In Case You've Wondered

My blog is where my wandering thoughts are interspersed with stuff I made up. So, if while reading you find yourself confused about the context, don't feel alone. I get confused, too.

If you're here for the stories, I started another blog: scratchingforchange.blogspot.com

One other thing: sometimes I write words you refuse to use in front of children, or polite company, unless you have a flat tire, or hit your thumb with a hammer.

I don't use them to offend; I use them to embellish.

jescordwaineratgmail.com

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Annual Attempt To Steal

 The property tax appraisals are out. As usual, they've found more value, where none is to be found. This year is a 10% increase in value, which to those challenged by math, means 10 more dollars of taxes per hundred of valuation. For those still limping from the Covid government takeover, this can mean their taxes, with insurance, are more than their mortgage. 

I contested my value. Whether this goes anywhere will be seen. I do know I'm not the only one that is doing this, and the anger may mean some of those government workers will a trip to the grocery store is far from pleasant. They deserve it. A less polite society would be opening tar barrels and plucking chickens.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Hot Water

John Kerry is in hot water. Regardless of whether it's true he provided leaks to Iran, the perception of the Middle East is that he did. If I have to guess, Israel will not allow him in, the allies of Israel will find allowing him to visit will be perceived as a direct threat to Israel, and Kerry will either have to resign, or be fired. Even the Biden Administration isn't so dense to not realize the implications of what is considered a direct threat to national security. 

How this is handled will be interesting, but if I was Kerry, I'd be looking over my shoulder. Mossad is nothing to play with, and brutal with protecting Israel. 

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

When an AG Needs To Prosecute

 Minnesota has specific jury tampering law. Maxine Waters broke this law, the AG of Minnesota is obligated by oath to prosecute those that break this laws, and if they don't, they too are breaking the law. 

Will this happen? Probably not. That's the big problem, and if the officials hired to prevent such thuggery don't do so, the citizens will eventually either leave, or take the law into their hands. Peaceful citizens will put up with a lot, but not forever. 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

I've Been Busy....By Not Being Busy

 I guess I have a little writer's block. The news is so full of absurdities, it almost hurts my head to think anyone would consider any of the major news outlets seriously, and the politicians they promote as anything but criminals needing to be prosecuted before they're shot. That, and the Supreme Court has fallen into bad ways. Too many of the justices are traitors, and their opinions would make Lenin feel like a proud parent. 

Still, I've been somewhat busy. We went on a short trip before Easter to the areas Northeast of the Fascist Austin. That was a needed respite from everything, and reconfirmed by opinion the capitol needs to have a moat around it, with armed guards to prevent the loonies from escaping. The capitol may suck, but the fine folks that surround it are the best examples of how friendly, and good, the people of Texas usually are. 

The weather here has been dry. I doubt we've had an inch of rain in the last month, and any spare moisture that was in the ground was sucked up by all the blooming flora. The weather may be dry, but the fine, pleasant days are a wonderful tradeoff. A lot of work around the surrounding family acreage was unhampered by boggy ground, or nasty days of rain. With most of the efforts in the morning, the cool air made work pleasant. 

That's all I have for now. I might have more later, but don't count on it. I'm finding it easier to deal with the traitors by not thinking too much about them. I think many are like me, and the push to convert us is making the resistance only stronger. Masks are now laughed at in my neck of the woods, and demands for the death vaccine are refused vehemently. 

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Where's the Integrity?

 According to this news report, Hunter Biden committed criminal fraud on an official document to purchase a handgun. Also, the Secret Service attempted to circumvent state laws to hide the action. Otherwise, breaking the law to hide the illegal activities of the son of Biden. 

Where's the integrity with this supposed elite section of law enforcement? My guess? It retired, quit, or is not chosen because criminals don't like honesty or honor to uphold the law. It stinks, but that's our federal government. Crooks hiring crooks and ignoring the law. It's organized crime that shouldn't remain unpunished. 

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

If It Quacks Like a Duck

 The shooter in Colorado is a Muslim, with a social media account that was deleted. What we'll learn about him will be censored by those that don't quite understand censorship only makes people more suspicious, more angry, and unwilling to believe the narrative they're pushing. 

If I had to guess, the shooter was practicing the violence his religion preaches as acceptable. 

Why Aren't They Working?

At one time, we had comedians. With a natural ability to make people laugh, they could turn obvious absurdities into moments of intense laughter. This would reduce politicians, pundits, and other self-important buffoons to what they are: common people that need to have humility. They need to get back to work and show the humor in having a doddering old President, and a Vice-President that climbed to the top by sucking golf-balls through garden hoses. 

Friday, March 19, 2021

If You Weren't Already Upset...

...think of how Biden appears after Putin calls him out.   Biden has shown the world he's not smart enough to show what a cowardly bully he is, when he can draw a crowd to his rantings. In a more perfect society, he would be keeping his running mate company while they await trial for treason.

I have to add how a weak, feeble Biden only gives all enemies more economic power.  Putin knows this, hopes Biden continues the downhill slide of the U.S. economy, and laughs all the way to the bank.


Thursday, March 18, 2021

Laying the Blame Where it Belongs

 The news is stating Cuomo forced the nursing homes to take Covid patients, and the result was deadly. Added to the stories is how the directors of these facilities were horrified of the action. So who is to blame for this event?

The blame lies with those that run the nursing homes. They could have said no, refused the patients, and fought New York in court. Instead they rolled over, and allowed helpless people to die from their lack of courage. 

Equally to blame is the media. With such a terrible event unfolding, they could have spent hours condemning the actions, and saved the lives of elderly people that were removed from contact with their families. They turned their back, while the elderly suffered from the criminal actions of a public entity. 

Cuomo needs to be punished. So do the directors, the media editors, and those in the homes that allowed the carnage. This is no different than the horrors committed by the Communists, Nazis, and Muslims that kill indiscriminately to advance a goal of tyranny. Blaming others for turning your back on murder is as horrific as the act of murder.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Untangling a Mess

It appears a judge in Georgia has ruled 30,000 votes should be audited for authenticity.  That may reveal a different candidate won the election. Also, a judge in Michigan ruled the Secretary of State broke election laws with and absentee ballot executive order.  As time goes by, more of these rulings may show the last national election left some supposed winners in office. That leads to me thinking: "What will they do to correct this illegal problem?"

What can they do? Will the election be nullified? Will those that were illegal elected kicked out of office?  The proper action is that all activities, or laws, accomplished during their time in office should be suspended and nullified. Time will tell, but this will be something they can't sweep under the rug. 

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Lack of Leadership

 It appears the military has lost their leaders. Nobody has the cojones to tell the pogues to pound sand and stay out of the way. You can see this lack of leadership with the current banter between Tucker Carlson and those that supposedly represent the brass. How this turns out will be seen, but in the past, someone would be busted back to a low enlisted rate, and find their future in the military shorter than they expected.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Lack of Attention

 It appears most of the country is aware of the lack of reporting, corrupt politics, and lawlessness. In some countries, it might make everyone just accept these things, but this is the United States, and even entire states are preparing to tell the rogue feds to shove it. That's good, because the U.S. is a nation of individuals, and laws that prevent the privileged from special favors, or powers. Where some think this is a divided nation, it's not. There's a strong will to correct the problems, and continue the great experiment unknown in the past. 

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Second Budding

 Before the deep freeze, trees were starting to bud, and it appeared Spring had arrived. The low temperatures, far below freezing, destroyed the buds, and some trees seem slow to recover. That, and the tropical palms, such as the Sego Palm, appear to be gone. Time will tell, but the date palms seem unaffected. 

Last year, my wife, and I, stored our bird feeders, since the Muscovy ducks found they could dump the feeders. That really disappointed my wife, since she loves the wild birds more than I do. We never wanted the ducks. A sister-in-law brought them to place them in the pond, and they bred a dozen more of what I consider pests. Instead of staying in the pond, they wandered and became a nuisance.

The Muscovy ducks left, except for one, and the one doesn't seem interested in the bird feeder. This allowed us to fill them again, and watch the birds arrive. I've been surprised. 

The Cedar Waxwings have arrived in dozens. I was ignorant of what they eat, but my wife discovered they flocked to the small terracotta feeder we keep full of sugar water for bees. They emptied it in a few hours, and my research found they can strip trees of berries during their migration back to the cooler climate of the northern states. 

I bought some blueberries, and some raisins, my wife but up a flat feeder, and I filled it to see if the birds would accept my offering. They did, and their voracious appetites emptied the feeder in less than an hour. So, realizing they could bankrupt me in days, I only half fill the feeder twice a day. This, I think, will force them to forage for insects, wild berries, and help fatten them up for their trip north. Heaven knows what they've been eating, because even insects are scarce at this point. The lack of them led to our bluebirds leaving, or their demise. 

So, the trees are budding again, the drab browns are being replaced by the brilliant greens of early Spring, and the temperature is increasing every day.  It's been more than nice, and the long range forecast has no freezing temperatures in store. Things are good, and I am blessed.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

I Doubt They're Thinking

 At one time, the Democratic Party supposedly represented those that work. Trade unions looked to them to grease their palms with special considerations, and the same unions funneled money back into the party. The workers were in the dark, or refused to buck the system that kept them working with good wages. 

Now, the Democratic Party abandoned those they supposedly represented. To increase the injury, the unions that supposedly represented their craftsmen still funnel money to the Democrats, and the Democrats show their appreciation by destroying the jobs that pay the union craftsmen. Of course, the unions have had little regard to those that pay the dues, but now the money will dry up, and those that they betrayed will become even more angry.

Logic dictates you don't destroy the fields that feed you, but the analogy fits this situation. What do the Democrats hope to gain? Have the public sector, and teacher's union, reached a point where they will fill the gap of the lost trade union money? Do the Democrats feel they can control their destiny by sheer will, and those that allow their existence will simply fall into lockstep? 

That last election, as far as I'm concerned, was not legitimate. Too much evidence points to corruption, and the corrupt officials that preside are hiding their collusion in the process. If they had nothing to hide, they would have welcomed a review of the ballots, but they didn't. That only means dishonesty, and dishonesty in voting is a crime that should be punished by up to capital punishment. The results of an illegal election can lead to the death of some, so the punishment should be just as severe. 

Everything with current politics, and current officials, only points to a criminal enterprise that makes the Mafia look like children playing on the playground. It's unconscionable to allow this continue, and the best thing at this time is for the courts to refuse to allow the stonewalling of officials, and the severe punishments allowed by law to punish those that destroy records, or refuse to be audited. Will this happen? Maybe, but if this doesn't change, those that become desperate will not be destroyed without resistance.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Electric Bill

 I live on the East side of Texas, so my electric supplier is not part of ERCOT. Still, with the severe cold, I was wondering about my bill. I was relieved to see it only went up seventeen dollars higher than last month, which was average for this time of the year. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Texans Can Blame The Feds

 The biggest problem with the loss of electricity in Texas during the big freeze was the EPA.  Texas asked to increase the energy output, but was refused. Otherwise, with the increased energy of running under full capacity, the lack of electricity would have been lessened, if not eliminated. To add insult to injury, after the failure of the feds to alleviate a foreseen problem, they compounded the problem by refusing to help Texas by declaring the result as a disaster. 

I don't know how many feel, but I consider this an act of war. The Biden administration is intentionally damaging Texas, and the Governor should tell them to pound sand, while closing off some pipeline going north. 

Sunday, February 21, 2021

I'm Unwilling...

 ... to be a laboratory animal. Give it a year, or two, and the knowledge of whether this Covid thing is really something to worry about, and I might be willing to be vaccinated. Until then, leave me alone, and realize, if you're vaccinated, what do you have to worry about?

Saturday, February 20, 2021

I Don't Believe This

 This story is circulating around the internet, and since it's the "news", people are believing it. It looks good to the liberals that want the government to take over everything, and reports something that most people that practice critical thinking would ignore. 

There's no way any utility would, or could, allow fuel prices to increase in a short period of time to that level. Even if it was possible, most would know they couldn't collect on bills that high, cut off the electricity, and go to the news with how they were getting screwed by their suppliers. 

I think the story is BS, and I'm irritated it was even published without anyone doing some research.

A Passing Thought

 I'm suspicious of a vaccine that is supposed to keep me from getting a virus made in a laboratory. Why? If they can engineer a virus that preys on old folks, they can easily engineer a  vaccine that completes the task of getting rid of those they consider a burden.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Almost to the End

 It's 26 outside. Tonight, it's supposed to be 28, and be the last night of freezing temperatures for awhile. That's good, and the thaw is supposed to ease to the north over the next few days.  I think everyone has had enough of this very unusual weather, and can now focus on the clowns that were instrumental in the power generation fubar over the last few days.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Imbeciles

 I'm a little amazed that my generation is becoming reviled by many that can't find their butts with both hands. "Boomer" has become a word to denigrate, instead of an honor to those that fought in Viet Nam, endured the crappy politicians called President, years of pork barrel politics, and were instrumental in building what those that insult us so ignorantly take for granted. Most only wanted to eventually retire, and hoped their children would have a better way. They've been honest citizens for decades, reached retirement age, and now are being told the Social Security they paid for decades is an entitlement.

I call them imbeciles, but like my friend's term better: "Fleshy headed mutants". Years of mediocracy, nanny state demands, the unsustainable belief that rights include free money, no discipline, and believing the lies from the media, have turned way too many young folks into lackeys for those wanting to destroy the United States. To make things worse, their laziness has manifested into glee for the misfortune of others, and an appetite for destruction.

My advice to younger folks is that they need to step up to the plate. Understand the government is run by the unqualified, the media constantly lies, the Constitution is not a living document, and mediocrity only leads to the inability to flourish. That inability leads to being unable to survive. When that point is reached, and they start loading them into the rail cars, they'll happily believe the lies, as they travel to the camps to starve.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

When Are They Going to Pull the Switch?

 Harris is fielding Biden's important phone calls with world leaders. Why this is going on is strictly a guess, but my guess is Biden would sound like he was senile, and they know they couldn't hide that from the world media. 

When are they going to pull the switch? Only and imbecile ignored this during the election, and anyone that hasn't quite figured it out, will soon have their cartoons interrupted. A real media would never had let Biden get in office, but we don't have a real media, and the rest of the world laughs at our idiocy.

Ongoing But Better...For Now

 At 11:00 last night, the electricity went out. The supplier started at having it on at 5:30 am. As time went on, the time moved to 11:00 am this morning. That didn't happen. 

At 1:00 this afternoon, after waiting way too long, I uncovered the generator, pulled out some extension cords, and started heating part of the house with a space heater. I was kicking myself in the ass for waiting so long, since the house had reached 46 degrees, and it was just barely above freezing outside. I could have avoided some misery, if I hadn't had so much faith in the power coming on sooner. 

The power did come back on at about 2:00 pm. It blipped after a few minutes, and shut down again. After about 15 minutes, the power came back on, and has remained on for over 2 hours. The house is warming, no pipes froze, the hot water heater is full of hot water, and a hot shower is soon to be undertaken.

Tonight, the forecast is for a temperature of about 28 degrees, and freezing rain. Hopefully the power stays on, and I can get some sleep. The last three days allowed only cat naps, and it's starting to catch up with me.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Energy, and Stupidity

 Deep down here in Texas, one of the largest refineries can't stay running, due to the cold. Controls don't work, processes are affected, and the safety of all involved becomes an issue. Refineries are dangerous critters, and some problems lead to disaster. 

All refining operations will suffer over the next few days. Freezing weather leads to problems that don't go away, until the temperature rises - which it will. The workers will be faced with starting units again, and that itself is a dangerous operation. Pipes get cold, contract, might crack, or a flange may start leaking. With the high temperature of hydrocarbons being processed, all that's needed to start a fire is the atmosphere. Little leaks can turn into huge fires, and those on site have to take care of the problems as they occur. 

I read the wind farms are having problems. If I had to guess, the turbines down near the Texas coast weren't designed for the cold, and the result is gear box, and other lubrication problems. That guarantees a reduction in power capacity, and the overall effect is a strain on generating facilities that use hydrocarbons to create steam. Otherwise, the "green" energy isn't working, and I'm sure the tree-huggers are all complaining about the cold. They probably don't understand the heavy synthetic fibers they wear are the result of the oil they think is evil. They'll be busy complaining on social media, which they access through their computing devices made out of plastics, which are made from oil.

Another thing: Local electric generating plants anticipate a lightened load during the winter. This leads to maintenance, and a loss in capacity during the winter. With this outbreak, regardless of demand, there just isn't enough electricity to satisfy this demand. Roving blackouts are being used to prevent complete large losses of electricity, and many are finding long periods of time without electricity. 

The stupidity is soon to arise. Someone will demand a solution, politicians will form committees, and huge amounts of money will be spent talking about problems that can't be solved by those in power only because of "diversity". In the end, nothing will change, and taxes will go up to pay for the bureaucrats hired to "solve" the problem.

I'm Not Used To This

 It's around 20 degrees, and there's about an inch of snow on the ground. We're still having a few flurries, but the weather wizards said it should be over about thirty minutes ago. 

When I was five, we had a similar event. Temperatures reached single digits, snow stayed piled for days, and we had all the fun kids can have, even if we didn't understand the water pipe in the attic was frozen, and in the future, the ceiling would fall in. 

They're calling this a once in a lifetime event. Since I'm on the second one, that either means this is unique, or I've lived longer than they thought.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

It Begins

The temperature finally reached freezing about two hours ago. The light rain left a thin coat of ice, and the heavier precipitation is arriving. So far, it looks like we'll see more snow than freezing rain. That's a relief. The light snow will not influence the power grid.

The Path Not Taken

 It's not surprising the Senate voted to not have witnesses, and decided to have a vote. The outcome was the usual outcome with all the Marxists voting to convict, and the others to not. It shows the majority of those wanting to convict knew that witnesses, and presented evidence, would show not only culpability in sedition, but some acts a rational jury would find as treason. They knew their precious media couldn't hide their actions, and when in aggregate, their actions could only be considered criminal conspiracy. 

It's business as usual in the capitol, but business is looking bad for those that pursued wealth, instead of representing their constituents. Regardless of what the alphabet networks report, there's more outlets of information, and they're digging into the rot we call national politics, and even states are starting to question the authority so long abused. With states deciding they will exercise their power, the federal government is faced with the fact it only has two decisions, and the decision to flex its muscles will only result in failure. Otherwise, the next two years will be a feckless clown circus. All the mandates will end up in court, and the path to the Supreme Court takes years to travel.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Thinking About the Cold Weather

 I've worked in all types of weather. Some of the work was heavy labor in different conditions, but none were as brutal as that in cold weather. I don't think we're really designed for it, and the worst of fatigue I ever experienced was after working a long day in cold weather. Summer can be exhausting, but the cold takes more, and the constant cold takes much more to endure. 

I'm glad I don't have to spend long days in the cold any longer. Truthfully, I don't think I have the stamina any more. 


The Weather We Rarely Receive

 It's in the mid thirties tonight. That is as far as it will fall, and tomorrow is forecast to stay in the upper thirties to low forties. This is the harbinger of what's to come over the next three days, which is rare for this far south. 

Tomorrow night, if the forecast holds true, will be in the low thirties, somewhere around freezing, and there's a fair chance of some freezing rain. That will lead to a rain free Sunday, but continued clouds and temperatures in the thirties. Sunday night is when the rare weather will begin. 

Sunday night is forecast to be in the twenties, with increasing chances of precipitation. Monday is forecast to be slightly below freezing, with a seventy percent chance of freezing precipitation. What type of precipitation? Weather folks thing most will be freezing rain, and by evening some snow flurries. That's what causes the biggest problems. 

We have lots of live oak trees, which are evergreen. That, and pine trees that grow large canopies over time. Both will have limbs that strain with the accumulated weight, and some of the local electrical providers don't trim their trees enough to prevent these trees from sagging into the wires. 

The last time this happened was in the late nineties. The result was disastrous for many, since the amount of repairs was way beyond the capabilities of the utility companies. To add insult to injury, the large swath of freezing weather caused damage that didn't allow for other companies to assist. Power took a long time to restore, and with me, it took a week. The first days were the worst, since my all-electric home didn't have any heat source but a small space heater run by a small generator. The well was down, and my biggest concern was for warmth. Until the temperature rose above freezing, there really wasn't any hope for water anyway. I did manage a spit-bath with water heated on a colander over a candle. After days without running water, I'd had enough. 

One good thing about this current episode is the foresight by my local electric co-op. Last summer, they spent huge amounts of money clearing their lines, cutting the right of way to the ground, and insuring trees that sag won't influence the power supply. That was good, since the large supplier where I used to live has obviously not been as diligent. Even with the damage from the last hurricane, problems still exist, and I can see where there will be many people without power on Monday night. With temperatures in the low teens some will find life very uncomfortable. After that, there's the possibility of more freezing rain later in the week. Regardless of the work force size, the line workers will be working in miserable conditions, and their efforts slowed by the cold. 

The is rare, and from what I've read, it weather will be extra cold for a large part of the country. I'm blessed, since it will be a short event. Others are already facing what is forecast for me, and have more days of this brutal cold.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

The Paint Mare (Posted Again)

Politics, and the sorry crap abounding, is not good for healthy thoughts. Sooner, or later, you have to shift gears, think of how everyone has something unique about their life, and contemplate how good can still be found. 

I wrote the following years ago. Enjoy

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Lead gray skies hung over the small pasture lined with almost bare oak trees. The few brown leaves would be gone after the cold front that was soon to arrive.  

 Preston opened the door of the small barn and quickly stepped in to start his morning work of cleaning the stall and making sure it was ready for the approaching snow.

The small paint mare greeted him with a snort and pawed the ground as he opened the gates to let her into the pasture.

“Go run, girl. It won’t take me long and I’ll have you some feed when you get back.”

The mare trotted from the stall and was soon out running in the pasture that surrounded the small frame house. The pasture, enclosed by a wood fence, was surrounded by open land, which held the cattle of local ranchers that leased the land.

Preston gave up the cattle business a few years before. He’d made good money on the sale of his cattle, but realized his decision was the long wait for his eventual demise. Every day made the decision weigh more heavily. His life had become a memory and his only chore was to take care of the paint mare that was now running through the pasture.

As he worked, he remembered the day he bought her. It was at a livestock auction five years ago, when the mare was put up for auction before the cattle sale started. Poor, and with a limp, the bids started at fifty dollars. The slaughter buyers raised the bid to eighty dollars when Preston placed his own:

“I bid a hundred dollars.”

The auction was quiet for a few moments. The auctioneer made a half effort to raise the bid, but was unsuccessful.

“Sold for one hundred dollars to buyer number seven.”

Some of the buyers smirked; the others just shook their heads. Preston remembered the faces of the buyers, but he remembered the mare more. Scared, panicked and at the last crossroad, she was destined for the slaughter house, or salvation. Preston gave her salvation and still wondered what prompted him to make the decision.

He remembered when he brought her home. He’d placed her in the holding pen and slowly approached. Quietly shushing the mare and finally grabbing her halter, he petted her neck and finally looked at her teeth. She was only seven. Tying her to a gate post, he continued with his examination.

“Let’s have a look at that leg, girl.”

When he touched her leg, the mare raised her hoof, so Preston cradled her lower leg between his legs and started examining the bottom of her hoof.

“Well, I’ll be damned.” A broken bottle was stuck in her frog. Preston, now angry, wondered how this escaped the original owner. His anger soon turned to disgust. He’d seen many things during his life that shook his faith in people. This was one he placed at the top.

Preston walked to his barn, found his Kopertox, large pliers, and quickly returned to start his task of removing the glass.

“Steady girl. We don’t want a rodeo.”

Preston grabbed the glass and pulled hard. The mare never flinched.

“This should make it better.”

Preston placed a hefty dose of the Kopertox on the hoof and then examined the other three hoofs. Within a minute, he’d seen enough.

“I’ll trim your hooves tomorrow girl. You’ve had enough for today.”

Within days, he brought her to the vet to have her teeth floated, vaccinations and wormed. Over the next few months the mare put on weight, her shine returned and was soon running in the small pasture by the house. With the bottle removed from her hoof, she never limped again.

Preston wondered how she ended at the auction. He knew most of the sellers and buyers, but never found out who brought the mare he now called Petey. Her one black eye reminded him of the dog on the Little Rascals, so he didn’t care if the name didn’t match her gender.

Removing the last of the soiled shavings he placed new shavings in the stall, filled her water bowl and placed a scoop of feed in her food bowl. The sound of the food hitting the bowl brought the mare within seconds. As she ate, he watched and gently scratched her neck. All she needed was some hay.

“Good morning, Dad.”

Turning, Preston found his daughter, Janet, who appeared at the door. She was in for a visit, although they never seemed to last very long. She lived in New York City, was divorced and her daughter was in upstate New York at college.  

“I see you decided to finally get out of bed.”

“I’m not used to this early morning stuff. I work evenings and late into the night.”

Preston didn’t reply. He didn’t want to ruin the moment, although he never understood her decision to live in New York City and pursue acting as a career.

“You really like that horse.”

Preston thought about the comment and replied: “We’re the best of friends. I talk, she listens and we never argue.”

Janet let the comment pass. She knew the remark was a reaction to her relationship with her father. They had many disagreements, which led to her decision to move far away and pursue and acting career in New York after college. She never had an acting career, but she did become involved with the business end of Broadway. While her name was never in lights, she knew how much the lights cost and who to pay.

“Snow’s coming”

Preston only nodded. He was feeling the change in his joints and the pain was a constant reminder of his age.

“Do you need some help?”

Preston replied: “Her brush is in the cabinet. After I clean her hoofs, you can give her a good brushing.”

Janet retrieved the brush and watched as her father cleaned Petey’s feet. He was gentle and constantly comforted the horse as he worked.

“Our last performance was last week.”

Preston kept working and ignored the comment. He didn’t know what to say, although it seemed as though it was confirmation he would soon be alone again.

Preston asked: “When are you going back?”

“I need to talk to you about that.”

Preston felt a sadness he hadn’t felt since the last visit. Janet spent a week, had a telephone call and was gone. The “long” visit only lasted a week and it was two years until she returned.

“Things have changed, Dad.”

Preston didn’t respond and waited for Janet to continue.

“Broadway isn’t doing as well as it should.”

Preston nodded his head and looked at his daughter: “You’re good at your work. Only a fool wouldn’t keep you working, or hire you within a minute.”

Suddenly embarrassed, Janet realized her father hadn’t complimented her in years His words had pride and admiration, which he hadn’t shown in a long time.

Preston continued: “As much as I didn’t like your decisions, I never felt you’d be anything but the best at whatever you choose.”

Tears filled Janet’s eyes. She needed to continue, but found she couldn’t find the words.

“Be careful around her belly. She’s a little ticklish and she might jump.”

Janet started brushing the mare, while Preston went to the hay barn for more hay.
When he returned, he found Janet absentmindedly scratching the mare’s neck and staring across the pasture.

“Are you okay?”

“Not really.”

“Do you want to talk?”

Janet waited a few seconds before responding: “I’ve been thinking about a lot of things.”

Preston waited, while Janet gathered her thoughts.

“I used to feel sure about life. Every play was a new challenge and the future was bright.”

“So what’s changed?”

“Business isn’t good and my theater is really struggling. There’s rumors that if things aren’t better after the next production, the doors may close.”

Preston waited without speaking.

“I’ve even thought of coming home; if you would let me.”

Preston put his hand on her shoulder and replied: “Baby, you don’t have to ask to come home.”

Janet waited a moment, turned and found her father had tears in his eyes. She quickly hugged him and laid her head on his shoulder.

Preston was first to speak after a few long moments: “We need to hurry if we’re going to beat the weather.”

Continuing to brush Petey, Janet spoke: “I don’t know what I’d do if I came home.”

“You used to be pretty good with horses; a natural, as far as I was concerned.”

Janet replied: “I guess I was. I even had friends asking for my advice on training.”

“There you go; you can train horses.”

“It’s been a lot of years and I don’t know if I still can.”

“Well, you have Petey to help you. I doubt she’d mind having more attention. We could buy a few colts for a start”

“I don’t have that kind of money. It will cost a fortune to just move.”

Preston continued filling the hay bin for a few minutes before he replied: “I have the money and I’m willing to be partners with you, but with one condition.”

Janet waited for the “condition” she knew she couldn’t accept.”

“You have to keep the books and handle the hiring of helpers.”

Janet realized she was at a crossroad in her life. If she accepted the offer, she knew her life would change forever. New York City would become a memory; she would never return to Broadway.

A little fearful, Janet asked her father: “Can I think about this awhile?”

Preston laughed: “Of course you can, although I think I might have just found me a new business partner.”

Janet smiled, hugged his neck and replied: “Thanks, Dad.”

“You know we’d need more stalls.”

Preston smiled.

“That, and more pasture.”

“The leases come up in a month. I can change the boundaries.”

Janet placed the brush back in the cabinet and walked to the stall door.

“It’s snowing, Dad.”

“Sure enough, it is.”

“Should we close the stall door?”

“Nope; she’ll be fine until this evening.”

“C’mon old man, I’ll make you some breakfast.”

Preston smiled and memories flooded his thoughts. He remembered the summer before Janet’s last year in high school. She’d set up the barrels and was preparing for the 4-H rodeo. Knowing she was worrying too much, he’d made a bet he could beat her time – on her horse.

“That’s a sucker bet.” She replied “And you’re the sucker.”

She beat him, but only by a few seconds.

After the race, she’d commented: “Not bad for an old man.” After that “old man” became a term of endearment.

She won barrels at the rodeo. He remembered the moment and the pride he felt. Janet was on top of the world, until that winter, when her mother died from pneumonia. The loss left a gap between them that never seemed to close. At that time, neither could be consoled and neither could find a way to tell the other how they felt.

As he thought, Preston realized he was still feeling guilt. He just knew he could have done more, yet time made him realize there was nothing either could do.

Janet noticed the sadness on her father’s face.

“Are you okay, Dad?”

For a moment, Preston didn’t hear her. He was still wrapped in the past; and sadness.

“Just thinking of days gone by. They seem like yesterday.”

Suddenly apprehensive, Janet commented: “You know you can change your mind.”

Preston walked for a moment before he spoke: “I never felt I did enough. Your mother was so special, fought as hard as she could, but it wasn’t enough.”

Janet walked in silence, with the events of the past suddenly appearing once again.

“I felt as though I neglected her and took her for granted. She was always there for me and I realized when she needed me most, there was nothing I could do.”

Janet grabbed her father’s shoulder, turned him and said:” You never neglected her.”

Her eyes flooding with tears, she continued:”If anyone neglected Mom, it was me. She gave me so much, only asked little in return and was always there when I needed her.”

Not knowing what to say, Preston only hugged his daughter for a few moments.

Neither knew what to say, but they both had just admitted they felt guilty for something that was never their fault. Both realized the years of dealing with their own spare baggage had left neither with the ability to help each other.

Hooking her arm around her father’s, Janet led him towards the house.

“C’mon Dad; we have some business to discuss.”

“I thought you wanted to think about this.”

Janet smiled and replied: “I did.”

As they approached the house, the heavy flakes increased; graying the distant hills into obscurity. The wind was increasing and the storm would soon place drifts against the house. By morning, the brown trunks and branches of the trees would stand in stark contrast to the solid white of the snow covered fields and gray skies. Winter was arriving as the paint mare pranced through the falling snow.

Monday, February 8, 2021

They Don't Understand (And Don't Want To)

There's a huge disconnect between those in the nation's capitol, and the huge number of people that allow them to play games with their lives. Supposedly, the capitol is full of people diligently representing those that voted them into office, but reality shows they usually acquire office by promising those with money access to the money that flows like water from a well. The representatives are only exposed to those that can take the day off, buy an expensive plate of food at a fund raiser, and promote those that they feel will help them the most. Most soon forget they are supposed to represent everyone in their district, and after more than one term, lose touch completely with those that suffer the daily grind to survive. 

The Capitol doesn't understand the "common folk". Those that work there are far removed from the ordinary circumstances that make up the majority of American lives. They have armed security to protect them, many have limousine service to deliver them to their offices, and all are forever trying to find out how to increase their income from the public trough. Even the lowest civil service worker doesn't understand they have a job at the tolerance of someone that actually produces something. They only know to pay their dues, hope their union reps keep the raises coming, and eventually collect the pension the private sector doesn't have available.  

All in all, we are being controlled by people that don't understand. To make things worse, they don't want to, since any sign of working for those that elect them will lead to the big money leaving for greener pastures. You can't keep office, if you don't grease the palms of those that grease yours in return. Common folks only have enough to survive, and have little tolerance of those that are willing to sacrifice integrity for the opportunities offered by selling out your country. The constituents can only offer a vote, and that is so easily stolen with electronic manipulation. Why help them? We already control them.

I try to understand people, but have a hard time doing so, when they continue to ignore their contributions to the things that make their lives worse. Too much of the media pounds fiction into their thoughts, their sports teams allow the worse of criminals to represent their teams, their elected officials steal their votes, the social media they can't turn loose censors their thoughts, the entire mess is orchestrated by foreign powers, and those those that made billions on the suffering of millions. All this information is readily available, but too many turn their heads, when they feel inconvenienced. 


Sunday, February 7, 2021

I Won't Watch

 The Super Bowl is this evening. I won't watch. Even if I was a big football fan, I still wouldn't watch. I have family members that will watch, and peruse their smartphones, with all the social media complaints about how the country is in dire straits, and never realize they are contributing to the downfall. 

Sunday, January 31, 2021

A Problem Not Handled

Biden's connection with the Chinese is a problem he should have handled before the election. Regardless of guilt, or of his family's connections, the seed is planted of the suspicion of treason. That can lead to any legislation, or executive order, signed by Biden to be suspect. 

Biden, at this point, doesn't have to be guilty of any corruption. The problem he didn't handle has now forced him to prove his innocence, instead of a prosecutor proving his guilt. If he was honest, he would have demanded to be exonerated, but he allowed the media to cover for him, while he hid in the basement. The same can be said for his Vice President, and the members of Congress that ignored a possible security threat to the United States. Honest members of the military can suspect any orders that are counterproductive to the security of the nation, and those in command may be forced to act upon any orders that they perceive as a danger to the United States.

Only the foolish, and corrupt, believe the current administration is in power by honest means. That presents a problem they will ultimately be unable to handle. A huge amount of the general public is outraged by the corruption, the cheerleading media is finding they've lost control, the tech savvy have been injured by the actions of the administration, and the military is finding they are not respected by those they swore to protect. At best, the current administration will last to the mid terms. At worst, enough information will be become public, and those at the highest position will find they have to defend themselves from one of the worst crimes to commit. 

The greatest of problems can usually be handled by the simplest of solutions. With the United States, the grave problem of an election suspected of being illegal could have been handled by stepping back, taking more time, and having the states with problems demand identification, a well vetted count, and proving the results were as accurate as possible. Those with integrity would have had no problem with this method, since they would feel they compromised their morals for gain. Instead, those involved attempted to hide anything they felt would make them appear incompetent, or corrupt; and the media hid everything they could.

So now we are here. A country divided by the most basic of beliefs. One side not the least bit concerned about their culpability in criminal activities, and the other concerned the tethers of a free society are being cut by those willing to trade money for liberty, and safety. It's an unhealthy condition, and different from any event in the near past. While, in the past, freedom was taken from millions by the confiscation of what kept their antagonist at bay, an aware society today knows the folly of this action, and will not give up their ability to have liberty. The results may be terrible for a problem that could have been handled honestly, and with the demand for liberty as a guide for a healthy society.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

The Society of Dogs

 Retirement has brought some changes to my life, and my sleep schedule is one of them. I sometimes wake in the middle of the night, and find I have no sleep left to use. This leads to my mind waking, thoughts abounding, and the necessity of getting out of bed. 

I brewed a hot cup of tea, and went out on the porch to observe the night. It was as still as night can be, and the air was just above being crisp. The steam from my tea went straight up, and dissipated without the tiniest breath of wind to disturb the event. The moon, and stars, were hazy from the high stratus starting to form from a front forecast to arrive tomorrow night.

As I sat, I heard in the distance the faint sound of a siren. From how faint it was, I determined it was on a highway about five miles away. When it's quiet, sound carries a long way in the woods. I've heard the rumble of a train passing on a track even further away than the highway.

Soon, the dogs way in the distance started howling. The nearer dogs soon followed, and in short period of time, all the dogs within hearing distance were howling. I'd guess there were hundreds howling, which made me think there must be a dog society. We don't notice it, but it's there; a primeval pack that is always aware of the calls of the others. A network to announce unknown possible dangers, and all that can join in to advance the warning.

After the siren faded, the howling stopped. The quiet returned, and the night air started stirring from a light wind from the East. I finished my tea, went back into the kitchen, thought about things for a moment, and decided to throw a batch of cookies in the oven. 

The cookies are cooling, and it's time to brew another cup of tea.

Games and Computers

 I haven't quite wrapped my head completely around the GameStop stock debacle, but it appears those with the most to lose by pissing off those with computer proficiency way beyond what can be considered average, have shot themselves in the foot. These are people that can, and will, dick with everything they can from the keyboard they use for hours daily. How this turn out will be interesting, but I doubt it will be pleasant.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Drunk With Power

 The current administration is drunk with power. When you include the incompetence of the clowns in charge, it's apparent it won't be long before they find they've puked on their shoes. 

Monday, January 18, 2021

Useful Fools

 The Fascists the Democrats used to help cause problems, and help steal the election, have served their usefulness. Now, they will first be villainized, then they will be eliminated with a crackdown on their organizations. It's the way of the Marxists, and the useful fools will find they have no place to hide.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

One Man; One Reponsibility

 The President is in charge of national security. With that responsibility is the preservation of the Constitution, protection from enemies (both foreign and domestic) and the task of guaranteeing the citizens have their voting rights protected from from fraud or interference. At this time, the Constitution is under attack, widespread voter fraud has occurred, politicians have traded wealth for the nation, and the President's duty is to prevent those willing to destroy the country from having the power to do so. 

President Trump, you have 70 million backing you. Do your job. 

Simple Solutions

 The simple solutions for voter fraud are identification, the removal of electronic voting, slower demands for the outcome, vetting by third parties, severe penalties for fraud, and not allowing one party to orchestrate the counting. None of these things requires huge amounts of money, disfranchises any voter, and the outcome will be an honest count of the voters. 

So, with the solutions so obvious, why are they not demanded by the citizens? Mostly because citizens are ignorant, unwilling to accept their party is dishonest, and greed. None of these items are part of a healthy society, and honest people can make the changes if they become more involved. 

A good start is admitting your social media network is part of the problem, and deleting your account. That, and refusing to watch the networks that promote the things that destroy liberty. Both are part of the problem, and will never be part of the solution.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Tired of the Deep Piles

 I'm tired of the B.S. that's piled up by the media every day. Outright treasonous rags - with large media outlets - print lies, stir crap, attempt to destroy those that don't subscribe to their agenda, and want people to believe they are actually reporting the news. They're run by evil asses, and their employees are the scourge of society. That's the small thing.

According to what I've found (after pulling out kernels of truth from the piles of manure) is that the capitols of states, an the nation, are full of National Guard troops to keep the peace. This makes me think of the ramifications of this action, and those that used their power to accomplish this task. Calling in the Guard is serious business, and according to news reports, it's a reaction to an FBI warning.

So, here we are with a substantial amount of the state capitols shutting down, and D.C. being basically under martial law. Since the only known order for the guard is to keep the peace, and reports are that some will be armed, who are they expecting to be so organized they need to the extra help?

Reports state that numerous people are being arrested for the event at the nation's capitol. The media is basically silent on who these people are, which makes me think they aren't conservatives. If they were, the media would be dancing with their long knives and slashing away at who they despise. That leads me to more thought.

At this time, Trump is still President, and the military of the United States is totally under his power. Where is all this going, and is there more about this calling of the Guard than appears? Has the FBI used its power to complete the coup? Is the President readying the nation for a return to justice? We won't know today, but will soon.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Censorship and Free Enterprise

 Facebook blocked Ron Paul from his page. I won't link, since there are links all over the internet. It's amazing, but not surprising. Facebook is run by Fascists, and regardless of opinions, is a private company and operating within it's right. That leads to more amazement. People who supposedly are upset by the turn of politics in this country continue to keep their Facebook page, watch their football on the alphabet Nazi networks, and if my suspicions are correct, have no idea they're supporting those that are willing to destroy the United States. 

People who are not willing to give up their guilty pleasures for liberty surely don't deserve it, and should not be surprised if they lose it completely.

I have to add that I had a brief conversation with Dr. Paul years ago. He's a thoughtful, gentle, well-spoken man, and can only be considered a "threat", if you're so settled in your thoughts, you're scared of ideas that demand you take the responsibilities of liberty.


Saturday, January 9, 2021

Communicating Thoughts

The Federalists Papers were published under the name Publius in various newspapers. The essays were the thoughts of some of the founders of the United States, which eventually solidified into what we know as the Constitution of the United States. They were important to an experiment into a nation where individual liberty was more important than any government official, or agency. Even the President has no special consideration in our system, and if you've paid attention over the last few days, you know that's true. 

The most important thing about the Federalist Papers was that they were available. They could be read; unlike the censorship appearing by social media over the last few days. If the reason for this isn't apparent then understand without communication, all important ideas are as fruitful as a tree in the desert. That's why it's more than important to understand the local television station, radio, newspaper, national networks, social media platforms, and all other forms of communication taking part in censorship need to be taken to task. There are other ways to find information, and it's best to avoid the outlets that are part of censorship by intention, or outright ignorance. They are not there to help, and they are as dangerous as the propaganda outlets of the Communist nations.  

Thursday, January 7, 2021

What Happens When...

 ...you piss off over 50 million people? I don't know, but we'll see. One thing, nothing will change as long as a President that did nothing wrong is censored by social media. That's were it begins, and ends. Without the ability to communicate, a message of importance is useless.

So, are you still on Facebook? Twitter? Some other site that censors free speech? If so, you're are part of the problem, and not the solution.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

What's Real?

 The mainstream media can't be trusted to report without embellishing their agenda. Facts are hidden, dismissed, or twisted to subvert reality. Critical thinking is absent from the commentators, and most of the reporting is by vapid, empty headed news readers that think they are important. So, what's real?

There are far more many people that don't believe the news than do. That, and government - from local to national - is not only distrusted, there's an anger towards those that not only abuse their power, they waste precious tax dollars stolen by fiat decrees. Property taxes are raised by revaluing real estate, regulations destroy small business, and the typical approach for reducing spending is for elected officials to raise their salaries. 

What about voting? There's widespread fraud, and I don't know a single person that feels that voting leads to the will of citizens. How can this be tolerated, and how can the mainstream media ignore the fact a vote is useless, if the voter is not legally able to cast a vote? How can officials not be dragged to the square and hung for their treason of allowing people to vote without identification?

The one thing I see that is different about current events, when compared to the past failures of Socialism is the sanctity of the second amendment has not been completely subverted. That is the only thing left to prevent total tyranny. Hopefully, it will never resort to outright violent rebellion, but unless our elected officials stand their ground, the repercussion of the election fraud may be rough.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Maybe the Flu?

 With the deceit so rampant these days, and the fear mongering to boot, people that weren't afraid of Covid become fearful, when a family member is "diagnosed" with Covid, has severe complications, and dies. The death is a terrible thing, but so is the fact that even coroners are boiler-housing death reports with erroneous information about the cause of death. When you add the money-making efforts of medical professionals to us the Covid diagnoses for personal gain, it appears the flu disappeared this year. 

So, why are people not paying attention, realizing that the flu has always been deadly, and not continuing their lives without the constant fear? I wish I knew, and had a solution for their anxiety. Humans have always been exposed to deadly illnesses, and never let them defeat their spirit to achieve liberty. 

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Who's First

 If Biden is sworn in, he'll issue a mask order, which will be ignored by most of the "fly over country", which will be his reason for declaring martial law, which will mean U.S. soldiers forcing citizens to ignore the Constitution, and the final result will be some "help" by foreign "friends", who will step in with their military, when the U.S. soldiers refuse to harm their fellow citizens. It's that, or the citizens will lay down, and accept their masters, or Trump can declare martial law first and have the majority of the citizens behind him.

So, who's first?

Friday, January 1, 2021

New Year Thought

 My wife asked me how I was doing mentally, since I retired, and retirement has some complications for some. My answer was: "I feel good, since I felt like I finished a project" (my working years). It's like a long construction project, when you complete your punch list, double check one last time, and you drive away. Everything is done, any maintenance requirements are for the owner, and whatever was built is now functional. It's a good feeling, and satisfying.