Terrorism should be defeated with love...and superior firepower...- Terry Ingle
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." --Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

"Socialism is precisely the religion that must overwhelm Christianity. … In the new order, Socialism will triumph by first capturing the culture via infiltration of schools, universities, churches and the media by transforming the consciousness of society." Antonio Gramsci - Marxist - teacher of Saul Alinsky

01 June, 2011

What a WIENER!!!!

AAAAHHHHGGGGHHHHH..... Must resist, but can't...stop...typing...this is just too easy. CRAP! No...I won't do it...I must be strong.

31 May, 2011

Hello out there!!!

Ok, I'm going to give this a try. We'll see how long it lasts.

I read so many other blogs that I kind of feel like sometimes I need to contribute to the bloggosphere in order for it to be complete. I don't really think I have much to contribute but we'll just see how it goes.

That was my first blog back in March '08. It was all the rage and everybody was doing it. Now it's been replaced by Facebook. Don't bother looking me up there, I don't have an account.

I'm not sure why I even started blogging, but I'll tell you I really love it. I have always liked to write even back in school. It seems as though I can organize my thoughts better when they are written and many times as I'm writing, I can solidify them better after I actually SEE them.

As you can see, if you are a long time reader, I think a lot about this country, our freedom, and our heritage. BUT...I also think about other stuff too. Hence, you might see a funny bit someone sent me, a picture of one of my pets, or even my Harley. I get a lot of e-mail, and some of my stuff I glean from those. I really prefer writing my own though.

Thanks for being one of my readers and for all of your input! I love getting e-mails from all over the world and I'm glad that so many people enjoy reading about my never-to-be-humble opinions.

My real reason for writing this though is, I know there are a lot of people reading this on a regular basis that I have NOT heard from. I get hits from England, Israel, Poland, and other countries I have to look up on Google that I've never heard of. I even get hits from Washington DC! (I hope it's somebody from Obummer's staff.)

Even though I take a sabbatical once in a while, I'll continue to blog 'till I don't have any more to say...(never happen!)

Please drop me an e-mail! I would love to hear from you, get your opinions, and even get to know you a bit. I promise you that I will answer each one eventually. My e-mail addy is at the very top of the page. Don't just be another blog hit WRITE ME!

30 May, 2011

Ya gotta be proud of these guys...

This was sent to me by a good friend of mine and I had to post it. These are some bad ass dudes.ti

During his last seconds of life, bin Laden faced the likes of these Navy Seals.
He was standing in the doorway of his bed room.
Note the armament of these Seals.
50 caliber sniper on the right.

Knee, knuckle and forearm protection.
Various plastic/wire ties.
Absolute identity denial to protect their families.
Free choice of footwear.
Fourth from the right has three artillery simulators
and CS gas grenades on his belly. He is the
'shock and awe' guy.
I am glad they are on our side.(Click the pic for up-close and personal.)

29 May, 2011

My tribute...

For those who have fought and given everything for my freedom;
Words are not enough.
Gratitude is not enough.
"Thank You" is not enough.
Appreciation is not enough.
It is my pledge to you and to God that I will do everything within my sphere of influence not to allow you to have died in vain. This country will remain free despite those in power who wish to strip us of the rights and freedom you paid for, or else...
This song says it all.

"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death." --Thomas Paine

Now guitars are illegal???

This is an excerpt of an article sent to me by my brother, who is also a musician. This is scary stuff. It again illustrates the fact that the environmentalist whack-jobs that control this administration are being allowed to roam around the country unfettered with the blessing of the DNC. Unfortunately, this is where this administration is taking us. If we don't do something, and soon, things like this will be the norm. This administration is beholding to the left wing environmental extremists because of the checks they write to the DNC. These lobbying groups as well as the unions, own these politicians. Hence, we cannot only use the resources that we have, but we will be blocked from discovering new ones unless it meets their agenda. (solar, wind, and others that are not ready for prime-time.) They are more concerned with elk, fish, and lizards in Texas than with people, jobs and the suffering of small business and average people that have to contend with soaring energy prices. What a mess. ti

Editorial by Brian T. Majeski-
A guitar tech refrets a 1968 Martin Guitar with Brazilian rosewood back and sides and then offers it for sale. A guitar manufacturer buys ebony from a reputable broker in good faith, but somewhere between the tree cutting and the delivery, someone who had custody of the wood failed to file a form. A mom and pop retailer has 30 guitars on the store wall, but can't precisely document the genus and species of woods used in each instrument, let alone where the woods came from. What do these seemingly innocuous scenarios have in common? Brian MajeskiThey are all illegal under federal law and could be punishable with immediate confiscation of the instrument in question, not to mention hefty fines and jail time. It's a sad state of affairs when poorly drafted legislation criminalizes large swaths of an industry that delivers a proven societal benefit, but that's where we are in 2011.

Welcome to the new and improved Lacey Act.

First passed in 1900 under the McKinley administration, the Lacey Act was originally drafted to regulate traffic in animal wildlife, and for over a century served its purpose without controversy. Then in 2008, the Oregonian congressional delegation, led by Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, expanded its reach to cover "any wild member of the plant kingdom." The rationale for the legislation was economic. Wyden's amendment read, "Ending deforestation through incentives in [the] United States would boost U.S. agricultural revenue by an estimated $190 [billion] to $270 billion between 2012 and 2030." Wyden later said of the bill, it "will go a long way towards not only leveling the playing field for American manufacturers, but to protecting jobs." This proposed jobs booster was buried in a massive agricultural subsidy bill and passed without debate or public commentary. What Senator Wyden overlooked was that the law of unintended consequences remains very much in force, and that his efforts to prop up timber jobs in the Pacific Northwest would take a heavy toll on other segments of the economy.

In the name of protecting logging jobs, the amended Lacey Act requires buyers and sellers of instruments to be able to document the type of woods used in a product and verify that they were harvested in accordance with all international laws and treaties. This means that, under Lacey, any and all instruments need to comply with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The CITES treaty, which bans trade in more than 1,000 endangered plant and animal species, including ivory, Brazilian rosewood, and certain types of ebony, formerly applied only to international shipments. Now it applies to interstate commerce as well. Thus, under the amended Lacey Act, when Vince Gill tours the country this summer with his vintage Martin guitar, each time his bus crosses a state line, he's broken the law. So are the numerous online retailers offering vintage guitars with Brazilian rosewood, ebony, or ivory appointments. CITES, and by definition Lacey, applies to new and old instruments alike, and have no "di minimus" requirement, so an instrument crafted entirely out of endangered woods, or one with a single ivory fret dot, are both in violation and subject to confiscation.

For makers and sellers of new and vintage instruments, complying with these burdensome regulations will inevitably add administrative costs. However, the costs pale next to the crippling uncertainty introduced into the marketplace. Scientific experts often have difficulty identifying the genus and species of a piece of raw wood, let alone where it came from. The challenge increases exponentially once the wood has gone through a manufacturing process and been painted. If scientists are unable to make a definitive determination, is it fair to demand that instrument makers and sellers do so? And, what to do about vintage instruments containing ivory, ebony, and rosewood? Is it now illegal to sell them, own them, or ship them?

The inherent vagaries in the law, along with the potent enforcement capabilities of the state, are a recipe for trouble. The Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has said that it lacks the resources to mount an aggressive inspection effort. However, in the past year, this hasn't stopped them from raiding the Gibson factory in Nashville for allegedly having illegal woods in inventory, or from convicting and fining Pascal Vieillard of A440 Pianos for the crime of importing seven century-old Bosend-rfer pianos with ivory keys.

Millions of new and used instruments are shipped and sold on an annual basis, and in the absence of proper documentation, "crimes are being committed." Most of these "crimes" will escape the notice of enforcement agencies. But the risk remains that instruments could be confiscated, and business people could be hit with fines of up to $10,000 per instrument for "knowingly possessing" a non-compliant instrument. In effect, the amendment makes those in the music industry like drug dealers, always looking over their shoulders to avoid the long reach of the law.
— Brian T. Majeski
Editor, The Music Trades Magazine