Sunday, January 21, 2018

Loathing


“It’s the economy, stupid”, former President Clinton’s advisor, James Carville  is credited with saying in formulating campaign strategy.

Jobs!  People need a job. Other than health, nothing is more important to most people. Not welfare, not a handout, but a bill paying, grocery buying job income.

 In one year President Trump has delivered on his promise. The economy is growing. Unemployment is dropping. True, the deficit is still growing. The growth has slowed and there is hope of paying it down in a growing economy.

The (P)regressive response? National blackmail. Dreamers and illegal immigrants are their “moral” high ground. Bullshit! They see this as a way to harm a sitting president they loath.

I see where Senator Eunuch (D) CO is saying one thing in Colorado while voting as Chucky Schumer tells him to vote. Big surprise, not.

While they posture, lives are at risk. One example near to me is Community Health Services. Please let me emphasize COMMUNITY. These exist because people from the community make them work. Funding is always an issue, to be sure, but the people who make them work are committed volunteers and health care professionals whose service is above self. They are in imminent danger of closing. The people served are the ones the (P)regressivs allegedly care for. Actions, not rhetoric, show their contempt.

Why, WSF, pick this example? On a selfish level, that is where I go for health care. Without it, I would be hard pressed to receive anything besides emergency care even though I have health insurance. 

To expand, I know the people who make it happen. My sister has devoted thirty years of her life, as a volunteer, to one. She receives, and has received over the years, zero financial reward. People like my sister are the true strength of this country and the fucking elites who muck about while people face death or financial ruin make me so furious I want…………….

There are thousands of other examples. Service organizations, fraternal organizations, religious organizations, etc., all contributing to a better life for their communities.

I should add I’m not applauding President Trump. He should have found a better way, the Art of The Deal if you will, to have averted this crisis.

Down the road, at the mid term elections, I hope accountability will prevail at the ballot box.

  

Friday, January 19, 2018

Winter Weather

Don’t like Colorado weather?  Just stick around awhile.

Last winter’s heavy snowfall, 160+ above median in many areas, is followed this year by less than half of median. Immediately impacted are the ski areas that can’t open because they have no snow. The many workers who depend on those jobs are hurting.

Along the Colorado Front Range it is worse, or better, your opinion may differ.

http://kdvr.com/2018/01/16/denver-in-its-3rd-least-snowy-season-to-date/

The last two summers have seen Wyoming staying green all summer. Doubt that happens in 2018.

In the mountain valleys winters are judged by the number of barbed wire strands covered. A “three wire” winter is normal. Last winter the posts were covered. This year is shaping up to be a “one wire” winter.

There will be far less winter kill of wildlife. Assuming adequate rainfall in the summer the deer herds should come back.

Low snow pack means low water come summer. Rivers become creeks and reservoirs start draining to water crops. Devastating to aquatic critters  and birds.

Nature’s cycles do provide opportunities for the climate change crowd to advance their various agendas. The planet is some 4-5 billion years old and homo sapiens have inhabited it for some 300,000 years. What impact a sub Corte of self serving “experts” will have on controlling planet change is laughable. I do agree we should, as a species, try not to foul our nests.

Forecast is for another weak storm today or tomorrow. Should make Monday’s route a pain. Small storm or major blizzard doesn’t make much difference in my job.  

Easy winter.


Bad Winter. 



 That is my youngest son with the shovel.  With his medical retirement from the Army, he is firmly planted in South Carolina. Wonder why?



Thursday, January 18, 2018

Gone Legit?

In much of Colorado the worst thing to say about an elected official is they have “gone Denver”. Today I went through the process of meeting the state imposed legal requirements to do what I’ve been doing most of my adult life, carrying a concealed firearm. Wonder what that makes me?

I had taken the required safety class and had the certificate. The process at the Sheriff’s office was efficient and pleasant. Cost? $100. I simply walked in and went to the window. Another 45 minutes and I was on my way.

The process would have been faster except for fingerprints. While I haven’t worked my fingers to the bone, have worn down the whorls to the point they are hard to print. It took several tries with one thumb and my right ring finger by the deputy with twenty years of experience.

Weld County, CO is about as red as it gets. Contrast this with the next county South, Adams, where a three term Sheriff allowed 25 permit applications only per day, two days a week, first come, first served. This in a county with a population North of 600,000.

So why haven’t I done this after many years? Family members will say it is because I’m too cheap. They say that like it is a bad thing!

It pisses me off I need to ask/pay for something that is my natural born right, self defense.

Age plays a part. I don’t care to deal with the hassle of fighting the legal system. More so, at age 73, I’m coming to grips with being, in fact, an “at risk” senior.

Privacy concerns played a part. In reality, with all the interconnected data bases privacy is gone. Does anyone believe the FBI purges background check reports after a certain time limit as prescribed by law? They seem to flout any law they find inconvenient, don’t they?

“So, Mr. White, where is the .22 rifle you purchased from XXX and picked up from an FFL in Brighton, CO in 2xxx? You passed a background check then. Oh, and the 20 gauge shotgun from an auction picked up from the same FFL?”

In two to three weeks will have the credit card sized permit with my picture and details. That, and a diminished scofflaw status. Oh well, life goes on.


Sunday, January 14, 2018

"GUN" Show

Attended the local firearms show today. Since shotguns were in abundance, calling it a gun show is OK.

Didn’t go looking for anything in particular and didn’t buy anything but a double cheeseburger. A 4H club was operating the concession. Let’s give a shout out to all the adults that work with the kids and support these activities. They do make a difference in kid’s lives. A double cheeseburger isn’t on my food plan. Supporting good kid activities is high on my life plan.

I mainly attend these shows to support the cause. My only temptation today was a new Ruger 10/22 stainless takedown.  I’m not a collector but more of a tool user.  A .22 rifle has been missing from the tool chest for some time.  An old octagon barrel .22 Winchester pump caught my eye. Again, tools. Having owned and used several tubular feed rifles in various calibers, I’m more inclined to buy something with a magazine. I find them a bit more reliable.

There were zero Charter Arms for sale. One in .22 interests me. No Bond Derringers. Had one, gave it to a friend, and have wanted one every since.

This is the first sale I haven’t seen any NAA derringers displayed. Likewise, no Makarovs. There was one vendor with a rack of Arisakas.  Only saw three Mosins.

Did see a couple with new twins. I’m not good at guessing baby ages. These could hold up their heads but were small. The logistics were staggering. An oversized stroller, various small duffels, vacuum bottles, mixing bottles, tiny feeding bottle, diapers, blankets, towels etc. Made me tired just watching.


Back to work tomorrow. The weather guessers are saying we will hit the backside of an Alberta Clipper. Shouldn’t be much to it around the NE,WY,CO corner.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Seasonal Exhaustion

Feels like the muse is on hiatus. Nothing exceptional going on.

As a Blue Dog Democrat, one of the few Democrats I’ve voted for is a local State Representative, Dave Young. Found him to be focused on solutions. Now he is running for State Treasurer and already he has lost my vote by going full (P)regressive. Wants to “fix” TABOR (Taxpayers Bill of Rights) among other (P)regressive hot buttons. Guess he is looking at fund raising. Whee, a firebrand for State bean counter. Can’t you just sense the excitement?

The term limited Republican hasn’t done a bad job. The job is collecting taxes, making disbursements, and balancing the books. The only grey area is investing the State’s moneys (rainy day funds, pension reserves, etc). The current Treasurer hasn’t invested in Ponzis or run off to Las Vegas.  Nothing unsound in the way the office has operated.

Just for once I would like to see a candidate say,

“The incumbent has done a decent job. I feel I can do better by ………….”

Oh no, Young has come out of the box with the negatives, the insinuations and the scare rhetoric. Pisses me off.

That might fire up the “base”, but it won't appeal to the voters who just want someone competent counting the State’s beans.

Governor Wishywashy gave his final State of The State address to the new Legislature. If bored out of your gourd, you can read about it.


With the House in the Dems hands, and the Senate GOP, we should have a repeat of the last “nothing accomplished” session.


Maybe things will pick up and I will have something interesting to say. Or not.

ADDENDUM

http://www.coloradoindependent.com/168223/colorado-gop-high-capacity-magazine-ban

Why nothing is accomplished IMO. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

New Sheriff in Town

Judge Gloria M. Navarro, gutless wonder, dismissed the Bundy charges with prejudice. For most of the trial she so sided with the prosecution it was stomach turning to watch. 

Now, a year after President Trump is elected, she rediscovers her legal principals. Think that would have happened if Loretta Lynch was still Attorney General? I don’t.

Eight years of the Obama and (P)regressives weaponizing the Justice Department, and the alphabet agencies, a day of reckoning is coming. Those who couldn’t conceive him winning, and making someone like Jeff Sessions Attorney General are looking for cover, IMO. About time.
As Samuel Johnson is quoted as saying,

“Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.”

No wonder the Deep State is fighting so hard. 

Friday, January 5, 2018

Final Disposition

With all the funerals attended in 2017 my end of life wishes have been on my mind.

Done the usual, wills,  medical power of attorney, named executor, etc. Have decided on cremation. What to do with the ashes?

Working on a plan to have the ashes loaded into small aerosol cans and distributed to retail automotive salespeople. When they encounter the smug, superior acting couple who sneeringly announce,

“We’re JUST looking”,


I want them sprayed with my ashes.

That would be a great legacy, don’t you agree?