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The Sawyer Squeeze-Part 2

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Paranoidunreasonably or obsessively anxious, suspicious, or mistrustful. 

These are the very words that describe my current condition as it relates to hiking. Why should I be paranoid? What do I have to be anxious about when I am in my comfort zone? According to the definition, is there truly a need to be suspicious or mistrustful of the one activity that brings me to my absolute happy place.

Earlier in the year and prior to my fall, I wrote a review on the water treatment system that I would bring with me on my backpacking trip to ensure that the water I collected would be safe to drink. Overall, it worked well and the water that was filtered was delicious.

Just in terms of a little background, prior to the end of June and on day hikes, I would carry two 48 ounce Nalgene water bottles. For most day hikes this would be a sufficient amount of water for most hikes. Longer hikes and days that are more hot and humid of course require more water. Unfortunately, in the past, there have been situations where I have run out of water.

At this point, however, I have decided that I am going to carry the Sawyer Squeeze with me even on day hikes.

This raises many questions. The biggest one being the availability of water while I am hiking. Obviously some times of the year have more water flowing in streams or in ponds than others. Most of the areas that I hike in and around have lakes, which makes the situation that much more easy.

Beyond that, I think that carrying the Sawyer Squeeze will bring me a peace of mind that I think I need as I work on getting permanently back on the trail.

Am I crazy? I don’t think so. I think that I have earned the right to be just a little paranoid.

HAPPY HIKING!!!

Oh My…She Stepped In It Again!!!

 

Once again, Hillary seems to have stepped in her own fecal matter. In an interview yesterday with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, she stated the following:

“You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about.” She goes on to say that, “That’s why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and/or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again. But until then, the only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength.”

Huh??? What??? Did I read that right? We’ll be nice if we get the House or the Senate back? What kind of backwards psychotic drivel is that? Even if you believe that, why oh why in the world would you say it out loud? And please, show me a time in the last 9 1/2 years when you have been civil!

Of course this falls right into line with the most recent filth being spewed by Maxine Waters about Republicans that may just happen to be out in public:

“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”

Of course this nonsense is perfectly acceptable because it is directed at the right. Imagine for a moment that a Republican, any Republican said either of these things. Oh my…the hysterics and  feigned indignation would be the lead story for days. Newscasters would be falling over each other in shock and disbelief that anyone could even think about saying something like that. Oh the horror!!!!

But yet here we are again. Doesn’t Hillary realize that she is last years news? That she is irrelevant? The fact that the word civility even oozed out of her mouth shows you how out of touch and delusional she is.

And what about our friend Maxine? Her call for the left to harass law makers on the right was stupifying to say the least. But the one good thing about Waters is that she doesn’t even make the attempt to hide her special kind of crazy. She lets her freak flag fly!

I am sure that folks on the left that are farther on the fringe than these two will take these words to heart and continue to act in the same irresponsible and childish manner.

 

Behold Sabo: “The Right Wing Banksy”

 

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Hey Folks! I came across and artist today who you might find interesting. He comes from the same mindset as Banksy and other street artists that are trying to spread a message. Unlike all of the others, Sabo (pronounced SAY-bo) is firmly committed to the right. As a matter of fact, he has become known as the “Right Wing Banksy.” After leaving the Marine Corps, he has spent his life lampooning the left.

Here is a quick taste of his art.

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Very nice!

 

 

Why Now?? I’ll Tell You Why

 

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A woman that I have known for quite a few years asked me on Facebook yesterday why I have become so political recently. Before I get into how I responded to her, let me just say that I have been reasonably political my entire life. As someone who leans more to the right, I learned during the eight years of Obama’s presidency not to say much. Why you might ask?

What exactly did we learn during Obama’s presidency?

We learned that although the left says that they are proponents of free speech, nothing could be further from the truth. No matter how logical, well thought out and factually correct an argument is, the quickest way to combat it is to immediately call that person a racist, sexist, homophobe, misogynist and islamophobe. This way they never have to counter that well thought out argument with facts.

We also learned that the idea that democrats are the “tolerant” party is a myth. I have never seen a group that was more intolerant  of other people’s views in my entire life. Just try to disagree with someone on the left and you’ll see what I mean.

We learned that by combining the previous two paragraphs you have the modern day American left.

So why then have I just now started being more vocal? Here’s why. When Trump became the party’s candidate for President, it seemed like the previous eight years had never ended. As I said to my friend, if you disagreed with Obama and his policies, you were a racist. It wasn’t possible to actually just be able to disagree with them, you just hated minorities. Now Trump comes along and if you support him, you are a racist.

What??? Wait a second. I was a racist because I didn’t like Obama and now I’m a racist because I support Trump? Hmmm…You sensing a predictable sickening pattern here?

Add to this the inability of the left to accept the fact that he is our President, and you have a recipe for disaster. The childish and often times absolutely crazy behavior displayed by the left since the election is legendary. The screaming at the sky, harassing politicians and private citizens for supporting a politician is insane.

So from now on I refuse to sit by and let the left get away with what they believe is their right. The days of bullying, harassing and violence are over. I will not sit idly by and accept the usual tactics from the left. It’s about time the right in this country respond and counter the lies and hypocrisy that the left has been spewing for way too many years.

When did it become a crime in this country to hold an opposing view? When did it become a crime in this country to think that it was ok to call people names because they don’t agree with you?

Since Kavanaugh was nominated the left has become more unhinged than right after the election. They over played their hand this time and it could come back to haunt them.

And that’s why I will not remain silent anymore.

As always, if you are offended by this or don’t like what I have written, I don’t care.

All Aboard!!! The Hypocrisy Train Is Pulling Out Of The Station!

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I have just been reading tweets from people who aren’t that thrilled that Senator Collins is going to vote yes for Kavanaugh. Summing it up, most of them are saying that survivors will never be believed and that Collins has betrayed all women. It goes on and on and on.

Ok. So where were all of these woman when Juanita Broderick was accusing Bill Clinton of rape and was ignored by the left?  What was Hillary doing to each of the women who accused Bill of indiscretions? (I’m being kind by saying “indiscretions”) She was shaming them and trying to discredit them.

How soon they forget. How quickly they jump on the hypocrisy train. You folks on the left really have to get your priorities straight. The fact that you have ignored Hillary and her sickening treatment of woman for over 25 years just makes this little charade against Kavanaugh just that, a charade.

Who has truly betrayed women? It’s you, not Senator Collins. Your hypocrisy is beyond mind boggling and it is you who should be ashamed of what is happening.

So before you continue saying that anyone who votes for Kavanaugh will never see a moment of peace, take a good long look at yourselves in the mirror. You can’t have it both ways. Survivors just don’t exist on the left side of the aisle. The next stop on the hypocrisy train might be one you don’t like.

Oh My…This Is Beyond Insanity

We have to have an FBI investigation they cried. This is shameful they whined. We can’t proceed without an investigation they brayed. So what happens? An FBI investigation is done, and now???? It’s not good enough.

I’m sorry, but you folks have gone off of the deep end. We know what you are trying to do. You aren’t slick as you think you are. We get it! It doesn’t matter who the nominee is, you folks on the left will repeat what has been going on since before Kavanaugh was even nominated. The holier than thou posturing has really made you look like squirrels that have taken too much acid.

All of this behavior is a direct result of having a president for eight years who went unchecked by not only everyone in his own party, but the media as well.

Now that someone is actually calling you on your hypocrisy and slimy behavior, you can’t handle it. Boo-Hoo.

How could this have been different for all of you on the left? Run a candidate next time that doesn’t think that they are owed the presidency. Actually campaigning might help as well. Unfortunately this is just more sour grapes because you lost.

Sorry folks, in this case you don’t get a ribbon for second place.

As always, if this offends in any way, shape or form…I don’t care.

Hmmm…What About The Men??

I have tried my best to keep this blog free of politics because quite frankly, I like hiking more. But for the longest time now politicians on both sides of the aisle have proven that they are nothing but lying cretins who thrive on a scorched earth policy. I have listened to the accusations being thrown at Brett Kavanaugh since he was nominated. But one thing I have not heard, especially from the left is, what about the man? What if he is truly innocent?

Now before you get all self-righteous and start calling me names and saying I don’t care, it is about time to talk about the other side of this. We all have friends, relatives and acquaintances who are male. What if one of them were accused with something as horrible as what we have seen? Knowing your friend, relative, or acquaintance as well as you do, would you immediately jump on the she’s right and he’s wrong band wagon?

I have an almost 22 year old son who I have spent years preaching the importance of avoiding situations that might be misconstrued. I have gone on and on about drinking, over drinking and using drugs at parties. I have tried to raise him with a moral system that would make him think about putting himself into a situation that could damaging. I hope that he has listened. To this point he has not been in any type of compromising situation that could ruin his life. Is it by luck or through his upbringing? Or both?

Is it just a matter of time before he becomes one of the accused?

Of course I am not saying women are not sexually assaulted. They are. But’s let’s focus on that instead of demonizing every living male. The calls for all Republican males to be castrated is repulsive. Where is the anger at that.

Yes, women do make up stories for whatever the reason might be. Yes, that is a fact. But the left keeps coming up with more and more ridiculous claims. Think about that when it is your son, father, cousin or friend who has been accused. Will it matter if you know he is innocent? If you know that he couldn’t have done what he is accused of? According to the left it won’t matter. He’s guilty. He has to pay!

Be it through career, job or reputation,  (or all three) he will pay!!!!

Once again, think about it if your friend, relative or acquaintance was on the receiving end of a vicious attack like this. I’ll bet you would sing a different tune.

As noted on some of my Facebook posts recently, if you are in any way offended by this post, I don’t care. Comments are more than welcome but please keep them clean.

I’ll end my rant here.