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Entries from June 2008

Socialism in Signs

June 29th, 2008 · Comments Off on Socialism in Signs

On my recent trip to Alaska, I saw a couple of signs that just made me shake my head.  They are perfect examples of what becomes necessary when a socialistic culture takes root, and we all lose the ability to take care of ourselves.

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Tags: Alaska Trip · Day 1 · Nanny State

The Rest of the First Day – Here Comes The Sun!

June 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Finally, after we got on the other side of the Canadian Cascades, the mountains served to protect us from the weather instead of funneling it our way.  We’d run into a few more wet patches along the way, but weather-wise, the worst was really behind us.  It’s amazing we could travel so many miles and […]

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Tags: Alaska Trip · Day 1

A Great Day For Freedom!

June 26th, 2008 · Comments Off on A Great Day For Freedom!

One of the undeniable attributes of sovereignty is the right of self defense, or put another way, the right to exclude by whatever means necessary.  If you cannot prevent other people from taking something that belongs to you, you cannot be said to truly possess it.  If you cannot exclude people from your home, then […]

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Tags: 2nd Amendment · Principles

What Side Is the Judge On?

June 23rd, 2008 · 2 Comments

One of our local judges running for re-election for district court has a long endorsements page on his website, with the meat of it being an essay from a retired Reno Police Chief.  One of the passages caught my eye, and not in a good way. [Judge Bob Perry] told me on one occasion that […]

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Tags: Judges · Nevada Politics

Global Warming Mullah Proposes Putting Heretics On Trial

June 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off on Global Warming Mullah Proposes Putting Heretics On Trial

James Hansen, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, will today call for the chief executives of large fossil fuel companies to be put on trial for high crimes against humanity and nature, accusing them of actively spreading doubt about global warming in the same way that tobacco companies blurred the links between smoking and […]

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Tags: 1st Amendment · Global Warming

Day 1 Wildlife

June 17th, 2008 · Comments Off on Day 1 Wildlife

Besides the many birds, the first wild animal we saw on our drive was almost our last. We and another car were passing an RV, an evolution that was progressing just fine until a deer bounded across the road in front of all of us, forcing us all to slow nearly to a stop. Needless […]

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Tags: Alaska Trip · Day 1

This is a Judge?

June 17th, 2008 · Comments Off on This is a Judge?

No – it’s a disgrace that goes by the name of Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge.  And how do you even begin to describe the awfulness of this picture? First of all, the only difference between Che and Hitler or Stalin is scope – all were murderers in the name of tyranny, but […]

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Tags: Judges · Obama

Huh huh. Huh huh.

June 17th, 2008 · Comments Off on Huh huh. Huh huh.

One cannot travel through the Pacific Northwest without seeing a lot of interesting place names. Many of their origins come from ancient Indian languages, others from bold explorers. But one thing you can count on – many of them can bring out the 13 year old in all of us. They could not pass unremarked […]

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Tags: Alaska Trip

Crossing the Border

June 14th, 2008 · 3 Comments

To cross the border, we didn’t just stay north on I-5 to make the crossing at Blaine. That would have been a traffic nightmare, especially with Vancouver just over the border. Instead, we went a couple crossing east, to the Sumas, WA/Abbotsford, BC crossing. We didn’t really get started out on the right foot with […]

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Tags: Alaska Trip · Day 1

Day 1 – Getting Underway

June 13th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I woke up on my friend Bob’s couch just north of Seattle around 4:00 AM, and was wide awake by 5:00. Bob had just moved into a new place that can only be described as a compound hidden in the tangle of suburbs north of Seattle. (I told him he should have at least three […]

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Tags: Alaska Trip · Day 1

Ron Paul Out

June 13th, 2008 · Comments Off on Ron Paul Out

Thank God. I was worried – Paul would have been to McCain what Nader was to Gore.  And their black ops delegate recruiting efforts at state conventions nation wide would have been a slap in the face to the millions who voted in the primaries, but didn’t have the time to devote to all of […]

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Tags: Campaign '08 · Ron Paul

Getting to the Starting Line

June 13th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The mighty steed that we’d be taking to Alaska had spent most of the last year in Reno, but Eric had some business in the Bay Area and I hadn’t earned that much vacation time. It was a good thing that he had to do a shorter road trip of sorts before we started north, […]

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Tags: Alaska Trip

Driving to Alaska – Prologue

June 10th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I’ve always loved the road trip. I got my first driver’s license as soon as I could after I turned 14 (God bless growing up in a farm state), and I’ve loved to be on the road and exploring new pavement ever since. I’ve done some great ones. In high school, I explored the Black […]

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Tags: Alaska Trip

We Made It!

June 6th, 2008 · 3 Comments

I’ve spent the last week on an epic road trip to Alaska. We rolled in to Anchorage last night. I’ve taken pictures by the boatload, and will be posting some and telling some stories here when I get back. My friend and travel partner, who went to a mountaineering course in New Zealand several months […]

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Tags: Alaska Trip