for stupidity in Washington has returned and your old familiar curmudgeon is back with a vengeance. I haven’t posted an outhouse award since the first one in August 2013 but today I believe it is warranted and I hereby nominate two people for the February outhouse award.
The Secretary of Defense with his insane idea to reduce the size of Americas military and at the same time cutting back the allowances given to our active duty personnel for food and housing may just be nominated for the outhouse of the decade award. The words he said when talking about this reduction (‘even though there are currently more countries and terrorist organizations threatening the United States, budget cuts and the sequester are forcing him to make these cuts’), is proof he has no common sense.
This third award is presented to our countries highest law enforcement officer the Attorney General of the United States. He won the award for his statement that Attorney Generals from the various states did not have to enforce any law they ‘thought’ was against their conscience. In essence he was saying that even though the citizens of that state voted to enact a law, the states AG could ignore prosecution of of offenders of that law if they felt they personally did not like the law.
Does anyone see a common thread in our leaders in Washington?
Maybe we have found two new attributes
that are needed to succeed in Washington besides greed..
Ignorance of any law you do not like,
and a lack of common sense.
The sun ‘s light glistened off the snow, like thousands of diamonds and for the first time in 15 days the temperature here at my cabin did not register a negative number. My thinking that I should have extended my time with the grand-kids in Texas was slowly ebbing as the thermometer rose. Maybe, just maybe the change in temperature will give birth to a change in my mental outlook. It seemed that after my visit I had less tolerance for the cold and that is what kept me inside, and thus my encounter with ‘cabin fever’.
Now, except for the hasting wind still blowing, it just felt better to get ‘out’ and walk around a bit. Maybe this minor bit of exercise in the uber-brightness of the winter sun is washing away the fog of self imposed isolation. I know that today when I listened to the radio the news did not seem muted and as I listened several ideas for postings were slowly taking shape. But before I can return to the ‘curmudgeon’ of old, I decided to briefly dabble a bit with a thorn that was recently embedded in my psyche.
Today I had to stop and listen to a second news cast because what I heard the first time I was sure was a mistake. The Secretary of Defense announced he was going to cut the strength of our military force to numbers not seen since before World War Two. Unbelievable in the same speech he said that even though there are currently more countries and terrorist organizations threatening the United States, budget cuts and the sequester were forcing him to make these cuts. This is one of those times that when you hear something it makes you stop dead in your tracks. You have to ask what idiot would say that there were more possibilities of the United States being attacked and then go and cut the number of members of the military?
Yes I have stated over and over that an across the board 10% cut in funding for ‘all’ government agencies is in order to at least start balancing the budget, and I still stand behind those words. I also stand behind the constitution of the United States, because our government was formed to ( ‘protect and defend that Constitution and its citizens from all enemies foreign and domestic’ ). Our constitution never mentioned that the government should create agencies to govern our health care, regulate our electricity or water, establish guidelines for our nations schools or provide food, money and shelter for its people.
The founding fathers created the federal government
to ensure the safety of its citizens
they believed its citizens and the states they lived in
would have the personal responsibility to handle everything else.
I woke up early on Tuesday for my trip to Fairbanks and while the coffee brewed I thought about the day ahead. I knew it was Tuesday because that is my assigned travel day. One of the four days a month when I am allowed to use my truck to travel to town. I was almost half way to town when I realized I had to go back because I had my handgun in the truck and since they passed the new firearm laws no one was allowed to have a firearm within the city limits. So back I went realizing that I was also burning way to much gasoline and would not have enough on my fuel ration card to get a full tank, but what was I going to do I had to make the trip to see my Doctor and restock my food supply.
I got to town a little late and went straight to my doctors office for my appointment. The doctor told me after he was done that I should have surgery but because of my age under the new government guidelines I was indeed to old to have it. Under the 2013 government managed healthcare guidelines people over 65 had a sliding scale of what medical procedures we were allowed to get, and seeing I was now 68 I was SOL. The doctor did say that when the pain got worse, under these same guidelines, it was legal for him to prescribe medicine that would solve all my problems.
Later when I finished shopping for my food the cashier scanned my wrist for my personal ID but it didn’t read the implanted government ID chip. She was almost ready to call for a soldier to check it out when the scanner finally registered my chip. Did I really look like ‘those’ people that are living off the grid and refusing to get an embedded chip? I know here in Alaska there were many who lived in the woods that still clung to their guns and bibles always talking about the freedoms they had in the old days, but I had caved many years ago.
So after I stopped to put whatever gasoline my ration card said I was entitled to into my truck I headed home. I didn’t even stop at the used book store, a favorite place for me over the years where I spent many hours browsing and surfing the internet. Now most shelves in the store were empty because of the ban on seditious reading material plus the fact that the government had shut down most of the internet especially the blogs. Yes in this day and age blogs were dangerous. People still thought they were free to post whatever they felt, until one of the government internet sniffer programs found your writing and you were arrested, or taken out by a government sanctioned drone attack, for making threats against the government.
I do not know but it was either the bear roast being a little old or maybe I let it get warm too long before cooking, but something made me sick last night and gave me one hell of a dream. I woke up remembering bits and pieces of that new world order and in the darkness of my cabin I felt a shiver go through my spine…
Yes but everything I wrote about is based
on proposals and laws currently in force or being considered.
Here I thought the people of Georgia were shining examples of fine Southern hospitality until a few days ago when I read a news story about these fine people ransacking grocery stores and fighting with each other over milk and loaves of bread. The news article had pictures of a number of food stores with empty shelves as if they were facing the end of civilization. We know of course this mayhem was caused by the approach of that first snow and ice storm and not Armageddon.
Why you may ask am I picking at this sore again? I know I have already written a lengthy posting about hurricane Sandy, its aftermath and how to be better prepared for such disasters, but like teaching children it seems that millions of people never learn from past disasters. By past of course for those in Georgia it would have been only days since the last ice storm and its aftermath so we see how quickly people forget. Yes it is obvious that during this second wave of snow and ice many did learn the hard lesson of being prepared, but why did it take a major storm to learn what my mother would call common sense?
One would think that knowing of the coming storm and the possibility of roads covered in ice that people would think maybe they should have a few extra supplies on the shelf in case something like that happens again. It appears that many still did not take the hint and waited until the last minute to buy supplies. Stupidity or laziness dealers choice as far as I can see. Yes I understand that many stores did not ‘totally’ restock in the short period of time between storms but could not one travel further even if need be to other cities and shop there?
And more importantly does the lack of supplies on store shelves entitle people to fight each other for that last loaf of bread? If this is how we react with just a simple snow storm I wonder what would happen if there was a breakdown in our infrastructure and shipments were delayed weeks or even months? Would I be reading about people being stabbed or shot instead of simple fights breaking out?
I have written several articles about ‘prepping’, or being prepared for any eventuality and I am sure that just like my son who hears me say again and again stock your shelves and have plenty of extra food and water on hand the message will go unheeded. This common sense ‘prepping’ is just in case.. You may be wondering in case of what….well anything from a hurricane and power failure to a snow storm or even the breakdown in the supply lines that restock our store shelves. It is just plane common sense to have extra food, medicine and water around. I am not saying to have entire rooms for extra supplies like most of us in the wilderness have, but would it hurt to have a few cartons of food in the garage along with a number of gallon containers of water?
Not all the people of Georgia got the message from that first storm
….hopefully now we all have learned a lesson.