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Inches From Insanity

 On my Twitter page. Cousin Ellis. "Ya can't stop what's coming, it ain't all waitin' on you." I underestimated the damage Obama infused into America. I am sorry we elected him. It wasn't the banker "get out of jail free card" for his donors, it wasn't his health insurer bailout aka ACA, it wasn't his many abuses of power or his cutesy little quips. I have talked about this traitorous shit ad nauseum. Obama was a tool for American aristocracy. Where does he live? Martha's Vineyard. That's all you really need to know. The aristocracy has rewarded him well.  If the aristocracy relied on Obama to safeguard their wealth, then the tradeoff would be greenlighting Obama's plan to destroy the fabric of our country.  And from Obama's loins sprang every fucked up and distorted alternate reality. Black Lives Matter, cancel culture, woke politics and speech, deviant sex, pedophilia, defund police, Trump derangement, pot sales on every

A Halloween Story

 I have a Halloween story to tell. It certainly wasn't pretty or enjoyable. But to tell this story, I must reveal an embarrassing moment of my own past.  Halloween night, 1971 or 1972, I was about half a mile from home and trick or treating. I was 11 or so and every bit a juvenile delinquent on the fast track. After trick or treating at a house and turning around, I decided to grab a little girl's trick or treat bag. I ran off with it. About an hour later, I returned home. My father was on fire. The little girl and her father had seen me. They had gone to my house and told my father. My father kicked my ass, made me go to the young girl's house and apologize, and then I was instructed to give her all of my candy. That was the last time I went trick or treating.  It was one of a few humiliating mistakes I would make in the next four or five years. I wish I could tell you that I was this great kid. I wished I could blame something other than myself, but the truth is- I was a

Three Great Gambling Stories

 At the behest of long time blog reader and friend, MMinWa, I thought you might enjoy three of the greatest gambling moments of my life. Please allow an introduction and disclaimer. I started gambling on golf at age 12 and continued on for the next 50 years. I managed to lose a semester's college tuition playing two card guts when I bet the pot with a pair of queens and someone at the table turned over a pair of kings. I have gone completely broke on at least three occasions in my lifetime with no visible way of bailing myself out. This is where my disclaimer comes in. Gambling is all about math. The people who offer gambling opportunities understand this concept well. They have an insurmountable mathematical edge with which they will beat you bloody. In horseracing, the track/house edge can be as high as 30%. In sports parlays, the house edge is 25% or greater. In straight proposition betting, the minimum house edge is 10%. Casino table games rely on math as well giving the house

Alive, One Year Later

 On September 30 of 2021, I was admitted to our local hospital with covid 19. I was released on Oct. 17. I was unvaccinated and remain so. I wanted to tell my story on behalf of all the people who died and those of us who narrowly survived.  On March 11 of 2020, my wife and I had just returned from Las Vegas. We had been staying at the Wynn and went to dine at the buffet on the evening of the 10th. They had placed a stand with hand sanitizer on it near the entrance to the restaurant and employees were serving up portions of food rather than allowing patrons to do that. Nobody had masks on. Not yet. That was when I realized that covid was going to be a giant pain in the ass.  We returned home the following day and quarantined ourselves. I began to read about covid all over the world nearly every day. I looked at pre existing conditions, mortality rates, read other countries accounts, and dutifully wore my mask when we ventured out.  My two covid sins. I was 60 years old and 35 pounds ov

It's Time To Protect Yourself

 About 10 years ago, I bought 5 ounces of gold for about 6000 dollars. Today, gold closed at 1668 dollars an ounce. That means my 6000-dollar investment is now worth 8340 dollars. Did I make money? The answer, quite obviously, is no. For many years, I used to ask friends and family a simple question. Where does money come from?  Nobody knew the answer. I used to get all sorts of crazy answers. The U.S. Mint. The bank. My employer gives me checks. I don't know. When I told people that money was loaned into existence, they rarely ever asked me a follow up question. The topic just didn't appeal to them nor did they seem too interested in listening to any explanation from me. I'm ok with that.  In the early 70's, runaway inflation began in earnest. From 9% in '73, to 16% in '74, to a staggering 24% in 1975. That is a cumulative 49% rise in prices in 3 years. To be fair, those were the inflation rates for the UK. In the U.S. the dollar was the reserve currency, alleg

The Big Ugly is Here- Living Through the Law of War- A Must Read and a Must Watch

 For many years now, decades actually, I have had a friend named "Compleat Patriot." Compleat Patriot has tried to explain to me that the United States has been organized as a corporation operating under various forms of law. I must admit I have never fully understood what he has been trying to tell me.  Today I finally discovered what he has been trying to explain to me all of these years. My sister sent me a link. This makes sense. Please watch. 38 minutes. Clif High, Predictive Linguistics. Brighteon

87,000 IRS Agents Are Coming for You

 Let me introduce this topic with an IRS story of my own.  About 5 years ago, my wife cashed in an annuity that had reached maturity. It was a tax free annuity which was purchased with already taxed money. In other words, it was like a savings account where you deposit money and the only tax bill you receive is on the interest. About 18 months ago, I get one of those soft audit letters in the mail informing me that we owe 14 thousand dollars in back taxes and penalties. We did not report it as income because it wasn't. So then we have to dig out the 1099. In the box where tax amounts are written in, it says "no tax." I forward that to the IRS thinking that will be the end of that. About 3 months later, the IRS sends another letter. This is an agree or deny letter for 4000. The IRS says, you are right but you should have added it as income for the year. To that I replied, "If I close out a savings or checking account, do we list that as income as well?" This forc

Pidgeon and Me

 I met Pidgeon in my very early 20's, shortly after becoming a sheriff's deputy. He was the investigator for our police department. Pidgeon probably shouldn't have been a cop. He was a funny man, kind of impulsive, and prone to do things outside the box of normalcy. He was a straight shooter and honest. He swore like a sailor, another trait I admired deeply. I think that's why I liked him so much. I think I found someone even more impulsive than I was. Latching onto Pidgeon for a role model cop/mentor probably wasn't the best choice I ever made- but that's what I did. Very early on in my patrol career, Pidgeon and I went to a burglar alarm. It was a very audible alarm installed in a jewelry store. It was absolutely shrieking so loud that it was damaging my ears. Pidgeon it seemed, was having the same problem I was having as we waited through eternity for the owner to arrive. Pidgeon finally had enough, took matters into his own hands and decided to simply destro

The Unvaccinated

  “Even if I were pollinated and fully vaccinated, I would admire the unvaccinated for withstanding the greatest pressure I have ever seen, even from partners, parents, children, friends, colleagues and doctors. People who were capable of such personality, courage and critical ability are undoubtedly the best of humanity. They are everywhere, in all ages, levels of education, states and ideas. They are of a special kind; they are the soldiers that every army of light wants to have in its ranks. They are the parents that every child wants to have and the children that every parent dreams of having. They are beings above the average of their societies, they are the essence of the people who have built all cultures and conquered horizons. They are there, next to you, they look normal, but they are superheroes. They did what others could not, they were the tree that withstood the hurricane of insults, discrimination and social exclusion. And they did it because they thought they were alone

Watching the Predicted Collapse of the U.S. Dollar in Real Time

 I live in a quiet little town in the western United States not too far from California. We are suffering a tremendous influx of California residents into our area as the California population tries to escape sky rocketing taxes, ridiculous real estate pricing, crime, and a communist Governor and state legislature. The people in my area are convinced that the Californians are to blame for disrupting their quiet lifestyle, choking our streets, and driving taxes up. I see the plates too, but I know better. Californians fleeing here are the manifestation of a much larger problem. They are the symptoms not the disease. In 2008-2009, about the time I began writing on FG, we saw the Federal Government hijack a trillion or so from US taxpayer coffers and bail out their campaign donor banker friends. If that weren't bad enough, they passed the Affordable Care Act to bail out the closely connected health insurance industry which was on the verge of complete collapse also. Then we saw a fede

President Trump Discovers What a Pretext Search Is

Police Chief here. Wrote many affidavits and search warrants. Executed same. Left receipts for seized property. Now noting the clusterfuck at Mar A Lago. People now rendering opinions about what happened to President Trump. Most of it is conjecture.  So what I'm saying is simply this. Verified and corroborated facts tend to be the best evidence to establish truth- beyond that everything else is just an opinion. I don't care whether a person has 20 years' worth of credentials and experience- in the absence of verified and corroborated facts or evidence- anything an "expert" utters may or may not be bullshit. I take a real jaundiced view of all those lawyers wearing FBI garments. Now it doesn't take a college degree to determine what the truth is. Or what the truth isn't. Which leads me to today's topic. The search of Mar-A-Lago, Trump's estate, was predicated upon some missing documents presumably from NARA, the National Archives.  I am in awe that

Why Welfare Fails

 I have a brother-in-law who has been living on government welfare for the last 6 years. This wouldn't be particularly amazing if he didn't have a wife and three kids. His wife doesn't work either. He is not disabled nor is his wife. They simply found a way to escape the regular, routine, work life. Near as I can tell he gets about 1100 a month on his EBT card. He currently has 3100 in rollover credit on the card. The government also gives him 500 a month in what they call "EBT cash." This is money you can withdraw from an ATM for any purpose. He has also been receiving 750 a month in child tax credits.  Thus far we have about 29k a year in direct payments. He gets a 6k "tax refund" each year.  He and his family receive medicare from the state. I'm not sure what else they do to game the system but 35k a year is simply the base case. If they work, they work for unreported cash. The sum total of welfare I have taken directly from the government works o

Economic Gibberish, 66 Paragraphs Worth, by Michael Hudson

They call it the dismal science for a reason.  Tonight I tried to wade through an essay entitled: Michael Hudson: The End of Western Civilization – Why It Lacks Resilience, and What Will Take Its Place Getting through the 66 paragraphs consumed about an hour of my time. It is certainly not written for a 9th grade level, so it takes a lot of deciphering, wordsmithing, and a dictionary to get through it.  This is the kind of highbrow nonsense that appeals to a certain segment of the educated elite in this country and when you finish it and read through the comments- you get a feel for them. Somehow, I can see these people holding wineglasses in a study somewhere discussing the 100 IQs of the working class and below, smugly confident that the future of the world will rely on members of their caste. It is essentially a 66 paragraph opinion based on a few different philosophies, schools of thought, history, politics, and some economic theory. But mostly history. Hudson is sort of the Charle

Gun Review, Taurus G2C@.40 Cal. and... Idiots at the Range

 I have been looking for a concealable gun with more oomph than a 9mm. I have a beautiful little Kimber Micro 9mm with a built-in laser but it only carries 7 rounds. It is a fine shooting gun, but it has three problems. With the laser that little gun is now running near 1000 bucks off the shelf. The other problem I have with the Micro 9 is that it is built just like a .45 caliber 1911. It is single action sans the back strap safety. So in a tense situation it will do as long as you remember to cock the hammer. I simply can't carry it cocked although it has an external safety. I am not a fan of the 9mm round in general. In a pinch, I want a gun that will fire just as quickly as I pull the trigger. I set out to solve three problems. Find a concealable gun in the more powerful, .40 caliber. Increase the number of rounds. Do all those things inexpensively. That is how I landed on the Taurus G2C. I read a lot of reviews and I watched a couple of You Tube videos. Everyone seemed to like

No More Mr. Nice Guy

 I found this comment on a blog that I read daily and thought I would steal it. It addresses the government's response to covid 19. Here it is: Never forget what "they" did to us in 2020 and what they still want to do to us. Businesses were forced to close, some of them permanently. Children missed milestones. Weddings were delayed. Funerals were limited. My dear dad wasn't allowed to hug his grandchildren before he died. All based on the pretense of stopping the spread of an airborne virus, which was always impossible. The problem with that comment is the rampant apathy displayed by most people. You may not forget. Yea, so what? Words without deeds. The problem with conservatives is that when we don't like something, we simply don't do it. We keep to ourselves. When liberals don't like something, they ridicule, ostracize, try to censor and exclude, try to form a likeminded majority and force you into cowering. When you won't submit to their belief sys

The Insanity of the Uvalde Massacre and Response (Yes, I Offer a Solution)

 The story I'm about to tell you is absolutely true. It is the result of my 24 years of police service in a town somewhat smaller than Uvalde, Texas.  As I watched the horrible non response of Uvalde police officers last week to a school shooting that left 21 dead and a subsequent conclusion carried out by a Border Patrol swat team a full hour after the shooting began, I simply stared in amazement. I couldn't get enough of this story. If you want the raw definition of the term "clusterf**k", I can think of no better example than the Uvalde massacre.  Early on in my career, I was involved in a couple of armed standoffs. These are barricaded suspects who are armed and refuse to come out and be arrested or evaluated. In a rural, small town setting, these standoffs often do not go well. In one of them, the suspect jumped out the back window and got away. Because of my failures at resolving issues like this in any sort of professional way, I became intrigued with solving t

The Scrap Heap of History

 Late last week, I watched the documentary movie, "2000 Mules." The movie's arrival was greeted with very little fanfare. Here was substantial proof, video and electronic tracking that at a very minimum identified 2000 people stuffing unmanned ballot boxes. There are electronic ID's on the phones, the owners of the phones can be identified and tracked from stash houses, the stash houses can be identified, people should be investigated and prosecuted. The election of 2020 was completely stolen. All we had to do was see what happened before and after we went to bed on election night. The evidence is clear. All that remains is whether or not any of the felons who participated in this fraud will be prosecuted.  I doubt it.  We've already seen the ethical and moral decadence. Religious decay. Family decay. Governmental decay. I watched President Obama give thousands of fraud committing bankers a free pass. Then he turned right around and came up with the ACA, a clever

The Chickens are Coming Home to Roost- You Are Witnessing It in Real Time

 This morning, as I do most mornings, I brew coffee and then I read the daily nonsense on sites like ZeroHedge. Then I check the markets. Today, every indicator was red. Indices, oil, gold. Everything was down. Then I see some ridiculous mainstream article stating that the FED was responsible for the freefall and the end of the stock market business cycle. Like that is something new. You see I forget. I forget that most people under the age of 45 have never seen a real inflation driven, stock market crash. Oh they saw that 2008 shitshow wherein our bought off leadership rescued crooked banks and bankers, then health insurance companies. Where the Bernank and the FED printed money hand over fist. Where cash holders bought mortgages for pennies on the dollar and have since become greedy slumlords renting shacks for a couple thousand a month. So those 40 somethings might have seen that. They might even remember what happened. But what they've never seen is an inflation driven crash. T

Prepping for the Long Emergency

 I would like to start here: The Normalcy Bias . The assumption that since a disaster has never occurred- that it never will occur. It can result in the inability of people to cope with a disaster once it occurs. People are creatures of habit and denial. We haven't had a real, bona fide, disaster since 1929. We haven't had a theft of elections and an idiot as corrupt or as bad as Joe Biden, either. This week I read an article by a writer I have a lot of respect for. He is smart and credible. He writes "The Burning Platform." He thinks our country could see serious supply chain disruption and a currency devaluation the likes of which we have never seen. And soon. I have written many pieces on preparing for the inevitable disaster. I have struggled with even bothering to prepare because it takes a financial commitment for an event which most likely will not occur in my lifetime. I thought that- until I saw

It Starts Slowly and Ends Suddenly

I joined Clusterfuck Nation this week, James Kunstler's blog. Every once in a while, you stumble across someone who thinks and writes just like you do.  This week the NY Times authenticated the Hunter Biden laptop story which had been buried by the liberal press prior to the presidential election and subsequently declared Russian disinformation by friendly liberal stooges desperate to get rid of Trump. So in addition to smoking crack, screwing your dead brother's wife, having children with strippers, soliciting bribes, receiving over 1 million dollars for sitting on the Burisma board in the Ukraine, getting 3.5 million from a female Russian oligarch, and tax evasion- Hunter Biden abandoned a laptop that corroborates much of this shit. The FBI has had the fucking thing since 2019 and I suppose

The Man Who Stared Down Corn Pop

 Remember our President telling the story of confronting the bad ass, "Corn Pop" at the swimming pool? I do. Whenever I hear stories like this, I know two things. The guy telling the story is full of shit and very likely, a pussy. Unfortunately, the idiots always out themselves and also unfortunately, this key piece of wisdom is known by a lot of people including former KGB heads now running giant countries. I'll tell you this much. Not only has Biden never accomplished one useful thing in his life but now we have a complete moron trying to stop Putin's incursions into a friendly country. I am in complete awe that Americans heisted an election and instead of installing someone decent and useful- they landed on Biden. I am sure the people of the Ukraine will not be hoping for help from Joe. They probably heard the Corn Pop story too. So sit back, grab your beer and pretzels, and watch this idiot make statement

The Great Super Bowl Sunday Post and Additional Bullshit

 I grew up playing virtually every sport. We didn't have soccer in the 70's and I thank God for that. What we did have was flag football and then tackle football. We had baseball and basketball. And track. And golf. I loved playing sports and despite the fact I was virtually talent free, I continued to engage in sports. When I could no longer freely engage in sports while maintaining an ever-increasing interest in sports, the next best thing was to bet sports. I had a wonderful week of sports wagering this week. I went 5-2 last night even after the Memphis Grizzlies squandered a 35 point lead. Which brings me to Super Bowl Sunday. Second only to Christmas to my way of holiday thinking. In the old days, I gave up the Christmas party in lieu of the Super Bowl party. Much alcohol was consumed at these events which included our own version of halftime. We played Kiss at extraordinary volume and included "Detroit Rock City" and "Lick It Up" until people in the ne