Thursday, October 19, 2017


A snowy lair

The Art of Speed

Escape Vehicle


A seething General Kelly expresses his thoughts about the idiot - er, member of congress - who chose to misrepresent President Trump's call to the mother of a fallen soldier.

Profound and poignant.

Press corps as silent as I've ever heard them during that.

Meanwhile, the congress critter the General mentions is rumored to pursue an alternate career as a circus clown.  Also, Marion Barry called and wants his face back.

Nice tongue curl there, Fido

Kwakiutl people in canoes, British Columbia, 1914

Kwakiutl man, wearing a mask depicting a loon on top of a man's head to facilitate the loon changing into the form of a man. 1914

Freckles, they are good

Oh, my!

USS Iowa BB-61

Cabin Porn

I like our cut

One last trip to the aspen country before the snow flies

From just a couple of weeks ago, the aspens have advanced to just past maximum display.  The country seems to be waiting, waiting for the winter to arrive.  It's holding it's breath, seemingly, while  the days are still warm and the light still shining beautifully down from a benevolent sun through the glowing colors of Fall.

Below, the East Fork of the Carson.  Man, that far bank looks fishy, but no time today to try my luck.

The road into Company Meadows.  Once off pavement, we neither saw nor heard anyone.

Is that the Wing Commander standing on the roof of my truck?!

The youth of America enjoying their God given rights, protected by the Second Amendment.

Ruger SR22.  One of the funnest little pistols ever.  Reasonably accurate, and it's never hiccuped on any of the multiple brands of ammo we've fed it.  Thanks, Bill!

G2 with a Bullberry 221 Fireball barrel.  Still need to attend to the scope/sights.

Below, Slinkard Valley on the east side, from our perch at maybe 8500 feet above the Pacific.

Lots of aspen action in this country right now, but in a couple of weeks, even if it doesn't snow, those glowing leaves will be on the ground, adding to the layer of forest mulch, and aspen season will be over for another year.

Something you'll never see analyzed in the MSM: Blue states getting redder, and Red states also getting redder.

In short, among the truly contested states in 2016, the only ray of hope for the Democrats is Colorado, and even there, the trends have flattened some. They have stabilized New Jersey and Delaware, but Republicans continue to gain significant ground in Arizona, New Mexico, Florida, North Carolina, Iowa, Nevada, and above all, Pennsylvania. If these trends continue through 2020, Florida would have a slight Republican registration edge, North Carolina would be nearly even, and New Mexico would be close enough that it could never be taken for granted. Moreover, Pennsylvania and Iowa would be solid Trump states.

The remarkable thing about the Republican trending states is that they have moved steadily ever since last November, in almost every case without a single break. Democrats continue to lose voters, and they are not becoming independents. All of this appears to be due to Trump and Trump alone, as the Republican Party has not offered any reasons to embrace it.

The reasons this might be happening would be fascinating to discover.  I can offer some thoughts.

Maybe the cultural Marxism being pushed hard in our schools and in media is contributing.  Maybe normal people aren't interested in being lectured about their privilege, or told that they are evil, awful people by the simple virtue of the color of their skin?

Might it be that normal people are sick of being told that their country is the source of all evil in the world?

Maybe normal folk are noticing how the leviathan government is trying its best to make everyone a ward of the state, and to stamp out notions of self reliance?

Could it be that normal people are sick and tired of having to go to the government for permission to do anything at all to improve themselves or their communities, and then get charged a healthy fee to even ask?

Maybe?  Could be?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017



Panorama Trail, Yosemite, on a smoky Fall day.

The kids popped up to Yosemite to do their annual hike in the Sierra, and chose the Panorama Trail, from Glacier Point down to the Valley - 8 miles.

Wonderful Fall colors, and a smoky haze that gave a unique tone to the light.  Soon, it will be winter, and this will all be cleared out and buried in white.

Above, vaguely seen Nevada Falls in the shade.

After several miles, Nevada Falls from near the lip.  Typical low water at this time of year.

Everyone likes a ground squirrel.

Last year's conquest, Cloud's Rest, seen from the west looking east, and from a great distance.

The smoky Mist Trail nearly in the valley.  I love the tone of the light.

Lovely. China's space lab, descending uncontrolled into the atmosphere, will probably drop items on the ground, but it cannot be predicted where.

Tiangong 1, which translates to “Heavenly Palace,” is China's first space laboratory, launched in September 2011, serving as a prototype for a permanent space station that it aims to eventually build and launch. But six years after it first went into orbit, the 8½-ton laboratory is soon expected to meet a fiery and uncontrolled end, hurtling down to Earth and crashing somewhere — anywhere —  on the planet.
In September 2016, Chinese officials confirmed that they had lost control of the space lab and that it would crash into Earth sometime in the latter half of 2017. In May, China told the United Nations that the lab would reenter Earth between October and April 2018.
For spacecraft that remain in control, scientists carefully guide their reentry to a place on Earth called the Oceanic Pole of Inaccessibility, a 2.5-mile-deep spot in the ocean known as the “spacecraft cemetery” about 3,000 miles off the eastern coast of New Zealand and 2,000 miles north of Antarctica. As of June 2016, more than 263 spacecraft had crashed at the cemetery since 1971, according to Popular Science.
The Chinese still have to learn, apparently, how to safely get rid of their used up space toys.  Meanwhile, stay tuned, as at some point we'll probably have a bit better of an idea where this space hulk will come down.

Heh, what indeed?

Future Times

I have no idea