Win All the Major Battles and Still Lose the War

First Black President, First Socialist President, First Female President; all wonderful progressive ideals. Major battles to move the country in a positive direction. But the progressive war against conservatism is losing. The progressive movement is being stymied by themselves.

Every four years, progressives turn out to elect a figure head, the highest office. But then they wonder why are all of our efforts leading to nowhere? Isn’t it enough to elect a progressive to the highest office? NO. IT. ISN’T.

What happens to the off year elections, the ones where the conservatives elect state governors, state legislatures, and House of Representatives and Senators as a form of backlash? After electing a President, progressives lay down their arms, sit back and sip chamomile tea and sing Kumbaya because they elected a President! A President that is doomed to succeed because of rabid conservative opposition.

Watch as the people with newly won insurance be left out in the cold again because progressives stayed home and waited for their savior President to make it all better instead of electing a progressive state governor and legislature. Watch as states refuse Medicaid expansion, pass laws legalizing discrimination of LGBT people, enact practices restricting voting privileges of minorities. Watch in horror, but wait four years until the next Presidential election to elect a new savior. One that cannot save anything. One that we shove into the fray without armor, weapons, or backup. Just shove em out there, sit back and wonder why nothing has changed for four or eight years, when the “big revolution” comes around again.

Tom Joad

I’ll be all around in the dark – I’ll be everywhere. Wherever you can look – wherever there’s a fight, so hungry people can eat, I’ll be there. Wherever there’s a cop beatin’ up a guy, I’ll be there. I’ll be in the way guys yell when they’re mad. I’ll be in the way kids laugh when they’re hungry and they know supper’s ready, and when the people are eatin’ the stuff they raise and livin’ in the houses they build – I’ll be there, too.

The Light

You are the light of this world
Sometimes you might forget, like where you left your fencing tool,
and it’s the end of a long, snowy winter, and you’ve got a lot of work to do,
and you just can’t remember where you left your tool, and you really, really need it.
The best way to remember? Stop thinking about it.

Sometimes you might not feel it…
that’s harder, like when a cow is going through a difficult birth,
and needs the help of a farmer to reach deep inside her
and rearrange the limbs of the calf before she can deliver
that baby to the light,
and the farmer reaches inside, and it hurts from all the pressure,
and it’s sticky and ooey and gooey with blood and birth sac fluids,
but eventually that baby makes its way out with everybody pushing and pulling and praying.

You are the light of this world.
I am the light of this world.

Melissa Betrone

A fresh view of Veterans Day from my comrade in arms, Rocky Moss.

I want everyone who posts a “thank you, Veterans” message today to consider this: many of us enlisted because we had no other way to afford college. I wasn’t patriotic. I did it to get money for college. I still don’t believe in blind loyalty to a government. I do believe in protecting and serving my fellow human being, regardless of nationality. Patriotism can be dangerous. The majority of enlisted men and women come from the less advantaged communities in our country. Which isn’t much different from the armies of poor raised hundreds of years ago to defend monarchies. I guess my point is this: today, think about why we need armies, and try to think of things you can do, personally, to help our world move towards a way of cohabitation that no longer requires armies.  ❤️

My Review of Heavy Duty ATV Cover

Just about perfect

By Repented Hipster from SW Colorado on 10/13/2013


4out of 5

Pros: Quality materials, Straps And Tabs, Well Made

Cons: 3rd Strap Too Short

Was this a gift?: No

I am impressed by the workmanship and materials of this cover. The included straps and attachment tabs are great!

I have 08 Arctic Cat 700 TRV with windshield so the strap for front to back attachment is about a foot too short. Going to have to fabricate one myself.


Blue Sky

Alan Watts once commented that “It is not possible to see the sky just by painting your window blue”. It is a quote that has stuck with me ever since I read it many years ago.

And it occurs to me that the blue paint masquerading as the sky is every single philosophy out there. Every doctrine, every religion, every single explanation that tries to satisfy that deep longing we have to understand the Mystery.

The blue paint is belief. The blue paint is faith. The blue paint, as pretty as it may be, is not the sky itself. And no matter how convincing or even intoxicating that picture on the glass of the window in your room may be – it’s not the real thing.

To apply the blue paint is conditioning. To remove the blue paint is inquiry. To gaze out at the sky directly is enlightenment.

– Eric Allen Bell

14 Republican Heroes

14 Republicans voted for a clean CR. Too bad they’re so few.

Rep. Pat Meehan (R-PA)
Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA)
Rep. Jon Runyan (R-NJ)
Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA)
Rep. Peter King (R-NY)
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA)
Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA)
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA)
Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY)
Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN)
Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA)
Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ)
Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA)


Winston Churchill loved them.

1.  Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.

2.  The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on my list.

3.  Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

4.  If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.

5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

6.  War does not determine who is right – only who is left.

7.  Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit.. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

8.  To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

9.  I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

10. In filling out an application, where it says, ‘In case of emergency, Notify:’ I put ‘DOCTOR’.

11. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

12. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

13. I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure..

14. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

15. You’re never too old to learn something stupid.

16. I’m supposed to respect my elders, but it’s getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

And my favorite: In God we trust.