Vortex VMX-3t FTS magnifier. Got a scorching deal on Amazon warehouse. Open box. Stella is now complete (save for a muzzle device of some sort). Final setup complete on her as well. Ergonomics just right and good even weight distribution.
Eat that Terdeau!
He was born to parents sent by the Kremlin to infiltrate US schools, spread progressive values (communism).
He was a supporter of the original Black Panthers and a Berkeley communist himself.
His parents began questioning their mission when they discovered Stalin killed so many millions.
Horowitz himself began losing faith in communism in the late 70's and by the mid 80's was no longer a supporter.
Just like former smokers, Horowitz is an outspoken foe of communism.
His interviews are easily found and a real eye-opener.
Much of the unrest is traceable to people indoctrinated by these original commies working at universities and sent or trained by Moscow.
Our free society is subject to infiltration by those who would like to change that, and are...
This non-tech thread opens a lot of thought provoking subjects and since I still like to learn I'm happy.
One thing my father inculcated in me was to never stop reading and learning. As a 5 year old he put me in his lap and read from the latest science encyclopedia - not much thicker than a Webster's Dictionary in the 1950s. But it got me started.
As a side note, one can never learn enough/too much from sometimes opposing idealogizies
As a sidenote, I had a college history professor who was ex-USAF/ex-CIA who seemed to have been thrown out of Russia after a Russian agent was thrown off a moving train. I have lived in a small world indeed.
Edit: Chris, or anyone, read some Bertrand Russell and we'll compare notes. One of the most interesting essays (I can't remember the title) was when he dreamed he spoke with God which if I remember correctly he was acgnostiic which made for a very good conversation. it illuminated a whole lot of stuff for me.
Horowitz has always fascinated me. His journey from editor of Ramparts (Marxist magazine from 1962 to 1975) to voting for Reagan in 1984.
He woke up one day and thought, "What if my theories are wrong? Not just wrong in a few details, but wholly, monstrously wrong?"
He wrote this in 1986: “I had believed in the left because of the good it had promised; I had learned to judge it by the evil it had done.”
After learning about the communist purges and re-education camps.
This is an introduction to Horowitz from, of all places, Berkeley. Note the .edu in the web address. It's a good read though.
Chris, thanks for that article. Horowitz is indeed an interesting and talented intellectual. After reading it and thinking about his shifts in beliefs and his ideas over the years one word came to mind - "combative". And not in a negative way but in the way he could use his intellectual prowess to argue his points. He was not afraid to go for it in supporting his ideas.
I wish I could find a link to Russel's essay on the dream he had about speaking with God, whom he didn't believe in. But no luck there.
Yesterday's trip in Death Valley to an abandoned ranch. It has 5 apple trees that are still producing. Second pic is from Oct. last year when the apples were ripe.
Apples in Death Valley? Gross. Must be mushy and nasty.
Interesting. Seems like the setting for a story I cant quite put my finger on at the moment because I'm not allowed to go to church.
Chris in Vegas, because we are both readers (and this goes out for all you Jeepers who ought to be since we like to get out and travel)
This just flashed through my mind for some unknown reason. Back in the 1980s when I had to do a telephone interview with my prospective boss at DEOMI because I couldn't get away from my commanding officer duties at that time, he went through most of the usual questions. Then he asked what was the last book I had read. Oddly (and luckily enough) I had just read read Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon. I honestly think that clinched the job position for me.
If you have never read it, find it and enjoy it. Americana travel at its best. And it is still floating around out there.
Hear ye! Hear ye!
jeep season is WELL underway! Now fielding entries for July 2020 YJOTM! Great chance to pick up something purdy for the old gal... or the jeep, your choice! :)
Chris, another must read that for another unknown reason flashed into my mind ...
Shanty Boat Journal by Harlan Hubbard
Quote from a review "Harlan and Anna Hubbard, newly married in middle age, build the boat of their dreams and drift down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Harlan is an artist and a writer with a poet's eye for the beauty of the world. Anna is a musician and an elegant master of the arts of graceful living. For seven years (1944-1951) the Hubbards make their home on their little boat, drifting with the river, camping on the land. "
The thing that struck me when I read this book was how it took me back to the 1950s growing up in GA when we (and lots of other people) threw a picnic meal in the trunk of the family car - and trunks back then could easily hold 3 bodies plus all their luggage. But back then one could literally ride out into the country, find a nice looking field by the roadside, and have a picnic. And the Hubbards enjoyed the same experiences drifting through the countryside in much the same time period.
Happy Birthday America
May you well survive both the scourge and the illusion of disorder you see writhing and threatening before you.
“ Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.
Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.
Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Find us farther than to-day.
Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.
In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!
Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act,— act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o’erhead!
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;
Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.
Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.“
4th of July. Spent the day appreciating what hard working Americans built for our survival and recreation. 96 deaths is the "official" number of people who died building the dam, real numbers are way more than that.
Down in that canyon, it's 120* down there. We had to keep our phones in the cooler so they worked. Not kidding.
First we went to Lake Mojave. Amazing such a great boating place is so lightly used. Everyone heads to Lake Mead.
It's 67 miles long and most of it is in a fairly narrow canyon. Excuse my video, I took it while driving and had the shakes from celebrating the night before!
It's about 50 miles of this, smooth water in a curvy canyon. Doesn't get any better.
Then we got to the Hoover Dam and Pat Tillman bridge. Since 9/11 they restricted the area. Us and two other boats figured, piss on it. We aren't looting or damaging anything so this was our 4th of July peaceful protest about keeping us out of previously enjoyed areas. We went about a quarter mile past the do not enter line. Not gonna let the terrorists win.
The bridge is 900' above.
You can hear the warning alarm going off telling us were are in a restricted area. This is all I got before my phone overheated and shut down.
Then part two, the fireworks. It was a solid 35 minutes with the best finally I've ever seen. This stupid little town spends half it's budget of fireworks! Better than Las Vegas, Denver ans Chicago combined. (I've seen the 4th fireworks in all those places)
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