The Same Two Hours, Remembered Twice a Day…


At the office, I stop to think about my wife at least twice a day, no matter how hectic my schedule, no matter how heavy my workload, no matter how divided my attention is.

I eat almost every daytime meal out of a bowl I made on a date we had at many years ago.  I hadn’t been very enthusiastic about getting my hands dirty; but was eager for the time spent with her – and it really did turn out to be fun.

So, now I’m reminded of not just my Love, but of the two hours of that specific date on that one occasion, every single day.

If any two hours of our lives can become so important, and we never know which two hours it will be… maybe we should diligently and desperately seek ways to spend as many as possible of our ‘two hours’ with our Someones.

The Quietly Content Man — or, ‘Apologizing for my RBF’

I like people, and I like being with people. I’m just not at ease socially. Do you remember an uncomfortable feeling the first time you rented a car? I do… it felt like I shouldn’t be there; like there was so much more likelihood that I would damage it than I would have in my own car. My driving probably appeared odd, if not suspicious, to observers. At least, it did to me.

I have been called ‘not genuine’ because I ‘change’ when someone walks up to me and wants to interact… my defense mechanism for ‘apologizing’ through conversations is that I ‘mirror’I actually take on the persona and attitude of the person approaching me — because my actual ‘comfortable space’ (introverted) is quiet and often alone (not lonely, just not ‘on stage’).

SeizeTheDayThe phenomenon has actually been an asset to me professionally; when someone calls for technical assistance on the phone, they don’t realize they’re ‘talking to themselves’!

The result of this is that people who do not know me can’t figure out if I’m the person that I just talked to, or if I’m the person I talked to 10 minutes before that. But I’m not either of them.

I feel like I’d been trained by circumstance to believe that the real me isn’t good enough, or isn’t as good as, those people I ‘borrow’ a mood from through a conversation. So, you won’t likely get to know me after meeting me only a couple of times. (In fact, as a singer, it took me years to find my own voice — in a literal sense — because I’d grown so adept at taking on the tonal character of whatever artist I was borrowing a song from, that when I eventually started writing my own lyrics, I didn’t know how to use them out loud.)

But, I can be reached… it just takes longer. And, it doesn’t even take any additional effort with a crowbar or canopener… just show up over time, and you’ll see me mirroring YOU less and less, and more of me will ‘arrive’.

Now, for those of you who don’t interact with me regularly, and don’t like me at all? Maybe you think I’m a real ass? Sometimes that means that I’m so wildly uncomfortable I just don’t know when to shut up. Other times, well, you know that ‘mirroring’ thing I’ve been talking about?

LINK: “Extraversion and Introversion” (
LINK: “Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts – Join the Quiet Revolution” (
LINK: “27 Problems Only Introverts Will Understand” (
LINK: “Why introverts love Social Media” (
LINK: “Resting Bitch Face” (

Outdoor Cooking – Rocket Stove

For those living outside Western Society’s normal parameters for ‘comfort living’, there are certain staple needs that can take concerted effort on a daily basis — but are uncompromisingly important to survival and good (sustainable) health. They include:

  • Water
  • Food supply
  • Shelter from the elements (wet, cold, heat, airborne pollutants — both structural and clothing)
  • Security from violence and theft
  • Cooking heat

CinderBlockRocketStoveAnyone who is good at building a camp fire understands that the key to starting and keeping a consistent fire with usable heat is the ‘chimney effect’, which can be achieved by any method that directs or allows air to enter the center of the fire from underneath. Heat rises, so ‘upward’ will always be the direction of airflow in a successful fire. That means you shouldn’t gamble that enough airflow will enter from the sides — gusts of wind and obstructions may reduce the flame’s ability to find ‘food’ (oxygen).

A ‘rocket stove‘ is a construction that is designed to feed air from the bottom — in such a way that you get the most heat, in the most sustainable way. If done well, it also makes for the most efficient use of your fuel; this is important not just to reduce the amount of gathering before a meal can be prepared — it’s also a pretty big deal if you consider how much material gets used in a geographic area… eventually that supply is going dwindle to the point of negative consequences.

You’ll want the most heat, and the least ‘lost energy’ from lack of direction, smoke, and flames that dance around in an unpredictable way. There are hundreds of examples out on YouTube showing how people have accomplished this to fit their own needs… and quite a few commercially-produced stoves now capitalize on this principle.

Here is a great example of one created from cinder blocks — which can be had for just a few dollars at your local home-improvement store (instead of spending more than $100 at the same retailer for an ornate ‘fire pit’), or constructed from reclaimed materials (construction sites, decommissioned or condemned buildings, junkyards).

LINK: “Rocket Stove” (
LINK: “Hobo Stove” (
LINK: “How to make a Rocket Stove from a #10 Can and 4 Soup can” (
LINK: “Building a rocket stove to heat up the house” (
LINK: “EcoZoom Stove – Wood, Biomass, or Charcoal” (
LINK: “Rocket Stove Design: Efficiency & Power” (
LINK: “Zoom Jet Design Process” [PDF] (
LINK: “Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves: Stoves” (
LINK: “The Rocket Stove design used in Haiti” (
LINK: “5 Reasons to Love Rocket Stoves” (
LINK: “Rocket Stove Instructional DVD” (
LINK: “One simple thing in the Congo” (
LINK: “New Mud Stove for Refugees mar 28 2009” [PDF] (
LINK: “IRS Assembly Guide 10 27 2010” (
LINK: “Aprovecho Research Center – Stove Design” (

Leftists say they aren’t trying to take anyone’s guns (while they take away guns). Feminists say they don’t want to kill off Boys, while they kill off our Boys… then wonder why Women can’t find happiness without the Men that have become extinct

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When the People Revolt, because their Rulers are Revolting

I want everyone to take a moment a look at what American ‘Progressives’ are trying to accomplish. Someday, if things go well for them, all we will have as a last resort against a government that has ABSOLUTELY NO REASON TO CARE what the people want or need, will be slingshots and BB guns.

The very term ‘Progressive’ is a purposeful lie — Statism is what they seek. They believe that individuals are less worthy of rights than the mob. And when the mob has the uniforms, the guns, the tanks, our healthcare, our transportation system, our banking system, out very economy — in their grip — well, it will be a little silly then to start talking about term limits, won’t it?

We have the Bill of Rights because most states would not sign off on the rest of the Constitution until they were added. But you knew that, right?

Iron Mike Norton
“This is a photo I pulled from a set showing the recent violence in Ukraine. Those of you who are much smarter than me, will probably notice the same thing I did….these poor folks are defending their country with air guns.

“The man in front is clearly holding an air rifle. The man behind him is holding what looks to be the very same Crossman BB/Pellet gun I used to shoot with my cousins as a kid.

“If this doesn’t explain why gun control is IMMORAL, I don’t know what it is gonna take. Ukraine has been a “gun free” zone for years, mostly because the government convinced the people this day would never come. According to statistics, one in six Ukrainians owns a firearm, and most are illegal according to current Ukrainian law.

“What you end up with is citizens trying to defend themselves with BB guns and hundreds of people dead at the hands of government. So much for the “humanitarian” argument of the gun control lobby. Disarming a man will NEVER make him safe.”


Just Give The Order

timing“God please give me Patience, and give it to me NOW.” Yeah, it kind of feels like that. A lot.

But, I can’t trust in myself in any measure comparable to my Faith in Him.

My favorite scripture is the story of the Roman Centurion, who asked Jesus to heal someone close to him — and told him that he didn’t even need to see Jesus visit his friend in-person… just please GIVE THE ORDER, and the soldier knew it was as good as done.

That is the Faith that I have tried to model throughout my life; and though I can’t pretend that I never waver, I know that everything that is cataclysmic to us is but a breath to the Creator of the universe.

Luke Chapter 7:

When Jesus had finished these talks to the people, he came to Capernaum, where it happened that there was a man very seriously ill and in fact at the point of death. He was the slave of a centurion who thought very highly of him. When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him with the request that he would come and save his servant’s life. When they came to Jesus, they urged him strongly to grant this request, saying that the centurion deserved to have this done for him. “He loves our nation and has built us a synagogue out of his own pocket,” they said.

So Jesus went with them, but as he approached the house, the centurion sent some of his personal friends with the message, “Don’t trouble yourself, sir! I’m not important enough for you to come into my house—I didn’t think I was fit to come to you in person. Just give the order, please, and my servant will recover. I am used to working under orders, and I have soldiers under me. I can say to one, ‘Go’, and he goes, or I can say to another, ‘Come here’, and he comes; or I can say to my slave, ‘Do this job’, and he does it.”

These words amazed Jesus and he turned to the crowd who were following behind him, and said, “I have never found faith like this anywhere, even in Israel!”

Then those who had been sent by the centurion returned to the house and found the slave perfectly well.

Letting Someone Other Than Yourself Define ‘Paranoid’

TheTruthAboutGuns asked on their Facebook page, paranoid1795883_641730189227745_1414196971_o“Is home carry paranoid?”

That depends. If someone bothers to break into your house, do you think that person is going to take longer than you to locate his weapon, get it ready to use, and point it at you and your family? It is possible the intruder could be one of those really lethargic people that they talk about on road construction sites (you know, ‘SLOW MEN WORKING’?).

Or, maybe you should have your EDC (every-day carry) on you during all your waking hours.

remoteFor years, my EDC has included a P32, my keys, my phone, a Leatherman, and a flashlight. What will the Bad Guy find you prepared with? An ink pen and the TV remote?

You may think, “Not likely to be a problem, because uninvited guests tend to avoid breaking into a house unless no one is home”? To that I say, you may be giving the criminal element too much credit for analysis and forethought. STATISTICS SHOW THAT ONE OUT OF FOUR HOME BURGLARIES OCCURS WHILE AN OCCUPANT IS HOME.


OK, so now those of you who are still around for this deeply-disturbed article are wondering, why keys? Well, here’s the thinking behind the rest of my EDC (these from much discussion, study, and a little training in security and hand-to-hand bludgeoning):

Keys – Imagine yourself as an intruder, and upon entering a home you find the Daddy, the Mommy, possibly a couple of kids and a puppy — and in that house you see several items you would love to fence; but the Daddy is in your way. Do you turn around and leave the neighborhood, or do you grab the guy and throw him out of his own house, locking the door behind him? Now, it’s a really good thing for you that he’s left his keys in a bowl in the hallway!

Phone – I’ve heard for years that people don’t like to carry their phone when they don’t absolutely have to; besides, what if you have a land-line in the house already? First, see the part about the keys, above. Then, consider that the phone line going into your house is not protected from any dude with a pair of pliers… it’s on the OUTSIDE of your house, usually entering at near-to-ground level! If your mobile phone is too inconvenient to keep on your person at all times, you have the wrong phone.

Leatherman (or other multi-tool) – Do I really have to explain this? Are you a man? Or a MINO?

Flashlight – It’s true, a flashlight is only useful when it’s dark. So, can you please explain to me how your day is so regimented, and you are so disciplined, that you are going to get up off the couch to find that flashlight and slip it into your pocket at sundown?

LINK: “EveryDayCarry” (
LINK: “Every Day Carry” (
LINK: “The Truth About Guns” (
LINK: “Everyday Carry Blog” (
LINK: “Should I Carry My Gun in My Home?” (
LINK: “Home Invasion” (
LINK: “U.S. Department of Justice – National Crime Victimization Survey, Victimization During Household Burglary, September 2010” (
LINK: “Occupied Home Invasion” (

ADDENDUM 2014-03-25:

“How paranoid does a person have to be to want to carry a gun around everywhere?” … the question is phrased specifically to make gun owners sound mentally imbalanced. It is phrased to shame gun owners into warping their thinking to more closely match that of the person attacking our right as individuals to defend ourselves… our right to survive.

Let me turn that around: Just how unjustifiably paranoid do you have to be to want non-criminals to be unarmed for YOUR safety? Because it’s the non-criminal that is bound by more restrictive gun laws, and popular peer pressure to disarmthe thug is only happy to have your assistance.

LINK: “Chance encounter with CHL holder saves Frisco woman from robber” (

Too many hot girls in your Follow list?

Every once in a while, someone that I don’t know will start following me on one of the social networks — which is fine, and knowing that I’m ‘internet famous‘, it’s bound to happen — but when it’s obviously someone trying to drum up traffic or selling something other than ideas or information, I might want to cull them from the herd.

(You know, someone might look at my Friends list and think that I endorse them and their fake picture/product/slimy character.)

Google’s Chrome browser makes it easy to get the actual address of a profile photo — just right click and choose ‘Copy image URL’. Then you can take that address to or Google Image Search and see whether there is something not quite right about that person — real or imagined — that is now your most-recent stalker.

NOTE: This trick isn’t just for exposing fake people. Since most people will re-use the same profile photo across multiple social networks, this can be a good way to locate the other places someone might hang out… especially if they have a common name that is going to result in a debilitating number of search results (“Bob Smith” is a hard man to find … there are millions of them!).

LINK: Google Image Search (


LEFTISTS: What happens if, after working so hard to centralize power, you don’t like the guy elected next time?

Just a thought that apparently escapes our friends on the Left: After you have piled more and more power and control into the hands of those who suffer no consequences for their errors and abuses — how do you then retreat when the only ones who can delineate pay cuts and term limits on Congress is the men and women who are currently enjoying that unmitigated power?

There is NOTHING WRONG WITH GOVERNMENT (people telling you that Conservatives hate government are simply LIARS); but educated people understand that the GROWTH of centralized government is a one-way trip — never has a government — of any kind — shrunk without being overthrown.

So, if you want to avoid the need for a dramatic and uncomfortable coup, your best bet is to avoid letting the government grow so large that citizens realize it no longer serves them.

LINK: “Americans for Limited Government” (
LINK: “Limited Government” (
LINK: “Americapedia: Limited Government” (
LINK: “Americans for Limited Government” (
LINK: “Public Interest Institute” (
LINK: “United States Bill of Rights” (
LINK: “United States Constitution” (


A Lesson for Guys on Giving Dying Things To Whom You Love

Today, being Valentine’s Day, there a quite a few expressions of love, gratefulness, thoughtfulness, giggliness, and even … dare I say it … lust on the intarwebz.

I have always treated the holiday as a contrivance of the commercial sort — but with a realization that it never hurts to remember flowers even if it’s a manufactured reason.

FleursForTheMommy2014-02-14_330x370Flowers, are, from a guy’s point of view, a silly thing because when we see flowers, we see death. As in, wilting, decaying, dropping petals-leaves-and-limbs on the table around the vase, wow-where-did-that-$50-go-in-just-less-than-a-week death.

But flowers, given to a ‘Valentine’, aren’t for the giver. Nor are supposed to be a permanent marker, that says, “ON THIS DAY, FEBRUARY 14TH 2014, AND FOR ALL TIME HENCEFORTH, THIS PERSON LOVES THIS OTHER PERSON, AND TO PROVE IT HERE IS A MONUMENT THAT WILL LAST FOREVER AND EVER AS AN ICON AND BEACON OF THEIR LOVE.”

Ironically, lasting forever is what … headstones … are for. And they really are about death.

Flowers, on the other hand, are about life.

Not Love.


Now, they can be about Love in Life, but what they really show is how we feel RIGHT NOW, like how the flowers look RIGHT NOW, when they arrive all fresh and bloomy and glowing and stinky… Right Now is the moment of life, and yes of love, that is shared when flowers arrive, or are given, that say “Right Now, At This Moment, I Share LIFE With You, Whom I Love.”

So, true, the flowers may wither and you may grumble about how short their visit to your Special Someone was; but so does Life — and so might Love… the point is, when you share with someone else how you feel — don’t neglect or discount just how Very Important it is… that they know that in This Moment, and the life that can be found in it… you are thinking of them.

That is the message of the flowers that you will give, will be received, and will die in a week. Not about Love. About Life. And how wonderful it is to share it.

If you choose to buy her something more permanent… like a headstone — well, try to reserve that announcement for another holiday. Trust me.

Why I no longer look confused…

THERE IS ONLY ONE JUDGE (and you and I aren’t it).
THERE IS ONLY ONE FREEDOM (and you and I can’t demand it).
THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY (and you and I didn’t decide it).
THERE IS ONLY ONE LIFE (and you and I won’t improve upon it).
THERE IS ONLY ONE POWER (though you and I will hear otherwise).
THERE IS ONLY ONE PEACE (which you and I are offered freely).

Those who fight over Christianity, or against it, don’t grasp these things — because they have been TAUGHT to believe otherwise. They have been TAUGHT what is against God because the TEACHER of LIES is against God. Don’t hate them, fear them, or wish them ill; pray thankfully and with reverence that the Daddy of all is as merciful with them as with you.


VOTERS… Did the Result of your Actions match up with your Intentions?

I am a firm believer that voters get what they vote for — not what they’re promised. The meat of this is that those voters who are informed make better decisions than those who are swayed by soundbites and ideological ‘stars’ promoted by Hollywood Elites, popular musicians, and professional talking heads. When a self-serving political figure acts to further an agenda that does not match what he/she ‘sold’ to the Electorate, that politician can’t be ‘faulted’ for their behavior — they are just doing what they set out to do, and the teaming masses fell for their sales pitch.

No, the real fault lies at the feet of the voters who not only throw their vote down the crap-hole by not seeking, finding, and supporting true Public Servants — there is always a percentage of voters who are easily fooled into actively supporting ‘leaders’ who have, and will continue to until ousted, worked diligently to destroy communities for the sake of secondary (and often obscured) agendas.

It’s at these happily-ignorant voters that my rant is aimed…

When you voted for #Change, was it because you were an ignorant adult shirking your responsibility to be informed, or were you hoping that it would keep people from seeing you as a #Racist, or did you think that it was impossible for #Politicians to lie, or did you think that #Math was not as important as #SocialJustice, or did you think that none of your friends would remember that it is #YourFault that they have now lost their job, their #HealthCare, their #House, and their #FinancialSecurity ? More importantly, WHAT are you going to DO about all the damage you caused in the last #election? Are you still going to use slanderous and crude sexual terms to mock those who want #LessTaxation and #MoreRepresentation? If you choose to #VoteConservative next time, will you do it quietly or will you #Evangelize like you did for the #GreatEnabler?


LINK: RightChange (
LINK: “Individual Profile: BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA” (
LINK: “Rules for Radicals” by Saul Alinsky (
LINK: “Now We Know Who Was Right about Obama” (
LINK: “The Obama File: Who is this guy? …and what is he up to?” (
LINK: “SEXY BRILLIANCE … and other political lies” by Kevin Jackson (
LINK: “Manifesto of the Communist Party (1848) by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels” (
LINK: “Obama’s America: Unmaking the American Dream” by Dinesh D’Souza (

“Never Again…” (or at least until the Bad Guys realize that all they need is the power to edit our textbooks)


Remember whenever a societal tragedy happens, people often say “We can never let this happen again…” and “We must remember this always, and make sure it is never forgotten by future generations…”?

Well, THIS is why Conservatives are getting so PISSED OFF at the Common Core crap and other attempts to water down the history books. People these days DON’T REMEMBER what we’re supposed to avoid — because they have NO EDUCATION in what happened in the past.

Leftists with no concept of history or ideology improperly refer to Conservatives (those who wish to preserve the government and society created by the original Framers of the Constitution, and who signed the Declaration of Independence — both documents which favored and protected INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY over the powers of the State) as ‘Nazis’, because theh only thing that UNEDUCATED, IGNORANT VOTERS remember about Nazis is that they were ‘Bad’ and got their way by force… they are COMPLETELY UNAWARE that Nazi power didn’t begin at gunpoint — it was VOTED to them by those who believed a ‘utopian society’ was possible if only they were willing to give up a few individual rights here and there — besides, it was only a select few (those who the State didn’t find ‘desirable’) who had anything to fear… and look at all the good they’re promising!.

The only thing that is more dangerous than ignorant people is … ignorant people in large groups.

Germany had it, and it bought them the Nazi uprising. We have it now, and it has brought us bailouts in the banking and auto industries, the housing crash, the decimation of the healthcare market, and whatever market stability that there used to be a decade ago. Because we have History and Math, we know FROM EXPERIENCE where men selling this ‘dream’ are going — but when the People are so deluded by hopes of ‘free stuff’ and ‘purity’ without moral compass, they are willing to be led to slaughter while LOUDLY ACCUSING those who warn against false ‘Progress’. This is not new. This is not a surprise. This is not even a ‘hidden’ agenda … but ignorant people don’t know what to look for, and will trust the Devil himself.

American Conservatives CARE ABOUT EDUCATION and the PRESERVATION OF HISTORY because each generation needs to be WELL-ARMED against ALL kinds of Tyranny… most especially the kind that arrives with a gift basket.

“…threw my clothes out on the lawn; AND HE’S GOT A GUN…”

Look around you — friends, coworker, relatives, neighbors… if, on a really bad day, any of them were angry at you after a disagreement — would they be capable (in temperment, mental capacity, and by having a grasp of our current world) of knowing the IMPACT of calling up the police and telling them “We argued and he has a gun!”?

LINK: “Police shot unarmed man, drove an armored truck through his door when he did not exit his property on command” (

What do you think is important to take away from this educational experience (read article linked above)?

  • Do you obscure firearm ownership from everyone?

  • Do you only associate with others who agree with your Right to defend yourself?

  • Do you take time to educate everyone you meet about the Constitution, the stats that show the 100’s more times firearms save good people than they aid bad people, the difference in lives saved when a CCW-holder (who’s already on the scene) steps in and stops a killer before the cops have time to arrive and only count the victims?

Just 40 years ago, kids in elementary school were taught firearm safety IN CLASS, and high school students competed in target shooting ON CAMPUS; and despite all the Presidential noise about it, you’re more likely to be murdered with a hammer than with a rifle — so it makes me wonder, have the Threats changed, or has the Conversation?

Who owns the Threats? Who owns the Conversation? Who owns the Change?


LINK: “The Closet of Self-Censorship” (
LINK: “Police shot unarmed man, drove an armored truck through his door when he did not exit his property on command” (
LINK: “Statists once again attempting to sway public opinion on self-defense after insane person kills in gun-free zone” (
LINK: search ‘shot in his driveway’ (
LINK: “The Crime of ‘Swatting’: Fake 9-1-1 Calls Have Real Consequences” (
LINK: “Don’t Make the Call: The New Phenomenon of ‘Swatting'” (
LINK: “Meet ‘swatting,’ the dangerous prank that could get someone killed” (
LINK: tag: ‘swatting’ (
LINK: “SWATting, a Deadly Political Game” (
LINK: tag: ‘swatting’ (
LINK: “DailyDirt: Swatting Is Not A Harmless Prank” (
LINK: “The Left’s Dangerous New Line of Attack: SWATting” (
LINK: tag: ‘swatting’ (
LINK: “Dangers of Domestic Violence Calls” (
LINK: “10 Domestic Violence Reminders for Veteran Officers” (
LINK: “Batterers with Badges: Officer-Involved Domestic Violence” [PDF] (
LINK: “Guns + Domestic Violence Offenders: Deadly Combination for Police” (
LINK: “Results dramatic when experts join officers on domestic violence calls” (
LINK: “201 LEOKA (Law Enforcement Officers Killed or Assaulted) Report” [PDF] (
LINK: “Officer Down Memorial Page: 2012” (
LINK: “The Psychopathology of a Hoplophobe” (
LINK: “My first hoplophobe encounter” (
LINK: “Perspectives: Getting gun owners back out of the closet” (

Guns are an Equalizer among Men — but an Unfair Advantage against Tyranny.


Somebody’s not doing their part!

According to the Brady Campaign folks, the NRA want us to keep killin’ so they can keep sellin’ (the NRA doesn’t sell guns — in fact, it doesn’t represent gun manufacturers, either… it’s membership, annual dues, profits from promotional clothing, and donations are provided by the CUSTOMERS of the gun manufacturers).

But the main political drive of the NRA is to counter the propaganda and legislative attacks on the 2nd Amendment rights of American Citizens — so if you don’t understand that the opponents of the NRA are making INFLATED CLAIMS (that’s lying, folks) about armed citizens being a risk to themselves and others, you might also be unaware that more people LIVE because of guns than the number who DIE.

How is that possible?

Any state, municipality, or even country that has increased its regulations on private firearm ownership has increased in violent crime, or political tyranny ending in massive deaths. Conversely, in any state, municipality or country which has reinforced the personal rights and freedoms of individuals to protect themselves, there has been a corresponding DROP in violent crime, and get this… ADDED LONGEVITY for the respective public servants.

My conclusion from this is that when the people are easily threatened, those who seek power do so only to serve themselves. When the people are NOT easily threatened, those who seek power do so only to serve the people.