"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm" - George Orwell

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Airport Security - From the Experts

The right way to do it!

The 'Israelification' of airports: High security, little bother.

Did I mention I love Texas?

Another reason I like it here:


In part:

On Nov. 16, Texas Representative Leo Berman (R-Tyler) filed a bill in the Texas House of Representatives that would nullify federal health care legislation in the the Lone Star State. HB-297 asserts:
The federal Act is not authorized by the United States Constitution and violates the Constitution’s true meaning and intent as expressed by the founders of this country and the ratifiers of the Constitution.
The federal Act:
(1)  is invalid in this state;
(2)  is not recognized by this state;
(3)  is specifically rejected by this state; and
(4)  is null and void and of no effect in this state.
The bill takes things a step further, making it a crime for any official, agent, or employee of the United States or an employee of any corporation to enforce any part of the health care act in Texas, and imposes fines up to $5,000  and/or five years in prison for anyone convicted of doing so.

'Nuff said.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Hell yes, this is THE UNITED STATES!

If you don't get a tear in yer eye, I don't want to hear a thing you have to say!


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Got this from rightnetwork.com.

One reason I want one of these! Sooooo bad!

"Want proof the Willys Jeep -- the original military-spec off-roader -- was a work of engineering genius? Watch six soldiers drive up, hop out, tear one apart, put it back together and drive away in four minutes." --  Ben @ Jalopnik

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A very sincere thank you...

to all our veterans for your service. And a prayer once again to all who are serving now.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Needle tea pics...


Needle tea pics in the morning!

Once upon a time, in a life far, far away and thirty years ago...

I took a survival course.

 And I learned a lot of useful things. I was spending 10 years of my life in a wonderful place by the shores they call Gitche Gumee. A place with four very defined seasons. A place where the ground froze solid to three feet every winter. A land rich with anything outdoors people could ask for. And I was willing to test myself. I had no one to answer to but myself, and I took to it like a sponge to water.

Pheasant, deer, brook trout, northern pike, rafting flooded streams, in the spring, with patches of ice matching our pace. Winter camping on a Honda 550 with a back pack strapped to the sissy bar. I was able to test those skills over and over.

So I met a lovely lady in that land and she rocked my world! I told her of another land that was as beautiful as the one she had known as her only one. She was a gypsy willing to travel and accept the big land down south as her home. Two children, six grandchildren, and thirty years brings us to this time.

I have been trying to get back into some of the survival skills that I used to know so well. Reading a lot of survival blogs, I find that I have not forgotten that much. Yesterday evening I gathered everything I needed to brew a cup of a primitive and very cool beverage.

Recipe for Pine needle tea:

1 cup of water
1 handful of very fresh pine needles
Boil the water
Steep the pine needles for 30 minutes
Add as much honey as you like.

The fire was started with a ball of dryer lint and a  Firesteel. The wood was damp but the skills were sharp.

To some it may not seem like much, but for me it was a rekindling. May be a pun in that.

The tea was very good. I expected a turpentine taste, but I was surprised by a very mild, green tea taste. According to the experts this tea contains 8 times the amount of vitamin C as the same volume of a cup of orange juice. Some way that just seems right.

From what I have read, Native Americans used it as a tonic.

Hint: pick the freshest, tenderest needles.


Oh and by the way, thirty years ago, this was the way I felt.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

And take 27 minutes of your time...

to listen to a very profound speech from 1964 by one of our greatest presidents.

Ronald Reagan

Go Vote!

Via Breda
"Ladies and gentlemen, we have a president in the White House who referred to Americans who disagree with him as 'our enemies.' Think about that. He actually used that word. When Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush used the word 'enemy,' they reserved it for global terrorists and foreign dictators -- enemies of the United States. Enemies of freedom. Enemies of our country. Today, sadly, we have president who uses the word 'enemy' for fellow Americans -- fellow citizens. He uses it for people who disagree with his agenda of bigger government -- people speaking out for a smaller, more accountable government that respects freedom and allows small businesses to create jobs. Mr. President, there's a word for people who have the audacity to speak up in defense of freedom, the Constitution, and the values of limited government that made our country great. We don't call them 'enemies.' We call them 'patriots.'"
- House Republican Leader John Boehner