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Monday, July 4, 2016

The fourth of July.



I am not an artist, nor a student of art.  At the University of New Mexico, in 1972, I had to take a course in art appreciation. There were 300 students, in a big amphitheater. The woman who taught the course did not take role.  Your grade was based solely on two "projects."  I went about three times the whole semester.  I did my "projects" in one afternoon each, just took some cheesy pictures of churches and waxed eloquent about their artistic design.  The grad student who graded the papers probably didn't even open the cover. I got an A.  Glad the U.S. Marine Corps was paying my tuition.

I do like Maxfield Parrish, though.  I love his landscapes, and how he uses light in his paintings. When I sit in my upstairs study in the morning, there is a huge window looking out into the forest, to the east. I often think that the view would make a great study for Maxfield Parrish if he were still alive, because it looks exactly like one of his paintings.




This being a patriotic holiday, I thought I would put this up.  I don't know where the statistics are to back up the 2 million lives assertion, so I am really putting it up to express the sentiment, rather than citing a factual statistic.



On July 4th, 1976 I was up at Quantico, Virginia.  There was a big celebration out on the parade ground, and I sat on a blanket in the trees with a girl I knew there. We watched the band, and the drill team from HQMC at 8th and I in DC.  Then there were magnificent fireworks.

They came out with this quarter , for just that year. I liked it so I collected a whole fruit jar full of them. I still have it. I'm no coin collector, but my son is so he will get those eventually. Something with a little family history to add to his collection. I also have some coins from the Greek colony of Paestum, that I bought when I was stationed in Italy. I gave one to my dad, who was a coin collector, but I have two for G when the times comes.  Anyway, just an obscure memory of another fourth of July a long time ago. Don't know why it popped into my head.

When you think about America, it's easy to forget that the talking heads, the greasy politicians, and the corporate Lords are not America.  This new NRA add points that out.






I'd been saving it for the fourth of July, and then I nearly forgot to post it.


Our intent here this weekend was to stay home, but I had to make an unanticipated trip to the Chattanooga airport Sunday morning.  My daughter called and was not feeling well, so M has flown up there to stay with her awhile until she gets to feeling better.  E has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, as I think most of you know. She leads a normal life most of the time, but sometimes she feels very weak and welcomes a visit from M.  I don't know how long M will be up there, these instances can be short or long. 

 Last time I was in Chattanooga, I had a very bad experience with four black guys in their twenties. Because they didn't cross the line, the situation didn't escalate into a "shoot them" incident. I had my Sig P226 under a napkin on the passenger seat of the car, but they confined themselves to "verbal abuse." So they drove away when the light changed, satisfied they really showed the cracker "who was boss." 


This time I went loaded for bear, and ready to respond as required , lethal or nonlethal.  No one so much as batted an eye at me.  Life can be so unfair......

Thought for the day:




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  1. Harry, I am so sorry to hear that your daughter is not feeling well. Thoughts and prayers go her way. Glad you had a safe trip without anymore "encounters."
    I read somewhere that about half of Americans no longer feel proud of their country. How sad! I do feel proud of this country and all that it has stood for. I feel proud of our military and the values we once held. However, I am ashamed of our "so-called"
    leaders who are tearing our nation down. I don't feel like celebrating the 4th; I grieve for the demise of our great country. Jana

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    1. Jana, Saturday night I sat down to watch a special one hour news special on Fox . It was hosted by Sean Hannity. I detest him but he has a good staff and I often pick things up I didn't know. I only lasted about ten minutes and then turned it off in despair. The facts were just too hideous. Things like the Moslem population of Orlando has doubled in three years. Obama has brought in three quarters of a million immigrants from Islamic countries in his eight year term. The FBI forbidden by the justice department from close observation of mosques that preach terror in America. It was just too depressing. Like you, I harbor no admiration for any of the individuals who run this country, of either party. If I see John McCain and Lindsey Graham on tv again I may have a stroke.

      E will be ok, and I am glad M is retired now and can go up there and help any time. They always enjoy having her visit. Our family is very close.

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  2. I hope you have a great Independence Day Harry. And I hope all is well with your daughter. You know that I understand how unsettling that can be.

    I guess you went back to TN fully prepared this time for any contingency. Good on you. Funny how when you prepare, usually nothing happens-- and yet the reverse seems to be true as well.

    Great cartoon. I read today that Iran says it has a half million rockets in Lebanon ready to let go at Israel right now. And the ayatolla saying "Thanks for freeing up our money USA, now we can build more bombs". Incredible. --Troy

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    1. Troy, I was indeed, thoroughly equipped for either situation. I learned the hard way last time you need some bear spray or an equivalent deterrent for those times you wouldn't be able to justify more stringent actions.

      I am not doing much today. Trying to unwind. Did some things around the house I've been meaning to get to. Tonight I will hope for rain in case errant fireworks set the forest ablaze.
      E will be ok. She has life harder than most of us but keeps a good attitude, and our family is very close so she is never faced with handling things alone. You know the drill.

      Yeah, I like that cartoon too. One reason I like the Israelis so much is that their society isn't afraid to face reality. Ours is not there yet.

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  3. Happy 4th Harry. Sorry that E isn't feeling well, but glad that M is there for her. Lonely for you - hope the ferret fills the gap adequately.

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    1. Her mom will make sure E doesn't overdo things. My daughter works too hard and sometimes it catches up with her. I'm fine here. Always something to do.

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  4. love the lion cartoon and the picture of the woods.

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    1. I have some other good cartoons by the same outfit,I've kept them over the years.

      That picture looks very much like the view out of the big windows in the upstairs study. So much so that it's a bit eerie.

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  5. want to ask you...thug is holding weapon sideways. does that cause misfiring?

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    1. That's a stupid affectation that can lead to a failure to feed. The pistol has to recoil to cycle. "Limp writing", or failure to hold the pistol firmly and with a strong arm position is often the cause of failure to feed. Holding the pistol sideways is asinine and exacerbates the possibility of a failure to feed.

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  6. Well Harry, I hope you and the ferret have a nice Fourth.

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    1. You too, Gorges. Nothing much doing here but I'm ok with that.

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  7. Hey Harry,

    I find it when I am at 'Green or Yellow alert' something happens. When I am at 'Red Alert' nothing happens?

    That best describes your situation when you go to Chattanooga.

    I like to watch all the depressing stuff on tv. I find it amusing. I gotta find the humor in it. Its a coping mechanism.
    Like 'Shrimp on Treadmill' video's on youtube.

    The story goes that the Fed's paid $503.000 on studying shrimp on a treadmill. That's right, a half a million dollars as spent studying shrimp on a treadmill. Personally, I like my shrimp fried.

    Things are crazy all over so I figure I can just 'open another bottle of Shiner Bock Beer and watch Rome collapse in real time on live tv' kinda like the Berlin wall coming down. Remember that one. The collapse of Eastern Europe went down pretty quick. A lesson to be learned if things get interesting over here and the walmarts wont accept EBT's to pay for 'Fruit Loops, Baby Formula and Diapers'

    That's the scary part. Not 'blue helmeted U.N. shock troops' from Zimbabwe looting jewelry stores on patrol in a town near you, but all the 'Katrina type victims' roaming around looting and pillaging like barbarians in the ruins of Rome. Those are the ones we gotta worry about. The unprepared mobs of humanity coming town knocking on your front door in the middle of the night.

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    1. The Golden Horde has always been a primary concern in my planning. That's why I moved to an isolated spot in the mountains in 1986. Back then it was about impossible to get in here and I thought it always would be. I was really wrong. I am still way back in the forest but now I think there is a lot greater chance of the morlochs showing up on my doorstep.

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  8. Hope your daughter gets to feeling better soon. It is good her mother can be there for her. Sometimes having close family there is the best medicine.

    For the first time I am feeling more sad on Independence Day than celebratory. It breaks my heart to watch the country I love slowly die. I want my freedom back. I want to be able to go where I want without feeling like I have to constantly look over my shoulder. I want to be able to express an opinion on any subject without wondering what it will cost me. And I really want to make my own decisions rather than have some government entity making them for me because they believe they know best.

    I know that each decade had its own set of problems, but I just can not remember a time when things were so screwed up and uncertain. Maybe it will all work itself out. I would like to hope so.

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    1. Vicki, E has these periods where she just gets really run down. She still has to go to the office, but having her mom there to help with the cooking, cleaning, etc at the apartment and to help with any little things that come up makes her feel better. Her brother is there too, but he works all the time. I have urged him to stop doing that, you are only young once and the corporation will not love you back for your extra efforts, but he is goal driven. So having M up there will help him out too, since she may persuade him to at least go swim in the pool. or workout in the gym, SOMETHING besides work.

      It's a bad time for older people. Harder, I think, for us than it is for the young who have never lived during a time when it wasn't like this. I feel the same way you do,because I too can remember when it wasn't like this. My memories go back to the Eisenhower administration, and no one then would have believed what life in America in 2016 would be like. It simply would not have seemed possible.

      I don't think it will work itself out. I think even if Trump gets elected, the Congress will do all it can to maintain the status quo. He won't be able to make much headway. After all, when you look at the entrenched bureaucracy and the political class, they are living high on the hog. They don't want anything to change.

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  9. Harry, I giggled at your comment as I once was from New Jersey. I lived there for nine years before I came out West. In Princeton, which isn't really Jersey at all. No fire crackers there. Hope E is doing better. And that you and your wife had a nice 4th of July.

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    1. Inger, I just can't picture you living in New Jersey! You are too much a lady. Good thing you escaped, who knows what might have happened to you if you stayed there.You might be riding around on a Harley Davidson in a tank top, cussing out the pedestrians!

      M had already headed out to the kids by the fourth. I just stayed around the house, which wasn't bad. I think my daughter will be ok. She has these spells where she gets very low energy, but they pass.

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  10. Hoping your daughter improves soon.

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    1. Thanks, Gail. She is under a lot of stress at work, and that doesn't help. Like me when I was working, she can maintain her equilibrium but she does it by suppressing the anger and that's not healthy.

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  11. Harry,

    Happy 4th of July to you and yours my friend. I'm so sorry to hear your daughter isn't feeling well. With your wife flying into help her I know she'll start feeling better real soon.

    Thanks for posting the NRA video, I liked that one!!!

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    1. She'll be ok. It's something she's had to deal with all her life. I'm glad M is retired now and can go whenever E needs her.

      That particular video caused a real firestorm, all the libtards were on television making fun of it. They just don't understand that what was said on the video was true. The contempt for the working class the talking heads expressed on MSNBC and CNN was palpable.

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  12. I had an art appreciation course in high school. I remember there was a kid that went, but slept every time. There was a song that our teacher was having us listen to. I was called, "Surprise". The kid was sleeping like always. The teacher motioned for another student to turn up the volume. He did. The song let out a loud noise! The sleeper fell off his chair. It was so funny!

    I'm glad you got an A out of the class. You're one lucky man.

    Those quarters should be mine. ;) That's the year I was born.

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    1. It would have been easy to sleep in that class, the lights were turned down low in the ampitheater so she could show slides. I cut that class to go out to the 7 Bar Aviation services airfield out on the Mesa, and fly. Now, where it was all scrub desert and the airfield was, there are rows upon rows of track houses. I flew over the old airfield site in 2005 and nothing was left of the airfield. It was sad and made me feel old.

      That was one of those core classes you had to take, no matter what your major was. A huge waste of time and money, which is why I was glad the military paid all my tuition.

      I can't believe you were born the year I was commissioned. My God, I really am old!

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  13. I get in to artwork too. Been doing lots of photography around these parts..its driving the kids crazy though..lol

    I like to sit on our porch in the AM, to the right is the forest, so I have lots of bird feeders etc. on that side of the yard. its fun to watch nature wake up and come to life for the day.

    I hope your daughter is feeling better soon, always helps when mom shows up.
    Thugs holding guns sideways...lol I will never understand it.

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    1. There are some artists that people just like. My wife likes Marc Chagall. We have one of his prints on the wall of our living room.

      Morning and evening are the best times for me. Right now, morning is best because it's still relatively cool.

      She will be ok, especially now that the wife is up there to help with logistics and to keep her company.

      They're idiots. Like wearing all that garish gold jewelry. Savages who haven't evolved to the next rung on the evolutionary ladder.

      Glad things are going well down there. What's the nicest beach in South Carolina, do you think, for older couples?

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  14. Hey Harry,

    Guess Hillary got away with it. Same old corruption in the D.C. cesspool.

    Hillary will probably win. She will our countries version of Merkel in Germany.

    The tyranny's gotta start sometime. No way that we can have liberty forever.

    I also read about your growing up during the 'Eisenhuer Administration' in the comments above. That was interesting.

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    1. Eishehower was President from 1953 through 1961. So I was only old enough to really have strong memories from the latter part of his term. I remember the house we lived in, in Donaldsonville, Ga. I remember my dad coaching high school football, and I remember the red brick town and going to the movie every Saturday to see the Westerns. I remember going to the Green Top Restaurant to have scoops of ice cream served in little metal bowls, and listening to Johnny Horton singing "Sink the Bismark", "North to Alaska" and "Battle of New Orleans" on the Juke Box. I don't really remember things getting bad until the mid 1960's, when life just started to change. At first slowly, and then faster and faster. Now you know what life here has become. Anything goes, to such an extent that you have bizarre, unbelievable events like the White House dictating who can and can't use a public bathroom based on "identification."

      Hillary was always going to get away with it. The fix was in . Loretta Lynch is Bill Clintons tool. That bullshit about Clinton just happening to be in Phoenix, at the airport, on the tarmac when she flew in was just that. She and Bill agreed that their mutual tool, the Director of the FBI, would say just enough to sound like it was a real investigation, knowing all the while what was going to happen.

      It really is nauseating. If any of that crowd was running down the street on fire, I wouldn't p*ss on them to put them out.

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  15. Harry, check on Edisto island for a SC beach, they have automatic sidewalk roll up at about 6pm. Lol. It's so quiet my wife and kids have yet to let me stay there, they prefer Myrtle Beach. I was supposed to be going to St George's island in Fl in a few weeks, but between Zika and a flesh eating bacteria in the gulf, yesterday I cancelled our reservations, back to Myrtle Beach.
    As far as pictures go, I'm very unsophisticated, I think Terry Redline and Jim Hansel are the best going. I have 2 Redline prints, Summertime and Racing Home.

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    1. Edisto Island sounds perfect for me. I am looking for something like Tybee Island, which has no night life, just some decent places to eat and sleep. I don't blame you for not going down to the gulf, it's in pretty bad shape right now. I am going to look into that beach, I need a vacation, if only for a couple of days, in the worst way. Just a change of scene.

      I'll look up some of Redline and Hansel's work. I don't think I have seen there stuff, but I might have without knowing it.

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    2. Hey Harry and SCextremist.

      Here's the scoop on the 'Flesh Eating Bacteria' or the Vibrio virus.

      Vibrio is in all salt water. When the salt water is stagnant like in lagoon, bay or shallow marsh. The virus is everywhere. Everyone that has had the virus was in the shallows where the sea grasses are breaking down. The virus is also present where rivers meet the salt water. If you have a cut on your foot and you get out in those waters. You may contract vibrio.
      Now along the beaches on the Gulf. If the water is mixing around with oxygen, sunlight and most important wave action. The virus is in much smaller or non existent. Vibrio has been around here for about 40 or 50 years. Everyone that has gotten it has been in a bay, marsh, lagoon, etc. Gulf waters are safe. I would however not get out in the Gulf waters with an open wound and I would take a shower afterwards. Vibrio also hits people with weak immune systems.
      I know of one 62 year old surfer that went out yesterday surfing and he's fine.

      The only problem with Gulf of Mexico right now is it is damn hot. Down here its 87 degree sea water temperatures. Its so damn hot the Redfish are wanting to jump into iceboxes and the game wardens are confiscating cool aid (so they can drink it) Hell even the illegal aliens are hot. I hear the Border Patrol is using ice trucks as bait out in the boonies of South Texas.

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    3. I never swim in the ocean. You know me, I wade out about ankle deep. I'm not going in so deep I can haul a** if some nasty fishy or squid or stingray or whatever comes swimming up around me.

      But I love the ocean when it's morning or evening, and the beach is not crowded. Living on Emerald Isle spoiled me for life, I guess.

      That's why I want a place like Tybee, which is not Disneyland for Adults and doesn't have rides and concerts, etc. I still like Tybee but I want to try somewhere I have never been. This place South Carolina Extremist told me about sounds good. Now that I can carry in South Carolina I want to check it out and visit some.

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  16. Coffeeinjection, I had read up some on vibrio and figured the chances were pretty low, but we were going to be near appalacicola bay and I was worried that would elevate the chance even out in the ocean, I didn't even consider the water temp/comfort.
    My youngest boy, 15 and 6' tall, refuses to wear shoes at home, winter or summer. And even though his feet are tougher than shoe leather he still cuts the tops of his feet up and gets his toenails messed up pretty good, infections under and around the nail. Right now we've got him soaking in a bleach bath every night.
    That was too much for me, zika was bad enough but risking his health with vibrio also was too much.
    I had forgotten about the water temp. About 13 years ago we went to the Keys, camped at Long Key state park. That was the first week of June. LK sp is on the Atlantic side and you could walk maybe 200 yards out and still be in less than 4-5 feet of water.Even on overcast days I had to carry my kids out to 3' deep water because it was too hot to walk in.

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    1. Until you fellows starting talking about it, I don't think I had ever heard of Vibrio. Good thing I only wade in the ocean. Don't think I have ever had any cuts on my feet when I did but I sure will check henceforth!

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