Friday, February 22, 2019

Dying for a vote, dying for a fix





"Shame on you Democrats! Same on you RINOs! You all really suck - you really do! This is a national emergency, and you are playing for the other team. I would love to kick each one of you over the southern border and then shut it down. That is after all, what you deserve." 



Listen up kiddos. We (not the patriots - that be the Lefty part of these United States), are helping to destroy Mexico and Central America. What? How? Votes. Democrats will do anything for votes. The caravans of people coming up from Central America, the Mexicans themselves who are sneaking across the border, are doing it with not only the blessings of the Left, but also their encouragement.

For those paying attention, this fact is well known. We are killing Mexico right now. Or should I say, we have set the table so that Mexico can kill itself. Hang on when you hear this statistic. In 2018, Mexico set an all time record for murders - 33,341. This makes the south side of Chicago look like a Sunday School picnic. And on the news this morning, it was reported that this past January was the deadliest month in Mexico - ever. All so the cartels can peddle their poison over the border, and the coyotes can smuggle their human traffic.


The Left has become so blinded by politics, they are missing the danger at the border. The biggest blessing this country could have right now, is for a change of voting habits by the migrants. If they were Trump supporters, the Left would be clamoring to shut the border, and build a 100 foot tall fence. But because the migrants continue to vote for Santa Clause, the Left wants us to open our borders. They don't give a s**t that with open borders, comes unfettered drugs, human trafficking, gangs, as well as a zillion non-English speaking peasants. 

Rather than treating this situation like adults, the Left is suing Donald Trump (again), for declaring an emergency to stop this INVASION over our porous southern border. What Donald Trump would like more than anything else, is to FIX Mexico, FIX Honduras, FIX Guatemala, so these people do not feel compelled to flee here. The Left on the other hand, is loving this mayhem. The fact that we are creating a permanent underclass using migrants is of no importance to them. Once they get their vote - screw them.

What do I want Donald Trump to do? Seal the border, and continue to do everything else he is doing. For the love of everything normal folks, is Donald Trump the only adult in Washington right now? Is he the only one who can see this is not a game? He is not playing politics - he is protecting the country. I would like to see every Leftie who supports open borders, and resisting what the President is doing, tried for sedition or treason. They truly do constitute a clear and present danger to our country. The are enemies of the state. 

Meanwhile, drugs continue to flow into this country. Caravans continue to form in Mexico and Central America. MS-13 continues to try and infiltrate the caravans. And Mexico continues to kill itself. All this because we can't control our border nor stop our insatiable need for hard drugs.

Shame on you Democrats! Same on you RINOs! You all really suck - you really do! This is a national emergency, and you are playing for the other team. I would love to kick each one of you over the southern border and then shut it down. That is after all, what you deserve. 


Thursday, February 21, 2019

Gut check time for the bunker






"The old adage that "Chance favors the prepared" has never been more true than today. Bunkers are like life insurance - only more tangible. Be aware, be prepared. Uncertain times lie ahead."




Every now and again I need to pen an article about how to check the health of your bunker. More importantly - to make sure you have one. Why in the world would I need a bunker, some might ask? There are more reasons that I could put in this article. Whether you are just at stocking up, a prepper, or a survivalist, it is important to ensure you have the proper bases covered. 

A caveat before I start. I am far from an expert, but I do my homework and try to get smarter on "bunkering" all the time. That being said, here we go.

Pantry - A pantry is located close to the kitchen and contains mostly canned goods which are needed frequently, for meal prep. Usually, the expiration on these items is six months to a year. Canned soups, canned veggies, and canned fruit are a good example of pantry items. They should always be rotated to ensure the freshness date is still valid.

Bunker - A bunker contains items which are necessary for family survival. Family survival? Yes - in the event of a natural or unnatural event which disrupts the supply chain of goods. In addition, a well maintained bunker also contains items needed for survival in the event power is lost, and therefore utilities are also lost. A minimal bunker should be good for thirty days. Many prepping experts believe a twelve month bunker is optimal. Anything beyond twelve months, puts you in survivalist mode.

Water - A mistake many new preppers make is to underestimate the amount of water needed to be stored in case of an emergency, Many medical professionals believe the proper hydration for an adult person is anywhere between 1/2 gallon and 1 gallon a day. That is potable water - not fresh, but potable. Fresh, non-potable water will also be needed for non-drinking purposes. That being said, a family of four, for a period of one month, would need as much as 120 gallons of potable water, and as little as 60 gallons. A lesser amount which is non-potable. Water will need to be stored in glass jugs or plastic containers, all of which do not contain BPA. Without the proper amount of water, the rest of this article is moot.

Long Term Storage Food - The internet is replete now with reputable companies who sell vacuum packed food which will last for 15 to 25 years. NOTE: Much of which is freeze dried and needs to be re-hydrated with potable water before consuming it. Remember - in the event of a long term emergency, your bunker is your store. When the food and water run out, there will be no more for quite a while. Plan accordingly, for the number of people in your family.

Paper Products - This is the easiest of all. Why? Unlimited storage life. No climate controls. Let's face it folks - we all need TP. Life without TP would put us back to the Sear's catalog - or worse. We will need paper plates, plastic silverware, napkins, paper towels, sanitary wipes, and so forth. You get the picture. Easy to store in the rafters of the garage in mouse proof tubs.

Ammo - This one always pains me - but it is so very important. In the event of a national emergency, some folks will not be prepared. When the choice comes from watching their family members die of dehydration or starvation, or killing you and taking what you have, sadly, it might be the later. You house will not only be your store - you will be your own police. If someone breaks into your house, there will be no 9-1-1. Only you. You are your own police protection. Prepare for it.

There is a boat load more folks, but that is it for right now. Have a care, and check your bunker. The old adage that "Chance favors the prepared" has never been more true than today. Bunkers are like life insurance - only more tangible. Be aware, be prepared. Uncertain times are ahead.





He is "off the Walz" crazy!





"This will be an excellent year to see if the Republicans have the kahunas, the moxie, the strength, to hold firm. They don't have much power right now, but they still control one leg of the bar stool." 



As much as I would love to take credit for coining the new name for our new Governor as being "off the Walz", I cannot. It came up during a podcast yesterday, while discussing the Governor's new (highly inflated) budget. My vote for his name was "Taxing Timmy", but that was lame compared to the winning entry. So "off the Walz" it is, and as the expression goes, if the shoe fits - wear it.

"Off the Walz" must think the rest of us are just a bunch of hayseeds out here in fly over land. That we can't figure our way out of a room with three doors. What do I mean? On the campaign trail, many amounts were brought up for how much of a gas tax increase he wanted. The one mentioned the most however, was 10 cents a gallon. So we all figured that would be the amount he proposed. Wrong. He proposed 20 cents. Why? He thinks there will be weeks of negotiations with the stingy old Republicans (who want zero), and then eventually settle at splitting the difference at 10 cents.

Here is the biggest problem with "Taxing Timmy". He has not made the case for any tax increases. None, what-so-ever. In fact, as most of us know, we have been over taxed so much, we have a surplus. And we want our money back. 

Then why do we need an increase in a gas tax? In his mind, our roads and bridges look like Third World. Falling apart. We had one bridge fall years ago (due to a design failure), and that always becomes exhibit "A" on why we need more money. We have enough money, thank you. Now let's spend it wisely.

How about education? He wants to spend a boatload more to "fix our achievement gap". Really? There is not one smidge of empirical evidence that money will fix that issue. Changing the way we educate will. Out of the box thinking. We have plenty of money to do the job. Look at some of the charter schools. Montessori schools. Any formula which works. But to throw money at a broken system? Even "rocks and cows" should be smarter than that! 

This will be an excellent year to see if the Republicans have the kahunas, the moxie, the strength, to hold firm. They don't have much power right now, but they still control one leg of the bar stool. If they can mute the Governor on his money grab, their stock with the party faithful could go up considerably. However, if like in the past, the party leaders get round heels and weak knees, 2020 will be a bloodbath for the MN Grand Old Party. Why? Hundreds, maybe thousands of previous donors (like me), will turn their collective backs on them. 

The show to watch this spring will not be so much the one in Washington - that will play out. The show in St. Paul is the one worth buying a ticket for. We will soon find out of our elected representatives are made out of lead, or rubber. The tale of the tape is coming soon...


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Useless Idiots






"I am seriously at the point right now where I want to deport every useless idiot. Send them to someplace far, far away. They don't deserve to live in this great country."



I know, I know. The term that Lenin (allegedly) used many years ago to describe the lemmings on the Left, was "Useful Idiots". At least with that group, there was a shred (not much, just a shred) of intelligence and patriotism, although very misguided. With the current crop of idiots we have today, I cannot detect ANY patriotism - in fact many have antipathy towards this great country. And as far as intelligence is concerned, let me just answer that question with three letters - A O C.

One of my good friends had a frightening meme posted yesterday. "Nationally, we are one election away from open borders, socialism, gun confiscation, and full term abortion." Reading this meme slowly and carefully, you can see each of these has recently been discussed by the idiots on the Left. How real is this threat? About as real as snow in February in Minnesota.

Many of the pundits who I have watched and/or listened to are simply at a loss for words to describe this bunch. More importantly, how they got to where they are. How they could have so much disdain for this country which has given them so much in their lives. The stupidity, I guess I can understand. Most were educated in our failing government schools. They spent 12 plus years being indoctrinated instead of educated. But this visceral hatred for America? Did they learn that in school also? If not, where in the world did it come from? 

Yesterday, one lunatic nut ball representative in Oregon, stated she wants to put forth a bill allowing sixteen year old kids to vote. Huh? Many eighteen year old kids cannot find their butt with both hands - and we are allowing them to vote. That is part of the problem. Another part is when some immigrants or refugees come to America, the Left promises a boatload of "free stuff". The Right only promises opportunity to succeed. So, the newcomers vote for Santa Clause in record numbers. That is another part of the problem. 

Our great country is great, because great people did great things to make it so. It can easily become an ordinary country, or even a broken country if the great people are out numbered by the grifters. And this race to socialism by the idiots - are they flipping crazy? Didn't they learn anything from studying history? Oh - that's right. Schools don't teach real history anymore. They only teach sunshine, lolly pops and unicorns instead of real history. If they had learned real history, they would know socialism is a death sentence for a country. We should be running 100 mph AWAY from socialism, not embracing it.

I am seriously at the point right now where I want to deport every one of these useless idiots. Send them to someplace far, far away. They don't deserve to live in this great country. Some just want to sit back and let the useless idiots run their race. It will be fine in the end. Will it? I don't think so. 

I really want the story of the Great American Experiment to continue. I want this for my grand kids. I shudder in fear that we might be living in the final chapter of that great book. Our Founders could foresee many dangers to this great republic, but I don't think they could have envisioned our new crop of America hating idiots. Not ever.  

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

First Strike!







"If you are still burnt out from the last election, it is time to get re-engaged. They are coming for our freedoms, our money. The time for action is here folks." 



For those who thought Mr. Rocks and Cows might have been dozing off at the wheel, the sleeping giant has awoken. And he has launched the FIRST STRIKE. Like getting our tax over payments (better known as a surplus) back to the real owners of the money? Not a chance. No, this statist, who was elected primarily by the "takers" in Hennepin and Ramsey counties, now has his grubby hands on YOUR money. So, now it is HIS money.

That in and by itself, should be enough of this travesty. But for an addicted statist (that is, addicted to YOUR money), the $1B+ is not NEARLY enough. No - he wants it all, and then plus some. Plus some? Yes, he wants our state ranked higher as one of the worst to live in (tax wise). He wants our gas tax to one of the highest in the nation. And our sky high license tabs? Where many states have them capped at $95, regardless of the year or make of the car?  Yes,  he wants to raise them more, and more, and more! 

Now, not telling tales out of school, but folks I know, who know Rocks and Cows fairly well, have revealed the obvious. He make look like a kindly old "Mr. Rogers", but he is not. In fact (and this will become better known all the time), our new Governor is not that kindly. He is not impaired like the previous Governor - that being said, this Governor is none too bright. 

Thanks in large part to our current President (and not a smidge to our past Governor), this state is booming. We have massive resources coming through our state from North Dakota and Canada. Soon, more energy will be coming south (via a different method) from ANWAR. Manufacturing is back, and things are all "go" right now. So, what does Rocks and Cows what to do? He wants to throw a monkey wrench in the gears. Why? That is what Democrats (especially statists) are good at.

What do the taxpayers of Minnesota want to say to our new Governor about these new tax hikes? Bring it on! Tax hikes, based on nothing, will ensure the Minnesota House returning to the Republicans. And (by the way), these needless tax hikes will not only ensure the Minnesota Senate staying in the Red Team's hands, but look for the numbers to grow in 2020. Bottom line? Anything Rocks and Cows may get away with now, can be (AND WILL BE) easily be reversed in 2020.

If you are still burnt out from the last election, it is time to get re-engaged. They are coming for our freedoms, our money. The time for action is here folks. Ensure your state senator is towing the line. Ensure we take the House back in 2020. Your money, your kid's money, your grand kid's money is at stake.






Monday, February 18, 2019

Notes from "Realville"...





"Stay tuned to what is going on in St. Paul folks. In particular, listen very carefully to what people say - on both sides of the aisle. Listen past the code talk and 'dog whistles'. The truth is usually buried under a heap of talking points and trash talk. But it is in there." 



By now, most have heard the statist Governor of New York got punched in the gut by the reality of living in a very high SALT state. His counterpart on the Left Coast also had his comeuppance last week, when he needed to cancel his very expensive choo-choo train. Why? His state is broke. And New York is on the same path. Governor Cuomo just found out his state is a couple billion dollars shy due to people (along with their money) fleeing his state. Then - for frosting on the cake - Amazon pulled the plug on the HQ deal. Why? Ask AOC.

Now our new Governor, who is a Cuomo and Newsome wannabe, has just been given some similar news, although not quite as bad. This long, long laundry list of how he wants to spend the people's money for the next four to eight years, might have hit a couple of snags.

Snag One - Even though his cronies took the House, and now have a socialist as Speaker of the House, those dang Republicans still control the Senate. 

Snag Two - (And this is the big one), money - or lack thereof. Stuff happens when you too, are a high SALT state. Hello, tax conformity! Well, we can forget that one now! Can't afford it. Will people in this state get super hosed on their taxes this year? Yep. How about next year if tax conformity is not addressed this session. Yep, again. And our unfair in immoral taxation of seniors by taxing Social Security? Forget about it! Our almost 10% top rate on income tax? Not high enough. Stay tuned on this one. 

Is there anything working in our new Governor's favor? Well, there is always the RINO factor. Some (and seems to more every week), are beginning to wonder about our Senate Leader. Like, how resolute is he? Seems he already has hinted he might go along with growing state government (huh?). To make matters worse, he might also be getting some round heels on supporting new gun legislation. 

We do however, have our newly formed New Republican Caucus in the House. These are stalwarts who HATE the idea of growing government. They are strict Constitutionalists. But they are only five strong, and some of the other Republicans in the House have become (or have been for a while), establishment careerists. And that has been the problem in the past. Once every session is over, and Republican leaders in the House and Senate are asked why they allowed government to grow (again), their response is always the same. "Well, we didn't grow it as much as the Democrats wanted, so that is a win." Huh?

Stay tuned to what is going on in St. Paul folks. In particular, listen very carefully to what people say - on both sides of the aisle. Listen past the code talk and "dog whistles". The truth is usually buried under a heap of talking points and trash talk. But it is in there. 

This state does not have a fraction of the money to everything the statists want us to do. Just like in the people's republic of California and New York. Now we are on a path to become just as bad. And no Cuomo - this is not Trump's fault. Try looking in the mirror.  

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Spirit and Opportunity of NASA






"What is my point in this article? There still might be some spark in NASA after all. Now get moving and get a manned expedition going to Mars. If we don't, we will soon see a Chinese, Indian, or Russian flag planted up there instead of the stars and stripes." 



I have been pretty hard on NASA as of late. Like, why this once proud organization has lost its vision. It has become feckless, ever since the Moon landings. Sure, we did some shuttle flights, and they were cool. But the "big leap", like we did in 1969 when Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon? Nada.

Some know this, some don't. And you will never hear about it from our government, as it is somewhat of a sore spot. NASA became what is was in the 1960's because of Nazi Germany. This is a fact. Once the war was over, it became clear the Germans were light years (figuratively) ahead of everyone else in rocket technology. Thus came Operation Paperclip. We offered many German scientists, including some in the Nazi elite, a new life in America. Like Wernher von Braun for example. All they had to do, was build us a space program which would beat the Soviets.

The rest is history. The Russians beat us to space with Sputnik and putting a man in orbit - but we beat them in rest of the stuff - including first to the Moon. But like I said, since the big shebang in getting to Moon (more than once), and having everyone come home safely, NASA has been somewhat of a dud.

But here is a glimmer of hope. The Mars Rover Program. Sending to Mars (successfully), the two Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. The engineering that went into these two Rovers, as well as the delivery system to get them to Mars (safely) can blow your mind. Should at least once of the Rovers have made it to Mars, and was able to power up, it was hoped to get 90 Martian solar days out of the rechargeable batteries. That is have enough power to traverse the landscape (without getting stuck or tipping over), take samples or pictures, and then transmit that data back to Earth.

Sounds like quite a wish list. Both Rovers were launched in 2003, and were schedule to land on Mars (in two different locations) in 2004. After they both landed safely, and powered up. From there, they went on to do the fantastic. How so? Spirit lasted until 2010 - long after its batteries should have given out. But Opportunity - that was a horse of a different color. It lasted until June of last year. A feat which surprised simply everyone.

Recently on YouTube, there was a documentary of the long life of Opportunity. It was very interesting to say the least. In the final years of the life of this very stout Rover, NASA was able to "tweak" the software (like adding some rudimentary AI), and add some features which allowed Opportunity to do some things which were never in the mission planning.

One of the most amazing things, was the photography. NASA had figured out a way to have Opportunity take numerous pictures of as item or landscape, transmit all the pictures back to Earth, and then have NASA use an "overlay" program in a computer. The resulting pictures were absolutely high definition. They were just as clear and sharp as if a professional photographer had taken them with a high grade Nikon camera.

What is my point in this article? There still might be some spark in NASA after all. Now get moving and get a manned expedition going to Mars. If we don't, we will soon see a Chinese, Indian, or Russian flag planted up there instead of the stars and stripes. Just saying...