Since Dec 22, 2004

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What/Who I am:

-Born to the fourth generation of a cattle ranching family in SoCal.
-Watched the size of the ranch dwindle as the USFS revoked leases to save the endangered 7-legged-fuscia-bellied-4-feathered-tree-snake. (In reality all they are protecting is the Lard-assed-mealy-mouthed-over-educated-liberal-biased-not-hampered-by-facts-government-employee.)
-Engineer by profession; Machinist by trade; Cattleman by birth and heart. Jack of all trades, master of some.
-My daddy was a WWII bomber pilot, a catskinner and a cowboy. Of him, I am most proud.
-Single greatest regret is not having served in the military. Too old now (40's).

"There is a society of men among us, bred up from their youth in the art of proving, by words multiplied for the purpose, that white is black, and black is white, according as they are paid. To this society all the rest of the people are slaves."
- Gulliver's Travels
"It is likewise to be observed, that this society hath a peculiar cant and jargon of their own, that no other mortal can understand, and wherein all their laws are written, which they take special care to multiply; whereby they have wholly confounded the very essence of truth and falsehood, of right and wrong; so that it will take thirty years to decide whether the field left me by my ancestors for six generations belongs to me, or to a stranger three hundred miles off."
- Gulliver's Travels
" lawyer, being practised almost from his cradle in defending falsehood, is quite out of his element when he would be an advocate for justice..."
- Gulliver's Travels
"...I assured his Honour that in all points out of their own trade, they were the most ignorant and stupid generations among us, the most despicable in common conversation, avowed enemies to all knowledge and learning, and equally disposed to pervert the general reason of mankind in every other subject of discourse, as in that of their own profession."
- Gulliver's Travels


There's no rule that says you cannot be both a conservative and a conservationist.


"The art of war is of vital importance to the state. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin.
Hence, under no circumstances can it be neglected..."
- The Art of War
"He will win who has military capacity and is not interfered with by the sovereign"
- The Art of War
"If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.
If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.
If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle."
- The Art of War

My border collies are smarter than most "honor students".

Bumpersticker Politics
Appeasement is not
a foreign policy
We dare you to try and use
"niggardly" in a sentence
Leading the world in being
just north of the United States
The Bible is unreliable...
if you ignore all the evidence
that proves it's right
Sometimes war
is the only answer


"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help."
- Ronald Reagan

"If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War."
- George Washington

"To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace."
- George Washington

"Why do we let the abnormal tell us what's normal?"
- ArGee (FReeper)

"Victory? We're French, we don't even have a word for victory."
-Homer Simpson (as Joan of Arc's father)

"It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it."
- George Washington

"Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."
- George Washington

"The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments."
- George Washington

"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."
- Benjamin Franklin

"When firearms go, all goes. We need them every hour."
- George Washington

"Even peace may be purchased at too high a price."
- Benjamin Franklin

"Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is."
- Benjamin Franklin

"The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that's good."
- George Washington

"And hillbillys would prefer to be called 'Sons of the Soil'. But it ain't gonna happen."
- Dr. Hibbert (The Simpsons)

"Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God."
- Benjamin Franklin

"Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty."
- George Washington

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
- Benjamin Franklin

"Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."
- George Washington

"Against logic there is no armor like ignorance."
- Laurence J. Peter

What I think:
-There will be no solution to terrorism until Islam is wiped from the face of the earth. Gimme that Koran...I'll show you "desecration".
-Our borders must be secured and this is G.W.Bush's single biggest failure. What part of ILLEGAL alien don't you understand?
-Allowing our manufacturing and food production to move overseas is a strategic blunder. (Rush Limbaugh can shove his "buggy-whip" analogy. I'm talking about the stuff we need, want, and buy.)
-I have no patience with psycho-babble.
-I do not worship at the alter of the public servant. So cops and firemen have a dangerous job. So what? The career was their choice and there are a thousand other dangerous jobs in the private sector (some more so). You don't hear us bleatin' about it.
-The quasi-militarization of police and fire departments is a dangerous precedent...I am a citizen to you, not a civilian!
-Just because someone "in authority" says it, don't make it so. YRLOHBN
-A lesson in logic: "The sky is blue" does not mean that "If it is blue it is the sky". There seem to be a lot of FReepers that cannot remember this when furry creatures and unspeakable acts cloud their reasoning with emotions. YRLOHBN
-The Americans with Disablities Act and the Endangerd Species Act have to go.
-Trial attorneys are a pox on society.
-In case some of you haven't noticed, California is still in the U.S. and it's residents (at least the legal ones) are AMERICANS! YRLOHBN
-The WTO and all other elements of globalism are going to be the root of our demise.
-Hillary Clinton is the anti-Christ and Bill is the false prophet (or vice versa).
-Just because the democrats and liberalism are down, don't think they're out.
-Animal Rights and Environmentalism are religions.
-My people were recycling before there was a word for it. It was called scrap and salvage and we did it 'cause we were poor.
-There is no reason one cannot both love animals and eat them. Bambi beware.
-Killing an animal, and being cruel to it, are not the same thing.
-Cats should stay home, same as my dog...see previous entry.
-If you're just going to complain about life in the country, then please stay in town. We neither need, nor want you.
-Real life ain't always pretty or sanitary. If you can't take it then please go hide under your bed and quit bothering the rest of us.

Your ridiculous little opinions have been noted.
"Awww, your head is only good for eating tortillas." - The Cisco Kid

"Go west young man. - Horace Greeley"
"Someone needs to go back home." - Dave Stamey

Shoein' Pigeye
"Just count me out," said Wilford as he lay there in the dirt,
A shoein' rasp behind his ear, a hoof print on his shirt.
"I'll handle this," said Freddie, "You jus' git outta the way.
This sorry bag of buzzard bait has met his match today."

The horse weren't much to look at, not the kind you'd prob'ly buy
But you wouldn't know he's bad news till you looked him in the eye.
It was small and mean and glittered, as deep as Jacob's well,
Like lookin' down the smoke stack of the furnace room in Hell.

Freddie grabbed a set of nippers and bent to grab a hoof.
When he woke up...his shoein' chaps were danglin' from the roof.
His shirt tail hung in tatters and his watch had come unwound.
The nipper's orbit finally peaked and clattered to the ground.

"You get the twitch," said Freddie, "I'm about to clean his clock."
He tied a rope around his neck and fished it past the hock.
Then pulled back on the sideline to instill a little fear
When Pigeye bit a good sized chunk from Wilford's offside ear.

Wilford tangled in the sideline and tried to navigate
While draggin' 'round the horse corral like alligator bait.
Freddie tried to stop this trollin' with a loop around the head,
And it mighta worked if Freddie'd only roped the horse instead.

But, of course, he caught poor Wilford, who left a funny track...
Sorta like an oil slick, when Freddie jerked the slack.
By now the boys were grouchy from this troublesome travail
They figgered they'd be done by noon, but they'd not drove a nail.

Go get the Power Wagon! We'll winch him to a post."
They got the cayuse necked up tight, and set to work...almost
'Cause the halter broke and Pigeye walked the length of Freddie's back.
They rolled beneath the axle like two lovers in the sack.

Freddie heard the sound of gunfire like a thousand amplifiers,
"I've got the sucker pinned down, Fred, I shot out all the tires!"
It was dark when Wilford stood up and laid his hammer down
A gross of crooked horsehoe nails lay scattered all around.

Long lengths of rope stretched from the horse still pinioned underneath.
They ran to old appliances and harrows missing teeth,
To concrete bridge abutments, to a broke down drillin' rig
And a set of post hole diggers somebody'd left mid-dig.

The place looked like a cross between a drunken spider's web
And a yard sale at Chernobyl, once the glow'd begun to ebb.
Wilford couldn't move his elbow but he grinned and proudly said,
"Ol pard, we done a good day's work," to what was left of Fred.

Just look at that there shoein' job. Them clinches in a row.
It's such a good example we should make a video."
Freddie crawled out from the wreckage and rubbed his aching knee,
"What say, we wait till mornin' to put on the other three..."
-Baxter Black

Alkali Ike's Zippers
"Now speakin' of Zippers," sez Alkali Ike,
"Them zippers is sumpthin' I really don't like.
I aimed to buy clothes like I always had wore,
Till I started a lookin' around in the store.

They had some new shirts and some new overalls,
That fastened with zippers, no buttons aytall.
I reckoned that clothes with a riggin' like that
Would be fine fer the boys on the Alkali Flat.

Because where there's alkali water to drink,
Things may happen sooner than what you might think.
So I got me some clothes that was rigged up like that,
And went back to my camp on the Alkali Flat.
Next mornin' I'd traveled fer mebby a mile,
When the time come to give them new zippers a trial.
I grabbed at the handle and give 'em a jerk
But holey old golden, them zippers don't work.

I swear and I sweat, I am shore out of luck.
I've started it crooked, the zipper is stuck.
I fuss and I pull till I git the thing straight,
Then the zipper it works, but a little too late.

The next thing I do is to throw them new garments
Up onto a cactus fer ants and fer varmints.
And I reckon that buttons is safer at that,
Fer the fellers that lives on the Alkali Flat.
-Bruce Kiskaddon

"Hey Cisco. Let's went!" - Pancho