Embracing the Modern

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The State of Ore-Ida

(not just potatoes anymore?)

When it comes to statehood changes that the United States might be facing in the coming years, the two issues that spring most readily to mind — indeed, the only two issues that spring to mind — are the statehood pushes being made by Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.

On the other end of the country, however, a secession movement of a more obscure nature could make problems for Oregon’s mostly Democratic state government — including lockdown-happy Gov. Kate Brown.

According to the Idaho Statesman, five counties in the eastern portion of the state are likely to vote this May on whether they want to join the adjacent state of Idaho.

I agree with many of this blog’s readers that it might not happen. But people are unhappy. Very unhappy.

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

We elect representatives, not rulers. The progressives don’t seem to understand that.





Yes, the girl below is also too white — too. Progs would be happy if she identified as male.

Are you threatened by her?

Bone Frog Baby…


Speed Racer

Lockheed Martin’s new unmanned aircraft system designed to validate the digital engineering process to provide the U.S. Air Force the ability to rapidly move from the design to fielding of new weapons systems.


Looking back from now to then…

A 1951 map of Cairo from the Survey of Egypt. It shows the Islamic buildings and monuments that were built during the 3 great empires–the Fatimid, Ayyubid, and Mameluke–that controlled the city prior to the arrival of the Ottomans in 1517.


In Praise of the Hi Lux

…available anywhere and in any market in the world except the United States of America. …thanks Toyota. Thanks tons.

33 thoughts on “Embracing the Modern

    1. They work reliably and while they don’t provide a torrent of fresh water, they can keep you alive.

      1. Giardia lamblia and other water borne pests are a danger. Next to a steam or lake, dig a deep hole about 2′ from the water source. It will slowly fill with water and the sand will filter the organisms. “Beaver fever” is no joke; it will disable you.

        I’m all in favor of counties moving to other states but regard it as unlikely. My opinion is we will not be able to vote our way out of the (P)regressive nightmare.

        The answer lies in the staring paragraphs of this blog post, IMO.

  1. Time to do some reminding to a few of our rulers…err…representatives…I believe they have forgotten their charter.

    Ok, seriously…those gals are staged. MrsC may be a tough cowgirl but she doesn’t walk around in tactical gear or sip her morning caffe’ with her “assault rifle” handy (altho she did order some Black Rifle coffee so maybe a new look will be forthcoming).

    In my Scouting era we learned how to track and make solar stills…today they track Left in order to identify rainbows.

    No kidding on the Hi Lux…Top Gear boys tried to destroy one, couldn’t. Betting it’d sell like mad over here, especially since its “versatility” is more needed than at any time in our history.

    1. Once MRSC gets that Black Rifle Coffee, I expect that you’ll see her wearing a nighty, holding a rifle and sipping from her cuppa joe more often.

      Coffee is said to be the life blood of the Navy, but often it’s “thick”.

      1. Win, win! Come to think of it she’s bought me the Vaquero so isn’t shy about going into the gun shop…come to think of it she isn’t shy about much.

        Nectar of the god’s for sure.

  2. Here in the conservative eastern part of the state of Washington we can hope that we will be able to join the proud people of Idaho and eastern Oregon when the new state is formed. Those folks on the left coast are crazier than bed bugs.

    1. It would be better to vote out the communists — but when in the course of human events, etc.

    2. It would be nice to vote them out of office but the politicians on the West side of the state perfected the art of “finding” additional votes in recounts several years ago. If I remember correctly several years ago it took former governor Gregoire (D) three recounts to find sufficient ballots to win.

      1. We need to do in-person voting with ID or the donkeys will always “find” enough votes to win, or just rig the machines to count R votes as D. It’s less bother than “finding” them.

        1. Not with that last House bill…wide open voting, like the borders. The Dem’s do play the long game well…corrupt…but well.

  3. Methinks the one top left is an FJ45, not a Hi Lux, although I’m pretty ignorant about the Toyota linage, among other things, many other things, according to Mrs. 3-W. But I’ll take the one on the top right. Great fun and a hella racket, if memory serves……..just don’t hang around after the first shot. Shoot ‘n scoot, all that dust from the back-blast is guaranteed to attract unwanted attention.

    1. With direct fire weapons, you don’t need to worry as much about counter-battery fire based on counter-battery radar, but yeah, there’s a lot of dust.

  4. I used to have a 4X4 Hilux years ago. Rugged and reliable and surprising fuel economy(25mpg highway). Never mounted Ma Deuce on one though.

    1. It would have been better if you’d have had an M-2 on it if just to make a statement at the range.

  5. Camper fixer , have your bride do a little more research on black rifle coffee . They ain’t the good guys. They threw Kyle under the bus , when a pic was posted of him in one of their T-shirt’s .

    1. Thx, had forgotten about that, which made no sense. Envy? I think this was a special Keurig pod deal for half price. She didn’t know. She just said, “Not buying that anymore.”

      1. I don’t know what Black Rifle Coffee tastes like. I somehow suspected that they added black powder for flavor — but again, I don’t know. They advertise heavily in the Northern Arizona area. Why would they take on Kyle? Makes no sense. Maybe they’ll take me on for hinting at a suspicion that they added black powder for flavor.

        1. Ex military guys (I thought SEAL’s but don’t quote me), hence “black rifle”. Good coffee…but when I told MrsC she was disappointed.

          1. Off the top of my head, CEO Evan Hafer is SF, EVP Mat Best is a Ranger, and other EVP Jarred Taylor is an AF vet.

  6. I bought some Black Rifle Coffee a few years ago, before we moved to civilization. It was “OK”, but then I’m no coffee expert. The stuff I buy from a local place (The Human Bean, shameless plug) is resonably priced, and tastes good enough for me.

    Ah, yes….the Hilux….”The Truck That Can’t Be Killed”. Saw zilions of the running around in the Middle East. The Toyaota 22R engine is damn near indestructible as long as you keep oil in it.

    The Top Gear episode had me rolling on the floor. The original Top Gear with the lads in it was a British Nayional Treasure., right up there with Fawlty Towers…..

    Can state counties leave the state they were in to join another state?

    1. It all depends on the states and their constitutions.

      For years, the City of Anaheim, CA, has toyed with becoming Anaheim County. There are rules to forming a county and Anaheim checks all those boxes. It’s economically powerful, it is 40 square miles, it borders Orange, Riverside and San Diego Counties, and it has population.

      There is a precedent: The City and County of San Francisco.

  7. If DC really wants to be a state, then give it back to VA and MD, which were the two states it was taken from. Problem solved, and a whole bunch of money saved! And yes, Toyota would sell a butt ton of those here… sigh

    1. we don’t want d.c., we don’t even want the 4 or 5 counties to the south of it. eject them and va would turn red as a beet…hilux would put everybody else out of business. ford and nissan offer nifty little 4 door trucks in aruba that aren’t on the menu here either, for the same reason i suspect, and little bitty flatbeds.

  8. Pretty sure the reason we have the Tacoma instead of the vanilla Hilux is Fed Regs.

    So, don’t blame Toyota.

    1. Regs need to be changed, Kle.

      President Trump was on the right track until the coup.

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